10/31/2005

A Fetish That's Been Blown Out of Proportion

"But there are people out there, particularly on the Internet, who have no reservations about sharing their fantasies. These folks are very open and forthright about the sexual experiences they'd like to have. Even though we 'normal' people are tempted to criticize them for this, we have to remember that, just because others are more comfortable with their sex life than we are, that doesn't make them strange.

The fact that some of these people want to have sex with inflatable pool toys does, however, make them strange. "

I wish I could claim credit for the headline, but it was their idea.

Shak has figured out the Secret of the Universe

...but maybe we just need to defragg?

Over at The View From The Blender.

Sam Alito is less qualified

"According to George W. Bush, Sam Alito is less qualified that Harriet Miers"

Via Iggy.

Willie Nelson Hosts Friedman Fundraiser

"Willie Nelson opened up his central Texas ranch and private golf course Sunday, raising an estimated $170,000 for his friend Kinky Friedman, an independent candidate for Texas governor. "

10/28/2005

New Environmental Protection Laws

A woman from Los Angeles, who was a tree hugger and an anti-hunter,
purchased a piece of timberland.

There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract.

She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree.

As she neared the top, she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her.
In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch.

In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters.

The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help her.

She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared.

The angry woman demanded, "What took you so long?"

He smiled and then told her, "Well, I had to get permits from the
Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service and the Bureau of
Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area.

I'm sorry, but they turned me down."

Early Holiday Cheer - Disturbing Santas

A little something for HannuRamaKwaanzaFestiMas.

Anna Nicole Smith's Dogs Boycott Iams

"Marilyn, Sugar Pie and Puppy are boycotting Iams until it stops testing on animals in labs," the poster reads beneath a picture of Smith, a former Playboy model, and her three dogs

PETA claims an undercover investigation in 2002 and 2003 revealed "deplorable" conditions in Iams' contract laboratory."

NYC Smells Like Maple Syrup

"New York City has many odors, but when the city began to smell a little too good, New Yorkers became alarmed. "

10/27/2005

NINTENDO CHOIR

Not your mother's choir.
Via Shak.

10/20/2005

All-Terrain Wheelchair - iBOT- 4000 Mobility System

"The INDEPENDENCE- iBOT- 4000 Mobility System is unlike any power wheelchair. Its combination of unique, innovative functions allows you to go places and do things not possible with any other single mobility device.

You'll be able to climb curbs, or go up and down a flight of stairs. Raise yourself to look others in the eye, or lower yourself to sit comfortably under a desk, countertop or table. Travel over uneven terrain such as sand, gravel or grass with ease and stability. It is subtle and responsive, unlike any wheelchair"

Dean Kamen strikes again.

Mother Accused of Throwing Kids Into Bay

"A woman who was hearing voices tossed her three young children off a pier into San Francisco Bay, authorities said. Rescuers had found one body, and the two other children were feared dead."

How many times does this have to happen before this country starts believing that mental illness needs to be taken seriously? If you go on national TV and tell people you're an alcoholic, everyone feels sorry that you have this terrible disease (just put the glass down, idiot! When did lack of self control become a disease? Oh yeah, right around the time they started doing stomach stapling for people who can't stop eating...), but if someone says they were hearing voices, everyone thinks they're lying.

I have personal experience with a family member who was paranoid schizophrenic. These people don't need to be in jail, they don't need to be living on the streets, they need help. Part of the disease is that they're afraid to take their medication, seeing it as just one more way that someone is trying to "get" them. But the US government keeps cutting back their help (and they certainly can't hold a job until they are taking their meds consistently), and they end up drowning their kids, or living in the streets committing violent acts, because the voices told them they had to. If we're not willing to protect them from themselves, we ought to at least help them so they don't hurt us, or hurt innocent children.

Olamide Adeyooye: Missing Illinois State University Senior



"Olamide Adeyooye is a senior at ISU, she is 21 years old, 110 pounds, and about 5'3?. She is of Nigerian descent and has shoulder length, natural black hair and dark eyes. she went missing on Oct. 12th at about 9pm. She drives a dark green 1996 Toyota Corolla with license plate LBG 927."



Surprisingly, this is getting national media attention even though the girl is not a blue-eyed blonde white girl. And even though her parents have heavy Nigerian accents. And from what I can tell, she's been dating a white punk rocker for about 3 years. Could it have finally dawned on the corporate media that it's still important? It's certainly not a slow news day, what with the World Series and Hurricane Wilma and Tom Delay and the mother throwing her kids into the bay.

Link to Andy Wildrick (Boyfriend) message on antimusic.com:

Girlfriend Missing
The following is an urgent, personal, non-music related message from Andy of The Junior Varsity. Message From AndyHello: This is Andy Wildrick from The Junior Varsity. As of recently, my girlfriend of 3 years, Olamide Adeyooye, has been reported missing by the police. The last known place she was at was Family Video on Kottage Avenue in NORMAL, ILLINOIS on Thursday October 12th at about 9:00pm. Both her and her car are missing. Her cell phone was left at her apartment and her TV was on so she wasn’t planning on being gone for long. As you can imagine, this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever encountered in my life. She is 5′1″ tall and weighs about 100lbs. She is Nigerian. A picture of her can be found here. If you have any information please email me ASAP at andywildrick@gmail.com I will get the email on my blackberry immediately. Thanks

10/19/2005

Camel Toads


Click to enlarge.

Trespassing charged in horse-sex case

"King County prosecutors say it's the most-severe charge they could file; Washington is one of more than a dozen states that does not outlaw bestiality."

Follow-up story, because I knew you were all dying to know...

The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have

"Prenatal testing is making your right to abort a disabled child more like 'your duty' to abort a disabled child."

Via Easter Lemming.

Confessions of a Wal-Mart Hit Man

"excerpts with long-time Wal-Mart manager Weldon Nicholson
from the documentary, 'Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price'"

This is a little incoherent, but it's still interesting. Just in case you didn't already hate WalMart.

Via Gary at Easter Lemming.

Salon.com | The land of Republican perfection

"Where the only mistake you can ever make is to confess your sins."

Written by Garrison Keillor.
Via Iggy.

10/17/2005

US troops 'starve Iraqi citizens'

"A senior United Nations official has accused US-led coalition troops of depriving Iraqi civilians of food and water in breach of humanitarian law. "

10/14/2005

Something Awful

"I have six years of experience in prancing and three years of experience waving away a manservant with irritation. "

Cat Born With 2 Tongues

"The cat, named Five Toes, was born with two tongues and five toes on each paw."
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.” - - - Theodore Roosevelt

Via an email from Dad.

10/13/2005

Bone of Hobbit-like species�uncovered

" Scientists say they have found more bones in an Indonesian cave that offer additional evidence of a second human species -- short and hobbit-like -- that roamed the Earth the same time as modern man."

South Asia Quake Help

"South Asia Quake Help
News and information about resources, aid, donations and volunteer efforts after the South Asia Earthquake of October 8th, 2005."

Picture of the Day

10/12/2005

Arkansas Mother Gives Birth to 16th Child

"Michelle Duggar just delivered her 16th child, and she's already thinking about doing it again. "

Which ties into this:

Babies are Stupid

Courtesy of Timmy.

R.I.P. WYSIWYG

"Macintosh-style interaction design has reached its limits. A new paradigm, called results-oriented UI, might well be the way to empower users in the future. "

Sexual Slavery in Prison

"In what may be the first case of its kind, Mr. Johnson sued prison officials and accused them of violating his rights under the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment."

Festivus Appreciation Day

"Oct. 11, 2005 - Seven yadda-yadda years after 'Seinfeld''s finale episode, Festivus - the holiday for people fed up with holiday stress - continues to be celebrated in homes, schools, offices, bars and parking lots. And now, the holiday for the rest of us is getting a lot more attention. "

Bill Maher

"Because at least when Clinton talked about tapping the woman down the hall, he was just having sex with her."


Via Iggy.

10/06/2005

New Scientist - Book thrown at proponents of Intelligent Design

"'Devastating' early drafts of a controversial book recommended as reading at a US high school reveal how the word "creationism" had been later swapped for "intelligent design", a landmark US trial scrutinising the teaching of ID heard on Wednesday."

Via an email from Dad.

Baby Peace: Randal Kleiser's 35 year old antiwar PSA

"In 1970, film director Randal Kleiser (website / IMDB) was a film student at USC -- his roommate there, btw, was George Lucas. One of Randal's projects during that time was a one-minute "ad" protesting the Vietnam War, created with Harry Winer. They asked Jon Voight to do the voiceover, he said yes. With a very simple set and help from a very young actor, they produced a beautiful short which Randal has kindly offered to share with Boing Boing readers again today. "

Over at Boing Boing, via Gary at Easter Lemming.

How to Levitate

"David Blaine And The Balducci Levitation"

Via Shak (or whoever he is this week)

10/05/2005

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

"I hope you will forgive me for saying so - and I hope the filmmakers will forgive me, too - but 'Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit' has forced me to ponder the deepest mysteries of cinema. Why, for instance, do certain faces haunt and move us as they do? "

Python Explodes After Eating Alligator

"The snake apparently tried to swallow the gator whole and then exploded. Scientists stumbled upon the gory remains last week. "

Oregon RIAA Victim Fights Back;

"This is the case peer-to-peer file sharers have been waiting for. Tanya Andersen, a 41 year old disabled single mother living in Oregon, has countersued the RIAA for Oregon RICO violations, fraud, invasion of privacy, abuse of process, electronic trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, negligent misrepresentation, the tort of 'outrage', and deceptive business practices."

Anatomy of a Photograph

"Because the whole truth -- that the girl was part of a group of naive teenagers recruited by Communist activists to wear terrorist-style bandannas and carry Palestinian flags and obscene placards -- is disturbing, and doesn't conform to the narrative that the Chronicle is trying to promote. By presenting the photo out of context, and only showing the one image that suits its purpose, the Chronicle is intentionally manipulating the reader's impression of the rally, and the rally's intent. "

Lying by omission...

Son of Jimmy Carter to challenge Ensign in 2006

"Jack Carter, the son of former President Carter, said Tuesday he plans to run against John Ensign for the U.S. Senate next year"

10/04/2005

Energy Conservation, as per President Koo-koo Bananas

"Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Huzzah.

The Federal Government has finally unveiled its plan to conserve energy.

This is it:




I'm not kidding.

How did I get to be part of this bizarre country?"

Via Iggy.

Cat Confession...

...and an explanation - Our cat, Buddha, ran away at the rest stop on our way out of town. So when we got to N.M., and I started making up flyers to post on the way back, I didn't have any pictures of him to put on it. I searched on the internet and found a picture of a cat that looks just like him, (my Significant Other [hereafter referred to as "my S. O."] thought it was him) and used it on the flyer. When I got back and discovered a lot of people wanted an update, I posted the update while at work and used the same photo because I didn't have one of him with me. So....to make up for dissing my cat, here are some actual photos of Buddha (A.K.A. Bailey, or Boudreaux, or Sweet William, or, during the holidays, Good King Wenceslas, or Fat Bastard, or, while he was still feral, Shithead.)

Here he is with his "real" mommy, my daughter (in a picture she hates, thus the bar across her eyes!) This is how he prefers to spend his entire Sunday, if possible.



And here he is sitting in the window, waiting for his real mommy to come home from Atlanta for a visit . For some reason, he likes to sit with one arm resting on the sill. He just knows he's cool, I guess!



You can click on the pictures to enlarge.

More to come...

A Sampling of the Writings of Harriet Miers

"Gay Rights
An indication of her stance on gay rights comes from this questionaire from the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas Miers filled out while running for the Dallas City Council in 1989. In it, she supported full civil rights for gays and lesbians and backed AIDS education programs for the city of Dallas. (Source: Quorumreport.com) "

See, I'm on to something with my previous post about her! Fudamentalists don't normally think gays and lesbians even have the right to exist.

eBay: The Ultimate Hippie Vacation

This is for real, and funny as hell...

"Okay, the deal is, my brother-in-law and his huge hippie bus moved into our backyard. AND WE WANT HIM OUT! Please help us by bidding on this auction! Every bid moves him one step farther out of our yard!

About my brother-in-law, he may be a little 'touched in the head.' He just showed up a few weeks ago (unannounced of course) from California and parked his Hippie Bus in our yard. Apparently, he was fleeing from some sort of alien or supernatural invasion or something like that. (If you win, he'll be MORE THAN HAPPY to explain that one to you.) Anyway, his bus really stands out up here in the Ozarks of NW Arkansas (not too many hippies around here), and the neighbors have started to 'talk'.

It really didn't help matters much when, 2 weeks ago, we got a call from an elderly lady that lives down the road from us. She was out of breath and could barely get out the words: 'I just saw Cody runnin' down the road 'nekkid' as a jaybird! You best git your husband down here to fetch him or else I'm callin' the law!' Well, she did call the 'law' and now he needs money for his newest court date. "

Here's the ebay auction page:
http://www.leaderguy.com/Auction.html






"Cody has asked me to add quite a few things to this auction listing.

Among the list:

If you are looking to lose weight, this is the trip for you! Just look at Cody! The Cody Diet is guaranteed to work! (He believes that you can live off of pine trees and water only.) Also, pushing the bus is great exercise!

If you are interested in UFOs or aliens, this would also be the trip for you! Cody has extensive experience with communicating with aliens. In fact, he will help you to reach them! (You must supply your own foil hat and satellite dish.)

Cody will not pick up hitchhikers unless he receives approval "from above" (his words).

Interested in a Hippie Convoy? Anyone that wants to follow along behind Cody's bus is welcome.

Cody built his bus with his own six hands. (His other two personalities helped out.)

Be advised that Cody does like to "hang out with his wang out." Not exactly sure what that means, but it doesn't sound good to me.

Cody spent most of the day working on his new hang-glider! Oh boy! I will post pics tomorrow. PLEASE get him out of here!"


And here's the web page to keep up with him now that the auction's over:
http://www.leaderguy.com/

Hmmmm....

Just a thought - but it surprises me that no one has had anything to say about the fact that Harriet Miers has never been married. Considering her fundamentalist background, I would doubt that she'd be "living in sin". So...

1. Secret Lesbian?
2. So screwed up that no one can stand to be around her for any length of time?
3. Still a virgin?

Anyone of those things could seriously affect her judgement on issues that might come before the Supreme Court.

Not that I don't have other issues with her, I'm just surprised no one seems to have mentioned this issue.

10/03/2005

The Huffington Post

"Making Faux Martyrdom Pay: Judy Miller Lands a Book Deal"

What I like about this is that I'm pretty sure "Judy Miller" was a character played by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live - the character that was about 8 years old and always jumping on the bed and putting on shows by herself in her bedroom.

RedState.org

"Mr. President, you've got some explaining to do. And please remember - we've been defending you these five years because of this moment."

"I like Bush a lot, but this kind of choice really makes me question his judgment."

Ha ha, this will gladden your heart and make your day! The Right Wing suddenly realizes they've got a complete idiot at the helm. God bless President Koo-koo Bananas, we can always count on him to keep on doing dumber and dumber stuff!

"Send in the clowns....don't bother, they're here!" Always hated that song until now...

Via Iggy.

The Return of 'Calvin and Hobbes'

"Almost 20 years have passed since 'Calvin and Hobbes' debuted and a decade since the reclusive comic strip creator's retirement. But precocious 6-year-old Calvin and his beloved stuffed pet tiger remain forever young.

In celebration of the anniversary of Bill Watterson's strip, 'The Complete Calvin and Hobbes' - a three-volume collection of the duo's adventures - is set to be released on Tuesday. Reprinted 'Calvin and Hobbes' comic strips began reappearing in newspapers nationwide in August in a four-month run-up to the book's release. "

Lost Cat Update


Personal stuff here - I got up at 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning and drove back to the rest stop where our cat ran away during Rita. Didn't see any sign of him, but talked to a maintenance guy who told me how to get on a road that took me past all the farm houses that back up to the place.

I was driving down that road, putting flyers in mailboxes, and one good ol' boy was just coming home from somewhere. He said the only cats he ever saw were his two (outside) cats that he fed, but that just a couple of days before, he had seen a black cat on his property (Our missing cat, Buddha, is black. Which the good ol' boy didn't know yet). As we talked, he then remembered that just that morning, he had left very early in the dark and had seen what he thought was his black and white cat lounging in his carport near the (St. Bernard-sized) cat food bowl, and thought it was unusual that the cat didn't run away like it always did. He said the more he thought about it, he thought it was probably my cat, since it didn't run. I hung around a while but didn't see him, but my cat hides anyway because he was feral when I got him and he's still a big chicken. But thinking about it, I know that Buddha's not stupid, if he's found a place with a continuous supply of food and water, he'll stick around. It's just a matter of him getting into a routine and feeling comfortable so he'll show himself. The good ol' boy gave me his name, address, phone numbers, etc., and said we could come back anytime and look for him. Next weekend, we have to go back to New Mexico to retrieve the rest of our cats (we left them behind, hoping we'd find Buddha on the way back, and not wanting to spread any diseases/ticks), so we're going to show up at this guy's house around cat-breakfast time and try to find him.

Meanwhile, if my cat has to be anywhere besides at home with me, this guy's farm is like a cat spa. Lots of fields of tall grass to hide in, crickets and rabbits and squirrels to chase, fruit trees to climb, flowers, cows to look at, continuous supply of food and water, etc. He's probably happier there than he was in our house, except that he doesn't have his sister with him, and he doesn't have anyone to lay in bed with napping on Sunday afternoons.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed.

Intelligent Design

On the first day of creation, the cat was created.

On the second day, man was created to serve the cat.

On the third day, all the animals of the
earth were created to serve as potential food for the cat.

On the fourth day, honest toil was created so that man
could labor for the good of the cat.

On the fifth day, the sparkle ball was created so that
the cat might or might not play with it.

On the sixth day, veterinary science was created to keep
the cat healthy and the man broke.

On the seventh day, the creator tried to rest, but he had to scoop
the litter box