People See What They Want To See

And it is stories like this that make me embarrassed for the human race.

(Today) A tea kettle that bears a potential resemblance to Adolf Hitler has landed J.C. Penney in hot water.

A California billboard advertising a Michael Graves-designed kettle for sale at the store has some wondering whether they are being saluted by the Nazi dictator instead of waiting for tea to heat up.

The billboard, first noticed by Reddit users near the 405 freeway in Culver City, had readers questioning whether the similarity was just a coincidence.

The controversial kettle.                                                          The controversial kettle.

On Tuesday the company made it clear that any resemblance is completely “unintentional,” repeatedly tweeting the clarification at those curious about a Hitler connection.

“If we had designed it to look like something, we would have gone with a snowman or something fun,” the store tweeted at numerous followers.

Hat Tip to Mustang Bobby.

Michele Bachmann Will Not Seek Re-Election

(Roll Call) Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., announced on Wednesday that she will not seek re-election in 2014.
In an 8-minute-long video posted on her website, Bachmann detailed her decision, which she said had nothing to do with the recent investigations into her failed presidential campaign’s finances.
“After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year, I will not to seek a fifth congressional term,” she said in a straight-to-camera delivery.

What? No claim of wanting to spend more time with her family?

Evening Twitter Chuckle!


Short Work Week

I love a short work week. It was a good holiday weekend. I had fun down in the cities with a special friend. I was able to get my housework completed yesterday. I am ready to face the week. I hope all your weekend plans went well. If not, then I hope that you learned the lesson the challenge was designed to teach.

2013 Tour De Rook – Leg 3

To the stats!

  1. Miles: 9.04Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 00.39.28
  3. Max Speed: 25.1 mph
  4. Average Speed: 13.7 mph
  5. iPod: Cinderella – Long Cold Winter
  6. Temperature: 64° F
  7. Wind: S 18 mph
  8. Humidity: 32%

I took a modified route. Instead of going all the way to Finlayson, I instead turned back north at a road about 4 miles south of Rutledge. It angles slightly to the west of Rutledge, and I then cut east on the Rutledge road. With an 18 mph head wind the first 4 miles, which happens to have a series of hills, I am not surprised that my average speed was down today. However, I can say for certain that I maintained the 25.1 mph max speed for quite some time on a level road.


I Learned How To YouTube!

And really? Snow in May? While I am watching Notting Hill? Somehow, though, snow during the particular scene you are listening to seems appropriate.

State Wage Slave

Off to work I go. Yes, it is time for me to fulfill my obligation to the bank account. It is a hungry beast, requiring daily nourishment. Sigh. The life of a state worker………

2013 Tour De Rook – Leg 2

To the stats!

  1. Miles: 10.36Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 00.43.24
  3. Max Speed: 25.8 mph
  4. Average Speed: 14.2 mph
  5. iPod: Indigo Girls – Rites of Passage
  6. Temperature: 73° F
  7. Wind: S 4 mph
  8. Humidity: 32%

Once again I am surprised. It was a nice run. With the hills I hit on the way to and from Finlayson I am pleased that I was able to stay with in .2 mph of the first leg’s average speed. All and all a good start to the 2013 season of bicycling. Yes. A very good start.