Tuesday, February 28, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Fat Tuesday

Today is the big day in Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. They are holding Mardi Gras you know..whether its right or wrong to do so is a big question being debated by some.

There are still residents of New Orleans without places to live. There are people rebuilding but not elevating their homes. Scientists state unequivocably that the hurricane season is getting longer and more intense each year thanks to global warming.

The city and parish still have not given residents any guidelines for rebuilding. The building codes haven't changed to reflect the weakness in the levees. This of course means it will all happen again, the flooding and destruction.

Its incredibly expense to raise your house. Sure, many of the poor residents can't afford to rebuild, let alone put their homes on stilts. But some people that CAN afford to raise their homes aren't either. They are building bigger or nicer homes, instead of spending the money on insuring their home will survive the next big hurricane.

And it will happen again. Take it to the bank sportsfans.
Saturday, February 25, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

An email sent to me by my sister-in-law.

I think its a dig at my leftwing beliefs, my sister-in-law is a card carrying member of the religious right..what do you think?

Here's a quote from a government employee who witnessed a recent interaction between an elderly woman and an antiwar protester in a Metro station in DC:
"There were protesters on the train platform handing out pamphlets on the evils of America. I politely declined to take one.
"An elderly woman was behind me getting off the escalator and a young (20ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined.
"The young protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a very soft voice said, 'Lady, don't you care about the children of Iraq?'
"The old woman looked up at her and said, ' Honey, my father died in France during World War II, I lost my husband in Korea, and a son in Vietnam.
All three died so you could have the right to stand here and bad mouth our country. If you touch me again. I'll stick this umbrella up your ass and open it.' "
~God Bless America~

My reply was: No one died in Vietnam for my right to free speech, but they did die for something..it was called Presidential Ego and "war is good for big business and the ecomony".

Gee, she didnt reply to that one.
Friday, February 24, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Korn rocks Bakersfrigginfield...and other items of interest.

Korn, a bunch of local gents who made it big, opened their tour here in town tonight..gee, I missed it.

But Bob Dylan is coming to town in April.I want to see him, its been over 20 years since I last saw Bob...wonder if he's changed much(i say with a straight face).

Axl freaking Rose is finally going to unleash "Chinese Democracy" on the world according to the latest rumors..I will believe it when I can buy a copy...yes I will buy it..I loved GnR...I know this isn't the real GnR but hey..its worth a shot.

The shit is hitting the fan in Iraq..seriously..I knew it would happen just didn't know when. When religion runs a country it always falls apart if there is more than one religion in the region.

Tricky Dick hasn't shot anyone this week but Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor for PlameGate, just got a shitload of new emails that incriminate the hell out of Cheney. Bet Dick has a few beers now..just dont get behind the wheel Dick..ok? A third DUI just wouldn't look good at this point in time.

Sheryl Crow had surgery for breast cancer. Good thing she has Lance, he will be great at helping her work through it...cancer, it doesn't discriminate does it?

And on the baseball front..Manny Ramirez shows up late for spring training..jeez, thats a surprize. Alfonso Soriano is still being an ass about changing positions...wotta jerk, be a team player Alfonso..

Piazza is still a Padre..my heart is breaking..how could they pick up that dipshit, over-the-friggin-hill sumbitch? Do they always have to shop at Kmart for gods sake?

Don't spend two months in your own fucking little world and then come back here and fuck up mine.

I have become used to being alone...in my house..although there IS another adult present at all times. The ball and chain very seldom leaves the couch, hell he doesnt leave the house but maybe every other day.

I tell him he's depressed, he needs some meds and therapy...seriously.,..its prozac time sportsfans.

He's going to the doctor on average three FUCKING times a week...so if THEY haven't noticed he's friggin depressed wtf are they doing?

I cook more than normal for him. He has almost stopped eating, unless I make it. He tells me what he weighs at least once a week..they weigh him at the docs..one of em does. He is seeing two or three of those overpaid hacks, I forget exactly...he hasn't seen his feet in years so this is a good thing, technically.

I ask him if I can get him anything every time I go thru the living room aka his bedroom...usually he takes me up on it..fucker. He had the nads to ask me to turn on the light the other evening. I SO wanted to jump square on his ass..with both feet...and scream "You Lazy sumbitch"...but I dont...cuz he's sick..but I think he's pushing the envelope with me. I am not his nanny and/or butler and he isn't handicapped for christs sake.

But when he comes back into MY space and starts playing "fifty questions" then I get a tad nasty on him. Like telling him to get his ass back up front if he's gonna bust my chops. He accuses me of "chatting" with my boyfriend...LMAO...B doesn't chat..right honey? B isn't my boyfriend..he's my soulmate..poor fucker.

Back to the ball and chain. I understand he has an annoying ring in his ears. I sympathize with him genuinely...but tinnitus is not curable. And everyone that has it, learns to live w/it...they don't have a choice. His isn't painful, so he's lucky in that respect.And its not constant..thats a plus right? They have ruled out all the really horrible things it could be like a blocked artery or an aneurism..so it must be tinnitus. I compare the ringing in his ears to the jets that fly very LOW over Ocean Beach, CA when they take off and land at Lindberg Field..which is like every 20 minutes during certain times of the day I might add. You can't hear people sitting next to you talk, you can't hear the tv or music if its playing, you cant HEAR SHIT except for the drone of those fucking jet engines as they pass overhead.

And I got used to the jets. I never thought I would..but I did. Just like everyone else does that lives in OB for any length of time.

I really want to scream the title of this post at him... But I wont. It wouldnt be nice...he's learning to cope with something horrible. I get that.

I just don't know how long I should let his pity party continue...and I don't understand why the doctors aren't doling out the prozac as depressed as he is around the house.

He could be just jerking MY chain.

But it felt good to write those words in the title..even if I can't say them to him...yet.
Thursday, February 23, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Brian and Baby for HNT.

Brian is my son. I already told you about Baby in a january HNT here. Both these souls moved into my home within months of each other a couple years back.

Brian came home because his life was on the skids..literally. He tried to commit suicide right before Thanksgiving two years ago. He was living in AZ with a couple of roomies. The roomies had ALOT of disposable income, Brian did not. But, he tried nonetheless to keep up w/the jones, becoming quite the party animal. He lost his job and couldn't pay his rent. Instead of telling his roomies, or calling me for a loan..he pretended to go to work everyday for a couple weeks, looking vainly for a job, any job to pay his bills.




He didnt find one. The roomies were busting his chops about his bills. He slit his wrists one day while they were all at work. Its gotta be tough to be a 23 year old that thinks life is over because you cant pay your rent and for some reason you can't tell anyone whats going on.

I drove to AZ on Thanksgiving day, after his roomies called and told me what had happened. I went straight to his room to see it, I dont know why but I did. Brian was hospitalized in the local pysch ward for his attempt and being a former psych major in college I figured seeing his room would give me a clue to what was going on in his sad little mind. It did..

It was a stark room, void of any personal effects or mementos. The only thing that personalized the room was a huge poster over the bed. It was a poster of a gigantic mushroom cloud in the desert and in the foreground a tiny lone figure facing his impending demise. That said volumes about my only child to me. I laid on his bed and cried.

Fast forward to the present. I brought Brian back to Cali when he got out of the psych ward after a week of counseling and therapy, I knew he wasn't "fixed" yet, but I felt coming home with me would help him to get his shit together again. My husband got him a job in new home construction plumbing. Brian now has a trade he loves and has been working non-stop for over two years. He moved out on his own finally about six months ago. He is doing great and once again loves life. He doesn't drink anymore and is his old self, happy and funny. He thinks of Baby as his dog and wanted to take her when he moved out but couldnt. I wouldnt let him take her anyway..but dont tell him that.
Monday, February 20, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Blog, Blogger, Blogging

Seems alot of folks are growing bored with blogging. I dunno why, I enjoy the hell out of it. Some folks I read on a regular basis havent posted in weeks, some over a month..even others have deleted their blogs entirely. Its not real life..a blog..but it IS about real life in most instances.

I never run out of shit to blog about..never. I might occasionally be really tired and just not feel like spending half an hour or more writing something..but believe me when I say..I got tons o shit to write...which in the long run is why most people blog..to be heard, or in reality..to be read.

Some folks are always funny, some always sad, some angry and even others are just themselves..good on some days, pissy on others. Blogging is a way to connect, on whatever level your little heart desires.

I like getting it out of my head and onto paper..er..computer screen. It flows from my head to my hands. Hell, I have TWO friggin blogs. I NEVER run out of stuff for the political blog..thats a fact jack...and as far as this one is concerned I usually have more than one topic I want to spout off about. I find blogging to be a medicene for me, theraputic as it were.

Real life has been full of shit and shinola lately and I find myself very tired at the end of the day. My mind is racing now about shit I could write, but I just dont have the mental fortitude to organize it all for you my dear reader. I think you probably understand and have been there yourself.

Lecram blogs every day..or almost. He wrote today about needing to be motivated to write. Hell I can write something at the drop of a hat. If I had to write a specific something..I might have the same problem he does..I dunno. He is trying to write a play..that needs to be finished like yesterday..I have faith he will get it done, and I love that he blogs about doing it..the process of creating his play so to speak.

But I need to be up early tomorrow and I have wasted my time tonight on the general subject of blogging.

Oh well, suck it up and deal LOL..ya read it didn't ya?
Sunday, February 19, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Ricky Williams blows 4th drug test.

This guy just can't pull it off. Its so sad, he's very talented. Two unidentified sources for the Miami Herald comfirm the story that he has once again violated the leagues drug policy by either not showing up for a test or testing positive. The link is here. A Denver TV station broke the story, evidently Miami was in trade negotiations for Ricky. This means its a year suspension..thats gotta be the end of his career, at least that seems obvious at this point.

The bright side of my day was San Diego, CA native Jimmie Johnson winning the Daytona..if Tony couldn't get it done, Jimmie's winning it was fine w/me since I was born and raised in San Diego.
Saturday, February 18, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

So the company asked me to do a "how we doing" survey..

My jaw dropped when I saw it in my Inbox. An invitation to participate in a survey about the "company". What I liked was the word "anonymous". Of course I really don't care if its anonymous. I would love to have someone from the home office in Chicago call me and ask me how its going.

I have been with the "company" for a year this month. It started as just a part time gig..to pay those pesky credit card bills the ball and chain isn't aware of, to pay for my shoe addiction.

I soon became the only field service rep here in the southend of the San Joaquin Valley. I capitalize that phrase because I think this is a fine part of the United States, an important part of the food chain...but I digress. My part-time job became full time. This is not a good thing. Then when I asked about a "raise" appearing on my paycheck sometime soon, my superior who lives in San fucking Jose said: What raise?

I said its typical and expected that at least once a year you get a raise, no matter how small and insignificant it might be. I don't get health insurance, I am afterall, a part-time employee...as are the rest of the employees at my level of employment. I also LOST money after Jan 1st because the bastards at the home office deceided that when I drive for an hour or two or even three sometimes to complete a task that I should only be compensated at two thirds of my normal pay rate. Guess you aren't really working in "their" eyes while your driving..evidently it doesn't dawn on them that I would probably love to be doing something other than driving a four hour round trip for them to complete some stupid fucking task that some bimbo in New York City at..oh lets say..Frito-fucking-Lay cooked up one day in order to plan their next "campaign" to sell you all some fucking potato chips or dips.

Anyway..back to that email in my inbox...

I got a ever-so-slight buzz and clicked on the link in the email...I didn't have to log in or identify myself. The survey started immediately. It was in sections, and it asked generalized questions about how I viewed my trainor, my training, my job in general..that kind of crap. I was harsh to say the least. I was eager to get through it hoping at the end I would get to add my two cents..

I did.

It felt very good to tell them exactly what I thought of the "company" and the fools running it. I enjoyed the hell out bitching about my laptop which is still using Windows 98, and breaks down every other fucking day. I smiled when I typed very professionally I might add, that morale has got to suck ass really bad when you lose money, instead of being rewarded for hard work and covering an entire territory that is supposed to have THREE fucking reps instead of one. I really got my rocks off when I regaled them with my views that sometimes it feels like I work for the mob because I have no fucking clue of anyones names, address or fucking phone number at the "home" office to contact when I have a problem with my Field Manager who screens her fucking calls and returns them days later when its of little help.

Now, bear in mind that I am speaking plainly with you my dear reader. I was above board and professional at all times when I bit the hand that pays me. I did not cuss or use slang. I did all my bitching in such a way as to embarrass the living hell out of them but it was obvious that I,the employee, was educated and highly pissed off at being utilized as little more than a piece of meat..a very cheap cut of meat I might add.

My last comment was this, verbatim: I have never, in the 35 plus years I have been in the workforce, worked for a company that thought so little of its employees and treated them as nothing more than a bunch of packmules to be ignored,exploited and expected to perform on a moments notice for next to nothing in monetary consideration with regards to lowering my pay when driving to a job hours away.

At least it made me feel better..
Friday, February 17, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

It's not toxic..really..its not.

A Bio-deisel manufacturing somekindoffrigginplace went up in flamage today..big,thick,black clouds blowing towards Bakersfrigginfield..its on the outskirts south of town.

They had the nads to say it wasn't "toxic"..I of course LMAO over this comment from the nimrods that started the fire. Somehow I feel that smoke so black you can not see through it..is toxic in some form..it has to have a shitload of particulate matter in it..to be so black and not transparent.

The fire dept spokesman said..its not "really" toxic..but stay in your homes, keep the windows closed tight and do not use your airconditioning or heater.

HUH?

Add to this lovely chemical fire..its rained here today and its very cloudy. It rains oh..maybe 12 friggin times a year..and it had to rain today. SO that means the toxic..well it is..smoke cloud will hang low in the atmosphere..nice. Our idea of rain is like one thousandth of an inch..

I of course went outside..I wanted to smell the air..yes, it did smell funny so I went back inside.

Later on they said it would burn for 2 days..great..I am really looking forward to this weekend now. Plus, its supposed to rain(translation:drizzle)all weekend. Means it will be cloudy all weekend.

I got a headache. Its not from the toxic cloud..its from worrying about the toxic cloud. I gotta find something new to worry about..something that doesn't give me a headache.

Perhaps the Padres..they are always worth worrying about..bonehead trades and pickups they make.

Dick Cheney and his pink tie..on Fox the other night talking about the"accident"..nah..thats not worth worrying about. Dick is always gonna be a dick.

Whether Tony Stewart will win the Daytona..thats a goodie..I will go with that one.

If I dont blog monday..send the troops in to look for me..tell em to wear masks...someone lied about that damn "cloud".

Baseball and other important things.

The Boston RedSox owner, John Henry is quite upset. He is none to happy with turning over his largesse to teams less fortunate than his. Over on Sportsline.com, there is an article wherein ol' John bitches about the "tax" that keeps him and Yankee's owner George Steinbrenner constantly filling the coffers of poorer, smaller marktet teams. I see his point, really I do...but I still have to say that until a better mousetrap is built, this is the only one baseball has.

Pitchers and catchers have or are reporting now to all clubs. The position players all report between Feb 19th and the 24th. Of course the guys playing in the first annual World Baseball Classic will be leaving camp to play for their respective homelands..which in the baseball world is quite a few countries dont ya know.. The WBC will be played between March 3rd-20th. Steinbrenner bitched about it already..so what's new you might ask..I didn't however. Its a true baseball kinda day when Georgie has something to complain about.

The WBC will be played all over the place. They will be holding the finals at my beloved PetFood Park in San Diego. For a schedule of who's playing whom where..the link is here.

The grass in my backyard is already up to my shins..you can lose a small dog in that shit. Just means spring is around the corner and so is baseball.

Albert Belle, that stellar, standup guy...has been arrested for stalking his ex-girlfriend..what a guy!

Wayne Gretsky and his lovely bride Janet are off the hook..Rick Tocchet isn't however.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Don't it make your brown eyes blue..

C'est moi.

Damn that flash was bright.

Its all I got..been a long day.

Hope Blogger let's me upload it, sometimes she's a bitch.

What used to be known as the "twin 125's" will be run tomorrow. This makes the ball and chain happy. I enjoy them as well...marks the start of racing season. This eye will be firmly focused on the TV for a couple hours tomorrow.
Did I mention baseball starts up real soon?Well, I did now.:)

See ya's next week.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Knight School

Espn is going to have another reality show..this time featuring none other than..drumroll please..Bobby Knight. Yes, THAT Bobby Knight..the former basketball coach from Indiana who now coaches Texas Tech. Its called "Knight School"..cute.

Cold Pizza interviewed him this morning about his new show. He refused to call it a reality show..mumbling something about it being anything but a reality show. They had Dana interview him and he was his usual charming self, telling her he would love to have her cook him some breakfast. The show will be about some poor kids trying to make the team as a walkon.

Then she made the mistake of asking him about Mike Davis, the current coach for IU..not a good idea. He told her he would not discuss Mike or IU. Dana persisted and Bobby promptly took his ear piece out and left the studio..guess he told her huh?

His ego is the size of Texas..but thats nothing new. I will watch the first installment of his "show" and report back to you, the sportsfan.
Sunday, February 12, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Cool site for Music lovers of any genre.

Its called Pandora..as in,I presume, pandora's box. It's a child of the Music Genome Project. To pull some info from the MGP site: "On January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.
Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song - everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It's not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records - it's about what each individual song sounds like.
Over the past 5 years, we've carefully listened to the songs of over 10,000 different artists - ranging from popular to obscure - and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world. "

Anywho..on Pandora you can create playlists.This is not new of course, but the music it matches to your tastes can be. I heard music from folks that I liked and had never listened to. I will of course buy some of it now. It gives you the opportunity to yea or nea what they choose for you to listen to..the computer ever diligent on finding something to please you based on all the factors listed above. You can make several types of playlists, easy listening, heavy duty or whatever turns YOU on..I would toss in a Joe Bonamass and then AC/DC..just to change it up...then something slow and harmonic like..James Taylor.

You gotta register, its simple and I dont think they sell your email addy's. I read an article on Slate.com about the MGP and their not a big fan of it, stating its a simple process..but I am easily amused so wtf..check it out if your bored.
Friday, February 10, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

For those in need of a lil help from above..



From the "WTF" department: Wayne "The Great One" Gretsky is in trouble..and his lovely wife is in deep shit. Evidently they have ALOT of disposable income. Jesus, to be in their shoes, but I digress...Janet Gretsky has spent roughly Half A MILLION LARGE in the last two months on sports betting. And they weren't doing it thru Vegas which begs the question..why not? its legal there for gods sake. They were using some bookie out of Jersey..(LMAO)and his partner a Jersey police officer. Wayne of course feels bad for Janet but has told anyone that will listen, including the feds who were wiretapping his phone that he was NOT involved and NO she didn't place bets for him.

I dont know if she did or didn't place bets for Wayne and I really don't care if she blew her wad of shopping coin on a Timberwolves game..but its gonna get ugly, you can bet your collection plate on that fact. The Coyotes asst head coach Rick Tocchett is also in this up to his eyeballs and has taken a leave of absence from the team..no..really?

No one bet on hockey..right..and Pete Rose didn't bet on baseball. Whatever..

If your bored, a link to one of the many stories is here...and here..oh and heres another one from Waynes homeland of Canada.

P.S..the NEW quote in my header is for all those friggin Muslims that can't take a fucking joke.

Thursday, February 09, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

My HNT guest


Its my favortie bartender in the whole world..Rob at the Malibu Inn. He's tattoo'd up. He's a sweet person and a fantastic bartender. I was not friendly with him at first, he scared me to be honest. Looks a little hard core, dont ya think?

But he's sweet and very easy to talk to when you relax. Isn't that what you want in a good bartender? Someone to talk to and they make one helluva drink? Thats Robbie to a tee.

If your ever in Malibu, CA..stop by the Malibu Inn. Its easy to spot Rob..tell him Dusty sent ya.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Who authorized this field trip?..


I ripped this off from John Q's blog today..bad girl I know..but hey..when its good its good right? I gave him credit for finding it. He's over-worked and has some back-stabbing bitch tossing him under the bus at work..but I love his post today.

I am busy and gotta run..have a good day sportsfans..or try to..humpday and all.
Monday, February 06, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

What one of the leaders of the western world was doing on Superbowl Sunday




















Got this from foxtick.com..I think..

From the Felony-dumb department..

Smoking Gun has a nice story and mug shot today about a dipshit coke dealer in Florida..who offered a cop SITTING IN A SQUAD CAR, a 2 gram bag of coke for his purchase..Either the dealer is looking for a room for the next 5-10 years..or he has the IQ of a dandelion. The link is here.
Sunday, February 05, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Steel Curtain hangs tough.

Great friggin game..awesome plays and momentum-changing miscues, it held my attention all four quarters. Steelers hung in there and won 21-10. This makes me happy and my wallet even happier, they beat the spread...gotta pay for all those shoes from ebay ya know ;)

The Bus retired..right on TV after the game and the trophy presentation. Go out on top, smart, classy man Jerome..

Polamalu was all over the field, his hair flowing like the Steelers "D". Even Benny's two interception's didnt scare me, well, one did result in a TD. The Steelers are now tied with the Niners and the Cowboys for 5 SB wins..most in the 40 year history of the game.

The Rolling Stones at half time weren't too bad..Mick seemed to be lip-syncing..not sure. No wardrobe problems this year..ah shucks. Bill Cowher, the longest tenured Coach in the NFL finally won the big one in his 14th season. I loved the hell out of Randle-El's 40 yard pass for that TD to Hines Ward! He was a High School or College QB i think they said.

Did I mention it was a great game?

Betty Friedan passes...

This post is also up on my political blog..so if the ONE person that reads that blog is here first..dont bother going over today..LOL.

She was 85 and a small woman..had a very big mouth however as I recall. She came into prominence during the hectic 60's and 70's..MY time too..I loved her spirit and her dedication..I subscribed to the NOW magazine for years and took all their ideals to heart.

Her first book "The Feminine Mystique" set it all ablaze..woman who were tired of just being the chief cook and bottle washer..who wanted something more and fulfilling in their lives...BETTY started it..blame her lol.

She would go on to become quite the lecturer and writer..the woman's movement would clash with her in her later years, stating she concentrated on white middle-class females to the detriment of lesbians and women of color..but ladies..and I use that term loosely....Ms. Friedan put on paper what intellgent woman of that time were thinking..fuck the housework, I want to do something that matters to me..to the world at large and I want to make a difference! Toss your vacuum's aside ladies and come out and protest or do whatever the hell makes YOU happy and complete.

She was the start of it all..and I salute her. She took a helluvalot of shit for that first book..it couldn't of been an easy road for the little jewish woman from Smith College. She started the National Organization for Women, NARAL, and the National Woman's Political Caucus. She was a central figure in the Pro-Choice movement.

She was small in stature but big in my heart..and I thank her for that first book which I read from cover to cover in one sitting as I recall.TruthOut has a NY Times writeup about her..the link is here

So..in closing, what I am trying to say..with grace and aplomb is..Young women of today take for granted that they can do what they want, when they want to..it wasn't that way until Betty opened up her yap and put pen to paper. Thank her for that..YOU owe her that much.

Eugene O'Neill was da bomb..

And the sumbitch died in 1953 for gods sake.. He was an American Playwright who also won a Nobel Prize in '36 for Literature. He was father-in-law of Charlie Chaplin.

His work although twisted..characters as gritty as they come, was a great study in dysfunctional-families..or relationships.

His play" Long Days Journey Into Night" is a classic and he is thought by many I might add,to be the father of modern Theater. I acted in that play, a local group in San Diego, during the 80's..I won't tell you what role I played..you tell me.

One of my favorites is: A Moon for the Misbegotten, which was produced for TV in the middle 70's and starred Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards..see it if you can.

All this because.....the ball and chain was watching a friggin western that had Jason Robards in it...sorry..
Friday, February 03, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

What is Facism?

"Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism'. I'm afraid, based on my own long experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."
Sen. Huey Long


Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."(Jack Abramoff and Lobbyists in general)
Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy


"The next step in a fascist government is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the other."
Bertrand Russell


"Without exhaustive debate, even heated debate, of ideas and programs, free government would weaken and wither. But if we allow ourselves to be persuaded that every individual or party that takes issue with our own convictions is necessarily wicked or treasonous then, indeed, we are approaching the end of freedom's road."(The Shrubs pointing fingers at all that disagree with him)
Dwight D. Eisenhower(A repube btw)

Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, wrote an article about fascism which appeared in Free Inquiry magazine -- a journal of humanist thought. Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The article is titled 'Fascism Anyone?', by Lawrence Britt, appears in Free Inquiry's Spring 2003 issue on page 20.

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected.
5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.
9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.
Thursday, February 02, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

It was a pain but I finally uploaded an HNT pic



Its a leg..a tired leg.

A leg that I spent over five hours walking on yesterday...five hours straight! Thats my job..walking..walking the miles of aisles checking where products are displayed for all those food and beverage manufacturers..they know who they are..fuckers..With the Super Bowl this week I had extra tasks..like telling FritoLay,Pepsi and a couple others if their shit was front and center so all you folks will buy their products..hurry up..times awaistin'..go buy some chips and soda and BEER, lots and lots of Beer please..keep me employed LOL.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

Sports and the State of the Union.

First off..the SOTU address was a game for my son and myself. We took a shot of B&B (benedictine and brandy)every time those assholes gave the Shrub a standing Ovation...when only one side stood up (the Repubes) we only did half a shot..when both sides of the hall stood up we did a whole shot..this game is the only thing that kept me from shooting out the TV with the ball and chains cap gun..aka his teeny lil pistol.. I have no idea what caliber that damn thing is..but its the smallest friggin handgun I have ever seen, you can palm the sucker..

Football...ah yes..the Superbowl Xtra Large..actually its something I am looking forward to,seriously sportsfans..its gonna be a goodie I think..I hope anyway. I am rooting for the AFC of course, being an AFC kinda girl.So that means I am putting all my cashola on the Steelers..god help me if they lose..I lost my ass on ND's final game of the college season..so lets hope I don't do the same on the SBXL..one of the Steelers mouthy guys is a Bakersfieldian..Joey Porter..lol..no kidding..hes from Bakersfield..I love a guy that is dumb as a rock and runs his mouth like a friggin moron that took the short bus to school...which he could of done very easily here..I have never seen so many "handicapped" parking spots in my entire life..and they ALL are full at any given time during the day or night..Walmart has like 30..I shit you not..and they are always..ALWAYS..full up..no vacancies folks..whats that tell ya about Bakersfield? San Diego doesnt have half the spots for "sick, lame or lazy" folks that Bakersfield has..as a shopoholic I can swear to this fact.

OH..T.O is still in the news..Donovan McNabb has called T.O's rants and ravings tantamount to a "black on black"crime..I just call T.O's rants a felony-dumb A'hole's POV. We should all love "ourselves" as much as T.O. loves hisself..if you want to read McNabbs latest..its here.

A couple of the fired coaches have found jobs.Tice will be working for Jack DelRio's Jag's as an assistant..and Mike Martz will be the Offensive Coordinator for..lord..the Detroit franchise..he must really need a freaking job to take THAT one..

This just in to the newscenter..Lynn Swann has locked up the Repube nomination for Penn's governor..hey..I cant say a thing..we got Ahnold for gods sake, who has as much experience as Swannie at running a state...or anything for that matter. God help those folks in Pennsylvania if he's elected.

The NFL has stated it will give $20 Million to fix up the Superdome..as long as its in time for the Saints to play next season..I wouldnt hold my breath on THAT happening..they still haven't cleared the ruins from the residential 'hoods yet. If you want to read that story..the link is here. The estimated cost to repair the Superdome is roughly...drumroll please..$140 Million large..for some reason FEMA is expected to pay a portion of that..why I dont know.FEMA cant even get the residents back to their homes..but I digress..

On the Baseball front..the Astro's filed an insurance claim on what is owed to Jeff Bagwell for next season..a paltry $17 MILLION... Bags had surgury last season on his torn up shoulder and according to the GM for the 'Stros, Bags is no where near ready to play ball, and MIGHT never be..Its gonna get ugly sportsfans..mark my words..Bags says he's showing up to spring training and two doctors have said he is not able to play, his shoulder is still hosed up and probably will be forever. The 'Stros can write off 15 Mil of whats due Bags if the Insurance company coughs up the cash..stay tuned..this is far from over and could get ugly..His contract is ...ahem.. GUARANTEED..hence the sprint to the insurance company by the 'Stros.

And from the "I can't believe this shit" department..the Padres have hired the recently fired Phillies GM Ed Wade as a scout..umm...correct me if I am wrong but...the man couldnt find his ass w/both hands with regard to talent in Philly..why the hell would he be worth the gunpowder to blow him to hell for the Padres? Are the Padres like the Salvation Army of baseball for gods sake? I mean really..first Piazza, now a shitty GM as a talent scout..spare me the pain and agony John Moores' and Kevin "fucknut" Towers...please..pretty please with a 40-homer slugger on top..wtf is Sandy Alderson doing...sitting on his fucking hands or playing pocket pool?

I am done..have a good Thursday..or try anyway..