2011 August

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.”

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).

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?

Editor’s Note:
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


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

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!

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?!

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…

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