WTF… June 18, 2014



1) “Don’t take life so serious, son. It ain’t nohow permanent.” (Porky Pine from Walt Kelly’s cartoon strip Pogo)Porkypine-

In Monday’s Musing From the Bench, Lady Jane brought us all… well us peeps older than dirt any way… a trip down memory lane when she mentioned an old, yet influential, cartoon strip by the title of Pogo. In her musings about Pogo she mentioned the most famous words to come from Walt Kelly’s mind via that cartoon… “We have met the enemy and he is us”.

Arguably, the second most famous group of words is the quote above. Nice piece of advice if ya be asking me. I may keep it around for awhile… at least use it from time to time… I be thunking on it.

And, come to think about it… subconsciously, I reckon, Walt Kelly influenced a lot of what I do, too.

2) Last Wednesday (6/11) the Orleans Parish School Board toured surplus properties it’s selling off, including Alfred C. Priestly Junior High School which has been closed since 1993. Overgrown brush, vines and out of control weeds cover the entryway, along with haphazardly hung boards that once upon a time had been attached a lot more securely. The neighborhood, this building is in, is still as rough and tough as it was when the building was a place for trying to educate kids and for being for some a haven from the roughness and the tumblism. So, those secured boards… became unsecured… and kids being kids got in and added to the debris that lay strewn on floors of cracked tile… pieces of caved in ceilings… molted paint shards from moldy walls… old school room supplies… books, notepads… whatever… and graffiti. Graffiti on chalkboards… and, yeah… probably the walls, too… but, the writings on the chalkboards are what drew most of the peeps attention that entered Priestly… as well as Michael DeMocker’s attention… a photographer for and The Times-Picayune.

Those trespassers… to some folks, vandals… and to others, errant youth… with no other place to go or be… wrote stuff that kids tend to write… some silliness… some absurdities… some stupidity… some of it bawdy or outright pornographic… sketches of the de rigueur genitalia… both sexes of course… and probably certain words, too… although the article I read never indicated those words were actually written but what chance is there they were not? Right… and… exactly.

One inventive kid… maybe a budding new Doonesbury, or, a Boondocks creator… drew a scene of an elephant and a squirrel having a war of words… a rap fest. Another one wrote, “Help Me!” Help Me

Then a drawing of a gun with the word murder… and underlying that word… maybe a sad and tragic foreshadowing … the word… a name… Martin. Or… was it just the grafittists’s name? Murder


And a sign… half obscured by paint… but the words “crime” and “commits” and “a school bus” and “five years”… can be discerned. Yep, even back then, a middle school was concerned with weapons and the potential for kids being hurt


warning sign.


But, DeMocker’s camera ultimately was drawn to one chalkboard in that forlorn building of yesteryear… in an area that was ironically separated from the other graffittied up areas… in a room sectioned off with a divider… somebody had written… over and over again… like some teacher’s after school punishment chore… “I will not murder my classmates.”



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I will not...

In that abandoned school and its decaying rooms those words resonated with stinging truthfulness and sad irony and until last Wednesday were kept shuttered and hidden quietly away as if it were someone’s dirty little secret. Just like the cries that go up almost every week now… for a few days the tears fall, people call for something to be done and then it just becomes another dirty little portion of our modern history and it fades into the background hidden from our consciences until the next time.

But, what matters is that it is a now a school a week in America where we can expect it to happen again… maybe somewhere near you… for children to be terrorized and killed.

And, even if it was blared on loudspeakers in every neighborhood there are schools… “I will not murder my classmates” … I’m not sure it would help a bit because for some reason, for whatever reason, we obviously don’t care about our kids enough to make sure that schools are the safe havens they were meant to be and the only thing that a child should be scared about when he, or she, is at school is whether they studied or not because the teacher just said… “Quiz… put your books away.”

But somewhere down south, in some rundown abandoned old school, some trespassing child’s brain is wired so that the only thing he… or she… could think of when writing some graffiti on some decrepit old chalkboard wall was… “I will not murder my classmates.”

We need to do something so our kids don’t think about that stuff no more. Ever.

3) On Tuesday (6/17) newswire service were reporting that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed fear that a bill to legalize marijuana in New York could “wreak havoc.” So, what all is this “havoc” he speaks? He never really says… what he does say is he has problems with the language of the present med pot bill before the NY legislature and one of his biggies is whether folks can ingest the medicinal version of the drug by smoking it.

He goes on to say that if the legal peeps can address his concerns then there will be a pot law put into place.

The med pot law bill’s sponsor, Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) called Cuomo’s reported concerns “disingenuous” and said she’s been waiting for the administration to produce alternative bill language and they just have not done so.

Why is that?

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo

Probably because Cuomo just doesn’t want any part of making pot legal in NY in any way shape or form. Why he feels that way, I’m not sure but that’s fine… but could it do it by not being a phony and a hypocrite and just say that? That one issue… legalized medical pot… is not gonna get him either re-elected or un-elected in his next political race… and, that includes if he decides to run for POTUS. It ain’t that big of an issue and sooner or later legalized pot will be… well… it’ll be legal throughout the land any way. The revenue from taxes alone will be needed to replace the revenue lost from lessening tobacco sales.

Ms Savino’s claim that Cuomo is being disingenuous is with merit and he should stop saying he has issues with the bill. And, he should either get on the pot or off the pot… (pun intended)… and either correct the bill’s flaws or just say “No”.

But, making it an issue on how someone ingests a drug when someone suffering from an illness or malady and could ingest a medically useful substance is asinine. I mean who cares if it is swallowed or smoked as long as the end result is a safe alleviation of the problem.

Okay, okay, okay… the real reason… well, one of the reasons and I admit it’s at least second in importance to my saying that Governor Cuomo is a big doofus in his allegation that a major holdup of enacting a med pot law is whether folks are allowed to puff and inhale or not, is that I finally have an excuse to place the following lyrics by John Prine into one of my columns… and…. It is now done…

Illegal Smile

When I woke up this morning, things were lookin’ bad
Seem like total silence was the only friend I had
Bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down and won
And it was twelve o’clock before I realized
That I was havin’, no fun

Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape realityJohn Prine
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone
No I’m just tryin’ to have me some fun

Last time I checked my bankroll, it was gettin’ thin
Sometimes it seems like the bottom
Is the only place I’ve been
Chased a rainbow down a one-way street, dead end
And all my friends turned out to be insurance salesmen

Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone
No I’m just tryin’ to have me some fun

Well, I sat down in my closet with all my overalls
Tryin’ to get away from all the ears inside my walls
I dreamed the police heard
Everything I thought, what then?
Well I went to court and the judge’s name was Hoffman

Ah, but fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone
No I’m just tryin’ to have me some fun
Well done, hot dog bun, my sister’s a nun

4) The other day… not sure which… it don’t really matter… just know that “A convicted kiddie raper sexually assaulted an autistic teen at a Boston train station…” was an opening line to an article in a recent issue of the NYDN. child_abuse_prevention

The article also says that “Thomas Dabrikas, 60, preyed on the 18-year-old as the young man waited alone on Friday in the Harvard Square station… The victim, an 18 year old autistic male, was not a willing participant and attempted to pull away from Dabrikas.”

That was from an MBTA police statement.

The puke, who attempted to assault this essentially helpless young man, is 6-feet-1 and 200 pounds and is labeled as a high risk and dangerous sex offender.

In 1989, he was convicted of rape and abuse of a child along with four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old.

So, why in the fuck was he out on the damn streets?????????

Why do we… by we, I mean our society, and, our legal system… keep allowing these pukes that have been convicted of treacherous and outrageous horrid affronts against all types of folks… children, mentally disabled folks, women and even other men… allowed to be free?

Allow me the query… Whose rights are being violated if they are kept in captivity? And I meant that word… captivity… as in locked away… the key is lost. We are then freed of worrying about one less madman.

Let’s face it, sometimes some people have lost the right to be among us… they are an illness unto themselves, and, they do not need to take their illness and infect our society any longer. What they need is to be quarantined and we need to be protected. The question is not at this point about their rights; it is about the victims’ rights. The right to be free and safe. And to be able to live and grow a life free from fear. abusesmall

Simple enough, huh?

Then let’s do it.

Luckily this time a transit worker witnessed the attack and called police… somebody saw something and did something.

The freaking sick… and make no mistake about it, he is a sick SOB… was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Cambridge District Court. Hopefully, they remanded him into police custody with no chance for bail.

Let me revisit what I just said… he is a sick bastard. I do believe he suffers from sickness… but sometimes sickeness can’t be cured and it needs to be carefully monitored. And, whoever is infected needs to be placed somewhere where they can do no harm. Do we need to mistreat them? No… not if we are to lay claim to be better than them and to be a humane and just society, we don’t. But, we don’t allow them to perpetrate their evil no more, either.

5) Then there is this crap… “‘I know he’s going to hurt someone else’: Victim’s families dismayed as Washington frees repeat child rapist.” (NYDN 6/17)

Here is the history: Kelly McGinnis hired a then 13-year-old Corey Roberts to babysit her 3-year-old daughter. Roberts viciously

1990 newspaper clipping
1990 newspaper clipping

assaulted and raped the little girl and doctors feared she would not make it to the next day. The 3-year-old girl survived but she was left paralyzed, blind in one eye and brain damaged.

Her mom says the girl… now 27… has the mind of a ten year old and she is still confined to a wheel chair.

Roberts was convicted in 1990 of his crimes and sent to a juvenile detention center.  Then at 16 years of age, while at Echo Children’s Center, he repeatedly sexually assaults two boys while there. A judge sends him to prison.

He was released in 2001 but within weeks he was sent back to jail. The reason? He assaulted another toddler… a 3-year-old boy.

He is eventually sent back to prison… this time to a special detention center and labeled as a “sexually violent predator.”

But now… the state of Washington’s penal system/legal system approved psychologists recently evaluated Roberts and determined the convict is no longer dangerous or sexually attracted to children.

FYI: The Washington Department of Corrections had tried to block Roberts’ release, possibly for life, but a legal loophole has led to him being placed under a community supervision order instead. A statement from a spokesperson for Corrections said: “We have detained him using a petition under the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Civil Commitment statute for the past 11 years. As we neared the trial date, experts retained by the state concluded that Roberts did not have the kind of ‘mental abnormality’ that we must prove to a jury in order to obtain an order of involuntary civil commitment.”

On Monday, the now-37-year-old Roberts was released from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

Really? The shrinks… are positive about that? There is a zero percent chance this sumnbitch will never commit another sexually violent crime? They are willing to put up their own lives on that prognosis?

Here’s the deal… even though prosecutors admit that Roberts’ crime… the little girl raped and left paralyzed and brain damaged… 24 years ago was “among the worst imaginable” psychologists have determined this guy is no longer afflicted by a “mental abnormality” that is needed to keep him in jail.

So, I propose, if, at any time he is out in society again… in a halfway house, in someone’s neighborhood… any where… if he commits another sexually violent… hell… any crime at all… these psychologists will co-serve any sentence he has to serve for his repeated offender status crime.

They willing to put their careers, reps and lives on the line based on their decision this guy is no longer afflicted by a so-called “mental abnormality”?

I wanna know are they that sure that he no longer has the mind of a violent rapist? Did they do some Clockwork Orange two- step aversion therapy on the freak’s warped brain and mind? I really want to know…

Be that as it may be, the SOB was released and is now living in a halfway house in Tacoma. He will be under the state’s supervision for the next 21 months… and freaking get this… he will not wear a GPS monitor.

There is no way this guy should be out and about in our society as far as I am concerned… but, that is insane… no GPS monitor??!!


“You don’t change after you’ve done this.  He’s going to be out in public, around small children, around anybody who is

Kelly McGinnis
Kelly McGinnis

vulnerable, and I know he’s going to hurt them… I know he is.” That’s from Kelly McGinnis… the girl’s mom… to a reporter for KIROTV

And, to station KOMO4, McGinnis said… “He’s done with his sentence and my daughter is continuing to serve her life sentence.”

Ok, I do not advocate violence except as a totally last resort and usually only as a defensive move. In very rare instances… I can see being the initiator… like taking out certain terrorist peeps. But overall, I see it as a last resort.

And, I honestly would never advocate someone doing harm to another just sorta out of the blue… but sometimes justice served is not exactly kind or nice. Sometimes, maybe, there is room for some of that old time Old Testament biblical type of justice.

So… on one side of the ledger… a little girl assaulted… left paralyzed… one eye blinded… 24 years later in a wheel chair with the mind of a 10-year-old. Would it be serendipitous, if, somehow, this gentleman was to be found with two shattered legs, a poke in the eye with a sharp stick and a lump the size of a baseball bat circumference atop his noggin? Would that kinda, sorta even out the ledger on the other side?

Accidents and stuff do happen. Not that I would even advocate that type of justice… ya know… eye for an eye… stuff.

But… would it be so unfair if he had to go through life, at least two thirds of the way, that little girl… now a woman… has to?

To read why Roberts was not found to be a sexually violent predator:

FYI:  he Tacoma Police Department issued a Sex Offender Information Bulletin about Roberts upon his release.

6) Saw this in the Sunday NYDN… “The city of Los Angeles will pay $215,000 to end a lawsuit filed by a black man who waslos-angeles-city-council kicked out a city meeting for wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.”

First a little background… Police escorted Michael Hunt out of a Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners meeting in 2011 for refusing to remove the white hood and a shirt that had a racial slur used to describe African Americans on it. The lawsuit claimed that the city … actually a city official did the doing, but, either way it’s still the city of LA… told Hunt the outfit violated their rules of decorum and if he didn’t take it off, he would be asked to leave, or, if necessary, ejected.

Now this guy goes to these types of city government meetings all the time and is essentially a rabble rouser… whether he does any good or not is up for debate. Personally, I don’t give a high flying fluck one way or the other.

And, realize this, this is not the first time he wore the uni of a bunch ignorant racists.

According to his attorney, Hunt is a regular pain in the ass (my words not the attorney’s) at public meetings to address allegations of discrimination and uses the KKK uni to “turn the tables”.

In fact, he wore the hooded spook sheet to a Los Angeles City Council meeting in 2009, but instead of confronting Hunt about his choice of go-to-meeting wear, the members simply walked out of the meeting. Something the Rec Board mighta, and in hind sight maybe shoulda, done.

But, during the 2011 incident, Hunt’s appearance at the Rec and Parks meet ended as police walked him out of the meeting and ticketed him for disturbing a public assembly. The ticket was later dismissed.. but Hunt sued. Big surprise there, huh? Hunt’s lawsuit, says he was wrongfully arrested and the city violated his rights to free speech by not letting him speak.

So instead of fighting the matter on principle the City of LA did what a lot of cities… big or small… do… they settled for alawyer cartoon “reasonable” amount. The thinking being the trial would cost more in time and money than it would be to just pony up some cashish and be done with it all.

And, see this is probably all that this Hunt guy really wanted in the first place. Why I say that? Because it ain’t the first time he done sued a municipality and wound up getting a cash settlement instead of going to trial. Hunt won a settlement from the city in 2009 for $264,286 after he challenged vending restrictions on the Venice Boardwalk.

But, that’s not what I really want to speak about either… because, once again… although I think this guy’s game is obvious and so far appears to be working somewhat profitably for him… I don’t give a high flying fluck about his strategy of getting government folks to give him their… or actually our… money.

What I am here to discuss is if I, as a so-called white guy, done went and got all gussied up in my racist finest KKK spook sheet and went to a government meeting to speak about certain issues would I get to be ultimately treated the same way as Mr. Hunt?

This includes… being asked to leave because I am disruptive to the decorum of the meeting, earning a citation, having my citation dismissed and then eventually suing the city for violating my right to free speech and getting paid to just go away. Would I get that treatment or would the city force me to go to court on the initial charges to begin with and be prosecuted for violating their rules on being a disruption?

Me? I think I would be required to make a court appearance on the charges. And, I also think I would be paying the city money instead of them paying me money.

And, that to me is an issue of double standardism.

And, that is not fair… and… in fact, is probably a discriminatory act and a violation of my right to act like an asshole and get away with it.

Please, pay me $200,000, thank you very much.

7) NYDN article in Tuesday (6/17) paper says… “She has zero sympathy for the devil.”

Jagger and L'Wren Scott
Jagger and L’Wren Scott

L’Wren Scott one of Mick Jagger’s many lovers and from all appearances someone he cared about… committed suicide in March. Most of ya’ll know all about that. It was on the news and most social websites.

Seems Mr. Jagger has moved on and is currently being seen with another young female.

Well, Scott’s sister is sorta pissed off about that. She… the sister… says “The more I think about it, the angrier it makes me. My sister deserves more respect; I now believe that he was a bigger part of her troubles than we knew about.”

That may or may not be true… know this… we are talking about Mick Jagger here… a male slut if there ever was one. For some of us that’s all fine and dandy… others not so much. Me? I sorta take a libertarian view here.. if it ain’t hurting me and your all supposedly responsible adults… swing how ya’ll want.

Jagger and new flame.
Jagger and new flame.

However, according to peeps in the know… the pair… Jagger and his new source of feminine pulchritude… didn’t hook up until after Scott’s death.

Again, that may or may not be, but, I’m gonna make this short, sweet and simple…. Mick Jagger is, and has always been, a male slut. He likes getting his wee-wee wet and he is never, ever, gonna change. So, why does anyone think his relationship with this woman who committed suicide was gonna be different… not her dying… him being a dude who plays the field and likes it that way.

L’Wren’s sister can be all kinds of pissed off all she wants but Jagger is what he is and he ain’t about to change now… especially, at this point in his life… to quote from one of the Jaggermiester’s own songs…

The Spider and the Fly

(Songwriters: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)

Sittin’ thinkin’ sinkin’ drinkin’
Wondering what I’d do when I’m through tonight

Jagger and Marianne Faithful
Jagger and Marianne Faithful

Smoking moping, maybe just hopin’ Jagger1
Some little girl will pass on by
Don’t want to be alone but I love my girl at home
I remember what she said
She said, “My, my, my don’t tell lies, keep fidelity in your head
My my my, don’t tell lies. When you’re done you should go to bed
Don’t say hi, like a spider to a fly
Jump right ahead and you’re dead”
Sit up, fed up, low down go round
Down to the bar at the place I’m at
Sitting drinking, supereficially thinking

Jagger and Jerry Hall
Jagger and Jerry Hall

About the rinsed-out blonde on my left

Jagger and Bianca
Jagger and Bianca

Then I said, “hi” like a spider to a fly
Remembering what my little girl said
She was common, flirty, she looked about thirty
I would have run away but I was on my own
She told me later she’s a machine operator
She said she liked the way I held the microphone
I said my, my, like the spider to the fly
Jump right ahead in my web

He makes no bones about it… it is who is and he ain’t ever gonna change. So, why anyone thinks he would is strange… so, very strange.

But, that’s another song for another time… from another artist.

8) I’m gonna say this about what be going on over in Iraq…

When the day that was 9/11 happened I took out a small flag that I had stowed away in some drawer somewhere and tied it to 9-11my car antenna… yeah, I had a car with an antenna.

Me… the big antiwar guy, who really was not that fond of peeps who went around waving the flag and saying things like “America, love it or leave it”. I was waving the flag. And doing it with pride and a bit of anger… a sort of “Don’t Tread on Me” attitude. Simply, just because I disagreed with my country’s penchant for fighting in countries where I thought we had no business being didn’t mean I didn’t love my country. Maybe I should say… I felt real damn good that I was living in America where I had chances to be who I was, where if, I was in some other country I would never have had the chance to be who I was… an outspoken young man who had an opinion and damn well was gonna say it.

I, the big antiwar guy, was also very supportive of going into Afghanistan and gettin the bastards who dared to murder American peeps on American land. I was antiwar… but was not antidefend ourselves and do justice where justice needed to be done.

I don’t like killing but if ya’ll come into my house breathing fire and brimstone, then brother ya’ll gonna have an another think coming if you think you be walking away clean. Ain’t agonna happen.

But then something funny… funny in strange way; not in a ha-ha way… happened. Suddenly we… America… were invading Iraq.

Down came the flag from the car antenna. I never supported that war. Ever.

I thought it was a mistake and, frankly, it was wrong. And, as I said in this very column just last week, and, will say it now… I always felt and expressed the opinion that when we finally left Iraq ya really think anything will have changed? It’s simply gonna go right back to the way it was before we stuck our noses into someone else’s business where it really had no reason being in the first place.

Then the Bamster got elected and promised to end our involvement in Iraq. He did… in a roundabout way but he did it. He also got us stuck in some other crap I wasn’t really overjoyed about but he essentially got our men out of Iraq.

And guess what happened? Yep. It is going right back to the way it used to be…sectarian battles and tribal war and so-calledIraq insurgents Muslim variant against Muslim variant… (it’s really all about who controls the wealth but thats just between me and you).

And, now peeps in America are saber rattling all over again. Some say Obama done did this crap to us… and screwed it all up. Others point back to Bush the Second.   Personally, I think there is more than enough blame to go around for both men and both parties.

But this is what I think now… The one thing we need to do is not make the same damn mistake all over again. We need to stay the hell out of Iraq and unfortunately let that sad, sorry situation play itself out.

We cannot control how other folks want to run their countries.

We cannot force our way of life on others, no much how much we believe it’s the right way to live. Besides who died and appointed us lord and master over everyone and everything.

cartoon2Look it… it’s like this… for centuries folks have tried to go into the Middle East and change how its gonna be… and what all has changed during all those centuries? Not a whole hell of lot.

So, let it play itself out.

Does this mean we ignore the state of affairs over there?

Not if we have any intelligence.

And, that is the point… we have what is called an intelligence service do we not?

Well it’s about time they started doing things intelligently and very, very, very secretively. Nuff said.

I may be antiwar but I ain’t stupid.

9) Patience Boyd was just 2 years old when tragedy struck on a Bronx (NYC) street and left her in very dire straits. Patience nearly died three years ago when a wannabe badass began shooting off a gun because of some dope deal gone wrong. A stray bullet smashed into Precious head and doctors feared for her life. They told her mom, Lisandra Garcia, if she were to live it still wouldn’t be good.

Garcia recalled the incident the other day to a Daily News reporter: “She couldn’t talk… She didn’t have facial expressions. She would look at you, and that’s the most you would get from Patience. She was playing right next to me… guy came around the block and started shooting. I turned around to get Patience. She was already on the floor. She was bleeding.”

Over $400 for some pot… a jerkass went out trying to be the big dude on the street and started shooting… he gonna prove a point… settle some business. Yeah, it sure do settle stuff… very permanently sometimes.

But, all too often there is collateral damage… innocent folks get hurt… sometimes get dead… because some jerkass goes off with a gun trying to some sort of god. Some innocent like Precious gets hurt.

On August 29, 2011, Precious was gunned down… seriously wounded… spent time in three hospitals and was not able to get back home until almost Christmas day. Not the happiest Christmas for Precious and her mom that year.

Garcia recalled… “Since she got injured in the head, they had already told me that she might not make it… (and, if she did) She might not talk. She might not walk.”

Precious is now 5-years-old and she graduates today (6/18) from the preschool program at YAI, a network of agencies assisting people with disabilities.

She is readying herself to go to kindergarten and is learning how to ride a tricycle. She is being a little kid… as best a little kid

Precious Boyd
Precious Boyd

as she can be.

This time some jerkass with a gun and a wildly shot bullet did not win. Some innocent survived and thrived… as best as she can thrive considering a bullet tore into her head and some motor skills still need working on. But, from wearing a helmet and eating mush to riding a trike and getting ready for kindergarten… pretty damn good, if, ya be asking me.

Sometimes the good guys win… maybe some peeps don’t see it, but, it is a win. So screw you, jerkass… and… chalk one up for the good guys.

Or… as mom says… “Sometimes you have to put that anger aside and count your blessings… She’s here… that’s the important thing.”

10) This weeks gratuitous pics…




Lena Headey, 40, English actress… headey121600x1200Lena-Headey-actresses-

























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  1. As a Game of Thrones fan: Thank you for the Lena Headley pictures.

    As I’ve said many times, we both read the NYDN, and ironically enough I thought the same thing when I was reading L’Wren Scott’s sister’s comments about Mick Jagger. The man has a history of being a womanizer. While it would have been polite, to kind of curb his appetite because of L’Wren’s suicide, the man can’t help himself. He is who he is, and it is what it is.

    Good blog. As always.

  2. The day will come, maybe not as soon as it should, when great-grandpa Mick will need to decide if his latest young thing has sufficient nursing skills to take care of him in his when-will-it-get-here old age.

    I find it curious that with all the talk about going back to Iraq the one voice that remains silent is the voice of the man who sent US soldiers there. Namely, George W. Bush. Dick Cheney is all over the place with his opinions but GWB hasn’t said word one. I had a theory during the Bush/Cheney administration that when we were told the Vice-President was in a secure location he was really the little alien in GWB’s brain running GWB’s body, and that sometimes when GWB stumbled while making a speech, or made up words was when the sedative wore off and Bush’s brain took over again. IMO the only things we accomplished in Iraq or Afghanistan was to put the conflict between the Sunnis and Shiites, the Afghanis and Taliban on pause. I totally agree we should just let everything play out. That part of the world has been at war with each other long before Adam met Eve.

    Your blogs are always a joy to read.

  3. A writer to today’s NYDN “Voice Of The People” wrote, in reply to the hypocritical NYDN’s headline… (The News) had a misprint: “Al Qaeda is being bloodily born before the world’s eyes. The world is reaping what Obama has helped sow.” ” … I corrected it: ” Al Qaeda NAtion is bloodily born before the world’s eyes. The world is reaping what George W. Bush helped sow. And what Papa Bush helped till the soil for.”

    I don’t think Obama gets a pass here but he certainly does not own the most responsibility for what is now transpiring in Iraq…

    Once again, if a simple citizen, like myself, saw ,all those years ago, that once we left Iraq that everything was gonna go right back to where it once was then why couldn’t all those folks who get paid the big bucks and have big degrees and access to all sorts of info not see that?

  4. Once I made the decision to go with Lena and found out that she was a Throne’s cast member… I instantly thought of you, EJ. 😉

  5. When the US made the decision to invade Iraq in 2003, I was a senior in college. I was also a History/Poli Sci major so in one of my classes the professor asked us to give our opinions on the upcoming war. Every last classmate of mine all said we’ll kick their asses and everything will be OK. I was the only one to say that invading Iraq will only open a power vacuum. Yeah, you get Saddam out, but it’ll only destabilize the situation and you’re not going to like the end result. Safe to say I was labeled unpatriotic and for the rest of the semester I was attacked in class every time we’d discuss the war.

    Funny thing? I started grad school January 2004. The same professor taught at my graduate University. When he saw my face he smiled, and then he introduced me to my classmates as the only man in all of his courses (at three different colleges) to speak his mind on the War and get it correctly.

    11 years later, am I wrong? No. I felt invading Iraq was wrong then, and it still was wrong now because what exactly did it accomplish?

  6. “Absolutely nothing! Good God ya’ll…” (my hat is tipped to the group “WAR”) is what it accomplished… except that some peeps got very rich; some peeps got very dead and some peeps had their lives ruined.

  7. That’s why I don’t think we’ll hear W say anything on all of this. He probably got a couple of dollars out of this mess too.

  8. It is my “professional yet humble” opinion that W never did nothing unless he got his cut of the pie. I did an artlcle on the site “Informative Sports” that detailed how he got very rich from the sale of the Texas Rangers and from a very minimal investment on his part. To say there was some behind the scenes finagling and hinkiness going on is putting it mildly. That money effectively financed his politcal career.

    I was just in the doctors office and I was reading in New York Magazine a very interesting article on Iraq… this guy roasts every one, inclduing the liberal press, who back in the day were like your former classmates… let’s go invade Iraq… its our patriotic duty.

    I gotta go find it online now so I can finish it… I’ll probalby do a review or discussion piece of it in the days to come if I can find it online

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