Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Poem For The Evening | Trumbull Stickney

Be still. The Hanging Gardens were a dream
That over Persian roses flew to kiss
The curlèd lashes of Semiramis.
Troy never was, nor green Skamander stream.
Provence and Troubadour are merest lies
The glorious hair of Venice was a beam
Made within Titian’s eye. The sunsets seem,
The world is very old and nothing is.
Be still. Thou foolish thing, thou canst not wake,
Nor thy tears wedge thy soldered lids apart,
But patter in the darkness of thy heart.
Thy brain is plagued. Thou art a frighted owl
Blind with the light of life thou ’ldst not forsake,
And Error loves and nourishes thy soul.

-Trumbull Stickney


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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jaywalking in Dreamland | Barry Crimmins

Every few months I run over to Barry Crimmins hangout because I know by then he'll have thrown up a couple more morsels of thought provoking mayhem for me to indulge myself with. Here's one of the new ones requiring a read:

Jaywalking in Dreamland
"..Were a real left (meaning a populist, people-first left - not some Stalinist authoritarian left) simply allowed a seat at today's (and the past 60 years') political table -because everyone actually at the table gets accommodated sooner or later - we'd have a Renewed Deal including:

Legitimate national health care (not often worthless, price-gouged insurance but actual health care, like most of the rest of the world has.)

A solid jobs program that isn't funneled through corporate vampires skilled at diverting funds for the needy into the accounts of the greedy. Leading to...

A resulting revivified federal infrastructure and a much healthier environment.

Greatly improved protections and circumstances for workers (as opposed to our current situation in which we're expected to express gratitude for still having not only our own jobs but large portions of the jobs laid-off workers used to do -- often for less money than we made when our doomed comrades were still around to help lighten the load. Thanks again!)

Federal initiatives on crucial issues such as alternative energy that are not dictated and detoured by the energy monoliths currently robbing and poisoning us.

An understanding that the deserved collapse of enormous multinational swindlers benefits us little folks. There is no business too big to fail. (Unfortunately there is also no lie too big to tell.)

The end of the futility and madness of literally matching the rest of the world dollar-for-dollar in military spending. This would instantly improve our circumstances at home and our standing in the world.

A livelier arts community in big and small towns throughout our nation because where there is art, there is hope. Where there are artistic get-togethers there is lively local discourse -- always a boon to genuine democracy.

Portrayal of the left's views in the media as a normal part of the political debate and not as extremist prattle that is somehow bringing down our nation.."
Go enjoy.


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Obama Fights Back - The Rolling Stone Interview

You should read it.

Obama in Command:
The Rolling Stone Interview


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Things I'd Already Guessed; "Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion"

Atheists, agnostics most knowledgeable about religion, survey says

Atheists and agnostics -- those who believe there is no God or who aren't sure -- were more likely to answer the survey's questions correctly. Jews and Mormons ranked just below them in the survey's measurement of religious knowledge -- so close as to be statistically tied.

So why would an atheist know more about religion than a Christian?

American atheists and agnostics tend to be people who grew up in a religious tradition and consciously gave it up, often after a great deal of reflection and study, said Alan Cooperman, associate director for research at the Pew Forum.

"These are people who thought a lot about religion," he said. "They're not indifferent. They care about it."

Atheists and agnostics also tend to be relatively well educated, and the survey found, not surprisingly, that the most knowledgeable people were also the best educated. However, it said that atheists and agnostics also outperformed believers who had a similar level of education.

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Song Of The Day; "Minority" Green Day

Green Day

I want to be the minority
I don't need your authority
Down with the moral majority
'Cause I want to be the minority


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Steal Spoiled Ben Stein's Money

I'm sure most readers have heard about poor Ben Stein's whine about the guv'ment wanting to take more of his hard earned(not!) money by returning income tax levels to pre-dubya days.
Some, shall we say, more patriotic Americans, consider it an honor to give more to their country. Here's tv producer Linda McGibney on CBS News Sunday Morning:

Note; I'm still kickin'. Not Blogging much. Have gotten a semi-fascination w/Facebook and still working my low-end Asst. chef job 30~35 hrs. week, BUT, I emailed 2 resumes last night, "snail mailed" one this morning, and faxed 2 more a bit earlier today.
Sooo, I'm still out there working the systems trying to reach my pre-dubya/Republican finacial disaster income(nowhere near Stein's of course), and we're getting by(barely).
Try my life Ben Stein, you insipid arse, you'd be tickled pink to pay more in taxes on your plush income.
"Why does Ben Stein wear a necktie? To keep his foreskin from creeping up!"


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Stephen Colbert Testifying To Congress

Caused a bit of a tempest. WAY to much I think...


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Spring Breakers Without Borders; They LOVE The Drug War(s)!

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

They Deserve It - Maher On The Democrats

Bill Maher Gives Democrats Slogan To Go With Their New Logo: ‘Don’t Get Up; We’ll Let Ourselves Out’

Or as I like to say "Just do something, you weak bastards!!"


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Video - Medical Marijuana, Three Perspectives

No Accepted Medical Use? Three Perspectives

"..The U.S. government classifies marijuana—along with heroin and LSD—as a Schedule I drug, the most tightly restricted category of drugs in the United States. According to the federal government, Schedule I drugs are unsafe and have "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."

As medical marijuana proponents have pointed out since the Controlled Substances Act was passed by Congress in 1970, cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and there has never been a reported case of a marijuana overdose. Moreover, in recent years clinical researchers around the world have demonstrated the medicinal value of cannabis.."

Let me repeat that one line for you fo the "government wouldn't lie crowd"(Pssst! Jack Conway!): "Cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and there has never been a reported case of a marijuana overdose!"



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Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Now Has Political Action Committee

This is good news to everyone that wants more input from the cleaner alternatives to coal side of the energy debate.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth forms political action committee

"..Long out-gunned by the Kentucky coal industry's political connections, the non-profit group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth said Friday it has created a new political action committee focused on coal and energy.

Leaders acknowledged that they won't be able to match coal industry money flowing into election campaigns, but the New Power PAC will start with $100,000 of seed money from KFTC dues, Communications Director Jerry Hardt said.

"We don't have a dorm named after us or anything like that," said Megan Naseman, of Richmond, a KFTC steering committee member, referring to the University of Kentucky decision to build Wildcat Coal Lodge, funded with $7 million raised by a group spearheaded by Alliance Coal President Joe Craft.."
-Dori Hjalmarson -

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth


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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Video; "Germans in the Woods"

An old veteran is haunted by a young German soldier that he killed during the Battle of the Bulge in WW II.

Germans in the Woods from StoryCorps on Vimeo.


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World Trade Center Site September 11, 2010

Found here.


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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Wednesday's Song | For Marcella Kendell Harrison Dean

My first granddaughter.
A Labor Day Girl, Born Monday night; September 6, 1910. And a Virgo also, like me...Welcome to this old world Marcy..
This song was going through my head leaving the hospital that night. Yusuf "Cat" Stevens with, "Oh Very Young":


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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Video Funny: Cop "Overdoses" On Pot Brownies

The Michigan cop who confiscated some pot, and then he and his wife made brownies with it(which I'm sure happens a lot). He thinks they've "overdosed" and calls 911.

That's why every cop needs a "cool" friend to call in an emergency. So the world won't know he's an idiot...

"Time is going by really, really, really, really slow..."


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Friday, September 03, 2010

Iraq; Things You Should Have Known Already

AP Issues Standards Memo: 'Combat In Iraq Is Not Over'

Update; Of Course It's Not


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