October 2010

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Rally

We went. We had fun. Transportation was a nightmare. We saw one hover-round all day. There were lots of white people. There were black people and asians, too. We couldn’t get within 1/4 mile of the stage.

We took pictures. And video. I’m gonna post some of it.

Stewart had the right idea. Tone down the rhetoric. Unfortunately, the teabaggers won’t listen.

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Leaked Report, New Iraqi Alignment Reveal U.S. War Failure
Analysis by Gareth Porter*

WASHINGTON, 25 Oct (IPS) – A newly released Wikileaks document on Iraq and the new political alignment between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki both provide fresh evidence that Gen. David Petraeus’s war against Shi’a militias in 2007-2008 was a futile exercise.

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I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell

Three years ago this week, an intoxicated Christine O’Donnell showed up at the apartment of a 25-year-old Philadelphian and ended up spending the night in his bed. Here’s his story—and photos—of his escapade with the would-be Delaware senator.

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SHADOWS ON JUPITER: On Saturday night, Oct. 30th, two of Jupiter’s moons (Europa and Ganymede) will simultaneously cast their shadows on the giant planet’s cloudtops. The closely-spaced shadows will be visible in mid-sized backyard telescopes and live on the web. The time to look is between 9:16 p.m. and 11:59 Pacific Daylight Time. [sky map] http://spaceweather.com/p.m.

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(Reuters) – Dollar issuance by the United States is “out of control,” leading to an inflation assault on China, the Chinese commerce minister said in comments reported on Tuesday.

“Because the United States’ issuance of dollars is out of control and international commodity prices are continuing to rise, China is being attacked by imported inflation. The uncertainties of this are causing firms big problems,” Chen was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua news agency.

http://uk.reuters.com / article / idUKTRE69P3S0 20101026
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Just whose fault is it that China’s currency is being pegged in part to the US dollar???

China might want to give some thought to cutting that cord if they are worried about inflation.  Next week after the election, the US government is going to print a ton of new money and using it to buy bonds from themselves.

If China thinks they have inflation problems now…..

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Nice Day

Nice Day Again

Nothing but Color

Gray Sky

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Republican PAC stops paying for porn robocalls

Oct. 29, Aaron CouchThe Kansas City Star

This week, some Missourians received unsettling robocalls, which urged Christian voters not to elect candidates with ties to the pornography industry.

The calls targeted at least eight Democratic candidates, reports the The Springfield News-Leader. They’ve since been suspended by The Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee, which had sponsored the calls.

The claims in the call were technically true, but they relied on a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-esque logic.

State Rep. Mike Colona did indeed contribute to Democratic campaigns around the state. He in turn, has admitted to advising a pornography producer, but said his role was strictly in a professional capacity as a legal adviser and limited to ensuring no minors were used in production.

Nationwide, about $500,000 was spent on robocalls from January through August of this year. According to Congress.org, a website run by the CQ-Roll Call Group, robocalls are incredibly cheap, costing about 1 cent per call for a 15-second message. When you compare that to television ads or buying a 44-cent stamp, it’s quite cost effective.

For more coverage, check out The Kansas City Star’s Prime Buzz blog.

Read more: http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/articles/republican-pac-stops-paying-porn-robocalls/#ixzz13m5JJMCV

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Hot Dog


Yesterday was great.
The gallery called me with some last minute work before an opening. I expected to hang some paintings and then make sure no attendees steal anything.

Instead I was assigned to 80′s art legend Kenny Scharf, a nice & down-to-earth guy. Kenny (and an art collective called dearraindrop) had devised a giant hotdog-in-a-bun helium balloon, with a grinning face. Over 20 feet long. Then I was given a hotdog costume to wear, while tending to the balloon.

I also dangled a battered cigarette from my lip and wore a Lone Ranger mask. I assumed a lewd Insult Comedian [Hot] Dog persona. Bellowing “Who do I gotta fxck to get laid around here?!” and smacking women on the ass. “Whatssamatter? You don’t remember me?! We’re friends on Facebook, for christsake!! Gee-zus, lady.”

It was a blast. A big bearded guy kept calling me “The Hot Dog Burglar” which sounds like hamburglar + turdburglar. I drank too much and accidently stole stuff from the gallery gift shop. I handed a comic book to a woman and said “You gotta read this, toots!” Then, outside, she said “thanks for the book!” Neither of us had paid for it. SomebodyOk– it was me– put a $30 ballcap on the wiener head, and I forgot it was there– and left wearing it. Oops. Guess I’d better mention those items on my invoice.

When it was time to deflate, I gave people huge hits of Helium, which may have been a terrible idea. Taking it from a little kid’s balloon is one thing, but displacing all the oxygen in your lungs with a gush of Helium as strong as a blowdryer… I almost blacked out. But it gave Mr. Hotdog the perfect cartoon voice.

I wanted to trick people into believing the gas was Nitrous Oxide, but by that time I was exhausted and just wanted to get off my feet.

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