Archive for February, 2012

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Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

February 27, 2012

Always makes for a great day, visiting the Gem & Mineral show. And what do you know? It happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day (heh). Lots of beautiful beads, semi-precious (and precious) stones, lots of exotic imports besides. Lots of fossils too. And I mean “lots” as in so much stuff you end up with sensory overload after a few hours. Still, the weather was gorgeous (it’s Tucson, after all) and the people were friendly and amusing. The show finished a couple a of weeks ago.


There were acres of bright, colorful sparklies like this.


Just a sampling of the curios you can find there.


Spotted on the way home from the show. Oh, wacky Tucson. I love you so.

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Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane

February 22, 2012

Found some old comics from when I was a kid, and quelle surprise!, Lois Lane was a big favorite. Probably because all the women in my family are brunettes. And strong willed. And smart (heh). Girls, don’t judge — she was all we had before Buffy.


Clark Kent’s Super Brat. No. 192. January 1967. Dig that hair-do. She’s more upset over the cake than the corporal punishment.

Love how she got her own line of comics, but with the introduction of “Superman’s Girlfriend” (as if we needed to be told who she was . . .) — because otherwise, she’s not worthy of her own series.


The Demon in the Bottle. No. 76. August 1967. Seven months later, and much better hair. In the world she inhabits, how is she so puzzled by a little genie-man in a bottle? Her boyfriend flies and has x-ray vision! Gotta love the yellow paw-print bikini, though.


Lois Lane, Queen and Superman, Commoner. No. 67. August 1966. Something about her reminds me of myself . . . hmmm. Methinks it’s her expression. I’m a happy monarch, though — got my own superman to marry me years ago. And I didn’t even have to threaten to cut off his, uh, head.

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And People Said Dan Quayle Was Stupid

February 2, 2012

Quayle’s main sins? He was a  was a pretty boy and a Republican. Oh, and he “was widely lambasted for his apparent inability to spell the word potato.”  Because (insert astonished oath here) that matters, people! Yet, for the last four years we’ve had an honest-to-God moron on our hands serving as VP.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Joe Biden:

“. . . and then a bear came and ate them all!!!”

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, ‘Look, here’s what happened.”  — Joe Biden,  interview with Katie Couric. Sept. 22, 2008

[Except that FDR wasn’t president when the stock market crashed in 1929. And FDR used radio, not television, to spread his fertilizer around. TV was still in it’s experimental stage at that time.]


“Run run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me — I’m the ice cream man!”

Stand up, Chuck, let ’em see ya.” –-Joe Biden, to wheelchair-bound Missouri State Sen. Chuck Graham. Columbia, Missouri,  Sept. 12, 2008

[What can I even say about this? Except: Is he blind, as well as stupid?]


“Thank you come again.”

You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent…. I’m not joking.” — Joe Biden, C-SPAN. June, 2006

[Oh, if only he was joking. But no, in 2012, Joe the Blunder Kid did it again, “I like to talk to you about your credit card.” ]


“Dial one plus the area code, if it’s different from your own!”

“You know, I’m embarrassed. Do you know the Web site number?” – Joe Biden, during an interview on CBS’ “Early Show,” regarding a government-run Website that tracks stimulus spending.  Feb. 25, 2009

[Because our elected officials are so knowledgeable about the world outside of Washington; that’s exactly why the government should be in charge of the  Interwebs — or is it Intertubes — ah, go ask Al Gore the difference. He invented the thing.]

It is NOT a dunce cap!

Yes, people, he’s a fool.  No, more like a useful idiot:  look how smart Mr. Obama seems by comparison!