- Beeffee, Tennessee, CSA
- June 16
- "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence."
"You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots, and you can't put yourself in another's shoes -- you can't even try on their socks."
"I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein
"Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away."
“When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Byron
"Where greed is good, need is great."
“And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have as his enemies all who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proven by the event.”
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI
"if a man falls from a pedestal, who is really to blame -- the man or those who put him up there?" Soulofhawk
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I've worked behind the scenes on several movies -- My Girl, Matinee, The Work and the Glory -- and I've watched thousands more, and I've come to the conclusion -- and I sure hope nobody thinks I’m being too egotistical when I say this -- that my face belongs… Read full post »
In a recent post, Irritated Mother suggested we pervert the bard. By that, my twisted mind assumed she meant, we should attempt to parody one of Shakespeare's sonnets. So I offered this confection, with apologies to Shakespeare and with the caution that present company was excepted:
•&… Read full post »
One luxury none of us can afford is to remain ignorant about economics. Millions of Americans who never heard of a CDO are now all too painfully aware that exotic financial instrument has ruined their lives and compromised their children's future.
With that in mind, I have written several posts… Read full post »
Enough. That’s what you said during your campaign. In the face of scurrilous charges, you were content to believe, as you said, that the American people were smart enough to see through those charges, that they had had enough of racism.
Well, Mr. President, we proved you… Read full post »
Cindy Ross has an interesting post on language in which, among other things, she laments the fact that punctuation is on life-support. Many people welcome that fact, believing that the purpose of punctuation is merely to promote employment of prim and proper pedantic English teachers.
But… Read full post »
Unmasking American Myths
Appearances can be deceiving – just ask the Lone Ranger. Everyone assumes the man in the mask is a bad guy. Well, we all know what happens when you assume.
Judging by appearances can lead to all sorts of problems. For instance – how… Read full post »
There’s a party this weekend at Bernie Madoff’s Park Avenue penthouse, and you’re invited. If you have any aspirations of acquiring wealth or social status, you’ll come because all the high-rollers will be there putting on the dog and peddling at least the appearance o… Read full post »
In the book Sophie's Choice by William Styron, a woman is given a horrible choice by a sadistic Nazi officer. Either her son or daughter will be allowed to live – but not both. She must choose between the two.
The horror of such a choice would… Read full post »
mantra: This fickle human race
Is existential quanta lost in endless space
Without explanation for the state we’re in
Seeking consolation in some cosmic twin
Two quanta in
collision, the elemental kiss
A cosmic confirmation that both of them exist
Bi-polar institution where op… Read full post »
In a comment on my post Bringing Up The Rear, Harry Homeless reminded me of a classic line from Steve Martin when he was asked a question that has become a serious social faux pas:
“Mind if I smoke?”
“No -- mind if I fart?”… Read full post »
Genius – the word gets thrown around far too casually in our time. On the other hand, some people use it too sparingly, reserving it only for the likes of Newton and Einstein.
Me? I don’t use the word much, but I find genius in places… Read full post »
Finding my offerings on Open Salon largely ignored of late, I endeavored to find a tasteful subject far more pleasing to this madding crowd.
And what subject would doubtless appeal to the serene sensibilities, elevated tastes and soaring intellect of the denizens of this deep?
It was literally a dark and stormy night in September, 1989. Leslie Ann Pluhar was on her way from her home in Royal Oak, Michigan, to meet her boyfriend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She knew she was driving faster than she should be, knew because the wind was whipping her… Read full post »
Jindal is a very bright… Read full post »
I’m going to commit the ultimate sacrilege and speak ill of the dead. Well, not exactly ill, more like damning with faint praise, or at least not succumbing to the current penchant of heaping endless adoration upon Heath Ledger for his performance as The Joker in the latest offering in… Read full post »
It will be worth watching the academy award show just to see Mickey Rourke’s acceptance speech if he receives an Oscar as Best Actor. Rourke was nominated for his performance in The Wrestler, and he is the odds-on favorite to win.
Much has been… Read full post »
Pick my favorite movie? That’s a joke, right? I have so many favorites, I couldn’t pick one if my life depended on it. But I suppose the truest measure of one’s love of a movie is if you’ve watched several times and would gladly do so again.… Read full post »
This ain’t where I wanna be, and it damned sure ain’t what I wanna be doing. For starters, you probably wanna know who the hell I am. Tough shit. It don’t matter who I am or what I tell you; you’re not gonna believe me anyway -- or you’ll believe some… Read full post »
A simple song to sing the praise
Of one true love that never strays
I love thee, let me count the ways
I love chocolate
It cures what ails, it eases pain
It brightens blues and chases rain
It’s like sex inside your brain
I love chocolate … Read full post »
Why on earth do we celebrate Valentine's Day in the dead of winter? A season that's hard on love seems the most unlikely time to be promoting romance.
This time of year, cabin fever sets in and relationships begin to get rubbed raw… Read full post »
This post was inspired by MaryTKelly, though I'm sure she'd rather forego that dubious honor. What happened was, I was thinking how Valentine's Day is abused by men of little character for their own lusty and nefarious ends. And then Mary posted her piece entitled I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.… Read full post »
(This is your basic blues, and if you've ever spent any time at Motel Sex, you know why you got 'em and you know you deserve 'em)
Well, we got this little
On the cheatin’ side of town
We don’t ask too many questions
We don’t care who’s gettin’ down
… Read full post »
National Geographic Channel will soon be airing Deep Wreck Mysteries: Sunk on Christmas Eve, a documentary about the sinking of the SS Leopoldville, a troopship torpedoed on Christmas Eve 1944 by a German U-Boat. In the attack, more than 800 American soldiers lost their lives. One of them was my uncl… Read full post »
This is a companion piece to my post The day the music died. As I said there, it was more than the music that died on February 3, 1959 -- it was the beginning of the end of our innocence as a country. What happened next would strip many people of… Read full post »