Friday, May 2, 2014


(Bob Hoskins is dead.)

Yesterday, the Dragon Lady worked late.  So I prepared pork and French fries for me and the kids.  The meal was delicious.  I'm quite proficient at cooking.  Poor old Smith is a real Betty Crocker.  I even own an apron and possess a dazzling smile.  I'm just a hairy foul-smelling June Cleaver.  I washed the vittles down with a large glass of Coke.  Sugary soft-drinks make my heart sing with joy.

The discipline committee at James-uh's school might give him a detention.  They haven't decided yet.  But I'm no longer too concerned with Twizzler-gate.  I talked with one of his teachers.  He said a bunch of boys were in on the carnage.  Compared to the others, my kid's an angel.  Nevertheless, I set high behavioral standards.  Next time he screws around, I'll break his fingers.  We've got enough candy at home.  He doesn't need to steal it.

I downloaded the latest episode of Fargo.  I enjoy the series a lot.  Billy Bob Thornton plays a sadistic hit man.  In this episode, he kills a dog with a nasty-looking knife in order to break into a rich man's home.  He doesn't murder the man.  Instead, he replaces his real medicine with speed.  By the end of the show, the poor guy is bouncing off the walls.  Fargo has a devilish sense of humor.  It's very dark--if you're into that kind of thing.

I paid homage to the Christ God.  I said the Lord's Prayer on bended knees.  No big surprise.  After all, I'm not some filthy atheist.  I begged Jesus to slap some sense into my idiot son.  That kid needs an attitude adjustment.  He takes nothing seriously.

I went to bed at 10 p.m.  I had another dream about fishing.  I was alone on a pristine sandy beach with a pole in my hand.  I'm not sure if I caught anything.  I used to be an avid fisherman back in the day.  The hobby was a great excuse to consume lots of beer and throw the crumpled cans at unfortunate alligators.

I woke up at 6 a.m. and drank several cups of coffee.  Then I read the paper while enjoying a bathroom break.  Bob Hoskins died of pneumonia.  He was 71-years-old.  Hoskins was truly a great actor.  His performance in The Long Good Friday is one of the best that the 20th century has to offer.  It was nothing less than dazzling. The phrase tour de force pops to mind.

I turned on Fox News.  That little moron Greg Gutfeld believes the United States isn't active enough in international affairs.  He won't be happy until we stick our beak into every corner and crevice of the entire globe.  It's always the biggest pussies who enjoy violent conflict the most.  After all, what does Gutfeld have to lose?  He's just another sissy from Manhattan getting drunk on Martinis. It's not as if he's ever fired a gun at another human being.

Anyway, it's time for the song du jour.  Here's Man of Constant Sorrow by Union Station.  God bless.  


  1. I saw the same episode on Red Eye, (although momentarily, I didn't watch all of it as I was headed to bed). Two things came to mind. The first is a) isn't it funny how reading ZH changes one's world-view and b) for guys and gals who are on tv and supposed to be making intelligent social commentary, these 30-somethings don't know their asses from holes in the ground. What a bunch of neocon tools.
    And yes, goodbye Bob Hoskins. What a tragic loss. I loved how he'd do the evil little fucker bit, which would shine through in the oddest places. His character Spoor in Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil personified it. Rest in peace, Eddie Valiant.
    It sounds as if James-uh has reached the age where "do as I say, not as I do" no longer plays Peoria, as the saying goes. I will grant you that raising boys is 10 times harder than girls, especially for dads. It's the whole bear-father bear-son dynamic. I was fortunate to have only a daughter, so I missed the head-butting for the most part. Since you have ruled out corporal punishment, then the only tool left in the arsenal is rights, rewards and privileges, and the denying there of. The catch to that is that they, (said rights, rewards and privileges), or at least the rules pertaining to them, must never change. Arbitrary rule changes will kill their leverage with the lad.
    At some point post your recipe for spicy pork. Every time you mention it my glans gleek.

    1. Thanks, Theo. Raising children definitely isn't for pussies.

  2. Egypt was not interested in foreign affairs. Then the Sea People happened and tore their country up. Ancient example, but still pertinent. Point is if you do not take a interest in foreign affairs it bites you in the ass.

    Me, I am plenty upset about the Somali pirates. I sailed past there as a a merchant seaman. They do not allow us to have guns. If enough sailors get captured and nothing is done, the folks back home can starve to death for all I care.

    BTW, what do you have a degree a degree in if you don't mind me asking? It makes it easier to figure out where a person is coming from.

    1. Do Somali pirates affect the Egyptian economy? I'm ignorant on the subject.

    2. Seeing as how the ship I was on sailed from Madagascar to the Souther tip of India, it was in the operational range of the Somali pirates. I was on one of the few American flagged ships. Now I sailed past there before the 1991 Somali civil war and I no longer on any ships that go past there. I do know that there are many sailors who do. They don't want burger flipping jobs, so they works aboard ships as ordinary seamen, able bodied seamen, bosuns, electricians, cooks, mates and engineers. Nearly all of those people who at risk or kidnapped are not Americans but it does not matter. They are sailors. They bring you your swag, which you enjoy so much.

      Yes, they would affect the Egyptian economy. Enough ships get hijacked going to or from the Suez Canal and people stop using it. the Canal is a large source of revenue for Egypt.

      There Nothing is new under the sun. If you learned about the human condition 10,000 BC or 2 BCE you know what it is like now. they setting has changed somewhat. nothing more.

    3. I agree. The human condition remains the same.

  3. It behooves you to do some research in what drives the Somali pirates. You will find out that they aren't necessarily the evil thugs our .gov portrays them to be; they started out as people who were tired of their fishing grounds being raped by....drum roll....countries like us....
    best, Jay

    1. It's certainly an interesting subject.

    2. Has anyone watched the "Captain Phillips" movie? (The one where Tom Hanks is lost at sea and NOT talking to a soccer ball.) I'm no expert, but it seemed like a good depiction of the dynamics of the Somali pirates, especially the on-land parts of their society. The movie over-played the competence and omniscience of the U.S. military, which Hollywood has to do if it wants any cooperation from the guys with all the kewl wartoys. The sweaty, disorganised, make-it-up-on-the-fly depiction of the rifle-toting primitives who hijack ships, though, I can buy into that.

      And Jay is right about how the fishing grounds that used to support the sea-faring Muslims have been stripped by sonar-savvy commercial fleets that out-compete the backwards people. The waters off Somalia have been despoiled by Western nations that use them as a dumping ground for toxic, nuclear and medical waste. It's what happens when there's a "No Government" patch of land like so many at ZH want. It allows thugs to move in. Both the small-time warlord types, and the big-time govo-corpo fascist ones... That's why I prefer socialism.

    3. I liked Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks is great.


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