Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Good Day

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and dog gone it it, people like me. The underdog metaphor for the Dems has now realized the dream.

Suck on it, G.O.P.

Oh, and while there will be some big hurdles to come, the Iraqi Government also celebrated the beginning of the end for the American position today. Paul Bremer and all of those assholes can respectfully suck on it as well.

Society's Mirror

Mr. Kunstler weighs in on li'l dead Michael. Go ahead and read his rant, it ain't pretty...but I like it.

Friday, June 26, 2009


What Would Jesus Carry?

Yep, that Jeebus, he's one pistol packing badass mutha. What a country...

Michael Jackson

I'd be remiss to not post anything about Michael Jackson today. However, as our mothers often told us, if you haven't got anything nice to say, say nothing.

I will opine that I'm confident that Mark Sanford's favorite dead pop star is now officially MJ.

That said, here's a clip from when Michael was important to me...

Friday Random Ten

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin' On -- Jerry Lee Lewis
Girl -- Stereophonics
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is -- JET
Please, Mr. Postman -- The Backbeat Band
One Thing Never Changed -- The Pretenders
I Thought You Should Know -- Steve Earle
Air -- Talking Heads
Lost In Space -- Fountains Of Wayne
Earthquake Weather -- Beck
Tales From The Riverbank -- The Jam

Bonus tune of no particular affiliation:

Let It Rain -- O.K. Go

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cincinnati Chilly

Why is pretty much everybody in Cincinnati an uptight asshole?

Le Shaq

Well it appears to be official that Shaquille O'Neal is coming to Cleveland to join the Cavaliers. Personally, I'll go on the record that I feel that it's an enormous mistake.

Shaq is 37 years old! If he lasts the entire season without breaking down, I'll be surprised. It appears that this is Dan Gilbert's very desperate ploy to keep Le Bron for a couple more years and potentially win a title. They were obviously way out-manned by Dwight Howard in the Conference Finals, but this trade is too little too late.

This would have been a great trade...ten years ago. Of course that means that LeBron would have been all of 14 years old, but I'd take those odds.

In any case, a warm welcome to Big Diesel. It will be a fun season watching him in the low post as long as those knees hold out.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Don't cry for me, Mark Sanford

Looks like the G.O.P. has lobbed in another hanging curve ball for us to hit out of the park. They really don't get it, do they? They preach and preach about what morally superior god lovers they are and then they pull the wackiest stunts imaginable.

I had the good fortune to hear the news about Sanford directly from Rush's golden EIB mocrophone. What a sweet treat that was. El Pillboy just was head over heels for Preznit Sanford in 2012 and there ain't enough Oxycontin in his cabinet to dry those tears this evening.

Poor old fat man. Thanks for playing Governor...

**facsimile of hot Argentine girlfriend

Pictures on a beautiful Summer's day

WTF? We're not even sure what this is but it sure is nifty.

Side Garden

Cool Purple Flowers

We call this Hosta Alley

Monday, June 22, 2009

Betty Bowers

Betty explains it all for you this Monday after the Gay Pride Parade.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

It's still my birthday

So...I thought I'd post how happy that the day lilies in the garden are to hear that I've turned Fitty.

To tell a family secret, my grandmother was Dutch...

I love this opening scene from Blazing Saddles.


Here's a nice little piece forwarded on by Mark B. about the recently completed architectural changes in and around the environs of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Stop the madness

I found this list of advertisers who run their stuff during airings of the Glenn Beck program on both the radio and Faux News.

Please do your part and don't frequent their stores or use their services. And if you're really motivated to do something, send an email or call the numbers below and tell them why you won't be patronizing their company.


Walgreens Media Relations
Mary Shultz, Walgreens Manager, Broadcast Media: 847-914-2961
200 Wilmot Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 914-2500
Lexmark x2 859-232-2221
Director of Corporate Communications – Lexmark
Tim Fitzpatrick
Liberty Mutual 617-357-9500
John Cusolito, Vice President, Corporate Communications – Liberty Mutual
Phone: 617-574-5512
Email: john.cusolito@libertymutual.com
Yellowbook 1-800-YB-YELLOW
Lending Tree 800-555-8733
Allison Vail - Manager of Corporate Communications – Lending Tree
Edward Jones 314-515-3269
John Boul, Manager of Global Media Relations of Edward Jones
(314) 515-3265
E-mail: john.boul@edwardjones.com
Hyundai 800-633-5151
Direct Buy 800-988-6049
AARP 800-852-0879
Schwab Bank 866-855-9102
415-636-5454 Speak to Glen Mathison or Greg Gable
Legalzoom 323-962-8600 or 800-773-0888
Joesph A Bank Clothiers (JoB Clothiers) x2 1-800-999-7472
American Express x3 877-890-2639
212-640-5951 Speak to Mike O’Neal
Cialis (Lilly Corp) x2 1-877-242-5471
Honda 800-999-1009, 310-783-2000
Ann Hartl, person in charge of advertising
“she wants to hear from us”
E-mail: ann_hartl@ahm.honda.com
U.S. Trust (part of Bank of America)
LL Bean
TD Ameritrade
Americaspower.org (some Coal lobbyist group)
Glass Doctor


Friday Random Ten (50th Birthday Edition)

Well, it's all over but the shouting. I'm 50 today. No sage words or pontificating on this austere occasion...just rock.

Loser -- Beck
Girl Inform Me -- The Shins
Queen Of Pain -- The Cramps
I Found Out -- John Lennon
Just A Girl -- No Doubt
All The Roadrunning -- Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris
Poor Places -- Wilco
Bad Is Bad -- Dave Edmunds
Goodbye Again -- The Iguanas
Flavor Of The Month -- The Posies

Birthday Bonus girlie single...

The Fear -- Lily Allen

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More signs of the coming apocalypse

I've never been much of a Weird Al fan, but this is just great.

(hat tip to Dedurkheim over at Rising Hegemon)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Legalize It

The money quote in the article...

"They don't deal with anything," she said. "They never learned how to have fun without smoking pot, never learned how to deal with conflict."

Many of the adults that I know are entirely incapable of dealing with conflict...or having fun for that matter. Period.

Singling out kids who haven't yet developed this skill because they smoke marijuana is unfair. Hell, you could say the same about kids who grew up playing soccer. Everybody plays and we're all super, duper winners!

Conflict and real life experiences are thrust upon you whether you're exposed to soft drugs or not. My thinking is that smoking weed exposes the absurdity of daily existence with a sleight hand and regardless of one's age when that epiphany occurs, it's a good thing.

In any case, full legalization will be a long time in coming if ever.

And always remember, America was founded by both Pirates and Puritans. We're never gonna escape that particular conflict.

Bill Maher

See, here is the difference between Us and Them.

We actually provide an objective critique of the person we voted for now and again. This week, it's Bill Maher's turn and I couldn't agree with him more.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Friday Random Ten

Smells Like Teen Spirit -- Nirvana
Life During Wartime -- Talking Heads
Clap Your Hands! -- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Easy Goin' Sunday -- The Knitters
Heaven -- Talking Heads
Think -- Joan Osborne
Drive -- Pere Ubu
Knot Comes Loose -- My Morning Jacket
Sgt. Rock (It's Going To Help Me) -- XTC
Put It On -- Bob Marley

Bonusy bonus bonus:

What Do I Get? -- The Buzzcocks

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Whole Wide World

I love them boys from Leith. This one goes out to my beautiful wife, Georgene.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

A rose by any other name

The is the first instance where I've heard the phrase, The Great Recession, used in common parlance to describe today's economic downturn and accompanying high unemployment.

I've now out of work for 18 months. It sure is swell to be part of history.


A soon to be released film about Joe Meek, batshit crazy rocker from the early sixties. The movie is supposed to be really good.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Friday Random Ten

I always play Russian Roulette in my head
It's seventeen black and twenty-nine red
How far from the gutter; how far from the pew

I will always remember to forget about you

A good man is hard to find

Only strangers sleep in my bed

My favorite words are good-bye

And my favorite color is red

Shrivel Up -- DEVO
Sleepwalkin' -- Modest Mouse
In Every Dream Home A Heartache -- Roxy Music
Don't Come Running To Me -- The Greenhornes
Frankenstein -- The New York Dolls
Zimzallabim -- Mos Def
A Good Man Is Hard To Find -- Tom Waits
The Government Darling -- Spoon
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) -- Genesis
World Wide Suicide -- Pearl Jam

Tuesday, June 02, 2009