Friday, June 30, 2006




I must drive little chickens to Provincetown, and then fly back.


I wish I could stay awhile; while I don't enjoy the man-cock, I do enjoy the beautiful beach . . .
Is e neach-ionnsachaidh ùr Gàidhlig a th' annam

Amnesty Declared


btw, I'm granting amnesty to all Gaidhlig-speakers. They should just come forward and lay down their tongues, and they will not be harmed . . .

some playground thoughts . . .

I have a playground response to yesterday's Supreme Court decision in Hamdan regarding the use of military tribunals to try detainees in the "war on terror," which I have admittedly not read [relying instead on the Court's syllabus describing the many opinions).

"If you're going to constantly going to rely on the phrase 'the Commander-in-Chief during a time of war,' don't be surprised when the Court tells you "oh, you are subject to the rules of war.

Part of the Court's decision yesterday was to bring in at least some of the "coverage" of Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention, which creates minimal protections for detainees. Justice Stevens explained that the "law of war" applied.

Don't yell at the New York Times, or anybody, about what it does "during a 'time of war'" and then act surprised when you're told "the rules that apply 'during a time of war' apply, baby!"

I'm also struck by the obvious notion, well, not so obvious to some, that the President is the "Commander-in-Chief" of the Armed Forces during the war, not of the country [in other words, don't read "Commander-in-Chief" as "omnipotent decider"]. That seem kinda obvious, although there's not gonna be a Supreme Court justioce saying that.

My visceral response to GWB and his Admin. always forces me to step back, and take a breath, to make sure I'm not going overboard. And I need to scale back my criticism to make sure I reaffirm my understanding and belief that "foreign policy," and especially the conduct of war, is particularly the province of the President. That makes sense, and is likely necessary -- the winds of war can't tolerate the machinations of a responsive, hot-wired House. Nor are judges in big white buildings particularly equipped to make judgments about events in Afghanistan, for example.

But we do have three co-equal branches of Govt., who must work together, and we can't have a President stretching an authorization to act against the perpetrators of the jet crashes in NY and in Washington, DC into authority to govern by fiat.






thanks to Brennan Linsley Photo

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ooooh, uh-no-uh-booz-oo

Dear Dr. Mirkin: Should I start drinking wine
to prevent a heart
attack?

Studies proclaiming the health benefits
of alcohol are
widely promoted by the wine, beer and alcoholic beverage
industries, but they have a major flaw. Researchers from the
University
of Victoria in British Columbia reviewed 54 studies and
found that only
seven corrected their non-drinking population for
people who had to stop
drinking for health reasons (Addiction
Research and Theory, April 2006).
When you do an epidemiological study to see if alcohol
prevents disease,
you compare people who drink and those who
do not drink. However, many
people do not drink because their
doctors have told them they have high
blood pressure, liver,
heart or kidney disease, alcoholism, stomach ulcers,
or other
major health problems. The Canadian researchers re-analyzed
47
studies that associated wine or other alcohol with a longer life
and
decreased risk for heart attacks. When the studies were
corrected to remove
the people who had been ordered to stop
drinking for health reasons, they
found no difference in death rate
between moderate drinkers and those who do
not drink at all. It
is probably safe to take up to two drinks a day, but be
skeptical of
studies that say alcohol will prolong your life.




courtesy of:
drmirkindotcom,baby!

A disservice to friends

I feel I've done a disservice to friends by merely including Cheezygoof's blog in the links to the right here.



Sandra is one of the funniest persons, finders of material, and writers, that I have encountered in a long, long time.

Go there!



And, as one of my guitarist-buddies has often noted, she's a GOOD LOOKING WOMAN!


I don't feel that much older.

I'm sure I would if I didn't feel dead already.

I've been largely incommunicado of late, because I've started some new work for my employer. I enjoy it very much as we begin, and I like the people a lot.

All in all, of course, I'd rather be playing loud, stupid rock-and-roll music in front of large, cavernous, empty rooms.

Anybody want some audio from some of the live shows?

Some live Bark At The Carpet audio?

The sounds of my gastrointestinal tract processing some kamut?

I aim to please.

Anyway, I love all you people.


PS I miss all the children I was able to hang out with recently, whom I have not seen in a while.

How are all the girls out there?


This is not a focused entry.

Shocker....



Dennis Martinez is the Greatest Ballplayer of All Times.


Quinoa tastes good.


Cunnilingus rocks.
I hate Larry King.
Cheap Trick's new album sucks, but is not devoid of a good song or two that rocks.
I would like a pedicure.
Motion detectors should be less expensive.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Language Difficulties

I'm trying to learn to speak [well, at least understand rudimentary . . ] Gaidhlig.


I know my brain shut down in 1991, but


JEEZUS Christ, no wonder the English kicked our asses. . .

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Relationships

What do pizza and sex have in common?








I used to have a lot of pizza . . .

Gayness

My gay pal Bob Mould informs me that there is an active market in betting on the next big celebrity to come out of the closet.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Trick Question


Are the Eagles the Greatest Band Ever, or what?

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I Cld B Wrng


You know, I could be wrong, but I don't think Sharon Stone is a very good actress...

The Feel-Good Hit of the Summer


Trust me: The Proposition is the feel-good hit of the summer. It will make you glad to be alive, and you'll embrace your fellow man...















oh; you might wanna read a few other reviews too.

Cheezy Dumps A Sweetheart

I urge you all to help Sandra through a difficult time; she has broken up with a true love . . .

Cuppa Joe

After announcing that I would now root for England and Ecuador, the bastards scheduled them to face off in the round of 16, where teams are elminated after one defeat...


so, i guess it's "go England!" from now on.


Scotland uber alles, btw . . .



a few pictures of my father.

well, i feel like we're related . . .

Saturday, June 24, 2006

For Li'l Chrissie


It was nineteen years ago today . . .

Friday, June 23, 2006

Two Mistakes

Life-affirming pursuits for some --





big mistake for others . . .






if there were a woman in the photo, we might have a trifecta of W errors . . .

it's her, alright


miss jill st. john:

College Girl, Vol. II


Here she is on the field at RFK with DC United.


It feels like it was two weekends ago ....

College Girl, Vol. I


I knew that college was in her future...



I think I was leaving for DC Space!

A Real Clothes Horse . . .


I'm into the embarrassing photos...

Do You Want To See A Long Arm, Otis?


*Mwah Ha Ha* You'll never catch me, Superman!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Brezhnev Was No Dummy



Damn, Jill St. John was a fine looking woman.


But why was Woody Allen with the head of the Politburo?



let me confess again that I just don't write in English -- I write in . . . implication, and presumed connections. Connections that I know no one else will make.

i probably should write in english, at least when commenting on serious subjects. i responded to the juvbuff with some deep thoughts, but i couldn't be bothered to actually type them and make them coherent.

which is pretty common for me, but not for most folks who actually think that they're saying something worth paying attention to.


which might explain what i'm now talking about...


i should also type more carefully; the "shift" button doesn't get banged around the way I used to bang it around, and things don't get capitalized.


and no one cares.

btw, I will now root for England and Ecuador . . .

Oooooh, Number-oo Four-oo

Goddamned Ghanan Bastardos . . .

Match Detail
GHA USA 22 Jun Match 42 Group E2:1 (2:1)Match in Progress: 92'
Venue: Franken-Stadion
Referee: MERK Markus
Temperature: 22°C 72°F
Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Goals:
8. DEMPSEY Clint (43')23. DRAMAN Haminu (22')10. APPIAH Stephen (47+' PEN)






well, it's the 92d minute; at least it's not over . . .

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Goddamn That Hubbell Anyway ....

I don't know when it first happened, but somewhere along the way, during Broken Promise, Hubbell started to name every song.

Hence, we came away the last few years with song titles like

Michael,

Ebbis,

Shotzie,
and

Inspired.

Well, I thought that was bad enough.

But then I find an Intentions demo cassette from 1996-1997. I start to transfer the tunes to CD, just for the hell of it.

What do I find [and maybe I should blame Phil]?

Slated right there, for the world to hear, are songs entitled

Schmoe,

Dismissed,

and

Prizzi.

Thank God for Tom -- at least he had a longer title for one 'a his.

Of course, it was called Fresh Cheese Death.

Jesus Christ, what futility . . .

Sun Rises in West . . .

How glorious to awaken and know that all of the W women are . . . gainfully employed.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Will you still need me,
will you still feed me,
when I'm sixty-four?"






I may not need the sonuvabitch, but for some reason I continue to put money into his pocket by buying his records....


I'm pleased that he lives.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Klaatu




Damn; ya gotta love Klaatu.

Knock and Announce

I am off on a college orientation trip, and I'm lacking access to my e-mails. I lack access to my brain, too -- it's a long drive, and the IRS is occupying a lot of my brain these days.

But I digress...

I got an interesting e-mail from a Juvenile Bufflinquent, offering some observations about the Supreme Court's decision not to suppress evidence obtained after police obtained a warrant for a search, but failed adequately to knock and announce their presence prior to entering.

It's an interesting decision, and one I haven't yet really delved into; I certainly haven't looked at it as closely as I normally would [and will], and I can't offer any good thoughts. I am always troubled by any decision that I perceive as weakening our Constitutional protections against government intrusion into our lives. And catching drug dealers is not my principal concern in life, but stopping an overreaching government from thinking it can determine its own course [guided only by its good intentions] is always tops on my hit parade.

But the Exclusionary Rule, like the "Miranda warnings," is a creation of judges to help enforce the Constitutional guarantees; the rule isn't guaranteed by the Constitution itself. Similarly, the "knock and announce" rule is well-settled and well-established, but is similarly not guaranteed by the Constitution.

So I'm likely to hate the majority's decision, but it's an interesting case with unusual twists. I'm hoping our DA friend will offer his insights and observations here, too, and that you'll all pipe in on your thoughts on police searches, safety from crime, safety from police, judges, and the Big C.





* "Big C" = "We the People" etc. . . .

Saturday, June 17, 2006

World Cup Action - In the Dumpster

While watching the World Cup match between USA and Italy, Clint Dempsey, midfielder, was doing some amazing work.

The announcer said "Dempsey dumps it off . . ." and I laughed 'til my sides hurt, and tears ran down my face.


This only means something to one other person in the world, but i felt I had to share . . .

Friday, June 16, 2006

So Who Cares If We're Not In the World Cup . . .

Wantin' It

I'm hornier than a three-balled tomcat . . .
















That may not be true, but I find that phrase so entertaining, I thought I had to share.
Another fave, as spoken by Doctors Pierce and Forrest when mistaken for priests on the transport ship back home:
Q: What have you been doing in Korea?
A: Hootin', hollerin', drinkin' rum, and chasin' that local poon!
-- Richard Hooker, MASH

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.




(emphasis added).

Why I Love the Sex Pistols

The list could take days and days to compile.

But one reason -- common values.

I stumbled across a Q & A Session with Steve Jones on Rhino's website, and he was asked, inter alia,


Q: What's been your prime motivation in life?

A: Crumpet. Can't help it.



I coulda been a Pistol . . .

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

My Favorite Divas




I've spent eighteen years with one of these prima donnas, and

twenty-eight with the other!

;-)

Better Late Than Never


I'm not sure it's a great thing to be cleaning up your place and read the headline Robert Blake Arrested In Wife's Death.

Decorating the new office


Heaven help me, I may be buying some of this stuff . . .


Death of a Citizen



Moe Drabowsky, Pitcher and Accomplished Prankster, Dies at 70

During a game at Kansas City in 1966, Drabowsky, then with the Orioles, phoned the Athletics’ bullpen — he knew the number because he pitched for them the year before — and ordered Lew Krausse, his former teammate, to warm up. Krausse did so, presumably figuring that the voice was that of Manager Al Dark. That puzzled the A's starter, Jim Nash, who was pitching a shutout.



Thanks to bellotto for this contribution . . .

The Magic Christian?


The last time I sat through all of The Magic Christian, I was an eleven-year-old in a movie theater in Thailand.

I was probably obsessed with racquel welch's appearance . . .


Anyway.

Does anybody know the film well? Like it? Hate it?
I like to publish my thoughts to the web as quickly as I can -- the last thing i want to do is think about them, or edit them.

That would somehow . . . spoil the . . . spontaneous approach.

My knee itches.
It's election day here in Virginia.
I shall pick up my daughter, and we'll cruise to our respective polling places in the same car [we don't vote in the same spot, as she shamelessly lives with the vexatious creature known only as "her mother"].
She'll complain to me thatshe doesn't really know anything about the competing candidates, and that she really shouldn't be voting because she just doesn't know anything about what's going on.
I need to explain to her that the condition she describes is universal. The only people who are wrong are the ones that think they know anything about "what's going on."
There is no "what's going on." There's only what has been. And a vague, silly prediction of what will arise and pass.
You can know strongly who you want to vote for. You can know strongly that what they have said, or done, matches what you wanted them to say or do.
But nobody really knows a damned thing, and this'll be a better place when people realize that.
A strange thought, coming from mr. pet peeve himself. . .


Our country faces new pressures.

New challenges.

New . . . temptations.

I am pleased that i do not own an iPod, and am proud that my cell phone dates back to the last millenium. To the Clinton Administration.


I started to type "Carter," but my frail, fragile fingers protected me ....



If i can avoid buying any more stupid recording gear, since i don't actually make music . . .

Monday, June 12, 2006

c'mere, baby, and I'll give you a lethal injection . . .

Today's Pet Fucking Peeve

"Oftentimes"

It was bad enough when I had to hear this goddamned abomination.

But I now read it.

Often.


Jesus fucking Christ...


I wish to go clubbing. Heads ...

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Oh, Goody -- It's Back!



I must thank my lucky stars -- my KSM 32 has reappeared!


I was looking for something with a flat response, and
now

I can finish the vocals on the solo record.

Ha.

Ha ha.

Ha ha hahhAHA hAhhaha ha ha ha ha hAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!
And this sonuvagun thinks he's
gonna come in here tomorrow night and shut us down.

I just don't see it.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, I will be able to attend a few games and cheer on the boys [the untelevised boys, I might add]. I will let you know whether the energy is


for real.

Glory

Today was one of the most beautiful days I've ever seen.

Thanks to my good friends, and thanks to Shawn Hill, who threw a two-hitter at the Phils and shut them down over seven solid innings.

The sun, the breeze, and the boys made this a spectacular day on a spectacular weekend.


Oh, my kid graduated and started her new job.



I should check; maybe I won the lottery . . . .!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

zoom zoom zoom



sorry to be a pig, but the idea of this young woman driving an Indy car [open wheel race car, topping 220 mph] somehows . . .


works for me.


In a big way!



oink oink

Friday, June 09, 2006

Adding Thirty-Four Years

Some men age; others mature!












Oooooooh; Chrissy ain't no fairy!"

Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Bill of Rights

If you find yourself reading any of them in anything other than the most expansive way possible, I'd ask:

(1) why; and

(2) do you want to limit liberty?

A Reminder

The Conventions of a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;


Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States; all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, namely:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

I intend no disrespect to my married friends

I Oppose "Gay Marriage"

I am firmly opposed to "gay marriage," also known as "same-sex marriage," also known as marriage between homosexuals of the same sex.


Of course, I'm also opposed to marriage by heterosexuals of the same sex, homsexuals of different sexes, heterosexuals of different sexes, and . . .

people.

I am opposed to marriage.


I find it an archaic, odd contract, and would ban it if elected God . . .

Even if appointed God.

"We're Not Playing States!"



On this fine, fine day, I wish to wish mister parker a happy, happy birthday.


May you have many more happy birthdays.



And remember:

"England? Whadda we need England for? Oh yeah; the muffins!"