Archive for September 25th, 2014

Benefit Of The Doubt – For Now

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

68th General Assembly, General Debate
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: “This is how a Nobel Peace Prize laureate goes to war.

He smiles warmly at the members of the U.N. General Assembly. He mentions his grandmother’s village in Kenya and notes that “Islam teaches peace.” He admits his country’s own flaws, praises “the path of diplomacy and peace,” and asserts that lasting gains cannot be “won at the barrel of a gun.”

Also, he wades a good 19 minutes into his 40-minute speech (the official time limit is 15 minutes) before getting to the nub of the matter: “The terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded and ultimately destroyed.”  Read more:

Mountain Goldfish Gonads In Feta Snail Sauce

Thursday, September 25th, 2014


I was reading about an exclusive San Francisco restaurant where a fixed price dinner cost $248.00 without tax or tip.  Not only is the price fixed – so is the dinner choice – there are no menus.  The world famous chef decides what he’ll cook that night and you get what he prepares for you. Bottles of recommended wines start at $1000.00.  The joint is booked weeks in advance and it’s not easy to get a table.  Neither coupons nor food stamps are accepted and after dinner mints are filled with pretention.

I’m sure I’d choke on the dinner because I’d be laughing so hard. Really – what is the point of diminishing return on a a lunch or dinner?  I don’t know but I’m sure it’s far south of $250.

I’ve known a number of millionaires in my life but only one billionaire.  He was a Texan who’s family owned a number of banks, cattle ranches, and car dealerships.  In the early 1800’s, his great-grandfather owned millions of acres of land through which railroad companies wanted to run tracks.  He sold them the land but retained the oil and mineral rights.  Of course construction crews immediately struck vast pools of oil and natural gas – some people are just lucky like that.

If my friend were alive today and I showed him the article about the $250 lunch, I think I know what he’d have said.  He’d shake his head and say, “And it all turns to shit.”  At the end of each workday he went down to the parking lot and climbed into his 11-year old beat-up station wagon.  There was nobody he cared to impress.

America’s Most Expensive


She-Bop (1984)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Cyndi Lauper’s Tribute To Masturbation


Why Do We Laugh When People Fall?

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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America At Night

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

US azt night

I love looking at creative maps of America.  ‘Distractify’ website presents a very nice collection  HERE.