Monday, January 29, 2007

Here Comes the Sun

After the previous post we need a little Bambi and Eder, and it is really cold in Chicago

Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Through TPM I found this article.

Unf'nbelievable! As TPMsomewhat notes: Fight Global Warming with Global Dimming!

The US response says the idea of interfering with sunlight should be included in the summary for policymakers, the prominent chapter at the front of each panel report. It says: "Modifying solar radiance may be an important strategy if mitigation of emissions fails. Doing the R&D to estimate the consequences of applying such a strategy is important insurance that should be taken out. This is a very important possibility that should be considered."

So this misadministration, that wants to keep us in the dark on so many topics, literally, wants to keep us in the dark.

Can we now all agree that idiots truly rule us?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Buster Keaton - Eye of the Tiger

I love Buster! Somebody put some of his funniest scenes from one of his funniest movies "College" to an appropriate song.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

What's The Matter With Mickey?

Mouse that is!

First they produce the steaming pile of horseshit, "Path to 9/11" Then they go and hire the the execrable Glenn "Fa@@ot-is-only-a-naughty-name" Beck on ABC's Good Morning America, of all things. And now they are releasing the worst of the excised slanders from "Path" to Fox Its-News-If-We-Say-Its News.
Let's sing together, shall we.


See what's happening?


Why, we don't know either.


Which rhymes with louse.

Are the rumours true and they've gone and thawed out ol' Walt and put him in charge again without screening his brain for freezer burn?

But then again, they did give us Fed's ex, Mouseketeer Brittany.

"Meeska, Mooska, Mouseketeer, Mouse Cartoon time now is here." and running the asylum.

And CNN should perform a little elective surgery on themselves. Calling Dr. Gupta. Sanjay, Help us all!

Molly Ivins

She's gravely ill.

I have always loved her Texan turn of a phrase. C&L has a nice little tribute, here.

Some gems lifted from the C&L Post:

"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."

"Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong."

"I have been attacked by Rush Limbaugh on the air, an experience somewhat akin to being gummed by a newt. It doesn't actually hurt, but it leaves you with slimy stuff on your ankle."

I'll keep her in my thoughts.

TCM Now!

My namesake movie is on TCM as I type!

There will never be another actor as...

Sam Jaffe

Thursday, January 25, 2007

There are more productive ways to relieve stress than screaming, Goren

Just in case you've had a rough day, here's a stress management technique recommended in all the latest psychology texts. The funny thing is, it really works. Exhale deeply and read slowly.

1. Picture yourself near a stream.

2. Birds are softly chirping in the cool mountain air.

3. No one but you knows your secret place.

4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic place called "the world."

5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.

6. The water is crystal clear.

7. You can easily make out the face of the republican you're holding underwater.

8. See, you're smiling already.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sunday, January 21, 2007

On more: Denny Doherty

Mamas and Papas' perfect harmonies the we will be matched, again. RIP

Yvonne De Carlo

Not just Lily Munster

She's Madonna

Not that one , the other one.

(Robbie Williams)

annie lennox - little bird

To continue the meme...

And in the Other Ring

I am remarkably pleased with the front runners, if there are front runners at this stage.

Obama: His grasp for the holy roller vote is troublesome (they will neveh, eveh, go for it) but he appears to me to be a fresh, honest face. Go ahead, carry on my native (well, mostly) son, Barack my world! And whoever is sliming him with this madrassa crap, get a life, (and it's not Clinton's camp, Faux News!).

Clinton: Oh dear, Tweety and Drudge are in shrill heaven. Boy was Matthews pissed yestermorn' when his bosses woke him yesterday for comments on the announcement. And Drudge, dust off all your moldy conspiracy files. I find her pragmatism is probably the the right tone for these troubling days. Her issue avoidance of all things gay, while nettlesome, is probably required for the long haul. But come on, DADT is long overdue to go the way of the Edsel. Me? These last 8 years of Republican rule from "The Uniter" have pushed me over the progressive edge. (Russ, it's not too late.)

Richardson: Don't know enough yet. I suspect he resides soundly in the democratic center, and I have no issues. Could he be the one?
Update 3: From DevilsTower at DailyKos:
Fresh off his visit to Darfur, Richardson has a credibility in international
affairs that few can match. Governor, congressman, secretary of energy,
and UN ambassador.
What's that you say? Anyone running for president
should have a good understanding of how energy is driving our foreign policy?

(Note to M&MR: Could it be... a quote from Satan?)

Edwards: He's pissed off the trial lawyer haters but I tend to favor his positions. We need to get out of this ill-advised war. We need action on health care, health insurance reform. We need to take on Big Pharma, at least as far as negotiating prices for Medicare. I'd start there. After 8 years of the Bush kleptocracy, is it even possible these days to be "too" progressive?

Finally, Kerry: GO AWAY!!! You had your turn. Don't let the door hit you in the ass. Oh and as you exit stage left (hopefully, followed by a bear), do us all a favor and STFU!!!!!! You do a lousy stand-up, regardless of how it was twisted and spun.
Update1: In fairness, here is his website. Well at least he is no longer remembered as Mr. DYKWIA ("Don't You Know Who I AM!?!", must be spoken with mix of incredulity & indignity).

I forgot Biden: Forgot the Bloviator? Wonder why? He never STFU's, either. He's very impressed with the sound of his own voice. Most special. I was completely turned off by his self aggrandizement during IRAQ warhearings last year. Not worth my time looking for the video.

Have at it, M&MR.

"In regione caecorum rex est luscus." - Desiderius Erasmus, 1526
(In the kingdom of the blind men the one-eyed man is king.)

Brownback? The GOP and the Christian Ever-So-Right

Methinks the theocrats have such a stranglehold on the GOP that only a Brownback, or a Romney, stands a chance of receiving their nomination.

Giuliani? Pro-life, and all of those years he spent out of Gracie Mansion during his separation and divorce living with gay friends. And then there's this:

McCain? Libertarian maverick who can't be trusted to toe their absolutist line, in spite of his recent fawning at the feet of St.'s Falwell, Dobson and Robertson)

But do they really want a president who might be "raptured" in the middle of the imminent Battle-of-the-End-Times?

Oh, I forgot, not their problem, they're going to be raptured, too.
And yes, Mr. and Mrs. Right, no doubt the dark lord is standing over my shoulder as I compose this post. (But I'm sitting in Jesus' lap!)
Buenos días! Y Dios esté con ti. O la Diosa está con ti.

Hillary's In

Let the Clinton hating begin...

Shopping On Morse Avenue, Rogers Park ...

... or is it Granville Avenue in Edgewater?!?!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Strict Constructionist

“Those who would trade safety for freedom deserve neither.” Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Maybe, Just Maybe...

We may be getting our constitution back.

What a novel idea, submitting to the congressionally mandated oversight of a FISA court and the US Bill of Rights, before tapping our phones and reading our mail, data mining our email and internet activity.

Methinks AG Gonzalez, may be fearing impeachment. (The trimming's gotta start somewhere).

Wonder how Dubya feels about reverting to a constitutional monarchy after all these years of unfettered, extraconstitutional activity.

He can still take solace in his hundreds of "signing statements" of all the other laws he intends to ignore.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Meanwhile, Here On The Ranch

Of local note....

One of my favorite blogs, The Broken Heart of Rogers Park has Moore On Alderman Mooron.

I, of course, could not help but post a snarky comment. If you have ever been to the Morse Red Line El stop on a hot humid day, you will know what an aromatic treat it is. And Jarvis is no better, probably worse.

The Red Line service itself is completely broken, but this is something MoJoe can do nothing about. Its political obfuscation at it's best. The slumlords, crime barons and DevCorp North slime that keep this guy funded and in office are something truly to behold up here.

Oh, and did I mention the presumed gunfire I heard outside my window last night? Guess I live too close to the Rider Building, that home to all things that blight the neighborhood.

Keith Olberman

BTW If you didn't catch KO's Countdown last night, pay a visit to Crooks & Liars for a quick summary of Sunday's blather.

Tickled Thrice

I think I have now accomplished the 3 things required of all bloggers. Photos, YouTubes and hyperlinks.

I can retire now...

Scooter Skedaddle

Just heard on a rerun of last night's "Anderson Cooper 360" the political reporter say: Scooter Libby "is the only one one Patrick Fitzgerald felt should be indicted" in the Valerie Plame affair.


Nice, but off a couple of letters.

Scooter Libby is the only one Patrick Fitzgerald felt could be indicted in the Valerie Plame affair. There's is a big difference.

The skulduggery and rot in this administration rises to the top. We all know it wasn't some innocent slip that outed Ms. Plame, destroying her career in the CIA.

It was vengeful act aimed at her husband Joe Wilson, for daring to call out the cherry picked intelligence that got us into this "Mess-O-Potamia".

YouTube III

Now it's posting immediately. Maybe 'cos its 3:46 in the f ' n morning. That in itself is is a symptom of blog'o'mania, I suppose.

YouTube II


If you attempt to edit your comments when posting from YouTube, it deletes the inbed in the post. So I guess I have to learn how to spellcheck mentally.

Lena Horne - Stormy Weather/If You Believe

For MLK day, Lena! I saw her in concert in the first incarnation of Drury Lane Water Tower Place when it was in-the-round, pre-movieplex. It was around 1980, just before "The Wiz", a couple of years before "The Lady And Her Music" triumph. I watched her as she crescendo'd to this explosive Stormy Weather, and was awestruck by her power and anger, and shear presence. I knew in my gut a major comeback was in the works.

The Posting Clock

And I fixed the clock, too. I think it had a default of Pacific Time, or Seattle or Silicon Valley Time, as if us midwestern rubes would never attempt to figure out this stuff.


I guess I figured out YouTube! You just have to wait a few minutes (OK Hours!) I asked for these postings around 5:00 PM yesterday. So now it really gets interesting.


Tired of waiting on SnarkAngel. Oh! Larrrrrrryyyy!

Lena Horne - Stormy Weather/If You Believe

For MLK day, Lena! I saw her in concert in the first incarnation of Drury Lane Water Tower Place when it was in-the-round, pre-movieplex. It was around 1980, just before "The Wiz", a couple of years before "The Lady And Her Music" triumph. I watched her as she crescendo'd to this explosive Stormy Weather, and was awestruck by her power and anger, and shear presence. I knew in my gut a major comeback was in the works.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Bond. James Bond!


Playoffs Update

Thank God for double elimination.

"It ain't over 'til its over."

Phase II start tomorrow when we claw our way up from the bottom of the loser's bracket to take home the gold (or a teeshirt, or a medal the size of a quarter).

I Tickled Myself

I am just so way impressed with me. I have uploaded images. Now how do I do those neat little youtube inset uploads?

Mood Yesterday

Mood Today

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Vball Playoffs Starts Tonite!

Haven't played since the 12/19. This will not be pretty. I fear I have aged in 3 weeks. Probably should stock up on those aspir'o'patches that cover your entire lower back.

Monday, January 8, 2007

If a blog post falls in the cyber woods, does it make a sound?

Or if it is deleted, does it whimper slightly?

Up late on Friday night I was certain that I saw a posting from Gunga, who claimed to be BUI. It seemed possible, because the post appeared twice in succession with only slight variations. What became of this? Did embarrassment prevail? Are there any other witnesses?


circa 1956

Why? Because I can.

The GE ad is a hoot. And for Mrs. and Mr. Right, a brief glimpse of their American Idol, RR.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

This just isn't right take a look

All Hale to the New Mary C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\My Pictures\Pictures Downloaded from AOL\Blessed+Art+Thou+lo[1].jpg

Le Petite Michelle

I started out the year, listing the Malicious Ms. M. on my list of those in need of some corporal attention.

This is a nice start:

Hope she's having fun Irag'ing, and her search for the truth about the "fabricated" Jamil Hussein.

Can't wait to hear her act of contrition and retraction. Yeah right!

Today GOP - WATB's!

Watching the events in congress the past week, and listening to the GOP whine on about being shut out, and hearing the "I Have a mandate" Preznit drone on about his new found love of bipartisanship, I must emphatically empathize...


Remind me again which party completely shut out the minority party for the last 8 years, and even cut the mikes and turned off the lights during hearings when it was the minority party's turn to speak, all in the spirit of bipartisanship?

And watching David Frum on "This Week" whimper on about the MSM NOT attacking Nancy Pelosi for her alleged pettiness, while in 1994 they "savaged" Newt Gringrich for his arrogant burliness.

David, David, David,

IMOHO, any dust-ups Ms. P has had have been quietly and peacefully resolved. And Newt was, and is, an arrogant, bullying, A$$hole.

And Memo to FAUX News: What the hell are you implying with "San Francisco Democrat"?

It IS bigoted and disgusting.

Welcome curmudgeon and Captain

A hearty welcome to both of you. The more the merrier! Can't wait to see some cranky or snarky posts.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

A Sneak Peek Thru Rain or Sleet

Is anyone else disturbed by this?

Some of my best toys come through the USPS. I do not want Junior playing with them first! Crimany! I only just got my flu shot.

(The warrantless phonetapping was less bothersome. I gave up my "1-900" habits years ago.)

G Ford - Trendsetter

Welcome Snarkangel

Your post reminds me of one downside to the Ford acsendency.

He did start the ominous trend of Republicans achieving the presidency without winning elections.

Ahhhh . . . Rest Ye Merry Jerry . . .

Gerald Ford . . . dare I "say" his name? A Republican I actually liked? Well, a little . . . at least. Let's face it, folks, he was the "Jimmy Carter" of the Republicans. He is one of those world leaders that you refuse to acknowledge as a true "leader" until it is too late. He was more than his political party affiliation, more than his pardon of his ridiculous predecessor, and even more than his almost-more-famous wife. He was a gentleman. Which is exactly why he was never TRULY successful at politics. I have to wonder . . . what would be the ideal "moderate" presidential ticket: gee, maybe two men who had actual conscience and a strong sense of moral responsibility? They just don't exist any longer, do they? But perhaps they could have. Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter: the "Double J" ticket. LOL! Beyond Republicans . . . Beyond Democrats . . . beyond hypocrisy. Just two men who actually cared about the direction in which their nation and their people were headed. If only. . . 'tis nice to dream, 'ey? R.I.P., Gerald. You'll be missed . . . more than I would have guessed.

Aha! A Contributor

We have a contributor! Welcome, Dancing Queen! Ignore Boris in the corner muttering "No more f'in' ABBA!"

Off Topic:

Always waiting for Mr & Mrs Right. Be brave...

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Now Is The Time For All Good ...

OK all you clever people. Come on in. The water's fine.

You know who you are.

Good Luck Mr. Gorsky

Thanks for inviting me to contribute. Let the blogs begin.

I guess that this is one small step for Gunga

and One Giant Leap Into It Up To The Hip for mankind.

Wipe your feet.

Gerald Ford

I always regarded President Ford as a decent man, moderate in all things, open to bipartisanship. Things lacking in today's GOP.

And I have just discovered how fair he was in attitude and ideology toward the gay community.

But the best thing that he did was to bring his wife to the forefront. Betty Ford is truly an amazing woman, a gift, if you will, to the American people. Her list of accomplishments, including her ability to bring to the table controversial issues that so cried out for visibility, is astounding.

To think, her time borrowing the presidential soapbox was so short. And yet she continued afterwards to bring forward those issues she felt needed addressing. And in so doing, she set a new standard and joined the highest echelon of greatness in First Spouses.

Comments Opened

Silly me! I finally figured out how to allow comments. Not that it was hard to do. I'm just too lazy to read all the instructions.

Play Nice!

Next I will figure out how to post images. (I shall try to keep it clean.)

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

VBall Insanity

After kicking off the blog with a rant how about a rave...

I can be incredibly stupid.

An opponent came up to me on the volleyball court a couple of weeks ago and asked "Are you 'Gunga'?"

Startled, I replied "Yes I am"

"I work for your brother."


However, knowing now that a report of my performance might be delivered, I upped my game. I flopped around that court like a crazed rag doll going for every ball that no 47 year old should ever attempt. My serves turned into fireballs. I dove! I jumped! I spiked like there was no tomorrow!

Why? I dunno. Maybe 'cos my brother, though younger, was always the jock of the family. I was the "cultured, if effete, bookworm". (Picture this, Christmas1972. My brother gets a pair of hockey skates. Me? Although pricier {I allowed myself to imagine}, I get a pair of figure skates. Who knew.)

I could not walk the next day. There is not a muscle that did not ache. There were muscles that I did not know I possessed that ached though I was pleased to know that I had muscles that could ache there. I was bruised, black and blue. Floor meets Gunga, Gunga meets floor with earsplitting creaks and cracks. And though it hurts, I think the floor took the better beating. Going down is always so easy. Getting back up, well, it took three teammates to get me back on my feet.

I asked to join my brother's Christmas party and announced: "I will be the one in a wheelchair".

I emailed my sister-in-law this pathetic saga asking her to pass it on to my brother as he would get a kick out of me making up for lost time, in a sibling-rivalry genetically induced testosteronic manic episode.

Monday, January 1, 2007

10 People In Need Of An Asswhuppin' In 2007

Oh well let's get it started...

10 "The Epicurean" Ald Joe Moore
9 "Spin-free Spinner "Tony Snow"
8 "Panderin'" John McCain
7 "Screamin' Mimi" Michelle Malkin
6 "Falafel" Bill O Reilly
5 "Oxy" Rush Limbaugh
4 "Was For It Before I Was Against It" Mitt Romney
3 "Queen of Darkness" Ann Coulter
2 "Dead-Eye" Dick Cheney
1 "Dear Leader" GWB

Sparse Beginnings

A new blog for a new year. Late to the game. And perhaps, droll, cliched and tiresome. But here I begin...