Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Peregrine

last night I dreamt of hope
fragile bird
and that dream, so easily confused
blocked out by murder, hatred, greed
flew off till it sat in a tree
waiting patiently for the din to quell
the horror to pass
what macabre visions we acclimate to!
birds wings and bones were never meant
to carry great weight
to harness horrors
their honeycomb densities,
quills and pinions were made for the wind
and yet this hope remains
updrafts pulling me from branches
spiralling up, away from the charnel slopes
away, away into glassy dome of freedom

-Jay
2/24/10

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ship Tracking

Here is a fun little tool:

Cruise ship I will be on 2/6/10 is the Carnival Elation, headed to Cabo, Mex.

Track here:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?centerx=30¢ery=25&zoom=2&level1=140#

-Jay

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"

-John Adams

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,586023,00.html
Mel Gibson as Graham Hess in the movie Signs:

"People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?"

Monday, February 15, 2010

Collapse of the euro is 'inevitable': Bailing out the Greek economy futile, says FRENCH banking chief

Link

"Strategists at Paris-based Société Générale said that any bailout of the stricken Greek economy would only provide 'sticking plasters' to cover the deep- seated flaws in the eurozone bloc.

The stark warning came as the euro slipped further on the currency markets and dire growth figures raised the prospect of a 'double-dip' recession in the embattled zone.
The bailout of Greece will only act as a 'sticking plaster' for the Euro crisis, the bank warned today

Claims that the euro could be headed for total collapse are particularly striking when they come from one of the oldest and largest banks in France - a core founder-member.

In a note to investors, SocGen strategist Albert Edwards said: 'My own view is that there is little "help" that can be offered by the other eurozone nations other than temporary, confidence-giving "sticking plasters" before the ultimate denouement: the break-up of the eurozone.'"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Dawn

Ho Eos, rosy dactylos parting dawn
mark these curtains and part them
torchbearer against the mirk
standardbearer to this chariot
as fingers part that shroud
bring life and animation
there can be no oracle without light
no illumination by muses without fire
only languid Promethian pools~
bold Nyx flees from thee,
the only to stand against Zeus and live
and so part Aether now
and light rule the day!
Ho Eos, red-fingered dawn
cleaver of inky shades
harbinger of day
light the reed torch
and loosen these reins!

-Jay
2-5-10

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

This song can be heard here

Sgt. McKenzie
by Joseph Kilna McKenzie

Original Scottish Version
Lay me doon in the caul caul groon
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun
Lay me doon in the caul caul groon
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun

When they come a wull staun ma groon
Staun ma groon al nae be afraid

Thoughts awe hame tak awa ma fear
Sweat an bluid hide ma veil awe tears

Ains a year say a prayer faur me
Close yir een an remember me

Nair mair shall a see the sun
For a fell tae a Germans gun

Lay me doon in the caul caul groon
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun
Lay me doon in the caul caul groon
Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun

Whaur afore monie mair huv gaun

English Translation
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone

When they come I will stand my ground
Stand my ground I’ll not be afraid

Thoughts of home take away my fear
Sweat and blood hide my veil of tears

Once a year say a prayer for me
Close your eyes and remember me

Never more shall I see the sun
For I fell to a Germans gun

Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone
Lay me down in the cold cold ground
Where before many more have gone

Where before many more have gone

In memory of Sgt. Charles Stuart MacKenzie
Seaforth Highlanders
Who along with many others gave up his life
So that we can live free
We will remember them
This article scaerd me. It got me to thinking.

Jay, how do you know someone?"

The answer came. A Man once said "by their fruits ye shall know them."

In that light, I hope the words quoted in this article by Mr. Beck are truly only lipservice. Otherwise, Heaven help us!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,584505,00.html

-Jay