Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
It was not until mass Irish and Scottish immigration in the 19th century that Halloween became a major holiday in America.
I just wasted a whole day watching a bunch of politicians participating in a hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attack. It turned out to be nothing more than a Republican vs. Democrat debate.
In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.
--Alexis de Tocqueville
Last night I sat and suffered through a cacophony of ludicrous rhetoric. The entire program can be summed up as:
"Blah... Blah... Blah..."
a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds.
so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing; ridiculous.
rhetoric noun 1. the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques. 2. language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.
The viewers of last night's introduction to the Socialist Agenda would be well advised to read 1984.
Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949. The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government's invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite, that persecutes individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrime", also a Newspeak word.
Acceptance of socialism (or Bernie Sanders' Democratic Socialism) in the United States is a step closer to the reality of the hopeless horror depicted in 1984.
In November 2011, the United States government argued before the US Supreme Court that it wants to continue utilizing GPS tracking of individuals without first seeking a warrant. In response, Justice Stephen Breyer questioned what this means for a democratic society by referencing Nineteen Eighty-Four. Justice Breyer asked, "If you win this case, then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States.
Except for POWER at the top -
which is never, NEVER shared.
Former students who read 1984 in school may want to reread the book after having experienced a few years of reality.
Let's face it... many of the problems facing the United States continue to exist because the nation has a president who doesn't know how to resolve them. He seems to think the country has 'issues' -- instead of 'problems.'
The southern border of the U.S. is not secure.
Radical Islamists are beheading innocent people.
Iran is preparing to nuke us out of existence.
"We got a shit-load of problems."
disclaimer: The author is not always correct. (But he usually is.)
busk verb 1. play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations in the street or in subways. 2.informal improvise.
Gohere to read more about it and to read some original haiku.
And there is more at Wikipedia -- beginning with: National Poetry Day is a British campaign to promote poetry, including public performances. National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart. It takes place annually in the UK and Ireland on the first or second Thursday of October.