Thursday, July 31, 2008

And Then There Was Thursday....


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1939 Charles W.Cushman Kodachrome photo
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So I got up this morning and we still have 172 days until the end of this Criminal Titannical Regime. For some reason in the Summer the days of this hell sure seem longer. I joked last night to 6-6 that if I saw one more McGramps ad on TV I was going to puke..oh well...(6-6 pointed out that McGramps has not even started with the Geesusmongering and TerraMongering...sigh).....My point is that with 96 more days to go until the Election....the ads are only going to get more sophmoric and insipid....so maybe we need to find our sense of humor and laugh at them, because what else can we do ? Maybe it is because I am in Everlovin' Rethuglican Ohio, but he really is blowing alot of money here, putrid ads morning,day and night.

And his new ad really does take the cake....So Bob Cesca put together his OWN Ad..Enjoy. It's Perfect .....

Now if you Click the Title of the post- Obama's people have a site set up to Fight the McCain Smears, called the
Low Road Express to counter negative attacks and Fact Check his insipid ads...Skippy Blogged on it- and also has interesting post about the $$$$ Repercussions over at McCrampland.....
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And if you still need something to make you smile ? Click the "W" trailer below...King George must be choking on his pretzels that the Bush dynasty is being portrayed in such a craven criminal hillbilly manner.
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I have to go out and do some errands ....I will be back later...You can scroll down and see my nest this month, or read some or hear some Humor...or have some music....or So you need some Other Blogs to explore and ponder ? From the Blogroll 10 Good Things:::

(1) Ramblings ....Cuz there is a way cool Map Game and other Wonders
(2) Dean Wormer ... Cuz he is just so damn funny and insightful and wise.....
(3) Bob Cesca's Awesome blog...Cuz well because it is awesome....
(4) Dadda's Blog....Cuz he takes us to The Market.....
(5) Betty Cracker.....Cuz she is so damn smart, sharpest knife in the drawer.........
(6) RedHeaded Wisdom ....Cuz she explains the Banking Fubar so well...
(7) Guys from Area 51.....Cuz they are worth finding (and I lurk there too much)
(8) Distributor Cap...........Cuz he has a post up about Our Way of Governing that is Thoughtprovoking....
(9) Morning Martini..........Cuz your day is not complete without her wisdom....
(10) Dusty........................Cuz she is watching it all and speaking the truth....
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Wisdom For the Day From Someone Else...
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu

And Need Some Political Wisdom ?
"Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other, and the candidates spend so much time making each other's speeches, that by the time election day is past there is nothing much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in."
H. L. Mencken

"If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner."
H. L. Mencken
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A Fellow Blogger Needs Some Help, Let's do what we can ...Click the title

McGramps, The REAL AD, that mocked Obama's "Looks" and ....On Women Issues ( the McCain Women's Clinic Ad)...

Okay you can laugh...but this is all factually based on where McCain stands on these issues...and Oh, the Nurse looks like Cindy McCain just for added irony....

Maria Maria has an excellent post on this issue...and Earl left this video in her comments- and it is excellent...so I borrowed it...had to.....
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This is the Ad that is On McGramps Site that does Indeed show Obama as "DIFFERENT" (stolen from C&L's site)
shows that Obama was indeed stating the Obvious....and that the ad has been on the McGramps site since Jun27th.

A Walk In McGramps Shoes....$520 for a pair of Loafers, I don't know about you, but that is damn Elitist...


This pair of shoes would feed my family for the month - how about you ? What would you spend $520 on?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday ::: Cold Noodles,Lusting for Caffeine, And Morning Ponderings


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Okay so here is my Kitchen ( yeah if you scroll this whole month I am showing my little nest, piece by piece)....tiny little cutting area, my old stove...I love this kitchen....See the EMPTY Coffee Pot? yup..Empty!!!!...NO Coffee...Due to really bad Gastritis and Reflux ALL month and yes, it started with some kind of evil stomach crud at the beginning of the month ( in plain English I am an Acid Factory, I could cause damage)...I have had to eliminate a number of things I truly LOVE...including Coffee, strong black tea, oranges, tomatos...HOT Food, Wasabi,Chili, horseradish...I come down in the morning and I just end up standing staring at the Coffee Maker.... Sigh....

*(And yes, I do need to go to the Clinic and yes I am living on the joy of TUMs and Mylanta Lemon Creme Shooters...geeez Prilosec is damn expensive...and no I the nurse who does not have health insurance grumbles on...)

And everyday for lunch I make Cold Rice Noodles...Have you ever eaten them cold ? with a Smidge of salad dressing ? Really good.Shred some lettece and some carrots.... I use Chop Sticks that makes it more interesting. ( You can do this with Top Ramen too, as soon as you have cooked them , you soak in ice cold water, makes the noodles nice and firm). Yup...Cold Food...and Smoothies...
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Things I am Pondering:::::
(1) So this is totally off subject...But do people in their 40's date ? How do they do it ? I am really curious....I think there should be classes to help people in their 40's get back on their dating feet, with assignments and mentors...gee wouldn't that be interesting....( and no please do not send my name or email into the harmony people...)

(2) Does anyone else think the "Polls" that the MSM keeps announcing are totally Bogus ? ( McCain up by FOUR ???WTF?)And they said that they are really close...WHO are they calling? ( Okay I am in Ohio...I have not seen a Single McGramps sign- nope NONE...)I mean do I need to move to Europe to feel like I am part of Something Real ? jus sayin'.....

(3) So there is talk that OBama is picking his VEEP ? Who do you think it will be ? Who are you rooting for ?

(4) Do you think that Teddy Stevens will Face Jailtime ? or will he get pardoned by Bush ? ( Scroll down see the Indictment Press Conference on video). Also Gryphen over at Immoral Minority has more on the Teddy Situation...as he covers all Things Alaska.
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Your Wisdom for the Day:::
( from Maxwell Gladwell 's Book" Blink", really amazing book about the power of Intuition and Listening).
"We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We're a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don't really have an explanation for."
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One More Thing::: I do have a Commentary crossposted up at Peace Tree and Sirens Chronicles called " More Than Words".Both Blogs are beautifully edited and amalganated with so many amazing writers contributing.....There is also a post there today by Spado about "The Longest Walk" that is signifigant and inspiring.

The Movie "W"...turns out it is NOT a Flattering Movie after all...it might even be accurate about the Path of a Criminal Drunkard to 1600

See the Trailer...

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American Public."
H. L. Mencken

BEST NEWS OF THE DAY THAT I HAVE READ ( click the title)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday Night Music....7.29.08

How about some 80's Music ? How about a little Screaming Sax and some Heartrending Angst ?...yeah.....I thought so too...
INXS.....

Well,well, Uncle Teddy Bridge to Nowhere Stevens is to be Indicted on Criminal Charges today at 1:20PM(click the Title to learn more)


Press Conference held at about 2pm, and details released by the Dept of Justice Matthew Frederick.As of 5pm No Statement has been released by Senator Stevens or his office. More is updated in the Comment thread for Now. Countdown should be interesting tonight. ( Originally posted at 1pm after I found it over at Gryphen's, he found out first ).

*** Update::: 5:40PM Teddy has placed a Statement on his website declaring his Innocence ....go to Huffpost to read more.( be prepared to laugh....seriously it is laughable...he doth Protest Tooooo much...)

Breaking News: California Quake, LA to San Diego shook,11:42AM Epicenter near Chino Hills...5.4-5.6 Stay Tuned

Mornings on the Front Porch....


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So this is The Porch, time to share it with you....I have written about it numerous times....it is where I make Sun Tea and sometime write on my laptop and read....In front of the porch are beautiful Lilacs, and on the table lavender petunias and pansies.....There is my is my old Vintage Bike, that I bought for 30 dollars last summer at a yard sale...and that I love...and everything else...Curbside Wonders acquired on Sunday Eves...Much paint...much glue...total spent on repairs and glue...20 Dollars....so I have a 3 dollar garden and 20 dollar porch...

It is where I talk to 6-6 when it is hot...and where we eavesdrop on neighborhood life....the Hum of crickets chirping...listen to college kids....and sniff the smells of wafting Burnt BBQ dogs...and fresh mown lawns....Summer.

I am working on my book "Silent Fallout"...so I am sitting out there alot...that is where you can find me...and when it gets too hot....the Backyard Oasis....
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Todays Video : The VERVE..."Bittersweet Symphony"

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About Books on the Porch....
I have been sitting on that porch reading alot...right now I am reading an amazing book about Anne Frank called "Anne Frank a Biography" and the author Melissa Muller has carefully investigated Anne's Life before and during her diary, and she goes into great Detail what 1930's Germany and Holland were really like, what Fascism really looked like.

I am also reading Books by Pema Chodrun and also a book called " Finding Freedom" by Jarvis Masters a Deathrow Inmate ....Pema Chodrun's book "Practicing Peace in Times of War" is so thoughtful and relevant...Pema has really touched me, and I realize that there are many fences I need to mend, people that I have hurt by being passionate and caring too much, because sadly in many ways this Government has effected my life in so many ways.But it has at times this year made me too strong in what I cling to, so much so that I have pushed people away or stood my ground too fiercely.But when I did that I also closed a piece of my heart. So I am working through that. But to any that I have hurt in recent monthes being too strong willed and opinionated, I offer you some peace of my porch and some Tea.....So I am sharing some Pema with you below....
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•" When we start out on a spiritual path we often have ideals we think we're supposed to live up to. We feel we're supposed to be better than we are in some way. But with this practice you take yourself completely as you are. Then ironically, taking in pain - breathing it in for yourself and all others in the same boat as you are - heightens your awareness of exactly where you're stuck."

•" If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher."

• "There's a reason you can learn from everything: you have basic wisdom, basic intelligence, and basic goodness".

• "Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live." - In the Gap Between Right and Wrong
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Footnote:::: DK has a really helpful post up on Redheaded Wisdom about the BANKS and what you need to know...

Summer of 2004 my teenage son said "he will be president one day" I still think he is right (click the title)

SIGN DENNIS KUCINICH'S IMPEACHMENT PETITION (just click the TITLE, it has to be signed by tonight MN)

How Broken are we ? Watch this Video and see.....( Click the Title)

Monday, July 28, 2008

NO RESERVATIONS,Travel Channel, Tony Bourdain takes us to Uruguay...

I am so hooked on this show....Also check it out Tony and his Crew have a great blog ( see Blogroll)

More Monday Porch Thoughts...and a Song for Utah Savage(click the title)...


So here is the thing...Many of us visit Utah Savage...she is our muse..she is our Dorothy Parker...our Willa Cather....she writes with her soul..and great passion....but she is having a hard time right now...thanks to this damned summer heat....the Heat is weighing her...So go visit her and giver her a hug....and hell, maybe she will share some cornbread and peach cobbler with ya...

This Song is for you Utah.....I decided if one is struggling with Heat there can be only one song....
Fantasia...."Summertime"...

LEWIS BLACK :STARBUCKS ( click the title)

GEORGE CARLIN "Stuff" (click title)

I went to another blog this weekend...thank you Sandy..and got real inspired to clean out drawers...conclusion...I have TOO much STUFF......oye...

Curbside Shopping...



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So I wrote last week about "Curbside Shopping"...and the wonders...so far this one wins it for the Summer....It is a 1940's Machine....not sure of the maker, very difficult to ascertain, but I love that it says " MODERN HOME" on it, and yet it is so Vintage and beautifully painted. The Machine's case was battered and filthy, but the machine was pristine, and perfect working order, the pedal and tension had been repaired and the Light rewired.So I have been able to make cushion covers and fix 6-6's clothes.

Now the Chair...ahhh, that was set out to the curb and fairly battered...now it has fresh paint and cushion and our cats love it....And I have 3 others I am painting to match it....

Total spent...3 dollars on paint. ( I use "Mistake Paint', that the hardware store sells at discount to get rid of it).

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Three Dollar Backyard Garden....( oh and Friday Night Music..)

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible." ~Christopher Reeve


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"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come." ~Anne Lamott

This is my backyard oasis...I moved here about 16 monthes ago, and the first summer was spent trying to find the Secret Garden under debris and overgrowth.....It is still in transition, Under Construction...It is where I escape to think, burn incense and candles and yes.... Hope....Everything here has been salvaged every pot, even some of the plants, the chairs,the tablecloth, the Birdbath made from a thrown out lamp at the curb, actually most of it is from "Curbside Shopping Specials".The Suitcase I painted and I lug my Garden Tools round in it... I spent 2 dollars on a can of Green Rustoleum for the chairs, And the fabric I bought at a yardsale for 1 dollar...So it really is my 3 Dollar Garden...

So have a Sit...and some Iced Tea.And there is plenty here to read , so scroll down, there is the "Amish and Monty Python","Lessons from our Children" , some politics, and there is some Soulfood, and other throughtprovoking posts. I have to go run some errands I will be back later this evening...There is some Fresh Mint over by the Birdbath...Make yourself at Home....namaste.

Some Music for you on this steamy Friday....David Gray " Babylon"...for your afternoon...


AND for your Friday Night Music....Ben Taylor, who is amazing, he is Carly Simon's and James Taylor's son, and yes, he is incredibly talented .....I first posted this song and it had 400 views...NOW it has over 180,000...Now this is the kind of music for a Friday Night sitting in my garden...Have a good night...

When you come to the edge of All that you Know,
you must Believe in one of two things:
There will be earth upon which to stand,
or you will be given wings."
author unknown.
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BANKS Issue::: So I know that many are worried about the Bank Closings Issue, DK over at Redheaded Wisdom has written a really helpful post about how to check on your monies...so head over....

WORST MCGRAMPS PHOTO-OP OF THE WEEK ....( that we know of)


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Yes, indeedy there stands McGramps and Graham standing in front of the best place to have the" Best WURST"....and picking their teeth while speaking to reporters...whining about Obama's Trip Abroad like jealous schoolboys who did not get invited to the Spring Fling....And where is the Beer Baroness ?It was a lovely moment complete with Tibetan Bells tolling in the background while he tried to speak to the reporter admidst the parking lot chatter....The McCainiacs must be reveling in the magic of the moment...

X FILES OPENS THIS WEEKEND.....FINALLY


Finally Mulder is back..be still my damn heart....he made Intuition and Brains sexy again....and thank you Scully for letting people know that Redheads are so much more.....

Thursday, July 24, 2008

THE DARK SIDE::: NEW BOOK ON TORTURE, RENDITIONING....AND CAUSING PEOPLE TO DISCUSS WAR CRIMES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION- FINALLY....


So Tonight David Letterman had on the Author of the DARK SIDE.Jane Mayer and they got into a really good discussion about the War Crimes aspect of her book and should the White House be worried, I have never seen Dave talk about Torture or War Crimes before, and he even referenced the PBS special that clearly shows how the Japanese tortured our soldiers in WWII ( Great Point Dave- Could you perhaps go teach Some Journalists how to ASK Questions and make Poignant Points !!)

And could Someone please explain to me WHY the Media has NOT covered this at all??? WHY ???

***As soon as I can find the Video of this interview I will post- it was amazing.Aha...Good Alaska Man Gryphen has found the amazing Video. So Here it is ...

Do You Believe in Constant Uncondtional True Love ? Then click the Title , watch this Video..and see what you think...have Kleenex

Borrowed...stolen... from John Amato at Crooks and Liars...

A McCain "Crowd "???


This was the Biggest Event of McCain's Week in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. An Event Hall that holds 1600, less than 600 showed up.Please Folks lets make sure that his events keep filling up like this....( No wonder he was seen talking to the press in the Dairy Aisle of the Grocery store last night).

Thursday Night Music....7.24.08

Before Obama spoke I had this song on my mind.....that can the Rest of the World Forgive us for the Bush Regime Era....is there a path to That ?......that Europeans were willing to listen to Obama and embrace his messege,and look at us in a different light...... gave me Hope...how about you?
David Gray " Please Forgive Me"......

Obama's Berlin Speech , Hundreds of thousands showed up to hear, and millions listened to on Radio and TV and Livestreamed


These were the Crowd Estimates given by German TV and officials,200,000 to 500,000. The speech was warmly recieved and cheered, especially when he spoke about ending the War in Iraq. I am still looking for photos and Video, for some reason the Media here has been sparse in posting or sharing.It was a speech about improving World Relations and Unity and Peace.

OBAMA WILL SPEAK AT THE VICTORY COLUMN IN BERLIN GERMANY , ONCE AGAIN SHOWING ALL OF EUROPE THAT THERE IS HOPE AND ANOTHER FACE FOR AMERICA


400,000-500,000 Showed up to Hear Obama's Speech today, It will be posted below as soon as it is available,crowd estimate by German TV and Officials.Hundreds of Thousands were expected to show up in this square at the Victory Column in Berlin to listen to Obama, and they did in enthusiastic numbers. We hope that they understand that those of us that voted and worked on Obama's Campaign are trying to bring Change to America. That we do indeed appreciate What Bush has done to this Country and to the World. That when we voted for Obama we were voting to end the Era of Fear Mongering, WarMongering, and Pain and Injustice that the Bush Regime has inflicted on so many.

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity." John F. Kennedy, Speech in Indianapolis, April 12, 1959

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
RFK

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE OF THE SPEECH AND HOW TO SEE:::
A NOTE TO THE MEDIA:: WE THE PEOPLE WANT TO SEE OBAMA REPRESENT US AROUND THE WORLD....IT WARMS OUR HEARTS AND SOULS....WE NEED THAT....WE DON'T NEED TO HEAR MORE OF YOUR PROPAGANDA AND PANDERING AND CODDLING OF MCGRAMPS. ( please send Mrs Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell on vacation....we are sick of her Negative Piss Poor Journalism, Tom Russert would have covered this week with Enthusiasm).

[[It will be Early Evening in Berlin and midafternoon here when he speaks. I will post it when I have it, I think the Obama Website will stream Live. Many TV stations in Europe are planning to stream Live.Start watching for coverage around Noon, he is scheduled to arrive at the TierGarten to speak at around 1:15PM EST]]

CNN and Huffpost will LIVESTREAM on their Sites at 1PM. ( Neither CNN or MSNBC has on posted schedule- but they should be streaming).

( also some others to try, German /European Sites that are live streaming starting at 1PM and covering beforehand- if anyone wants to try to link/ stream in Comments that is fine too).
(1)http://www..n-TV.de/11.79html/

(2)http://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/livestream2/index.html

(3) CNN, CSPAN3 and even FOX did air LIVE...wow.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Poem for Wednesday Night....


Desiderata.....

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

*Max Ehrmann 1920's Poem, shortened Version that is on my frig...
and has been for many many years....It has been on my mind this week.
Means in Latin" Things to be desired".
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Massive Attack "Unfinished Sympathy".Sometimes it is hard to move admidst the Noise and Haste.....

Wednesday Night Music....

Massive Attack " Teardrop" ( yes, it is the music from House)song is written and sung by Liz Fraser.She has a very soft voice so I have included the Lyrics.My son introduced me to this UK band and I am grateful, they have a strong AntiWar stance and work on charities providing aid and comfort to children in war regions. They first formed during the First Gulf War and have gone through several metamorphic eras.Their sound embraces electric funk, blues,rap and soul.Their songs always have a Messege.

Love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Feathers on my breath
Gentle impulsion
Shakes me makes me lighter
Feathers on my breath
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Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my breath
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In the night of matter
Black flowers blossom
Feathers on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my breath
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Water is my eye
Most faithful my love
Feathers on my breath
Teardrop on the fire of a confession
Feathers on my breath
Most faithful my love
Feathers on my breath
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Teardrop on the fire
Feathers on my breath.
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[[ I posted this because sometimes blogging , the words seem weightless...featherlight, like tears on a fire ]]

VOTE VETS.org Have New Ad,(click the Title) Explaining to McCain When the Iraq Occupation Should End and WHY...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Amish Roofers and Monty Python.....

I live in Ohio , by Lake Erie..for now....Many don't know this,but there are many Amish here, over 10,000. They are very interesting, inspiring really. My son goes to the orthodontist with another Amish boy at the same time every month, and a few times I have talked to his dad in the waiting room. The First time it is because he was reading Time Magazine. We ended up having an amazing conversation about Bush of all things. He explained that Many Amish did not vote for Bush, they can not support him or his Regime because they are people that believe in Non Violence.

I buy their products Chicken, Meet,Eggs and cheese. They don't use chemicals and perservatives, and the quality is amazing.I encourage you to find their goods in your area.

So on my street this week there is a house that is getting repairs and a new roof. I was watching and listening to the roofers as they worked as I sat on my porch. And eventually I ended up laughing my head off. The Crew was made up of three young Amish Men, two young black men and one skinny white male with many tattoos and some earrings.I watched them all working together....in unison, but still a motley crew if ever I have seen one. I was awed by how graceful the young Amish men were moving up and down the ladders with such fluid agility.I could not help but be reminded of the BarnRaising Scene in the movie "Witness", I could almost hear that music in my head. And then the moment was broken by these roofers....

So the Amish were Imitating their Mother " Be Careful Up on that Ladder Jacob" " Caleb hold that ladder for your brother" , it was done with a screeching Falsetto Voice, they sounded very much like Monty Python Characters, yet I know that they had never heard the Monty Python "Pepper Pot Women".....Soon ALL the workers were imitating Their Mothers....in that Voice that is SOooooo Similiar to the Monty Python Pepper Pot Women. They all had each other laughing so hard, the ladders were jiggling....even the Postman laughed as he made his rounds. And I sat there and realized, How we are not really different....not if we can laugh at Our Mothers.
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"The man who claims to be the boss in his own home will lie about other things as well."
Amish Saying
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If you have never heard "Pepper Pot Women" by Monty Python, this is the "SPAM" sketch.....listen to the "Women".


And THE BarnRaising Scene from the movie "Witness", beautiful music....and Carpentry...

Obama is Good for the Troops Morale....


McCain keeps whining about not getting any attention, so clearly Obama 's trip has not been good for HIS morale...but the troops clearly have no trouble viewing Obama as a possible Commander in Chief....when was the last time we saw the Troops look this excited ?

WHO IS MORE PRESIDENTIAL ???

This is what was on the screen...and POP of Morning Martini mentioned at Crooks and Liars that this photo juxtapostion said it all....What do you think ?

BUSH as a True SOB makes fun of the Economy, calls it Hungover?!!

If you ever had any doubts that Bush might still be a Drunk or behave like an arrogant Drunk Frat Boy, here he is making fun of the Economy and all that we are suffering.

Tuesday Night Music....

More Joe Cocker" Unchain My Heart"..cuz damnit I NEED me some Blues....


For a Friend tonight..." Don't Give Up" Peter Gabriel & Paula Cole...

WATCH COUNTDOWN TONIGHT, KEITH HAS HUGE SCOOP ON GAFFE IN CBS INTERVIEW WITH MCCAIN, I WILL POST WHEN I CAN....

Watch Countdown, Katie Couric Interviewed McCain on eve news- and there is a really weird part of the Interview- I watched it and thought that McCain was either confused or just bumbled his answer part of the Interview- it turns out that CBS doctored it or re-edited it...because McCain 's REAL answer was SO WRONG ABOUT THE SURGE......watch it on the West Coast and See which version you get....

Harry and the Missing Waffle....

You can look at this photo and know how it ends....

I went to check the mail and came back to the diningroom and could not find the Missing waffle anywhere....A wholegrain Vanilla Frozen waffle, with butter and brown sugar set to cool on the table. I went to check the mail, because I am waiting for a package...so I came back and Lilly was sitting by the table table and Harry was gone....seen later sprawled ....with that belly....Now at the time I yelled at Lilly, "Something about being a greedy little yellow dog" .....but later I picked up Harry to give him some love....I distinctly smelled Brown Sugar and Vanilla....Apologies have been made to the little yellow dog...Clearly we have hungry scroundels....poor things.

( I will admit I am still suspicious and wonder if Harry and Lilly "Shared" the Waffle...they both looked pleased...and after all 4 days ago they figured out how to work together to get the Frig open.....An Alliance has been formed...)

Hurricane Watch......Dolly is dancing closer to Texas and Mexico


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Go to Weather UnderGround on the Blogroll to learn More. ( Behind Dolly are Geneive and Fausto- yeah- Fausto?) WeatherUnderground is a great site with aerial maps and information....Including estimated times of when it will hit shore and different locations, placing the Times on the Maps.It also has links to NOAA and other needed sites. ( I have used this site for the past two summers and it has been very helpful).

Someone at C&L said when they hear McGramps talk about anything, they picture the Hindenberg Crash.....(click the title)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Lessons From Our Children....


***( This story is a bit of a break from Politics of the Moment, but it is about How Our Children are part of teaching us how to Heal what is Broken....and that seems applicable as we look forward during These Times. Originally posted July 2007 Watergate Summer and is Crossposted at PEACE TREE.}***
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The Story of Luther

When my son was small he kept growing excessively, and this threw off his balance and coordination. So this required that he have physical therapy, and speech therapy,occupational therapy, and swimming everyday, and even therapuetic riding. Now we were not rich parents, so this was not something that we had budgeted for when he was a baby. Nurses and teachers don't make alot of money. So my Ex worked alot of overtime and the Enigma fought with the Insurance companies and tried to get things paid for.And we found ways to get the Son what he needed. So there I was in my late 30's negogiating with a Riding Program, offering to clean stalls and take care of horses so he could get the Riding lessons he so badly needed, that helped his balance and coordination. The Horses gave him confidence and touched him in a magical way.

So I learned how to care for the horses, every weekend for a couple of years, I cleaned and cared for 20 horses. I fed them what they needed, gave them pasture time, watered, brushed and yes, even cleaned out their stalls. I learned about laminititis, shoe-ing, and what they could and could not eat. Some were retired Race Horses, and a bit highstrung. So I took courses on Tellington Touch and Massage and learned that these beautiful Creatures were smarter than I and more communicative than most knew.

My Son fell in love with them all, one by one, and he knew what they ate and Who got along with Who. ( This was critical when putting horses in fields.). He was 7 and he knew that sometimes they needed to play and he also knew that if we put Chantilly in the one field she would eat too many apples, but it would make her happy. He loved the one big old Black Morgan named Luther. Luther was a big easygoing fellow, and he was not doing well with the riding program because he himself was having coordination problems. My son had great compassion for Luther, because they were bonded on this issue. And in a funny way, my son knew that something was making this problem worse for Luther. And lo and behold he figured it out. One day putting Luther in the field, my son of 7 said, "Ya know , he likes this field, but it's not the plum trees or the apple tree, it 's those plants down by the fence, the ones with the berries. Are you sure he can or should be eating those? " I was struck by this, and sat down with my son and watched Luther, and sure enough he beelined for the plants with the berries....And over the weekend, my son was right Luther's co-ordination was definently worse in the evening.

So that weekend we did alot of research and found the Luther Plant in a book, it was Nightshade, and it was indeed poisonous, and could indeed cause Major Coordination issues for horses. So we talked to the Managers and the owners and the Vet, and what was figured out that Luther was going to need PT and OT and lots of care, and to move to another barn and be watched and cared for, and Time to get better. We mentioned to the Vet that ended up adopting Luther that we had been to see the Seattle Police Horses in their barn, on a field trip and that they got beautiful care, and she was intrigued with that idea.And she found a home for him with the Seattle Police Horses. So Luther ended up getting the care he needed ,and he got better and he also ended up being a Police Horse with his gentle unflappable disposition.Everytime I see a program on Police Horses I think of this gentle Morgan with the Brown soulful eyes that touched my son's life.

My son did a Good Thing that summer....he may not remember it. But I always will.
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My Son 6-6 is almost grown now...and he sees what Trouble this Country is in, How Damaged and Broken it is...and he wants to be part of that, part of the repairing...the Healing.Many young people across the country, first time voters, want to be part of that, part of Something Bigger.We need to Embrace that.....It may be more important than we know.
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Song is "Tell Me Why" really beautiful song by Delcan Gailbraith. ( Thank you Poetryman)

Monday Night :::Mint Tea,Molly, Dirt and the Stones...


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So this summer has been winding away ....and I finally got around to working on my backyard dirtpile...it will be an Oasis one day......I will have photos up tomorrow. As I dug through the dirt, with the humidity running in my ears I kept thinking about Molly Ivens...how much I miss her especially in the summer, her razor sharp humor, her insight, her wisdom....Then I sat and drank some Mint Tea, and listened to the" Barnkickers" (click the title to hear them)..and then we had a mini Thunderstorm and I went inside....So here is Some Molly Ivens for you...I tried to find some of her wisdom that might be applicable to this Election cycle...(oh and yeah, I changed my Avatar...let me know what you think....I needed a break from Venus)

I will be watching "NO RESERVATIONS" tonight at 10PM on the Travel Channel..I can not wait to see Food in Saudi Arabia....Have a good night...

And Now for your Molly Ivens Wisdom::::
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• There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity -- like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule -- that's what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel -- it's vulgar.

• I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil. And that no one knows the truth.

• You can't ignore politics, no matter how much you'd like to.

• It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America.

• What stuns me most about contemporary politics is not even that the system has been so badly corrupted by money. It is that so few people get the connection between their lives and what the bozos do in Washington and our state capitols.
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Another Summer Song.....The Stones "Waiting on a Friend"

Monday Night Question ::: "STONES OR BEATLES...and why?"

And Some Mark Knopfler "Brothers in Arms".....

It's a Gas.....


So what is Happy Motoring Costing you ?
me.....$4.29.....

These are the Faces of the Depression....Maybe Bush should take a Look?

Dust Bowl photos....Dorthea Lange....I see these faces around me...at the Bustop...the Grocery Store...sitting on the stoop.....

really beautiful music....

Sing Those Puppies to Sleep...so damn cute...

About the McShame Meltdown....and also a Fake Republican Ad.....REAL Satire. (click the title)


McShame is having a really really bad horrible terrible week..and it is only Monday...I bet he is whining to the Beer Baroness about that damn Chicago Kid.....DO go to Crooks and Liars and see all the Updates.....

Fish Pedicure......just watch the video...(click the title)


So this is a New Pedicure treatment....yes....those are pools of Carp....I am too stunned to have an opinion.....(it could be worse , it could be leaches!!!)

"NO RESERVATIONS" ON THE TRAVEL CHANNEL GOES TO SAUDI ARABIA

This is a Clip the Upcoming Episode on Monday Night....It looks so intriguing....and exotic...Do Check your Sunday Travel Channel Schedule as well, there are two Previous Sunday Episodes as well....Malaysia and Ubeckistan.

I blogged last Friday Night about NO RESERVATIONS on the Travel Channel, and what an amazing show it is....It is not like any show I have ever seen...Tony Bourdain takes you all over the World and the Country and you explore the Food, Culture of so many wonderful places.He is a good story teller and writer, and has an eye for details, but also a wicked sense of humor so you feel like you are part of the ride. He also has a way of really letting the People be a part of the story, it is not just about the food, he weaves it together in a way that truly feeds the soul.....And yeah, because Tony Writes, he also has a Blog- so it is on the Blogroll...Enjoy.

And Here is the other clip, and that shows how a Fan was selected to be a part of the show.....

There are also Repeats of the Show on the Travel Channel this weekend....enjoy.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Weekend Mind Meanderings....Mandela, Music, and Movies...

[Sanibel Sunset]

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Friday Night....
Another Hot Steamy Night by Lake Erie.....So here is what is going on....I have to get my computer fixed this weekend...I am sure I will be in and out... there is much good stuff below...Some Humor, some wisdom from Mandela and Others...and other goodies....So Browse and Explore....and for your Soulfood....Some Music...and a Clip from "NO RESERVATIONS" ( Tony is going to Saudi Arabia this Monday night on the Travel Channel). Down Below is a trailer for The Dark Knight, it is an amazing movie- the Best One of the Summer ( although Ironman was also wonderful). ( Let's be real- you won't find me at MAMA MIA this weekend , and if I have to hear godamned ABBA one more horrible time some horrible thing might happen to my poor little TV...those blasted ads are on every hour, I feel a polyester rash and wine spritzer hangovers just hearing it....)

I am going to work on my SILENT FALLOUT book this weekend...and later tonight I blog over at PEACE TREE.....
so talk to me....let me know what you have going on.......Have a good night...be good , share the Iced Tea....( I found Fresh Mint while hunting a skunkette with Lily Dog tonight...so that will be going in the Oolong tea ).

Friday Night Music: "Come Talk to Me" , Peter Gabriel......( because I needed some Bagpipes and Drums damnit...)


And A Video for 6-6,my teenage son....Bowie "Heroes" ( Thank you for taking me to Dark Knight)

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Mandela Wisdom::::
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
Nelson Mandela
( Happy 90th to Nelson Mandela ....may we learn from this Brave Man's Wisdom....)

Sunday Night Music...7.20.08

As Senator Obama has been making his way in the War Zones and Middle East and Europe....
I have been thinking of this song, " On the Border" by Al Stewart and Peter White....and grateful that People of the World are seeing Another Face for America than Bush....
Finally....


And then this song...."Tell Me Why" sung by a child, Declan Gilbraith...Powerful Beautiful song ( thank you to PoetryMan for finding it), I reposted up above with the post about Lessons From Our Children...

VET Mom Speaks Out....About Suicide

There are no words for this video, it is the Heartfelt Truth....Somebody should make McCain and Bush watch it.

Friday, July 18, 2008

BATMAN OPENS TODAY.....GO SEE IT.....IS IS AMAZING...


Okay a mini review....It was incredible. Yeah, I went with 6-6 ( if you go with a teenager, you get a whole new perspective on all of it, this is the kind of movie he wants to make...and wants to go to Film School to learn how to make....) So Heath Ledger is basically unrecognizable....and stunningly scary....Haunting....and the Special Effects and the Music are astounding...and yes, there are so Messeges about Fearmongering and the power of the mind, and WHO and WHY and HOW we choose OUR Heros....It will make you think...and take your breath away.

**** Be Sure to Look for Senator Patrick Leahy in the PARTY Scene...he actually Acts,and does a great job....He is donating his pay from the movie to a Library in Vermont where he first read Batman......

LEWIS BLACK ABOUT BUSH...as always he nails it....(Click the title)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday ::: Ripples of Hope.....


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{Sunset Alki Beach of West Seattle facing downtown Seattle}
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"All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from whence we came."
John F. Kennedy, Speech given at Newport at the dinner before the America's Cup Races, September 1962

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity." John F. Kennedy, Speech in Indianapolis, April 12, 1959

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
RFK
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It is steaming hot here by Lake Erie. I am still working on my book, and re-writing my Resume ( yes, again). And trying to keep critters and 6-6 Cool....I wanted to share some Quotes that I stumbled across while working on "Silent Fallout and Watery Lies".....I have been thinking that as hard as these years have been we are so lucky to have found each other and be Ripples of Hope to each other....

I will be back Later....There are some Gifts below...and Music.

Music Today: "She & Him" A new Band....Zoey Deschanel has an incredible Voice ( according to 6-6- she is "alright" looks like "Bones"......she does....) Song is "Change is Hard".


((2PM Footnote::: So Obama raised 52 MILLION in June....that is including before when Hillary dropped out ? That is incredible, the Campaign says that it was mostly small donors, the average donation 68$....that also means that even though Economically we are in hard times, people still gave what little they have to Obama....that is amazing....that is some more ripples of hope..))

FOOTNOTE::: I missed the View...okay I never watch it.....BUT I got 2 emails saying that Whoopi was amazing this morning and really schooled Elizabeth about HOW there are Racial Problems in America- part of the clip is on Huffpost ( and not downloadable) IF ANYONE can find this "Conversation" for me or tell me where to get this clip....I would love to post. email enigma4ever AT earthlink DOT net.....thanks.....

NEW Fuel Effecient WONDER....MUST HAVE...


Okay So I have been looking up Scooters, and I know that many of you have been as well....I am very intrigued with VESPAS...and Piaggio makes them, they are a thing of beauty....and very fuel effecient. They even have 3 wheelers ( for those of those that are balance challenged) and they are coming out with a HYPRID 3 Wheeler...I am saving my pennies.... The Hyprid will get 170MPH....yeah.

So I have a Question ??? WHY Can't and aren't we making THESE here En Masse ? Couldn't they use some of the Defunct Car Plants for this ? Jus ' Thinkin...Maybe I will write TBone Pickens with that idea...

Scooter Lust....Enjoy ...

Hmmmm, Are You Hungry for Something NEW? New Food Blog? click the title.....yes, it is another blog by moi....

AL GORE'S SPEECH ON ENERGY ( given today....Click the title)

Can Gorillas Play the Drums ?....Of Course....(Click the Title)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday......Watching and Waiting...

Whitbey Island, Wa. Sunrise

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"Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence."
Lin Yutang

So we are all nervous...these are not good times...we all know the Economy has been in tatters- for a long time. It is nice that the MSM and the Government finally are getting caught up. Nice that we are not being called "Whiners" this week. And to be honest, the Government and the MSM needed a Reality Check, because us, the real people have known for over a year that things are going in the wrong direction....and now we just need to remember to keep talking and thinking together....so we can get through these times. And yes, Bush was doomed to Break this Country the whole time. Can any of us name ONE Business Venture he succeeded at ? ahhhhh nope.

I will be back later today....It is steamy here by the Lake. 90's...so I am going to sit here and drink Lemon Creme Mylanta Shooters and work on my Book...

Need Something to read ? SIRENS CHRONICLES has many great new posts up, and the magazine form is easy to read.....And then down below there are many goodies, so have a sit, and some lemonade and stay cool.

Music that is soothing....good with Mylanta Shooters....


Music is another old Summery Wonder :: Steely Dan "FM"

Need a Laugh ? This Shower Video will make you laugh...

A BASEBALL MELTDOWN THAT IS A MUST SEE.....

Are you missing Baseball now that the All Star Game is Over ? Me I am a big Lou Pinella fan and I love his Meltdown moments....but this one is a hoot...Click the Title...

You Can Keep Your Hat On.....

This is for someone that when ever he needs a smile......

TIMELINE.....

This is MoveOn's new ad....it will be running Nationwide on Cable.
What do you think?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Freddie and Fannie lived in a House of Cards....HEARINGS on CSPAN...


I have been watching the Treasury Hearings, as many have been...90 Banks are in trouble , FDIC admits this, but for JoeQ.Public that is more than worrisome....But Bush wants the Banks Bailed out...Paulson keeps saying that he can be trusted, I am confused if he came from Goldman Sachs before he was appointed , shouldn't he have been astute enough to see the Titannical Implications of what has been going on for many many monthes with foreclosures of Homes and Businesse Real Estate holdings....WHO is being bailed out ? and are the Taxpayers going to foot the bill for this mess as well.....More to come...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday Night : NEW YORKER Disgust,Gut Ponderings,Methane Highs, and More Beach Lust

Summer Ponderings Continue.....

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Summer is not the time to have Sewage Woes....but alas it is what it is.Tonight I am still slogging through my Gut woes, and we have been Battling the Sewage Gods again. So that means waiting for the Plumber, and getting high on Methane Fumes...a truly lovely Monday.The Plumbers arrived finally and stumbled about the yard searching for the Out Pipe....It was an Adventure. So I have been distracting myself again with NO RESERVATIONS on the Travel Channel ( FOUR whole episodes- and oh Heavens- I found out that Tony Bourdain has a Blog...) and reading the Internets. And I have been Pondering.....

MONDAY PONDERINGS.....
(1) And the thing that kept burning my Mylanta infested Gut all day....That Damn New Yorker Magazine Cover. So I blogged it down below. I had to. Enough said. ( and I also Posted a George Carlin video that show what Satire looks like and sounds like...because frankly I needed some Real Humor , not "humor" by some swine in New York). Also below is the list of Addresses and phone numbers....you know what to do.

(2) So John McCain" does not do the Internets" ? He is "Learning it "? He has other people "look stuff up for him".....I am sorry but if Granpa does not want to go Netting , that is fine, but the Leader of Our Country should be Net Literate. It is not funny, it is about being part of the MODERN World, it is about communication and education. Most of the Older People in my neighborhood are online, it is not a difficult thing. Bush was and is Illiterate, so we are going to have another person that struggles with educating himself possibly running our country ? whoa.....
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Tonight's Beach is Cape May ( both photos)::::

The Summer we were ten we went to Cape May....it was mystical. We stayed at an old Inn, with white wicker furniture, and yellow rose wall paper...and white billowy lacy curtains full of sea salt and dancing at the windows. In the Dining Room below , there were meals served and during the day we got to watch Live Theater in the round for children, plays like Heidi, Peter Pan and Songs from the Wizard of Oz. I had never seen Live Theater before, I thought they were amazing, brave and talented. In the evenings if you sat in the rockers on the Front Porch, you could eavesdrop on the "Adult " Plays, LIVE Shakespeare. I "heard" Romeo and Juliet, and Midsummer's Night's Dream. My sister and I would crouch below the window and peek in and watch the LIVE plays. For someone like me, shy and bookish, LIVE Theater was magical......

And then I had all of these wonderful FIRSTS in the Dining Room, Peach Pie with Pralines& Cream, Buttered Lobster (wearing a childish much needed Bip), and HUGE dill pickles, and French Fries drenched in Vinegar......If I eat these foods I still get hot and smell sand and a salty breeze.

And I read "Exodus" by Leon Uris ( which is how I learned about sex)......on the Beach...I was 10...I gave my mother a Heart attack....It was a Great Summer.
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Have a great Night....
Here is your Nelson Mandela Wisdom for the night....and then some Music..
"If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers."
"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
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And your Music....Micheal McDonald ,This seemed to be the right song for tonight.
"What A Fool Believes" ....



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Have a good Night....there has to be a better Us on the Horizon....Namaste.

A LETTER TO THE NEW YORKER .....

*Crossposted at SIRENS CHRONICLES*

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(Out of respect for the Obamas I am not posting The Offending Cover)
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A LETTER TO THE NEW YORKER:
As a longtime reader of your magazine I am more than disgusted with the Obama cover that you have chosen. In this Historic Time in our Nation's History instead of Honoring this time and this Person you chose to Honor the Ignorant Buffoons that slur him daily and with your Own Cover , you gave them more Grist for the Racial Mill that runs amuck daily. Please read the Definition below, and it clearly shows that you are Lampooning Senator Obama and his Wife. You have no right and are perpetuating Ignorance and Hate. Have you ever Lampooned Another Leading Presidential Candidate and his wife on your cover 160 days before such a Critical Groundbreaking Election ? The answer is NO.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SATIRE OF POLITICAL TIMES VERSUS LAMPOONING A POLITICAL FIGURE AND LEADER?
The Answer is YES, read Below...( Definition from Dictionary.com)
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Definition of Satire
1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
3. a literary genre comprising such compositions.
[Origin: 1500–10; < L satira, var. of satura medley, perh. fem. deriv. of satur sated (see saturate)]

—Synonyms 1. See irony1. 2, 3. burlesque, caricature, parody, travesty. Satire, lampoon refer to literary forms in which vices or follies are ridiculed. Satire, the general term, often emphasizes the weakness more than the weak person, and usually implies moral judgment and corrective purpose: Swift's satire of human pettiness and bestiality. Lampoon refers to a form of satire, often political or personal, characterized by the malice or virulence of its attack: lampoons of the leading political figures.
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In 1930's Germany People that were considered to be out of the favor with the NAZI Regime were regularly lampooned in the press with similiar Cartoons, it was considered "Humor" and "Satire". It had dangerous consequences and fed a mindset of Hate and Ignorance.It contributed to a Climate of Hate, it legitimized Fears and Descrimination by minimalizing and damaging people with Journalistic Approval, and yes, it was a part of the Propaganda that people were fed daily for years.And The People and even the Journalists became immune and passive to the damage they were rendering.

In Light of Our Own History as a Country this is an Issue that must be treated with Great Insight and Sensitivity , as well as Intellect. There is NO Satire in Racism or painting a Presidential Candidate as a terrorist. You did not satircially show the Level of ignorance in this Country, you Lampooned THE Person with False Representation. There is no humor in that.My teenage son even asked if you had a MAD Magazine Lampoon Artist render your "art" for the Cover. It is a good Question ? Did you seek out a Lampoon Artist ? If so, that would show the Intent of "Satire" was not humor, but damage.

A year ago when Don Imus uttered his racist ignorant remarks about young black college women, we heard the "HUMOR" defense claim shuttled by the MSM , softpeddling the damage and the blame. You have now joined that reprehensible journalistic cadre. The MSM this time will try to spin this as "Normal Political Games". Our Own History has shown that Hate in this country should never be mollycoddled, it leads to the Death or Harm of Political Figures. In Such Precarious Political Times maybe you should adopt a "Do No Harm" mission.

As an Obama Supporter I have spent monthes educating people by phone calls and door to door campaigning, the Issues on your cover are real, and problematic, but not Humorous.There is actually nothing funny or humorous that our Country has been Dumbed Down by the MSM.

I will be encouraging friends and family to not buy this issue and to cancel their Subscriptions. You Crossed A Dangerous Line and harmed the image of Good Man with your arrogance. I would like to know was there any Voice of Reason and Judgement present at those Editorial Meetings about This Cover ? If you have ANY journalistic integrity you will print a Retraction or Correction and atleast an APOLOGY to Senator Obama and his wife.Shame on You.

Sincerely Disgusted,
Pissed Off In Ohio...

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TO BLOG READERS.....
I will be adding Addresses to this post or in the Comments so people can know where to Write and Call.....

[[[[ I also will be going to the local bookstores etc and placing this Edition where it belongs, behind the KNITTING magazines- so that it gets as little visibility as possible. I don't believe it is beneficial to feed an Climate of Stupidity and Hate....( I usually hide the GUN magazines behind the knitting mags, but apparently now another magazine has earned that honor, and yes, I don't think GUN mags should be next to the NICKOLODEON and Kid mags...sorry, it is a mom thing....]]]
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I need to thank Polshifter at Pissed On Politics , he blogged on it earlier today, I was still speechless until I went to his blog and realized that this needs action. Click the Title , Peter Gabriel " Games Without Frontiers".......

Messeges from the Grave from George Carlin to New Yorker....

"George Carlin Nails It" Name of video......listen carefully....


{{ truthfully there are about 4 other videos that come close to nailing it including George on" White People", "American Bullhshit",
and "Language", and "Stupid People"}}

The New Yorker Addresses and Phone Numbers...you know what to do.


David Carey -- New Yorker
Title: Publisher
Department: Headquarters
E-mail: themail@newyorker.com ---> Letters to the Editor
Phone: (212) 286-2860
Fax: (212) 286-5735

Jacob Lewis -- New Yorker
Title: Managing Editor
Department: Headquarters
E-mail: jacob_lewis@newyorker.com
Phone: (212) 286-2860
Fax: (212) 286-5735
Address: 4 Times Sq, New York, NY 10036

David Remnick -- New Yorker
Title: Editor
Department: Headquarters
E-mail: david_remnick@newyorker.com
Phone: (212) 286-2860
Fax: (212) 286-5735


New Yorker -- Letters to the Editor
Website: newyorker.com
Phone: (212) 286-2860
Fax: (212) 286-5735

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sunday Blogging:: Raging Fires,Burnt Pancakes,and McBush's Really Bad Week

Beautiful Waterfall Art contributed by Dr.Know.....

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"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela
{{ Wisdom First by Nelson Mandela....Nelson Mandela turns 90 this week, and Condi Rice has promised to
remove him from the US Terra Watchlist.....Well, that will be a good Birthday Present !!!}}

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It is Sunday...
I will do what I do every Sunday, Clean the Kitty Boxes, Sweep, and make Pancakes ( aka Burning the Cakes).
I think alot of us are Worried ( Just to clarify- that does not mean we are "Whiners", that means that we have a brain and think and know trouble when we see it...) There is alot to worry about right now...( I know that many are still reeling from the IndyMac Shakedown on Friday and wonder what is Next...) But in the Meantime...

So I am offering up some News, some Humor and some Videos below......( And scroll down further there is the Beach Series and more goodies..)
(1) McInsane is still on his deluded McBush Path, dismissing the Financial FUBAR that we are facing, and that was only part of his Really Bad Awful Week ( more at Huffpost, Raw Story and Crooks&Liars).....

(2) California is still Burning Up ( and I go to bed Nightly and think that we need OUR Guard Home NOW, before the Hurricanes Hit, and first it was the Floods and now the Fires, what is next Locusts? ).

(3) The Where in the World is The Turd Mystery has been solved ( yes, Karl Rove missed his Hearing Invite this week because he was out of the Country, he made a trip to Crimea and Sweden, so my next question is WHO is he working for and WHO is paying him to travel to such odd destinations ? ) I would love to see him held in Contempt...but I am a dreamer..

(4)The video of the week is still the Sweet Little Librarian that had a Constitutional Run In with the McCain Mandhandlers because of her McCain=Bush sign.....( apparently there will be TShirts and Coffee Mugs with this Logo on the market soon- good).

(5)Mini Round Up:::
Mauigirl has really good post up examining the issues related to Obama and FISA....that is worth a read and some heavy thinking....
Robert at "Left of Centrist" has a New Video up and Other Wonders....
Utah Savage posted Little Feat this week, and really brought back a slew of Summer Music Memories.... give go her a big Hug and some Cornbread....
And Betty Cracker is really cooking this week too....

And last but not least, it is Skippy's Blog Birthday this week...so go and give him much love....

And Now for your Sunday Music....Little Feat "Apolitical Blues"

{other great Lowell George and Little Feat Songs, "Time loves a Hero","Dixie Chicken"....}

If you know of other MUST READS this am email me at enigma4ever@earthlink.net, especially if you have informative blogs on the Mortgage Mess or Money Issues of Blogatopia .....and Hey What Other Great Summer Music should I Post this week ??? I think we will need alot of music to get us through the Heat of this Summer .....

Rachel Maddow Gets it Right about the McCaine's WHINERGATE Debacle....


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His Supporters are having a hard enough time supporting him....and then Phil Gramm had to go and blast the American People...
for their own suffering....nice...nice to see Compassionate Conservatism at it's arrogant bloated best...Below Rachel Maddow sums it all up- Perfectly....


{{ "It is the Economy Stupid".....a book we need to send to McCain.....we know he does not COMPUTE....so does he read ?or is this ANOTHER Bush Illiteracy Situation }}

Something to Make You Laugh and Smile.....promise..

Best Wedding Dance Ever, and NOT what you expect at all...One Minute in LOOKOUT.....

I hope this couple has atleast 50 years of Dancing in their Future together...
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We Love Ashton Kutcher's Skit "Death By Chocolate" off SNL....this is our favorite...

CALIFORNIA FIRES STILL RAGE.....


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Reprinted from Newsweek:::

"As California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed the "unprecedented wildfire siege" that since late June has burned more than 700,000 acres in his state, a handful of Buddhist monks in the Los Padres National Forest valiantly protected their monastery while fire crews from Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere in the United States, including 2,000 California National Guardsmen, prepared to lend a hand to state efforts. Just another summer day in California.

The Buddhists won their battle—their retreat was spared—but the war rages on. A mere month into the burning season, the toll has already eclipsed the more than $1 billion in damage sustained from fires in 2007, when the bulk of the flames stayed south, in San Diego and Orange counties. But this year, they're touring the north, and spreading to some of California's most treasured landscapes—Big Sur among them.

So far nearly 20,000 personnel, in an army of planes and 1,590 fire trucks, have been deployed to stop them, dousing the scenery with 4 million gallons of water and flame retardant. After three weeks, they're exhausted, having pulled 24-hour shifts in weather that's unseasonably hot. And there's no relief in sight. "The fire season is going to last for the next few months. This is only the beginning," Schwarzenegger told reporters. His message to D.C.: send more funds, stat. And, we'd add, if at all possible, more monks."

So I have two questions...
(1) When do the Locusts arrive- I mean with all of these storms, and fires and floods, they must be on their way?

(2)So Far Arnie has only had 400 National Guard allowed to him , and there are literally miles and miles on Fire....So Shouldn't Other States and other Gov's start sending help his way ?

Sweet Little Librarian Removed by McShame Manhandlers for holding a Sign McCain=Bush

[this video was shamelessly stolen from Gryphen at Immoral Minority, and has been sent off to Keith....]

(posted 7.9.08)
So this Sweet Little Librarian went to a McCain Event with a SIGN...that spoke the truth about Bush and McCain ? Whatever happened to the Right to Assemble? or Freedom of Speech? Someone needs to ask McCain at his Next Event.....

( So McCain's Security people are scared of WORDS ON PAPER.....ohhhhmy....)

*** BTW Tshirts and Mugs are going on sale to help pay for her Ticket....

50 MPH...and runs cleaner than a sewing machine...

New Eco Car to Check out....MUST have....

( My son is 6-6, he would give anything to have a Hybrid that he can fit in...me too...the guy in the video is 6-3...I have Hope...)

Friday, July 11, 2008

TGIF...Beaches, Blowfish, and Treasure Hunting....

Alki Beach , Seattle

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For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea.”
e. e. cummings

Okay so this Photo is part of my "Great Beaches I have loved and want to share with you" Series.....This is Alki Beach in West Seattle Washington, it is beautiful.( The city in the background is Downtown Seattle, and that is indeed how it looks in Summer). I spent many many days there with my son as he was growing up, it was the perfect place for sandcastles and digging for treasure. In the summer, we used to go there early morn after the Lowest Tides and look for Treasure. At the turn of the Century there was an Amusement Park there, Luna Park, and at the end of the Pier where the Roller Coaster was, there is supposedly much treasure ( or things that Fell of while Coasting). So out we would go with buckets and shovels and High Hopes. One year we went and we found all kinds of goodies, marbles, womens Victorian Combs, even a pipe and some broken dishes. But the Biggest Treasure was found by my son and he held IT in his arms with great pride.....The Rim of an Ancient Victorian Shiney Porcelain Toilet ....( for years it was part of every garden that we ever had).
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Speaking of Treasures....
I have new posts up below- mostly Video Treasures.....There is Obama about Phil Gramm's Idiot Out of Touch Statements on the Economy, there is Al Franken speaking about Fixing DC....I have to say maybe the Comics always have the most Wisdom....Real Wisdom, maybe that is why we miss George Carlin ( so there is a little bit of him below too)......There is also a video about the CBS News video about the HUSH Money being paid to the FDA......if you scroll down further there is some Great Cooking and some Other Goodies....

This weekend I will be blogging about FISA, and the Fannie Mae Mess.....but for now it is Friday.....

So the Music is "Hootie and the Blowfish" ( watch this clip- it has a very very young Keith Olbermann in the Intro....it will make you laugh...)



And your Dose of George Carlin Wisdom for the weekend :::

"I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. "


"I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect. "

"If God had intended us not to masturbate he would've made our arms shorter. "

"If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little."
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If you want to email me about Weekend Bloground Up enigma4ever@earthlink.net

Obama Bitchslaps Phil Gram and his Idiot "Mental Recession" statement



In case you did not know about Phil Gramm's Gaffe that Obama is referencing, I have posted exerpts below from Huff Post...yes, Phil Gramm was McShame's Chief Economic Adviser....is he still? Who knows...I have this theory that old rich white men are out of touch.....I remain committed to this theory and pretty much evidence arrives to my TV doorstep daily....


From Huff Post::::
Phil Gramm's Words:
"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," he said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. "We may have a recession; we haven't had one yet."

{{ Enigma Comment- ONE percent??? he needs to start reading the Wall Street Journal...this comment would have Cramer's head spinning like a top...lordy....and "publicity" about job loss- HELLLO- the NEWS media is actually supposed to inform people of such stats....it is their JOB...and btw if anyone has forgotten Gramm's Economical Prowess- just google his Name and ENRON.....voila...nuff said.}}

And here is More of the Idiot....Waxing Poetically Ignorant....

"We have sort of become a nation of whiners," he said. "You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline" despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy, he said.

Just yesterday, McCain himself said "I would imagine that we are" in a recession. But he and Gramm are still on the same page: in April McCain said "a lot of our problems today are psychological."

Phil Gram the Horse's Ass- THE "Whiners" Video....( no disrespect to Horses...)