late night last minute rambling

I found this quote at the No More Apples blog and thought it was wonderful, cynical, thoughtful and it makes me think, I hope it makes you think as well…

As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. --- H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

I just started reading George Carlin’s When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops. It is what you would expect from George Carlin, a vulgar, agnostic, stream of consciousness piece, with random thoughts put in for good measure. I usually enjoy reading things that are atypical of the minister’s book list. However, this may be a little too atypical and I am not sure if I will give up reading and take to skimming. What I do know is books like this keep me grounded in a world that I sometimes don’t have enough contact with, and it also makes me laugh.

In my reading thus far, he has said several things that have made me stop and shake the cobwebs from my head. In the very first part of the book he pulled out this quote:

Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger. --- Hermann Goring, the Nuremberg Trials

One of his more original thoughts was this one that made me go, hhhmmm…

You know what would have been a smart thing to do in these developing countries that need electricity? To have tried large-scale experiments with alternative energy sources: solar, wind, geothermal, etc. We could have tested and tried to perfect these technologies on a large scale in places that need it. That would have been smart. That’s why we didn’t do it. --- George Carlin, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, p.54

Anyway, I am heading offline until next Tuesday or so, it is long past time to get away from the work world. I look forward to sitting and reading whatever I choose, eating where I like, and doing what I want… as long as it is okay with my wife. Take care folks…

grace and peace



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