Sunday Reads: Cold Temps, Cold Tea and Warm Bed

Good Morning!

It is cold in Banjoville, we are talking low 20′s, and living near the river makes the air feel damp and harsh.  I’ve avoided the news this weekend, there is something going around…like when you have a hunch that you are coming down with a cold…but instead of dreading it, you are actually welcoming it. Why? Because it gives you a reason to sleep all day and not have to explain your crappy attitude to your family and friends.

Actually, the yesterday started very well and exciting, but when I opened the fridge and was hit with the leftover turkey fumes, it just drained all the energy out of me.

Anyway, here are some links to get you started this morning. You got your cup of Joe? Mug of tea? (My tea is already cold.) Flask of Southern Comfort? (Some may prefer whiskey or vodka, but I love me some SoCo.)

Juan Cole had an interesting post this past week, If You are 27 or younger, you’ve never lived through a colder than average month (Bump)

Paul Bump at Grist points out that The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on global temperatures in October 2012 as follows:

“The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces during October was 14.63°C (58.23°F). This is 0.63°C (1.13°F) above the 20th century average and ties with 2008 as the fifth warmest October on record. The record warmest October occurred in 2003 and the record coldest October occurred in 1912. This is the 332nd consecutive month with an above-average temperature.”

He then did a quick calculation, and concluded that if you were born after April, 1985, i.e. if you are 27 or younger, you have never experienced a month with a global average temperature colder than the 20th-century average. (Obviously, you may have experienced a month at lower than local averages, though that would be rare, too; the point is about world averages.)

Cole links to a video from NASA:

One thing that is not cold, is the tension in Egypt. I have a few updates that you may not have read about yet:

Egypt braces for more protests

If Sunday is anything like the last several days in Egypt, it will not be quiet.

Egypt’s ElBaradei Calls on President to Rescind Near Absolute Powers

Prominent Egyptian democracy advocate Mohammed ElBaradei has called on Egypt’s president to rescind the near absolute powers he has granted himself.

ElBaradei says President Mohamed Morsi must take the action to avoid the possibility of increased turmoil in the country that has recently shed its longtime repressive government.

Nobel laureate ElBaradei addressed crowds that gathered Saturday in Cairo’s central square to protest President Morsi’s decrees that put him above judicial oversight and protect his Islamist supporters in parliament.

Egypt’s highest body of judges, the Supreme Judicial Council, also condemned President Morsi’s decree. The judges Saturday called the move “an unprecedented attack” on the independence of the judiciary. Judges in Alexandria have gone on strike, saying they will not return to work until the decree is withdrawn.

Egypt rights groups and ElBaradei denounce Mursi decree

Anti-Mursi protesters chant slogans in front of the Supreme Judicial Council building in Cairo, 24 November 2012
Critics and supporters of Mr Mursi have staged rallies since the decree was announced

More than 20 Egyptian rights groups have called on President Mohammed Mursi to withdraw the decree granting himself extensive new powers.

The 22 groups signed an open letter saying the president “has dealt a lethal blow to the Egyptian judiciary”.

Meanwhile, in another part of the Middle East:

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Middle East crisis social media

Middle East crisis social media © Peter Broelman,Australia,Middle East,Israel,Hamas,Palestine,Palestinians,war,Gaza, gaza fighting

Here is an op/ed from Robert Fisk: Netanyahu leads Israel into isolation Go ahead and give that a read.

I’ve got more news that involves two sides fighting…this time in Japan, between the right-wing Nationalist and the environmentalist: Dueling protests in Tokyo over dolphin and whale hunts

Environmentalists and nationalists held opposing rallies over the issue of Japan’s dolphin and whale hunts in a rare showdown in central Tokyo on Saturday, leading to angry scenes.

About 50 anti-whaling activists gathered at a park in the Shibuya shopping district with banners bearing slogans such as “Stop the cruel dolphin hunt!” while across the street about 30 nationalists shouted “Get out of Japan!”

The nationalists accused the environmentalists of undermining Japanese culture and traditions, saying “environmental terrorists” should be sent to slaughter houses.

I can only think of that episode of South Park…Whale Whores:

Stan and his family are spending his birthday at the Denver Aquarium where they will get to swim with the dolphins. Things turn bloody when the Japanese attack, kill all the dolphins and ruin Stan’s big day. There seems to be no end to the senseless killing. Stan takes on the cause to save the dolphins from the Japanese.

Down in Cuba, there is quite a stir about a recently elected official: Cuban transsexual elected to public office

Adela Hernandez

Adela Hernandez hailed election triumph as another milestone in gradual shift away from macho attitudes in Caribbean country. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP

A Cuban transsexual has become the first known transgender person to hold public office in the country, winning election as a delegate to the municipal government of Caibarien in the central province of Villa Clara.

Adela Hernandez, 48, hailed her election in a country where gays were persecuted for decades and sent to rural work camps as another milestone in the gradual shift away from macho attitudes in the years since Fidel Castro himself expressed regret over the treatment of people perceived to be different.

Hernandez, who has lived as a female since childhood, served two years in prison in the 1980s for “dangerousness” after her own family denounced her sexuality.

“As time evolves, homophobic people – although they will always exist – are the minority,” Hernandez said by phone from her home town. Becoming a delegate “is a great triumph”, she added.

This is a big deal in Cuba:

For years after the 1959 Cuban revolution, authorities hounded people of differing sexual orientation and others considered threatening, such as priests, long-haired youths and rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts. But there have been notable changes in attitudes toward sexuality.

“I would like to think that discrimination against homosexuals is a problem that is being overcome,” Castro told an interviewer some years ago.

Read the rest of Hernandez story at the link.

I’ve got another transgender, I guess it is more of a cross-dressing story for you. This one is about The 72-year-old Chinese grandfather who models teen-girl clothes I will just post a picture…you can click to see the rest.

18 November 2012 01:09 PM

offbeatchina.com

…and, what is more, looks pretty good doing it. Kate Moss, eat your heart out, the world’s newest superpower has a new supermodel to match. But Liu Xianping is not your average clothes horse.

Why does that image remind me of Andy Warhol?

More newsy articles after the jump…

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Friday Nite Lite: Oops, I forgot it was Friday!

Good Evening!

Yeah, I am running late tonight. For some reason I kept telling myself that it was a Thursday. Well anyway, I have got lots of cartoons for you tonight.

This first one is very clever…see how long it takes you to catch it. Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » General Petraeus

General Petraeus © Manny Francisco,Manila, The Phillippines,General Petraeus,CIA,sex scandal,US military,pentagon,petraeus resigns

I will stick with the Housewives of Mac Dill AFB…and the Generals and Spies who love them…

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Pants on the Ground

Pants on the Ground © Ken Catalino,National/Syndicated,petraeus,affair,pants,woman,cia,email,military,resigns,petraeus-affair,petraeus-resigns,petraeus affair, spy

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Spy Who Loved Me

Spy Who Loved Me © Cal Grondahl,Utah Standard Examiner,petraeus,resigns,woman,affair,scandal,cia,petraeus-resigns,petraeus resigns, spy

I didn’t think that cartoon was too funny, but I do love that Carly Simon tune however.

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Petraeus Pillow

Petraeus Pillow © Jeff Darcy,The Cleveland Plain Dealer,benghazi,coverup,petraeus,mistress,pillow,oath,cia,scandal,resign,petraeus-resigns,benghazi-coverup

Now, that cartoon is way better than that movie Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

This next one is funny…Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Afghaniscandal

Afghaniscandal © David Fitzsimmons,The Arizona Star,Petraeus,Allen,Jill Kelley,Paula Broadland,scandal,petraeus affair, petraeus resigns

On to another take on the scandal, this one is from the viewpoints of a couple of ol’ queers…Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Heterosexuals in the military

Heterosexuals in the military © John Cole,The Scranton Times-Tribune,military,david petraeus,petraeus,broadwell,kelley,gay rights,dont ask dont tell,dadt,petraeus affair

Damn, ain’t that the truth.

I’ve got a few more, Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Love General

Love General © Daryl Cagle,CagleCartoons.com,General David Petreaus, General John R. Allen, army, CIA, Paula Broadwell, medals, awards, uniform

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Sex Scandal

Sex Scandal © Nate Beeler,The Columbus Dispatch,general,david petraeus,sex,scandal,politics,cia,director,central intelligence agency,affair,extramarital,broadwell,media,news,tv,television,alien,invasion,ufo,military,petraeus affair, spy

Alright!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enough of that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There was a great post by Dakinikat today, and it had a very profound ending. This next cartoon accents her post so well.

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Pray to the Lord

Pray to the Lord © Bill Day,Cagle Cartoons,Peace,Mideast,God

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Control panel Middle East

Control panel Middle East © Tom Janssen,The Netherlands,Middle East revenge, Israel Gaza revenge, Gaza rockets Israel,

Peace and Revenge…hmmmm.

This next one is one of my favorites tonight…and it deals with the Twitter War: Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Tweet War

Tweet War © Cardow,The Ottawa Citizen,hamas,israel,twitter,tweets,social,media,war,modern

Too funny!

Ah, and what about the new Succession talk? Well, the cartoonist have been busy with that topic too. Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Government Check

I think Bill Plante used to be a cartoonist for Chattanooga’s newspaper back in the mid 2000′s, so he has first knowledge of this kind of mentality.

Government Check © Bruce Plante,Tulsa World,check,usa,money,dependent

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Cool Movement

Cool Movement © Jeff Koterba,Omaha World Herald, NE,secession,movement,lincoln

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » House Divided

House Divided © Steve Breen,The San Diego Union Tribune,lincoln,house,divided,lincoln

Wow, this is a long post…I think I will split the Friday Nite Lite into two….so let’s end with a cartoon to make us all laugh.

Cagle Post – Political Cartoons & Commentary – » Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones © Bill Schorr,Cagle Cartoons,rolling stones,keith richards,mick jagger,old

Well, the second batch is coming up…be sure to check back later tonight or early tomorrow morning.

This is an open thread.


It feels like a Monday Evening…

…So here is your evening reads.

<———– Hmmm, I thought Rubens was Flemish?

Gotta love that Rubenesque Pug…

I honestly don’t have much for you tonight. My head hurts, and the Relpax ain’t doing the trick this time. The only things I have for you tonight is this weird story out of Belize…and the news that “We the People” are petitioning the White House to succeed from the nation.

First the movie of the week drama making headlines on the Techno News sites.  Exclusive: John McAfee Wanted for Murder (Updated)

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force’s Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.

Details remain sketchy so far, but residents say that Faull was a well-liked builder who hailed originally from California Florida. The two men had been at odds for some time. Last Wednesday, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited “roguish behavior.” Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs.

Read the rest of that story, far out! I would imagine that the dude who brought us McAfee antivirus has paranoid tendencies already, but John McAfee seems to be getting high on bath salts…and other “stuff.” Ooof!

For those who may be high on a variety of things like, racism, crazy, anger and idiotness…I bring you: ‘We the People’ Petitions Filed in Nineteen States Seeking Permission to Secede from the Union

In the aftermath of last week’s presidential election, residents in at least nineteen states have put up petitions on the government’s “We the People” petitioning website seeking the right to secede from the rest of the country.

While the petitions themselves may not be significant, the reaction could be.

Petitions for secession filed from Louisiana and Texas have already received well over 10,000 signatures. Per the website’s own rules, petitions that garner 25,000 signatures or more within 30 days require a response from the Obama administration.

Similar petitions from Alabama, Tennessee, and, interestingly, Oregon, are also gaining traction, with each receiving thousands of supporters over the weekend alone.

Other states in which residents have expressed an interest in going their own way include Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Missouri.

As unilateral secession was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, it remains to be seen if this movement is more than a toothless temper tantrum thrown by armchair revolutionaries.

Armchair revolutionaries? Rich assholes with rodent pelts for hair? Neo-cons looking for the south to rise again? Sugar and flour hording Preppers saving themselves from Obamageddon?

After Obama Victory, A Petition For States To Secede On The White House Website

Here is one response to the secessionist from Atlanta Journal Constitution: Dear people signing secessionist petitions . . . | Kyle Wingfield

Stop. Just stop.

I’ve just got one thing to say to them…

That is all I can get out tonight…have a pleasant evening!

This is a muthafukkin’ loooozzzzer open thread…