Room Cleaning, er, Clearing
For those of you who have wondered how the skills an infantryman learns can translate into civilian skills, I give you this answer:
The Polly Frost Boot Camp for Shutting You Up
I can think of a few bloggers and commenters who really need this seminar, featuring advice such as:“Re-embrace Your Inner Critic.” Using advanced transference techniques, you will pretend to read your work to the most discouraging person you know.... You will learn to love them all as they do their best to keep you from typing out another word.Perhaps that little voice that keeps murmuring
Have you hugged your Income Redistributionist Specialist lately?
I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the Minister of Justice in the UK as decided that inmates in prison shouldn’t be called inmates anymore because, you see, it might offend them.The absurdity of political correctness and the pseudo right not to be offended trundle on. In that spirit, The Nose On
Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard
Apple does it again, with a revolutionary new ultra-slim notebook. 
Automatic Congressional Pay Raises Explained
Eugene Volokh gets to the bottom of the mystery:On June 18, 1912, Congress passed a law entitled, An Act to provide for the support and maintenance of bastards in the District of Columbia.Could also be why there are so many lawyers there. [/rimshot]
Word abuse
Heh ... here’s an interesting exercise:A Michigan university has released its 34th annual list of words and phrases ripe for banishment from the English language, including "green" and "maverick."Lake Superior State University in the city of Sault Ste. Marie said its 34th annual "List of Words to Be Banished from
Spelling Tip Of The Day
If you’re going to protest the "Jews" in a language other than your own, you might want to check the spelling with a speaker of that language first (and ensure that speaker isn’t a) a jokester or b) a jew or c) both):[HT: RWN]
A new twist for geneologists
Are you of European descent?Do you have blood type "O"?Ginger or red hair?Freckles?An aversion to GEICO?You might have to revise that family tree then (below the fold)
Quote of the day
It comes from Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton. In a Vanity Fair article decrying the actions of the President-elect’s speech writer’s groping of a Hillary Clinton cardboard cut out in a now infamous picture (see link for pic), she asks:At what point does sexist behavior get
Step Right Up! It’s Your Bailout Too!
I hear repeatedly from our fellow citizens "where is my bailout?" For those who have been wondering the fine journalists at Vanity Fair have found the paperwork so you can begin applying now for, as the application says, "free government cash." (Click image for Large Version.) 
OK. This is just badass.
I want one.
Bank Standoff Ends in SWAT Assault
A New Jersey police SWAT team was forced to assault a PNC Bank branch in Montgomery Township, after a tense stand-off in which the suspect refused to respond to all offers to negotiate.Some 30 officers surrounded a PNC Bank branch in Montgomery Township after alarms at the branch went off at 8:40 p.m.Officers
I’ll Just Take the Toaster
This young attorney will go far in her career.
The Seven Legged Solution
I’m not sure if the following is more indicative of the economic climate, or of the ridiculous things that qualify as art these days. Either way, Mr. Thorne seems to have discovered a "creative" way to keep bill collectors at bay:From: Jane GillesDate: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.19pmTo: David ThorneSubject: Overdue accountDear David,Our records indicate that your account is overdu
Whoopee, its bailout time!
From the comments at Financial Times:Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) — In a surprise move today, Whoopee Cushions Inc was approved bank holding company status by the Fed to enable the company access to the recently revised TURD scheme.Imported far-eastern whoopee cushions have decimated the domestic industry over the past two decades, leaving former giants of the indus
Campaign ’08: The Sad Aftermath
Body Facts
It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.One human hair can support 3 kg (6 lb).The average man’s penis is three times the length of his thumb.Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.Women blink twice as often as men.The average person’s skin weighs twice
Laid Off By Lehman: One Broker’s Story
Heh, heh, heh.
The American Political Cycle
And Now for Something Completely Different...
Occasionally, I like to lighten things up around here. This is one of those times. And it’s especially needed now, since the general consensus of opinion seems to be...anyway, I thought I’d go for a few laughs by posting some FAIL images.And a video: 
Strategery Capital Management LLC
A new distressed debt leveraged hedge fund has been launched:Go visit the website for all their competitive advantages!
A sure sign of the Apocalypse
Gather the family, board up the windows and stock up on dried foods, the end is near:Tycoon Hugh Hefner has been advised to cut back on staff at his multi-million dollar glamour empire as it struggles to cope during the global economic turmoil.The 83-year-old has been told to lay off some of
Quote of the Day
It comes from Jay Leno:"See, you know the way a bailout works? Here’s the way a bailout works. A failed president and a failed Congress invest $700 billion of your money in failed businesses. Believe me, this can’t fail."
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others
Can you guess, without hovering over the links, which one these posts is serious?1. Palin was "born" in Sandpoint, Idaho - but for murky reasons fled to Alaska - a well-timed move considering that only a decade or so later, Sandpoint would become a destination for like-minded travelers called the Aryan Nations. The organization claims to have disbanded in 2001 - a "fact" Palin might want
New Era Mergers
From Craigs List, though it has since been removed:H/T- Alphaville
Now, from Ron-Tel records! (UPDATED)
Who’s your favorite artist: Paul Anka or Nirvana? Well, now, you don’t have to choose! 
About That World Opinion Poll
Michael Asher has done us all the favor of graphically depicting just how important the rest of the world’s opinion as to who Americans elect as President really is:Just in case that wasn’t already clear.
They sets ’em up ...
Karen Travers and Rigel Anderson of ABC’s "The Note" send out an email preview in which they ask:If everyone is a “Maverick,” who is Goose?Uh, Obama?
In case you’ve forgotten ...
This is how beer works. It’s Friday - be careful out there.
In case you’re wondering who I support for Prez
Here’s a link to a video about him.
Obama Goes for the Grass Roots
Iowahawk reports that the Obama campaign is pulling out all the stops on a grass-roots effort in the Red States.According to Lorenz, winning back fence sitters to the Obama column takes a disciplined three-pronged attack of sarcasm, irony and condescension, which he demonstrates on a diner at a Fond du Lac IHOP."Excuse me, who are you voting for?" Lorenz asks the elderly man.
Ever found yourself in a similar situation?
I Can Has Luv?
Reader Scott Jacobs, in the comments to my "I’m in ur voting booth..." post informs me that a) he’s seen pictures of me, and that b) I’m not allowed to speak Lolcat.I have no idea why he’s so judgmental.
Helping out Leno and Letterman
Over at Instapundit, I saw a reference to this study on how TV humorists are treating the major presidential candidates. Comedy Central is the equal-opportunity choice, making fun of all sides about equally. That increases my respect for Jon Stewart another notch. Leno and Letterman don&rs
Beside the anal exam you have to undergo
This is why I would never run for office.
Bernanke has a solution
FROM: Dr Ben BernankeCentral Bank of United States of America01-658-555-1234TO: CEOLagos, NigeriaDear Friend:I have been requested by the regional members Federal Reserve of the USA to contact you for assistance in resolving a matter. The Federal Reserve of the USA has recently concluded a large number of contracts for credit derivative investment vehicles "CDIV" in the Wall Street region of the USA. The contracts have immediately produced mo
Housing Crisis Much Worse Than Thought
Or maybe it’s just that Detroit sucks.Detroit has lost half its population since its heyday of the 1950s, and every year the city hemorrhages an estimated 5,000 people more. First it was white flight to the suburbs; then with the city’s continued spiral into poverty and violence, blacks began to flee to those same suburbs. And while census figures show that whites are returning to some of the nation’s largest cities, Detroit is experiencing a flight of a different k
Weekend Laugh
If you’re not laughing hysterically while watching this, then you’re probably crying uncontrollably ... from laughing so hard. Turn up the volume for this one:
Supermoto Excitement!
Crony Capitalism and the Liberal Left II
Bipartisan Folly
Photo Fun
21st Century Fighting Force
Senator Obama’s plan for a more carbon-friendly military isn’t meeting with universal approval.
All is right with the world
Beer, as it should be, is back on top:Take that you effete, thumb-sucking, cork-sniffing aficionados of overpriced grape juice. Beer, the oldest and most noble of adult beverages is again ascendant by double digits.Ha!Now excuse me - I h
Pot Meet Kettle
Lee Judge / The Kansas City Star (July 22, 2008
Heh ...
Oh, man ... here’s something I wish I’d written:And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.Just go read it.(HT: Joel
The Toaster Isn’t Worth It
Rex Babin / Sacramento Bee (July 15, 2008)
Making fun of post-modernism
It appears I’m not the only one who finds post-modernist literary deconstruction to be worthy of nothing but contempt:The cartoon reminded me of (and was possibly inspired by) the Sokal hoax. Of course, the post-modernists try to handwave away the fact that their writings are so nonsensica
Quick Hits: A Sarcastic/Ironic Look Around The Blogosphere
Subtitle: What If David Spade Were A BloggerWho cares?The future of political campaigns [HT: ChrisB]Next up on  
McQ’s immutable laws of the Internet - Law 1
Forever.(HT: DeLanna)
Photoshop? What is this "photoshop"?
Iran was caught red handed photoshopping a missle launch because of an apparent dud. I was wondering what Baghdad Bob was doing these days.The actual pic:The photoshopped pic: 
Where do tomatoes go to get their reputation back?
Tomato sales are off 30 to 40% due to the recent salmonella outbreak, however the FDA now thinks it may be hot peppers which are to blame. The outbreak has caused some tomato growers to plow under their crop and plant something else. The market is now only at the breakeven point for tomato growers who’ve hung on.Of course some growers, understandably,
The American Family Association isn’t all that keen on the homosexuals. In fact, they think that the word "gay" is a little too innocuous for common usage. They like their gays flaming, as it were, not closeted, so they replace the word "gay" with "homosexual" on every news story they reprint on their web site. That leads to stories like  
Boumedienne v. Bush
With apologies to lolcats.
Smug Alert
I just saw this video, called "I’m Voting Republican", promoted at Google Video:I find myself responding to each little barb, all "stream of consciousness" like...
Young Hillary Clinton
It is in the genes:
And now, something completely different
A unique method of animal control
A link to Confederate Yankee provides a rather unique approach to animal control, especially if you’re trying to control a few pigs.PETA could not be reached for comment.
Tough Guy Auditions
So, you’re casting your action film, and you need some serious badasses to work as extras. Well, that means you need to do some auditions.
The joy of Irony - "Free Tibet" flags made in China
I’m really a simple guy to amuse:Police in southern China have discovered a factory manufacturing Free Tibet flags, media reports say.The factory in Guangdong had been completing overseas orders for the flag of the Tibetan government-in-exile.Workers said they thought they were just making colourful flags and did not realise their meaning.
Hmmmm ....
Sometimes pictures are better than words
Michael Ramirez again captures the essence of Jimmy Carter. (HT: Linda Morgan)
Darth speaks
Last night was the the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington and Dick Cheney filled in for the President. As you know, one of the things the speaker is supposed to do is take take a few humorous pot shots at himself. Of the three Cheney used, or that were reported, this one actually got a laugh out of me:And the Veep recounted how he asked his wife at the breakfa
This can’t be good...
Vote for Hillary
Any woman that can knock ’em back like this deserves your vote:Oh, wait:And although Clinton is no stranger to late night drinks with the press and her staff, she usually prefers red wine or the trendy wheat ale Blue Moon wit
This is just funny...
Interesting but not particularly compelling story about national parks and some speculation as to why no one seems to visit many of them any more.Eh. Not something I’d usually blog about. But one comment caught my eye and the bold line just caused me to start laughing. Linda in Portland tells us why she isn&rsqu
Hugo’s Congressional "testimony"
As the annual "beat up on the oil company execs" circus tours Congress for the third straight year, House Republican Leader John Boehner gives us an April Fool’s version of the "testimony" of Venezuelan "oil exec" Hugo Chavez. Sometimes humor is the best answer to foolishness:Testimony of Hugo Chavez, President of VenezuelaSelect Committee for Energy Independence an
You’d almost think this was an April Fool’s joke
Seriously. Glenn Greenwald has published a new book entitled - wait for it - "Great American Hypocrites".When you quit laughing, you’ll realize it isn’t an intentional joke. You’ll also realize that Greenwald does
Ramirez deftly summarizes "Sniper-gate"
It’s 3am, I must be tired
It’s 3:00 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone? If your answer is Hillary Clinton, then who do you want answering the phone the next day when Hillary Clinton is tired?Clinton said she was "sleep-deprived" and "misspoke" when she said last week that she land
So that’s why my marriage has lasted over 3 decades
My wife bit the bullet and did it right:The best marriages are those where women marry men who are less attractive than themselves, research has found.What would we do without all this important research? Have more divorces I suppose.
Erica Jong and beavers and stallions (oh my!)
I’m sure that Erica Jong thought of this as a very serious appeal to Democrats to stop the fighting and get on with the job of defeating the GOP. She even entitled her Huff Po piece "Why Am I So Afraid".But I have to admit to a smirky chuckle that continued to grow as I read the lead sentence in the 3rd paragraph:We have two great candida
I’ll have the steamed crap with a side of burnt lion’s head (update)
If you’ve ever traveled in Asia you’ve seen some of these rather dubious translations into English from the native tongue.Apparently the Chinese want to eradicate as much of that as possible. Referred too as "Chinglish", the government has hired an English linguist to help root them out and change them in time for the Olympic games.
Sometimes you can be too good for your own good
Sounds like a union shop to me:(HT: CrimLaw)
Howard Kurtz, Facebook Stud
I get an occasional "Compare People" email from Facebook informing me of how various Facebook friends rank in a number of categories. I don’t recall signing up for this, but - while I’m sure it’s a product of a very small sample of actual votes - the results can be interesting. Here’s a result I got earlier this week:Highest ranked in each category "Who would I rather marry"1. Howard Kurtz"Who would I rather dat
I missed this earlier this week...
But I wanted to be sure you got a chance to see it.
PhD from the US? "Dr." is verboten!
Have a US PhD? Want to end up in jail in Germany?Just go around while there referring to yourself as "Doctor":Americans with PhDs beware: Telling people in Germany that you’re a doctor could land you in jail.At least seven U.S. citizens working as researchers in Germany have faced criminal probes in rec
Where did it all go wrong?
With Barack Obama’s ascendancy in the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination race, The post-mortems on the Clinton campaign have started before the body is even cold. Or, actually dead yet.Still, one does wonder how she could have collapsed so quickly. What caused it? Was it Bill Clinton’s intemperate remarks in South Carolina? The surprise loss in Iowa? At what moment did it begin to go bad?We may never really know.
Huckabee’s Friday Campaign
Well, this is interesting......Huckabee will ... head to the Cayman Islands to give a paid speech booked several months ago. [...] [Huckabee Campaign Manager] Saltsman said Huckabee simply needed
Even Flowbee
Allahpundit is pointing and laughing at Pearl Jam’s new "Barack Around the Clock" (no, really) song. I’m going to take his word for it, on the theory that everything Pearl Jam has done since Ten has been self-indulgent pap. If, as PJ O’Rourke argued, earnestness is just
Of "lead-pipe cinches" and such (update)
Apparently The Corner’s Michael Graham is voting for John McCain tomorrow:I am so confident of both a Patriots win today and a Romney win in Massachusetts on Tuesday that I made this pledge on the air Friday: "If the NY Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, I will vote cast my Super Duper Tuesday primary vote for (shudder) John McCa
SOTU and Dems - whatta gas
My opinion of the SOTU address and Democratic response as demonstrated by this little guy: - Watch more fr
Ramesh Ponnuru’s response to Caroline Kennedy’s pronouncement that Barack Obama would be a president like her father:I assume that means that he’ll be overrated, not that he’ll bring us to the brin
A True fan
Apparently, I’m not the only one who’s upset at the way the NFL post-season went.
Oh, and for a chuckle, check this vid o
A new presidential candate
At least as good as most of the field.(HT: Amy)
Darwin Awards [Update]
Dave Budge brings us this year’s Darwin Award winner:Finally, THE WINNER!!!: [Arkansas Democrat Gazette]Two local men were injured when their pickup truck left the road and struck a tree near Cotton Patch on State Highway 38 early Monday. Woodruff County deputy Dovey Snyder reported the accident shortly after midnight Monday. Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis, 38,
This is just funny
Have you ever been so drowsy that it just seems impossible to stay awake. I sure have. Check out this video of Bill Clinton at the Covenant Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem during today’s MLK observance. And notice the last scene with the quick glance at the watch ("is he still talking?").
The Treasury Secretary of the Federal Reserve
Sometimes, there’s really nothing to do but to point and laugh...U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur came to a House committee hearing on Thursday prepared to ask U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson tough questions about his involvement in the subprime mortgage crisis.Unfortunately, she was questioning the chairman of the Federal Reserve.The Ohio Democrat, at a Hou
Blast from the past - Canada’s illegal immigration problem
Author unknown, written some time after the 2004 election, but something I really enjoyed at the time.The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada Has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration.The re-election of President Bush is prompting the exodus among Left leaning citizens who fear they’ll soon b
And now for something completely bizarre
Ah, the welfare state, such sights can’t really be that unusual:Two men wheeled a dead man through the streets in an office chair to a check-cashing store and tried to cash his Social Security check before being arrested on fraud charges, police said.But he’s still warm!Only in New York?Heh ... don’t bet on it.
Mental Health Outsourcing
A friend drops me an email:I was depressed last night so I called Lifeline.Got a call center in Pakistan.I told them I was suicidal.They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.Can’t help it - I’ve always had a rather strange sense of humor.
Bill Gates: A nerd, it’s true, but with a sense of humor
If you attend Microsoft conferences, you’ve seen the tongue-in-cheek videos they produce, usually starring Gates or Balmer or both. Here’s one of them, spoofing what Bill Gates’ last days at Microsoft might look like. Bill Gates’ last daysGuest stars include a couple of folks we’ve been discussing around QandO just the last few days...
One of my favorite year-end traditions...
... is reading Dave Barry’s Year in Review column. A couple of representative extracts:On the economic front, the dollar continued to lose value against all major foreign currencies and most brands of bathroom tissue. There was a major collapse in the credit market, caused by the fact that for most of this decade, every other radio commercial has been some guy selling mortgages to people
Humor or humorless? Has faux outrage crippled our ability to laugh at ourselves?
The 7 people supporting Dennis Kucinich are complaining about this Pizza Hut ad:Kucinich supporters:
The entrepreneurial spirit lives
Gotta love it.And you get a bad of nuts with it too!
PJ O’Rourke reviews Arthur M Schlesinger Jr’s "Journals"
Or does he?This is a bad, vain, dull, repulsive book. Don’t read it. I didn’t.Heh ... imagine that on the outside jacket of the Penguin published tome.Or this little goodie:Its pages also crack open a hellgate to give us a peek at the eternally consuming fires of egotistic solipsism to which the soul of
Some long shot predictions for 2008
Well, lots of others are in the prediction game this time of year, and some of them are venturing some pretty far-out predictions, so I decided to join them. I decided to look at the presidential candidates and venture some, ummm, long-shot predictions for each of them.
Ever wonder about those notes the Doc uses when he’s writing in your file? There’s a reason you can’t decipher them. But other Docs know the code. Here are a few from British doctors:Other slang used by doctors, according to past letters to the BMJ, include UBI (for "Unexplained Beer Injury"), PAFO ("Pissed And Fell Over") and Code Brown, or a faecal incontinence emergency.CTD means "Circling The Drain", GPO signifies "Goo
"What are your exact coordinates?"
That’s the line of the day from Captain Ed, answering the request from Ayman al-Zawahri for questions from journalists. His followup question is "How long will you be there?"Both are excellent questions, and I look forward to Al-Zawahiri’s answers. Or perhaps I should say, our Predat
New Fred Thompson Video
Well, I must say, it’s good to see Fred Thompson starting to get serious about this presidential race.
Crossing philosophy with politics
An attack ad that’s actually worth watching:(via Geekpress)
Mike Huckabee’s Bold Energy Plan
Gov. Mike Huckabee has unveiled his bold, new vision for America’s future energy policy.I consider myself a conservationist. I think we ought to have some cap and trade. It worked with acid rain. I think it could work with Co2 emissions. I think we ought to be out there talking about ways to reduce energy consumption and waste. And we ought to d
Huh. Well, now that I know what it is, I have to say, it doesn’t look too bad. It doesn’t look like much fun, but I could probably handle it.
I never understood this
Even when I was a kid, these commercials left me stupefied.OK. First of all, you walk into your manicurist&rs
Happiness for right-wing geeks
Want to start each day on a positive note? Follow these 7 simple steps:1. Create a new file folder on your computer. 2. Name it ’Hillary Rodham Clinton.’3. Drag it to the recycle bin. 4. Empty the recycle bin.5. Your PC will ask you, "Are you sure you want to delete ’Hillary Rodham Clinton’?" 6. Firmly Click ’Yes.’7. Feel better instantly.
Have the monkeys figured out that humans are pushovers?
A few weeks back, I noted monkeys committing acts of sexual harassment against women in Kenya. Today I note that the monkeys are apparently forming a new criminal class in India, based on this headline:Thieving monkeys ’out of control’ in northeast IndiaThe article goes on to say:
Leave Hillary Alone!
While we’re discussing the fall of western civilization...
Via Tam (who got it from Stephen Bodio), we see yet another sign of the times in Massachusetts, where the Boston Globe reports that residents are running scared from
Understanding the sub-prime mortgage situation
Here’s a reasonably complete explanation of the sub-prime mortgage situation, and I guarantee you’ll find it a lot more understandable and easy to absorb than most treatments you’ll find in various magazines and newspapers: 
MoveOn backs down
Wired tells us that under a barrage of criticism, has backed off its position of asking Google to block ads critical of the organization:The left-leaning political advocacy group,, is backing down in a flap over the use of its name in online advertisements, permitting an influential Republican senator to criticize the organization in a
Camera shy
A word of warning if you choose to photograph a particular orangutan in Malaysia. Get a signed release from him first or he will demand compensation:An orangutan who objected to having its photograph taken by a French tourist snatched her backpack before ripping off her trousers.The woman, known only as Odile, was taking pho
Greatest Hits
Back in the day, when I had the time, and it was easier to get the pictures, I used to do these little caption deals with news pictures. Much of that stuff is dated, and only makes sense in the context of the news stories of the day, but I thought I’d take a trip in the wayback machine and pick out some of my favorites.Enjoy a little humor break. 
Why the Irish will one day rule the world ...
Or "Flood? What flood, lad?"And yes, that’s Pogue with his back to us.
Fun with hypocrites
Is Our Children Learning?
If you can understand the answer given to the question in the video clip below, I salute you.This is Miss Teen South Carolina. She is being asked why 1/5 of Americans cannot locate the United States on a map. 
He wasn’t kidding
Sometimes you read two things in quick succession and things just click.Conan O’Brien, Commencement Speech to Harvard Class of 2000:There is also sadness today, a feeling of loss that you’re leaving Harvard forever. Well, let me assure you that you never really leave Harvard. The Harvard Fundraising Committee will be on your ass until the day you die. Right now, a member of the Alumni A
Anatomy of a prank
This is a good one:
Here’s a keeper
Watch this. It’s LTC John Nagl, one of the guys on the Counterinsurgency manual writing team with Gen. Petraeus, on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. He has his way with Stewart (not that Stewart does or says anything wrong, well, you’ll see what I mean) ... nicely, politely and professionally, of course. The last part about "percentages" is priceless. 
Look for the Union Barrier
The Democratic vision of Union protection(ism) for the American worker seems to be backfiring on them...So I’ve done some crack reporting and figured out why it’s so damn hard to plug in a computer here at YearlyKos. The problem is these nefarious unions. T
Our New Technorati Rank
Take that Kos and Insty!Heh ... yeah, Technorati is broken but hey, you can dream, no?
Maybe we’re seeing the genesis of the Borg collective?
Email is soooo dead, say some teens. They prefer text messaging, instant messaging, and the blog-like interaction with Facebook and MySpace.I readily admit to being out of touch on some of these technologies. I’m an IM holdout for example. That surprises some folks, because my business is leading edge software development. But I don’t like the constant interr
A humor break
Fifteen unfortunately placed ads.And not to be out done, some funny sports signs.
Just Funny ...
Apparently Jet Blue is taking some grief from the conservosphere for sponsoring the YearlyKos. That spawned a little Photoshopping to make their displeasure known.This is by far my favorite:(HT: Michelle Malkin)
For the English teachers out there ...
Here’s a perfect example for an important lesson.Harry is getting along in years and finds that he is unable to perform sexually. He finally goes to his doctor, who tries a few things but nothing seems to work. So the doctor refers him to an American Indian medicine man.The medicine man says, "I can cure this." That said, he throws a white powder in a flame, and there is a flash with billowing blue smoke.Then he says, "This i
China’s 1000 toilet bathroom
A potty palace:They’re flush with pride in a southwestern Chinese city where a recently-opened porcelain palace features an Egyptian facade, soothing music and more than 1,000 toilets spread out over 32,290 square feet.Officials in Chongqing are preparing to submit an application to Guinness World Records to have the free four-story public b
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up, Part II
A headline from the Daily Record in the UK:"HERO CABBIE: I KICKED BURNING TERRORIST SO HARD IN BALLS THAT I TORE A TENDON."It is explained much more genteelly in the body of the story:A HERO cabbie who took on t
The easy way to read up on the Britain bombers
If the news reports on the British jihadists are just too fragmented and confusing for your taste, head on over to Iowahawk and read a first-hand account of the whole affair.
And now to real news!
I say sanctions are in order and if that doesn’t work, a platoon level invasion to overwhelm them should do:(HT:
We’re PG-13, er "R" (updated)
No really.We’d have been "G" but for the use of "dick", "gay" and "death".Death?Gay?Anyway, it is the attempt of an on-line dating service to generate a little traffic (good for them
Will this result in a lot of out-of-shape leftists?
Bush Urges People to Exercise
The youth vote
The left is all atwitter about a New York Times/CBS News/MTV (boy, there are three of a kind to draw too, huh?) poll which says young voters are more likely to lean left.Me? I think this video nicely sums up my thoughts on the subject: 
Yackety Hacks
Strictly for fun... And when they have trouble getting the Clown Car moving during the
"Cameron, come back! Your purse! It’s a cookbook!"
Via, Tim Blair, I see that Cameron Diaz embarassed herself with some inappropriate Commie Chic:Actress Cameron Diaz appears to have committed a major fashion faux pas in Peru. ... [She] may have inadvertently offended Peruvians who suffered decades of violence from a Maoist guerrilla insurgency by touring here Friday w
Sometimes Google just cracks me up
I was corresponding with a conference organizer about speaking at a conference this fall. I was using my gmail account, because conferences often publish speakers’ email addresses on their site. That allowed gmail to put up some sponsored links regarding the topic "speaking":Now, anyone who’s seen me speak knows I have zero fear of public speaking, but
Advances in weaponry
Leave it to the Aussies:Two assailants broke into a man’s trailer and attacked him with a swordfish snout in eastern Australia early Wednesday, leaving the victim with cuts to his arms, back and hands, police said.The victim, who was not identified, claimed the two suspects assaulted him with the serrated, sword-like
The Bozone layer is getting thicker
James Fish sent me these. I laughed out loud at some of them. Some of them are terrific:The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year’s winners. Read them carefully. Each is an artificial word with only one letter altered to form a real word. Some are terrifically innovative:
Oh My
Tim Worstall has a word about the new logo for the 2012 London Olympics.
Tax cuts for Vegetarians
Says PETA:Citing the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling on congressional leaders to give vegetarians a tax break.In a letter sent Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), PETA President Ingrid Newkirk stated, “[
IBD agrees with QandO readers about Jimmy Carter
Last week, in the comments on a Jimmy Carter thread, I started a fairly frivolous poll on how to describe Carter. McQ referred to it in another post, and over sixty QandO readers responded. As of this writing, the winning description of Carter is "Worst President in American History". You can view current results here, or vote in the poll yourself
Someone annoying you? Try this ...
But probably not on a airplane: 1. Quietly and calmly open up your laptop case. 2. Remove your laptop. 3. Boot it. 4. Make sure the person who won’t leave you alone can see the screen. 5. Open your browser to this post. 6. Close your eyes and tilt your head up to the sky and begin
"I do not think it means what you think it means."
From this article on concerning the future of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.:Earnhardt is the most prolific free agent in NASCAR history...I don’t think he has enough kids to warrant that description.
The brain of a liberal Democrat
You know, seeing some of the comments left here by a few folks, I’m almost convinced this attempt at humor has some validity.Heh...
You just can’t make this stuff up
Apparently the last NY Times crossword puzzle had clues done by Bill Clinton.Wonkette verifies that by filling out 4 down.
Found while surfing
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. From a "fan" of sorts I guess, or something (his "myspace" post):Well first myspace eats my rather lengthly post on why it’s unfair to blame young people for ever believing the jingoistic propaganda there taught for twelve years as "the history of US foreign policy" even for a second
Capitalism and altruism
Who says capitalists aren’t altruistic? The perfect example:"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed - Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ’It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and wo
You can’t make this stuff up:Democrat presidential contender Sen. Hillary Clinton today decried the allegedly poor conditions, stifling bureaucracy and negligent care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and throughout the VA healthcare system, but added, “Just think how bad it would be if it weren’t a government run system.”As military patients and their spouses testified b
They walk among us!
Heh ... you may have seen these, but I love ’em (they’re probably from Bill Engvall and his "Here’s your sign" routine). Add your own in the comment section.They walk among us.I walked into a Blimpie’s with a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a sandwich. I handed it to the girl and she looked over at a little chalkboard that said "buy one-get one free". "They’re already buy-one-get-one-free", she said, "so I guess
Was the Death Star Attack an Inside Job?
Via View from the Porch (the blog of my fellow Tennessean, Tam), we get a penetrating analysis of the destruction of the Death Star. Could a small band of rag-tag fighters really destroy a battle station the size of a small moon? What about reports that the pilot who launched the supposed single missle was the son of a senior Death Star commander, who conveniently left in a s
Military Contingency Plans
As I’ve discussed many times, the military plans contingencies for just about everything.Here, for example, is a picture of Air Force contingency planning in the face of possible Congressional funding cuts:Who said strafing runs couldn’t be fun and exciting?(HT:
First they pull out of Iraq and now this! (update)
Ban the Big Mac?!Prince Charles today said banning McDonald’s fast food was the key to a healthy lifestyle.His comments came as he attended the launch of a public health awareness campaign.Charles, a strong advocate of organic food, was touring the Imperial College LondonDiabetes Centre in Abu
Lileks on fire
OK maybe that’s a poor choice of a title since James Lilek’s topic du jour is Global Warming TM. And Lilek’s doesn’t disappoint. Taking a cue from the "High Holy Mass" that was the Academy Awards, or so he dubs it, he takes off on the new religion of environmentalism and, as always, highlights its absurdity with
This might be interesting...
While clearing out my junk email box today, I came across a truly piteous story. This lovely Russian girl, Ekaterina, wrote me about how she had met an American man over the Internet, fell in love, and got a visa to come to the US. Now, just 7 days before obtaining her visa, Mark has told her he’s gotten back with his ex-wife. Now, the poor, poor girl has a visa, and no one to come to the US to meet. Her full story can be seen in the hidden excerpt:
High-Tech Warfare
The modern, force-on-force battlefield is an extraordinary lethal environment. And it keeps getting more lethal, because of new developments like this French man-portable anti-tank system. Clearly, the modernization of the French military continues apace. 
Say What You Want About Hillary...
But I’ve always thought she was kinda hot.Sure, she backtracks on her positions, and she is attracted to the nutroots left...but Obama will never look this good in a leather bustier.As far as we know—or want to know—at any rate...
Sometimes headlines say it best. From Drudge:HOUSE HEARING ON ’WARMING OF THE PLANET’ CANCELED AFTER SNOW/ICE STORM Heh...Even if you can’t see the humor in it, you can at least appreciate the irony.
Classic line of the day
Found on The Influence Peddler:I was told yesterday that Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad has a blog. I didn’t believe it until I searched and found it myself. Am I a latecomer to this?Strangely, Ahmadinejad seems friendlier toward Christians than the much-discussed Amanda Marcotte. (I wonder if John Edw
Vista Upgrade Advice
Working in the Microsoft world, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about upgrading to Vista. I think I’ll just point anyone else who asks to this.Although I’m afraid some might not appreciate the humor...(Found via GeekPress)
And you wonder why pets are fat?
Heh ... enabling the canine beer belly:A small brewery in the Netherlands has launched a new beer designed to bring cool relief to thirsty dogs.Kwispelbier, marketed as "a beer for your best friend", is made from a special brew of beef extract and malt.The beverage is a creation of pet shop owner Gerrie Berendsen, who wanted her dogs to share light refreshment
First in war, first in peace ....
Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard brings an interesting article to my attention:A German archaeologist has discovered evidence of what he is calling "Humanity’s First War". The excavation at the ancient city of Hamoukar in Syria has turned up thousands of clay balls used as ammunition. The city dates back some 6,000 years.Also found there were the remains
Gotta love it
Even George McGovern couldn’t find it in himself to vote for Jimmy Carter in 1976:George McGovern, the liberal 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, dropped a little bombshell to Larry King the other night: He voted Republican in 1976, for Gerald Ford.McGovern said he finally told his wife, Eleanor, that Thanksgiving. Her rep
Drug Research
Via Radley Balko, I came across this fascinating video of some interesting drug experiments that Wildlife Canada has been doing to examine the effects of various psychoactive drugs on Wood Spiders.
Brown water surfing
Heh ... there’s a fine line between a fanatic and a fool. And both can be found in abundance among surfers:And Cleveland surfers are not playing around. Many of the roughly 25 committed surfers here work nights all year to keep their winter days free for surfing. Weeber quit his job as an advertising art director and makes less money as a summer la
Last gasp of a departing loon
As expected:In what was likely her final legislative act in Congress, outgoing Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney introduced a bill Friday to impeach President Bush.The legislation has no chance of passing and serves as a symbolic parting shot not only at Bush but also at Democratic leaders. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has made clear that she will n
Goldwater 08
Via Don Luskin, a libertarian grassroots campaign! Why not? The Daddy Party needs a Daddy.
"Just give me a sign"
My wife has been between jobs as the start-up with which she was working finally gave up the ghost (under-financed). So she’s been looking while working part-time. Naturally when she finally got a job offer it was actually two. The company with which she was working part time and another one with which she’d interviewed.She and I did the ’pros and cons’ on both offers, compared benefits and salaries, commission, who she’d
Glenn Greenwald on the pundits who have called Nancy Peolosi "damaged goods":It’s what these pundits and journalists do. They have pre-conceived, vapid notions about everything and everyone — all driven by deep self-love for their own superior wisdom — and they distort reality and crowd out sober analysis of everything that matters.
Ain’t it great to be in the majority
You get invited on marginal TV shows and have an opportunity to make an ass of yourself:[Chuck Schumer] On Bill Maher’s Real Time: "There are some, you know there are some anti-Semites in this country, but most of them would vote Republican anyway."Yikes.No report is available on the reaction of " 
What, no whimpering on the right?
In a parallel universe:(2006-11-09) — As the Associated Press declared Democrat Jim Webb had unseated Sen. George Allen, R-VA, Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard Dean sent a team of lawyers to the Commonwealth of Virginia to investigate irregularities in several precincts, claims of fraud and the disenfranchisement of some Republican voters.“When it comes down to about 7,0
Investigation Needed?
Presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, addressing the election result:Despite the fact that it looks like the Democratic Party has demonstrated a strong resurgence, I urge the nation to withhold judgment. As we have noted constantly over the past few years, the electronic voting machines from untrustworthy companies like Diebold may seriously and fraudulently alter election results. I call upon the Justice Department to vigorously investigate the elect
Do you have to surf in a burqa?
Apparently Iran is trying to attract European and American tourists (especially American tourists). Seems they think that’s a fine way to "reach out to ordinary Americans to show that a standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions is with the Bush administration — not U.S. citizens."That while the UN is mulling sanctions against
Which witch is which?
Ah yes, a bewitching story which would have been quite appropriate yesterday, but, well, I didn’t see it till today:A German court has ordered a self-proclaimed witch to refund a disappointed client her hefty fee for a spell that failed to win back the woman’s partner.The Munich administrative court said Monday it ruled that the witch must pay ba
Democrats first 100 days, Lileks style
Why not start the day, and week, with a little humor. Any excuse to laugh a litte, eh?James Lileks gives his take on what a Democratic House’s first 100 days would look like. He reminds us that, as Dale pointed out in an earlier post, Nancy Pelosi promised us the gavel would be in the hands of ’the children’. Lileks only asks they wipe the jam off
Best line of the day
Goes to Joe Conason whose biting criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of Iraq contained this jewel (speaking of Tony Snow, the President’s spokesman):According to Mr. Snow, who must be the most aptly named man in Washington, the President stopped saying "stay the course" because "it left the wrong impression abou
Down with the Cat abusers
Oh yeah, follow the link and make sure you watch the video:The USA under the criminal Bush regime of hawkish profiteer warmongers is the empire of crime flaunting its criminal imperialism in naked aggression for all world progressives to see.The Bush regime is a regime of fascists, thieves, cat abusers, and war criminals which are the worst in humankind
"But I vas only followink orders!"
Heh ...A German motorist followed the command "Turn right now!" from his navigation system and crashed into a small toilet hut by the side of the road — about 30 metres (yards) before the crossing he was meant to take.The overly obedient 53-year-old from Freiburg drove his sport utility vehicle off the roa
Maybe the answer is alcohol
Leave it to PJ O’Rourke to put the definitive election analysis out there for the rest of us.Republicans:Social Security privatization was presented to the electorate with a public relations and marketing flair not seen since New Coke. Intelligence collection has been given an additional bureaucracy to correct the problems created by
OK this is just funny
In case you haven’t seen it here’s the David Zucker ad which will never make it to TV. Zucker is the producer and director of such comedies as "The Naked Gun", "Scary Movie 4" and "Airplane": 
(UPDATED) Clinton Interview: He tried to kill Santa Too
OK ... humor break:HT: JWGUPDATE: The video has now been pulled at NBC’s request because it was used without their permis
Rumors of Chomsky’s death are greatly exaggerated
And all this time Hugo thought he was shilling for a dead guy as he waved Chomsky’s book around:At a news conference after his spirited address to the United Nations on Wednesday, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela expressed one regret: not having met that icon of the American left, the linguist N
OMG! Really, she makes Helen Thomas look good
You know, I’m not one for this sort of thing usually, but gag me with a freakin’ spoon, they ought to outlaw things like this.Someone, anyone, should have the courage to say "No! Are you kidding me?!This is right up there with 300 pounders in spandex and b
A Glimpse Inside My Mind
OK, I know they’re only cartoon chicks. But they’re hot.Even better than Josie and the Pussycats.
Ok, am I paranoid?
Heh ... I love the internet.So ... are they talking about me or something or someone else, because, you know, that’s not a language I speak, but I do recognize from where it originates.How about this one.[PS. Yes I know they’re not about me, it&rsq
OK, This is just creepy
See what I mean?
War Stories
How about a change of pace?Get any group of vets together and before the gathering is over, "war stories" will be told. It doesn’t matter what the branch of service or when the vet served, the stories easily relate to all times and services. And, for the most part, they’re not really about war. They’re mostly about their time in the service and usually relate to some humorous incident that could only happen in the military. For the m
Don’t Forget the Freemasons
I see that McQ has posted a positive review of Oliver Stone’s 9/11 movie. Interestingly, considering who the film-maker is, I’ve seen lots of positive commentary about the film from the Right side of the political spectrum.But not everyone s happy. Today, I received an emailed Press Release from one John Connor, who runs
OK, I’ve never been called a "mistress" before
But in reality I really am flattered by the post from Jaded JD on his blog. In a post entitled "I’m in Love" he says: I have two mistresses. The first is, whose virtues I extolled here, and it seems not a day goes by when I am not more impressed with and enamored of Messrs. Franks, Henke, and McQuain. QandO manages to do well ev
Chavez: U.S. like "venomous snake"
You have got to love this guy’s brass. Well maybe not. I mean after all, he knows we’re not going to do anything to him so when he goes on jags like this, well, it’s for internal consumption:The capitalist system headed by the US is like a “venomous snake”, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told an audience in the east of the country on May 20. “Capitalism
Drunk Legislators? There ought to be a law!
At least that’s what Oregon thinks:SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon legislators and staff members should not be drunk while performing their official duties, a citizen panel says.The Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature adopted that recommendation Monday, although the panel decided to leave it to House and Senate leaders to draft r
Miracle in Las Vegas
Who says miracles no longer happen:A wheelchair-bound Los Angeles woman, who has repeatedly filed lawsuits over access for the disabled, got up and ran after police arrested her for fraud, authorities said Thursday.Laura Lee Medley, 35, had sued in at least four California cities over injuries she claimed she sustained while trying to navigate her whe
NRA Theme Restaurant
I don’t care what you think about the right to keep and bear arms, this MP3 audio file is fricking hilarious. The first half, which is mainly the setup, is amusing enough, but the second half is both deeply disturbing and side-splittingly funny.
Federal Supermarkets
Cafe Hayek blogger Don Boudreaux writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review...Government K-12 schools, as now run everywhere in the U.S., will never excel at educating students. The reason is that each school gets its students and its budget without having to compete for them. Imag
Al Queda’s funniest home videos?
Coalition forces found a tape of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s latest video which included what can only be described as outtakes or bloopers:Coalition officials here today showed the "outtakes" of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s latest anti-coalition screed, and it became quickly apparent why they ended on the cutting-room floor, so to speak.In one, Za
John Kerry and the "big rat" analogy
This is funny.For some context, Ellen Goodman hopes John Kerry won’t run in ’o8:The signs that John Kerry is going to run for president in 2008 are rising faster than the pollen count. There was the requisite New York Times op-ed — How many days late? How many dollars short? — on getting out of Iraq. There was the Globe op-ed
Adventures in Stupid
This is why I despair for our Country.Senator John McCain, demonstrating why he should be allowed nowhere near the White House..."He [Michael Graham] also mentioned my abridgement of First Amendment rights, i.e. talking about campaign finance reform... I know that money corrupts... I would rather have a clean government than one
New Press Secretary Named
My guess is the daily White House press briefings will be a lot less rowdy.
Monday fun: The Joy of Logical Fallacies
I t’s another Monday morning and we could all use a little fun to start the day. As we all know, sometimes people are just too clever for their own good. But we should all be thankful that even when they are stunningly and stultifyingly oblivious to a problem (as I’ll illustrate in a moment), others can still learn from their error.Question: are you familiar with the logical fallacy called "poisoning the well"? Well today
MKUltra makes the news
It’s sunday, I have my beer goggles on and well, this just struck me as funny:A screaming intruder made it onto the front lawn of the White House Sunday while President Bush was at home before being apprehended by Secret Service officers.Secret Service spokesman
Quote of the Day: John Kerry
John Kerry trying desparately to find an opportunity to invoke the name of Jesus:I will tell you, nowhere in there, nowhere, not in one page, not in one phrase uttered and reported by the Lord Jesus Christ, can you find anything that suggests that there is a virtue in cutting children from Medicaid and taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich,
The Wit and Wisdom of Ann Coulter
I simply couldn’t let this bit from Lloyd Grove’s New York Daily News column pass without comment.Would you rather sleep with Ann Coulter or Dianne Feinstein?" Elle magazine asks the actor [Alec Baldwin] in a raunchy interview."I gotta go with Feinstein," Kim Basinger’s ex answers. "With Coulter, we’d have sex and I
Cynthia McKinney: Profiles in Crazy
The ongoing Cynthia McKinney story is far from the most important news of the day — frankly, it’s overwrought from both sides — but some of the responses are just too much to bear...McKinney...isn’t a wackjob or a nutter [...] As far as I know,
Erin Aubry Kaplan: The Content of Their Character Party
I don’t support modern liberalism, but what I really dislike are black liberals. It’s hard to imagine that black liberals, forced to shill for an ideology that insists they need to seek public rent to achieve, wouldn’t be worn down eventually. Jesse Jackson, for example. Maybe he wasn’t just having an extramarital affair — maybe he was acting o
"My God, they’re back!"
Here’s the scene. Berlin, 2006. The city is draped in Nazi flags.No, seriously.You see, Dani Levi, an Israeli film director, sought and got permission to turn the capital into replica of the 1939 model in an effort to capture the atmosphere of that time for a new film he’s making ... a comedy if you can imagine ... about Hitler.No
The good, the baaad and the ugly
I mean we all know the story about those long nights on the lonesome prarie, and if your compadre isn’t there, well:The makers of the gay cowboy flick "Brokeback Mountain" were too rough on sheep, an animal-rights group charged yesterday.Heh ...
Anna Benson
Media Matters is probably a useful organization for the Left, helping them to close with the Right on the strategic "Media Minders" gap. ("How will they know we exist if we don’t pester them relentlessly?") But sometimes—often, even— they’re just ridiculous. Consider their statement of purpose: "Media Matters for America is ... dedicated
The Bush Presidential Library
Bush’s Presidential Library might be a perfect poetic reminder of his tenure...The school favored to host the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas’s Southern Methodist University, may encounter a snag next week in the form of a lawsuit alleging that the school has improperly seized local homes in order to secure land for the proposed library site. A religiou
Powerline Puffery
It’s an exceedingly minor thing, but I can’t resist pointing and laughing at the recent blog puffery that occurred after one of the Powerline guys bravely repeated AG Gonzales’ talking points to Sen. Durbin. The relevant amusing moments...Q: But the attorney general says FISA allows intercepts that are otherwise authorized by statue. And he also says that that was authorized in the authorizatio
How to scar your kid for life
Break this out when he or she is about 18 and show it to friends:HT:
And the dessert cart...rolls on
Reader David Ross directs me to this hilarious SNL Clip, picked up by The Political Teen where Ray Nagin, Hilary Clinton, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson are savagely satirized. The Jesse Jackson impersonation is just priceless.
Laugh of the day
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays of Major League Baseball are thinking about changing their names to the Tampa Bay Tarpons. As one fan asks: "What are they nuts? Do I have to spell it out for them"?Apparently the answer is "yes". I wonder if their uniforms will be more absorbent?UPDATE [Dale]:Heh. This reminds of the old "Porter/Porter Report Report" a comedy "news" show on CBC radio. Back in 1990, they did a report on the troop buildup