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A Sunny Place for Shady People

Pithy, contrarian, politically incorrect and curmudgeonly rants on sex, money, power and politics and religion and philosophy. In short: Nothing matters, everything changes and there are no guarantees. The rest is rationalization and bribery. (c) Tom Milner 2002-2003. DIRECTORY of offensive POSTS at Archives: 07/09/03. RECOMMENDED BLOGS: Archives: 07/29/03. email: theoldbuzzard AT sunnyplaceforshadypeople DOT com.

Friday, July 11, 2003
Monday, July 14, 2003

Since we adamantly remain Francophilic, we wish you all Happy Bastille Day.

All this rank posturing about who can be more anti-French is so much propaganda.

We simply agree that the French are as rotten and corrupt as we are.

Our hands are mutually dirty in Iraq.

So let's put paid to that!

(For what this holiday is all about, visit Franceway.)

Herewith, we offer our celebratory selections of spirits of the day.

JUNGLE JAMES (Right Bank) or JUNGLE JIM (Left Bank)

2 oz. Grey Goose vodka
1 oz. banana liqueur
1 oz. half-and-half or cream

Combine in shaker, add ice, shake and strain into a large martini glass.


4/8 Grey Goose citron vodka
2/8 Grand Marnier
2/8 Cranberry juice
Dash of lime

Combine in a shaker, add ice, shake and strain into a cocktail glass.


1/2 oz. premium gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/4 oz. creme de cassis

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Our wine selections:

Sancerre Blanc AOC 2000, "Duc de Tarente"
Sancerre Blanc AOC 2001, "La Duchesse"

A votre sante!


Recommended: Jeffrey Toobin, "Fajita Justice [in San Francisco]," The New Yorker, July 14 and 21, 2003.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

The posts on the following dates (see Archives) angered, agitated, astonished (as well as amused, animated, and attracted) the most response from readers:

Oct. 18, 2002 "Student of the Month"
Oct. 24, 2002 "FICO and You"
Nov. 7, 2002 "Drug the Homeless"
Nov. 23, 2002 "How Gentlemen Drink"
Dec. 3, 2002 "Niggardly Jewfish"
Dec. 6, 2002 "Teen Sex"
Dec. 21, 2002 "Mother Nature Sucks"
Dec. 31, 2002 "School's Out"
Jan. 7, 2003 "Honeywagoning with Elvis"
Jan. 9, 2003 "Beauty of Death Row"
Jan. 14, 2003 "Sex & Amtrak"
Jan. 16, 2003 "Bribery as Excrement"
Feb. 6, 2003 "Fun with Asexuals"
Feb. 8, 2003 "He of the Smirk & Sneer"
Feb. 12, 2003 "Valentine Shit"
Feb. 25, 2003 "Jury Rigging"
Mar. 4, 2003 "American Status System at Play"
Mar. 18, 2003 "Calvinists at Rest"
Mar. 28, 2003 "Snobbery's Fun!"
Apr. 18, 2003 "Masturbation: How You Can Get Involved"
May 2, 2003 "Astrology & God"
May 6, 2003 "Overbreeding & Sexual Abuse"
June 13, 2003 "Twelve Stepping at AA"
June 19, 2003 "Pee-shy?"
June 24, 2003 "History as Bullshit"
July 15, 2003 "Organ Exchange"


Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Thursday, July 10, 2003

And then there are the jackasses who dial 911 for the least and most petty of reasons, non-emergencies all.

Examples: to ask about a parking ticket, to report a missing dog, to pass the time of day.

That leaves the socially responsible in true emergencies fighting the idiots for a place in the 911 queue.

For routine matters, look up the main police number in the book.

But most are too lazy, selfish and illiterate to bother.

These nitwits think only of themselves.

But there's a juicier culprit in this caper. That's the 911 people themselves.

They have refused to fund the hard, tough and expensive public education needed to enlighten the idiotocracy.

And then there's cellular 911.

What the greedy hawkers of cell phone service (especially pitched often to the "emergency-sensitive") won't admit is that their police connections (usually the state) cannot pinpoint your location, which land line 911 does instantly.

This is being "worked on" -- bureaucratically, slowly, redundantly, inevitably.

The cretinous abusers of 911 are probably uneducable anyway.

And that's the 411 on that.


Unrelated, Highly Recommended: Norman Mailer, "The White Man Unburdened," The New York Review of Books, July 17, 2003.

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