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Pestilences in Pa. Dutch country

April 22, 2018

For Earth Day…

On 9/24/17 in “A sapsucking planthopper”, an account of the disgusting and destructive insect pest Lycorma deliculata, the spotted lanternfly, first recognized in Berks County PA (the Pa. Dutch land of my childhood). And now, in the 3/12/18 issue of The New Yorker, a horrifying, funny, deeply disgusting piece by Kathryn Schulz about Halyomorpha halys, the brown marmorated stink bug / stinkbug, the first specimens of which were collected in Allentown PA, also in Pa. Dutch country.

Fresh entries in the carnival of godawful insect pest invasions: among them, the Japanese beetle (Popilia japonica) onslaught of my childhood; the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) incursions here in California; and the RIFA, red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), pestilence in the south and southwest.


Two Easter cartoons

April 1, 2018

One bit of language play (requiring some food knowledge) and one cartoon photograph (rather than drawing) on the Therapist cartoon meme, with the Easter Bunny folded in:

(#1) Poppin’ Fresh the Pillsbury Doughboy meets the Matzo Man

(#2) “I don’t know where the eggs come from, and I have no idea why I feel compelled to hide them.”


Easter Fool’s

April 1, 2018

That would be today, simultaneously April Fool’s Day and Easter Sunday. Celebrations for both are in progress.

For April Fool’s Day, a TitanMen ad offers, unaccountably to my mind, sale prices on gay porn flicks like Dick Danger 2; on that flick, see my 3/9/18 posting “The further adventures of Dick Danger”; for the sale ad, see #1 in today’s AZBlogX posting “For Easter Fool’s Day”. (Could it be that the TitanMen 35%-off sale is a joke?)

Then some food pranks for the holiday, to add to those in my 4/1 14 posting “April 1”.

As for Easter, I’ve prepared a dinner table of mostly X-rated paschal images in my AZBlogX posting, sumarized below.


Easter Anthem: the text

March 31, 2018

In between crucifixion and resurrection, a moment to consider the Sacred Harp song “Easter Anthem” (236 in the 1991 Denson revision of the Sacred Harp), tune by William Billings (1787). I posted the music on 4/20/14, along with a link to a video of the song at the Kalamazoo MI all-day singing on 7/20/09.

Now about the words, by Edward Young (1681-1765). The scriptural basis for the text:

But now is Christ risen from the dead,
and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
– I Corinthians 15:20 (KJV)

Now the SH text, and its source, in an intense, visionary poem by Young.


Deviant Passover rites

March 30, 2018

A follow-up to my posting of the 28th, “Deviant Last Suppers”, about queer travesties of Leonardo’s Last Supper, a painting of the communal meal (celebrated on Maundy Thursday, yesterday this year) that Christians understand as the origin of the eucharist, or communion, ritual (take, eat, this is my body; take, drink, this is my blood). Now after sunset today, the Jewish ritual communal meal, the Passover seder, with its symbolic retelling of the Jews’ liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. So, Bill Stewart wondered in a comment on this blog, what about a queer seder?

Well, sort of.


Pride Time #5: on Barceloneta beach

March 30, 2018

(From June 2017. Underwear men, Catalonia, gay life, Barcelona beaches, art and architecture, and, eventually, food. First, underwear with my captions.)

The saints of Catalunya
Pretty in purple and pink


Sant Jordi the savory in heat
Stretched out on rocks
Homage to Barceloneta
Between sail and fish


Sant Joan the sweet
Celebrant of gay pride
Summer solstice confection
Of fruit and nuts

It’s all about Barcelona, the beach, and swim briefs.


Deviant Last Suppers

March 28, 2018

Tomorrow is Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper (of Jesus and his apostles) in Christian tradition, most famously represented in a late 15th century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci — a painting often parodied, in playful, pointed, and deliberately sacrilegious ways. Including many turning on gender and sexuality. For instance, this 2017 Italian gay male version:

(#1) The Salerno outrage


Evacuation Day, Removal Day

March 20, 2018

March 17th is not only St. Patrick’s Day, but also, in Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, Evacuation Day (of Lord Howe from Boston). And March 15th is not only the Ides of March, but in the Trazwicky (Transue + Zwicky) household for many years also Removal Day (from Palo Alto to Columbus OH). Days for leaving.


Irish loco moco with eggs

March 18, 2018

For St. Patrick’s Day, yesterday’s breakfast special at the Palo Alto Creamery. The name loco moco was new to me; the dish turns out to be 20th-century Hawaiian comfort food. Presented here with three conventionally Irish-American twists: corned beef , potatoes (in this case, hash browns), and green food (in this case, asparagus pieces).


Manly St. Patrick

March 17, 2018

(Men’s bodies, mansex, and sexual fetishes. Not for kids or the sexually modest.)

… given to exposing his ass, interracial mansex, and golden showers. Not your Irish uncle’s saint.

Intro illustration from Chris Ambidge on Facebook (ultimate source not known):

(#1) Shamrock butts on parade

(The young men appear to be wearing thongs, so that they are not strictly speaking exposing themselves.)

Then, more startlingly, the TitanMen sale for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, showing a black man rimming a white man (sale promo code KISSME). Why?

And finally, in the sextoy section of the TitanMen site, a full-scale replica of an erect penis that pisses on command. In chocolate (black), but also vanilla (white) and caramel (brown). Kinky.