Friday, May 29, 2015

friday cat blogging

Sammy is not with me at the moment. When Kit & I split, we negotiated joint custody of ye catt.

The feline enjoys her time at Dwamma's house, and likes sleeping and/or just hanging out in a dry sink. I've seen many cats & kittens do this before, but this is a first 4 Sammy as far as I know.

high water everywhere pt 1

Here's one for the folks in south Texas.

This tune Commemorates the Great Mississippi flood of 1927, until hurricane Katrina the Gulf Coast's worst flood disasterSung and played by the great and inimitable Charley Patton, who some find a bit difficult 2 understand. U can read it as U listen.

The black water done rose all around Sumner now, 
drove me down that line; 
Black water done rolled at Sumner, 
drove poor Charley down that line; 
I done tell the world the water, 
done jumped through this town. 

 Lord, the whole round country, 
Lord, the river has overflowed;
Lord, the whole round country, 
man, it’s overflowed;
( spoken: You know I can't stay here, 
I'll go where it's high, boy) 
I would go to the hilly country, 
but, they got me barred. 

Now look-a here now at Leland 
the river was risin' high 
Look-a here boys around Leland tell me, 
river was raisin' high 
(Boy, it's risin' over there, yeah) 
I'm gonna move over to Greenbriar
Bought a ticket, goodbye. 

Look-a here the water now, Lordy, 
Levee broke, rose most everywhere; 
The water at Greenville and Leland, 
Lord, it done rose everywhere;
(Boy, you can't never stay here) 
I was goin down to Rosedale 
but they tell me there's water there. 

Now, the water now, mama, 
done took Charlestown; 
Well, they tell me the water, 
done took Charlestown; 
(Boy, I'm goin' to Vicksburg) 
Well, I'm goin' to Vicksburg, 
for the higher mind. 

I am goin' up that water, 
where lands don't never flow; 
Well, I'm goin' over the hill where, 
water, oh don't never flow; 
(Boy, hit Sharkey County and everything was down in Stovall) 
But, that whole county was leavin', 
over that Tallahatchie shore.
 (Boy, went to Tallahatchie and got it over there.) 

Lord, the water done rushed all up, 
that old Jackson road; 
Lord, the water done raisin, 
over the Jackson road; 
(Boy, it starched my clothes) 
I'm goin' back to the hilly country, 
won't be working no more.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

hello, june

It's late spring in AZ.

As Texas suffers from its worst floods ever and tornadoes scour the  midwest and southeast, the weather here remains predictable & somewhat boring.

& ya know, some like it hot. The first week in June will look like this here in the Valley.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

take pictures!

From the website Think Progress:

To some, Wyoming’s Senate Bill 12 — otherwise known as the Data Trespass Bill — is merely a deepening of preexisting trespass laws — a way for private landowners to seek recourse from individuals trespassing on their property to collect data. 
To others, the law is nothing short of an unconstitutional ban on citizen science throughout the state.
Passed by the Wyoming state government and signed into law by Gov. Matt Mead (R) in March, the law makes it illegal to “collect resource data” from any land outside of city boundaries, whether that land be private, public, or federal. Under to the law, “collect” means to “take a sample of material, acquire, gather, photograph or otherwise preserve information in any form from open land which is submitted or intended to be submitted to any agency of the state or federal government.”

Imagine, for a second, a hiker who is taking a walk through a national forest in Wyoming. During that hike, she notices a visibly polluted stream within the area. The next day, she returns with a camera to take a picture of the stream, with the intention of showing those photographs to the local authorities as proof of pollution. Under the Data Trespass Bill, unless the hiker obtained specific permission from the land’s owner or manager — in this case, the Forest Service — to collect that data, she would be subject to prosecution that could result in up to $5,000 in fines and a year in prison.

(There's more at the link...)

This is a great opportunity for 2 things:

A massive civil disobedience campaign. Sierra Club is probably organizing one already.

1. In the process of taking pictures, it will be possible to catalog the environmental meltdown occurring in a typical western state comprehensively.

Photos should be e-mailed to the WY attorney genreral, along with the photog's (the perp's) contact info.

2. Don't pay the fine they offer you -- insist on your right to a jury trial.

The state's conention that they can foist such a ridiculous and patently unconstitutional law among us wouldn't survive the first 15 minutes of the first trial. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

friday cat blogging.

Sunday nite @ the movies.

Last week it was "Meet Mr, Cardinal" 

Maybe that bird is back here.

(Click on thumbnails for full-size views.)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

diddy wah diddy

Sooo sweet...I'll bet Sears & Roebuck had no idea...

Blind Blake, late 20's

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Uke rain

Excuse me, dear reader, if I get a little salty here, but I think that of all the crazy, weak-minded, overly-aggressive, SNAFU clusterfucks in American foreign policy history, this Ukraine thing, and consequent demonizing of Putin is the most ludicrous and totally useless veschsh I've ever seen.

Obama apparently decided some time back that he's gotta let the brass hats and the nutball wing of the State dept have their way, and go rooting around the globe like a bunch of truffle pigs looking for fungus. What a weakling!

So in front of the whole world, we're threatening Putin over a flat, agriculturally rich piece of ground that's been a highway 4 invasions & counter-invasions since before history began.

People see this & realize Uncle Sam's gotten so senile & stupid he'll go stickin his fingers in EVERY BODY'S pie.  

Putin is not an attractive personality.  He appears 2 B a domineering sort of guy, of the kind where if he meets someboldy who doesn't kiss his butt he gets annoyed. But he is competent, and Obama's vacillating, anemic, delicate, wimpy, and two-faced govoreeting Makes Putin look good in comparison.

I suspect the reason we're rootng & snufflling about over there is because John McCain and a foreign policy aide, Randy Scheunemann, have got us in so deep we can't just pull away. McCain is a bully who loves 2 tweak people and then beat em down 2 the bricks when they explode. 

The Ukranians are finding out 2 their chagrin that if you deal with crusty old fascists, you get crusty old fascism. You can't blame em for hating Russia -- it's in their genes. but I can & do blame them for thinking that top-down authoritarianism of any kind, including fascism is anything other than a recipe for national failure. 

We need to pull back miitarily all over the globe, and create the word's best land, sea, & air defense. Most of all, we need to get our hands off other people's stuff, and stop messing with things we don't understand.

let's give him a big hand

Bernie Sanders has said nothing radical, or even debatable so far. 

There are also a few obvous things he hasn't said. 

1) Social Security is a tried-and-true, effective method of redistributing income.

2) In a capitalist economic regime, income must be redistributed, to insure the survival of the society.

But the ruling class in the US today, not being the sharpest weapons in the history of aristocrocy, hasn't figured out either of thse obvious truths, or that a formerly free peple will never submit 2 slavery.

On the eve of destruction, a few of our more intelligent aristocrats will awaken, and come over 2 the people. At that point the revolution begins in earnest.

Calling Dr. Guillotine: the death penalty is a dead issue; We need a smaller version of the aristocrat separator you built 4 the French, 4 quickly & efficiently cutting the hands off thieves.   

luv it or leave it

Garry Wills has written a full-throated no-holds-barred defense of the Pope in this week's New York review of books .

I'm very glad to see it, since  Wills has long been a favorite writer of mine. He's also a dedicated Catholic and a historian. 

I thought the stuff would hit the fan this summer, when Francis's climate change encyclical is scheduled 4 release. But it's already happening. Catholic Gazillionaires are pissed, and apparently haven't heard that one must choose between God & mammon, or as I prefer to call it, Moloch. 

Personally, I'd like to see these idolaters run out of the Church, out of our country, and off the planet. I hope that won't be necessary, but dammit, the word is THE EARTH: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

bet it hurts

In Arizona the sun sometimes shines even during cloudbursts.

West African lore tells us that when this happens, the devil is beating his wife. That thought came to America on the slave ships & is still occasionally expressed today among a dwindling number of African-Americans. 

Friday cat blogging

U got 2 stop & smell the roses...

Der Rosenkatt