Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nanna's Lied Translation

Found Here:

Nanna's Song:

Gentlemen, with seventeen years of age under my belt
I came up on the Love Market,
and I have learned much.
Much of it gave evil,
yet that was the game,
but, I have a lot to be blamed for.
(When all is said and done, I'm only a human being, too.)

Thanks be to God that it all goes by so quickly,
the love as well as the grief, too.
Where are the tears of yesterday evening?
Where are the snows of yesteryear?

As one goes through the years
it is easier in the Love Market, to be sure,
and you embrace the multitudes there.
But feelings
become astonishingly cool
when one doesn't ration them.
(When all is said and done, each reserve must come to an end.)

Thanks be to God that it all goes by so quickly,
the love as well as the grief, too.
Where are the tears of yesterday evening?
Where are the snows of yesteryear?

And even when one learns the trade really well
in the Fairground of Love:
to change desire into small change
is never easy.
Now, it is achieved.
Yet meanwhile, one grows older, as well.
(When all is said and done, one can't stay seventeen forever.)

Thanks be to God that it all goes by so quickly,
the love as well as the grief, too.
Where are the tears of yesterday evening?
Where are the snows of yesteryear?

Translation from German to English copyright © 2004 by Sean Mabrey

Wednesday Weekly Weill

Nanna's Lied/Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht - Tiziana Sojat

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Another FEMA Fuck-up Gets A Promotion

Via Think Progress:

FEMA official involved in fake press conference resigns.
On Tuesday, while “wildfires raged” in California, FEMA staged a live press conference at which agency staffers posed as journalists and asked softball questions. One of those staffers, Director of External Affairs John “Pat” Philbin, has now resigned. He has instead landed an “amazing opportunity” to head public affairs at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

What does it take for anyone in the FUCKED-UP administration to be actually held accountable. This is the party of "personal accountability".

Update: The offer was withdrawn and he didn't get the job. An absolute first, for these jerks.

Sunday Sondheim

Simply Sondheim - You Could Drive A Person Crazy

How To Rant

Go John Cole!!!!

I have had a couple drinks, so let’s be blunt (pardon the pun)- and this goes out to anyone, of any political persuasion, anywhere, who had a problem with this woman using marijuana to alleviate her pain (especially the alleged “conservative” federalists who can’t handle the thought of states making their own drug laws):

Go fuck yourself. To death.

I am tired of being patient with you nannies and your stupid self-serving rules and your slippery slopes and your bullshit and your need to be tough on crime and your earnest concerns about society. Mind your own business, get your own house in order, stop fucking interns and little boys and cheating on your wives and on your taxes and being found dead wearing two wetsuits with a dildo shoved up your ass. Just mind your own damned business, and let people do what they must to deal with their own screwed up lives, and let people handle their pain the best way they can.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Historically, I've been of the opinion that Steve O of "Jackass" fame was, at his very best, unsavory, uninteresting, and smarmy. Yes, those were the "best" adjectives I could find to describe him. My apologies, Mr. O. You've shown a side of yourself I've never seen (NO . . . not THAT side!).

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Steve-O put it perfectly in his interview with PETA: "Abuse yourself all you want," he says, "just leave animals out of it. Don't wear fur." He encourages fans to "be comfortable in your own skin and let animals keep theirs."

Finally, a spokesperson for animal rights who can actually appeal to trailer trash. The only problem is . . . how many trailer trashites own real fur???? Hmmmm . . .

In other animal rights news, The Humane Society of the United States has been busy rescuing animals from the fires in California, and yes folks, they ARE accepting donations (of course!).

What The Hell Is Obama Thinking

Enlisting a "Pray Away The Gay" nutjob like McClurkin is a primary season deal breaker for me.

These people are dangerous as they do great harm to youth, struggling with coming to terms with their sexual orientation.

This is not a two-sided issue. It's non-negotiable. And although McClurkin may have publicly prayed away his gay, there are hints now that he is now on the "down low".

But then again, maybe Obama's reaching out for votes from the Reverend Daddy Dobson set. I bet the whackjobs are all running over to kiss Obama's ring even as we speak. After all, they did say they would split from the Republican party, if that serial marrier Rudy Nine Eleviani got the the GOP nod.

Maybe Obama can now try to get the Dixiecrats back in the fold. You remember them. They were the southern Democrats until they bolted the party due to President Johnson's "Great Society" civil rights reforms in the sixties, that enabled blacks to avoid poll taxes and "steal their wimmin".

If, Obama gets the nomination, I will support him, 'cos the alternative is far too horrendous to even consider. I'll just be the guy in the voting booth with the clothespin on my nose.

OUCH!!! It Burns!!!!!

It's not just Republicans who don't know how to play with the Internets:

This summer the House Judiciary Committee launched an effort to collect tips from would-be whistleblowers in the Justice Department. The U.S. attorney firings scandal had shown that much was amiss in the Department, and with the danger of retaliation very real, the committee had set up a form on the committee's website for people to blow the whistle privately about abuses there. Although the panel said it would not accept anonymous tips, it assured those who came forward that their identity would be held in the "strictest confidence."

But in an email sent out today, the committee inadvertently sent the email addresses of all the would-be whistleblowers to everyone who had written in to the tipline. The committee email was sent to tipsters who had used the website form, including presumably whistleblowers themselves, and all of the recipients of the email were accidentally included in the "to:" field -- instead of concealing those addresses with a so-called blind carbon copy or "bcc:".

Oh, and one of the "cc's'" was the Vice President.


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Friday, October 26, 2007

Just a thought

Why has it been harder to find a decent roommate then it is to find a date as a divorced single mom (ok, kids are gone), over 45 and not a petite flower?

I cook, I clean and I am totally cool...........I don't get it.

Maybe I should run for president. Then the house would be full of ghosts and I wouldn't have to worry about paying the rent or getting the heat cut off. They do accept pets so Miss Kitty could join me.

Good Night

Mrs. Calabash, Wherever you are....

And you too, Jimmy D.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday Weekly Weill

September Song Jimmy Durante 1955
It'a a day and a half late. and 4 weeks late, and 52 years ago...

Monday, October 22, 2007


Val and I know someone who is competing in the Night Owl Romance award competition in the category of best eBook Contemporary Erotica. Anyone and everyone is allowed to vote (from a particular ISP) once a day. If you have internet access at home and office, you can vote twice, etc.

The writer is Wendy Portia, but her pen name is Portia DaCosta.

Click here to go to the awards site.

Scroll down to her category (next to last) of Best eBook Contemporary Erotica, and vote for Portia DaCosta (for Wild In the Country). Vote early! Vote often!



Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sonday Sondheim

Not A Day Goes By - Merrily We Roll Along - Bernadette Peters

Saturday, October 20, 2007


There's help out there to grow some:

Or keeping polling worse the the lowest polling president, ever.

Keeping a List

Somebody been keeping a list of the party of family value's sex offenders:

I guess there's something that snaps when one spend their lives bottling up their own sexuality while invading the bedrooms of others, that results in extreme perversity when the bubble finally breaks.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Translation of Complainte de la Seine

Found one here:
Lament Of The Seine

At the bottom of the Seine
there is gold,rusting boats,jewels, weapons...
At the bottom of the Seine
there are dead bodies...
At the bottom of the Seine
there are tears...
At the bottom of the Seine
there are flowers;
in their vase of mud
they are nourished by silt...
At the bottom of the Seine
there are the hearts
that greatly suffered for living life...
And then the rocks
and the grey beasts...
The pipes of the sewers,
blowing out poison...
The rings thrown away
by misunderstood lovers,
feet that a propeller cut off from their trunk...
And the cursed fruits of sterile wombs,
the innocent abortions that no one loved...
The vomit of the big city...
At the bottom of the Seine,
it is there...
Oh, lenient Seine where the cadavers go,
oh, bed with the sheets made from silt,
river of losses without beacon,
nor haven,
singing a lullaby to the morgue and the bridges,
welcoming the poor one,
welcoming the woman,
welcoming the drunkard,
welcoming the crazy one,
mixing theirs sobs to the sound of your blades,
and carrying their hearts among the rocks...
At the bottom of the Seine
there is gold,rusting boats,jewels, weapons...
At the bottom of the Seine
there are dead bodies...
At the bottom of the Seine
there are tears...

Translation from French to English copyright © 2004 by Sean Mabrey , a text in French by Maurice Magre (1877-1941) , copyright ©

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I've Said It Once

and I'll say it again.

I saw this head-scratchingly asinine exchange between Dickhead and Dickhead II, Cliff May, on Tucker yesterday:

Transcript Via Digby:

CARLSON: I'm not saying women shouldn't vote for Hillary at all. I'm merely saying the obvious: that you shouldn't vote for her because she's a woman. Here's what the Clinton campaign says: "Hillary isn't running as a woman. As Hillary says, she's not running as a woman candidate. The only reason to vote for her is that you believe she's the most qualified to be president."Well, that's actually completely false, considering the Hillary campaign -- and I get their emails -- relentlessly pushes the glass ceiling argument. "You should vote for her because she's a woman." They say that all the time. She just said that on The View. I mean, that's like their rationale.

MAY: At least call her a Vaginal-American, as opposed to --

CARLSON: Is that the new phrase?

MAY: I think that is, yeah.

CARLSON: Boy, that's nasty. I don't think I can
say that.

No, NO, NO, NO, NO!



Becuz' both of you (especially you, Tucker,) and every single one of your moronic, bed wetting, fear-mongering GOP boys now running, ARE FIGURATIVELY, IF NOT LITERALLY, SEXIST DICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Something From Boston Betty ...

. . . who must not have yet received the unexpired invitation to blog direct . . .

Thanks, Betty! Enjoy your trip!

Only THIRTY Hours Away . . .

Until I visit my big, beefy husband who lives in the TV . . .

I wonder if his bigger tummy is a sympathetic pregnancy (his REAL wife is due this winter). Heh-heh.

Lucky woman . . .

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Wednesday Weekly Weill

Kurt Weil, Complainte de la Seine

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Now I Am Afraid

The jokes just right themselves.

Get this man away from me.

But at least he intends to play safe.

FANGtastic Tuesday Orchid Blogging

Because I know you are all curious how FANG is doing:

Boris sez I'm orchidistic.

Tuesday's Child Is...

In for whole lotta hurt...

"Another Chinese Toy Has Been Recalled"

Via Albuquerque Al

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sunday's Child Is Full of . . .

. . . SHIT! Well, in the case of Rudy Tutti, not-so-fresh and full of doody . . .

Yes, Gunga and company, I smell deeeeeeeep, DARK trouble . . .

Click here to read more and sign the petition calling for an investigation.

How Queer Was That?

But he wears his dancebelt well...

Feel free to comment away!

I must apologize...

for the last previous entries.

Boris had a few and made me post (everything he saw on YouTube).

But now that he is out of the room...

May I ask?

How 'bout that Vikki Carr (and her very dynamic boyz!)!

Vikki Carr - Everything I've Got

Whats mine is mine and whats yours is ours!

Barbra Streisand - Putting it together (1985)

Sondheim Sunday Continued!

Larry Kert sings Something's Coming West Side Story

It's the Larry!

Sunday - from Sunday in the Park with George

Wednesday Weill and Sunday Sondheim.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Daily Read Additions

I've added "Shorpy" to the blogroll. I love this blog specializing in vintage photos. When they post Chicago photos I find myself trying to figure out if anything remains of what the photo has captured.

I am also adding "The Diary of Samuel Pepys" (pronounced PEEPS, as in that noxious Easter candy, for the uninitiated.) They run daily entries where all these great scholars and snarkists annotate each entry with links and commentary. It's a great read that gives a wonderful feel for Restoration London. They are up to 13 October 1664, so it will get very interesting as we approach the Plague of 1665 and Great Fire of 1666. This one is for all you fellow Anglophiles out there. Make sure you follow the links and annotations as they bring you to maps, paintings and alternative takes along with witty and or historic commentary on Sam's exploits and events of the day.

It's moderated by a Phil Gyford, a sometime actor and current student at LIPSA (London International School of Performing Arts).

Give it a visit. I find it extremely addictive.

I've also previously added "Life and Vincent". This site is ALL THINGS VINCENT D'ONOFRIO, and I mean ALL THINGS! It's run by our frequent commentor Val and it is stunning, astounding, something truly to behold.

Quote of the Day

Jonathon Rauch at National Journal via Matt Yglesias:

Some optimists say that in Army Gen. David Petraeus, Bush has finally found his Gen. Grant. That may or may not be true, but it is beside the point. The problem is that Petraeus has not yet found his President Lincoln.

Republican Scandals of 2007

37 of 'em

Emo Philips

One for Catie

Friday, October 12, 2007

Hardy Har Har

Via Echaton
Nice wide open stance ya got there:

But they privately acknowledge that an earlier strategy to drive Craig from office has backfired, sticking them with an open-ended ethics investigation likely to keep the issue before the public for months.

Senate Republicans demanded the Ethics Committee inquiry into his sex-sting conviction last summer in hopes of forcing Craig to resign. He essentially called their bluff this month when he reversed his decision to resign Sept. 30 unless a court let him drop his guilty plea.

Now Republicans are powerless to stop a process almost certain to do more political damage to the party in general than to a retiring senator.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Star Wars Trumpet Stacy Hedger

This is teh Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Click on screen and read the comments on YouTube. I can't stop crying.

Preserving That NC-17 Rating

Some Porn. This is a picture of an asshole:

Update: Found a more recent image of the decidedly Undivine Miss M.

Who Is YOUR Candidate?

The following is an interesting, albeit oversimplified, exercise... You answer a few questions, then click the 'find your candidate button' and the program selects the candidate who's position on the issues is most like your own...

You may be surprised at what you find... Click the link below...

Select Your Candidate!

No surprises here, Obama and Clinton ranked highest for me, with even scores of 55. Seems the only "issues" we disagree on are immigration and energy. Again, no surprises there.

Duncan Hunter and Fred Thompson, turds that they are, each received scores of 5. Heh-heh.

Welcome Back, Captain!

I mean Vulpes Velox


Cryptkeeper Novak on Plame
Oxycontin Rush Limbaugh on S-CHIP
Falafel Billo on Shaun Hornbeck

The Last Sane Man Standing

In the Republican Party.

Ron Paul, You may have to turn off the lights.

A Tad Bit Over The Top

Wouldn't You Say? Via Talk to Action and Boston Betty:

A local political drama in Springfield, Massachusetts may signal the launch of a national religious right campaign against promarriage equality legislators in Blue states.

Yesterday, a billboard went up over I-91 near the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield -- comparing Democratic state Rep. Angelo Puppolo to Judas Iscariot and Benedict Arnold.

At issue is Pupplo's vote last June not to allow a state constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage to appear on the ballot in 2008. Titled "BETRAYED," the billboard has a vibrant yellow background and features illustrations - one depicting Jesus being betrayed by Judas, one of Benedict Arnold -- and a photo of Angelo Puppolo.

These Focus on the Anus people are morally and intellectually bankrupt.

Your Wednesday Weekly Weill

Lost In The Stars - Peggy Lee
Interesting take from 1970. You have to hear the soaring Tony Bennet version

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

There's a Special Place In Hell For These People

I agree with Digby:

Fetid Compost Where Their Hearts Should Be

This is so loathesome I am literally sick to my stomach. These kids were hurt in a car accident. Their parents could not afford health insurance --- and sure as hell couldn't get it now with a severely handicapped daughter. And these shrieking wingnut jackasses are harassing their family for publicly supporting the program that allowed the kids to get health care. A program, by the way, which a large number of these Republicans support as well.

They went after Michael J. Fox. They went after a wounded Iraq war veteran. Now they are going after handicapped kids. There is obviously no limit to how low these people will go.

This is how they "defend" the S-CHIP veto.

The Ever-Shrilly-Shrieking-MF'n Michele Malkin.
The Out-of-His-F'n-OxyContin-Addled-Mind Rush Limbaugh

They should all rot in their own special hells.

Note to the Blithering Bitchy Banshee: It's not journalism. It's stalking. Hope we see your mugshot soon. You can even wear your flag lapel pin like the rest of the Republican idiots during your perp walk. Never mind. Just found out you are a See-You-Next-Tuesday kinda a gal. Made me laugh out loud!

Watch Those Hyperlinks!

Received an Email from a friend a couple of weeks ago, that I just opened, asking me to:

"See how easy it is to make a fortune. Kind of upsetting that my kids didn't think of they're always on MySpace. ugh! of the page...under "Popular News".....third link down...(it
will play one brief commercial, and then show you the story).

teen earns millions via MySpace"

ANYWAY: Here's what I got when I hit the link and clicked 3 down, today:

"'Chessboard killer' revels in death"

Kids today! What will they think of next! And her girls were always so sweet to me...

The Purina Diet

OK We got one more - Thanks to Ralph for loading my inbox when I was very busy. Now ROFLMAO at work thank you very much as I get caught up on the nonessential emails, such as:

The Purina Diet

I was in Wal-Mart buying a large bag of Purina for our dog Chip, and was in line to check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog........ Duh!

I was feeling a bit crabby so on impulse, I told her no, I was starting The Purina Diet again, although I probably shouldn't because I'd ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care unit with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IV's in both arms. Her eyes about bugged out of her head.

I went on and on with the bogus diet story and she was totally buying it. I told her that it was an easy, inexpensive diet and that the way it works is to load your pockets or purse with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The package said the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.

I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a tall guy behind her.

Horrified, she asked if something in the dog food had poisoned me and was why I ended up in the hospital.

I said no.....I'd been sitting in the street licking my butt when a car hit me.

I thought the tall guy was going to have to be carried out the door.

A Senior Moment

Seen this before, but what the heck...

A Doctor's Waiting Room

This is so true!
They always ask at the doctor's office why you are there, and you have to answer in front of others what's wrong and sometimes it is embarrassing.
There's nothing worse than a Doctor's Receptionist who insists you tell her what is wrong with you in a room of other patients.
I know most of us have experienced this, and I love the way this old guy handled it:

An 86 year old man walked into a crowded waiting room and approached the desk....
The Receptionist said, "Yes sir, what are you seeing the Doctor for today?"
"There's something wrong with my dick", he replied.
The receptionist became irritated and said, "You shouldn't come into a crowded waiting room and say things like that."
"Why not? You asked me what was wrong and I told you," he said.

The Receptionist replied; "Now you've caused some embarrassment in this room full of people. You should have said there is something wrong with your ear or something, and discussed the problem further with the Doctor in private."
The man replied, "You shouldn't ask people questions in a room full of strangers, if the answer could embarrass anyone."

The man walked out, waited several minutes and then re-entered.

The Receptionist smiled smugly and asked, "Yes??"
"There's something wrong with my ear", he stated.
The Receptionist nodded approvingly and smiled, knowing he had taken her advice. "And what is wrong with your ear, Sir??"
"I can't piss out of it," he replied.

The waiting room erupted in laughter.

Mess with seniors and you're gonna lose


Wow! You do have a wide stance

Friday, October 5, 2007

FANGtastic Friday Orchid Blogging

Check out what I made (well, with God's help, some talented orchid breeders, and me misting,watering and feeding "weekly, weakly" )

They always "pop" when I'm out of town. This one is going to really put on a show. There are 6 more buds to open on the spike. The bloom has to be over 2 & 1/2 inches across on a spike that is at least 2 feet tall.

I bought this Orchid from Norman's Orchids about 2 years ago. It was supposed to be "in spike" which means a bud spike had formed (and would bloom shortly thereafter) but instead it was already blooming and the buds and blooms were knocked off in shipping. This is my first bloom since.

I did it without killing it.

Thank you Boris for forwarding the photo so I could share.


Thursday, October 4, 2007

Shameless Plug . . . for My FAVORITE show!

He's BAAAAAAaaaaaaaaack. Bigger. Beefier. And uncut. Oops, never mind about that last part. I wouldn't know (yet). Val, I wish you were here visiting right now from across the pond. Less than 20 hours away . . .

Yes, Bobby, you are my own special "whack job."

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


I think these guys should have their own TV show . . . if they don't already. And the producer/star (The Mary) is pretty cute . . . yeah . . . I'd do him. And the Rhoda and the Phyllis are pretty funny/creepy. They chose one of television's BEST theme songs, too. Partridge Family rocks forevaaaaaaaaaaaah! Yes, I've had a few cocktails. Okay . . . maybe more than a few . . .

Your Wednesday Weekly Weill

Tango Youkali/Kurt Weill,Soprano Tiziana Sojat, For Val

Bush Vetos SCHIP!

And a child shows how she really feels about it.