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Brave Balancing Act

In the movie The Monkey King, an elderly and wise teacher gives a single weapon to a young scholar. The weapon must serve him well in upcoming battles against evil, battles he feels ill-prepared to fight, much less win. The teacher produces a single writing pen, a simple stick of bamboo attached to a diamond-shaped point. It is not a case of the pen being mightier than the sword. At this moment, the pen is the sword.

It takes courage to wield a pen. Especially when one's words invite public criticism. One courageous pen-wielder (and keyboard typist) can be found in the small city of Wichita Falls, Texas. His name is Carroll Wilson. For more than a decade, Wilson has served as managing editor of the Wichita Falls Times Record News. During this time, he has lived up to the best standards of journalism, standards which include speaking up, speaking for, speaking against, and ensuring that there is space for everyone else to express their own opinions in guest columns and letters t…

Feliz Día del Amor y de la Amistad

Happy Valentine's Day to All,
Especially to C&C, to whom picture and poem are dedicated
and, of course, to Big K & Little R.

Shakespeare's #116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments: Love's not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

A Powerful Read

"Much more powerful than the 9/11 Commission Report."

That's how Chalmers Johnson describes US V. BUSH, et al. by Elizabeth de la Vega. A federal prosecutor for 20 years, de la Vega conducted an exhaustive review of documents and press briefings that were issued and took place prior to the Iraq invasion. It is the work of a careful and caring attorney, who shows in detail how the current U.S. administration has committed fraud.

In a recent appearance on C-SPAN, de la Vega recounted the story of a friend whose mother-in-law had recently come to visit. The friend was giving her mother-in-law a tour of the city, with her young daughter in the back seat of the car. They passed a beautiful church, and the little girl said, "Look, there's our church. I wonder why we don't go there." De la Vega commented that this is how we have come to treat our constitution. "Look, there's our constitution. I wonder why we don't pay attention to it."

De l…

Molly Will Be Missed

Columnist Molly Ivins died on January 31, 2007. For millions of us who read her columns, who learned from her insight, found relief in her unending and intelligent humor and were inspired by her courageous communication, her absence is a great loss. We were not ready to stop reading--or needing--Miss Molly. In her January 14th column in Fort Worth's Star Telegram, Ivins wrote:
"We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war."Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we're for them and are trying to get them out of there. Hit the streets to protest Bush's proposed surge. We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, 'Stop it, now!'"John Moritz wrote a good article about Ivins in the Star Telegram, which you can find unencumbered through a Google search or c…