Saturday, July 13, 2019

You Saw It Here Second (After Facebook)

Just had an idea for a Western story featuring a protagonist named Dan Banner. He's a serious sort of fellow and wants to be taken seriously, but after a drunken cowhand refers to him as "Ban Danner," he is subsequently branded with the new name forever and laughed out of every saloon he enters.


Saturday, February 09, 2019

Random Opinion of the Day

Corollary to Johnson's Law ("Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"): Hypocrisy is the favorite refuge of the politician.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Random Opinion of the Day

I don't think that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will return to the Supreme Court at this point - - too frail and ill - - but she'll refuse to resign because she doesn't want to give President Trump the satisfaction of hearing those words from her lips. She's probably still hoping to make it through 2020 so as to have a chance at a Democrat president naming her replacement.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Even Old Scratch?

Music interlude. Chris McDermott, Even the Devil Gets Right Someday. He's weird-looking, admittedly, but it's a great song, and the sentiment he expresses - - that even Lucifer/Satan/the Devil will one day be forgiven by God has always been thought possible by Christian theologians, dating all the way back to Origen (c. 184-253).

The basic guitar chords on this one seem pretty simple. I'd like to learn to play it.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

I've Never Karaoked...

...but a band at a local venue is asking for volunteers to sing Tom Waits songs, and I'm tempted to give it a try. My problem is that I don't have the necessary years of cigarettes and bourbon required to pull off Waits's gravelly shouting without my being reduced to a coughing fit. I even know what song I'd choose, and for a little bit of showmanship I'd take a swig from a hip flask before starting to sing. Here's what I'd choose:


Anywhere I Lay My Head (Waits)

My head is spinning round, my heart is in my shoes, yeah
I went and set the Thames on fire, oh, now I must come back down
She's laughing in her sleeve boys, I can feel it in my bones
Oh, but anywhere I'm gonna lay my head, I'm gonna call my home

Well I see that the world is upside-down
Seems that my pockets were filled up with gold
And now the clouds, well they've covered over
And the wind is blowing cold
Well I don't need anybody, because I learned, I learned to be alone
Well I said anywhere, anywhere, anywhere I lay my head, boys
Well I gonna call my home