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Bong Hits 4 Jesus June 26, 2007

Posted by Sobek in Politics, Religion.

There’s a run-down of yesterday’s Supreme Court decisions over at SCOTUSblog, including a 1st Amendment challenge by a student who was suspended for displaying a banner that said “BONG HiTS 4 JESUS” outside of his school while the Olympic torch passed.

Warning: Obtuse Legal Opinion Follows


Skin -lauraw June 25, 2007

Posted by anycomments in AA - Uncategorized.

Last weekend I was mucking around in the pond and turning rocks over by the edge and found a Garter snake’s old skin.


What if people did that?

I imagine keepsakes, lovingly pressed onto archival paper in an album: ‘Baby’s First Skin.’

How much would one of Marilyn Monroe’s old skins fetch at a Sotheby’s auction?

Would shedding skin be considered a nasty bodily function, or would ancient rites have sprung up around the event?

Dad, reading aloud from National Geographic: “The stone-age Tahoondus from the upper Amazon basin ferment the castoff skins from young girls with jungle herbs and roots. This is served as a tonic to the village elders which is said to promote youthfulness and virility.”

Children: (in chorus) “Eeeeewwwwwwww!!!”

And what would beauty parlors be like?

Dramatic Chipmunk June 25, 2007

Posted by harrison in Gardening, Heroes, Humor, Personal Experiences, Philosophy, Travel.

via The Corner @ NRO.

A Modest Proposal June 24, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Literature.

I’ve been thinking about this for a little while and Lipstick has momentarily made me feel guilty about putting something up. As with all guilt, I’ll get over it soon enough. She also made me feel oddly aroused with her provocative title. Moon Over My Palm Trees. Indeed. Rowwrr. I think that was also a John Denver Hawaii Christmas Special. “Moon over my palm trees makes me happy . . . .” We’ll have Geoff fact-check it.

Back to what I was thinking. I’m reading a book that I find interesting. What would you think about a low-pressure, monthly IB book club for those interested? We could assign months or take nominations and vote. During the month, anyone participating could throw up posts with comments or questions about the book. And/or, we could just have a wrap-up post at the end of the month for any comments or impressions.  I won’t suffer heart-ache if no one wants to.

I keep wondering what Muslihoon would think of this book:

The protagonist is an Indian boy who ends up in a life boat with a tiger. The boy loves being a Hindu but also becomes Muslim and Christian. There’s likely some of that there symbolism going on. I’m about half way through, so I’m not suggesting starting with this, unless anyone wants to. Any interest? Bueller?

Moon Over My Palm Trees June 23, 2007

Posted by Lipstick in Gardening.


This was on June 21st, the longest day of the year.

Keeping up the streak of a new post every day — it is still June 23rd on west coast time.

Post Mortem–Lunch with Pupster June 22, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Food, Personal Experiences.

We both enjoyed the new, exciting and, I’ll admit, a little bit scary sensation of getting a full Brazilian. 

Lunch. That is. 

Pupster paid. That right there moves him to the top of my IB little black book. The rest of the entries? Let’s see.

  • Dave: mildly flirtatious emails, road salt licker
  • RG: Sexy phone voice, experienced, might be able to get you backstage to see the band
  • Sobek: Makes house calls, seemed to have hearing problem, realized later he was driving with his kids and forgot to take out his earplugs. Deserves a second chance.

I asked Pupster if he had pictures of those dearest to him and he eagerly pulled out his wallet and produced some shots of his new Wrangler. He misted up a little bit at that point. I could tell he felt bad about leaving ol’ Charlie home.

Death and mayhem seem to shadow Pupster but leave him unscathed. Freeway wrecks, hikers pitching off trails, bear attacks, etc. all happened around him on this trip, but, like the terminator that has his skin melted off, he just puts his head down and sees the vacation through.

We were within minutes of the hive and I said we could get a funny picture of him there surrounded by fresh-faced young men with nametags and white shirts. He kind of went pale and ordered another pineapple lemonade and changed the subject. The only thing that seemed to cause him more mental anguish was the thought of visiting the newly local and monstrous Ikea store with his wife.

A good time was had by all. Especially the six toddlers at the table next to us. Our waitress asked if we needed umbrellas. Pupster shot a picture of the abomination of desolation they left behind. He should put it up if it turns out. I’ve got a picture of two handsome young men I can put up later. Also a picture of me and Pup. He bought one of these T-shirts to take home:


Who is this man? June 21, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Ducks, Travel.

You all know him.


European politician?  Captain of industry?

Who is this man?

Answer below the fold


Worlds Collide June 21, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Man Laws, Travel.

Pupster and Skinbad to meet for lunch today.

Manicures and paraffin treatments possible but unlikely.

Developing . . . .

Immigration Pill June 20, 2007

Posted by Retired Geezer in Man Laws.

Immigration PillLaura Ingraham says it best:

Call your Congressmen and Senators. Tell them you do not support the Senate’s “bipartisan immigration reform bill.” Tell them you will not vote to reelect anyone who ties the issues of border enforcement and legalization together in one bill. Border enforcement first!

Below is the list of 15 GOP senators that the amnesty pushers want to flip to their side (asterisked senators are up for re-election in 2008)

Cartoon courtesy of Sam Ryskind.

And it’s half past Vespers and I’m shifting gear . . . . June 20, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Religion, Travel.

The Vatican issues 10 Commandments for the road. It seems there might be comedic possibilities here. What have you got?

11. HOV lanes? The Pope always has a co-pilot. 


The Popemobile takes up position for a quick run for lotto tickets and smokes. 

Photoshop here.

Wanted by the FBI – the “Ponytail Bandit” June 20, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Crime.

She’s knocked off three banks in Texas, California and Washington state.  Dubbed the “ponytail bandit” by the FBI, because they love those cutesy bandit names, she politely stands in line waiting her turn, walks up and demands money, and then walks away. 

Couple of action/surveillance shots (there’s an expression that’ll make the boys sit up):

ponytail_sa.jpg ponytail_sc.jpg
Supposedly armed and dangerous these don’t look loaded to me

Top one from her Austin robbery, the other one is from the California bank.  Pretty smart, wearing a Longhorn cap in Austin – you don’t exactly stand out.  She could be one of 25,000 students for all you know.

Smart, except she’s dumb.  Bank robbery has a pretty low success rate, and repeat offenders are almost always caught.

The FB warning says she approaches the teller and “verbally demands money”, and while they don’t say she claims to have a weapon, they do call her armed and dangerous.  I’m pretty sure the teller thinks she’s armed… I’ve walked up and verbally demanded money for years and I don’t get shit without a photo id and a signature.

You can see more pics and read the FBI warning here.

UPDATE: Maybe she’s not as dumb as I thought.  According to this DoJ study, the clearance rate for bank robberies in the US has dropped from 80% in 1976 to 58% in 2001.  I suspect that’s partially due to the proliferation of branch banks, ATMs and such.  This same report states the average take is $4,000.

So if she needs the money for a boob job, I’m guessing she’s about halfway done.

The true face of crime in athletics? June 19, 2007

Posted by skinbad in Crime, Travel.

Pacman Jones? No.

Tank Johnson? No.

BYU distance runner Kyle Perry (#11)? Yes.

Provo Police Capt. Cliff Argyle said distance runner Kyle Perry, 23, was traveling east on Center Street when he reportedly struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk with his car.
      Argyle said after hitting the pedestrian, who was pushing a mop bucket, Perry is accused of getting out of his vehicle, grabbing a mop from the bucket and striking the pedestrian with the mop.

The producers of Funniest Home Videos have already peed their pants thinking of the lost opportunity described above. They finished “composting” their underwear when they found out that the victim had another mop that he grabbed in an effort to defend himself. Right now I feel so sorry for the atheists who don’t believe an afterlife will give them the opportunity to cue this tape up and advance it frame by frame while howling with laughter.

Perry finished off his crime spree by pushing the mopee over a planter box.

What kind of person could enrage a nice, returned missionary, Mormon boy in such a fashion? The only thing I can think of is Pupster might still be vacationing in Utah.


Pupster calls my bluff and says he wants to meet for a beer coffee lapdance meal. I’ll have to go back and review the helpful advice Harrison received when meeting Pupster.  I have some misgivings, honestly. He says he wants a resolution to the *BING BONG* issue once and for all. If he lets me choose the weapons, I’ll go with mops at three paces. I think I’ll be OK. The altitude will catch up to him.

Developing . . . .