Happy Hallowe’en!

When I stepped into the office this morning, this was the first sight to greet my eyes:

Happy Hallowe’en, everybody!


Happy “Trying to distract you from the President’s skeezy friends’ shady activities” day!

Click the picture to see the FOX News denial at full size.

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the news — and judging from the state of the people I keep running into, a lot of you don’t — today’s a day of high tensions in Washington.

That’s because the guy below, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager during the summer of 2016…

…and this guy, Rick Gates, a political consultant also on the Trump campaign…

…have been indicted by a federal grand jury for “conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA [Foreign Agents Registration Act] statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.”

This indictment is part of the U.S. Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and alleged collusion by Trump’s associates.

The better news organizations have been covering this story, but FOX News, the Republican Party’s Pravda, is running stories like this…

…and this…

…and more tellingly, this:

Click the picture to see the FOX News subterfuge at full size.

I’m expecting more red herrings from FOX as the day goes on. Happy “Trying to distract you from the President’s skeezy friends’ shady activities” day, everybody!


It’s true: Billy Joel playing harmonica looks like a dying Darth Vader

Found via You Had One Job.


Don’t forget: it’s still National Character Counts Week!

In case you’ve forgotten, the President has declared this week, the week of October 15 through 21, 2017, National Character Counts Week.

In the declaration, it says:

“Character can be hard to define, but we see it in every day acts — raising and providing for a family with loving devotion…

…working hard to make the most of an education…

…and giving back to devastated communities.

Character is forged around kitchen tables…

…built in civic organizations…

…and developed in houses of worship.”

Happy National Character Counts Week, everybody!

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An unintentionally poignant statement on the state of education today

I believe that the intended message of the poster below was something along the lines of “students are the most important part of education, and both teachers and parents need to work together with them”:

Click the photo to see the terrible engineering at full size.

However, if you know how gears work, you’ve already seen the problem with this diagram:

Simply put, the “Teachers” and “Parents” gears are trying to turn the “Students” gear in opposite directions simultaneously, and the entire system is stuck, useless and motionless. Come to think of it, this may have been the message the artist was trying to convey.


My current favorite comedy routine: Aunty Donna’s “Ellen (or: A Parody of the Television Show Ellen)”

Aunty Donna are an Australian absurdist comedy group, and my current favorite comedy routine is their piece called Ellen (or: A Parody of the Television Show Ellen). It starts as some poking fun at Ellen Degeneres’s tendency to give lavish prizes to her audience, and proceeds to get hilariously weird. It’s eight and a half minutes of rather bent fun.


Florida of the Day: Congressional candidate says she’s been on an alien spaceship

In any sane time and place, it would be political suicide for a candidate to ever claim that they’ve had an encounter with aliens. But hey, this is the age of Orange Julius Caesar and we’re in Florida!

And so Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, a Republican (why am I not surprised?) is running for Congress to replace outgoing Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) despite having said in a TV interview that she was brought aboard an alien spaceship.

In that interview, she reported that the aliens told her many things, including:

  • There are 30,000 skulls — “different from humans” — in a cave in the Mediterranean island of Malta.
  • The world’s “energy center” is in Africa.
  • The Coral Castle, a limestone tourist attraction South Miami-Dade, is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
  • “God is a universal energy.”

Here’s the TV interview, which is in Spanish:

The Miami Herald asked her about her reported alien experiences, and her answer — which includes one of the more out-of-place invocations of being a God-fearing Christian I’ve heard — might just be enough for Floridian voters to give her a chance:

“For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone,” she said. “I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe.”

Here’s a Washington Post video summary of Ms. Rodriguez Aguilera’s story:

Oddly enough, the video ends with an eerie still of the Post’s new slogan superimposed over the candidate: