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While it’s not quite spring yet, we have warmed up enough here lately, that something is out there in the breeze, and it’s playing havoc with Fredster’s allergies, his sinuses or whatever. I’ve hit the flonase nasal spray and the saline today. I have hit the Allegra also but not with much success. If tomorrow is like this I’ll have to hit the generic Xyzal. I found that medicine last year and it has been great! If you are an allergy sufferer, it is one you might want to check out. It’s available in a generic form, levocetirizine, and has worked great for me.
It’s light fare Saturday and to be honest I don’t have a lot ready for today, but we’ll see how it turns out.
Here’s a way to get even with Walmart for crappy wages
While I applaud this young man’s ingenuity, I have to say there must be a better and legal way to get back at Wally World. “An unnamed teenage juvenile was arrested by Norman, Oklahoma police for stealing nearly $30,000 from three area Walmart stores.” “Police say the accused was well acquainted with the chain’s practices because he worked in an Oklahoma City Walmart before being fired for taking money.” I would guess there’s not too much difference in how the different stores operate and that was to this young man’s advantage.
He told employees of the Moore, Oklahoma Walmart that he was there to conduct an inventory of the store before general managers would arrive to do a post holiday inspection.
Surveillance video from the store, which has not been released by the D.A., showed that the teen was left alone in an office where money was stored and he grabbed, “…multiple bundles of cash, stuffing them inside his pockets and clothes,” hugging the manager as he left. Moore Police Sergeant Jeremy Lewis said, “He’s obviously confident in what he’s doing and has a good story.”
Now after he left the Walmart in Moore, he then went to a store in Edmond OK and wearing his old Walmart uniform, “he walked into the store and was assigned to work at a register where he was able to swipe $3,000 in one day.”. Dayum, this kid is good! Oh, but there was this also: he”is also reportedly an actor with a local talent agency.”. A case of “Catch me if you can” perhaps?
There is no way this one turns out okay
An older man in a town in northern Italy decided to hire a sex worker for some afternoon delight or something. I suppose he was wanting to be discrete about it so he hires himself a young woman from a nearby town. However, what happened most probably caused the old guy to lose his “ardor”
When they met, he could not believe his eyes when the realised the escort was his future daughter-in-law, The Local reported, citing Italian newspaper Il Gazzettino.
His 40-year-old son’s girlfriend, who is from South America, had told the family that she was a waitress.
When they met, they decided not to seal the arrangement for the night.
But the man, 70, decided honesty was the best policy, and told his son what had happened.
The news did not go down well and the father and son fought.
The incident, which happened four years ago, only became public knowledge this month when the son sued his father for injuries sustained in the fight.
I think I saw an episode like this on one of the Law and Order shows. That ended badly too.
Hey, the Pope knows *those* words too!
Hey, he’s such a breath of fresh air compared to the widow Ratzinger, I can cut him some slack.
Apparently there are a two words that sound very similar in Italian, as I’m sure there are in other languages. In this case the words were “caso” for case and “cazzo” for fuck. (Would that be the verb or another form of the word?) In any event here’s how it came out:
The Pope’s message of charity was lost in translation on Sunday, as he accidentally muddled “caso” (“case”) with “cazzo” (“fuck”).
“If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this fuck [pause], in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity,” he told followers amassed in St Peter’s Square.
Well, the speech hit youtube and one Italian commented:
“He wanted to say, ‘in this case’ – it’s a simple mistake made by a foreigner reading Italian, nothing more,” one Italian wrote.
Now, I got curious so I googled and found this information:
Which languages does Pope Francis speak?
Pope Francis’s native language is Spanish but he also speaks Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Ukrainian and Piedmontese (a language spoken in the Piedmont, an area in northern Italy). Of course Pope Francis is also conversant in Latin- the official language of the Holy See.
Okay, so maybe not so much with the Italian, but as I said, I’ll cut him some slack.
Some youtube videos
Previously I gave you the “world’s fastest pancake maker”, so this time I have the world’s fastest “sandwich artist”. Don’t know the language of the signs in the background but if anyone knows, please be sure to add it in below.
Ah the English…they can take the most boring thing in the world and make it even more boring. After this I could not contain myself until I went out to learn more about…the hedgehog.
Okay this last one is about a place in Japan called “Rabbit Island” because the Japanese turned it into a recreational area after WW-II. Prior to that it had been a secret testing place for poisonous gas. The rabbits on the island were turned loose. The rabbits used in experiments were put down. Hunting these creatures is forbidden and dogs and cats may not be taken onto the island. Well, rabbits being rabbits and having no predators there, this frequently happens with visitors to the island.
Oh and finally, a reminder: Set those clocks ahead tonight!
Okay Widdershins, that’s all I have. What’s going on with you today?
This is an open thread.
We have a guest post today by DYB on the Russian Ukraine situation
As you may know, DYB and family migrated to the U.S. from Ukraine. That is where D was born and grew up so obviously he is familiar with the region and a lot of the issues going on there. I asked him if he would share some thoughts on the situation and the background of the area and he happily obliged.
Things Fall Apart
Russia and Ukraine have a very long history. In fact, Russia started in Kiev. Kievan Rus’ was established in the 9th century, with the great city of Kiev, located on the mighty Dnieper River, as its capital. Over the following centuries, with shifting allegiances and Mongolian attacks, and with the increasingly less important Dnieper as a trade route, the federation fell apart. Out of this (somewhat abridged history) was born the Ukraine, Belorussia and Russia. Russia, obviously, became the greater superpower, eventually conquering the other two and absorbing them into its sphere. Of all the former Republics that broke away after the fall of communism, the Ukrainian break was the most painful. Ukraine was the closest to Moscow politically and culturally, and has perhaps the greatest number of Russians living there than in any of the others. Although the Ukrainian language is closer to Polish than it is to Russian, everybody speaks Russian. In the smaller towns and in the country Ukrainian language may be more prevalent, but the ties to Russia run deep after centuries of Russian influence.
After Ukraine’s cessation from Russia its economic and political turmoil – as one would expect – was mighty high. Viktor Yanukovich’s political rivalry with Viktor Yuschenko reached new heights of dirty politics during the 2004 campaign for Presidency. During the lengthy campaign, voting and multiple run-offs Yuschenko was poisoned with TCDD, the most powerful contaminant in Agent Orange. Though he survived the assassination attempt he was physically disfigured. Yanukovich, of course, has never been convicted of being involved, but…. anybody want a bridge for real cheap? The dirty campaign set off what became known as the Orange Revolution of 2004/2005, a series of protests against Yanukovich’s “win,” known to have been rigged. The opposition coalition, which included Yanukovich and Yulia Tymoshenko, was successful in forcing Yanukovich from office. And it left Putin without an ally in Kiev.
Under the leadership of Yuschenko and subsequently Tymoshenko, the country drifted West in its politics and allegiances. A 2009 dispute with Russia over price of gas would lead to prosecution of Tymoshenko for corruption by Yanukovich’s new government – after he returned to power in a legitimate election in 2010. Everyone widely recognized that her prosecution was politically motivated, but Yanukovich – who himself somehow managed to accumulate a personal fortune of $12,000,000,000 – accused her of corruptions of all kinds. No doubt Tymoshenko was not a saint. But the view of Yuschenko’s own house, with its private zoo and fancy cars, suggests a certain lack of honesty as well. Be that as it may, Tymoshenko was found guilty and sent to prison. Putin had his old ally back in Kiev and his enemies (like Tymoshenko and Yuschenko) well out of the way.
Fast forward to 2013. Yanukovich campaigned on a promise to continue forging and strengthening ties with the European Union, political and economic. Putin, however, a former KGB man, has always believed that the break-up of the old Soviet block was a travesty and particularly wanted to keep Ukraine in his own pocket. Aside from the large Russian population still living there, there is also the access to the Black Sea in Crimea. When Yanukovich
very suddenly pivoted on his promises to Europe and made a surprise announcement that he would instead move towards a financial deal with Russia – the beginning of the end arrived. Massive protests in the capital of Kiev, which lasted well into the freezing winter months, have played out on our own televisions. Yanukovich is a man so deeply connected to Putin, he made no decisions without Putin’s approval. Even as the Europeans and the Russians mediated a deal, he ran off to make a phone call to Sochi to ask Putin’s blessing to accept it. The deal promised early elections, but would keep Yanukovich in office for several more months. Putin gave his blessing to the deal. But both Putin and Yanukovich misjudged the mood of the public outside, which at that point has already been attacked by Yanukovich’s special police force, the much despised sadists of the Berkut (Brown Shirts spring to mind), as well shot at by snipers. Whatever deal Yanukovich thought he was making came several days too late and the following day he was forced to flee Kiev. The Olympics in Sochi were just wrapping up and if anyone thought Putin’s silence on the matters in Kiev was surprisingly muted, they got a big surprise once the Olympics ended. Russian military invaded Crimea, pretending to defend the ethnic Russians. There was nothing to defend them from, of course. Russians and Ukrainians have lived without issues for decades. Historically rivalries there didn’t even approach Yankees vs. Red Sox tensions. The random breakouts of violence since Yanukovich’s flight appear to have been organized by the various political factions, not grassroots uprisings. One of the big divides really appears to be generational, not cultural. The older generation, that lived under Soviet rule, seems to have forgotten their lives before. My own parents, residing comfortably in Brooklyn and who, along with all of their friends, get their news solely from Russian television, believe Putin to be a great man, great leader, and of course Ukraine should be controlled by Russia. “Why would that be bad?” my mother asked. I asked her why we left the Ukraine in 1989 if things were not so bad? There was no answer. She believes the protests in Kiev were organized by the West and the protestors paid by the West. The younger generation of Ukraine, however, has no desire to live under a Russian overlord. They would much rather travel across Europe without passports than to Russia. The split is not an easy geographical one. An attempt to split the country would lead to a catastrophic civil war.
Good Sunday, Widdershins.
It’s been a number of years since the nation obsessed with Russian incursions, but we find ourselves at it again with the current troop movement into Ukrainian territory. I am dizzy trying to figure my way through treaties, acts of Parliament, and who is actually in charge.
While this all clears up, we might reflect on some of the great films made about the Cold War. Some remarkable cinema that revolved around the CW and it’s spies was filmed between the mid-Fifties and the present. A few have actually been remade, but I seem to prefer the originals every time.
So, Widdershins, make some popcorn, pour yourself a libation, and post about films or anything else you might like. And for those North of me, bundle up.
This is an open thread.
(1) Fail Safe - 1964
(2) Thirteen Days - 2000
(3) Charlie Wilson’s War - 2007
(4) On the Beach - 1959
(5) The Manchurian Candidate - 1962
Good Saturday to you Widdershins. I won’t even ask about how the weather is in your various areas because I know it’s going to be…varied. I know the Pacific coast is getting hammered by storms and even though large parts of the West Coast have been in drought, you hardly need the rain all at one time. Further, as that storm makes it way across the country I do believe I saw that other parts of the country are going to go into the ice box again. Our weather has been mild the last few days but we will get another cold snap too, later in the week. Spring cannot get here soon enough. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the odd or funny things I’ve come across lately on the web. Nothing heavy today, no politics involved.
Final weekend of Mardi Gras,
have you greased your poles yet?
The Royal Sonesta is a very nice hotel on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. It is also a very expensive hotel to stay in. During the final weekend into Fat Tuesday the Royal Sonesta gets even more expensive because there are three and four night minimums for Mardi Gras at very inflated prices. The most expensive of these rooms are the ones that have balconies that overlook Bourbon Street and the craziness that goes on there Mardi Gras weekend. Here’s a pic of part of the balconies:
Because the Royal Sonesta doesn’t want the drunken riff-raff on Bourbon Street to climb up on the balconies of their very expensive rooms paid for by others, they have a tradition of The Greasing of the Poles. The hotel has been doing this for forty-four years now and it has become quite the show and recently a contest. This year, apparently they had some burlesque dancers performing the greasing duties as you see here:
You can go to the link above and see a gallery of photos take at the event. It is all in good fun and in keeping with the levity of the Mardi Gras. (sigh) Perhaps if I win the lottery, one day I too will be able to afford one of those balcony rooms for Mardi Gras.
Glow in the dark reindeer?
Oh those clever Finns! It seems they were having issues with Finlandiers (?) running into reindeer at night on the roads in Lapland. Anne Ollila of the Finnish Reindeer Herder’s Association says they tried using reflectors (where did they put them?) and reflective tape but the reindeer would just rub those things off. So, they got the bright idea (groan) painting fluorescent dyes on their antlers to see if it stays on and how the reindeer react to it. You can see a picture of it here. If it works and stays on, then more power to them for stopping the reindeer deaths.
Okay, new rule: No kerfuffling with the livestock
This one is just beyond me. I have never understood, nor do I want to, the idea of canoodling with the farm animals! But apparently it was great fun for these two!
A farmer in Herkimer County, N.Y. couldn’t figure out why his cows seemed more anxious than usual.
When they weren’t producing as much milk as usual, he set up a surveillance camera.
What he saw shocked him: two men were rolling in the hay with his livestock, CNYCentral.com reported.
…Michael Jones, 35, and Reid Fontaine, 31, were arrested for misdemeanor sexual misconduct, UticaOD.com reported.
Authorities said Fontaine attempted to have sex with several cows while Jones filmed the encounters, according to Syracuse.com.
The two were released on an appearance ticket.
The HuffPo piece went on to say that a “2011 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men who have had sex with animals were twice as likely to develop penile cancer as those who stick with their own kind.” You see boys, you’re mamma told you if you did certain stuff it would rot off. She was right.
“Dead Man Walking”
Okay I’m still shuddering and getting the willies over this. I mean, stories have been written about something similar and I have had disturbing dreams about the possibility of it happening.
Mr. Walter Williams was pronounced dead when his pulse stopped. He “died” on a Wednesday evening. It appears that he is an elderly gentleman. It was then that the normal routine of a person’s passing went into motion. A funeral home was called and they came to pick up the body of Mr. Williams and take it to their place of business. The next day, Thursday, at the funeral home the employees were getting ready to embalm Mr. Williams when they found him trying to kick through the body bag he had been placed in!
Williams started to move right as the funeral workers were getting ready to embalm him. He was rushed to the hospital and is now in good condition. The coroner said Williams’ pacemaker may have stopped working and then re-started, which could explain his pulse stopping. [Yeeah...uh-huh]
Said Mr. Williams’ nephew:
“It’s a miracle,” (Eddie) Hester said in an interview. “I don’t know how long he’s gonna be here, but right now he’s here, and the whole family is glad.” [And so is ole Walter I'll bet!]
You know, in some parts of the country (Mississippi perhaps?) it is not a requirement that the county coroner be a physician. I think I would want to change that lack of a requirement. Just sayin’.
Some youtube clips
This Boeing 767 was coming in for a landing at the airport in Birmingham England and ran into cross winds. The plane is really swaying and when it touches down it literally bounced off the runway. I’m willing to bet the interior of this plane needed a major cleaning after everyone got off of it.
This is too cute: a herd of goats having the time of their lives jumping up and balancing on a piece of steel which is apparently secured to the ground.
I loved this one. Elaine Stritch, never known to hold her tongue, drops the F bomb on the Today show.
This one is titled the worlds fastest pancake maker, but it looks more like crepes than our idea of pancakes. Anyway, he’s fast and he does seem to love his job!
Okay Widdershins, let me know below how your day is going.
Good Thursday, Widdershins.
First, allow me as a Florida resident to thank the state of Arizona for distracting the entire nation from whatever-the-hell- it -is than we have done lately. I find myself basking in the roseate glow of another state being roasted over the open fire of public opinion. It’s really quite refreshing.
While AZ richly deserves the ire of the masses for the unfortunate piece of legislation that would permit businesses of all stripes to deny services to the LGBT community, they are hardly alone in this endeavor. Kansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Idaho. Tennessee, Oklahoma, Utah, Missouri, Ohio, and Oregon are all in various stages of crafting eerily similar legislation as we speak. Somehow, Arizona appears to be carrying the load on this particular fiasco.
No one appears to be entirely certain about the source of all of this ill will. There have been some instances, especially in the wedding industry, of vendors denying services to members of the LGBT community on the basis of religious scruples. If such legislation stands, it will effectively immunize the vendors from suit. Even more unclear is the timing – almost all of these bills hit the various legislatures within a brief period of time, kind of like the rolling cavalcade of crap that sprang from ALEC after 2010, but this really does not appear to be an ALEC maneuver. This appears to be more of a Tony Perkins type of event. Oddly, no one in the more ostentatious Christian Movement appears to be claiming credit for the bills at this time.
The Republican Regulars are horrified, and well they might be. Delta, Dell, Southwestern, American Express, the NBA, WNBA, Verizon, Marriott, Intel, Yelp and a host of other businesses are unhappy about this maneuver. The NFL is reserving judgement, but the scheduled Super Bowl may well be in jeopardy. All of these things could easily cost the state billions should this bill become law. Both Senators McCain and Flake are urging Governor Brewer to veto the legislation. Three state legislators now claim that they did not really understand the (two page) bill when they voted for it, and are demanding a Mulligan. The Guv says that she needs time to really study the (two page) bill prior to making a decision.
Basically, this seems to be the usual Repub legislative maneuver of tossing a bone to the Evangelical community in order to curry favor for the forthcoming election so that they might ensure their ongoing power. Unfortunately for them, the party appears to have clean forgotten that they are owned and operated by corporate America, and corporate America is as intolerant of financial loss as the Evangelicals are of the LGBT community. What’s a poor legislator to do???
As far as the Evangelicals of my acquaintance go, they are horrified at the march of progress, and even more horrified at their inability to put a stop to all of this change. Therefore, their only open avenue is to “protect” themselves by claiming religious freedom, which would thus serve to insulate from “them”, from adverse public opinion, as well as from potential litigation. We already permit pharmacists to decline to dispense Plan B, and Catholic institutions to opt-out of contraceptive coverage by punting to the insurer. I understand how the Evangelical community now believes that any and all of their personal boogeymen might be tamed by claiming religious freedom, as it has worked so well in the matter of contraception. What they fail to comprehend is that their religious liberty ends where another’s liberties begin, and that their right to practice their religion does not include the prerogative to force others to practice it with them. No statute forces them to provide a service, but there will be no legal cover for bigotry.
This is an open thread.
UPDATE” Governor vetoes AZ bill just as I finish writing. (Of course.) Now, we wait and see what happens next. I have a feeling that we are not yet out of the woods here, although I would dearly love to be proven wrong.