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Whither Now?
Author: BobR    Date: 10/05/2007 12:13:29

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by..." - Robert Frost

There comes a time in all our lives when we happen upon that fork in the road and ask ourselves:

Whither now?

For once we commit to a path, there is no rewinding the universe and choosing anew. There are many forks along the road that defines our lives, both individually and collectively. Some choices are easy and some are hard, some insignificant and some that change the course of humankind. As the children's illustrator Mary Englebright has shown in a simple yet poignant drawing, once we choose, the other road is "no longer an option". Lest we remain immobilized with indecision, we are sometimes required to fight back the demons of doubt and drive ourselves down that less traveled road.

Our nation has found itself at that fork numerous times in our history. Sometimes we have chosen well, deciding that the greater good was more important than the wealth of the few, and in doing so took the road less traveled, despite the difficult terrain. More often we've ignored the possibilities around the bend, taking the well-trod path, wondering why we remain at stasis.

So it is with these thoughts that I consider our current situation with an alcoholic president drunk on power rather than bourbon, a well-worn path to Germany circa 1933, and a country at a nexus considering whether it has the gumption to divert from the seemingly inevitable trajectory. We have to ask ourselves: Do we possess the will to turn the wheel? Are we willing to endure the ruts and brambles required for change? Is a comfortable journey more important than the destination?...

Or would we prefer the ease of a smooth highway to Hell, paved with good intentions, stained with the verbal sputum vomited forth from the swirling darkness of men's souls intent on driving us headlong into our fiery destination?

It's time we ask ourselves:

Whither now?

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Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 13:17:56
First. Wow, BobR. Very good blog opening today.

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 13:19:02
Good morning everyone.

:coffee:

Rachel was supposed to be on The Today Show today but I missed the first two hours.

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 13:37:38
Darth Cheney: You don't know the power of the dark side.

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 13:43:40
I wonder how long it will take to get the youtubery of the good doctor... I missed it as well.

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 13:47:32
Someone's usually on it pretty fast. I did catch Rachel last night on Keith's show when I got home.

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 13:48:20
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/dayart/20071004/cartoon20071004.gif


Comment by TriSec on 10/05/2007 13:53:04
I have often wondered if the good people of Germany knew what they were getting into when Hitler was legally elected in 1933.



There was no one 'defining moment' that signalled the first step down the dark path...it came slowly, incrementally, and without opposition or dissent.



Much like what is happening in these United States.



As I said a few days ago, we've already had the questionable election, the Reichstag Fire, and the Enabling Acts.



What is next? Do we take that hard step back from the abyss, or do we make that leap?





Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 13:53:46
I am so tired of the cronyism with this administration. It is like organzied crime, it really is.

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 13:58:13
Neil has really been able to rake in the dough being a part of the Bush crime family. Then again, the mafia has a higher code of honor than the Bush administration.

Comment by TriSec on 10/05/2007 13:58:54
Ah, listening to the Good Doctor now. I was also fortunate enough to see Ms. Maddow on Countdown last night.



We've had a downer of a week around here....at least I've been able to find time to reconnect to some of my favorite media personalities.



And I've also been listening to music again, imagine that!





Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:00:49
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Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:01:56
They have no shame. John Dean on Olberman.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/05/2007 14:09:42
MOrning! :hug:

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:10:47
LOL! That is what I want to be!!! Madame Vice presidents Press Schill!

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:11:35
OMG... the president said that??? *sigh* omg.

Comment by BobR on 10/05/2007 14:13:39
Jim - That is one of the worst fake southern accents EVER

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:14:02
I was waiting for the pesci talk!!! :rofl:?

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:15:09
Ahhh the friday fun poop stack ™

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:19:02
Kids Warns conservatives: No more Photo ops...
Classic!

Comment by BobR on 10/05/2007 14:20:52
Excellent!!

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 14:26:14
Jake's got the speed dial on so he can rant from his shack.

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:26:29
Let me clear.... I am not resigning.... I never was resigning.... I love my job.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/05/2007 14:28:55
I will not be able to hear Rainbow Connection with out thinking about this for a long while. And I like that song!

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 14:29:23
When will Larry Craig announce that he is running again in '08 since he has back-pedaled on everything else.

Comment by BobR on 10/05/2007 14:29:29
Tappy McWideStance - the gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic party...

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:38:38
Wow, wow wow wow wow.

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:39:32
Quote by livingonli: When will Larry Craig announce that he is running again in '08 since he has back-pedaled on everything else.
Actually, he back{i]tapped on everything else... Widely.

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 14:40:13
Quote by Raine:

Quote by livingonli:

When will Larry Craig announce that he is running again in '08 since he has back-pedaled on everything else.




Actually, he back{i]tapped on everything else... Widely.



His wide stance will demand he runs again.

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:41:51
Quote by wickedpam: I will not be able to hear Rainbow Connection with out thinking about this for a long while. And I like that song!
When we go out now, I randomly and at the most not appropriate moments, say loudly and clearly.... I am not gay, I never have been gay... I love my wife. Cracks me up everytime. I call it Larette's syndrome.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/05/2007 14:43:21
Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

I will not be able to hear Rainbow Connection with out thinking about this for a long while. And I like that song!


When we go out now, I randomly and at the most not appropriate moments, say loudly and clearly....



I am not gay, I never have been gay... I love my wife.



Cracks me up everytime.



I call it Larette's syndrome.








Comment by BobR on 10/05/2007 14:44:08
Those coins aren't just real - they're authentic!

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 14:44:54
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

I will not be able to hear Rainbow Connection with out thinking about this for a long while. And I like that song!


When we go out now, I randomly and at the most not appropriate moments, say loudly and clearly....



I am not gay, I never have been gay... I love my wife.



Cracks me up everytime.



I call it Larette's syndrome.








I love it.

Comment by BobR on 10/05/2007 14:44:58
Hey Livin!



Hey Mala!

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 14:45:33
Quote by BobR:

Those coins aren't just real - they're authentic!


I need to stock up on my confederate coin collection.



Hi BobR.

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:47:14
http://images.dailykos.com/images/user/3/2008conventionlogo_275.jpg
No really.... When elephants attack....

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 14:51:19
I saw that last night on Keith. Maybe it will be put up in the airport men's rooms.

Comment by TriSec on 10/05/2007 14:51:27
And did we all see Keith's comments about the logo last night?



Not only is the elephant BLUE, according to animal handling experts, elephants only rear up on their hind legs while mating.



An appropriate metaphor, given that when they aren't screwing the country, they've got their dicks otherwise on the prowl for something else to screw.





Comment by TriSec on 10/05/2007 14:53:41
and now in the interest of fairness....



http://www.demconvention.com/DNCC_Logo_800x600-thumb.jpg




Rather restrained and handsome, don't you think?

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:53:46
I didn't realize that... but the *blue* thing really made me :scratch: Stupidity? or true fruedian slip?

Comment by TriSec on 10/05/2007 14:54:29






By "best", they mean most shrew-like, right?





Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:55:14
Quote by TriSec: and now in the interest of fairness....
http://www.demconvention.com/DNCC_Logo_800x600-thumb.jpg
Rather restrained and handsome, don't you think?
Actually that is a lovely design. And look at all the equality of colour there!

Comment by BobR on 10/05/2007 14:55:44
oooh - Happy Pants! :banana:

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:55:48
BobR I think your pants are ringing :lol:

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:56:54
Quote by TriSec: By "best", they mean most shrew-like, right?
I think they meant in the Big fat head category!

Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 14:58:07
:martini: talk... I could have told you that about vodka YEARS ago..

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 14:59:23
Quote by Raine:

Quote by TriSec:







By "best", they mean most shrew-like, right?





I think they meant in the Big fat head category!


Only if you consider best, most capable of mouthing GOP talking points and not being able tto think critically.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/05/2007 14:59:49
Quote by Raine:

http://images.dailykos.com/images/user/3/2008conventionlogo_275.jpg




No really.... When elephants attack....




Did the Repub elephant always have tusks? It looked off to me.



Comment by Raine on 10/05/2007 15:06:12
So there is now video of the woman who dies at the pheonix airport? If anyone gets a hold of it, PLEASE post it on the board, or the blog?

Comment by livingonli on 10/05/2007 15:06:36
Tonight's the seaon finale of Doctor Who. They sure go fast, don't they?