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Thursday, March 31, 2005
Terri Schiavo Dies; Pope next in line for the Pearly Gates?

These links just in:
A Century of U.S. MILITARY 'INTERVENTIONS': See From Wounded Knee to Afghanistan.

Neocons as Parasites.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Seymore Hersh had this to say at New Mexico State University yesterday in Las Cruces, N.M. about the war: "This is we're at. We're nowhere. We haven't won the war...the war is a guerrilla version long planned by Saddam Hussein; the elections boycotted by Sunnis and managed with a huge military presence were not a triumph of democracy...George W. Bush remains absolutely convinced he's right...what this means is he's not reachable. He sees what he sees; he believes what he believes; he's in his own world. And frankly, it scares the hell out of me."

Me too.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Pope placed on a rope... er... a feeding tube. What would the Schiavo family have to say about that?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
This just in; our readers write:
Just wanted to send kudos your way for your March 15, 2005 posting. I'm glad you have stood your ground regarding the HRS [House Rabbit Society:] website's feeling's regarding "bunnytown." [ BUNNTOWN.

I'll never understand why they consider "their thoughts and ideas" on keeping rabbits, the only way to do it. I've kept rabbits as pets since 1985, and my husband and I have kept them as well together for the past
12 years and have hutches that they stay in when they aren't loose in our house or in the garage where we keep their hutches. They are happy, healthy, and don't use litter boxes. They live their life like wild buns for the most part, and we wouldn't have it any other way. ;)

Keep up the great work with all that you do.Your weblog/website has always been inspirational and motivational to me, and I continue to keep it linked at my site,, as well.

Latest QUEEN SNEWZ: she drives her own little mini around the streets of London [surely a Bobbie haides in the back seat]; she stilll refuses to go to Chaz-moron's wedding to Camilla and now the Episcopal (er... Anglican Church) wants Prince Charles to apologize for his indiscretionary acts directly to Camilla's ex-hubster.

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A personal take on Terry Schiavo ... I, the Deb, agree with my hubby, Captain of Chaos, that a person's wishes regarding end of life issues should be followed, no matter how difficult for the loved ones. Incidentally, if Schiavo's life partner had been of her same sex, her parents would not have had any problem taking over and going against her wishes. They could even have overturned a living will, if she had one. But she is/was married to a man, so her husband has power of attorney. Just another one of those lovely "perks" of a heterosexual marriage.

Personally, I have taken all legal steps available to assure that if something happens to me and Jeff simultaneously that my father has no control over my life or death. I know Jeff would do what I want and he knows I would do the same. I'm not sure anyone else would.

I was prepared to do this for my mother, too. Being in a state like Terry Schiavo's was one of my mother's worst fears. I find it interesting that when I tell people my mother committed suicide, often the first response, even from fellow suicide survivors, is to ask if she suffered a terrible (physical) illness. (She did not.) They do not ask this about younger victims. But with my mother there is the hope that there is a reasonable explanation for this difficult to understand act. And somehow her committing a "mercy killing" on herself would be OK.

While successful suicide is no longer considered a felony in the US, attempting suicide is still a crime in 6 states. "Assisted suicide" is a crime in most, but not all states. For me, putting the specter of crime on these acts is illogical. That is not to say they are not tragic and immensely painful for all involved. But desperation can not be controlled by the law. In the case of Terry Schiavo, years of legal battles have accomplished nothing but prolonged suffering, emotional and financial, for all involved, in my opinion.

Death is inevitable and sad. Some deaths are tragic. Some are traumatic, too. All require our acceptance. And from there, compassion is only the next step. Give unto others and you shall be rewarded ten-fold. And sooner or later, you're going to need and want that reward of compassion.

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Monday, March 28, 2005
Earthquake Strikes Near Sumatra ; Tsunami Warning Issued...An 8.2 earthquakes hs been recorded off Sumatra, prompting officials in Thailand to issue a tsunami warning.

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Saturday, March 26, 2005
Native Americans in arms over Bush's silence about the second worst school shooting e-v-e-r.

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Hey Happy Mediocre Saturday. Today is a day somewhere in between the GOOD Friday and the Easter egg hunting of tomorrow. Waiting around for that damn tomb to open with angels and so on is kind of mediocre. But tomorrow at dawn ah...rejoice and behold all is risen and Spring Springs and we are all born again into this kinder gentler machine gunned world of ours with chocolate and lots of eggs to eat next week at work or play in the planetary garden of delight of our choosing.

Snewz notage: POPE STILL ALIVE...
Terri Schiavo is now legally 'on approach' to a better place...
Happy Birthday today to Leeeeeeeza Gibbons (born 1957) and Leonard Nimoy (born 1931 as Leonard; as Spock, ah, sometime later).

This just in, our readers write:
Tired of long tedious emails about today's politics?  Here's one that's short, to the point and just about says it all....The Democrats' mistake was in thinking that a disastrous war, national bankruptcy, erosion of civil liberties, corporate takeover of government, environmental destruction, squandering our economic and moral leadership in the world, and systematic Administration lying would be of concern to the electorate...The Republicans correctly saw that the chief concern of the electorate was to keep gay couples from having an abortion...

On Saturday, March 20, more than 180 photographers in 40 countries around the world celebrated the Equinox by creating VR panoramas. This site showcases the results of their efforts.


CapnChaos as a young BUNNYMAN

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Friday, March 25, 2005
Click for the latest MARCH INSANITY NCAA playoff brackets.

NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE has a nearly naked Jesus on the cover. Is Christ becoming more 'attrractive' these days? Certainly the swing to the right is weighing down our wobbly planet's swing toward oblivion or beyond. This begs the question: do all religions lead to the same place? The very funny title of the Newsweek article (o.k. admittedly 'funny' probably just to me and I am admittedly w-e-i-r-d or I wouldn't bother with this website) is "How JESUS Became CHRIST From Resurrection To The Rise Of Christianity."

In other Newsweek snewz: New Mexico is one of the few states to NOT have any members of the new best or worst GANGS of North America who call themselves the MS-13. This is re-assuring as our fine state makes the top ten of 'worsts' in so many other categories...poverty..DWI...pedophile priests (we were way ahead opf the nation-wide curve on that one)...ignorance...blah blah woof woof. we are though a Spiritually Rich State and the ga-zillions of Pilgrims who are at this moment walking to Chimayo (The Lourdes of the Southwest it is called) can attest to that; or ditto the still in existence, Penitentes of New Mexico.So Happy Easter Weekend (or 'Holiday' Weekend) or Happy Full Moon or Good Friday or whatever makes you happy, we wish you MORE of it.

I used to go fishing this day with my Uncle Fred and my father on the Oklawaha River in North Florida. I recall as a young devout Roman Catholic kid, baiting worms on my hook and throwing my handline out to catch bream, saying a prayer in thanks for a day of fishing and no school on Good Friday and eating peanut butter sandwiches at lunchtime wondering about the death of Christ on the Cross from noon to three. Those were simpler times then. Now there are faster Bass boats and no more Uncle Freds or Fathers left for me. Jesus would not have been on the cover of any non-Church-magazine back then either. Not sure why HE would not have been. Except Jesus, Buddha, and St. Francis all were a bit more 'private' back in the days of my childhood fishing on those black creeks in the woods of the then un-touristed North Florida. Whadayagonnado?

We live in a time where country roads have hand painted signs...GOD, COUNTRY, BUSH painted on them and we cry over removing feeding tubes from a dying woman while valiantly and blindly slaughtering and maiming people while Marching toward Freedom to put Christ on the Covers of Magazines, buy gigantic cars, and watch the value of our almighty dollar shrink like the testicles of our super star athletes.

These are strange times indeed and you already knew that.

By the way in your opinion, who is stranger...Scott Peterson or Michael Jackson?

Both men have marched into courtrooms with their heads held high. Both smile, wave, take their seats and pay close attention to their lawyers . Both have megawatt smiles and nothing to say. Neither seems to have the ability to feel or relate to other people. Perhaps they imitate a feeling or two, so they can fool other people, but they can't maintain it. Some days pajamas are needed. Another Weapon of Mass Distraction.

Psychopaths can not form truly intimate bonds with others. Such an absence of heartfelt emotion gives the psychopath the ability at times to live without remorse and to do harm for reasons filled with banality; others' emotions of grief and rage and fury are like water off a duck's back. Both are very calm, cool, nonchalant, polite, arrogant. They think they are smarter than everybody.They are both empty. They are very bright, but kind of soulless. Very empty. Very lost. Psychopaths need greater stimulation than most other people in order to feel anything.

Come to think of it , Michael J. and Scott S. and George B. all seem to share some common qualities.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
It is a gorgeous day here with that mile high, sky blue sky, our Enchanted land is famous for and today I am awakend early by a cadre of helicopters and police sirens as our President makes his way to today's SOCIALLY INSECURE talk to selected audience members brought in to applaud His ways and means.

It was very different when when our President visited the City of Albuquerque visited in 2001, just days before 9-11-01 . He spoke in an ancient neighborhood at the opening of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce within walking distance of our home...For a reminder of those kinder-gentler-machine-gunned times, you can visit a gallery of my photographs taken that day in 2001: BUSH in BARELAS.

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Monday, March 21, 2005
8 Killed In Minnesota High School Shooting...lead on gun toting Amerika ! It's not even 'crunch time' for high schoolers and their daily assaulted teachers...It's gonna be a long number of weeks until Graduation.

The Bushmeisterster was in Albuquerque today. It is amazing to see police stationed under ever Interstate overpass and Police with bomb-sniffing dogs searching roadsides for bombs. Our President is truly THE MAN.and Air Force One with the C-131 Starlifters (even larger than AF-1) that follow carrrying his embryonic bullet proof limoasines also impressive (for any Prez not just this Texan fellow who is starting to walk kind of funny. Like a big monkey or apeman.)

As a local business owner, I was somehow asked to attend his meeting today to 'openly' discuss Social Insecurity but I passed.

In other High Desert Snewz, our ocal Kirtland Air Force Base has destroyed the homes lives and welfare of a zillion or so Prairie Dogs whose burrows were causing a problem not with secret underground atomic missiles (of which Kirtland has quite a few) but rather with an non-com baseball diamond for recreation.

Japan rocks!! With a big earthquake that is. Will this Year of the Rooster be any better than last year's Year of the Monkey for natural dee-sasters?

This just in our readers wrote:

There is no law against using feces as a flag stand!

Police in Germany are hunting pranksters who have been sticking miniature flag portraits of US President George W. Bush into piles of dog poo in public parks. Josef Oettl, parks administrator for Bayreuth, said: "This has been going on for about a year now, and there must be 2,000 to 3,000 piles
of excrement that have been claimed during that time."

The series of incidents was originally thought to be some sort of protest against the US-led invasion of Iraq. When it continued it was thought to be a protest against President George W. Bush's campaign for re-election. But it is still going on and the police say they are completely baffled as to who is to blame. "We have sent out extra patrols to try to catch whoever is doing this in the act," said police spokesman Reiner Kuechler. "But frankly, we don't know what we would do if we caught them red handed." Legal experts say there is no law against using feces as a flag stand and
the federal constitution is vague on the issue.

It's Monday Night...gotta go catch my favorite Free Tv show...Medium. Made the cover of TV Guide this week no less.

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Sunday, March 20, 2005
Well sir after four amazingly fine seasons behind them, the way it ended for stand out Lady Lobo seniors Mandi Moore and Lindsey Arndt, was pretty disappointing a round one loss to the GIGANTIC STEAMROLLER WOMEN of Purdue.

Can't get enough...Here's the whole enchilada on Hunter S. Thompson as sent in by a reader.

Happy First Day of SPRING.

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Saturday, March 19, 2005
Two Years ago Today we had the experience of watching the USA's SHOCK and AWE SHOW in our living room TV sets...It made Wolf Blitzkrieg a star but is your life any better for this IRAQ WAR #2?

Enjoying those cheap gas prioces and HUMVEE tax breaks? Perhaps too the use of your friendly Veterans' Admisnstration Hospitals?...Most likely you do not know anyone fighting over there...or maybe you do.
Or maybe you have a child who will soon be drafted...

NOTE WELL: On average, it currently costs the U.S. Army $16,000 of public relations advertising money for EACH soldier who enlists. This figure is soon to go up. Do not tell me there won't soon be a draft.

This just in our readers write:
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.  This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.......This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." President Dwight D.Eisenhower

Happy third year of W's great little war...Happy Spring (VERNAL) Equinox too by the way. Life does go on...seasons change...people die; people are born, and born again. We can only hope that all of those killed in tsunami's, wars, and from lack of food or proper healthcare are perhaps reborn to lead our planet to a better place soon. Really soon.

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Friday, March 18, 2005
This just in:Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube Removed!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!! The Associated Press quotes a source close to the case as saying the feeding tube keeping brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive has been taken out by order of a Florida state judge. Hunter S. Thompson remains off the planet...And the LOBO MEN'S TEAM went down in flames today. It's up to the Lady Lobos now.

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This just in; our readers write:
I stumbled upon your web site by accident last fall, and it has been a great comfort since November 2nd. A few hours ago the Senate voted 51-49 to open ANWR for drilling. It's official. We are in Republican right-wing NASCAR moron Hell.
Thanks so much for your site.

[What a nice surprise to hear from this person from what seems like an 'earlier lifetime' on the planet...the www is an odd place for GOOGLING into old friends and relations...]

You can hardly breathe in Albuquerque today, as the whole city awaits the results of THE LOBOS taking on VILLANOVA within the next hour...We soon shall see if an 'upset is in the air' or if the season of the HOWLING WOLF is over and done with. Go Danny Granger!! Sunday the LADY LOBOS have their day in the sweet 64.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005
Happy St. Patrick's Day



This just in our readers write:...a quote from the writer/mathematician/social activist Bertrand Russell:
"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and
unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.

I have sought love, first, because it brings ectasy-ectasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it, finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and thought it might seem too good for human life, this is what-at last-I have found.
With equal passion, I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men.  I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.
Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led unward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a hated burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.
This has been my life. I have found it worh living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me."
Bertrand Russell

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The above turns out to be a 'timely cartoon' as this headline comes across the wires: Bush Expected To Recommend Paul Wolfowitz For World Bank Chief.


Wanna Get Away? No really, like for good...?
These websites are helpful links for that wild and crazy idea of 'running away' to retire Outside of the USA:
Escape Artist
International Living
Ex-patriot Exchange

Bad newz for Charlie Sheen-o-matic: Denise Richards is filing for Dee-vorce and she's already got a second child en route. Worse news for Sen. John Grubesic Democrat from N.M.; DWI charges and a wrecked SUV. What's up with those people in authority in our fine Land of Enchantment. Judges Senators...Thank God, "I ain't no Senator's son".

Dr. Duke lives:::> click Doonesbury!

It's TRUE: Shark Bites Man in Desert

Sure as heck snowed in our little BunnytownUSA village. Here's Bugs taking a snow bath. Digital photograph © 2005 Jeff Hartzer

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Monday, March 14, 2005
GO LOBOS !!This weekend the men and women Lobo round ballers both placed first in the Mountain West Conference moving each of them automatically into the Sweet 64! The Men (ranked 12th seed) will take on Villanova (ranked 5th) this Friday while the Lady Lobos (8th seed) will take on Purdue (ranked 9th) on Sunday. Our fair city was painted with Lobo RED all weekend.

GO SNOW !! Today after a week of all the plants blooming, blossoming, and signalling an early Spring, Our High Desert Country is under a half foot of snow generated in the last few hours. Temps are currently in the low thirties at mid-evening. Albuquerque is 'shielded' by several mountain ranges. This is only the second major snowfall in the city environs all winter long. It's a WHITE SPRINGTIME.

Nice bunch of shootings in our nation this past weekend. You just gotta love a country that loves guns and war as much as we do. Speaking of lawyers, guns, money, and so on...I have read many articles about the passing of good old Dr. Gonzo and one of my favorite articles to date is from the New Yorker. In a tribute by Louis Menand, entitled, 'Believer', Louis concludes:

It's an occupational hazard: if you construct a career raging against the system, you can't stop raging just because the system has accepted you, or has ceased to care or to pay attention. The anger needs some place to go. At its best, in the Nixon era, Thompson's anger, in writing, was a beautiful thing, fearless and funny and, after all, not wrong about the shabbiness and hypocrisy of American officialdom. It belonged to a time when journalists believed that fearlessness and humor and honesty could make a difference; and it's sad to be reminded that the time in which such a faith was possible has probably passed.

Click this here link for Jeff Hartzer's latest POET'S CORNER... for some innerestin' poe-a-tree-tips.

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Saturday, March 12, 2005
We'll Bomb That Bridge When We Come To It...Are we all amid ships in the Great Unraveling of America? Possibly.

This just in; our readers write:

They tell us that we lost our tails,
Evolving up from little snails,
I say it's all just wind in sails!
Are We Not Men?
We are Devo!!
(from the song "Are We Not Men?", from the album of the same title)
Over a quarter of a century has passed since Devo first appeared with that jarring message. At the time, it seemed like a novelty, 5 men jumping around in yellow chemical suits, singing giddily about spud boys, space junk, and the curious theory of Devolution. After a while, they abandoned that message, substituting it with satirizing the Corporate Way of Life.  Finally, the novelty wore off, and away they went into the history books, mostly remembered for catchy dance hits like "Whip It."  (Ironically, becoming a commercial jingle in recent years.)   That would usually be the end of the story, but recent events have brought Devolution back for a re-examimation...........
    Devo orginally satirized those who would turn back the clock on what we have learned about the universe in recent centuries. This covers areas such as evolution, the size and age of the universe, and humankinds' place in all of it. I think even they would be surprised at the level of "sliding back" that has taken place in our knowledge and thinking processes. Are we witnessing Round 2 of the fight between the Age of Reason and the Age of Beliefs/Superstition?   Creation Science is one such example where wishful thinking overrules scientific knowledge/reason. Yes, the Lord made the Grand Canyon in 6 days (24/6, anyone?), and you can find books stating that very fact right alongside REAL science books at the National Park bookstores in the Grand Canyon. There are many debates going on at the moment regarding the teaching of Creation Science in public schools all over the country. Many school boards have had to fight these efforts, at the same time complying with more demands, while doing it all with less money. (No Children Left Behind, anyone?) 
   Polling data, while not definitive or always highly accurate, indicates an increasing belief in matters of faith such as the Rapture and Armageddon, along with believing in the Bible as a literal document. By the way, did you know that Saddam was responsible for 9/11?  After a while, it becomes easier to pass along disinformation, and for it to be believed by more people. The Internet(by capitalizing, we're turning it into an entity, if not a deity) makes this even easier, especially with plenty of "ditto heads" ready to pass whatever disinformation comes their way.  Don't ask questions, but do tell everyone you know about it.
   Through all of this, I remain an optomist. We've had to work through times like this before, and we will do that once again. It may come down to a transcendent moment, ala Joe McCarthy being asked if he had any sense of decency by an old Army doctor, and the whole world saw it. Yes, Toto goes to the curtain, pulls it back, and we all see the real Wizard. Yes, it takes Courage, o' Cowardly Lion, but you got it now. I bet you don't believe in spooks anymore...

Capn' Markus

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Thursday, March 10, 2005
My back hurts, I have asthma; I can't come in today. Excuses, excuses...An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Jacksonian following a 'no show' yesterday. No underwear is one thing but a no show...well...

Uncle Dan Rather signs off the CBS Evening News yesterday, after 24 years to the day he took over from Walter Concretus . He goes out solemnly with one word, a word that can't help but take me back to the Burt Lahr Days when rainbows were rainbows, tornadoes were a good thing, Kansas still had farmers and a swishy lion tail was held tight by his Honor, The Cowardly Lion. Courage...indeed. Goodnight Dan.


March Madness Deaths: 'tis the season of basketball and Spring breakage...Casualties: New Mexico State University student put on life support then dies, following a night of binge drinking. And in Santa Domingo a 21 year old winner of a Tequila shooter contest becomes a big L-oser by dying after the event all for a $330. prize. Can't buy much of a coffin for that amount even in Pesos.

The big April 8th Wedding plans of Prince Chaz and Lady Chameleon have been officially declared to be LEGAL though UNPRECEDENTED.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2005
How should I spend my PLASMA MONEY?
The world record rains in New Mexico these past few months have me wondering about that and about the fact that the weather everywhere is upside down and the fact that no one cares anymore. They watch $160,000-X-three valued houses fall off slime hills in Californina and for a moment feel sorry for the owners who have no MUDSLIDE INSURANCE. Tornado Week on the Weather Channel out does Shark Week by far showing us disaster after disaster mostly in Podunkus, Kansas. Drought in the Northwest has the daffodils blooming NOW and the world famous Daffodil Parade of Tacoma, Washington is not scheduled until April.

We have become Immune to Disaster and that fact is no more obvious than the immediate move to Page Twelve of the Italian folks blown up by FRIENDLY FIRE over the weekend. My father was an award winning pilot of the USMC/ARMY workhorse air transport plane known as the C-47 receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal each with gold stars aplenty in World War II. He used to show me his .45 and double-edged-blade standard issue USMC Knife . But he never spoke of 'friendly fire'...Was that a term that came from the 'Viet Nam era' or am I wrong on this one? Too bad for the Eye-talians getting blown away while escaping the horrors of the Iraqis.

In a gigantic gumbo of irony, our own state's Governor comes out with some glorious words for the Bushmeister. Listen up all ye 'publican Wayners...The Democratic Governor of our Enchanted State, Bill Richardson, is quoted as saying on NBC's Today Show that, I believe that the Bush administration deserves credit for putting pressure and saying that authoritarian regimes have to go. The president, in talking about freedom and democracy, is sparking a wave of very positive democratic sentiment that might help us override both Islamic fundamentalism that has formed in the region and also some of the hatred for our policy of invading Iraq."

Kashwing...the earth turns and we begin to wonder if the final episode of CSI directed by Quentin Tarantino and indulgently called, KILL GIL, will in fact kill off the head dude Gil or not. America Watch your backs! Pay attention now or you might miss the latest cocksuckering reviews of the new HBO season of Deadhead Deadwood that began over the beginnings of MARCH MADNESS. Or you may have missed the beginnings of whatever is about to happen in Syria vs. Lebanon, The Action Continues. Ain't a movie yet but undoubtedly coming soon to a Democracy near you.

Stocks are almost broke 11,000 last Friday and went down very little on Monday. There are more-jobs-paying-less so the big guys are happy and a-buyin' them blue chippies. Inflation not inflating but more workers on call at Mickey Dees. By the way, the PESO is one of the few coins that are looking good these days to the Amerikan dollar. Time for a Spring trip to Cancun or Puerto Vallarta where last week , the super Million Dollar Baby movie star could be seen tropically spread on the beaches. Go MEEEHEEKO.

Bill Clinton let Poppi have the bed on their recent let's-go-round-the-world-to-save-the-tsunami-survivors-tour. Apparently the plane only had a bed for one. Bill was seen sleeping on the floor of one of the luxury sky boxes by the elder Ex-President who was quoted as saying, " We could have switched places, each getting half a night on the bed, but he deferred to me. That was a very courteous thing, very thoughtful, and that meant a great deal to me." Go EX-PRES'S...

New Mexico's Super SenatorUncle Pete Domenici was met in Kaktovic, Alaska by a bunch of screaming Inupiat residents who do not favor his desire to drill the crap out of their homeland. Can't say I blame them. Not clear whether Pete's buddy Heather wilson came along for the ride to our nation's oil-rich mosquito state.

In other BUSHCUTS: the nation's FIRE FUNDS...It is not like every Spring for the past ten years our entire West Coast (and much of Florida's midlands) have burned like let's cutback on the $$$ for our firefighters (a 283 million dollar cut that is). The wettest winter on record has finally brought back a snow pack to our fine state but with the drought in the Northwest....there'll be fires-a-plenty soon.
Ladder 49 a loser with a big L movie comes out on DVD today. My inner arsonist would like to buy it but it might not be worth even the sale price.

SMELL GIBSON is coming out with a director's cut in reverse of his HEY-SUS movie just in time for Easter . Usually the director's cut has more cleavage and gore than the original...not so for Smell Gibsonian. HEY-SUS II apparently has a bit less blood passionately effused onto the screen. More suitable for young children and for those eager-to-be-saved-by-watching-a-dvd Lutherans, Episcopalians, and those Romans who still believe that THE POPE WILL NEVER DIE.

More SMELL snewz: An Idaho drifter has been convicted of
Stalking the SMELLSTER even sitting in his church pew wanting to pray with Saint Smell.

The United States NAVY is 'sort of' investigating whether the use of sonar on one of their submarines off Florida's sunny and gay Key West early in the course of March Madness, caused the severe beaching of over 100 dolphins. The Midshipmen refuse to say whether or not the USS Philadelphia turned on its sonar or not while playing soldier with NAVY SEALS. What's the good of sonar if you don't USE it. All the money we have tied up in Atomic-Bomb-laden-Polaris-Missile-carrying-post-cold-war-nuke-subs gotta be used for something. Why not scaring the crap out of dolphins?

In better news for animal lovers....a bill to 'shoot cougars (mountain lions) on site legally' has been KILLED by the New Mexico Legislature. BUBBA the Lobster LIVES...actually his shell lives on; he died while trying to save him in an extra large aquarium.


I never liked YAMAHA motorcycles much. 190,000 of them are being recalled this month because the passenger seat can fall off at any time. Motorcycles are more fun to drive without passengers anyway. What's the big deal. More SUVS are being recalled: the parking brakes don't work on some 65,436 Endeavors by Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi made some of the greatest fighter planes of WW II. What's their problem with parking brakes. You pull this wire and the brake comes on. No biggie.

A United Arab diplomat has left the USA to avoid prosecution on charges of soliciting sex from a 13 year old girl on the Internet (by the way, have you noticed that In Print, the word, "internet" is now always spelled with a CAPITAL" I " ?). Those diplomats get away with everything and then all they have to do is say Bye Bye.

In other BUSHCUTS: the nation's FARM FUNDS...well thank god only 3000 farms will be affected in the state of New Mexico by the proposed Farm Cuts of the current administration. Nationwide there are plenty more hurting farmers than our state has. A NM funding cut of $92 million dollars is a mere 'speck in the eye' of the $16 billion-a-year cuts proposed nationwide. Thank god for Willie and Neil's FARM AID CONCERTS.

Hooray for a judge in Taos, New Mexico who says go ahead and post that hugeFIRE RUMSFELD Banner over the main street of town.

Sad, sad, sad...The City Different has just held a candlelight vigil for James Maestas who was beaten unconcious a week ago apparently for being gay. Hate crimes exist even in precious Santa Fay.

The New Mexico Lobos are headed for the Mountain West Conference Games this week...both the men and women....Go roundballers...

This just in:our readers write:
Some Dogology
*The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. (Anonymous)
*If there are no dogs in Heaven ... then when I die I want to go where they went. (Will Rogers)
*Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you're wonderful. (Ann Landers)
*There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. (Ben William)
*A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than they love themselves. (Josh Billings)
*The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. (Andy Rooney) 
*We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made. (M. Acklam)
*I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult. (Rita Rudner)
*Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never gave a dog a bath. (Franklin P. Jones)
*If your dog is fat, YOU aren't getting enough exercise. (Unknown)
*My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.  (Joe Weinstein)
*Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? We come back from a  grocery store with the most amazing haul: chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! (Anne Tyler)
*You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!" (Dave Barry)
*Dogs are not our whole life, but they do make our lives whole. (Roger Caras)
*If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. (Phil Pastoret)
*My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am. (Unknown)

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Friday, March 04, 2005
TGIFlyday 3/4/5

It's just after noon, Do you know where Martha Stewart is?

Things to do before you die: Hide Illegal thingees. A teacher in Jacksonville Florida died suddenly (isn't that the way it goes with OHHH DEAAATH?), leaving behind quite an herbal crop for the cops to discover in his home.

This just in our readers write:
One thing I think I know is that grief is a very personal state of mind and even people who "get" why you are there, don't get it.
I think for me too I finally have come to understand that life is incredibly difficult except when it isn't. Every day your heart is nurtured more than pecked upon is a blessing. I came to a much better place as I understood that no one understood. And my final healings have come with writing.

This just in: from a 2003 online ESPN column, as printed in Newsweek:March 7, 2005... "I am surprised and embarrassed to be a part of the first American generation to leave the country in far worse shape than it was when we first came into it. Our highway system is crumbling, our police are dishonest, our children are poor, our vaunted Social Security ... has been looted and neglected and destroyed by the same gang of ignorant greed-crazed bastards who brought us Vietnam, Afghanistan, the disastrous Gaza Strip and ignominious defeat all over the world. Our armies will never again be No. 1, and our children will drink filthy water for the rest of our lives ... Big Darkness, soon come."
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005
This just in: our readers write: Another HST linkage. I read a very strange article about Hunter's wife this week and how the suicide was NOT A SURPRISE.

Meanwhile a lot of new bunnies have sprung forth in our backyard menagerie at FRESHCHAOSHQ,BunnytownUSA; And our stucco nightmare is actually nearing an 'end' of sorts with life marching on in the high desert of New Mexico. Democracy is on the march in Lebannon and KOKO the sign language proficient gorilla at a California zoo njust can't seem to get enough nipple viewing from his female trainers. 'I like to watch', Koko was overheard explaining his ravaging taste for all things NIPPLE. Can't say I blame him, though I do not know how to do 'sign language' to express my 'desires of the flesh'.

The NM legislature still struggles with COCK FIGHTING bills. A surprising battle rages onwards to keep it legal here in this land where things are sometimes more MEXICAN than NEW. You can now rder up a spanking copy of our New Improved Tourist magazine at NM Tourism. Or call toll free 1-800-733-6396....Cockfighting locations most likely will not to be mentioned in the Table of Contents.

More fun links: for the quickest flight to Heaven there is now RAPTURE LETTERS dot com ...for some good airfares (with no airline strings attached) check out Site59 or Mobissimo dot com.

I so liked and was moved by last Sunday seeing the movie Million Dollar Baby just as a 'movie' that I did not even realize all the big hub bub already afoot over the topic of 'mercy killing'. There was so much more to the movie than that one angle, I am sorry that the right-winged whatever folks of our US of A have had to make that part of the movie such a big issue and I personally am still heartened that it simply AS A MOVIE won a BUNCH of Awards...period.

Updated our HBO contract to watch more of the new Deadwood episodes that begin this coming weekend. Though not 'the Sopranos' or 'Wired' it has its quirky quirks. Finally finished reading the large tome Homicide: a year on the streets from which many spin off cop shows developed. Quite a good book if you like 'the truth' about COPS, detectives and the inner details of gruesome odd and intriguing murder sites.

Latest depressing music sell-out news: Lynyrd Skynrd has released Sweet Home Alabama for a KFC commericial. They do have good fried catfish, possum and chicken in Alabama but...

GO LOBOS roundballers...March Madness is creeping in...

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