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Friday, September 30, 2005
Read/hear all about NEIL YOUNG'S latest PRAIRIE WIND cd/dvd combo. It was released on Tuesday this week but stores got 'bad' copies of it for some odd reason (CIA jamming?). Should be in stores again this weekend or order through the Amazon links at your right or left on this site. Or go straight to the Source at Neil Young dot communist and visit Neil's Garage.

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An incredibly NICE GAPE was spoken this week by William Bennett,the former U.S. education secretary-turned-talk show host who said Wednesday that "if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down."

In other GAPES er...headlines:
_Miller Testifies in CIA Leak Investigation
_New Orleans Reopens to 170,000 Residents
_10 Die in 2nd Day of Attacks on Shiites
_Army in Worst Recruiting Slump in Decades
_Katrina Takes Toll, Consumer Spending Dips
_White House Condemns Bennett's Remarks
_And this JUST in: just exactly how GAY is the BURGER KING?

Watching the latest PuBeS show The Sixties last night, I was reminded of many things, and realize that this idea which was true then and may be certainly even more true today, that the United States is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world is just plain sad, sad, and sadder. It will take more than a village full of William Bennetts to ease our pain. New Agers are giving the planet about seven more years until the Apocalypse. It may come sooner. Nice roasty, toasty fires burning at the edge of Los Angeles' multi-million dollar home sites this week...hmm.

Good news here is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has Mass Ascension #1 tomorrow in the wee hours. For ten days our skies will be full of Balloons and Hot Air. Sweet.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005
The state of New Mexico is going to have a large role in a chase for The X Prize. Never heard of it? It is not a porno site nor is any X-treme-gamism involved. It is all about Space and the Human Race for getting into Space. Check it out: X PRIZE the website.

If you have ever visited or would like to visit ABQ or just can't get enough of a taste for our state's largest city named for a Duke, visit DUKE CITY FIX, the website.

New to the Duke City by the way is a professional (or semi so) Basketball team called Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Ooh. Aah.

Food for thought: The next time you hear THE BOSS cranking out Born in the USA, catch the actual lyrics...PATRIOTIC or NO? Maybe it's not so red, white, and blue after all.

Born In The U.S.A.[ Bruce Springsteen ]

Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
'Til you spend half your life just covering up

Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

I got in a little hometown jam
And so they put a rifle in my hands
Sent me off to Vietnam
To go and kill the yellow man


Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man says "Son if it was up to me"
I go down to see the V.A. man
He said "Son don't you understand"


I had a buddy at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone
He had a little girl in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I'm ten years down the road
Nowhere to run, ain't got nowhere to go

I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Snewz Briefs:
_Rep. Tom DeLay says he will step down temporarily as House Majority Leader following his indictment in Texas.
_The New Orleans police chief resigns on the same day he reveals that 249 officers left their posts without permission during Hurricane Katrina.
_This week is a PuBeS Spectacular for aging boomers. You got Dylan Galore in a very well done Score-crazy move-eye the last two nights followed by tonight's Peter, Pau,l and Mary hooplah show plus Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest and a special Beatles' Mania tour...IS THIS PBS's Last Hurrah? Hope not. Who knows THE LEFT MIGHT JUST RISE AGAIN now that the right is drowning in flooded houses with MOLD creeping up their walls.
_THE GALL...the horror... DUH PRES sez: "leave your cars at home" these next months to save petrol... And this is the guy who made HUMMERS TAX DEDUCTIBLE....Get real, dude. DUH PRES is not looking so good on television and he hasn't been for awhile now. He's got those DORIAN GREY BLUES. Sing it, you aging by the minute, pawn of a Pres...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005
B-U-S-T-E-D and B-U-S-H-E-D Police arrested Cindy Sheehan during an anti-war protest in front of the White House. Cheery news from the land of AC/DC. IN OTHER SNEWZ: A military jury convicts Pfc. Lynndie England on all but one of the seven counts she faced of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. She is THE ONE who is writtern about in the new Rolingstone song entitled, DANGEROUS BEAUTY.

MORE SNEWZ: Real median household income remained unchanged between 2003 and 2004 at $44,389, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Meanwhile, the nation's official poverty rate rose from 12.5 percent in 2003 to 12.7 percent in 2004. The percentage of the nation's population without health insurance coverage remained stable, at 15.7 percent in 2004. The number of people with health insurance increased by 2.0 million to 245.3 million between 2003 and 2004, and the number without such coverage rose by 800,000 to 45.8 million.

JUST in: a reader writes...Man, did you watch Martin Scorcese's "No Direction Home" on Bob last nite? The 2nd half is on tonite on PBS. I was glued to the screen for 2 hours. Yes I di watch it and todsay may buy the dvd/soundtrack cd set. Amazing how the same songs are ringing true again this Year of the Rooster, 2005. See also:Rock's Greatest Songwriters.

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Sunday, September 25, 2005
Sunday Bloody Sunday: Some good news from BELFAST, Northern Ireland=> International weapons inspectors have supervised the full disarmament of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, a long-sought goal of Northern Ireland's peace process.

With DUH VEEP in the horsepistol and DUH PRES on the road again, the big day of War Protesting yesterday seemed a bit bland next to the massive news coverage of the Second Perfect Storm. No police or protestors was killed nor maimed nor thrown into the streets by flood waters. Nevertheless, PROTEST HAPPENED and there are what may now be a majority of U.S. Citizenry who at least are beginning to have some DOUBTS about DUH PRES. It's about time.

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Saturday, September 24, 2005
DUH VEEP has surgery today. Hope the Go F--k yourself dude survives his aneurysm removal procedure with flying colors. Sorry that he and DUH PRES will miss the WAR PROTEST marches today in D.C.

Protestors Protesting

Looks like we survived Lovely Rita's wrath fairly well. Thank the powers that be for that. As the SECOND PERFECT STORM comes ashore this morning on the Gulf Coast of our once great Nation, here is the text from the online edition of the POET'S CORNER by Jeff Hartzer for September, 2005. Sadly it remains 'current'.

Gusty Winds May Exist

ďOne day you turn around, and it's summer /Next day you turn around, and it's fall /And all the winters and the springs of a lifetime/ Whatever happened to them all? ...And I find, I'm sighing softly as I near/September, the warm September of my years.Ē

Frank Sinatra crooned those words once and they sing just as true today. The ninth month of the year traditionally gives birth to change. September seems more a turning point for our world today than ever before. Four years ago September brought us 9/11, a day never to be forgotten, and now, Hurricane Katrina. A Led Zeppelin line sums it up: When the levee breaks, I'll have no place to stay...

We are grateful in this high desert land for our blue skies, hot air balloons, green and red chiles, Zozobras, Kookooees, and most especially for clean, dry beds to lay our heads on at night. With $500 billion in damages and the onslaught of highest ever gas and fuel prices, we are humbled by the strength of Godís hand. Can this same hand weave an equal amount of compassion and goodness through our lands? We can only hope. Katrina reminds us to be thankful for each single moment of our short planetary lives.

As observers of tragedy we each become poet or artist in our own way. We can not look at Katrinaís impact and not somehow be moved. Take time now to ďjournalĒ your perceptions of this loss of land and life smack in the belly of America. List the loves of your life; the joys. List those people, places, and things that bring you hope, peace, and joy. Those pieces of the ďhappiness puzzleĒ might be all you have left after one good house fire, car accident, or windstorm. Hold fast to all that is precious in your life and be thankful for that preciousness.

Consider for a moment what is truly important to you. Would a house full of sludge, mud, and tainted water take that away from you? Is what is most precious able to be bought or is it given by a higher power than yourself? Is the love of your children or your tail-wagging friends less precious than that new SUV in your driveway? As the green leaves of spring and summer give way to the colors of autumn and the bare tees of winter, what will you be bringing to your winter table? What is it that you are beginning to harvest now in this ninth month of the year?

We will all pay more this winter to keep our furnaces and SUVís filled with fuel. Probably more to keep our own stomachs full with New Orleans serving as the gateway for barges and ships to bring our heartlandís crops to market. Undoubtedly, our taxes will rise to pay off this storm-caused debt. Despite this, we have our lives, our families and our homes all alive and well here. So many have been left with nothing but their lives this September and they are grateful for that. There is time this month to cut away the outer leaves of showiness of our lives to see what lies beneath and to discover the true essence of our daily rituals, our daily bread, and the way we place ourselves in our world. What is most precious? What carries true value? What is it that most motivates us to carry on? If you were to lose everything, what would you then have? What could you still give thanks for? God Bless us All.

Jeff Hartzer © 2005

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Friday, September 23, 2005
DUH PRES is en route to River Walk City for a cold Shiner Bock and a taste of San Antonio's Tex-Mex cuisine...Oh yeah, and to look at the preparations a few million miles on the other side of Texas while he's there. Some of his nieces, nephews, and kids have been playing with JOHNNY LAW recently. Check out the new/improved BUSH FAMILY: Arrest Survival Guide.

A bus explodes outside of Dallas killing evacuees and blowing a sizable hole in the Interstate. Millions stuck on Interstate 45 for a full day yesterday makes you wonder about our preparedness for anything in a big city. Houston is the nation's fourth largest burg and we saw the tip of the iceberg sitting out there on blocked Intertstate 45...people running out of gas from idling their motors. That's a metaphor for something.

We just aren't any match for the devastation The Universe can swing at us at anytime. RITA seems bent on hovering more toward Louisiana now and sad to say since most of the coast is already ruined, maybe that is some sort of blessing. last week gas for 2.65 a gallon seemed downright cheap. What will it cost next week.

And some icing on earth's surface slipped a bit yesterday when TREMORS in the San Joaquin Valley 70 miles Northwest of LA. shook at a 4.9 magnitude.When it rains it pours?

Tomorrow the Largest Protest since the beginning of time (or it seems that way-how long has Iraq Quagmire II been going on now...?) takes place in Washington, DC. Many eyes will be on CNN not for that but for the latest Hurricane Tragedy News.

The emergency landing of all time for that jetBlue plane, turns out to be the #8 plane to have experienced the joys of a twisted front wheel. Time to fix it, dudes. It was one amazing landing and a sign of the times that the passengers watched all but the last ten minutes of the ordeal on their seat back tv sets.

Not a good day for Hurricane Rita's initial storm surge has breached more levees in New Orleans. Not a good day for gay priests either...the Roman Catholic Church is prepared to ban Gay Priests from moving on from seminary into office be they celibate or not.

Wish you could all be here...As we witness back to back perfect storms at the belly of the USA beast, it continues to be a perfect autumn season here in the high desert of New Mexico. Overwhelmingly blue blue skies and cool temperatures herald our State Fair ending this weekend with the International Balloon Fiesta coming soon (always the first two weeks of October) . Sadly for locals a bunch of folk are moving here...One day we will be in the news for having no water to drink but until then, this place is truly a Paradisio compared to hurricane, tornado, volcano, earthquake, or mudslide prone vistas.

Happy First Weekend of Fall...

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
LIVE on CNN a jetBlue airliner [flight 292 en route from California to New York] comes in for a landing with a severely twisted front wheel. An amazingly great landing by the flight crew despite flames and smoke shooting up from the wheel under the belly of the plane screaming straight down the middle of the runway.

Picture perfect landing all on live tv; while a TORNADO touches down in Minnesota and the THIRD STRONGEST HURRICANE E-V-E-R barrels toward Bush territory. 'Twas an exemplary half hour of dinner time CHAOS; a virtual triple header of adrenaline rush disaster coverage.

What am I left with after witnessing all this in my living room...? The knowledge that LARRY KING is a douchebag. I have suspected this before but his commentary while this planeload of human beings floats down to the runway with a pretzeled front wheel was extraordinarily stupid. Mostly, he wanted to know if the passengers of the jetBlue flight would be watching all of this LIVE crash coverage on the satellite fed tv screens aboard the aircraft.

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I once saw Glenn Campbell alive and swell in concert; he was the opening act for The Byrds. He had a song way back then that, in its own way, was an anti-war song. Today, perhaps it sings to the ocean waves now on approach for the Gulf coast of Texas...Perhaps better that Lovely Rita hits Texas than Louisiana. Go West, young hurricane Gal. Rita has already hit Wall Street. The market has nose-dived this whole week. Amazing how the hand of God has hit this country following/during our Shock and Aweful adventures in Iraq. Coincidence? Or a result of our 'come what may' attitude towards Global Warming? Here's that Glenn Campbell ditty...


Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin'
I still see her dark eyes glowin'
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin' out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she's crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
The war in Iraq passed a sobering milepost Tuesday when U.S. officials reported 10 more Americans were killed - six of them members of the armed forces, raising to more than 1,900 the number of U.S. service members who have died in the country since the invasion. Plans to withdraw substantial numbers of British troops from Iraq next month have been abandoned after the explosion of violence in Basra on Monday night.

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Pat Robertson wasn't praying hard enough this week, as apparently Key West, a bastian of liberal left-winged hippies, gay folk, and abortionists have survived Lovely Rita's wrath quite nicely. Now things seem a bit un-nervy in The Other Bush's (aka DUH PRES) homestate of Texas...Time to get out your high waters.

Whatever happened to that GET YOUR WAR ON website? It's still around...Oh yes, it's still around.

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Monday, September 19, 2005
The evolution debate spawns a saucy monster: the idea that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world is demanding equal time in Kansas classrooms...for the latest check out it came from Kansas:!!

DUH PRES recently broke Ronald Rayguns' record of 355 vacation daze...It took Rayguns 8 years to whip up that many days of rest and relaxation whereas our mighty DUH PRES was able to achieve that goal in less than five years.

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Watch out for Lovely Rita, Meter Maid as she barrels toward Floreedah.

Monday Night Football presents two games tonight starting with the SAINTS vs. the GIANTS in a Hurricane K. tribute/fundraiser. Certainly to be a Saint this year isn't what it used to be. May as well be a sinner and take after our country's leaders in Church and State...After all, we only go round once and we's all gonna die. The Patriots sure died this weekend stacked up against the Carolina Panthers in a big loss. Go Chiefheads...not everything from Kansas is bad; some things are even designed intelligently in ToTo Land. The Chiefs are off to a surprising start.

Speaking of watching people die live online (were we speakin' of that?) check out OR (that's 'operating room') LIVE for webcams of actual surgeries going on NOW live and in color. Fascinating.

Finally a tv show we love gets a big award...Congrats to Patricia Arquette for her starring role in MEDIUM and an Emmy to match...Second season premieres tonight !!

JUST in: our readers write:I am so full of outrage fatigue over that Brown Business...for a hilarious/hysterical laugh, try googling: brown arabian horse fema liposuction. [If you were to do that you'd pull up the following: New York Daily News-World & National Report-I'm fit for the...Embattled FEMA head Mike Brown insists he is well-qualified to lead the nation's...whether a breeder was performing liposuction on a horse's rear end... wn_report/story/344005p-293720c.html 09/17/05 ]

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Saturday, September 17, 2005
Governor JEB's Son becomes another DWI statistic...Read all about it. He joins his Uncle and cousins with a place 'in the newz for booze'.

Workin' Hard or Hardly Workin'? DUH PRES is enjoying a leisurely weekend at Camp David today, after some twelve or so grueling days on the job following his shortened five week vacation...His iverweight and overbearing, DUH VEEP is off to the hospital...Cheney-head goes under the knife next weekend for an aneuristic knee. Is that from praying too much?...nah.

Handy Dandy snewz item of the moment: An employee of PUBLIX in Florida peed into a Mountain Dew bottle and has been 'suspended from work' (not fired?) following a thirsty customer's complaint. A fellow I knew who graduated from high school in my class back a millennia ago in 1969, started work at Publix as a bagger and worked his way to Vice President in two weeks...His name is Howard Jenkins. Yes, his family owns the highly successful grocery chain. I recall Howard early on owning five BMW's which in itself was pretty spectacular for a college age kid, but he also had alive-in BMW Mechanic living in the overhead garage apartments. Cool...huh?

Latest food for thought : YOU ARE YOUR FIRST in the faithful Boy Scout jargon, BE PREPARED.

This weekend SILENT EARTHQUAKES are occuring in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Not sure what CNN means by a 'silent earthquake', but the news is not very heart-warming in my mind. How soon will a mountain crest in Washington's Olympic or Cascade range blow its cool head? How soon can we expect Mt. Rainier to shed it's crown in one big blow...? Mt. St. Helens last week let off a bit of steam literally. Remember only you can prevent forest fires and YOU ARE YOUR FIRST RESPONDER...

HAPPY LAST FULL MOON weekend of Summertime '05. Coming up next, on Thursday, the Autumnal Equinox. Stay tuned.

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Friday, September 16, 2005
I admire the speech writers for the Cmdr. in Chief. Last night's was a good one, fairly well read by DUH PRES, and presented with a trippy backdrop lit up by lights provided by the White House. If he and they can now do all they say they will about/for the City of New Orleans and all the other lost souls of the Gulf shore region of our beleagured country, then more power to the people from The Man. And fortunately for DUH PRES we all have such short memory spans that he may still emerge unscathed (once again) from the horrendous way this whole disaster was handled.

Wish You Were Here! The weather these last few days in the high desert has been text-bookedly lovely. Clear blue blue skies and lows at night in the fifties, with highs of low dry eighties, if that. Fall is in the air and late night visions of a bright moon with Orion rising in the east, make this place what it is at its best. Green chiles roasting at corner markets and soon fireplaces will cranmk out pinon and juniper fires with their autumnal sweet smell in the air. That and the screams from all of us here who depend so on natural gas for heating our homes. We are told that bills this year will be 50% higher than last year. And, that there is no reprieve in sight for the coming years.

Here's a diversion: The Picture of Everything made by a bored and doodling out-of- control-arteeste.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Breaking Winds:
The cover of THE NEW YORKER for Sept. 19, 2005, offers a 'lovely vision' by B. Bliet. Bliet portrays DUH PRES and his cronies in the oval office where it is FLOODING up to their armpits. Rummie,Condi, DUH VP, and Uncle Karl are ALL WET. Check out the FLOOD in the OVAL OFFICE
Oh yeah and:
_Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have filed for bankruptcy protection from their creditors.
_Iraq Blasts Kill at Least 160, Wound 570
_Bush Urges End of Trade Tariffs, Subsidies
_Hurricane Ophelia's Heavy Rains Hit Coast

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JUST IN FROM the A&P::: I pledge allegiance..._A federal judge rules that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional!!! Arrest those elementary kids and their teachers!! While you are at it, burn some red, white, and blue flags to keep warm this winter.

"Never underestimate
the power of Denial."

from American Beauty

The Evolution Shmevolution series continues tonight on the Daily Chaos Show. Don't miss it you Kansas folks. Last night featured the rapidly aging Kurt Vonnegut. I recall seeing and meeting him at a college speech in the eighties. He is a wondrous man and a big influence on many. This current generation might never have heard of Vonnegut nor of one of my 'life teachers', Lawrence Ferlinghetti whom I worked with for three weeks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, in the eighties. These two men won't be around much longer. For now, they remain voices of reason in Freshly Chaotic times. A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY is a new book by Vonnegut that looks like it might be a fascinating read. In a funny comment that he slowly voiced last night, Vonnegut mentioned that "The fifty-first state is a STATE OF DENIAL..."Vonnegut also commented that 'the Bush Family's biggest nightmare' is 'helping the poor people'. Too sad but true.

TEEN MISSING IN ARUBA DAY 109...NOTE TO NANCY GRACE...get OVER it !!. Five million teens/babies and old folk are missing in the belly of our ravaged country's midsection but they ain't white upper middle class collegiates on Spring Break. They and the MISSING TEEN are d-e-a-d & g-o-n-e and BLACK OR WHITE, neither are less valuable to their family and friends.

Our astoundingly conservative newspaper (largest paper in NM) the Albuquerque Journal this morning has a surprisingly NEGATIVE op-ed piece regarding the BUSH ERA .The article is by E.J. Dionne entitled, KATRINA BLOWS OUT THE BUSH ERA. That the Abq.Journal dares to publish this is saying something b-i-g about DUH PRES. The Abq.Journal charges you $$$ to read their articles online (Geezus!!), so don't go the entire article 'for free' in an even better publication called the Washington Post...END OF THE BUSH ERA.

Katrina Blows Bush...DOH!

Even cooler and certainly YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY-viva the Byrds!-(and younger than The Stones) is the band known as THE DANDY WARHOLS...They have a brand new out of this world cd (out yesterday) called: ODDITORIUM OR THE WARLORDS OF MARS. It is nothing short of amazing.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Just in from the A&P::> - President Bush for the first time took responsibility Tuesday for federal government mistakes in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and suggested the calamity raised broader questions about the government's ability to handle both natural disasters and terror attacks.
"Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government," Bush said at a joint White House news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. "And to the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility. I want to know what went right and what went wrong," said Bush.

Of course DUH PRES hasn't explained why the #2 charity (after Red Cross) recommended by FEMA was none other than Pat Robertson's own OPERATION BLESSING.

Kind of felt sorry for the hoodwinked COLIN POWELL in his revcent interview with BABA WAWA where he spoke of the blot (IRAQWAR II) on his career record. Here he lambasts the FEMA Katrina efFarts...

Dave Chappelle Happy to Be Working Clubs...innerestin'...He has been missed if not missing!

A BIGGER BANG keeps on bangin'...One song that because of its topical nature(so politically incorrecto) will never make the playlists but it really's a hopper and a bopper...It is called, DANGEROUS BEAUTY...
See if you can figger out WHO the Ms. Dangerous Beauty is...??!!

Dangerous beauty

In your high school photo
You look so young and naÔve
Now I heard you got a nickname
The lady with the leash
Was it funny at the midnight shift
I bet you had your fair share of stiffs
They were onerous orders
I gotta admit

Cause youíre a dangerous, dangerous dangerous beauty
Itís no painfully plain to us
You were doing your duty

Who you got there in that hood
You look so fancy in those photographs
With your rubber gloves on
But youíre a favourite with
The Chiefs of Staff
Youíre doing such a wonderful job
Youíre natural at working with dogs
Keep everyone awake at night
With a touch of the prods

Youíre a dangerous, dangerous dangerous beauty
Disdainfully painfully beating up booty
Youíre a dangerous, dangerous dangerous beauty
Beauty beauty

Youíre a dangerous, dangerous dangerous beauty
If I was your Captain would you salute me
Youíre a dangerous, dangerous dangerous beauty
Are you one bad apple in a box
Dealing your electric shocks
I saw the gloves are coming off
If looks could be killing
I bet you would shoot me
Youíre a dangerous, dangerous dangerous beauty
Painfully shamefully doing you duty
Youíre a dangerous, dangerous dangerous beauty
If you are in a relationship with more than one person at a time...You may find the following website to be of help or at least of intriguing interest...Love More!! dot com

Want to support HSThompson's cannonball cremains blastoff by drinking beer?...check out Flying Dog Ales dot com. Hunter already took his final journey through the exploding fist but it is not too late to drink icy cold brewskis with Ralph Steadman's artwork on the dripping cold bottles.

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Monday, September 12, 2005
To read the latest selection from Jeff Hartzer's Poet's Corner online, please click GustyWinds May Exist...Enjoy.

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BREAKING WINDS: Mike BROWNIE Brown says he has resigned as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. What a guy to quit all on his own...

Tonight begins four straight nights of Evolution Schmevolution on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show...Can't wait ! GO KANSAS!! (Hey, the Chiefs WON...ditto the Saints, Jags, Lobos, & Notra Damas).

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Bushes catch a Striper
Father and Son catch a Striper in New Orleans

For the latest on the Bush Family check in at

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Saturday, September 10, 2005
And the New Mexico Lobos begin their season with two Wins...whoo hoo.
May we be the first to wish you and yours a happy, happy HAPPY ST.PATRIOT'S DAY Weekend.

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First Mate of Capn Chaos here ...
As a kid, growing up on the edge between lower middle class and poverty, I was fairly content. Neighbors often reminded me how "privileged" I was being an only child. My uncle and aunt had both known abject poverty and detailed for me how good our side of "the edge" was. I remember folks criticizing us for shopping exclusively at the tax-free shops on base, courtesy of my uncle's long military service. I also remember my aunt responding that it was easy to criticize when one had a choice. In other words, many of us can afford to shop at places other than WalMart, but some of us don't really have a choice. Do you know the difference?

I am struck with the ignorance and prejudices of those with choices about those without in the Gulf Coast. William Buckley writes that Blacks have been leaving the Deep South for years, so what's the problem with those still there when The Big One hit? Peggy Noonan advocates all looters be shot on sight. (I guess Constitutional assurances for "fair trial" etc. weren't meant for these people!) Such critics seem to believe that poverty and desperation are contagious weaknesses from which Americans should be keep their distance. Or maybe true Americans are naturally immune?

I've never not had a roof over my head or thrift store clothes on my back, but I've been close enough to the edge to see the other side and mixed with my gratitude is a sense of empathy. I don't know if the meek will ever inherit the earth, but I believe they deserve a lot more understanding than they are getting.

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9/11/01 gave birth to itself some nine months into DUH PRES' first term of office; Katrina some nine months into DUH PRES' second term of office... The guy gets all the unlucky breaks and emerges from the shitpile untouched by slime. He's truly a floater. A tightroper on thin air who skates through the muck and mire with the gretest of slickness and sickness... Must be nice to have fine-tuned his DENIAL as much as he has on our poor, poor world. And now DUH PRES' man in charge, BROWNIE, has been sent back to the office in D.C... DUH PRES sez: Brownie, you are doing a heck of a job! Did he get his shoes muddy while in the midst of the flood? I doubt it. Must be some good, late-night parties in the Capitol this week. Brownie's gotta get back to the safety of Mama's arms.

FEMA flies refugees into Charleston, West Va. instead of Charleston, SC. Nice gape, boys. Ford Exploders recalled big time. Damn and I just bought into the low-priced Ford Motor Company stock. Can't go much lower or can it? Besides its only the 94-2005 models. Can it be that bad for Ford? Well, yes...

That new Rolling Stone cd is available with a single click from our Amazon aplet there to your right. A Bigger Bang is a high salute to our times. Strangely, many of their lyrics are tuly moments where "art precedes life". Treat yourself kindly.

Notre Dame means just one thing to most: OUR LADY. This season 'ND' is begining to once again mean FOOTBALL. Two wins over two highly ranked teams have exploded THE IRISH back into their 'place'. Down with Pittsburgh and Michigan. Who's next? Seems like firing the coach after a quick five seasons (No one's been fired fromOur Lady of Football so quickly!) was a right-on decision.

And our High Desert New Mexico Lobos came out fighting and scrapping their way to a season opener win. Their second game, which comes this evening, should show their opener to be a fluke or a real sign of upward progress. Click that LOBO to your right for the latest LOBO NATION NEWS.

Newsweek's Conventional Wisdom has this to say about DUH PRES: Late, lackadaisical and largely oblivious to the enormity of the mess. It's a competence thing.

Coming up next week... EVOLUTION SCHMEVOLUTION... The Daily Show with Jon Stewart takes on Intelligent Designers, et al.

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Friday, September 09, 2005
This just in from a "federal employee"...
... this has not been the easiest year or time for federal employees who are NOT political appointees- Iíve been troubled by the criticism of federal agenciesí ability to respond to Katrinaís havoc and to the people who have been affected by that hurricaneís wrath, directly or indirectly. Prior to some re-arranging of federal agencies that followed Sept 11th , the Forest Service, the BLM and other Federal agencies worked well (and swiftly) with FEMA ... I guess Iím mourning the days of the past when agencies like FEMA were lead by a person who had come up thru the ranks or was as we say a ďcareerĒ employee. What has changed is how it is decided who will lead these agenciesÖand lately it has been who they know, not what they knowÖ Iím disappointed in my agency ... we were told yesterday that likelihood of any of us in our unit of being made available for post Katrina/federal assistance activities was almost nonexistent. Why? Because our activities were supporting the production of domestic energy (= natural gas, oil) and that was our unitís first priority- as if this would offset the 12% reduction in refinery capacity following Katrina? It seems to me then maintaining the pace of oil and gas development in the US is a higher priority than assisting its citizens in desperate need and in crisis. Would my 2 weeks worth of expertise be missed in the big national energy production scene in comparison to the 2 weeks of direct response/relief/assistance I could provide? I donít think so.

And here's another view from the spouse of a FEMA employee...
I have been discussing everyone's comments with [my husband}, who also rues the day when FEMA was really FEMA. When [he] first went to work for FEMA, he had weeks of training, both with his cadre in WA state and in Maryland. He has since completed countless supplemental trainings and coursework. Everyone who worked in Community Relations (his division) had the same preparation. Now, since FEMA is under the umbrella of Homeland Security, most of the original FEMA cadre teams have been disbanded. The only FEMA employees are the supervisors, who manage citizen field workers who have, at best, only 3 hours of training. These folk, according to [hubby], are in it strictly for the money, and do all kinds of things to pad their hours. He sees little if any caring for the disaster victims which was characteristic of the CR teams when he started. Maybe it is different in Search and Rescue and some of the other divisions. So, maybe the criticism shouldn't be reserved solely for those at the top? (My husband excluded, of course.)

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Thursday, September 08, 2005
Old Man Gloom burns tonight in Santa Fe and there's a lot of gloom to go a round this year. Though never as hot and spicy as the Burning Man Festival the traditional burning of Zozobra has been an annual event for way longer .

What's better for gloom than burning it away? Not too many outlets left for this kind of event other than the NFL which opens tonight with its first 'real season' game ...a Thursday night 'Monday Night Football' game.

Zozobra Burns

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Tuesday, September 06, 2005
These dogged last days of summer drag on with a turn towards autumn footballs and pumpkins but today,Wall Street Soared into the new moon laboring just a bit with the sad news of Gilligan's passage to mars while clinging to the hope that the New Orleans flood tides are ebbing...When's that next tropical depression coming?

The New Rollingstone album is out today. Maybe that got the boomers buying more for their portfolios. On a second listen, I must say A BIGGER BANG is worth today's 'Sale Price' at least or more. Four or five tunes are bonified instant classics with others growing on me as well.

Thinking over other 'first days' with new Stones' LP's, has taken my mind briefly off the fact that the whole New Orleans population may soon break out with Hepatitus A. would do well to offer rides to many with nothing better to do than head out for the March On Washington scheduled for September 24th.

Or maybe IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU ARE SEEING (the TV rescues by Coast Guard) according to a National Guard Commandant, you and the 'refugees' can join up with the National Guard. A new Civilian Conservation Corps could be started without as much life lost as joining up with a military branch. 'One day at a time' is what is rolling up on our shores wave by wave. Mother Ocean has struck hard with Tsunamis and Hurricanes and the last day of this year's Hurricane Season is more than fifty days away (Novemeber 1). Ouch.

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Monday, September 05, 2005
Happy Labor(not)Day

Just back from a tour of Katrina Message Boards many of which I have found to have a strong and loud BUSH BE DAMNED attitude. The tide has turned hard on the DUH PRES...I think we can definately say that he will NOT be elected to a third term!!

Here in the high desert without floodwaters lapping against our house, we give thanks for dry beds and clean sheets to sail our little lives into this week's new moon peaking out sliver-like in the nightsky. The 'Ancient Mariner of the Internet', Capnchaos, needed time off the keyboard and a calm from the Katrina weariness...

Since its laborious day you might want to settle in and click this link Set your sights to get your FREE Army Boonie Hat and Video.

Or see satellite imagery of New Orleans from Wednesday, August 31st at 10 am...Google maps may or may not support your current browser but give it a try the images are amazing(ly horrible)...

Not so fresh chaos:Chief Justice William Rehnquist Dies but does not Quit...what a guy.

Tom Petty sez it best...

We got some thiní we both know it,
We donít talk too much about it
Ainít no real big secret, all the same,
Somehow we get around it

Listen, it donít really matter to me
Baby, you believe what you wanna believe
You see, you donít have to live like a refugee

Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have
Kicked you around some
Tell me why you wanna lay there,
Revel in your abandon

Honey, it donít make no difference to me
Baby, everybodyís had to fight to be fre e
You see, you donít have to live like a refugee
No baby, you donít have to live like a refugee

Baby, we ainít the first
Iím sure a lot of other lovers been burned
Right now this ainít real to you
Itís one of those things you got to feel to be true

Somewhere, somehow, somebody must have
Kicked you around some
Who knows, maybe you were kidnapped,
Tied-up, taken away, and held for ransom

Honey, it donít really matter to me
Baby, everybodyís ha d to fight to be free
You see, you donít have to live like a refugee
No, you donít have to live like a refugee
Baby, you donít have to live like a refugee...

Just in from our readers:

Subject: Vacation is Over... an open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Michael Moore

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.


Here's More Good Stuff from our readers:
_A common dream
_Another common dream
_With a quote from M.L.King that is so relevant to the tragedy...Ending the Impunity of the Bush White House...The Bush Administration's policies continue to kill with impunity.
_In her September 1 "" column, Wall Street Journal contributing editor Peggy Noonan commented on the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and advocated killing looters in New Orleans, writing:
As for the tragic piggism that is taking place on the streets of New Orleans, it is not unbelievable but it is unforgivable, and I hope the looters are shot. A hurricane cannot rob a great city of its spirit, but a vicious citizenry can. A bad time with Mother Nature can leave you digging out for a long time, but a bad turn in human behavior frays and tears all the ties that truly bind human being--trust, confidence, mutual regard, belief in the essential goodness of one's fellow citizens.

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Friday, September 02, 2005
Hotlinks and ham...Just in from readers:
_Very insightful views from Ms.Ivins
_More examples of misplaced priorities at the expense of many Americans.
_Please read this article re: Katrina...
_Other ways to help...
1. Offer a place to stay...the more I read, the more I realize what a state of emergency those people are in.
2. Help people with access to the web (but not a phone), make phone calls for them -see Craig's List
_And the Good Newz is...Fats Domino is Apparently Rescued by Boat
Fats Domino apparently rode out the hurricane in his New Orleans home and was rescued by boat from his flooded neighborhood, his daughter Karen Domino White said Thursday.The 77-year-old R&B legend had been reported missing Thursday by his longtime agent, Al Embry, and his niece, Checquoline Davis.
_National Guardsmen With Relief Supplies Pour Into New Orleans...!!

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The New Enemy (same as the Old Enemy)

If you watch enough (it doesn't take much) of FOX NEWZ you can begin to see that the new enemy of our country is the Ameriican New Orleans' based looter with a black face. In fact many, many black faces are the new enemy. You can't fight GOD and Nature but you can send in troops to battle the new enemy on our home turf.

911 was a wake up call to terror and New Orleans is another wake up call to our own denial about how unprotected our shores truly are from terror.The war against terror is lost big time if we can not protect ourselves from seasonal storms.

Our levees of emotion (partially overflowing with pent up feelings about three years of a stupid Rich Man's War) have broken. We are spilling onto the broken streets and we are in RAGE, enraged, and outraged. And a big part of the WE is painted poor, angry, stuck on sidewalks with no aid, and painted very BLACK.

Why is it we can produce SHOCK and AWE and feed freezing cattle with airdrops of hay but have been able to do so little yet for the folks at New Orleans Convention Center? Is it because the 'evil enemy' (Black American looters who stole guns, food, and liquor) shot at a rescue helicopter or are we just truly unable to helicopter in a cooler of ice and a bag of Mickey Dees for these people. Our people, our citizens, most of whom are Black and poor and whom the right would like to see as the reason we need more military for more control (not for rescue), are dying before us.

This country's leadership is so unwilling to admit any wrong. It is sad that we are, were, and will be so unprepared for natural disaster in this country. And next, when Mount Rainier blows up what then? There are fewer Black people in that area of Washington State then in the Atlantas-ian ruins of New Orleans. Maybe aid will come faster when Mt. Rainier pops her top; and that day will come.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005
September of My Years

One day you turn around, and it's summer
Next day you turn around, and it's fall
And all the winters and the springs of a lifetime
Whatever happened to them all

As a man, who as always had the wandering ways
I keep looking back to yesterdays
'Til a long forgotten love appears

And I find, I'm sighing softly as I near
September, the warm September of my years

As I man, who has never pauses at wishing wells
Now I'm watching children's carousels
And their laughter's music to my ears

And I find, that I'm smiling gently as I near
September, the warm September of my years
- The golden warm September of my years

A Frank Sinatra tune written by:Cahn/van Heusen

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Cry Wolf
The National Geographic and Weather channels have often told the world of the 'Bowl Effect' now filled with water in New Orleans. The last hurricane season brought the city to evacuate for two storms that then missed the Big Easy. This time many did not heed the warnings...

Our country is so ramped up for WAR that the preparations for natural disasters has lost its own power punch. And despite years of scientific warnings of impending doom, New Orleans was ready only for a Cat 3 hurricane because of the 'cost benefit analysis' of the Army Corps of Engineers.

A medical official says the evacuation of the Superdome has stopped because of shots fired at military helicopters. Things grow worse there by the moment. Fewer than 50 per cent of New Orleans homeowners have flood insurance. Anymore Good News?

Just in from a reader:Well, not much red about NOLA 'cept maybe for Bloody Marys. Dem Mayor, Gov.,and Sen (2 of 3 are women) Very poor, very black. Anus of the toxic Miss.Valley intestinal tract of the Heartlessland of red states. One of America's great cities or so it was. Wonderful atomosphere of live and let live, fabulous ,food, bars, entertainment, Mardi Gras, even the Sooperdome is fucked now and filled with crack vials, urine and the shit of humaniity. They can make 80,000 very comfortable for about 4 hrs, but not 20 or 30 thousands livable for several days. Drove my Chevy to the Levee and the levee was gone and so was the chevy and so was I.

Contact/donate to the RED CROSS.

FREE AT LAST Martha Stewart shed her ankle bracelet yesterday and is now totally free to roam our streets at will without being tracked as a criminal. Kudos to our planet's 64 year old domestic guru...

Cindy Sheehan has packed up her campsite at Crawford-ville USA and has boarded a bus for a Peace Tour called, BRING THEM HOME NOW TOUR of 25 states...Bon Voyage and many thanks for igniting again the flames for a peaceful solution to a massive bleeding-hearted problem...Iraq War II...the seemingly endless search for those Weapons of Mass Distortion.

ROME not built in a day...First episode of Hblows Rome intriguing. Just the fact that our nation now has a tv show called ROME is intriguing. Full frontal nudity was a typical Hblows treat. Perhaps the next episode won't have to elaborate on the plotlines so much and be even more intriguing. You gotta love that word intriguing. English spelling makes no sense. But we force the world to learn our language.The good ole USA is number one in narcissism that's for shure.

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