Dave Stancliff 2011-05-15 blogarama.com

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Everyones still here, a stolen moon rock, and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s death is announced

So here we are; drinking our coffee and tea, and enjoying the morning. The Rapture apparently didn’t get you and me.

Either we’re sinners and didn’t deserve to get scooped up out of our clothes, or it’s not the End of the World. What’s Harold Camping going to do now?

 Harold Camping

Meanwhile as the world turns: 

A woman offering to sell a moon rock for $1.7 million was detained in a NASA sting, authorities said Friday. It is illegal to sell moon rocks (which I didn’t know). They’re considered national treasures. The gray rocks, which were gifted to each U.S. state and 136 countries by then-President Richard Nixon, can sell for millions of dollars on the black market.

How about those crazy people in Texas? The legislature acts to make state safe for "noodling"

A noodler competing in the Okie Noodling Tournament carries his catfish in Pauls Valley

Texas may still have problems like a multi-billion dollar budget deficit and public schools facing major spending cuts, but its legislature has moved to make the Lone Star State safe for "noodling."

Noodling, the time-honored Southern practice of catching catfish by hand, has been illegal in Texas, and noodlers were subject to a fine of up to $500.

However, lawmakers from east Texas, the part of the state most steeped in Southern culture, have long claimed it is wrong to ban what is also called by some "Hillbilly Hand Fishing."

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According to a report from the Galactic Empire Times, Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says

Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday.

In a late-night appearance in the East Room of the Imperial Palace, Lord Vader declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that agents of the Imperial Army and stormtroopers of the 501st Legion had finally cornered Kenobi, one of the leaders of the Jedi rebellion, who had eluded the Empire for nearly two decades.

It’s been fun. Time for me to head on down the road…

Friday, May 20, 2011

‘It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream’

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It Can be Hard Keeping a Straight Face as a COURT REPORTER

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.

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ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?

WITNESS:    He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'

ATTORNEY:  And why did that upset you?

WITNESS:    My name is Susan!

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ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?

WITNESS:    Yes.

ATTORNEY:  And in what ways does it affect your memory?

WITNESS:    I forget..

ATTORNEY:  You forget?  Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

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ATTORNEY:  She had three children, right?

WITNESS:    Yes.

ATTORNEY:  How many were boys?

WITNESS:    None.

ATTORNEY:  Were there any girls?

WITNESS:       Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new

attorney?

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ATTORNEY:  How was your first marriage terminated?

WITNESS:    By death.

ATTORNEY:  And by whose death was it terminated?

WITNESS:    Take a guess.

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ATTORNEY:  Can you describe the individual?

WITNESS:    He was about medium height and had a beard

ATTORNEY:  Was this a male or a female?

WITNESS:    Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.

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Preakness Stakes Infield: Where Debauchary Runs Wild While the Horses Run in Second Leg of the Famous Triple Crown

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I had no idea that horse racing offered such diverse entertainment.

If the world doesn’t end tomorrow (and I suspect it won’t) then consider going to this party:

Pimlico race track officials offer a wild party in the infield of the famous race track. They walk a fine line, every year between losing control of these annual parties… and losing the event. Something no one wants to happen. It makes money. That’s the real name of the game isn’t it folks?

The People’s Party, also dubbed by locals as the “Biggest Outdoor Frat Party in the World,” offers an infield crowd of diverse groups of people, with professionals, racing fans, college students. It’s typically a fun-seeking, younger crowd, but there are plenty of veterans who have been partaking in the celebration for decades. The array of outfits and costumes is befitting for a carnival.

Many will be well-inebriated hours before the Preakness is run. It’s not your average day at the racetrack. It certainly isn't a place for children.The 2010 infield scene featured more security and much-improved dining options and beverage stands. But the insanity still existed. You could still witness the “Toilet Run,” also known as the running of the urinals, where participants must dash across the top of numerous porta-potties while getting pelted with objects from onlookers. There also were passed-out people all over the ground, some fighting and, of course, women flashing their bare-skinned chests.

The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic

The moral philosopher Cornel West (shaking hands with Obama), recently said if Barack Obama’s ascent to power was a morality play, he would be the voice of conscience. Rahm Emanuel, a cynical product of the Chicago political machine, would be Satan. Emanuel in the first scene of the play would dangle power, privilege, fame and money before Obama. West would warn Obama that the quality of a life is defined by its moral commitment, that his legacy will be determined by his willingness to defy the cruel assault by the corporate state and the financial elite against the poor and working men and women, and that justice must never be sacrificed on the altar of power. (click here for more on this Opinion piece by Chris Hedges)

Friday morning musings: the world ends tomorrow, and other stuff

Pull up a chair, grab a cup of hot coffee, and get confortable: this may be your last day on earth! Judgment Day is set for Saturday…

Thousands of people around the country have spent the last few days taking to the streets and saying final goodbyes before Saturday, Judgment Day, when they expect to be absorbed into heaven in a process known as the rapture. Nonbelievers, they hold, will be left behind to perish along with the world over the next five months.

With their doomsday T-shirts, placards and leaflets, followers — often clutching Bibles — are typically viewed as harmless proselytizers from outside mainstream religion. But their convictions have frequently created the most tension within their own families, particularly with relatives whose main concern about the weekend is whether it will rain.

Photo - Abby Haddad Carson and Robert Carson say Saturday is Judgment Day; the children, Joseph, Faith and Grace, right, do not.

Not gnarly! Lifeguard pay of $200,000 riles Calif. beach city

Who had any idea lifeguards made this much money? They make more than nurses and many other professions that require years of schooling. Heck, all you have to do is sit and watch the pretty girls in thongs!

The debate over the merits of having lifeguards as well-paid as some CEOs has divided this wealthy coastal city, spawned a pro-lifeguard Facebook page and created headlines as far away as England ("Time for a Career Change? California's Baywatch lifeguards paid up to $210,000 per year!").

Happy Birthday Cher! You’re 65 today and still look great!

When it comes to Cher, the regular rules don't apply. Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, she was a bride  by 18, a No. 1 pop star by 19 and a TV star by 25. It was during her stint on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" that she developed her signature style with the aid of designer Bob Mackie and an ocean of faux locks. She has had "every color wig you can imagine," she once told InStyle. "You cannot do things with your hair because all that styling ruins it. And I love my hair." Cher may be outrageous, but the Hollywood veteran is certainly not reckless.

Image: Tour guide Kim Voorhies of Lafayette, La., giving a day to rescuing osprey chicks in nests too close to floodwaters from the Morganza Spillway, hands a chick to licensed bird rehabilitator Cindy Ransonet of New Iberia, La.

 Baby ospreys saved from gators as flood rises

The rising waters unleashed in parts of Louisiana by the opening of the Morganza spillway, to protect New Orleans and Baton Rouge from Mississippi River flooding, has sent people and wildlife searching for higher ground while leaving birds such as the osprey chicks at risk.

In recent days, bird rehabilitators have swooped in and rescued osprey chicks and eggs from this lake in the Atchafalaya Basin.

A guide who usually shows them to tourists and photographers got federal approval, saying the nests would soon be under water or in reach of alligators.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by. It’s time for me to head on down the road…

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Part II: Pursuing more psychodelic posters just because…

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What can I say? I love these old 60s and 70s posters. I remember making a few of my own, but with nowhere near the expertise displayed here.

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It’s strange seeing them after all of these years. I still remember my first black light poster – it was The Doors. Rock on!

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All of these images are available at Google Images Public domain. I’ll share more on another day.

The Social Security/Medicare "Crisis" Is Really a Choice - Between the Middle Class and the Wealthy

Guest Opinion

By Richard (RJ) Eskow

“The word for today is "choice," not "crisis."

It's time to stop saying the country "can't afford" Medicare, Social Security, or other programs that benefit the middle class. If I told my mother that I "can't mow the lawn" or "I can't do all that homework" when I was a kid, she'd say: "Don't say you can't. Say you don't want to." (The outcome of these exchanges was inevitable. Hello, lawnmower ...)

Now we're told there's a "crisis" and we can no longer afford the middle-class American dream. The truth is the opposite: Our long-term problems aren't caused by the middle class, but by politicians who choose to sacrifice the middle class for wealthy interests.

All this talk about a "debt crisis" is a way for politicians to avoid telling the truth: They'd rather say they "have to" sacrifice the middle class than admit they're making a choice.” Read the rest here.

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One infuriating example of public assistance program abuse

Taking advantage of the system…Fick doesn’t give a flying f**k who cares!

It’s people like this clown who hurt the public welfare recipients who really need help. His picture is going to be put up in every Conservative politicians office in America.

He’s made himself the poster boy of public abuse, but could care less what you think about it. He’s getting his…note the modified mullet.

A Michigan Lottery $2 million jackpot winner from last year is eligible and collecting some food stamp assistance under a loophole state officials have been working for months to close.

Leroy Fick, who lives near Saginaw, took a lump sum payment for his June 2010 prize, buying a house, a used 2008 Audi and investing the rest, attorney John Wilson said on Wednesday.

"If you're going to ... try to make me feel bad, you aren't going to do it," Fick told a reporter from local station TV5.”

Welcome to my Thursday morning coffee klatch mateys…

The coffee is hot and tasty and the news is what it is! For openers there was a bit of a mutiny on stranded MSC cruise ship yesterday. 'We want the captain,' shouted passengers, who faced another ordeal after disembarking

Police comb city for mullet-wearing bandit

Police in Ohio are searching for a mullet-wearing bandit they say has been on a bank-robbing spree across the state.

A man sporting the distinctive hairdo -- short on the top, tight on the sides and long in the back -- is a suspect in at least two bank robberies in Columbus over the past two weeks, FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas told Reuters, and may have been involved in a third holdup in the northeast part of the state.

Jamie McCourt

Jamie McCourt asks judge to order sale of Dodgers

My Dodgers have been in dire straights lately. The almost didn’t make the May team payroll. Now this:

“In a court filing made public today, Jamie McCourt says the Dodgers are on 'the brink of financial ruin' due to Frank McCourt's 'mismanagement.' She asks that the judge act before Major League Baseball seizes the club, in order to get the highest sale price for the team.”

Woman's quest for missing dad leads to Utah desert

It was supposed to be Kenneth Schneider's goodbye to the world, the last solo road trip the 78-year-old would take, from Washington state back to his native Utah.

No one knows just how or why the trip ended as abruptly as it did. But, more than five years later, as she clutched her father's skull in the harsh southern Utah desert, Leslie Schneider finally felt an odd catharsis and relief that her family's own emotional quest for answers also had come to an end.

That’s all for now folks. Time for me to head on down the road…

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

‘Go for the moon. If you don't get it, you'll still be heading for a star’

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Google Images – Quote by Willis Reed

Lawmaker Says Women Should Plan Ahead in Case of Rape, Since He Carries A Spare Tire

Rep. Pete DeGraaf, a Mulvane Republican makes a complete ass of himself

“A Republican just suggested a woman should have to "plan ahead" and obtain insurance in case she is raped.  She should have a plan ready in case she is raped. I cannot repeat that enough -- a Republican lawmaker believes that women should be planning for a future in which she is raped, just in case. - Robin Marty

Secret Service interrogates 13-year-old over Facebook post

 

Just in case you don’t think Big Brother is watching…

When Timi Robertson found out her middle-schooler son was being questioned by the Secret Service and the police at his Tacoma, Wa. school, she says she "just about lost it," — especially after they told her it was over a Facebook post the boy had written warning President Barack Obama of suicide attacks in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death.

The Shame List: 10 CEOs Who Got Rich By Squeezing Workers

Michael T. Duke Walmart Jeffrey R. Immelt General Electric Angela F. Braly WellPoint Mark G. Parker Nike Hugh Grant Monsanto Craig Dubow Gannett Clarence Otis, Jr.Darden Restaurants Gary M. Rodkin ConAgra Foods Keith E. Wandell Harley Davidson
Peter L. Lynch Winn-Dixie

Corporate profits grew 38.8 percent in 2010, the biggest increase since 1950, the year I was born.

But while CEOs earned an average of 20 percent more last year, many Americans continued to lose their jobs and benefits.

The insecurity of the middle class has a lot to do with how executives are paid. Bonuses pegged to stock prices encourage CEOs to mercilessly outsource and downsize, slashing costs to boost profits.

The result is that more corporate leaders are getting paid at the expense of average workers. Shown here are 10 of the worst offenders:

Solar Energy for All? I can’t wait to see what the impact of a new partnership will be for you and me

Lowe's, the world's second largest home improvement retailer recently announced a new partnership with residential solar provider Sungevity that will put renewable energy within the reach of millions.

On Monday, the companies announced a new agreement that will offer homeowners the easiest and most affordable solar solutions in the marketplace, marking a significant step in the mainstream adoption of residential solar.  Story Here.

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LAPD hopes mystery woman can lead to suspects who beat Giants fan at Dodger Stadium

Click for fuller descriptions. Credit: LAPD

As a longtime Dodger fan I was horrified when I heard about this vicious attack on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.

It’s a sign of the times. Public violence is so prevalent that there is no place families can go without fear of being attacked. Gangsters rule the inner cities and when they attend games they bring their love of violence with them.

If you’ve gone to any professional sports venues in recent years, you’ve probably noticed the difference in how rude people are acting. Parents almost have to bring ear muffs for their children to baseball games because of the profanities that fill the air. It’s sad.

Los Angeles police said Tuesday that a Latina in her 20s who wore a white Andre Ethier jersey on opening day at Dodger Stadium may know the two assailants responsible for the brutal attack on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.

Los Angeles Police Capt. Bill Murphy said detectives have developed some strong leads,  but one of the best is that a woman drove the car that took the two suspects away on the night of the beating.

Police also announced Tuesday that the total reward had been increased from $150,000 to $200,000 for information leading to the capture of the two attackers, the San Francisco Examiner reported

Police Suspect Drawings and Description - The first attacker is described as a stocky male Latino with a shaved head, mustache and goatee and possibly neck tattoos. He is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall to 5 feet 10 inches and weighing about 170 pounds. He has a mole on his left cheek. The second suspect is a Latino or white male, 6 feet 1 inches with short hair and hazel eyes and possibly tattoos on his shoulder.

The bulletproof dog that stormed bin Laden's lair

If you see this dog coming for you, run. Thanks to his extensive training — and customized body armor that can cost upward of $30,000 — he's bulletproof, can hear through concrete and can record high-def video of missions, even in the dead of night.

Story Here

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.”– George McDonald

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I honestly don’t think Americans want endless worldwide war–so why is Congress about to sanction it?

Did you hear about this? Literally in a midnight session last week, the House Armed Services Committee tucked a dangerous provision into the huge Defense authorization bill.

With it, Congress took one more step towards passing a law for endless worldwide war. The new law would use American military forces against terrorism suspects everywhere and anywhere.
If you didn't hear about this provision, you're not alone.

It was added to the bill by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), and it could become the single biggest ceding of unchecked war authority to the executive branch in modern American history.

 Tell Congress: No blank check for worldwide war.


Outrageously, there have been no hearings on this worldwide war legislation, nor has its necessity been explained by Rep. Buck McKeon or anyone else in Congress.
A House vote could come as early as next week. Unlike the legislation that authorized the Afghanistan War and the pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the proposed new and expanded law to go to war does not even require a specific threat of harm to the United States.

It's outrageous that, just as the majority of Americans eagerly await the ramping down of our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Congress is acting under the cover of darkness to pass a new law for a worldwide war.
Take action and contact your representative and make it clear that you won't stand still for Congress triggering a worldwide war without end.

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Attack on the Fourth Amendment :Supreme Court opens door to avoiding warrants in drug cases

The Fourth Amendment is seriously taking a beating, and the latest assault comes straight down from the US Supreme Court, who just ruled – eight to one! – that cops can bust down your door without a warrant if they smell marijuana.

Supreme Court sides with police who, lacking warrant, followed smell of pot into apartment

The only one of the group with any common sense was Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who dissented. In her dissent, Ginsburg said her colleagues were giving police an easy way to routinely avoid getting warrants in drug cases.

“Police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, never mind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant,” she said.

Table talk on Tuesday–exploding watermelons and more

Image:Good morning! Pull up a seat and have a cup of Java with me as I take a look at some of the news of the day:

How about exploding watermelons for a bizarre opener? Apparently the Chinese farmers used a growth hormone at the wrong time in the growth cycle and the result was…exploding watermelons! Actually that sounds like a good name for a rock group; The Exploding Watermelons. Think about it. They could play on the same billing as the Smashing Pumpkins!

It’s true confession time this morning for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who admits to having fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple's home before they announced their separation last week. So now you know the rest of the story why they are getting divorced.

After 45 years promoting treatment and a cure for children he calls "my kids," comedian Jerry Lewis announced Monday he is retiring as host of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon that has become synonymous with his name.

Lewis, 85, issued a statement through the association calling it "time for an all new Telethon era."

Lewis, a Las Vegas resident, has in recent years battled a debilitating back condition, heart issues and the crippling lung disease pulmonary fibrosis. He said he'll continue serving as national Muscular Dystrophy Association chairman, as he's done since the early 1950s.

A forensics team cordons off a grave where the body of former Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos was located in Nicosia

 

In keeping with the bizarre this morning we have this story; Three get jail in president corpse snatch  A court in Cyprus jailed three men for up to 20 months Monday for snatching the remains of late Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos from his grave. Why did they do it? One of the defendants had asked his brother to dig up the remains, hoping he could negotiate his own release from prison where he is serving two life sentences for murder!

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by. Time for me to head on down the road…

Monday, May 16, 2011

Okay…I’m a vintage poster freak, especially work from the 60s & 70s

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I’ve got a lot more of these great posters to share on another day. They’ve been sourced from numerous public domains. I just don’t want to overwhelm you with 50 in one setting. Know what I mean Jelly Bean?