Not only does excercise increase one overall feeling of wellbeing but...

it also has been known to reduce snoring.

Now, what was it the gentleman was saying about his downstairs' neighbor?



I am not sure what to make of that DNC new logo

With Halloween around the corner, it's seasonal and all, I'll give you that.

But, isn't there ground here potentially for a copyright infringement lawsuit? Or something?

I mean, I get it, "little girls are scary."

All I am saying is that it couldn't possibly be good for the image of the Democratic party if the DNC ever got sued by The Walt Disney Company for copyright infringement. Think about it.

Besides, how old mentally does Tim Kaine think the Democrats' target audience is anyway?

I don't know, I think I liked "change that matters" better.



Those who speak know nothing

And find out to their cost

Like those who curse their luck in too many places

And those who fear are lost

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art

But that's not the shape of my heart
That's not the shape of my heart
That's not the shape, that's not the shape of my heart



— Que voulez vous faire plus tard?

— Le bien autour de moi, Jean-Pierre . . .



The Mama Grizlies are Coming!

Down in the dumps? Feeling blue? Here's the perfect bracer. A little inspirational film which should energize you to go back out there into the fight. Help is coming! Just vote! Repeat to yourself, "We're the greatest" a hundred times. Write it on a blackboard. And clobber any liberal you see out on the street who doubts it.



Dear Hugh Laurie (oh yeah, he's a patron)...

...your House is burning and there's no one home. Get out of it.


Balada do Rei das Sereias

It's the name of a poem by Manuel Bandeira.

O rei atirou
Seu anel ao mar
E disse às sereias:
– Ide-o lá buscar,
Que se o não trouxerdes,
Virareis espuma
Das ondas do mar!

Foram as sereias,
Não tardou, voltaram
Com o perdido anel.
Maldito o capricho
De rei tão cruel!

O rei atirou
Grãos de arroz ao mar
E disse às sereias:
– Ide-os lá buscar,
Que se os não trouxerdes,
Virareis espuma
Das ondas do mar!

Foram as sereias
Não tardou, voltaram,
Não faltava um grão.
Maldito o capricho
Do mau coração!

O rei atirou
Sua filha ao mar
E disse às sereias:
– Ide-a lá buscar,
Que se a não trouxerdes,
Virareis espuma
Das ondas do mar!

Foram as sereias...
Quem as viu voltar?...
Não voltaram nunca!
Viraram espuma
Das ondas do mar.

I wish I could find an English translation of it.






Years ago when Bush debated Gore he was considered the winner because “he didn’t drool all over himself.”

When Palin debated Biden she became “the winner” because she didn’t drool all over herself.

Now O’Donnell is seen as hitting one out of the ballpark because, though she came close, she didn’t drool on herself either. And was actually able to begin a sentence, move it forward a bit, and finally finish it. Though what she said often didn’t make much sense. But no matter. In a political environment such as ours where appearances are more important than realities she did well. It sounded as if she were actually saying something. And she looked Senatorial, cute thing that she is.

Then Angle debated Reid last night. I didn’t have the stomach for that one. But I gather that Angle was able to complete a sentence too, and therefore came out the winner. Too bad for Reid. Too bad for us.

Yeah, the American political scene just keeps coming up with more yucks. At least votes can’t be bought for a shot of whiskey outside the polls anymore. Can that be considered progress?



I know how you feel . . .


Quinty may be on to something with that one

Heck, I'd vote for her if only she were the real thing.




The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!

By George, he's got it!

Dick Armey, the recently-retired Republican majority leader, claimed that "Bipartisanship is another name for date rape."

Except that for some mysterious reason, the way this all seems to work, the Dem somehow always ends-up the helpless victim . . .

. . . or so sayeth the Dem.

The Dem does protest too much, methinks.

Now once again, where does it rain?




Feudalism by any other name

– I don't think a woman of your talents should be in public service.

– Oh? And where should I be?

– Consider this - Massive Dynamic is one of the ten largest economic entities in the world. Our weapons technologies shape the Defense Department's strategies. Our investments sway the markets and make or break presidential elections. Overseas, we have responsibilities traditionally sacred to the state. The right to direct private armies, to manage global affairs into stable equilibrium.



Moving on? But where to? And how?

He feels his critics on the left are silly and naive when they argue that the key to victory is simply for the party to turn out more of its base.

"There is no base!" he once exclaimed famously during one of his familiar flare of temper.

Lucidity or self-fulfilling prophecy? I do not know, sir.

He, you may have surmised, is outgoing White House Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

As I said before, I don't know much about politics. If you ask me, sir, my uninformed guess would be that telling the base it is irrelevant---the Small-Donor fallacy, sir---does not look much like the kind of change the people who voted for Obama had been led to hope for.

Cicero (106–43 bc) said it first, "the sinews of war are infinite money." And Rahm Emanuel knows how to raise money for the party---that's what he does, sir---and there aren't many better places to find it than Wall Street. Fund-raising was the gentleman's job for Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. And again in 2006---the gentleman was then head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee---he helped Democrats collect record amount of cash in their bid to retake the House of Representatives.

There are political realities...sir...or so "sensible liberals" keep informing me.

But that has always been the problem, hasn't it? I mean, the money, sir...the price of power. How can Democrats raise the kind of corporate money the party so desperately needs to survive as a major party without selling their base out to special interests?


He's right. It won't happen, but he's right.

Michael Moore: Five Ways the Democrats Can Avoid a Catastrophe and Pull Off the Mother of All Upsets

If you're of a mindset that believes a return to 2001-2008 would be sheer insanity, then you probably agree we've got no choice but to save the Democrats from themselves.