Friday, April 24, 2015

Kind of shocking for it's day

This anti drug ad was from Mad magazine 1971.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sandra Bullock? Really?

People magazine named Sandra Bullock the most beautiful woman in the world.  She's okay.  But they must have forgotten about these beautiful women:

Constance Wu.

 Sheila Vand.
Naomi Watts.

Nathalie Emmanuel.

Lucy Lawless.

Amy Acker.

Margaret Atwood.

Helen Mirren.

Emma Watson.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Isabella Rossellini.

Kitty Flanagan.

 Naomie Harris.

Naomi Klein.

Jane Harber.

Olivia Wilde.

Sarah Spain and Prim Siripipat.

Naomi Battrick.

Chelsie Preston Crayford.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Going yard

The outdoor spring projects continue unabated here at Monkey Central.  We have to get them done before it gets too hot and humid to be outside for very long.

This project was pretty minor after redoing the fence and the rail by the steps we redid last summer.  The lilac bush and the bird bath, our little friends Ozzy and Luli down the street call it a 'bird pool,' were already in place, so all we did was buy some landscaping stones and encircle them both in together.  Then I dug up what bit of lawn was left inside the new egg shaped enclosure and Sparky covered it over with straw, then cardboard, then we dumped three bags of topsoil over that.  In a few weeks she's going to plant herbs in there to replace the ones that died in the big cold snap we went through this past February.

The next project, digging up a row of monkey grass and extending the old rose garden out to the walkway in the back yard was a bit harder.

I dug out all the monkey grass, it came out in huge clumps, then I dug the top layer of regular grass up, and turned it over.  The grass used to cover an area about the size of our Scion XA.

 Once I got that dug up, turned over, and the bigger chunks busted up in to manageable clods, Sparky covered the area with cardboard and we tramped it down.  Then we whisked ourselves off to buy topsoil and compost/manure mix which she laid down while I recuperated from all my back breaking labors.
Then the rains came.  And the next day after the rains cleared out for a bit, Sparky realized we should have built the raised bed before she spread all the dirt out.  So we took some lumber had left from redoing the fence and the railing and we built a new raised bed.
Today the weather gods smiled upon us, thank you Thor!, and it was warm and sunny.  So I went and got some large pine bark nuggets and spread them around out newly built raised bed.  In a few weeks when the tomato and pepper plants are ready, Sparky is going to plant them in our new bed.

I like projects like this because they take up part of the lawn and less lawn means less I have to mow and more food we can grow.

Monday, April 20, 2015

This blog is nine years old today

So celebrate accordingly.

Kiwi of the week

Chelsie Preston Crayford.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mid century cool

Space travel used to be sexy and cool.  Then the right wingers cut the budget and let the Russians take the lead.  Thanks a lot assholes.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Let's see that cowardly Texas vet go after this cat with a bow and arrow

If you're a vet and you brag about shooting a domesticated cat with a bow and arrow, and then post it on Facebook, fuck you.

Friday, April 17, 2015

This year, vacation at the Brokeback Mountain Dude Ranch

It's full of fun for manly men like you!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What I'm watching these days

This super cute, super clever sitcom from Tina Fey is just the sort of thing that NBC should kick themselves for passing up.  It's funny, well written, and mostly well acted.  I highly recommend this 'fish out of water' sitcom.

A sexy smart doesn't play by the rules teacher with person life issues and a heart of gold tries to navigate life while raising her three kids and juggling the men in her life along with her career is a very good show.  This Danish import doesn't shy away from social issues or sex.  I quite like it and having a shit ton of cute Danish women on it doesn't hurt.

This sitcom about an Aussie expat comedian who lives with a couple of losers has always been one of my favorites.  It's smart, well written, well acted, and it's not afraid to make it's male leads look bad.  It only lasted two seasons because on American TV the cardinal sin is being too original.
It took forever for season 4 of Louie to hit Netflix.  I liked most of it, especially arc about his foreign girlfriend.  The only thing I didn't like about it was the romance with Pamela Adlon.  She's about as desirable as a cigarette butt.
I've never been a Will Forte fan but on this show he's tolerable.  The real comic stars of this show are Kristen Schaal and January Jones.
Finally this one comes to an end.  I liked the premise all along, but it wore thin pretty soon.  This last season tried so very hard to stay interesting and allow Elijah Wood's character a bit of happiness but in the end it went on too long and it was a bit tedious.  I'm glad I watched it all but I'm even more glad it's all over.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Health care gone wild!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

He's thirsty for your support

Hahahahaha, Rubio/Carson 2016!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Let me clear up a few things for you

Revisionist history and lack of understanding about basic concepts abound on the internet, especially on Facebook.  So I'm here to tell you what's what.  I have five years of college under my belt, I went to one of the most politically and religiously conservative colleges in the USA but no matter the political bent of the professors, they taught facts, and they taught me to seek facts, not opinion or conjecture.  I studied history and political science at good ol' King College, though now it's King University.  I've also kept studying and learning things, especially in field of science since my education in that area of knowledge was lacking due to a string of poor professors who could not make the subjects come alive for me.  So, please strap in and learn the real facts about a few things.

  • "Hitler and the Nazis were socialists, 'Socialism' is in their name!"  No.  Hitler, the Nazis, Mussolini, and the Japanese under Hirohito were all fascists.  Fascism is an extreme right wing political movement.  Socialism is a left wing political movement, so Hitler can not have been a left winger or a socialist.  Any person who says he was a socialist or a leftist is mistaken and they do not understand what the definitions of 'socialist' and 'fascist' are.  Here is a great unbiased article on what fascism is.  
  • "Democrats were slave owners and they invented the KKK.  Conservative Republicans were the ones who ended slavery."  The first sentence is kind of true but the second one is patently false.  Most slave owners in the south were Democrats and they remained Democrats after the Civil War because they saw the Republican party as the aggressor in the war.  And yes, many of those Democrats joined the KKK.  These southern Democrats were solidly conservative Democrats and due to their opposition to integration through most of the 19th and 20th centuries they were called Dixiecrats.  Once civil and voting rights were passed in the 1960's under LBJ and a solidly Democratic Congress, all those conservative Democrats in the south fled their party to become Republicans because they did not want to share power or even a room with black voters.  As for who ended slavery, liberals did that.  Conservatives by their very nature do not want to change anything, they want to conserve the past and cling to what was, in this case, slavery and the old ways of doing things.  Liberals in both political parties, and yes, there used to be such a thing as liberal Republicans, worked to end slavery.
  • "If humans descended from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?"  The theory of evolution doesn't say that humans descended from monkeys.  It says that humans and monkeys share a single common ancestor.  In fact, the theory of evolution holds that all life on earth, plant, animal, insect, bacteria, everything, descended from a single common ancestor. 
  • "If you don't have religion, then you're a bad person."  Wrong.  If the only reason you do good is because you're trying to curry favor with or are afraid of a god or gods, then you're not a very good person.  We atheists do the right thing because it's the right thing to do.  We don't use any made up religion to justify our actions. 
  • "Hitler was an atheist."  No.  No matter what you think of Hitler and what he did, he thought he and his political movement was Christian in nature.  
  • "Martin Luther King Jr was a Republican!"  No.  King was anti war, pro union, pro family planning, pro voter registration, and anti poverty.  He was vilified by Republicans and conservatives while still alive and many opposed making his birthday a national holiday.  King could not claim to be a Democrat or a Republican due to the laws governing the separation of church and state but objectively looking at what he stood for and what he opposed, he was most certainly a liberal.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Current security level:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring has sprung

If it's still cold and snowy where you live, then it sucks to be you.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hump Day Hilarity

Mid century cartoons were feckin' great.  They had to be clever without using curse words or nudity.