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Saturday, November 23, 2002

To my great and wide ranging audience all over the planet....

( dead silence )

Well. To those of you who wish to know, roadSassy will be moving. Now, what that entails I'm not all that sure. Sondra Bonello, who designed the new roadSassy, suggested her host, HostForWeb,as an alternative to my present setup. Not 100% content, and liking what HostforWeb offers, I proceeded to register as a domain and bought my first month. Sondra graciously offered to execute the transfer, she is quite familiar with the tools offered. What is really cool, she is going to install movable type for me. Now I have actually had little trouble with Blogger, but I like the autonomy of moveable type and the enthusiasm of its users. So, I am beyond psyched at the prospect of my new home.

Which is curious in itself. It is not as if I expect to gain more readers, though that will become more of a priority. It is as if blogging offered you an environment that pen and paper do not.. To write 'online' is like entering a room when you log in. My environment was none too tidy with my own roadSassy design efforts. I suck at HTML. And I found I wanted to feel like I was entering a specific ambience, if you will, when I came on line and opened my door. More so, I wanted whoever might come my way to feel like they were entering a specifically designed and presided over universe. Not a cluttered cyber smudge. Now, my writing may never merit the attention, but it makes me a happy camper because, I tell you what, I have come to value this space out here where I can at least imagine I have control, have a role in the world, a way to reach, a way to be reached. It is certainly mostly illusion, but hey, I am acting like a homeowner or something. I didn't like where my words and ideas and heart were living, so , I moved and built new. And when I 'walk' in, it is just like the thrill of being in your new 'digs' on earth, as it were, I can 'smell' the new paint and fresh scent of new wood. Yup, carpet is cushy too.

So strange the illusions of cyber space. If that is what they still call it. I have absolutely no online sophistication. Well, that's cool. Not like I'm asking to live in the Salon neighborhood. will be just sweet enough for me!

Will let you know when all is complete..

posted by zee | 1:09 PM | linkback |

Thursday, November 21, 2002

My first pick up this morning is at 0430. So, I grabbed a few zzzz's and here I sit.

So. You are expecting something?

OK. Try this on. Reality shows a la our british cousins............

"One of his assistants identified the hairy, potbellied body as that of a 72-year-old German man. "There was nothing exceptional in his life. He was a businessman, an employee, who lost his job at the age of 50. At that time he started drinking," the assistant said.

The man then drank up to two bottles of whiskey a day and was a heavy smoker for the rest of his life, the assistant said.

Moments later, von Hagens, wearing a black fedora and a blue surgical gown, took his scalpel to the naked preserved corpse. He sliced across his chest with one stroke, then down from his chest to his stomach, and pulled back the flap of chest with both hands."

posted by zee | 1:52 AM | linkback |

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

You say you are an advocate of multiculturalism?

Here, idiot, have some........

They greet the admirable firemen (whose motto is Sauver ou périr, save or perish) with Molotov cocktails and hails of stones when they arrive on their mission of mercy, so that armored vehicles frequently have to protect the fire engines.

Benevolence inflames the anger of the young men of the cités as much as repression, because their rage is inseparable from their being. Ambulance men who take away a young man injured in an incident routinely find themselves surrounded by the man’s “friends,” and jostled, jeered at, and threatened: behavior that, according to one doctor I met, continues right into the hospital, even as the friends demand that their associate should be treated at once, before others.

Of course, they also expect him to be treated as well as anyone else, and in this expectation they reveal the bad faith, or at least ambivalence, of their stance toward the society around them. They are certainly not poor, at least by the standards of all previously existing societies: they are not hungry; they have cell phones, cars, and many other appurtenances of modernity; they are dressed fashionably—according to their own fashion—with a uniform disdain of bourgeois propriety and with gold chains round their necks. They believe they have rights, and they know they will receive medical treatment, however they behave. They enjoy a far higher standard of living (or consumption) than they would in the countries of their parents’ or grandparents’ origin, even if they labored there 14 hours a day to the maximum of their capacity.

But this is not a cause of gratitude—on the contrary: they feel it as an insult or a wound, even as they take it for granted as their due. But like all human beings, they want the respect and approval of others, even—or rather especially—of the people who carelessly toss them the crumbs of Western prosperity. Emasculating dependence is never a happy state, and no dependence is more absolute, more total, than that of most of the inhabitants of the cités. They therefore come to believe in the malevolence of those who maintain them in their limbo: and they want to keep alive the belief in this perfect malevolence, for it gives meaning—the only possible meaning—to their stunted lives. It is better to be opposed by an enemy than to be adrift in meaninglessness, for the simulacrum of an enemy lends purpose to actions whose nihilism would otherwise be self-evident.

Theodore Dalrymple in City Journal
Barbarians at the Gate

But have it outside America.

I say, close the borders and start deporting.

posted by zee | 6:13 PM | linkback |

Here I am out of nowhere. I seem to still be in some state of entropy, or indecision. Perhaps I am finally brain dead and I'm presently existing only in the fumes of memories remaining. Or, maybe I'm depressed.

Screw it. I'm actually in a type of blog limbo as I wait for the final touches on the new site. The design is awesome. I am way pleased with the final results, which were emailed yesterday. A new server, domain registration, new comment system, and link system, and then we are good to go. Hopefully by this week end. As it is, I have been buried in articles I've downloaded and am dissecting. Research , if you will..

But , some random thoughts, as they emerge, will follow..........

Willie is such a chauvinist pig. Using the upcoming Victorias Secret special as pretext for his guest, one Carolyn Graglia, conservative author of a text entitled ,
Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism , he proceeds to elicit from her all that he loves to hear about women, which can be summed up with his criteria of the ideal female, to wit, she is a "... a bearer of children, a chef in the kitchen, and a whore in the bedroom" ( not sure if that is quite the quote, but you get the point). And Miss Graglia, obliges him with her oily rendering of the consummate wife....

Well, I'm not going to herein expound on my pet theory that some wives are , bottom line, no different from whores. At least by the time they are the middle aged woman, out of shape and discarded, save for being drug out as "the wife" at corporate and social functions. That particular woman, well aware her husband is screwing around and the marriage is a sham, that woman is a whore much the way any woman is a whore who provides succor and sex in exchange for security and comfort. She differs from the wife who is invested in an intelligent marriage with an engaged mate who honors her and the ideals that connect them. Who equally contribute to the marriage according to their prerequisites for an honorable relationship, whatever that looks like. And she differs from 'woman A', in that IF hubby becomes a philanderer or compromises their union, she is out the door, or he is, security and comfort be damned.

Nope, nope nope, won't go there. I will just point out some problems with Graglia. Her books main point is that the world will be safe to live in again when the wife returns to the hearth, and stays there. If she just did that, young girls would not be dressing like "whores" and, as the youngest generation is portrayed, "aggressively seeking sexual partners." Supposedly, the old standard of an passive and broken slut, passed around in sundry Chevy back seats while her pom pom proper sisters went on to "get the boy" and live a full life, is the preferable outcome of sexual freedoms. GAWd forbid the sexually aggressive female. That the old double standard, (that is actually NOT old but still prevailing) that men can be celebrated as sluts, but, woman is condemned, in the same breath, by the same opprobrium, absolutely incites me to fury.

Now I agree the kids are fucked up, but to lay that at the feet of the so called liberated woman, as Willie often does, without holding the Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, parenting style accountable for the generation that became the hippies ,war protestors and drug addicts is a bit disingenuous. Everyone , even sometimes me, waxes nostalgic for the two-parent-stay-at-home household that prevailed through most of the last century. What everyone seemingly fails to connect is that the the cultural cataclysms of the sixties did not emerge from a vacuum. It came out of those nice 3 bedroom ranch homes on twinkling clean American streets. I and my peers grew up in the wealthiest neighborhood in this city and we were shooting heroin before we left our pampered high schools. In my case, I was expelled, the first in my school to be busted. So something is a bit suspect with that version of domestic engineering as well. And here we go, pendulum creatures that we are swinging to the other frigging extreme as personified by this ridiculous author and the snide and smirking Willie, who loved having his vision of the barefoot and pregnant ideal exonerated.

And his vision includes continuing to issue men license for their sexual proclivities while still condemning the woman for the same appetite. Thus, the tie in with Victorias' secret. This was ok, because it is up to the woman, according to Willie to bear the responsibility for the morals of America by putting a sacred gate in front of their vagina but, it is also woman who must gratify men's insatiable ardor and hunger for the very pliant female whom they will condemn as a whore two seconds after they deposit their potential progeny. They save their most focused and laser attention for a "whore", they sink careers and presidencies for a "whore", throw children to ruin for just some real life Victoria Girls, for the "whore", but it is the woman, in her cursed schizophrenia who must bear the responsibility for the morals and future of America.

And this bitch agrees!!! When asked about the propriety of men ogling the Vic Girls, this woman who, a moment before froths over teenage girls wearing thongs and low riders, chuckles and guffaws with Willie, men-will-be-men. Basically what she is saying was look all you want but, stick it in me when you want some. Well, that's such a flattering self image. She called Victoria "appetizers" for the real meal, which would be the wife. So, she finds whores useful, does she. And they would not, by any chance, have been at one point someone's daughter who saw the Vic/girl/woman held up as ideal and ran like a moth to the flame, a woman hungering for the adulation of men.

Apparently she doesn't perceive the contradiction. There was no edict from her that men take responsibility for their dicks and their appetites, that they not pass on to their sons their Hustlers and Penthouses with a wink, that they not look at the sons 'first lay' as some crowning achievement , ignoring the human recipient of the seed. I found it contradictory indeed until a read a review of her book by conservative writer, Antoinette M. Aubert, that disclosed some pretty sick passages....

" She does not merely support women staying at home, but creates a quixotic ideal of the submissive wife. She even unconscionably defends the horrible mutilation of clitoridectomy, hypothesizing that Western women can learn from these women's contentment. The only lesson to be learned here is how to be a happy abuse victim. "


"Women will be happy when they become the "awakened Brunhilde", overcome by marital intercourse:

When, with regularity, a woman experiences sexual pleasure ... she increasingly delights in her femininity and feels herself to be precious. Ever softening, she becomes self-satisfied, less competitive, less aggressive."

( my emphasis)

Nice guest Willie.

Willie made the statement that 99% of all very happily married men, if told they could do a Vic Girl with secrecy and impunity, would jump on it. His telling statement was that "it [would be] nothing personal".

So, it is not personal to break the marriage vow, not personal to use a woman as a come deposit. No wonder feminists exist. As long as anachronisms like Willie and his guest have a public forum, we will always need ball breaking women around.

posted by zee | 4:28 PM | linkback |

Friday, November 15, 2002

Here are what looks to be the final version of roadSassys' evolution.

spicedSass... which will be the political rants about Cincinnati and the world.

heartSass....well, issues of an atrophied heart. Well, not that melodramatic, but, herein my musings, stuff on dissociative, ADD, ennegrams, sex, pain, and ponderings and esoteric relevant to none but me.

roadSassy.....will be more focused on my experiences as a limo driver in Cincinnati, my love of the road,my fascination with highway systems, local commentary of a NON political nature and hopefully no frigging pontificating.

However, poor Sandra, I did find one other picture I think I want for my final roadSassy choice. I love that truck. I drove one like that when I lived in Omak, Washington, home of the world famous Stampede and Suicide Race and I so love them on those high desert roads..

Sandra is working on the splash page to tie them together and then I simply have to redistribute my materials, insert links and comments, and just start cranking it out.

And now it is off to the races. I'm in a stretch all day. Not exactly my choice on the day Cincinnati might get its' first snow of the season. We seem to be having a major accident per day on dry roads.

posted by zee | 8:35 AM | linkback |

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Babbling Babs

Why is it that for the left, wealth in the hands of their own is somehow not suspect or egregious, while conservative wealth is venal and ill gotten? I mean , really, this definitely is a lifestyle that abjures opulence, and demonstrates just how it is possible for Babs to be so in tune with the downtrodden she weeps for. Certainly anyone of us can relate to the odious task of integrating our East coast furniture into our West coast home.........

"She's asked five top West Coast designers to bid on a project to incorporate her New York furniture into a farmhouse-like addition on her Malibu estate," said the source. "

And, because she is just such a stunning warrior for the weak, we will allow her hypocrisies. Still a free country, right?

"Last year, her site urged fans to be more energy-efficient even while she criss-crossed the country on fossil fuel-sucking private jets, roamed the roads in gas-guzzling limos and SUVs, and vacationed on big power boats.

Streisand also urged her fellow Americans to set air conditioners at 78 degrees. One source told Keil that Babs kept the 16 rooms in her unoccupied Central Park West triplex as cold as a meat locker.

And don't forget the time Streisand urged everyone to conserve energy by hanging laundry outside on lines, rather than use electric clothes dryers. But when asked if Streisand herself was using a backyard clothesline, her spokesman said: "She never meant that it necessarily applied to her."

I think the left must think that all of the Draconian measures they would so easily impose on all of us, simply do not apply to them. I wish they would test that theory of immunity in Iraq. They will find the consequences they fail to reap for their traitorous ways here, would render them slightly less comfortable results.

I'm plowing through this material on Streisand, trying to stomach the perusing of her site. I almost feel I must hold my breath, as you would when walking past a particularly foul excretion on the sidewalk. Its rather like wading through Jello, no substance, reality bending to sophistry...

"The Streisand Foundation gives away money to organizations that work to protect the environment, ( green Party) our civil liberties ( Shakedown Inc.), the rights of women ( NOW) and children, and fight against nuclear proliferation (the enemy)... "
( parentheses mine )

Shes just another frigging pimp for the left. Just another Hollywood denizen artistically gifted and morally bereft. Her talent is in inverse proportion to her worthiness as its' steward. Her voice is as transcendent as her politics is scum sucking. Same regarding the politics of artists I'll no longer be able to stomach no matter how gifted: Sarandon, the Ball-less Baldwin boys, Glover, Cosby, Goldberg, ad nauseam. It certainly demonstrates the egalitarian approach that 'Deity' adopts in the distribution of human genius. It is almost a cosmic version of Affirmative Action, in that the preponderance of the universes largesse is bestowed upon the least deserving and the least capable.

I just have to wade thru just a bit more of this bilge, simply because she is a such poster child for the disingenuous. Drudge unearths her investments in to Halliburton as well as Limbaughs Clear Channel. and her adroit refutation of such heinous charges was to whine about loosing money on the stock. The point is you BOUGHT the stock, Babbles Baby. Loosing money does not ameliorate the hypocrisy demonstrated.. geee-ZuS!!

I beg these people to, for ONCE, frigging put their money where their mouth is. I have no idea what the politics of Audrey Hepburn were, but that ephemeral spirit actually served the impoverished the left purport to embrace so fervently but whose presence they can not endure past the photo shoot. She certainly didn't have her name embraced by the Fashion Nazis.....

"..Their work appeals to many icons of the film world including Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, who buy the clothes to wear to their own special private occasions and more public events such as the Oscars..."

Nor her esoteric tastes admired and auctioned at Christies.

And via Roelands.Org, we find that Babs has company. Probably one of her Green Peace buddies.....

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 3 -- "California's 1,100-mile coast has a new watchdog: a retired tech mogul with a helicopter and a digital camera who is posting detailed photos on the Internet of every inch of the oceanfront, from the redwood-studded cliffs of the north to the rows of mansions crowding the south......A typical four-person helicopter, the Bell JetRanger 206, burns 25 gallons of fuel per hour. In an hour of typical highway operation, a typical large SUV will burn between three and five gallons. So the husband-wife team of environmental heroes is essentially flying around northern California in eight SUVs strapped together, madly expending fossil fuels and pumping out greenhouse gases. To top it off, helicopter engines are totally unrestricted when it comes to smog-forming emissions. A JetRanger or similar helicopter would spew thousands of times as much smog-forming compounds, per hour of operation, as any make or model of modern car. But they're environmental heroes because they are looking for bulldozers!...."

No doubt the money plowed into this misadventure is better serving humanity than had it perhaps educated one child, brought medical succor to one sick person. But 'one' is too small a number for the left. Doesn't feed their rapacious ego to have the gratitude of one. They must have the abeyance of the masses to their edicts.

You see, it is for your own good after all.

posted by zee | 2:52 PM | linkback |

Monday, November 11, 2002

Well, I'm just in here goofing, no time for much more..

Has anyone attended one of these Meetups? Bloggers, pursuing a mutual interest, meet up locally. Looks like 130 some topics in Cinci, but most with only one member.
Webloggers meets 11.20. I believe a minimum of 3 people have to commit for a meeting to take place.

I have not been able to attend one yet, work precluding commitments, which keeps my life so very marvelously safe. I can't even commit to myself. Just the road. Oh well.

I've never actually interacted in real life with anyone I knew on line. When I first got on line, I was intoxicated with all the communites warmly extending affirmation, recognition, whatever.............I found though, after about 6 months, my on line behavior began to mimic my planet bound behavior. An observer, loner, traveler. I don't use any instant messenger devices and rarely check out a chat room. Most contain gibberish and i haven't the patience to seek like minds.........just like in real life, I'm way too restless

Which often times, sucks.

posted by zee | 2:25 PM | linkback |

Friday, November 08, 2002

This was my response to a comment from the post below this one, because my comment thingy, which works quite well if one gets few comments, doesn't seem to serve its' purpose sufficiently if actually employed. So I'll post it here.

From Chuckles.....

I applaud the intensity of your convictions even as I rue the void that separates yours from mine. I guess my main concern now is that 1) congress has ignored the constitutional definition of a declaration of war, both with regard to Iraq and to the "police action on terrorism," resulting in a muddying of national policy and a consequent muddying of national opinion; and 2) we're inconsistent, hypocritical - why aren't we planning to bomb North Korea? The Saudis? The Indonesians? Is it because we enjoy (or - anticipate) valuable trade with them despite our inability to (or - once we can) subvert their idologies without replacing their leaders?

My opinion, valueless though it may be: Either drop a single gasvapor bomb over central bagdhad and kill 200,000 people without loss of a single american life (or only those stupid enough to stay in a war zone) and have done with it, or get the hell out of their politics as well as that of the Saudis, Jordanians, Turkish and Syrians. The best way to kill the mysogynistic and backwards regiemes of the middle east is to develop the fuel cell engine and stop importing their oil. Let them eat their own black gold. I do not want to die for it, nor to send others to their deaths.

to which I responded with...

a cursory glance would suggest that we are not too far apart in some things.

... congress has ignored the constitutional definition of a declaration of war, both with regard to Iraq and to the "police action on terrorism...

i guess this is hearsay, but I'm not focusing on the 'mechanics' of politics and war. I'm not concerned about verbiage employed or tactics pursued in jockeying legislation through, though I'm sure I ought to be concerned with it.. What I am focusing on is the nature and severity of the threat, which embodies this type of madness:

EXTREMIST Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir is actively recruiting members in Australia, despite being banned across much of the rest of the world.

The party, which attracted 400 people to a meeting in Sydney this week, is dividing the local Islamic community with its hardline views advocating the overthrow of Western governments and the creation of an international Islamic state.

Also known as the Party of Islamic Liberation, the organization condemns Jews, Christians, Hindus, homosexuals, communists and capitalists as non-believers.

To me it simply comes down to preserving Western civilization and though I'm not suggesting I'm worth reading, but, in the course of keeping this blog, it can be seen in my convoluted attempt to 'frame' this 'war', that I consistently return to the fears I have of the demise of all that man has thus far achieved and why the hell do we consistently self destruct. And that is where my focus keeps returning. The bottom line.
In the interim, the politics of destruction, i.e., oil, power plays, corrupt governments, are beyond my current grasp of international politics for me to correctly interpret. I can only speak from where I am, and where I am is aligned pretty much with the first part of your either/or statement......

Either drop a single gasvapor bomb over central bagdhad and kill 200,000 people without loss of a single american life (or only those stupid enough to stay in a war zone) and have done with it...

which isn't going to happen

or get the hell out of their politics as well as that of the Saudis, Jordanians, Turkish and Syrians.

which isn't realistic as long as we fail to achieve your next point...

The best way to kill the mysogynistic and backwards regiemes of the middle east is to develop the fuel cell engine and stop importing their oil. Let them eat their own black gold. I do not want to die for it, nor to send others to their deaths.

with which I concur as indicated here

But I do thank you for your comment. It is nice to know someone occasionally drops in.

posted by zee | 11:08 AM | linkback |

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Well, for now, I'm quite happy with the fact that the Pubs wonked the Dems. I will put aside the alarm I have over the future justices to be voted in, and wait for the Pubs to deliver on the war. Maybe it is that simple. Perhaps no one feels the Dems quite get who America presently is or how intensely we want decisive and aggressive action against terrorism and in the securing of our borders.
I am an un-edified political novice who has no party to hail but, I certainly would wish to hear a coherent espousal of a viewpoint similar to mine. Thus, I most assuredly hope the Dems do NOT whack out here and spin into an even more narcissistic and neurotic episode of non-productive self examination. What they surely need to be doing is listening to the reverberating echo of Americas' collective voice. Because IF they can speak to these voters intelligently and debate war and domestic issues sans the shrill harridan leftist choir, IF they can shake off the costumery of elite foppery and hit the road and hear the America that exists now, not their fervid utopian pipe dream..... well, IF they can provide a reasonable strong voice, we require such a voice, not to eviscerate Bush & Boys, but to be an additional intelligent vessel that I can trust to put Americas interests first. Not the interest of the third world.
We who are pleased with the election results all imagine we hear our own voice echoing across the land as well, as if my own personal plea for a particular future was being answered. But I will watch the Pubs as ever warily as I would the Dems. I have not been pleased that Bush has allowed the UN to slow this inevitable process of war during which time the international political complexion alters as we live and breathe......

Turkeys new Islamic leader, who has a mandate from his country similar to one just accorded Bush and who already is delivering disquieting messages.

The Saudi decision to withhold use of their bases for our troops deployment.

All of these things alarm me,esp., in view of the fact frigging Hussein has actually praised the war protestors for creating static, hoping they will impede the way to his deposal. THAT is what the dim Dems have got to get. Who can give support to a party whose most vociferous factions have pleased Hussein far more frequently than they have pleased the American electorate????.

Well, time evaporates and I have so much more to say and I don't care if no one is listening because I've been studying a lot of material and things are starting to make sense.......


posted by zee | 6:57 AM | linkback |

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

Well. Can't say I have not had enough time to write.

Can say I am lethargic.

I am.

Can say I'm percolating ideas on how I want to examine roots.

Roots of warring tribes, roots of races oppressed, roots of religious terror....

I want to play with theories.
Theories as to how the hell did liberals become despots and tyrants.
Theories on why third world countries can't get a grip.
Theories on why man always operates on a fear based system.

Bottom line
Common Denominator
Angels on a Pinhead


I'm not a philosophy major.
I'm not a political major.
I'm not a journalist.
I'm not an anything major.

I"m a human on planet earth watching the world convulse.
And I'm going to try to play with various thoughts, ideas, digressions, and imaginings, on 'paper', as it were.

There will always be article after article, thank god, to digest and dissect,and I will, but I am not 100% satisfied with simply posting the evidence of our terribly tilted world. I still want to figure it out.

And the new format will reflect the content.
And I've gone and screwed myself by electing to start over with a new template.But I love how clean this looks. Check it out.Same designer as referred to earlier.

Then, I ran into WebCrimson, which has a nice zine content program which introduces a new twist.....

But, it is coming together. I've been organizing content and links. I have a ton of material referenced that I've been re-filing.

So it goes on.

Well, time to get on Cinci roads , WET Cinci roads, which, as the natives will tell you, we treat the same as ice....

And need to figure that out too.....cut in the hill

posted by zee | 3:40 PM | linkback |

synapses randomly pinging

.......poetic justice

I know this is old news but I must record it for posterity. I think the Russians definitely have a flair for drama. Good use of it in this instance.

Chechen Terrorists to be Buried in Pigskin
According to the Moskovski Komsomol newspaper, Russian security forces have decided to bury the terrorists from last's week's hostage siege wrapped in pig's skin. The aim is to deter potential Islamic terrorists from future attacks.

Shahidi (Jihad martyrs) believe by their nefarious acts that they ascend immediately to heaven. Using their beliefs against them, wrapping their corpses in 'unclean' pigskin prevents them from entering heaven for eternity

posted by zee | 2:22 PM | linkback |

Thursday, October 31, 2002

I was amused to note that we have so intimidated the Mexican "drug lords" that they have decided it is simply more profitable to grow their crops here.

If you read the article above in its' entirety, you will observe the great outlay of men and materials that are allocated for just this small 'front' in the Weary War on Drugs. geesh. I mean , look at these numbers.....

* "In Tulare County, Calif., more than 18,000 plants, with an estimated street value of $72 million, were seized in late August in several gardens in remote areas of Sequoia National Park...."

*" Another large-scale operation that was discovered this year was in South Carolina's Lancaster County, where 6,000 plants — all 6 feet to 8 feet tall — were seized from a densely wooded area...".

* "This new breed of grower will plant as many as 15 or 20 gardens, with several of 1,000 or 2,000 plants in less secure, less remote areas — throwing a bone to law enforcement in the hope that they won't sniff around further and find the primary fields...."

* " an elaborate operation that would have produced $13.6 million worth of marijuana..."

* "Also in Washington, south of Walla Walla, 6,500 plants were seized ..."

"...With a pound of marijuana bringing in roughly $4,000 for the grower, the business has become extremely profitable, he said.

* "From a garden that brings in $1 million, I can't find $250,000 in overhead...."

* "...In California, the CAMP effort, which has been in existence since 1983, expects the seizures it has been involved in this year to total more than 300,000 plants worth more than a billion dollars, but even that does not represent the total number of plants taken in the state..."

So, it could be said that this enterprise is a tad profitable, and it certainly appears to have some outstanding talent.......

""According to officials in California, the marijuana they've been finding is high grade.

"There are some great botanical minds that have put their best efforts out to produce the best marijuana plants," Van Winkle said.

The buds on many of the plants that they find are "the size of a football, and not just one per plant — there's six to eight," Van Winkle said. "When all is said and dried, any plant that grows to maturity, they're getting two to three pounds of bud (emphasis mine). Most of the time, when they're processing it they'll cut off the bud, cut down the plant and let it rot."

and they are organized.....

"...the people who worked there had built shacks where they slept and cooked, had lugged in workout equipment and built an elaborate, sophisticated irrigation and misting system to keep the plants growing and blossoming.
"It was really well-established," Anderson said. "It was almost like a miniature Gilligan's Island. They took the time to make a comfortable, livable site. I was highly impressed with everything from the amount of labor to the engineering in that water system that was put in."


This calls for some simple creativity!

Legalize & Nationalize!!!

Take over the operations, keep on the help, and funnel all profits to beefing up our borders and overhauling immigration and free up trained agents and divert capital towards, oh, let's say, terrorism. All factions get something, good citizens busted on pot charges will be out of jail and a new source of revenue will be had by all.

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At least Cincinnati town council isn't burdened with this fool. Of course, we have enough home grown idiots in training.

Councilman introduces bill opposing war against Iraq

City Councilman Kwame Osayaba Abayomi proposed a resolution last night opposing U.S. military action in Iraq.

Abayomi, who is pastor of Unity United Methodist Church in West Baltimore, introduced the bill with an impassioned anti-war plea that included an allegation that the United States' "secret government," which he later defined as the CIA, murdered Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota because he opposed action in Iraq.

"For me, that was no accident," Abayomi said, referring to the plane crash that killed Wellstone on Friday.

The council's Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee will hold a hearing on Abayomi's bill at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in City Hall.

in Baltimore County
from SunSpot.Net

Then, there are those liberals, sounding the alarm, lamenting the lack of a leader fielding a well reasoned argument against an Iraq war , representing the..." silent majority of American antiwarriors...." They duly note that the voice on the left is shrill, their battle cry, anachronistic....

" ...who will mobilize the millions of Americans who think the Bush doctrine is dangerous, but are sure to flee left-wing pieties?"

"The leadership of the current antiwar movement is building a firebreak around itself, turning the movement toward the bitter-end orthodoxy of the Old Left and away from the millions of Americans whose honest concerns and ambivalence might fuel it. If antiwar sentiment turns out to have any impact on the course of events, it will probably be despite the organized protests, and not because of them."

And we are all looking for these answers....

"Marc Cooper, that rare journalist of the left who calls know-nothings by their proper name, put it bluntly and well in the Los Angeles Times on September 29 ("A Smart Peace Movement Is MIA"), writing that "If the left is not for war against Hussein and is also opposed to economic sanctions, what is it for? If the left is for containment instead of invasion, then isn't it the U. S. armed forces that must do the containing? ... If, at the end of the day, Hussein does foil weapons inspections, what is to be done then?""

from Who Will Lead?
Todd Gitlin
Mother Jones

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Saturday, October 26, 2002

synapses randomly pinging

Why on earth do I always need to remind myself to relax. I am so used to careening forward, to do all that is humanly possible to "be on time", calculating minutes allocated for this and that.

I do need to get a life.

However, every life I have chosen so far seems not to have arrived anywhere. Or, maybe I just need to acknowledge I am a nomad, was never designed to grow roots. Never meant to have one of those lives that appear so full. A life of many textures, a kaleidoscopic neon array of threads, wove in honor of many, many moments.

But that kind of life is the result of a conscious commitment to awareness. If awareness and consciousness are also to mean that one actually "experiences" the moments. In other words, lets say, an 'authentic participation in living', conscious most of the time. See, then you have a wide variety of threads and weaves to choose from . I have never been brave enough to live such a life. I have just gathered the remnants and star dust of other lives, of those who do up life in fabulous costume, and assembled a counterfeit wardrobe, appearing to have meaning, but, actually, having none.


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Friday, October 25, 2002

I'm close, or actually the designer is close, to having the final blog design completed. For my wide readership, consisting of the rare passerby, here is layout, font to be decided on by designer. Each blog will open in its' own window. They will probably have a drop down menu for links with a second page . I have to select a server, a topic I'm not all that learned in. I know I want a reliable server, 24/7 support, but what other server attributes should I be shopping? I bought into the new BlogSpot Plus, but found out, too late, that roadSassy, because on another server, Freeservers Premium, did not make it under the umbrella. So, unless they let me change the name on that particular account, I'm likely to cancel it. I have had no real problems with Freeservers. They have been down twice, of late. But, I'm never quite sure if the problem is with Blogger or my server. Oh well.
Plus I want to get the domain name straightened out. Why such a range of prices on securing a domain name?

I'm also trying to organize, separate all the links, that go to each blog. I've been trying to find a killer bookmark application to assist in the endeavor. Right now I'm trying NetVisualize. It exports link files in a few different formats, allows you to create page templates to export thumbnails of bookmarks, which, I'm thinking might be useful for blogging. It stores, if you want, in thumbnails, which, I, wonder if that takes up much memory. So far I think I like it.

It's amazing how complicated I can make a straight forward proposition like blogging.

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Thursday, October 24, 2002

BELAFONTE: Well, I'm always pleased when black Americans are rewarded for some achievement. I'm always very suspicious, however, and I look very carefully at what does the award dismiss? What does it suggest is correct when, in fact, so much is incorrect? And I think that, you know, there are a lot of people who just said, for instance, Hollywood is not above the issue of discussing what goes on with racism. And one day, we should get into that debate about how blacks really think about what's going on in the culture of this country.

KING: You mean blacks are not telling us what -- many blacks you know are not telling us what they really think?

BELAFONTE: I'll tell you this, Larry, many black people still live out the -- the facade of the minstrel. We wear a mask. Much of what we say and what we do is done in metaphor, and done with subtext and other meaning, because we have not had the best of experiences when you go straight to the heart of the problems in this country, because this nation becomes so punitive when it hears the truth about us.

from CNN transcript
( my italics)

This topic intrigues and frustrates me. I encountered it first in an article entitled "The Only One" and when I saw similar sentiments reflected on Channel 5 News Forum, in a post from 'Apone',so, I attempted to inquire further, but met with denial.

I find it cowardly and deceptive and yet another cop out. Every race has salient traits, cultural markers that invite caricature or stereotyping. A Google search brings up 33 thousand results for ethnic humor alone. It is, seemingly, only the African American who needs to grow some subversive sub culture to maintain their, apparently fragile, ethnic authenticity. Did the Jews suppress their Jewishness, The Italians their "wop-ness', the Chinese? The Vietnamese? All cultures seem to survive the withering glare of white scrutiny without developing "masks" and living their lives "as metaphor, done with subtext and other meaning".

Give me a frigging break.

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Monday, October 21, 2002

This is my thought regarding Mr. Pepperpepper atm It would have made a much niftier story had he been hit up by the mace dude. All the perky local news folks would then pun us to death with pepper being peppe-rd jokes, and more importantly, since the mace man is white, it would have immediately faded from the news.

Which is why, maybe, we are going for "gino"...........

My other thought ( two in one morning, oh my ) is we need to get the yuppies out of town council. It seems all a game for them.

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Sunday, October 20, 2002

Tough-talking Hagan stays true to his roots

I do want to like this man. And I guess I do, short of his politics.

I just do not quite trust those who espouse empathy and compassion for the fallen man.

"A throwback to '60s liberalism, Mr. Hagan rarely talks in sound bites and doesn't have the money for television ads. Instead, the Cleveland politician gives lengthy speeches about government's responsibility to help the weak, the sick, the poor and the voiceless."

Government for the downtrodden is a concept that has birthed, I imagine the present chimera of left/liberal/PC-ism that has introduced tyranny to our shores in the Trojan horse of egalitarianism.

"I didn't pick my parents, the pigmentation of my skin, my gender or the economic situation I was born into," he told an urban affairs class at the University of Cincinnati. "Some people say, `I got mine and the hell with everyone else.' They believe in survival of the fittest. Well, that may work in the animal kingdom, but it isn't a good definition for how a society should function."

The thing here is, survival of the fittest is how it works, sorry to disillusion you. It is this insidious altruism, this idealistic belief that you can change the nature of the beast by political rallies, smoky salon soirees, and legislation. I know that is a simplistic distillation of something too damn complex to be dispensed with in a few sentences. But it is the gist of it, in my mind, and recorded history, since time immemorial, does not dispute it. Mankind is governed by fear. Fear of death, fear of lack, fear of too much, fear, fear, fear. And until man can own the full breadth of the genius invested in his inherent design, the full potential of the being named human, mankind will always ride in the army fear drafts:instruments of power, control, intimidation, subjugation. The two greatest sponsors of said army are usually religion and government. If equality for all comes at the price of my freedom, I'll stick to survival of the fittest. You can NOT mandate human nature, you just can not.

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