Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Time already for another visual break!

Imagine you are here.

The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Florence, Italy

Something nice to look at...

There is so much garbage in the world of politics, isn't there?

For a visual break from the faces of 'all the usual suspects', I give you an extreme close-up of what I was told is a synthetic rock from South America. In reality, it is only 1 and 13/16" wide.

Enjoy the colors!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Respite into the Past

Verona, Italy, in 1984...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thank you, Mr. Culp...now rest

'I Spy' Actor Robert Culp Dies

Read more here.

Robert Culp, dead at 79

You Say It's Your Birthday?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hey, Mayor Daley!

This is how they take care of it in Kenya!

Click to enlarge

Perhaps if the guns collected every year were MELTED DOWN...

...oh, never mind. Daley doesn't give a rat's bum anyway, because there's no money in it for him!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

No one knows for sure...

From Astronomy Picture of the Day:

What shapes the remarkable dust tapestry of the nearby Milky Way Galaxy?

No one knows for sure.

The intricate structures, shown above, were resolved in new detail recently in a wide region of the sky imaged in far infrared light by the European Space Agency's Planck satellite.

The above image is a digital fusion of three infrared colors: two taken at high resolution by Planck, while the other is an older image taken by the now defunct IRAS satellite.

At these colors, the sky is dominated by the faint glow of very cold gas within only 500 light years of Earth.

In the above image, red corresponds to temperatures as cold as 10 degrees Kelvin above absolute zero, while white corresponds to gas as warm at 40 Kelvins.

The pink band across the lower part of the image is warm gas confined to the plane of our Galaxy.

The bright regions typically hold dense molecular clouds that are slowly collapsing to form stars, whereas the dimmer regions are most usually diffuse interstellar gas and dust known as cirrus.

Why these regions have intricate filamentary shapes shared on both large and small scales remains a topic of research.

Future study of the origin and evolution of dust may help in the understanding the recent history of our Galaxy as well as how planetary systems such as our Solar System came to be born.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Census and Daley the Anarchist

Shown here is the 2010 US Census form which you received in the mail this past week.

Note the bright red arrow pointing to the highlighted area. Click to enlarge.

"Do not count anyone living away either at college or in the Armed Forces"

Pretty straightforward, isn't it?

This is one of the long-standing rules of the census, and guess who is telling you to break that rule, that law?

Why, da Mare, Dopey Dick'em Daley, of course!

Daley wants Chicago college students who study out of town counted as city residents on Census

Mayor Richard M. Daley wants Chicagoans to count their out-of-town college student children on their household U.S. Census forms, even though a local Census official said those students should be counted at their colleges.

The difference of opinion between the two officials drew laughter from a crowd of seniors at the Abbot Park Senior Services Center on the South Side today, where officials were encouraging Chicagoans to fill out census forms.

In response to audience questions, Stanley D. Moore, regional director of the Chicago Regional Office for the U.S. Census Bureau, said the law requires that students be counted at their colleges.

“The law says that if they’re in school, we count them where they live on April 1, 2010,” Moore said.

But Daley said the students are coming home for spring break and should be counted here April 1, so Chicago can take advantage of the government money that results from more people being counted.

“If your son or daughter is living in your home five months a year almost or more than that, they’re home for Christmas, they’re home for Easter break. . . they’re home for June, July, August and September. . . it’s simple as that,” Daley told reporters after the event.


Not only is he dopey, he's GREEDY! He is an elected 'servant of the people' telling the people to break the law!

It's time for him to resign--period!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Be a Clown, be a Clown...

If you are going to dress like a clown...

(First Clown of the United States)

...at least do it PROPERLY, like this!

Er...um...Welcome to Spring in Chicago!

Below is my view to the northeast this morning, the official First Day of Spring--HAH!

On a good day, I can see the Evanston downtown hi-rise area, and even the Bahai Temple in Wilmette. The lake is about a half block east, but I won't be taking a walk along it today as the winds are off the lake at almost 20mph, with some window-rattling gusts.

Here's a shot from the lower half of the window. See, it's also snowing, and blowing off the lake!

Well, Merry Spring, everyone...hope it's nicer where you live?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Check this out!

Find these extremely poignant photos here.

Our troops need your support, physically AND spritually!

On this last day (finally!) of winter...

...here's a preview of Spring!

Crocus and emerging tulip leaves at the Emil Bach house (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) at 7415 N. Sheridan Road

Crocus and daffodils in the 1400 block of W. Fargo Avenue (yep, right across the street from Ald. Joe Moore's house!)

"Chalk families" on the sidewalk of the 1500 block of W. Fargo Avenue

Chalk drawings and crocus are sure signs of Spring, aren't they?

It's supposed to SNOW tomorrow!

Shots in the City

15 people shot in six hours

So, er...um...how's that Chicago GUN BAN workin' out for you, Dick'em?

Meanwhile, in Montreal...

Fatal shooting closes Old Montreal tourist area

MONTREAL A brazen daytime shooting left two people dead and two injured in Old Montreal's busiest financial district, which is also a popular tourist area.

Const. Annie Lemieux said Thursday that the shooting took place at a high-end clothing store on Saint Jacques St., in the historic part of the city, which was once the heart of Canada's financial sector and still houses elegant old bank buildings.

Police, responding to a rash of emergency calls, found one man dead in the store. Montreal Police Department spokesman Olivier Lapointe said a second victim died later Thursday. Two others were hospitalized.

Police were on the hunt for a pair of suspects who fled the scene wearing white bandanas over their faces. One was wearing a dreadlocks wig.

Montreal now has had five homicide victims this year.


Although the population of Montreal is a bit more than one third of Chicago's, the people are SHOCKED at only FIVE homicides this year.

The 2009 homicide rate in Chicago ran around 510, or more.

Obviously, banning guns does not get rid of them. Dick'em Daley, you are nothing but a dolt to think the way you do!

Ramirez Takes a Shot at Healthcare!

Pelosi at her finest!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Today's Lake Michigan...

...had sooo many blues, I just had to shoot!

These shots are all taken at Leone Park-Beach, in Rogers Park.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Did someone forget the scalp touch-up?

From BreitbartTV:

FNC's Baier Presses Obama on Past Criticism of ‘50-Plus-One’ Strategy

Screen grab from about 18 secs into the interview

What is that huge scar-like lightness that runs from behind his left ear almost to his cowlick and back down to behind his right ear?

It's very jagged, so it seems not to be from surgery, but more likely from some sort of life-threatening accident in his younger days, whereupon he would have suffered some brain damage? Well?

The right side of Obama's head, at a White House Christmas party in December, 2009

Just askin', Barry, because it's a mighty curious looking thing!

Check this out!

PolitiZoid: Honest Abe Returns

At long last, Mr. Lincoln is back at Disneyland. His words have never rung more true. This is a first look at the new Abraham Lincoln audio-animatronic at Disneyland’s Great Moment’s with Mr. Lincoln. Presented by www.MousePlanet.com.

h/t: www.therealbarackobama.wordpress.com

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010


Waiting, patiently, for spring to arrive...on the 20th!


Or the Democrats' 'self-annihilation'?


Beware the Ides of March!

'Cesar sa mort'
Vincenzo Camuccini (1773-1844)

Courtesy of Wikipedia:

The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martias) is the name of March 15 in the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months.

The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 709 AUC or 44 B.C.

Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.

According to Plutarch, Caesar was warned by a seer to be on his guard against a great peril on the Ides of March.

On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated) Caesar saw the seer and joked "Well, the Ides of March have come," to which the seer replied "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone."

This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March."

Another incident on this date happened in 1917, when Nicholas II of Russia abdicated.


And how will you celebrate?

Bowing low to their IDOL!

From Doug Ross @Journal

The screen grab of Sunday's edition of the New York Times, with what appears to be a heavily Photoshop'd (TM) 'deification' of the current president:

"Now consider the Times' choice of imagery to accompany the article.

"Let's review the central attributes of the photograph:

*Obama, in what has become a tradition for the media, is deified with lighting that resembles a halo (ever recall the use of similar lighting for George W. Bush?)

*Deification is further emphasized through the use of a cross watermark, courtesy of a mosaic filter

*The focus, however, is on Obama's single upraised finger, the digit pointing towards the heavens, as if to say "I am the one that can save us, as it was foretold by the ancients." Or something.

*The White House, a tiny, nearly transparent reflection, is located below the President; it seemingly says that the man is bigger than the office. He is more real. He is more important. He is the One.

Of course, in real life, Barack Obama appears to be little more than a cigarette-puffing Chicago pol, trained in the Alinsky school, whose doctor recently requested cut down on his drinking."

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tonight's the Night!

Set your clocks AHEAD one hour!

WTH? Chicago's new gun owners?

Click to enlarge each of these screen grabs.

Read them carefully.

Then, could someone please explain why the branch of the US Dept. of Education, in CHICAGO, requires 27 specially-outfitted SHOTGUNS?

What's up?

Spring break is postponed 'til...er...uhhh...

Just in, from one of his "other" hometowns!

Courtesy: REUTERS/Supri

Students hold posters of U.S. President Barack Obama as they protest against Obama's plans to visit Indonesia, outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta March 12, 2010.

The posters read "Obama is the enemy of Muslims".

We the Cartoonists...

Steve Kelley

William Warren

Michael Ramirez

'Nuff said, yet?

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's OUR America, Barry!

You can either love it--

Thursday, March 11, 2010


"The constitutional purpose of a budget is
to make government responsive to public opinion
and responsible for its acts."

President William Howard Taft