Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Top 5 Schoolhouse Rock Songs

Schoolhouse Rock just turned 45-years old. It debuted on January 6, 1973 on ABC.  It was the brainchild of Bob Dorough who sadly just passed at age 94

In his honor - here's what I consider the top 5 Schoolhouse Rock Songs

1. I'm Just a Bill
2. Conjunction Junction
3. My Hero, Zero
4. No More Kings
5. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here

Rest in peace Mr. Dorough and thank you for being you.

Happy April 25th

From the movie Miss Congeniality.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

After seeing those Dominoes pizza insurance commercials I've come to the conclusion that I'm too smart and coordinated to buy their pizza. However, your self-esteem may allow you make a purchase... Snow in space? Would also be a good name for an intergalactic cocaine smuggling thriller... Just a reminder - Barack Obama did not attend Nancy Reagan's funeral. Given the bad blood between the Bush family and Donald Trump - I think the situation at Barbara's funeral was handled properly... People are calling this taunting? If so this has to be the most polite taunting in NBA history. Watch Duke home games to see proper taunting... US oil floods Europe hurting Russia and OPEC offerings. Was this what Trump meant when he said trade wars are good and easy to win?... Vanderbilt University and every college in Nashville should step up and offer James Shaw Jr's daughter a full-boat scholarship to thank him on behalf of the entire Nashville community for his heroics at the Waffle House. It's the least that should be done for the man...  On this day in 1915 the Armenian genocide was begun. How is it possible that the international community (including the US to our shame) still does not officially recognize that this happened?... 

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- The trick is to just breathe. Ed Latimore reviews the Wim Hof method.

- Robot bees for exploring the surface of Mars (Marsbees - get it!)

- Very cool story - the mobster who bought his son a hockey team. They really should make this into a movie.

- Heh Heh

- Interesting view from Canada that says Canada should scrap NAFTA and instead rekindle what was once a special relationship with the US

- Dr Rhonda Patrick suggests this antioxidant might help old blood vessels seem younger

- 14 States hit record low unemployment. I have to wonder if this is due in part to the way unemployment is measured being changed under the Obama Administration. They tried to make the numbers not look so bad but now is that why they look so good?

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Because the Night - Patti Smith

This song came out 40-years ago this week. Cool story on how the song came to be was told in HBO's The Defiant Ones.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Heh Heh - hope this actually happens

- Exhibit A on the slim difference between magic and science.

- Heh heh

- Hitler deletes his Facebook account.

- Agreed - no one man should have such power

- Major Taylor should be not just better known in this country - he should be famous

- Happy belated birthday to The Cure's Robert Smith

Scooter Libby

President Trump recently quietly (or you'd assume quietly based upon the lack of media coverage this story got) pardoned Scooter Libby. Many people who recognize the name Scooter Libby think he's the guy who leaked the name of CIA employee Valerie Plame. Except that wasn't Libby. That was first Richard Armitage and then Ari Fleisher.

Nothing happened to Armitage. Nothing. He was the reason there was a Special Counsel in the first place but even when the truth was proven nothing happened to Armitage. And Fleisher? That rat got immunity. But Libby faced charges because his recollection of events was different than Tim Russert's. And the other witness against Libby later recanted her testimony. He was railroaded pure and simple.

So was Trump sending a political message with this pardon? Yes absolutely. But he also was pointing how badly Libby was treated and this pardon helps rectify that wrong.

And let's not forget that Valerie Plame is a vile anti-Semite.

In God We Trust

On this date in 1864 the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act which mandated that the inscription "In God We Trust" be placed on all coins minted as US currency. Part of the reasoning behind this was because the US Constitution does not talk about God while the Confederate constitution did. This was a measure in part to show that the Union wanted God on their side in the Civil War.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Lust for Life - Iggy Pop

Happy birthday to Iggy Pop who turned 71-years old today.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

If President Trump replaces Mike Pence on the 2020 ticket with Nikki Haley he would almost all but guarantee re-election... Complaining is not a strategy... The hospital in the Harry Potter books was called Saint Mungo's. Did you know there was an actual Saint Mungo? He's the patron saint of Glasgow, Scotland... Never thought about it this way... A life without meaning is like a foot without a big toe. And Tom Brady is always going to be here to be that big toe for us. I think we owe a big round of applause for our newest, bestest buddy and big toe - Tom Brady... An oldie but still makes me chuckle... One Jackie Robinson nugget to keep in the back of your head - when Jackie Robinson was first on the Hall of  Fame ballot 22% of the BBWAA did not vote for him...

The Golfing Nun

A nun walks into Mother Superior's office and plunks down into a chair. She lets out a sigh heavy with frustration. "What troubles you, Sister?" asks the Mother Superior. "I thought this was the day you spent with your family." 

"It was," sighed the Sister. "And I went to play golf with my brother. We try to play golf as often as we can. You know I was quite a talented golfer before I devoted my life to Christ." 

"I seem to recall that," the Mother Superior agreed. "So I take it your day of recreation was not relaxing?" 

"Far from it," snorted the Sister. "In fact, I even took the Lord's name in vain today!" 

"Goodness, Sister!" gasped the Mother Superior, astonished. "You must tell me all about it!" 

"Well, we were on the fifth tee...and this hole is a monster, Mother - 540 yard Par 5, with a nasty dogleg left and a hidden green...and I hit the drive of my life. I creamed it. The sweetest swing I ever made. And it's flying straight and true, right along the line I wanted...and it hits a bird in mid-flight not 100 yards off the tee!" 

"Oh my!" commiserated the Mother. "How unfortunate! But surely that didn't make you blaspheme, Sister!" 

"No, that wasn't it," admitted Sister "While I was still trying to fathom what had happened, when this squirrel runs out of the woods, grabs my ball and runs off down the fairway!" 

"Oh, that would have made me blaspheme!" sympathized Mother. 

"But I didn't, Mother Superior!" sobbed the Sister. "And I was so proud of myself! And while I was pondering whether this was a sign from God, this hawk swoops out of the sky and grabs the squirrel and flies off, with my ball still clutched in his paws!" 

"So that's when you cursed," said the Mother with a knowing smile.

"Nope, that wasn't it either," cried the Sister, anguished, "because as the hawk started to fly out of sight, the squirrel started struggling, and the hawk dropped him right there on the green, and the ball popped out of his paws and rolled to about 18 inches from the cup!"

Mother Superior sat back in her chair, folded her arms across her chest, fixed the Sister with a baleful stare and said...

"You missed the fucking putt, didn't you?"

An old joke but a good one.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Interesting look inside the mind of Donald Trump

- Speaking of Trump - I have to agree that he's been vastly better than Obama on Foreign Policy

- Uganda's President wants to ban oral sex - says mouth is for eating (Well we had a President who said oral sex didn't count as sex.)

- The men who didn't disarm Syria but said they did

- The freakishly strong base (or the power of compounding). Wish someone gave this to me when I was 20 years old.

- Great advice for men.

- $17 for tolls on the Verrazano Briadge? That's crap!

Donald Trump the Killer Rabbit

It occurred to me that perhaps a good metaphor for Donald Trump is Monty Python's Killer Rabbit. Prior to the election the left wasn't afraid of Trump at all. What was he going to do to the Hillary jugernaut - nibble her bum?

Then he won the election. Then he put Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, then he passed a wildly popular tax cut and now he may be about to bring peace to Korea. Now the Democrats are all "Run away! Run away!"

They hope each new manufactured scandal will be their Holy Hand-grenade of Antioch. James Comey - nope. Stormy Daniels - nope. The Mueller investigation - maybe but then again that one is just as likely to explode in their hands.

And the great wizard who some call Tim? That's Dilbert creator Scott Adams in this metaphor. He's the only one who saw the real power of the killer rabbit Donald Trump.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Barbara Bush

That cartoon brought a tear to my eye.

This thread also helped exemplify the type of person Barbara Bush was.


Andre the Giant

Watched the HBO documentary Andre the Giant and I give it two big thumbs up! If you were a WWF fan in the 1980's you knew Andre was the man. If you are a fan of the movie The Princess Bride you got a glimpse of the gentle spirit behind the "brute squad".

If you don't want to take my word for it - the documentary also has a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- An oral history of Patriot's Day 2013. This is indeed our fucking city! Never thought about how Andrew bailey's blown save that day may have saved some people's lives. Great job by Tim Britton.

- A urine test to spot cancer? Yes please!

- 3-D printed house goes up in a day and costs $10,000.

- Remembering Harry the Hat - an appreciation of Harry Anderson

- Hipster Ninja Bats

- Heh Heh

- Recovering valuable metals from used electronics may be cheaper than mining for these metals in the first place.