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. 

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.  

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

Click Me !

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.

Todd Starnes the Cherry Picker - Asshats on Parade

"Isn't it wonderful that we are all so queer." - Minnie Jane Hamm at Trenton Friends Meeting.
Todd Starnes conflates homophobia with Christianity. As does a beleaguered Navy Chaplain named Modder. Fundamentalist Christians use Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 to condemn and vilify gay people. Chaplain Modder uses the Biblical rules to shame people who have premarital sex. The Asexual and biblically stunted must not make rules for the normally sexed. 

Leviticus 21:16-22 says that no man with a defect, specifically of his genitals or his eyes, may as much as approach the altar. Some how and some way Fundamentalist Christians ignore the rules when the rules do not suit them.

So if your pastor wears glasses, has only one testicle, prostate cancer or psoriasis, he may not go near the altar to preach, bless or pray. That means Chaplain Modder. That means you Todd Starnes. You wear glasses. You cherry pick the Bible at will, Todd, when it is your ox being gored. 
Todd Starnes
16 The Lord said to Moses, 17 “Say to Aaron: "For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand, 20 or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. 21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the food offerings to the Lord. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God. 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food; 23 yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the Lord, who makes them holy.
Ever hear these phony religionists mention these verses? They lie by omission. Lying is a sin. Do these folks not realize that Gays and other Queer Folks are our family, our friends and our colleagues that we respect and may love dearly?
Matthew 5:22 - He who beats his brother must answer for it to the court; he who sneers at him will answer for it in the fires of Hell..
How can Fundamentalist Christians ignore Jesus this way and feel honest? It is time for the US military to hire only those folks with real expertise in counseling and human behavior to be Chaplains. It is time for the US Military to retire Modder. Past time.

I am so queer. I fantasize egregious sexual assault. I am for depantsing Modder and Toddy boy and counting the stones. And pointing and laughing. Bet they do not have two stones to rub together. I am for it, but I am not going to do it. Jesus told us not to do that stuff. I have to find a way to love these guys. Never said I was a good Christian. Jesus wept.

LOOSIES - Update

UPDATE:  The NYPD has been editing the wikipedia articles on Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo and other victims of NYPD brutality. I do not blame them for messing with the facts. The NYPD murdered Eric Garner. They want us to forget him. Not a chance, Pigs. And just so we will not forget, I am republishing this essay. The illustration on the right comes from this interesting blog on vintage Chinese typography and graphic art.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Straight from the Fishes Mouth

I love Chili. Calling all Chili and Beer lovers. I give it to you straight from the Fishes mouth:

Fishtown Neighbors Association 
5th Annual Chili Cook­Off
March 29, 2015
1 PM – 4 PM
2424 York Street, Philadelphia, PA 

Prizes will be awarded. Participating restaurants include, Loco Pez (2012 Champion), Lloyd (2014 Critic’s Choice, Whiskey Pig Chili), Sancho Pistola’s, Good Spoon Soupery, Fette Sau, Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen (2014 People’s Choice), Belgrade Deli, Dottie’s Dinette and more.

Fifteen residents have also submitted chili for judging.

Beer generously provided by Philadelphia Brewing Company (Kenzinger and Pennsylvania Pale Ale), St Benjamin’s Brewing (India Cream Ale and Little Peat Stout) and Port Richmond’s Do Good Brewing (United Ale and the recently released Milk Street Stout). Metropolitan Bakery will again donate bread to sop up the chili and beer.

Advanced entry of $15 includes two beers and unlimited chili.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Time for a Break in the Day's Hostilities

Click Me !
Time for some healing quiet. I love this video. Meditation works if you work it. Try it; you will like it.

My best advice: if this way does not work for you, there are other techniques. Try the Practice of the Presence of God. Or Vernon Howard's books. Or read Wild Geese by Mary Oliver.

Art is a way to meditate. The feeling you get when you read Wild Geese is satori. Adepts experience satori not for a moment or two but all the time. It is called Paradise. Most of the rest of us do not have the stamina for it.

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
- Mary Oliver  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Laughing at Libertarians

 "Libertarians believe they are the 'principled' members of our political family and yet when push comes to shove the only principle most of them really care about is the one that says they shouldn't have to pay a dime toward the greater good." - Digby at Hullabaloo
This is a Barry Deutsch cartoon. You can get it and lots of other cartoons on a Tshirt if you ask nicely and wave money.

I am declaring this Make Fun of a Libertarian Day in honor of Rand Paul. Because the Aqua Buddha offends me.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Irish Potatoes and Colbert Catechism

Eating Irish Potato Candy is a Philadelphia Spring tradition. Delicious! Indeed, Philadelphians, some of whom may have been Irish, created the candy.

You can buy O'Ryan's made Irish Potato Candy at the market or online. Potatoes can also be purchased at Christopher's Chocolates.

Or you can make this simple candy at home. The recipe is fun to do with children. No hot stove. No special equipment. For a recipe that actually contains potatoes go HERE,


1⁄4 cup softened Butter
4 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1(16 ounce) package Confectioners' Sugar
7 ounces sweetened flaked Coconut (2 1/2 cups)
2 tablespoon ground Cinnamon
2 tablespoon Cocoa

NOTE: Be sure to use regular cream cheese, not whipped or reduced fat type. You may need more Cinnamon and Cocoa for dipping. 

In a large bowl, cream together the Butter and Cream Cheese. Add Vanilla and Confectioners' Sugar. Beat until mixture forms a ball. Stir in Coconut with a spoon. Roll the mixture between your hands to form small potato-shaped candies or roll into small balls. Place Cinnamon and Cocoa in a shallow dish and roll the balls in it. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and chill for about 1 hour or until firm. If you prefer "dirtier potatoes" roll the candy a second time after they have chilled. You can also add a few chopped Nuts to look like 'eyes' if you want to get really artistic.

This is the month in which we celebrate Saint Patrick. Where else can you get a catechism and a candy recipe on the same page?

Frankly, speaking as a Roman Catholic, I much prefer representation by Stephen Colbert than porky nasty Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. Yes, I even think politics on holidays.

Post Script:
If you come to Philly and plan on ordering our justly famous Cheese Steak Sandwich, stay far away from Geno's and Pat's Steaks. They are tourist traps. Try Jim's Steaks on South Street. If you have a favorite steak spot, put the name and location in the comments please. Do your fellow Americans a service. The Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich is a sandwich. Everyone should experience a good one.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bug Off Container Garden

Water is the universal solvent. Chemical pest control eventually ends up in our water supply. I try never to use manmade pesticides. Those Frankenstein concoctions are killing our bees. I am always looking for natural solutions to environmental problems.

Rob Sproule of Salisbury Greenhouse writes excellent garden articles. He is doing interesting work in the community with school gardens. Teaching children gardening is one of the better things one can do with one's time. 
“Mosquitos are a fact of life in Canada, but dousing our skin in DEET doesn’t have to be. This container, though non-edible, is perfect to grow on your patio, in your gazebo or anywhere you like to sit and unwind in the evenings. You could also break it up into smaller pots to create a scented perimeter.” – Rob Sproule

Balls Out in Pennsylvania on April 26, 2015

Join the Third Annual
fundraising drive in our home state.

Women’s Medical Fund provides emergency financial assistance for abortions today, and works to protect and expand abortion access tomorrow.

Last year WMF gave assistance to more than 2,100 low income callers, enabling them to access the abortion they needed.

Often WMF is the only ally people have as they try to raise money to pay for an abortion. We are also at the forefront of a dynamic and growing movement that honors the leadership and voices of low-income women, young women, and women of color. Join us!

You can DONATE 
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cher Readers - Announcement

Google has backed down from their new Net Censor mode. Yes!


I have been told by google that if I have graphic nudity on my blog, my blog will be marked PRIVATE whether I like it or not.

That means you cannot read or post here unless I put your screen name on a list of regular readers. Evidently you would have an extra step to access the blog. You will get an 'adult content warning.'

If the nudity is for educational purposes, it is kool evidently. Is Mapplethorpe educational or cultural?

EVIDENTLY TOADYS AND PEARL CLUTCHERS CAN REPORT ME. I would like to keep my PUBLIC status. I might have to take down the cock pictures.

I am not sure what to do to preserve my blog as it is. If there are more sophisticated NET consumers than me, and that is not hard, please give me any ideas about how to deal with this. Do I need my own domain to preserve content and ease of access?

Adult content policy on Blogger

Starting March 23, 2015, you won't be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.
Note: We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.

Changes you’ll see to your existing blogs

If your existing blog doesn’t have any sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video on it, you won’t notice any changes.
If your existing blog does have sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video, your blog will be made private after March 23, 2015. No content will be deleted, but private content can only be seen by the owner or admins of the blog and the people who the owner has shared the blog with.

Settings you can update for existing blogs

If your blog was created before March 23, 2015, and contains content that violates our new policy, you have a few options for changing your blog before the new policy starts:
If you’d rather take your blog down altogether, you can export your blog as a .xml file or archive your blog's text and images using Google Takeout.

Effect on new blogs

For any blogs created after March 23, 2015, we may remove the blog or take other action if it includes content that is sexually explicit or shows graphic nudity as explained in our content policy.

Monday, February 23, 2015

I am coming out of my closet. I have a role in this video.

Click Me !
This video is one of the funniest things my friend Beefy has done. Our scene is extemporaneous. We created it on the spot in my back yard and my parlor. I had no idea how our scenes would fit into the larger story.

Beefy is a comedy genius and it was an honor to work with him. This is what a genius can do with no money. Imagine what he could do if he had some bucks. And more than one camera. And some bucks.

This underground video sold like condoms in Philly on the streetcorners. It is a satire on Thug Rap and all the underground Thug videos being circulated.

I thought I hated rap. I did not understand it. Some superior poetry in these freestyle rap battles.

Beefy, call me. Signed: Bubbles.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sign of the Month - February 2015

Turkish men have donned miniskirts to denounce violence against women at a protest in Istanbul after a 20-year-old student was beaten to death after trying to fight off a man assaulting her. Video at the link above.

I respect men who love and protect women. For more photographs of these amazing men go HERE. 

Tanrı bu adamları korusun. God bless them just standing there in their socks. If my Turkish is poor, cher Readers, please correct me.

See more at: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ozgecanicinminietekgiy

The Men's Mini Skirt Action

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ghetto Garden Fabulous #2

I have written about my scavenger's garden before. In keeping with the theme established, I have gathered some new tricks that you might find useful in your city garden.

One of the first things I did in my garden was create a path. A garden path gives definition to the garden, aids in forming garden beds and makes it possible to get at those herbs easily when you are cooking. My itty bitty kitchen garden adds a lot of good tastes to my life.

I had a source of old bricks. You may have a source of discarded pallets. One can create beauty out of nothing much.

Every time you pass up commercial pavers and other doodads for creativity with found materials, you save money to indulge in flowers, seedlings and herbs and shrubs that might be otherwise hard on your garden budget. I bought myself fig trees.

One of the persistent problems I have had gardening in the city is Cats, my own and those of my neighbors.They defecate in the exposed earth.

It is partly my own fault. I grow a stand of Catnip which they love to eat and roll in. I solved the problem by using twigs to make mini paths and so they are disinclined to dig.

I am happy to share this neat tip which solves both the problem of cats and recycling plastic utensils. Go to listotic.com for 19 more frugal gardening tips.

The moral of this story is: Use what you have. Save money and save the planet. Make junk into Art.

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

(Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.)
― Marcus Tullius CiceroLetters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12

World Food Day Posters 2014

Congratulations to the winners of World Food Day Poster Contest 2014 entitled ‘Family Farming’.

I present my favorite posters every year because the children's art is so amazing and energizing. 

Go to the link to see all the posters in the contest and the names of the artists and their ages. You can also find out how to enter your child or your class in next year's contest.