Wednesday, January 24, 2007

i couldn't believe my ears last night. the president used the phrase "global climate change." i thought he didn't believe in that stuff.

this is funshine bear.

he's my favorite.

he has the sun on his belly.

he has, within himself, the invincible summer.

that's why he's my favorite.

happy invincible summer!


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Idol Chatter

They've cancelled my program, and baseball season is a long way off, but tonight I feel it's going to be OK, for American Idol's new season has begun.

I have not been able to watch it yet; I had to go to a Justin Timberlake dance marathon last night and so forth; however, the shows have been taped, I will be engaging in an Idol gorge-athon this weekend.

It's pretty important.

Yes, indeed it is.

On MLK day, I saw Dreamgirls. Hudson was, obviously, magnificent. I recalled that when she was on Idol, at that point in her life, she had never even been to a live concert before. Here's what I wrote on the blog (March 17 2004) after one fully amazing night..

"By the way, did anyone watch American Idol last last? God, it was impressive. My God, there were some really great people up there... For earth-mother soul, ancient and so damn fertile, I had to go for Jennifer Hudson. I have never heard anyone on this show (or any other?) sing an Aretha Franklin classic and not sound like a complete tosser. You just can't do Aretha--no one can. But she did 'Baby I Love You' and she did it so her own way, I believe Aretha would have been proud.

Jennifer and Fantasia are my favorites. They both come from poor families and neither has ever been to a real concert, yet they both carry within them this insane musical wisdom, as if they had somehow inherited or absorbed the soul of all their ancestors. It's church. That's how it happened."

I was also impressed that — as I remember it, anyway — she sang "Imagine" wearing a white pants suit. I felt this was one of the more stylish moves anyone ever pulled off on Idol.

Hudson's style was almost operatic. Musical theater is perfect for her. I'm so proud and awed by how she has grown.

In other important news, I have huge, outrageous lilies in my room, they opened today. These flowers are bursting with Self. It's astonishing. My house smells of L.A. on a summer night — which is much like the smell of L.A. on a February night, once the mock orange and night-blooming jasmine have begun to rock.

Growing up in L.A., I used to listen at night in winter for a time when the birds, even just a single crazy mockingbird, would start to sing at night. I needed to feel the summer would come again. I would recite in my head a poem I read somewhere.

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December
A magical thing, and sweet to remember
"We are nearer to spring than we were in September."
I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.

I just looked it up; apparently it is by Oliver Herford, a poet, humorist and artist. The illustration of the lady is one of his, inspired by Spring.

He was funny and smart.

rock on,

Thursday, January 11, 2007



Now, wasn't that a good bit of news about the minimum wage (see below)? I never understand why people think such things are bad for the economy. The more money people earn, the more money they will spend — and the more taxes they will pay!

Newsflash: Barry Bonds possibly lies, uses amphetamines, blames other players. I know this one will be a real stunner for you. :)

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rock on

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

I got a good email today.

Congress Approves Minimum Wage Increase

Dear Friend:

Today I am happy to report that I, along with 315 of my colleagues, passed H.R. 2, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. There has not been an increase in the minimum wage in over nine years -- the longest period without an increase in the history of the law. Raising the minimum wage has been long overdue and is well-deserved by the over 13 million Americans who will benefit from this bill.

Last Congress, the Republican leadership failed to bring this issue to the floor as a stand- alone bill. Now, under the new Democratic leadership, the House has been able to pass a bill that will have a positive impact on thousands of families nationwide. ...

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we must remember his message to Congress in 1966 concerning the minimum wage. He stated, "We know of no more crucial civil rights issue facing Congress today than the need to increase the federal minimum wage and extend its coverage." "A living wage should be the right of all working Americans."

H.R. 2 addresses Dr. King's concerns that are still relevant today. I am very happy with the passage of this bill today and I will continue working with our new House leadership to pass legislation that benefits America's workforce.


Diane E. Watson
Member of Congress

Thursday, January 04, 2007

I don't know if it will mean anything real and good in political terms, but I am happy to finally see a woman leading Congress.

I have grown up at a time when little girls could never dream of being president.

Sometimes I think this fact alone has been one of the greatest psychic obstacles for American girls like me. I can't be president? You telling me I can't be president?

Geez, I guess I can't be president.

But maybe something like this is a small step toward a time when little girls in America not only think they can be president -- but actually CAN be president.

(As a particular fan of the prayer of St. Francis, I liked her speech, in which she quoted that prayer, attributed to the saint who talked to the animals.)

Here's what Wikipedia says:

With her election as Speaker, Nancy Pelosi is the highest-ranking woman in the history of the American Federal government.

Pelosi is the first woman to lead a major political party in either house of Congress.

She is also the first Californian or Italian American to hold the post, and will be the second Speaker from west of the Rockies (behind fellow Democrat Tom Foley of Washington).

As Speaker, she ranks second in the presidential line of succession, behind Dick Cheney, the current Vice President.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Automatical Dance Doll


Reader, I'd like you to meet SWAN.

SWAN, this is Reader.

SWAN is an Automatical Dance Doll who usually lives in the cupboard in my kitchen for no reason.

But see, tonight, I am feeling like I need a little SWAN POWER to get through my workload.

So I have taken SWAN out of the cupboard, and he's on the desk now, just rockin' it.

SWAN comes in a package that reads:


Automatical Dance Doll.

*Good for everywhere*

An outstanding singer will perform on the spot for you.

This's very beautiful.

Please view and admire.



1. Take out "SWAN" and rip off paster in the bottom of it.
2.Perpendicularly paste your "SWAN" on your car or table. Made it fix.
3. When you start up your car or shake table, "SWAN" can perform for you!


You see, SWAN is not a bobble-head, but a bobble-body. His torso and arms kind of jiggle.

SWAN looks a lot like Elvis, too. The bottom of his base reads, "God Bless America!"

Billy Swan's "I Can Help" is one of my mom's favorite songs. He sounds like Jeff Lynne quite a bit.

The End.