Thursday, July 30, 2009

Steampunk Mask

Look at this picture ... then right-click this link and select "Open in new tab" for the best effect. (Speakers on!)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Absolutely Awesome

John Williams never sounded so good.

Via comments on Making Light.

Next, They'll Label Ahmedinijad (D-Nigeria)

Stupidity, or malice?

When they label the latest Republican with his hand in someone else's bloomers a (D), it's malice.

When they label Iraq "Egypt," however, I'm more inclined to accept abject stupidity as an explanation.

Which is worse? Discuss.

Totally stolen from Sadly, No! which in turn totally stole it from Media Matters.

Thursday, July 23, 2009



Monday, July 20, 2009

Russia Is Awesome

They raise bears by hand there.

They domesticate fishing cats there. Or perhaps we ought to say that Russian fishing cats suffer themselves to be offered catfish in bathtubs and live chickens.

They were taking color photographs a hundred years ago.

And some enterprising Russian blogger got really blitzed on vodka one night and took a raw sausage and stuck uncooked spaghetti through it and created hairy sausages ... which have become a minor deity of the Russian intertubes.

All of this I discovered because Teresa Nielsen-Hayden wondered if this was an authentic Roman fort on an island in a Siberian lake.


There are those who think that there's a knife in the backs of every one of our Vietnam veterans. (I have personally heard a proponent of this idea gas off about a Vietnamese general, as late as the '90s, claiming that the Communist Party in Vietnam were paying American war protesters to protest. I tried to convince said gasser that this was a Vietnamese general, and not to be implicitly trusted, but the story supported his world view, and was thus unassailable.)

It stuns me to learn that there are those who think this knife has Walter Cronkite's fingerprints on it.

h/t The Editors.

EDIT: I suppose the Walter Cronkite of my generation, when we could be arsed to watch the evening news, would have to be Dan Rather, who wasn't allowed to retire gracefully like Cronkite, but was pushed out by a bunch of Skins incensed because he looked like a Shirt.

Friday, July 17, 2009

From The Archives

The Onion's Archives, that is.

But why should we trust the propaganda arm of the astrocosmonautical fifth column? We all know the moon landing was faked! Everything in that photo is casting a shadow! That just doesn't happen on the moon!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Brian Kilmeade: Lying Nazi Whore LANGUAGE WARNING

Kilmeade: Leave it to the Finns and Swedes to come up with something. Because that's a -- we are, we're a, we keep marrying other species and other ethnics and other --


Kilmeade: I mean the Swedes -- the Swedes have, uh, pure genes. Because they marry other Swedes. Because that's the rule. Finland -- Finns marry other Finns, so they have a pure society. In America, we marry everybody. So we marry Italians and Irish and --

Dave Briggs: OK, so this study does not apply.

Kilmeade: It does not apply to us.

Emphases mine.

This emphasis also mine:


So Sweden does a study of the benefits of marriage, and Brian Kilmeade goes on Fox & Friends yesterday morning and claims that Scandinavians have kept their genes pure by marrying each other, and not any of the other icky Europeans to be found slightly south and east of them.

But we, this great melting pot that calls itself the United States, we marry Italians and Irish and "--" (whoever they are) so this Swedish study of the benefits of marriage don't apply to us. Not to mention marrying people from Africa or Asia or the New World. Or even (heavens!) Jews.

Brian Kilmeade spent a lot of time getting that stupid little stache to sprout just under his nose, but he had to shave it off to go on Fox & Friends. I bet his idol Dolf was just devastated....

Via Crooks & Liars. Go there for video.

Title shamelessly lifted from Bartcop.

Alfred Hitchcocks' "The Cats"

Put the hors d'oeuvre down and back away ... slowly ....

Friday, July 3, 2009

We Won't Have Sarah to Kick Around Anymore

Sarah Palin decides that governors in their second first (sorry!) terms who decide not to run for office again generally take the King Lear route, dividing their territories among their lieutenants and kicking back in the governor's mansion. And she decides that she's not going to do that. Rather oddly, she also says that lame-duck governors conduct overseas trade negotiations (??).

This is ... odd. Anyone care to bet how long the other shoe will take to drop?

Via practically everywhere, but I first saw it on Shakesville.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

We Didn't Start the Flame War

Major language warning.

Hat tip to Cannonfire.

For your reference: We Didn't Start the Fire, Billy Joel.

RIP: Ed McMahon

Paradise Clearinghouse: You may have already won!