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Happy Walpurgisnacht, we-yotches!

Happy Walpurgis Night! It’s exactly six months from Hallowe’en, and you know what that means — Witches’ Sabbath!

It’s a Northern European thing. Bonfires. Witches. The usual.

It’s named after Saint Walpurga (or Walburga), who wasn’t a witch or on fire or anything (and she sure isn’t the lady in the middle of that picture — what is that woman doing to that poor goat?). Pure coincidence Walpurga was canonized on May 1.

So it’s another one of those, “witches? wait, what? Oh, nonono, Father, you misunderstand. We aren’t celebrating our ancient pagan customs. We’re piously observing…ummm…Saint Whatsername’s Day. Um, Walburga — yeah, that’s it!”

Unrelated things that happened today which amused me: Lefties ganging up on Righties, reporting them as spammers to get their feelthy ‘winger accounts auto-blocked on Twitter.

Pasty blond blue-eyed Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren was listed as a minority faculty member at Harvard in the Nineties, based on undocumented family legends she had Native American ancestors (the Boston Herald helpfully describes them as her “maternal parents”). Dear Miz Warren: EVERY FAMILY IN AMERICA TELLS THIS STORY ABOUT ITSELF.

And the Obama campaign released a new video today and announced its 2012 slogan. Are you ready? Forward.

No, that’s it: Forward. I don’t even think they sprang for the exclamation point.

Forward.

Mmmm mmmm — can you smell the t-shirts?

Comments


Comment from Gromulin
Time: April 30, 2012, 7:30 pm

Nevermind the goat. What’s that winged demon (great metal band name)doing into that cauldron at the bottom?


Comment from orabidoo
Time: April 30, 2012, 7:35 pm

The druid up near the top right below the moon shape is probably toking on the herbal supplement pipe.
Early models of bagpipes (like making little octopussies with an octopus) are visible.


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: April 30, 2012, 7:44 pm

Saint Valburga’s feast day is February 23/24. She was cannonized on May Day…supposedly to help She and her two brothers, who had also taken the vows and religious orders, traveled from The British Isles as missionaries to the Francs (Wurttemberg, if memory recalls)serving as assistants to St. Boniface, supposedly their mother’s brother….Uncle Boniface, HEH! — Not even gonna go there!

If you ever have the chance to read Thomas Cahill’s delightful little book: How the Irish Saved Civilization, it will give you a glimpse into the power of the Church in The British Isles, particularly Scotland and Ireland, during and just after the fall of Rome until the Roman Church gained full control with the installation of the Holy Roman Empire.

And it will give you a new appreciation of how and why the Church of England and worldwide Anglican Communion is what it is to this day.


Comment from Pupster
Time: April 30, 2012, 8:28 pm

what is that woman doing to that poor goat?

Goat doesn’t seem to mind, Judgey McJudgerson.


Comment from mojo
Time: April 30, 2012, 9:27 pm

Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honeydew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.


Comment from Mike James
Time: April 30, 2012, 9:48 pm

Of course, Obama gets it wrong–everyone knows it’s “Vorwärts!”


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 30, 2012, 10:13 pm

Kee-ryst! There’s a couple of squaws in my family woodpile (as well as a few Indian fighters, but that’s another story), too. However, I don’t run around telling everyone about it so that I can be a minority. It’s just a fact of history.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 30, 2012, 10:24 pm

Okay, hot off the presses, free art — Obama’s new “Forward” logo. It’s traced from the video so it’s pretty darned close.

white letters on black and black on white.

Other formats (including .psd), sizes and whatever on request.

Let the mockery begin!


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: April 30, 2012, 10:24 pm

mojo, I very much want to send you weasel twinklies for that, but can’t for the life of me remember the html. . .so please take the will for the deed!

Oh, and there was someone in the late 60s, early 70s who remarked that at some point in the past the entire population of America must have consisted of Cherokee Princesses. . .


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: April 30, 2012, 10:30 pm

Those are the original Girl Scouts offering up ritualized sacrifices to the voracious cookie monsters: Yin Minte, Ssamoa, and Dos-EYE-Doe. The more human sacrifices, the more badges of recognition were seared into their sashes of human flesh.

Well that’s how I remember it.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 30, 2012, 11:00 pm

Twinkles. Twinkles. Shit, how do you do that?

Um, eek with a colon on either side? :eek:

Okay, that’s down twinkles. Anyone remember how to up twinkle?


Comment from Grizzly
Time: April 30, 2012, 11:34 pm

I think it’s shock with a colon on either side….
:shock:


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 1, 2012, 12:40 am

Thank you, Sweas, and especially Grizzly. I’ll make a note.

Mojo: for you:

:shock:


Comment from GregO
Time: May 1, 2012, 1:30 am

Goats, Demons, Flying Goats, Defecating Winged Demons – and it even looks like a couple of the demons are scoring on comely lasses – What a party!

Mama told me not to come
That ain’t the way to have fun
No, No


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 1, 2012, 1:36 am

Actually to be more accurate, it should be white on a brown ombre, since Obama is more along the lines of an International House of Foods Suisse Mochacolor than the dark chocolate hotness that is Taye Diggs.

I mean this is a campaign of inclusion,isn’t it?

Hah. Obama is to Presidents as the IHOF instant coffee is to coffee!


Comment from Janna
Time: May 1, 2012, 1:39 am

I remembered how to do the twinkle thingy…How do you do the little weasel faces?


Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 1, 2012, 1:48 am

What was the name of that fake Indian that got fired from teaching at Colorado state? He called the victims of 9/11 little eichmanns.


Comment from Can\’t hark my cry
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:16 am

Janna, the little weasel faces are standard smilies:

:-) exploded: : – )
:-( exploded: : – (
;-) exploede: ; – )

Um. I think there is a 4th one, but don’t remember how to construct it. . .


Comment from Mysterion
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:27 am

Oops. Apparently “Forward” has already been used in a campaign.


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:33 am

Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 1, 2012, 1:48 am

Fake Indian at CU Boulder was Ward Churchill, who claimed that so long as he was Native American in his heart, he got affirmative action preference, and could not be fired.

As far as gaming on the Obama campaign logo ["Vorwärts"??], this is the best start I have seen:

http://minx.cc/?post=328859

At ACE OF SPADES. “Downward”

The Washington Times has an article about all the Communist publications named “Forward”. I’d put a second link to it in, but I don’t want a trip to the spam filter, cold, frightened, and alone. It does seem that in choosing that, he went instinctively with what he knows.

Subotai Bahadur


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:34 am

Lean forward?

I can’t help but be reminded of the new Democratic Party logo: a big blue D. Oooooooh.


Comment from enter sandman, nothing to see here
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:37 am

Hard to do those twinkles with a tablet, so what goes into eek and shock? I never use them off this blog.


Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:38 am

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:34 am

Lean forward?

Why am I reminded of a classic military acronym: BOHICA?

Subotai Bahadur


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:42 am

Forward? Yeah, right.

Here‘s my version.


Comment from enter sandman, nothing to see here
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:43 am

:eek:


Comment from enter sandman, nothing to see here
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:46 am

:shock:


Comment from enter sandman, nothing to see here
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:48 am

Okay. Not so retarded.


Comment from enter sandman, nothing to see here
Time: May 1, 2012, 2:49 am

:-)


Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: May 1, 2012, 3:10 am

I’m pretty sure radiation is also behind the feet that occasionally wash ashore in British Columbia.

Somehow.


Comment from mojo
Time: May 1, 2012, 3:26 am

I don’t think I like the sound of “a colon on either side”…

“I knew it! I’m surrounded by assholes!”
– Spaceballs


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 1, 2012, 6:06 am

Subotai,

HAHAHAHA! Dang, haven’t heard that acronym in ages!


Comment from Oceania
Time: May 1, 2012, 8:01 am

Radiation and feet? More fallout tonight in the rain in Brissy.
Surely some of you Lemons posting on here have Geiger counters to log with?


Comment from Oceania
Time: May 1, 2012, 9:16 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhGAucLjZNw&feature=context-chv


Comment from Pupster
Time: May 1, 2012, 10:07 am

http://pupster.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/the-chicago-way-forward.jpg


Comment from Oceania
Time: May 1, 2012, 10:24 am

You can take the man out of Africa – but you can’t take Africa out of the man.


Comment from SDN
Time: May 1, 2012, 10:34 am

“what is that woman doing to that poor goat?”

The term is osculum infame, the Kiss of Shame, and the goat is actually supposed to be Satan.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 1, 2012, 11:14 am

Thank you, SDN. I think “smooch devil butt” is going to be my new favorite profanity.

They worked out that mysterious foot thing, gebrauchshund — did you read that? Remember, it was always sneakers and other plasticized shoes. They DNA’d them to suicidal jumpers (most off of one particular bridge, IIRC). Body rots, falls to pieces, feet in plasticized shoes come adrift and float around intact.

There are six weasel faces. The other three are lol, mad and razz: :lol: :mad: :razz:


Comment from yippee mcskittles bear mcsandman
Time: May 1, 2012, 12:14 pm

:razz:


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 1, 2012, 3:29 pm

Stoaty,

I visit this blog specifically to avoid the a$$ pr0n, and now here you are highlighting it in a post. Even if it is medieval ass porn, it doesn’t make it art! ;) :p

What next? Excerpts from Chaucer and the Marquis de Sade?
I mean, umm, I have a few quality ones lined up. If you’re interested.


Comment from yippee mcskittles bear mcsandman
Time: May 1, 2012, 3:33 pm

:LOL:


Comment from Senata Borata Oboomba (D – Chimpago)
Time: May 1, 2012, 5:47 pm

Thank you. Thank you. You may be seated.

You can ask Michelle. Every time I see an alpha silverback in the room I submit to his potent aura, like they do in Indonesia.
The Japanese Toyota Prius salesman and Burger King were mistakes caused by my THC inebriation and failed policies of some other folks before me.
There is much work to be done to fundamentally transform Tha United Steezy. That’s why I am feasting on raw hyena steak and reproductive parts. I be strong. I be strong, yo.
Facu we-yotches!
Peace. Forward. Keepz it reelz, yo.


Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 1, 2012, 7:04 pm

I just noticed that my blog URL said had a Tumblr address. That was a 20 minute experiment that ended in harsh words being said by both parties. It’s supposed to be

Rough Men Stand Ready, in the event that anyone had been desperately attempting to read it.


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: May 1, 2012, 8:02 pm

Oceania,
Surely some of you Lemons posting on here have Geiger counters to log with?

(cough) Correct English grammar structure still states that sentences do not end with prepositions. But then again….Whut da fook do we care about? We just a buncha iggnurant ‘Yanks and Limeys.

BTW, I lost a portion of the first sentence in my initial post. (it must have been too much St. Walpurgis wine!) One version of the story goes that she was canonized by the Roman Church on May first in an attempt to stop, or at least curtail the traditional pagan blessing of the crops for brewing beer and wine and the dances around the phallic pole, and the other racy rites of Spring fever.


Comment from mojo
Time: May 1, 2012, 8:11 pm

“I once named our 3 new kittens Color, Charm and Spin, just so I could use the line ‘Well, everybody has their little quarks.’”
– R. Feynman

“Dangling participles are something up with which I will not put.”
– W. Churchill


Comment from John from CA
Time: May 1, 2012, 9:09 pm

Hey sWeasel,
Haven’t been by for quite a while, guess I got tired of Spotted Dick or something, but saw this and thought of you.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/01/quite-possibly-the-funniest-weatherclimate-photo-evah/#comment-973104


Comment from John from CA
Time: May 1, 2012, 9:13 pm

sorry, last post took you to my comment.

Here’s the photo:
http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/drought_fail.jpg


Comment from Ric Locke
Time: May 1, 2012, 11:49 pm

It is well to judiciously split the occasional infinitive, and a preposition is a fine thing to end a sentence with.


Comment from Oh Hell
Time: May 2, 2012, 1:05 am

I trade you some of our wind for some of your rain….


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 2, 2012, 1:16 am

It is well to judiciously split the occasional infinitive, and a preposition is a fine thing to end a sentence with.

Sentences are indeed well-ended with prepositions, and infinitives properly split, in the passive universe.

;-)


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: May 2, 2012, 6:26 am

If you ever had an intact billy goat, you’d understand why they represent satanic and/or chaotic-genitive forces.

The way the pee on their beard is the least peculiar habit they have.


Comment from RushBabe
Time: May 2, 2012, 2:59 pm

Re all those pagans partying out there, Ann Barnhardt writes in her 4/30 post that Jesus will break your leg if he has to. Intresting read!

http://barnhardt.biz/


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 2, 2012, 4:22 pm

Oh, yes, Bob. We had an intact billy goat when I were a lass. I always thought he was peeing on his nose. Anyway, to this day, goat dairy products smell JUST enough like that goat to put me off.

I’m still processing the idea of Jesus the Legbreaker.


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: May 2, 2012, 5:06 pm

I’m still processing the idea of Jesus the Legbreaker.

Can anyone actually confirm the good father’s claim about breaking the lamb’s leg? Seems to me the point of carrying the lamb home is that it’s a lot faster than leading it on a string or following and poking; and the meaning of “to hobble” as a transitive verb as I learned it is to tie the legs together. Which would prevent roaming as effectively as a broken leg, and leave you with a grownup sheep that could walk easily. I’m not saying that the broken-leg story is necessarily untrue. . .but it sounds like the sort of thing people latch onto because it makes such a good illustration.


Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: May 2, 2012, 8:55 pm

I still love Goat milk and cheese.

My younger brother was born premature by almost a month. He was allergic to both Mum’s milk and cow milk…and formula had yet to come to be available in the Arizona hinterlands.

Lucky for us, neighbors down the road kept goats for meat and milk. Brother John spent his infancy devouring goat milk. I think it might have something to do with his continued, very stubborn streak.

Theologically, Jesus doesn’t actually cause folks to break bones. He allows us to get into predicaments where we can be harmed. Its a matter of the living within the doctrinal belief that we have “Free Will” and can do anything we damn well choose. What is often forgotten, or discounted, is that we also have to deal with the consequences of our choices and actions!

Yes, it actually is your fault if you ski into a full blown white out and shatter both bones in the lower leg because you hit a boulder. Neither God nor Satan MADE you do it! (I know, I did just that…back in the latter part of the dark ages.)


Comment from MikeW
Time: May 5, 2012, 11:03 pm

I came to this thread soon after it went up. I had only given the picture a quick scan, ok, way old timey, wood block kinda print of general weirdness. It wasn’t till I read your note re the goat lady that I looked closer. Eesh. Then I caught the wikipedia link and, well, ok, old timey symbology. Strange people they were back then indeed.

Fast forward to today. You know how you see something very strange and different and then you start seeing more of it. Yeah, well eesh x 1,000…
http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/stories/zoo-caretaker-licks-monkeys-butt-to-help-it-defecate.html
(Yes, I did have to share. You people deserve it.)

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