Saturday, January 17, 2009


Good Evening Garlic Fans

Completely out-of-gas today, due, specifically, to the rough week.

So rather than winging it (and I do have a bevy posts, just needing to be put in shape), here's something to put a little "azucar" into your Saturday night ...

A gem, from the 70's, with Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Tito Gomes and a host of others


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Friday, January 16, 2009

Mister Sandman ... Or, Is Dick Cheney Keyser Soze?

Think Progress has the scoop ...

Did Cheney nod off during Bush’s farewell address?

Last night during PBS’s coverage of President Bush’s farewell address to the nation, for a brief moment, the camera panned to Vice President Cheney, who appeared to momentarily doze off ...

And, this would not, hardly, be the first time

Let's not forget, in the movie 'The Unsual Suspects', Agent Kujan observes;
First day on the job, you know what I learned? How to spot a murderer. Let's say you arrest three guys for the same killing. You put them all in jail overnight. The next morning, whoever's sleeping is your man. You see, if you're guilty, you know you're caught, you get some rest, you let your guard down.

Hmmm ...

He's always been pegged as Darth Vader ...

What if ... What if .. All this time, Dick Cheney is really ... Keyser Soze?

Keyser Soze (The Story)

Cue the music, Maestro!

The exiting VP has some "Z's" to catch ...

Mr Sandman - The Chordettes

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


We've seen (and heard) the word "hero" tossed around, particularly during the past eight-years, like Bernie Madoff sales pitches, sometimes given to someone truly deserving, more often, bestowed to some dwarf, fink, phony or fraud.

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger.


Major fucking hero!

Big-Time Mr. Clutch!

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is the pilot, of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, that made the unscheduled landing in the Hudson River today.

Everyone on the plane is alive tonight, 155 survivors.

In the coming days, 154 people are going to tattoo "Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger - Major Fucking Hero" on their lips.

And, they will be singing this song as they do it (and everyday for the rest of their lives);

Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

In the Small Potatoes Department, The Commander Guy hijacked the airwaves this evening, for the television component of the Bush Legacy Project.

Pure bullshit.

And, to note, he showed exactly how small a person he is.

He made absolutely no statement, no reference, no nothing to the Hudson River Plane Crash today.

No best wishes, no "Thank God", almost as if it was competition for his sales job, that it encroached on his ownership, his copyright of September 11th and New York City, and his faux heroism.

Or maybe we're judging that too early ...

He may wait five days, and they do a fly over of Hudson River, you know, to show he was engaged and compassionate.

Like we said the other night - The President of Shitdom!

Bonus Links

Great Riff by Spencer Ackerman - Al Qaeda Uses Birds to Down Civilian Airliner


NYT City Room: Updates From Plane Rescue in Hudson River

Dan Frommer: U.S. Airways Crash Rescue Picture: Citizen Journalism, Twitter At Work

Editor's Note: The Aunt made out A-OK at the Doc's today ... Whip-Smart, crackerjack Rheumatologist carried the day and all is well ... Should be back in the saddle with posting tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Down Here On The Ground

Yeah, when you listen to the tune below, it was that kind of day.

It started off, reading about the Oscar Grant shooting, out in Oakland.

Man, it is sick-to-the-stomach incomprehensible what went down there.

In one of the two video angles of the incident, you can see the BART Cop, with another pinning Grant down, knee-on-neck, pull out his gun and shoot him.

Unbelievable ...

That was followed by seeing the latest revelations of the Bush Grindhouse Torture Program.

And then, the other stuff took over.

Actually, it's been a carry-over, from the past few days.

Last month's troubles with the Aunt, produced a blood test where all was not right, and her primary Doc was a bit concerned about it.

So, last week, we followed up, and had another run, and the same aspect of the blood work is still showing something not quite right.

With remnants of the head cold stirring up, for the past two days, we have been playing phone tag with the Doc, detailed discussions and a call to get the Aunt in for a check, from, preferably a Rheumatologist, or, a neurologist, for possible (more to rule out) Temporal Arteritis.

Which will be tomorrow.

Naturally, such took up a big chunk of creative and writing time, and not sure how tomorrow will play out (assuming all goes well, you can bet-your-booties that Friday, I will be anchored, writing, with the temps down near zero)

So, for tonight, another gem.

Killer, monster rendition of the classic 'Down Here On The Ground' (coming from the movie 'Cool Hand Luke').

Of the bevy of people who have recorded this, Grant Green's is the favorite here

Kick back and groove with it!

Down Here on the Ground - Grant Green

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Nothing Lost, Mr. Christian!"

Spoiler Alert!

If you have never seen the absolute riveting movie, ''The Long Good Friday', then don't watch this video

The Long Good Friday...the fantastic end! Good Quality

"Shut up you long streak of paralyzed piss ..."

I only wish someone, anyone one of the assembled media at yesterday's final press conference with The Commander Guy, stood up and fired that back at him.

And, it would have been extra bonus points for Helen Thomas to do it.

Showing his bravery, he completely snubbed the veteran reporter, perhaps one of the very, very few who actually asked the opposite kind of questions lobbed at him by Jeff Gannon.

Perhaps, flashing back to his old drinking days, the "Compassionate Conservative" was all over the place, taking no blame, no signs of remorse, remarking only that the "Mission Accomplished" banner, and some of his rhetoric, were, perhaps, disappointments.

And, right down to the end, he showed off his intellectual prowess, referring to the Coast Guard pilots who rescued the citizens of New Orleans (no thanks to The Bush Grindhouse), as "drivers".


Now there's a real "Commander-In-Chief" moment ... Perhaps he should have stuck around, and fulfilled more of his National Guard service.

Maybe then he would know the difference between a "pilot" and a "driver"

While this piece of turd believes he has the record to take a victory lap, right in front of him was the evidence of just how insignificant he, and his Presidency, has become.

The Bush Grindhouse had to get interns to fill the last two rows (out of seven total) of the press room, to make it look full.

As Bob Hoskin's Harold Shand scornfully mocks the American gangsters, we borrow;

"Look at you ... The President of the United States ... of shitdom!"

Bonus Commander Guy Low Lights

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Andrew Sullivan: A Confession Of Sorts

Dana Milbank: Where Some See Mistakes, He Sees Disappointments

Kathy: Bush Says the World Still Respects U.S. Moral Authority

Matt Corley: Krauthammer: Bush ‘took a shoe for the country.’

David Neiwert: Bush has a peculiar way of admitting to his mistakes

Gregg Levine: Bush’s Final Presser: Redefining Success, One Rooftop Rescue at a Time

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Smell Me, Baby!

Oh God ....

Look out for the nearest live version of a beer commercial coming to you.

And, that office Romeo just got the license to become "funkier".

This could just as well serve as a "Heads-Up" to any, and all woman, who may be hitting a disco, dance hall, or just going out clubbing.

Especially if they run into any lunkheaded men, who happen to have stumbled on this article;

Women Can Smell a Man's Intentions ...At least subconsciously, a woman can also tell a man's in the mood by the scent of his sweat

Scientists have long debated whether humans, like animals, use chemical signals called pheromones to communicate sexual interest to potential mates. Problem is, the effects of pheromones are thought to be subconscious — meaning that if we do communicate using them, we sure don't know it. It's also hard to know what these pheromones might be and how we sense them, so researchers understand little about them.

But if human pheromones are going to be anywhere, they're going to be in sweat, right? Denise Chen, a psychologist at Rice University in Houston, and her colleagues devised an experiment to compare how women respond to different forms of male sweat — sweat produced in everyday situations versus that produced when a man is turned on.
Yeah, you're reading that right, sweat.
Chen and her colleagues asked 20 heterosexual guys to stop wearing deodorant and scented products for a few days. Then they told the men to put small pads in their armpits as they watched pornographic videos and became aroused (the researchers confirmed, using electrodes, that the images did the job). Later, the guys were asked to exchange those pads for fresh pads to collect the sweat they produced when they weren't aroused.
Can't you just see some Tony Manero-types, hanging around out in front of a club, shower-less for days, sans any deodorant, fanning through porno magazines, ogling woman as they walk in, checking out their own armpits and boasting to one another, "Oh Yeah, she's gonna dig me ...Forward my mail. boys"
Then the researchers recruited 19 brave women to smell the men's pads while undergoing brain scans.
Now, getting 20 guys to watch porn, that had to be a no-brainer, but what sales pitch did they use to get the 19 woman to inhale the sweat?

"Hi ... We conducting a study and we just had a group of men pop boners and get excited watching porn, and we'd like to know if you be interested in smelling their sweat? ... No, no ... You don't have to meet the men ... You won't be sticking your nose in their armpits ...No, not down there, either ... "

Then, how many of the woman contacted for the study expressed disappointment, that they wouldn't be sticking their nose in men's armpits?

How many of them asked if they could watch porn, too?

What did they do, if any of the woman, started getting aroused - by any of the other woman, who may have been "sweating" during the testing?

Man, the extraneous notes to this study must be priceless.

One thing, for sure, we know what song will be most-requested in this sweat swap ...

Kick it, Mister DJ!

C & C Music Factory;Freedom Williams - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

It's Not Global Warming, It's Google Warming!

In the "Now, What Do We Have To Worry About?" Department;

Revealed: the environmental impact of Google searches

Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea, according to new research.

Holy Hot Search Bar, Batman!

I'm destroying the planet, just for my searching for discounted lambs wool sweaters!
While millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2 Boiling a kettle generates about 15g. “Google operates huge data centres around the world that consume a great deal of power,” said Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist whose research on the environmental impact of computing is due out soon. “A Google search has a definite environmental impact.”


Google is secretive about its energy consumption and carbon footprint. It also refuses to divulge the locations of its data centres. However, with more than 200m internet searches estimated globally daily, the electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions caused by computers and the internet is provoking concern. A recent report by Gartner, the industry analysts, said the global IT industry generated as much greenhouse gas as the world’s airlines - about 2% of global CO2 emissions. “Data centres are among the most energy-intensive facilities imaginable,” said Evan Mills, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Banks of servers storing billions of web pages require power.


Nicholas Carr, author of The Big Switch, Rewiring the World, has calculated that maintaining a character (known as an avatar) in the Second Life virtual reality game, requires 1,752 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. That is almost as much used by the average Brazilian.

“It’s not an unreasonable comparison,” said Liam Newcombe, an expert on data centres at the British Computer Society. “It tells us how much energy westerners use on entertainment versus the energy poverty in some countries.”
Hmmm ... Perhaps the first volley in what will be an epic battle down the road, "the colonisation of real space by virtual space"?

Okay folks, this means you have to cut down on your searches for Jennifer Lopez's butt, or Carmen Electra, and you can wait to see the newspapers to find out the score, or latest news, from Manchester United.

And solar power your tea ...

We've got average Brazilians to save!

Bonus Google Riffs

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