I read this story, and I've got to be honest. I'm not surprised to hear about such a stupid rule at Geno's. You go there to eat and you're faced with political-tinged posters (ie: the anti-Mumia Abu-Jamal manifesto in your face) and the whole place just yells "We're right-wing Republican." Eateries aren't supposed to give you heartburn. As much of a political person as I am, I'm also a cheesteak connoisseur and I'm disappointed that Geno's would sink to this political level. I don't discuss or take bitter sides on the immigration issue among mixed company at my table, so why should I be forced to do so at theirs?
Pat's King of Steaks
I say screw 'em. To immigrants who are struggling with the language, don't worry. Not only will Pat's be willing to accommodate you in whatever language you're comfortable with, but their sandwiches are far tastier and they won't cram unwanted and divisive political crap down your throat with each bite you take. Besides, Pat's has the Red, Whire, and Blue sign.
Media Monsters Mock Widows and Parents of the Dead
We have come to a point where we are so divided in this nation that the Right has had to resort to insulting the widows and fathers of dead sons of America.
Ann Coulter's many statements have revealed who she is, and I'm speaking especially of her interview on NBC this week where she happily defended her bitter denigration of 9/11 widows and the marital bonds they'd shared with their decesaed husbands.
Yesterday, John Gibson of Fox News publicly mocked the father of 26 year-old Nick Berg, who had been beheaded in Iraq, and continued to mock him after Michael Berg had hung up in understandable disgust. MP3 HERE
The public debate, when it reaches this shrill, hateful, and uncivil tone toward those who have lost something so precious, hurts the ears of sensible people and reveals to every sane person in the viewing audience the monsters who engage in such disrespectful conduct.
Our nation is greatly diminished if we can no longer reason kindly with one another with respect for the poorest among us - those who've lost the most and have the least to gain by telling their truth.
People are naturally resistant to change. They will rail against opinions that aren't part of the government propaganda they hear day in and day out. But when a network that is in the business of spreading the propaganda invites a father of a dead American son to come on their network to not only use him as a straw man, but to make a whipping boy out of him, mocking him, publicly crucifying him, people are more apt to see him as a self-sacrificing agent for radical and loving change - not all that different from Jesus Christ in front of Herod and Pilate.
And we move on.
Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway Don't block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There's a battle outside And it is ragin'. It'll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin'.
I wanted to share with you some words of wisdom from a young man who spoke at his commencement ceremony at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts last weekend:
Class of 2006 graduate Charles Micah Christian urged his classmates to "take a chance for change" and to do so with "a fire burning in us … that water cannot put out."
Christian, a communication major, said the most important item on a tombstone is not the name, message or date of birth, but "the dash in between" the dates of birth and death.
It's all about the dash.
"The deeper meaning of this little dash encompasses relationships, change and growth, love shared, memories made, moments of pain and lasting peace, moments of tears and lasting joy, moments of weakness and lasting strength," Christian said.
"It represents the hearts that were stirred, inspired, moved and changed from your words and actions, and it represents the remarkable people that helped to mold and develop your mind and spirit during your everyday growth," he said.