Monthly Archives: September 2011

Quotes for the Week

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

                             –Abraham Lincoln, First State of the Union Address (3 December 1861)

 History will judge societies and governments — and their institutions — not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.

                          –As quoted in Cesar Chavez : A Triumph of Spirit(1997) by Richard Griswold del Castillo and Richard A. Garcia, p. 116

Both courtesy of Wikiquote.

Some Very Belated Music for the Labor Day Weekend

Something soothing…



…and something meaningful.


The Pretty Good Book

In previous posts here I’ve discussed issues regarding the Bible.  Here I return to a theme hinted at in the first installment and then dropped for a philosophical excursus.  In short, I’m going to talk a little bit about my personal response at different times in my life to the Good Book.

So I read the Bible twice, first the KJV and then the (at the time) relatively recent translation The  New English Bible between the ages of about 18 and 20.  I remember being amazed, but not scandalized by, the extreme amounts of violence and sex I encountered in the Old Testament.  Certainly, not stuff I’d ever heard about in Sunday School!  As I later on realized that very few others, even avid churchgoers (which I was not then, and did not become for a long, long time), knew little about the content of the Bible while still feeling free to loftily proclaim on it, I became quite appalled at the ignorance and presumption of so many purported Christians.   Hopefully I’ve managed to become a bit less judgmental since then; but I’m still appalled. Read the rest of this entry

My 50th Post!

I just realized that the last post was my 50th!  Woo hoo!  Doesn’t seem like it’s been that long!

Of course, a large part of the volume is music that I’ve posted and the Quotes of the Week, neither of which is really much of a writing assignment.  Also, I’ve recycled some old material of mine in a few places.  Nevertheless, this and my writing at Alexandria have kept me busier than usual, and I think I’m doing a good job of getting a reasonable amount of original content out there.  Certainly with a child and work (which is now back in swing as the academic year has now been underway for a couple of weeks), I can’t be as regular as I’d like.  Still, I’ve got a few things I’m working on to post soon, and I hope the next fifty (of which this is the first) will be interesting and worthwhile to all and sundry.

On an unrelated note, Happy Labor Day to all!