Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

Tempest in a coffeepot

04/03/2010. Category: People. Topic: , .

There just absolutely, definitely and ultimately had to be an alternative to the Tea Party Patriots. Obviously it had to be a Coffee Party. What else? The Milkshake Makeovers? The Ginseng Gang? The Cucumber Club? Alas, any organization with serious intentions should be able to trace its name – and its cause – back to roots in history. Like the Kit Kat Club, the Knickerbockers, or any other hetaireiai, for that matter.

Aha! You say. But what roots did those clubs have? They were originators. And that, of course, is the root of the issue. It does not matter what a club or organization wants to call itself, here is one situation in life where the cause will be judged not by its actions but by its results… or it could be just another Ancient Order of Froth Blowers – rather sociable but not quite influential.

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Three sugars please

06/02/2010. Category: People. Topic: , .

It’s easy to find the flavor of the national Tea Party movement. And if you can’t stomach it, add some sugar because it looks like they’ll be stirring up the political scene for some time to come. If you doubt it, look what happened last time. Then, as now, in essence it was much about the misuse of public money (commonly referred to as tax). And this time, too, the teabaggers – as they are known – are calling for a revolution.

The first recorded revolution in history, at around 2800 BC, took place when people from the Sumerian city of Lagash overthrew bureaucrats who also were lining their own pockets and those of their friends but kept raising taxes. The reason for revolution has not changed much.

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