Saturday, April 14, 2007

CafeGroundZero Banned from Somepoetry.con

ha ha! A so called moderator on a site I'll just call Somepoetry has banned me for three days.

In honor of the would be regulator and leech who goes by the user name symitar, I have decomposed the following of her message:

site Ban

* A moderator, with approval
from a manager,
found that someone
broke the rules enough
for us to refuse
access to the site
to them for a time.

* This ban was placed on: cafegroundzero

"All hail "caf? ground zer0 !!!"

* This ban started on 2 hours prior to 5:40 a.m.

* This ban will last until Apr 17 2:01 AM

* If this (manifestation on the web page,
this person looking at the screen,
was not caf?, please contact
the pompous assholes and bitches

at bans@somepoetry.con

The poet who goes by caf? has earned 3 days off--

--oh joy! oh la dee dah! oh whoop tee doo!

the site so not celebrated for its amateurs,
sycophants, and narcissists.
His clarity of thought,
and courage to call the hypocrisy
and stupidity
of a moderator named symitar
was not taken well by the peons
and ass kissers.
The moderator called "symitar" begged caf? to try
to have a better attitude if he ever returned
-she threatened him with "next time it will be longer."

"I hope you will rethink your behavior" she had typed to me...

"ha ha!" sez I. "Ha ha!'

Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday the 13th, April 2007 -- my nth F13

Here I sit at the writing desk
Realizing once again the test.

Here I sit and here I type
hoping for just more than tripe.

Here I sit a tapping out
metaphorical fisherman hoping
for that metaphorical trout.

Here I sit, sucking in my gut,
wondering how and if and when--but

would you consider reading more
of what for you I have in store?

Enter the Sabbath!

The Sabbath approaches fast, winging quietly like a bird gliding.

I am not ready.


Today has been very odd, not to mention this being 13th of April (my birth month too).

Lad's sitting on the orange chair behind me. My lad. My son. A toddler, blondi man-child. He's talking to me while eating strawberries he, the mother, and his sister picked earlier today.

If you're looking to hire a poet, a scribe, or a tutor, try the links I've embedded.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Leila, who stole my love & crushed it like a wet toad on an asphalt road

Leila, I loved you lightly,
liking your luscious lips,loose hair,
and left-handed Southern charm.
Leila, I loved you with lunacy,
laughing loftily, loving lustily,
while we looped the loop,
metaphorically speaking,
while freaking on benches
and downtown bars.

Leila! you low-down liar!
You went out and lay with another.
You larked and parked in darkened cars,
while I studied all night long
at libraries and coffeehouses,
hoping some day to be a writer,
trying not to turn a blighter,
denying my parents' vision
of doctor, barrister, priest.

Leila, you lecherous lesbian,
why didn't you just tell me the truth
of who you were or who you thought you'd be?
You left me lonely, lying on hardened lava,
cold as a clock that stops tick tock-
ing in the lounge where western lizards
lick salt and lime lysergic juices.

Lynx! You left me fixing sinks,
when I dropped out of law school.
I couldn't cogitate worth a sheet
of legal yellow!
After my crisis
was past at last I got mellow, called you
and said, "Hellow, Leila! It's me
who loves you huskily and
longs for you lustily."

You did the sane thing and laughed
while I thrashed out my inner demons
praying to the lyrical lemurs
who led me to temptation
on the other side of night,
down to the lower side of Basin Street,
on the saddest afternoon
of the rest of my life.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Republicans use underhanded tactics to discourage Liberal voters

This just in from Ben Brandzel, organizer for Move On "dot org":

We're getting reliable reports of recorded messages sent by Republican groups to progressive voters in cities like Memphis, telling them they'll face prosecution if they try to vote.

It's outrageous. And we need to fight back, fast and hard, to turn the tide. The best way to do that is to make sure every Democrat and progressive knows to where, when, how and why to vote today.

Please make some calls right now to get progressive voters to the polls:

In the last few days, the GOP has even been calling progressive voters at 2:00 in the morning—pretending to be calling from the Democratic campaign in a despicable gambit to suppress the vote.

Calls from machines meant to threaten and confuse can do great harm. But calls from real people meant to inform and empower can do great good.

We must not allow these desperate Republican tricks to rob voters of their voice. We have a few more hours to cut through the lies, remind these folks of their right to vote and give them the information they need to exercise it.

We have a few more hours to win. Right now we're making 30 calls per second, but we need to step it up even more. Please hit the phones!

Keep calling, folks, keep calling.

–Ben Brandzel, Political Action
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

P.S. You can follow our progress together throughout the day tomorrow at this link:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What's happening in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia

Headlines 26 September, Savannah Morning News, "8 hours. 5 shootings. 6 injured. 2 dead."

If you thought that cooler weather would bring an end to the spate of murders, robberies, and car-jackings, you are given a reality check by today's SMN headline. Once again, Megan Matteucci, intrepid crime reporter, regales us with more violence and mayhem,, including two homicides, one 18 year old, one 37 year old, both of Savannah.

Competing with this for attention is a sidebar article, "3rd ID soldiers ordered to Iraq." We saw it coming. So this is the third rotation.

"US relaxes ban on liquids in airline cabins," by Leslie Miller. What a relief. Does this mean mothers can bring sippy cups for their toddlers?

Far and near, the local scenes:

First off, our condolences to the family and friends of the reverend Dr. Kermit Petersen, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg, Illinois, for four and thirty years. He served also on the United Way Board, FISH steering committee, and the Rotary Club. (Obituary printed in Register Mail of 16 Sept. 2006).

Now there are two big criminal trials going on in Western Illinois that got in the front page of the Register Mail on the 16th September: a jury found Derrick Williams, 39 years young, guilty of trying to murder an old man, John "Gary" Budd, 71 years of age, during a robbery at the old man's house. This in Warren County.
Then there's the murder of Patrick Thomas-Lynch. Antony Bell is on trial here, at the Ninth Circuit Court. The Honorable Judge Stephen Mathers presides here. The judge has granted a motion to continue. A detail of interest here is the case number, 06-CF-241.

On the cultural front, New Generation Dance Group performed at Cooke School Mexican Fiesta Friday the 15th September. The next day LULAC of Galesburg held a carnival at their centre at 1045 W. Second St, in the old Irish Quarter of Galesburg.

Good thing mother sent me this newspaper, because otherwise I don't know if and when I would have found out about the death of Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, dead at 76. She had struggled against breast cancer, written about it too. People may remember her for her interviews of such famous individuals as the Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini and Henry Kissinger. I did not find mention in the brief AP report about her journalism during the student and labor protests of Mexico 1968, and the subsequent massacre by security and military forces.1

Of interest is this paragraph:

"Virtually all of the literary energy and passion of her final years were consumed in vehement attacks on a Muslim world she judged to be the enemy of Western civilization.
"After a decade-long absence from the publishing scene, Fallaci burst into the spotlight after the September 11 attacks with a series of blistering essays in which she argued that Muslems were carrying out a crusade against the Christian West."

Why is it that this is the first time I read about this? I didn't read about it in Harper's, nor did I hear about it on NPR. Maybe I should subscribe to Time or The New Republic, or Atlantic.

Two last items of local interest for Galesburgers: Cleanup Days are 25-29 September, that's going on now. Household hazardous waste will be picked up 28 October in Monmouth Park, north on 11th street off US 34. Call (309)345-3638 to the Community Development Council offices for further information.

1. The Register Mail, p A11, 16 September 2006.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

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Never stop learning.


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Second day of September 2006

The writer has gotten out of the house promptly at ten, as agreed with the wife today. They worked diligently at transferring the row of logs and wood to the back, lined up along the fence on the north side of the lot. The wire fence is overgrown with honeysuckle, which the writer has reminded himself has to come down, specially that which has begun to twine and twist about the slender branches of the live oak.

As the writer blogs, his almost four year old son has climbed onto the office chair, and is sitting, back to his papa's back, legs dangling over the seat, quietly eating a banana. He seems content; a few smacking sounds faintly make themselves heard.

The writer sees his wife come in with his daughter, hears her tell the daughter they have to wash hands first (before eating, presumably), and turns his head back toward the monitor. The two small plastic containers, one palm-sized one of omeprazole, the other smaller and of a translucent orange, scarcely filled with fluoxetine capsules, remind him to take the medication now.