Thursday, June 05, 2008

Morning in Varanasi

I love this town. So full of life you can't imagine. Naked sadhus, sari-wrapped beauties, boats, bells, chimes, songs, slapping chapatis, the slap of sticks hitting cows' rear ends (they roam free), all in a symphony day and night. My irreverent father came to visit me there and suggested one day, "Hey! Let's go down to the burning ghats and see what's cooking!" The guy always made me laugh.

I lived for awhile on the Ganges in a houseboat so tiny it could hold 5 ft. me and little else. Naturally I didn't entertain much. But I did play nightly for the international hippie crowd on larger boats. And in a house by the river. Guitar. Songs. Drums. All out in the open. Never a dull moment.
Varanasi, India: Richard Anson


Blogger jm said...

Dr. Howard Dean, Chair of the Democratic National Committee has stepped up, in emulation of Barack Obama's stance against accepting money from lobbyists. The DNC will only accept donations from individuals with no ties to K Street.

Unbelievable. Things are moving. Of course it's a mighty mountain but there's always time.

5/6/08 8:47 AM  
Blogger jm said...

And this happened under the radar. Be sure to check out the story from the Minnesota website.


5/6/08 8:51 AM  
Blogger jm said...

HA HA!! Fight money with money! More on the DNC money rule - the contribution requirements:

Check this box to confirm that the following statements are true and accurate: 1) I am a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien. 2) This contribution is not made from the general treasury funds of a corporation, labor organization or national bank. 3) This contribution is not made from the treasury of an entity or person who is a federal contractor. 4) This contribution is not made from the funds of a political action committee. 5) This contribution is not made from the funds of an individual registered as a federal lobbyist or a foreign agent, or an entity that is a federally registered lobbying firm or foreign agent. 6) The funds I am donating are not being provided to me by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution.

Heavens. Pluto in Capricorn tightens it up. Things are getting very interesting.

5/6/08 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

They sure are. Reports of intentional malfeasance and criminal investigations are raining down on the Bush crew like crazy all of sudden.

5/6/08 10:33 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Makes me wonder. Life is picking up steam.

5/6/08 2:49 PM  
Blogger jm said...

And he also took care of Joe Lieberman!

Returning to the Senate after his securing the Democratic presidential nomination, Obama and Lieberman greeted each on the Senate floor in the Well as they were voting on the budget resolution.

They shook hands. But Obama didn’t let go, leading Lieberman - cordially - by the hand across the room into a corner on the Democratic side, where Democratic sources tell ABC News he delivered some tough words for the junior senator from Connecticut, who had just minutes before hammered Obama's speech before the pro-Israel group AIPAC in a conference call arranged by the McCain campaign.

He's a wild one. I'm glad he's so tall.

5/6/08 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Check out Obama looking mighty pissed at Lieberman here.

As far as I'm concerned, Lieberman deserves nothing but scorn for his constant cheerleading for war on Iran and his endless fealty to a foreign country rather than to his own.

5/6/08 6:24 PM  
Blogger jm said...


Lieberschmuck meets the O Man!

5/6/08 9:35 PM  

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