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Tuesday - Machiavelli

Wednesday - GrayRider

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Friday - Fornax

Saturday - Zoy Clem

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Page 13... Since Some People Can't Take a Hint... :: points at you ::

Arguments.  Name calling.  Smears.  Phony accusations.   

The beauty of politics is that its so simple.   Almost TOO simple.   Simple enough that even at it's most complicated moments you can still sum it up into one universal statement and have it hold true for anybody who follows politics, regardless of party or beliefs, that THIS is what it's become:

"What do you mean... ALL Lives Matter?!"It's nothing spectacular. It's certainly no masterpiece.  It's pretty much on par with everything we see on a daily basis.  We look at it.  Maybe laugh it off.  Perhaps adamantly ridicule it.  Tweet it out to our followers with an insulting #hashtag to cutesy it up.  Copy and paste it to our Facebook friends so they can either be annoyed by you cluttering up their timeline (again) with more of your politics they can't stand... or decide to pile on in agreement and tell that same jackwagon how much bandwidth their opinions are wasting.

But don't stop there. Tell them again and again. Waste your whole night talking about much you don't want to waste any more time debating imbicilies like them, with all their closeminded rhetoric and absolute silliness.  Talking points.  Stupidity.  Hate speech.   You can't get enough.  You're absolutely LOVING hating this garbage. 

Now we're becoming a full-blown hypocrite.  Now we're fully embracing politics.

BUT WAIT... it only gets better.   In fact, it always gets better, even when it gets worse.  

Not only do we get fine moments where we can attack the other side with reckless keystokes stoked by animosity, but we are blessed with the good fortunes of finding faults with people we once thought were on OUR SIDE!  

Republicans siding with Obama for TPP without reading it? 

Democrats and Conservatives lashing out over it... together?

Both sides looking around and wondering if its some practical joke.

No... it's better than that...'s politics, you suckers!  

(I hope you're offended)



Thread's open (duh).  

You can stay all night, you just can't sleep here.


Say Goodbye Open

Well...this is it. Other than the Morning in the Museum on Sunday and tomorrow's music, the site is closed. I want to thank the editors who've helped me out over the years, and of course, those of you who visited regularly.

I'll be keeping the site up a couple weeks (but will not be updating) so that any of you who want to exhange email addresses can do so. There will be an E-Mail link over on the menu (to the left) tomorrow.

Thanks again to everyone.


Fourth of July Open

Have a great fourth of July celebration, enjoy the long weekend, and take a minute to listen to our National Anthem, quite beautifully performed by Catina Mack:

Have a great weekend and feel free to post what you like.


Reason to Move Home Open

After every winter snow or humid, hot summer day,  I tell myself I'm moving back to California. Of course, I never do, but this farmer's market has me seriously considering packing up and finally heading west.  I was a bit worried about my cat's reaction to moving,  but she seems receptive to the idea too...

By the way...I'm going to set up a semi-private page here to allow those of you who want to share email addresses a place to post it. I'll put it up late next week. I was going to continue the site as music-only but it appears youtube will be pulling its indie music videos, so now I'm thinking I'll just shut things down. I'll make a final decision in two weeks.


Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


Five Seconds of Stupidity Weekend

I have nothing to post this week, so rather than put up a silly image, I decided to put up some silly film clips instead, courtesy of 5Secondfilms:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.



Friday the 13th Open

Friday the 13th is not really an unlucky day, but but I doubt the people shown in this video would agree:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


Workman's Comp Open

Odd jobs: this poor employee was recently asked by his boss to simulate an escape from his place of employment---a zoo on the island of Tenerife---while wearing a gorilla suit. Unfortunately for the employee, he slipped on his way out the gate, allowing a veterinarian on duty nearby to bring him down with a tranquilizer gun.

Now, this story appears to be turning into a cover-up as the zoo is now claiming the man was not wearing a gorilla suit at all...

Have a nice weekend and post what you like...


The Future

Okay...I've been thinking seriously about shutting down the site for the past year--mainly because I do not care to write political pieces,  and it is difficult to get content up here on the front page on a regular basis.

That said, we do have a group of regulars here, people I choose to consider as friends, both on the left and right. It isn't important to me personally to have a large user base,  and I do enjoy writing about miscellaneous topics and seeking out music to share, so rather than shut things down, I am going to try a compromise solution.

Sometime in the next couple of months  (i.e. once I get off my lazy ass),  I am hoping to make the site primarily a music site, with a little miscellanea thrown in here and there, and (as we currently have now) a weekly open thread.

Essentially, the site will be pretty much the same as it is now except that music will also be posted up front--and on Sundays,  I'll continue to showcase art in the Morning in the Museum.  I am also planning to stop the daily posting in the Miscellanea Section and instead put a few miscellaneous tidbits up here during the week.

If the editors who are currently here now have political pieces  (on non-political,  for that matter) they would like to post here, they will continue to be able to do so--music is simply going to take a more prominent role at the site.


Anyway,  that is the plan for now. I'm posting this mainly to give those of you who do visit the site the opportunity to give me some feedback.   I've known the regulars here a long time,   and I don't mind providing an online hangout of sorts, so this seems to be a reasonable compromise solution.

Finally, I'm not going to make any changes for a few weeks. I did want to share my thoughts first.


The floor is open, but if you would, let's keep the actual political discussions in the open thread I posted earlier, and reserve this thread for comments on the planned changes.

Have a nice weekend.



Easy Money Open

Thanks to some ugly deadlines, I have nothing to write about this week, so I may as well run an infomercial for the open thread this week...

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.



Vacation Day Open

You know,  I wanted to take a day off from work this week,  but to do so,  I simply had to fill out a request for a vacation day and that was that.  Maybe this fellow had already used up his leave,  and who knows? Perhaps he had an important appointment. Still, calling in bomb threats is not really the smartest way to get out of work. But I guess stupid people are everywhere. Take, for example, these guys:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.



Why is This a Bad Thing? - Open

According to the American high priests of Global warming, Washington DC may be under water in the next few (thousand?) years...

...and earth will eventually look like this:

Stay dry, post what you like, and have a nice weekend.



It Takes All Kinds Open

Well, well: if this doesn't qualify for an open thread topic, nothing does. It seems some fellow in Florida  wants to marry his Apple computer,  not because he loves the little sex toy,  but because it is filled with pornography and (I guess) he wants to use the poor device as a statement against gay marriage.

But, honestly,  if you are going to make such a statement, it might make a bit more sense if your know...actually looked like a woman:

Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


First Time Open

Twenty-eight year old virgin,  "Elizabeth Raine",  has decided to  auction off her virginity  to pay for medical school, and wouldn't you know it---she's received an offer of a little over a half a  million dollars. With that kind of money, she can probably pay for all of her textbooks.  We'll just have to wait and see to find out what she auctions off next to pay her tuition...

If you won the bid, just make sure you pay her. Have a nice weekend and post what you like.


Support Your Cheerleaders Open

In case you are wondering where they went, the Buffalo Bills cheerleaders will be absent from the field this season because some of the ladies have filed a lawsuit over recently-imposed "rules" that go as far as to tell the girls when to insert and remove their tampons... management would know best about these kinds of things...have a nice weekend and post what you like.



Dem Gov: Black Republicans Are Like Jews Who Collaborated With Nazis