Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thug Life Up-Date

Previously. Now, the recording made by the victim.
Thanks for more crummy embedding, N.B.C.

[LAist]

Today In Fucking Doofs

So. It would appear the Republican candidates are all secretly 14-yr. old girls.

Dog Bites Man, Gets Listeria

Here's a big fucking surprise: Ice cream maker Blue Bell, who run such a shitty operation that they had to shut it down to clean it due to listeria
HOUSTON - Blue Bell says it is temporarily ceasing operations while workers undergo new system training.

Blue Bell has been producing ice cream this week for testing only. This will end on Friday and the ice cream will not be sold.

Starting Monday, the plant will be training employees at all four Blue Bell locations on new, intense cleaning procedures. The plant will not be producing ice cream during this time. It is unclear how long the training will take.

There is not a timeline for when Blue Bell products will be back on the shelves. "We've always worked to make the very highest quality ice cream," said Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse. "We intend to make a fresh start and that begins with intensive cleaning and enhanced training. This is a paradigm shifting event at Blue Bell and we want to put in place new systems to drive continuous improvement."
is a big contributor to, shall we say, reactionary causes.

"We don't need no stinkin' regulations," CEO & President A. Hitler concluded.

Open Letter To Republican Candidates

Suggestions as to whom I should murder gladly accepted.
Fortunately for you rat bastards few of you will be campaigning in Calif., because we're too smart to vote for you fuckers, but I'd advise you all to stay the fuck away, because I have no greater desire at this moment than to kill at least one of you morons. W/ my bare hands.

Today In American Justice: "Fuck this court and everything it stands for"

In madness there is truth:
“Fuck this court and everything it stands for,” Clark titled her April 20 filing.

[...]

She concludes her filing by pointing out to the judge that he is old and presumably near death, which she says is “good” because he is a “treacherous, lying, spineless, bastard son-of-a-bitch” who deserves to spend eternity in hell.

“I couldn’t give two fucks about you or what you have to say,” Clark tells the judge. “Fuck you, old man. You’re a joke. Your court’s a joke. You take it up the ass; and you suck nuts. Lol.”
I fully support this statement of fact, & believe it should be applied to virtually every court in the land. Nut-sucking old shits in dresses. Fuck 'em!!

Also amusing: A "sovereign citizen" of the African-American & female persuasions.

Random Lyrical Snatches From
All Over

"Nothing left to life but a pair of glassy eyes."

"Tired of living ..."

"There's no such thing as right or wrong, but your bullshit is a sin."

"Get this fuck that I don't owe you fuckers anything & all I've got to say is fuck yooooooooou!! The sky is bluuuuuuuuue."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Promise, Not A Threat

DISARM THIS BROWN-SHIRT/THUG & GET HIM OFF THE STREETS BEFORE I DO!!![Photography Is Not A Crime. (Yet.)]

100 Yrs. Of Gas

Warfare, that is. Proud of yourselves, humanoids?
STEENSTRATE, Belgium (AP) — As a spring breeze wafted into his trench, commander Georges Lamour of the French 73rd infantry saw something almost surreal drift his way. A yellow-green cloud.

He barely had time to react. "All my trenches are choked," Lamour cried into the field telephone to headquarters. "I am falling myself!"

These were the last words heard from Lamour. World War I, and warfare itself, were never the same.

Chlorine gas — sent crawling in favorable winds over Flanders Fields from German positions — sowed terror and agony for the first time on April 22, 1915. The era of chemical weaponry had dawned. The weapon of mass slaughter came to symbolize the ruthlessness and, many say, futility of the 1914-1918 Great War.

"It is a new element in warfare. It is indiscriminate," said Piet Chielens, curator at the In Flanders' Fields Museum in nearby Ypres. And what's more, he said, "you create psychological terror."

Foaming at the mouth, crazed and blinded, the French soldiers fled in all directions — sucking for oxygen, finding poison instead. The chlorine seeped into body fluids and ate away at eyes, throat and lungs. Some 1,200 French soldiers were killed in the chaos of that first 5-minute gas attack and the fighting that followed. Lamour, like scores of comrades, was never found.

"You drown in your own lungs," Chielens said.

Today, cyclists crisscross these same fields and farmers plow around monuments honoring the first gas victims. On Tuesday, the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will hold a commemorative meeting close to the fields. The organization today monitors reports that chlorine gas has repeatedly been used in Syria's civil war.

"NOTHING TO REPORT"

A century ago Tuesday, German forces gathered their best and brightest at army headquarters in Tielt, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) behind the front line, for a momentous discussion.

Commanders had already been waiting 10 days for favorable winds, huddled in a patrician mansion lined with maps and dotted with landscape models. Tension had steadily risen after the Schlieffen Plan to smash through Belgium and take Paris by storm bogged down in Flanders and northern France. Germany was bent on breaking the stalemate of trench warfare. All options were open.

Holding back some German commanders was their sense of military honor. Some argued that deploying more troops would achieve a bigger breakthrough.

Fritz Haber, a chemical expert and future winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, preached for more gas for more shock and awe. Others wondered if gas could be trusted to work as advertised.

Exasperated, Chief of General Staff Erich von Falkenhayn decided: Tomorrow we use the gas, or not at all.

Across the line, Lamour's French forces were reporting from the trenches: "Rien a signaler" — nothing to report. That might have been different had they been able to peer a bit further across no-man's land — at how German troops had dug in, under cover of night, more than 5,000 gas cylinders with tubes pointing their way.

The next morning, German trenches were filled with soldiers ready to pounce once the gas had cleared. The plan was to release the chlorine in the frosty morning hours, when it would cling best to the surface and give soldiers a full day to advance. But a windless morning came and went. The breeze picked up only in the afternoon. At 5 p.m. the gas cylinders were opened, with devastating effect.

Once the gas cleared, the soldiers jumped out and made more progress than they had in months. Men, horses, rats, even insects — all lay dead or choking before them.

"The effect of that gas was enormous," said historian Ann Callens. "Even the German troops and certainly the German generals were completely astonished."

"In one hour's time, they had a gap of more than 6 kilometers (4 miles) So the town of Ypres was nearly in their hands," said Callens, author of "Gas! Ieper 1915, the first gas attack."

Dusk was closing in fast though and lack of full confidence in gas came to haunt the Germans that day.

"The German army command has no great belief in this new weapon," Chielens said. "So they don't have a big infantry division behind it. That is not enough to result in a complete breakthrough."

After April 22, the surprise factor evaporated and the stalemate endured.

"IT SEEMS PRETTY CERTAIN WE SHALL RETALIATE"

But the genie was out of the bottle. The Germans needed only to look at how the prevailing westerly winds bent Flanders' stately trees toward their own positions to know that gas would inevitably come drifting their way. They could celebrate a momentary victory, but the war was about to become a lot uglier for both sides.

Laurence Cadbury of the British chocolate dynasty had come to Flanders to help as an ambulance driver. Cadbury, a pacifist Quaker, had an immediate grasp of what the Germans' use of the gas horror meant.

"It seems pretty certain we shall retaliate," he wrote to his parents only one week after the initial German attack. "After all, it is no use appealing to anyone."

The first use by allied forces came in September, when the British unleashed poison gas on the Germans at the battle of Loos, just across from Ypres in northern France.

Rival armies ultimately launched 146 gas attacks in Belgium, which covered only a small patch of the Western Front. The Germans used about 150 tons of gas in their first attack. Germany ultimately used 68,000 tons. The Allies used even more: 82,000 tons.

The lethal power of more sophisticated gases increased the horror by the month, even as the improvement of gas mask designs required more and more poison to be deployed. The invention of gas shells fired by artillery eliminated dependence on favorable winds.

The last gas attack came just three days before the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918. Historians estimate that more than 1 million soldiers were exposed to gas — and 90,000 killed.

"MON BIEN CHER GEORGES"

Peace brought no end to the suffering caused by the weapon.

"A lot of the effects did not kill you but they were lasting. You have chronic bronchitis, pneumonia," Chielens said. "The veterans of the war took it with them to their graves."

Dormant shells littered farmland. Even today, farmers suffer health problems after digging up this toxic harvest.

The French army told Georges Lamour's wife, Angele, that he either died from gas or was taken prisoner. She kept believing her husband was alive.

Month after month, she wrote letters to "Mon bien cher Georges." On May 2, 1918, three years after his presumed death, she still wrote: "Is springtime coming so late for you as it is for us?"

Sometimes, their three children took to pen and paper.

Lamour's son Etienne wrote on Dec. 8, 1915: "Mon cher papa, Mama allowed me to write you today because I came in first in the school exams, first in the division's literary contest, and second in German."
Earlier today:
Published:
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian King Philippe led Wednesday’s centennial remembrance in Flanders Fields marking the first use of chemical weapons in warfare.

The monarch went close to the fields where Germany first used chlorine gas in its April 22, 1915, attack, to pay tribute to all victims of such arms over the past century by laying a wreath at two monuments.

Allied and German forces used so many chemical shells during the 1914-1918 war that ploughing farmers still come across them in old battlefields to this day. The rival armies launched 146 gas attacks in Belgium alone.

The ceremonies ended with the playing of the Last Post bugle call at the Menin Gate in Ypres, the memorial to the missing from the Great War.

Can Not Lead The Nation

Can't lead his own son to a parking place or sobriety, surely we can not trust him w/ America:
Rand Paul's 22-year-old son cited for DUI following collision with parked vehicle in Lexington, Ky.,
citation shows
Senator "Dr." Paul will probably blame "government school" driver's ed.

Earth Day: Planet Strikes Back

Calbuco volcano in Chile:

Same Shit, Same Day,
& It Never, Ever, Stops

The New Yorker is bored limp w/ politics:
What has happened is that the same things keep happening. The tidal wave of money keeps happening, the trivialization of coverage keeps happening, the extremism of the Republican Party keeps happening (Ted Cruz: abolish the I.R.S.; Rand Paul: the Common Core is “un-American”). The issues remain huge and urgent: inequality, global warming, immigration, poorly educated children, American decline, radical Islamism. But the language of politics stays the same, and it is a dead language. The notion that answers will come from Washington or the campaign trail is beyond far-fetched.
Typist Packer claims it's been "stuck" since 2008. I say it's been the same tiresome crap since 1980, at least, & I'm getting very tired of it.

NB: The surest predictor of violence is boredom. I'm so numbed by this world of shit, pain & idiots that I'm more than ready to flip out. And you? Just going to take it? Or will you take action for once?

Today In Humor

Bad news for Mickey Kaus?
ROME, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Goat plague, a fast spreading virus, impoverishes millions of small farmers across Africa and Asia, but a campaign to eradicate it has drawn far less support than halting mad cow disease or Ebola, a U.N. veterinary official said on Wednesday.

'Peste des petits ruminants' (PPR) or goat plague, attacks sheep and goats - crucial to the livelihood of more than 300 million herders in the developing world - and costs those who can least afford it some $2 billion a year, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Trey Gowdy IS Zippy The Pinhead

No, really.
Zippy is all copyrighted & shit, but we don't care.
Other problems in Congress today: Former L.A.P.D. ossifer thinks he a bad-ass, but he's a punk-ass chump:
C'mon down from the suburbs w/o your thugs & your stick & your gun & we'll see who drops who like a rebuilt transmission, you pencil-necked fascist fairy. (What's w/ these scrawny creeps who can't even fill a man's collar? Meth? Obsessive working out to keep "impure thoughts" away? It is a mystery.)
Congressman Steve Knight talking to an anti-immigration protester outside of his office (Screenshot)
Stolen from RAWSTORY.
On the other hand, he was threatening a bunch of nativist ninnies. If they beat the crap out of each other over whether or not he voted for "amnesty," fine by this reporter.

Well, That Narrows It Down

"Rendezvous" indeed.
It would appear Cap't. Palazzolo has himself a ready audience.

What Does Not Kill You Yada

Here's the real problem w/ genocide: If it isn't total & absolute, the survivors & their descendents turn into tiresome paranoid loudmouths. Cases in point: Armenians, & Israel.
You'll note it's POLITICO ("Armenian massacres") & two elements of the fascist media ("Armenian genocide") whose panties are bunched about this, which of course means nothing; if it has Obama in it they're a'gin it, no matter any prior position.

And it would be irresponsible not to speculate that Reason/Hit & Run & The Daily Caller just haven't been approached by the Turkish Propaganda Ministry to change their tune in exchange for advertisements or other consideration.

Elementary

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two schools in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles have been placed on lockdown due to police activity, officials said Tuesday.

Charles Kim Elementary School at 225 S. Oxford Ave. and Cahuenga Elementary at 220 S. Hobart Blvd. were on lockdown as LAPD officers set up a perimeter for a stolen car suspect, said LAPD spokesman Officer Mike Lopez.

Cahuenga Elementary students were being dismissed south on Hobart towards 3rd Street at around 3:05 p.m., police said.

No other details were immediately available.

(©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)
Parental units at Cahuenga Elementary wait to recover their children.

Armed & Dangerous

When I was "shooting" I didn't notice they had their weapons drawn.

Police Beat

Freaking 'copter is still orbiting, three hrs. later.
video
video
Stills in a while, maybe.

GUILTY!!

We see that the San Ber'doo Sheriff's Dep't. has admitted complete culpability in this criminal attack on an innocent civilian who was literally frightened for his well-being.

Man Assaulted by Deputies
Settles for $650,000

Francis Jared Pusok, 30, of Apple Valley, was beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies
in an incident caught by NewsChopper4

Remember that things would have been entirely different had "NewsChopper4" not recorded the vicious & unprovoked attacked by the sheriff's bully-boys. The bigger question is what will happen to the thugs who assaulted Mr. Pusok. Firing, charging & trying the deputies seems like the least that should be done. Taking their pensions to pay the settlement would be just as well.

Numb

New approach: Hoping to numb the population so that self-deportation from this mortal coil is the only possible relief. I've been bored numb for 60+ yrs., now they can suffer:
East on Santa Monica Blvd. at Wilshire Blvd. Z-z-z-z-z ...
Realize the utter pointlessness of "existence".

It's like a sporting event w/ an inevitable, predetermined outcome (death & decay);
why not leave now & avoid the traffic?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Faith In Humanity Restored

Snapping pix of another fake police car in front of Ralphs®; this guy expressed himself for the camera on his way out.

Trash, Go Pick It Up!

I am not contributing to this problem.
The Global E-waste Monitor 2014: Quantities, Flows and Resources provides an unprecedented level of detail and accuracy about the size of the world’s e-waste challenge, ongoing progress in establishing specialized e-waste collection and treatment systems, and the outlook for the future.

The bulk of global e-waste in 2014 (almost 60%) was discarded kitchen, laundry, and bathroom equipment. Personal information and communication technology (ICT) devices — such as mobile phones, personal computers, and printers — accounted for 7% of e-waste last year.
I just never throw anything away.

Two Stupid Hobbies You Should
Stop Immediately

Patriotism & marathon-running. You can't get much stupider. Patriotism, of course, long known as the first refuge of scoundrels & grifters & remember what happened to Pheidippides who ran the original ... waitaminit ... naw, keep running, faster faster!!

Untitled

Sunday, April 19, 2015

G.O. Pepsi: For Those Who Think Old

Noted previously:
Indeed, the Rubio team’s assuredness about his youthful appeal may come from the fact that they’re all in Florida. Winning “the youth vote” in Florida amounts to sweeping the retirement communities rather than the nursing homes.
Also from inside the bubble (& also from the Daily Beast):
Heroin overdose has stalked the region around parts of New Hampshire and Vermont. All the politicians gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the First-in-the-Nation Republican Leadership Summit came prepared to discuss how lethal, how dangerous, ISIS was but there was no mention of the life-destroying availability of a drug that has flooded parts of the nation they seek to lead.
In their defense, were they to face that they'd have to admit there's something very wrong w/ these United Snakes.

JETZ EX5

Was going to credit whoever shinnied up the pole but then I figured they probably just stood on top of a car.

Poland Gets Pissy

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry urgently summoned U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull on Sunday to "protest and demand an apology," saying the head of the FBI suggested that Poles were accomplices in the Holocaust.

FBI director James Comey made the remarks in an article about the Holocaust that was published by The Washington Post on Thursday. It was adapted from a speech he gave Wednesday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In the article, Comey said, "In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn't do something evil. They convinced themselves it was the right thing to do, the thing they had to do."

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said Comey's words were "unacceptable" in Poland.
Protesting a little much aren't they? As if anyone believes the Catholics of WWII Poland were all innocent &/or hiding Jewish Poles from the Nazis. Ha ha ha. All those jokes were right. Fucking Polacks. Hope the Ambassador gives them a lesson in history.

20 Yrs. Ago Today
In American Patriotism

Proud of yourselves, reactionary Christians, militia members & other Patriots? You really showed Clinton, didn't you?
A truck bomb made with more than 5,000 lb. (2,300 kg) of explosive-grade ammonium nitrate fertilizer
ripped off the north side of the Albert P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.
The blast killed 168 people, including 19 children.
                                                      BOB DAEMMERICH/AFP/GETTY
Meanwhile, in the reality-based world: Threat, or profitable fearmongering?
Twenty years later, the Oklahoma City Bombing remains the deadliest mass casualty attack in US history carried out by domestic extremists on US soil. Domestic extremism, however, remains a persistent threat, and the United States has experienced violent ideologically-motivated criminal acts, both prior to and after the Oklahoma City attack.

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"Hand-curated." Heh in-fucking-deed.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Today In Testi-Lying

Police Terror state:

FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.
Justice system. It is to vomit. Fuck the F.B.I., fuck the police, fuck the attorneys, fuck the judges, fuck the juries.

Percy Sledge

The late Mr. Sledge poses in classic R&B style, w/ chin pensively in hand & conk job.

Let's Make The Water Turn Black!

Lest you forget Erik Prince's Army of Gawd..

Fire trUCK

Friday, April 17, 2015

Another Exact Anniv. (Barely)

Paul Kuntzler said that when he and nine other people picketed the White House 50 years ago today, protesting the government's treatment of gays and lesbians, he could not imagine how far the gay rights movement would come in five decades.

That protest on April 17, 1965, is believed to the first gay rights demonstration, advocates say.

"It was so revolutionary,” Kuntzler, 73, said. “It had never been done before anywhere in the world. We all wore coats and ties and we all had pseudonyms."

At the time they felt they had to use made-up names to protect their identities, he said.

Tonight In Kristallnacht,
"Self-Deportation" & So On

Keep telling yourself "It can't happen here." Not even if the dictator Obama's executive "orders" are upheld by whatever courts.
There has been another night of xenophobic violence in parts of South Africa's largest city.

Protesters set cars alight on Friday night and attempted to loot shops owned by foreigners in the Jeppestown suburb of Johannesburg.

Stones were thrown at police who fired rubber bullets at the crowd.

The violence has been going on for about a fortnight - mostly in Durban. But in the past few days, trouble has spread to Johannesburg.

[...]

There are an estimated five million immigrants in South Africa.

They come mostly from other African countries - such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
[skyNEWS]

70 Yrs. Later We Must Ask Again:
Who Won WWII?

Thought that old bastard MacArthur beat democracy into the less-than-100-yrs.-from-feudalism Nipponese. Lied to again?

Summons of Japanese media raises complaints of interference

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party summoned executives from two leading television networks Friday, the latest in a series of actions that opponents say endanger press freedom and intimidate the media.

The Liberal Democratic Party's panel on information and communications strategy questioned the executives from Asahi TV and public broadcaster NHK about two separate programs at the party's headquarters.

In one program, an Asahi commentator made remarks critical of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office, while another program on NHK allegedly contained staged material.

The opposition Democratic Party criticized the questioning as a potential infringement of press freedom.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga denied suggestions of censorship and said the summons were not intended to pressure the media.

Abe's government has been criticized as being too sensitive to critical reporting.

Jiro Kawasaki, head of the LDP panel, said the two executives were summoned to answer questions about allegations that the programs contained "distorted" materials.

Media watchers and political analysts say mainstream media have been shunning critical reporting to avoid trouble with officials who are increasingly touchy about how Japan and government policies are portrayed by both domestic and foreign media.

Koichi Nakano, an international politics professor at Sophia University in Tokyo, said Abe's government is promoting a revisionist view of Japan's wartime military atrocities, and is steering public opinion to support divisive policies such as expanding the military's role and revising the country's war-renouncing constitution.

Without checks and balances from a viable liberal opposition, "the LDP has no limits," Nakano said.

Conservative businessman Katsuto Momii, appointed by Abe in 2013 to head NHK, quickly sparked criticism by saying that the public broadcaster's reporting should be aligned with government policy, despite its longstanding editorial independence.

Although Japan's Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and press, many see worrisome trends in the past several years:
— Ahead of a December general election, the LDP sent a statement to Japanese media requesting "fair coverage."
— Abe and his government chastised the liberal-leaning Asahi newspaper over decades-old stories about Japan's wartime military brothel system — a topic of abiding friction with China, South Korea and other countries whose citizens suffered abuses by the Imperial Army before and during World War II.
— The Foreign Ministry complained to U.S. publisher McGraw-Hill about references to the military brothel system in a high school history textbook and sent an envoy to one of the writers to protest in person. The issues raised in Friday's meeting were somewhat more mundane.

Shigeaki Koga, a former trade ministry official, quit TV Asahi's "Hodo Station," a popular nightly news show, after recently making critical remarks about the Prime Minister's Office's treatment of the media.

Koga, who now is an independent commentator, says he finds many stories are not getting the coverage they deserve because of a trend toward authoritarianism.

"If the ongoing media self-censorship continues and there is only news that serves the government's interest, people will be brainwashed," Koga said in a speech Thursday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.

The Foreign Ministry's budget for propagating its official views on history and territorial disputes was raised to 52 billion yen ($438 million) this year from 2 billion yen last year to "correct understanding by the international society," the ministry says.

Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at Temple University in Tokyo, says intolerance of criticism has grown because of a tendency to equate criticism of the Japanese government with anti-Japanese sentiment.

"This shabby tactic defines criticism of Abe as criticism of Japan putting journalists in the awkward position of having to demonstrate 'love' for Japan," he said in an article Friday in the online review Asia-Pacific Journal.

© 2015 Associated Press
Marines pass through a small village where a Japanese soldier lies dead.
Okinawa, April 1945. Norris G. McElroy. (Marine Corps) Exact Date Unknown
NARA FILE #: 127-N-95-119485 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 1231

More History By The (Even) Numbers

Attempted democracy, 50 yrs. ago today.
Thousands attend a rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington on April 17, 1965,
to hear Ernest Gruening, a Democratic senator from Alaska, and other speakers discuss U.S. policy in Vietnam.
The rally followed picketing of the White House by students demanding an end to Vietnam fighting.
Charles Tasnadi/AP

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Uh, Would That Be Because Late-Boomers & Gen X-ers Are Ignernt Maroons Who Think Old Old Old?

Byron York: “There are five Democrats who have either declared or are thinking about running for president. Three — Joe Biden, Bernard Sanders, and Jim Webb — will be over 70 years old on Inauguration Day 2017. Frontrunner Hillary Clinton will be nine months short of 70. Only Martin O’Malley, who will turn 54 a couple of days before the 2017 swearing-in, has not reached retirement age already.”

“The average age of the Republican field is far below the Democrats, with every candidate younger than Clinton. The most senior is Jeb Bush, who will be 64 on Inauguration Day. Scott Walker will be 49; Marco Rubio will be 45; Ted Cruz, 46; Rand Paul, 54; Chris Christie, 54; Mike Huckabee, 61; Bobby Jindal, 45.”
[Direct (& entire) from PW.]

How We Heard It

Star Wars fans lined up for the Xmas premier of the next installment.
No idea how anyone past puberty could give one shit, damn, or fuck about this Star Hoors drivel. (Oh right, nation of perpetual children, most of them living in fear & pain. Why do I keep forgetting?)

By now no one has been able to escape seeing or hearing the advertisement for Episode Infinite that's been polluting the iNternet all day; I was very disappointed to discover that at the very end the 72-yr. old guy who shouldn't be flying anymore isn't telling his space-dog "Chuy, we're old" (as we first heard it) but something else entirely.

One More

Last of those on which the auto-focus decided to work.
Note well: These little bastards care more about your world of shit & pain than the photographer does.