Fighting ISIS

I think it’s safe to say we’re all pretty mad at ISIS these days. But what to do about it?

We can vote for politicians whose terrorism policies are to our liking.


We can secretly funnel money from our Cayman Islands bank accounts to help arm Syrian locals who are also disenchanted with Isis.


We can curl up on the floor and watch Sponge Bob Square Pants reruns until we get back to our “happy place”….


or…or….we can look for stores with the word “Isis” in their names and vandalize them.


The Perfect Sleeping Bag for Hibernating This Winter


If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift this year that will keep your loved ones nice and warm as they hibernate away the cold winter nights, Japanese artist Eiko Ishizawa has created this bear-inspired sleeping bag:


Actually, it was inspired by one particular bear: Bruno the Italian bear who was “put to sleep” when he wandered down from the Alps into Bavaria and was labeled a “problem” bear.

And Now For Something A Little Lighter, A Little Higher…

File under “Did anyone not see this coming?”


Snoop Dogg has finally done the obvious: launched his own line of marijuana, “Leafs By Snoop.” As far as the quality of the product goes, I have complete confidence in the rapper who penned such classics as “Vapors” and “Too High.” I mean, he’s like Pig Pen, only it’s a cloud of weed smoke, not dust, which follows him everywhere.



Photographic Proof that Thais are the Nicest People on the Planet

If you’ve been to Thailand, you know that the Thai people are arguably the nicest, friendliest folks you’re bound to meet anywhere on the planet. And these images from Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park (which have gone viral) offer further proof of this:


Apparently, this motorcyclist got in the way of an angry herd of elephants. But instead of running away and/or cursing loudly while flapping his arms like pretty much anyone else would do, he apologized. To the angry elephants.

The $5 Million Dollar Billy The Kid Picture: The Real Story


Much has been made recently over the find of a tintype photograph of notorious outlaw/hero Billy The Kid and his gang, The Regulators, found for $2 at a Fresno, California, junk shop, and currently valued at $5 million dollars. Five years ago Randy Guijarro found the tintype mixed in with other photographs inside a box at the shop.

Initially he had misgivings: “I liked it because it was old-looking, but it was more beat up than I Iike,” Guijarro told the L.A. Times. “I hesitated.”

But – what the hell – in the end, Guijarro decided to shell out the two bucks.


When he got home and peered at the image through a magnifying glass, he thought he recognized a familiar face: Henry McCarty aka Billy The Kid.


On his Wikipedia page, Billy’s “occupation” is listed as “horse rustler, cowboy, gambler, outlaw.”

Emilia Clarke Is The Sexiest AND Nerdiest Woman Alive?


Emilia Clarke, sans dragon.

Esquire magazine announced today that Emilia Clarke is the Sexiest Woman Alive for 2015. I haven’t read the article, because I’ve read a few in the past, and it’s always a little nauseating the extent to which the writer has to prove that they’re NOT writing just about a sexy woman (by paying perfunctory verbiage to actual things like her accomplishments, personality, pets, etc.) while ALSO finding new ways to gush about her legs/hair/eyes/muscle tone/complexion and all the other indicators of hottie-ness. In fact, I don’t really need to go into why the concept of an S.W.A. is fundamentally silly. (Except to note that I always look at the cover and think with distress, “Oh no, what happened to the Sexiest Women Alive from the LAST five years? Are they still alive? Did they become egregiously non-sexy? How is it that Sexiest Woman Alive is a condition that always only lasts 1 year before a new queen is crowned?”)

BUT, I will say this: Emilia Clarke is the first of Esquire’s Sexiest Women Alive who is also the Nerdiest Woman alive.

Around The Horn: Trump – Balloon Or Bomb?

I admit it: The Donald captivates me.


I sat glued to the TV during the first and second Republican debates, waiting to see what the man would say next – about drug dealing Mexicans; about homely candidates; about China kicking our ass; about the effect of menstruation on debate moderators.

And he never fails to disappoint: he’s stuck his foot so far deep down his throat I can’t believe he’s not shitting shoelaces.

And yet he keeps climbing in the polls.

But that’s okay. To me it’s all just a fun sideshow. I can laugh it off because I don’t believe there is any way in hell this guy will win the Republican nomination. He’s unelectable in the general. The party bosses, Illuminati, Koch brothers and Rotarians, et al will conspire behind the scenes to bring him down and put up a genuine threat like Rubio or Bush in the end.


But am I wrong?

Prison: Rehabilitation Or Retribution?

Locals call them “angels in orange.” Others might find the name “devils in jumpsuits” more apt.


That California has been devastated by a recent series of wildfires which have claimed both lives and property – the Valley Fire has claimed four lives and over 1200 homes – is no secret. That part of the fire crews battling the blazes is made up of felons might not be so well known.


The state’s inmate firefighter program begs a fundamental question about the role of incarceration: should prisons be the tool by which society punishes people for breaking the law, or should it be the tool by which they are given a chance to better themselves, or – and shades of gray can be very unsatisfying – both?