I saw this pup at Corgi Fun Day. It is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the ones that have a tail (I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, no tail). I would name this dog Frank, even if it was a girl. No, I did not Photoshop the dog's eye color, but slightly desaturated the other colors to bring out the intesnity of its eyes.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Went this last weekend to a church festival in Costa Mesa, CA, at St. John the Baptist Church. I love such things but was quite disappointed to see that the company operating the rides had indistinguishable carnies - these looked like average folks hired from a temp agency. Give me the true salt of the earth, the itinerant carnies!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I went over to Costa Mesa this afternoon to check out the fiesta for St. John the Baptist Church. While there, I got into conversation with this Notre Dame fan, who was waiting for The Fenians to start playing. He had a date - his 98-year-old mother.
You meet the nicest people at church festivals.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Today is the first anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Farrah Fawcett's, too, if you remember.
Here is a shot I took at the big memorial they had for him outside of the Staples Center last year.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I am ill today with a bit o' plague that seems to have been hitting the families in my area. Last night was rough so today I am having an official "I'm-sick-and-ain't-gonna-work" day. Besides, I have to stay healthy for the chilluns.
Speaking of fraility, how fragile is Obama's ego that the article is not even on the newsstands yet in "The Rolling Stone" and McChrystal is fired, but two months have to go by before POTUS will meet with the CEO of BP?
The nurse whose celebratory V-J Day kiss with an exuberant sailor in Times Square was immortalized in an iconic photograph has died.
Edith Shain was 91 and passed away without ever really knowing for sure who planted the kiss on her while photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the epic moment with his camera .
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I always hated changing at the beach. The sand gets everywhere and you have to drive home with wet towels that smell like low tide. Plus, staring at the water is boring to me.
Coney Island. July 2008.
People rarely look around at their environment before they sit down.
By the way, this was taken in July 2008. The fine gentleman in the picture - my younger brother - had lap band surgery and has successfully lost a lot of weight. I am very proud of him. Alas, it did nothing for his hair and so now he simply shaves his head and declares himself to be a member of N.A.M.B.L.A. - North American Marlon Brando Lookalike Association.
Monday, June 21, 2010
If I get bored, I start playing with the camera on my iPhone. Today I found that if you take a picture with the ShakeIt app, and then use the same image to take it again (yes, it can be done), you get more of a retro, Holga-ish effect.
It's summertime and I am thirsty.
This remains one of my favorite pictures of my son. Here he is on a hot summer day in his "au naturel" state. It is July 2003 and he is nearly three years old.
Happy Summer Solstice, you heathens!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I went today to the annual Corgi Fun Day, put on by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of Southern California. These are Cardigan Welsh Corgi pups who have pooped out.
Taken with my iPhone and post-processed using Photoshop Mobile app for the iPhone.
I went last night to hear my favorite local band, Cheap Date, perform an acoustic set. The setting was lovely - under open sky on the patio at Original Mike's.
One of the band members, Ellen Hirota, is a lovely woman and I think her tattoo is gorgeous. I asked her to turn around and look over her shoulder. She did not turn her head completely, but thinking about the shot now, maybe getting her in profile is better. I like the detail on the back of her blouse.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Birds are said to be psychopomps, a Greek word that designates an entity whose responsibility it is to accompany souls to the nether world. They are also said to bring back messages as well.
This week my kids ended their school year, and driving back from the school's last Mass, I thought about how much my late mother would have wanted to be there. Both of my kids made Honor Roll for their respective grades. My daughter was elected president of the Student Council for next year and had the highest GPA for her grade (7th). Mom would have been verklempt hearing that.
I was at the Happiest Place on Earth today and ran into Cruella. The cast member playing her was doing a very good job, treating the children with thinly disguised disdain and telling them how she simply "loves puppies to death."
If I did not have a mortgage and other bills, I could happily work at Disneyland.
You know who I did not see? The Mad Hatter! I wonder if they plan on having him as a character strolling about.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
British families of 9/11 victims described Barack Obama as ‘cruel’ yesterday for comparing the terrorist outrage to the BP oil spill.
The U.S. president said there were ‘echoes’ between the Gulf of Mexico disaster and the Al Qaeda suicide attacks which killed 2,995 people, including 67 Britons.
He said that just as the events of September 11, 2001, had profoundly shaped ‘our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy’, so the oil disaster would shape thinking on the environment and energy for years to come.
Those who lost loved ones when terrorists flew hijacked planes into the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Centre said Mr Obama’s remarks were yet another attempt to slur the UK.
I don't think he is trying to slur the UK, but I do think trying to compare the oil spill to the attacks on 9-11 shows not simply an amazing lack of sensitivity, but evidences a lack of understanding of history and what actually happened on that day. Negligence and ineptitude is dirtying our beaches now. Caclulated evil prevailed on 9-11.
Monday, June 14, 2010
I like satire as much as the next guy but this crosses the line. I understand the point behind it, but the scene of the men lined up at the altar rail to receive "communion" in the form of pizza slices is distasteful.
Update: Hyundai has pulled the ad due to the amount of complaints coming in.
But let's face it, anti-Catholicism is considered fun and edgy, even when those slant-eyed gooks do it. Oh, I'm sorry, I meant no offense.
How is that answer different than one from any other Democrat? Maybe they are all unfit for service.
A South Carolina lawmaker on Sunday suggested that new Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene may be intellectually incapable of participating in the general election race.
"When I asked him whether they had checked his mental health status, he seemed to suggest that doing so brought about racist implications and other things. He kind of ducked the issue," said Rutherford.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I braved the crowds and went to the Olde Ship in Santa Ana, CA to watch England and the USA fight against each other. It was nuts! I have never see the Ship that crowded.
When I got there, they were not letting anyone else in because they were already at capacity. One the managers saw me and said, "I don't see you - get inside, NOW!" and waved me in.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Song: Before the Beginning
Artist: The Osmonds
Why This Is Truly Obscure: when I was a camper at Camp Marydell in Nyack, NY (an all-girls Catholic summer camp), I remember one gal, Debbie Terraciano, was nuts about The Osmonds and had this album. Believe it or not, it's a Mormon-themed album that the Osmonds did in homage to their religion. It's part of an album called The Plan, which is about the struggle between the two brothers (by LDS tenets), Jesus and Satan.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This video explains very well my opposition to the mosque planned for Ground Zero, as well as supports my contention that we need not fear planes flying into buildings anymore because it has become a cultural jihad that complacency and intimidation will allow it to succeed.
Taliban militants have executed a seven-year-old boy they accused of being a spy, it emerged today.If I try to imagine the terror that child experienced, I become nauseated.
The child was abducted from his home and taken to a neighbouring village where he was put on trial. His captors found him guilty of working for the government.
The child was then hanged in public in the village of Heratiyan, in the southern Sangin district of Helmand province.
In an hour-long speech, the heir to the throne argued that man's destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all religions - but particularly those of Islam.Snail darts . . . good. Jews and Christians . . . myeh, not so good.
He said the current 'division' between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialisation, but also by our attitude to the environment - which goes against the grain of 'sacred traditions'
He added: 'The inconvenient truth is that we share this planet with the rest of creation for a very good reason - and that is, we cannot exist on our own without the intricately balanced web of life around us.
'Islam has always taught this and to ignore that lesson is to default on our contract with creation.'
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday urged the wealthy across the Americas to pay their "fair share" of taxes in order to eliminate poverty and promote economic opportunity for all.
In a policy speech in the Ecuadoran capital, Clinton said her appeal to overhaul tax systems did not amount to "class warfare" and was instead a recognition that the "winner-take-all-approach" was a drag on progress.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
[Lauren] Lippe often went nuclear, launching foul-mouthed tirades at Ted Rubin in front of the girls -- calling him a "deadbeat," "loser," "scumbag" and "f - - - ing asshole."
"We all hope you die from cancer," she once blared at him, the court papers said, with both daughters in her arms.
Lippe even had the nerve to smirk in court when an emotional Rubin described the agony of missing out on Hanukkah with his children. Ross said Rubin was relegated to visit at the end of his ex's driveway, where he lit a menorah with his daughters in his truck and watched them open presents from their grandparents.
The judge was also annoyed that Lippe had punished the children for wanting to spend quality time with their dad.
But Beeyotch played the ultimate card - accusing her ex-husband of sexual molestation falsely. And now she gets to wear an orange jumpsuit. I think it is hysterical that she is appealing because she is "concerned" over the effect this will have on her daughters, seeing their Mom go to jail (daughters are teens now).
I had a client where this happened, where Mom accused him of actual sexual acts with the child. And she was lying. And she lost. And my client for the last couple of years has had sole custody of the child. BTW, the child recently earned his brown belt, I believe, in Tae Kwan Do, on his way to black belt. He is doing wonderfully academically and is cheerful and outgoing - hardly the picture of an abused child. As for Mom? Dunno. Since the end of last year, she has ceased any communication with the child (she did have visitation). Sour grapes, I guess.
-- Barack Obama's remarks to Kalamazoo's Central High School graduation yesterday.
Monday, June 07, 2010
It really is hard to take this Islam thing seriously. Somewhere, I am sure, there is a ordinary Muslim, who doesn't want to see anyone killed in the name of Allah, who is embarrassed as hell by this. Bet he converts.Sheikh Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, set off a firestorm of controversy recently when he said on TV that women who come into regular contact with men who aren't related to them ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives.
"The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman," Al Obeikan said, according to Gulf News. "He should drink it and then becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam's rules about mixing."
But his remarks were followed by an announcement by another high-profile sheik, Abi Ishaq Al Huwaini, who said that men should suckle the breast milk directly from a woman's breast.
Shortly after the two sheiks weighed in on the matter, a bus driver in the country's Eastern Region reportedly told one of the female teachers whom he drives regularly that he wanted to suckle milk from her breast. The teacher has threaten to file a lawsuit against him.
We do not know how often such decisions come up in Catholic hospitals. Nor do we know if any go the other way -- that is, the beliefs of the Olmsteds of the Church prevail and discharge is followed by a funeral. What we do know is that Catholic hospitals, charged with abiding by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, pose a real danger to women's health and lives.
A Southern California Congresswoman is accusing white supremacist groups of fueling Arizona's tough new illegal immigration law.
Democrat Linda Sanchez told a local party meeting in Whittier this week that legislators in Arizona and other states are being approached by organizations that are fronts for white supremacists.
Sanchez said these groups actually write laws like Arizona's and want to create a system in which minorities can be legally discriminated.
"The (Catholic church) wants us to believe that illegals swarming into our country deserve benefits and special treatment," Rohrabacher told the Daily Breeze. "The Catholic church should sell its many, many assets in this state and give these people food and health care, and educate them." The congressman specifically singled out Los Angeles Archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Breeze reported. The cardinal, Rohrabacher told the newspaper, is "pointing his fingers and acting holier than thou, when his church is not providing the services that it could."Two politicians on two ends of the spectrum - one Liberal, one Conservative - and both a bunch of schmucks.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Cleveland County Deputies Steve Lucas and Jacob Wheeler said when Vaughn Ray Jones Jr. first went through the courthouse security checkpoint on Tuesday he put his belongings in a tray, including a bag of marijuana. When the deputies tried to arrest the 28-year-old, he ran off and got away.Not content to be simply an asshat, but a dumbasshat.
But on Wednesday, Jones returned at almost the same time to the checkpoint. This time Jones was wearing a hat in an apparent attempt at disguise. Deputies handcuffed Jones and took him into custody.
"I guess he thought there would be different people here. It wasn't a very good disguise, to put a hat on."
Last night was game 1 of the NBA Finals, and as you probably know the LA Lakers beat the Boston Celtics at home. You also probably guessed that the Staples Center would be filled with big Hollywood stars, because they’re such hardcore basketball fans. Big stars like Dustin Hoffman and Jason Bateman, seen here making out as a joke, LOL. Man, look at them go, haha. This is a classic gag. I can’t even count all the times I’ve made out with another guy as a joke.
Oh wait. Yes I can.
Zero. It’s zero. The answer is, “zero times”.
A graduation card sold at local stores has been pulled from shelves after a civil rights group raised concerns about the content. The group claims the card's micro-speaker plays a greeting that's racist.I have to weep for Black youth if these idiots are their leaders. I could only listen to a few secodns of that fool talking about how this card is "demeaning to African-American women" before I have to turn it off in disgust. Congratulations to the NAACP for keeping their folk on the plantation of ignorance.
It is a graduation greeting from Hallmark that says, "Hey world, we are officially putting you on notice."
Members of the Los Angeles NAACP did take notice. As characters known as "Hoops" and "Yoyo" banter on, African American leaders hear offensive language.
"And you black holes, you are so ominous. Watch your back," the card vocalizes.
"That was very demeaning to African American women. When it made reference to African American women as whores and at the end, it says 'watch your back,'" said Leon Jenkins of the Los Angeles NAACP.
"You hear the 'r' in there. 'Whores,' not, 'holes.' The 'r' is in there," said Minnie Hatley of the Los Angeles NAACP.
"It sounds like a group of children laughing and joking about blackness, again," said another NAACP member.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Israel's deadly raid in international waters on an aid flotilla en route to break the siege on Gaza - and Obama's tepid response, in comparison to the condemnation of other world leaders - cemented perceptions for many of unconditional U.S. support for Israel . Some Arab commentators and bloggers said Obama no longer deserves his Nobel Peace Prize.First, let me say that he never deserved his Nobel Peace Prize. And the more Obama shows himself to be an inept buffoon, the less respect I have for the Swedes who I thought were smarter than that.
Song: Big Ugly Wheels
Artist: The Beat Farmers
Why I Chose This Song: because recently I have been thinking of this woman who is overweight, opinionated, bigoted, and mean-spirited and this song came to mind.
As usual . . . rest in peace, Country Dick Montana. I will never forget the soul kiss we shared on stage in Long beach one night.
Here's the monologue:
Ow, ow, ow, OW! Watch that f***in' curb! No, don't go over the cobblestones, you idiot! YOW! Man, can you find a bumpier road, chica?! Ow! I've been on this thing for an hour now - don't you have to pee or something? And when was the last time you washed this thing? A little Woolite and maybe that last UTI might not have happened . . .
I am surprised that they have not already done a "charity" concert for Gaza.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
On Wednesday, workers erected a 26-foot tall, seven-ton replica of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, adjacent to the main terminal. The statue is here to promote the upcoming King Tut exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.
According to one web site, Anubis is the "jackal-god of mummification," and "assisted in the rites by which a dead man was admitted to the underworld."
"If it's the god of death, I wouldn't exactly be putting it in front of the airport," said passenger Keith Mears.
For Josh Meyers, it wasn't very reassuring either.
"I don't like flying to begin with," he said. "It's kind of weird, especially being at an airport. Bad voodoo."
Authorities missed dozens of parole violations that would have sent registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III back to prison and kept him from raping and murdering two teenage girls in northern San Diego County, according to a report released Wednesday by the inspector general of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Among other violations, Gardner visited the grounds of a state prison in 2008, a felony that could have brought a life sentence as a third strike, the report said.
Also, a review of the data from the GPS device that Gardner was required to wear shows that on 158 occasions in a 13-month period he violated his parole by going near schools, leaving home after curfew or visiting a storage facility.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was pushed Tuesday to back up his claim that Obama is enraged by the situation.
"I've seen rage from him. I have," Gibbs said at the daily briefing.
Asked to describe it, Gibbs pointed to the president's "clenched jaw" and his call to "plug the damn hole."
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Grotesque “decorations” in the windows of the notoriously bizarre Northern Illinois Women’s Center abortuary in Rockford, featuring such things as rubber chickens hanging from nooses, a nun in a coffin, and posters taunting the pro-lifers who regularly keep vigil outside with mocking and hateful messages, has hit a new level of offensiveness.
A sign, located a few feet away from a door to the abortion mill marked “main entrance” has a picture of Jesus sticking up his middle finger at passers-by with the words “Even Jesus Hates You.”
This is an outstanding thing to watch and a good lesson in never to start talking about something on which you haven't any foundation.
Truly, the ignorance of Nancy Pelosi on matters of the Catholic faith is appalling. For those who may not be familar with the scriptural reference, she is trying to tie in the Gospel of John:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth.
No, it's not a "fill in the blank", Nancy. I don't know if I can say she was poorly catechized. For her sake, I hope she was because if not, what is emerging from her is nothing short of utter blasphemy.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, are separating after 40 years of marriage.
A mushrooming group of protesters against Arizona's immigration law grew to a few hundred at the entrance to Dodger Stadium on Monday evening as the L.A. team prepared to play the Diamondbacks.I would love to know how mucha "few hundred" really was because really, wasn't this just an SEIU rally?
Swelling the ranks of protesters were more than 100 members of the Service Employees International Union.
"The Dodgers have the largest Latino fan base in the league," said Mike Garcia, president of the SEIU United Service Workers West. "We have historically supported them since their move here in 1958. Now we are asking them to take a stand for us -- take a stand against this mean-spirited legislation."
And they thought those cholos were going to turn around and boycott Los Doyers because the Diamondbacks were playing? Ah HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!
The notion – uncritically swallowed by the lazy, ignorant and bigoted BBC and other western media – that the flotilla organisers are ‘peace activists’ is simply ludicrous. This research by the Danish Institute for International Studies details the part played by the IHH in Islamist terror in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya. According to the French magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere testifying at the Seattle trial of would-be al Qaeda Millenium bomber Ahmed Ressamin, the IHH had played ‘[a]n important role’ in the al Qaeda Millenium bomb plot targeting Los Angeles airport. It was also involved in weapons trafficking, and played in addition a key role in galvanizing anti-Western sentiment among Turkish Muslims in the lead-up to the 2003 war in Iraq. ‘Peace activists’ these people most certainly are not.Let's not let facts get in the way of a good story, shall we? Israel is a bad, bad country and deserves extermination. So sayeth the United Nations.
And this flotilla was but the latest jihadi attack, deploying the Islamists’ signature strategy of violence and media manipulation. Here from MEMRI (via Just Journalism) is a clip showing the hysteria against Israel being whipped up on board before the ships set sail, with the chanting of intifada songs about ‘Khaybar’ – the iconic slaughter of Jews by Muslims in the 7th century which is used as a rallying cry
to kill the Jews today -- and threats of ‘martyrdom’. This was not merely a propaganda stunt, but a terrorist attack.
Did I ever mention that for the first US President who removes America from the United Nations - and tells them to vacate New York Citry - I would walk to Washington DC just to kiss his/her hand?