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I wish I were for everyone, but much like tripe, epoisses, uni, anchovies, and octopus – all of which I love – I’m afraid I am an acquired taste. I deal in Satire, I fairly drip with Sarcasm, I like my Humor black, my Opinions are strongly held, my commentary positively reeks of my working class roots, and it’s all related to The Human Condition, and The Body Politic. My stuff is often times funny – but caustically so (with serious undertones), and sometimes way serious (with black comedy overtones)… but always striving to be entertaining and informative. For more info about me it’s all at: tonypowersmusic.comย  Enjoy…and continue…



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  1. I’m a veggie who hates anchovies, and octopus.. and beef and all meats but I’m lovin’ your sense of humor!

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    Posted by Resa | March 14, 2017, 9:05 pm
  2. I had to look up epoisses, now I want four. Still, nothing can dim the scandalous romance I’ve had with Shropshire Blue for 16 years. I left extra sharp cheddar for him, it was a big to-do. None of them realize I was seeing a port wine cheddar on the side the whole time. To tell the truth, extra sharp and I are still very much in love, I woke up with him just the other day. We had breakfast together.

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    Posted by allthoughtswork | August 1, 2016, 12:29 am
    • epoisses SO wonderful…if u like stinky runny cheese it’s unrivaled. also, Stichelton a raw English blue…amazing stuff with a nice red. thanx and…continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | August 1, 2016, 12:43 am
      • Stichelton sounds like a possible summer romance. How does the flavor compare to my old flame, Stilton?

        You know, here in Oregon is a brand of blue so famous that people rush the cheese counter when it’s in season. Rogue River Blue Special Reserve is like a cloud on the tongue. It’s so creamy, it melts like butter in your mouth and it’s alarmingly mild, sweet, tangy, and blue all at once.

        It’s just another good reason to become wealthy. A wheel will set you back around $300.


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        Posted by allthoughtswork | August 1, 2016, 1:29 am
      • prolly the best reasons to be wealthy are food, travel, health and helping others – not necessarily in that order. Stichelton is about $40 a lb. i hesitate to guess what a wheel would cost. but Rogue River Blue Special Reserve sounds yummy as well. thanx. continue…


        Posted by barkinginthedark | August 1, 2016, 2:02 pm
      • Travel, sensual delights (massage, food, hot springs, music), making functional art (advanced architecture, healing gardens), furthering cutting edge science and environmental preservation, funding atheist organizations. In that order.


        Posted by allthoughtswork | August 1, 2016, 2:19 pm
      • touche. ok, i did omit some things…thanx and continue…


        Posted by barkinginthedark | August 1, 2016, 4:38 pm
  3. My love of anchovies and octopus led me here. I think I’ll hang around for the next course.

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    Posted by leggypeggy | July 23, 2016, 9:03 pm
  4. Mr. Powers,
    As I am all the things you are and believe all the things you do, I truly en-
    joy your website and postings on Favebook. I had no idea that the website was written by you until today.
    As I have known you for years, I knew you were a brilliant performer, but the depth of your intellect was a bit of a surprise. Considering we were always in a bar when we talked all those years ago, and usually drinking and you know, whatever, I guess I didn’t pay enough attention. Wonderful surprise, terrific writing. I look forward to your next pithy post.

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    Posted by Kim Neyland Gleckler | July 10, 2016, 9:51 am
    • yes…drinking and “whatever” those were the days eh Kim? in those halcyon days who paid any attention to anything anyway?…well, maybe to some things. i am always so glad to “surprise” and i humbly thank you for the kind words, especially when couched with obvious intelligence (which, in those days, being beauty-blind, i hardly had depth enough or inclination to ever notice – my bad.) be well and again, thank you. xoxo and continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | July 10, 2016, 1:38 pm
  5. Hello Tony,

    My name is Tim McPhate and I am the News Administrator with KissFAQ. We are working on a series of interviews regarding “Music From The Elder.” As you recall, your song, “Odyssey,” was recorded for the album, and you also co-wrote another song (“The Oath”). I would love the opportunity to conduct a brief interview with you regarding these specific songs, your involvement on “The Elder” and informing KISS fans what you are up to these days.

    I appreciate your consideration.


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    Posted by Tim McPhate | July 6, 2012, 3:37 pm
  6. Hi Tony – I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award…Wait! Stop it. I can hear you now. Ok, well, it’s sunshine to MY brain…keep up the biting sarcasm. Cheers, AMS http://airportsmadesimple.com/2012/04/17/paying-it-foraward/

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    Posted by AirportsMadeSimple | April 17, 2012, 4:48 pm
  7. BTW, is that Tim Roth in your banner pic?

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    Posted by alienredqueen | April 16, 2012, 3:56 am
  8. I was right! When I click on your profile in the notification section on my blog, baying at the moon comes up. I just clicked “follow” from your reply before so I didn’t see the old site come up. WP does have a ghost in the machine. I hope they can fix the bad link! I haven’t had this problem with other blogs so I think the link needs to be repaired or deleted. Or it may just be an error with my blog and yours. Sorry, it was beyond my control! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by morezennow | March 28, 2012, 1:06 am
  9. Just read Penny Stalling’s article about you and found it most interesting. Loved the line about ” a very hip tree in a very cool forest” ( I hope I got that right)…..thanks for continuing to follow my homegrown, rather corny but heartfelt stuff….the contrast of our writing is quite Donnie and Marie.

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    Posted by An Embarrassment of Freedom | March 28, 2012, 1:00 am
  10. good. continue…


    Posted by barkinginthedark | March 11, 2012, 1:21 am
  11. Very nice. Am looking forward to acquiring more of a taste for you…

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    Posted by Kate | March 10, 2012, 7:34 pm
  12. I stumbled across your blog while trying to amuse myself during a particularly gripping bout of insomnia and I must say, sir, you are NOT helping. Your caustic hilarity and biting satire sent me deep into your archives and here I am, at 4:30 am, not in the least sleepy. Damn you Mr. Powers! Do you have to be so funny and relevant?

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    Posted by sophie | March 7, 2012, 11:25 am
  13. Very powerful writing! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by strawberriesandoranges | March 7, 2012, 12:32 am
  14. I think I’m in love.


    That is all.

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    Posted by Mikalee Byerman | March 6, 2012, 7:22 pm
  15. and i had to look up “animadversion” – touche Liz. i know many of my posts are way too harsh for you but these days, in my country, one must speak out. i know you understand – without animadversion. thanks for the hug, and yes – continue…


    Posted by barkinginthedark | February 19, 2012, 1:51 am
  16. Hi! It’s me again, your reserved Canadian. You have wonderful responses to your powerful and ground breaking writing!

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    Posted by An Embarrassment of Freedom | February 17, 2012, 6:11 pm
  17. Mr. Powers, today was the second time that I commented on your site. It was also the second time that I revealed that I hold very different views from you on these issues that you discuss here. In fact, I suspect that there couldn’t exist a more contrasting political viewpoint from yours than mine. Again, I only suspect this; I don’t know it to be true.

    I believe that I’ve been respectful in my comments (although today I did get a little rattled before I regathered myself), but your kindness has really been nothing if not completely disarming. Thanks.

    If what I’ve already said about you isn’t a good enough reason for me to follow your blog, then I’ll add that I love your writing style. In fact, I think it’s rather brilliant.

    And I am a huge fan of “Today I Met the Boy I’m Gonna Marry”. I grew up hearing that song. What an interesting person you are, Sir.

    I don’t know why I’m sounding like I need credentials in order to follow you. Perhaps I simply wanted you to know that I haven’t completely lost my mind.

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    Posted by dinkerson | February 11, 2012, 6:04 am
    • Dinkerson, Thank you for your kind note – and your willingness to read someone who will continually make fun of the party you support – and some of the ideals you may cherish. i’m not sure i could be that big a person in this regard. anyway, tho’ i am sure i will annoy you many times, i do hope i can entertain you and give you a laugh along the way. again, i will always welcome your “side” of whatever it is i am going on about at the moment. thanks for the sub, the props, and the thoughtful comment. continue…

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      Posted by barkinginthedark | February 11, 2012, 9:31 am
  18. I just stumbled onto your Tony Powers site… I’m very impressed! Quite talented and an incredible list of accomplishments. LOL… “Goodfellas” is one of my favorite movies, and I knew exactly who your character was. Didn’t realize I was blogging with a celeb. However, you are still my partner-in-crime-GOP-and-Right-Wing basher!! Looking forward to more of your writings! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Posted by She speaks.... | January 7, 2012, 9:26 am
  19. I saw “a reptile dysfunction” on your front page and I know I’ll be back soon to learn more about the person who writes hilarious stuff like that.

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    Posted by PiedType | January 4, 2012, 5:54 am
  20. Okay, I’m not sure if this is the “proper” procedure, but doing it anyway. How else would you know I nominated you for “Candle Lighter Award” – unless you happen to read my blog and post (which you have). But figured I should do this for all my nominees. Congrat’s! You deserve it. LOVE YOUR BLOG! http://motleynews.net/2012/01/03/candle-lighter-award/

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    Posted by She speaks.... | January 4, 2012, 5:44 am
  21. I love it. You’re over my head a lot, but it pushes me to learn, right? Sarcasm is laughter, laughter is joy, joy is health. The ultimate beauty of sarcasm is that it doesn’t show up until we’re seriously in need of health! A perfect salve.

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    Posted by Anne Schilde | November 19, 2011, 9:36 am
  22. The first thing that hit me on chancing upon your blog was this: “Seriously Humorous โ€“ Humorously Serious.”

    That piqued my interest. Especially as those very words figure prominently in my blog as well. I only came across your blog recently, so I thought perhaps I might have come across someone with a similar bent of mind.

    When I saw satire…my heart warmed a little more!

    Glad to have discovered you and hope to read regularly.


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    Posted by HaLin | November 12, 2011, 4:35 pm
  23. I must admit, I’m fairly new to the talent of satyr–but I’m thankful I finally understand it. I can truly appreciate Stephen Colbert and South Park (which, before, I thought were vulgar, but now that I understand the sarcasm coating the truth, I think are fantastic examples). I don’t know how to write well in satyr, so I usually stick to informative and honest (i.e. my articles and short essays), but I admire those who can get the same message across in a humorous way. I think more people are attracted to humor than to seriousness, anyway.

    Keep writing!

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    Posted by Jennifer M. Hartsock | November 11, 2011, 8:21 am
  24. Hello Katerina, Phil, Anne, Carrot, Erectitudes, Clown Rhymes, Lady (with a truck ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), Guess what I did today, What happened to Alice, Traces of Jupiter, Barking in the Dark, KLRS09 (all that matters), Edward, Sk8erchrissheek, Waefarer.

    If your name is embolded, it means I have your email address. If your name is NOT embolded, it means I’m going to have to post this as a comment on your blog – but to be discrete as possible, I will post it in the ‘About You’.

    I figured after asking the first couple of Gravatars could I have their email address that most people don’t seem to want their email address out there so my best approach, with respect for your privacy, is to paste this as a comment.

    Mid October Katerina very generously awarded me the One lovely blog award. I was honoured, sincerely, but it seemed too much work to accept it (sorry!). BUT THEN, October 30 Phil awarded me the Versatile blog award. Again I was chuffed – it really is lovely to be thought of like this. I then thought, maybe I can accept both awards in one post, and highlight some of my favourite bloggers in the meantime.

    I wish to do a video which opens with links to both Katerina’s page and Phil’s page AND a quote of 1-2 (no more) paragraphs of one of your blogs, read by me – and then telling the viewer that to see the end of that post, visit the blog!

    The video would then move on to me doing a reading of 1-2 paras (no more) of each and every other one of you others, as I wish to nominate you all for these awards too – as you others would be my nominees.

    IT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD THAT ACCEPTING NOMINATION IS NOT ESSENTIAL – IT IS ENTIRELY OPTIONAL (which is why I didn’t think I could be bothered with the first nomination – oh the rules on acceptance!). You accept it or don’t; it’s up to you – in the very least, it’s nice to be mentioned.

    I request your permission to read 1-2 paras of your work on a video, and then finish the read with a link to your page, and announcing you as a nominee. If you don’t like this idea at all, you are so very free to say no thanks.

    I require your consent because to me words are quiet precious. You bring them to mind and arrange them in your style and you begift whomever you wish to, and it just may be that you don’t want your words going too far.

    Today is Sunday 6 November to me. For all the people who respond to me at wordsfallfrommyeyes@hotmail.com saying yes I may quote their words in the video, I will do those people only. If you don’t respond, or if you respond to say ‘no, please don’t’, I respect fully your wishes.

    I intend to film next Saturday and hopefully have the video up by early next week. So I do look forward to hearing from you.

    That wasn’t exactly brief, but I did need to say it and not everyone had an email address.

    Kindest best to you, fellow bloggers, & some of you being subbers too.


    SPECIFIC FAVOUR REQUESTED: Can someone – someone please help me and copy this email onto the blog of ‘What’s Happened to Alice’. I like her page very much and really want her in this, and would be honoured if she would allow me to read something of hers – BUT I KEEP GETTING FAILURE MESSAGES – I CAN’T POST MESSAGES TO HER PAGE. I HAVE NO WAY OF CONTACTING WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ALICE. Please could you do this for me, someone – http://whatshappenedtoalice.blogspot.com/ – and let me know what she says? Thank you.

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    Posted by wordsfallfrommyeyes | November 6, 2011, 9:20 am
  25. “Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.” Oscar Wilde

    Hi Tony! I’ve just spent the weekend with Oscar thanks to you, and he is intelligent, charming and respectful of women. Who else are you suggesting I get inspiration from at this point? ( the local library is teeny,weeny here but they will try to search for things in the other larger library systems and order stuff….)

    i continue to read your blog and i continue to make up my own mind, Canadian,you know…. hug, Liz

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    Posted by An Embarrassment of Freedom | October 30, 2011, 4:50 am
  26. I want to start by saying . . . if youโ€™d rather not participate, I totally understand. I have declined in the past myself. It is kind of a pain in the arse. That said.

    Iโ€™m awarding you the Versatile Blogger Award because I like your blog and think others will too. As with everything in life, there are strings attached. 1) You are to give the award to 15 other bloggers you feel are deserving and notify them of the award. 2) Make a post thanking the person that gave you the award (moiโ€™) and listing your 15 choices. Provide links to these 16 blogs in your post. 3) Lastly, in your post, list seven things the bloggy world doesnโ€™t know about you.

    Here is the info I was given for the graphic of the award to be used in your post.

    Personally, I had trouble with it, so feel free to contact me if you need help.

    The bottom line . . . whether you participate or not . . . I think you have a rockinโ€™ blog.

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    Posted by Miss Demure Restraint | October 27, 2011, 4:18 am
    • i’m honored. and i’m…gonna…say…yes. i wouldn’t mind a larger readership. now what do we do? i just don’t exactly understand the sentence “Here is the info I was given for the graphic of the award to be used in your post.” thanks for the kind offer of help – which a bear of very little brain can always use – since right off the bat i don’t even understand that sentence, i might very well need help with this, and if so, i know who to turn to. thanks for thinking highly of my stuff.girl. continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | October 27, 2011, 4:56 am
      • Sorry, the link to the graphic for the award attached itself to the last to lines of the comment. I have no idea why. Just click on one of those lines and it will take you to the picture to use in your post. My bad, no yours.

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        Posted by Miss Demure Restraint | October 27, 2011, 5:45 am
      • ok. i’m a technical moron. how do i get that picture (the green box that says “versatile blogger in it) into my post? this must be so simple to do for anyone but me. help. (and aren’t you thrilled you gave me this thing?) thanks continue…


        Posted by barkinginthedark | October 27, 2011, 8:18 am
  27. Holy shit! I’m supposed to be working (or eating, I forgot) but I obsessively come back to WordPress, find you and then one of my sister’s and my favorite videos of all time! Wait’ll she hears about this! Sorry about all the exclamation points.

    I just clicked the line on your sidebar because I remembered it and thought, whoever lifted this deserves a look. I didn’t expect to find something I forgot that I missed. I’m still in love. You rock!

    I swear, I’m not really this stupid. I just want to say thank you for something I still enjoy.

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    Posted by Sparks In Shadow | October 15, 2011, 10:49 pm
    • after reading some of your work, once again i am reassured in my opinion that each and every person who appreciates my stuff is worth one hundred thousand persons who may adore the current flavor of the hour. thank you so much for the kind, and humbling, comment. continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | October 16, 2011, 3:51 am
  28. Kind sir, I am on a special quest and I believe you may be the perfect person to guide me.

    I have written a 1,000 word essay on an activist issue dear to my heart. I hope to get it published in Salon.

    It occurs to me that you are Salon’s target demo. Would you be so kind as to beta read it before I hurtle it through the ethers at Steve Kornacki?

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Xavier Onassis, EMT-P | October 3, 2011, 5:01 pm
  29. Like “The Onion” used to be. Only waaaayyyy better. So glad I found this. Following.

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    Posted by Lilabell | September 19, 2011, 7:21 pm
  30. It’s a marvel that you have read so many of my very simple stories, maybe you aren’t so tough as I first thought. I have read your satires and humour work and had to go deep into your bio to figure it all out and where you are coming from. Listened to music, watched videos (your current one is wonderful and the older one Heist , now that I get it and really listened to the lyrics is so darn good…that Sax guy is fantastic, Now Cur, ( you are Cur to me),as you portrayed yourself asa borderline maniac, wise to what is “going on” in the world…just so darn good and fantastic. Other reactions too but I’ll leave it there. Midnight Trampoline was so well done too, like a movie, but made me laugh, Another odd connection there but I digress! You do strange things! If you see John Goodman soon tell him it was priceless seeing him arrive to serenade the poor tired gigalo and his client. For what it’s worth you have opened my eyes and renewed my creative energy to as you say…continue….

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    Posted by An Embarrassment of Freedom | September 17, 2011, 6:47 am
    • tough? i’m a writer, an artist…ok, i am a tough critic, a tough customer, a bit hard to please, but when i admire..i ADMIRE…Frank Zappa, Jane Goodall, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Molly Ivans, Paolo Soleri, Amelia Earhart, Muhammad Ali, Jim Hightower, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, the list is endless…the great sax man is George Young, came in, listened to it once, laid it down in one take, no charge…i am glad that i can play a small part in re-energizing your creativity. You write girl! continue…


      Posted by barkinginthedark | September 17, 2011, 11:27 pm
  31. Thanks for reading my story….it is pretty tame compared to your stuff( i checked you out!) but we both write from emotion and i can appreciate your dark humour, I feel like I’ve just read L. Cohen on a particularily angry day, Inspiration jolt out of the blue !

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    Posted by An Embarrassment of Freedom | September 13, 2011, 4:35 am
    • Music to my ears. I thank you so very much for such high praise. Your thoughts are certainly not tame. They spring from a life experience, and I think they are quite meaningful. We just choose to write about different things, and in a different style. Thanks again for paying attention. I write for thoughtful, intelligent people…clearly you are one of them…and we are outnumbered. I don’t wish to see it become too much worse, so my efforts have long gone towards shining a light on those of us who give humanity a bad name. I choose humor (mostly) to do this, albeit a humor, I admit, born out of anger.. (actually, sometimes I crack myself up at how funny mean I can be) Anyway, keep on writing…it’s good for the vibrations, and the soul. Continue…

      Liked by 1 person

      Posted by the Incurable Curmudgeon | September 13, 2011, 5:11 am


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