Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Life And Getty Images Launch LIFE.com

Probably one of the most amazing collection of photography anywhere is now on line with Life and Getty images launch of Life.com. (beta) Enjoy!

Some Bad And Not So Bad Paintings Of Barack Obama

Well it was bound to happen. Lots of marginally artistic painters (I know what's that) out there and the phenomenon of Obama's presidency have generated enough bad and not so bad paintings found here of our fearless leader to have a coffee house opening. But, I must say I actually love several of these works of art and others not so much.
(Note: click on image after jump to move to the next painting)

Blogging Light

Been up to my elbows in Moisture Festival. So I'm blogging light right now.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Drudge Finds Intelligent Explaination Of Economic Crisis And Cure Boring

Funny how wingnuts find an intelligent discussion and explanation of what President Obama has done, or intends to do in the future to turn the economy around to "being boring". Not enough ideological divisive wedge issue creating bullshit for these halfwits I guess. To them a national political discussion of the economy, health care, the educational, and energy crisis is some sort of waste of time not worthy of anyones attention.

They'd rather be hearing about shit like "Armed customer kills robber at BURGER KING, or "Sen. McConnell: Budget makes USA worse than Cuba". These folks are what's been wrong with political discourse in America for at least the last decade. Stupid in is Stupid out.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Will The People Complaining About Snow Removal In Seattle Please Shut The F@#k Up!

The newest rehashing of the controversy about the winter snow storms is the investigative news reporting in a Seattle Times article pointing out that City officials apparently didn’t have a workable snow removal plan in place when Seattle turned into Montana for about a month this last winter. So tell us something we don't know. Hello everyone, Seattle doesn’t really have snow in the winter usually, so why would the city put lots of scares tax dollars or manpower aside for these type of services. Then they'd surely be accused of not having their priorities straight.

Plus who the hell really anticipated the enormous amount of snow that fell and remained during that two to three week period that ended up paralyzing the city for much of the time when it was happening. I say stop your damn bitching you spoil self-centered, and most likely transplanted complainers. “My driveway was block and I can get out, and my street is slippery and it’s so bad I can’t drive my SUV to work”. Well too fucking bad for you buddy! It’s all so typically part of the modern American way of getting hung up on the small shit. Or complaining because your not personally getting your way.

Historically speaking this last winter has got to be one of the worst years for snow accumulation this region has seen here in years. I personally think it was the worst, and I was born and raised here. But instead of being seen as a weather anomaly, like it probably should be, it will for sure be likely fodder for someone who wants to beat up on the Mayor or the city in the upcoming mayoral campaign or city council elections.

I say grow a pair and stop complaining about this shit, and next time be ready with your own personal transportation disaster plan for snow. In that way you'll be demonstrating some self-reliance which is more historically what real Washingtonians do .

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Photo Of My Late Brother Hawking The Post Intelligencer Circa 1958

Well there you go. I previously had a post on the demise of the PI. Me and my brothers loved the PI. It was our main source of pocket money when we were growing up. RIP PI. Christopher O'Brien my brother died in a auto crash in 1967. He was in college at the time and was a talented athlete who played basketball on a college scholarship and loved to water ski on Lake Washington in the Summer. The photo was taken at the Canadian Pacific Dock on Seattle's waterfront the old pier 64.

Wingnut Power Grab Alert Election For King County KC Conservation District Board of Supervisors

King County Conservation District Board March 19th election polling locations listed below with endorsement of environmentalist Mark Sollitto.

Here's information from the press release from a 34th LD political activist. Apparently Republicans and rightwing property rights wingnuts have been able to dominate this important county conservation board because no one really pays attention to the fact there's an election.

You can make a difference to protect the environment by taking the time to drop by the Vashon Library this Thursday, March 19th to vote. Because of a technical error the progressive candidate’s name, Mark Sollitto was left off the ballot, and to vote for him you will have to actually write his name on the ballot.

Sierra Club supports Mark Sollitto who is a WRITE-IN Candidate, Mark has a masters in public administration. Here is his community experience: Chair, North Bend Park Board; board of directors, Snoqualmie Valley Rotary; Eastside Fire and Rescue; Snoqualmie Valley Cities Association; Meadowbrook Farm Preservation Association. He is or was a council member from North Bend. Mark filed to be a candidate, but due to a technical error, was not placed on the ballot – hence he is a write-in candidate

Very few people know about this election, so one of the Republicans, like Preston Drew, who opposes King County’s Critical Areas Ordinance which is designed to protect streams, wildlife and wetlands, could easily win this election if progressives don’t turn out in healthy numbers to support Sierra Club’s choice Write-in candidate: Mark Sollitto.

KCD is a natural resources assistance agency authorized by Washington State and guided by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Its mission is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources through responsible stewardship. A five-member Board of Supervisors is responsible for all District programs and activities. Since 1949, the KCD has been helping the people of King County manage their natural resources.

This Thursday, March 19th

Polling Locations

King County Library/Muckleshoot Branch - 39917 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E. , Auburn WA 98092
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

King County Library/Bellevue Regional Branch - 1111 110th Avenue NE , Bellevue WA 98004
Poll hours 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

King County Library/Carnation Branch - 4804 Tolt Avenue , Carnation WA 98014
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

King County Library/Covington Branch - 27100 164th Ave. S.E. , Covington WA 98042
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

King County Library/Des Moines Branch - 21620 11th Avenue S. , Des Moines WA 98198
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Enumclaw Public Library - 1700 First Street , Enumclaw WA 98022
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

King County Library/Issaquah Branch - 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah WA 98027
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

King County Library/North Bend Branch - 115 E. 4th, North Bend WA 98045
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

King County Library/Redmond Regional Branch - 15990 N.E. 85th, Redmond WA
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Renton Community Center - 1715 Maple valley Hwy., Renton WA 98057
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Seattle Public Library (Downtown Main Branch) - 1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle WA 98104
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

King County Library/Shoreline Branch - 345 NE 175th, Shoreline WA 98155
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

King County Library/Vashon Branch - 17210 Vashon Hwy. S.W. , Vashon Island WA
Poll hours 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m

Please take the time to vote on Thursday for Mark Sollitto.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Boswell Sisters Heebie Jeebies (1932)

Depression era harmonies.

Thanks to Howard Patterson for pointing this out..

Friday, March 13, 2009

60 Trillion Dollar Time Bomb Worth Of Credit Default Swaps Out There

That's more then the annual global GDP.

Here's how the banks and speculators gambled with your and your grandparents savings, 401K and mutual fund investments in what was similar to putting your money on a horse at the rack track or the using it to play at the roulette table in Las Vegas. The only question I have is, when will these bastards be charged, jailed, tried and sentenced? Like Goldy says over at HorsesAss, the only one really reporting this stuff it seems is a freaking comedian named John Stewart.

Earmarks Are A Good Thing

John McCain why don't you shut the F*@k up, or at least tell your fellow Republicans to practice what they freaking preach. McCain has made a career out of complaining about money earmarked for such things as beaver management. But what McCain does not tell you is the $650,000 spend on that project ends up preventing $5 million in potential damage done by beavers in North Carolina. If I hear him use that line about studying bears DNA in Montana again I'll probably puke all over my TV set.

Sure there are bad earmarks but in the big scheme of things the money spent on earmarks is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions wasted in bottomless pits like military spending or money for phony wars in Iraq or elsewhere. Most of the things that gets done because of earmarks are good, not bad. It sound like you give a shit about spending when you bitch about earmarks but it's just phony political theater.

When a Congressman or Senator brought home the bacon in the form of a earmark in the old days it meant jobs and capitol projects getting built, and probably their reelection. Now the phony Republicans with not much else to offer have turned earmarks into a negative. Bring on the damn earmarks as far as I'm concerned and stop this hypocrisy. The real argument should be about transparency when it comes to earmarks, not banning them.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Vashon Boys Kings of 1A Basketball Destroy Kings HS In Final

Vashon High's boys basketball team destroyed Kings 49 to 24 Saturday night in Yakima to claim the state 1a championship. Vashon uber alles!
(Bill Gage photo)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Colbert Outdoes Himself Lampooning Glenn Beck

These two clips from The Colbert Report must be watch back to back. Fucking Hilarious! The first one is mostly observations of Beck's new gone haywire doomsday scenario show segment and the second, and better one, is Colbert's takeoff of it.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

John Steward Takes On The Rick Santelli's And Cramer's Of The World

Proving once again that if you take financial advise or rely on insightful commentary from these CNBC yahoos your in trouble..... This is just too good not to post again just in case you haven't seen it.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Seattle's Moisture Festival Opens Four Week Run March 11th

Sally Pepper - photo by Michelle Bates

Now for something close to my heart. That would be Seattle's very own Moisture Festival, now about to enter it's sixth season when it opens with a Gala performance March 11th at A Contemporary Theater, ACT downtown .

The Moisture festival brings variete and burleseque performers together from around the world and to Seattle for this four week long festival. The festival has become one of the largest vaudeville, burlesque and variete festivals of it's kind in the world. The Stranger newspaper awarded the Moisture Festival one of it's Genius Awards in 2007. Often called the poor person's Thetro Zinzani, the festival has earned a reputation, high praise and the willing participation of some of the best variete and burlesque acts found in this unique area of theatrical performance. Here's more information on the the line-up of variete and burlesque artists at this year festival and you can find information on how to get your hands on tickets here.

The festival is a celebration of the renewal of the vaudeville genre while also being a unique Seattle centric community and world renowned arts festival. The Moisture Festival was started six years ago by performers and for performers. The Moisture festival is a non profit organization and the proceeds from festival ticket sales are basically shared by the performers after overhead and other expenses are paid. The festival also receives support from outside sponsorships, grants and a large number of volunteers.

This year the Moisture Festival has also added a film festival aspect with the involvement of SIFF. The Seattle International Film Festival aspect will feature vaudeville comedy variete and burlesque related films at SIFF's Seattle Center movie theater during the festival. The films should be a special treat for vaudeville and burlesque buffs and historians of the genre.

The festival opens at ACT theater downtown with a Gala March 11th. ACT shows will offer a combination of Burlesque and Variete show performances. The festival will then move to the 250 seat Hale's Palladium in Fremont March 19th for the final 3 weeks through April 5th. The festival is especially well and widely known for bringing some of the finest and most talented Burlesque artists together to showcase their acts before larger audiences in a traditional theater setting. Also the festival has a heavy emphasis on aerial performers being presented in a way that is visually stimulating and theatrical. Every show features a least one aerial act. There are also a number of benefit shows, workshops and other special events incorporated into the festival, also weekend matinees that tend to be orientated more to the children and family friendly type of audience. All Moisture Festival variete shows are acceptable for families with children, while the burlesque shows are limited to adults.

The festival has been known to sell out early and often, so I suggest you get your tickets early and I hope to see you there.

Have a great Moisture festival in 2009!

Danny O'Brien
Moisture Festival Artist Liaison

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Are Geithner Past Ties To Powerful Banks A Problem When It Comes To Fixing Them

Just asking.

More and more with each passing day you hear criticism mostly by the MSM of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner handling of the banking crisis. Many economist and experts are calling for a more systematic approach in dealing with failing banks. Everyone for this type of approach says that the rules should be laid out so they could be understood by all on just how the government will proceed when it comes to dealing with the bad banks. Not approaching the problem in this way will only create more uncertainly and could prolong the crisis or make things worse.

Up to this time the federal government's approach under former Treasury Secretary Paulson and now Giethner has been to deal with the overwhelming crisis in what could be called a piece meal way. A company like AIG gets in trouble and the federal government rushes in and give them billions. The rules seem to change day to day. AIG has now been given 3 massive bailouts. Once again financial experts think the government should move swiftly towards a systematic, well understood by all, approach to identify troubled banks and nationalization them if necessary instead of going from crisis to crisis.

Yet Geithner seems not to be listening. Could it be that he is too tied to these same bankers he now must stand up to in dealing with such questions as whether to take them over or not? Remember that Geithner actually came from the New York Federal Reserve Bank and much of what has happened has happened on his watch while he was there. It was his job to oversee the very banks that are now the problem. Many of the bankers that got us into the problem worked closely with Geithner when he was in New York. Another question is why the government is so willing to give billions to the same unscrupulous bankers who were the ones who screw things up in the first place. Why haven't they been fired and replaced with new people. This appears to makes no sense.

Simon Johnson a MIT professor and a former research director of the IMF analyzes the bank bailout plans and other alternatives in an extensive interview on NPR. The interview touches on just about every aspect of the crisis, including Geithner's conflicts, and Johnson does a remarkable job making this complex issue understandable for the average person I think. I only hope the president is also getting this type of information and I'm the just being paranoid.

Kiss Limbaugh's Ass People!

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