October 30, 2005

Blame Laid for De-Plumed Plame, er, huh?

Baldilocks summarizes in perfectly understood words the whole debacle.

She mentions Mr. Goldstein, whose source, the Dolphin in the Peacoat, I find enigmatically interesting.

Oh, and Ace is quoted, too.

So, this reveals that I haven't, indeed, been reading The Aeneid, but you know what? I can't stand The Aeneid anyway. It's nothing but plagiarism with a slightly varied theme. Booooorrrrring!

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Reason Number 1 to like The Llamas: Old-fashion, classic insulting.

Heh. What Yankees (in the eighteenth century sense of the word).

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August 29, 2005

Court Geekster

Doesn't "Day by Day" look so much better now that it can be fully seen?

Thanks to Jeremy for my geek tweek :D

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August 02, 2005


I have something in the frame shop :D

I purchased a piece art from Randy. That's a signed original with no prints made from it.


I can't wait to have it up in my home, Randy. And I do promise a picture of it framed, hanging, and me grinning in front of it :D

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July 29, 2005


I really like metal: platinum, gold, brushed nickel, stainless, antiqued bronze, copper patina.

Oh, metal as in music? Well, ummm, not really. I do; however, like to support a fellow blogger, if I can, in the endeavor of a dream. A fine review by Z here.

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July 10, 2005

World Wide Trip

Can I just say that no matter the surrounding, I just love hearing a British accent?

Andy, Mrs. WWR, and The Wee Fiona were traveling through the area and we planned for a little lunch that would allow Wee Fee some mobility.

Even in a McDonald's Playplace, Mrs. WWR's accent drowned out the other parents bargaining away their lives for a side of peace with their Chicken Selects®. Andy kept an eye on Little Miss Fiona and occasionally flavored the conversation with his wit.

I think I may have even convinced them to name their unborn child Rae.

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April 01, 2005

Updated: Please comment. There is

Updated: Please comment. There is still one hour and fifteen minutes left. It can be done.

Beneath my banner is a button for the April 1st Commentathon for Breast Cancer, hosted by Greg in memory and honor of his wife, Cheryl. No matter my investigation, I can't see it though I am told that everyone else can.

I find it quite ironic and surreal that I have read so much about this woman's life and her death; her loves and triumphs; her strengths and the one thing that finally overwhelmed her body, but not without a tragic and Herculean effort to overcome, and just like her person, I am unable to see this banner in real time.

She is like a character in a well-written novel, when you reach the last page of the last chapter, you want more but mourn that there will be no more, no sequels, no more stories that empty your eyes, and split your sides, and pull your own heart out through your chest, forcing examination of things hidden and things treasured.

I am sure that each woman that reads through the tomes of Cheryl that Greg has meticulously collected and views the touching, sometimes funny photos in the image gallery, feels as if she would have been one of Cheryl's close friends. I attribute that connectedness to Greg's writing of his best friend, his lover, his partner in life. In presenting her as a human being, in sharing the intimacies of her fight against her body's rebellion, he has shown her to be uniquely herself, and yet presented her as every woman. Who wouldn't take the route that she choose, disallowing depressing talk, deeming it as aiding and abetting the enemy?

The story that he unfolds isn't just about her; however, but is inclusive of his own anguish, his own fears, his own fight for his beloved. I once queried Greg as to the number of male readers, guessing it be low. He approximates it at about ten percent of the readership. Through the display of his quieted and private fears as together they make decisions about Cheryl's treatment, he admonishes strength, requires fortitude of himself, and the men who read. In the ensuing questioning of the choice of such treatment, treatment that extended Cheryl's life, but did not, indeed, preserve it, he compels honest examination of the decisions that they made, and the support he lent his wife in the pursuit of her life, and how much he should have objected or demanded, or not done, or should have done.

I simply can't imagine not being here to see my daughters grow into women. The thought of facing it pains me. The fortitude with which Cheryl fought cancer from stealing their mother from her daughters, his wife from her husband, their daughter from her parents, the sister from her sister, the friend from her dearest friends, is astounding, inspiring, and so very sad.

Greg doesn't seek sympathy and that pity that comes from trite words, although he knows the intention of most people is to be kind. He seeks to find some resolution to his frustration, his sadness, the missing of his lover and best friend. He knows that there will never be a time when he doesn't think of her, and by writing hopes to ensure that no one else will either forget her luminous beauty that transcended physicality; that no one will forget her dogged determination to defeat the disease that sought to consume her.

The thing is, Cheryl wasn't just a well-developed character in a book. Her life, and her death were very real. Help do something about breast cancer. You don't have to run a marathon, a 10K, or go door-to-door, though all of those things are profitable. Go to Greg's site, California Hammonds, as soon as 12:01 A.M. PST and leave a comment. You may say as little or as much as you wish, but just do so. Cheryl was 36 years old when cancer finally devoured her body; it took five years. It will take you less than a minute to comment- less than a minute.

Read the post for today:

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March 20, 2005

March 17, 2005

Questions for Randy

1. Does movement in your spirit move your art?

2. What music do you reach for when in the following moods:
a) angry
b) somber
c) contented
d) grateful

3. What is the earliest artwork you remember creating? Do you have any of your art from your childhood? (You'll need it, you know, when you are a famous artist).

4. What is something about yourself that people might often presume to be true but isn't?

5. Where is your most favorite place in the world?

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March 13, 2005

Link Whorage

Polemic, No More Maher, Spoken, and Submitted.

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March 12, 2005

Andy's Questions

Five questions for Andy, because he bit.

1. So, Andy, what's up with the love of monkies? Do you also feel the same affinity for apes? If not, must be the tails....

2. Have you always been an atheist?

3. Fiona is such a lovely name. How did you and the wife come to choose it?

4. If you could go back and study something different in college, what would it be and why? Let's say you had pursued that angle, where would you be now and what would you be doing?

5. Your home is on fire. You can only take two things with you- Mrs. Andy and the Wee Fiona are safe- what do you take and what is the importance of each item to you?

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February 28, 2005

Many Happy Returns of the 'Sphere

This is one voice I am so glad is in the 'sphere. Happy Blogiversary.

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January 30, 2005


As already reported, I have purchased one case of Thin Mints to be immediately placed in our freezer.

Greg (his daughter, Allie, is involved in Girl Scouts) will gladly take all the cookies you purchase for the staff and members to a local cancer center. Follow the instructions given in the post.

So, if you want some vicarious sugary, chocolaty, tasty, Girl Scout-y, goodness without all the extra calories and fat, head over and purchase a box to donate.

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January 29, 2005

To Kill or Not to Kill

My comments on a very interesting post over at Zombyboy's(with a few editorial alterations):

"I am opposed to the death penalty and that sometimes shocks some of my Protestant friends. A phrase I like to repeat when they begin to quote Old Testament (and thus old law- you can't pick and choose which of the several hundred laws to follow and impose and which to dismiss to "culture") to me is "If everyone returned an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we would all be blind and toothless." That's not to say I don't believe in[sic] defending myself, my family, or my country. I will take up arms, and might have to die by them, in order to protect, but this Christian believes that only God can, in perfect judgment and being perfect righteous, take life.

Now, from a practical standpoint, the death penalty is far more costly than life imprisonment. It does absolutely nothing to reform the criminal. It is simply a punishment, and as I a parent I recognize the need to punish, but to a greater extent to help the child rid themselves of an offending habit or behavior through daily discipline and education. Sometimes I let them reap the natural consequences; other times I intervene. I think that counseling should be required of every public offender, and medications administered if necessary. I realize that the government can't force the inmates to take medication or to be receptive to cognitive therapy, but it can offer it and keep it's own conscience clean by it's honest attempts at reforming and changing criminal mindset and behavior.

Don't ask me "what if someone violently murdered your child/spouse?" I haven't experienced that and God-willing, hope I never will. I do believe that principles determine our actions, and by adhering to them now, I will be as conservative with my own wrath and desire for revenge as I expect others to be. I have read studies that show that the families of those who have been murdered or been the victim of a violent crime, show no more long-term resolution when the criminal has been executed than those whose offender has not been. I hope that I can trust God Himself to administer justice when human government cannot or does not."

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January 18, 2005

A Knight and His "Lady"

Confessions in his comments reveal that a certain Zombyboy has a bit of a crush on one Alyson Hannigan. I had absolutely no idea who she was, but after a google image search, found a very lovely photo of her:

I liked this one best for two reasons: 1)Immodesty is highly over-rated, and 2)I like the sweetness portrayed.

"Boy and Alyson sittin' in a tree...."

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December 27, 2004

The Heart in Type

Just popping in real quick to point my readers to a new blog: California Hammonds.

Get a cup of coffee or whatever you enjoy drinking with a poignant read and head over. You won't be disappointed.

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December 23, 2004

A Tiny Gift

The 1500th comment was left by Eduardo.

Thank you, Eduardo.

Please let me know to which charitable foundation you would like me to make a small donation in your name. :D

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December 20, 2004

Wholesome Family Entertainment!

So we're petblogging now?

OK, I'm in.

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December 16, 2004

Because You Asked

Well, well, the requests for me to share my knowledge, views, and love of monkeys are just pouring in from all corners of the globe. Unfortunately, most of them seem to be missing the comment box on the original post as there are only two in there (and neither one seems to have anything to do with monkeys, but I never pass up a chance to mention them).

However, I'm sure that millions of requests are being generated and the "magic" of the internet is not cooperating to deliver them.

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Is This Thing On?



(screech of feedback)

Good morning, one and all. You know, it takes a certain kind of Christian woman to invite an atheist like me to guest-blog. This probably explains why Rae was picked up by the grumpy men in white coats this morning; that whole "trip to see a friend" story is just a front for the truth, I say!

Seriously though, I've been told to be on my best behavior, so I won't go into the varied arguments against the existence of God, or talk about sundry body parts I might find of interest, or even use naughty words to express my frustration with the state of the world. If you want that, you'll have to visit me over at The World Wide Rant, where you can't touch my monkey, but you can certainly admire him.

So, given that I can't talk about the topics that interest me most, what would you like to have me expound upon? Go on, don't be shy. I don't bite. I'm a really nice guy*.

* Normally the phrase "really nice guy" is the kiss of death to any relationship, but I hope that, in this instance, it draws each of you into a closer emotional bond with yours truly. I look forward to all of us sitting around in our PJs, drinking hot chocky, and swapping stories until those Brady boys put itching powder in our sleeping bags and ruin everything!

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December 12, 2004

Sing with me...

Happy Blogiversary to David R. Darrow, artist (this is my personal favorite)
Image © David R. Darrow. Used by permission of the artist

and blog author of My Thoughts...Exactly.

I enjoy reading your blog, Mr. Darrow, and here's to another year of thoughts and art.

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Spotless Review

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my top ten favorite movies. Well, it would be if I could maintain a top ten, but I have far too many favorites to make a list. Besides, favorite lists are so restricting...

Oh, anyway, the point: Jeremy has written a fantastic and detailed review of the film.

But I must disagree with you Geek-of-the-Court, I like Jim Carrey.

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Fare thee well

One less advocate to read. I will miss your thoughts, Robert.

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November 12, 2004


I guess you could say I am finally "on the map."

Thank you, Commissar :D

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November 10, 2004

Do A Little Dance...

Randy is celebrating his blogiversary! Happy Day, Randy :D

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October 30, 2004

Throw Me A Line

David R. Darrow is an artist (my favorite is under "Figure Paintings" titled "Security") living in CA. He keeps a blog and happened upon my speck in the web while using a search engine to verify something he read in the media (Mr. Darrow- correct me if I am wrong).

When he has the time to blog, I enjoy reading his thoughts. This latest post considering the "The President's Boob Tube" (you know, that "suspcious thing" under W's jacket?) is very interesting. I suggest reading it and referring any naysayers to peruse and consider his analysis, as well.

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September 20, 2004

Atrociously Fabulous

So, I am sometimes a little behind the times (rarely), but I absolutely love reading Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities, whom I found through The Llama Butchers. He is heretofore Knighted.

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Happy Birthday Pixy! I hope your day was beautiful (as this is about what...about 12 hours behind your gorgeous Australia time?) and that this year is filled with the lovely things of life.

Thanks for taking this little blog and pasting it into the terrific MuNu corner of the 'sphere :)

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August 19, 2004

Let's Hear it for the (Zomby)Boy

Wow! That is all I can say.

Zombyboy is always a very good writer. So, this incredibly well-written post is no surprise and it adequately demonstrates one of the reasons that he was selected a Blogging Knight of the Round Table.

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August 12, 2004

Must Read

Val at Babalú has posted some terrific writings about Cuba by bloggers from all over the 'sphere.

I just spent some time over there reading (your personal Table of Contents) and now I am hungry; wanting my Cubop; ready to buy several new books; step-up my political activism; reminiscing; and wiping my eyes.

Well, go read!

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August 04, 2004

Blogistan High

I knew The Commissar was good, but this was pure creative genuis.

Even though I didn't make the cut [*cough*], I still enjoyed reading it.

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Rae at 07:00 AM | Comments (0) | Knights of the Table
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July 21, 2004

Many Happy Returns

Happy Birthday, Sir Patrick. I hope you have a truly terrific day :)

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July 18, 2004

The Goody Bag

I love finding new good blogs as much as I like walking into Dillard's and finding the gift bag for Lancôme. Both are exciting and add a bit more color to my palatte.

As I was digging through all the good stuff at the Club for Growth site, I followed a link on Friday's post to Scrapple Face. This one where Hillary admits that Kerry may need some help with introductions as he hasn't "done much of that sort of thing during his 16 years as a senator" made me giggle.

Scott Ott's eye for news and his ability to turn it into pointed sarcasm and occasional hilarity is genius. (Note the blog description: "News fairly unbalanced. We report. You decipher.")

After reading Scott, I eagerly returned to their blogroll and began to blissfully click. Donald L. Luskin's Poor and Stupid was also a delightful read ( I love conservative humor, it has seemingly more wit and wile, less gutter and venom).

Consider yourself knighted, Scott and Donald. Oh, ummm, can you sing and dance?

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July 14, 2004

Sad Goodbye

King-of-Fools is one of my favorite bloggers. I found him early on and waged a gentle campaign to get on his blogroll list.

Over coffee and our daily discussion, Kris asked if I had read a post by KOF yesterday. She told me how touching and thought provoking it was. We finished our conversation (and Kris, I am making that list we talked about-will be waiting for yours :), and I helped C practice piano and put away the dishes from this morning's breakfast. Then I headed downstairs to hop on-line and go read the post myself.

It was, as Kris said, "eloquent and moving." Thank you, KOF for reminding us that death can bring both celebration of life and pause for reflection of the preciousness of it

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June 13, 2004

Up and Coming

Checking my sitemeter is one of the first things I do each morning after getting on-line. So, I guess it's true, I am slightly addicted to "hits and page views." While I am pleasantly surprised by high numbers (they typically only occur with a controversial post that is found by a search engine or a dissident link), I am more content with the faithfulness of the few. So, I am averaging around 58 hits a day.

I am always curious as to how I am found. It isn't always discernable from the meter, so, I boldly but politely visit the site, look around, leave a comment about a specific post and then ask how in the 'sphere they found this tiny site on the web.

Today, I am going to list a few new blogs that I have added. I have yet to make it to the show, but I enjoy a small readership and receive a steady flow of comments. I recall the days when nary a comment was found; for months. So, in the name of not forgetting those days, I am going to give a bit of publicity to a few bloggers that I have recently added to my list of daily reads.

Writing to Understand Kris is one of my closest friends and knows me far better than most. She has a talent and love for thinking through to the logical conclusions in almost every situation.

Dissident Frenchman I just found him today, but so enjoyed reading his site, that I linked him immediately.

Letters from New York Michele has endured many venemous attacks for changing her political position. She is a deep soul with a beautiful hand for her writing.

Write...or Die Trying ZaphodBeeblebrox-this, too, is one of my personal friends who took a leave of absence from blogging for awhile, but recently returned. I truly believe we will one day see him published ("Never, never, never, never give up!").

My Thoughts... Exactly David R. Darrow. I don't even recall how I found David (do you David?) but I immediately liked his writing. David is an artist who also takes time to transfer his artistry into blogging.

Truth Be Told Jerry is a frequent commentor over at La Shawn's. He recently moved into the blogdom kingdom and is a powerfully persuasive writer.

Jeremy Gilby I think Jeremy found his way here through Nathan and I'm glad he did. He is a true Jack of All Trades (he knows a lot about a lot) with a touch of sincerity (and sarcasm).

Please take a minute and visit these bloggers; leave a comment; become a regular. You will enjoy your reading and perhaps, learn something new.

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May 30, 2004

Your theme song?

Attention Knights: can you sing and dance?

Too bad I don't have a web cam...

Thanks, Daryl :)

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May 22, 2004

One smart chick still in the nest

I read this and smiled.

Thanks, Daryl. By the way, Daryl, I am moving you to the Blogging Knights of the Round Table.

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May 05, 2004

No, it's not

R is out of town on "business" (a fly fishing trip to Lee's Ferry sponsored by an ag drug company). So, I will be busy today. Thus, I am copying a comment over at Resurrection Song.

This is a comment on Zombyboy's recent post: "Is it Rape?"

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April 29, 2004

No Longer a Squire

I am adding a new young Knight to the Round Table.

Joe has been one of my most faithful readers. I stumbled on his blog through Ultrablognetic (listed in Blogger's side bar of newest, coolest blogs). I spent some time perusing his site and was very impressed with his bio.

I warn you, Joe uses language; colorful and expressive language but he is not your "typical angry young man" living in the city. He slays his dragons (one day at a time, like the rest of us). He rescued his lady in waiting and made her his bride and co-counsel. He wanders the virtual land of his kingdom finding ways to better the real one through it. He is unswayed by the lies through which the town crier attempts to deceive him. Just check this out.

So, Joe, sorry it took me so long. Welcome!

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