Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Washington Post (And Woodward And Bernstein) Confirm That Felt Is Indeed Deep Throat

Check out the Washington Post story.

Deep Throat Comes Out Of The Closet

A former FBI official claims he was “Deep Throat,” the long-anonymous source who leaked secrets about President Nixon’s Watergate cover-up to The Washington Post, Vanity Fair reported Tuesday. We've been waiting thirty years for this one.

W. Mark Felt, now 91, second-banana at the FBI in the early 1970s, kept the secret from his family until 2002, when he admitted to a friend that he had been Post reporter Bob Woodward’s source, the magazine said.

Woodward and Bernstein are sticking to their guns--they will not disclose Deep Throat's identity while he is still alive. "We've said all along that when the source known as Deep Throat dies, we will reveal his identity and explain at great length all of our dealings with that individual and context of that relationship," Mr. Bernstein said.

It looks like this is the real deal. I always thought it was probably Alexander Haig (Chief of Staff) or Patrick Buchanan (speechwriter). Click on the title to link to an article on the Deep Throat revelation.

Bob Dylan - New Morning Lyrics

I recently reacquainted myself with Bob Dylan's New Morning album. It has been totally underrated. Although the subject matter is deeply personal, he sings and plays with a subtle looseness that it is refreshing. Clearly this is predecessor to one of his greatest albums of all time: Blood On The Tracks. In this album, the wheels were coming off his marriage. In Blood, it was all over; only the taste of ashes remains. Blood on the tracks was an amazingly realized album of rage and anguish. New Morning still has moments of sunshine and optimism. The looseness of his voice, the music, and the lyrics were a breather-- the calm before the storm:

New Morning

Can't you hear that rooster crowin'?
Rabbit runnin' down across the road
Underneath the bridge where the water flowed through
So happy just to see you smile
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you.

Can't you hear that motor turnin'?
Automobile comin' into style
Comin' down the road for a country mile or two
So happy just to see you smile
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you.

The night passed away so quickly
It always does when you're with me.
Can't you feel that sun a-shinin'?
Ground hog runnin' by the country stream
This must be the day that all of my dreams come true
So happy just to be alive
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you.

So happy just to be alive
Underneath the sky of blue
On this new morning, new morning
On this new morning with you.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Poem: The Late Excavation (Text And Audio)

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This poem is also a test of the audio blog feature. Audio blogs are pretty cool, but have some limitations. . .you phone in the audio, so you've got the phone to deal with, and then the MP3 sounds heavily compressed. You call a number, log in, and start dictating, and it appears on your blog a second later. Hey, I'm not complaining; it's free!

Millenia from his fall,
An Athenian Youth is resurrected.
The broken limbs, severed head and torso
Are carefully pieced back together.

In 1897, a hand is uncovered, tagged
And logged onto the archaelogical map.

In 1946, an Americaniki, PhD.,
Pegs the hand to the vacant wrist.
An amputee no more, the Youth waves
To the crowd filing by his plinth.

In 2005, near where the hand turned up,
Two dusty graduate students
Sift the earth for shards and chips of marble.

A tourist may have carried the pieces away
More than a century ago, but they dig
In search of the missing parts:
Three toes, his index finger, penis and nose.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

A Decline In Constipation?

The use of savage here is not perjorative. . .a common earlier meaning of savage was "undomesticated," although we use the word now almost exclusively as "brutal" or "barbaric."

It seems, in the early 21st century that we no longer have the same national obsession with our bowels as we did earlier, in the 20th century. Are we all now, as the saying goes, "regular?"

Saturday, May 28, 2005

The Prophet Yahweh Dethroned. Right Here, Right Now.

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An anonymous (so far) Prophet has come forward to demonstrate his or her even greater powers. This Prophet seems to have taken on the mission of protecting the earth from Prophet Yahweh, the Pied Piper of UFOs. Come forward, Prophet, that we might pay you our respect!

"But I am a greater prophet! I have sensed Prophet Yahweh's call to the UFOs. The ether has vibrated to the point of almost snapping, but with my power I have healed the rift. Now I must put Prophet Yahweh back in his place.

"Therefore, let it be known, and my word is certain and will not return void, that on the dates specified, I will be the counterforce to Prophet Yahweh. I will prevent the UFOs from coming at that time.Watch the skies during those times. You will surely see who is the greatest prophet. Me!! This is not a joke. On my word I tell you, the UFOs will not appear!"

Anonymous, at 5/28/2005 08:02:45 AM

Dear Anonymous: We MUST promulgate the message of your greater powers!! What better show of ultimate force than to nullify Prophet Yahweh's commands. Come forward Anonymous so that we may unveil you to a world raptly awaiting Prophet Yahweh's publicity stunt. Could this have any repercussions to Prophet Yahweh's being? Like his wig? I mean, will there be any energy backwash? We wouldn't want The Prophet's head to explode. At least not yet. /jack
By Jack Brummet, at 5/28/2005 01:19:35 PM

Friday, May 27, 2005

Majority In Poll Say They'd Likely Vote For Senator Clinton

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For the first time, a majority of Americans say they are likely to vote for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president in 2008, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday.

President Bush's Propaganda

"...third time I've said that. [Laughter.] I'll probably say it three more times. See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda. [Applause.]

[re: his Social Security reforms] from a speech by POTUS on May 25, 2005 at the Greece Athena Middle and High School, Greece, New York.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Prophet Yahweh Says: "Spaceships Will Appear Over Las Vegas On My Signal"

All This Is That is now on the Prophet Yahweh's news media alert list. Prophet is giving the news media free access to the broadcasts area of his website where they can view his UFO videos, so we'll be able to watch the spaceships coming and going! Woohoo.


For only 45 days, starting June 1st until July 15, 2005, Prophet Yahweh, Seer of Yahweh, will be calling down UFOs and spaceships for the news media to film and photograph. During this time, a spaceship will descend, on Prophet's signal, and sit in the skies over Las Vegas, Nevada for almost two days.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) May 25, 2005 -- Prophet Yahweh was blessed to discover the lost, ancient art of summoning UFOs and spaceships on-demand. There is a difference between UFOs and spaceships. UFOs are usually small flying objects: glowing orbs, metallic spheres, satellite-type flying machines, etc. And, their flight patterns suggest that they are not of this world. But, spaceships are large futuristic vehicles that are clearly designed to carry passengers in like you see in the movies.

Since 1979, more than 1,500 UFOs and/or spaceships have appeared on Prophet Yahweh's signal before witnesses or at unawares. During this time, he was performing his summons privately with only those close to him as witnesses. But, starting June 1st until July 15th (45 days) Prophet is going public by opening up to the news media. He will demonstrate his ability to call down UFOs and spaceships, on-demand, for them to film and photograph. Prophet is in direct telephatic contact with his space being friends. They have revealed that they will send UFOs as soon as Prophet starts asking for them to appear. Also, before the 45 day summoning period has ended, a spaceship will descend and sit in the skies over Las Vegas on Prophet's signal. The spaceship will hover in the sky, not far from Nellis Air Force base, for almost two days. All Las Vegans will be able to see it, day and night, before it goes back up into space.

Some news media representatives won’t be able to come to Las Vegas to film the sightings. But, they would be interested in doing a story on Prophet’s ability to summon them. Others would like to see videos of the UFOs, first, to determine if they are real, before coming. Because of this, Prophet is giving the news media free access to the broadcasts area of his website where they can view his UFO videos.

Also, since some news media will not be able to come to Las Vegas, Prophet is willing to travel to any city to call down UFOs for them to document.If your company would like to film or photograph UFOs and/or spaceships that appear on Prophet’s cue, email your request to him. Afterwards, he will communicate with you concerning it and email you the login information you need to access the UFO videos in the Broadcast Area of his website.

For information: http://www.prophetyahweh.com or Phone: 1-800-314-4847, 702-966-0303 Contact: Prophet Yahweh, Seer of Yahweh/Ufologist POB 271551 Las Vegas, Nevada.

An All This Is That Health Tip

Square Dance At Valley Elementary!

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Valley Elementary held two or three square dances a year and they were the coolest thing in town, but the Lettuce Festival, Puyallup Fair (for which we got half a day off school), Kris Kringle Days, and Hydroplane Races were all right up there.

A semi-pro called the steps over a record player or Wollensak tape recorder. Kent was a natural for square dancing; the town was still full of Okies, Clodhoppers, Tarheels, Hayseeds, Rednecks, Yokels, and Hillbillies: my people.

One of the vocals sounded like Tommy Duncan singing, but I haven't heard the tune in 40 years. Its lyrics are seared into my brain:

Now you all join hands as you circle the ring
Stop where you are, give your partner a swing.

Now swing that girl behind you.
Swing your own, if you have time to.

Allemande left with the sweet corner maid.
Do-si-do your own.

They we'll all promenade with the sweet corner maid
Singing Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh.

Girls wore floofy dresses and boys wore button down shirts with cords or jeans. The adults wore bolo ties and gingham dresses. A couple bales of hay and some other countrified accoutrements were scattered around the gym, along with "refreshments" of soda pop, doughnuts and maple bars.

You got to dance with girls without the potential psychic trauma of actually asking one to dance. They arranged us in a group of partners that changed frequently. However, even those chaste touches and do si dos scrambled our brains with thoughts of girls! The fleeting moments allemanding left, whirling skirts, and whiffs of dime-store perfume all fueled our overheated pre- and mid-pubescent psyches.

I remember square dancing in 3rd and 4th grades, but not so much the 5th and 6th. I do remember seeing The Beatles that year on The Ed Sullivan Show show. I don't know if The Beatles killed square dancing, but after their arrival, square dancing just wasn't the same.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Photograph: Split Personalities

slightly digitally altered photograph, 2004

Poem: Jack Kerouac, Meet John Barleycorn

Jack comes down with The Willies,
Dreaming of the western terrain,
From moss-humped cedar branches

To the stilled hacking of crows
And rainchecked dove's cooroo.
The falling sunlight tangles

In the shadows of Oregon grape and salal,
Jack prays for a sober tomorrow
And the forest snores like an earthworm.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Celebrate!! - Cloture Stands Unaltered - Hurrah For The American Way!!

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They've come to their senses--mostly the Republicans, but also the Democrats and their need to concede some ground. And they did. I've been wondering what would happen if Republicans altered the cloture rule (limiting the abilty to filibuster). Would it lead to a revolt against the GOP?...landslide losses? The destruction of the Republican party? The destruction of the Democratic party (like we weren't making pretty good progress self-destructing on our own)?

It looks like two old warhorses, Senators Byrd and Warner put this deal together.

The Republicans know their turn in the cold is coming. They may be mean, but they're not stupid. I want them to have the filibuster; it's so sacred we even let Republicans use it!

Without this tool, The Senate would be no different than the factionalized, reactionary, pork-doling House of Representatives, running for office every eighteen months and raising money every day.

So the Senate remains the coolest political institutional around (not discounting many lapses and moments of insanity, particularly with the Republicans majority).

Here is part of a wire service article from today. Click on the title of this article to link to the full news story.

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a dramatic reach across party lines, Senate centrists sealed a compromise Monday night that cleared the way for confirmation of many of President Bush's stalled judicial nominees, left others in limbo and preserved venerable filibuster rules. "We have reached an agreement to try to avert a crisis in the United States Senate and pull the institution back from a precipice," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., adding the deal was based on "trust, respect and mutual desire to .... protect the rights of the minority.

"We have lifted ourselves above politics," agreed Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W. Va., "And we have signed this document....in the interest of freedom of speech, freedom of debate and freedom to dissent in the United States Senate.

Under the terms, Democrats agreed to allow final confirmation votes for Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor, appeals court nominees they have long blocked. There is "no commitment to vote for or against" the filibuster against two other conservatives named to the appeals court, Henry Saad and William Myers.


Monday, May 23, 2005

Photograph: Jerry Melin At Mud Bay, Bainbridge Island, Washington

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This is one of my favorite Mel pictures. If you look close, you sense the many facets of Mel. . . .shards of something extra, something a little bent; a soul that ranged the darkness and the sublime. He always had something going--something else, something extra bubbling away just under the surface.

This is how Jerry might smile if he loved you.

Dear Middle East: Let's Make A Deal!!!

SHUNEH, Jordan (AFP) - The Middle East is faced with the prospect of a serious water crisis that could lead to political tensions and hamper prosperity, experts told a session of a World Economic Forum. "We are not secure about water supplies. Supplies are simply not enough ... This is a scary issue," Hazem Nasser, former Jordanian water and irrigation minister told the session.

Dear Middle East:

We can provide ALL the water you will ever need.

Send us a barrel of oil and we'll send you a barrel of water.

Sincerely yours,


Jack Brummet
Seattle, Wash., U.S.A.


Sunday, May 22, 2005

All This Is That Reanimates! Technical Glitches Fixed

After four days of problems, I figured out what I was doing wrong, and I can publish again. A side benefit: this page should also load about five times faster now.

An Index To Jack's Heroes & Villains Paintings

Since I recently figured out how to index blog articles, I have been putting together indexes for some of the series I've created here. Here are links to all the Heroes & Villains paintings that I completed a couple months ago...

Heroes And Villains No. 50--> Vlad Dracolya a/k/a Vlad The Impaler & Jesus Christ
Heroes And Villains No. 49--> Mario Cuomo & Ann Coulter
Heroes And Villains No. 48--> General William Tecumseh Sherman & Louis Armstrong
Heroes And Villains No. 47--> Harriet Tubman & Marie Louise of Orléans
Heroes And Villains No. 46--> John Coltrane and Mao Zedong a/k/a The Chairman a/k/a Mao Tse Tung
Britney Spears Gives Michael Jackson advice to get his life back together -- get drunk and start a fight!!
Heroes And Villains No. 45--> Two Guys With Their Hand Wrapped Around Their Chin--> Senator Robert F. Kennedy & Rabbi Meir Kahane
Heroes And Villains No. 44--> Mohammed & John Wayne Gacy
Heroes And Villains No. 43--> Ron McKernan a/k/a Pigpen & Harry Robbins ("Bob" or "H.R.") Haldeman
Heroes And Villains No. 42--> Mickey Hart & Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Heroes And Villains No. 41--> Brent Mydland & Mohammed Reza Pahlavi a/k/a "The Shah Of Iran" Heroes And Villains No. 40--> Larry Rivers & Lucrezia Borgia (a/k/a The Duchess of Ferrara), Daughter of Heroes And Villains No. 20, Pope Alexander VI
Heroes And Villains No. 39--> William Shakespeare & Queen Ranavalona I Of Madagascar
Heroes And Villains No. 38--> Eleanor Roosevelt & Lee Harvey Oswald
Heroes And Villains No. 37--> Bob Weir & Albert Anastasia a/k/a "The Mad Hatter" and Co-director of Murder, Inc.
Heroes And Villains No. 36--> David Duke & Virginia Woolf
Heroes And Villains No. 35--> Doris Lessing & Typhoid Mary (a/k/a Mary Mallon)
Heroes And Villains No. 34--> Mata Hari & Dr. William Carlos Williams
Heroes And Villains No. 33--> Congresswoman Bella Abzug & Pope Urban VI
Heroes And Villains No. 32--> John Lennon & Carrie Nation
Heroes And Villains No. 31--> Morris Dees & Queen Mary I a/k/a Bloody Mary
Heroes And Villains No. 30--> Nina Simone & Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
Heroes And Villains No. 29--> Phyllis Schlafly & Peter Jackson
Heroes And Villains No. 28--> President George W. Bush & Andy Warhol
Heroes And Villains No. 27--> Edith Piaf & Hermann Goering
Heroes And Villains No. 26--> Two People born in 1893--> Anita Loos & Joachim von Ribbentrop
Heroes And Villains No. 25--> Congresswoman (and 1972 Presidential Candidate) Shirley Chisholm & Senator Joseph ("tailgunner Joe") McCarthy
Heroes And Villains No. 24--> Billie Holiday & J. Edgar Hoover
Heroes And Villains No. 22---> Elvis Costello & Billy The Kid (a/k/a Declan McManus & Wiliam H. Bonney)
Heroes And Villains No. 21--> Chrissie Hynde & Bruno Hauptmann
Heroes And Villains No. 20--> Two More Catholics--> Keelin Curran & Pope Alexander VI a/k/a Rodrigo Borgia a/k/a "The Bad Pope"
Heroes And Villains No. 19--> Two Americans Born in 1903--> Zora Neale Hurston & John Dillinger
eroes & Villains No. 18--> Joni Mitchell and Maier Suchowljansky (a/k/a Meyer Lansky)
Heroes And Villains No. 17--> Erzsebet Bathory, Countess Of Transylvania (And Vampire) & Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, a/k/a Mother

Heroes And Villains No. 16 --> Josef Stalin and Calamity Jane
Heroes And Villains No. 15---> Gertrude Stein And Richard M. Nixon
Heroes And Villains No. 14--> Joan d'Arc And Ivan The Terrible
Heroes And Villains No. 13--> Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar, a/k/a Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus) And Phil Lesh
Heroes And Villains No. 12 --> Maximilien Robespierre and Artemisia Gentileschi
Heroes And Villains No. 11--> Gaius (Caligula) And Rachel Carson
Heroes And Villains No. 10--> Ma Barker and Elizabeth Gaskell
Heroes And Villains No. 9-->Maria Mitchell And Idi Amin
Heroes And Villains No. 8--> Mother Jones and Heinrich Himmler
Heroes And Villains No. 7---> Two Bald Guys--> Hideki Tojo and John Glenn
Heroes And Villains No. 6--> Jerry Garcia and Tokyo Rose (aka Ikuko Toguri)
Heroes And Villains No. 5--> John Wilkes Booth and Emily Dickinson
Heroes And Villains No. 4-->Jeffrey Dahmer and Daniel Boone
Digital Painting --> Heroes And Villains No. 3--> Jack Kennedy and Torquemada, Or, Two Catholic Boys
Digital Painting --> Heroes And Villains No. 2--> Bishop Tutu and Il Duce (aka Benito Mussolini)
Digital Painting --> Heroes And Villains No. 1--> Adolph Hitler and Lyndon Johnson

President Bush Looking Into Saddam Hussein's Underwear

The latest Iraq controversy: pictures of Saddam Hussein in the hoosegow, in his underwear (good ole' American white briefs).

And what did our White House Press Official say? His spokesman said: “He has been briefed and wants to get to the bottom of it.”

Yup. They said that.

Warren Beatty: I Don't Want To Run For California Governor.

click to enlarge - Warren Beatty In Bulworth

Sat May 21, 6:47 PM ET BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters)

[ If Warren were to run a campaign anything like Jay Bulworth's in the movie Bulworth, I'd fly down to help him.]

Actor Warren Beatty, who has been considered a potential candidate for California governor, said on Saturday he does not want to run in next year's election, even as he lashed out against incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Beatty, invited to speak to graduates of the University of California at Berkeley's public policy school, has never held public office, but he has been a trusty supporter of Democratic presidential candidates for decades. In recent months, the two movie stars have sparred in separate public appearances that hinted at a possible political showdown.
"I'm an opponent of (Schwarzenegger's) muscle-bound conservatism with longer experience in politics than he has," the star of the political satire "Bulworth" said at the commencement ceremony.

"And although I don't want to run for governor, I would do one hell of a lot better job than he's done," the 68-year-old actor said. "I could name you a lot of Democrats who would be so much better than I would, and maybe even a few Republicans."

No clear Democratic front-runner has emerged to challenge the Austrian-born Schwarzenegger in the November 2006 gubernatorial election. State Treasurer Phil Angelides has asked for his party's nomination, and producer Rob Reiner has received high marks in the polls.

In a fiery and overtly political speech, Beatty called for higher taxes on the rich, if only temporarily, to close the state's budget gap, as well as for public financing of elections.
He said Schwarzenegger, a former bodybuilder and star of "The Terminator" movies," was playing politics in a bid to prepare himself for a run for president.

"It's not fooling anybody to be running around raising money from Wall Street, K Street and rich Republicans all over the country," he said. "We are not the governor's dumbbells."

Before Schwarzenegger could throw his hat into the ring, Congress would have to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing a foreign-born American to run for president. Three-fourths of the states would also have to ratify the amendment.

Margita Thompson, Schwarzenegger's press secretary, took a jab at Beatty's age. "I'm sure it's not personal," she said. "Warren's just mad because he's afraid they're cutting off his
Social Security."

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Continuing Technical Difficulties

All This Is That is experiencing problems creating new posts. We are working to resolve this. In the meantime, browse the archives. /jack

Go Metric <-----> No Metric

Britain's leading supermarket chain, Tesco, last year announced that they would return to imperial weights and measures (pounds, pints, inches, ounces and feet). The reaction from the British public and press was overwhelmingly positive. A survey of Tesco customers revealed that about nine out of 10 people still used the old-fashioned measurements in their heads.

Tesco's decision follows numerous small grocery store owners who have become heroes by standing up to the European "food police" by defying the latest rules from Brussels, capital of the European Union. The metric system has been unpopular with the Brits for generations, but it has now become a symbol of the European Union's hegemony and what the Brits perceive as an effort to extinguish British culture. The anti-metric movement has some similarities to the anti-WTO movement.

The official name for the metric system is Systeme International d'Unites. The rabidly anti-French British don't much cotton to that name.

The metric system was originally concocted by French revolutionaries who wanted to impose "order." Napoleon's troops often imposed that order at bayonet-point.

The base-10 system, the metric system was allegedly more rational and therefore easier and more scientific. For instance the kilometer was defined -- by Napoleon's decree -- as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole on a line running through--natch!--Paris. Of course that measure is faulty too, because the frogs didn't realize the earth was slightly egg-shaped. Other metric measures are just as faulty, or just as arbitrary as our imperial system.

The meter is now defined as the length of the path traveled by light in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458-th of a second. That comes in handy when you're buying a length of rope!

Is that somehow less rational than our inch, which was defined in 1150 by King David I of Scotland as the width of a man's thumb at the base of the thumbnail? Edward I of England redefined the inch in the 13th century to equal three grains of dry and round barley laid end to end. A foot. . .we know where that came from. The mile comes from the Latin for a thousand steps, or, a thousand steps by feet now much smaller than feet are today...

We were supposed to “go metric” in the 1970s, but it never happened. As a schoolkid in the sixties, it was certainly drilled into our heads. They were preparing us for the Big Changeover that never happened. I can think metric pretty well, but I've always had trouble with metric temperatures (weather and oven). Certainly if you buy wine or distilled spirits in this country, you are familiar with the basics of fluid measurement. And even most other liquids are cross-labeled. But isn't wine just about the only area where we actually have gone metric? It looks like this may take another couple hundred years.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Please Stand By...All This Is That Continues To Experience "Technical Difficulties"

All This Is That continues to experience technical difficulties. . .most articles and postings are not being accepted by Blogger. I am trying to work this out with the folks at Blogger. Until this is resolved, things may remain a little spotty here.

Poem: The Gideon Bible In My Nightstand

"The Gideons! Just who in the f**k are The Gideons?!" - Bill Hicks

With great expectations
The Bible was placed,
Courtesy of The Gideon Society,
In this scarred nightstand
Fifteen years ago.

It tells you where to turn
If you're lonely, hungry, desperate, alone
Or if you want to walk to the window
And keep on walking.

It gives instruction to the infidel and the murderous,
But they never tell you what to do if things are copacetic,
Or if you think a bad day is far better than no day at all.

Frayed, tear-stained, underlined, and mostly forgotten,
But used beyond The Society's wildest dreams.

I did, it says in I Samuel, but taste a little honey,
And, lo, I must die.

It was left for me to get through a night like this,
And get through the night I did, in style, with the likes of
Jezebel, Mary Magdalene, Jonah in the belly of the beast,
Saul, Lazarus, Sodom and Gomorrah, Begetting, Smiting,
The Good Samaritan, Cain and Abel, The Prodigal Son,
The Cock Crowing Three Times, Judas, The Burning Bush,
The Fishes and the Loaves, The Burning Bush,
The Parting of the Waters, Jesus Walking on Water,
Noah and his menagerie, foot washing, Gethsemane,
King Herod, Caesar, King David and Goliath, and Samson,
With a dark and angry Yaweh smouldering in the background
And salvation as the overarching theme.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Seven Year Art Project, No.12 (the final example)

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ok. Enough. I won't publish images of the other 138 canvases I did in this art project.

It's on to more poems and more stories. I am going to continue the My Worst Jobs series shortly, with Working At The Fish, and My Year As An Orderly In The Dementia Ward.
have also been kicking around a new series of digital art--it have been thinking about famous murderers, Woman Who Changes The World, and maybe one on artists.

I am in Los Angeles at E3 right now. . .I just escaped. . .we are staying at a hotel in West Hollywood and going with my company tonight to see the final Star Wars movie. The show today was the usual assault on the senses.

More later...I find it difficult to use Keelin's laptop. . .mainly the built in mouse...I've never been able to master those.


Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Painting: Invasion

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This is Value Village oil painting I made over. I kept the trees and added some trees. I retained the mountain and the bubbling brook. I painted out the clouds. The Greys, Nordics, and Zeta Reticulons come from various sources. The grey head I have been working on for years, and it is finally just about where I want it. The various saucers and conveyances are collaged in from MUFON and other web sites. This is probably my favorite makeover painting next to the one of Elizabeth Taylor (to appear in the future).

Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek Apologizes For The Fictional Koran Flushing Incident

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.

Newsweek's editor, Mark Whitaker, apologized on Sunday and said the magazine inaccurately reported that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.

Reaction from The White House: "It's puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. " Take that with a grain of salt, friends, coming from a White House that still refuses to retract the Weapons Of Mass Destruction story they cooked up to invade Iraq.

The Newsweek report sparked violent protests across the Muslim world -- from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan, Indonesia and Gaza. The Koran flushing has also been condemned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League.

I realize The Koran is sacrosanct, but, hey, that seems like pretty small potatoes compared to some of the other stuff that happened in Guantanamo or that prison in Iraq. I guess I'd flush The Koran (or the American Flag, or the Bible, or Talmud, or the Upanishads) down the toilet if I thought it would save some lives. But this didn't seem to work out so well.

Seven Year Art Project, No.10

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Will Republicans Change The Cloture Rule And Implement Their Scorched Earth Policy?

I haven't been inclined lately to actually write about politics per se, because I find the Republican plans to change the rules of cloture overwhelmingly depressing.

Cloture is the only way the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill (thereby ending a filibuster). Under the cloture rule, the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, if they have 60 votes to do it.

60 votes for cloture has always been intended to uphold the rights of the minority and as a check and balance against extremism. The minority, which the Democrats are
(just barely), is not completely frozen out and may influence legislation by forcing compromise through a filibuster threat.

Ending the supermajority requirement will leave the Democrats in the deep freeze. We will be a party of desperate and obsequious bootlickers. Or, worse, a party of the ignored.

We had the chance to the same thing to the Republicans. We didn't. President Clinton even went so far as to nominate moderate candidates to the court, in the spirit of cooperation. I didn't like it, but I understood that you have to work with the opposition. But the Republicans, in what I hope is their last term in the White House for many years, have decided to kill the filibuster, and strongarm through their two or three dubious Supreme Court choices, and hundreds of reprobate district court, and appellate judges.

They may well succeed in nominating and confirming judges of the pathetic caliber of Justice Thomas, or another smart extremist like Scalia, not to mention the hordes of knuckledraggers they will place in the lower courts.

They may succeed. . .but it is absolutely a scorched earth option, because they may very well be the minority three years from now. There is no putting this genie back in the bottle.

The only good that may come of this is the destruction of the Republican Party. Bring back the Whigs.

Seven Year Art Project, Part 9

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Seven Year Art Project, Part 8

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This one of the earliest canvases, probably done in '98 or '99.

Poem: At The Acropolis

In Greece, at the Acropolis, someone tells me
It's wrong to think about the slaves
In the quarries and on the hill
That built these things--
Missing persons locked up in the marble.
How can you look at monuments
And forget the slaves?

Standing on the Acropolis,
In the yellow wind
Blowing up from Athens, I know
We all work for the man in the dark hat
And you can't see us for our labors,
Or our lives for the marble.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

All This Is That And Porn

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All This Is That is listed on a porn portal. It came up early in a search for this blog on metacrawler. It's always interesting to see how people stumble into here and how the blog gets listed in other places. The link to All This Is That is from a list at the end of their web page that has hundreds of web search results "Related Web Searches." And why did this web site end up on that web site? Because the word balloon appeared in an article I wrote about a President. Their web site has the word balloon in its name (well, 'Baloon' actually), which is how it was also misspelled in my blog, and why I now appear on this "adult action" site.

Tucker Carlson & The Grateful Dead

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This was very strange. This week I watched Tucker Carlson, that combative, reactionary's new show on PBS. His guest was none other than Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Lesh was there to publicize his memoir of his life with the band, Searching for the Sound. Tucker, a long-time fan (!), talked reverently with Lesh about the music, and philosophy. Since I had only seen Carlson as the snarling host of Crossfire, it was a little shocking to see him lobbing creampuffs to Lesh. But, hey, they had a lot of passionate fans (among which I include myself), including at least two Senators, CEOs, lawyers, doctors, and people in all walks of life. But Tucker, that f***er. . .that was a shocker.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Painting: Detail From "The Flash"

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Detail from "The Flash" an acrylic on board approximately 3 x 4 feet.

Wholesome Female Swimwear: $89 Cheap

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At last! Wholesomewear. I can finally go to the beach and not feel distracted by swim attire, the peekaboo views, curves, and anatomical outlines. These are outfits Jimmy Swaggart, The Ayatollah Khomeni, or former Attorney General John Ashcroft could feel good about.

Features include: bright colors at the neck and shoulders to draw the eye to the face, the loose fitting outer garments limit cling and body definition, and some of the suits are "slenderizing." Goodbye erect nipples, genital and and buttock outlines. Hey wait. . .the beach is just not going to be the same after these babies catch on!

Seven Year Art Project, Part 6

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Painting: The Leader With The Unfeeling Insect Eyes a/k/a Bluehead

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This is one of the first actual "analog" paintings I ever did.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Seven Year Art Project, Part 5

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This is another view of the drawing project. . .the southwest corner of my office. You can also see Indian clubs, prayer flags, and pictures of my family. . .

Seven Year Art Project, Part 4

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Index To Poems In All This Is That

Painting & A Poem In The Painting [detail from I Read The News Today] Poem: The sous-chef is a sociopath]
Poem: James Wright
Poem: Falling
Poem: [Life Is Not A Hardy Novel]
Poem: Seven
Poem: Coyote Comes Home Like A Salmon
Poem: Shorts For Jerry Melin ca. about 1988
Poem: Bird
Poem: Monism
Poem: The Golden Rule
Poem: The Countdown
Poem: When Aliens Land, Or, The Return Of The King
Poem: Notes On Flying
Poem: Daybreak
Poem: Explosions
poem: Not Past Tense Yet
poem: the glass is not half-full
Poem: It's Getting Crowded Here
Poem: Li Po In Disgrace
Poem: The Clock
A Poem: Love Song
Poem: Bad Timing
Poem: The Killer
Poem: The Absence of Footprints
Poem: Growing Up
Poem: Gone Fishing
Poem: The M.D.s
A Poem - Acrylic
poem: The Marriage
Poem: Driving Home To Seattle, We Watch Deer Drinking from the Skookumchuck River

Painting & A Poem In The Painting [detail from I Read The News Today] Poem: The sous-chef is a sociopath]

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This is a detail from a large painting (which will appear later this week) I did while I was working at Wall Data (for more on that fiasco, check out the All This Is That archives for November, 2004. The embedded poem is about a developer (aka programmer) we worked with, and I use the term "worked with" loosely.

[the sous-chef is a sociopath]

the sous-chef is a sociopath
sozzled in his satin salsa
nothing's cooking now
in that faux kitchen
but fog soup
the objects
are so disambiguated
their shadows disappear--pffft
they've become so clear
they're lost
in the frieze
of their pipedreams
or they're off by one
multiplying the frammis
and regress to null. . .zed

bugs breeding in stacked hidden nests

Painting: [detail of I read the news today painting]

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Painting: I Read The News Today

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I painted this sometime in mid 90's judging by some references in the painting. It is about three by four feet . . .which is about as large as I ever work.


Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Painting: Karl Marx, Improved

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This is a painting I did over the top of an old silk poster of Karl Marx from the Soviet Union. This silk was some of the coolest stuff I have ever painted on.

Seven Year Art Project, Part 3 - Painting: Amusement Only

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This is one of the eight non-portrait canvases from this project. Aside from the acrylic paint, pen, ink, and Sharpie, it incorporates

my favorite number
hobo signs
a barking dolphin
a piece of Ripley's believe it or not
a symbol alleged to be from a UFO's logo
a clip from a newspaper about duct tape over a sensor causing a jet crash
pieces of a dollar bill
a Herman Melville postage stamp
a free drink card from Microsoft
my luggage tag from my last trip to Tucson
a boneless sticker
a chunk of a marine hatband
a piece of cloth with Chinese characters
a Mexican lottery card
an amusement only sign from a pinball machine
two postage stamps from The Republic of San Marino.

LBJ In A Characteristic Pose

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This is from the first person perspective. LBJ is giving you The Johnson Treatment.

You Are Here! All This Is That!

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Earth as seen from Mars. This is us, pals! You can download a high resolution version of this image.

This is the first photo of the Earth from the surface of another planet (Mars). We've had moon photos, of course, but that's a snap. The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this photo.

The image is a mosaic of images taken by the rover's navigation camera showing a broad view of the sky, and an image taken by the rover's panoramic camera of Earth. The contrast in the camera image was increased to make Earth easier to see. We're just a pale little flare of light in the far far distance. The arrow points to Earth.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/Texas A&M

Monday, May 09, 2005

Seven Year Art Project, Part 2

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More info on the seven year art project... This is part of the west wall in my office...about 18 canvases are visible here.

Seven Year Art Project

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I have finished around 150 of these canvases over the last seven years. I started buying these 24" x 24" muslin cloths by the dozens from Archie Mcphee's years ago. Manufactured by various institutions for the blind--Maryland Workshop for the Blind and Mississippi Industries, they were intended to be instrument tray covers or something like that. I use them for paintings, mixed media assemblages, gift wrapping, but mainly for portraits. The cloths have been folded in a warehouse for decades, and the folds are pretty permanent. You can iron them out eventually. You can wash them, but then they lose all that sizing that keeps them stiff enough to draw on with pen and ink or Sharpies [tm]. So, the folds have become a part of, and defined this series of drawings.

The cloth is divided into 16 six inch squares. Each square contains one portrait, although I have six canvases that have six portraits in each square (or, 96 per canvas). I have done a few double ones, with two drawings in each square, and I have done a few abstract ones, still using the built in squares.

Hanging on the wall, in my office at work, are 123 of these canvases (I have 20 or so more folded up in a stack), and I have probably given away 20 or so over the years...

Running Mates: Senators Lyndon Johnson And JFK

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I don't where or when this photo was taken. . .It feels like the campaign trail in the fall of 1960 (although it could be any time between July 1960 and November 1963). There aren't any microphones, so it must be before or after a speech or rally.

What is Senator Johnson saying--to the crowd?, to a person in the crowd? I'd like to know even more what Senator Jack Kennedy is saying and thinking. Between his concerned look and his arm reaching out for Lyndon's shoulder, I think he wanted to throw a muzzle on LBJ.

Poem: James Wright

Forming a blessing on those trembling lips,
He dropped to his knees and sang out
As free as a bee and as drunk as Li-Po.
With no brush or quill, he made words
For the wind and lived to regret nothing.

At night, he summoned the old shades,
Their nods a gallery of applause
And leveled bony guiltfingers, history's dare:
The thing itself justifies the shuffle.
Hung over the void on a bouncing limb,
He watched Norwegian rats nibble the roots,
Edging the tree further into the dark.
He knew, as well as you, that the branch would break.

The Johnson Treatment, Part 5: Senator Richard Russell (Dem., Georgia) Undergoes The Treatment

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Senator Richard Russell was a powerful 30+ year veteran in the Senate. He was the king of the senate--what Lyndon would later become.

He helped LBJ learn the ropes when he was a freshman Senator. That didn't get him off the hook from The Johnson Treatment.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Poem: Falling

Falling is not the problem:
It's the absence of silk
And earth appearing.

The Johnson Treatment, Part 3: LBJ Gives Eartha Kitt The Treatment

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Moments before this photograph was taken, at a White House luncheon given by Lady Bird, the actress Eartha Kitt stood up and denounced LBJ for sending children off to die in Vietnam. LBJ happened at that moment to pass by and saw that Lady Bird was upset.

Eartha Kitt tells the story:

In 1968, during the Vietnam War, I was invited by Lady Bird Johnson to give my opinion about the problems in the United States, specifically, "Why is there so much juvenile delinquency in the streets of America?" The First Lady seemed to be more interested in decorating the windows of the ghettos with flowerboxes. I mean—it's fine to put flowers in the ghettos, but let's take care of the necessities first: give people jobs, and find a way to get us out of poverty.

When it came my turn to speak, I said to the president's wife, "Vietnam is the main reason we are having trouble with the youth of America. It is a war without explanation or reason."

I said that the young ghetto boys thought it better to have a legal stigma against them—then they would be considered "undesirable" and would not be sent to the war. In their opinion, in this society the good guys lost and the bad guys won. "

I don't know what he said to her, but his press office painted her to reporters as a harridan who pissed on her host's carpet. Almost needless to say, she soon had the FBI crawling all over her in addition to having her tax returns exhaustively audited.

Almost immediately, all her acting and singing work evaporated, and she was eventually forced to move to Europe to make a living.

Eartha Kitt is still around and performing more than 30 years after LBJ gave up the ghost. When Eartha comes to Seattle, my friend Milo Petersen plays drums during her run at Jazz Alley.

The Johnson Treatment, Part 2: Richard M. Nixon, Republican Presidential Front-runner Gets The Treatment

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I can't find the provenance of this photograph, but it must be 1968, probably after Lyndon had bowed out of the election, and when Richard M. Nixon, Presidential hopeful, emerged as the front-runner in the Presidential sweepstakes.

I don't remember ever reading about this meeting. In any case, Richard Nixon looks like he's getting The Johnson Treatment. President Johnson has him surrounded! One was enough...The Trickster got three LBJs!

Friday, May 06, 2005

The Johnson Treatment

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LBJ once asked a reporter:

  • "Why do you come and ask me, the leader of the Western world, a chicken-shit question like that?"

In these pictures, Lyndon as majority leader in the Senate takes Theodore F. Green, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a ride.


Poem: [Life Is Not A Hardy Novel]

Life is not like a Hardy novel,
'Though it seems so at times.
God's not mad at us;
But his patience is stretched
To a molecule thick.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Photograph Of Pope Benedict XVI With Daryle Conners

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My friend Daryle Conners met the new Pope a few years ago, when she produced a five-hour documentary, Vatican II: The Faithful Revolution for the PBS. She interviewed over 180 Catholics from all over the world, including Cardinals, Bishops, a Catholic priest in Texas named Father Church and a nun in Rome named Sister Ellen Guilty.

She is pictured above with Cardinal Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict XVI. He was known during his long tenure as "The Darth Vader Of The Vatican."

Until 1968 his office was known as The Office of the Inquisition. It was renamed Office of Doctrine For The Faith after Vatican II.

Dire Predictions For The Administration Of President Thomas Jefferson

Murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest will be openly taught and
practiced, the air will be rent with cries of distress, the soil soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes. Where is the heart that can contemplate such a scene without shivering with horror?

- New England Courant newspaper, 1801, on the election of Thomas Jefferson

Painting: Self Portrait No. 4

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Poem: Seven

It's too slow to see.
It happens right under
My nose.
Every molecule in every person
Changes every seven years.

I'm completely rebuilt
Seven times now
And working on the eighth.
The dormant features redeploy,
Installing themselves
On millions of fresh molecules,
And altered but happily,
I trudge on.

jack brummet

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Man Who Should Have Been King, 2: Senator Robert Francis Kennedy

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Bobby. He went from a cold-blooded streetfighter to tenderly compassionate big brother about as fast as a car goes from 0 to 60. He did the big turnabout. And he stayed there. I often wonder just how far he would have gone, just where he would have taken it if the Nixon Years had been replaced by The Bobby Years. How far we might have gone?

He was killed at the height of his personal and political power. For a man earlier in life always described as ruthless, it was amazing to watch him jump the rails. /jack

Index to the Paintings And Thumbnail Biographes of The Presidents Of The United States

This series is now complete. All the Presidents have had their turn. The list below provides links to the paintings and thumbnail bios, in order! /jack

POTUS 1: The First President Of The United States, Pres. George Washington a/k/a The General a/k/a The Father Of Our Country
POTUS 2: President John Adams, The Only President Defeated For Re-election By His Own Vice-President
POTUS 3: Pres. Thomas Jefferson
POTUS 4: President James Madison, The First President To Wear Pants
POTUS 5: Pres. James Monroe
POTUS 6: President John Quincy Adams - First Son Of A President To Become President And The First President To Become A Congressman Post-White House
POTUS 7: Pres. Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson - The Star Of The $20 Dollar Bill
POTUS 8: President Martin Van Buren
POTUS 9: Pres. William Henry Harrison - The Drive By President
POTUS 10: Pres. John Tyler - The First Accidental President
POTUS 11: Pres. James Polk - The Man With The Mullet
POTUS 12: Pres. Zachary Taylor - The President Who Mostly Closely Resembled Mel Brooks
POTUS 13 - Pres. Millard Fillmore: Another Partial Term President
POTUS 14: Pres. Franklin Pierce - The Most Handsome President?
POTUS 15: President James Buchanan, The Man Who Left A Divided Country And War For Pres. Abraham Lincoln
POTUS 16: Pres. Abraham Lincoln - The Most Beloved President?
POTUS 17: Pres. Andrew Johnson - The Worst President Ever
POTUS 18: Pres. Ulysses Grant - The Man Inside Grant's Tomb
POTUS 19: Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes - "Rutherfraud"
POTUS 20: Pres. James Garfield
POTUS 21: Pres. Chester Alan Arthur - Accidental, Partial One-Term President, Owner Of Some Impressive Muttonchops, And Dandy
POTUS 22: President Grover Cleveland - The Man Who Was President Twice
POTUS 23: Pres. Benjamin Harrison - The Last Bearded President
POTUS 24: President Grover Cleveland - The Man Who Was President Twice
POTUS 25: President William McKinley - Puppet Or Visionary?
POTUS 26: President Theodore Roosevelt - The Roughrider
POTUS 27: Pres. William Howard Taft - Who Preferred To Be Remembered As Chief Justice
POTUS 28: President Woodrow Wilson - The President Who Short-Circuited & POTUS 28A: President Edith Wilson
POTUS 29: Pres. Warren G. Harding - He Never Lived To Rue The Day
POTUS 30: President Calvin Coolidge "Keep Cool With Coolidge"
POTUS 31: President Herbert Hoover - The Scapegoat
POTUS 32: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt - The Man In The Wheelchair Who Lifted The Country On His Shoulders; The Only POTUS To Win Four Terms
POTUS 33: President Harry Truman - "The Buck Stops Here"
POTUS 34: Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower - A Most Detached President
POTUS 35: Pres. Jack Kennedy - Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye
POTUS 36: Pres. Lyndon Baines Johnson - Majority Leader, Accidental President, Hawk
POTUS 37: Pres. Richard Milhous Nixon - Tricky Dick And The Comedy Of Errors
POTUS 38: Pres. Gerald R. Ford - Pardon Me, Mister President!
POTUS 39: President James Earl Carter - Not As Bad A President As You Have Been Led To Believe, But Rather A Victim Of Circumstance
POTUS 40: Pres. Ronald "Dutch" Reagan - B Movie Actor To President
POTUS 41: Pres. George Herbert Walker ("Read My Lips") Bush
POTUS 42: Pres. William Jefferson Clinton - The Comeback Kid
POTUS 43: Pres. George W. Bush - One Of The Nearly 5% Of Presidents Who Are Sons Of Presidents

Typing Monkeys And The Shakespeare Simulator

"If you have enough monkeys banging randomly on typewriters, they will eventually type the works of William Shakespeare."

The Monkey Shakespeare Simulator seems to have fallen on hard times...but it is still working. I have no idea if the simulation is real. . .or an incredible simulation of a simulation. It runs in the background just like the SETI (Search For Extra Terrestial Intelligence) application.

In the simulator, time passes 86,400 times faster than real life. 'The odds against monkeys typing Shakespeare by chance are astronomical. With about 80 typewriter keys, the chance of getting the first letter right is about 80 to 1. The chance of getting 2 letters right is 1 in 80×80, or 6400 to 1. Each letter increases the odds against by 80 times. The odds of getting 10 letters right is about 11 million million million to1."

Here are examples of a four letter hit and a long 24 letter hit.

4 letters from "The Winter's Tale" after 195 monkey-years.
Sent in by Matt Greer on 26 July 2003.
"Archan:jdTAQ]Mu:.jt "gm3dw.jhVHw.V2..." matched "Arch. If you shall chance (Camillo) to visit Bohemia, on the like occasion whereon my seruices are now on-foot, you shall see (as I haue said) great difference betwixt our Bohemia, and your Sicilia"

24 letters from "The Second Part of King Henry IV" after 2,737,850 million billion billion billion monkey-years.
Sent in by Darren Eggett from Bountiful, Utah on 3 Jan 2005. "RUMOUR. Open your ears; 9r"5j5&?OWTY Z0d "B-nEoF.vjSqj[..." matched "RUMOUR. Open your ears; for which of you will stop The vent of hearing when loud Rumour speaks?..."

24 letters? That's a lot of billion billion billion monkey years. But, hey, we're making progress!