Thursday, March 12, 2015

what's for lunch...?

I've been part of Patriot Nation since 1971, so I know whereof I speak when I yawn mightily at the collective freakout *we're* having at yet another #24 (Ty Law, anyone?) departing for parts known. Thanks for the memories, Darrelle Revis!

We're fresh off a 4th Superbowl victory out of, uhm, 6(!!) this century, and the noise is reminiscent of wildebeasts suddenly startled by the croc popping up in the watering hole. A good time for the Lord's Prayer "In Bill We Trust" methinks.

Just get us to the playoffs with the home field advantage ferchrissakes and Tom Terrific will carve up whichever poor-slob Turkey that finds itself on the Gillette carpet, and the passel of nobodies-in-pats-unis now (& then) on the other side of the ball will fill the gaps as needed (thanks to the best coaching staff in the game), and we'll see you in the AFC final and maybe even the frickin' Superbowl in '16, what the fuck!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

oh hey, yahhhh? you betcha... !

I noted a couple of days ago that it was 37 years ago to the day when I was standing on the front porch of my mother's house on Lexington Street in Woburn, Massachusetts.  I know this because the postman was delivering her her mail, and one piece for which she had to sign.  She remarked aloud, "Oh hey, today's '7.7.77!'"

The postman sounded surprised and nodded, "Oh yeah!"

My mother nodded too and asked rhetorically, "Isn't that interesting?"

Nodding some more, the postman acknowledged, "Sure is!"  Both still nodding, neither sure as to how to extricate themselves from this bit of comedy.

Years later, I would be able to compare it to a scene from the movie 'Fargo'--"Oh yahhh, you betcha!"

And a few years later, I can show you what I mean...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

get off my lawn... !

Charles M. Schulz, it turned out, was a bit of a curmudgeon who isolated himself from friends and family, perhaps best illustrated when he said thru his avatar Linus Van Pelt, "I love humanity. It's people I can't stand!" I pondered this as I had an exchange recently on Twitter with a woman offering one of those soporific thought-munchies about expecting others to do unto you as you would do unto them, a reversal on the biblical golden rule from the Sermon on the Mount (I think), and which she's now deleted, wonder of wonders. My response was a simple: "But what if one is a misanthrope?" It was one of my many attempts at humor, but it also made me wonder subsequently if I wasn't in fact a misanthrope... or just a curmudgeon.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

life is cheap, you say... ?

I see American society spiraling toward a more volatile if not unrelentingly violent feudal system controlled exclusively by the obscenely wealthy who would without a care bludgeon the masses whose lives they deem as cheap. I am, at rest, progressive in thought, and did at one time fervently believe the motto engraved atop the Supreme Court's building facade: "Equal Justice Under Law," an ideal now proved to be at best beyond reach, or at worst a hideous fraud... all to my gloom and disillusionment.  Should one not then avail himself of weaponry with the expressed intent of putting it to useful purpose when the metaphorical balloon goes up and as he just happens to be in the way? Or perhaps just before... would he be a hero then or a villain?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

fix it... !!

I *must* be getting old because I object to the beat-to-death incorporation of Neil Diamond's (a Brooklynite, not Brooklineite!) 'Sweet Caroline' for the 7th-inning stretch at Fenway. Oh, I get the fans love to jerk off to the 'So good! So good!' rhythms, and that it wakes them the fuck up to survive the final 1-1/2-to-2 innings, gahd forbid extra frames, but haven't they heard: it's a song about Caroline Kennedy at the age of 5, and the 'touching me/touching you' inspiration is way past creepy. And, Jesus Christ, it's been 13 years since 9/11. I mean, Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" is a lovely anthem and all, but group-nationalism TWICE a game is bullshit! Either get rid of it or the national anthem before the start of the game or both! And shove the flag-lapel pins up yer ass while yer at it!! And couldn't we just pipe in a recording of John Kiley's cover of 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame' for old-time's sake? And make the Sox wear knickers and SOCKS again. No more with the bell-bottom pantaloons!! This is BASEBALL, not 'Dancing With The Douche-cups!'

Saturday, February 08, 2014

... movie review: Concussion...

A well-made independent film is the remedy to the malady that is Hollywood.  Predictability is lost in the Indie, as is the viewer's self-awareness.

Were I to fancy myself as one with an eclectic taste in choosing what to watch next, right or wrong, it is that discovery of a diamond in the rough that reassures the ego as having made the proper choice whereas box-office is rarely a proper indicator by which to go.  

Having said that, it's good to know what people like or do not when the sampling is significant enough to weed out the stand-alone.  At the other end of the spectrum, my Netflix queue, for example, is maxed out such that I cannot now add another film without subtracting something else.  The quickest and easiest factor to make that decision is the film's popularity.  Ultimately one must decide which to jetison based on mass appeal--who's already seen it and didn't like it?  Far easier to delete film No. 487 from my queue, which has 1.9 stars, vs. No. 325 at 3-1/4, the difference between the audience actually liking or not liking the thing.

Concussion, a story about a bored lesbian house frau choosing to bust a move to a more exciting lifestyle, is one such film and where I must depart from the group.  The people gave it 2.9 stars, although I give it 4.0.  I liked it very much.

I'd forgotten how it got onto my queue until I saw Maggie Siff enter a scene; she of Sons of Anarchy fame.  Then I remembered that one Salon critic recommended the film.  Couple that with the fact I generally like girl-on-girl activity.

What can I say?  I'm red-blooded and American.

I'm not into spoiler alerts; but suffice it to say Concussion is an intelligent character study with sound and tasteful production, direction, and writing values, and doesn't devolve into the typically maudlin estrogen-poisoning a la, say, The L-Word.  Ten minutes into it, I didn't think I'd like it, but I found myself being surprised at every other turn.

Shorter g.: I like that in my lesbians.  Recommended.

Monday, January 27, 2014

if you want peace, work for justice...

I wonder if this isn't what Venture Capitalist Perkins was on about when he threw out the word "Kristallnacht" (see post below on my wall) to the Wall Street Journal:

"Just before Christmas, a window was smashed on a Google bus in Oakland,across the San Francisco Bay. Last week, protesters doorstepped a Google engineer who they claimed was involved in working with the government to develop eavesdropping techniques and “war robots” for the military. “Anthony Levandowski is building an unconscionable world of surveillance, control and automation,” they wrote on flyers left near his house. “He is also your neighbor.”

Perkins didn't just call it a Kristallnacht, but a 'progressive Kristallnacht,' meaning anyone who dares question Corporate is a Nazi. But of course!

Yes, parallels there be perhaps. But let us consider the targets of those who would oppress us; not 'Jews' necessarily as Perkins and his Oligarchic friends would have it, but 'Plutocrats,' as in it's the Plutocrats who control Wall Street and the U.S. Media and the hi-tech industries, ergo the American government and, by extension, We The People of the United States... and the world! So, when they legislate and gerrymander our voting rights away from us, or when they steal our money from us and claim it as their own, showing little mercy or compassion and are kindly rewarded by the White House and Congress, one can only wonder what recourse? Short of a violent uprising as a response, or submitting outright, what is there for the have-nots to do?

The answer, again of course, is to die.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

brother, can you spare a grand... ?

Although, I don't think dropping said grand on a weekend to go see my team get killed sounds too practical in this economy. It is, however, a luxury certainly.

Can I catch it on local TV?

please pass the serotonin...

I am finding the news just a little more depressing each and every day, particularly discouraging that our elected representation seems either incapable or unwilling or both to fix the problems laid before us. No, instead it's every greedy little punk bastard for him- or herself, which, of course, I can identify with. Although, I'll be looking to fix in a different way: Boy needs his "dopamine squirt."

Ach! And not a methadone clinic in sight...

Monday, May 31, 2010

on this memorial day...

Acknowledging the service or our fallen troops and the great sacrifices made by all in the line of duty. Thank you!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

to mom on mother's day...

Mary Emily Catherine Johnson "Jackie" Ammons: 1926-2009

On this Mother's Day, Mom passed at 6:15 a.m. Eastern.

Your children miss you, Mom.

Update: Obituary for Jackie Ammons...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

joe the bummer quitting the gop... ?

This reminds me of when Ed Koch, then the mayor of New York, dared the United Nations to pull up stakes and out of the city, saying it would disappear out of the minds of the world if it did so.

Either Joe the Bummer suffers delusions of grandeur, thinking the media or assorted knuckle-draggers will still come a'calling if and when he disassociates himself from the Repos, or he's aware this will allow him to step out of the limelight and go back to what's left of his real life. If it's the latter, then he's smarter than I ever gave him credit for.

Now as for how low the GOP has sunk when even the Bummer can't be seen with it...

Monday, May 04, 2009

blue gold: world water wars...

I discovered this via DailyKos, reminding me of when John McCain was getting grief from Colorado Republicans during last falls campaign because he was saying water from the Colorado River ought to be accessible in Arizona. I remember thinking, that could get ugly. Clearly I had... have no idea...

friends like these...

A day after Arlen Specter says he didn't promise Democrats a rose garden, he implies Republican indolence as a cause in Jack Kemp's death.

Setting aside Kemp, being a former member of Congress, as having access to the best health coverage money can buy (short of buying a human organ on the black market, say), Specter is fast exposing himself to rank & file Dems as being absolutely worthless as an ally. And it's beginning to look like Ed Rendell will have to eat his words about there being no Democratic primary in Pennsylvania next year.

Monday, April 27, 2009

maine embarrasses itself...

The good people of Maine have this to answer for:
Do you want to know who to blame for the US not being optimally prepared for an influenza pandemic? Start with Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins[.]
... which is not to absolve the Maine Democrats either. Tom Allen ran a monumentally half-assed campaign against Collins up here last year, and the Maine Dems therefore owe it to the rest of the country to find somebody better suited than nominating a milquetoast like Tom Allen for the Governor's chair next year.

could get interesting...

Obama admin targetting the Blue Dogs?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

then it's *possible*...

Rene Descartes had a lesser-known thought, likely far down the pantheon ladder than, say, from The Cogito, and which is essentially this: If my senses sometimes deceive me, then it's possible they always deceive me.

Which has nothing really to do with my thought on the Cloris Leachman of Congress, Jane Harman, who must've pissed off some Intel bastard, who in turn leaked to the public her being wiretapped making sausages with an Israeli agent... except to say that if the bastard leaked on her, then it's possible s/he will, when the time comes, leak on the other 534 stupid bastards that are also members of Congress, and who almost certainly were thoroughly wiretapped as well.

This could get ugly.

Monday, April 13, 2009

you think you got problems... ?

Say a guy is unemployed, his unemployment having just run out, and here he's earned so little taxable income in the previous year that he doesn't qualify for renewal. He's pushing 50, hasn't gotten laid since sometime during his marriage a million years ago, and, to top it all off, it's Monday - but, y'know, he wakes up, falls outta bed, turns on the box and... finds out it's worse than he thought.

Friday, April 10, 2009

so who knew arizona state was an accredited institution for higher learning... ?

Get a load:
Arizona State University has announced that it will not award an honorary degree to Obama when he gives the school's commencement speech on May. 13.

“Because President Obama’s body of work is yet to come, it’s inappropriate to recognize him at this time,” said University spokeswoman Sharon Keeler, as reported by the ASU State Press.

Keeler said ASU only awards honorary degrees to “someone who’s really outstanding, who has made outstanding contributions in their field."
Well, let's see: community organizer goes on to the Illinois State Legislature goes on to the United States Senate goes on to the Presidency of the United States. Never mind that Ms. Keeler (and evidently everybody in the ASU administration) is beyond stupid, the question ought to be whether anybody who ever received a degree from Arizona State, be it honorary or legit (and all those are now called into question), who's done more vis a vis their respective bodies of work?

Meanwhile, let us imagine we have an honorary ASU degree in one hand, and a genuine Juris Doctorate from Harvard w/Harvard Law Review in the other. Which way, do you think, the scales tip?

ASU, the world sneers at you today!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

so what's the prob... ?

Why wouldn't Obama cooperate with an impending World Court indictment of Bush & Cheney for war crimes? Because if the issue is "political" (i.e., the reason Obama is reluctant to pursue it through the Justice Dept.), then by all means, were a WC indictment to come down on Obama and his in the future, emphasis on "were," then a Republican president could, and should, cooperate just as readily.

Political problem solved!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

mobile shoot...

I'm always amazed by the quality of pictures a cell phone can take when one considers the proper lighting. This orchid was a gift to my mother at yesterday's shin-dig.

Monday, March 30, 2009

a grand facebook debate...

Heavynews notes that, at the end of business Monday, the flag of an occupying power was finally brought down and the skies over Florence, Ala., are clear again.

Barking Up Trees at 7:44pm March 30
the u.s. is pulling outta iraq... ?

Heavynews at 7:50pm March 30
Well, if they are, it's only to intensify the battle in Afghanistan. Good. I'm more concerned that we quickly pull U.S. forces out of Detroit.

Barking Up Trees at 7:50pm March 30
or out of north america, eh... ?

Heavynews at 8:07pm March 30
Only if we're going to mass them at the Mexican border. That'll stimulate some economies.

Barking Up Trees at 8:10pm March 30
uhm, does it matter if mexico's also in north america... ?

Heavynews at 8:18pm March 30
I always regarded "North America" as more a political distinction than geographic, easily distinguished as those places where ice hockey is played. Mexico is much more analogous at this point to Central America's fake governments front for drug cartels. Besides, mister, when we get through annexing them, they'll be the 51st state. Or maybe the 52nd. Or, if you're our president. the 58th or maybe 59th.

Barking Up Trees at 8:19pm March 30
i'll consider that an endorsement...

Heavynews at 8:27pm March 30
I would vote for you, if only to expose you ... and to get you out of the education system and stop your poisoning of young minds, But that's just me.

Barking Up Trees at 8:29pm March 30
dude, didn't they tell you... ? mississip is in the minority... america is a blue state... but that's just me... ;)

Heavynews at 8:50pm March 30
Yes, well, you would think that. Something tels me you're conflating "majority" with "right," and that particular heavier-than-air craft rarely gets off the ground for long.

Barking Up Trees at 9:01pm March 30
agreed... ! (surprise!)... all i know, aside from parrying your assertions rather effectively, is that what is "right" is we stop acting as an imperialistic modern-day rome, killing the brown-skinned aliens because we can (might making right, as you appear to have it), or is it not your concern that we're, at the same time, as rome was, spiraling the porcelain punchbowl because of that precise arrogance to which you allude for the past 8 - nay, 50 - years... ?

Heavynews at 9:23pm March 30
I feel like Frank Sinatra on SNL listening to Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew. All I'm hearing is clicks and buzzes. Better luck at or DailyKos.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

christopher walken...

Sogand sent this over to my Facebook, so don't shoot me if the CWalken here is not the same Christopher Walken that talks like a warped vinyl-45. Even so, this is some funny stuff and may very well put Walken in a class with that King of the One-liners, Henny Youngman. A sampling:
She said I should talk more about my cat; that people like that sort of thing here. I didn't know I still had a cat. Explains a few things.
8:53 AM Mar 20th from web

There's a kid on a Pogo stick in front of my house. It's nearly midnight so let's assume he's been drinking. This should end well for him.

7:41 PM Mar 18th from web

Someone corrected my last post; said it's "frightened by" not "frightened of." Know what else I'm frightened of? Crazy people.

6:29 AM Mar 18th from web

as the sun-flurries abate...

Frank Rich once again gets me to thinking. In today's Times he is quoted: "The White House seemed utterly blindsided by the public’s revulsion at the moneyed insiders’ culture illuminated by Daschle’s post-Senate career. Yet last week’s events suggest that the administration learned nothing from that brush with disaster."

I wondered how it could be they were in fact blindsided. And then I supposed it's because the American people hadn't raised so much as a stink about the Daschle/insider types being promoted from failure over the last ten years. But then I remembered much of what I have read and written on the Internet about the more prominent corporate media as having been wholly insufficient in covering the bubbling cauldron of contempt that was surfacing from without even as it worked in concert with the propagandistic manipulations of the Bush/Cheney oligarchy. It is that same corporate media that is now only too happy to broadcast and act as megaphone to the uncapped rage and varied frustrations of We The People, all the while gesturing furtively in the direction of President Obama and his administration as though they're the culprits responsible for the bind in which we find ourselves.

Well, Obama did promise Change!, didn't he? And at times he seems a tad slow off the dime in effecting change, our impatience for immediacy notwithstanding. Moreover, perception of the president's finance team as perhaps not being up to the task of dealing with the crises is very real, and, in large part, *looks* to have been well earned. Whether his luck and/or skill is once again underestimated, one can only hope. Meanwhile, one can only shake one's head at the preposterousness that is today's Republican party and at the members of which who feign the populist's outrage at all things Wall Street; for let us never forget they are indeed the loathsome lot responsible for the interesting times in which we live.

It says so right here.

Oh, and so says We The People the last two election cycles... lest you think me mad.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

one helleuva'n underlying current...

Got to be the most under-reported story of Dubya's Final Days:
After repeatedly telling Cheney his mind was made up, Bush became so exasperated with Cheney's persistence he told aides he didn't want to discuss the matter any further.

The unsuccessful full-court press left Cheney bitter. "He's furious with Bush," a Cheney source told The News. "He's really angry about it and decided he's going to say what he believes."
And just as suddenly I'm left scratching my noggin. So why didn't Dubya pardon Scooter Libby? The guess here is The Decider resented his #2 for taking the precipitant action of outing Valerie Plame without consulting him first, and causing as much a serious shit-storm as Dubya's people had to handle.

As for Cheney's consternation, Bush only commuted Libby's 30-month sentence, which translated into a get out of jail free. Without a full pardon, however, Libby is disbarred and cannot now practice law. Ach! -- the price one pays for being convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Oh well, he can still go back to writing schlock novels or bad poetry to Judy Miller.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

when "capping" doesn't necessarily mean "decapping"...

Capping the CEOs at half-a-brick... Hmm, whyn't I think of that?

Oh wait! I did!

Breath easy, corporate apologists! If we were French, we'd just be, uhm, capping the CEOs.

Laissez les bon temps roulaire.

Here's where "capping the CEOs" is less satisfying than "decapping."

a smarter military strategem...

I'll buy this:
WASHINGTON – A classified Pentagon report urges President Barack Obama to shift U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan, de-emphasizing democracy-building and concentrating more on targeting Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuaries inside Pakistan with the aid of Pakistani military forces.
Setting aside for now a "classified Pentagon report" winding up on the internet (Daniel Ellsberg, call your office), nation-building Afghanistan always struck me as idiotic. The Soviets merely wanted to occupy the hellish place and look what happened to the Soviet Union. No, better we chase the Taliban hither and yon for eternity while keeping our troops out of harm's way as much as possible. It'll cost less too. If we can't build a democracy there, at least we can prevent it from resettling into that ugly theocracy again.

Meanwhile, why don't we build a democracy where the people actually want one -- like North America for example, now that we've overthrown the little dictator.

Monday, February 02, 2009

co-headline of the day...

Poll: Republicans Want Party To Be Like Palin
[P]oll data like this could indicate that the Republican Party is getting ready to relive the classic cycle of ruling parties who get turned out of power in a landslide: With the party base itself shrunk down, the people who are still around are the most hard-line members, and are really the least fit people to fix the situation.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm in a public cafe and feel a powerful need to suppress a giggle.

headline of the day...

Apparently time indeed wounds all heels:

Fall From Power: Rumsfeld Relegated to Riding the Bus

Schadenfreude aside, this story reminds me of that day when an elderly man bumped into me on Connecticut Avenue in D.C., near the corner of K Street. He doddered, and I grasped his shoulders to steady him. He avoided eye contact and brushed past me, harrumphing a quiet apology to the air. I paused and double-took. Goddamn if that wasn't Robert McNamara, JFK's & Lyndon Johnson's defense secretary, the so-called architect of the Vietnam War.

I entertained the notion of grabbing him again, only this time to conduct a citizen's arrest. Shaking my head, I walked on.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

prediction: steelers 30 - arizona 6

Steelers D will be the difference. They'll bring the house immediately, and Kurt Warner will suddenly discover he doesn't have Marshall Faulk to dump it off to. If the Cards' O-line can hold the neo-Steel Curtain at bay, which I don't think they can do, then the Steelers 3-4 can repeat what the Pats did to Warner in '02: zone coverage and make him find the receivers.

But again, Steelers D will be the difference in this one.

Update: And is why I don't bet on football, other'n not having the change to spare -- I rarely beat the spread. Even so, that was entertainment.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

is it okay to panic yet... ?

The banks, Boss, the banks...
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Banks in Florida, Maryland and Utah were closed yesterday as regulators wrapped up the busiest month for failures since the housing slump began in 2006.
Save for the FDIC, one imagines a scene right out of It's a Wonderful Life. In time? Who knows? Could be worse.

Oh wait! It is...
France paralysed by a wave of strike action, the boulevards of Paris resembling a debris-strewn battlefield. The Hungarian currency sinks to its lowest level ever against the euro, as the unemployment figure rises. Greek farmers block the road into Bulgaria in protest at low prices for their produce. New figures from the biggest bank in the Baltic show that the three post-Soviet states there face the biggest recessions in Europe.
Well, that's over there -- not here. Yet. Meanwhile, this stuff is right out a Stanley Kubrick or Sidney Lumet movie. Hard to fathom it as reality. Maybe it'll catch up to me when I can't withdraw funds from my savings or a brick comes crashing through my window.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Color me convinced that a reality-TV series starring Norm Coleman, Rod Blagojevich, Sarah Palin, Paris Hilton, and an incontinent though highly amorous bisexual Great Dane w/an equally abnormal capacity for mucusy dog-slobber are locked in a small 2-bedroom/1 bathroom house in Kansas near the Oklahoma border with nothing more than 3 beds (a queen, a twin, and a cot), a Lay-Z-Boy and NO TV!

... and with it came madness.

headline of the day...

Single Brain Cell Can Hold a Memory

No clever aside, this caught my interest and I found it fascinating.

h/t to RawStory...

obama +...

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) wants a bigger stimulus with more spending on transportation infrastructure.

Who knew?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

stop the presses... ! i agree with norm coleman...

Coleman on why he's depriving his former constituency the representation of its junior Senator with a frivoulous lawsuit:
"What you're observing out there may not seem as exciting as what you see on Law & Order," said Coleman. "But the principles that we're fighting for, that I fully believe are being established today, are more important than anything you'll see on Law & Order."
Okay, Tom Cruise, I was glib. Coleman's lawsuit isn't so much frivolous as it is likely fruitless. I only wish Al Gore fought this hard in 2000 or John Kerry did in 2004, because those assholes had better cases to be brought against Florida and Ohio.

What the hell, I can live another month without Al Franken in the Senate provided this case sheds a shining light on the way states count votes in all elections. It's only democratic.

what is it about stimulating the economy that bothers them so... ?

Republicans: Zero!

the one, the only: jesse lynch...

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"In my numerous performances with Jesse Lynch, I have found in him complete freedom-of-expression, clarity of stylistic understanding, and a depth of sincere personal involvement which I have always wished to find in my collegues. Jesse's technique is electrifying, his metamorphic trailblazing of ideas is thrilling, and his commitment to the moment is as strong as, if not stronger than what I have experienced with the greatest musicians I've worked with over the course of my career."

-Mark Tipton

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"Jesse connects the horizons of minimalist sensuality to an explosive apocalyptic synergy. These are not terms regularly applied to music. Jesse Lynch is a musician who can not be cloaked in familiar robes...his improvisations are informed by the masters, his deft embrace of the spirit of creation and his deep love of music, spontaneity and truth."

Gil Helmick

Writer, Poet

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

go starve yourself...

Corn syrup, found in nearly all processed foods here in America, is a good source of mercury -- Mm-mmm! -- courtesy of your heckuva-job Bushie FDA.
"Mercury is toxic in all its forms," said IATP's David Wallinga, M.D., and a co-author in both studies. "Given how much high fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the FDA to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply."
Please pass the Soylent Green.

another one bites the dust...

John Updike: 1932-2009

Never read him, although I have on my shelf somewhere "Run, Rabbit, Run!" (or something like that). Also made a bet once w/a friend that that was Updike over there drinking at the table in the Parker House bar in Boston. I was right.

headline of the day...

UN Official: Enough Evidence to Prosecute Rumsfeld for War Crimes

Ratcheting it up, player-by-player: Schumer now aboard, following on the heels of Speaker Pelosi; Fredo on a charm-offensive (and how's that for an oxymoron?), which ought avail him naught.

And now the eyes of the world are upon the Obama administration asking: You gonna handle this or do we have to?

Waiting on how the Holder confirmation'll play out, the ball'll soon be in Obama's court.

Update: Rove re-reindicted. Fan. Shit. Hit. Etc.

Monday, January 26, 2009

conyers: single-payer the way to go in universal healthcare...

Please, oh please, powers-that-be: make this happen:
The plan is simple: everyone is eligible for a version of Medicare under a new U.S. National Health Insurance Program.

The program would effectively put private insurers out of business. What to do with all those employees? Hire them, says Conyers' bill.
All in favor, say Aye!

All opposed, get bent!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

my heresy of the day...

I hate to have to say this, but whoever this Jason Wu (Woo! Jason Wu!) character is, his "creation" -- more of a concoction actually, and worn by Michelle Obama at the Balls -- looks bloody hideous!

The big white strap over the shoulder? What is that -- a bedsheet? Is she wearing a toga? If so, she forgot the ivy garland as headpiece. And it's killing me because I dig her, but with the exception of that brazen red dress (as a statement of her still-hottieness, say) when the Obamas visited the Dubyas at the White House, I realized, and on more than one occasion now, that I simply cannot abide the dresses this woman wears. And those who know me know I'm just a regular guy and certainly no Mr. Freakin' Blackwell ferchryeye! They're that awful.

And what the hell is the new president's problem -- wearing a flag lapel pin on a tuxedo?? Now that was a smart-looking suit, and something like a red rose on the lapel would've looked really really sharp. But he has to cluck it up with the now-symbol of his capitulation to the faux & flatulent jingo-patriots. Get outttta here!

It's bad enough Obama wears the pin on his overcoat at the Inauguration -- even as these Republican Eddie Haskells, who, themselves, go pinless by the way, were snickering into their idiot-mittens about how they bullied him into such a craven concession. They used it as a cudgel because they had nothing else to beat him up with.

But now he's the president and he should tell them to go screw or get the ffflip over it!

Unfortunately, however, the heavy betting is now on whether he wears the fool thing on his jammies at beddy bye.

Geez! That's embarrassing!

Update: Okay, I'm in the minority but I ain't alone:
Quick Poll
Michelle Obama's gown: love it or leave it?

Love it 55.4%

Leave it 38.49%

now that it's safe to go back in the water...

... check out the new White House website.

thank you from the heart of my bottom...

Rush posts on his website (no link here) a truth, proving, after all is said & done, he's capable of it:
Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails
What is there to add except to dismiss him as his own posterior's aperture?

immediate thoughts on a new day...

I'm watching the parade via an AP video stream thru the website, easily the first inauguration event I've watched online rather than on TV. What the heck, getting out of the house and getting to work online while staying in touch w/the goings-on this day is the way to go.

Check out the wheels: a six-door stretch limo that looks air-tight and armored better than any general in Baghdad could hope for. I bet they could slow-drive through a nuclear shockwave in that thing. How many MPG does that thing get -- 3?

Talk is he's now in his bubble, rendering imperative his losing touch with the common man. I wonder if they took away his Blackberry after all. Of course, anybody who doesn't get online these days is, by definition, out of touch. The way things go.

Oop! There he is, gotten out of the car. And the crowd goes wild!!

Update: More on "The Beast" mobile.
"Although many of the vehicles' security enhancements cannot be discussed, it is safe to say that this car's security and coded communications systems make it the most technologically advanced protection vehicle in the world," said Nicholas Trotta, assistant director for the Office of Protective Operations."


Photo courtesy of TPM

Indeed a new day.

Monday, January 19, 2009

"in the event of a catastrophe"...

Defense Sec'y Bob Gates is -- quote/unquote -- "the designated successor" should a catastrophe befall Barack Obama and those politic leaders in the line of succession: Biden, Pelosi, Reid, et al. -- and apparently all at the same time; whereupon Monsieur Gates is to come out of hiding, pull an Al Haig, declare he's in control here, and call out the reserves to make the trains run on time.

What annoys me most is he's designated by the outgoing administration, i.e., the Cretin of Dallas, a right dandy means to a last-minute declaration of marshal law, if you ask me. But then that's what you get when you introduce the new boss/same as the ol' boss.

That's not change we can believe in.

Otherwise it's a logical decision.

rick & the redhead...

Doing my part, short of getting paid for it, to get fannies in the seats.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

je ne gagne jamais la loterie...

I did not need to know this:
Scientists have found that the pleasure women get from making love is directly linked to the size of their partner’s bank balance.

They found that the wealthier a man is, the more frequently his partner has orgasms.
That's it! Time to get started on my best-seller.

he's off... and he's leaving...

Ye olde Meteor Blades to Dubya...
Good-bye to your rip-offs, your malice, your arrogance, your ignorance, your outlawry, your denial, your deceit, your cronyism and your stubborn refusal to cease pushing the envelope in the department of shameless villainy. Goodbye to the administration you constructed of turdiness and explained with truthiness. To your smirk and your snarl. To your conscienceless cruelty. Good-bye to your corruption, your vanity, your world without grays. Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye, you insufferable despot, and good riddance.
Dude, you forgot the disgusting eating habits.

headline of the day...

Pelosi Wants Investigation of Bush Officials, Open to Prosecutions

Did I just wake up from a two-year nap (complete with gnarly dreams), or did she?

Or maybe I'm dreaming now.

brunswick today...

Here come duh plow... ! Here come duh plow... !

Pics taken 'round 4 p.m...

The snow is powdery and dry, more conducive for the cross-country skiers you'll see in passing than, say, snowballs for a snowman. The forecast says 12-14 inches. All I know, though, is it goes up to my knees, and the fact there are few cars on the road made walking in the streets, rather than on the unshovelled sidewalks (Maine St. notwithstanding), the better bet.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

headline of the day...

Pentagon Clears Pentagon of Propaganda Abuses

Meanwhile, I've just absolved myself of all debts and taxes owed.

oh, please... !

I think this Kumbayah shit has just eaten through my stomach lining:
On Friday night, [Obama] told CNN's John King that he has "always thought" Bush was a "good guy."
However, I reserve the right to change my mind should my Attorney General bring indictments for war crimes.

Update: And then again, here's hoping Krauthammer's right when he says, "I think he is a guy who is intellectually curious and wants to exchange ideas, but also in part he wants to co-opt the vast right wing conspiracy.”

Friday, January 16, 2009

bart cop up on murder...

... and has a history:
Following Tuesday's arrest of former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Johannes Mehserle for murder in the fatal shooting of a defenseless suspect on New Year's Eve, another man has come forward to allege that Mehserle used excessive force against him on an earlier occasion.
Admittedly this dude is an extreme case, but it'd be nice if we could vet candidate cops like they were cabinet nominees. Too often, it seems, the uniform itself confers some sense of absolute authority -- absolute in the mind of the wearer anyway, nearly always exceeding that which is necessary. And when that happens, bad things, as most certainly in this case, occur.

headline of the day...

New York Waxing Spa Inauguration Special: "Say Good Bye To Mr. Bush"

And today's special at the restaurant next door is Bearded Clams Casino.

h/t to HuffPo...

short-circuit city...

Circuit City's announcement of liquidation today is met with no lack of trepidation 'round these parts. The good, as well as the bad (not to mention the ugly), news is the proximity of the stores: no branch stores in Bath/Brunswick but there's one or two in the Portland area; the latter being the largest city in Maine, and my likliest destination come the spring. I can only estimate a given store as having somewhere between 20 and 50 employees per, not so much labor flooding the market, but that jobs are already pretty scarce in the Pine Tree State.

Some more good news: The Dems have 58, soon to be 59, Senators. Cloture vote requires 60, and Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, moderate Republicans who tend to blow with the wind, must very well be hearing it from their constituencies to play ball with the new President, vis a vis "stimulus," and not with the obstructionist mole-man from Kentucky.

So I'm optimistic, which means I haven't run out of money yet.

destroy the bcs...

Another good idea:
Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., the incoming chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said he will hold hearings and possibly subpoena NCAA officials, college presidents, players, coaches and athletics directors in an effort to force a playoff in Division 1-A football, USA Today reports.
The yakkety yaks fuss about Congress needing to focus on the stimulus bill -- and fersherr, they really oughta. But the BCS, as I've said before, is a good-ol'-boyz abomination to any purist sports fan. Moreover, if the Repos can grandstand on steroids in Baseball (and how great is it, by the by, that they took down one of their reptilian own in Roger Clemens? -- Bwahahha!!), I figure a 1-A playoff system would go a long way to decentralize a Repo enclave and help -- *ahem* -- Spread The Wealth!

Hell! I might even start watching college football again.

Update: Next up on my grandiose scorecard: Creating competition among cable television providers. Oh, and make it a la carte por favor!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

by all means, reinstate the draft...

It'll never fly, but Charlie Rangel's at it again:
Asked if he plans to introduce the [military draft] legislation again in 2009, Rangel last week said, “Probably … yes."
As I've said before, I'm all in favor of a draft, provided it's reverse-means tested. No exceptions: Family net worth determines who gets got first with the wealthiest kids getting tossed into the back of the truck, and only then go the upper middle kids, then the middle class kids, then the low enders, etc. Freakin' teenagers!

Hey, It was good enough for Prince Harry. Now there's a kid with some serious coin.

Oh, and remove the age limit too. Make Dubya, for having gone AWOL back when, go to the sandbox assigned to a unit with some of those little white supremist rednecks who upped for no reason than to off some brown-skinned people. Order them to run some gasoline in some under-armored deuce-&-half to a tank unit in a remote section outside the green zone.

Fair's fair.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

update on the vile & loathsome...

Lewis Black had it right when he said, "The good die young... but PRICKS LIVE FOR-EVER!!"
Cheney's Regrets: Why Didn't The Iraqis 'Bounce Back' More Quickly?

Monday, January 12, 2009

when yer down to stems & seeds...

... you make rum & root beer.

Whaddya want, I was outta coke.


Hmm, not bad. Try it before you split a gut!

joe the bummer: on top of his game...

Not made up:
JOE: The story here is people are being killed and the media's slanting it and trying to make it Hamas is, uh, as far as, that Israel's being bad. Do you believe Israel is bad?

REPORTER: Do I believe it?

JOE: Yeah, do you?!

REPORTER: I'm Israeli, so...

JOE: So answer the question!

REPORTER: No, I don't think Israel is bad.

JOE: Do you think Israel has every right to protect itself?



JOE: You do?!


JOE: Have you said that on air?

REPORTER: I'm just a reporter.

And Joe's real real good -- at what, I have no idea.

headline of the day...

Asked About WMDs, Bush Grins

You think he'd be all grins if somebody stuck a fork in his ass?

My question (had I been at this particular press conference):
"Would you mind autographing my shoe?" And I hold it aloft.

As a hoot (that, and the fact he still doesn't get it), he says "Shurr!"

And I say, "Here! Catch!

seinfeld's eulogy of carlin...

Originally published in the NYTimes, I thought it brilliant. Just re-read it and still do.

Dying Is Hard. Comedy Is Harder.
Published: June 24, 2008

THE honest truth is, for a comedian, even death is just a premise to make jokes about. I know this because I was on the phone with George Carlin nine days ago and we were making some death jokes. We were talking about Tim Russert and Bo Diddley and George said: “I feel safe for a while. There will probably be a break before they come after the next one. I always like to fly on an airline right after they’ve had a crash. It improves your odds.”

I called him to compliment him on his most recent special on HBO. Seventy years old and he cranks out another hour of great new stuff. He was in a hotel room in Las Vegas getting ready for his show. He was a monster.

You could certainly say that George downright invented modern American stand-up comedy in many ways. Every comedian does a little George. I couldn’t even count the number of times I’ve been standing around with some comedians and someone talks about some idea for a joke and another comedian would say, “Carlin does it.” I’ve heard it my whole career: “Carlin does it,” “Carlin already did it,” “Carlin did it eight years ago.”

And he didn’t just “do” it. He worked over an idea like a diamond cutter with facets and angles and refractions of light. He made you sorry you ever thought you wanted to be a comedian. He was like a train hobo with a chicken bone. When he was done there was nothing left for anybody.

But his brilliance fathered dozens of great comedians. I personally never cared about “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” or “FM & AM.” To me, everything he did just had this gleaming wonderful precision and originality.

I became obsessed with him in the ’60s. As a kid it seemed like the whole world was funny because of George Carlin. His performing voice, even laced with profanity, always sounded as if he were trying to amuse a child. It was like the naughtiest, most fun grown-up you ever met was reading you a bedtime story.

I know George didn’t believe in heaven or hell. Like death, they were just more comedy premises. And it just makes me even sadder to think that when I reach my own end, whatever tumbling cataclysmic vortex of existence I’m spinning through, in that moment I will still have to think, “Carlin already did it.”

dog for sale...


Update: ... with apologies to our four-legged canine friends everywhere...

it's unanimous...

... in this household anyway: The show's title needs to be changed to "Everybody loves [to hate] Raymond."