Saturday, November 05, 2005

Close to the End

(Dedicated to Mr. Bush's last term in office.)
Sung to the music of "Close to the Edge" by YES

[edited to fit on your screen]

Close to the End
(also known as "Kos to the Edge")
by anonyMoses Hyperlincoln

A seasoned bitch could call you from the depths of your disgrace,
And rearrange your liver to match up your boily face,
And achieve it all with music that came quickly from afar,
Then taste the wrath of man recorded, losing all against the hour.
And assessing points to nowhere, leading ev'ry single one.
A Sundrop can exalt us like the blog of Mr. Sun,
And take away the plain in which we move,
And choose the course you're running.

Rough at the edge, found in the corner,
No right of way, no right today...
Close to the ledge, down by a liver,
No right of way, no right today...

Crossed the line around the changes of the Sumer,
Lashing out to dull the color of the sky.
Passed around a moment clothed in mourning sadder than we see.
Getting over all the time I had to worry,
Leaving all the changes far from far behind.
We relieve the tension only to find out the master's bait.

Down at the bend, round by the corner.
Close to the end, just by a liver.
Reasons will pass you by.
I get up, you get down.
Now that it's all over and done,
Now that you find, you're in a hole.

My mind convinced, eclipsed with the younger Moon attained with Rove.
It changed as almost brained amidst clear manna from above.
I crucified by hate and held the world within my hand.
There's you, the time, no logic, or reasons we don't understand.

Sad courage claimed the victims standing still for all to see,
As armoured movers took approach and overtook the sea.
There since McCord, the license, or the reasons we understood would be.

Rough at the edge, closed down my liver.
Kos to the edge, found in the korner.
Close to the end, round by the corner.
Down at the edge, found by the river.

Sudden call shouldn't take away your startled memory.
All in all, the journey takes you all the way.
As apart from any reality that you've ever seen and known.
Causing problems only to receive no mention,
Stupid paths that climb halfway into the void.
As we cross from side to side, we hear the total Bush refrain.

Down at the bend, round by the corner.
Close to the end, down by a liver.
Reasons will pass you by.
I get up, you get down...

In his white face
You can clearly see a Liddy sadly looking.
Saying that he'd take the blame
For the crucifixion of their web domain.

I get up, I get down,
I get up, I'm a clown.
Two million people barely satisfied.
Two hundred women watch one woman cry, too late.
The eyes of hurricanes can achieve.
How many millions does he deceive each day?

You get up, I get down.
I get up, you get down.

In charge of who is there in charge of me.
Do I look on blindly and say I see the way?
The truth is written all along the page.
How old will we be before we come of age for truth?
I git up, I git down.
I git up, I git down.
I git up, you git down...

The time between the votes relates the colors to the schemes.
A constant vogue of triumphs dislocate man, so it seems.
And space between the focus group ascend knowledge of Plame.
Their song and dance envelop time, lost social temp'rance fuels the flame.

Then according to the man who showed his outstretched arms to space,
He turned around and pointed, threat'ning all the human race.
I shook my head and smiled a whisper, knowing all about the place...
On the hill we viewed the silence of the valley,
Called to witness cycles only of the past.
And we reach all this with movements in between the sad remark.

Close to the bend, down by a liver.
Down at the end, found in the corner.
Reasons will pass you by,
Now that it's all over and done,
Call to the seed, write Mr. Sun.
Now that you find, you're in a hole.
Reasons will pass you by,
I git up, I git down.
I git up, you git down.
You git up, I git down...

Blogfather Ed Cone has a new blog

Ed can now be read at Typepad. May want to update yer blogrolls!

News from around the weird

Oil-for-Food Scandal implicates Bush and Cheney
For months, Mr. Limbaugh, and the other overpaid apologists, have been yawping about the Oil-for-Food scandal, since the UN is involved, and since they are knee-jerk haters of anything that goes against their nationalistic bigotry, such as the supranational United Nations.

CBS Poll: Bush approval rating at all-time low, 35%! Favorability Rating at 33%!
35% does not a mainstream when you hear the marginalized 35% claim to be the mainstream, understand that you are being lied to, and call them on it.

Vatican says Christians should listen to science and avoid "fundamentalism"
Definition of the day. fundament - buttocks: the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on. Fundamentalist: Someone who rests on, or has his head up, his buttocks.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Democrats, Don't Ignore the War; It's time for a true opposition party.
Face it. A lie and a bad idea is a hole that needs no further digging.

War protesters close major boulevard in Los Angeles

'Katrina Cough' Floats Around; The storm's residual mold and muck may be causing respiratory illnesses in people who have returned home.

Mark Crispin Miller Talks About the Last Stolen Election, the One in 2004

Meet the New Interrogators: Lockheed Martin

A Flu Plan That's For The Birds

All the King's Media
Are Washington reporters really that close to their sources? For her part, Miller has a "tropism toward powerful men," as Times columnist Maureen Dowd delicately put it. This is well-known gossip in court circles, but let's not go there. Boy reporters also suck up to powerful men with shameful deference, wanting to be loved by the insiders so they can be inside too (shades of the French courtiers). The price of intimacy is collected in various coins, but older hands in the news business understand what is being sold. The media, Christopher Dickey of Newsweek observed in a web essay, "long ago concluded having access to power is more important than speaking truth to it." - William Greider

Friday, November 04, 2005

WebKorner, Charlotte Internet, now in Spanish!

Charlotte's pioneer in Internet services,WebKorner, now has an online presence in Spanish, in order to better reach out to our new citizens who speak Spanish, and who may want to get on the Internet. Sister company, Charlotte Internet is also heading that way. Both are in beta at the moment.

CharlotteInternet is also going through a design change, as the existing site is sorta blah. As the original owner of Charlotte Internet, I would not have signed off on it, but alas, it is coming around. Good things take time. Great things take lots of time.

Well, sometimes.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Bird Flew: Donald Rumsfeld, Pharma-Terrorism & Fear Profiteering

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld in bed with Tamiflu

NEW YORK (Fortune) - The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it's proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that's now the most-sought after drug in the world.

Rumsfeld served as Gilead (Research)'s chairman from 1997 until he joined the Bush administration in 2001, and he still holds a Gilead stake valued at between $5 million and $25 million, according to federal financial disclosures filed by Rumsfeld.
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The Executioners Thong

A Pithing Contest cursed with imagination. More than a wordsmith, Greensmile is a wordjones. And a darned good one one at that.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Tild ~: Light 'em up

Charlotte's Pumpkin Wall...which I drove by just today!
(Twilight Zone theme)

Is Maureen Dowd more endowed?

Maureen asks: Desperately Seeking Betty Friedan?

Animated Halloween Card - "Psychopumpkin" by Tom Priest

A Halloween greeting from my dear old friend from the coast of Massachusetts, Tom Priest.

Cream at the Royal Albert Hall

The Creams

New Release!
Cream - Royal Albert Concert Hall - 2005 - CD/DVD
Review by Freeway Jam

What do Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack the Bruce have in common?
Answer: They are the shit. They are also back.

I see this as a portent, and highly approve. Can't wait to see the show...

Breaking "The Gilligan Code"

Jesus and Mary Magdalene?

Now that Bob Denver has made it off the island, as we say in spiritland -- where no man is an island, indeed, no island is an island -- we can now begin to unravel the many mysteries presented by the television classic.

For example:

Consider this list...
  • Gilligan
  • the skipper
  • the millionaire
  • his wife
  • the movie star
  • the professor
  • Mary Ann
This is the order of names mentioned in the final version of the song. But what is wrong with this picture?

Only the Alpha and Omega have actual names attached to them. Gilligan and Mary Ann.
Is this because they are in fact the Alpha and the Omega?
We know that Alpha is a hurricane, and Omega is a vitamin suppliment made of fish oil.
Hurricanes travel OVER water, and fish swim IN the water. But is this important?
Is the Pope important? We like to think so.

They all have names. Thurston Howell, of course. But Lovey Wentworth, Jonas Grumby (skipper), and Roy Hinkley (professor)? Sound familiar? Granted, Ginger Grant sounds a little familiar, but that might be because we had a president and a Lou named Grant.

But what else is it about Gilligan and Mary Ann? Is it that they were meant to be together from the very start, and that they are the only characters worth their salt? Salt too, remember, is IN the ocean, like fish, but that Salt II is something else entirely.

Or is it???

Were Gilligan and Mary Ann, in fact, desposyni? Did they have olive eyes? Are they the true vitalismen?

Now some will argue that the professor and Mary Ann are the only important characters...since they were first distinguished as being the original "and the rest". Clearly an important title.
But remember, Mary was the name of Jesus' wife and mother, and Ann was the name of Mary's mother, although she spelled it with an "e" although placing in the creative spot in the second space, producing "Aenn"...although she preferred the more friendly "Annie", at least according to dental records.

But such thinking is flawed, since there were no professors in biblical times, and the ones that did profess were considered wiseacres and numbnuts, and were typically forced to eat their falafel without ketchup, so to speak, and were thus rendered toothless, socially. Clearly the professor was not a major player in the Gilligan Code.

"And the rest"

The professor and Mary Ann were, at one time, the proverbial "rest". Requiem is the latin word for rest. Therefore, the professor and Mary Ann were the requiem. But so what? Who isn't these days?

So this leads us back to Gilligan and Mary Ann; the Alpha and Omega.
Were they meant to be an item? Is that what it is all about?
Is this just some fantasy on the part of the writers, anticipating Survivor and Lost?

Gilligan's Isthmus

And speaking of Lost, could it be, as some have said, that the crew were in fact not on an island, but an isthmus? This would make a lot of sense, since Isthmus rhymes with Christmas, and sense rhymes with since...but somehow this seems like a dead-end, since it was all filmed on a soundstage, which only rhymes with roundstage, which was popular during the Albionic Renaissance, as proved by Herr Shakesjoyce, writing between the lines.

As we explore the Gilligan Code, we will discover all manner of wild and wondrous connections.
We hope you will stay with us as the secrets are, at last, revealed.

Many thanks to Jude Camwell, the Iddybud of the Blogosphere, for her inspiration and amazing sleuthwork of this timely and touching matter.

Will Cheney Dick Bush?

As Dick Cheney's fate catches up with him, will he fall on the sword for Bush?
Here are some things being said around the country worth pondering.

TO believe that the Bush-Cheney scandals will be behind us anytime soon you'd have to believe that the Nixon-Agnew scandals peaked when G. Gordon Liddy and his bumbling band were nailed for the Watergate break-in.

Many Republicans say that Mr. Cheney, already politically weakened because of his role in preparing the case for war, could be further damaged if he is forced to testify about the infighting over intelligence that turned out to be false. At the least, they say, his office will be temporarily off balance with the resignation of Mr. Libby, who controlled both foreign and domestic affairs in a vice presidential office that has served as a major policy arm for the West Wing.

A majority of current and former military members surveyed this week in North Carolina disagree with how President Bush is handling the war in Iraq, according to a poll released Friday.
More than 56 percent of military members surveyed in an Elon University poll said they disapprove or strongly disapprove with how the president is running the war.
Nearly 53 percent disapprove or strongly disapprove of Bush's overall job performance.
The results are startling because military members almost always overwhelmingly support wars and the president, said poll director Hunter Bacot.

The incompetence and mediocrity of this administration has been clearly demonstrated time and again. Add to that corruption, greed, and lying...and some Republicans are going to realize that they don't want to fall on a sword for this closed group of global pirates. When you realize you are on the wrong horse...get off. And people are starting to climb down from the crosses they have had to bear for folks to whom a cross is just something one does to a "t" as they are cashing their bloody checks.

Brit Hume to Juan Williams: "Someone needs to hose you down."

Montgomery, Alabama

Shredder purveyor FoxNews' white Brit Hume usually just condescends to black Juan Williams by saying "Juan, Juan, Juan" or some other derogatory comment. Today Hume racheted it up a bit when he said "Someone needs to hose you down."

As a white Southerner who still remembers the dark days of our past, where whites would hose down black protesters, I am shocked by the comment, and think he should apologize for his poor taste in words.

34% of Americans think Adam and Eve rode to church on dinosaurs

While watching Weekend Update last night, I was struck by a recent poll which showed that:
66% of Americans think that Bush has done a poor job in Iraq
while the remaining 34% of Americans think Adam and Eve rode to church on dinosaurs.

America: Atavism's Cutting Edge