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Monday, August 29, 2016

Life is Good or Drunk Ramblings

I got a bottle of Stella Artois and some decent doob. I got the Monday night quiets. And that is good. It is cooling down a bit outside.

Huma and Hillary prove the law. When a husband acts like a manwhore and follows his dick, it always his wife's sin/fault/responsibility. I get married and his dick becomes mine. I do not ever want to be a dicksitter.

Walter brought me a copy of the Polish paper and the St. John Cantius festival is happening again. Maybe I can find some old Polish Eagle to jump on. And I need real Polish food like a drunkard needs his booze.

I will give more information about the festival, but at the moment I am trashed. And happy about it. And dancing my ass on out here in internetland.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

My Dad's Long Drive in the Country Car Music

My Mom and Dad loved to take long car trips. We all sang on long car drives. Sometimes we had a radio and sometimes we did not. We sang these songs anyway. Con brio.

We always stopped at an ice cream stand that looked like an ice cream cone. Roadside attractions in the 50s tended to look like what they were selling.

We would drive down the Delaware River sometimes and at one bridge you could get charcoal broiled hot dogs and real root beer. 

Our ice cream shop was a large ice cream cone stood on its ice cream end. I hunted but I can find a picture nowhere. Everytime I hear one of these songs, I am transported to happy. Love you, Dad. Miss you every day.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE ~ Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers (1945) (live recording). Words by: Johnny Mercer - Music by: Harold Arlen - copyright: 1944

Minnie the Moocher is a jazz song first recorded in 1931 by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, selling over a million copies,

St. James Infirmary Blues, sometimes known as Gambler's Blues, is an American folksong of anonymous origin, though sometimes credited to the songwriter Joe Primrose (a pseudonym for Irving Mills). Louis Armstrong made it famous in his influential 1928 recording.

Louis Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an Italian-American singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. Prima rode the musical trends of his time, starting with his seven-piece New Orleans style jazz band in the late 1920s, then leading a swing combo in the 1930s, a big band in the 1940s, a Vegas lounge act in the 1950s, and a pop-rock band in the 1960s.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Super Mary Says No No! - Lady in Aqua is an Angel - Musical Accompaniment Provided Below

This is FlipBenhamSonsInc's float or march presentation entered into the Pride Day Parade celebration. 

Tasteless and poorly rehearsed. No feathers. No body paint. At least Westboro has banners. Flip Benham is the guy way in the back in the jeans, white shirt, red tie, suspenders and bay window. Muscle and Bullhorns. So phallic. 

I cannot understand why some sweet slightly crippled old lady like me has not walked up to this fat ugly Benham dude all smiling, crucifix flying and kicked him square in his junk. One could roll up in one's wheelchair on one of the Twins, pretending to have found a rainbow dildo that has got you all twitterpated, and use your cane. Badda bing.

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 six 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.

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


Losing my Mind on Tuesday Afternoon

Very often the comments on my little essays are better than my remarks. A fine intelligent creative set of folks bless me with their company.

PhoebeQueen said something in the comments recently that spoke to my condition.
I understand people are testy. I can see it all around me. People have lost their fucking minds.
I saw my handsome Black neighbor waiting on the EL by chance. So we chatting. He looks me dead in the eyes and tells me he is voting for Trump. And grins.

Man is about 55 and he must work in some serious sort of job. Always spotless white shirt. Black suit. Never jeans. If he wears jeans on Saturday they are pressed.

I try to find out why. For him, like a lot of Trump's supporters, this is a big fuck you to Republicans and Congress. Race has nothing to do with it. Or party really. Democrats included. Bi partisan FUCK YOU.

I am giving him the whole whitebread civil rights argument and he is steady nodding. I asked him straight out "I can tell by your grin you are going to vote for the monster." His grin got bigger.

 "What have you got to lose?" asks Trump. And that is a good question.

Somebody tell this Hippy that my Neighbor is not correct. Tell me that the intelligent vote right now is not a big FUCK YOU in one form or another. Talk me down. I have lost my mind.

I get it. What is there to respect? Right now there is a Governor who is a proven poisoner of children and others. Public tax money is paying for his defense. He is wealthy; he will never see one day in prison. Nobody is fixing the poison pipes. We are paying, you and me, to save the Poisoner rather than stop the poisoning. I so get it. My Neighbor is correct. There needs to be a big FUCK YOU.

The Black Man who made this video knows where he stands and who he is. I am just a flaming ball of rage and sadness. Lady Shrink told me today that many folks are experiencing fear, sadness and rage during this endless disgusting campaign.

Fear and sadness and rage are contagious. Especially for those of us who are second generation Americans with Grandparents who immigrated here fleeing grinding poverty and/or war and Fascism. Lady Shrink says Do not Look. Disengage. But it is like a car wreck on the interstate. You cannot look away. I get it that the Back Men's forebears have been here, speaking English, longer than mine.

I learned a new phrase. Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable. In short, remote-control murder by lone wolf. This is a disgusting election. It has to be over soon.

Comment from my Millennial Daughter:

The problem is for a long time politicians. especially GOPers, no matter how much they "want" to lower taxes, use taxpayers as one big endless slush fund. I think they act this way because taxes are taken out automatically. No citizen is trusted to pay them ourselves like we do gas and electric bills.

To be fair I like paying taxes for things like schools, roads, social programs whether I benefit from these things or not, and I appreciate not having to remember to pay them but I am incensed by the sheer piglike attitude of some state, local and sometimes federal politicians and their assumption that I am a cash bearing tree, ever fruitful and never in need of gardening care.

Do I want to fund a big war machine? No. Do I want to keep sending military aid to countries with so so human rights. No. If you "love America" then start speaking up about what taxes you don't like while shutting up and paying up. Don't just shout no more taxes.

Where do you live that money is not needed to keep the ball rolling? I don't want to hear some old man with no kids tell me he doesn't want his taxes to pay for public schools. Do you want to live in a nation full of idiots incapable of creating, thinking, or even defending our country. This isn't about "issues" its about common sense use of public money.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Fatty Trumpkin

Fatty Trumpkin runs for Prez.
Everybody laughs at
Everything he sez.

The editorial cartoonist is from The Daily Call.
Mark Taylor
RoundRiver Institute LLC
Genoa, WI

Meet Joshua Monroe, the Man Who Makes Nude Trump Statues
- Read more by Amelia Warshaw 

The Verge has published 11 photos of NYC’s naked Trump statue by Joseph Bareham. As much Trump as you can handle. I liked this one the best.

Bareham is a first rate photographer. See more work at the link.I will not make a joke about the photographer's name...I will not make a joke etc....

The Progessives chime in and remind me once again how much I despise Progressives, the zealots of the Left.

My dear Lady, I would like to stake him out on an Ant Hill in Texas covered with molasses. Ridicule is my compromise for the sake of order. Dude would not hesitate a moment to evaluate my charms. 

Body-Shaming Donald Trump Isn't 
An Appropriate Or Effective Way To Criticize Him

On Thursday, naked statues of Republican nominee Donald Trump — commissioned by art collective Indecline — appeared in multiple U.S. cities, some of which were captioned "The Emperor Has No Balls." But while many people, including the New York City Parks Department, seem to have found humor in these statues, body-shaming Donald Trump in this way is completely inappropriate. He's a bigoted person who has said a number of awful things, but he is not awful or bigoted because of his body.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Smile with Music

Even though I am sick to death of this election, I am going to make telephone calls at the Democratic Party local headquarters on Wednesday night.

I give good phone. I used to work on the phone selling advertising for the Princeton Packet group of newspapers. I started in classified and won a prize selling the most Pick a Present ads at Christmas.

Never volunteered for a political party before. Did lots of volunteer church work. Trashmouth old me cleans up good if I have to. It is so hot that I spend most of my time at home in my undies. This was a good excuse to put on a skirt, some jewelry, a little Chanel.

I met Alvin, my section leader. He is 26 and cute. Too clean cut for me. I like the faintly evil type. August, the month of boredom and flies.

Art from Freaking News. 

Smile is based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini's Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dead Comedians Sunday #4 - Buster Keaton

One who never smiled, carried a face as still and sad as a daguerreotype through some of the most preposterously ingenious and visually satisfying comedy ever invented. That was Buster Keaton.
James Agee in "Comedy's Greatest Era" in LIFE magazine (5 September 1949), p. 75
Buster Keaton is one of the great physical comedians. This short film used to be hard to find. All Keaton's work is now in the public domain. 

The seduction scene with Charlotte Greenwood is so funny, I almost choked from laughing so hard. Enjoy. The entire film was made by using Keaton's home as the set.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Trolls Inspire Me

"Hillary said the same damed thing against obama. So suck it." (sic)

SUCK! a poem for our times
Melania has to suck it.
Sane woman would say Fuck it.
Good woman would need a bucket.
Mean woman would yuk it - up.

 Artist is Sandy Huffaker. See more of his art...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Signs of the Month - August 2016

Drawing by Avelict at Deviant Art. He draws hands often and this was my favorite. 

Twang my Magic Goggle Finger! 

ANTI TRUMP SIGNS. These signs were the ones I like the best.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

August at Plum Hovel

...is a food paradise. Today I had farm ripened tomato sandwiches on sesame seed encrusted Italian bread. I had Silver Queen corn with butter and salt and pepper. And now, I am going to eat some ice cream. And listen to some doo wop. Life is good. 

"Summertime, Summertime" was a hit twice—once in 1958 and again in 1962. It reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1958 and #38 in 1962.

The Danleers was an American doo-wop group formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1958. The group's original and most famous lineup consisted of Jimmy Weston, Johnny Lee, Willie Ephraim, Nat McCune, and Roosevelt Mays. One of many streetcorner vocal groups in Brooklyn, they rose to prominence in 1958 on the strength of the single "One Summer Night", written by their manager, Danny Webb, who also named the group. The single was one of the biggest hits of that year and sold over one million copies.

The Harptones, one of the most respected rhythm and blues groups of all time, never put one of their 29 singles on the national R&B lists. Yet many of their recordings are oldies standards today. Read more HERE. 

Dead Comedians Sunday #3 - Red Skelton Comic Genius

Red Skelton thought of himself a clown rather than a comic:
"A comedian goes out and hits people right on. A clown uses pathos. He can be funny, then turn right around and reach people and touch them with what life is like. I just want to be known as a clown, because to me that's the height of my profession. It means you can do everything—sing, dance and above all, make people laugh."
Red Skelton was also a fine painter and he sold a considerable amount of his work. See the illustration on the right entitled Holly Clown.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

FANghazi ! - Update

Skeletor rides again. I know PROGRESSIVES will whine now and call me looksist. Up their giggy. Implying Governor Rick Scott of Florida is a monster is right on point. See the article below. I think this would make a fabulous Halloween costume.

Better yet. Read the article in its entirety at the provided link. Then ask yourself:
Self - is this the kind of medical mind we want to have in charge of public health in the time of Ebola and antibiotic resistant Tuberculosis? And now Zika?
Essentially, Scott created a incurable virulent public disease vector to save money? So, how good is he on Zika? No good. Scott is offering Zika kits, we are told. Funny thing is, nobody knows where the kits are or how to get one.

I have been thinking and reading for awhile about this subject. If you feel like it, Cher Reader, kindly leave a comment and tell me what your Self thinks. I get lonely in the kitchen.

Despite a warning from the Centers for Disease Control, it's the latest move by the Florida governor to gut public services.

Java Sweet and Hot

I am a happy person. No more going into Center City two days a week for physical therapy. I can stand for an hour, walk a mile, do light housekeeping. Goals met. I still limp a bit so there is more to do, but the worst is over.

Hallelujah! I am celebrating with a cup of Poor Richard's blend coffee from Reading Terminal Market and a big fat doobie. Life is good.

I was so happy to read this today. How much do we love coffee? We love coffee so much that we write songs about coffee. Good to know that our love for that first cup in the morning is not in vain.

Why Coffee Is Good for You
Kris Gunnars, Authority Nutrition

It is more than just dark-colored liquid with caffeine. Coffee actually contains hundreds of different compounds, some of which have important health benefits.

Several massive studies have now shown that the people who drink the most coffee live longer and have a reduced risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Read more ...

The illustration is a vintage tin sign. You can find more signs of this type HERE.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Help. I am Manic. I had to take an ativan.

I absolutely hate feeling this way. I can remember dancing for hours and hours to dance it away. Dance until you drop.

I had a newspaper columnist lover who wrote at home. He had a wooden floor and original 78s of folks like Nat King Cole. He would lend me his spare room and I would dance for hours. I miss him.

I ran my second husband over with a Volkswagen feeling this way. Hubby saw the look on my face and his face turned white. I floored it. He knew there was no way to outrun me and he looked around frantically for a savior. He saw a small wide ditch and dived for it. My wheels ran right the fuck over him. By the time I got ready for the second pass, he had made it to the house.

God saved me. Always had a soft spot for God after that. My child did not need to have a Mother in jail. Hubby stayed with me another 10 years. I often wonder who exactly was the crazy one? The whole thing was so sad.

So, all I have to say is, talk me down, Friends. I am lonesome, horny, maudlin and dangerous. Okay, Ativan kicking in. I will be napping in blessed peace and not stabbing anyone. Good thing. Be back later.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Dead Comedians Sunday #2 - I will take France...ahem...Ukraine.

Time for some attitude adjustment. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
"I drank myself a thousand bottles of vodka. I celebrated night after night. They beat the crap out of me. I am now the Putin."
Rest in laughter, Jon and Milton.

Mort Sahl is still with us and going strong. See Milty give him a comedy lesson below.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

This election is making me crazed. How you doing?

The physicians at Penn are some of the best in the world. My psychiatrist is a Penn guy and just as smart as he can be. He has a silver white beard and he looks like a Jewish Santa Claus. He is funny and it feels good to just be around him. I mention his appearance because he said something interesting. "I believe in the old saying," he said "that after 50, one gets the face one deserves."

I rest his case. I tried hard to find one where Trump was not grimacing. Speaking as an actor, I wonder if Trump practices his expressions and head angles in a mirror, but I digress:

Top of Trump

Bottom of Trump

The Alternative. I tried to get one with neutral expression and wrinkles not air brushed away.

Hillz bottom.

No contest for me. What, Cher Reader, do you think? I know, the whole thing is ridiculous, right? At this point, nothing seems too ridiculous in light of what we have seen. Maybe Santa Claus is right. Here is how one artist sees it on Freaking News below.

I say: Let the debates begin! Some people say Trump is going to chicken out. This is the best election ever. Thank you, Santa, for my Ativan. My Russian readership just tripled. Any of my Russian readers want to tell me why? Can somebody translate what is on his cap?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Dog Days Yummy

Definition dog days
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.

NebDem and Crazed 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 either 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.

Re: Disqus User "17"

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM, Neb and Ricki The Banned Room <thebannedroom@gmail.com>wrote:

Disqus User "17" (hereinafter referred to as "User") is a poster on your blog, Plum Street Chili. As a poster on your blog, he continues to harass, threaten and target, RIcki and Nebdem, both of whom are co-owners of a blog which uses the Disqus commenting system, The Banned Room. User is using your forum as a vehicle to perpetrate his harassment and threats. The Banned Room currently averages approximately 8,000 comments per week, and has a solid base and community.

It has repeatedly come to our attention that User is in continued violation of the Terms of Service for Disqus, specifically, Basic Rules No. 1 and 4, and Plum Street Chili is in continued violation of the Terms of Service for Disqus, specifically, Basic Rule No. 1, which state as follows:

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It appears that Plum Street Chili has not acted in good faith in moderating the comments posted by User. Plum Street Chili has yet to acknowledge the serious nature of User's continual harassment and threats. User has a separate chat page created on Chatzy.com and is using this chat page to slander, harass, threaten and libel, Ricki, Nebdem and The Banned Room. He has solicited other Disqus Users while on your forum, to join him in his vendetta to collect information for the sole intended purposes of slandering, harassing, libeling and threatening, Ricki, Nebdem and The Banned Room, which in turn is having a direct negative impact upon their reputations and brand. User is advertising this chat page on your forum at every opportunity. User advertises this chat page on your forum each and every time he posts as it is provided as a link on his open user profile.

This communication is for the express purpose of putting Plum Street Chili on notice that the blog is fostering the behavior and practices of User and it is unacceptable, and, again, in direct violation of the Terms of Service for Disqus, specifically, Basic Rules No. 1 and 4.

We have every expectation that Plum Street Chili will choose to be in compliance with the Terms of Service for Disqus and will ban User from further engagement on the blog, including deletion of any and all comments by User and any other party regarding same. We would appreciate a timely response to this communication regarding your intentions moving forward.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


The Banned Room

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

Click Me!
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

    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.


    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.