Billie’s Quickies … What must it be like to feast on the tears of sleeping birds?

  • I’m not sure one should hang around something that’s supposed to sting … much less something with the words ‘giant’ and ‘sting’ in the same name.
  • Boston Globe piece about fundamentalism WELL worth the read: “… fundamentalist movements share another quality. They are inherently fractious, and this is one reason for their broad decline. When your view of reality is the only acceptable one, you cannot compromise.”
  • The Social Security Situation … visually.
  • Now that folks are beating the drums about a nuclear Iran again, as they do every few months, here’s Glenn Greenwald to maybe snap us back to reality for a second: “ … exploiting foreign threats for domestic political gain is a virtually universal tool of governments.  That, of course, is exactly why the belligerence and threats towards Iran long advocated by America’s Right has as its prime beneficiary the very Iranian mullahs they claim to oppose.”
  • This remains CLASSIC: Judges who quote Adam Sandler are keepers thank you very much.
  • What your draft beer choice says about you – funny
  • Soup. Soup. Soup. Soup.
  • This is a pretty neato website. I like numbers in visual form.
  • All I want for Christmas is an end to apartheid – Top ten brands to boycott
  • Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens debate blasphemy:
  • Wow .. Sort of darkly beautiful.  An animal that feasts on the tears of another animal: “…A species of moth drinks tears from the eyes of sleeping birds using a fearsome proboscis shaped like a harpoon, scientists have revealed. The new discovery – spied in Madagascar – is the first time moths have been seen feeding on the tears of birds.”
  • Well, this was prescient: “I am wondering how long we can pretend this problem does not exist. How long can we continue to buy stocks and flip houses, forget to save, pile up debt, import Chinese made goods, and export debt? Are these useful activities to perform while there’s an economic avalanche bearing down upon us?  Unfortunately, I am not smart enough to know the answer. I only know that hoping a significant and mounting problem will go away is not a winning strategy.”
  • I adore artful guitar agility H/T Neatorama:

Billie’s Quickies … Facts are important things, and stuffing is nectar from the gods

I really don’t have a lot of comment about holiday politics, and I’m not sure how politics could quite be brought into what could have been a tragic flight for many people … SO, on with the quickies.  Oh, aside from the stalling of the President’s appointments … that’s rather counterproductive.

  • Well Put: “…to ignore the circumstances of this particular shooting would be like saying Oswald was just some random wacko whose actions occurred in a total vacuum, that the Cold War, his Marxist sympathies, the fact that he lived in the Soviet Union for a time, were all basically irrelevant. They weren’t. And while the are are many things we don’t yet–and may never–know about Nidal Malik Hasan and what drove him to commit such an evil act, we can’t ignore the things we do know. If only because, by ignoring them, we allow others, like Malkin and her ilk, to try to define them for us.”
  • The President did not ‘invoke’ incest or marrying children with regard to the civil rights of gays to marry.  What he did was cite examples of invocation of  STATES’ judicial issues – cited with about 100 other references to state issues, including ROE V. WADE.  These are valid arguments whether they seem morally reprehensible or not.
  • “AskMen’s” idea of “reforming a ‘needy’ girlfriend is to provide the same respect to her that you would to everyone else? Well, that’s weird.
  • I don’t know about you, but I’ll take gravy and stuffing recipes ANY time of year.
  • Chirorizo Pumpkin seed stuffing, too?  Oh. My. Gosh.
  • Well isn’t that just great: “Holocaust survivors at greater risk for cancer, study finds” Unfair!
  • Beautiful ironwork VW Bug. So pretty. H/T NotCot.   And, here is the door of a train, too.
  • One “Shemergency Kit” please!
  • Coffee cups are the funnest.
  • I ADORE watching people’s ideas take shape H/T Neatorama:
  • Oh, yay! The BIBLIOburro.  I just like to say it … biblioburro, biblioburro.  Remember bookmobiles?  Same thing, but with a DONKEY.  How cool is that?

Billie’s Quickies … Politics, food, sex, gadgets

Go ahead!  Judge that book by its cover.

  • Gosh I love a good mystery … and, this one involves a fast food sculpture.
  • Farm raised fish that are pretty okay!  Good.
  • Wow: “Starting on July 9, 2009, Emily Zinnemann relinquished control of her life to the whims of 52  strangers, friends, & acquaintances. Each participant receives a budget & a full week to enjoy as s/he pleases, choreographing Emily’s daily routine from breakfast to bedtime.  The experiment’s progress is fully mapped on this website.”
  • I want a waterless washing machine, and I want it NOW!
  • This doesn’t particularly surprise me.  I’m convinced that the people who are the most afraid of germs, also get sick all the time.
  • This looks surprisingly yummy …. and CHEAP!
  • This “Obama Weather” thingie is pretty hilarious
  • Coconuts banned on the beaches of Rio?! What the hay?
  • Awesome glass sculpture of an octopus.
  • Believe it or not, there are nine other currencies that are doing worse than the dollar.
  • Technology isolating us from one another?  Hooey!
  • Tough economic times, but women leading in pursuit of higher education.
  • I’m going to have to defend Guy Fieri too … I love “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!”  “I want to go to a party at Food TV superstar Guy Fieri’s house. I imagine pyramids of glistening pork ribs and snow shovels full of hush puppies. I dream of patiently standing in line by the pool waiting for margaritas to be blasted into my open mouth by a fire hose while AC/DC blares over the loudspeaker.”
  • Tip for great gravy … a keeper I’d say.
  • I really really really really really want this bed!
  • Isn’t bigotry all too often made to be about the children?’
  • Metabolism boosters that I will assume that with slight changes can be adjusted for women, too.
  • “I just cannot get excited about sexual misbehavior that is never going to be investigated by a legislative committee. “
  • Terrible: “Allegations of sexual exploitation and other crimes have dogged U.N. peacekeeping missions almost since their inception in 1948″
  • “A majority, held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily, with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people.” –Abraham Lincoln
  • Viagra dessert? Mmkay.
  • And, a water sommelier?? Sheez!

Billie’s Quickies … Light holiday dishes, big-eyed kids, and clearly defined missions

This continues to be VERY interesting:  “A study put out by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy has found evidence that the majority of teens at risk of unwanted pregnancy are not from low income and/or single parent families.”

  • Animals that are better than you.  H/T Neatorama

Poor poor capitalist suckers

Poor Capitalists.

Too bad, so sad.  They didn’t think of what a GORGEOUS opportunity it would be to take advantage of the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.”  Hey, this is a capitalistic society … why are moneymakers so late to the game and so deluded about it?

Snake Oil salesmen have been around FOREVER … and I don’t really see the issue with taking advantage if no one’s health is at risk.  Climate change is no hoax … notwithstanding – what asshats for failing to make a buck!

Face it, GM, Chrysler, Ford … those guys missed out when Carter was President during the other fuel crisis.  What the hay?  They had ALL THIS TIME to use capitalism to their advantage.  Guess what?  GIANT FAIL.  Yes, I think this is why the President said ..buck the f*** up!  Get it together, you had ALL these years, and you refused to take advantage of what was right in front of your face … it really was RIGHT THERE.

The same holds true now.  But, instead, just like then … corporations (Chamber of Commerce is  GUILTY) is whining, and crying, and boo hooing…AND ignoring the fact that they could BANK ON THIS GREEN ‘BULLS***”

Are they really that stupid?

The answer is yes.  Against their better interests, they lost American innovation, allowed the Dutch to build a better levee (with the result of far too many deaths), and woe is them decided against building a better …. whatever.

Such is the cost of being an idiot.

Capitalism is the foundation of American society … the Rockefellers’ knew it … and because of greed, and misplaced outrage, it’s not changing.  And, it’s no ones fault but theirs … but the COST is ours.

Truer words than this have not been spoken for a while: “What I want to see is a stable nation wherein east respects west, north respects south, where farms are held in the same esteem as the merchants and longshoremen along our coasts who move their produce from port to port, nation to nation. I want to see innovation return to the United States in the form of revitalized industry”

Let’s do this please, and let’s not be jackasses about it.

Billie’s Quickies … “Spam Jam 2010?” WTF?

Why did “Time” expire an article directly relating to Mike Huckabee?

Just last month it was announced that the Supreme Court was set to determine whether it is “unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to send a juvenile away to prison for life, without the possibility of parole for a crime that does not involve a death …”

Time pulled the article. When, I can’t say, nor can I say why, but NPR left its article up, as did the LA Times, and others.

The CNN sister company decided to remove an article that is widely posted and available currently for viewing online, while choosing to leave up stories from farther back than 1979.  It chose to leave up an article directly referencing the case … but it took down THAT particular article in what must have been shortly after the connection between Huckabee and the man who stood accused of murdering four officers in a coffee shop was himself killed.

Seems strange.  It’s not a particularly surprising issue to be heard by the highest court in the land … why was it removed from Time’s website?  To make an issue more controversial by removing the fact that it wasn’t?  Hmm, that’s a shame.

Billie’s Quickies … Has Michael Vick really served his time?

Now THIS, is how ‘an eye for an eye’ is accomplished!

Periodic tables –  Yay!

Hey, these flexible tripods are pretty cool … I wish I were a photographer, I’d get one.

Great holiday idea for the kids!

  • Good mood foods!
  • Ever wonder if you’re hidden in the background of strangers’ photos?  Well, there’s a website for that.  H/T Neatorama
  • “… however many times dog lovers hear such advice, they’re not getting any closer to taking it. That’s because not only has Vick not served one minute in prison for animal cruelty, he was far more cruel to his dogs than most of his defenders seem to realize.”
  • On the wondrously weird glory that is Cheez Whiz: “… screwing up my courage, which I will admit to not having much of at the time, I shoved the entire fork full into my mouth. I stood there for a second trying to figure out what I had just done and to see if my gag reflex would kick in. When it did not kick right in I let my self actually taste the strange concoction for the first time. OH what bliss! It was cheese….and it was in a can! It tasted sharper than I was use to but in a good melty kind of way.”
  • Not surprising, but still funny: “Researchers were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users.  But their project stumbled at the first hurdle when they failed to find a single man who had not been seen it.  ‘We started our research seeking men in their 20s who had never consumed pornography,’ said Professor Simon Louis Lajeunesse. ‘We couldn’t find any.’”
  • History on YouTube? Yes Please!  This time with historical moments.
  • I LOOOOVE tongue twisters!  Here are some to try.
  • Yup!  “Independents are fickle. Really, did we need 2009 to teach us this? No. It’s why they are independents.”
  • A VERY talented dancer by any standards … with a catch … an unexpected brilliant catch!  I love this sort of thing.
  • This is fantastic!  As of 2006: “Conceptual artist, Marian Heyerdahl, has so far created 20 out of 70 replicas of the terra-cotta warriors in female form each of which carries a special message — war is suffering beyond what can be imagined. Heyerdahl hopes to get this message across to people through these statues.”   I wonder if she’s done yet?  H/T Neatorama … hey, I’m making my way through hundreds of pages.
  • “Miranda Piker now pushed forward and stood in front of Mr Wonka. She was a nasty-looking girl with a smug face and a smirk on her mouth, and whenever she spoke it was always with a voice that seemed to be saying: ‘Everybody is a fool except me.’”
  • Too much to read, too little time.  The 100 Best Books of the Decade.
  • A homemade cruelty-free mousetrap?  I’ll take it!
  • The power and peculiar pain of ‘No’:  “It’s good to tell girls that it’s never too late to say “no.” But we must also teach our kids the importance of waiting for a “yes”—because by the time someone can say “no,” it may already be too late.”

Guess who’s also responsible for escalation in Afghanistan?


So.  We’re sending more troops to Afghanistan to help citizens there defend themselves from Al Quaeda according to the powers that be.  And, we’re running drones into Pakistan to chase some baddies back into Afghanistan (from what I’m understanding) so they don’t get their hands on “the nukes.”


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Notes on the @Mediaite Party

Editor’s note: I realize that this is insanely detailed and disjointed, but it’s more for me than for you, sorry. I don’t get the chance to just crap out random thoughts very often (no wisecracks, please), so I’m indulging myself a little.

Last night, I had the honor of attending a celebration of my success with Mediaite, and I wanted to share some details with you all while they’re still fresh in my (now-sober) mind. True to my reputation as a notorious lightweight, I was buzzing after my second glass of wine. I picked up a third glass, just to use as a prop, but I ended up drinking that too. It didn’t help that I hadn’t eaten all day. I did snarf down several slices of baguette-n-brie. Continue reading