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The Fire- Bird ©
One Chang of Hainan island on coming to the mainland wanted to present himself before the emperor. He had a court dress made and it was splendid in silk with sashes and embroidered work.
He arrived with great pomp and show since he had money and contacts to make his visit a talking point. But in the city of Sun and the Moon the hostelry where he was lodged having an equally fanciful name, he waited for the call from the Court Chamberlain. Disaster struck! His Presentation dress was eaten by moths. When he complained the inn-keeper said these moths were the personal property of a fabled bird, which lived in a sacred grove not so far from the Imperial palace. An immortal advised hapless Chang thus,“Make your complaints to the bird with the speech of man and who guards the gates of heaven. He will surely pay for damages.”
“Surely I will make him pay.” Chang was angry and dismayed. With the aid of an experienced guide he reached where the phoenix used to roost on a cherry tree.
After hearing his complaint the fire-bird said that those moths were indeed part of his plumage.
“Then you shall be happy to help me out?” the man was hopeful, ” It is with great effort that I got this court dress.”
“How many times do you think that I have risen from ashes?” the bird asked.
Mr. Chang stamped his foot in vexation. “But I get to see the emperor only once,” he interrupted. The man was really put out, ” I have no time to make another dress.” The fire- bird continued as if he did not hear him,” those moths have survived fire each time.”
“But they damaged my dress!” “Fair enough.” The phoenix replied, “You give your dress, in exchange for mine.”
Chang thought for a while but the idea of a dress from a bird known for self consuming in its own fire seemed too overwhelming. ”What if I should develop its very nature?” After a pause he exclaimed in horror, ”and is reduced to ashes!”
“Oh no!” he shrank from his presence, saying, “I will borrow from one who is about my size.” He was for forgetting the whole thing.
benny

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“Logjam of flowers fallen,
And bruised by brutal winds,
Never more seek when or why
It must be so:
You did caress the wind once
And your fragrance for all
Freely bestowed;
Now oblivion of time has tossed
All foul and fair to be spent,-
Never mind our sighs,
We shall also walk to our rest.”
benny

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“After The Washington Post reports that Mitt aggressively picked on a classmate five decades ago, the Republican says he’s sorry for any offensive teen antics.
Mitt Romney apologized Thursday for “hijinks and pranks” he pulled nearly 50 years ago at his elite Michigan prep school — episodes dug up by The Washington Post in a lengthy investigative report. In one of the incidents, Romney, then a high school senior, and some of his friends held down a classmate — who some believed to be gay — and forcibly cut his bleached blond hair. “He can’t look like that,” a Romney friend recalls the future presidential candidate saying. “That’s wrong. Just look at him!” Later, the Post reports, the crying boy “screamed for help” as “Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.” Romney’s childhood friends — five of them corroborated the tale — described the incident as “senseless,” “stupid,” “idiotic,” and “vicious.” Romney himself says he doesn’t remember the 1965 encounter, but concedes that he “did some things” in his teens, and is sorry if he offended anyone. Will Romney’s apology suffice?
Mitt didn’t even need to apologize: “This event occurred roughly two to four years before Barack Obama ate a dog,” says Jim Geraghty at National Review, “and about a decade before young Barack Obama used cocaine.” If Obama doesn’t have to apologize for youthful errors, why should Romney? “
It is typical of the Right wing to use the occasion to whitewash Mitt’s vicious bullying by comparison. Why did National Review speak of Obama’s youth but to send signal that bullying minorities is OK. Just like this group pooh-poohed the news of some American troops running amok over the Iraqi prisoners and peeing over dead civilians.’F-the PUC’of Camp Mercury for instance. The excuse was the boys were letting their high spirits get out of hand!’
Well some would never learn. The nation is teetering on the crater of a volcano and they want to score a victory over one for his wrong color or policies. American Presidency is not governing some dogs or controlling cocaine. ‘As the twig is bent so is..’ the expression is and it is window opened to the psyche of Mitt Romney. He is rich and born with a silver spoon in his mouth he is used to treat those who are less advantaged in a way he is used to. What humane touch you can expect from him?
Some are born great and they shall do great. Some are born rich and they shall know the language of money: buy and sell.
If you need one whose heart is in the right place you are looking at the wrong guy.

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