Friday, November 21

Watching CNN.

U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy (WI) and Luis Gutiérrez (IL) are on tv now, discussing last's night's immigration move.

Journalist Cuomo tossed the opening pitch to Duffy, who took that as an opportunity to spill all of his talking points. He didn't answer the question though, of what he heard from the president last night that he disagreed with.

(Sounded like he too wanted the president to go further: covering 7 million more workers -- those without children yet, say).


Ohh.... Chris Cuomo is DEVASTATING "Chairman" Sean Duffy...
Funny thing is: Duffy does not know how bad he is doing!! Cuomo is playing him, "Good cop (the "Chairman" ego-stroking)/Bad cop ("I will not call you 'Louie' in this formal context...", paraphrasing the dig.)

Cuomo even tried to help, give fair warning -- telling Duffy straight out he did not answer the opening question, thrice telling Gutiérrez to jump in and rejoin, thus implying Duffy should stop the monologuing) -- but Duffy is laughing off these cues, making it about him, telling us how nice-sounding he likes his new title, (though it is off-topic on the immigration issue and looks less than modest here)...

Congressman Duffy  believes he speaks for "the American people", and on immigration he too "wants to get this done". He knows what we American people want from our Congress, and he thinks the president is "going it alone".

Now he's preaching at us about bad tone and tenor...

But coming in last, it's Gutiérrez for the win!! describing the president's speech last night:
"He humanized us. He told our story... and for that, I am always going to be thankful."

"Duffy and I will be back with a bill."

Gutiérrez ends strong, predicting that on this issues, plenty of people will stand behind the president, despite Duffy's squawk of the recent election results, knowing what "the American people" want from his perch up in Northern Wisconsin, and his previous work out in The Real World... 


ADDED:  Did Duffy just pile worse upon bad and threaten the environment via executive action EPA repeal, should a Republican president be elected in 2016? I think I heard him toss that out, in desperation, at the end...  He was catching on, finally I think.  Watching the tape will not be pretty...

Respectfully: not ready for prime time...  His assumed superiority over his colleague showed, and  Gutiérrez clubbed him over the head with it, then even extended a hand for Duffy to get back up.  ("Duffy and I will be back with a bill.")

That's when, I think I heard, Duffy's tierra threat...
Somebody get the tape and check it out for me?

I think the Democratic political strategy here is to shame the Republican Congress into passing a bill, and letting the president back off taking the reins through this executive action.  God help us if the Republicans are going to turn this into a game of chicken, making threats and waiting to see who blinks first...

Will this be the moment the president decides to stand up to their threats and indeed act in their absence, if need be?  Hope the newcomers' strength can buck him up.

Thursday, November 20

A Welcome Mat for our Workers.

Hey, if they're good enough to roof our homes, clean our offices, change our elderly, carry our children, make our meals, and pick up our rooms, they're good enough be recognized in the sunshine as well as the shadows.

Competition is key, and the reality is: people are here. (Childless workers too!) We're not a nation of hypocrites. If they can drive in the next lane, worship in the next pew, and put their deposits in an adjoining account, then they're one of us.

Watching fireworks, playing music in the parks, grilling meats in the back yard... I see them here already, and I bet you do too. Are we really more entitled as a people -- to take their work, and give them just Wal-Mart trinkets in return?

I thought we believed in assimilation, community buy in?

Let them stay, let them compete openly, let them sacrifice themselves for their future generations. It's the American Dream, and it's long past time we keep rewarding wins to American kids, while so many contributors are sitting in the same country sidelined. In fact, the best-set American kids right now are already living alongside and studying with newcomers from all continents: diversity is prized in the achieving set, the idea being to expose the young, as much as possible, to all the beauty and magnificence still possibly out there in our shared world.

Come and get it... *

I believe it's not genetics, not inheritances, nor fixing the game that made America great as a nation. It's competition. Honest, hard competition where consequences count, you live and learn, and never stop growing. Family matters, faith follows, and friends don't have to share everything about you.

Welcome then, to those already here and to the better Future still to come, in many ways, for all of us. Amen.

* I asked of Life, what have you to offer?
and the reply came: What have you to give?

Happy Friday, friends! Get busy perfecting those Grape Salad recipes, or inventing a Bigger, Better, Badder Grape Slicing contraption, now that the market is there, whichever is your wont...

Dear New York Times...

Yes, it's a hot topic in a cool town:

Dear New York Times,
What the hell is “grape salad”?

All of Minnesota

“I have never in my life heard of a ‘grape salad.’ Not at Thanksgiving, not at Christmas, not during a Vikings game, not during the Winter Carnival, not during the State Fair, and not during the greatest state holiday: the annual hockey tournament of the Minnesota State High School League.”

So how the hell did Minnesotan's get assigned the "grape salad" dish to bring to the nation's communal holiday gathering?
After lefse ended up chosen for North Dakota and wild rice for Wisconsin, The Times had to look beyond the obvious ...

Clearly, they should have gone with a traditional Jello salad! (ok to include grapes, if that's your fancy...)

Funny article about how food stories are born.
Updated, Thursday, 7 p.m.: I heard from Julia Moskin, a reporter with The Times’s Food section, who offered some background on the project.

“The recipes were not intended to be traditional, popular, or fully representative of the state’s traditions — agricultural, Thanksgiving, or culinary,” she wrote in an email to me.

“We didn’t make stupid errors, or fail to check our facts with perfunctory phone calls. We worked hard — writers and especially editors — to generate a mix of 52 recipes that would not be cliched, repetitive, unhealthy, or unappetizing.”
Well there goes Jello salad then...
(I can't tell if the paper is taking this seriously, with the aggressive pushback on the recipe choice, but they really shouldn't. With the early onset of winter, this is the kind of thing that keeps people up here going, I have noticed. It's like a sport.)

Keep in mind: What Would Garrison Keillor Eat?, and you will do fine.*

And if anyone is still tempted to throw grapes at Julia from the kiddie table, please people, make sure they are not of the frozen variety!

* He'd hit the Jello salad, I'd bet.

Tuesday, November 18

Speaking of Good Men...

Norm Swanda of New Richmond passed away last Friday. He was 99, and went peacefully.

He lives on in our hearts and minds, in the things he taught us.

Joey, Ruth, Norm... the circle reforms.

Saturday, November 15

Northwestern, Notre Dame...

Who needs a miracle when you've got the quiet confidence of knowing, down deep, just how good you are...  in mixed company too.

Go 'Cats.



Together: Victory!
Hail to Purple
Hail to White
Hail to Thee, Northwestern.

Friday, November 14

If You Could See Tomorrow...

(it's happening!)
... the Way it Looks, to Us, Today! ...
You'd say, "Incredible!"
"Lord, that's Incredible!"

That was my favorite Ford commercial circa the late 70s. 
Catchy tune.
Make it a great Friday, and have a healthy weekend.  Here, it looks like the snowpiles and icicles are here to stay, for the next week at least.  Cold now, just such a quick transition into real winter:  boots, gloves, indoor warmth to outdoor cold to shared breathing spaces and all ...

Speaking of, did you know how much vitamin research comes from the University of Wisconsin,  and still?

by David Tenenbaum, July 6, 2011
Ever since biochemist Harry Steenbock discovered how to enrich the vitamin D content of foods through irradiation in 1923, the vitamin and its many derivatives have been a mainstay of UW-Madison pharmaceutical research. Facing considerable commercial interest in the vitamin, Steenbock believed the university should benefit, and together with Dean Slichter, he founded the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which opened in 1925 as the nation's first university technology transfer office.
The independent, non-profit WARF remains one of the most successful university technology offices: by now it has patented 1,900 university inventions and contributed $1.07 billion to university research, programs and initiatives. In harmony with its origin, WARF's largest source of revenue has been the many vitamin D inventions by biochemistry professor Hector DeLuca. Long after vitamin D supplements (primarily in milk) eliminated the bone disease rickets, the vitamin is being used to combat osteoporosis, kidney disease and other diseases. ...
In the story of technology transfer from American universities, biochemistry professor Hector DeLuca is a link to a glorious past. After all, his advisor, Harry Steenbock, had worked with E.V. McCollum, discover of vitamin A, before discovering how to produce vitamin D with ultraviolet radiation. Vitamin D has become DeLuca's life work, and the source of several successful spinoffs. ...
Vitamin D, as DeLuca acknowledges, is the current "human health darling," with a wide range of claimed benefits, but despite having devoted his life to the vitamin, DeLuca is a bit skeptical.
"People have correlated the blood level of vitamin D with health benefits, but these are not necessarily related as cause and effect, although the vitamin and related compounds are clearly related to osteoporosis and some types of kidney failure," he says.
"Wisconsin is a strong university when it comes to scientific matters," says DeLuca. "It ranks among the best, and lots of great ideas come out of this place. When they are put into practice, they can really build the state economy."
UW-Madison, DeLuca says, "lives on the good will of the people in the state. We are here because of the state of Wisconsin, and its people. Starting a business is not a bed of roses, but if you are really interested in getting your invention out to the public so it benefits people, a business is the way to go."
Even for a professor with an enviable record of inventions, however, a spinoff business "goes a lot slower than you think it should go," DeLuca says. "You have to be able to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, raise the money and get the leadership you need, but these spinoffs get started because the people of this state believe in this university. It has delivered, and we think it can keep delivering."

Memories of Journolist Behind-the-Scenes Work...

I just remember how Ezra Klein rewrote the rules of transparent journalism and rode a bachelor's degree in English from a small California school, and a face a grandmother could love!, into his allegedly being one of the leading lights of 21st century American journalism...

It paid off for him, and his little wife, too.  Big time!

Truth took a big hit though...

The funny thing is, we've always had poor, unhealthy and uninsured people amongst us.  Missionaries and charity care workers have always struggled to match resources with needs.  Only when a personal profit motive is introduced do these men double down on their duty to help others.

Ezra Klein, Jonathan Gruber... all those who would hide the truth to give us what we need... while the overall health of the country suffers.

Video of Mr. Gruber’s remarks, delivered at a University of Pennsylvania health care conference last year, has surfaced in which he explained how the details of Obamacare were kept under wraps until the measure was rammed through the Democratic Congress with no opportunity for anyone to read the legislation.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Mr. Gruber said.
“Call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever. But basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”
Those “stupid” people have been extremely generous to Mr. Gruber. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2010 investigated the $297,600 that the Department of Health and Human Services paid Mr. Gruber to sing the praises of the health care scheme.
Congress — or part of Congress — was concerned that this payoff violated a federal law against paid government propaganda, but the GAO said it wasn’t a violation because Mr. Gruber had written his propaganda on his own time. Officially, he was paid only to “analyze various health care reform proposals and identify cost and coverage implications.”

This is an extraordinarily lucrative enterprise in the age of Obamacare that Mr. Gruber himself brought about. Individual states have lavished taxpayer cash on Mr. Gruber in return for cookie-cutter reports that describe the impact of Obamacare for each of the several states.

Minnesota, for example, used federal Obamacare grants to pay Mr. Gruber to attend one meeting, participate in a biweekly email list and print a copy of the report, all for $329,000.
Wisconsin paid Mr. Gruber $400,000 for the same material, requested by the office of then-Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat. When the report was presented, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, didn’t want Mr. Gruber at the news conference.
Vermont is paying him another $400,000. ... West Virginia, Maine, Colorado and Oregon have partaken of Mr. Gruber’s services, too, guaranteeing him a tidy sum. The money bought lies and deception. That’s Mr. Gruber’s characterization, not ours.
“If you had a law which made it explicit that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people get money,” said Mr. Gruber, “it would not have passed.”
Think this is bad?  Wait until years later when it is revealed the reasons American forces are now back fighting in the Middle East civil wars...

The American people were pretty overwhelming in their calls to Congress and in their direction to the president:  do not intervene in Syria. At first, he heeded our warnings.

Then... somebody got to him.  ISIS is now a national security threat.  Seriously?
I don't for a minute believe some beheaded journalists swung our hearts and opinions.  One had been captured previously, and still went back undertaking the risks.  A shame, and a tragic loss for his family, but not a death that needed to be avenged by plunging American resources back into the fight, and recommitting ourselves to the cause of killing every last terrorist abroad to protect the American homeland.

I'm glad Mr. Gruber spoke out, because so much of American journalism today relies on the stupidity of the American news consumer.  We don't much care about the truth, they think.  We're dumb enough to go along to get along, always.  We will stand by our allies, and follow them to the gates of hell, if need be...

Except, we won't.
Our support of Israel is not a mutual suicide pact.  
We've provided defensive technologies in the forms of Iron Dome that have proven to work in their latest "wars".   How much more of a protective bubble can the American taxpayers be asked to provide?  How many troops must be stationed in the Middle East so that Israel never has to confront or acknowledge her precarious living situation?
There has never been a country built as such a prized hothouse flower before...  but once such precious resources are withdrawn, and artificial life meets reality, too often the artificial wilts and droops, unable to survive in the wilds when the hothouse environment is exited, and the artificial help withdrawn.

I'm not sure what these bright Jewish minds think of the American Evangelical help they are receiving in subduing their neighbors and settling the region.  They are discounting the rest of the story, and as Paul Harvey would tell, that's the most important part.

Mr. Gruber?  Take a note from the stupid American voters: We not as dumb as you thinks we is!

Thursday, November 13

What a Man, What a Man...

What a Mighty Good Man... *

Attorney John Doar's death is getting a lot of play in the big city papers. Here's how his hometown weekly remembers the man...

Local Civil Rights Lawyer John Doar Dies
By Micheal Foley

New Richmond native John Doar, 92, died in New York early Tuesday, Nov. 11, of congestive heart failure.

Doar, a lawyer famous for his civil rights work for the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson presidential administrations, was born Dec. 3, 1921, and called New Richmond home his entire life, according to his son Robert Doar, even though his career took him to Washington and New York.

“He grew up there and loved New Richmond as much as any place he ever lived and always viewed it as his home,” Robert Doar said. “He was just a great public servant and a good citizen -- and a great father too.”

John Doar and his wife Anne had four children, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and his legacy reaches well beyond his family and includes his civil rights work in the 1960s. In May 2012, President Barack Obama presented John Doar with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace, or to cultural or other specific public or private endeavors.

John Doar was a recognized leader of federal efforts to protect and enforce civil rights during the 1960s. He served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

In that capacity, he was involved with many major civil rights crises, including singlehandedly preventing a riot in Jackson, Miss., following the funeral of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963.

John Doar brought notable civil rights cases to trial, including obtaining convictions for the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Miss., and led the effort to enforce the right to vote and implement the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

In acknowledging the role John Doar played in the Civil Rights movement, President Obama called the New Richmond native "the face of the Justice Department in the South."

Obama even went as far as to say that he might not have been elected president had it not been for the courageous work of John Doar and others in the 1960s.

John Doar later served as Special Counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary as it investigated the Watergate scandal and considered articles of impeachment against President Nixon. He was senior counsel at the law firm Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack

In New Richmond, plans have been underway for more than a year to create the John Doar Civil Rights Trail around Mill Pond to honor the man and his cause.

“He was very honored by it and so are all of us,” Robert Doar said. “It will be wonderful. It’s a real tribute and we want to help New Richmond make it happen. It’s a very lovely idea and it will be terrific.”

According to Public Works Director Jeremiah Wendt, the city and members of the Doar family are working together on the project, which is still in a pre-design phase. Wendt hopes to bring formal plans to the City Council in 2015.

“Our thoughts are with the family,” said City Administrator Mike Darrow on Tuesday. “He has had such a significant impact on the country. It’s an amazing thing that he was part of our community here, too. The purpose of the trail is to highlight the important things that he and others have done during that timeframe.”

Visible from the trail will be the Doar, Drill & Skow law firm building that John Doar’s father William Thomas Doar helped established in the 1910s. Both John Doar and his brother Tom Doar went on to work at the firm.

“John was still part of the Doar, Drill & Skow family, even though he had been away since 1960,” said local attorney Michael J. Brose. “He was back at least annually and would visit with members of the firm. Those of us who have been here for any amount of time are terribly saddened to think of how lucky we were to have been in contact with somebody who was such a legal giant and such a great guy. He was down to Earth. He was such a New Richmond guy.”

The Doar family is still making funeral and burial arrangements, and Robert Doar expects to hold a memorial service in New Richmond in the coming months.

“He was a great American, and he was proud to be from New Richmond,” Robert Doar said.

Former New Richmond News Editor Jeff Holmquist contributed to this report.
Here's Mal in the paper's Person-on-the-Street feature from this past June**:


* or, Northern Men, Represent.

** Mal cut Tom Doar's lawn for years.

(Photo above of John Glenn, John Doar and President Obama by Yetta Olmstead. )

Don't Yield to the Fortunes...

we sometimes see as Fate.

You may have a new perspective
on a different day...

And if you don't give up,
and don't give in,
you may just be okay...

It's Hard to Dance with the Devil on your Back...

I danced in the morning when the world was young
I danced on the moon and the stars and the sun
I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth
at Bethlehem I had my birth ...

Dance, dance, wherever you may be...
I am the lord of the dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

I danced for the scribes and the Pharisees...
They wouldn't dance, and they wouldn't follow me.
I danced for the fishermen, James and John;
They came with me so the dance went on...

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame...
The holy people they said, 'twas a shame.
They ripped; they stripped; they hung me high.
Left me there on the cross to die...
Dance, dance, wherever you may be...
I am the lord of the dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.

I danced on a Friday when the world turned black.
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back...
They buried my body, thought I was gone.
But I am the dance, and the dance goes on! ...
Dance, dance, wherever you may be...
I am the lord of the dance, said He.
And I lead you all, wherever you may be
And I lead you all in the dance, said He.
~ Sydney Carter
(It's a funeral song, turned Broadway musical.)

Tuesday, November 11


All Wars are Not Created Equal...

Never Forget.

Monday, November 10

Snow Day.

Saturday evening into Sunday morning...
came down all night long by the streetlight,
then, a few true inches today.  The Cities are getting slammed.

Welcome winter.

Friday, November 7

Mourning Becomes a Weekend. (Not.)

"And on this day, in this election, the Republican Party successfully told liberalism’s arc of history to get bent."
 ~ Ross Douthat.


Heads down, people...
Hands to work, hearts to God.

"Everybody's working for the weekend..."

Make it a great Friday, all.  (Boy, this one went fast...  Must be the cold setting in.)

Thursday, November 6

Well He's No George Bush, Even...


did you see that Moon last night and tonight even, where you're at?

Just Askin'.
(no reason)

Tuesday, November 4

"Heavens to Murgatroyd."

"Exit, Stage Right/Left," said Snagglepuss on election night, even.

Butler's voice characterization is reminiscent of the more soft-spoken aspect of Bert Lahr's broad-ranging characterizations, specifically the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM movie The Wizard of Oz. (Coincidentally, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera headed the MGM cartoon studio on the Tom and Jerry anthology before opening Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1957).
Snagglepuss has three signature catchphrases. His most famous is his perpetual exclamation, "Heavens to Murgatroyd!" - a line first uttered by Bert Lahr in the 1944 film Meet the People. ...
When the character of Snagglepuss was used for a series of Kellogg's cereal television commercials in the 1960s, Lahr filed a lawsuit, claiming that the similarity of the Snagglepuss voice to his own might cause viewers to falsely conclude that Lahr was endorsing the product.
As part of the settlement, the disclaimer "Snagglepuss voice by Daws Butler" was required to appear on each commercial, thus making Butler one of the few voice artists to receive a screen credit in a TV commercial.
ADDED:  Oh, the places we go...
John Henry Lahr (born July 12, 1941) is a British-based American theater critic, and the son of actor Bert Lahr. Since 1992, he has been the senior drama critic at The New Yorker magazine.
In 1994, Lahr published a profile in The New Yorker detailing the vagaries of Lady Maria St. Just, an executor of playwright Tennessee Williams's estate. The profile helped liberate Lyle Leverich's biography of Williams, Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams, from a four-year legal stranglehold.

While working on a planned second volume in 2000, Leverich died and named Lahr as his favored successor. Lahr agreed to complete the second volume, which will follow Williams from 1945 to his death in 1983.  In October 2007, Lahr said that he was taking a half-year sabbatical from writing New Yorker profiles to work on the biography, and stated, "I'll probably finish it when I'm in my seventies."

The book, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh was published on 22 September 2014, when Lahr was 73.

A Life Where Nothing's Changed...

and nothing's lost... at such a cost!
Good morning, ruby Tuesday.  I'll take another bright day like the ones you've been delivering up, cold but clear...
ADDED:  I like to move it, move it.

Friday, October 31

Like a Bat Out of Hell...

Sirens are screaming
and the fires are howling
way down in the valley tonight.

There's a man in the shadows
with a gleam in his eyes
and a blade shining oh-so bright.

There's evil in the air
and there's thunder in the sky
and a killer's on the bloodshod streets.

Oh and down in the tunnel
where the deadly arise
you know, I swear I saw a young boy
down in the gutter, he was starting to foam
in the heat...

It's a love song, really.
Happy Halloween 2014,
and make it a great weekend!
And I think, "Somebody, somewhere
must be tolling a bell......................."
And the last thing I see
is my heart, still beating...
breaking out of my body
and flying away...
like a bat out of hell.

ADDED: Nevermind ~Meatloaf. Nothing says Halloween like a honking pot of chili.

Steinman and Meat Loaf had immense difficulty finding a record company willing to sign them. According to Meat Loaf's autobiography, the band spent most of 1975 writing and recording material, and two and a half years auditioning the record and being rejected.
Manager David Sonenberg jokes that they were creating record companies just so they could be rejected.  They performed the album live in 1976, with Steinman on piano, Meat Loaf singing, and sometimes Ellen Foley joining them for "Paradise". Steinman says that it was a "medley of the most brutal rejections you could imagine."
Meat Loaf "almost cracked" when CBS executive Clive Davis rejected the project. The singer recounts the incident in his autobiography. Not only did Davis, according to Meat Loaf, say that "actors don't make records", the executive challenged Steinman's writing abilities and knowledge of rock music:
Do you know how to write a song? Do you know anything about writing? If you're going to write for records, it goes like this: A, B, C, B, C, C. I don't know what you're doing. You're doing A, D, F, G, B, D, C. You don't know how to write a song... Have you ever listened to pop music? Have you ever heard any rock-and-roll music... You should go downstairs when you leave here... and buy some rock-and-roll records.
Meat Loaf asserts "Jim, at the time, knew every record ever made. [He] is a walking rock encyclopedia." Although Steinman laughed off the insults, the singer screamed "Fuck you, Clive!" from the street up to his building.

Todd Rundgren, however, found the album hilarious, thinking that it was a parody of Springsteen. The singer quotes him as saying: "I've got to do this album. It's just so out there."
They told the producer that they had previously been signed to RCA.  In one 1989 interview with Classic Rock magazine, Steinman labeled him "the only genuine genius I've ever worked with. In a 1989 interview with Redbeard for the In the Studio with Redbeard episode on the making of the album, Meat Loaf revealed that Jimmy Iovine and Andy Johns were potential candidates for producing Bat Out of Hell before being rejected by Meat and Steinman in favor of Rundgren, who Meat initially found cocky but grew to like...

Thursday, October 30


"Mary, what are you going as for Halloween this year?"
"A gainfully employed person..."
"That's not a costume!"
"OK, a sexxy gainfully employed person.  I'll change an Andy Jackson into 20 singles, and if people ask what I am, Ima make it rain!"
"Mary... you're not that sexy."
"Shh. Keep it under your hat."

Good Trouble.

Keep the Fire Burnin'.
Let it keep us warm.
The world will keep on turnin'.
Let it turn you on...
Let us not stop learnin'.
We can help one another be strong.
Let us never lose our yearnin'...
to keep the fire burnin'
all night long...

"You've been changin' so much
I'm not sure you're in touch
with what's Real."

"You just come and you go
never letting me know how
you feel...and I'm living here in doubt.
There's so much to talk about.
I know that we can work it out.*"

(We can)
Keep the Fire Burnin'**...let it
keep us warm, the world will
keep on turnin'...
(circle back to the chorus,
rinse and repeat. ~ REO again.)

*  Everybody repurposes.  Originals are rare. Handle with Care.
** I thought this one was appropriate for Halloween Eve, the eve of the eve...
Oh hell, we've got time for a second verse this fine morning:

"We've been through this enough:
it gets rough, but there's no where to run.
This is where we belong; we are strong;
we can never give up...
(If we wanted to, we could, but we've always
understood, to keep a-lookin' for the good...!)
We Can..."

Saturday, October 25

The First Step to Healing

... must be seeing with open eyes all the good people who came together to work hard during your loss.

They're gonna be OK, forever changed but ok.
The number one rule of Life?
It goes on...


"Good will conquer evil,
and the Truth will set you Free...
and I hope some day, we'll find the Key."

˅Name these tunes^

"It's my job to be cleaning up this mess,
and that's enough reason to go for me.  
It's my job to be better than the rest,
and that makes the day for me..."

Happy Saturday,
workingman's day. 

Friday's child is loving and giving;
Saturday's child works hard for a living...


Saturday's child didn't just have to work for a living, it had to work hard for a living. Saturday's child was also pure within and had far to go.

Saturday is the only day of the week to retain its Roman origin in English, named after the Roman god Saturn associated with the Titan Cronus, father of Zeus and many Olympians.

Its original Anglo-Saxon rendering was Sæturnesdæg (pronounced [sæ.tur.nes.dæg]).

A Saturday birth also meant no luck at all.

Wednesday, October 22

Tuesday, October 21

Ministry: Everyday is Halloween.

Words you know by heart... no?

Well I('ve) live(d) with snakes and lizards and
other things that go Bump in the night but to me
every day is Halloween I've given up hiding and
started to fight...
Well any time any place any where that I go
all the people seem to stop and stare ( . . .  )
they say, "Why R U dressed like it's Halloween?
You look so absurd.  You look so obscene . . . "

(Everyday Is) Halloween" is track #3 on the album Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984).

I'm a fairly dapper dresser myself, actually.  When I try. 
Lately I('ve) been trying, many things.  Today?  I took an express bus, even.  Honestly?  The bus driver was a better driver than me.*  That is saying something there.  Knew which lanes to pick when.  Plus when to resort, legally, to the shoulder.**  He charged the holes assertively, not aggressively, which is much easier if you've got a bus behind you.  People respect size, it's true.  And you do need to drive assertively in rush-hour traffic too.  If you're gonna pass, pass.  Then get over.  Don't drive alongside, especially semis.  Pockets people, pockets.  But... that's all behind me.
*exhaling* 10-ride ticket.  
It was clean, the people looked like you could look at them/past them easily, coming and going.  Nice views.  A comfortable ride from the outskirts of western Wisconsin to down scraping*** town Minneapolis...  
I like it.  (and it's not even payday yet ;-)
* The return trip, I mean.  It was too dark, and I was too nauseous from the shoulder driving this morning to notice his performance.
** 2014.  America, greatest country in the world, where we've got money to burn and can afford to arm every beggar in the world, it seems, and we're still driving the shoulders as a rush-hour metro transit solution, resorting to patchwork solutions... oy vey.

*** That's not a diss.  They got buildings kissing the skies here, like in Chicago.  Who knew? (we were this close?)

Regret is Just a Memory, Written on the Brow.

I('ve) Got a Long List of Real Good Reasons...
for all the things that I('ve) done.
I('ve) got a picture in the back of my mind
of what I('ve) lost and what I('ve) won.

I('ve) survived every situation,
knowing when to freeze and when to run,
and regret is just a memory written on my brow
cuz there's nothing I can do about it now...

I've got a wild and a restless spirit.
I held my price through every deal.
I've seen the fire of a woman scorned,
turn her heart of gold to steel...

I('ve) got the song of the voice inside me,
set to the rhythm of the wheel.
 I('ve) been dreaming like a child
since the cradle broke the bough,
and there's nothing I can do about it now...

Running through the changes, going through the stages
Coming round the corners in my life
Leaving doubt to fate, staying out too late
Waiting for the moon to say goodnight...

Yes I could cry for the time I('ve) wasted,
but that's a waste of time and tears...
Well I know just what I'd change, if went back in time somehow,
but there's nothing I can do about it now...

~ Beth Nielsen Chapman

Monday, October 20

I Know the Territory.

I('ve) been around.
It'll all turn to dust,
and we('ll) all fall down.
(Sooner or Later,
You'll Be Screwin' Around.)
But I won't do that.
No, no, no. I won't do that.
Anything for Love.
But I won't do that.
How 'bout those Pittsburgh defensemen?
Love to see the big boys play: a tipped pass, an interception, a lumbering run... hell, even getting up off the ground is interesting to watch.  You can tell they're not used to get hitting from behind much and losing their feet.

Thursday, October 16

The Tales Grow Taller on Down the Line...

I know the neighborhood:  
talk is cheap when the story is good... 
and the tales grow taller on down the line...
 but I'm telling you, babe...
that I don't think it's true, baby...
 ~ REO, IL

Well if you're tired of the same old story...
oh sweet baby turn some pages...

More hard news... straight outta Ferguson:

One Canfield resident — who said he saw the killing of Brown from start to finish and talked to the grand jury recently — has given the Post-Dispatch an account with some key differences from previous public statements from other witnesses.

Among the recollections of the witness, who agreed to an interview on the condition that his name not be used, were:
  • After an initial scuffle in the car, the officer did not fire until Brown turned back toward him.
  • Brown put his arms out to his sides but never raised his hands high.
  • Brown staggered toward Wilson despite commands to stop.
  • The two were about 20 to 25 feet apart when the last shots were fired.
  • He would not detail what he had told the grand jury but said the members seemed fair and asked a lot of questions.
Witnesses have given differing accounts since the white officer killed the unarmed black teen Aug. 9, triggering protests, riots and national attention.  Some have said that Wilson first fired as Brown ran away from him, then pumped off more shots after Brown turned around.
Some have said Brown raised his arms high in surrender, giving rise to a common protesters’ chant of “Hands up, don’t shoot” while mimicking the move.
But this witness said Brown never put his hands straight up, but held his elbows straight out from his torso, with palms turned up in a sort of gesture of disbelief.
Perhaps the most widely quoted witness has been Brown’s companion that day, Dorian Johnson, who said Wilson had grabbed Brown by the throat through the open window of the officer’s police SUV.
Johnson, 22, also said Wilson shot Brown at the car, then ran after Brown, who put his hands up in surrender, and then shot him again.

This latest witness, who is black, told the Post-Dispatch that Johnson took off running toward West Florissant Avenue after the first shot went off inside Wilson’s police SUV.


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Hi friends, I can assure you that there is no bigger compliment than when another artist covers one of our songs. Dolly Parton's version of "Time For Me To Fly" was nothing we would have ever come up with, which made it all the more cool. My son Shane turned me on to some original songs by a great young band from Long Beach, California called the Moderates last year. We dug them so much that we invited the band to open our show in San Diego this past summer. The Mods returned the favor by recording their take on "Roll With The Changes". I think it is awesome. You can see for yourselves...check it out on YouTube here Also available on iTunes! Pictured backstage, Cronins and Moderates left to right: Josh Cronin, Wesley Mathison, me, Garrett Huff, Josh Taylor, Shawn Cronin.

Hi friends, thank you all so much for your birthday greetings, all 300,000 plus of you! I feel so touched. I feel like 36, in fact this whole 63 thing may be some sort of horrible misprint on my birth certificate! But age is just a number. I feel young in spirit and I love sharing that feeling through our music every night on stage. Hope to see you in Laughlin, Nevada and Fresno, California this weekend. And thanks again for the outpouring of birthday guys are the best. kc

Tuesday, October 14

You've Had The Time. You've Had The Power.

You've Yet to Have Your Finest Hour...
Radio!  (All we hear is Radio ga ga Radio goo goo Radio ga ga
All we hear is Radio ga ga Radio blah blah
Radio what's new?
Radio, someone still loves you!)
Rock It Out with Queen
this fine Tuesday evening...

Here's the live version.

Monday, October 13

I Still Like Him.

If you took my advice yesterday and lost your shirt, I hope you're living in a warm place.  He will develop, but needs better protection:

Bridgewater wasn't about to blame his offensive line for allowing the Lions defense to get to him so frequently. Instead, he pointed out things he could do to avoid some of the pressure.
"Those guys do a great job up front of trying to protect the quarterback," Bridgewater said. "I think I could help those guys out by getting rid of the ball faster, not holding onto the ball and just playing faster."

Sunday, October 12

From Today's "Meet the Press" on NBC.

Chuck Todd interviewed David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, alongside Kathleen Parker, of the Washington Post:

David, let me start with you. When you hear Mike Huckabee say what he said, and you've talked to the prominent members of the evangelical movement, they don't like the surrender that many prominent Republicans indicated this week, do they?
They don't like it at all. You know, look, many politicians see it as a political issue, gay marriage, that is. Mike Huckabee and others see it as a principle. And I think that's the difference. Is it a political issue for you, or is it a principle? You know, there was a conservative author and historian Russell Kirk, who used to say basically, "Politicians are actors performing a script that is written by the audience." And look, the audience here are evangelical Christians, who let's face it Chuck, are not voting. People say, "Wait, not voting? What are you talking about?" Thirty million evangelicals voted in 2012.
You still believe they're not voting?
With, listen to this. Eighty million, there are about 80 million evangelicals in this country. That puts 50 million evangelicals sitting on the sidelines.
You know, Kathleen, I'm going to show some polls here. This stuff has moved whether it's on abortion, whether it's on same-sex marriage, whether it's on marijuana legalization. The culture wars have shifted to the left. Many in Republicans are trying to acknowledge that general public shift. And yet, it's going to cause some heartburn.
Well, I would characterize things slightly differently, that's what's going on within the Republican party I think is sort of not so much a transformation as a reformation. And I think what they're trying to do in terms of, at least among those who are more accepting of these changes, is I don't think the Republicans are so much changing their core values as they are sort of trying to change the way they approach things.
And it mirrors what's going on in Rome right now with the <s>Senate</s>  (*sic.  =Synod). The pope is trying to figure out how to do affirmative things for families pastorally, and the party is trying to figure out how to do things affirmatively without being condemnatory, without being judgmental, without being harsh.
David, is there a movement among evangelicals to essentially accept same-sex marriage and promote family?
Well, I wouldn't call it, no.
No, no.
There's not a movement necessarily. There are bits and pieces, small little blocks here and there. But that's not the movement. Actually Chuck, the movement is quite the opposite. You know, there's all these "pastors and pews" events where Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, all speaking in front of these influential evangelical crowd.
And so I think that really is the movement in this country. The question is, can these Christians actually go ahead and vote finally because quite frankly, as much as the mainstream media wants to talk about that, well, look evangelicals are voting, they're always voting. Well, not necessarily, Chuck.
You know, and Kathleen, he just ticked off a whole bunch of potential presidential candidates.
This is going to potentially become very public inside the Republican party during the battle in 2016. And that seems to have hurt Republicans, at least with swing voters.
Well, absolutely. And I think that there will be less empha-- look, same-sex marriage, just to take one issue, has never been as potent as something as like abortion. And abortion will remain a litmus test I think for any Republican running for a national office. And that's going to be problematic in the general obviously.
But I think you have to keep paying attention to what Republican leaders, other than the ones you've mentioned, are talking about. Now if you read the op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last week, that was co-authored by Marco Rubio and Mike Lee, you know, trying talking again about reforms that steer away from the wedge issues, and focus on how can we help families with tax reform and things like that.
And Tony Perkins and these guys, they're not going to like this, are they?
No. Well, they're not going to like the way they see the polls. But here's the thing. Judicial activism is a big part of this. And I think this is the way Republicans, especially the politicians that are in powerful seats in Washington can kind of get around this issue to talk about.
So you paper over it, you go to judicial activism, and it's a wink and a nod, "Hey, I mean measure (*sic*=marriage), but I'm not really saying it."
Well, I think that's part of it for sure. And look, we're in a culture war, there are a lot of battles within that war. And I think the next battle you're going to see is on religious liberty as it relates to pastors speaking out from the pulpit. Think about this, Chuck for a second. If pastors are actually speaking from the pulpit against gay marriage, a hate crime potentially, is that the next wave? Well, that's a battle that still hasn't been waged.

Don't say you weren't warned.
And don't tell me the war is won, when people are still wanting to wage battles in some jurisdictions.

IN OTHER NEWS:  Paul Krugman was a breath of fresh air this morning in an outside interview on ABC's "This Week" on why he thinks President Obama's legacy will be substantively more significant than even the first President Clinton's.  Plus, Krugman pretty much confirmed what Barack Obama will be doing post-presidency, reporting that he finds the president's way of thinking even more "professorial" than his own.  

Some people operate better in theory, while we still need people to carry those theories out, on the ground.  Overall, an interesting assessment, and who better to deliver than one who was quite critical back in 2009?  Watch the whole thing.

Dallas Health-Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola

Hopefully, he or she will qualify for the blood transfusion from an Ebola-infected survivor, the same treatment undertaken by infected NBC freelance-cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.

The NBC News freelancer who came down with Ebola while working in Liberia has made a significant improvement, his family said Saturday. 

"Ashoka has been steadily improving over the past 48 hours. He has been symptom free during that time and is increasing his physical strength. His appetite has returned and he is asking for food. His spirits are much more uplifted and continue to improve," the Ashoka Mukpo's family said in a statement.   "The team taking care of him in Nebraska now feels he has turned the corner and with time, will make a full recovery."

Mukpo, 33, received a blood transfusion from another Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly, as part of his treatment at The Nebraska Medical Center. He contracted the deadly disease while working as a camera operator for Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s team covering the outbreak in Liberia, which has been hardest-hit by the virus that has killed more than 4,000.
The Washington Post reports:
A Texas hospital worker who treated an Ebola-stricken Liberian man in Dallas has tested positive for the deadly virus in a preliminary test. Announced early Sunday morning, four days after the death of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, it is the first apparent case of Ebola transmission in the United States.
It was unclear what role the worker had in caring for Duncan.
And here is the New York Times report :
The worker, who was not identified, was an employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas E. Duncan, died last week.
Mr. Duncan left Liberia on Sept. 19 on a flight to United States. He landed in Dallas on Sept. 20 and first went to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital feeling ill on Sept. 25. He was released by the hospital, which had failed to view him as a potential Ebola case for reasons that remain unclear, and returned Sept. 28 after his condition worsened.

Ebola cannot be spread until a person is symptomatic, and Mr. Duncan told doctors he first felt ill on Sept. 24. As he became sicker, the amount of virus in his system increased, and so did the risk of contagion.
Health officials have been monitoring 48 people in the Dallas area who may have come into direct or indirect contact with Mr. Duncan. It was unclear if the person who tested positive was among those under observation.  Ten of the 48 people were considered high risk, including seven health care workers, Mr. Duncan’s fiancee, Louise Troh, and two other relatives and community members, all of whom were confirmed to have contact with Mr. Duncan.
On Friday, Josephus Weeks, a nephew of Mr. Duncan, released Mr. Duncan’s medical records to The Associated Press. The document raised new questions about why the hospital had sent him home after his first visit to its emergency room on Sept. 25. The medical records showed that during that first visit, his temperature had peaked at 103 degrees and he had reported severe pain, rating it an eight on a scale of 1 to 10.

The details contradicted the hospital’s initial description of Mr. Duncan’s condition. It had said that he had a temperature of 100.1 and that his symptoms “were not severe at the time he first visited the hospital emergency department.”

Get Up. Get Up Already !

We have some strong Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee in the house, and we want to send birthday wishes out to Adam Rich this fine day. "Nicholas Bradford" and I not only share a birthday, we once shared the same "bowl" haircut.

(No, mine was not fashioned after his; it was a popular kids style in the 70s.*  A perfect cut in the pre-conditioner days, when long hair on girls meant "No More Tangles", and the longer your hair got, the more work it was in the mornings before school... )


*  Ok, while widespread, maybe it was not all that popular...
Other schoolkids wondered if our mom put a bowl over my sister's head and mine, before cutting around it. (Our hairstylist, who always wore a stylish one-piece zippered jumpsuit, would have been insulted to hear that, I'm sure.  No use of bowls was involved.)  These were the girls at school with feathered hair, and big-handled combs sticking out their back pockets;  I can't remember if the black eyeliner was big for them, yet...

But enough with the memory lane.  Enjoy my birthday -- hell, take tomorrow off school or work, if you're a teacher or government worker.  At birth, a nurse noted I was a lucky one:  there would be no school on my birthday!  A few years later, they rounded to the nearest Monday though, but hey?  You take what you get.

Re-Discovering America since 1968.
That's my motto;  why change now?

Make it a great Sunday, get outdoors and drink it in, and remember:  You're stronger than you know!  (and that's not the coffee talking. ;-)

PS.  Put everything you have -- or whatever you can afford to lose -- on Teddy Bridgewater v. the Lions today.  He will be tested by one of the NFL's best defenses, but some people shine brighter when the lights are on them.  If the Vikings manage a win, it will be a hell of an upset.  I think we need more upsets in this country right now... the longshots making good.

(A loss, I suspect, will only make him want it more.  Hopefully, he's fully over that ankle hurt of a few weeks ago and can take a hit, and get up to charge downfield again.  I think his line loves him too, and will give everything they've got to protect him, which I hope will be enough...)