Thursday, December 31, 2009

Almost interesting... but not quite.

I had potential for an interesting, blog-worthy, call at work this past week. Seems a woman was arrested for outstanding warrants late one night. After being taken to jail, she expressed concern to the jail staff over who would feed and care for the Tigers that she had in her house.

Wut?

The Sheriff's Office then contacted us with the info, including her address.

When I first heard about the situation, my first thought was, "Crazy Lady". My second thought was that she had mentioned "Bengals" to the jail staff and they mistakenly assumed she meant Bengal Tigers, instead of the Bengal breed of Domestic Cat.

I was correct on both points. Potentially interesting transformed into Extremely Irritating in a matter of seconds once we arrived at the location and investigated. My partner and I spent the next hour wrangling 6 terrified cats that did their best to hide/run from us beneath furniture and appliances. Bengal Cats are really very pretty, as far as Cats go. I'm a dog person, myself, but even I think Bengal are attractive animals.

Most were the standard brown with black spots and bars.



bengal cat standard


They did have a couple of silver and black ones, though.



bengal cat silver

The cats will remain in protective custody at our shelter, until either the owner gets out of the pokey or she releases them into someone elses care. They were all in fine shape and no matter whatever else the owner may have done that was illegal - at least she took good care of her cats.


My partner and I responded to the address to meet a Police Officer on scene- who was pretty worthless, btw. I generally have the utmost respect for Police in general, but over the past 5 years of working in the city where I practice my trade I've determined that our particular Police force is the biggest bunch of prima-donna crybabies on the planet.

We were at a house whose resident was currently incarcerated. We had no idea if there were other people in the house or not. We had no idea if there were dangerous animals inside. Yet, this cop wasn't going to go into the house with us at all, until we insisted. Even then, he had us go in first. As it turned out there was no one inside. That's not always been my experience in these situations, though.

Years ago, when I was younger and stupider, I had a bad experience that started out sort of like this one did. A Constable was at a house trying to secure it for an eviction. He assured me there were no other people inside - just a vicious dog that he needed me to secure so he could go inside. I agreed to go into the house without him, since he was scared of dogs.

After I entered the house and had my concentration focused on the dog that was doing its best to eat me.... several of the residents came out of the closet they had been hiding in.

I was not happy.

Anyway... when we were about half way through impounding the cats, Barney Fife tells us he's going to leave. Yep, just gonna drive away and leave the two dogcatchers alone in someones house with all their stuff unsecured. No worries at all about some other angry person potentially coming home to find us rummaging around the house. No concern that the arrested person might claim that we stole some of their stuff, or damage the property in some way.

Uh... No. I made him stay until we were done. Worthless.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Unbelievable..


Found via Geekologie... this video clip is from the UK. Its only 35 seconds long, but you won't believe how stupid some folks can be in that short of a period of time. I thought it would just be one of those videos where cars slide and hit parked cars.

I was wrong :)


Friday, December 25, 2009

Girl Friday - 12/25/2009





The Girl Friday deserves Christmas Day off just as much as Bob Cratchet does :)


janet gaynor


Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Let me know....

This morning, my monitor finally crapped the bed. It had been acting wiggy for the past month and finally suffled off the mortal coil. It's gone to the big Philco factory in the sky.

As a result, I made a Christmas Eve trip to the local Staples and picked up a nifty 18.5 inch wide screen as a replacement. Viewing this blog with my old monitor, I had determined that about the maximum width of images and embedded video was around 620 pixels. Images/videos wider than that resulted in the picture being cropped off on the right hand side. No problem.. I just made sure to keep images no wider than 620 pixels.

This monitor, though, will let me view much wider images and videos - which will look great to me, but crappy to anyone not using a wide format monitor. I'm going to try and remember to keep the same width restrictions to my images... but in case I forget and something looks odd to you, just drop me a line or leave a comment and I'll correct it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dumbass Comment of the Day


Remember "Balloon Boy" ? His parents were sentenced today for perpetrating a hoax that resulted in an almost $50,000 rescue effort to save their 6 year old son. They got jail time, and that makes me very happy - even if it wasn't enough.

Their lawyer, though, gets the Dumbass Comment of the Day award. The attorney, Davide Lane, commented upon the announcement of the sentence:

"no one was physically hurt by the family's stunt," and noted that no one was punished "when Orson Welles convinced America that Martians were landing" with his radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" in 1938."

How can you become a lawyer and be that fucking stupid?

For that matter, how can you manage to clothe yourself and walk around upright and be that stupid?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Meat Pies


Here's my version of a simple, yet tasty, dish. It's the Paladin household spin on the venerable Meat Pie:



meatpies



Ingredients:

1 lb ground pork
1 tbls Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
1/4 tsp Tabasco
1 onion - diced
2 cloves garlic, minced (1 tbls)
1 cup chicken broth
Salt/Pepper to taste
Two refrigerated pie crusts
1 egg + 2 tbls water - beaten


Begin browning ground pork in a skillet, stirring often. When its about half way cooked, add the garlic, onion, and Creole seasoning. Continue to cook, stirring off and on, until the meat is no longer pink and the onion is becoming translucent. Drain off excess fat.

Add the chicken broth and Tabasco to the meat/onion mixture in the skillet. Simmer the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has cooked off. Taste and adjust seasoning with Salt/Pepper to your taste. Set aside.

That's it for the filling. You can put this in the 'fridge for several days, or use it right away. You can also alter the recipe however you want. You can use half pork - half hamburger, or all hamburger, or add peppers, or leave out onions. You can substitute beef broth for the chicken broth. The recipe I've given is just the way I make it most of the time - at its most basic. I've been known to throw pretty much anything in the meat pie mixture.

You can also adjust the seasoning alot to your taste. We don't particularly go for "hot" spicy food. The amounts of Creole Seasoning and Tobasco in this recipe result in a mild, yet flavorful, experience. You can fire it up, if you want.

Making the pies:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unrolled pie crust dough and put an upside down cereal bowl on it. Trace around the bowl with a knife to cut out circles of dough. You should be able to get two complete circles out of a crust, and then another circle once you press the scrap pieces together. That makes a total of SIX circles of dough, since you have two pie crusts.

Put about a quarter cup filling in the center of each circle. Dip your finger in the egg wash and moisten the outside edge of the dough circle all the way around. Fold the dough circle over and press the edges together to seal them. I go around the edge with a fork to seal it good. When you've made all your pies, put them on a cookie sheet and brush them with the egg wash.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Be careful when you eat them - they're HOT when right out of the oven :)

These are also good if you add a little bit of grated sharp cheese on top of the meat filling before you seal them up!



Monday, December 21, 2009

Heaven on a Bun

You know what this is?....


twisted root elk burger



It's not just a Hamburger.

It's an Elk Burger, cooked to perfection, and served with a wonderful pile of fried onion stings. This kick-ass combination comes via a DFW area burger joint called The Twisted Root Burger Company. I've written about them before, after we discovered them on a road trip north of Fort Worth in the small town of Roanoke.

Since then, they've opened another location much closer to home. It's in Richardson, which is a suburb of Dallas. We tried the Buffalo Burger last month - which was awesome. On this visit, they had a new, "limited time only" item on the menu - the Elk Burger. The regular menu normally has Ostrich Burgers, Venison Burgers, and yes - they even have regular old beef hamburgers (which are great too).

Damn, it was tasty. We stopped by this weekend while we were out running errands. It made fighting the crowds for last minute Christmas Shopping worth it.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 is slated for release in May, 2010... I didn't think I would like the first one, and I LOVED IT! I'm really looking forward to the new one.

Mickey Rourke is pretty damned creepy looking, just in general. From what I've seen, they use that to good effect in the movie. He plays a Russian bad guy that is obsessed with Tony Stark (Iron Man's day job).

You know who's NOT creepy looking?

Scarlett Johansson, that's who:



Scarlett - black widow



She plays the character Black Widow, in the movie. I'm thinking that Ms. Johansson will be making an appearance in an upcoming Girl Friday post before long.

My Mrs doesn't see "what the big deal is" about Scarlett Johansson...

Yeah.

Here's a trailer for the movie itself...



Friday, December 18, 2009

Girl Friday - 12/18/2009 - Christmas Special

chimney



The Girl Friday tips her hat to Christmas this week...

Rita Hayworth


christmas rita hayworth



Anne Nagel


Anne Nagel



Silent Filmstar Ethel Grey Terry


ethel grey terry



Betty Grable


betty grable christmas



Silent Filmstar Olive Thomas


olive thomas christmas



And, since I'm all about cultural and ethnic diversity...

Hwang Mi Hee - Korean Car Show model :)


Hwang-Mi-Hee-Christmas-08

The Girl Friday is taking Christmas Day off - and maybe New Years Day too. She'll be back strong in 2010!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Galileo was only partially correct


One year ago today, I was introduced to someone whose little spirit has become the Center around which the rest of the Universe circles.


bailey janet


Happy Birthday, Bailey!


Bailey Scruff 1 year 620 crop

Monday, December 14, 2009

Blindside and The Book of Eli

Saw a pretty good movie Saturday morning, and got a line on an upcoming movie that has potential. The Mrs and I went to see Blindside. I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was.


I don't generally enjoy "Sports" movies. When Montgomery Burns bought the Cowboys, he drowned the puppy that was my love of football.





I also don't really care for movies that overtly try to jerk at your tearducts. However, Blindside really isn't about football - and its so well done and non-heavy handed in its treatment of the actual subject matter that it didn't make me roll my eyes in disgust a single time :)


You've probably heard all about the general plot, so I won't belabor it again here. Suffice to say it's an amazing story.

I did notice one thing that I think alot of people might miss when they see the movie though. You might think that the people that reached out to Michael Oher in his time of need would be community organizing do-gooders. Maybe your first guess would be a group of socially progressive activists. At the very least, you'd be tempted to assume that the good samaritans must be employees of the vast government safety net designed to provide for an ever increasing list of our needs...



But you'd be wrong.

It was a small business owning, NRA supporting, white, conservative couple who saw someone who needed help. They didn't wring their hands over his plight. They didn't make excuses for him and try to get him a free ride. They didn't blame a perceived inequity of the capitalist system for his misery. They didn't try to force everyone else on the planet to help him in a fit of righteous indignation and White Guilt.



They reached out to him themselves and showed him the compassion and support he needed, while at the same time insisting that he stand on his own two feet.


Pretty cool, but that point will go right over the heads of most people watching the movie.



Sure, there was a split second swipe at "Evil George Bush" during a scene at a Social Services Office. But that sort of thing is still so pervasive that I almost don't notice it.



Almost.



When we were walking to the theater, we saw a movie poster that caught my eye. Its for a movie that I had not heard of yet. It's called "The Book of Eli", and stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman. I dig pretty much every movie Denzel is in, so I looked up a trailer online when we got home.



Definitely potential for a good action flick:




Sunday, December 13, 2009

The 4 Rules Ain't Sexy...

hipster


But, then again, someone getting accidentally shot in the head can put a damper on things too.

I think that's the gist of
Jay G's point when he recently wrote about using sexy girls and questionable gun handling techniques to sell stuff.

I'm conflicted on the issue, though. There's actually a couple of different facets of the topic to consider. One issue is using Sex to sell stuff, and the other issue is the lack of observation of the
Four Rules of safe gun handling. The following isn't intended as Gospel. These are just my impressions on the subject.

(And before someone straw-man's me... NO. I don't think the following applies in each and every situation to extremes. I don't think we should have Viagra and Go-Daddy ads during Childrens programing, or anything of the sort. You wouldn't think I'd have to insert such an obvious disclaimer - but I probably do.)

Sex sells, and I'm not particularly averse to that concept. Sex, and sexual attraction, was actually DESIGNED to sell. The first thing Sex ever sold was the very survival of our Species. Sex and our desire for it is one of the earliest "sales pitches" in the History of Ever... and it's survived as a tool because it's pretty damned effective.

I don't mind one little bit if someone uses a bikini model to show off a new product - be it a gun, a car, or a DVD player. That's because I'm a guy.


I'm not going to buy the product, however, until I actually find out more information about it (reviews, statistics, recomendations from friends). That's because I'm an educated consumer.

I see the use of sex in ads, sort of like I see the use of humor, or special effects, or great music, or flashy colors, or any other of a number of tools that ad creators use to grab someone's attention. It draws my eye, but if I'm dumb enough to buy the product simply because a hot chick is holding it.... then bad on me. That would be just as dumb as switching to Geico just because I think the Gecko is funny.

In the auto building at the State Fair there are smokin' hot babes draped over the hoods of most of the cars. I don't base my car buying decisions on them, but I'd sure miss them if they were gone :)

Issue two is tougher for me to get a handle on.... but I'll try. Bare with me.


stripper with gun



Does it make you uncomfortable seeing her point the gun at you with her finger on the trigger?

Me?... Not so much, to be honest. I look at images like this the same way I look at anything I see in the movies & on television. It's not "real" to me. I can seperate stuff like this from real life. I see people do all sorts of things on TV, in the Movies, and in Advertisements that I wouldn't dream of emulating in real life.

People jump off buildings, drive recklessly on the highway, have unprotected sex with people they just met.... and yes, they put their fingers on triggers and point guns at each other. Sometimes, they even shoot guns at each other....

And yet, I've never once gone out and thought that I could shoot a gun at someone on the street and have that be considered acceptable. I follow the Four Rules religiously myself, and if you're around me you will too - or we will very soon part ways. If I'm watching a Youtube video and see a "real" person breaking one of the rules, I cringe.

But in the mythical world of Movies/TV/Advertising - it just doesn't bother me.

summer-with-gun

I have found, however, that you see a lot more observation of the Four Rules in modern times than you did in the past. At least based on the photographic evidence. It would be interesting to do some research into whether or not that has resulted in fewer negligent discharges, more negligent discharges, or no change in number at all.

Being a fan of old photographs, I run across images all the time of questionable gun handling.

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That's a whole slew of US soldiers circa World War I. The seem really proud of their 1911a1 sidearms... most of which are accidentally pointed at the head of the guy next to them - complete with fingers on most of the triggers.

Judy Holiday 2

I won't even comment on that one :)

And you could title this last one simply: WTF?



vintage wtf

Saturday, December 12, 2009

See what I have to deal with?

Found via Geekologie.

These are little covers that you tie on to your dogs tail, so their B-Hole is covered up and not visible. They come in different designs.

People are eff-ing insane.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Girl Friday - 12/11/2009 - Myrna Loy

I had a rare moment to channel surf the other night, and stumbled across The Thin Man just starting on TCM. Before I knew it, I was hopelessly hooked watching this week's Girl Friday:

Myrna Loy



Myrna Loy 4






myrna loy 2


Once I started watching, I couldn't stop myself - even though I've seen the movie before (a couple of times).

There are Bombshell Girl Fridays like Betty Brosmer. There are Sultry Girl Fridays like Salma Hayek. There are even Exotic and Foreign Girl Fridays like Im Ji Hye.

Myrna Loy is the Classy and Elegant Girl Friday.



myrna loy


She is probably best known as Nora Charles, one half of the Martini drinking detective couple Nicki and Nora Charles, in the Thin Man Movies. Myrna Loy made the character of Nora Charles very much her own over the course of six Thin Man movies through the 1930's and into the early 1940's. She starred opposite William Powell, and it was a perfect pairing.



myrna loy thin man 2



The chemistry between the two stars is undeniable. They starred in a total of 13 films together over the years. Not only is Myrna Loy elegant and beautiful in her role, she's a smart ass and funny too. That's a powerful combination.



myrna loy thin man


Myrna Loy suspended her acting career for most of World War II, when she devoted herself to raising money for the war effort, working with the Red Cross, and speaking out against Hilter and the Nazis.

And... though you might not realize it due to the black and white films of her heyday, Myrna Loy was a Redhead, with beautiful green eyes.


myrna loy art



I found a Youtube video that someone made with a collection of clips of Powell and Loy from the Thin Man movies. I highly recommend them if you get a chance to rent them or see them on TCM..








And here is a very well done tribute to Myrna Loy that was produced by TCM that features Julianna Moore.






Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Rumors of my Death...


... have been greatly exaggerated. Although I've been tired enough recently to feel like it wouldn't be too premature a pronouncement :)

Blogging has been light, and will likely remain so until after Christmas. Unless, of course, I'm suddenly gifted the extra 10 or so hours in each day that I need to get everything done. Lots to do with the approaching Holiday, Christmas Gifts to finish up, family events, and the ever present evil specter that is my day job.

I'll still try to squeeze out the occasional missive this month, when I can, and so far I've been able to keep up with the Weekly Girl Friday posts (be sure to check back tomorrow!).

Hope everyone is doing well and is having a safe and happy Christmas Season!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Girl Friday - 12/04/2009 - Ann-Margret

This Week's Girl Friday is a lady I had a "crush" on all through my youth... and beyond. You may not realize that she wasn't born in this country. We have Sweden to thank for :

Ann-Margret




Ann-Margret 5





Ann-Margret 4

There are better actresses, and there are actress just as beautiful, but it's hard for me to imagine an actress with more raw sex appeal than Ann-Margret - regardless of what era we're talking about.


Ann-Margret 2

I'm not a fan of Elvis Presley Movies.. but I make an exception when Ann-Margret shares the screen with him.

Ann-Margret Elvis Presley

Ok.... so I wouldn't take shooting lessons from her. But really, I'm more than willing to let her lack of technique slide.


Ann-Margret revolver





Ann-Margret 3

Here's a clip from the movie "The Cincinnati Kid". Ann-Margret has several awesome scenes in the movie with one of my favorite actors of all time - Steve McQueen.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Can you find me now?

I was watching Attack of the Show tonight, while throwing supper together. They did a story on Sprint providing GPS coordinates for some of its customers to law enforcement....

By "some", I mean 8 million pings in a 13 month period.

I found a story about the potentially troubling phenom onWired.com here.

On Tiger Woods...

Disclaimer:

I don't care AT ALL about Tiger Woods. I don't play golf. I don't watch golf. I don't care if Tiger Woods is faithful to his Wife. I don't care what was going on last week, nor do I care what will happen in the future in regards to Tiger Woods. I don't read news stories about the ongoing drama, because it doesn't interest me.

At all.

That point aside, I've heard something over and over during the past week - and its driving me nuts.


"Tiger Woods deserves his privacy and whatever goes on in his "private" life is nobody's business. Everyone should leave him alone to sort it out in PRIVATE."

That might be true if Tiger Woods was a "regular" person. I think it would be true if Tiger had chosen to be a guy who was just really good at playing golf. He's not, though.

Tiger Woods' job is not "Golfer".

His job is being "Tiger Woods: Celebrity Golfer" (TWCG). Those are two very different careers, with two very different salaries and two very different job descriptions.

In 2007, Tiger Woods made about $11,000,000 by hitting a little ball into a slightly less-little hole. From what I hear, he's really good at it. Probably the best golfer in the history of EVER, some say. For that, he earned a huge paycheck. Now, he would have made that paycheck had he been the worst asshole on the planet, an alcoholic, and a chronic strip club patron - as long as he could still technically play the game of golf better than anyone else. $11 million is what being the best Golfer in the world gets you.

What to know how much Tiger Woods actually made in 2007?

About $110,000,000.

That's TEN TIMES his "golfer" salary. He got that increase in salary because he's NOT Tiger Woods Really Good Golfer. He's Tiger Woods Celebrity Golfer. It pays a lot more, due to endorsements, and sponsorships. It comes with lots of other perks. When you're TWCG, you get to visit the Whitehouse. You get to hang out with Oprah. You get preferential treatment at clubs and restaurants. You are loved by millions of adoring fans.

But you don't get all that extra bling, without taking on extra responsibilities and job duties. Do you think Tiger would have gotten the gig as TWCG if he had been the boozing, strip club creep that I described before?

Not likely.

Unfortunately for Mr Woods, he's discovered that one of the extra responsibilities that comes with all that income is extra attention from the public and press - even when you don't especially want it. He was very happy to have the media and public attention when raking in cash by selling Buicks. I don't recall him spurning invitations from Oprah or The President himself, on the grounds of wanting to maintain his "privacy".