Nike's Psyche

An outlet for my peaceful ponderings with, perhaps, the occasional rant.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Fallen Religious Leaders

For some reason it is comforting to know that corruption is a human condition and not actually associated with spiritual "ideals." As Homer Simpson once said while flipping through the Bible, "Everyone in here is a sinner. Oh, except for that guy."

Humans inability to control their desires seems to increase in proportion to how vehemently they repudiate them. Me thinks thou dost protest too much! Or as one site recently put it, satirically, in relation to Ted Haggard, "Homophobia is gayer than enjoying show tunes."

So, the fallen run the gamut from Buddhist to Christian to Jew to Muslim . . .

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Ain't it the truth!

The most alarming sign of the state of our society now is that our leaders have the courage to sacrifice the lives of young people in war but have not the courage to tell us we must be less greedy and less wasteful.

Wendell Berry

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld

Taken from official transcripts:

The Unknown
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.
—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

Glass Box
You know, it's the old glass box at the—
At the gas station,
Where you're using those little things
Trying to pick up the prize,
And you can't find it. It's—
And it's all these arms are going down in there,

And so you keep dropping it
And picking it up again and moving it, But—
Some of you are probably too young to remember those—

Those glass boxes, But—
But they used to have them

At all the gas stations
When I was a kid.
—Dec. 6, 2001, Department of Defense news briefing

A Confession
Once in a while,
I'm standing here, doing something.
And I think,"What in the world am I doing here?"
It's a big surprise.
—May 16, 2001, interview with the New York Times

You're going to be told lots of things.
You get told things every day that don't happen.
It doesn't seem to bother people, they don't—

It's printed in the press.
The world think all these things happened.
They never happened.
Everyone's so eager to get the story

Before in fact the story's there
That the world is constantly being fed
Things that haven't happened.
All I can tell you is,

It hasn't happened.
It's going to happen.
—Feb. 28, 2003, Department of Defense briefing

The Digital Revolution
Oh my goodness gracious,
What you can buy off the Internet
In terms of overhead photography!
A trained ape can know an awful lot

Of what is going on in this world,
Just by punching on his mouse
For a relatively modest cost!
—June 9, 2001, following European trip

The Situation
Things will not be necessarily continuous.
The fact that they are something other than perfectly continuous
Ought not to be characterized as a pause.
There will be some things that people will see.
There will be some things that people won't see.
And life goes on.
—Oct. 12, 2001, Department of Defense news briefing

I think what you'll find,
I think what you'll find is,
Whatever it is we do substantively,
There will be near-perfect clarity
As to what it is.
And it will be known,

And it will be known to the Congress,
And it will be known to you,
Probably before we decide it,
But it will be known.
—Feb. 28, 2003, Department of Defense briefing
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