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Leave the (political) party. Take the cannoli.

"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela

Right now 6 Stella crime novels are available on Kindle for just $.99 ... Eddie's World has been reprinted and is also available from Stark House Press (Gat Books).

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More kind words on JP ... welcome newbees and the DOC starts it off ... DOC says


Some more than kind words for Johnny Porno from the Sheriff himself, Bill Crider, at his place (where there are almost as many blog followers as books Bill has written ... almost). I blurbed it on the right (here) with the other reviews we’ve received so far.

We have some newbees joining us at Temporary Knucksline today. Welcome. One (Michelle) is one of the wonderfully generous people I met in Houston's Murder by the Book when the Principessa and the ugly one visited there with Mafiya. Trust me, amici, I’m a hack having fun at writing, but I’m not near making a living at it and every once in a while word processors/writers like myself get a piece of fan mail that more than makes it all worth the effort. Thanks again, Michelle. You really did make my day.

That same Houston trip, the Professore of 95th Street (a West Point Graduate living and teaching in the great state of Texas made the drive with his lovely wife just to break my shoes the old fashioned 95th Street way. Joe Cerami—see footnote* at bottom for Joe’s resume).

For the newbees: There’s a background to this Temporary Knucksline thing (originally Knucksline) that goes back to my very early word processing and street days. You’ll find a cast of the necessary characters here:

Okay, time to get down to business ... DOC has something to preference this post with (he was really lonely the last few days ... he’s suffering from insulting the ugly one withdrawal).

Hey Chaz,

What a week, huh? We have naked politicians poking each other in the shower. We have Dan Rather proclaiming that “Obama couldn’t sell watermelons with state troopers waving over cars.” on the Chris “Thrill up my leg” Matthews show.

Oh, I forgot. We don’t do politics anymore.

So, what do you have in store for us this week? Maybe a review of “Little Women” and a couple of video clips of some fat chick with a Viking helmet and hand forged lingerie.

You keep this up and you’ll have people begging for your inane football ramblings.

Have a good week, buddy-boy

The Docster

DOC is on the road to Kansas to visit his much brighter, much more pleasant sister ... which means if he left on Wednesday, he’ll make it down to Lambertville, New Jersey around August sometime. Hopefully he’ll make occasional stops (if the beer distributors are close to an Internet cafe) and keep us informed.

Another "I hate Charlie Stella" blog ... this time from Glen Beck! Our terrific bass player, Cliff Radlauer, sent me this today (in honor of DOC)?

All TK has to say about politics these days was summed up by our hero, Bob Herbert of the New York Times in his Tuesday's column. But enough of politics ... here now, why I love the color GREEN.

That's what I'm talking about ...

And here’s something much more interesting and pleasant to look at than even Mr. Herbert or an image of DOC trying to find Kansas. It’s a link to the website of the talented Ms. Horsley. Check out her fiction, poetry and news of her novel, The Anatomy Show. Kate is a UK doll with vast and impressive credentials. And she knows how to doll up a page (see corset above).

And then there’s DOC, who will no doubt find Bermuda long before he comes close to Kansas.

Magic-Bird … This is as good as it gets for any sport. Bird was old (Dick Butkus) school … Magic was style and pizzazz … the rivalry was intense … the ultimate friendship even more so. This was a very revealing look into both superstars and even for those not so into the bucket game, some of the passes these two made are worth a few views alone. This was a fascinating documentary about two great athletes and their individual unyielding work ethic and a great reminder that guys who became famous for uttering phrases like “We talkin’ about practice? Practice? Practice?” will always be flashes in the pan nobody outside of their inner circle will remember even before they’re forced into retirement.

And then there’s this clown... with seven children by six different women in five states and at least five paternity suits in the past two years, new Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie needs cash. The Jets have stepped up, giving Cromartie $500,000 in up-front money (in the form of a bonus) on the final year of a contract that'll pay him $1.7 million in 2010 ... and this is why condoms should be handed out in pre-school, okay?

—Knucks (see footnote below for The Professore of 95th Street)

*Joseph R. Cerami
Senior Lecturer
Bush School of Government and Public Service
Texas A&M University

In August 2001, Joe Cerami joined the Bush School of Government and Public Service, at Texas A&M University. In 2002 he was named the founding Director of the Bush School’s Public Service Leadership Program. During a 30-year military career, Colonel Cerami (U.S. Army, Retired) served in Germany, the Republic of Korea and the U.S. as a Field Artillery officer, operational planner, and strategist. His last assignment was as the Chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, from 1998-2001. He was an assistant professor of political science on the faculty at West Point

Joe has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Master of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master in Military Arts and Sciences in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a graduate of the Army War College and was awarded a Certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Program for Senior Officials in National Security. Joe completed a doctorate in public administration, focusing on the fields of public management, public policy, and political institutions, in the Penn State University’s School of Public Affairs. His dissertation research focused on innovation and leadership. He is co-editor of the U.S. Army War College Guide to Strategy. His latest book project, on The Interagency and Counterinsurgency Warfare, focuses on the problems of intergovernmental operations and political-military policymaking, planning, and leadership for complex security environments.

Joe also served on the facilitation team for the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Leadership Program for the Army’s emerging top executives. Since arriving at the Bush School, he has helped build a unique leadership program to develop graduate-level, master’s degree students’ knowledge and skills in preparation for careers in public service at the local, state, national and international levels. In May 2003, Joe was awarded the Bush School’s Silver Star Award for his “excellence in teaching and lifelong commitment to public service.”

He’s also one of the best shoe breakers in the history of the sport.

And the DOC says ...

Hey Chaz,

Nice handoff on the news of the week,“If you want news, go to the New York Times. It’s my blog and I’m gonna talk about me.”

It’s nice to hear that Knucksline is getting new readers. Let’s hope that the lovely Ms. Horsley has a good sense of humor. Really, Chaz, when introducing a writer on a blog most hosts would include a snippet of their writing, not a snapshot of their breasts. You’re a classy guy!

Meanwhile, back in Washington, our legislators have come up with a new scheme to ram healthcare down our throats. Behind closed doors, the Dems are looking into the “Slaughter Solution” by which they would deem the bill to have already been passed. This would eliminate all that confrontational, tedious and time consuming voting nonsense. Thereby giving our legislators more time to play wet, naked, tickling games in the congressional shower. You would think that since we spend $100,000 per year for booze on Nancy Pelosi’s jet we could afford to put up shower curtains in the congressional showers.

Or maybe…they…don’t…want…them?

Also, someone should tell Congressman Massa that when you are trying to dispel rumors of homosexuality it is not wise to refer reporters to 10,000 sailors. It just doesn’t sell your case. It reminds me of that creepy feeling I got when Ted “Splash” Kennedy gave that emotional speech about the inhumanity of waterboarding.

Personally, I love this deeming stuff. This morning I deemed that I was 6’2”. Now I have to go out and buy all new pants, thus stimulating the economy. You should try it, Chaz. You could deem that you were anorexic. Then you could deem that you need to bulk up with an extra large pizza and a box of jelly donuts to cleanse your palate. Maybe 11,000,000 unemployed Americans could deem they have a job and go buy a new house. Unemployment crisis solved, housing market fixed. Bada-bing-bada-boom!

Your pal,