Monday, July 7, 2014

When I was a boy, everything was righ-ite

Courtesy of what photographer/father/bass player/son of a gun Mister Muleboy in multiple fits of passion has repeatedly called THE BEST BLOG IN THE WORLD:







Note to self re posts I owe to self:

Uno: Killer LP covers courtesy of Rod Stasik

Dos: Re faces evolve to take one on the chin: hands also evolved to make fists.

Tres: Re 3-part plan to re-learn how to read great fiction starring your friend and mine, author and mad scientist about town, Scott Nolan.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Power to the People

Noah, I'm going to turn your power off for four days and four nights until everyone in your neighborhood gets on their knees and says thank you to to the linemen for the county who actually know how to do stuff and make things work again, unlike all the post-modern "knowledge workers" like Whoamusanyway who don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

Noah: Right. What's a cubit?

Here's doot doot doo lookin' out my front door last Tuesday morning:



Now take a tip from a cop who does: Pay no attention to the salesman (and he will be a man, sorry) who tries to sell you the new-fangled microprocessor-controlled electronic gas valve and electronic ignition system for your hot water heater. No. What you want is an old fashioned mechanical gas valve and an old fashioned pilot relight system known as a match. This way when your power goes out you will still have hot water ... for the win!

Remember how we bombed the shit out of Iraq and then bitched at the Army Corps of Engineers for taking a couple months to get the crap-to-begin-with power back on in Baghdad? Civilization hangs by a thread, or maybe it's supported by a thin reed, I forget which, but in any event, ladies 'n gentlemen, if your best defense in the event the shit ever hits the fan is to surround yourself with good neighbors, I'm in good shape. Now please enjoy if you have a moment Patti Smith & Michael Stipe.

Monday, June 30, 2014

I was walking down the road, man, just looking at my shoes

On this, I agree with Sen. Rand Paul:

On Meet the Press, Paul was asked if Cheney could be considered a credible critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, and Paul, without saying Cheney's name, replied, "The same questions could be asked of those who supported the Iraq war. You know, were they right in their predictions? Were there weapons of mass destruction there? That's what the war was sold on. Was democracy easily achievable?...They didn't really, I think, understand the civil war that would break out."

-- David Corn in Mother Jones, Rand Paul: Republicans Are "Too Eager for War"

and on this, I agree with Mr. Kyle Smith:

Joe Biden (family earnings: $407,000 last year plus a free house, driver, meals, etc.) claims “I don’t own a single stock or bond. . . . I have no savings accounts . . . I’m the poorest man in Congress.” (Triple fail: Joe isn’t poor, isn’t in Congress and wouldn’t be the poorest member of it if he were.)

Kyle Smith in the New York Post, Why Democrats insist on lying about how ‘poor’ they are

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Go on hit me with your best shot

Word on the street (what's that from anyway -- "word on the street?" Maybe maverick 1970s undercover New York detective Tony Baretta? Well somebody from around then i think) is that male faces evolved to take one on the chin, and that sounds right to me.

Speaking from sore experience, a kid can take a surprising amount of blows to the face & keep on rockin'. Noses will break, eyes will swell up and turn black, teeth will chip, concussions will get you later, but in the meantime the old cerebrum keeps on working overtime to keep you upright and fighting back.

How come? One possible answer comes from University of Utah researchers David Carrier and Michael Morgan who have crazy cool day jobs who recently

combined ancient fossil data with observations of modern injuries from fistfights. Jawbones were most frequently broken, along with cheek, eye and nose structures, the BBC reports. These specific bones were the same bones that grew more massive in male australopiths, but not in females.

-- Male Faces Evolved to ‘Take One on the Chin’

Everything we know is wrong, so that's probably wrong too, but I find it believable.

Warren Zevon, for example, notes that some have the speed and the right combinations, but if you can't take the punches it don't mean a thing.



Re Warren's reference to Duk Koo Kim, yeah Boom Boom knocked Kim out in the 14th (!) round, and Kim died days later from the brain injury. The referee who failed to stop the fight killed himself. Then Kim's mom killed herself.

Now hurry on home to read the NY Daily News.