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
- Switch to Figure Skating is
Tough for One Hockey Dad
January 26, 2015 01:58PM
- Put the Magic Back in Your
January 26, 2015 08:07AM
- Chris Joyner: A Throwback From
January 25, 2015 04:24PM
- Sources: Belichick's Cheating
Goes Back a Long Way
January 25, 2015 10:29AM
- What's a Man For?
January 24, 2015 10:24AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Unbelievable, but good
- “Take a look at their
respective fans in the
January 25, 2015 02:47PM
- “What you're smoking was
illegal when I was growing
January 25, 2015 12:59PM
- “Like the old Black
Panther motto: Those who know
tell--those who tell
January 25, 2015 10:57AM
- “It's not about you. It's
about my wife who doesn't like
January 24, 2015 12:29PM
Con Chapman's Links
- MY LINKS
BOSTON. The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and one that attracts runners from around the world every Patriot's Day, a holiday on the third Monday in April that serves as an excuse for local bureaucrats to take the day off. "Running Boston is my dream," says N… Read full post »
A proposal to study drunken mice received $8,400 in federal stimulus funding.
… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Combining two of his passions--beach volleyball and politics--potential Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sought to burnish his foreign policy credentials today with the announcement of a professional league in Iraq for the fast-growing sport.Read full post »
CHICAGO. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, known for a hot temper that sometimes erupts in nude locker room outbursts, said today he will consider selling O'Hare International Airport to pay for anger management therapy.
"Are you talkin' to me?"
"I'm just like anybody else, I guess," said… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. federal income tax system depends on voluntary compliance by hundreds of millions of citizens, a fact that isn't lost on Lois Lerner, director of the IRS's exempt-organizations office.Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. Confronted with video evidence that he nodded off during the President's speech last night, Vice President Biden defended himself saying that most Americans find it hard to remain awake when the subject turns to the federal budget.
"My j… Read full post »
WASHINGTON. The Obama administration scrambled to put its spin on numbers out today that reveal a sharp jump in new filings of unemployment claims, saying the increase was due to "normal seasonal firings of professional hockey coaches."
… Read full post »
"Frankly, with the kind of year the Wild had,
KANSAS CITY, Mo. This Midwestern city lies close to both the population and geographic centers of the United States, and at this time of the year it is ground zero for another subject that is close to the heart of America--taxes.
"We're li… Read full post »
BOSTON. Public mental health officials say this town, which has an obsessive relationship with its major league baseball franchise, could be headed for a tragedy with a scope not seen since the mass suicide by cult followers of messianic evangelist Jim Jones if the Red Sox don't win… Read full post »
HOLLYWOOD. Anxious California residents breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after seismologists at Stanford University confirmed a tremor that registered 3.6 on the Richter scale Tuesday night was tied to overweight actress Kirstie Alley's fall on "Dancing With the Stars."
… Read full post »
The boy had decided he needed to sell his music equipment—the p.a. system, his amp, his compact organ. His band had broken up and wasn’t going to get back together. He was leaving town at the end of the summer, to where exactly he didn’t know yet.
He put an… Read full post »
AUGUSTA, Georgia. The hallowed Augusta National golf course is a flurry of activity as play began in the 75th Masters Tournament today. “I got a good lie on the 18th,” said reigning champ Phil Mickelson of his opening round. “Then I went in the clubhouse and… Read full post »
BOCA RATON, Florida. Buoyed by poll results showing he is the favorite presidential candidate among Tea Party voters, real estate mogul Donald Trump made his case to members of the grass-roots group here yesterday, saying his political platform would be the same as his pricey real estate semin… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. In a move perceived as damage control, the Republican Party today appointed a panel of three babelicious beauties to investigate allegations of serial affairs by Newt Gingrich as the former Speaker of the House inched closer to announcing he is a candidate for President i… Read full post »
CHICAGO. Rahm Emanuel met today with Chicago White Sox officials to discuss a revival of "Whack-a-Royal Night," a move designed to enhance the formerly second, now third city's brand by linking it to the Mayor-elect's notoriously explosive temper.
"Welcome to Chicago you rube!"
&nb… Read full post »
no use for stylish despair
(you watch from behind, she touches her hair).
She thinks of leaving but decides to stay--
You try and think of something to say.
like Mr. Johnson, there’s ramblin' on your
She’s what you need—exactly the kind
o… Read full post »
And so at last, it came to pass,
my son was knocked upon his ass.
The world looked at his youthful pride,
laughed a bit, cast it aside.
He was quick, and he was fast,
‘til he checked a kid from Quincy, Mass.
Forty… Read full post »
CAIRO, Illinois. Neighbors of the Masonic Hall here were awakened during the night by a noise that Ed Fregley, a retired pipefitter, called "the sounds of freedom." "Finally, after all these years of oppression, we are equals--not slaves," he said as he fired off a pellet gun t… Read full post »
Alcohol and American writers have always had a connection–about 70 percent of American winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature could be considered heavy drinkers if not more.
&n… Read full post »
NEWARK, New Jersey. The Houston Rockets kept their slim playoff hopes alive last night with a blowout win over the New Jersey Nets, but afterwards center Yao Ming had some sharp words for teammate Brad Miller, who scored only two points.
Ming–or is it Yao?
Ming challenged Mill… Read full post »
HOLLYWOOD. Crystal Goblette is the top grossing act for Arcadia Records here, and Lionel Flavin, her manager, thinks she has a shot at becoming a multi-talented crossover star comparable to Barbra Streisand or Kris Kristoffersen, producing revenues from music and films. Th… Read full post »
NEW YORK CITY. Growing concern over the ever-diminishing size of the world's top models has resulted in calls for reform, but scientists who have studied the phenomenon say such actions may be too little and too late.
"At some point one of the top models will collapse l… Read full post »
CENTRALIA, Mo. It's the second round of the National Junior College Men's Basketball Championship, and the players have more to worry about this year than hard fouls and missed free throws.
"24-second shot clock violation on that quadratic equation!"
"We've been told we need to teach ki… Read full post »
WASHINGTON, D.C. It arrived with a resounding "plop" on the White House front porch this afternoon, like a wet copy of the Sunday New York Times, but its echoes may be heard deep into the 2012 presidential campaign. A Freedom of Information Act request received by the White House today… Read full post »
INDIANAPOLIS. Marty Trowbridge is Chief Operating Officer of WidgeTek, a manufacturer with locations throughout the midwest. "Our business is crucial to customers who buy our stuff," he says, "whatever it may be."Read full post »