November 14, 2010 archive

Geraldo Goes THERE…

A Breakthrough For TV

Open Morrison


Birdsong — Dear Dick

Dear Dick,

hello, it’s Xan.  I haven’t written for awhile but I have been thinking hard about my sacrificial list.

You probably don’t shop much, having the important work of the Senate and the Debt Commission and all of that, so you may not have noticed that bird seed is getting ver (I am shortening words from here on out for the sake of austerity) expensy.  While wheeling my cart down and about the store, it came to my limited attention span that bird seed is spendy now.  This may be a good place for me to continue my sacrificial list.  Thus, no bird seed.

Comes Saturday morning and I awake to the comforting sound of birds singing.  Birdsong – it’s a pret word, isn’t it.  Then sadly I remembered I didn’t buy any birdseed.  Now my yard is not fancy, nor are the birds that frequent it.  They are mostly sparrows, little brown things – but they sing their little hearts out.  Unlike many of the men to whom I have been kind – the birds more than pay me back with melodies throughout the day and into twilight (I considered using the word “dusk” here in the interests of austerity but “dusk” is such an ugly sounding word.  Even “the lesser people” are struck by the beauty of language. This may be problematic for the Debt Commission.)  They are not wily like the worm-finding robins, nor are they feisty like the noisy bluejays – but their music can be likened to Bach on good mornings.  It made me sad that they no longer came to the bird feeders – it took about 4 days before they understood there would be no sustenance at my house.  And so there was no music in my home that was not powered by electronics – a sad moment indeed.

Then it struck me – my mother’s kitchen.  How she did I do not know.  But no one – no one, even her arch enemy, Mrs. Santangelo, left her kitchen without some little thing to eat or drink.  It was like a lighteni blt – it is who I am.  I am my mother, especially in her kitchen.  To the store for birdseed – where I bought 2 25-pound bags and they came back – lyrical and loud but mostly lyrical.  They are forgiving little brown things, kind-hearted and industrious.

So now the dilemma:  What can the new sacrifice be?  At this point, my two dogs seem to be nervous – perhaps worried that the arm of sacrifice will smite them.  It will not, of course.  But it’s pleasant to see them paying attention to my “commands” for a change.  Of course, as a “lesser person” my commands are tender and tentative – we, like the little brown sparrows don’t expect much, don’t really need that much and will sing for kindnesses received.

The problem is we can expect no kindnesses from The Debt Commission – and rightly so say the commentators – But mostly the tators are without heart or sense for that matter, and even my mother may have sent them from her kitchen with an empty tin cup.

Would you be kind enough to ask your fellow commishes what sacrifices they have been making – perhaps I could find a hint there of where I can make a difference in America’s future.  And, by the way, I went to your site again and found no mention of your sacrifices.  I know you have been busy what with the losses and all – but perhaps you can put this on your to-do list.  “List sacrifices for constitutents’ morale.”  

But really, don’t worry about our morale – we don’t look to the Senate or God forbid the Debt Commission for courage or comfort – please disabuse yourself of that.  We look to each other and to the little brown things in our life who deliver.  

Update:  A friend of mine called me and said  It’s “Ein bischen etwas.”  or so her family said when she was a child – In Italian, I think it’s un piccola cosa.    

4065 US Airstrikes Only Killed 19 Afghan Civilians!

Air Force

4065 US airstrikes in Afghanistan only killed 19 civilians, so far this year!

The LA Times reported last week that in the first 10 months of this year, the number of Afghan civilians killed by U.S. and NATO fighters and bombers declined from 54 last year to 19 this year, a 65% drop.

And that’s the official story, as faithfully reported by ABC News, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outstanding representatives of the fearless and independent American press.



Show evidence of your stalking charge against kj in Missouri or retract it.

my second to last Warning was for calling someone stupid. MB said that me saying the person he was protecting was unable to actually think… was the equivalent of calling someone mentally ill, and was not allowed.

Using that logic, I have to say MB is acting very “mentally ill” right now.

But really, how can you blame him? He has helped chase all the non-“mentally ill” people off the site, so he is now, by choice,  surrounded by “mentally ill” people, in a “mentally ill” political system, in a “mentally ill” country.

Apparently, “mental illness” is contagious.

Iow, he is just another weak Dem, willing to let stupid people walk all over him in the interest of being “polite and fair” tio people who want to destroy everything he…and we…stand for.

Tenacatita March on the Governor

To keep you up to date, I have written about Tenacatita there, here and here.

This post is an update about real activism, people whose very lives are on the line, and their attempts to address injustice by any means necessary. My friend Dobie, the author of the update is an American Ex-pat that has my full respect. She does not live separate or above the people she chose to live among, she lives as one of them, family. She does not direct them what to do, she listens and offers help in any way she is needed. She is a lifelong activist, pressed into service for her people once again… and for her? Her people are where ever she is. I respect and admire her to no end.  She works so hard, and when pressed to deliver the contributions as one of the sole people with a truck, had to be pressed to take anything for herself. “Others first” is my impression of Dobie. She is my kind of kind.

So Wednesday, she joined hundreds of others on a long overnight bus ride to Guadalajara to protest to the Governor, and be heard.  

This is the Power of the People in Action. This Unity.


Is it carbon exempt,unicorn flu proof,data mining proof.

Is this the next Facebook of the alternative community.  Will it “change” anything as most of the sheeple are happy in their lower levels of existence.

Do I have time for another internet outlet.

If it does become a large outlet will it also become compromised.

And or how many sheeple WON’T even check it out based upon their knowledge of who “Gary Franchi” is, meaning they prefer “their own” opionion as handed to them from “approved” lamestream gatekeeping organizations within the propaganda Matrix.

More on this tonight when I have more time.  Today is Apocalyptic horse trail riding.

The Week in Editorial Cartoons – Misremembering George W. Bush

Crossposted at Daily Kos and The Stars Hollow Gazette

Bush Memoir by Rob Rogers, see reader comments in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Buy this cartoon

George W. Bush is on a book tour with his new autobiography.  According to critics, there isn’t a lot of new or revealing material here.  W still believes the war in Iraq, tax cuts for the rich and torture were all good ideas.  He didn’t really need to publish a non-reflective memoir to tell us that.

Late Night Karaoke

Big Money and Ploitics

Big Money will tend to disintermediate candidates from the citizens of their locales.