Wonder if the demise of the Riverdale cinema would open an opportunity to build one in or near the RiverMarket?
Good stuff, Durango! And I wish I could be watching HHW's Corgi's. Corgi's are cool in the snow.
Got mixed feelings about Saturday's SEC Championship. Going with our treasured Sis would mean cheering for Auburn, but Vanessa's a Mizzou backer. Gus, the Arkansas-boy-made-good coaches AU, but it wasn't that long ago they won the SEC and Mizzou is the new kid on the block. I guess I should just go with Vegas and cheer according to the point spread....
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Has there been a greater person living in our lifetime?
DBI, another priceless post! I needed you today! Thanks!
I've been thinking lately about conservatism in general and the current version in particular. Read an interesting article about the rise of the conservative movement in the 1950's. National Review & William Buckley in particular. There was some intellectual heft behind conservatism back in those days. And it looked totally different that what we have now. Back then most conservatives actually participated in the government. They had a few initiatives and alternative programs. They actually supported government even if they supported limited government.
Fast forward to today. Those who wear the label conservative have no alternative solutions to the nation's problems. It's as if their core value is denying that we have any problems to solve. They don't just support limited government, they advocate no government at all.
Two things in particular strike me about all of this.
1) We have here are people who would never agree to natural selection or evolution promoting an economic philosophy that is nothing more than economic Darwinism. Survival of the fittest. Are you poor? Tough. Figure your way out of it. Work harder. Doesn't matter what limits you have in terms of family, skills, education, values, etc. Survive or die. Are you ill? Same thing. Doesn't matter if the system bankrupts you, throws you out of your home, puts you in debt the rest of your life. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps….. if you still have arms.
2) The second thing I've come to realize is that conservatism denies that the world is changing or that we can do anything about it if it is. This seems to be to be an attitude driven by simple cowardice. Not having the courage to face a changing future, a changing world, a changing economy, or changing demographics, conservatism allows a limited view of the world, looking back to times that were never truly as wonderful as they are remembered. "Good old days," seldom were really all that good, but that also is denied by 2013 conservatism. Not having the courage to face a changing world, today's conservatism simply denies that the world is changing and even if it is, the old ways of facing that future are the only ones that we have the courage to embrace.
Today's ultra conservatives/tea partiers, etc. basically have no hope that we can together craft a better world and so they not only won't cooperate with those who have hope, they try to dismantle any effort to craft serious solutions to serious problems.
I stand with those who have hope in a better future, one that we can face together if we can find the courage to work together to make it so.
I love "Eats, Shoots and Leaves." What a great book!
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