The creative writing, observations, experiences, and opinions, on life, and the world around him, by Kiril Kundurazieff; taking one step at a time on the Journey of Discovery, and Enlightenment, that every individual must take from the cradle to the grave.
Dateline - December 9th...Sometime in the early morning:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges.
Blagojevich and Harris were accused of a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy that included Blagojevich conspiring to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama in exchange for financial benefits for the governor and his wife. The governor was also accused of obtaining campaign contributions in exchange for other official actions.
Blagojevich was taken into federal custody at his North Side home this morning.
See the fascinating, update filled, linked-fest orchestrated by the magnificent Michelle Malkin:
Corruptocrat alert: Blagojevich taken into custody by FBI; conspired to sell/trade Senate seat, HHS position, stifle newspaper; Team Obama contradicts itself
This recently vacated office was little used by the previous occupant who spent the last 2 years of residency openly shopping around for better digs, and is available, as a fixer-upper, to the highest bidder.
My Bosum Buddy, and Co-Blogger, Nikita the Cat, and I, wish to extend an enthusiastic welcome to our fellow readers, and fans of Michelle, and herwork, and to invite you to make yourself comfy, and explore the place a bit.
We are a, mostly, Politics Free place in the Blogosphere with a lot to offer to anyone interested in what Monty Python was fond of calling "Something Entirely Different".
TheBigHenry sent me the following explanation for his "Macedonian patronymic meaning":
My "Macedonian patronymic meaning" is a 3-language pun that just came to me in a flash:
(1) It's a Slavic patronymic from its "-evich" suffix; (2) I translated "Bla" to the English "blogger" using "poetic" license"; (3) I took "goj" to be the Yiddish "goy" which is a disparaging word for "gentile" (i.e., a non-Jew).
In recent days Presidential Candidate Barack Hussein Obama, aka The Chosen One, and The Messiah, tried to use food in his stump speeches attacking his Republican opponents John McCain, and Sarah Palin.
As you might expect this didn't exactly go over very well in many Refridgerators and Kitchens, or on many Super Market shelves across the Fruited Plains.
How do I know this?
Let me explain...
Earlier today I was shopping at my local Ralphs, in Orange, deep in the heart of Conservative Orange County (For you folks in Rio Linda....that's in Southern, not NORTHERN California.)...
Just prowling up and down the rows looking for deals, and checking off my shopping list, like the good bachelor cook that I am when, passing the Peanut Butter, and Jelly displays, I heard an urgent whisper from among the jars of Skippy, and Smuckers!
"Hey, Mad One, over here!", the voice called to me.
Looking around to make sure no-one else was in the aisle with me, I realized where the voice was coming from and walked toward it with curiosity.
"We have seen you around here before, and having seen you wearing American Flag Shirts, and Pins, and seeing the Conservative nature of some of the books you have with you on your visits, and your shirts plugging your website, my compatriots and I figured you were the best person to help get our message out, " the voice continued.
Feeling a bit silly to be talking to jars of Peanut Butter and Jelly, not to mention afraid someone might actually see me doing so, I asked... "What message is that?"
"We have learned that one of your candidates for President has used food as a verbal prop in some of his most recent stump speeches, and we take strong exception to this, especially since we are among the ones so exploited, without consultation to see if we agreed to such usage."
"And where, exactly do I come in?", I asked.
"We think you are just the person to get word out to the American Voter, before it is too late, that the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches they love so much take exception to being used as propaganda tools by Liberals, and Socialists."
And so, that is how I came to create the above Campaign Ad. ;-D
The 2 Sandwiches above, as required by custom, and possibly law as well, would like to make clear...
THE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES FOR MCCAIN/PALIN COMMITTEE APPROVE, AND ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR, THE CONTENT OF THIS MESSAGE!
NOTE - The Books used in the Ad are as follows:
1. THE FEDERALIST by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay: Conservative Leadership Series Edition.
2. THE FEDERALIST: The Library of American Freedoms Edition.
3. ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE - Democracy in America: Library of America Series #147.
4. THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION - Writings from the War of Independence: Library of America Series #123
5. THOMAS JEFFERSON - Writings: Library of America Series #15.
6. ABRAHAM LINCOLN - Speeches and Writings 1859-1865: Library of America Series #46.
***UPDATE - 11/2/08 1210AM***
At 1130pm, last night, THIS post, and Blog, were explored for 17min 50sec. by someone in Wasilla, Alaska, and for 4min 55sec by someone in Washington DC...
While my stats don't say WHO those kind, interested, folks were, I don't want to take any chances, and seem rude, and unappreciative of their interest...
So, just in case...
Dear Palin Family Member, and President Bush (or Vice President Cheney???):
Thank you so very much for taking the time to pay my humble establishment a visit at this very busy time in your lives.
It is much appreciated.
*** 11/2 - HEARTFELT THANK U'S TO THOSE GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN DEVELOPEMENT***
1. Emperor Misha, the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller, High Poobah of the Ancient and Powerful Rottweiller Empire (Ally of The Very Right Wing Conspiracy), even though he seems to be laboring under the misconception that this is NOT a Legitimate, and possibly, game changing, news event. ;-D
One of the pigeons was caught near a rose water production plant in the city of Kashan in Isfahan province, the report cited an unnamed informed source as saying, adding that some metal rings and invisible strings were attached to the bird.
"Early this month, a black pigeon was caught bearing a blue-coated metal ring, with invisible strings," the source was quoted as saying of the second pigeon.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview Wednesday that he was uncertain how many pairs of Shorts he owns.
"I think — I'll have to get back to you," McCain told Politico in Las Cruces, N.M. "That's a conundrum there — I'll have take an inventory."
The correct answer is at least 20, which he takes with him where ever he travels, including to his homes located in Arizona, California and Virginia, according to his staff.
And a Politico analysis, assisted by the able staff of the National Enquirer, later in the day found McCain owns at least eight different styles, according to interviews with people who claim to know the cleaning staff of his homes.
In recent weeks, Democrats have stepped up their effort to caricature McCain as living an outlandishly rich lifestyle — a bit of payback to the GOP for portraying Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as an elitist, and for turning the spotlight in 2004 on the 75 pairs of Speedos rumored to be owned by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.).
Pro-Obama mens clothing manufacturing workers have sent out mailers highlighting McCain’s taste in clothes, and prominent Democrats have included references to this in comments to reporters.
Twice in the past two weeks those Democrats have focused on McCain’s wardrobe.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Politico’s Ben Smith that it was McCain “who wears $500 shoes, has six dozen pairs of socks and comes from one of the most wardrobe rich families in his state."
And David Axelrod, Obama’s chief strategist, referred in an interview with Adam Nagourney of The New York Times to an imagined meeting of McCain clothing designers “on the portico of the McCain estate in Sedona — or maybe in one of his other homes.”
The Obama campaign seized on the Underwear issue Thursday with an ad called "44," (A subtle reference to the Office the 2 candidates are running for?) claiming that's the number of Shorts McCain has. The ad closes with a shot of a size 44 (Re-inforcing the 1st reference more flagrantly?) pair of Red (For Republican, wink, wink?) Hanes Brand with a Presidential Seal on its bottom side, and the narration: "Here's ONE pair of Underwear Americans can't afford to let John McCain slip into."
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in response: "Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about Male Underwear? Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people 'cling' to guns and religion in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular American men and the Underwear they prefer?
“The reality is that Barack Obama’s, and the Democrats, fixation on the clothing choices of John McCain show he, and they, are completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.”
At a campaign appearance in Chester, Va., on Thursday morning, in which he again refused to discuss his choice for Vice President, Obama said: "Somebody asked John McCain, 'How many pairs of Underwear do you have?’ And he said, I’m not sure. I’ll have to get back to you. True quote: I’m not sure, I’ll have to get back to you. So they asked his staff and he said, at least 20. At least 20! ...
"If you’re like me and you’ve got only 2 pair of Shorts – or you were like the millions of men who are struggling right now to keep what few pairs of Shorts they own clean — you might have a different perspective. By the way, the answer is: John McCain has 44 CLEAN pairs of Underwear. So there’s just a fundamental gap of understanding between John McCain's world and what people are going through every single day here in America."
March 5, 1960 was an important day in my life... and quite a few other folks lives, too, it appears.
Amazing stat to think about. ;-D
Soooo...Anyone important, and famous, die on my Birthday in the last 48 years? In the centuries before I entered the world?
Here's a list from the above website, and my favorites.
Unusual Deaths in 1960
Baritone leonard warren collapsed on the stage of the new york metropolitan opera of a major stroke during a performance of la forza del destino. according to legend, the last line he sang was "morir? tremenda cosa." ("to die? a tremendous thing.") however, witnesses say he was just past that aria and his actual last line was "gioia, o gioia!" (joy, oh joy!)
In the nedelin disaster, over 100 soviet missile technicians and officials died when a switch was turned on unintentionally igniting the rocket, including red army marshal nedelin who was seated in a deck chair just 40 meters away overseeing launch preparations. the events were filmed by automatic cameras.
People who died on March 05 (various years)
1953 and 1963 were particularly good, and interesting, years. ;-D
2006 - Richard Kuklinski, American Mafia hit man
2004 - Walt Gorney, American actor
2000 - Lolo Ferrari, French actress
1999 - Richard Kiley, American actor
1997 - Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author
1996 - Whit Bissell, American actor
1995 - Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer
1995 - Vivian Stanshall, English musician (Bonzo Dog Band)
1993 - Cyril Collard, French author and filmmaker
1990 - Gary Merrill, American film actor
1988 - Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian
1984 - William Powell, American actor
1984 - Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone
1982 - John Belushi, American actor
1981 - Yip Harburg, American lyricist
1980 - Winifred Wagner, German opera producer
1980 - Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor
1977 - Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
1977 - Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver
1974 - Sol Hurok, Russian-born impresario
1974 - Billy De Wolfe, American actor
1967 - Georges Vanier, Governor General of Canada
1966 - Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet
1965 - Pepper Martin, American baseball player
1965 - Chen Cheng, Chinese politician
1963 - Hawkshaw Hawkins, American singer
1963 - Cowboy Copas, American singer
1963 - Patsy Cline, American singer
1955 - Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania
1953 - Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter
1953 - Joseph Stalin, Georgian leader of the Soviet Union
1953 - Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer
1947 - Alfredo Casella, Italian composer
1945 - Lena Baker, American murderer
1944 - Max Jacob, French poet and writer
1940 - Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator
1931 - Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted and imprisoned for ritualist activities
1927 - Franz Mertens, German mathematician
1926 - Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer
1925 - Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician
1907 - Friedrich Blass, German classical scholar
1903 - George Francis Robert Henderson, British soldier
1895 - Henry Rawlinson, British soldier and scholar
1895 - Nikolai Leskov, Russian writer
1893 - Hippolyte Taine, French historian (b. 1828
1876 - Marie d'Agoult, German-born writer
1849 - David Scott, Scottish painter
1829 - John Adams, last surviving HMS Bounty mutineer
1827 - Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist
1827 - Pierre-Simon Laplace, French mathematician
1815 - Franz Mesmer, Austrian developer of hypnotism
1778 - Thomas Arne, English composer
1726 - Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, English politician
1695 - Henry Wharton, English writer
1622 - Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma
1611 - Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese warlord and samurai
1592 - Michael Coxcie, Flemish painter
1539 - Nuno da Cunha, Portuguese governor in India
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