Bend over, I'll drive - courtesy of Chicago Tribune
In a touching story bound to replace ‘A Christmas Story’ in our collective heart, some guy in Chicago painted a portrait of Rod Blagojevic assuming the position before checking into a federal correctional institute.
The only shame is that he’s not doing one of Cheney checking into confinement at the Hague.
From the Chicago Tribune (talk about a bunch of guys in the newsroom saying ‘Bend over, Governor!’):
“I was stunned when I found out what that criminal complaint [outlined],” Elliott said as he examined the painting in his Old Town studio. “Hopefully, someone is going to find this irreverent.”
Irreverent hardly begins to describe it. The scene imagines Blagojevich handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit pulled down to his knees.
Among the onlookers is a guard, with a look of grim determination, pulling on a rubber glove.
The painting, which is taking Elliott a little over a week to finish, is titled: “The Cavity Search.”
Bet the artist is channeling the late Mike Royko.
because that’s really my only day off and I get to catch up with the latest examples of what I already know – this nation has allowed itself to become a ship of fools.
And for today’s laundry list:
- Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo “I didn’t know what was going on at Abu Ghraib despite it being under my command” Sanchez says the war in Iraq is a “nightmare with no end in sight.” (myway via Drudge)
- A Florida jury decided that guards beating and administering their own form of medical revival treatment to a juvenile boot camp inmate was not a crime, even though “[a]n initial autopsy by Dr. Charles Siebert, the medical examiner for Bay County, found Anderson died of natural causes from sickle cell trait [and a] second autopsy was ordered and another doctor concluded that the guards suffocated Anderson through their repeated use of ammonia capsules and by covering his mouth.” (myway via Drudge)
- And nostalgia for the era of Allen Pinkerton and Baldwin & Felts is going strong this year, if Newsweek’s article on the topic is any indication. (Newsweek, via Crooks and Liars)
The bad part is, it’s all nothing really new.
Those wild and crazy guys over at the Federation of American Scientists have another neat piece of learning software that’ll make ‘duck and cover’ absolutely uncool . . . . literally.
The Nuclear Weapons Calculator (or Nucular Weapons Calculator to our dumbass buddy at Pennsy Ave.) lets you decide just how much destruction to wreak on your favorite American city.
Stiletto: the yield range for Washington D.C. will encompass your favorite Virginia state legislator’s house, hint hint . . . .
And while you’re going MAD on your favorite metropolitan area, here’s a little mood music . . . .
whose toy post induced a flashback to the days of the Sears Wishbook, I give you my favorite childhood toy . . . .
The Johnny Seven!
Yes, a seven-function pistol/battle rifle/grenade launcher/anti-tank rocket/heavy machine gun/rocket grenade/heavy rocket launcher! And with extra-dense plastic bullets that could leave your neighborhood rival for influence looking like he’d had 20 TB tests before dinner.
Apparently my folks were able to get an export certificate for mine, because I brought it back from England and still was able to terrorize a moderate-size ville with relative ease.
Now go to Laurie’s place for some less warlike toys, while I go pacify some local sectarian violence . . . .
In my mind, when it comes to talking realistically tough and frighteningly to one’s rivals and opponents, Zbigniew Brzezinski is the question to the Jeopardy answer, “He’s going to tell me to ‘stuff it up my ass’ while he tears off my arm and begins the insertion.”
Suffice it to say, I was moderately intrigued when I read this little nugget tonight . . . . .
““Obama is clearly more effective and has the upper hand,” Brzezinski, who was President Jimmy Carter‘s national security adviser, said. “He has a sense of what is historically relevant, and what is needed from the United States in relationship to the world.”
Brzezinski, 79, dismissed the notion that Clinton, 59, a New York senator and the wife of former President Bill Clinton, is more seasoned than Obama, 46. “Being a former first lady doesn’t prepare you to be president,” Brzezinski said.
Clinton’s foreign-policy approach is “very conventional,” Brzezinski said. “I don’t think the country needs to go back to what we had eight years ago.”
Who says the Democratic nomination race isn’t going to get interesting, especially with a Cold Warrior who makes Dick Cheney look like a fat kid in a sandbox?
The only Police videos I can find of this tune are overblown live versions that lack the clean, three-piece band sound of the original, but this has its own bizarre charm . . .
Thanks to Bagel, I get another midday reminder of how enlightened some of our God-fearing Christians really are:
Wasn’t this already done as “The Stepford Wives”?
From the Author (via Amazon.com)
My name is Leah Kelley. Though I am the author of several stories, novellas, and novels, I am first and foremost a stay-at-home wife and mother. As far as my writing goes, romance is my passion. I grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s with Kathleen Woodiweiss, Johanna Lindsey, Amanda Scott, all those authors who used to write the best books with alpha-male heroes. Unfortunately the romance genre has decided to “reform” itself to look better in the public eyes (more politically correct), so you no longer find those good old-fashioned romance stories. As a matter of fact, I rarely find a book on the shelf I want to read anymore. It’s so disappointing.
So I write, as I have done since I was thirteen years old. I love to create stories with strong heroes teaching and leading their feminine heroines as set up in the Bible. Men were never meant to be the wimps the world and the church have taught them to be. They were meant to lead their families, not be a joke to them. They were given authority over all in their families and with that comes the right to back up that authority. Nowhere in the Bible is authority given without the means to back it up. The Bible even says the person in authority has to give account for the ones under his authority. Do you think it would be fair to expect a husband to answer for his wife if he has no control over her actions? I don’t. That’s why I believe he has the right to spank his wife if need be.
In my stories I try to strike a balance between love and discipline. The hero has that “edge” but it is tempered with the knowledge that he loves the heroine and wants only what is best for her. To date I have completed three novels, two novellas, and a host of short stories with many more works in progress. I hope you will enjoy them.
More reading here
We have a family friend who recently bough t a new vehicle. The make and type of vehicle are irrelevant to this story, but the temporary tag is not.
Turns out that the tag’s clearly-marked expiration date is June 6, 2006, or 6-6-06.
Said friend, for the first day she drove it around town, garnered several sincere and sometimes horrified questions about how she could even consider driving a vehicle bearing the mark of the beast or at least a fair poker hand.
I look nervously out my window these days, awaiting the return of witch burning. Are we really in the 21st century?