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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (2005; repost)

First published on Dandelion Salad in 2008. Originally published in 2005.

Beautiful Fall Day

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By Gary Corseri
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Nov. 20, 2012 Continue reading

Heroes By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
January 8, 2012

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Do not call them “heroes”
if they have done your killing for you.
Say that they have done your bidding;
say they were your “soldiers.”

Say that you have trained them well:
They are the oiled machinations of war,
performing as expected.

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The Lion and the Ox: The Winter of Our Discontent By Gary Steven Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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December 30, 2011

Ron Paul 2012 sign

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“One Law for Lion and Ox is Oppression.” –William Blake

“Where is the place of understanding? Where is wisdom to be found?” –The Book of Job

Info coming at us at the speed of light—gigabytes per nano-sec—and our horse-and-buggy bio-chem brains struggle with ancient grammars, syntaxes and texts! Even our metaphors are now wretchedly overwrought: Not, “how to connect the dots,” but how to perceive, measure, record and duck the shot-gunned info-pellets rushing at our faces! Continue reading

Occupy The World… And The Values Revolution! By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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Dandelion Salad
29 October 2011

Last week, Barbara “wah-wah” Walters—thank you, Gilda Radner!—was trotted in front of ABC’s Evening News cameras to assure those familes still chowing down that the brutal, disgusting, illegal, savage beating, sodomization and execution of Libyan “dictator” Gaddafi was… understandable… because, he was “crazy.”

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Solving the Poor By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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September 13, 2011

Relict

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1.

He hoisted her a little higher on his back. …

If only Mother had followed Sister’s counsel about the pumice stone—or had allowed Sister to use the stone on her (and to trim her long toenails, as well!)—her calloused heels would not be chafing his ribs and hips through the thin fabric of his summer yukata.

But, she had always been a stubborn, proud woman; and in her youth she had been considered a bijin—a beauty—who had held her head high among the courtesans—the first wife of the Lord’s First Minister, with her own retinue of servants in the apartments near the Daimyo’s own.

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Farewell Content: Class Wars and Ass Wars By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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Dandelion Salad
August 12, 2011

“Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content!
Farewell the plumed troops and the big wars
That make ambition virtue!” — William Shakespeare (Othello)

“It would be supererogatory for me to list those areas in which thoughtful Americans feel that collapse is coming.” — Anthony Burgess, “Is America Falling Apart?” (1971)

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Let Them Eat Cake! By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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Dandelion Salad
July 28, 2011

somalia455-refugee-women-getting-water

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The people of Somalia are not like us.
Their skin is black and gray and parched by sun.
They carry their babies on bony hips,
Walking for miles for a little water.
Even their babies are resigned to death,
Hollow-eyed, fly-covered, without the strength
To cry, without the will to endure.

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