Saturday, November 21, 2009

How Are Things in Glocca Morra

Might as well ask, about there, since there hasn't been much going on here, on The Garlic, of recent times.

So sorry, Garlic Fans, as we have been flat out, jammin' with a multitude of things on the homefront.

When The Aunt was released from short-term Rehab, nearly a month ago, we implemented a Hospice here at home (not that she is terminal for anything other than her age, a few weakening parts, and the advancement of dementia), and that has had us hopping.

In the past week (through today), we've had two, separate, unrelated incidents to deal with that required our full, constant attention, leaving us little in the gas tank to be anything but dog-tired.

We are well-aware of our scant posting, and endeavoring to summon back the mojo, to get back in-the-groove of riffing on some of the juicy happenings going on.

So, indulgence is asked, respectfully.

In the meantime, something to go with your Sunday morning coffee, from Sonny Rollins.


Sonny Rollins - How Are Things in Glocca Morra

This Date ... On The Garlic

21 November 2008... On The Garlic

Well, She Could Have Been Shooting Them From A Helicopter ...

Top Ten Cloves: Ways To Tell Your Neighbor Is Being Vetted For An Obama Cabinet Post

21 November 2007... On The Garlic

Happy Holiday ... However You Celebrate it!

21 November 2006... On The Garlic

Breaking News! Fox Bounces The Juice and Brings In The Scooter; OJ Out, Libby In, As Fox Looks To Make Lemonade Out Of Their Lemons; Regan Snares Cheney Aide For “If I Leaked ...” Special; No Hush Money But Donation Made To Defense Fund

21 November 2005... On The Garlic

Murtha Calls For Cheney To Withdraw From Secret Bunker

Top Ten Cloves:'s Reponses To Fraud Charges In Setting Up Fake Dates

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Top Ten Cloves: Other Things Majority of Republicans Believe ACORN Orchestrated

News Item: Poll: Majority Of Republicans Think Obama Didn't Actually Win 2008 Election -- ACORN Stole It!

10. Smuggling a baby Barack Obama, out of Kenya, and forging a fake Hawaiian Birth Certificate

9. Sinking of The Maine

8. It was ACORN who gave Senator Larry Craig a wide-stance

7. Katie Couric asking Sarah Palin tough questions, like, "What books or magazines do you read?"

6. Acorn planted Congressmen David Vitter's number in the D.C. Madem's phone book

5. Nixon, taking the United States off the Gold Standard

4. Forced Ted Haggard to seek a Masseuse

3. The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping

2. The Balloon Boy fiasco was really an ACORN Satellite being launched

1. Somehow influenced Bill Belichoke going for it on 4th down

Bonus PartyofNoicans Riffs

Will Bunch-Attytood: The 26 Percent Solution

David Dayen: GOP Fearmongering Succeeds In Casting Doubt On Legitimacy Of The Electoral Process

Digby: Illegitimacy

Spencer Ackerman: A Paucity Of Explanations


Glenn Greenwald: The unconstitutionality of the congressional GOP's ACORN obsession

This Date ... On The Garlic

19 November 2008... On The Garlic

I'm Leavin' On A Jet Plane ...

Our IDOTW Michele Bachmann Is At It - Again!

Oh, Our Hopes Were High ... Cheney, Gonzales Indicted in Texas

Commander Guy Pisses On Interior Department, Marking His Territory

19 November 2007... On The Garlic

Black Bunting and Chalk Outlines ... It's Weekend at Rudy's

Townsend's Lack of Knowledge On Al Qaeda Gets Her Bounced; Sources Say Can't Be Sure She Would Be Able To Get Iran Info Straight

19 November 2006... On The Garlic

Weekend Special - Sautéed Cloves

Ahhh, Mr. Bush, We Need To See You After Class ... The Results - The Garlic's Weekly Poll

19 November 2005... On The Garlic

Weekend Special - Sautéed Cloves

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Barry Crimmins: "So Long Obes"

It was rather sudden, and shocking, to hear the news that star stand-up comic, and television game show host, Ken Ober passed away over the weekend;

Ken Ober dies at 52; host of MTV's 'Remote Control' game show

Ken Ober, ‘Remote Control’ Host, Is Dead at 52

From his Wikipedia page;

He received his break after appearing as a contestant on Star Search.[4] He was most widely known for his role on the MTV game show Remote Control,[5] which he hosted for three seasons, spanning 1987 to 1989, then in reruns for an additional two years. That show also helped launch the careers of Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, and Colin Quinn. Ober was known among '90s and '00s audiences for his hosting jobs on Make Me Laugh,[6] Smush, and the ESPN game show Perfect Match.

There's plenty about Ken Ober, his life, and death, out on the World Wide Web.

However, the most moving, the most personal, the most heart-felt post you can find, is from Barry Crimmins, long-time friend of Ken Ober.

So long, Obes

Although he was an expert needler, he knew exactly how not to be a pain in the ass. During a period when I was besieged by people wasting my time by beating around the bush looking for dates, Ken never squandered a moment of my too-busy days. This was just a small part of the reason I so enjoyed his inordinately good company. I don't recall how it started, but early on Ken and I began mockingly calling each other frattish nicknames. This was not out of respect for the ludicrous campus Greek traditions we had scuffed up against in college. No, it was disdain for the dildoic that made him "Obes" and me "Cribs." This gag, which had been fleshed out over eons of sarcasm and enough drinks to swell a rhino's liver, stuck for the duration of our friendship. It personalized it and gave it a special status. While talking this summer we finally acknowledged that we had become what we had resisted since the days at the Ding: long lost frat brothers from the old Grabba Break house in Cambridge.


Yesterday, when the horrible news of Ken's death reached me, my first thought was of Bear. As tough as it is for humans to lose Ken, it has to be worse for his dog. I've been assured that Bear is in good hands but I feel so bad for him because as unbelievable as Ken's sudden death is to his family and legions of pals, it's got to be worse for a dog who was man's best friend to one of the best men ever. Poor Bear!

I can't imagine I'll ever get over Ken's ridiculously premature death (he was 52). Ask anyone who knew him (and believe me, there won't be anywhere near six degrees of separation between you and Ken) and they'll tell you that he was such a solid and unswerving friend that it seemed like he would always, always be there. Now that he isn't, those of us who were graced by his magnificent friendship know we cannot ever replace him. What we can do is begin to pay down the debt we owe to humanity for having had Ken Ober in our lives for as long as we did. So if you loved Kenny, track down an old friend today to see how they're doing or maybe stop and encourage that taken-for-granted intern on your staff. Take your dog for an extra long walk and let her or him sneak up on the couch. Don't have a dog? Adopt one. Can't have a dog? Make a donation to a no-kill shelter near you.
Go read the entire post.

And, if you knew "Obes", leave a comment for "Cribs" when you finish reading.

Or, just give "Cribs", a shout-out ...

This Date ... On The Garlic

18 November 2008... On The Garlic

Al Giordano - "Mr. President-Elect: Judge Abner Mikva Is Right About Sen. Clinton as Secretary of State"

18 November 2007... On The Garlic

Thomas Friedman, Clearly, Is Eating Lead-Painted Toys From His Flat World Economy!

Comics Come Home Xlll Review, From The Optimistic Curmudgeon

18 November 2005... On The Garlic

Cheney Speech Causes DC Police, Homeland Security Grief

Top Ten Cloves: How Bush Administration Is Spinning Use Of White Phosphorus In Iraq

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Top Ten Cloves: Things Bill Belichick Was Thinking, Just Before Going For It On 4th Down

News Item: Bill Belichick enters another elite club

10: Was trying to remember how much change he had in his pocket

9. Thinking that, maybe, he should have jumped into the NY-23 race

8. Feared many will "Unfriend" him on Facebook if he blows the call

7. Instead of coming up with what play to run, was trying to remember the words to the Bon Jovi tune playing in his head

6. Wondering how meddlesome he would be, if Rush Limbaugh owned the Patriots

5. Since he's married now, debated about pointing out, to Tom Brady, the busty cheerleader on the sidelines

4. Was preoccupied with coming up with anagrams of Peyton Manning's name

3. If he blows it, hoping that Sarah Palin's book coming out will bury his gaffe

2. Should have looked at all the films, of the Colts' signal-calling, before the game

1. Not making it puts him in the chute for one of those "Should'a had a V-8" commercials

Bonus Bill Belichoke Riffs

NYT: Colts Pull Off Improbable Win as Patriots’ Gamble Backfires

TSN: Belichick's Decisions Set Him Apart from Other NFL Coaches

Dan Fogarty: Michael Wilbon Leads Charge Against Belichick’s “Arrogant” Play Call

USA Today: Rodney Harrison: 'The worst decision I've ever seen Bill Belichick make'

George Donnelly: Belichick made the right business decision

Monique Walker: Decision by Belichick still one very hot topic

Bonus Bonus!

Top Ten Cloves: Things Brett Favre Can Expect On His Return To The Green Bay Packers

Top Ten Cloves: Possible Reasons Peyton Manning Threw Six Interceptions Last Evening

Top Ten Cloves: Ways To Tell Your Next Door Neighbor May Be Conducting Illegal Dogfights

This Date ... On The Garlic

17 November 2008... On The Garlic

Top Ten Cloves: Things About The Meeting Today, Between President Elect Obama and John McCain

17 November 2007... On The Garlic

Barry Crimmins Is Rolling ... Snake Eyes!

Kerry Lowers The Boom On Boone ... Or Just Another GOP Smokescreen?

Bonds Indicted ... Let's Have A Barrypalooza!

17 November 2005... On The Garlic

Under Fire, Woodward Offers Reason He Didn't Write Plame Story

Top Ten Cloves: Things Overheard On President Bush's Trip To China