Saturday, July 30, 2016

Another Personal Inventory, with Ships

replica of HMS Surprise at the San Diego Maritime Museum, based on HMS Rose and used in the film.

1. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My father's first name, my mother's family surname in the middle.
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
About two years ago when I had to put my big, black dog, Hanna Stella, to sleep.
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
When I concentrate.
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Smoked Ham...
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
None
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
That would depend on a LOT of factors. I don't have many "friends."
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
What do YOU think????
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Removed when I was still in single digits, along with adenoids.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Probably. I made two parachute jumps.
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I have no favorites. I buy cold cereals and mix 'em up; always add blueberries.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Usually wear slip-ons or sandals
12. DO YOU THINK YOU'RE STRONG?
Mentally yes, but my physical strength is waning.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
I cannot think of a flavor I don't like.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Intelligence (or lack of same)
15. RED OR PINK?
Navy Blue
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?
I'm lazy. Truly, bone-deep, INDOLENT. It is my worst feature. Lazy as paint.
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO RE-POST THIS?
I don't care.
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Beige shorts and black thongs.
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
A bowl of chicken-chipotle-corn-potato chowder.
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Dave Brubeck
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Royal Blue
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
The ocean! Roasting green chile, caramelized onions, good weed, castrol at the track, bacon.
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
Laurelle Danton, DVM.
25. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
What Yanks call "soccer." The European leagues--La Liga, Ligue Un, Premier League, the Bundesliga, and Serie A--all start their 2016-17 terms within two weeks.
26. HAIR COLOR? REAL?
Real: Grey/white with some remaining blonde.
27. EYE COLOR?
Steel blue.
28. Do you wear contacts?
Nope. Glasses.
29. FAVORITE CUISINE?
New Mexican and south Louisiana.
30. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
If I watch movies, at all, I like funny ones. I prefer documentaries.
31. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
The most recent Muppet movie, with Frank Langella and Ricky Gervais in it...
32. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Intricate blues, blacks, and greys in compressed patterns, on a light grey background.
33. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer. The heat can be enervating, but I hate the cold....
34. HUGS OR KISSES?
Do I gotta choose?
35. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Flan
36. MOST LIKELY TO COMMENT-
What the FUCK?
37. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND
Libertarians.
38. What book are you reading now?
Barthes's "Mythologies,"  Patrick O'Brian's "Reverse of the Medal."
39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
Big Dog/Big Kahuna.
40. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT?
I didn't watch anything last night.
41. FAVORITE SOUND?
Big surf.
42. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
And the Beach Boys.
43. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Southeast Asia.
44. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I'm told I'm pretty good at talking "on my feet.".
45. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Chicago.
Where's # 17?
Fotocredit: By RufusTeleStrat at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6816969

Now, I just sit back and wait!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Who Were You In High School?



A request from a F-book pal who grew up in the same town as I, but graduated 8 years later: "Tell us about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!!"
The year was: 1964
1. Did you know your spouse? No, I had met none of them by then.
2. Did you car pool to school? With my sister(s), only; I drove.
3. What kind of car did you have? 1957 VW Cabriolet
4. What kind of car do you have now? 2003 Lexus GS 300/1997 Ranger XLT.
5. It's Friday night...where were you? Working at the radio station, KTRC, til midnight; then at the Senate Lounge til closing.
6. What kind of job did you have in high school? Disc-jockey at the local radio station.
7. What kind of job do you have now? Retired professor, former carpenter and journalist.
8. Were you a party animal? Yes.
9. Were you a cheerleader? No
10. Were you considered a jock? No, but I ran track in my junior year.
11. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I was in drama and speech/forensics (Ms. Rose Fidel.)
12. Were you a nerd? I never thought so.
13. Did you get suspended or expelled? Kicked out of class regularly. Suspended once. Never expelled. I cut school for most of my senior year.
14. Can you sing the fight song? Nope.
15. Who was your favorite high school teacher? Favorite? Jerry West, Godfrey Reggio and Don Gamache
16. Where did you sit for lunch? At Burt's Burger-Bowl or the Lotaburger...
\17. What was your school name? St. Michael's High, Santa Fe.
18. What was your school mascot? the Horsemen
19. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Knowing then what I know now? Beuhler!Q!!!
20. Did you have fun at Prom? I attended the St. Mike's Prom, the Loretto High Prom, the Pojoaque High Prom, and the Los Alamos Prom; each with a different gal. Had a fine time...
21. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? Haven't seen any of 'em since 1964.
22. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? I went to the 40th, skipped 50, and will probably attend #60, should I live so long.
23. Are you still in contact with people from school? A few.
24. What were your school's color? Blue & White

Lest We/You Forget, It Started Here!

Lest we forget: The Brooks Brothers' Riots.<
For my money, the turning point in 2000 was the Brooks Brothers Riot, when paid political aides invaded the Miami-Dade Election bureau and halted the recount through physical intimidation.

There's a foto of it:
On Nov. 19, 2000, (via Wiki) "Hundreds of "paid GOP crusaders" descended upon South Florida to protest the state's recounts,[1] with at least half a dozen of the demonstrators at Miami-Dade paid by George W. Bush's recount committee.[2] Several of these protesters were identified as Republican staffers and a number later went on to jobs in the Bush administration.[3]
The "Brooks Brothers" name reinforces the allegation that the protesters, in corporate attire, sporting "Herm├Ęs ties"[4] were astroturfing, as opposed to local citizens concerned about counting practices.
The demonstration was organized by Republican operatives, sometimes referred to as the "Brooks Brothers Brigade",[5] to oppose the recount of 10,750 ballots during the Florida recount. The canvassers decided to move the counting process to a smaller room and restrict media access to 25 feet away while they continued. At this time, New York Rep. John Sweeney told an aide to "Shut it down."[2][4] The demonstration turned violent, and according to the NY Times, "several people were trampled, punched or kicked when protesters tried to rush the doors outside the office of the Miami-Dade supervisor of elections. Sheriff's deputies restored order." DNC aide Luis Rosero was kicked and punched. Within two hours after the riot died down, the canvassing board unanimously voted to shut down the count, in part due to perceptions that the process wasn't open or fair, and in part because the court-mandated deadline was impossible to meet.[6][7][8]

Monday, March 14, 2016

Morality & Voting: The Dilemma of the "Lesser" Evil.



There sure is a LOT of hysterical, "true-believer"-kind, ideological purity on display in the DIM primary contests between Bernie and Hillary.

One of them will be the Party nominee (and there's no point in moaning about "third parties."). That person will HAVE to defeat whatever clown the GOPhux throw up. If, after the past 35 years, you can placidly view the prospect of ANY of them in the WhiteHouse, you should turn in your driver's license, surrender your kids, and turn in your guns, because you're dangerously demented.

Promising NOT to support or even vote for Hillary if she prevails in the primary contest--which I have encountered in MANY whom I previously respected--is a symptom and index of the  social and economic "privilege" which the folks proclaiming it enjoy.

It's their way of saying "I'm so protected and insulated by my privilege that I will be "safe enough," no matter what shit the GOPhux may pull, with complete control of the Gummint. It won't affect me."

(Though they'll deny it signifies any such thing. But they're already delusional.)

When the choice is between varieties of CorpoRat war mongers, I'll select the one with the least toxic DOMESTIC agenda.

All/ANY USer leader/President will (MUST!) necessarily and enthusiastically prosecute the Empire's international/regional programs. No one person can interfere. The Empire will roll on until it doesn't anymore. That's NOT something that's within the individual's or the voters' power to decide.

The determining factor to me is who will minimize DOMESTIC damage.
I'm a Rawlsian*: Act so as to endorse/support the LEAST HARM to the greatest number. That, to me, means that if Bernie is vanquished, and Hillary is the nominee, there is a moral imperative to vote for her.

In any case, whosoever finally wins, the GOPhux won't let any Dim govern.

They haven't, since 1992. It's nothing "personal." They are intent that NO ONE but they should hold or use actual power in this country. They've been organizing and preparing for this for almost 70 years.

Prez Lowbar provided the perfect excuse and opportunity to expand this design, because he was 'disqualified' on TWO counts: 1) he's a "Dim," and 2) he's not WHITE. The perfect storm, you might say.

History has amply demonstrated that when the lesser evil is defeated, usually it is by a GREATER one.

I'll vote for Bernie in the Primary, here, in June. But if he does NOT win the nomination, and Hillary does, I shall vote for Hillary, AGAINST the fucking GOPhux.

*Rawlsian: An acolyte of John Rawls, (late) Harvard ethicist and political philosopher whose major work was/is "A Theory of Justice."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Theory_of_Justice

Morality & Voting: The Dilemma of the "Lesser" Evil.



There sure is a LOT of hysterical, "true-believer"-kind, ideological purity on display in the DIM primary contests between Bernie and Hillary.

One of them will be the Party nominee (and there's no point in moaning about "third parties."). That person will HAVE to defeat whatever clown the GOPhux throw up. If, after the past 35 years, you can placidly view the prospect of ANY of them in the WhiteHouse, you should turn in your driver's license, surrender your kids, and turn in your guns, because you're dangerously demented.

Promising NOT to support or even vote for Hillary if she prevails in the primary contest--which I have encountered in MANY whom I previously respected--is a symptom and index of the  social and economic "privilege" which the folks proclaiming it enjoy.

It's their way of saying "I'm so protected and insulated by my privilege that I will be "safe enough," no matter what shit the GOPhux may pull, with complete control of the Gummint. It won't affect me."

(Though they'll deny it signifies any such thing. But they're already delusional.)

When the choice is between varieties of CorpoRat war mongers, I'll select the one with the least toxic DOMESTIC agenda.

All/ANY USer leader/President will (MUST!) necessarily and enthusiastically prosecute the Empire's international/regional programs. No one person can interfere. The Empire will roll on until it doesn't anymore. That's NOT something that's within the individual's or the voters' power to decide.

The determining factor to me is who will minimize DOMESTIC damage.
I'm a Rawlsian*: Act so as to endorse/support the LEAST HARM to the greatest number. That, to me, means that if Bernie is vanquished, and Hillary is the nominee, there is a moral imperative to vote for her.

In any case, whosoever finally wins, the GOPhux won't let any Dim govern.

They haven't, since 1992. It's nothing "personal." They are intent that NO ONE but they should hold or use actual power in this country. They've been organizing and preparing for this for almost 70 years.

Prez Lowbar provided the perfect excuse and opportunity to expand this design, because he was 'disqualified' on TWO counts: 1) he's a "Dim," and 2) he's not WHITE. The perfect storm, you might say.

History has amply demonstrated that when the lesser evil is defeated, usually it is by a GREATER one.

I'll vote for Bernie in the Primary, here, in June. But if he does NOT win the nomination, and Hillary does, I shall vote for Hillary, AGAINST the fucking GOPhux.

*Rawlsian: An acolyte of John Rawls, (late) Harvard ethicist and political philosopher whose major work was/is "A Theory of Justice."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Theory_of_Justice