Stripteasin’ for Justice: “La Diosa del Metro”

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“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happy Minutes” via the BBC:

Police in Chile have arrested a stripper who was attempting to remove her clothes outside the presidential palace in the capital, Santiago.

Her arrest comes three days after she performed a series of striptease dances on the Santiago underground, the metro.

Monserrat Morilles told reporters that her performances were aimed at challenging the prudishness of Chilean society and that they would continue.

yes, yes of course there is video:

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bonjour tout le monde

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which translates into “NSFW” and “causing a bit of a commotion,” because apparently no one can figure out how and when the pictures were taken, so France now readies itself for a spate of copycats…

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Stripteasin’ for Justice

by twit

The campaigners in their pants

from the BBC:

Campaign group Pants to Poverty said the “pantathlon” showed “the unfinished business of third world debt”

… “Ten years ago this same weekend, 70,000 people gave birth to a new phase in the fight against poverty.

“This event shows our committed ‘panters’ are prepared to drop their clothes to drive governments to drop the debt.”

Craig Haynes, 22, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, was one of those taking part.

He said: “We’re here, not to expose ourselves, but to expose injustice.”

Conservative Students for a Better Bathroom

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looks like they have a lot of work to do…

https://i1.wp.com/rawstory.com/images/other/coulter-khazi-20apr08.jpg because with this kind of menace running around:

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morning cartoons

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and the crowd goes wild…

when it looks like obama flips clinton a bird…

and then Obama gets that dirt off his shoulders:

with a little help from Jay-Z

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Night of the Living Barbies

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https://i1.wp.com/cache.gawker.com/assets/images/39/2008/04/smallish_jenna041708.jpgwell, i’m scared…

or something like that…

“The story is tied to the fact that Jenna Jameson is starring in Zombie Strippers, which, while it may be kitschy, is not porn.”

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dick! you dog!

by lestro

I agree with loadz.

I haven’t seen Cheney smile like this since he shot that dude in the face.

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“fly fishing,” eh? is that what the kids are calling it these days?

After the first glance at this picture, and the reflection in the Vice President’s glasses, I might just have to look further into this “fly fishing” …

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Absolut Vodka Goggles

by lestro

How is it that the nation ranked ninth in the world in academics and first in most affordable education didn’t see that this ad might cause a problem or two?

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In this image released by the Mexican advertising firm of Teran/TBWA on Monday April 7, 2008, an advertisement created for Swedish Absolut Vodka which ran in Mexico, shows a map of the border of Mexico and the United States where it stood before the Mexican-American War of 1848. The Absolut vodka company apologized for the ad campaign amid angry calls for a boycott by U.S. consumers.

(AP Photo/Teran/TBWA)

Needless to say, the right wingers went absolutely batshit, going so far as to create their own response:

The National Illegal Immigration Boycott Coalition (NIIBC) is known nationally for prior sustained boycotts against Miller Brewing and Bank of America for their support for illegal aliens in the US.

The NIIBC has launched a new website at www.boycottabsolut.com to inform American consumers and provide resources for citizens to engage in the boycott.

“Absolut vodka is trying to sell liquor to Mexicans that aspire to control the Southwest United States,” says William Gheen of ALIPAC.

“The warning signs are everywhere. Illegal immigration is creating a rising threat to our existing border lines and the very existence of the United States. The separatist sentiments and animus towards America are prevalent in the Mexican population and the ranks of illegal aliens inside the US creating a clear and present danger to our nation. Everywhere we look, Global corporations have a hand in this brewing disaster and Absolut just made the list.”

I love that the fence extends out into the ocean on both sides…

The company has obviously apologized and offered to send back the bikini team as a distraction.

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morning cartoons

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via Cartoon Brew

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a preview of an upcoming art show called “Gag Me With a Toon

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“an evolutionary sense for both money and women”

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how could there be an evolutionary sense for money?

on one hand, rapid evolution does happen, but the idea that currency (and capitalism) is some kind of biological part of the human condition just doesn’t sound possible.

at least, not yet

The Associated Press reports on April 5, 2008 about “a new but growing field called neuroeconomics that attempts to take the hard-wired science of brain biology and mix it with the softer sciences of psychology and economics to figure out why we make the financial decisions we do.”

the implications are full of hilarity:
https://i1.wp.com/wonkette.com/assets/resources/2008/04/fonda_hanoi.jpg The link between sex and greed goes back hundreds of thousands of years, to men’s evolutionary role as provider or resource gatherer to attract women, said Kevin McCabe, professor of economics, law and neuroscience at George Mason University, who wasn’t part of the study.

“Risk-taking is a natural way of increasing your relative success, but, of course, there’s a downside to it, what we’re seeing right now in the economy,” McCabe said.

The results of the study jibe with the real life on the trading floor, said Phil Flynn, a former Chicago commodities floor trader and current analyst at Alaron Trading Corp.

“I’m not shocked that it may be part of the deal,” Flynn said Friday. “When you talk about all the euphemisms for trading (on the floor), they can be used for sex as well.”

(“Massaging the market” and “hardcore” were about the cleanest that he and his colleagues could come up with.)

… This all makes sense to Harvard economist Terry Burnham, author of the book “Mean Genes.” Burnham said it could be all summed up in a famous line from the movie “Scarface.”

“In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.”

(image via mammaquatia)

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I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me

by lestro

So this week the New York Times has a cool article about patches made for secret military organizations as a team-building, frat boy, secret-handshake-and-head-nod sort of things, with the obvious nerdly tinges that comes with being scientists:

Wizards appear on several patches. The one hurling lightning bolts comes from a secret Air Force base at Groom Lake, northwest of Las Vegas in a secluded valley. Mr. Paglen identifies its five clustered stars and one separate star as a veiled reference to Area 51, where the government tests advanced aircraft and, U.F.O. buffs say, captured alien spaceships….

A patch from a Groom Lake unit shows the letter sigma with the “buster” slash running through it, as in the movie “Ghost Busters.” “Huge Deposit — No Return” reads its caption. Huge Deposit, Mr. Paglen writes, “indicates the bomb load deposited by the bomber on its target, while ‘No Return’ refers to the absence of a radar return, meaning the aircraft was undetectable to radar.”

In an interview, Mr. Paglen said his favorite patch was the dragon holding the Earth in its claws, its wings made of American flags and its mouth wide open, baring its fangs. He said it came from the National Reconnaissance Office, which oversees developing spy satellites. “There’s something both belligerent and weirdly self-critical about it,” he remarked. “It’s representing the U.S. as a dragon with the whole world in its clutches.”

but one of the best really is this beauty, “worn by DC-130 flight crews testing the Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missiles, known as Killer Whale cruise missiles. The control planes were Nos. 716 and 526.”

The story is ostensibly about a book (“I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me”) that looks at these patches and the behind-the-scenes world of organizations that officially don’t exist:

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our tax dollars at work

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The Raw Story reports on March 28, 2008:

“The 22-year-old Florida man who allegedly provided old, substandard Chinese-manufactured ammunition to troops in Afghanistan as part of a nearly $300 million Pentagon contract also started a private company that specialized in selling foreign munitions to civilian gun enthusiasts, according to public documents”

aaaand:

“The company’s Web site was taken down after RAW STORY began asking questions.”

But they were able to find at least one naughty picture from the now-defunct site:

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Captain Bubba and the Spitzer Space Vixens

by lestro

Richard Russo gives Eliot Spitzer the Law and Order treatment:

My fictional Eliot would be complex, would contain paradoxes. He would not be a hypocrite. My Eliot would believe with his whole heart in his crusades against the corrupt and the powerful and the privileged, even as he worked studiously to undermine his legacy. Fiction can accommodate such paradoxes, provided they’re explained.

It has everything: Sex, money, power, stunning hypocrisy, flawed leading character AND a high-class call girl with big time music industry dreams and a history of abuse. Shit, someone call Tom Wolfe quick before Russo writes it.

but more likely I expect an actual Law and Order episode (special victims unit, maybe) to already be in the works based on this sordid little tale…

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it will probably be a two-hour special.

I’d rather see Star Trek handle it… because if Star Trek adapted it, it might look something like this:

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by lestro

I watched an episode on saturday in which beings with great powers disguised themselves as humans and took over the ship and the crew realized that they didn’t understand their human emotions and feelings and had to distract them so Kirk went about trying to seduce the blond woman who was really a 100-foot-long multi-tentacled alien. gotta love that guy.

it’s like if Bubba were a starship captain.

and the ‘beings with great powers’ are apparently kelvans and hidden tentacles or not, it’s tough to blame him…

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postcards from the internets

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when he’s right he’s right: “I have some news for John McCain,” Obama said, according to The Politico. “There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain” started their war… John McCain may like to say he wants to follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but so far all he’s done is follow George Bush into a misguided war…”

when she’s right she’s right twice: “It’s a hard sell for Hillary to say that she is the only one capable of leading this country in a war when she helped in leading the country into that war.” aaaand: “It is only because of the utter open-mindedness of the press that Hillary can lose 11 contests in a row and still be treated as a contender.”

through the looking glass: “First came Harold Ickes, who gave a presentation about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prospects that severed all ties with reality.”

and back again: “A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds Barack Obama with a 16-point lead over rival Hillary Clinton among Democratic primary voters nationwide…

When all registered voters were asked who they favored in a head-to-head general election match up between Obama and McCain, Obama led by 12 percentage points, 50 to 38 percent. In a Clinton-McCain match up, registered voters were evenly split, with 46 percent backing each candidate.”

when the kitteh’z right…

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more postcards after the jump…

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monday cartoons

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Rampant technical issues prevent embedding videos for reasons beyond the twit’s comprehension. Videos are available at the links.

From the Raw Story on Feb 25, 2008:

Sen. Hillary Clinton blames some of her presidential woes in part on unfair press coverage but said she believed Obama had come under increased media scrutiny in recent days.On Sunday, she urged donors to watch the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, which featured a skit mocking last Thursday’s CNN debate as little more than a love fest for Obama.

Video at this link. Additional videos of SNL sketches from the episode are available here, including Tina Fey’s “Bitch is the New Black” sketch.

The twit’s first response was ‘aaiiigh!’ but then she saw the video and how it really, really makes fun of Hillary, her string of losses and her unified lack of popularity. Her endorsement of the video because of its extreme depictions of the media is so out of touch it boggles the twit’s mind.

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There’s no Clinton in baseball?

by lestro

As part of a promo set for their 2008 series of baseball cards, the Upper Deck card company has released a series of caricatures of the presidential candidates put into famous baseball settings from history.

But after an “informal focus group” rightfully complained about the card portraying Hillary Clinton as Morganna, the kissing bandit, the company thankfully pulled the card from packs.

And rightfully so. It is a bit distasteful.

Here’s the explanation linking the two from the back of the card:

“Hillary Rodham Clinton and Morganna Roberts, baseball’s infamous ‘Kissing Bandit,’ share a similar life strategy: go after what you want and get it!” the card reads. But unlike Roberts, who would dash onto ballfields and kiss players during games, it credits Clinton for generating headlines with “her reforms, initiatives and current bid for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination.”

The company plans to re-release in May a new Hillary card (as well as Huckabee, who didn’t expect to be called up to The Show this season), but is certainly backtracking just as pitchers and catchers are reporting for Spring Training.

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

“We wanted this set to be light and humorous and chronicle presidential history,” explained Terry Melia, Upper Deck’s public relations manager. “We married each candidate to a character or moment in baseball history.”

The cards (sprinkled through the regular baseball card set at a ratio of one per every eight packs) feature a caricature of each presidential candidate in a baseball role. Mitt Romney, for example, is seen as Carlton Fisk, waving his famous home run just past the foul pole in the 1975 World Series.

“The others were all male,” Melia said. “Hillary, being the only female in the lineup, we were reaching for comparisons to make.”

Well, they could’ve made her one of the professional women ballplayers honored in the movie, “A League of Their Own.”

Instead they made her Morganna, “The Kissing Bandit.”

For a look at the whole series of “Presidential Predictors” (Including a guest appearance by President Bush), but for some reason missing the Hillary card, click here…

mammaquatia of the day

by twit

and after a long, bouncing introduction, there’s even a song worthy of the footage.

Lots of synth…

thx Jezebel

morning cartoons

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Super Obama Girl vs. The Legions of Doom:

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Ancient Space Girl Dance

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Raquel Welch via YouTube, thx to Boing Boing.

why i hate the aclu

by twit

“In an effort to help Sen. Larry Craig, the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that people who have sex in public bathrooms have an expectation of privacy.”

From TBO.com on January 15, 2008:

Craig, of Idaho, is asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to let him withdraw his guilty plea to disorderly conduct stemming from a bathroom sex sting at the Minneapolis airport.

The ACLU filed a brief Tuesday supporting Craig. It cited a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling 38 years ago that found that people who have sex in closed stalls in public restrooms “have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

public restrooms. expectation of privacy.

That means the state cannot prove Craig was inviting an undercover officer to have sex in public, the ACLU wrote.

::: crickets :::

… The ACLU argued that even if Craig was inviting the officer to have sex, his actions wouldn’t be illegal.

“The government cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Senator Craig was inviting the undercover officer to engage in anything other than sexual intimacy that would not have called attention to itself in a closed stall in the public restroom,” the ACLU wrote in its brief.

the ACLU is arguing that sex in public bathrooms is ok and to solicit sex in bathrooms is ok. what’s the definition of sexual harassment? a little wrong place at the wrong time, a little disorderly conduct in inappropriate public venues?

The ACLU also noted that Craig was originally charged with interference with privacy, which it said was an admission by the state that people in the bathroom stall expect privacy.

It’s called GET A ROOM.

see “uh oh here comes the waiter” @ about 2:35 via YouTube: