Thursday, April 22, 2010

So, Barry, who the hell IS a 'fat cat'?

Besides you and Michelle, that is. Look closely at the document. CLICK on it. What do you see--no, I am asking you, Tyrell, who lives on the South Side of Chicago.

TYRELL: I see Barack Obama made way over FIVE. MILLION. BUCKS.!

JOHN DOE: So what do you think about that, Tyrell?

TYRELL: I be thingkin O is one o'dem 'fat cats' hissef!

First, I see no SS numbers, though Barry has reputedley used more than 30 different numbers through the years!

Second, the fictionol Tyrell is quite correct--
Barack Obama is a 'FAT CAT' NOW!

Interruption with the definitions of 'fat cat'

fat cat

–noun Slang .

1. a wealthy person from whom large political campaign contributions are expected.

2. any wealthy person, esp. one who has become rich quickly through questionable dealings.

3. an important, influential, or famous person.

4. a person who has become lazy or self-satisfied as the result of privilege or advantage.

Origin: 1925–30, Americanism Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

fat cat

n. Slang
A wealthy and highly privileged person.

A wealthy person who is a heavy contributor to a political campaign.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Slang Dictionary

fat-cat definition

n. someone with great wealth and the accompanying success. : I like to watch the fat-cats go by in their beemers.
mod. having to do with wealth or a wealthy person. : You'll never see me driving any of those fat-cat cars.

Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition. Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw Hill
Idioms & Phrases

fat cat

A wealthy and privileged person, as in This neighborhood, with its million-dollar estates, is full of fat cats . This term originally meant "a rich contributor to a political campaign," and while this usage persists, it now is often applied more broadly, as in the example. [Colloquial; 1920s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 1997.
Published by Houghton Mifflin

Is it not comforting that our current president CHOOSES to use SLANG to get through the 'ding-dong-day'?

Sunset over the Arno

Bill Morton seems to trying to 'best' me with his shots of 'flowers' at (but he does not know they are MAGNOLIAS: he just calls them 'flowers'!), so I leave you with something he could never, ever show you.

The sunset (at this time of year) in Florence, Italy over the River Arno in 1982.

Ah, the apple trees!

Apple and Crabapple trees in bloom on Sheridan Road, Rogers Park, Chicago, USA!

For those of you interested...

...copies of this are available.

This is a huge fungus that grew immediately to the south of the Farcroft Apartments, in a cut-down tree off the alleyway. I shot it three years ago, and placed it upon an original abstract background.

It and the tree stump no longer exist.

Contact me at: if you are interested.

Come, walk with me...

...and we'll take the gondola to San Giorgio!

Come inside my daffodil...

...said the girl.

Daffodil: photographed at the Gateway Centre, Rogers Park neighborhood, Chicago

"I will show you the simple meaning of life."

In Rogers Park today, there is beauty and then?

It's a tiny triangle at the intersection of three rights of way--Rogers Avenue, Birchwood Avenue, and Ashland Avenue in Rogers Park. It probably never had to be there, but, back in 1953, the American Legion Joyce Kilmer Post 780 (which seems to not be situated in Chicago) set this copper plate in this huge boulder to remind American citizens of just what our armed forces have done for us, how they have helped us continue to be free.

Last autumn, the curbing was re-done on this triangle, bulbs were planted, new mulch was placed, and these magnificent Forsythia seem to be new.

During the four springs now that I have lived here in Rogers Park, each time I pass this small memorial, I stop and think of someone I have known who served, and how courageous they were. It does give pause.

Thank you to all those responsible for the renovation--it looks great!

Just a block and a little more to the west lies Ald. Joe Moore's Gateway Centre where, I found today, (Earthy Day) this scenario:

Truly, Spring has come to Rogers Park and the 49th Ward of Chicago!

The tulips and daffodils are in full bloom; the maples and rosebushes have leaves; and the SKANKY, CA-CA BROWN CHRISTMAS WREATH STILL HANGS BETWEEN THE PEELING COLUMNS!

Nice, professional management of the mall, isn't it?

What would Col. Sanders say?

Susan G. Komen for the Cure makes mockery of self with KFC pinkwashing campaign

From Mike Adams' long but informative post at Natural News:

(NaturalNews) Susan G. Komen for the Cure has now crossed the line into asinine idiocy thanks to its new alliance with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), where pink buckets of fried chicken are sold under the slogan, "Buckets for the Cure." I'm not making this up.

This idea that buying fried chicken is actually going to cure cancer is one of the most utterly idiotic health ideas yet witnessed in American pop culture. Komen for the Cure is so far gone from reality that the organization apparently doesn't even think twice about suggesting such an absurd idea.

Eat more fried chicken, folks, and then what? Loading up on that kind of a diet is more likely to cause you to kick the bucket than to find a cure for cancer.


What other chemical ingredients might you find in KFC foods? The company actually publishes a list of ingredients for its menu items. I went through that list and found all the following ingredients on the KFC menu:

Partially hydrogenated soybean oil (contains trans fats)

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (linked to diabetes)

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) (linked to cancer)

Titanium Dioxide (used in sunscreen)

Yellow #5 (chemical coloring)

Propylene Glycol (used as antifreeze in RVs)

Rendered Beef Fat (gross)

Red #40 (another chemical coloring)

Sodium nitrite (linked to pancreatic cancer)

Soy Protein Concentrate (may be processed with hexane)

Sugar (refined)

Sodium Benzoate (chemical preservative)

Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat Protein (may contain hidden MSG)

Beef Extract (eww)

Corn Syrup Solids (more processed sugars)

Liquid Margarine

Sodium Caseinate

Autolyzed Yeast Extract
(another hidden source of MSG)...

and lots more. Read the ingredients yourself at:


"Buckets for the Cure"

Now KFC is offering yet another new example of pinkwashing: selling pink buckets of fried chicken to "end breast cancer forever."

In an ironic twist, KFC's "Buckets for the Cure" campaign urges people to buy buckets of unhealthy food to help cure a disease that kills women.

The American Institute for Cancer Research says there is "convincing evidence" that excess body fat increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.

Obesity is also tied to shorter survival rates for women who develop breast cancer.

Like most fast food chains, KFC has an overwhelming presence in communities known to have poor health outcomes, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation certainly must know that such social inequities effect breast cancer mortality rates.

Given all this, "Buckets for the Cure" is a particularly disturbing pinkwashing partnership.


Did I read the word 'OBESITY'?

Uh-oh, better watch out, or you'll have this harradan 'up in arms'...erm...

...I guess she is already, huh?

(Just a question: Why does she wear low-cut tops and long sleeves lately when she's around children? Just wondering?)

Chase Avenue Magnolias

One of the finest magnolia 'bushes' I've seen is actually tree-size and is located in the 1500 block of W. Chase Avenue in Rogers Park.

Just spectacular!