Just So You Know

…Yahoo says the wiener is a phoney.

………Hackers Attack PBS & Twitter, Jellyfish Stings, and ‘Hangover’s’ Big Weekend

… Lastly, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account was hacked. A fake lewd photo of the politician was tweeted to one of his followers and quickly spread throughout Twitter. Weiner is considering legal action against the culprit. For a step-by-step theatrical account of the hack, click here.

Oh, BIG NEWS. Like we didn’t know he had no dick.

Twinkles in the Night

Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

Maybe The IMF Should Move…

…to Bangladesh

Police in southern Bangladesh say a woman cut off a man’s penis during an alleged attempt to rape her and took it to a police station as evidence.

This might solve many of their problems, it seems to me.

Hot Steamy Accordion Sex

Zurich on a Sunday night is a funny place, I guess. After taking the Anti-Carpentry Tram in from the airport I was greeted by this rather captivating little vixen at the main train station

I especially like that red glowing whip for when I’ve been naughty.

and I have been, oh yes I have.

We then spent the afternoon dodging the thunderstorms by making use of very conveniently placed beer gardens: every time we saw a cloud we stopped and had a beer. It worked marvelously and I can highly recommend such a strategy for any future city excursions, as it also involved the consumption of some of the best wurst I’ve ever had.

I always wanted to write that line.

We were searching for a bar called the Aelpi Bar, which Ave promised me was a very typical traditional Swiss place where the locals really let their hair down.

Who knew it would be a lair of hot steamy accordion sex?

At least it sounded like they were saying “sex”; perhaps they were saying “sechs” which is German for “six”, which I guess makes sense as there were at one point six people totally rocking out on their accordions.

Plus the extremely mellow fellow playing bass.

Check out the sailor-striped gal on the left. My sources tell me she’s regarded in such circles as would know as the Pete Townsend of the accordion world, and I believe it. During some of her more rousing numbers she’d stand up and hop about a bit and then, to really whip the over-flowing crowd of, oh, I guess there were about fifteen of us packed into the extremely small un-air-conditioned hot and humid bar, yes to really whip us into a weiss-beer-fueled frenzy she’d hold the accordion above her head and wail away.

It was magical.

Of course, it was also Zurich.

On a Sunday night.

Which means that this wild licentiousness all ended at 6 pm. The bar promptly closed.

Our senses still all a-tingly from the ethereal accordion-palooza we headed to the quiet oasis of the Storchen-Bar

where to show the world that I can indeed rise to the level of my company I had a couple of Manhattans and Ave had a couple of Kir Royales.

And then being sufficiently refreshed we went off to dinner.

This Is a BFD Here

Holy Moly. We’ve been watching it develop all week, wondering “WTF?!?!?!” and now we have an answer.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

NBC News has reported that four Blue Angels pilots were flying only 130 feet above the ground — 370 feet lower than the minimum, 500-foot standard — when they exited a diamond formation on May 22 in Lynchburg, Va.
Navy Cmdr. Dave Koss was voluntarily relieved of duty on Friday as commanding officer of the elite Naval flight demonstration team because of the mistake.
NBC’s Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski reported Friday that an unnamed Navy official said three Blue Angels pilots “almost followed their leader straight into the ground.”
Koss will be replaced by Navy Capt. Greg McWherter, who led the team before Koss took over in November.
The Blue Angels have canceled an air show scheduled for Millville, N.J. this weekend, as well as scheduled June 4 and 5 shows in Illinois and June 11 and 12 shows in Indiana.


We do. Thanks to Gramps…

..Uncle Nat…

…and major dad’s dearest Pop, who tromped the vicious beaches of the South Pacific, from Saipan to Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Remember all the fellas young and old, male and female, who’ve worn those gorgeous uniforms and fought for the most glorious colors EVER on the face of the earth.

And keep those in harm’s way now ~ our nephew Creature, our Skyler, L.C. Aggie’s hubbie among them ~ safe as safe can be.

Twentynine Short Years Ago Today, Ebola Made His First Command Appearance

In a portent of things to come, he showed up at Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, California, at HIS convenience, demanded our complete capitulation, some chow and started dictating terms immediately. Adorable child, is he not?

He will always be THE light of our lives.

Loveses you!

Just Say “No”

REAL life hero/Peace Prize winner disses wanna-be Eurotrash partying poser.

Lech Walesa, Poland’s Solidarity-era legend, ex-president and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday he would not accept an invitation to meet with fellow Nobel winner US President Barack Obama.

“It’s difficult to tell journalists what you’d like to say to the president of a superpower. This time I won’t tell him, I won’t meet him, it doesn’t suit me,” Walesa told Poland’s public broadcaster TVP.

Call Me a Blue Eyed Cynic, But

…I think yon exalted President of Yale doth speaketh with forked tongue

“The new Navy ROTC unit at Yale continues the University’s proud tradition of educating students who serve our country’s armed forces,” Levin said. “From Lexington to Afghanistan, our students and graduates have contributed to the nation’s defense, and the return of NROTC will make it easier for the most talented young men and women who aspire to leadership in our military to gain a Yale education.”

…considering he had to be dragged by a twenty-mule-team, overwhelming support wagon to the table because, for all the intellectual firepower at his command, he couldn’t manufacture any more excuses.

(H/T Instapundit)

Why You Young Rascallions Look Hungry!

And what better snack for Washington DC rascallions than, er, raw scallions

When Trevor Rill picked up the snack bags from the cafeteria for his third-grade class, he found bundles of raw scallions — those long, green stalks of onion usually reserved for cooking.

“I asked the cafeteria workers, ‘Are you serious?’ and they said, ‘This is what they sent us,'” said Rill, one of nine City Year corps members assigned to Turner. “So I held them out and said, ‘This is what we have,’ and the kids went nuts. Two of them ate it in front of me and said, ‘This is disgusting.'”

Your tax dollars at work, friends

Turner Elementary is one of the District’s 53 public elementary schools participating in the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Under the 2008 farm bill, the District received $1.2 million this school year to serve students a vegetable or piece of fruit outside of breakfast and lunch hours. The program is likely to expand to more schools next year as funding increases to $1.7 million.

Hey, with the increase in funding maybe they can upgrade the kids to raw shallots.

As a wise man once said

“Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?”


C’mon, admit it. You all feel their siren call, that little voice in your head that says “just do it.”

Oh wait, that’s the Nike commercial.

Anyhow, who amongst us hasn’t felt at one time or another that urge to say giggle in a Library or fart in an elevator or, my personal favorite, use a carpenter’s saw on public transportation

Seriously. Dear Ave, having been aware of my proclivities for several decades now, made sure to point out this particular prohibition on my visit to Zurich this week. When you take the tram from the airport into town every car has this WARNING sticker affixed to it with these little diagrams showing you that you can’t play guitar and sing on the train, you can’t place your mountain-spike-clad boots on the seats, you can’t smoke…and you can’t hack the seats with a saw.

It does boggle the mind somewhat that those reserved Swiss felt that this was such a major point of concern that it deserved its own warning placard.

Why Yes, I Am Shallow

Why do you ask?

And for some reason I felt quite at home here

In Case Anybody’s Keeping Count

…the State department says anyone but essential diplomats should “get the F*CK out of Yemen, STAT“. Lemme double check.

Yeah, that’s what the dispatch says.

Teh Present’ll get to it, like…well, Sunday’s tornado day…frick.

Pencil “Wednesday” in, but don’t hold him to it.


Squash. Like a bug.

Mickey Mouse Surrenders to Navy SEALs in Trademark Battle

Well, that was quick: Mickey Mouse has waved the white flag and surrendered to the real SEAL Team 6.

Disney is withdrawing its applications to trademark the name of the elite Navy squad responsible for killing Usama bin Laden, the Navy said on Wednesday.

“The Navy is committed to fully protecting our trademark rights as it pertains to this matter and will continue to examine all our legal options,” Navy spokeswoman Amanda Greenberg told FoxNews.com, adding that the military continues to broaden Navy’s existing portfolio.

Disney did not return numerous requests for comment.

There Had BETTER Be Calls For FaceBook


Saudi Facebook Campaign Calls for Men to Beat Women Drivers

A campaign on Facebook is calling for Saudi men to beat women who plan to drive cars in a protest next month, AFP reports.

“The Iqal Campaign: June 17 for preventing women from driving” advocates a cord be used to beat women who plan to drive. Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia.

Some 6,000 people have “liked” the campaign on Facebook.

It was created in response to female activist Manal al-Sharif, who created a page calling for Saudi women to defy the driving ban on June 17.

The Facebook page, called “Teach me how to drive so I can protect myself,” was removed after more than 12,000 people indicated their support. The campaign’s Twitter account also was deactivated.


Somebody get this bag of Frito Scoops! out of my hands.


Hey America!! Watch Us Pull a Rabbit Outta Our Hat Our Ass Pay Back These Gubmint Loans!

It’s prestadigitational!!

…While Chrysler’s borrowing its payback money from the private sector, over a billion of that money is coming from the Italian company Fiat, which would increase its stake in the company to 46%. So Americans are still on the hook* for a company that is rapidly becoming a foreign car company. That’s absolutely nuts!

And we can’t forget that the union that brought the company to its knees in the first place was given a 60% chunk of Chrysler by President Obama — who just ripped up the ownership papers of secured bondholders to hand the company to the unions.

That’s usually called theft. But in this case it was called a “bailout for the good of America.”

*We still OWN 8% of this turkey. How’s THAT for “paybacks/making it sound like we’re clear of the thing”?

Weapons of Beltway War: Bomber, Dagger, Cloak

and zipper. No Marine Corps general for Joint Chief this go-round. Seems he pissed the Air Force guys off…

Cartwright, Geeks’ Best Pal, Is Out of Race for Top General

As recently as last month, Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright was known in Washington as “Obama’s favorite general,” a leading candidate to become the country’s top military officer, and one of the biggest tech fiends ever to pin four stars to his shoulders. Now, Cartwright has been definitively ruled out as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon sources tell Danger Room — the apparent victim of a nasty Beltway whisper campaign.

It means that the military leadership will be losing one of its more original thinkers, just as the Pentagon reconsiders, well, everything: the Afghanistan war, a growing rivalry with China, a budget that could get cut by $400 billion or more.

“General Cartwright is unique. He has a quick, intuitive grasp of technologies and their military applications. And he has an equally impressive ability to clearly explain them to his counterparts in the services,” former Darpa director Tony Tether e-mails Danger Room. “All four-stars I have met have been exceptional people, for many different reasons. But only Cartwright has this particular combination.”

…But Cartwright’s ascent doesn’t seem to have been stopped by his occasional screwball, or even by his lack of war-zone experience. In Washington, rumors persisted that Cartwright had romantic relationships with women who were not his wife. Nobody could prove those allegations. In fact, a Pentagon inspector-general report cleared him of the charge that he had an affair with a female aide.

But that didn’t stop the innuendo from continuing to ooze. During my 24-hour trip to Washington last week, three separate people brought up Cartwright’s “zipper problem,” noted his separation from his wife, and connected him to all sorts of leading women in the military establishment. None of these people had first-, second- or even third-hand knowledge of these alleged dalliances.

So why the whisper campaign? At the risk of being a rumormonger myself, I’d note — as Spencer Ackerman did in this blog last February, the last time the Cartwright gossip crested — that Cartwright made many in the military establishment uncomfortable.

He lobbied to give the Vice Chairman’s office unparalleled power over decisions about which weapons the Pentagon should buy. He worked with Vice President Biden to come up with alternatives to the surge in Afghanistan, even when the buildup was accepted Pentagon wisdom.

He pushed to kill the F-22 Raptor and scrap new testing for the country’s nukes. In Air Force circles, he’s blamed for paring back plans for a new, strategic bomber fleet.

Cartwright ordered his staff not to lobby on his behalf for the Chairmanship. But one of his foes, it now appears, waged an entirely different sort of campaign.

Good! I Hope They Put the Mouse Thieving, Overreaching, Malevolent Little Rodent


Navy Fights Mickey Mouse for SEALs Trademark

SEAL Team 6 isn’t going down without a fight.

The Navy is challenging Disney’s attempt to trademark the name of the elite squad responsible for taking out the world’s most wanted terrorist.

On May 3, just two days after Usama bin Laden was killed in a raid on the Al Qaeda leader’s Pakistan compound, Disney filed trademark applications to use the name “SEAL Team 6” on everything from entertainment, toys, video games, clothing, footwear — even Christmas ornaments and snow globes.

…Robin Bren, a Virginia-based trademark attorney with the law firm Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt, thinks the Patent and Trademark Office would turn down Disney’s trademark attempts.

“In order to overcome the probable refusal, Disney will have to argue that potential customers will not assume a connection with the Navy,” she said, adding that would be difficult in light of the elite squad’s recently acquired celebrity-like status.

Man, I can’t STAND those phoney baloney Disney assholes.

Bibi’s Speech to the Joint Session

…was a barn burner.

Shame Teh Present missed it.


UPDATE: Home from work, so I can track it down.

And here it is, thanks to Ed and The Right Scoop.

An interesting ~ if inexplicable ~ statistic from Pat Buchanan to ponder:

…In 2008, Obama won the African-American vote 95 to 4, or 16 to 1. He won the Jewish vote 78 to 21, by 57 points, a historic landslide.

The American Jewish voting block has always been reliably Democratic for as long as I can remember and, for the life of me, I CANNOT figure out why. Democrats have been moving inexorably anti-business and anti-Israel since well before THIS child prodigy ascended the throne, and STILL the Jewish vote can be counted for stat.

Folks are saying Obama’s wobbling the boat. I’ll have to see a whole lot less love out of Hollywood to believe that, first.

La Grenouille DSK Has Friends in High Places

…trying to get the world off his shoulders.

Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid’s impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since they can’t reach her in protective custody, The Post has learned.

The woman, who says she was sexually assaulted by the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund, has an extended family in the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa, well out of reach of the Manhattan DA’s Office.

After He Singlehandedly Dismantled Their Income Stream

…I’m just sort of wondering what took so long?

Writer Who Started “Trigs Crew” Phenomenon Out at Wonkette

Kinda stupid to keep a liability like that around, wouldn’t you think?

But, then again, there’s no explaining the inner workings of the sophisticated, urban, liberal brain-set.

(Thanks to Ace.)

Paul Ryan Haz Mad Math Skilz Sez

…da WaPo.

Oh, yesh, it duz!

A rare Geppetto for Paul Ryan’s assertion on Obama’s hidden top marginal tax rate

…Adding up all of these figures, you get to an effective marginal rate of nearly 45 percent. One can quibble with some of the assumptions, but tax experts we checked with found Ryan’s calculations to be reasonable.

Why are marginal rates important? In theory, if the rate gets too high, it reduces the incentive to earn another dollar. The top marginal rates have been as high as 90 percent in U.S. history, but it has also been as low at 28 percent (under Ronald Reagan). At 45 percent, that means nearly half of each additional dollar a high earner makes would go to taxes.

Put another way, Ryan shows that Obama’s budget would effectively boost the marginal rate for high earners by a hidden 7.5 percentage points, or an increase of 20 percent. For every $100,000 of additional income, about $45,000 would go to federal taxes. (State and local taxes would eat up more; there are no additional Social Security taxes at this income.)

Tweet of the Day

What time today does Obama make his “I drove the snakes from Ireland” speech?

They Were Huddled at the Back of a Store Until the Glass Got Sucked Out

…and then they got into the cooler. Unbelievable audio, because it’s black as the tornado goes over.

And through the chaos, you hear prayers, some screams…but mostly, most AMAZINGLY, young voices saying “Excuse me! Am I stepping on someone?”, “Am I on someone’s back?”, “Don’t move! You have glass all over your back.” These kids are the BEST.

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