October 31, 2009
"Don't let it be forgot,
that once there was a spot
for one brief shining moment,
known as Camelot."
I remember it so clearly standing in line taking measured steps until we stood in front of the Mona Lisa in Washington D.C. on a cold January day in 1962; and the following year standing on the curbside on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting to see John Kennedy and President Betancourt of Argentina pass by. The draw this day for us was that Jackie was going to be with them in the open car. The two presidents were in the car, but alas no Jackie. A small disappointment indeed. But there would be other days, and other chances to see them together. These were heady days for our country and for us. We all thought we were living in a charmed time, in a charmed city, in a charmed country. We didn't know that the clock was ticking and soon those days, which would be compared to Camelot, would come to a tragic end, and the country would have to endure three murders that would change our country forever.
I remember how I felt then as if it were yesterday, I was young, I thought that it could only get better and better and anything was possible. When we as a country received those three body blows it knocked the breath out of us and an age of cynicism took it's place. It continues today, look around, listen to our leaders, brotherhood is only a word in the dictionary. Debate has become yelling contests and coming together for the common good is only a wishful thought.
The tragedy caused by those three deaths continues in our actions. It's sad.
October 30, 2009
October 29, 2009
October 28, 2009
GOP Claims Olympia Snowe Was Born in Kenya
Birthers Demand Proof of Non-Kenyan Status
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - Just moments after she broke with fellow Republicans and voted in favor of health care reform, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) came under fire from the GOP for allegedly lying about her nation of birth.
"This vote is going to raise suspicions, once again, that Sen. Snowe was born in Kenya," said GOP Chairman Michael Steele. "We demand that she prove, once and for all, that she is definitely not Kenyan."
Orly Taitz, leader of the so-called "birther" movement, said that Sen. Snowe's vote was "textbook Kenyan" behavior: "She's putting her tribe first."
In other news, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said he would acquire the St. Louis Rams and rename their stadium The House of Painkillers.
Limbaugh's move came after a failed bid to acquire Minnesota's NFL franchise and rename it the Minnesota Vicodins.
Elsewhere, the Rev. Moon married 10,000 people, putting him slightly ahead of Liza Minnelli. More here.
There were a bunch of guys in the nineteenth century who painted landscapes that ended up looking somewhat like this, one of which was the famous Van Gogh. Van Gogh painted fields of wheat and crows that looked blurred, but was his impression of what he saw. I once read where he was near sighted and without correction that is indeed what it would have looked like to him.
But on a recent trip through Pennsylvania, among other pictures taken and which were much clearer, came this blurry shot which I liked. I think I'll call it Reminiscences of a season. A fancy name I think for a failed photography shot.
Below is the painting I refer to wheatfield and crows. This is sometimes referred to as Van Gogh's last work, but other historys say no, he painted maybe seven more in his last year.
October 26, 2009
October 25, 2009
October 24, 2009
When was the last time you and a friend had one of those laughing moments that just seemed to get funnier and funnier as you were laughing? My wife and I had one of those moments thinking about an embarrassing moment we had together in a darkened movie theater. It really is not funny except to the two of us. If I tell you the story it won’t make you laugh and would just be embarrassing to my wife and I. Perhaps it becomes funnier with each telling or remembering among friends of a funny event that bonds you together and knowing your secret story is safe and can be laughed at? I certainly don’t know the psychology of a laugh nor do I know the physicality of a laugh. What I do know it’s a human release of good will and the re-sharing of a moment in time. Everybody laughs, the high and the low of us. It’s free and might even be good for our health.
October 23, 2009
October 21, 2009
October 20, 2009
This video from BLOGGINGHEADS courtesy of the NY Times addresses a question that I have thought about. I certainly do not have any answers, but I have wished that we would pull out of Afghanistan, and Iraq and come home or put all our efforts to protecting? (if that's the word) in situations like this. Are we protecting Iraq? It is all confusing to me EXCEPT we still have Americans giving their life's in yet another, never ending war. I say enough, but then again, what do I know?
October 18, 2009
I, like a lot of people my age like film noir, I suppose because we grew up on it. Of course in my day film mags were mostly cranked out with news from the publicity departments from the studios so the actors and actresses were bigger than life. But in fact, we knew they weren't. A popular pair was Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. There are stories about Ladd standing on a box so he was level with his co-star. True? probably or something close to it. I do know that Ladd was a towering 5 foot 5 inches tall, and Veronica Lake was 4 foot 11 inches tall.
October 17, 2009
October 16, 2009
A NICE PLACE TO WORK EACH DAY
Wouldn't you think that working in an environment like this would elevate your goals and aspirations? But I think the Peter Principle works big time here. "In a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence," or, as Dr. Peter went on to explain in simpler terms, "The cream rises until it sours."
From a magazine store in 1926. A comment from a reader says he counted 15 magazines still in publication. Magazines like newspapers are in trouble today, but maybe the future is not all bleak. Click picture to enlarge.
Look at shorpy.com for more interesting stuff from days gone by.
October 15, 2009
October 14, 2009
A really brave Senator. As they say, there should be no bill that can't be talked about. It's disgusting that the Republican party votes as a bloc on this issue. They certainly all don't think alike, do they? Are they little robots that get their marching orders each day? They might as well stay home. Come on Republicans, get in the game, do what you were voted in for. it's to represent the people who voted for you, are your states people all mutes? You've become like petulant children. Do you all intend to stand mute for three more years?
Colts owner won't vote for Limbaugh's Rams bid
October 11, 2009
Feinstein: Obama Should Approve McChrystal?s Recommendations - George's Bottom Line
Afghanistan, Yes or No?
One of the most interesting television times for me is Sunday morning at 10:30. This morning was no exception. I take advantage of my remote and flip back and forth between George Stephanopoulos on ABC and David Gregory on NBC. Today's prime topic was Afghanistan which I am of the opinion we should pack our gear and put those boots back on American soil. I was definite about my feelings on the matter. But, if you listen enough, definite starts to get a little uncertain when you hear something that makes you start to think all over again. Today on Stephanopoulos show someone made the statement that if the Taliban and Al Qaeda are not contained in Afghanistan it puts Pakistan, which is next door, in jeopardy, and Pakistan is a nuclear power with a president who has a shaky spine. See the video above. It laid out several ways the U.S. could go. I am certainly no student of foreign affairs, but it painted a picture different from what I knew. President Obama certainly has no easy task ahead of him. Do we become the world's policemen or not?
October 10, 2009
For his noble words, Obama deserves the prize -- latimes.com
David Brooks of the New York Times brings up a point that I wondered about. That is, how many dittoheads can Limbaugh count on to follow his marching orders? Brooks has looked into it a little and believes not many, or at least not as many as he and his ilk think they can deliver. Like the wizard of oz, could Rush be just an empty shirt?
October 9, 2009
I read Archie comics when I was a young boy. I am now seventy-two and Archie is making a big splash with his soap opera style marriage dilemma. He looks like he has aged quite well. Matter of fact they all look exactly like they did when I would keep in touch with them each month. If I understand what is going on, it seems Archie decided on Veronica and she accepted. Things were put into motion for publication etc. People started protesting, polls were taken, and Betty Cooper beat out Veronica Lodge by a handy margin. Now here is where I lose track about what is going on. Evidently they have come out with an alternative issue where Archie asks Betty for her hand in marriage and she accepts. What is it about Archie that makes him so appealing to the ladies? Is it the freckles? So now I don't know if it will all be explained as dream sequences or if the publishers will make the great decision or will let the polls speak and proclaim Betty as the winner. The winner of Archie in fact. I guess any Father-In-Law would like Archie as a Son-In-Law. He's a nice boy (although he has to be secretly about eighty years old or more).
October 8, 2009
October 7, 2009
October 6, 2009
Rush Limbaugh and a friend are thinking of buying the St. Louis Ram professional football team for some humongous figure. The news item in inself is not too exciting to me, but it conjured up another thought. I wonder if Rush, the skinny and very rich man would be interested in buying a baseball team? I am thinking of my favorite team, the Cleveland Indians. They have owners that for the life of me I wonder why they want to own the team. They are poor mouthers from way back. Don't they know owning a professional team is only for the very rich who buy a club for the excitement of it all. Plus they must be willing to spend, spend, and spend to achieve the 'championship'. I think in baseball it is called the world series, but for Cleveland fans we have to look it up to be sure.
Rush send some of your millions to Cleveland, we have a lot of young kids playing here now, but our owners insist on sending our Cy Young award winners away. Think how much fun you could have if you kept them here in Cleveland for a while.
Why I watched this I don't know. I thought it must have a happy ending or at least I hoped. I, of course, suspected the aggressor was the bad guy in the piece, and I assume he was. Mr. Blackshirt when he finally was pushed to his limit must have uncorked a doozy to Mr. No Sleeves. Kind of a mini Clint Eastwood where the bad guy gets his.
October 5, 2009
October 4, 2009
October 2, 2009
October 1, 2009
1940 Poster for a lecture by Max Lerner at Roosevelt High, Des Moines, Iowa, showing an armored gauntlet clenched in a fist.
Brings up thoughts I had, along with many more people during the last administration, when habeas corpus was rescinded. Do we just keep recycling history?