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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MooPig's BillBoard Section: "ObamaCare" Got any Spare Change?

Hey, Fella, are you Sick?
Retrieved by Pat Darnell and Dexter

How do they do this?

What they might be saying is that Barry O is between a rock and a tombstone. Here is the allusion to the melody used:
On February 3, 1959, a small-plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, United States, killed three American rock and roll musicians: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, as well as the pilot, Roger Peterson. The day was later called The Day the Music Died by Don McLean, in his song "American Pie."[wkpd]
We retrieved this from Atlas Shrugs, after seeing it in today's post. In context of Democratic Party liaison politics for Health Care Reform, Hillary got put away, now Barry is stuck on a highway in Nebraska on a defective Harley. Head on over there where Atlas Shrugs, for some great political jargon-ing, from Pamela Geller and Friends.

It seems just only about nine months ago, Barry O and his bride Michelle could have sold Whole Life to an Actuary. With out all the facts in, and with no possible way to read the ten thousand page summary of legislation presented to the Congress... we at MooPig will just lay down and chew our cud, until the cows come home.
Doctors will soon have to start working for tips, and splitting them with their nursing staff. Oh, and don't forget to tip your cow.

Coming Next: Old, Short, Fat, People ObamaCare FUBU

got Collateral ?

Golden Pig who asked too Much, but gave back Little
by Pat Darnelli

Italian banks may take ham and wine as collateral
Minister backs plan to accept high-quality wines and prosciutto from struggling producers
Tom Kington in Rome, (Wednesday 19 August 2009 17.01 BST)

"Italian bank vaults may soon resemble well stocked delicatessens if a plan goes ahead to accept expensive wines and dry-cured hams as collateral on bank loans from crisis-hit producers.

"The idea, which was launched this week by an influential Italian bank chairman and wine producer, was backed by an Italian minister and follows the tradition of Italian banks storing massive wheels of parmesan cheese as loan collateral." tags: Business. Food & drink industry · Financial crisis · Credit crunch · European banks
[Read Article HERE]

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"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." (WC Fields)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ever Heard the Term "Plug-ugly?"

The Plug Uglies were a street gang (though most often referred to as a political club) that operated in the westside of Baltimore, Maryland from 1854 to 1860. The Plug Uglies coalesced shortly after the creation of the Mount Vernon Hook-and-Ladder Company, a volunteer fire company whose truck house was on Biddle Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Ross Street (later Druid Hill). They were originally runners and rowdies affiliated with the Mount Vernon. Plug Ugly captains included John English and James Morgan. Other prominent members were Louis A. Carl, George Coulson, George "Howard" Davis, Henry Clay Gambrill, Alexander Levy, Erasmus "Ras" Levy, James Wardell, and Wesley Woodward. The gang associated with the emerging American Party (the Know Nothings) in Baltimore.

Like similar associations in Baltimore and other United States cities during this period, the Plug Uglies' street influence made them useful to party politicians anxious to control the polls on Election Days. The Plug Uglies were the central figures in the first election riot in Baltimore in October 1855. Together with the Rip Raps, they were also actively involved in deadly rioting at the October 1856 municipal election in Baltimore and in similar violence at the Know-Nothing Riot in Washington in June 1857. At the Washington riot, United States Marines called out to quell the fighting shot and killed ten citizens. Accounts of the Washington riot appeared in newspapers nationally and gained widespread notoriety for the Plug Uglies.

Besides election-day fighting, the gang was involved in several assassinations and shootings in Baltimore. Most notably, Plug Ugly Henry Gambrill was implicated in the murder of a Baltimore police officer in September 1858. Gambrill's trial, and the subsequent deadly violence relating to it, made the crime one of the most sensational of the era.

The violence of the Plug Uglies and other political clubs had an important impact on Baltimore. It was largely responsible for the creation of modern policing and a paid, professional fire department, as well as court and electoral reforms. These reforms, together with the election of a Reform municipal administration in October 1860 and then the Civil War, led to the breaking up of the Plug Uglies.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Infinity Question

Infinity and the Barber Chair Experience
by Pat Darnell

I am looking at Visual paradise; that is a paradise I choose. Attracted to visual is only one benefit of my surfing the Internet. What does the visual lead me into?

Here is a page of a "brilliant" visual web site: The Billion Dollar Gram Information is Beautiful. That's correct; information is the beauty.
I had this conversation with mini-Me's just this evening, before work (night shift).

Pat2: "Hey, Dad, it would be cool if you did one of those .." and he waved his hands in the air.

Pat1: "What?"

P2: "One of those paintings ... like duplicate that one over there so that there is no end ..."

(P1, Dad looks at his TEXTING\ PC\ Soon to be Rock Star daughter for help)
Desiree1: "You mean infinity?" she said miraculously between multi-tasks, without ever looking up.

P2: "Like reflections in mirrors. We had those mirrors at the Chetman house, and it was fun to dance between them ... kind of spooky. When I was little, 'member?"

P1: "Okay, now I get it. Like in the old days at Barber Shops, they weren't fancy, they had mirrors in front and back; so that every time you sat in the barber chair you saw infinite reflections."

P2: "Kewl," he says to me, I think. "Yep, that's right." (then we have more pauses for infinite TEXT tete a tete's, as I sweat the details in my mind ... ) "I like that in paintings..." concludes P2 of our brief encounter with Infinity.

That is about the extent of the subject discussion -- but it lingers on in my mind through the night.. Even if I am alone in this feeling, I usually get a very "strange" queasy spell when I "try" to think of a universe never ending ... I suppose I have been puzzled by the aspect for my whole life.

For instance, do the nerve endings of the soles of our feet have origins in the beelleeons and beelleeons of stars?
[Answer: Yes, of course. Carl Sagan says "starstuff pondering the stars."]
So when knock-off-Armani-esque version-in-BanLon, Carl Sagan kept saying to us through our TV's in maple wood cabinets resting on burnt vegetable colored shag carpet in our living rooms:
"... beelleeons and beelleeons of stars, in beelleeons and beelleeons of galaxies,
of beelleeons and beelleeons of universes, ..." [Note: it took Carl a while to get his TV chops together back then.]
Don't leave me hanging there Carl !!!! ... for the LOVE OF GOD, WHAT's NEXT ?!

Sagan, Carl, elucidated a hidden stigma about obscurity of space surrounding us, using visual mechanist color TV of that period to help with visual contexts. But, really Dudes and Dudettes, what is next?

I can do the painting, but it won't zig-zag, TEXT, quip or whizzzz, or translate. Will my kids be disappointed? BEELLEEONS of tear drops?

I can do the scene all right, but it might have some similarities with this one:

Coming Next Time: "Woody and the Space Man Arguing"

Brad Pitt's Houses

Celebrity Endorsed Low-cost Housing
Retrieved by Pat Darnell, Bob Villa, and the Ghost of Louis Sullivan

Hey, Brad old boy; I promise not to say anything NEGATIVE about your housebuilding efforts, if you will come down here and pay off my mortgage, and build me an addition? Fair enough?

And, if you find time to do that, I promise to give you free publicity in my middle-ground-rooted, third-coast, blog-site MooPig Wisdom.

Besides, I lost everything in a flood once; during Hurricane Allison. Do I qualify?

Right now, we are thinking that you might want to provide more Moo and less Pig in your efforts to be a land developer tycoon. Here's to looking forward to hearing from you soon. We think we and you would make another perfect marriage.

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Story that follows: A Method by which Philanderers can become Philanthropists ::

Brad Pitt gives Katrina update at Clinton meeting
Sept. 24, 2009, 6:39 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) -- The average electric bill for one of the energy-efficient homes built in New Orleans by Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation is $35 a month, the actor said Thursday during an update on the project at the Clinton Global Initiative.

The cost of building the homes also is dropping. And by the time all 150 promised homes are completed, the cost will be comparable to standard buildings, Pitt said.

"I don't know how we build any other way anywhere else," he said. "We can no longer tell ourselves that implementing this technology is too complex a problem because it's just been proven on this little spot on the map."

Pitt started the foundation in 2007. The program focuses home construction in a section of New Orleans heavily damaged when Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. The homes are being built with features including rooftop solar panels and energy-efficient appliances to help reduce electricity consumption.

The Clinton Global Initiative, an annual event started by former President Bill Clinton, brings together the public and private sector to discuss solutions to problems in four areas — climate change, poverty, global health and education.

At an afternoon panel discussing education, Queen Rania of Jordan said it was an evergreen subject in political campaigns but one that loses priority once politicians are in office because there often isn't any immediate political gain.

"The benefits of education sometimes don't fit in with the political cycle because you reap the benefits way down the line," she [Queen Rania of Jordan] said. "What we need to do is realize that sense of urgency when it comes to education, because education is a matter of life and death."

She [Queen Rania of Jordan] also emphasized the importance of the quality of education, saying that while educational enrollment was high in the Middle East, there hasn't been enough focus on teaching young people the skills to get them through life.

"Take young people who are opportunity starved, and there is political conflict around them, and that makes a very dangerous social mix. As you all know, what happens in the Middle East, does not stay in the Middle East," she [Queen Rania of Jordan] said. "Critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, those kinds of skills are extremely important to empower our young people."

Among those joining the queen on the panel was U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who referred to her own history as the first in her family to go to college in talking about the need for both government and private investment in expanding educational opportunities.

"I was the first one to go to college and it wasn't because my parents could afford it, it was because we have the Pell grant program, we have programs that help to provide assistance," Solis said. "Those programs work and it's a good investment in our young people."

Attendees at the
Clinton Global Initiative are expected to commit to steps they will take to work on global problems. Those who don't follow through on their commitments won't be allowed to return to subsequent events.

Brad Pitt gives Katrina update at Clinton meeting
Sept. 24, 2009, 8:46 AM EST
Brad Pitt gives Katrina update at Clinton Global Initiative; other panels focus on education

Note to Brad: Now see how nice I can be? So remember my little offer if you bring your philanthropic self here, you will be compensated by how you changed peoples' lives.

Here's a taste of how it goes down if you ignore us Middle-Americans MooPigsters:

"In effort to redeem some social value in his dull and misguided life... Brad Pitt sides with Bill Clinton to make a difference in a place where seldom is provided clear title to any parcel of land. Yet this team can "git 'er done" by some freakish loophole in World Government tactics held together by some sort of comical glue made by United Nations in session ... huh?

... Loopholes that allow philanthropists' claim to suburban lots in states-of-disrepair within New Orleans' wards ?... by politicians for some sort of extravagant, builder's-fest ..."

... Houses that in the next hurricane on the Third-Coast [we predict] all felled like Second-Pig's house of sticks "because some idiot forgot the wind-bracing when they were framing the walls out... and solar panels flew off the structures like deadly wings of airliners crashing into nuclear electric power plants ..." [etcetra, etcetra, etcetra]

You get my drift, Brad, eh? All it really takes is a camera, and a girl in a dress, nothing fancy. [pdaf]

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sound Test

'Sonic cannon' used to blast protesters' ears in Pittsburgh
But, Putnam said that under normal circumstances, the LRAD is not harmful.
Washington, September 27 : Police in Pittsburgh, US, has showed the usage of the 'sonic cannon', which is the latest innovation in crowd control, by blasting the ears of protesters near the Group of 20 meeting of world economic leaders.

City officials said it was the first time such sound blasters, sometimes called sound weapons, were used publicly.

'There was an array of sound amplifiers used during the demonstration,' Lavonnie Bickerstaff of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, told Live Science.

'The Poconos police brought the long-range acoustic device with them, but I don't know whether it was used,' he said.

The long range acoustic device (LRAD) is designed for long-range communication and 'unmistakable warning,' according to the American Technology Corporation, which develops the instruments.

'The LRAD basically is the ability to communicate clearly from 300 meters to 3 kilometers', said Robert Putnam of American Technology's media and investor relations.

Such sounds damage small hair cells in the inner ear that convert sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain.

But, Putnam said that under normal circumstances, the LRAD is not harmful.

'There's no way it can hurt you unless you have the ability to stand in front of it closely for several minutes,' Putnam said.

The instrument's volume, along with its high-pitched tone, make for painfully loud sound frequencies that are concentrated in a narrow beam and easily direct them at a target, not unlike using a spotlight.

Congratulations if you have lived this long and not seen M.A.D.'s

Magnetic Audio Device, M.A.D.
by Pat Darnell

Yes we are diligent bloggers, constantly falling back on the stability of "Search."

And Yea, though we go into the Valley of the Shadow of Death, we fear no evil, because what ever it is we can Google that Mo****rF***in' noodle monster into bits and pieces with a Gang Google attack, until it is fully Wikki'ed. Amen.

Ooops, Happy Mother's Dad, Mom. You know I love you. But M.A.D. just crossed my plate at the table of boarders who blog.. and guess what... it moves sound waves in a parallel path away from the source of sound, unlike round horn shaped speakers that actually send waves out in a conical spray, only to dissipate quickly [exponentially].

Yes, it is a military weapon "of the future." If you have heard one, you were in or near a crime or war zone. So it is good you have lived this long and not seen a M.A.D. If you had you would have heard a voice at more than 600 yards sounding like the person is right next to you. Or you might have heard a canine unit closing in on you to bite and pull your limbs in opposite directions... then again you might get a decibel blast that drops you to your knees. This is likely the Foghorn Leghorn of weapons in the arsenal of new "user-friendly," "non-lethal" arms against perpetrators.

Of course, you may also recognize the potential of this magnetic audio device as an amplifier for Rock bands. Since the band would like the audience to be terrorized, traumatized and to drop to their knees in worshipful posture.. well Heck Yeah!

Retrieving M.A.D., in concerts... Potential Plowshare: The 'Magnetic Audio Device:'
A high-powered Magnetic Audio Device that was designed as a non-lethal weapon might have music-related uses, after a demonstration revealed that the music of Queen and Frank Sinatra sounded decent at distances of up to one mile away.

Here’s the science. Light diffuses and grows weaker over distance because it’s not all of the same wavelength. Lasers, on the other hand, don’t diffuse, because their light has the same wavelength. Planar waves are the sonic equivalent of lasers: sound waves of identical frequency emanating from a flat panel.

In the article linked above, Here, "...non-lethal weapons expert Charles Heal describes the device’s sound quality to the New Yorker’s Alec Wilkinson..."
"So we picked a date, and I brought a sixty-thousand-watt generator. We took a GPS and measured a mile, and I listened to a Frank Sinatra record and everything was there — the lyrics, the orchestra, the cymbal sound, everything. We couldn’t even see where the sound was coming from anymore. At three-quarters of a mile, we had trusties from the jail raking leaves, and they were putting in music requests.’"

You all know in your hearts that M.A.D will sooner or later be used in advertising to reach us in our great outdoors. And to many, of course, the great outdoors is... John Q Public ...cruising the Interstate, moving along at 70 mph, in his Winnebago.

But, Johnnie Q, you need to be good and ready for the bill-boards that might start talking to you through your windshield. And in the traffic congestion bottlenecks, take your specialized planar wave blocking industrial ear plugs along, just in case --

[ ... ] What you probably might not want to ever hear on a planar sonic wave aimed at you, is the commercial that directs a: "...I have Genital Herpes... YELP" carrying a mile or so into your lines of traffic and beyond.. but we really can't say.

Next Week: L.H.D., Large Helical Devices -- [HERE] Void your warranty, violate a user agreement, fry a circuit, blow a fuse, poke an eye out. Make: The risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things... Welcome to Make: Online! ...

"At this point in your life, you might want to consider yourself 'out of the loop'... just a kind reminder from us who know what that's like." [MooPig]

Pirates, Pirates, Snarkish Pirates Everywhere... I'm so Confused !!

Retrieved by Pat Darnell
Somalians and Swedes both Pirates??? That is Cold, Cold, Cold... and stressful.

The Pirate Bay Verdict Won't Affect File Sharing
04.17.09 Dan Costa

The trial and conviction of four crypto-anarchists doesn't amount to a hill of beans in the mad world of copyright protection.

Source HERE by PCMag for Dan Costa
The site routinely posts its responses to Cease and Desist letters from various copyright holders; they make for pretty entertaining reading— that is, if you're not a copyright owner. When Electronics Arts wrote a letter concerning unauthorized copies of The Sims 2 on the site, The Pirate Bay responded like this:

"Hello and thank you for contacting us. We have shut down the website in question.

Oh wait, just kidding. We haven't, since the site in question is fully legal. Unlike certain other countries, such as the one you're in, we have sane copyright laws here. But we also have polar bears roaming the streets and attacking people :-(. "
After complaining about unreleased Billy Corgan tunes available for download on The Pirate Bay, Warner Bros. Records got this:

"We are well aware of the fact that The Pirate Bay falls outside the scope of the DMCA—after all, the DMCA is a US-specific legislation, and TPB is hosted in the land of vikings, reindeers, Aurora Borealis and cute blonde girls."
There's much, much more, and it's fun to read as long as you are not offended by adolescent snarkiness, profanity, and suggestions for the creative use of police batons. Suffice it to say, The Pirate Bay's founders did not cease or desist.

This technology isn't limited to The Pirate Bay. There are dozens of sites that do the same thing—go to and and you can find the same files, albeit without the parrots and eye patches. My favorite BitTorrent client, Vuze, offers searches directly from within the client. No amount of legal action can shut ALL of these sites down.

Next Week: Somalian Pirates :: What's up with all that thar'?

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Arthur Guiness 1759 - 2009

Guinness: 250 years of craic ...Craic is an Irish term meaning merriment.
by Mike R.
September 24, 2009 10:51 AM EDT (Updated: September 24, 2009 11:05 AM EDT)

250 years ago today, Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on his Dublin brewery at St. James's Gate. Guinness began as a unique Irish brand of beer - and still is distinctly Irish, although it is now a worldwide brand owned by beer and liquor giant Diageo. [SOURCE]

I remember when I used to think Guinness was a thick, filling brew, and didn't like it very much. It wasn't until I went to a Guinness promotional event maybe 7 or 8 years ago and drank a fair amount of the black stuff that I appreciated its flavor and surprising lightness. There was nothing better than enjoying several pints in the Old Country during my trip to Ireland in the summer of 2008.

So let's all raise a pint o' the black stuff to Arthur Guinness on this great day! (by Mike R., 09.26.2009, retrieved in its entireity HERE)

AARmRwP Approved Casual Wear for Senior Yids and Schmucks

John Cleese, Comedic Actor, has absolutely Nothing to do with Today's Post
by Pat Darnell

Advanced Aged moopig Raunchy Retired white People, or AARmRwP -- yes MooPig's own unfunded Association of Anglican Retirees with Purpose has been on the prowl again. Pictures gathered by our Jilly on the spot, Wendy Bob, sent in these winners today.

Putried yellows and raunchy red letters spell it out for those who think they will one day excape the ravages of agedness.

We at MooPig are proud to showcase our AARmRwP. Do you have an entrant of your favorite indigestible "quip on a tee" from your aged relatives and friends? Send it to me , we'll print it.

YOIKS !!! This includes me, now, too !!!

MooPig's EMMY's Report: Barack O'Bottoms

"I wish I had this President's curb appeal... " lamented Dusty Trales to his Emmy hostess, Frannie Underbite.

"I think Miss Rowell is making a stand for :: FREEDOM EDEN," Said Frannie. "It has this motto: 'Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong.' And that is a quote by Abraham Lincoln."

We love Obama too, but what was Victoria Rowell wearing at the Emmys?
2009 Emmys Fashion Losers Retrieved by Pat Darnell [HERE]

Until Victoria Rowell struck a pose with the president's mug plastered all over her body, we had no clue who she was. Which would explain why she turned up at the Emmys with the president's mug plastered all over her body.

What better way to get people talking than by donning a politically inept dress? Now we know that she was on the "The Young and the Restless" for many years. And that she had a role in Bill Cosby's colossal '80s turkey, "Leonard Part 6."

Oh, and as far as we can tell, she has no acting gigs lined up at the moment. Which brings us back to her reasons for accessorizing with Barack Obama's face. Rowell must know that commander-in-chief commemorative chic is never going to take off, but by wearing her political leanings on her sleeve ... well, metaphorically -- they're mainly on her belly, hips and knees ..., she's assured a spot on every worst-dressed Emmys list. So, here you go, Victoria. Enjoy!
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