Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cecil the Lion: Can There be Justice?

Cecil. A name you probably haven't heard much of since...Cecil B. De Mille? Cecil Beaton?
Now, it will forever be associated with a lion. A beautiful, yes magnificent, creature that was recently killed for sport in Zimbabwe. Today it was learned that the hunter was one Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota. Palmer apparently paid over $50,000 No wonder your fillings, or crowns, or dental implants cost so much! I've long believed that dentists charge what they do because they can get away with it. But back to poor Cecil. Personally I think big game hunting is a cruel and unnecessary "sport", good grief can you even call it a sport? According to the New York Times, Palmer and his party lured the beast out of its sanctuary by tying a dead animal to a car. "The first shot, which the authorities say came from Dr. Palmer’s crossbow, was not enough to kill the lion. Cecil was tracked for nearly two days before Dr. Palmer killed him with a gun." He is now being sought on poaching charges.
I'm not sure I can remember the internet being so up in arms about anything. On Twitter, #CeciltheLion has been trending all day. On Facebook, Yelp, and Google, animal lovers have expressed their opinions ranging from anger to downright ...well...illegal ideas. On The Petition Site, a petition demanding justice for Cecil has received over 127,000 signatures and counting. Celebrities from all over have weighed in, including Ricky Gervais and Olivia Wilde.
No matter what you think, lions are an endangered species and in my opinion, should not be hunted for sport. According to Scientific American, "The African lion (Panthera leo leo) faces the threat of extinction by the year 2050." If you too are outraged and sickened by this story, I hope you'll do something. Sign the petition, donate to PETA or Sea Shepherd or one of the hundreds of great, legitimate organizations that work tirelessly to help animals, or just spread the word.
One last thing you can do that will actually help: Text “LIONS” to 50555 to donate $10. Message and data rates apply. Terms and conditions: mgv.cc/t. By doing so, you'll be helping support the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

That's right, Father's Day is just around the corner! June 21, to be exact.  The first thing I always think of for the fathers in my life, including brothers, husbands, in-laws, and friends, is GADGETS.



 Let's face it, all guys love gadgets, and dads are no different.

Unless he's an uber-hip dad, in which case he might like a DRONE!


These drones are equipped with cameras, because, let's face it, what good is a drone if it doesn't have one?  My dad would have adored having a drone, if just to see what's on the roof of the house.

But moving on. Let's say your Dad already has a drone.  If he's that cool, then the only thing to get him is ... an Apple watch.

It's futuristic, it's fun, it's wildly attractive, but what can it do?  Basically, it's a computer on your wrist. Track your fitness. Look stuff up on the go. Call for an Uber car.  Buy stuff without digging out your credit card. GPS? sure. Cellular radio? yea.  Oh, and make phone calls, text, and other ways of communicating.  Now dear old Dad can never get away from it all!

But finally, if you're conventional, or poor, a tshirt, mug or tie does just as well. After all, it's the thought that counts, always.





Monday, April 13, 2015

HILLARY for President tshirts

She's in! And we've got the tshirts to prove it!


Hillary 2016




What glass ceiling?


Remember that early support is key, and the earlier you can get started declaring your support, spreading the word and telling everyone - women and men - how important this election is, the better chance we have to get Hillary Clinton in the White House!





Friday, February 27, 2015

Goodbye Leonard Nimoy

The first thing I thought of was that Seinfeld episode, where George says "It was a helluva thing when Spock died...."

It's a helluva thing.  Leonard Nimoy is gone.  A piece of each of us goes with him...from those who were raised on the original Star Trek, to those who've discovered the joys of the character Spock through the movies he starred in and made special appearances in.

Spock was integral to the Star Trek franchise; even moreso, I would say, than any other character, including James T. Kirk.  While Kirk was ostensibly the protagonist and main character, he was two-dimensional.  There was a bit of a rebel in him, and a bit of a bad boy, but he was 98% stock character:  good looking, full of integrity, ladies man (but with honor), decisive.

Spock, on the other hand, had a little more freedom to be multi dimensional. Half human, half Vulcan was  a  master stroke, because it allowed him to have traits and characteristics of both. And Leonard Nimoy was a great enough actor to display all the nuances that character allowed.  Sometimes he did it with great restraint, sometimes with a touch of humor, sometimes just the lifting of an eyebrow.  The minimalist acting style was the perfect foil to William Shatner's hamminess.

Leonard Nimoy will live on and prosper forever...in the movies, on the small screen, and in our hearts.

Beam Me Up, Scotty tshirt



Friday, October 17, 2014

WORLD SERIES Tshirts!!

IT'S HERE! AND IT'S GOING TO BE A CLASSIC!
World Series 2014 is upon us. First game is next Tuesday, October 21 in Kansas City.


After last night's incredible 3-run walkoff homer by Travis Ishikawa, the San Francisco Giants look like, if not the team to beat, at least the team that will provide some excitement.


I have to admit to a little bit of KC favortism, just because of Raul Ibanez.  The guy is 42 years young and still playing like a kid.  On the other hand, San Francisco has a whole roster of freaks worthy of the Halloween timeline.

Bookmark us and check back, we'll have links to pennant wear and World Series tees as they become available on the web.

And  let's PLAY BALL!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

American Horror Story Freak Show

Watched the first episode of American Horror Story, Freak Show, last night, and I must say it was everything I hoped it would be.  Multi-layered, brilliantly acted, with a mise-en-scène to rival some of the great theater and film from the 1930s and 40s.  They've even taken the tired old conceit of the scary clown and turned it into something truly terrifying, with Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) running around wreaking havoc and murder on innocents everywhere.  
Madam Clementine Delait, Bearded Lady

Back in the day, many of these circus performers would have three choices in life: hide away from the public, allow themselves to be institutionalized, or go work for the circus as "freaks".   It will be interesting to see how this season unfolds. I suspect by the end we'll see them not as freaks, not as anomalies, but as flawed, diverse and complex human beings, just like everyone else.

Conjoined Twins Vintage Card 


I will be enjoying this season of American Horror Story as a kind of historical artifact and maybe even a bit of a cautionary tale about how to treat those we perceive as "different".  And in the meantime,I'll enjoy the hell out of the awesome story, acting and artistry.


Eko and Iko "Men from Mars" Circus Performers Card


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Buy and Wear Pink in October

October is, among many other things, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We all hope there won't be too many more of these months, because we hope to eradicate breast cancer soon.  All the research, all the work, all the money, all the donations, all the awareness, has led to many major breakthroughs in finding a cure.  Buy a tshirt this month and contribute to finding that cure once and for all.

All of these t-shirts are from Cafepress, which donates 10% from the final purchase price of these products from the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.  

(Important note: not all breast cancer awareness tshirts at Cafepress participate in this donation offer, but all the ones shown here do.)



Friday, September 26, 2014

10 Adorable Baby Halloween Costumes for 2014

It's that time of year again! The leaves are turning, the air is getting crisp and there's a smell of woodfire in the air.  It must be getting on towards the month of October.


Have you noticed that for the last several years, people start wearing Halloween apparel as early as October 1? It's no longer just a day, no longer just the last day of October, no longer just an evening of trick or treating. Halloween has become big business, and big fun, all month long.  To that end, there's no better time than right now to start thinking about costumes and Halloween inspired t-shrits to get you through the month.

We'll  start with some of the newest - and most adorable - baby costumes.  Most of these are super easy onesies and t-shirts.  You can add a tutu or a little prop, or let the costume make its own statement. And don't forget to take pictures -- lots of pictures -- to bribe the kids when they get a little older!

Business Baby Costume - Halloween Costumes
Business Baby Costume - Halloween Costumes


Butterfly Baby Costume - Baby Costumes
Butterfly Baby Costume - Baby Costumes

Owlette Baby Costume - Baby Costumes
Owlette Baby Costume - Baby Costumes

Ninja Baby Costume - Baby Costumes
Ninja Baby Costume - Baby Costumes

Bat Baby Costume - Baby Costumes
Bat Baby Costume - Baby Costumes

Dragon Baby Costume - Baby Costumes
Dragon Baby Costume - Baby Costumes

Baby Elephant Costume - Baby Costumes
Baby Elephant Costume - Baby Costumes

Puppy Belly Baby Costume
Puppy Belly Baby Costume