Saturday, February 18, 2006

more baby plushies

How funny are these little guys?

Saturday night prowling plushy.....

Happy one year blogaversary to Eli!!

It's Eli at Multimedium's first year blog-anniversary! Congrats!

Stop by and visit. Among other things, he always has interesting photos of, well, stuff... up. Like this:

Mardi Gras

Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

I hope that this is only the beginning of New Orlean's resurgence as one of america's jewels.

Like many serial criminals....

Reuters/Jason Reed

.... Bush cannot resist returning to the scene of his worst crime.

Friday, February 17, 2006

More baby plushy - friday version

For no reason at all.

Eeeeeek!!! Rrats!!!!!

Cool!! I wonder if any algebra was involved in this discovery? New Kind of Cosmic Object Discovered
A multinational team of astronomers has discovered an entirely new kind of cosmic object. The small, highly compressed neutron stars, named Rotating Radio Transients (RRATs), are likely related to pulsars.

Neutron stars are the staggeringly dense cores of massive stars left behind after supernova explosions. The objects contain one and a half times the mass of our own sun packed into a space the size of a large city.

"These [new objects] are basically a new type of neutron star, but we're not exactly sure how they fit together with the other types," said astronomer Ingrid Stairs, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

"They are clearly related to radio pulsars somehow, but we'll need more research [to understand the relation]."

As always, I am in awe of how busy god has been the past 6,000 years. Via National Geographic News

Mr. Plushy apologizes....

... for being so fucking cute and plushypornagraphic™. He really can't help it.

Friday cat blogging

Maxx thinks the Olympics are boring. He'd rather watch Discover Channel.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

It's friday somewhere....

Some scottish-fold kitten blogging just for Eli. (though it's kind of hard to tell with him dancing and all)

About shooting bambi

Wolcott sums up what I've always hated about hunting, and the faux macho culture that surrounds it. Skeet Don't Bleed
Rich guys pretending to be Jeremiah Johnson is one of the many fascimile editions of rawhide authenticity being successfully peddled in the media with no one willing to stop and say that inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering on animals should be a source of sin and shame, and that the decent thing to do would be to break Cheney's shotgun in two before anyone or anything else is harmed by his buffoonery.

I'd like to add that I'd prefer that the shotgun be broken over Cheney's arrogant skull. I grew up in a family where the men hunted, and we all learned to shoot a gun by the time we were 12 or so.

It's never stopped me from be appalled and sickened by this need to blow innocent creatures away. Hunters will tell you they hunt for the meat. Ain't so. They'll tell you they like to be "out in nature." That ain't so, either.

They hunt because they like to kill things. Nothing that any of my brothers, hunting friends, or aquaintances has ever said has ever convinced me differently.

When the deer and the ducks can start shooting back, I'll consider it a sport. Until then, it's just butchery.

Good grief

Via Thersites at metacomments, we learn that your tax dollars are being spent to harrass federal workers over bumper stickers. Red State, Meet Police State
Around 2:15 p.m., Scarbrough says, he answered his office phone and found himself talking to a man who identified himself as Officer R. of the Department of Homeland Security. (I'm withholding the officer's name; you know, what with Plamegate and all.) Scarbrough was told that he was in violation of the Code of Federal Regulations, the set of rules that govern all executive departments and agencies, and that he was in danger of being cited unless he came out to the parking lot or let the officer come up to his office.

Read the rest. Somehow I doubt that officers from the Homeland Security Department (who fucking thought up that fascist name anyway?) are bothering people with pro-Bush bumperstickers.

When chimpy talks about the ongoing threat to America, he means us. Don't you feel safer? Feh.

A rare photo....

... of Cheney and his kitten. Bastard!

Eeeeeek!! not so plushy

Toxic toads are taking over Australia. Surely it's mother nature's revenge for John Howard.
The toxic cane toad in Australia is evolving into an "eco-nightmare" capable of covering huge distances, a study in the journal Nature reports.

Scientists say the species Bufo marinus is developing a leggier, faster-moving form that is now hopping out rapidly across the continent.

The toads were introduced 70 years ago to control pests, but have since wrought havoc on indigenous animals.

They kill snakes, lizards, water birds - even crocodiles and dingos.

When harassed they secrete poison carried in two sacs behind the head which is lethal to a potential predator within minutes of being ingested.

Perhaps we can import some to capitol hill.

More baby plushy

This one is teh cute.

Mid afternoon Plushy

Busy day for me... but lion kitty Maxx has volunteered to keep you company.

Where he should be...

AP/Ron Edmonds

...behind bars. Not necessarily for shooting an old man in the face, but for all his other crimes against the american people.


AP/Guillermo Arias

For no other reason than I think we need one. Photo from the 464th anniversary of the founding of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

More plushy babies

Because we can never have too many plushy babies.


Eeeeek! Kitties have no shame.

A corrupt republican probably took them

Via our friends at, it appears nearly a million stars are missing from a globular cluster! Recount Results: A Million Stars Missing
Call it a slip-up in stellar record keeping. A new survey finds that the globular cluster Messier 12 actually has about one million fewer stars than astronomers had long assumed.

Italian researchers made the discovery when they actually counted the stars in Messier 12 using the European Space Agency’s Very Large Telescope in Chile.

Messier 12 is located about 23,000 light-years away in the constellation Ophiuchus. It is one of about 200 known globular clusters in the Milky Way. The number of stars in a cluster can range from 10,000 to more than a million.

Science is a beautiful thing.


It appears that Karl and Duck's campaign of arm-twisting was successful:

Congressional Probe of NSA Spying Is in Doubt
Congress appeared ready to launch an investigation into the Bush administration's warrantless domestic surveillance program last week, but an all-out White House lobbying campaign has dramatically slowed the effort and may kill it, key Republican and Democratic sources said yesterday.

The Senate intelligence committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a Democratic-sponsored motion to start an inquiry into the recently revealed program in which the National Security Agency eavesdrops on an undisclosed number of phone calls and e-mails involving U.S. residents without obtaining warrants from a secret court. Two committee Democrats said the panel -- made up of eight Republicans and seven Democrats -- was clearly leaning in favor of the motion last week but now is closely divided and possibly inclined against it.

They attributed the shift to last week's closed briefings given by top administration officials to the full House and Senate intelligence committees, and to private appeals to wavering GOP senators by officials, including Vice President Cheney. "It's been a full-court press," said a top Senate Republican aide who asked to speak only on background -- as did several others for this story -- because of the classified nature of the intelligence committees' work

As Billmon says, maybe darth cheney threatened to take them hunting.

Can we stop talking about "moderate" republicans doing the right thing now? It's never going to happen.


AP/Evan Vucci

Even Mary Matalin finds the stench of evil overwhelming.

Laura-bot steps out

AP/Chuck Burton

"I'm gonna get a heart when I'm done here, right? Right??"

The face of Collaboration

AP/Charles Dharapak

Dump him now.

"I'm a douche....

AP/Charles Dharapak

"'re a douche.... hey!! you look a lot like skelator!"

"You are..."

AP/David Bohrer

"....gonna blow me when we're done here, right??"

A Failure of Competence

AP/Dennis Cook

So's I wake up this afternoon and flip on the TV just in time to see the press conference at the capital of the republican contingent from the Katrina Response Committee. Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), chair of the Select Katrina Response Investigative Committee, had some rather surprising things to say (for this day and age, anyway.):
"We are a separate and equal branch of government."


"Oversight is an appropriate legislative responsibility."

Gee, you think? Maybe if the republican congresscritters had remembered that, oh, about 4 FUCKING YEARS AGO, this country wouldn't be so screwed up.

You gave a dry drunk frat boy the keys to the kingdom and you're suprised that he and his gang of incompetent fucks have screwed things almost beyond repair?

Time for all of you to come over hear and jump on my razor sharp pitchfork.

"I shot my friend"

"Duck" Cheney goes to faux news and whines about how the media is being SOOOOO mean to him. "Waaaaahhhhhhh!!"

He is the ultimate whiny-ass titty baby. And a coward to boot.

Be a man, face the press and face the American people. Do the right thing for once in your miserable life.

Who's in charge?

This is mystifying to me. We hear everyday that Bush is a "stong leader" and is "fully in charge." But today's press reports of the dynamic in the White House this week after Cheney shot an old man in the face with a shotgun put a lie to that silly notion.

Check out this passage from the Washington Post, Cheney's Response a Concern to GOP
A testament to his power is the deference Bush showed Cheney in the handling of last weekend's shooting episode. White House aides said Bush has not pressured Cheney to disclose more details about the shooting or to apologize.

One person close to both men said that Bush is the only person in the White House who could persuade Cheney to change strategy and that even high-level White House aides are reluctant to take on the vice president's office. That left White House press secretary Scott McClellan to be battered by reporters on national television.

And this passage from the NYTimes article Handling of Mishap Creates Strain in the White House
Several White House officials said no one among the White House staff, including the chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., felt empowered to dictate how news of the accident would be handled.

Really? Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure the office of the Vice Presidency doesn't come with a large helping of noblesse oblige.

Another failing of little georgie the chimperor. He gave an evil old fuck like Cheney so much power that not even the office of the president can control him. Worst. President. Ever.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Lion kitty Maxx is watching.... see if you guys come and eat the chocolates he got you. Then he's going to pounce on you and make you play with him.

Mr. Plushy.... really embarrassed that he tried to suck everyone's blood yesterday, and he realizes that not everyone recognizes mouse as the delicacy that it is.... so he got you guys a more conventional valentine's day gift.


Sign of Satan

Karl shows that he actually is a servant of satan by giving the universal "evil minion" sign.

Roses are red....

...violets are blue,
lion kitty Maxx,
caught a mousie for you.

Happy Valentines Day!!

Reuters/Claro Cortes IV

Monday, February 13, 2006

Maxx is outraged, outraged!

...that half a million people haven't come to see him. So outraged, in fact, that he's decided to become a vampire kitty and suck everyone's blood.

Best Headline of the Day

Leave it to Froomkin to have the best caption for the Cheneyshot flap. Shoots, Hides and Leaves.
Why isn't Dick Cheney on TV right now?

The vice president of the United States shoots someone in a hunting accident and rather than immediately come clean to the public, his office keeps it a secret for almost a whole day. Even then, it's only to confirm a report in a local paper.

About White House Briefing
Check here weekdays at midday for my read on the most interesting items about the president and his staff from major newspaper, magazine and broadcast Web sites and Web logs.

And still from the White House, no details, no apologies, and no Cheney.

No one is suggesting that Cheney shot his hunting buddy on purpose. But could he have been negligent? What does he say happened exactly? What do the others there -- not just their hostess -- say took place? Shouldn't there be some sort of investigation? Does Cheney take any responsibility? And just when was he planning on letting the press know?

The answer, Mr. Froomkin, is never. They were hoping that their version of reality would take over and they could pretend it had never happened.

baby plushies

Hmmphfff. Maxx and I can do teh cute too.

The Rainbow

Reuters/Aly Song

Flory says I should not only alter ethnicities, but gender as well.

Well, okay. So for Tuesday I am a chinese woman at the Spring Festival.

Gregory Goes Wild!!

David Gregory is our plushy hero of the day. No lights, no cameras, but plenty of action at the White House
The atmosphere can get pretty testy in the White House press briefing room from time to time.

But there were no cameras rolling in the Monday morning "gaggle'' today, the morning after news belatedly broke about Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shooting a hunting companion on Saturday. The broadcast sessions of press encounters with White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan are saved for formal afternoon briefings, with the morning gaggles serving as more informal warm-ups. And David Gregory, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, was warmed up.


"Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras,'' the newsman said, his voice rising somewhat. "Don’t be a jerk to me personally when I’m asking you a serious question.''

"You don't have to yell,'' McClellan said.

"I will yell,'' said Gregory, pointing a finger at McCellan at his dais. "If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I don’t appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that’s wrong.’’

A little birdie tells me that lil' Scottie frequently relies on the "but you like me! I'm your good friend!" approach to dealing with the press corp. He's the first to holler "wahhhhhhhh!" like a big whiny-ass titty baby if someone questions his credibility, but he never hesitates to take personal potshots at reporters.

The fact of the matter is that he carries the administration's water each and every day, no matter how ridiculous, mendacious or malicious it is. I'm happy to see someone calling him on his bullshit.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Hey! I never have "hunting accidents"...

...when I'm hunting alien carrots. That Cheney is one careless mo-fo.