30 January 2010

Outrageous: Editorial Cartoons This Week 30 Jan 2010

From Denny: This has been an interesting week. The State of the Union address by President Obama basically summed up how the Republicans have been screwing over the entire country in every aspect of our lives and how much fun the Republicans have had screwing over Prez Obama at every turn while he continues to be inclusive and gracious to them.

Let's see, then our very own highest court in the land decided to screw over the American people by letting loose the floodgates of the greedy Big Business monopolies to fund elections and completely control the politicians elected. Granted, the corrupt basically control most of the politicians, all of the Republicans and far too many of the Democrats.

And the most recent group to get screwed over? The print publishing industry. Those adorable hold-in-your-hand books may soon be no more. Why anyone is shocked is the surprise. Come on; we all grew up on Star Trek and Sy-Fy spin-off shows where they featured hand-held computers and digital books decades before computers were any smaller than a football field, filling whole cavernous rooms like over at NASA. Of course, comparing Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, to God is a bit of a stretch - OK, it's downright creepy. :)

Take a look and chuckle for the day at how the cartoonists responded to this week's news stories:


Obama's State of the Union:






































The Obama Scream vs. Big Banks


















Screwed by the Supreme Court that is supposed to guard our liberties:















And the latest tech toy the iPad:








Can it be the death of print books as we know it?








OK, this one is a little scary...








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29 January 2010

67 Charities to Donate: Helping Haiti Heal

From Denny: The outpouring of donations worldwide for the relief of suffering in Haiti following a 7.0 devastating earthquake is incredible. The following are a list of 67 well-known established charities to which you can donate safely.

The Mobile Giving Foundation has received over $30 million in text pledges from cell phone donors the past two weeks. Even the Pew Research Center was well impressed and threw out some statistics:

14% donated by text message
12% donated by phone
23% donated via the web
5% donated via email
39% donated in person via a church or other group

Here's something I doubt any of us thought about when we donated by text message or phone: how long will it take for the phone companies to send out that donation? Turns out it can take from 30, even up to 60 days to transfer customers' contributions, which is then added to the mobile phone bills.

The biggest carriers like Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have all decided to expedite those donations.

Here's each company's status:

Verizon Wireless:
Last Friday, 22 January, they transferred $2.98 million. Today, 28 January, they transferred $4.84 million. Jeffrey Nelson declared the campaign "the largest outpouring of charitable support by texting in history — by far. In all of 2009, all mobile giving (via texting) to all charities totaled just under $4 million for the year."

AT&T: Donations are up to $10 million. The company says they will "advance payment of verified texted donations" to the Red Cross.

Sprint: Donations so far are $3.1 million. By Friday, 29 January, they will advance 80% of the donations with the remaining 20% placed into the usual 30 to 90 day settlement cycle.

T-Mobile: They are working hard to expedite on a weekly basis.


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Relief Agencies where to donate:

Action Against Hunger 877-777-1420
Agape Flights 941-584-8078
American Red Cross 800-733-2767
American Refugee Committee 800-875-7060
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 212-687-6200
American Jewish World Service 212-792-2900
AmeriCares 800-486-4357
Beyond Borders 866-424-8403
B'nai B'rith International 202-857-6600
CARE 800-521-2273


CarmaFoundation
Catholic Relief Services 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide 800-553-2328
Church World Services 800-297-1516
Clinton Foundation 501-748-0471
Concern Worldwide 212-557-8000
Convoy of Hope 417-823-8998
Cross International 800-391-8545
CRUDEM Foundation 413-642-0450
CRWRC 800-55-CRWRC


Direct Relief International 805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders 888-392-0392
Episcopal Relief and Development 800-334-7626
Feed My Starving Children 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP (World Food Program) 866-929-1694
Friends of the Orphans 312-386-7499
Habitat for Humanity 800-422-4828
Haiti Children 877-424-8454
Haiti Foundation Against Poverty


Haiti Marycare 203-675-4770
Haitian Health Foundation 860-886-4357
Healing Hands for Haiti 651-769-5846
Hope for Haiti 239-434-7183
Hope for Haiti Now 877-99-HAITI
International Child Care 800-722-4453
International Medical Corps 800-481-4462
International Rescue Committee 877-733-8433
International Relief Teams 619-284-7979
Islamic Relief USA 888-479-4968


Lions Club International Foundation 630-203-3836
Lutheran World Relief 800-597-5972
Medical Benevolence Foundation 800-547-7627
Medical Teams International 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps 888-256-1900
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries 800-306-9950
New Life for Haiti 815-436-7633
Operation Blessing 800-730-2537


Operation USA 800-678-7255
Oxfam 800-776-9326
Partners in Health 617-432-5298
RHEMA International 248-652-9894
Rural Haiti Project 347-405-5552
Salesian Missions 888-608-2327
The Salvation Army 800-725-2769
Samaritan's Purse 828-262-1980
Save the Children 800-728-3843
ShelterBox



UN Central Emergency Response Fund
UNICEF 800-367-5437
United Methodist Committee on Relief 800-554-8583
World Concern 800-755-5022
World Hope International 888-466-4673
World Relief 800-535-5433
World Vision 888-511-6548


Text to donate:

Text/ Number/ Giving campaign/ Amount

"HAITI" 90999 American Red Cross $10
"QUAKE" 20222 Clinton Bush Haiti Fund $10
"GIVE" 25383 MTV telethon $10
"HAITI" 25383 International Rescue Committee $5
"HAITI" 85944 International Medical Corps $10


"YELE" 501501 Yele Haiti foundation $5
"HAITI" 52000 The Salvation Army $10
"HOPE10" or "UNICEF" 20222 UNICEF $10
"HABITAT" 25383 Habitat for Humanity $10
"OXFAM" 25383 Oxfam America, Inc $10


"HAITI" 40579 National Religious Broadcasters $10
"SAVE" or "SAFE" 20222 Save the Children Federation $10
"GIVE" or "WORLD" 20222 World Vision, Inc $10
"CARE" 24383 CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc) $10
"AJWS" 25383 American Jewish World Service $10


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28 January 2010

Funny Video: Animal Photographer at Austrian Zoo

From Denny: Did you see the latest new artist to be touted at all the poshest art museums as having a fresh perspective and a great eye for the lens? OK, maybe not quite that much hype but everyone around the world really enjoyed this little piece of news fluff. In case you missed it, take a look and get a grin:

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27 January 2010

Funny Video: The Daily Show Declares Scott Brown the 45th President of The United States

From Denny: Sometimes, Jon hits the nail on the head. You would think a political party, the Democrats, that has done so much on a serious level for the vulnerable members of society in the way of health care, civil rights and more would have been paying attention to this Senate race, choosing a more warm and fuzzy candidate than Cold Coakley.

It's too easy when a political party gets a good amount of success to just start taking things for granted and get so lazy as to take their eyes off the proper focus: listening to the voters!

From cheeky snarky Jon: Voters in Massachusetts this week elected Republican Scott Brown to the Senate, ending the Democratic super majority. And even if you're a liberal, you've got to agree the Democrats were a little out of control with all that power.

In just a short time they managed to push through universal health care, gay marriage, legalized marijuana, mandatory abortion clinics in every church, putting Che Guevara on Mt. Rushmore and replacing the Second Amendment with a recipe for organic vegan arugula casserole. Thanks for reining them in, Massachusetts.

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26 January 2010

Funny Video: Colbert Says Obama Is Doing Nothing and Destroying Everything

From Denny: Turn on the radio; turn on the TV and you get blasted with the usual lying drivel passed off as truth in politics. Everyone has an agenda and no one more so for promoting lies to make money than the Republicans and their sycophants.

So-called "conservative" pundits like the outrageous Sean Hannity and downright odd Glenn Beck keep complaining that Prez Obama is a "President who does nothing." Then they turn around and go the complete opposite direction, a swing of 180 degrees, and declare that Obama is also "actively doing everything he can to destroy the country." Uh... talk about double-speak and double-mindedness. Like Colbert says, "Here I thought Obama was supposed to unite us, but he can't even get these guys to agree with themselves."

The round about Colbert cheeky defense of President Obama while targeting the naysayers who are so bizarre they make no sense whatsoever:


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25 January 2010

Funny Video: Mocking Rush, Robertson, Maddow Who Mock Haiti

From Denny: It does make a person wonder what kind of people leap on a major tragedy like the Haiti earthquake misfortune to push their own ideological agenda. Well, society's main villains chose not to disappoint and they just had to talk: Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson. Jon Stewart thinks liberal commentator Rachel Maddow has joined their ranks. I think she's only guilty of bad timing unlike the above mentioned meanies.

For sensitive ears, he does manage to inject one or two curse words in his video clips. For everyone else who is immune to shock language, watch and laugh:

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24 January 2010

Funny Video: Jon Stewart Lampoons Massachusetts Senate Election

From Denny: Jon Stewart loves to lampoon the politicians and the weirdness of elections. For sensitive ears, he does manage to inject one or two curse words in his video clips. For everyone else who is immune to shock language, watch and laugh:

From Jon: Well, the Democrats had themselves a nice little run there, but it looks like the GOP is going to win today's special Senate election in Massachusetts. That will of course cut the number of Democratic Senators to 59, a scant 18 seats more than the Republicans, which only seems like a pretty strong majority if you aren't using pussy-math.

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23 January 2010

Funny Video: Jon Stewart Lampoons Wall Street Bonuses

From Denny: According to Comedy Central's Jon Stewart: bailed-out Wall Street financial institutions have been doling out bonuses as high as eight figures. Oh, how shocking, just remember those same employees will spend those bonuses, flinging it out into the economy like confetti. Wow, that much money will help rejuvenate truly struggling industries. "The unicorn sex-slave industry is already poised to have its first positive quarter in years," says Jon.

For sensitive ears, he does manage to inject one or two curse words in his video clips. For everyone else who is immune to shock language, watch and laugh:

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22 January 2010

Funny Video: Steamed Over Bikini Clad Barristas

From Denny: What some people will do to edge out the competition and sell a silly cup of coffee! Unbelievable. OK, unbelievably tacky - but amusing too. Talk about a way for your city to make the national news = "city pride." An espresso stand where the barristas wear bikinis has some residents of Bellevue, Washington, USA, imploring their city council to shut it down down. Called Knotty Bodies Expresso.


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21 January 2010

Funny Video: Commute In Your Underwear, No Pants Subway Ride

From Denny: People love to be shocked and to shock others. "Ain't Life Grand?" In major cities across the country, hundreds of people took part in a "No Pants Subway Ride." The stunt was started by the comedy group "Improv Everywhere."


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13 January 2010

5 Funny Quotes About Time



Time? Where are you, you little rascal? I'll go shoot me some Time to keep!

From Denny: Enjoy these funny quotes as a sampling of today's Mind Candy! For more grins at funny photos and quotes, go here: Funny Quotes About Time - Cheeky Quote Day! 13 Jan 2010


Quotes

* When I give a lecture, I accept that people look at their watches, but what I do not tolerate is when they look at it and raise it to their ear to find out if it stopped. - Marcel Achard

* Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks. - Euripides

* I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. - Bernard Berenson

* I've been on a calendar, but never on time. - Marilyn Monroe

* Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thirty. -Robert Frost

: "Play it again, Sam!"

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12 January 2010

Funny Music Video of How Americans Sound to Foreigners

From Denny: This is so funny, mainly because the lampooning Italians have us accurately nailed to the wall. If you have ever wondered what Americans sound like to others who speak different languages you will laugh at this. An Italian singer decided to write a song with nothing but gibberish to sound like it was intelligible English.

Of course, the funniest thing of all is that often today's music sounds unintelligible to us as well! :) But hey, pop music is really all about the beat that makes you want to dance and have fun! ("That's my story and I'm sticking to it!" as the saying goes in America...) I guess Americans can remind ourselves of the other saying: "Imitation is the greatest form of flattery." Anyway, you look at it, this little musical spoof is great fun!




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09 January 2010

Funny Editorial Cartoons 9 Jan 2010

From Denny: You knew it was going to come at us full tilt - cartoonists lampooning the airport body scan debate. Tiger Woods got lucky in this week's news cycle.

Then there are those retiring politicians on both sides of the aisle like Senator Chris Dodd. People were happy with him until he was an advocate of the odious bailout monies for Wall Street, killing his popularity and trust with the people. He had done a lot of good in his many years of office but this was a serious political miscalculation.

Cartoonists - and the public - are still asking the age old question: Hey, old boys club, where's the change you've been promising the voters? Sure looks like business as usual at Capitol Hill. Yet another athlete disappoints those who were foolish enough to put him on a pedestal in the first place. Wall Street is as cavalier as ever with everyone else but their self-absorbed selves.

Old Rush took another hit for wanting attention so badly he faked a heart attack. Guess his bloated ego just couldn't stand it that the news world tilted to Hawaii while the President was trying to have some semblance of a vacation from the fools in Washington. The CIA took it on the chin, absorbing all the intelligence criticism, when the reality is there are a good deal more agencies involved who did not do their part properly "so easy a caveman could do it." (GEICO ad, how appropos since GEICO started out as a government insurance agency.)

Take a look at this week's funny roundup and enjoy!


Body Scans and airport security


































Yet another athlete





Politics and retiring politicians























The economy and lack of job satisfaction in America






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