Red Menace

Boy, I miss the Cold War.

The way it used to be in the old days...

When a spy knew what it meant to be a spy.

And secret agents wore Prada.


Well, let us just say that spies nowadays don't have the same flourishes.

Q Branch must be sleeping on the job.

Whatever happened to all the fanciful gadgets?

What? No fancy amphibious sport car?

No Spy Kids Power Suit?

Not even one misely Bulgarian umbrella, like in the good old days?

Seriously now, I mean, this is the third millennium, people! You would imagine that at the very least something like Doctor Pooh's sonic screwdriver would easily be one of the perks of the job by today standards.



Toi, tu es née pour la folie, pour la lumière

On t'a fait un monde trop petit
Pour tes idées
Pour l'appétit‎ de tes grands yeux écarquillés
Sur l'infini

Tu es prisonnière de ta maison
De tes parents
De cet adulte qui te dit qu'il a raison
Et qui te ment
Toi, tu es née pour la folie, pour la lumière
Pour tes pays
Peuplés de voix
Et tu te demandes dans ta nuit de prisonnière
Pourquoi tu vis
Et où tu vas
Pourquoi tu vis
Et où tu vas
Tu n'as pas d'avion ni de bateau
Pour t'en aller
Les illusions qui restent sont un grand radeau
Qui va couler
Et pourtant tu veux de tout ton corps
De tout ton coeur
Briser enfin le noir et blanc de ton décor
Vivre en couleurs
[Refrain] x3


What the hell?

Tony Perkins, the president of a hate group that seeks to demonize an entire group of Americans, will testify later this week about the fitness of Elena Kagan's moral character, or something. He's listed as a "minority witness" and will testify after Kagan wraps up her own remarks before lawmakers. And given Kagan has already told Sen. Jeff Sessions that she has "repeatedly said that the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is unwise and unjust," there's plenty for Perkins to go after.

Why does anybody take this man seriously?


Whatever happened to no one gets left behind?

Good question!

Hey, call them a bunch of commies if you want to, but you've got to give it
to Five Finger Death Punch on this one.

I haven't had time to do any research, so I am not as familiar with the band as
I should be as I am posting this, but judging by this one song, it seems to me like
the world could use more socially concerned progressive voices like theirs:

What a vocal performance! Ivan is awesome.
No one gets left behind, another fallen soul
No one gets left behind, another broken home
No one gets left behind, we stand and fight together
No one gets left behind, or we all die alone

Have you no honor? Have you no soul?

Have you no backbone? Have you no spine?
Whatever happened to No one gets left behind?

No one gets left behind, I know you made it up.


Look at my Minion, oh you mighty, and despair!

I've created a Minion to join Gru's Minion army.




No sooner did I tee off this morning and the damn cell phone rings. My wife says the water heater is getting real hot. I told her to turn it off. She didn't know how. I said go to the circuit breaker and turn the one that says water heater to the off position. She got mad and said she'd call her father. He calls twenty minutes later saying he doesn't know how to shut it off either. I have to leave the fucking golf course and go shut off the godddamn water heater.
Worse. It's totally fucked up and of course my wife and daughter are whining about having to go to my Dad's or her Dad's house to take a fucking shower. But I can't replace the goddamn piece of shit water heater cause I have to work my fucking church picnic all fucking night. Tomorrow I have to help a guy running for something at his fundraiser cause I'm the only fucking schmuck in town that can boil fucking hot dogs and place buns, relish and catsup on a goddamn card table.
Bartender! Where's my fucking beer!?!



Steve Martin's contract....

Here's a copy of Steve Martin's tour guidelines. It offers a good model contract if your boss should send you out on a special mission or you go camping with your family.......




World Cups

This calls for a toast...

. . . . I am a fan!


Deep Thoughts

Of course, one of the big questions on everyone's mind now is will The Taegeuk Warriors play The Yanks in the quarter-finals?




Much ado about nothing...

But then again I never ran for office.

Let me be clear:

I am not in favor of marriage - period!

That said, you do not see me lobbying congress for the abolition of marriage on the ground that I find it a backward and barbaric institution, now, do you?

The way I see it, what people want to do with their lives is entirely their own business.

"As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent."


Actually, he would've come off more coherent if he had just screamed "FUCK THEM FAGGOTS!"

Lawyer for Prop8 displayed pitiful closing arguments; even the Judge argued for the other side


Theirs is a terrible God

And they all are afraid, Ma'am.

They don't know what to do.

The President least of them all.

Theirs is a cruel and capricious god.

And they have all learned to fear it.

Witness Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the ranking member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation.: She fears that "halting offshore drilling would threaten the U.S. economy." At this point in time, that is it, Ma'am: the Senator's chief concern is that "placing those resources off limits...[will] threatens thousands of jobs associated with oil and gas development along the Gulf Coast."

Which was already, more or less, the President's position with regard to offshore drilling just before the Deepwater Horizon tragedy struck.

Governor Bobby Jindal told President Obama in early June that the moratorium could cost as many as 20,000 jobs in the state over the next 12 months to 18 months. And twenty lawmakers from Gulf states said in a press conference last Tuesday that a six-month moratorium will hurt offshore drilling companies and suppliers that contribute $6 billion yearly to the federal government.

"It's bad enough that we have an oil spill to deal with and the fishermen can't work. Now they're going to take away the oil industry, and we'll have nothing," said Chett Chiasson, executive director for the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, which runs Port Fourchon, the launching point for 90 percent of the deepwater activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

"If the rigs stop prospecting for oil, then catering companies stop cooking food for rig workers, boats stop bringing them supplies, mechanics stop servicing the supply boats and so on."

That's what they say, Ma'am.

Are people worshiping a false god?

I wouldn't know, Ma'am.

There are those who say that they are:

Alas, what choice do they have? The people, Ma'am...Most of them...a job is all they know. And all they have. And they too are afraid.

And what is Ken Salazar saying? President Obama's U.S. Secretary of the interior, Ma'am... The gentleman is now claiming---against mounting evidences to the contrary---that “no level of regulation would have prevented what happened.

Alas, he, too...he is afraid,

May I serve the gentlelady another drink?

This one is on the house, Ma'am.

This is quite a fetching t-shirt, the gentlelady is wearing---if it is not too bold of me to say...

And, ah...the text on the back reads:

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money."

Wolf Robe, was it?

A desparate cry for help!

A Plaquemines Parish cleanup crew discovered broken eggs and crushed chicks on Queen Bess Island on Tuesday, and parish leaders are blaming BP workers cleaning up the oil spill for the damage.
"The people BP sent out to clean up oil trampled the nesting grounds of Brown Pelicans and other birds," said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. [...]
"Pelicans just came off the endangered species list in November of last year. [...]
"The lack of urgency and general disregard for Louisiana's wetlands and wildlife is enough to make you sick," Nungesser said.

Once again the people of SE Louisiana find their lives and very existence as a unique culture is under assault from an environmental disaster, this one caused by a group of soul-less Capitalists who determined that their profits outweighed our lives, and a Federal response that is actually making the Bush Katrina response look timely and direct in comparison. Mr Obama you were 'my president', someone whom I took great delight in voting for and now you have proven me wrong about you. That your 'big speech' took 57 days to happen, and your 'strong federal response' has yet to materialize in any meaningful way is simply unforgivable. Our lives as we know them are at stake here and it appears that it may well already be too late to save us from the murder of those lives by BP. There was plenty of opportunity for Federal intervention long before now, consider the following:

"In the last three years, according to the Center for Public Integrity, BP accounted for '97 percent of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry by government safety inspectors' — including 760 citations for 'egregious, willful' violations (compared with only eight at the two oil companies that tied for second place). Hayward’s predecessor at BP, ousted in a sex-and-blackmail scandal in 2007, had placed cost-cutting (and ever more obscene profits) over safety, culminating in the BP Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 and injured 170 in 2005. Last October The Times uncovered documents revealing that BP had still failed to address hundreds of safety hazards at that refinery in the four years after the explosion, prompting the largest fine in the history of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (The fine, $87 million, was no doubt regarded as petty cash by a company whose profit reached nearly $17 billion last year.)"

Op-Ed Columnist - Don’t Get Mad, Mr. President. Get Even. -

Where is the protection from this foreign predator that we should be able to count on from our government? Do you honestly think that a bunch of name calling at a Congressional hearing prior to APPROVING 35.8 Billion in BP tax breaks is what we need? We are going to pay them back for cleaning their own mess!!?? How is it that there is no discussion of criminal liability for BP decision makers? These assholes belong in jail! Now we get word of a 20 billion dollar fund (over 4 years) to 'make it right'; does anyone actually think that this represents even 1% of the damage that this spill has done and will do? By the time this well is capped the outflow will be over 100 times Exxon Valdez. Our lives here are teetering on the brink of extinction from these irresponsible acts of greed and yet no one wants to take seriously the need for an all out, nothing held back response, instead they talk of 'bigger issues'!

Let me tell you something: for us right now there are no such things as 'bigger issues'. Without our fisheries everything here dies, our restaurants close, the tourists leave, the bars and music clubs close next and all the jobs are gone and once again SE Louisiana residents are spread across the country as strangers in a strange land; one that has already made it clear that we don't count for much. In the next 5 years the average homeowner here can expect to loose 20% or more of their homes' value, huge numbers of us will be unemployed and our beloved seafood dishes a distant memory, now too expensive if available at all - how does anyone compensate us for that?!



Sense and Sensibility

Louisiana Rep. Joseph Cao is quite upset about the whole bloody mess.

I understand.

Everybody is.

What we have here is a man-made disaster of gigantic proportion.

It didn't have to be: it could have been prevented.

But seriously now, let's keep a cool head about this.

In what, let me ask you, would BP America President Lamar McKay committing seppuku help solve anything?

Would it somehow miraculously help reverse the damages in any way?

I don't think so.

Seriously people, this is not some science fiction fantasy television drama series, you know. Let's deal with the problem in a constructive and realistic way.

Everybody just calm down. I am sure the White House has a plan and the President is already working on something a bit more sensible.




---no less---is at stake!

Or so they say:

I am curious how this kind of language differs from the language the Nazis used to describe the Jews?

What next?

Will all Muslims in Europe and in America be required to wear a yellow badge?

What about Mexican Americans?

"There are many humorous things in the world among them the white man's notion that he is less savage than the other savages."
~Mark Twain, Following the Equator, 1897



What it is, is what it says

...and that's all I got to say about that.


Libraries Rock!

I don't know...

...I am not entirely sure whether it was meant to be interpreted that literally.



But then again . . .

Bars do rock too!

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read
a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.
~G.K. Chesterton


The best of my education has come from the public library...

Now, who was it who said . . .

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need"?