Engrish was Yes! Part Nine

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"Grat $ Itude [cyrillic characters] Dearest"

Understood meaning: No

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Because Treating People Like 2nd Class Citizens is OK (in America)

Let me preface this by saying that the fact that we, as a society, do not allow any two people who love each other to marry and obtain equal rights and protection under the law is an affront. An affront.

That marriages of any kind are even an issue astounds me. We have two wars, economic crisis, crumbling infrastructure, foreign oil dependence, global warming, disease pandemics, and genocide, but some (primarily Christian) fundamentalists want to argue about whom gets to marry whom? Ridiculous. Gay marriage isn't an issue of right and wrong - it's a culture war meme strung up the flag pole every time a conservative wants to get elected by the inhabitants of Jesus-land. California's Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage (i.e. promote discrimination based on sexual orientation) is the perfect example of time and resources spent fighting about issues which literally do not matter.

I came across this earlier today:

(found here)

This video shows a mother, horrified at the mere notion of her daughter thinking that it is alright to marry another woman. Because the only thing worse than teaching your daughter acceptance is the chance that (heaven forfend!) she is a lesbian? Better vote 'yes' on 8, mom. (ed: Good thing we all know that good right-wing Christians are never ever homosexuals.)

If we allow gay marriage, then we are admitting that homosexuals are people too. Thus, we would have to teach that any two people who love one another and want to get married can do so, and that this is OK. Who is hurt by this? And how? "Traditional marriage" (the idea of marriage as traditional is laughable as it is; the nuclear family is not an age-old tradition) is not harmed; we're not forcing heterosexuals to have gay marriages, nor does it in some ephemeral way devalue the notion of a heterosexual marriage. All gay marriage does is allow gays to marry. It doesn't make children gay, it doesn't "promote" gay lifestyles (given how much persecution is inherent to homosexuality in our culture, who would, having weighed the pros and cons, "chose" to be gay?). Straight, gay, asexual; it does not matter. We are all people. We all have inalienable rights. The fact that only some people are allowed to legally marry cheapens the institution as a whole. Marriages for all, or marriages for none. Sorry bible-thumpers, hetero-normative privilege doesn't fly anymore.

Internets Was Yes is No on 8.

Engrish Was Yes! Part Eight

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"To be positive all the time. About a day. Being innovative make keeping"

Understood meaning: No

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Man Has Arm Trapped in Train's Toilet While Retrieving Mobile Phone

A French man made a huge mistake yesterday, when he attempted to retrieve his mobile phone from a train's toilet and became stuck up to his shoulder (don't text and pee, kids).

"Firefighters took more than an hour to free the man, before lifting him from the train on a stretcher with the entire toilet still stuck to his arm." The ordeal left the man both pungent and penitent, as the train was delayed over two hours.

If it were my mobile in a public toilet, I think I'd just write it off as a total loss, but this determined technophile found out the hard way that perseverance does not always deliver a desirable outcome.


This is the Scariest Thing You'll See Today (and Probably Tomorrow)

Maybe its just a really tiny bird?


Cats for Obama

Engrish Was Yes! Part Seven

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"The new standard. Ground. Music is global language"

Understood meaning: No

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Dear Red States, A letter from the Blue

Found this great letter on best of craigslist from the Blue States to the Red States.
I don't know how I feel about "New California" as the countries name. I am partial to Cascadia. But please read on.
Dear Red States...

We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and
we're taking the other Blue States with us.

In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon,Washington,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We
believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially
to the people of the new country of New California.

To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.
We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot
Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood.
We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.
We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You
get Alabama.
We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states
pay their fair share.
Letter Continues here.


Nice Helmet

Bulletproof Handkerchief Protects Your Suit Coat

Sluli Recht, a clothing designer in Iceland has created a bulletproof handkerchief to be placed in the breast pocket of a gentleman's sport coat. The kerchief, like many bulletproof items, is made of kevlar and will [supposedly] resist small-arms fire, so long as the bullet is headed directly at your heart. Although Recht takes "NO responsibility for schmucks and wooden-heads who feel compelled to test the endurance or resistance of the textile in any way".

So if you want to know if your bulletproof handkerchief actually stops bullets, you should just hang around rough Icelandic neighborhoods (wearing your suit, of course) long enough to get shot while wearing it. And for the love of god don't use it; I hear mucus really reduces the tensile strength of kevlar.

Only ten kerchiefs have been produced so far, selling for 120 Euros (~$240) each, but Recht plans to expand his line of kevlar clothing and accessories.

Lobster For Dinner: Prepping for Halloween

We are having lobster for dinner, Jonathan Swift style.
In A Modest Proposal II, all babies will be dressed like the food it is supposed to emulate.
Kind of like the way tofu is disguised to be meat-like.

This picture, of course, was taken before the "lobster" was boiled alive to perfection.
If you want to dress your kids like delicious foods, you can find their accoutrements at amazon.

If your child is a little older, wait. Do people that read this have kids? I don't even know if that is a demographic we are shooting for.

Anyway, if you know a kid that trick-or-treats, or you want to reminisce about the wonderful world of trick-or-treating, I recommend that you check out 1000 Awesome Things: Strategic Trick-or-Treating.

Here is a sample:
"In terms of where to go trick-or-treating, there’s always a lot of chatter about getting a drive over to the rich neighborhood for the big score. People would have you believe that the rich enjoy lavishing children with unopened boxes of twinkies and full cases of root beer. But that’s a lie! Rich people got rich by being cheap and their massive front yards will just slow you down. That’s right, you’ll be navigating wrought-iron fences, duck-shaped hedges, and koi ponds instead of ringing doorbells. Instead, aim for the new neighborhood with little kids and the all-important densely packed homes.
And if anyone really needs to tell you this. Don't bring this fat baby out for the night. Where are you gonna put all your candy?


The Stadium Pal - Real Sports Fans Pee in Their Pants

Have you ever been at a sporting event and found it so riveting that no matter how urgently you needed to urinate, you couldn't tear yourself away, resulting in the embarrassment of peeing your pants? Is finding a bathroom such a hassle that you'd rather evacuate your bladder into your basketball shorts? Then the Stadium Pal is something you should not be without.

Yes, you can literally pee in your pants while still enjoying all the action of your favorite sport! Using proprietary external catheter technology, the Stadium Pal collects urine and deposits it into a 1000ml reservoir attached to your inner calf, allowing you to slosh about all day with a bag of pee strapped to your leg:
But it's not just for sports; you can pee your pants on long motorcycle rides, at Mardi Gras, NASCAR (not a sport), even on fishing trips. You can pee your pant practically anywhere. I'm peeing right now! Thanks Stadium Pal!


Engrish Was Yes! Part Six

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"All The Names I Know."

Understood meaning: Yes

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Dirty Car Art By Scott Wade

Scott Wade can do some amazing art work with a brush. But the reason he stands out from the crowd is that he uses his car's rear windshield as a canvas. The detail he is able to capture in dust is quite impressive. And there is nothing quite so zen as creating a work of art that will only last until the next rain.

For more of this great Dirty Car Art, please visit Scott Wade's Gallery.


Rollie Fingers Facial Hair

Rollie Fingers has an amazing mustache. He grew it while he was pitching for the Oakland A's so that he could get a $300 bonus.

Because of his mustache, he was pretty much the best relief pitcher for all of the 1970s.

Because of his mustache, he was a 3 times world series champion.

Because of his mustache, he was inducted into the baseball hall of fame.

Because of his mustache, he owed Wisconsin 1.4 million dollars in back taxes.

Rollie Fingers still maintains the same handlebar amazingness today.

George W. Bush Sewage Plant

It seems a little early to start naming things after still President Bush. However, there are already two notable landmarks that may soon bear his name.

The first, and slightly ironic is the George W. Bush Center For Kids Who Cant Read Good (aka George W. Bush Presidential Library) in Dallas Texas.

The second, and much less prestigious structure to be named after Bush will be San Francisco's Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant.
So far, not a dime has been raised in support or opposition of the proposition, but members of the local Republican Party are working to defeat the measure, and 12,000 people signed a petition to secure its spot on the ballot. [Link]


Incredible Balloon Sculptures by Jason Hackenwerth

Jason Hackenwerth is a visionary genius in the medium of balloons. Never before have I witnessed such utterly incredibly feats of balloonery. Words cannot describe the sheer magnitude and creativity of his artwork:

I would highly recommend checking out more of his work at his website.


10,000 People Rally to Save Iraqi Puppy

Over 10000 people have petitioned the US Army to allow an Iraqi pup rescued by a soldier to come stateside. The soldier who rescued the dog fears "that 'Ratchet' could be killed if left behind". A branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has even dispatched a group to fly to the middle east to attempt to retrieve the pooch.

This is an uplifting example of what can be done when people get together, and I'm glad that something is being done to prevent unnecessary suffering. But you know who else is in danger of being maimed or killed by being left in Iraq? American soldiers and the Iraqi people. Over 4000 Americans have been killed in the war so far, let alone civilian casualties. And if 10000 people are willing to rally behind bringing a dog out of Iraq, I like to think that there are thousands more who are ready to get our men and women in uniform home. Support the troops: bring them home now.

Updates Was Yes! 10.20.2008

Ratchet arrived in the US today.


Nebraska's Safe Haven Law: Its Worth The Drive

The best thing to happen to Nebraska's tourism industry is their new safe haven law.

With the new safe haven law, parents may donate a child of any age to the state with no strings attached.  Unlike restrictive state haven laws of other states, you can get rid of one or all of your children in many of their easy drop off locations.

Bring an infant or a 13 year old to a firehouse or a hospital, and walk away. Free and clear.  Also, if you drop your child off at a McDonalds you can get one free item from their dollar menu!

Ridiculous as it may seem.  It is real.  Seriously.  

Today, "A Michigan mother drove roughly 12 hours to Omaha, so she could abandon her 13-year-old son at a hospital under the state's unique safe-haven law, Nebraska officials said Monday.

The boy from the Detroit area is the second teenager from outside Nebraska and 18th child overall abandoned in the state since the law took effect in July."

Nebraska is now changing their motto from "Equality Before the Law" to: "Nebraska: Its worth the drive."

This is an amazing law, and I only see it snowballing from here.  There will be little you can do to stop parents from dropping off kids when they realize how easy it is to drop off their kids.  Even better is the fact that you don't even have to be the parent of the child to drop them off.  WOW!

Hey kids, get in the car!  We are going to Disney World!  

This is funnier than taking them to the dentist.  

Parents and strangers will have at least until January to donate their children to Nebraska.  It does not look like the law will be changing until next year as Nebraskan lawmakers will not call a special session to deal with this problem.

Take advantage of this limited time offer while you can! 

21st Century Folk Art: Capacitor Robot Charms

Obvious Front has been making Capacitor Figures out of electronic components salvaged from discarded TVs, VCRs, and computers since 1982.

These little figures are very clever, and are supposed to help save your computer from crashing.  Obvious Front's Capacitor Figures are also created to help create awareness about all of the e-junk that is being thrown into our landfills.

You can buy a cool little Capacitor Figure from Obvious Front's Etsy storefront, or you can try something a little more rewarding.

This is how I got my Capacitor Figure - Send a really cool piece of Mail Art to:
PO BOX 1644
Milan, IL 61264 

Now wait a couple of weeks, and you might just get something great back.  If not, I really recommend that you check out their Etsy store for immediate satisfaction.