Archive for 2012

Goodbye EMI

EMI is swallowed up in 2012, just another once powerful name that goes from being a Google-wow name brand, to a Studebaker-antedilluvian who WERE they? Given I don’t follow stocks, I don’t know why it happened. But given I dabble with collecting music that gets under my skin, I knew why. People like me. People... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas-Circa 2012

An Imagined 12 Days of Christmas if the Mayans of The History Channel are wrong, On the first day of Christmas Tom Skilling gave to me—a seasonal snow just in time for the 25th of December. On the second day of Christmas my country gave to me–a version of Boxing Day while standing in line... Read more »

One less Wal-Mart or Dick's shopper

Kiss me goodbye Dick’s and Wal-Mart. Never again will I buy even a piece of gum in any store that makes money off killing kids (and others) by selling military assault weaponry and ammunition. I’m boycotting you two. If Newtown CT showed anything, it is at guns are killing our young. GUNS. I know I’m... Read more »
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Sneaky Post Office

So now the USPS isn’t bothering to deliver packages to home in Chicago, instead leaving the pink form (that was clearly written in the calm of the post office)–saying “come and get it sucker!” Interesting. Maybe that is a way to boost the numbers of customers who go to the post office and justify the... Read more »

Gun Control

There’s a Marine in Mexico who’s in jail, one bullet in his vehicle when it got in Mexico. Leave him there. Mexico has gun laws, and enforces them. America should like that. But of course, some don’t. Time to get some gun control here. You drive a car, you need car insurance. Why not gun... Read more »

Ashamed of America-Exceptional only at Mass Murder

Ashamed of America-Exceptional only at Mass Murder
So gun owners, do you feel more masculine? 94,126 dead in the US so far this year–are you proud? That according to Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence. More of a stud, for protecting the Second Amendment? You killed, what 18–22, how many kids in Connecticut who even in WalMart can’t buy a gun (though... Read more »
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This I Don't Believe

  I do not believe in god. Whether you call him Zeus, Thor, Yahweh or any other of the so-called mythological names, I do NOT believe in god. I’m an atheist. Coming out of the religious closet wasn’t easy, but living inside the invisible burqa-of-politically corrrect was far, far worse. What a fraud I am, or... Read more »

A Swiftian GOP Proposal

From the perspective of the GOP*, the country is about to fall over a fiscal cliff ! The sky is falling, the sky is falling! For this reason (and because the press is saying we don’t have specifics), the following moderate proposals are put forth: Given the House of Representatives has announced the 2013 money-saving reduced... Read more »

Nip of Winter At My Door

After the record warmth on Thanksgiving in Chicago, Black Friday came with just a moment of light snow flurries outside my double-glazed windows. A timely reminder of what is to come…winter, my favorite season of the year. Maybe it’s because I was born in winter? Once I told my darling son-in-law about my passion for... Read more »
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Where's My STUFF?

According to the loser Mr. Romney, I voted for Obama to get free stuff. What stuff? Damn, was that the line I passed by at McCormick? I thought that was the coat check. According to Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” we got free stuff?I know, he’s not a real journo. And guess what, we... Read more »
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