Archive for April 1st, 2009

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Britney & Cantor

Hey, remember when Eric Cantor went to the Britney Spears concert and left his Britfan daughter at home? Weekly World News has more:

Sparking bipartisan outrage on the Hill, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor admitted to skipping President Obama’s press conference to “Get his dance on.”

Cantor of Virginia is a Republican member of the House of Representatives and rising star in the minority party has reportedly hurt his standing within the party by not joining his delegation at the President’s nationally televised press conference.


As the news of Cantor’s whereabouts Tuesday night began making the rounds on the Hill Wednesday afternoon, [House Minority Leader John] Boehner was unavailable for comment, but a staffer requesting anonymity, told the Weekly World News that his boss was, “Crazy jealous.  He loves Brit Brit.  And that presser was bo-ring to the max.”

When the news first came out, many expected Cantor to shy from the spotlight and try to play down the information.  Surprisingly, that was not the case.

“I will not lie about it,” Cantor said in a statement to the press.  “I did skip the Economic press conference last night in order to attend the Britney Spears Circus Tour concert.  And I don’t regret that decision in the least.  It was insane!  Anyone who says Brit is not back in top form is just delusion.  She’s beautiful, she’s talented, and let me tell you, she knows how to work the whip!”

Asked if he thought his actions would harm his parties ability to stand up to the President and if his own credibility at home would take a hit, Cantor was equally forthcoming.

“Playa please.  Constituents want their representatives to be hipper, to be with it.  That is clear.  Economics are dull.  You think the majority of Virginia voters would choose to watch a the press ask questions on TV over going to see a kickin’ live show featuring a beautiful girl sing great music?”

“Last night, I lived the American dream and my colleagues and constituents will reward me in kind.  Just you wait.”

Eric Cantor: Living the dream.

April 1st, 2009 at 08:39pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Foggy Non-Construction Photoblogging

Fog Week continues!  But will be taking a break from construction for a while.

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April 1st, 2009 at 05:37pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Jelly Mongers!

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

I suppose it’s not that shocking that jello could be used as an artistic medium, but I never imagined it could be taken quite this far:

SAM BOMPAS and Harry Parr have built painstakingly correct models of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge, and a Madrid airport terminal complete with tiny airplanes.


Shimmering, brightly colored gelatin is the chosen medium of Mr. Bompas and Mr. Parr, two young products of Eton and University College, London, who have quickly become England’s leading jelly artists, or as they call themselves, jelly mongers.


Mr. Bompas, 25, said: “We’ll do pretty much anything. We’ve made an entire jellied Christmas dinner, hundreds of layers, each a different course, for television as the ultimate Christmas jelly.”

For Hawksmoor restaurant in London, they created a ziggurat inspired by the steeple of an 18th-century church.


They make their own molds, designing them on a computer in the workshops of University College that translates them into three-dimensional models and transfers the specifications to a machine that makes plaster casts of the molds, called plugs. Once the plug is made, thin, malleable high-impact polystyrene plastic is applied to it in a vacuum to form the individual molds.


Although they work in a traditional medium, some of their projects verge on the avant-garde. In collaboration with a chemistry professor at University College, they used food-safe quinine to make jelly that emits a bluish glow under black light. Other experiments are in the works, including growing crystals inside the jelly.

Besides chemistry, they have had to learn engineering and also cooking. At the end of the day, or rather at the end of the meal, a jelly has to be tasty.

Amazing.  Be sure to check out the slideshow, and the Bompas & Parr website.

2 comments April 1st, 2009 at 11:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Art/Architecture,Coolness,Weirdness

April Fools?

Tedisco Point 2

Please tell me this is Tedisco’s idea of a joke, and that he was not actually trying to pre-steal yesterday’s election:

The Dutchess County Clerk’s Office has confirmed to FDL that Tedisco’s people have filed an ex parte motion in order, the effect of which would be to investigate and overturn today’s election results, should the outcome not be to Republicans’ liking.


Beyond the standard practice of seeking to impound machines, determine validity of affidavit ballots, etc., the Tedisco campaign goes for this grand overreach–and does so hours before the polls even close. (I am not a lawyer, but the ones we have here tell me this is not standard operating procedure–this is a desperate play.)


While campaign lawyers often pre-file papers for simple vote protection, Tedisco’s motion goes much, much further. Inside this document (PDF) are several humdingers, including:

On page 6: An order that whenever a poll-watcher challenges a voter that the elections clerks have to make a written record. (Unless or until that order is served at every polling place—and unless or until somebody notices that paragraph—it will be impossible to enforce.)

On Page 9: Plaintiffs seek a restraining order to prevent the certification of Murphy no matter how huge a win. (This paragraph was struck out by the court on the spot.)

I suppose this could be considered enterprising, to set the wheels in motion to challenge the legitimacy of a Democratic victory before it even occurs (which it currently looks like it has, pending absentee ballots).  It could also be considered incredibly amoral and cynical.

Norm Coleman is the GOP’s new role model.

1 comment April 1st, 2009 at 06:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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