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An the Goblins Will Get Ya If Ya Don’t Watch Out!

Little Orphan Annie’s come to my house to stay.
To wash the cups and saucers up and brush the crumbs away.
To shoo the chickens from the porch
and dust the hearth and sweep,
and make the fire and bake the bread
to earn her board and keep.
While all us other children, when the supper things is done,
we sit around the kitchen fire and has the mostest fun,
a listening to the witch tales that Annie tells about
and the goblins will get ya if ya don’t watch out!

“The Little Orphan Annie” by James Witcomb Riley

The big Halloween Party weekend has come and gone for another year. Freakfest was a huge success at least in terms of safety and lack of violence and property damage. According to “The Wisconsin State Journal” it only cost the city $500, 000! Somewhere in the neighborhood of 34,000 people attended and paid the $5.00 admission fee and only 175 of them got arrested.

It was pretty tame from my point of view except that the last band was really loud and one of the points of exit must have been close to home because there was a significant amount of boisterous foot traffic on my street which made my dog nervous. The light went out well before 3:00 am though.

Three years ago I listened and watched as the tension with at least twice as many people versus a much smaller police force came to a head and the riots began. Walking down State Street the next morning was almost like walking through a warzone Our Mayor and City Council deserve congratulations and Thanks for turning this annual gathering into a safe but fun party once again.

Unfortunately I had developed a fine case of insomnia but the city was calm and quiet by 3:30. There weren’t even any house parties with loud music disturbing the peace nearby. No screams and cries for help like I heard this past summer when one of the rapes took place nearby. No arguments from domestic disturbances. Pretty tame for a Saturday night. Gosh, it’s good to have the students back in town!

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Butterflies and Queens! Sluts Are In!

Igor and I met up with Kathleen when we went out for the last potty run of the day. I saved up both of our energies so we could make a long circuit of the periphery of State Street and scope out the scene. Kathleen said she could not get a taxi to come and pick her up to go to Escape on Willy Street because they were so busy tonight.

Walking down Broom Street we met plenty of people young and old in costume. As usual Devils, Death, Ghosts, and Witches made appearances but there were an awful lot of male and female Butterflies and pretty young men cross-dressing. There was one exceptionally large Milkmaid with yellow trashbag braids and a blue gingham dress that I know was supposed to be an imitation of some brand name dairy product. I simply cannot recall the name of the brand name at the moment to save my life! He did a great job with the costume though–everyone will “get it.”

There was a disturbing amount of emphasized cleavage to be seen and hotter hot pants than anything worn in my day. Honey, didn’t those seams crawling up into your crotch hurt? I mean seriously, you are going to do yourself some permanent damage if you make those kinds of fashion choices very often. Plus you need to lose some of the chub to pull it off more delicately.

I read another blog this afternoon about sluttiness being in and it looked like a lot of these girls bought their costumes straight out of a Frederick’s of Hollywood catalog. Thigh high stockings and mini skirts or hot pants with push-up cross-your-heart wonder bras beneath skimpy tops that left nothing to the imagination seemed to be the norm. The girls had goose pimples the size of goose eggs on their midriffs. The guys, of course, had the sense to dress warmly. I guess the age old competition for the best spermatic DNA is still being waged.

There really didn’t seem to be as big a crowd as they expected. At least not at 9:30. It was bustling and lively out there but it’s bustling and lively every Saturday night. This was just jacked up few notches. It was just as busy last night if not more so when I was out. There seemed to be about as many people outside of the cordoned off area as there were IN the State Street area two and a half hours after the party started. I know it’s cool to be fashionably late but gee…

Everyone was nice and friendly. Several people called out that they liked my dog. I like my dog too. He behaved very well in nerve-wracking conditions. I was quite proud of him.

There didn’t seem to be any blatant public drunkeness although there were a few partyers who had obviously had plenty to drink and smoke. One happy young man invited us to follow him to a house party for ganja and drink. Wasn’t that generous of him? <grin> It wasn’t his house or his party! Probably not his ganja or drink either.

The band that is playing now is pretty good and just loud enough to be enjoyable. That damn light is obnoxiously bright. I hope it keeps everyone safe.

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Demons and Wizards! The Wicked Witch is Dead!

There is a demon
An evil mind
Inside us
Oh I know, I know
We all know the rules
When water will be shed
The wicked witch is…

 

Demons and Wizards Wicked Witchon the Touched By The Crimson King” album. 2005

 

Halloween 2007 has begun in earnest at shortly past 7pm. I can hear one of the bands fairly well if I want to leave my window open to enjoy the tunes. It’s a mite chilly for that this year.

The temperatures are seasonal and within the “normal” range for a Wisconsin Halloween. No global warming heat waves or early snowstorms to report. But we haven’t had a good heavy frost to really kill off the ragweed yet and my “hayfever” is still giving me fits. I may have to break down and ask the Doctor for something to combat the constant drip drip drip of postnasal drippiness lest I get a sinus infection.

But I digress, Halloween is being played out at my feet and soon I will have to take Igor out for another walk to see what’s up. Ruth was whisked away to a dinner and a movie away by friends who thought it was better to get her out of temptation’s way. What a pity that we elders are not encouraged to act on our more frivolous and adventurous impulses.

What could it have possibly hurt for Ruth and I to take a stroll down State Street early in the evening to watch the zombies and freaks collide. Young people aren’t inhuman heathens who might eat us for heaven’s sake. More than likely they would have been delighted by our presence and given us a courteous welcome just as we would have done to our elders back in our own day.

Mary, with the Madison Police Department is back on her loudspeaker monitoring the surveillance cameras on State Street from the Command Post at Fire House #1. I wish I could understand what she is saying. About all I can make out is “For your Safety.” and “Thank you.” The big old spotlight they have used every year since the “riot” to light up the downtown area/State Street is shining right into my windows.

Igor is very nervous about all of the noise and disturbance of what he had begun to come to expect as the norm. Poor doggie.

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The State of State Street Halloween 2007

It’s 11:37 and I just got back from taking Igor for a walk. Halloween has already begun. Broom Street was crowded with young people in costume. I was surprised that the crowds had already begun to gather and get so large.

Buzz Lightyear came running down Johnson Street to greet us and got Igor even more excited than he already was by all the uproar! He gave a hearty bark and caused some people across the street to look and exclaim “Look, that dog has on a muzzle!” while young Buzz Simply ignored the hot pink muzzle contraption and made friends with my sweet little dog.

Even with global warming giving us balmy temperatures of 49* it wasn’t enough to keep the young ladies in skimpy attire wandering the streets from shivering without coats at the end of October. I suppose their plans are to end up in some bar somewhere but for goodness sakes, is it really worth it to be out on the streets in strapless mini-dresses in these temperatures?

Everyone was in good spirits, having a good time even the young police officers I spoke to between Gorham and Gilman. They reported that so far everyone is behaving themselves. “Mary” on the loudspeaker at Firehouse #1 is making periodic announcements that I can hear through closed windows but not quite understand. Supposedly she can see exactly what is going on via cameras strategically placed on State Street and admonish offenders in the act.

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Ghosts and Goblins Under a Hunter’s Moon

They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash

Bobby “Boris” Pickett

We had two full moons this month again.  Last month it was the Harvest Moon.  This month it was the Hunter’s Moon.  Diana, Phoebe, and Selene’s Moon.  These are the huntress and moon goddesses of Greek and Roman mythology

Tomorrow night is Freakfest, the annual State Street Halloween Party.  I was playing 500 with my friend Ruthie this afternoon and she asked me if I would go with her.  I just about choked on the water I was drinking.

Ruthie is at least 70 years old and is probably closer to 80 and she wants to go to Freakfest.  I haven’t been to a State Street Halloween party in a gazillion years  because I really don’t enjoy crowds all that much especially not drunk and rowdy crowds but I really should go with Ruthie.

I bet it would be fun.  She’s a hoot and one of my favorite people here at the three threes.  She would probably want to wear a costume.  <heh>

It probably wouldn’t be too bad if we go early in the evening before the revelers get drunk and disorderly.  Now that it’s a semi-organized event with a heavy Police and Rent-a-Cop presence as well as limits to the number of attendees (50,000!) and fences to keep the riff raff  and trouble-makers out once they’ve been identified and ejected, it might actually be fun.

Interestingly enough, it’s not just the academic excellence that makes kids want to come to The UW-Madison campus.  This annual party is one of the reasons that the University of Wisconsin at Madison makes it on the list of the Princeton Review’s  top ten party schools.   If you’re disposed to do so, you can get your degree in alcoholism and drug addiction here, too.
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Who Let the Dogs Out?

Who let the dogs out (woof, woof, woof, woof)
Who let the dogs out (woof, woof, woof, woof)

(woof, woof, woof, woof)

When the party was nice, the party was jumpin’ (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
And everybody havin’ a ball (Hah, ho, Yippie Yi Yo)
I tell the fellas “start the name callin'” (Yippie Yi Yo)
And the girls report to the call
The poor dog show down

Baha Men

I’m in a big fuss over at The Poll Vault at Delphi Forums because a bigoted somewhat newbie decided to spew all kinds of anti-Semite and crazy persecuted fundamentalist Christian BS all over us regulars ie., that this is a Christian nation and there is a rich well-organized oligarchy (this is code-talk that means Jews and atheists, friends and neighbors) that has taken over this country and suppressed the Christian freedom of expression and taken god out of everything and away from this great Christian Nation of ours which the forefathers who were all christians (no damnit they were NOT): no prayers in school! no ten commandments in the county courthouses! and a heathen Buddhist Priest praying in Congress?!!!!111eleventy-eleven!!! oh noes!) and we have to fight to get it back and did you know that the constitution does not include the words “separation of church and state?” (Yeah I did. So?) and the way it reads it was meant to PROTECT Christian religious expression because we were supposed to be a Christian Nation that allows other religions to worship as they choose with out harrassing them but they should know their place damnit and it ain’t in public. Whew that was a fun run -on sentence!

She started a poll that asked does the constitution contain those words to begin her little diatribe but you didn’t know that until you were quite a few posts. into the thread. Then all hell breaks loose. Typical bait and switch tactics fundychristians like to pull all the time. <digusted whoosh>

WELL, that got all kinds of people riled up, including and not least of which were the Jewish people that frequent the forum. The Pagans, Deists, Buddhists, and atheists and a whole bunch of other “ists” that frequent that forum jumped right on that BS, too! Soon there were three threads going fast and furious with much passion! Cool Beans!

It certainly got me riled up because as an atheist I am certainly in favor of separation of church and state. Not only that I have studied that issue with a great deal of interest both because I used to be a Fundamentalist Christian; then again as my skepticism grew and I was well on my way to becoming an atheist.

Sooo, we were all in an excited tizzy discussing the constitution and bashing this illiterate fundychristian over the head with her craziness when along comes my arch enemy MrAGent. Now MrAGent and I just do not get along because I find his debating style abrasive, dishonest, cowardly, and just plain out MEAN. When he knows he is cornered and can’t win he begins attacking his opponent’s character and if that doesn’t start a fight he calls them an idiot, crazy, stupid, etc. You get the drift, right?

Well, when Wooly Mammoth (lovely man who happens to be a practicing Jew) stepped up to the plate and said ‘I take offense at what you are saying and you are about to cross a line and you better not’ only in much stronger terms, MrAGent came roaring to the fundychristian’s defense and suddenly we had a REAL flame war! Between forum members! The fundychristian had caused forum discord and separated the hens from the roosters! Whee!

I got massively involved when MrAGent agreed with the fundychristian and claimed that the forum engaged in excessive Christian bashing. I definitely disagreed with him when he said it was an anti-Christian forum. Someone else challenged him to start a thread and keep track of all the anti-Christian posts and I grabbed that idea and ran with it. I created a thread with a title “MrAGent’s Christian Bashing Thread.”

Now the fundamental Christians are coming out of the woodwork to bash ME. It’s a hoot. MrAGent is foaming at the mouth because of some comments I made and I have stopped replying to him because someone else I respect suggested I walk away from a dead horse so I did. So now he is foaming even more and accusing me of being too cowardly to answer his questions about how I bash Christians. Which I am totally enjoying!

Oh yeah, I readily admitted that I bash FUNDAMENTALIST Christians because of their strong-arm tactics in proselytizing and especially when they are like emi–absolute nut jobs who attack the constitution. And the other fundys are attacking from all sides with great furor proving my point that the Fundys ALWAYS pull that damn persecution card when they don’t get their way or someone questions their tactics. Whee! I love these roller-coater rides!

By the way, MrAGent, completely and irrevocably agreed that I should walk away from this dead horse when the other person suggested I should. Can we say Flip-Flop?

Now, to know why I got involved in all of this, took such a lively interest in adding my two cents that I am probably over draw into 2008, and am in desperate need of flame retardant underwear, you have to know that that I am 99.9 percent Irish but I have a Jewish ancestor sooo I’ll be damned if I let any sign of racial or ethnic bigotry pass uncommented upon. Oh yeah, I have some native American blood, too.

I have not mentioned this in the forum because I am not going to pull the “you are picking on me” card. No one would ever guess it in a million years so why play a card that is hidden so well I’d have to go potty to get at it? Miscegenation fries my ass because it is wrong. period. It should fry everyone’s ass.

And frankly, I find that Fundamentalist Christians are the worst offenders. Since I was raised in a fundamentalist Christan church (THE Christan Church–literally)by very conservative fundamentalist people who were as prejudiced as you can get in a totally white bread society, I think it’s my right as a recovering fundychristian to comment on these matters.

Plus I am an atheist. ‘Nuff said on that subject.

Why is this entry written in this Blog you are asking… Because I want to remind everyone that Christopher Hitchens is coming to town to give a speech October 13th at 2 pm. Also to point out to any University of Wisconsin-Madison students that are reading this that the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the infamous Annie Laurie Gaylor reisde here in our fair city. Free thinkers abound in this city.

They are a lot more interesting than those dudes standing on Library Mall telling you kids you are going to hell for being human beings unless you let someone dunk you in water and hold you under while they pray over you. More progressive in their politics, more progressive in their social consciousness, more progressive in their stance on the world period. They are also very Green when it comes to the Environment and Animal Rights is a big issue with many atheists. So there you go.

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It’s An Enemy to All Mankind! WAR! What Is It Good For?

(You can listen to this great song from the60s/70s protests on youtube while you read if you want. Then listen again and watch the images.)

War! huh-yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing
Say it again y’all

Edwin Starr

oooOOooo. In todays University of Wisconsin-Madison “The Daily Cardinal, ” I found this little gem:

Anti-war group plans Halliburton protest

By: Jenny Berg / The Daily Cardinal
The Campus Anti-war Network will protest on Bascom Hill at noon Thursday.
20070918_news_antiwarnet_storyCharlie Baker / The Daily Cardinal

The Campus Anti-war Network met Monday night to discuss and plan the upcoming protest of Halliburton’s presence at the College of Engineering Career Fair this Thursday.

The protesters will meet atop Bascom Hill at noon Thursday for a rally, and then march to the Engineering Building, where they will attempt to block the recruitment process, sitting and standing in front of the Halliburton booth.

This is no doubt tied to this September 11th announcement in “The Dallas Morning News” which has caused quite a buzz across the nation about Hunt Oils and its close ties to Halliburton not to mention speculation that Hunt apparently is betting against the current government in Baghdad having any influence on the Khurds.

Hunt Oil signs contract to explore for oil in Iraq

One risk: Deal with Kurds bypassed national government
12:00 AM CDT on Tuesday, September 11, 2007
By DAVE MICHAELS and ELIZABETH SOUDER / The Dallas Morning News

Hunt Oil Co. took a leap of faith over the weekend by agreeing to become the largest U.S. energy company to explore for oil in Iraq since the war began.

If all goes well, the Dallas oil company, with its close White House ties, acquires an early foothold in an important oil patch.

“The region as a whole looks very promising,” said Jeanne Phillips, a spokeswoman for Hunt Oil, adding that the company does not yet know how much oil its concession could produce.

Hunt created a company called Hunt Oil Co. of the Kurdistan Region to handle the contract. Hunt signed the deal with a partner, Impulse Energy Corp., a private Canadian company that invests in energy companies.

Or maybe he just doesn’t care who has any influence anywhere in Iraq especially not the centralized government in Baghdad. The attitude seems to be tt’s AMERICAN OIL now, damnit, we’ve shed blood for it, we’ve thoroughly fucked your country over for it, now give it to us. Here are your $24,000,000 worth of seashells. Damnit we got Manhattan for only $24 worth of those things. Inflation! Inflation! Inflation!

I am uber excited to see the University of Wisconsin students concerned and involved, raising their voices in chorus with other protesters all over the nation who are against this war, including the one in Washington DC the 15th of September.

ROCK ON MADISON! GO BADGERS!

PEACE…

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