Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Drawing: Faces No. 47

by Jack Brummet

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ATIT reheated: A salute to two political MILFs: Governor Sara Palin and Ex-Prime Minister of the Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko.

By Pablo Fanque, National Affairs Editor

[reheated from ATIT in April, 2007]

Remember way back, when Sarah Palin was just a cute Governor?  She was plucked from relative obscurity by Senator John McCain and became his VP candidate in 2008, soon became a pariah, lost the election, went back to Alaska, later quit her job as Governor, wrote a best-selling book that made her rich, starred in a reality show, began endorsing and campaigning for other people, and then faded into obscurity during Rep. Michele Bachmann's brief flash in the plan.  She has been quiet for a while now.  I expect we'll hear from her soon--she doesn't seem to like being out of the limelight for too long.  The limelight, however is becoming elusive

Yulia Tymoshenko, now 50, was sentenced to seven years in jail last month after being found guilty of abusing her office as prime minister. Critics branded the case a showtrial.  She is reportedly now in such poor health that she can barely get out of bed in prison. . .

Alaska Governor Sara Palin

Ex-Prime Minister of the Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A friend in good weather and foul: Senator Lori Klein's spirited (and twisted) defense of Herm Cain

By Pablo Fanque, National Affairs Editor

Thanks to Kristopher Skelton, who passed this along after someone passed it along to him.  Salon today reported that Arizona State Senator Lori Klein (and Herm Cain's AZ campaign chair) has mounted a spirited defense of skirt-chasing serial-groping Pizza Man. 

"not unattractive" AZ State Senator Lori Klein

"Lori Klein, an Arizona state Senator and Cain’s Arizona state chairman, told CBS News she stands by Cain."

"Says she has known him for 12 years and he’s “never been anything but a gentlemen – and I am not an unattractive woman.”

Klein also told CBS News that if Cain is innocent he should sue White for libel.  Like Herm himself, she also went on the attack against the media for ferreting this out.  She said that, in politics, “we want a virgin to do a hooker’s job.”

This reminds me of Herman Cain's earlier attempt at defending his actions, where he essentially said "OK, you have these four women raising a ruckus.  But what about the 300 million Americans who I haven't harassed?"

I strongly suspect we'll see HC bow out of the race on Thursday or Friday.

Drawing: Faces No. 73 - Hotlips

By Jack Brummet

Take the money and run by Graham Nash - an Occupy Uprising theme song (with lyrics)

 By Jack Brummet, Music History Editor

This is a wonderful song from David Crosby and Graham Nash in their prime.  It could be a theme song for the Occupy Uprising.  In fact, 'though, Graham Nash wrote this song about Neil Young and Steven Stills, who kept the money and ran.  Crosby and Nash were in the sort of "George Harrison" slot in the band CSN&Y--they got to put maybe one song on each album, and thus lost the author royalties on CSNY albums, while Stills and Young racked up millions of dollars on their publishing credits. 

Take the money and run
(By Graham Nash)

Take the money and run
Like a thief across a neighbor's yard
Take the money and run
Like a ghost out in the night.
Take the money and run
'cause you found out that it wasn't hard
to take the money and run
because you were out of sight.
You cannot tell me any more lies
You cannot pull the wool over my eyes
Take the money and run

Take the money and run
'cause the summer sun is sinking down
Take the money and run
'cause the four winds may not blow
Take the money and run
'cause the verdict has been handed down
Take the money and run
because there's no place left to go.
You cannot give me any more time.
You've already taken too much of mine
Take the money and run

Drawing: Faces No. 258

By Jack Brummet


Drawing: Faces No. 257

Drawing by Jack Brummet


Monday, November 28, 2011

Faces No. 256 - Opening Day

Drawing by Jack Brummet


Søren Kierkegaard, from 19th century Denmark, writes about Fox News?

“The daily press is the evil principle of the modern world, and time will only serve to disclose this fact with greater and greater clearness. The capacity of the newspaper for degeneration is sophistically without limit, since it can always sink lower and lower in its choice of readers. At last it will stir up all those dregs of humanity which no state or government can control.”    ― Søren Kierkegaard


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Painting: Mr. Blue 2/3

By Jack Brummet
[digitized/shopped from an original watercolor]

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Map 3: The Keelin Map

By Jack Brummet

[watercolor and pen and ink on d'Arches watercolor paper, approximately 3' x 1', framed in a three pane ex-window]

This is one of the first maps I ever painted. It hangs in Keelin Curran's office in One Union Square.  The frame is an ex-window from our house that we replaced when we renovated our basement. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Best Thanksgiving Song Of All Time - Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant

One Thanksgiving tradition for me is listening to Alice's Restaurant.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  /jack


A pictorial history of Presidential turkey pardons from Harry Truman through Barack Obama

By Jack Brummet, Holidays and Holy Days Editor

President Harry S. Truman seems to have been the first President to issue a pardon to a Thanksgiving turkey, in 1947.  All subsequent Presidents have carried on the tradition.

Oddly, I can't find an image of any of Jimmy Carter's pardons, only this shot:


The Wall of Faces

Drawings by Jack Brummet, Photography by Philip Palermo

Here are some photos, by Philip Palermo, of my office walls.  I drew the faces over the last 12 years, on surplus 2'x2' muslin cloths, stamped with Mississippi Lighthouse for the Blind (who manufactured them for hospitals).  The faces are almost all drawn with pen and ink, or Sharpies, with some random additions of colors.   Because the squares sat folded in a warehouse so many years, they are permanently creased. . .so I started drawing one face per square (and later, sometimes, six faces per square.  I've given away and sold quite a few over the years, but still have around 150+ of them, which were on my office walls until the end of this week.  I don't know what their next home will be. . .

—click the photos to enlarge—


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Occupy No. 9 - "Unscrew the locks from the doors!"

by Jack Brummet

Thanks to Walt Whitman for the quote. See the footnote [1] (a/k/a what Ed Sanders coined a "satellite data cluster") for details on the images on the poster.

[1]  Notes on the images:  a sign on Wall St. itself; a stealth banner on Ballard's Market Street (Ballard is Jack's neighborhood in Seattle) that was removed after one day; Giotto's painting of Jesus rousting the moneychangers outside the temple; the New York Stock Exchange Building, photographer unknown; a scene from from the film "Frankenstein" (the source of the ever-popular torches and pitchforks meme...before memes had that name); an engraving of the "Storming of the Bastille"; "take out the trash is a reference to one of the best episodes of "The West Wing."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Outfoxed! #OccupyWallStreet talks to Fox News and they picked the wrong guy out of the crowd

Thanks to Ray Estrada for sharing this great clip, which we assume never saw the light of day on Fox news.


Saint Misbehavin' - The Wavy Gravy (a/k/a Hugh Romney) documentary

By Jack Brummet, Counterculture Editor

The trailer for this film is intriguing.  My son, Del, his cousin Melanie, and a friend, Sam, went down to Wavy's "clown camp" in Mendocino County, California, for three years running.  One year we were also down there and got to see their show, and even meet Mr. Gravy.  For all his bluster, hot air, and possibility confabulated stories, he has done a lot of good in the world, and I think that half the kids who go to Camp Winnarainbow are poor kids, on full scholarships.  Wavy Gravy is something right in the world. 

"Beginning with Woodstock ‘99, director Michelle Esrick has spent ten years documenting the life of Wavy Gravy.

 "Saint Misbehavin’ journeys from the hills of California to the Himalayan Mountains to reveal the life of this one of a kind servant to humanity. The film blends Wavy’s own words with magical stories from an extraordinary array of fellow travelers both cultural and counter-cultural, revealing the man behind the clown’s grin and the fool’s clothing.

"In Saint Misbehavin’ Wavy is revealed more than the tie-dyed entertainer and ice-cream flavor namesake that often defines him in the popular imagination. Audiences will come to know the activist, the optimist, and the healer who reaches beyond political, economic, and cultural divisions in his commitment to social change and the alleviation of human suffering.
Wavy’s life is his message, serving as deeply needed inspiration that we can change the world and have fun doing it.

"Satirist Paul Krasner describes Wavy as “The illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Theresa, conceived one starry night on a spiritual whoopie cushion,” to which Wavy has replied, “Some people tell me I’m a saint, I tell them I’m Saint Misbehavin’.”

"Featuring: Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney, Jordon Romney, Dr. Larry Brilliant, The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Odetta, Patch Adams, Lisa Law, Buffy Sainte Marie, Denise Kaufman, Tom Law, Steven Ben Israel, The Hog Farm, and more!"

Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie - Theatrical Trailer from Ripple Effect Films

From the film:

“I have known Wavy for over 20 years, but it wasn’t until last year that one of my kids went to his camp. I was really amazed at how powerful this camp was in the lives of these kids…Wavy was connecting with these kids in such a meaningful way and I really looked at him with new eyes because I am used to his joking and his philanthropy but it was brilliant, it was revolutionary stuff, it was about really turning the tides in the lives of people who will be the next to inhabit the corridors of government, and business, and become the artists and the influential people of this century…only a really serious revolutionary would have the vision and the depth and the breadth of character to actually continue to do this all these years and on into the future and so add to the description of clown and Saint….Revolutionary.”

Painting: Mr. Blue

By Jack Brummet


Buy Local/Occupy Black Friday


Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Roadside Attractions No. 8 - Minnesota's Iron Man Statue

By Jack Brummet, travel editor

The Iron Man, a gigantic rendition of a nineteenth century miner standing on a sphere of rusted steel, lives in Chisholm, in the heart Minnesota's mining country.  "The Emergence of Man Through Steel"the official title of the sculpturewas designed by the artist Jack Anderson and completed in 1987. The whole structure is 85 feet high, and is one of the five tallest statues in America. 

The brass and copper statue is a tribute to miners of the past, when mining boomed in Minnesota and King Steel ruled the roost. People claim that the giant pile of steel beneath him makes the miner appear a little small.  And, yet, the statue alone is a respectable 36 feet tall, which in itself makes it one of the tallest U.S. statues.

A plaque on Iron Man's base says the statue is "a tribute to the Mesabi, Vermilion, Cuyuna and Gogebic Ranges' men of steel, who carved out of a sylvan wilderness the iron ore that made America the industrial giant of the world. They shall live forever!"

The cross-eyed miner stares down at a McDonald's across the street

How to get there:  It's on Iron Drive in Chisholm, Minnesota, on the north side of US Highway169, just east of its intersection with Highway 73.
Read about other roadside attractions we've written on here:

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Painting: Hobo sign 3 - tell a sad story

By Jack Brummet
[Digitized and 'shopped analog acrylic painting]

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A riot response vehicle that can shoot water, bullets, or poison gas

By Jack Brummet, OWS Editor

This is a scan from Mechanics And Crafts magazine published in 1938.   A friend of mine commented, "We'll take 10! -Oakland Police Department."

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Painting: Not Sure

 digital art by Jack Brummet

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Up Yours - a growing body of literature about things people "lose" in their lower alimentary canal (with a footnote on removing these objects)

By Mona Goldwater, Medical Science Editor

There are at least two books, "Up Yours," and "Stuck Up" and numerous websites and blogs about objects that people have "lost" in their rectums [1]. 

A forensic psychiatrist Marty Sindhian, another psychiatrist, Rich E. Dreben, and an E.R. doctor, Murdoc Knight wrote "Stuck Up."  Dr. Dreben said "Sometimes patients tell us that they were doing some type of household chore in the nude when they 'fell' or 'tripped' or 'jumped into bed' and 'landed on the object.'

X-Ray specs from "Stuck Up"

Yes, that's Barbie

[1] Removal of 100-Watt Electric Bulb from Rectum

from Annals of Emergency Medicine
November 1982

To the Editor:

In all societies, individuals have introduced foreign bodies into the rectum, penis, and vagina, sometimes for sexual gratification and sometimes for unusual psychological reasons. The literature contains many reports of such instances, particularly with respect to foreign bodies in the rectum. Objects reported include stones, coke bottles, plastic vibrators, pencils, sticks, a baseball, knives, screwdrivers, the U-bend of a sink, a sponge rubber ball, glass tumblers, a pickle bottle, and a beer glass.
This case report adds to the list a 100-watt electric bulb, an object not previously reported, and describes the technique used for the successful removal of this fragile object.
A 54-year-old man presented with the complaint that two days earlier he had drunk whiskey and "did something" to his rectum. He was obviously embarrassed and reluctant to explain his problem. Rectal examination revealed a hard, smooth, globular mass. The results of the rest of the physical examination were within normal limits.
When asked specifically, the patient admitted that an electric bulb had been in his rectum for two days. He said he had gotten drunk, accepted a wager of $100 and, using shaving cream as a lubricant, had inserted a 100-watt electric bulb into his rectum. The next day, sober, he realized that he had done a "stupid" thing but believed that the bulb would come out unassisted. After two days he became aware of difficulty defecating, and when he began to experience difficulty urinating, he became frightened and sought medical help.
AP and lateral films of the pelvis verified the location of the electric bulb in the rectum, and the patient was taken to the operating room. He was placed in a face-down position with his hips elevated. The buttocks were separated and held apart by a circular metal ring. With the aid of malleable retractors in the rectum, the electric bulb was visualized, but it was not possible to get a gloved finger over the maximum diameter of the bulb.
Toy darts with suction cup ends were used to draw the electric bulb to the sphincter. After drying the glass surface of the bulb with ethyl ether swabs, we attempted to attach the suction cup end of the dart to the electric bulb with cyanoacrylate cement. Four attempts of this maneuver were unsuccessful: the cement would not stick.
The patient was then turned to the lithotomy position and another dart was successfully attached to the bulb without any glue, and the bulb was pulled to the sphincter.
Three #24 Foley catheters with 30-cc terminal balloons were lubricated with mineral oil and passed over the maximum diameter of the bulb. The catheters were placed at the six, ten and two o'clock positions. Throughout this procedure, a steady pull was maintained on the attached dart.
After it was verified by digital examination that the tips and balloons of the catheters were beyond the maximum diameter of the bulb, the balloons were inflated with 30 cc of water, and about 30 cc of mineral oil was injected into the rectum through a Foley catheter. A steady pull of about five pounds was applied to each catheter, and after about ten minutes the sphincter began to dilate and the bulb began to emerge.
The electric bulb finally came out through the external sphincter with no further complications. Sigmoidoscopic examination showed no bleeding or other injury to the rectal mucosa. After 24 hours of observation, the patient returned home.
The literature describes various methods that have been employed to retrieve foreign bodies from the rectum. Because this electric bulb was a large object (maximum diameter, 61 mm; length from metal end to top, 114 mm) made of fragile glass, special consideration had to be taken to avoid breakage that would have resulted in lacerations to the rectum and adjacent structures, with consequent complications.
Ideally, the bulb should be removed intact from the rectum through the anus. If this is not possible, the abdomen must be opened and the bulb gently squeezed through the rectum and the anus, with great care taken to avoid injuring the rectum. Should this method be unsuccessful, the sigmoid colon must be opened and the bulb removed through the abdominal incision; however, opening the sigmoid colon is a very lengthy procedure with severe morbidity and a prolonged recovery period,, and this maneuver should be reserved as an extraordinary measure.
Vaman S. Diwan, MD, MS
Huntington, West Virginia


Thursday, November 17, 2011

All This Is That Celebrates Its 7th Birthday today

By Jack Brummet, Pablo Fanque, and Mona Goldwater

It has been a wonderful seven years. We've published 4,940 posts since we started in 2004, and have published every single day for the last seven years, mostly from Seattle, but also from India, England, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Idaho, Montana, New York City, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Arizona, and Wyoming.

All This Is That is often syndicated and referenced by other blogs and websites, and our articles and art have been reprinted in books and magazines about The Web, alien lore, folk lore and folk ways, poetry, and politics.  We've even published a few recipes by Jack.

All This Is That began seven years ago with a poem by Jack Brummet posted the morning of November 16, 2004:

Poem: Driving Home To Seattle, We Watch Deer
Drink from the Skookumchuck River
by Jack Brummet

A rainbow loops over
the alder cathedral.
Dark clouds are sinking.

The Lamplighter
loans them a patch of land
and a heartbeat.

Our favorite All This Is That moment occurred the day that Jack FM radio put Jack on their list of Most Famous Jacks (which--we assume--happened because he was linked to so many articles on ATIT).  His second favorite moment was when All This Is That became the number one Google, Yahoo, and Bing search--besting the Beach Boys song from which we nicked the title of the blog.  


A list of
famous Jacks

jack.jpgA Jackass
Andrew Jackson
Captain Jack
Cracker Jacks
Jack (the Movie)
Jack (the Song)
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack (and Jill)
Jack Albertson
Jack Astors
Jack Bauer
Jack Benny
Jack Black
Jack Brummet
Jack Connector
Jack Daniels
Jack Dawson
Jack Dempsey
Jack Frost
Jack Haley
Jack Hammer
Jack Johnson
Jack Jones
Jack Kennedy
Jack Kerouac
Jack Kevorkian (a/k/a Dr. Death)
Jack Klugman
Jack Knife
Jack LaLane
Jack Lemmon
Jack London
Jack Lord
Jack McFarland
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicklaus
Jack of Clubs
Jack Osborne
Jack Paar
Jack Palance
Jack Plane
Jack Ruby
Dr. Jack Sheppard
Jack Skellington
Jack Sparrow
Jack Straw
Jack The Ripper
Jack Tree
Jack Warner
Jack Webb
Jack White
Jacks (the classic game)
Jack in the Box
Jack's Manequin
Jacqueline Kennedy
Kangeroo Jack
Little Jack Horner
Samurai Jack
SpringHeeled Jack
Tekken's Jack
The Union Jack
You Don't Know Jack (the Game)