June 16, 2010

Sunshine Makers Cartoon by Borden

I love this cartoon!! Not only does Borden endorse injesting glowing liquid sunshine (radium?), but it encourages fighting a war with the evil sunshine haters -- even making them swallow the glowing liquid so they, too, glow!!

Watch the war start about 4:30.
Don't miss the "We're Happy When We're Sad" song, and the "Hail His Majesty the Sun" song at the beginning.
This was made in 1935, just a few years before the Seven Dwarves, and yet it reminds me of the Smurfs for some reason. Why are there no women?

Posted By: gdanea - Wed Jun 16, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Art

Cause And Effect?

Defense lawyers in a Texas capital murder case that is in the penalty phase want to use footage of a 20 year old episode of 'Cops' to try and keep their client off of death row. Nicolas-Michael Edwin Jean, 22, killed a 37 year old Pearland,Texas woman last year. When Jean was 2 years old he was caught on film during a Houston Police response to a domestic dispute between his grandparents. There was a gun involved as well as physical violence, and his attorneys hope to get him life in prison as opposed to the needle because of his terrible upbringing. Think of how many children are, unfortunately, caught on tape during every single episode of 'Cops'. Now try to remember them, and stay clear, because apparently they may get a free pass from our justice system. It just keeps getting better!

Posted By: patty - Wed Jun 16, 2010 - Comments (3)

Jugged Rooster

[From Life magazine for December 14 1942.]

I'm not sure what the impetus was for this brainstorm, but the letter writer has confessed to sticking a tiny chick into a jar through a small hole, then letting the chick grow to adult size totally within the confinement.

Proper punishment suggestions welcome!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 16, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Horror, Prisons, Outsider Art, 1940's

2010 National Beard And Mustache Championships

Check out pictures from 2010 National Beard and Mustache Championships which took place in Bend, Oregon. The competition was last weekend. Some very interesting fellows are pictured at the link.

Posted By: patty - Wed Jun 16, 2010 - Comments (2)

June 15, 2010

June 14, 2010

Obama Sings about Butt Kickin’

I really want to see the President perform this piece. Do you know any producers? Sorry for the commercial in the middle -- but don't stop listening -- Mr. T and Chuck Norris are evaluated.

Who knew the network people were so good? What group should the President recruit to accompany him on his nationwide tour?

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Jun 14, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Music

Kino Circus

We've seen lots of USA WWII cartoons, but how about this strange Soviet one?

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 14, 2010 - Comments (4)
Category: Politics, War, Cartoons, 1940's, Russia

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (June 14, 2010)

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
"You're Still Not Cynical Enough"

Prime Cuts of Underreported News from Last Week, Hand-Picked and Lightly Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
June 14, 2010
(datelines June 5-June 12) (links correct as of June 14)

Voodoo Economics, Plus World Cup Voodoo, Breast-Feeding Voodoo, and Los Angeles Dodger Voodoo

★ ★ ★ ★ ★!

RIAA on Law . . and Economics: Not many people [ed.: thank goodness!] earnestly believe that artists should lose control of their work just by presenting it. Thus, the Freddy-Krueger-like Recording Industry Association of America usually does well in court. Its number-crunching, though, tends to the cartoonish. In a notorious 2009 case, the hapless mother Jammie Thomas-Rasset was ordered to pay RIAA $1.92 million for downloading 24 copyrighted songs (later reduced to $54,000). Now, RIAA is going for the gold against the LimeWire peer-to-peer file-sharing service, figuring that LW software has facilitated at least 200 million illegal downloads, and that at the bargain-basement estimate of just $750 per song (a generous 67% markdown from the final price Jammie was charged), RIAA is still due $1.5 trillion. (RIAA's fallback position: LimeWire goes belly-up, and we pick the bones.) (Bonus: For even screwier economics, see the page from Cracked.com regarding RIAA's 2008 lawsuit filing against the less-genteel file-sharing service The Pirate Bay.) Hollywood Reporter /// Cracked.com

Thank Goodness for Rich People's Divorces! So much great weirdness turns up in court filings! We learned last week, for instance, that the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Frank McCourt and his estranged Jamie) have had a Russian psychic healer on the payroll since at least 2008 to help the team. According to Jamie's attorney, Vladimir Shpunt made less than Manny Ramirez but more than the players' minimum. Los Angeles Times

We Make 'Em Naive in the F State: Was Florida teen Kayla Manson, 13, honestly so clueless that she had no idea her that that boy over there would savagely beat up her gal pal? Over a text message? Well, on the Today show last week, she was so clueless that she quoted the C-word (twice) when Meredith Veiera asked what was in the text. Veiera: "[Kayla] didn't know there are certain words you can't say on television." MSNBC

Netherlands Solves Female Unemployment: The common sense solution, according to three local government councils in northern dutchlandia, is to publicize commercial dating services that introduce unemployed single women to (employed) single men! Voilà! The Times (London)

It's Not All Bad News: Stanford undergrad Daniel Jacobson, working only for class credit, submitted what experts believe is a credible, professional, detailed, top-to-bottom working plan for a 2½-mile streetcar line through downtown Oakland, Calif., that would create more than 20,000 jobs. Took him 9 months (because, after all, he had other courses). Total cost of the study and plan: a $1,275 grant from Stanford (and he had $288 left over!). Amount Oakland paid in 2005 for a "feasibility" study for about the same thing: $300,000 (which produced nothing and was back on the drawing board this year–for a new $300,000, of course). San Francisco Chronicle

Close Enough for Government Work?: OK, ya got your almost-regulation-free Gulf of Mexico oil-drilling, and ya got your almost-regulation-free Wall Street casino-trading, but also: (1) The FBI set up the (Natalee Holloway) Aruban murder suspect with $25,000 for a sting, but dawdled 24 hours on the arrest, during which time he fled the country and killed yet another young woman. (2) Only after U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar gnawed their ankles for two years did the Army finally reverse itself and OK a $50,000 insurance payment for a soldier who got his leg blown off in Iraq (delayed because the Army "couldn't" come up with "consistent" medical "criteria") (and therefore the proper governmental course is to stand down and await divine inspiration). (3) National Public Radio and ProPublica found 115,000 troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were diagnosable with "mild traumatic brain injuries" but were being ignored–similarly because the Pentagon just "couldn't" decide on the proper "criteria" for diagnosis and thus just let the whole mess lie there. The Smoking Gun /// Star Tribune (Minneapolis) /// ProPublica

More in extended >>

Posted By: Chuck - Mon Jun 14, 2010 - Comments (0)

June 13, 2010


The tiny kitten, born Wednesday in Charelston , WVa, has a birth defect known as diprosopus. The kitten was abandoned by its mother and the owner brought it to the vet. The vet believes the kitty has an esophagus from each mouth to a common stomach. With a 50/50 prognosis we can only keep our fingers crossed for the little baby. The anonymous owner intends to keep the kitten if it survives.

Posted By: patty - Sun Jun 13, 2010 - Comments (5)

June 12, 2010


A neighborhood in Destin, Florida had some excitement Tuesday evening. Two people inspecting an empty house were overcome with breathing difficulties and burning eyes while in the residence. They called emergency services and a Hazmat team was deployed. People attempting to go home to the neighborhood were denied access and people in the homes were being asked to evacuate. Then the Hazmat team found the cause of the noxious fumes, a large barrel with a five gallon container of spoiled mayonnaise in it, courtesy of the last occupants. Maybe they were outed by foreclosure.

Posted By: patty - Sat Jun 12, 2010 - Comments (18)

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