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July 26, 2017

“Life is Just a Dream”

Life is just a dream
You know what I mean?
Thinking to myself

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Scaredy Cat the beautiful feral cat looking at you and saying hello. If she knew you and you were cool I’m sure she’d like you. Scaredy Cat has an amazing capacity to like just about everyone in her orbit.

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PLAYBOY cover headline circa 1972. “Plus Alan Watts.”

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Those are fairly tight trousers.

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Sally Field…before the Flying Nun.

What I remember was, after being turned into a laughing stock and an embarrassment and a national punchline. When Pee Wee finally came out of seclusion months later and hit the stage for the first time, and everybody was wondering what he would say, his first line was:

“Anybody hear any good jokes lately?”

Ha ha.

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I hate those goddamn wild turkeys so much. What brainless buzzards they are. Those goony-bird turkeys are always trying to get at the cat food at my campsite. And when I run them off they always do the same witless routine:

“Don’t mind me. As you can see I’m walking farther and farther away from the cat food dish . . so there’s no need to pay any attention to harmless little ole’ me . . . as I circle around your campsite . . . and slowly move closer and closer to the ca

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My basic motto?

“Failure is an option.”

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July 25, 2017

She is a beautiful kitty.

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Scaredy Cat with her patented “I’m happy to be here” look.

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It’s Scaredy Cat. Coming at you. Wanting more pets. Which isn’t too much to ask from this world.

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Scaredy Cat has yet to decide which candidate to endorse. Hillary or Trump.

Scaredy Cat is a vocal lobbyist and activist for FCPAC (the Feral Cat Political Action Committee). But she’s yet to decide which candidate truly cares about the feral cat demographics.

Donald Trump has shamelessly pandered for the feral cat vote. With his “Make America Full of Cat Food Again” slogan. And his promise to build a wall to protect cats from all the dogs.

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July 24, 2017

He almost had me until I read that part about eternal torture and enslavement and wisely reconsidered my position!

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I didn’t accomplish hardly anything today. I didn’t create any immortal art. I didn’t even hack out a semi-interesting blog.

But one thing I did accomplish today. I spotted a little black feral kitten running across the street from Peoples Park and then hiding under a parked car on Dwight Way. She was out scrounging for food in this bewildering and dangerous world of ours.

Believe me. Its not easy being a feral alley kitten.

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Its been a strange peculiar day. In a seemingly endless expanse of strange peculiar days. Bottom line? I wish much love and good luck to all my Facebook friends. Hang tough guys and gals. Whatever weirdness you are dealing with at this particular moment,

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This is just sickening beyond belief.

Judicial Watch has forced out documents from the Obama IRS that confirm the IRS used donor lists to target conservative donors for audits.
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July 24, 2017

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July 23, 2017

I’ve had a lot of odd life experiences. I’ve lived on Skid Row. And I interviewed the cartoonist Charles Schulz at his studio in Santa Rosa. And a bunch of stuff in between.

After the interview I gave Schulz a bunch of underground comicbooks as a gift. I looked at it as a summit meeting. Underground cartoonists meet overground cartoonists.

One of the comics I gave him was “Dirty Laundry Comics” by R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky.

Charles Schulz leafed through the Dirty Laundry comic book. Came to the panel of Aline achieving orgasm while screaming “AYEEE YI YI KILL ME KILL MEE!!” while pouring sweat.

Schultz quietly closed the comic book. Put it on a shelf in his studio. We shook hands and said good bye.

I always kind of wondered what Schulz thought about that one. Underground comix were a little outside the realm of his usual Hostess Twinkees All American middle of the road world view.

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Ha ha. What’s the line in that Black Flag song “Six-Pack”?

“She asked me which one I liked bettah’
I hope the answer don’t upset her”

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I’m still not sure what to make of the Iran nuke deal. I still think it was preferable to taking any kind of military action against Iran. And my understanding is: If Iran doesn’t comply with the deal, and they continue to develop their nuclear bomb program, we’ll find out pretty quickly. And can then resort to other options. And I think a lot of the harsh rhetoric by the Ayatollah is just a way to placate the hard-liners in Iran . . . . But I still thought this cartoon was pretty funny.

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From the Facebook “memories” feature on this day last year.

One of the first jobs I ever had was working as a dishwasher at a nursing home when I was 16. The kitchen where we worked was on the first floor. But once a day we had to take the elevator up to …
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From the Facebook “memories” feature on this day last year.

Blondie showed up out of the blue last night. She looked in fine shape and seems to have been surviving quite well while I was gone for 10 months. And I was surprised she came right up to me. Usually she’s more wary. She is the most completely feral of my feral cats. Definitely hungry, though. Polished off a 16 ounce can of cat food and a can of chunk chicken. And probably would’ve eaten more, except that bad-ass Moo Cat showed up and ran her off ((they’ve been feuding for years).

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The historic house on Benvenue Avenue where Patty Hearst was living when she got kidnapped by the SLA. When I first visited Berkeley in the summer of 1974 my sister was living on Benvenue about a half-block from where Hearst was living……………

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The Polka Dot Man existed in this weird mute-deaf-dumb catatonic state for years. Then one day he was sitting on the sidewalk in front of a building that happened to catch on fire. This fireman started screaming at him: “GET UP!! GET UP!!” For some reason the fireman yelling at him pulled him out of his catatonic state. And he was fairly normal for several years after that.

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The Polka Dot Man has been bizarrely displaying himself on the Berkeley campus since the early 1980s. He would sometimes go years without talking, like a deaf mute. Often he’d sit unmoving for hours at a stretch in weird postures…. He said he originally slipped into this catatonic state while tripping on LSD in a Texas jail. He became fixated with the drainhole of the urinal and got locked into the “polka dot” concept. For years he wore a bizarre clown-like costume covered with polka dots.

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The artist formerly known as the Polka Dot Man.

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I know this sounds stupid. But it never really occurred to me that I would one day be an old man. I still can’t quite fathom the concept.

One of the first jobs I ever had was working as a dishwasher at a nursing home when I was 16. The kitchen where we worked was on the first floor. But once a day we had to take the elevator up to …
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Me and Scaredy Cat hanging out in the morning. A happy cat is just about the highest form of bliss I can score in this dang Universe.

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Vicki Roberts updated her cover photo.

One of the weird things about John Lennon. You can tell when virtually any picture of him was taken just by his hair.

This one is no doubt White Album era circa 1968.

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John Lennon once said: “Show Business is like a religion to the Jews.”

One of my favorite movies.

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Ew.

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Ha ha. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a statue of a cartoonist before.

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July 22, 2017

This is Moo Cat. One of my favorite feral cats. We’ve had a complex relationship for 5 years. What can I say. I love her to pieces. And the only thing I’m sure about in this world of confusion: If there’s something you love? Check it out and investigate it. Even if its “just”a feral cat.

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July 21, 2017

 

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“Courage!”

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“Why Do You Think They Call it Falling in Love?”

A little ditty by that Ace Backwords guy

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Say what you will about Donald Trump. That fucker knows how to deliver a speech. He just won the election.

Shrillary is gonna have a hard act to follow.

Mr. Trump planned to use his acceptance speech to attack politicians for failing to stand up for blue-collar Americans, though it was unclear if the draft obtained by…
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Eternal wisdom.

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7 o’clock comes the big, big speech. Fasten your seatbelts!!

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One of the weirdest scenes I was ever involved in was the year I spent recording a compilation CD of Berkeley street musicians back in 1994. The “Telegraph Street Music” CD. Volu…
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July 20, 2017

An interesting article about the ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal.” I read it when it first came out in 1987. An entertaining book. And I read the follow-up book by Trump. As well as several Trump biographies that were much less flattering.

I believe “The Art of the Deal” is still the best-selling business book of all-time (I think “Iacocca” is number two but I could be wrong).

I’ve always been baffled by Trump’s hair. He had dark brown hair when he was young. But then it

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In “The Art of the Deal,” Tony Schwartz helped create the myth that Trump is a charming business genius. Now he calls him unfit to lead.
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“Ruff!!”

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Twice as good as all the other quartets!!

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BOO! HISS!

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Pofiles in Courage!!

On this date in history. July 20, 1969. Man walks on the moon. And another man, Ted Kennedy, drunk-drives his car off a bridge. Leaves a woman trapped in his car to die. Never calls the po…
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July 19, 2017

Whenever I did my community service for my “open container” tickets I always opted for picking up trash at the Berkeley Marina. And my favorite gig was walking to the end of this long, long pier. You felt like you could almost walk all the way across the Bay to San Francisco. In fact that’s where I took my present Cover Photo of the SF Bay. At the very end of the pier.

Popular destination closes abruptly; experts studying extent of damage and how much it will cost to fix.
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Also on this date in history. July 20, 1969. Ted Kennedy drunk-drives his car off a bridge. Leaves a woman trapped in his car to die. Never calls the police. Instead rushes off to consult with his lawyers and advisers to concoct an alibi. Never serves any jail time in spite of committing multiple felonies.

Instead returns to the Senate to serve out his terms with the other criminals in Washington DC.

This day in history!

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Its about time somebody came up with an OE meme!!

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Just ran into longtime Berkeley street person Victor, staggering down the Ave. He looks like he’s been through the mill. And he probably has.

Victor is known as “the Mexican Paul McCartney.” Because he’s a street musician and he can play virtually every Beatles song. Which he belts out with heavy Mexican accent.

Whenever he sees me (or sees anybody for that matter) his standard greeting is “Ahh, my REAL partner!!”

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Some Andy Warhol photos for the hell of it.

One of my favorite Hindu lines:

“If you want to know your past karma look at your present situation.
If you want to know your future karma look at your present actions.”

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Yyyiipes !!!!!!!!!

For the first time in 40 years, and only the second time since 1956, not a single member of the Bush family is taking part in the Republican National…
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July 17, 2017

The “arts” is a ruthless game. Grace Slick (of the Jefferson Airplane for those of you who are keeping score at home) had a good line about a solo album she had just recorded and was trying to promote to the press.

“You just throw it against the wall and see if it sticks.”

That’s the game, basically.

. I remember about 5 years ago reading this book about all these famous artists and writers who flamed out later in life.   Keoruac, Fitzgerald, Poe, Jack London, Kafka, on and on.  In spite of pro…
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“Ah turned 21 in prison doin’ life without parole. Mama tried to raise me better but her pleadin’ I denied. Mama tried.”

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Yesterday I happened to stumble across a copy of this book free-boxed on the sidewalk. FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL ’72. By Hunter S. Thompson. 505 pages. Its like a relic of a bygone era.

Hunter S. Thompson’s first two books were classics. HELL’S ANGELS and FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. This was his third book. And it has some very interesting elements. Thompson hadn’t yet been overwhelmed by his persona and by drugs. And it was damn interesting that he could tak

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Some idiot just shit in the urinal in the People’s Park bathroom. Its like. They ALMOST had the concept down.

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Keith Richards said something once. They were at a recording session and they were trying to re-capture that “60s sound.” But they couldn’t do it. Richards concluded: “The air was just different back then. When you’re recording, you’re also recording the air.”

Keith Richards said something once. They were at a recording session and they were trying to re-capture that “60s sound.” But they couldn’t do it. Richards concluded: “The air was just different back then. When you’re recording, you’re also recording the air.”

Finally, a politician who’s come up with a winning campaign slogan.

A candidate running to represent Michigan’s 95th House district in the state legislature wants you to know that once you look past his bizarre sexual…
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Interesting read!

Judging by his appearance in “Crumb,” Terry Zwigoff’s 1995 documentary about an artistic and deeply troubled family, Maxon Crumb didn’t seem long for this world. The younger brother of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb was filmed in his…
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