The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over forty books available in print and electronic format on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
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December 07, 2013 12:14PM
- My One-Term Presidency
December 06, 2013 01:40PM
- Yuppies Fight Callous Image
With "Tap Your Laptop" Day
December 06, 2013 08:31AM
- For Office Holdouts, Charity
Begins at Home
December 05, 2013 08:56AM
- A Day in the Life of a Public
December 04, 2013 05:10PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
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change my lifestyle if I got
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Mizzou beat Kansas
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capillary, not the jugular.
more interested in
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prize for Understatement of
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came from George Bernard
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TYSONS CORNER, Virginia. This booming suburb is situated on a watershed point between two clashing American subcultures; conservative Southern Baptists, many of whom have ancestors who were "f.f.v's"--members of the first families of Virginia, and newcomers drawn here by information economy jo… Read full post »
LANGLEY, Va. The headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency is usually staffed by a skeleton crew on weekends, but this Saturday finds an auditorium packed with staff and an unlikely crew of outside consultants whom officials have summoned in the hope of finally catching Osama bin La… Read full post »
KLZYGRZYK, Freedonia. This landlocked nation was the scene of some of the most bitter battles of the twentieth century as well as a number of monumental natural disasters, and as a result its borders have been described by one cartographer as "a moveable feast."
Lake Oethzrk: … Read full post »
Despite the havoc they have wreaked and the flight delays they have caused, there is a new, more nuanced attitude towards those pejoratively referred to as “Islamofascists” abroad in the West these days.
Consider… Read full post »
Wearing her diamond-studded crown, Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Parliament in a gleaming horse-drawn carriage to deliver a message of austerity and making do with less in troubled economic times. Associated Press.Read full post »
Every woman will experience perimenopause during her life, unless she takes things into her own hands and has a sex-change operation. What is perimenopause? Is it the pause that refreshes? No, that's Coca-Cola, the carbonated soft drink that's sold in more than 200 countries. … Read full post »
Ho hum. Another day, another female high school teacher e-mailing nude pictures of herself to one of her 15-year-old male students. It's a story that's become all too familiar, like "Fireman Saves Tree-Climbing Kitten," "Lottery Winner Now Destitute" and "Woman Stuck to To… Read full post »
A Kenyan man offered 30 cows and 40 goats for Chelsea Clinton's hand in marriage. The Boston Herald.
OFFICE OF THE FORMER FIRST DAUGHTER
Dear Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor:
Thank you so much for your kind offer of 30 cows and 40 goats for my hand in marriage. Seriously, I was… Read full post »
Balancing your life and your work can be difficult. If you don't work, you probably won't eat, in which case you will die and won't have any life! On the other hand, you can work so much you won't have a life even while you're living. Your Work-Life Advisor is here to… Read full post »
Manuel Julián Javier
was bespectacled and far from debonair.
He played second base for the Cardinals with unassuming flair
but my memory deceived me—at defense, he was only just fair.
(I should mention—Hoolie had another last name,
WASHINGTON, D.C. Frustrated by his lack of access to President Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden today called for a "Summer Chardonnay Summit" that would include Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, fired USDA employee Shirley Sherrod and the President. "And me of course," Biden added.… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. As debate extended late into the night it appeared that a compromise in the Senate would pay for extended unemployment benefits by repealing backhair subsidies that have been in effect since 1941, ending one of the nation’s oldest price support programs.Read full post »
Evangelicals Try Stand-Up. Headline, The Wall Street Journal
MC: Ladies and Gentlemen, our next act comes to us from a two-week engagement at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Otterville, Missouri. He's appeared on the Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien, and Oral Roberts Eterna… Read full post »
BOSTON. Bike messenger Tyler Oberg and his friends are models of disaffected youth, with tattoos that will be impossible to conceal as they grow older and numerous body piercings that cause their net worths to fluctuate wildly in tandem with precious metal prices.Read full post »
Monday morning. I'm standing at the elevator bank with other similarly-situated sweaty professionals, already looking forward to Friday. It's my sense that people get grumpier in the summer than is justified because every day you realize that someone you know is on vacation, relieved for… Read full post »
BOSTON. The last nail has been hammered in Boston's "Big Dig", the largest public works project in American history, transforming a formerly dank urban corridor marred by an elevated highway into a greenspace featuring flowers, blue skies, and an influx of tourists and empty-nesters l… Read full post »
The light hits the leaves at the top of the trees
and hangs there, as I sip my beer.
I face westward; it is later here than there,
where the sun is going down.
Rays of sun sneak through the branches below,
motes float within the/… Read full post »
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Prince, the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as "Prince," kicked off a celebrity spat today with an unlikely adversary--the world wide web, also known as the "internet."
"This isn't something dreamed up by a record label's publicity depa… Read full post »
BOSTON. Linda Giljemi is a self-described "serial entrepreneur", having started, built and sold two dating services before she turned 35. "I just love bringing people together" she says with the warm smile that endears her to customers. "I love making money, too," she adds, "but aft… Read full post »
NEW YORK. The NBA's free agency period began last night at 12:01 a.m., and teams aimed their heaviest artillery on the grand prize among this year's class of available talent: the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, "The Chosen One."
"He's the biggest name… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have confirmed that pre-menstrual syndrome or "PMS," the symptoms that signal the onset of menstruation in women, can be traced to an alien source; the planet Mars.Read full post »
In a tight job market, doing well in a job interview can mean the difference between driving a Bentley and sleeping on a heating grate outside a public library.
Surprisingly, however, interviewing skills aren't c… Read full post »
It was the form letter that sent me over the edge. "Thank you for submitting your poem to plangent voices," it began. "Please excuse the form letter, but due to the volume of god-awful submissions that we receive, we do not have the time to crush the spirit of each writer… Read full post »
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