Joe Lieberman Surprise Visit to Iraq
John McCain's DINO doppleganger imitates his friend from across the aisle. Aren't these two guys ready to become glue?
John McCain's DINO doppleganger imitates his friend from across the aisle. Aren't these two guys ready to become glue?
Gordon Holmes, a 55-year-old lab technician from Shipley, Yorkshire, shot some interesting video on Saturday that's really making some waves. While conducting some experiments at Loch Ness, Holmes was stunned to see the image of what appeared to be an approximately 45 foot animal moving through the loch at about 6 mph.
George Bush said today that he would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq, along the lines of the one that we've had in South Korea for the last fifty years. Apparently the man has an endless supply of lipstick for the solitary pig that has become the core issue of his presidency.
Yesterday I posted a series of videos from Rick Overton's 1991 HBO Special. Tonight we flash forward to March of this year; and watch more of the comedic styling of Rick Overton on today's issues:
This is an interesting Live Science article from just before the 2004 election:
"Applying some of the same brain-scan technology used to understand Alzheimer's and autism, scientists are trying to learn what makes a Republican's mind different from a Democrat's.
Brain scanning is moving rapidly beyond diseases to measuring how we react to religious experiences, racial prejudice, even Coke versus Pepsi. This election season, some scientists are trying to find out whether the technology can help political consultants get inside voters' heads more effectively than focus groups or polls.
Already, the scientists are predicting that brain scanning -- known as functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI _ will be a campaign staple four years from now, despite ethical concerns about "neuromarketing."
Brain scans measure blood flow. When brain cells start firing in a part of the brain that governs a particular emotion or activity, they need more oxygen, which is carried by the blood. During an fMRI, active regions of the brain can be seen lighting up on a computer monitor.
Last month, Drs. Joshua Freedman and Marco Iacoboni of the University of California at Los Angeles finished scanning the brains of 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Each viewed images of President Bush, John Kerry and Ralph Nader.
When viewing their favorite candidate, all showed increased activity in the region implicated in empathy. And when viewing the opposition, all had increased blood flow in the region where humans consciously assert control over emotions -- suggesting the volunteers were actively attempting to dislike the opposition.
Nonetheless, some differences appeared between the brain activity of Democrats and Republicans. Take empathy: One Democrat's brain lit up at an image of Kerry "with a profound sense of connection, like a beautiful sunset," Freedman said. Brain activity in a Republican shown an image of Bush was "more interpersonal, such as if you smiled at someone and they smiled back."
And when voters were shown a Bush ad that included images of the Sept. 11 attacks, the amygdala region of the brain _ which lights up for most of us when we see snakes _ illuminated more for Democrats than Republicans. The researchers' conclusion: At a subconscious level, Republicans were apparently not as bothered by what Democrats found alarming.
"People make tons of decisions and often they don't why," Iacoboni said. "A lot of decision-making is unconscious, and brain imaging will be used in the near future to perceive and decide about politicians."
Freedman came to political brain scanning through his brother Tom, who served as a consultant to President Clinton. Tom Freedman asked his neuroscientist brother if the technology could improve on how campaigns woo voters.
"No one had done fMRI with politics," Dr. Freedman said. "So we decided to see what we could find."
The UCLA researchers said they have not been contacted by any political consultants other than Freedman's brother and a collaborator, though they expect to change after the election.
Already, some companies are dabbling in neuromarketing.
DaimlerChrysler used MRIs to gauge interest in different makes of cars. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology are scanning brains for reaction to movie trailers. Baylor University scientists just published brain scans suggesting preference for Coke or Pepsi is culturally influenced, and not just a matter of taste.
"This is a story of the corruption of medical research," warned Gary Ruskin, who runs a Portland, Ore., nonprofit organization called Commercial Alert. "It's a technology that should be used to ease human suffering, not make political propaganda more effective.""
Okay. . .Monday came late this week (Thanks, Robert.) It still stinks to go back to work. . .with that in mind, caption this photo:
I just ran across these clips from Rick Overton's 1991 HBO special this evening. I've been a fan since I first saw him perform on the 6th Annual Young Comedians Show on HBO back in 1980. You might not recognize him by name, but may remember him for his role as "The Drake" on the "Seinfeld Show" or as the lovable klutzy deputy from "Eight Legged Freaks".
Charles Nelson Reilly, famous for his long stint as a regular panelist on the television game show Match Game, has died from complications of pneumonia. Reilly was the longest running guest on the show, and often engaged in petty arguments with fellow regular Brett Somers. Reilly typically offered sardonic commentary and peppered his answers with gay-themed double entendres that pushed the boundaries of 1970s television standards.
Charles Langley, candidate for Fort Wayne City Council in the Fourth District, has launched a new online initiative at www.fwadfontes.blogspot.com :
"This is a serious time for Fort Wayne and we need serious discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing our community.
The purpose of this blog is to foster discussion regarding the current course and future path of Fort Wayne. Other writers have joined with me in this online pursuit and will also post on an occasional basis. All readers are encouraged to comment and respectfully post their thoughts as new posts are created. Comments will be moderated out of necessity, but I will post all honest and respectful replies.
Ad fontes is a Latin expression which literally translates "to the sources." This expression was given popular meaning during the Renaissance as a call to the government and others to return to their original, fundamental principles. With the current trend in government and politics, I am reviving the phrase as I firmly believe our community would be best served with a return to fundamental principles and ideas. More on this topic as posts are created."
Langley for City Council
5260 Coventry Lane
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
Dedicated to my wife, Jody! Our original song, courtesy of Paula:
If you remember The Original Hollywood Squares and its comics, this will bring a tear to your eyes. These great questions and answers are from the days when game show responses were spontaneous and clever, not scripted and (often) dull as they are now. Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course.
Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.
Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.
Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.
Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.
Q. According to Cosmo, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
A Rose Marie: No, wait until morning.
Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.
Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say "I Love You"?
A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.
Q. What are "Do It," "I Can Help," and "I Can't Get Enough"?
A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.
Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.
Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
A. Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.
Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.
Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.
Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other?
A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.
Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.
Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.
Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?
Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.
Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.
Q. While visiting China, your tour guide starts shouting "Poo! Poo! Poo!" What does this mean?
A. George Gobel: Cattle crossing.
Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused but it certainly isn't neglected.
Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.
Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?
Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
A. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.
Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.
Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and Laugh.
Labels: humor. pop culture
While she was "flying" down the road yesterday (20 miles over the limit), a woman passed over a bridge only to find a cop with a radar gun on the other side lying in wait.
The cop pulled her over, walked up to the car, and with that classic patronizing smirk we all know and love, asked, "What's your hurry?"
To which she replied, "I'm late for work."
"Oh yeah," said the cop, "what do you do?"
"I'm a rectum stretcher," she responded.
The cop stammered, "A what?A rectum stretcher?And just what does a rectum stretcher do?"
"Well," she said, "I start by inserting one finger, then work my way up to two fingers, then three, then four, then with my whole hand in. I work from side to side until I can get both hands in, and then I slowly but surely
stretch, until it's about 6 feet wide."
"And just what the hell do you do with a 6 foot ass hole?" he asked.
"You give him a radar gun and park him behind a bridge..."
Traffic Ticket $95.00
Court Costs. $45.00
The Look on Cop's Face. -- PRICELESS
Labels: fowl affairs
Good evening, and welcome once again to the little "rock opera" that I call Friday Nite Retro. That is truly a fitting descriptor this evening as I am featuring the work of the godfather of shock-rock, the role model for Marilyn Manson, the founder of the heavy metal genre: Vincent Damon Furnier!
It was 30 years ago today that Star Wars debuted on the big screen across America; and added expressions such as "may the force be with you" to the permanent fabric of our language.
Labels: pop culture
Dr.Laura spends most of her time lecturing people on how to live their lives, and deriding them for their personal decisions. It's how she earns her living; being the overbearing, family values espousing know it all who tells Iraq war wives to "stop whining"and get over it. Well, that and writing books such as the one to the right.
The following is an example of a coping skill for job stress that I would like to share with you.
Received today from MoveOn.Org:
Don't forget to pass this on to your friends and family - this week is an historic opportunity to send Big Oil a message that we've had enough.
Labels: Gas prices
I (Stan Matuska) had a phone message for me at the office today. It was very unusual. It said: "Please call Wilma Stevens - Congressman Tom Cole @ 888-383-8065".
Labels: community events
A comment on another post just jogged my memory of this awesome song by Rodney Crowell. The best video is the official SonyBMG one which is unembedable so, click Rodney's picture to the left to watch it!
Dr. Phil was conducting a therapy session with four young mothers and their small children. "You all have obsessions," he observed.
Sherman, adjust the Wayback Machine for August of 1977. . .Philadelphia. . .Independence Hall:
It's Friday at last and time for another edition of my musical history "plays". Allow me to set the stage for tonight's presentation:
Labels: friday nite retro
In early March of 2004, the Terrorist Surveillance Program that the Bush administration had secretly launched after the Sept. 11 attacks was set to expire. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Asst. AG James Comey, and Justice Department legal counsel, Jack Goldsmith, began raising concerns about whether it violated the law, and decided to oppose it's recertification due the legal problems it had presented. Shortly thereafter, Mr.Ashcroft fell ill and was admitted to the hospital for gall-bladder surgery, and Mr.Comey was placed in the capacity of acting Attorney General.
It's officially spring in the small town of Brattleboro, Vermont. The trees are sporting leaves, lawns are turning green, and Bill, Mary and Crazy Old Ted just walked by the downtown diner sporting nothing but a smile! In what's apparently becoming an annual tradition in this small town, which has no ordinance against public nudity, located in this small state that also has no laws against same, the locals are letting it all hang out.
Labels: funny news stories
I labored over whether or not to do a post on Jerry Falwell's passing. I knew I would likely end up with a long rant that would please some, and piss off some others. . .
DATELINE - Elderon, Wis.
Around here, it may be tough to pass up anything deep-fried. Wisconsinites have deep-fried cheese curds, candy bars and Twinkies. They now have deep-fried livestock testicles, too.
Won't this cause a hot dog shortage somewhere? Or is that merely a "related" issue?
More than 300 people paid $5 for all-you-can-eat goat, lamb and bull testicles Saturday at the ninth annual Testicle Festival at Mama's Place Bar and Grill in Elderon in central Wisconsin.
MILFH (Mother-In-Law From Hell) - If you are reading this, I aint going anywhere NEAR this town! I don't care WHAT the family event is!
"Once you get over the mental (aspect) of what you're eating, it's just like eating any other food, and it tastes good," Buster Hoffman said.
Note that Buster resides in the same state where Jeffrey Dahmer had a similar opinion on "vittles"! And another guy wore his mother's "skin"!
Festival founder Nancy Fenske said the festival grew out of her late husband Roger's birthday party 12 years ago. They decided to have "a nut fry" at Mama's Place after bringing back lamb fries from a trip to Montana.
"Late" husband? I'm wondering about the hors-d'oeuvres at his wake! aaaahhhhh!!!!
The event grew every year and now they fry up to 100 pounds of testicles, she said.
100 POUNDS?? Mine are shrinking back into my inner body cavity right now!
"What else can you do in a small town?" Fenske said.
You people ever heard of a bake sale, chili cookoff, 4-H fair??
Butch Joubert, 58, likes the parts sandwiched between bread with tartar sauce. They're not so different from regular meatballs also served at the festival, he said.
The HELL they aren't, Butch! You're eating something's BALLS!!!
"After a few beers, you can't really tell the difference," Joubert said.
Aaaahhhhh. . . nice try, Butchie. But all the beer in Milwaukee couldn't persuade me to eat balls! If it's an acquired taste, I aspire to NOT acquire! YOU have at 'em, and pass me some deep-fried cheese curds - that's more in line with my Hoosier values of death by heart attack. . .
Don't be petrified by this picture! It's merely another Monday morning opportunity for you to spread joy to all with your