Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cold Beer, Hot Wings... and Hot Lead...

Country music star Toby Keith, who has spoken in support of unfettered access to small-penis-compensating killing devices, and who has performed at National Fecking Rifle Association events, has managed to do something smart (from my point of view). Of course, in doing so, he's managed to piss off all his Bible-thumpin', hooker-humpin' sister-marryin', rifle-rack-in-the-pickmup, duck f***in', toothless, mouth breathin' cohorts.

He has started a chain of restaurants, called "I Love This Bar and Grill" (or as the locals say, "Y'all hold mah beer an watch this"). His location in Woodbridge, VA, has a sign on the front door.


Via Huffington Post:

The gun friendly state permits citizens to openly carry firearms into restaurants and bars, but state laws offer no legal guidance on drinking while openly carrying a gun. Drinking while carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited.

Additionally, Virginia state law allows bar and restaurant owners to ban weapons from the premises, as long as they prominently display a gun-free sign in the establishment. However, “No Firearm” signs in Virginia do not carry the force of law unless the property is specifically mentioned in state law as off limits to individuals with a permit or license to carry.

Virginia is one of six states -- the others, not surprisingly are Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Arizonastan -- that explicitly allows loaded guns in bars. Another 18 (as of 2010) allow loaded weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol.  Michael Drescher, a spokesman for Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, a Democrat, said “Guns and alcohol don’t mix; that’s the bottom line.” Governor Bredesen vetoed the bill, but his veto was overridden by the gun-totin' hillbillies down there.

Think Progress:

The furor spurred a response by the restaurant, explaining, “While we understand and respect every person’s right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire to provided a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.”

One Bubba who disagreed said this, “I’ll never eat here. Lawfully armed and spending my money elsewhere.” I'm sure Chick-Fil-A has no problem with heavily armed drunks, as long as they love the Sweet Baby Jebus.

This does support Megyn Kelly's contention that
Jesus is a white male Caucasian...

Whatever his rationale, trying to keep drunk rednecks away from guns is a Good Thing.

On the other hand, I find it interesting that Keith is all in favor of packing heat, even when schnockered... except when it's HIS name that's likely to be listed as a defendant. Maybe now he'll start trying to get the rest of the hicks down there disarmed (even a little bit).

It's amazing how these mouth-breathing, toothless, moronic LOSERS turn on their own.

Sunday, December 29, 2013


I was watching Monty Python & The Holy Grail tonight, when this scene came on:

Remember this?

I looked it up on YouTube... then found this:

We could do worse than having Elvira in DC.

It's A Black & White World...

Outside our back door this afternoon:

That's a color shot, by the way...
And for the folks who missed the reference in the title...

New Hampshire Courts and Interpreters

The court system in New Hampshire has adopted some new rules governing the use of interpreters in legal proceedings, saying "a comprehensive, publicly available plan will better ensure that the services are reliable and consistent."

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Robert Lynn disagreed with a provision in the plan that requires interpretation services to be provided regardless of the user’s ability to pay for the services.

Just in case you couldn't guess, Lynn was appointed by then-Governor Judd Gregg to the trial bench, and to the state Supreme Court by Craig Benson, both Republicans.

To paraphrase the bleeding hemorrhoids at the Ayn Rand Center, "fair treatment in the legal system isn't a right, it's a privilege."

It's this kind of reasoning that buttresses what Badtux and Jurassic Pork (among many others) have been saying, that the 1% is determined to obliterate the middle class and take us back to a feudal system.

If your community has a deaf person who needs professional assistance in translating court proceedings, and that person is denied a sign language interpreter's services because he cannot afford to pay the interpreter (the average charge for interpreter services is $50-$75 per hour), does that person receive "due process of law?" If the person suffers a loss in the legal system, as a result of not being able to pay for interpreter, could that person be "deprived of life, liberty, or property," or could his "private property be taken for public use, without just compensation[?]"

In the words of Caribou Barbie, "you betcha, by golly."

By preventing us from obtaining healthcare, or fair legal representation, or education, or even FOOD, the 1% can weaken us to the point where we can no longer resist their oppression.

But that is exactly what the rethuglicans want. They want to strip us of our rights, our protections, our very humanity, to fill their coffers and feed their greed. They want to grind us down and eliminate any rebellion.

Which, by the way, is why so many toothless mouth-breathers in the deep South are rethuglican: they think slavery is just a dandy idea. Duck F***er Phil Robertson expressed his views rather succinctly:

"I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' -- not a word!" he said. "Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues."

Yup, them darkies sure had it good.

Just look at the programs the Teabaggin conservative scum-burping murderers want to eliminate:
  • Headstart (why do people need an edgimacation, when we're gonna tell 'em what to do?)
  • SNAP (aka food stamps; after all, who needs anything more than subsistence rations?)
  • Section 8 Housing Assistance (Sheriff Arpaio has the right idea, just use tents)
  • Student Loans (keep 'em dumb, and they won't fight us)
  • Healthcare (if you get sick, die quickly... don't clog our hospitals with your worthless carcasses)
  • Due Process of Law (if they're incarcerated, they work cheap, and if they don't get due process, we get their stuff!)


Friday, December 27, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas, Part II


Merry Christmas!

To everyone who is working today -- the military, emergency services, newspaper reporters, cab and bus drivers, c-store clerks, Wal-Mart, all of you -- thank you, and stay safe.

To the lucky ones who have the day off, hug your loved ones, feed the birds and squirrels and other wildlife, and count your blessings.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Life At Our House

That is all.

F**k A Buncha Duck Dy-NASTIES, Part II

Edited to add a comment at the end...

Great. Now we have Kid Rock -- who's about as useless as Justin Freakin Timberlake, saying we need to stop "this bullshit ass PC game." He is, of course, complaining about the condemnation being experienced by Bubba Robertson of the Duck F**kers.

Okay, genius, I'll stop the bullshit ass PC game.



And don't bother trying to post a comment defending the latest inbred racist asshole to hit the news.

Kid Rock (who's dumber than a rock), Ted Nugent (who doesn't have a freakin brain cell left in his head) and the rest of the Bible-thumpin', hooker-humpin', sister-marryin', rifle-rack-in-the-pickmup, right-wing-nut-job, inbred toothless oxygen thieves need to freakin JUST GO AWAY.

And if your little fee-fees get hurt and you want to run away and secede... PLEASE DO. The decent, thinking Americans, the ones who understand what Christ and the Constitution really say, the ones whose family trees aren't STRAIGHT LINES, won't try to stop you.

Hell, I'll even pay for the U-Haul -- or as you brainless wonders call them, "You-Haul-Ems".


By the way, since all you asshole redneck inbred toothless morans that just HATE you some nigras -- like the witch doctor in the White House -- don't forget that ol' Kid hisself started out as a white rapper... tryin to be as ghetto and homie as Tupac, Notorious BIG, and the rest of the thug/gangsta crowd. Yup, Mister Super Redneck Moran wanted to be a nigra himself. But apparently, someone pointed out that he was white (sorta), so he hadda become a redneck Moran.

Friday, December 20, 2013

F**k A Bunch of Duck Dynasties*

What Digby says:

Conservatives normally insist that the private sector can do anything it chooses, even hiring and firing on the basis of an owner's throwback religious or racist beliefs. But that's only as long as it doesn't "infringe" on the right of conservatives to be assholes. That's a sacred liberty which is derived directly from the Bible, Atlas Shrugged and the Declaration of Independence. (You can look it up!)

And a little more from Robertson (via CNN):

"I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once," he told GQ. "Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I'm with the blacks, because we're white trash. We're going across the field. ... They're singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, 'I tell you what: These doggone white people' -- not a word!
"Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues," GQ quoted Robertson as saying.

"Yup," he did not continue, "them nigras sure had it easy under slavery."

Some RWNJs started an on-line petition demanding Robertson's return:
"Homosexuals have their convictions and Christians respect them," the organizer of the petition wrote. "There is a difference between respecting someone rights to exercise free will and imposing on others what we believe. Phil has done nothing more than state what he believes in. Just because homosexuals do not agree, does not mean Mr. Robertson needs to be suspended."

This, of course, is pure horseshit. The fundies do NOT respect homosexuals - rather, they demonize the LGBT crowd, and demand the right to discriminate against them. Some, like Westboro Baptist, demand the right to kill gays and lesbians. Robertson -- Mr Understanding-All-God's-Chilluns himself -- condemns them to purgatory, and compares homosexuality to bestiality. That ain't exactly respecting their views.

Bible Spice, obviously, had to throw in her three cents (via Crooks & Liars):

Free speech is an endangered species. Those “intolerants” hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.

As Amato points out, Palin only came out in favor of free speech when it was a RWNJ being criticized; muzzling a DFH librul is still okay, apparently.

As is often the case, Badtux nails it:

All of which was nowhere, until a reporter helpfully asked him about those beliefs and Phil came out and proved that he is a racist redneck white trash anti-gay bigot. But thing is, he never claimed to be anything else. Hell, A&E *hired* him because of that, so that their metrosexual white urban oh-so-politically-correct viewership could point and laugh at him and his family of inbred white trash.

So now A&E is going to fire his ass for being the person they hired? Man, that’s fucked up. He needed to be sat down and told just how bad his words made gay people and black people feel, and told he needed to apologize. He might even have listened, and decided, yeah, he didn’t understand why they felt bad about what he said, but if they were offended he was in the wrong and the right thing to do was apologize. As far as I can tell Phil Robertson isn’t an evil man, just a profoundly ignorant one. Ignorant can be fixed, evil can’t. But fired? Maybe if there was evidence that he actively discriminated against gay people and black people, maybe. But for being who he is and holding the same views he’s always held? For being exactly the same man that A&E hired? That’s pretty goddamned hypocritical, if you ask me, firing a man for the exact same reason that you hired his ignorant white trash ass.

I suspect, though, that BT may be off a little bit on his explanation of why A&E picked up Duck Dynasty. I think, in addition to the reason Badtux suggests, I suspect it's also a bit of the current redneckization of American culture, as we have so many "reality" shows showcasing the redneck lifestyle: Duck Dynasty, Full Throttle Saloon, Lizard Lick Towing (I'd move outa there in a heartbeat!)... all shows that try to convince us that the redneck lifestyle is a valid one.  Unlike, say, being gay.

* The title is taken from some of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport novels (the Prey series), and is a favorite epithet of Davenport's. Not that Sandford -- or Lucas for that matter -- have approved my appropriating the phrase... I just think it gets my point across perfectly.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hannaford Fails Again

Hannaford Supermarkets, already on my "fail" list, has added another reason to steer clear of their stores:

Hannaford is recalling all ground beef that was sold at its Topsham store on Saturday.

Hannaford said employees at the Topsham store found small metal clips used in food packaging near where the beef was being ground around midday.

Apparently keeping their meat-grinding area free of hazards is also "inconvenient."

Monday, December 09, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music - Holiday Edition

From a friend's Facebook post...

...And, for my friend Badtux, the cat-owned penguin®, a bonus, because they're just that good...

Mencken and TMF are looking forward to it.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Something To Think About...

Updated to reflect that the link to The Great Dictator only has the first half of the movie.

The Great Dictator was filmed in 1940, before the United States got dragged into World War II. The "Jewish Barber" -- played by Chaplin -- is virtually a twin to Adenoid Hynkle, the Dictator. Through the convoluted circumstances that are Chaplin's trademark, the Barber is mistaken for Hynkle, and must make a speech to his assembled troops. The final speech should be as famous and as well-known as the Gettysburg Address, King's "I have a dream", and Kennedy's Inaugural Address... but it isn't...

I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone - if possible - Jew, Gentile - black man - white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness - not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: "the Kingdom of God is within man" - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
A few days ago, I mentioned Paulette Goddard, the second most beautiful woman on earth, after the lovely yet talented Mrs618. I told you that she co-starred with Charlie Chaplin in both Modern Times and The Great Dictator.

Modern Times (the full movie): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zod87mGlIWs

The Great Dictator (full movie, first half, but with Czech subtitles...): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZAuiTIhSlc


And a bonus picture of the lovely yet talented Miss Goddard, from Modern Times:

Gimme That Old Time Music - Bonus

An extra piece... an old Shaker hymn, suggested by a post at Mustang Bobby's.


... And maybe even learn...

Happy Leftovers Day!!!

Now comes the best part of the holiday season... all those yummy leftovers!  And one of the very best ways of disposing of leftover turkey is on a sandwich with fresh ground black pepper and apple butter (instead of mayo). The apple butters moistens the turkey, but also gives it a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg kick.

And remember, there are plenty of Americans -- AMERICANS!! -- in the same position as these kids, so be grateful for what you have. And maybe if you have a dollar or an hour (and a conscience), help those less fortunate than you.

... And for the totally useless 1%...

Screw you.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving... And Some Old Time Music...

I'm going to be hellaciously busy tomorrow, so I'm going to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, safe, and healthy Thanksgiving.

For the folks who are working tomorrow -- the cops, firefighters, EMS personnel, toll collectors, cab drivers, radio announcers, c-store crews, Wal Mart folks, tech support staff -- well...


And if any of my readers are Red Cross volunteers and you get called out tomorrow to help some family whose Thanksgiving was suddenly destroyed by a house fire or flood or something, a very special thank you, and a "stay safe."

See you all on Friday.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fresh Mushrooms...

As Saint Ronnie said, "well, there you go again..."

The rethuglicans are returning to one of their previous, less-than-stellarly-successful campaigns. I saw an ad on YouTube, decrying the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, culminating with the ominous warning that if we don't stop Obama now, we'll have a mushroom cloud next week.

Apparently, the best way to prevent a nuclear (or as they pronounce it, "nukuler") holocaust is to... nuke Iran.

How long has that meme been floating around?

Since friggin' 1980!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Miscellaneous Musings and Random Ratiocinations...

Despite the fact that he was a RWNJ in the mold of Alexander Haig, Darth Cheney and few others, the late novelist Tom Clancy was a helluva storyteller. One of his most endearing (not) techniques was to take the proclivities of the conservatives, and transfer them to liberals. I just finished Locked On, currently the penultimate novel in the Jack Ryan/John Clark series.  Here are some of the things the libruls did, in an effort to oppress the innocent conservatives:

  • Out a (former) CIA operative -- John Clark -- for purely political purposes (attempting to prevent the re-election of Jack Ryan as POTUS);
  • Use federal law enforcement resources for purely partisan political reasons;
  • Assist Islamist terrorists in avoiding justice;
  • Use CIA personnel in domestic operations, targeting American nationals.
Of course, Clancy also reprised most of his other favorite themes: the violence inherent in Islam (which, based on current behavior, may not be all that farfetched); the portrayal of Islamists as deluded, ignorant buffoons (despite their having acquired and deployed nuclear weapons in at least three of his novels); the infallibility of the conservative viewpoint, and the concomitant inevitable failure of the liberals; and the belief that violence cures all ills.

Every once in a while, his lack of attention to continuity sticks out like a sore thumb. In The Sum of All Fears, Charles Alden was in the State Department,National Security Advisor and was instrumental in the initial stages of a brokered peace in the Middle East; in the later stories, however, those featuring Jack Ryan, Jr., Alden is a venal, corrupt (liberal) political appointee in the CIA.

Another drawback to Clancy's later novels is his use of the deus ex machina of a secret, extra-governmental agency to protect America (not unlike the Men In Black franchise).

And don't get me started on the lunacy of casting Ben Affleck in the movie version of The Sum of All Fears.

Michael Vick: Why Doesn't He Just DIE?!?

First it was Whoopi Goldberg supporting Michael Vick (saying that dog fighting was accepted in his culture). Now, Chris Rock and Jay Leno both have come out in support of Vick, with Rock saying, "Dogs have never been good to black people!" which might have something to do with the fact that so many blacks like to... umm, beat, torture, electrocute, drown and otherwise MURDER dogs?

Going back to the point I made in the linked article, since dog fighting was acceptable in their culture, maybe we should return to another culturally acceptable pastime: lynching these worthless pieces of shit.

Screw Chris Rock for being a worthless piece of shit, and for supporting another worthless piece of shit.

And for that matter, screw the human chin for supporting TWO worthless pieces of shit.

Dog fighting -- or animal abuse in general -- is NEVER culturally acceptable.


Screw Vick, Rock, and Leno.

What Attaturk Says...

"When Charles Manson is the SANE half of the couple, that's not a good sign."

Sweet baby Jeebus.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music

No drugs involved in this one.


At all.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy...

These guys do one helluva show... although the second time we saw them (in Manchester, NH), their amps were turned up WAY too loud.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

At Least I'm Not Alone...

D r i f t g l a s s has a post up that describes my own situation almost perfectly, except for gender and lack of MIT credentials. Of course, the same can be said by countless thousands -- if not millions -- across the country.

Ms. Barrington-Ward, D r i f t g l a s s, Jurassic Pork, and yr humble and obt svt are all in the same boat: unemployed for so long that we're now unemployable, with credit scores that have been "sledgehammered," in JP's words.

I tell you, if there is reincarnation, I don't want to come back and be a nice guy all over again. I did that this time around, and I have nothing to show for it. Next time, I want to be a mean, miserable, nasty SOB... with lots of money.

It SUCKS to be in this situation. And to the jerkwads who say it's our fault, fine. Let's trade places. You take our cushy, lazy-ass lifestyles, and try to feed your families.

And we'll piss all over you.

Sanctimonious assholes.

Gimme That Old Time Music

Yes, Maya Caballero. Again.

I like her music.

She has an album out on BandCamp (http://mayacaballero.bandcamp.com/). Is it still an "album" if it's digital?

Oh, the piece above is not on the album, I simply like it.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music (That I) Heard Around the Barn...

A couple of weeks ago, two big bales of marijuana washed ashore at Jamison's Cove. Since it was tidal water, we had to notify the Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard.

Well, before either of the law enforcement agencies could get there, the bales were discovered by our local seagulls.

By the time the cops arrived....

.... wait for it....

There was no tern left un-stoned.

And in honor of our stoned gulls:

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"If You've Got Nothing to Hide..."

One of the more conservative medical bloggers -- whom I will not link to because he's such a dyed-in-the-wool-right-wing whackjob (but also a helluva medic) -- was bitching about the TSA.

BillyJoeBobBubba "forgot" to remove live ammunition from his bags before heading to the airport to board a plane, and was complaining about the search that ensued.

This from one of those "If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to worry about" types. It was HIS philosophical cronies, after all, who established the TSA (and the rest of DHS) and rammed it down our throats.

Apparently, the fact that they searched a white man instead of a scary brown Moozlum is, well... intolerable.

Got news for ya, Bubba: you're the ones screaming that everybody should be armed, so it makes sense that you're the ones who should pay the price when your gun mania gets you in hot water. You're the ones who say "security trumps everything else", including Fourth Amendment freedoms. You're the ones who demanded the PATRIOT Act. You're the ones who supported the establishment of the American version of the Gestapo. You're the ones who insisted -- screechingly -- that TSA damn near strip search everyone within 5 miles of an airplane.

You wanted it, BillyJoeBobBubba, and you got it. Now YOU get to live with it, too, just like the rest of us.

Moronic redneck LOSER.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music...

Someone sent me a link to a Justin Bieber video.

Someone who has obviously done more drugs than the Stones, the Beatles, and the Dead.  Combined.

Bieber, fergodsake.  "Simpering saccharine soul-less slush" indeed.

Oh, Fercrissakes...

As Chief Curt Varone* says, "You can't make this stuff up"...

Ohio [was] set to execute a convicted child killer after denying the man's last-minute request to donate organs to his ailing mother and sister before he dies.
[Convicted baby-raping murderer Ronald] Phillips has said through his attorneys that the request was not a delay tactic, but rather an attempt to make a final gesture for good.
This is the latest chapter in the saga of Ronald Phillips, who in January 18, 1993, murdered his girlfriend's daughter, three-year-old Sheila Marie Evans, at her home in Akron. Phillips had been sexually and physically abusing Sheila for some time. Phillips severely beat Sheila in the head, face and abdomen, threw her against the walls, dragged her by her hair and anally raped her.

Phillips probably figured he could donate his organs, and then claim his physical health prohibited execution. Variations on this tactic include, just before one's scheduled execution, half-assed suicide attempts, assaults resulting in hospitalization, and a few other more creative things.

His attorney said:
"He's been very reflective and prayerful over the last several weeks. I think he was very hopeful that he was going to be granted clemency and/or get relief from the court, so this never really had to come to a head," Sweeney said. "The disappointment on those fronts made this obviously more relevant."

That, of course, makes all the difference: "Ah have found Jee-zuss, and He has forgiven me, so now y'all gotta let me outa here. Hey, y'all need a babysitter?"

It's the same crap we get from the "family values" crowd when they get caught with their pants down (literally).


Republican Gov. John Kasich rescheduled 40-year-old Ronald Phillips' lethal injection to July 2, falling for the "I got religion" ploy just like every other Xristian Xrazy.

As a result, the "law and order" party is allowing a baby-raping murderer to escape the punishment decided by a jury of his peers. Just goes to show, moreover, that their "right to life" stance ends at birth.

Be interesting to see what happens in July, whether the BABY-RAPING MURDERER pulls another fast one out of his ass, and manages to avoid the same death sentence he handed to his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter. 

Oh, he was also claiming that lethal injection would have been cruel and unusual punishment because he was "afraid of needles"... just as Sheila was probably afraid of this needle-dicked dink.

Hey, Phillips: DIE. Slowly, painfully, screaming in agony. DIE, you baby-raping murderous maggot.

* I am NOT implying, in any way, shape, or form, that Chief Varone agrees with any of the opinions expressed in this blog. I am merely quoting one of his tags, which I adopted: "YCMTSU."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

So, There I Was, Balancing My Checkbook...

My bank is too big to fail because of all my overdraft charges....
Yes, I had to learn "New Math" in school.
And for the kids who have never heard of Professor Lehrer, here's an entire concert from Copenhagen

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music

Dawn Wells... one of the prettiest women on earth... after the lovely yet talented Mrs618 and Paulette Goddard.

You know what always amazed me? The Professor could build an entire rock band (as in this clip), or make a radio from two cocoanuts, and the whole crew could build a village...

...but no one could patch the damned Minnow???

Oh, and just how many bags did everyone pack for that three-hour tour?!? I don't think I ever saw a character wear the same outfit twice.


Oh, and for the kids who don't know Paulette Goddard:

She was one of Charlie Chaplin's many wives, appearing with him in Modern Times and The Great Dictator. She was also considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind, but Vivien Leigh won that role.

Another shot of the lovely yet talented Ms. Goddard:

Maybe it's just me, but I think she looks a lot like Elizabeth Short (a/k/a the "Black Dahlia"):

Ooooh, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise...

Fat little murderer Georgie "Porky" Zimmerman stiffed his attorneys!

Porky, who has managed to evade a murder conviction thanks to Florida's Make My Day Law, has since attracted even more attention from the po-po, including numerous traffic stops where he asks if the cop recognizes him from TV. Personally, if I were still a cop, I might be tempted to view that as a threat: "I've killed before and gotten away with it..."

Now, he's managed to get in trouble yet again. After showing up at the home of his estranged wife, Shellie "I've never met a dessert I didn't like" Zimmerman, with a gun, his attorney told the court that he would no longer represent the fat little turdball.

Because the fat little turdball has yet to pay his attorney.

This is despite his legal defense having pulled in more than $300,000 (as of January).

The money went for things like bail (which, having been returned upon his acquittal, should have gone back into the pot), private security (gun nut doesn't want to be approached by someone who may be...well, armed? ... and who might fear Porky? ... and who might shoot his pudgy little ass? ... and then claim he was "standing his ground'?), and -- last but certainly least -- almost $62,000 for eight months of living expenses. That means, for 12 months of living expenses, Quick-Draw Gonzalez would need about $93,000. Ninety-three thousand dollars. Burritos must be awfully expensive in his neck of the woods.

Now, all of those contributions to the Ruger Bandito came from fellow gun nuts, militia members, racists, and other typical redneck scum.

Be interesting to see what they do to Turdball when they finally figure out that HE SCREWED THEM ROYALLY.

Nice knowin' ya, turdball. Not.

Haz-Mat... It's No Laughing Matter...

Well, yes, yes it is.


This just showed up on Facebook, from one of the emergency management types:

Owly Images

This ranks right up there with the "Pink Shirt Guy"

HE shows up in just about every Haz-Mat PowerPoint I've ever seen.  Although, to be fair to PSG, if the crew is going to be taping their boots and gloves and wearing respirators, they should probably have their hoods on too.*
*Not that I have any haz mat training above awareness level. I simply use the rule of thumb: if I'm close enough so that I can't cover the entire scene with my thumb... I'm too freakin' close!!

Good Morning, Minnesota!


I've been getting a fair number of visits from the communities of Owatonna and West Concord, MN. I use the free version of Site Meter, so I don't know if these are repeat or unique visitors, but it doesn't really matter.

Hi, folks, thank you for stopping by. Feel free to poke around and see what's here: everything from fire history to music to politics and pets. Comments are always welcome*.

From reading so many John Sandford books, sounds like I'm missing out by not visiting out there... seems like it's every bit as nice as Maine (albeit with a different regional accent).

Oh, and feel free to tell your friends!

* Unless they're spam comments about vacations in Uruguay or body-part enlargement, of course.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music

In honor of the 33rd Annual Mid Coast EMS Conference, in Rockport, Maine.

This is from the two-hour pilot. Notice the original Squad 51, and the rest of the classic vehicles. You'll also notice that Martin Milner and Kent McCord (Malloy and Reed from Adam-12) appear. Not surprising, as Emergency! was a spin-off of Adam-12, which in turn was spun off from Dragnet.

A potential spin-off from Emergency! that failed was called 905-Wild, about some LA County Animal Control officers. That one starred Mark Harmon, David Huddleston, and Gary Crosby (Bing's son).

When Emergency! debuted in 1972, the whole field of EMS was only a couple of years old. Previously, emergency medical care -- such as it was -- was provided by attendants with roughly 40 hours of Advanced First Aid, and maybe CPR. The vehicles were usually modified station wagons, operated by the local funeral homes (putting in the crews in an interesting situation - take the person to the hospital, or perhaps pick up the funeral?), or by civic groups like the American Legion, or Lions clubs.

Cadillac was the most popular make, but there were others like Pontiac, Chevrolet, Packard, and De Soto.

Some were barely-modified hearses:

Some very progressive services did use vans early on... here's a 1962 Chevy Corvair:

As the old wagons were being phased out, we started using vehicles like the Chevy Suburban or the International Travel-All:

As you can imagine, there wasn't a whole hell of a lot of room inside to work on patients. Not that it really mattered, since all we did at the time was advanced first aid - no IVs, usually no CPR, certainly nothing like intubation.
And what do we have these days?

Gawd, I'm starting to feel like Mustang Bobby with all the classic vehicle pix...

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Guns and Racism... No Connection. None Whatsoever.

Via skippy... 

"racism linked to gun ownership" 

Whodathunkit? [All emphasis added] 

A new study of symbolic racism among white American voters yielded strong links between latent biases toward blacks and increased favor of gun ownership and oppositions toward gun control.

Wow, that's is a "stop-the-press" moment... that the small-penis-compensation-device-loving crowd would also be jealous of the stereotypical big black jungle dick?

Published in the journal PLoS One, the study used voter data of white Americans that, after accounting for political ideology, income, and education, still revealed startling connections between racism and gun ownership. For every one point increase in symbolic racism — measured on a five-point scale — the chance someone had a gun in the home rose by 50 percent, and the chance the respondent supported policies that allowed people to carry concealed guns rose by 28 percent.

This would certainly explain the South. As BadTux and others have pointed out, the Southern social norms have traditionally included slavery -- which is racism in it's purest form -- and violence to keeps the slaves from rebelling. When one couples that with the still-extant desire to secede and rebuild the Confederacy, it's obvious that disarming the rednecks isn't going to happen.

"We were initially surprised that no one had studied this issue before,” said study co-author Dr. Dermot Lynott, from Lancaster University, in a statement. “However, the U.S. government cut research funding for gun-related research over decade and a half ago, so research in this area has been somewhat suppressed." 

Well, yes, the funding was cut at the demand of the National Feckin Rifle Association, since they didn't want folks to realize that the gun nuts were also racist bastards (among their many other un-American failings). God forbid anyone should think that guns.. oh, I don't know, kill people?!?

Gun control debates are set against a bleak backdrop of school shootings, homicides, suicides, and gun violence in a country that routinely tops the list for most gun-related deaths in a given year. A study performed earlier this year found that the more guns a U.S. state owns directly relates to an increased homicide rate. Covering 30 years from 1981 to 2010, and controlling for a laundry list of variables, it is the largest and most comprehensive study to date examining homicide’s relationship to gun ownership. 

Part of the answer is simply freedom. Americans whose family is steeped in the traditions of southern conservatism tend to enjoy exercising their second amendment Constitutional right. Another is irrationality, or an ignorance of the facts. Gun ownership often proceeds under the assumption that one will be attacked. So people buy guns fearing someone else will use one on them, despite the supposed closeness of people inhabiting gun-heavy regions. 

And if there is anywhere on Earth that epitomizes “irrationality” and “ignorance,” it is the disease-ridden Trashcanistan hellhole home of our Bible-thumpin’, hooker-humpin’, sister-marryin’, rifle-rack-in-the-pickmup wingnut “breathren” below the Mason-Dixie line.  

This whole concept of "home defense" lead Mrs. Lanza in Newtown to buy a poopload of weapons to protect herself. How did THAT work out for ya, Mrs. L?

The present study also found associations in their data between opposition to gun controls and conservatism, anti-government sentiment, party identification, and being from a southern state. Even controlling for these factors, the team found racism associated with gun control opposition and gun ownership. 

Yeah, I’d say that pretty much covers it.
To be fair, though, it's not just the Southern racists that are frickin lunatics. Here in Maine, we've had small-penis-compensators like David Marsters, who advocated the assassination of our President; Steve Collins, who advocated the assassination of our President; we have the Maine Tea Party Patriots -- the ones who support Fat-Ass Paul LePage, he of more chins than a Chinatown phone book; the National Socialist American Labor Party, a buncha neo-Nazi twats and Volksfront, representing the racist skinhead crowd. Every one of these assholes keeps agitating for unfettered access to firearms... especially assault rifles.
Since they're such firm believers in guns...
They oughta be shot.



What the Burned Out Medic Sez...

He nailed it on the head.

In a sentence, we drop everything else to respond to other people’s requests for assistance no matter what time it is, how dangerous or safe the neighborhood is, what good or evil or crazy people with or without weapons are at the scene, how clean or disgusting the residence – on fire or not – is, what funky bodily fluids are smeared or not smeared all over someone, and we do what is necessary to get things done, regardless of how much we do or don’t want to do it.

Yup, that pretty much covers it.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Sports? Here?? Well, Yeah, Sorta...

If you've read this blog for more than about three minutes, you'll know I'm not a sports fan. The lovely yet talented Mrs618 could tell you I don't have the faintest idea whether Payton Manning is a shortstop or point guard. I couldn't give a rat's rectum about the Stanley Cup (and I have no idea what A Streetcar Named Desire has to do with hockey) or the Super Bowl or any of the other sports extravaganzas.

But, for these guys, I'll make an exception and post something about sports.

As we say in New York,
"Ya done good, guys, real good."

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music

The lovely yet talented Mnozil Brass, an Austrian septet.

This concept works much better than I would have thought... an all-brass-and-vocal cover of Queen's classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Gimme That Old Time Music - Bonus

Bonus ...

The lovely yet talented Maya Caballero...


Gimme That Old Time Music

The lovely yet talented Stephanie Trick.

It should be illegal for one person to be so young, so talented, and so cute, all at the same time.

She is one of those obnoxious* people who can play just about anything -- stride, boogie, ragtime, Bach -- and make it look easy.
* Of course, it's only obnoxious to those of us who can only play a stereo...**
** Yes, I'm jealous.

Oh, HELL, No.

According to NBC Nightly News, the moronic losers at TSA have decided they want to arm some of the TSA goons, in response to yesterday's shooting at LAX.

As you know, I'm not a big fan of TSA. In fact, I regard them as a buncha moronic loser thieving perverts. For example, see these previous posts.

And to prove I'm not alone, if one Googles "tsa screeners arrested," you find 202,000+ hits. They've been grabbed for theft, sexual assault, and all sorts of other crimes of moral turpitude.

Plus, they're completely in-freakin-competent: they can't find bombs or guns in luggage... hell, they couldn't find a frickin BABY that went through one of their Xray machines.

One of those loser screeners will grope some woman's breasts *, she'll complain about it... and he'll shoot her ass.

And they want GUNS?!?

* And that came from LewRockwell.com, which is far to the right of Faux, Frothy Santorum, and most of the rest of Teabagistan.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

as the lovely yet talented skippy would say...

...say hello to "ambulance ranger."

In all honesty, I don't know how skippy can do a zillion blogposts without a single capital letter.

Ambulance Ranger is a Ranger/EMT/Paramedic in training out on the left coast. The impression I get is that she works for the NPS and hence, has her hands full even without medic school.

She has been kind enough to add me to her "waiting list" of blogs she wants to read, which leaves me feeling kinda honored. Of course I'm adding hers to mine.

Good luck in medic school, and stay safe on the job!

I. Am. EVIL.

A few years back, when we were still in Michigan, I set the picture below as my desktop, then called our IT crew to tell them I had some weird error message on my screen. The tech -- fresh out of college -- looked at it and said, "I've never seen anything like this before."

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Poor Aunt Lavinia...

My Aunt Lavinia hasn't been feeling well for the past couple of weeks, so we called the doctor. The doctor stopped to see her (yes, in Maine, doctors still make house calls). When he was done, he asked for a glass of water, so we steered him out to the well (there are still some things lacking here at Chez618). The doctor was leaning over a little too far, and fell into the well.

I pulled him out and told him to treat the sick, and leave the well alone.

(H/T Max Morath, the ragtime pianist I mentioned here)

Friday, November 01, 2013

It's That Time of Year...

Don't have your story show up on This Date in Fire History. Change your clock, change your battery.

(Swiped from the Maine Fire Chiefs Association Facebook page. I hope they don't mind)

Schticks of One, Pottersville Edition

Usually, I use this tag for my own conglomeration of bits and pieces that I don't feel like turning into full posts.

The lovely yet talented Jurassic Pork has done his own turn on this theme.

I especially like numbers three and four:

Thanks to the GOP cutting SNAP benefits, last night I had kids showing up at my door begging me for meat and vegetables.
Last night, Paul Ryan threw all his candy on his roof then told kids, "Wait for it to trickle down."

Yup, that sounds like them.

(And if you could toss some coinage their way, they'd appreciate it)

*NO* Frickin Sympathy.


Ronald Phillips, who was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter, wants his execution delayed*.

Ronald Phillips
Gee, whiz, Ronnie. You think maybe your girlfriend's little girl might have liked having her death postponed? By about 75 years?
As the lovely yet talented Mrs618 asked, "You think maybe she didn't want your fully-grown penis in her three-year-old body?"
Hey, Ronnie...
Don't want to be executed?
*He says he "deserves" a reprieve because Ohio uses lethal injection... and he's afraid of needles. Cry me a frickin river, jerkwad.