Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The War On Halloween Begins Earlier Every Year


That's a nice, neutral headline isn't it? No surprise coming from The Plain Dealer, which not only endorsed Ohio Governor (and Koch-pawn) John Kasich, but has recommended approval of his union-busting SB-5 in the upcoming referendum.

Joseph Marinucci, president and chief executive of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, said his organization will arrive about 6 a.m. Saturday to begin putting up Christmas lights and other holiday displays around Public Square. The group will need unrestricted access to the decorations until the beginning of the year, he said.

Demonstrators are willing to help decorate. "They don't have to pay us," (Erin) McCardle said.

Responded Marinucci: "We already use volunteers."

I suppose those merchants need to advertise earlier and earlier for the annual spendathon when most people have less and less cash for presents. In any case, Occupy Cleveland had its day in court and won (note: The Plain Dealer had a far different headline).


Here are some pics from Occupy Columbus on Saturday. No one has threatened their space in front of Capitol Square (home of Ohio's Statehouse) thus far.



In Chicago, Rahmbo is making a name for himself by arresting nurses along with OWS protesters.


Finally, here's video from Occupy Oakland, scene of a police riot on Tuesday:



The War Criminal Post covered this as I've learned to expect (link is not to The War Criminal Post).

So give Charles Pierce a read.

As for John Kasich and his SB-5, here's a tune.



(Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.)
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

And they were singing



The day the winetop died. Above is a pink flower for Pink Saturday, see more at Aunt Snow's place.

Mikey has some pics up
. (I'm guessing that first one is a Blood Red Trumpet Vine, Distictis buccinatoria, and the next few are assorted Lantana.)

Although the winetop kicked the bucket, I still have a computation device (as any fule can see). But it doesn't have all the bells and whistles and such, let alone the bazillion pictures stored on the winetop (I just might have to put it in the oven!).

Still to come: many unfinished posts. Or else new pictures, one never knows.

(Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.)
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Occupy Wall Street - Columbus, Oct. 15


NBC4 was on the scene. It was a clear and sunny Saturday, albeit with cool temperatures and winds gusting over 20 miles per hour.

I continue to be amused by our corporate media's insistent complaint that OWS "lacks a coherent message". Our media can't understand the message because they're paid not to. The contrast to their coverage of the Tea Party couldn't be starker.

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

- Upton Sinclair





The signs below were carried by fellow Columbus blogger, Bat Guano.




P.S. Here's a video from Times Square yesterday.



(Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.)
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Flowers









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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

USA! USA! USA!


Wonkette just covered this breaking story of national import, but because I have a tag "the schaden freudes itself", I am compelled to recover it.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The sponsor of the law that made it legal to carry a gun into bars in Tennessee is facing charges of possession of a handgun while under the influence and drunken driving.

Rep. Curry Todd, a Collierville Republican, was pulled over in Nashville late Tuesday, according to court documents. Police said he failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a Breathalyzer test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found in a holster stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.

A police affidavit said Todd was unsteady on his feet, "almost falling down at times." It concluded that Todd was "obviously very impaired and not in any condition to be carrying a loaded handgun."

Todd told officers that he had consumed two drinks when he was pulled over, according to the affidavit.

Another quote by Rep. Todd:
Todd asked a panel of prenatal health care officials if patients have to show proof of citizenship before getting state-funded help. One official replied that unborn children automatically become American citizens after birth.

Todd then remarked: "They can go out there like rats and multiply, then."



UPDATE: From mereoblivion in the Wonkette comments:
Attend the tale of Curry Todd
His face is flushed and he drives real odd
He packs his Wesson and zips through town
He'll get reelected next time around

(Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.)
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Early October in Columbus

The weather has been wonderful, and it looks like we're going to get another week of the same.





P.S. More kitty.


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Thursday, October 6, 2011

the schaden freudes itself

As long-time readers of my blog may or may not know, one of my tags is the schaden freudes itself.

This is a good example of it.



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Saturday, October 1, 2011