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vintage arrangementGood day to you Widdershins.  I was trying to find some “art” for the post and searched for “vintage flower arrangements”.  The picture above was in the results and it just struck me as something attractive to put up there.

I’ve got a few interesting (at least to me) or odd or amusing things to pass along as well as a few youtube vids I saw that I collected for your amusement so I’ll get to it.

Your Majesty:  Could you maybe work on some retail?

Poor Elizabeth Regina.  The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has asked dear Elizabeth if she, the Duke of Edinburgh, Charles, Camilla and the rest of the kids and grandkids could possibly tighten their belts and a bit and maybe open up the house more often for a look-see by the commoners and tourists.  The committee said that 39 percent or possibly more of the royal buildings were in dire straits.  Committee chair Margaret Hodge said the boiler in Buckingham Palace is over 60 years old!  Gasp!   No going green there it seems, although it does seem odd that there would be just one boiler for a place that big.  Ms Hodge also said:  “The household must get a much firmer grip on how it plans to address its maintenance backlog.”  Hmmm…  I have no idea how they break down which things Liz herself is responsible for or which things she is supposed to keep in good working order out of her public appropriations from the government.  Hodge had a few more things to say.

Hodge, a Labour Party lawmaker, said Buckingham Palace was only open to the public 78 days a year, drawing half a million visitors, and suggested that boosting visitor numbers could help raise funds.

“We think a little bit of a more commercial approach by those who are responsible for serving the queen would serve her better in garnering more income,” Hodge said.

The queen received 31 million pounds ($51 million) from taxpayers in 2012-2013, but Hodge said the monarch “has not been served well by the household and by the Treasury,” which is responsible for overseeing royal costs.

The report said because of overspending, the royal Reserve Fund had shrunk from 3.3 million pounds to 1 million pounds in 2012-2013, a historic low that raised fears “it could be unable to cover its expenditure on any unforeseen events.”

Yeah, I think we could all use a million pounds or so for those “unforeseen events”.  I know Liz herself is supposed to be worth around a cool half billion or so, and the entire clan is reportedly worth close to a billion.  Now we all know that a billion is almost chopped liver these days when personal wealth can be measured in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars, but those billionaires don’t have their images on the coin of the realm nor are they addressed as Majesty nor have people bow or curtsy to them in public.  Now Liz is trying to do her part:  She does have a shop where you can go online to buy trinkets from the various palaces and castles.  One of my personal favorites is the “God Save the Queen” tea towel.  A handy item needed in any household, whether Royal or commoner.  In fact, Liz has an entire page on her website for all of those kitchen items I’m sure she finds to be a necessity, especially the Buckingham Palace corkscrew which I’m sure she and the Duke find handy.  There is also a fine collection of teacups, saucers, and teapots should you ever find yourself wanting to play Queen for a Day.

Now, I can’t see Liz going on QVC to hawk the Buckingham Palace Luxury Chocolates,(£19.95) although I wouldn’t mind seeing Princess Anne or Camilla having to pull a shift or two there pushing the stuff.  I think really, I’d like to see Anne doing the selling.  Anne has never seemed very happy with her Royal Life as seen in the picture below:

“Nothing to do with me” on the announcement of William and Kate’s son.

Nope, Anne seemed not impressed with the royal birth of William and Kate’s first.  Yep, that’s it.  It shall be Anne who sells the tiaras from the royal collection on QVC.  Who knows…she  might be able to get Honey Boo Boo or Mamma June to model the tiaras for her.

What is this with the fast food and pot and drugs getting put in the food?

First it was the woman employee at, I believe Wendys, who stashed her blunt into someone’s burger and now this!

Shantia Dennis, 26, was arrested for selling heroin in Happy Meals boxes!!  😯  Shantia worked at a MickeyD’s in Pittsburgh and had found a sure-fire way to incorporate heroin sales into her fast food career.

Customers looking for heroin were instructed to go through the drive-through and say, “I’d like to order a toy.” The customer would then be told to proceed to the first window, where they would be handed a Happy Meal box containing heroin, Manko said.

During the drug buy, the undercover officers recovered 10 stamp bags of heroin inside of a Happy Meal box, according to the statement.

Shantia Dennis was arrested after undercover law enforcement officials conducted a drug buy at a McDonald’s in Pittsburgh.

Officers immediately arrested Dennis and recovered an additional 50 bags of heroin, as well as a small amount of marijuana, according to the complaint.

Now, McDonalds had a website for employees that basically told them “don’t eat fast food“.  Still, nowhere did it seem to encourage the workers to sell heroin in the fast food they shouldn’t eat.  Oy!

Various and sundry youtubes

Okay this one is both funny and pathetic.  Rep. Tim Huelskamp was asked by Rachel Maddow about his ad hominem tweet about Obama during the State of the Union Address.  It is amusing to watch Rachel and extremely sad to watch the congress critter.  The tweets in question:

Of course you see Benghazi in there and when he’s asked by Maddow about it he says something about the death or the investigation being “irreprehensible” or something like that.  Listen for it.  Fleet of fingers during the SOTU address he may have been, but tongue-tied he was when speaking to Rachel.

(I wonder if this guy was a carpet or used car salesman before he became a congress critter?

Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel shows us how fleet of foot he can be:

Okay, we all know how Vladimir Putin feels about gays and how other Russian officials have even claimed there are NO gays in Socchi.  That, despite the fact that Club Mayak has been there for eight years.  Well a group has put together what they call “Our hilarious rebuttal to Russia’s cruel stance on homosexuality ahead of the Olympics!”  No harm meant DYB!

Lastly, from Ladyparts Justice here’s the 2014 State of the Uterus.  (Lots of sarcasm here!)

That’s all I have today Widdershins.  Let me know (puhleeze!) in the comments below how your day is going.

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