“Just Call the Po-lease Baby.”

This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in awhile.

BACKSTORY from WBRZ-Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. – A man pleaded for help after jumping on the hood of a moving truck on Coursey Blvd. after his sign was picked up, according to Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Tommy Stubbs.

Stubbs says the man was on Coursey selling shrimp when another man driving a pickup truck pulled over and picked up his sign.

When the man in the truck went to pull off with the sign, the man selling the shrimp jumped on the hood of the pickup.

The man in the truck then drove to the police station off Coursey Blvd. with the man on his hood. In a viewer submitted video the shrimp salesman yells for people in ongoing traffic to call the police.

No one was charged over the incident.

More BACKSTORY from the comments in the news story at the WBRZ

It’s about time someone did SOMETHING. This is the gentleman that myself and the rest of the real estate world refer to as “the sign man.” He’s been stealing signs for years and years. . . . → Read More: “Just Call the Po-lease Baby.”

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Tesla Pitches Silicon Valley VCs

As my friend Interrobang would say, “Brilliant With Brilliant Sauce.”

Let’s but the silly back in Silicon Valley! (As I used to say.)

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Which DC Lobbying Firms are the Unemployed Hiring To Represent Them?

Digby’s latest Post Stock market highs — and high unemployment: the new normal? struck me today because of a comment that Thurbers made on my post last night.

“We the People” are closer to the abused employees and/or the defrauded customers of Amy’s Baking Company. We are the real victims, but despite our numbers we are the ones with the least recourse and the least power to change the narrative.

– Thurbers comment 8 Firedoglake

It reminds me of the spot on Onion story, American People Hire High-Powered Lobbyist To Push Interests In Congress.

I’m really sick of how “the economy” is the stock market. It. Is. NOT. I also know that the constituents of unemployed and underemployed aren’t out there putting pressure on congress or the President.  (I’m thinking of paraphrasing SF Writer Harlan Ellison,  “Dear Obama and Congress. Fuck you. Hire me!”)

When I was traveling cross country to see my sick mother two years ago unemployment was the real issue on people minds, I asked them why they thought the media was writing about the deficit. They didn’t have an answer. I asked if they had heard of Pete Peterson. Nobody had. “Would it surprise you . . . → Read More: Which DC Lobbying Firms are the Unemployed Hiring To Represent Them?

When Your Safety Cuts Into Industry’s Bottom Line, You Lose…Your Fingers

I just read a really amazing story about a product that stops table saws from cutting off people’s fingers. You might think that manufacturers would race to incorporate this feature into their products. Yet the opposite happened. A coalition of table saw makers have taken multiple steps over years to suppress this technology.

If you wonder, “Why would manufacturers fight against a product that saves customers’ fingers?” you haven’t been paying attention to the power of association lobbying money.

The article describes all the various methods that the big power tool industry uses to block the incorporation of this technology into their product. It really is fascinating the way they turn losing your fingers into a right while transforming the makers of SawStop into some kind of greedy hucksters.

Steve Colbert did an excellent piece on this over a year ago. What I like about this piece is that they point out the way power tool manufacturing industry uses the same right wing tropes about “nanny state” and “freedom” that we see in the weapons industry. But if you look behind the scenes you see the manufacturers don’t really care about users freedom to cut their fingers off, they really . . . → Read More: When Your Safety Cuts Into Industry’s Bottom Line, You Lose…Your Fingers

Happy Dancing Video of Australian Hurdler

It’s Friday. When it’s foggy and gloomy in SF I watch happy videos. I like videos of people dancing and smiling. I think I’m going to post some of my favorites each week. I was just watching one from the Ghostworld Intro, ‘Jaan Pechan Ho’ Song from 1965 Bollywood film, Gumnaan Then Good Morning from Singing in the Rain.

But I also just found a new dancing video Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor in Where did you learn to dance. wonderful, check it out.

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Sweet Joyful Dreams can be Made of this Video

In my continuing quest to promote joyful videos of people singing and dancing I have found a new entry. I love how much fun they are having, knowing that they have done this before just for fun makes me happy.

So often videos capture horrible accidents and people doing embarrassing things. What a joy it was to see one where people are happily singing.

Science hasn’t figured out exactly how or why we are affected by music and dance, but when I see something like this, I’m grateful for the joy it brings.

Of course it is possible the whole thing was set up and faked. Don’t care. Still fun.

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9 questions the press won’t ask about Cumulus v. a Flaming Gasbag

Have you noticed the Cumulus v. Rush stories in the press lately?  What makes me crazy is thinking about all the questions that could be asked of the distributors, media corporations and the people who have made money or spent money on right wing media.  Sadly they won’t be asked, although if they were asked I suspect the answers would range from, “No comment.” to, “We don’t have to tell you nothin’ Poindexter” and include lots of, ” We are a private company! Now drop and give me 20 stories on missing white women!”

Although public companies like Cumulus will answer a few questions, those answers will mostly be bullshit. I also know that no one in the press will call them on their doublespeak because shut up.  But if I was an old timey journalist, wearing a fedora with PRESS in the hat band I would ask ’em. I know I wouldn’t get any good answers of course, but it would be fun to watch the squirming. Today’s journalists aren’t about making anyone squirm. Not their job. Getting deeper truthful answers? Not their job. Reporting what they say exactly as they say it? That’s their job.

Here are a . . . → Read More: 9 questions the press won’t ask about Cumulus v. a Flaming Gasbag

I Support Small Businesses. Really small ones..

Via Retronaut.

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Where are my Commupance Stories?

I used to think that if only America’s political leaders could see the unemployed in the media, and hear their stories they would act. I don’t believe that anymore.

Right now in news rooms across the nation well-meaning editors are assigning someone to write a “balanced” story about the Dow breaking 15,000 that also includes some stories about people struggling to find work. They know not to totally cheer the Dow, “See, we know that not everything is okay, so here’s a sad story of a person sort of like you, which you will dismiss in 10 seconds because it’s depressing as hell.” ( Pam Spauling’s story “Over 55, out of work more than six months? Headhunters say you’re screwed.” made me loath my birthday and myself instead of loathing the people driving our economy. Their incorrect, destructive austerity metaphor is destroying lives as surely as bullets in our brains.)

I used to believe that personal stories, combined with cold hard statistics could break through to politicians and policy makers who would say, ‘Enough! The lack of good jobs with good wages is a national tragedy, we must fix it or I’ll never get re-elected!” I had the same delusion . . . → Read More: Where are my Commupance Stories?