James M. Emmerling

James M. Emmerling
June 24
Immemorial enjoyment is the most solid of all titles. Tindal, C.J., In the Matter of the Serjeants-at-Law (1840)
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Carlyle

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 Rena Oblong--- my sometimes girlfriend--- and I were enjoying a beer at the local  Olive Garden, a bit stymied for conversation because of a misunderstanding we had this morning, regarding her step brother, the parrot Rudolf.

  (Rudolf woke us this morning quoting what he’d ma/Read full post »




Ain’t no lie: it’s National Pie Day.

(Don’t confuse it with National Pi Day, March 14th, first organized by physicist Larry Shaw at the  San Francisco ‘Explanatorium’ …



celebrated there to this day by marchi

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JANUARY 19, 2014 2:02PM


 The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.





 Today is Edgar Allen Poe’s birthday.

He was born January 19, 18o9. His dad abandoned the family in 1810, and his mom died the next year from consumption.&Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2014 2:11PM





Dylan “Spanish Harlem Incident” (1964)


I been wond’rin’ all about me
Ever since I seen you there
On the cliffs of your wildcat charms I’m riding
I know I’m ’round you but I don’t know where
You have slayed me, you have made m/
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"you never miss your water til your well runs dry" 


 The Polar Vortex has retreated back up to Canada, where they call it…”winter”.

And I no longer have a good excuse to hibernate anymore.

People with my ‘condition’, I dunno if you know what it is, b… Read full post »




It is the first step in sociological wisdom, to recognize

that the major advances in civilization are processes

which all but wreck the societies in which they occur:—

like unto an arrow in the hand of a child.

The art of free society consists first in theRead full post »




 Christmas isn’t over yet, I hope you all know, as you go about making implausible resolutions for  your lives, like “I will give up all this shit that is bad for me” and “ I will be a kind caring person henceforth” and “I wil… Read full post »



There are quite a few of them, but none as interesting as The Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus.

You see, it is seen as the first time the blood of Jesus was shed, thus beginning the long hard process of the Redemption of Man. A demonstration of his… Read full post »

 Some kind of vast unfathomable tenderness of spirit descended upon me this Christmas, much to my astonishment.


Leading up to the holiday, I was smarting in the soul, seeing all these happy people on tv drumming up business for the American Economy, with their perfect beautiful familiesRead full post »

 (the real title would be

TYRANNY OF A MINORITY: the wealth distribution of what is better than sex


but..os doesn't allow this)





The wealth I speak of is love, of course, what else?

Ought it to be redistributed, is the question I put.

The JesuitRead full post »

 When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?


My canine nephew  Georgie Doggy, now 2 and a half years old , will be at my/… Read full post »

 I got my draft notice yesterday.  I have two weeks before I ship out to Earth. I need your advice.

  For:  I’m scared, I admit it.  I can barely remember what Earth was like, because I was only five in 1972 when the aliens zapped me off to Aspertame/Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2013 1:59PM


 I discovered that it is Nostradamus’s birthday today. Well, maybe.

He was born either December 14 or December 21, 1503. Making him 510 today. Perhaps.

He wrote about “plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, and battles” , and a lot of respectable saRead full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2013 2:47PM





I  had some bad canned clams last night in my linguine/with/clam sauce and went to Hell in my dreams.

  The Devil said, “Hello!”

  I said, “WTF? I wasn’t expecting to end up here. “

  He replied, “Well, sorry kiddo./Read full post »

I have always hated the holidays, ever since I was a child. Sure I liked the gifts, but all the family proximity made me nervous  and uncomfortable.  I used to have this fantasy where I would get to stay up in my room, and all my gifts would be delivered to/… Read full post »



 December 7th is a painful day for me. Almost as painful as October 5th, the day my daddy died.

Dad was a WWII veteran, and later a teacher of American history. When he still had his wits , he was an inveterate storyteller, and a lotRead full post »


Pope Francis has attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff.





I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirtyRead full post »


Lolita the librarian, on her third day behind the check out desk, was becoming disillusioned in her chosen profession, which previously had seemed liked a “calling” to her. To work with books! And to facilitate the book-loving ways of fellow lovers of books! It was all a mem… Read full post »


What is this jest in majesty? This ass in passion? How do God and Devil combine to form a live dog? nabokov


Lolita the librarian, on her second day behind the checkout desk, was startled to see a certain Mr. Emmerling approaching. After all, he had just beenRead full post »

To be quite candid — and what I am going to say now is something I have never said before,

and I hope that it provokes a salutary chill —

I know more than I can express in words,

and the little I can express

would not have beenRead full post »



 Before their eyes a house
That from childhood stood
Uninhabited, ruinous,
Suddenly lit up
From door to top:
All things remain in god.

van Morrison' crazy jane on god'


Jesus Christ , christos to his fans, Josh to his ‘boys’,

(a ragged buncha rappers he shoRead full post »




Tomorrow, Thanksgiving falls on November 28th. Pretty late for the holy day.


As a good American I gotta go to my older sister’s house where she will lay out the traditional feast, and I will eat of it.


 Her dog Georgie Doggy, my nephew, willRead full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2013 5:59PM


 The pope called me yesterday …his meeting with Putin looming like a thundercloud over his blessed head… as a lot of politicians and intellectuals do in  a last resort  when they find themselves in a particularly tricky situation.  


I was just finishing one… Read full post »




As a last tribute  to JFK, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his murder, I provide you some quotes from the uncanny speech he’d crafted… to give at the DALLAS TRADE MART… but alas,  wasn’t able to, because he got his head shot off&h/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 1:31PM

A PLEA: please return JFK'S brain...

There is a lot of talk about the assassination of JFK lately. Because tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of his murder. Which you can watch over and over again, thanks to  Abraham Zapruder ( 1905 –   1970) who was perched atop a block of granite 72 feet from the street, his/… Read full post »