Alsoknownas's Blog (180)

The Cult of Acceptance

We're being crushed, becoming the mash at the bottom of an oak barrel turning grain into bourbon.

We're willingly flitting about in the light of a flame about to sear our wings and turn us to ash.

We're licking ice cream cones, watching the scenery, laughing our heads off on vacation while our vehicles careen off course to plummet into the depths of an unrelenting sea…

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Added by alsoknownas on June 10, 2018 at 8:00am — 16 Comments

In the Presence of RFK

 

I don't remember exactly when I heard the news although it was stunning.

I had just met him a few days before. The feeling of disbelief is memorable however. First it was his brother, then the civil rights leader, and now this man, taken.

Teenagers now will remember their youth as the time of school shootings. The bad guy comes in the front or side door and kills them or their friends and peers.

Those who were teenagers in my time, lived in an age of political…

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Added by alsoknownas on June 5, 2018 at 6:30am — 23 Comments

Preparing for WWIII

I started off the day with an early e-mail to my friends, remarking on the callousness of the stooge daughter Ivanka, in her trademarked goofy fake smile dedicating a plaque to her daddy who is the "President of the United States on America", while dozens are being killed outside the ceremony and hundreds more injured.

Somewhere between the reneging of the Iran nuclear deal and the placement of a US Embassy…

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Added by alsoknownas on May 15, 2018 at 11:30am — 33 Comments

Is It All A Lost Cause?

The news.

I just have to quit looking.

Whether it's local, national, international or microcosmic neighborhood BS, it's just become too much.

Last weekend's attempted break-in at the neighbor's house and the discovery that a coat hanger was used to get into my parked car AGAIN has been swirling through my head.

The move out of here will be complete by mid-September, after the house is painted and the movers take everything. The new used house is in the process of being…

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Added by alsoknownas on May 10, 2018 at 7:53am — 12 Comments

Storm Clouds

I really cannot believe the incompetence and absurdities emanating from the Very White House.

I think our generation believed that the Watergate thing was as bad as it could get, that civil rights demonstrations and Vietnam War protests were the culmination of citizen backlash.

We settled in while the chalk board eraser committee chairmen/chairwomen and student council Sgt. at Arms types we despised as youngsters spent their entire lives honing their skills as absolute…

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Added by alsoknownas on May 4, 2018 at 7:10am — 22 Comments

Boom !!! A Brief History of the Civil War

The Northern states and the Southern states had a disagreement.

Boom !!!

Many were relieved that the Civil War had ended.

Sorta.

Added by alsoknownas on April 23, 2018 at 7:37am — 6 Comments

Laughing at Disabilities: Humor Challenge Fails

I'm not going to be jumping in with the "Challenge" idea promoted here and underway.

I expected that soon enough, it would flop. 

Past tense. Flopped.

One of the posts now has taken a disgusting turn and seeks to derive laughs by mocking an illness which creates great disability and ultimately can lead to death.

Having had family members who suffered with Parkinson's Disease ( no, this is not my slice of life contribution ) I am particularly offended by…

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Added by alsoknownas on April 14, 2018 at 7:32am — 6 Comments

50 and Counting

 As emailed to my small group of friends this morning:

Mike, a Sioux Indian,  and I sat down in the entrance foyer of our High School and began what grew into a larger gathering of students paying silent homage.

The taunts of a few racist bastards walking by did not faze us.

There is a picture of that…

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Added by alsoknownas on April 4, 2018 at 12:02pm — 7 Comments

Why I Hate Set-ups

It's going to be a busy weekend. No time to write for a few days.

Perhaps next week I will set down and write a really scathing post. I hope when you read it you will understand that I am the final arbiter.

If you agree with me please include a note placating me and telling me how advanced I am in my thought process, even if I am not.

If you disagree, expect me to tear into you like some sort of rabid wombat, questioning your entire life experience and…

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Added by alsoknownas on March 30, 2018 at 2:00pm — 15 Comments

Cage Match Pending

A couple of things need to happen yet but it appears that the Savage from Scranton will be taking on the Ninny from NYC in a cage match.

Despite hopes that it could be a simple duel in a field with the modern day equivalent of the Wogdon & Barton dueling pistols used in the Burr-Hamilton squabble, current news events and tragedies have tempered the desire for such carnage.

In lieu of such, both fighters have been working out in private, fine tuning their skills and…

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Added by alsoknownas on March 22, 2018 at 11:00am — 14 Comments

Stairs

 

Rigging up for battle.

The sky is clear and the wind is light.

It’s the last day of winter.

 

Gel insoles. Steel toed…

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Added by alsoknownas on March 19, 2018 at 7:35am — 8 Comments

St. Valentine's Day Massacre

February 14, 1929…

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Added by alsoknownas on February 15, 2018 at 11:00am — 25 Comments

Happy 2018

I'm busy wrapping up business for the year, packing and deciding on what to keep of a lifetime accumulation of stuff and where to put a dozen guitars, and other stringed instruments. Where do the big vinyl collection and the books go? Too many books.

Antiques, the good furniture, my slate pool table etc.etc.

Wait....I know where.

At the new house.

I'll drop in and say hello next month.

Be well, healthy and kind to yourself and neighbors.

Added by alsoknownas on December 1, 2017 at 10:52am — 5 Comments

Wayfaring

 

I read a comment this morning from a favorite writer who mentioned the beauty of his neck of the woods. He mentioned that it is soured by the ignorance and bigotry of many who live there. He mentioned that the roadways are littered, bald tires and broken refrigerators cast off for someone else or more likely nobody to properly dispose of them.

I was struck though that despite this he still sees and wishes for the beauty to prevail.

It can and does in many ways.…

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Added by alsoknownas on November 23, 2017 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Two Rifles, One Window

The following is re-posted from Nov. 22, 2013. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years earlier to the day.

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Oswald  crouches at the window. The Carcano rifle is resting on the window…

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Added by alsoknownas on November 22, 2017 at 7:21am — 9 Comments

Would It Matter?

I meant to keep a lifelong journal. It was going to be lists, such as a list of every book I read or every movie I've seen. 

It was going to have a log of every trip I took with little notations about the weather that day. It was going to mention every dinner and what was eaten.

It might be an interesting piece by now but it didn't happen.

I thought at one time for some reason that it would be helpful to have kept track of all that.

The stuff of a…

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Added by alsoknownas on November 21, 2017 at 8:00am — 24 Comments

Hell In A Hurry

Maybe you've thought it couldn't get worse.

The globe seems to be teetering on a rickety stand, waiting for the next kid to spin it as hard as possible until it falls off the library desk.

International "leaders"…

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Added by alsoknownas on November 8, 2017 at 7:00am — 31 Comments

Dark Clouds

From a cliff top, Sunday afternoon, dark clouds across the shimmering sea.

Added by alsoknownas on November 7, 2017 at 11:56am — 14 Comments

Politics

 Not really.

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I'll check here in the morning.

Added by alsoknownas on October 28, 2017 at 3:08pm — 20 Comments

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