North Korea

January 12th, 2012 → 6:41 am

    “The patient dies while the physician sleeps;
    The orphan pines while the oppressor feeds;
    Justice is feasting while the widow weeps;
    Advice is sporting while infection breeds.” – The Rape of Lucrece

The people of North Korea – the sick, the orphaned, the widowed – deserve more.  There really isn’t much more to add.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Republican Presidential Debates

January 10th, 2012 → 8:42 am

“[He] speaks an infinite deal of nothing.” – The Merchant of Venice

There are so many Republican presidential debates this election year!  And none of the candidates seem to say anything new or interesting…

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Bashar al-Assad

January 8th, 2012 → 6:42 am

“The king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make when all those legs and arms and heads chopped off in a battle shall join together at the latter day and cry all ‘We died at such a place.'” – Henry V

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to kill his people.  The siege of Hama last July was the worst, in part because of the historical symbolism of the place, but these latest protests and deaths are pretty bad too because they indicate that Assad just isn’t getting the message.  It is time for him to go!

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Chimes at Midnight

January 6th, 2012 → 6:26 am

I was recently told that the 1965 film by Orson Welles Chimes at Midnight is a MUST SEE Shakespeare film.  I had never even heard of it before!  I found short clips of it on YouTube, but the entire film appears to be unavailable anywhere in the United States.  Anybody out there know anything about it??

Filed under: Blog & Literature/Theatre/Art

How to Deal with People

January 4th, 2012 → 8:11 am

“Weighest they words before thou givest them breath.” – Othello

Many of us are returning to work this week.  Where, like myself, we may perhaps have some annoying colleagues to deal with.  In that spirit, I offer the above piece of advice.  Not that I always follow it either, but it would be good if I did.

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life & Stupid/Evil People

Iowa Caucus

January 2nd, 2012 → 7:11 am

“Men prize the thing ungained more than it is.” – Troilus and Cressida

It’s going to be interesting to see who wins on Tuesday, but in the end, it probably doesn’t matter much.  I bet Mitt Romney will be the ultimate Republican nominee regardless.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians