Friday, February 28, 2014

Harold Ramis was a genius....


 Some of my favorite clips:












And one scene that I never fail to laugh at--so true:


Monday, February 24, 2014

Goodbye Barkley, Friend

Brigid wrote the below when we lost Schmoo.  Her words are true and to the heart.  She had to make the hard and right decision for our friend, her special companion today.   He was part of our family.

We'll miss him terribly but Schmoo will make him welcome at the Rainbow Bridge and they can play together until we get there.

I hope her words, given back to her with love, might help a little:

Would we all be like the dog, our pain hidden deep inside
where unkind thoughts and fear and loss are buried with our pride
With someone - stalwart friend, kind soul,
who shows us wrong from right
with rebuke soft, a gentle hand,
unfair judgment far from sight.
Would we know that secret place, where playful thoughts abide,
waiting only for that one true friend, in whom we can confide
- Brigid

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wow.....

Go over to Old NFO and read about the Face of GI Joe.  The story of Mitchell Paige gives a perspective that is humbling in scope.

The words that got a soft exclamation from me are:

At dawn, battalion executive officer Major Odell M. Conoley was first to discover the answer to our question: How many able-bodied Marines does it take to hold a hill against two regiments of motivated, combat-hardened Japanese infantrymen who have never known defeat?

On a hill where the bodies were piled like cordwood, Mitchell Paige alone sat upright behind his 30-caliber Browning, waiting to see what the dawn would bring.

One hill: one Marine.

The President says Obamacare is a "Monumental Achievement"

Obama says that his eponymous legislation is a monumental achievement.  And he's right.  This piece of crap law has shown exactly how playing the long game in order to put the things into place where the system of checks and balances has been skewed into nothingness works. 

From preventing states from putting safeguards into place to prevent voter fraud to the 'nuclear option' now in place in the Senate, to the use of Executive Orders to override the letter of passed legislation, Obamacare, from passage to the present, has shown the citizens of this country exactly how monumentally corrupt the system has actually become.

Monumental, indeed.

Friday, February 14, 2014

That's why there are FOUR rules instead of ONE.

Via TamToddG. has a post up about the accidental discharge of a Glock firearm by a federal officer in New Jersey.  Apparently the hue and cry is immense and widespread.  While I'm sure that some of the schadenfreude is because the anti-gunners seem to feel that a badge=training=better than the rest of us (which we all know is not true and this incident proves it), my first thought was this:

This is why there are 4 Rules, not 1.  If there was only 1 Rule, it would read like:
  1. Don't fuck up and shoot yourself or someone/thing else by accident, m'kay.
The reason that there are Four Rules is because people are human.  There are a million insurance commercials illustrating the fact.  The Four Rules are designed so that even if people are being human and thus fallible, then no one else is injured by their actions.
  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
While I do think that this case amply shows that a badge does not magically grant competence in firearms handling, there are plenty of experienced firearms folks out there who have had something similar happen.  Maybe the difference is that we're willing to admit it, learn from it, and acknowledge our human-ness, whereas a growing portion of the folks with badges will not, and do not, do react similarly--they either try to cover it up or, as many anti-gunners do, blame the inanimate object for their mistake.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Comments and a Question.... The Olympics

They had the opening ceremonies of the Olympics on TV last night while we were out.

Overheard: 
Ya know, some mythology is not universal. 

This would be much better if we were dropping acid.  (acid was mentioned A LOT).

Those clear signs the Country Marshals make it look like the networks are trying to blur out the women's breasts.  (this was actually my observation.  you be the judge)  From boston.com.


The dance number kind of looks like the Time Warp from Rocky Horror (when all of the dancers fell over).
Hey, the one guy from Venezuela looks like he's having a blast!

Oh, there's the Thai contingent.  Thailand is known for its winter sports.

Nepal.  I bet they are all just badass.
And finally:
Why do all Olympic opening ceremonies have a small girl in white clothing wandering through someone's acid trip??

Friday, February 7, 2014

Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary

As Og pointed out, today, February 7 is the 40th, yes, 40th anniversary, of the release of Blazing Saddles.  Oy, 40 years and I still laugh!  The humor definitely does not get old!


 That's Hedley!




One of my favorite scenes with the incomparable Madeline Kahn....




And finally (just because this is one of my favs and I use this phrase all of the time):


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wouldn't make a bit of difference

Via The Voices in My Head, the below picture:




My response:   'No, not really.  I'll have lots of room because most of the words will only have four letters. And there will be a lot of repeats.'

Speaking of inner nerd....

As both a Doctor Who and Muppets fan, I found this to be really funny. It's okay to Blink, you'll hear them coming towards you....

Via:  https://cheezburger.com/8036223232



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Olympics = White Elephant

Back in Siam and other places in South Asia, when a ruler wished to punish an underling (or if the underling was gaining too much wealth), he would 'reward' him with a White Elephant.  The care and feeding of such a valuable creature doomed the recipient to bankruptcy or at the very least kept them too occupied to make any trouble.

I think the Olympics are like that.  Yes, countries and cities vie for them, but really the tangible results from hosting either the Winter or Summer Games is negligible at best.  With stories coming out in the MSM about hotels not completed, infrastructure not in place, and locals completely disgruntled and displaced, then I think that being the 'lucky' recipient of the Games is not so much the honor it's perceived to be. 

When the International Olympic Committee grandly bestows the Games on underdeveloped countries or cities that don't already have a basic infrastructure in place, they are not being as benevolent as they might seem.   We're already hearing about problems in Brazil and with the articles coming out about Sochi, I don't think that the benefits and money coming in will ever cover the preparation costs.  Then after the Games are done and everyone has gone home, the locals are left with a bunch of mouldering buildings and venues that will never be used again.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Time Warp

Fount of Knowledge Co-Worker Speaking to Shiny Young Intern:

FOKC-You know, you can use those binders to keep your POGS in.

SYI-POG?!?

Me--Welcome to my time warp, FOKC.  I'm constantly making cultural references that no one understands.  SYI wasn't even born when POGS went out of style.  His dad is four years younger than me. *wince*

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I sometimes feel very old.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Feminization of Super Bowl Commercials and a Sad

Seemed like most of the commercials, NASCAR, Diet Mountain Dew, and Budweiser being the exceptions, were actually geared towards women.  Chevy and Ford trucks completely missed their demographic, IMO. I don't know who was hiring the agencies that put together most of the drivel, but really, dudes, it's the Super Bowl.  Some testosterone in those commercials would be appreciated.  Men are the ones who buy trucks, generally.  And the women who do buy work trucks won't NOT buy one because of a manly commercial.

Meh...




The only time the female-oriented commercials really didn't bother me was the commercial with David Beckham.  No, I have no idea what he was selling, even after watching it three times.  Doesn't really matter..... Yep.  I'm a sexist pig.  Yea-rah!




Budweiser wins the commercial game again, hands down:








I'm sad for Peyton Manning.  There are rumors that with his neck issues, this was his last shot and Denver messed up by the numbers.   He seems like a nice guy so it's too bad how it shook out.


Happy Imbolc, St. Brigid's Day, Candlemas, Groundhogs Day

Apparently Candlemas/Imbolc/St. Brigid's Day has, folklorically speaking, been used as a day to predict the weather, probably how it ended up at the same time as Groundhog's Day. 

In any case, the days are noticeably longer, not appreciably warmer or less snowy, but this winter too, shall pass.


A reminder

I've got this up in my office.  I used a picture taken by a friend for the background:





Saturday, February 1, 2014

You mean they don't cover possession in med school??

So something that was local lore that I didn't realize was local lore ended up in the Daily Mail (UK) online.

Apparently in Gary, IN there is a haunted house with the ubiquitous portal to hell in the basement (because what house can truly be considered to be haunted without a portal to hell in the basement?).  The story is complete with possessions, hexes, demonic sightings, seeping walls (oil, not blood, oddly enough).  But the part of the article that really got me was the interaction between one of the possessed kids and a local MD--it starts with the description of a 7 year old's behavior.  I've underlined the part that got me giggling:
 'His head was turning, his eyes rolled back, his mouth went crazy, he started talking in tongues then it threw my grandson completely across the room.’

The nurse who witnessed this would not go back into the room while the doctor, realizing this was well beyond his capabilities, called police and paramedics to take the child and his brother, both of whom fell unconscious, to Gary ER.
 So really, doesn't basic medical training cover speaking in tongues and kids flinging themselves across a room??  Glad the family doctor realized this was kind of outside of his General Practitioner area.  It must have been a shock for the paramedics who had to take these kids to the Gary ER, where there are presumably experts on staff to deal with 7 year old boys possessed by demons.  Riiiight......

The whole article reads like The Amityville Horror, minus James Brolin looking broody and running around with an ax.

Kelly's Heroes-Just because....