Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Here's a rousing speech by the "President" (Bill Pullman in Independence Day) that should get those parties fired up!

Redneck 4th of July

Hassie Hogg of Lick Skillet, TN reminds us what the 4th of July is for.

Uh-Oh... Here it comes!


Raw Story is reporting that a scandal is brewing involving Gov. Sarah Palin, "Die Hexe von Wasilla", and the building of her house while she was mayor of Wasilla. Apparently there was a sports complex built at the same time that her house was being built. Both were being built by the same company and both had the 'same windows, same wood, same products'.

From RawStory.com:

Update: BradBlog is now reporting additional information received from Alaskans who follow Palin: “I’ve now been able to get independent information from multiple sources that all of this precedes what are said to be possible federal indictments against Palin, concerning an embezzlement scandal related to the building of Palin’s house and the Wasilla Sports Complex built during her tenure as Mayor. Both structures, it is said, feature the ’same windows, same wood, same products.’ Federal investigators have been looking into this for some time, and indictments could be imminent, according to the Alaska sources.”

Max Blumenthal at The Daily Beast offers additional details:

One logical place to start looking is the affair that has Alaska political circles buzzing: an alleged scandal centered around a building contractor, Spenard Building Supplies, with close ties to Palin and her husband, Todd.

Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002. The home was built just two months before Palin began campaigning for governor, a job which would have provided her enhanced power to grant building contracts in the wide-open state. …

Though Todd Palin told Fox News he built his Lake Lucille home with the help of a few “buddies,” according to Barrett’s report, public records revealed that SBS supplied the materials for the house. While serving as mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin blocked an initiative that would have required the public filing of building permits—thus momentarily preventing the revelation of such suspicious information.

Just months before Palin left city hall to campaign for governor, she awarded a contract to SBS to help build the $13 million Wasilla Sports Complex. The most expensive building project in Wasilla history, the complex cost the city an additional $1.3 million in legal fees and threw it into severe long-term debt. For SBS, however, the bloated and bungled project was a cash cow.

Oh boy... there's nothing like the smell of fresh scandal. Let's hope that this will 'stick a fork' in the Witch from Wasilla and she'll be done for good.

One more thing. I just wanted to say that the reason I dislike SP so much is not that she is just a Conservative Bible-thumping bigot and hypocrite, but that she revels in her own ignorance and sense of entitlement. She is Anita Bryant, Phyllis Schlafly, and Ma Barker all rolled up into one. And this woman is whom the GOP wanted 'a heartbeat away from the Presidency'. Gott helfen uns allen!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Sarah Palin Resigns From Office!!


Sarah Palin, Conservative Governor of Alaska and former GOP Vice-Presidential candidate is stepping down from her office as soon as a month from now. No reasons were given and by way of an explanation there were references to her baby son Trig and some weird references to the founding of Alaska. The (even better) news is that this will finally put a nail into her coffin as a national political figure. Why?

  1. Lost a national election
  2. Served in current capacity less that 3 years
  3. No brains
  4. A family that would be laughed off of Hee-Haw
  5. Lots of ethics investigations currently under way in Alaska

If you want my opinion (and even if you don't) I smell a scandal brewing. A BIG one. Let's hope this is the end of that madcap, bible-thumping bitch. That would be lovely.


Friday Photo Dump

Here are a few of the images I found this week on the Internets. Enjoy!


This is an actual statue of an Egyptian princess. It looks terrifyingly like the late MJ Jackson, n'est ce pas?



Posting a photo of yourself and your boyfriend may work better with a little cropping of the photo. Like you may want to crop out the big old tub of butt lube. Just a suggestion.



Another amateur photographer makes the old "watch out for mirrors" mistake.




This couple, Mabel Sirrup and Wilma Krakurt, applied for and were turned down for the first same-sex marriage license in Arkansas.



Everyone is so totally into this day, no?



For candy that is hard to swallow



Envy



Dogs "bomb" so many photos



Schadenfreude

This is a photo of Ruth Madoff on the subway in NYC just after Federal marshals delivered eviction notices to her (now former) $7-million duplex penthouse. While gathering a few things Ms. Madoff asked the marshals if she could take her favorite fur coat and they told her no.

No I can't help but think that this woman was well aware of what her a$$h@le husband was up to in screwing all of those investors as she did have some sort of job at Bernie's office. If she did she should be in jail along with her husband.

However, if she didn't know anything or was just too stupid to notice anything going on I could feel very bad for this woman. She's reduced from a high-spending lifestyle where money, cars, homes, boats and jets were de rigueur to living the rest of her life with only (I wish I had that much) $2.5-million. She cannot show her face anywhere in NYC without the "paps" snapping her photo. She has no friends that her husband hasn't screwed and she is an outcast. A pariah.

If I were she I would take that $2.5M, change my name and find a little spot in Idaho where she can live out the rest of her life in obscurity. At any rate this photo of her in the subway pleads for the caption "See how the mighty have fallen". Plus that poster above her reads "99 cents does more".

Oh Snap!

An Unintentionally Funny Batman Comic

Completely juvenile. Don't blame me. From redshirt.co.uk:

The year is 1951. And in Batman issue 66, the reader is given the special treat of… “Batman’s Greatest Boner”!

The Joker, clown-prince of crime, plans a dastardly ironic robbery. He robs the electrical centre by turning off all the power and stealing the lightbulbs! The cad! However he didn’t realise that Batman and Robin were about, and the maniac was foiled again

Gotham news soon report on this, and the Joker’s boner of the year, newsworthy enough for front page news. However, the dastardly fiend is not amused…

And of course, how dare Gotham laugh at the Joker’s boner. The Joker then decides to commit boner-related crimes and make lots of boners all over Gotham City. Can Batman possibly stop him?

Yes! Batman and Robin manage to foil the Jokers initial attempts at creating a boner and so the Joker makes a sinister threat!

Commissioner Gordon is worried about the Joker’s threat, but Batman is on the case!

Batman and Robin investigate the greatest boners of all time in their secret hideaway in order to foil the fiendish fiend

Unfortunately the Joker succeeds and tricks Batman into a boner. The press have a field day!

In the end though, of course, justice prevails. The Jokers attempts at concealment fail, as Batman reveals that the Joker committed the biggest boner of them all!


Thursday, July 02, 2009

Just wondering


While going through my blog's "stats" I noticed something a little odd. Why would the US Airforce's 754th Electronic Systems Group be going through my website? The only secrets I have are how to get tattle-tale stains out of white polyester and my Mammaw's fried chicken recipe.

Just wondering

Pill-Popping Douche Bag Rush Limbaugh Blames the Gays and Senator Kennedy for Gov. Sanford's Affair

File this under "Completely Bat-shit Crazy"

“It’s finally happened. America, I’ve been warning you for years that gay marriage would destroy the American family and look … there they are, a husband, wife, and four children -- destroyed. When is this going to stop, America? When will the liberals be satisfied? When all the marriages break up? This wasn’t Mark Sanford’s fault, this was Ted Kennedy’s fault. Sanford didn’t cheapen the value of marriage, he was victimized by the cheapening of marriage.” -- Rush Limbaugh

Uh, and how many times have you been married and divorced fat boy? Three? I suppose that was Teddy and the Gays' fault as well. Or maybe it was because you are such a douche bag that no one can live with you. Just wondering here...

Pick up day at the organic farm

Today is Thursday and that means pick up day at the organic farm. Now some of you know that I have been going to the farm for 3 weeks now and have noticed that the boxes supposedly containing veggies for a family of four have been "light" to say the least. The weather has been uncooperative and so the crops have been light as well, but this week is a little ridiculous.

From the photo below you can see that while I have mixed salad greens "a plenty" the rest of the box is seriously lacking. How I am supposed to feed a "family of four" (according to the CSA literature) with 1 small piece of romanesco, 1 dozen pea pods and 10 stalks of asparagus is beyond me.

I hope that this is, indeed, due to the weather and that sometime soon we will be getting more than advertised to make up for the last three weeks. Check back next week for an update.


This week: Mixed salad greens, a small bunch of swiss chard, 1 very small stalk of romanesco, a few asparagus spears, 1 dozen pea pods, a small pint of strawberries and a bunch of cut flowers.

RIP Mollie Sugden

That wonderful British actress, Mollie Sugden, best known in the US as Mrs. Slocombe, has passed away at the age of 86.

Sugden found early TV success with comedy series Hugh and I in 1962 and in Coronation Street as the gossiping Nellie Harvey. But it was The Liver Birds in the late 1960s and early 1970s that enabled her to make her first real impact, as Nerys Hughes' snobbish mother Mrs Hutchinson. And then in 1972 came Are You Being Served? and the role she became best known for - the blue-rinsed Betty Slocombe, with her affectation of middle-class gentility and her outrageous use of the double-entendre. Sugden went on to have her own slot on consumer programme That's Life and even found new fame in the US where re-runs of Are You Being Served? transformed both Sugden and co-star John Inman into cult figures in the early 1990s.

I remember seeing Mollie recently in the old BBC/PBS series "The Six Wives of Henry the Eighth". She played the "Kindermädchen" (nanny/governess) of Henry's 4th wife, Anna von Cleve. I didn't spot her at first but that voice... even with a German accent was unmistakable. And who can forget all of the doubles entendres Mrs. Slocombe dropped in reference to her pussy? I know she will be remembered for a long time to come.


Dinner Plans

An invitation was proffered to me from the chatelaine of Castello Pomodori to join the Contessa for "pranzo per quattro" at the Castello, with Bob, Tobin and Herself. The Contessa prepared the food herself and made a delicious insalata of pickled beets, pears, endive, walnuts and Stilton on arugula. This was followed by Pappardelle alla Bolognese in which even the pappardelle was homemade and was buonissimo.



Never turn down an invitation to the Castello when Contessa Sally is in the kitchen.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Movie Viewing

I watched a little "indie" movie last night called "No One Sleeps". It is the story of a doctoral candidate from the former East Germany who goes to San Francisco (in the 80's) to investigate the possibility that HIV/AIDS was created in a lab that was searching for biological weapons. He also ends up investigating the murders of HIV/AIDS infected men who are being targeted by a serial killer. Along the way he meets the (typical) hard-boiled detective inspector, the down on his luck hustler, and the breathless "three snaps up" girl at the local office of ActOut. We are also "treated" to the usual scenes from back rooms, bath houses, and sex clubs.

It was obviously low budget and the acting was a little rough, especially the woman that played the detective inspector. There were also problems with dull dialogue, continuity and a really poor script. The name of the film is an especially poor choice as this is such a snoozer that everyone sleeps during this film.

The movie's name is from the opera "Turandot" which features prominently in the film. We keep hearing "Nessun Dorma" (no one sleeps) throughout the film which made me think of this clip that follows. It is Aretha Franklin substituting for Luciano Pavarotti at a Grammy Awards show when Il Maestro fell ill and was unable to attend.

Save your money and watch this clip and not this movie.

Et maintenant, lumières, musique!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A little latin music interlude

First a little rumba to get things going. Servando y Florentino sing "Rumba en mi corazon"







And now, Alejandro Frenandez singing "Me Estoy Enamorando"







I hope you enjoyed this segment of our show....

Monday, June 29, 2009

GOP's "Sanctity of Marriage"

The International Aisle at the grocery store

Some of the more esoteric items to be found in the canned foods section of your local market...

Thai Green Curry with Crocodile: Not too crazy about curry here


Haggis: Traditional Scottish dish. There are many recipes, most of which have in common the following ingredients: sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours. (Thanks Wikipedia)


Bird's Nest Drink: Minus the bird poop I hope


Whole Chicken in a can: Imagine the sound that makes when the chicken slides out of the can... verrrrry appetizing!


Roasted Crickets with Eggs: Is that with cricket eggs or chicken eggs?


Fish Heads: Not so sure I'd want my food to be able to bite back...


Cheeseburger in a can: How do they keep the lettuce and tomato fresh?


Silkworm Pupae: makes a festive hors d'oeuvre


Duck Fat: I don't think I could use a whole can of this stuff unless I was making a confit, so I guess this is not so impractical.


Pork Brains: A little high in cholesterol


Rattlesnake: Auntie Mame uses this in her pickled rattlesnake canapes. Ask Gloria Upson.



Aw, Mom!! Not roasted scorpions again...


Lamb Tongues: Apparently a gourmet treat on New Zealand

Ugh...

As it has for most of this month it is raining AGAIN! The dehumidifier in my house is working overtime to keep up with the moisture. The only positive thing is that the temperatures have not gone above the upper 70's.

Could we have just a little sunshine, please?