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Sat 2018 Mar 3

Sat 2018 Mar 3, 10:26am
On Bluebird of Bitterness

BoB: English majors take so much flak from people who major in practical subjects...

You've probably heard the line about, if you're majoring in English, when you write home for money, abbreviate it as "Eng." so they'll think you're in engineering. :D

Fri 2018 Mar 2

Fri 2018 Mar 2, 11:47pm
On Bluebird of Bitterness

I before E…

This is THE GREATEST EXCEPTIONS list I have ever seen.

When we were homeschooling the kids, I would tell them, the main rule of the English language is, whenever you understand the rule, and wonder if it applies, you will encounter the exception.

Wish I'd had that I before E poster when teaching them.

Thu 2018 Mar 1

Thu 2018 Mar 1, 11:21am
On Bluebird of Bitterness

Donna Lee, grilled-cheesus is too obvious for BoB's subtle pareidolia standards. I mean, look at the wadded up garment (#5) - am I seeing what I'm supposed to be seeing there? Gnarly.

And the next one - a rare celebrity guest appearance. "Cookieee!"

Did you know you can get these griddles that will actually give you toasted-in images of Jesus, Mary, others, maybe ET... but I'll bet not Moohumid.

Wed 2018 Feb 28

Wed 2018 Feb 28, 9:02pm
On Bluebird of Bitterness

A funny thing I finally figured out about Disney cartoons: they're not funny. Not in the way an old Chuck Jones WB cartoon is funny.

But the early Disneys like this one were just craziness for fun. I read that this was "the first color animated short in the Mickey Mouse series" (although not the first appearance of the main characters).

And this early version of Donald has its charm. The longer beak, leaner body. More Daffy-ish. Didja notice Donald is the only one who speaks? If you can call that speaking.

The Band Concert on Disney Wiki

Trivia Supreme: Donald is playing "Turkey in the Straw," the song Mickey performed in Steamboat Willie.

Wed 2018 Feb 28, 4:02pm
On PoliNation

“Women’s rights are human rights,” Clinton tweeted. “That was a radical idea back in 1995. It shouldn’t still be two decades later.”

Um... radical for whom, exactly, in 1995? If anything, everything's been tilted in women's favor since the 1960s.Oh, oh, yeah, there's only one "right" they're talking about here. Ugh.

Mika Brzezinski: Melania, Ivanka Are a ‘Joke’ — ‘These Women Have Been Given Fake Jobs’

The irony of the projection is strong on this one.

Scandal-Free Jugears Years??
From a commenter on Ace this morning, an incomplete list:

  • missing stimulus money
  • the Sestak affair
  • DealerGate
  • politicization of the National Endowment of the Arts
  • DOJ settlement slush funds
  • Operation Fast and Furious
  • the firing of Americorps IG Gerald Walpin
  • the IRS targeting scandal
  • ObamaCare lies
  • DOJ spying on journalists
  • Benghazi
  • the Pigford scandal
  • the NSA spying scandal
  • the EPA Gold King Mine spill
  • the GSA Las Vegas scandal
  • the VA death list scandal
  • Solyndra
  • shutdown theater,
  • the State Department whistleblower scandal
  • the Taliban Five/Bergdahl trade
  • the Iran nuclear deal and ransom payment
  • the skewing of ISIS intel
  • EmailGate
  • mass spying on Americans
  • unmasking Trump associates/li>

Mon 2018 Feb 26

Mon 2018 Feb 26, 6:22pm
On Bluebird of Bitterness

Tha's a lotta ads, BoB. What a trip down Mad Ave.

♫ Brylllllcreme, a little dab'll do ya.
Use more, only if you dare! ♪
♫ Brylllllcreme, the girls'll all pursue ya.
They love to run their fingers through your hair. ♪

There was a time, oh, something over a half a century ago, when my older brother and I had matching "burr with a spur" haircuts. Short on top and sides, but a tuft left up front to which Brylcreme was applied to keep it upswept.

That's the extent of my familiarity with that stuff, but I always had to laugh at the jingle, thinking of the gal running her hand through the Brylcreme guy's hair, then wondering how she'll get the grease off her hand...

(Hmm. According to, what we had was something between a burr and a crewcut. Whatever.)


Mon 2018 Feb 26, 10:48am
On Patriot Retorts

I kinda got swamped and backlogged with feeds from all my news and blog sources. Patriot Retorts kept piling up, unread. Finally, last week, I started plowing forward from the beginning of November, while also starting to keep up with the latest. So, I've been binge-Dianny-ing.

It's weird to be reading old stories, like from the Roy Moore days. But even if the subject matter may be less than current, the writing is still enjoyable.

So happy blogiversary - been with you since before you started PR and sticking with you. Many happy retorts!

Sun 2018 Feb 25

Sun 2018 Feb 25, 6:07pm
On PoliNation

Word of the Day:
Vexillology… the scientific study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags or, by extension, any interest in flags in general.… -Wikipedia

"Water Cow" at Ace of Spades wrote:
"Red, with a blue cross bordered in white. Unless it's fully unfurled, it's hard to tell a cross from a saltire. One's imagination can add the stars.

"Vexillology aside, someone was offended. This takes priority over any legitimate basis for the offense."

Saltire would have been Word of the Day, but Vexillology won on style.

Sun 2018 Feb 25, 2:27pm
On PoliNation

cth: if a poo “accident” is a “messy choice”, I wonder what they call an unwanted pregnancy.

Well, first, let's hope there aren't any pregnancies among the daycare's babies and toddlers. (!!!)

But to address your question, I think they would consider a pregnancy to be a baby - if the unborn child was pre-paid and pre-enrolled in Los Feliz by reputable celebrity parents. (Otherwise, ummm…)

Next-year class looking forward to little Genderlesslie (-4 months).

Sat 2018 Feb 24

Sat 2018 Feb 24, 1:49pm
On Bluebird of Bitterness

Egorr: …The telephone had NO dial… you had to pick up the handset and ask for the Operator to connect you!…

When I was a wee tad, I would pick up the receiver on our dial-less deskset, wait for the operator to say, "Num-ber plee-ease?" I'd speak clearly (as we were taught in those AT&T phone etiquette films) my friend's number, which was easy for me because it was "two, four, six." She'd say thank you and connect me to Tommy's house.

So, I always tell the young'n's, we had voice-activated dialing 'way back then. Everything since has been a step back. :D

While I'm rambling phone-tically, I figure the biggest improvement in phone technology over the decades has been (drumroll) replacing the dial with buttons. Why? Well, that circular impression on your index finger if you dialed a lot of calls, for one thing. But mostly…

There's an emergency (it's1950s), who do you call? Dial "Operator." And as seconds count, you dial whirr -- all the way around the dial, wait for it to clickety-click back. Or, later, it's now 911 - so you dial the 9, almost as long to dial as the "O" -- why couldn't they just make 0 the first dial position, or later make emergency = 111? Well, moot now. All buttons are created equal.

Sat 2018 Feb 24, 12:50pm
On Bluebird of Bitterness

There's also a video where the photography was un-tricked so you can better understand how it was done. Takes a little of the cinema magic out of it, but also shows off Astaire's agility.

Sat 2018 Feb 24, 9:56am
On Bluebird of Bitterness

Started my online day with a peek at Bluebird’s, and I’m glad I did!

There ought to be some kind of special Super D’aawww award, just for this collection. Oh, the piles of little kittens! And hugging cats, so cute!

We haven’t had a kitten around in years, and our three old cats don’t hug each other, so we don’t see a lot of that. With the wintry days, they have spent a lot of time sleeping, though.

Sat 2018 Feb 24, 9:55am
On PoliNation

“Happy 8th anniversary”

Just think-- eight years ago, we were only as far into the Obama years as we now are into the Trump era. (Re-reads sentence - did that come out right? Close enough.) That's quite a chunk of history.

Gladd I stumbled across this garden.

Fri 2018 Feb 23

Fri 2018 Feb 23, 10:16pm
On Bluebird of Bitterness

Milady and I enjoyed watching this. A song that just doesn't seem to get old, and a great selection of dance numbers.

Which included bits of Fred in the rotating room dance, so we had to go find that clip to watch the whole thing. Have you ever used it for a Friday dance, BoB?

Wed 2018 Feb 21

Wed 2018 Feb 21, 3:50pm
On Liberty's Torch
Wed 2018 Feb 21, 10:58am
On Johnny Optimism

"Pachydermatologist" - this is the kind of thing that I will wake up chuckling about weeks from now.

The elephant just needs some wrinkle remover - better get the Jumbo size.

Tue 2018 Feb 20

Tue 2018 Feb 20, 5:10pm
On Bluebird of Bitterness

Tuesday Prude: …Will you lose all respect for me if I confess I hadn’t heard of a chiasmus?…

I must admit, it was new to me, too. Yet obvious by context.

Bluebird of Bitterness blog: Come for the clever collections and stay for the vocabulary expansion.

Tue 2018 Feb 20, 4:55pm
On Gates of Vienna

The Vimeo link appears to be broken. Video can be found at LiveLeak.. for now.

Mon 2018 Feb 19

Mon 2018 Feb 19, 3:03pm
On Bluebird of Bitterness

Today, I can watch this and smile at the talent involved. At the time, I might've appreciated some of the gals (knowing, humble boy that I was, that Annette was too old and out of my league), but on the whole I was impatiently waiting for the next installment of the Hardy Boys, or "Meeska Mooska Mousketeer, Mouse Cartoon Time now is here!"

Those adult men still creep me out, though.

Mon 2018 Feb 19, 11:23am
On Will S.' Sunny Side Blog

"I did! I did! I did taw a puddy tat!"

We have apparently failed to transmit the finest of our culture to the next generation. Sufferin' succotash!