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November 3, 2011



Aspects Of Robinson

Robinson at cards at the Algonquin; a thin
Blue light comes down once more outside the blinds.
Gray men in overcoats are ghosts blown past the door.
The taxis streak the avenues with yellow, orange, and red.
This is Grand Central, Mr. Robinson.

Robinson on a roof above the Heights; the boats
Mourn like the lost. Water is slate, far down.
Through sounds of ice cubes dropped in glass, an osteopath,
Dressed for the links, describes an old Intourist tour.
—Here’s where old Gibbons jumped from, Robinson.

Robinson walking in the Park, admiring the elephant.
Robinson buying the Tribune, Robinson buying the Times. Robinson
Saying, “Hello. Yes, this is Robinson. Sunday
At five? I’d love to. Pretty well. And you?”
Robinson alone at Longchamps, staring at the wall.

Robinson afraid, drunk, sobbing Robinson
In bed with a Mrs. Morse. Robinson at home;
Decisions: Toynbee or luminal? Where the sun
Shines, Robinson in flowered trunks, eyes toward
The breakers. Where the night ends, Robinson in East Side bars.

Robinson in Glen plaid jacket, Scotch-grain shoes,
Black four-in-hand and oxford button-down,
The jeweled and silent watch that winds itself, the brief-
Case, covert topcoat, clothes for spring, all covering
His sad and usual heart, dry as a winter leaf.

Weldon Kees (1914 – 1955)

  1. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 3, 2011 11:02 AM

    Thanks for posting this, Mish.

    I’ve always liked the mysterious and miserable Weldon Kees. Marvellous poetry.

  2. mishari permalink*
    November 3, 2011 2:26 PM

    Me too, Jack, and as you say: marvellous poems…and who knows? His body was never found. He might still be alive and sharing a flat with Hitler, Elvis, Amelia Earhart and Osama bin Laden, down in Argentina somewhere.

  3. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 3, 2011 3:30 PM

    Thanks for posting this one from me as well. Never heard of him before so a treat.

    It conjures up images that we’re quite familiar with but contains no cliches.

    “Covert topcoat” is an especially rich image.

  4. mishari permalink*
    November 3, 2011 4:10 PM

    Glad you like it, Ed. I imagine he’d be right up your street, including his mysterious disappearance. You might enjoy this article about Kees that appeared in The New Yorker in 2005, The Disappearing Poet.

    The retired head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, Meir Dagan, has called an attack on Iran “the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard”.

    Dagan’s statement, rare for a man known for discretion and secrecy during a three-decade career in the intelligence service, has startled many Israelis.

    “He is one of the most right-wing militant people ever born here,” wrote Ben Caspit, the chief columnist for the Maariv daily. “When this man says that the leadership is irresponsible, we should stop sleeping soundly at night”

    The debate in Israel was further fanned on Wednesday when Israel successfully test-fired a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking Iran. — Associated Press

    I can only imagine the world’s response to an unprovoked nuclear attack on Iran. Israel would be signing its own death warrant. Then again, when a country is ruled by reckless, bloodthirsty, racist maniacs, I suppose anything’s possible.

  5. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 3, 2011 8:51 PM

    Already the MoD is gearing up to help the USA bomb the shit out of Iran. The reason, of course, is that Iran is developing a Nuclear Weapons programme, and all the dubious “evidence” (most of it conjecture) is already being fed to the papers. There were a full two pages in today’s Guardian about it, part of the plan to scare-monger amongst the British public in a way shamingly similar to what was done with Iraq. Sadly though, it hardly matters if the public swallows the bullshit or not; America will do what it pleases, the British government giving it the brown tongue all the way.

    The irony is, papers like the Guardian will enable this bullshit now, and then condemn the evil British politicians once the deed is done. They get their news stories no matter what, and then boast the moral high ground.

    In about twenty years time there’ll be no ice caps and no Israel. What wonderful progressive times we live in. We’re aiding in our own extinction but are too stupid to realise it.

    Jack Brae

  6. mishari permalink*
    November 3, 2011 9:16 PM

    It’s all deeply depressing, Jack. The sheer mind-numbing obviousness of the Israeli/US machinations is an insult, but nothing new. We’ve had 20 years of this toxic Israeli bullshit.:

    October 1992
    : “Warning the international community that Iran would be armed with a nuclear bomb by 1999, Shimon Peres told France 3 television that ‘Iran is the greatest threat [to peace] and greatest problem in the Middle East … because it seeks the nuclear option while holding a highly dangerous stance of extreme religious militantism.’”

    Source: Then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in an interview with French TV

    November 1992
    : “But the Israelis caution that a bigger threat to Middle East serenity — not to mention their own country’s security — lies in Teheran, whose regime they say is sure to become a nuclear power in a few years unless stopped.”

    Source: New York Times

    January 1995
    : “Iran is much closer to producing nuclear weapons than previously thought, and could be less than five years away from having an atomic bomb, several senior American and Israeli officials say.”

    Source: New York Times

    : “The best estimates at this time place Iran between three and five years away from possessing the prerequisites required for the independent production of nuclear weapons.”

    Source: Benjamin Netanyahu, in his book “Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat the International Terrorist Network

    February 1996: “On February 15, 1996, Israeli Foreign Minister Ehud Barak told members of the UN Security Council that Iran would be able to produce nuclear weapons within eight years.”

    Source: Barak comments reported in Le Monde

    April 1996: “I believe that in four years they [Iran] may reach nuclear weapons,” [Israeli Prime Minister Shimon] Peres told ABC television during an interview.

    Source: Agence France Presse

    November 1999: “Unless the United States pressures Russia to end its military assistance to Iran, the Islamic republic will possess a nuclear capability within five years, a senior Israeli military official said Sunday.”

    Source: Associated Press

    July 2001: “‘I mentioned to our friends, the Turkish leadership, that we are more than worried about the very rapid development taking place regarding nuclear weapons,’ [Minister of Defense] Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told reporters. ‘As far as we know by the year 2005 they [Iran] will, they might, be ready.’”

    Source: Associated Press

    August 2003: “Iran will have the materials needed to make a nuclear bomb by 2004 and will have an operative nuclear weapons program by 2005, a high-ranking military officer told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.”

    Source: Jerusalem Post

    February 2009: “Netanyahu said he did not know for certain how close Iran was to developing a nuclear weapons capability, but that ‘our experts’ say Iran was probably only one or two years away and that was why they wanted open ended negotiations.”

    Source: Then-candidate for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in conversation with an American congressional delegation, as described in a cable released by WikiLeaks

    June 2009: Barak estimated a window between 6 and 18 months from now in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable.

    Source: Defense Minister Ehud Barak in conversation with members of Congress, as described in a cable released by WikiLeaks

    June 2009: “Unless their programme experiences technical problems, the Iranians will have by 2014 a bomb ready to be used, which would represent a concrete threat for Israel,” said [Mossad chief] Meir Dagan.

    Source: Agence France Press

    November 2009: “General Baidatz argued that it would take Iran one year to obtain a nuclear weapon and two and a half years to build an arsenal of three weapons.”

    Source: Brigadier General Yossi Baidatz, an Israeli military intelligence official, in conversation with an American defense official, as described in a WikiLeaks cable.

    September 2010: “The reasoning offered by Israeli decision makers was uncomplicated: Iran is, at most, one to three years away from having a breakout nuclear capability (often understood to be the capacity to assemble more than one missile-ready nuclear device within about three months of deciding to do so).”

    Source: Jeffrey Goldberg, reporting the Israeli point of view in a cover story on Iran in the Atlantic

    And the bullshit keeps flowing. This latest ‘Ooh, look-out! Nuclear bombs in Iran just around the corner’ crap follows hard on the heels of the Irani (AKA joint US/Israeli) joke plot involving a used-car salesman killing the Saudi envoy in Washington.

    That one got laughed off the world stage so it’s back to the old favourite. Pathetic…and scary, considering how many half-wits swallow this rubbish.

    The Grauniad, to its shame, simply reprints these worthless accusations, without any context.

  7. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 3, 2011 9:55 PM

    Yes, depressing it sure is. I was depressed enough already. I’m heading off to London for a few days on Saturday. My father’s health has taken a turn for the worse. He had a stroke about 18 months ago (while doing his regular early morning press-ups on the kitchen floor). It wasn’t the press-ups that caused the stroke, they’re the thing that probably helped him recover, being the strong man that he’s always been, but he’d taken it into his head to go off his medication without mentioning it to anyone. Anyway, he mended from the stroke remarkably well, but he’s nearly 82 now and the stroke obviously set off a slow fuse somewhere in him, which is just beginning to burn again now. My head is full of worry.

    I have a brother buried in London, so my parents won’t leave the grave unprayed at. Hence the reason they’re still living in Sasana.

    Jack Brae

    • Edward Taylor permalink
      November 3, 2011 10:10 PM

      Sorry to hear of your woes Jack.

      My father aged 94 is still hanging on with cancer of the bladder. He’s “waiting to go” as he puts it. Saying goodbye to him on the phone becomes an uncomfortably loaded phrase sometimes.

    • Reine permalink
      November 4, 2011 8:57 AM

      Jack, that sentence about your parents not leaving the grave unprayed at is so poignant and I completely understand why they wouldn’t. Safe travelling; I am sure they will be delighted to see you. x

      I don’t how I would cope if either of my parents became seriously ill. I suppose one just adapts but I couldn’t imagine life without them. They are always a safe haven amidst madness. I feel for ye both.

  8. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 3, 2011 10:01 PM

    Three things strike me immediately Jack.

    One is that Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize – but for what remains a complete mystery.

    Two is that when in opposition the Tories made as much as they could about the folly of the Iraq war ( even though they supported it ) and now are considering backing a conflict that is even more ludicrous and far more destructive in its consequences.

    Three is that the wheels have come off the Obama wagon and are coming off the Cameron one as well so this is as much about winning votes than anything else.

  9. mishari permalink*
    November 3, 2011 10:13 PM

    Sorry to hear of your travails, Jack. This might afford you some brief diversion. Old PolHom favourite Liz Jones tells the tragic tale of her yearning for a baby. It contains gems like the following:

    Because he wouldn’t give me what I wanted, I decided to steal it from him. I resolved to steal his sperm from him in the middle of the night. I thought it was my right, given that he was living with me and I had bought him many, many M&S ready-meals.

    Read more HERE. The baby = Marks & Spencer Ready Meals equation is sure to rock the world of mathematics

    The craven stupidity of politicians seems to be an endless resource, Ed. Although (given the disaster of Iraq and the never-ending misery of Afghanistan; given the car-crash that is the economy; given the profound contempt for and mistrust of politicians) why they imagine another expensive war in the Middle East is a vote winner is a mystery, especially since the involvement of those Israeli maniacs means that it could go nuclear.

    Israel is a menace to the rest of the human race…but of course, not being Jewish, we don’t count.

    • Reine permalink
      November 4, 2011 9:07 AM

      The bit I find worrying is that her boyfriend wouldn’t have sex with her at first … it never happened in my day!

      The photos in that article are a bit tradge, poor Liz stroking her own pussy cat. Scary lady; she even strikes fear into Mary “I’m so over the penis” Portas,

  10. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 3, 2011 10:20 PM

    Thanks for the good wishes, Ed.

    It really doesn’t matter who’s in government. Politics is about being in Politics. It’s never about doing anything right or good. There are good politicians for sure, but they are very thin on the ground. Our current President is one of the good guys, but the good ones never tip the balance. There’s always too much dross weighted against them.

    Obama is, I think, a fairly decent man, But he’s the President of American government. It’s like taking St Therese of Lisieux and appointing her as Hitler’s nanny. We can’t realistically expect any great change.

  11. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 3, 2011 10:27 PM

    Mish, she stole his sperm? Did anyone not tell this couple about sex? It’s a relatively simple way of making babies.

    I read in today’s Guardian that 94 million years ago, during the time of the dinosaurs, there lived a species of sabre-toothed mice. Now, in my opinion, that’s the species that should have inherited the Earth. Imagine what we could have become if we’d evolved from that lot. Instead, our ancestors were apes. Hardly surprising that we’re here in this sorry fuck-up.

  12. mishari permalink*
    November 3, 2011 10:27 PM

    I wish I could agree that Obama is a decent man: I don’t think he is; he’s just GW Bush with a tan. Another mendacious, secrecy-loving, warmongering, anti-constitutional (his extra-judicial executions of US citizens by Presidential fiat says it all), Wall St. errand boy.

    I had a small hope that he would be genuinely different but even that small hope was crushed within months of his taking office. The only real difference between Obama and Bush is a matter of presentational skills.

  13. mishari permalink*
    November 3, 2011 10:31 PM

    Ah, you see, Jack… he was using a condom because he wasn’t ready to become a daddy…the swine. So Liz was forced to extraordinary measures (milking the condom, so to speak). Mind you, to a vapid knucklehead like Liz, a baby is just another fashion accessory, like those nasty-looking hairless Mexican mini-dogs.

    Sabre toothed mice? I won’t tell Pongo about this: it would traumatise him.

  14. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 3, 2011 10:43 PM

    Milking a condom. Right.

    Why didn’t she just get another boyfriend? Ah Jesus, why am I even wondering about this!

    However, minature babies in handbags, that could definitely be the next big thing.

  15. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 3, 2011 11:00 PM

    At the risk of being cute here is a contemporary version of a sabre-toothed mouse

  16. mishari permalink*
    November 3, 2011 11:21 PM

    His food is moving…now that’s what I call fresh. Cute little fella, though; Egyptian, apparently

  17. mishari permalink*
    November 3, 2011 11:42 PM

    I drew a little moustache on Liz Jones and, fuck me…she looks like a certain Austrian nutcase gone hippy beggar. Scary

  18. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 12:47 AM

    BTW, your Montale poem is up at perpwalk, Jack. Hope you like the picture.

  19. November 4, 2011 8:06 AM

    More bad news:

    In an interview Monday, Cain said part of China’s threat to the United States stems from its attempts to develop nuclear weapons…

    “Yes, they’re a military threat,” Cain said on the PBS NewsHour, in response to a question from Judy Woodruff. “They’ve indicated that they’re trying to develop nuclear capability … —

    This is very worrying…or it would be were it not for the fact that China has had nuclear weapons since 1964.

    OK, I guess we can relax and get back to enjoying the Cain Komedy Hour.

  20. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 4, 2011 10:40 AM

    Thanks for posting that at Perp Walk, Mish. Love the photo.

    I love Montale’s poetry. It’s rarely about the thing he’s pretending to be writing about. It’s usually always a secret address to his Muse (ie his girlfriend). What I like about him is how he becomes, all in the same breath, the person he’s secretly adressing, the object he’s pretending to address, and at the same time himself. The speaker in the poem becomes everything. All very godlike in a way. All very nuts. I love the sexual undertones in this one, even the veiled references to menstruation. Of course, I’m sure everyone else will just think it’s about a delta.

    Poetry, it’d do your fucking head in.

    Thanks Reen and everyone for the good thoughts.

    Tomkat, I’m very worried by the fact that Ireland has no Nuclear capabilities and everyone else has, even India. If everyone was to bomb everyone else, except for Ireland of course, then maybe I could sleep at nights. Anyways, that appears to be the solution. That’s what the Americans think is the thing to do, and they must be right.

    Jack Brae

  21. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 6:11 PM

    I just listened to Mr. ‘Yes, We Can’t‘ Obama express ‘exasperation’ with the EU’s inability to pass an action plan for the Euro.

    Hohoho…that’s fucking rich.

    He can’t get a single even-slightly meaningful piece of legislation through the US Congress, despite having a majority in both Houses. And he’s just the leader of one country, not a gaggle of leaders from disparate countries.

    The man’s got some fucking nerve. I can’t believe nobody pulled him on it. Cowards.

    I love this ad, which may be familiar to some of you. As I don’t watch TV, it was new to me:

  22. hic8ubique permalink
    November 4, 2011 7:35 PM

    M~ I’ve sent mail to your gmail, and forwarded it to your yahoo. If neither one gets through, would you have a look in your spam…

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 4, 2011 8:33 PM

      not gone, mailed you again…

  23. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 8:21 PM

    Got it, hic, and replied. Thanks.

  24. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 8:58 PM

    It’s definitely gone, hic; now links to an amusing cat video as per the original intent; unless the problem’s with your browser?

  25. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 4, 2011 9:00 PM

    Nah, sabre-toothed mice still rock.

  26. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 9:04 PM

    Do me a favour, Jack…click on ‘tomkat’s username. Does it take you to a ‘cute cat’ video on youtube?

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 4, 2011 9:19 PM

      Yes, You did fix it.
      Surprised kitty is right.

    • InvisibleJack permalink
      November 4, 2011 9:29 PM

      Yes, a cute little kitten being molested by somebody seemingly nice. What does it all mean?

  27. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 9:27 PM

    Whew! I thought maybe the mischief-maker had embedded some deep code that one couldn’t eradicate without deleting the whole site.

    Kitty kitty…repeat after me:Awwwwwwwwww…numnumnumnumnum…goochiegoochiegoochie…

  28. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 4, 2011 9:32 PM

    Just been listening to some Charlie Bukowski on You Tube. He was another one who dabbled with the cute kitties. (And sometimes, even, the not so cute kitties.)

    • Reine permalink
      November 4, 2011 10:10 PM

      A Radio with Guts is a favourite of mine.

      God speed to London town a chara.

    • InvisibleJack permalink
      November 4, 2011 10:16 PM

      Thanks Reen. I’m off in the morning.

  29. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 9:37 PM

    Thanks, Jack…just checking a glitch. Did you ever read Bukowski’s Post Office (I’m sure you have)?

    I think it’s one of the best books ever written about the sort of drink-sodden, aimless life of the degenerate urban lumpen prole. Brutal and funny.

  30. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 4, 2011 9:51 PM

    I loved it. Must admit that I’ve never seen the film adaptation. Have you? Is it worth checking out?

    I’ve been in a depressed mood the past hour, the only thing able to lift me being the poetry of that old soak. Just read a favourite: “When the Berry Bush Dies I’ll swim Down the Green River with My Hair on Fire”. Captures my mood perfectly.

  31. InvisibleJack permalink
    November 4, 2011 10:00 PM

    Did I hallucinate that movie? I’ve just been on the net looking for it and it doesn’t appear to exist. I had some notion that Johnny Depp had some hand in it. Am I losing it altogether?

    • mishari permalink*
      November 4, 2011 10:10 PM

      You might be thinking of this, Jack:

      Johnny Depp has just boarded a fascinating new film project called “How the Dead Love,” an animated film that mines four short stories from the hard-living poet and quintessentially L.A. novelist, Charles Bukowski.

      What’s more, he’s doing it with Gabor Csupo, the Hungarian-born animator and producer behind the first three seasons of “The Simpsons,” as well as the subsequent Nickelodeon hit shows and movies “Rugrats” and “The Wild Thornberrys.”

      I’m not aware of any film version of Post Office, although there was a screenplay floating around in the 70s by Don Carpenter, but it never got off the ground.

      You can download Born Into This, a good Bukowski documentary that mostly consists of Bukowski talking about himself and his life. Get it HERE.

  32. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 10:01 PM

    Jack, I’ve seen both Barfly and Factotum. The first was based, in part, on Post Office and the second, on the book of the same name which basically covered the same ground.

    Although Factotum was a low-budget Belgian production (Belgian money and crew but US cast and locations), I think it was the better film and caught the seedy nihilism that Bukowski evokes in the books far better than Barfly did. Although Barfly had a ‘star-studded cast and a big-budget, it was the lesser film. Both worth seeing, though.

  33. Reine permalink
    November 4, 2011 10:21 PM

    I was in Galway today, traipsing around shops after my sister who bought a rather fabulous vintage red dress; on the lookout for cushions for my father (“Reine, if you see a good size black cushion or two….”, don’t ask); visiting my aunt; lunching at Nimmo’s at the Spanish Arch and bumping into old flames from my cailín álainn heyday… don’t know who was more shocked.

    Everyone was asking for ye.

    The cushions were deemed perfect.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 4, 2011 10:26 PM

      Don’t tell me his piles are acting up? Poor fella.

  34. Reine permalink
    November 4, 2011 10:29 PM

    Ha…not exactly. Long story which I will spare you.

    Beautiful lady calling herself Hic… has a new gravatar. Lovely lady.

  35. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 10:52 PM

    Looks like the same avatar to me.

    • Reine permalink
      November 5, 2011 12:16 AM

      On the Guardian, my liege.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 5, 2011 12:44 AM

      Ah…my apologies…bit dense at the best of times, me.

      OK, just seen it; that’s hic’s original avatar, the one she used when she started posting on POTW (I think I’m right). It’s certainly the one she was using a couple of years ago.

    • Reine permalink
      November 5, 2011 11:19 AM

      Hadn’t seen it before and was having a dose of Scandinavian beauty plait envy.

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 5, 2011 3:08 PM

      Glad you like it Re. The plait is a winter practicality, since it fits well under knitted hats.

      I had to think about when…. It is indeed the pic you remember, M. not my first (a blue aura tile) but taken Jan of 2010. The smattering of hail storm ones are from the following August.
      I’ve been pottering with my photo editing tools, to make something a bit abstract out of it, quite fun really.
      I just felt with my poor lovely lioness being misconstrued a second time; how many others must find her rude without saying so? If I still get personal remarks from the great unwashed, I’ll swap the new/old one out for something blahhh.

  36. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 4, 2011 10:59 PM

    There’s also a Belgian film ( “Crazy Love” could be the title ) with Belgian actors in it based on Bukowski’s short stories. It ends in necrophilia so it’s not a date movie although I went to see it with my other half who enjoyed it too.

    It’s got the same lead actor in it who was also the lead in the truly gruesomely funny Belgian serial killer “documentary” Man Bites Dog. He used to be in a wonderful visual theatre company called Radeis in the late 70’s/early 80’s.

    A friend of mine was reading his work at a benefit for the Poetry Book Society tonight. On the line-up was Vona Groarke who was accused of being a body fascist in a fairly recent PotW.

    She’s a very droll woman and if you see her the accusation that she’s a body fascist becomes even more ridiculous than it was at the time. I spoke to her afterwards and she roared with laughter at the memory of it all.

  37. mishari permalink*
    November 4, 2011 11:34 PM

    Sure, I remember Vona…poem about a pier, right?

    I’ve got a few documentaries for you, Ed; Iconoclast, about ‘industrial music’ pioneer Boyd Rice, who seems like an interesting character; Tabloid, the story of Joyce McKinney, the model who kidnapped a Mormon missionary for sex purposes, a bizarre story you may remember from the…early 80s, was it?

    Magic Trip, a documentary about Kesey and his Merry Pranksters and their bus trip across America, mostly footage the Pranksters filmed themselves; and No Direction Home Scorcese’s 2005 Dylan documentary.

    Haven’t had the time to watch any of them myself but they look interesting. Any or all of them? Oh, and also complete series 4 of Breaking Bad.

  38. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 5, 2011 7:59 AM

    That sounds a very welcome menu of treats. Thanks.

    Here’s some more merry pranksters

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 5, 2011 2:59 PM

      Hilarious, EdT. I love the earnest commentary.

  39. mishari permalink*
    November 5, 2011 9:12 AM

    Oh, and End of The Century: The Story of The Ramones…gabba-gabba hey!

  40. mishari permalink*
    November 5, 2011 12:23 PM

    I don’t know why I bother, but I couldn’t let this comment from POTW’s ‘hippy granny’ go unremarked. I expect it’ll last 5 minutes if that, so I’ll park it here for posterity (ahem):

    @Parisa – “The US has made some policy decisions in the last decade or more that are arguably wrong or irresponsible – but I think it’s main interest is to maintain stability – even though the means are sometimes wrongheaded…”

    Comedy gold. But since you’re giving us lectures on world affairs…

    ‘…sometimes wrongheaded’? What, you mean like training the Shah’s secret police, the Savak, in torture methods and how to murder your opponents?

    Like training Kissinger protégés ,the Argentinian junta, in torture, the suppression of democratic movements and how to murder students (dropping them out of helicopters, after the women were raped, was the favoured method).

    You mean ‘wrongheaded’ as in, supporting and arming the Salvadorean psychopaths who massacred peasants for daring to demand a living wage (even after America’s ‘friends’ raped and murdered American nuns?)

    You mean ‘wrongheaded’ as in helping the fascist thug Pinochet overthrow an elected government and murder thousands of Chileans, all with Henry Kissinger’s support and connivance?

    Read William Blum’s history of American intervention and torture in the 20th century. It should turn your stomach.

    The list of America’s ‘wrongheaded’ behaviour is almost endless. Other nations have been almost as bad but none of them have combined their criminal follies and cruelties with the almost surreal degree of hypocrisy spouted by the US government; all that pious blather about ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ while training torturers and murderers at The School of The Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia.

    As for the ‘legitimate fear’ of Iran, Israel has been singing this song since 1992, when Shimon Peres told Canal 3 television in France that:

    … Iran would be armed with a nuclear bomb by 1999…

    Or, Netanyahu, in his almost comically dishonest book Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat the International Terrorist Network, (a book that somehow failed to mention the long history of Zionist terrorism, a history that led Albert Einstein and many other prominent American Jews to describe Menahem Begin and his political party, Herut, as ‘fascists’ and ‘terrorists’ in a famous letter to The New York Times.

    In 1995, Netanyahu wrote:

    “The best estimates at this time place Iran between three and five years away from possessing the prerequisites required for the independent production of nuclear weapons.”

    In 1996, Shimon Peres told ABC News that:

    “I believe that in four years they [Iran] will reach nuclear weapons” .

    In 2003, The Jerusalem Post reported that:

    “Iran will have the materials needed to make a nuclear bomb by 2004 and will have an operative nuclear weapons program by 2005, a high-ranking military officer told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday.”

    I could go on, quoting endless hysterical ‘warnings’, year in, year out and every single one of them absolute nonsense. Fairy tales frighten children; adults should be past that.

    As for your assertion that Persian Jews are prevented from leaving Iran: this is a flat-out lie; either you don’t know this and simply refuse to read articles like Roger Cohen’s New York Times pieces about his time in Iran, meeting and speaking with members of the Jewish community; or you know it’s not true but feel compelled to join in the libelling of Iran.

    Then again, you probably take your cues from the hysteria that Cohen’s series of articles whipped up amongst the usual suspects, the likes of the disgusting Alan Dershowitz, plagiarist and well-known apologist for torture foremost amongst them.

    The fact is that the State of Israel had, for years, a standing offer of $25,000 to any Persian Jew who would emigrate to Israel. Virtually nobody took up the offer.

    As Iran’s Chief Rabbi said: “We are Persian. We’ve been here for 3,000 years. Why would we want to go anywhere else?”

    The Irani regime is deeply unpleasant but compared to America’s beloved Saudis, the Iranis are models of enlightened progressive thought.

    Jews are forbidden from entering Saudi Arabia, America’s close friend and ally; every Friday, after prayers, poor foreigners (mostly Bengalis) have their heads chopped off in a public square after a ‘trial’ that would be a sick joke even by Soviet show-trial standards.

    America’s ‘dear friends’, Saudi Arabia, produced virtually all of the 9/11 killers and Saudi money trains the Wahabi fanatics in Pakistan, whose suicide bombings kill Americans every week.

    Why aren’t you demanding that Saudi Arabia be bombed and invaded? At least Irani women are allowed to drive, go to work and leave the country without a man’s permission.

    But Hillary Clinton is happy to kiss Saudi ass, while demanding that Iran rollover and play dead. And you wonder why the American government is viewed with contempt?

  41. mishari permalink*
    November 5, 2011 9:07 PM

    The recession-fuelled crime wave continues:

    Crooks who boarded a Union Pacific train in Victorville may be disappointed with their haul — 20 boxes of pigs’ feet worth $200.

    According to the Victorville Daily Press, the thieves apparently broke into the car on the southbound train after it made an emergency stop Friday in the High Desert city.

    They grabbed the boxes and took off.

    Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt told the Daily Press it was unlikely the thieves knew what was inside the car when they broke in.

    It was unclear why the train made the emergency stop in Victorville, he said.

    The suspects remained at large Tuesday. — LA Times, Nov 1

  42. Captain Ned permalink
    November 5, 2011 9:56 PM

    In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already sought Cabinet support for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities while they are still visible. By way of underlining the seriousness of his intent, the Israeli military earlier this week test-fired a missile capable of hitting Iran.

    Given the appalling repercussions that a unilateral attack on Iran would have on regional stability, it is highly unlikely that even Mr Obama can distance himself from the coming storm. The Iranians have made it abundantly clear that, if attacked, they will respond by trying to wipe Israel off the map. Mr Obama does not enjoy the best of relationships with Mr Netanyahu, who has been accused of constantly undermining Washington’s attempts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians. But he also knows that America cannot afford to stand by when Iran threatens the very existence of its closest regional ally.

    Con Coughlin, esteemed defence correspondent at the Telegraph.

    So, Obama (and by extension Cameron) must support an Israeli strike on Iran for the sake of regional stability (i.e. by providing a multilateral figleaf)? Hilarious. I love, too, the stark reminder that Iran has made it clear that it will try ‘to wipe Israel off the map’ – if attacked. Why attack, then? Apparently it would be an unthinkable outrage for Iran to be permitted the means to defend itself against the Middle East’s only democracy and its eminently reasonable desire to launch an offensive strike. I have seen Con Coughlin on Newsnight, and he is an unbelievable prick.

    It always annoys me when anyone drawing attention to the abuses of the Iranian regime is immediately dismissed by some of the more gormless cyberwarriors of the Left as a warmonger or CIA stooge; there can be no excuse for pretending that the government in Tehran is any less awful than it is merely because it’s being threatened by the US and Israel. What’s wrong is the phony portrayal of the country not merely as one among many others in the world blighted by state repression and cruelty, but as a serious threat to World Peace, and the insistence or implication that the threat must be dealt with by bombing the place. America has done more to act against the ideal of world peace than Iran could ever manage. It’s especially infuriating when historical illiterates invoke the spectre of Chamberlain’s appeasement policy, as they did during the run-up to the Iraq invasion. Opponents of appeasement merely argued for preparedness in the event of war and a stern response to expansionist aggression, not pre-emptive military action. No-one wanted to invade Germany before it invaded anywhere else, but this is what we’re being asked to countenance in the case of Iran, and what a lot of people swallowed in the case of Iraq. The other really infuriating factor in this is the hypocrisy that it’s perfectly fine for Israel to have nuclear weapons but intolerable that any of its neighbours should have them, as if they’re the exclusive privilege of a few responsible democracies.

  43. mishari permalink*
    November 5, 2011 10:08 PM

    I know, Ned, I know…reading some of the so-called ‘commentary’ from the half-wits who pose as ‘journalists’, I can only shake my head in despair.

    Still, what can take people’s minds off the cratering economy? To what use can all these unemployed men be put? How can the falling profits of various arms manufacturers be boosted?

    How can flabby, spineless, morally bankrupt, chinless weasels like Cameron et al add the glamorous lustre of ‘warrior-hood’ to their insipid records?

    “What is it good for?
    Absolutely nothin’…”

    Don’t you believe it.

  44. Reine permalink
    November 5, 2011 11:01 PM

    Procrastination is Deadly

    Long have I yearned for you
    Late have I languished
    Pride have I purged for you
    Vanity vanquished
    Tricks I have turned for you
    Of various kind
    Fortune I’ve spurned for you
    Out of my mind
    Comfort me now
    In my hour of need
    I am done and undone
    And my heart will soon bleed
    Me dry

  45. mishari permalink*
    November 5, 2011 11:28 PM

    Good Lord, Reen…what ails? Have a drink…no, no… a large one…that’s better…now put some soothing sounds on the stereo…no, no, no…I said soothing; Napalm Death is…erm, inappropriate…Billie Holiday? Perfect…God bless the child…now, light up a spliff…kick off your shoes…wriggle your toes…good…feel better?

    Abandon boundary changes or face revolt, warns Iain Duncan Smith

    Former Tory leader says MPs could quit party and return to better-paid work rather than risk losing their seats — Grauniad headline, today

    Oh, no! The loss of a bunch of fat, rich, corrupt businessmen would be…what’s the word I’m looking for?…incalculable? No, that’s not it…catastrophic? No, that’s not it either…unnoticeable? Yeah, that’s it.

  46. Reine permalink
    November 5, 2011 11:36 PM

    ’tis the drink and me mother’s choice of viewing that has me turning to idle and downbeat versification Mishari … and they feel the cold something awful here, so I am delerious with the heat. Make allowances let ya.

  47. mishari permalink*
    November 5, 2011 11:55 PM

    What’s mammy watching, then?

    • Reine permalink
      November 6, 2011 12:02 AM

      She was watching Poseidon (2006)… a thrilling tale of an overturned ocean liner. In fairness there wasn’t much on but it was only going to end one way and when it did she said “For God’s sake”, lit a cigarette and said “I thought that was a different film entirely… what are you writing Reen?”

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 6, 2011 12:10 AM

      I remember the one from the 70’s, watched with my grandmother.
      ‘Just call me angel of the morning’?
      Terrible getting stuck in airless places, sacrificial death…
      Didn’t see the new one, oddly enough.

  48. Reine permalink
    November 6, 2011 12:16 AM

    You are not missing much girlfriend. The wine is good, Mammy is lovely and very good company really, dodgy film taste notwithstanding.

  49. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 12:19 AM

    I’m guessing it’s a re-make of the 70s film The Poseidon Adventure with Gene Hackman and…can’t remember but I’ve linked to the wiki page…I remember seeing it when it came out and quite enjoying it, absurd as it was. Apparently, hic, that song won best Oscar…

    Most re-makes are crap, with very few exceptions: Cronenberg’s The Fly and Carpenter’s The Thing, both far superior to the originals in my opinion, are the only ones that spring to mind, though I’m sure there are others. Ned is the man to tell us…

    • Reine permalink
      November 6, 2011 12:22 AM

      That’s the one; she mistook Richard Dreyfuss for Hackman. The Fly – Goldblum at his creepiest best.

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 6, 2011 12:24 AM

      Oh no, it was this:

      That was Gene Hackman?! so it was.

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 6, 2011 12:39 AM

      I can’t look at Jeff Goldblum, just can’t even look.

    • Edward Taylor permalink
      November 6, 2011 1:26 PM

      We did some work at the New Orleans Mardi Gras about 25 years ago. One evening it really poured with rain and we took advantage of a cinema that was $1.00 to get in.

      The guy taking tickets for the different cinema screens was armed with a gun and when we sat down we realised that people came in to get off the streets more than anything else.

      The film soundtrack was loud but you could barely hear it over the talking. I considered doing my impression of the English middle class ” Do you mind! We’ve paid to come and watch the film NOT listen to you!” but obviously didn’t do anything of the sort.

      Next to me was a black family. The mother was breast-feeding the latest arrival, the father was snoring loudly and the two kids ( about 5 or 6 years old ) were glued to the screen.

      The film was “The Fly” and I remember turning and watching the kid’s faces as Jeff Goldblum pulled his fingernails out – their eyes already like saucers turned into dinner plates. They didn’t cry or anything but I wonder what effect that film had on their later years.

  50. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 12:21 AM

    Oh, yeah…and the Coen brothers’ True Grit

  51. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 2:23 AM

    Texans for Public Justice, a nonprofit research group that specializes in following the money revealed that Gov. Perry Goodhair accepted private jet travel from ‘…Flatonia sausage magnate Danny Janecka.’

    ‘Flatonia sausage magnate’. I love that: it sounds like the title of a Captain Beefheart album.

  52. Reine permalink
    November 6, 2011 12:07 PM

    Hey peeps (as our acquaintance might say)

    It is a glorious morning here; walking the beach in the shadow of the holy mountain, I invoked its mystic powers in an early morning intercession for all of your special intentions. I’m not sure how effective it will be.

  53. Captain Ned permalink
    November 6, 2011 12:54 PM

    Herzog’s Nosferatu is good. Klaus Kinski is just about the only actor with a hope of vying with the memory of Max Schreck, while Bruno Ganz and Isabelle Adjani are certainly improvements on Murnau’s casting. Herzog can’t quite summon the same eerieness as Murnau, though.

    Schrader’s Cat People is also very respectable.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 6, 2011 1:24 PM

      ‘Shrader’s Cat People wasn’t bad but I must say, I still prefer Jacques Tourneur’s original.

      However, Kevin Costive’s re-make of Michael Curtiz’ Robin Hood was outstanding…all together now: “Evahthin’ ah dooo, ah dooo fuh yoooo…”

      Hahaha..just kidding. That film stank up the fucking theatre and that song…merciful God, I would have happily slit Bryan Adams’ throat.

      Note To Canada: Hey, you’re a nice country…really: trees, rivers, lakes, trout, bears…y’know, all that cool Ray Mears-type shit…but, seriously? You’ve got some explaining to do; I mean…Bryan Adams? Celine Dion? Justin Fucking Beiber? We need to talk, Canada…

  54. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 6, 2011 1:35 PM

    I think the original “Thing” is better than Carpenter’s version.

    It’s not as good as Don Seigel’s original but Phillip Kauffman’s ” Invasion of the Body Snatchers” with Donald Sutherland is a good film. It’s such a good story that quite a few of the remakes have been respectable. I watched the original quite recently and it still grips.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 6, 2011 2:07 PM

      I’m afraid I have to disagree, Ed. The original Thing was basically (like so many films of the period, including Invasion of The Body Snatchers) fuelled by Reds-under-the-bed, McCarthy-ite paranoia.

      Carpenter’s remake was better in many ways–visually, narratively–but, ultimately, it was just better entertainment.

      The Kauffman re-make of IoTBS was pretty good but Seigel’s original was, I think, far superior.

      The McCarthy-ite paranoia worked perfectly for the story–people appear to be the same, but they’re not…perhaps they’ve turned into Commies!

      Whereas, that same all-pervasive paranoia didn’t and couldn’t, in my opinion, make the transition from the original Thing to the re-make. In the re-make, the enemy didn’t really look like us: it was good at mimicking us, up to a point; but it wasn’t one of us and the Cold War paranoia hinged on the enemy being one of us (albeit ideologically corrupted).

      I guess the setting played a big part. The re-make of Invasion worked because paranoia is a feature of big-city life: the reds-under-the-bed stuff was lost on a modern audience, but big-city fears of people ‘not being what they seem’ of ‘things happening around you that nobody can explain’ etc etc worked just as well.

      Whereas, The Thing was set in the Arctic, where any paranoia is predicated on something from ‘out there’ gaining entry to ‘in here’; Commies just didn’t cut it; nobody was frightened of people who made Ladas. It had to be a monster of some kind (and the monster in the re-make was fantastic; plus Carpenter stayed much more faithful to the original novella, Who Goes There? by John Campbell)). Furthermore, the original, unlike the remake, contained the usual, Hollywood-mandated ‘romantic interest’ guff: who nneds that nonsense?

      It’s a pity that Carpenter’s film pre-dates the AIDS-era (by a few years), or it would have worked perfectly as a metaphor for an unseen ‘invader/enemy within’ narrative. But in the post-Commie era, the metaphor wasn’t needed (nor would it have worked, given the setting; mind you, I don’t think it worked in the original either): it had to be a monster.

      Why do you prefer the original, Ed?

  55. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 6, 2011 2:23 PM

    I like the low budget, no frills, slightly clumsy quality of the original Thing. Howard Hawks was the real director allegedly.

    Carpenter was brilliant when he had little money ( Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween ) and although his version of the Thing is still enjoyable I feel he’s padded out the story to make it his own.

    Whilst in London last month walking from Southwark to Euston I happened across John Carpenter St. in EC4. I didn’t have a high velocity rifle on me at the time so couldn’t effect a homage.

  56. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 2:34 PM

    Not true, Ed: Carpenter was faithful to the John W. Campbell novella, Who Goes There?, on which both films are based.

    The original makers completely screwed with the story. And as if that weren’t enough, they not only changed major elements of the story, they added ‘lurve’ interests…you know…a liddle somethin’ for the laydeez…Christ.

    Re: your aborted act of homage, you could have put on a hockey-mask and macheted a few passers-by…you lack dedication, Ed.

    I really like Carpenter. I watched a documentary some time ago…I think it was about Hollywood in general but I can’t remember…and Carpenter featured a lot, just sitting in a chair, dressed like an Eng. Lit Prof. at some small, liberal East Coast college.

    Thing is, I was really sorry when they cut away from him talking, back to whatever-it-was…he was great value; witty, articulate, sardonic, brutally candid, all of the foregoing fuelled by a lifetime’s experience of film-making…I’d love to see a 90 minute (or more) interview with the man. He was very engaging.

  57. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 6, 2011 2:56 PM

    I really like early Carpenter but he lost it for me after The Fog when the producers probably stuck their noses in and wanted more bangs for their bucks.. There are odd flashes in later films but nothing like the panache of the early ones. Assault on Precinct is effortlessly cool in a way that Tarantino for all his huff and puff just can’t match.

    The elevator scene in Dark Star is great too. Basically the lift-shaft is a corridor in a college and the bottom of the lift is a plate of metal fixed onto a trolley pushed up and down. It’s all you need.

    re: the Thing I don’t know the source material but for me the SFX don’t add that much. We’ll obviously have to agree to….etc.etc.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 6, 2011 3:09 PM

      One of the things that made Carpenter so engaging was his candour about why a lot of his later work wasn’t up to scratch: in a word, the producers.

      Carpenter said that he, as a director, was in an impossible position: either he knuckle-under to their demands for more naked women, more explosions, more car chases; or they’d get some one who would and the film would be made anyway…only, the word would get around to the money-men that Carpenter was ‘difficult’ to work with and any project of his could forget about getting a green light.

      He said ruefully: ‘I wanted to keep making films, so I compromised’. He was very funny on how he had to conspire to sneak quality past the philistines who bankrolled his films and how little made it past their in-built quality-detectors.

  58. hic8ubique permalink
    November 6, 2011 3:11 PM

    a jewel for your edification from that great Canadian, the late Stan Rogers:

  59. hic8ubique permalink
    November 6, 2011 3:21 PM

    also, Peter Jennings was Canadian, and he could say: ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch’

  60. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 10:17 PM

    Watched the new Conan The Barbarian film with the boys the other night, (I was a big fan of the Robert E. Howard books when I was a boy); I only watched with half-an-eye, but the whoops of laughter and incessant giggling from the boys pretty much told me all I needed to know.

    Good battle scenes, though…sadly, there’s not much besides battle scenes…even the non-battle scenes seem like battle scenes, given the noise, the editing and outbreaks of sudden violence.

    All in all, it’s like watching a HD violent video game (lots of CGI in the film) or a music video for some speed/thrash/metal band. No surprise when I later discover that the director, some German, is best known for music videos.

    Conan is played by the guy who played Kahl Drogo in Game of Thrones and he’s an impressive physical specimen without veering into Arrrnuld’s balloon-filled-with-bowling-balls look. At one point, Conan announces the creed by which he lives:

    “I live; I love; I slay”

    This caused a gale of giggles and had Jacob striking a pose and declaiming:

    I live; I love; I slay; I act…no, no… scratch that last one.”

    The ‘I live, I love, I slay’ line has entered the boys’ lexicon and I expect I’ll be hearing it a lot for a few weeks. I’ve already heard them use it on their mother when she told them to walk Honey (“I live, I love, I walk the dog…”.

    Thanks a lot, Conan…

    • Edward Taylor permalink
      November 6, 2011 10:45 PM

      Conan appears to have overlooked the value of eating and drinking in his life mantra but he’s a Barbarian so 3 out of 5 isn’t bad going.

  61. Reine permalink
    November 6, 2011 10:47 PM

    And we all know he doesn’t mean love…

  62. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 11:07 PM

    Still, it’s a handy line down the pub : “So, what do you do?” “I live, I love, I slay” . It’s a winner…I mean, it is compared to, say: “I work for the council” or “I’m unemployed”.

  63. Reine permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:10 PM

    Oh certainly and far more genteel than “I live, I shag, I slay”. And infinitely better than “I am in the employ of the Government”.

  64. hic8ubique permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:14 PM

    I’ve just had more entertainment from that account than from the whole of The Fighter, which we watched night before last. The boys might very well enjoy it, but given the dialect at times, they may want subtitles.

  65. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 11:22 PM

    How about “I’m on the dole, I have unprotected sex, I knock ’em dead at AA meetings”. A bit too post-modern, perhaps.

    If that’s the film with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg (sp?), hic, we’ve already seen it. The Boston accents posed no problem. Where were they meant to be? Was it Medford (or Mehffuh, as the locals call it)?

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 6, 2011 11:30 PM

      Lowell, the old mill town on the Merrimac river. It’s about half an hour north of Boston, whereas ‘Mehfuh’ is snugged up just to the N.East of it.
      Medford has a very good Whole Foods, Lowell has never heard of it.

  66. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 11:26 PM

    I just got this Doc Watson & David Grisman album that’s fantastic. They do a version of ‘Summertime’ that’s just gorgeous. Actually, I found a live version:

  67. Reine permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:33 PM

    God, I’d like him to sing me to sleep. Just the right vibe. I’m heading to Behfuh holding that thought.

  68. hic8ubique permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:42 PM

    Yes, very nice, though tainted by our setting the clocks back today. Urgh. That was very snooty of me to say about poor Lowell, but it really is an unappealing place.
    I won’t malign it further by repeating the epithets that get bandied about.
    I’m roasting lamb with rosemary and autumnal veg * sigh* here in the dark.

    Night, Re. x

  69. Reine permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:50 PM

    Night Hic. HI confirms your reportage of Lowell (an acquaintance of his owns a pub there) and praises your choice of dinner. Right so, off to bed with me, humming a somnolent tune.

  70. mishari permalink*
    November 6, 2011 11:51 PM

    Yeah, I know Lowell. Last time I saw it (early 80s) it looked like exactly what it was: a once prosperous mill town that had lost all its business to cheaper manufacturers overseas. It was, not to put too fine a point on it, a dump. Mind you, there are quite a few mill towns in Britain, France and Belgium that look exactly the same and for the same reasons.

    Is your power still out, hic? I though that was just Connecticut? From the unexpected blizzard, right? I remember the blizzard of…was it ’77? Now, that was a blizzard. Shut down the whole north-east completely.

  71. hic8ubique permalink
    November 7, 2011 12:13 AM

    We lost power before this recent storm for a few hours, for some unknown reason. There are towns still without, but the coast didn’t take the brunt. I’ve been advocating for a propane generator just to run essentials for some time now, since outages in the North East have been increasing in area and duration.
    It seems I’ve prevailed upon the good Spouse [who is just now expostulating at the players of some match “Oh come on!” who aren’t doing as he tells them.]
    and he’s arranging for a proper one with a ahhh …transfer switch to the … circuit breakers. (If I had gone ahead it would have been a meagre portable thing on wheels with an outlet.) I consider it a question of how stressed we want to be when things go awry?
    Very happy to have dissuaded him from the gasoline one.

    The blizzard of ’78. Were you here for that?

  72. hic8ubique permalink
    November 7, 2011 12:41 AM

    Just as far inland as Beverly they had inches of snow and on up through the middle of the state, unprecedented in the record-keeping years. It was still on the ground for Hallowe’en (the night of that party) and the teens went out about our friends’ neighbourhood in red and white flannel pyjamas and tomten hats singing Christmas carols.
    The previous storm, in late September, caused damaging floods as far north as Vermont, but missing us. The village of Strafford, where we have family, was cut off from the outside world by road debris for days.The coast tends to have a tempering effect on storms, unless they come in at a certain angle, as did the blizzard of ’78 causing catastrophic damage as well as deaths.
    Another very silly action film, which we saw because it was set in Gloucester, is The Perfect Storm. Just the music of the opening had us laughing. But the storm itself, the No-name Storm of ’91, also did serious damage along the coast. Can’t remember the actor’s name at the moment, but many local ladies turned out to swoon in his presence… not Russel Crowe…

    • mishari permalink*
      November 7, 2011 12:50 AM

      George Clooney. I saw it. The book, by journalist Sebastien Junger (sp?) was actually pretty good. The film might just as well have been called George Clooney Goes Boating And Sinks

  73. mishari permalink*
    November 7, 2011 12:47 AM

    That’s the one: ’78. I was living in Boston (well, Cambridge, to be precise). Man, that was something and keeping mind, I’d come from Kuwait, where even our ‘winter’ is pretty mild (it gets to around freezing at night, out in the desert, but daytime averages are between 45 and 55 Fahrenheit).

    I had lived in Boston before so I wasn’t totally unprepared for a New England winter; I’d seen them before, but that blizzard?

    Holy cow, that was something else again…when I opened my front door in the morning after it had started (it had started the previous morning, I think and it was still snowing), the snow was up to my chin: no exaggeration. In some places the drifts were 15 ft high; It was phenomenal. They even called out the National Guard to help clear roads and dig people out of their homes.

    It’s why I always laugh when the UK comes to a standstill after 2 inches of snow; it’s pathetic.

  74. hic8ubique permalink
    November 7, 2011 2:51 AM

    … Goes Boating and Sinks… After a Good Deal of Flailing About.
    Clooney, indeed. There’s something bad about being able to look everything up immediately without having to exercise ones memory. I resist it sometimes.
    On the other hand, I’d had no idea Ganz was in Nosferatu. In the twenty-odd years between seeing that and Wings of Desire, he became an unknown entity. Google has made me better informed, but lazier.

    Now, wishing to say something positive about the film medium… I loved The Last Place on Earth, and watched it again several winters ago. Sverre Anker Ousdal is perfect, and many other solid actors appear. That might interest the twins.

    We have a funny snapshot c.1996 of our late Golden Retriever standing at the boot-room door waiting to go out in the morning, but the door has been opened and there are 4+ feet of solid snow encasing the door-frame. Unaware, she stands patiently looking at the wall of snow, waiting. Classic sweet Golden Retriever innocence.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 7, 2011 8:50 AM

      I resist checking google as much as I can. luckily, I have the kind of memory that seems to naturally store trivia, like Clooney’s film performances.

      I dread to think what will happen to the generation who have relied on google when the system crashes, when their ‘smart-phones’ become expensive paperweights and when their appalling ignorance is revealed…poor saps.

      Not long after I got Pongo, we had a heavy snowfall (well… heavy for London). I’ll always cherish the memory of Pongo stepping off the back step from the kitchen to the garden, onto what he imagined was a solid surface, and promptly sinking into a foot of snow. The image of his tiny black face, green eyes wild with surmise, peering up at me out of a hole in the snow, still makes me laugh.

      [Rant Begins] Can anyone explain why the BBC felt that it was necessary to send, at great expense, that reactionary windbag John Humphries to Athens to report on the Greek economic crisis? Humphries is a man of wide-ranging ignorance, he doesn’t speak a word of Greek and his grasp of economics makes a Whitechapel fruit ‘n’ veg seller look like John Maynard Keynes.

      His ‘reporting’ for the last week has been a long succession of bum notes, a model of ineptitude. Listening to Humphries aggressively grill some banker over his pay was almost comical. I kept shouting at the radio: “ask Humphries how much he earns (about £400 thousand for the Today show; another £250 thousand for presenting Mastermind)…point out that Humphries’ vastly inflated wages are paid by the taxpayers; whereas what a private, commercial bank pays its employees is nobody’s business but the shareholders..”

      Humphries was browbeating the banker and kept repeating: “are you worth what you’re paid…” over and over. I kept shouting at the banker: “ask him if he’s worth £650 thousand a year of taxpayer’s money to read an autocue..”.

      I have no sympathy for bankers but even less sympathy for that blustering, ill-mannered, sanctimonious gasbag Humphries, who should have got the elbow ages ago…[Rant Ends]

  75. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 7, 2011 9:47 AM

    I no longer listen to Today and my life has improved because of it.

    It’s improved just in time for the UK economy to tank completely.

    I wake up, I potter about, I do some bits and bobs..

  76. mishari permalink*
    November 7, 2011 11:01 AM

    This piece by Glenn Greenwald on Nobel Peace Prize (sic) winner Obama’s ‘drone war’ is required reading.

    Read this and tell me you still think Obama is a ‘decent’ man; he’s lying, murdering scum, exactly like those he railed against when he was spouting all that bullshit about ‘change you can believe in’.

    I can’t believe I’m quoting that imbecile Palin, but even a broken clock is right twice-a-day: “So, how’s that hope-y, change-y thing workin’ out for ya?” Caribou Barbie scornfully asked. Not so good, Barbie…not so good.

    Read it and weep. Here’s an excerpt:

    …it’s that combination of pure ignorance and blind faith in government authorities that you will inevitably hear from anyone defending President Obama’s militarism.

    As Jonathan Schwarz observed after the U.S. unveiled the dastardly Iranian plot to hire a failed used car salesman to kill America’s close friend, the Saudi Ambassador: “I’d bet the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. has closer ‘ties’ to Al Qaeda than 90% of the people we’ve killed with drones.”

    As it turns out, it isn’t only the President’s drone-cheering supporters who have no idea who is being killed by the program they support; neither does the CIA itself.

    A Wall Street Journal article yesterday described internal dissension in the administration to Obama’s broad standards for when drone strikes are permitted, and noted that the “bulk” of the drone attacks — the bulk of them – “target groups of men believed to be militants associated with terrorist groups, but whose identities aren’t always known.”

    As Spencer Ackerman put it: “The CIA is now killing people without knowing who they are, on suspicion of association with terrorist groups”; moreover, the administration refuses to describe what it even means by being “associated” with a Terrorist group (indeed, it steadfastly refuses to tell citizens anything about the legal principles governing its covert drone wars).

    Of course, nobody inside the U.S. Government is objecting on the ground that it is wrong to blow people up without having any knowledge of who they are and without any evidence they have done anything wrong.

    Rather, the internal dissent is grounded in the concern that these drone attacks undermine U.S. objectives by increasing anti-American sentiment in the region (there’s that primitive, inscrutable Muslim culture rearing its head again: they strangely seem to get very angry when foreign governments send sky robots over their countries and blow up their neighbors, teenagers and children).

    But whatever else is true, huge numbers of Americans — Democrats and Republicans alike — defend Obama’s massive escalation of drone attacks on the ground that he’s killing Terrorists even though they — and, according to the Wall Street Journal, Obama himself — usually don’t even know whose lives they’re snuffing out.

  77. November 7, 2011 11:26 AM

    Carpenter, schlock horror; is anyone else watching ‘The Walking Dead’? I have to admit it’s got me hooked and I’ll be downloading the latest episode in the morning. To a Marxist it is of course obvious that the zombies are victims of consumer capitalism: incapable of coherent thought or speech, they wander aimlessly, devouring everything in their path.

    The solution to the zombie menace is the interesting part. The show would have us believe that a bullet to the head is the only response, but how much more efficient it would be to set up zombie labour camps, where all that kinetic energy could be harnessed for the good of the living.

  78. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 7, 2011 11:38 AM

    Simon if you’ve not seen it George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead is pretty good. It features the heroes holed up in a shopping mall with hordes of zombies stumbling around the shops. You don’t even need to be a Marxist to get the message.

    That had a remake too which had a zippy beginning ( this time the zombies can run ) but jettisoned the social commentary in favour of action.

    • November 7, 2011 11:49 AM

      Yes, I saw Dawn of the Dead: a classic. Made in 1968, I believe (without Google-checking), which was of course a very important year (I was born then).

      I can’t agree that Google is a bad thing btw: we have used far too much of the grey matter retaining myriads of unrelated facts in the hope that connections will appear between them. The beauty of Google is, or should be, that this quotidian, Mastermindish retention will no longer be necessary, or even desirable (after all, how many of the trillions of facts about the world can even the most remarkable memory contain) and will instead leave space for the the creative thinking we as a species desperately need.

  79. Reine permalink
    November 7, 2011 11:47 AM

    I must say the whole zombie thing is lost on me… I thought only teenage boys liked such flicks. Now I must factor in Marxists and artists. Can one never be sure of anything?

    • Edward Taylor permalink
      November 7, 2011 12:12 PM

      Reine I wouldn’t go especially to see a zombie picture but Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead by George Romero really are very good horror films. Shaun of the Dead is in contrast a pretty funny film.

      They haven’t been as done to death as vampires have (it’s difficult to weave a romantic subtext into films about the rotting dead come to life) but it’s probably a close run thing.

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 7, 2011 1:21 PM

      I think of vampire stories as having a sexual rather than romantic subtext, but had to leave off reading halfway through Stoker’s Dracula; I was too disturbed by it.

      “the rotting dead come to life ” hadn’t considered that’s what a zombie is supposed to be. It sounds like the offspring of a marriage of Christianity and Biology. Really.

      ‘done to death’ (heh, good one)

    • Edward Taylor permalink
      November 7, 2011 1:28 PM

      hic I meant to put erotic subtext in there as well but it seems to me that the current batch of vampire stories are also romantic versions of teenage love – the vampire being the boy the parents don’t want their daughter to go out with or the latest version of James Dean’s rebel without a cause.

      Let the Right One In is very good though.

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 7, 2011 1:45 PM

      Suppose I should’ve known that, since I have a 15 yr old daughter who read all the Twilights as they emerged. How incurious of me.

  80. Reine permalink
    November 7, 2011 12:17 PM

    Yeah, I think I just missed that phase of development. Too busy kissing zombies when I should have been watching films about them.

  81. mishari permalink*
    November 7, 2011 12:34 PM

    I’m enjoying series 2 of The Walking Dead, though I agree with you, Reen, it’s usually the sort of stuff that mainly appeals to teenage boys. But some zombie flicks/serials are far superior to the run of the mill. Romero’s ‘zombies in a shopping mall’ film (Dawn of The Dead, I think) was hilarious.

    The Walking Dead is held together by tight plotting, decent acting and script and going pretty easy on the gore–just enough to keep you on your anti-zombie toes, not so much as to make you turn off and read a book. I just downloaded episode 4 this morning..

    Last week, the boys were trapped in a building, surrounded by zombies: will they get out?

    In truth, cinematic (including TV) narrative hasn’t travelled very far from the days of The Perils of Pauline (1914)

  82. mishari permalink*
    November 7, 2011 12:38 PM

    Without googling, I can tell you, Simon, that Dawn of The Dead was made in the late 70s (I saw it on release in about 78-79). Night of The Living Dead was probably 1968…

  83. November 7, 2011 1:09 PM

    I knew it was some Dead in 1968… Damn you for beating me to the download; last week I couldn’t find it before Tuesday morning.

  84. mishari permalink*
    November 7, 2011 1:24 PM

    A good place to check, Simon, if Pirate Bay is unforthcoming, is a torrent links aggregator. This is the oldest and biggest:

    …when you get the results of a search, look in the top right-hand corner, where you’ll see:

    ‘Order by relevance | date | size’

    Click on ‘date’ to ensure that the latest are listed first. That’s how I found ‘Walking Dead’. Got it off As ‘Walking Dead is shown on Sunday evening in the US, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it on Monday morning: I always do (usually on Pirate bay).

    • November 7, 2011 1:36 PM

      Interesting: both that link and are coming up as blank pages. I’ll look into it further. I’ve been relying on btjunkie, which is good, but obviously not as quick off the mark.

      ‘Let the Right One In’ was very good. What is it about Scandinavians and horror/noir in the last decade or so?

  85. mishari permalink*
    November 7, 2011 3:11 PM

    Ah…I see the problem: an errant full-stop. The link should read:

    Sorry about that. BT junkie is fine but limited; torrentz scans all the sites, including btjunkie and about 50 others, and brings back the most comprehensive results.
    Anyway, the link for the latest Walking Dead is HERE. Enjoy.

  86. mishari permalink*
    November 7, 2011 9:48 PM

    After a long article beating the ‘Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power’ drum, citing nothing but the forthcoming report from the IAEA and basically saying that the ever-reliable IAEA are convinced that the bomb is close to realisation, long-time CIA mouthpiece Julian Borger ends the article with:

    The note of caution was reinforced last week when there was a flurry of reporting that the IAEA had found a site in Syria which had been intended as an uranium enrichment plant. But the site, the Hasaka spinning factory, turned out to be a textile factory all along. — The Grauniad, today

    Priceless. So much for the ‘reliability’ of the IAEA. Ah, what the hell…let’s bomb ’em anyway. They’re just mooslums. (see Obama’s drone policy passim)

  87. Reine permalink
    November 7, 2011 11:21 PM

    I see there are more serious matters I should worry about but “an uranium” is clanging. Because of the “y” sound of the “u” here, “a uranium” is more correct I think. A agitated editor.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 7, 2011 11:31 PM

      It does jarr and I think I would have written ‘a’…but I’m not sure it isn’t ‘correct. What do I know? English isn’t even my second language. Just posted a response to pinkroom that I imagine will last for all of 5 minutes…ah, well…

  88. Reine permalink
    November 7, 2011 11:40 PM

    I read it, if it’s any consolation. The “an” and “a” debate is fraught and there is no hard and fast rule – vowel sounds, syllable emphasis… it’s a minefield.

    • November 8, 2011 11:05 AM

      Interesting, because this can only occur when the uncountable noun ‘uranium’ is used as a modifier for a countable noun. The OED has one citation, from 1955:

      1955 Times 14 June 6/5 Information appears to be coming to light here which confirms that the so-called hydrogen bomb exploded at Bikini last year was a uranium bomb involving a triple process of fission-fusion-fission.

      Ngram shows that the clear winner is “a uranium”.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 8, 2011 11:41 AM

      I knew that ‘a’ uranium sounded ‘right’ but I couldn’t have told you why. By the way, Simon, love the ngram,; the spike in usage of ‘a’ uranium around 1960 is glaring…I’m guessing the Cuban missile crisis. I can’t believe I never saw that ngram tool before. How very handy.

  89. mishari permalink*
    November 7, 2011 11:53 PM

    Can’t keep my eyes open so…talk to you later, a chuisle mo chroí

  90. Reine permalink
    November 8, 2011 12:00 AM

    Lol, you big eejit … guím codladh sámh ort.

  91. hic8ubique permalink
    November 8, 2011 3:02 AM

    I thought of you during this film, EdT.

    We went to see Hamish ( son of )
    At first, I was afraid I’d be clawing a path to the door to get away from the Miranda July character, but quickly became fascinated with whatever was wrong with her. There’s a fantastic scene with a tee-shirt. I believe you’d find it worth your while, if you haven’t already of course. As you know, I tend to be behindmost…

    …though I was feeling highly accomplished after watching these two characters, but then…
    ‘What do I know? English isn’t even my second language.’
    *sigh* miles to go…

  92. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 8, 2011 10:06 AM

    I’m intrigued hic.

    I saw a Miranda July film a while back and it drove me slightly round the bend! I was clawing a path to the door after about an hour until I realised that the door I was clawing a path to was the door where I live. Not wanting to spend the night in the van I turned the TV off instead.

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 8, 2011 1:50 PM

      I feel I didn’t waste my time in persevering, EdT, which is always a good sign. I also had fascinating dreams about my children, borrowed living spaces and their colours and design, events on the coastline both placid and dramatic, kindnesses among friends, and a university-wide exhibition: A busy night.

      The surreal effects in the film are juvenile, but it has to do with the time-warping and I came to accept it. Even the annoying voices relate to this.
      Without marring the experience of watching it through, I’d just say I didn’t think of you in relation to any of the characters, but because of the way an art form can seem deceptively simple, even seductively disarming of criticism, before it sends you reeling. You may come back and tell me off afterwards if I’ve given a bum lead.

      Our local cinephile who runs this little establishment responded to our rueful chuckles at the end by observing: ‘A challenging film.”

  93. mishari permalink*
    November 8, 2011 2:07 PM

    Never heard of Miranda July and had to look her up. She seems to be highly regarded, for what that’s worth.

    “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar,” Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

    “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you,” Obama replied, according to the French interpreter. —, today

    This is the same Netanyahu that Obama is citing in making his case against Iran. There really is no limit to Obama’s shamelessness.

  94. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 8, 2011 2:19 PM

    I think it may have already been and gone from our local art fleapit but I’ll keep an eye open for it.

    Remembering who you are in with and who you aren’t must be an exhausting occupation. Even the opportunity to exercise a lot of power doesn’t appear to make up for what it takes out of you as a human being.

    2 reasons why I’ve never been tempted to go for the job.

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 8, 2011 2:25 PM

      …or any job, in my case. On that happy note, I’m off to work.

  95. Reine permalink
    November 8, 2011 10:42 PM

    Aha, I should have known you would solve the puzzle. That’s a nifty tool.

  96. Reine permalink
    November 8, 2011 10:46 PM

    I meant that comment to appear in an earlier reply box. Ah me.

  97. mishari permalink*
    November 9, 2011 1:16 AM

    This guy’s a piece of work. People are suggesting that Gov. Hair-weave was drunk and/or on painkillers but I don’t think so: I think he’s just a fucking fruitcake:

  98. mishari permalink*
    November 9, 2011 2:59 AM

    Domenick Scudera, Professor of Theatre at Ursinus Colllege charts his gay day:

    7:00 a.m. I wake up, and just as I have done every morning since puberty, I choose to be gay today. This will come as a great relief to my gay, homosexual, male lover who lies beside me. Because being gay is a choice, our relationship is a gamble day to day.

    Even though we have both chosen to remain gay and to be together every day for the past 16 years, we never take anything for granted. One of us just might throw in the towel one day and give up the lifestyle.

    7:30 a.m. I take a gay shower and let the gay water rinse off my gay body.

    8:00 a.m. I have a gay breakfast of cereal with milk, and a good, strong, gay cup of coffee. I am fortified for another day of ruining the fabric of American society.

    Read the whole diary HERE.

    And this torrid account of the moral sewer in which gay people choose to swim is exactly why God-fearing men like Alan Craig expressed, in restrained and measured terms, his own fears for our society in the 28 October edition of the Church of England Newspaper:

    “…the UK’s victorious Gaystapo are now on a roll.

    Their gay-rights stormtroopers take no prisoners as they annex our wider culture, and hotel owners, registrars, magistrates, doctors, counsellors, and foster parents … find themselves crushed under the pink jackboot.

    “Thanks especially to the green light from a permissive New Labour government, the gay Wehrmacht is on its long march through the institutions and has already occupied the Sudetenland social uplands of the Home Office, the educational establishment, the politically-correct police.

    Following a plethora of equalities legislation, homosexuals are now protected and privileged by sexual orientation regulations and have achieved legal equality by way of civil partnerships. But it’s only 1938 and Nazi expansionist ambitions are far from sated.”

    Nor is Mr. Craig the only person to notice the uncanny resemblance between gay campaigners and Nazi stormtroopers.

    God-fearing Americans like Gov. Rick Hairpiece and Herman ‘you want extra cheese on that?’ Cain have also noticed and it’s why they want to see all gay men sent to prison…where they’ll be locked up for 24-hours a day with thousands of men and forced to eat together, share cells and shower together and…hey…wait a minute..

    • Edward Taylor permalink
      November 9, 2011 3:33 PM

      The Gaystapo. Gayt him!!

      I bet Alan Craig took the morning off after thinking up that one.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 9, 2011 3:54 PM

      Apparently, Ed, Mr. Craig was shocked and hurt by the reaction to his use of restrained and thoughtful phrases like: ‘gay-rights stormtroopers take no prisoners; crushed under the pink jackboot; the gay Wehrmacht; Nazi expansionist ambitions’.

      And who can blame him? After all, this is the language of civilised discourse in the Church of England…apparently.

    • Edward Taylor permalink
      November 9, 2011 4:27 PM

      Our fucking brilliant straight father

      Who art in heaven, Heaven does exist you Dawkin’s cocksucking liberal faggot. So he art in heaven yes he is and what are you going to do about it anyways dickface?

      Hallowed be thy name and if you don’t agree I’ll fucking hallow your face out into a bowl, shove it up your arse, stick a spoon down your throat and scoop out the bowl up your arse.
      etc. etc.

  99. November 9, 2011 10:56 AM

    Here is an example of the enlightened legislation favoured by Messrs. Craig, Hairman and Hermann.

  100. mishari permalink*
    November 9, 2011 11:43 AM

    The Buggery Act of 1533, formally An Acte for the punysshement of the vice of Buggerie.

    …the offenders being hereof convicted by verdict confession or outlawry shall suffer such pains of death and losses and penalties of their good chattels debts lands tenements and hereditaments as felons do according to the Common Laws of this Realm. And that no person offending in any such offence shall be admitted to his Clergy…”

    I think any reasonable person can get behind, ahem…that is to say, support this sensible legislation. For far too long we have turned a blind eye as gangs of crazed homosexualists have roamed Britain, leaping upon unsuspecting young men and buggering them to death.

    One can hardly open The Times or turn on the wireless without another incident being announced by the constabulary. Enough is enough, I say. We should string them up; it’s the only language they understand (well, that and Polari). Let us advance together into the 16th century.

    Yours Faithfully

    Sir Alan Fitz-Stewart
    Comptroller of The Queen’s Household (retd.)
    Lavender Cottage

  101. mishari permalink*
    November 9, 2011 1:30 PM

    Here’s a funny thing: this blog is getting hundreds of hits a day from people searching for ‘Sarah Cornley’. I was baffled and googled her myself.

    Guess what the first result was? That’s right: this blog.

    So I checked out some of the other results and then I remembered–it was a conversation we had on THIS thread about Jimmy Saville.

    The internet: weirdness at your fingertips.

  102. Captain Ned permalink
    November 9, 2011 1:49 PM

    You may scoff all you like, but as a leading Kriminalkommissar in the Gaystapo, I can tell you that Mr. Craig is more perceptive than you imagine. It is a fact (fortunately denied by the useful idiots among the liberal intelligentsia) that there is a strong link between homosexuality and fascism; for p(r)oof, just look at any Bertolucci film. The complacent heterosexual majority are too mired in their tolerant stupor to pay any heed to the warnings of subversives such as Mr. Craig, who is presently enjoying the hospitality of some of the more brutal Gaystapo officers in the dungeons of our headquarters in Soho (indeed, he is enjoying it very much). Nothing can now stop the imminent Gaystapo putsch, which will see Peter Tatchell (Sieg Heil!) installed as Führer and a Final Solution for all militant heterosexualists. Thanks to the success of our propaganda operations and campaigns of organized thuggery, our grip on the British body politic is such that I do not envisage a very dramatic transition to the HomoReich, which will last ten thousand years!!! Or at least until the next Sex and the City film comes out, by which point we may have become incapacitated by hysterical anticipation.

  103. November 9, 2011 4:28 PM

    I am reminded of St. Augustine’s struggles…

    Oh Lord make me gay but not yet
    I’ll stick (it) to the ladies a while
    Although I must say
    I can’t wait to be gay
    Reposition my low-down man smile

    I won’t deny those at Thagaste
    Will say this new fad just won’t last
    The girls will invoke
    Some rhetorical joke
    More agog I am sure than aghast

    Yea, Lord, hold off on the conversion
    ’til I try out this pagan perversion
    From Hippo I come
    With my freshly douched bum
    Ready for a new kind of immersion

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 9, 2011 4:59 PM

      A particularly fecund run of humour, beginning with that good strong gay cup of coffee this morning.
      And your offering is choice, Re, but…

      Reposition my low-down man smile

      what does it mean?

  104. November 9, 2011 5:04 PM

    You’ll have to use your imagination dear girl – I needed a rhyme so worked back from smile – eyes, a nose and a mouth if you will…

    Forgive me Augustine. Sorry Mammy.

    • hic8ubique permalink
      November 9, 2011 5:11 PM

      Ah, the Magritte again. Just wondering because I thought it might have to do with the manner of ‘dressing’ that was noticeable among the 8 in hot pink who rowed in the Head of the Charles last month. Post race, as they carried their boat along the path, it was plain they had eschewed any of the usual undergarments. Perhaps it was more than religious persuasions they displayed in bold relief?
      Asking directly is so awkward.

  105. November 9, 2011 5:28 PM

    That would work too had I thought of it but I am too pure of mind.
    Well, I hope you had sunglasses on to mask your voyeurism. The Head of the Charles isn’t code is it? Ah, la, I crack myself up.

    Now on that subject, I do wonder why a certain type of young man so favours the grey jersey track bottoms that facilitate the easiest of appraisal by a well trained eye. I think I have just answered my own question.

    Dirty old women, the pair of us.

  106. mishari permalink*
    November 9, 2011 5:47 PM

    Actually, I suppose we should be grateful that Mr. Craig never reaches the level of what I think of as ‘sexual/racial orientation anxiety’ exhibited by the types who address mail to liberal blogs. The following, for example, screams ‘closet case’ so loudly, it’s deafening:


    Fuck you Mulitsas-faggot!I bet your waiting to get your daily dose of nigger cock? Well fuck you and fuck your spear-chucking nigger “prez” POO-Bama! I namesd him POO-Bama becausue he is shit-colored! Faggot get ready to take POO-Bamas twenty inch mega-cock in your ass or you get voted out of the democrat faggot nigger lover traitor party! democrat party is now all about sucking nigger cock and licking nigger assholes! ever wonder why noboy votes for your faggot party? thats because americanns dont want to suck nigger cock UNLIKE YOU!! ooooopen wide Mulitsas-fagot: here comes nigger cock!!!! suck it faggot! suck it gooood! thats a good democrat!! faggot idiot!

    An average message of the kind addressed to Markos Moulitsas, editor of The Daily Kos, on a daily basis. Seriously.

  107. mishari permalink*
    November 9, 2011 5:56 PM

    That’s the ‘head’ of the Charles River, in Boston. As in the classic Dirty Water by The Standells. ‘Oh, I love that dirty water, ooooh, Boston your my home…’:

  108. hic8ubique permalink
    November 9, 2011 5:56 PM

    Only when together, I promise. Usually I present my vestal version.
    Sudden reprieve, ergo I’m off to the woods…. sunglasses always

  109. Captain Ned permalink
    November 9, 2011 8:16 PM

    From The Telegraph:

    Chris Birch, 26, suffered a stroke during during a freak training accident when he attempted a back flip and broke his neck. But folllowing his recovery he quit his bank job to become a hairdresser, grew to hate sport, called off his engagement and started dating a man.

    “I was gay when I woke up and I still am,” he said. “It sounds strange but when I came round I immediately felt different. I wasn’t interested in women any more. I had never been attracted to a man before – I’d never even had any gay friends. But I didn’t care about who I was before, I had to be true to my feelings.”

    Prior to the accident, Mr Birch was planning on settling down with his girlfriend and spent weekends playing sport and drinking with his mates. Mr Birch, of Ystrad Mynach, South Wales, said: “Suddenly I hated every­ thing about my old life. I didn’t get on with my friends, I hated sport and found my job boring. I started to take more pride in my appearance, bleached my hair and started working out. I went from a 19st skinhead, to a 11st preened man. People I used to know barely recognised me and with my new look I became even more confident.”

    He retrained as a hairdresser and now lives with his partner Jack Powell, 19, above the salon he works in.

    You see, our secret war on heterosexuality is going from strength to strength. Victory to the Gaystapo!

  110. Edward Taylor permalink
    November 9, 2011 9:58 PM

    I wonder if when Alan Craig hears planes overhead he thinks they are the Pooftwaffe?

    My name’s Edward Taylor, you’ve been a great audience, make sure you catch the late show, it’s a little bit blue.

    • mishari permalink*
      November 9, 2011 10:14 PM

      That made me WOL, as I believe today’s happening yoof are wont to say; not quite sure what it means but it signifies ‘laughter’…apparently.

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