27 April 2013

"...maybe it was Utah."

Raising Arizona is one of my favorite films.  I saw it in a theater when it came out in 1987.  It was an early showing and the place was almost empty.  With me were my wife and her best friend, Nancy D.  In parts of the film I was laughing so hard my face was red and I had trouble breathing.  My wife kept elbowing me to quiet down, but I couldn't help myself.

22 April 2013

Borgward: Veterinarian Scams

Here's another Borgward.

Never Let Go

"Our ring's in the pawnshop, the rain's in the hole
  Down at the Five Points I stand
  I'll lose everything
  But I won't let go of your hand."

Here's a song by Tom Waits.  I'll be featuring some of my favorite songs and movies.  This is a good one to start with.  Waits has a way with words and verbal images and his rough gut-wrenching vocals seem to be torn out of him at times with red-hot tongs.  A lot of his songs are of wracked souls desperately clinging to someone or something.   He uses a lot of Christian and Catholic imagery in this song. 

11 April 2013

You Have The Right To Remain

Here's another little sketch from the Borgward artist.  Sometimes he does a political cartoon.  This expresses my feelings on the border and illegal immigration, perfectly. 

07 April 2013

Can a Cop Really Commandeer My Car?

I saw a scene in a movie on TV, recently, where Martin Lawrence flashes his badge at a black woman in a four-door Chrysler and demands she turn over use of the car to him and his buddy.  The badge is not a police shield, but that of a security guard, because that is what Mr. Lawrence plays in this movie, and the woman does not give up her vehicle.  She drives the two men, calmly and at legal speed, to where they want to go. 

"All you had to do was ask nicely," said the woman.
"Yes Ma'am," said the two sheepish crimefighters.

These guys weren't real cops, but you've all seen TV shows and movies where this commandeering happens.  Is it for real?

05 April 2013

Lack of Children Stymies Speed Cameras

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed through a safety zone speed camera law but aides forgot to clue him into the fact that school zone reduced speeds are only in force if the little kids are present.  So not only does the photo radar camera gear have to snap a picture of the car registration plate and display the car's speed but also look around for any tykes in the area on foot. 

02 April 2013

What If It Is A Seeing-Eye Dog?

Driving with a dog's butt in your ear may soon net you a $25 fine in Illinois.  I think the dog patootie rubbing up against your wattles would be punishment enough, but not Dan Burke (D-Chicago).

He is co-sponsoring a bill to limit doggie co-pilots.  He's not hopeful the bill will pass.  Illinois has other pressing matters like a financial crisis.  New Jersey and Hawaii have restrictions on "lap" dogs, while you are driving, and Illinois doesn't want to be left out.

What about cats, and ponies and frogs and girlfriends sitting in your lap?  That would be a major distraction.
I wonder if it's a double fine if your dog is texting while in the front seat with you? You can read more about the nannyings of Windy City polititians and pet seatbelt inventors here: 
This would explain all the run-over cats

Borgward Declawed

I have a friend who keeps cats.  At one time he had two and they never went out of his apartment and they were....declawed.  He fed them and played with them and emptied their litter box and I assume he took them to the veterinarian whenever they got ill.  He was a very responsible pet owner and loved these animals.