The Thing From Bloggy Swamp
- Boston, Massachusetts, US of A
- September 28
- . . . is the author of over fifty books--some with paper!--available on amazon.com and elsewhere.
MY RECENT POSTS
- The First Time Ever I Saw Your
September 19, 2014 12:51PM
- Secession Fever Spreads as
Missouruh Breaks From Missouri
September 19, 2014 08:21AM
- My Bunny Hop Years
September 18, 2014 09:01PM
- NASCAR Minivan Series Has
Soccer Moms "Swappin' Paint"
September 18, 2014 08:06AM
- Guy Named Mike Announces 2014
"Freakin' Genius" Awards
September 17, 2014 10:40PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “They should.”
- “MO was a true border
state. There was a skirmish
to the level of
- “I always say Missouruh,
which my wife says marks me as
- “They're gonna have to
come up with a second
- “We can bring it
September 18, 2014 09:36PM
Con Chapman's Links
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I’ve really had it up to
with people who say “awesome”
of things that don’t inspire awe.
I don’t find this sort of thing winsome.
I wish periodically they’d round these folks up—
there ought to be a law.
As bad as it is wit… Read full post »
Tonight, in a break from long-standing tradition, members of Congress will sit next to each other without regard to party affiliation as they listen to the President's State of the Union address. It promises to be a historic occasion, like the lion lying down with the lamb in th… Read full post »
Wow--what a winter so far! Already two "nor'easters" have hit New England, causing massive losses of fluffy white poodles in snow banks, and a third is on its way! Nor'easter, that is, not poodles. Here are answers to your Winter Weather Questions from Gerbil Weather Network:
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Ethical questions arise every day, everywhere, in every walk of life. Mr. Unethical untangled the following knotty problems of moral philosophy this week:
Dear Mr. Unethical:
Recently we went away for the weekend… Read full post »
It's a snowy Friday in Boston, a good chance to catch up on the paperwork that piles up on the desk of your average entertainment lawyer, and sometimes on the desk of below-average members of the guild like myself.
I attach binder clips to several mega-contracts, scan Variety for box… Read full post »
HANNIBAL, Mo. It has been praised as the beginning of modern American literature by no less an authority than Ernest Hemingway, but it has also been criticized from its first publication by Pecksniffian librarians for its "tawdry subject matter," and more recently by blacks for its use of a ra… Read full post »
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let her lie.
Glad she lived, we now recall,
As she dropped off her bags with a wail.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here she lies where she longed to be;
Home is the shopper, home from the mall,
And the bargain-hunter home from t
LINCOLN, Nebraska. In this state capitol in America's heartland, the battle between religious traditionalists and those who want to remake the law in their own image is joined over a ballot question that would prohibit a men and women from marrying themselves.Read full post »
BAGHDAD, Iraq. Warring Muslim factions here are getting a helping hand in their effort to bridge the gap that has divided Shiites from Sunnis since Mohammed died in the seventh century; a new version of the Peace Corps that will use recreational metal detection to build trust and friendship be… Read full post »
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. . . how every sunny Saturday afternoon,
Hey, diddle-diddle, the dish ran away with the spoon.
November, Late in the Day, Joh… Read full post »
There is traffic on the streets today--
I’ll be stuck at the stoplight,
so I take a right
onto the road
that goes through the woods.
I pass as I must the vegetable plot
Where this summer, riding my bike,
I saw a thing atop
spindly legs,… Read full post »
Rapper Curtis Jackson, a/k/a "50 Cent", will collaborate with a team of writers on a series of novels about life as a youth on the streets. Variety
The Rapper in the Rye (Paperback)
by 50 Cent and J.D. Salinger
(63 customer reviews)
List price: $1/… Read full post »
You looked, as you stood before the canned
as if your goldfish had just died.
Exasperated at the end of a working day,
preparing to make dinner for one,
wondering whether tomorrow night would bring
the same old poop,
refried.… Read full post »
I found myself in
a lily-padded pond
that cooled us in July.
Unready for the world, we pawned
ourselves for a longer
lease on youth.
I found myself in waters
later that summer in Wellfleet,
where we floated like otters
on our backs, sons and
innocent again, in
Patriot, the mascot of the New England Patriots, has been arrested
in a prostitution sting.
DETROIT. Before he took the job as Detroit Pistons head coach in 2009 John Kuester says he received assurances from general manager Joe Dumars that the disciplinary problems that erupted into the NBA's biggest brawl ever with the Indiana Pacers six years ago had been resolved.&n… Read full post »
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The world of academia can be a hostile and forbidding place, with English professors telling you to use "an" before "hostile" as soon as you get the bloody words out of your mouth. Here are some of the issues that have been troubling our correspondents lately.Read full post »
It's coming: Valentine's Day--after New Year's Eve, the second most dreaded day on the calendar for singles, grade school Romeos and Juliets and philanderers. Thankfully, Cosmopolitan magazine regularly publishes tips on how to have a boyfriend by the time significant holid… Read full post »
Oh, do not worry, I careth not-o,
Not every reader plays the role
Of the literary aficionado--
You may have no poetry in your soul.
Thanks, said she, now I’m off the hook.
I’ve always liked poems ever since I was young,
And I really tried to read your book
But you have no poetry
Neither you nor I is old enough,
to remember that America’s most
popular athlete once was a horse,
but it’s true. Back
when Sherwood Anderson
wrote “I’m a Fool,” Dan Patch, out
of Zelica by Joe Patchen
EAU CLAIRE, Michigan. In this homogenous town in southwest Michigan, where 91% of the residents are white, middle-school children lead a sheltered life as they are chauffered from home to school and soccer in oversize American-made sport utility vehicles. So when sixth-grade teacher Carol Oberg bega… Read full post »
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Floyd Curtin has been an air traffic controller at Mookie Wilson International Airport here for nearly twenty years, but he is more widely-known as “Rat Dog,” the “screen name” he uses for his blog “Politics, Sports & B.S.” which&nb… Read full post »