esmense

esmense
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"Often this poet, strolling through the noisy splintered glare of a Manhattan noon, has paused at a sample Olivetti to type up thirty or forty lines of ruminations, or pondering more deeply has withdrawn to a darkened ware- or fire-house to limn his computed misunderstandings of the eternal questions of life, co-existence and depth, while never forgetting to eat Lunch his favorite meal..." Frank O'Hara Lunch Poems, 1964. This site is dedicated to the spirit of the man who wrote "I am ashamed of my century for being so entertaining, but I have to smile." Different century than the one we are all now inhabiting of course, and he did have the ill-grace to check out early, before the 1960s ended and America's contribution to that century’s ill-conceived wars, brutal assassinations and betrayals had changed our graceful, fond and confident smiles to the currently fashionable smirks, sneers, snickers and grimaces seen nightly on the news and political talk shows. But still. I hope to "limn" my own "computed misunderstandings of the eternal questions of life, co-existence and depth" on these pages, while never forgetting to eat Lunch, and always, always searching for those rare moments of grace -- when whatever it is that this century is clicks more clearly into view.

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Salon.com
NOVEMBER 30, 2010 11:13AM

A Modest Proposal

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The President has proposed and the Republicans are applauding a pay freeze for federal employees.

But they really shouldn't stop there. I'd like to suggest another  even better economically pointless, but PR rich, gesture that is guaranteed to  elate ALL the folks back home -- whatever their ideology.

Here's my proposal: Limit congressman's pay to no more than 3 times the average per capita earnings in their district, and senator's to no more than three times the per capita earnings in the state. Raises would of course be automatic -- when constituents get a raise, their "representatives" get a raise.

I fully expect the Tea Party, and Republicans who believe in  "accountability," to be wildly enthusiastic about this idea. 

What do you say, Rep. Boehner?

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