Thursday, 28 December 2006
I'm Lisa of Lisablog, and You're Not
As I said thirty years ago in the 4th grade lunchroom, "My parents voted for Carter!"
I still can't find a video clip of Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford. However, here is a good Dana Carvey piece from the SNL archives: Google Video Here
Coming Tomorrow: Laddie the Dog's Predictions for 2007.
Wednesday, 27 December 2006
Gerald Ford Dies: Squeaky Fromme Vindicated
Here's a short You Tube clip with Squeaky Fromme talking about her attempt to kill President Ford: Squeaks
Tuesday, 26 December 2006
For the James Brown Fans in the Audience
Your Cheatin' Heart
Monday, 25 December 2006
In Defense of Dr. Freud
Hello People, and welcome to the beginning of the end of the Christmas Music Season.
And now the news: The New York Times reported the other day that Dr. Freud may have had an affair with his sister-in-law. As of today, we, the lovers of Freud, have no comment on this story. We will be releasing an official Lisablog statement later in the week.
Meanwhile, a note to all the anti-Freud dudes out there, we would like to remind you that Dr. Freud was not a coke head. It is true that Dr. Freud experimented with cocaine when he was in medical school. (Cocaine was the craze of European medicine at the turn of the century: note further, James Joyce's eye problems were treated with injections of cocaine into his eyeballs.)
If you look at the trajectory of Dr. Freud's most excellent work, you will see that most of it was written after his juvenile cocaine experiments. Freud took cocaine during the late 1800s. By the turn of the century he was done with it. His major writings spanned the next three decades: through the 19-teens and 1920s and 1930s he produced 24 volumes of groundbreaking papers on the Minds of Humans. None of this work was the work of a "coke head" so-called. Three cheers for Dr. Freud. He rules the world of the unconscious.
And on this cheery Christmas holiday, a quotation from the Good Doctor:
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
Saturday, 23 December 2006
Hail The Great Lizard Lord, or something like that
Hello People. Lisablog will be on the road for a couple days. We'll be posting via remote link. Rock on.
Friday, 22 December 2006
Age of Aquarius
First, Sad News from the House of War: Four marines were charged yesterday with murder in the killings of two dozen Iraqi civilians, including at least 10 women and children, in the village of Haditha last year, military officials said at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Second, News from the House of Free Food: It's been quite a while since the Lisablog folks went gleaning for free food. The free food is still out there, especially in the West Village (where you can gather your free food amidst the bustle of oblivious drunken NYU Business School students). The bagel place on University near 8th Street provided us with a freezer-full of bagels, and the fancy European bread chain on 8th Street near 5th Avenue provided mega French bread and rye. We try to make a point of sharing part of our catch with the homeless in the neighborhood. (Pre-sliced bread goes over better than the bagels which can be hard on the folks out there with bad teeth.)
Third, on a Lighter Note, a must see Holiday Video. The Saturday Night Live Folks presented this on t.v. in an edited version. They've figured out a way around the FCC here via You Tube: Justin Timberlake SNL Video
Fourth, if you can't get into the Catskill Organics site, it's because I set it up with HTML frames. That means if you're using an old browser, it's not going to happen. I will attempt to restructure the site this week for the non-framers out there.
And Fifth, from Dr. Walleye in Sacramento and China View, Terrific News That You've All Been Waiting For:
Virgin Komodo dragon to give birth
BEIJING, Dec. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- As Christmas approaches, a virgin mother is awaiting the arrival of her offspring.
In an evolutionary twist, Flora, the Komodo dragon, has managed to become pregnant without any male help. It would seem the timing is auspicious: seven baby Komodo dragons are due this festive season.
"We were blown away when we realised what she'd done," said Kevin Buley Wednesday, a reptile expert at Flora's home at the Chester Zoo in northern England. "But we certainly won't be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus."
Flora has never mated, or even mixed, with a male dragon, and fertilized all the eggs herself, a process culminating in parthenogenesis, or virgin birth.
"Nobody in their wildest dreams expected this. But you have a female dragon on her own. She produces a clutch of eggs and those eggs turn out to be fertile. It is nature finding a way," Buley said in an interview. He said the incubating eggs could hatch around Christmas.
Parthenogenesis has occurred in other lizard species, but Buley and his team said this was the first time it has been shown in Komodo dragons -- the world's largest lizards.
The scientists, reporting the discovery in the science journal Nature, said it could help them understand how reptiles colonize new areas. A female dragon could, for instance, swim to another island and establish a new colony on her own.
Komodo dragons are among the largest reptiles on earth whose dozens of razor-sharp, serrated teeth are so teeming with bacteria that one bite can prove lethal to a human.
Thursday, 21 December 2006
Another This and That Thursday
Hi People of the Bog. Here is the News for this This and That Thursday which happens to mark the mid-winter's long shadows:
One: Harry found a new box. This is the box for the sander. He got tired of the sock box and Thomas's workshop scrap fabric box. He doesn't quite fit in the sander box, but it is his domain:
Two: Last night we had dinner with Jen and Allison.
We ate vegetarian food and discussed the pros and cons of a vegetarian lifestyle. Here are Allison and Jen posing as vegetarians and/or serial killers.
Three: Karate Peak Performance Tip: As you begin to finesse your katas, it's important to remember not to bob up and down through the steps. You don't want to give your opponent an opportunity to catch you off balance and kick your legs out from under you. The goal for the holiday season should be to learn to slide through your moves and perfect your balance as a novice karateka.
Four: Lisa of Lisablog has started a new business called Catskill Organics. We'll be fully up and running by late spring. Until then, here is a website where you can check out our wares: co.lisajarnot.com.
Peace people, and eat the rich, not the fish or fowl or quadrupeds.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
Another Bigfoot Sighting in Tasmania!
Our friend Juno Gemes was snapping this photo of Bob and Orlando, when suddenly a baby Bigfoot Wombat jumped into Bob's arms.
Bob writes: "Bob and Orlando in Tasmania searching
for Devils, found Wally on the veranda of a trout lodge on Cradle Mountain."
News from the House of Death
In case you're behind on the news, Florida has temporarily suspended its death penalty after a fuck-up last week during the execution of Angel Diaz. Here's a clip from the Palm Beach Post:
Two days after the Department of Corrections cleared itself in last Wednesday's botched, 34-minute execution of Diaz, the Alachua County medical examiner issued a second, unbiased opinion: Those who administered the drugs stuck needles through Diaz's veins and into his soft tissue. Diaz had to get a second dose of drugs and was still conscious after 24 minutes. Normally, the condemned man loses consciousness in three to four minutes. After hearing from Dr. William Hamilton, Gov. Bush suspended all executions and announced the formation of an 11-member committee, which will study Florida's protocol for lethal injection and report to the Legislature in March.
And here's an op ed from the UK Guardian: (funny how America depends on Europe for the voice of Christian Conscience, when so many of our fellow monkeys across the Atlantic don't have any use for Christ)
Clive Stafford Smith
December 19, 2006 07:00 PM
A week ago in Florida, Angel Diaz suffered an agonising, horrific death. His killers plotted how they would do it - injecting him with massive doses of poisonous chemicals that flowed not into his veins, but through his tissue, causing searing burns. He remained conscious for at least 24 minutes, and each moment must have seemed an age. There were eyewitnesses to the offence, and they told how Diaz's eyes were open, how he grimaced, shuddered, gasped for air and tried to speak. No one came to his aid. It was a torturous death.
Usually, if such a terrible killing were committed in Florida, the perpetrators would be facing the death penalty. But Diaz was himself on death row, sentenced to die for a 1979 murder that he maintained to the end he did not commit. The perpetrators here were officials of the state of Florida.
Lethal injection is sold as a kinder, gentler form of execution. In theory, after inserting an intravenous line into the prisoner's vein, a barbiturate is meant to knock a person unconscious, so he feels no pain. Then a second drug, a paralysing agent, should paralyse the prisoner and stop his lungs from operating. Finally, a third drug, potassium chloride, should stop his heart. This procedure is used in 37 states and by the federal government.
Here is how it goes wrong: if the dose of the barbiturate is not a high enough, or if the IV is not inserted properly (as appears to have happened with Diaz), the prisoner remains awake. He is able to feel pain. The second drug then paralyses him, so he is unable to move, speak or cry out. This paralysing agent slowly suffocates him, but he is frozen into silence. The third drug shocks the heart so severely it stops beating, but if the prisoner is still awake at this point, the pain is unbearable.
In a separate case last week, a federal judge found evidence that the last six men executed in California suffered extreme pain as they died. Two weeks ago, judges in Ohio pondered evidence of similar torture there. Missouri has already halted executions for the same reason. Over the past few months, executions have had to be stopped in nine US states and the federal system.
Some may say that no punishment is too gruesome for a murderer, that Diaz got what he deserved. This assumes, first, that society wants to become a serial killer, in a particularly savage way, and second, that the system got it right. Diaz stated on the gurney that he was innocent of this crime. Since 1977, 123 people on death row in the US have been proven innocent, and Florida leads the way in mistakes, with 22 prisoners sentenced to death already exonerated.
But the true test of the system is not the number of prisoners lucky enough to have a lawyer who uncovered the evidence to set them free, but those whose executions were not stopped. And so the question remains: did Florida brutally kill an innocent man last week?
Death Penalty Trivia: Executioners in Florida are paid $150 (cash) for their services.
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