Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Look Out Sesame Street, Move Over Barney For Kids' Rock

Why bother with Baby Bach when you can Kids' Rock?

GW's Inbox

Messy Desks.

The photos range from "a little cluttered" to "shocking". Even Al Gore gets in on the act.

I left my heart in San Francisco.

A little Tony Bennett.

Shameless Plug.

My friend Amy Hampton who occasionally comments here under pseudonym of "Lady Hampton" has gone into the web design business. She and her husband Brett have a company called Lone Daisy Media (remind me to tease Brett about the name next time I see him). The website isn't finished yet but if anybody needs any web design, I'm sure they'd be happy to help...for a modest fee.

Corruption, foreclosure, a dead dog and a skeleton.

The wife sent me this link. It seems some folks bought the home of their dreams (nightmares?) sight unseen at a foreclosure auction. When they finally entered the place what should they find but a corpse.

Sitting upright in the corner of a bedroom off the kitchen was a human skeleton in a red tracksuit. Next to him lay a dead dog. Neighbors told police the corpse was almost certainly Randy Johnson, a middle-age man who lived alone in the North Kenwood house.

This is why we always get a home inspection kids.

Somehow the fact that this occurred in Chicago doesn't surprise me.

Human Statue of Liberty.

My friend Lady Hampton, sent me this photo along with a snarky little joke about the fine people of Iowa (which if memory serves is her home state). Sadly the joke cannot be reprinted here-not because it's dirty or anything like that, but because I'm the one who tells the jokes here. I'm not going to let some transplanted Iowan make me the straight man at my own blog.
A nun, a priest and a rabbi walk into a bar. The bartender looks at them and says "what is this, a joke?".
Ah...I've got a million of them. Anyway, back to the photograph. I've seen several like this before. They are the amazing work of Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas, a couple of photographers who were working out of Zion Illinois. During the First World War they toured army camps took these photos to help raise funds for war bonds.

David Mamet's epiphany.

David Mamet is perhaps America's greatest living playwright. His works include: Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, and Oleanna as well as the films The Verdict, About Last Night..., The Untouchables, Hoffa, Wag the Dog and my personal favorite Ronin. He has a new play about politics, the writing of which caused him to question some of his most cherished assumptions about human nature. He wrote an article about it which appears in the current issue of The Village Voice. It's fairly long but worth your time.

Oh... the title for those not yet persuaded is: Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal' .

American Thinker

Newer, safer, and worser!

Eric over at Classical Values bemoans the decline of mousetrap technology.

World’s oldest animation, 5,200 years old.

An Italian team of archaeologists unearthed the bowl goblet in the 1970s from a burial site in Iran’s Burnt City, but it was only recently that researchers noticed the images on the bowl tell an animated visual story.

The oldest cartoon character in the world is a goat leaping to get the leaves on a tree.

Goobees: animated candy action-horror short.

The horrific reality behind the modern candy industry.

Fed Giving Away Your Money To Banks.

March 11 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve, struggling to contain a crisis of confidence in credit markets, plans to lend up to $200 billion in exchange for mortgage-backed securities.

This story has the wife in a frothing rage...seriously. You should have seen it when she found it on the interweb machine. I thought she was going to miscarry then and there. Fortunately she's calmed down a bit, but there were occasional dark mutterings about Ben Bernanke's health during the commercials on American Idol. If the wife is after his scalp, I don't give much for his chances.

The men of VT-8

LCDR John C. Waldron takes off from the USS Hornet for the last time.

Lex has a moving tribute to the men of Torpedo 8. Of the 30 men who led the first wave against the Japanese carriers at Midway, 29 were killed. Watching the slaughter, Admiral Chuichi Nagumo was moved to observe that Americans had died like samurai.

Torpedo 8's sacrifice would have the unintended effect of drawing Japanese fighter cover down to wave top level, allowing American dive bombers to hammer the enemy carriers. Midway would become the most complete naval victory since the battle of Trafalgar.

The Roll of Honor:

Lt. Commander John C. Waldron
Lt. Raymond A. Moore
Lt. James C. Owens, Jr.
Lt.(jg) George M. Campbell
Lt.(jg) John P. Gray
Lt.(jg) Jeff D. Woodson
Ens. William W. Abercrombie
Ens. William W. Creamer
Ens. Harold J. Ellison
Ens. William R. Evans
Ens. Henry R. Kenyon
Ens. Ulvert M. Moore
Ens. Grant W. Teats
Robert B. Miles, Aviation Pilot 1c
Horace F. Dobbs, Chief Radioman
Amelio Maffei, Radioman 1
Tom H. Pettry, Radioman 1
Otway D. Creasy, Jr. Radioman 2
Ross H. Bibb, Jr., Radioman 2
Darwin L. Clark, Radioman 2
Ronald J. Fisher, Radioman 2
Hollis Martin, Radioman 2
Bernerd P. Phelps Radioman 2
As well L. Picou, Seaman 2
Francis S. Polston, Seaman 2
Max A. Calkins, Radioman 3
George A. Field, Radioman 3
Robert K. Huntington, Radioman 3
William F. Sawhill, Radioman 3

The survivor, Ensign George H. Gay, Jr. was awarded the Navy Cross and was a pilot for TWA for thirty years. He died of a heart attack in 1994.

Paterson May Be First Blind NY Governor.

It turns out that New York's current Lt. Governor is legally blind. I had never heard of David Paterson until Eliot Spitzer imploded. He seems like a decent guy.
Even better, he tells blind jokes.
I wish him all the best.