Friday, July 31, 2009

obama on a mastodon

a painting by Jeremiah Palecek

I have no idea what this means.

If it had been John McCain on a Mastodon I would have said "Ah, I get it!" but I have no idea what Obama on a Mastodon means.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

the truth comes out

Original newspaper caption (from

News item, Jan. 20: "The first organized touring Coolidge Marching Club to work for the nomination of the president comes to Washington Sunday morning. It is composed of 25 European midgets, headed by I.S. Rose, New Englander and impresario. The midgets wear buttons and ribbons on which is inscribed 'Coolidge 1925.'"

Finally we know... Calvin Coolidge was in the pocket of "big midget".

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

yet another portent of impending climate catastrophe

A news report of a desert city in Chile that, unaccustomed to precipitation, is thrown into chaos by a slight rain.

Less than 100th of an inch (about 0.2 millimeters) of rain fell on the Chilean port city of Iquique Monday afternoon, accompanied by moderate winds of about 10 mph (17 kph), according to the country's weather service. That was enough to knock out power to several neighborhoods and to damage the roofs of 4,000 houses, said Gov. Miguel Silva.

I bet 50 years from now old timers will be telling their kids "I remember the Big One of '09 when water droplets actually fell from the sky! We lost your grandmother that day; I threw her a rope, but she couldn't hang on... Oh, the horror!"

Monday, July 20, 2009

it's not cool, kids

I'm very worried that if the kids watch much of the cable TV they'll all want to be a white supremacist "like Pat Buchanan."

Or maybe they'll just want to be Al Lewis.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

as others see us

Hugh Laurie, performing on the BBC show "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" c. 1990:

And that's what our friends think. Imagine what the casual acquaintances or the people we pissed off in traffic on the way to work think.

Another Fry and Laurie sketch, not about us:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

gay-ay-ay-ay-ays in the military

A scene from the 1942 short "The Army Mascot"

This is not a common cartoon situation even in a Ralph Bakshi Cartoon. Someone in the Disney story department had getting drafted into that all-male army on their mind when they dreamed that up.

Friday, July 10, 2009

two thoughts...

My first thought is: you've got to be pretty starved and desperate to to want to feel up New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks...

And my second thought is: I must be even less desirable than David Brooks as this sort of thing never happens to me.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

loose moose

She hasn't actually resigned yet. She said she'd resign at the end of the month.

That gives her four weeks (half her vice presidential campaign) to come back and say that the people have begged her to stay and fight and that she's not going to be run off by the media elites.

It's not crazier than anything she's done already.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

why lame movies happen

I don't follow baseball since it's mostly overweight guys in full-length pajamas standing around waiting for someone to hit a ball in 2 out of 10 attempts.

But I've enjoyed some baseball movies like "Bull Durham" and "The Natural".

Currently there is a kerfuffle in Hollywood over the canceling of a big-budget baseball movie just a few days before the start of filming. The Sony Studio head didn't like that the director had taken out the high-larious comedy scenes a writer had been manufactured for what was originally a true story.

She couldn't countenance a movie without this in it:

In [the original] script, one of the coaches watches [potential recruit] Hatteberg taking ground balls at a Little League field, his wife armed with a plastic laundry basket full of baseballs. She hits the balls to her husband off a tee, with their 4-year-old daughter backing him up down the line. One ball takes a bad hop and goes between Hatteberg's legs. When his daughter scoops it up, the coach quips: "Maybe we should sign her."

Apparently unaware that "Bad News Bears" has been made several times already. Or perhaps desperately wanting onto that bandwagon.