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A Thought for Today

Integrity is an obligation to yourself.

 

THE WEBSITE THAT ATE CHICAGO

The other day I got a note from Webmaster Ken asking me if I remembered where to go on this site to download the book "Caught in the Quiet." He confessed he'd forgotten and I certainly didn't remember where it and many other features on this site might be hiding. 

There are, for instance, between eight and nine hundred flight plans and over a thousand poems . . . all pretty easy to find but what about some of the other bits and pieces large and small that have been added over the years? How easy is it to navigate quickly through this ever-growing maze to a particular destination?

That's a rhetorical question and Ken was asking it of me because as the keeper of the flame and the keeper of A Safe Place to Land, if he doesn't know where the bodies are buried, who does? So the ever conscientious and thinking Mr. Blackie has come up with the prototype of a Site Map.

WOW! Talk about a great idea. I've checked it out, used it and now can't do without this soon to be available to all of you feature. I really had forgotten how much "stuff" this Website offers and how to go about finding it. The new Site Map takes you where you want to go instantly and without having to work your way through a maze to get there.

I'm sure Ken will be telling you more about this in his Flight Plan on Wednesday or he might devote another day to explaining it. There really isn't much of an explanation needed; getting to your destination with the new map usually involves a single click. 

With all the added features we have planned in the coming months and the roughly 50 pages that are added each week to the Flight Plan files alone I think you'll find this coming feature a blessing. As Bill might say, "This is a gooder, Ken." Or, to echo Coral's Aussie speak, "Good on ya!" 

ROD McKUEN: PLATINUM COLLECTION

I'm still a bit overwhelmed by the production values of the discs, booklets and the 24 bit Digital mastering on the new import from Korea. Steve Aan and his staff did a remarkable job on the whole project. And, thanks to our own Jay Hagan the lyrics to all 45 songs in the set are included in the slipcase. 

Here's some added information to my announcement of yesterday: 

"Rod McKuen: The Platinum Collection" 45 Tracks on 2 CD's o Deluxe Limited Edition Boxed Set Imported from Korea. 40 pages of notes, printed lyrics and over 30 Photographs. 24 bit Digital mastering. Each copy signed in platinum ink & numbered. CD (YDCD 467) & Cassette (YDTM 2379) $30,00 Each

Disc/Cassette #1:Jean; 500 Miles; I Think of You; Amour; Doesn't Anybody Know My Name (2:10-6:18); The World I Used To Know; Love's Been Good to Me; The Wind of Change; Solitude's My Home; Pastures Green; Long, Long Time; I'll Catch the Sun; And to Each Season; Home to See Maria; Listen to the Warm; The Art of Catching Trains; I'm Strong But I Like Roses; Rock Gently; About the Time; Me & The Cat (live); The Ivy That Clings to the Wall; Song Without Words

Disc/Cassette #2: You; My Brother Edward; Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?; Rusting in the Rain; Hey; Cycles; The Hunters; Where Would I Be; Blessings of the Day; Many Summers Ago Seasons in the Sun; Help Me Make It Through the Night; Homeward; I Wish You'd Stay; April People (live); The Lonely Things; If You Go Away; Thank You; The Single Man; Sleep Warm; If I Could Fly; Baby It's Cold Outside (with Petula Clark); She

The set goes on sale Monday, January 8th at Stanyan By Mail.

Other than a slight headache from signing the first hundred or so CD's and an equal number of cassettes with metallic ink, I'm suffering no ill effects from the birth of this latest project.

SATURDAY STUFF

Now on to some other 'stuff.'

SOMETHING PRETTY SERIOUS

A law enforcement friend of mine sent this to me this morning. I found it more than a little alarming. My advice; if you live in New Hampshire get out or stay and do something about this jerk.

AND YOU THOUGHT FLORIDIANS VOTED WITH THEIR EYES SHUT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A newly elected Republican state lawmaker has enraged his constituents, party leaders and police by saying he favors killing police officers when they cross the line. One police chief calls him "a hate-mongering lunatic.'' 

Tom Alciere, 41, won a seat in the New Hampshire House on his fourth try after a low-key campaign last fall. It wasn't until Sunday that his constituents in Nashua learned of his anti-police views. 

Alciere told the Valley News of Lebanon that he loves it when someone kills a police officer: "It's unfortunate that cops do make it necessary (to kill them) when they're waging a war on drugs, and I view cops as enemy officers.'' He said he is "too chicken'' to do it himself. 

He acknowledges posting his views at Internet chat sites for months, including this 1999 comment: "Nobody will ever be safe until the last cop is dead.'' 

State GOP Chairman Steve Duprey said Alciere should renounce his views or resign. But Alciere stood his ground. 

"There's no way I'm going to resign,'' he said Tuesday. 

Alciere, a married father of one who inspects circuit boards at a factory, said he was arrested for "petty stuff'' years ago but never went to jail and has no criminal record. He said his anti-police comments are the "harmless rantings of a private citizen'' that won't influence his legislative work. 

New Hampshire has no procedure for recalling state representatives, and legislators said they expect Alciere to serve. 

"As despicable as the ideas are, the complaints against him are for his ideas,'' said Peter Burling, the House Democratic leader. 

With 400 members, the New Hampshire House is the largest state legislative body in the country and many campaigns don't get much media attention. Alciere admits he didn't advertise his views during his campaign, but denies misleading anyone. 

"Nobody asked,'' he said. "For state representative, you don't have to tell where you stand on the issues.'' 

He said when police cross the line, citizens have the right to use force to defend themselves: "Whatever is necessary is necessary. It sounds kind of harsh.'' 

He is taking plenty of heat. Newmarket police Chief Rodney Collins called Alciere "a hate-mongering lunatic,'' and Gov. Jeanne Shaheen is among state leaders to denounce him. 

Nashua Deputy Police Chief Timothy Hefferan said supervisors warn officers to be careful if they get a call to Alciere's apartment building. He said police usually stay out of politics, but "I think we'll have to revisit that policy just to enlighten people.'' 

Alciere's views got some publicity when he wrote letters to
newspapers. 

In 1997, three days after Carl Drega killed two state troopers, a part-time judge and a newspaper editor in Colebrook, Alciere sent a letter saying that except for the editor, Drega was "an otherwise innocent cop-killer taking out enemy officers in battle.'' 

The letter was never published, but became part of the investigation.

A short time later, Epsom police officer Jeremy Charron was murdered. Alciere defended Charron's killer, Gordon Perry, because he said Charron had no right to ask Perry and a companion for identification while they slept in their car. 

Alciere said his anger stems from reading and watching television about police misconduct, and his belief that many of the laws the police enforce are unjust. 

But during his campaign, he promised simply to oppose any bills that infringe on freedom, and defeated a Democratic incumbent by 55 votes. In his previous runs for the seat, Alciere ran twice as a Libertarian and once as a Democrat. 

After the election, Alciere went online and said he was elected by a "bunch of fat, stupid, ugly old ladies that watch soap operas, play bingo, read tabloids and don't know the metric system.'' 

"The same lamebrains who vote for politicians who are WRONG finally voted for one who is RIGHT,'' he wrote. 


[God help this jerk if he ever needs a law enforcement officer in his neighborhood. I take that back, with any luck God will be out of town that week.

I wonder if our new Republican president will prove just how law and order pro he is by denouncing this creep. When an elected official anywhere advocates cop-killing it's not just a problem of that locale, that's the kind of virus that infects and spreads. This is a problem we should all be concerned about.

It's hard to believe that New Hampshire has no law on the books that might enable them to dump this guy . . . and everybody calls California the Wild West.

I especially like the contempt he reserves for those who elected him. This dumdum has obviously learned to shave without looking into a mirror.]

AND WHAT DID YOU GET FOR CHRISTMAS?

Andrea is being rude, but I forgive her, he, he he.

ONE UPS-HER-SHIP

A young and beautiful woman gets into the elevator, smelling like expensive perfume.

She turns to the old Italian woman on the elevator with her and says arrogantly, "Giorgio - Beverly Hills, $100 an ounce!"

Another young and beautiful woman gets on the elevator and also smells of very expensive perfume. She arrogantly turns to the old Italian woman and says, "Channel No. 5, $150 an ounce!"

About three floors later, the old Italian woman has reached her
destination and is about to get off the elevator. Before she leaves, looks both beautiful women in the eye, turns, bends over, and farts. "Broccoli - 49 cents a pound."


THE GOOD AND LITIGIOUS SAMARITAN

Bablaca reminds us that . . .

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNREWARDED

Girl Sues Friend For $5M After Saving Her Life, National Post

The family of a girl who was given one of Canada's highest bravery awards for saving her friend from the path of a truck in Southwestern Ontario is suing the friend for $5-million. 

Kerry-Jo Klingbeil, 17, received serious head injuries when she was caught under the tractor-trailer's rear wheels, leaving her seriously disfigured and with physical and mental impairments, says a statement filed in the general division of Ontario Court in Hamilton.


YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE ME IF I TOLD YOU

This arrived via Sharon courtesy of Beth's Fun Facts. The comments are by yours truly.

STRANGE BUT TRUE LAWS:

*It is against the law to drink milk on a train passing through North Carolina. (Do people still drink milk - anywhere?)

*California law forbids sleeping in the kitchen, but allows cooking in the bedroom. (I've broken this law dozens of times but never been caught. Sometimes I drink too much. Sometimes I fall down and go to sleep anywhere, even the kitchen.)

*It is illegal to ride a camel on Nevada highways. (But you can still smoke them in the casinos.)

*Oregon prohibits citizens from wiping their dishes; dishes must drip dry. (I lived in Oregon and know this is an impractical law since nothing ever dries in that state without being wiped - that includes babies behinds and city streets)

*Kentucky law requires that every person in the state take a bath at least once a year. (Sounds reasonable to me.)

AND IN TURKEY:

In Turkey, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death. (I've tasted Turkish coffee and a cup of it would kill just about anyone, law or no law.)

WELL SON, HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

Coral kindly shares with us her latest 'get rich quick' scheme.

WEALTH

A young man asked a rich old man how he made his money.

The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932-the depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel.

I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents.

The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 p.m. for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I had accumulated a fortune of $1.37.

Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

THE LAST WORD

Bill Mahr recently asked a group of Rap artists up for awards to take a pledge: "I promise if I win not to get up and thank God." He went on to add "Don't be so narcissistic, God doesn't give a rat's ass whether you win or lose. He's too busy elsewhere."
(submitted by Roy Ellerman)


See you tomorrow with "Some of the Best." Sleep warm.


                         RM 1/6/2001 Previously unpublished.

Details of Rod's upcoming concerts and appearances can be obtained via the link below:

Rod McKuen Concerts & Appearances

notable birthdays Joey Lauren Adams o Rowan Atkinson o Capucine o John DeLorean o E.L. Doctorow o Gustav Dore o Bonnie Franklin o Kahlil Gibran o Louis Harris o William Harrison o Joan of Arc o Howey Long o Nancy Lopez o Cary Middlecoff o Tom Mix o Rev. Sun Myung Moon o Sam Rayburn o Gabrielle Reece o Carl Sandburg o Earl Scruggs o Sylvia Syms o Vic Tayback o Nino Tempo o Danny Thomas o Alan Watts o Loretta Young
Rod's random thoughts In friendship, silence is more important than words.

Only look back to gain perspective.

Conscience is the hardest weight to lift.

KEARNY STREET

The house on Kearny Street
where I came and went on weekends
                                  is the same.
The hill above is summer green
the sky a foggy blue
and children still march by each day at three 
       o'clock
foraging back from school.
The hill and Kearny Street are still the same
                                 but I have changed.

No more the winning smile
the hasty song
the happy stare of love
the young heart leaping in the dark room.
And no more the wild young man
who talked to quickly and too loud
of love he owned and wished to give away.

Seldom the sun
catches me lying in bed late anymore.
Seldom the pigeons gargling in the grass
see my form stretched out upon the lawn.

I pace unfamiliar streets now
attempting new solutions to old problems
and the answers seldom come.

But there was a time
in the fall and winter of the year
when the sun's bright yellow mingled with the fog
and Kearny Street in San Francisco was the whole 
      world.

Sometimes I'm sorry for love once known
it doesn't justify the years you spend remembering.
I was always timid about your loving me anyway
knowing the eagle doesn't hunt flies
and that worlds were larger than our love.

But I am happy still
that even for a moment
you laughed in my direction
and chased my nakedness down a lonely beach.
For maybe six months of love
is worth the lifetime you spend looking,
and marmalade 
            and oysters for breakfast one morning
and knowing you tried to love me
                                  is enough.

For love is only moments here and there
it comes and goes quietly I think.
You hear it like silver bells
tied about the throats of cats
             ( now near - now sounding far away. )

I was loved on Kearny Street.
But no more the young heart 
leaping in the dark room. 

                 
- from "Stanyan Street & Other Sorrows," 1970
1966, 1967, 1970, 1984, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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