Tuesday Evening


Pure Prairie League

New Riders of the Purple Sage

Three guys from RAF Lakenheath


I expect a flurry of thumbs down on this poat. Don’t disappoint me!

Put on yer shitkickers…

…and kick some shit:

I’d say, “Amen, brother,” except that the previous video is inherently racist. Somehow. Shut up, that’s how.

But, hey, cheer up. Al Gore is coming to town


It may be hard to be a Saint in Chicago…

But, well, you get the idea…





“Racist!!11!!” We ain’t.

The last post was making Rosetta’s poon hurt, and causing him to get all arsony in the comments, so rather than let a crime be committed, it seemed better to push the old down with something else.

This video should indicate that the latest round of finger-pointing is merely the latest round in what has been going on for a long time.  The only difference is that it is now the tool of the rank opportunist, the power-mad, and the myopically self-interested.

You may think it cheesy, but damn, I miss American entertainers like this one.

Musical Mondays Make Me Mellow

Mondays can be painful. We all feel it. A weekend’s worth of projects and recreation somehow completed in an alcoholic haze, losses for your favorite sports teams, and torn muscles and ligaments acquired through a variety of unnatural acts take their toll on you in your office chair on Monday morning. The four-day respite until it starts over is no solace – you feel shitty NOW.

Today, we’re going to invoke an old, perverted adage. “Music calms the savage beast” they say. Perverted, I say, because the actual quote is from William Congreve’s The Mourning Bride, and goes, “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”  Who cares which is right, really – other than William Congreve?

First up, the 3rd Movement of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. It’s light, airy, seasonal, and just fun.

There are studies that indicate listening to Mozart can increase your IQ. Do something with your new smarts! Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking have something to offer you now via some real genius who set their own words to music. Get smart!

Speaking of getting smart, let’s do it again…

If you were hoping for something better than this poat this morning, I’ve got news for you:

Now lets get out there and have day.


Tonight could be the night that decides who plays the Phillies in this year’s World Series.


At this point (thank you, Yahoo) I could give half-a-shit about football.

Consider this an open thread.

UPDATE [Sean M.]:
Congratulations to wiser, wiserbud, and the New York Yankees. They simply played better baseball in this series than my Angels did, and they deserve this.

UPDATE [MCPO] Go Phillies!!!

Sunday Steatopygia for Slubberdegullions

I’m not sure who I’m gonna call but I know who I’m not calling.



Have you had your daily does of Prisencolinensinainciusol yet?  Here you go.


Would you like fries with that?

piu - mcdonald


It’s almost Halloween.  Here are some ways to celebrate the season by having your wife or girlfriend hate you.



chive - dicks


“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.”

Of course, knowing that this is the dominant philosophy in the West Wing, thanks to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s unusual candor, when I read this morning that The Great Pretender and noted Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barrack Hussein Obama declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency, I had to wonder, what is the end game really is.

The excuse given in the article was:

Health authorities say more than 1,000 people in the United States, including almost 100 children, have died from the strain of flu known as H1N1, and 46 states have widespread flu activity.

While no one likes hearing about people dying, except Democratic lawmakers who push Unconstitutional Health Insurance Takeover plans, replete with bureaucratic panels who will decide if we are too old to receive the care our doctors prescribe, or if the care is simply too expensive, the fact is that this is not a startlingly high number for flu deaths. Spend a quick few minutes with a search engine, and you will find that in a typical year in the U.S., the numbers of deaths attributed to influenza number in the tens of thousands. The CDC categorizes these deaths with pneumonia, so it is hard to say what their total is, but other sources put the number between 30,000 and 66,000 deaths annually.

When taken in this context, it hardly seems to be an “emergency”. So what does declaring it an emergency get the Manchurian Presidunt?

Again, from the article:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now has authority to bypass federal rules when opening alternative care sites, such as offsite hospital centers at schools or community centers if hospitals seek permission.

Some hospitals have opened drive-thrus and drive-up tent clinics to screen and treat swine flu patients. The idea is to keep infectious people out of regular emergency rooms and away from other sick patients.

Hospitals could modify patient rules — for example, requiring them to give less information during a hectic time — to quicken access to treatment, with government approval, under the declaration.

It also addresses a financial question for hospitals — reimbursement for treating people at sites not typically approved. For instance, federal rules do not allow hospitals to put up treatment tents more than 250 yards away from the doors; if the tents are 300 yards or more away, typically federal dollars won’t go to pay for treatment.

So far, so good…and then a clue:

The national emergency declaration was the second of two steps needed to give Sebelius extraordinary powers during a crisis.

On April 26, the administration declared swine flu a public health emergency, allowing the shipment of roughly 12 million doses of flu-fighting medications from a federal stockpile to states in case they eventually needed them. At the time, there were 20 confirmed cases in the U.S. of people recovering easily. There was no vaccine against swine flu, but the CDC had taken the initial step necessary for producing one.

So this got me thinking, “What other powers would the blood-money grubbing HHS Secretary have?”

I don’t know that I have satisfied myself as to the answer, but I did find a copy of the National Strategy on Pandemic Flu. It was appropriately vague. Then I found a presentation on the applicable federal law (pay attention to pages 56 to 76) Of more concern was the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, which is the model language drafted by the CDC for review and adoption by the individual states.

Of particular concern:

Under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, upon the declaration of a “public health emergency,” governors and public health officials would be empowered to:

1.Force individuals suspected of harboring an “infectious disease” to undergo medical examinations.
2.Track and share an individual’s personal health information, including genetic information.
3.Force persons to be vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for infectious diseases.
4.Mandate that all health care providers report all cases of persons who harbor any illness or health condition that may be caused by an epidemic or an infectious agent and might pose a “substantial risk” to a “significant number of people or cause a long-term disability.” (Note: Neither “substantial risk” nor “significant number” are defined in the draft.)
5.Force pharmacists to report any unusual or any increased prescription rates that may be caused by epidemic diseases.
6.Preempt existing state laws, rules and regulations, including those relating to privacy, medical licensure, and–this is key–property rights.
7.Control public and private property during a public health emergency, including pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, nursing homes, other health care facilities, and communications devices.
8.Mobilize all or any part of the “organized militia into service to the state to help enforce the state’s orders.”
9.Ration firearms, explosives, food, fuel and alcoholic beverages, among other commodities.
10.Impose fines and penalties to enforce their orders.

Now between extensive quarantine powers, and states that could have provisions 6-10 of the above list on their books, it is enough to say “Yeah. I can see how this certainly is a crisis that Komisar Emanuel and the rest of the O Crew just might want to take advantage of. You might never know when that awful Swine Flu might strike the red states…say right after passage of an illegal Health Insurance Takeover Bill, maybe?”


Just sayin’, s’all. Maybe you’re still the trusting sort. I’m not anymore. When a snake pokes its snout into my life and says “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”, I watch it very closely, and start wondering if I can cut it’s head off before it bites me.

H/t to the loverly SoHoS for the second image of Dear Leader.
Cross-posted at Taxes, Stupidity, and Death.


I was looking for something else when I came across some pictures taken by Master Sgt. Robert Wieland. They are truly stunning photos. Thank you Master Sgt.

070424-F-4192W-007A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly over the Pacific Alaska Range Complex April 24 during live-fire training. The A-10s are from the 355th Fighter Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Members from the 355th FS are tasked to provide mission ready A-10s and a search and rescue capability, in Alaska and deployed sites worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Robert Wieland)

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Big Boob Friday

Wilkommen! As we approach the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in a couple of weeks, now is a good time to journey back to the magical year of 1989. According to some Hostages, yours truly wasn’t even born yet — haha, dummkopfs, joke’s on you, because I was A Man by then … and furiously punching Das Klown to today’s BBF model. So, um, come with me back to 1989…

To get you in the mood, here’s a hit from that year — “Neon lights… Nobel Prize… when a leader speaks, the reflection lies.”

But back to East Berlin. When volk think of (biologically) female East German Olympians, this image usually springs to mind. But in the late-80’s, the German Democratic Republic actually produced a beautiful athletic specimen that was not the result of a failed experiment in Marxism ultra-bovine strength hormones. Presenting … Katarina Witt:


Here’s the part where I’d put you some knowledge about Fraulein Witt and her multiple gold medals in figure skating, but instead I’ll just point you to the Font of Ultimate Truth. Fun fact: like many East Germans, Katarina was an informant for the hated Stasi. That just makes my shameful self-abuse that much more exciting, fantasizing that She Was Watching.

For the Leg Men, here she is in her element:


For the SFW-if-you-live-in-a-jungle Leg Men, here she is in your element:


Here she is escaping from Stalin — swim! swim to freedom!:


The sun sets on Communism:


Who wants to be educated? Today in History:

1869: John Heisman was born

1890: President Benjamin Harrison expands the borders of Nebraska. Eat it, Jefferson.

1915: 25,000 chicks march in NYC for Suffrage.

1929: The Dow drops 4.6%. The next day is Black Thursday & it crashes 12.9%.

1956: Hungary revolts against its Stalinist overlords. The revolution is put down so that Katarina Witt can be born.

1971: Disney World opens.

1983: Bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 American servicemen. The Hezbollah mastermind behind it was killed by a car bomb in Syria last year — thank you, guys.

2002: Chechen terrorists storm a Moscow theater taking 850 hostages. Led by Janet Reno, the Russian Spetsnaz pumped toxic gas into the theater, killing 29 terrorists and 129 hostages.

Birthdays: Johnny Carson, Weird Al Yankovic, Michael Crichton, Doug Flutie, Pele, Sam Raimi, Dwight Yoakam, and Nancy Grace.

I feel smrter now, you?

Before we begin yapping away in the comments, I’m sure you’re wondering how Katarina has held up over the years — RAWR.


And rather than dropping an NSFW pic below the fold, let’s just scatter some Easter Eggs among the comments — because there are some pretty incredible Kat pics out in Googleland.

Soupy was good funneh

Soupy Sales, a guy who I hadn’t thought about in years, passed away today. He was a comedy pioneer, basically coming up with the idea of a “kids show” that was really for adults…

My dad had a bunch of tapes of his show that he played for my brother and me when we were kids, and I thought he was pretty damn funny. I don’t know if the rest of you dug his comedy, but I suspect a lot of you watched his show at one time or another.

Here’s hoping he got a pie in the face just after he passed through the Pearly Gates. I bet he’d like that.