For those HP “oldtimers” that haven’t yet heard…
The HP family lost a dear member a short while ago.. his monikers were “FloydRTurbo”, “CrapWhisperer” & “CarlVee”.
He was very ill for a long time.. a sweet soul who spent a GREAT DEAL of his time helping those in need.. he had dropped EVERYTHING & flew down to Haiti to help in the aftermath of the earthquake….I was proud to be his friend & I miss him terribly.
Human Beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt & get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted & endured.
The innocent in gaols
Beat on their bars together.
A hunger-striker’s father
Stands in the graveyard dumb.
The police widow in veils
Faints at the funeral home.
History says, “DON’T HOPE
On this side of the grave”.
But then, ONCE in a LIFETIME
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And HOPE & HISTORY rhyme.
So HOPE for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
BELIEVE that a further shore
Is REACHABLE from HERE.
BELIEVE in MIRACLES
And CURES & HEALING WELLS.
Call miracles “SELF-HEALING”:
The utter, self-revealing
Double-take of feeling.
If there’s fire on the mountains
Or lightning & storm
And a “god” speaks from the sky
That means SOMEONE is hearing
The outcry & the birth-cry
Of NEW LIFE at its term.
~~ Seamus Heaney
from “The Cure at Troy”.
I do remember Floyd.
My prayers are for his family and loved ones.
the loss of our dear friend carl is something that just goes to prove my “cockroach theory.” we always lose the ones we wish would live forever, and the ones that just won’t die and should, stick around around forever. i realize that sounds horrible, but i’m sure many here know exactly what i mean. the “prick cheneys” of the world seem to be in endless supply and of unlimited life span, while those who work so hard to do good in the world, leave us much too soon. perhaps it is because those like carl have hearts to break, and the others do not.
he was not only a friend to humans in need, but he and i shared an uncommon love for animals, something that seemed to draw us together from the first time we noticed one another on the threads. carl lived in palm springs, if memory serves, and he worked tirelessly for his furry friends as well. he supported great causes like “dogtown” at best friends animal sanctuary in utah, and perhaps if we can’t find another way to honor him, a donation there would be fitting. he loved cats too, really all animals, like me, and he gave of himself to them as much as he did anyone else. as i am sure carl knew, there is no greater honor in the world than to see unconditional love and devotion in the eyes of a pure, innocent soul looking back at you.
“to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is success.” carl, you led a very successful life. you will be greatly missed.
This is extraordinarily sad news indeed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Does anyone remember his radio program? I can recall calling in as did many others including Mogamboguru, all the way from Germany. GrouchoMarxist was on every week as a guest host and there were a few episodes that were pretty hysterical. CW voted for GWB not once, but twice as I learned on his show and was enormously regretful about putting so much faith in an inept president. At FRT, he could be funny as hell sometimes. I liked him. I wish I’d known that he was ill. Godspeed CW!
I remember Floyd and Carl — and yes, always talking about fishing. I’m so sorry to hear that he’s gone.
What a terrible shame. Turbo was always very, very funny.
Sorry to hear about Turbo. Was he the one who talked about ice fishing all the time? He was a troll slayer for sure and very entertaining. He will surely be missed in so many ways. On another note, how is Bito? I have been out of the loop for awhile but I think about him all the time and always say a prayer.
Yeah, that was him. He was playing an old Johnny Carson character. And he had it down pat.
I was never part of the Huffpo scene and did not know your friend, Bluestatesman; but I send my condolences anyway – I too have lost a dear online friend whom I never met and I mourn her loss every day.
BSM: So sorry for your (and our) loss. I was a fan of Floyd’s and AM a fan of the “doc” on the other site. May his passing have been easy, and may his loved ones be comforted. As they say in the world of bluegrass: “Gone clear”.
Godspeed to CW. Going down to Haiti just to help was a very selfless act indeed. BSM your tribute was very touching.
Oh gosh, you have just added the name CrapWhisperer and suddenly I know him. I had no idea that he had been sick. I’m truly shocked BSM. The last I remember about him was his radio show on Blog Radio, how very sad.
Now I remember him too – he was quite entertaining & always jovial a long way back, during the election –
Rest in peace CW ~
Yes, jovial is the word.
BSM, so sorry to hear this news. I remember FloydRTurbo.
I have to ask: do you know what state he lived in?
Kes, if I’m not mistaken, your thoughts may have traveled on the same path as mine for a moment.
Yes, Kalima. I’m afraid to even type the words.
You don’t have to, I thought the same for a split second, it shocked me and I let it go.
?? – prayers …..
Every day Lise and a nightly candle lit.
I was on the same wave-length as soon as I heard it on Huff, but dismissed it too –
Oh, dear ….
My glass is always half full for some reason, so as long as we have hope, he’s still ok. 🙂
I’ll follow suit 😉
Me too BSM, and as with kes, do you know what state he lived in? Or for that matter, anything else about him? Not being nosy, just trying not to jump to conclusions.
Saw this posted on Huff (DocStrangelove = BSM ?) –
BSM, very sorry for your loss – sounds as though he was a very special man –
Very sad ….
Yeah.. I’m the “doc” 😉
Ah hah !
Your Doc ‘alter-ego’ is a tad more ‘passionate’ than BSM was, but still they’ve both always been top-notch, upper tier posters IMO 😉
Really? I think the new incarnation is too kind sometimes. 🙂
Great alternate sock. I don’t post on HP much but look for my alter ego “WhatAreYouSmoking” over there sometime.
That would have been great with the fool we were dealing with tonight.
By the way – what is it with immigration threads and the LCD trolls?
It’s a universal constant.
I can always count on it.
Oh, and yes, that was partly a rhetorical question.
What is LCD? I sure notice a lot of racist trolls on those threads. I can barely stand to read them.
Lowest Common Denominator?
That’s what I thought it stood for too…
I was thinking LCD Soundsystem!
Sorry, yes, Lowest Common Denominator. It’s my own euphemism for them.
So sorry to hear of this.
I do remember him,
You are very kind to post this beautiful work to honor him.
Sorry for your loss BSM. I haven’t posted on Huff since April last year except for one slip a few months ago. I can’t remember his moniker, but believe every word of your tribute to him.
Rest in peace gentle soul.
I’ll miss him. One of the most genuinely nice posters.
…one of these days I’ll finally get to my Heaney translation of Beowulf, as well…