Here's a little diversion for today (See below) as we wait for the Immigrant Day of Action to unfold. I'm looking forward to watching the cable and TV news today because the pictures will be breathtaking. It is only a little past lunch at this writing and I am already in awe over the magnitude of what is happening. A Fox News reporter said that in Phoenix Spanish-language radio stations had been instructing people all week not to bring Mexican flags to the rally, lest they give the wrong impression. Consequently there are as many American flags as they could find. Events there are not scheduled to begin for another few hours.
The pictures are showing white shirts as a sign of peace. There is an air of excitement but with an orderliness that is surreal. All ages are represented. There is something magnificent about a sea of people walking along in a massive crowd that stretches as far as the eye can see. It has been years since I have witnessed this much outpouring of emotion.
In Atlanta Neal Boortz frames the issue in terms of "criminals, breaking the law and wanting sivil rights," which as criminals they do not have. Rule of law, rule of law he keeps saying as though repeating the mantra will somehow make it more powerful. What he fails to admit is that it is the law itself which is at issue. As my previous post explains, it is the law itself that has triggered today's demonstrations. Had the "rule of law" prevailed in the past, we might very well still be buying bootleg whiskey, or still waiting for women to vote, or schools to be desegregated. I'm sorry, but my respect for the rule of law ends where the need to bring about adjustments to the law begins. I can't think of any examples of universal compliance with any law being altered or revoked up until the moment the change came into effect. Otherwise, why should any changes come about?
Today I am not looking at criminals. I am looking at individual people in clean-cut, well-behaved, excited but polite crowds that stretch from one ocean to the other across America. They may or may not be undocumented. But whether they are an asset to the country is not up for discussion. They are, in my opinion, one of the country's most important and dignified strengths.
Via 3 Quarks we get a link leading to this charming description of the cow. When English is not one's mother tongue the language takes on a quality that cannot be matched by someone reared speaking English.
He is the cow. The cow is a successful animal. Also he is 4 footed. And because he is female, he gives milks, but will do so when he is got child. He is same like-God, sacred to Hindus and useful to man. But he has got four legs together. Two are forward and two are afterwards. His whole body can be utilized for use. More so the milk. Milk comes from 4 taps attached to his basement. What can it do? Various ghee, butter, cream, curd, why and the condensed milk and so forth. Also he is useful to cobbler, water mans and mankind generally. His motion is slow only because he is of lazy species.
Also his other motion. Gober is much useful to trees, plants as well as for making flat cakes, in hand, and drying in the sun. Cow is the only animal that extricates his feeding after eating. Then afterwards he chew with his teeth whom are situated in the inside of the mouth. He is incessantly in the meadows in the grass. His only attacking and defending organ is the horns, specially so when he is got child. This is done by knowing his head whereby he causes the weapons to be paralleled to the ground of the earth and instantly proceed with great velocity forwards. He has got tails also, situated in the backyard, but not like similar animals. It has hairs on the other end of the other side. This is done to frighten away the flies which alight on his cohesive body hereupon he gives hit with it. The palms of his feet are soft unto the touch. So the grasses head is not crushed. At night time have poses by looking down on the ground and he shouts. His eyes and nose are like his other relatives. This is the cow.