Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sequester: Start Crying Now

Mountain Man runs into Government Regulators

Chuck Todd: Democrat Party Bitch; Updated with Chuck Todd Separated at Birth...

Chuck Todd claims Bob Woodward is a spokesman for the Republicans?  Why?  Because Woodward had the termity to call the White House out on the sequester (which everyone knows Barack Obama's White House initially proposed)?
Chuck Todd, Democrat Party Bitch
Update:  Andrew Sullivan refuses to be out bitched by Chuck Todd!

Separated at Birth Update:

Hey if Chuck Todd ever loses his day job at MSNBC, maybe he can fall back to this...

Chuck Todd, part time media manager
Barack Obama's White House

Murray Hewitt, part time media manager
Flight of the Concords

Pope Benedict Leaves Vatican

The Media Turns On Bob Woodward For Observing Emperor Obama Is Wearing No Clothes


The sequester is something Barack Obama proposed.  He is now lying about it to gain political advantage.   The White House is upset Woodward called them on it.

TOM: Woodward gets a warning...
AoSHQ: Lanny Davis also?
Woodward Not Alone:  Davis threatened too...

Van Cliburn: Rachmaninov 3rd Concerto

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn RIP, Dead at 78

Hugo Chavez Esta Muerto?

Update: Absurd rumors of Chavez' death?

Argo Home Alone Mash Up

I liked Argo but never liked Home Alone (Macaulay Culkin is annoying).  Still, this mash up works for me.

Dead Kennedys: I fought the law...

Barack Obama is a borderline Communist...

Bobby Fuller: I fought the law and the law won.

Judge James D. Humphrey*: If you mock me I will send you to jail

Daniel Brewington is serving a two year felony conviction for mocking his divorce judge on his blog.  Yes, jailed for blogging.

Patriots and freedom supporters are petitioning for the case to be taken up by the Indiana Supreme Court.  Here is the amicus brief filed on Brewington's behalf by Eugene Volokh.  The Court of Appeals disagreed, upholding the conviction.  More here.  When almost anything can be called a felony, no one is safe.

Update:  Conservatives, Liberals and Media groups rally for releasing Brewington.

Judge James D. Humphrey--Don't you dare mock me!*  

Judge D. Humphrey*:  I may release this trout unharmed, but if you mock me I will gut you. 

Brewington fought the law and the law won...
Here are a few appropriate video selections

* This is a first amendment protected speech.   Please don't come and arrest me Judge Humphrey.

h/t:  Hot Air

Is there something in the water in Indiana affecting judges there?
Out of control judges...(who will watch the Watchmen?)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Send Bloggers to CPAC

Chris Matthews promises to get Hillary Clinton elected in 2016

As scary as the second part of Women of the Walking Dead, Rule 5

Bill Clinton approves...or is that John Kerry?

Lack of sleep can make you fat and old...

Sort of like not rebooting your computer every now and again.  Sleep in, it is good for you.  So is Rule 5.

Maxfield Parish, Sleeping Beauty

La Conchiglia di Verere

Bronchorst:  Shepherd and the Nymph

Hot Air Balloon Fire and Crash over Luxor, Egypt: 19 Foreign Tourists Dead

Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned

The Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned
Jeffrey Morgenthaler has some fabulous drink recipes and stories.

More Real Housewives of South Boston

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Real Housewives of South Boston

These are old (beyond the housewives themselves) but funny (outside of Boston NSFW language).  Given all the New England hooliganism at the Academy Awards last night, enjoy (Southie's answer to The Women of Downton Abbey):

Trooper York, this is for you:

How did that game turn out?

How to speak South Boston:  

Great Fahkin Boston Movie Moments:

Giant Pacific Clam,Tridacna gigas (these really are the biggest clams of all)

These clams are enormous, reading four feet long and over 400 lb.  They are becoming rare due to over harvesting.  They are taken for their shells, for meat, and for the aquarium trade.  The brilliant colors of the mantels are due to algae that live symbiotically with the clam.  The algae help generate food for the clam, the clam opens exposes them to sunlight during the day and protects them in the shell at night.

This pretty much sums up the media and Hollywood's relationship with Barack Obama...

Geoducks: The biggest clam of all...

And it is pronounced gooey-duck.  Well they are big but not bigger than these guys (which can weight hundreds of pounds), but the geoduck is the biggest clam in North America.  They can be three feet long.  For some reason they are prized delicacies in Asian markets (can you guess why):
Is that a geoduck in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?
They are actually delicious.  In China the syphon is the most prized part (it is crunchy and fibrous), but the most tender and tasty meat is the ribbon of mussel inside the shell.  Here is a recipe.

And given that these clams can sell for $100 each, there is a thriving black market in geoducks.

National Clam Chowder Day: You know what you need to do...

Make some chowder!  

Photo from here

West Coast Clams (just don't make a wrong turn at Albuquerque)

Etta James: At Last

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tommy Lee Jones reacts badly to losing Best Supporting Actor...

Tommy Lee Jones hates rude behavior in a man.  He won't tollerate it.

You think he was upset over best supporting actor, wait till he realizes Lincoln lost to Argo!
This sums up the relationship between the media and Hollyweird and Barack Obama.

Diana Krall Rule 5

Go Fly a Kite...especially a giant squid kite

Oregon Muse at Ace of Spades HQ inspired this post with this picture.  Okay, now I want a squid kite (and I did not know I wanted one until today).  It is never too early to get ready for spring and summer.  And I even found videos of attractive woman flying kites, making this a Rule 5 post.  Booyah!

And here is Deanna's Cheap Thrills of Summer (kite flying)

Netflix: House of Cards

House of Cards is well worth checking out.  In production value Netflix is proving just as capable as HBO and AMC.  

Keven Spacey does a great job as Congressman Frank Underwood (D), a South Carolinian who is up on his Machiavelli and Sun Tzu.  It does have its flaws, but the acting, casting and production quality are great and the writing (with a few exceptions) generally pretty decent.  While most of the fictional players are Democrats, the show is refreshingly non partisan in tone (portraying that ambition, corruption and power plays are not limited to just one party).  

Robin Wright does a great job as the wife of Congressman Underwood
Kate Mara as the ambitious young reporter not afraid to use her assets to get a lead...
Kirsten Conolly plays a congressional staffer and girlfriend of Congressman Russo of Pennsylvania
Sandrine Holt plays a NGO staffer employed by the Clean Water Initiative and Claire Underwood

Netflix released all 13 episodes of Season 1 on February 1, 2013.  I just got around to checking it out and quickly went through most of it.

What is up with Season 2 (it starts filming in March 2013)?
Six Stages of House of Cards grief (if you blow through all 13 episodes in a weekend).

George Jones: Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down

Saturday, February 23, 2013

When ever I think of Dan Rather, which is not very often, I think of this clip from The Insider...

Unlike the late Mike Wallace, Dan Rather did in fact get taken down and sent off into the wilderness.  An appropriate ring of Dante' s hell would be Dan Rather and Charles "Chunky Boo Boo Child" Johnson, trapped in an elevator for eternity.

Usually I only think of Dan Rather anymore when I here this:  

Academy Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Rule 5

Best Actress in a Supporting Role.  Here is one member's picks.  I am going with Anne Hathaway on this because she nailed her songs in Les Misérables.  Amy Adams was very good in The Master, but I will go with Anne.  Sally Fields did a journeyman job in Lincoln, nothing more.  I did not see Silver Linings Playbook or The Sessions yet, but I cannot imagine Jackie Weaver or Helen Hunt (although if you really want to see Ms. Hunt naked this one is for you) out doing Anne's Fantine.  

Beyond the big dresses, there was a lot of back stage back stabbing and Hollyweird politics.  
The relationship of Hollyweird and the media to Barack Obama...
Amy Adams, The Master

Amy Adams, The Master
Lots of big dresses
Anne HathawayLes Misérables

Anne HathawayLes Misérables

Sally Fields, Lincoln

Sally Fields, Lincoln

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Jackie Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Jackie Weaver Silver Linings Playbook