Tevez and his Ma

Carlos Tevez in a fetching pose with his Ma. Aesthetically, this appears entirely believable. Of course, “Ma” in this case is “Maradona.”

A terrible coach, but arguably the best football player of all time, Maradona is undoubtedly a colorful character and a true legend. Carlos Tevez, while showing lots of potential, still has lots to prove.

Don’t worry, darling.

Thanks to Randall for this one. An old Schlitz beer advertisement. Humour from a bygone era.

Trivia – Robert Liston

Robert Liston (1794-1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon. He was likely the best surgeon of his day, noted for his skill and his speed in an era prior to anesthetics. He was able to complete operations in a matter of seconds, at a time when speed was essential to reduce pain and improve the odds of survival of a patient. He is said to have been able to perform the removal of a limb in an amputation in roughly 30 seconds.

There are stories of occasions when his operations went wrong due to the speed at which he attempted them. The two most notable examples of this were when he amputated a man’s testicles along with his leg by mistake. In another operation where the patient died of infection, he cut off the fingers of his assistant (who also died due to infection) and slashed the coat of a spectator who died of fright. Robert Liston is the only surgeon in known history to have performed an operation with a 300% mortality rate.

Obama Takes Blame For Bush

Amnesia was rampant during mid-term US elections this week. Candidates espousing reductions in the size of government, taxation, healthcare reform and financial regulation enjoyed astounding success, including extremist Tea Party politicians. Despite the substantial achievements of the Obama administration in restoring America’s public image in the world, reducing American involvement in costly, failed conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as implementing reform in healthcare and financial institutions during the arguably worst period in American history since the Great Depression, droves of poorly informed, easily manipulated and evolutionarily suspect Americans voted for a return to the grand policies of the George W. Bush era.

A vast number of Americans clearly don’t understand that it takes years to recover from the excessive spending, lax regulation and limited taxation on corporations and high net worth citizens that characterized the unmitigated disaster that was the W. legacy. Instead, they seem to have expected Obama to conjure new jobs, stimulate economic growth and bail out Wall Street, Main Street and unscrupulous and/or incompetent businesses like AIG and GM, all without increasing deficits or taxes.

So, they voted for former Lehman Brothers partner John Kasich and lobbyist lap dog, John Boehner, in Ohio and for the Tea Party in backward places throughout the country. I wonder how many people know that the Tea Party is a political action organization financed by the billionaires Rupert Murdoch and the nefarious Koch brothers to serve corporate interests? There is no patriotism there. Just self-serving sadism executed on unwittingly masochistic morons. As the French philospher Joseph Marie de Maistre stated: “Every country had the government it deserves.”

Colonel Gaddafi

Famous for bizarre statements and resilient in control of Libya, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi rarely fails to astonish with his outlandish ideas. This particular story though exceeds all previous benchmarks. What a charming pair Berlusconi and Gaddafi make…

According to BBC News excerpted below:

Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi says the EU should pay Libya at least 5bn euros (£4bn; $6.3bn) a year to stop illegal African immigration and avoid a “black Europe”.

Speaking on a visit to Italy, Col Gaddafi said Europe “could turn into Africa” as “there are millions of Africans who want to come in”.

“We don’t know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans,” Col Gaddafi said.

“We don’t know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions.”

Col Gaddafi’s visit to Rome was overshadowed by another controversial speech he made – to two groups of several hundred young Italian women, hired at a fee of 70 or 80 euros each from a local modelling agency.

He told them that Islam should become the religion of Europe and gave them free copies of the Koran, after he had lectured them for an hour on the freedoms enjoyed by women in Libya.

Time to Learn English

Hilarious advertisement using a catchy house tune from 1994 by The Outhere Brothers

Jersey Shore Night Out

Instructions to prepare for a Jersey Shore night out from Le Cool Magazine – Dublin:

Boys: Gym, then tan, then laundry. Put enough gel in your hair that you’d rather run your hand through the Gulf of Mexico. You’re going for the electrocuted hedgehog look – must not move in a tornado. Douse yourself in aftershave. (Smells like sweat, steroids, Red Bull, a bloody fist and tanning juice. Lacks dignity) IRON YOUR WIFEBEATER. Twice. Stand in front of the mirror chuckling to yourself as you move your pecs (see first step). Flex.

Humour and Controversy

Irish flag with fictional lyrics

Clever, amusing and perhaps a bit insensitive. The associated Facebook group has created something of a stir. Some people are petitioning that it is a hate group and should be taken down.

I happen to like dark humour. Some people don’t. Where does one draw the line? Is the creator of this image seeking to denigrate the Irish? Or is the objective to play with a creative idea combining history, modern lyrics and a truism about the Irish famine? My view is that it is the latter.

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