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Palm Springs, CA.   Spent Tuesday evening playing Bridge. Hadn’t played in almost 30 years. Found an instructor who tutors small groups and he was willing to give me a chance. There were 4 of us – that’s a good number for Bridge. We started at 6 p.m. and played for about 3 hours. Was really surprised at how quickly I recalled some of the game’s details.

One of the first memories to return was that of the most often used word in the game – PASS. I became quite good at using it. Thought about saying it different ways, using expressive tones, unusual delivery speed rates and even whispering. I refrained for it became evident the other players were more interested in the delay that occurred before I uttered the word. Apparently you’re supposed to rather quickly realize when you don’t have a bidding hand. In my defense, it was difficult to know whether to PASS or bid. You see, my evening of bidding hands didn’t include a genuine winner with which to compare the others. So I spent time wondering if the loser I was holding was a better loser than ones previous.

The instructor provided Cheat Sheets and I referred to one when calculating bidding points. Never had to count higher than 13. Didn’t have to do much adding and subtracting for the evening’s hands were filled with Jacks, Queens, single and double card suits, and one Royal Flush starting with the deuce of diamonds.

At one point my partner bid 1 Club – and that left me wondering how he knew that’s what I had. I responded by bidding 1 Heart which produced a scowl on his face. He responded by bidding 2 Clubs and won the bid. I became the Dummy – thought that would have been obvious when I walked in the door. He played, I watched, we lost.

Fortunately no scores were kept and the instructor said we’d cover that subject in the future. At this point my confidence level in my Bridge-playing skills is quite high. I expect to be ready to enter a Master Novice Tournament well before Christmas.

Bond Shands
Palm Springs
September 2, 2009

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Palm Springs, CA.   The Desert Sun has decreed next decade’s 45th Congressional District campaign face-off between relatively novice politician Steve Pougnet and incumbent Mary Bono Mack the most “important local campaign in the months ahead“.
The paper views 2010’s David vs Goliathress encounter as a serious
event and has launched a new section on its website dedicated to
complete coverage of the race. They’re pulling together stories – local
and national – in an effort to provide readers with more than most need
or probably care to know. And yet, they’ve already missed or
deliberately overlooked at least one important story that’s clearly
relevant to coverage of the campaign.

First, some background. The Coachella Valley is Rush Limbaugh country and his local radio home is KSPI NewsTalk Radio. Rush is on weekdays from 9 am until noon spreading his message, typically one of intentional hate and nastiness, to satisfy the appetites of the faithful somewhere out there on the far right in radio land. Local KPSI broadcaster Steve Kelly’s little 8 am morning talk show is actually the opening act for Limbaugh and it’s one Kelly carries off with something approaching sang-froid. Limbaugh, of course, is nationally famous and that makes Kelly a very important personage in his own right.

It was recently disclosed that famous personage Steve Kelly has a FaceBook page and so does Mary Bono Mack. It was also reported that Bono Mack had recentlyfriendedKelly on FaceBook. In the same news was revelation Mayor Steve Pougnet has shown no interest in “friending” famous personage Steve Kelly on FaceBook. So, out of two possibilities, Kelly has but one friend. This is the type of campaign stuff we need to know – real National Inquirer quality material. Why hasn’t it been reported on the new “45th CD” web page and why did The Desert Sun snub Steve Kelly?

This blog is calling for a boycott of The Desert Sun, the Palm Springs Sun, the Cathedral City Sun, the Rancho Mirage Sun, the Palm Desert Sun, the La Quinta Sun, the Desert Hot Springs Sun, the Indo Sun, the Coachella Sun, the Indian Wells Sun and the Thermal Sun (is there really a Thermal Sun?) by all Rush Limbaugh/Steve Kelly fans. We need to unite, to demonstrate, to dirty Desert Sun official vehicle tires with cold, left-over Lattes, and to sing loudly, A Capella, outside their headquarters office windows. Until we are successful and our goals are met (goals list still being drawn) it should be made clear none will support a “45th CD” political web page that discriminates against Limbaugh, and his opening act, the almost friendless Steve Kelly. It’s time to fight, we shall overcome, our battle has just begun. Ladies and Gentlemen, “Remember the Maine!”

Postscript disclaimer. This blog was not underwritten from the personal funds of Hot Rod Pacheco.

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Corrigan Brothers

(formerly known as Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys) on
the Late Late Show (Irish television),

November 7, 2008.

No one as Irish as Barack OBama

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama
You don’t believe me, I hear you say
But Barack’s as Irish, as was JFK
His granddaddy’s daddy came from Moneygall
A small Irish village, well known to you all

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There’s no one as Irish As Barack O’Bama

He’s as Irish as bacon and cabbage and stew
He’s Hawaiian he’s Kenyan American too
He’s in the white house, He took his chance
Now let’s see Barack do Riverdance

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There’s no one as Irish As Barack O’Bama

From Kerry and cork to old Donegal
Let’s hear it for Barack from old moneygall
From the lakes if Killarney to old Connemara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama
From the old blarney stone to the great hill of Tara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

2008 the white house is green, their cheering in Mayo and in Skibereen.
The Irish in Kenya, and in Yokahama,
Are cheering for President Barack O’Bama

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama

The Hockey Moms gone, and so is McCain
They are cheering in Texas and in Borrisokane,

In Moneygall town, the greatest of drama, for our Famous president Barack o Bama

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama
There’s no one as Irish As Barack O’Bama

The great Stephen Neill, a great man of God,
He proved that Barack was from the Auld Sod
They came by bus and they came by car, to celebrate Barack in Ollie Hayes’s Bar

O’Leary, O’Reilly, O’Hare and O’Hara
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama


Hardy Drew

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Dear Red States,

We’ve decided we’re leaving. We intend to form our own country, comprised of
all the Blue States. In case you aren’t aware, that includes Hawaii, California,
Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, New York, and all
of the Northeastern states. After this election, we’ll be adding Colorado and
New Mexico. (AND HOPEFULLY VA, PA, and FLA)!! We believe this split will be
beneficial to the nation, especially to the people of our new country – Nuevo

To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states; we get
stem cell research, the best beaches, and the best ski resorts. We get the
Statue of Liberty; you get Dollywood. We get Intel and Microsoft; you get

We get Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cal Tech, MIT and Columbia; you
get Ole’ Miss.  We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and
entrepreneurs; you get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to
make the red states pay their fair share.

Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than that of the
Christian Coalition, we get a bunch of happy families and you get a bunch of
under-educated single moms.

Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti- war, and
we’ll need all of our citizens back from Iraq at once.  If you need people to
fight, ask your evangelicals. They apparently have kids they’re willing to send
to their deaths for no purpose, and they don’t mind if you don’t televise their
kid’s caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq and hope that those
Weapons of Mass Destruction turn up for you, but we’re not willing to spend any
more of our money in Bush’s Quagmire.

With the Blue States, we will control 80 percent of the country’s fresh
water, 90 percent of pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation’s fresh
fruit, 97 percent of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at your
state dinners), 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry,
most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, and
all the Ivy League and Seven Sister schools. We also get New England, the Great
Lakes and Yosemite, thank you very much.

In the Red States, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese
Americans and their projected health care costs, 92 percent of all U.S.
mosquitoes, 95 percent of tornadoes, 94 percent of hurricanes, 99 percent of
Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, you get Rush
Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bob Jones University, and Clemson.

Additionally, in the Red States, you’ll get to enjoy stimulating
conversations with the 38 percent of people who actually believe Jonah was
swallowed by a whale, the 62 percent who believe life is sacred unless it
involves the death penalty or gun ownership, the 44 percent claim that evolution
is only a theory, the 53 percent insist that Saddam Hussein was involved in
9/11, and the 61 percent who believe you have higher moral standards than those
of us in the Blue states.

By the way, we’re taking all the good pot, too. You get that dirt weed from
Mexico and Kansas ditches.

Peace out,

The Blue States

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