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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Aries Development Continues To Rape Charles Avenue

Code enforcement beat me to it.
That $4,000 fine will restore the 100-year old trees, right?
It was supposed to be a quiet morning editing Farce Au Pain, until I received a text from one of my secret sources in Coconut Grove. The gist of the message being: "You won't believe what's going on at the E.W.F. Stirrup House."

My source had heard that the 8-foot wall that separated the E.W.F. Stirrup property from the Grove Gardens Residence Condominiums [hereafter known as The Monstrosity] had been torn down. This was apparently done so that the restaurants and bars in The Monstrosity could start seating customers on the E.W.F. Stirrup Property.

Wait!!! What???

I jumped in the car and drove down to Coconut Grove as quick as the speed limit on I-95 would allow. While my source was correct, it was even worse than they had suspected. Yes, the wall -- which had been the target of graffiti artists on more than one occasion -- was removed as a first step to expanding the restaurant seating, but what was done at the front of the property is what reduced me to tears.

The E.W.F. Stirrup Property has been raped of all its old growth trees!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Friday, February 21, 2014

As SciFi fans the world over celebrate Anthony Daniels' birthday, let's take a quick look at some of the Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear:
1804 – The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.
1842 – John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.
1848Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
1878 – The first telephone book is issued in New Haven, Connecticut.
1885 – The newly completed Washington Monument is dedicated.
1925The New Yorker publishes its first issue.
1947 – In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.
1948NASCAR is incorporated.
1958 – The peace symbol, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.

1965Malcolm X is assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.
1972President Richard Nixon visits the People's Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
But, what's happening in the world right now? Take a gander at just a few of today's Headlines Du Jour:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello, Headliners!!! On this, the 87th birthday of Sidney Poitier, let's first take a look at some of the Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear:
1816Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville premieres at the Teatro Argentina in Rome.
1872 – In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens.
1877Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake receives its première performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
• 1933 – Adolf Hitler secretly meets with German industrialists to arrange for financing of the Nazi Party's upcoming election campaign.
1943 – American movie studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor movies.
1952Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American umpire in organized baseball by being authorized to be a substitute umpire in the Southwestern International League.
1959 – The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
1965Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts.
Let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Good morning, Headliners. How will you be celebrating the birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus today? Among the Headlines Du Jour from yesterday include:
356 – Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire.
1674England and the Netherlands sign the Treaty of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfers the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it is renamed New York.
1846 – In Austin, Texas the newly formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following the annexation of Texas by the United States.
1847 – The first group of rescuers reaches the Donner Party.
1859Daniel E. Sickles, a New York Congressman, is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This is the first time this defense is successfully used in the United States.
1878Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
1953Censorship: Georgia approves the first literature censorship board in the United States.
1963 – The publication of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique reawakens the Feminist Movement in the United States as women's organizations and consciousness raising groups spread.
Now let's delve into today's Headlines Du Jour:

LGBT NEWS:


The evolutionary puzzle
of homosexuality


Washington State To Automatically Marry All Same-Sex Domestic Partners

GET THE FRACK OUT OF HERE!!!


Scientists mystified as 20 earthquakes hit Oklahoma in one day

THE "O" IN GOP STANDS FOR OLD:


Bobby Jindal Relaunches Himself One More Time

The Cost of Voting Republican: Economy Lost $3 Billion Due to GOP Blocking UI Entension

THE "P" IN GOP STANDS FOR PLUTOCRACY:



FOLLOW THE MONEY:


Comcast Gave $854,000 to
Congressional Committee
Overseeing its Merger with Time Warner


Filthy rich but secretly terrified: Inside the 1 percent’s sore-winner backlash


TEABAGGED ENOUGH ALREADY?


The Tea Party Demands that
Mitch McConnell Drop Out Or
Else Alison Grimes Will Win


Voting Against John Boehner Just Became The Tea Party's Litmus Test

FREE THE WEED!!!


Louisiana governor open to
legalizing medical marijuana


Washington State Legislators
Pass Hemp Nullification Bill


Inside Girl Scout Cookies

Kinky Friedman Agriculture Commissioner campaign rooted in marijuana legalization

KANSAS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Kansas Bill Would Allow Spanking
Children To Point Of Bruising


FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


How Fox News Talks About African-Americans When It's Not February



Don Lemon Attacked By Fox News Over
His Reaction To Michael Dunn Verdict


CRACK MAYOR CORNER:


Doug Ford says Rob Ford is
being bullied by gay community


Rob Ford not backing down from controversy, says he can see ‘no reason’ to put up Pride flag to support gay rights during Olympics

Rob Ford may have broken
election rules, rival says


VIDEO DU JOUR:




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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, February 18, 2014

As every Beatles fan knows, February 18 is the birthday of Yoko Ono, who gets the Headlines Du Jour delivered to her doorstep every morning. She says her favourite part is the Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear:
1861 – In Montgomery, Alabama, Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
1865American Civil War: Union forces under Major General William T. Sherman set the South Carolina State House on fire during the burning of Columbia.
1885The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States.
1913Pedro Lascuráin becomes President of Mexico for 45 minutes; this is the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.
• 1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
1954 – The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
How's that? Was it good for you too, Yoko? If so, let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour.

IN LGBT NEWS:


Olympic police re-arrest former
Italian MP for wearing rainbow outfit


Watch: Lawmakers Cheer As
Ugandan President Declares ‘War
With The Homosexual Lobby’


Susan Rice Urges Ugandan President
Not To Sign Anti-Gay Law


Anne Rice Unloads on Anti-Gay Facebook Commenters

TODAY'S EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:


California police use taser
on deaf man trying to communicate with them
via sign language


PRESIDENTS' DAY LEFTOVERS:


George W. Bush: Still the worst
A new study ranks Bush near the
very bottom in history, due to delusional
wars, reckless spending and inflexibility

Happy Presidents’ Day! Meet The Five Most Overrated American Presidents

FREE THE WEED!!!


Uruguay Prez Jose Mujica To
United States: Legalize Weed



Medical Marijuana Sponsor Says
Police Are Addicted To Drug War Dollars



THE "O" IN GOP STANDS FOR OLD:


GOP Senate Candidate Calls
Mitch McConnell 'Beltway
Turtle' In Anti-Cornyn Ad


Greg Abbott under fire
for Ted Nugent invite


43 House Republicans Want to Sue Barack Obama For Being President

The GOP Has Screwed Itself
Out Of A Perfect Obamacare
Election Message


TEABAGGED ENOUGH ALREADY?


America’s First President
Was The Tea Party’s
Worst Nightmare


TODAY IN RAPE CULTURE:


Montana county attorney’s office to mother of 5-year-old rape victim: ‘Boys will be boys’

FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



CNN’s Don Lemon Hits Back
at Fox’s Gregg Jarrett: ‘Mind
Your Business, Old Man’



Chris Wallace Says Climate Change Isn’t Occurring Because It Is Cold On The East Coast


MORE IN CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS:


Heatwave frequency 'surpasses levels previously predicted for 2030'
Abbott government urged to better articulate dangers of climate
change as Climate Council highlights rising number of hot days

TODAY IN NON-RELIGION:


NC high school faces legal challenge for refusing secular club

TRUMP THE CHUMP:


Donald Trump faces
Irish wind farm battle


LIVING WITH POLLUTION IN DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


John Carlisle: Some Detroiters
living with Marathon plant
pollution find peace - at a price



VIDEO DU JOUR:


Yoko Ono backed by John Lennon, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention


Headlines Du Jour is a leisure-time activity of Not Now Silly, home of the Steam-Powered Word-0-Matic, and your rest stop on the Information Highway. Use our valuable bandwidth to post your news comments in today's open thread.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Monday, February 17, 2014

As we celebrate the birth of Jerry Lewis-muse Kathleen Freeman, let's take a closer look at a few Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear:
1753 – In Sweden February 17 is followed by March 1 as the country moves from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
1801 – An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.
1819 – The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.
1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.
1959Project Vanguard: Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution.
1965Project Ranger: The Ranger 8 probe launches on its mission to photograph the Mare Tranquillitatis region of the Moon in preparation for the manned Apollo missions. Mare Tranquillitatis or the "Sea of Tranquility" would become the site chosen for the Apollo 11 lunar landing.
1996 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, world champion Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match.
Now that that's over with, let's take a gander at today's Headlines Du Jour:

BOYCOTT THE SOCHI OLYMPICS!!!


Russians “brutally” arrest former Italian member of parliament at Sochi Olympics

TODAY IN HEALTH CARE:


Hospital charges shown to vary widely
Some bill more 'because they can'

FREE THE WEED!!!


New details emerge on Colorado
marijuana operators raided by feds


Deep pockets and personal stories underpin Florida's medical marijuana push

HACKING DU JOUR:


Kickstarter Hacked, Credit Card Data Safe

PHONE HACKING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Murdoch's ex-British paper boss Brooks to start phone-hacking defense

LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Would Fox News' Bill O'Reilly be a good president in 2016 or not?

FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Why would a Michigan medical clinic block Fox News?

WHEN THE MITT HITS THE FAN:



THE "O" IN GOP STANDS FOR OH! STOP!! MY!!! SIDES!!!!


Election Thief Karl Rove Says Chris Christie Is What We Want In a President

PASS THE POPCORN!!!


Reviled by Republicans,
Ted Cruz is ‘So Hated,
He’s Going to Need
a Food Taster’


REAL ESTATE CORNER:


Al Capone's gangster mansion on the market in Miami Beach

CONSTITUTION CORNER:


Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Not Talk to the Police


CRACK MAYOR CORNER:


Rob Ford’s Toronto: where the buck doesn’t stop
If Ukrainians can protest their leader in weather even colder than Toronto’s, why are Torontonians content to let Rob Ford be mayor?

STAR TREK UNIVERSE:


Michael Dorn Confirms He’s Working on a ‘Star Trek: Captain Worf’ TV Series

CBS developing new CSI
and EMS related Star Trek
television shows


TODAY IN RELIGION:


Pastor dies after snake he was handling bit him

DYLAN IN DECLINE:


Bob Dylan and the Ethics of Market Fascism

VIDEO DU JOUR:




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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Unpacking The Writer ► Unpacking The Readers

If you're relatively new to Not Now Silly, and/or my Unpacking The Writer series, let me hip you to one salient fact right now, so you don't feel foolish from here on out: 

Long-time visitors are already clicking on every advert they can find on this page and the next. "Why?" you might ask. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Where my readers are from and the browsers they use? Wait! China?
Ready? Because this is the series in which I ask -- either subtly or blatantly (and this month I'm going with blatant) -- for you to help me pay for some of the costs of this blog by clicking on an advert, or 10. Believe me when I say the pennies I get from your clicks don't quite cover the storage costs for all the images I use. So, if you're reading, this you should be clicking that. It's only fair.

Meanwhile, as I was prepping this blog post I took a glance at the latest Not Now Silly statistics. The Blogger platform doesn't give me a whole lot of info about my readers, which is why I go over the little I do get like a Vodou bokor divining over freshly-killed chicken entrails. One stat that I find eminently fascinating is what search terms caused visitors to take the off ramp to my rest stop on the information highway. I check it regularly looking for surprises. Here's today's chart of search terms:




Because this screen grab was taken early in the day, that's the only search term that brought a reader to my doorstep so far. The search terms are always truncated to around 40 characters, so there are times I'm forced to infer what these people were looking for. While I've written about Bob Marley, I doubt this inquisitive person was looking for anything that I could supply. The same can be said for Researcher #6 on the weekly list [below] who got here twice -- or there are two guys (gals?) out there searching for exactly the same stuff:

While I believe in giving my readers what they want, I simply can't fulfill every request



Googalizer results for "free video sex gay
negro black blog." Who knew there were
that many people looking for Black gay porn?
I'm baffled that that string of words would bring someone here, as opposed to other web sites, far more on topic, on much busier thoroughfares on the information highway. These people must be really drilling down deep into the search results because when I plugged "free video sex gay negro black blog" into the Googalizer, Not Now Silly didn't pop up until Page 9. You'd think they would have been satiated at the end of page one, doncha? And, just imagine their disappointment when they arrive here. [It occurs to me that using the search term in this paragraph is sure to bring more puzzled visitors, which are my favourite kind. And, I've probably just ensured that Not Now Silly ranks higher than Page 9 from here on in on THAT search term.] 

People who are searching Not Now Silly for something very specific are represented in the chart's #1 position above. The truncated string '"coconut grove playhouse" (site:blogspo"' indicates that someone was searching this particular site for a very specific specific term, 5 different times. I sure hope it wasn't a libel lawyer.

Drilling down into the monthly results brings a few surprises:



The monthly stats is where [allegedly] corrupt Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff appears. That means someone has found there way here using that search term in the last month, but not within the last week. I hope it wasn't a libel lawyer. That used to be a much more frequent search term, but I guess Sarnoff's office got tired of checking. TO BE FAIR: I've not really written much about him lately. I wonder whether this mention will warrant a visit.

Meanwhile, the same Coconut Grove Playhouse search from the weekly chart is also on the monthly, which means it's more than a week old, but less than a month. At the #1 position on that chart is my post on Josephine Baker, of which I am far more proud than all those times I poked the [allegedly] corrupt Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff with a stick.

However, the chart I always find the most interesting is the All Time results, tabulated since I launched Not Now Silly on April 19, 2012:



What I find most amazing about this last chart is that 258 people arrived at Not Now Silly by searching for one variation or another of Three Stooges. Who knew they were so popular? What I like about this list is that it's fairly eclectic list of topics because Not Now Silly is a fairly eclectic blog.

Just a few more agenda items before I sign off on this exciting episode of Unpacking The Writer:

I totally underestimated how long it would take to kick Chapter Two of my book, Farce Au Pain, into shape for publication. I am narrowing in on it and really hope to publish it for you on March 1st. You may wish to reacquaint yourself by heading on over to the front door of Farce Au Pain. If you haven't read it yet, boy are you in for a treat.

There's been a slight bit of news on Trolleygate, which I hope to write about within the next week. I've been reading some legal documents and I need to interview a few people to make sure I've interpreted them correctly. I also want to see if I can get official comment from: 1). The City of Miami; 2). The City of Coral Gables; 3). Miami-Dade County; 4). Astor Development; 5). Anyone else who will take my calls. This could be a busy week on the phone.



I continue to research the E.W.F. Stirrup House. While I have discovered some interesting information, I'm still closing in on the real history I've been seeking. In the meantime, in an effort to get more people interested in saving the E.W.F. Stirrup House from Demolition by Neglect, I've fired up a facebookery called, appropriately enough, Save the E.W.F. Stirrup House. If you're a facebooker, please join the group. It's jam-packed with info about the Stirrup House, Coconut Grove, and other instances of Demolition by Neglect.

I read all your correspondence.
A big hat tip to JN & DO for your suggestions concerning Headlines Du Jour. You'll note I incorporated both your ideas, but just not both at the same time, if that makes sense. Oh, and AG: Your idea would have taken the focus away from the Headlines Du Jour, so . . . Never mind. However, there may be another way to use that idea at Not Now Silly, so stay tuned.

I had hoped that this month I would be announcing my contributions to a local franchise of a respected country-wide web operation. However, I'm awaiting a response to my first contribution ordered up by the editor.

Back in the day, when I used to write regularly for magazines, the final draft was sent to my editor by First Class Mail. If I didn't hear back for several weeks, it was understandable. However, in this cyber-universe in which we now live, I can shoot a 1,000,000 word article to the other side of the world faster than I can type that old saw about the swift brown fox. It's just possible I'm being impatient. Either that or I'm just nostalgic for the old days when editors were collaborators in shaping the final product. I need to curb my enthusiasm, in case things don't work out.

I have learned that they squeal the loudest when you make fun
of Loofah Lad, but The Falafel King would know all about that.
Additionally, lastly -- and most gratefully -- things have been relatively quiet on the cyber-bully front lately. The Flying Monkey Squad has not been as obsessively stalkerish this past month as usual. However, that doesn't mean they've forgotten about me totally. They've only mentioned me enough to remind me to schedule some more timed tweets about them, not enough to warrant writing another full post about them. I'll let all my previous posts about those psychotic miscreants stand for the time being. For the day to day hilarity, you could check The Johnny Dollar Depreciation Society over at facebook.

A clue for the clueless: If you ever did forget about me, I promise to stop writing about you. I would have thought you would have figured that out by now. And, I know whose reputation is being hurt by this continued feud and it's not mine. Your move, Chicolinis.

Dear readers: If you've read this far without clicking on an advert by now, you're a poopyhead.

Headlines Du Jour ► Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hello Headliners! Today would have been Sonny Bono's 79th birthday, had he not died -- as a Congressman -- in a tragic skiing accident in 1998. Among Headlines Du Jour from yesteryear are:
1852Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.
1874Silver Dollar becomes legal US tender.
1923Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
1959Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).
1987 – The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed "Ivan the Terrible" in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem.
Without further delay, let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour:

LGBT NEWS:


Kansas Senate Comes To It’s Senses And Nixes Extreme Anti-Gay Legislation

Idaho's top court grants
adoptive rights to spouse
in gay marriage


FREE THE WEED!!!


Wisconsin Gov. Thinks Alcohol Safer Than Pot

Tokers React to High-Priced Legal
Marijuana Sales in Colorado


BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING:


5 Things You May Not Know
About Drone Use On U.S. Soil


HISTORY IS COMPLICATED.
EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY EVEN MORE SO.


New fossil bed found by
scientists hailed as 'motherlode'

Marble Canyon in B.C.'s Kootenay National
Park yielding dozens of discoveries

THE "O" IN GOP STANDS FOR OMG!!!


Poll: Republicans like George Zimmerman more than President Obama. Independents not far behind

Ted Cruz Violates The First Amendment With Anti-Gay Marriage Senate Bill

JOKE DU JOUR:


Sarah Palin Would Win Presidential Election ‘Hands Down’ if No Media Bias, According to Husband (Video)

ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:



A DISPATCH FROM WINDSOR ABOUT DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


Henderson: What happened to our once mighty neighbour?

RELIGION CORNER:


Virginia Marriage Equality Decision Exposes Religious Right’s Hatred of America

BULLY CORNER:


NFL Report Proves Without
A Doubt That Richie Incognito
Is A Terrible Person



◄ Speaking of terrible people, here's my cyber-bully ►
The Mark Koldys-Johnny Dollar Cyber-Bully Comments of the Day

THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS:


One in four Americans
unaware that Earth circles Sun


FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


A Whole Hour with Fox "News"

LOOFAH LAD IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



VIDEO DU JOUR:




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