Another Kook Bites the Dust

Michele Bachmann retiring under fire

Less than two years ago, she won the Iowa straw poll and was briefly regarded as a serious contender for the GOP presidential nomination.

Rep. Bachmann will not run for reelection in 2014

In October 2008, appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” she questioned whether then-Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, held “very anti-American views.” The moment brought deep condemnation from critics and sent independent voters in her district into the arms of an otherwise unknown challenger. But it also brought Bachmann millions of dollars in small donations from conservatives around the country — she narrowly won re-election and became the first congressional tea party star.

Good-bye, crazy lady. You were entertaining.

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Hello all. Just thought I’d stop in and say hi. I guess don’t care to get in on the discussion much anymore, as in the end, we can only go by what our own senses and experience tell us, anyway. I do want to say Hi to old friends, though.
I spent about 10 months back in the US. It was really great to see my kids and grandkids, though not great at all to find out that my sister and idiot brother-in-law (mentioned many times on this blog) had been lying to me about money all along, and I could still be in my house in Laos, married to my wife legally, had I known that a pretty good-sized portion of my dad’s stash was still sitting there. By the time I found it out, I’d not only got kicked out of Laos (after a week in jail), but I’d also lost the opportunity of getting a small house for a steal in the US, too. When I did get my share of the money, it went mostly for rent, airplane tickets, hotel rooms, etc., instead of for anything permanent. It pisses me off pretty bad. So-called “Christians” are the worst.
I’m in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, now, just across the Mekong river (about 3 km) from where I was in Laos. I can almost see my house, and can get a signal from Lao Telecom, so I don’t have to call long-distance over there, anyway. My girlfriend can come over here, but I can’t go over there for the time being. I just finished a 6-month evaluation period as an English professor for Nakhon Phanom University, and my boss told me last week that they will give me a new 1-year contract starting in June. I don’t know the details yet, but hope I’ll make more and have more work to keep me busy than I did during the evaluation period. I can read and write Thai almost as good as Lao, now, meaning very, very slowly! Thai and Lao are basically 2 dialects of the same language, and the writing systems are quite similar, too.
While I was in the US I entertained myself making a bunch of rustic stools (http://farmerfromtwig.blogspot.com/), (sorry, everything on the menu comes up in Thai in Thailand, and can’t figure out how to do live links very easily) and I sold some of them, plus a table.
Hope everybody’s doing ok — I’m renting a room in Thailand, now, and use an Internet cafe around an hour a day, so won’t be on here all the time like back in the days. But, I will check in.

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Ishmael

Has anyone posting here read this?

Ishmael is a 1992 philosophical novel by Daniel Quinn. It examines mythology, its effect on ethics, and how that relates to sustainability. The novel uses a style of Socratic dialogue to deconstruct the notion that humans are the pinnacle of biological evolution. It posits that human supremacy is a cultural myth, and asserts that modern civilization is enacting that myth with dangerous consequences. It was awarded the $500,000 Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Award.

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Ishmael begins with a newspaper ad: “Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.” The nameless narrator and protagonist begins his story, telling how he first reacted to this ad with scorn because of the absurdity of “wanting to save the world,” a notion he feels that once he foolishly embraced himself as an adolescent during the counterculture movement of the 1960s. However, he responds to the ad anyway and, upon arriving at the address, finds himself in a room with a gorilla. He notices a polysemous sign that reads “With man gone, will there be hope for gorilla?”

To the narrator’s surprise, he finds that the gorilla, calling himself Ishmael, can communicate telepathically. At first baffled by this, the man learns the story of how the gorilla came to be here and soon accepts Ishmael as his teacher, regularly returning to Ishmael’s office throughout the plot. The novel continues from this point mainly as a Socratic dialogue between Ishmael and his new student as they hash out what Ishmael refers to as “how things came to be this way” for mankind.

I think I want to read it, myself.

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There is a lot to write on today.

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Then I keep thinking about what would happen, what would the reaction be IF…. we had a GOP president govern-mentally target a faction of the Democrats? Let me just create the headline if Bush were still illegally in the Oval Office”
Green Party Targeted By IRS.

 

At some point, you have to be angry at the antics of your own party, whichever party that might be.

 

Then Kathleen Sebelius is being made to crawl these days. She was a great governor. But is really sucky at the federal level.

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