A friend sent these to me today I’m not sure where he got it from but it was hysterical.
I was very influenced by semiotics when I was growing up. Semiotics is the study of signs and sign processes sis), indication, designation, likeness, analogy, metaphor, symbolism, signification, and communication. While Halloween is a festival/party/social occasion, it is also a sign. It is a mirror into the collective psyche of a nation. Just reflecting on what sticks out about Halloween can be very insightful. Check it out:
The word Halloween was first used in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All Hallows’ Even (‘evening’), that is, the night before All Hallows’ Day. According to many scholars, it was originally influenced by western European harvest festivals and festivals of the dead with possible pagan roots.
This brief description paints an interesting picture. It is a study of contrast which is timeless theme in mythology and one major point of fixation in the human psyche Whenever a solemn period is about to come there is always one day of merry-making right before it. Think of Carnival, the book the nudity, drinking partying, right before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.
All Hallows Day is a day of reflection and commemoration of all those souls who have attained heaven, of all the departed souls still struggling to reach heaven. So on the eve of it we have fun, make merry and celebrate. This time period also coincides with the change from summer to fall. Spring is the period of rebirth where life wakes up again, Summer time Life is in full swing and fall it is dying and winter finally is the cold silent death. Our human existence affected by this rhythms of birth and death. I always view human beings as products of nature not separate from it. It is therefore not surprising that outwardly we would want to express and manifest what we feel inwardly.
I do have to say that there is also an interesting tribute to childhood in Halloween. but I have to go eat something one last part later :-)
Kicking ass and taking names all day can give a man a powerful thirst. Back in March, Const. Robert Sparling breath-tested 21-year-old Marlee Viggers who registered a blood-alcohol level two-and-a-half times the legal limit after crashing her pickup. Weeks later, the two were in the same bar in Sarnia, Canada, when Sparling sent Viggers a text message with the offer: “If you buy me a beer, I’ll forget everything at trial.” Not surprisingly Viggers’ attorney brought the text up in court in a bid to make the cop look like an unreliable witness. It didn’t work and the woman was fined $1,500 and banned from driving for a year. The cop will be investigated internally, and the judge described his actions as “utter stupidity.” [Source]
As some who has had to wrestle and fight black person I can tell tell you beating down on them can really work up an appetite for beer as well getting some. At least that’s the message I get from Colonial America and the popularity of porking slaves and their frequent beatdowns.
On a serious note: I cant stand fucking cops. Maybe I am biased you tell me:
10-year-old kid tased by a cop during school career day
Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police,” Officer Christopher Webb allegedly said, just before firing his Taser into the chest of a 10-year-old boy. The New Mexico cop was at an elementary school career day and had asked the kids to clean his patrol car. When the boy said no, Webb taught him a 50,000 volt lesson. Webb has been suspended — he said he “didn’t realize” the Taser X26 was loaded — but the boy’s parents have filed a lawsuit against him and the Department of Public Safety. “[The child has] woken up in the middle of the night holding his chest, afraid he is never going to wake up again,” the lawsuit says. [Source]
Church lady plays tambourine during sermon, gets Tased
When praising the lord, don’t be shy about it, but do keep your tambourine playing in check, lest you want a sheriff’s deputy to Taser you into compliance. This bizarre scene unfolded during a service in Oklahoma when 50-year-old Vickey Sue Beyersdorfer began playing her tambourine so disruptively, fellow worshipers couldn’t focus on the sermon. Beyersdorfer refused to stop and an off-duty deputy decided to escort her outside, but when she tried to get back in the church, a scuffle broke out and the officer had to use his pepper spray and Taser to get her under control. Prescription pain medication was found on her, but a sheriff’s department spokesman said Beyersdorfer “was not filled with the holy spirit. She was not being very Christianly.”
Milwaukee police officers will stand trial in cavity search case
A judge on Friday ruled prosecutors have sufficient probable cause to go forward with a case against four Milwaukee police officers charged with conducting illegal rectal searches of suspects. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner made his decision at the preliminary examination, after about three hours of testimony from Milwaukee police detective Justin Carloni, who recapped testimony nine victims gave at a secret John Doe proceeding that led up to the charges, filed last month. The complaint lays out in graphic detail how the primary suspect, Officer Michael Vagnini, conducted searches of men’s anal and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums. Vagnini acknowledged performing one of the searches. At least one suspect said Vagnini planted drugs on him.
Police Chief Auto-Deleting Emails Containing Phrases Like “Police Brutality”
In totally amazing HOLY SHIT WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE OUR NATION’S POLICE DEPARTMENTS news, Oakland, CA’s police chief Howard Jordan is facing legal action that could cost him his job. Why? Well, because he was filtering emails containing phrases like ‘police brutality’ and ‘stop the excessive police force,’ straight to the trash folder. See, what normal people do with LinkedIn updates and Romney for America forwards from clueless family members, Jordan did with urgent emails from a public he’s supposed to serve.
Should I even Continue ?
When I was younger I was a very sickly kid. Actually from what my parents tell me for a while the doctors didn’t know if I would make it through infancy. I was forbidden to play sports unless I wanted to play track and field and I got my first dumb-bells one summer when my pops told me I was starting to look and before soon I would be spending my money on hair products, sewing, and talking with a lisp. (I wish I was joking)
College came and I dropped down from a stocky 200 to 185. I had abs and was single which didnt make much sense to me. Then I started working out with a friend of mine and I bulked up from 185 to 250 in about 2 years. My best numbers were during this time were
Then like between working and graduate school I didn’t work out for a good 5 years. I started working out again when I started this blog Nov-Dec 2011 because it helped get me stirred out of the depressive episode I was in at the moment.
While for the most part my depressive episode has passed I am having trouble staying motivated to work out and sometimes sleeping. In the past I had a world-class work out buddy that motivated me a lot. But now I feel lacking in the motivation department and I figure I would ask you guys for any tips or advice ? Or just some suggestions to try something new, new routine etc. I have heard many people mention cross fit. Have any of you tried any feed back
Goal wise I want to get back to lifting what I was doing before. I have even toyed with the idea of trying an amateur body building (natural) if I can be consistent, just for shits and giggles. It’s a nice counter to reading and writing and all the cerebral work I do. At the present gym I go to I am not impressed with the trainers there they are very feminine looking (when did that become popular for dudes) and very handsy.
I’m 5’9 and 240lbs – I have posted these pics as part of a joke online her before. But I will post again for you to get a general idea Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated – MrMary
For parents in Royton, England, it was almost a case of more than just intense sugar highs from all that Halloween candy keeping their kids up. Police have arrested a 33-year-old man for allegedly handing out baggies of cocaine to little trick-or-treaters. Two bags of cocaine were recovered after parents alerted police, and thus the children’s experience with this class A drug was postponed by at least a few years. It is not clear whether the packets of drugs were given to children on purpose or by accident, but we wonder if some parents would have been happy not to report this “trick” and simply take the spoils as part of the Mom & Dad Tax on candy. [Source]
Wait so let me get this straight this guy gave these kids cocaine but he did not:
So whats the harm? If Kids are going to be the leaders of a better tomorrow shouldn’t their exposure to real world issues take precedence? We spend million here in the states for the war on drugs. The money we spend allows us to ignore the sovereignty of other countries and use a special resource to police the populace. Who can forget Oliver North using drug money to sell Arms to Iran, about 20-30 yeas after the US tag teamed with Great Britain to topple a democratically elected government in Iran because of a want to nationalize the petroleum industry. Cocaine allows us to wield influence over Latin America so why shouldn’t these kids take some blow?
I got one two words Steven Seagal,
The cynicism in this article made me shake my head:
and thus the children’s experience with this class A drug was postponed by at least a few years.
That sums it all up there is no need to comment after that. When I read that line I knew all I could do was tell a few jokes because that was it.