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20090829

Something about Susan



I checked her out too, sir.



Do you think she was hitting on me?


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Meet the New GOP

Same as the old GOP?



The Republican National Committee (RNC) is responsible for promoting Republican campaign activities. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. Its current chairman is Michael S. Steele.
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20090827

Honest Scrap


There is no knowing what unexpected visitors might be dropping by The Wulfshead.


Or what startling present they might be bearing.


As the bartender currently on duty, it is my privilege to recognize Nurse Scrap's devotion to The Wulfshead and present her with the prestigious Honest Weblog Award bestowed upon her and "a whole bunch of people at The Wulfshead" by the Simian delegation on behalf of Dr. Zaius.


This award is an exceptional distinction:


The Wulfshead's distinguished patrons and visitors, "strange and unusual" as they may be, are "distinguished" by what they value, by whom they honor, and by what they aspire to be: their individual’s stories enrich the significance of this award. And so, I hope that many will be the patrons and regulars who will avail themselves of this unique opportunity to partake in the spirit of the Honest Scrap distinction presented to them.

The rules of the award are:

1. You must brag about the award

2. You must include the name of the blogger who bestowed the award on you and link back to the blogger

3. You must choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design

4. Show their names and links and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog.

5. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself.

Then pass it on with the instructions!



To be continued . . .


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20090824

Have you left no sense of decency?

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Ok, we all have our own opinion on the matter, and some people feel very strongly about it, The Wulfshead is no exception---jin made it unambiguously clear where she stood on the issue. And this is the way it should be---this is a free country (or so they keep telling us).

But, seriously now, isn't this taking it a little bit too far, now?


Have you no sense of decency people, at long last?

Have you left no sense of decency?
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20090822

Haig-sistentialism

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20090820

The KingCake Crypt: Lady Haig

The KingCake Crypt: Lady Haig

Good Evening, This is Lady Haig speaking to you with a deep sense of reverence for your love of Al's playing. It boggles the mind of your intense focus, surely you must all be musicians in your own right at this late date.

I would like you to know that if you go to profiles.google.com/grangeladyhaig you will see that I have been on Blogger for quite awhile. I am not computer literate and feel terrible you have not been able to access the pictures I sent to you.

One was a gift to me by the world famous photographer: William Claxton who has sadly passed away; a photo he took of Al in December of 1945 when Dizzy and Bird brought bebop to Hollywood, California. He felt, at the time, with Al's eyes being closed, it was a bad shot; sixty years later it looks just fine.

The other shot was a Popsy Randolph shot taken in January of 1949 at the First Session of The Birth of The Cool with Miles Davis; John Lewis is on the Second Session.

I have many photos at www.myspace.com/grangeladyhaigrutan which you may peruse and I gladly share.

I want to thank you for this opportunity Mr. KingCake, Sasha, Jazzman and whomever else is in here. As I said before, I am speechless.

Please note that I do have copies of Death of a Bebop Wife at $28.00 and am continually livid with www.amazon.com trying to sell used copies for over $150.00.

My personal email is alhaigbebop@aol.com

Thank you for being you.
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Happy Hour at The Wulfshead?

Thank you for asking!

Happy Hour is calculated according to various mathematical algorithms.


It is normally Monday through Sunday, and sometimes on the 8th day of the week, typically taking place at some period extending between 8 AM and 8 PM, and 8 PM and 8 AM.

You can buy or sell anything during Happy Hour, and no one asks questions.

And every night is "bring a date" night.


Help make the word a better place, one drink at a time:


Bring a date. Or a friend, relative, or neighbour to join you for a drink...perhaps you may need to offer a ride!

Any questions or suggestions, tell the concierge about it.

Availability may vary. Bring a Friend program vouchers expire 18/10/3979.

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20090818

How beautious mankind is . . .

. . . oh Brave New World that has such people in it.


The opening quote is spoken by Miranda in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Nobody doesn't like Miranda!

And what is there not to like?


Everybody loves a winner... And charismatic and atypical characters...

And men (or women) of power such as Prospero.


In The Sandman, it is Dream (the title character) who inspires William Shakespeare to write The Tempest, and it is presumed Prospero is based on Dream.

And, in truth, isn't the slow evolution of mankind out of the primordial muck made of "such stuff as dreams are made on"?

Haven't most of mankind's major evolutionary leaps in sciences (physics, mathematics, biology, medicine,...) and most major breakthroughs in the humanities (history, philosophy, arts,...) been the achievement of dreamers who dared defy conventions, who dared dream a bigger dream and believed a better world was possible? Very little remains static for long, nothing is written in stone, and contrarily to popular beliefs, not even (and probably least of all) in religion---by all accounts, Buddha and Christ were conventions shakers (the story has it that Gautama defied the cast system of Hinduism, and the bible makes it no secret that Jesus didn't get along well with the priests of his time. (Ever wondered what Jesus would make of the fundamentalist priests of our era?)

In fact, sometimes the stuff will manifest itself in some unexpected ways in a dream. Anecdotal evidences suggest that many major breakthroughs in science and the arts came up in dreams.


Sometimes it materializes as the stuff of nightmares.

Born out of insecurity and fear.

The stuff of bigotry.

Superstitions, greed, prejudices and intolerances.

Occasionally, there may come some dreamers who are aware that they are dreaming. They may control something of the dream-stuff, bending it to their will. They may be mighty for good or for ill, as we look upon them.


Ooo suuuper maaan.



Or is it the other way around, and is it the stuff dreaming the dreamers? The Spirit of the age?

It sometimes can happen that the dream is just too big for any "one" to carry.


It is something that everyone can relate to intuitively to one degree or another.

There is a reason why The Dark Knight was the second-highest domestic grossing film in November of 2008.

Superheroes in spandex do look kind of quaint, but, hey, don't laugh, they are the mythological Hercules and Achilles of our times.

Not to mention that super-hero vigilantism has its own dedicated cult following in the States.

Some people like Superman, others prefer Batman.



It says here that the Blogbat weblog "has been around since 2003 and has been quoted, published, and linked to by academic and news journals, such as The New York Times page on Georgia (Russia), Harvard Law School's Global Voices Online, Slate, etc. and that its author has also been invited by the Washington Post to participate in one of its online public fora dealing with Cuba and moderated by David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria."

There is no accounting for the "intellectual prowess of the masses"

Which brings us to an old debate:

Who is the coolest super-dudette of them all? Batgirl or Supergirl?


Me? Oh, I fear I couldn't possibly be a fair judge in the matter.

I have my own bias.

A sure rule of thumbs might be W.W.V.D.


What Would Vampirella Do?
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20090813

Decisions, Decisions




I was hoping that maybe some of my good drinking buddies at the Wulfshead could help me sort this one out.

Vacation times, you see… Well, I just can’t seem to make up my mind.

What shall it be this year?

Other than Orlando, Florida, or the "People's Republic of Hawaii," that is.

I have narrowed it down to two potential locations which best epitomize "the conservative principles that are so fundamental to the survival of our nation."

First on my list is Milton Friedman’s beach club:

As seen on 60 Minutes' "Dubai Inc." (reported by Steve Kroft), “it is a story of peaceful, constructive excellence and the pursuit of dreams. A story very much in line with true American values.” An oasis of free enterprise without income taxes, trade unions or oppositions parties (there are no elections).



The thing with Dubai is that it can be pretty expensive, but I understand that foreign laborers are welcome there. So, I figured, hey, it's a free country and if it comes to that there is always the possibility for one of making some money on the side, while enjoying the city and its amenities.

But then again, who wants to work during their vacation?---kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

Fortunately there are no shortages of Libertarian paradises in the world, and some of them do not necessarily require you to be a millionaire or to indenture yourself in order to pay your way through.

I don’t know -- I am kind of leaning toward Somalia.



What do you think?
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20090812

The Last Idealist

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I have a feeling about you. I know you'll do what's right.
---Irene March



"The Postman was written as an answer to all those post-apocalyptic books and films that seem to revel in the idea of civilization's fall. It's a story about how much we take for granted -- and how desperately we would miss the little, gracious things that connect us today. It is a story about the last idealist in a fallen America. A man who cannot let go of a dream we all once shared. Who sparks restored faith that we can recover, and perhaps even become better than we were."
---David Brin

The first two parts of Brin's novel were first published separately as "The Postman" (1982) and "Cyclops" (1984). Both were nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novella. The completed novel was awarded first prize in the John W. Campbell Awards for the best science fiction novel of the year in 1986, and won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel that same year. It was also nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel.

The motion picture, with Kevin Costner in the lead role, didn't fare so well.


The movie took home five Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Original Song. Roger Ebert described The Postman as "good-hearted" yet "goofy" and "pretentious". However, Ebert recognized the movie as a failed parable, for which he said the viewers "shouldn't blame them for trying".

Here is hoping that this new take on an old theme, with Barack Obama as the harbinger of a better America (and of what is best in all of us), will fare better with the critics---or the hecklers.
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20090811

The Tao Te Ching of Darth Sidious

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It reads like Milton Friedman, or Murray Rothbard, or is that L Ron Hubbard?---I never could tell them apart:

The Philosophy of the Sith (it has different names depending on the place or the times) has always been the same: it speaks of passion and freedom but it treats Man like a machine, and the instruments of its ontology are the tools of bondage and deceit. It is cold, mechanical, calculating, and...soulless.

The two samples below made it all the way here from Sith Sigma, a galaxy...too close to home. The site is actually quite edifying. It is cleverly assembled and the spirit in which it happens to be presented does invite comparison with THE PRINCE: like Machiavelli’s best-known book the site exposits and describes the arts with which a Sith Lord or a ruling Corporate Prince can best maintain control of his realm:




In truth, such philosophies have nothing to do with the Tao Te Ching. Though don't be too quick to judge. There are some Sith Lords, like Murray Rothbard, who have been contending that "the first libertarian intellectual was Lao-tzu."

But who, in their right mind, would nowadays still take Murray Rothbard seriously?

There is no telling!

There are those who are looking at China as a Libertarian wet dream and the new promised land of unregulated "economic freedom":
China has a fast growing economy and that doesn’t happen with command style economics. China has a free market (sometimes). I had been told that Beijing recently got rid of rent control, something that New York and Los Angeles wouldn’t even consider. The government is letting some people (those with money) get visa’s and see the rest of the world. They aren’t as afraid that people will leave. This country is more than an economic power; it is a country people want to live in.
---Brad Hemak, A Libertarian in China, 2005


Could Robert Fogel's economic forecast be right?


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20090809

Darth Sullivanus Action Figure

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Dwoooo....


. . . here is your last chance to get items that are available while supplies last and limited edition:

Featuring:

- Collectible Darth Sullivanus® mockup* comes with an exclusive holographic Figure!

- Ages 4 and up.

*A mockup or mock up is an action figure on a test packaging.
The GOP does this before they start general production of the
packed action figures to see how it will look.


"Anakin, you must sense what I have come to suspect.
The Jedi want control of the Republic."
―Palpatine (SW-III, Coruscant, 19 BBY)

"This is a scary time in Washington. It's a very frightening time. I see Barack Obama is creating an enemies list of people who oppose this miserable health care plan. I think that's frightening. That's from a guy that can't even show a long-form birth certificate. I think we all ought to be prepared to fight that."
―Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla., Tulsa, Aug. 7, 2009 AD)

"I believe you're the only Jedi with no knowledge of this plot. When the Jedi learn what has transpired here, they will kill us, along with all the Senators."
―Darth Sidious to Anakin (ST-III, Coruscant, 19 BBY)


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20090807

Those who know...

...do not say

Those who say...

...do not know
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