Several interesting things developed today. I spent most of the time duelling with a fellow Epinionator who doesn't believe in Unionism, thinks Wisconsin workers could have taken another course other than Recall, never heard of the International Workers of the World, has a boiler plate notion that George Soros created the Occupy Movements, and is convinced his comfortable place in the World of Work is entirely due to his own efforts. In a nutshell, when fascism is publicly declared in our land, he will be its Poster Child, his right hand stiffly raised, willing to take any steps necessary to maintain order.
Son Jason once again paid us a couple of visits. Granddaughter Laversa is visiting them again.
When my computer work was completed for the day, I alternated between two programs: A WAY OF LIFE on the Documentary Channel and clips from the Washington, D.C., Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference from C-Span.
A WAY OF LIFE told the story of a wilderness family in New Zealand. A handsome, stocky New Zealander had grown up on his father's property, raising horses. He married a Moari girl and proceeded to have six children by her. Then, for reasons not clear to me (because I came in late), he had a falling out with his father, who left the extended family, and squatted on the land the father considered entirely his. Most of the footage was devoted to the free, pioneer-like life of this man and wife, their children and horses. The photography was glorious, and the children riding, swimming, and doing chores were delightful. But the undercurrent was the conflict between the modern pioneer and his relentless father. Beautiful but sad in the end.
At the rather long commercial breaks the Documentary Channel takes, I switched over to the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference, mainly because Glenn Beck was one of the many speakers. I have a soft spot for "Crazy Glenn," who was taken, as I was decades earlier, by Orson Welles, and who interjects Wellesian references into his various projects. [He calls his media efforts, Mercury Productions.]
Mr. Beck proved one of the saner, more specific of the speakers, pulling up books like The Crisis by Thomas Paine to illustrate his ideas. However, as generally is the case with Glenn Beck, he never concluded one thesis before hurrying on to the next. What a person might have taken away is that he intends to hold a three day rally in Dallas, next month, "Restoring Love," full of wandering Worldwide revolutionary warriors of Beckian persuasion and ministers of the faith.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul delivered a rather personal address, full of various examples from his eighteen year practice in opthamology before he entered politics. I found him the most logical of the speakers, and if I were a betting man, depending upon how the Apocalypse works out, I would guess that his father, Texas Representative Ron Paul, intends to turn over his millions of loyal supporters to his son in 2016 for a run at the Presidency.
The rest of the lineup was studded with the normal fruits and nuts from the extreme Right Wing: Ralph Reed (fresh from a close call with jail time for fraud), a co-sponsor of the Conference; C. S. Culp, hot media darling, who bravely declared her atheism while excoriating the liberal media; smarmy Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, full of zeal for the First Amendment (so long as it contains Corporations); and many more.
One speaker I thought interesting, if only because he was a rare person of color, was Governor Luis Fortuno of Puerto Rico. The more he talked, I detected a real comer. He claims to have instituted a program of "Character Education" in his island's schools. The schools, of course, were mostly private and entirely Catholic, I gathered. Still, he intends to spread the successful initiative to all of the schools next year. His unspoken goal, one which will make Puerto Rico viable for Statehood, is to create a fully bilingual population in the next four years.
I must say, the conference goers were often only politely interested in the many speakers, perhaps indicative of Christian good sense?
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE: The Summer movie schedule is full of movies that would justifiably raise a fundamentalist Christian's ire!
Macresarf1 would write no more this day.
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