September 18th, 2009

moment of silence, candle

Mary Travers Has Gone to Sing with the Angels

I was sorrowed to hear this news today:

Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary Dead at 72
Agence France-Presse: "Mary Travers, the female third of the wildly popular folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, whose anthems lent passionate voice to the 1960s protest movement, has died after battling leukemia, her publicist said. She was 72."

Their voices echo fondly from my youth. I remember them appearing frequently in the PBS fundraiser drives during the holiday season. "One for Peter, one for Paul, and one for Him who made us all..."

Single Player Health Care

Here is an article about the failure of compromise in health care reform, an issue where people want fundamentally different and mutually exclusive things. It's really frustrating.

I wish we could require politicians to demonstrate some competence and at least make them go through relevant training before just handing them the reins to the country. Frex, consensus training. Then maybe they'd understand how to do it -- and when it's just not going to be possible. And while we're at it, get them to understand how blocking is actually supposed to work, and why you can't do it all the time.