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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nick Sings Dixie

Way down south in the Land of Cotton,
Racism there is kind of rotten.
Oy vey!
Oy vey!
Oy vey, it's Dixieland.

- Nick Vanocur

I am so sorry to report that Nick Vanocur has died. He is sorely missed by friends and fans. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

DUMP TRUMP the Fecal Lump - #RegisterOnlinePA

Thanks to @GovernorTomWolf, registering to vote in PA is now as easy as clicking this! #RegisterOnlinePA

VOTE! Get the Republicans out of the Pennsylvania State House. Help Tom Wolf pass a real budget. 

Art by Hanksy of New York City. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Give us this day our daily Pasta. And deliver us from spaghetti-Os. For thine is the semolina, the boiling water, and the sauce. 

Yea, though I walk through the Valley of McDonalds, I will fear no McRib, for thou art al dente. Thy sauce and thy cheese they comfort me. Thou sitteth on the table before me in the presence of chianti. My wine glass runneth over.

Surely goodness and linguine shall follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell with and praise The Flying Spaghetti Monster forever. RAmen.

Penne for your thoughts?

Friday, August 21, 2015

What time is it? It is TACO TIME again!

I have been missing in action. I have no air conditioning and all I have been able to do for days is perspire. Ugh. This is too important to shine on just because my hands are too sweaty to type.

I apologize for my tardiness. The official challenge day was August 18. Never too late. Eat that taco and donate anyway. Go here for INSPIRATION. 

Hold Up, So How Does This Work?

You find yourself a fucking taco, or a fucking beer, or a fucking taco and a beer, then you eat the fucking taco or drink the fucking beer or eat and drink both the fucking taco and the beer, and then you donate some money to an abortion fund. You fucking film yourself doing this shit and then you send us the fucking video and we put it on the fucking internet.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Feel the Bern!

Magnificent Bernie has magnificent friends. Vote! Vote in every election from dogcatcher to POTUS. Your life and the life of your country is in your hands. Vote!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Walker Gets Cheesed - Sign of the Month - August 2015

Scott Walker came to Philly. What can I say? We have our own unique style of political dissent - Urban Uncouth. You pick the sign you like the best. I am laughing too hard to choose.

I wonder who is the big guy on the left with the big head and the big gun. Given the sentiment in the tweet below the picture, maybe he is Scott Walker's security? This is the best election ever.

VISITORS - Do not go to Geno's or Pat's for cheesesteak. Only tourists go there. Go to Jim's Steaks on South Street. And if you want to try something new, go to Tony Luke's for the roast pork and escarole sandwich. So good.

Scott Walker cut in line at Geno's to order a cheesesteak with American cheese and no onions. He's not getting out of Philly alive.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Democrat on Fire

God bless you, Elizabeth Warren. Give them Suits hell!
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said at the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday that he wasn’t sure if the government should be spending half a billion dollars on “women’s health issues.”
 “The next president should defund Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The argument against this is, well women’s health issues, you’re attacking, it’s a war on women, and you’re attacking women’s health issues. You could take dollar for dollar, although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues, but if you took dollar for dollar there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist to provide quality care for women on wide variety of health issues. But abortion should not be funded by the government, any government, in my mind.” BY KAY STEIGER

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Go Obama! It's your birthday. Go Obama!

This great portrait comes from this interesting "conservative" Blog. I think it is meant to ridicule Obama. I just love it. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Nick the Feminist Speaks Ex Cathedra

There was a band of GOP whiners
Could not keep their hands off vaginas.
First they tried to de-school them,
Then regulate and rule 'em,
Leaving women with less rights than most minors. 

- Nick Vanocur
sitting at his favorite table in the back

Saturday, August 1, 2015

It is a Kurt Vonnegut world. So it goes. - UPDATE - Monument go Boom!

“Oh, a sleeping drunkard
Up in Central Park,
And a lion-hunter
In the jungle dark,
And a Chinese dentist, 
And a British queen--
All fit together 
In the same machine. 
Nice, nice, very nice;
Nice, nice, very nice;
Nice, nice, very nice--
So many different people
In the same device.” 
― Kurt VonnegutCat's Cradle
The Satanic Temple plans to erect a monument to Satan in Oklahoma. It may include an interactive display for children. This is the statue. Satanic Temple has proposed to erect it on the Capitol Building lawn near the Ten Commandments Monument recently erected at the State Capitol.

The ACLU is suing to take down the Ten Commandments Monument. And the Satanists say they do not have a problem with the Ten Commandments Monument as long as Satan gets equal time. The Atheists are suing the State because the Constitution ... well you know.

Lord Hanuman moves the Mountain
Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said in a statement that if the Oklahoma State Capitol was open to different monuments, "We would love to have a statue of Lord Hanuman, who was greatly revered and worshiped and known for incredible strength and was a perfect grammarian."

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has also expressed interest in erecting their own monument and have been denied. Get out the popcorn. This is going to be a hoot.

Touched by His Noodly Appendage


Quote: Reed allegedly told agents with the Secret Service that Satan made him crash his car into the statue. He also told agents that the devil told him to urinate on the monument. 


Quote: “The Satanic Temple was appalled to learn of the act of destructive vandalism laid upon the 10 Commandments monument in Oklahoma today. As many are aware, we are seeking to have a Satanic monument erected alongside the 10 Commandments — and only alongside the 10 Commandments. We do not want our monument to stand alone. If our monument stands at the state Capitol, we want it to compliment and contrast the 10 Commandments, with both standing unmolested as a testament to American religious freedom and tolerance. We hope that by respecting religious liberty in allowing our monument to be displayed, Oklahoma will help ameliorate any animosity between differing perspectives, not cultivate them.”
“To be clear, The Satanic Temple will not seek to erect its monument unless the 10 Commandments is restored.” Oklahoma City has the option to wait until the ACLU’s case regarding the legal status of the 10 Commandments is resolved before it permits its replacement. However, if the 10 Commandments is immediately reconstructed, our monument will be ready for unveiling quite soon.”

MOLON LABE - Asshats on Parade

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is in favor of using federal troops and the FBI to stop women from having abortions.
"I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this," Huckabee said Thursday at a campaign stop in Jefferson, Iowa.
Women who remember the bad old days before safe legal medical contraception and abortion are still alive and we vote, Hucksterbee.

Those were deadly days for women. My Mother and my Sister had illegal abortions. Hucksterbee would send federal troops to do what to my Mother and Sister? Incarcerate them? Enslave them? Just slut shame them? What, you asswipe?

You think real men who love and respect women will allow anyone to do such to their Mothers, Sisters, Wives and Daughters?

Art by Favianna Rodriguez.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Fra Angelico
I am not entirely sure where I am. I know how I got here. I spent a lot of time singing. I like it here.

I spend time dancing now. It may be Hell. If so, Hell is dancing to your own music. And the occasional Snake appears. Who knew.

I keep baker's hours. Snoring at nine and up at three ante meridian. My front step is on the pavement. What happens on the street happens twelve feet from my desk. Dawn happening. Peace.

I began to feel vibrations in the ether. Maria de los Dolores passing: earrings flashing, bracelets clashing, accompanying cherubs jiggy jigging. I am fond of Lola because she is the only woman I ever met who is louder and crazier than I am. I find that soothing. Everyone else runs when they see her coming.

Lola starts her circuit around ten o'clock most days. Big disturbance in the pattern means big news. It is the Cherubs. Little fuckers tell her everything. So I opened my door.

"What?" I said.
"Baby Dee is dead. You got a stamp? Give me fifty cents and I get my own stamp."

Baby Dee and I, we had a thing. Knees. I would hobble around to the bodega on my (I can still walk and get my own coffee) mission every morning at 7 a.m. On bad days, Dee would hug me this hug that saved me every bad time. Dee ruined his knee being a running back. Baby Dee saw people. He would stop detailing some Cadillac and hug the fucking pain out of me. I am like a child. I thought it was forever. I can walk now and Baby Dee is gone to Jesus.

Lola jiggy jigged away, Cherubs in tow and one dollar richer.

I sat until the light told me it was coffee hour. I meet all my neighbors at the bodega, one time or another. When I rounded the corner onto Tangerine Street, I saw the Commodore and Shorty in conversation.  The Commodore looks like a mocha stork. Just as tall as can be. I call him the Commodore because he is a sharp dresser. He dresses like he is about to go sailing. Natty, you know what I mean? Shorty is just Shorty. Shorty is short and short.

"What happened to Baby Dee?" I asked.
"Maybe you don't know Baby Dee worked with these young druggy kids. One kid freaked and Baby Dee was trying to calm him down. Boy shot him 4 times. Shorty found him in the morning. Didn't you, Shorty?" the Commodore said.
Shorty nodded.

Baby Dee was the Street Mayor on Tangerine and Orthodox. He had a small space in the old Victorian double rooming house. He did janitorial work to defray his rent. He ran a car washing and detailing business on the street in front of his building until water froze on his hands . I would see him doing Mercedes and Cadillacs. My neighbors love cars.

People drop by to sit on lawn chairs and talk to Baby Dee. He was love of life on the corner. And he was unable to bend his left leg at all. Dee was lame, black as a frying pan, handsome and all his teeth were filled with gold.

"What can I do?" I asked.
"Funeral on Thursday at the Baptist Church at three o'clock. They started putting candles and flowers around his door" said the Commodore. "Shorty put up a balloon say PEACE."
Shorty nodded.

I kept walking toward coffee at the bodega, I had to pass Baby Dee's altar. It grew over days. Candles, flowers, notes.

Robbers shot the clerk behind the counter at the bodega five years ago. Then they went straight home. Cops had them in 45 minutes. Everybody in the world goes to the bodega just the same. The bodega is our oasis in a food and sundries desert. Mango ice cream and Dominican beef stew. I get the heat: roasted pork leg. I get fly tapes, socks, lottery tickets and EZwider. I get the story.

Stand in the same spot long enough and everyone in the world will come by. Truth.. I once stood on the same corner as Aristotle Onassis. Ari walked East and I stayed West and neither of us gave a shyte about the other. It was a timeless moment. But I digress.

Aesop's Fables

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LOOSIES - Update

NEW YORK — The family of Eric Garner and civil rights advocate Al Sharpton on Tuesday urged that charges be brought in Garner's chokehold death, saying the $5.9 million settlement with the city did not provide justice in the case.
Friday will mark one year since Garner, 43, died in a confrontation with police officers on Staten Island. The city announced the settlement Monday. No one has been charged in the case.
- USA Today,
I hate it when I get anywhere near to agreeing with Rand Paul. Guy always looks like he has been sleeping off a three day drunk in his car. Bear with me, please.

It is true that cigarette taxes are bad law as Rand Paul asserts. We disagree about why these taxes are bad law.

Cigarette taxes are bad law for ordinary folks - never mind "dangerous" for the police. Fuck the police. 

Eric Garner was a small business owner. A old school capitalist. He sold single cigarettes, called loosies in the Hood, for profit.

A pack of cigarettes is so expensive due to taxes. Your basic working person and everyday street person cannot afford a whole pack at one time or has to make one pack last a week. Sometimes you just have to have a cigarette. And there on the corner stood Eric Garner ready, willing and not all that able. 

Taxes run government. The Suits decided to tax the shit out of cigarettes and thereby tax the shit out of addicts and working folks rather than tax the pusher Corpos and Wall Street. Naturally the nanny Progressives cheered. All that second hand smoke irritated their eyes, no doubt.

The working classes as a whole who smoke are being farmed for money to run government services just like Ferguson was being farmed for tax money to run government. Every man a profit center. 

I think there is plenty of blame to go around for the death of Eric Garner, right and left.

Selling loosies is not a capital offense. It is an interracial occupation in Philly. Whole damn murder was a matter of CLASS not race. This time. On second thought, it is a race and a class and a poverty thing.

"If Eric Garner had been selling naked credit default swaps instead of cigarettes – if in other words he'd set up a bookmaking operation in which passersby could bet on whether people made their home mortgage payments or companies paid off their bonds – the police by virtue of a federal law called the Commodity Futures Modernization Act would have been barred from even approaching him."
Matt Taibbi

I love it when the real world agrees with me. Agreement tells me I am sane. These days I need all the reassurance I can get.

Michigan makes up for its budget shortfall after cutting corporate taxes by taxing people who smoke and drink more! Chad Livengood reports:
Revenue from so-called sin taxes on tobacco, beer, wine and liquor totaled $290.5 million in the 2014 fiscal year, more than twice the $137.6 million net income taxes paid by Michigan businesses after receiving $768.8 million in refunds from tax credits, a Detroit News analysis of tax data shows.
Since Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers delivered sweeping tax relief for businesses in 2011, net business income taxes dropped 90 percent, depleting the state's main operating fund of $1.33 billion, according to state revenue data.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Monkey Business

This is worth watching. Never underestimate the humanity of animals. Or vice versa.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sign of the Month - July 2015 - Socialist Snow

Go Bernie!  It's your birthday. Go Bernie!

Burlington Snow written for Bernie Sanders by Allen Ginsberg
Socialist snow on the streets
Socialist talk in the Maverick bookstore
Socialist kids sucking socialist lollipops
Socialist poetry in socialist mouths
—aren’t the birds frozen socialists?
Aren’t the snowclouds blocking the airfield
Social Democratic Appeasement?
Isn’t the socialist sky owned by
the socialist sun?
Earth itself socialist, forests, rivers, lakes
furry mountains, socialist salt
in oceans?
Isn’t this poem socialist? It doesn’t
belong to me anymore.

Friday, July 3, 2015

TRUMP gets served at Nick's Place

There once was a blowhard named Trump
Who went on the political stump.
But the man's evil vision
Led to hair cut derision
And the view his head's up his rump.

Click for more Meathead Portraits

Bernie is going to be POTUS and this is the reason. - OMG GOP WTF?

You do not even have to listen to the words. Just watch the faces. Watch Greenspan sneer. Watch the legislative assistant laugh. Watch Greenspan's weasel words when he is made to confront his abject failure.

Oh Mr. Greenspan, what a surprise it is that people steal. Who woulda thunk it? Anybody with common sense would have known people steal. My Dad would have been better than you at handling the economy.

Get it that Republicans are still peddling 'trickle down' economics and 'deregulation.' Republicans are still bankrupting states. Bernie told them off in 2003. Go, Bernie, go!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Going to Mass with Walter - Real Philadelphia

The last time a fellow Catholic evangelized me into going back into a Roman Catholic Church, the priest's homily was "AIDS is the punishment for being homosexual." That was a long time ago. To say that I am a lapsed Catholic is understatement. Funerals. That is it.

My friend and neighbor Walter is an 86 year old Catholic of Pennsylvania Dutch and Sicilian heritage. I think he is gay and in the closet for a lifetime. His partner died last year. Walter walks everywhere and knows everybody.

Walter seduced me into going to Mass again at St. John Cantius. How? He offered me Polish festival food. I like Walter a lot. When I moved into Plum Hovel he was the first neighbor to befriend me. I need stuffed cabbage and pirogis made by Polish Mamas like a drunkard needs his booze. My Mama the Polka Queen lives in South Carolina.

The festival food was divine. I had a huge stuffed cabbage, a potato pancake, a bottle of Yeungling Beer and a brief flirtation with one of the handsomest old Polish guys I ever saw. I even enjoyed Mass. Walter got an 'atta boy' from the Priest for bringing me.

Old excommunicated me sang Amazing Grace loud. I did not remember any of the responses. I just let the familiar words roll over me, refused to say the mumbo jumbo and enjoyed myself. I thought I would freak out. Seriously. Instead the words of the Mass were a happy soothing return to my childhood.

It was all good. As we walked to the bus through the spotless geranium bedecked neighborhood that looks like Europe, Walter said "You know what is so great about this neighborhood? Not one black or brown face. It is clean. Not one piece of trash. And it is safe." I said "Uh hah. Ummm. You don't say?" in appropriate places.

Walter lives with me on the wild side amid messy soft drink trash on the sidewalks and black and brown faces. And the Teen who had serious mental health issues, was vandalizing the neighborhood, hitting people and is now in jail. And whole bunches of great happy children. And fun block parties. At this party I learned that Miss Norma had sexual congress with Miss Antoinette. Whoa. And I got too drunk on Krupnik. I love the buffet of good Dominican cooking at the bodega. I see Walter at the bodega often.

I am going back to Mass again with Walter. Even though there will be no pirogis. I am on a remember the Catholic Church quest.

I am not going to fight with Walter because he is a bigot. He is 86 years old. I am just going to give thanks for my messy happy neighborhood. I will take juicy over dry and creatively messy over obsessively neat anytime.

I Troll the Internet

I am retired. I have nothing and no one to do. Why do I troll? Because I can. 

I hang out on the message boards.  Lots of evangelical Christians comment there. They have great screen names like LordJesusYourGod and HeHasRisen752. Some of them are Fruit Loops. And then, there is Marilyn.

Marilyn's message is that oral and anal sex are The Original Sin of Adam. Marilyn quoted the Bible and used the word "fornicate" 6 times. I love the word fornicate. It is so euphonious. Say it loud. Say it proud. So I fired back with A Little Ditty for Marilyn:

Fornicate! Fornicate!
Who gave us this sex so great?
It's God.

As I do the in and out,
I have oft been known to shout:
Oh God.

A couple of hours later, when they let Marilyn use the computer in the day room again, she left me another message with more Bible quotes and the word fornication in all CAPITALS and boldface. So I broke out in song again:

I am still under your spell.
And if I could speak,
What an erotic tale I could tell.
Of a screw that I have not forgotten,
Of a screw that keeps the silent magic in FORNICATION for me.

I went to get a cup of coffee, came back to the computer, and there was another message from Marilyn. More Bible quotes. And this time the word fornication was in all CAPITALS, bold, italic and bright red. So I wrote back:

It was fornication, I know.
That was what was making my HooHoo glow.
It was up and down.
It was front and back,
I felt my legs go slackety slack, Dear. 

I thought it was just some mishap,
When his wife found her way to my shack.
Oops, a big fat gun!
Damn, I had to run!
I escaped out the backety back, Dear.

The wage of Trolling is guilt. Marilyn never wrote again. I am so going to Hell.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Art Deco and More at the New York Public Library

I found the New York Public Library Digital Collections. What a great resource for everyone. 

"The site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more."

The images come from the Collections for Designers - Ornament and Pattern: Pre Victorian to Art Deco. 

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "1. Foliage; 2. Foliage; 3. Flowers and foliage" The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

The material in the collections is a treasure chest of graphic and abstract design. I spent a long time just poking about and I have not exhausted the resource yet.

The provenance of the abstract Tulips.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "[Multicolor tulip shapes; on purple field.]" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1930.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Cretonne imprimée." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1926. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-ae3e-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Friday, June 26, 2015

Toxic Religion #3 - How to recognize a toxic religionist on the hoof on the plains of daily life.

We are not the dogs of God but his children. Prophetic religion has to do with relationships, not observances, with awe not belief, with love not guilt, with life not property, With the Way not moralism. Obedience to the Way is indeed of great use if it is freely given, but of no use if it is compelled. - Herrymon Maurer
I said elsewhere Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection aka Nicholas Hermann of Lorraine would serve as our example of a spiritually realized human being. His "rule for a happy life" is so full of good orderly direction that it survives in print from 1600 although Brother Lawrence was probably functionally illiterate. He could cypher as he managed the stores and kitchens of a large monastery. I do not believe he could write.

Brother Lawrence did everything right. He had a direct hot flash experience of God.
“That in the winter, seeing a tree stripped of its leaves, and considering that within a little time, the leaves would be renewed, and after that the flowers and fruit appear, he received a high view of the Providence and Power of GOD, which has never since been effaced from his soul. That this view had perfectly set him loose from the world, and kindled in him such a love for GOD, that he could not tell whether it had increased in above forty years that he had lived since.”
He gave us a clear and lucid description of the mechanics of meditation that anyone, theist or non theist, can understand and utilize. Here is a bit:
“Do not be discouraged by the resistance you will encounter from your human nature; you must go against your human inclinations. Often, in the beginning, you will think that you are wasting time, but you must go on, be determined and persevere in it until death, despite all the difficulties.” 
Brother Lawrence spent little time thinking of the sins of others.
“That as for the miseries and sins he heard of daily in the world, he was so far from wondering at them, that, on the contrary, he was surprised that there were not more, considering the malice sinners were capable of; that for his part he prayed for them; but knowing that GOD could remedy the mischiefs they did when He pleased, he gave himself no farther trouble.”
This devout man nevertheless stated that the biggest impediment to growth in the love of God was the fear that he should be damned. He retained that fear for years in spite of his devout life and service.

If you disagree with a religious zealot, the first thing they do is try to convict you of sin because you are not ideologically pure. You are not perfectly obedient. They represent this behavior as loving care for your immortal soul.

I say they use you as a scapegoat for their own fear of God. Rather than do the hard work of self examination, they examine you and find you wanting and pronounce you damned. Scapegoating is a primary sign that one is in the presence of the evil. Pertinent examples taken from the blog linked in Toxic Religion #1:
"Out of her antiChrist mouth we know her evil heart of unbelief and BLASPHEMY! You shall join her in Hell."
"Satin is real and people who believe like her will meet him."

"The enemy is anyone who defies God, and ultimately he is Satan, but man in the natural is also at enmity with God. I have the authority in Christ to make such a judgment. We who are His know each other. She proves by her words that she doesn't know God at all. Must be a god of her own making, in which case, she is speaking out of delusion and does no one any good."
"Satan your filthy love is Sodomy. God's love is the Justified Marriage between a man and a woman."
Hetrosexuals are the natural order to the natural law and that is fulfilled in Marriage between a man and a woman. It is commanded by God. Anything else is Satan's three ring Circus with his LGBT clowns some dressed in robes in the Catholic Church and in the Supreme Court. They will get their just reward from the almighty God and woe to them who will feel fire and death forever because they chose it of free will to oppose his law of Creation with perversion and degrading filth to bring it to His Altar in His Sanctuary of the Holy Catholic Church. As the Saints of Heaven are His witnesses not one of them will see the Gates of God's dwelling place. .
I say this form of evangelism is a naked attempt to use fear to 'correct' you. At its worst it is sadism. It is a direct assault on one's spirituality. How can it be loving to implant, maintain and exacerbate fear of damnation, the very fear that tormented the devout Nicholas Hermann aka Brother Lawrence and kept him from full intercourse with God for years?

Run away when they tell you how sinful you are. Run away! And that is what a lot of folks are doing.

I struggled a long time to get this idea of the failure of sin-based theology articulated. And I found a more succinct and more colorful description. You win some. You lose some.
Yes, the Zealot and Fanatic love to use their God as a hammer over your head. It really does fall back on the old childish defence of 'I am going to tell Daddy", when you don't do as they wish. "Daddy" is always the authoritative figure against whom you have no defence. It is most prevalent in a Patriarchal / Patrilineal societies. The only Difference is 'GOD' becomes the "Daddy".
by PadreMellyrn


Attitude Adjustment - Matthew 25:36 - I was sick, and ye visited me

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I always cry tears of joy at weddings. Clears and purifies the heart and the sinuses. Go Hillary!

Richard and Mildred Loving 1967
Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival... - Chief Justice Earl Warren

I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry... I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about. - Mildred Loving

Sunday, June 21, 2015


The Republican party is full of pastorticians. Bleating about how much you love Jesus and how much Jesus you'll shove up everyone's asses is a requirement for anyone who wants to be elected to office as a Republican. - Margaret Whitestone

Brock Davis Plays with His Food.

My favorite part of catering was creating beautiful tablescapes with flowers, drapery and artistic whimsey. I loved making the food look beautiful on the plate. That work has given me an appreciation of Food Art wherever I find it, on the canvas or on the plate.

You want to go to Brock Davis website, if only to see the Banana Peel Trucker Hat.  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

OMG GOP WTF? - And what rough beast, its hour come round at last...

George P. Bush looks like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush had a baby, because they knew neither one of them would win the election, but their offspring might. Badda Bing. 

Hat tip to Yeats. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jeb Bush is Slut Shamer in Chief

We're Baggers GOP.
We want to control your pu^^y.
We want to be like it's 1853.
Please elect us hopefully.
- timalways wrote this.
Art by Favianna Rodriguez.

Public shaming would be an effective way to regulate the “irresponsible behavior” of unwed mothers, misbehaving teenagers and welfare recipients, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) argued in his 1995 book Profiles in Character.

In a chapter called "The Restoration of Shame,” the likely 2016 presidential candidate made the case that restoring the art of public humiliation could help prevent pregnancies “out of wedlock.”

As governor of Florida in 2001, Bush had the opportunity to test his theory on public shaming. He declined to veto a very controversial bill that required single mothers who did not know the identity of the father to publish their sexual histories in a newspaper before they could legally put their babies up for adoption. He later signed a repeal of the so-called "Scarlet Letter" law in 2003 after it was successfully challenged in court. - Read more at Huffington Post

  • 'Globally, the rate of maternal deaths has been steadily declining over the past two decades. Around the world, the rate of maternal deaths has been reduced by 45 percent since the mid-1990’s. Meanwhile, a woman’s risk of death from pregnancy in the U.S. today is double what it was a decade and a half ago.' By  Addicting Info 
  • 'Karen Collins, a 32-year-old Drew County nurse, is accused of two counts of performing 'an abortion without being licensed to do so and performing an unlawful abortion. She allegedly gave drugs to 37-year-old patient Anne Bynum, who was 33 weeks pregnant, inducing an abortion,' ArkansasOnline reports.
  • 'A Georgia prosecutor dismissed murder charges Wednesday against a 23-year-old woman accused of inducing an abortion by taking pills in a case that baffled even abortion opponents. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards issued a statement saying he had dismissed a malice murder charge against 23-year-old Kenlissia Jones, who spent about three days in jail before she was released. But, Edwards said, Jones still faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous drug.'  Read more...
Jeb Bush and the Republicans want to force US women to give birth and to marry. No matter how poor or crazy the woman is. No matter the care she did not get during her pregnancy. It is now breed and/or die - and/or go to jail - and/or be very ashamed for being female and not doing female right. Health care? Nope. Because freedumb.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Art from the WPA

The Library of Congress possesses a treasure trove of the finest examples of American graphic art ever silk screened and printed.

I selected a few of the posters created by WPA artists for your enjoyment. Then as now, the government is not shy about giving us good advice. You can see more of these incredible posters HERE:

You can purchase prints of many of these posters. There is more than one Zoo poster. You want to see them all. I had a hard time selecting which one to use here.

The Federal Art Project (FAP) was the visual arts arm of the Great Depression-era New Deal Works Progress Administration Federal One program in the United States. It operated from August 29, 1935, until June 30, 1943. Reputed to have created more than 200,000 separate works, FAP artists created posters, murals and paintings. Some works still stand among the most-significant pieces of public art in the country. - Wikipedia

Did you know that Philadelphia once had a municipal acquarium?