Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hillary Clinton speaks truth to Chris Smith

ILLEGAL ABORTION and CHILDBIRTH (sepsis and hemorrhage) are the leading causes of maternal death worldwide.

Fertility is serious business for women. Abortion and contraception are human rights.

Hillary Clinton is massively qualified to be POTUS. And she has my vote.

Frankly, I will vote for anyone with DEMOCRAT after their name. Republicans have the rape and breeder slavery of women in their party platform.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bede's Beat - April 15 marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln in 1865

In 1942, Aaron Copland's mind was on the past and the present, because he was commissioned by André Kostelanetz write a piece about an "eminent American" for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,

Copland -- like Kurt Weill, who was contemporaneously setting several of Walt Whitman Civil War poems to musical accompaniment -- turned to the figure of Lincoln as a means of explaining to his countrymen precisely what they were fighting for in battle against the Axis.

The result was The Lincoln Portrait a work written for full orchestra with narrator. Over the years, many famous actors and Americans have performed the Lincoln Portriat, including Henry Fonda (with Copland himself conducting), Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Marian Anderson, Katherine Hepburn, Esther Rolle, Vincent Price, Walter Cronkite, Carl Sandburg (in a performance that won a Grammy), Gore Vidal, Margaret Thatcher, Niel Armstrong, Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Adlai Stevenson.

Carl Sandburg with AndrĂ© Kostelanetz conducting the New York Philharmonic [winner of the 1959 Grammy for "Best Performance – Documentary Or Spoken Word (Other Than Comedy)"



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Warm and Tender Love

The great Percy Sledge has died. Rest in Love and Music. 



Monday, April 13, 2015

Toxic Religion - I stop trashtalking and get serious and longwinded. So you might want to skip this.

The impetus for my rant this time is a thread on Christian News Network.

I have seriously brainy friends and I thank Fiona for the suggestion that books mentioned here be provided to readers. The book titles are links to complete free copies of the work cited. 

The experience of awe/reverence is a function of the human psyche and often finds its expression as Religion and other forms of spirituality like Art and Music.

William James gave a long and famous lecture about religion entitled The Varieties of Religious Experience that explores and elucidates that concept. 

James thereby provided us with a scientific and sociological definition of religion.
"Religion...shall mean for us the feelings, acts, and experiences of individual men in their solitude, so far as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they may consider the divine.Since the relation may be either moral, physical, or ritual, it is evident that out of religion in the sense in which we take it, theologies, philosophies, and ecclesiastical organizations may secondarily grow."
Lecture II, "Circumscription of the Topic"
Like any other function of the human psyche, there can be psychic disorder. In religion, that disorder takes the form of toxic zealotry. And like any other disorder, it causes pain and sometimes violence both spiritual and physical. I want to explore toxic religion a bit on my pages.

If you like the filth and dirt the most here at Plum Hovel, just ignore these pages. I myself can only be good for so long before I start to itch. So like all the other series here, when you see the signature Art, you can dive in or run away as you see fit.

I am going to begin by talking about The Practice of the Presence of God. This tiny book is a classic Christian work on Meditation and Prayer. And it is going to be a big help to us in illustrating the nature and scope of toxic religion. There are links to the book on this page and in the comments.

I chose Pope Benedict as the poster child for this series because he said something about conscience that spoke to my conditon. For me that is proof positive that spiritual comfort can come from the most unlikely sources.
"Over the pope as the expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority there still stands one's own conscience, which must be obeyed before all else, if necessary even against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority. Conscience confronts [the individual] with a supreme and ultimate tribunal, and one which in the last resort is beyond the claim of external social groups, even of the official church."
(Pope Benedict XVI [then Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger], "Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II", ed. Vorgrimler, 1968, on Gaudium et spes, part 1, chapter 1.)
To be continued...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bill Allyn's Gift to this Republic

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I found this excellent essay on law enforcement on Crooks and Liars. It was just hanging out in the comments. The author, Bill Allyn, has posted it on a number of online sites. I hope I can help his comments go viral by publishing them here. I think he covers all the bases. 

"America has a serious, institutionalized, systemic law enforcement problem. Over the last 4 decades, our law enforcement has become increasingly militarized, putting every citizen at risk of being shot and killed for nothing more than reaching for their wallet, as instructed, or less. This may increase safety for police officers (debatable, in the long run), but at the expense of making American citizens far less safe, which is the exact opposite of the goals of law enforcement. We need to create systems that bring back accountability within every level of the justice system.

Nationally, we need to:

1. Create citizen oversight committees with powers of subpoena and prosecutorial discretion for every law enforcement agency in the country. 

2. Require law enforcement officers to be personally insured to protect taxpayers from lawsuits. Too risky for insurance? No insurance, no badge. 

3. Require every law enforcement officer to wear a camera. No camera, no gun. No exceptions. 

4. Require yearly psyche tests and lie detector tests to screen out bad apples. 

5. Require monthly drug and steroid tests.

6. All police agencies must keep a database of every officer-caused civilian injury, shooting or killing, and that data must be periodically transmitted to a third-party, non-biased national database. 

7. Any officer involved in a shooting must be alcohol and drug tested immediately.

8. Officers should be made aware of studies on abuse of power, such as the Stanford Prison Experiment and the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures.

9. Create a special number to report police brutality. 

10. Create national database of bad cops, so they don’t just get hired elsewhere.

11. Reverse militarization of police forces. Take away military “toys”, weapons, APC's, uniforms, etc. Keep SWAT/military weapons and equipment under lock and key only to be used in genuine emergencies.

12. End drug prohibition/war on drugs. Use harm reduction strategies. 

13. End private prison industry. 

14. Create a national organization dedicated to these ideals."

Friday, April 10, 2015

Gourmets for Mc Govern Banana Cake

Library book sales are the bomb. Yes, I am even political about food. Food is very political.

I found a small hand bound cookbook entitled Gourmets for Mc Govern. It is full of charming illustrations. The only colophon reads "This cookbook has been peacefully and lovingly put together by volunteers for Mc Govern." The recipes do have attribution.

This is the perfect Banana Cake recipe because it tells you exactly how much banana to use. I hate when a recipe says "two bananas." Bananas come in all shapes and sizes. You can mess with quantity in ordinary cooking. Baking needs more precision than that. I give you the recipe verbatim.
Ms. Joan Cantor's Banana Cake
Cream together:
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Shortening
Add:
2 Eggs
4 tablespoons Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
Beat well.
Add:
1 cup Banana pulp
1 and 1/2 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour. Cake will shrink away from the sides of the pan when done.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Surrender of General R. E. Lee to General U.S. Grant

Today is the 150th anniversary of the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant which ended the military phase of the American Civil War.

To mark the occasion, Bede's Beat brings you a sample of Kurt Weill's settings of four of Walt Whitman Civil War poems.



Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the German declaration of war against the U.S., Kurt Weill -- who had fled Nazi Germany in 1933 and moved to the U.S. in 1935 -- began to set three of Walt Whitman's Civil War poems to music.

The poems Weill chose form a cycle which was completed by the addition of the setting of a fourth poem in 1947.

The first poem, Beat! Beat! Drums!, begins the cycle with an enthusiastic martial call to arms. The middle part of the cycle is devoted to the inevitable result of war: death.

The second, O Captain! My Captain!, about death of a leader in time of war, proved prophetic.


The third poem, Come Up from the Fields Father uses the imagery of autumn and the harvest to presage the grief of a mother upon learning of her son’s death -- a reminder of the toll of war on the home front.

The cycle concludes with Dirge for Two Veterans, and the contrast of Whitman's lament with the first poem in the cycle is reflected in music for each: while the first movement is sprightly, martial and optimistic, the final poem is set to a funeral march. 


Donald Trump Redux at Nick's Place


There once was a blowhard named Trump
Who had a skull as thick as his rump.
But that thing on his head
That we weren't sure was dead
May've been the brains of the bunch.

by Nick Vanocur


Caricature of The Donald from FreakingNews.com. You want to go there for superb photoshop Art. 

Okay, Scotty. Show us on the doll where the big nasty Koch brothers touched you.


BuckeyeB says "The thumb marks the spot."

You think this Walker guy is juiced? Look at his eyes. Look at his puffy face. He looks higher than the birds to me. And trust me, I know about get high. Cocaine maybe? He looks anesthetized.

Guy looks higher than Steve Cantaloupe Calves King. And that is saying something.

Sydney suggests that if we listen quietly, we can hear the marbles rolling around in Walker's head. I have seriously funny friends.

I take this occasion to present a petition to the White House. Past time to regularly and randomly drug test Congress - House and Senate. And a few Governors as well. What is sauce for the Working Man must be sauce for The Suits.

Please GO HERE to sign the petition.

Arrange to randomly and regularly drug test Congress - both House and Senate.

We can see drug and alcohol impairment of several members of Congress - both House and Senate. This petition is an intervention.
Published Date: Apr 09, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ballad of the Sunday Gunny

Gun fired during Mass
By William Kibler , The Altoona Mirror
A legally carried handgun discharged in the pocket of an attendee at Easter vigil Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday evening. A critical piece of the handgun apparently caught on the man's pants as he stood up, according to Altoona police officer Christy Heck. The safety apparently was not engaged, she said.
Ballad of the Sunday Gunny by LanceThruster

Well, I don't care if it rains or freezes, long as I can do my trigger squeezes,
Sittin' in the church, packin' in my pants.
Comes in colors, blued or silver, my good book don't try to pilfer,
I'll mow you down if you so much throw a glance.

Get yourself a Great Equalizer, your congregation won't be any wiser,
A manly grip of abalone shell.
10 round mag, now ain't that scary, right in front of the Virgin Mary,
As I send your sorry ass to Hell.

Gun goes off, now ain't that somethin', folks'll think that I'm a bumpkin
Cuz I almost shot my nuts clean through.
Make sure you're safe on Easter Sunday, and not some boob laughed at on Monday
Just because you put a bullet in the pew.

See Comments for the tune. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sign of the Month - April 2015 - STFU David Brooks

David Brooks wants Gay Rights Advocates to "Go Gently"with their opposition

Remember Matthew Shepherd?
When was the last time LGBTQ activists tied a fundy Xtian to fence, beat the Xtian bloody and left him to die?

Remember the Upstairs Lounge arson?
When was the last time a LGBTQ activist set fire to a Xtian Purity Ball and murdered 30 people.

Remember Eric Rudolph?
When was the last time a gay activist was responsible for a series of anti-Xtian motivated bombings which killed two people and injured 111 others.

Who is David Brooks and why should we care? You think he is married? 

David Brooks needs to STFU. He is a bigot and a paid professional liar and obfuscator. No LGBTQ activist is killing and maiming and torturing Xtians for shitz and giggles. No LGBTQ activist is calling for the execution of Christians. The same cannot be said of fundamentalist Christians.




Resisting Religious Authoritarians - A Brief Primer for Easter Use


I smack the stuffing out of Religious Authoritarians* when they need it. Verbally of course. I have gotten good at it. God has sent me to save them from error, I tell myself.
Jesus said: Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. 
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them . . . - Matthew 6
Everyone knows an Authoritarian. They come in all religious and political persuasions. They make milk curdle and babies cry just standing there pointing to The Rules.

I am rote and repetitive in my argument until they regain normal consciousness and get real. Here is my rote argument:

1. Do not pray for me. God might think I hang out with you.

2. I am responsible for my own sins. I am responsible for my own redemption. My affair with God is private. Two's company and you are a crowd.

3. Step back. Do not Jesus at me. I have a permit to carry. (this for severe cases only)

4. It is your Hell. You burn in it. I will save France.

Listen patiently. Speak gently and quietly. Repeat the above phrases and creative permutations of said phrases as needed. Do this after every offensive sentence they utter or outburst they make until you see them regain consciousness. Broken record them.

Some intrusive persons determined to 'save' you need repeated doses until spiritual health is restored. Some people have trouble when you set boundaries for them and that is why I suggest gentleness and firmness when administering correction. There is nothing to be saved from. God loves absolutely. Everybody goes to Heaven.
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* Note: How do you recognize a Religious Authoritarian? This is one of the best descriptions I have read below. Or you could watch the video.


"SYMPTOMS OF RELIGIOUS ADDICTION
© Paschal Baute 1993
  • Inability to think, doubt, or question religious information and/or authority
  • Black-and-white, good/bad, either/or simplistic thinking: one way or the other
  • Shame-based belief that you aren't good enough or you aren't doing it right
  • Magical thinking that God will fix you/ do it all, without serious work on your part
  • Scrupulosity: rigid obsessive adherence to rules, codes of ethics, or guidelines
  • Uncompromising judgmental attitudes: readiness to find fault or evil out there
  • Compulsive or obsessive praying, going to church or crusades, quoting scripture
  • Unrealistic financial contributions
  • Believing that sex is dirty; believing our bodies or physical pleasures are evil
  • Compulsive overeating and/or excessive fasting
  • Conflict and argumentation with science, medicine, and education
  • Progressive detachment from the real work, isolation and breakdown of relationships
  • Psychosomatic illness: back pains, sleeplessness, headaches, hypertension
  • Manipulating scripture or texts, feeling specially chosen, claiming to receive special messages from God
  • Maintaining a religious "high", trance-like state, keeping a happy face (or the belief that one should...)
  • Attitude of righteousness or superiority: "we versus the world," including the denial of one's human-ness.
  • Confusion, great doubts, mental, physical or emotional breakdown, cries for help
The ultimate temptation of the believer is to assume that his or her way to God is the best or only way for others. The particular Way to God becomes what is adored, not the ineffable and incomprehensible Mystery to which we give the name of God."


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter! Happy Spring! We are Redeemed.




Tom Wolf wants to liberate LGBTQ folks in PA. We can help.

lgbt-pa-flagI love my new Governor. I am so glad I cast my vote for Tom Wolf. First, he starts to work on the death penalty and now he is working on civil rights for sexual minorities.

I feel like singing Dayenu and I am not Jewish. If he only rid us of the death penalty and created peace for LGBT, it would be enough.

Everything else Wolf might do is lagniappe. Way to go, Governor. What an excellent gift to all of us in Pennsylvania for Passover and Easter.

Now claim the gift, fellow Pennsylvanians, and sign the Governor's petition HERE.
PA-Gov: Wolf Denounces Indiana Bill, Calls for New Legislation
Governor Wolf is pushing for Pennsylvania to become a more inclusive place.In the wake of the controversy over Indiana’s anti-LGBT legislation, Wolf is asking the legislature to adopt a non-discrimination law in PA.
“I simply don’t understand what the Governor of Indiana was thinking when he signed a bill that allows discrimination against people based on who they love,” Wolf wrote in an email to his campaign subscribers. “It’s not only wrong on a human level, but also ill-advised for attracting businesses and creating jobs in today’s global economy.”
“But we have some work to do here in Pennsylvania as well,” the Governor continued. “Unfortunately, Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast that doesn’t prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression — and that needs to end.”

Listen to the Philadelphia Biblical University Institute of Jewish Studies class of 2000 music team beautifully perform the popular Passover song Dayenu. Happy Pesach! Happy Easter! 




Friday, April 3, 2015

BullyWatch Productions

Last week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told us that these people are not anti-abortion “protesters.” Instead, he glowingly described them as, “counselors” who wanted “to comfort these [pregnant] women” by speaking to them, “quietly and in a friendly manner.” - Dean Obeidallah



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

OMG GOP WTF? - KlingonShit Happens - UPDATE

UPDATE: Rev. Klingenschmidt rides again!

I knew before he was elected that KlingonShit was going to be popcorn worthy. I love it when subsequent events prove my wisdom. KlingonShit has been removed from a committee by the Republican party. You voted for him Colorado. I iz laffing.
Last week, a pregnant woman in Colorado was attacked by a stranger who stabbed her in the stomach and cut her baby out of her womb, and Republican state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt is attributing the attack to God's curse upon America for the sin of legal abortion. - Right Wing Watch
It's Colorado rocky mountain high.
I've seen it raining fire in the sky.
Friends around the campfire
And everybodys high.
Rocky mountain high ...
- John Denver
The Republican Party candidate for State Representative from El Paso County Colorado is Rev. Gordon James Klingenschmitt.  Rev. Klingenschmitt is an Evangelical Christian who has a daily religious program carried to a number of outlets by Direct TV.

Are Colorado Republicans insane? This is the guy who preaches that the FCC is allowing demonic spirits to "molest and visually rape your children." And preaches that Obamacare causes cancer. And homosexuality is a sin and a "foul cancer." 

I do not think insanity or Republicans are the reason this guy won his primary. "What is the reason?" I ask myself and I answer thus:

I think stoners are doing a takedown for shitz and giggles. Confess. How many stoners registered Republican just so you could vote for this guy? How many trekkies think I should apologize for the Klingon joke?

My evidence for a charge of stoner and trekkie hijinks? "Gordon does not speak on behalf of the Republican Party. To suggest otherwise is inaccurate and dishonest," said Ryan Call, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. The Navy did not want this guy either so they canned him.

Stoners and Trekkies look sharp. Caveat emptor! This twatwaffle is serious as a heart attack. And like the Tundra Twat, he sounds sane enough at first look to get elected. All this sanctimony is giving me serious agita.



April Fool for Love - Bede's Beat

“I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.” - Kurt Vonnegut
"Everybody plays the fool, sometime. There's no exception to the rule, listen baby. It may be factual, it may be cruel, I ain't lying. Everybody plays the fool." - Aaron Neville
I asked The Execrable Bede for a special song for April Fool's Day. Bede reminded me it is the 100th anniversary of Lady Day's birth in Philadelphia PA on April 7, 1915.

I welcome The Execrable Bede to Plum Hovel and know you will enjoy his encyclopedic knowledge of Music on Bede's Beat. If you go to Comments, you will hear from The Bede himself and see what he would have written if I had given him some time to do so.

Happy Birthday, Billie Holiday. We still listen to your Song. We miss you. Rest in Love and Music.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Reaming Indiana


The Twitter universe is ablaze. This is just a brief sample of the job being done by fellow Americans on Indiana and Mike Pence.

Get over your ICK, Indiana.

As you can see, pretty much everybody has had it with the HomoHaters. Go to the link and see for yourself. 











Marijuana - The Devil's Flower



I thank The Execrable Bede and Mr. Sunshine for this moment of Moral Edification and Attitude Adjustment.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cruising for Containers - Ghetto Garden Fabulous #3

When you garden in a small area like a city garden, the terrace of a hi-rise building or an alley, you can gain or increase planting space by using containers. We have even developed a phrase for this avocation: container gardening. Yes, you can grow potatoes in a laundry basket. Perfect use for a busted basket.

If you go to your standard garden store and price containers, you may find them costly. I mean, it is triage. What do you want more? Exotic new plants or fancy containers?

So many choices in life. How stylish do you want to be? Some people like funk. Some people like glitz or techno. Or whimsy.

So I thought I would present you, cher Readers, with some creative, varied and unusual containers I have gathered from a glorious google tour of the NET container gardening universe.


Look at junk with a creative eye. Anything you have that will hold soil is a possible container. Use industrial horse troughs. Use those capacious old aluminum pots from the thrift shop.


Do not forget that you must punch holes in the bottom of any container you plant in. Do not drown the Petunias.

The Kitchen Fairy Garden below is one woman's answer to the Fairy Garden craze. Ghetto Garden Fabulous!



I think the choice of all white flowers of different textures and heights for all these old silver containers is the work of a gardener with exquisite taste and a sense if humor.




Monday, March 23, 2015

Ted Cruz is officially running for President. I iz laffing.

I just have to say it. Ted Cruz is gay as a box of robert jeffress. This post has musical accompaniment.


by Taylor Marsh
Cruiser Cruz is so gay his toenails are "objectively disordered" and smile indiscriminately. Cruz Control is gay as a pair of crotchless chaps. This is not a bad thing really. Some of my best friends...etc.

I ask myself:
Could the Cruiser really be a "homo demon" sent to demolish the Black Woman and the Republican Party by Obama? Cruz has already done a hot job on Texas Republican John Cornyn of the fabulous cowboy hat.

I mean, my gaydar has to be as good as Pastor Doctor James David Manning's gaydar any day. I am here and I am Queer. What does he know about "homo demons" really?

NYC pastor: ‘Pervert’ Obama is ‘releasing white homo demons to scoop up all Black American men’

I would go on but, I am starting to feel guilty for noticing the fabulousness and then commenting on it. I know I am politically incorrect. I do not care. Ted Cruz is so gay that when he farts, crepe paper streams out of his anus.

Oh Teddy Cruiser Cruz, Homo White Demon of the Universe, you are so cute in such a perverse oily pukey way. Your Tea Party dialectic brings all the boys to the yard.

UPDATE: More Pastor Manning below. When you really think about it, Pastor Doctor James Manning is so gay.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rain and Gardens


Spring is here. I am ordering Herb Seeds and plotting Flowers. I am planting Milkweed for the Monarch Butterflies this year. I am getting that Happy Green Feeling in spite of the cold outside.

I have learned you can make that boggy place in your yard a thing of beauty and help clean and conserve water by planting a Rain Garden. 

Once planted, such a garden is maintained with little to no effort. And that is good news. Gardening can be hard work.

The woman in the photograph is teaching a class in Rain Gardens and you can see the perfect sort of location. Find out all the particulars at the link.
"To select a location for a rain garden, begin by observing your yard during a good rainfall. Notice where water is flowing. Rain gardens should ideally be located between the source of runoff (roofs and driveways) and the runoff destination (drains, streams, low spots, etc.)."

The photograph on the right is a rain garden in Philadelphia, designed by Edgar David.
"Rainwater that flows from the house roof to the stone cistern is used to irrigate an intimate collection of woodland plants."
You can read more about this interesting garden HERE. 

The Philadelphia Water Department has some excellent information about making Rain Gardens. The PWD also has a rain barrel program for those of us who do not have a boggy spot and still want to utilize and help manage rain water runoff. And now it is time for a Spring song by The Velvet Fog.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Wildflowers in the Garden

Wildflowers are more than beautiful. Wildflowers attract benefical insects. Those insects control garden pests without the use of poisons. And benefical insects pollinate the vegetables, flowers and herbs in my backyard garden.


Wildflowers can also help to control insect pests. No plot is too small or too large to farmscape for productivity and insect pest control. This farmscape plot looks suspiciously like a flower border.

I found this glorious Wildflower site to share with you. You can sort Wildflowers by color, region, common name and a host of other qualifications. The site is an invaluable guide to garden planning.
"WildflowerInformation.org is a resource for wildflower enthusiasts and gardeners. With a growing interest in the environment and natural gardening, our objective is to offer comprehensive information that is easy to use, and accessible for those from the casually interested to the expert."
And one great site often leads to another.

The Tulip can be found in Curtis's Botanical Magazine. Volumes 1- 63. 1787-1863.

More images like it can be found at the National Agricultural Library Special Collections Image Gallery. 

One can find the vintage covers of Japanese Seed Catalogues and illustrations from Rare Books and Posters in the Special Collections. I spent hours going through the Special Collections Image Gallery. I wish you the same enjoyment.

First Day of Spring 2015

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind
Today is the official First Day of Spring. And the United Nations declared this is official Happiness Day.

Humbug! We are expecting 3 to 5 inches of snow today. Drat. Happy Spring all the same. I am planning my garden. It must be Spring.

Jeffrey Koterba is the cartoonist. His blog is HERE.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pussies for Attitude Adjustment


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Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Birthday, Mom

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.



Saturday, March 14, 2015

De-evolution of the Republican Party

This cartoon is so good I just had to post it. Enjoy. This post has musical accompaniment. See below.

I cannot find the artist for attribution or a better copy. If anyone has information about this cartoon, please share.
I'm an apeman, I'm an ape, apeman, oh I'm an apeman
I'm a King Kong man, I'm a voodoo man, oh I'm an apeman
I don't feel safe in this world no more,
I don't want to die in a nuclear war.
I want to sail away to a distant shore and make like an apeman
Songwriters: DAVIES, RAY
Apeman lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., ABKCO Music Inc.



Bigots on Buses


 "Ads linking Islam to Hitler may soon be seen on city buses around Philadelphia following a federal judge's ruling that the group behind the ad campaign is protected by free speech.
Last June, SEPTA rejected the ads from New Hampshire-based American Freedom Defense Initiative by pointing to the transportation authority's "anti-disparagement standard," rules attempting to limit inflammatory messages.
But the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a pro-Israel group headed by conservative blogger Pam Geller, challenged SEPTA's rejection in court. And she did so with momentum in her stride, as her group has fought and won similar battles from San Francisco to New York."  - by BOBBY ALLYN
About 20% of the citizens of Philadelphia are Muslim, both native born and naturalized. I have a mosque just round the corner. It is lovely to see so many men and women wearing their native costume to services on special days.

Muslims are good neighbors both hard working and devout. I often see a Muslim man, who sells sundries from a small tented stand, prostrate and saying his prayers in the street as the traffic zooms by.

I am a Senior who rides SEPTA all over Philly for free. If I see one of these bigot signs, I will deface it or tear it down every single time.


I believe in freedom of speech. You can preach what you like. You will not get me to be a willing or respectful audience. Freedom - it is a wonderful thing.

Here is a photograph of Hitler praying. Pam Gellar is just as delusional as Hitler and thankfully a lot less powerful. I trust in Jesus who said "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."

Hitler thought he was morally correct just like Pam Gellar. Dear God, save me from your followers, be they a Jew or a Christian or a Muslim. Religious mania is an equal opportunity insanity.
"I say: my Christian feeling tells me that my lord and savior is a warrior. It calls my attention to the man who, lonely and surrounded by only a few supporters, recognized what they [the Jews] were, and called for a battle against them, and who, by God, was not the greatest sufferer, but the greatest warrior. . .
As a human being it is my duty to see to it that humanity will not suffer the same catastrophic collapse as did that old civilization two thousand years ago, a civilization which was driven to its ruin by the Jews. . . I am convinced that I am really a devil and not a Christian if I do not feel compassion and do not wage war, as Christ did two thousand years ago, against those who are steeling and exploiting these poverty-stricken people.
Two thousand years ago a man was similarly denounced by this particular race which today denounces and blasphemes all over the place. . . That man was dragged before a court and they said: he is arousing the people! So he, too, was an agitator!"
Speech delivered on April 12, 1922; from Charles Bracelen Flood (1989). Hitler: The Path to Power. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. pp. 261-262.