Saw this on Drudge just a few minutes ago. So bleedingly fresh it glistened. Of course Drudge treated the Edwards Infidelity Files as if that were bleeding edge news as well, and it was weeks old.
FLASH: RASMUSSEN Poll release at Noon Eastern:
47% Favor Fairness Doctrine for Radio, TV...
31% Want Government Requirement for Bloggers to Abide by Guidelines...
So if those 31% folks had their way, the government would get to tell me what I write, how I write it, and who I allow to have access to it. I might as ****ing well move to China. M. Malkin posted on this a long time back (media Fairness Doctrine).
I am an unabashed meat eater, doe-eyed deah included, so this graphic sent to me by a friend doesn’t horrify me, it makes me hungry. Source unknown, sorry.
Now on to our regularly scheduled dose of drivel.
Well, I knew I needed to get those maps out flat again after shipping them via tube so I did it tonight and snapped some pics. Even at high res (3200×2400) the detail is just too fine to capture (the maps are that awesome). I shrunk them down, which is why you’re getting 1024×768 or 1600×1200 and these images don’t do them justice but it gives you an idea of what kind of talent it takes to do something like these. This was pre-computer era stuff. Back when things were not quite so rushed, and artisan-level work was more accepted. I do think the pendulum is starting to swing the other way, however… more quality that lasts and a higher price is acceptable.
I can share jpgs of the maps anyway. The first one is decidedly un-PC by today’s standards (and I hope the term “PC” dies a horrible death soon – so much so that I won’t use it any more. So there.) But you have to remember the context of when this map was made – we were AT WAR with Japan, the country that sucker-punched us at Pearl Harbor. Not much love for Japan then, which is why it is so amazing that they are now some of our strongest allies.
Based on it’s note of returning some land to China “after Victory” I’m going to assume that it is pre-1945. If someone knows the actual date of this, let me know. It is one of my favorites because of the vibrant colors.
This next one is The British Isles. Got a teensy weensy bit of English in me, and I thought the map was just plain cool. You’ll hear me say that a lot about these maps, sorry. Weasel’s Uncle Badger fella over in the UK would probably appreciate this one. As with quite a few of these, I cannot find a published date on them. They are indeed old, however. Yellowed and stiff as old books and papers are known to be. By the way, now might be the time to take a quick side-trip to her site and check out her furry little critters. They are saccharin-cute.
Note: Yes, the books holding the maps down are “Snuggle Puppy” and “Thomas the Tank Engine”.
Next is a map of Boston. Why Boston? Because I love Boston. I’ve only been a few times but I am totally fantastically enamored of the town. Why? All of it. Except for the driving, perhaps. That’s why you use public transport.
Lastly, Germany. Why Germany? Because I’m pretty much half german and my surname pretty much demands that I possess this map.
Wow. I have been selected for a singular honor…
Luckily, I can count on you, Constant Reader to keep this secret hush-hush. I was contacted today to help a gentleman in need. Here, I’ll let you read it for yourself…
Subject: FROM JOHN PURSEL; REPLY URGENTLY.
From: “JOHN PURSEL”<j.pursel55 @geemail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:03:05 +0200
I am John Pursel, an American Army Contractor working with the United States Uniformed Services in Iraq.
As you may know everyday there are several cases of insurgent attacks and suicide bombings going on here.Some money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam Hussein’s old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation.
Please check: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm
We were able to hide some of the money totalling US$35 Million dollars. This might appear as an illegal thing to do but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hell hole. The above figure was given to me to secure it on behalf of everyone and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a German contact working with the UN here (his office enjoys some immunity) I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American who died in an air raid, and before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close relative.
I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Iraq for you to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here as I have been lucky to have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine intervention. This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach out for help. If it might be of interest to you then endeavour to contact me and we would work out the necessary formalities but i pray that you are discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship.
Once l receive a positive response from your side, I will send you the full details of how and where we plan to move the money.These arrangements are risk free.
lf you are sure you can work with us, kindly send me an e-mail through: email@example.com signifying your interest. l will also give you more details about my person and how we can achieve our goal.
Is that not the most sacred level of trust or what? It must be legit, because it has a news link in it.
Do you personally know of anyone gullible enough to fall for this crap? Are YOU gullible enough to fall for this crap? Are you a recovering gulliholic?
I answer “No”, “Hell no”, and “Get out of my face” to those questions.
Olympics Update: China swears that she is 16, so she must be. I mean, come on, it’s China. Would they lie?
Bzzzzt! No, silly, she just graduated from third grade last week. Granted, educationally this is equivalent to a freshman skill level in the US, but she ain’t no 16 years old.
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