August 31, 2011
What you don’t always get from youtube are original dates. Dates posted, sure, but dates of content – seldom. I would love to know when this (what looks to be a political commercial) was filmed. Martin Sheen is just a puppy – no older than Charlie Sheen is now (and maybe even younger) but he looked every bit the part of West Wing’s Pres. Jed Bartlet even then.
This is a powerful message. And it’s perhaps more powerful when you realize Martin Sheen – the man – is a devout Catholic. It’s possible the message in this clip is more applicable today then it was when originally filmed:
Here he is after seven successful seasons of West Wing, reflecting on the role West
Wing may have played in inspiring young Sen. Obama to run for president:
But back to the separation of church and state. I am a huge fan of West Wing. This is one of my favourite scenes between Martin Sheen and Alan Alda - it has that very important message of reminding people how government elections should never be measured in terms of religion. It’s the famous ice cream scene from season seven, set in the kitchen of the White House, after hours:
There’s so much misinformation out there at the moment because the Republicans, Fox News and many Evangelist candidates are shoving it down the throats of anyone who will listen how America was founded on Christianity and that we are a Christian nation. We’re in fact not a Christian nation. The thing that’s always made us attractive to the rest of the world is that we are a multi-cultural, multi-religious nation of differing beliefs, able to co-exist under one roof.
I’ll leave you with another of my favourite men – George Carlin – who infamously said…
“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”
August 30, 2011
Michelle & Sarah 2020
(Republicans: Behold your future!)
My Dearest Readers,
There is a perfect photo of Sarah I’d hoped to purchase for a cute little idea I had for redoing the lyrics to an old song to fit Sarah (and this particular photo). With your help I tracked down the owner-photographer and mentioned I was willing to pay real money for the shot. However, upon reading my offer the photographer asked for what purpose the photo would be used. I told the truth. That was two weeks ago. The photographer has not replied. Seems not all Alaskans share my sense of humour. Pity.
I hope the above photos will keep you smiling until I can regroup and find another suitable shot to use.
I’m tired of writing serious articles about these ridiculous women. They’re clowns, both of them and should not be treated by the media as anyhthing more.
PS. My sincerest apologies to Ann Morgan Guilbert, an actress I have adored since the Dick Van Dyke show appeared in black and white on television (though I’m guessing she would applaud the satirical slap-in-the-face the photo offers Bachman).
August 28, 2011
I’m trying to wrap my head around how the United States would have reacted, as a nation, to news following Hurricane Katrina that FEMA help would not arrive until someone put up their hand to be responsible for the bill. Aye, that there would be no food, water, transportation to shelter – no relief at all until someone guaranteed GW that they would foot the bill.
Sorry. All I get are deer-in-the-headlights stares and the sound of crickets.
But The Immoral Minority today *posted a link to an article at Business Insider that says just that – no federal assistance will be green-lighted by the Repubs until and unless the Dems agree to enough tax cuts to pay for the FEMA docket.
Nup. Still crickets.
This is how the story appears on the website. I thought a visual might help. Eric Cantor’s threat to those about to become homeless hangs above a photo of the last recorded position of Hurricane Irene, currently in the process of redesigning America’s eastern coastline despite the number of communities (you know, those pesky always-got-their-hands-out people in their annoying little homes, businesses, government buildings, hospitals, libraries, schools, churches, communities, forests, parks, electrical hubs, fresh water reservoirs or – wait for it – nuclear power plants - that happen to be in her way).
Seriously? FEMA assistance could be withheld from people in the midst of a natural disaster they neither asked for nor wanted but are nonetheless cold and wet and homeless and hungry standing in a pile of rubble where their homes used to be because the Republicans want to vote on tax cuts first?
I have no words.
Wait… something’s coming back to me… Spine Meld – no, no… Ben & Jerry’s… nup nup… oh wait I got it! Jerry Seinfeld! George and Elaine! Yeah that’s it! Sure! The old Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld! The one with the crazy-ass cook who makes the best soup in New York but he’s got these stupid rules about who can have it and who can’t…
Personally, I think if the Republicans are so worried about how the government is going to pay for helping taxpayers rebuild their destroyed communities with tax monies already paid for just these kinds of emergencies that they should abstain from accepting any government assistance offered. After all, they don’t believe in handouts, right?
My apologies – still no clue why wordpress delets my post if there’s a link in it – Link to the Immoral Minority is listed on the right – or google: eric cantor business insider, the immoral minority
August 27, 2011
From the INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
Hurricane Irene 2011 Track: Latest Warnings and Watches [MAPS]
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | Aug 26, 2011 10:25 AM EDT
…A hurricane watch is in effect for North of Sandy Hook, N.J. through the Mouth of the Merrimack River, Mass. This includes New York City, Long Island, Block Island, Boston, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.
President Baracl Obama, who is vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, is expected to make a statement on Friday urging Americans to heed evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Irene…
…Hurricane Irene has grown into a massive storm with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 90 miles from the storm center and tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 290 miles. This means that even if the center of the storm doesn’t pass directly over your area, the effects will be felt far and wide.
Irene has weakened to a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with winds near 110 mph. She is moving north at 14 mph and is located about 375 miles south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, N.C.
With the expected arrival of a nearly 600-mile-wide hurricane, states across the east coast began preparations.
Five states have declared a state of emergency: North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York…
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Barely six months ago this was the east coast of Australia – Stay safe, warm and above the water line everyone…
Editor’s Note: No matter how I attempt to add the link to this article wordpress shuts down the entire post. It’s quite bizarre actually. I suggest to view the entire article google ibtimes irene - sorry for the inconvenience – Oz
August 26, 2011
A few weeks ago Laura Novak wrote a piece about how emaciated Sarah Palin appears in her Iowa promotional video. (Promotion of what many of us still don’t quite uderstand but that’s off-topic here.) I too watched the clip and thought wow Sarah’s lost considerable weight.
Today I visited Palin’s Q & A and read this piece about how the conservative pundits (undoubtedly spurred on by Karl Rove’s latest sparring match with the Queen of Caribous) are becoming quite vocal in sharing their opinions concerning Sarah’s announcing her candidacy for 2012 or not. It’s become a genuine (sorry) shit or get off the pot moment in Sarah’s political career.
In the piece are links to conservative posts on the subject and while all were worth the read, one in particular found me leaning on the [print screen] button.
Because of age differences, only two of my daughters were ever teenagers at the same time. Anorexia and Bulimia came of age, making their public debut, in the middle and it turned into quite the family conversation as one of my teen daughters had a friend she suspected of being anorexic. Our family physician was also a family friend and I turned to him for consult. He gave me this rather old-fashioned bit of advice for spotting malnutrition in a civilized society:
If a person wears a necklace that doesn’t actually rest on the skin but is elevated away from the skin by the bone, there might be a problem. Actually many healthy women will have the necklace slightly raised by the clavical. If you know the person well enough slide a finger underneath. If you can do this without moving the chain, the odds increase that there’s a problem.
Again, if you know the person well enough, put your index finger on one side of the clavical and your thumb on the other – if you can touch your thumb to your finger with nothing but skin between them, call a doctor.
I’ve pulled two photos from the AP video, leaving one of each untouched and enlarging the neckline on a second set. I used the smooth skin option only to soften the harsh lines which occur with pixelation.
There is not an ounce of body fat between the clavical and upper portion of the scapula. Her necklace not only isn’t resting on skin it’s elevated enough to cast a shadow. Sarah Palin is not just thin-skinned emotionally – she’s thin skinned period. How can she possibly be healthy enough for a job as physically demanding as the presidency?
To whomever it is that owns Sarah – you might want to feed her!
August 26, 2011
From this morning’s emailbag:
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Delta Airlines one year ago, you would have $49.00 today!
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in AIG one year ago, you would have $33.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Lehman Brothers one year ago, you would have $0.00 today.
But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminum cans for the recycling refund, you would have received $214.00.
Based on the above, the best current investment plan is to drink heavily & recycle.
It’s called the 401-Keg.
But Wait! There’s More!
A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that on average Americans drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year. That means that the average American gets about 41 miles to the gallon!
Makes you damned proud to be an American, dunnit?!
August 23, 2011
Australia and the US do not share the same date for Father’s Day. While the US celebrates this day every third Sunday of June, Ozzies celebrate it every first Sunday of September.
If you’ve been an Oz Mudflats visitor for a while you’ll know that my spouse lost his dad last New Year’s Eve, that he was in his mid 80′s and had been sick for a very long time – and that spouse and I had been caring for him, full-time, for many years.
Well, the Crematorium that handled much of the funeral and burial arrangements has thoughfully sent us an invitation to a ‘Father’s Day’ lunch – like a memorial for those who have lost their dads I assume…
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Our problem is this… Would yOu eat sausages barbecued in front of a crematorium?
How about finger food?
How about chips dripping with tomato sauce?
And remember, you’d all be standing in front of a crematorium with a headstoned mausoleumed graveyard as a backdrop. Wouldn’t yOu be tempted to ask someone if they’d seen Buffy?
We can’t stop laughing. The bad puns are everywhere. No way could we show up at this event and keep a straight face or not pop a couple of inappropriate (say, do you know what goes into a sausage?) jokes – or even a (yanno – that bit of charcoal looks familiar…) comment or two.
We’re doomed to be social outcasts…
August 18, 2011
Well if no one else is going to say it I will… Polka-dot painted toes is an adorable idea – for a teenager. Or maybe even a young mother in her thirties. Or – ok – maybe even an over-the-hill gramma in her late forties who’s young at heart and just trying to keep up with the young people of today but…
…this is NOT what I EVER want to see in public on the feet of my president!
The paint job may be cute as Hell but Sarah’s skin is not. It’s dry, flaking, peeling, reddened and leather-like. The person who gave her this pedicure and told her it would be ok to go out in public and show off her bare, crusted toes should be sent to bed without supper.
And for the record, in case anyone out there is thinking I’m being too hard on poor Sarah – see the angry redness and flaking in the upper left corner of the big toe? That’s pretty much what my toe looked like just before learning I had a fungal infection that required three months of medicine and the nail removed.
I’m just grateful her pants are too long and cover the rest of her toes.
There’s a common restaurant sign that should apply to places and events where all presidential wannabes congregate:
August 16, 2011
I’m in need of more info and photos of this event. Firstly, I just adore how Piper’s public behaviour hasn’t changed one iota as she’s grown up on her mother’s theatrical stage and I think this shot really proves how she’s always felt about the Palin limelight.
Second, am working on a secret project (rofl) and I really-really need more shots of this coat! It’s absolutely perfect! But alas this is the only one I could find.
If you have links or photos please leave directions for me in comments or email to firstname.lastname@example.org using STUPID COAT as the subject – thanks
============== UPDATE ==============
Followed the Snopes link offered in comments and sure enough there’s a disclaimer and original photo showing the Piper-Flip is in fact a photoshop fake. Here’s the photo from the ADN archives:
However… having had four children of my own and helping so many friends raise their kids, I have heaps of exposure to small children and I offer this been there done that bit of observation:
Piper is absolutely, unquestioningly glaring at this little boy. She’s giving him one of those daggers-instead-of-eyes killer glares that usually occurs just before the biting and screaming begins.
Now look at her raised fist with the protruding two fingers. One finger is extended completely. One finger is extended only partially.
If you’ve ever had a small child attempt to imitate dad and give someone the bird you would recognize Piper’s dilema – most small children are not capable of extending only *one* finger without a second involuntarily following. Don’t take my word for it – grab a kid and see for yourself. Have them make a fist and extend each finger, one at a time, putting it back into the fist and extending the next. (It’s a great game for little ones!)
So even though the photo had been photoshopped it’s clear to me that if Piper didn’t officially flip this kid off – it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying
As for Gramma? This is a woman who allowed her husband to decorate her entire house with dead animal parts. I’m guessing poor eyesight is a survival skill.
I’m still searching for more of these photos in this ridiculous coat-dress-contraption. However, the lead to the ADN site has identified the event as the 3rd Annual Mat-Su picnic – so there’s a great start! Thanks so much!
h/t to everybody!
August 15, 2011
A WA restaurant is dishing up a “Fatboy” burger loaded with *1.3kg of mince meat patties, while its “world’s hottest” chilli burger has hospitalised two diners.
They are among a raft of killer food challenges being promoted at WA restaurants, sparking a warning from health professionals.
One man nearly choked while eating a giant steak at Outback Jack’s in Fremantle. And at least two men were taken to hospital with internal burns after eating a hamburger garnished with the world’s hottest chilli pepper, the bhut jolokia an Indian chilli more than 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.
The Red Face and Runny Nose burger is on the menu at Novembar’s Burgers in Dianella, where the $30 bill is waived if the diner eats the lot in less than 10 minutes and is able to pass an egg from one bowl to another using chopsticks.
Owner Minh Vinh, who said only 15 of 135 challengers since 2009 had finished it, said he added the popular Man vs Fatboy burger challenge three months ago, using 1.3kg of minced beef in seven meat patties, making it seven times the size of a normal burger. He advertises this whopper with the slogan “the faster you eat, the less you pay”.
The record holder, Scott Rumbolt, finished his in six minutes and 37 seconds. The longest diner took just over an hour.
Perth dietitian Denise Griffiths said she found the gorging hard to digest, warning monster munchers were risking heart disease, choking and weight gain.
“That style of eating should not be encouraged and we’re talking about a lot of kilojoules and a lot of salt,” she said.
At Outback Jacks in Fremantle and Rockingham, owner Mick Egan is used to cleaning the tables when diners aiming to finish lkg of rump in half an hour can’t hold their meat down.
The meal comes with 500g of potato wedges and 500g of steamed vegetables.
Full story at Perth Now
For those unfamiliar with metrics, 1.3 kilograms is equal to 2 lbs, 14 oz. That’s a lot of greasy beef. Especially when one is expected to eat ALMOST THREE POUNDS OF GROUND MEAT PLUS CHEESE, BREAD, ONE POUND OF GREASY POTATOES AND MORE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE.
The riduculous stance taken by Sarah Palin in national and international news sound-bytes to mock Michelle Obama’s attempts to teach young Americans to adopt healthier eating habits is worse than ridiculous – it’s downright dangerous. It encourages harmful marketing ploys like the one in the above article and sends a message to everyone – young, old, middle-aged alike – people in top physical condition, people who are not and those who just want to make a dollar off a goofy idea - that there’s nothing wrong with eating whatever you want, whenever you want. It’s all just good fun.
I am reminded of two incidents that took place more than 15 years ago (but less than 30), the first in Texas: A young man was taken by family and friends to a local pub to celebrate his 21st birthday.
The young man had never had a drop of alcohol. Seriously. His uncle proudly ordered a shot of tequila with a beer chaser for himself and his nephew. He showed the lad how to down the shot and chug the beer and the lad followed suit.
An hour later the young man was dead. Turned out he had a severe allergy to whatever process it is that creates alcohol. The newspaper article I read ended with a saddened realization which I took to be pointed directly at the ‘down home boys’ attitude of Texas men. I remember it as something like: In hindsight, perhaps giving someone who had never had alcohol before a nice glass of wine would have been the smarter and less fatal introduction to booze.
The second incident occured in California. A toddler tried to imitate his older brothers busily engaged in a mock eating contest. No one noticed, in all the commotion that the 5 year old tried to swallow a hot dog whole until it was too late.
I realize that we can’t possibly be responsible for all the stupid things people do in life and of course there are unpreventable accidents. But I do feel that something as visible as political fame should come with a responsibility clause – just like star athletes who sign morality clauses on contracts before they get to spend their $10 million salary.
Words matter. Behaviour matters. Our politicians should be held to a much higher standard than the adolescent I can do whatever I want sound-bytes spewing forth from the Twinkie Queen herself.
August 11, 2011
Is it me or does she look like she’s hitchhiking?
I’m so going to Hell for this…
August 10, 2011
Evidently I got the date wrong – I’d used Sarah’s FB note as a timeline, thinking she had written this declaration of ‘nothing to see here – move on ppl’ just days after the close of the bus tour/family vacation.
What’s even odder to me now is the fact it took her about 15 days to respond to the media’s noticing her bus tour had stopped, citing cancellations of appearances in midwestern states as evidence of the tour ending.
And I realize this bus tour was a farce from start to finish but – since Sarah made such a big deal out of calling the media out on their ‘making things up’ why is no one in the media defending themselves by pointing out that SARAH SAID WE WERE IDIOTS FOR SAYING SHE’D CANCELLED HER BUS TOUR – THAT THE SUMMER WAS LONG AND SHE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO RESUME THE TOUR – BUT AUGUST IS NOW HALF OVER AND THERE’S STILL NO BUS IN SIGHT ON ANY ROAD…
So really Sarah, who exactly is the idiot making stuff up, huh? Here let me help – hold this mirror…
h/t to vinnie F for correcting the date – thanks