Jun 26 2013

P.S.

“Brian Brown, head of the National Organization for Marriage, criticized the Defense of Marriage Act decision and vowed to press for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.”

Yeah, good luck with that. And someone continually needs to remind Crazy Eyes that the Bible is not a history book:

“No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted,” Ms. Bachmann said in a statement. “For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman.” She said the court action “will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.”

For thousands of years in society, we’ve believed in a lot of stupid things with no justification, whatsoever. Something she finds endearing, no doubt.

Just sayin’.


Jun 26 2013

The scales of justice

The DOMA decision will hopefully counteract some of the joy that certain people got from them gutting the VRA. Usually the same kind of people, you know.


May 15 2013

Just sayin’

Got a lot of spare time on my hands, this summer, so hopefully, you can finally get that good JD fixin’ that you so desperately crave. Makes you all tingly, and such.

Cherry Picked Bible


Apr 22 2013

Book review: Rusty Nails and Broken Glass by S.C. Hayden

Cover of Rusty Nails and Broken Glass

“Well, first you need to collect the menses rags of a seven-hundred-year-old witch. Then, you need to stitch them up inside of a dead goat’s urinary bladder on a full moon’s night. From then on, it gets a bit unpleasant.” – from The Cobbler of Buttercup, Based on a True Story, in Rusty Nails and Broken Glass

So, it’s been a while, huh?  Blogging remains low on the to do list, but I’ve been drawn out of my cave by the return of bizarro author S.C. Hayden, whose earlier work, American Idol, I glowingly reviewed here, back in May of ’11. Hayden sent me a review copy of his new anthology, Rusty Nails and Broken Glass, a collection of short stories. This was perfect, considering how much of my time lately is spent reading things that could hardly be called “fun” or even “entertaining”, and the short story format really gave me the time to look at it in dribs and drabs, as my schedule allowed.

How to describe it? It’s kinda hard. Reviews often use the word macabre to describe works like this. I think it’s an apt description. The stories vary in the extent of how much they depart from reality as we know it, ranging from the “Holy shit, this is messed up!” variation as seen in the book’s opener, She’s My Everything, where a guy goes for a one-night stand and ends up lovingly taking care of the creature pictured on the book’s cover above, to more conventional (as in “still in this universe”) fare, such as in A Bucket of Laughs, a revenge tale that goes horribly, unforseeably wrong.  Revenge, or more specifically, the theme of people getting their comeuppance,  is a theme that permeated many of the stories in this tome. And who doesn’t like to see that (well, I could think of a few people, but the hell with them)? When combined with some of the more oddball stuff, such as in The Box,  a rather creepy tale about a mysterious, horrifying (and one might say, interdimensional?) carnival attraction, it started to occur to me that this book kind of reads like a collection of some of the best of the old E.C. comic books, such as Vault of Horror and Tales From the Crypt. If someone ever decided to make another Creepshow movie, they’d have plenty of top-notch source material to work with, here (and a heck of a lot better than what was in Creepshow 2, for that matter). Where else can you read about dominatrixes, sadistic, medieval, multicolored elves, and perpetually-changing magic poo that looks like John Lennon, Fidel Castro, and Jesus, all in one place? (there’s your one-liner for the book, S.C.)

Hayden often gets lumped into the bizarro fiction genre, a rather diverse style with varying qualities that can sometimes be enormously twisted and entertaining, and at other times, rather confusing and a bit too surrealistic (for my tastes, at least). None of the latter here. Strange as the stories may be, the reader doesn’t ever get lost in any surrealism. Hayden’s good like that – you never get the sense you don’t know what’s going on, even though you’re quite often thrown for a very good loop and surprise. So it’s a very accessible book, and the short-story format makes for some great summer reading, too. Get it. Seriously.

Available from the publisher, here.
Or, Amazon, here
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Jan 25 2013

Not dead yet.

Me, not this deer that my brother found when ice fishing on the Waterbury Reservoir today.

frozen deer leg

I ain’t lying… I’ve thought about hangin’ it up here. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans, and all that.  But I’ll get it going again. Had a lot of stuff happen since the last time we all chatted.


Nov 28 2012

Random wilderness blog

I got home from a late night band rehearsal and was feeling rather festive,  and the moon is rather bright tonight,  so I grabbed a beer and Krusty dog and decided to go for a late night walk.  I’m right across the street from a dirt road that goes through Vermont’s second largest state park,  so why the hell not?

Winter is just beginning here,  the air is rather crisp and I can hear an occasional late-night cow bellowing in the distance.  I was reading the news a while ago,  and there was a lot on the development of some GOPers talking about breaking Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

All I could think about was why should we give a shit about some stupid pledge that some dumbasses gave to one guy?  Seriously,  Beltway Bubble People?  This is a problem for anyone but Republican politicians? Please explain.


Nov 27 2012

Der Spiegel nails it

There’s an excellent, must-read bit over at Der Spiegel today, a very sober analysis of the decline of American Exceptionalism:

But today’s crisis is far more comprehensive, extending to the social, political and spiritual realms. The worst thing about it is that the country still refuses to engage in any debate over the reasons for its decline. It seems as if many Americans today no longer want to talk about how they can strengthen their union. Criticism is seen as a betrayal of America’s greatness.

Americans don’t do self-reflection very well. We just love slogans and politicians who tell us how great we are, just like the Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons – an utter dolt whose whole persona is a bunch of contrived superiority.

That, and oh yeah, teabaggers.


Nov 13 2012

Just ‘cuz


Nov 10 2012

The best news I’ve read all day

Good one in the Times about how the Godidiots got their asses reamed in the election. It’s basically an overview of how the American Taliban is in decline, but for me, the money quote, the one that says it all (and in their braindead moral absolutism, they will not learn from) is:

“It’s that the entire moral landscape has changed,” he said. “An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them.”

That won’t stop ‘em from trying, of course, but it’s nice to read, regardless.


Nov 7 2012

More, later

But for now, enjoy.