Friday, December 19, 2014

Texas Plumber NOT A Terrorist, But Terrorists Using His Old Truck

A Texas plumber discovered an old truck he'd traded
in is now being used by Islamic terrorists in Syria.  
Let's be clear: Mark Oberholtzer is a fine, upstanding Texan. By all accounts a proud American.

He's owned Mark-1 Plumbing in Texas City, Texas for 32 years. People like him and his work in the plumbing and contracting business. Lots of five star reviews of Mark-1 Plumbing out there.

A few people, idiots, actually, now think Oberholtzer is sympathetic to those horrible ISIS Islamic militants in Syria.

Why? Because there's a photo that originated on Twitter floating around out there of one of his trucks, with the Mark-1 Plumbing logo clearly displayed, being used by the militants with an anti-aircraft gun in the truck's bed.

Don't worry, Oberholtzer is not giving material support to the terrorists. He, and everybody who knows him wants to make clear he did not give or sell his truck to terrorists.

Somehow, after he traded in the truck three years ago to an AutoNation dealership, the vehicle ended up in the hands of terrorists. 

Oberholtzer says that usually, when he trades in one of his old work trucks, he removes the logo from the vehicles. This time he didn't because he assumed AutoNation would. But they didn't.

So now, in Syria, unfortunate victims of ISIS terrorists can see an advertisement for Mark-1 Plumbing before they are hurt or killed by the violent morons.

Nobody knows how the truck ended up in Syria, but it was auctioned off after Oberholtzer traded it in, and it probably went through a few owners before winding up in Syria.

Oberholtzer says he's gotten thousands of calls about the truck in Syria. He says some people have threatened him because they think he's supporting the terrorists with this truck.

Of course the people criticizing or threatening Oberholtzer are some of the world's biggest idiots.

He told television station KHOU:

"We have a secretary here, she's scared to death. We all have families. We don't want no problems."

 Luckily, there's a major backlash against the people unfairly targeting Oberholtzer and his business. You can see that nice, welcome backlash on the Mark-1 Plumbing Facebook page. 

In a way, it's free advertising, because some people are saying they want to have Mark 1 Plumbing fix their leaking pipes or whatever. Just to support the guy.

Hell, I'd have him do my plumbing, too. But I don't think Oberholtzer wants to travel from Texas to Vermont to look at the drip, drip in my basement.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Angry Animal Of The Week Award

This sheep has just about had ENOUGH  
For no reason other than laughs, we give you another random video.

This one is a sheep who is the most ornery in the world, attacking passersby in some town somewhere.

There are few details available about where or why this happened, but it's entertaining if you want cartharsis to get rid of a bad mood.

Here you go:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cats Hate Christmas, Too, Apparently

Cats like to kill Christmas trees, apparently.  
We set up our Christmas tree, finally, last evening.

Luckily we have dogs, not cats. The dogs are curious about the tree, but I don't detect any hostility from the dogs toward the tree. v

Cats, on the other hand, are a completely different story. It seems like every time I turn around I hear of somebody's cat deciding the Christmas tree is not proper household decor. So they attack it.

Or at the very least, regard a Christmas tree as an enormous kitty toy, just for them.

Want proof? Watch this video of feline Christmas destruction. Especially if you want a bit of a laugh:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweaters, Charlie Brown Trees Are A Thing This Year, Apparently

This guy is a major trendsetter
this Christmas season.  
I guess it's a trend I can embrace.

The Big Things at Christmas this year, at least two of them anyway, are hideous Christmas sweaters and Charlie Brown trees.

I like to think it's a rebellion against the societal demands that you MUST make Christmas elaborate, absolutely perfect and way, way over your budget.

If you don't do these things, you are an absolute scumbag, at least in the eyes of the marketers who want you to spend, spend SPEND at Christmas.

Ever notice that after every Christmas season, retailers are "disappointed" in sales. You didn't give them enough of your hard earned money, you morons!

Thoughtful but inexpensive gifts and activities need not apply, apparently.

But then there are the people armed with seasonal sweaters with badly rendered reindeer sewed on, and annoying jingle bells ringing with your every move as you gather around the half dead, listing Christmas tree.

Out in Fort Collins, Colorado, somebody found a way to capitalize on the anti-perfection Christmas movement by opening an ugly Christmas sweater thrift store. 

According to Consumerist and CBS Denver, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, or UCS's, are big sellers, says Nancy Agnew, the owner of the store.

"When the store opened it had 4,000 sweaters in stock, with prices ranging from the very modest $3 up to $43, reports CBS Denver. The owner says she's now selling about 150 sweaters every day.

She got the idea after working at another thrift store and seeing that people really, really liked buying UCSs. So she planned this sumer, washed and hot glue-gunned stuff, then opened up in the fall. She has plans to expand to Denver and Boulder, to spread the ugly joy there."

Oh, great, I see a nationwide UCS empire starting here.

Maybe we'll all be required to don we now our ugly apparel every Christmas season. That could be another reason to dread the holidays.

If that's the case, you can drown your sorrows in the weak glow of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Those, too are a hot commodity.   
This little guy is a trendsetter, too, with his
somewhat unsuccessful little Christmas tree.  

For those unfamiliar with the concept, Charlie Brown Christmas trees are from the Charlie Brown Christmas special, in which Charlie obtains a tree that is not exactly the most beautiful in the world as he disastrously tries to free himself from a holiday funk.

NPR also got a big response when they put out a call to listeners for some of the most impressively bad Charlie Brown trees.

People have quite a history of bad holiday trees, apparently. Not as bad as a battered pink plastic one I saw in a window recently, but you get the idea.

I guess we should just embrace the tacky. It's more fun than trying to be Martha Stewart all the time. Makes you less crabby, too, being tacky and not perfect.

My husband Jeff and me have taken the tacky tack, at least to an extent.

At recent Yankee swap Christmas parties we offered gifts of a squeezable Minion from "Despicable Me" and Hello Kitty and Duck Dynasty Chia Pets.

Really, have yourself a tasteless little Christmas. It's more fun that way.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tidy Elephant Keeps African Safari Lodge Neat And Clean

Tidy elephant in South Africa being tidy.  
Surveillance video at the Thornhill Safari Lodge in South Africa caught an elephant there just trying to keep the place tidy.

The elephant, who was just hanging out, noticed that people had missed the trash can and left papers are other garbage on the grounds.

The elephant took care of that in a hurry.

The elephant turns out to be an unwitting salesperson for the place. Now I want to go and check out all the animals there.

Maybe I should also hire this guy or gal (not sure which) to tidy up around my house, too.

Here's the fun video:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Performances That Are Different Than The Usual Boring Stuff

A fun Christmas performance  
Hat tip to my husband Jeff Modereger who found this unique performance of the "Hallelujah Chorus"

It was done by a group of high school students acting as monks who had taken a vow of silence but still had to present a Christmas show.

The video was first uploaded to YouTube about six years ago, but it's getting renewed notice lately.

Jeff got this from a site called which has a variety of fun and inspiration videos to waste time with if you're not in the mood for controversy or negativity.

There's another video of the "Hallelujah Chorus" on the site that was done as a flash mob at a shopping mall that's worth watching, too.

So I'll give you both. First, the "monks" then the shopping mall for your holiday enjoyment.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Eat More Kale! Thankfully Wins Over Chick-fil-A Bullying and Stupidity

Bo Miller-Moore and his "Eat More Kale" t-shirts
and products. He just won a stupid fight with  Chick-fil-A.  
According to the Associated Press reporter Wilson Ring, Bo Miller-Moore has every right to distribute his t-shirts and other material with the phrase "Eat More Kale.

The idiotic people at the fast food chain Chick-fil-A thought the general public was more idiotic they they are.

Chick-fil-A fought Miller-Moore's "Eat More Kale" schtick because they argued people would confuse that with the fast food chain's slogan "eat mor chikin."

I was rooting for Miller-Moore of Vermont right along, partly because he knows how to spell the word "more" and could probably manage the spelling of the word "chicken," too. He sure knows how to spell "kale" correctly

Plus this was a classic David vs Goliath battle.  And I'm not sure how people would confuse eating kale vs. eating bad chicken.

Muller-Moore thanked his Vermont supports this week for their support, and there was a lot of support.  Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin threw his strong support behind him during the battle with Chick-fil-A, and a number of lawyers worked for him pro bono.

 Shumlin said:

"The message is out: Don't mess with Vermont. And don't mess with Bo.....This isn't just a win for the little guy who stands up to a corporate bully; it a win for our state. In Vermont, we care about whats in our food, who grows it and where it comes from. "

 The help worked. It initially appeared as if the U.S. Patent Office would rule agains Muller-Moore and his kale. But nope:

"I'd like to think that maybe some persistence and polite defiance, you know, and proving to them that we were in it for the long haul," he said. "If it took us a decade, we're going to fight for a decade," he said.

Chick-fil-A, in fighting Muller-Moore cited 30 examples of other businesses who tried to use "eat more.." phrases and backed down when the stupid chicken chain giant objected.

But I think they never had a case. These other 30 outfits understandably didn't feel like using lawyers and money to combat Chick-fil-A's bullying and moronic marketing.

I'm having kale for breakfast today, I think. Just to celebrate the win against Chick-fil-A. And I can't imagine myself EVER eating at Chick-fil-A.