“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Marines are decrying a new look President Obama has planned for their uniforms — namely, a unisex-style cap that they say looks more French than American, more “girly” than hard-charging.

Washington Times


  1. Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record

    But Israel is an apartheid nation...

    And you wonder why I think this blog is anti-semitic?

    Now do a hit piece on how Israel tears down tin shacks...

    How gaza is an open air prison.

    Go live in Iran...

    Go live in Gaza...

    Go live in Egypt, Syria, Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Yemen....

    1. I doubt there's a Jewish soul of all of Gaza, but someone here was maintaining yesterday it was occupied by Israel.

    2. Yeah, the Jews only gave Paul 39 lashes for communion wine. That's not fair.

    3. Ms T, do you have any "proof" of this allegation?

      I mean real proof?

      Or just made up stories?

    4. In Paul's case, we know he was scourged at least five times by his own admission. Historians agree that Paul was most likely lashed by the Jews themselves and not Roman soldiers. For Paul, it would most certainly have been 39 lashes.

      For Jesus however, we know he was not scourged by Jews but by Roman soldiers (Matthew 26:27, Mark 15:15). At this time historically, the Roman flagellum or scourge would have been used. According to records, the Roman scourge has three leather ropes attached to a wood handle. Each length of rope would measure about three feet and on each length there would be a number of bone pieces attached at intervals of every three inches. The bone was reputedly cut from lamb pelvis. Shaped as cubes, they had a hole drilled through it for the leather lash to run through. The pieces of bone were secured in position with knots and they would chip and crack as someone was whipped. This gave them sharp edges and they would cut deeply. Skin would definitely be broken and flesh torn out. In place of bone, metal may also be used.

      Hmmm... Even Christian Scholars think you are lying sack of shit...

    5. So you and I both say Paul was given 39 lashes, but I'm the lying sack of shit. I can't win.

    6. Here is an apology. I mis read what you wrote.

      I thought you said the jews lashed Jesus.

      Mea culpa.

    7. Apology accepted with gratitude, but cut me some slack, WiO, there's areas where I know what I'm talking about. Christianity is one, computers another. Football, I don't know jack.

  2. This new Marine cap is just Obama's first step towards institution an islamic raghead look.

    Things must be deconstructed brick by brick, or people might get angry.

    It the cooking frog recipe.

    1. They don't wear the fucking cap in combat, they wear helmets. Inspections, dress parades, who gives a crap?

    2. Our fucking president wants a fucking Marine guard in a fucking rag head wrap because it sends a fucking message. I give a fucking crap.

      And what the fuck does Paul have to do with ethnic cleansing in all these fucking a-rab and persian lands today anyway?

      The fucking ragheads were not even around back then, you fucking nitwit.

      Israel is a perfect paradise of multiculturalism in comparison.

      Go live in fucking Gaza yourself.

    3. Well, between WiO and his 1st Grade reading comprehension skills, and anonymous who couldn't buy a clue, the point I was making is that it doesn't much matter which son of Abraham is laying the rawhide down on the Christians, certainly not to the Christian.

    4. Franklin D. RooseveltThu Oct 24, 09:35:00 PM EDT

      "Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion."


    5. Which would be what would be expected from a bunch of Eastern European Secular Socialists

    6. Teresita RedingerThu Oct 24, 09:05:00 PM EDT
      Well, between WiO and his 1st Grade reading comprehension skills

      I made a mistake. I am human, you lied for 3 years about being a lesbian catholic.

    7. There is no such thing as a practicing lesbian practicing Catholic. You can be one, or the other, but not both at the same time.

    8. I said NOTHING about "practicing"

      You claimed for 3 years to be a lesbian catholic.

  3. The status of Iran in the world has no bearing, at all on the reality that Israel is an Apartheid Nation

    The Israeli government has no respect or tolerance for Private Property. It is a Socialist State

    Gaza is a ghetto, comparable to Warsaw, run by agents of the Occupying Force, from the population being subjugated.
    Just as Warsaw's ghetto managed by Jews, for the NAZIs..

    Why would anyone emigrate to Iran that was not an Iranian?

    The condition in Gaza are a direct result of the Israeli Apartheid System. I would not subject myself to that.
    The tyranny in Gaza is an effect of the Israeli Apartheid System, not the cause of the injustice done to the residents, there.

    I would no need move to any of those other locales, either.
    I have no interest in that.

    I am not a Colonialist.
    You may be, or wish to be.

    The US should immediately end funding and military support to Israel and Egypt..

    Carry on!


    1. I am not a Colonialist.

      I live on my own expropriated 350 acres of rich bottom land that God gave me, and me alone.

      I am a professional asshole, though, I have said this before, also a hypocrite, liar, and I stalk and threaten people when I get frustrated, and I swear a lot, too.

      desert rat

    2. desert rat needs real hep.

      "Gaza is a ghetto, comparable to Warsaw, run by agents of the Occupying Force"

      The 'agents of the Occupying Force' had Hamas elected, it's all part of their plot, their conspiracy.

      desert rat is one of these folks who would conclude his own analyst is the mentally disturbed person.

    3. hep, if in Mississippi, and help too, in other places, is what he needs

    4. “Only free men can negotiate, prisoners can't enter in contracts” ...

      Or vote, freely.

    5. The Palestinians are in their "Ghettos", on their "Reserves"

      Palestinian lackeys rule over the fractured and factionalized Palestinians, $100 million a month the Israeli pay their house boy Arabs in baksheesh. Just as the Germans used Ashkenazi guards in the Warsaw Ghetto.

      The first commander of the Warsaw ghetto was Józef Szeryński, a Polish-Jewish police colonel.

      Warsaw Ghetto archivist Emanuel Ringelblum has described the cruelty of the ghetto police as ...
      "at times greater than that of the Germans, the Ukrainians and the Latvians."

    6. Mississippi You're On My Mind

      I think I see a wagon rutted road
      With the weeds growing tall between the tracks,
      And along one side runs a
      Rusty barbed wire fence and beyond there
      Sits an old tar paper shack.

      Mississippi, you're on my mind,
      Mississippi, you're on my mind,
      Mississippi you're on my mind.

      I think I hear a noisy old John Deere in a field
      Specked with dirty cotton lint, and beyond that
      Field runs a little country creek, and there you'll
      Find the cool green leaves of mint.

      I think I smell the honeysuckle vine,
      It's thick sweetness like to make me sick.
      And the dogs, my God, how they're hungry all the time
      And the snakes are sleeping where the weeds are thick.

      I think I feel the angry oven heat,
      The southern sun just blazes in the sky.
      In the dusty weeds, an old fat grasshopper jumps.
      I wanna make it to that creek before I fry.

      Mississippi you're on my mind.
      Mississippi you're on my mind.
      Mississippi you're on my mind.

      Mississippi you're on my mind.
      Mississippi you're on my mind.
      Mississippi you're on my mind.

    7. You can fry and egg out there on the city sidewalk
      You can fry your bacon and and and and
      I understand why lizards live in sunny Arizona
      Why people do and call it home I'll never understand

      It's hotter than a furnace fan out in Arizona
      110 ain't nothing when you live out there you see
      Stars come out you scream and shout "Hey it's good to know you"
      If your going there and you don't mind say hello for me

    8. The term "apartheid" means something akin to gated communities.
      This is why rat, on his segregated 350 acres lives in Apartheid Arizona

    9. Apartheid actually refers to a state which is run by a minority and can't afford the one-man-one-vote principle. Other examples include Syria, run by the Alawites with a Sunni minority, and Bahrain, 70% Shia, run by the Sunni Khalifa Crime Family.

    10. South African study: Israel practicing apartheid and colonialism

      Israel’s laws and policies in the OPT fit the definition of apartheid in the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. Israeli law conveys privileges to Jewish settlers and disadvantages Palestinians in the same territory on the basis of their respective identities, which function in this case as racialized identities in the sense provided by international law. Israel’s practices are corollary to five of the six “inhuman acts” listed by the Convention. A policy of apartheid is especially indicated by Israel’s demarcation of geographic “reserves” in the West Bank, to which Palestinian residence is confined and which Palestinians cannot leave without a permit. The system is very similar to the policy of “Grand Apartheid” in Apartheid South Africa, in which black South Africans were confined to black Homelands delineated by the South African government, while white South Africans enjoyed freedom of movement and full civil rights in the rest of the country.

    11. "The Israeli government has no respect or tolerance for Private Property. It is a Socialist State"

      ...amazing, simply amazing...

    12. This place is long long gone to lalalala land.

    13. Teresita RedingerThu Oct 24, 10:04:00 PM EDT
      Apartheid actually refers to a state which is run by a minority and can't afford the one-man-one-vote principle.

      Israel is a MAJORITY Jewish State

    14. Israe is a Secular -l Tyranny of the Majority state, that markets itself as a Jewish "Homeland"

      While murdering 20,000 Jews annually, according to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

      While maintaining dominion over the
      OPT, to include Gaza.

      The flotilla from Turkey was attacked in international waters on 31 May 2010, when Israel renewed its de facto sovereignty over Gaza, attacking Turkish flagged ships bound for that port.
      Five million people denied their legal rights and privileges, by the dictatorial Israeli government.

  4. The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, ...
    ... not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.

    It is only because the control of the means of production is divided among many people acting independently ...
    ... that nobody has complete power over us, that we as individuals can decide what to do with ourselves.

    If all the means of production were vested in a single hand, ...
    ... whether it be nominally that of “society” as a whole or that of a dictator, ...
    ... whoever exercises this control has complete power ....

  5. You seem to be surprised to hear that there are still problems of 1948 to be solved, the most important component of which is the right to return of Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not just an issue of military occupation and Israel is not a country that was established “normally” and happened to occupy another country in 1967. Palestinians are not struggling for a “state” but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa.
    ... Israel showed that it was not even willing to return what it occupied in 1967; that Settlements remain, Jerusalem would be under exclusive Israeli sovereignty, and Palestinians would not have an independent state, but would be under Israeli economic domination with Israeli control of borders, land, air, water and sea.

    Israel was not thinking of a “state” but of “separation”. The value of separation is measured in terms of the ability of Israel to keep the Jewish state Jewish, and not to have a Palestinian minority that could have the opportunity to become a majority at some time in the future. If this takes place, it would force Israel to either become a secular democratic or bi-national state, or to turn into a state of Apartheid not only de facto, but also de jure.
    If you also follow the judicial system in Israel you will see there is discrimination against Palestinians, and if you further consider the 1967 Occupied Territories you will find there are already two judicial systems in operation that represent two different approaches to human life: one for Palestinian life and the other for Jewish life. Additionally there are two different approaches to property and to land. Palestinian property is not recognized as private property because it can be confiscated.

    As to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, there is an additional factor. The so-called “Palestinian autonomous areas” are Bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli Apartheid system.


  6. I have a meeting with the Editorial Board ...
    Please, anyone!

    I need a story about Iran ...
    We need to find an imprisoned and oppressed minority.
    Five million of 'em, living in ghettos and reserves!

    i know we got that whipping story, but hell, that's just rough sex in San Francisco.
    We need something with "Bite"
    Masses of people, kept from their homes, living in camps and tin shacks, ...
    because the government will not provide legal title to the land.
    Somewhere in Iran, it just has to be!

    Send in the story, please
    No Land Grants for Arabs!

    1. Those folks are all long dead, H.L.

      You were always kind of a shithead, really, you didn't amount to much, and your reputation is vastly over rated.

      You might try the Ba'hai though.

      Try the Indian Reservations in Arizona too. For an Arizona example.

    2. Government Land Grants are Only for Swedes!

      We got guaranteed Government Title, three generations we've been managing that piece of farmland, that Government largesse to the Swede Family Robinson.
      The Federal government supported the Welfare of my family all that time. It has been the gift that kept on giving...

      I've got in platted now, soon as the market comes back, we'll be selling it off a single family home lots.
      Kids will be set for life, the only bug a boo, that capital gains tax.

      Imagine the unfairness of returning 15% of the money to the folks that gave us that gift, in the first place.

      Anyplace else, selling the land, well, that'd be some kind of welfare fraud, but here, it's just "Good Business".
      A Legacy of Welfare that paid off well, for my family, not yours.


    3. Federal Aid, it's only right if you are White!

    4. "Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it."
      ___H. L. Mencken

    5. The onl story is in the history books, you say.

      No news now.

      Well, after the Mongols kicked their ass, seven hundred years ago, that have not done a news worthy thing!
      Took some hostages thirty, forty years back, let 'em all go.

      Did not kill a single hostage.
      Those Iranians, they are a slow news crew.


    6. Imagine the unfairness of returning 15% of the money to the folks that gave us that gift, in the first place.

      1031 Tax Exchange is the way to go.

    7. Tax avoidance is always an option.
      Legal is better than stashing the money in the Caymans.

      It wuld be hard for the Farmer Fudd to exchange all those lots, though.
      It'll be hard for him to sell them, exchange, barter or float a loan on those lots.

      Could make a Trust an even better option.

      Avoiding taxes is easy on income from Capital, hard on income from Labor.
      The system is rigged.
      There is Class Warfare, and my class is kicking ass!

  7. Been watching the World Series.

    Seems all the Boston players have beards.

    Maybe they are all Shia.

    1. So when the ump is dusting home plate does his rump face Mecca?

    2. Don't know what direction Mecca is myself, 'bout 25% chance I guess.

    3. These baseball teams seem as white as the NBA teams seem black.

    4. First baseball game I've watched all year.

      Boring, but not as bad as golf.

  8. Rat's hourly screeds about Israel speak more about him that Israel.

    It paints the this blog as quite a radical lunatic blog, now if that makes Deuce happy?

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. As if you have ever cared about the reputation of this blog, quot.

      You are the fellow that suggested the blog be renamed to honor your Ashkenazi cousin, A. Hitler.
      Adolf, you had decided was right, your own father wrong. Deuce demurred, but it was you who wanted, hoped for change.
      Two days after the Patriot Day bombing, in Boston.

      Lest we forget.

      It was you just today that went into an anti-Jewish rant, the Jewish community's misconceptions about Iran tying you in emotional knots.

      I told you that you'd yearn to speak of the Chief Rabbinate and his claim that the secular state of Israel murders 20,000 Jews each year, every year of the 21st Century.

      Have a happy, there will be more for you, tomorrow.

    3. It's not an issue whether I care about the reputation of this blog.

      It's about you, a vicious anti-semite, defining this blog to be a despicable toilet.

      Congrats Rat.

      You have succeeded!

      Back in the day you lied about being an asshole jew hating piece of filth. Now you dont even hide it....

      you tell the world that israel is apartheid, that the jews are fakes, that gaza is an open air jail, you claim hitler was a jew, you bully, you lie and distort every word possible....

      Your hatred is open and black..

      And you dont have a clue how to even hide it any more.

      I stand with Israel, you stand with evil..

      You have defined this blog.


    4. You just deleted:

      "I have never cared about the reputation of this blog, quot."

      I was writing a response to that. Now you have changed it to implicate WiO.

      You are right, you have never cared about the reputation of this blog, Mr rat.

      Nor your own reputation, nor that of all those many you have slandered over the years time and time again.

      We all know now your our self assessment of your reputation, and we all agree with you:

      "I am a professional asshole"
      desert rat

  9. Boston Amish lose, 4-2 to the Cardinals.

  10. Every day is Bash Israel Day here, followed by Bash Bob Day, a distant second

    rat needs help, the only question really is whether or not he is a threat to others.

    He says he is, for that's worth.

    1. out for the night


    2. The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest

  11. Seattle uses eminent domain to turn a parking lot into a parking lot

    By Admin / October 24, 2013 / 197 Comments

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    By Glen Morgan | Freedom Foundation

    Seattle’s city council voted unanimously Monday to use eminent domain to take private property. They say they must seize the private property, which is currently being used as a parking lot, in order to turn it into … a parking lot. (Here is the link to the original notice). Local station Q13Foxnews discussed this story here.

    In addition to eminent domain abuse, the City of Seattle has recently been in the news for hiding public records, and sinking the farm boat. The common thread among all three of these stories is that, in Seattle, central planning takes priority over people. In this case, they decided it was critically important to seize a parking lot from its 103-year-old owner so that it can be a parking lot. At least this is their stated justification.

  12. In Protestant Thought: From Rousseau to Ritschl, the great Protestant theologian Karl Barth refers to the German philosopher, G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831), as the “Protestant Aquinas.” Barth mentions that he has some theological differences with Hegel, but wonders why Hegel did not become for the Protestant world what Aquinas was for the Catholic world.

    It’s a good question. Hegel and Aquinas are certainly comparable in the sense that they treated a wide variety of topics in philosophy and theology, and unified and organized them. Another similarity resides in the prominence of theology in their writings – but with the following caveat: Whereas, in the scholastic approach adopted by Aquinas, philosophy (Aristotelian, Platonic, Stoic, etc.) is the “handmaid of theology,” with Hegel the relationship is inverted: theology becomes the handmaid of philosophy.

    Hegel was a staunch Lutheran. Trained to become a Lutheran pastor, he found his vocation as a professor of philosophy instead, and attained great fame and celebrity, even in his own time – rare among philosophers.

    Hegel was critical of Catholicism at times, in his writings and lectures. For example, he once made a scurrilous remark about the Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist, causing one of his Catholic students to complain to the authorities, since professors were public servants in Germany. Hegel simply replied that he was a Lutheran and always would be, and in covering religion should not be expected to present Catholic dogma.

    But Hegel also offered some backhanded compliments to Catholics. For example, in his Lectures on the History of Philosophy, he compares Protestant theologians unfavorably with Catholic theologians:

    The philosophical or speculative element is much greater in Catholic dogmatics. In the Protestant doctrinal system or in Protestant dogmatics. . .the content is, on the contrary, more historical in kind or more vested in a historical form, with the result that the doctrine becomes arid. In the Catholic Church the linkage of theology with philosophy has in substance always been preserved.
    In his extensive lectures on the history of philosophy, including the Middle Ages, he gives short shrift to Aquinas, but finds St. Anselm and William of Ockham somewhat more philosophically interesting.

    Nevertheless, as I have brought out in a number of my books on Hegel, it is hard, with Hegel, as with Aquinas, to classify him as a philosopher rather than a theologian. Theological foundations are found throughout the Hegelian corpus. Most modern philosophers pride themselves on being independent from theology in their thinking, but for Hegel this is not a virtue. “Theology,” he says, “continues to be through and through the same thing as philosophy, and it cannot separate itself from philosophy.”

    G.W.F. Hegel by Jakob Schlesinger (1831)

    1. This position plays itself out in all of his major works. His early Phenomenology of Spirit (1801) is characterized by Hegel as a reenactment of Golgotha by the human spirit, searching for an overcoming of the dichotomies of self and otherness, being and thought, consciousness and the world. Towards the end of the Phenomenology, the path to “Absolute Spirit” requires a journey through ancient “nature-religion” and Hellenic “art-religion” to Christianity, wherein Hegel analyzes the Genesis account of creation and the Fall, the emergence of the knowledge of good and evil, the Virgin Birth, the atonement of the God-man, and the development of the spirit of love in the Christian community.

      Hegel’s later works show a continuation of the same overall philosophical/theological project. His Science of Logic is not “logic” in the usual sense, but a study of the divine Logos, and a speculative investigation of “the life of God before the creation of the world.” He describes nature, in his Philosophy of Nature, as the external offspring of God (“the son of God, but not as the Son, but as abiding in otherness – the divine Idea as held fast for a moment outside the divine love”). Political philosophy is the investigation of the “march of God” in the progressive development of human society. The Church is the kingdom of God on earth, which supplies the indispensable foundation for a free and ethical society. And at the beginning of his Lectures on the Philosophy of History, he takes theologians to task for merely giving pious affirmations of divine providence, without trying to demonstrate its workings: “Our mode of treating the subject,” he says, is a “Theodicaea – a justification of the ways of God.”


    2. So-called “ontological” proofs for the existence of God by Anselm, Descartes, and others, encountered severe criticisms by Kant and others; but Hegel developed what he thought was an unassailable Trinitarian version of the proof in his Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion.

      Hegel’s constant emphasis is on “speculation” (not a pejorative word for him) as the optimum way to bring the truths of Christianity to full conceptual realization:

      Philosophy brings to our minds the same content [as in religion] and thereby attains that most spiritual worship in which thinking makes its own and knows conceptually what otherwise is only the content of subjective feeling or pictorial thinking.
      The Christian religion (the “Absolute Religion”), in Hegel’s opinion, had brought about the union of the fundamental opposites of interest to philosophy – matter and spirit, being and thought, divine and human; and now it was up to philosophy to bring this unification up to the conceptual level.

      Nineteenth century philosophers like Karl Marx and Ludwig Feuerbach criticized Hegel for being too spiritual. But the tendency in the last century, from Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, Karl Löwith, and others is to accuse him of dismantling “transcendence” from Christianity. What they miss is that Hegel’s goal, whether achieved or not, was to coordinate transcendent and emanent aspects by systematic philosophical “elevation” of Christian beliefs to a rational/conceptual level.

      Hegel was not a “Protestant Aquinas” in the sense of providing for the Lutherans a reliable guide to traditional doctrines, ecclesiology, and moral norms – which would have been quite difficult anyway because they have no Magisterium. But like Aquinas his coordination of philosophy with the truths of Christianity is unique and worthy of study.

      Howard Kainz is emeritus professor of philosophy at Marquette University. His most recent publications include Natural Law: an Introduction and Reexamination (2004), The Philosophy of Human Nature (2008), and The Existence of God and the Faith-Instinct (2010).

    3. "Hegel was not a “Protestant Aquinas” in the sense of providing for the Lutherans a reliable guide to traditional doctrines, ecclesiology, and moral norms – which would have been quite difficult anyway because they have no Magisterium."


      Rage Against the Magisterium!!!

      "Rage,rage against the dying of the light""

      Dylan Thomas

  13. Fern Hill

    Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
    About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
    The night above the dingle starry,
    Time let me hail and climb
    Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
    And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
    And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
    Trail with daisies and barley
    Down the rivers of the windfall light.

    And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns
    About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
    In the sun that is young once only,
    Time let me play and be
    Golden in the mercy of his means,
    And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves
    Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and
    And the sabbath rang slowly
    In the pebbles of the holy streams.

    All the sun long it was running, it was lovely, the hay
    Fields high as the house, the tunes from the chimneys, it was
    And playing, lovely and watery
    And fire green as grass.
    And nightly under the simple stars
    As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away,
    All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the
    Flying with the ricks, and the horses
    Flashing into the dark.

    And then to awake, and the farm, like a wanderer white
    With the dew, come back, the cock on his shoulder: it was all
    Shining, it was Adam and maiden,
    The sky gathered again
    And the sun grew round that very day.
    So it must have been after the birth of the simple light
    In the first, spinning place, the spellbound horses walking
    Out of the whinnying green stable
    On to the fields of praise.

    And honoured among foxes and pheasants by the gay house
    Under the new made clouds and happy as the heart was long,
    In the sun born over and over,
    I ran my heedless ways,
    My wishes raced through the house high hay
    And nothing I cared, at my sky blue trades, that time allows
    In all his tuneful turning so few and such morning songs
    Before the children green and golden
    Follow him out of grace.

    Nothing I cared, in the lamb white days, that time would
    take me
    Up to the swallow thronged loft by the shadow of my hand,
    In the moon that is always rising,
    Nor that riding to sleep
    I should hear him fly with the high fields
    And wake to the farm forever fled from the childless land.
    Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means,
    Time held me green and dying
    Though I sang in my chains like the sea.

    Dylan Thomas

    1. Do not go gentle into that good night

      by Dylan Thomas

      Do not go gentle into that good night,
      Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
      Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

      Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
      Because their words had forked no lightning they
      Do not go gentle into that good night.

      Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
      Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
      Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

      Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
      And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
      Do not go gentle into that good night.

      Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
      Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
      Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

      And you, my father, there on the sad height,
      Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
      Do not go gentle into that good night.
      Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

      - See more at:

      You can listen to the poet reading his poem

    2. Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
      Because their words had forked no lightning they
      Do not go gentle into that good night.

    3. Stand up and fork me a meaning, or spoon me a metaphor, or knife me an insight, or sit down and shut up!