Friday, December 25, 2009

OH Little Town of . .

Map picture

Whether or not Jess was really real, right there is the spot of the story of this season.

Merry Christmas

and

Happy Holidays All!

FSM nativity

I’ve got some great memories of xmas, so think that I’ll always be to celebrating it. One way or another.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

this is touching



And precisely what's needed President O. Now remember, it's Love, not Money that really, honestly matters. Really 'tis so.

Good Luck! ! ! :)

Friday, December 04, 2009

Medicare for All in the Discussion

For the first time I feel there's hope for single payer, health care as a human right.

Via CommonDreams

"Physicians and patients alike stand to gain enormously from the adoption of this measure," Young said. "No effort should be spared to ask every senator to vote yes on Senate Amendment 2837."

Sanders' measure, which is largely patterned after a bill he introduced last March, the American Health Security Act (S. 703), would cover all of the 46 million Americans who currently lack coverage and improve benefits for all Americans by eliminating co-pays and deductibles and restoring free choice of physician.

Highlights of the amendment include the following:

* Patients go to any doctor or hospital of their choice.

* Comprehensive benefits, including coverage for dental, mental health, and prescription drugs.

* By eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private, investor-owned insurance industry, along with the burdensome paperwork imposed on physicians, hospitals and other providers, the plan saves at least $400 billion annually - enough money to provide comprehensive, quality care to all.

* Community health centers are fully funded, giving the 60 million Americans now living in rural and underserved areas access to care.

* To address the critical shortage of primary care physicians and dentists, the bill provides resources for the National Health Service Corps to train an additional 24,000 health professionals.

* The program is paid for by combining current sources of government health spending into a single fund with modest new payroll and income taxes amounting to less than what most businesses and people now pay for insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

* While federally funded, the program is to be administered by the states.



Alas, but the Senate was having enough trouble getting it through with full party support in the scraped off and more expensive way earlier in the year. Just the fact that single payer is back in the heart of the conservation is Wisdom unexpected but most welcome.


My home boy's even got in on it. Sehr excellent!

Update: Hmmm... It seems the first is the Sanders' Amendment and the Coburn, nicely necessary eh, is for Congress to use the Public Option. Whatever form it takes.

Both fairly obvious requirements of the lawmakers.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pic of the Year*: "Now I'm done!"


Sometimes a picture simply says it all. This year's Browns are flat on their backs and looking for help from anywhere. **

Looks comfortable. Maybe now that he's had his rest he can start throwin' the ball more accurately. Even if his receivers can't hang on to half of 'em. And THAT is on Them. QB's just gotta get it where only they can catch it. Then it's on them. Catch The Ball! ! !

(Hola dudes y dudettes! How ya all doin'?:))



* Sports Edition

** Pantheonically speaking, of course.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Sliding Over the Edge of Irony



Wonder what Paul Simon would think of the caveat on this 'toon.

;-)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

not that it really helps all that much . .



. . but it's surprisingly more satisfying than so many of the alternatives I've tried.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Too True Times Two



And then some!



H/T to DCS for the ode in a 'Tube.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

"I have no investment in causing controversy," he said. "I am happy to avoid it if that's where the science leads us."

President Barack Obama
March 24, 2009 News Conference

I haven't posted one of these in a while, but this one, referencing Embryonic Stem Cell research backed by U.S. government funds is WAAAAYYY worth remembering.

You go O!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Feelin' Green in the Gills

Uh... right. Get a load o' what Qwantz is quackin' about. It's not exactly history, well, it is, but.. well.. Just check 'er out.

Happy (and SAFE) St Patty's Day, eh.

Monday, March 09, 2009

I Was Told To Write or Die. What did I do???

430
24
lab.drwicked.com

It was Write or Die.

Yeah. I did. Not die. I wrote. I did write. I did not die. 400 words in 9.5 minutes
It's says 430 in 24 mins but 430 came in ten, I just didn't see those Done and Pause buttons right away. Thanks to BG for finding it first.

All I'm writing is what I wanted to happen. It's all right here... In my skull. It's happening right now.

When Thoran began to recognize Ainshee it was only a matter of heart beats until there's were in sync. Now to more unpleasant matters.

Calling in a request for a straphing run wasn't his idea of fun, but Kelmin knew he had to make odds on this one. If footstroup 148 didn't hold the Gzaln from raking through another batch of fore armour First Lt Chemmy Kelmin knew whose ass was gettin' slung out the airlock.

Metaphorically, at any rate. More importantly, and predictably Chemmy thought, it was bust him down in rank again. Strike 3 and no more commands, no matter how unwanted in the first place.

All they have to do is what they've practice the last 3 weeks, 24.2/8. Ajngjardta isn't all a hellish planetoid. If it massed just a few hundred megatonnes more it might just have been able to keep its prehistoric atmosphere. As is, this ball of ice is still churning under the mantle, volcanic activity is part of the Home Planet's defenses, and Chemmy knows the particular rift, the one Bad Guys kaisan ) had to come over if they wanted to avoid getting blasted to meteorites by Tec Def.

This place holds too much meaning fo such a puny, lifeless piece of rock, but Home's reasons hit closer than the the kaisan. Their home is a number of millions of kilometers away. This is just a checkpoint on their "discovering" of the Galactic neighborhood. It doesn't seem to matter to them at this point that we're kinda, sorta even, living here. It's not like we wouldn't have let them use the couch, as it were, out around pluto for a while. Hell, even Neptune can be a little snuggly when you've got the right company sitting round the "fire" with ya. But these boys ain't quite that. Thanks god, with what's starting to scream over the smokey ash clouding the rim of the horizon.

Kasain is comin' to town.

Amazingly, after several minutes of typing it out, I'm ready to start writing a story. No Ellipsis.

Sentimental value is never enough when it's causing pain. Don't get me wrong. Seriously, please don't get me wrong. You have to let go of it respectfully. However those who hold it most dear would want it. But if it's got to go, then make it a chance for yourself in a different context. Imagine a lot o' things.

Friday, March 06, 2009

alright

music is alright.



I finally started listening to Last.fm and found JEW and Deftones on the radio. {sighhh} In some ways, it is exactly like a digital bath.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

50/50

If you live in, or even around, Cleveland, this is a read you need.

From Political Science 216 (a blog for after the basics, as well as for getting back to 'em.)
Perhaps the 50/50 investment could be used to make factories less stinky. This would help them avoid the cap and trade mandate the Obama administration is talking about. Again, this would make Cuyahoga County the place to expand a business.

That’s a lot better than a few low-paying jobs at a convention center, don’t you think?

[Pass it on]

Friday, February 27, 2009

Cheers!



This is a friend of mine's place. Wiiiiiiinnngggsssah! Mmmmm

Now I just gotta break outta my shell and make it out there.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"The return of E Pluribus Unum."

I didn't stay up to catch the O-man's semi-SotU last night, but am glad to see the headlines and pollsters seemed to like it.

What I did do this morning was read Larry Jones' revision 99 take, which literally inspired me with this one line:

>> Reagan/Bush era over

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That led me to a comment (hah! of course!) which required just a wee bit o' Googlin'. This is what I found.

Out of the 150 year debate (about Communism) and fifty-year (Cold) war all aspects that could be labeled as “socialistic” or “communistic” could be branded as “evil.” The fight between “socialized” or “universal” healthcare is emblematic of this phenomenon. Whenever an aspect of our society could be viewed as ‘communistic’ we adjusted to move strongly against it. The rhetoric beginning in the Reagan era and continuing through today is quite demonstrative of this mentality. For example, the famous line from the movie Wall Street, ‘Greed is Good,’ was recently the title of a Wall Street Journal editorial defending executive bonuses against the Administration’s proposed TARP legislation.
[Religious thought at its Best]


Off to do my part in keepin' my community strong (and my wallet fatter than flat. ;))

Monday, February 23, 2009

Necessity


They have so got to get this part of it right. The opportunity of the century, right at the start of it.

Obama/Clinton pull it off and there are no Dark Ages. They let it get too screwed up and it doesn't necessarily tip the West, let's face it, the wide world of peops into immediate chaos, but this decade may be a decisive one either way.

I'm watching the financial headlines every day, and I still think Obama's got a handle on it. Even if he is getting his hands burned much of that time.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Just in Time for Tax Return Time!

Woo Hoo! I get to issue one of those WARNING! warnings to Warn you that the following video should not be played at work or in front of young children (unless you swear vivaciously around them anyhow.)

:)



... We want people to be screaming in unison from houses across the county, "Work! Work, you cock-sucking piece of shit!! What is wrong with you?!"


And with all those Tax Return dollars just waiting to travel across the globe, this is a gagdet whose time is come.

Umm... Alrighty then.

Who knew The Onion was so in tuned to the pulse of American consumers, or that they produced such hi-quality video spoofs? Nice! It works better on a website than it would as a TV sketch, too.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Seriously Cross-posting - 15 Angles (Albums)

Facebook has kinda taken over my online time.

Take the following for xample.

L8!

I don't recall exactly when the tag to do this arrived, but know it's been over a week now. For some reason, I am determined to get this one done, though.

Uh huh.

Think of 15 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. They might not be what you listen to now, but these are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world.

When you finish, tag 15 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you're it!

1: Al Stewart's In the Year of the Cat immediately caught my imagination at 'bout age 12.
On a morning from a Bogart movie.
In a country where they turned back time.
Until the rise of Talabanic/al Qaeda style terrorism, who wouldn't want to go?! (Guitarist Peter White is still out there doin' the quasi-smooth jazz & blues scenes, if you're interested.)
Heeeere kittykittykittykittykitty!



2) Kiss Destroyer did exactly what it was supposed to do for a gangly, self-conscious pre-adolescent kid whose voice hadn't even started changing yet. Just wish I would've had a stage coach when I sang "Beth" in that 5th grade talent show. Hands clasped behind m' back did doom me.
In my Rock Star fantasies, I was always the one on the far left. "The Lover"
lol!


3) Jefferson Starship Earth had an album cover to get lost within and, aside from some really groovy pop tracks, a couple of classic Jams to help me not care to be found again.
...in the ruins of a once-mighty castle
in lands where the sun casts no shadow
signs and wonders
sound of thunder
all night long
All Night Long!


4) Alice Cooper Goes to Hell Yah... prolly shouldn't have got sooooo drunk on this one as a kid, But the thought of a girl who wouldn't tell me "I love you, but like a brother..."
If I live to 97
she'll still be waitin' in Refrigerator Heaven

YIKES!!! lol! D'oh!
No wonder I've seen so many shrinks... {shudder}


5) Barry Manilow Trying to Get the Feeling came to my awareness around the same time. Wow! Yah... I kissed more girls before I knew HOW to kiss than I did in all of HS. {shakin'head}


6) Queen A Night at the Opera Ahhhh... the sealing of the deal that my life would be about teh melodrama.
I don't wanna die
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all...


7) Kiss "Alive II" Simple, hooky songs made powerful by Volume and crowd noise. SHOUT IT OUT LOUD! Hellz ya!

8) Queen A Day at the Races Heh! Because I may be schizoidal but I'm still a Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy. Drowse has especially stayed with thru' the years.
Never wanted to be
the boy next door
Always thought I'd be
something more...


9) Jeff Beck "There and Back" This one reminded me what a guitar could Really do! And no lyrics to add to my substantial 16 yo internal confusions.

10) Todd Rungren Hermit of Mink Hollow As BG pointed out, All The Children Sing! This album really got me writing song lyrics.

11) The Who Hooligans All I can see is that I listened to this on A LOT. Probably "Bargain" is still my favorite Who jam. Hmmm... well that, Baba O'Reiley and a live version of Won't Get Fooled Again from the mid 80s.
Hoo baby! A fence! Let's jump it!!!


12) The Cars The Cars and Candy O at the same time! Got 'em both for my 14th. So many classics. So little homework getting done!
Hey BG! Google image search found this on Your Blog! Niiice. Thx!


13) Yes Fragile My cousin Hed first led me down this trail of artful prog rock. Thanks amigo! Talk about "mind expanding"!
Roger Dean's artwork gave this young man's brain new oceans in which to swim with the band's musical exploits.


14) Iron Maiden Piece of Mind Honestly, I think if I hadn't discovered yes first, Maiden's guitar work might have slipped past my awareness. Until I heard this album, metal was more about the pop-boppers for me. These guys were Real Musicians making music with the kind of edge I'd only heard from the likes of Kiss, Aerosmith and Led Zep, and taking it to an entirely other level. Fans can argue they had better albums, but this is the one that opened the genre to me. Awesome. Truly.
I've no doubt that you think I'm off my head
You don't say but it's in your eyes instead
Hours I spend out just gazing into that pool
Something draws me there I don't know what to do.
Oh...they drain my strength away
Oh...they're asking me to stay.
Nightmares...spirits calling me
Nightmares...they won't leave me be.


One spot left, huh... Alrighty then.

15) Pearl Jam 10 Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit may indeed have kicked the lid off the Grunge explosion, but this album got me playing guitar again after about a 5 year hiatus. Wondering what the next one will be. I'm be slumpin'...


Das ist alles

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

There Comes a Time



D'oh! I never did get around to plantin' my seed.

Eh. It's all good. Got to see my former step kiddo yesterday, and she's blooming like an angel spreadin' its wings. :) I do worry, though... {sigh}

Click on the pic and play the Growing Game yourself. (Don't forget to plant those seeds!)

Addendum Hint: I played again and dropped 3 seeds, but 'twasn't enough. Gave me 12% chance of progenating. Not surprising, I suppose.

Pump 'em out folks!

;-)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

One Down, Endless to Go

Good news on the Evolution -v- Evil Notion front.

Creationism defeated in Texas
---
Campaigners against the teaching of creationism in science lessons last week celebrated a key victory in Texas.

In meetings to revise science standards in Texan schools, the 15 members of the Texas State Board of Education elected to get rid of wording which has allowed the standing of evolution to be attacked for 20 years in Texan science lessons.

The offending wording invites teachers and students to debate "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories. In practice, this was used as a pretext to attack evolution in lessons and textbooks.

"Removing the concept of 'strengths and weaknesses', when the supposed weaknesses are completely bogus, is a real victory," says Michael Zimmerman of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a campaigner against creationism.

[What you don't know, may well hold you back]

The subtleties are important because the inform kids' approach to reality for the rest of their lives. They'll always have the freedom to choose to believe in, not just fairy tales, but anything or nothing at all. What the state of Texas owes them, what all governments owe their citizens, is the opportunity to develop their own minds rationally. What they do with those minds is up to them.

I know too many Very Intelligent people who consciously refuse to accept the readily observable fact of biological evolution simply because it conflicts with a literal interpretation of their religious text of choice. Even though they can and do comprehend the theory, they refute its veracity for the simple expedient of their own lack of a "God's eye view". Something they claim their own beliefs are based upon when God gave the info to their authors.

{sigh}

Now to see how the peops of Cali deal with the reality they've dug for themselves...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Were I a Writer . .

. . I'd have this printed on t-shirts.

{scratchin'head'n'grinnin'}

Friday, January 02, 2009

Make of This What You Will



As much as I'd really like, I still don't believe in "magic", per se.

HNY