Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Misleading Headlines

Sometimes what we read can be amusing, if you take it on wry.

What was her cup size?


Better luck next time.


Something about her name, perhaps?


In Kentucky or Georgia, no doubt:


Who would know how to handle it best:
It must have been a hell of a wedding party:


She couldn't afford espadrilles.


Somehow, we're not convinced:


They must not have gotten the P.C. memo:


Blame it on NAFTA:


Shouldn't it be "Jills Off?"


Ouch:


She's a pro at it:


Need a better sewer deodorant or some sodium bicarbonate, maybe?



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Merit Badges for Douchebags

Since their numbers are legion, they've begun to award each other merit badges for douche behaviors.  Maybe they should be added to Boy Scout badges.



Sunday, December 13, 2015

Saint Elvis

Saint Elvis, pray for us! And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen! Don't be cruel.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

$15 an Hour Minimum Wage

The current minimum wage in Alabama is $7.25 an hour. There, a full-time minimum wage employee, if there are any, makes about $15,000 a year. That's not enough.

Presently, a small number of people in Birmingham are protesting for $15.00 an hour.  I hope they get what  they're asking, but I'm not so sure they will get it.

Seriously, an increase in the minimum wage is long overdue. Huntsville ought to take the lead; it's about time we start looking out for the little guy!

Consider this: the median income of an exotic dancer is $45,000.  Fast food workers make about $7.91 per hour, on the average. 




Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

It was spectacular! Here's some still pictures from this beauty trip:

http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/life/people/2015/11/10/the-2015-victorias-secret-fashion-show/75551342/


Monday, November 9, 2015

Bad Old Alabama

There seems to be a spate of stories about Bad Old Alabama of late; but some of them really involve scraping the bottom of the barrel of sensationalism. It seems that there is a default condition going on: If it involves Bama and it can be construed as bad, play it up.

Three come to mind lately.

(1) That infamous sorority video from Alpha Phi at The University of Alabama. Yes, it went viral; but it was basically harmless showing of pretty girls acting, well, like 18-year-old girls and including -- horrors! -- wearing bikinis! Anyway, it was labeled by al.com as worse for women than anything Donald Trump said.

(2) All kinds of wild speculation about the why of Governor and Mrs. Bennett's divorce. Hard facts are few; wild speculation is more interesting.

(3) The closing of some driver's license places, predominantly in southern Alabama. It was immediately ascribed to racist motives, with little mention of it possibly being driver by a budget shortfall that the legislature is unable or unwilling to deal with.

Anyway, the truth is seldom pure and never simple, as Oscar Wilde once observed.

I wonder if this kind of thing happens in other states. 


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Who Should Pope Francis Bless?

Today al.com raised a serious theological question that would have to be addressed should Pope Francis come to Alabama: Who should he bless?

____ Alabama Crimson Tide

____ Auburn Tigers

____ South Alabama Jags

____ UAB Blazers

You can vote your opinion if you go to this link. 

The in-state politicians were not among the choices offered.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lovely Lady Friday CLIII


She is Enki Bracaj, an Albanian newscaster who won her screen test. Could it be her Albanian diction, or that she did her test with an open blouse? Anyway, the viewers of the news in Tirana get an extra treat!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are having similar luck as me back when I was in high school.

http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseball/thursday-braves-updates/nnhPy/



Monday, September 14, 2015

Dadeville to Ban Short Shorts!


What a crock! Dadeville down in Tallapoosa County now wants to ban short shorts!  And also  miniskirts.  City Councilwoman Stephanie Kelley and Councilman Frank Goodman are behind this regressive move. Short shorts have traditionally tolerated women wearing short shorts as one way of beautifying Alabama! And, traditionally, undercheek or overcheek d├ęcolletage is allowed as well. Especially in Gulf Shores, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, and Huntsville!

In other words, show dat ass!

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/one_alabama_city_is_now_consid.html



Saturday, September 12, 2015

Going Puritan as a Convenience Strategy

The big news in Alabama now is the story about Gov. and Mrs. Robert Bennett's divorce proceedings after 50 years of marriage. There's questions about gubernatorial unfaithfulness with a younger staff member. And they make the convenient assumption that where's there's smoke, there's fire!  The fact is, there is no smoking gun. Or other object!

While it's sad whenever couples so long coupled separate, some of the legislators and the baying hounds at al.com are demanding his resignation. Goddam, didn't they get rid of a Governor several years ago? And how well did that work out?

Puritan morality is a something thing. This was the case last century when some people, mainly Republicans, tried to get rid of Bill Clinton because of a few blow jobs from an overweight internist! Seriously, was that really grounds for impeachment?  Especially since the House and the Senate has reputations for randyness!

And now some Republicans are trying to get rid of a Republican Governor. Why? Because Gov. Bennett had the temerity to propose some tax increases!

He was only being realistic! The fact is, the State is not getting enough money in to keep up with its obligations!

And if everything was sweetness and light between the Governor and the Legislature, they would be high-fiving him for what they think he did, and wish they could do it themselves!

Seriously!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Proximity in Fandom

What are the areas that support which teams? Here's the boundaries of fandom in the 50 states on this  map. If clicking on it doesn't work, then go to the Facebook link.

The Yankees have a fan base in Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana.

The Giants are big in Northern California.

The Cardinals' territory extends into Arkansas and west Tennessee.

The Tigers' fans are about exclusively in Michigan, and the Brewers' fans are all in Wisconsin.

New England is solidly behind the Red Sox.

The Mariners' area is Washington, part of Oregon and Alaska, and the northern part of Idaho. 

The South is solidly behind the Braves.













Friday, August 28, 2015

Lovely Lady Friday CXXXXIX

The Southeastern Conference has the most beautiful girls, in my opinion.  I'll open a review of them with one from Auburn University:


Sunday, August 23, 2015

We're Number One!

For some reason, Alabama leads the nation in per capita money spent at the Ashley Madison extramarital affair dating site.  Are many preachers and politicians involved?

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/08/were_busted_leaked_ashley_madi.html#incart_most-read_

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Alabama State Funding Rap

As this article explains, we have a problem meeting budgetary demands in Alabama.  Basically, there are three sides: Raise taxes to meet the shortfall, lower taxes, or support gambling or a lottery.

http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/08/straight_outta_money_bentley_h.html

Here's the three sides, presenting their arguments in the form of a rap.

Maybe we should hold a state funding bake sale instead.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mountain Tom Clark

Florence, Alabama has an interesting sign to memorialize  a lynching of a notorious outlaw hanged in 1872, and buried in the middle of Tennessee Street.  Mountain Tom Clark, subject of much legend and historical fact was the person in question.  After the Civil War there was a lot of lawlessness and paying back of old scores, some not even war-related.  

Hopefully, this link will provide some background; perhaps more than you might want to plow through.