Friday, August 28, 2009

So Long, Teddy

Barag jil garangiin speculation-ii etsest Ted Kennedy urjigdar shunu nasan etseslev. Dan gants New England geltguy ulaan tsenher, har tsagaan Amerik dayaraa gashuudaj buig bodvol olon hunii amidrald ontsgoi nuluu uzuulsen hun baisan ni ilt. Gehdee ene olon tumnii hair tuund amarhan oldooguy. Uuriin aldaa hiigeed ger buliihniihee emgenelt huvi zaya deerees anhaaraltay suraltsaj asar ih tevcheer, hudulmur zutgel gargasnii ur dun yum. Nuguu talaasaa bidend tuunii bolon ah nariinh ni shudraga yos, erh tegsh baidliin tuluuh tsutsashguy temtslees ni suraltsah hiigeed uuriimshuuleh zuils ih bii.

Since I was a boy, I have known the joy of sailing the waters off Cape Cod. And for all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make.
Remarks of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy during Harvard honors convocation

And always remember:
The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of moral crisis preserve their neutrality.
JFK's favourite quote from Dante (Baabar uuniig neg heseg uuruu Divine Comedy unshij baigaad olson yum shig l baahan ishilsen)

Update: Michiko Kakutani's brilliant review of Ted Kennedy's new memoir
At the end of his deeply affecting memoir, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy writes about his grandson “Little Teddy” — the son of his son “Medium Teddy” who delivered such a heartbreaking eulogy at the senator’s funeral on Saturday — and his difficulties mastering the family tradition of sailing. The senator told the 10-year-old “we might not be the best,” but “we can work harder than anyone,” and Little Teddy stayed with it, grew eager to learn and started winning races. That, the senator writes, “is the greatest lesson anyone can learn”: that if you “stick with it,” that if, as the title of his book suggests, you keep a “true compass” and do your best, you will eventually “get there.”

Friday, August 21, 2009

An Analogy

[Cuparaque, Brazil] has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in remittances from abroad, making it a living example of one of the most talked-about development tools of recent years. But while private dollars have improved private lives, fundamental infrastructure is still badly lacking: Cuparaque, with a population of 4,300, doesn’t yet have a hospital, the drinking water system is faulty and the only way into town is a half-hour drive down a dirt road that becomes impassable in rain. And the influx of money brought few new jobs beyond house construction. Sueli Siqueira, a ­Brazilian ­sociologist who studies return migration to the region, has found that money earned by emigrants abroad has rarely generated ­sustainable employment opportunities.

How migration transformed Martha's Vineyard

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Some Call Ships...

Some call ships, infantry and horsemen
The greatest beauty can offer;
I say it is whatever a person
Most lusts after.

Showing you all will be no trouble:
Helen surpassed all humankind
In looks but left the world's most noble
Husband behind.

Coasting off to Troy where she
Thought nothing of her loving parent
And only child but, led astray...

...and I think of Anaktoria
Far away...

And I would rather watch her body
Sway, her glistening face flash dalliance
Than Lydian war cars at the ready
And armed battalions.

by Sappho, translated by Aaron Poochigian; from Stung with Love

Addendum: Aaron Poochigian, Smartish Pace Poetry Reading

Sunday, August 02, 2009

A Reason Why America is a Great Country

This morning my boss left this note at work:

Good Morning! The registers have been reprogrammed overnight to add the additional 1.25% sales tax the State passed into law effective Sat. 8/1. The prices for all of our goods have NOT changed; the additional $ is the additional sales tax ONLY.

Unhappy customers should call the Governor's office, Rep. Tim Madden, or Senator Robert O'Leary.



GETTING ANGRY In 1786, poor farmers in Massachusetts rebelled when creditors came calling.