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Saturday, July 31, 2010

wicked cool composite pics

of african animals hangin' in scotland

Elephants in Scotland and other odd animal translocations

David Pescovitz 

........Via Submitterator, BB pal Marilyn Terrell shares with us the above photo of a magnificent elephant crossing a road between stone cottages in Scotland. Huh? This image is from Translocation, a new book by photographer George Logan, depicting African animals shooped into Logan's home of Scotland: a cheetah running beside a loch, water buffalo and celtic cross tombstones, and the like. National Geographic has a gallery of the photos..............

here is the national geographic link with more photos 

i rather like this


have NEVER seen anything like this wicked cool butterfly surgery

How to Repair the Broken Wing of a Butterfly

By Minnesotastan

click it


no more friends


someone had the damn good sense to translate this

via world of wonder

Friday, July 30, 2010

i wasn't there. i didn't see what happened

BUT if this is true, we (america) is in deep deep deep shite.

land of the free home of the brave arrested

CCR Attorney Legal Observer Arrested in Arizona Immigration Protests

Contact: press@ccrjustice.org
July 29, 2010, New York and Phoenix – This afternoon, CCR Attorney Sunita Patel was arrested as she was carrying out her legal observer duties at a protest of Arizona’s unconstitutional immigration law, SB 1070. As police began a sweep, Ms. Patel began to take down names of those being arrested and was promptly arrested herself. Witnesses say legal observers were deliberately targeted by police.

Said CCR Legal Director Bill Quigley, “Arresting a young woman of color who is there as an attorney observer demonstrates how irresponsible and un-American the Arizona action is. I fear Arizona is starting to ct like Mississippi in the civil rights days.”............

these pictures are stunning. they are amazing

they are us. they are who we are. they are what made us. please take a few minutes and look at ALL of them
i wanted to post all 70 of them, but of course i'm not going to. PROMISE ME you'll look at them. PROMISE

found at dangerous minds

the pics are at the denver post

General view of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad Chicago, Illinois, May 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Chopping cotton on rented land near White Plains. White Plains, Greene County, Georgia, June 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Backstage at the "girlie" show at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Young African American boy. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1942 or 1943. Photo by John Vachon. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Thursday, July 29, 2010

i am VERY busy at work.....


(no no no, i didn't do this)

just when you thought you could go back in the water

Iowa GOP Supports Amendment To Strip Obama’s Citizenship Because He Won The Nobel Peace Prize 


By Tanya Somanader  

At its state convention in Des Moines last month, the Iowa GOP adopted a new party platform that includes the repeal of mandatory minimum wage laws, the elimination of the U.S. Department of Education, and even clarification on the definition of manure. Out of the “387 enumerated planks and principles,” Newsweek’s Jerry Adler found the most “startling” section of the platform calls for “the reintroduction and ratification of the original 13th Amendment.”

Adopted in December 1865, the current 13th Amendment of the Constitution prohibits “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” in the United States or any place under its jurisdiction. The Iowa GOP is not trying to overturn this amendment to reinstate slavery. Instead, it wants to reintroduce the “original 13th Amendmentfirst offered by senator Phillip Reed of Maryland in 1810. The amendment states that “if any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honor” from a “foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen” and “shall be incapable of holding any office of trust.” In receiving only 12 out of the 13 votes needed for ratification, the amendment was never adopted..............

not EVER


from the ever wonderful

twisted vintage

my kind o' performance! (and there's a GIVEAWAY too!)


women have always served

and guess what? like it or not, they always WILL serve. it's THEIR choice (and always was their choice). yet it's 2010 and women are getting a wicked raw deal (from the military and it's services). to be fair, the men ain't getting treated so well in many instances too

this is pitiful. 

Washington Post Staff Writer  

About 1.8 million women have served in the U.S. military, and with 245,000 female soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it's estimated that within a decade, women will make up 16 percent of all veterans.
Yet until recently, some health clinics for veterans did not have separate bathrooms for women. Some doctors who treat returning service members haven't kept up with medical advances on issues from sexual trauma to prosthetics to menopause. Some Veterans Affairs computers still spit out data mistaking female veterans for wives of men who fought.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is turning its resources to women as the government braces for an increasing demand for services from female veterans.
On Wednesday, clinicians, benefits experts, VA leaders and veterans from across the country discussed the department's stepped-up efforts and the need to do more for women...........

pic: A statue at the Vietnam Women's Memorial, pictured in 2002. Women represent 8 percent of all military veterans. (Gerald Martineau/the Washington Post)

this is VERY dangerous ground

i know king george and his merry band of feudal lords and assassins didn't care about the constitution and our rights. et tu barrack? if one is suspected of terrorism i would imagine the feds would have it VERY easy getting a warrant from a judge to tap their email (or phone or snail mail or whatever). VERY easy. there is NO need for this. NONE. almost the very same thing CAN (and is) be done LEGALLY

White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity
Washington Post Staff Writer  

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
The administration wants to add just four words -- "electronic communication transactional records" -- to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge's approval. Government lawyers say this category of information includes the addresses to which an Internet user sends e-mail; the times and dates e-mail was sent and received; and possibly a user's browser history. It does not include, the lawyers hasten to point out, the "content" of e-mail or other Internet communication.............

pic: Lawyer Stewart Baker said the change would sometimes "mean giving a lot more information to the FBI." (Courtesy Of The Department Of Homeland Security)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

mama chula



i will indeed warn you

this my dears is the stuff of nightmares


artist at work

from bits&bites

Tattoo artist at work,c.1930
[probably Charlie Wagner,see also]
via Verdeau

i was angry about the spoiler AND NO ALERT

and said so in this posting

The History and Use of "Spoiler Alert"

by Nate Freeman 


In her July 14 article about the premiere of the fourth season of "Mad Men," Alessandra Stanley neglected to include a phrase that precedes potentially revealing facts in film and TV reviews: “spoiler alert.” Fans read ahead and the damage was done. A certain string of words made moot a device key to the operation of the “Mad Men” universe—the ignorance on the part of the audience of how much time has lapsed between the previous season and the current one—and she did not give readers the choice of whether or not they wanted to know before the episode aired. The information was placed casually in the middle of a sentence—and so, for some, the fun of the anticipation had been ruined, and something would be taken away from the original viewing experience. Betrayal! Stanley had broken the unspoken agreement.

The outrage was widespread. Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, told the Hollywood Reporter that he was “shocked” and that  “A lot of people told me they were blindsided by [the Stanley article].” Writing for Variety, Brian Lowry called out Stanley for “ignoring their plea to avoid spoilers—without so much as a word of warning.” New York magazine placed “Alessandra Stanley spoils pretty much everything in the 'Mad Men' season premiere” far on the “despicable” side of its Approval Matrix..................

A L P H A V I L L E: Pastor Shows Serious Interest In Men's Underwear

A L P H A V I L L E: Pastor Shows Serious Interest In Men's Underwear: "Underwear packaging reportedly recalled from Walmart after Cullman pastor’s complaint By Trent Moore The Cullman Times CULLMAN — A local p..."


 how scary is this?
Disputed chemical bisphenol-A found in paper receipts

Washington Post Staff Writer  

As lawmakers and health experts wrestle over whether a controversial chemical, bisphenol-A, should be banned from food and beverage containers, a new analysis by an environmental group suggests Americans are being exposed to BPA through another, surprising route: paper receipts.
The Environmental Working Group found BPA on 40 percent of the receipts it collected from supermarkets, automated teller machines, gas stations and chain stores. In some cases, the total amount of BPA on the receipt was 1,000 times the amount found in the epoxy lining of a can of food, another controversial use of the chemical.
Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the environmental group, says BPA's prevalence on receipts could help explain why the chemical can be detected in the urine of an estimated 93 percent of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.................

i don't go to target much

not for any reason other than the one that's closest to me isn't really that close AND it's in an odd odd odd location AND the first time i attempted to go there, i accidentally  got on the highway and got wicked lost

now instead of thinking twice about going, i'll think three times. sounds to me like they are firmly on the side of glbt community only when it suits them. they are on the glbt side because they know glbt people spend money (just like everyone else). 

how can one throw money at a candidate who is ANTI equal rights and then say they are FOR equal rights? it simply doesn't make sense TARGET. your true (red) colors are showing now

it's an ap story so i can't print any of it

pic from the story linked below

Target Corp. spending company money on candidates

i tried to find out what he does

nearest i can determine is he is an 'author'. what i'm really wondering is: why would faux 'news' continue to have him on as a guest? why would i wonder that? well a couple of reasons. seems he sprouts forth all sorts of made-up facts AND he also thinks women are steamin' pieces o' shite

 Fox News ‘anti-feminist’ guest calls dating ‘legal prostitution’
 By David Edwards and Stephen Webster

.............Cue Marc Rudov, a self-described anti-feminist and frequent guest on both Fox News and Fox Business. His take: ladies night at local bars is evil because "dating is legal prostitution" anyway. 
Carlson appeared shocked. Her other guest -- Lis Wiehl, who frequently spars with Rudov during Fox appearances -- was not so much. Her response was rather dry: "Get a life."
The pairing seems to be a frequent one for Fox News, which has squared Rudov and Wiehl off 49 times since 2007, according to Rudov's Web site. Virtually all of Rudov's media exposure comes from Fox News and Fox Business, and he's a favored guest of Bill O'Reilly.
Rudov's primary objective in his literature and appearances is to convince men to stop "kissing [female] ass." On his site, he calls the United States a "gynocracy" and offers "coaching" for men with relationship difficulties. He declared during the 2008 primaries that Hillary Clinton lost the male vote because of her "nagging voice" and insists that women actually control 60 percent of America's wealth..............

this is from 2007
On Your World, Mark Rudov falsely claimed "women are equal-opportunity domestic abusers"

here's his wickimedia entry

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

i'm off to work now


i love them. lying weasels (no offense to weasels of course)

Right-wing media falsely claim White House "supported" release of Lockerbie bomber

The right-wing media are distorting a U.K. Sunday Times article to claim that the "White House backed [the] release of [the] Lockerbie bomber," Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. In fact, the Sunday Times article right-wing media figures are citing makes clear that "the United States wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime." ........

...............Drudge: "White House Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber." The Drudge Report linked to an Australian article under the headline, "White House Backed Release of Lockerbie Bomber." From the July 25 front page of the Drudge Report:............


The Lynching of Bobby Hall

Item nine million in the conservative racial cluelessness files comes from Jeffrey Lord and the American Spectator who insist that Shirley Sherrod was wrong to say that sheriff Claude Screws lynched her relative Bobby Hall. Lord cites the following evidence from the Screws v US Government case to insist that the Hall lynching tale is just more of the vast liberal media conspiracy to keep the right-wing down:
The arrest was made late at night at Hall’s home on a warrant charging Hall with theft of a tire. Hall, a young negro about thirty years of age, was handcuffed and taken by car to the courthouse. As Hall alighted from the car at the courthouse square, the three petitioners began beating him with their fists and with a solid-bar blackjack about eight inches long and weighing two pounds. They claimed Hall had reached for a gun and had used insulting language as he alighted from the car. But after Hall, still handcuffed, had been knocked to the ground, they continued to beat him from fifteen to thirty minutes until he was unconscious. Hall was then dragged feet first through the courthouse yard into the jail and thrown upon the floor, dying...............

the above found via: bob cesca's awesome blog:

Worst Person

Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator for accusing Shirley Sherrod of lying -- lying about a lynching, of all things.
Lord doesn't know that "lynching" doesn't specifically mean "hanging."

the embedding has been disabled

but you really SHOULD listen to sigur ros and here's another

and their website

um no


Monday, July 26, 2010

hand with heater



i love these images. simple but beautiful and flowing


maru is at it again............


from dark roasted blend

World’s Strongest Drinks & Strange Liquor

(image via)

this is THE best video i've seen in a LONG LONG LONG time

(by the way i HATED the original movie. if this were made into one, i'd go see it in an INSTANT)

jane austen's fight club


why did i post this?

 well the MAIN reason is his socks. i MUST HAVE HIS SOCKS.


if lil' tommy jumped off of a bridge would you?

it appears that lil' eye of newt would AND if that wasn't bad enough, he'd blame his OWN stupidity on lil' tommy

stfu eye of newt!

Gingrich blames Obama administration for his attack on Sherrod

By David Edwards

Newt Gingrich says the White House is at fault for his mistakenly calling Shirley Sherrod "viciously racist."
"Was that irresponsible, calling her viciously racist based on an Internet clip that had been taken out of context?" Fox News' Chris Wallace asked the former House speaker Sunday.
"No. I was operating in the context of the Secretary of Agriculture having summarily fired her and therefore there was no reason to disbelieve the clip and what you see is one more example of the Obama administration's continuing incompetence," said Gingrich.
"Apparently, she didn't even get the courtesy of a chance to talk to the Secretary of Agriculture who I suspect fired her under pressure from the White House and she said they were firing her under pressure from the White House," he continued...............

do we have a right to know this?

well, for the most part YES WE DO. (i do NOT in any way shape or form stand for any document being released which puts ANYONE'S LIFE at risk) our men and women are being killed. that's not even mentioning all of the citizens of afghanistan, iraq, pakistan and goddess only knows where else. sure,  parts of their societies are ugly, cruel, unjust and murderous. are we helping though? no. no and no. we're not. human lives aside, we're just tossing billions and billions and billions into a fire. a corrupt fire at that. 

is this obama's fault. nope it's not. anyone who claims it is, is seriously delusional. it's king george and his band of merry men all the way. what was obama to do? if he left right away, i think it would have meant certain death for thousands. still, i don't think he's handling this the right way. in the end, we DO need to leave and we DO need to leave soon.

i don't care how mad the administration is this was made public (i didn't read the docs. i don't know if they contain info which puts our lives at risk or not). our sons and daughters are dying. our money is being spent burned. 

Inside the Fog of War: Reports From the Ground in Afghanistan

This article was written and reported by C. J. Chivers, Carlotta Gall, Andrew W. Lehren, Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, and Eric Schmitt, with contributions from Jacob Harris and Alan McLean. 

A six-year archive of classified military documents made public on Sunday offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal.
The secret documents, released on the Internet by an organization called WikiLeaks, are a daily diary of an American-led force often starved for resources and attention as it struggled against an insurgency that grew larger, better coordinated and more deadly each year.
The New York Times, the British newspaper The Guardian and the German magazine Der Spiegel were given access to the voluminous records several weeks ago on the condition that they not report on the material before Sunday.
The documents — some 92,000 reports spanning parts of two administrations from January 2004 through December 2009 — illustrate in mosaic detail why, after the United States has spent almost $300 billion on the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban are stronger than at any time since 2001........

NOV. 20, 2007 | HELMAND PROVINCE Taliban militants drove through Musa Qala, a southern Afghan town, in a Ford pickup truck, that very kind of vehicle the United States had provided the Afghan Army and police force.

i take my camera EVERYWHERE. i mean that too

two things i carry with me where ever i go. rain or shine. good mood or bad. winter or summer. my knitting AND my camera. when the mood strikes me, i snap snap and snap.

i happen to know it's NOT against the law to photograph a public building or public goings-on. i also happen to know a LOT of law enforcement people don't understand that. what's a person to do? if you continue to protest, you most likely will be arrested. of course you'll be let go, but not until after you're carted down to the station and goddess only knows what else.

this HAS to stop. this IS america. land of the free and all, right?

Freedom of photography: Police, security often clamp down despite public right
Washington Post Staff Writer  

A few weeks ago, on his way to work, Matt Urick stopped to snap a few pictures of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's headquarters. He thought the building was ugly but might make for an interesting photo. The uniformed officer who ran up to him didn't agree. He told Urick he was not allowed to photograph federal buildings.
Urick wanted to tell the guard that there are pictures of the building on HUD's Web site, that every angle of the building is visible in street views on Google Maps and that he was merely an amateur photographer, not a threat. But Urick kept all this to himself.
"A lot of these guys have guns and are enforcing laws they obviously don't understand, and they are not to be reasoned with," he said. After detaining Urick for a few minutes and conferring with a colleague on a radio, the officer let him go...............

oh man

you MUST read this if you're a fan of malted milk and or malted milk balls (i am. unfortunately i haven't had one in years. that pesky veganism and all)

one man's attraction to malt.............(and don't read it hungry)

from monkey goggles

Got Malted?

- David Wahl

I am sitting at the kitchen counter with a pint of Malted Milk Ball Custard, from Old School Custard, sitting across from me. I probably would have waited longer to eat it, savoring it every time I saw it sitting on the shelf and promising myself a spoonful when I got home from work, but I was afraid that my wife would eat it before I did. She wouldn’t eat it all, but I know that when I finally opened the container and there would be only a spoonful or two left at the bottom.
I love malted milk, malted milk balls and all related products. I love then enough to want to sing their praises in public, because it seems like the flavor of the malted is disappearing.................

Sunday, July 25, 2010

i think his name is houdini


this is one of THE most beautiful creatures i've ever seen

plus, it's kinda deadly too. read about it 

at tywkiwdbi

you know i never saw a picture of him

M.C. Escher


wbc vs comic-con

click HERE and HERE to see the pics in all their grande glory!


this is a place of the lord...................


i couldn't read the whole story

i was sick (literally). there is NO reason on this earth (or any other planet for that matter) that a child sexual predator got away with it for 30 years AS A TEACHER. none

Kevin Ricks' career as teacher, tutor shows pattern of abuse that goes back decades

By Josh White, Blaine Harden and Jennifer Buske

Kevin Ricks was a gregarious, well-traveled English teacher at Osbourn High School, a Walt Whitman devotee who was so popular that a photo of him in class was chosen to fill the opening page of the yearbook. A writer and photographer himself, Ricks would walk the halls of the Manassas school with a leather-bound journal of his musings tucked in his bag, next to his laptop computer.
What teachers, parents, students and even his wife didn't know was that his journals contained decades of dark secrets, a running handwritten commentary of Ricks's world of obsession, infatuation, pursuit, sexual abuse and international child exploitation.
They didn't know about his library of homemade pornographic videos and explicit photographs capturing his tequila-soaked sex acts with teenage boys he had handpicked. They didn't know about the makeshift shrine boxes containing mementos of the episodes, including sex toys, soiled tissues and hair trimmings.
Even some of the victims didn't know they were victims...............

Path of a predator

A four-month Washington Post investigation of former Manassas teacher Kevin Ricks' career as a teacher, tutor, foreign exchange host and camp counselor has revealed a pattern of abuse that goes back to at least 1978 and has left a trail of victims that spans the globe. >>View the interactive timeline


et tu comic-con attendees?

(and NO, no one actually got stabbed IN the eye)

Comic-Con ‘Eye-Stabbing’ Leaves 1 Injured, 1 Jailed
By Lewis Wallace 

SAN DIEGO — An altercation in Comic-Con International’s crowded Hall H resulted in one attendee being rushed to a hospital Saturday and another being booked on assault with a deadly weapon.
Word of a man being “stabbed in the eye” after the Resident Evil: Afterlife presentation spread quickly, both at the convention and online, with some jokers saying the must new movie must have truly eye-popping 3-D. But police characterized the incident as minor. The alleged assailant, identified by police as Roshan Burnham, 25, was arrested and taken to San Diego County Jail..............