Sunday, October 02, 2016

Just offered Jack a sip of my Guinness- 

-and he held his hands up and said. "Oh, no thanks." He then explained, "I like another type. The one with the lime?"

I may be feeding my nine-year-old too much beer.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ruminations while waiting for Jack's art class to empty out- 

I fit into my current career like a loose tooth in rotting gums.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Probably just a coincidence, but just finished a story- 

-about time-traveling soldiers beating Hitler to death. Didn't realize it was the anniversary until I started researching the bunker. Hmm.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June and striding 

The sitting and the thinking and the typing and this is Seattle in June, chilly for tshirt and shorts but just right for moving and moving and putting your legs down against the world and feeling your blood going and your heart singing and your head clearing and if you can just maintain forward motion all the bad things will clear off and the good things will make themselves so obvious and lovely and pure, but you've gotta keep going even though you know that sometime you'll need to rest and recoup but every step puts you further and further from that crestfallen moment and you put yourself as far away from home as you think you've ever been where the houses are odd and the streets are new and you don't think you've walked here before or even driven here or been driven through here and it's been hours of a straight line and God knows if you're still in the city or if you've walked into some fucking suburb or left the state,  crossed an ocean, left the planet, it's just you and laying down the steps to take you back in time or into mist or somewhere other than where you've been and if you do it enough,  pay your penance,  you can walk out of you shit situation,  extract yourself from the life you didn't realize you were building and stride with long steps into the place you've always deserved to be and this goes and goes until it's all just traffic passing you by and stale endorphins floating in your blood and a quick scan of the signs tell you exactly where you are and you stop on a corner, breathe deep,  turn on your heel, and head for home.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jesus, whatever you do- 

-don't go home again.  Just lost the last hour or so rereading the older posts on this thing. I used to be happy and deliriously upbeat and full of interesting shit to say.  I'm feeling like I've lost a LOT over the last decade.  Meh.

Maybe that'll be the long-term usefullness of the blogs we all started and abandoned in the 'aughts -- some perspective on where we've gotten, and how powerful we used to sound.

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-and I found myself here and poked around and found that I had 66 pageviews on this thing yesterday.  I haven't posted here since 2010.  What am I missing?

And, hey, if you're just discovering the beauty of me thinking that posting profane comments on the web is exciting, welcome aboard, friend-o!

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Hey look -- actual election fraud!

San Francisco police have arrested an election worker but have not recovered 75 ballots he allegedly stole from a polling station, police said Wednesday...

Karl Bradfield Nicholas, 50, of San Francisco left his post at 4:15 p.m. on election day at the station on Knott Court with the ballots and a memory card that recorded the votes cast, said Lt. Lyn Tomioka, a San Francisco police spokeswoman.

Of course, I'm sure that millions of illegal aliens were voting Democratic at the same time, but nobody bothers to report that, right?

Here's and interesting Salon article detailing how the most prevalent voter fraud is actually state-sponsored voter suppression -- challenging the voting rights of residents of low-income minority neighborhoods seems to be the most common tactic. Really, how many people are going to go to the effort of traveling to a civic center to prove that they've got the right to vote?

Also, let's not forget Bush's notorious U.S. attorney firings, which everyone seems to have agreed were motivated at least partially by those attorney's unwillingness to push a political agenda of pursuing spurious claims of Democratic voter fraud.

While actual numbers are shockingly hard to come by, it seems that fewer than a hundred people have been convicted of voter fraud since 2000, and those were individuals who double-voted, voted in the wrong district, etc. Voter fraud just isn't that big a problem. Apparently, the system works.

Odd, right?


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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Crafting a story of my own devising on a table I built with my own two hands. I'm kinda proud of that.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Watching Al Gore on The Daily Show and he lost some weight and changed his hair and at a three-quarter angle he's pretty much a dead ringer for Fred Schneider.

Pretty odd.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Okay, I hope the guy's okay but I can't help but think he was just choking on what he was saying...

Mukasey, 67, was giving a spirited defense of the Bush administration's legal policies when his speech began to slur and he lost track of his thoughts roughly 30 minutes into his talk. Seconds later, he became rigid and then began to slump.


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Thursday, November 06, 2008

So, yeah, keep on going back to check up on the FReepers, because, shit, I dunno. The trainwreck of the whole conservative thought process, I suppose.

There's one guy -- DarthVader by his handle -- who tags his signature line with Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.

Evil? Liberal Dems? C'mon.

I'm perfectly happy to admit that a fundie consie "Christian" will consider a great deal of lib thought (sex for fun, tolerance of non-Christian groups, questioning FoxNews) to be immoral. That's fine. Libs tend to consider consies immoral as well (or, at least, astoundingly hypocritical for secretly doing the same kinds of things that Libs do more openly). S'fine, right? Immorality is highly subjective and it's pretty easy to be immoral in someone else's eyes.

But evil is a whole other kettle of fish, right? Evil crosses party lines. Evil is rape, is murder, is fucking with the weak and the powerless for fun. At its most basic, evil is a complete lack of empathy for other human beings. And no matter how much you might despise the party you're not a party to, can you truly say that they're evil? Callow, cowardly, assholes, bastards, brainless drooling troglodytes, unbelievable fucktards...but evil?

So, yeah, I read this DarthVader guy's rants and I'm thinking a couple of things:

1. He's calling himself Darth Vader fer Chrissakes. That makes him a bit of a basement-dwelling nerd to start off with. Secondly, 'Darth Vader' is pidgeon Dutch for 'Dark Father', a bit of foreshadowing for multi-lingual Star Wars fans that also puts Vader firmly in the bad guy column. And, really, pretty friggin' evil, right? We all saw him strangle that poor Death Star officer.

2. He's a guy who's posting a LOT of stuff about what God wants for the country, and about the ministries he's associated with, about "Prayer Warriors"...but then talks about how Obama is dead wrong for the country, how he's going to get everyone killed in terrorist attacks, and how God has turned his back on America. Now, if you're truly faithful, and you've prayed your little heart out for the 'right' candidate to get into office and that doesn't even come close to happening, isn't there every chance that you were demanding that God agree with you, rather than you agreeing with God?

And there's more but I'm done with this. I can't read any more posts. The FReepers make me sad. Little, angry people without power, without a voice, without much self-respect or true courage. People who decided however long ago that their little interpretation of the world was the only one that could possibly be right, and can't even begin to engage a critical thought process. And the thing that really bugs me is that I've gotta share a country with these idiots, and they think I should be jailed or hung or exiled for not believing in their little idea of God.

Bah. Sloppy post. Sorry. Bah, bah, bah.


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