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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

10 responses to “Serving up some old time religion at Wexford groundbreaking”

  1. salgal

    The palpable intoxication of Capitalism really could only go in this direction. From the tired usage of the lazy label of “worshiping” money, be it used to categorize individuals, corporations, institutions, or visionaries, we come to this curious moment of synchronicity where some have truly gone “One toke over the line sweet Jesus.”

    Cathedrals indeed. Does anything that is not directly tied to money matter anymore?

    Provocative reporting Mr. Ahlquist.

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  2. cailin rua

    Wow, this is kind of funny except for the fact it’s so sad. Another H. L. Menken, P T Barnum moment, I guess.

    And the analysis? Is it Guy Fawkes Day or something? Funny, I don’t remember Spiro Kostof’s account, in A History of Architecture – Ritual and Settings, where he writes of the construction of Chartres Cathedral, quite matching your account. Another funny thing is how you don’t mention The First Baptist Church in America. What do you think paid for that??? There was more than one John Brown, you know, and one of them never traveled to Harper’s Ferry. Who wants to be bothered with details, though.

    Hooh, boy . . . Da Crater Class . . . we’re on a role now. Green Zone and “restructuring of state enterprises” here we come! A new huge hole to throw our money down somewhere along the 9th Circle of Hell where everything is plated in gold . . . and tax free! except for the people who actually live here. Who needs Trump when you’ve got pols like these shoveling it.

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  3. cailin rua

    I’m glad you provided the artist’s rendering for the building being put up by this Real Estate Investment Trust which dresses itself up as a “Science and Technology” company. It doesn’t look anything like a cathedral. In fact, it will be built in a mere two years, according the the press.

    There was, however, a great deal of religious fervor and dogma involved in the building of this boondoggle for those w/ legacy, privilege and wealth – newfound wealth and old. It’s the new religion. It’s name was coined by conservatives – Scientism.

    “Ever since its coining by conservatives, “scientism” has been used pejoratively, most commonly by the same people who deny evolution and climate change. Consequently, leftists have historically renounced the word, signaling that that they fall on the side of scientific truth and not religion or spirituality.

    This is a false dichotomy. One can value scientific inquiry without viewing the natural sciences as unimpeachable truth. And one can assail purported scientific progress without assailing science itself.”

    GoLoco is engaging in a post mortem re: the Wexford giveaways. They want to see Raimondo gone. Chafee is waiting in the wings. The Mac Farmer wing of the former Chafee/Rockefeller Republicans would be more comfortable with him as I am sure R I Future would, even if the folks at GoLoco would probably prefer Ken Block. Left and Right today exist on a spectrum that’s pretty far right of what used to be center.

    Anyway, GoLoco has at least raised questions about Johnson and Johnson’s moves coming up and how much it is going to cost us for 75 jobs. We’re going to give them millions and millions and millions. Everybody, I guess, has forgotten how much Johnson and Johnson gave Harvard Medical School, or was it just to Dr. Joseph Biederman? It amounted to 10 million over the same length of time we’ve committed our donations to the same company which bribes researchers at the foremost medical research center in the world. Ah, science! In case anyone doesn’t get it – we give to Johnson and Johnson. Johnson and Johnson gives in order to corrupt Ivy League School administrators and to add more insult to injury, we give to the local Ivy which just seems to get and get and get.

    The private, elite universities take and take and give nothing back in return. There will be no peace in this country until these universities and their assets are nationalized, maybe in a way similar to how Trinity College in Dublin, founded by Queen Elizabeth I was:

    “Behind its high iron railings the Victorian university had become something of a self-contained community, out of sympathy with the increasingly nationalist city and focused on an expanding British empire for opportunities for its graduates. During the sixty-year war of attrition between British governments and the Catholic hierarchy over higher education policy in Ireland, Trinity struggled to accommodate itself to what was a changing Ireland. Between 1873 and 1908 a variety of schemes were proposed that would have made the College a member of a federated Irish (or Dublin) university; these were strenuously and effectively resisted as threats to its independence. As part of this, the College gradually re-positioned itself to become a non-denominational institution: in 1873 all religious tests (except those connected with the Divinity School) were abolished. However despite this, the fractious struggle to retain the College’s separate identity meant that when the battle over Irish higher education was finally resolved in 1908 with the creation of the federal National University, it left a difficult legacy for the defenders of the older institution.”

    from: the Trinity College website’s About page – History

    People like Brian Moynihan and Steve Cohen, the heirs to Alfred Taubman, Moe Annenberg, Thomas Watson, etc. use the university to effect the public policy they so desire. Democratically elected government here merely exists to rubber stamp the latest directives that come down from College Hill. Everybody knows, as Leonard Cohen would say.

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  4. leftyrite

    cailin rua!


    Fiftieth year high school reunion tonight!!

    Isn’t that exciting?!

    Rubber chicken. Facebook.



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  5. cailin rua

    “Rubber chicken”, ah, those Golden Years. Was it a progressive chicken, I wonder.

    C’est la vie and happy anniversary!

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  6. leftyrite

    thank you.

    it was fun.

    and…on a more political note,

    as more trumpets sound ’round these parts,

    i’ve just been reading about the violence in Spain.

    The Left and the Right seem to having their own 70th year reunion.

    So, “politically motivated ingrates” that we are,

    i reach across the Void to you, my dear.

    Looks like our voices and our witnesses
    are still needed at home.

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  7. leftyrite

    to the three people (-1) who read me:

    the “reunion” in Spain is taking place after approximately eighty years.

    The great advantage of being spare parts is

    that you can do stuff like this

    and still care

    and not be unhappy

    and hang out there

    and wonder if and when you’ll

    learn to silkscreen.

    Read a great piece in the Sunday Times.

    The wonderful essayist, quoting Lenny Bruce,

    mentioned that baton twirling isn’t Jewish.

    I’d like to add that it isn’t necessarily Jewish,

    but it certainly could be.

    Right, Lynette Cohen?

    The cosmos is so much bigger.

    (walking off with Larry David’s poltergeist) Did I tell you I saw Neil De Grasse Tyson

    at Olga’s. No? Well, remind me.

    But now, I want to talk about Van

    at the Palace Concert Theater,

    November, 1973.

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  8. leftyrite

    Nothing was working.

    We gave cathedrals a try.

    And made a three floor econobox

    stretch to sky.

    The pols were there

    to wish us well.

    We handled a shovel.

    Gee, that was swell.

    Then, we went home

    and continued to make

    All those calls

    that we just have to take.

    Hey, that’s OK.

    We’re making a dent.

    By the way, Tofu Meister.

    How you paying’ the rent?

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