A Woman's Place

They weren't?

Oh, pooh!

Don't you just hate it when a filmmaker, nowadays, just doesn't understand what the proper place of a woman in a fantasy setting should be?

Obviously, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg didn't properly research their subject:

Many a popinjay do agree with Fred.

Witness: Kenneth Turan's vitriolic review of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland:

Goodness gracious . . .

Otto Weininger must be rolling in his grave :)



The concept of old wives' tales is ancient

In the 1st Century, the apostle Paul wrote to his young protégé Timothy
(I Timothy 4:7):

"But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness"

However, try as they may, the flaming punch bowl can prove a bit much for some.

It can't be helped.

As I said before, some people...they just can't hold their drink.


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A sure winner and an all-time favorite . . .

...the flaming punch bowl is often a centerpiece where friends, patrons and guests gather to pour the drinks and make conversation...


There is still no cure for the common birthday




Honest to God, Senator, I say this with respect.

Go to bed, old man:

McCain: Blame Democrats for lack of Senate cooperation



Law of the Land

Some call it Neo-Feudalism . . .

This tool (on The Washington Post) looks at what it could mean for your health coverage and taxes based on your income, family size and current insurance status.



Another misconception bites the dust

The laws of gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
---Albert Einstein

I beg to disagree:




When driving home, there is nothing like a one-two-three punch of "How Soon Is Now," by the Smiths, "Losing My Religion," by REM, and "Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon on the radio to really make you want to drive off a cliff.


Buck up AND shut up!

...what else are progressives good for?

C'mon, who is your daddy?
Who is your daddy?

Just like Rahm Emanuel said...

So sayeth the bloggy pulpits:

As Rachel Maddow has been saying lately..."they are not embarrassed because they are incapable of being embarrassed"---she was speaking of the Republicans (and maybe some of the Blue Dog Democrats), of course.

The Progressives?

They have no pride.

No wonder no one cares what they say.


Only in America . . .

Michelle, my belle...

A photograph of First Lady Michelle Obama pantsless and bending over is set to hit the auction block at Phillips de Pury in New York tomorrow. The image, shot by Helmut Newton in 1992, is valued at up to $7,500.



On a day like this . . .

You've got to ask yourself one question...

Do I feel lucky?

Made in China

Well, do ya, punk?


Cast your vote for who and what is the most evil...


For the record, my votes went to Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Prop 8, Sarah Palin, Goldman Sachs, Blackwater, Joe Lieberman and Mitch McConnell.


Who Killed the Public Option?

Mark my words, somebody's bound to make a game out of this.

All the right elements are in.
Spoiler: The butler didn't do it. And neither did the American people. And it wasn't the GOP either---not this time around.

Your turn, Mrs. Scarlet


Get a clue

What do you think?

Is that you, Professor Plum?



Home Schooling is starting to sound better and better

Quoted almost in its entirety from Think Progress:

The Texas Board of Education has been meeting this week to revise its social studies curriculum. During the past three days, “the board’s far-right faction wielded their power to shape lessons on the civil rights movement, the U.S. free enterprise system and hundreds of other topics”:

– To avoid exposing students to “transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else,” the Board struck the curriculum’s reference to “sex and gender as social constructs.”

– The Board removed Thomas Jefferson from the Texas curriculum, “replacing him with religious right icon John Calvin.”

– The Board refused to require that “students learn that the Constitution prevents the U.S. government from promoting one religion over all others.”

– The Board struck the word “democratic” from the description of the U.S. government, instead terming it a “constitutional republic.”

As the nation’s second-largest textbook market, Texas has enormous leverage over publishers, who often “craft their standard textbooks based on the specs of the biggest buyers.” Indeed, as The Washington Monthly has reported, “when it comes to textbooks, what happens in Texas rarely stays in Texas.”

Update Following repeated failed attempts to add figures in Hispanic history to the textbooks, one board member, Mary Helen Berlanga, stormed "out of the meeting late Thursday night, saying, 'They can just pretend this is a white America and Hispanics don’t exist.'


51 Senators who will vote YES on a reconciliation bill if it includes a public option

Full Text Continued on Democracy For America



From Here to there

Complaining, complaining!

Methinks Lady Savage is taking this way too seriously, now.

What say'st thou, lovey? I making you "feel dirty," yet?


As Rachel Maddow has been saying lately...

...they're not embarassed, because they're not embarassable.

Think Progress:

Chris Wallace Calls The Perpetually Wrong Bill Kristol An ‘Expert’ On Iraq

For those of you playing at home, calling Bill Kristol an Expert on Iraq is like calling me an expert on fine wines.

Kristol’s propensity for error is so serious that, according to Newsweek’s Eric Margolis, Bill’s late father Irving Kristol sometimes lamented to an old family friend, “My poor son has got it wrong again.” Journalist Eric Alterman wrote in the Nation, “if one looks for a consistent pattern to Kristol’s perpetual wrongness, it’s not hard to discern. For Kristol is less interested in being correct than in advancing his side’s interests. He’s not a journalist; he’s an apparatchik working undercover as a man of the press.”




Here at the pulse where the blood brings a blush

Here at this tender spot
Here is the heat, the scent 
Here the flesh awaits your tongue
Here is where I want your lips
Here at the beginning

They hate us for our freedom

"We've always had individuals who strike out at the giant 'system' when they're feeling a sense of powerlessness and insignificance," says Jerrold Post.

You think?

Dr. Jerrold M. Post, a professor of political psychology at George Washington University, and the author of "Political Paranoia: The Psychopolitics of Hatred," is currently Chair of the APA's Task Force for National and International Terrorism and Violence.

Meanwhile in Washington . . .

Okay, this guy (the one on the right) may have a problem. And we should (with all decency) sympathize with him. For, after all, throughout the history of politics cheap shots have come in many forms and ways. From the simple off-handed slander to murder most foul.

So considering what McCain was facing in the way of his career when this photo was shot - at one of the presidential debates - this unguarded second of exposure, as caught by the camera's cruel eye - we should all ooooh and ahhhhh at the man's valiant torturous ordeal. Which he clearly reveals here.

But is it about them, the politicians? Or about us? Considering what McCain was about to pull on the United States, at this moment when the country is down on its knees (Will the empire survive?), we may (or may not) be thankful the other guy won.

Think of Sarah Palin in the White House. Think of a senator who imbues the great moneyed conservatism of the desert states. Those super wealthy conservatives who believe only supporting and defending their families and territory is all that really counts. Who measure achievement in money and power. Who drive their big cars down empty highways in the middle of the night at a 120 miles an hour. Who can hardly constrain themselves when cruelty irresistibly comes up their gorges and comes out. Who see the poor as their lesser selves. Who hate everyone and anyone they see threatening their tight little worlds.

Where's Obama in all this? I still haven't figured that out. He certainly has no small amount of contempt for the left, as if also denying himself. Seeing such leftist attitudes as a weakness. As mere fads and PC vulgarity and blindness.

It may not be hard to empathize with this attitude knowing how awful the left can be. But denying the positive progressive advances and reforms the left offers out of disgust is also self defeating. And with the power he has as president that becomes hurtful of all Americans.

But we'll see. This game is hardly over.


A question.

When you see John McCain these days, do you, as I, find yourself saying, and not in a mean way: "Go to bed, old man?"

Eat, Drink, Rock, Raise Hell

Quite a charming find by the Gentleman from Seattle.

And right up the alley of the Gentleman from Ohio.

A mere one hour and a half drive from Athens.

What does the gentleman say?

Head east on W Washington St. toward N Court St.

Take the 1st left onto N Court St.

Take the 2nd right onto Fern St.

Turn left at E State St.

Turn right at W Stimson Ave.

Take the ramp to US-33 W

Keep left at the fork to continue toward US-33 W and merge onto US-33 W

Slight right to merge onto I-70 W toward Downtown

Take exit 101A to merge onto I-71 N toward US-40/Broad St/Cleveland

Take the exit on the left onto I-670 W

Take exit 3 to merge onto W Goodale St. (a portentous name , sir)

Turn right at Neil Ave.

Turn right at W 5th Ave.

Turn right at N High St.

And Ta-Da, there you are, sir.

The Surly Girl will be on the gentleman's left!

I'm not by nature a drinking man, but...

...I'd make an exception for



Caption These

"On the chest of a barmaid in Sale
Were tattooed the prices of ale.
And, on her behind,
For the sake of the blind,
Was the same information in Braille."


Caption this photo

"I suppose you're wondering why I've called you all here..."