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Overnight: Carnival in Cologne, Germany


KarnevalKoelnw398h264Cologne (in German 'Koeln' or 'Köln') - is on the Rhine River in Northern Germany. It celebrates 'Carnival' - or 'Fastnacht' - the weeks time before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday in a very different way than the southern Germans do. There are parades but there are also fancy dress parties, a feature of which, as you might guess, is much drinking, the presenting of kings and queens, and a 'Buettenredner' - a teller of jokes in 'Koelnisch' - the dialect of German spoken in and around Cologne.

Here's one of those parties:

Here's a Wiki on the Carnival in Cologne.


Video Overnight Thread- Ultimate Burlesque-Themed Bar Mitzvah Party


Jeff had the restaurant next to the Temple and a soft rock band. He is gonna be SO pissed. Oy. Via Gawker.


No Racism Here


Tea Party Rally

Ah, there's nothing like a mid summer gathering of the tea party to bring out their best. And on Capitol Hill, July 15th, it was no exception. People gathered, they picnicked, socialized (oops, perhaps poor choice of words) they had social intercourse (oops,wrong again), they jaw-boned with one another. It was a joyous day and to cap it off, there were a few guest speakers. Real live senators like Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions spoke; and the House was represented to, by none other than Steve King. It doesn't get much more star-filled in the right-wingnut world than that.

What these elected officials had to say was simply we won't allow for "illegal  immigrants" to become legal. We don't want them as part of the patchwork quilt that makes up America. Simply put, "Aliens go home."

Now those bigoted, inflammatory orations actually paled to the keynote speaker for the festivities. That honor belonged to Ken Crow -- a co-founder of the Tea Party Community. He stepped up to the microphone, to address the assembled on the "breeding" and tarnished racial purity that has resulted and must be cleansed. Maybe you should hear it for yourself.

Now what you didn't see, but was reported by George Zornick of  The Nation was this: Ken Crow arguing for eugenics and calling African-Americans a "retrograde species."

Flip now 1000 years into the future. Earth's most advanced species will be baboons who will look back to 2013 and tell their off-spring that this primitive creature (Ken Crow) is what they descended from when evolution kicked in, and Crow, Cruz, and King were among the earliest and lowest forms of the ape species. And those young gorillas will laugh in amazement to think they evolved from such primitive, simpleton creatures. And they'll be right.

Do we just stand by and say and do nothing? Or do we "saner" folks get out our vote and silence ignorance and give tolerance and brotherhood a chance -- not a white hood.


Ungrateful Bride or Just a Bitch?



via HuffPo.

This was really something.  A woman attended a wedding with her boyfriend and evidently gave a hundred dollar check as a gift. This guest had recently graduated college and like so many others, is saddled with thousands of dollars in student loan debt.  The prospects of keeping current on those, adding to living expenses and hoping to build for a future are challenging. Right now, this woman graduate is barely keeping current with the best she can do, a part-time, minimum wage job.

But wanting to share in the joy and happiness of her friend's nuptuals, she and her BF scraped together a generous sum, all things considered.  So what was her reaction from the blushing bride?  A Facebook message.

"Hi (Name removed), how are you? I just want to know is there any reason or dissatisfaction of Mike's and I wedding that both you and Phil gave 50$ each? In terms of the amount we got from you both was very unexpected as a result we were very much short on paying off the reception because just for the cocktail + reception alone the plate per person is 200$ (as per a normal wedding range with open bar is about) and Mike and I both have already paid for everything else including decor, photography, attire etc and didn't expect we had to cover that huge amount for reception as well. As I know you both live together and work, so I did not see any reason for that amount, when it comes to your wedding hopefully you'll know what I mean. I hope for the best as from what we receive is what we will give back. Anyways, good luck on everything." [all sic]

This is beyond nerve or gall.  It's simply disgusting.  Since when do we pay for our own meal, the argument behind the bride's reasoning. Who told her she had to spend $200/person for the event? And if so, how was the guest to know? Were the guests consulted as to colors, food, floral arrangements? If they were expected to pay for them, why not get input on these expenditures?

Wedding parties are overpriced and nothing more than expanded greeting card business.You're no less married if you held a barbecue afterwards at your home and spent it with friends and family. This concept of outdoing everyone else, then getting offended if the gift isn't commensurate with the party's cost, is asinine.

I feel horrible for the woman guest. I despise the bride. It's clear she now knows that the price of her friendship was $200/person. My friends are priceless and gift or not, it's their presence, not their presents that  matter to me.