i A Time and a Place...: May 2008

Saturday, May 31, 2008

How Does This Grab You, Darlin'?...

I got this in an e-mail and decided to pass it on. If anyone doubts the figures, look it up for yourself. If you believe them and don't care; Oh, well--What the hey?!?

How they vote in the United Nations:

Below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the US State Department and United Nations records:

Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time

Qatar votes

against the United States 67% of the time

Morocco votes against the United States 70% of the time

United Arab Emirates votes

against the U. S. 70% of the time.

Jordan votes against the United States 71% of the time.
Tunisia votes against the United States! 71% of the time.
Saudi Arabia votes against the United States 73% of the time.
votes against the United States 74% of the time.
Algeria votes
against the United States 74% of the time.
Oman votes
against the United States 74 % of the time.
Sudan votes
against the United States 75% of the time.
Pakistan votes
against the United States 75% of the time.
Libya votes
against the United States 76% of the time.

Egypt votes against ! the United States 79% of the time.

Lebanon votes against the United States 80% of the time.

India votes against the United States 81% of the time.

Syria votes against the United States 84% of the time.

Mauritania votes against the United States 87% of the time.

U S Foreign Aid to those that hate us:

Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time

against the United States, still receives:

$2 billion annually in US Foreign Aid.

Jordan votes 71% against the United States

And receives $192,814,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.

Pakistan votes 75% against the United States

$6,721,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.
India votes 81% against the United States

$143,699,000 annually.

Perhaps it is time to get out of the UN and give the tax savings back to! the American workers who are having to skimp and sacrifice to pay the taxes (and gasoline).
Pass this along to every taxpaying citizen you know.

I notice Arabia and Iraq particularly since we still have troops and military equipm,ent in both countries protecting them and they still charge us five bucks a gallon for gas! ($135 a 42 gallon barrel of oil)

Disgusting isn't it?


Sunday, May 25, 2008

Another Jam Session Day...

And I'm looking forward to it! There are a couple of songs I haven't sung in many years that I might do today.
One is,"Walk Through This World With Me," a George Jones song. And Maybe,"White lightening," also by Mr Jones.

And there is one that was recorded by Ricky Skaggs called,"You May See Me Walking." I used to do that one when Mi Espousa, La Donna d'el Nebraska (a little Mex lingo there) and I had the Sandalwood Club in Modesto.

It was a really great club and we had a band called,"Half Fast Country," that was as good or better than any in the country. Donna ran the bar (this is her behind the bar)and I took care of the music.

I had Leon (on the left) and Ray Richardson (on the far right) playing twin leads, fiddles, pianos and anything else that made music and they both sang. They were the the best. One of Ray's favorite pieces was,"The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

Howard Julian (third from the left-the second one is me) played bass and sang and Leon's daughter played drums and sang. It was a wonderful life for a beer drinking musician.(Moi)

It was great fun and these jam sessions take me back a bit. That's what makes them worth going to.

We're dabbling in YouTube now, too, putting a few videos in our site as JC and Donna Lee. That's fun, too!

Well, I'd best get cracking and wash my face and comb my hair so's I;m at least acceptable as a 'jammer'. Oh, and put on some clothes to cut back on the shock value! 'chuckle'


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Tomorrow, Today's Gonna Be Yesterday...

I wrote a song about this once, many years ago. (It seems odd and strange that I can use that phrase, "many years ago," since it indicates a generous passage of time; then I realize that it was, indeed, "many years ago"-to where has time flown!?!)

It is a truck driving song saying generally not to worry about things of tomorrow too much because, as it does no good to worry about yesterday since nothing that happened yesterday can be changed, whatever happens today, good or bad, will soon be the property of yesterday and archived forever and the tomorrow of which I speak will never come. Instead, it will be replaced by another today. Heavy, ain't it? 'chuckle'

Part of the song goes:

"Yesterday is past,
and tomorrow never will come,
Today is all that matters, my friend,
And it won't be here long..."

And this is a trucking song so it describes how a truck driving man needs to feel.

...You can worry and fret,
You can speed right along;
You can give up your truck
when they lay you away,
But it won't do no good, now,
To be a'movin too fast
Cause tomorrow, today's gonna be yesterday."

Well, that says it for me. Now I gotta go take care of today, jam session and all, so that tomorrow I'll have an at least quasi-interesting yesterday back on which to look and over which to ponder and, hopefully, marvel, and with any luck at all, muse!

"...and once again the clock struck seven; then again there was no Raven, nor a fair maid (no Lenore), no rap gently at the door..."

Bye, bye!!


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Dear God...

I think this is good enough to post. I may have posted it before a long time ago but here it is again!

Dear God:

Why didn't you save the school children at ?

Amish Country, PA


Columbine High School

Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96

Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97!

Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97

West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97

Stam P, Arkansas 12/15/97

Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/98

Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98

Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98

Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98

Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98

Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99

Taber, Alberta, Canada 5/28/99

Conyers, Georgia

Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99

Santee, California 3/ 5/01 and

El Cajon, California 3/22/01?


Concerned Student



Dear Concerned Student:

I am not allowed in schools.




How did this get started?...


Let's see,

I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained

She didn't want any prayer in our schools.

And we said, OK..


Then ,

Someone said you better not read the Bible in school,

The Bible that says

"Thou shalt not kill,

Thou shalt not steal,

And love your neighbors as yourself,"

And we said, OK...


Dr. Benjamin Spock said

We shouldn't spank our children

When they misbehaved

Because their little personalities

Would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem.

And we said

An expert should know what he's talking about

So we won't spank them anymore...


Then someone said

Teachers and principals better not

Discipline our children when they misbehave.

And the school administrators said

No faculty member in this school

Better touch a student when they misbehave

Because we don't want any bad publicity,

And we surely don't want to be sued.

And we accepted their

Reasoning... ------------------

And the entertainment industry said,

let's make TV shows and movies that promote

Profanity, violence and illicit sex...

And let's record music that encourages

Rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes...

And we said,

It's just entertainment

And it has no adverse effect

And nobody takes it seriously anyway,

So go right ahead.


Now we're asking ourselves

Why our children have no conscience,

Why they don't know right from wrong,

And why it doesn't bother them to

Kill strangers, classmates or even themselves.



If we thought about it long and hard enough,

We could figure it out.

I'm sure it has a great deal to do with...



Scary, ain't it!?


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What's a Man?...

I think it just depends on who and where you are. I was just remembering something that happened to me when I was in Odessa, Texas. It's not much but it kinda stuck with me.

It was 1956 and I was just out of the army and working for the J H Marks Trucking Company, swamping on a rig-up truck.(*Swamping is pulling line on a rig-up truck and doing everything that has to be done so the driver will never have to get out of the truck. He drives the truck - this could be one of the smaller winch truck I worked on -- and works the winches and I do the rest.)

Each morning all drivers and swampers waited in a small shack we called the drivers' room. We stayed there until we were told where we would go and what we were to do that day. To pass the time, most of the drivers played poker. Poker in Texas,is of course, five card stud.

There were only a few swampers in the shack on this particular day. I, of course, and a younger man whom I remember as being 18 years old and a couple more.

the shack was crowded and the poker table was full with eight men playing. One of the drivers was an older man (probably fifty or so) wearing bib overalls, whose name was Snow. He was a short, stocky man, with huge arms and a shock of white hair. He was one of the strong, silent types. (There are a bunch of those in Texas)

He had left the poker table to use the restroom and was coming back into the shack. On his way in, he passed right by where the young swamper and I were engaged in a hot game of Casino. (*Let me explain: In Texas there is only one card game for a man and that is five card stud.)As he walked by, he hesitated for a second and looked at the cards on our table.

"What are you boys playing?" he axed. The kid looked up with a smile and said, "Casino." Old man Snow shook his head and as he walked away, said, "Next you'll be squattin' to piss!"

Well, our game of casino slowed to a stop and we decided to play five card stud,- for fun.

Well,(I say that a lot) like I said, whatever a man is depends on where he is and what he is used to. For me, if I ever go back to Odessa and if I ever decide to play cards, it'll be five card stud. Nowadays casino might be all right but I ain't takin' no chances! Old man Snow might still be in Odessa and I know, if I started up a game of casino, he'd walk by! There's no doubt about it!


Thursday, May 08, 2008

Sorry, But This Is Important...

Obama Embraces New Caustic Pastor..."

This is an example of one of the heroes of Obama's new pastor, Rev Moss. It is, Tupac Shakur, a 'gangsta' rapper, now deceased. Please watch and listen to this video.

It would be a drastic mistake to vote for this man (Obama) for our next president!