Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Morning Cartoons (+)

No, it is not that I am in the midst of experiencing a second or third childhood.  For it is arguable that I have never really grown up because of my march toward maturity being interrupted along the way by some episodes of arrested development.  So, instead of thinking that this series is meant as a wistful look back upon a simpler time, think of it as being a rather simplistic mind remaining in a moment for an extended period of time.  In any event, I hope you find it enjoyable.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Sites To See #390

The SOLE purpose of this series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as an endorsement, and I have included sites that I found rather disturbing.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.







 Link: [Gillyflower]


 Link: [Gluesticks]











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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ATF: Percussive Pieces

This weekly series will include as many of my all-time favorite (ATF) tunes as I can get my grubby little hands on (so to speak).  Now, each one included in each edition will have some connection with the other—albeit only as a figment of my imagination, but they will not be numbered.  For I just cannot bring myself to rate some higher than others.  So, this will not be a countdown, but if you are enjoying them as much as I do, it won’t matter.  Besides, with no countdown, this could go on forever and ever!  Oh, and despite the fact that there is absolutely no way that your musical tastes can be as exquisite as mine, I welcome any suggestions you might dare to make.  For I am, after all, quite magnanimous by nature.

Link: [Chicago]


I’m a Man
Chicago
Well my pad is very messy
Got whiskers on my chin
Never had no problems
‘Cause I’ve always paid the rent
I got no time for lovin’
‘Cause my time is all used up
I stand outside creatin’
All the groovy kinds of love

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Oh baby
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yes I am

If I had my choice of matter
I’d rather be content
All engrossed in mental chatter
Showin’ where your mind is at
While relatin’ to each other
How strong the love can be
Be resistin’ all the good times
With each groovy chick we see

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Ooh I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
I love to hear you talk

I’ve got to keep my image
While I’m standin’ on the floor
If I drop upon my knees
It’s just to keep them on my nose
You think that I’m not human
And my heart is made of stone
But I’ve never had no problems
And my body’s pretty strong

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah yeah yeah
Yes I know
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yes I know
Yes I know
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Ooh
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Good God
I love you so
Love you so

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Ooh if I had my choice of matter
I’d rather be content
All engrossed in mental chatter
Knowin’ where your mind is at
While relatin’ to each other
How good a love can be
By resistin’ all the good times
With each groovy chick we see

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah yeah yeah
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
I’m a man
Ooh yes I am

I gotta keep my image
While I’m standin’ on the floor
If I drop upon my knees
It’s just to keep them on my nose
You think that I’m not human
And my heart is made of stone
But I never had no problems
And my body’s pretty strong

I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Wowowow
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so
Yeah yeah yeah
I’m a man
Yes I am
And I can’t help
But love you so



The Boys of Summer
Don Henley
Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer’s out of reach
Empty lake
Empty streets
The sun goes down alone
I’m drivin’ by your house
Though I know
You’re not home

But I can see you
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
You got your hair combed back
And your sunglasses on baby
And I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

I never will forget those nights
I wonder if it was a dream
Remember how you made me crazy
Remember how I made you scream
Now I don’t understand
What’s happened to our love
But babe I’m gonna get you back
I’m gonna show you what I’m made of

I can see you
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
I see you walkin’ real slow
And smilin’ at everyone
I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

Out on the road today
I saw a deadhead sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said
Don’t look back
You can never look back
I thought I know what love was
What did I know
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but

I can see you
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
You got that top pulled down
And that radio on baby
And I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone
I can see you
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
You got that hair slicked back
And those wayfarers on baby
I can tell you
My love for you will still be strong
After the boys of summer have gone

Lyrics From: [eLyrics.net]

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HoF Ads: It Is Not Fun

This weekly series will feature ads that I consider to be the very best (in one way or another).  Please do not hesitate to tell me about your favorite ads, and if you have some (good) taste, I just might add yours to the list.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sites To See #389

The SOLE purpose of this series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as an endorsement, and I have included sites that I found rather disturbing.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.

 Link: [Da K Krew]










 Link: [Desideratum]









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Monday, August 25, 2014

Come Monday...Ferguson, Misery

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).


For the benefit of those who do not get it, I sometimes refer to the state of Missouri as being the state of Misery.  I borrowed that from a dear friend years ago, and if he wants it back, he will just have to come by and get it.

Be assured that I often mean the rather derogatory term in jest.  For I have spent time in all of the lower 48, and living in Missouri is about as good as it gets in this country.

Nonetheless, when it comes to the current mess in [Ferguson], the state of Misery tag most certainly applies.  For even with tensions there settling down considerably over the past few days, it is merely the calm before a very big storm.

If you have not been [keeping up with it], a white Ferguson city police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager a little over two weeks ago.  After the initial news reports made it sound like the officer flat out executed the boy for no apparent reason, I did not see where there was any room for debate over whether or not he should find himself behind bars forthwith, but now that several different versions of the tragic event have come to light, my eyes are trained upon the horizon as the storm clouds build.

Be assured that the violent protests over the past two weeks are nothing in comparison to the tornado that may engulf the entire metropolitan St. Louis area if the cop is not convicted of at least manslaughter and given several years in prison as a sentence.  This is something that I am not so sure will happen, now.

Alas, when justice is beheld in the eyes of a rabid mob, a miscarriage will surely happen, and the longer the formal legal process takes, the more tensions will tighten.  In all fairness to the rabid mob, if it had of been that black teenager killing the white cop, the boy would have been arrested on the spot while the cop is being given the courtesy of remaining uncharged until enough evidence is gathered to reasonably insure a conviction.

I am sorry.  I do not mean to make it sound like it is all about race.  For it is actually about so much more, and all of it adds to the misery.

Alas, what we are witnessing spilling out onto the streets of Ferguson is years of incompetence and corruption from the president of the United States down to Ferguson city council staffers.  For government programs are only as good as the ones working them, and it is has been made all too painfully obvious that the good people of Ferguson have been lied to and taken advantage of for far too long.

No, this is not to ignore that Ferguson has their share of bad apples.  In fact, it could be argued that they have more than their share.  For Ferguson is located in the far northwestern part of St. Louis County, and is not all that close to the inner city.  So, one would think that living there would not be all that bad, but with reportedly over 50% unemployment, trouble will be brewing.

It certainly does not help matters that the Ferguson Police Department seems to have adopted the attitude of former Los Angeles police chief, Daryl Gates, who I remember saying that police officers are out on the streets to keep the peace—not make friends.  Does that sound as ridiculous to you as it does to me?  For to keep a distance between the police and the general public is to have the police make their stand alone.

Furthermore, friendship is a lot stronger force to wield than intimidation when things start going sideways.  After all, would you not be much more likely to follow the instructions of a friend when you temporarily lose sight of your marbles than someone acting like they are quite eager to work you over with their nightstick or worse?  Yeah, looking down the barrel of a cocked pistol can have a chilling effect upon a fiery temper, but those like I was will be looking for an opportunity to show the cop where he can holster his weapon from that moment on.

Speaking of drawn weapons, I find it very disturbing that police officers are trained to shoot to kill instead of just trying to stop an alleged offender.  Now, I can see where simply shooting someone in the shoulder or leg can leave them free to use their weapon, but in the case of the UNARMED Ferguson teenager, there was no need to go for kill shots. 

If our Heavenly Father does not put a stop to it, a lot of weapons will be drawn and fired on both sides if Officer Darren Wilson does not start serving a long prison sentence much sooner than later.  Although Ferguson is around 210 miles and another world away from us, here in Springfield, the “stuff” will be still hitting the proverbial fan way too close to home.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Sunday Drive

Back during our childhood, our parents would often load up my brother and me after Sunday morning church services for a leisurely drive around where we lived.  Even though we were seeing mostly familiar sights, it was still good to see them again, and this is why “A Sunday Drive” sounded about right for the name of a series revisiting familiar sites that are well worth seeing again and again.  The link below the image is to the site itself, and the image is linked to the post it was first included in here.











 Link: [In Tandem]




 Link: [Irv Oslin]



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