Pink Door

Photo: Lynn C.

Banyan Tree

This is all one tree. It is 136 years old, stands 60 feet tall, has 12 major trunks (of which "Gnarly" is one), and shades 2/3 of an acre. It is one of the largest Banyan trees in the world (outside India).

Photo: Lynn C.

Maybe they'll just fall right off the chart

As the GOP accelerates its transition to America’s own “National Front” fringe-nut-racist party, U.S. voters are, shockingly, repulsed by the Republicans. A new poll gives the Grand Old Party a favorable rating of just 23%, down another point from a week ago. Congressional Republicans have a 15% approval rate, also down a percent from last week.

[From Wonkette : 23% of Americans Approve of Republican Party]

And speaking of snickers...

So the president all but invited snickers when he challenged his Cabinet this week to come up with $100 million in savings.

That's .0028 of 1 percent of his $3.5 trillion budget.

[From Chump change -- chicagotribune.com]

... .0028 of 1 percent is, you know, .0028 percent. As long as we're talking about wretched excess here.


Here's what

"Obama DOJ to Seek Prison in CA Medical Pot Case" - What? Isn't that all in the past? Can't we just move forward instead of prosecuting this guy?

[From The Sideshow April 2009 Archive]

Let's just give everybody in the country a Just Move Forward card - sort of like a Get Out of Jail Free card except you don't have to actually be in jail to use it. That way everybody gets to break a law, not just Yoo, Bybee, and Trickshot Dick. Sounds fair to me.


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Deep down, he's been a hippie all along

But now comes strike three for the hypocritical senator [Bob Corker of Tennessee, who's demanded U.S. auto workers tear up their union contracts]. He's discovered that – whoops! – there's a unionized General Motors plant in his own state, and his attacks on the union make him less popular there than a tornado in a trailer park. "We're deeply disappointed." in Corker, said a union official at the GM factory, adding: "That's the official [union] statement, but actually my members want to choke him."

So, guess who is now demanding that any restructuring of GM by Obama's car bailout czar must spare the Tennessee plant from cuts or closure? Right, The Corker. Suddenly, the guy who tried to mandate wage cuts for Detroit auto workers is at the barricades in his state, plaintively singing "Solidarity Forever."



Cloudy water

Photo: Phil Compton

"Blob" puzzles astronomers, Globe too

WASHINGTON - A strange giant space "blob" spotted when the universe was relatively young has got astronomers puzzled....

"The puzzle is - what is it?" said California Institute of Technology astronomer Richard Ellis.

[From Giant space 'blob' baffles astronomers - The Boston Globe]

The case of the stealth Pentagon shills

The New York Times' David Barstow won a richly deserved Pulitzer Prize yesterday for two articles that, despite being featured as major news stories on the front page of The Paper of Record, were completely suppressed by virtually every network and cable news show, which to this day have never informed their viewers about what Barstow uncovered.

[From The Pulitzer-winning investigation that dare not be uttered on TV - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com]


Photo: Lynn C.


Curmudgeons everywhere rejoice

FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful

Yesterday's news

"Cheney is full of crap," one intelligence source with decades of experience said Tuesday.

[From U.S. officials slam Dick Cheney's claim that waterboarding 9/11 mastermind 183 times was a 'success']

"Lake Chaubunagungamaug for short"

The 2009 Source to Sea Expedition: Connecting the Drops Through The Last Green Valley is a three-month celebration of the watershed that includes the Quinebaug and Shetucket rivers as well as the Thames and hundreds of other named and unnamed streams that flow into them. The watershed even includes one of the world's longest place names — Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg or Lake Chaubunagungamaug for short — also known as Webster Lake — just over the border in Webster, Mass.

[From Source To Sea Expedition Will Explore Thames River Watershed -- Courant.com]


Surf's up?

Photo: Lynn C.

Still got time to waste?

Paul Knue says try Google News Timeline.

(Hereby added to our new Work Avoidance List.)

Preflight announcements as rap

Proving once again that white guys got no rhythm.

--Paul Knue


Life's a Beach

By request.
Photo by: Lynn C.
One way to watch the sunset

Photo: Phil Compton

Thursday to be "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" in Chicago

At O'Hare, Terminal 1 announcement: "Any unattended baggage will be picked up by the Chicago police department. And remember, journeys end in lovers' meetings. Every wise man's son doth know."

[From Mayor Richard Daley set to announce "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" -- chicagotribune.com]

Shakespeare to turn 445 on April 23.



Photo: Lynn C.

YA Sunday with Vista

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