by kara on February 27, 2015

via daily kos

Damnit Where’s the Granite?

by kara on February 22, 2015


A guy namemNathan Chandler posted pictures to sell his never-used, mid-century pink kitchen on Flickr. The house itself was built in 1956, and the kitchen is equipped with vintage GE appliances. According to the article, the house hasn’t been occupied and the appliances have never been used. But weirdly, there is an obviously state of the art stainless steel dishwasher to the left of the sink.

Anyway, it is magnificent an chirmeric with bult-in stainless steel tissue box and paper towel holders. It is puzzling why it’s “never been used”, if that is in fact true The story is the prior owners never moved into the house and then sold it to Mr. Chandler in 2009 with the agreement to not tell why they never lived in house. Curiouser and curiouser.

Because it wasnt open-concept and lacked granite and stainless and shit, the new owner apparently sold off the pink kitchen parts.

via the SFGlobe

Warning! Only Wear if White!

by kara on February 21, 2015

Does it seem as if a good chunk of right-wing energy goes specifically toward “irritating liberals”? That also seems to be one of the main guides of their moral compass and also a source of getting their rocks off. Does that seem like a trait of a higher-functioning animal or some kind of recessive sub-species?

Paul Liebe (guy on the right in the photo above lol), who owns Nitelife Billiards”, describes his new “open carry” T-shirts and polo shirts as “conversation starters” that are also intended to irritate liberals.

“Freedom of speech, it’s your right, and it just has a little kick on the side,” Liebe said.

Check out the site, it is worth it.

These dumb shirts could become the latest ironic clothing fad among hipsters. What a great way to visually mock the whole “open carry” thing than by packing pictures of guns printed on your clothing instead toting around the real thing? After all, carrying a gun only gives the bearer the illusion of security, so why not dial up the absurdity to 11 by going about in public while wearing something that is only an illusion of a gun? The wearer can therefore rightly state that his or her screen-printed shirt provides exactly the same amount of personal security as heavy three dimensional guns do. And they can be easily obtained without submitting to a background check, just like how many actual guns are obtained. What a hoot! OR, Go all the way and get an upper body tattoo that creates the illusion of wearing a shirt

So, what would the liberal counter-shirt be? A t-shirt with a bunch of text books printed under the sleeve so it looked like you were learning something? That would really piss off Republicans.

Save the Bell

by kara on February 20, 2015

This is just goddamned adorable

It started with some hard-shell tacos and a dream. Glen Bell thought up crunchy, Americanized taco shells, making the traditional Mexican chow more fast food friendly. In 1962, Señor Bell opened his very first Taco Bell in a modest Mission-style building in Downey, California, a city rich with fast-food history (it is also home to the world’s oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant, which opened in 1953).

Today, there are roughly 6,000 Taco Bell restaurants in the U.S. including the run-down, crappy one across the street from my house in Eagle Rock. Now, the small cinderblock structure in Downey where mass-market Mexican food arguably began, faces an uncertain future. Although the structure hasn’t held a Taco Bell for close to two decades, it has played host to a number of other taco joints, the most recent being local chain “Seafood and Tacos Raul”. After that restaurant closed last year,  the Downey Conservancy became concerned that the building was under threat of demolition.

#SaveTacoBell at least the Downey Taco Bell. You can tear down the one in my neighborhood instead.

via Preservation Nation


I find this totally desirable.

Guns n’ Plush

by kara on February 9, 2015

found via envisioning the american dream

by kara on February 3, 2015


Don’t call them “measles,” Call them “freedom spots.”

When it comes to community health, community decisions should be the standard. The only exemptions should be for valid medical reasons, such as compromised immune systems, and verified by medical professionals. People have the right to make their own decisions, but they don’t have a right to be indemnified against the consequences of their decisions. Parents that enable their children to spread disease should be held accountable, in both civil and criminal court, when others are sickened or killed due to their decisions Schools should stop asking parents who refuse to vaccinate for “belief statements” and they should start asking these parents to submit liability waivers, something like:

“We are aware of the harmful and potentially lethal consequences of the refusal to vaccinate, that the consequences could be lethal for other children as well as my own, that refusal to vaccinate could therefore be potentially construed as a reckless disregard for life and could, in the event of an outbreak traced back to one’s refusal to vaccinate, entail both civil and criminal penalties including criminal negligence, reckless endangerment, and negligent homicide. I hereby declare that [school] has made me aware of these risks. I accept full responsibility for these risks and indemnify the school against for any harms or damages resulting from my decision”.


in a rare lack of failure…

by kara on February 3, 2015


The Cosmos Animation Team took home the Annie Award for Best Special Program at the 42nd Annual Annie Award at Royce Hall Saturday night, beating out powerhouses DreamWorks Animation, Universal Television and Pixar Animation Studios.

complete list of winners here

Kara Vallow, Brent Woods, Andrew Brandou and Lucas Gray

No. Just no.

by kara on January 29, 2015

from the bowels of Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog




Tikkun is the next level when it comes to Korean spas, combining high-tech far infrared heat with traditional Korean sauna therapies. So, if you want to lay down in a Himalayan salt brick tiled sauna, or sit in a Hwangto clay room, you get the added benefit of far infrared heat. And, in addition to the sauna rooms, there’s a long menu of massages and kick-ass body scrubs to complement the sauna time. We’re burying the lede though, because the real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.

I am in LA and No. I will not steam my vagina. Do not steam your vaginas. Your uterus does not need steam cleaning, God does that for you.

The Paris Muslim/Kosher Supermarket Hero

by kara on January 10, 2015

reposted from guardian

A man who hid a group of shoppers, one with a baby, in a basement cold storage room at the Hyper Cacher supermarket to shield them from the gunman has been hailed a hero.

Lassana Bathily, 24, a Muslim shop assistant originally from Mali, in west Africa, was praised for risking his own life to save those led to safety.

“When they came running down I opened the door of the fridge,” he told French TV. “Several came in with me. I turned off the light and the fridge. When I turned off the cold, I put them in. I closed the door. I told them to stay calm and I said ‘you stay quiet there, I’m going back out’.”

Police originally thought Bathily was a conspirator when he managed to escape through a goods lift. “They told me, ‘get down on the ground, hands over your head’. They cuffed me and held me for an hour and a half as if I was with them,” he added. Once freed he was able to give them details of the layout of the store and where people were hiding.

After the shootout he said that many of the customers he had helped came out and shook his hand. “When they got out, they thanked me,” he said.

Several people took to social media to call for him to be officially recognised for his bravery as news of his actions spread. One tweet said: “A true hero of the hostage crisis in the kosher grocery store yesterday.’

Another read “Lassana Bathily, Muslim worker at Paris kosher shop, hid people, incl. baby.” A photograph of Bathily, labelled Malian Muslim, has been retweeted around the world as a symbol of the good of some people in the face of terrorism.

One of those trapped in the cold store Johan Dorre, 36, a father of four, was able to call his uncle and say he was trapped two floors below the ground floor. Another uncle, Jacob Katorza, said: “Johan and the others were terrified that they would be discovered by the terrorists and were forced to huddle together like frightened animals to avoid hypothermia.”