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First posted on December 5, 2013 by
SALVADOR de BAHIA ?
By Curtis W. Long
Hoary heathen with heavenly sanctuaries,
Begat thee the need
For souls imported in chains.
Time , thee wears well,
A fit as eternal as hell,
For ye who grew hungrily thy own flesh to eat.
As the centuries wore on,
With thy brutality now gone
From the body,
Still searing the mind is the immutable fact
Of thy indisputable act
Of the taste of honey, yet stained with brine.
Salvador de Bahie, Minas Gerais,
And other poi ...
First posted on December 5, 2013 by
BRAZIL BABBLE ?
Itinerary: San Diego ? JFK ? Rio de Janeiro ? Salvador de Bahia ? Sao Paulo ? Miami ? San Diego ? November 20 through December 3, 2013
Rate of Exchange: roughly 2 reals to 1 dollar
Except for a few sunny days, it rained or was cloudy during the first week spent in Rio. Home base was Copa Cabana, with neighboring beach town Ipanema readily at hand.
Rio de Janeiro :
? Back-of-the-scooter tour to t ...
First posted on October 29, 2013 by
( NOTE : MusicalSoCal is a partnership formed by Tommy Dodson and this writer. Following is the first cast-call for the recording and staging of our several, original musicals.)
SINGER-ACTORS ? LISTEN UP!
MusicalSoCal is an innovative theater production venture in the Los Angeles area. Our specialty is recording and staging our own, creative, original musicals. Our goal is to allow the world to be our stage.
Currently, we are recording one of our musicals, which ...
First posted on October 20, 2013 by
THE GREAT WASHINGTON MARCH TO THE BRINK
This is an attempt to omit day-to-day politics and, in a neutral way, explain what happened, during the past few weeks, at the top of two thirds of our federal government.
Several weeks ago, the time was fast approaching when the government would run out of funds for the daily payment of the country?s financial obligations. Normally, the House of Representatives approves, in an omnibus bill, all of those obligations, and passes it along to the ...
First posted on October 10, 2013 by
(PREFACE; As an unexpected, subtly demonic but credible background to this piece, just this morning, Rush Limbaugh said ? referring to the current Washington kerfuffle ? that the one ingredient that no one is talking about is, ?race? ? the race of the president? Uncharacteristically, he went no further.)
HISTORY: A CASUALTY
The same irrational mentality that caused the bombardment of Fort Sumter and ultimately the Appomattox Court House meeting ? after a loss of ...
First posted on October 3, 2013 by
THE DON , sans SANCHO ,
FEEDS THE MILL
It is amazing, unprecedented, nontraditional! A solitary, junior senator from Texas ? with his bags barely unpacked ? singlehandedly has managed to bring to a screeching halt the financial disbursing process of the United States of America!
After disposing of the urinary-bag support from his marathon senate speech, in its place, Ted Cruz has strapped on a strictly ornamental codpiece, since hi ...
First posted on September 29, 2013 by
(This is the response to a suggestion for commentary on this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/us/somali-community-in-us-fears-new-wave-of-stigma-after-kenya-attack.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 )
A BAD-ASS SOMALI
At least the U.S.-resident Somalis are more forthcoming with condemnation of their violently murderous Muslim kin than are their Arab/Muslim counterparts in Dearborn, Michigan.
That said, among the Somalis there is a bunch of &nbs ...
First posted on September 26, 2013 by
Senator Rafael Edward ?Ted? Cruz might prefer to be associated with Tom Cruise . That would not be totally inaccurate. In considering the brilliance and chicanery of Ted Cruz, it would be wise to remember the he is Cuban ? so you?d better keep an eye on your country!
Yes, Ted Cruz was born in Canada, of a mother from Maryland ? but his father was born and bred in Cuba. Ted?s naked ambition is to be president; says his American mother gives him that rig ...
First posted on September 24, 2013 by
THE GOOD SHIP UNCLE SAM
THE WIT OF ABRAHAM
If the American war machine is doing a one-eighty from its off-course path into the ineffectiveness of yesterday?s wars, it is barely noticeable. If the recent ineffectiveness of missile-laden warships threatening to rain bombardment-lite upon limited targets within a war game in which we have no skin , along with last weekend?s frightening demonstration of the vulnerability of Western interests within a volatile continent does not convin ...
First posted on September 16, 2013 by
EXOTIC, QUIXOTIC ?
Other presidential pronouncements uttered from that setting ? against a national undertone of, ?Oh, shit ? here we go again!? ? at times, immediately precede military operations that are shocking and awful. In this case, it ended in a whimper ? some say by a wimp. Let us diagnose:
Was this a comedy of errors ? and a whole bunch of other Shakespearian references? Did we hear a hapless Hamlet soliloquying ? ?
To be a world cop,
Or not to be a world cop? ...