Monday, September 1, 2014

It's all right, Ma

“Y’know, if I’d listened to everybody who told me how to do stuff, I might be somewhere by now.” – Bob Dylan during recording of Blood on the Tracks.

(A really long story recounting all the other stories to reach a conclusion of some kind.)

Link at maggiesfarm.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Home cooking wanted

Refugees at a camp in Italy are tired of bread, eggs and pasta with tomato sauce, but, hey, they don’t intend to work in Italy anyway and are just marking time until the German work visas come through.

At fark.

Government to average citizen: Just shut up

Study by Northwestern University professor and a Princeton professor.

“The statistical research looked at public attitudes on nearly 1,800 policy issues and determined that government almost always ignores the opinions of average citizens and adopts the policy preferences of monied (sic) business interests when shaping the contours of U.S. laws.

“The study's findings align with recent trends, where corporate elites have aggressively pursued pro-amnesty policies despite the fact that, according to the most recent Reuters poll, 70% of Americans believe illegal immigrants ‘threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs,’ and 63% believe ‘immigrants place a burden on the economy.’"


(Everybody who thinks the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backs “immigration reform” through the goodness of its heart …)

Walker’s life sentence ran out

“The Soviets used the information he and others passed to them over the course of 17 years to decode millions of secret US navy messages.”

(During Walker's trial, insiders said he had given operative's names to the KGB, and at least a dozen were killed.)

Absentee landlord tells natives how to vote

Yesterday I read an interview with a former Beatles drummer, the one who is not left handed. Mr. Best said he is quite happy, thank you, and not the least bit bitter. He has a band and is on tour.

On the other side of happy (as in not), a former bassist for the Beatles is telling Scots not to vote for independence from England. The opponents of Scottish independence say “United Kingdom,” but we all know the English want to continue running the show; after all, English armies won the wars against Welsh and Scots and Irish, and only the hard-headed Irish had the gall to keep on fighting after they were so soundly beaten ... and got back their own country.

“(CNN) -- Beatles star Paul McCartney became the latest high-profile figure to sign a letter calling on Scottish voters to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom in a vote on independence next month.

"Other famous signatories to the so-called ‘Letter to Scotland,’ organized by the Let's Stay Together campaign, include Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, physicist Stephen Hawking, actress Dame Judi Dench and celebrity TV producer Simon Cowell.

The campaign describes itself as a UK-wide effort giving a voice to ‘everyone who doesn't have a vote in the decision to break up Britain.’"

(Aw, ain’t that cute! Let’s Stay Together. Sounds like a Haley Mills song.)

Link at fark.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Landfill tryst

Small town story.

A police lieutenant said one day when he was a patrol officer, he decided to take a check of the town landfill.

“That was back when the town had a landfill,” he said. “Now you have to go all the way to Hunt County if you have something to get rid of, and they have rules about what you can dump. Back then there wasn’t a scale or even anybody out there most of the time. That’s how long back it was.”

Still, he said, the landfill was a place where crime might be committed, drinking or drug use sometimes. So, he took a drive out of town and onto the landfill road.

“The road took a turn or two, and after the second turn I saw a car parked on the other side of the road, faced toward me. I knew who the car belonged to.”

Thing was, he said, when he got closer to the car, the woman driving held up a newspaper, as though reading the paper, so he could not see her face.

“I drove on past her and went to the landfill and drove around. It was empty, so I went back toward the highway.”

When he got near the parked car, the driver positioned her newspaper next to her window, again pretending to read.

“I went past her and then toward the highway, and just before I got to the highway, a pickup turned off, onto the landfill road. I knew who the pickup belonged to, and it was not the woman’s husband.”

The pickup driver, though, did not have a newspaper to hide behind.

“We went past each other and waved,” the lieutenant said.

He went on to the highway and turned and drove back to town.

“The places people go to for their liaisons,” he said. “But a landfill?”


On the radio the other day was a song “What Color Would You Choose” or something similar. That is, if you could choose skin color.

Shoot, that’s easy.

I’d stay white.

Why? To begin with, if I were black that would mean my putting up with a whole lot of shtuff some white people throw at black people, road blocks and obstacles to getting somewhere.

And, if I were black, I would have to develop an attitude that just pisses off a lot of white people.

So I’ll stay the way I am, believing all men/women/persons are created equal and that God, in creating humanity, gave each of us the rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the right to purchase property any damn place we please.