Friday, August 17, 2018

you better think, (think, think) think about what you're tryin' to do to me...

All of these songs and more can be listened to, blessedly, on You Tube:  the Queen's rendition of the Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" expands the rock-and-roll universe...  There is a nine-minute version.



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

yet I look for the light through the pouring rain

    A few years ago someone told me, about Facebook, "I just call it Drama-Book."

     I asked her why, she said people just get on there and say a bunch of stuff... fight, bully, etc.

     Recently I read an Internet Comment that said, "IMO Facebook should change its name to Narcissistic Personality Disorder Book."

     Oh -- kay...

     --------------------------- Maybe Facebook is like life -- it's what we make it.  (And the same for other social media, too....)


     On You Tube there is a video where a New York Times White House correspondent discusses Donald Trump's unique style as president.

     She doesn't try to push an idea of

Trump is great

or an idea of

Trump is terrible;

she just shares her perspective, as someone who has worked close-up, reporting on the current administration.

     The main point which came across was that Pres. Trump does not have a Grand Long-Range Plan For America And The World.  He does not have a Big-Long-Range-Plan.  He just thinks and imagines how to "Get Through The Next Thing," basically.

     Whether it's visiting the Queen of England, or meeting Vladimir Putin in Finland, or having a rally in Pennsylvania -- according to the reporter in the video, the president is focusing on the next thing in front of him -- the event or process that's "on his plate."

     The journalist, Maggie Haberman, seems to be aiming to alleviate concerns people might have about this president having a plan to turn our country into a dictatorship.

     Things that make people worry about this include:

-- when the president seems obsequious to Russian leader Putin
-- when Pres. Trump is seen as being rude or inappropriate/flippant toward U.S. allies
-- calling the press an "enemy of the people" (which is Stalin-esque language)

-- possibly thinks he's above the law -- trying to stop Mueller investigation, which (I think) would be obstruction of justice
-- and those rallies he holds.  To some, they appear similar to how Hitler used to get a crowd going...

The title of the video, which is on You Tube, is:

Trump Is Not What He Seems - Maggie Haberman

     For people who worry about Trump having a Grand Plan to enslave us or burn us in ovens, it's somewhat comforting to listen to it.

     (Many times, the expression that someone is "not what they seem" to be, is perceived as a negative comment about the person.
     But in this case, when you listen to the video, you realize that our president being "not what he seems" is offered as a positive perspective....)


Tuesday, August 14, 2018


The missing-person case in Iowa, where 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts disappeared, draws attention of so many Americans, and even people from other countries Comment-in, on the Internet, with concern for the young lady and her family.

In photographs, Mollie just looks so happy and brimming with enthusiasm, everyone relates to that on some level, I think.

She went out for a run, in the little Iowa town of Brooklyn, 60 miles east of Des Moines.

People write in and Comment:

------------- I live in Iowa, and sometimes I wonder, there is a creepiness to the place at times.  Too wholesome, and it covers up the weirdness that is happening under our noses....just a feeling.

--------------------- I feel it too.  I got robbed at gunpoint like 20 hours before Mollie was last seen and before that happened I had always felt safe.  There was a weirdness ever since the Evansdale murders but Mollie missing and getting robbed definitely changed my perspective and the way I look at everything.  

There's a lot of secrets and a lot of people who know them, you just gotta find the ones that have reason to talk.

-------------- Law Enforcement has nothing.  I don't want to speak about incompetence, but my faith in both the justice system and the agents of that system is at an all time low.

------------- Born and raised in the city of Chicago this video looks so desolate to me.  I'm a runner and running out there would scare me outta my mind.  But I get it...lotta people are afraid of Chicago I'm sure.

---------- wow, thanks for this video! really helps get my mind around the area and exactly how desolate it is

---------- Your comment really highlights something very interesting to me.  That being, how differently people perceive seeing the same exact thing.  I am from Iowa and I thought hey this is a great video to show people not from Iowa, how it's not just some big flat field lol.  

Iowa to me, is quite hilly, has a lot of vegetation, and roads are fairly curvy.  The hills out here are more the rolling type until you get closer to main waterways then you will find steep, tall, and rocky bluffs.

I used to walk the desolate roads around my house and walking trails in nearby parks by myself, until someone in my area was murdered while fishing alone in an access area in broad daylight.  That happened 3 years ago and it's never been solved.  Up until that happened, I never thought twice about my daily walking routines.

------------- I've been thinking hard about who would be driving on these roads between 8 or 9 on a summer night because very few people are usually out driving around in a town of this size after 7:30 p.m. or so.  

So...who was at Casey's that night getting food?  Does Casey's have a surveillance camera?  What single males ate there and left alone between 7:45 and 8:45?

-------------- I lived in Iowa for 4 years and the video brought back lots of memories.  I agree with you that the state is not as flat as people think and I thought the video did a good job of showing that.  Now Nebraska...that state is flat!!

-------------------- And Kansas.  Like pancakes.

----------- Omg yes Nebraska is sooooo flat.  Especially going west on 80.

------------ Good point, flat wasn't the right term... but in this video, and what I remember from the first half of Kansas, there is a very strange, almost haunting, feeling of vastness and silence.  I'm from upstate New York which is mountainous and I'm so struck by how open the Midwest is.  Maybe it's also because the trees aren't as tall, too....

----------- I think vastness is an excellent way to describe Iowa terrain.  It also really emphasizes how many places there are to look.  At some of the higher points in an area, you can zero in on someone who is quite far away, with rather cheap equipment if you really wanted to.

------------------- I didn't see one single person on the streets or sidewalks.  Where is everyone?

--------------- You ever been to that part of the Midwest?  There's nothing, nothing at all.  There's not even a pop  machine that takes dollar bills let alone cameras at a motel.  Most cameras can't even tell if the robber is a man or woman.  There's no way a camera at a gas station or convenient Mart could see a vehicle on the road in the dead of night.




Monday, August 13, 2018

recorded at Muscle Shoals!

You left me here on your way to paradise

You pulled the rug right out from under my life

I know where you goin' to, 
I knew when you came home last night

'Cause your eyes had a mist from the smoke of a distant fire

Lord, I was stung, should-a seen it come a long time ago.
When I realized, the reality gave me a roll.
If things are the same then explain why your kiss is so cold
And that mist in your eyes feels like rain on the fire in my soul

This lyin' and cryin' is upsettin' and gettin' you nowhere

It don't stack up, so slack up and pack up, 
I just don't care

Don't let the screen door hit you, on your way out.
Don't you drown when your dream boat runs onto the ground

I'd just like to know, do you love him or just making time
By filling his glass with your fast flowing bittersweet wine

He'll taste the aftertaste when you come home late some night

With your eyes all a-mist from the smoke of a distant fire

Girl your eyes have a mist from the smoke of a distant fire
(Girl your eyes have a mist from the smoke of a distant fire)
Girl your eyes have the mist from the smoke of a distant fire
(Girl your eyes have a mist from the smoke of a distant fire)

Girl your eyes have a mist from the smoke of a distant fire
(Mist in your eyes from a distant fire)
Girl your eyes have a mist from the smoke of a distant --

A distant fire


Type in on the Internet,

smoke from a distant fire
(Sanford-Townsend Band)

and play.


Friday, August 10, 2018

smugglers' blues

--------------------- [excerpt] -------------- 

The five o'clock express


They walked and walked and sang 'Memory Eternal', and whenever they stopped, the singing seemed to be carried on by their feet, the horses, the gusts of wind.

Passers-by made way for the cort├ęge, counted the wreaths, crossed themselves.  The curious joined the procession, asked:  'Who's being buried?'  'Zhivago,' came the answer.  'So that's it.  Now I see.'  'Not him.  Her.'  'It's all the same.  God rest her soul.  A rich funeral.'

The last minutes flashed by, numbered, irrevocable.  'The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world, and those who dwell therein.'  The priest, tracing a cross, threw a handful of earth onto Marya Nikolaevna.  They sang 'With the souls of the righteous'.  A terrible bustle began.  The coffin was closed, nailed shut, lowered in.  A rain of clods drummed down as four shovels hastily filled the grave.  Over it a small mound rose.  A ten-year-old boy climbed onto it.

Only in the state of torpor and insensibility that usually comes at the end of a big funeral could it have seemed that the boy wanted to speak over his mother's grave.

He raised his head and looked around from that height at the autumn wastes and the domes of the monastery with an absent gaze.  His snub-nosed face became distorted.  His neck stretched out.  If a wolf cub had raised his head with such a movement, it would have been clear that he was about to howl.  

Covering his face with his hands, the boy burst into sobs.  A cloud flying towards him began to lash his hands and face with the wet whips of a cold downpour.  A man in black, with narrow, tight-fitting, gathered sleeves, approached the grave.  This was the deceased woman's brother and the weeping boy's uncle, Nikolai Nikolaevich Vedenyapin, a priest defrocked at his own request.  He went up to the boy and led him out of the cemetery.

------------------------- [end, excerpt] ----------

Holy crap.


The above passage is from Dr. Zhivago, the novel written by Russian poet Boris Pasternak.  To get published, in the 1950s, it had to be smuggled out of Russia, to Italy.  

(Can you imagine?...!)


Thursday, August 9, 2018

the spies who probably didn't love us

Now, readers of this blog can -- next time they are at a cocktail party and they remark about the Mueller investigation and someone asks in a genteel, looking-down-their-nose sort of way, "Oh, and have you read the indictment?" --

answer, "Actually, I have."

     Trying to see clearly what the potential advantages and the potential problems are in international relations is kind of hard, that's why we usually leave it to presidents and members of Congress, but right now that seems a little "iffy."

     I listen to videos from news reports, and try to sift through for what's true.  

     There's a video on You Tube titled,

John McCain: Trump abased himself before a tyrant

     Someone reads Senator McCain's statement; Marco Rubio speaks in that video, as well.

     They use that old-fashioned language:  "abased" himself.

     As The Nanny would say, "That sounds painful."