Am I no a bonny fighter?

August 7, 2010

The world was created by hard-headed Scots. You can look it up.

Bright is the ring of words
When the right man rings them.

You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?

Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 – 1894

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Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand And lead me through the World of Self

July 12, 2010

I don’t receive any phone calls from anyone over at Blue MauMau.

I wonder why the fuck not?

Case in point.

Splendid Isolation, Warren Zevon 1947 – 2003

I want to live alone in the desert
I want to be like Georgia O’Keefe
I want to live on the Upper East Side
And never go down in the street

Splendid Isolation
I don’t need no one
Splendid Isolation

Michael Jackson in Disneyland
Don’t have to share it with nobody else
Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand
And lead me through the World of Self

Splendid Isolation
I don’t need no one
Splendid Isolation

Don’t want to wake up with no one beside me
Don’t want to take up with nobody new
Don’t want nobody coming by without calling first
Don’t want nothing to do with you

I’m putting tinfoil up on the windows
Lying down in the dark to dream
I don’t want to see their faces
I don’t want to hear them scream

Splendid Isolation
I don’t need no one
Splendid Isolation

Splendid Isolation
I don’t need no one
Splendid Isolation


Oh, Alison, my aim is true. My aim is true. My aim is true. My aim is true.

July 11, 2010

Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking when I hear the silly things that you say.

My ultimate vocation in life is to be an irritant, someone who disrupts the daily drag of life just enough to leave the victim thinking there’s maybe more to it all than the mere hum-drum quality of existence.

— Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus)


Alison, Elvis Costello, 1977

Oh it’s so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl.
And with the way you look I understand
that you were not impressed.
But I heard you let that little friend of mine
take off your party dress.
I’m not going to get too sentimental
like those other sticker valentines,
’cause I don’t know if you are loving some body.
I only know it isn’t mine.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.

Well I see you’ve got a husband now.
Did he leave your pretty fingers lying
in the wedding cake?
You used to hold him right in your hand.
Bet he took all he could take.
Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking
when I hear the silly things that you say.
I think somebody better put out the big light,
’cause I can’t stand to see you this way.

Alison, I know this world is killing you.
Oh, Alison, my aim is true.
My aim is true.


Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

July 10, 2010

It’d be easier denying certain realities.

Against the Wind, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, 1980

It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago
Janey was lovely she was the queen of my nights
There in the darkness with the radio playing low
And the secrets that we shared
The mountains that we moved
Caught like a wildfire out of control
‘Til there was nothing left to burn and nothing left to prove
And I remember what she said to me
How she swore that it never would end
I remember how she held me oh so tight
Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

Against the wind
We were runnin’ against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin’
Against the wind

The years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home
And I guess I lost my way
There were oh so many roads
I was living to run and running to live
Never worryied about paying or even how much I owed
Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time
Breaking all of the rules that would bend
I began to find myself searching
Searching for shelter again and again

Against the wind
A little something against the wind
I found myself seeking shelter sgainst the wind

Well those drifter’s days are past me now
I’ve got so much more to think about
Deadlines and commitments
What to leave in, what to leave out

Against the wind
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
I’m older now but still runnin’ against the wind
Well I’m older now and still runnin’
Against the wind
Against the wind
Against the wind

Still runnin’
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
I’m still runnin’
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
Still runnin’
Runnin’ against the wind
Runnin’ against the wind
See the young man run
Watch the young man run
Watch the young man runnin’
He’ll be runnin’ against the wind
Let the cowboys ride
Let the cowboys ride
They’ll be ridin’ against the wind
Against the wind …


How Australia sees the BP oil spill

July 4, 2010

John Clarke and Bryan Dawe prove that satire is not dead in Australia.

Thank God.

Courtesy of Ray Borradale.


Everybody’s shaking in his boots, so don’t be bluffed.

July 2, 2010

If we can change the rewards in franchising so that sustainable franchising is more lucrative in the short- and long-term, then some progress might be made.

The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.

Kurt Vonnegut


We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.

June 30, 2010

Against monopolies

During the 1890s Brandeis began to question his views on the “industrial order in America,” write Klebanow and Jonas. Becoming more aware that there was a growing number of “giant firms” which were capable of dominating whole industries, he began to lose faith that the economic system was able to regulate them for the public’s welfare. As a result, he began denouncing “cut-throat competition” and fretted over the dangers of monopoly. “He became more aware of the plight of workers and more sympathetic to the labor movement.” His earlier legal battles had convinced him, according to Piott, “that concentrated economic power could have a negative effect on a free society.”

Against powerful corporations
As Klebanow and Jonas make clear, Brandeis was becoming increasingly conscious of and hostile to powerful corporations and the trend toward bigness in American industry and finance. As early as 1895 he had pointed out the harm that giant corporations could do to competitors, customers, and their own workers. The growth of industrialization was creating mammoth companies which he felt threatened the well-being of millions of Americans.[2]:76 Although the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was enacted in 1890, it was not until the 1900s that there was any major effort to apply it. Source

There is in most Americans some spark of idealism, which can be fanned into a flame. It takes sometimes a divining rod to find what it is; but when found, and that means often, when disclosed to the owners, the results are often extraordinary.

Louis Brandeis 1856 -1941


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