Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Balloon Art


Still Agitating

If you don't know who Oriana Fallaci is, it's about time you learned. The New Yorker has an excellent piece by Margaret Talbot which paints a vivid picture of the outspoken Italian journalist and novelist.

The article, entitled The Agitator has Fallaci directing her fury towards Islam and immigration in general.

The article is somewhat lengthy, but it is worth the read. What a treasure this woman is.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Truth Is.. In The Duck?

News of an apparent extraterrestrial being that was lodged in a duck's gizzard is grabbing headlines from San Francisco to cyberspace. Workers at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia, CA, were stunned when they examined an x-ray of a mallard with a broken wing...

Yikes! Where are Mulder & Scully when you need them?

Ringside Reid

Senate Democratic Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), pictured above with a halo of innocence, accepted free ringside tickets from the Nevada Athletic Commission to three professional boxing matches while that state agency was trying to influence him on federal regulation of boxing.

The Washington Post also has the details of the innocent Reid's dealings with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Reid defended his actions, stating he would never change his position because of donations, free tickets or a request from a former staffer turned lobbyist.

Of course not! It's not a "culture of corruption" when it involved Democrats.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Remember The Fallen

Freedom's Colors

Red is for Bravery;
blood shed in sacrifice.
Freedom came with lives the price.

White is for Liberty;
freedom's purity.
Life be free from God's decree.

Blue is for Justice;
as vast as the sky.
Over freedom's land to occupy.

[The BLOG note: Poem ©2002 Roger W Hancock (]

Friday, May 26, 2006

Cat Blog Friday

For this Cat Blog Friday...

what better than an American Idle cat?

Happy Friday, everybody!

More Gore

Hurling fireballs at Republicans ...

[The BLOG note: photo via lopsided poopdeck ]

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The New New New Al Gore

From the we have an entertaining article about Al Gore's image written by Jonah Goldberg.

Goldberg argues that although his image has been reinvented numerous times, there is only really one Al Gore. One whose bouts of prevarication continue... Was his 15th summer spent on a farm plowing fields or was it spent at Cannes studying existential philosophy?

Golberg's final paragraph says it best: "[the truth about Gore] is reminiscent of another existential play, originally written in French, so Gore no doubt knows it well. In "Waiting for Godot," Godot never comes — and we are never even sure who Godot is. But we get the sense that the nonexistent Godot is really a Rorschach test of sorts, revealing more about what the audience wants him to be than anything else. So it is with those waiting for Gore".

I think Gore remains a sad, pathetic creature.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted today that Iran had mastered the entire nuclear fuel cycle and that it would give an "historic slap" to any attacker.

Hmmmm, where's that fly swatter.

The BLOG Cola

Drink at your own peril.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Vicente The Fox

Mexican President Vicente Fox begins his five-day trip to the U.S. in Utah today, before moving on to Washington state and California.

Immigration is a major focus of Fox's trip as the U.S. Senate considers legislation to strengthen border security and other issues involving illegal immigration.

I have a suggestion for the presumptuous Mr. Fox: Go back and fix the problems in your own country. Let us handle ours without your agenda-driven interference.

Fido Danger!

We got this flyer in the mail from our friends at the Post Office:

Florida has 1 million hungry gators running around chomping on people and they're concerned about dogs?

Get some pepper spray and stop clogging up the mail delivery system.

Monday, May 22, 2006


I received this e-mail about Target...

Wasn't it last Christmas that Target refused to let the Salvation Army ring their bells in front of their stores?

Dick Forrey of the Vietnam Veterans Association wrote, "Recently we asked the local TARGET store to be a proud sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event.

We received the following reply from the local TARGET management: " Veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the arts, social action groups, gay & lesbian causes, and education."

So I'm thinking, if the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in general, do not meet their donation criteria, then something is really wrong at this TARGET store. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, just a small sponsorship for a memorial remembrance.

As a follow-up, I e-mailed the TARGET U.S. Corporate Headquarters and their response was the same. That's their national policy.

Then I looked into the company further. They will not allow the Marines to collect for 'Toys for Tots' at any of their stores. And during the recent Iraq deployment, they would not allow families of employees who were called up for active duty to continue their insurance coverage while they were on military service. Then as I dig further, TARGET is a French-owned corporation.

Now, I'm thinking again. If TARGET cannot support American Veterans, then why should my family and I support their stores by spending our hard earned American dollars!

And, have their profits sent to France.

Without the American Vets, where would France be today?

"They, most likely would be speaking German and trading in Deutsch Marks"

Dick Forrey
Veterans Helping Veterans

Please send this on to everyone you know to let Target know we don't need them either!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Closet Cat Blog Friday

For this Cat Blog Friday...

a cat in the closet.

Happy Friday everybody!

Public Service?

From The New York Times comes word that Bill Clinton plans to write a book about activism and service, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf sometime late next year or early in 2008.

The new book will cover the work of the Clinton Foundation, the nonprofit group the president set up to work on issues including AIDS, poverty, women's empowerment and religious and racial reconciliation.

Hey Bubba, if you really wanted to do some good service for America, you would say
good bye to public service.

Just go away.

Leave, already.



Trek Auction

Yes, you can buy a replica of Captain Kirk's command chair from the bridge of the Enterprise when Christie's holds the first official studio auction of memorabilia from all five "Star Trek" television series and 10 movie spinoffs.

Read about the collection of Trekkie ephemera you can pay way too much for...

Be still my heart... wait, what's that stain by the base of the chair?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Coulrophobia Redux

No question of paternity here.

This creepy image brought to you via .

Good Riddance, Dave

On last night's suspenseful finale part 1 episode of Top Chef, angry old queen Dave Martin got the boot from the judges. Whew. No matter what, I didn't want Dave to beat Tiffani "I'm here to win" Faison.

Now I can relax because I like both Tiffani and Harold "I'm just a cook" Dieterle. Either one is deserving of a win.

Anyone else want to confess Top Chef is their TV guilty pleasure?

A View From Below

Here is a view from below the Eiffel Tower...

and the Statue of Liberty...

Soccer Homes

Those clever Japanese! They have developed a soccer ball-shaped model house called 'Barier'. The house, which is manufactured by Kimidori Housing, is resistant to earthquakes and floats on water, is priced at 1,390,000 yen ($12,629), according to the distributor Actas.

"Now all the manufacturer has to do is develop a human miniaturization ray and we'll sell millions of these." said a spokesman for Actas, who wished to remain anonymous.

Fantastic Voyage, here we come.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Border Blues

Don't just whine about the illegal immigration problem, do something about it. Find out what you can do at .

[The BLOG note: Hat tip to prying1 for the link.]

Revenge Of The Gators

Florida has an estimated 1 million gators, or one for every 17 Floridians. There have been 3 fatal attacks in the last week, and many nuisance visits by the toothsome reptiles onto private yards and even into homes.

A Bradenton woman shot the gator that attacked her dog inside her own home.

A Tampa woman had a gator sit itself on her front porch, barring her exit from the home.

The gator on the porch story reminds me of a joke that circulated around the University of South Florida, my alma mater. It went like this:

How do you get a University of Florida graduate off your front porch?

Pay him for the pizza ;-)

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Stacked Can Art

Uncanny resemblance to a cobra, eh?

Go to to see more amazing displays of stacked cans you won't see in your supermarket aisles.

Can Cold Water Clean Dishes?

This is for all the germ conscious folks that worry about using cold water to clean.

John went to visit his 90 year old grandfather in a very secluded, rural area of Georgia.

After spending a great evening chatting the night away, John's grandfather prepared breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. However, John noticed a film like substance on his plate, and questioned his grandfather asking, "Are these plates clean?"

His grandfather replied, "They're as clean as cold water can get them. Just you go ahead and finish your meal, Sonny!"

For lunch the old man made hamburgers. Again, John was concerned about the plates as his appeared to have tiny specks around the edge that looked like dried egg and asked, "Are you sure these plates are clean?"

Without looking up the old man said, "I told you before, Sonny, those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them. Now don't you fret, I don't want to hear another word about it!"

Later that afternoon, John was on his way to a nearby town and as he was leaving, his grandfather's dog started to growl, and wouldn't let him pass. John yelled and said, "Grandfather, your dog won't let me get to my car".

Without diverting his attention from the football game he was watching on TV, the old man shouted .


Meet Coldwater...

Monday, May 15, 2006

Blame America First Liberals

From The Washington By Ralph Z. Hallow comes this article about conservative icon and one of my heroes, Dr. Jeane Kirkpatrick.

The article deserves a read whatever your political stance, but here is a snippet: In 1984 Kirkpatrick argued that America's "posture of continuous self-abasement and apology vis-a-vis the Third World is neither morally necessary nor politically appropriate" and concluded that the McGovern-Carter crowd had confused "liberal idealism ... with masochism."

With the exception of good ole Zell Miller, they sure don't make Democrats like her anymore.

Headstanding Bull

I know it looks Photoshopped, but it's not.

This incredible photo was taken by Marcelo del Pozo and features Spanish matador Miguel Abellan performing a pass as a bull does a somersault after getting its horns stuck in the sand during a bullfight at the Maestranza bull-ring in Seville on April 29, 2006.

Ay caramba! I didn't know bulls could do that.

I Heart Potatos

Linda Greene of Moon Township, Pa., discovered this heart-shaped potato in February which, incidentally, is also Potato Lover's Month. It's also the month of the tuber star Mr. Potato Head's recognized birthday, Feb. 5.

Ms. Greene, a fan of hearts, saved the Valentine-shaped spud from certain death by french fry.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Motherly Love

I'll be too busy to post tomorrow, so I'll take this opportunity to wish all of you moms & grandmoms out there a very happy Mother's Day.

Friday, May 12, 2006

MSM Admits Bias

Do you have a newspaper headline you'd like to see in print? Try your hand at journalism at the Newspaper Snippet Generator

Beware Of Florida Gators

From Local 6 comes this shocking story
about a woman jogger who was stalked and killed by a large gator.

According the the wildlife commission, there have been 25 fatal alligator attacks in Florida since 1948. They recommend being careful around canals, especially during dusk or dawn when gators are more likely to feed.

Florida is not for the squeamish.

Cat Blog Friday

For this Cat Blog Friday... a newborn kitten.

OK, all together now... AWWWWWWWW!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Ranting Stooge

When he's not busy hurling insults to the U.S. and Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad finds time to demonstrate the defense to the 3 Stooges double eye poke.

Seems like every day, we hear some new pronouncement from this apocalyptic-minded lunatic. Why is our press hanging on every word that comes out of this loon's mouth?

Man Catches Fish

A Pennsylvania man, Dennis Russian, just might have a record catch from Lake Erie. On Tuesday, the 59-year-old from New Alexandria nabbed a monster fish — a 49-inch-long carp that unofficially weighs 54 pounds, 4 ounces.

Good for him.


Pelosi Lookalike

Continuing yesterday's post of trying to find a lookalike for Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), I took Jamie Dawn's suggestion...

Marshall Herff Applewhite, leader of the Heaven's Gate cult.

What do you think? Is he the long lost brother Pelosi never talks about?

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Compare & Contrast

Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham has a funny feature on her website entitled Separated At Birth that tackles the question of who (or what) is Nancy Pelosi's lookalike...

Laura left off my choice... Gloria Swanson playing the aging actress, Nora Desmond.

What are the odds that they both had the same plastic surgeon?

Lax Morals

First a mom in Maine helps two girls bake cookies laced with laxatives to get even with a teacher

and now we hear about two teens in Arizona who tainted their teacher's tea with laxatives.

We are living in some wicked times.

Pez USB Drive

Feeling crafty? Go to for instructions on a plethora of crafty projects like...

- making a Pez dispenser housing for your USB drive
- making a wallet out of Batman underwear
- making a purse out of Denim jeans

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

More Media Bias

From Captain's Quarters Blog comes news that captured al Qaeda correspondence paints a sorry picture of the state of al Qaeda in Iraq.

This post is a real eyeopener. Definitely worth a read. Basically, the Captain says that "the documents reveal frustration and desperation, as the terrorists acknowledge the superior position of American and free Iraqi forces and their ability to quickly adapt to new tactics".

This is not a story that the MSM wants to report. Ask yourself why.

High Fly

A P-51, center, flies in between a F-16, bottom, and a F-15, top, at the 2006 Air and Sea Show in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla., Sunday, May 7, 2006.

Cool bookends, huh?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Pelosi Speaks

In the "I'm ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille" department:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) plans plenty probes .

I hope San Fran Nan keeps on speaking out.

Friday, May 05, 2006

The BLOG Exclusive

I took my life in my hands and took this photo of an illegal Mexican crossing the border.

Next time I'll call the Arizona posse .

Cat Blog Friday

For this Cat Blog Friday...

... well, cats do hide in the strangest places.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

May The Fourth Be With You

May 4th, get it?

Bee Afraid

Seems like everywhere you look there's a protest. Pictured here is a South Korean beekeeper covered by honey bees as he stages a protest denouncing Japan's claim to disputed islets, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

I don't know about you, but I wouldn't even get near this protester. I can't decide which is more repelling... the buttload of bees or the giant booger hanging out of his nose?


The funny guys over at Cox & Forkum have hit the nail on the head with yet another editorial cartoon...

This one would also work if you substitute "additional oil drilling sites in the Gulf coast and drilling in Anwar" in the nurse's cartoon bubble and "environmentalist wacko lobby" on the terminal patient's hospital gown.

Send A Brick

Want a secure border? Tell it to Congress. For $11, the folks at will forward a brick to a member of Congress to let them know you want a secure border.

If you're an enterprising (and thrifty) individual, you can send a brick yourself for about $4 plus the price of a brick.

A secure border? Si se puede.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Scary Contest

Amateur sumo wrestlers, compete in the baby screaming contest, known as Naki Sumo (Crying Sumo), a traditional ritual performed as a prayer for the good health of children, at Senso-ji temple in Tokyo.

I guess kids are terrified of both sumo wrestlers and Santa Claus.

No Mas

borders? we don need no stinkin borders!

This disturbing picture and many more taken during the illegals May Day protest are featured at Michelle Malkin's site . The complete set of pictures can be found at Creative Flashes Photography .

If you don't think we need to secure our borders, think again.