With very little news happening in domestic politics, discussion has shifted to the Ground Zero mosque, a topic found by some people to be mind-numbing and vaguely emblematic of the heated rhetoric of a hot August and its month-long congressional recess. Enter the refreshing voice of Ray Bradbury, who had this to say of the country and the president in a recent interview with the LA Times:

"He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon," says the iconic author, whose 90th birthday on Aug. 22 will be marked in Los Angeles with more than week's worth of Bradbury film and TV screenings, tributes and other events.  "We should never have left there. We should go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when we do that, we will live forever."...

"I think our country is in need of a revolution," Bradbury said. "There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people and for the people."...

"We have too many cellphones. We've got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now."...

"I was approached three times during the last year by Internet companies wanting to put my books" on an electronic reading device, he said. "I said to Yahoo, 'Prick up your ears and go to hell.' "

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