Mohammad Sucks Big Sweaty Donkey Balls

Sorry. Had to be said.  After all, it's Blasphemy Day International. (Wikipedia) In fairness, I feel the same way about Christianity. About all religion, actually, but also about superstition, and even about the donkey-ball-sucking broadcasters who pour out all this recent ghost-hunter swill on TV. If cigarettes damage your health, and now require warning labels, shouldn't things that damage your ability to think have warning labels too? … [Read more...]

Whoring Out Your Head – Part 4

And the payment isn’t just the money, it’s all the mind-stuff and mind-time you give to it. In timeshare terms, the Lottery lives in your head in all that time you spend dreaming about what you’ll do with the money. The time you spend deciding which tickets to buy, and then buying them, scratching them, suffering the small disappointments, and the small seductive wins. … [Read more...]

Whoring Out Your Head – Part 3

And it’s not just Subway, is it? If you’re like a lot of us, you “sell” some of your mind-time to ... lottery tickets. TV. Advertising jingles. Song lyrics. Politicians. Talking heads on Fox News. Preachers. In each case, you let them into your head. And there’s a little bit less mind-stuff, mind-time, in which you can be you. But again, just how serious is all this? … [Read more...]

Whoring Out Your Head – Part 3

And it’s not just Subway, is it? If you’re like a lot of us, you “sell” some of your mind-time to ... lottery tickets. TV. Advertising jingles. Song lyrics. Politicians. Talking heads on Fox News. Preachers. In each case, you let them into your head. And there’s a little bit less mind-stuff, mind-time, in which you can be you. But again, just how serious is all this? … [Read more...]

Whoring Out Your Head – Part 2

Now picture this: It’s not a timeshare cabin, but your own mind. What more essential thing could there be to being you? Your mind is where you do everything that makes you you. Your mind IS you. It’s all of you there is. It’s the part that feels and thinks and learns. In the timeshare theme, your mind is both the thinking you do, and the time in which you do it. Imagine that you “sell” a small part of it. … [Read more...]

Whoring Out Your Head – Part 2

Now picture this: It’s not a timeshare cabin, but your own mind. What more essential thing could there be to being you? Your mind is where you do everything that makes you you. Your mind IS you. It’s all of you there is. It’s the part that feels and thinks and learns. In the timeshare theme, your mind is both the thinking you do, and the time in which you do it. Imagine that you “sell” a small part of it. … [Read more...]

Whoring Out Your Head – Part 1

I have never in my life bought a Lottery ticket. And I never will. Oh, I’ve had a few of them given to me, so I have to say I’ve owned a couple. But every time I’ve given them to someone else rather than scratch them. I also never use coupons or special deals when I shop. I never enter contests. And though I love to go to the nearby Saratoga Race Course to watch the thoroughbred horses run, I never place bets. I also, as you probably know, don’t go to church. The reasons for that are … [Read more...]

Signs in the Heavens!

This was just a weirdly cool weather map from today, Sept. 28. Rain in almost every eastern state. Not all one storm pattern, but multiple storms scattered around like spilled popcorn.   … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Warren Nails It

Apparently this is a week or so old, but I missed it when it first came down the tubes. Elizabeth Warren, candidate for one of Massachusetts' U.S. Senate seats, the one currently held by Scott Brown, recently said something fantastic: I hear all this, oh this is class warfare — No! There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You … [Read more...]

Save Me, Sweet Baby Jesus, from Moving!

If you ever really want to curse someone, "May you have to move" would be a good one. I'm moving from my little wild paradise, where I get to see things like this ... gray foxes red foxes whitetail deer wild turkeys raccoons and even this and this and this ... all photographed right in my own back yard, not to mention this and this just a short stroll away ... ... to a place in the city. It's a nice place, in the historic section of a historic eastern city (for instance, the bronze plaque … [Read more...]