Thursday, March 15, 2007

Richard Thompson

1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Written by Richard Thompson

Oh says Red Molly to James "That's a fine motorbike.
A girl could feel special on any such like"
Says James to Red Molly "My hat's off to you
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952.
And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme"
And he pulled her on behind and down to Boxhill they did ride
Oh says James to Red Molly "Here's a ring for your right hand
But I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man.
For I've fought with the law since I was seventeen,
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine.
Now I'm 21 years, I might make 22
And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you.
And if fate should break my stride
Then I'll give you my Vincent to ride"

"Come down, come down, Red Molly" called Sergeant McRae
"For they've taken young James Adie for armed robbery.
Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside.
Oh come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside"
When she came to the hospital, there wasn't much left
He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
But he smiled to see her cry
He said "I'll give you my Vincent to ride"

Says James "In my opinion, there's nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl.
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeves won't do,
Ah, they don't have a soul like a Vincent 52"
Oh he reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys
Said "I've got no further use for these.
I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome,
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home"
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride.

From his CD "Rumor and Sigh".

Alan brought up Richards new song "Dads Gonna Kill Me" on his site available for listening.

Anyone that has seen Richard in concert as I have, know he is a phenomenal guitarist . Closing ones eyes makes it seem like there are 3 guitars playing at the same time, a real 'must see' if he comes to a venue near you, acoustically magnificent and electrically amazing.


Micki said...

If I was a soothsayer, I'd be predicting that Alberto Gonzales will resign over the weekend.

I'd like to think that even some Repugs have a vestige of respect for the Constitution and the rule of law. If so, some will join John Sununu (R-NH) in calling for Gonzales' resignation or firing.

No matter how you slice it, AG Gonzales has been conducting himself as though he is bush's personal lawyer rather than the nation's lawyer.

Once Gonzales swore to perform his duties as the nation's attorney general, he agreed to be independent, non-partisan and to uphold the Constitution.

Out! Now!

micki said...

If your kid and his best buddy started making meth in the woods, sold it on the streets, got caught, lied about it...then said, "mistakes were made," (accepted responsibility - wink wink), and then blamed his buddy for the whole debacle, you'd be pissed, eh?

Your kid didn't make a mistake, he committed a crime!

micki said...

I am sick and tired of that lame, passive "mistakes were made" excuse for breaking the law, deliberate misuse of power, and lying to the American people.

How much longer will 'respectable' Repugs put up with that crapola? "Mistakes were made" is the excuse du jour -- they 'accept' responsibility, then stand by their decisions! What a bunch of garbage!

Micki said...

Alan, thanks for mentioning C&L regarding my post from the previous thread. I got that info from a friend -- didn't see the video @ C&L.

micki said...

All Roads lead to Rove

Oh....and while I think of it -- FIRE ROVE, TOO!

The White House political director was clearly at the center of the partisan plot to fire U.S. attorneys, despite the administration's clumsy attempts to pretend otherwise.

DEN said...

I am still waiting for Chainer to quit, soothsaying is my specialty.

Two days left.

Rover is as anti-American as they come, traitor to all.

DEN said...

Powerful Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said he will issue a subpoena to presidential adviser Karl Rove if he doesn't agree to appear first, reports CNN. "He can appear voluntarily if he wants," Leahy told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "If he doesn't, I will subpoena him."


Let him try to lie his way out of this one!

DEN said...

More of Rovers work;

CHAPEL HILL - The white powder in an envelope discovered Wednesday at the national headquarters of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards did not contain anthrax or anything else harmful.

Preliminary testing found that the powder contained no chemical or biological agents, said Jane Cousins, a spokeswoman for the Chapel Hill police. Further testing will continue for the next several days.

Story here

Lower than whaleshyt, means Rover.

DEN said...

Shortly before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales advised President Bush last year on whether to shut down a Justice Department inquiry regarding the administration's warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, Gonzales learned that his own conduct would likely be a focus of the investigation, according to government records and interviews.

Bush personally intervened to sideline the Justice Department probe in April 2006 by taking the unusual step of denying investigators the security clearances necessary for their work.

It is unclear whether the president knew at the time of his decision that the Justice inquiry -- to be conducted by the department's internal ethics watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility -- would almost certainly examine the conduct of his attorney general.

More interesting reading here

Alan said...

Part of Hajji's post to me...

For a girl, her family and a DOCTOR (as opposed to those quality politicians TX seems to turn out) to OPT IN or OPT OUT of...right?

So whatsdaproblem?

Maybe that comment should include "those well off enough to afford it" Hajji. If it's mandated, then the state would be helping those girls on the lower economic rungs. "It's hell to be poor" is the famous phrase of one of our Houston institutions (that would be Marvin Zindler, who years ago got the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas shut down,and his role in that was included in the play and the movie). K, so they said again in this morning's paper, that prolly a fourth of Texas girls that could benefit from this cancer cure, will actually get it now (like from how you mentioned). As opposed to say, conservatively 10% that would 'opt out' for religious reasons, so 25% instead of 90%...that's ALOT of girls left vulnerable to a cancer that WOULDN'T be otherwise.


DEN said...

I'll add this from the CDC;

All types of HPV can cause mild Pap test abnormalities which do not have serious consequences. Approximately 10 of the 30 identified genital HPV types can lead, in RARE cases, to development of cervical cancer. Research has shown that for most women (90 percent), cervical HPV infection becomes undetectable within two years. Although only a small proportion of women have persistent infection, persistent infection with "high-risk" types of HPV is the main risk factor for cervical cancer.

CDC website

Note the use of RARE in the text above.

Alan said...

Note the use of RARE in the text above.

Uh huh, I did. That wouldn't be much consolation if it was your daughter who was one of the 'rare', now would it? This vaccine prevents only 4 of the HPV strains, but two of those cause 70% of the cervical cancer cases, and the other two cause warts. For Texas, 'rare' causes 400 deaths a year. That doesn't sound like much to some, I guess, but it sounds like 400 too many to me.

DEN said...

There's 400 people NOT using condoms, huh?

Assumed risk.

DEN said...

I am fed up with people and their penchant for screwing themselves up and blaming someone else for it.

If you have unprotected sex you risk, pregnancy and STD's. But rather than take the blame upon themselves, they pine to the government for relief.

No one is holding a gun to anyones head to have unprotected sex and if you get a disease because of it who is at fault? the rest of the population?

Why should the many pay for the sins of the few?

It is time people assumed the risk of their behavior, if my daughter got a disease because she had unprotected sex, she will have to deal with it.

ยบ¿carol said...

That drug is too new to be mandated, and the company that pushed it to be mandated, their motives are questionable. That's my beef with it.

As for the cost? Health insurance is paying for less and less. I wouldn't count on them and as for poor kids? I know some mighty poor people that don't qualify for any kind of help from the state.

DEN said...

Mad Cat disease!

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - Two stray cats got into a house and attacked three people inside, then were euthanized and checked for rabies, authorities said.

The cats entered Melissa Breva's house through an open front door on Monday, and attacked two women visitors and a boy, authorities said.

"I thought I had seen it all, but I have never seen anything like this," Chief of Police Martin Gutschenritter said.

Animal control officer John Pettit responded to a call for help, Gutschenritter said.

One woman was scratched and bitten on her legs; the other woman was bitten on her right calf, authorities said.

After talking to them, Pettit went to his truck for snares, then heard screaming from inside the house.

"When he ran back, he saw a young male with blood over his face," Gutschenritter said. "He was bitten on his forehead, nose, left ear and right cheek."

After some first aid from Pettit, the three were taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center.

When investigator John Stadler arrived and opened the bedroom door, "he saw a gray and white cat baring its teeth in attack mode," Gutschenritter said. "He shut the bedroom door and returned to his car for a dart gun."

Both cats were shot, tranquilized and taken to the animal shelter, where they were euthanized.

The bodies were sent to Lincoln for rabies checks, Gutschenritter said.

Authorities want to find out who owned the cats. Under a city ordinance, cats may run free if they don't become nuisances.


Alan said...

There's 400 people NOT using condoms, huh?

You're not serious, right?? What if it's a young wife who never slept around, but her husband did?? Fk it, let her get sick and die?? C'mon Den, look beyond the little box you've put yourself in.

As for...

if my daughter got a disease because she had unprotected sex, she will have to deal with it.

Did you forget what it's like to be young and dumb? EVERYBODY makes mistakes, and if it's in the 'throes' of passion, well maybe the odds go up even higher for mistakes more often. If you put your trust in someone by mistake, you should pay for it with your life???


I'm thinking you don't have a daughter, or you'd never say such a thing as above.

DEN said...

Carol it sure is a lot cheaper to buy condoms than pay for the cure.

If folks weren't so hung up on sex and would teach their kids there is a DOWNSIDE to sex, we would not need the government 'protecting' them.

People have been having sex for thousands of years and STILL the backasswards still try to keep it hidden, DUH! Porn is popular for a reason.

Education is a wonderful thing.

DEN said...

Alan, thats bullshit and you know it!

I DO have a daughter and she has been taught to use her brain for something besides an earspacer, and is healthy as a result.

"Throes of passion" is a BS argument.

DEN said...

Buy and use condoms.

Know who you are about to have sex with.

Otherwise the only person you are screwing is yourself.

David B. Benson said...

Beware the ides of March!

DEN said...

As the Senate convened, Caesar was attacked and stabbed to death by a group of senators who called themselves the Liberatores ("Liberators"); they justified their action on the grounds that they committed tyrannicide, not murder, and were preserving the Republic from Caesar's alleged monarchical ambitions.

micki said...

ABC News
EXCLUSIVE: E-Mails Show Rove's Role in U.S. Attorney Firings
Unreleased E-Mails Contradict White House Assertions That the Firings Originated With Harriet Miers

March 15, 2007 — - New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show that the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised by White House adviser Karl Rove in early January 2005, indicating Rove was more involved in the plan than the White House previously acknowledged.

The e-mails also show that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales discussed the idea of firing the attorneys en masse while he was still White House counsel, weeks before he was confirmed as attorney general.

The e-mails directly contradict White House assertions that the notion originated with recently departed White House counsel Harriet Miers, and was her idea alone.

Two independent sources in a position to know have described the contents of the e-mail exchange, which could be released as early as Friday. They put Rove at the epicenter of the imbroglio and raise questions about Gonzales' explanations of the matter.

The e-mail exchange is dated early January 2005, more than a month before the White House acknowledged it was considering firing all the U.S. attorneys -- and while Gonzales was still White House counsel. On its face, the plan is not improper, inappropriate or even unusual: The president has the right to fire U.S. attorneys at any time, and presidents have done so when they took office.

What has made the issue a political firestorm is the White House's insistence that the idea came from Miers and was swiftly rejected.

White House press secretary Tony Snow told reporters Tuesday that Miers had suggested firing all 93, and that it was "her idea only." Snow said Miers' idea was quickly rejected by the Department of Justice.

However, Miers was Bush's staff secretary at that time in January 2005. She did not become White House counsel for another month, after Gonzales left to become attorney general.

The latest e-mails show that Gonzales and Rove were both involved in the discussion, and neither rejected it out of hand.

According to the e-mails, Rove raised the issue with then-deputy White House Counsel David Leitch, prompting Leitch to e-mail Kyle Sampson, then a lawyer for the Justice Department. Sampson moved over to the Justice Department after working with Gonzales at the White House.

Sampson responded to Leitch that he had discussed the idea with Gonzales two weeks earlier, and that they were considering several different options.

Copyright © 2007 ABC News Internet Ventures

micki said...

Looks to me like bush knew about this, too.

micki said...

Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music
Cry 'Caesar!' Speak. Caesar is turn'd to hear.

Soothsayer: Beware the Ides of March.

Hmmmmm...this is the 15th day March.

micki said...

Dr. B could be a soothsayer in disguise.

DEN said...

How come WE knew the WH was full of crooks YEARS ago and it is just dawning on Congress now?

Clueless in Congress?

Maybe the stench of corruption prevented them from sniffing this latest debacle out before now.

Rover is said to have dirt on everyone to effect control, hmmmm.

The Elephant in the room is finally visible! YIPPEE!

micki said...

Okay, as I said earlier today...if I was a soothsayer, I'd predict that if the HPV vaccine were to be mandated for all 11-YO girls in the U.S., there will be a marked increase in the incidence of cervical cancers over time. Why? Because many of the inoculated -- in fact, most -- will not get regular screenings and an HPV test (if warranted by the screening), which is still looked on as the BEST WAY to reduce one's risk of cervical cancer. It is typical for people who rely on pills or a "quick fix" to be somewhat laissez-faire, or careless, with followup.

The new vaccine is not proven in the population to reduce cervical cancers; in fact, the length of claimed protection the vaccine offers is not known (it is only an educated guess); will boosters be needed, and, if so, when; the safety of the vaccine has not been subjected to rigorous testing; there could be other strains of HPV that contribute to cervical cancers that are not yet known so the vaccine would be ineffective as a preventative -- and that could occur relatively quickly.

With only four of about 100 viral strains covered by the vaccine, I wonder how long it will take for microorganisms to have the evolutionary edge when it comes to developing resistance against the vaccine that is used to allegedly annihilate cervical cancer.

Anyone who wants the vaccine, should have access to it. How about this? Instead of a state government mandating its use, how about the state saying that anyone who wants the vaccine, the state will provide it free?

Carey said...


You should have heard my sister rant away about the "passive tense administration". Another case of a lack of vial enough vocabulary.

Watching Gonzales' press conference again, the lamness of his excuses stagger the mind. Perhaps not by this weekend, Micki, but Al's head just may roll. I don't know though, he's Bush's little friend and do-gooder.

Do check out Micki's link All Roads Lead to Rove. It's terrifically satisfying. Sidney Blumenthal can knock 'em out of the ballpark.

micki said...

Howdy, Carey!

Someone just told me that she heard (but did not see) Alberto's so-called press conference. She said, she heard some 'clutches' and 'hesitancy' in his voice -- not so cockified, as is the norm for a bushevikian. I hope he's having trouble sleeping -- whomever it's with. ;-)

Sorry bastard, he is!

micki said...

I can't help but think about the fact that it was Alberto who 'counseled' GWB on those executions while he was governor of Texas.

If memory serves me correctly, I think there were 131 executions on bush's watch.

He set an all-time record for executions -- a GWB killing spree, you might say.

Carey said...

Oh boy Micki. This is soooo bitchen!

EXCLUSIVE: E-Mails Show Rove's Role in U.S. Attorney Firings

That record of Texas executions and Gonzales' involvement in them has been featured in MSNBC press reports.

Alan said...

"Throes of passion" is a BS argument.

No it's not. We're talking about TEENAGERS here. They are all the time acting first and thinking of the consequences later, if at all. I just seen a thing on that last night as a matter of fact. Teens doing CRAZY shyt (one was car surfing till he fell off and was killed) because that part of their brain that processes the risk, etc... doesn't fully develop until their mid 20's.
And still, that 'condom' argument doesn't always apply. Again, what of the virgin wife who could get infected from a husband that's slept around? That's just one exception, and there's many that don't fit in your either black or white box on this subject. You're a better thinker than that... at least on other topics, anyway.

Carol says she doesn't trust the company that makes the vaccine. That's a good reason for her to 'opt out' if she had a daughter that this applied to... and that's cool. I don't think a few people should decide for the many though. If it's the law, then poor families could get help and be protected along with the ones that can afford it or have insurance. Otherwise, the poor folks are screwed...again. Then there's the argument where taxpayers can help pay $400 bucks now and be done with it, or pay $hundreds of thousands later treating the cancer. More grey area, cause that's a strictly financial aspect and doesn't even consider the humanity part of letting poor folks suffer and die.

So anyway, I'm glad your daughter has listened well and grown up healthy. And I hope she's not one that the virus lies dormant for years... and I hope like hell my daughters aren't one of those either. We'll have to agree to disagree on this vaccine... and I'll shuddup about it now.

micki said...

Carey sez: That record of Texas executions and Gonzales' involvement in them has been featured in MSNBC press reports.

Carey, is MSNBC talking about that in the context of the recent revelations? We don't get MSNBC.

Alan said...

I seen on ABC World News a comment from Rove basically saying "so what? Clinton fired 123 and noone brought politics into question then". That's a straw man argument. ALL administrations clean house and install their own US Attorneys when they first take office, not in midterm.

Micki, your idea is a good one. ie... let all who want the vaccine get it free. I'm not sure I agree with your reasoning about MORE cases though. I mean, those girls would know it only prevented 4 strains, so they should keep getting the pap smears to watch out for others, or other probs.

micki said...

Alan, I was just coming back here to say something about the new Rovian spin -- the "Clinton did it" defense.

Rove is trying to muddy the message, obviously, making it look like Clinton's a bigger one.

It's pro forma, as you say, when a new administration is installed, the attorneys routinely submit letters of resignation to the new president -- some are accepted but others might be asked to stay on (even if there is a change in party at the WH).

Rove is trying desperately to spin this story, as though it's nothing unusual.

It ain't gonna work!

David B. Benson said...

Well veritas from vino was not forth coming last evening.

Having just sputtered the last of my coffee all over the screen (it needed some cleaning anyway), it is now time to see if veritas is forthcoming from

Barley & Hops!

micki said...


Is truth serum barley & hops, vino, or sodium pentothal?

Hajji said...


I've no problem at all with making any medical treatment available. I think childhood disease prevention and treatment should be accessable to any and all who seek it.

I've got big problems with health-care MANDATES, however, as do most of the medical people I know. Mandating (yes, even with the "choice" to "opt out" of) medical decisions by government institutions, no matter HOW good the intentions, is simply against long-held healthcare principles.

Childhood appendectomies were once considered a good idea.

Do state-mandated circumcisions sound like something you'd want your local legislators kicking around?

Work on making quality public healthcare AVAILIBLE to those who both desire and NEED it...

...and leave the decision making up to the patient, their family and their doctors.

p.s. For the "empathy" quotient, We have 2 grand-daughters and looks like another one in the oven.

I work in the only 100% accesible health care field...the ER.

Quality public-funded health-care could prevent perhaps HALF of our daily patient load. We live in the "safety net" of America's healthcare system and are daily watching that poorly-woven floor unravel.

One single pet-project targeting a single (rare) disease occurrence that can directly be traced to sexual contact seems rather a small thing in contrast to the daily emergencies and deaths we see that could have been prevented by only a tiny bit of EDUCATION.

South Carolina, Texas, and most of the states between have shown a pattern of dismissal of such ideas of public health education and assistance to seem criminally negligent.

...and it IS costing far, far more in the long run...