Saturday, October 10, 2009

Top Ten Cloves: Things About NASA Crashing Rocket Into Moon

News Item: NASA scientists crash rocket into the Moon in search for water

10. This was NASA's first "Twitter" mission - All programming codes were 140 characters, or less

9. Moon immediately appealed to Obama Administration, for Stimulus Funds, to repair area where rocket crashed

8. Crash ended up cutting off Dr. Edgar Mitchell's phone line

7. Reason looking for water on Moon is to find place to extradite Neocon Dolphins to

6. Not sure why, but David Letterman apologized for rocket crashing into Moon

5. Crash wasn't intended - Astronauts drunk again

4. Big Hoax ... Just a stunt to get new footage for "Star Wars in Concert" show this Fall

3. Wasn't actually a NASA Mission, but a left-over prank from Yuri Night

2. It's really a Quid Pro Quo - Moon will crash rocket into Oklahoma, looking for signs of intelligence

1. Even Man-On-Moon was asking "Why did Obama win Nobel Peace Prize?"

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Button Up Your Overcoat Today ... Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Better make that your rain slicker, for the Flying Monkeys of the Right Wing Freak Show will be in DefCon 5, full Warp speed overdrive, with flinging their feces around

The stunner news-of-the-day;

In Surprise, Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for Diplomacy

Of course, the NYT couldn't let it go by, with urging a little feces-flinging;

For Mr. Obama, the award could, in a strange way, prove a political liability. As he traveled overseas during his campaign for the presidency, he was subjected to criticism from Republicans who argued he was too much the international celebrity. Winning the Nobel at such an early stage in his presidency could further that kind of criticism, especially in Washington’s hyperpartisan political environment.
Here's the official statement from The Norwegian Nobel Committee

Yeah, maybe it was a bit slow-going on the Nobel Prize front this year, after all, peace hasn't exactly been breaking out all over the place.

Obama becomes only the third, sitting U.S. President to win the award, the first since Woodrow Wilson (the other, Teddy Roosevelt), and of the avalanche of posts (so far this morning), Josh Marshall, at TPM, seems to have the real deal on it;
This is an odd award. You'd expect it to come later in Obama's presidency and tied to some particular event or accomplishment. But the unmistakable message of the award is one of the consequences of a period in which the most powerful country in the world, the 'hyper-power' as the French have it, became the focus of destabilization and in real if limited ways lawlessness. A harsh judgment, yes. But a dark period. And Obama has begun, if fitfully and very imperfectly to many of his supporters, to steer the ship of state in a different direction. If that seems like a meager accomplishment to many of the usual Washington types it's a profound reflection of their own enablement of the Bush era and how compromised they are by it, how much they perpetuated the belief that it was 'normal history' rather than dark aberration.
Some other angles;

Nathan Hodge, at the Danger Room;
Finally, expect the Nobel Prize award to turn the spotlight on internal disagreements within the administration over the future of the nuclear weapons stockpile. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, for instance has said in the past that United States needs the Reliable Replacement Warhead, a new nuclear weapon design, if it is to maintain a moratorium on nuclear weapons testing while reducing stockpiles. It will be interesting to see if this prize changes the debate about re-sizing the nuclear arsenal.
Renard Sexton, on FiveThirtyEight.Com;
In the US realm, this is a great boost for the Obama foreign agenda - which certainly played into the decision by the Nobel folks. While the US political scene is often quite skeptical of the international community, the Peace Prize is a quite lauded affair. Even major Obama detractors will have a bit of hard time criticizing his win, especially after their poorly received revelry of Chicago's olympic demise. For Obama liberal supporters, it is a bittersweet moment --many have criticized the administration's foreign policy for moving to the center, particularly on war issues, and the Peace Prize designation takes a great deal of air out of that balloon.

Perhaps the happiest people in the US on this one will be the centrists - and those who wanted Obama to reshape the US image abroad. Whether the award is warranted (too soon? too uncertain?) or relevant (peace prize as we're discussing escalation in Afghanistan?, for the leader of the largest and most powerful military force in the world to be awarded a prize for peace and diplomacy is quite an interesting development.
Steve Clemons;
Forget the Chicago Olympics foul up. Barack Obama has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize -- the first sitting US President to win the Prize since Woodrow Wilson.


But the reality is that this Prize puts some air back in the Obama Bubble -- and this is good for the country and world as the challenges in the international system are enormous today.

Obama's efforts to talk the world into a better place have indeed created opportunities that were hard to imagine during the Bush administration -- but now a lot of heavy lifting and deal-making are required, and the Nobel Prize will give Obama a boost in these efforts.

ABC reports that a few
White House staffers thought they were being punked, when the news came in early this morning.

Line of the morning goes to
Robert Farley, over on Lawyers, Guns and Money;
Next: Barack Obama, AL Cy Young winner?

And, those Flying Monkeys ...

From David Kurtz, at TPM;

A TPM commenter wonders if this isn't a bit premature:

Isn't it a little soon for this? Maybe after he brokers an Israeli-Palestinian agreement or something like that. It sounds like the, 'boy is the world relieved you guys didn't choose McCain' award

Bob Cesca has how Morning Joke was dissing it, and more;
When asked whether the Nobel Peace Prize will negate the Copenhagen thing, White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie replied, "Well. I don't know." I don't know? The Nobel Prize doesn't supersede a ridiculous story about the Olympics? Please. The last sitting president to be selected was Woodrow Wilson. The only prize George W. Bush received was yanked out of a box of Froot Loops.

Peter Friday, on Firedoglake - "I can almost hear the screaming from Dick Cheney and the neocons as they get the news."

Prairie Weather, with "Poisoned chalice";

NPR speculated that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama is like handing him a poisoned chalice. The poison is the inevitable the reaction of the political opposition in this country to the prize. The Nobel committee is seen as heaving a great sigh of relief that Bush/Cheney are off the scene.

We all have to pitch in to get Ta-Nehisi Coates some television;

My Lord. I wish I had cable, so I could watch Fox News flip the fuck out over this one. Rush is gonna be all-world today, Glenn Beck is gonna be all-universe.

And the Big Cheese Flying Monkeys are locked-and-loaded with their feces.

Michelle "Staklin" Malkin harumps that it is an award for his symbolism, while Mona Charen, at the big Flying Monkey perch, wants to keep that "Pal'n around with terrorists" meme going;
Before they break out the champagne at the White House, they may want to pause over the fact that Obama now shares this honor with Mohammed el-Baradei, Yasser Arafat, and flagrant liar Rigoberta Menchu Tum.
Meredith Jessup, at Flying Monkey Perch Townhall has the headline "Apologies Apparently Accepted: President Obama Awarded Nobel Peace Prize";
So correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't this essentially mean Obama received this award for making some good speeches? Sure nothing he says has actually been accomplished, but it all sounds good!

Sure the Nobel Prize lost a lot of luster after they awarded one to Al Gore, but c'mon! This is just more evidence the "messiah" mentality has reached the world stage...

MediaMatters catches RedStates Eric Erickson ringing in the the racial meme for the Flying Monkeys, with
"RedState's Erickson smears Obama's Nobel Peace Prize as "an affirmative action quota"

And, Flying Monkey Dan, at Riehl World View, at the end of his feces-flinging, predicts Obama winning the Nobel Prize will actually bring about his demise;
Unfortunately, this inexperienced, indecisive, ineffectual jerk doesn't seem to speak for America. And that's his real problem in the end. At this rate, the man is going to become reviled by a majority of the American people in four years.

I don't think Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Limbaugh and Beck) come to work until later in the day, so you can expect a second wave of Flying Monkey feces flinging well into the night.

Oh yeah, keep watch of the wire services today, to see when (if) Shadow President Dick Cheney is rushed to the hospital with heart trouble.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Photo of the Day!

Wet Eyes/Handkerchief Alert.

Little Soldier Girl "Didn't Want to Let Go"

Four-year-old Paige Bennethum really, really didn't want her daddy to go to Iraq.

So much so, that when Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum lined up in formation at his deployment this July, she couldn't let go.

No one had the heart to pull her away.
Redmond, over on Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog! Go!, asked "Explain No-Bid Contracts to Her"

Or, how's about The Bush Grindhouse's cruel Stop-Loss Policy, for his criminal lies to invade and occupy a country so his NeoNitwit cronies can get boners over America's Might?

Let's hope we see another picture of little Paige Bennethum, wrapped in her daddy's arms, upon his safe return.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

"Dude, Her Head's Bigger Than Her Pelvis"

Oh, we like the "David vs. Goliath" fights here on The Garlic.

They can be so entertaining, and illuminating, you can get so pumped up by them.

And, since we are doing a post on it, we do have one, in progress, that is shooting up some sparks.

The lads over at the wonderfully irreverent site, Boing Boing, drew the ire of the Batman-loving Ralph Lauren, when they jumped on, and dissed a Lauren advertisement, that, seemingly, set the taser gun of their Photoshopping on Warp Speed 5;

Ralph Lauren opens new outlet store in the Uncanny Valley

Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis ..."


It looks like she could be the offspring of a civil union between Lou Waters and Jack Germond.

So, naturally, the Lauren folks acted like someone greased their runway, and pointed the lawyers at Boing Boing, which Boing Boing didn't even break a sweat over;

The criticism that Ralph Lauren doesn't want you to see!

So, instead of responding to their legal threat by suppressing our criticism of their marketing images, we're gonna mock them. Hence this post.


So, to Ralph Lauren, GreenbergTraurig, and PRL Holdings, Inc: sue and be damned. Copyright law doesn't give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings. You should know better. And every time you threaten to sue us over stuff like this, we will:

a) Reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it, and;

b) Publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery, so that it becomes highly ranked in search engines where other people you threaten can find it and take heart; and

c) Offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models.

For Ralph Lauren, it's "Holy snagged tights, Batman! ... What do we do now?"

Kudos, Boing Boing!

Bonus Links

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Top Ten Cloves: Ways David Letterman Can Get Out of His Sex Scandal

News Item: Judging Potential Hypocrite David Letterman's Sexxxy Extortion Scandal

10. Change the name of his company to Zipped Up and Locked Pants

9. Combine Late Night, with other CBS show, CSI, to investigate and exonerate himself

8. Can get mileage out of "At least my name wasn't in the DC Madam's phone book"

7. Apologize to Sarah Palin, again

6. Quickly, move show to 10:00 PM, revive rivalry with Leno, and media will forget all about it

5. Come out and swear, up-and-down, he was not "Client - 9" and have all attention go back to Eliot Spitzer

4. Call John Edwards, he may have an idea, or two

3. Have Whoopi Goldberg come out and say it wasn't really an "affair-affair"

2. Get Senator John Ensign's parents to pay off the mistress

1. Get Mistress to recant - Say it was really Larry "Bud" Melman she had affair with

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Help Abused and Neglected Animals!

We don't do a lot of pitches on The Garlic, so you know, when we do, it's a good one.

Got this message tonight on Barry Crimmins' Facebook;

Barry Crimmins (Via Charles Laquidara) The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes about 15 seconds to go to their site and on the purple box 'fund food for animals for free'
It actually, if you have broadband, or an otherwise super-speedy connection, takes less then 15-seconds, so, no excuses about taking even less time to think about clicking, than making a decision about which shoes to put on ...
The Animal Rescue Site focuses the power of the Internet on a specific need — providing food for some of the 27 million unwanted animals given to shelters in the U.S. every year. Over 10 million animals are put to death every year in the U.S. alone because they are abandoned and unwanted.

Each click on the purple "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button at The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary. Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need at the Fund for Animals' renowned animal sanctuaries (including Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in California), pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation , North Shore Animal League , and other worthy animal care facilities supported by the foundation.

100% of sponsor advertising fees goes to our charitable partners.

Hit the link, and give yourself a good feeling that you did something positive today.

And copy the link, or bookmark this post, so you can make it a daily routine

Animal Rescue Site Click-To-Give Free Food and Care

BBC Last Chance To See ... The Kakapo

I caught this the other night, I think, on Rachel Maddow's show, and it is, in the end, pretty funny.

It comes from the BBC program, Last Chance To See; A Search for Animals On The Edge of Extinction

In New Zealand the travellers make their way through one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. They are on a journey to find the last remaining kakapo, a fat, flightless parrot which, when threatened with attack, adopts a strategy of standing very still indeed.
Well, as you will see in the video, the rare bird doesn't, exactly, stand still.

It appears to engage in a mating ritual, complete with flapping wings, on Mark Carwardine, as Stephen Frye narrates.

Check it out.

'You are being shagged by a rare parrot' - Last Chance To See - BBC Two

Video of Anne Frank Surfaces on YouTube

This is, truly, remarkable.

And, heartbreaking, at the same time.

H/T to Jennifer Van Grove, over on Mashable, for the post on this;

Video of Anne Frank Surfaces on YouTube

The only existing film footage of Anne Frank has been uploaded to YouTube by the Anne Frank House. The Amsterdam museum is hoping to bring attention to Anne’s story and diaries and reach a new generation who may be unfamiliar with her story.

It happens, ever so briefly - like the snap of the fingers - at about the 9-second mark.

Considering the story of Anne Frank, what happened, not so long after this remarkable video, it's all the more heartbreaking, as Anne is doing the incredible innocuous action of simply watching a wedding party in her neighborhood.

From the YouTube description;
July 22 1941. The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom. It is the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film. At the time of her wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39. The Frank family lived at number 37, also on the second floor. The Anne Frank House can offer you this film footage thanks to the cooperation of the couple.

You can visit the Anne Frank House for more information

Here's the video;

Anne Frank: the only existing film images

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Top Ten Cloves: Things That Might Have Happened To Ted Williams' Head

News Item: New book alleges Alcor mistreatment of Ted Williams' severed head

10. Had it riding atop the Roomba, but kept falling off

9. Just started bashing things, in anger, after hearing Chicago lost out on 2016 Olympics

8. Goofing off with tuna can stuck to head - Made like Starkist commercial, but used punchline, saying "Sorry, Teddy"

7. Cinco de Mayo, were stuck for a pinata

6. Got kicked, and stepped on, practicing routine for new show - "Dancing with the Stars' Heads"

5. Needed something to bang the spigot into the keg

4. Rented out to local minor league baseball team for fungo practice

3. "There's no Cryonics in baseball ... There's no Cryonics in baseball! ..."

2. Pitted Williams' Head against Timex Watch ... Timex Watch still ticking

1. Let's just say that Ted Williams wasn't the last .400 hitter ... You know what I mean ...

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Free Burma!

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