Thursday, October 29, 2015
From Bordeaux, I took the bus to Madrid, where I was just 2 years before. I did the Royal Palace and what-all before and was uninspired, but I wanted to visit the 3 great art museums yet again, each taking a day, as I stay in there for 6-7 hours. I never liked art until I went all-over Europe for 2 mos. when I was "32," I had thought it to be a stupid or sissy-thing. Go to a couple of famous art museums in close-succession and you're hooked, and right-afterwards that's the best you're capable of thinking as art liberates the mind. The Prado is heavy on Francisco de Goya, Diego Velazquez is considered by many to be the greatest of the Spanish artists. The Reina Sofia is heavy on Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, it's most famous for housing "Guernica," which takes up an entire wall, depicting the carnage of the bombing of the Basque town in 1937 by the Germans and Italians at the behest of fellow-Fascist, Franco, during the Spanish Civil War, gladly-done as preparation for WW 11. You people love war, the U.S. is always at war, ask Tammy Duckworth if she'd rather go to Congress or have her legs. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza contains the eclectic collection of the Baron of this name, and is more diverse as it strays from a Spanish-base.
I wonder if Natalie gets a 2-week vacation, she must. In the early 1970's the biggest groups in Rock played the Akron Rubber Bowl (a WPA project from the 30's), 40 thou of unobstructed and close seating, best stadium in Ohio for this. Every big group played the Rubber Bowl, the Rolling Stones. But when Jefferson Airplane played before a packed-house, after 45 minutes, singer Gracie Slick was so worked-up that she exhorted the Crowd to attack the Akron Police that were there, ha. The City Fathers pulled the plug, and Akron's fame as a Rock Concert Venue was over. Later, in retirement, police were called to Gracie's house, and she emerged with a loaded-gun which she leveled at them, due to her being a celebrity the police showed great-restraint in not gunning-her-down. I'm sure a nice lady once you get to know her, Gracie, perhaps surprisingly, turns "76" on Fri. Halloween is one of our best customs, and I always enjoyed going out trick or treating, now, I want as many trick or treaters as I can get, and I give a good bar. Years ago, Texas executed a father who had blamed poisoned-candy when they went trick or treating for the deaths of his 2 children, when really he had been the one who had poisoned them for the life insurance money. The other inmates called him the Candyman
Sunday, October 25, 2015
The Carvings on Stone Mountain, Ga., depicting Rebel Heroes, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis, represent the largest high-relief sculpture in the world. They should be left-alone and without any addition. I've been there twice, just took mass transpo from Atlanta, and they are truly magnificent. 3 acres, much bigger than Mt. Rushmore, these good-men are dashingly on horseback, not many of you swine have seen it, I recommend. I tried to buy a Stars and Bars Shirt around the U. of S. Carolina, I was told they used to sell a lot. What, there should be no past, no vestige? This past Thursday was UC Irvine's Job Fair, and the U.S. Border Patrol was supposed to be amongst them, but due to offending, ha, their many illegal aliens, they didn't show-up. Southern Cal's Athletic Director, Pat Haden, has a pacemaker. He's on the board of the Mayr Foundation, his daughter, Natalie, is its secretary, she makes 68 thou for working 1 hour a week. I don't like stadium-seating at the movies, I always sit in the last row, where none of those pigs have put their shoes up on the back of my seat, and my legs are tired by the time I get to the top. I just had my every 4-month blood analysis and meeting with my lady-doctor. Before she got her hands on me 13 years ago, I hadn't had a physical in many years, I didn't feel bad at all, I just thought, I should probably get a physical. My Triglycerides were 1067, with optimum being 200. Most recently my Triglycerides were 99, all my labs were real good. Had things continued on the way they were, long-ago my prostate would have blown-up, into a million pieces
It's been over a year since the revelation that McKayla Maroney produced and distributed Kiddie Porn, anyone else would have been federally-prosecuted long ago. She met Obama at the White House, and he told the federal-prosecutors not to prosecute her, thereby violating his sworn-oath to uphold the Constitution and U.S. Laws, and the federal-prosecutors also violating their sworn-oath. Due to McKayla's efforts, thousands of people have this under-age pornography, that McKayla produced and distributed. Obama isn't going to be President forever
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
From Lourdes, took the train to Bordeaux, not too far, I had never been there. Only a city of a quarter-mil, its fine-arts, contemporary art, history and natural-history museums, are all right, its wine-museum is unique and interesting, as Bordeaux is the wine capital of the world. I liked Bordeaux' Cathedral, and thoroughly enjoyed their crowded pedestrian-thoroughfare, the longest in the world
There's no reason not to sell our oil abroad as apparently we can produce an endless-glut of it, the Saudis can no-longer wreak extortionate prices and terms from the U.S., now we have power over them. I was in San Diego for 10 minutes when I witnessed an accident, as everyone was slowing for a red-light on Balboa a woman next to me in the next-lane slammed into the car in front of her, which slammed into a pickup-truck, all this at slow-speed, but I think minor-damage to all 3. Pickup-man leapt out of his truck. For the past 20 years San Diego has had horrible roads, and used to be a lot worse with lots of gaping-chuckholes even in LaJolla, the best-part of town. This is due to their taxpayers allowing Public Employees to use their taxmoney for their own salaries and pensions instead of infrastructure. As Foghorn Leghorn would say ...Sharp as a pound of wet leather... That demented-sow, Angela Merkel, is telling the Germans (actually, a lot of foreign-blood amongst their citizens, I'm half and that's a lot more than many of them), that this huge-influx of refugees will provide a youthful-workforce that will pay their pensions, look at them, they'll cut their throats. Germany has been a 4th-rate country since the end of WW 11, it's sorta a big factory, a place where things are produced, nobody has any respect for it. There's big problems in Israel, where I was a few months ago, and just before I got there, they were having race-riots by their Ethiopians. Recently, a Norwegian who had been kidnapped in the Sinai, which I crossed-on a bus, was beheaded. If you're not willing to take a bit of a chance, you'll have to stay at home, drinking mother's-milk, and eventually dying from boredom
Special Forces Captain Daniel Quinn has been separated, and Special Forces 1st Sergeant Charles Martland is in the process of being separated from the Army, for freeing a 12-year-old boy who an Afghan Police Commander had kidnapped, raped, and chained-to-his-bed as a sex-slave, and afterwards beating-up this guy
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Luke Tyson-Vladimir Klitschko has been postponed from Oct. 24 to Nov. 28 in Dusseldorf due to Vlad's calf-injury. Sold-out with 55 thou, boxing is much more popular in Europe, they've gotten 80 thou at Wembley in London. Due to his acid-tongue, a lot of people would like Fury to get his comeuppance and a good-beating, an Irish Traveller (See My Blog for Aug. 25, 2013), Luke will go as long as humanly-possible but Vlad is still too good, we'll see. I finally saw "Love Ranch," it was on TV last week. When it came out in 2010, it was shown only in a couple of faraway theaters, it got bad reviews and was a flop, oh, it was a fine-movie. Oscar Bonavena (Sept. 25, 1942 to May 22, 1976) was one of the best heavyweight boxers of his era (58-9-1, 44 KO's), fighting-well against both Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali at their peak. At 5'10.5" and 218 lbs., Oscar was a brawler who kept-coming. A free-spirit who enjoyed life outside of the ring, the Argentine was on the downslide when he was brought by Joe Conforte, the owner of the Mustang Ranch (brothel), to train on its 440 acres. In the movie, Helen Mirren, really does a fine-job of portraying Sally Burgess, a former madam and Joe's wife, an old lady with a cane who became a young, big-time athlete's love-interest. A jealous Joe banished both Oscar and his wife from the Mustang Ranch, but Oscar returned to Sparks (outside of Reno) and got into a confrontation with guards at the Ranch, and was shot through the heart with a rifle. On the face, it doesn't sound-good that one of Argentina's greatest sports-heroes comes to the U.S. and returns in a box, but Oscar enjoyed that dangerous-environment and being-around that type of people. Oscar had one of Buenos Aires' biggest funerals with 150 thou filing-past his coffin
I've now been doin' this for 7 years, hopefully you Lowlifes appreciate my Blogsmanship. I wanted to push into France, but was tired of flying (fly from one sterile airport to another, seeing nuthin'), so I took the first train smokin' towards France, and it was a total milk-run, 14 hours from Milan to Paris. I was in a compartment with 2 Albanian guys, who didn't know each other, one was "24," and a Moslem, he was a 2nd Chef, and the other was "23," and a Christian, he was a construction-worker in England. And there was an older Pakistani guy who was taken off the train by the Swiss Police as his travel-document wasn't proper for Switzerland, he was just returned to Italy. I get along well with young people, I haven't changed since I was "15," and this was no exception, they were really-nice young guys and we got-along swimmingly, I did the construction-guy a good favor. And he asked me if there was a lot of good ..... in Las Vegas, I had to tell the truth. I hope all the best for both lads. Once in Paris, I got a ticket to Lourdes on the TGV, the fastest trains in the world, go 200 mph and the scenery rushes past, you should take one if you haven't. I had made a pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2004 (See My Blog for Dec. 4, 2008, one of my first), so this was my 2nd. It's a wonderful experience, and now they have a lot of teen-agers from various countries who volunteer to come to Lourdes to push infirm, old people, around in wheelchairs (it would take a miracle). Annette is a friend of mine from the gym. Her parents fled Armenia in the Genocide (you don't want to hear what the Turks did to her grandfather), and France took them in, Annette was born there. A couple months ago, she was involved in a slight traffic mishap, and the police had her Lexus impounded and she was taken to the bughouse, where she remained a week until they realized that she was sane. And they billed her $1300 for this, which she is trying to get out of since she hadn't wanted to be there. The Las Vegas Police are quite good, I think the matter was this was a flustered little old lady in her 80's who had a bit of an accent, and that her conversation seemed garbled. Under usual conditions, this sweet lady comes-across as very normal, speaking intelligently, maybe she shouldn't drive anymore. I brought Annette a bag from Lourdes which she liked very much
Thursday, October 8, 2015
The TV Folk often look real-tired and depressed due to their guilty-conscience. They should publicly acknowledge Ed (tell the truth for once in their life). They have yet to know the feeling but telling the truth is a whole lotta fun. See My Blog for June 21, 2015. I asked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to force Citibank to change my "Diamond Preferred" MasterCard into the type of MasterCard that everybody else has, where you accrue points to be used for gifts or cash/back, and not 20% discounts, which nobody would want, especially me. And recently this federal-agency forced Citibank to cough-up 770 mil to their CardHolders for having fraudulently deceived them. But all the CFPB did was send my Case # 150812-000614 to Citibank, and not forcing them to do anything for me, and the CFPB's notification of this to me wasn't even signed by anybody. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is totally worthless (so who's getting this 770 mil?). Citibank sent me a letter from the "Office of the President" stating that the thousands of points I've accrued with them can only be used for the 20% discounts of the "Diamond Preferred" Card, which they criminally granted-me, and that there'd be no transfer of my points to a MasterCard that somebody would-want. The letter is signed by "Stacey Moon" of Citibank's "Office of the President's Executive Response Unit" her phone number is 1-605-331-7169
I had never seen a ball purposely-batted out of the end zone, obviously it deserved a penalty and not the batter's team getting the ball on the 20. The line-judge reached for his flag but didn't throw it, the fix was-in? In La Paz, Bolivia, no fire will last very-long as it's up 12 to 13 thou feet (the airport, Los Altos) and there's not enough oxygen. I was there last year, walking-around is sort of labored but nice, you travel for something different, everybody likes Bolivia. Everybody runs-around chewing Coca leaves (from which cocaine is made), and it's legal, it's supposed to give you stamina, but I never noticed this in myself. Joe's been Biden his time but I don't think he'll get too far, a lot of people are dissatisfied with the current regime, and with professional politicians, also he'll be "73" next month. Jimmy Carter recently turned "91." Jimmy ruined 2 successive Olympics (why would it be the President's call for the U.S. not to show-up, is he actually a dictator), the Iranians held him prisoner-in-the-White House, and inflation hit 13%. Jimmy's presidency was a big-failure. I've been to Plains, Georgia, there was a big-sign on the rusty barbed-wire that separated Jimmy's huge front-lawn from the road KEEP ON GOING, I thought I saw Jimmy driving-out. I saw the museum, and the peanut-warehouse, and was in Billy's Gas Station, and they still-sold BillyBeer. Jimmy's father, his sister, Jean Carter Stapleton at "54," and brother Billy at "51," in 1988, all died from pancreatic-cancer, so Jimmy's longevity is sort of surprising, hey, if you've got your faculties and decent-health you might as well keep on going, it's more fun than the alternative. ...When Jimmy was told that his brother, Billy, had registered as a lobbyist for Libya, that was the only-time anyone heard Jimmy take the Lord's Name in vain...
I've donated blood 41 times in Las Vegas, and 9 in San Diego. They consider me to have rare-blood and cut my pint 6 ways and give-it to preemies. You see pictures of the newly-born with all those tubes in them, it melts my heart. If you can do something for somebody you should just pitch-in and do it. You might not know what I'm talking-about
Sunday, October 4, 2015
I was just thinking of Bill Martin, a Geography prof at Slippery Rock State U. in Pa., with whom I palled-around with in Budapest for 3 days, the spring of 1987, having met him at the train-station. I stayed at the Hotel Park while he went the real-economy route and was staying at somebody's house, he had humorous stories about it (there was a woman, and these 2 guys came-in). Bill is 10 years older, he's a jolly good fellow and I hope he's doing real well. There was a story in the newspaper about what I'd been thinking, that with fire-retardant materials and sprinklers, that there weren't that many fires today to justify all these firefighters (Fred S. McChesney to the Washington Post, in the L.V.R.J. on Sept 27, 2015). Pretty soon a drone is going to kill somebody or a lot when it brings down a plane. That old guy in Fla. who shot that poor fellow to death after goading him to throw popcorn at him in a movie theater, has been out on bail, he should be put-away forever. There's 350 mil in the U.S., every so often some malcontent is going to smoke a bunch of people, what of it, this move towards greater gun-control is to make it even more of a Police State than it is already. There's more unregistered-guns in this country than registered, you can always get a gun. I want to have good taste, like Charlie the Tuna
Train from Firenze to Milano (like that TV chick who claims a soft-heart), and got in around 6 P.M., and stayed at a 3-Star near the station (you can get a good-deal around that time). I hadn't been there for 14 years, I've seen the Last Supper (takes up a wall) a couple times and been to their other art places, and was uninterested in re-visiting. The next morning was Sunday and I took the subway to their Duomo (begun in 1386), which seats 40 thou, the 5th largest church in the world, and went to Mass. My prayers were answered, I was unsure of what to do next and so wandered to the nearby Teatro alla Scala (super-luxurious around there), the most-famous opera house in the world, I had toured La Scala previously. It had long been my goal to attend an opera at a famous house, but they're always sold-out immediately. I talked to people outside La Scala and they said that an opera that had only been-announced a week before was being held at 2 P.M. that day, and that they had held-back tickets to be sold that day to the public. I was told to go to a nearby place and got a number, #87, they liked the foreign tourists. I asked the lady if I could actually attend as I was dressed, jeans, a ban-lon, Reeboks, and she said yes---I would have gladly spent $250 for glad-rags and shoes. So I went back outside La Scala and waited in line and bought my ticket, the entire process took 2 hours. I had a couple hours to kill so I went to the fab mall and got some Eats. At l:30 I went inside and walked around, some older lady all dressed-up came to an abrupt halt and gasped when she saw me, like she was thinking how did this hillbilly get in here, that I had a toothpick in my mouth didn't help. Fortunately, you people think better of me. I saw Lucia Di Lammermoor with an all-star cast, including the soprano, Diana Damrau, I've never heard anything like this gal in my life, like an angel. The entire production was beyond great, I've never experienced anything similar in my entire life (I think many of you would have been bored). The 31st of May, 2015 is a day I'll always treasure.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
I had all that caked-on, congealed, guck, scraped-off my teeth yesterday, as I do every 6 months, and they feel a lot better. Did you ever count your teeth, I figured that since I had my 4 wisdom teeth pulled (much more room for the others, and they can be almost impossible to get-to to brush), that I should have 28, yeah, I do