Thursday, December 22, 2011


Love and Prayers to Etta James

The first rip-it-up record I ever bought as a kid was by Etta James. It was "Something's Got a Hold on Me," and it still makes me move, through not only 45 rpm, but a CD of her essential music, these 50 years later.

Now, as we all dash through the tasks that consume our days, through the background of my discontent I know that this great lady is about to pass. And I'm furious that I can't slow down more and give this lady the sustained respect she deserves.

Etta's doctor says all we can do for Etta now is pray. It's a long way down through dementia and leukemia and kidney failure and any other kindling they can heap on the bonfire of her passing. Soon we will have her no more.

Words usually come so easily to me, but Miss Etta, I am dumb when it comes to paying you tribute. So I put on "Let's Roll" again.

With love,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Obama Administration Mulls Perry Ambassadorship to Republic of Solyndra

In a conciliatory gesture across the aisle, advisers to President Obama are considering an appointment of one of the Republican candidates to the embassy in Solyndra.

Rick Perry, who called attention to the administration's unfortunate loan to the Lone Republic in a recent debate, has been contacted by representatives of the administration, who say that Perry's expertise on the small republic could prove invaluable.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Queen for a Day

While it's painfully apparent that Gov. Rick Perry lacks the preparation for the Presidency of the United States, he needn't feel that there's no future glory in store for him after his Texas term expires.

The Queen for a Day post is still a possibility, even if the show hasn't aired for more than 40 years.

Rick would be a great contestant, and his very shortcomings could prove to be assets in getting him crowned.

For those of you who missed it, Queen for a Day featured women who came to the show with a request and a story. Three contestants vied for their particular prize but were also given lots of other swell stuff, mostly of interest to housewives--Amana freezers, Hotpoint washers and dryers, that sort of thing.

What made a Queen for a Day rather than a mere runner-up for a day was pathos. Sobbing into a wad of Kleenex while heaping up one instance of misery after another really jacked up the Applause-O-Meter when emcee Jack Bailey held his halo-hand over the head of each contestant.

Rick Perry hasn't suffered a great deal, but perhaps he could use all the pleas for clemency that he rejected as he sent prisoner after prisoner to death row.

Or he could go for another sort of Queen-hood: those persistent rumors as to his gaited-ness, as it were. Go ahead: Google Rick Perry and see what immediate associations are tacked on to his name. Go on!

These alpha males! They have to stop thinking that the presidency is their due, especially when all sorts of other honors languish for lack of interest.

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