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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

So the Pope DID Meet with Kim Davis

I was sure yesterday's report was just a rightwing fantasy, but the New York Times has confirmed it with a Vatican official in Rome. Here's a report from ABC:




Ya know, fellas, I can never forget that dark moment ten years ago when my late husband was hardly cold in his grave, and I read that Pope John Paul II, now Saint John Paul, so-called, declared that same-sex marriage was part of the "ideology of evil" - this  at the very moment when I was suddenly left all alone in a tiny Texas town full of homophobes and bigots, with no rights whatsoever under the law, and had to leave what was only a few days earlier our home with a few clothes and my little dog in the middle of a bitterly cold night to seek a place of sanctuary. Under the laws of the great state of Texas, out of all our joint possessions I was not entitled to so much as a teacup, a pencil, or a shirt button. Because our relationship did not exist in the eyes of the law, and had no more significance than the coupling of two dogs or two cows.

The present pope seems like a kindly gentleman with a strong humanitarian impulse - but he just does not see or understand the enormity of the injustice and degradation that gay people have been put through by the teachings of his church, lo these many centuries.

Ms. Davis is a simple small-town woman who is hardly the devil incarnate, but as a deeply misguided zealot anxious for martyrdom she also has no idea of the real issue at stake here, nor of the harm she is perpetuating.

Your Head Trucker does not wish to require anyone to violate their own good conscience - but I would remind both His Holiness and Ms. Davis of Jesus's words:

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's,
and to God the things that are God's.

Same-sex marriage is the law of the land here. Ms. Davis is being paid $80,000 per annum to conduct the taxpayers' business. If she has a problem with that, she is perfectly free to resign and go take some other job that will not burden her Christian conscience. 

Otherwise, she had best get on with her duties. That's what she's being paid that big salary of Caesar's money for, right?

And if I had a chance to talk with His Holiness, I would just ask: where were you and your Church when I was homeless and alone, with not a friend in sight?


Update, 10/2/15:  Turns out, it was all a set-up, and the Vatican says only private 'audience' in D.C. was with gay ex-student, not Kim Davis.

But you know all the Vatican denials are just the work of the magical, superpowerful Gay Gestapo.  Of course.  We control the entire planet!  Oh Mary, don't ask.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NASA Says: Water on Mars!

Yawn.  Of course we knew that over a hundred years ago. But the canals! Where are the pics of the canals?
















Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Drive: Walk, Don't Run/Perfidia

As performed live by the fabulous Ventures in Seattle in 2001:



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Drive: The Typewriter

Liberace performs "The Typewriter," written in 1950 by Leroy Anderson.



Friday, September 18, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cowboy Lasagna and Cornbread Salad

Your Head Trucker and his roommate M.P. are both down with a cold, but fortunately we have plenty of good comfort food on hand to tide us over. We haven't tried the cowboy lasagna yet, though it certainly sounds like something we carnivores would lap up in a hurry. But we do highly recommend cornbread salad to all and sundry - if you've never had it, you don't know what you're missing. Tricia's version is but one of many available on the internet - we use Ranch Beans in ours. Anyway, whether you are sick or well, enjoy these recipes sometime soon if you need a "comfort day."

Update, 9/20/15: YouTube has pulled the video, but here's a link to Trisha's cowboy lasagna recipe at the Food Network.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Waitin' for the Weekend



Diego Miguel




Thursday, September 10, 2015

What's My Line, 10/19/52

Eddie Fisher is the Mystery Guest.




Here's Fisher singing the Broadway song that Dorothy Kilgallen asked about:



Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Quiet Milestone for the Queen

Today, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed the 63-year record set by her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning British monarch, and she did it without fanfare, just "business as usual," opening a rebuilt steam railway in rural Scotland.

The Prime Minister, Mr. Cameron, expressed the thanks of the nation in Parliament for Her Majesty's "selfless sense of service and duty," calling her reign "a golden thread running through three postwar generations"; you can read his remarks and those of many others at the Telegraph.

Your Head Trucker will say only that the Queen is one of the few people left in public life on any continent that he admires unreservedly.  Long may she reign, happy and glorious.



Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sunday Drive: Siempre en Mi Corazon

Or, "Always in My Heart," a 1942 hit by prolific Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona, author of "Malagueña" and other popular tunes.




Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to Speak Cockney

With a rubber glove to my china plate Tim:



Friday, September 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Why I Hate The Sixties

First broadcast on BBC Bristol in 2004.




"In the 1960's, we chose the wrong future - and we're still living with that."

Do you agree or disagree? Discuss.

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