Can I help you? No, we don't sell pesto sausage, but we do have little weenies.

Apr 30, 2008


I'm thinking this may signal the beginning of the end times. I thought the only thing green about the Rockefellers was their piles of cash. From Forbes:

Even though Exxon Mobil is posting record profits, some shareholders aren't happy. A group of them said Wednesday the company is overlooking its effect on the environment and the future of alternative energy. But these aren't just any shareholders. They're Rockefellers, the first family of American oil.

They proposed four shareholder resolutions Wednesday to be voted on at Exxon Mobil's (nyse: XOM - news - people ) annual meeting May 28. The family is calling for the company to reduce greenhouse gases from operations and products, to establish a task force to study the effects of global warming and to adopt of a renewable energy policy.
Note: The Time cover is from 1974!!! Average gas price 52.3 cents/gallon!

100 years

A hundred years? Take a few moments to see's latest ad.

Apr 28, 2008

A visit to the dentist

REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Well, Mrs. Cheney, I could replace the filling, but I can't guarantee that you'll stop receiving NPR.

Apr 24, 2008



"Right here, sir, it says 11:00 AM: Volvo oil change and lattes."

"You idiot, that's the liberal agenda."

Today in history

I was born a few years ago on this very date. I share my birthday with Barbara Streisand and Shirley MacLain (current incarnation). Heck, I'd even share my birthday cake with them.

Other notable events
April 24: Great Thursday in Eastern Christianity (2008); Republic Day in the Gambia; Genocide Remembrance Day in Armenia.

* 1800 – The Library of Congress, today the de facto national library of the United States, was established as part of an act of Congress providing for the transfer of the nation's capital from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.
* 1877 – Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire, starting the Russo-Turkish War.
* 1915 – The Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire began with the arrest and deportation of hundreds of prominent Armenians in Constantinople.
* 1916 – Irish republicans led by teacher and political activist Patrick Pearse began the Easter Rising, a rebellion against British rule in Ireland, and proclaimed the Irish Republic an independent state.
* 1967 – The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 1 crashed in Siberia during its return to Earth, killing cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, the first in-flight fatality in the history of spaceflight.
* 1990 – The Hubble Space Telescope was launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery in mission STS-31

Apr 23, 2008

Flags as graphs

European Union
Check out this link for more countries.

I first saw this over at the ever vigilant Leisure Guy's blog.

He always finds an amazing array of interesting stuff.

Apr 22, 2008


REUTERS/Tim Shaffer

"You want me to smile? I'm already in debt and I have doody in my diaper. Only Vitter smiles for that."

Apr 21, 2008

What is this?

(Mike Segar/Reuters)
World's creepiest roller coaster

Feel free to add your own caption.

Apr 17, 2008

I love this song

Where is the future --Mudhoney

And this video is a great companion to it.

I saw Mudhoney back in April at a club in Hoboken. They're great.

Apr 16, 2008

Hello Dalai

REUTERS/Robert Sorbo
C'mon Desmond, pull my finger.

That's nothing, Chimpy

(AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Jeebus once caught a perch this big, and fed 5000.

Try this Chimpy....

I am much more impressed with Herr Rap Singer now that I know he can pat his head and rub his stomach at the same time.

My lying eyes

Oh mein Gott. When I first glanced at this I thought Chimpy was giving the Pope the head rub treatment.

Crow's Fashion Tips

(Jason Reed/Reuters)
Note to Herr Rap Singer: Do not wear a sheer cassock if you are going to be back lit. Yuck.

Apr 15, 2008


From the Raw Story

White House Floats New Climate Proposal With GOP Conservatives

Methinks we're talking turd in a punchbowl.

Apr 10, 2008

Laura's Healthy Breakfast revealed

(AFP/File/Jean-Pierre Muller)

Does this mean she won't be doing the Wheaties endorsement?

Chinese Authorities

REUTERS/David Gray

Chinese Authorities comment on the Olympic Torch Relay protests.

Apr 9, 2008


McCain laughs as Huckleberry Graham eats the soggy biscuit and the lapel pin.

Apr 2, 2008


REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
Okay tell me how wanding a guy in a tin suit is going to make us safer. I hope he wasn't sporting nipple rings.

From Reuters:
Security personnel search performers dressed as knights before the arrival of President George W. Bush and Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko at St. Sofia Cathedral in Kiev April 1, 2008. Bush vowed on Tuesday to press for Ukraine and Georgia to be allowed to start the process of joining NATO despite resistance from Russia and scepticism from the alliance's European members. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

UK's first hybrid embryos created

But how many miles to the gallon will they get?

See the real story here.

Scientists at Newcastle University have created part-human, part-animal hybrid embryos for the first time in the UK, the BBC can reveal.

Apr 1, 2008

I was hoping this was not a joke

Help the squirrels hide their nuts!

The "made in America" in the description gave it away. No underwear has been made in America since the waning years of the last century.

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Where else, but Archie McPhee....
Here's a direct link in case the April 1 page goes away before you see it.

She'll be missed.

Vermont has lost a treasure.

From the Boston Globe

Vt. Democratic activist Vi Coffin dies
March 31, 2008


Violet Coffin, a longtime Democratic activist and advocate for the arts, has died. She was 87.

Coffin died at home Monday of congestive heart failure, according to her husband, Edmund.

She became state Democratic chairwoman in 1985 after serving as chairwoman of the Strafford and Orange County party committees and as an activist in campaigns in Ohio and New York.

"Vi was a loyal Vermonter who single-handedly kept the state Democratic Party together during her tenure as chairwoman, and whose work touched the lives of countless others," said Howard Dean, the national Democratic chairman and a former Vermont governor.

Coffin led delegations to the party's national 1988 convention in Atlanta for Michael Dukakis and its 1992 convention in New York City for Bill Clinton. She was supporting Barack Obama this time.

"I think he's a real breath of fresh air in the way he speaks and his ability to stir up an audience and to go beyond the usual bash-Bush type of dialogue," she told Vermont Public Radio last fall.

In 2005, she received the David W. Curtis Leadership Award for dedication to the party's values.

She supported the arts as director of Vermont Artisans in 1980, president of the Vermont Council on the Arts in 1981 and member of the Vermont Council on the Humanities in 1995.

Coffin graduated summa cum laude from Smith College in 1942. She served with the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, in Washington and London and became a foreign correspondent for Time in Cairo and a journalist with Fortune and the Toledo Blade.
I had the good fortune to know Vi. We will all miss her. The article didn't mention it, but she was also the sister-in-law of William Sloane Coffin.