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It’s back again: Saturday Light Fare

Posted on: December 19, 2015

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Good afternoon Widdershins!

Are you in the Christmas uh holiday spirit yet?  Have you been fighting the (madding or not) shopping center or mall crowds?  Well cheer up bunky, you won’t find that stuff here today.  Nope, you’re just going to find some odd or funny news stories and a few youtube clips.

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So if you thought your job was bad
consider this one

In the movie Patton, George C. Scott as the general makes a speech about “shoveling sh!t in Loozeana”.  If you live in India and were born into a certain sect or class then it’s your life’s calling.

Dharamani Kale emerged from the manhole, sewage clinging to his body. Next to him, Sona Bai gathered filth in a small round basket and carried it on her head to the end of the street. The unpleasant process had started at dawn and would continue for at least 12 hours.

This is how sewers are cleaned in most Indian cities, including Mumbai, the nation’s booming financial capital: Workers use metal scrapers, brooms or their bare hands to clear drainage and sanitation lines twice a year, before and after the annual monsoon rains.

Add in this little tidbit too:

More than 95% of sewer workers are members of India’s lowest social class, the Dalits, once known as “untouchables,” according to the government’s figures. Labor activist Milind Ranade said the jobs still exist because of widespread apathy toward Dalits, who remain severely marginalized despite efforts to end caste-based discrimination.

And as bad as that may seem, being part of the Dalits caste, even that group has a hierarchy:

Rajni was only 10 when her mother told her that she would spend her life picking up human excrement from dry latrines. They belong to the Valmiki caste, regarded as the lowest among the Dalits – formerly India’s untouchables.

“She said that we are born to do this. First, we clean the waste of others and then we get to eat,” Rajni recalls her mother saying.

Now 21, Rajni remembers how sick she felt for most of her childhood; the stink emanating from the excrement; and the flies that followed her when she carried the waste in a basket fetched from the households in her village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

“The worst days were when it rained. The waste would drip onto your neck and shoulders,” she told Al Jazeera. “You wanted to keep throwing up.”

Rajni was married as a teenager and continued to be a manual scavenger in her husband’s village until 2012 when Sulabh International, a non- profit organisation, replaced the dry latrines in her village with flush toilets.

Supposedly India passed legislation: “The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and the Rehabilitation Act 2013 prescribes a prison term for one year or a fine of $826 (50,000 rupees) for engaging manual scavengers”, but guess what?  It still goes on.    So the next time you want to kvetch, gripe or bitch about that job…think again.  There’s more info at the two links if you wish to read it.

Forget about running with scissors

Just don’t run into those damned knives.  It’s just the peskiest of damned things.  There you are, just standing around your house extending a knife and your husband just runs into the thing!

The 32-year-old woman who is accused of fatally stabbing her husband in the Hollygrove neighborhood told investigators that he “ran into” her knife during an argument the previous evening, New Orleans police said. Katrina Lampton-Tollette, booked Tuesday night with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, is expected to appear for a bond hearing Wednesday (Dec. 9) in Orleans Parish Criminal Court.
[and what’s more he didn’t want any medical attention]

A preliminary police report states that Lampton-Tollette and her husband, 42, were in a fight Monday night when she “armed herself with a knife.” Her husband “ran into” the knife, she told police, but he “refused medical attention.”

Now this happened on a Monday night and Ms Lampton-Tollette said she “discovered her husband was ‘unresponsive’ ” on Tuesday morning.  Gee, ya think?

It was homemade fried chicken but was it
finger lickin’ good?

I’m just gonna paste it in because sometimes there’s nothing left to say.

Houston police found a man later identified as Darwin Perez Gonzalez, 34, lying dead around 11:30 p.m. outside near the entrance to the Monte Carlo Apartment Homes on Lakewood Estates Drive.

Several witnesses saw the fight, which started between Gonzales and roommate Reinaldo Cardoso Rivera, 38, over the last piece of homemade fried chicken, a drumstick. They went outside to fight over the chicken, and that’s when Rivera allegedly stabbed Gonzalez with a steak knife.

 Four or five Cuban men live in the apartment, police said.

“There was a single drumstick in the pan,” according to HPD Homicide Detective Fil Waters. “You can’t script this stuff. It’s someone getting killed over a piece of chicken. Pretty tragic.”

Yep, pretty tragic.

Are the Norwegians telling us something we already knew?

Ah the good Norwegians.  They sure know how to explain or describe crazy.  And hell, they haven’t even met the politicians from the gret stet!

If you’re Norwegian or happen to spend a lot of time around Norwegians, then this fact that absolutely blew our minds might not be news to you, but apparently the word “Texas” is slang for “crazy” or “wild,” as in, “the end of the [whatever sport they play in Norway] game was totally Texas!”
Usually, when the word “texas”—as an adjective, most often without capitalization—appears in Norwegian, the context involves the phrase, “det var helt texas,” which translates to, roughly, “it was totally/absolutely/completely bonkers.” You wouldn’t call a person “totally texas”; it usually describes a chaotic atmosphere. –

I’m sorry Texas Monthly, I’ve seen and heard Texas politicians and I’m going to call them “totally texas”, like it or not.

 

Some assorted youtube clips

This guy definitely should have read the owners manual first.  Supposedly he just drove it out of the dealership.

This cat is definitely showing his stuff against the big ole tiger.

These next two bad lip reading clips are especially for Laker and Prolix.

and part two:

Okay Widdershins, this is completely open so discuss as you wish.  Remember there is a Democratic debate tonight and perhaps it will get interesting with the unauthorized data usage thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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64 Responses to "It’s back again: Saturday Light Fare"

Fredster, that must have been some mighty fine fried chicken!

On the stabbing one, about twenty-five years ago, there was the same defense tried in Louisville. Only thing was, the story was even crazier. It went like this: Again, the lady claimed she was holding the knife and her boyfriend ran into it. Trouble was, he would have had to run into it and run into it and run into it and run into it about a dozen times because he was stabbed about twelve times.

Love the cat video.

@1: Oh my, the nola lady can’t even claim originality. 😦

@prolix: Was that too much sacrilege to do the bad lipreading on Star Wars? o_O

@3, there is dispensation for those who will be sacrificed to Darth Tyranus so enjoy your time.

Can anyone please explain to me why Ana Navarro warrants being on teevee? An original thought would flat out kill her. She’s a paid shrill shill for Jeb! Why is she on teevee — she serves no purpose other than to aggravate me! I’m convinced that is why CNN puts her on my teevee.

I’m just full of questions — why is it that I expect Bernie, at any moment, to say, “The rent is just too damn high!”

@5: Never heard of her.
I’m watching a bowl game. Have they asked about “the theft” yet?

You know, when I watch Hillary debate these two guys, by some twist of fate and a huge mistake, it’s like the smartest girl in school has been placed in a remedial class and she is doing her dead level best not to yawn each time they talk.

@7, yes, first question — Bernie blah, blah, blahed, apologized. Hillary accepted the apology and said let’s talk about something else. O’Malley tried to pull a Ted Cruz and attack the media for talking about the data breach.

In other words, O’Malley couldn’t even pull off a good Cruz.

Martha Raddatz has already had to tell O’Malley to be quiet and wait until he’s called upon to talk.

I’m pretty sure O’Malley is drunk and he’s not a happy drunk, he’s a belligerent drunk. I’d move to the other side of the bar.

Hillary just told O’Malley he needed to start telling the truth.

Martha Raddatz has already had to tell O’Malley to be quiet and wait until he’s called upon to talk.

“Go sit in the corner Martin.”.

Oh noes! Pretty boy is there for ABC. (I read he insists on doing his own makeup and has a tendency to make it too orange).

Bernie doesn’t want to talk about international issues it seems.

O’Malley has already talked over both Raddatz and Muir — they have told him to STFU nicely, but he’s still trying to make himself relevant without any luck. I’m tellin’ you — the guy’s been into the liquid courage juice.

Bernie burped before that last answer. His dyspepsia is acting up tonight. Needs to cut down on the pinto beans.

Marty is so gosh darn earnest. I can’t stand him.

The way O’Malley talks makes me think he is the love child of Mr. Rogers.

Hiya Beata — great to see you!

Does Marty have a big old hocking fever blister?

Marty is so gosh darn earnest. I can’t stand him.
Let’s beat him up!

Never mind Bernie, you’re just confused.

Bernie and Rand Paul ought to get a room and make sweet, sweet isolationist love.

Cuttah has to step up.

@20: Ah Gawd, now I’m going to look for sores on his mouth. 😯

Martha: Bernie, what if your plan to fight ISIS doesn’t work? What will you do then?

Bernie: I’ll make it work.

Me: Alrighty then.

Ew, I see it. It’s on the left side of his mouth.

@26, and it is getting bigger as the debate goes on. Before the night’s over, the thing may have to be wrestled to the ground by Hillary’s secret service team.

Bernie admits that he worries too much.

Is Bernie rockin’ a lilac shirt?

Martin should get a comfy wing chair, a lamp and a good book.

Now there’s a deep thought Bernie — we need to get it right.

Can’t tell about the shirt. Looks whiteish to me.

Marty just Rokered himself on the age comment.

O’Malley does interpretive dance.

Why does David call him Saunders? Doesn’t want to confuse him with the colonel?

Bernie is giving the Repubs fodder for days!

@37: Hmmmm…will they use it I wonder?

@7, Ana Navarro is a paid CNN commentator and now a paid Jeb! staff person.

Oh okay, thanks for the info.

Bernie is channeling Larry David.

Oh I see Martin’s cold sore/fever blister. 😯

Where is this strange place Marty is talking about — he says it is called Baltimore in a place called Maryland. When I have bought a plane ticket and gotten on a plane to a place they told me was Baltimore, it was a place that looked like Beirut with hemorrhoids. Maybe the airplane took me some place else and tricked me.

Awright, I’m going to grab something to eat and I have a bowl game I want to watch.

Later!

@43: Nah, that was just BWI.

Bernie is fluffing the college professors in the audience.

I’m pretty sure Marty is a peckerhead. I’m also pretty sure I don’t like him. I’m absolutely certain I’ve heard too much from him tonight.

Marty is talking a little too fast and trying to get every last point in his stump speech in the last minute before he and his fever blister go skipping off the stage.

Hillary actually said, “May the Force be with us.”

@47 and 48: LOL! Poor Marty can’t get no respect.

I went to a bbq place and got this (Trump-like) H-U-G-E baked potato with pulled chicken, cheddar and all the other goodies. There is no way to eat it at one meal so that shall be my dinner/supper for Sunday. Also watched a really good bowl game.

@49: Really??? 😮

@49 & 51, absolutely. I can just hear the Repubs, they will start, probably already have, “Hillary replaced God bless ahMurica with Star Wars, we can’t have no woman president what doesn’t believe in God.”

@52: Oh dear Lord.

And while we’re on that subject, have you noticed the difference in the tone of the debates: Repub/vsDems? I didn’t watch all of this one but the Democratic debates appear to be much more on point with substance as opposed to the almost frat-house atmosphere of the Repub debates.

Aha! There was method to Hillary’s Force statement.

Funny comments, people! Thanks for the laughs, I needed that! It sounds like our girl did just fine, and I love her Star Wars closing! May the Force be with Hillary!

annie, did u check out the bad lip reading clips? When I saw the clips I thought of Prolix and what you had said about Laker and Star Wars.

Missed the debate, but I read that Hillary called Trump ISIS’ best recruiter. That one’s going to leave a mark. 😄

Speed dating analysis of last night’s debate: Hillary was brilliant. Bernie was loud. Marty was extremely annoying. He reminds me of Eddie Haskell.

@57 & 58: Got a WaPo thing in my email and one of the articles was “who won the debate?”. Clicked on it and it was by Chris Cillizza. I groaned but read it and the piece wasn’t smarmy at all, which is surprising when it comes to Chris and anything Clinton related.

It’s time for Marty to go home. Maybe he can work on that “thing on his lip” like it was suggested for Hilly.

A take on the Sunday shows:

Donald Trump is accusing Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton of lying in her claim that ISIS terrorists are using clips of him in recruitment videos.

Trump said, “If I was recruiting for ISIS, it would be uuuuggggeeee! They would have so many people they would have to build new buildings to house them all and of course, they have asked me to build them.”

Trump continued, “They want me to build them because I think they are considering replacing the Prophet with me. I talked with several Muslims in the green room for the Howard Stern show last week and they all thought it was a great idea. It was a beautiful thing. You see, with me replacing the Prophet, I have no problem with my likeness being everywhere, I mean, the more the better, so I could bring world peace, just by getting what I love and I think everyone wants to give me what I love to have — attention.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/263867-trump-hillary-lied-about-isis-recruitment-video

@61: I’m so glad I don’t watch those silly shows. I mean, talk about greenhouse gases.

Lady Lindsey is taking that empty dance card, folding the crinoline, and looking to lounge under the cabbage palm trees of South Carolina. Lady Lindsey will spend lots of time in Cape Fear which seems a good choice for any Republican after the last debate.

The other Repub candidates were quick to begin wooing the zero percent of support Lady Lindsey enjoyed. When asked about the effect of Lady Lindsey’s demurral, all the political columnists said, “No effect whatsoever other than more mac and cheese and beenie weenies at the next kids’ table debate.”

@63: I saw that on the web. Yes, that zero percent will come in handy for the other candidates.

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