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About all I watched of the Olympics was Curling (men’s and women’s).  My daughter and I sat there all through the women’s with Sweden and Canada.  Men’s with Norway and Canada.

Laconic Pup (co-worker) sent this to me and Black Lab on Crank added his observation “You’ll notice they don’t bother to list Venus.”

Proving that the Olympics are really for men, because Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus (or even further away, like another galaxy).

(just trolling for outraged female comments – if I truly believed that statement Cruel Wife would kill me in my sleep)

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Chile’s earthquake shifted the earth’s axis and shortened our day by 1.26 microseconds.  Great.  Can we sue Chile for lost time?

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Go see SteamedGlass’ work!  Nice work, dude!  Steampunk terrariums… awesome.

Sorry… botanical vasculum.

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Be careful… you could poke an eye out with that flashlight.

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Neckdate:  I saw the pain doc again today.  There’s been (very good) improvement in my range of motion but I’ve got pain still.  I pointed out to them where it is hurting and they said “Oh, that is down low (C5-7) – we did not get that yet.  So… it means two more diagnostic procedures and then another RF procedure.   Damn.  If, after all that, and I still have pain, then they are completely willing to try a non-narcotic treatment of pain.  Damn.  So I have to wait a while longer to get my clarity of mind back.  Damn.

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George Will did a nice commentary on the Obamas and their performance for the Olympic farce vote.  Very nice observations, and he didn’t have to reach far to make a compelling statement.

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences was sufficient to convey the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.

<snip> Surely [Silicon] Valley could continue its service to him by designing software for his speechwriters’ computers that would delete those personal pronouns, replacing them with the word “sauerkraut” to underscore the antic nature of their excessive appearances.

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… we pass from the merely silly to the ominous — suppose the president was being not gallant but sincere.  Perhaps the premise of the otherwise inexplicable trip to Denmark was that there is no difficulty, foreign or domestic, that cannot be melted by the sunshine of the Obama persona.

Bingo.

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You and I… we all need a break from seriousness.

Try this.

mapping

mapping with XKCD

Just think if someone really did know everywhere you went.  Which leads us into the main topic, which is surveillance…

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Bloomberg is busy justifying surveillance nets now.

A network of private and public surveillance cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors already established in Lower Manhattan as an electronic bulwark against terrorist attacks will soon expand to a large patch of Midtown Manhattan…

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Behind the mayor, a 40-foot video wall displayed maps, incoming data from a police precinct and more than a dozen video streams, many of them showing tourists taking photographs on a sunny day.

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We can’t just say everybody can go everyplace and do anything they want.

He speaks of balance right after the last sentence there.

Problem with stuff like this is really easy to justify it but hellishly difficult to remove it once in place.  How many taxes have you seen go away recently?  How many government programs have been eliminated recently?  Diddly + jack + squat, that’s how many.

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The United Steaks of America.  Yes.  Really.

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Tsunamis are deadly but cool.

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Obama tried his best, Michelle sacrificed her heart out, and Oprah didn’t support the candidate of her choice like she hasn’t from day one as he ran for election.  She was just there, pulling for the children, just like Michelle.

But… but… but… The One can’t fail.   Or can he?

Yes.  Yes he can.

So, the US  – more specifically ChicagoLand – will not rake in the huge bucks to slake the thirst of the pigs at the trough.  Kickbacks and bribes will go without completion.  Dogs and cats will live together.  It will be anarchy.  The children will weep themselves to sleep, silently.

It’s all about racism, you see.

Surely there is no argument in the world that could possibly be strong enough to defeat the designs of The One, so ergo, it must be racism.  He said that the US was ready and eager to assume the sacred trust.   Oh gag me.

Carter will back me up on this one.  I know it.

UPDATE to the poorly done image below… is right below that.

klanolympiad

Poorly done graphic, isn't it? Well, it's still satire.

Racistlympics-Rio

Let’s get one thing straight.  I hate the KlanI think they are diseased vermin.  I hate the thoughts and ideology that they spew.

I also hate this ongoing issue where anything bad happens to a member of a minority, any disagreement, any letdown, anything that doesn’t go their way, that some bright spark stands up and chirps “It’s racism!”   Like Carter.

Now, go look at the UK tabloid’s (online) coverage.

The U.S. president was embarrassed on the world stage after the IOC rejected his very personal bid for the 2016 Olympic Games to be hosted in his home town of Chicago.

Makes you embarrassed – women weeping in Chicago.  And the caption?

America stunned: Two women comfort each other at a gathering in downtown Chicago this afternoon after the city’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics was rejected.

Now, ladies, seriously… there are people being raped, murdered, starved, drowned all over the world – dying in bad ways – and you want to cry because the Olympics didn’t happen in Chicago?  When put in context, you pathetic creatures look even worse, which I thought would be hard to do.  Guess not.  Ladies, you rose to the occasion just by being you.

Supporters gathered in Chicago were equally shocked. Many left the rally in Daley Plaza tears.  – CBS-Chicago

That’s what we need to be remembered for… weeping because we didn’t get to have the party at our place.  What a bunch of children.

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Global Warming predicted this.  I’m sure of it.

It was colder this morning in Port Huron than it has been in more than seven decades.

The Port Huron waste water treatment plant recorded a temperature of 32 degrees at 8 a.m., one degree colder than the record low set Oct. 1, 1935… <snip>

Today’s temperature is expected to reach 59 degrees. The average high for Oct. 1 is 67 degrees in Port Huron.

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