This phrase from 'Up On Cripple Creek' by The Band pretty well sums up the first and perhaps the last conscious impression that one would have of Hurley, Wisconsin. I had heard a couple times from people in Ironwood, Michigan just across the Montreal River and the state line from Hurley that it was 'where everyone goes to drink'.
Coming into town from Highway 2 and arriving at the main junctio...
Traveling on the road can be stressful. Sometimes too stressful. One doesn't need non-road situations to make them more stressful. Someone should mention this to Bill Gates.
I am presently doing a road trip with limited amount of time to check out property. This is in a remote part of the country that consists of a lot of trees and hills and not much else. The towns that are here are Boonievill...
The UN Council, sick of the never ending strife in Israel between the Jews and the Arabs, came up with a novel idea for mediating a lasting truce. They employed Buddhists to act as peacekeepers.
The Buddhist faith, probably among the most peaceful of any of the earthly religions, emphasizes tolerance, good will and understanding as its most important virtues. The UN high council members thought...
There used to be a sanctuary to which you could retire for that most blessed and peaceful of soul satisfying balms- silence. This sanctuary was known as a 'library' and throughout the world they could be considered a trustworthy and guarded haven for this treasure of peace whether it be in Bangladesh or the heart of Manhattan. There entities known as "librarians" would covet and protect this preci...
2008- Russia invades former 'comrade' nation Georgia because Putin 'has Georgia on his mind….'.
March 2014- Russia takes over the Crimea because they want to protect their naval fleet, and their hidden stores of vodka.
June 2014- Russia begins infiltration and takeover of eastern Ukraine, wanting to 'protect the Russians living there' who invaded centuries ago.
December 2014- Russia invad...
At the Russian/Ukrainian border the so-called 'humanitarian aid' convoy sent by Putin stops to do a final check on what supplies they will be delivering to the Ukrainians on the other side. Two Russian majors exit the first two vehicles carrying clipboards and meet at the back of the first truck.
"OK Dimitri, let's take a final check on everything."
"Yes, Sergei. Let's get it over with quick...
Suicides were always a pain for Detective Malny. Always ugly. Always depressing, although he never let that show.
This one especially.
One of the most famous comics ever. The guy who always made people laugh. Found hanging by a belt. By his own hands.
He was met at the house by Detective Tromsa, one of the first ones on the scene, someone he had worked with often before...
Ann Coulter, that famous extreme right wing author and the wicked witch of the North East That Baum didn't write so much about in his Oz books is forever coming out with new literary tirades against those who, unlike herself, are not raised in families where you are constantly batted over the head with conservative ideals.
She believes that everyone should be like herself: demeaning, mean spir...
It is time for an ode to that great Olympic spokesman for planetary unity and peace, Russian Premier Vladimir Putin.
This is the very same Vlad The Impaler who is also a political schemer, liar and international underground terrorist.
Sing to the tune of the famous theatrical show tune Puttin' On The Ritz:
If you're buddy Yanukovych is screwed and don't know what to do
what to loot, who...
Yes, it is true.
Shameful but true.
It is always difficult for the children of those involved in criminal activities to confront their past and the social stigmas associated with such behavior, but at some time it must be faced.
My mother was a Margarine Smuggler.
(My hand shakes still as I type this.)
In the Wisconsin of the mid 20th century it was illegal to sell margarine. At all. Pe...
Reading comments after Yahoo articles are, at best, a good way to while away time in need of being wasted or in bringing your blood pressure to near hospitalization levels. Usually it is just full of mudslinging and name calling from one side of the the fence to the other with the other side retaliating shortly thereafter. On occasion, rare occasion that is, it does serve up a few comments and sto...
It was a demise that many have seen coming for a long time.
It is a tragedy whose full impact will not be noticed for a while to come.
All things of great worth that are brought into this world go through a cycle- a difficult and long birth, a formative period where it is ignored, misunderstood and its virtues recognized by few, then an ascendance and acceptance by the more intelligent and for...
There is a famous poem written about another famous invasion of Crimea from the 1800's- the British fighting the Russians on the Crimean Peninsula. It is called 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson and concerns itself with the insane and callous ordering of a Brigade of horsemen to attack a Russian battalion that had them surrounded on three sides. It was a popularly received...
A vast problem has developed with the disposal of the chemical weapons possessed by Bashar Assad's military in Syria. Used to cripple and decimate his own people, Assad escaped a bombing by U.S. Forces in retaliation by promising to turn all chemical weapons over to International powers that would inventory and get rid of them.
Unfortunately, no one wants to take them. Volunteers have come forw...
The Gates To Glory opened wide to accept young Jasheed as he entered the Jihadist Heaven he worked so hard to deserve. His trainers had always indoctrinated him on the wonders that would await him there were he to prove himself to be a true fundamentalist patriot. Now, his mission completed and multiple bodies torn apart by his suicide bomb including his own, he had now come to get his awards.
Now that the Super Bowl is over and you are either in euphoric heaven or the depths of despair depending upon your gridiron loyalties, let me proceed to burst your little bubble: the NFL is ripping you off.
Due to an old tax code created when the NFL and the AFL joined in 1966 they get to enjoy tax exempt status.
The NFL makes $9.5 billion a year.
Yes, $9.5 billion. How much do you make...
There are unknown, dark portions of our history that our leaders would just as soon we didn't learn of. There are secrets about those who are at the helms and have the stewardship of our country that would cause many to become sickened and to lose their patriotic fervor were they ever to be revealed. But that is what we are here for, to enlighten you dear folks, to make the opaque visible, to bri...
Far beyond the reaches of normal men's consciousnesses there exists a part of the etheric worlds where what could have been still can be. All events as remembered by the minds of men are not held fast in memories lock, but are fluid and flexible, and not confined to history's limiting pages.
All the conditions that led to so many 'historical' events, be they political, military, or even that m...
Go on the Internet and find a photo of the Octomom, aka Nadya Suleman, she of the cheaper by the dozen fame, having given birth to the near world's record of eight live and surviving births all at once. There are incredible pictures of her in a bikini. Unfortunately, I am unable to put those photos here with this article.
As you can see from the photos, she definitely looks like a fertile breed...
The Mouse has had enough.
Within his realm, The Mouse would be inscribed THE MOUSE, but here on this satire site we are safe from his surveillance and what could be misconstrued as a sign of disrespect.
At least for now, that is.
For years The Mouse has watched as young upstarts have corroded the Empire that he and his Master have so carefully and painstakingly put together.
It is frus...
There are many factors within the fray,
that have turned our Presidents hair to grey.
Pundits, done-thats and patriots galore
seek to sabotage him evermore.
These are the things that have turned our fearless leader's head from black to grey in only five short years:
Having Military Generals whisper to him that 'they would do a Kennedy' on him if he so much as tried to close Guantanamo Ba...
Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
not a creature was stirring
we were all totally soused.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
with the kids still in them so they'd be out of our hair.
They were stuffing candies into their heads
as visions of cavities filled us with dread.
Momma and I settled down for a long winter's nap
right after a run to the bat...