Friday, December 14, 2007

Baby and Bush, Bush Baby

I found these on the internet, and they had no credits at all. The second image is just a little miracle. isn't it?

Glow In The Dark Cats- CNN


Spitting in the face of God has never been so adorable!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I Must Fit Somebody's Profile

Funny Money- taken from

Last night, after attending our local meeting of illustrators, cartoonists and artists, I stopped by the Safeway to pick up some needful things before settling in for my nightly headache. I bought milk, cereal and a flavorless sandwich of some kind, and when I forked over my money at the checkout, the reanimated corpse of Howdy Doody took an embarrassingly long time looking the bill over, checking for its authenticity. It was a well-circulated twenty- I'm sure not that uncommon a bill for someone to spend at a grocery store, but even so he held it up to the light, snapped it in his fingers, rolled it (like Joe Friday once did to try to rub fresh ink onto his fingers) and crumpled it to hear the paper rustle. He reminded me of the "hanging chad" guy years ago in Florida, squinting at the unsquintable. He looked at the bill, looked at me, looked at the bill again, looked at me again- on and on until he slowly lowered the money into the cash drawer and grudgingly made change for me. It made me feel a little self conscious, then angry. I resolved to make a fresh batch of twenties as soon as I get back to my secret enclave, just to show his ass how it's done!

He eventually resigned himself to the fact that I was probably going to get away with it this time, and I'm sure he choked back righteous tears and shook his tiny, freckled fist at my back as I boldly walked off with my groceries.

Last time I was in that Safeway another cashier wouldn't honor a store special for me, since it wasn't logged into the register system. She didn't say this to me, she just stood there staring at me until I asked her why she wasn't doing anything. She, too, looked at me like I was handcuffed to a cop car. You could actually see the sale sign from her register, but really, anyone could have come into the store and put up all of those displays. I guess she was right to be so very cautious. Sigh.

Hanging chad guy- lest we forget.

Stop! Enough With The Remakes Already!

A shot of Spike Jonze' Wild Things. This is ridiculous! The original's only ten years old!!

Picture Links

I've added a picture links section down there on the right. There are occasional lapses in taste and some slightly NSFW images that crop up on any site, but those ones are pretty good about keeping that stuff to a minimum. I'll be adding more as I remember them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It's Not Good To Want Things, But I Do.

Charlie and Lola giggling and talking dolls. These will eventually crowd my Little Lulu collection for elbow room on my center staring shelf.

What's that? You say you don''t know Charlie and you've never heard of Lola?

"Only One Sun"- a bit of an episode of the Charlie and Lola program, seen in the States on the Disney Channel.


Home Page.

A special imaginary hello to Miss Soren Lorensen!

Swedish Gameshow Hostess Throws Up On Live TV

...and she barely misses a beat. I know this has been all over the place, but in case you haven't seen it, well, here it is.

Fantasy Food vs Fast Food

This site features side by side comparisons of the "beauty shots" that fast food chains plaster all over their walls, windows, ads, websites and menus, and shots of the rather depressing real life items you get for your pennies. I can never look an Arby's Beef 'n' Cheddar in the eye again.

Behold the mighty Big Mac and his portrait hidden in the attic:

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Christmas Song, sung by Mel Torme and Judy Garland.

Thank Santa for YouTube this year, if you see him around. Check the bus station; he's probably sleeping there.

This clip is from one of Judy Garland's television shows in 1963. From the YouTube post: Mel Torme co-wrote this song with Bob Wells in 1944 - when Mel was nineteen years old. When I was nineteen I still had three years of high school ahead of me. Damn!

Anyway, this is my number one favorite Christmas song, and this abbreviated version of it still manages to sound both sincere and beautiful. If Mel wasn't already a legend, his role in the creation of this song would have made him one.

Here's another version of Mel performing this (ahem) chestnut solo, at a charity benefit concert in 1989. Mel Torme wikiness.

To Get You Even More In The Mood- "Frosty the Snowman"

Not the rather cruddy Rankin Bass version (although I have much love for Paul Coker's designs). This was apparently done by UPA back in the fifties, and it's beautiful. This is my favorite version of the song, too.

I don't know if they'll be completely accurate to this version of the song, but here are the lyrics. You should be singing this to yourself already anyway.

Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
and two eyes made out of coal
Frosty the snowman is a fairy tale they say
He was made of snow but the children
know how he came to life one day

There must have been some magic in that
old silk hat they found
For when they placed it on his head
he began to dance around

O Frosty the snowman
was alive as he could be
And the children say he could laugh
and play just the same as you and me

Thumpetty thump thump
thumpety thump thump
Look at Frosty go
Thumpetty thump thump
thumpety thump thump
Over the hills of snow

Frosty the snowman knew
the sun was hot that day
So he said
"Let's run and
we'll have some fun
now before I melt away

" Down to the village
with a broomstick in his hand
Running here and there all
around the square saying
Catch me if you can

He led them down the streets of town
right to the traffic cop
And he only paused a moment when
he heard him holler "Stop!"

For Frosty the snow man
had to hurry on his way
But he waved goodbye saying
"Don't you cry
I'll be back again some day"

Thumpetty thump thump
thumpety thump thump
Look at Frosty go
Thumpetty thump thump
thumpety thump thump
Over the hills of snow

Irresistibly Cute

I couldn't resist posting this picture. I don't know either of these two, I just found it on the web.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Mike Huckabee Would Bring You "AIDS Island"

Mike Huckabee, one of the Republican Presidential Hopefuls, has a plan for dealing with the AIDS crisis in America. At least, he had a plan in 1992, when he wrote the following:
"If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.... It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents."
How would Mike fund AIDS "Island"? He had a plan for that too:
"In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified",Huckabee wrote, according to the AP.

An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research."

It sounds like Lyndon Larouche has found a new host body. There's more here, along with a bug-eyed crazy looking picture of the man himself.

More recently, Mike has tried to both embrace and distance himself from these comments.

On Fox News Sunday this morning, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee denied that he ever called for quarantining AIDS patients in 1992, claiming that he "didn't say that we should quarantine," but that the onset of the AIDS epidemic "was the first time in public health protocols" that "we didn't isolate the carrier." [...]

Huckabee then asserted that he stands by his 1992 comments, saying he wouldn't "run from" or "recant" them.

Read about his attempts to spin to the top here.

To Get You Even More In The Mood- "Christmastime For The Jews" By Darlene Love

An animated spot from Saturday Night Live. I think it's from the Robert Smigel studio, but regardless, that's the real Darlene Love.