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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dog Days Yummy

Definition dog days
noun
the hottest period of the year (reckoned in antiquity from the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star).

I found this Dog treat on the internet and just had to share. The dog days of Summer will be here soon. I am making this for my Baby dog. 

Picture is kind of fuzzy but the recipe is great. If the Dog does not like this, I will try them myself. I think I will try one anyway. I like peanut butter and banana. 

Hillz is here to save the day! Commonsense is on the way!

Video illustrates one of the reasons I am voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton for POTUS. Go Hillz! Balls of steel.


Hemorrhage and sepsis in childbirth and illegal abortion are the three leading causes of maternal death worldwide. Abortion and contraception, indeed a full spectrum of reproductive health care, are human rights.

Legislatures must not practice medicine. Trump says women must be punished for having an abortion. We will go back to that standard of reproductive healthcare over his dead body. Figuratively speaking of course. Fuck you, NSA.



Dead Comedians Sunday #1

Television: A medium. So called because it's neither rare nor well done. - Ernie Kovacs
Ernest Edward "Ernie" Kovacs (January 23, 1919 – January 13, 1962) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. Kovacs' visually experimental and often spontaneous comedic style influenced numerous television comedy programs for years after his death by automobile accident. - wikipedia
Ernie Kovacs does Tchaikovsky. Ernie told a lie. Ernie did television well and often. Rest in Laughter. I cannot leave out Solfeggio at the end.




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Bigot's Blood Sweat and Tears

I have been following the struggle in North Carolina for LGBTQ civil rights and against State interference in local government. The NBA has announced it will move the NBA championship competition to New Orleans. Wow.

This is the response of Pastor Mark Creech, one of the architects of HB2, via press release. I am sure this speech will comfort the business community. Sure it will.

“Under the direction of Adam Silver, a man who has advocated for the legalization of the evil and immoral practice of sports betting, it comes as no surprise that he now leads the NBA in a malicious scheme to score a wicked goal on North Carolina.


It’s simple despite the NBA’s objections and misrepresentation of HB 2. Men shouldn’t be allowed to use women’s bathrooms. Women and young girls shouldn’t be forced to undress or shower in the presence of men. Neither should the government be allowed to force people or groups to promote ideas or participate in events they find morally objectionable. HB 2 overturned Charlotte’s egregious ordinance which would have perpetrated these injustices on its citizens, as well as others in the state.

North Carolina shouldn’t be daunted in its support for its lawmakers who passed the bill or it’s Governor, who signed it. We should only be ashamed if we were willing to prostitute the safety of our women and children out for the approval of sports and entertainment figures and the promise of their money. We should only be ashamed if we were willing to sell America’s birthright, which entitles private businesses and churches to live and work according to their peacefully held beliefs, in exchange for the NBA’s mess of pottage.

Make no mistake, by insisting that the common sense measure HB 2 either be repealed or amended as they require before bringing the All-Star Game to Charlotte, is not only a form of blackmail, but a decadence based in political correctness that turns true morality on its head.

North Carolina should answer the NBA in the same manner Peter responded to sinful Simon Magus in Acts chapter 8 and verse 20. In so many words the Apostle said, ‘May your silver perish with you, because you thought something so precious and sacred could be purchased with money.”

Meanwhile, Governor McCrory moans and pules  Oh the schadenfreude. It is delicious.




This is the good man who made it clear to the NBA that leaving was the ethical thing to do.


USA Today reports:

In a ballroom at the Wynn hotel and casino in Las Vegas two weeks ago, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, team owners and high-ranking league executives attended a Board of Governors meeting to discuss league issues.
In a poignant address, Golden State Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts, 63, who is openly gay, explained his meaningful and lifelong affiliation with the NBA and told league owners he didn’t feel comfortable attending the All-Star Game in Charlotte if the law remained as is.
His words weren’t emotional, and they weren’t delivered as a threat. But Welts, who was instrumental in shaping All-Star weekend into the big-time event it is today, didn’t plan on attending if the North Carolina law wasn’t repealed or changed.]
Following the meeting, a few owners talked, and a prevailing message emerged: If Rick Welts doesn’t feel comfortable coming to the All-Star Game, the decision to relocate just got easier.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Banned Room just sent me this pile of shit.

Neb and Ricki, go fuck yourselves with a rusty shovel. 

I do not go to your blog. Do not come to mine. You are nuts the both of you. I spent 5 minutes on your blog and inherited this? I do not know any of you whackjobs. I was invited to come to your blog. The moment I got there I was attacked by Crazed Ricki.

Any further threatening letters you send me will go automatically to SPAM. Cunts. Mortacci tua.
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Re: Disqus User "17"

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I am Freaked Out

I think Trump might win. 

My Nonno came here in 1900s fleeing the Fascists. Might as well keep the family tradition. Cape Breton here I come. 

Somebody talk me the fuck down. I want to hurt people. I am serious.

Sen. Eduardo Raphael Cruz gave Chump the rigid digit. Cruz made a fine speech and did not endorse. The crowd on the floor shouted Cruz down when they realized what he was doing.

Trump called Cruz a liar many times and said Heidi Cruz was ugly. Trump thought Cruz would grovel like Christie. Everybody grovels because Trump is huge. I have new respect for Cruz.

When you think about it, Cruz may be gambling Trump is going to jail for fraud. Does Cruz know something we do not know? 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bill Allyn's Justice Reform List

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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. 

Justice System Reform List

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. A special independent prosecutor must be assigned immediately for officer-involved shootings. Committee members should be randomly selected and replaced often, like grand jurors, to avoid corruption.

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

3. Require every law enforcement officer to wear a camera. No camera, no gun. Also, implement GPS tracking on all police cars and cameras.

4. Require yearly psyche tests to screen out potentially abusive officers.

5. Require random 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. Ensure there are clear policies on use of force.

9. More training to deal with mentally ill, or a mental illness crisis unit. More training and encouragement to use peacemaking, conflict resolution, and de-escalation skills. Increase educational requirements, focusing on psychology, sociology, and social work.

10. Create a special number (third party, independent of police) to report police brutality. Victims of police brutality and the families of police shootings should immediately be appointed an attorney to represent their position/case.

11. Create national database of abusive officers, so they don’t just get hired elsewhere.

12. Reverse militarization of police forces. Take away military weapons, APC's, uniforms, and especially the attitude. Police officers are civilians, not a branch of the military. Require at least 5 years between active duty military and civilian police employment. Keep SWAT/military weapons and equipment under lock and key only to be used in genuine emergencies. Quit viewing the community you police as a “war zone”.

13. Prohibit television shows that glorify bad, illegal, or unconstitutional policing, such as “Cops”. Glorifying these behaviors creates a dangerous situation for American citizens and should not be tolerated.

14. Increase community outreach. Hire officers from the community. Officers need to be more in touch with the people they are sworn to protect.

15. End no-knock raids. It is perfectly legal for a home owner to respond to a break in with gun in hand, which gets them killed when the police are the intruders. This makes it unreasonably dangerous on citizens, especially when cops often go to the wrong address.

16. Reform forfeiture laws to protect citizens’ property rights and due process. No forfeiture proceedings until after conviction. All forfeiture proceeds go directly to the victims of police brutality and the families of police shootings.

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

18. End private prison industry.

19. Create a national organization dedicated to these ideals.

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Catcall This! - Artists Give Me Such A Woody

    I found a new political cartoonist. Go to Angry Girl Comics for more from this new to me cartoonist Wendy M. Xu.

    I must give credit where credit is due: some of the most thought provoking and startling images on the Internet can be found at sexgenderbody. For grownups only.


    I love this man. I am voting for his wife with bells on. Also too.

    Hey America. Remember when your biggest problem was some guy getting a blowjob?




    Sunday, July 17, 2016

    Fragments 2

    Okay, so I am gathering bits and pieces for a greater purpose. I am not sure at this point in my process wtf I am doing.

    Anthropologically speaking. H. sapiens has three strategies and three strategies only for control of reproduction (births) = contraception, abortion and infanticide/child abandonment. All three strategies are practiced around the world in every culture, currently and historically.

    Those who restrict abortion and contraception make infanticide and maternal death inevitable. We have many in vitro examples of this. You do not occupy the moral high ground.

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

    Poster by Favianna Rodriguez. I am a fan.

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    Fragments 1

    Response to
    http://thefederalist.com/2016/07/15/why-are-progressives-on-an-anti-christian-witch-hunt/

    Insisting religion (and God) is factual will be the absolute death of religion as traditionalists know it. Traditionalists know that but they cannot stop themselves from making the same old arguments and trying to enforce archaic inhumane rules. It worked for centuries before Gutenberg made the Bible accessible. Then all Hell broke loose. Heh. The Net is as revolutionary as the printing press.

    This CakePatrolChristianity is being presented as religious conscientious objection. It is no such thing.

    What is nonviolent civil or religious disobedience? Gandhi's definition is the clearest in my opinion:

    "I have also called it love-force or soul-force. . . I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on oneself." - Mohandas Gandhi.

    If you choose to disobey the law, you must incur the consequences. Not inflict the consequences of your disobedience on the Other. That is not conscientious objection. That is assault.

    Jesus counseled following the civil law. Instead, some Xtians have chosen to noodgie people. And act surprised and all hurt and frightened when people noodgie back. As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

    Australian Sex Party

    The Australian Sex Party fights for common sense policies around gender and sexual equality, secular government, drug law reform, taxing religious institutions and voluntary assisted dying. 

    Do Australians do it better? 








    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    In the Land of Cotton

    Kali Durge Namo Namah
    In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) said he thought businessman Donald Trump would be “a more serious leader” than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read more...
    Rep. Alan Grayson says Sen. Cotton is “already on his way to marking himself as the premiere warmonger of the 114th Congress.” Heather Digby Parton from Salon called him “Ted Cruz with a war record, Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree, Chris Christie with a Southern accent.” Whatever your characterization, this much is clear: this freshman senator is an arrogant bully and needs a time out. Read more...
    Tom Cotton is speaking at the Republican convention. He is a Trump kind of guy. Republicans have a new 'young gun.'

    Tom Shitweasel Cotton is now on my prayer list. It only took 3 years and 8 months of daily prayer for me to arrange for Fat Tony Scalia's heart attack. I got all the time in the world. And obviously Goddess likes me. 

    General Sherman said "War is Hell." Tommy, you keep calling for war and thereby consigning folks to Hell. It would do you good to spend some time in Hell. And I want you to know, that unless you repent, I think something can be arranged. In cosmic time, 3 years and 8 months is damn speedy.



    30

    He who uses Tao to guide rulers
    Does not force beneath-heaven with arms.
    Such things recoil on their users.
    Where armies are
    Briars and brambles grow.
    Bad harvests follow big wars.
    Be firm and that is all:
    Dare not rely on force
    Be firm but not haughty,
    Firm but not boastful,
    Firm but not proud:
    Firm when necessary,
    Firm but non-violent.
    Things that flourish
    Fall into decay.
    This is not-Tao,
    And what is not-Tao soon ends.

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    Keeping Cool in Philly

    It has been quite a day in Philly. We have had HEAT and AIR QUALITY warnings. I was prostrate most of the day. I am finally up and about. It is 84 and feels like 89 at 9:30 at night.

    Our farm stands and markets in Pennsylvania are stocked with fresh Lettuces perfect for salad. And at least five kinds of Radish. It is too hot to cook. But the eating in Summer is great.

    Here are my recipes for two classic American salad dressings. When it is really hot, my supper is vegetables I cut up the night before, a little good cheese, and one of these dressings used as a Dip. Both these dressings keep well in the refrigerator, use common pantry items, and cost less than store-bought dressings. These dressings are easy to do in your blender. Yes, you can use a whisk but why?

    Tomato based “French’ dressings appear over and again in regional cookbooks. This is my version.

    Sweet and Spicy “French” Dressing

    ½ cup Oil
    ½ cup Sugar
    1/3 cup Ketchup
    ¼ cup Vinegar (red wine is the best),
    1 teaspoon Paprika,
    ½ teaspoon Dry Mustard,
    1 teaspoon bottled steak sauce or Worcestershire sauce (optional),
    1 tablespoon grated Onion
    1 minced clove of Garlic

    Mix the above ingredients in your blender or with a whisk. Makes 1 and 1/3 cups of dressing.

    You can make this dressing without the fresh onion and garlic and it will keep a longer time in the refrigerator without separating. Just substitute garlic powder to taste or 1/4 tsp. It is more than worth it to use fresh garlic and onion. My children love this dressing and I hardly ever have any leftover.

    Green Goddess Salad Dressing was created in 1920 at the Palace Hotel in California. The classic recipe contains Tarragon and Chervil. I do not always have these herbs in my pantry. If you have some Tarragon or Chervil in your herb garden, add 1 tablespoon minced. This recipe is legal on the Atkins diet and stores well in the refrigerator.

    Supermarket Green Goddess Dressing

    1 cup Mayonnaise
    ½ cup Sour Cream
    ¼ cup chopped Parsley
    3 tablespoons chopped Onion
    2 tablespoons Vinegar (tarragon or wine are the best) or Lemon Juice
    4 flat Anchovy Fillets, minced
    2 cloves Garlic, minced
    Milk

    Combine all ingredients except milk. Mix well in your blender or with a whisk. Use as a dip or dressing as is, or thin with milk to the consistency desired. Chill until very cold. This is an excellent dressing for seafood like Dungeness crab. Enjoy.

    Monday, July 4, 2016

    Keep Dancing, Orlando!

    “Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” ― Rumi


    Cops keep this up, I will experience a change in attitude. Go Firefighters too! Never stop dancing. Never.

    Via ABC News:

    Weeks after three horrific tragedies hit the Orlando area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has found a way to keep the city’s spirits up.

    "We’re here for an important announcement today. I wanna keep Orlando smiling. Keep dancing, Orlando!”



    Sunday, July 3, 2016

    Flying on Thanksgiving? Shave your legs. - with Update below the Flower Colophon

    UPDATES BELOW: Not much has changed at TSA since I wrote this six years ago. Time to try my solution? TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION = TERRORIST WIN. Can you hear me now? Illustration from Second Story Window. 

    Flying on Thanksgiving? Do not even think about it. Stay home, make some hot chocolate and get out the popcorn. There is going to be a big strike at airport security.  The Transportation Security Administration folks are groping the genitals of adults and children and doing other assorted atrocities

    I am for a major civil rights action. But I say:  Do not opt out of the scanner and make them grope you, even though it surely will mess things up bigtime.

    Too tame for me. And too much chance you will make your fellow humans mad. Make them mad and they will not support your cause. I say, give the people you are going to inconvenience some bang for their buck.

    Take off all your clothes when you get to the first scanner. Every stitch. Then bend over and spread your cheeks so everyone in the airport can see your Stuff. Revolve slowly while bent over so there is a 360 degree view for everyone. Be careful, it is easy to fall down while doing this. Go slowly. Give them the Full Monty.

    If you have not been tazed and/or arrested at the end of your revolution (yes, this is a pun and I intentionally committed it), calmly stand in line and put your clothes back on. Make everybody wait. Let everyone take pictures.

    I think we could pay people to do this, if we have to. I did it in high heels on New York City bars for money, so I know you will not have a problem finding personnel. Have the professionals revolve (revolt? ...  revolutionize?) in more than one airport.  Ask patriotic porn stars to do it pro bono. Everybody wants to make a contribution.

    Problem solved. Probably take about three weeks for The Suits to construct a backdown narrative and get it out there to The Media. Be the best political caucus race and general circus you ever saw. Think of the jokes on late night TV. Problem solved. Maybe I will run for President.


    I wrote the initial essay above about the Transportation Safety Authority in November 2010 when folks were considering a huge protest. It is two years later and not much has changed. Maybe they have gotten worse? Maybe it is time to do it my way? More information at the link.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/10/10/dying-woman-tsa-wanted-to-check-under-my-bandages/
    A woman who’s dying of leukemia says that agents with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle forced her to lift up her shirt in front of a crowd so they could check underneath her bandages.
    Disabled cancer patient slammed to the ground by TSA guards, lawsuit claims

    Hannah Cohen, 18, was on her way home from St Jude’s Hospital when a scanner went off and led to incident that left her ‘physically and emotionally’ injured

    Saturday, July 2, 2016

    Hot Dog!

    July is National Hot Dog Month.

    I am not a sports fan. I am often surrounded by sports fans who, on crucial game days, require sustenance that is easy to make and goes well with beer. Hot dogs are also called wieners and frankfurters. 

    I serve Texas Weiners with this sauce and chopped onions. This sauce is HOT so exercise discretion. For a milder sauce, omit the Cayenne Pepper.

    This recipe comes from a chef who posted on the old AOL Comfort Food Board named Big Saab Guy. He actually lives in Texas. It will dress about 2 dozen hot dogs. I give it to you as he gave it to the board. You can keep the Sauce and the Hot Dogs warm separately and the sports fanatics can assemble and eat at will. Give lots of napkins.

    The sign on the right comes from Plainfield NJ. It hangs on one of the original Texas Weiner joints in business since 1924. The Texas Weiner was actually created by a Greek in Paterson NJ.

    Texas Hot Dog Sauce

    1 pound finely ground Beef
    3 tablespoons Chili Powder
    1 teaspoon Salt
    1 teaspoon Cumin
    1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
    1/2 teaspoon Thyme
    1 teaspoon White Vinegar
    2 cups Water

    Very thoroughly brown Beef and drain. You want the pieces to be as small as possible. Really work to break them up as you brown them.

    Add the spices and mix well. Add the Water and simmer for one hour, uncovered, stirring often. It should be the consistency of something like tomato soup.

    Stir in the Vinegar. Then serve as follows: put a thin smear of Yellow Mustard on both sides of an open hot dog roll, then insert the Hot Dog, then a layer of finely chopped Onion, then drizzle the top with about a tablespoon of the Sauce.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Manchester Pride Sings Lily Allen

    Let's close Pride Month with a BANG sendoff. Way to go, Manchester Pride! Why be polite when you can be GORGEOUS.


    Sunday, June 26, 2016

    We come a long Way, Baby.

    This is the newspaper story that ran one week after the raid on the Stonewall Inn. Notice the condescension and ridicule. Happy Pride Month.

    HOMO NEST RAIDED – QUEEN BEES ARE STINGING MAD

    -by Jerry Lisker, New York Daily News, July 6th 1969

    She sat there with her legs crossed, the lashes of her mascara-coated eyes beating like the wings of a hummingbird. She was angry. She was so upset she hadn’t bothered to shave. A day old stubble was beginning to push through the pancake makeup. She was a he. A queen of Christopher Street.

    Last weekend the queens had turned commandos and stood bra strap to bra strap against an invasion of the helmeted Tactical Patrol Force. The elite police squad had shut down one of their private gay clubs, the Stonewall Inn at 57 Christopher St., in the heart of a three-block homosexual community in Greenwich Village. Queen Power reared its bleached blonde head in revolt. New York City experienced its first homosexual riot. “We may have lost the battle, sweets, but the war is far from over,” lisped an unofficial lady-in-waiting from the court of the Queens.

    “We’ve had all we can take from the Gestapo,” the spokesman, or spokeswoman, continued. “We’re putting our foot down once and for all.” The foot wore a spiked heel. According to reports, the Stonewall Inn, a two-story structure with a sand painted brick and opaque glass facade, was a mecca for the homosexual element in the village who wanted nothing but a private little place where they could congregate, drink, dance and do whatever little girls do when they get together.

    The thick glass shut out the outside world of the street. Inside, the Stonewall bathed in wild, bright psychedelic lights, while the patrons writhed to the sounds of a juke box on a square dance floor surrounded by booths and tables. The bar did a good business and the waiters, or waitresses, were always kept busy, as they snaked their way around the dancing customers to the booths and tables. For nearly two years, peace and tranquility reigned supreme for the Alice in Wonderland clientele.

    The Raid Last Friday

    Last Friday the privacy of the Stonewall was invaded by police from the First Division. It was a raid. They had a warrant. After two years, police said they had been informed that liquor was being served on the premises. Since the Stonewall was without a license, the place was being closed. It was the law.

    All hell broke loose when the police entered the Stonewall. The girls instinctively reached for each other. Others stood frozen, locked in an embrace of fear.

    Only a handful of police were on hand for the initial landing in the homosexual beachhead. They ushered the patrons out onto Christopher Street, just off Sheridan Square. A crowd had formed in front of the Stonewall and the customers were greeted with cheers of encouragement from the gallery.

    The whole proceeding took on the aura of a homosexual Academy Awards Night. The Queens pranced out to the street blowing kisses and waving to the crowd. A beauty of a specimen named Stella wailed uncontrollably while being led to the sidewalk in front of the Stonewall by a cop. She later confessed that she didn’t protest the manhandling by the officer, it was just that her hair was in curlers and she was afraid her new beau might be in the crowd and spot her. She didn’t want him to see her this way, she wept.


    Queen Power

    The crowd began to get out of hand, eye witnesses said. Then, without warning, Queen Power exploded with all the fury of a gay atomic bomb. Queens, princesses and ladies-in-waiting began hurling anything they could get their polished, manicured fingernails on. Bobby pins, compacts, curlers, lipstick tubes and other femme fatale missiles were flying in the direction of the cops. The war was on. The lilies of the valley had become carnivorous jungle plants.

    Urged on by cries of “C’mon girls, lets go get ’em,” the defenders of Stonewall launched an attack. The cops called for assistance. To the rescue came the Tactical Patrol Force.

    Flushed with the excitement of battle, a fellow called Gloria pranced around like Wonder Woman, while several Florence Nightingales administered first aid to the fallen warriors. There were some assorted scratches and bruises, but nothing serious was suffered by the honeys turned Madwoman of Chaillot.

    Official reports listed four injured policemen with 13 arrests. The War of the Roses lasted about 2 hours from about midnight to 2 a.m. There was a return bout Wednesday night.

    Two veterans recently recalled the battle and issued a warning to the cops. “If they close up all the gay joints in this area, there is going to be all out war.”

    Bruce and Nan

    Both said they were refugees from Indiana and had come to New York where they could live together happily ever after. They were in their early 20’s. They preferred to be called by their married names, Bruce and Nan.

    “I don’t like your paper,” Nan lisped matter-of-factly. “It’s anti-fag and pro-cop.”

    “I’ll bet you didn’t see what they did to the Stonewall. Did the pigs tell you that they smashed everything in sight? Did you ask them why they stole money out of the cash register and then smashed it with a sledge hammer? Did you ask them why it took them two years to discover that the Stonewall didn’t have a liquor license.”

    Holly Woodlawn 
    Bruce nodded in agreement and reached over for Nan’s trembling hands.

    “Calm down, doll,” he said. “Your face is getting all flushed.”

    Nan wiped her face with a tissue.

    “This would have to happen right before the wedding. The reception was going to be held at the Stonewall, too,” Nan said, tossing her ashen-tinted hair over her shoulder.

    “What wedding?,” the bystander asked.

    Nan frowned with a how-could-anybody-be-so-stupid look. “Eric and Jack’s wedding, of course. They’re finally tying the knot. I thought they’d never get together.”

    Meet Shirley

    “We’ll have to find another place, that’s all there is to it,” Bruce sighed. “But every time we start a place, the cops break it up sooner or later.”

    Andy Warhol Self Portrait
    “They let us operate just as long as the payoff is regular,” Nan said bitterly. “I believe they closed up the Stonewall because there was some trouble with the payoff to the cops. I think that’s the real reason. It’s a shame. It was such a lovely place. We never bothered anybody. Why couldn’t they leave us alone?”

    Shirley Evans, a neighbor with two children, agrees that the Stonewall was not a rowdy place and the persons who frequented the club were never troublesome. She lives at 45 Christopher St.

    “Up until the night of the police raid there was never any trouble there,” she said. “The homosexuals minded their own business and never bothered a soul. There were never any fights or hollering, or anything like that. They just wanted to be left alone. I don’t know what they did inside, but that’s their business. I was never in there myself. It was just awful when the police came. It was like a swarm of hornets attacking a bunch of butterflies.”

    A reporter visited the now closed Stonewall and it indeed looked like a cyclone had struck the premises.

    Police said there were over 200 people in the Stonewall when they entered with a warrant. The crowd outside was estimated at 500 to 1,000. According to police, the Stonewall had been under observation for some time. Being a private club, plain clothesmen were refused entrance to the inside when they periodically tried to check the place. “They had the tightest security in the Village,” a First Division officer said, “We could never get near the place without a warrant.”

    Police Talk

    The men of the First Division were unable to find any humor in the situation, despite the comical overtones of the raid.

    “They were throwing more than lace hankies,” one inspector said. “I was almost decapitated by a slab of thick glass. It was thrown like a discus and just missed my throat by inches. The beer can didn’t miss, though, “it hit me right above the temple.”

    Police also believe the club was operated by Mafia connected owners. The police did confiscate the Stonewall’s cash register as proceeds from an illegal operation. The receipts were counted and are on file at the division headquarters. The warrant was served and the establishment closed on the grounds it was an illegal membership club with no license, and no license to serve liquor.

    The police are sure of one thing. They haven’t heard the last from the Girls of Christopher Street.


    Saturday, June 25, 2016

    Guest Author La Motocycliste - Trashcan Potatoes

    Over the weekend, I tipped over the trashcan, and harvested enough French Fingerling potatoes for a good meal for two.

    Growing potatoes in a trashcan is fun and easy. In case you think, "Potatoes are cheap, why do all this work?" price heirloom varieties at Whole Paycheck sometime.

    A lot of communities have gone to high tech trashcans that can be emptied by an automated garbage truck. This leaves the householder with old trashcans, which can be used for low tech urban potato farming.

    The first step is to locate a sunny spot. Potatoes are not really choosy, but they do like sun and water. If your sunny spot is over a patch of dirt, cut the bottom off the trashcan with a Sawzall or a hacksaw. If your sunny spot is over concrete, drill drainage holes in the bottom of the trashcan. If the trashcan is really disgusting, clean it up a bit.

    Next, put your trashcan on your chosen spot and fill it with four inches of cheap potting soil with a handful of bone meal mixed in. Head off to choose your potatoes. You need about a quarter pound organic potatoes per trashcan. Look for potatoes with nice big prominent eyes. If you have potatoes that have started growing in your pantry, use those.

    Cut up the potatoes so you have one or two eyes per piece. Many people leave the potatoes out overnight to skin over, but I have never bothered. Put the pieces about six inches apart on top of the dirt in the trashcan, then cover with another couple of inches of potting soil and another handful of bonemeal. Don't bother to tamp down. Water so that the dirt is as wet as a wrung out sponge. Cover the trashcan with a piece of chicken wire or an old screen to keep critters out.

    Keep the dirt moist, and in 2-3 weeks you should see sprouts. Potatoes grow along the stems, so when the sprouts are 8 or nine inches tall and have nice glossy leaves, shake some more dirt along the stems. The plants will grow towards the light, so keep covering the stems as they grow. Keep them watered and the potato plants will grow for about three months. Eventually they will die down. Stop watering. When the plants are deceased, knock over the garbage can and pick out your potatoes.

    Note: Reposted from dkos.For those who learn best by seeing rather than reading:



    He is Too Ick for Me - UPDATE

    UPDATE: This story just keeps on being funny. SHREWD MARKETING for Jesus versus ANONYMOUS HACKERS for civil rights and the American Way. Who will prevail? Who has God on their side?


    Pastor Steven Anderson is furious that the world is lashing out against his hate speech following the tragedy in Orlando. Speaking about himself, Pastor Donnie Romero, and Pastor Roger Jimenez, he says in a recent sermon that LGBT people and their allies have shut down their PayPal accounts, social media accounts, and other ways these pastors make a living.


    Singing the verses below for this Pastor to the tune of the Too Fat Polka.
    Scumbag Polka
    Oh, I don't want him, you can have him
    He's too ick for me.
    I get diz-zy
    I get numb-o
    When I'm looking
    At this Scum-Dumb-Dumb-oh.Oh,
    I don't want him, you can have him
    He's too ick for me.
    Help, cher Reader. I need more verses. Where are you, Nick, now that I need you?



    Initially I posted this version below of the Polka and this conversation took place:
    PlumDumpling - I know...definitely politically incorrect.
    Schlukitz - It certainly was.



    My daughter Luscious got really offended. She points out the first woman in the video is working out. So sue me; I laughed. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa. Better to have fat on your hips than fat in your head.

    Schlukitz is an authority on the politically incorrect. I mean he is a truly kind person. Nevertheless, I doan want him; you can have him; he's too ICK for me. The Pastor not Schlukitz.


    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    HaPenis is a Warm Gun

    I wrote this vile snarky article about guns. Because it is getting renewed attention, I thought I would double down. I like attention

    I utilized my MAGIC GOOGLE FINGER again. I googled PENIS GUN. The results range from the literal through the cartoon to the sublime as usual. 

    I hope you, Cher Reader, appreciate what I do for you. I suffer so because I am a dirt. Adsense will have nothing to do with me because my blog has...gasp...pornography. 

    This photoshop made me wince when I saw it. And I have an inny.


    Pistol Smoke Drawing Pencil On Paper by BenziDraw


    Giant Mutant Robot Scorpion Penis with a Gun by YYS-Musey


    I do not know what to say about this. Naughty, Google. Naughty.


    This is What Democracy Looks Like or The Great Dem Revolution

    "I thought I was going to die a few times. On the Freedom Ride in the year 1961, when I was beaten at the Greyhound bus station in Montgomery, I thought I was going to die. On March 7th, 1965, when I was hit in the head with a night stick by a State Trooper at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, I thought I was going to die. I thought I saw death, but nothing can make me question the philosophy of nonviolence." - John Lewis

    A Sit-In on the House Floor Over Gun Control
    Congressional Democrats, led by Representative John Lewis, are protesting the House’s refusal to vote on gun-control measures. Read more...



    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Hen & Chicks

    I have discovered where one can learn about Succulents in Philadelphia. Hen and Chicks is a Succulent.
    The Philadelphia Cactus and Succulent Society was founded in 1942 to exchange knowledge of and experience with succulents among its members. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in growing and learning more about succulents. There are more than 100 members at all levels of expertise - beginners and experts, collectors and growers.
    Gardening is a lot of work. I am a lazy gardener. I like plants that are easy to grow, good to look at and fill odd spots in the garden that would be otherwise filled with pesky weeds.

    Hen and Chicks meets all my qualifications. It is easy to grow, fills odd spots, drives out weeds and is so good looking.



    The plant will grow in partial shade and not much soil - both good qualities in a city garden or on a sunny window sill in Winter. Hen and Chicks produces flowers when the Hen reaches maturity. The flowers are as odd looking as they are beautiful and rare.




    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Weighing the Grocery and Soda Tax in Philly

    I oppose it. You are taxing the wrong folks. Tax the Corporate Suits, not the poor and middle class. 

    Tax the sugary drink and snack makers who make beaucoup money and socialize the costs of doing business. Convenient and disposable? Their detritus is on every street corner for the people and the City to clean up. Got the courage to sue Nestle Coke Frito Lay etc., Mayor Kenney? It will make you famous. Come on, Dude. This is Filthydelphia. Let us lead on this. 

    I am tired of cleaning up the chip bags and drink containers that flow downhill from Frankford Avenue and clog the sewers and filthy the sidewalks. It costs our City money to collect this garbage and dispose of it. Make the Corporate Persons pay their fair share.  


    Pay attention. Reality is. These folks will tell you all about what is happening to our watersheds. It is not good. 




    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    Bullshitters Bullshittng

    "Let's take America as an example. America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?"
    - American-born al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn
    I resolved to say nothing about the massacre in Orlando. Nothing I can say seemed meaningful.

    Then, having resolved to say nothing, I read the quote above. When in pain, I return to the expressions of my childhood. No shit, Sherlock.

    I feel powerless. I am horrified. I keep writing about guns. And mentally ill people (like me) go right on murdering gaggles of people. And the meaningless canned speeches, ready tears, and same-old-same-old stochastic terrorism crap goes down. We are buried up to our noses in rank bullshit, inane and ugly speeches, and salty tears. 

    ISIS did it? Right. Sure. Uh huh. Be afraid. And Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, not.

    Another colloquialism applies here. Do not piss on my shoes and tell me it is raining Muslims.








    Sunday, June 12, 2016

    Dirty Blues Sunday #5 - Irene Scruggs

    Dirty Blues deals with topics that are considered taboo in proper society. Such music was banned from radio and only available on a jukebox in the blind pigs and juke joints of our nation. It was dancing music. Saturday night at the juke joint music.

    Irene Scruggs (born December 7, 1901 – died probably July 20, 1981 in Germany) was an American Piedmont blues and country blues singer.

    Using the pseudonym Chocolate Brown she recorded tracks with Blind Blake. To avoid contractual problems she was also billed as Dixie Nolan. By the early 1930s, Little Brother Montgomery took over as her accompanist on recordings and in touring.



    Provided to YouTube by The Orchard Enterprises. Good Grinding · Little Brother Montgomery with Irene Scruggs






    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Elizabeth Warren Speaks

    Hot damn, Elizabeth Warren. You go, girlfriend.

    This is the whole speech to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. You want to listen to the whole half hour. 

    We can expect a mean tweet from Trump soon. Probably around 3 a.m. I sure it will feature the words 'Pocahontas' and 'loser.' Carry on, Donald Trump. I await your response with interest.