Friday, June 11, 2004

Time of National Mourning (It's Mourning in America)

By now you've probably heard that Ray Charles has died. I know I haven't been able to turn on the TV or radio or Internet without hearing about it.

You've probably also heard about controversial proposals to make some changes to our money. It's really hard for me to imagine life without Alexander Hamilton. But Andrew Jackson? Eh. Sure Ray Charles didn't kill many Injuns (if any!), but he was always so nice to Willy. I for one would be proud to see this Famous Blind American sliding out of Automatic Teller Machines all over this great nation of ours.

Write your congressminion.


  1. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **I'll quote my friend Kevin**

    "Am I the only one who thinks Reagan was a motherfucker?"

    I'll quote me:
    "I guess it's ok to fellate a president when he's dead."

  2. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **Seriously though,**

    I actually felt bad for Reagan's family. My grandmother died after a long, long bout with Alzhiemers (I forgot how to spell it**), and I know that it's hell on the family. He probably didn't have too bad of a time with it, since once he got to the point of inconvenience, he didn't know any better.

    I read today where Bush has a campaign ad all ready to go which includes the line, "George, win one for the Gipper." You can extrapolate the context from that. Fuckers, every one.

    I was sad to hear that Ray Charles had died. I read about it online at work yesterday. I thought I saw on the news a piano with boots turned backwards on the stool, but I was flipping channels, so I'm not sure.

    **am I going to hell for that joke?

  3. Imported on behalf of: Kirstin
    I'd feel worse for Reagan's family if I didn't know about the 50,000-odd families who lost someone to AIDS because that motherfucker deliberately ignored one of the biggest epidemics of our century. Remember how a member of his cabinet said the best way to deal with it was to shoot the "fags" who had it?

  4. Imported on behalf of: Lee

    tell me it was Jim Brady who said that, Kirstin!

  5. Imported on behalf of: mck
    **Hat size**

    Larry Hagman -- sometime back -- on Ronald Reagan's head: "Reagan gave me five of his own cowboy hats, and I could not put them on because his head size was so small. He does not look it but that man's head is tiny. Ronald Reagan's head size is no bigger than a coffee saucer."

    I'm sorry, you were talking about ray.

  6. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **Once again I'm back in the place to be**

    the D the A the N the T.

    I just got back from the beaches, bitches. Got myself some brand new breeches.

    I also got the new Beastie Boys album.

    You're right, Kirsten, I should have prefaced my statement with, "for about a minute..." I was talking to someone last week about Alzheimer's, and I said something to the effect of "I really hate that he isn't able to spend his remaining years contemplating what an asshole he is." Of course, I was talking about Charlton Heston, but I think the same holds true for old Ronnie.

    Actually, Nancy Reagan has come out pretty strongly against the ban on stem cell research. Of course, this has nothing to do with altruism, but because it affected her.

  7. Imported on behalf of: Big Cat
    tell me it was Jim Brady who said that, Kirstin!

    That quip made my day. Rest in peace, Ray. Rot in hell Ron. There was his attitude toward the AIDS epidemic, Philadelphia, MS, his reference to Dr. King as a communist, Iran Contra, and many still undiscovered scandals.

    Reagan did have one positive influence. Chuck D said, "Reagan...he was the reason that we started Public Enemy."

  8. Imported on behalf of: Holly Wade Matter
    **Only tangentially related ...**

    It's Lee! It's Lee!

    Tonight was the first Clarion West reading. As Nisi and Vonda and Brad and I came out of Kane Hall, I asked why the flags were still at half-mast (how long do they stay at half-mast after a president dies?). Nisi and Vonda both declared it was for Ray Charles.

    You have a wife and a beautiful baby! Yay!

  9. Imported on behalf of: Lee

    Big Cat and Holly. Good to see you guys here.

    Holly, say hi to all the Western Clarionettes for me.

    I really must update this weblog!

  10. Imported on behalf of: Big Cat
    Hello, Lee Capps.

  11. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **slightly on topic**

    My apologies to any zombies who may be offended.