“The cat -- Eleanor Roosevelt -- had one stiff back leg, the other was, uh, twisted; somethin preposterous was the matter with her spine. I scooped the smooshed thing up with a snow shovel after it got run over by a county plow truck durin one of those one-hundred-year-snow-storms, or the third such storm that month. Forced by prevailing conditions -- unable to reach a pet hospital -- I fixed Eleanor up as best I could and, ah, nursed her through a long night. It was durin this critical time that she developed a taste for tequila and I, once again, came to believe in miracles.”
Please give to the National Wildlife Federation/Operation Center: P.O. Box 1691/ Merrifield, Virginia 22116/ 1-800-822-9919
“The experts are wrong: Melania Trump worked with illegal aliens and Governor Jerry Brown -- for free -- in a mannequin factory building car wives for Saudi Arabian women who disguise themselves as men -- wearing keffiyehs and false beards -- so that they can operate motor vehicles without being arrested in Saudi Arabia.”
Some facts about building a wall on the Mexico border and fences already in place:
"The border runs about 1,900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Some sort of barrier—made from concrete, steel mesh and/or barbed wire —currently stands along about a third of it, in areas U.S. Customs and Border Protection deems vulnerable to illicit cross-border activity."
"The hundreds of miles of border that remain unfenced fall into three categories: those deemed too topographically challenging for wall-building because of mountains or other rugged and rough terrain, those on Native American reservation land, and spaces identified for fencing that was never completed because the last project ran out of money. The largest swath of border without a barrier is in Texas." - Los Angeles Daily News
Please give to St. Jude's Hospital: Danny Thomas Place/ Memphis, Tennessee, 38105/ 800-822-6344
"At our house we don’t use, uh, bathroom words so I told my fourteen-year-old son that his testicles are called tentacles, and that he has two of em -- which he does. Pascal, a smart ass, tells my son that since octopuses have eight tentacles they’re smarter than people. It’s true, I was furious at the time that Pascal told my son that octopuses are smarter than people, but I got over it -- I’m the sheriff.”
Otis Moon by Kevin O'Kendley: blurbs from editors/publishers:
“He (Kevin) is truly a talented writer with an alluring sense of style and flair for the mysterious. His characters have a clear voice and he has a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue.” -Lee Boudreaux, Editorial Director, ecco.
(Kevin’s) “writing has a fun and quirky feel to it” … “I also got a kick out of the period language that he uses with such finesse.” -Neil S. Nyren, Senior Vice President, G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
“Kevin is clearly a naturally talented writer and this is exactly the kind of wonderfully executed noir I wish there was more of.” -Kristen Weber, Editor, Mysterious Press & Warner Books.
““The voice is unique and compelling.” -Ben Sevier, Editor, St. Martin’s Press.
“Otis Moon is a witty and colorful protagonist, and the conceit of the mystery was fresh, but at the same time, enjoyable traditional.” -E. Stacy Creamer, Vice President & Executive Editor, The Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group.
“The writing (in Otis Moon) is very good -- I love how the noir is cut with a very subtle edge of humor.” -Sarah Durand, Senior Editor, William Morrow.
Otis Moon, published 2012, is available on Google Books, Amazon and other vendors... Google Books offers an eight-chapter read online...
Please give to the Paralyzed Veterans of America: 801 18th Street, NW/ Washington DC 20006/ 1-800-555-9140
A terrorist “drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge (London/3-22), killing three people.” He crashed into a security fence outside of Parliament and after passing on-foot into the enclosed area "stabbed an unarmed police officer who later died from the injuries. Police then shot" and killed the attacker.
“The dead officer was identified as PC Keith Palmer, 48, who had 15 years of service with the parliamentary and diplomatic protection service and was a husband and father.”
Five people died. “Police say at least 50 people were injured, with 31 requiring hospital treatment. Two of these remain in a critical condition, one of whom has life-threatening injuries. Two police officers are among those still in hospital.”
An American tourist was among the murdered. - Haroon Siddique/ The London Guardian
London: I'm sorry for your loss, your suffering...
Please give to the British Red Cross Society: 44 Moorfields/ London, EC2Y 9AL, UK/ +44 344-871-1111
Some things about immigration restrictions (edited on 3/20):
Immigration quotas, restrictions, bans, with communist, terrorist-sponsor, and conflict- zone states are a historical or have become political constants in the U.S, including under the Obama administration. In the last part of the 20th Century, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, among other countries, have been designated as nations or states deemed by definition and placed under restrictions, including immigration, trade, etc. To establish an immigration ban on the basis of religion is a violation of the First Amendment,* though not specifically for other reasons, dependent on legal precedent, interactive histories, treaties…
Religion as unwritten aspects of policy affecting Catholics, Jews, Eastern Orthodox Christians, etc., were present in past immigration restrictions.
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was initially aimed primarily at Chinese workers and wasn’t lifted until World War II. The Immigration Act and Asian Exclusion Act of 1924 targeted southern and eastern Europeans, Africans, Arabs, Asians, etc. Later, a codicil of immigration law was enacted to exclude gay immigrants, and under the Reagan administration, HIV infected persons, many from African nations.
The 1790 Naturalization Act “excluded non-white people." "Naturalization requirements included two years of residence in the country and 'good moral character,' and an applicant must be a 'free white person.'" - Pew Research Center
“The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952” established that for “the first time in American history, racial distinctions were omitted from the U.S. (immigration) Code.” - Wikipedia
"Just prior to passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, 'residents of only three countries—Ireland, Germany and the United Kingdom—were entitled to nearly 70% of the quota visas available to enter the U.S.' (U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1965). Today Europeans account for 10% of new arrivals." - Pew Research Center
“The Dream Act is a bill initially introduced in 2001, incorporated in the various comprehensive reform bills, and then separately reintroduced in 2009 and 2010. The bill would provide legal residency and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who graduate from U.S. high schools and attend college or join the military. - Wikipedia
“The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), the body of law governing current immigration policy, provides for an annual worldwide limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants, with certain exceptions for close family members.” - American Immigration Council
Sources: Wikipedia, Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, WGN, Offices of the Historian, American Immigration Council, Pew Research Center, etc.
*Please see Carbuncle Moon post: 7/31/16.
“An 1882 immigration law banned entry of lunatics into the United States. This, er, law has impacted the U.S. Congress, uh, and many other officials. The lunatics have been asked to return to their nations of national origin, including but not limited to England, France, Pakistan, Norway, Laos, Namibia, Ireland …” (edited 3/5/20)
Please donate to the U.S.M.C. Toys for Tots: 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive/ Triangle, Virginia 22172/ 703-640-9433
Please give to the National Indian Justice Center: 5250 Aero Drive/ Santa Rosa, California 95403/ 707-579-5507/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy St. Patrick’s Day:
“A sea funnel neared the starboard side of the ship. The compact tempest crouched and sprang, grew smaller and larger, finally to leap out of the sea and to fly across the gulf between where it had been and where it would be. Suddenly, it was upon the two men shoving them into the benches with a wave of water --
Then gone --
Leaving behind a naked woman.
Rising, Jax was restrained by a firm hand on his shoulder. ‘Don’t go near her till she’s got her, uh, er, ship legs,’ Angus said. ‘She’s a selkie. They can be a bit testy until the end of the transformation’” -- “’Let me do the talkin Yank. I’ve seen Clare clear a pub of longshoreman on a Saturday night for insultin a barmaid, or, ah, just for passin gas.’” - from the short story: The Three Travelers by Kevin O’Kendley (in short story section of Carbuncle Moon).
To friends and family:
“I'll drink to our coffins: may they be built from the wood of a hundred-year-old oak tree that I’ll plant tomorrow.” - author unknown
Please give to St. Baldrick’s Foundation: 1333 South Mayflower Avenue, Suite 400/ Monrovia, California 91016/ 888-899-2253/ email@example.com
“I was in the Hollywood DMV: people were faintin from exhaustion after waitin in line for days, and little robots, which look like vacuum cleaners with pseudo-human-like appendages and little smiley faces painted on their control panels, motored over and stole the purses and wallets from the fallen customers. The, uh, robots were marked or identified by this word printed on their metallic sides: Govmint -- Ivanka, California needs less govmint.”
"The Sioux revolt against the Dakota Access Pipeline was one of those breathtakin statements about life that I enjoy. I savor those nuances by unrestrained architects, love the people that build and live in those edifices of surprise, uh, billowin free speech, challengin the barricades, shakin their fists and yellin out loud, lovin their tenuous perch on life, even upon that sheer rock face of survival, taunted and persecuted by gravity." (edited 4/1)
Please see Carbuncle Moon blog from 12/25/16: "From 12/22..."
Please give to the Jimmy Fund/ 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor/ Brookline, Massachusetts 02284/ 800-525-4669
"I once introduced this broad to a Jewish pal of mine, and I said somethin like: This is Louise, she’s half English and, uh, half Lesbian -- ha, ha, but I meant Lebanese -- though it turned out that I could’ve been right on the money, or at least that’s what my pal said later, though it could have been sour grapes on his part because she wouldn’t put out.”
Please give to Islamic Relief USA: 22250 Wheeler Avenue/ Alexandria, Virginia 22304/ 855-447-1001
Please support the White Helmets: firstname.lastname@example.org
“An Irish fisherman -- from Donegal -- found a bottle in the North Atlantic. There was a note in it. The note said: My name is Bob Costas and I hit your Vespa with my 1-ton truck with snow plow. I’m pretendin to put this note on your windshield.”
"In securing a sovereign and inviolate Israel and Palestine: the Armeggeddon-puzzle of solving war should include the parents of children with no future -- without peace." (image is a collaboration)
Please give to UNICEF, U.S. Fund, Children First: 125 Maiden Lane/ New York, New York 10038/ 800- 367-5437
“A good man and an evil man may look alike but they are not alike."
(caption changed on 3/14)
“I’m gunna become a lesbian, and, uh, join a crew -- of ten -- lesbians going to the Planet Uterus -- but I’ll be the only one with a penis.”
Please give to the March of Dimes: 1755 Creekside Oaks Drive, #130/ Sacramento, California 95833/ 916-922-1913
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