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2014: Obama’s America

Scandals now come so fast that each new mess makes us forget the previous one.

The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters.

Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans suddenly sound as if they are near-enemies of the U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cell phone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir Putin’s Russian tyranny to be almost as popular as Barack Obama’s America.

Japan is becoming similarly frustrated with the U.S. It is rearming like crazy to confront an aggressive China. Both Asian powers apparently assume that Obama won’t guarantee the security of the Japanese as America has in the past.

The Middle East is dissolving. Taking U.S. peacekeepers out of Iraq proved a disaster. The radical jihadists of ISIS are overrunning Syria and Iraq, as they extend their destruction even to the mute stones of religious sanctuaries.

War looms between Israel and the Palestinians as they exchange rockets and bombs. Older Americans had an idea of what Afghanistan will look like by 2016 after Obama announced a pullout of all U.S. troops. They remember Saigon of 1975 all too well.

Crimea has become a Russian satellite. The fate of the Ukraine hangs in the balance. In between his conquests, Russia’s Putin openly ridicules the impotence of the U.S. He is often called to the Middle East on the perception that he can address problems that America runs away from.

From his sanctuary perch in Russia, National Security Agency turncoat Edward Snowden is once again releasing top-secret data that shreds the credibility of the Obama administration.

Foreign leaders don’t trust the U.S. They are baffled as to whether America is guilty of incompetence in hiring such a roguish dropout snoop in the first place, or guilty of cynically spying on America’s best friends — or both.

The economy shrank last quarter. Record numbers of adult Americans are still not working. Zero-interest rates have destroyed the tradition of passbook savings and the very idea of thrift.

No-interest financial policies ignited a stampede to the stock market that has further enriched the one-percenters — an artificial boom that everyone believes will soon bust.

The borrowing of $7 trillion has proved no stimulus. A natural American recovery was stymied by vast federal borrowing, by the addition of more incomprehensible regulations, and by an Obamacare package that proved to be the opposite of almost everything that was promised. Inflation is said to be manageable, but only by not counting soaring food, gas, and electricity costs that do the most to erode family budgets.

U.S. immigration law simply no longer exists. Incoming foreign nationals more likely welcome arrest than fear it. Tens of thousands of newly arrived immigrants expect that the cynical coalition of commercial interests, ethnic activists, and political operatives have subverted existing federal law. America is now wide open. Almost anyone can cross the border and receive subsidized sanctuary. If you object, you are a nativist, racist, or xenophobe — take your pick.

No one denies that top IRS officials lost or destroyed key documents concerning the agency’s election-time efforts to subvert conservative organizations. The unbiased IRS that we once knew has vanished. It has become an appendage of the ruling government that punishes enemies and rewards friends — and dodges a high-level audit by lying in the same fashion as the tax cheats it goes after.

Americans accept the fact that a video never had anything to do with the killing of four American officials in Benghazi and know that the Obama administration knew precisely that when it assured them otherwise.

No one has heard anything lately from Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was traded for five of the most dangerous jihadists the U.S. had in its custody. The less we know about why Bergdahl went AWOL, the administration thinks, the better.

The scandals now come so fast and furiously that we no sooner hear of one than yet another new mess makes us forget it.

What keeps the country afloat this terrible summer?

longer than usual, i know… but shit, i just didn’t know where to stop.

good stuff, victor.

p.s. the lastest from krauthammer: The Truth about Gaza

Video Game

Your Destiny, Today

saw quite a few tweets today from various peeps and gamers talking about getting their Destiny beta game-codes today, many of whom rushed back home to download and fire it up on their PS4’s

lucky bastards.

p.s. i’ll have to wait until next week.

Web Design Work


i’m about 10 hours into the latest hackathon here @addthis and have been heads down coding away like a madman… already got my projects prototype styled and coded up for the most part, so i’m feeling pretty damn good about that at the moment — of course, i can’t really say or show anything, but it’s looking pretty sweet so far.

on a sidenote: my site was down most of the day, still not quite sure what the dealio is… so just a heads up that it might go down again as my buddy ron tries to sort it all out… damn man, both the PSN and Xbox network went down today, my site went down, not sure what the hell is in the air of late.

update: it’s 12:16am and i’m still crank’n along…


Malaysia Airliner Shot Down Over Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 295 people reported shot down near Ukraine-Russia border

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was reportedly shot down near the Ukraine-Russia border Thursday killing all 295 people on board, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior ministry said.

Both government officials and pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied responsibility.

An aide quoted by Interfax said the total number of dead in the crash was more than 300 and includes 23 U.S. citizens, while an Associated Press reporter at the scene reported seeing at least 22 bodies.

In brief comments made in Delaware Thursday afternoon, President Obama called the crash a “terrible tragedy.” He added the White House was aware of reports of American fatalities and was working to determine whether there were U.S. citizens on board flight MH17.

damn man, that’s just fucking horrible.

p.s. malaysia just can’t catch a break…


The New Airbnb

Airbnb’s new logo faces social media backlash

i know what i thought of when i saw the new logo, but i guess i kinda have a “dirty” mind…. i know, shocking.

Airbnb’s logo change is facing a backlash on social media, with many commentators suggesting it looks like sexual organs and other parts of the human body.

Others, however, have praised the US home-rental service’s new look.

But criticism that the logo had been “stolen” from another tech firm, Automation Anywhere, appears to be misplaced.

Airbnb said the two had come to an agreement before the announcement.

the new Airbnb really does look exactly like that Automation Anywhere logo, though.

Airbnb’s New Logo Prompts A Vagina Dialogue

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New Captain America Is… Black!

Marvel is replacing Steve Rogers with the new, black Captain America

Marvel is making big changes this year. In a special segment of the Colbert Report this evening, the comics giant announced that Steve Rogers will pass his star-spangled shield on to Sam Wilson in the fall, making Wilson (otherwise known as the Falcon) the first black man to take on the official role of Captain America. This shift comes only a day after Marvel revealed plans to give the role of yet another founding Avenger, Thor, to a woman this fall, and follows with Marvel’s overall push for more diversity in its biggest titles.

That Colbert got to announce the change is altogether fitting; Cap’s shield has been on display on his show since early 2007, when Marvel “bequeathed” the shield to the host following Steve Rogers’ assumed death in the aftermath of the Civil War event series. Wilson will take up the mantle as a result of more recent events in Captain America continuity, however. In Captain America #21, Rogers fights his greatest foe yet in the Iron Nail, only to have the villain drain him of the super-soldier serum keeping him young and super strong. As a result, Cap is not only de-powered, but ages into an old man.

first Thor becomes a woman, and now Steve Roger’s has gone black? stop all the crazy talk!

that’s cool though, as long as they do it well/right then hopefully everybody won’t be confused — kinda doubt it though… i usually hate it when they switch actors playing a role in a good movie… almost too many to list off the top of my head.

p.s. almost wonder if there’ll be a captain american + obama meme… can see having some fun with that. heh.

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Hello, Jibo.

The World’s First Family Robot Could Be Like HAL in Your Home

Meet Jibo. On track to exist next year, Jibo is being marketed as “the world’s first family robot.” The bulbous little guy can read to kids in the living room, recite recipes in the kitchen, take photos in the yard, and perform a handful of other simple tasks. Jibo is also a little bit creepy.

The idea of a robotic family helper is a terrifically timeless one. At least as far back as the original Jetsons series, we squishy humans have longed for someone to do our dirty work around the house. And over the years, we’ve gotten various versions of homebots. While Sony’s robotic dog Aibo and iRobot’s roaming cleaner Roomba aren’t quite Rosie, progress has been steady, however slow. Jibo, however, looks like a leap forward.

funny, but i can totally see people geek’n out over something like this… looks cute and friendly, almost like something Pixar might come up with.

Why Tesla’s Model 3 Could Be the Most Important Electric Car Ever

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What Is This Secret Machine?

What is this machine inside a secret underground room under NYC?

Deep under Grand Central Terminal, beyond basements and subway lines and through 10 stories of bedrock lays a secret underground chamber that’s almost as big as Grand Central Terminal itself. What’s inside the room? A machine the Nazis wanted to destroy in World War II.

More specifically, the machines were rotary converters. There were 9 of them inside the underground room with each weighing 15 tons. They were able to transform 11,000 volts of alternating current to direct current to power all the trains above. Basically, as the Science Channel explains, they were the beating heart of the entire northeastern United States metro rail network (spanning over 2000 miles long).

When the US decided to join the Allies in World War II, Hitler recognized the importance of this underground room and sent German Nazi soldiers to destroy it. All they needed to do was throw sand on the machines and 80% of the troop and war material movement in the northeast US would come to a halt, thus delaying the US from joining the war. Luckily for us and the rest of the world, the German Nazi soldiers never made it.

interesting tidbit of history there… crazy to hear that Hitler sent nazi agents to destroy it — and i’m sure there’s a good story there.

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Blogger Tries To Cancel Comcast

Tech Blogger Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

just in case you missed this one… must’ve seen a couple dozen tweets about it, including this one on NPR about not firing the comcast guy who was being recorded.

first time i heard it i literally facepalmed myself.

p.s. i have comcast.


Happy Hump Day

happy hump day!


Rapper Cuts Off His Own Dick

Rapper Cuts Off His Own Dick, So Motherfucking Gangsta

duuuuude, what the fuck?!

The rapper who cut off his dick then jumped off a building is still feeling solid about his decision. Andre Johnson, or Christ Bearer if you own the albums, insisted he was quite sane at the time he severed his penis and flung himself off of a roof.

sorry, but i can’t quite wrap my head around around why any guy would cut his own dick off… jesus.

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Big Brother 2025

Experts: Government Will Control Everything On The Internet By 2025

Big brother 1984

troubling thought, to say the least… especially in light of all this NSA stuff and facebook’s recent “behavior” experiment.

Last week’s emergency surveillance legislation may have sounded like something out of George Orwell’s novel 1984, but was cited as yet another real-life example of states trying to control their citizens.

It’s been 65 years since Orwell described a fictional dystopian world of surveillance and manipulation by so-called Big Brother, and experts claim over the next decade this fiction is about to become fact.

The Net Threats report from Pew Research Centre details how, by 2025, the web will be governed by a system heavily influenced by governments, large corporations, and security services all trying to control our behaviours.

hopefully people keep fighting and pushing back against these governmental tendencies to keep growing, and controlling everything… ugh.

Web Design

Gmail Redesign Concept

i know i’ve seen a handfoo of cool redesign concepts over the years, but here’s one for gmail that not only look badass but could easily pass as legit — google should hire this guy.

Google Redesign Concept




Weird Al Yankovic gets “Tacky” with Pharrells Happy Nerdist

it’s been ages since i listened to anything new from Weird Al.

damnit, now i’m probably gonna get that song “happy” stuck in my head all over again… seriously, i remember walking humming that song for probably a week straight when it first came out.

p.s. still think the official Happy website is great.

Music TV

Rave of Thrones

Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn announces “Rave of Thrones” tour

that’s awesome… heh.

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Music News

RIP Tommy Ramone

RIP Tommy Ramone: your band captured the sound in my head

i’ve been pretty behind of late, still catching up after being off the past week and only occasionally getting online or checking email/twitter feed on my phone — really tried to cut back and it felt pretty damn good to unplug (for the most part) for a bit… i really need to start doing that more often, i think.

anywho, i can’t believe i missed the fact that tommy ramone passed away… fuck man, totally bummed me out just now.

i’m going to listen to the ramones all day today.


News WTF?


How is this painting ‘pornographic’ and ‘disgusting’?

not sure why the hell something like this would be deemed “pornographic” and removed from an art gallery… if you’ve ever been to any art museum, you know there’s plenty of nudity in various artworks across the centuries.

seems totally bizarre to me.

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Sports Video

Mighty Kacy

Kacy Catanzaro at the 2014 Dallas Finals
American Ninja Warrior

i’ve never sat down and watched the show, only seen little tidbits of it here and there… but i have to admit, that was pretty damn amazing.



New Thor Has Tits?

Marvel’s New Thor Is A… Woman?

not trying to sound like a sexist douchebag, but i just never thought of Thor as a woman — seems pretty damn odd to me… but as some have pointed out, “thor” has been some horse-faced space dude and even a frog apparantly (never heard that one before)… so why not a woman, right?

the idea that “Thor” is more of a title than a person is just new to me i guess… if marvel replaced chris hemsworth as Thor in the movies with a woman, i think people would be seriously confused though.

p.s. titty chest plate? really?

Archie Died Today Saving Gay Bestie

Titty Tuesday

Titty Tuesday

no reason needed… it’s tuesday, mang.