Friday Night at 8: Core

Everybody’s talking about the center and where is the center and who comprises the center and then, of course, if you find yourself not included in this new definition of the center it’s like childhood games of musical chairs that moment everyone else grabbed a seat and you’re standing there, going “huh.”

Last one to the trough is a goober!

And the strange thing is I don’t really even know where the trough is or what’s in it or if I’d even like to partake.  But boy do I feel the vibe urging me onward like a madwoman at a sale at Century 21, the Downtown location, yeah, you know what I’m talking about.

Thing is, whenever  I get this feeling, that vibe pushing me along when I don’t recall asking for the shove, I get suspicious.

I start thinking, “is this some shiny distraction?”

Center.  Bah.

I found a particularly lucid post over at a blog called Coyote Crossing, the post was entitled centrism and is by a blogger named Chris Clarke, who writes from “the Mojave Desert and elsewhere,” at least that’s what it says on his blog.

Anyway he has a whole lot of really lucid observations to make on what the center is and how and why Obama will work from the center and what the rest of us have to do to move the center to the left so Obama can work from the center in a more sane way.

So that’s a task, ain’t it?

Again going back to community organizing, which NLinStPaul has been writing a great deal about and also has real life experience with.

Then you have Daily Kos front pager Meteor Blades, who wrote a mind-blowing blast of pure American reality and here at Docudharma, davidseth was doing the same, both of them having fought battles no less noble than the heroes we care for in our military (well at least we know jimstaro cares for them). Blow, baby, blow!  (My response to “drill baby drill”).

Me, I’m proud to be the Peanut Gallery, occasional chanteuse, mad poet, witness, Superkitty of Justice when the siren calls, yeah.

I don’t need no stinking favors, I got riches all over the blogosphere, the useless blogosphere that everyone says is so ineffectual and “should” instead be this or that.  Fuck the center, I got me a front-row seat.  And it’s there for anyone who wants it.  So that’s cool, too.

Well I’ll tell ya one thing.  The blogosphere is turning me into something way more far-fetched than Fairy Godmother playing the Cinderella transformation gig.

Lord have mercy.

I’m turning into an informed citizen.

Blow, blogs, blow!

Oh, and to you, President Obama, thanks for defeating the drama and bringing back the cool.

(“So What,” Miles Davis, description and video courtesy of YouTuber Deepsound:  “Miles Davis and John Coltrane play one of the best renditions of SO WHAT ever captured on film-Live in 1958. Edit : in fact, was in New York, april 2, 1959. Recorded by CBS producer Robert Herridge. Cannonball Adderley had a migrane and was absent from the session. Wynton Kelly played piano–he was the regular band member at this time–but Bill Evans had played on the original recording of “So What” on March 2, 1959. The other musicians seen in the film were part of the Gil Evans Orchestra, who performed selections from “Miles Ahead”. Jimmy Cobb on drums.)”


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  1. … in them thar tubez!

    (Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Take Five” (1961) – with Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Joe Morello and Gene Wright, courtesy YouTube’s sixsix)

    • kj on November 8, 2008 at 02:15

    …the useless blogosphere that everyone says is so ineffectual and “should” instead be this or that.

    they might need to be schooled in the art of chaos, i think!  😉

    • Edger on November 8, 2008 at 02:22

    It has for years. I’m about as far from center as they come.

  2. looking for a post by Madman in the Marketplace where he articulated that compromise (or the center) is the place you reach AFTER you’ve made effective arguments from opposing sides. It is NOT the place you start from. But I haven’t been able to find it.

    That thought keeps surfacing for me when I hear all this talk about finding the “middle.” We haven’t even clearly defined all the positions yet!!!

    • RUKind on November 8, 2008 at 04:03

    Same as the old meme. I think it’s more about clinging to the present or some vision of a recent past or embracing change and seeing where it takes us.

    This country was founded by people seeking change from the old ways of post-feudal Europe. Once they got a foothold on the coast it was the Cumberland Gap and on to the Northwest Territories (Great Lakes region). Feeling too settled down? Across the Mississippi, up the MIssouri and then over the Rockies.

    Same thing has been going on always here. People just keep coming seeking change. Even when you’re born here you’re likely to live in several places during your life.

    Some people thrive on change, some people fear it. Change in your surroundings, your neighbors or even who you are. Like the song says, “You can’t go back and you can’t stand still.”

    I don’t think left-center-right are the proper adjectives any more. I’d say change/status quo are the basic definitions and from there the direction of the change becomes a secondary attribute.

    Just thinkin’.


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