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October 27, 2005

Ozzie dumps Harriet

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:52 pm

She once called him her “Sweet W” and the smartest man she knew.

But, that didn’t stop the Wizard of Oz — Chief Executive of Emerald City

— from jilting Harriet Quagmier, his longtime courtesan, this morning. 

Calling it only a change in titles, the dispirited Harriet is expected to

remain at the Wiz House long enough to save face.


O&HNelson  orig.


There have, of course, been rumors of a break-up for weeks.  Some

sources blame it on angry in-laws, others on religious differences.

Palace gossip has described shouting matches with epithets such

as “brainless,” “heartless” and “cowardly.”  Others say the Wizard

could no longer trust Harriet to keep his secrets behind that curtain.


                                                                                orig.  DorothyScarecrow


At the other end of the Yellow Brick Road, there is much talk — among

both nominally-loyal noblemen as well as rivals — that the Wizard already

has a replacement for Harriet.  Shockingly, it is unknown whether the

next courtesan is male or female, West Coast or East Coast, strict or



The f/k/a news organization will be following this story ’round the clock,

but is admittedly confused over the cast of characters.  It seems clear

that the Wizard is not taking advice from the Good Witch of the North;

whether Harriet’s archrival, the Wicked Witch of the West, has his ear

(or other parts of his anatomy) is still unknown. 



On the other hand, names as diverse as Thorny Thornberry, Herb Darby,

Doc Williams, and Butch Barton, have been suggested as Harriet’s

replacement, along with two younger men referred to only as Wally and

Barry, and Constance Edwards, a legal secretary.   We would not be

surprised to hear more gossip about other women, soon.


Stay tuned.




coffee shop . . .

   the only empty seat

   still warm


diner dude gray







evening walk

after office politics

lilac sent








through the open door . . .

her smile doesn’t forgive

all my sins



“coffee shop” & “through” – School’s Out (Press Here, 1999) 

“evening walk” – Modern Haiku (Autumn 2003)






  • by dagosan                                               

her marriage —

she says

it’s fine


 [Oct. 27, 2005]



                                                                                                                 happier days




slow news day (except for H.M. and the gloating)

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:59 pm

Now that they’ve proven their tongues and elbows are as pointy

as their heads, America’s neo-con intelligentsia will surely be

offering a mixture of threats and advice to Pres. Bush regarding

his next Supreme Court nominee.


Since many of the neo-cons purport to be religious — and thus commandments

subject to the Most Supreme Court — I thought I would again

remind them that Pride, Anger and Envy are among the Seven


While I’m in preacher mode, here’s Mahatma Gandhi’s list of

the “traits most spiritually perilous to humanity,” which I just

discovered this morning:

  • Wealth without Work
  • Pleasure without Conscience
  • Science without Humanity
  • Knowledge without Character
  • Politics without Principle
  • Commerce without Morality
  • Worship without Sacrifice

“hangManG”  Back to gossip and speculation: Does anyone

think the White House accepted Harriet Mier’s withdrawal

today, expecting it would eclipse bad news later in the day

from Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald?  Does anyone think

Fitzgerald decided to make his annoucements tomorrow,

once he saw all the Miers’ coverage this morning?


tiny check Meanwhile, it’s a gray chilly day in Schenectady,

my last load of laundry is in the dryer, my car is in the

shop for new tires and more maintenance, and I’m

expecting a dose of agita over all the gloating that

will be floating in the blogisphere.  Sounds like an

Andrew Riutta kind of afternoon:



whatever it takes
to get us where we’re goin







my mistake
untangling the orchard
from your hair




Andrew Riutta  from Simply Haiku (Autumn 2005)




among our differences,
a thousand leaves sway
as one shadow



dead leaves—
children race one another
down an endless road





a woman
I pretend I don’t love
sets with the sun


Andrew Riutta  from World Haiku Review Peace




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