August 24, 2006

Into the Great Wide Open

Indiana sucks.

My front yard is a soybean field.

"these are just simple farmers, these are people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know . . . morons."
Mel Brooks, Blazin' Saddles

One strange thing-there's a Tibetian monastery here. There was a Krishna temple back home, but I never expected to find the Dali Lama's brother running a restaurant in Indiana. I wonder if he had as much trouble settling for it as I am. I'm sure he would tell me it was all temporary anyway so why worry about it.

January 02, 2006

Zappa is still dead

Frank Zappa, the eminently sensible man, is featured in Ifilm's top 25 viral videos of 2005. The 1986 Crossfire episode is well worth watching.

I wondered if Frank were alive, would he support John McCain? Frank's small government conservative politics might line up well with McCain's .

Where did big government Republicans come from? It seems to me that conservatives, by definition, should want as few rules as possible. Social Darwinism of a sort. Then the liberal political philosophy must try to level the playing field; imposing rules to protect the weak.

I heard someone recently on Public Radio say that the founding principle of every major world religion is compassion. Perhaps that too is the liberal impulse.