Christmas Eve Cat Food (From the book, "Nightmare…
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Sep 30, 2014 - 6:37am
Christmas Eve Cat Food (From the book,

Christmas Eve Cat Food I got a call one Christmas Eve to do an A/V gig for a club manager I've worked for several times. It was one of those; ‘no one else is around’ calls, and I’m proud to say I’ve landed some pretty sweet gigs that way.I was hired to run lights and sound for a private cabaret performance, typical A/V duties. The performer was a well-known TV and stage personality, whom we will call Ms. M. Rumor had it she’d been paid some big moola to make an exclusive appearance for some big wigs at a major network. Dark suits and flashy evening gowns filled the room.The event was held at a high-dollar, Russian-themed cabaret room—carpets and chandeliers type of place in the theater district of New York City. The showroom was hourglass shaped, long and skinny, with room for only a few minis…

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Big Rock Candy Mountain

Big Rock Candy MountainOne evening as the sun went down And the jungle fires were burning, Down the track came a hobo hiking, And he said, "Boys, I'm not turning I'm headed for a land that's far away Besides the crystal fountains So come with me, we'll go and see

Oct 1, 2014 - 10:44am
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Injury Duty

I know it's poor English, but the irony is what drives me. I just pulled the ultimate punitive duty that can be awarded to an American citizen -I'm up for jury doody.It is the duty of every eligible American voter, to carry the mantle of jury duty. It should be a great honor. I should be thrilled. T…

Oct 2, 2014 - 3:33am
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Aotearoa

When we arrived in Aotearoa, we came from New Caledonia, and we were almost broke. We started hitching in Hamilton, and a truck driver from Aria let us pop in for the ride south. He asked, where from mates, we said Switzerland, and he said Ah.  He took us to his home, ordered us to eat, mince p…

Sep 30, 2014 - 3:37pm
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  • - Oct 1, 2014 - 7:18pm
  • - by The Bug
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Democracy threatened: the narrowing of America's e…

From the perspective of self-proclaimed “Conservatives,” the supposed “socialist” policies pushed by Liberals are the greatest threat to the American economy and way of life.  From the perspective of Liberals, the supposed “capitalist” policies pushed by Cons…

Sep 30, 2014 - 2:50pm
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Understanding Hitler

Roger Cohen is an idiot today. Sorry. I'm usually very polite, but today in a opinion piece in TNYT he wrote something that is absolutely stupid. He's not always stupid. Today he wrote that we have no need to understand Hitler. Hogwash!He wrote this in relation to ISIS, sa…

Sep 30, 2014 - 1:44pm
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Aral Sea disaster is not sexy but it is real......

Many people, including President Barack Obama, now claim Climate Change is the greatest issue of our times. They are believers in a cause thus there is nothing to be gained by me arguing with them here. As I like to say about the growing chorus of Climate Change preachers - 'you can't argue with GOD…

Oct 1, 2014 - 5:02am
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A Discussion About Writer Beat

Because the comment thread is getting long in “A Disgruntled Writer Beat …,” I decided to move two of the more recent comments into a new thread.  Please feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions, and criticisms below: From Francois: I am very new to WB, and stil…

Oct 1, 2014 - 11:58am
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THE GREATEST SPEECH EVER WRITTEN

SPOKEN BY CHARLIE CHAPLIN END COMEDY THE GREAT DICTATORS OVER 70 YEARS AGO Transcript of speech I found as well video can be found on youtube!I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I shou…

Oct 1, 2014 - 12:07pm
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Vouchers: the solution to fixing public education

Status quo – Generally speaking, each child, based on where he or she lives, must attend the designated public school.  Some charter schools exist, but those schools handle only a fraction of the total school-aged population.  An obvious alternative is private school, but few have th…

Sep 30, 2014 - 9:05am
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Let's Create A War Hawk Battalion to Fight ISIS Te…

Why didn't we think of this before? Most Americans are aware that Washington D.C. is full of war hawks whose thirst for perpetual war is insatiable. So, as a reward for their aggressive, relentless pursuit of military actions, let’s create a new Special Forces Group, the War Hawks Battalion, i…

Sep 29, 2014 - 9:20pm
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The Naked Truth

I don’t care who you are or how you feel; empathy isn’t a one way street. All I know is I personally hate you (Recruiters) for not doing your job humanely. I know it might sound as if I am ranting about a small issue for some of you, but it isn’t. This is about the emotional trauma…

Sep 30, 2014 - 7:45pm
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Capturing the Bigger Reality

When it comes to Green Growth, it often comes with it a bewildering thought as to how to put things in the right order and simply because those suggested remedies is self governing and thus leaving where that specific remedy fits to the whole green growth impediment.In other words, those short…

Sep 25, 2014 - 2:25am
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The Achievements of Virginia Elaine Johnson Lee

Last year my family had a family reunion. Only a handful of my family members were able to make it (due to many of them not having enough money to attend {one is also homeless}). This reunion was the first for my mother's immediate family (she has seven siblings). Although everyone had one year to p…

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:39am
 
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Money and Race Help Too-Big-To-Fail Bank Executive…

Remy Ma goes to jail as bank executives go freeThe American justice system is clearly in trouble and here is a stark example of the gap between rich and poor, white and black,  European vs. U.S. street culture and how this strange mix all came to be co-exist.  This situat…

Oct 1, 2014 - 10:34pm
 
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The morning coffee - and the work ethic of the ave…

On the occasional mornings where, for whatever reason, I am unable to make my coffee at home, I will swing through McDonald’s drive through on my way to work and get my coffee.  I will often get a small sandwich as well.  I am picky about how I drink my coffee, and learned the hard w…

Sep 30, 2014 - 8:52am
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The Fig Newton and Scientific Application?

Those of you who’ve come to know me are aware of the habitual reference to fig newtons as a substitute for the word figment (of one’s imagination).  With this in mind, you can imagine my shock and resultant laughter to find that fig newtons have a fundamental place in the scientific…

Oct 1, 2014 - 5:04am
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Barack Beelzebub Hussein Obama

Barack Beelzebub Hussein Obama is an evil man.  If there is any doubt about the evil that is Beelzebub Obama, one only has to look to the families of those he has had executed to cover up his horrific sexual appetite for all things male and all things cocaine.  The man who met Osama Bin La…

Sep 29, 2014 - 8:22pm
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Red Stick
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Red Stick

She came wandering out, half-naked, bare-foot and rubbing the sleep out of her eyes, with a sack-full of Yankee-greenback-dollar sized and colored local election propaganda in her hand. Told me she was rich and asked me what she could buy for me as she crawled up in my lap.No work, but t…

Sep 30, 2014 - 12:35pm
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Leadership and Fear - A brief Note

I have always felt that true leadership is through understanding that each moment you share with someone needs to be handled with care, especially in a position of leadership.  It is not just a matter of convincing groups of people to get on the same page but to create a wave of drive and focus…

Sep 30, 2014 - 9:24pm
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Make Big $$ in Congress; Do Absolutely Nothing

Want a soft, cushy job with a great salary and the best of benefits and lots of perks? One in which there are no specific objectives to meet and you don’t have to answer to anyone; a job where you can come and go as you please and work whenever you wish? Well, then the perfect job for you is t…

Sep 26, 2014 - 10:58am
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Come on down to the beach - the water is warm, the…

It struck me that occasionally we go off-topic and actually “converse” amongst ourselves about totally random subjects, songs, poems etc. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the random stuff that the original thread is totally lost, and it is difficult to trace back to what was said.And so…

Sep 29, 2014 - 3:57pm
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It's the same old song

Well, since we didn't actually finish the war in Iraq (for political reasons that are largely irrelevant to this post. I don't care that people disagree whether we should have gone or not. We did, and we left without finishing the job properly. Now our butts are on the hot seat once again.) the troo…

Sep 27, 2014 - 5:58pm
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  • - Oct 1, 2014 - 11:39pm
  • - by Chucke
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