Category: Life

Sorry

Been too busy to write even my usual drivel.

And frankly just too disgusted by the stuff going on, so I’m finding my bourbon far more interesting of late.

Good For SouthWest

This guy is a crude boorish pig.

Paint Your Palette Blue And Gray…

Who knew it was an automatic feature?

It’s been puzzling art curators and experts for a long time, but scientists at the University of Antwerp discovered the reason why some of van Gogh’s most prized works of art are turning white.

It’s the plumbonacrite!

Also known as red lead, plumbonacrite is suspected to be one of the first synthetically-made paints known to man, and van Gogh was a particular fan of the stuff. In many of his paintings he used bold colors — including the red hue — which apparently degrades like a Gobstopper candy when exposed to light.

Francesca Casadi, a conservation scientist with the Art Institute of Chicago, says “We have known for some time that some of the pigments that van Gogh used alter with time. But honestly I was quite surprised to find that the red lead the mineral pigment that typically is considered relatively stable also failed him.”

Casadi says that at the time many artists like van Gogh were swept up my the insdustrial revolution and it’s impact on the art world — like the manufacturing of paint.

“This is the time right after the industrial revolution when pigment was manufactured. You don’t have the work-ship or assistance grinding minerals and having all control on the production, you have the first industrial production. And I suspect that the failing of this red lead may have to do with something in the way it was produced.”

Much like the restorations of the frescoes in Italy it will be interesting to see what the paintings actually looked like when new.

(thanks to HotAir)

“I Have Been ~ and Always Shall Be…”

“…your friend.

And Leonard Nimoy will live forever, so long as he prospers in our memories.

WHY the Responsible Adult in Your Family ALWAYS Told You To:

BUCKLE UP FOR SAFETY

Only Saw One Movie This Year

And that was “American Sniper.”

Didn’t see any of the others up for whatever last night.

Well also didn’t watch any of the Oscars either.

Guess I’m just a long-eared galoot.

In Our Over-Credentialed Age…

..This is a new one to me

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who did illegal cosmetic surgery on the side boasted at her murder trial Thursday that her body sculpting work was so popular she was dubbed “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections.”

Padge Victoria Windslowe, who performed under the name “Black Madam,” is accused of killing a 20-year-old dancer from London during a procedure at an airport hotel that involved industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I hear “…a procedure at an airport hotel that involved industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue” my first reaction is SIGN ME UP.

It Started 70 Years Ago Today

Iwo Jima.

Our Marines, with Navy, Army and Coast Gaurd elements alongside (including Ebola’s grandfather with the SeaBees) waded ashore on that ghastly, black hellhole.

By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully.

Among the Americans serving on Iwo island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.

~ Adm. Chester A. Nimitz

Semper Fi.

Quote Of The Day

Via our dear friend Tim, who shows us that once again that “Utopia” is but Latin for “nightmare”

That’s one explanation: that no sane person shouts, ‘Stuff your pension!’ and clears off to a field near Inverness. Another is that designs for living always end in tears, or worse. From the Russian Revolution to Jonestown, programmes for human happiness come a cropper. It’s best to muddle along as we are, not because human beings are morons or suckers, or traitors to the cause, but because life is meant to be messy, muddled, contrary, comic. In any event, when the balloon goes up, I have my plan ready. I shall hide in the stockroom at Morrison’s (Strood branch), spending what’s left of eternity scoffing their individual fruit pies.

Read the whole delusional, pathetic, and tragi-comic tale. Keep it in mind every time some Government Expert or PhD-wielding Academic insists that we all must follow their path to Enlightenment.

I’m Sure Only the Lipitor Lobby

…kept them from completely jettisoning cholesterol levels as the ultimate food demon.

The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol

The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.

The group’s finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern” stands in contrast to the committee’s findings five years ago, the last time it convened. During those proceedings, as in previous years, the panel deemed the issue of excess cholesterol in the American diet a public health concern.

The finding follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that, for healthy adults, eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease.

The greater danger in this regard, these experts believe, lies not in products such as eggs, shrimp or lobster, which are high in cholesterol, but in too many servings of foods heavy with saturated fats, such as fatty meats, whole milk, and butter.

It ALWAYS comes back to BUTTER.

Or DOES it…?

Fat guidelines lacked any solid scientific evidence, study concludes
Researchers claim dietary advice around fat consumption, followed by millions for the past 30 years, should never have been issued

Guidelines warning people to avoid eating fatty foods such as butter and cheese should not have been introduced, new research has found.

Dietary advice issued to tens of millions warned that fat consumption should be strictly limited to cut the risk of heart disease and death.

But experts say the recommendations, which have been followed for the past 30 years, were not backed up by scientific evidence and should never have been issued.

Generations of Americans have been brainwashed and ROBBED*. Pitch your Parkay packets, people!

No longer weep into your mound of mashed ‘maters that you simply “Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”, because IT CAN be if you have the courage to make it so!

FREE YOURSELVES.

*In the interest of full disclosure, casa de major dad has always been a Manufactured Butter Substitute-FREE Zone, because I LOVE 1) butter 2) ingredient panels with only 2 ingredients, vice a paragraph

This Is Where You Find Out If Your Brakes

…AND your pacemaker work.

Trans Asia flight this morning in TaiPei with a reported engine flameout. Astonishingly, damn near ALL 58 souls on board walked (actually floated, since it hit the drink) away.

Milagro.

My God, Just Horrible

Every commuter’s nightmare

At least seven people were killed and 12 injured when a Metro-North train slammed into an SUV dashing across the tracks in Westchester Tuesday night, causing a massive explosion and fire that trapped rush-hour commuters inside, sources said.
The Harlem Line train was heading toward the Hawthorne station when a woman driving a black Jeep Cherokee tried to cross the tracks and was bulldozed.
The impact unhinged the electrified third rail, which pierced the lead car and caused blast that ripped apart the passenger compartment, where six of the victims died, sources said. The driver of the Jeep also died.

When I first heard this I thought it was the gas from the Jeep that caused the fire, but the electricity from the third rail?

Just awful.

Update:

The deadly chain of events began as the crossing-barricade arm came down on the back of the Cherokee on Commerce Street, a witness said.
Instead of backing up, the driver — who was stopped in traffic caused by an earlier car accident — continued to cross the tracks, after first getting out to check the damage to her SUV.
“I’m signaling and yelling for her to back up and reverse, and I’m thinking the clock is ticking here,” said Richard Hope, who was driving behind her. “But she gets back in her car and starts driving forward over the tracks.”

If this holds up, all I can say is
Stupid
Damned
Idiot.

Metro-North has gotten a lot of well-deserved flack of late, but this seems to be completely this woman’s fault.

Starry, Starry Night

Just in the mood for this this morning

American Sniper

See it.

Holy Poop

I need new undies.

They Asked Him “What Day Is It?” One Too Many Times

Four out of Five men who tried camels went back to their wives

Camel responsible for 2 local deaths

A Wichita County woman known for raising camels was killed Saturday, along with a male companion.

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office reports Peggye McNair, 72, and Mark Mere, 53, were found lying in a fenced area in the 4200 block of FM 367.

A release from the Sheriff’s Office said both people had suffered trauma and were dead when deputies arrived.

“A large aggressive camel was in the area as well and it took deputies several minutes to move it to another location. It appears that both victims were trampled by the camel,” the release said.

They’ve always seemed like such nasty critters to me.

“I Prefer to Die Standing Than Live on My Knees.”

Mass rallies in France.

Je Suis Charlie.

This Is Why I Gave Daughter All Our Extra Euros Before We Left

One can never be too careful

A 30-year-old Princeton graduate, who allegedly shot dead his multimillionaire hedge-funder father, was upset that his weekly allowance had been cut back, according to published reports.
Tommy Gilbert Jr, a former pupil of Manhattan’s most prestigious private schools, was being questioned by police on Monday after 70-year-old Thomas Gilbert Sr, founder of $200 million hedge fund Wainscott Capital, was found with a gunshot wound to the head.
A source told the New York Daily News that Mr Gilbert Sr had cut back Tommy’s weekly allowance to $300 and threatened to stop paying his rent.

$300/wk.

30 years old.

Seems like this young fellow has some…issues.

RIP Edward Herrman

Our favorite role of his is the ne’er do well, wastrel husband Grant Stayton III in Overboard.

He was a GOD at sea in it.

Sure Didn’t See THIS Covered Anywhere

A whole gallery of pictures here, but it never made any broadcast I was watching or newspaper.

Wonder why?

God Bless You All

Every one.

O Holy Night

Minuit, Chrétiens, C’est L’heure Solennelle
Où l’Homme Dieu descendit jusqu’à nous
Pour effacer la tache originelle
Et de Son Père arrêter le courroux.
Le monde entier tressaille d’espérance
En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.

Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance.
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur!

May the blessings and love of our Lord fill you and yours with hope this Christmas time.

Peace, true Peace from our home to yours, Dear Friends.

As we ponder that day 100 hundred years ago when the troops facing each other across the scarred and pitted betrenched fields that were absorbing so much blood and decided, against the specific orders of their leaders, to lay down their arms and celebrate the wonder and unknowable mystery of the christian bond which united them at their core, so too let us find the will and strength to put aside the cares and concerns which so constantly assail us, knowing all too well that we, like those brave poor souls shivering in the fields of France, will succumb to the siren call of our strife after too brief an interlude; that does not diminish the achievement but rather shows us what we are truly capable of.

So My Bride And I Just Got Back

From dropping off her pop at the airport after a lurvly Thanksgiving visit, and there standing right next to the driveway quite unabashed is this fairly large 8 point buck, just looking at us in a ‘why-are-you-bothering-me’ sort of way. So of course I said “wow, what a great rack!”

Can someone tell me why I got slapped?

What a Beautiful

…mystery.

Some of Hugh Magnum’s pictures can be seen here.

Just stunning.

Ha!

I just lurve it when some Show-Boater gets their comeuppance.

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