Tag: Life in these here United States

This Blog Now Returns to its Normal State: Out of My Mind for 24 July 2009

(More like the above here.)

When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him. — Thomas Szasz

Don’t take life so serious, son, it ain’t nohow permanent. — Walt Kelly

Don’t ask about my 23 July.

No.

But where’s my escape??

Watch this and chill, the beauty of our nation.

Just do this.

Heroes, doing God's work.

Assholes: The UK version of the RIAA yanks artists video from YouTube for copyright — a video the artist uploaded for elf-promotion.

Like Cory Doctorow says, we should like, maybe love the Kindle. Except it sucks in a lot of ways, and these are the worse.

This is basic consumerism: Your bank fucks you, you fuck them back by shutting down the account (and publicizing it). Except for Wall Street, without depositors, they’re nothing.

Asshole: IKEA: their in-store customer service is like their products: cheap. Unlike their products: real crappy.

Cretin: This publisher cannot art direct a cover to a book.

Asshole: Whoever donated a land mine to Goodwill.

Assholes: California and Chase, the bank that rejected the state’s IOU.

Today’s lesson for our kids; fight the system.

Cretins: The GOP crazies and their water-carriers. Professor Krugman has  examples of the former and the latter.

She's not just cute. Click on the image to find out how.

An aged turtle gets lucky.

Monkeys in the News. ‘Nuff said!

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Happy Birthday, Blogger-Mama! Out of My Mind for 14 June 2009

bush so long(Please note that there is no connection between today’s headline and the following sub-heads. Thank you.)

Asshole: Ricci, the poster boy for the discriminated against white mail got his job in the first place by claiming discrimination for not being hired because he was disabled.

Assholes: The WaPo fires all its health reporters, keeps health editor, who buys articles from other places to republish. So who needs a newspaper for B.S. like that?

Assholes: Beloved Leader’s Unamerican surveillance program was so top secret that it’s value was significantly compromised. Way to go, Bushies!

Assholes: The U.K.’s war against freedom.

Assholes: The Saudis. Any of them, all of them. I hate the Republicans’ submissive love of them. Let the get GOP be their submissives.

Uber Asshole: Sen. Jeff Sessions. Clearly, he has nothing positive to contribute to society. It’s time for him to go or, for that matter, “go”, in a Bill O’Reilly on Vitter sense. Just saying, interpret it as you will….

Assholes: Glenn Beck and the idiots and retards who watch him and believe in him.

Asshole: This Christofascist praying for Obama’s death.

Assholes: GOP racists. New flash for the GOP: America is now integrated and there are, no thanks to you, equal rights for all.

Assholes: Michael Jackson’s doctors. Celebrity doctors — hate ’em. (Where’s the reality show??)

Asshole: Wells Fargo.

Historical fact: Thomas Jefferson was the last cool Republican except, of course, for Abraham Lincoln. (Actually, Tommy was a proto-Republican.)

Our leadership:

Then again, I suppose we can have this in 2012.

The greatest music video you will see right now, maybe all day:

This is cool!

You know fairs are cool! (More here!)

Patois from around the world.

*sigh*

To me, this is scary!

As Always, Truth! Out of My Mind for 23 June 2009

Ain’t this the truth? If a crime is big enough, there’s no punishment, just rewards (or in Bernie’s case, insufficient punishment):

“We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” — Aesop   

“Women will forgive anything. Otherwise, the race would have died out long ago.” — Robert Heinlein

Beaten for taking approved photos.

The Iranian elections: What happened. And the story of Neda, the martyr, starts here. And apparently, our Neocons’ BFFs are involved in the unrest. Innocent lives are at stake but our Neocons love playing their games….

The healthcare public option: It just doesn’t know yet it’s dead. Speaking about which, that monkey scary-looking creep, David Gregory, lies about the issue. Wotta surprise! And more here about the Dem traitors: They’re bigger whores than you thought.

Another sick fuck heard from. Shame on whoever gives the National Review for giving him a platform. Oh wait, he’s clearly sponsored by people who despise this nation….

Did inherited wealth save Ford? When you rely on a company for long-term health for long-term wealth…. But then, there are the former owners of the Wall Street Journal. But, of course, they lost faith… and may yet get the last laugh….

Wanna be free? This is what you need to know: How.

Now, have some laffs!

Scum....

One of the good guys: Paul Krassner profiled!

Awww, Kodachrome is dead!

11 gorgeous train stations lost....

(More about that here.)

Twitter 1935

Beeezarre: A Texas strip club hires a 14 year old??

Google fails, can lead to death.

No comment, but it's Gaga. 'Nuff said.

Get Jizzled Here; Out of My Mind for 21 May 2009

Another conservative vs. Wingnut smackdown:

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History being lost in the UK. Stuff like this and this makes one wonder about that nation; are they all there?

In praise of lo-tech.

This site will help you at the cinema in possibly the most important way possible.

Moonshiners change with the times, get busted 😦

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I sort of love Starbuck’s anyway:

A safe skateboard.

I love this institution.

My God speaks, lays out something else to worry about (which isn’t why he’s my God; he’s my God because he’s so smart and dead on).

Read here about Bristol Palin’s promotion of unwed teen motherhood.

One journalist who will not be missed when Big Journalism dies.

Life and Death

From the No Comment Dept. (except to say this is weird… driving dragging a body for an hour??):

 

A business card, Western Union receipt and a broken iPhone were found in the man’s pockets, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.It’s not clear whether the victim was alive at that point.

Police had initially believed it was a 17-mile journey, but did a closer examination of the route realized it was 19.8 miles instead.

A van traveled for nearly an hour over busy New York City roads before its driver discovered the horrific cargo it had dragged almost 20 miles: the partially scraped-away body of a man who was plowed over by an SUV just before he got caught under the van.

Police said the gruesome episode was accidental and that they have no plans to charge the drivers at this time.

But that did not diminish the shock of seeing a dead man hooked under a van that had just traversed some of the busiest roads in the city. Police said the driver, Manuel Lituma Sanchez, had no idea he hit the victim until the end of his trip, when a bystander told him something was dragging under his van.

Investigators were working to identify the body, which was found largely intact but horribly battered. The man’s heels were shorn off. His clothes and several layers of skin on his legs and buttocks were worn off. The back of his head was worn through to the scalp.

The man was first hit around 6:15 a.m. while apparently crossing against a stop light in the Corona section of Queens by the driver of a black Ford Expedition, Gustavo Acosta, who immediately called 911. When police arrived, the victim was gone and no damage was found to the SUV.

Lituma Sanchez, who was about two vehicles behind, said he had noticed cars swerving but didn’t see the initial accident and assumed the drivers were simply avoiding a pothole.

He drove over the victim, who was facing up, and the man’s chest was hooked by a steel plate under the van known as the skid plate, used to protect the transmission and undercarriage.

“I didn’t feel anything, and I didn’t hear anything,” Lituma Sanchez told reporters outside his Queens home. “I didn’t know what happened.”

 

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“The van comes and rides right over the body and as it goes by there’s no body there,” Browne said. “The body was basically fish-hooked by the plate.”

Lituma Sanchez stopped shortly after the accident to check his car but noticed nothing and went on his way. The vehicle has a low ridge around the wheels for stepping inside, making it difficult to see under the van.

Lituma Sanchez drove on the Grand Central Parkway, the Van Wyck Expressway and the Belt Parkway, winding from Queens to Brooklyn and ending up in Brighton Beach, where he works as a delivery man, Browne said. On the residential streets at a slower speed, he suspected something was wrong with his engine, and he stopped, opened the hood and checked the oil. But he did not look under the car.

He got back in and drove a few more blocks before a pedestrian flagged him to say something was dragging under his 1998 Chevrolet van. Lituma Sanchez got out of his car again, looked underneath, discovered the body and called 911 from his cell phone.

“You can’t imagine the shock I felt” on seeing the corpse, he told reporters. “I’m just so nervous and very sad.”

Police jacked up the vehicle and pulled the body from under the van. The corpse, found face up with the shirt and pants shredded, was covered with a white sheet as officers investigated and talked to the shellshocked, exhausted driver in a police car. The victim’s bruised and bloody legs could be seen protruding from the sheet in front of the van.

An autopsy was planned for Thursday. Both drivers have clean records, police said.

Police retraced the van’s route and recovered a blue jacket believed to have belonged to the victim, who was described as Hispanic, in his 20s or 30s and between 5 feet 2 and 5 feet 4 inches tall.

Police had initially believed it was a 17-mile journey, but did a closer examination of the route realized it was 19.8 miles instead. 

Link.

 

What to Get the Old Folks for the Holidays….

Wow, just what we need to be more secure: crazy old people with dementia, packing heat!

Via Boing Boing:

A company called Constitution Arms claims that the FDA has classed its “Palm Pistol” (a squeezable handgun suitable for people with arthritis) as a Class I medical device (“a classification reserved for devices that pose little risk to a patient’s health, such as stethoscopes and walking aids”) and they imply that Medicare will help you buy one. The FDA denies any certification and an expert on medical device regulation says that Medicare probably wouldn’t subsidize these even if the FDA gave it the nod.

 
“It’s something that they need to assist them in daily living,” says Matthew Carmel, president of Constitution Arms in Maplewood, New Jersey, which hopes to manufacture the Palm Pistol – now just a patent and specifications.”The justification for this would be no more or less for a [walking aid] or wheelchair, or any number of things that are medical devices,” he says.

The sales information reads: “It is also ideal for seniors, disabled or others who may have limited strength or manual dexterity. Using the thumb instead of the index finger for firing, it significantly reduces muzzle drift, one of the principal causes of inaccurate targeting. Point and shoot couldn’t be easier.”

Company tries to get gun classed as medical device