Over the past few months I have forwarded some inappropriate pictures and jokes
to friends who I thought shared the same sense of humor..
Unfortunately this wasn't the case and I seem to have upset quite
a few people who have accused me of being sexist and shallow..
If you were one of these people, please accept my sincerest apologies.
Looking to 2013 onward, I will only post or send e-mail with a cultural or educational
content such as old monuments, nature and other interesting topics.
Below is a picture of the Pont Neuf Bridge in Paris . It is the oldest bridge
in Paris and took 26 years to build. It was completed in 1604
What the hell is going on? Lying John keeps telling us how broke the city is, but he doesn't have any problem with giving the zoo over $600,000 tax dollars per year for the next four years. We get our streetlights turned off while lying John funnels millions of tax dollars to his cronies. There is money for everything that lying John wants, millions and millions of tax dollars. But for the taxpayers, they get their lights turned off and a boot in the ass.
Why didn't we hear about this when it happened, lying Journal Times? Your swine support the swine in City Hall. Racist pigs in suits.
Journal Times had the story about Team Porters on their site for a brief time. Journal Times knows we resent giving a million tax dollars to a millionaire for his private project. Pigs everywhere.
I am not going to write a lot right now, but it sure looks like a reasonable size meteor hit Chelyabinsk, Russia. Lots of videos are online that look like the same object. I would be skeptical of this type of story at first, but there are lots of videos and they all look like the same object so it appears real or a hell of a sick, coordinated viral marketing campaign.
The city signed a contract with union workers, then Dickert tried to renege on the contract. A judge ruled that the contract is valid. It's a clear cut case. Now Dickert is appealing that decision. All of this idiocy funded by taxpayer money. The lawyers are making a killing off of Dickert's Racine.
a very ingenious advertising campaign to promote their dental floss. But ...... before I explain to you the main detail of these images, I shall let you appreciate them quietly.
Alright ......... now that you've had time to quietly observe the images .......
* in the first photograph, you might have noticed that the lady has one finger too many on her left hand,
* in the second photograph, a phantom arm is floating behind,
* and in the third photograph, the man has only one ear.
The campaign attained its purpose.
It proved that food debris on your teeth draws more attention than any physical defect does.
How well did you do ??
Well, not me personally. But it turns out there is a species of sea slug that has a detachable penis. Chromodoris reticulata is a simultaneous hermaphrodite meaning it has male and female sex organs and can use them both at the same time (I imagine that makes it really hard to figure out who is on top). So when these sea slugs mate, they both give and receive sperm at the same time. After mating, they just leave their penises, possibly because barbs on the penis make them difficult to pull out. But that's okay, because it's got a lot more penis inside of it and it just pops out another one within a day.
In case you are wondering, I have already nominated this for an IgNobel Prize.
Hello, my pretty valentines!How are you? That snowstorm last week gave us a taste of what winter is
supposed to feel like around here.It’s
hard for me to believe that as a child I loved to play in the snow.Today, I despise it.I enjoy scenic winter views as much as
anyone.My problems arise, however, when
I have to deal with the snow and ice personally.Scenic views won’t slip you up and put you in
the hospital.Black ice will do that in
Tomorrow is when we celebrate VD.Valentine’s Day, that is.Be sure to show that special someone in your
life that you love and appreciate him or her.A gift, a meal, flowers, candy, just some words, whatever, take some
time to share your feelings with your loved one.Big, expensive, fancy gifts are wonderful,
but giving of yourself is the best. I ask all of the Irregulars and regulars to
be my valentine.
Why don’t friends of Mr. Mayor Dickert have to pay property
taxes?Why are the rest of us forced to
financially support Mr. Mayor’s friends?Failure after failure after failure is piled upon residents’ backs while
Mr. Mayor’s friends don’t pay their “fair share.”Mr. Mayor begs churches for money while his
friends don’t pay property taxes.What
is wrong with City Hall?Why do our
“representatives” (aldermen) allow these conditions to continue?
I read about the Pope retiring and my response was, “Good.”I’m not a Catholic, but I realize that Catholicism
is a large and influential religion.One
reason I don’t like Pope Benedict may seem superficial, but he is the leader
and face of the Roman Catholic Church.I
don’t like the way he looks.Mostly, it’s
those dark circles under his eyes.He
looks like an emissary from hell. The
other reason I don’t like him is because, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he actively
hid and protected pedophile priests. Lots of them.Maybe he is
an emissary from hell.When the latest round
of pedophile priests broke out in Europe, the Pope cried
and said that the accusers and critics were hurting the church.That’s right: it’s the victims’ fault. Someone
like that doesn’t deserve to be Pope.Oh
Sorry for so much soapbox this week.Here’s something a little more lighthearted:
Thank you, my dears, for reading my blog this week.I always appreciate your comments. You are my
"Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges
computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time
director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction
with the Oscar®-nominated short, 'Paperman.' Using a minimalist
black-and-white style, the short follows the story of a lonely young man
in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn
after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute.
Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second
chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from
his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to
get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in
store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt
Disney Animation Studios, 'Paperman' pushes the animation medium in an
exciting new direction." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTLySbGoMX0
Disney or not, I still prefer the classic cartoons:
Despite the fact that Common Redpolls are fairly common, I never seen any till last weekend.... Believe me, I've tried.
The red cap is what draws my attention.... The Common Redpoll is a small streaked breast finch, with a tiny pointed
yellow bill and a deeply notched black tail. They are brown overall with two white wing
bars. The best field marks are the black chin and the distinctive “red
cap.” They do look similar to several other species of birds, please check with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for more details.
These birds from the Arctic often travel in large flocks, many as a couple of hundred have been reported.... There are also often seen foraging for seeds in conifer forests, weedy fields and backyard feeders along with Pine Siskins, They do have a rather irregular migration, coming down from the Great White North when the food supply is scarce. Sightings in Racine County are also sporadic, a few small flocks have been seen here and there, especially around Shoop Park and Olympia Brown School.
These pictures were taken over the weekend at my folk's place up in Pickerel, WI. Imagine the surprise on my face when I saw a huge flock of these birds in their feeder! Especially after missing out opportunities here in Racine! A lifer for me....
"The Katharine Hepburn Medal recognizes women who change their worlds:
those whose lives, work, and contributions embody the intelligence,
drive, and independence of the four-time Oscar winner. Award recipients
are chosen on the basis of their commitment and contributions to the
Hepburn women’s greatest passions—the arts, civic engagement, and
“'Bryn Mawr College is proud to honor Patti Smith with our 2013
Hepburn Medal. She was a trailblazer in the male-dominated world of rock
and roll, and conveys enormous passion and continues to transform
herself throughout her artistic journey, which resonates deeply with the
Bryn Mawr College community,' said Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe. 'At Bryn Mawr we encourage our students to strive to be their authentic
selves, find passion in their lives and use that to transform their
futures, and Patti Smith embodies this through and through.'
"Smith has produced a body of work whose influence branches out
through generations, across disciplines, and around the world. She is a
poet, writer, singer, songwriter, photographer, and fine artist."
Although closest approach between Mercury and Mars was Friday night, the show is still going on and the Moon is joining the party. But before I get to that, sunset was particularly nice tonight. There were several nice flashes starting with green and even including blue and purple. Interestingly enough, last year on almost exactly this same date, I got wonderful pics of multicolored flashes as well. Wondering if there is something about this mountain that makes it particularly conducive to producing this phenomena. Click to see larger versions and look close for the colors.
After sunset, I was actually more interested in seeing the crescent Moon tonight. I knew it could be a challenge since new Moon occurred earlier today (12:22am MST) so the Moon would be less than 19 hours pas new. I finally spotted the Moon at about 6:43pm putting the Moon 18 hours and 21 minutes past new. At this time less than 1% of the Moon was illuminated.I probably could have found it a few minutes earlier, but I was looking a little too far south for it...I found it a little farther north than I was expecting (that will teach me to look up its azimuth before I go observing!) Here is a close up of the very young crescent Moon with a plane flying by.
As I said, Mercury and Mars are still fairly close together so I turned my attention to them. My real goal was to see if I could get Mercury, Mars and the crescent Moon. The Moon was rapidly setting at that time and I barely got it. Mercury is the brighter one toward the top and Mars is slightly beneath it. I got a plane in this one as well. The Moon is lower in the sky and its light is passing through more atmosphere so it doesn't show up as well. Look to the lower right of the bright plane, just above the horizon. You have to look very close.
Tomorrow night the Moon will be much higher in the sky and easier to see. The Moon will be above and to the right of Mercury and about 3.8% illuminated, much easier to see. Mars will be the toughest of the three to pick out against the twilight sky, so have patience but don't wait too long or they will set behind the western horizon before you see them!
"Seven different Racine Raiders players, head coach Gino
Perfetto and one volunteer were recognized for their efforts
during the team's historic 2012 national championship season
at the annual team banquet held on Saturday, February 9,
2012, at Infusino's Banquet Hall in Racine.
"The player awards were voted on by the players as part of
an anonymous vote held near the end of the season. The
following awards were given out Saturday night:
Most Valuable Player: Quarterback Craig
Offensive Player of the
Year: Quarterback Craig McClelland
Defensive Player of the Year: Linebacker Nate
Special Teams Player of the Year: Kicker/Punter Joel
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Ronald Lollis
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Larry Williams
Rookie of the Year: Quarterback Craig
"The board of directors also named Raiders radio
broadcaster and webmaster, Don Wadewitz, as the volunteer of
the year. It's the second time Wadewitz was named volunteer
of the year in his decade with the team.
"In addition to the team-specific awards, two awards were
also presented to individual players for their efforts in
the Semi-Pro BCS national championship game. Running back
J.R. Taylor was named the offensive most valuable player and
defensive lineman Ardray Jarrett received defensive most
valuable player. The Semi-Pro BCS Committee named Gino
Perfetto as the National Coach of the Year.
"Board of directors president Matthew Snyder also unveiled
two additional team trophies. The Mid-States Football
League (MSFL) presented the Raiders with trophies for
winning the team's division and conference.
"The banquet was attended by over 40 players, dozens of
volunteers, board members and coaches as well as their
spouses and significant others. Snyder served as emcee for
the evening and City of Racine Mayor John Dickert attended
and spoke at the event.
"The evening also included a short recap of the 60-year
history of the team as well as the 2012 national
championship season. Barry Tait of Tait Media showed a 15
minute highlight video of the Semi-Pro BCS National
Championship game. Players, staff and volunteers were also
given an embroidered fleece blanket.
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