get ye back to the poorhouse glory days, green streets wallpaper, the persistence of amnesia

From the U.S. Government publication:  Special Reports, Paupers in Alms Houses — 1904

Arkansas – Every county must relieve its own poor. Sheriffs, coroners, constables, and justices of the peace shall give information to their respective county courts of the poor: and the county court has the duty of providing for such persons. If satisfied that the applicants are paupers the county court shall order their commitment to the poorhouse, there to remain until discharged by an order of the court. County courts have the power to establish poorhouses, and when completed the court shall let them out annually to the lowest responsible bidder under bond for the faithful care of the inmates. In counties without poorhouses the court may let the care of the poor to the lowest responsible bidder. The county is not liable for the support of any pauper who refuses to accept county aid in the manner provided above. The county court may cause the employment of each able-bodied pauper on work for the county.

Not to pick on Arkansas. The whole book is a photocopy and I did not have time to transcribe more than one state. Odd that we should have poverty in the U.S. before that commie dictator FDR came to office and turned the U.S. into a Marxist utopia. Sounds like Arkansas, which was similar to several states, had the whole poverty thing under control. You became a ward of the court and did as they directed, not dissimilar to the indentured servitude common to 18th century Europe or workhouses of Dicken’s “Oliver Twist”. From another section at the same site – Poorhouse (Alms House) Residents  in the 1850 Census – a photo of a census record with the occupants of the alms house/poor house. Out of 7 residents (that does not include “The Keeper”) 4 were female and 3 male. All were over the age of fifty. For those that didn’t get the sarcasm – Roosevelt-era reforms are saving capitalism—again

green streets wallpaper

Islam and organized Christianity could both use some liberalizing. Fundamentalists in each want to drag humanity back in time by a couple of centuries. Be that as it may the U.S. does have  guarantees of religious worship in the 1st Amendment. The Racist Freak Out Over the “Ground Zero” Mosque by Far Right Conservatives

In December, the New York Times reported that “for months,” hundreds of Muslims had been gathering every Friday at an abandoned building two blocks north of the World Trade Center for prayer and readings from the Qur’an in Arabic. A group of Muslims purchased the building — which had been damaged from debris resulting from the 9/11 attacks  — and now, led by the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) and the Cordoba Initiative, plan to build a 15-story Islamic community center there that will include a mosque, an arts center, a workout facility, and other public spaces. ASMA founder Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf said the project “sends the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.” “We want to push back against the extremists,” he added. Other faith leaders offered support for the project. “[Abdul Rauf] subscribes to my credo: ‘Live and let live,'” said Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a spiritual leader at a nearby synagogue.

Let’s suppose there is a battle of one dogma versus the other here. They might not be, but far Right Christians are giving the impression they are afraid they can’t win that battle; preemptively sabotaging their ideological opponents.

Tokyo Flashback – Vintage Design and Illustration from Japan – There is an Edward Gorey-ish illustration of a Siamese doll circa 1968 and a cool robot from a store window display circa 1969-70.

I was reading the lament of a social critic last week in which they pointed out the web’s intrusion on people’s privacy and in particular its unforgiving memory. Post a crazy rant, a video of you hugging the toilet after a party, a spiced up resume – it might haunt you forever. Pre-intertubes we could, to some degree reinvent ourselves. Internet memories can last decades while human memories tend to fade. That critic need not worry. Even with all the documentation on the web, America’s Peculiar Amnesia
People have already forgotten how George W. Bush and the Republican Congress expanded government spending.

She also points out that during his eight years in office, Bush’s “anti-government” Republican administration increased the federal budget by an extraordinary 104 percent. By comparison, the increase under President Bill Clinton’s watch was a relatively measly 11 percent (a rate, I might add, lower than Ronald Reagan’s). In his last term in office, Bush increased discretionary spending—that means non-Medicare, non-Social Security—by 48.6 percent. In his final year in office, fiscal year 2009, he spent more than $32,000 per American, up from $17,216.68 in fiscal year 2001.

But Bush is not the only culprit. After all, the federal government usually spends money in response to state demands. Look, for example, at the demands made by Alaska, a state that produces a disproportionate quantity of anti-government rhetoric, which has had Republican governors since 2002, and which has a congressional delegation dominated by Republicans. Nevertheless, for the last decade, Alaska has been among the top three largest state recipients of federal funding, per capita. Usually, Alaska is far ahead—sometimes three times as far ahead—of most other states in the union.

Those who voted for Bush 43 would have to admit they were not just wrong about the person, but wrong about the fundamental philosophy that underpinned everything he and his hand maiden conservative Congress did. Trying to get someone to admit they were wrong about a movie showtime lately, a parking space screw-up or an error in a line of code, a missed anniversary or birthday or even a small rudeness. It can be like pulling teeth with steel anchors. Get someone to admit they enabled policies that got hundreds of thousands of innocent people killed and crashed the economy, along with a host of other fu*k-ups? Better to shift into total denial mode and vote for a repeat to see if pounding one’s head into the pavement has different results this time.