POOKIE FOR PRESIDENT:
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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…
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.
TODAY’S NEWS FROM THAILAND:
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.
POOKIE’S ADVENTURES IN THAILAND:
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.
PAPA JOES TALES AND FABLES:
JOEY’S MYSTERY NOVEL:
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:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/):
“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:/trenzpruca.wordpress.com/) 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.”