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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.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Springtime in Paris

One afternoon the April before last, I was walking home from the market in Seattle when I came upon two rather amused gentlemen about a half a block from my apartment. As I approached, I quickly discovered the source of their guffaws, as I spied a comely young mallard couple in a small alcove doing, er, what the birds and the bees do, while emitting a few quivering, quavering quacks. One of the gentlemen kept exclaiming "It’s springtime in Paris!" and then bursting into fresh gales of mirth. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud myself.
Not since that April afternoon two years ago have I had that sense of joy; of amusement, tinged with a bit of bawdy naughtiness, and flavored with the satisfaction of nature taking her rightful course.

Until now.

I just completed reading Truthout’s day-long, moment-by-moment coverage of Alberto "I Don’t Recall" Gonzales’ tortured (damn right pun intended), quivering, quavering performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee today; maybe, at long last, this is the beginning of the end of the Nightmare. While personally I wouldn’t mind if Congress employed some of the methods of truthseeking recommended by Gonzo himself for "detainees", if only to find out how quaint the Geneva Conventions would seem now, I’ll have to quell my more base carnal needs and be satisfied with the bipartisan grilling dished out today in our fair capitol.

Needless to say, broadcast evening news barely bothered to cover the hearing, especially in light of the horrific events that occurred at Virginia Tech earlier this week. My heart goes out to the family and friends of those lost, but perhaps it’s time for the glare of the spotlight to move on and allow those folks a chance to grieve outside of the media Petri dish. And I can’t help but remember that as horrible as Monday morning was, by Monday next other killers, some suicidal, some not, will have probably snuffed out in a week as many American soldiers, and certainly far more Iraqis, than the sad, deluded fools at VT, Columbine or on the University of Texas clock-tower ever dreamed of murdering.

In light of that, and all the other distractions being offered up by corporate media, I’d like to offer a big hat’s-off to Truthout and their writers, specifically Scott Galindez, Victoria Harper, Matt Renner, Jason Leopold, and of course William Rivers Pitt, for their blow-by-blow accounts of the gaffing of one of the first "big fish" of this administration. A special shout-out is in order to Jason, for reporting the response from the observers and protesters at the close of the hearing (na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye), as well as the tally, kept all day by a member of the gallery, of 74 separate responses of "I don’t recall" by the guest of honor. In the words of the late Mr. Gleason, "how sweet it is".

My friend Enigma has been waiting for her Watergate Summer. I hope it’s coming quickly on the heels of my Springtime in Paris. Au revoir.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I don't want no pickle

I just wanna ride my motor-sickle!

Call this one "Mission: Accomplished"! I will be getting the paperwork and such worked out hopefully this week, but I've got my bike, we've checked it out, and it is up and running. YeeeeeeeeHAW!

Also later this week I hope to be back to blog on current events of a larger magnitude, but in the meantime, I'm savoring Promises Kept, and looking forward to cruises to come. ~grin~

Monday, April 09, 2007

Hoping All had a Happy Easter

Apparently I gave up blogging for Lent -- unintentionally. In any event, I wanted to share the following with you folks, as seen on

"The Democrats in Congress left Washington for spring recess without finishing the work. They need to come off their vacation, get a bill to my desk, and if it's got strings and pork, I'll veto it and then we can get down to business of getting this thing done."
Dubya, right before he left for his 63rd Crawford vacation since taking office - Link

Bush was on vacation when told Osama intended to strike inside the United States soon, and the bastard stayed on vacation - look what happened.
Bush was on vacation when Katrina hit, and the bastard stayed on vacation - look what happened.

Just in case you were wondering if I'm still pissed.

~~thanks again to You should check him out.