Saturday, October 17, 2009

Flashback song: "Don't Misunderstand Me"

Rossington Collins Band. It has something to do with some other classic rock/southern rock band. Possibly Skynyrd which I may have finally figured out how to spell (here's a hint, no vowels except "y").

This song totally reminds me of my older sister, from the early 80s. It's been downhill, relationship-wise, between us ever since then.

And now, everyone, backward skate.

Lanterns, Care Bares

(h/t to Eric; click image to embiggen)

Annoying fact of the day

In a new Entertainment Weekly article collection of bullet points about choreographer/director Kenny Ortega, comes this:
Ortega was brought onto the set of the Brat Pack ensemble drama (St. Elmo's Fire) to make Rob Lowe look convincing as a saxophone-playing rocker...
Speaking for everyone who paid to see that movie, we would like that money back.

And to quote Mr. Lowe from the movie: "Let's rock!"

This does not describe me at all...

"It's so fascinating that Jean Grey and Cyclops had a child from an alternate future who ends up marrying Franklin Richards, who is the son of Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman," said the man who did not recognize his own nephew at the wedding.

From The Onion: Area Man Has Far Greater Knowledge Of Marvel Universe Than Own Family Tree

(h/t to Kassie)

Morehouse College loses endowment fund from Tyler Perry

Article from CNN here.
No dress-wearing is part of a larger dress code launched this week that Morehouse College is calling its "Appropriate Attire Policy."

The cross-dressing African American college fund, started by Tyler Perry and featuring generous donations from Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence and the estate of Flip Wilson have decided to take their money elsewhere.

Funny and sad and true


Click image to embiggen.

A clearly important investigation-type letter from relevant authorities and such

J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001, USA.

We the Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant Investigation Agencies here in the United states of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you presently have atransaction going on with of Bank of Africa (CBN) as regards to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly.

It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all fact and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay.

Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank of Nigeria office accordingly, as we will be monitoring all their services with you as well as your correspondence at all level.

In addendum, also be informed that we recently had a meeting with the Executive Director of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, in the person of Sanusi Lamido Aminu the new CBN Governor along with some of the top officials of the Ministry regarding your case and they made us to understand that your file has been held in abase depending on when you personally come for the claim.

They also told us that the only problem they are facing right now is that some unscrupulous element are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people off their hard earned money by impersonating the Executive Governor and the Central Bank office.

We were also made to understand that a lady with name Mrs. Joan C. Bailey from OHIO has already contacted them and also presented to them all the necessary documentation?s evidencing your claim purported to have been signed personally by you prior to the release of your contract fund valued at about US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars.), but the Central Bank office did the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before the go ahead on wiring your fund to the Bank information?s which was forwarded to them by the above named Lady so that was the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations.

They further informed us that we should warn our dear citizens who must have been informed of the contract payment which was awarded to them from the Central Bank of Nigeria, to be very careful prior to this irregularities so that they don't fall victim to this ugly circumstance.

And should incase you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the Central Bank of Nigeria, you are further advised to STOP further contact with them in your best interest and then contact immediately the real office of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) only with the below information?s accordingly:

NAME: Sanusi Lamido Aminu (cbn)
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank Of Nigeria,
COOPERATE BUILDING
C.B.N HOUSE, 57 MARINA,
P.O.BOX 2406 ,LAGOS NIGERIA
TEL: +234-8025303860
+234-016595753

Email: DELETED

NOTE: In your best interest, any message that doesn't come from the above official email address and phone numbers should not be replied to and should be disregarded accordingly for security reasons.

Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the Central Bank of Nigeria office immediately with the above email address and request that they attend to your payment file as directed so as to enable you receive your contract fund accordingly.

Ensure you follow all their procedure as may be required by them as that will further help hasten up the whole procedures as regards to the transfer of your fund to you as designated.

Also have in mind that the Central Bank of Nigeria equally have their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms, so delay could be very dangerous.

Once again, we will advise that you contact them with the above email address and make sure you forward to them all the necessary information?s which they may require from you prior to the release of your fund to you accordingly.

All modalities has already been worked out even before you were contacted and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so you don't have anything to worry about.

All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Without wasting much time,will want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as time is already running out.

Should in case you need any more information?s in regards to this notification, feel free to get back to us so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected and you have received your contract fund as stated.

Thank you very much for your co-operation in advance as we earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.

Best Regards,
Robert S. Mueller III
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Office phone number: +12024703405
Email:fbiinvestigatione147@mail2clark.com (normally I'd delete, but it's so wonderfully awful I had to leave it)

Happy birthday Mike Judge

The creator of Beavis and Butthead; Hank and Bobby Hill; and Milton (the man with the red Swingline stapler) has a birthday today. It's easy to underestimate him because of this:


But King of the Hill was probably the best balance of genuine family values with wry humor in, well, forever?


And male bonding.




And bitchy too!


And manger babes (nee babies).


Here's Judge himself as the manager of Chotchkes. Or Flickers. Or TJ McHappy's.


Happy birthday dude! I might have to see Extract this weekend in your honor.

ABC's Modern Family

Is probably my favorite new show of the season. And it has music, take that Glee. If you've missed it, catch up at ABC.com.

How soon can Judy, the talking embryo be tried as an adult?

(h/t to Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon's Broadsheet, and yes, I read "girl" news)

This video features the heart-warming story of an embryo named Judy. Based on the name, I would assume the video is from 1977, the last time a "Judy" was born in captivity. Seriously, couldn't they name her Hayley or Brittney? They'd only be 15 years behind the times then.


Oh, right, embryo. So yeah, here's what is interesting to me: "all I want is to get out of here alive." It's as if the right-to-life folks only think about the life of an embryo, and not the human they might become on the other side of the birth canal. So let's all welcome Judy to a world of ignorance, discrimination, poverty and crime. Hopefully we can try her as an adult as young as 6 years old and execute her shortly thereafter. It's what America demands in its zero-tolerance-on-crime policies.

I don't take issue with the machete. Abortions are horrible. Let's all huddle up and get serious about teaching contraception to teens so we can reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. I promise that will drastically reduce the number of abortions that are performed in America. I promise.

Abstinence-only sex education doesn't work. Unless you mean "ironically" in which case, it's totally effective. More high school juniors have kids via abstinence-only sex education than with no sex education whatsoever! Rock on!

I don't understand

So a Hammond, LA ("hey!" Robin) Justice of the Peace won't marry an interracial couple. The bible clearly says marriage is between one white man, and one white woman (at least my Conservapedia bible does) so marrying these two is clearly not defined as a traditional marriage. It undermines traditional marriage.

What's next, two people of different religions marrying? They wouldn't be able to have children, so why would people of different religions even WANT to marry? Sheesh.

You know what, instead of forcing the J.o.t.P. to marry them, Louisiana should put a ballot initiative out to Louisiana voters and ask them to approve or deny the rights of this interracial couple. That would settle the matter, and keep it out of courts.

Ballot initiatives are the best way to ensure equal rights for all. Everyone knows the Emancipation Ballot Initiative ended slavery! Vote YES on 13!

Actually, you know what, I don't remember voting on whether or not women should be able to vote or own property, so we should totally put that on a ballot initiative too. You non-white males are so problematic.

Song of the day: "This Is It"

The "new" song from Michael Jackson was written more than 25 years ago with Paul Anka, and recorded nearly 20 years ago. Michael had nearly 20 years to release the song but didn't; now it's this great unreleased gem that his family has discovered. By the way, Paul Anka is responsible for writing the hits of Capt. & Tennille. So Happy Halloween y'all!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Yay, a new opportunity!

Dear Sir/Madam,

We of the Gristmill Investment.Company are brokering an Investment deal in your country on behalf of a client. This deal will involve the eventual investment of USD$25M. (Twenty Five Million Dollars) in your country.

We are by this letter offering you our partnership, so as to allow us have you as representative and manager of invested funds in your country within the time frame of the investment/partnership scheme.

Since we can not determine if this email is still functional and also your willingness, we have kept this proposal brief.

If you are Interested in this offer of partnership, please respond and give us your full contact details plus company profile, and in response we will send you an elaborate proposal and details of this offer.

Your expedient response will be appreciated.

Thank you.
Gustova Adolfo.
Public Relation Officer.
Gristmill Investment co.

Feeling gravity's pull


(h/t to Towleroad, clip image to embiggen)

Scientific American has pictures of the rings of Saturn being reshaped by the gravity of its moons. Full article here.
At the Saturnian equinox, which takes place every 15 Earth years or so, the plane of Saturn's rings aligns with the sun, casting shadows that bring out subtle details in their structure. NASA's Cassini spacecraft was on hand in August to observe Saturn's latest equinox up close and captured this image showing how the planet's moons influence the rings.

PS--it's the Saturnian equinox. Does anyone have the sale circulars?

Change the game (my niggas)


Jon Stewart likens Michael Steele at GOP.com with the Microsoft Office Paper Clip! I love Jon Stewart.

I spy Air Force One


Co-worker (and friend) Jack got to see Air Force One land yesterday in San Francisco. Eric quickly pointed out that it's only AFO is the Prez is on board. He was, so it was. Details here.

So there, that fuzzy thing, is Air Force One. You're welcome.

Happy birthday Koda

Runners up as today's birthday included such luminaries as Angela Lansbury (4 Tonys, no Emmys, and one of the best all-time film performances in the original Manchurian Candidate), Tim Robbins, and Barry Corbin, but the winner is co-worker Jack's dog Koda.

I've been mis-remembering Jack's resume as declaring Koda the best dog in the world. I thought for sure it did, when Jack interviewed with us back in July 2007. He says no, and can produce the resume to back this up. Which could never be faked. So I admit to being wrong (happens all the time, ask Clark).

Anyway, Koda likes the Beatles I am told.


And sister Lucy, I presume.


Any way, happy birthday dude! (It's like 7 birthdays for you and me!)

Like Meghan McCain, I stayed in with a book too


John Hodgman, y'all!

Dawn landing at JFK

One of my regular reads, a weekly column about planes (who can say why, originally--but any columnist that mentions The Jam by name is going to get repeat business from me), Ask the Pilot by Patrick Smith at Salon, has added some video, and this one is really beautiful.

I recommend the column when there's any kind of accident or issue involving airlines, because Smith takes the time to lay out the variety of factors that could be involved, and can do it with as much time and care as he needs--he doesn't need to get it into a 90-second sound bite to drop into a 30-minute newscast.

Sometimes the shit is kinda boring, which is actually great: most of life is kinda boring. That's how you know it's real. He also geeks out about design elements related to air travel (the exteriors of planes, the uniforms, the cabins, terminals), travel destinations, and safety; which I appreciate. I have show business awards covered, he can do airline-related stuff.

Among the things I have learned: there are no co-pilots, they are all pilots. There are Captains and First Officers, but they are all pilots. Except God, I guess he's the co-pilot.

Lindsey "Wagner" Graham asked about being (shhh) gay

(h/t Towleroad, full story here)

I haven't obsessed about South Carolina crazy in a while! Boo! And dude let's Lindsey off too easy.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was asked about rumors he is gay by Mike Stark of The Crooked Dope.

Writes Stark: "At Justice Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings, Senator Lindsey Graham asked her about anonymous comments offered by a range of lawyers. These comments were negative, mostly having to do with the Justice’s temperament. Leaving aside the fact that Justice Scalia’s acidic demeanor never seemed to bother any of the white male Senators called upon to confirm him, I did think it was notable to ask a nominated Justice to comment on accusations made by anonymous accusers. I especially found it interesting because there is no shortage of rumors regarding Senator Graham’s sexual orientation. That puts Graham in almost the same position Justice Sotomayor except nobody that I know of has asked Senator Graham to respond to the rumors. What’s more, if Graham did have gay relations while a member of the military, he broke the law."

Economics issue of the day

From the great gay/geek blog Fanboys of the Universe (here):
“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”--Darth Vader, Star Wars

If this is true, why didn’t Vader and the Emperor just use the Force to blow up planets, thus saving billions of Imperial dollars constructing a big scary, yet vulnerable space station? Is it because there were only two of them? What is the minimum number of Sith Lords necessary to fry Alderaan? Does it take too much concentration? if so, who would strangle Admirals while Vader was busy blowing up planets?

This is going to keep me up for a few nights.

Song of the day: "Whachadoin?"

I may not have spelled that right. This is N.A.S.A featuring M.I.A., Santigold, Nick Zinner and Spank Rock. I've been hearing it since the Spring. Let's say it's the last thing M.I.A. did before her baby. Or the first thing she did after her baby.

Why do I still watch The Office?

They couldn't tell if someone was trying to sell them insurance, or was in the Mafia. Hysterical! A problem I can relate to! And a situation that couldn't be resolved in 3 minutes by a normal person. Even an idiot.

"If it's burnt, I'll send it back." Sheesh.

It was the stupidest half hour of television I have been subjected to in a while.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Flashback song: "Justified and Ancient"

A brilliant request/long-distance dedication from Lee Ann to Chris, as he's now justified AND ancient.

"They called me up in Tennessee and said 'Tammy, stand by the Jams'" is one of my all-time favorite lyrics.

Turn up the strobe!

Gay.

And I mean that in a good way.

I don't know if these are intended as Gay Pride Twizzlers or Homeland Security Terror Alert Twizzlers (either one is appropriate for Halloween candy, so it's fucking brilliant) but I am buying a bag (or 10) tonight.

(h/t to Kelly V--she is the queen of candy, and she is a ninja)

Seriously, this is fucked up

A friend of a man accused of gay bashing the shit out of a man in New York City has this tattooed on his arm.


So despite the fact that a man was almost killed by these yahoos, my concern is for this dude. How fucked up do you have to be to make this your tattoo?

Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Truly.

Seriously, someone took that and had a tattoo made out of it. Project much?

Leviticus covers an awful lot of ground, including rules against being around menstruating women (unclean!) and trimming your beard and tips for buying slaves. I'm told the Bible is filled with a lot of wonderful text, and that's what you come up with for a tattoo? Fuck.

Survey says: Glenn Close

So I posted my first poll, and I was surprised by the relatively low turn out. Only 9 votes. Actually, that's about what I expect of my readership, so maybe the visitor statistics at the bottom of the page are exaggerated. Are they "AOL visits"?

When asked who, between Glenn Close and Sigourney Weaver, would win an Oscar first, more thought Glenn would win first. More folks thought neither would win than thought Sigourney would win first. I'm posting this so I can zap the poll thing.

Thanks for playing, those who bothered.

Oh Meghan, it's not the absence of a pantsuit



Meghan McCain caused a commotion by posting this picture to her Twitter Twitpic account. Details here if you are really that bored.

"So I took a fun picture not thinking anything about what I was wearing, but apparently anything other than a pantsuit, I am a slut," she Twittered.

I don't think that pantsuit is that forgiving.

30 Senators voted against ensuring the rights of people to sue if they are gang raped

Let me say that again. 30 Senators voted against ensuring the rights of people to take cases of personal assault to court. A Halliburton/KBR employee was drugged and gang raped, and when she reported the attack, she was locked IN A SHIPPING CONTAINER and denied contact with the outside world. Details here.

And while she, no doubt, was asking for it (cough), she's never gotten her day in court. Apparently she waived her right to sue when she signed some waivers when she started her employment--she agreed to arbitration instead of an option for court.

Senator Franken has amended a 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that withholds government contracts from companies that restrict their employees from taking cases like this to court.


And to give you some contrast, the 30 Senators who objected to such an OUTRAGEOUS amendment on principle had no fucking hesitation when it came to withholding funds from A.C.O.R.N. Jon Stewart explains:
The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Rape-Nuts
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorRon Paul Interview
PS: one guess as to who objected to the amendment.

(h/t Feministing)

Happy birthday Linda Lavin

15 years ago or so I read some TV review that called Lavin, not the first or second lady of television, but maybe like the 11th or 12th. It was meant in a good way, but I can totally see how it would sound like a dis. But let's be honest, Carol Burnett, Lucy, Imogene Coca, Mary Tyler Moore--there's 4 without even trying or mentioning a Golden Girl, so 11 or 12 is pretty good.

Lavin has a solid body of work on TV and stage aside from her run as Alice, but the whole reason I've selected Lavin as today's birthday is because "dark lady" Melissa once pointed out the increasingly self-indulgent vocal style she provides for each season of the Alice theme song, and I have a way of sharing this. Enjoy. Melissa, this one's for you, wherever you are.






Happy birthday Linda!

It is too early for me to be angry about the misuse of statistics

And yet, here I am.

This article features this fascinating graphic:


Look at that, amazingly good news for makers of the Palm Pre and the Google phone (whatever the fuck that is--Android platform, sure, but Google phone?)!

Except dude does not show his sample sizes. The TOTAL number of responses he's breaking down is n=71. Something tells me the 100% satisfied is 2 people who have a Pre saying they like it. Sorry, 3 people. I'm drawing that conclusion from this graphic:

I'm betting that 2 Students and 1 Other have the Palm Pre. And they all like it. Rock on!

I sent him this note (and you KNOW I did bitches):
Dude, tell me you did NOT break the n=71 into smaller groups and report them as valid classes in this article:
http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/08/04/six-out-of-10-doctors-prefer-iphones/

If so, that is seriously challenged. Please give the number of physicians, students, nurses, etc. responding. Also the number rating the iPhone, Pre, Blackberry, etc.

Thanks.
Rich Jones
Angry statistician

He sent this reply:
That was not my finest hour.

I my defense, I did describe it as a not particularly scientific survey and provided the n=71 information, which as many readers pointed out pretty much invalidated the whole thing.

I only did that item mostly so I could write the kicker:

"Six out of 10 doctors isn't a bad result for Apple. On the other hand, a quick Google search reveals that six out of 10 doctors also recommend the wrong treatment for infants with milk allergies, don't understand how private health plans work and smoke Camel cigarettes — or at least they used to."

Let's be honest, the kicker wasn't that clever. So never trust anything you read on CNN.com or Fortune.com or any blog (including this one). We are all idiots.

Song of the day: "Games for Days"

Julian Plenti of Interpol (as if you couldn't tell from the voice)

There's a rep for that

Great recap of where the GOP is today.


(h/t Towleroad)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The evolution of GOP.com

Well, "evolution" is clearly the wrong word. The "market driven changes" to GOP.com...

Previously on the Rebel Agenda, we discussed the fact that GOP.com kept failing. And we posted the dancing Michael Steele GIF.

Today, we learn that Michael Steele has changed the name of his blog, from "What Up?" (presumably this was short for "What Up My Niggas?!") to "Change the Game" (which is presumably short for "Change the Game in an Upstanding Caucasian Manner"). His quest to bring the GOP an urban/suburban hip-hop something-or-other never ceases to entertain me. Hollah!

You know what, you can't have enough of this.

The Daily Show on the Equality March

The hypocrisy of FOX News and its coverage of the gay rights march this past Sunday.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Queer and Loathing in D.C.
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorRon Paul Interview

The view from my commute home


I can totally do this: fall asleep anywhere and most anytime. My mother will give you long, elaborate descriptions of places I have fallen asleep: in front of an operating clothes dryer; standing in the backseat of a car (I was small); next to a vacuum cleaner in use. These three were d-e-a-d to the world, but their mom was able to get them up for their stop. So they weren't literally dead. Which was a relief.


Another pretty autumn picture. The soundtrack for this segment of the walk was The Style Council's "Changing of the Guards" which is not embed-able, but certainly can be heard here.

Two more quick birthdays

Sorry Usher, sorry Ralph Lifshitz Lauren, sorry Cliff Richard. Busy day. But couldn't let it pass without a shout out to Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks and Thomas Dolby (whose non-hit catalog of music is impressive).



Happy birthday Chris Wilson

I have many a few non-imaginary friends, but only one of them rates his own label for posts on my blog. Okay, it's true that Neil Patrick Harris (NPH) also has a label, but that's more about 2009 being his year (despite the fucking Emmy voters deciding to award Jon "I'm secretly a lead" Cryer just because they're all sad about John Hughes dying) than any personal friendship we have.

Yet.

Back to Chris. I've known him longer than anyone whose last name isn't "Jones" or "Roberts." 1975? 1976? Fuck who knows. There was a bus. It picked up in Jordan Valley AND... fuck. What was his subdivision? Crap. Give me a minute to use the google. Here's Cher.


I love the inter-tubes: Aberdon Forest. I actually typed that Aberdeen, like it was Scottish. I forget, sometimes, what Lawrenceville GA was like back in the late 1960s and early 1970s when they first put in these subdivisions. We were like 8 miles from a grocery store when we first arrived. But no black people, thank you very much. Not any more, heh.


Anyway, Chris and I went to high school together, but we weren't really friends. Then we went to college together, and became friends. And now, cough, 12 years later, in our early 30s, we're friends but I never ever hear from him. And probably he never hears from me. Here's Bananarama.

(John just told me he loves this song...)

Chris is in the delightfully tropical Portland, ME. The other Portland. His Senators are the most popular women in the universe this week. Next week, I'm sure some white teenage girl will get kidnapped and she'll be "the shit" through Halloween. Oooh, missing white teen girl, that's a good costume idea. Here's Kraftwerk.


Chris knows a lot about a lot. He taught me about music. For example, he informed me that the spoken word intro to "Swept Away" is one of two songs that Diana Ross actually wrote herself ("...and did I mention it was a desert island?"). Here's Diana Ross.


Ohmygod. Is this Mia Farrow singing the "la la las" in the opening to Rosemary's Baby (one of Chris's top 6 movies--I think it's in his top 2, but I'm padding just in case)?


Here's Cher's Oscar winning performance as a 37-year old (when she was clearly in her 40s).


Trying to pack all Chris's favorites into a single post will be nearly impossible, so I will send us out with a little Dolly Parton. And also note that I am inspired to get a Bedazzler after seeing dude's guitar strap. Or should I get a hot glue gun instead?


Happy birthday dude!

Song of the day: "The Great Escape"

The title track to The Rifles's 2nd album from ealier this year. There's something excessively British about this song, and I love it.

Notable absences from yesterday's Fiesta Latina celebration

  • Speedy Gonzales
  • Senor Wences
  • The Taco Bell Chihuahua

Every other Hispanic quasi-celebrity, from Gloria Estefan to Eva Longoria-Parker to Maria Sonia Sotomayor was there.

Any bets as to whether Lou Dobbs or Pat Buchanan had the worse reaction?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quote of the day

"Who cuts your hair, and why are they so angry at you?"--Jon Stewart on the hypothetical question the gay rights protesters would have had for Glenn Beckkk

Flashback song: "September Gurls"

Big Star, 1974


The Bangles, 1986

Pictures from John's new digs

I told John I would post pictures of his new place, and then abruptly got hit with a wave of ADHD (oooh, shiny) and forgot to take lots of pictures. Here's what I have:

1. Lovely plants in his parking strip. Big juicy looking berries. Probably poisonous.


2. The center piece of his big beautiful great room (living room and dining room) includes this wonderful fire place. It's fantastic in a mid-century kind of way, but I don't know if it qualifies as a "ranch" or if there's some other style. Definitely mid-century since it was built in 1951. Giant window in the living room, too.


3. A beautiful lamp from the staging company. See, this sucks because it's not even staying. I took the picture for Becky since she'll be all over it. If you squint you can see the patterns in the wall paper. (Click the picture to embiggen.)

Sorry John. More posts later.

Hey I planted this


I planted this back in like 2001. It was about 2-1/2' tall. Now, it's king size! Rock on, nature and growing and shit! Rock on!

The colors here don't do this justice


Really pretty house on my walk home from the bus... the plants are working with the paint colors.

You're dumb AND you're a bad mom


Couldn't they skip this one? I believe postpartum depression is a serious condition. So maybe "for dummies" isn't helping. Maybe it is. But by making fun of the existence of the book, I'm not belittling the condition. Despite my track record as a snarky bitch.

And now, a dancing Michael Steele



The intertubes are fantastic! And not at all like a dump truck!

A golden offer of part-time work! (Another day, another scam)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have an employment for you. Its a part time/temporary job. It would not disturb your present employment. It is not a hard work. It is very reasonable, realistic and legit. This position is perfect for anyone who has spare time and needs to earn extra income. Have you heard about FOREX? My company is into FOREX, SHARES, BONDS AND PUBLIC OFFERS. Because we have a very large customer base in the United States/ Canada and Australia, we need more hands to help us in Data entry jobs (from home) and payment/cash management. The job requires no previous experience in any particular field. NO experience is needed. Training is provided. However, the following skills are desirable:
1) A computer with internet and a valid email account
2) Basic knowledge of the internet
3) Motivation to earn extra cash.

As this job is entirely online (ONLY when you receive payments at your residence, have it cashed at your bank and funds remitted to us), you will need to know how to use the internet and have the motivation to put in a couple hours a week. Ad Responses typically take just a few minutes to process, and you are paid per how much money you manage for us. If you process 3 payments of $3,000 each a week you can easily make $900 a week! That is, you will earn 10% of how much profit we make through you.

If this interests you, please respond to my email and I will forward you more information. There are only a few positions still available, so respond promptly.

For everyone who wants to be their own boss or just make extra income; This is an independent job; you set your own schedule and earn your own salary!

Are you up to the challenge?

Please only SERIOUS applicants.

N/B: IF INTERESTED PLEASE REPLY TO MR. PATRICK WILSON AT fake mail address deleted WITH THE DETAILS BELOW:

=============APPLICATION FORM FOR P WILSON TRADES LTD.==================
FULL NAMES: _________________________________
GENDER:_________________________________
DATE OF BIRTH:_________________________________
NATIONALITY:_________________________________
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE:_________________________________
MARITAL STATUS:_________________________________
HOME ADDRESS (Where payment will be sent to {NO P.O BOX ADDRESS} ) STREET:_________________________________
CITY:_______________________STATE:________________________ZIP CODE:______________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER(S):____________________________

Thank you for your time.
I Await Your Urgent Response.
Mr. Patrick Wilson.
P. Wilson Trades Ltd.
London.
fake email address using gmail deleted

Oh snap of the day

"You know your web program is in trouble when your site can't even handle the traffic bump from people making fun of your web program."--Joe Rospars (Obama campaign online guru) on the new GOP.com

I don't know what people are complaining about. It only took me about 20 seconds using Chrome. Although the subject of Republican Feces is a little off-putting.

Flashback song: "Night Shift"

From the Commodores, 1985. Thought of this on my way to grab coffee this morning, can't tell you why.

Someone got the daily double!

This morning in the shower I wondered whatever happened with Orly Taitz and the $10,000 sanction that was threatened by Judge Clay Land. Well today something did happen, and Ms. Taitz Esq./DDS received a $20,000 sanction. Ouch.

"The Court finds that counsel’s conduct was willful and not merely negligent. It demonstrates bad faith on her part. As an attorney, she is deemed to have known better"--Judge Clay Land

Alex Koppelman at Salon (here) summarizes the sanctions nicely:

The whole ruling is filled with writing like this; it's striking, really, for how thoroughly Land picks Taitz and her arguments apart, and for how much time he obviously devoted to this attempt to ensure that Taitz will stop clogging the courts. As he acknowledged, though, even the sanction he imposed -- twice the $10,000 fine he originally considered -- isn't likely to stop her.

Happy birthday Paul Simon

He's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as part of Simon & Garfunkel, and as a solo artist. He's won 12 Grammy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award. He's written and performed some of the most memorable songs of the last 40 years. And he survived a marriage to Carrie Fisher.

And sometime back in like 1981 or 1982, his 1980 movie One Trick Pony infected me. I'm sure I caught it some random day on The Movie Channel or Showtime.

The story of a fading rock star trying to figure his life out is not well known, but those who know it seem to respect it. A guy who worked for me in Seattle, the youngest in our crowd, loved it. It was a bonding moment for the then 30-something and the fresh-faced college graduate who was trying to introduce me to Silver Jews and Death Cab. The cast is interesting: my beloved Blair Brown, Rip Torn, Joan Hackett and Mare Winningham's first film appearance (she sings "Bobby McGee" in the bathtub with Simon)--Lou Reed's in this scene and a young Daniel Stern plays a Hare Krishna in an airport.


The biggest hit from the movie is "Late in the Evening"

Paul Simon - Late In The Evening

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My favorite song from the movie, "How the Heart Approaches What it Yearns" isn't available on Youtube in its original form. But Youtube user DocPatterson covered it, so here's *a* version.


Paul also buried a faux 60s protest song in the soundtrack, something his character recorded years before that gave him his stature in the industry:


The movie isn't doing really well at IMDB (5.8 average user rating) and its only claim at an award is a Grammy nomination for soundtrack album (losing to The Empire Strikes Back, advantage Carrie Fisher, kinda). I won't bother posting any non-OTP tracks here to give myself something for next year's birthday.

Happy birthday dude!

Song of the day: "All is Love"

From the soundtrack to Where the Wild Things Are

Monday, October 12, 2009

Flashback song: "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)"

Probably Me'Shell NdegeOcello's biggest solo hit. From 1993. Wow, that was 16 years ago.

Someone ate the cheese danish


Pit bulls are truly menaces. You can't leave pastries out unattended. Oh the humanity.

Wow, Liz Cheney, shut up

No, seriously, shut up.

Having a lot of opinions on what Barack Obama should do with his Nobel Peace Prize is great. I have a lot of opinions about what kinds of war crimes tribunal your father should face. Let's discuss offline.

We are going to raise rates 111%

That's what the health insurance industry is saying.

What the fuck is the problem with a public option? How wealthy do these douche bags think they're going to get off of us? How wealthy are we going to let them get off of us?

Fuck you, traitor

I hope the Ecuadorian Armed Forces arrest you and charge you with treason. And teach you how to spell Ecuadorian. And figure out why you're using Leonardo Cab's email when your name is Jorge. Good luck with all that.

Hi, Pls Write Me ASAP !!!
...
Mon, October 12, 2009 12:28:20 PM
From: Jorge Arroyo
...
To:
Hi

I'm Major Gen Jorge Arroyo of the Ecudorian Armed Forces i was drafted to Goma in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,DRC as the 2 i/c, field commander United Nation peacekeeping force in Congo, Africa.

(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3681630.stm)

During one of our raids on rebels locations we discovered and seized the sum of 9.4 million USD I need your help to this once in a life time opportunity,as a serving soldier I am limited to things I could do. Further details will be communicated to you as soon as I receive your reply


Thank you
Jorge Arroyo

Happy birthday Hugh Jackman

I'm trying to figure out his downside. He's amazingly talented, amazingly handsome, and amazingly nice in person. So he probably kicks puppies or something. I mean, nice puppies, puppies that don't deserve it.

Here he is being snarky on stage with Daniel Craig. When they say "turn off your cell phone" why don't people hear "turn off MY cell phone too"?


Here's his opening number at this year's Oscars.


And here is he is accepting a Tony for The Boy From Oz (which I saw, and he deserved).


And here he is acceping an Emmy for hosting The Tonys.


So if you're following along at home, an Emmy and a Tony down, an Oscar and a Grammy to go.

He also, sometimes, acts in movies.


Happy birthday dude!

Song of the day: "Cruel Intentions"

Simian Mobile Disco w/Beth Ditto from The Gossip

Republican reminder: tire pressure

In August 2008, candidate Obama suggested American drivers check their tire pressure as a way to save gas. Something useful and free that each person could do to help save.

Republicans mocked this. Savings millions of gallons of gas won't help, they seemed to think, we NEED to drill ANWR in Alaska. Why close my front door this winter, I need a new furnace.

By the way, in a Wall Street Journal article about mocking the tire pressure suggestion (here), still Senator John McCain (R, AZ) said "we're gonna display a sense of humor in this campaign." Which TOTALLY explains Sarah Palin. Funny!

(h/t to Eric for this reminder)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My new television hero

Cameron on ABC's Modern Family; he's the "plus size" homersexual.


Funny ad

Should someone with diabetes eat at Burger King?


Doesn't a Jonas brother have diabetes?

Happy birthday Joan and Jane

Joan Cusack


Jane Krakowski


Operations Delivering Officer

John says I'm posting too many of the 419 Scams. Me, I like content I don't have to think much about. But maybe I'll limit to one per day.

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(8) Accountant General of the Federation
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Song of the day: "Lust for Life"

By Girls. Not a cover of Iggy.

Here's a reminder on the Republicans

A few months ago they complained when Obama told Navy snipers to take the shot to kill Somali pirates.

Republicans COMPLAINED about that.

They said that was the wrong thing to do to those poor defenseless pirate kids.
"They were kids. The story is out, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but apparently the hijackers, these kids, the merchant marine organizers, Muslim kids, were upset, they wanted to just give the captain back and head home because they were running out of food, they were running out of fuel, they were surrounded by all these US Navy ships, big ships, and they just wanted out of there. That’s the story, but then when one of them put a gun to the back of the captain, Mr. Phillips, then bam, bam, bam. There you have it, and three teenagers shot on the high seas at the order of President Obama."--Rush Limbaugh
Rock on!

There's your reminder for today.

We are waiting on your healthcare reform plan.