Sunday, February 17, 2013

Around The Family Table

The last time I linked over to an essay of Brigid’s, I noted that Brigid’s parents, and my parents, would have gotten along quite well together.

Brigid’s most recent essay, Posts From the Road - My Brothers Keeper, reminds me that my family is larger than just my parents and siblings, and I thank Brigid for this reminder, because I have experienced the caring of this larger family.

...I think of this blog community, many of you here that I have met, thousands I have not. Yet when a blog goes silent, usually because someone did the ring of salt wrong when setting up their new blogger template, someone always speaks up. “What happened to Matthew, his site is down?” Someone else, “he’s fine, just not going to maintain a blog”. Others offering help if the issue IS technical. Well wishes for the new parents, condolences for our losses, support during illness. Some cash in a tip jar for an unexpected emergency in a working family. Rituals from those who remember the divinity of rituals, a few minutes each day we rescue each other deep in the middle of an anonymous web.

We read the news, we surf the web, just as we walk the streets, motion, stopping, pausing, looking, the whole world moving with the click of a heel, the click of a mouse, so much dependent on how quickly we come into view and move out again, how much we really are aware of in that moment. But we watch, we listen, we think, we prepare to survive, we prepare to defend. We are less strangers than you think, this tribe of bloggers.

Posted by John Venlet on 02/17 at 09:30 AM
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But It’s Not About Power - Rehabbing Jesse Jackson Jr.

A news article on Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s downfall from potential future political power broker to soon to be incarcerated inmate muses on Jackson Jr.‘s problems as follows.

For all the talk of Jesse Jackson Jr. aspiring to be a U.S. senator or mayor of the nation’s third-largest city, his career wasn’t ended by attempts to amass political power.

Instead, it was the former congressman’s desire for flashy items — a gold-plated Rolex watch, furs and collectibles, such as Eddie Van Halen’s guitar.

In a state where stop-at-nothing political ambition has been well documented — and often rewarded — the seemingly frivolous cause of Jackson’s undoing is seen by political observers and former colleagues as both nonsensical and sad.

What’s nonsensical and sad is the total inability of the reporters who wrote the story; not to mention the political handlers, pundits and former political colleagues whose soundbites appear within the story; to understand that Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s downfall was and is about power.  They can opine all they’d like that Jackson Jr.‘s downfall was related to his penchance for acquiring expensive geegaws, but the fact of the matter is Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s ability to acquire expensive geegaws is only the result of Jackson Jr. trading on the faux power of his father’s name.  A name which greased and gassed Jr.‘s rise to prominence in the first place.

Articles such as this are simply the initial attempts to rehabilitate the name of Jesse Jackson Jr.  My bet is the Jackson Jr. will do his time, uttering mea culpas all the while, and that soon he’ll be gladhanding with all his former political cronies, and return to the political spotlight ala Marion Barry.

Jackson Jr.‘s downfall tied to objects, not power

Posted by John Venlet on 02/17 at 08:54 AM
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