4 August 2011

Sometimes you wonder. Other times you are sure…

The throes of this dilemma I am currently wrestling with have to do with my muse, and she is a wonderful lady indeed. She is the closest thing to a soulmate I have ever come across in my years of looking. It just seems that I don’t know how to keep her.

Distance sucks, but that clearly isn’t the problem. I think we are both content with the situation..of course it could be better but that isn’t the issue. The issue is something inside me that won’t give up. For those few who know me, to call me cynical is to love me. I’m not a hard person. I’m not even a mean person. But I have been put in situations that caused, how would you say, PAIN? I fight it and I hate it.

So now this lovely girl, beautiful, smart, sweet, hateful, angry, everything a guy could ask for loves me dearly…so what do I do? I of course say stupid things and act like an idiot to avoid what? To avoid the one thing this life is missing? The thing that I wish for every day? Wake up idiot. She is there wanting you to take her…Don’t blow it.

Sometimes you wonder why you do things…

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 4:06 am
23 July 2011

Yet another in a long string of unintended unintentional absences from logging in here will end…now.

Inspiration comes within. Or does it? For me, inspiration comes in different shapes and sizes, and comes from different places, and I have gotten pretty damn good at recognizing it and hiding away whenever it rears its head. But strangely I found a muse, about 164cm tall (or so she claims). And on that note I am back.

The return to this site was along a road that definitely missed its last few maintenence sessions. Problem One: The domain name had expired and subsequently had been bought by something/someone who was more than willing to charge me 25x the normal fee. Damn them! That’s the price I pay for letting something slide like “Renewal.” Well the site is paid for and now back in my Domain Manager. And just like that, I step full foot into Problem Two: Passwords. Problem Three: Email accounts these passwords are linked to, and their passwords. And so on…

The moral to this story seems to have to do with this rather petite muse who is passively compelling my browser to point to this site, and somehow making my fingers press certain keys. I’m back. And I happily blame her…

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 5:19 am

“Fear of Flying, 2010 Holiday Edition.” Or, “O! say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?”

Sorry, Mr. Key, now it waves over a land of people who are more than willing to give up their (and my) freedoms because they shudder in fear from every newscast they hear.

This rant started back in December of 2k10, and had to do with the GD TSA Xray scanners at the airports and the groping that goes on, but since I am months late in completing the thought, we’ll just see where it leads us…

Land of the Free? Home of the Brave? Home of a bunch of bloody cowards more like. I have to admit that I cannot stomach to watch Fox News on my own. The only time I am subjected to that is when I am stuck in a relative’s home who cannot change the channel, or stuck in a room with some right wing addict who can’t change the channel. Now I am not the most informed person in the mountains here, nor am I the least. I get my “news” from a fairly well rounded list of sites and stations (Fox News not being one of them). Now when the Norwegian terror act occurred, I actually was in proximity to listen to Fox News. I was really amazed by how quickly and thoroughly the Al Queda and Islamoterror flew into the face of the listeners. The talk was of the invasion of the US and most of Europe by Muslims and the inevitable onslaught of Sharia Law upon all of us…

Now I must admit that I have never really considered Sharia Law being foisted upon us in the dead of night. I can’t picture myself waking up one morning, walking outside in my skivvies to look at the sky, and getting stoned for some adulterous dealings that may or may not have gone on in Santa Fe over the weekend (no, not that kind of stoned). I mean really…Sharia Law? In New Mexico? Well my friends, your humble typist heard a debate of Fux News…and I shit you not, one side was saying that Sharia Law is almost de facto in….wait for it…. OKLAHOMA!!! Holy Sheep Shit! I am at such a total loss that words refuse to come out of my fingers. Sharia Law. In Oklahoma. You have got to be kidding me. But to the Fox masses, it is a well-known fact.

Now I’ve never been to Spain, but I’ve been to Oklahoma. And if ever there was a group of people who could be put on fear alert, it just might be them. “Sharia Law, coming to your town!” so the kinfolk get out the guns and watch the streets vigilantly waiting for that Sharia Law bastard to come trying to break in their houses. I can see it clearly.

Sorry again Mr. Key, but our nation has changed. We are kept in line by a steady stream of propangandic fear. As King Julien so aptly put it in “Madagascar,” “They’re just a bunch of pansies.”

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 5:01 am
Ha

Out of date...

WTF? I fight my way to find the password to my olde blog site, I log in and read that the WordPress software needs an update. Once that is done, I log back in and the pretentious version 3.2.1 tells me that my browser is out of date. If I turn on my webcam, I have no doubt my choice of attire will be questioned. Some people live in the past. Not me. I just bought my clothes there…

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 4:31 am
13 December 2010

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Thomas Jefferson

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 9:41 am
22 November 2010

This is like 5 months late…From Hollywood, almost live, it’s The Gong Show.

Took a vacation to destinations far far away in June, and never got back into writing. Details are sketchy. Hell I don’t even remember. I guess the plan of attack to write one story every day went to shit after celebrating the Lakota v. 7th Cavalry again. Today is 11/22 and I am back.

On one of my many recent flights I watched “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” which sounded good by title, and turned out to be this twisted tale of the life of none other than Chuck Barris. Now back in my teens as a high-schooler, one of my very favorite weekend ventures was a ride to the Burbank studios of NBC and watch them tape “The Gong Show.” The show, as Chuck Barris once said, ended up being like watching a guy have a mid-life crisis over the length of the 4 or so seasons it was on the air. It started out as a somewhat serious show with Chuck and guests in formal attire rating the talent of different entertainment acts. It deteriorated into an insanely bizarre 30 minute party, where the tuxedos were replaced by jeans, hats, and a rubber chicken in a holster. Good good stuffs. Now admittedly, at the time, part of the hilarity of the show had to do with the amount of preservatives and additives that went into the whole experience. I can’t go into detail, but suffice to say, it was fun!

Now about the movie, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” was quite strange, and even a little bit thought provoking. Some of the things actually made sense… Sam Rockwell did a decent job playing Chuckie Baby lol. Memories.

Gotta take things slow tonight. It is a cold night up here in the mountains. Winter is on its way…

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 23:16 pm
26 June 2010

Hate, Haters, Hatemongers and the Hood. edit: And Thom Hartmann.

I can’t say that everyone experiences hate, and I try to keep it to a minimum within me. I guess I always just assumed that hate is a “normal” human emotion, as we find ourselves as kids hating veggies, hating homework, hating siblings, etc., etc., etc. As I grew older, I just hated some things out of conditioning – the kind of things my dad and uncles and other role models taught me. Both my parents were minorities, Mexican on one side, Native American on the other, and yet they hated some people of other races. By the time I got to high school, I didn’t hate people, but I hated things like the Boston Celtics. I hated the Dallas Cowboys. I hated UCLA.

Fast Forward to 11/22/2010. Writer’s block and a few other things have invaded my typing mind. Today is the 47th Anniversary of the Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. By some Cowards. Maybe even Lee Harvey Oswald.

I heard that Leonardo DiCaprio is going to star and produce Thom Hartmann’s book, “Legacy of Secrecy,” about the JFK Assassination. Mr. Hartmann is one of my favorite radio hosts. I have yet to read one of his books, but this one definitely piques my interests. Amazon.com, here I come.

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 4:29 am
25 June 2010

Indians. 134 years ago today, George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry met some Indians on the Montana countryside…

This one is a little closer to my heart. I am an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and the Oglalas played a big role in what was the greatest victory in the battle to survive. Unfortunately it also began the swift demise of a beautiful culture that for countless generations roamed the land we now call the US of A. It would take the government and army all of 14 1/2 years to almost completely eradicate the culture. It was a beautiful land inhabited by a beautiful people. This day was a day of victory for the Natives, for the Lakota, the Cheyenne, and the rest who had camped along the Greasy Grass that summer day. It was also the beginning of the end.

Sometimes when you win, you don’t really win.

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 8:50 am
24 June 2010

Junkets for Judges. Or…How the Elite Protect the Elite.

When Judge Marty Feldman issued his stay a couple of days ago on the drilling moratorium in the Gulf (following the disaster caused by BP/Halliburton/TransOcean/et al.), once again the right wingnuts cheered another judicial decision favoring the corporations over the people. Never mind that another one of these little spills would further devastate the area, and that the upcoming hurricane season might be a little issue to new wells. But on further review, a letter dated yesterday from Judge Feldman to the Committee on Financial Disclosure of the U.S. Courts notes, “This is to advise that the Exxon stock noted on line 140 of my 2009 Financial Disclosure Report was sold at the opening of the stock market on June 22, 2010 prior to the opening of a Court hearing on the Oil Spill Moratorium case.” Well thank the FSM that he sold his oil stocks the day he made the decision. I’m sure his mind was free from any bias. I didn’t see, however, if he sold any of his other oil/energy stocks. Wouldn’t be a nice world if judges could make decisions that wouldn’t affect their account balances?

There is an outfit called The “Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment (FREE),” which hosts “Junkets” for federal judges. From the FREE website, their donor list for 2009 includes ExxonMobil and many conservative foundations, including one of the Scaife foundations. From their website again,

FREE accepts general support from private foundations, corporations, and individuals. However, we do not accept any corporate support for federal judges conferences. We reimburse judges’ expenses (e.g., lodging, meals, and travel) with funds only from foundations whose principal founder is deceased, whose operation and oversight are independent of any corporate entity, and which do not participate in litigation in the federal courts.

So what are they saying? They pay federal judges to come be lobbied while they play golf, fish and ride horses, but they pay them from funds not related to the cases the judges may be hearing. O.K. Sounds real legit.

What interested me about this story was that the Appeals Court that will likely hear the case regarding the stay of the moratorium. Two of the federal judges, Judge Jerry Edwin Smith (Reagan Appointee) and Judge William Eugene Davis (Ford Appointee) have both attended junkets paid for by the right-wing think-tank FREE. A third judge on the panel, Judge James L. Dennis, is also heavily invested in oil and energy, and at one time was a shareholder of TransOcean.

As Leonard Cohen once sang, “Everybody knows the dice are loaded…”

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 21:05 pm
23 June 2010

Kitchen Stadium ~ Iron Chef vs Top Chef…

One of my all time favorite shows on the old shitbox was Iron Chef, and not the watered down American version with 23 Iron Chefs, but the original campy Japanese version which was dubbed like a good old Godzilla movie. These were real contests, pitting some of the best chefs around the world in a 60 minute cook-off against one of the “Ironmen of Cooking.” For those who haven’t seen it, the host was a guy named Takeshi Kaga, or Chairman Kaga, and it was allegedly taking place in a stadium built inside his castle. It did have a evil doctor charm. Great show, great entertainment for those of us whose minds need rest.

Reality TV…Really?

As far as “Reality TV” goes, I can state proudly that I have never watched a single minute of “Survivor,” “American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Big Brother,” “The Apprentice,” or any other of that crap they call entertainment. I have seen the likes of Wipeout and other foolish people shows, starting with the originals from Japan and Korea, where the show was really funny. But there is one show that caught my interest in their first season and I have been hooked: TOP CHEF. What a great show! Maybe it is my longtime interest in cooking, or maybe just the amazement at the skills of some of these chefs, I’m not sure. I just find this to be a wonderful show.

For those of you hiding under rocks or whatever who have never seen this show, look it up. It is on BravoTV. This is currently season 7, and tonight is just the 2nd week of this season’s contest. 17 or 16 chefs compete in weekly cooking challenges. They have to serve their dishes to judges who pull no punches in dishing out critiques. The weakest get told by the ever beautiful Padma Lakshmi to “Pack their knives and go.” It is really entertaining. Check it out.

Top Chef, Wednesday Nights on BravoTV. I think a couple of the seasons are now available on DVD.

Filed under:La Voz del Norte — la voz @ 23:31 pm
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