Daily Archives: February 6, 2012

Graphic Design Humor…

… or “What do you expect when you get cheap design?” In Vermont they apparently use convicts for their design work.

Spot the PIG

Payback is a PIG. Vermont inmates cleverly hid a pig on the cow. Vermont State Police have been using the logo for over a year. Photo/Vermont State Police

Thanks to All Hat, No Cattle.

Why are the Republicans screaming about Clint Eastwood and Chrysler?

Clint Eastwood ("Letters from Iwo Jima&qu...

Clint Eastwood

In the dozen or so Super Bowl ads yesterday, several were from automobile manufacturers. So when Chrysler presented Clint Eastwood in a spot called “Halftime in America” which, in very general terms, seemed to highlight President Obama’s Recovery program, Karl Rove and many of the Republican candidates and characters tried to make it a huge “no no.”

After all, if Obama’s recovery activities helped Detroit to start its comeback (especially with the just profitable Chrysler), then the economy isn’t dying as Romney keeps saying.

In a way, it’s like Reagan‘s famous “Morning in America” ad… it doesn’t push a candidate, but puts you in a supportive mood.

As usual, Mitt will do ANYTHING whether he believes in it or not.  Thanks, Moe.

Whatever Works

The Mormon Church has  always opposed gambling in every form, including government-sponsored  lotteries.

Mormon  prophets and leaders have counseled the members over time, to  avoid gambling of any type. Doing so, leads one away from righteousness and  into the hands of Satan. The Mormon belief is that it is an addictive behavior and leads only to destructive habits and  practices. It undermines the value of work and motivates one to think that they  can get something for nothing. In time, the gambler will deny themselves, as  well as their family the basic needs of life. They will oft times steal from  others to finance their addiction, which in turn leads to stealing, robbery,  etc.

From here.

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Germany Decides Genetically-Modified Foods Are Not Welcome

German chemicals giant BASF is closing its biotech division in Germany. The move was prompted by massive resistance to genetically modified food among both the public and politicians. GM opponents are jubilant, while some researchers are complaining this is another case of German hostility to technology.

Extreme violence as art…

Apparently there was some kind of football game on TV last night, blocking out what we regularly watch, so Elly and I watched a movie instead.

Christopher Walken

Since we replaced Dish with Comcast six months ago, we have access to their xfinity channel which is loaded with movies and catch-up shows that you missed during the week (wow… allows us to keep up with our favorite comedy, Big Bang Theory). Running over the free movies we discovered King Of New York  on the IFC Channel which we had never seen before.

This was a 1990 film with Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes and

Larence Fishburne

Lawrence Fishburne, which IMDB said would be a “stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.” When they said violent, they were not kidding.

This was the bloodiest, most violent movie I have ever seen…and all the main characters (and most of the stringers) were dead by the end of the film, having been shredded by machine guns or blown up in their cars, etc.

The problem was, we couldn’t keep our eyes off of it. This was a remarkably well-made film (Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 71%, which is not bad – 10% above the average rating). Part of their description:

The gritty underbelly of New York’s complex, ethnically divided criminal world is exposed in this dark drama from director Abel Ferrara. Christopher Walken stars as Frank White, a drug lord who’s just been released from a long stint in prison. Aware that feeding off of society’s depravity has made him a wealthy man, Frank has become determined to give something back to the city, and he hatches a scheme to build a multimillion-dollar public hospital in one of Brooklyn’s worst ghettos

So it’s a kill all the drug competition and give the millions you make selling illegal drugs to the poor. The New York locations brought my 7 years there back to mind (a particularly nasty sequence on the Flushing Line, which I used to ride home on, made me feel like I was there.)

If you can take extremely bloody conflict, endless bad language, sexual and drug manipulation and not a good guy in sight, police or criminal, take a look at this one. But don’t say you haven’t been warned.