The American Renaissance

Baja Canada del Sur: Comedy and Comment in the Age of Occupation

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found done in needlepoint on Mel's Front Porch: I Pledge Alligence to the Constitution of the United States of America. And to the Republic for which it guarantees, One Nation, Undeniable, with Liberty, Truth, and Justice for All.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I am rendered speechless

Friday, January 26, 2007

Surprising Seismic Activity Felt On Eastern Seaboard

Tremors were reported Tuesday night from Boston to Savannah as the Founding Fathers were rolling in their graves. Unfortunately, Tom, Sam, John, Ben, et al, were the only ones awake, as W's State of the Union speech surely put the rest of us in a coma. I swear I could hear McCain snoring from here in Arkansas.

I actually managed to remain conscious through the whole thing, although it rendered me into such a state of walking stupor I wandered away from the telly before hearing Jim Webb's excellent rebuttal. At any rate, I'd like to hit on a few of the more irritating points of the Our Only President's speech.

The man still wants to "save" Social Security, and now he's set his sights on Medicare and Medicaid as well. Why not just institute a military draft for everyone over sixty, George? That would supply you with cannon fodder from a segment of the population that not only has outlived its usefullness, but significantly shrink the number of those pesky pensioners on the dole. Who wouldn't want Nana to have an opportunity to travel and see new places and people? Of course, as always, the elite need not worry about this draft any more than they have any other for the last half-century.

He also mentioned some malformed intention to form a new corp built on the traditions of the Peace Corp and AmeriCorp to supplement the efforts of the military overseas. What's he going to call this? The War Corp? That dog won't hunt, and Kennedy joined the Fathers rolling at that point.

The only sign that Bush is in any way acknowledging the will of the people expressed in November (other than the public-relations fawning over Nancy P.) was that he limited himself to only four direct references to September 11, and was somewhat more subtle linking it to Iraq. Of course, by this time we know from hard experience that any time Bush says anything positive, or even sane, he means and intends to do the exact opposite. And the last ten minutes or so of the speech watching Shrub laud American heros was sheer fluff and distraction. Not to take anything away from those folks, but what really does a nut jumping under a subway to save another nut have to do with the state of the union anyway?

I, for one, am all for keeping the pressure on the Dems to clean house. It's past time, and our Founding Fathers need their rest.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Asylum Street Spankers Video

Couldn't resist...even if I can't watch this at home myself!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Country Joe Knows

So come on, Halliburton, don’t be slow.
Why man, this is war a go-go.
There’s plenty good money to be made
Supplyin’ our boys with the tools of the trade.
And we know peace can only be won
When we blow ‘em all to Kingdom Come.

And it's one, two, three
What are we fighting for?
Don't ask me I don't give a shit.
Next stop is in Tikrit.
And it's five, six, seven
Open up the Pearly Gates.
Don't ask me. I don't know why.
Whoopee! We're all gonna die.

A personal favorite of mine from the protest genre. Hope Joe doesn't mind me taking a bit of liberty with his lyrics. Judging from his website, it's all good.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Ye Gods and Little Fishes! She lives!

Yes, yes, duckies. I made it here!!!!!!!

Just a short post to let all know I'm fine and well. My little brother (god bless the child) is helping me try to get my computer set back up; once we get all the various and sundry bugs worked out I'll be back online full force. Until then, bear with me being around when and where I can beg, borrow, or steal a few minutes online.

You will know I'm fully wired for sound when I start a new special blog, "Greyhound SUCKS". Cramped seating, long distances, snow, and ice I was prepared for. Piss-poor customer service and surly bus drivers Will Never Do. Look forward to horror stories from the road; to give you a preview, before the bus even pulled out of the Denver depot, passengers were yelling "You tell 'em, Mel". I do not suffer fools gladly.

More later, mijos and mijas. Thanks for all the love.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Save the Liver!

And not bad advice for any of us who've been over-imbibing for the holidays. But leave it to Seattle to give me a newsday of note to enjoy on my way out of town.

Woke up, of course, to the news of the student-on-student school shooting in Tacoma. What a nice welcome back to school for the Foss High kids. Incredibly sad and stupid.

But, wait. The day, it gets better.

We have a science/art show in town called "Bodies...The Exhibition". While I'm one of the people who've questioned the tastefulness, much less the ethics of this little exercise in public plasticized autopsy, it came to light today that over the holiday weekend someone stole a human kidney from one of the displays.

Folks, this beats a geoduck hands down any day for weirdness.

Meanwhile, the nice Thai folks who run the little Denny Market across the street from my apartment are sending me off with their best wishes and a little red Macy's gift bag full of munchies for the long bus trip. I am going from love here to love at home. A person can't be any more blessed.

The next adventure starts in the morning!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Magic Bullets

With the absolute lionization of Gerald Ford, for his decision to 'spare' the country the trauma of the rule of law by pardoning Nixon, I think we should also reflect on another time that Ford, the first unelected President of the United States of America, had a hand in protecting the country from the nasty truth.

He was the last surviving member of the Warren Commission.

I remember a joke I heard in Austin in 1994:

What did Lee Harvey Oswald say to Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd?
Okay. Out the window, through the tree, off the grassy knoll, through Connally, nothing but brain.

The Magic Bullet. Brought to you by Your Government. Whose motto is?

Trust us. Our truth will set you at ease.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Halftime, down by ten. But that's okay...they're still my boys.

Hit that line
Hit that line
Keep on going.
Take that ball right
down the field.

Give a cheer (RAH RAH)
Never fear (RAH RAH)
Arkansas will never yield.

On your toes
to the finish
Carry on with all your might.

For it's A-A-R-K-A-N-S-A-S
for Arkansas

Fight, Fight, Fight!