"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom" Albert Einstein

"A dame who knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up." Mae West

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Queenie the Cutie is back.

Call me a big tease, but you'll have to click here to read how burlesque is making a comeback.

Which reminded me of my mom's old copy of the Johnny Mercer polka tune that I used to pound out on the piano:

In the burlesque theater, where the gang loves to go
To see Queenie the Cutie of the burlesque show
And the thrill of the evening is when out Queenie skips
And the band plays the polka while she strips.

Take it off, take it off cries a voice from the rear.
Take it off, take if off, soon it's all you can hear.
But she's always a lady even in pantomime,
So she stops! and always just in time.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Girl Groups Baby Mama

Lost in the Kennedy death announcement on August 25th was the same day death of song-writer Ellie GreenwichIf you were around in the 1960s, you probably know the lyrics to a few of her over 200+ songs, including:

Leader of the Pack

Da Doo Ron Ron

Chapel of Love

Be My Baby

River Deep, Mountain High

and so many more.

(We can) Rest in Peace

Illinois and Massachusetts have one thing in common: the quality of their politicians.

The canonization by the media of good old Teddy sweeps the dirt under the rug. This was a, spoiled, arrogant man used to wiggling his way out of messy situations through his wealth and daddy. Putting polish over the dirt doesn't make anything cleaner:

Although a C student, he was admitted to Harvard.

He was suspended from Harvard twice for cheating.

Oops, he inadvertently signed up for 4 years in the military, but daddy got that corrected to only
2 years and no Korea time.

He was cited for reckless driving 4 times at the University of Virginia, but no license revocation

Chappaquiddick - nothing more needs to be said except - suspended sentence.

Numerous extra-martial affairs and public sex display

And then there's all his wonderful legislation that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars and headaches


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Yum, yum, very good?

In the never-ending battle of fast food franchises, the key strategy is coming up with new sandwiches that appeal to the high fat demand of the American appetite.

The latest research has created the KFC Double Down. Who needs carbs when you can use two deep fried chicken breasts for the bun? And for filling - what red blooded overweight American could resist two pieces of bacon sandwiched between slices of melted pepper-jack and and swiss cheese? Not to be outdone by McDonald's Big Mac, KFC then finishes off the creation with their own "Colonel's Sauce."

They are test marketing this in Rhode Island at a cost of $6.99 with fries and drink.

Estimated calories is over 1200, which is nearly my entire daily caloric intake.
(Photo courtesy of foodgeekery.com who brought this to world attention)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Friendly vs. nasty in (non)religious war

There is an interesting war of words going on between an atheist blogger, who also happens to be a teacher, and the Illinois Family Institute.

The blogger is a geometry teacher at a suburban Chicago school and the Illinois Family Institute has started an "outing" process against the teacher because of his public commentary of his non-classroom views posted on his blog.

Here's a good place to start reading about the fuss. Then link to the teacher's response here. Then the Insitute's response here, and finally the teacher's latest response.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

When boring might be good news

I have nothing exciting or stimulating to write about, especially regarding my life.

No health problems, no cute little kids to post pictures of, no lively teen angst antics in the house, no elderly relatives requiring constant attention, no relative serving in the military, no fabulous garden of flowers or vegetables, no vacations, no annoying co-workers, and no marital discourse.

No wonder few people read this blog. I may be the only totally rational, well-adjusted, sane person in the entire blogosphere.

Which makes me a total bore.

I even took a "What's your color" quiz on Facebook and I got this:
Yep, boring white.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Only part of it was great.

My new guilty pleasure is Mad Men. The third season began this week, but it will be next spring/summer before I see it on DVD since I don't have cable.

My mother was about the same age as Betty Draper in 1961 and I slightly older than the Draper daughter, so I have many memories of that time period. Here are the things from that time period that stand out in my mind:


pointy brassieres

sanitary napkin belts

candy cigarettes

frozen pot pies

Jiffy Pop Popcorn

special occasion corsages

big boat, gas guzzler cars, especially convertibles

extra food/water supply in basement or bomb shelter

Mogan David wine at parent hosted parties

There's only one thing in that list that I might like to have back in my life. One hint: it sure as heck isn't the sanitary napkin belt.

Losing childhood to fear

Here's another interesting commentary from the UK about adult fear in being near children and its effect on society.

As one person commented following the article: "You think it is tough being a woman near children in a public place, you want to try being a man? Men do not want to be any where near children these days!and for good reason. The whole PC paranoia, all men are viewed guilty just because they are male is a reality..."

Pedophile-mania is getting nearly that bad in the US.