Monday, December 22, 2014

Pretty Pictures, Please!

Is It Christmas Yet?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: 'We have to get everyone to move away from anger and hatred. If there are differences, we have to address them peacefully'

Peacefully. So, not w/ thugs in face-concealing masks, helmets, & body armor, armed w/ gas, beanbag rounds, rubber bullets & live ammo, rolling through the streets in armored vehicles in a show of colonialist force? Wait a minute, how in hell's that supposed to work? Tough love & zero-tolerance are the American way, not namby-pamby "kiss them on both cheeks" to use Richard B. Cheney's phrase. After all, “How nice do you want to be to the murderers of 3,000 people two people on 9/1112/20?”

(I must stop noticing this drivel & wastepass time watching non-/anti-informational programming on the telebision.)

And The Families Of All The VICTIMS Of Police Terror? Chopped Liver?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: 'Let's focus just on these families and what they have lost. I think that's the right way to try and build toward a more unified and decent city'

"Too soon": Practically the definition of reactionary, isn't it?

Year Of The Second Amendment Wolf!

Oh brave new world, that makes it so easy for even a lone wolf to dispense justice, w/ vehicle, gun or high-explosives.

Editor's note: We are following reports from France that a car has struck shoppers at a Christmas market in the city of Nantes, and will update with information from first responders and police. The incident comes one day after a lone attacker injured 11 with a vehicle in Dijon.

Frightening Norman Rockwell Surveillance State Santas,
Two W/ Halos, Two Gargantuan

What the hell? Coke® Santa doesn't sport a halo.
Betting Junior there just pooped his p.j.s.
Acquired from The Golden Age. Wander there & check Rockwell's SatEvePost Santas, from the darkly symbolic approaching-war-in-Europe cover of 1916 through 1940's return to reality after becoming a demi-god/angel between the wars. The arc of history bends weird.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Whose Hands Have Blood On Them?

EXCLUSIVE: In 179 fatalities involving on-duty NYPD cops in 15 years, only 3 cases led to indictments — and just 1 conviction

A Daily News analysis of NYPD-involved deaths starts with the 1999 slaying of unarmed Amadou Diallo in a hail of bullets in the Bronx and ends with last month’s shooting death of Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn stairwell. Where race was known, 86% were black or Hispanic.

Today In Hollywood:
Fantasy Architecture

Kari & the late Dick Clarkstone's romantic Bedrock getaway,
via laist, where there are other amusing images.

Location ... &c.

W/ such views a house is superfluous. You don't need anything more than a decent sleeping bag & some cardboard between bag & ground.
All images from both sources by Everett Fenton Gidley, which this idiot reporter mis-scanned, causing him to spend several moments on both sites looking for the damn link to this Everett Fenton Gallery. Yeesh, wotta maroon.

Winter Has Arrived

Season's Greetings

Just One Link ...

... is all, I think.
Alas, sad cop-out at the end (nonetheless, a good list of many beyond-a-reasonable-doubt reasons to string up Bill O'Reilly & others of his ilk).
We can blame Sean Hannity for his repeated support of Cliven Bundy's "range war" against the BLM, which eventually motivated Jerad and Amanda Miller to kill five people in Las Vegas after participating in the Bundy standoff and declaring, "If they're going to come bring violence to us, well, if that's the language they want to speak, we'll learn it." And, of course, we can blame Rudy Giuliani and the entire conservative movement for their virtually unanimous indifference to the state-sanctioned police killings of black suspects over minor offenses in Ferguson and Staten Island, which apparently motivated the murder of the New York police officers on Saturday.

Or wait. Maybe we can't do any of those things. Maybe lots of people support lots of things, and we can't twist that generalized support into blame for maniacs who decide to take up arms for their own demented reasons. Maybe that's a better idea after all.
"Generalized" support. Just an off-the-cuff remark or two here & there. Both sides do it, you know. Ha ha.

He gets paid to point to the truth & then just cop out? I thought real human Mother Jones was some sort of radical.

Lonesome Cowboy Santa

Spotted "Cowboy Santa" here in the credits of this wknd.'s retrotv Mystery Scien-yada offering (Girl in Gold Boots) while looking for cult figures or anyone ever heard of again & (Miracle of the iNternets!) there it was on YouTube.
Web of Evil is not responsible for any damage whatsoever that results from playing this musical selection.

I. B. Trollin Presents

For the short attention spanners:

Murdered Americans: "Propaganda"?

The blood of every person killed by the N.Y.P.D. during
Giuliani's terms as mayor is on those hands, & don't you forget it.
The Mayor of 9/11 opens his lying & denying yap. Luckily I was on the other side of country; had I been in the studio there would have been blood. IS THERE NO OUTRAGE?
"We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police," said Giuliani during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." "I don't care how you want to describe it -- that's what those protests are all about."
Ay-rabs 9/11-ing N.Y.C. is deserving of a decade+ of fear-mongering & fascism from this sack of garbage, but when the pigs 9/11 the people of New York it's "propaganda." "Die in a fire you cousin-marrying bastard" isn't a strong enough threat/provocation, but I don't care to be murdered by the F.B.I. during an "interrogation". Unless I can take more of them w/ me. Whatever. Who wants to live under the Gestapo anyway?

Well Well, The Executioner's Hood Is On The Other Head Now, Isn't It?

Apparently the heat can't take the heat when it comes back at them. I will remind the filth that hypocrisy is the greatest sin.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police union officials blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio Saturday, saying the blood of two NYPD cops who were shot and killed in Brooklyn is on his hands.

“There’s blood on many hands tonight. Those that incited violence on the streets under the guise of protest that tried to tear down what NYPD officers did every day. We tried to warn it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said. “That blood on the hands starts at City Hall in the office of the mayor.”

“Those who allowed this to happen will be held accountable,” he added*.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted: “The blood of 2 executed police officers is on the hands of Mayor de Blasio. May God bless their families and may they rest in peace.”
I have a pretty good idea of who should resign here. Right before they're fired for insubordination & relieved of their pensions.
*Those responsible are the two dead losers who were sleeping in their car, & they've already paid for their mistake of joining the force. Now what about stricter gun regulation, so crazed & convicted felons can't administer justice the same way the police do? Oh, that's too soon?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I Mean It This Time: Enough!

Unscheduled palate cleanser ...
Enough Xmas too, no X in Tunisia, so back 50 (Count 'em if you dare!) yrs. Note Mr. Gordon's entrance.
Dutch (State?) Telebision, Swiss sidemen. Not bad, esp. if you buy the Swiss stereotype.

MOMENTS LATER: Hey, tomorrow's related news today:
Tunisians vote on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country’s last steps to full democracy nearly fours years after the uprising that toppled autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

With a new progressive constitution and a full parliament elected in October, Tunisia is hailed as an example of democratic change for a region still struggling with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Spring revolts.

No One Is Innocent

“When a police officer citizen is murdered by a police officer it tears at the foundation of our society. It is an attack on all of us, it is an attack on all we hold dear,” DeBlasio explaineddid not say*. “Our entire city was attacked by this heinous individual," Ossifer Pantaleo, DeBlasio failed to add.

Also, if the Commissioner of Police would please just bugger off:
Brinsley, who had a long criminal record, also shot his girlfriend earlier that morning in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Commissioner Bratton said that Brinsely’s motivations were not clear, but alluded to Instagram postings that betrayed a strong anti-police bias. He lamented the “anti police, anti-criminal justice system, anti-societal initiatives underway” in many parts of the country, referring to the protests sparked after two unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, were killed by police officers who were later not indicted for their murders.

*Very clever "did not say" bit stolen wholesale from the estimable tengrain of Mock Paper Scissors, but you probably knew that.

Today In The Hoover Building

Will law enforcement agencies ever make even the slightest effort NOT TO HIRE INCOMPETENT AUTHORITARIAN JERKWADS? Just a few to balance the pin-dicked compensators & bullies who can't even competently enforce a legal system that primarily serves & protects the power structure?

The F.B.I. (high alleged standards, low fucking reality) apparently can't get the admittedly difficult (unless you've ever watched a fucking "crime drama" on television or read a fucking law book) concept of how the law & rules of evidence work across to its "highly trained & professional" Special Agents:
The evidence collection and retention system is the backbone of the F.B.I.’s investigative process, and the report said it is beset by problems. It also found that the F.B.I. was storing more weapons, less money and valuables, and two tons more drugs than its records had indicated.

The report’s findings, based on a review of more than 41,000 pieces of evidence in F.B.I. offices around the country, could have consequences for criminal investigations and prosecutions. Lawyers can use even minor record-keeping discrepancies to get evidence thrown out of court, and the F.B.I. was alerting prosecutors around the country on Friday that they may need to disclose the errors to defendants.
This gross incompetence of course gives us great confidence in the F.B.I.'s assertion that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea had anything to do w/ the so-fucking-what SONY hack.

Also could the government (esp. law enforcement) maybe once get & use a computer system that works?
Many of the problems cited in the report appear to be hiccups in the F.B.I.’s transition to a computer system known as Sentinel, which went online in 2012 and was intended to move the bureau away from a case-management system based on paper files. But other problems, including materials that disappeared or were taken from F.B.I. evidence rooms and not returned, are more serious.

“A majority of the errors identified were due in large part to human error, attributable to a lack of training and program management oversight,” auditors wrote in the report, which was obtained by The New York Times.
Yep, garbage in garbage out, the ultimate cause remains humanoid incompetence, compounded by all the arrogance to be expected from pin-dicks given guns & badges.

The C.I.A., however, has its shit together. (In little round balls kept in its drawers.)

9-1-1 & the National Security State; both sad fucking jokes. Ha-ha right until incompetence kills another few thousand (or million) of the sheep.

Enough

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Office

Written Inc.'s Thematic Photographic 321 - Where you work, via thunder, who has a sweet gig.

A bit idealized; usually more scraps of paper, mail & yada strewn about, & a cuppa joe to my left. Coincidentally, I recently rearranged the furniture; what's here should be the final re-rearrangement.
Had I noticed it I'd've moved that gray cable from in front of the sub-woofer.
And this Thematic inspired me to tack a few things on their new wall. (Only been a month & a half.)

Today In Suburbia:
Whining Asshole "Victims"

A guy in Pennsylvania doesn't like his fucking moron neighbors; see how they reacted to his self-expression & you'll understand why.
“There was a Virgin Mary here, and he placed a knife through her head, right there on the edge of our driveway,” Joanne Hebda told “20/20.” “I thought it was a terroristic threat.”
Jesus, Joanne, get your head out of your ass & stop throwing around words like "terroristic" as if they have any meaning beyond your pathetic fear of whatever you're a-feared of. Which is what, exactly?

Ah, now the rest of the story: An Xmas display asshole before people got sick of his irritating bullshit & told him to knock it off.
Years ago, Ansell's home was known for its lustrous lights and dazzling display that attracted many onlookers.

But one Thanksgiving, Ansell's neighbor Pamela Heck was so blinded by the lights that she asked him to turn them off while her family had dinner.

“It was very unpleasant between us after that,” Heck told “20/20.”

From that minor dispute grew a war, according to neighbors.
Asshole called on asholery becomes bigger asshole. P.S.: Not a fucking "war," not terror either, rancid suburban property-owners.

Hoping for a Cliven Bundy Fuck the Government shoot-out here, once the alleged nanny-state does something. (How's that "democracy" working out for ya on Fairley Road, jerks?)
Ansell wouldn't speak to “20/20,” but two years ago, he told Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV, “I used to have a beautiful Christmas display, they hated it. This is my display now. I don't think it's against the law to exercise your right to have your own display.”

The Fairley Road homeowners say they are at their wits end. They have repeatedly called police and complained to the township Board of Commissioners, but so far say they have seen little done. Ross Township has fined Ansell for local code violations, and in a statement to "20/20," the Ross Township said they have "taken and will continue to take appropriate legal action."

“The Township has taken and will continue to take appropriate legal action,” said Grant Montgomery, president of the Ross Board of Commissioners, in a statement to ABC News.

In August 2014, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, upheld a court order requiring Bill Ansell to clean up his yard and take down the vulgar signs.

To date, Ansell has not complied and township officials won’t say if and how it will enforce the order.
Fucking children begging for a nanny state. "Make the bad man take down his vulgar signs, nanny!" Just who the fuck are these people, Kim Jong-Un? "Suck it up" & "put on your big-boy pants" to use two incredibly idiotic admonitions that suburbanites like this love to apply to the actual victims of their society & its non-stop abuse of the powerless.

Nation Of Sheep, Nation Of Sheep ...

... The President's on tee vee & he's putting you to sleep.

Shut the fuck up, consensus-seeking corporation-slurping coward!!

No war over SONY, either!

Kitty Christmas

Shred Christmas, kitties!

Your Time Is Drawin' Nigh

Thursday, December 18, 2014

When Can We Just Up &
Start Killing The Stupid People?

My patience is at an end. (How many times have I been so astonished & outraged I've typed that? Rendered meaningless by repetition.) America's fucking morons are now chopping off their own ugly noses to spite their idiot faces.
The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress ...
Do the cretins who voted to reduce I.R.S. funding understand whence their undeserved salaries come?

Also retarded, as in very slow to catch on: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-1959).
Previous tiresome idiocy about Cuba from Fla.'s gift to the Senate.

I Am Not A Robot!

I'm a real boy!

Xmas In Jail

A Yuletide public service announcement for the lushes in/of the WEB OF EVIL audience: This should scare you straight.

Beyond Numb, Empty, Dull & Ennuyeux

Slept well for eight hrs., awoke an hr. ago, have now had three two-teaspoon cups of coffee, still can not find it in myself to give shit one about anything or anybody. Except making others suffer as I have over 60 yrs. of shit.

Any digital computer geniuses (or just schmucks who know more about this rot than I do) out there have any advice about hacking anything or anyone involved in the power structure? Because I am just about at the "got nothing, don't care any fucking more" stage & would love nothing more than to make the rest of the world suffer as I have, & not for any bullshit art, either.
M.B., ready to go!!
Can it be done cheaply from a six yr. old lap-top devil-box? Is it easier if I don't care if I'm caught? If I want to be caught? Any other nihilists out there who want to burn the whole shithouse of civilization to the ground? You have nothing to lose but the chains of existential dullness this world has imposed on you.

For All The Good Little Boys & Girls

Any of these items gladly accepted in tribute this holiday season.
Only a wk. left for shopping, you know.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Profiles In Courage

Hollywood eats shit:
EXCLUSIVE:
The chilling effect of the Sony Pictures hack and terrorist threats against The Interview are reverberating. New Regency has scrapped another project that was to be set in North Korea. The untitled thriller, set up in October, was being developed by director Gore Verbinski as a star vehicle for Foxcatcher star Steve Carell. The paranoid thriller written by Steve Conrad was going to start production in March. Insiders tell me that under the current circumstances, it just makes no sense to move forward. The location won’t be transplanted. Fox declined to distribute it, per a spokesman.
C'mon, Democratic People's Republic, destroy a few more evil Western corporations.

P.S. to chump-ass punks SONY: Is your CracklE streaming service a fucking joke because all your servers are still screwed up, or was it a jittery lagging joke before you were dealt some justice by the righteous cyber-attack? Jerks.

Give It Up, Santa!

But Never Better Late: What Took You So Fucking Long, Mr. President?

Also fuck all the white-middle class pigs who fled justice in Cuba & turned Florida into a (greater) shithole, & to hell w/ asshole Senators Rubio & Menendez.

And pretty much fuck everybody else in this world, on general principles. Moronic asswipes, virtually all of you. As well as irksome, tedious & banal.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Media Check

Why does anyone bother anymore? No one can possibly believe anything they read, can they? Just two wks. ago, this:
Guess who isn’t running for president? Jeb Bush. Just listen to him.

The GOP presidential race is frozen until the former Florida governor makes his decision, and he sounds like a man ready to run for the hills. Asked about his thinking this week, Bush was blunt: “It’s a big sacrifice because it’s a pretty ugly business right now,” he said.

In addition, Bush has not abandoned or amended his support for immigration reform and Common Core education standards, and both are deal-breakers with the far right. Though he said he knows how a Republican can win — a candidate must be more “uplifting” and “positive,” and willing to “lose the primary to win the general” without violating your principles” — Bush conceded, “It’s not an easy task, to be honest with you.” He wondered aloud if he could “lift people’s spirits and not get sucked into the vortex.”

Voices on the right are growing louder, hoping to drive him from the race. Conservative talk show host Mark Levin recently called Bush “a very good moderate Democrat,” while conservative activist Richard Viguerie said he doesn’t know of any conservatives who are supporting Bush.

Bush’s viability has always focused on this question: Did the party move past the divisive issue of immigration, after Mitt Romney’s 2012 loss to President Obama, when he won only 27 percent of Latino support to Obama’s 71 percent? And the answer is no. After much hand-wringing about the impact of GOP opposition to immigration reform, and the burgeoning influence of Latino votes on the path to 270 electoral votes, the GOP is more divided over the issue now than it was in 2012.

Sure, many important Republican leaders want reform. But can Bush count on the desire of Speaker John Boehner, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, the Wall Street Journal editorial board and Karl Rove to help attract conservatives to a bill that goes far enough to neutralize this issue against a Democrat appealing to larger Latino electorate in 2016? Nope. Those Republicans want a broad bill, but the new GOP majorities are only more opposed to reform, not less. And the president’s executive order on immigration, as well as the recent border crisis, makes it more difficult, not less.

Two years after the party’s last standard-bearer supported “self-deportation,” any GOP 2016 hopeful knows an even faint defense of deferred deportations or legalization, even temporary, would be painted as amnesty and derided by activists who influence the outcomes in key presidential primary states. Not only did Bush not criticize the substance of Obama’s executive order (deferring deportations, providing entitlement benefits and work permits to undocumented immigrants), he urged the party to see immigration “as an economic tool for sustained growth.” He hardly sounds like a man who is busy behind closed doors trying to convince donors he can overcome the condemnation from Rush Limbaugh and Levin.

Bush has thought about running. Frankly, as a Bush, it is his duty when party stalwarts plead with him to save the party and rescue the country to say, yes, it would be his honor to consider the mission. But he knows more than any candidate, save for Hillary Clinton, who has run her own campaign and was spouse in two, how awful running for president can be. He saw his father and brother each do it twice, followed by what happened once they served as president as well.

People who run for president burn for the prize, focus only on the outcome, so what keeps them going once they realize it’s a buzz saw is drive. Bush has seen the vortex up close, and he doesn’t sound the least bit driven.

Stoddard is an associate editor of The Hill.
Good one A.B. Is this blame the ninny reporter, or is Jeb just that good a liar?

No & Yes

No, I am not the Brooklyn Nets,

Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat game delayed 29 minutes due to leaky roof at Barclays Center - @SInow

although yes there's another leak resulting in a hole in my ceiling. (Third time in five yrs. in this dump, & a persistent problem where I lived twenty yrs. ago. Fuck all the landlords & the plumbers!)
One could even claim there was a hole in my head.

The Big BRRRR!!

Below 60°F in the outside world, & it's barely 1620; forced to sport pants & a long-sleeved shirt. Send firewood before it's too late!!

By The Neck Until Dead

Zero tolerance, bitches!
Within the [Central Intelligence] Agency a pathology clearly has existed and prevailed, but it was initiated and promoted by Agency leaders and prominent members of the Bush administration. It was sustained inside the Obama administration by other such persons in official positions and in the Congress despite Mr. Obama’s forbidding of torture and his unfulfilled promise to close Guantanamo prison, where torture apparently continues even now in the form of forced feeding, which serves no defensible military or intelligence purpose at all, other than to debase prisoners (and obviously their jailers, as well as those officials who ordered it). These people have simply wanted, and still want, to torture people.

[...]

In my view those in the American government who ordered and conducted this program of torture by the CIA since the autumn of 2001 should be arrested, tried for self-evident common crimes, and if convicted, hanged.

That would convince government officials for years to come that international legal prohibitions of torture and other readily recognized crimes against humanity, which have been ratified by the United States Executive Branch and Congress, shall be obeyed, and illegal orders to the contrary be disobeyed and denounced to the international public if necessary.

Regrettably, in this case in the United States, criminals are no longer hanged, nor is the death penalty widely applied to other than the poor. Thus I would assure that the sentence be served in a common prison in the company of ordinary criminals, sharing the ordeal which is the common experience of that vast number of Americans condemned to penal servitude. In no case should it be served in the comfortable federal prisons reserved by our government for white-collar criminals. They should be made to think of Nuremberg.

Dep't. Of Corrections

Ooops! Constitution be damned, turns out these United Snakes are a Christian nation.

New poll finds majority of Americans believe torture justified after 9/11 attacks

Today In Exploitation

It's no secret:
These luxuries are not new. I took advantage of them long before Uber became a verb, before the world saw the first iPhone in 2007, even before the first submarine fibre-optic cable landed on our shores in 1997. In my hometown of Mumbai, we have had many of these conveniences for at least as long as we have had landlines—and some even earlier than that.

It did not take technology to spur the on-demand economy. It took masses of poor people.

[...]

The conventional narrative is this: enabled by smartphones, with their GPS chips and internet connections, enterprising young businesses are using technology to connect a vast market willing to pay for convenience with small businesses or people seeking flexible work.

This narrative ignores another vital ingredient, without which this new economy would fall apart: inequality.

The new middlemen

There are only two requirements for an on-demand service economy to work, and neither is an iPhone. First, the market being addressed needs to be big enough to scale—food, laundry, taxi rides. Without that, it’s just a concierge service for the rich rather than a disruptive paradigm shift, as a venture capitalist might say. Second, and perhaps more importantly, there needs to be a large enough labor class willing to work at wages that customers consider affordable and that the middlemen consider worthwhile for their profit margins.
Next UBER-mobile this reporter sees gets a rock through its windshield.

Thematic Variations

Stolen directly from The Golden Age which is currently festive. Ho-de-ho-de-ho-de-ho!

White On White Murder

Stop killing each other, white people! Are there no responsible leaders in the white community to condemn this wave of violence poisoning their community?

Maybe if white leaders speak up we won't have send in the U.S. Army to occupy white neighborhoods.
What's that? Not the military, police? How the hell is the military equipped then?

Not Responsible For My Actions ...

... if 2016 is a Bush vs. Clinton contest.

Monday, December 15, 2014

M.D.C.*

Lowell Fulson goes shopping, 1950.
1970 maybe version (possibly produced by Beach Boy Brian Wilson):
No, "unedited" doesn't mean it's dirty. Sorry.
*More Depressing Christmas, not Millions of Dead Cops, or Multi-Death Corporations, or even Metropolitan Detention Center. (One reason you might not be home for the holidays.)

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.