Sunday, October 30, 2005

I'm MAD!

Which Historical Lunatic Are You?


Trick or Treating ...
The Top 10 signs you're Too Old for it:

10. You get winded from knocking on the door.

9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you.

8. You ask for high fiber candy only.

7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over.

6. People say, "Great Boris Karloff Mask." and you're not wearing one.

5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or....." and can't remember the rest.

4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders.

3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won't dislodge your hair-piece.

2. You're the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker.

1. You keep having to go home to pee.


Saturday, October 29, 2005


Friday, October 28, 2005

Where do we go from here........

More than 2000 U.S. Troops have been killed in the unnecesary, mishandled and increasingly unpopular war in Iraq.

The Bush administration's disasterous mishandling of this war has been well chornicled. It misled the American people by falsely claiming connections between Iraq and the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks. No weapons of mass destruction have been found. There was no effective plan for how to respond after Saddam Hussein was removed from power. The depths of the administration's efforts to silence critics, defend its propaganda and mischaracterize the state of affairs in Iraq is still being revealed.

This war has damaged the country's international standing, exposed the weaknesses of its intelligence gathering, overextended its military, strained its finances and undermined the credibility of its government institutions.

More than 1800 troops have been killed since president Bush declared in May 2003 that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."

It's time to mourn and honor those who have given their lives, to remember the mistakes that brought us to this point and contemplate where we go from here.

As I was preparing to publish this post, CBS news announced that 5 more troops (three US Army and two US Marines) were killed today in IRAQ!


Tuesday, October 25, 2005


This being one of the few times I've spent not going to New Orleans for HALLOWEEN, I'm going to be joining the festivities at the local pub.

A costume is out of the question. I refuse to appear locally in anything other than the standard black everything..... and NO, I am not going as a priest.... I have no desire to make Jesus weep!

What are your plans for HALLOWEEN?

Give me some ideas and take the boredom out of my already boring life!

In the meantime, my favorite nephew who also happens to be my only nephew sent me this in E-Mail today.......... from the title of the e-mail, I expected to see something else!


Monday, October 24, 2005

Halloween in New Orleans

I've spent the past several years in New Orleans during Halloween. The weather is delightful and the crowds are no where near as large as they are during Mardi Gras and Southern Decadance.

Each year, an organization called Halloween In New Orleans holds a series of events to benefit Project Lazarus. These events, held the last weekend of October include a Thursday evening black tie dinner and silent auction, a Friday nite casual welcome party, a costume ball on Saturday evening and a Jazz Brunch on Sunday at House of Blues. This organization has been able to donate at much as $400,000.00 dollars annually to Project Lazarus. For several years, I was a patron of these events and can think of no better way to have some fun while supporting a charitable cause. This year, because of Hurricane Katrina the event has been cancelled but smaller scale benefits are planned.


Project Lazarus was founded out of compassion and service to all people. Project Lazarus provides services to people with AIDS who can no longer live independently, or whose family can no longer take care of them. The primary purpose of Project Lazarus is to provide continuity of care in a homelike environment. The highest goal of Project Lazarus is to enhance the quality of life of those it serves. Project Lazarus does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, gender, economic status, sexual orientation or handicap.

Click here for PROJECT LAZARUS



The Rev. Robert Guste'Exampleof Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Kenner who said at at the start of the first New Orleans City Council meeting since hurricane Katrina that the disaster may have been brought on by gays "and other sinners",

Michael Marcavage'Exampledirector of Repent America an evangelican group out of Pennsylvania who proclaimed that God "destroyed" New Orleans because of Southern Decadence.

"The Reverend Bill Shanks'Exampleof New Orleans's New Covenant Fellowship Church who was quoted as saying that hurricane Katrina has wiped out much of the rampant sin common to the city, specifically Southern Decadance, an annual six-day gay pride celebration hosted anually on Labor Day weekend.


Sunday, October 23, 2005


People who know me personally call me thin skinned. I don't do criticism well and usually shut down and it takes time to recover.

I waited months for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.... one of my favorite Sax players was playiing on opening nite and I attended; knowing Eric Darius would not let me down, and he didn't.

On Sunday, the fourth and final day I was anxious to hear several jazz groups from New Orleans perform. Unfortunately, I was unable to concentrate and thoroughly enjoy myself because of an incident that occurred while entering Coachman Park.

A young couple, probably in their late 20's and holding the hands of a very pretty young girl probably five or six years old were leaving.

As they passed us, the man shouted: " Three things I hate, 'ONE: I hate N&##$ , TWO I hate N&##$ lovers, and THREE I hate N&##$!" [numbers one and three were the same, not sure if it was for emphasis or he had already forgotten what one was]

No one entering said a word, we just kept walking. I wanted so badly to say something or maybe even kick his ass..... but the child.

I listened to Jazz..... It was excellent, I think... I was unable to concentrate. All I kept thinking about was the child; so innocent, so very young to be hearing and learning about HATE!

Yesterday, I was reading a post by Bougie Black Boy (Stephen). I was about to comment when I read the comment immediately before mine. It was from anonymous and was full of hatred.
I was speechless and unable to comment except to say "Sorry Stephen"

Stephen e-mailed to let me know that he had chosen not to delete the post, (as I would have done) but instead posted it that he might respond publicly. How I admire Stephen, and this is why I finally decided to post about the Clearwater Jazz Holiday!

Stephen is a writer, and artist and an editor.... which makes me always worry about spelling, punctuation, etc. So far so good. Check out his site at:

Saturday, October 22, 2005

I love visiting my BLOGMASTERS and reading comments written by others on my BLOGMASTER list.

I do the same, and this week my blog was visited and a comment left by a young man who had read a comment I made on RUBEN's blog.

This young man is the winner of the 2005 Black Weblog Awards for Best Blog, Best Blogger, Best Writing in a Blog, and Best Humor Blog!

Now you know all those awards are enough to get my white ass very jealous....... But in all honesty, this young man deserves the awards.

His recent post, Halloween Stories is not only very interesting and funny.... it also brought back memories of my own childhood so very many years ago.

Check this young man out........ and have some fun! The Humanity Critic

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Would You Eat Here?

For 26 years, Zagat surveys have been inviting diners to comment about restaurants.
The company publishes guides in 70 major cities and includes ratings on food, decor, service and cost.
People prize the publications for their honesty; but some reactions are just too rude to include.

Here are some of the funniest!

"Makes hunger an attractive alternative."
"The food fills you up - if you can keep it down."
"Underneath the BBQ sauce, expect any number of surprises, from the unrecognizable to the undead."
"Ordered the chicken, but whatever it was, it wasn't alive in my lifetime."
"Took a doggy bag home; the dog refused it."
"Saves fuel bills – the heartburn will keep you warm all winter."
"Grandma cooked like this, grandpa died young."
"The quiche of death."
"'Breaking bread' should not mean you have to use the side of the table."
"Duck must have had a long flight – tired, tough and took 90 minutes to arrive."
"Suffers from delusions of adequacy."

"Be sure to sit in the no-shooting section."
"If this place doesn’t get you laid, nothing will."
"Abandon taste buds all ye who enter here."
"The roaches always get the best seats."
"Should shut down the restaurant and just serve the view."

"Better service in a self-help gas station."
"Good seafood, but the waiter should be used as fish bait."
"Service was slower than geology."
"Waitresses look like they belong on the pro bowler tour."
"The staff is as pleasant as a truck driver with hemorrhoids."

Parts published in the St. Petersburg Times 10/18/2005

Sunday, October 16, 2005


This new template is from CAZ ........ RUBEN has a link to CAZ on his blog and being curious, I decided to check out what other designs were available. I chose this design because I was tired of looking at NOTHING~ Hope you all like it!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

How they hangin?

"I LIKE my pride(s) exactly where they are," he said. "And I like hearing people whistle, point and say, 'Now THERE'S a pair'. I LIKE hearing them clang like fire-engine bells when I walk down the street."


This morning, I took my male pug MUGGS to CRYSTAL LAKE dog park to let him get some exercise and playtime with other dogs......

The gossiping started as soon as we got into the park.

Pit Bull: "Hey guys, look at the Pug.... no balls!"

Muggs: Are they talking about me, Big Daddy? What do they mean, no balls? Maybe we should have brought a ball to play with....

Bulldog: "Hey girlie dog....!" [whistle]

Muggs stayed close to me, not knowing what to do or think.

Rottweiler: "Woo Hoo look at the low hangers on the Dobie that just walked in'; 'Damn, what a pair!"

Bulldog: "Yeah, we could play basketball with that pair."

Penny: [to Dobie] "Hey Big Boy, come on over and hang out with the gang."

Muggs looked at me perplexed... eyes drooping, a sad expression on his face.

It was at this time that the Pit Bulls owner walked over to me.

Dude: "Hey dude, the other dogs don't seem to want to hang out with your dog.... is that a female?"
Me: "no sir, that's my boy Muggs."
Dude: "Why the hell did you get him neutered"
Me: "Well, it's like this, I adopted him from PUG RESCUE.... he was already neutered when I got him."
Dude: "Damn, you should get him a pair of NEUTICLES, they would increase his self-esteem and return that manly look." I guarantee he'd be much happier".

Me: Well he just looks fine to me.
Dude: "Dog's a faggot!"

ON that note, I grabbed Muggs' leash and got the hell out of there.

As soon as I got home, I looked up NEUTICLES on the web.

Yes, there it was..... NEUTICLES.... testicular implants for dogs, so your dog will retain his "natural" look post neutering! Available in a variety of styles and sizez.

NEUTICLES allow your pet to retain his natural look and self esteem. They also aid in the trauma associated with neutering.

From a satisfied
NEUTICLES customer: "Frodo never knew he lost anything and is just a happier little dog since he's been neutered with Neuticles."

After debating the idea of
NEUTICLES for Muggs.... I decided that we already set tongues and tails wagging with our neurotic lifestyle.... so I looked at Muggs and
all I could say was......

I love you Muggs... no balls and all!

Note: To HIKARU....


One of my BLOGMASTERS THERESA is having her puppy neutered next week...I suggest she consider Neuticles as an option, and I'M, sure she'll have something to say about this!

BLOGZIE mentioned Neuticles on her blog... and I thought I would ride with it. Thanks BLOGZIE!

Kiss the Weekend Goodbye!

The best laid plans can sometimes ..... fly out the window!

I've been waiting for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday to arrive, and it's finally here. Four nites of free Jazz in Coachman Park, just a 5 minute walk from my house..... and yes, I was able to attend Thursday evenings concert featuring my man, Eric Darius.

Friday morning.... the news arrived. Since I'm employed by a not-for-profit organization funded by federal grants, we're audited yearly and this years audit is scheduled for the first week in December; and of course since we're understaffed and have been for months, yours truly has been designated to "pick up the slack" which means.... overtime from HELL!

Friday evening, I had to work late which meant forget the Jazz Holiday. Here I am, Saturday morning at work (blogging)! Actually I'm on break. The plans for the evening are to attend tonite's concert and definately take in tomorrow nites concert since they are featuring two jazz groups from New Orleans!

Let's see what else comes along to totally F*&# up the weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Thursday evening: The casual atmosphere of Coachman Park, the weather in the mid 70's with a cool breeze coming in off the Gulf made this a perfect evening for the first of the 4 day Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

Tampa Bays' very own ERIC DARIUS playing some intoxicating smooth jazz on his saxaphone set the tone. A student at the University of South Florida, Eric has played at several local events that I've attended and continues to amaze me with a nice blend of smooth jazz and R&B. "Nite on the Town" from his CD by the same title continues to be my favorite.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Great Debate!

And the question is: Am I or am I not going out tonite?

Here's the deal. Yesterday, my boss (afraid of my over-reaction) sent our administrative assistant to inform me that on December 4th, 5th, and 6th...... we will be having our accreditation audit. I didn't over-react at all; as a matter of fact, I laughed at which time by boss came out from behind the door!

The question of the day was "since we're short staffed at the moment [I'm presently trying to keep from drowning in paperwork since we haven't replaced two case managers yet], will you be available to work weekends? Well of course I will, after all I have no life so what's a 7 day work week for the next 7 weeks! YEAH RIGHT~

Yes dammit, I am going out. After all, I've worked 6 days this week, spending all day Wednesday in Federal Court [another story] and going in tomorrow to work a few hours...... sure I'm going out!

As a matter of fact, I think this is an Appletini nite! God Bless Us All~

Friday, October 07, 2005

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The Answer.............

I'm frequently asked why I post about the "outings" of politicians and religious leaders and I've tried to answer as honestly as I could. Today one of my BLOGMASTERS: Keith Boykin author, lecturer and political activist answered that question very well on his website:

"When is it okay to out someone who is closeted and gay?"

"I've never been a fan of outing just for the sake of outing. Private citizens have the right to remain in the closet if they choose to do so. So too do public figures. But when public figures use their platform to champion causes against the civil rights of minorities, those minorities have the right to question them. And when closeted public figures use their notoriety to promote vicious homophobia, I believe we have the right to expose their hypocrisy."

"It doesn't matter if you're a preacher, a performer or a politician. Your right to privacy ends when you violate my right to liberty."

Monday, October 03, 2005


5000 HITS

It's time to re-charge the batteries!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Will Somebody Please "get me outta here!"

One of America's A-list gay couples has broken up.

No, it's not Rosie and Kelli. It's Roy and Silo. Roy and Silo are male penguins. Chinstrap penguins to be exact.

About six years ago, Roy and Silo set up housekeeping together in New York's Central Park Zoo. They courted and attempted to mate and by all accounts were fairly inseparable. They even adopted a child together. Roy and Silo hatched little Tango a couple of years ago and raised her as their own.

However, recently Silo has become perhaps the world's first documented ex-gay penguin. He has moved out of his nest with Roy and taken up with Scrappy, a hot little bird who recently moved in from Sea World Zoo in San Diego. I guess he was wishing for a California girl.

And now we ask:

"Was Silo bi-sexual all along, or will he become the new poster child [penguin] for the christian group Focus In The Family, which preaches that homosexuality is preventable and treatable?"

Will the Christian conservatives who claim that March of the Penguins [the documentary of emperor penguins by Luc Jacques], supports Intelligent Design use this as a "we told you so"?

"Who is going to get custody of little Tango?"


Saturday, October 01, 2005

Try a little tenderness...

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions."
Kahlil Gibran