Lend Me An Ear
Or if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Monday, May 30, 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
A girl this skinny selling very large chicken sandwiches? What's wrong with that picture?
Paris Hilton does exactly nothing for me. In fact I look at her picture and feel the need for a shower. As if sleeze could jump off the photo like circus fleas. But..... that should not be enough for the morality police to have it removed from television.
What angers me is the ends to which a company will go to sell their product. What does a promiscuous bimbo have to do with a hamburger? And what does this sandwich have to do with any of the food or animal groups?
Friday, May 27, 2005
Up, up and away.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Bush: Worst President Ever?
An article from Real News and reprinted at Alternet by Stephen Pizzo claims George Bush is the worst president ever. Bush:Worst President Ever?
With due respect to Herbert Hooverites, I agree.
Herbert Hoover may have triggered the Great Depression, but he didn't invade another nation on false pretenses, authorize torture of prisoners, or try to stack the courts. Franklin Roosevelt did try to stack the courts but Congress said "no" and he said "OK," and went on the save the world from fascism and secure the lives of America's elderly by creating Social Security -- which Bush now wants to subvert.
Johnson and Nixon did fight an illegal and immoral war but Johnson lifted millions out of poverty and got the Civil Rights Act passed, much to his own party's determent. Nixon tried to subvert the Constitution but was caught and thrown out of office before he could succeed.
But I fear it's too late to stop George W. Bush and his band of right-wing revolutionaries. We have let them get too far along now to stop them. We have let them neutralize too many constitutional checks and balances. And once they deep-six the filibuster it truly will be game over.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
I could not make this up. I will let you read for yourself the comments made by our President. It was in response to a question following a speech in Tampa, Florida on February 4, 2005. A woman in the audience asked:
Q: I don't really understand. How is the new [Social Security] plan going to fix that problem?
PRESIDENT BUSH: Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled.
Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases.
There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words,
how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected,it will help on the red.
I am proud to say that I once read 50 pages of James Joyce's Ulysses so I can understand just about anything written in the English language. But I have no clue what he is saying. Which wouldn't be so bad if he wasn't the leader of the free world! Lord have mercy!
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Monday, May 23, 2005
War reportage, as it must be
Robert Capa/Spanish Soldier/Instant of Death
War is hell and photos of war should show that hell. This photo by Robert Capa is perhaps the most famous war photo of all time. No blood. Just an instant. An instant stealing life.
Veteran combat photographer Chris Hondros said, "There can be horrible images, but war is horrible and we need to understand that. I think if we are going to start a war, we ought to be willing to show the consequences of that war".
It's hard to sell a war that has a face. Esp. a face in permanent repose.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Walmart again. Walmart always.
Walmart runs this show and makes no bones about it. As Evan Derkacz reports on Alternet:
Always for sale, always
"Wal-Mart shows who owns our Government," writes David. "Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) yesterday vetoed legislation aimed at forcing Wal-Mart to provide its workers with more adequate benefits. That wasn't a surprise...What is shocking, however, is how open he was about acknowledging that Big Business pulls all of the strings when it comes to public policy. As the LA Times notes, 'Eduardo Castro-Wright, chief operating officer of Wal-Mart stores USA division, stood at the Republican governor's side as he signed the official veto.'"
How shameless can these people get? Thought for the day: do not shop at Walmart. Or here is a better idea:
Take several pieces of clothing into a Walmart dressing room. Wait a few minutes and then yell at the top of your lungs: HEY, THERE'S NO TOILET PAPER IN HERE!!!!!!!!
That would be fun.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Odds and Ends
The Senate Intelligence Committee is meeting in private session to amend the Patriot Act. The most extreme parts of the act will expire at the end of the year. The shroud of secrecy is causing suspicion. Many fear the committee will expand authority to look into our lives, using homeland security as a reason. Keep an eye on this.
Dorks and geeks, oh my. Yes I have been watching C-SPAN in the last few days as the debate over judicial nominees continues. After todays session, a parade of very conservative "men of faith" took to the podium to decry the fillibuster. They were alleging that the Democrats filibuster was an attack on Christianity. Huh? How have they made this leap?
Monday, May 16, 2005
From my cold dead hands, or whatever
GUNS DON"T KILL PEOPLE. STUPID PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE
Who needs enemies when you have yourself?
Man Accidentally Shot at Pa. Gun Show
MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A visitor to a gun show was shot in the shin by a gun that was supposed to be unloaded, authorities said.
"It appears as though one customer at a vendor's table was looking at a 9 mm pistol, and it fired," said Monroeville police Sgt. Larry Lyons.
Walter Gladkowski, 65, of Monroeville, was treated for a flesh wound at Mercy Hospital after the shooting Saturday and released.
The shooting appears to be an accident, Lyons said, but police were investigating whether the gun was loaded before or during the show.
The 64-year-old man handling the gun when it discharged has not been charged.
"Sometimes in the course of a day, you may have dozens of people handle a gun. It may have been unloaded when it was brought into the show and put on display," Lyons said. "It's hard to say. Obviously, it was loaded when the customer was handling it."
The gun was displayed by Hannah's Gun Shop of Tipton, Blair County, police said. A phone number for the shop could not be located.
Richard Vensel, president of the Pennsylvania Gun Collectors Association, also wants to know why the gun was loaded. Gun show vendors must sign a pledge stating that their guns are unloaded, he said.
"It was an unfortunate incident," Vensel said. "We strive for safety education, to inform the public and those that are less familiar with the use of firearms the safe operation of firearms." --
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Hugging Ban Sparks Dispute at Oregon School
What the world needs less of is...........you guessed it. Hugs. At least in Oregon:
Public displays of affection are against the rules at Sky View Middle School in Bend, and 14-year-old Cazz Altomare found that out the hard way.
She got detention earlier this year after hugging her boyfriend in the hallway as he headed to lunch and she went to gym class.
What a great school Sky View Middle School must be. No fighting, no smoking, no drugs. Yeah. They have time to bust people for (gasp) hugging.
"Really, all we're trying to do is create an environment that's focused on learning, and learning proper manners is part of that,"
So like they punish giving the finger, cutting in line, eating with mouths open and hugging.
America is such a great country.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Here today, gone tomorrow
Propaganda: Is Not A Family Value
Whatever happened to terrorist alerts? Or loose lips sink ships
Are we safer yet?
When was the last time we had Homeland Security Advisory? You remember those.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
State of Alabama To Deny Tut's Existence
King Tut or King Tut the queen?
A controversy is raging in Alabama over the legitimacy of King Tut as a historical figure. State Representative Gerald Allen has introduced legislation that would deny that King Tut ever existed. Allen declared that Tut was queer, or at least looked queer and his bill would protect Alabama citizens from such vile images.
Egyptologists have neither denied or confirmed Tut's sexuality.
Had you going, didn't I. Alabama. Oh Alabama. Not much of a stretch to believe you would do this.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
How sweet it is
Someone stop these bastards:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army said on Tuesday it had awarded $72 million in bonuses to Halliburton Co. for logistics work in Iraq.
What the fuck? First they have earned this:
Overall, KBR (a unit of Halliburton) has earned $7.2 billion under a massive 2001 logistics contract with the U.S. military and has obligations to earn more than $10 billion under that deal. It has separate deals with the government for reconstruction work in Iraq.
Then they screwed up or downright cheated us:
KBR's logistics deal with the U.S. military has been in the spotlight from the outset in Iraq, with allegations by auditors that they overcharged for some work, including dining services.
In addition, investigators are looking into whether the Texas-based firm charged too much to supply fuel to Iraqi civilians.
And then they get a bonus! Where is the liberal press? Why hasn't there been a backlash of such furor that we can forget the recent pie throwing incidents. There are a few Democrats are protesting:
Critics, especially from the Democratic Party, have accused the Pentagon of giving special treatment to KBR because of its former ties to Vice President Dick Cheney, who ran the company from 1995-2000.
Ya think? Reminds me of the old antiwar quote: "War is good for the economy. Invest your son." Dick Cheney will thank you.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Whatever happened to old fashioned craftsmanship?
There are few things I despise more than an incompetent corset piercer. This puts me in good company. Shannon Larrat is the editor and publisher of BMEZINE.COM, the largest and oldest full-spectrum body modification publication on the planet. Here’s what he has to say:
Seriously, WTF? START DOING CORSET PIERCINGS PROPERLY
“I’m far too often struck with a mix of sadness and anger. Sadness for the women who are being tricked into mutilation, and anger at the likely incompetent, irresponsible, and in my opinion, negligent piercers who are doing it to them.”
Well, here is the right way (according to Larratt):
Real attractive, no? I, too am struck with a mix of sadness and anger. To see more and see the "mistakes" go to: WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
Friday, May 06, 2005
The Legend of John Ashcroft
The purple one's queer.
We Missourians can occasionaly be a wise lot. For example in 2000 we elected Mel Carnahan as governer over John (Soar Like an Eagle) Ashcroft. The interesting thing is Mel Carnahan had been killed in an airplane crash in early October prior to the election. So Missourians elected a dead man rather than put John Ascroft in office. A similar situation is brewing in HEDWIG VILLAGE, Texas:
Voters in a Texas town have a decision to make about the mayor -- elect the previous one, or the dead one. Hedwig Village Mayor Dee Srinivasan died from heart disease last month, but supporters are still trying to win Saturday's election and ensure former Mayor Sue Speck doesn't win. Speck lost to Srinivasan in 2001 by 12 votes and has been criticized for her management style.
As a Missourian I advise Hedwig Villagers to follow their hearts and don't be afraid to vote for a dead person. It saved Missouri from suffering through at least 4 years of an Ashcroft administration.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Bigger really is better
Americans aren't fat enough. So an eatery in Pennsylvania has created a 15-pound burger affectionately named the Beer Barrel Belly Buster.
the burger comes with 10.5 pounds of ground beef, 25 slices of cheese, a head of lettuce, three tomatoes, two onions, a cup-and-a-half each of mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, mustard and banana peppers -- and a bun
The BBBB supercedes a skimpy 6 pounder previously a hot item
In February, a 100-pound female college student became the first to eat the burger within the three-hour time limit. Kate Stelnick, of Princeton, N.J., was awarded a special certificate, a T-shirt and other prizes and Leigey picked up the $23.95 tab for the burger. (ed-she was on her own for the angioplasty)
Did she weigh 106 pounds when she was finished?