OK, so it’s Thursday night, and I think the only thing to o with this retrograded Mercury week is watch “Sharknado,” a Syfy channel original movie about what happens when a superstorm sucks a bunch of sharks up from the ocean and redistributes them through southern California. Just watching the opening credits now. One of the actors is named “Jaason.” Perfect. Five minutes in, and the shots down’t match, the effects look like they were drawn with a crayon and any minute now, Tara Reid is going to make an appearance.

The storm is a hurricane. In California. Well, as with snake ranges, it seems you learn something new every day.

Via Twitter, the thinking person’s Sharknado post.

I think I’m going to wrap this up with?

Some good bloggage, about rich people shopping for congressional districts to run from…

…and a dog picture:


Have a good weekend, all.

Posted at 12:25 am in Movies |

51 responses to “SHARKNADO.”

  1. Prospero said on July 12, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Don’t know anything about sharharkks but that they rightly rule the oceacn. And that people that dismantle them for their dorsal fins do not deserve to be called people. More rike Peepers. Subhuman. I love swimming more than I love heterosexuual sex, that we enjoy at least once every day. Always an adventure, always new. Sharks, like wolves, don’t give a shit about attacking humans. Why do humans insist upon attacking sharks? I have swum with sharks lots of times, and they did not find me delectable, and I only found them in fracking awe of their swimming ability. And that pup is a natural. She knows how much her person loves to love that she loves her doggie bed. Doggies are way smart that way. And she will be Petie so long as I am welcome back here. God bless Nancy and her puppo, A truly great dog. Laid-back my tongue gets tied, every time I try to speak. I find tthat doggie way cool., like her adoptive family.

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  2. Sherri said on July 12, 2013 at 2:42 am

    ROGirl, from the last thread, you have my deepest sympathies on having the shingles. They hurt like crazy, and can continue to hurt for years. Like Connie said, lidocaine helps, and I also found that, depending on the location, capsaicin can help, too. I would use the arthritis creams, and they would burn going on, but would help alleviate the pain and itching. My shingles were on my forehead, and I had to be careful to keep the capsaicin above my eyebrow because the skin on the eyelid is too thin. (Unfortunately, the pain and itching didn’t stop at the eyebrow!)

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  3. MaryRC said on July 12, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Even when she’s lying down, Wendy looks like she’s ready to spring into action.

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  4. Prospero said on July 12, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I really feel th same way abouyt gators, This is where the live

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  5. Brandon said on July 12, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Some more good bloggage, about a bad, bad thing in Detroit.

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  6. ROGirl said on July 12, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Luckily, my shingles weren’t painful, but they were really uncomfortable and are still itchy. They aren’t visible. In fact, they are in a location that made the initial diagnosis a question of whether it was shingles or herpes (they are from the same virus). Until the test results came back, well, the assumption was that it wasn’t shingles, and I walked around for 2 days thinking that was what I had. So when I got the call that I had a case of shingles, that was the GOOD news.

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  7. ROGirl said on July 12, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I was going to a chiropractor who uses a device that stimulates the areas where relief is needed. The shingles virus remains dormant in nerves along the spine, and I believe one of the treatments reactivated the virus in my body. So I ended up getting sick from the treatments, and they didn’t really help the aches and pains that I wanted relief for in the first place.

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  8. basset said on July 12, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Thanks for the recipe link, Judybusy, will try that tonight.

    Wendy does look ready to leap, that’s JRT nature.

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  9. Deborah said on July 12, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Wendy is as cute as a button. She looks happy to be at your house with her own nice dry, comfy bed.

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  10. mark said on July 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Good dog!

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  11. brian stouder said on July 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

    What I’m rooting for: a prompt turnaround by the Zimmerman jury, after they get the case, and a conviction. The ‘party line’ from the shit-for-brains Sean/Fox News/local talk radio contingent is how the rabble will riot if there’s an acquittal of GZ…and they seem to be looking forward to that – and the chance to blame it on our black president (he sent legions of protesters down there, jes’ to stir up touble, don’cha know? And that black gangster had it comin’, too! Hell, we oughta’ arrest his mom & daddy, and put them on trial! And Rachel, too!). There really seems to be a latter-day Dred Scott vibe in the Republigoon party, and especially amongst the flying monkeys of the right-wing airwaves.

    Aside from that, I can honestly say that the image of Wendy calmed me down, the moment I saw it!

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  12. adrianne said on July 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I’m totally stealing your dog! Wendy is cute as a button.

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  13. Connie said on July 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Mia Farrow and Philip Roth watched Sharknado together?

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  14. Deborah said on July 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Are Mia Farrow and Philip Roth an item?

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  15. coozledad said on July 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Snakano: Justin Bieber, Susan Lucci.

    A Sicilian volcano, mistakenly believed to be dormant, erupts, spewing hot snakes into a mafia kingpin’s swimming pool, complicating his wife’s affair with the pool boy.

    Adult language, bad accents, Justin Bieber pisses on kitchen floor and in pool.

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  16. Dorothy said on July 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

    So nice to see the Wendy picture! I am enjoying the laziness of my time at home to observe how my animals move around during the day when I’m usually at work. That is to say, they RARELY move around! Snoozing is about all they do, save for when the doorbell rings and it’s the visiting Physical Therapist, or neighbors with magical knee-healing frosted brownies. My hubby is mad at me for moving onto using a wooden cane instead of the walker. The walker grip numbs my lower palms, and when I’m holding a cane I can at least carry something in the open hand. I ordered a quad leg cane yesterday so I’ll be high tech when it comes. My body tells me if I am overdoing it so I’m paying close attention when it speaks.

    Speaking of pets, a co-worker shared on Facebook yesterday a picture of a (presumed to be) six-week old kitten with infections in both eyes. She said she was leaving her house yesterday to take a walk and the kitty came right up and lay on the road in front of her. Veterinarian treated the wee one, whom she is calling Scout. She is blind for now but they are hopeful the medicine will change that. This morning she ate some kibble and drank water, both good signs. Meg, my friend, has two older male cats. She has a heart of gold. Then this morning I found out another friend lost her blind 15 year old Springer Spaniel, Tucker. He’s been limping towards death for months now, but they are still heartbroken. I still marvel at the universality of our emotions when it comes to loving our animals.

    Big kiss on her ears to sweet Wendy. Happy Friday, all.

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  17. mark said on July 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

    If this is true, I’m pretty surprised. I thought she would cling to the Homeland Security job to the very end.

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  18. Pam said on July 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I just love the SyFy channel. And according to Bill, I will “watch paint dry”. But even I took a pass on Sharknado. Now that I know the plot, maybe I’ll see if it’s airing again soon.

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  19. brian stouder said on July 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I shook Governor Napalitano’s hand one Sunday 5 years ago, when then-Senator Obama was busily contesting then-Senator Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    I recall thanking her for bringing such beautiful weather with her, from Arizona.

    Come to think of it, she also seems to have carted off all the brains from that state’s government, but we digress!

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  20. Charlotte said on July 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Wendy! What a cutie … she looks so so so happy on her pillow.

    I’ve had a deliberate blackout on the Zimmerman trial, but according to a rebuttal piece in the NYTimes this morning — they’ve been using the Reefer Madness defense? That that black boy was so crazed with dope that he attacked? What’s with these people — have they never met a stoner? aside from that Tsarnev kid in Boston, I’ve never known a violent stoner in my life. Can’t they invalidate the trial for that racist bullshit alone? (see why I’ve had a blackout?)

    Mostly here it’s just been head cold for me, and grumpy Himself who is building a deck, outside, with sunny skies and temps in the 90s. Unhappy man. Today’s the first day my head doesn’t feel like the Jack in the Box guy …

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  21. MichaelG said on July 12, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Interesting article about the rich boy district shoppers. I liked the carefully posed picture with them looking all clean cut and preppy. Like a Ralph Lauren ad. Chris Hughes is an odd looking duck. He appears to have been assembled from a spare parts bin.

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  22. brian stouder said on July 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

    MichaelG – if I had a vote, your incongruous-looking Chris Hughes quip is the thread-winner, hands down

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  23. brian stouder said on July 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    This same article, more or less, pops up every summer – and it is ALWAYS worth a chuckle or two. Most misquoted lyrics from pop music:

    My favorite one:

    3.“Rock the cat box” / “Rock the Casbah” (The Clash, “Rock the Casbah”), 14 percent

    And this caught my eye, too –

    The survey, which was conducted via social media and, also revealed how frustrated people get when they hear mangled song lyrics. The majority of the 1,042 respondents — 70 percent of them — said they find flubbed lyrics annoying. Meanwhile, 47 percent of respondents said they’ve felt embarrassed when they’ve been busted singing the wrong song lyrics themselves.

    It’s those same dang 47% who feel entitled to their own lyrics, again! Mitt woulda’ set ’em straight; and lead them in singing the National Anthem, and maybe even better than they sing Blinded by the Light, too, eh?

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  24. adrianne said on July 12, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Brian, all I can say is…’scuse me, while I kiss this guy!

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  25. Judybusy said on July 12, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Just a quick thanks for the pic–busy day today. Hope you all have a good weekend. I think I saw Basset’s comment about the recipe as I scrolled down. I hope you like it!

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  26. Jolene said on July 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    mark, I was surprised by your reference to Napolitano “clinging” to her job at DHS. I have the impression that she was well regarded as a governor and has also been viewed favorably as Secretary of DHS. She certainly is leaving for a plum job. Even if the U of C system is broke, the opportunity to run an institution of that size and complexity–and, I hope, to build it back to its former glory–is a prize that lots of high-profile people would envy.

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  27. adrianne said on July 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    And more snark about the soon-to-be congressional candidate from my district: Sean Eldridge, husband of Facebook guy Chris Hughes, will buy homes in all 27 New York congressional districts if he has to:

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  28. brian stouder said on July 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Well, and indeed, it – having homes all over the place, like a game of Monopoly writ large – worked for Red Romney* all the way up to Governor of Massachusetts.

    One might say that all that wealth also made him seem credible on the national stage, at least for a few moments…until it turned out that he was a sort of “All cattle and no hat” sort of guy.

    *Chloe, our 9 year old, quite innocently referred to him as ‘Red Romney’, all through the campaign cycle

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  29. mark said on July 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm


    I meant “clinging” to be more of a compliment than a slight. Few cabinet secretaries stay as long as JN has, and her position was tougher than most- more high profile, more political and more open to criticism. Many might have chosen to leave earlier, after obtaining maximum personal benefit. She did not.

    The President clearly viewed her performance favorably, which is the opinion that matters most. And the UC position is a major opportunity.

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  30. Scout said on July 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Wendy is one adorable pup. How does Kate like her?

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  31. Scout said on July 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Dorothy, your co-worker is a wonderful person with great taste in kitty names. ;).

    Glad to hear all our regulars who were going through some health issues are all doing well. Yay!

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  32. MaryRC said on July 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Re those mis-heard lyrics: I can’t understand how anyone could actually confuse “tiny dancer” with “Tony Danza”, the words “tony” and “tiny” clearly sound so different. I always thought that was just a gag on Friends. And besides, if you can’t guess what Elton is saying, surely the name of the song which happens to be “Tiny Dancer” would be your clue.

    On the other hand, Jimi really does sound like he’s saying “Scuse me while I kiss this guy”.

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  33. nancy said on July 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Jon Carroll used to write a mondegreen (misheard lyrics) column every few months. The classic, besides Jimi’s homoerotic kiss, was, of course, There’s a bathroom on the right.

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  34. Jolene said on July 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the clarification, mark.

    A minor complication of my treatment has revealed a new medical phenomenon– or new to me at any rate. Due to my compromised immunity, I developed a bladder infection that wouldn’t go away despite drinking buckets of water. They prescribed Levaquin, which I hadn’t heard of before, but the novelty was that the prescription was for only three tablets. Usually, doctors harass you about finishing all of your ten-day or two-week antibiotic prescription, but, apparently, this stuff is very powerful. Am interested to see whether it lives up to its billing. (I’m sure you all find this fascinating, but, hey, it’s my life.)

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  35. Joe K said on July 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I keep waiting fot “the girl with colidus” to go by.
    Pilot Joe

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  36. MichaelG said on July 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Yeah but little Richey Rich still has to pick a spot to register. With a guy like that I always want to know how many elections he’s voted in and where over the last five years.

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  37. Heather said on July 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Ugh, Jolene, as a practically annual sufferer of similar infections, my sympathies! Lots of water or home remedies never clear those up for me–it’s straight to the antibios. Sorry for the TMI, everyone else.

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  38. Deborah said on July 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Wouldn’t that be “Sharkicane” since it’s a hurricane not a tornado?

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  39. David C. said on July 12, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I’d rather have a bad-ass former lit teacher as a congressman than some self-important tech billionaire.

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  40. MarkH said on July 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Meanwhile, back at the Asiana crash site: forget the R/L thing. The dangers of the news cycle speed, aka getting the scoop, have struck again. Priceless:

    Michael G, did you see this?

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  41. Joe K said on July 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I saw it and laughed out loud.
    Pilot Joe

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  42. Deborah said on July 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    “Sweet dreams are made of cheese”

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  43. Deborah said on July 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Sorry I don’t know where that link came from, here’s what I meant to link to Although the eyebrows on the baby are pretty funny.

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  44. basset said on July 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Judybusy, we made a modified version of the salad tonight… pecans were $14 a pound at Kroger so we used walnuts out of the freezer, had some spinach that was nearing the end of its useful life so that went in place of the watercress, didn’t have enough of it so we threw some leftover kale in there from last night.

    Wasn’t bad, if we did it again we would probably cook the rice in a pot instead of an automatic cooker and get it drier… and use more vinaigrette, couldn’t really taste it. Seemed like more of a casserole than a salad.

    Served it with grilled orange zucchini, which I had never seen before today at the Nashville farmers’ market.

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  45. MichaelG said on July 13, 2013 at 1:20 am

    No, MarkH, I didn’t see that. I live in Sacramento and we don’t get KTVU here. KTVU is in Oakland right by Jack London Square or used to be. I find it absolutely astonishing that a major market TV station would go live with such obviously made up names. How many people read that copy before it goes on the air? How could any sentient being read those names and not see the problem? Also, the real names of the aircrew were released several days ago and have been in the press ever since. Where have the KTVU people been? And, by the way, I don’t find it the least bit funny. It’s 1950s fifth grade humor, although I am both amused and appalled by the idiocy of the station. I wonder if the NTSB intern figured that the KTVU person on the phone was joking and his or her response was on the order of “Yeah, sure, Buddy. You got it. Those are real names.”

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  46. MichaelG said on July 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Here’s their lame apology.

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  47. MarkH said on July 13, 2013 at 2:58 am

    What’s appalling is that the anchor got through the first name and didn’t stop there. She got all the way through all four and concluded the story still totally oblivious. “FOOK”??

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  48. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 13, 2013 at 8:15 am

    MichaelG, the answer to your question is two. Maybe. The person who wrote it, pasted it into the draft show script, and possibly the anchor, who more than likely skimmed the text, stopped at obviously foreign names, and slowly tried to sound out what they were looking at about five minutes or less before air. Do the standard protocols say the news director (probably an honorific given to the highest paid anchor) and floor director (high turnover essentially minimum wage job that gets yelled at by everyone) review the script before air? I’m sure they do, but if the anchor assigned to that block doesn’t raise their hand and say “Uh, Marci, did you see the names of the . . .” and didn’t get the response “Blake, are you ready? We’re live in five, four, three . . .” then the joke is on a) the person who typed in fake names thinking it would be caught by *someone* before the show, and b) the entire audience.

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  49. MarkH said on July 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Jeff, that is how it would go normally. But in the anchor’s defense, she indicated she got the names while on the air in the middle of the segment. The intro was, “we have just learned the names…”. One news story this AM is narrowing it to a tv station intern being the culprit and not an NTSB intern.

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  50. Sherri said on July 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    It’s not like KTVU is in the middle of Wyoming or something. We’re talking the Bay Area here, with a substantial Asian population. It’s not like Asian names are that unusual there.

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  51. Sherri said on July 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Anybody who is going to be near Cambridge, MA next September should check out the American Repertory Theater’s production of All The Way, the first play in Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ trilogy. Bryan Cranston will be appearing as LBJ.

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