Saturday, May 23, 2009

Video has killed more than the rock star

I don't think these guys wold have made it past the first week of American Idol.

I am not one that usually likes to get too political or anything as I am a believer in the old saying: there are two things you shouldn't discuss politics and religion, but I received this made me giggle a little and thought hey why not post this and see what it gets for responses. So tell me, what do you think?

Dear Mr. President,

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America ’s economy. Instead
of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish

parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the Patriotic

Retirement Plan:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. - Pay them
$1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following

1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.

2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered - Auto
Industry fixed.

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis

It can't get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress and their
constituents pay their taxes...

Little Panda Bears........

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bad Bugs Bunny

I was very politically incorrect last night as I went to the Loft Cinema here in Tucson to see Bad Bugs Bunny. BBB is a series of Warner Brothers cartoons presented by Dennis Nyback, a film professor at Portland State University. BBB is a collection of censored Warner Brothers cartoons that are too racist, sexist, and violent for today's audiences. It even included a couple of the famous Censored 11.

Just a few thoughts. The opening cartoon was Hare Ribbin' and one of the two I remember seeing as a child. Bugs Bunny torments a dog until the dog is so depressed, Bugs blows him away at the dog's request. It was rereleased with the dog committing suicide (since that is less offensive) which is the version I saw as a kid. Sioux Me is the other one I remember seeing which revolves around the Sioux trying to make it rain.

A couple of prominent WWII cartoons were Tokio Jokio and Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips. Tokio Jokio is a done as a faux newreel showing the Japanese war effots. Bugs Nips the Nips is set on a Pacific Island where Bugs battles the Japenese (and does one of his famous drag scenes as a geisha). Both of these were very intended to dehumanize the Japanese during WWII. After the screening, Nyback said he did a film festival where he showed these and they showed some Japanese anti-American WWII cartoons...I would love to see how we were stereotyped.

He Was her Man was pretty violent toward women (although she turned the tables in the end). Let it Be Me really is kind of hard to see as anyone who is not named Bing Crosby thinking it should be censored, but there was a man named Bing Crosby who got it censored.

Ali Baba Bound is pretty relevant these days as Porky Pig has to defend an outpost from Ali Baba and his Dirty Sleeves, complete the suicide bomber.

The show closed with Tin Pan Ally Cats and Coal Black and the Sebben Dwafs. In Ally Cats, a caricature of Fats Waller has what could be best described as a bad trip. Coal Black is the classic but overly stereotyped take on the famous Disney movie.

Many of these are available on Youtube or other sites...I will let you search for them if you want to see them.

Its amazing to look back at these in a historical context. There are shocking moments but interspersed with truly inspired humor at times.

And this bring me to another point: corporate censorship. Corporations determine so much of what we are allowed to see and the media available to us. The motives are many and varied but in the end, we lose. With the passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act, it will be many years before these go to the public domain and we can freely see them (and I bet the try to extend it again when many of the protected works are about to go public domain).

I have been frustrated trying to get books, music and video that are under copyright but no one publishes. Some of these works may even be what we call orphan copyrights, works that are still under copyright but no one can figure out who controls it.

Yes. corporations control a lot of speech to say the least. We may say we have free speech, but that only does so much good if we only have it in person. The internet has been an equalizer to some extent, but it's not hard to imagine ISPs pulling the accounts of people who take on controversial subjects or phone companies refusing to carry certain messages on their lines (and if you think that will never happen, it has already been tried).

Where do you go with real news?

Whistle blower stuff. The Milw Journal/Sentinal? The Racine Post? I'd hate to stick my neck out and rely on a hack newspaper. I'd go with the home crew, but when your local paper is owned by a National conglomerate, is it really the home paper?

I am privy to something that will make blood boil when it becomes public, and I'm wondering which News won't screw the pooch in investigating and reporting. Freedom of Info act will need to be used to get the true dirty laundry.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rock and Roll Revival

Welcome back, everybody! This week, I want to take the time to reflect the music I've listened to over the years. As many of you know, I love classic rock. The funny thing is, I never grew up with it. (My folks listened to country) I learned it all though my friends. Each tune I heard and liked expanded my horizons... I'm always searching for music.

I look back at some of the music that I loved and listened to over the years. Some of it is older than me! By gosh, I was four years old when the Beatles broke up! And I think they are awesome! I've learned that great music is timeless... Now, I get misty eyed when I see my twelve year old son wear his Aerosmith T-shirt with pride. I grin ear to ear when I watch my son jam away to Paint It Black on the guitar. Yep, he knows that stuff. You are never too young or too old to appreciate music.

So, I got an oldie, but a goodie for ya! It's no other, but the King himself! Put yours hand together for Burning Love!

Any reflections?

Memorial Day - Forget Something?

"For Ireland's Catholic Schools, a 2,600-Page Catalog of Horrors "

From Time magazine:
"[James] Quinn was one of over 2,000 people to give evidence in a nine-year inquiry into child abuse at educational institutions, orphanages and hospitals run by Roman Catholic religious orders in Ireland from the 1930s to the 1990s. On Wednesday, the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse released its findings. The five-volume, 2,600-page report is a catalog of horrors, describing 'endemic sexual abuse' in boys' institutions and the 'daily terror' of physical abuse experienced by the estimated 30,000 Irish children who were sent to them.",8599,1900120,00.html

From the Associated Press:
"But the victims, now mostly in their 50s to 80s, said Wednesday's 2,600-page report, despite its unprecedented scope and detail, did not make public what matters most — the names of their abusers. That's because a religious order at the heart of the abuse charges — the Christian Brothers — successfully sued the investigators to keep the identities of all their abusive members secret."

I am not trying to raise a ruckus here, and I don't expect anyone to comment, but I will not let this die, either. If you're inclined, check out the above links to read about the absolute torture inflicted daily upon over 30,000 children by the loving religious orders of the Catholic Church. And STILL they refuse to name the monsters.

What would Jesus do?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Are Pringles Potato Chips?

Proctor and Gamble, the maker of Pringles, would argue they are NOT potato chips due to their "unnatural shape" and the fact that they are made from flour they are "are more like a cake or a biscuit'. Oh, and they only contain 42% potato and come in a tube.

A British appeals court didn't buy that and ruled Pringles are indeed potato chips. Why the court ruling? Money, of course. Potato crips (chips to Yanks) are subject to the VAT in Britian but food is not. The tax amounts to about 20 million Pounds per year.

This reminds me of the 1893 U.S Supreme Court ruling Nix vs Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable and not a fruit (ticking off botanists everywhere). The case was over (anyone care to guess?) taxes. Taxes were required to be paid on imported vegetables but not fruit and it too the Supreme Court to sort it all out.

I am thinking of reclassifying my internet access, computer, cable bill and big screen television as "brain food"...after all, we don't pay taxes on food! What other good tax dodging schemes can we come up with?

White Deer in Wisconsin

They look beautiful, but vulnerable.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my delectable dewdrops! How are you? The sun is shining, the birds are twittering, the flowers are blooming, and spring has sprung all around us. What an explosion of sights and sounds! Be sure to check out the seasonal display, happening now in a yard or park near you.

Congratulations again to Mr. John Dickert, now officially our new mayor. I am sure that downtown and Racine’s other vested interests will benefit greatly from his tenure. The rest of us, of course, get to share the glorious honor of carrying them on our backs.

I received an email from the pulchritudinous Ms. kk, who writes:

My dearest Madame,

I just read my horoscope... something I rarely do. It mentioned to pay close attention to my dreams tonight. Could you please assist and see to it that the suave and debonair Avenging Angel does not attempt any further nocturnal, lascivious "pas de deux" ce soir? I don't believe my heart can take anymore!

Merci beaucoup,

Oh my, Ms. kk, I do not like to interfere in romantic matters involving our group of Irregulars. If I do, someone dislikes me; and if I don’t, the results are usually the same. Hmmm, I guess that means I lose either way, so what the heck. I will send out a short, telepathic message to Mr. Avenging Angel suggesting that he tone down his dreamy advances, but you have to do your part, too. All that fancy French-talk gets some men’s blood boiling. Perhaps if you spoke more like the rest of us, ya hey der, Mr. AA could better resist your natural charms. On the other hand, Ms. kk, a little stimulation of the heart can be beneficial to your long term health. ;)

And P.S., your horoscope doesn’t mean much unless it’s an official Zoltar® Horoscope, available in fine newspapers and tabloids everywhere.

I really don’t have much more to say today. I thought about commenting on some of the local news stories, but I tire of pointing out the obvious lies that city and county government endlessly spew at us. Add to that the misinformation and skewed coverage of events provided by local media, and you have the bitter stew of fraud, fakery, and falsehoods that is served up to Racinians 365 days a year. Bleckkk! It tastes like the crap that it is. Instead of eating the good old boys’ droppings, I’m going to enjoy the day and pretend that I live in a city that cares about its residents today. If you breathe enough of the fresh air and stare into the bright sun, you can almost forget about the black-hearted bastards selling out Racine’s future for their personal gain.

Have a joyous week, my friends. Soon the oppressive heat of summer will be upon us and the sounds of gunfire will fill the night air, but you can rest assured that the police will be out enforcing our seatbelt laws.

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Happy Birthday, Fungi!

And today is FUNGI's birthday...have a great one, Fungi!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"BREAKING NEWS:" Journal Times may have been played again

"RACINE — The jail inmate who gave birth in her cell last month may have caused herself to go into premature labor with the intent to file a lawsuit against Racine County, Sheriff Bob Carlson said Tuesday.

"At a 10 a.m. press conference at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., Carlson released video of inmate Melissa Woten doing handstands in her cell just hours before she gave birth in her cell toilet. He also released statements from other inmates who said Woten had hit herself in the stomach and that she wanted to give birth in the jail, so she could go to the hospital."

Looks like the Journal Times' latest cause du jour may turn out like the T.J. Melendez debacle: once again they backed the supposed "victim," when it may very well be that she was the perpetrator. They've given extensive coverage to Ms. Woten and her allegations, including front page coverage of her child's funeral. Most of the online coverage has been closed to comments.

They did this with T.J. Melendez' mother, portraying her as a martyr to ganbanging when in fact she was actively promoting the lifestyle that killed her son. Of course, when I pointed that out on the Journal Times' site, I was banned.

Who are the people at the Journal Times? Do they know anything about street life in Racine, Wisconsin? How is it that the people who are supposed to be reporting the news of our community understand so little about our community?

Today, they once again moderated one of Winger's comments, not because it was profane or a personal attack, but because they disagreed with his opinion:
"Moderator's note:
Let us celebrate positive accomplishments, and not make mean-spirited comments about strangers who are bettering themselves."
See, the comment section of the Journal Times is for your opinion, as long as that opinion is the same as the Journal Times' opinion.

At the Journal Times, "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Oink-oink, Journal Times, oink-oink.

safari story - a morning grin

Crazy Modes of Transportation