Thursday, January 31, 2008

Petting Zoo





Don't ask me why. The bunny was on the desktop, McCain was on the desktop, I don't know.

Motivational




"But honey, I'm keeping the boat planed properly."


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Silliness


What a good idea:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wanted: rich older women interested in hot younger guys. Applicants must be over 35, earn at least $500,000 a year or have a minimum of $4 million in liquid assets, entrusted assets or divorce settlement.

That's the basis of a speed-dating event organized by a New York entrepreneur bringing together 20 "sugar mamas" and 20 "boy toys" vetted by an elite New York matchmaker.
And what kind of guys will show up?
Wanted: young, handsome male psychopaths with a familiarity with Rohypnol, and access to gunny sacks, rope, and a shovel.
I mean, come ooon, guys. You hold an event like that and a year from now we'll be watching the forensics on Court TV. Sheesh, I wish they'd ask me about these things first.

Reasonable Trade



Hey, If the guy's willing to meet us half-way like that, I say, "why not"?


Octopus


More silliness:

The sunscreen that you dutifully slather on before a swim on the beach may be protecting your body—but a new study finds that the chemicals are also killing coral reefs worldwide.

Four commonly found sunscreen ingredients can awaken dormant viruses in the symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae that live inside reef-building coral species.

The good news, fewer people will be on the beach when the global warming flood raises the sea level 20 feet. All the earth-friendly, risk-intolerant folks will soon be unable to leave their houses at all. "Go out? Are you crazy? Haven't you read about the link between fresh air and brain tumors?"

(btw, the graphic has nothing to do with the post; I just didn't have anywhere else to put it)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Surge

Fred Barnes wrote a very interesting article on how the President came to the decision to implement the Surge in Iraq:

In Washington, the president got little satisfaction from the interagency review of Iraq policy. Instead of a surge, the State Department favored a strategy of pulling troops out of Baghdad and allowing the Sunnis and Shia to finish their bloody struggle. When Bush heard about this idea, he rejected it out of hand. “I don’t believe you can have political reconciliation if your capital city is burning,” he said.
One day, when I'm president, I'm going to require posters in every office and hallway of the State Department reminding them which country they work for.

via Flopping Aces

Lying Liars?


Either everyone was lying,



or, no one was.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Moment of Truth

Yikes. Heard about The Moment of Truth, the show where they hook you up to a lie detector and ask you personal questions in front of friends and family? It looks to be a new pinnacle of tacky. Also:

The Fox version is actually quite tame compared with some foreign adaptations. The show's creator, Howard Schultz, who was also the brain behind the plastic surgery edition of “Extreme Makeover,” sold the rights in several countries, including Germany and Britain. The Colombian version was canceled in October after a woman confessed on the show that she had hired someone to kill her husband.
OK, tacky, and maybe scary, but most of us will tune in at least once, even if only for the 'at least I'm not that bad' factor. Best part of the article though, concerning a woman who just heard humiliating things from her husband:
Ty ran to his wife and tried to hug her. Catia submitted to his embrace but turned her cheek away, pursing her lips in a foreboding moue of lip gloss and recrimination.
"Foreboding moue of lip gloss and recrimination" Wow. That's why not just anyone can write for the NYT.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Jenny Craig Not Working?



I thought what with reports of Ted going out to campaign for Obama, I'd load up on Ted pics to photoshop... then I noticed...

Visionary



Senator Edward M. Kennedy will endorse Barack Obama for president tomorrow, breaking his year-long neutrality to send a powerful signal of where the legendary Massachusetts Democrat sees the party going....

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Playing

I'm just fiddling around with animated GIFs while the former President wags his finger. Hmmmm, odd thing, Firefox only animates the GIF for me if I click on the image. You see him wagging his finger? (as if to say, "Now, bringing up Tony Rezko is dirty politics. We Clintons disapprove of dirty politics.")

OK, here he is as a smaller file.... still he doesn't want to animate for me. Ah, it looks like it is a Firefox bug-for-Mac. Thank-you google.
***Update: Two bugs in fact, also there was a Blogger bug stopping it. Course, as irritating as animated GIFs can be, they're even worse with former Presidents in stereo.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Bad TV

Heard about the latest silly idea for a TV reality show?

TORONTO (Reuters) - What would happen if all the women were to disappear from a town, leaving the men to not only work, but also take care of the family and the home?

"It will be a disaster, a complete disaster," said Kelly Weatherly, who was sent off for a week at a resort, along with almost all the women in her community of 760, leaving the town and its children in the hands of the men.

The exodus was part of a social experiment filmed for Canada's national broadcaster, the CBC. Touted as an exploration of gender issues in contemporary Canadian culture, "The Week the Women Went" is based on a BBC program by the same name.
Ha! They think the men aren't up to the job? Yeah, right! Like we couldn't vacuum the dishes and boil the popcorn ourselves. Dream on, ladies.

Debates

I was thinking I'd have something to say about the debates, but... you know, what can you say about them, they were mush. Bland. Wish Thompson hadn't dropped out.

On the Dem side there's this:

Kucinich scheduled a news conference for noon Friday to announce plans for “transitioning out” of the Democratic presidential primary race, according to a brief news release.
OK, but can your wife stay on?

Oh, and Drudge thinks he can embarrass Hillary with a picture of her and Bill standing next to Tony Rezko, slum lord. No, Matt, that's how you embarrass Tony, not the other way around.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

From the Center for Public Integrity

From the NYT: "Center’s Iraq project is "remarkable for it's scope.."

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Remarkable yes, but I'm remarking that you can't find a single quote from a Democrat. The CPI's scope is remarkably limited.

The Wisdom of Tom



Still finding things I can't do in the new iMovie. One thing I can do though: keep them mercifully short. Tom Wisdom = Twisdom.

We Ended Up at the Grand Hotel

via the mostly amazing Jonah Goldberg


muttering about some Stupid with a flare gun

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Workers' Paradise: Venezuela

Just as I feared. Hugo Chavez gets his economic theories from Sean Penn:

Venezuelan troops seize food
Jan 24, 2008 12:14 PM

Venezuela's top food company has accused troops of illegally seizing more than 500 tonnes of food from its trucks as part of President Hugo Chavez's campaign to stem shortages.

The leftist Chavez this week created a state food distributor and loosened some price controls, seeking to end months of shortages for staples like milk and eggs that have caused long lines and upset his supporters in the OPEC nation.
Empty the trucks, and when they fill up, empty them again. Cornucopia! Unless the guy who owns the food company knows math. Then, there's the slight chance he's going to stop filling the trucks with food.

"In that case we shoot him. Cornucopia!"

Center for Public

I know. I know. It's supposed to be "Center for Public Integrity". They lost, or never had, the "Integrity" part though.

So to fill the void, I've just created the Center for Truth, Honesty, and All That is Good. If anyone wants to join, feel free. We'll have just as much authority on the subject of truth as the Center for Public Integrity. Why? Well look at the name, dummy. We sound just as official as the CPI, and we don't take money from George Soros.

You may have seen the report from the "nonpartisan" Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity.

In a damning report, the Center for Public Integrity found "935 false statements by eight top administration officials that mentioned Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction, or links to Al-Qaeda, on at least 532 separate occasions."
You have to admit Mr. Soros is clever. First, he hires minions, which, face it, the CTHATG just can't afford. But even more clever is his getting them to find 935 sins of the Bush administration. Which one is THE big lie though? They don't say. In fact, one, two, or even a half-dozen accusations can be defended against. But 935? Who is going to read past the first dozen? Just a few zealots, I'm sure. And nobody is going to read a defense against 935 accusations.

So why didn't the CPI either lay out it's ten strongest condemnations? Simple. They have no integrity. Else, why did they leave out these:

"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."

President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.


"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."

President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.


"Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."

Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.


"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."

Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998


"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John
Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.


"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.


"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."


Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.


"There is no doubt that . Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."

Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others,
Dec, 5, 2001.


"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."

Sen. Carl Levin (d, MI), Sept. 19, 2002.


"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."

Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.


"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."

Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002.


"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seing and developing weapons of mass destruction."

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002.


"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."

Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002.


"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."

Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002.


"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years . We also should remember we have alway s underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."

Sen. Jay Rockerfeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002,


"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do."

Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002.


"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program.
He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002


"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass
destruction. "[W]ithout question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he has continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real ...

Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003.

Life on Mars

thisislondon has images from the NASA probe on Mars: "This photo of what looks remarkably like a female figure with her arm outstretched, was taken on Mars."


The image is a blow-up from the area highlighted on the left in this image:


If they had bothered to blow up the second highlighted area, they would have seen that the photo can be easily explained:


See it? Just another hippie with her frisbee-dog. Those people are everywhere.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

March for Life


March for Life in the Nation's Capital. Also known as, 'get your dog story on the front page day' in DC, because this is the day that absolutely any news can get into the MSM. And most of it outranks the kids who packed the Verizon Center and filled the streets for as far as you could see.


Actually, there was a Mass at the Verizon Center and after it filled up the overflow was sent to a nearby church. Here you can see some of the Catholic priests that were there.


This, of course, prompted some muttering about "Separation of Church and Phone Company" by the few members of the news media that were there. "Can they lawfully gather here?"


But before the reporters could find the relevent statutes, it was back to the streets:


Waldo was there. Many times, many Waldos:


It was bitter cold, just like last year.


Lumberkid and two friends got up at 5:00 to get to the buses.


Where they met their friends and new friends from all over the country.


Brought together.


by concern for the unborn.


And at the end of the day,


An omen.


Via Redstate, President Bush, this morning:
My friends, the time is short and your march is soon. As you give voice to the voiceless I ask you to take comfort from this: The hearts of the American people are good. Their minds are open to persuasion. And our history shows that a cause rooted in human dignity and appealing to the best instincts of the American people cannot fail. So take heart.

Take heart, be strong, and go forth. May God bless you.
Read the whole thing.

***Update:We'll have to see how far back the Washington Post buries this story, but the local NBC affiliate, Chanel 4, gave it 30 seconds at the end of the newscast. That was about the same amount of time they gave to the story of a man breaking 200 green coconuts with his elbow. And of the lousy 30 seconds, they used 10 of them noting that there were some 20 or 30 counter protesters. Liberal media bias? Ask Jim Vance about it, though he may try to pass it off as a pro-coconut-elbow-breaking bias. He just didn't have time for the March story.

Quack?


Qua?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Tim's Operation

The fine and funny Tim Blair gets an operation today*. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

* Monday, in Australia, which is something like Sunday-and-a-half in our time.

***Update: Good news, from comments on his site, word is: Tim's doing well. They think they got all the tumor. And he should be home in the next 10 days or so. Ya-hoo.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise enlightens us. When you're a Scientologist, "you're the only one that can really help."



This new Mac is crazy-fast and can process video way faster than my old one, but I think I liked the old iMovie better. At least for building this kind of animation/video/hybrid/Scientology/ridicule. Could be, perhaps, I'll get used to the new iMovie; you may have to submit to more of this torture as I fiddle with it though. (hey but really, no time is ever wasted when you use it to ridicule that inanimate old con man, L Ron Hubbard, and his crazy-goofy cult followers) Tom, you had me at "not like anyone else."

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Build-A-Bear



More revelations from that Library of Congress photostream: The year, 1943. Here we see women, who weeks earlier were average homemakers, putting the final touches on a model-9 mechanical polar bear that the Army used to fight the Nazis in North Africa. By all accounts Rommel was completely surprised by this tactic.

How's That Appeasement Thing Working Out?



Bomb-making materials found during raids on five addresses in Barcelona are seen in this photograph released by the Spanish Interior Ministry on January 19, 2008. 12 Pakistanis and two Indians have been arrested in Barcelona early on Saturday. Islamic radicals may have been planning an attack in Barcelona, Spain's Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said.

Obviously, they're not appeasing hard enough.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Waiting for Castro



You know Satan must be getting tired of waiting for Fidel Castro. I have no proof, but I suspect that an animatronics genius from Disney is somehow involved in his continued respiration.

Anyway, searching out images of el Jeffe Loco for the inevitable photoshop, I ran across many reminders of why he deserves a place of honor by the Lake of Fire:



Then, I ran across one I'd forgotten about. Is it any wonder Jesse embraces Hugo Chavez?


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Scientists, What Would We Do Without Them?


On the same day:

A specially developed carrot has been produced to help people absorb more calcium. Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center studied the calcium intake of humans who ate the carrot and found a net increase in calcium absorption. The research, which was done in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine, means adding this carrot to the diet can help prevent such diseases as osteoporosis.
and:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Older women who take calcium supplements to maintain bone strength may have an increased risk of heart attack, researchers in New Zealand said on Tuesday.

Pathetic First Lady

I no longer expect Democrats to hold their tongues when the President is conducting the nation's business off our shores, but this, from the shrill Hillary Clinton is going too far:

The former first lady hit out at the US president as he wrapped up a tour of the Middle East, during a 2008 Democratic presidential campaign debate here.

"President Bush is over in the Gulf now begging the Saudis and others to drop the price of oil," Clinton said. "How pathetic."
It's not only a cheap mischaracterization of what the president is doing, it is detrimental to our best interests. Does she forget that her husband sent Bill Richardson over to do exactly the same negotiations just eight years ago? Course, they were negotiations then, now it's "begging". And duh, OPEC will probably not raise production. But it'd be nice if the president could present our concerns without being undermined by this shabby opportunist. Kick her butt, Obama.

Rodents of Unusal Size


PARIS (AFP) - Fossil hunters have uncovered the greatest rodent that ever lived -- a one-tonne behemoth that bestrode the swamplands of South America some four million years ago.

The newly-identified species is the greatest-known member of the order Rodentia and by comparison makes the biggest rodent alive today, the 60-kilo (132-pound) capybara, look like a pygmy shrew.

The skull of the extraordinary beast was found in a broken boulder on Kiyu Beach on the coast of Uruguay's River Plate region, palaeontologists reported in a study on Wednesday.

Measuring a whopping 53 centimetres (21 inches), the skull has massive incisors several centimetres long.

Andres Rinderknecht of the National Museum of Natural History and Anthropology said this find "explained other things we've been finding in the area:



Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Call Me a Skeptic



Standing near the area where he saw a large silent object in the sky, Ricky Sorrells talks about the sighting, Monday, Jan.14, 2008 in Dublin, Texas.

Who Didn't Know This?


From the Telegraph:

A survey of travel habits has revealed that the most environmentally conscious people are also the biggest polluters.

"Green" consumers have some of the biggest carbon footprints because they are still hooked on flying abroad or driving their cars while their adherence to the green cause is mostly limited to small gestures.
Of course Al Gore comes to mind, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Think there's any chance they want to live the lifestyle they're prescribing for you?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Get Well Soon




Unwelcome News


It seems Tim Blair has run up against some health problems. He says the outlook is good, and he'll be working again as soon as possible. Good, but recovery first.

He'll be in our prayers; put him in yours too.

**************UPDATE!: Woo-hoo:*WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE* Results of Monday’s CAT scan are in. There is no spread of the malignancy; zip, zero, zilch. It’s entirely localised. Medical science may disagree, but I think credit should go to readers and fellow bloggers. Your thoughts and prayers have eerie powers.

Massive thanks to all.


Numbers

I'm glad someone is looking into the latest NYT attempt to paint our servicemen and women as murderers. The Times story uses an old tactic, using statistics to mislead. They claim that their research shows that 121 veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan were charged or convicted in a killing in this country after returning from the Middle East. The NYT wasn't interested in comparing this to the rate of killings/charges for the general population. Winds of Change, and I'm sure others, are looking into this.

Also what doesn't interest the NYT: the number of ME veterans who saved a life, or the number of veterans who volunteered in their community, after returning to this country.

I'm reminded of the Benjamin Disraeli quote, often attributed to Mark Twain: There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and anything written by those butt-wipes from the New York Times.

Nothing Worth Eating is Easy to Kill



"OK, You be ready to hit him with a board when he chases me into the boat."

Friday, January 11, 2008

Riding-Lawnmower DUI



You Had Me at Illegal


I followed the link from Drudge because of the Hillary quote, "No woman is illegal." What is that? There are no female illegal aliens? Never mind, there was a more important quote in the article. Hillary:

"I think we're slipping toward a recession," she said. "A couple of people that I met on the street, they work in construction. They tell me it's slowed down."
But they stop there. They don't say if she ran into a woman at the supermarket, buying imported olives, who thinks the dollar must be slipping. Or, yikes, do you think maybe Hillary didn't even go to the supermarket?

Now that strikes me as irresponsible. How can you vote for a person who, having found out that the country has gone into a recession from a couple of construction workers, then fails to consult a supermarket cashier, who handles money all day long, about what monetary policy might pull us out of our spiral into ruin?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

More Animal Abuse



The video below isn't mine, btw, but this poor beast is. And sad to say, when something clicks wrong in my head, or sometimes when the moon is full, I amuse myself by removing any last shred of dignity she possesses.


There. All gone now.

Fooling the Dog



A Fine Way to Go


The Man who Died of Laughing:

Can you laugh to death? As a matter of fact, there are more than 10 registered cases of fatal hilarity.

On 24 March 1975 Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer from King's Lynn, England, died laughing while watching an episode of The Goodies, featuring a Scotsman in a kilt battling a vicious black pudding with his bagpipes. After twenty-five minutes of continuous laughter Mitchell finally slumped on the sofa and expired from heart failure. His widow later sent the Goodies a letter thanking them for making Mitchell's final moments so pleasant.

In 1989 a Danish audiologist, Ole Bentzen, died watching A Fish Called Wanda. His heart was estimated to have beat at between 250 and 500 beats per minute, before he succumbed to cardiac arrest.
There's more at the link. Somehow I just knew that A Fish Called Wanda had killed. I broke several ribs laughing.

Top 10 Drunk American Writers

Here's a list of Top 10 Drunk American Writers. I noticed three things.

  • One, they had no better understanding of excessive drinking than, pardon the expression, Joe Six-Pack.
  • Two, I have a better stove than Charles Bukowski did.
  • Three, refrigerator too.


#07 - CHARLES BUKOWSKI [1920-94]
"Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you're allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It's like killing yourself, and then you're reborn. I guess I've lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now."






via: Plime

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Weekend at Bernie's


Probably you've seen this:

NEW YORK - Two men wheeled a dead man through the streets in an office chair to a check-cashing store and tried to cash his Social Security check before being arrested on fraud charges, police said.

David J. Dalaia and James O'Hare pushed Virgilio Cintron's body from the Manhattan apartment that O'Hare and Cintron shared to Pay-O-Matic, about a block away, spokesman Paul Browne said witnesses told police.

"The witnesses saw the two pushing the chair with Cintron flopping from side to side and the two individuals propping him up and keeping him from flopping from side to side," Browne said....
I swear, it took me ten minutes to stop laughing. It's one of those seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time things that you know we've all contemplated at one time or another..... well, maybe not.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

English Lesson

The mainly amazing James Taranto gives Nedra Pickler of the AP a clue:

[Pickler:]
During his eight years in the legislature, Obama cast a number of votes on abortion and received a 100 percent rating from the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council for his support of abortion rights, family planning services and health insurance coverage for female contraceptives. He voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive, a vote that especially riled abortion opponents.
There is a word in English for "aborted fetuses who survive." They are called infants.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Dr. Phil

Well Duh:

LOS ANGELES - Television's "Dr. Phil" McGraw has pulled the plug on plans for a one-hour show that was to examine Britney Spears' latest public meltdown. In a statement posted Monday on his Web site, McGraw said the 26-year-old pop star's situation was "too intense" for him to go forward with the show. He didn't say whether he planned to reschedule.
What I want to know is why. Did he realize that, if she's his patient, using her to make money might not be in her best interest? Or did some last person on earth that has her best interests at heart tell him he would be sued down to his shorts if he continued with his low-rent project? I'm betting the latter.

What a ghoul. And in case you haven't been keeping up with the Portuguese Picnic that is Britney Spears life these days; she has officially passed the point where we can make fun of her, and she's gone right up to the edge of tragic. Remember how we had to take down the Judy Garland effigies? Alright then, let's all just redirect our derision towards Nick Nolte, oh, and Dr. Phil. They can take it.

In the Cookshack

How long before this becomes another food blog? No, "not soon enough" isn't an answer. It was a rhetorical question, which means it was torical once, and it's torical again.

I realize you have to do more than one food post a month to call yourself a food blog, so we're still safe. But I can't pass up the opportunity to publicize it when something of value shows up in the NYT. Not my fault that that only ever happens in the Food section:

OF all the ingredients in the kitchen, the most common is also the most mysterious.

It’s hard to measure and hard to control. It’s not a material like water or flour, to be added by the cup. In fact, it’s invisible.

It’s heat.
Ah, invisible ingredient, must be saltpeter you think. That's what I thought too. Maybe it should have been titled The Other Invisible Ingredient. It's really a good article, even for those of us who already know which end of a colander the bullet comes out of.

Alien vs Predator




Sunday, January 06, 2008

Lose Weight Through Juggling



It's an animated gif, but with my browser, you have to click on the image to get it to animate in a new window...
via oomsa

Saturday, January 05, 2008

I Can Haz Seals?




LoL Polar Bears

Yuk-A-Huck



I don't know what it is, I'm as Christian as the next guy, and more Christian than some, but getting behind this guy..... I won't be doing it with a lot of enthusiasm.


Fred's a different story. It wouldn't be the first time we've have a president who wore a superman suit, I'm thinking Jimmy Carter here, but he'd be the first one to wear it well. Try to imagine the look on Kim Jong Il's face... "We surrender, Mr President, We surrender."

Friday, January 04, 2008

Candidates Fight it Out


Want to see how your candidate would do against the opposition? Fight it out.


I just want to fight kung-fu baby.

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