Just another day in Vegas

I took this picture yesterday from the third floor of the Clark County Courthouse, around noon. It was a beautiful day.

In Closing: “And the recess appointment power doesn’t work why?”; common sense; keeping their priorities straight; yeah, I think many of us would have bought the T-shirt; NY Times catches up to the end of private practice (they’re only about a decade late); now can we work on the unemployment problem?; and as much as I hate to even think about it, lessons from the Baby Sitter’s Club.

They Don’t Like Baths

Complimentary water bottle, courtesy of the Cashman Cougars of Cashman Middle School.

In Closing: Anybody know where we can score 11 million jobs?; women need to stay the heck out of Utah; aw, poor banks may have to write down some “assets” to what they are worth!; obligatory health insurance reform would be incomplete without pointing out that Rep. Grayson has written a brilliant, 4 page law that would let anybody buy in to Medicare at cost — but only if they want to of course; “Today, Richard Nixon would be considered a flaming liberal. In Nixon’s day, Barack Obama would have passed as a typical conservative….” (my, how the labels have shifted since Archie Bunker’s day!); a picture worth a billion dollars words; poor effing babies; and finally, can everybody shut up about overpaid doctors now? That’s a load of crap! Now CNN tells us the obvious, that some nurses make more than your typical family practice doctor — the guy you actually need for your sore throats and blood pressure meds —  and I bet they have lower student loan debt too.

“I’d Love to, but Chinese Food Gives Me Gas”

In Closing: Let them eat chard; Christian Taliban are a scary bunch; the failure of progressive organizations; when did the term “centrist” get hijacked?; more sobering facts about what a crappy year 2009 was; NBC the Barbarian (Conan the Classy); Gin and Tacos offers an idea; Haiti follow-up includes the importance of building codes and Satan replies to Pat Robertson; and if there’s a silver lining to our crappy economy, it’s that people are trying to live within their means.

Well, points for creativity.

Deer Hunting

An untitled embroidery by Andreana Donohue, as displayed last year in Las Vegas City Hall.

Some things are best left without too much commentary.

In Closing: Top Fails of the Year; I didn’t know Sybil was a Senator; it turns out teaching kids in English is a Good Thing; the more we learn about the Senate health insurance compromise, the more clear it is that they sold us constituents down the river (and I’m much to mad to put together a coherent post about it); interesting question; Net worth of Americans is going up; New to Nevada? Get your driver’s license now; Men Not At Work; 50 things everyone should know how to do; something for Tony Horton fans (somehow they’re all funnier when Tony says them); quote of the day; and maybe in the middle of trying to murder your math professor is the wrong time to learn about basic firearm maintenance.

If you say so

This was taken in the gymnasium of a nearby school. In reality, the Women’s Restroom is beyond the drinking fountains to which the sign points. Nevertheless, it’s amusing.

In closing is mostly economics today: Oh where, oh where has my health data gone? oh where, oh where could it be?; unemployment is up, even the way the Department of Labor measures it, in the biggest jump since the Reagan Administration; nevertheless some companies want to hire cheap immigrant highly skilled foreign workers; the real Misery Index is miserable; Robert Reich on the need for a real stimulus package, not just spewing some checks and hoping the economy gets better; Dyre on McCain thinking warrant-free wiretaps are just fine and dandy; a really touching picture that gives me a lot of insight into their relationship; and turning customs agents into DMCA enforcers. We had to learn from an Irish news source that “an international copyright treaty being formulated by the US, EU, Canada, Japan and Australia” in its proposed form “could see customs officers checking media players for pirated material”. Now tell me this: how exactly can the customs officer prove you don’t legitimately own the CD at home? I don’t know about you, but I would rather that customs officers spent their limited time and resources trying to keep genuine contraband such as drugs and weapons from moving across borders, rather than checking iPods.

Have a great weekend, folks.

Happy Memorial Day

Picture of the Washington Memorial courtesy of Royalty Free Clip Art.

Celebrate with the last living American Veteran of World War I The Great War. But if you are going to celebrate with the President, the Secret Service would like you to leave your dogtags (and anything you could conceivably use as a weapon) in the barracks.

In closing: Will work; why is oil so expensive, take one and take two (if you said “because we’re not digging up the ANWR” or “because of OPEC” you’d be wrong); MegaPenny project; Old Time Radio; that’s how you invoke Bobby Kennedy; job cuts aren’t just for the little people anymore; when the world’s richest man says we’re in a recession, you’d better listen; heathens don’t drive Fords; Interesting translations; and Stationmaster Tama is back in the news, with a prosh photo over at Cute Overload to boot. Yes, Tama-san is still a cat. Not enough Japan for you? Then stock up on sake and rice crackers; ABC is filming a game show called “I Survived a Japanese Game Show.”

Glad the price wasn’t in pounds.


I took this picture last year as all those little kiosk shops in the mall were trying to get rid of inventory before closing down for the year. Clearly they were selling “bootie” style slippers, rather than women’s derrières. If you need more evil pictures for Christmastime, try these.

In closing: too big to fail by design; steakhouse economics; Hooverville Reborn; top 10 gadgets of the year; it’s going to be a long time before anybody names a child Katrina; a run on the food bank; home is where the heart is even when you are “homeless”; David Sirota on the conspiracy of conspiracy theories; and finally, maybe we’ve been too hard on Congress. Maybe.

Hope everybody had a great Hanukkah and Solstice, hope everyone will have a great Christmas and Kwanzaa and whatever else you celebrate!