Thursday, October 27, 2011

Robyn - Tribute

Kids today! Brilliant!

My Uncle Ralph

Is my hero! He is now around 82 and fiercely alive!! He drove my Dad (his baby brother) crazy throughout his life... Kudos for that!! Slowish perfectionism, plodding on to the perfect solution; what the hell is wrong with that? Talk to him, and he pauses, placing the perfect thought that he is about to speak, accurately and kindly; and he is always smart and brilliant, and warm and empathetic. I hope he knows what an influence he has been on my life!

I do not in any way live up to that expectation, I do worship his absolute perfection of his life!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Take a read here at Balloon-Juice, but be ready to shed a tear.

I have no idea if it was a no-kill shelter. I’m not sure no-kill shelters even existed in any significant number back then. So I just told myself that I was about to see a bunch of really cute kitties, most of which wouldn’t make it out of there. But mine would.

All the cats were sufficiently nice, and they generally displayed that survival reflex that makes them particularly adorable in such sad circumstances. I wanted to take them all, but I was only getting one, and there really wasn’t anything that made me want to take one over the others. I looked closely at one or two, but I still wasn’t certain.

Finally, I noticed the one cat who wasn’t making himself adorable. He just kept to himself in the back of his cage, uncertain, maybe even a bit fearful of getting noticed. He may well have been a feral someone picked up. Still he was tabby-ish, and mostly dark. I’d heard people gravitate towards lighter-colored cats. With his appearance and timid demeanor, I suddenly saw myself as this cat’s one chance to ever leave that shelter. So that’s how “this cat” became Nash, my kitty for 17 1/2 years.

Read the whole thing. Thank you Catie for turning me into a cat lover.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Mittster Sez

"Corporations are people, my friend."
----------------------------Mitt Romney

So is Soylent Green

UPDATE: Shoot! Americablog beat me to it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pray Away the Gay Fail

At first I really thought this was satire.

I wonder if Michele of God's flambé'd husband Marcus Bachmann is this poor delusional soul's spiritual "camp" counselor. Or maybe MB just picked out his outfit as he does Michele's.

Crimes of fashion are just some of the sins displayed here. A pox on all of their houses!

It would be funny if this prayed degayed crap wasn't so harmful to gay youth trying to navigate their way to an integrated acceptance of their sexuality.

Ms Crazy Eyes

Out palsies on the right are all vapors of indignation over this photo of Michele Bachmann and her crazy eyes. Christ, she probably picked out the damn photo herself. Frankly, I beg you, find me a photo or video where she doesn't look batshit insane. Go on, find one.
She looks crazy because she IS a goddamn lunatic. She just can't hide it. And that repressed closet case whackjob she married to probably doesn't help matters (though her own self-delusion about him requires a touch of insanity.) All that Jesus-Juice has diluted her blood or something, so the crazy just oozes out though her eyes.

Scary as shit! She just might get the Republican nomination, and maybe even the presidency.

FSM, have mercy on us all!

That includes you, too, poor world at large. MerKa is going through some kind of Screamin' Mimi's right now, and you know we just gotta share.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lucy at 100

My favorite "I Love Lucy", The William Holden Episode. Here's the best excerpts:
Part 1:

Part 2

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Kerry's Favorite - I'll Be Seeing You

I can only hope...

O Fortuna

O Fortuna (O Fortune)
velut luna (like the moon)
statu variabilis (you are changeable)
semper crescis (ever waxing)
aut decrescis; (and waning;)
vita detestabilis (hateful life)
nunc obdurat (first oppresses)
et tunc curat (and then soothes)
ludo mentis aciem, (as fancy takes it)
egestatem, (poverty)
potestatem (and power)
dissolvit ut glaciem. (it melts them like ice.)

Sors immanis (Fate - monstrous)
et inanis, (and empty)
rota tu volubilis, (you whirling wheel)
status malus, (you are malevolent)
vana salus (well-being is vain)
semper dissolubilis, (and always fades to nothing)
obumbrata (shadowed)
et velata (and veiled)
michi quoque niteris; (you plague me too;)
nunc per ludum (now through the game)
dorsum nudum (I bring my bare back)
fero tui sceleris. (to your villainy.)

Sors salutis (Fate is against me)
et virtutis (in health)
michi nunc contraria, (and virtue)
est affectus (driven on)
et defectus (and weighted down)
semper in angaria. (always enslaved.)
Hac in hora (So at this hour)
sine mora (without delay)
corde pulsum tangite; (pluck the vibrating strings;)
quod per sortem (since Fate)
sternit fortem, (strikes down the string)
mecum omnes plangite! (everyone weep with me!)

Read more:
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vent, or Risk Explosion

My country has gone bat shit insane.

Republicans are now out of the friggin minds. They hold the world economy hostage, until they can slash and burn away at the very things the middle class needs to survive, so that their corporate overlords can keep their bonuses.

And the Democrats, as the grown-ups in the room, caved surrendered are forced to acquiesce to this blackmail.

And the electorate keeps on voting for the Republicans, even as their way of life evaporates into the pockets of the obscenely rich. They are so afraid that "some lazy, good-for-nothing" brown person is getting more than their share, that the Gays will marry and this all will make the baby Jeebus weep. So on and evermore, they keep supporting these assholes, in direct conflict with their own best interests.

So we have jobs off-shored and outsourced, benefits whittled down to nothing, mass transit gutted, healthcare and education costs spiraling out of control; a nation where only the robber barons bourgeoisie gilded class can afford anything.

Welcome to America, 2011

UPDATE: I hear that a few Dem's called the Repug's out on their terrorist tactics. That's what terrorists do; take hostages. Well I guess this hurt the Republicans' feefees! Asshats to the end.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Her First Period

I laughed 'til I cried...

Oscar Sez

Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.

Oscar Levant

Ruperty Doo Dah

“Rupert Murdoch says he has been touched by the many messages left on Amy Winehouse’s phone.”

-------------Roddy Doyle

Sunday, June 26, 2011


My son was mugged yesterday in my neighborhood. I live in East Rogers Park near the Morse L stop. He was jumped by a group of black guys in the alley who took his cash and phone. At first I was angry that they hurt my son and took all of his ID and brand new (cheap) phone, but the anger subsided when I realized my son was not seriously hurt and they returned his wallet with his ID.

I am still angry they punched my son in the face and corrupted his love of this city. He had moved here from Texas to escape the verbal and mental abuse from his dad's new wife. We both looked forward to his fresh start and the chance to explore all of his new options now that he graduated from HS and was in a city with countless choices and opportunities.

I came to realize that I feel sorry for the kids who mugged my son because they obviously lack a positive male role model in their lives. Also, I realized that their mothers must not love them enough to teach them that they need to graduate HS and then get a real job to support themselves. No one taught them that ganging up on one individual to steal their stuff was not a real job, but was mere thuggery and NOTHING to be proud of. As a mother, I went out of my way to insure my boys were not hanging around with a "bad crowd" who would encourage this type of behaviour. I always knew pretty much who my kids were hanging out with and where they were at all times. I knew the parents of my kids friends and kept in touch with them to help the kids stay on track. I feel sorry for the thugs because they obviously did not have someone at home this invested in their futures.

The money they took from my son was his first paycheck after having worked an entire weekend at a neighborhood fest busting his butt to clean and help out. I can replace his hard earned cash, but it will take a while to restore his faith in our beloved city.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fat As I Am

Went to the doctor today to get yelled at. To paraphrase Judy Garland quoting her London press: "Gunga Dean is not plump, he is not chubby, he's Fat! F-A-T, FAT!!

Here's Bette's version:

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cheap Flights!

For Val as it's from her side of the pond:

Also HERE!

Without subtitles seems to play clearer:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Born This Way / I Am What I Am / Love Takes Over" Mashup

People constantly amaze me with their talent

By MondayMashups

He's also done a funny BradyBunch mashup too.

Don't know if you can see it, Val.

You can also find it Here

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

KD Lang Sings to me... Lenard Cohen's Hallelujah

I post this for my lost Kerry.

I am having one of those days, where I think of MyKe

Could be this Lyric:
I heard there was secret chord.
David played and it pleased the Lord;
But you don't really care for music, do ya.
Well it goes like this the 4th, the 5th
the minor fall the major lift...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lena Horne Was The Really Classy Amercan

And we thank you..

Time to Vent on AmeriKan's

OK - I have some crazzzzy family (no link provided so I can have peace over the holidays)
that is bat shit eating insane and always ready to bitch and moan to me about the lazy, thieving, black, brown, immigrant, slut, soul-less, family crushing, pervert/fag ("but not you, you know what & who I mean"), snobby intelligentsia, elite, libruls...

You know, not us but, Them!!

'Cos we're the only true True Merkins!

They say, all of the above, are taking all our hard earned shit, 'cos, you know, the lazy, thieving, black, brown, immigrant, unwed slut, soul-less, family crushing, pervert/fag ("but not you, you know what & who I mean"), snobby intelligentsia, elite, libruls never worked a day in their lives and could never be true hard workin' Merkins.

Meanwhile, The corporate overlords have looted the house (and destroyed the Middle class).

Sooo, To You True Blue, Stoopid, So-Called Real Merkins! Who do we burn first?

Cat's do Sheen

Cat's do the Charlie Sheen Thing

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Patti Smith

Also get's into my soul!

And "Gloria"!
"Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine!"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Upcoming book blogspot

This is the website of my friend, Phillip Zimmerman who is writing a book about his experiences as an Arab Linguist in the Navy. He was subsequently betrayed by a fellow sailor and discharged for being gay. Please visit the blogspot and feel free to comment or post thoughts and suggestions. Thanks...

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Morse Beach In the Snowpocalypse

This was the beach a block from my house during the storm a couple of nights ago:

H/T Mountain of Evidence

Friday, January 28, 2011


Once again, America supports the bad guys...

Wonder who they're going to support when this is over

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ballad of the Sad Young Men - Shirley Bassey

The therapist had me look this one up.  I thought the idea was to walk away from the razor blades...

He also had me look up "Remittance Men". Not pleasant either..

Time to go cheer up at Damn You, Auto Correct!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One way or the other

I do not blame Sarah Palin for the shootings in Arizona this week, but you cannot have it both ways. You CANNOT use iconography depicting the cross hairs of a gun and claim this is "just a symbol" and is not meant to denote a suggestion of gun violence. If it was merely a symbol to point out the districts that were in need of change, an "X" can mark the spot with no extra connotations. When you choose to point a gun at someone, real or imagined, you are suggesting that you plan to use that weapon. The only use for a gun is to kill someone or something, it is not like they are multipurpose household items.

The entire country has to take a chill pill. When you use hateful words, symbols or acts to express your opinion, you are expressing hate. I disagree with almost every single Republican in this country, but the only ones I truly "hate" are Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld because I believe them to be 100% pure evil. I hate the players AND their games on that one.

When you yell "off with their heads", you are saying you want them to die and not that you would like them to wear a different sweater.....really??!???

Sunday, January 9, 2011

John Cole Sez

From Balloon-Juice's John Cole:

Want to watch a Republican freak out? Utter the following statement:
“This shooting demonstrates that we really need to tone down the violent political rhetoric.”
Then watch the freakout begin, even though there is nothing partisan or pointed about that statement. “Why are you pointing fingers? Both sides do it! Why are you blaming Sarah Palin?”

The Jackbooted Thuggish Rhetoric of the Right

Well, the guy who did this appears to be quite the nutcase.

However, the language of the Right's leaders has been laced with violent rhetoric for some time now.  It is a false equivalence to state that the left has it's loonies.  Of course it does.  But you will find no blood soaked imagery coming from it's leaders; as compared to the reckless statements of the Right's Palin, Angle, Bachmann, LimbaughO'Reilly, Beck, et al.

They need to knock it off.  Now!

Also, as the party of "Personal Responsibility", Republicans need to man up, and acknowledge that their language has had consequences.  The way they are weaseling out of accepting any blame, while accusing the Left of attempting to take "partisan advantage" of the situation, is pathetic and rings completely hollow.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sharron Angle - "2nd Amendment Remedies"

Sharron Angle, Teabagger Dreamboat and certifiable right-wing whack-job gets her wishes fulfilled with the latest shooting of Rep Gabrielle Giffords.   Here's Sweet Sharron on the campaign trail:

You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years.
I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid (Ed Note:  or whoever else they don't like) out.

Sooo many samples...

“Don’t retreat. Instead — reload!”

How did that shooty-bangy thing in Tucson today work out for you, bitch?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Spotted On T-Shirt

"I Used To Be F***ing Stupid.
Then We Broke Up!"

HSBC Challenge

I received a letter last week in a plain white window envelope telling me my credit line had been canceled due to inactivity.  However the letter had no letterhead, no account number, just a PO Box 9068 in Brandon FL and a 800 phone number.

So I did a Google search on the PO and it came up HSBC.  I had an old Household Finance line that I never used anymore due to their outrageous usery interest rate, so no big deal for me.  On a lark I Googled HSBC complaints.  Holy Shit! These people sound worse than borrowing from a loan shark.  Thank God, I got away from them without issue.

No wonder HSBC was ashamed to sign their own frickin' letter.

UPDATE:  The original letter was dated 12/18/2010.  On 1/7/2011 I received a letter dated 12/20/2010 but postmarked 1/6/2011 on Household Finance Corp letterhead with loan paid-in-full documents.  They are still major assholes.