Joe Stead – The Ramblings of an old Codger – Volume 165 - June 2014


I have a confession to make.  I didn't vote!!  I know it was very naughty of me but I simply couldn't be bothered to go.  Although I think if I'm honest deep down I was terrified that a UKIP member might be standing and I might have a sudden rush of blood to the head and vote that way, and that would mean I would be voting for a party with Neil and Christine Hamilton as leading lights.  Then I thought "Well Joe there are so many loonies in that bunch I might as well join them.  I won't stand out in the crowd".  So in the end I sat at home and watched the rain come down, whilst millions across the country cared not about Neil and Christine and voted for UKIP as an outstanding statement that they've had enough of the immigration policies of the other parties.  What I can't understand however is the surprise shown by David Cameron and Ed Milliband at the meteoric rise of UKIP.  If it was obvious to an uneducated fool like me that UKIP would do well, why wasn't it obvious to them?  And of course immigration isn't the only gripe.  The people who did vote UKIP have simply had enough of the ideological orthodoxies foisted on them by a miniscule proportion of the population who do so for reasons of self interest and snobbery.  Last month I told you that people become members of parliament simply to line their own nests; and as nobody has written this month to argue the point then I assume I must be right and perhaps not quite as loony as I had thought.


I don't normally talk about football, or soccer as Americans call it, because I know a lot of you are really bored by it all; and with the World Cup coming up you are going to get a right basin full of it in the oncoming days.  The people at the very top, the administrators are, like politicians, on the whole a bunch of crooks.   These days the World Cup can be bought by countries prepared to offer the best bribe.  England of course will not enter into these shenanigans and as a consequence it is highly unlikely the world cup will ever come back to these shores.  After Brazil we can look forward to trips to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 where it will be too hot to have the tournament at its traditional time of the year so it would appear that the global fixtures of all the countries will be rearranged because various crooks took bribes from Qatar.  There are a lot of blind eyes at the very top of football's administration and the president Sepp Blatter, who sits on the very top of the pyramid, must be in desperate need of at least his sixth pair of glasses by now.  Dear old Sepp is not very fond of any of the British countries least of all England.  This might be because we've not slipped him enough fivers over the years or it might be that we aren't actually very nice people, or it might be something completely different that sits very neatly in between the two.


In Qatar a behind-the-scenes look at the living and working conditions of the mainly migrant workers who have been building the massive new infrastructure that will allow a nation the size of Wales to host the 2022 tournament is to put it mildly not pleasant.  Qatar has only 278,000 nationals and the labour has been imported from poor countries like Nepal, the Philippines, India and Sri Lanka.  Alarming reports indicate that, in the last year alone, 184 Nepali migrant workers died from “cardiac arrest” caused by the working conditions and extreme heat.  And that’s only Nepalese.  It is estimated at its current rate, more than 4,000 migrant workers will die for Qatar to put on the 2022 World Cup.  So the poor die, while the crooks in charge of the game line their pockets.


Meanwhile the Qatari government denies that any worker has died on projects for the World Cup.  Instead, they say that the deaths occurred on separate construction infrastructure projects.  It’s telling that the Qatari government only denies that the deaths occurred on World Cup projects. They freely admit that the deaths have happened.  Apparently Blatter now regrets giving the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.  But that has nothing to do with the violations and deaths.  He said he was worried about the professional athletes who would be playing the games in the extreme heat.  But he's still counting his fivers.


Some say there is no reason that FIFA cannot rescind Qatar’s right to host the 2022 World Cup and assign it to another country.  Eight years is certainly enough time to design and build stadiums to host the games, particularly if the country already has significant infrastructure in place.  England would be a good example; but there are others.  By refusing to do so, FIFA is abetting in the deaths of these migrant workers.  How many more migrant workers will die for a soccer tournament?  But of course they can't assign the tournament to another country because they've taken bribes.


Here in England, where the game is run by a bunch of idiots, the football scene along with the rest of the country is all of a lather because Richard Scudamore has been sending a few peculiar emails.  The hairy legged monsters of Hebden Bridge along with a lot of other people who would profess to being quite normal want his head on a pole despite the fact the bloke has apologised.  It appears there is much distress that the man has not been forced to resign his position.  But on this occasion I find myself in sympathy with Scudamore and I applaud the footballing hierarchy of England for having a semblance of intelligence, which is something I had previously doubted they had.  We all make mistakes, I for one should admit this big time and having admitted my error a huge number of you told me to forget it.  So why not simply let the matter rest?  Exactly what did Scudamore do?  Well there were jokey references to women being irrational, a reference to females as "gash", an incomprehensible joke about a woman being like a double decker bus, and some joshing of a female colleague with whom they were going to play a round of golf.  Most of it the stuff of a Benny Hill show.  Has PC been taken too far, and will there suddenly be swing the other way?  Only a few months back five women walked on mass out of a Kimber's Men concert because we sang a traditional song that included lines like "great big legs and teeny weenie feet"; but the same five women were delighted to listen to a young girl singing a traditional song about a man with impotence.  Where for crying out loud is the sense or logic in that?  Why did these five particular women come to a folk concert of traditional songs if they didn't want to listen to traditional music?  Were the women being irrational?  Might I be branded a sexist if I implied they were?  Well I won't; I'll leave that for you to decide.


Meanwhile old Charlie has been putting his foot in it, just like his dear old dad has so often done in the past, with references to Putin being similar to Hitler.  Well he's not far wrong if we are all totally honest.  But are we English any better?  I know I'm banging the same old drum, I know you all know that I was one in a million who marched against invading Iraq; but can we honestly criticize Russia or their Ukrainian sympathisers for their recent actions when we started a totally illegal war that still has ramifications in this country with loony Muslims brutally murdering innocent soldiers in the streets of London.  And please note I'm not implying that all Muslims are loony; but thanks to Tony the liar Blair we've certainly managed to enrage a lot of them into doing things they might not previously have dreamed of.  Would three hundred young girls still be miles from their homes sweating and probably being defiled in a terrorist camp in Africa had we desisted from starting an illegal war?  Obviously you can't answer that any more than I can.  But we can think about it.


I've received a lovely letter from Russia relating to Pete Seeger which I've printed without grammatical change; because in my opinion his English is brilliant and a couple of letters pointing out a mistake last month in the title of a Seeger song.  I should and do know better.  I could claim it to have been a typographical error; but in all honesty it was a matter of carelessness.  By the way take time to look at Anton Chernyshevich's photographs, I suspect like me you won't be disappointed.


As a footnote to Americans in particular, and others who know little about the residents of various English towns and are wondering about my reference in a previous paragraph to "the hairy legged monsters of Hebden Bridge", let me stress that the town has a large amount of men who are bearded and look exceedingly hairy.  It is true that whilst Brighton has the largest proportion of gay men per head of population to any other town in Britain and Hebden Bridge has the largest proportion of lesbians per head of population to any other town in Great Britain any association you may make that I was referring to hairy legged monsters of Hebden Bridge being female is entirely your own!!!






Fixture List for Kimber's Men



Jun 27th (KM) Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy

Jun 28th (KM) Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy

Jun 29th (KM) Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy

Jul 4th (KM) Cleckheaton Folk Festival

Jul 5th (KM) Cleckheaton Folk Festival

Jul 6th (KM) Cleckheaton Folk Festival

Jul 12th (KM) Helmsley Art Centre

Jul 18th (KM) Stag Community Arts Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent

Jul 19th (KM) The Black Pig, Barnsole Road, Staple, Nr Canterbury, CT3 1EL

Aug 29th (KM) Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland - Provisional

Aug 30th (KM) Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland - Provisional

Aug 31st (KM) Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland - Provisional

Sep 5th (KM) The Theatre, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, OXON, OX7 5NL

Sep 6th (KM) Greenwich Tall Ships Festival - Provisional

Sep 7th (KM) National Maritime Museum - Greenwich

Oct 3rd (KM) Portmagee Festival

Oct 4th (KM) Portmagee Festival

Oct 5th (KM) Portmagee Festival

Oct 10th (KM) Harwich Festival of the Sea

Oct 11th (KM) Harwich Festival of the Sea

Oct 12th (KM) Harwich Festival of the Sea

Oct 16th (KM) Bar Onetwentytwo, 120 New St, Castlegate, Huddersfield.

Oct 24th (KM) Lichfield Folk Festival

Oct 25th (KM) Newent

Nov 21st (KM) Lancashire Touring Scheme - Provisional

Nov 22nd (KM) Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Lancashire

Nov 23rd (KM) Tosside Community Hall , Lancashire

Dec 6th (KM) The Workshop, Back Victoria Street, Halifax. HX1 5SU




Jan 17th (KM) Square Chapel Theatre, Halifax.

Mar 13th (KM) The David Hall, South Petherton.

Mar 14th (KM) Spring Arts Centre, East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS

Mar 21st (KM) Heron Theatre, Stanley Street, Beetham, Cumbria LA7 7AS

Apr 25th (KM) The Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone. Kent. - Provisional

May 23rd (KM) The Tall Ship Maritime Festival, Gloucester Docks

May 24th (KM) The Tall Ship Maritime Festival, Gloucester Docks

May 25th (KM) The Tall Ship Maritime Festival, Gloucester Docks










Hello, dear Mr. Stead!


I am a photographer from St. Petersburg, Russia. I have been long time lover of Pete Seeger's songs and particularly his immortal Where have all the flowers gone...


Just have found out that he died this year in January.  I have found this recording on Youtube, where you posted it, and where you mentioned your email.  Just wanted to say, that all my family loves his songs and this one especially, and just would like to shake your hand here and say, how good it is that you worked with him and keep his music and videos available, some people should feed on such great food like this, if they want their mental digestion clean and good...

My parents and I sang it to Pete's performances, and that was very soulful.. none of the version of the song sounds like Pete's, for sure.


Sorry if my metaphor doesnt look great, but thats how i feel really. I run a site for what i am doing, which is photography, non-posing, from real daily life of ordinary people, and i would like to post some letter from you, if you have such, may be some words about Pete, or may be some memory of a case, which shows him better than wikipedia... I posted in the blog area, the video, but words from online sources feel dry, not alive, and i can't post them there as it doesnt unfold Pete's true nature and will not give any notion to young guys. I am myself 28, so i try to put together some materials there on site from many areas, so that youngsters would surf through what they already know to what they do not yet. So i hope you will not feel offended by seeing Pete Seeger together with some videos of rock music, or opera, or else, because thay all reflect one common idea of going your way, not being a puppet and being non-aggressive, relax a bit not to give birth to some other h-bomb...

so do my pics, hopefully. I do not get any dough from them, which makes my parents bothered a bit, as i can't just make photography of glamorous and all, which usually brings money, so i do what i feel better, trying to show people's positive recharge and give them a reason to smile without posing, and catch this moment. may be some people will see that accidentally and their mood will get back to ok))) i do not know, really)


sorry for this long epic letter here, i just can't ever sum it all up very short, and never could keep to the point)) hope to hear from you some day, Mr. Joe!)) wish you keep well, and may these coming summer days bring you calmness and peace inside.

With sincere wishes and hello from St. Petersburg,
Anton Chernyshevich, site (photography).


Would be great honor to make pictures with you some day, may be you ever come to Europe? Because so far I cant come to the US if i were a glam pictures maker, i could, but then I would not be making pictures of you what a paradox!

Thank you again! Be in good health!




Hi Joe,

The song title is "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy." We've been missing Pete a lot since he left us to join Toshi, Woody, Huddie, Sis, Alan, Cisco, and so many others on the Far Shore. There have been any number of memorial sings all over in the months since. We in The Packet had one on March 2nd, with myself and two fellow Hudson River Sloop Singers, Geoff Kaufman and Rick Nestler, as the anchors (photo attached). No matter what, Pete will always be with us.

All the Best,

Jan Christensen






….have you seen the Youtube clip of Joan Baez confronting protesters outside one of her gigs? They Vets waving banners saying things like she was killing American military and babies by her any-war stance. She was brilliantly calm and reasonable, but her road manager was an ex-Vet and took exception! Is it too pedantic to say I though it was 'Waist Deep In The Big Muddy'…?


Keep it up,


Paul Adams






I am 53. I have had a beard (or, at least, the semblance of one) since I was 23. It came at the same time as I started learning guitar and I've always thought that the two were inextricably related.


In the last six months, I've noticed that very young and attractive women look at me and smile. Some give me the once over with their eyes. Others try and engage me in conversation when they would have, in the past, ignored me.


This does great things for my ego. I have begun to think that I'm 18 again, have all my youth and can do all those things back then that I know would rupture certain internal body parts if I tried them now.


In short, it's my beard. I am now 'in fashion'. I am 'hip'. I don't understand it but it's nice to know that, after being 'out of hip' for the last 30 years, I am now the hottest ticket in our village.


In two years' time, though, I will progress to 'old fuddy duddy' when I go out of fashion.  I will have fallen from favour. My ego will be squashed. I will have one foot in the grave and another on a banana skin.


Life's strange...


Lee Smith





The beard phenomenon is because of Duck Dynasty!


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Hi Joe.

Still enjoying your “Ramblings” and much of what you say. Occasionally, however, I think; “surely he’s joking” Your observations about beards are, at best, fanciful, at worst, absurd. You ask, “why grow a beard in a hot climate?” The climate is irrelevant, I feel. The fact is that most males and some females have no choice. The facial hair is a part of what we are. The choice is whether to shave it off or not. When I allowed mine to grow, at the tender age of twenty (and it has remained ever since) I was a young sail-i-or in the R.N. Like everything in such organisations one had to get permission by filling in a request form, not, “to grow a beard” but to “discontinue shaving”. For many it is a question of fashion, like long hair, short hair, bald heads, Zapper upper lips. For me and lots of others it is the freedom from having to shave every day. What a pain-in-the-arse that was! There are better things to than to stand in front of a mirror correcting nature.


I loved the line in that old film “The Vikings” and I quote “He’s so vain that he scrapes his face like the English” Remember Abraham Lincoln had a beard, George Bush was clean shaven. Could there be any better reason to throw away your razor?

Salut mon brave.

Rob McGhee.






Thanks for appearing in Gosport at the Easter Weekend Festival.

It was good to see you again especially along with such a variety of performers.


I must admit though that you have embarrassed me greatly. I have been reading your Ramblings with a tendency to gloss over some sections. Now I have discovered that you have been trying alert me to the Festival in Lichfield in October and I didn’t notice it until today.


Sorry Joe I will try to read harder.


Thanks again.

Richard Barratt





Hi Joe,


I just wanted to get something off my chest, regarding UKIP.

Everyone seem to be getting on the anti-UKIP bandwagon lately,

As I, including 95% of the population, are now on facebook, a small percentage,

will insist on using facebook as a platform to air their political views,

A lot of them are anti-UKIP.

And I for one detest this form of news-advertising, and facebook is not the platform to do it.


I have already told my friends on facebook, and I quote:


“Message to my fellow facebook'ers: The one thing I have learned in life... never get involved in arguments over politics or religion,

so please do not try and educate us with your views, they should be confined to the polling booth - church pew. Thanks.”


Not that this will do much good, but one can only try.


Getting back to UKIP, I am not a UKIP member.  But I thought I would attend a UKIP rally, as Mr Farage was making an appearance locally.  I got talking to their Business Secretary, would you believe, he is a Pakistani, who has lived in Leeds for over 30yrs?   So whoever calls them racist, are misinformed.

Whilst I was there, there was not a racist comment made.

As UKIP are still a newish party, there will always be some idiots, no doubt.

There will be more still to weed out, but overall, I got the impression, it’s members are very similar to my views on immigration etc;


That’s all I wanted to say.


Thanks for the great monthly read!, keep the good work up.



Len Wilson

(a banjo playing maniac)





Whoa! Look at all those gigs! How do you do it!


I tried to make the interminable blabbing below as entertaining as your Rambles.


You're probably way ahead of me on the issues below... I'm no expert but I really got blabbing... mostly about mind control, business and politics.


My abject apologies.


I'm reading a book for the fourth time called "The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the World" by Col. Fletcher Prouty, ret. published in 1972. Prouty was the liaison officer between CIA and the Pentagon during the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations. What I spout below comes largely from his book.


America has really gotten scary since the CIA escaped its 1947 charter and began to infiltrate every branch of the US government and armed services. It infiltrated boardrooms and court rooms, laboratories, think tanks and test sites. Since the end of the war in Indo-China, the CIA has infiltrated the governments, armed services, boardrooms, court rooms, laboratories, think tanks and test sites of other countries around the world regardless of whether or not they are US allies. The CIA probably has operatives and/or "assets" in every country on earth. It has stockpiles of equipment all over the world. And it is beyond the control of any entity.


The rant about Pete Seeger below that begins "He doesn’t even deserve to live here" isn't surprising but it is saddening and, I think, indicative of wider trends.


Whatever else it is, the rant seems to be a symptom and an example of some effective mind control by people connected in ways legal and not to the current "Republican Party". Mind control has allowed the GOP to convince poor whites and blacks that they're better off under Republican administrations, a claim that appears false by many standards. But the GOP currently owns the South.


Another way of saying this is, if our Seeger-hating friend above possessed factual information about Pete, it's likely that he would feel know think and speak very differently about Pete.


And not just Pete but also about some of the ideas Pete espoused.


That means somebody lied to our friend and he bought it.


Who lied and why?


Easy question, easy answer!


Our friend could as well be living in Savannah, Georgia as Beacon, NY.


Sometime in the future, of course, the pendulum will swing back and the "Democrats" will own the South again.


But Democrat vs. Republican is smoke and mirrors.


It is and always was about power.


And power has always come from the ability to manipulate the minds of others.


And The Big How-To Book for Securing Power via Religion is thicker than my leg.


So how does the GOP use religion to get its people into key positions in the mayors' offices school committees and civic boards of the South?


It's simple! It's easy! It's so obvious an idiot could do it! It practically happens all by itself!


Using religion, the GOP consolidated a Republican base and got those voters to the polls in record numbers.


That's it in a nutshell.


How did they do that?


By connecting the issues below to God.


If the ideas below are being felt thought and experienced by enough people in enough cities and towns, then it can work.


As a seeker of power (a political candidate), you align yourself with leaders who embrace the following thoughts feelings fears hatreds and prejudices, all of which have tremendous emotional/psychological charge throughout the South. Identify this base and get them to the polls.


That is The Mission.


It DOES NOT MATTER that you're using racism, xenophobia, lies, distortions, and outright brainwashing so that you and your friends become padded with power.


It has never mattered.


It only matters that the beast gets fed. And the beast these days isn't Pharaoh or Caesar or John Pierpont Morgan. The beast is international for-profit corporations starting w/ Big Oil, the financial services industry and the international intelligence community. These three entities work in concert to further goals they all hold in common. Their combined power and influence is overwhelming. The CIA alone is beyond the control of any entity.


All politics is local. I'm starting to understand a little more of what that means.


An obvious example... if I'm the pastor at my church and put a Charlie Brown, Republican for School Committee sign on my lawn...


The GOP operator thinks like this:


1) Identify and align with movers & shakers who agree that power will be squeezed from the thoughts feelings fears prejudices and hatreds expressed in A) through P) below. All of this razzle-dazzle is older than Sumer... the goal (power) is the same. The techniques used to secure power (mind control) are getting more sophisticated every day.


The GOP operator works these phrases into his message over and over.


A) Damn Democrats! No way are we having another nigger in the White House!


B) Damn Democrats! They're lettin' the Jews take over!


C) Damn Democrats! They'll teach your kid about evolution in school!


D) Damn Democrats! Obama's lettin' Putin push him around!


E) Damn Democrats! They want to take money out of your retirement plan!


F) Damn Democrats! They're tools of the special interests!


G) Damn Democrats! I know darn well... and you, my friends and neighbors, know darn well... that the Devil put dinosaur bones in the ground to test my faith. When I meet my maker He won't find me wanting.
My rival wants to teach my kid... my boy Joey here... my rival wants to teach Joey the Theory of Evolution, a theory that refutes the Bible and the Word of God... the Theory of Evolution refutes the Word of
Think about that, neighbors. And notice they call it a "theory"... they call it that because it's never been proved... The Theory of Evolution has never been proved! If they're gonna teach an unproven theory
of evolution, they can damn well teach creationism as stated in the Holy Bible! And I will fight for that!


H) Damn Democrats! They mix in all sorts of scientific mumbo-jumbo that goes along with the UNPROVEN Theory of Evolution... like that the Holy Bible is somehow wrong because it can be "scientifically
proven" that the earth is four billion years old.


I) Damn Democrats! ObamaCare is gonna cost seniors plenty.


J) Damn Democrats! They want more money for public schools! And whose money do they want? That's right... yours! And what are they gonna do with your money? That's right... they're gonna teach your
kids evolution. It's very simple: it's them and "science" against us and the Word of God. I'll see you on Election Day next Tuesday. Buses will be making round trips from all the usual places all day long. I
believe there are cookies and hot drinks this year no charge but tips welcome of course. See you next Tuesday at the court house. Let's get this town and this country back on track. God bless each and
every one of you.


K) Damn Democrats! The Democratic Party is run by beltway insiders and northern liberals. Do you want a bunch of liberal Harvard-educated northerners making decisions about how we should live down


L) This country is going to foreigners and immigrants! And you want to know why? Eight years of a Democrat in the Oval Office, that's why! Eight years of a weak president who is the puppet of the special
interests. Eight years of giving away the farm. Eight years of welfare for immigrants and foreigners. Respect for America is at an all-time low, people. We're on the wrong path. The signs are everywhere.
We've got to turn this country around.


M) Judgment Day is Coming, friends. And when it comes, I'm going to be far far away from That Warm Place Down Below. Where will you spend Eternity?


N) My opponent wants a gay on the school committee.


O) My opponent wants to let rapists and murderers out of jail.


P) How reliable is DNA evidence and what the hell is DNA anyway?


& Etc.


2) The churches all have buses... so on Election Day, you've got 25,000 buses per county filled with people who are gonna vote Republican. The liberal base can't be marshalled like that.


And that's largely the how the GOP took over the South and west.


They may have been a shade more subtle than my rants, but millions of Americans feel think fear hate and vote along the lines of the attitudes expressed above. Millions of people go to church every Sunday. There are many ways to paint your adversary as evil.


Now, I wonder where GOP power brokers would learn those brain washing skills? How do these techniques resonate with other international trends?


Trends like


1) more and more of the world's wealth flowing into fewer and fewer hands. This is what big white shoe law firms do.


2) the death grip Big Oil has on the status quo. The price of ExxonMobil stock is based not only on the oil they've already pumped out, but also on the oil still in the ground, which they own. Stock value is based on their "inventory" if you will... their "total assets".


In other words, Exxon Mobil stock value assumes the company will pump and sell every drop of oil they find.


All this oil, of course, will be burned.


And that, of course, will push the average global temperature increase well above 2 degrees Celcius.


And that, ladies and gentlemen, is pretty much game over for everybody.


Everybody except the very powerful and maybe a few of the most ruthless cunning tough and lucky.


On the contrary, it is also true that Homo Sapiens is very resourceful when the pressure's on.


But back to votes in the South, are there equal numbers of "reasonably well educated liberal-tending non-racist non-xenophobic pro-Democratic and/or pro-Independent" voters to balance out the rednecks and the racists and the nazis and the born-again Christians?


Yes... and one would like to think more than equal numbers... but where are the issues to consolidate them? Where are the buses?


It's not about talent or deserving.


It's not about merit or ethics.


It's not about justice or equality.


It's not about egalitarianism.


It's about power.


It's about what's possible.


Modern day Republicans are only about the little guy as a means to an end. And the end is power... power ultimately to ensure the survival of your genes. The GOP is, generally speaking, the party of big business and small government. Republicans and Democrats are generally bought and paid for by the same people... people who are connected to the three most powerful forces in the world today: international corporations starting w/ Big Oil, the financial services industry and the intelligence communities of several nations, primarily the US and Israel. In concert these three powerful entities are capable of setting prices, creating markets, removing adversaries, controlling media, toppling governments. They move billions of dollars around the world every day and make many millions trading in every commodity and by shaving tiny slices from huge sums moving rapidly and continually between individuals, nations and industries legal and not, all over the world all the time. In concert, these three are taking ever-larger slices of value out of every community, every municipal bond, every factory, every high school, every loaf of bread and every gallon of milk sold anywhere in the world. Their law firms work 24-7 to realign the law to benefit only the interests of the people for whom they work: the international corporations, the financial services industry and the intelligence communities.


Other big players I think include Big Pharma and Big Insurance. What little I know about Monsanto freaks me completely out.


The jury is still out on the long-term effects of Citizens United but it seems like a very bad idea to me and to others more informed than I.


And now, of course, the door has been opened... by somebody's white show law firm... to something unimaginable a few years ago: Corporations may now legally sue any nation that does not provide a hospitable environment for the sales of its products or services.


Love your Ramblings.


OK.  Stick a fork in me.


I'm done.


Geoff Barley

Boston. USA.









Did you hear about the guy who went into a Chinese restaurant and ordered 'Chicken Surprise'?


The waiter brought a large plate covered with a domed non-see through lid.


After the waiter had left to get the rice the lid started lifting up and two eyes kept on looking out.


The waiter hurried back to the table most apologetic.


Apparently he had brought him Peeking Duck.







"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."           

Oscar Wilde      


"He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul."           

David Lloyd George  


 "He is a fine friend. He stabs you in the front."           

Leonard Louis Levinson                                                 


"He is a man of splendid abilities but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight."           

John Randolph


"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."           

John Bright


"He is an old bore. Even the grave yawns for him."           

Herbert Beerbohm Tree                                                  


"He is as good as his word - and his word is no good."           

Seamus MacManus                                                       


"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others."           

Samuel Johnson    


"He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death."           

H. H. Munro        


"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."           

Paul Keating                                                        


"He is so mean, he won't let his little baby have more than one measle at a time."           

Eugene Field   


"He is the same old sausage, fizzing and sputtering in his own grease."           

Henry James       


"He made enemies as naturally as soap makes suds."           

Percival Wilde                                                          


"He never bore a grudge against anyone he wronged."           

Simone Signoret                                                        


"He was a bit like a corkscrew. Twisted, cold and sharp."   

 Kate Cruise O'Brien                                            


 "He was about as useful in a crisis as a sheep."           

Dorothy Eden






On the way to the office this morning, I rear-ended a car.

Somehow, I just knew it was going to be a bad day.

The driver got out of the other car, and he was a dwarf, poor guy.

He looked at his dented car and then looked up at me and said "I'm not happy".

So I said, "Well, which one are you then?"





(Read with a Jewish accent).



"After all the money your father and I spent on braces, this you call a smile?"



"I don't care what you've discovered, you didn't call, you didn't write."



"A ceiling you paint? Not good enough for you the walls, like the other children? Do you know how hard it is to get that schmutz off the ceiling?"



"You're not hiding your report card? Show me! Take your hand out of your jacket and show me!"



"Again with that hat! Why can't you wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"



"Next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!"



"Okay, so I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb. Now turn it off already and go to sleep!"



"I don't care where you think you have to go, young man, midnight is long past your bedtime!"



"Your senior photograph and you couldn't have done something with your hair?"



"Desert, schmesert!! Where have you really been for the last forty years?"



"Well, at least she was a nice Jewish girl, that Monica



Keep smiling, keep singing.




PS. Have you arranged to buy the June edition of  'Living Tradition'?

I think you should.    

Available very soon.



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