Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Anything NEW You'd Care to Add?


_____________ Mountain Lion ____________

Climbing through the January snow, into the Lobo canyon
Dark grow the spruce-trees, blue is the balsam, water sounds
still unfrozen, and the trail is still evident.
Men!
Two men!
Men! The only animal in the world to fear!
They hesitate.
We hesitate.
They have a gun.
We have no gun.
Then we all advance, to meet.
Two Mexicans, strangers, emerging out of the dark and snow
and inwardness of the Lobo valley.
What are they doing here on this vanishing trail?
What is he carrying?
Something yellow.
A deer?
_Qué tiene, amigo?
León_
He smiles, foolishly, as if he were caught doing wrong.
And we smile, foolishly, as if we didn't know.
He is quite gentle and dark-faced.
It is a mountain lion,
A long, long slim cat, yellow like a lioness.
Dead.
He trapped her this morning, he says, smiling foolishly.
Lift up her face,
Her round, bright face, bright as frost.
Her round, fine-fashioned head, with two dead ears;
And stripes in the brilliant frost of her face, sharp, fine dark rays,
Dark, keen, fine rays in the brilliant frost of her face.
Beautiful dead eyes.
_Hermoso es_!
They go out towards the open;
We go on into the gloom of Lobo.
And above the trees I found her lair,
A hole in the blood-orange brilliant rocks that stick up, a little cave.
And bones, and twigs, and a perilous ascent.
So, she will never leap up that way again, with the yellow
flash of a mountain lion's long shoot!
And her bright striped frost face will never watch any more,
out of the shadow of the cave in the blood-orange rock,
Above the trees of the Lobo dark valley-mouth!
Instead, I look out.
And out to the dim of the desert, like a dream, never real;
To the snow of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, the ice of
the mountains of Picoris,
And near across at the opposite steep of snow, green trees
motionless standing in snow, like a Christmas toy.
And I think in this empty world there was room for me
and a mountain lion.
And I think in the world beyond, how easily we might
spare a million or two of humans
And never miss them.
Yet what a gap in the world, the missing white frost face
of that slim yellow mountain lion!
~ D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Thank you to Ducky who introduced us to this poem a few days ago.


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  1. I don't get it. Is the mountain lion a metaphor for an aborted fetus? Or is abortion just another pointless bogeyman of the perpetually nosy and nagging religious right?

    JMJ

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    2. Snarky WeisenheimerAugust 5, 2015 at 2:25 PM

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    3. You, Jersey are one of a whole swarm of pointless bogeydrones of the perpetually nosy and nagging godless left

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    4. Bla bla bla. I'm not the one telling other people what they have to do with their bodies.

      JMJ

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    5. So noted a member of the perpetually nosy, nagging, whiney and irreligious Left.

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    6. It's the callous way the bodies of tiny infants unable to speak for themselves are being treated that's at issue, Jersey. Once a woman becomes pregnant, she is no longer an INDIVIDUAL, she is responsible for TWO lives each separate and distinct from the other, though the baby depends solely on her till its born.

      Life is NOT cheap, it is SACRED and should be treated at all stages and all socio-economic levels with reverence and the best possible nurturing care.

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    7. No one is ever no longer an individual. What you want is to impose your religious beliefs on other people. And your beliefs are dangerous to human liberty.

      JMJ

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    8. How you could say that when it's primarily a matter of BIOLOGY, Jersey, I can't imagine.

      Once a sperm unites with an egg ALL the elements for a UNIQUE HUMAN LIFE are present. While it's true that that life is not yet capable of feeling fear, Joy, remorse, or ambition yet, it is STILL a unique human LIFE.

      That's a biological FACT of which we should all be aware before we callously, capriciously, selfishly, stupidly choose to end it.

      I'm not interested in IMOSING any of my beliefs in anyone, BUT I am eager to retrieve and return to higher standards of morality, decency, duty and responsibility in hopes of developing a more humane, kindhearted, loving society of mature individuals, instead of the ME FIRST, LAST and ALWAYS attitude we live with now where no one quite dares to trust another not to behave callously and selfishly when the chips are down.

      It may sound like an oxymoron, but there can be no liberty without a willingness in each of our parts to take responsibility for the results of our actions.

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    9. This is about you imposing your religious beliefs on others. About relegating a woman's body to the whims of man. It's about misogyny, theocracy, and tyranny. You will never never need an abortion FreeThinke. It's not even any of your business.

      JMJ

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    10. Jerseyman, your head must be full of cement. FT presented you with a an excellent response, very politely phrased, and all you can do is repeat yourself as though he'd said nothing at all. That's not only rude, it's stupid.

      - Bessie Mae Culough

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  2. "During a 2011 radio appearance, Huckabee attacked actress Natalie Portman for having a child "out of wedlock," lamenting how "it's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock." Huckabee said that it's "troubling" to see people like "Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, you know, we're having children, we're not married, but we're having these children, and they're doing just fine.'"

    Hey, Bristol Palin, did you read what Huckabee wrote about women like YOU and your uncontrollable libidos?! Or are Hollywood types the only women that get Huckabee-shamed? Good Xtian women who have 2 out-of-wedlock pregnancies are to be praised because they didn't abort the babies.


    Natalie Portman, btw, married the father of her child.

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    1. Cletus the Prog GiggerAugust 5, 2015 at 7:22 AM

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      If dat up der aint leftwing boilerplate, i don know whut iz...

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  4. Lion lives matter more than fetal lives, I guess.

    The newspaper reader in the graphic is a typical American, the person who cannot discern which news story might be more important.

    I would say, however, that the Cecil story is more likely to be front-page news than the Planned Parenthood story. The Enemedia really do control the message.

    Disclaimer: I am not a person who sees any sense whatsoever in trophy hunting -- except for stimulating the economy in certain countries where trophy hunting is so popular. Culling the herd is something else entirely, IMO, and I do favor that.

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    1. AOW: You should see how the lefties are spinning that story: Selective editing, those evil rightwingers 'tricked' those doctors, etc...

      Disgusting...

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    2. ALL LIVES MATTER to me. However, I think the brouhaha over Cecil the Lion (really a consciousness-raising ploy to start a movement end Trophy Hunting once and for all I suspect) is legitimate in itself. There is no true equivalence –– moral or otherwise –– with aborting infants in the womb, HOWEVER, the TRUE point at issue with this rather foolish comparison is the ENEMEDIA'S persistent refusal to expose and denounce the barbaric practices espoused and implemented by Planned Parenthood and the Medial Establishment in general these days.

      BUT, let's not confuse or conflate the the issue of Animal Rights and the UGLINESS and sheer STUPIDITY of grown men wasting their money, time, and energy to HUNT DOWN and KILL innocent wildlife for no reason at all.

      What seemed good for Teddy Roosevelt and all sorts of upper-class British adventurers and "sportsmen" a hundred or more years ago is recognized as wanton cruelty, unjustified satisfaction of bloodlust. Not only that it is, and always has been, MORONIC.

      There are only two legitimate reasons for killing animals not normally regarded as vermin.

      1. To provide FOOD when needed.

      2. To DEFEND yourself or others from BEING attacked and either maimed or killed.

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  5. Thanks to Rush Limbaugh we have this little gem!... Raise your hands...how many are going to picket the White House over this?

    Are you people aware that Barack Hussein Obama has written favorably about lion hunting in one of his books? I have it right here from The Daily Caller, August 1st, over the weekend. It was Saturday. "Obama Impressed by Lion-Killing -- President Obama was really impressed by lion-killing years before his administration started investigating the killing of Cecil the Lion. Obama, whose administration is assisting the Zimbabwean government in an investigation into Cecil's killing by [the] Minnesota dentist ... didn't used to have a problem with lion-killing, according to his 1995 book 'Dreams From My Father.

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    1. Vigilante,
      Interesting!

      In some African cultures, killing a lion is the moment of transition from childhood to manhood. Or so I've read somewhere a long time ago.

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  6. Hugo Tewhell said

    Planned parenthood's New Motto:

    BLACK LIVERS MATTER

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  7. I'm surprised you bothered to read a work I posted, FT.
    Consider it payback for your convincing me to pay more attention to Mendelssohn.

    I read it as a warning about our willful alienation from nature and our impulse to wantonly destroy it.

    I don't see any question that it applies to trophy hunting.

    As far as Planned Parenthood is concerned it's pointless trying to discuss that issue by way of a doctored video that lies about a black market for profit in fetal tissue.
    Planned Parenthood funding was not revoked and the right will continue to lose as long as they expect lies to be their argument.

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    1. Ducky, I ALWAYS acknowledge and SUPPORT anything you –– or others –– contribute that has virtue and socially-redeeming value. You just never deign to notice anything POSITIVE about the contributions of others even when they express sympathy with your own professed point of view.

      I rea D.H. Lawrence's poem as an evocation of EMPATHY for the plight of innocent animals hunted and killed for "sport" by beastly human beings. I too tend to see things from an ANIMAL'S point of view, and have always felt a nurturing instinct and a desire to help and protect all creatures, although I attack pests and vermin mercilessly both to protect my health, good sanitation, and the structural integrity of my house.

      As for the rest, I think your arguments against the outrage against the callousness of those cavalier, imperious doctors are specious and unworthy. Unless it can be proven that the objectionable dialogue was DUBBED IN and NOT a true representation of what those women said, you have a weak, insubstantial case for your, I think, perverse, rather heartless point of view.

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  8. ... although if you made a connection between the final stanza and the eugenics movement, I wouldn't call whoa.

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    2. I see those lines more as a sober variation on G&S's "I have a little list." D.H. Lawrence was being lyrical not satirical, of course, but I see his point in noting that millions of human beings few-if-any would miss, if they suddenly evaporated, do not possess the dignity, the beauty, or innate nobility of the innocent feral creature destroyed for no rational purpose whatsoever by men seeking cheap thrills.

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  13. These times are a changing.August 5, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    These liberal monsters at Planned Parenthood have been exposed for what they all are: monsters. Monsters who sell body parts to the highest bidder, and lose not a minute of sleep after committing the most hideous murders every day. In fact, these monsters sleep like babies (or at least, like babies that they haven't murdered and then harvested their organs).

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  15. Not too many libs or progressives are flocking here to defend and make the case for HCR and why her presidential bid would be god for the country. Listing the positive and all her "major" achievements. Wonder why that is?>

    Could it be the dems actually realize she remains the candidate she always has been a very weak and divisive candidate? Or is it maybe because she is considered to be untrustworthy and conniving?

    We see lots and lots of con bashing on lib and progressive sites (something I dislike because I believe cons and libs ought to be criticizing their own in hopes of making their party stronger) I guess because they have adopted the republican practices that have worked so well in the past. And, the country is the worse off for it.

    But it is what it is. That folks is what pure partisanship does to people and a nation.
    I personally feel that the libs are a bit off their rockers to even try and de fend the likes of that POS Hillary.
    But that's just this mans opinion.

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    1. All right, but what does all that have to do with either Cecil the Lion or Planned Parenthood's callous treatment of the unborn?

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  16. If we are only allowed one outrage at a time, and we must all choose which story we will follow. And we are not allowed to follow more than one. Then I'd pick the disgusting story about Planned Parenthood.

    Liberals certainly ignore the death of millions at the hands of the butchers of Planned Parenthood

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  17. A Republican's point of view.August 6, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    As we approach anothe September 11th, I would like to send a message to Mr. Obama.

    Dear Mr. Obsma:

    Pre-9/11" is when al-Qaida terrorists were planning to fly those planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and most probably, the White House or Capitol to kill as many American citizens as possible. We were blindsided by that attack. The "reduction of terrorism threat and scale" you're talking about is not very comforting, is it Sir?.

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    1. Sick of these MoronsAugust 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM

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  19. HillAry is AWFUL? She is a disgusting excuse for a human being. She is Corrupt, Deceitful, a Murderer (Benghazi), a Traitor, a Con Artist, Manipulator, a Slanderer, & a Planned Parenthood Baby Killer. Just to name a few....

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  20. YES!!! Between "Over The Hill~ary" and Barack H. Obama, it's hard to say who's the worse. They've both committed so many crimes......if it were you or I, we'd be in prison for life......it's time they are stopped in their tracks and held accountable for their actions. Put them in the same cell, they could whisper sweet lies in each other's ears to pass the time away!!

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