Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Victoria Principal

Lupner, We Miss You!

Keep On Rocking In The Free World

What's with acoustic guitars, anyway?

Although recently, we've determined that "Too Much Marshall" is a genuine phenomenon.

The TMM Circuit -- a new band name for the Preying Mantitis?

I'm just asking...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

First Avenue Bootleg CD is out ...

I thought this was worth noting; I do believe I'll seek it out and buy it...

The Bootlegs: Commemorating 35 Years at First Avenue
The CD includes previously unreleased one-of-a-kind
recordings live from First Avenue from a handful of
the club’s most memorable performances.. Were you
there for the Rev 105 Suburbs’ show in 1995? Were you
there for the Guided By Voices’ sold-out show in the
mainroom? How about when Throwing Muses’ Kristin Hersh
wowed fans on her solo tour? Now, you can be!

The Jay Hawks - Better Days (12-21-03)
Guided By Voices - Queen of Cans and Jars (11-18-03)
Ween - The Mollusk (05-13-00)
Trip Shakespeare - Diane (11-26-91)
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Patti Smith - Redondo Beach (11-21-98)
The Replacements - Love You Till Friday ('81)
The Suburbs - Every Night's A Friday Night ('95)
Husker Du - Books About UFOs (08-28-85)
Old 97's - Murder(Or a Heart Attack) (01-16-04)
Atmosphere - The Woman With the Tatooed Hands
Bettie Serveert - What Friends (10-16-03)
Mark Mallman - To Speak of the Animal (11-22-02)
Richard Thompson - Cooksferry Queen (9-29-99)
Jay Farrar w/Canyon - Windfall (9-24-03)
Kristin Hersh - Your Ghost (9-3-99)

Recordings were chosen to emphasize the club’s support
of both local and national acts and its unparalleled
reputation as Minneapolis’ premier nightclub.

You can buy it at this online purchase site.

Being a geezer, I'm interested in the 1981 and 1985 tracks...

Image and description boosted from First avenue's website; I think it's fair use, though...

Congratulations to Mr. Rutenberg on his new daughter

Our esteemed colleague and friend, mister rutenberg, and his lovely wife, missus rutenberg [well, that's how I know her], took a little while on Monday to welcome into the world their daughter, Marietta.

We are glad to have her aboard!

Congratulations to a friend who deserves all the happiness that his daughter will surely bring.

And now, Maria really has a little one to play with [see, I understand the latin roots involved in "Maria" and "Marietta." I is edjikated...]

photo is illustrative only; actual photos of Ms. Rutenberg are forthcoming...

Monday, November 28, 2005

Directions To STretch

The things we love to do for our friends ....

Here is a general map to Lucy Bowen McCauley's stretch class [Monday nights, 6:30 - 7:30]. Lucy will have Joan as guest torturer tonight ....

Ignore the Red Star -- that's the Hard Times cafe in Clarendon. I use it as a reference -- Stretch is around the Clarendon Blvd. side [same block], while parking is on the Wilson Blvd. side [underground, free after 5:30]. Gal hur is a few blocks east on Wilson...

Oh -- if you click on a map, you should get a lisghtly larger version, suitable for framing...

"Stripes" Redux

I knew I shouldn't have smoked all that cough syrup ...

it's so hard to focus ...

Friday, November 25, 2005

Blessed Beverly Hills

Loving This Giving Season

Allie's Christmas present

Black Friday Beckons

Well, it's off to an early start on Black Friday.

From 5am 'til 11 am, the local whorehouse is offering negresses for only $68.99 a toss ....

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Yay for me

I've been getting a lot of biscuit lately ....

Thank you, Johhny

I am enjoying a cup of Taylors of Harrogate tea, as I savour my Thanksgiving.

Barley, corn, and baked potato. MMmmmmmmmm ....

Outback Rawks!

Well, actually, in many ways it doesn't. In many ways, it's the evil site of wrong in these United States.

I like my nights there -- a non-smoking, non-drinking vegetarian, sitting at the bar.

I get a plain baked potato, and steamed broccoli [no butter], with a diet coke.

In and out in 14 minutes, if I want, for about six bucks.

I tip another six -- I used to support them with my wine intake ...

The Ninth Circuit

THe Ninth Circuit Courthouse in Pasadena [their headquarters is in San Francisco].

What a pleasant spot; too bad so many lives are ruined there ...



Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thank You

I can be a real negative, whiny sunovabitch.

But I have TON to be thankful for.

And it starts with all of my friends, old and new. I thank all of you.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

I thought you might like a nice pie chart ...


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Could Do To You What They Do To Padilla

I see that Cenk Uygur feels he can borrow my lines and my thoughts any time he wants.

Jose Padilla = American Citizen.

You [well, I don't know about a couple o' ye] = American Citizen

I guess the authorities can charge you years after putting you away -- IF the Supreme COurt is about to cave the authorities' skulls in.

I like Strunk & White, btw ...

Joel and King

I hope that Billy crystal doesn't host the Academy awards broadcast this coming year.

I don't like Billy Joel's music.

I don't like the LA Dodgers.

Monday, November 21, 2005


If Frank Capra had been born a woman, he wouldn't have had a dick.

It Looks Like My Ex is Okay

On Taking Anger to Heart

A Science report in today's Washington Post makes me think that ___, my ex, may survive for a while:

Extremely hostile women do not have a greater risk of heart disease than their more placid sisters, new research has found, contradicting conventional wisdom about the consequences of an angry personality for both sexes.

While men with high levels of hostility had nearly twice the risk of heart disease as men with low levels of hostility in the new study, women who were very hostile actually had a slightly lower risk of heart disease compared with women who reported little hostility, although that difference was not statistically significant, according to a paper published last week in the British Journal of Medicine.

"Hostile men, but not women, were more than twice as likely to suffer recurrent coronary heart disease events," the paper said. "Hostility may have different consequences in men and women."

The study, partly funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, was conducted by researchers in New York at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, St. John's University and Columbia University Medical Center. The study tracked 206 men and women in Nova Scotia over four years and evaluated their personalities on a hostility scale. Hostility was associated with depression among both sexes, the study noted.

The researchers offered no word on the physical and emotional well-being of people who were the targets of all that rage.

-- Shankar Vedantam

Whew; I had feared for her...


Plans To End The War? Anyone? Beuller? Anyone ....?

Okay -- let's sum up. For some reason -- noble, prudent, evil, silly -- we invaded Iraq and toppled the existing government (a ruthless tyrant from Tikrit named Saddam Hussein). We have been there as a military force for a couple of years while a new, native government has slowly grown. Lots of boys and girls and men and women are doing extended termsof duty there.

I wonder what we do now. Thoughtful people, not administration types, make the case for a benefit from an immediate pullout, while others make the case for *very* adverse consequences from an immediate pullout.

If *I'd* engaged in an immediate pullout, my divorce woulda been much easier. But I digress.

What do you folks think? Should we leave now? Will the vaccum created be good for U.S.? Bad?

Where did the "the" go in that sentence?

I have sided with the folks who thought a precipitous pullout would be bad, but I'm not sure that that's true...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Thums Down on Cash 'n Cage

I am a big fan of Johnny Cash. I like his tunes, I like what I know of his personality.

Why exactly did this life merit a film?

It's well-performed. But the life story is not worth this movie.

And Nicholas Cage was great. I spent an entire flick understanding fully why I should kill myself ...

Friday, November 18, 2005

Equal Opportunity?

I assume this means I can now deduct money I spend on rent?

Why exactly am I subsidizing your ownership of houses, you homeowners?

Regine Understands

Regine says:

The world has truly gone crazy. The best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, France is telling the US they are being to [sic] upstuck, and the Germans don't want to go to war.

Tequila Savings


That's my savings on tequila since detox.
As devoted readers might recall, it is a conservative estimate, based on daily tequila consumption, calculated at non-sale prices through Va. ABC sales outlets.
It does not include wine and restaurant purchases, which would likely take it over $10,000.
I say "savings" when I mean "money not spent." I obviously haven't saved a damned dime of it, if you know me at all...

Let's Not Debate Abortion, and Let's Debase Science

Today's Washington Post op-ed page really, really nails it. I humbly suggest that, no matter where your opinion falls with regard to abortion, and no matter your thoughts on the existence, name and address of a creator, all thinking folks can join with Michael Kinsley and Charles Krauthammer today.

Kinsley, through the prism of the Alito nomination, explains how senators and the President let us down by skirting the abortion debate. The focus on "precedent" and adhering to it is a red herring, friends, and no one should fall for it or accept a debate on the value of precedence if abortion is their concern.

Chas the K takes on the fools in Kansas who redefined "science" to no longer define it as the study of natural explanations. As I have always contended that evolution and a belief in a single God are not mutually inconsistent, and are actually quite compatible [although evolution and a literal acceptance of King James's English translation of the Good Book are likely not -- consider this the true cause of "intelligent design" advocacy.... but I digress], Krauthammer's rejection of "Intelligent Design" as science and his withering criticism of Kansas's Board of Education is quite a pleasant read for me.

Perhaps you will enjoy them too...


The Radiant Bride

Life In These United States

Natalie Portman is too young

she is but a child.

a smart. attractive child.

jewess, I hear.

like mr. w's sister...

BUT ...

But I would like to bury my penis in that N. Portmannnnn woman.

If I, Betsy Bastardo, had such a device...

So sith me.

Johnny Mac Provides the Yodaest Bestest Review of "Revenge of the Sith" that I have read ...

revenge of the sith, on dvd, last week, saw I.

Lucas, an idiot, he is.

A writer, of crap, is he.

Fine actors make look like morons, does he.

A fuking break, give me.

-- Yoda Mac

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Jurist Bangs The Drums

I didn't realize that the Chief Justice played drums on the Crowd Scene's amazing debut long-player...

Legal Division counsels Scott Watson (l) and Jerry Madden, shown outside the U.S. Supreme Court, spearheaded the FDIC's efforts to preserve the "D'Oench Duhme" doctrine and related statutory protections.

The Flat Tire Magnet

Well, it's nice to know that Mr. W was able to bring his special lucks and skills to the automotive world. His daughter picked up a nail while he was gallivanting around southern california, and it fell on his shoulders to help her out [she's just too damned delicate to lift steel wheels and 15-inch tyres, and mr. w is quite used to lifting 15-inches...] [oooh; ick].

after he got her car taken care of, and went and made music with the lovely Marilyn and co., he attended rehab. Where he

picked up a nail.

Good thing it was only a 14-inch tyre...

Tyre -- gaol.

damned hard language, isn't it...?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Headliner Patton Oswalt

Valuable Comedy

I've spent $20 to see Patton Oswalt. I've paid $20 to see David Cross. THe DC Improv was a nice place to see them.

On Monday night at Largo in LA, I paid $5. It was slightly larger than the Gentry, or my living room.

I sat at David Cross's table.

I saw Cross and Oswalt, and others, hosted by jacqui.

It was cheaper.

Some women there had fake teats...


Saturday, November 12, 2005


I'm off to Pasadena for an oral argument.

And this bloggggg has sucked for a while, so I know you won't mind.

But I'll be back with a vengeance.


Friday, November 11, 2005

A Roarin' Good Flick!

My mood enabled me to avoid comparisons with the book, avoid comparisons with other versions, avoid comparisons with other adaptations of other books.

Just to watch a movie.

A DAMNED GOOD movie...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Shot glasses for you

Does anyone need ten [large] Cuervo shot glasses that, when placed in the freezer, have a 'freezing" layer that will make yer alcohol all chilly?

I have a LOT...

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Seventeen, but not by the Sex Pistols ...

Just seventeen years to retirement [Providence willing].

Um, does anyone by chance have a gun...?

A Satisfying, but Debilitating, Workload

I haven't been on in a while [some would say since the mid-80s... but I digress].

I've been very busy. A Third Circuit brief was filed last Friday, another brief [Ninth Circuit] yesterday, and I have a moot court [a mock oral argument before well-prepared colleagues acting as judges -- all to help me prepare] today. And last Monday the Supreme Court denied cert. in one of my cases, making me very happy, but adding to my load.

I've been working long hours, and look forward to next Monday, when I'll actually argue my case [and accordingly can enjoy a few days of relative quiet afterwards]. Sorry I haven't been able to offer the world my scintillating insights.

See -- I DID get off a huge joke!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Juvenile Buffoon Dreams of A Similar View

Juvenile Buffoon Dreams of A Similar View

The World Has Changed

The World Has Changed

While walking between [my employer's] buildings, I was accosted by a couple -- they were about fifty, friendly, but agitated, and they spoke no English.

When they finally made their need known [through a combination of my Spanish and their native Italian], I learned that they sought cigarettes. NEEDed cigarettes, I think – he looked kindly, but, as I said, agitated.

As I thought through how I could communicate my directions, I realized – I had to send them four blocks to get smokes. They could find sodie, McDonald’s, nineteen Starbucks, and even street vendors, but they weren’t going to get cigarettes until they hiked up to the CVS. I even looked around, to see if someone had a better idea – there were no smokers.

I communicated the need to go to CVS [“Apotecaria CVS”] , and pointed them northward. The woman understood, and asked me if they should turn left or right. “Directo,” I said in my
new-found pidgin Italian.

She then asked how many streets. When I said “four” [with my magic four fingers],

the man sadly shook his head. He clearly couldn’t understand the U.S. of A.

This Broad Ain't Got Nothing On Me!

Even as my fitness improves, and my size diminshes to the tolerable

I note that

I've got bigger breasts than Anna Nicole Smith.

Well, breast; thanks to Doc. Purkert, the right is down to Dana Delaney size...

He Didn't Drink Either

Others joined me in avoiding alcohol on Saturday night. Here is one of my teetotaling friends.

I *like* club soda and lime; so sue me...

I Am A Bastard -- "Whoa Is Me" Indeed

I milk the "Woe is me -- I work such late and early hours" crap all the time.

It is just that -- crap. On a morning like this, at 2:15 am, driving in to work with the DC world to myself, I love life. I feel sharp and alive and great.

I even like my work. When it's 3:00 am and there's no one here, and no phone will ring to tell me I am a screw-up or that I have to go argue with someone...

So the next time I try to sell that crap -- don't buy. Just Say Whoa...

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Jarhead -- Have you Seen this Picture Before?

Well, I saw "Jarhead" during a two-hour respite from this brief. My back can't stand my office chair anymore, and I had to get out. i walked to Georgetown, and the movie beckoned.

Having seen Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, I coulda kept walking.

Oh, wait, Three Kings too!

Nothing wrong with this film. If I just hadn't spent most of the time trying to pinpoint which movie was being referred to [or borrowed from]. Does the second pic look like it would fit in Apocalypse Now? It would, because it does.

I still give it a Thums Up. I'm not discerning. And my back felt better.

The popcorn sucked, though.


Saturday, November 05, 2005

Shocker -- Porn to Go Is the Newest Trend

Leave it to the heathens... The new video iPod has spawned a new collateral industry -- porn featurettes that you can carry on your new video iPod. The Washington Post reports on the new phenomenon.

I urge you not to stare at the smiling guy at the traffic light....

Having dispensed with porn [let's see -- no alcohol, no porn, no meat; what the hell do I do with my life....?], I don't need a new video iPod. Having dispensed with music, I don't need an iPod at all.

Did anyone notice I used the word "new" a gazillion times? That's the new me.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Better, Thomas?

Photo for Tom

Kimberley Rew

photos of kimberley rew

that, friends, is comedy ....