Drifting further from the shore

Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign

Today’s Quote: “Instant gratification takes too long.” — Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep), Postcards From The Edge

Crap from today’s news
Saying No to Bush’s Yes Men By Thomas L. Friedman
“With the Bush team, ideology always trumps reality, loyalty always trumps expertise.” (Another NYT Op-Ed requiring their TimesSelect subscription.)
That’s been rather obvious since January 20, 2001. His reelection suggests that there is a consensus in this country that mediocrity, complacency, incompetence, and overall lameness are highly valued and well rewarded in our society while excellence and competence are actively discouraged.

Divide Remains as Bush Pushes Immigration Plan By Carl Hulse and Jim Rutenberg
“Despite lobbying by the president, many Republican lawmakers oppose giving illegal workers a chance to become citizens.”
I think giving illegal immigrants the opportunity to become citizens is an insult to everyone who ever legally immigrated to this country as well as their descendants. If illegals want to become citizens, they can leave the country, then return legally and go through the process. We shouldn’t give away citizenship as if it were their birthright or some sort of welfare handout. Let them earn it like our ancestors did. And learn to speak English, for crying out loud. It’s quite possible to speak English and maintain your cultural identity. Immigrants from all over the world have been doing it here for generations.

Crap from today’s life
Still adrift in the Red Sea as sharks circle all around, dark storm clouds gather on the horizon, and the lights of Las Vegas grow dimmer. I am desperately searching for Gilligan’s Island and Mary Ann’s coconut cream pie.

Regarding the pants mystery from yesterday’s post, I’m still stumped. I weighed myself this morning and haven’t lost any weight in the last couple of weeks. If anything, I’ve probably gained back about a pound. I’m sure God is having a good laugh.

Music Trivia Quiz:
1. What instrument does jazz musician David Sanborn play? A) Saxophone B) Clarinet C) Trumpet
2. Who recorded the song with the lyric, “You can’t start a fire without a spark…this gun’s for hire even if you’re just dancing in the dark”? A) Jackson Browne B) Dave Matthews C) Bruce Springsteen
3. Which Broadway soundtrack was the best-selling album of the 1960s? A) The Sound of Music B) West Side Story C) My Fair Lady
4. According to the screenplay, what are the witch’s guards singing in the Winkie Chant in The Wizard of Oz? A) “O-Ee-Yah! Eoh-Ah” B) “All we own. We owe her.” C) “Oh we loathe the old one.”
5. Despite Audrey Hepburn’s lengthy preparation for the role, whose voice was dubbed in for her part in My Fair Lady? A) Julie Andrews B) Debbie Reynolds C) Marni Nixon

Music Trivia Answers:
1 A) Saxophone .
2. C) Bruce Springsteen [Springsteen wrote Dancing In The Dark about his difficulty writing a hit single and his frustration trying to write songs that will please people. Ironically, it was a hit single. Due to its catchy beat, the somewhat depressing lyrics were lost on most listeners. His Born In The U.S.A. (on the same album) had the same thing happen, as the message was lost in the music. (Songfacts.com)]
3. West Side Story
4. A) “O-Ee-Yah! Eoh-Ah” [And all this time I thought they were singing about chocolate cookies with a white creamy layer between them.]
5. C) Marni Nixon

I only got #2 right today.


Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.