Great memorial piece, but I'd still take Montana over any of the rest. And - source of novel title - Shakespeare Sonnet 73:
That Time Of Year Thou Mayst In Me Behold
That time of year thou mayst in me beholdComment Posted By sensei48 On 1.01.2007 @ 02:09
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
Since T. Gray seems to appreciate (if not quite correctly employ) Latinate vocabulary, maybe he should dust off whatever rhetoric text he once used (if any) and reacquaint himself with "argumentum ad hominem," or in this case ad nomimnem. His second sentence is the best example of itself that I believe I've ever seen.Comment Posted By sensei48 On 28.12.2006 @ 19:24
Dear brother -
The saddest commentary on the passing of all that Gerald Ford represented is apparent in your site stats. Your moving and excellently written piece on Ford yesterday garners 18 trackbacks and responses; this challenge to Harry Reid's basic decency amasses a whopping 60 attacks and counterattacks as of now, and Reynolds Aluminum stock shot up from purchases on both sides of the political aisle. Must be fun.
You rarely have actual liberals showing up around here, and you don't today. You have a few former New Left Stalinist apologists trying to defend the unthinkably crass actions of a colorless and mediocre centrist like Reid.
But you don't get a lot of conservatives here either, and few today. You do seem to get a fair number of inmates worthy of your site title, and I shouldn't be surprised that a "rightwing nuthouse" attracts exactly that as opposed to the dwindling number of conservatives of the type that Ford personified. Most of your posters here are not of his party, which as you and many others have noted was one that recognized opponents and not enemies and which has all but disappeared from Republicanism, Democratism, and public discourse in general today.
So maybe you and I should just hoist a toast to a fellow Midwesterner who was too decent to talk and act like your commenters here, and who had enough of a self-effacing sense of humor to be amused at how his death has become merely an opportunity to score rhetorical points against one's demonized political opponents.Comment Posted By sensei48 On 28.12.2006 @ 18:40
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