Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hamburger All Over The Highway ...

Literally.

Truck hauling 138 cows overturns,
killing 37 heifers east of Los Angeles

Wait for it.

The Latest

A mere sample:
"I tell you what": We're about to have a 70-yr. old "President" who has the intellectual acuity of the proverbial high school drop-out working in a gas station.
Except self-service would've put him out of a job long ago.
Tweets via Anne Laurie at Balloon Juice.

This reporter is leaving the bunker to look at the last full day before the shitheels of the "Real America" take over these United Snakes. 240 yrs. is probably more than could have reasonably been expected, so fuck it all to hell; it's the will of (some of) the people!

Thermonuclear Thurs.

Play simultaneously. Then bend over, place your head between your legs, & kiss your ass goodbye.

King Yellow (NOT Orange)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Everything You Know Is Wrong,
Also Too

As noted yesterday, straight outta Hellmouth (& 1974) The Firesign Theatre!

At Least I Was Warned

Weasel-Dick Weds.

Tragic Davos avalanche? We can only hope.
Will no one rid us of these parasites, hedge fund managers & whore-mongers who are literally killing & maiming us every day w/ their never-ending greed & lust for power?

Coming up on Wednesday

The first day of Davos 2017 is drawing to a close, but there's plenty more coming up tomorrow. Here are some of the key sessions to follow on Wednesday:

0800 GMT - Squeezed and Angry: How to Fix the Middle-Class Crisis
0930 GMT - Special Address by Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
1000 GMT - A Compact for Responsible Business Leadership
1000 GMT - Politics of Fear or Rebellion of the Forgotten?
1300 GMT - A Positive Narrative for the Global Community
1445 GMT - Fixing Europe's Disunion
1700 GMT - The Great American Divide
1715 GMT - An Insight, An Idea with Jack Ma
N.B.: If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I.C.Y.M.I.: Twit Of The Day

Alliteration is awesome, innit?

Everything You Know Is Wrong

Directly from Pappy's, the inner front cover of the first edition of Gorgo, The Monster From The Sea.
Not sure if I believe even the text in the first panel (Now that "scaled like a fish" has registered, no.); I suppose there's nothing egregiously inaccurate about the third's text or image. Still, it's "Jesus rode a dinosaur" country.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

International Hero

Martin Luther King - Scientist w/ The Forces Of Music

Fear Of A Black ... Museum?

National African-American Museum. All sources lead to the LDS Church.
We see that the Pants-Pisser-elect is afraid he'll soil his uuge pantaloons if too many swarthy types get near him.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump no longer expected to visit African American museum on MLK Day: report  —  is reportedly no longer expected to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  —  The president-elect will no longer make the visit on Monday because of scheduling issues …
RELATED:
 John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump Changes Plans on MLK Day Visit To African American History Museum
Discussion:
Perhaps Trump is only afraid he'll learn something. But either way, fuck that ol' John Lewis guy, right?

2017 Wk. Two Morbidity
& Mortality Report

Wk. of 8-14 January 2017:
Dick Gautier, 85 (Five great-grandchildren!) on Friday the 13th.
Gautier, who started his career as a stand-up comic, received a Tony nomination for playing Conrad Birdie, the character based on Elvis Presley, in the memorable, original 1960 production of Bye, Bye Birdie, starring Dick Van Dyke.

The handsome actor appeared as Hymie on just six episodes of Get Smart over four seasons, yet he was one of the spy spoof's most popular characters.
And many others I never knew whom no one will remember or even have the slightest idea of in just a few generations; if you wanna throw in failed institutions, the 146-yrs. touring Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. Touring by train? Not the greatest financial model. Seen by this reporter at the Cow Palace when he was young.

Half-way through January & few indications of increased post-holiday mortality. We are very disappointed.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

'Phone-y Photographs

New (to me) 'phone seems to work well, although it & the Spectrum modem had trouble shaking hands. ("Authentication problem.") "Solved" by connecting the lap-top via Ethernet, leaving the 'phone & Chromecast the only unwired devices.

Biggest deal is that the new 'phone is recognized by the devil-box, meaning that photos on the previous 'phone's SD Card are now easily available w/o posting them to Twitter. (If I knew exactly where the adapter for the mini SD Card was I could have inserted it directly into the computer, but no image taken seemed worth looking through several drawers & the boxes therein.)

Therefore, having suffered ... it's your turn.

VERMIN!!

Note Mohawk Youth. Pseudo-ironic post-punk, two decades late?
Above: Writers Guild of America West bldg., S.W. corner of Third St. & Fairfax Ave., 23 December 2016, 1516PST.

New camera's same 2.0 megapixel/plastic lens crap as the old, but it has a flash.
Free slightly-bent rack, free crummy 'phones.
I am such a taker.
Last & least, obligatory new 'phone selfie.
"Nothing left to life but a pair of glassy eyes."

M. Bouffant's Local Action
Video Bandstand

Kee-rist, not these assholes again!Reduced to car (& girl) commercials after 50+ yrs., I see. (Was hoping giant ants would pop out of the flood drains in the "river", but no.)

Other localized televised crap.

The 20 Best Music Videos Ever
Shot in Los Angeles

What. Ever.

My choice for No. 1 (not on above list) because much of it was shot at the Pioneer Chicken on Sunset (at Fuller) which was just around the corner from me in the late '70s & early '80s. Lotta late-nite snack action there, you betcha.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lucky 13?

Not only no hideous disasters in the outer world (of shit & pain, need I add) but good things (two) happened to me today. Found one of these, shiny, silvery & just-cleaned-by-the-rain outside at the dumpster & brought it in. At the same time ran into the neighbor who gave me the now almost useless Lifeline 'phone; he's not moving 'phones anymore, but he still has some lying around, & gave me a Moxee X1000 (4G, whatever that means, has to be better than the previous 2G, right?) two of the same cheap 2G model he gave me a yr. & a half ago (estimated life maybe nine mos.) & two boxes w/o branding/model #s. Mystery 'phones! The Moxee is now charged (2000PST) let's see if it works.

Not that this makes up for a second (or third) yr. w/o an increase in Social Security, yet w/ annual & relatively hefty increases in the portion of rent I have to pay. W/ his City Housing Authority raising my rent even when my income is unchanged, I might start questioning Mayor Garcetti's yada & blather about ending homelessness. Never mind random fortune. This reporter remains screwed, blued & tattooed.

Anxiously Awaiting ...

13th Floor

12th Floor

11th Floor

10th Floor

Ninth Floor

Eighth Floor

Seventh Floor

Sixth Floor

Fifth Floor

Fourth Floor

Third Floor

Second Floor

First Floor

Got Irony?

Webster's Unabridged used this as an example in its 1970 edition: "... it was an irony of fate that the fireboat burned
and sank."

Is this close enough?

Fire in a fire station! 100-foot fire truck destroyed in Buena Park

Firefighters Thursday were working to fully extinguish a stubborn two-alarm fire that heavily damaged the Buena Park Fire Station near Knott’s Berry Farm and destroyed a 100-foot aerial ladder truck, a battalion chief’s Chevrolet SUV, a fire department pickup truck, and a swiftwater rescue boat, Kurtz said.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Unpresidented Prostitution

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pee-Pee The Fascist Frog

Or M.C. Pee Pants?

Chump Nation

You stupid fucking losers are being lied to every single day, in every possible way, yet you continue to eat it raw.
A study released Wednesday by UCLA and Loyola Marymount University found that nearly half of the fish served to researchers at 26 Los Angeles-area sushi restaurants during random visits between 2012 and 2015 turned out to be mislabeled. In other words, that halibut you order probably isn’t halibut at all.
When will you wise up & stop eating the shit your masters feed you, running dogs?

No Questions For Tillerson
About Boy Scout Sex Crimes?

No passes for perverts, damnit!! Makes one wonder about the priorities of the U.S. Senate, doesn't it? Fossil-fuel profits & sickening perversion over people, as usual.
When Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson served as president of the Boy Scouts, from 2010 to 2012, a sexual abuse scandal was engulfing the organization.

As lawsuits and reporting by the Los Angeles Times revealed, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) had secretly kept files on thousands of scoutmasters and volunteers accused of sexual violence against children. The cases reached back all the way to 1947, many of which were never reported to law enforcement.

During Tillerson’s tenure, one particular case was working its way through the Oregon court system, culminating in an October 2012 ruling in the Oregon Supreme Court—four months after Tillerson stepped down as president—that ruled the BSA had to release 1,900 files to the public.

During Tillerson’s time as president, the BSA instituted mandatory reporting of sexual abuse claims to authorities—but Tillerson never spoke publicly about the pedophilia scandal, nor offered an official apology to any its victims. He remains in a leadership role in the organization to this day.

For one victim of abuse—an Eagle Scout, like Tillerson—the potential Secretary of State’s silence during that time represents a painful reflection of the organization’s historical failure to protect children. In 2003, Matt Stewart and his brother, Tom, sued the Boy Scouts of America, two local chapters, and their scoutmaster, and settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. The Stewarts have publicly spoken out about the Scouting scandal and Matt related his story to The Daily Beast below (with edits for clarity). As told to Tim Mak.
Urinating S-E-X workers & raped Boy Scouts; at last, the Presidency of perversion this nation of sick fucks so richly deserves.
WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE?
AND WHEN CAN WE START KILLING THESE RAT BASTARDS?

Weasel-DickWater Sports Weds.

Shorter: I Piss On Your Grave!

But What Does This Mean In The Pissing
Popularity Contest?

Clod-Emperor Drumpf's poll numbers have begun the decline to the bitterly clinging IOKIYAR 27% G.W. Bush threshold, a wk. & change before his tiny paws are even near the atomic button/magic words. Via TPM's Ed Blog.
For some perspective, by Gallup's numbers, each of the last three presidents had approval ratings of at least 65% during their presidential transitions.
More numbers than I could be bothered to read here.
American voters approve 55 - 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his best approval rating in seven years, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. These same voters disapprove 51 - 37 percent of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president-elect.

Donald Trump will be a worse president than Barack Obama, 45 percent of voters say, while 34 percent say he will be a better president and 15 percent say he will be about the same, American voters tell the independent Quinnipiac University Poll.

Americans are optimistic 52 - 43 percent about the next four years with Trump as president and say 47 - 31 percent that he will help rather than hurt the nation's economy.

Trump will be a "great" president, 12 percent of voters say; 30 percent say he will be a "good" president; 20 percent say he will be "not so good" and 32 percent say he will be "bad."

The measures of Trump's personal qualities all are more negative than they were in a November 22 Quinnipiac University poll:
  • 53 - 39 percent that he is not honest, compared to 52 - 42 percent November 22;
  • 49 - 44 percent that he has good leadership skills, compared to 56 - 38 percent;
  • 52 - 44 percent that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 51 - 45 percent who said he did care;
  • 62 - 33 percent that he is not level-headed, compared to 57 - 38 percent;
  • 71 - 25 percent that he is a strong person, compared to 74 - 23 percent;
  • 68 - 27 percent that he is intelligent, compared to 74 - 21 percent.
All of which clearly shows what cretinous chumps these Yankees be, w/ their idiot optimism & ability to hold three
or four contradictory & idiotic thoughtideas in their heads at once. Will whatever comes of all this (Not much, I'm guessing; just too good to be true!) change any minds? Why the hell would it?

Cultural Note: Expect a revival of The Blues.
Howling Wolf - How Many More Years (1951 original)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rise Of The Assholes

The privileged & entitled will no longer be taking any shit in the Newly Great America, will they?
Michael Gartland / New York Post:
Al D'Amato kicked off flight after starting rebellion against crew  —  Former Sen. Al D'Amato was escorted from a JetBlue flight Monday night after trying to lead passengers in a chant protesting seating changes requested by the crew, an eyewitness on the flight told The Post.
Failed "Revolt". Nothing but a loudmouthed fucking loser. This guy, horse-fucker Palldino & cousin-marrying Giuliani ... what's in New York State's Holy Water that makes virtually every Catholic/Wop-a-Dago/Republican from the state such a shitheaded jagoff?

Culture Bores

Shut up & go away, tiresome homo-hater Dr. Don Boys. This sort of thing was boringly idiotic 40 yrs. ago.
And has not aged well.
We have been exposed to all kinds of business owners who have arrogantly thrust their own radical views upon others. Therefore, it is time for normal people to close their wallets and not use their plastic thereby putting the offenders out of business. If we don’t put them out of business, we can reduce their profits thereby sending a clear message: if you go public with anti-family, pro-perversion, or anti-American positions then it will cost you dearly.

When a business owner takes a public position that is anti-family, anti-American, or anti-biblical, then he or she deserves to be a very lonely person because so many potential customers refuse to purchase his goods or services. Sure, business people have a right to be stupid but they also have a right to go bankrupt. I’ll help them.

[...]

So, no Coke and Girl Scout cookies, and I hope you will do the same. Anyway, that kind of stuff might send you to Heaven quicker than your scheduled departure. I will survive not reading National Geographic; besides, they still haven’t received the message that evolution is false, a failure, and a fraud, another reason they should shut down their presses and quietly disappear. Moreover, I would not go to Disney if the entrance fee were a dollar.

I think it is more than a dollar.
Work out your sexual psychopathy on your own time, Doc. Like the "arrogantly thrusting" business owners "exposing" themselves. And the "close their wallets" bit. You wonder what goes through their minds. I do, anyway.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The All-Cracker Championship

Stuff it entire state of Alabama, the Crimson Tide, Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin & Steve Sarkisian. Now then, in which ex-Confederate flyover backwater is this "Clemson" place located?

2017 Wk. One Morbidity
& Mortality Report

Always room for more! Those daisies don't grow themselves, y'know.
Wk. of 1-7 January 2017:
The usual Second Amendment & traffic casualties, so far only two celebs: Francine York, '60s film nubile, & Nat Hentoff, jazzbo/grouch, 91, as Charles Manson returned to the big house from the hospital (Not necessarily positive, as the croakers were alleged to have pronounced him "too sick to cut". As if the state wants to spend a nickel keeping him going any longer. "Death panel"?) Britain's Queen continued breathing & 93-yr. old war criminal & influence-peddler Henry Kissinger has not yet received the agonizing punishment he deserves. (We're watching you, fast-livers & aging wretches.)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

And I Thought I Didn't Have
Anything To Do Tonight

Apparently The Ig is at such loose ends he'll stoop to crap like this.

Red Carpet Photos From The 2017 Golden Globes

Nina Alu (L) and singer Iggy Pop. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for FIJI Water)

History Shows ...

Highlights of Today in History: Elvis Presley born; President Lyndon Johnson declares war on poverty; Ramzi Yousef sentenced to life for first World Trade Center bombing. Physicist Stephen Hawking born. (Jan. 8)

Hicks Nix Progressive Picks

Fifteen paragraphs (Too long? Don't, then.) one might read of a Sunday p.m. if one gave a flying fuck about anything
at all any more
.
Gets several times the representation of any urbane sophisticate or rootless cosmoplitan reading this.
Per The Atlantic, empty acres voting are a problem all over your world of shit & pain. Indeed, over-representation of hicks, bumpkins, clodhoppers, crackers, hayseeds, yokels, peasants, sheep-shaggers, farmers & their ignorant inbred ilk is probably a significant contributor to this world being so shitty & painful.

Example:
[T]he structure of the electoral systems gives rural voters disproportionate power, relative to their numbers, over their more numerous urban-dwelling counterparts. And on certain issues, this can shift national priorities in favor of rural ones. In the United States in 2016, for example, the Republican platform called for eliminating federal funding for public transit, arguing that it “serves only a small portion of the population, concentrated in six big cities,” implying that Trump’s expected infrastructure bill could focus on highways rather than on urban transit networks. Global warming, of special concern to urban coastal voters, has been described essentially as intriguing speculation by the president-elect.
How sorry our country cousins will be when the swarthy rampaging hordes from the drowned cities come looking for lebensraum in the cow pastures & onion fields.

As usual, there is no real hope.
[D]emocracies like the United States that give rural voters extra power will face crises of legitimacy as national policy is determined by a political minority. “Politics is just a pitched battle between these two geographically based groups,” Rodden said.

[...]

Those frustrated with the Electoral College can take inspiration from Argentina, which succeeded in abolishing its own ahead of a 1995 national election, as part of a political compromise that allowed voter in Buenos Aires to be equally represented in elections for this one branch of government. (The legislature is another matter.) But such a compromise is almost impossible to imagine in today’s polarized Washington where the Republicans that now control the government have no incentive to tamper with a political system that benefits them. “If the frustration level gets ratcheted up I don’t know where we go. There’s either institutional reform or secession. Neither of those things happen easily given our constitution. That’s just the predicament that we’re in,” Rodden said.