CHAOS: Where brilliant dreams are born...Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be Chaos... I Ching
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Albuquerque has 'the most coffee shops per capita in the country' according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America. This news has Seattle-ites buzzing in anger and lattes.
As of 8/27/04, 927 N. Americans have died in the so short and sweet Iraq War II and life on the planet since 911 goes on with our heads this week turned toward impending denial with sidelines of protest at the RNC near the site of 911.
Hey, Page Ten news this morning...those two Russian planes that mysteriously went down right after going up last week...well sirs and madames, it was denied for a time but today it turns out that yes, Terrorists blew em up...Why isn't this PAGE ONE news? Well for one thing, it would certainly be an indication that no one on the planet has been made appreciably safer by our efforts in the 'so short and sweet' Iraq War II. And for another thing...no, that is THE thing.
More from beyond page ten...Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has finally gone past the five stages of her own grief and flat out died. Apparently she enjoyed the process according to surviving family members and has gone on to better things than trying to convince anyone still alive that things are not going as they should be on Planet Earth.
Freshchaos QUOTES of the moment:
The New York Times reports George W. Bush as saying that he made "a miscalculation of what the conditions would be" in post-war Iraq.
"Iraq as a team does not want Mr. Bush to use us for the presidential campaign. He can find another way to advertise for himself." Iraq soccer team mid-fielder, Salih Sadir. The Bush campaign has refused to stop running their ads with Olympic players from both Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention US of A athletes.
"Jesus was not one to take sides on political issues..." Derek Davis of the Dawson Institue of Church-State Studies (in WACO,Tx. !)
"If ever there were a bleeding-heart liberal, it was Jesus Christ" James C. Moore
Freshchaos Links of the moment:
More from Camp Chaos
Bob Dylan blows
Is it rolling,Bob?
What the Bleep?
Here sharkie, sharkie
So you got sharks, anacondas, and 'predators' but not too many 'fighting USMC movies these days. War just ain't entetaining. Go sharkies Go sharkies!! Next week we can BEAT ourselves silly watching Jesus get splayed wide open again. Ah, now that's entertaining ! Or maybeit is just cathartic for going to war over oil and for the shortcomings of #1 Bush's efforts with Iraq War I.
Things begin to unwravel...er...unfurl.
Friday, August 27, 2004
What's not to like about New Mexico these past few days...the weather of fall has been upon us with crystal clear dark and deep blue skies spread wide over the mesas and filled with stars at night. Even the arrival yesterday of W could not deter the beauty of this land where as he says, "Boots outnumber the suits and the cowboy hats outnumber the ties".
I wish John Kerry could come up with a few of those low level zingers that are pushing Bush into the popular rank and file of those people he is actually 'cheneying' over. He seems like such a likable little rodent out there among 'his people'. Bush and Kerry are from similar socio-economic backgrounds yet , that rascally rapscallion Bush can PARTY with the people it seems. Touring our Land of Enchantment with MISTER BIG GUNS was Rudolph Giuliani, Condo Rice-o-roni, Karl 'Marx' Rove, and Scottie 'dog' McClellan.
Oh yeah, John Edwards was also in the Enchanted Lands yesterday but he went less noticed than the helicoptering AirForce One dude. And not to be outdone with Edwards...the son of JEB, George P. Bush, came to town this week as well for some barbeque over at the Republican HQ.
The makers of W Ketchup claim their product is not politically motivated though they shove it in the faces of Theresa Heinz and her pass-the-mustard-man John Kerry. Ketchup is Ketchup and besides it is true that the W stands for 'Washington'.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Our fair city is now on a biweekly recycling system. And you have to pay for it. The idea once was that 'recycling' would pay for itself while also saving the planet. Now it's just a big bother . And in the midst of W's reign of terror, the idea of saving your plastic 'Vitamin filled but calorie free' water bottles seems a bit lame when we are daily killing our own kids and leaving no child behinds untouched.
I have been saving up my freshchaos and today is as good a time as any to recycle it here plus, you won't have to pay for it...Here is today's FREE & FRESH Freshchaos Potpourri:
He didn't strum a guitar but he did do a good job in our humble opinion...We're talkin' 'bout John Kerry on Jon Stewart's DAILY SHOW last night. It was a nice coup for both of the John's.
WALL STREET is up today. Undoubtedly gearing up for the Republican Chaos of next week. We are still in a 'retrograding Mercury time slot' (Mercury 'goes direct' as they say, on September 2nd) . Meanwhile, chaos abounds with the crashes of two Russian passenger planes first thought to be the work of terrorists but now assumed to be , ah..something inherently Russian.
And there's so much more...
Man Dies After Bizarre Struggle:
A man died after he stripped naked, ran through a restaurant [Lowell, Mass.] stabbing himself with a pen and tried to electrocute himself during a violent struggle with police.
Boulder Strikes House:
A half-ton boulder crashed into a house, killing a 3 year old boy as he slept in his bedroom in Appalachia, Virginia. I didn't even know there was a 'town' named Appalachia' !!
Bush Heckler Fired:
A Charleston, West Virginia man who heckled President Bushmeister at a political rally was fired from his job at an advertising agency for offending a client who provided tickets to the event. And, I bet he even signed an oath/pledge of Bushie allegiance to gain admittance to the 'secret' world of The Bush Man. That BASTARD. Cheney him!!
Mexican Flag Chaos:
A Denver, Colorado ESL teacher has been reprimanded for hanging a Mexican flag in his classroom. The display of foreign banners must [now] be 'temporary' and 'related to what is being taught' in class. I am so grateful to the powers that be in this great universe that I am no longer a 'classroom reacher'. I would be so fired.
Faster Than A Speeding Gore:
Al Gore got a huge speeding ticket driving a rental car to visit family on the coast of Oregon. The fine: $141. bucks for driving 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. The troopers in Astoria, Oregon did not recognize Big Al Man. Must have been his thinning hair.
Jesus: Dem or Repub?
A new study is out begging the answer to this burning bush of a question.
Musicians Against Bush:
The coalition of the willing is growing...Sheryl Crow and Crosby, Stills, and Nash have now joined 20 other musicians in their Rock Against Bush/Vote for Change Tour.
You can now inhale alcohol, get blasted yet, have no hangover. Su-per. It is called, Alcohol without Liquid. Nice original name for this handy dandy tool.
It has been fun to watch (without investing in) the progressive ups and downs for the new IPO, 'GOOGLE' [traded as 'GOOG']...It has zipped around between 85.00 and 109. buckos a share so far.
Best selling author of "The Outsiders" and "Rumblefish" will publish her first novel in 16 years [September] called, "Hawkes Harbor".
This just in: our readers' write....And [last weekend] marked the thirtieth anniversary of nix-onn resigning!!!!
That was sweet news for me back then...
Time to take out the garbage...RECYCLE that, Dudes & Dudettes!
Friday, August 20, 2004
Snorting lines: If we have turned the corner, why is 'W' still here? You can say you snorted that one first right'cheer.
Another line of note...our Guv-nor, Bill Richardson , recently spoke up about the Roswell Incident stating that The American people can handle the truth, no matter how bizarre or mundane. This could be said about a lot of topics but it probably won't be. GO ALIENS !! My favorite line to snort though, comes from this week's Dave Barry humor column which starts thusly: Fifty years ago, it was 1954. (Research is the heart of journalism.) This particularly good Barry column proceeds to discuss the value of Godzilla. It also is divulged in the column (as few seem to recall) that the first 'boy' who leashed onto Lassie was not a "Timmie" but a "Jeff". GO Jeff !! GO DAVE; DAVE BARRY FOR PRESIDENT!!
If you have the time and inclination for silly websites, here be several links :
A Kerry Parody site
This just in: our readers write::->
How to start your day with a positive outlook:
1. Create a new folder in your computer
2. Name it "George W. Bush"
3. Send it to the trash
4. Empty the trash
5. Your computer will ask you, "Do you really want to
get rid of George W. Bush?"
6. Answer calmly, "Yes." Then press the mouse button
Repeat as often as you wish!
Monday, August 16, 2004
Albuquerque Public Schools are back in session today for this tumultuous school 'election' year, 2004-05. Can Christmas be far behind? Already bags of Halloween candy are in stores. Where do they store all of the candy corn for off season? Does candy corn have an In season? Have you bought your turkey for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day weekend yet? Get on it !
If you haven't already put an iPod into your BMW, here's your chance...check out:iPodYourBMW.com for fun and profit ! Enjoyed actually reading an article or two in this month's Spin Magazine. One article detailed the latest (premiere) tour of Juliette [Lewis] and the Licks. The writer comments on Ms. Lewis, "It's like watching someone who just realized they're nuts, and is fully embracing it." At times, I feel the same could perhaps be said of the author of this website.
One big week of hurricanes and tornadoes and today the stock market is a re-bounding. Is seeing mahem on the news and weather channel a good thing? LIVE IN THE NOW...buy stocks?!
Friday, August 13, 2004
Friday the thirteenth...
This just in : a reader in Jacksonville Florida sends in this photograph taken in his backyard yesterday as tornadoes and tropical depression Bonnie passed through Northern Florida. This is not your typical 'backyard variety' of heron. The 'weather channel' omits that in addition to wind/floods/mudslides, birds and other wildlife including swimming snakes and rats are 'moved' by storms/hurricanes into backyards from their usually more wild lairs.
Take this website for a 'spin'...Spinsanity.com!
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Geeze Louigeeze, you don't have to look far for freshchaos as this day turns into twilight. Tropical storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley bring about the largest Evacuation E-V-E-R in Jeb's Sunshiney State. This time tomorrow evening, 'storm surge' is supposed to float away all the remaining Tampa black beans, rice, cigars, and Buccaneers.
_Our troops are involved in a so-called, "major operation" in Najaf that seems to be making everything for now at least, worse than ever 'over there'. Gay marriage certificates in California are 're-called' while a Mayor on the other coast steps down for having a gay affair. _On the west coast: fires abound while on the east coast: floods are in the making.
_Oil tops out at $45.50 a barrel; Wall Street dives 125 points. Mr. Sensitive himself, our Cheney You Veep, works up a lather over Kerry using the 's' word. More fuss undoubtedly to be made of the word, 'sensitive' than the word 'f--ck'.
_Mercury continues to be in 'retrograde' confusing 'communications' if you believe in planetary influences. And we're cruising through the second half of our 'Year of the Monkey' which in other 'monkeying around years' gave us the joys of Mt. St. Helens exploding and Hurricane Andrew coming ashore...
_Our hearts and prayers go out to the folks leaving their homes and belongings behind in Florida tonight; and ditto for soldiers everywhere doing their best to please our President.
_I bought the new cd by Crosby and Nash. There's a new cd by C&N? Why yes; and with such an original title, Crosby & Nash. Don't bother yourselves rushing out to buy it. Even with the number of songs they have crammed into a double cd, the loser songs far outweigh the winner songs. Wha da ya expectorate from ancient mariners and aging liberals...er...Rock Stars?
Hey now YOU too can Build a better BUSH
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Jeff Hartzer writes a monthly poetry column for a local Albuquerque paper...Here's Issue numero three:
In the June Issue of SVI, we dove into the world of the poet. In July, we began to smell the poetry baking in the oven. This month, it’s BACK to SCHOOL time with new friends, new clothes, and a shedding of the old, as we prepare to greet the Fall Season. Exciting yes, but we FEAR change!
Poets, farmers, and Wal*Mart shoppers seem to be the first to notice ‘seasonal changes’. Our need to spend money on ‘new things’, makes the seasons whirl by at a fast pace. But you can’t have too many ‘new’ things without letting go the ‘old’. Days have been growing shorter since June 21st. All things change, yet all remains the same. Ironic? Percy Bysshe Shelley summed it all up in one word, ‘Mutability’. Shelley says the only constant is change. Here’s a look at Shelley’s poem :
by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
We are the clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly!--yet soon
Night closes round, and they are lost forever:
Or like forgotten lyres, whose dissonant strings
Give various response to each varying blast,
To whose frail frame no second motion brings
One mood or modulation like the last.
We rest.--A dream has power to poison sleep;
We rise.--One wandering thought pollutes the day;
We feel, conceive or reason, laugh or weep;
Embrace fond foe, or cast our cares away:
It is the same!--For, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of its departure still is free:
Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutability.
Teachers love to have their students write about ‘what I did last summer’...Silly as it may seem, this is a good time of the year to ‘review’ in written words our accomplishments as well as what we will bring to our tables for Harvest Season. Set down a list of ‘what you’ve been up to’ since Spring. ‘Back to school’ means ‘homework’ and longer nights. We need to take a time out for a review of our lives.
Take time now to write yourself a note. What is constant in your own life? What is changing? We fear change; yet, there is nothing constant in our lives except change. Fight change by capturing a precious moment or two in a poem. Go for the gold as you turn your words and hearts toward this new season. Dance your words across blank pages like so many brilliantly colored leaves just waiting to fall.
Back-to-back tropical storms take aim at Florida with Bonnie creeping across the Gulf of Mexico toward the already-wet Panhandle and a stronger Charley behind it on a course toward the vulnerable lower Keys. See: National Hurricane Center
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
This just in: our readers write:
In "A World Transformed," George Bush Sr. wrote the following (1999) : "Trying to eliminate Saddam... would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible....We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq...There was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we have been consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."
and THIS, just in:
In Aug.10th's Wall Street Journal, Jim Rassmann -- the man Kerry rescued to win the Bronze Star -- says the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad was "launched by people without decency" who are "lying" and "should hang their heads in shame."
Rassmann's story: "After the first explosion that disabled PCF-3, machine-gun fire erupted from both banks of the river and a second explosion followed moments later. The second blast blew me off John's swift boat, PCF-94, throwing me into the river. Fearing that the other boats would run me over, I swam to the bottom of the river and stayed there as long as I could hold my breath. When I surfaced, all the swift boats had left, and I was alone taking fire from both banks. To avoid the incoming fire I repeatedly swam under water as long as I could hold my breath, attempting to make it to the north bank of the river. I thought I would die right there. "
"The odds were against me avoiding the incoming fire and, even if I made it out of the river, I thought I thought I'd be captured and executed. Kerry must have seen me in the water and directed his driver, Del Sandusky, to turn the boat around. Kerry's boat ran up to me in the water, bow on, and I was able to climb up a cargo net to the lip of the deck. But, because I was nearly upside down, I couldn't make it over the edge of the deck. This left me hanging out in the open, a perfect target. John, already wounded by the explosion that threw me off his boat, came out onto the bow, exposing himself to the fire directed at us from the jungle, and pulled me aboard."
Rassmann describes himself as a retired lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "I am a Republican, and for more than 30 years I have largely voted for Republicans but Kerry will be a great commander in chief.""This smear campaign has been launched by people without decency; their new charges are false; their stories are fabricated, made up by people who did not serve with Kerry in Vietnam."
In Lighter snewz...THIS also just in:
Saturday, August 07, 2004
There is a strong pull today under clear, blue, wide open skies toward a new season that is coming no matter what we do to stop or to hinder it. There is a new wave of change coming in that clear air. It is encouraging from time to time to realize how truly healing Mother Nature is despite all of our best efforts to damage ourselves and our surroundings. We are in the early throes of Hurricane Season and the winds of change have hardly begun.
This week both Mr. K. and Mr. W. come to our fair city. One on a train and one on a plane. This convention stuff is only just beginning to be a pain in the membrane. Whether or not either man can win in a contest so highly charged with the antics of the two other guys... Ralph Nader and Michael Badnarik... At least this Libertarian guy, Badnarik, gives away FREE bumperstickers with a smile which is a step ahead of the Democratic bumperstickers-for-a-donation ploy.
I am concerned that the Kerry-Edwards team has a long way to go despite what should be a (I hate this term) NO-BRAINER. Something is missing and something is not jelling yet for the Dems. Come on Dudes, we WANT to vote for you. The loud voice of unwanted Baby savers, Mel Gibson Lovers, and GAY Bashers is getting louder and louder, cheering on an incredible boob for a second term in our most powerful office.
Is this week's drastic fall in the Stock Market a sign from the gods that the USA's Corporate Conglomerates will fall like the Roman Empire gone astray? Is it a bump in the road? Will the Dems speak of it in a powerful way that inspires our vote? Are the many colored daily deaths in Iraq not enough to inspire us to vote against the War/whore President?
There is a strong pull today under clear, blue, wide open skies toward a new season that is coming no matter what we do to stop or to hinder it. A sleeping volcano awakens this week in Alaska. The Alaska Volcano Observatory has raised its level of concern from green (dormant) to yellow (restless) this week in response to the 15-25 daily mini-quakes rumbling under Mt. Spurr during July. Mt. Spurr is only eighty miles from Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city. Is this a a sign from the gods that our Village is shaking in its boots and about to get a natural kick in the ass for sending shocking awful volcanos of fire of our own making down onto Iraq's most populous city a year ago?
All the freshchaos of recent weeks has proven too much for the Father of Southern Rock, Lacy Van Zant who succumbed to pulmonary illness (translated for the layman: too many cigs and rock gut whiskey) this week. He was Dad to Ronnie and Johnny and Donnie VanZant. Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38.Special would never have sung "Sweet Home Alabama" without the wild copulations of Lacy.
Also gone from Mother Earth, is a man who Dave Chappelle has recently brought back into the public eye with his " I'm Rick James, Bitch!" routine... Yes, Rick James has indeed left the planet having achieved 56 years of pure chaos in a life of hard, super-freakish living.
In other news, the millionth baseball fan entered the pearly gates of our local PCL team, The Isotopes this week. And the winner of the Pacific Coast League's favorite mascot contest is none other than the Isotopes' own ORBIT. Way to go Captain Orbitronic!!
Soon the Olympic torch fires up, Republicans convene in Big Apple country, and 'football season' follows... There is a strong pull today under clear, blue, wide open skies toward a new season that is coming no matter what we do to stop or to hinder it.
Friday, August 06, 2004
Happy TGI-Freakin' Friday !. That low noise you hear in the background of wherever you sit reading this is the sound of the USA Stock Market going down the drain in its second day of mad, rushing, green-backed water. So not only have we had over 900 soldiers of both sexes killed off, turmoil done to the air and land with truly awesome shock, but we also continue to see a huge dependence on oil to run our tax-deducted SUV's, mighty air-conditioners, and our big ol' economic machines.
Those 44-dollars-a-barrel are cascading the planet's fair and balanced United States of America into a sad state on this day, a bit more than halfway through our Monkey Year.
If you are near an ocean or a mountain, this may be a good time to review occurrences of the volcanic or storm cloud varieties during other Monkey Years...
1992 hurricane ANDREW
1992 hurricane INIKI devastates Kaua'i, Hawaii
1992 Nicaragua extensive damage.
1992 Flores Region, Indonesia extreme damage.
1980 MOUNT ST. HELEN'S, Washington, USA
Spurr, Alaska erupts 1992
Merapi, Java, Indonesia erupts 1992
Galeras, Columbia erupts 1992
Fernandina, Galapagos erupts 1968
The Sworn to W pledge of allegiance mentioned in an entry below (Fri. July 30th) was a topic of discussion for Jon Stewart's Daily Show this week. Another 'bad press day' for Albuquerque, but even more so for that 'CHENEY you!' fellow who is Veep of the Greatest Country in the World.
Here are some innerestin' links sent in by our web-prowling readers::->
A funny film site...
Mysterious Missing Campers...
MOFRO makes it b-i-g
In the Big Picture of life, has anything gotten any better or moved to a higher level since we went to war in Iraq under the second Bushmaster president? I feel this to be a big question that for me is unanswered. Do we now have a kinder, gentler, machine-gunned hand?
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
In sadly ironic snewz, New Mexico's President of the Sierra Club, Mary Wiper, was killed this weekend after being struck by lightning while hiking.
From SLATE......what a gulf lay between Stewart's and Koppel's views of the world, and it was heartbreaking to watch, like eavesdropping on your cool brother and your nice uncle as they pursue some hopeless ideological argument over Thanksgiving dinner.
See...Koppel vs. Stewart
Today in Histoire: In 1492 Chris Columbus set sail...in 1981, U.S. air controllers went on strike...and in 1987, the Iran Contra hearings ended.
Tigger fondlers: a 13 year old girl and a number of other females have come forth with allegations that the man inside the Tigger costume at Florida's Rodent World fondled them during photogaph-taking sessions on Disney World grounds.
Any George But This... This is funny; takes days to load btw.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Hey that was a nice convention ya'll had now, I think we will get your attention by RAISING the PANIC level so that our WAR (whore?) President can seem self-important... The government has raised the terror alert level to orange for the financial services industries in the New York and Washington areas. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said the move is based on "unusually specific" intelligence. He said there are warnings of possible attacks against Citicorp and the New York Stock Exchange in New York, the Prudential building in Newark, New Jersey, and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington...
Maybe it's just the big old BLUE MOON that's got them in a dither.