Happy Halloween

The Misanthrope, writer, pointer-outer of all that is wrong

As far as I am concerned this group was the scariest part of the Wizard of Oz.

I nearly forgot that it was Halloween since I have no young kids around.

Californication by the Banks and Government

From his cradle to his grave a man never does a single thing which has any FIRST AND FOREMOST object but one—to secure peace of mind, spiritual comfort, for HIMSELF.
Mark Twain (1835–1910), writer

Californication is without a doubt the best show on television. Last night was the season finale and the ending was completely unexpected.

I love this show. Weeds has gone a bit over the top and not nearly as good as it was the first season.

This is not the post I intended to write tonight, but the show was fantastic.

What I planned to write about were the banks and the insurance companies that took out ads in the Sunday Los Angeles Times pretending that they were offering something above and beyond for the victims of the fires in Southern California last week.

Those companies were showing their shameless, greedy pandering during a time of true suffering for many families. Oh, they have waved their ATM fees, a fee that is unnecessary and does not cost the bank companies anything. Their help is akin to airlines offering free seats on a flight that is not 100 percent booked.

The banks could do more. They could offer some real help instead of pandering at the expense of suffering families for public relations.

What could the banks do? How about for starters offer the families who lost their homes discounted loans along the lines of what they give to their employees or better yet their executives.

To the banks, insurance companies, the U.S. Vice President and the carpetbaggers preying on the misfortune of others -- in the words of our esteemed vice president, who showed his callousness for those who suffer by sleeping -- "Go fuck yourself."

The Way to Perfection

I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active—not more happy—nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809–45), writer

Tip of the hat to The Kentucky Democrat for this video.

More Republican Compassion

Saving lives is not a top priority in the halls of power. Being compassionate and concerned about human life can cause a man to lose his job. It can cause a woman not to get the job to begin with.
Myriam Miedzian, writer

Unless he is planning an attack, shooting his hunting rifle, giving no bid contracts to his former company or taking direction from oil companies he'd rather sleep. Let the people and their homes burn.

A Time for Silliness

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), playwright

I was inspired by friends in the 10th grade who had just made a home movie; I opted to take a roll of farcical pictures; there are more of these shots, but I have no idea where. These just happened to turn up in my sister’s stuff.

Would you buy a used car from this guy? This was a friend's car and their family dog. The little sign, I believe is offering six Blue Chip Stamps, if you buy now.

How about a CD from these guys? Don't blame them, I organized the whole thing including the Groucho Marx masks to protect the innocent.

Shine a Light

Rock ‘n’ roll is a combination of good ideas dried up by fads, terrible junk, hideous failings in taste and judgment, gullibility and manipulation, moments of unbelievable clarity and invention, pleasure, fun, vulgarity, excess, novelty and utter enervation.
Greil Marcus, rock journalist

Time to purge the negative engery and enjoy a preview what is to come.

Tip of the hat to B2 for making me aware this little promo was floating around

More Shameless Positioning

That a right-wing administration motivated by insatiable greed and sustained by murderous lies and led by a privileged dope should answer American’s infantile idea of morality – how do you manage to insulate yourself from stupidity so bottomless?
A Philip Roth character from Exit Ghost

I gave up on the Bush White House gang a long time ago, but I am still appalled that they continue with the same crap. And worse, continue to use dead soldiers to push through their agenda.

President Bush on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor to a navy SEAL mortally wounded two years ago in Afghanistan. Shortly after the Medal of Honor ceremony Bush requested $45.9 billion emergency funding for expenses related to U.S. military campaigns around the world.

The best thing Congress can do is to stop giving this administration money to carry out its worldwide calamities.

Sadistic Santa Anas

The wind began to switch, the house to pitch. And suddenly the hinges started to unhitch
The house began to pitch, the kitchen took a slitch

Dorothy, Wizard of Oz

These winds have destroyed more homes than if a tornado blew through southern California. I don’t have as much reason as some unfortunate others, but I do not like these winds.

Where There is Smoke...

The world, an entity out of everything, was created by neither gods nor men, but was, is and will be eternally living fire, regularly becoming ignited and regularly becoming extinguished.
Heraclitus (c. 535–c. 475 BC), Greek philosopher

Our company has left and it’s a bit before 3 p.m. and the brush fires are again back to accompany the wild Santa Ana winds. We are in no fire danger, just finding the smoke a bit annoying, but again nothing compared to the people whose homes and lives are threatened.

Beatles, All You Need is Love

There is love of course. And then there’s life, its enemy.
Jean Anouilh (1910–87), French playwright.

It's hard to steal time away to write when one has a houseful of company.

John Fogerty, Don't You Wish it Were True

Music has charms to soothe a savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
William Congreve (1670–1729), playwright

I have not been able to stop playing this CD. I love when this song comes on.