Friday, August 29, 2008

The Land of the Cretins; the Home of the Fey

I've refrained from writing about the current election, not because it isn't of interest, but because of a deep, underlying fear that I have about what is going to happen on November fourth (and it involves racism - see much later). This headline on Yahoo seems to epitomize the tendency of my country to rank high in the running for most idiotic of all time:
Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's
We can't, of course, argue about the age. Though this is such vital importance in the McCain/Palin ticket. I am not sure what odds Jimmy the Greek is giving in Vegas for McCain surviving even four years if he should happen to win (expect a senior moment on election night), but the contention that Palin's inexperience, which is as vast as the wilderness she oversees, is in someway comparable to that of Obama's is just so laughable as to bring tears to the palpebral fissures. Bitter tears, to be sure. But tears none the less.

Where does our media get its writers/reporters? The idea that a man as educated and experienced as Barack Obama is even on the same ballfield as this unknown entitiy from Alaska (the 21st Century Tammany Hall, so it seems) occurred to someone. So, there it appears on Yahoo. Starts a meme. Gets debated by the talking heads. Goes skyward. Sweet weeping Jesus on the cross, as Billmon quotes Pappy O'Daniel from "O Brother Where Art Thou?" whats this land come to.

But Obama is a black man. (Technically only half, but it shows you were we are with race that he is always considered black.) I can't finish this trace. I will have to return to it.

Friday Crab Blogging

Perspective, perspective. And, very Kool.

I believe there is a short distance evolutionwise between a Krab and a Spider.

This is being nominated for the Crab Hall of Fame. The level of detail is amazing.

I don't think this was meant to be a happy crab. But what a difference a little uptwist of a line makes.

Vive la difference.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Hog Farm


The Hog Farm's answer to Janis Joplin. Yellow Springs Ohio, circa 1969


Monday, August 25, 2008

The First Time as Trage...yea, yea, I know

From here:
There was a small, nonviolent, "mild" anti-war protest in Denver today, timed to the upcoming Democratic convention. The protest organization is stupidly named "Recreate 68," but has specifically decried the violence at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. Fox News of course wanted to cover this boring thing in the most insane way possible, with race riots and burning flags and naked hippies on PCP. None of that was available, so instead Fox sent a nerdy correspondent to go right into the middle of a throng of protesters trying to march in the opposite direction. The protesters managed not to collide with the camera crew, so no one was hurt, but they refused to grant interviews and started chanting "Fuck Fox News," which means they are Censor Fascists who hate the First Amendment. (emphasis added)
Now, way back when, when the Hog Farm (see picture) visited Antioch College at the behest of Warner Brothers to film the ultimate "hippie movie," they performed a concert on the lawn. Members of the aforesaid HF were dispersed across the grass in various attitudes of hippie repose, doing hippie thinks and smoking hippie stuff, while the band played Hendrix and JA ("airplane"). The students were so pissed off at being compromised that the entire scene was rendered useless by the louder and louder chant of "Fuck Warner Brothers."

The next time will be Farce (sic).

(I'll post some pics from that concert from way back when.)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Just Another Day in the Neighborhood


Coalition air strikes kill 76 Afghan civilians: interior ministry
AFP-AFP South Asian Edition

Aug 22, 2008

A US-led coalition military operation in western Afghanistan on Friday killed 76 civilians, including 50 children and 19 women, the Afghan interior ministry said.(emphasis added)
Ho, hum. Just another day in the neighborhood. Better send more troops. Better redline the stupidity meter. (BTW, there's no oil in Afghanistan, Bin Laden is alive, and the Pakistanis hate us.)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday Crab Blogging

Eric assured me that there was a crab amongst these sea "creatures"; what can I say?

Kyla did well for her age; note the dress on the person

If they say "location, location" in Real Estate, we say "perspective, perspective" in this cubby hole of Art.

This child is actually borderline autistic and likes to draw. I try to put myself in his brain when constructing this crab. The little appendages are seen most frequently on human figures and signify toes (see below). The circular scribble in the center was an afterthought and, I suspect, represents coloring. Much food for thought (sic).

Joshua refused to draw a crab and insisted on a Jelly Fish. We will allow one Jelly Fish on alternate Fridays.

This is a picture of this youn lady's mom as she appears in her chic Oscar Night outfit (see through, you know). Please note the detail such as cupid lips and fingers (see above). In spite of an excellent drawing, she still had to get her Kindergarten immunizations. Life is tough sometimes.

(we will have much more to say about immunizations in the future; when we get time to say anything about anything)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Crab Blogging

Decent crab
Needed a few tries
Elmo the Crab; actually very impressive transcription

One of twins
One of twins. There are certain similarities. Would be interesting to do a study and see how twins reconstruct reality.

One of two sisters
The other sister; can't let Michaela get ahead

Friday, August 08, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Excuse me....

Whoops! See Update below.

Excuse me, but do you think I'm an idiot? Why are we just now, almost seven years later, learning this?
Ivins's possession of the drying device, known as a lyopholizer, could help investigators explain how he might have been able to send letters containing deadly anthrax spores to U.S. senators and news organizations.

The device was not commonly used by researchers at the Army's sprawling biodefense complex at Fort Detrick, Md., where Ivins worked as a scientist, employees at the base said. Instead, sources said, Ivins had to go through a formal process to check out the lyopholizer, creating a record on which authorities are now relying. He did at least one project for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that would have given him reason to use the drying equipment, according to a former colleague in his lab.
This whole story just stinks to high heaven. From the false accusations of Hatfill to the planting of stories on ABC.

As with the Bush administration and war crimes. If this is not resolved we might as well pack up and go home. Except there is no home to go to.


Update: Now Glenn Greenwald relays the information that the alleged perp, having conveniently committed suicide, actually would have had access to lypholizer in his work. You just can't win in this Bush America.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Friday Crab Blogging (a little late)

This fiesty crab was drawn by fiesty Morga(a)n
Well, detailed crab (from memory, as all crabs drawn here are)

Dad of the last artist. Complained that he couldn't draw a crab unless he had a model.The drawing is a little tight.

Yes, there are such things as "crab sandwiches", but they are SOFT crab sandwiches. Apparently across the pond, where this poster comes from, dentition is at a much more advanced level and able to crunch the adult crab's shell. Amazing.