Saturday, June 12, 2010

The World Cup has Begun. Best of Luck to All.

Yakko's Guide to the Countries of the World.

What's in a band name?

Someday people will wonder what's with the name of that band with the "Come On Eileen" song. Well kids, they're named after me.

ABBA – Abba is “father” in Hebrew but the band claims that to be unintentional – rather it is an acronym for the first names of the band members: Agnetha, Bj√∂rn, Benny and Anni-Frid (Frida).

AC/DC – 1) It is said that one of the band member saw it on an appliance and thought it had something to do with power. (It does mean “alternating current / direct current”.) The band used it not realizing it was also slang for a bisexual- the band claims NOT to be bisexual.
2) In the vogue of other anti-everything bands it stands for Against Christ/Devil’s Children.

ALICE IN CHAINS – a funny rumor is that they were named after a lost episode from The Brady Bunch series!

AMBOY DUKES – Ted Nugent’s original band – taken from the title of a 1940’s book about street gangs by Irving Shulman.

ANTHRAX – A dangerous bacteria that used to infect many cattle in Europe & could be used for terrorism.

ASPHALT BALLET – The name came from a motorcycle accident Julius was in where the motion of the bike rolling over on the asphalt road was termed an “Asphalt Ballet.”

AQUA – suggested by a Danish AQUArium poster that was hanging in their recording studio.

BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY – this neo-swing band takes its name from what legendary bluesman Albert King wrote as an autograph for the band’s leader, Scotty Morris… “To the big bad voodoo daddy.”

More here.

Creative Accounting: Robbing Peter to Pay Peter.

ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson and legislative leaders have tentatively agreed to allow the state and municipalities to borrow nearly $6 billion to help them make their required annual payments to the state pension fund.

And, in classic budgetary sleight-of-hand, they will borrow the money to make the payments to the pension fund — from the same pension fund.

When companies do this sort of thing, people go to prison.


Photos from the Blackhawks Parade on Friday. Click to Enlarge.

Police have just stopped traffic on Washington.

Four of the wife's co-workers heading over to the apartment. How the made it through the crowd I'll never know.

Your tax dollars at work. Will someone explain to me why a Segway is anything more than a $5000 bike substitute that helps you avoid doing actual exercise?


Washington street looking west toward the Civic Opera House.

Looking east, the corner of LaSalle and Washington.

Media (WGN I think) on top of the old Musicians Union building.

Almost ready to start.

Some folks are still trying to get some work done.

One of the best trained dogs ever.

Blue collar balcony.

Bitter holdouts.

Mr. Tibbs makes an appearance.

A good spot.

Washington and Wells.

An unusual number of CTA workers at the Wells St. Station for some reason.

It begins.

Emma LOVED the parade...Hannah slept through it.

Chicago's finest.

The Players.

Lord Stanley's Cup.

Just don't knock it over.

As soon the parade passed people began jumping the baracades.

A sea of humanity.

NYC Teachers Union Has an Office in Boca Raton.

Of course it does. If I were a teachers union I'd have an office there too.


Obama: GOP to blame for spill, because if I had tried to prevent it, which I didn't, they would have stopped me.

I think we're also responsible for vampires, weather and the fall of man.

Read the whole thing.

More from Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

The liberal psyche wants to protect minorities, to apologize for imperialism, colonialism, slavery, and the appalling treatment of black people during the civil rights movement. At the same time, they want to continue to defend the rights of individuals. They’ve convinced themselves that the best way to do that in general is to defend the cultures that are non-white. But what they forget, and what they’re being confronted with, is that non-white cultures contain misogynistic, collectivist, tribal, gay-unfriendly and female-hostile traditions. And so they’re confused: on the one hand, they’re looking at minorities as groups they need to save and speak up for, and on the other hand, they’re confronted with the ideas and practices of individuals within those minorities that are very undemocratic and appalling, really.


Saudi Arabia Gives Israel Clear Skies to Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites.

“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”

Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one.

The article is here.