Monday, December 19, 2016

"Italian Monastery Seeks Savation in Beer

Praise the Lord and pass the beer!

They seem to have edged closer to my church, Lutheran.

[After the Oct. 30 quake, one of the few things left standing at the monastery was a small brewery, where for the past four years the monks have been making Nursia, a beer named for Norcia’s ancient Latin appellation.

Their brew may now be the salvation — symbolically, at least — not only of the monks’ sanctuary, but also of Norcia itself. This ancient walled city is a ghost town of ravaged churches and cracked palazzi, and is still struggling to recover from the strongest earthquake to strike Italy in 36 years.]

Praise the Lord and pass the beer!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Washington Post Sinks HMS Trump: "Uniquely Unqualified"

WaPo tells the truth in this season of electoral madness:
The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.  (emphasis added)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Star Trek: "Infinite Diversity"

"Revolution Blues" Neil Young - BCN 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Meaning of Memorial Day

After perusing various adverts for Memorial Day furniture sales in the paper, had to remind myself of the true meaning of the Day: to remember those who gave their lives for these United States, fighting our wars. 

My good fortune and that of my family's means we have not lost any one close to us in war.   Nevertheless the Viet Nam War reached long tentacles of death to my sleepy ocean side town, claiming one Robert Gordon Birdsell  in 1969.  

Precisely because  blood of our soldiers pays a price so dear, also you'll see a photo of protesters against that war to remind that wars our country undertakes ought to become considered as business of the people, aired in public discussion rather than behind closed doors.

That constitutes democracy.

By Department of Defense. Defense Audiovisual Agency; Scene Camera Operator: Mickey Sanborn - href
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Reasons Trump Might Lose

Well thank the gods of Irony, despite my woe and fear and loathing that a carnival barker now has the presidential nomination for 1 of the 2 major parties, the asshole might lose.  Nevertheless, I weep and tremble that this con artist, bankruptcy maven, and political embarrassment could even have a possibility of getting near the nuclear trigger.

C'mon, government and public service ain't 'a business.  Do you want a buffoon negotiating with the Chinese or Putin?  Rather better to have an ex-Secretary of State in our office of President!


[4. He’ll split the party into factions. After Trump won Indiana, Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus called for the party to line up behind the presumptive nominee. That will be much harder for Republican candidates running this fall, who, looking at their own futures, will have to decide if they’ll run with him, in spite of him, or against him. All those shades are already {occurring}, with many longtime party leaders saying never. These fissures are likely to cost the GOP its U.S. Senate majority.]

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Confederae Women's Memorial....

....stands in Jacksonville, FL.

Hoo rah, Confederate women stuck back at home with family farms to take up for their men!

At least, they could get work done, and raise children, men children to go off and fight a cruel war fought on misbegotten idea people can own other people.   

Thursday, April 7, 2016

World Beer Day: Yay!

Finally, a holiday to call my own, near and dear to my heart: beer, that most ancient of drinks, brewed soon after societies began cultivating grains.  [Beer is one of the world's oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to the early Neolithic or 9500 BC, when cereal was first farmed,[3] and is recorded in the written history of ancient Iraq and ancient Egypt.[4] Archaeologists speculate that beer was instrumental in the formation of civilizations.[5]]  (Footnotes hypertext in original)

On April 7, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law that allowed people to brew and sell beer, in the United States, as long as it remained below 4.0% alcohol by volume (ABV).  Beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again for the first time in thirteen years.
Our research found this day was created as National Beer Day by Justin Smith, a Richmond, Virginia Craft Beer Examiner, and his friend Mike Connolly from Liverpool, England.   April 7th was chosen because the Cullen-Harrison Act was signed into law and became effective on this day.]  

Monday, March 28, 2016

Batman V Superman - Sad Affleck

Ben Carson Swallows Dignity; Endorses Trump

Trevor Noah Hits Right Note

Thursday, March 24, 2016

If I were a tree what kind of Trump voter would I be?

This type of free form  associative polling really chaps my ass. What does it add up too, all these bullshit questions.  This kind of  focus group bullshit chaps my ass; who you gonna vote for should focus the fucking group, not "what kind of tree would I be:"

"The veteran pollster who conducted the focus group, Peter D. Hart, has a knack for drawing out voters’ deep thoughts with “What Kind of Tree Would I Be”- type questions and exercises, though the voter who offered “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” as Mr. Trump’s theme song admitted with a laugh and a shrug that she could not quite explain why.  (emphasis added; quotes reordered.
The stupid but high paid pollster gets to voters' feelings in a roundabout way by asking them to write post cards to the candidates:

Cassandra Westerhold, 33, an independent who works in the oil and gas industry, wrote, “I believe that you are a bully and misogynist and I am ashamed to have you as the front-runner for the Republican Party.”
Aron Smith, 45, who works in technology for a large financial institution and supports Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, tried to strike an evenhanded tone. “While I appreciate your business acumen in the boardroom and believe it suits you well as the head of a huge business conglomerate,” he wrote, “I do not believe your crass and cavalier attitude fits the role of president.”
The pollster veers into insanity with these questions where he might accidentally veer into meat of the matter, that our society and especially the media value style over substance, a potentially fatal mistake when giving a man the keys to a vast nuclear arsenal.

[There were deep reservations about Mr. Trump, too. But in their comments — and their answers to probing questions like what song best described him and what they imagined he was like as a fifth grader — some voters suggested that their concerns were less about substance than about style, and that just a little attitude adjustment was all the billionaire needed.]

Attitude adjustment for a man with his finger on the nuclear trigger!  You gotta be freakin' kidding me!

Washington Post: 5 Pack of Trump Blasts

The Post’s View: Is Mr. Trump a threat to democracy?

The Post’s View: To defend our democracy against Trump, the GOP must aim for a brokered convention

The Post’s View: GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump

Why Can't This Be my Alter Ego?

OK, i'm a wrestling fan mark.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Kentucky Blue

While not usually one to take pleasure in pain of others--especially in sports; as a Cubs fan, it brings a heavy burden of pain for me--but Kentucky basketball has dominated for so long it felt good to see them go down in flames.

We Kentucky mockers best enjoy while we can for Coach (NBA prep school mentor) Calipari has another loaded class for 2016, with 5 five star players signed.

Of course with players playing 1 year and then done for their college careeer, they barely have to go to class.  Why should they go to class when they plan on seeing America while playing in the NBA?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I'm A Man [Live at Academy Of Music, New York, NY, March 25, 1972] Bo Diddley and Great Grateful Dead

Damn, someone sounds like they playin' slide guitar with rusty saw!

I'm A Man [Live at Academy Of Music, New York, NY, March 25, 1972] Bo Diddley and Great Grateful Dead

Damn, someone sounds like they playin' slide guitar with rusty saw!

Hey Bo Diddley [Live at Academy Of Music, New York, NY, March 25, 1972] (With the Grateful Freaking Dead!)

"People Annoy Me"

The stupid  ones annoy me most.  At least this author at Kos feels my pain.

[while extroverts are energized by social interaction, introverts are left drained by them.  This is exactly me.  After a day of meetings, I want to sit in a quiet room....]

The Donald: Failed Businesman Extrodinaire

Didja hear 'bout Trump's Intenet endeavour?  Probably not.sonce it died stillborn:
[Donald Trump was apparently about to dip his toes into the ISP world back in the summer of 1998, announcing that the newly formed Trump New Media would “wire his 20,000 residential apartments with high speed $30 monthly access.”

And sure, Trump could have gone with something vaguely within his realm of expertise—but why break with tradition? A local announcement at the time wrote that “Trump admits he’s hardly the man to head a new media firm. ‘I’ll tell you what I know about it: Absolutely nothing.’” He partnered with Freelinq Communications to launch the firm, but after getting shut out by his more competent competition, the endeavor failed to ever take off.]emphasis added

What else does he know nothing about?  Politics and compromise.

For me, who'll drink anything with alcohol, I'd like to try Trump Vodka. Make mine a Trump and tonic!

Cheeky Reponse to Vandals

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I'm Voting for Hillary, After Reading Free Ebook

While absolutely loving Senator Sander's policies, just don't believe a democratic socialist can get elected in America.

He already helped pull Hillary to the left  with their free plans for attending colege.

What about all the questions about her past?  Will she get indicted?  How about the emails?


2 respected investigative journalists, Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, have looked nto those and debunked them all.

Sure, the whiny left will complain Hillary does not fit thier idea of what a Democrtic candidate should look like.  They pine for Senator Bernie.  Nevertheless, cold hard math precludes his nomination or winning  the general election.

Read the book for free:

I double dawg dare you.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Trump Calls Poor People Morons

Univeristy of Central Florida Starts Trump Protest Phase

Donald Trump, speaking at my alma mater--The University of Central Florida in Orlando--faced protesters prootesting his campaign of hate mongering, fear, and intimidation for the first time.

Apparently, the idiot galvanized the student body onto using thier first amendment rights to showThe Donaldthey did not approve of his hate speech.  In this case, I'd have to call the protesters the sane ones.  Trumop should have known better to take his crusadeof hate to a college campus because the youngsters in polls show themselves as more progressive than their elders.

From my reading of the news,UCF, provided the first countr protests of Trump's protest campaign:  "Make  America Great Again."  One clever felloweven glued an   anaomically correct dildo to his "Make America Great " cap and called Trump a dickhead.

When  did we stop becoming great?  The US ranks #1 in many categories like military might and economic prowess.  Nevertheless, the angry underbelly of American politics cares naught for facts but subsists on fear.

The middle class fears getting left behin and becoming por.  Poor folks fear goning hungry and not having a roof over their head while the rich fear taxes, while this braggart, this bully, bloviator full of brash braggadocio incites violence.

Video from London Telegraph of Orlando protest:

Trump's very words stir up protests and verbal dissent, and foment violence; he sounds like the schoolyard bully who never got into a actual fight. He says he wants to punch protesters in the face but you can bet he never took a punch.

Screw that; America, I promise to punch him if we ever come together, punch him right in the balls from my wheelchair.  Maybe he'll pay my legal bills.

[They(protests) have become a regular thing at Trump rallies, and while security experts say Trump has every right to quash dissent at events he's paying for, they say the Republican front-runner is playing with fire by not tamping down uncivil behavior and assault.

"I would go so far as to say that I find that abhorrent," security consultant Stan Kephart, a former police chief in Arizona and California, said of Trump's failure to call out his pugnacious followers. "To me, he's pressing the line. He's doing things that you would see a showman do."

What's Trump's attitude about all of this?

He once said he'd like to personally punch a protester in the face, and has pledged to pay his supporters' legal bills if they get in trouble.

He's spoken fondly of the "good old days" when police could rough protesters up without fear of backlash. "But today," he said Wednesday in Fayetteville, "they walk in and they put their hand up and they put the wrong finger in the air ... and they get away with murder. Because we've become weak."] emphais added

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Monday, February 29, 2016

A Merkin for My Gerken?

Washington Post reports in "16 things you missed in the Oscars" that someone made merkin joke.

Had to look up merkin: a pubic wig.

Could use a regular but will order a size up: XL, a codpiece in chain mail.

Maybe even the Donald has an orange merkin for his gerkin, made from hair from an endangered species, like his wig.

Sunday, February 28, 2016


"Beer ain't drinking."
Bruce Dern as Woody Grant in "Nebraska."

Friday, February 26, 2016


Orange Juice, nuthin' better in am than orange juice. Not drink of hue of puce or chartreuse
Orange, beautiful orange juice.

Even without vodka truce
Love me some orange juice
It's no ruse
I love orange juice.

Suck on that, Texas!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

My Valentine's Card

(Held by Burkina, best Certified Nursing Assistant ever!  Made by kids, obviously, from nearby church, kids who care for us more than our families.)

Edda of Dan

I don't get hangovers; I get withdrawals.

Saturday, February 13, 2016


He has need of his wits who wonders wide.
Edda of Sæmond the wise
(For SPK)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Dan's Card

Dan got hand made card.  See Dan's card.  It made Dan smile.

Did you smile?

You did.

Admit it.  Life can get funny.

See Dan's Machine

Dan hates his life.  But Dan wants to live.  See Dan's dialysis machine.  It keeps Dan alive.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Pashtun Proverb

"There are no good men among the living, and no bad ones among the dead." By Anand Gopaul.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tooting My Own Horn

Had looked for but despairedof having a defensive game, a slobberknocker w/ body parts a flyin'.  Told odad-on time stamped email edge rushers could attack Cam and buck him up-er, off.

They did, save for one long scramble.

Yet I hold no brief for Peyton Manning.  Buck that ancient fart too, with all his advert $ and gigantic forehead.  They can send that head to space and beam ads off it.

This just in, James Brown's hologram booked for next halftime gig.  His ghost would show more life than Cold play!


They made Coldplay WORSE!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Völuspá Doomsday Prophecy

"A sword age, a wind age, a wolf age.  No longer is there mercy among men."
From Snorri Sturlson's prose Eddas.  From "The Sea Wolves: A History of the Vikings"

Do we live in the wolf age?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

1 More Word

Backpfeifengesichtt: German word for face which needs a slap.

Can't see Trump's mug w/out thinking of this word!

You want to shred the Constitution?


Deny American born Muslims entry into the USA, even those born there?


Spout divisive nonsense and hatemonger?


You get the drift.

2 Words



All hypothetical, of course, 'cause using tobacco now as other option illegal in FLA.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Poem 13

Would a, could a, should a, done, did, but not Done!, will, can, can do, will do, do more, do anything good, any worthwhile deed, some good, probably some bad but no evil, lift the veil....

See, speak, and write my truth!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

"A baby?...."

"....a chubby cheeked rolly poley shit machine?"
Dexter Season3, Episode 3

Catching up on reruns.  Hmmm, a serial killer w/ an ethical code, should I worry 'bout me?