Friday, January 03, 2014

Samurai Night Fever

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Where does the GOP get these guys??

A sample of the fucking nut-jobs that the GOP have in their "stables". To whit:

Wisconsin (of course) GOP state Senator Glenn Grothman, Fights for 7-Day Work Week (HuffPost)
"Right now in Wisconsin, you're not supposed to work seven days in a row, which is a little ridiculous because all sorts of people want to work seven days a week," he told The Huffington Post in an interview. 

Maine GOP'er: Domestic Violence Conviction Shows Integrity (TPM)
A conservative candidate running against Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Republican primary argued that his decision to fight his domestic violence conviction in court showed his integrity.

I could, and should run this item every day because these idiots are popping up everywhere. 

Snow photos 1-3-2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Ben Cohen

That Ben Cohen is such a doll. Not only a great guy for being such an outstanding advocate for LGBTQ rights, but... well, do I really have to say it??

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Enjoy the view... Libraries

The Peabody Library in Baltimore
Biblioteca Marciana, Venice
Library at Wiblingen Abbey in Germany
The Library at Altenberg Abbey in Westphalia
The Malatestiana Library in Emilia-Romagna
The Library at Admont Abbey in Austria

Happy New Year from Frenchy's House Party!

Same-sex marriage ceremony to be held on Rose Parade float

I cannot wait to see this! From the LA Times:

The happy couple
Danny Leclair snapped a photo of two toy grooms holding hands. He then sent the photo via email to his longtime partner, Aubrey Loots, with a question:"Do you want to get married on a Rose Parade float?"

Loots agreed, and on New Year’s Day the Los Angeles couple will become real-life wedding cake toppers when they say “I do” on a cake-shaped float in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s float, “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California’s Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Well, the bigots and Christianist haters are in high dudgeon over this calling for boycotts of viewing the parade, with comments like this gem:
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, quickly joined the conversation, issuing a statement saying children watching Wednesday's parade "will be exposed to the spectacle of men 'marrying' men with the attendant public hugging and kissing."
Oh, how icky for Brian. I am very pleased the Tournament of Roses folks are not putting up with this bigoted shit. And for those that think the ceremony is just wrong, I say "Go fuck yourself!".

UPDATE**  And here's the happy couple atop the floral Wedding cake. Congratulations you guys!

Note: No one's doing those polka-dot cakes anymore honey... Try to keep up

Baubles, cont.

What you are about to see is billed as "The most expensive necklace in the world". It is the astonishing 637-carat L'Incomparable created by Mouawad Joaillier. It features a 403-carat yellow internally flawless diamond. It can be yours for the ridiculously low price of only $55 million (US). Régalez vos yeux!

It's an amazing piece of jewelry design.
It will probably be bought by someone far too old to do it justice.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette

Costumes executed by Adrian
This production was the last project of legendary producer Irving Thalberg, who was Norma Shearer's husband. He died during the production of this movie.

End of the year photo dump

Have fun!

The age-old problem of what to wear.

And yet we won anyway! Not that there's anything wrong with him...

However, there is something quite wrong with him. A lace parasol with formal wear?

Pizza Hut sure does like Moms!

Can someone explain this to me?

Nothing says classy like a naked, pregnant, tattooed, bleach-tipped, earring-wearing, subtle ass-grab in front of a mystical matte-painting, through a soft focus lens.


Uh, Miss? You dropped something...

This guy has some serious issues.

Air bags inflated!

Your Vulcan plakk tow panties are showing Doll. And.. I never saw anyone on the Enterprise wearing a waste basket on their head.

Forgot our lithium this morning did we?

Wi-Fi bandito

Close out the old year with a Disco Marathon!

I've got the headphones on and a lot of "end of the year" cleaning and organizing, and nothing say motivation like classic Disco music. So here goes. The playlist:

Disco Classics from Frenchys_House_Party on 8tracks Radio.

Afternoon Tea

The best afternoon tea in NYC is at The Pierre. Settle in after an afternoon at The Metropolitan Museum or shopping at Fred and have yourself a nice "cuppa". To whit:

A comfy seat, some Fortnum and Mason...
A lovely assortment of sandwiches, don't you think?
Scones, biscuits, jam, lemon curd and clotted cream for our next course...
And a few sweets, just in case.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Glenn Close as Norma Desmond

Baubles, cont.

This is the Dresden Diamond, the largest green diamond in the world (41 carats). In 1768, the diamond was incorporated into an extremely valuable hat ornament, surrounded by two large and 411 medium-sized and small diamonds. Today, the diamond is shown in the "New Green Vault" at Dresden Castle.

Right-Wing biblical illiterates would be shocked by Jesus' teachings

From (my highlights):

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly defended the Republican Party’s spending cuts for SNAP by effectively declaring Jesus would not support food stamps for the poor because most them are drug addicts. If his insensitive remark is inconsistent with Scripture, which it is, then the question becomes why do talking heads on the right get away with proclaiming what Jesus would or wouldn’t support?

The answer is simple: Conservatives have not read the Bible.

The Right has successfully rebranded the brown-skinned liberal Jew, who gave away free healthcare and was pro-redistributing wealth, into a white-skinned, trickledown, union-busting conservative, for the very fact that an overwhelming number of Americans are astonishingly illiterate when it comes to understanding the Bible. On hot-button social issues, from same-sex marriage to abortion, biblical passages are invoked without any real understanding of the context or true meaning. It’s surprising how little Christians know of what is still the most popular book to ever grace the American continent.

More than 95 percent of U.S. households own at least one copy of the Bible. So how much do Americans know of the book that one-third of the country believes to be literally true? Apparently, very little, according to data from the Barna Research group. Surveys show that 60 percent can’t name more than five of the Ten Commandments; 12 percent of adults think Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife; and nearly 50 percent of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple. A Gallup poll shows 50 percent of Americans can’t name the first book of the Bible, while roughly 82 percent believe “God helps those who help themselves” is a biblical verse.

So, if Americans get an F in the basic fundamentals of the Bible, what hope do they have in knowing what Jesus would say about labor unions, taxes on the rich, universal healthcare, and food stamps? It becomes easy to spread a lie when no one knows what the truth is.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Today's Baking Project

Nothing says "Go Pats" like a nice Strawberry Pie. 

Enjoy the view... Drawing Rooms

The Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle

Drawing Room of Baron Steiglitz's, Premazzi Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

Another Drawing Room in The Baron's palace
The Blue Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace

The White Drawing Room, Buckingham Palace

Drawing Room, Catherine Palace, St Petersburg

Another Drawing Room at The Catherine Palace

Drawing Room at The Winter Palace, St Ptersburg
The Crimson Drawing Room, Windsor Castle

Drawing Room, Goodwood House, Chichester

The White Drawing Room, The Winter Palace, St Petersburg

Contemporary Drawing Room at Syon House, Middlesex

Drawing Room, Mayblum Palace of the Counts Stroganov, St Petersburg

Blue Drawing Room, Mariinsky Palace, St Petersburg