Billary Update

March 14, 2008 at 11:27 am (News & Politics)

Roger Nowosielski, a proponent of Ms. Clinton, sent me this very “informative” email.

Take what this able bodied urchin who lives on government subsistence [with little or no personal integrity] has to say, with a good healthy grain of salt.

Hi, friends,
It’s been a long time but my computer has been infected – a noxious Win32.SkyNet virus – thanks to the “Obama team” infiltrating Hillary’s Texas headquarters [aledgedly]. Believe it or not, I had also contracted a bad case of flu, thus having to fight two infections at once. I’m over it now and $300.00 in arrears to Symantec. By the way, I wholeheartedly recommend their Norton 360 virus protection software, along with their tech support service. It’s great. If you don’t already have it, it would be money well spent.
To bring you up to date. Texas and Ohio are in the win column. Pennsylvania is next. The re-doing of the Michigan and Florida primaries is next to a sure thing, and Hillary is bound to prevail as she had the first time around. By the time this hoopla is over, both Democratic candidates will be in a virtual tie.
I’ve already expressed my misgivings concerning Mr. Obama in my “Letter to Hillary,” so I’m not going to rehash it. Suffice to say, he’s an unknown quantify and we shouldn’t be choosing our next president in these precarious times – not in the least on the basis of a
mass hysteria or any cult following.
Oddly enough, things are surfacing now, as it were, which only exacerbate the need for caution and which seem to confirm my initial impressions. Take, for instance, Mr. Obama’s membership in the radical Trinity Church headed by his presumptive mentor and spiritual guru, a certain Rev. Jeremiah Wright (see reference below), which seems to fly in the face of Mr. Obama’s presumed message as a “uniter” and a “fusion” candidate. Apart from the fact that it speaks from the uniquely African-American experience, it is a message of hate, racism in reverse, and “Jihad on America.” We haven’t exactly been blameless, but the occupants of the World Trade Center Towers at the time of 9/11 didn’t exactly deserve their fate. You decide.
Or take the black community’s response to Ms Geraldine Ferraro’s recent comments apropos Mr. Obama benefiting from the present climate by being black. In case you haven’t heard it, Ms Ferraro had stated that Mr. Obama would not be in the position he is right now (i.e. as a viable candidate mounting a challenge to Hillary) if it weren’t for the fact that he was black. For reasons unbeknown, it had generated a great deal of uproar for being a racist remark. I disagree with Sen. Clinton for having apologized for the obvious fact (look at the Mississippi primary results with 90 of the black electorate having voted for Obama), but I understand, I guess, the need to thread softly lest you offend anyone. To borrow from Marylin Monroe’s line in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, women don’t necessarily marry wealthy men because they’re rich, but it helps. The same, I suppose, applies to Senator Clinton herself. No question she, too, is benefiting from the white-women vote, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Understandably, both groups are equally enthused about having their candidate a good run the nomination, and neither is either a racist or a sexist for the fact. So why can’t we face facts squarely and do away with the absurd notion of political correctness? One way or another, the glass ceiling has been broken for either a woman or a black man, and it’s a great thing regardless of who gets elected or when. (What is sexist, however, is the male anti-Hillary vote – whether black or white. In the latter case, I suspect many whites tend to vote for Obama as if to prove to themselves they have transcended the color barrier and become color-blind, whereas in fact it’s an anti-woman vote; and with respect to many African-American male voters, strong sexist sentiments prevail. A black woman has been traditionally the mainstay of the black family – the male being on the somewhat irresponsible side. Naturally,it leads to feelings of resentment and inadequacy; but what a black male can and will take from his female counterpart is intolerable with respect to a strong white female such as Hillary. His entire manhood and sense of self-worth are on the line and he can’t take it.) Anyhow, for the Marilyn Monroe line I’m grateful to Mr. Karel, a KGO talk-show host,10PM-1AM. I highly recommend that you tune in sometimes for a clear, no-nonsense appraisal of the political spectacle before us (along with that provided by Christine Craft of SF Chronicle who hosts in between). Perhaps you have to be a gay. like Mr. Karel is, in order to be able to see thing clearly and objectively, with the least possible bias.
Lastly, I’d like to refer you to the recent (forced) resignation by Admiral William “Fox” Fallon -until now the the head of United States Central Command in the Middle East and responsible only to George W. Bush – and the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates‘s, vehement denial it had nothing to do with Admiral Fallon’s vocal disagreement with the president concerning the possibility of starting hostilities with Iran. (Fallon went on record in his interview for the Esquire magazine, March 2008 issue.) The likelihood of the administration starting something with Iran on the eve of the presidential election – anything to help the Republicans maintain their hold on power – is not to be discounted. The times are indeed critical.
I’ll keep you abreast of future developments along with the commentary. Again, if you want to be excluded from this mailing, please let me know.
Roger Nowosielski

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PC4DC Children’s Book Drive, Klunkers 4 Kids

March 12, 2008 at 12:25 am (Alameda, News & Politics)

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ralph Zig Tyko
Executive Director
People Care 4 Day Care, Inc.
(510) 827-5837

Alameda — A drive to collect children’s books for area day care centers that started as a month-long effort last November has now been expanded to a full-time project due to strong support from local businesses, says People Care 4 Day Care’s Executive Director, Ralph Zig Tyko.

People Care 4 Day Care, Inc. (PC4DC) is an Alameda-based charitable organization whose goal of making sure our kids are school-ready involves many projects, including the book drive.

Tyko says, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local business people, like Kevin Nelson of Kevin Patrick Books (photo), as well as so many anonymous donors who share our interest in passing along a love of reading to children at this impressionable age. We encourage all area residents to join with us in this effort – both with a contribution of books that have delighted their families as well as their volunteer time to read to children.”

Books suitable for day care-aged children can be dropped off Tuesday through Saturday at Shear Delight, 1505 Park Street, Alameda. Those interested in volunteering to read to children should call Tyko at (510) 827-5837

PC4DC has an extensive lineup of projects throughout the year, and runs “Klunkers 4 Kids,” a vehicle donation program. Details on these programs and other initiatives are available on the PC4DC Web site:

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Ralph Zig Tyko
Executive Director
People Care 4 Day Care, Inc.
Web site:
phone: 510-827-5837

Pictured bellow is Kevin Nelson, owner of Kevin Patrick Books in Alameda.


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It Occurs To Me…

March 11, 2008 at 10:49 am (News & Politics, Unzipped Thoughts)

… all the time.

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Kittatinny Camp, Replete With Harrisons

March 8, 2008 at 8:53 pm (Kittatinny Camp)

In 1958 my Counselors were both named Harrison. Stu was a big, happy, mellow guy who enjoyed it when everyone was having fun, and he was taking a nap.

Johnny Harrison was Stu’s Co-Counselor. This was the 2nd time I was lucky enough to be in his bunk. I remember his stories of avoiding harm’s way and coming to this country with his dad at age five… Here’s a picture. If I look upset, maybe it’s because this was the first year the New York Giants, were New Yorkers no longer… or maybe I was practicing standing at attention for my basic training days at Lackland Air Force Base… or maybe I knew that fifty years later that haircut would remain the worst of my life. And that’s saying a lot.

Back Row [L-R] Alan Cooper, Ralph Tyko, Paul Weissman, Mike Foley, Steve Kravitz

Front Row [L-R] Mark Himel, Stu Harrison, John Harrison, Steve Blank


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Injured Once, Injured Forever?

March 7, 2008 at 3:37 pm (Baseball, Fantasy Baseball)

Since the Sea Otters are undefeated and I’m happy with the players I have, I feel a sermon coming on about how to win at Fantasy Baseball.

First and foremost a little spirituality. Repeat after me. “Hail Mary, full o’ grace, keep my ass in first place.”

Mike Hampton

“Mike Hampton’s left elbow still hasn’t provided any problems and his right hamstring hasn’t been aggravated. But the Braves hurler’s list injury woes grew longer on Friday, when he injured his right groin.” So said

Add Hampton, Milton Bradley, Moises Alou, Ken Griffey Jr., Rocco Baldelli, Kerry Wood, Jim Edmonds, Nomar Garciaparra [dos Garcias… no comprende], Bobby Crosby, Ray Durham, Mark Kotsay and Eric Chavez to your list of players to avoid in the draft or to trade off your fantasy team.

As was the case “back in the day” with Dizzy Dean, one serious injury often leads to others.

The trick is to pick the players who’ve never been hurt, and not likely to be hurt in the future. Avoid pitchers with unorthodox deliveries [Tim Lincecum] and position players who “play with reckless abandon [Nick Swisher, Eric Byrnes].” Avoid players who’ve been rumored to have poor work habits. Not stretching properly accounts for twenty five percent of injuries.

Injuries aside, if your guy is willing to do the “little things [hitting behind a runner]” for his real team that contribute to winning, he’s a detriment to your fantasy team.

Baseball and Fantasy Baseball are similar only in the sense that they’re both games.


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“Address The Ball…”

March 4, 2008 at 1:54 pm (Unzipped Thoughts)

… from The Golfer episode was the funniest bit ever telecast on the The Honeymooners, starring the late, greats Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. It’s been said that these two are synonymous with the word comedy.

It’s also been said,Al Hirschfeld” is synonymous with the word “caricature.”norton_and_ralph_thumb1

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Giants Blessed With Speed And Pitching…

March 4, 2008 at 12:23 am (Baseball)

… and little else.

Sad that the San Francisco offense is pathetic [Bengie Molina is their cleanup hitter, so enough said], because for the first time in a long while they’re blessed with a combination of speed and pitching. Their new closer, Brian Wilson, will be terrific and the one-two tandem of Cain and Lincecum are not only as talented a twosome as there is in Baseball, but due to pitch in some considerably better luck. Long overdue, come to think of it.

Both sides of the Bay, sport lousy teams. First time in years. Northern California fans tend to stick with their teams through times of thick and thicker only, so I’m betting we’ll be hearing the expression “good seats available” quite a bit.

Pictured bellow is Ray Durham. Even odds he pulled a hammy while posing.



Wait ’til next year.

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SS Athletics…

March 2, 2008 at 7:57 pm (Baseball)

… a Sinking, Stinking Ship.

Rumor has it that Mark Ellis, the glue of the Oakland A’s infield [and arguably their best remaining player] is about to be traded to the White Sox. Since the conclusion of last season, favorites Nick Swisher, Dan Haren, and Marco Scutaro have all been dispatched. I’ve, because of their incredibly close proximity, become a close observer [okay, I eve root for them a bit…] and from that standpoint let me say that, yet again, “we the fan ” is taking it in the shorts. If Beane didn’t pick the right prospects, 18,000 people may show up to opening day in Fremont… if the weather is good.

Not since Charlie O had his namesake mule put to sleep [for not hustling into the barn] have things been as bleak for the Green and Gold.

Fremont. Christ on a crutch.

Here’s Mark Ellis, pictured in happier times:


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Humor For Lexophles (Lovers Of Words)

March 1, 2008 at 9:58 pm (Unzipped Thoughts)

[My friend Barbara Burton Stewart, a fellow lexophile, sent me this.]

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Police were called to a day care where a 3-yr-old was resisting a rest.

Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all
right now.

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.

The butcher backed up into the meat grinder & got a little behind in his

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at

A thief who stole a calendar got 12 months.

A thief fell & broke his leg in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

The dead batteries were given out free of charge.

A dentist & a manicurist fought tooth and nail.

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.

A will is a dead giveaway.

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

A backward poet writes inverse.

In a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your Count
that votes.

A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

If you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft & I’ll show you A-flat miner.

The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France, resulted in Linoleum

You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.

A calendar’s days are numbered.

A lot of money is tainted: ‘Taint yours, and ‘taint mine.

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

When you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.

When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dye.

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

Acupuncture: a jab well done.

[I added these]

You can lead a horse to water, but pencils must be lead.

She shaved her legs and wrecked em’.

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Another Hero With Clay Feet?

March 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm (News & Politics)

Last December the most talented, articulate, Bay Area radio talk show host representing “we the people,” Bernie Ward [once a Catholic Priest] , was arrested on child porn charges. Given his former life, Bernie’s plight isn’t exactly a “man bites dog” story. After all… [I just flashed on the late Red Buttons. “Don’t get me started,” would say him.]

That aside, whether or not he’s guilty, everyone I’ve discussed this with had the same initial reaction. ‘Just the kind of guy Cheney’s fascist regime would set up?’

What’s really sad, an irreplaceable voice has been silenced.

Thank gawd this administration will be history soon.

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