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7/23/2007

Howard’s End

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:15 am

I can only go so long with out giving into an indulgence of Edwardian fiction. Sating the craving this time around was E. M. Forster’s Howard’s End. This novel fit all the prerequisites for an Edwardian era book – predictable, stuffy, and exceedingly British. I wasn’t overwhelmed, but I’m usually not with these types of books. They’re mostly eye candy.

I was intrigued by the book’s theme of social and economic class differences. While most of the points were obvious, there were a few gems. One such gem is when two of the main characters, society women both, are at a luncheon with friends discussing how they would leave their fortunes if they were even richer than they already were. Most at the lunch were enchanted with the nouveau philosophy of Socialism, and suggested starting various charities or foundations dictating how their money would help society. The pragmatist main character, Meg, annoyed with the idea that people on the receiving-end of welfare should be told how to live, declares, “Why not give him the money itself?” Exchanges like these put Howard’s End in the upper ranks of Edwardian novels.

All and all it was pretty much what I expected and exactly what I wanted for a little summer fluff. Next up is a 3 books 1 combo I picked up from the library – all Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and Red Harvest. Classic mystery novels, perfect summer vacation reading.

7/16/2007

What Hillary REALLY Wants to Say to You

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:24 pm

Mike pointed this out to me and since he hasn’t posted it, I will.

This is what Hillary Clinton really wants to say to you:

HillaryFYOU

Senatorial Subtlety

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:02 pm

Vice President Dick Cheney take note – the Senate is trying to teach you something via the front page of Senate.gov.

So maybe you’re not as much a part of the legislative branch as you had hoped.

I wonder who’s responsible for posting the Senate’s ‘featured articles’? Well timed.

7/7/2007

How Do You Score It, Harold?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:40 pm

I adore Harold Lederman, HBO’s Boxing After Dark ringside judge. Well respected in the boxing world, Lederman is the quintessential sports commentator. Besides the obvious fact that he knows his sport forward and back, he brings an excitement and passion to boxing that is unequaled. It doesn’t hurt that he has a unique voice that is almost comically stereotypical.

Is it weird that I totally dig boxing and Harold Lederman? I’m not a fighter and not a huge sports geek. Yet, I find boxing to be an amazing, raw sport on which I’m completely hooked. Harold Lederman is the icing on the bloody cake.

Saturday night’s all right for fighting.

7/4/2007

Reprise

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:03 pm

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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