The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Politicians in Action #41

Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and President Lyndon Johnson see who will be the first to use the word "escalate" in a sentence.


Tempest said...

No they're not.
They are discussing how to send my father to Viet Nam TWICE in addition to (2)TWO military moves in Germany within ONE YEAR!

I ended up going to 4 different high schools in 3 years.

Takes high level stupidity to manage that.

All those dead. Sad.

You know- they buy Boeing now.

michaelE said...

I wonder if Donald Rumsfeld will ever recant the way McNamara did? One may have to actually have a conscience....