There are days that slip by
And hours that bite to hurt;
Never mind, I have known
Days take the elevator to stars
And left me to rusticate
‘mong angelic choir;
while sweet lullabies salved
hurt of hours misspent
I knew the year as my reckoning.
If such be the gift allowed
for you and me
For every year lost or misspent
The coming year must make amends.
Cheer up fellows
The year shall be ours, by Gawd!
Archive for December, 2010
There are days that slip by
Christmas At Heathrow©
So we’ll take no more a Boeing
Even if we want to,
Though the heart be, oh, a- winging
And the hearth be still ablaze.
For the sleet and snow falling
Has the runway out of sight-
So Christmas at Heathrow is
Our sad plight this year.
Though the ticket was all proper-
Homecoming, alas, must wait;
Though the heart be a-winging
We can’t shovel our way out.
BAGHDAD – When police came hunting for a 19-year-old woman they believed had been recruited by al-Qaida to be a suicide bomber in a town north of Baghdad, they found she was already dead: Slain by her father, who told police he strangled his daughter out of shame and then cut her throat.
The killing of Shahlaa al-Anbaky, reported by police Friday, appeared to be from an unusual melding of motives — part to defend the family honor, part to prevent her from joining the militants.(rebecca santana-APnews)
Fathers are called to uphold their honor in certain primitive societies by excising the shame their daughters bring into their homes. What al-Quaida or any terrorist groups who led women to such a terrible fate ought to prove their honor in far convincing manner: by choosing their mothers to be suicide bombers they would show that they do believe in the Cause. They do not really understand where their Cause leads them but will certainly know where their mothers would end up. Their mothers are as precious as the Cause to give a try.
Mothers may not understand the cause their sons so blindly espouse. After all each gave birth, in some cases almost at the risk of her health and life to a hope. Which mother could live with the shame of her sole hope and desire being eaten with hate and dead to sound advice or fine sentiments? They may be willing to take the way out such a son brings to them. They may also redeem their shame by sparing guileless girls,- who do not believe in the Cause anyway except as brainwashed and unwitting tools, from such dastardly fate as being blown to bits.
Terrorism merely breeds confusion and misery and it shall never build up a sane society. History has no example of a religion of hate or some beggarly band without allegiance to a land, toting a wretched set of laws and a Cause (and brutal repression and obscurantist ideas) ever nurturing a civilized society. Look at Russia: they had a geographical center from which they wanted to build up worker’s paradise throughout the Soviet Union. But purges and Patriotic war took their toll. Stalin the great Killing machine went on with his killing spree. Result? some twenty million people died. Against such human loss how many years their Cause lasted? Less than a century. From That terrible loss in man power Russia has not yet fully recovered.
Without winning the hearts and minds by good deeds and thoughts and making the believers pure in deeds and thoughts no religion can build a better society. Terrorists who use suicide bombers are prodigals who waste manpower; they are fools because they do not account for events that always upset their pipe-dreams. By beggaring their manpower, be it as cannon fodder or creative elements building up a new society, they shall see themselves stamped out by others who do not believe in prophets or their past but in their own destiny.
51 “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”( Often misquoted as “Do you feel lucky, punk?” Harry Callahan Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry 1971)
52 “You had me at ‘hello’.” Dorothy Boyd Renée Zellweger Jerry Maguire 1996
53 “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.”( Often misquoted as “… How he got in my pajamas I’ll never know.”
Capt. Geoffrey T. Spaulding Groucho Marx Animal Crackers 1930)
54 “There’s no crying in baseball!” Jimmy Dugan Tom Hanks A League of Their Own 1992
55 “La-dee-da, la-dee-da.” Annie Hall Diane Keaton Annie Hall 1977
56 “A boy’s best friend is his mother.” Norman Bates Anthony Perkins Psycho 1960
57 “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” (^ The scene from the film in which this line appears is also excerpted in the movie’s trailer, but in the trailer the sequence is edited so that Gekko’s line occurs as simply “Greed is good.” This shorter version of the line has become more popular – and more widely quoted – than the version in the film.
Gordon Gekko Michael Douglas Wall Street 1987)
58 “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”( This maxim is attributed to several military strategists, notably Sun-tzu, Chinese general.
Michael Corleone Al Pacino The Godfather: Part II 1974)
59 “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.” Scarlett O’Hara Vivien Leigh Gone with the Wind 1939
60 “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” (Often misquoted as “Here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into!”
Oliver Oliver Hardy Sons of the Desert 1933)
61 “Say hello to my little friend!” Tony Montana Al Pacino Scarface 1983
62 “What a dump.”( Although occurring in the 1949 film, this line did not become a widespread catchphrase until after the 1961 premiere of Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In the opening scene of that play, Martha quotes this line and then (since she has apparently forgotten) she asks George which of Bette Davis’s films it is from.
Rosa Moline Bette Davis Beyond the Forest 1949)
63 “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”( Often misquoted as “Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs Robinson?”
Benjamin Braddock Dustin Hoffman The Graduate 1967)
64 “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!” President Merkin Muffley Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove 1964
65 “Elementary, my dear Watson.”( This line, which does not appear in any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, was first said onscreen in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The line’s first occurrence is in the stage play Sherlock Holmes, written entirely by William Gillette with Doyle’s approval, for which Gilette listed Doyle as co-author.
Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939)
66 “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” George Taylor Charlton Heston Planet of the Apes 1968
67 “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Rick Blaine Humphrey Bogart Casablanca 1942
68 “Here’s Johnny!” (An ad-lib. The line, of course, is Ed McMahon’s introduction of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
Jack Torrance Jack Nicholson The Shining 1980)
69 “They’re here!” Carol Anne Freeling Heather O’Rourke Poltergeist 1982
70 “Is it safe?” Dr. Christian Szell Laurence Olivier Marathon Man 1976
71 “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” (Ad-libbed after a particularly good take
Jakie Rabinowitz/Jack Robin Al Jolson The Jazz Singer 1927)
72 “No wire hangers, ever!”( Usually misquoted as: “No more wire hangers, ever!”
Joan Crawford Faye Dunaway Mommie Dearest 1981)
73 “Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?” Cesare Enrico “Rico” Bandello Edward G. Robinson Little Caesar 1930
74 “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.” Duffy Joe Mantell Chinatown 1974
75 “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Blanche Dubois Vivien Leigh A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
When I listen to Mozart i know I am transported to another level and having come down to earth I shall never be the same at least for a couple of hours. I am sure I have seen how my cat would come purring and walk around me swishing his furry tail as though he kept time to the Mozart’s piece. House tits also come flying chirring their delicate wings to wow my day. I haven’t cared to find if they find something special in his Requiem or in divertimenti.
I know I am at peace with the living and the dead.