Friday, November 14, 2008

WTF??? 49

"Pregnant man" pregnant again
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thomas Beatie, who was born a woman but lives as a man in Oregon after surgery and hormone treatment, is expecting a second child, Beatie has told Barbara Walters in an interview set to air on television on Friday.
Beatie, 34, who is legally a man but kept female reproductive organs when he had a sex-change operation 10 years ago, is in his first trimester of pregnancy, he told celebrity interviewer Walters for the ABC news program "20/20" that will air on November 14. Walters highlighted the interview on her daytime chat show, "The View," on Thursday.
With his thin beard, Beatie made headlines around the world and was dubbed the "pregnant man" before giving birth to a baby girl on June 29. He told Walters that after giving birth he did not go back on the male hormone testosterone that he took after his sex change, because he wanted to have another baby.
"I feel good," Beatie told Walters. "I had my checkups with my hormone level, as far as the hCG. And everything is right on track."
Beatie was referring to human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone which is produced in women during pregnancy.
He said that the new baby is due on June 12.
Beatie's wife, Nancy, 46, whom he married five years ago, was unable to conceive because of a prior hysterectomy. He has said that is why he had a baby himself, through artificial insemination using donor sperm and Beatie's own egg.
The couple live in Bend, Oregon, and have lead a quiet life since the birth of their baby girl, Susan.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Dan Whitcomb)
Um... wow
Doesn't it kind of defeat the purpose to become a man if you are just going to start churning out kids?
We have a local insurance agent who was a gay man, then had a sex change, then ''she'' realized ''she'' was actually into women so ''she'' became a lesbian-- bet ''she'' misses her willy now (and considering ''she'' looks like Janet Reno on a bad day, I'm betting ''her'' options aren't all that good).
UPDATE: I was looking at the pictures I compiled for this piece and something occurred to me-- a general rule of thumb with nudity is that you can show a woman's bare breast on TV or in newspapers and such as long as the nipple is covered... but now that "he" no longer has breasts, the nipples aren't an issue. Granted, that is the least odd part of all this, but it still strikes me as peculiar.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

WTF??? 48




Batman, Turkey, Sues Warner Brothers, Chris Nolan
Mayor Huseyin Kalkan of Batman, Turkey, is suing both Warner Brothers and Chris Nolan, the director of Batman: The Dark Knight for using the name of his town without permission. On the face of it, this seems like another silly lawsuit. One stated reason for the suit is name infringement, even though the name of the town is actually short for Batý Raman and has nothing to do with a disturbed billionaire dressing up like a bat and manhandling criminals. Batman is the capital of Batman Province and is in an oil producing region in Turkish Kurdistan.
The other stated reason for the law suit is that Mayor Kalkan is blaming the influence of the Caped Crusader for the high rate of female suicides. Many of these female suicides are "honor suicides" which are like "honor killings" but involves a girl being forced to kill herself instead of being killed for the sin of having sex outside of marriage, dressing in an immodest manner, getting raped, or even casually glancing at a male not her close relative. (HUH??? WTF does that have to do with Batman?)
Of course a number of questions arise due to the Batman, Turkey, law suit. First, as Variety suggests, the law suit comes about seventy years too late:"No one from the town of Batman has explained why it took so many years to take legal action. Batman first appeared as a comic book character in 1939 and the "Batman" TV series started in 1966. Tim Burton's first big screen rendition for Warner Bros. came out in 1989."
Doubtless one reason is money. Chris Nolan's Batman: The Dark Knight has made just over a billion dollars so far. No doubt Mayor Kalken of Batman, Turkey, sees an opportunity to get a slice of the action.
Commissioner Gordon could not be reached for comment.

Fake New York Times Offers Liberal Wishlist



This morning, commuters in New York City were handed free copies of what appeared to be the New York Times. In fact, what they had been given was a surprisingly elaborate forgery: A fake version of the paper dated July 4th, 2009 that offers as its lead story "IRAQ WAR ENDS." Other headlines in the paper, which is full of stories that, if true, would be cause for celebration among liberals, include "USA Patriot Act Repealed" and "National Health Insurance Act Passes"; the fake newspaper's slogan is "All the news we hope to print."
They claim 1.2 million papers were printed and that the planning took six months.
The fake paper also has a Web site with all of its articles, which is here, though it has been loading slowly this morning. (That's a screengrab of the Web site above.) Gawker traces the effort to a "longtime liberal prank group" known as The Yes Men.

Pretty funny...

Trademark infringement...


Just saw this on my ''useless knowledge'' gadget:
With U.S. trademark No. 2,347,676, the sad emoticon " :-( " gets the same protection as a corporate logo or any similar intellectual property. Although seen on millions of e-mails, the mark is now officially owned by Despair—a "de-motivational" company that sells humorous posters about futility, failure, and depression to "pessimists, losers, and underachievers!
Wow, can you imagine if we all had to pay to use that? Even if they only made a penny a pop, geez.....................

Obama gets the comic book treatment...


I don't know who is a worse writer, the guy who penned the article or Erik Larsen...
I would just copy and paste the article, but then I'd feel compelled to correct the typos and such.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

WTF??? Rock 'N Roll Special...


The King: Not the greatest?
Two other musicians top Elvis for the title of "greatest singer of the rock era." » Rolling Stone poll
Aretha Franklin greatest singer in rock era: poll
She's already the Queen of Soul, but now Aretha Franklin has been named the greatest singer of the rock era in a poll conducted by Rolling Stone magazine.
Franklin, 66, came in ahead of Ray Charles at No. 2, Elvis Presley at No. 3, Sam Cooke at No. 4 and John Lennon at No. 5, according to the magazine's survey of 179 musicians, producers, Rolling Stone editors, and other music-industry insiders.
The 100-strong list will be published on Friday, when Rolling Stone hits the newsstands with four different covers.
The issue includes testimonials from musicians. R&B singer Mary J. Blige, for example, writes that Franklin is "the reason why women want to sing." Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, who was No. 15 on the list, describes Presley's voice as "confident, insinuating and taking no prisoners."
Besides Franklin, the only other living people in the top 10 were Bob Dylan at No. 7 and Stevie Wonder at No. 9. Marvin Gaye was No. 6, Otis Redding No. 8, and James Brown No. 10.
Other notables included Paul McCartney at No. 11, one place ahead of his idol, Little Richard; and Mick Jagger at No. 16, also one ahead of a key influence, Tina Turner. Among the top 25, 50-year-old Michael Jackson was the youngest, coming in at No. 25.
Voters included Metallica frontman James Hetfield, folk singers David Crosby and Yusuf Islam, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, punk rock veteran Iggy Pop and English pop star James Blunt. They each submitted their top 20 choices, and an accounting firm tabulated the results.
(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

Horseshit!

Happy National Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day


No pineapples either, please...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

For Steve...


I just wanted to send a little love and hopes for good luck out to bloggy buddy BookSteve (http://booksteveslibrary.blogspot.com/). He doesn't have the worst luck in the world, but things definitely never seem to go smoothly either...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Unscrambled...


DORMITORY: When you rearrange the letters: DIRTY ROOM
PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER
ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER
DESPERATION: When you rearrange the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT
THE EYES: When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE
GEORGE BUSH: When you rearrange the letters: HE BUGS GORE (a little outdated)
THE MORSE CODE : When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS
SLOT MACHINES: When you rearrange the letters: CASH LOST IN ME
ANIMOSITY: When you rearrange the letters: IS NO AMITY (in case you are like me and don't know what "amity" means: Peaceful relations, as between nations; friendship)
ELECTION RESULTS: When you rearrange the letters: LIES - LET’S RECOUNT (just so long as Al Franken doesn't win)
SNOOZE ALARMS: When you rearrange the letters: ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S
A DECIMAL POINT: When you rearrange the letters: IM A DOT IN PLACE
THE EARTHQUAKES: When you rearrange the letters: THAT QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO:When you rearrange the letters:TWELVE PLUS ONE
AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE
MOTHER-IN-LAW: When you rearrange the letters: WOMAN HITLER

Yep! Someone with waaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Goodbye, Bruiser...


I hadn't really intended on doing a post about this, but the more I have thought about it, the more I have realized I should honor his memory in some way...
A couple of days ago we had to have mom's rottweiller put to sleep. Over the last couple of weeks he has slowed down considerably and Friday, he couldn't even get up. He was 12 or 13 years old, which is quite old for a large pure bred dog and his hips (among other things) had started to go on him. It was decided to just let him go instead of subjecting him to the pain that was sure to follow. I have seen many many animals die, but I have never seen one pass so gently-- it was a blessing.
I can't really say a lot about the dog considering he wasn't my pet, and he lived outdoors so I saw very little of him, but being that he has been here since I was about 6 years old, he has definitely become a part of my life.
Bruiser (who only lived up to his name in appearance) was one of the friendliest dogs I have ever seen-- the only danger he posed to humans was knocking them down and getting mud on them. Some of my oldest memories are riding him around like a horse, hanging dearly onto his neck chain (he broke regular collars in no time) while he trotted around the yard.
That isn't to say he was not a dangerous canine-- just not dangerous to humans or other dogs (as a rule). But he would kill any cat or goat or anything else that got near him faster than you could say, "No, Bruiser!". I can't tell you how many cats I have lost, but I kind of view it as natural selection-- the smart cats stay away from dangerous dogs and stay out of the way of cars... the dumb ones don't. Over the years, I did save one kitten from him (the little kitty actually managed to fight him off long enough to wedge herself under his doghouse) and one goat (our front door has no porch and is a 6 or 7 foot drop off... his doghouse is underneath it and I leapt out the door onto his back and got him off an old goat we had who only survived because she was a bit big for him to fully grasp quickly).
There were two other scary moments for me with him. Once when Bruiser broke his chain and was wandering the yard, I caught him easily enough and was leading him back to his doghouse but I took him too close to a dachshund (aptly named Rebel) we used to have-- the little shit knew no fear and tore into that rottie like you wouldn't believe... I honestly thought I was caught in the middle of a dogfight. But Bruiser just looked down at him like, "Dude, wtf?", and we went on. The other time, I heard a commotion at about 3am and I grabbed a flashlight and ran outside, stopping just 2 or 3 feet from the business end of a skunk that Bruiser had in his jaws-- he actually managed to kill it before it could spray, but needless to say I thought I was a stinker for sure.
I don't know what else to say really... we have had (easily) 1000's of animals in my lifetime, but few have managed to stand apart from the rest-- Bruiser (literally and figuratively) stood head and shoulders above most of the others and he will be missed.

It's beginning to look a lot like...


Oh dear...


Something has got to be done about this...