Your humble scribe offers these codgertations for your consideration:
• Did the architects of Obamacare not learn anything from New Coke?
• Imagine you’re watching a movie. Some man rushes in and screams that the lobby’s on fire and begs some people to grab fire extinguishers and help put out the flames before they engulf the whole theater.
Some moviegoers say the only thing they smell is popcorn. Some say only professional firefighters can determine if there’s a real problem. Some people figure if they keep their eyes on the screen they won’t see any flames. But they’re all mad at the guy who interrupted the movie.
That must be how it feels to warn Americans about the national debt.
• Would someone please explain to me exactly how my life or my value to my community is supposed to be enhanced if I know more about the Kardashian clan or Miley’s circus?
• Went to Oxford Film Festival’s screening of the film adaptation of “As I Lay Dying” this week. Tupeloan Mary Jo Tate’s inquiry about what I thought of the James Franco film finally helped me define my general discomfiture with Faulkner. It’s not that he exposes the seamy side of us all – I’m a firm believer in man’s capacity for depravity and have experienced my own share of dysfunction. What bothers me is that Oxford’s revered patriarch of writers, despite his “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail” assertion, so rarely portrays any real measure of redemption.
(Then again, maybe looking for redemption in Faulkner is, to paraphrase the honky-tonk song, “looking for redemption in all the wrong places.”)
• The problem with much leftist philosophy is that it assigns ancient wisdom an expiration date.
Leftist philosophy decries marriage and champions commitment-free sex.
It offers government instead of fathers.
It suggests abortion instead of chastity.
It imposes political correctness in place of the balancing values of civility and liberty.
It declares people to be basically good but points to evil as proof that God does not exist.
It declares people to be basically good but offers no solutions when we prove otherwise.
• Now, wash your mind out with this:
Fall’s too beautiful, even before the majority of the leaf change, to stay indoors. Make it a point soon to pick up your shillelagh (What? You don’t have a shillelagh?), stuff a couple of water bottles in your cargo pants pockets and go for an afternoon’s stroll in your woods. (What? You don’t own any woods? Yes, you do: Everyone in Northeast Mississippi is within an easy drive of a state park, state lake or national forest.)
And consider leaving your cellphone on “Do Not Disturb” mode.
Contact Daily Journal reporter Errol Castens at (662) 816-1282 or firstname.lastname@example.org