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Alexis de Tocqueville: 3 Quotes & 2 Bumpers

November 7, 2012

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”


“Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”


“A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.”

Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America (appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). — Wikipedia, for those who don’t already know.

Welcome to the United States of Zombieland, Alexis. Two Bumpies for you:




Of Evolution, Mass Murderers & Nursery Rhymes

April 23, 2012

My son took this pic for me when we were out running errands last fall. Notice anything ironic  about it?

Dinosaur vs Christians — who will be the winner (winner, chicken dinner*)? Godzilla would be proud!

We don’t always remember (or are taught) the full version of nursery rhymes. Case in point (and one of my favorite examples): “Birds of a Feather”

Birds of a feather flock together,
And so will pigs and swine;
Rats and mice will have their choice,
And so will I have mine.

Which made me think of those two beacons of social justice/engineering, those two maestros of orchestrated death — particularly the “pigs and swine” line:

Che Hitler

So I united them into one image. Apropos, no?


*Thank you, Charlie Sheen!


Music for Halloween, Classic and Otherwise

October 24, 2011

Here are are my top thirteen Halloween music faves. Okay, they’re not all Halloween-specific, but they fit the mood of the holiday. If you expected a “classic” song that’s not there, keep in mind just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s a classic — or even that good  (sorry, “Monster Mash,” “Purple People Eater,” and theme songs from both The Munsters and Addams Family — all good and fine, if you’re seven years old).

In alphabetical order:

Ballad for Dead Friends (Dashboard Prophets)
Blue (Angie Hart)
Burn the Pain (Trip Cyclone, Shivers 2: Harvest of Souls)
Cry Little Sister (G Tom Mac; True Blood version)
Desperado (Alice Cooper)
Halloween (Dream Syndicate)
Idiot Prayer (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)
Pet Sematary (The Ramones)
Rest in Peace (Spike, Once More with Feeling OST)
The Wrong Side (Abney Park)
Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show OST)
Transylvanian Concubine (Rasputina)
Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfeld)

Six songs that scared me as a child (that I’ve since grown to love):

D.O.A.* (Bloodrock)
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
I Am the Walrus (The Beatles)
Sick Things (Alice Cooper)
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
White Room (Cream)

Zombies + Beatles = I Wanna Eat Your Brain

Surprisingly, “Sympathy for the Devil” (Rolling Stones) didn’t bother me. Go figure. Maybe even as a kid, I didn’t buy their “ooh we’re dabbling with demonic stuff here” schtick.

*Except for this song. Who the hell thought it was a good idea to release this for radio play (circa 1971)?  Frightened me more than anything I’ve ever heard.  Ever.  Still creeps me out. Do not look this song up; it will give you nightmares.

Six old-school faves*:

Danse macabre (Camille Saint-Saens)
Funeral March of a Marionette (Charles-Francois Gounod)
Hungarian Rhapsodies, No. 2 in D minor (Franz Liszt)
In the Hall of the Mountain King (Edvard Grieg)
Teddy Bear’s Picnic (Henry Hall)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Johann Sebastian Bach)

*Gee, waddya know, the majority of these I first heard in old Warner Brothers cartoons. And then there’s Raymond Scott’s “Powerhouse” — which isn’t spooky, but is industrial-assemby-line-unstoppable-machine awesome.

Hope you find something above you will enjoy. Happy Haunting!


More Old Sci-Fi Movie Posters: Two Creatures and a Crabbe

October 14, 2011

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Directed by Jack Arnold. German language poster (obviously).  Doesn’t look like he’d be very fast on land. Oh, and we could make all sorts of remarks about his ruby red fish lips, phallic fish head and the dark mouth of his cave, but — this is a PG site, after all.

The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). Directed by John Sherwood. Raising watery hell in San Francisco. Again, a literal fish out of water story (and, again, note those puffy red fish-lips — eeeew). Quick, doc, the needle!

And now,  a fish-man of another spawn:

Flash Gordon (1936).  Starring Larry “Buster” Crabbe. Raised in Hawaii,  Buster was an Olympian swimmer (gold medalist) who starred in everything from B-movies (Tarzan, The Most Dangerous Game, Island of Lost Souls, Buck Rogers, etc., etc.) to myriad television appearances. He worked consistently from 1930 to 1982 (in 114 titles). He died in 1983. He’s my new old movie-star crush.

Buster Crabbe, Pool-boy Extraordinaire.


Godzilla’s Patio Party™

October 25, 2010

Gorgeous Fall day today — just right for Godzilla’s Patio Party™! Being so close to Halloween, he invited all his demonic pals for a day of fun & games.

Godzilla greets his Mummy.

Godzilla disco dancin’ with Count Dracula.

Godzilla photo-bombing Zombie Elvis.

Godzilla racing Frankenstein’s Monster. ‘Zilla always wins.

Godzilla playing hide-and-seek with the Wolfman (who always cheats).

Godzilla: Patron Saint and Protector of Jawas.

Music was provided by the local Steel Drum Band. Here’s a shot of their grooviest drummer:

Play that funky music, white boy!


Different Shades of Blue

October 12, 2010

Everything is more beautiful in blue.

New Mexico, 2010
He’s all better now.

There’s a song by Moby, from the Southland Tales soundtrack, called “Memory Gospel” — please check it out if you’re ever in the mood for blue ambiance music.  Perfectly suits the mood of this poem, my poem with the blues —



End of Summer Randomness

August 23, 2010

Though school has started around here, it’s still summer-hot, so I am inclined to post more summer-stuff. We have an awesome  canyon nearby — Sabino Canyon — literally 10 minutes away. Once there, it’s a great place to go for a hike (just bring lots o’ water!). Here’s a little guy we spotted in Sabino, posing for a pic on a hot day — because when it just not hot enough to bake on a rock, you gotta bake on a black-top road. Ouchies.

Here’s another little guy — brought us his pretend-roadkill. Try to grab it, though, and he’ll dash away. He may look sweet, but he’s a real-life ratter — so he’s really fast!

Just try to grab it. I dare you.

Speaking of fast: Now my kiddo drives (with a learner’s permit)  — soon to be 16. Pictured below with car keys and pizza: teenage heaven.

Teenage Bliss.

Can’t leave without a summer-time poem (this form — with graphic underneath — is called a “wallpaper”, actually)