Tuesday, January 25, 2005

So, as a Blogger, I'm falling further and further behind. It isn't that I don't have ideas or thoughts, but it is a matter of time. My place is chock-full of boxes of papers and it looks like a lifetime of filing and sorting will not make a dent in it. It is hell to realize that you've reach 80 years of age and you've accumulated more than you can possibly digest or use for research, that orderliness and a strict regimine would have done more for your peace of mind and output than anything else.

My papers are nothing compared to those of some people I know.

Believe me, it is a disease. It paralyzes you. It is the most horrible of all avoidable sicknesses. What if we had to flee our homes? What would we take with us? A lifetime's accumulation of magazines and newspapers and other junk? What would we choose? Just think of those people whose homes burn or are under water from floods, where it is all lose.

If it is not organized properly, it is useless to you. If things are not filed, they are useless and may as well be burned or under water. I hate to say it, but perhaps a fire or a flood frees many people from their most serious problem, collecting junk that is literally of little value to them or anyone else.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

If you really want to know and to understand what the old west was like, and what the young men went through in those days, then We Pointed Them North by E.C. (Teddy Blue) Abbot is the book to read. If you ever think that you've got it tough, then read this book. You'll never complain again.

This is the nuts and bolts of western life, from Texas to Wyoming and Montana on those long cattle drives. You'll understand stampedes as you've never understood them before. You'll learn more cowboy lore in one chapter than you thought you learned in your whole life. It's Texas and the west in the 1880s. It's life in the raw, a hard life, but those men who lived it made this country what it is today.

It should re required reading in every school. It'll expose this sloppiness that's going on, and it might even help cure some of it. Why, I've not even lived 10% of what those boys went through, and my life seems to have been ten times as hard as the kids experience today. How would most of them survive?

Yet, when you think of our men in Iraq, there are those who come through with flying colors when the going gets tough. I'll bet those guys over there would understand what Teddy Blue told us when he wrote that book. Read it, and recommend it. It's that type of story. It might not be easy to find, as it was published a few years back, but it is worth the effort.

Saturday, January 08, 2005


Well, you know, when you reach 80, there's a lot of papers stored up, among other things. I came across some notes, when I got screwed out of $1,500 by them when they were working for FOX Broadcasting back in 1988. Joe Honig and Steve Wilson were preparing a program, and they called upon me to do some research on art law for them. They had a program: The Reporters.

Honig called me several times a day, and I spent three full days doing this research and got it to him. I billed Fox News $1,500. Joe called me and refused to approve the bill, claimed he had people do such (investigative reporting) research for him all the time and never got charged. Librarians willingly kissed his punky feet and did it for free. Hey, I ran a business. I was not a pulic servant, nor a charity. I think that $500 a day for three full day's work was cheap. I wasn't a lackey for Joe nor Steve. That was total B.S.

Well, I never got paid. I think the program was Jan. 28, 1988. I still have the N.Y. telephone number: (212)542-5600. My opinion: Cheap bastards. Joe: A nasty SOB. I only wish that I'd had a Blog site then! They were in N.Y., and I was in California. I got the royal shaft. Some Reporters, eh?

Friday, January 07, 2005

Did you see how quickly we were criticized by a UN official in the aftermath of the tsunami, when Pres. Bush stated an amount that we would donate to help in the recovery efforts in the far east? Was the President wrong in giving out that figure, so little in the face of so much destruction? I say "No", because until we have the full facts in hand, we'd be going off half-cocked to come up with other amounts. Even now, knowing what we are facing there, we still should not be too generous, but give where we see the need and carefully, so that it does not make some far-eastern potentate rich beyond comporehension while the poor see little of it.

Mark my words, "The thugs and thieves are already figuring out just how they are going to steal millions and millions! They'll succeed." Most of those people are quite resiliant and they'll do their own recovering without our aid, while the wholesale stealing of funds goes on and on and on.

I'd lay odds that at least 25% will be siphoned off and never reach the people it is intended to help. United Nations employees will be at the very top of the list, making sure they get their fair share!

Monday, January 03, 2005

Well, I hope to enlist her help in working this up to be a very, very fine website. We may add some more poems for Mr. Michael Dell, who's brought us to the age of George Orwell, with his fancy computer from Hell.

Other than that, this is a very short post tonight.