Saturday, February 28, 2015

O Gray New World

That has such gray people in it.

C.S.I.: Third & Western II

I suppose this will be iNterpreted as a call to destroy all cars, their drivers & the fossil-fuel industry. It is. Are you just going to wait until you've been run over & power-washed from the sidewalk?
Previously.

Today In "Free" Speech
& Police Terror

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
H. L. Mencken
US editor (1880 - 1956)
The rat bastard who knows my secret identity & sent the fucking L.A.P.D. to pound on my door to check on me because I express myself honestly & truthfully in this space can go fuck him or herself.

Unlike you, schmuck, I'm not so foolish as to advertise when I'm ready. (My chief element is surprise. Also, I'm a disembodied iNternet entity & couldn't hold a gun if I wanted to.) So why don't you call the F.B.I. now, filthy nanny-state coward? Afraid to give me a call & check? Completely lacking a sense of humor or comprehension of hyperbole? You could call the police & point out the millions of outrages actually committed by society's capitalist criminals every day of the wk. & hear their non-response before condemning me for suggesting direct action is the only solution, you know.

Christ, what a chicken-shit asshole! Your entirely bogus concern in not in the least bit appreciated. (Are you trying to make me angrier? That might not be a good move.)

Also in alienated people who hate your smug world of shit & pain. Not my hero.

And I'll just note in passing that as I type this terrorist threat-making asshole Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings is being paid to coach a basketball game. Fuck you. My resolve is tripled.

What's The Matter W/ Kansas?

Bullshit morality, that's what:
But Tea Party conservatives proceed from a radically different set of assumptions. Their view of the economy is not pragmatic but deeply moralistic. They do not see it as primarily a system within which actors pursue their personal ends; they see it as a stage on which selves confront the worldly consequences of their fallen nature. Work is not a matter of self-expression or self-fulfillment; it is an ordeal, a trial. It tests our ability to accept the burdens of struggle and privation imposed on us by original sin. For the Tea Party, economic life is merely another instance of spiritual judgment. Attempts to ameliorate hardship are not simply inefficient or ineffective: they are attempts to evade the divine will, to make easy what God has made hard. And as we all arrive at the moment of judgment alone, they also tempt us into another error — that of believing that others will take our part and intercede on our behalf. They will not, because they cannot. God comes to each of us singly, in isolation. Human efforts to pretend otherwise — the safety net, the welfare state — are always destructive of character and doomed to failure. They may fill our stomachs and lighten our labors, but in doing so they endanger and pervert our souls. (Neglect of the deeply moralistic nature of right-wing economic thought lurks behind many of Thomas Frank’s perplexities about the (allegedly) paradoxical behavior of voters out in the Heartland. Frank thinks they vote against their own self-interest, and is puzzled. But they take a very different view of the selves whose interests Frank wants them to promote. The short answer to “What’s the matter with Kansas?” is: Kansans.)
[Salon]

Friday, February 27, 2015

I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU,
FUCKING HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!

Enough, you rat bastard mother-fuckers. I merely state to a member of management at Nazi shit-hole Borders Books Music Videos + A Cafe "I have to get out of this place before I kill someone" & I'm suspended for a wk. until the brain-dead local corporate drones can consult w/ the other fucking Nazis in Ann Arbor about firing me, which they did because they're fucking cowards I should have shot like rabid dogs.

But some cocksucker in a suit & a position of authority threatens his player/unpaid employee/student-athlete/slave w/ a very explicit threat & he is not even suspended? "Sportsmanship"? Fuck you people, it's over! I'm not taking any shit from any of you fucking assholes any longer. Sixty+ yrs. of your Babylonian world of shit & pain is 60+ yrs. too many!

So, a decision: Fuck your pathetic bourgeois conventions of "teeth". I won't be wasting credit on bullshit dentures, but will be headed to the nearest gun store to get something better for self-defense than mere teeth. And I won't have to pay back one penny, 'cause I'll be dead or in jail before the first card finishes the billing cycle.

P.S.: Not a joke. My anger is certainly real. Luckily for the Nazi Borders managers, I can't remember any of their names, or I'd find them & teach them the price of hypocrisy. And how'd loyalty to Borders work out, losers?

I repeat: I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU!!!!!

Today In I Don't Even Know
What To Call This Shit

Norquist: Democrats Only Support Criminal Justice Reform ‘Because All Their Relatives Are In Prison’

Meanwhile, this grotesque & bloated loud-mouth homunculus is married to a woman whose relatives are Israel-hating supporters of terrorism.
Prison? Hell, this (registered as one, anyway) Democrat doesn't even have any relatives! How stupid are you, Grover?

A Question For Republican Lawmakers

You sure you buffoons want Obama to be more Putin-like?

Fri. P.M. Load O' Links

Even the liberal Nation notices:

Is Pacifica Radio Worth Saving?

The Web of Evil guess? Probably not. (Disclosure: This reporter was a volunteer at Pacifica's Houston & Berkeley stations in the early 1970s, as if it makes a difference.)

What other crap? Mmmm ... nah, too stupid ... too old ... Ah, this is good:

Trending Deaths

@Obitolizer

The most trending news about people passing away as collected by Trendolizer
In general, not for the last five hrs. of Leonard Nimoy Tweets.

A pointless & empty image to wrap up our theme.

Oh Oh, "Texas County, Missouri",
Not "A County In Texas"

Today In Today In America

Update: Missouri State Highway Patrol clarifies that 9 people found dead overnight includes person who died of natural causes; 7 people found dead at 4 scenes in Tyrone, suspect found dead in Shannon County of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound; 1 person injured - @PERTZFOX

The Death of Mr. Spock

As "Julius Carver":

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SCIENCE!!

Well, case closed then. If you're a simplistic buffoon like the smirking Senator from Stupidville.

Why We Fight, Vols. 1-80

WARNING: Castrato on the left breaks into "The Star-Speckled Banner" after the rabbi finishes comparing their struggle to Holocaust victims or something, & that's as far as we got.

Creepy Paranoid A-Hole Convention Convenes

Guessing the amount of drool generated by these cretins could raise sea level were it released. Does the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center have to put plastic over everything, or charge added deposits for drool damage to rooms?

Education Policy.

Insert Depends® Joke Here

Here is an interesting factual sort of thing (We type "factual" because it's from POLITICO, & was the only thing of eight worth the look.)
5) Will Mike Huckabee be missed? Or are there no longer enough social conservatives at CPAC to care?Many social conservatives have felt increasingly marginalized at CPAC. What used to be a true big-tent event has been hijacked by libertarians, they believe. And the president of the pro-gay marriage Log Cabin Republicans will be speaking on a panel this year.

Those are some of the reasons why there are several more conferences and cattle calls for “values voters” than there used to be in Washington. And now that CPAC isn’t the only game in town any more, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee can justify skipping it.
Dime Store Psychology of the Right: Hatred of poor & working people in general doesn't seem to be enough for the theocratssocial conservatives. Do they need more specific (&, very conveniently, smaller) groups to fear & scapegoat than the libertarians w/ their more generalized contempt? Someone should look into that. Preferably w/ a painful & intrusive probe or operation of some sort.

Related?

Today In "Really?"

Report: Josh Hamilton Had Relapse Involving "At Least Cocaine"

Th' heck? People still take cocaine? Really? Dude, the Disco Era was over by the time you were born (1981).

Mr. Hamilton, for the non-cognoscenti, plays the outfield for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (We just like typing that.) & we of course wish him the best in sobering his sorry lame ass up, all wiseacre-y aside. Really.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Clark Terry

Gah. Electricity off three or four times today, unsure if it's the gentrifiers (each time they start their saw the voltage drops) or just L.A. fading into nothing. Also, loud-mouthed fools everywhere; into the time machine, then, for an almost 50-yr. old musical blast from the past (Not a cure but may temporarily relieve some symptoms of existential agony.) featuring recently late Clark Terry, via.
Seems like yesterday, dunnit?

C.S.I: Third & Western

Last Sat. there was a shelter at this bus stop, as evidenced in a December 2014 image (which happens to be ©2015 Google):
No more.
Didn't take Sherlock Holmes to make an educated guess.
Just about where the people in the reference photo above are sitting.

Most Interesting Thing I've Seen
In A While

Wrasslin' Report

"Nature Boy" Ric flair hit 66 today, so here is some crap about him.

Today In Idaho

JesusFuckingChrist, lookit this death-worshiping bee-otch!!
In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no right to protect children from their parents who refuse them needed medical treatment in favor of faith healing.

“Children do die,” says Rep. Christy Perry. And it’s fine with her if Idaho children die in the name of God. Perry’s district includes many followers of a religious cult, Followers of Christ, that eschews medicine. She says that the sect’s members are more comfortable confronting death when it happens to their children.

“I’m not trying to sound callous, but [people calling for reform] want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not. It’s a way of life,” she says.

Perry says that a proposed ban on faith-healing would violate the religious rights of her constituents. The legislation, which would limit faith exemptions for medical care in the state’s child neglect law was proposed after a string of preventable child deaths in Perry’s district. The 12 who died were children of sect members. Most of the children died from causes like pneumonia, sepsis and easily treatable cases of food poisoning.

But Perry argues that it’s well within the Canyon County sect’s First Amendment right to refuse medical care for their children on religious grounds. She says those trying to reform the laws are denying the sect their religious freedoms.

“Is it really because these children are dying more so than other children, or is this really about an attack on a religion you don’t agree with?” Perry told Aljazeera.

On her website, Perry ironically proclaims that she's "a pro life mother and grandmother and emphasizes her honor and value of all human life, born and unborn." Perry also claims she's "an ardent supporter of defending each child’s right to life."

Over the past 20 years, only six states have had children die due to their parents refusing them medical treatment in deference to faith healing. Idaho has the dubious distinction of having laws on the books that allowed a dozen children to die from easily treatable medical conditions in the past several years. Currently, Idaho’s law contains a religious exemption that allows parents from religious groups to use prayer as a substitute treatment for illnesses.

Former members of the group and their families are saying that the number of children who have died is far greater than what is being reported, and a coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris, says she stopped performing autopsies on the children from the sect altogether.

“You can’t beat a child,” Linda Martin, a former sect member told Aljazeera. “To sit there and do absolutely nothing for a child except pray for them and watch them suffer? That’s just inhumane.”
Here's a Constitutional question: Can an American State be forced to secede? Regular legal question: Manslaughter or homicide?

Democracy At Work, In Its "Home"

The problem isn’t simply that the troika wants Greece to balance the budget; it wanted Greece to balance the budget by lowering wages and by imposing austerity on the labor force. But instead, the terms in which Varoufakis has suggested balancing the budget are to impose austerity on the financial class, on the tycoons, on the tax dodgers. And he said, okay, instead of lowering pensions to the workers, instead of shrinking the domestic market, instead of pursuing a self-defeating austerity, we’re going to raise two and a half billion from the powerful Greek tycoons. We’re going to collect the back taxes that they have. We’re going to crack down on illegal smuggling of oil and the other networks and on the real estate owners that have been avoiding taxes, because the Greek upper classes have become notorious for tax dodging.
More recently, SaidakhmetovBouffant expressed his intent to buy a machine gun and shoot police officers and FBI agentsbankers & other economic terrorists if thwarted in his plan to join (ISIS) in Syriadestroy all civilization by typing angry stuff all over the iNternet.
I have enough credit now that I could git me sum GUNZNAMMO, too!! Take that as a threat if you like, Fascist Bureau of Idiots who can't keep us safe from anything but the First Amendment!

[The Real News/CBSNEWS]

See You Later, White People!

JAMAICA LAWMAKERS DECRIMINALIZE
SMALL AMOUNTS OF 'GANJA'
Going out to buy my ticket now. I'll send you honkie losers a post card.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Right-Wing Nut-Job Backgrounder

The rest of the story/The More You Know/I.C.Y.M.I.: We refer you to this item from some ten mos. ago concerning latest desert state idiot legislator, the pride of Nevada's Fourth District, Michele Fiore. You know, the cancer is a fungus, use bicarb on it lady. Oh, did we type "lady?"
Heh. Honest mistake.

Only saw this as a headline, & did not realize she was the one so worried about the "hot little girls". Because no one who wasn't young hot & little has ever been raped?

Other legislatin' loons of the Intermountain West who've been in the sun long enough to be tetched in the haid & recently made the news include Wyoming's "When hell freezes over, homos!!" guy who got a mention here, & Idaho's own anatomical ace Vito Barbieri. (No more an American name then Rodolfo Giuliani. Was Vito brought up to love this country?)

Just, I dunno, wear a hat or something when you're outside, representatives of the people, or the little that is left of your brains is going to evaporate.

Nation Of Sheep
Fucking Wage-Slaves
Your Bosses Will Work You
'Til You're In Your Graves!

And you'll fucking deserve it, too.
But something began to change in the 1980s. With the arrival of globalization and the Information Age, corporate stability gave way to rapid, unpredictable change. Corporations no longer saw workers as loyal partners and creative beings in a productive enterprise. Instead, they became commoditized assets on a balance sheet to be acquired and discarded to suit changing fortunes.

Meanwhile, corporations began to see the term “personnel” as synonymous with the support of employees and new workplace efficiency techniques such as Six Sigma created a need for corporate compliance overseers. So, those who were once responsible for advocating for employees were now embedded with management, becoming cold wardens of the workplace.

The rebranding of "personnel" to “human resources” signaled that employees were now resources to be managed like any other capital, such as finances, office equipment and property. Like a copy machine, it suggested that humans were to be used as much as possible and discarded when they wore out or their usefulness came to an end.
It's kill or be killed! What are you sheep waiting for, the doors of the slaughterhouse?
Note the footage from Selma, Alabam, near the end. Happened 50 yrs. ago 7 March (a wk. from this Sat.).

ADDED LABOR LINK (1425):

Awarded Stolen Wages,
Workers Struggle to Collect

Another Open Letter

Note well that this reporter has never lied or fibbed about, & never fabricated or embellished his reporting experiences, combat experiences, or military service. Never lied/"cherry-picked" this nation of fucking sheep into a war, either. So fuck all the liars, in every hole in their lying bodies. W/ a splintery broomstick!

Halfnour later: Not the only honorable web-logger, either!

Monday, February 23, 2015

First, Terrorists In Our Malls,
Now We Must Be Scared In Our
Public Restrooms

We kid you not:
"They’re in our public restrooms today,” he said about transgender people. “The fear is just that. It’s crazy.”
And who would that he be? Why, a Crank, it appears.
To assuage people’s fears, former Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank also suggested an amendment – a version of which the committee adopted – that stated SF115 cannot be used as a defense if someone’s caught misbehaving in a bathroom.
Also, the rest of the story, or what the Casper Star-Tribune thought was the headline-grabber:
Rep. Harlan Edmonds, R-Cheyenne, was kicked out of the House Labor, Health and Social Services meeting Friday, after proposing an amendment to the bill that would make it effective when “hell freezes over,” instead of the date of July 1.
Rep. Edmonds wants you to know he's a Christian, in case you think Reformed Presbyterianism is some devil-worshiping stuff:
Religion: Reformed Presbyterian/Christian
Who says Republicans don't have a sense of humor?

Today In Paranoia Cont'd.

You may remember a blimp was waiting for me last Weds. The rest of the story is that w/in ten mins., when I'd walked about five blks. it had made a 180 & came right back over me.

The View From My Window

Taking up the slack left by the death of Andrew Sullivan:
Post rain, green life appeared in the bunker's free fire zone.
An Alga Grows In Korea Town Adjacent

Digital Telebision Revolution!

It's here, & for hrs. & hrs.!
Guilty party:

Bed Of Oranges

Open Letter

Hollywood phonies & social justice warriors: There will be no justice until all the rich people have been sent to hell. (That means DEAD!!)

Keep your bullshit-spewing yaps tightly shut until you're willing to shoot the wealthy on sight. Laws, justice, & just how fucking much you care mean nothing w/o action.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Homeland Security chief: Be 'vigilant' at malls

Third World Report

Electricity off today. Only took about two hrs. to restore, an improvement over the usual three to four hrs. Still, a return to the 20th century, even if the misery wasn't its usual length.
Good thing the batteries still had a charge.

Then the monsoon started. Hope the Academy Awards are washed out.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Today In Lawyering:
The Never-Ending Evasion

It just won't stop; sometimes it's so absurd I feel like sharing.

The headline alone is excellent evidence these buffoons really are so extreme they're beyond even self-parody; like everything from Hinderaker, Esq., I've ever stumbled across the first sentence makes me wonder just what the hell kind of a lawyer he is, & how he could possibly be good at any kind of lawyering. Because the subject suddenly of "intense interest to America's reporters" is "How/why is Rudy Giuliani such a colossal jerk? Was he raised by a hoodlum or something?" not "Is Obummer a Christian?" (Doesn't one need to understand what one has read in order to practice law?)

IS BARACK OBAMA NOW, OR HAS HE EVER BEEN, A CHRISTIAN?

Suddenly, President Obama’s religious beliefs are a subject of intense interest to America’s reporters. This is a marked contrast with 2008, when Obama’s religion (“God damn America!”) was considered off limits by reporters and editors. It is odd, though: one politician who won’t be asked about Obama’s religion is the only one who plausibly could answer the question, Obama himself.
It’s not just Obama’s religious beliefs, either. Ever since Rudy Giuliani ignited a firestorm by observing that Obama doesn’t seem to love America, the president’s patriotism and Communist associations, along with his religion, have been front and center. This morning, the Washington Post buttonholed Scott Walker to ask whether he thinks Obama is a Christian:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott K. Walker, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said Saturday he does not know whether President Obama is a Christian.
“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added. “You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”
That’s not a bad answer, but Republicans need to push back more strongly against Democratic Party reporters. I would suggest something like:
Dan, that is a very stupid question. And not just stupid, but inappropriate. I have never met Barack Obama. How could I possibly comment on his religious views? It would be totally inappropriate for me to do so. Why would you ask me a question like that? If President Obama’s religion is of concern to you for some reason, I suggest you ask him about it. It is not of concern to me. Now, does someone else have a more relevant question?
Republican candidates should be prepared with similar answers on irrelevant topics like evolution (which was sprung on Walker when he was in England) as well as global warming, a more pertinent issue. On global warming, Republican candidates should be prepared to say things like:
Given that the IPCC cut its prediction of future warming in half at the end of 2013, the science obviously is not settled.
Or:
Am I a climate change denier? I don’t know what you mean by that. The Earth’s climate has been changing for millions of years, and it will continue changing as long as the Earth exists. I don’t know of anyone who denies that the climate changes. It always has, and always will. You do understand that we are living in a brief warm period between ice ages, don’t you?
Or:
Everything you just said is based on computer models that have deliberately been created in such a way as to predict warming. But we know for a fact that those models are wrong, because they predicted significant warming between 1998 and 2014, and atmospheric measurements show that the forecasted warming hasn’t happened. So the models are useless.
Or:
I am not sure why you are asking me about extreme weather events. You do understand that there have been a below average number of such events in recent years, don’t you?
On evolution:
Evolution is a tremendously interesting subject. There are multiple theories of evolution, but none of them has been able to command a scientific consensus because they all have problems. It would be a full-time job to keep track of all of the scientific literature on evolution, and since I have been busy as Governor of Wisconsin [or whatever], I haven’t had time to do that. There are a lot of scientists who could give you better answers to such questions than I can, if you are really interested in the subject. Which I doubt.
On “science”:
You just used the word “science,” but I don’t think you know what it means. Science is a method, not a body of dogma. “Science” doesn’t take positions on issues of public policy. So if there is a particular set of data that you want to ask me about, you need to be more specific.
In general, Republicans need to push back aggressively against the many ambushes that will be sprung by Democratic Party reporters. They need to foresee the topics that will be raised, and be prepared with answers that, where possible, make the story about the reporter and his or her bias. Republicans have this going for them: Americans hate the news media, because they correctly see it as biased, corrupt and lazy. So Republicans shouldn’t be afraid to fight back aggressively.
Parody? No one can say.

Nonetheless, he may be a better lawyer than I gave him credit for: Note the weaseling in the proposed evolution answer, sort of not really denying evolution, or even mentioning creationism, but a vague sop to different theories ("Teach the controversy!") of evolution. This is fun too: "It would be a full-time job to keep track of all of the scientific literature on evolution." Really? Someone's in for a surprise when they discover what you can keep track of on this new-fangled iNternetWorldWideWeb dealie.

And the concluding paragraph. Is "Don't answer anything potentially embarrassing; immediately scream bias & make it about/insult the reporter" best practice for dealing w/ the press? It's as if he knows there are no answers acceptable to both the primary voters who do "hate the news media" (not all Americans, just those lost in the loon bubble) & to, for lack of a better term, normal people, many of whom wish the media was better w/o actively "hating" it & most of whom just don't care.

Still, G.O.Presidential wanna-bes, better to be thought a weaselly jerk than to announce/admit actual beliefs & policies & thereby commit political suicide anywhere but in the reddest zones; do follow your mouthpiece's advice & fight back. Aggressively!

iNternet Catholics Hold Circle-Jerk

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL Calls Mayor Giuliani to Congratulate Him on His Obama Comments

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, February 21, 2015, 11:11 AM

I thought the stupid fucking mackerel-snapping bead-rattling Catholics weren't supposed to jack off. Someone get the Pope on the horn, he needs to know about these clowns.

Sat. Nite Rock-Rock Rock-Rock
Rock & Roll Lobotomy

"It's the dues you've got to pay, for eatin' burgers every day."
— The Dictators
Joey Ramone died in 2001, Dee Dee overdosed in 2002, Johnny lost his battle with prostate cancer two years later and only last year, founding drummer Tommy passed away.
Meaning that Marky is not not not an original Ramone, no matter the headline of this probably worth reading if you're the sort who likes that sort of thing interview.
Can we talk a bit about the Voidoids? Specifically Bob Quine? He might be my favorite guitar player. His stuff on those two Lou Reed records, “New York” and “The Blue Mask.” Also, the big Matthew Sweet record (“Girlfriend”) and obviously “Blank Generation.” Nobody sounded like him and nobody sounds like him today.

He came out of the box. Out of the cage. He really let loose with his Stratocaster. He knew how to play it properly.
Meaning also that all the Ramones are dead, yet only half the Beatles & Who each & not even half the Stones (even counting founding member Ian Stewart).

Blame New York?

Malcolm X

Murdered 50 yrs. ago today.By Islamic terrorists. Too bad he couldn't shake off the superstition.

National Greatness Of A
Pin-Dick Nation

Yrs. of therapy will be needed.
Dedicated 130 yrs. ago today, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss, is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 554 feet 7 and 11/32 inch (169.045 meters) tall; although taller monumental columns exist, they are neither all stone nor true obelisks.

New Union Station Policy:
Bums Fuck Off!

More of Obama's enforced Amtrak collectivism! (Where do those trains really go, sheeple?) Or is this more elitist infringement of Americans' personal liberty to sit anywhere they damn well please? Confusing.
Behind the rope.

T.L.; D.R. Linx

The Sheriff's Dep't. in WeHo are a buncha pigs. You know, allegedly, according to some guy w/ a web-log.

Annals of Publishing: Ninety yrs.of The New Yorker.

Can't Stop The "Grunge": L-7 back in action.

Morbidity Report: June Fairchild, Gazzarri Dancer, at 68.

Filler:
Up in the air, junior birdmen: More horse pucky from above from the unnecessary third arm of the armed forces.

Marcy Wheeler hates America, as every rightcorrect-thinking person should. Hollywood hate here, too. This visual aid is from the previous link.