Saturday, October 29, 2011

K-State Homecoming Football with Oklahoma (Radio boys need nursing?)

'Missouri is like a crazy girlfriend who breaks up with you but then won't leave'-- a funny metaphor used on the radio show today before KSU Oklahoma football. Of course, they had to take it further, into Vulgarland, twist a little sleaze into it and say something to spank Missouri: 'yeah, she's nuts, like, get off the bar and put your top back on..' ----Yikes. 
 On the radio show (v. Texas tech) the radio guest made an extremely vulgar metaphor that 'you might be glad at the return of your ex wife
 if you find she has had "a boob job" (HERE)

Basically i am thinking these boys either had the best or the worst time of their life during
the oral phase of development...

and re: ex wives and crazy ex girlfriends; either sport radio guys tend to select crazy women to date
their devotion to sports is too strong a love for any woman to overcome...

Being too poor to enjoy football tickets at the moment,
here we are at the Clarion and Paddy O'Quigley's for the game. The joint is filling up as the tailgates have trailed off....

Here we go!

It looks like his foot was out before holding the ball over the end zone. Yep. Call it back.
You know who taught everyone to pass the ball over the end zone like that? Getting the touchdown while your body is flying out of bounds?
It was Mike Alstott and then teamates john lynch and warrick dunn
of the tampa bay bucs (started under sam wysch or only later under tony dungee i don't remember.

Mike Alstott was a powertrain, unstoppable, and when he couldn't churn on in he found other ways to get that ball to break the plane.

Dagnabbit. Oklahoma TD.
OK, let's get going.

A NICE field goal. I shall order the ceam cheese stuffed bread-crumbed jalepenos with spicy raspberry sauce for dipping. Perfect with my patron margaaruta
 I totally called a turnover on this set of downs.

Ok halftime.
I just want to say, about Coach Snyder,  There is a reason they call him the King of Kansas.

The smart, attentive, lovely waitress (Kaitlin) has presented me with a hot mug of coffee with Baily's Irish Cream. Ta.

Friday, October 28, 2011

If Grown-Ups Were Running the World (Where is the Meta-Prioritizing?) Herod and Khadafy: Twin Sons of Different Mothers? Redux tu

Is anyone else freaked out about the murderous "death" of Muamar Khadafy Moammar Kadafi  ?

 Earthquakes. Hurricanes, TORNADOES. Bombs.
The Japanese disaster of "biblical porportions',
as Glen Ifill called it just now on Washington Week,
should give the humans "running things" a  real chance to show where we are in our Human Development.
That is, by now, here in the enlightened age
 of the two thousand and teens?
...when we are GLUTTED with Wise men all the
Pulitzer Prize Winners running around,
full of Enlightened Opinions, when we have magical technology
and unequalled access to one another; when we can Whip Up a City to host the Olympics, making in spectacular manner the Great Altar to the $port god$, --spare no cost!-if it isn't LOOTED out by then...-surely we are thinking ahead, taking care of everything. Surely our leaders are able to think ahead, help out, prioritize, figure it out, make it happen.
So, in dealing with for example,
1. bombing libya

King Herod

Moammar Kadafi  - Colonel

2. reaction to
 radiation possibilities e.g. worst case scenario:
are the Countries all done preparing the lead or concrete etc sarcophagus sarcophagi that Japan will need in a few days if things go south? 

3. Salt from Japan--
surely Our Leaders are thinking, "what is the larger view?"
"hmmm.. Let'see, OK, in another few days this land or that water; these goods, those structures will be no good due to radiation. so, lets harvest what we can before it is wasted. let's move, keeping ahead of the worst case or any case,  consequences... "Yes?"
i don't see any evidence of competent long term planning with swift intervention when needed..
if media is evidence,
 the answer is no.
The Media, however, surely are running the show. Give us a human interest story about the Fukushima 50 to make us cry,
 give us their tweets
but don't report.
Don't report-
your job is To Tease.

TV is the Opiate of the Masses.

On a global level, where is the cooperation? If you say, even with a red face, it's suppose to be the United Nations, one bursts into
Laughter that ends in Anger.
 this is the gathering of good men?, the Best, those driven by peace, even self sacrificial men, this is the non-corrupt group, the one that will punish others for being corrupt!-- this is the best, our brightest men and a coupla women in power could come up with?
Don't get me started on the UN.
If one's job was to write a rousing piece about the Glorious United Nations--(you know, insert music from decades ago, that lovely uplifting music that signified a Modern Good United Group that would not allow any bad things to go unaddressed- Swift justice for the Offending Nation: Yay! The U.N.! ----)
See how crazy that sounds! The laughter that ends in Anger.

There is no Meta Prioritizing happening. Where is the Meta Organizing!?

Herod and Kadafy- twin sons of different mothers?

Libya, similarly problematic.
 The time is over, are you KIDDING?
What good is movement to "save the people" after the slaughter? Fucryin out loud.
it is no longer an uprising it has become a civil war. who knows where the violence we now inflict will end?

David Brooks PBS NewsHour acted almost mildly surprised that America used to be country taking the lead and now we are not taking the lead. I think bush did that. Did Brooks forget what the current president ran on? we allow our leaders to do what we want them to do or we don't. Give Voice much to your leaders? Rangel and Brownback, did they get your thanks regarding Darfur? Where?
Everyone who is even partially a reporter wonders, why so late on libya, it might have been better, like, um if we moved during the people's uprising? even a peaceful intervention then might have worked.  I'm no military expert or humanitarian prize winner but,

Things change, things remain the same.

by the way,
A womans body is worth less than a dead rat/

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Are you your brother's Keeper?
 when we don't intervene on individual levels,
 due to uneasy ambivalence re privacy and walls; the same is manifested when as groups
 we allow a madman
to mow down a bunch of humans because they are
HIS people in HIS country- YiKes! His?
(If his name was Jared Lee Loughner he would have been stopped by now---

Thursday, October 27, 2011

No Brag, Just Stats

I am going to give you a way to astound your friends with your ability to predict who will get a hit during the world series, or [more likely]  predictions of group behavior over time.
It is s little statistical phenomenon known as regression towards the mean.

Pearson laugh for the day:

Regression toward the mean:
     read THIS

dog wearing a baseball cat

baseball is fun

Boxcar Puppy: Black Lab not named hobo or tom waits (ruby's arms)

what a cute pup! what a weird story. Family sees a tiny dog riding on top of a train! Follows the train, rescued the dog. 

here is the AP story excerpt: LIBERTY, S.C. - "....Tina Parker says she and her family were at a train crossing in South Carolina on Sunday night when they saw the dog moving around on a boxcar. She called emergency services and followed the train for about six miles (9.6 kilometres).
A Norfolk Southern spokeswoman says they stopped the train. The Parker family helped firefighters find the car, and they used a ladder to reach the pup. No one knows how the dog ended up there. The dog appears healthy and happy... '
video from nbc
click HERE (really is an amazingly cute pup.)
Sweetest Black LABS here

tom waits from heart attck and vine The Ultimate aching love song. once you listen, your heart change a little

Ruby's Arms
i will leave behind all of my clothes, i wore when i was with you, all i
need's my railroad boots, and my leather jacket, as i say goodbye to ruby's
arms, although my heart is breaking, i will steal away out through your
blinds, for soon you will be waking.
the morning light has washed your face, and everything is turning blue now,
hold on to your pillow case there's nothing i can do now, as i say goodbye to
ruby's arms, you'll find another soldier, and i swear to god by christmas,
there'll be someone else to hold you.
the only thing i'm taking is the scarf off of your clothesline, i'll hurry
past your chest of drawers, and your broken window chimes, as i say goodbye
i'll say goodbye, say goodbye to ruby's arms.
i'll feel my way down the darken hall, and out into the morning, the hobos
at the freightyards, have kept their fires burning, so Jesus Christ this
God damn rain, will someone put me on a train, i'll never kiss your lips again,
or break your heart, as i say goodbye i'll say goodbye, say goodbye to ruby's

RAINN - Rape Abuse & Incest National Network: Victims Speaking Out

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, The Layers of Rock n Roll, and Eddie Vedder (Cameron Crowe on PBS)

PBS Fall Arts Festival: Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty” from Seattle
Oh Man. You just gotta watch this. No whining about "not really caring for pearl jam" - this is about how the layers of rock n roll continue to grow; how each generation (if a generation is 5 years) of musicians has the whole history behind them; and how each new layer of rock folk dance punk grunge guitar music will inescapably incorporate the music that came before it.
Mentioned in the documentary is that the musicians in seattle "stayed inside a lot"-- (rain) therefore heard ALL the music, the Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, Dance, etc. a lot.

I have more to say about this special but i want to post while it is still showing and say, watch it!! Turn it up.

Watch Pearl Jam Twenty on PBS. See more from American Masters.

PBS: pictures, photos, video, stage diving, schedules:

some related links:

 I've been listening to this disc,
with very nice liner notes. All ulelele. My father taught me to play ukelele. Thanks Dad.

Guitarist Mike McCready:

Watch Guitarist Mike McCready on PBS. See more from American Masters.

Baby Lisa Irwin, Wendy Murphy, and Criminal Minds (A Human Baby in Kansas City Appears to Be More than Flotsam and Jetsam)

A baby is missing and worlds change. The highest pitch of pathos and fear,
 love and pain, darkness and light
I have pondered what happens to a parent when a child is missing. Think of your own nieces and nephews, friends' new babies- how can one live through it? No matter how much i might read about or discuss the issue, i can never know what weight of pain is there.
At least, one might put everything in the Hands of Love.
Faith, Hope, and Love serve a great purpose in allowing us to survive this life.
But then.
As the horrible plot thickens, we find that
as bad as it is--
 the worst nightmare for anyone-- a love one taken, stolen, kidnapped by a stranger--
worse still
is the evil done by those who are meant to protect and love?
The trust assumption is destroyed and our collective agreement as a community continue to be eroded.
I remember a Criminal Minds episode where
 a boy kills the baby in a family;
 the show is about the resulting coverup. In real life we often find cases where parents hide really bad things out of a variety of fears. Sometimes there is a certain innocence accompanied by fear; other times there is greed or selfishness or anger accompanying the deception.
summary of the
       baby Lisa Irwin case here

I am really disgusted
 with the media's desire for
 sensationalism in every case.
 Forget giving us the facts, there is 
Give me an even press, give it to us straight.
Don't help me with bias and slant!   
Lawyer Wendy Murphy often has great insight into these cases.
She raises serious questions based on the available evidence in a recent column HERE (The Missing "Baby Lisa" Fiction - and Who May be Writing the Story) excerpted below.
THAT column and this report from the Kansas City Star once again make me fear the worst. (I always think they are innocent in the beginning. Almost every single time. I though OJ was innocent for a long time too. The the trial started...)
an excerpt:
"A specially trained dog “hit” on the scent of a dead person inside the Northland home of a missing toddler, court documents revealed Friday.
That was just one of the insights into the search for Lisa Irwin that were made public despite efforts by authorities to seal the documents.
... an FBI dog trained to detect the scent of dead people was taken into the house Monday on the consent of Lisa’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin,...“The cadaver dog indicated a positive ‘hit’ for the scent of a deceased human in an area of the floor of Bradley’s bedroom near the bed,” the affidavit said... Read more:

From Wendy Murphy:
excerpt:  "
... the hard evidence. Lisa was reported "missing" by her parents two weeks ago. The mother told cops she put the child to bed at around 10:30 pm and noticed her missing when her boyfriend came home from work at 4 am, after what was reportedly his first day on a new job. Cooperative at first, the child's parents stopped talking to cops a few days later, right before criminal attorneys flew in from New York after being paid an undisclosed sum from a "wealthy, anonymous benefactor".
Lisa's mother then took to the airwaves for the apparent purpose of obfuscating the storyline. For example, she changed her story to say she put the child to bed at 6:30, not 10:30pm. The benefits of injecting such a serious inconsistent statement into the court of public opinion may not seem obvious to the casual observer, but make no mistake, it’s a slick move if cops are actually suspicious about the father.
We don't know if Lisa’s father is a suspect, but in any case where one parent is a focus of the investigation, it's important to understand how it benefits the primary suspect to make sure evidence implicates both parents, thus allowing each parent to serve as the other’s built-in reasonable doubt in the event either one is charged.
Let me explain further...."
On Monday, Read the balance of her column HERE
She ends with,
...We’ve seen enough of these cases to keep our eyes wide open this time. Lisa’s parents have a right to remain silent, but the Constitution says nothing about silencing those of us who believe that justice matters for a voiceless little girl."

Has your heart grown weary?
Some questions.

Are babies valued or devalued?

If humans are only animals, why are we so accepting of animals killing their young, not interfering in the survival of the fittest, but freak out when humans do it?

Why do good people hide things out of fear of looking bad, when the cover-up makes them look worse?
What are the psychological dimensions required to base one's behaviors on fear and public opinion  rather than common sense, the common norms, and interior values?

Do we Really Care about our National Treasure so much?