Thursday, January 31, 2008


Purely by accident, I found an extensive assortment of obscure Pez dispensers at including one of the Great Garloo, pictured above.

I was too young to remember the Great Garloo in person, but I do remember some of the other toys designed by Marvin Glass, including Ants in the Pants, Dynamite Shack, Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, Hands Down, Haunted House, Lite Brite, Odd Ogg, Operation, Mouse Trap, Time Bomb, Tip-It, and Toss Across, among others.

The Great Garloo remote controlled robot toy video, a real hoot just for the 1961 pop culture blast from the past, is available HERE via BoingBoing.

The marketing firms were working on kids even way back then. Some things never change.

Hill's Pill

Clinton Can Control Her Husand

My favorite excerpt:

When ABC News' Cynthia McFadden asked Hillary if she could control her husband, Hillary replied, "Oh, of course."


Obviously, that depends on what the meaning of 'control' is.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Look Out

Look at this little guy's eyes.

Yikes. What did he see?

Dropping Out

It's the end of the road for the campaigns of Rudy Guiliani and John Edwards...

I'm hoping Mike Huckabee drops out next.

Logo Speak

Type designers, Sam Berlow and Cyrus Highsmith of The Font Bureau Inc. of Boston, decode the presidential candidates based on their campaign logos.

What Font Size Says About A Politician

Very interesting especially in light of recent events.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sweet Caroline

From the American Spectator comes a blistering account of Caroline's essay endorsing Obama by Jay D. Homnick:

Taking Kennedy From A Baby

Here's my favorite excerpt:

Decoded that reads: "Bill Clinton met my father in the White House and built his entire life around the dream of becoming president and inspiring people the same way. Instead he got to the White House and laid a large egg. The last thing I need is for Mrs. Egg to take over. Now this Obama, he is a different story. He just might be the guy."

Bwa ha ha ha.

I Voted

And I wear my sticker proudly.

Monday, January 28, 2008


A recent cube sighting.


Who's Afraid Of John McCain? asks Kyle-Anne Shiver in The American Thinker and concludes that it is the Clintons who fear him.


I think Shiver left out a third possibility C: the Clintons are calculatingly trying to arrange the easiest opponent for themselves to beat.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Clinton Lied, People Died?

Ten years ago tomorrow, Clinton gave this speech about Saddam's nuclear weapons. Why is it that President Bush gets all the blame when everyone and their grandmother believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

No more Clinton. Please. No more.

[The BLOG note: video via Gateway Pundit ]

Friday, January 25, 2008

Rezko Who?

Hillary Clinton Once Photographed With Obama's 'Slum Landlord'

When Hillary was asked about meeting disgraced real estate developer Tony Rezko, she said she doesn't remember meeting him and wouldn't know him if he walked in the door.

This merits an investigation. If Rezko was a Bill Clinton contributor, I'd like to know how much he paid in order to pose with them in the photo that's blasted on the top of the Drudge Report.

I think Hillary is showing symptoms of C.R.S. Syndrome - Can't Remember S**t. Look how often she can't recall events. I think it might behoove her to get involved with this study that fights symptoms of dementia, such as forgetfulness:

The Helmet That Could Turn Back The Symptoms Of Alzheimer's

The strange-looking headgear - which has to be worn for ten minutes every day - bathes the brain with infra-red light and stimulates the growth of brain cells.

Don't you think Hillary could use a few more brain cells?

Cat Blog Friday

For this Cat Blog Friday...

... while we're on the subject of clowns... oh, this is soooo wrong.

Happy Friday, everybody!

I'm off to Sam's Club to buy a brisket for the weekend.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

No Clowns

News Flash: Children don't like clowns. Or so have researchers from the University of Sheffield concluded in their recent study reported in the Nursing Standard magazine.

Don't Send In The Clowns

They had to do a study to figure this out?

***Warning: don't watch this video if you hate creepy clown dances***

World's Shortest Personality Test

nanc dared me to take this silly internet quiz, so here goes:

Your Personality Profile

You are elegant, withdrawn, and brilliant.
Your mind is a weapon, able to solve any puzzle.
You are also great at poking holes in arguments and common beliefs.

For you, comfort and calm are very important.
You tend to thrive on your own and shrug off most affection.
You prefer to protect your emotions and stay strong.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Don't Taze Me, Sonny

I'm usually on the side of law and order, but in this case, I'm with the felon.

Clearwater Grandma Arrested At McDonald's Drive-Thru

For the love of unsalted fries! This is an abuse of power.

Suzanne Pleshette 1937-2008

I know the news is full of Heath Ledger's sudden death, but I didn't want to let the death of Suzanne Pleshette pass without a small mention here.

Pleshette, best known for her role as Bob Newhart's wife on television's long-running "The Bob Newhart Show," died last Saturday, just days before a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Rest in peace.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Iconic Liberty

Everyone has no doubt seen the image of the Statue of Liberty in the ads for the new horror movie Cloverfield

Well, Lady Liberty has been used an iconic image in science fiction for many years.

Blogger Gerry Canavan has a fascinating collection, including this one from a 1985 book cover that is "eerie-in-retrospect"...

I had no idea there were so many.

[The BLOG note: photo illustrated by Thomas Kidd.]

MLK Snoozefest

Bill Has A 'Dream': Ex Prez Nods Off During MLK Award Presentation

First Hill makes the MLK/LBJ flub

And now Bill can't stay awake during a service honoring MLK at the Convent Avenue Baptist Church in Harlem.

Can you imagine the political fallout if a Republican had done this?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Let Down

Am I the only one upset with the Packers game yesterday?


I really wanted to see a Packers vs. Patriots Super Bowl...

Oh well. Done is done.

Go Eli!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Top 10 Dog Breeds

My beloved German Shepherds only made it to number three on the list. See where your favorites ended up...

The American Kennel Club Lists The Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds In America

Honestly, I'm shaking my head at some of these choices...

Poe Toaster?

Everyone knows the tradition: Since 1949, every year on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, a mysterious (uncloaked) figure leaves a half-bottle of cognac and three red roses on Poe's grave...

Poe Toaster

My question is, did it happen this year? Does anyone know?

Friday, January 18, 2008

Cat Blog Friday

For this Cat Blog Friday...

...this cat pic is dedicated to politicians on the left and a few on the right. Seriously, the hot air is getting to be a bit much even for a political junkie like me.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Maila Nurmi 1921-2008

Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, passed away in her sleep January 10th at age 86.

Her Vampira, the inspiration for Cassandra Petersen's "Elvira", was itself inspired by Charles Addams' Morticia.

If you're interested, a bio and some creepy old videos of Vampira can be found at Wonderful

RIP, Vampira.

Richard Knerr 1926-2008

Richard Knerr, Who Gave The World Hula Hoop And Frisbee, Dies At 82

Richard Knerr, toymaker and co-founder of Wham-O, also brought the world the Superball, the Slip 'N Slide and Silly String.

Rest in peace, Mr. Knerr, and thank you for the hours of enjoyment your products brought me growing up.


Ten years ago today Matt Drudge posted a story that ripped the lid off the most sensational scandal season in the history of the American presidency.

Oral history: The Monica Lewinsky Scandal Ten Years On

Remember Monica?

"Every time (the president) talks about trust it makes chills run up and down my spine. The very idea that the word 'trust' could ever come out of his mouth after ... the way he has trampled on the truth is a travesty of the American political system." -- Bill Clinton in 1992 speaking about George Bush (41)

Some things never change...


Upset that his 7-year-old son wouldn't wear a Green Bay Packers jersey during the team's playoff victory Saturday, a Wisconsin man restrained the boy for an hour with tape and taped the jersey onto him.

You're A Packers Fan, Son ... Got It?

Matthew Kowald pleaded no contest, paid a fine of $186 and was released, vowing to leave the boy alone, and in the future only humiliate the family dog with Packers regalia.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hitch On Hill & Bill

From Slate's resident wordsmith Christopher Hitchens comes a timely piece... The Case Against Hillary Clinton: Why on earth would we choose to put the Clinton family drama at the center of our politics again?


Geek Alert

Don't follow the link unless you grok science fiction...

75 Words Every Sci-Fi Fan Should Know


Sign Off

This from The Astrological Magazine :

We regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the publication of The Astrological Magazine will cease with the December 2007 issue.

Ah, the irony.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Carpool Cheaters

Dummies Ride The Carpool Lane

Naturally, this came to mind first.


Santorum: McCain Presidency Very Dangerous

I agree.

Look at this way, if the MSM is pushing for McCain, you should be hearing red alert claxons going off in your head.

Don't get me wrong, there is much to respect about John McCain, I just think the Republicans can do better.

Clinton History

NY Times' Matt Bai seems surprised at the Clintons' "latest turn into ugliness"...

The Clintons and History

What? Has he been living in some parallel universe? poster uno doesn't hold back:

"History shows that Bill Clinton is a draft-dodging, tax-evading, dope-smoking, coke-sniffing, drug dealing, money-laundering, pants-dropping, weenie-wagging, masturbating, wife-cheating, nipple-twisting womanizing serial rapist, finger wagging liar, bicycle seat-sniffing trailer park troll and despicable, self-serving, power grabbing, money grubbing thief who was convicted of perjury, impeached and disbarred!
Then along with his criminal business partner Hillary they managed to turn the Whitehouse into a Motel 6 brothel by selling the Lincoln bedroom to the highest bidder and continue to this day selling the Presidency of the United States of America for your own personal and political gain! The absolute corruption of both of these creatures is permanently mounted, nailed, screwed and glued into their souls and is only exceeded by their unbridled greed and lust for power at any cost. Now THAT’s history!"


I enjoyed that comment more than the article.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Yeah, Right.

I am 10% Idiot.
Friggin Genius
I am not annoying at all. In fact most people come to me for advice. Of course they annoy the hell out of me. But what can I do? I am smarter than most people.

Actually, I believe I'm a total idiot for taking another one of these useless Internet quizzes.

What Wrong With This Picture?

You'd think they'd spring for a proofreader before they went to the expense of printing up millions of sample ballots.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Cat Blog Friday

For this Cat Blog Friday...

... well, you didn't expect the cat to say epsilon.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Where Are They Now?

Remember the sitcom "Full House"? This is Jodie Sweetin who played middle child "Stephanie Tanner" on the show. She is a recovering meth addict now.

See more of your sitcom favorites at: Where Aren't They Now: The 7 Strangest Post-Sitcom Careers

I'm happiest about Danica McKellar, "Winnie Cooper" from "The Wonder Years". I never watched the show, but I did buy her book, "Math Doesn't Suck", for my daughter for Christmas.

Kerry Endorsement

...until he decides to endorse Hillary?

Fine Candywork

You don't have to be a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord Of The Rings to appreciate this amazing scale model of the White City of Minas Tirith, site of the Battle Pelennor Fields.

For more details, visit the builders' site at

Last year, they recreated The Battle Of Helm's Deep

Fantastic work. I wonder what they do with them when they're done?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Bologna Gum

Via comes gum that seems appropriate this morning after viewing Hill's cohorts blathering about the comeback.

What a load of baloney.

Want to bet she paid vanloads of dummies to go to New Hampshire and vote for her?

Electronic Bubble Wrap

From comes Puchi Puchi, an infinitely popable bubble wrap key chain/cell phone ornament.

If you don't want to shell out $15, then go to the Virtual Bubble Wrap site and pop for free.

Yeah, can you tell I'm avoiding politics today?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hill's King Sized Blunder

Clinton and Obama, Johnson and King

The excerpt that caught my eye was this one:

Hill said, "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act," and later added, "It took a president to get it done."

It's good for Hill that so few democrats watch FOX News.

Yikes, and only 2 weeks away from MLK Day.

Monday, January 07, 2008

R.I.P. Major

In case you haven't run across this...

the back story... Army Major Blogged About His Death

his last words... Andrew Olmsted's Last Blog Entry


"If you have it, throw 'Freedom Isn't Free' from the Team America soundtrack in; if you can't laugh at that song, I think you need to lighten up a little. I'm dead, but if you're reading this, you're not, so take a moment to enjoy that happy fact."

Can you imagine the guts it took to write this post?

May God bless his soul.

The Silencing

Via AlwaysOnWatch: Lionheart To Be Arrested For Blogging In UK

Who's next... you and me?

What's next... thought crimes?

Fishy Art

Ten-year-old sea lion Jonao uses a brush to write the word rat in Chinese characters in preparation for the new year at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo.

A sea lion that writes in Chinese. Amazing!

Although isn't it more likely that he's writing the Chinese character for "More Fish"?

Friday, January 04, 2008

Cat Blog Friday

For this Cat Blog Friday...

...a party too-hearty cat.

The holidays are over. It's time to get back to work, but only briefly because the weekend approaches.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Birthday Cube

Today is my birthday.

Happy, happy. Joy, joy!

I will be relaxing with a good book, drinking adult beverages, eating cake and chinese food, but not necessarily in that order ;-)

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Biden Bites Back

I'm not going to vote for Joe Biden, but thank goodness he has the nerve to speak out about it...

Hillary doesn't know squat about foreign policy!!!!!!

Biden Highlights Clinton's Pakistan Gaffes

Where in the world is our "free" press?