Memorial Day Music Blogging

For their song “Remember Me”, the band British Sea Power provides a perfect video for Memorial Day.

We remember. Requiescam In Pacem.

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May 31st, 2010 by admindude

Some gave all

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, and be sure to thank those men and women in uniform for their service to our country. 

Duty and honor

Photo via the U.S. Army’s Flickr stream.

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May 31st, 2010 by admindude

A minuet in three parts

Just something to entertain you on a stress-fee Sunday afternoon. 

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May 30th, 2010 by admindude

Saturday Movie Blogging – Tin Cup

Filmed in lovely Tubac, Arizona

Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed Bull Durham, teams up with Kevin Costner for a second time and together then turn out a great little movie about golf, romance and the joys of risking it all, and Cheech Marin resurrects his career with his scene-stealing role as Costner’s caddy/wingman. 

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May 29th, 2010 by admindude

Double-tap the messenger

As they say, it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up

Mills’ campaign manager, who, by the way, is also a woman, denied the flier was meant to be sexist and blamed the poor word choice on a mix up at the print shop. Camilla Strongin told the Guardian the mailer should have said it’s time to hire “a real leader” for the job.

I think Buz is a great man who’s done a lot for this state and many different conservative causes (and I REALLY hope this doesn’t get me barred for life from Gunsite), but “the printer screwed it up” just doesn’t hold water. 

Sorry, Buz. It’s over. 

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May 28th, 2010 by admindude

Real campaigns of genius.

In his quixotic quest for the Governor’s office, businessman Buz Mills is throwing good money after bad to unseat the popular incumbent Jan Brewer. While he didn’t have a chance before, after his latest mailer you can consider his campaign officially over.

Of all the issues to choose from, he attacks SB1070-signing Jan Brewer on illegal immigration? He might as well attack John McCain on insufficient sensitivity to Vietnam-era POWs.

But Mills’ capital offense is the sexist tagline, “It’s time for a real man to secure Arizona’s border.” Better yet, he mailed this piece to Republican women.

The inside of the mailer is no better, even misspelling Mills’ name. Game over, Buz.

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May 28th, 2010 by admindude

Stop, drop & roll. Or, just run around screaming.

An Alabama woman decided to get back at the guy who repossessed her car by lighting it on fire. But, being an overachiever, she lit herself on fire as well. Way to give it 110 percent!

Oh, did I mention there’s video?

Woman sets herself on fire in attack on car

Link here.

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May 28th, 2010 by admindude

Navy to use dolphins, sea lions to protect sub base

Is there anything Obama can’t do?

The Navy says dolphins and sea lions will stand guard this year at a Washington state submarine base to detect any underwater swimmers who might approach the base on Hood Canal.

The Navy is keeping security details secret, but the environmental impact statement for the project said there would be fewer than 20 animals kept in heated enclosures when not on patrol.

Marine mammals have been used as guards for years at another Trident submarine base at King’s Bay, Ga.

Navy spokesman Tom LaPuzza in San Diego told the Kitsap Sun in a story Wednesday that Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions are ready to go on patrol at Bangor.

The dolphins can find an intruder and release a beacon. Sea lions can attach a cuff to a swimmer’s leg.

I give it one year before Obama releases the statement, “the dolphin acted stupidly.”

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May 28th, 2010 by admindude

Arizona by-ways

This is more of Vox’s stock in trade, but I can’t resist posting a few photos of the wondrous beauty of Arizona. 

San Xavier del Bac is probably Arizona’s best-known (and most-photographed) mission, but my favorite is just down the road, the oldest mission in Arizona, Tumacácori

Hécho por Padré Kinó.

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May 28th, 2010 by admindude

Reacting to weak polls, Obama updates image.

After months of public missteps, embarrassing distractions and declining poll numbers, the White House is rolling out a new-look Obama to recapture the public imagination.

Instead of the staid, stuffy image Obama has been sporting, campaign stylists have chosen a youthful, hip image popular among the tween set.

“Back in 2008, Obama became inexplicably popular and rode it all the way to the White House,” according to administration Coiffure Czar Christophe LeBon. “My 28-member team thought, ‘who is inexplicably popular in 2010 and how can we best capture his essence?’ I think we nailed it.”

This search resulted in a new look that insiders are calling the Barack OBieber. “Pop sensation Justin Bieber exudes freshness and demands affection,” according to LeBon, “even from the President’s daughters. This should help both his political agenda and his home life.”

Chief Political Adviser David Axelrod will measure the look’s success via social media. “We will own Twitter’s Trending Topics by July,” he claimed. Axelrod would not confirm rumors that a “Michelle Gaga” look will be rolled out next month.

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May 28th, 2010 by admindude