Archive for February, 2014

Food finds.

Update: I never saw this before, but Sarah Palin’s turkey incident…

Last night at my local Asian grocery store… I found this.


And, believe it or not, my $0.99 investment paid off. It was sweet and peppery, with a tamarind and rotted-fish taste so wonderfully obtained from fish sauce. Cruel Wife was not sure how she liked it at first and then decided it was too tamarind-ey.

I loved it and took it to work to share. Out of ten people only one did not like it. Everyone looked askance until I assured them that it was not my usual kill-them-with-love-and-peppers MO.

I want this. Go look at this guy’s gallery.


There, Dave. I hope you sell many and prosper. Excellent work.
Normally, I really like what Krauthammer has to say.

But today, I could not agree less.

Charles Krauthammer responded on Special Report tonight saying, “The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement. I find it rather staggering.”

Krauthammer thinks Obama’s statement is about “three levels removed” from actual action. He explained: Obama said “we will stand with the international community — meaning we are going to negotiate with a dozen other countries who will water down the statement — in affirming that there will be costs — meaning in making a statement not even imposing a cost, but in making a statement about imposing a cost — for any military intervention.”

“What he’s saying is we’re not really going to do anything and we’re telling the world,” Krauthammer said.

I was not shocked by weakness in anything Obama does. He sounds no less weak than he did regarding Syria. He is a gutless chump.
Far be it for me to laugh at someone els… Oh, hell. Who am I kidding?

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Frozen bubblage.

It is -5F now and Cruel Wife and I put the kids in bed and did something I have wanted to do for over a month.

We went out of the house for a little fun. We blew bubbles.

These are bubbles frozen in mid air, caught, and torn.






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Did she get dinner first?

Woman inseminated by cooked squid.

Yeah. I thought it was peculiar, too.

Wherever Drudge gets the pics, he uses them well.


I am not sure if I posted this but I think I first saw it on New Year’s Eve or around then. Lighting makes the mood, and boy does it.

Rotate your owl was like this but not as cool. Ultra-stabilized camera.

Restore your frown-cracked child’s face with a casting..

Now THAT is a tat. I don’t know squat about Twitter. CW sent me the link, so however you trail after the guy or whatever, it is up to you.


Spike Lee qualifies as Prick of the Year 2014. Rather than say “Hey, awesome!” or “How can we get everyone together to make a strong community and make it a place where people trust and thrive?” he focuses on the same old negative and racist patterns of thought.

. I am thinking that next time we have a “discussion” or “dialogue” about race, maybe we should include crappy attitudes, too.

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Scientist proposes walls to stop tornadoes.

It does lead to a few questions.

1)  Really?
2)  Really?
3)  This wouldn’t have unintended consequences?
4)  Really?
5)  Where are you going to get the resources to do that?

I know!  Ship LA’s garbage over and make giant ski slopes out of it.  Or dams.  Or bicycle trails.

Whatever this guy got ahold of, more people need it.  It’s like he rolled in catnip for crazy people.

“If we build three east-west great walls in the American Midwest …. one in North Dakota, one along the border between Kansas and Oklahoma to the east, and the third one in south Texas and Louisiana, we will diminish the tornado threats in the Tornado Alley forever,” according to physicist Rongjia Tao of Temple University.

The walls would need to be about 1,000 feet high and 150 feet wide, he said. Tao is presenting his research next week at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in Denver.


Now taking votes to see who should take Salma’s place at right as veeshir-bait.  No nibbles at all.  It used to draw him in.


Obama’s IRS has spoken… those of us who do not pay the fee/tax thing for Obamacare will face a:

shared responsibility payment

Look, if you don’t choose to use the word “penalty” you choose something else because you want to send a message.  If you choose words that sound like a utopian’s conformational wet-dream it means you want to be as ominous as possible without sounding like a threat.  And that is what Obama is all about.

Well done, Mr. Obama.  Well done.  You now sound like a scary dictator (or beloved leader) rather than merely behave like one on paper.

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Screw that, get a tissue.

Harold Ramis dead.  This ranks up there with the loss of Leslie Nielsen in Lemur King’s world.

I collect spores, molds and fungus.

The man directed GroundHog Day, which is one of my favorite movies.  It took a stroke of genius to find the right balance between comedy, smug satisfaction at Phil’s fate, pity at the horror of his fate, and transformation of a vile creature into a human.

Thanks Harold.  RIP.

Any movie that includes Scott’s work or the work of Oscar Wilde wins with me.  This one won’t be applied to Mr. Ramis.

High though his titles, proud his name,

Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;

Despite those titles, power, and pelf,

The wretch, concentred all in self,

Living, shall forfeit fair renown,

And, doubly dying, shall go down

To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,

Unwept, unhonor’d, and unsung.


For me, and for me alone…


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Well anyone can have a cat’s ass, because cats are always willing to share.

Thanks to Cruel Wife.


That kitty doesn’t know the definition of irony. Yet.

Now hear this…

Did you hear the one about the cops tasering and beating up the deaf guy and cuffing his hands behind his back so he could not sign to them?

Apparently his pleas fell on deaf ears and they refused to listen to what he had to say. He was stunned speechless by their brutality. The whole thing sounds like it ended with no one on speaking terms. The police defended their actions, gesturing at the same time that their hands were tied.

Ok, I joke, but as a hearing deficient individual he has my sympathy, and you know what? I hear the winds of litigation blowing…


Thanks to Lemurita… who agrees that I only drink Red Bull(tm) socially and that I do not have a problem.

And for some reason someone out there took a picture of these people humping trees and I keep wanting to post it. No idea why. Probably I do it because I think tree hungers and duck squeezers are idiots.

Maybe more later.

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Life on Mars

First, the British version rocked, and I had zero desire to see an Americanized version.

Second, Muslims are being told to not live on Mars.

Bowing to Mecca would get wicked complicated, I imagine.

Then, too, Islamic Rage Boy would scream something like, “Ooooh, you have made me very very angry. I am going to cause an Earth Shattering Kaboom.”

That would be a huge ginormous suicide vest and IED’s would get ridiculous.

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the United Arab Emirates said that anyone making such a “hazardous trip” is likely to die for “no righteous reason”.

So accidental death or natural causes would also be unrighteousness, right?

They would therefore be liable to a “punishment similar to that of suicide in the Hereafter”, the Khaleej Times reported.

Oh, of course. I get it.

The Fatwa was apparently issued in response to the proposal from the Dutch company Mars One last year to send four people on a one-way journey to the red planet in 2022.

Can anyone just make a fatwas thing whenever one pleases? What are the rules about edicts like this? Does everyone have to follow them or can a person pick and choose? Is there a Fatwa Registry of some sort?

“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” the committee said. “There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death.”

So… Risking one’s life is kind of a given if you blow other people up, have wars with each other, get up in the morning… Do you just lie down and wait for the end?

Oh.  If you are into Steam/Valve (think Portal 2) then check out The Stanley Parable.

No, I cannot explain it.  I have no idea how to do so.  No, I cannot explain why I found it fascinating.  No, I have no idea if you will like it.

It was whimsical like elements of Portal, it was edge-pushing like Dear Esther, and… weird.  But I enjoyed it.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to try out Slender: The Arrival.

I can’t claim I am a Snowden fan. He stole secrets. He broke laws. But at the same time he did us all a favor by waking people up to the dangers of government getting too large, having too much reach. And yet that lesson still has not sunk in, not really. It has died down rather than gaining steam just like all the other revelations under this Admin. (Yes, I know this is not all Obama’s fault)

But that isn’t what I am talking about in this space…

Why is snowden’s every utterance printed as if he were now the world’s most authoritative authority? He stole huge amounts of data. Does that make him worthy of pontificating on all things security?

Former US security contractor Edward Snowden on Wednesday spoke out about the use of state secrecy privileges as he presented an Oxford University award to fellow intelligence leaker Chelsea Manning.

Snowden, who is in hiding in Russia, presented the prestigious British university’s Sam Adams awards for integrity and intelligence to the jailed former US Army intelligence analyst via YouTube.

Snowden recorded a four-minute message, in which he warned of the dangers of “overclassification”.

He said the term described governments’ use of state secrecy privileges “to withhold information from the public that’s not related to national security”, adding it had become a “serious problem”.

This is like a reckless driver suddenly being considered NTSB top-level expert on car crashes after wiping out a farmer’s market with a semi.

Yeah the analogy broke down, but do you get my point?


From Cruel Wife.


This, I post to be cruel, just like when I posted that pic of Helen Thomas years ago.

President Clinton!


Oogh. I am such a bastard.

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