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
- CEOs Find Time Management Key
to Horndog Life
March 04, 2015 09:12PM
- Another Mind Control Case
Against the Kings of Cable
March 04, 2015 07:52AM
- At the Boston Tanning Bed
March 03, 2015 09:47AM
- Your Philosophical Love
March 02, 2015 04:08PM
- States Move to Ban Makeup
Application While Driving
March 02, 2015 07:54AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I might ask you the same
- “Do you walk to school or
do you carry your
- “I'm afraid to
March 02, 2015 04:50PM
- “"You have the right to
remain silent, or to continue
March 02, 2015 02:26PM
- “If you don't put down
that mascara, we'll need the
Curlers of Life to
March 02, 2015 10:51AM
Con Chapman's Links
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WASHINGTON, D.C. The Environmental Protection Agency today released projections indicating that the nation's landfills will reach capacity in less than three years if current trends in the disposal of youth sports trophies continue.Read full post »
A major sports championship is an occasion for much silliness of a predictable sort: goofy bets between mayors of the rival cities; trash-talking "us vs. them" columns by local sportswriters putting down the opposing city as a Rubesville or a modern-day Babylon, depending on its size; invidious comp… Read full post »
Summer's just around the corner--time to head to the beach! But if, like many people, you're flabby from a winter spent indoors slurping down beer and eating fondue, here are some tips on getting into "swimsuit" shape by the world's second-most glam occupational group (after supermodels),… Read full post »
It isn't often I sell a piece of fiction; in the seventeen years since I started to write in earnest, more often than the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup (0) but less often than the New England Patriots have won the Super Bowl (3). So I'm neck-and-neck with the… Read full post »
NEW YORK. Serial husband and Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich was tapped today to host "The Real Housewives of Abottabad," a reality show that will follow Osama bin Laden's three widows as they try to rebuild their lives following the assassination of their husband.
… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. government reached its legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion on Monday--$46,000 for every man, woman and child in America--but avoided default on its debt when it received an unsolicited credit card in the mail on Tuesday.
… Read full post »
Geithner: "24% isn't too much
BOSTON. Carl Zucker was crushed in 1979 when he didn’t make the annual “30 Under 30″ list of the Boston Weekly Merchant, a feature that highlights up-and-coming members of the city’s business community. “I did everything right,” he says. “I… Read full post »
GREENWICH, Conn. It's Sunday night, and Dan Lavesque would like to be relaxing with his kids and maybe drinking a bottle of Whole Foods Lemon Italian Sparkling Mineral Water, but his wife Cindy has a different program in mind.
Suck it up.
"C'mon," she says as she hands him a… Read full post »
Like many people, I'm getting older by the minute. I'm not going to tell you how old I am, but to keep things in perspective, I remind myself that when Shakespeare was my age he'd already been dead for seven years.
Shakespeare: Wrote most of his plays before his untimely… Read full post »
Airplane singer Grace Slick was invited to a tea party at the White
House as a fellow alumna of Tricia Nixon’s finishing
school. She planned to spike Richard Nixon’s tea with
LSD, but was denied entry because she had been determined to be a
… Read full post »
As we entered the circus tent
We passed the big cats’ wagon.
A sleeping tiger lay
in what I knew was hay.
I looked closely; it seemed
like our cats at home, but
gigantic, as if they were
just models of the tiger.
As it dozed, its breath
caused its whiskers to
bend like wheat in the wi… Read full post »
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. A six-year study by industrial psychologists, the first of its kind, reveals that inspirational posters in company cafeterias and employee lounges cause depression among workers and may trigger homicidal rages.Read full post »
GUM CREEK, Mo. Clell Fulsom, a crawdaddy fisherman and long-time postmaster of this town of 230, is mildly surprised when this reporter tells him it would be considered "tacky" in other parts of America to park a dilapidated truck in one's front yard for parts, as he has done.
… Read full post »
It had been one of those Boston Aprils when it never seemed to stop raining. You wanted spring to begin, Mark thought to himself. You wanted to see the girls take off their winter hats and coats and scarves and walk the street in lighter colors, not the dark shades… Read full post »
According to Henry David Thoreau, most men (by which he meant women, too) lead lives of quiet desperation. Why, then, does quiet desperation do so poorly at the box office?
West of Boston
After all, people go to baseball movies because they like base… Read full post »
FLORISSANT, Mo. When Armand St. Stephen, a recent graduate of Tulane University, heard that the upper Midwest had been inundated with unprecedented spring rains, the New Orleans native who survived Hurricane Katrina decided to do something about it. "It's not enough t… Read full post »
Sometimes as I sit at my desk at night, my hands pressed to my temples, trying to come up with a poem that will be rejected by both The New Yorker and My Little Messenger, I recall an offhand remark by W.H. Auden that I read many years ago. Where,… Read full post »
The girls of spring, they’ll stop your heart
When they forsake cosmetic art
They practiced back when skies were grey
and clouds obscured the light of day.
The girls of spring, first pale and wan,
Begin to get some color on.
It rises like the sap to cheeks… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. The American Civil Liberties Union has
prevailed over a crowded field of competitors to win the right to
represent Osama bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, in
criminal trials and possible civil rights claims against
the United States.
The cat had come to the house on a cold October night. Mom went to the front door when we opened the drapes and saw her, an orange tabby, meowing as if she already belonged us. I don’t know what possessed Mom to take the cat in. We already had… Read full post »
email from Daniel Loeb, Obama… Read full post »
Every poet cheats his boss.
&n… Read full post »
Stephen Potter, a British humorist who has undeservedly faded into obscurity, is the father of "one-upmanship," a strategem for besting an opponent--somewhat unfairly--without actually cheating.
One accomplishes this by throwing an opponent off his game without violating any… Read full post »