"if" is the cruelest word

The daylight wanes; the night deepens; remember!
The abyss thirsts always; the water-clock runs low.

Soon will sound the hour when divine Chance,
When august Virtue, your still virgin wife,
When even Repentance (the very last of inns!),
When all will say: Die, old coward! it is too late!"

—Charles Baudelaire, The Clock



Blast a buffoon


Com'on, you know you want to.



Strange weather for the season...

"They control everything here including the sun, that's
why it's always dark. They can't stand the light."
- Dr. Schreber

Isn't it?



A New Look for Democrats

It has been called the most dangerous force in American politics:

And so the White House experts agree:

"Progressivism is a disease".

And here is the cure:
Take two of these and call Nurse Ratched in the morning.



I don't understand this

As has been observed by others before me, there is a strange brew of the sexual and the political in conservatives' admiration for the hyper-femininity and sustained outrage of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and the leggy Fox anchors. Now it culminates in a new film from the Citizens United crew (makers of Hillary: The Movie and America At Risk). This one is called Fire From The Heartland, and it argues that everything that makes women strong is "their femininity and their morality," as Coulter puts it in her narration.

But Ann Coulter is neither feminine nor moral, so how would she know anything about it?


The road not taken

Will the progressive movement ever dare find its own voice?

What would Prof. John Keating say?
Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go [imitating a goat] that's baaaad. Robert Frost said, 'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.

Thoreau said, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation."
Don't be resigned to that...

Break out!



Bourbon Street Bar, New Orleans, around two a.m.

Whatever does the gentleman mean, blondes and jazz seldom go together?


This tranquil haven of democracy

Let's face it, budget problems means drastic budget cuts.

It is time to remember what some of our top priorities should be in these troubled economic times.

Family values, of course, should remain one of our top priorities.

Lifeguards have long had responsibility for the enforcement of laws and regulations.

Municipal Code sections have been known to be added to give lifeguards the specific title of public officer; with the right to arrest for misdemeanors and infractions. This also gave lifeguards the right to release those arrested on their written promise to appear in court at a future time. In other words, in some counties, lifeguards have been given the right to issue citations.

In some instances, lifeguards assigned to harbor patrol functions are designated as harbor police, which eventually makes these lifeguards peace officers.

I know; it's a tough job but someone's got to do it.

Lifeguard Service all over the States has continued to expand and improve its operations to accommodate the increased use of beaches and waterways over the years.

As County commissioners are deciding what program should be among the ones they have to cut to make up for their budget shortfall, they ought to be reminded that the skills and techniques of life-guarding have come a long way. As such skills and techniques continue to improve, so will the Lifeguard Service and the great ministry they render our Nation.

Most people agree, the extra eyes make them feel safer. And safety is what the land of the free and the home of the brave is all about, right?

It means other County programs will have to be at risk of getting the budget cut ax, of course. But there are so many useless programs to choose from in our needlessly overburdened County budgets. After all, how many public libraries does this Nanny Nation of ours really need anyway?



Must be election time

At a time like this, the last thing either party needs right now is for some drug-addled hippie ® to start asking serious questions about real issues---it's all about rallying the base, you know.

Enter the birthers . . .

Hey don't knock it down . . .

. . . it sure took care of the health care "debate," didn't it?



But Mr. President...

"But on this day, we are reminded that at our best, we do not give in to this temptation," Obama said. .... We do not allow ourselves to be defined by fear, but by the hopes we have for our families, for our nation, and for a brighter future."

But Mr. President...from where I'm sitting the Democrats, including yourself, have allowed themselves to be defined by fear. You talk of hope a great deal, Mr. President, but I'm afraid that when it comes right down to it you're afraid to sign your name to anything anyone might possibly criticise you for, even the most bigoted people imaginable.

So don't talk to me about resisting fear, m'kay?


Between Nostalgia, Utopia and Realities

"To grasp and hold a vision, that is the very essence of successful leadership
- not only on the movie set where I learned it, but everywhere."
---Ronald Reagan

uh uh huh

You really know how to dance.

But then again... it's not easy being a Dem.



Displaced Tapas

displaced & uprooted
my arse just got booted
into the future
deep wounds need suture
sunshine is healing
but my mind is reeling
can't focus on shyte
yet this move is so right
the details were taxing
jin's ain't good at relaxing
head's too full of spin
I shut the fuck up & grin
only a temporary malaise
so I'll sit here & graze...

any Tapas tonight Bartender?