Archive for November, 2011

Ghost People of Google Maps

November 30, 2011

Barry Island


Saint Jean Cap Ferrat






Ach! Missed one.

November 30, 2011

Yesterday was Joel Coen’s birthday.  So here’s one in honor of him…

And here’s one today for Shirley Chisholm.

Herman Cain Will Call it Quits in 5, 4, 3…

November 29, 2011

I’m calling it. It’s over for Herman. Yesterday he said he’d continue on in the race if it was okay with his wife. That’ll take the blame off him. He can apologize to his supporters that he has to drop out, because of his wife, and at the same time put in a brave word for the importance of family as well. He also won’t pick up on the irony of his statements either. He never does. One of his greatest totally non-self-aware hits was when he said, “But I also know that we must be careful of extremists and we must be careful of the tendency by some groups in this country to infuse their beliefs into our laws and our culture.” That’s right. The man who wants to criminalize abortion with jail time for the women who get them is worried about infusing beliefs into law. “I believe homosexuality is a sin because I’m a Bible-believing Christian, I believe it’s a sin,” he said. I think that amalgamated Iron Age book of prescientific nonsense he has so much faith in also has a few things to say about adultery. It also has some things to say about helping the poor, and according to Cain, his adulteress accuser was, “out of work and destitute, desperate,” and that’s why he had to help her, but, of course, we wouldn’t want to do anything radical like infusing the belief that we should help the “out of work and destitute” into law. That’d be nuts!
Because poverty really is more about perception than reality. I see feel good new age quotes expressing that sentiment pop up in people’s status lines on Facebook all the time: “A person’s own happiness is not derived from the situation they’re in; but from the attitude they have.” And then there’s this one from the first First Lady, Martha Washington, “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” These quotes are lies. Hunger is not an attitude. Thirst isn’t a disposition. Watching your children’s health fail, their teeth rot, their feet bleed in worn down shoes… with the right attitude you should be able to enjoy their misery. These may be happy lines for new age swindlers to sell their marks, but in reality, it’s the kind of message that plugs directly into the heartlessness of the right wing’s austerity movement. It might be the only smart thing Herman Cain ever said when he condemned people who “are heavily influenced by perception more so than reality.” It’s just too bad Herman wasn’t talking about himself. Sorry, Mr. Cain, but your lies were repeated plenty, but in the end, they weren’t as big or simple as they needed to be. When you need people to believe the lie, it has to appeal directly to them while simultaneously putting down others who are unlike them. You were doing it right with the homophobia, Islamophobia and schtick about Planned Parenthood wanting to kill black babies, but when you tell us you’re not a serial sexual harasser and that you haven’t been cheating on your wife with an impoverished bit of crumpet on the side, it gives us no red meat. There’s nobody to hate, and there’s really nothing for us to feel good about, except, of course, that soon we may never have to hear any of your inanities ever again.

Hart Knocks

November 28, 2011

It’s Gary Hart’s birthday. He of Donna Rice and the Monkey Business fame. The man who condemned the media for how they handled the story. Boy, if he could see us now (well, he can since he’s very much alive) and how those tactics are used every day by the Republicans who have turned it into one of their irrefutable truths: the media has a liberal bias and is out to destroy the Republican Party. The media’s always blowing stories up all out of proportion. Sexual harassment? Why is that news? I think the people want to focus on the issues… issues like 9-9-9 and, um, pizza toppings. And why is it news every time a homophobic bigot is found soliciting gay sex in a public restroom? Why, you media! Oh well, when hypocrisy is outlawed only outlaws will be hypocrites… so happy birthday Mr. Hart.

And here’s a totally unrelated video because I simply don’t have it in me today to care that much.

Worst album cover of all time? I know there’s lots of tough competition out there, but damn that hideous looking thing has to come close.

That’s Mighty Bigelow

November 27, 2011

Hits and misses, but the hits really hit.

Birthdays Galore

November 26, 2011

Birthdays, birthdays… I’ve got to keep doing the daily birthday. But whose today? I do like Charles Schultz, especially the early Peanuts, but he gets an awful lot of attention. I could go with Tina Turner, but I think I’ll go with Jean Terrel for today. I probably prefer Tina to the Supremes, but the love train wants us all aboard.

Eastward to Eastman

November 25, 2011

It’s the birth date of P.D. Eastman, and this is pretty much the first book I remember reading outside of Yertle the Turtle, which is ultimately the book that turned me into the socialist bastard I am today.

Thanksgiving is for Cheaters

November 24, 2011

Legend has it a guy bearing the surname of Ellis, one William Webb Ellis, invented Rugby in the mid to early 19th century. Invented is a rather big word for a story that has him disregarding the basic rules of soccer and rushing forward holding the ball in his arms like a dickhead, but there you go anyway… an Ellis in legend. Just one of many domesticated turkeys who happened to have been born (or hatched, I suppose) on this day.

Much Hullabaloo About Harpo

November 23, 2011

Back in 1888, the birth of one of the greats…


November 23, 2011

The preparations are underway.  I have two Thanksgivings to attend, and for the one hosted by a fellow Wisconsinite I have fixed up a pile of lefse.  I think it appears to be my second successful attempt at it.  My first time went rather awry until I discovered that there have been great numbers of Norwegian fuck-ups when it comes to lefse, so many so they even have a name for the culinary cock-up: tykke lefse or thick lefse… Who’s to say the origins of this fat flat bread (you see how that’s problematic?) originated in a particular lack of skills, but it’s what I concocted the first time I tried with the stuff.  Anyway, this looks more right…

Mission Accomplished