Category: Life

With Much Love to You All

He Is Risen.

Hallelujah.

A Song For Today

Great Moments In Progressive Timing

Whilst we were out in Indiana we had some time to kill before the wedding, so we wandered up to the local megalopolis of Decatur. Like many of the towns we drove through out there the downtown was, for lack of a better term, faded. So many empty storefronts and buildings that attested to a prosperous past and a sadly desolate present surrounded us, and glimpses of lost civic pride were everywhere. One that particularly jumped out at us was the “Peace Monument” in Decatur:

peace

Constructed of locally quarried limestone, it was built to honor the local men and women who had served in various wars and more importantly as an expression of the shared fervent wish that the world was finally embarking on an era of peace and understanding amongst the nations.

When it was dedicated on October 30th, 1913, Archduke Ferdinand had eight months to live.

I Think It Was a Combination of Unexpectedly Bright Lights Shining on Their Nasty Little Business

…and getting awfully close to that 19th of April date which, for some reason, the Feds seem drawn to like a FLAME for coming down heavy, and leaving somebody…in flames.

More: From the Las Vegas CBS affiliate:

LAS VEGAS — The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will stop the roundup of cattle owned by rancher Cliven Bundy. The BLM says the animals have been illegally grazing on public lands for 20 years.

The BLM made the announcement Saturday morning, a week after rangers started gathering the animals from land near Gold Butte.

The agency says it is concerned about the safety of its employees and the public. Earlier this week, BLM officers and supporters of the Bundy family were involved in a scuffle. Cliven Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, was tased twice by federal agents. Another woman said she was thrown to the ground by an officer.

With more Bundy supporters pouring in from around the country, safety concerns began to grow.

The I-Team has learned the deal to end the gather was brokered by Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

Though, isn’t it ODD how eveything has to simmer down RIGHT QUICK when HARRY REID’S DIRTY DEALINGS get stirred into this righteous “deadbeat cowboy didn’t pay his fees and is torturing tortoises” mix?

Koch brothers, my ass.

Nice to have friends ride in to help. And MILLIONS of friends to pass the pictures ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

I Have NEVER Heard Such HATEFUL TRIPE in My ENTIRE Life

Have you?

Kirsten Dunst sparks debate over support for traditional gender roles

While most of Hollywood’s leading ladies share their feminist values of empowerment and independence, Kirsten Dunst seems to have a more traditional perspective when it comes to gender roles.

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued… We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created,” Dunst told this month’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar in the U.K.

And sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work…”

The NERVE of the BEE-YOTCH!

Cue my Wymmens Sisters in Sufferage With Smouldering Outrages and off with her head!

40 Years Ago Today I Was Sitting In Front Of A Tiny Little TV

This is Vin Scully’s call for the radio, which I’d never heard before. After the ball clears the fence he says nothing for a minute and a half…and then says some beautiful words that we should all take to heart and perfectly captured the moment…

Why Do I Defend CBS When People Lump It in With NBC?

Because I watch the Evening News. Because of reporters like Sharyl Attkisson and Lara Logan.

Because they DO reports like this, consistently.

CBS: WH ‘Roughed Up By Its Own Pay Equity Rhetoric’

…”The White House is getting, as you indicated Norah, roughed up by its own pay equity rhetoric,” reported Major Garrett. “In an analysis of White House salaries, which nobody here disputes, shows that the median income of female staffers is 88 percent of that of male staffers.”

“Now the study also showed that men and women with the same White House jobs earn exactly the same salary. Now the White House said its gender pay gap is tied to job experience, education, and hours worked among other factors. This matters because those explanations, according to the Labor Department, explain a good deal of the gender pay gap nationally. The big difference in these stories: When President Obama discusses this issue nationally, he doesn’t mention those other work variables, only the broad figure, that 77 cents for every dollar is what women earn compared to men,” said Garrett.

When the factors that the White House used to defend its gender pay gap are used nationally, the Labor Department says the difference in median wages between men and women shrinks to about 5 cents to 7 cents on the dollar.”

There is no denying a liberal bias at the network, but it is NOT the days of Dan Rather using fake memos to scuttle a presidency. Scott Pelley’s evening broadcast is hard news FROM THE START (why we left the insipid, puling and mewling Diane Sawyer led World News Tonight after THIRTY-FIVE YEARS…) and they can surprise you with the level presentations on whatever should have been purely a lefty slant.

Not a wasted, tiny half-hour of anyone’s time, PLUS you get the incomparable Steve Hartman to boot, with stories you won’t see anywhere.

Watch and tell me if your heart doesn’t squeeze just a little…

They’re Coming to Take You Away, Ha-Ha

To the Unfunny Farm, where life is MISERABLE all the time.

Celebrate Conformity!

On Wednesday, I wrote about the Mozilla CEO in trouble for a five-year-old donation to Proposition Eight, the successful California ballot measure that banned gay marriage – if only until America’s robed rulers declared the will of the people to be “unconstitutional”. Brandon Eich is a tech genius: Aside from co-founding Mozilla and creating Firefox, he also invented JavaScript. Apparently, the disgusting homophobic hatey-hatey-hateful belief that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman is not incompatible with knowing your way around a computer.

…~Meanwhile, serial litigant Michael E Mann takes time out of preparing for the forthcoming Mann vs Steyn trial of the century to ReTweet the following:

Remove David #Koch from the Board of Trustees at @wgbhhttp://dld.bz/dhE9c

Michael Mann isn’t really a scientist. Oh, yes, I’m sure he still dabbles in it now and then just to keep his hand in. But the bulk of his energies are devoted to getting people who disagree with him fired, banned or silenced. Real Nobel Prize winners (as opposed to fraudulent self-garlanded ones) don’t do that. But every day Dr Mann is demanding that someone be shut up.

~I don’t want to live in the world of “greater civility” that Michael Mann and Mitchell Baker are building for us. Oh, to be sure, it’s technologically exciting: There will be a thousand different apps on which to download Jessica Alba warning you about Antarctic sea ice. But there’ll be only one Thought App. And it will come pre-installed.

And eventually there won’t be any Jessica Alba apps, either. Because a society that imprisons opinion as tightly as Mann and Baker demand is a society that will cease to innovate, and decline.

Every Time I Hear Some Ignoramous Say “It’s JUST An Animal”

…I know he’s NEVER known the incredible love of a good dog.

Dog walked miles to Washington landslide where former owner is missing

An injured golden retriever found Thursday at the scene Washington’s deadly landslide appears to have walked for miles to get to the location where his onetime owner was last seen, authorities said.

KING5.com reported that Boomer was found there with injuries to his leg and hip. A veterinarian told the station that it appeared he walked three miles from his current home to get to the debris.

The dog’s current owner told the station that her brother is missing in the landslide and he once owned the dog.

They’d be a changed person if they ever had.

A believer.

Oops

Blowtorch + WWII bomb = Bad Idea

(CNN) — Thai scrapyard workers accidentally detonated a suspected World War II-era bomb Wednesday, killing seven and injuring 19 after attempting to cut into it with a blowtorch.

The device was discovered at a construction site in Bangkok, and moved to a scrapyard before workers tampered with it, in an attempt to break it down into smaller parts.

Unfortunately for them, they succeeded.

Well This Day Has Started Well

So I’m sitting at my desk at 6:30 and the light fixture above me collapses

goodmorning

Somehow it managed to miss my noggin but it dented the hell out of my full cup of coffee but didn’t knock it over (splashed quite a lot, though). It also knocked one of my monitors all askew.

And now as there’s no filter on the light overhead I feel either like a slice of pizza or I’m on the stand in Judgement At Nuremburg.

Can I go home now?

Flight 370

It just is so very strange that they’ve found…nothing.

Massachussetts Neck and Neck With California for Whack Job State Award: And I Hope MY RIGHT to THOROUGHLY

THRASH HIM to within an inch of his LIFE if I ever CAUGHT HIM is also as “protected” in a public space.

Mass. High Court: Subway Upskirt Photos Not Illegal

Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law.

The State Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday dismissed charges against Michael Robertson of Andover, who was arrested in August 2010 by transit police.

…“Because the MBTA is a public transit system operating in a public place and uses cameras, the two alleged victims here were not in a place and circumstance where they reasonably would or could have had an expectation of privacy,” a draft of the ruling stated.

So Massachussetts will TAKE YOUR CHILD AWAY, even if you live in a different state, but, God forbid you wear a SKIRT OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.

You’re on your own, bitches.

I Know I Have Harold Ramis to Thank For This ~ Since Ebola’s Puppies Made Their Appearence

….EVERY day has been like Ground Hog Day.

We start off with Beau growling, snarling and lunging at their crate, as if their presence was THE single greatest surprise ever.

By the end of EVERY day, we’ve made ~ oh, shoot ~ sometimes LEAPS and BOUNDS of puppy peace progress. For instance: by the end of last evening, with only Beau on the barest minimum dosage of amitriptyline (cheap Prozac), I had NO muzzles on anyone. Dead dogs laying everywhere. Exiting politely through the patio door to go outside. A tiny flicker of hope in my bosom renewing yet again.

Everyone to OUR bedroom (Yes. FIVE dogs.) for seepy-time. Newbies together in the crate, ours OWNING the field…the floor…and our bed as usual. Snores ensue almost immediately.

This morning? Ozzie does his gentle morning shake, by tradition being the first to rise. Beau slides off the living room couch, where he wandered to sometime in the wee hours of the night. Cassie and ‘Chilles stir in the crate as Beau rounds the bedroom door…and we have an INSTANT case of:

WHO the HELL are YOU??!!!

Snarl. Snarl. Chomp. Chomp.

Grab him by the collar. Explain to his knucklehead they’ve been there for GOING ON TWO WEEKS NOW.

Park his ruffled ass on his palatial dog bed to get them safely out of the room.

**sighdeeply**

Start the day.

Again.

ths update: So much for progress. It’s been a many stitches = many dollars day.

Well, shit.

Well This Is Certainly Interesting

I know that correlation is not causation, and these rumurs have been around for a while, but still

Fifty years ago today, Muhammad Ali “shocked the world” and beat one of the most fearsome fighters ever to put on a pair of boxing gloves, heavyweight champion Sonny Liston.

…Maybe it wasn’t such a shock, as 4-decade-old documents released to The Washington Times under the Freedom of Information Act show the FBI suspected the fight may have been fixed by a Las Vegas figure tied to organized crime and to Liston. The documents show no evidence that Ali was in on the scheme or even knew about it. And nothing suggests the bureau ever fully corroborated the suspicions it investigated.

An interesting series of “coincidences,” especially to my mind at least the claim that Resnick (who played basketball at NYU) may have been involved in the CCNY point shaving scandal in 1950.

The Hills Are No Longer Alive With The Sound

The last von Trapp singer has died

(CNN) — Maria von Trapp, the last of the singing children immortalized in the movie musical “The Sound of Music,” died at her Vermont home of natural causes, her half-brother told CNN on Saturday.

The native of Austria was 99 and lived in Stowe. She died Tuesday.

Maria von Trapp was the third-oldest child of Agathe Whitehead and Capt. Georg von Trapp. The couple had seven children: Rupert, Agathe, Maria, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna and Martina.

Georg von Trapp’s second wife, Maria Kutschera von Trapp, wrote a book titled “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers,” which sparked two German-made movies and “The Sound of Music.”

“I Collect Spores, Molds and Fungus”

The BRILLIANT Egon Spengler Harold Ramis is dead.

Oh, I just adored him, as much for being a decent human being as a comedic national treasure:

One of my favorite exchanges EVER:

Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis): There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.

Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray): What?

Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?

Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.

Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?

Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.

Dr Ray Stantz (Ackroyd): Total protonic reversal.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

Another great movie…

Charges in ANOTHER Classic Florida “Stand Your Ground” Murder Case Dismissed

But I guess you haven’t heard an OUTRAGED PEEP about this one, have you? Happened right here in Pensacola, so BORING REDNECK, right?

There another reason Reverand Al isn’t here marching down Palafox Street.

The defendent is black.

Charges dropped in fatal shooting based on Stand Your Ground law
Pensacola man acted in self-defense when he shot two men, Judge rules

A judge has dismissed a murder charge under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law against a Pensacola man who shot and killed a man last year during a confrontation in his front yard.

Last April, Earl Moultrie Jr., 36, was charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Landi Benitez.

According to witness testimony, Benitez was part of a group that got into an argument with Moultrie near his home on Medford Avenue. The group reportedly followed Moultrie to his residence and threatened him and his family.

Moultrie told investigators that he fired a warning shot, then fatally shot Benitez as he approached him with a knife. Jose Joya, a 21-year-old acquaintance of Benitez, was also shot during the incident.

Romulus and Remus Update

Five dogs, four different sized muzzles and NO one seems to think of theirs as a fashion statement.

Well, I take that back. Except Ozzie. He’ll wear anything.

On the upside, they’ve all been moving freely around the house for several extended periods today, as long as “freely” is defined as “wide circle around Beau”. We have strategically placed water bottles for face-blasts when eruptions occur. Thanks to the mesh-muzzles, it’s 90% sound and fury, vice immediate bloodbath.

While Bingley’s Enjoying Yet Another Idyllic Robert Frost Weekend

…we are attempting to integrate Ebola’s two sweet puppies into our household for the 2 1/2 months while he’s in school, prior to LEAVING HIS MOMMY TO PCS TO GUAM FOR YEARS. (WWWAAAHHHHH!!!!!!! Of course, he’s THRILLED.)

It’s not going well, thanks to the general intransigence and overall surliness of two of OUR three cabal of ancient canines. (It just dawned on my math-challenged mind last night that Beau was NINE, not the seven I’ve been telling everyone. Katrina was in 2005, duh, ths.) They don’t brook intruders, however welcome, lightly, Cesar Millan and all the doogie advice online to the contrary and be damned.

As of yesterday, I have a bottle of Xanax for 3 of them, with enough pills lefover, I’m assured by the vet tech, for needy, anxious owners.

By this afternoon, I will also have three muzzles, so maybe we can have all five loose in the house at one time with a minimum of blood spilled, since the big crate the pups are in is just turning into a target at the moment.

Man.

Another Couple Snowy Inches Last Night

While the commutertory aspects of the snow are somewhat odious I must admit it has been a lovely Winter with many a Currier and Ives vista out our front door.

And many a bottle of warmthifying red wine consumed inside.

GULP

Literally and figuratively.

Sinkhole opens up at National Corvette Museum, swallows cars

A massive sinkhole that opened up under a Kentucky museum Wednesday morning swallowed several vintage and rare Corvettes.

The National Corvette Museum said the Bowling Green Fire Department estimates the sinkhole to be around 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide.

“This is going to be an interesting situation,” Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode told the Bowling Green Daily News, noting that a structural engineer is at the Bowling Green facility to evaluate the damage inside its Sky Dome section.

Six of the cars in the sinkhole are owned by the museum; two others are owned by General Motors.

And:

The museum is closed for the day.

Ya think?

The Columbia Pictures Lady

via the always interesting sidebar at Ace’s here’s the very neat story of the Columbia Pictures logo.

Must Be the Nasty, Burnt Coffee

…making the employees nasty.

Although I will say, there’s a thriving black market in PHONEY blue “service vests” so people can drag FiFi into the store, instead of leaving the mutt home where it belongs.

I Hope You Get a Cocktail With That

Least they could do, right?

Roadside violation: Drivers, passengers say police searched inside underpants

FOREST PARK, Ga. — Officers are supposed to pull drivers over for traffic violations, but a Channel 2 Action News investigation found traffic stops leading to a violation of another kind.

Driver after driver told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer officers searched inside their pants while they were stopped for minor traffic violations. In several cases, the invasive searches targeted passengers who were riding in the car.

“He was like, ‘Just unbuckle all your clothes,’ and put his hands down inside my pants,” said Terry Phillips.

Guess he should be glad they didn’t have a police dog in the car.

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