Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Sunday Morning Muse, June 28, 2009

What a week. I didn't think in this age of 24 hour news that 23 and a half of it could be Michael Jackson, but that is about what it has come to. North Korea, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan and health care will all have to wait. Even that love lorn Governor Sanford got blown out of the blaring lime light, though he is certainly not forgotten. His whole affair has the makings of a LIFETIME movie for sure. I want Richard Gere to play the part of the Governor, preoccupied by Latin Love.

What I've gotten out of all this is that I never want to be famous. Seriously. I don't want people who adore me following me around. I don't want so much money that I go nuts and end up blowing it all. As much as reality bites at times, it's nice to be somewhat grounded and normal. The word Peaceful comes to mind. I think a lot of us take privacy, normalcy and just ordinary life for granted. I know Farrah would've agreed with me. Her suffering was compounded by the tabloids and that incessant quest to exploit her, just because they could. There was no humanity, no civility, no respect.

May Michael and Farrah both rest in peace.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Sunday Morning Muse, Sunday June 21, 2009

The peaceful muse of my garden is overshadowed with worry today. Perhaps it's because there has been so much rain this week. I need the sun.

Random thoughts:

I'm glad we have a President who isn't shooting his mouth off about the situation in Iran right now with the disputed election. I heard John McCain blabbering about how we need to set an example, how we have moral obligations...blah blah blah. Meddling and posturing right now is the WORST thing the US could do. Let them sort it out. It's their country. They didn't meddle here when the election was stolen from Al Gore.


I'm glad that my mom has medicare. I wish more people could have health care. I hope that the GOP party of NO won't prevent us from moving forward. We won the election. Get out of the way. Obviously their party couldn't get the job done. And millions of people suffer everyday.


I wish we could put more money in the space program. I always wish that. I am a pioneer at heart. But some of it is just selfish. I want to live long enough to see great strides in space exploration. If we keep shutting off money, and I keep getting older, I'll miss it.


Finally, I'm sad my dad is not alive to eat Sunday dinner on Father's Day. Call your dad if he is alive. Take him golfing, or bowling, or help him stake the tomato plants. Ask him questions. Listen to his answers. That is what I would like to do more than anything today. And I can't.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Roger Miller Said...

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet. ~Roger Miller


I wonder if anyone has ever drowned playing in the US Open. What a miserable weekend for golf.

The Weeds are Winning- The Ditty Bops

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bill Maher Said. . .

"What we need to do is to marry the good ideas that Barack Obama has with a little bit of that Bush attitude and certitude. I'd love it if Obama came out one day and said 'Jesus told me to fix health care.' "


-Bill Maher

Monday, June 15, 2009

The "Outrage" is a Bit Late

Great story at Huffpo by Shannyn Moore about the whole Palin-Letterman thing.... a top ten list of sorts. Funny how other jokes just happened to fly under the radar...and David Letterman gets the wrath of the Moose woman.

Here's number nine:

9) Days after the announcement of Bristol's pregnancy, Conan O'Brien joked, "It's true, John McCain's running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has revealed that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. Palin said, 'We should never have introduced her to John Edwards.'" Where was the outrage? Was Conan promoting infidelity with an underage girl?

More from same story:

All across America, right wing radio and television talk show hosts feigned outrage in perfect synchronicity. The same people who back up Palin's high drama assertions against Letterman ignored the connections between Bill O'Reilly's irresponsible incitement and the murder of Dr. George Tiller. David Letterman, a late night entertainer, apologized. Fox New's Bill O'Reilly has not.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Sunday Morning Muse, June 14, 2009

It's Sunday morning, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and in the distance I hear church bells. Another spring morning with a slight chill in the air before it warms up to the mid 70's. Perfect. Summer is coming soon, but there is something about spring that makes you want it to last just a bit longer before the heat and humidity take over and the air-conditioning unit comes back out of the garage.

Last evening some rain came through and then the sun came back out and there was the most brilliant rainbow I have ever seen making a huge arc of colors over my hometown. I wish I had my camera close by because it was just so pretty. I was looking out over the river valley and I could see it start on one wide of the steep hill... go over a bridge and then land right in the middle of a football stadium where there was a crowd of people.

Funny how people who are at a rainbow's end don't know it.

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Rant

Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."
-- Sen. John McCain, speaking to a Republican dinner, June 1998.
I haven't ranted about anything in awhile, but today I'm really peeved. With all the real news of the world to report in a very short period of time during the evening news, to a seriously uneducated public, the second news story of the night...(right after the lead story which was about the Iranian elections), was that stupid nitwit Sarah Palin whining about David Letterman. Five minutes of this totally unnecessary and completely moronic exchange between a comedian and this dizzy broad.
This...when gas prices are soaring again for no reason, our government is debating an overhaul of our health care system, we have two wars going on, North Korea is driving us nuts, and there are countless other REAL stories that deserve time and attention, and the public is spoonfed this nonsense.
Why not lead the news with that idiotic beauty queen that Donald Trump fired? That would make as much sense. (No fear, she'll end up on Fox News as an anchor. She's blonde and looks nice in a dress with her fake boobs. That is all the qualifications needed there. Oh...and she is anti-gay. Perfect.)
Only in America would the third story on the newscast be just as silly. George Bush, the 85 year old former President, skydiving. (To be fair, it is a good story...but it should be at the END of the newscast as a feature.)
Back to the the Faux Outrage over David Letterman. GET OVER IT you dizzy broad. It was a JOKE. He is not advocating sex with children. What is worse, in my opinion, is your complete overreaction and eagerness to use this situation to grab the spotlight in anyway you can and blow it all out of proportion just to force your way back into the media. It makes you look desperate. If your kids are off base to jokes, get them off the cover of People Magazine, take Bristol off the talk shows, leave the baby at home, buy Bristol some condoms and go back to Wasilla.
The Village called. Their idiot is missing.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Thinking of John Lennon

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people....
Living for today.


Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Sunday Morning Muse, June 7, 2009

Musing about a lot of things this week. David Carradine in a closet hanging by a rope in Thailand. Dead. Suicide? Accidental death? Homicide? His body is on it's way back to the States last I heard, and a forensic pathologist will attempt to find answers to the mystery surrounding his death.

A lot can be learned nowadays from scientific evidence. You see it dramatized so often on TV Crime shows, that it seems almost commonplace. The last moments of someone's life no longer left to speculation, but pieced together with tiny shreds of evidence, and blobs of DNA that tell their story to those who know how to investigate them.

I remember my dad watching Kung Fu on TV in the early 70's. I was just a kid, and I don't remember too much, but I do remember that the show was just so different from the Sitcoms and other dramas that were on at the time. They were...lessons.

Yeah, I know that actors play parts. He wasn't Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin Monk. David Carradine, according to Wikipedia, had "Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Spanish, Italian, Ukrainian and Cherokee ancestry."
But to me he'll always be Kung Fu.


Part of the appeal of the series was undoubtedly the emphasis laid, via the flashbacks, on the mental and spiritual power that Caine had gained from his rigorous training. In these flashbacks, Master Po calls his young student "Grasshopper" in reference to a scene in the pilot episode:

Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Caine: No.
Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

Better Bowers Explains Marriage

I can't really add anything to this.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Skinny Bones

Pushkin Said. . .

"The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten-thousand truths.”
Aleksandr Pushkin, born on June 6, 1799, died Feb 10, 1837

Hurdy Gurdy Man

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Expensive Vacations

Bush's 77 vacation trips to Crawford? $226,072 per trip.
Written in response to right wingnuts criticizing President Obama for a date night in New York with his wife. It is sad what extremes they to go to criticize this man, and overlook the failed 8 years of policies that have brought us all to this point.
I don't even know why I let it bother me. The fanatics on the right are becoming irrelevant so quickly. Still, it's like trying to silence a barking dog. A fruitless task, but the noise gets to you.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Remembering Murphy Brown's Controversy

Reading the Entertainment listings for TV shows in production for the coming season I couldn't help but cringe at some of the lame ideas out there. How about this one? 16 & Pregnant. I'll pass on that one. Let's exploit children and call it entertainment.

Remember the Dan Quayle-Murphy Brown flare up back in the early 1990's? TV was pretty tame back then. Seems almost stupid now that this got so much attention:


In the show's 1991–1992 season, Murphy became pregnant, but chose not to marry her baby's father. This story line made the show a subject of political controversy during the 1992 American presidential campaign. On May 19, 1992, then Vice President Dan Quayle spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. During his speech, he criticized the Murphy Brown character for ignoring the importance of fathers and birthing a child alone.