Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A 2001 military training guide: ‘Homosexual Conduct Policy’


A new addition to Ethan Persoff's fantastic Comics with Problems collection: A U.S. Army comic book from 2001 explaining "Don't Ask Don't Tell," or what they call "Homosexual Conduct Policy".

The publication was very likely used as a test document with little distribution. I dig the art, and I think the back cover is my favorite part.

Sweet baby Dorothy in a wig, does this ever beg for a Photoshop remix.


Emma (Jane) Hack is an artist that combines body art and camouflage

Emma Hacks Camouflage Art Emma Hacks Camouflage Art

GO HERE to see more of her fantastic work.

Popular medical marijuana strains and their highs











Positions on the medical use of marijuana vary, but thousands of patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, and other diseases claim marijuana provides them relief from devastating symptoms such as intractable nausea, vomiting.

Go here to see, and read about, 13 different strains.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Birds of a feather flock together for today’s last post

Birds of a feather flock together optical illusion

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Save the 'Vermontasaurus' – neighbors and government seek to send it back to the scap heap

Image: Vermontasaurus25-foot scrap-wood dinosaur faces extinction

Brian Boland, 61, a former teacher, hot-air balloon designer and balloon pilot who runs the rural Post Mills Airport in Thetford, Vt., stands with his "Vermontasaurus."

Republican senator says he backs birther lawsuits

Don’t you just love politicians who will do or say anything to cater to extreme conservative wingnuts who vote?

Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court. His spokesman did not immediately respond to a question about whether the senator doubts Obama's citizenship

This announcement is designed to get the Tea Baggers attention, along with other clusters of dissatisfied rich white people who resent an African American/Caucasian president. You know the ones I’m talking about. They want to turn the clock back to 1954 – to the “good old days.” These conservative pillars in our nation want their country back.  

Now Vitter is the kind of guy who the wackaloons respect. I’m mean, he’s got a track record. Let’s see. How about some of his exploits:

Just three years ago…

Louisiana senator David Vitters was the big story at the beginning of this week. First, his name came out on the DC Madam's list. Then, a pair of New Orleans brothels maintained he visited them with some frequency.

And, Wonkette reported that Vitters's particular fetish was diaper wearing.

All this was especially laughable due to its hypocrisy, what with Vitters being one of those Republicans that got into office on the family values, God-gays-guns platform.

 Vitter has, once again demonstrating what a sleasy kinda guy he is by sucking up to racists conspirators. The Birthers are as about as credible as the KKK or the Ayran Nation Network. Come to think of it, he may attract a wide following of crazed white conservative supremists, but I don’t think they have the numbers to make that much of an impact. You never know though. This country is getting scary.

"Zombies" crash on Portland Hwy I-84 near Lloyd exit

The car flipped over and then the horrified onlookers saw them…ZOMBIES!

This shocking report just hit the mainstream media, as one news service after another follows the mayhem…

Do you know the differences between Ravens versus Crows?

A lady down the street from me feeds the local crows everyday. They hang around, those special few who’ve discovered her generosity, on the electrical lines in the front of her house. 
For some silly reason I always think of those two British speaking Crows, Heckel and Jeckel, in the cartoons.   

While on one of my daily walks with my pug, I had my 3-year-old granddaughter with me.
She was delighted with those black birdies, and I told her they were Crows.
I also told her that there were other black birdies bigger than Crows called Ravens.
In the delightful manner of a know-everything 3-year old, she nodded her head and said, “I know.” A snap shot moment.
For those who don’t know all the differences between these two intelligent birds, I’ve listed some differences below on the American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and the common raven (Corvus corax).
Physical Differences: Crows average around 17 inches long, and ravens about 24-27.
  • A raven weighs about four times that of a crow.
  • Crows have a wing span around 2.5 ft., and ravens about 3.5-4 ft.
    • A raven's wing sometimes makes a prominent "swish, swish" sound, while a crow's wingbeat is usually silient.
  • Ravens have pointed wings, while crows have a more blunt and splayed wing tip.
  • Crows have a fan-shaped tail (squared-off), while raven tails are long and wege-shaped.
  • Besides having a bigger, more powerful bill, a raven's bill is curved, while a crow has a more-or-less flat bill. Additionally, atop a raven's bill is a tuft of hairs absent on crows.
    • As a result of being larger and more powerful, ravens are the more efficient predator. (Predation is a very small percentage of crow and raven diets.)
    • Crows are more at home in the urban landscape, given their ability to be more socially inclined than ravens.
    • Diet: While both are commited to being vociferous omnivores, ravens are drawn to carrion (especially sheep), while crows may be less picky
    • Ravens probably find food faster in the wild, considering anecdotes from tappers about how fast ravens could find the carrion in their traps.
  • Vocalizations: For the sake of basic reference, a crow's call is a "caw" and a raven's is a low and slow croak.
  • Crows exhibit at least two dozen differnt calls, while ravens can express themselves with 20-100's of different vocalizations, depending on the expert cited.
Time for me to walk on down the road...

Charlie Brown just wants some…

Charlie Brown Subliminal Optical Illusion

Have you heard about subliminal messages, and methods big companies (or authors) do to insert them into their products? They were quite popular few decades ago, and you can still see number of instances where hidden stuff is implemented in such a way that not everyone will notice. One of the spoofs that references these was made by Brad Pitt in Fight Club blockbuster (when they’ve inserted a photo of male genitalia as a single frame into family movie screening).

Theory says that people unconsciously notice the subliminal message, which triggers an action desired it would by its author. For example, there is a legend theaters used to insert short frames of food and drinks into their movie rolls, hoping to awaken hunger and thirst among audience, eventually resulting with higher sales of their fast-food products. One such subliminal thing is supposedly hidden in Charlie Brown’s portrait. I’m not exactly sure where this came from, or whether it’s just a coincidence, but if you spot it – it should perfectly fit with the title of this article. Happy hunting!

Consumer Reports won't recommend iPhone 4

Image: Apple Announces New iPhone At Developers Conference

'There is a problem with its reception,' publication says

The highly regarded publication said its engineers tested three iPhone 4s, and found that complaints by others about the phone's reception are valid. Apple, contacted for comment, did not respond.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

As It Stands: Channeling Ian Fleming: Spy story perfect stuff for a thriller

Dave Stancliff/For the Times-Standard

Posted: 07/11/2010 01:30:21 AM PDT

Holy red scare in suburbia, Batman!

A network of Russian spies in America!

Tabloid editors are ecstatically churning out fascinating details, such as the photogenic quality of one of the spies, Anna Chapman. Newspapers across the country breathlessly follow the stunning story of the spies among us.

Eleven people, 10 in the U.S. and one last seen in Cyprus, have been charged with being unregistered foreign agents. The cops are still looking for the one who was arrested in Cyprus but disappeared after a Cypriot judge freed him on $32,500 bail and embarrassed the Cyprus government in the process. The man went by the name Christopher Metsos and allegedly supplied money to the spy ring in America.

Ian Fleming, British author and journalist best remembered for his character James Bond in 12 novels and nine short stories, would really have a jolly go with this story.

The setting:

Richard and Cynthia Murphy, with their two children, live on a quiet street in suburban New Jersey in a beautifully maintained colonial house with maroon shutters. Cynthia is vice president of a financial service firm and loves to tend the hydrangeas in the front of the house.

The children, Katie, 11, and Lisa, 7, can safely ride their bikes in the nearby cul-de-sac in this serene upper-middle-class neighborhood. But like any good spy novel, this family isn't what it appears to be.

Their home, on Marquette Road, is owned by the “Moscow Center,” an intelligence arm of the Russian government. These seemingly ordinary Americans are actually Russians reporting to their handlers in Moscow. Go here to read the rest.


Attorney general: Russian spies posed threat to US

Biden tells Leno US did fine in Russian spy swap


A web site called News and More in Just In Cyprus picked up today’s column on spies.

And on Twitter Spy Guy is tweeting this column

Sunday Sacraments: Wine, Peyote, Cannabis, and Holy Water

A divine sip of wine is one way to worship God. According to Christians " alcohol is a gift from God that makes life more joyous,"...