Friday, January 29, 2010

Korea in Cerritos

Oh, loyal readers can hear that other Adida drop here: I found the Korean restaurant to replace Soot Bull Jeep from Koreatown off Western.

The place I found is on Pioneer off of South street, just east of the 605, but I can't remember their name! Oh well, too bad for you. I am feasting there tonight and will update with contact drool information to follow.

Commander out

Stephen King says:

Straight out of the mouth of Stephen King:
"When I was a kid I believed everything I was told, everything I read, and every dispatch sent out by my own overheated imagination. This made for more than a few sleepless nights, but it also filled the world I lived in with colors and textures I would not have traded for a lifetime of restful nights. I knew evern then, you see, that there were people in the world -- too many of them, actually -- whose imaginative senses were either numb or completely deadened. , and who lived in a mental state akin to color-blindness. I always felt sorry for them, never dreaming (at least then) that many of these unimaginative types either pitied me or held me in contempt, not just because I suffered from any number of irrational fears but because I was a deeply and unreservedly credulous on almost every subject. "There's a boy," some of them must have thought (I know my mother did), "who will buy the Brooklyn Bridge not just once but over and over again, all his life."

There was some truth to that then, I suppose, and if I am to be honest, I suppose there's some truth to it now. My wife still delights in telling people that her husband cast his first Presidential ballot, at the tender age of twenty-one, for Richard Nixon. "NIxon said he had a plan to get us out of Vietnam," she says, usually with a gleeful gleam in her eye, "and Steve believed him!"

That's right; Steve believed him. Nor is that all Steve has believed during the often-eccentric course of his forty-five years. I was, for example, the last kid in my neighborhood to decide that all those street-corner Santas meant there was no real Santa. (I still find no logical merit in the idea; it's like saying that a million disciples prove there is no master). I never questioned my Uncle Oren's assertion that you could tear off a person's shadow with a steel tent-peg (if you struck precisely at high noon, that was) or his wife's claim that every time you shivered, a goose was walking over the place where your grave would someday be. Given the course of my life, that must mean I'm slated to end up buried befind Aunt Rhody's barn out in Goose Wallow, Wyoming.

(Stephen King, "Myth, Belief, Faith, and Ripley's Believe It or Not!")

Thursday, January 28, 2010

More on the moron

Okay, so there is a lot to look at on the web. More sites I have been visiting:

Israeli Timeline of significant events in West Asia:

A fun Israeli site featuring Elvis impersonators. I will say this: film I see makes Israel look much more like Los Angeles than other West Asian countries, especially Islamic Theocracies.

If America Knew. org
Pro-Palestinian site that is built on the equation that the Israelis have killed ten times more children than they have lost. I dunno, what do YOU do when your kids get blown up at the day care center?

Peta-sort of protest about some ice skater wearing fur:

History is a Weapon. Site features Howard Zinn and seems to forward a contra-traditional view of history ala People's History of the United States.

And I guess that is it. Thanks for reading. I look forward to your comments and to writing better.
Commander out

More on the moron

Listing in no particular order the Arab-Israeli sites I peered at:
Ariel Sharon, ex-Prime Minister of Israel, allegedly in an unconscious coma for four years

Howard Zinn : "Look for a peace organization to join. It may look pitiful. That is how the Viet Nam protest began and looked at first."
And "Don't believe in great men. Believe in yourself. History happens from the bottom up."

I was wondering how it is decided who gets to sit where for the State of the Union. Turns out that even a senator has to wait in line or camp out to get close to the President.

Library of congress: One day teacher workshops. This one re how to how to use online primary docs to teach students about the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and the Genesis of This Country. One
Noam Chomsky on mainstream media control, Howard Zinn and the Viet Nam war protest:
Chomsky: "Well, it was a breakthrough. The people of Viet Nam had a country that was for all intents and purposes, destroyed. Howard really broke through. He was the first to say loudly:'We have to get out. Totally.' It sank in pretty quickly and it affected and changed people's perspectives. He was willing to be out on the front line. He changed the consciousness of a whole generation. The phrase of his that always stays in my mind: ' ..reverence for the countless small actions that unrepresented people do in order for any large event to transpire.'

Good to know, hard to forget

Amy Goodman has a strong show going today, marking Howard Zinn's death and last night's State of the Union address, mainly with Noam Chomsky.
Amy, of course is on KPFK Los Angeles 90.7 FM, Pacifica Radio. Outstanding perspective far outside the mainstream media. Very worthwhile listening.
Right now, Zinn (interviewed last year) is reminiscing about his role in bombing Germany from the air at the end of WWII.
Now Alice Walker, a student of Zinn's at Spellman College in Atlanta, " Howie gets up and says 'I stand to the left of Mao Tse Tung.' Now no one could believe anyone saying such a thing. I was incredible lucky to have met him."

Thursday Survey

Okay, so I have almost everything set up for my BlogRadio bit (DouglasDouglas and the Hard Work Hour, Fridays at 5:00pm PST on BlogTalkRadio) tomorrow. Possible topicsinclude some of my browsing from the last day or so.
Long Beach Courthouse and how to stay alive in traffic;
Seating for the President's State of the Union address. Turns out it is festival seating according to the gov't website. Congressmen and Senators were either camping out to hold their prime seats (successfully) or leaving notes and biz cards (failed). Good to know. Hard to believe.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Six Continents

Let's start out the new year with some new perceptions. To start with, there are not seven land masses surrounded by water, there are six. Europe is just a western suburb of Asia. How many dominos fall when we allow this truth to matriculate up and percolate on down? (More on this later.)
Point #2 If you are from North, South, or Central America, you are American. The united States being currently at the top of the heap of the military industrial world does not give us (them) the right to usurp the title "American." More later.