December 13th, 2012
President , George W. Bush (PGWB) a Rap artist? With the Internet swarming with PGWB parodies, it was
time to exercise the First U.S. Amendment, "Freedom of Speech" utilizing clearer communication about war, profits and the environmental impact. Writer-Producer-Musician-Environmentalist, Jon Hartmann has released "George Bush Sings" in a rap-funk-groove download on CDBaby.com, featuring tracks, "Don't Believe Me," "Let Us Bomb," "Stay The Course," "My Heart Breaks," and "Start A Business" ...Read the rest of this entry »
December 12th, 2012
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December 11th, 2012
Copyright The Quipping Queen 2005.
CANOODLING WITH A CANUCK IN A CANOE?
--Or, Welcome to Climax, Saskatchewan!
Canada is a pretty straight-laced, peaceful place, where seldom
is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all
day, except for eleven and a half months of the year
affectionately called "winter", (when everyone goes inside for a
break from the bugs, barking dogs, or far too many exposed
bosoms and buttocks -- euphemistically referred to as "bare
So, one ...Read the rest of this entry »
December 10th, 2012
It's funny the kinds of things that you remember sometimes. Just
a little while ago I began smiling because I was thinking about
something my mother told me many years ago. I was a teenager at
the time, and I think that I was dating several girls instead of
just dating my steady girlfriend. My mother, for some
inexplicable reason, was not too crazy about that, so she gave
me a lecture about how I was going to lose her. She went on and
on and on about it, and I finally grumbled back some sort ...Read the rest of this entry »
December 9th, 2012
Within the last six weeks, that gusty quartet comprised of
Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne has lustily serenaded Florida.
A repeat performance is not in the foreseeable forecast - I hope.
It is not that I do not appreciate good music; it is because I
do appreciate good music that I do not wish for a comeback of
this quartet. The problem this quartet had, which many musical
groups have, is they usually try to drown out the other ones in
The damage in life and property during these ...Read the rest of this entry »
December 8th, 2012
Who You Calling A Hick? By David Leonhardt
For the last time, I live in the country, not in the sticks. And
I am relaxed, not a hick.
Ever since we moved to the country, I get the feeling you
city-folk are confused. So here is a primer on what it means to
be living in the country.
When you walk three blocks from your house in the city, you will
be in another neighborhood...and possibly lost. We'll be
approaching our next-door neighbor's front porch.
The neighbors are no trouble at all. Sure ...Read the rest of this entry »
December 7th, 2012
Now then, the wonders of quagmires are a treat I have never
encountered. I had the uncanny ability, as a youth, to attend
Europe's premier music festival twice, and both times I stumbled
upon a West Country heat wave.
Yes, it's true; yours truly enjoyed the warmth of the sun and
the cider tent on both occasions whilst at Glastonbury.
For the purpose of what I have to say here, I am going to
concentrate on just the one specific event that happened whilst
I was there. I was in my early 20s, it ...Read the rest of this entry »
December 6th, 2012
The Prodigal Prince Fred, (Tasmanian Fred, Royal Spoiled Brat)
THE SETTING Luke 15:11 "There was a man who had two sons.
Far away, long before children had beds, There lived a Tasmanian
'Devil' named "Fred" Prince Frederick the Fifth, Son of
Frederick the Fourth Who ruled the Tasmanian Kingdom, of course.
King Frederick was noble and goodly and nice The Tasmanians
loved him- from mooses to mice They also loved King Freddy's
nicely son "Ned" But oh how they hated that nasty Prince Fred.
Prince ...Read the rest of this entry »
December 5th, 2012
It's 4.41 a.m. and I am listening to the birds singing in the
nearby park. Few people hearing the Dawn Chorus could guess at
how highly organised and politically motivated birds have become
over the past few years. . .
It all started with a campaign by owls to secure extended rights
for night workers, including enhanced rates of pay, regular meal
breaks and assurances that they would not be penalized for
refusing to work overtime. Some employers tried to get owls in
trouble in certain parts of ...Read the rest of this entry »
December 4th, 2012
IT'S STILL A 'JUNGLE' OUT THERE ... Or How US Beef-Industry
Feeding Practices Are a Source of Concern
If you think about farmers raising cattle, you probably conjure
up something like this happy cow scene: Mellow heifers quietly
grazing on the lush grass of the rolling countryside, lazily
swishing their tails at pesky bugs. New-born and young calves
getting nourishment from the milk in their mothers' teats. For
us here at Grinning Planet, such images make us reminisce about
our days in the Mu ...Read the rest of this entry »