Friday, February 29, 2008
I may have posted this before but -- God, I tell ya, I JUST LOVE IT!!!.
The story surrounds a golden plate that Francis Drake reportedly left as a monument when he visited Northern California in 1579. Hoping to fool one of their number, a group of local historians hammered out a fake version in 1936 and planted it near Drake's landing point.
Sure enough, it made its way to the victim, historian George Bolton of Berkeley. Before they could reveal the joke, though, Bolton vouched for the plate's authenticity, engaging the University of California and paying $2,500 for it.
Now that the hoax was so painfully public the conspirators had to move carefully. They tried discreetly to reveal their joke, but then to their horror Columbia University confirmed the plate as genuine. It was added to textbooks; likenesses were sold as souvenirs; copies were presented to Queen Elizabeth II herself on several occasions.
Only 40 years later, after exhaustive testing at Oxford, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and MIT, was the plate confirmed as a fake, and it was several years before the whole story was pieced together. The plate is still on display at the Bancroft Library at Berkeley, an embarrassing testament to the gullibility of an excited historian .
His law would impose a misdemeanor fine of up to one-tenth of a cent on anyone or anything caught being unidentical to itself within city limits.
Unfortunately, Keats gathered only 65 signatures and found no backers on the city council. Berkeley, apparently, prefers ambiguity.
A university professor allegedly caught in a Saudi-style honey trap has been sentenced to 180 lashes and eight months in jail – for having coffee with a girl.
The man, a prominent and well-respected Saudi teacher of psychology at Umm al-Qra University in the holy city of Mecca, was framed by the religious police after he angered some of their members at a training course, his lawyer said.
The academic has not been named by the local media, which have given his case wide coverage, but one senior Saudi journalist said he was Dr Abu Ruzaiz, a married man in his late 50s with children.
“He is highly respected and above-board. Nobody believes the religious police’s version of what happened. The whole of Jeddah (the main city near Mecca) is in uproar about this. Everyone believes he is innocent and was set up,” the journalist said.
Mr Ruzaiz is said to have received a call from a girl purporting to be one of his students who asked to meet to discuss a problem that she did not want to talk about over the phone. The professor agreed to meet at a family café provided she brought along her brother as a chaperone.
When he arrived, he was surprised to find the girl alone, and was promptly surrounded by religious policemen who handcuffed him and hauled him into custody. He was accused of being in a state of khulwa – seclusion – with an unrelated woman. More here:
By the way - they aren't going to use a wet noodle when they lash him either. Can you imagine wasting your entire life in a place like Saudi Arabia? Hell, they got themselves a witch last week -- I blogged it. A witch, for God's sake. Way to live in medieval times, jackasses.
I love freedom. To me, freedom means the government cannot stop me from doing whatever I want, so long as I'm not hurting someone else physically or financially ... or depriving others of their rights. It is my belief that our founding fathers had that idea in mind when they wrote the constitution. It is my opinion that we've strayed FAR from that ideal and the libs want us to stray further still. I despise anyone who wants to use the government to impose his/her beliefs on me.
Hey, I wonder how many lashes I'd get for posting "Friday pins" pics. Seriously -- no wonder those middle eastern peeps are moving here as fast as they can -- do you blame them?
I ask you -- are these people enslaved? They are if their goverment is imposing this on them in their own country. Should we fight to free them? I mean -- why can't those who wish to live like that do so -- and leave others alone?
This is why our constitution was written -- so we would be governed by the rule of law instead of the whim of jackasses.
The latest survey of late-night jokes from the Center for Media and Public Affairs found 17 Obama jokes, about a third of Hillary’s and a tenth of President Bush’s. Then there’s Saturday Night Live.
Chicago Tribune TV critic Maureen Ryan started whining early in the week that Obama should not be impersonated by a white comedian (Fred Armisen). She huffed: "Obama's candidacy gives us solid proof of the progress that African-Americans have made in this country. I guess SNL still has further to go on that front." A reader poll alongside these complaints asked if Obama should be impersonated by an African-American: 74 percent voted for "Doesn’t matter," and a cranky six percent said "no."
But the media elite seems to be in the minority. Friday’s Washington Post carried a story by Paul Farhi further ginning up the "Fauxbama" controversy. He not only carried Ryan’s demand for a black impersonator, but added the radical-left British newspaper The Guardian, which screamed minstrel show:
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Jonathan Law High School Student Arrested, Expelled
MILFORD, Conn. (CBS/AP) ― Milford officials expelled a Jonathan Law High School student, who was accused of lighting her science teacher's hair on fire during class.
Police said the girl was arrested after igniting George Lardas' ponytail with a lighter.
A police spokesman said Lardas did not require medical attention, but his hair was singed.
School officals said the incident occurred in late January, but became public on Tuesday.
School officials called police after the incident. The student has been charged with reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and breach of peace.
By CARL HULSE
WASHINGTON — The question has nagged at the parents of Americans born outside the continental United States for generations: Dare their children aspire to grow up and become president? In the case of Senator John McCain of Arizona, the issue is becoming more than a matter of parental daydreaming.
Mr. McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a “natural-born citizen” can hold the nation’s highest office.
Almost since those words were written in 1787 with scant explanation, their precise meaning has been the stuff of confusion, law school review articles, whisper campaigns and civics class debates over whether only those delivered on American soil can be truly natural born. To date, no American to take the presidential oath has had an official birthplace outside the 50 states.
“There are powerful arguments that Senator McCain or anyone else in this position is constitutionally qualified, but there is certainly no precedent,” said Sarah H. Duggin, an associate professor of law at Catholic University who has studied the issue extensively. “It is not a slam-dunk situation.”
Mr. McCain was born on a military installation in the Canal Zone, where his mother and father, a Navy officer, were stationed. His campaign advisers say they are comfortable that Mr. McCain meets the requirement and note that the question was researched for his first presidential bid in 1999 and reviewed again this time around. More here:
Well -- it took me all of five minutes googling, but here it is:
The First Congress, on March 26, 1790, approved an act that declared, "The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States." That would seem to include McCain, whose parents were both citizens and whose father was a Navy officer stationed at the U.S. naval base in Panama at the time of John's birth in 1936.
Title 8 of the U.S. Code Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"
Anyone born inside the United States
Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.
So I think we have the answer. Of course, you libtards would rather deny this combat veteran, air force pilot, POW, and US Senator, the right to be President -- but you'd allow it to US born child of illegal immigrants -- right? I love the logic of libs -- you can almost hear the braying before they open their mouths.
U.S. Spent More Than $49 Billion On Corrections In 2007
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) ― Don't ask the U.S. prison system if this is indeed "the land of the free."
For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population. And they shouldn't be there -- right, lib jourrrrnalist? We should let them out. We're keeping them AGAINST THEIR WILL.
The report, released Thursday by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said. Yes -- if there's one tax I don't object to paying, it's the tax for prisons. If we used any sense at all, the prisoners would have to work -- just like me -- to pay their own way. They would get no television - no radio - no creature comforts -- NONE. Maybe then, when they got out, they wouldna want to return.
Using updated state-by-state data, the report said 2,319,258 adults were held in U.S. prisons or jails at the start of 2008 -- one out of every 99.1 adults, and more than any other country in the world. Great -- now the secret is to keep their asses in there. Also -- people don't usually like the other country's prisons as well as ours and they are likely to try much harder to stay out of them. Not here though -- it's no biggie at all -- nobody sweats going to our prisons. Funny huh? That fact prolly didna occur to you -- did it, lib boy.
By contrast, in mid 2002 the ratio was 1 in 142, with the prison population surpassing 2 million for the first time. Good -- someone is doing something right. Now to make a law against jourrrrrnalists misrepresenting their biased "reporting" maybe we can make it one in 95 jackasses in jail. More here:
"Everybody has understood that Iran is the number one power in the world," Ahmadinejad said in a speech to families who lost loved ones in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
"Today the name of Iran means a firm punch in the teeth of the powerful and it puts them in their place," he added in the address broadcast live on state television.
Ahmadinejad's comments come amid renewed Western efforts on the UN Security Council to agree a third package of sanctions against Tehran over its refusal to suspend sensitive nuclear activities.
They also came a day after former top nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani launched an unprecedented attack on Ahmadinejad's foreign policy, accusing him of using "coarse slogans and grandstanding".
"You can see how some people here... try to materialise the plans of the enemies and by showing that Iran is small and the enemy is big," added Ahmadinejad.
"These are the people who put the enemies of humanity in the place of God," said the deeply religious president.
He also told the families of the "martyrs" of the war that their loss was not in vain as the message of the Islamic revolution of 1979 that ousted the pro-US shah was spreading all over the world.
"Today the message of your revolution is being heard in South America, East Asia, in the heart of Europe and even in the United States itself," he said.
I think we all know someone like this -- a short guy who goes around demanding an ass kicking. For a long time, we refrain -- but he keeps it up and keeps it up until blood is everywhere.
See world's first eyeball tattoo
By DAVE MASTERS
Published: 27 Feb 2008
And it took FORTY insertions of the needle to get the job done.
Volunteer Pauly Unstoppable, from Canada, has perfect vision but jumped at the chance to be the first punter.
See the toe-curling shots in the gallery below. But be warned - the pictures are very graphic.
Click here for the rest of the story and the slideshow.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
In 1980, Kenneth Swyers tried to parachute onto the span, hoping to jump back off and land on the ground. He slid all the way down one leg and died.
"Against stupidity," wrote Schiller, "the gods themselves contend in vain."
A flight attendant once asked Muhammad Ali to fasten his seat belt.
Ali said, "Superman don't need no seat belt."
The attendant replied, "Superman don't need no airplane, either."
The school cheer of MIT is:
"Cosine, secant, tangent, sine! - 3 point 1 4 1 5 9!"
Wherein The Gord spites a pirate who claims the law supports him!
"I told you I would!"
"Told me what?"
"That I would sue you for ripping me off on the mod chip!"
(this would be one of the many customers who Gord had sold and installed a mod-chip for, and the chip only allowed imports to be played, not copies. He was very angry that the chip did exactly what Gord said it would.)
"Oh! May I? I love legal paperwork. Gimme gimme gimme!"
Gord grabs paperwork and reads through it. Spelling mistakes, poor penmanship, etc. Customer claims Gord sold a product that did not work as advertised.
"Here, I'll fill in my response to your claim now."
Gord fills in the response window with "Your head resembles that of a chicken." Gord gives the court papers back.
"Hey! This is serious! I'm suing you!"
"Chicken, head resemble you."
"Sorry, I was trying to speak to you in your language, the language of the chickens. Was I doing it wrong?"
"I'll settle out of court right now if you just give me my money back."
"Not seeing a positive angle for me here in your grandiose plan."
"You're going to look really dumb when you take that form down to the courthouse!"
"You're looking pretty retarded right now as you didn't bother to serve notice to the court of your plan to sue, or pay the filing fee. In fact, all you've done is pick up the information package and hope to bluff your way through this."
"Would you like to go get another information package and I'll fill your half in so that you don't look retarded, then you can file it, bring down my half, I can fill in why your only purpose in life is to steal games and you're suing me because I won't sell you something that will let you steal games, and I'll counter file for $100 an hour for wasting my time."
"Why are you such an ass!?" screams customer as he leaves.
"Because I hate you, and I'm smarter than you."
Customer left. Never did file his court papers like he promised.
The boy and girl, ages 5 and 7, watched as the scrub python devoured their silky terrier-Chihuahua crossbreed Monday at their home near Kuranda in Queensland state.
Stuart Douglas, owner of the Australian Venom Zoo in Kuranda, said scrub pythons typically eat wild animals such as wallabies, a smaller relative of the kangaroo, but sometimes turn to pets in urban areas.
"It actively stalked the dog for a number of days," Douglas said.
"The family that owned the dog had actually seen it in the dog's bed, which was a sign it was out to get it," he added.
"They should have called me then, but (the snake) got away and three or four days later, I was called and went around and removed it" after the dog had been killed, Douglas said.
By the time Douglas arrived, all that could be seen of the dog was its hind legs and tail.
The zoo manager, Todd Rose, said pythons squeeze their prey to death before swallowing it whole. The 5-year-old dog would have been suffocated within minutes.
"The lady who was there threw some plastic chairs at the snake, but you've got to remember that this is about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of aggressive muscle," Rose said.
Removing the half-swallowed dog could have harmed or even killed the python, Rose said, because dogs have sharp teeth and claws that could do the snake internal damage if it were wrenched out.
The snake was still digesting the dog at the zoo Wednesday. It will soon be relocated to the bush, Douglas said.
This is hysterical.
by David Rogers
A 50-year-old Vienna lawyer has died from a shark bite while diving in waters close to the Bahamas. Markus Groh, a Vienna lawyer and diving enthusiast, was a member of a party of seven divers from Vienna who went to see a "shark baiting" in the Ocean on Saturday.
He was attacked and bitten in the leg by a bull shark while in the water on Sunday. Groh was not in a cage and did not have any other protection. He reportedly panicked from what may not have been a life-threatening injury and surfaced too quickly. Reposts have suggested that his quick ascent to the surface caused a fatal embolism (blockage) to form in his lung.
The crew aboard the commercial boat called the U.S coast Guard immediately. A helicopter was called and took Groh to the hospital, were he later died of his injuries.
The circumstances of the attack remain murky. One possibility is that the man came into contact with the shark bait and was mistaken for bait by a shark. Bull sharks are said to be one of the three most-aggressive species of sharks.
Scuba Adventures, the company running the shark trip, has so far declined to comment. Its website explains that the excursions give people the chance to get "face to face" with some of the world's most dangerous sharks.
It states that the best dives result from "chumming' the water with dead fish. It warns that "there will be food in the water at the same time as the divers. Please be aware that these are not 'cage' dives, they are open water experiences". More here:
LMAO - 7 mins - I watched the whole thing.
I'm convinced you can get away with anything- ANYTHING as long as you get it on record that you feared for your life. With all the libs out there claiming we're all victims of something, I'd love to see them try to backpeddle on this one. There'd be witness after witness, under oath, having to say, "I heard him say he feared for his life so I can't fault him for running over those people... or backing up and doing it again... and again... he feared for his life... what would you expect him to do?"
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Widescale Global Cooling
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.
No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously. More here:
"So the whole story that Hitler was a vegetarian is simply a myth, invented by the infamous Joseph Goebbels. This man, as you no doubt know, was not particularly loyal to the truth. In fact, one of his more famous sayings is that if you tell a lie often enough, and loud enough, people will believe it. Another was the bigger the lie, the easier it is to get people to believe it. "
Hey -- whadda you wanna bet that, in 2 years, they'll come back saying that global warming was global cooling all along -- but they missed a small bit of data to clue them in -- but now -- NOW, THEY'RE SURE. HAHAHAHAHAHA. HEE-HAW.
One of my perennial favorite modified people is Patrick from Denmark , and I've greatly enjoyed watching his visage evolve as it improves and becomes more distinguished and defined with every iteration. Most recently he's had a gorgeous set of biomechanical sideburns added (his body already has a large number of tattoos in this theme) and cheek cuttings
"Wearing a smile of melancholy sweetness that many women find devastating," read the Time article, "Che guides Cuba with icy calculation, vast competence, high intelligence and a perceptive sense of humor."
"This is not a Communist Revolution in any sense of the term," The New York Times had declared a year earlier. "Fidel Castro is not only not a Communist, he is decidedly anti-Communist."
"It would be a great mistake," Walter Lippmann wrote in the Washington Post that same month, "even to intimate that Castro's Cuba has any real prospect of becoming a Soviet satellite."
A few months earlier the London Observer had observed: "Mr. Castro's bearded youthful figure has become a symbol of Latin America's rejection of brutality and lying. Every sign is that he will reject personal rule and violence."
Yeah -- here's what I think about these jourrrrrrnalists.
Under Che, Havana's La Cabana fortress was converted into Cuba's Lubianka. He was a true Chekist: "Always interrogate your prisoners at night," Che commanded his prosecutorial goons, "a man is easier to cow at night, his mental resistance is always lower." 
A Cuban prosecutor of the time who quickly defected in horror and disgust named Jose Vilasuso estimates that Che signed 400 death warrants the first few months of his command in La Cabana. A Basque priest named Iaki de Aspiazu, who was often on hand to perform confessions and last rites, says Che personally ordered 700 executions by firing squad during the period.
Cuban journalist Luis Ortega, who knew Che as early as 1954, writes in his book Yo Soy El Che! that Guevara sent 1,897 men to the firing squad. In his book Che Guevara: A Biography, Daniel James writes that Che himself admitted to ordering "several thousand" executions during the first year of the Castro regime. Felix Rodriguez, the Cuban-American CIA operative who helped track him down in Bolivia and was the last person to question him, says that Che during his final talk, admitted to "a couple thousand" executions. But he shrugged them off as all being of "imperialist spies and CIA agents." More here:
Yes -- well -- we had already killed all the resistors and protesters -- we looked for some more but all that were left were spies -- capisce?
Hey -- I wonder how many of the dead peeps wish they had been "TORTURED" with waterboarding instead of executed at the firing squad ... after the obligatory REAL torture, of course.
Monday, February 25, 2008
NBC: Raul 'Officially Chosen'
Here in Ithaca and no doubt in other liberal bastions across the land, you can still see cars festooned with those bitter bumper stickers: "Re-Defeat Bush!" and "Bush: Selected, Not Elected!" Those sentiments remain reflected in an MSM still smarting from Florida 2000. All of which made Ann Curry's words on this morning's Today, announcing the ascendancy of Raul Castro in Cuba, so ironic.
ANN CURRY: In the news this morning, we begin with Cuba and its [first] new president in nearly half a century. Raul Castro was officially chosen on Sunday to take over from his brother Fidel who announced his retirement last week.
Just what does it mean to be "officially chosen" in a totalitarian police state? Would it have been too indelicate for Curry to have pointed out that there are no free elections in Cuba and that the officially prescribed method for expressing dissent is to raise your hand and say "throw me in prison, por favor"? More here:
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey sent troops into the north after a coup by Greek Cypriots designed to produce union with Greece.
Jubilant supporters flooded the streets of Nicosia, Europe's last divided capital, waving Cypriot and Che Guevara flags, honking car horns and lighting flares.
Congratulations, Cypriots -- teach those evil rich peeps who's boss.
Well -- at least I learned what "moribund" meant.
being on the point of death; breathing your last; "a moribund patient"
Hey -- I can't wait to use this on a lib.
LIB: "Blah blah, Bush is bad, Blah blah, Haliburton, Blah blah, global warming."
KLOWN: "You're soooo right -- My, you've got quite the moribund mind."
LIB: "Oh, thanks"
The protesters unveiled a banner atop the plane which reads, "Climate emergency -- no third runway."
"I'm standing on this plane because our planet and the people who live on it are in danger," said Anna Jones, 27, one of the Greenpeace protesters. "Climate change can be beaten, but not by almost doubling the size of the world's biggest airport."
Greenpeace said the activists -- two men and two women -- waited for all the passengers on the Manchester, England to London flight to disembark before they walked through the terminal, crossed the Tarmac, and climbed stairs onto the plane's fuselage.
"We may have exposed a hole in security at Heathrow, but it's not as big as the hole in (Prime Minister) Gordon Brown's climate change policy," said Sarah Shoraka, 30, another of the protesters.
Shoraka said airport security was using a cherry-picker crane to remove the protesters from the plane. Cherry picker? How boring. You're never going to teach them a lesson that way. What about a firehose? What about covering them with sticky flowers and releasing wasps?
"We will get arrested but obviously we've thought about this very carefully," Shoraka said. "We're really, really serious about what we're doing. We really care, and we don't want dangerous climate change to happen." More here:
Sunday February 24, 2:16 pm ET By Daisy Nguyen,Associated Press Writer
Do You Want Fries With That Zen? California McDonald's Aims to Boost Sales With Feng Shui
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) -- The only familiar signs at the McDonald's in this large Asian community are the golden arches, the drive-through and the menu. Gone are the plastic furniture, Ronald McDonald and the red and yellow palette that has defined the world's largest hamburger chain. Leather seats, earth tones, bamboo plants and water trickling down glass panels have taken their place.
The makeover elements are meant to help diners achieve happiness and fortune -- whether they realize it or not. That's because the restaurant was redesigned using the principles of feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of arranging objects and numbers to promote health, harmony and prosperity. Yes -- ancient Chinese practices are always awesome -- like foot-binding for example -- that was a good one. I wonder if there are any ancient Chinese practices which ward off smarmy liberal asshats.
The concept is an unlikely fit with fast food. But the restaurant's owners say the designs are aimed at creating a soothing setting that will encourage diners to linger over their burgers and fries, and come back again. Linger over McDonalds burgers? Don't people go to McDonalds to get FAST FOOD?
The makeover is part of the attempt by McDonald's Corp. in recent years to remodel hundreds of its restaurants to attract more patrons with unique decor and amenities that might entice them stay awhile. Stay awhile? Why?
It also fits into McDonald's larger corporate practice of catering to local tastes, such as a fondue-style burger in France or a pita-wrapped "McArabia" sandwich in the Middle East.
"We can't look too cookie cutter," Mark Brownstein, one of three owners of the restaurant, said about the new decor. Noooo -- "cookie cutter" is bad you know. Hey -- Brownstein -- how about a mint -- a money mint -- too "cookie cutter" for you, jackass? LMAO - buys a GD McDonalds and then says "we don't want to be too cookie cutter." Someone should smack him in the chops with the "crowbar of irony."
The basic principles of feng shui include placing strategic representations of five natural elements -- earth, water, fire, metal and wood -- around the room to increase the flow of chi, or energy. Uh -- and what can you put around the room to increase the flow of the ancient American idea of comfort , also known as "cash."
Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) has been employed in the designs of high-rises, banks, even zoo exhibits, and has been popularized by countless coffee table books and TV shows such as HGTV's "Fun Shui." It's also used in the designs of the Panda Express Chinese food chain.
The McDonald's in this Los Angeles suburb boasts wood ceiling, silver-coated chairs, plus red accents throughout the dining area to symbolize fire and "good luck, laughter and prosperity," said Brenda Clifford, who designed the dining area. The textured walls patterned after ocean waves symbolize "life and relaxation -- the balanced things that you want in your life," she said. Yes -- I'd put up wall posters of a guy with a full tray giving someone seated a boot in the ass -- this would "symbolize" you have stayed at your table too long.
Customers are responding positively, whether or not they recognize the feng shui elements.
"When we first walked in we were amazed, we were happy we skipped the drive-through and went inside," Andrew Chen said while lounging in a white leather booth with a friend. White leather booth -- oh yeah -- McDonalds customers are EXACTLY who you want in your white leather booth -- rofl.
Chen, 20, said he didn't notice the feng shui elements. He just thought it was a modern interior.
Two workers at the nearby post office said they've been taking more lunch breaks at the remodeled McDonald's, which opened in late December.
"We're here two, three times a week," Waldo Alfaro said as he munched on a Filet-O-Fish and a salad. "It's relaxing, you don't feel any pressure here." Yes -- at the regular McDonalds, it's just pressure, pressure, pressure.
Nevermind that this is the same McDonald's that's been vilified by critics over its artery-clogging Big Macs and fries. Whew -- I thought the lib reporter was never going to mention the "evil McDonalds" refrain.
The buzz about the feng shui McDonald's is starting to attract curious onlookers.
"It's successful as a design. It's got a very clean, open, airy appearance," said Elaine Bjorklund, a professor emerita of cultural geography at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, who was in town visiting a friend. "I'm not a McDonald's habituee," she added as she snapped pictures of the dining area. "It would be interesting to see if this trend will spread." Oh God -- As if I give a crap what some egghead "professor emerita" of cultural ANYTHING says. I sure am glad she quickly pointed out that she hardly EVER goes to a McDonalds -- you know -- with the dregs and so forth.
Brownstein said he and his partners chose the feng shui makeover because the restaurant is located near a renowned Buddhist temple, which is considered good luck. The designs were meant to appeal to the area's growing Asian population, but were also done in a way that would help all customers tap their inner Zen. Sure -- everyone knows that Asians aren't in a hurry -- you know -- unless there is a camera sale somewhere nearby -- Inner Zen -- *puking*
With the help of a feng shui master, the designers added details that only feng shui practitioners could appreciate. They include positioning the doors in a way that would block out bad spirits while keeping good ones inside, Clifford said. Gaaaa, bad spirits are afoot -- but they've been thwarted by lib geniuses and door placement - DRAT. Personally, I think a security guard would work better.
The eight rows of red tiles near the food counter are another symbol of fortune, because the number eight is considered auspicious, she said. Meanwhile, the metal sculptures of a crane and Koi fish adorning one wall represent fertility and prosperity, she said. I'd rather you put up a pic of an employee getting fired for being slow -- that would "represent" a sense of urgency and getting my food quickly so I could get back to work.
Clifford said she made the nearly fatal mistake of putting 44 seats in the dining area, until she learned that feng shui followers consider the number four a symbol of bad luck. So she added an extra seat to make it 45.
"Few people would notice it, but if you're in the know, you'll say 'Oh my God, that's terrible,'" she said. Whew -- now if the feng-shui cognoscenti come in, there will be no embarrassment. Idiots.
Mon Feb 25 2007 06:51:00 ET
With a week to go until the Texas and Ohio primaries, stressed Clinton staffers circulated a photo over the weekend of a "dressed" Barack Obama.
The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat frontrunner dressed as a Somali Elder, during his five-country tour of Africa.
"Wouldn't we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?" questioned one campaign staffer, in an email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.
Uh -- first of all, the answer used to be "No." But now you're running against their preferred candidate -- so you can forget about the media protection of the past, Hillary, you're doomed.
You can be thankful you're a Democrap. Were you a Republican, the media would have already torn you a new asshole -- big enough for peeps to ride whitewater rapids through - capisky?
You know -- the media hammers the dogshit out of conservatives every day -- and they don't whine or snivel -- but the Democraps -- they are astonished when the media "isn't fair." I think that tells its own story.
Sarkozy was filmed by a journalist from the daily Le Parisien on a walkabout at the annual farm fair in Paris on Saturday. More here:
Sarkozy offered his hand to a man who said: "Don't touch me, you are soiling me." In reply, Sarkozy said, without dropping his smile: "Get lost, dumb ass."
McCain -- take a lesson from Nicolas. Let your poll ratings fall. If you care about the polls, I don't want you representing me in politics. The media controls the polls -- disregard them -- speak out against the media at EVERY opportunity.
Here's the video if you care.
On the call, Dean repeatedly criticized McCain for allegedly violating a law he helped reform with the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 -- generally referred to as McCain-Feingold.
"They might as well just call it the Feingold law," Dean said.
The DNC has made clear in recent days it plans to paint the prohibitive Republican nominee as a hypocrite, someone who decries Washington politics while enjoying the support and aid of lobbyists.
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers responded that “Howard Dean’s hypocrisy is breathtaking given that in 2003 he withdrew from the matching funds system in exactly the same way that John McCain is doing today.”
"Hey -- You're a hypocrite"
"No No -- YOU ARE"
"No - YOU"
Jeez -- stop acknowledging idiots and just sneer at them. Take a lesson from Dick Cheney. Really -- nobody cares if you sneer at idiots. The only ones that care are libs and they aren't going to vote for you anyway.
I love the Democraps though -- they will do anything -- and I mean ANYTHING -- to get elected. There is NO gutter too filthy for them to reject if it means their election. They'll even send in suicide bombers like Howard (the pinhead) Dean.
Seriously -- you'd think they would stop their accusations if they could be proven to be hypocrites -- but you'd be wrong. They're safe though -- the mainstream media won't cover the part about Dean -- they'll only cover the accusations against the evil "conservative."
Coon! Coon! Coon!
I wish my color would fade.
Coon! Coon! Coon!
I'd like a different shade.
Coon! Coon! Coon!
Morning, night and noon.
I wish I was a white man
'Stead of a Coon! Coon! Coon!
It's a clip from the Oscars so, if you watched the Oscars(Ha Ha, as IF), then you've seen this.
Video about 1 minute.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
– Frank H. Stauffer, The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical, 1882
Before the witch trial, you can see Sir Bedevere tying coconuts to a swallow, no doubt to test the theory people argue about elsewhere in the film. Submitted by Piemanmoo
Brave Sir Robin's royal minstrels are the British folk band Saltwater Sealion - Steeleye Span were originally asked to play the roles, but they declined.
The idea for the killer rabbit came from the facade of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Near the entrance, in panels depicting various scenes of man's infirmaties, one panel illustrates cowardice by showing a knight fleeing from a rabbit.
In the scene where the chanting monks are parading through the city streets, watch the overhead view closely and you'll see that one monk staggers and nearly collapses after hitting himself in the head.
Originally, the cast were going to ride horses, but then they realised they didn't have the capital to do so. They therefore came up with the idea of artificially creating the sound effect using empty coconut halves. They then decided that it would be a good idea to actually include the coconuts in the film, hence the film's long-running joke - it was never meant to be included.
In the scene where the mob is weighing the 'witch' there are two quick shots of the crowd just as she is being put on the scales. In the second shot, one of the men is ex-Beatle and co-producer George Harrison.
After they come to the conclusion about weighing the witch to see if she weighs the same as a duck, and then the scales balance, watch the scales after they drag her off to be burnt. The side which contained the duck is obviously loaded to start with, as it sinks lower than the other pan when there is supposed to be nothing on the scales. Hence the witch weighing 'the same' as the duck, and seemingly proving the villagers rigged the whole thing.
Almost all, if not all, the chain mail armour in this film is actually thick wool, which was very uncomfortable for the actors because it was often raining where they were filming, and the wool would become very damp and very heavy.
Also, there is this:
SAUDI Arabia's religious police plan to behead a woman accused of being a witch, a human rights group says.
Human Rights Watch has asked the country's king to intervene over "absurd charges that have no basis in law".
Fawza Falih was arrested and interrogated in the northern town of Quraiyat two years ago and sentenced to death.
The judges who convicted her relied on her forced confession and the statements of witnesses who said she had "bewitched" them.
One man claimed he became impotent after Ms Falih cast a spell on him.
Witchcraft is considered an offence against Islam in Saudi Arabia.
HA HA HA HA -- Holy dipsticks, Batman.
What does the lady say when the scale balances? I couldna make it out.
During a special Knesset session on Israel’s preparedness for the possibility of another earthquake hitting the region, the Shas member said “the Gemara refers to earthquakes as disasters, but you are searching only for the practical solutions how to prevent and repair.
“But I no of another way to prevent earthquakes; the Gemara mentions a number of causes of earthquakes, one of which is homosexuality, which the Knesset legitimizes,” Benizri said.
An earthquake registering 5.3 on the Richter Scale was felt by residents across Israel at 12:36 pm Friday. The trembling lasted for 19 seconds and shook structures in many major towns and cities.
Klown -- how did morons end up in the government How did they get there?
Easy -- either morons voted them in or, in the case of dictatorships, morons won't fight for freedom. Either way though, morons are responsible. Much of this could be solved by not allowing morons to vote.
Seriously -- if this does not prove to you -- beyond a shadow of a doubt -- that complete morons are in positions of extreme power -- then, you too, are a moron.
And -- one last thing -- is his name really Shlomo? Quite the coinkydink.
"This week's revelations do nothing but undermine public confidence in the assurances given so far - both in London and Washington.
"The people of Scotland are entitled to know if a Scottish airport has been used for these activities, and if it has for there to be an assurance that it will never happen again." More here:
So -- you want to huff and puff about us returning these terrorists to their home countries for interrogation. In some cases these terrorists are wanted in the other countries for crimes they commited. Meanwhile you want to share the intelligence, right?
Pipe down, Paddy McDumbass -- go shave your legs.
The article on the front page of the Communist Party newspaper Granma was one of a flurry of recent columns and announcements from Castro, who is retiring after 49 years as head of Cuba.
Writing under his new title, "Comrade Fidel," the 81-year-old Castro scoffed at suggestions in news reports that his retirement, announced Tuesday, would lead to political changes aided by Cuban exiles in the United States.
"The reality is otherwise," Castro wrote. He quoted approvingly from other articles that said his retirement showed the failure of U.S. officials to affect Cuba's political transition.
Castro said he would now lay his pen aside until lawmakers decide Sunday on his replacement as president of the island's supreme governing authority, the Council of State. Castro's 76-year-old brother Raul, the defense minister, is his constitutionally designated successor as first vice president, and is widely expected to be named president.
Yeah -- great job, Castro. Last time my friend was in Cuba, he picked up a doctor hitch-hiking to work.
The maker doesn't need it.
The buyer doesn't use it.
The user doesn't know he's using it.
What is it?
Jonco was the first to post the correct answer. "Casket"
Saturday, February 23, 2008
"An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her."
- Agatha Christie, author (1890 - 1976)
In her time, Jean Carroll was a popular bearded lady. More importantly, Carroll was the real deal. Born in 1910 in Schenectady, New York Jean Carroll possessed the genuine foundation of a fine silken beard at the age of ten, when she joined the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. As she aged, that foundation of follicles flourished and soon provided Carroll with a stable career in carnival exhibition.
As a young lady Carroll met a charming young Ohio man and quickly fell in love. The object of her affection was John Carson. Carson was a charming and handsome man. He was a contortionist and sideshow talker and he was actually quite taken by the sweet-hearted bearded girl. He was certainly attracted to Carroll but the beard was simply too much for him to overcome. While he continued to be friendly with Carroll, he pushed aside any romantic aspirations and focused on friendship.
For fifteen years the two saw each other almost daily. As Carson got to know Carroll for the woman she was, behind the whiskers, he fell deeply in love with her. Carroll saw that love in him and it pained her. She knew he would never be able to accept the beard and she, in turn, could not give up her source of livelihood and her home in the carnival. As she cried one night, sword swallower Alec Linton suggested a painful solution.
“Shave the beard and become a tattooed woman.”
Soon, the beard was gone and in its place were over 700 intricate designs by famed tattooist Charlie Wagner. The pain involved in the process was likely excruciating but the investment was wise. John Carson was completely smitten, apparently having no problems with illustration over facial hair, and the two wed almost immediately following the ‘close shave’.
There has been speculation that Republican presidential front-runner Sen. John McCain of Arizona might tap Rice as his running mate.
"I have always said that the one thing that I have not seen myself doing is running for elected office," Rice said at a news conference. "I didn't even run for high school president. It's sort of not in my genes."
I'd feel a lot better about voting for John McCain if he'd pick someone like Rice for VP. We need someone who ignores the media. Maybe Dick Cheney could teach her to sneer at them.
Lutz, GM's outspoken product development chief, has been under fire from Internet bloggers since last month when he was quoted as making the remark to reporters in Texas. More here:
I love it -- Just for that, I might consider making my next car a GM car.