Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

RIP Albert Hofmann

It is with great sorrow, that I bring to you the news of Albert Hofmann's passing. The Swiss chemist and father of LSD was 102 years old.

High Court Upholds Indiana Law On Voter ID

Is it an inconvenience?
Is it an unconstitutional burden?
-The Supreme Court says No.
The debate still splits along party lines.
I still fail to see the problem.


Today was a morning like so many others. I checked my e-mail and a few other sites, as per my normal routine.
One of the regular stops on this morning cyber-commute is Dead or Alive? (I've long been the type to read the obituary column in search of my own name). This morning as I visited the site, I realized that the famous race horse, Barbaro would have turned 5 years old today. His is a tragic tale. A horse, once so full of promise, that met an untimely demise as a result of an injury he received in pursuit of the Triple Crown.
Gator had once posted on the fate of Barbaro, some time ago, in his long-too-dormant blog.

Italian Spiderman


Alrugo Entertainment was founded in 1961 in Palermo, Italy by Orange Farming mogul Alfonso Alrugo. After collecting huge wealth in the citrus trade Alfonso decided to start a film production company that produced films that he felt "did the job". Alfonso was very supportive of up and coming practitioners and helped to nurture the blossoming career's of a spate of Italian Directors like Gianfranco Gatti, Massimilliano Buonatempi, Carlo Zoffa and of course Giacomo Dentibiachi. Alrugo Entertainment began producing low budget, nudie cutie pictures such as Busto Busto (1961) and Sex Cops II (1962). During this period, Alfonso was to discover two men who would play a large role in the next part of his life, director Gianfraco Gatti and Actor Franco Franchetti. In 1964 Alrugo went into production of Gatti's Opus, Italian Spiderman. Spiderman was a heavily adapted and abridged interpretation of a novel Gatti had read during a summer in Moldova entitled 'Death Wears a Hat'. When applying for the option, however the Author felt Italian Spiderman held such little resemblance to his work that payment was not necessary and felt that his name should be distanced as far a s possible form the production. After three years of turbulent production and about 15 million dollars later (a sum unheard of for any production of the time) Italian Spiderman was finally completed in 1968. Even though Alrugo had survived the epic production period, a venture that Gatti described as "Opening the gates of hell" the company was in debt. There was no money left to distribute the picture, Alfonso pulled every last favour he had during the production process. In a desperate attempt to show Italian Spiderman to the world, Alfonso sent the only existing print across the atlantic on a cargo ship to a distributer friend of his in New York, the ship however, never reached it's destination. in the summer of 1969, Alfonso Alrugo closed the gates to Alrugo Entertainment and donned his orange picking glove once more. Gianfranco Gatti went on to direct hard core pornography and Franco Francheti died in a spear fishing accident. On Alfonso Alrugo's dying wishes, his two sons Vivaldi and Verdi Alrugo led an expeditioan to scour the Atlantic for the cargo ship carrying the only existing print of Italian Spiderman. On the 9th of January 2006, after four years at sea, they discovered the sunken vessle with the cans intact inside. In the excitement of this amazing discovery, Vivaldi and Verdi re-opened Alrugo Entertainment and spent two years restoring the full length print of Italian Spiderman from it's water grave. Vivaldi and Verdi believe that the internet is the best device to expose Italian SPiderman to the world. In November 07, they uploaded the Theatrical Trailer and in 2008, ten remastered excerpts form the feature will be roadcast for free over myspace, youtube, yahoo and other video hosting websites. Hopefully through the internet, the world will now have a chance to behold Alfonso Alrugo's dream, Italian Spiderman.

Watch the trailer!
Ya gotta love that theme song!

Another Debate?

Don't forget to pester Hillary and Obama to show up!

Monday, April 28, 2008

I'm Not Sure What to Make of This.

Jimmy's Goin' Out West

It looks as if Jimmy will be taking his cranky musings on the road, "driftin' state to state".
Here's a couple of links that he may find helpful, and informative.
I'm sure Jim will be doing some recreational drinking. It is a vacation, after all.

Jackie Mason's Further Musings on Obama and Pastor Wright

"if you vote for him, you deserve to be called a moron."

Sunday, April 27, 2008

125 Places to Have a Beer Before You Die

North Carolina-based All About Beer magazine has compiled a list of the "top 125 places to have a beer before you die."

The lists includes bars, festivals and venues from Germany to Australia and includes many places in the United States.

If I'm not mistaken, Ive imbibed at 13 of the spots on the list. 8 of these with fellow blogger MC.

Here is a list of places that didn't quite make the former list, courtesy of Modern Drunkard Magazine.

Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb?

Ulysses S. Grant was born 186 years ago today. Grant’s skepticism on the ineffectiveness of prohibition as a means of regulating drug use is detailed in this short read. via NORML

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Take Your Kids to Work Day

Jimmy had posted on this subject earlier. Here's an example of a couple doing just such a thing.

The War on Terror Goes PC

Language becomes the next battlefield.
"It's not what you say but what they hear," the memo says in bold italic lettering, listing 14 points about how to better present the war on terrorism. God forbid that we may offend those that are hell-bent on destroying us.

Friday, April 25, 2008

"Bum Bot" Protects Atlanta Neighborhood

The electronic vigilante - on the beat since September - has enraged neighborhood activists. The outraged advocates would indicate its effectiveness.


JB posted a bit of reefer madness yesterday. This film presents a more historical view. You can watch it here in the Internet Archive.
Ironically the liberal Clinton (who smoked pot but "never inhaled") turned out to be the biggest anti-pot warrior of all -- with more pot arrests under his administration that any previous.

River Rats Play Longest Game in AHL History!

The Albany River Rats finally fell to the Philadelphia Phantoms in the American Hockey League's longest contest. The Calder Cup playoff game lasted a record 142 minutes, 58 seconds with 5 overtime periods. 5 OT's ?! That's a long time on the ice... and an even longer time in the stands, when they stop selling beer at the start of the 3rd period (in regulation).
In another cup related story, Jimmy links to the Sound Tigers' Locker Room Sale.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Democrats Need to Make Up Their Minds...

... so we know who to vote against.
Vote Jackie Broyles '08, he's even older and madder than McCain!

PETA Proposes Paying $1,000,000...

... for lab-created meat! Is such a thing possible? Perhaps there could be some connection to stem cell research. The whole idea reminds me of Soylent Green.
One must also wonder what effect such a creation would have on the animal population and the food supply. If we no longer harvest these animals, they'll require even more grains. This will leave less for human consumption-and they thought biofuels were a potential cause for future famine.
Face it. We're all doomed.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Did you ever wonder what Michelangelo's David would look like after spending some time here in America?
via MichaelSavage.Com.

Vermont Brewery Turns to Shit

Long Trail Brewing co. to be powered by manure.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Bicycle Day

April 19th is Bicycle Day. It was on this day in 1943 that Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann (he's 102 years old!) ingested LSD before his bicycle ride home. It made for one amazing journey.

You say you want a revolution...

April 19th is a day that holds great historical significance.
233 years ago today, the "Shot heard 'round the world" rang out marking the start of The American Revolutionary War. Our fight for independence began on this day with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

Howe Caverns

This past week MC dropped by my Mohawk Valley homestead and we decided to trek out to Howe Caverns.
MC took many photos that I'm sure will be posted soon on his site.

One for Jimmy

Cave-Aged Beer at Howe Caverns. I once asked Jimmy to grab some of this for me when he went to Cooperstown.
Here's some more about cave-aged beer.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mallard Fillmore

Yet Another Meaningless Endorsement

I'm sure that no one is really shocked to find that Bruce Springsteen has endorsed Barrack Hussein Obama for the presidency.
I suppose the only real surprise is that the talentless hack, Springsteen(yaaawn, wake me when they publish his obituary), is still around.
"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."~Vincent Furnier(aka Alice Cooper)

Brokeback Mountain Buns

Brokeback Mountain Buns has been nominated for a Webby.
The short film from Angry Alien Productions' 30-Second Bunnies Theatre is a nominee in the 2008 (12th annual) Webby Awards' Animation category. Vote here.
Be sure to check out some of these funny bunny flicks. They're sure to cast some light upon even the most dreadful existence.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Party Hearty

... ( or is it hardy?) but also smartly. Know what you're up against, state ... by state.

What's Not to Love?

Check out Sally and Johnny's site.

"I'm much more comfortable with Obama runnin' me down, than with Hillary defendin' me" - Dunlap

A Musical Tribute to Charlton Heston

Soap Box

For those of you who are sick to death of getting emails that tell you to forward to at least X number of people in the next 15 minutes so that wonderful things and miracles will happen if you do and there will be consequences if you don't, then you will enjoy this. Click here.

Knowledge is Power

...and we the people have a right to know. I believe it is our duty to spread the word. This guy is truly a hero!