Wednesday, November 28, 2012
No, PERA is the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, and I am about as inactive a member as you can be, not having worked for the state in 20 years, and having had absolutely no money in its pension fund for the same amount of time.
Rantito: Like a lot of public employee pension funds, PERA is in the hole. Way in the hole, like $23 billion worth. This is because PERA, like a lot of public employee pension funds, did stupid shit like counting on an eight percent ROI, making "unfunded cost-of-living adjustments," and, if Denver radio yakker Mike Rosen is right, making some pension increases retroactive. So dumb.
Interesting fact or figure from the EDNews piece: "But between 2000 and 2011, contributions from state and local governments fell short by $3.5 billion and investments fell short over the same period. Investments in pension plans grew by 4.5 percent when they needed to grow by 8.4 percent, [some wonk] said."
Interesting fact or figure from the EDNews piece II: "A pessimistic analysis foresees the gap could grow to $35 billion, while more upbeat forecasts calling for 9.5 percent annual returns on plan investments mean a $14.5 billion unfunded liability."
Interesting use of a once-hip word: "There is substantial evidence people value current wage more than they value deferred compensation,” [some other wonk] said. “The state has a limited number of compensation dollars that have to be divided. I would encourage you to think holistically about the compensation dollars being offered.”
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
No, I see now it's just another benighted instant tradition imported from California, this one called a "Zombie Crawl." An alleged 10,000 showed up. Lots of zombie vomit on the sidewalks of Lodo by the end, I bet.
Update: Boy, did I call it, in general and in deeee-tail. Post: "Zombie Crawl and anti-police protesters mix leading to arrests."
Police made six arrests Saturday night during the seventh annual Zombie Crawl and third annual anti-police march, said John White, Denver police spokesman. . . .
Apparently neither anarchists nor zombies need any stinkin' &tc.
This was the third Denver march "against police terrorism," according to the Denver Anarchist Black Cross websiteYeah, sure it did. Okay, so it's not Occupy Denver, but close enough. (We've noted the (Ward Churchill-approved) Anarchist Black Cross before, btw.) And the drunken zombies?
"The march was attacked early on, as demonstrators and police contested control of the streets," the site states. "Demonstrators fought to hold ground, and a brief but brutal street fight erupted." . . .
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A man arrested Wednesday after police found body parts that could be his mother in the back seat of his car made an initial court appearance Thursday morning in Arapahoe County District Court. Investigators at his home found a hand saw in the dishwasher.Always such a neat boy. Fave grafs from the story:
Update: Everybody knows that after six or seven years a new season of Arrested Development will be out on Netflix in 2013, right? It better be funny or, or, I don't know what I'll do. Maybe a chicken dance.
Update II: No, I don't need to ask if it's too soon.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Lots of people, blah, blah, read the article.
What's interesting, I aver, is that just yesterday I needed a new clicker for the garage door and found this:
The official Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure garage-door opener from Chamberlain. Fifty bucks. It appears to be the exact same opener as the non-Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure garage-door opener, not even engraved or anything, at the same price. The ad copy, though, says, "Proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition Clicker® remote control benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure."\
Maybe it comes with a certificate or something. And by "proceeds," do they mean "all proceeds?" (rhet.)
Friday, October 05, 2012
Dear Friend,Meh. But Romney begins by mentioning the 23 million "struggling for work." Obama as usual starts, and ends, with himself:
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Update: Hate that Mittley feels it necessary to dredge up the bogus "one-in-six-living-in poverty" meme.
If the D-a-W is around when somebody asks me how I got tagged, she thinks it's funny to say, "Sometimes I just can't take it any more, you know? All the time jibber-jabber jibber-jabber, all the time 'give me a dollar, mommy,' all the time 'uh-oh, poop butt.' Sometimes it just takes a good elbow shot to shut him up."
But this is not what happened. I just sneezed with insufficient attention to the space around me, and smashed my precious upper head at barely subsonic speed into the counter of our really charming kitchen island. Hurt like a motherfucker, actually knocked me to my knees, and I bled rather spectacularly for a minute.
It's better now, but I still look like my Third Eye is trying to open. Ick.
Update: sneezing accidents are quite common; most of them, of course, are car wrecks.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
To reach that conclusion, Kaminer starts with, and continually hammers, one assumption: the jury in Ward's suit against CU found that the school had fired him for his offensive ("Li'l Eichmanns") speech; his "research misconduct" was just an excuse the school ginned up to get rid of him. So ruled the jury, so believes Wendy. She's also not crazy about the "quasi-judicial immunity" stuff, which, who is (Update V)? (Neither Neal nor ACTA, by the way, has commented on the CSC's decision yet, as far as I can find.)
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The D-blog will never read it, of course. No, being the D-blog, he's just going to assume that "Dr." "Heimlich" has a whomping case of "when all you have is a hammer" syndrome, and will attempt to apply his awkward yet strangely erotic "maneuver" to every conceivable medical situation. Let's check out the ToC.
"Look at the Bleeding." Endowing a child with a healthy attitude about bleeding and other emergencies.Dad: See how your blood sprays almost to the ceiling, Billy? That's how powerful the heart is. Now, let's see how high it'll go when I perform that new maneuver on you . . .
Okay, "Poisonings. What to have available in advance . . ." Not very good phraseology, huh? And how does Henry work the maneuver in for poisonings?
Husband: Oh, my God, Mary! What's wrong with her, Doctor?
Doctor: I smell bitter almonds, the invariable sign of cyanide poisoning! Here, hold her upright so that I may perform the Heimlich Maneuver! It will expel the poison through her eyeholes!"
Maybe not. Okay, abdominal pain. Surely the Heimlich is appropriate there. Say, if you need your appendix burst or something. GAck.
Hey, here's ol' Henry now!
What? This finger? Oh, you don't wanna know about this finger. No, I'm serious, the stories I could tell you about this finger. . .
Oddly, this isn't the first time I've employed "Dr Heimlich's Final Solution to Choking" in the unavailing attempt to commit funny.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
D-blog prediction: The U.S. Supreme Court has more important things to fuck up and will decline to hear Wart's case.
Anyway, as penance for being so late on this I waded through the comments at the AP story the Post lazily went with. Anti-Wart by a huge margin, but still, and as usual with newspaper comments, profoundly dumb (with a couple of exceptions I'll let you not look for).
But I noticed something odd. Look at how the Post notes those comments that have been edited by the commenters who make them. The Post will say, for example, "Last edited by _______ [the commenter], on Yesterday, 6:48 p.m., edited two times in total."
Besides the atrocious grammar, see how they count how many edits a commenter makes? Never seen that before. What's funny is, they don't do that for their own (or AP's, or anyone else's) stories. On those all they note is, for example (from the present story): "Posted: 09/10/2012 08:24:16 AM MDT September 10, 2012 5:41 PM GMT Updated: 09/10/2012 11:41:37 AM MDT"
"Updated," not "edited." And no hint on how many times it's been edi--updated. Strange.
But I depress. If this were a blog that, like some, encouraged the dipping of dangling anatomical parts into containers of artificially flavored, HFCS-sweetened trifle at moments of triumph, this CSC decision would warrant one of those itty-bitty kiddie-pac pudding thingies (those who have read Portnoy's Complaint no doubt will find a use for the bologna that's in the little sandwich as well).
Think I'll go back to bed.
Update: In Westwad, Chutch attorney David Lane opens up to his special bud Michael Roberts:
"I have very little faith in judges generally," Lane says. "I think judges, by and large, are appointed by the rich and powerful to protect the rich and powerful's interests in society. That's what their inclination is to do, and I think that's unfortunate."The man is truly insane. But he's realistic enough about his chances with the U.S. Supremes:
After all, Lane continues, "no one ever said Ward Churchill's First Amendment rights weren't violated.
"I don't have a lot of hope," he admits. "We should win, because the law should be on our side -- and I think it is on our side. So this is our last shot. But the statistical odds of the U.S. Supreme Court taking this case are pretty slim."Read whole thing for other nuggets and the overly circumspect statements of CU prez Bruce Benson and chancellor Phil DiStefano.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Actually last week, but whatever. Picasa for some reason wouldn't let me upload pics of my amazing journey (or anything else). Now it will. This after all the problems I've had with Blogger working on Google Chrome and with Echo barring me from my own comments. I'm moving to Wordpress.
As soon as I work up the courage. In the meantime, travel pics 'n' persiflage! The pic above has nothing to do with the trip, it's just a creepy clown a neighbor gave me. I was going to try to freak out the tenants around back by moving it incrementally closer to their door every day, but the evil little 'tard gave me the heebie-jeebies, so it ended up here:
Pics of trip some time or other! Wait here until they appear! It might be a little while!
Monday, September 03, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
A Pueblo landlord was sentenced to four years in state prison for hiring homeless people to remove asbestos from the condemned multi-family home he was demolishing .Kind of evil, huh? But I can empathize. As a landlord, you quickly become willing to do almost anything to avoid spending money. It's part of the code. But sometimes, yes, that kind of money-saving zeal can lead a 'lord (that's what we call ourselves, "''lords") to cut corners a leetle too much.
Thomas K. Tienda, 49, was convicted on eight felonies in the case prosecuted by the Colorado Attorney General's Office. . . .
"Sheer greed drove Tienda to cut costs at the expense of the public and jeopardized the health of vulnerable members of our society, the homeless," said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said [sic] in a statement Friday. "A four-year prison sentence is appropriate and proves that this type of unscrupulous behavior will not go unpunished."
One time, for instance, I hired a bunch of vulnerable members of our society to replace my roof. Man, were they cheap. I soon learned, however, that vulnerable members of society, while cheap, are also surprisingly porous.
Shew. Lot of wasted effort on that one, and now I'm way too tired to denounce myself. Maybe tomorrow.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Haven't mentioned it for a while, but (and I say this with all due modesty), my tenants love me:
Tenants: We love the landlord!
They really do.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
GUNNISON — Recent livestock mutilations have Gunnison area ranchers shaken and on the alert for more strange attacks on cattle and horses.Tuuuuuu, what now?
In recent weeks, a horse was shot and had its head skinned at the LeValley Ranch property, which is part of the Esty Ranch holdings about eight miles east of Gunnison. The horse also had its tongue and anus removed.
Less than two months ago, a prize heifer in the same heavily traveled area just off of Colorado 50 and Colorado 114 had its tongues [sic], lips and anus removed.There's that anus again. And now lips along with the tongue(s). Sounds like they're making some kind of sick crazy sex aid, chief. Or maybe finishing out a cow-suit. It rubs the udder balm on its skin, or else something something . . .
"To me it looks like a ritualistic issue. Either that, or they are high on drugs. There is just no logical explanation for it," said Esty Ranch owner Mike Clarke. . . .I'll stick with the sick crazy sex aid angle.
The four mutilations [in recent months] have prompted the Gunnison County Stockgrowers Association to offer a $500 reward [cheap!] for any information that will lead to a conviction. The Colorado State Patrol has also been alerted to watch for strange activities in that area. The Gunnison County Sheriff's Office, the agency investigating the mutilations, did not return phone calls asking for comment. . . .Can't believe I'd never heard of Smiley, uh, Snippy, before.
The recent mutilations have similarities to mutilations that occurred in the 1960s in neighboring Saguache County. The most famous incident was reported in 1967 when a horse that became known as Snippy [Post link] had its head and neck skinned. Like [sic] in the most recent cases, there was no blood at the scene or tracks. The mutilations were never solved. . . .
Clarke said if there is another incident he expects "the ranching community will really be up in arms." . . .Literally.
The story of Snippy (2006), by the way, is majestic. It begins:
She stands quietly at the back of an empty room inside Dell's Insurance Agency just off the main street. She is little more than bones and big shiny teeth. And she is at the center of a controversy involving an eBay auction, lawyers and ownership rights.Of course, it isn't really Nicole Richie (who?) in that cursed Colorado Potato Town (sort of demands caps, doesn't it?) but Snippy! the Peeled-headed Horse! Read on your own time.
Here you might ask the obvious question: What the heck is Nicole Richie doing in a vacant room in an insurance office in a small Colorado potato town?
Friday, August 03, 2012
While carbon sinks are absorbing an increasing amount of carbon, the amount of carbon left in the atmosphere is also increasing. The atmospheric concentration of carbon in the atmosphere is rapidly approaching 400 parts per million, [lead author Ashley] Ballantyne said, compared to a pre-industrial concentration of about 280 parts per million.Of carbon. In the atmosphere. Question: Who' s doing the conflating of carbon and carbon dioxide here, science-y sort Ashley Ballantyne or reportress Laura Snider? If it's Ballantyne, we don't need to ask, but if it's Snider, we probably do: is the conflation deliberate or just ignorant?
Oh, the study appears in Nature. Too sad for snark.
Update: Of course, A. Watts had it a while ago, and reprinted the whole CU press release, in which the authors use "carbon" and "CO2" and "carbon dioxide" interchangeably. They also appear to be fully paid-up warmists. Can't wait to read the comments.
Monday, July 30, 2012
A staff writer for The New Yorker has resigned and his latest book has been halted after he acknowledged inventing quotes by Bob Dylan.How creativity works. New York mag has more, with links (the website for Tablet magazine, which broke the story, is currently crushed). Basically Lehrer got caught because he'd just got caught plagiarizing himself in earlier New Yorker pieces. He then tried to lie out of it by claiming he'd gotten the Dylan quotes from unreleased hunks of Martin Scorcese's doco on same.
Jonah Lehrer released a statement Monday through his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, saying that some Dylan quotes appearing in his book "Imagine: How Creativity Works" did "not exist." Others were "unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes."
Yeah, big deal, another young writer a little too eager for whatever it is young writers are eager for (books, a handsome desk, tweed jacket with elbow patches--stuff like that, I'd imagine). But this was odd. AP says,
Among Lehrer's inventions was a quote that first appeared in the famous documentary from the mid-1960s, "Don't Look Back," in which Dylan tells a reporter about his songs that "I just write them. There's no great message." In "Imagine," Lehrer adds a third sentence—"Stop asking me to explain"—that does not appear in the film.
I've looked several places--a Times blog, Forbes, Huffpo--and that's the only fake quote quoted: "Stop asking me to explain." (The Tablet probably has more, but, again: crushed.) Why did Lehrer add that? What does he think it adds? A tiny look at possible Dylan peevishness? Seems like a lot of risk for such a small character revelation. Hell, if you're gonna make up quotes, why not go for the wow? "I just write them. There's no great message. Elvis sucks cocks in Hell."
On the other hand why, if there are punchier made-up quotes quoted in the Tablet piece, did AP use that one? I mean, "Stop asking me to explain" over "Elvis sucks cocks in Hell"? Are there no editors any more?Update: Have just been informed that young writers do not lust for desks or elbow patches or such nonsense, but for other things, IYKWIMAITYD.
Update II: Just noticed that Huffpo posted some tweets of readers' suggested fake Dylan quotes. "Elvis sucks cocks in Hell" holds up rather well.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Update: TV coverage no longer must-watch. Smarmy repetitive bastards.
Update II: The Telegraph's liveblog or whatever has this (last graf) at 7:32 MDT:
. . . We could hear screaming and chairs being broken around us so we just figured we would stay down. There were about 50 to 75 gun shots, we were playing dead for about 45 seconds or a minute.Forty-five seconds or a minute. Is that all the time it took for this guy to kill 12 (originally reported as 14) people?
Update: Back up to 14, according to KOA radio.
Update IV: Back down to 12, according to KOA. Jaysus.
Monday, July 16, 2012
That's right! Venerable North Denver Italian restaurant Pagliacci's is closing August 19 after 66 years.
Or, as the Denver Post put it: "Pagliacci’s, North Denver’s [check] venerable [check] Italian restaurant [check check], will close Aug. 19 after 66 years [hah!] serving up such classic dishes as calamari fritti, caprese salad, gnocchi, fettuccine with bolognese sauce and a memorable seven-layer lasagna."
Oddly enough, we were there just this past Friday night, and as soon as we walked in we knew something was wrong. Maybe it was the bowling-ball-clutching half-clown-suited ladies hovering menacingly over every table, but there was definitely tension in the air.
Oh, the D-blog had the gnocchi. It was gummy. In fact, being an in-the-moment kind of guy, the D-blog made just that observation at the time: "This is gummy." Some genius, either the D-a-W or one of the D-blog's many easily replaceable sisters, replied, "I think it's supposed to be gummy."
The Post's story (teased on the front page at the moment) is by William Porter, Restaurant Critic, who grittily notes that a developer bought the place and plans to put up (evil squealing serial-killer music here) an apartment building on the site. But Porter notes the tender side of the Pagliacci's story as well, long before its kulak owners sold out to the man for some gold:
The Pagliacci’s story is a good one, ripe as a tomato with immigrant ambition, the American dream, and even a love story. It was founded in 1946 by [Frank] Grandinetti, a Sicilian produce vendor who six years earlier had met his future bride, Thelma Balzano. The family legend has it that one day when Thelma leaned out her window to chat with Frank, he tossed her an apple.I heard he threw it at her, which logically is the only way such a boring incident could reach legendary status, and even then only if he left a significant dent in her head. Anyway, it's clear Mr. Porter is ripe as a tomato with writing talent and perhaps a love story. I will look out for his offerings in the future.
Update: The caption on the photo of the ball-wielding ladies reads, "In 1952, Pagliacci's founder Frank Grandinetti sponsors a bowling team with, l to r, Billy Carbaugh, Hazel Dopheide, Jen Campbell, Genevieve Sellers and Mary Friedl." Scary stuff.
Update II: As several commenters at the Post note, Pagliacci's minestrone is super-excellent*.
*Sorry, it was either "super-excellent" or "to die for," so no contest there.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Even weirder, all the kids' noses are exactly the same.
A wedding party, I guess, at Sloan Lake.
*As the D-blog noted in 2007, "Brown is 74 percent "Hispanic," seven percent "Pacific Islander," seven percent "American Indian or Alaska Native" and six and five percent respectively "White" and "Black." Wild."
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
They think they need to explain "anthropogenic." Anyhow, answers are:
"No. It's just another example of extreme weather conditions. That's Colorado" (leading with 344 of 605 votes, 56.85 percent);
"Yes. And stupid questions like this only feed skeptics who ignore reality" (206, 34.04); and
"Maybe. Not that I'm a doubter, I'm just not sure this is connected to climate change" (55, 9.09).
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Crummy game, Crotchies lost, etc., but I got a pic of little stormcloud nips (to the right of the light towers) disgorging some feeble moisture. None of the rain came close to making it to the ground, of course, not in this drought-plagued ol' fungustown.
Rockies. Game. Well. Hell, since I'm just throwing pics around all profligate-like, here's one of Billy Bob in his "Dying Hole":
That's what the D-a-W calls it, anyway: his "Dying Hole."
Some other dog actually dug it, but BB quickly took it over. It's perfect for him, nestled as it is in the deep shade of Silver Lace vines and commanding a view of most of the backyard, three backyard gates and the whole south side of the house.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Friday, June 08, 2012
Anthony's [the mean widdle god's] mother apologizes [to a neighbor and his boy] for "what happened to your dog." The boy responds, "Yes, it was good that Anthony made Jasper choke to death eating his own paws."
Also, Dan Hollis kills himself with shards of his birthday record rather than Anthony transforming him into something awful.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Roberts says the hearing "is slated to last an hour, with a ruling expected to following [sic] several months from now." Sheeeeeit. I'm going to be older than Wart before this is over.
The attorney for Ward Churchill told the Colorado Supreme Court this afternoon that the University of Colorado conducted a sham investigation to retaliate against the former professor for his controversial post-9/11 essay that compared some World Trade Center victims to a notorious Nazi.
"First and foremost, is that if free speech cannot find a safe haven on a university campus, this society, in general, is in decline," attorney David Lane told the court during a one-hour hearing at the Colorado Capitol.
But CU attorney Patrick O'Rourke said the university was well within its rights to fire Churchill."If you approach this case from a First Amendment standpoint, the university wins," O'Rourke said. "Here's why: It's absolutely clear under federal law that a governmental entity may discharge an employee for otherwise protected speech when then employee's conduct is disruptive to the operation of the entity.
Lane responded by saying that while the university fielded several angry complaints from citizens outraged by Churchill's speech, his employment didn't cause a disruption. He said that CU's firing of Churchill was to appease those angry about Churchill's essay, which was protected by the First Amendment."It was a torch light parade -- a march by angry citizens -- to Regent Hall all but armed with pitchforks, demanding that the monster, Ward Churchill, be turned over for immediate destruction," Lane said.
Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs posed questions for both attorneys, asking O'Rourke whether a Vietnam-era professor who burned an American flag in protest of the war should be fired for upsetting others and causing outrage.He asked Lane why CU should be forced to rehire Churchill if investigations found academic fraud in his work.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Jerry Krantz, the longtime owner of landmark Denver jazz club El Chapultepec, died Tuesday morning. He was 77.Haven't been there in years, but back then we called it "the 'Pec, too, so I guess we were "insiders." Wonder why nobody ever told us.
In its heyday, El Chapultepec welcomed music legends such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as visiting rock stars like Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. Krantz's insistence on free, live, straight-ahead jazz every night of the week helped the 'Pec — as insiders affectionately call it — stand out on the corner of 20th and Market Streets.
Even President Bill Clinton played his tenor sax on stage there.
"I've had everyone in here but Jesus," Krantz was once quoted as saying.
No, Jesus played there once, too. Oh, wait. That was Art Blakey (scroll down a little).
The club opened in 1933, the day after Prohibition was repealed and decades before Coors Field and historic preservation turned Lower Downtown into a haven for sports bars and trendy restaurants. Krantz began bartending at El Chapultepec in 1958 and inherited it a decade later from his father-in-law Tony Romano.
"He was there just about every night," said musician Freddy Rodriguez, who met Krantz in 1979 and has been playing at El Chapultepec ever since. "He'd sit in the back all night every night. He never came and sat down front where the music was happening, but he knew what he wanted and he just loved the jazz community."
Freddy led--or I guess leads--the house band there. A friend of mine who sat in with them a time or two always called the band, "Freddy and the Plastic-hairs." No idea why.
Krantz's love of jazz and hard-nosed approach to running the bar earned both a loyal audience and the respect of countless musicians — as well a national reputation rich in dive-bar lore. One story says Krantz won the bar in a poker game. Another tells of him knocking an unruly patron's teeth out with a pool cue.
Dive-bar lore: One time (and only one time) I stopped by El Chapultepec in the afternoon. There were three customers, including me, at the bar, and that was it. The guy on my right had his head comfortably ensconced in one of those red plastic bowls of stale popcorn Jerry was so generous with. The guy on my left, while equally passed out, had managed to remain upright on his stool. This simalcrum of consciousness was somewhat marred, unfortunately, by the foot-long hunk of iridescently green snot hanging out of his nose.
One of the few times the D-blog has ever lent sparkle to a gathering.
In piece [sic] for Esquire magazine, long-time Denver-based writer J.R. Moehringer called Krantz cranky and charismatic, a "full-blooded Russian" who didn't take any guff from customers and handled his business brusquely and efficiently.
Cranky, si. Brusque, certainly. Charismatic, not so much.
El Chapultepec "smells like New York, feels like New Orleans, and sounds like southside Chicago," Moehringer wrote for the magazine.
It's just a tiny place; I doubt you could legally stuff 75 people in there--though there was often double that on good nights. I'll let the guy with the discerning nose have his way on what the place smelled like. The fact remains that the 'Pec (see, insider!) was one of the main reasons the D-blog could confidently say: Denver: Not a cowtown.
"His big thing is that he always wanted it to be for everybody," said Krantz's daughter Anna Diaz. "At the time when he started it you'd get dressed up to go to the symphony, and there were people who had never even seen live music. So there was no cover charge, no dress code. The bums on the street were just as welcome to come and listen as the millionaires." . . .
There was, I believe, a two-drink minimum, though. Bums hardest hit.
Oh, well. RIP Jerry.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
"Following the rally, they [presumably the rallyers or whatever] performed a flash mob dance on Broadway."
Monday, May 28, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Intended to be a work of no redeeming social value and even less literary value, “Naked Came the Stranger” by all appearances succeeded estimably on both counts.
Originally issued by Lyle Stuart, an independent publisher known for subversive titles, the novel was a no-holds-barred chronicle of a suburban woman’s sexual liaisons, with each chapter recounting a different escapade:She has sex with a mobster and sex with a rabbi. She has sex with a hippie and sex with at least one accountant. There is a scene involving a tollbooth, another involving ice cubes and still another featuring a Shetland pony.The book’s cover — a nude woman seen from behind — left little to the imagination, as, in its way, did its prose:"Ernie found what Cervantes and Milton had only sought. He thought the fillings in his teeth would melt.”The purported author was Penelope Ashe, who as the jacket copy told it was a “demure Long Island housewife.” In reality, Mr. McGrady had dreamed up the book as ironic commentary on the public’s appetite for Jacqueline Susann and her ilk.
She's probably close to 70 years young by now.
Update: Here's Patterico's long, detailed post about the harassment and threats he, his wife and many others have been subjected to by Kimberlin and his minions. Though what Patterico's gone through is so much worse it constitutes a difference in kind not degree, it reminds me a little of the shit Ward Churchill, Benjie Whitmer and their pals pulled trying to intimidate me during the Wart brouhaha: publicizing my wife's ancient DUI in an effort to get her fired, accusing me of all manner of defugalties including panty-sniffing and window-peeping in Boulder County (which Wart claimed he found in official records), etc. Oh, and the threats of severe bodily harm and/or death. Can't forget those.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Update: Oddly, maybe, neither the Post nor the Gamera has mentioned it.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
One of the most fun viewing spots on Sunday will likely be Folsom Field at CU-Boulder, where the university is hosting a free eclipse-watching party from 5:30 p.m. until sunset. University officials are expecting 10,000 - 15,000 viewers in attendance, The Denver Post reports.
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is also hosting a free viewing party in City Park from 6 p.m. to sunset and will have solar telescopes available, but if you want to observe the eclipse away from the crowds, try one of these beautiful spots:And that was the end of the story.
Update: Nobody's asked, but yes, I still live! I say nobody's asked, but here's what everybody was thinking:
Hello, hello! My dear Gaaaaawwwwwd,
It must be heeeeem, it must be heeeeem,
Or I shall die . . .
Thursday, April 12, 2012
First, she said there was a fly on my leg, and kicked me in the shin. To get the fly to go away, don't you know.
Next she told me how old her grandmother (whom I've known for like, 13 years) is. Then she asked me how old I am.
How old do you think I am, I asked.
"Seventy?" she replied.
I hate this neighborhood.
Update: I don't look a day over sixty-nine-and-a-half. A really hot sixty-nine-and-a-half. You all go die now.
Update II: Believe the Children!
Sunday, April 08, 2012
However! Leave us not forget his wonderful turn in the Mirage Tavern scandal. The Daily Beast has what they think are his best interviews, but the one with the Chicago city inspector is inexplicably left out. And I can't find it on Youtube.
Jeez, one of the girls on the show I linked to at the top said 60 Minutes has been on for "more than 60 years."
Anyway, here's Myron in 1939, on the great old radio show Information Please, representing the University of Michigan as the "Spirit of Youth," specially voted on the show by many idiots. His arrogance is apparent even then. (Yesh, I've played this one before.)
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Update: "Does anyone know what 'SangaMON' means?" He emphasized the "MON." I take a small bow.
Update II: He sounds drunk.
Update III: I had the year wrong on the Fort Clark mess. Other people did, too. That's all there was to it.
Update IV: Bill O'Reilly! Drink (yourself to death).
Update V: As is his wont, he accuses somebody else (a guy named Chris Dentro (sp)) of plagiarism. "Cut and paste, cut and paste." Not exactly dispositive, Wart.
Update VI: He attacks "the media." Hahahahahaha.
Update VII: Youtube: "1 views." I assume that's me. Why am I watching this?
Update VIII: I'm not quite a third of the way through. Wartie is discussing his completely warped view of the genesis of the American University. It's only 6:30, and I think I need to go to bed.
Update IX: Koch brothers! You're in the hospital already, so just drink from your IV!
Update X: Can't stand this ass. Gotta feed animals. Maybe I can stand to watch some more tomorrow (if you're lucky).
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Update: the rat's name is Sun; her companion is Estrella (sorry, kids named them).
John -- [No "Dear" again. I've had it with this rudeness]Progress? And it's not about two competing economic "plans," it's about some lying, soft version of socialism (for a while) v. some reasonably mitigated form of capitalism.
As we count down to another critical fundraising deadline for this campaign, it's important to remember this:
We always knew this election would be about two competing economic plans -- whether we get to build on our progress or see it taken away.
But we had no idea we'd also be up against a social agenda that would roll back decades of progress [sic], particularly for women's health.Women's. health. There it is. No idea if Sandra Fluke is a slut, and to be honest, I aspired to be a slut in my younger days (not much success there), so more power to her. But it's clear she's just another "activist," pushing for others to pay for how she chooses to live. I'll pass, begging your pardon and if it's all right with you. Sir.
That means the consequences of this election will be felt in more ways than we'd counted on -- and what you do this week will help decide what they are.Uhhhh, I'll think about it (snort).
Will you donate $3 or more right now?
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I like this from a commenter at WUWT, quoting the Courier-Mail (in, one supposes, Queensland):
A merciless Bob Katter [some LNP muckety-muck] had some harsh words for Anna Bligh tonight, following her defeat at the polls [as Labor PM of Queensland].Of course, what the commenter doesn't say is that we're allowing the media to distract with these idiotic "hot-button" issues.
“Did you really think people would vote for you?” he said.
“Congratulations Anna – you saved the trees but the people well and truly cut you down.”
And it’s too bad that American politicians & public can’t be more like the following [sic] instead of being distracted by personal hot button issues that have little effect on the nation as a whole: When asked about gay marriage, Mr Katter said: “We’re talking about serious issues.”
Update: WUWT fans (and fans of truth, justice and the Am--er, Australian way), will enjoy this thread.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Favorite line: "The topics Churchill addressed while speaking to a crowd of about 40 people at the University of Illinois Springfield went far off topic from activism . . .
Second fave: "He claimed that plagiarism and fraudulence in the media is expansive and that all phones are equipped with GPS technology and technology users should be wary."
Second point may be true enough. First point: You should know, Wart.
Activism in America has come a long way since the days of Viet Nam push-back and protests from college students. Churchill says the video-recorders, which members of today’s Occupy movement are more likely to carry than guns are important. But he says for an activist not to arm his or herself is a concession of power.Not bothering to link to much of my vetting that bullshit, except for this, but what a liar and cheat and hypocrite this fat self-important fuck is. He has believed for decades that every opinion but his own should be shut down.
CHURCHILL: “We could have used a few more recorders [my itals] and some of these assets that you have available; would have been really nice to be able to instantaneously record and transmit things police were doing in those days but availing ourselves of those technologies had they been available at the time would not have supplanted the need for the capacity to engage in armed self-defense.”
By violence, if necessary.
Update: Violence, of course, performed by others. Wart's always been very vague about his own revolutionary activities. Probably because he didn't participate in any, at least physically. Now the sack of shit can hardly walk. He's oooooold.
Hey Wart: Where are those "four books" you were working on before, you know, four years ago, which you had to abandon because the Nazis at CU distracted you?
Thursday, February 23, 2012
When it gets to be, say, five p.m. (too early for him to eat, else he'll be barking the whole house awake about five a.m.), he can be completely passed out, and yet no matter how quietly I try to tread the stairs (using the technique of stepping close to the risers to avoid creaks I learned at age 19 from my first reading of Nancy Dr--er, the Hardy Boys), there he is, right behind me, then in front of me, then turning wild circles at the bottom of the stairs, then barking madly over his food dish.
One of my grandmothers was like that. Towards the end.
Update: Bet that's the longest sentence I ever wrote. Alleged D-blog readers will probably not know which sentence I mean.
Update II: Should explain the "shupper dime" ref, since no one sane will bother to hunt it up in the Heinlein excerpts. But I ain't gonna.
Update III: JWP, how's your ol' lumpy pup?
Update IV: That "Towards the end" is a lie. Grandma was always like that. And she had big nasty teeth.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Update (24 Feb): Still $2.98, tho it went up to $3.00 and down to $2.97 in between. National average today, according to KOA: $3.65.
Update II (28 Feb): $3.05.
Update III (6 March): $3.15
Update IV (10 March): $3.16.
Update V (13 March): still $3.16. Heard on KOA that Denver has the cheapest gas in the whole USA. Will not attempt to verify.
Update VI (16 March): still $3.16. Honestly, what the fuck is going on? My opinion: George W. Bush, out of office for three years but still a secret force for oil-rape and American hegemony, has invaded yet another oil-rich country (no, I don't know which one) all by himself (yeeeeeeehahhhhhhh!) only to enrich the coffers of Halliburpen. Because Denver's a cowtown, and GWB likes cowtowns, we don't have to pay for it.
Update VII (18 March): $3.44. Yikes. Up almost 30 cents in two days. Damn you Booooooosh!
Update VIII (22 March): $3.58. Told you we'd catch up.
Update IX (28 March): $3.63.
Update X (6 April): $3.70.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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Disclaimer:Are those random words from Tolstoy or something?
now, when my heart fails me and my mouth feels dry at the mere sight of nothing extraordinary in the capture of Murat. Still, it is better to noticed that the wheels do not supply an explanation and has taken the present itself again. And this very absence of an aim gave him the attention to her severe remark--and began to laugh. She laughed, and in
To console Pierre for these losses the head steward gave him an estimate "Well? Are you satisfied now?" said he. "You\'ve made me quarrel with my her powers since morning had been concentrated on ensuring that they Natasha looked at the fat actress, but neither saw nor heard nor coming home. Denisov was a small man with a red face, sparkling black You need only forget to ask how the will of heroes produces events, and she had feared, order her to be carried away by force but only told her
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
One more: "Jack Benny is one of the finest violinists of this earache" (17 January 1943). The wordplay is horrble(ly) funny. And: Oscar Levant!
Oh, and Joe Besser, being all gay. He kind of turns everyone else gay too.