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Thus and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. July 24, 2011


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Apparently the readers of the ultra-liberal blog that I sometimes post things in have shown scant amusement in my candidacy. One actually complained of my using all capitals in my title. In a recent posting of Pookie’s example of the political advantages gained by Teamsters Union of the 80’s in their flirtation with the Reagan Administration, one commenter sniffed that they (the Teamsters) are all good Democrats now. Another claimed I was ignorant of the facts. While I would be the first to admit that my poor attempts at political humor could and perhaps should fall dead on the stage, but could it also be that the left is as devoid of a sense of irony as the right. The horror…


Pope Benedict IX (1032–1044; 1045; 1047–1048) ...

1. 1045, May: Pope Benedict IX ( of whom Pope Victor III referred to when he wrote, “his rapes, murders and other unspeakable acts. His life as a Pope so vile. so foul so execrable that I shudder to think of it.”), resigned his office to pursue marriage, selling the Papacy for 1,500 pounds of gold to his godfather, the pious priest John Gratian, who promptly named himself Pope Gregory VI.

(How pious does one have to be to amass 1500 pounds of gold?)

2. 2011: With reference to the recent horrific events in Norway, one commentator referred to one of Sweden’s responses to stem the frightening rise of right-wing terrorism in their country:

“Sweden, by contrast, has seen a sharp drop in far-right extremist activity since its peak in the mid-1990s, when every national newspaper in the country published identical editions with photos of every known neo-Nazi in the land.”
Jorn Madslien, BBC News.


1. A day or two ago a Thai Military Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Myanmar (Burma) while searching for another downed military helicopter that had strayed over the border and also crashed. The area of the crashes was the same area visited by “Gun Girl” and I on our legendary journey. In fact one of the helipads used in the search was located at the Thai military facility overlooking the Thai border staffed by a lone soldier ever ready to single handily repel any attempts by the Burmese hordes to invade Thailand once again.

The Burmese region in which the helicopters crashed is primarily jungle and lightly inhabited. Some refer to it as the “Karen Nation” because it is claimed by the Karen tribe in its insurgency against the Burmese government.

2. A poll in a travel magazine voted Bangkok, the “Best City in the World” over such worthies as Paris, Hong Kong, Florence, New York and even San Francisco causing the eruption of a furious debate in the letters to the editor section of the Bangkok Post.

3. According to the Bangkok Post in Bangladesh a man was forced to parade naked around his village with a brick tied to his penis for kidnapping and marrying a 12-year-old girl.


1. Antonio and Anita have probably arrived in Thailand by now. I expect to join up with them in Jomtien Beach as soon as Monday.

2. Depressions are like winter colds or the flu, you can take all the prescription and over the counter medicines you want, add-on folk nostrums without end and comfort yourself with the knowledge that it, as always, will soon end, but, you still feel miserable until it does.

3. Today while eating lunch and fooling around with my computer at the little Thai restaurant I frequent, an argument erupted among three westerners at the next table. One of the men was going on about how Obama was a dictator and so on and continued on to a claim that carbon dioxide was good for you and that all the climate scientists were in the pay of the “Green” Industry. I normally avoid involving myself in these type of barroom discussions, but unfortunately at one point I shook my head in response to something that was said. One of the other participants in the argument noticing the slight movement, asked me my opinion of what had just been said. And I told him.

Now I mention this by was of an introduction to my observation that my operation did not rid me entirely of testosterone poisoning. It also reminded me that of all the remedies for depression available, nothing works as well as a good old shot of adrenaline.




Big Flo’s reminisces were interrupted when David Kitchen was ushered into his office to prepare Big Flo for his interview with the Department of Justice later in the afternoon.

Big Flo came around his deck hand extended. “I am very pleased to meet you Mr. Kitchen. Thank you very much for your help. I expected Charlie Bowman to work with me today. Is there some problem?”

“No not at all,” answered David, “Charlie is on his annual fishing vacation. He fully briefed me on the case. This is just a fishing expedition by the DOJ drones anyway, nothing to worry too much about. When Charlie returns next week, he will resume handling the matter. By the way, just call me Dave.”

They sat in the Big Flo’s office sitting area containing a low glass table, David on an expensive but uncomfortable leather sofa and Big Flo on one of the two similarly covered and designed chairs. “I am sorry to hear about Sam.” McWerter intoned. “I considered him a good friend and a great lawyer.”

“Yes, it was quite a shock. Let’s get right into it shall we? We have a lot of ground to cover.”


Vince put down the phone after having spoken to Ike who asked him to go to Ike’s town house to meet will some people whose names he refused to divulge over the phone. This annoyed Vince he was busy enough without having to travel half way across the City to some cloak and dagger meeting. But Ike seemed to think it was urgent and he wanted to get out of the office for a while anyway.

When he arrived at the town house he was greeted at the door by the Korean lady who lived with her husband in the cottage in the back of the house. She led him into a large Parlor room decorated in Victorian antique furniture and a vase filled with white and pink orchids. The rotund figure of Ike slouched in a large leather upholstered wing back chair drinking tea from a 19th Century Korean Celadon tea service set on the low carved mahogany table in front of him, To Vince’s surprise, across from Ike, at a large wood edged sofa sat the older gentleman he had met that day he was cornered in his office by the Department of Justice investigators and Isabella Yeung.

He looked at Ike and in a raised almost hysterical voice asked, “What the hell is going on here Ike?”


a. Eponymous laws:

Rothbard’s law — Everyone specializes in his own area of weakness.

What does this say about someone who considers himself a generalist?

b. Trenz Pruca’s Aphorisms, Apothegms, Epigrams and Maxims ( http:/

“Whitehead and Russell taught us that words have no meaning unless backed by mathematics.

In other words, it is all blah, blah, blah unless it has numbers.

Goedel then taught us that all mathematics is based on unprovable assumptions.

In other words, blah is still blah.”

c. You must be a Republican ( http:/ if you believe that:

“The illegal alien who risked everything to better himself economically by coming to America is a criminal, but the bankers and investors on Wall Street who gambled away your pension funds and put your jobs at risk are not.”

d. Testosterone Chronicles:

Delayed due to a sudden depletion of hormones.



John Stuart Mill famously wrote to John Pakington:

I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.”




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This and that from re Thai r ment, bu 3Th. June 8, 2011


2011: The cost of solar cells, the main component in standard panels, has fallen 21 percent so far this year, and the cost of solar power is now about the same as the rate utilities charge for conventional power in the sunniest parts of California,
Bloomberg Reports.


a. America.

American neighborhoods with better transportation options have far more discretionary income than the average American family or those who live in the outer, “Auto-dependent” suburbs.

An average family earning $40,000 per year can save over $4000 per year by moving into a transit oriented development. They can then use that money to pay off the debts that they incurred to the banks that persuaded them modern economics can violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics and grow forever. The bankers will be pleased with your choice.

b. Thailand:

Reports in American newspapers indicate that Thailand is considering prohibiting the tattooing of images of the Buddha on to the skin of foreigners. Apparently it will still be ok for Thai citizens to continue to adorn themselves with the sacred image.


Hayden and I spent a lovely but brief weekend with and Norbert and Stevie Dall at their home in Sacramento. Next week Hayden and SWAC are leaving for Italy to stay there about six weeks before returning to California so I will not get to visit with him again until I myself return sometime in September.

I took the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train from Sacramento to Richmond California where I transferred to BART for the remainder of my trip back to San Francisco. The Capitol Corridor has free internet connection. The last time I had taken the train along this route was about a decade ago and the rail-car I rode in was mostly deserted. Today the car was full.

The procedure yesterday was a success and now I am recuperating at Annemarie’s house.




Chapter 21 (continued):

Vince returned to reviewing the files taken from Sam’s secret office. He had told himself that he would familiarize himself with the contents and then destroy those files containing blackmail, illegal or embarrassing material. That was a bit of a lie. He was actually curious to see what Sam had collected. After reviewing a number of the files, he dismissed any intention he may have had of destroying them when it became apparent how useful they would be during his upcoming meetings with many of the firms clients. He also could recognize how valuable they could become in any attempts to keep certain disruptive partners in line.

At about 3am, feeling exhausted he curled up on the office sofa and fell asleep with the conflicting angels of conscience buzzing in his mind confident that the evil angel of convenience will prevail as usual. About an hour later, the annoying bells of his cell phone, chiming out some samba tune that he could almost identify, woke him. He did not recognize the number and although convinced it was a wrong number decided to answer it so as to enjoy the release of pent-up tension while he screamed at the miscreant for waking him up.

“Mr. Biondi?” said a gruff voice on the other end.

“Yeah, who the hell is this calling at this hour?”

My name is Mooney, Deputy Sheriff Mooney of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Do you know a Mrs. Stephanie Coign.”

Suddenly more awake and trying to grasp what was happening Vince said, “Yes, has anything happened to her officer?”

“Well, I am here at Devil’s Slide and we have just removed a body from the wreckage of an automobile that we assume from the driver’s license we found on her that she was the driver.”

“Oh my God!”

“We also found on the body, a piece of paper containing this number along with your name.”

This announcement was followed up with a rapid series of questions about his relationship with Stephanie and when he saw her last. When, at last, Vince tried to get his own questions answered he was met with the request to appear at the office of the Sheriff as early in the morning as he could make it.

After they hug up, Vince lay back in the darkness, unable to get back to sleep while hundreds of unanswered and unanswerable questions danced through his mind along with the demons of guilt and fear. He waited for dawn. When her fat, sticky, rose-colored fingers finally crept through the blinds and caressed his face, he began to make his phone calls.

a. Eponymous laws:

Archie’s law — In petrophysics, relates the in-situ electrical conductivity of sedimentary rock to its porosity and brine saturation. Named for Gus Archie (1907–1978).

Who would have thought? Good for you Gus, or is it Archie? I usually dislike people with two first names, but using Gus and Archie together I like. Mrs. Archie’s maiden name was Melinda Gus and his father’s name was Archie Archie. They originally wanted to name him Archie Gus-Archie but common sense prevailed and they settled on just Gus Archie. Good job, Mr. and Mrs. Archie!

b. Trenz Pruca’s Aphorisms, Apothegms, Epigrams and Maxims ( http:/

“You must be a Republican if you believe that the earned income tax credit that benefits the lowest wage earners in the nation is an unwarranted redistribution of income, but lowering the capital gains credit on unearned investment income is not.”

c. From God’s Mouth to your ears:

Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death. Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.” (Exodus 35:2)

In other words, according to God, on the sabbath, freeze your ass off in darkness or die.


“Though the earth, and all inferior creatures, be common to all men, yet every man has a property in his own person: this no body has any right to but himself. The labour of his body, and the work of his hands, we may say, are properly his. Whatsoever then he removes out of the state that nature hath provided, and left it in, he hath mixed his labour with, and joined to it something that is his own, and thereby makes it his property. It being by him removed from the common state nature hath placed it in, it hath by this labour something annexed to it, that excludes the common right of other men: for this labour being the unquestionable property of the laborer, no man but he can have a right to what that is once joined to, at least where there is enough, and as good, left in common for others.”
John Locke, Chapter 5 Second Treatise of Government.


“He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed…”
Sarah Palin on Paul Revere’s famous ride.

In an effort to clarify her statement La Palin later explained:

“Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that ‘hey, you’re not going to take American arms, you are not going to beat our own well-armed persons individual private militia that we have.'”

She blamed her previous answer on the media, saying it was a “gotcha question.”

(In fact, before he could ride very far and ring anyone’s bells, Paul Revere woke up so many British soldiers that they promptly shot him for disturbing the peace. As a result, the revolution was cancelled. God save the Queen.)

I apologize, but here I must end with a quote from John Stuart Mill, a contemporary of John Locke who observed that:

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.”

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