yo yo yo search it!

Friday, August 20, 2010

unless i'm arrested or suspected of being violent

i cannot imagine my checkbook OR my personal papers/receipts being looked at by tsa agents. my favorite is (the way i'm interpreting it) they didn't think she was a terrorist, they thought she was getting a divorce and trying to empty a joint bank account! wtf???????????????????????????????????

i hope ms sues the shite out of 'em ALL and WINS.  this isn't freedom and this isn't protecting us from terror. it's CREATING terror

Daniel Rubin: An infuriating search at Philadelphia International Airport


At what point does an airport search step over the line?
How about when they start going through your checks, and the police call your husband, suspicious you were clearing out the bank account?
That's the complaint leveled by Kathy Parker, a 43-year-old Elkton, Md., woman, who was flying out of Philadelphia International Airport on Aug. 8.
She says she was heading to Charlotte, N.C., for work that Sunday night - she's a business support manager for a large bank - and was selected for a more in-depth search after she passed through the metal detectors at Gate B around 5:15 p.m.
A female Transportation Security Administration officer wanded her and patted her down, she says. Then she was walked over to where other TSA officers were searching her bags.......................



from americablog

 and i'm printing the WHOLE thing
a trip down memory lane with dr laura

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. "End of debate," as you say.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them.

1. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord-Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness-Lev.15:19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination-Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse
and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

none of this is right

(as in fair or just or moral)


from the library of congress flick photo stream

the gottlieb jazz photos

go to the link above to see them ALL

[Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947] (LOC)
[Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947] (LOC)

Gottlieb, William P., 1917-, photographer.

[Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947]
[Portrait of Dardanelle, Washington, D.C., between 1938 and 1948] (LOC)

[Portrait of Dardanelle, Washington, D.C., between 1938 and 1948] (LOC)

Gottlieb, William P., 1917-, photographer.

[Portrait of Dardanelle, Washington, D.C., between 1938 and 1948]

i like this even more than the zombie version


this is absurd

not to mention unreal and i'm wondering if it's LEGAL. god's army all right.

U.S. Soldiers Punished For Not Attending Christian Concert
Chris Rodda 

For the past several years, two U.S. Army posts in Virginia, Fort Eustis and Fort Lee, have been putting on a series of what are called Commanding General's Spiritual Fitness Concerts. As I've written in a number of other posts, "spiritual fitness" is just the military's new term for promoting religion, particularly evangelical Christianity. And this concert series is no different.
On May 13, 2010, about eighty soldiers, stationed at Fort Eustis while attending a training course, were punished for opting out of attending one of these Christian concerts. The headliner at this concert was a Christian rock band called BarlowGirl, a band that describes itself as taking "an aggressive, almost warrior-like stance when it comes to spreading the gospel and serving God."..............

ONE of my visions of heaven

Susan Jane Belton has been creating a beautiful series of oil paintings featuring take-out coffee cups.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

how can you NOT SMILE?




no words. no words.

Minnesota GOP: “Democrat Women Are Dogs”

Well, this is classy:
The Republican website for a Minnesota Senate race posted a video, highlighting the latest reason you should vote for a GOP candidate this election cycle: Republican women are hot; Democrats are dogs. The YouTube clip shows photos of Republican women in flattering glamorized poses (frequently in bikinis), juxtaposed with purposely unflattering– often photoshopped– photos of Democratic women. Tom Jones’ “She’s A Lady” plays in the background for the former; “Who Let The Dogs Out?” plays for the latter................

i'm rather digging this (nsfw)


you want to think (and you secretly pray) this is a joke story

but it ain't

Most US students think Beethoven is a dog
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Most young Americans entering university this year can't write in cursive, think email is too slow, that Beethoven's a dog and Michelangelo a computer virus, according to an annual list compiled by two academics at a US college.
To students who will get their bachelor's degrees in 2014, Czechoslovakia has never existed, Fergie is a pop singer, not a duchess; Clint Eastwood is a sensitive movie director, not Dirty Harry; and John McEnroe stars in TV ads, not on the tennis court, Beloit College's "Mindset" list says...............

pic: tripadvisor.com

this says it ALL (and more)

Palin defends Dr. Laura over N-word rant: ‘Be thankful for her voice, America’

the nutmeg grater: i know several of our medicines are based on herbal remedies

the nutmeg grater: i know several of our medicines are based on herbal remedies

don't know if this is real or not

March 23, 1958:

but i'm guessing YES. it's via

sent to me (cause he knew it would SET ME OFF) lemmy

click for BIGGER (but you don't have to. the headline of the clipping says it all)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

me at work


(note: it's STILL not letting me add pics. i took a chance and uploaded this to one of my other blogs. it loaded fine. YES, there IS yet another NEW upload process. then i went into edit mode and got the code for the pic. i just cut and pasted the code into this blog and switched to compose mode and voila, a PIC!)

a good perspective on the mac/juarez

 rodarte bullshite. well the story isn't, it's mac this time (yeah, mac effed up. we ALL do from time to time). like i said, i'm ALL for edgy. i'm NOT ALL FOR MURDERED AND/OR MISTREATED WOMEN. period. end of story


Making up for make-up: a win for the feminist blogosphere

by jaz

Over the last month or so, I’ve been following this story about trendy makeup company MAC’s inappropriate collaboration with design duo Rodarte. It was reported that the unnamed collection, due to launch in September, was inspired by Rodarte’s trip through Texas which exposed them to Mexican culture; and thus they named a couple of their nail polishes, “Juarez” and “Factory.” The Frisky blogger, Jessica Wakeman, pointed out the apparent insensitivity, since Juarez has received an influx of impoverished people who are looking for work in factories (especially those that produce makeup and clothing) and is known to be a hotbed for femicide and drug violence, notably for the women who travel to work in these factories.
According to In These Times, Rodarte’s designers, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, say their collection was inspired “by the idea of workers in Mexican maquiladoras walking half-asleep to the factories in Juarez, after dressing in the dark,” i.e. underpaid and overworked women in dismal and dangerous conditions trying to make a living and sustain their families. Doesn’t that make you want a manicure?.............


kitties! (well BIG kitties)


i don't know what's more frightening

this OR if he sang this ditty in clown makeup instead


from media matters...

Beck shows "boring, lazy, tired" Jon Stewart how it's done

On his radio show, Glenn Beck said that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart "took me on, on the mosque," with his band of followers declaring Stewart's effort "boring, lazy, [and] tired." Not one to take boring, lazy, and tired lying down, the crew proceeded to regurgitate the same falsehoods, innuendo and hypocrisy they used last week to smear Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, head of the effort to build a community center in New York.
After playing Stewart's recent skewering of Beck's hypocrisy for attacking Rauf over comments strikingly similar to comments Beck himself made in April, Beck asked, "Does Jon Stewart not understand the difference between that last statement and the statement from the imam that happened two days after 9-11?" Beck gave no indication what actually distinguished Rauf's comments from Beck's, aside from their temporal proximity to September 11, 2001.
And it truly is difficult to find any difference beyond the semantic.
  • Beck: "When people said they hate us, well, did we deserve 9-11? No. But were we minding our business? No. Were we in bed with dictators and abandoned our values and principles? Yes. That causes problems."
  • Rauf: "I wouldn't say the United States deserved what happened on 9-11, but the United States' policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.".......................

ok, who else is having problems uploading pictures

to their posts? new photo editor it looks like. THEN i'm getting all sorts of 'server rejected' messages. YES, EVEN ON THE PICTURES I TOOK

here is one view

and then it will be followed by another (which is MY view as well)

Gun-toting soccer moms a scary thought in D.C. area, but not out west
By Fredrick Kunkle

PHOENIX -- In the red rock and sand of the Arizona desert, just past the retirement villages and golf greens that have made this sun-worshipping city famous, sits the biggest public shooting range in the United States.
Not far away are the Wal-Marts where Arizonans pay Sun City retirees to wait in line when a new ammo shipment arrives, lest the supply run out. Residents have the right to carry handguns openly, and starting last month residents who have no criminal records and are at least 21 also are able to carry concealed weapons just about anywhere, without the bother of getting a permit...............

Is this the culture we want?

 The writer is executive director of CT Against Gun Violence, based in Fairfield.
But, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, a gun in the home is more likely to be used against friends, family, and members of the household than it is against an intruder.
The gun culture is becoming more visible in many ways. Gunowners are carrying guns openly at presidential appearances, at candidate rallies, at Starbucks.
Is this the culture we want?....................


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

if this is true (and we all know it is)

why isn't it on the front page of EVERY news source?


Journalist Exposes How Private Investigation Firm Hired by Chevron Tried to Recruit Her as a Spy to Undermine $27B Suit in Ecuadorian Amazoni


whoa astounding news

nothing i need to add. this says it all

Museum Acquires Storied Trove of Performances by Jazz Greats

For decades jazz cognoscenti have talked reverently of “the Savory Collection.” Recorded from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s by an audio engineer named William Savory, it was known to include extended live performances by some of the most honored names in jazz — but only a handful of people had ever heard even the smallest fraction of that music, adding to its mystique. After 70 years that wait has now ended. This year the National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired the entire set of nearly 1,000 discs, made at the height of the swing era, and has begun digitizing recordings of inspired performances by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan, Harry James and others that had been thought to be lost forever. Some of these remarkable long-form performances simply could not fit on the standard discs of the time, forcing Mr. Savory to find alternatives.............

Eugene Desavouret
William Savory

first of all, let him have his lil' rally

he and his ilk do NOT care for anyone other than white christians (and i use the term christian loosely in beck's case. he's a converted mormon and christians don't consider them christian). the more they display this, the more people will recognize what small sub humans beck and the quitter (sarevil) and their kind are.

secondly al sharpton STFU. NO one wants to hear ONE word from you

Glenn Beck's plans for rally on a hallowed date and spot spurs countermarches
Washington Post Staff Writer  
Social activists and civil rights leaders, among them the Rev. Al Sharpton, are planning marches and demonstrations -- including the unveiling of a nearly four-story-tall original sculpture on the Mall -- on Aug. 28 to coincide with a rally organized by Fox News personality Glenn Beck.
Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin among the scheduled speakers, will take place on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years to the day after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech there...........

stray and debra

i've posted this before but it's worthy of another

another take as well. the east village opera company:

Monday, August 16, 2010


lemmy did you see this?

i guess i CAN'T has cheezeburger (from toledo)


since ravens/crows are my totem animals (along with the wolf of course)

llustration by Gustaf Tenggren for Grimm’s The Seven Crows




jokesters at work

disassembled this evil doll called nessie. NO she was NOT mine. i HATED her. she really WAS evil. when i came in to work one day, her body parts were ALL over my desk.

they made her legs and torso into a little table. the put her hair on my crow and they put her face on one of my teddy bears. (don't tell THEM, but i LOVE it!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

speaking of cellos (see a couple of posts back)

i coincidentially came across this at cynical-c

sunday sugar

the cute show: sloths


from bob cesca's

awesome blog



Quote of the Day

“Let me be clear: as a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable. The principle that people of all faiths are welcome in this country, and will not be treated differently by their government, is essential to who we are. The writ of our Founders must endure.” President Obama



Vintage Tokyo subway manner posters

Coughing on the platform (January 1979)
Modeled after the paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this poster -- titled "Hōmu de Concon" (coughing on the platform) -- urges people not to smoke on the train platforms during the designated non-smoking hours (7:00-9:30 AM and 5:00-7:00 PM). The poster makes a play on the words "concon" (coughing sound) and "cancan" (French chorus line dance).


i have always loved the cello

these are beautiful

from a polar bears tale

Guilhermina Suggia (1885-1950)


Guihermina Suggia was a Portuguese cellist. She studied in Leipzig under Julius Klengel.
From 1907 to 1913 she lived and worked in Paris with fellow cellist Pau Casals. In 1914
she moved to London . She was a well-known musician, particulary because
a female cello soloist was a rarity back then..............


from think progress;

Right-wing columnist calls Prop. 8 judge a ‘false god,’ compares same-sex marriage to slavery. 

By Guest Blogger  

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California’s Proposition 8, which prohibited same-sex couples from marrying in the state. Today, Walker lifted the stay on his decision, announcing that it will go into effect next week unless the appeals court issues a stay. Though the Republican response has been muted, some GOP lawmakers and a number of right-wing activists have been condemning both last week’s ruling and Judge Walker himself. Today, nationally-syndicated conservative Washington Examiner columnist Cal Thomas took the attacks to an entirely new level: The decision by a single, openly gay federal judge to strike down the will of 7 million Californians, tradition dating back millennia (not to mention biblical commands, which the judge decided, in his capacity as a false god, to also invalidate) is judicial vigilantism equal to Roe v. Wade. [....................

abby lincoln

another who took a giant step so that we could make our own way

Jazz singer, actress Abbey Lincoln dies at 80

Washington Post Staff Writer  

Abbey Lincoln, a jazz singer and actress of unshakable integrity who transformed her image from that of a slinky chanteuse to an oracle of hard-won wisdom, died Aug. 14 in New York. She had been in precarious health since having open-heart surgery in 2007, but the precise cause of death could not be learned. She was 80.
Ms. Lincoln found early fame as a sex-kitten supper-club singer and made a cameo appearance in the campy 1956 teen film "The Girl Can't Help It," starring Jayne Mansfield. After meeting and later marrying jazz drummer Max Roach, she became one of the first entertainers to make civil rights and racial pride an overt cause. She was a noted film actress in the 1960s, then retreated to obscurity before staging a remarkable comeback in the 1990s as a singer, songwriter and spiritual elder...............

pic: Abbey Lincoln simplified her singing style. "It isn't about showing how good your voice is," she said. "It's about saying something." (Brad Barket/getty Images