Morning Meditation: August 14, 2013

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wendell berryYesterday, Wendell Berry (Henry County native and general badass) was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. I can think of no one more deserving of an award so named.

Sharon Rab, founder and co-chair of the foundation that runs the literary prize, praised Berry. “In a career spanning more than half a century, Wendell Berry has used poetry, fiction, and essays to offer a consistent, timely, and timeless reminder that we must live in harmony with the earth in order to live in harmony with each other. His writing has inspired readers to imagine the lives of people and things other than themselves — enemies, neighbors, plants, and animals — in order to advance the survival of humankind and Earth itself.” [MNN]

Today I have a poem from Wendell’s most recent collection, Leavings, which seems to fit his life and work quite well:

Give it Time

The river is of the earth
and it is free. It is rigorously
embanked and bound,
and yet it free. “To hell
with restraint,” it says.
“I have got to be going.”
It will grind out its dams.
It will go over or around them.
They will become pieces.

 

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Only 449 days until the 2014 election

Louisville

Insider Louisville on people buying and building all over town (except maybe the West End)

The Courier-Journal illustrates a new downtown master plan that would bring in two-way streets and green space and all we would lose is the Belvedere.

On the heels of CMT’s Guntucky, the Indianapolis Star reports that reality TV is taking up a junkyard in Southern Indiana for its next look at Middle America.

Kentucky

Courier-Journal says Mitch McConnell’s seat is seen as the key to Republican hope of regaining Senate control and holding onto it.

But Real Clear Politics seems to think that he’s in trouble.

Because Bevin is seeking out support in Northern KY.

Everyone McConnell nose is holding theirs. [WHAS][CNHI] [C-J][C-J] [National Journal] (& many more)

And BuzzFeed is reporting that Sarah Palin has jumped on the Rand Paul bandwagon already.

Oh, and the New York Times just wanted to let us know that Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) is raking in the moula!!

Elsewhere

Atty. General Holder seeks to avert mandatory minimum sentences for some low-level drug offenders says the Washington Post

Dealbook tells us that the US might actually be arresting bankers for white collar crime. A pivotal moment indeed.

Bloomberg questions whether the NRA is prudent in lobbying for gun sales to teens (tweens?)

 

Git ready for the 2013 Fancy Farm picnic!

It’s time to air out your seersucker and get ready for this year’s Fancy Farm picnic! This will not be one to miss as the official line-up of speakers is more star-studded and vitriolic than we have seen in several years.

Events begin as early as Thursday and go on through Saturday evening. All day on Saturday, political temperatures will be running high, as well as the cholesterol from the 19,500 pounds of BBQ.

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the bluegrass state: gettin’ lucky in Guntucky

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For all you avid CMT watchers out there (don’t be ashamed), there’s a new high-brow reality TV show to get hooked on: Guntucky.

Yes, Guntucky. From the people who brought you classy shows such as “Pawn Stars” comes the Sumner family of West Point, KY. These owners of the Knob Creek Gun Range put their lives on display for 10 episodes.

The family owned Knob Creek Range allows customers to try, buy, sell, and pawn a whole slew of legal firearms, from collectible muskets to nearly immovable cannons. The series hinges around Grandpa Biff Sumner Jr. and his son, Kenny. Together with Kenny’s siblings and kids, these gun range owners manage to find a little trouble to get into each and every episode. Simply stunning.

The show doesn’t premiere until Sunday but, as you might imagine, sarcastic comments have already become fierce. They range from “Is this where the Doomsday preppers live? Lol” to “The terrible food at KFC doesn’t embarrass Kentuckians enough?” Luckily for Kentuckians, conversations generally devolve into debates on gun rights or the quality of the side dishes at KFC.

“Guntucky” premieres on CMT at 9:30PM EST on Sunday. It might be a good time to grab your wife, kids, and your most intimate firearms for a little quality time.