When The Hurt Is Over

Friday, June 22, 2018

Get ready for a weekend of self-flagellation with Mighty Sam McClain.

Leaders on toilet paper

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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I've been remiss in my coverage of the latest affairs of Turkmenistan. For example, I completely skipped over Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow's (the former dentist and current president for life of Turkmenistan)  decree banning black cars and instructing his citizens to repaint their cars white or silver. Oh, and then there's the giant statue of him riding a horse which replaced the twirling statue of the previous leader, the beloved Turkmenbashi. You can see the giant horse monument below.

With that introduction to the post, you may wonder why I started it with a picture of Presidents Trump and Obama on toilet paper.

Well, it all started in the city of Dashoguz when several children were detained and tried for the crime of defacing pictures of Berdimuhamedow. Their hooliganistic acts included drawing goatees and mustaches on his pictures, as well as trampling them underfoot. Matters got even worse when it was discovered that local residents had taken to using newspaper with his picture on it as toilet paper. Oh, the horror!

From the article Turkmenistan Police Inspect Toilets for Use of President’s Newspaper Photos as Toilet Paper:
While inspecting another Dashoguz school for similar defiling of the president’s photos, police found bits of newspaper – some of which had Berdymukhammedov’s face on them – used as toilet paper in the school toilet. The director was fired, and an ample investigation into this practice began. It has reportedly led to the dismissal of several civil servants.

Apart from police officers inspecting both public and household toilets for incriminating evidence of defiling president Berdymukhammedov’s portrait, staff at landfills all over western Turkmenistan were instructed to be on the lookout for soiled pictures of the country’s supreme leader.

“There is a special janitor at each landfill site whose job is to inspect garbage, to look for soiled newspaper photos, to establish the house or flat of the newspaper subscriber and to report it to the police,” Fergana.ru reports.
Sooo... we may not have giant golden statues and streets full of white cars, but at least we can wipe our butts with novelty toilet paper without fear of getting arrested. That is, so far we can, but these days ya' never know (OK -- link to an old story, but whatever).

 Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

Ads for alcohol

Saturday, June 16, 2018
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Here is a small collection of old beer, wine and liquor ads. I love the delighted expression on the guy's face in the ad above. The pure malt tonic below was an advertising strategy of the early 20th century. Sometimes, as well as advising the tonics to mothers, it was also suggested to let the little ankle-biters have a nip as well. You can read about that at Just What the Doctor Ordered.

There are a few more ads after the jump. Enjoy.

Trouble Every Day

Friday, June 15, 2018

Get ready for a riotous weekend with Son of Orange County.

Navigating a sprint boat

Thursday, June 14, 2018

More sprint boat racing. This video shows shots from several angles on a sprint boat. Included are good views of the navigator giving hand signals to the driver to steer him through the course.
You might notice the boat is from New Zealand. That's where the sport originated. It first spread to Australia and then to the States.

Sprint boat racing and bikinis

Monday, June 11, 2018

We may no longer  have the bikini portion of the Miss America pageant, but at least we still have sprint boat racing!

Er... not that the two topics are remotely related, but I needed an excuse to link to bikini pictures, so there is that. At any rate, enjoy the racing and the bikinis.

Kate McCannon

Friday, June 08, 2018

Get ready for a bedswerver weekend with Colter Wall.