(.... Itsa point-of-view (off-site link, no affiliation). Certain entries may not be suitable for young children. Or anyone else.)
Note: This blog is (mercifully going back) on hiatus....

...ALWAYS remember: "Winning takes care of everything."

7/15: Anyone still out there?? Here it is! (Note: Under never-ending construction...) The new-ish blog effort: 'Grandma's house is an exit ramp now'. >>>>>>>>>>>URL (off-site link): http://lameish.blogspot.com/

***2016: Check out 'Vere Askey' at https://medium.com/@vere...for even more snappy observation and commentary.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

8/14: (Tiny-) Blog TAKEOVER

Rip it up boys:

(YT video link. (No affiliation here. Duh.))

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Re-post: Sen. Warren's "We are not a country of anarchists" (updated)

 Update: A good summation follows of recent political events in Washington D.C.   Off-site link, new window opens. No affiliation: http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-you-live-in-an-embarrassing-country,34238/

(....This video has nothing to do with anything....)

(Link to YT video. When making your comparisons now you can always say: "That's about as funny as a bear playing tether-ball...")

And of course...No final post here (see below) would be complete without having NESN star Jenny Dell soaked down with a beverage. Here is the source for the GIF, no affiliation: http://network.yardbarker.com/mlb/article_external/red_sox_reporter_jenny_dell_gets_beer_shower_from_clay_buchholz/14740904

(If you can take your eyes away, interviewee Daniel Nava's reactions are pretty funny...)


Previously-written commentary:

...I would emphasize the (general) role of the Environmental Protection Agency in Senator Warren's outline, reprinted further below. (Please also see an older video (below) that dramatizes -- but helps remind us -- of the harm unregulated/poorly-regulated private industry can inflict upon the environment....(And sometimes even (from/by) other governmental entities, also...))

>>>This will likely be the last post for "awhile" here as I move on to other things. Thank you to any readers for stopping by....We tried to (at least) occasionally think beyond 140-character limitations. (FWIW: If I begin a new blog I may provide a link here. Update Here's one, for your amusement....) <<<

...(Quick 10/7/13 update related to the following. Off-site link to a WP/ABC News poll, new window opens: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/10/07/republican-disapproval-grows-in-budget-battle-post-abc-poll-finds/)

(10/13 update: Adding this screen cap. image, helping to illustrate (some of) the bizarre-ness associated with the Republican-manufactured "shutdown" thang. (Photo is an off-site link to the 10/9/13 news video/article...)

---- Another quick update, from 10/15/13: The person quoted below (Gregg Popovich) is a highly successful NBA coach. I believe he speaks for many American citizens (and voters).  Maybe Gregg should consider running for "high" office....Excerpt from the following linked article, new window opens, no affiliation: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/10/gregg-popovich-on-the-government-shutdown-its-children-fighting-over-their-toys/?

"“We talk about a lot of things with the team,” he told a reporter this week. “We haven’t gotten really specific with the shutdown…I don’t think they’ve been real concerned about that. Especially the foreign players. Most foreigners think we’re pretty silly… and they’re correct. 

It’s children fighting over their toys, so to speak. It’s got nothing to do with the public or what’s good for the country. It’s about winning and losing, and that doesn’t do any of us much good. Hopefully they’re going to get to some sort of agreement in the next couple of days that might be good for the American people.

“It’s funny how each of them talks about what the American people want. The leaders from one side, they talk and say ‘The American People want…’ How the hell do these people know what they want? They live in a fishbowl. And then the other side says the same thing. It’s kind of comical, if it wasn’t so, you know, dramatically devastating for so many people.
           That’s enough to get me in trouble.”"

>>>...Reprint of 10/4/13 message from Senator Elizabeth Warren:

"Subject: We are not a country of anarchists

Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts

If you watch the anarchist tirades coming from extremist Republicans in the House, you'd think they believe that the government that governs best is a government that doesn't exist at all.

But behind all the slogans of the Tea Party – and all the thinly veiled calls for anarchy in Washington – is a reality: The American people don't want a future without government.

When was the last time the anarchy gang called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children's toys? Or for inspectors to stop checking whether the meat in our grocery stores is crawling with deadly bacteria? Or for the FDA to ignore whether morning sickness drugs will cause horrible deformities in our babies?

When? Never. In fact, whenever the anarchists make any headway in their quest and cause damage to our government, the opposite happens.

After the sequester kicked in, Republicans immediately turned around and called on us to protect funding for our national defense and to keep our air traffic controllers on the job.

And now that the House Republicans have shut down the government – holding the country hostage because of some imaginary government "health care boogeyman" – Republicans almost immediately turned around and called on us to start reopening parts of our government.

Why do they do this? Because the boogeyman government in the alternate universe of their fiery political speeches isn't real. It doesn't exist.

Government is real, and it has three basic functions:
  1. Provide for the national defense.
  2. Put rules in place rules, like traffic lights and bank regulations, that are fair and transparent.
  3. Build the things together that none of us can build alone – roads, schools, power grids – the things that give everyone a chance to succeed.
These things did not appear by magic. In each instance, we made a choice as a people to come together. We made that choice because we wanted to be a country with a foundation that would allow anyone to have a chance to succeed.

The Food and Drug Administration makes sure that the white pills we take are antibiotics and not baking soda. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration oversees crash tests to make sure our new cars have functioning brakes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission makes sure that babies' car seats don't collapse in a crash and that toasters don't explode.

We are alive, we are healthier, we are stronger because of government. Alive, healthier, stronger because of what we did together.

We are not a country of anarchists. We are not a country of pessimists and ideologues whose motto is, "I've got mine, the rest of you are on your own." We are not a country that tolerates dangerous drugs, unsafe meat, dirty air, or toxic mortgages.

We are not that nation. We have never been that nation. And we never will be that nation.

The political minority in the House that condemns government and begged for this shutdown has its day. But like all the reckless and extremist factions that have come before it, its day will pass – and the government will get back to the work we have chosen to do together...."

(Older news documentary/video:)

(YT video link)

...A more current example? (Link, new window opens:)  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/pet-coke-cloud-detroit-river_n_3682386.html

Friday, September 27, 2013

Hot times...Celebrate coal ship's navigation of melting Arctic

Coal. Through the Northwest Passage. Which is melting via carbon emissions (etc.)  Facilitated greatly by....(burning) coal.

...Another 'giant leap' for mankind. In which direction...?

Off-site link to a 9/27/13 news article. New window opens: http://local.msn.com/ship-crosses-northwest-passage

>>>Oh. As part of the Passage passage celebration the coal industry wished me to include the following, for you...and all (coal-) burning lovers everywhere! 

(YT video link. (No real(-istic) connection or affiliation.) )

^^^Oh no....BLACKED-OUT.  Try this one (lyrics on YouTube). Turn it up:

(YT video link)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Nature: 1....90%-useless yackity-yak: 0

Off-site link to a 9/20/13 'news' story. New window opens. No affiliation: http://www.myrecordjournal.com/wallingford/wallingfordnews/2411512-129/osprey-nest-leads-to-cell-disturbance.html

(YT video link)

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Friday, September 20, 2013

ha ha: Have a laff about some loose nukes

Speakin' as someone who was actually around back in 1961, I'm feeling "a little" more grateful (now) that a (large) number of us got to see 1962, and beyond:

....Especially if you were alive then, if this story doesn't do some hair-raising for you, nothing much will:
Off-site link, new window opens, no affiliation: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/20/north-carolina-atomic-bomb/2845381/?


(Image: "Nuclear weapon test Romeo (yield 11 Mt) on Bikini Atoll. 27 March 1954. Author: U.S. Dept. of Energy. "This image is a work of a United States Department of Energy (or predecessor organization) employee, taken or made as part of that person's official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain."")

P.S. May not want to read even more here (off-site link, new window) , prior to trying to sleep well....EVER!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Livin' in the USA: Whistling in the dark...

This is supposed to be a humor blog, so let's all force ourselves to (mis-)perceive the following as unbelievably twisted, "dark" humor....!
...Courtesy of a few of your more obnoxious fellow Americans:

Topic 'o the week: "Government" by/through extortion (via a cadre of reactionary dupes/zealots).
Or: The funny thing that's about to happen to your social security check (etc.)...  Off-site link to 9/18/13 news story. New window opens. No affiliation: http://swampland.time.com/2013/09/18/the-final-showdown-why-the-coming-budget-crisis-may-be-the-worst/?

Topic 'o the weeks (ad nauseam)Miley (A/k/a "What th'...? Where's the talent??") Cyrus. 
Many parents - incl. older women (and men) who (years ago) fought for increased freedoms, which Miley/(some of) Miley's admirers enjoy/exploit/turnabout -- surely must be amused:
Off-site link, new window opens, no affiliation: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/miley-cyrus-wrecking-ball-helps-vevo-conquer-mtv-in-video-views-battle-8814877.html

Topic o' the millennium:

(Off-site link to one related article, new window opens, no affiliation: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/17/2633551/climate-science-denial-hearing/)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Mo' attention for Dennis; PLUS money.

...Wait....Recognizing that you are an enabler: The first step.... 

(YT video link)