September 5, 2010

Reader Tips

There's no beating around the bush in tonight's amusement en route to the Tips: when our Romeo cuts straight to the chase, it's bada bing, bada boom, mission accomplished. Playing in front of some seriously rhythmically-challenged Caucasoid dancers in a British TV studio, here's Mississippi-born bluesman John Lee Hooker delivering the circumlocution anti-particle called Boom Boom.

The comments are open for your weekend Reader Tips.

Posted by EBD at September 5, 2010 12:01 AM

Playground lawyers:

"Roughly a year after a child broke his arm jumping off a swing like Superman and his parents are settling a lawsuit for $20,000, Cabell County, W.V., schools are yanking swing sets from school playgrounds. The lawsuit was one of two filed in the last year against Cabell County schools over swing set injuries, the West Virginia Record reported Thursday. School safety manager Tim Stewart, who is overseeing the removal, said he sees 'a high potential when it comes to swings and lawsuits.'

"What's happening in Cabell County is not an isolated case. Local governments, fearful of lawsuits, have been for years closing pools, stripping playgrounds of equipment and banning outdoor games.

"A Massachusetts elementary school has told students they can't play tag. One Boston school forbids handstands while another in Needham, Mass., doesn't allow students to hang upside down from the monkey bars. A pool in Hazleton, Pa., closed some years ago after a swimmer sued for $100,000 because he cut his foot running and jumping into the pool, though he'd been warned not to."


"(Philip K. Howard), who wrote 'The Death of Common Sense' and 'Life Without Lawyers,' has been warning the country for years that our fear of litigation is changing American culture."

Posted by: EBD at September 4, 2010 10:02 PM

the best blues is boogie .

dont try to lay no boogie woogie on the king of rock n roll. - Long John Baldry

and JL Hooker was the boogie king.

Posted by: cal2 at September 4, 2010 10:21 PM

EBD, have you heard about the guy who was just awarded a million bucks because he cut himself on a table saw? Saw sitting on the floor, not a stand, no blade guard, no FENCE, blade fully extended out of the saw, moron cuts himself, gets a million bucks. From the manufacturer no less, not even his employer.

All the American woodworking magazines I get are normally 100% politics neutral. I mean, they work at keeping politics out of it, not even greenie issues crop up. But all the editorial and letters pages the last few months have been covering this thing. Reads like a gun magazine. Wood workers are -not- happy, going by the letters.

Car magazines read like gun mags too. Editorials RIPPING government programs, even in the car features they're going after Barry and the socialists. Apparently the issues coming out between now and November are going to be full of lots of fun politics, none of it good for Barry's clown circus.

Going to be an interesting election, yes indeedy.

Posted by: The Phantom at September 4, 2010 10:37 PM

a date with dorkory. the fruitflyguy in person

Posted by: cal2 at September 4, 2010 10:57 PM

Do you mean to tell me. 35 odd years ago when i dived off a swing and instead of flying forward, I flew straight up and landed on my wrist that broke very nasty that I could have been rich? Dang missed it by that much. lol

Posted by: goodomens at September 4, 2010 10:57 PM

And now for the political comedy section of our entertainment tonight . . . I present the 3rd most powerful person in America, Nancy Pelosi.

Is it ANY wonder only 11% of Americans approve of this absolute & insincere twit?!?

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at September 4, 2010 11:15 PM

EBD: Islam & Sharia don't do playground equipment, or kites or music. Just preparing the way.. Mind you there could be some "tripping over burqa" lawsuits.

Robert W: that is some disturbed woman, only two accidents away from the White House. Pray fervently that nothing happens to even get her into the VP slot, let alone become CIC. Shows how spaced that California voters are.


Posted by: mike at September 5, 2010 12:37 AM

‘HELPLESS’ – Christie Blatchford’s Caledonia book ready for pre-order" with a link at Moose & Squirrel's site to the Caledonia Victim's Project and more information...‘helpless’-–-christie-blatchford’s-caledonia-book-ready-for-pre-order/#comments

Posted by: marc in calgary at September 5, 2010 1:01 AM

"Interesting" editorial in Pravda. Yes, that Pravda!

What I found even more interesting than the story though were the comments therein. All pretty much attacked America uniformly. What was impossible to tell was whether these comments were coming from:

1. Russian Communists
2. European Socialists
3. American Democrats

These days such voices appear indistinguishable.

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at September 5, 2010 1:31 AM

You have to read the whole thing, but best final line from a movie review EVER:

Posted by: rzr at September 5, 2010 5:33 AM

Pledge to view (aka Peggy F-Off):

Posted by: rzr at September 5, 2010 6:25 AM

An excellent if lengthy history of dien bien phu and the leader who led its defense and the repercussions it had up to and including the present day:

The most impactful battle since Korea. Yet very misunderstood by the vast majority of the few who have even heard of it.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at September 5, 2010 7:51 AM

"Emerson knew that “under every deep, another deep opens.” He might have been talking about mowing the lawn. Jerry DeNuccio explains... more»"

"The Metaphysics of Cutting Grass

A tidy lawn is only one reason to mow.
By Jerry DeNuccio"


"Scientists race to find dark matter in Canadian mine

Wherever there’s a deep hole somewhere in the world, there is a physicist down it trying to shed light on the shadowy secrets of the universe, says Nigel Smith, the director of the deepest hole physicists have yet burrowed into"

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2010 8:30 AM

The Flyer.

“The flyer featured two quotes from the film’s stars. The first quote, from Mr. Hitchens, reads: “[Christianity] is a wicked cult, and it’s high time we left it behind.”

Mr. Douglas is then quoted as saying, “There are two tenets of atheism. One, there is no God. Two, I hate him.””


“An Ottawa pub has refused to host an Anglican church group’s film night, fearing the movie’s debate over the existence of God may offend religious pub-goers.”

“Pub refuses Anglican movie night because of Christopher Hitchens film”

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2010 8:43 AM

Maz, I worked at the Creighton Mine between 1989-1990 and was the mining engineer in charge of the area between the 6000' Level and the 6600' Level, just above where the SNOLAB is now. Good memories!

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at September 5, 2010 12:19 PM

Keith Olbermann = IDIOT

This video from March 22, 2010 shows how incredibly beyond insane Olbermann is. But the piece de resistance is his prediction that the Republican Party will be reduced to near nothing in the run-up to the midterm elections. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at September 5, 2010 12:28 PM

who says iraqis don't have a...
sense of humour?


Posted by: neo at September 5, 2010 1:02 PM

I called into Roy Green's show today. The topic at hand was Andrew Lawton's Canadian Tea Party initiative. You can listen to the full segment here.

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at September 5, 2010 3:59 PM

Met Office Meets "my backside".

"Australia - Global warming my backside with the coldest day in 100 years

12 Jul 2010

WIDESPREAD cloud and persistent rainfall has kept temperatures down right across Queensland.
Longreach, in the Central West, received persistent rain from Tuesday evening, dropping the temperatures by about four degrees. The temperature then barely moved yesterday, reaching a maximum of 11 degrees; 12 degrees below the long-term average and the coldest July day in 44 years of records.Isisford, further south, was even colder, getting to just 10 degrees. This was the town's chilliest day since before records began in 1913, almost a century ago."


"Temperature records to be made public

Climate scientists are to publish the largest ever collection of temperature records, dating back more than a hundred years, in an attempt to provide a more accurate picture of climate change."

Climate scientists have come under intense pressure following the Climategate scandal at the University of East Anglia, where researchers were criticised for withholding crucial information, meaning their research could not be independently checked.

Sceptics have also attacked climate change research over the quality of the records being used as evidence for the impact mankind has had on the world's climate since the industrial revolution.

But the Met Office, which is hosting an international workshop with members of the World Meteorological Organisation to start work on the project, is now planning to publish hourly temperature records from land-based weather stations around the world."

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2010 5:20 PM

This is what we need to AVOID, if America has any chance at recovery.
Conservatives playing at stabbing each other in the back. Gossip from Huff & Puff. Surprised she used it.
Truth is fine but unsubstantiated innuendo is an Obamite game.
We should be better than them. No matter how you feel about Beck, he gets things done.

By Debbie Schlussel

Posted by: Revnant Dream at September 5, 2010 5:21 PM

O's Carpet: It's your fault.


"Report: Rugmaker Called to Carpet for Oval Office Flub

While President Obama vacationed in Martha's Vineyard, the Oval Office got a makeover, but one quote on the new carpet is wrongly attributed.

The new rug with the presidential seal is rimmed with quotations from Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ok, well not totally King.

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice," reads the quote attributed to King. But it actually belongs to Theodore Parker, a Boston progressive from the 1800s whom King cited in his speeches, The Washington Post reports.

Parker, an abolitionist, Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist thinker, died at age 49 in 1860, on the eve of the Civil War. His work was appreciated a century later by King, a leader of the civil rights movement that Parker embraced.

According to the Post, the rugmaker, The Scott Group of Grand Rapids, Mich., isn't totally at fault. Even Obama biographer David Remnick cited the quote as one of Obama's favorites without sourcing it.

The newspaper reported that Parker's complete quote in1853 read: "I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one. . . . But from what I see I am sure it bends toward justice.""

Posted by: maz2 at September 5, 2010 7:23 PM