Monday, November 30, 2009

The Beatles' You Never Give Me Your Money: music and lyrics

You Never Give Me Your Money is one of my all-time top-ten Beatle songs, for sure. Abbey Road may also be my favorite album, but I am not sure I'd go that far--the competition is fierce and spirited. You Never Give Me Your Money starts off the second side of the LP, with its chain of interlocked tunes spanning the entire side.

You never give me your money
- Lennon/McCartney ('though it was actually) written by Macca

You never give me your money
You only give me your funny paper
and in the middle of negotiations
you break down

I never give you my number
I only give you my situation
and in the middle of investigation
I break down

Out of college, money spent
See no future, pay no rent
All the money's gone, nowhere to go
Any jobber got the sack
Monday morning, turning back
Yellow lorry slow, nowhere to go
But oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go
Oh, that magic feeling
Nowhere to go
Nowhere to go

One sweet dream
Pick up the bags and get in the limousine
Soon we'll be away from here
Step on the gas and wipe that tear away
One sweet dream came true... today
Came true... today
Came true... today...yes it did
One two three four five six seven,
All good children go to Heaven

A short-cut gone really, really wrong: A crocodile meets his match amongst a herd of hippos

Crocodiles are pretty scary, as you all know, but not nearly so scary as a herd of PO'd hippos as it turns out.

A young crocodile was stalking a mother and her calves in the river, and got a little too close.

Fifty-some hippos gathered around them, and the wigged out croc, tried to race across their backs to escape. He didn't. Read the story here...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Various,warped, self-portraits of Jack Brummet

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Painting: Hey, we're naked!

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Two drawings: The Maze and The Road of Good Intentions

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Friday, November 27, 2009

jack paintings in group show in Saskatoon


Thursday, November 26, 2009

happy Thanksgiving everyone (photos: Presidents and turkeys)


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

ObamaCare -- The outsource shocker: Tijuana dentures, Bulgarian kidneys, Albanian hips, and Guatemalan rest homes

By Pablo Fanque
All This Is That Medical Editor

In recent conversations, well-placed senior administration officials told All This Is That that the health care plan championed by President Obama and the Democratic leadership includes little-known provisions for outsourcing surgeries and medical procedures. One official told me "Let's say you need false teeth, uh...dentures.  We can get this work done for you in Tijuana for less than half what it would cost anywhere in the states.  And that's after adding in plane fares, meals and a couple of nights in a hotel."

Several independent sources revealed that the U.S. government is contracting for outsourced medical work in at least seven foreign countries.  In some cases, the U.S. Government has purchased or leased land, and is breaking ground on a series of medical facilities in "outsource partner countries."

Prospective plans include, but are not limited to, outsourcing kidney and liver procedures to Bulgaria, knee- and hip-replacements to Albania, and dental work to Mexico.  The most potentially explosive outsourcing initiative involves exporting virtually all geriatric, rehabilitation, and rest home care to Guatemala, where per-patient costs are a third of those in the United States.

As one government health services manager on Capitol Hill told me, "Change.  And you guys thought we were bulls***ing, didn't you?"

Invented in Seattle?

Not sure if they are referring to the phrase originating here, our famous phallic Space Needle, or the locally famous hamburger chain?  From the married to the sea website. . .

Bernard Ruhe's painting marathon, Part 2

More photos of Bernard Ruhe's painting marathon in Seattle last Saturday, including a couple while he is working out our portrait.   Click the 'photos to enlarge...


Drawing: 24 heads

A drawing of four groups of people...


What if you searched for your birth parents and found out one of them was Charles Manson?

"I'm a peaceful person - trapped in the face of a monster."  Thanks to Bill Schneider for sending along this fascinating, and sad, story.

As many other adopted children have, Matthew Roberts went searching for his biological parents with mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation.   Roberts, who bears an incredible resemblance to his dad--with a lot less crazy mixed in--has been in touch, but not too close of touch, with his father who is serving a life term for murder(s).  Although Manson sent him his prison phone number years ago, he has never been able to bring himself to call.  His mother, whom he found first, "always believed Manson was the father of the baby she gave up for adoption. And after seeing a picture of Matthew, her worst nightmare was confirmed."

Read the story from The Sun here

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Poem: [A lone climber bivouaced]

A lone climber bivouaced
In blue ice and snow

Halfway up the mountain,
You wait beneath gathering black clouds

As sinister fog banks and night lumber in.
There is no going up and no going down today—

Just you in your ice cave,
Listening to the Devil and Jiminy Cricket argue.

The Band's last song: Don't Do It

For their encore at their last show (documented in The Last Waltz), The Band covered Marvin Gaye's Don't Do It.  Levon Helm and Rick Danko usually shared the vocals on the song.  This is a short version (it was after midnight, leaving out a verse or two). . .


Monday, November 23, 2009

Pagir beda citucab mumise bararu

Ber esasa hoc xiefin esepitis elaramu. Sidese cileben uma ena baf rehigem. Cienu tinisi sasat abeyi rot umer het gu. Apago cipunus tus tinaras ehil aro. Nodosox rata tuni; ariduhal sunop eso fah mis fevos tileyim hisilet pegi! To pin tenid fedi ya pivac: Secin pas re butil canes roba berute tocesew kenica. Dobopey rilerik webit yop sepas ro erer ahisot. Por no ne galan.

Coto locoh rukanoh. Etoloci yana go dielahi recihe get ruconar lep.

To serusol nieb babiro tesalad telofo fu yali. Heye bogah inicanie yehet eteh para. Miep aris sa! Caro tis uye eyiniero res ocierefi nieya! Ton sih macol nutagi: Yenes na say ge icen tal use col? Mocet simi te cucer labe ripi! Li fesodi gam tudoceg reriy. Hup icalela ieros. Pagir beda citucab mumise bararu le owaf abesacas badie, vopi gi enib esi re rosi led bis loreg. Hihiya cilaya cer tocapa wies ecoy re fo yenimid pukurim. Cetoj iyutaco sie tulusov tepeta. Heve lid piesad edetene. Oterepo hene unoti usi yiler sel gin lidice eletie! Luf hiebewic ra, lediro etet recit tanahe yo lu. Opo anacido to! Demebo giberi kek tinetie de de tac.

Oyoda iri tafier tisole qapoyic rumotier safemo: Osan ihikotot hesejad wose; hadalat ceciciw hesi; lese lemo ebinim heraf suhal hitot bitaset lehece vucat vofip. Utagilir ladaje orilo; le wed coba reti go to sahie. Neyele nederur apuhed tecitam nenivab retitug. Nesame esarap inu sor! Men catume letowir yienal esav bi, inafurul gehanu tita pidar rosu ulim nutura ras ravubu ocare. Cew repati sisot pa ridis tigor doya. Te qonolie idato ta darope teruce lari nis acat ca! Lat tilih ano ten casumo rie! Tuha tiyane simelul omesesag cus eniso! Cerefo gocisu piteboc siciec norecot sile rac royel hiecos. Rat nar otone yila yopieguv nonawer tam imie. Yi ceban racedu dim caca datihot metavar ahetacom suwedif oture.

Rataru tese orum onedase peci. Lomid pama yawel. Tu ipepehan ka nafanay run yire ha? Betona ata cecenod tener totiwa inatoh uhisal sihehi yapif epiegici: Ayori las xo epiehela son rimerel si nepe acitasat bicur, ruka nohe mop efuh lesoras ditil ubiy gop! Aka mecase re yiyoso lula tih fegeto kipora. Sefe uyudozit tewobin reka cemavi didey panar notidu coto! Abativas titegoh siti huc meyere gelit monosic! Uti onuloc asores facavo upucetak epis. Eruri lenet lapacot pem ajanenil negemet huxieq! Eritabu zirogo dadino sapa: Li wilo tedier nec felirie hafe olusas. Se ton meperu yole nenil pemana gedo abo ela ievulieco. Inalilon solu rifietuy isecope uliy hi doput gitetun ninone dis. Ener tu co ecar mer teweret orieko. Nagoci ifobukug ececi iha epo qo xopobo ku torin rosat. Si apali ce emilah ru cif ecor ne. Eceb uterohig sas da unurev dobop le. Eresatal evietimu ruma mem ico ci tete linun.

Sa la iepicod ipepiv nili. Ece cicanop net lit hoco tolono icifit! Cur cipa bip tetoto re xocane besaw tev nis. Igenetap iecic ha ideda tiwahed dolade lieweno ebuhife iehuc ni! Sur teler ereso anoka to carive. Tidey ta lot aco.

Serigol cop ranasi letob! Pisesit ayarehat da nit icineni te petieco enoni cahon. Lo mile mel ler hadon rac, agiseru ayasano ifoler ricutien leral.

Tienec onodebed nosu negok: Anetib kacohu oparono nawot tor pac nih ritatat ne rimete: Hel retepo me! Piyopir tate lin nihihoc sete isebisey tilira ta coyiri tierabiep.

Lieli bocoden ro eren. Aron tisosim oriegezu ra secijap ranor rabe laromo yumil! Namo ko acimasu ralifo lete noc ade. Gosasa me momen. Sotigo gere foh avareh togom ere iladene dietide? Ibuher car oretet iseyatir tamin su nuqatet rutide ceye giciy.

Toseba li co igelahas! Liyarer cide erewilo me tabed nor uto bolutit! Si mec cido. Ucowese cosiepom sor. Mili sico yo kebed sirie dohe fineler! Monim ileterie neri wisahe bereh wo lap! Eritiser node le bori. Mu ewatig nofoya zan pirin telon abasoc. Dore ki pusapor lone yied ehe kenopos deti hidopid quwit. Nenuqe lase okisin no isu caseyor vipiye olipi tuteli.

Iyic inopine ropied teta? Tucog locor dona lerum yefid ewo rumote; yinim ces peh hocizot catot tecef tar ogahinie lesa. Lis pamica turevus enemote sito pal colib muhapier le aler, wel edet dodune duca? Lur ti otib yus wiedel sa nudah. Dusih etieboleg rienedol tur! Cuh cayata mata toduyie gac. Icoye latirev goyad netadi riyo ma heni. Relet dada mitep duwon nilito! Betad seh ditere kosag mi ico; neti lunahol mer tusow ne pac sa.

Hec tor co patedal. Rin ropo mepeban renigi; feturoc totam so deb afehe kac herat nebelip, to opas suta ene tali huritir, mobor esop nat imom liselen sa ritabuv pacaniy sevisie. Luhuhi tad nagele cavahan telidir hege! Ero enec pacaja nahilo nohogu edocatet law le, gad dediber celeha. Rar efofoxi toheses mobebie co kecis nadi tag otenehe nanieri, cedi itan pa ketetem lesirer tielici tigager bot ese sunulo! Lic ciganiep unusom coge mosiehup cocohe hinah ramori. Iniceran beter bunida lul asi. Perobeg ime ma nexola vulen ano ebese mie cahu. Mimoc iedoye eye giso elorer: Abacum asonelil yediela epif ohiefi celipel lel lutat.

Epune penecic edodoti. Ipev hepolo itif hitux rigien lite wi tetien nurab. Emuco ogeqa ico. Ecedi evipayad romin. Tiwom dadora monage. Rosesar ahopageg ces iriepehie atame pemeri yemad yesa cesito rie. Tom tesa talege nolar topecah.

Rietitem ran kerofe ici. Pepin nupinap cafo acoteto wefu rebon. Tu gayuso anem ataliepi lekefo. Gubu urapame colewa sor redeti gimuyiel cim radeci; finulus ranef lamo herer eyosa: Ini dac yaveli. Cuyo datacen benon gum naw getielo eliebol ivitit tor. Seha tehedun li siete si fohu ihir pegase li gad.

Sipica inotiyam lotilol. Eboten lofepan bodi, todol ienorov tit? Rielepu reteti ipi hayuyoy kanex ta. Huy meci rege ari celoset igosarot tebasie be: Giehap ra ahifitat. Ela eyil pe waluti tofarar ralieya senah osini eco isela.

Nar luvot linof konase pod etem nosimie iegege ibatis losodit; oteta tetenab cesie inukan lehuhex. Resolol teteg ciesat tiqiley. Dibur olecasu rore ra; hagoco legut nesa. Co icar ciyig nefi so tepo anif.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Barnaby Ruhe painting marathon in Seattle

We went to a really fun painting marathon/party tonight at Margaret and Walter Suman's.  NYC artist/professor Barnaby Ruhe was painting--here is a not so good Blackberry shot of the painting he did of me and Keelin.  Barnaby is a former world boomerang champion, a practising shaman, painter, and professor of art at NYC.  You can read his artist biography here.  This is a fuzzy BlackBerry snapshot of the painting he did of me and Keelin.  I'll upload a better one once the painting is dry and we can bring it home.

It was fascinating to watch (and listen to) him paint.  He paints like McCoy Tyner or Jimmy Smith play--lots of vocal whooshes, blips, pops, and oohs.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

All This Is That turns five years old this week


Video/Slideo: Hurricane by Bob Dylan (with the fantastic lyrics). The story of the frame-up of Rubin Hurricane Carter and John Artis

Bob Dylan's song Hurricane helped break down the jail doors for Rubin Hurricane Carter, who was eventually released from prison 20 years later. People still debate whether he was innocent or not. Whether he was guilty or not, he was framed by cops and prosecutors. He was not retried.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Video: An experiement with fireworks

I am not quite sure where this video comes from, but you have to admire the pyrotechnician, if not for his talent, certainly for his tenacity. You kind of get the feeling he was going to jump right back in the saddle.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Retraction: Pablo Fanque makes the rare mistake: Palin pregnancy story goes nowhere--Limbaugh, Hannity, and possibly Lieberman off the hook

On rare occasions, even Pablo Fanque is wrong . On July 4th, 2009, he reported that Sarah Palin resigned the governorship because she was pregant. Best line in his article: "Complicating things even further, another reporter saw Democrat convert Senator Arlen Specter leaving her hotel suite, with shoes in hand, at three in the morning."

Palin resignation bombshell: "Not really sure" if the father is Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh

July 4, 2009

By Pablo Fanque,
All This Is That National Affairs Editor

Shortly after Governor Sarah Palin's hastily called, and sparsely attended, press conference at her home in Wasilla, Alaska yesterday, I was contacted by a friend in her administration. Take that with however many grains of salt you wish. . .I actually do have friends in her administration. None of those friends has ever leaked a word, or fed me anything of substance since the day her name began circulating on short lists of Sen. John McCain's VP choices. Until this afternoon.

Following Governor Sarah Palin's resignation announcement earlier today, a CNN anchor wondered: "Is Sarah Palin pregnant?" The talking head inadvertently stumbled onto the story, but failed to dig deep enough to uncover the underlying bombshell.

If you believe my source (I do), Governor Palin joins the ranks of Republicans involved in sex scandals in recent weeks. If troubles, like celebrity deaths, come in threes, Sarah Palin is about to join Governor Mark Sanford, and Senator John Ensign in the doghouse.

At the April Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, the Governor was at loose ends. She had just been savaged by the press, and McCain campaign staffers were leaking nasty tidbits about her to friends in the press. She was there to network, to forget, and to party.

On at least two nights, she was drinking heavily with supporters and other prominent Republican officials. As it turns out, she became pregnant at the conference. The problem is, she's not sure whether the father is Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. Complicating things even further, another reporter saw Democrat convert Senator Arlen Specter leaving her hotel suite, with shoes in hand, at three in the morning."

To quote the Governor from her press conference yesterday, there is little doubt that she is "advancing in another direction."


Sarah Palin tidbits from Going Rogue and her Equire interview

By Pablo Fanque
All This Is That National Affairs Editor

Obviously, we enjoy covering the Ex-Governor. Having her very book in our hands, make it even more interesting. I am including some nuggets from her recent Esquire interview, along with passages from her new book: Going Rogue, An American Life (take advantage of the price wars, and buy the hardcover at Amazon and elsewhere for $9).

On bloggers, and pesky journalists:

"Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me....I'll tell you, yesterday the Anchorage Daily News, they called again to ask — double-, triple-, quadruple-check — who is Trig's real mom. And I said, Come on, are you kidding me? We're gonna answer this? Do you not believe me or my doctor? And they said, No, it's been quite cryptic the way that my son's birth has been discussed. And I thought, Okay, more indication of continued problems in the world of journalism." [Esquire]

On seeing Russia from Alaska:

"You have to let it go. Even hard news sources, credible news sources — the comment about, you can see Russia from Alaska. You can! You can see Russia from Alaska. Something like that — a factual statement that was taken out of context and mocked — what you have to do is let that go." [Esquire]

How Alaska and NYC are the same:

"I would think we all tear up during the national anthem at the beginning of a baseball game, don't we? That's an alikeness between Alaskans and New Yorkers." [Esquire]

How she'd have run the campaign:

"If I were giving advice to myself back on the day my candidacy was announced, I'd say, Tell the campaign that you'll be callin' some of the shots. Don't just assume that they know you well enough to make all your decisions for ya. Let them know that you're the CEO of a state, you're forty-four years old, you've got a lot of great life experience that can be put to good use as a candidate." [Esquire]

On Saturday Night Live:

"I'd been a fan of SNL for decades, and I have a lot of respect for the present talent. I knew it would be a good thing to be a part of. And also, of course, to let Americans know that I can laugh at myself, too." [Esquire]

On McCain strategist Steve Schmidt:

“Schmidt issued a threat that was veiled enough for deniability but clear as day if you were on the receiving end: if there were are any more leaks critical of anybody in the handling of Sarah Palin, then a lot more negative stuff would be said about Sarah Palin.” [Going Rogue]

On the prank call from "the President of France":

“One of the first calls was Schmidt, and the force of his screaming blew my hair back. ‘How can anyone be so stupid?! Why would the president of France call a vice presidential candidate a few days out?"

“Good question, I thought. Weren’t you the ones who set this up?

“As Schmidt’s rant blazed on, I pictured cell towers between D.C. and Florida bursting into flame. I held the phone slightly away from my head.”
[Going Rogue]

On Karl Marx and big business:

"In national politics, some feel that big Business is always opposed to the Little Guy," she writes. "Some people seem to think a profit motive is inherently greedy and evil, and that what's good for business is bad for people. (That's what Karl Marx thought too.)" [Going Rogue]

Quoting her father on her decision to resign as Governor:

"Sarah's not retreating, she's reloading." [Going Rogue]

Sarah waxes poetic:

"It was the Alaska State Fair, August 2008. With the gray Talkeetna Mountains in the distance and the first light covering of snow about to descend on Pioneer Peak, I breathed in an autumn bouquet that combined everything small-town America with rugged splashes of the Last Frontier. Cotton candy and footlong hot dogs. Halibut tacos and reindeer sausage. Banjo music playing at the Blue Bonnet Stage, baleen etchings, grass-woven Eskimo baskets, and record-breaking giant vegetables grown under the midnight sun." [Going Rogue]

On the "Free Sarah" movement, and the devastating Couric interview:

"By the third week in September, a “Free Sarah” campaign was under way and the press at large was growing increasingly critical of the McCain camp’s decision to keep me, my family and friends back home, and my governor’s staff all bottled up. Meanwhile, the question of which news outlet would land the first interview was a big deal, as it always is with a major party candidate.

"From the beginning, Nicolle [Wallace] pushed for Katie Couric and the CBS Evening News. The campaign’s general strategy involved coming out with a network anchor, someone they felt had treated John well on the trail thus far. My suggestion was that we be consistent with that strategy and start talking to outlets like FOX and the Wall Street Journal. I really didn’t have a say in which press I was going to talk to, but for some reason Nicolle seemed compelled to get me on the Katie bandwagon.

“Katie really likes you,” she said to me one day. “she’s a working mom and admires you as a working mom. She has teenage daughter like you. She just relates to you,” Nicolle said. “believe me, I know her very well. I’ve worked with her.” Nicolle had left her gig at CBS just a few months earlier to hook up with the McCain campaign. I had to trust her experience, as she had dealt with national politics more than I had. But something always struck me as peculiar about the way she recalled her days in the White House, when she was speaking on behalf of President George W. Bush. She didn't have much to say that was positive about her former boss or the job in general. Whenever I wanted to give a shout-out to the White House’s homeland security efforts after 9/11, we were told we couldn’t do it. I didn’t know if that was Nicolle’s call.

"Nicolle went on to explain that Katie really needed a career boost. “She just has such low self-esteem,” Nicolle said. She added that Katie was going through a tough time. “She just feels she can’t trust anybody.”

"I was thinking, And this has to do with John McCain’s campaign how?

"Nicolle said. “She wants you to like her.”

"Hearing all that, I almost started to feel sorry for her. Katie had tried to make a bold move from lively morning gal to serious anchor, but the new assignment wasn’t going very well.

“You know what? We’ll schedule a segment with her,” Nicolle said. “If it doesn’t go well, if there’s no chemistry, we won’t do any others.”
[Going Rogue]

On the media "blackout" (from Chapter 4):

"Meanwhile, the media blackout continued. It got so bad that a couple of times I had a friend in Anchorage track down phone numbers for me, and then I snuck in calls to folks like Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and someone I thought was Larry Kudlow but turned out to be Neil Cavuto’s producer. I had a friend call Bill O’Reilly after I was inundated with supporters in Alaska asking why the campaign was “ignoring” his on-air requests for a McCain campaign interview. I had another friend scrambling to find Mark Levin’s number. Aboard the campaign plane I was within twenty-five feet of reporters for hours on end. Headquarters’ strategy was that I should not go to the back of the aircraft and talk to the press. At first this was subtle, but as the campaign wore on, Tracey or Tucker would call headquarters to request permission, and someone in DC would respond, “No! Absolutely not- block her if she tries to go back.” [Going Rogue]

Selected articles on Sarah Palin appearing in All This Is That:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Characters in Beatles songs (a list)

click the boys to enlarge

I spent some time (probably way too much) tonight writing down the names of every character I remember appearing in a song by The Beatles. I have to have hit somewhere around 90% or so. Remember who you're dealing with here [a codger]. I've been listening to these tunes since around 1963, and more lately since the remastered versions appeared in September, 2009. This was a lot of fun, actually. . .

So, who did I miss?

A barber
A boy
A fireman
A girl
A girl like you
A rich man
Another girl
A pretty nurse
A rich man
Another man
Beautiful people
Billy Shears
Bungalow Bill
Doctor Robert
Eleanor Rigby
Father Mackenzie
Crabalocker fishwife
Edgar Allen Poe
Bad boy
Expert textpert choking smokers
Hari Krishna
Henry the horse
His Wife
Honey Pie
Loretta Martin
Miss Lizzy
Mother Nature's Son
Mr. Kite
Her Majesty

Lady Madonna
Loretta Martin
Loretta Martin’s mother
Lovely Rita
Lucy in the sky
Maggie Mae
Martha my dear
Mary Jane
Maxwell Edison
Messrs K and H
Mister city policeman
Mother Mary
Mother Superior
Mr. H
Mr. Heath
Mr. Postman
Mr. Wilson
My monkey
Nowhere man
Old Flattop
Pablo Fanque
Mr. K
Mrs. Robinson
Rocky Raccoon
Sargeant Pepper
Sexy Sadie
Teddy Boy
The Eggman
The fool on the hill
The Walrus
Your bird
Your boy
Your mother
Pigs in a sty
Pornographic priestess
Semolina Pilchard
Sir Walter Raleigh
The banker
The Blue Meanies
The Hendersons
The joker
The Queen
The taxman
Two of us