What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Linkee-poo, it was a god-awful small affair

Apparently, in the Victorian age nipple piercing was a thing. (Grokked from Chia Evers)

"The 2,200-year-old remains of a man with a deformed knee attached to a prosthetic leg tipped with a horse hoof have been discovered in a tomb in an ancient cemetery near Turpan… China." The hood was used because of its friction coefficient, since feet are a tricky thing (we're still trying to get it right), but I'm sure it also made an interesting conversation piece. (Grokked from Chia Lynn)

The whackaloons holdup at the Masher Wildlife Refuge demo a fence to allow rancher to graze their cattle. So that's vandalism and destruction of federal property added to the charges. Also, how much you want to bet that rancher isn't paying grazing fees (which are normally charged at about 7% of what a private land owner would charge).

US bombs ISIS cash horde. Also pointed to as an example of what war is like. "U.S. commanders had been willing to consider up to 50 civilian casualties from the airstrike due to the importance of the target. But the initial post-attack assessment indicated that perhaps five to seven people were killed." And this, kiddies, is why war is not lightly made.

"All five paid staffers in New Hampshire for a Super PAC backing Ben Carson's presidential bid have left the organization to volunteer for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential bid." Welp, that's gonna leave a mark. Not sure of their choice in presidential candidates, but you gotta admire solidarity.

In case you're wondering just what the Supreme Court case on Unions and fees is all about, "But, (the challengers' lawyer Michael Carvin) added, in a moment of puckish clarity… 'It may impede their ability to become the largest political contributors to the Democratic Party.'" So, what it's meant to do is starve the opposition party by knee-capping any potential supporters.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie on Maine Gov. Paul LePage's verbal diarrhea, "'He's a good man and he's apologized,' Christie continued. 'Everyone of us — me and everybody else who's in public life — says things at times they wish they could take back.'" Well, the thing is, he didn't actually so much apologize as say, "I didn't say that, that's not what I meant." But is Christie still the leader of the GOP Governors Association? I think so. So he sorta has to come to LePage's defense. Don't worry, Gov. Christie, other people are coming to LePage's defense as well. People like David Duke. Yep, great company you're keeping there Gov. Christie.

So, the house finally approved spending caps for the former Presidents' expenses. I would say it's a good move, except I have a feeling it's finally come to the fore because a certain President is about to retire.


Doug said...

JJ Abrams directed the movie, not the licensing. Mouth in gear, not brain. http://file770.com/?p=27037 directs to a WSJ article behind the paywall, but File 770 quotes it as: “One of the biggest surprises that filmmakers wanted to keep under wraps was that the Force awakens in Rey and she carries a lightsaber,” said Paul Southern, head of licensing for Lucasfilm. “We always planned a second wave of product after the movie’s release that would include secrets revealed in the movie.”

Hasbro’s new Rey toys will be based more on her action scenes later in the film, including a climactic one in which she wields a lightsaber.

There have been products including toys, T-shirts and costumes featuring Rey available for months, but to date virtually all have featured her only as she appears in the movie’s earliest scenes."

Steve Buchheit said...

Then you'd think Hasbro would also have included Rey, but with her scavenging stick. Pretty damn easy compromise. Also, not Hasbro's first infraction for excluding female characters.