Tuesday, August 21, 2007

These Are Your Rights!!

John Graham Mellor, b. 21 August 1952,
d. 22 December 2002. Hard to believe he's
only 13 mos. older than The Editor of this "web log." Harder to believe he's been dead almost five yrs., & only lived 50. On the right,
in better times. Below, a memorial mural on NYC's Avenue A. At the bottom, a recognition of current SoCal weather, palm trees & backyard diving boards. L. A. always sucks 'em in.

Why We'll Be Glad To Have The Second Amendment (And Wish We Had Some RPGs & Armor, Too)


Dig this almost unbelievable, "is it a joke?" item that's already been removed from its original posting @ Family Security Matters.

By elevating popular fancy over truth, Democracy is clearly an enemy of not just truth, but duty and justice, which makes it the worst form of government. President Bush must overcome not just the situation in Iraq, but democratic government.
Note how the buffoon who wrote this capitalizes "Democracy," as if it's some sort of Democratic National Committee plot. And what's the solution? No, it's not Ann Coulter's "kill their leaders & convert them to Christianity." It's kill them all & move Americans ("the citizens of Western Civilization") to Iraq:

If President Bush copied Julius Caesar by ordering his army to empty Iraq of Arabs and repopulate the country with Americans, he would achieve immediate results: popularity with his military; enrichment of America by converting an Arabian Iraq into an American Iraq (therefore turning it from a liability to an asset); and boost American prestiege [sic] while
terrifying American enemies.

(Note: "his army.") Next he goes to on suggest that if the above is done, Bush will have the American military on his side & be able to cancel the 2008 elections & start a Pax Americana, w/ Bush in charge for as long as he wants!!! I kid you not.
It's all over the web. Just Another Blog™ got it from Sadly, No!, who found it @ Hullabaloo.
Sad personal aside: Just Another Blog™ noticed Family Security Matters several months ago, & while it was very easy to read between their lines, the opening page always presents the inner articles in a non-foaming at the keyboard way, so, alas, we didn't even put it in our extremely wacky dominionists & white supremacists bogroll [sic] which is located far down on the sidebar. Ah, if only...
UPDATE: A closer examination of the site that kindly copied the item reveals it to be a parody site, but the item itself, & Family Security Matters, are no fucking joke, as the links @ Sadly, No! & Hullabaloo to various internet cache sites will reveal. And a link to some correspondence w/ Philip Atkinson, the author of the item under discussion.

Monday, August 20, 2007

O. C. Fatwa: God, Please Kill My Left Leaning Enemies

From Thursday's L.A. Times-PicayuneFishwrapper:

Pastor asks followers to pray for his critics to die His response comes after a call to the IRS about a political endorsement he issued on church letterhead. By Dave McKibben August 16, 2007

Wiley S. Drake, a Buena Park pastor and a former national leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, called on his followers to pray for the deaths of two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The request was in response to the liberal group's urging the IRS on Tuesday to investigate Drake's church's nonprofit status because Drake endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president on church letterhead and during a church-affiliated Internet radio show.

Drake said Wednesday he was "simply doing what God told me to do" by targeting Americans United officials Joe Conn and Jeremy Leaming, whom he calls the enemies of God."

"God says to pray imprecatory prayer against people who attack God's church," he said. "The Bible says that if anybody attacks God's people, David said this is what will happen to them. . . . Children will become orphans and wives will become widows."

Imprecatory prayers are alternately defined as praying for someone's misfortune, or an appeal to God for justice."

Let his days be few; and let another take his office," the prayer reads. "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow."

Conn said he was "startled" at Drake's reaction to the complaint against Drake's First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park.

"We expected him to try to defend his actions," Conn said.

"Instead he goes on spiritual blitzkrieg against us, praying for our destruction. He completely glossed over the fact that his actions are clearly a violation of federal tax law."

Drake is a long-time Orange County evangelical preacher who frequently captures the spotlight.

In the 1990s, he protested "Gay Day" at Disneyland and a 2 Live Crew concert as obscene. He also fought Buena Park city officials who tried to stop him from sheltering homeless people on church grounds.

The religion named after the "Prince of Peace" comes through again. You have to love how the pants-wetting, "they're outbreeding us," Islamo-Nazi under every bed & behind every curtain element of Wingnuttia (Element? Isn't that virtually every one of them?) thinks it's hee-lariously ironic to label Muhammadism the "Religion of Peace." Here's a clue, dipsticks: All religions are evil, because they are all lies, used to keep simpletons like yourselves under control w/o wasting money & resources on the project. Godhead is tyranny, a fatwa is a fatwa, and Christianism's lies about peace & love are no different than any crap spouted by Those Who Must Wash Their Feet to Pray. All stupid, all evil, all the damn time. Any questions?
Links to Americans United for...(second has more juicy quotes from Pastor Drake).

Two Limey Ladies Update

"History shows again & again..." The clever & cute Lily Allen.
Lily Allen pulls no punches:

Lily poured herself a shot of Jagermeister, a 70 percent proof liqueur, and raised her glass, saying: "It's the end of the weekend, you have got to have a drink. Here's to Amy Winehouse... ha!"

[...]

Lily also branded US President George Bush a "f***ing ****" during her earlier V-Festival set in Stafford on Saturday (18.08.07).

Just Another Blog™ actually likes both these dames. Sure, the music isn't terribly original, but it isn't terrible (Just Another Blog™, frankly, has little or no interest in pop/"rock" music created after, say, 1985, & finds most female vocalists to be like chalk on a blackboard). Ms. Winehouse has a fabulous voice, Ms. Allen writes snappy lyrics & when we've seen her perform on telebision we have quite enjoyed the whole poppy effect, nicely offset by her not-so-poppy lyrics.
We wish them both well, especially Ms. W., who may be taking this whole tortured artist thing too far (you're not a black woman living in America in the '30s & '40s, cool it). And we hope the assholes @ ICE chill out themselves & let Lily back in This Great Nation of Ours™.

Favicon: It's New, It's No Big Deal (UPDATED)

No actual Blogger™ Bitching (see "labels" below) this worked just fine. We've now added a "favicon," in this case a radiation trefoil,which is supposed to show up in the address bar & tabs on Idiot Exploder 7™, & on Firefox™, as well as the favorites or bookmarks. (It's working on the Just Another Blog™ devil box.) We're led to understand that Firefox only has icons in the favorites, though we're not avant-garde enough to run Firefox™ & aren't completely sure that's true, but if it is & you are a Firefox™ user, this is a convenience for you, as it will take up less space (or something). Just Another Blog™ does care. A lot. About you. (Like hell!!)
Rumor is it may show up on IE6™, if one re-favorites this blog (Who are we kidding? We'd be lucky to be in "non-favorites," were there such a thing.)
Thanks to Tbogg for cluing us in to the whole idea (he did it about three wks. ago) & Peter Chen of BLOGGER TIPS AND TRICKS, for how to actually do it. If you use what we affectionately refer to as "Bugger™," & want to mess w/ your "web log," that's the place to go.
And who knows, one of these yrs. we may start using HaloScan for comments.
UPDATE: It worked early this morning. It's not working now. So this is a question of actual "Blogger™ Bitching." Like, whatever. PoS. (Not "Point of Sale.") (20 Aug., early p. m.)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ron Paul = Traffic

While Just Another Blog™ is off the reefer (& liquor) these days, 'cept for the samples of anti-depressants given to us by doctors, we generally agree w/ Dr. Paul's (hey, of what is he a Dr., anyway?) approach to the "Drug War." Except for that crap about churches, in which the Doctor seems to place a bit too much "faith" as being useful for anything except helping impose his Social DarwinistLibertarian/religious agenda on the rest of us, or providing employment to people who in the 19th century would've been snake-oil salesmen or closet cases. We do agree the drug "problem" is a social & mental health problem, not something to be dealt w/ on a legal, "war," basis; but America's that way, if you don't understand it, or like it, KILL IT! Anyway, take a peep & listen @ the Doc in 1988 and his reasoned debate. Fatso!

Two Limey Ladies

Just Another Blog™ is not merely political snark & a poorly concealed desire to see the world come to a horrid, violent end. (And soon, too, damnit!!) As an ubane sophisticate, we're also interested in culture. Music, cinema, the fine arts. (Anything w/ a backbeat, whatever trash is on telebision, comic books.) And we're interested in the suffering of others, though no longer in a good, want to help relieve it way. Just that "we've suffered for our art, now it's your turn to suffer" way.
Without further ado, then, the travails of two of the latest Britpop (Britpop our ass! The Afro-Euopean musical synthesis that was constructed in the Americas, ripped-off by descendants of the British imperialist colonizers is more like it!) sensations. Let's start w/ Amy Winehouse:


Mitch Winehouse spent the weekend in "crisis" talks with his daughter. She was admitted to hospital last Wednesday after taking a cocktail of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and the horse tranquilliser ketamine.
Cheezis K. Rist!!! That shit'll kill ya!! Any one of those will make you deader than an animated bug in a Raid™ commercial. (This entire item is an excuse to run these after/before pics, by the way. On the left, 2006. On the right, 2004.)
And as to the other young Limette, Lily Allen, she seems to have her health under control, but the U. S. gummint, ever alert for terrorist threats or something, lifted Lily's visa, possibly in connection w/ this event. And here's a shot of Ms. Allen, who is a bit younger &, perhaps, a bit wiser than Ms. Winehouse.
Snappy aircraft & talented, attractive, women. What a "web log!"

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Bombs Away!!

Russian Tu-95 over international waters near Norway. Photo: Norwegian Air Force. Those of us not caught up in the world of spiritualism, seances, mystic claptrap and the like were amused/horrified when U. S. president Bush said he had looked into Russian president Putin's eyes & seen his soul, & it looked OK to him. Guess so, he must have seen a twisted psycopathic fuckwad like himself in there. Yesterday, Putin, the former KGB agent & head of the FSB (a successor agency to the KGB, and shouldn't that tell you everything you need to know about his "soul?") announced that Russia would resume sending strategic bombers on long-range patrols. How having strategic bombers over "zones of Russian economic influence" has any practical effect on anything is beyond us here @ Just Another Blog™, but what do we know? Rattle those sabers, boys. Show mommy how big your pin-dick is!!

P. S.: Interesting note from Wikipedia: Putin's paternal grandfather was the personal chef to both Lenin & Stalin. Yow!!

"Doghouse" Does It Again!

Third time's the charm: Rudy marries Princess Dog WhispererStapler. Lovely tiara, innit?
Mr. James Briggs Stratton "Doghouse" Riley, sole proprietor of Bats Left Throws Right, has surpassed his usual bad se'f by tearing Rudy "The Catholic" Giuliani, the mobbed-up weasel from New York City, a brand new nether orifice. And Rudy desperately needs it, because he is completely full of shit.

Ron Paul: Libertarian?

All for the Constitution, except that pesky First Amendment.Some hard facts about Ron Paul, darling of the "internet savvy" (but don't know much about much else) young people who think they'll all become millionaires as long as the gummint doesn't tax them to death to pay for welfare loafers.
Ron Paul's consistent anti-war position has made him popular, but how many people also understand his rejection of secularism and church/state separation? How many realize that his "states' rights" rhetoric is a mask concealing a desire to use the government to promote "traditional marriage" and criminalize abortion? Ron Paul is only a "libertarian" where and when it's convenient. Much of the rest of the time, he's not merely a social conservative but a religious conservative promoting an agenda very close to that of Christian Nationalists.
Let's see how long it takes for the Libertarian Truth Squad to arrive & post something about our lack of understanding of "freedom," etc.
Tip of the Just Another Blog™ chapeau to Apostropher (The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe).

Friday, August 17, 2007

Max Roach, Squashed Like His Namesake By A Vicious, Uncaring God @ 83

Part I on top. Ms. Lincoln, by the way, was married to Mr. Roach from 1962-1970.

Music For Melancholics

  1. "Ring of Fire" -- Nervous Residents
  2. "Something Died in the Wall" -- The Flu-Tones
  3. "Wedding Bells Will Ring" -- Jenna & The Intern
  4. "Minion of Love" -- Silverlake Salesmen
  5. "I'm Chief Kamanawanaleia" -- The Royal Macadamia Nuts
  6. "Seal the Deal" -- The Chimes of Death
  7. "When the Shit Hits the Fan" -- Expired Ramen Trio
  8. "I'm Bored" -- George Sanders
  9. "War in ah Babylon" -- The Shitshovelers
  10. "Sub-Prime Blues" -- The Wall Streeters
  11. Bonus: "I Have Left the Building Forever" -- Elvis the Pelvis

More On Northern Iraq

There may be more to the Hideous Crap decried earlier, according to the Independent. Whatever may have set it off, the roots may lie in an upcoming referendum, & the deepest root would be: (big surprise here)OIL!

The Kurds are growing impatient about holding the referendum but might agree to a short delay. They would expect the result of a vote to show Kirkuk city and the surrounding oilfields joining the KRG but Mosul city staying out.
On the other hand, the Kurds would hope to take over areas around Mosul city such as Sinjar, the site of this week's bombing, because it is also their link to the large Kurdish minority in northern Syria. Militant Sunni areas such as Hawaijaqh in western Tameem province would probably secede.

[...]

The US military has suggested the bombers are operating more ruthlessly in northern Iraq because they can no longer operate in Baghdad because of the success of the American "surge". In reality, the number of car bombings in Baghdad in July was 5 per cent higher than last December and civilian casualties in explosions have increased by about the same percentage.

Tip of the Bouffant chapeau to Pere Ubu, from comments @ Sadly, NO!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

"Ring Of Fire," And We Don't Mean Johnny Cash

Quake in Indonesia. Japan, Cali, Hawai'i, Peru, now this. Is the "Ring O' Fire" about to go off on us? Is your water heater strapped to the wall? 'Cause if it is, Just Another Blog™ will be over for your water. At gunpoint. (Just kidding. The L. A. County Sheriff's Dep't. took it our weapon away last yr. Doesn't mean we're not still dangerous though.)

Try As We Might, We Couldn't Find Pictures More Embarrassing Than Those Linked To In This Item

The catty communist bitches @ Wonkette are mocking the First (or Second, but not by much) Daughter following the announcement of her engagement to one of Rove's former flunkies. And local snarkmeisters World O' Crap were far ahead of the game, & have a lovely picture of Babs Jr. being "dipped" on the dance floor, but keeping her drinkie-poo perfectly level. And RW weaselette Debbie Schulussel gets in on the hatin', w/ a couple more photos.

Hideous Crap In Iraq

The body count is expected to reach as many as 500 in the bombings in Northwestern Iraq. The grim atrocity that led to the bombings? A 17 yr. old girl of the Yezidi religion took up w/ a Sunni boy, & may have converted to Islam as a result. Then she was stoned to death by her people.
This pissed off Sunnis, especially al Qaida, thought to be the perpetrators of the bombings, which occurred in a Yezidi area. Talk about your spiral of violence, "honor" killing bullshit, tribalist horsecrap, & on & on. Two young people fall in love, and this is the result.
Just Another Blog™ hates the living fuck out of people, and this only encourages its hatred. Your species is less than filth.
Can someone explain what the United Snakes thinks it is going to do in Iraq? Can "democracy" & "prosperity," to set a "shining example" for Iraq's neighbors ever be established in tribes & cultures like this? Doubtful at best. And if anyone thinks cultures that stone their own people to death for committing romantic love, and then kill hundreds more in retaliation for the first atrocity will let the United Snakes steal their fucking oil, please let Just Another Blog™ know. We will happily stone you to death for the ultimate crimes of stupidity & ignorance. And hubris, too.
Occupiers out now!!

I'm Itchin' Like A Man On A Fuzzy Tree

From one of his better movies, Jailhouse Rock.
At peace at last, except for all the necrophiliacs taking pictures.
30 yrs. ago today, the once popular B-movie star of the 1960s, Elvis Presley, drug-addled & bloated almost beyond recognition, up & died in the dressing room off his tee vee room in his mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. He made four movies in the late '50s, which were of a higher quality than his later work, but his being drafted in 1958, the death of his mother the same year, and his joining the stable of manager "Col." Tom Parker (actually a Dutch circus promoter & former dogcatcher) seemed to take something out of him, and after his military service was over in 1960, his films (27 from 1960-69) in which he portrayed race drivers, scuba divers, surfers, boxers & the like, were formulaic Hollywood pap, in the musical romp & frolic vein. As he had a fine singing voice, he often portrayed a struggling singer, allowing him to make soundtrack albums to accompany the movies. Indeed, he often portrayed a singer/racer/whatever.

In general these films were a bit better than the "beach movies" of the same period, and were often shot on location in such "glamorous" locations as Las Vegas, Hawai'i, & Acapulco. His last film, 1969's Change of Habit, in which he essayed a more serious dramatic role as a doctor working in the inner-city, effectively ended his film career.

It's little remembered today, but Presley started his entertainment career as a "rockabilly" singer, and achieved some success in venues & on radio in the South. His one non-soundtrack album, Elvis' Golden Records, a compilation of singles, actually is quite good, & has some rocking numbers on it.
One good record.
Performing in the '50s.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Nihilists Excited!!

©Whenever by Superman DC Comics/National Periodical Publications/Time Warner or some combo thereof. Click for legibility.
Earthquake in the Southland! Earthquake in Hawai'i! Big-ass earthquake in Peru! Southland biggie overdue by 300 yrs.!!
Seriously, Just Another Blog™ understands that these three (& don't forget the one in Japan a couple wks. back) are probably not connected/related in any way (though we've not yet gone so far as to see which plates/faults were involved) but we are once again off to the 99¢ Only store for canned goods & bottled water.

Further Hygeine

False alarm. Just Another Blog™ found more crap to post, & couldn't find the time to cleanse itself. And @ 0127 it's down to 73ºF, so who needs it?

Half-Naked Rascal Fakir

Nehru & Gandhi in 1948.
That's what Winston Churchill called Gandhi. A New Yorker book review has further quotes:

“I hate Indians,” he declared. “They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” He had a special animus for Gandhi, describing him as a “rascal” and a “half-naked” “fakir.”

[...]

Urgently beseeched by Amery and the Indian viceroy to release food stocks for India, Churchill responded with a telegram asking why Gandhi hadn’t died yet.

But what a great figure Churchill was. Not some dirty "appeaser" like Chamberlain. Bush may have more in common w/ Churchill than all this crap about Bush "standing up to the terrorists."
Meeting Mountbatten a few months after partition, Churchill assailed him for helping Britain’s “enemies,” “Hindustan,” against “Britain’s friends,” the Muslims. Little did Churchill know that his expedient boosting of political Islam would eventually unleash a global jihad engulfing even distant New York and London. The rival nationalisms and politicized religions the British Empire brought into being now clash in an enlarged geopolitical arena; and the human costs of imperial overreaching seem unlikely to attain a final tally for many more decades.

They both had no idea what they were doing, & their stupidity & ignorance have compounded the world's problems. Fuck'em both.

Today is the 60th anniversary of Indian independence from the British Empire. They've done pretty well for themselves w/o the Great White Father, haven't they? Of course it does help if the Great White Corporate Father is happy to outsource any jobs he can to India. And if you've ever tried to cancel AOL (the Indian guy on the other end would not take "no" for an answer) you'll have noticed that the Great Black Corporate Father of Time Warner, Richard D. Parsons, has done some outsourcing as well.

See comments for a brief update/correction.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Today's Republican Party

A polling company looks @ Republicans. It's a 92 pg. PDF, & it's pretty damned interesting. There's a general comparison between 1997 & 2007. Today's party is 41% 55 & over, 40% 35-54. In 1997 it was 28% 55 & over , 44% 35-54, & 25% 18-34. Current 18-34s are 17%. 63% are now 45 & over. And 93%'s "main racial background" is given as "white." Just Another Blog™ may not be alive to see it, but these people are going the way of the bison. Ta-ta, suckers.
How many nation-wide identify themselves as Republicans and how many as Democrats? Look it up yourself. We can't do everything for you. And remember, there's only a dime's worth of difference between the two parties.
(Again, photo is for illustrative purposes only. The couple depicted may well be decent human beings, and not Republicans at all. And Just Another Blog™ wishes them a long, happy & full retirement.)

Web Log Hygeine

A personal note: It is so fucking humid & hot here in SoCal that Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™, well known as a melancholic who spends every waking hour in an armchair absorbing deadly gamma radiation from the television set & the computer's CRT (except for running out to the Liquor Mart for Camel™ non-filters & the L. A. FishwrapperTimes) is actually contemplating taking a shower for the second consecutive day. Damn, that should shake things up in the blog-o-sneer!

More On Rove (& Bush)

Jonathan Chait, @ TNR, defends hating Bush:
When I wrote an article several years ago defending Bush hatred, numerous conservative critics were incredulous that I could find the man personally distasteful. Everybody knows Bush is a great guy! This just showed what a crazy liberal I was! But Bush isn't a great guy. He's a jerk.
Read the whole thing, which has a paragraph from an Atlantic story about Rove.

Tuesday Is Fish In A Barrel Day

Legacy employee Jonah Goldberg's regular Tuesday column in the local Chicago-owned fishwrapper is again upon us, as the calendar continues its inexorable move to the end of all things. Today's typing is very up to date, a mess of : "Karl Rove should have gotten out when he was on top" platitudes, seasoned w/ the usual snide little cracks at anyone to the left of Attila the Hun. Take a deep breath, 'cause here we go:

Rove is not a bloody-minded invader or a dictator with scant regard for civil liberties -- though you might think otherwise if you get all of your news from left-wing blogs.
Well, no. He just enabled a bloody-minded invader & would-be dictator. Nothing wrong w/ that. We would've tried Hitler if he hadn't killed himself, but we let all the other Nazis off.

Bush traded his political capital for the magic beans of Social Security reform, but the ground was too frozen for the seeds to take hold.
"Magic beans" don't work, no matter what shape the ground is in, or how much fertilizer you dump on them. And there was a lot of fertilizer dumped on those beans.
Bush's two most important domestic accomplishments in the second term have been the appointments of John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court. But even these masterstrokes ran at least partly against the first instincts of Bush and Rove. If they'd had their druthers, Miers and Alberto Gonzales would be on the court today -- a calamity from which neither the republic nor the Republican Party would soon have recovered.
Sad but true. Other than, perhaps, the inevitable legion of homeless, crazed veterans of the Iraq "project," as Jonah refers to it, the two shitheels Bush has gotten on the SCOTUS are probably the greatest harm Bush/Rove have done to the country. (Though let's not forget the national debt.) Oh, if only Miers & Fredo had gotten on the Court. Probably wouldn't have been confirmed, even by a Republican Senate, but the hearings alone would have been comedy gold.

Rove engineered Bush's victory in 2000 by promising a different kind of Republican, a.k.a. a "compassionate conservative." That meant generally staying mute on racial issues, luring Latinos into the GOP fold by any means necessary and advocating federal activism on everything from single motherhood to education.
[...]
But the central point remains: Rove's strategic vision involved securing a Republican victory at the expense of conservative principles.
Well, that's a relief. Now we'll see a return to the age old, time tested conservative principles of race baiting, more race baiting, public stoning of single mothers and de-funding of public schools.

Partisan victories are nice, but they aren't an end in themselves.
Unless you're a member of 1984's Inner Party, where power is the only end.

The net-root "fighting Dems" who care about partisan victory above all else are in many respects the children of Karl Rove.
Uh-huh. Let's see, there are two parties, one of which has started & lost an illegal occupation, lost an American city, and misplaced civil rights & those "liberties" to which they pay so much lip service, and there's a party that really is only a "dime's worth of difference" from the other one, but even that 10¢ may prove the difference between a fascist nightmare of terrorism paranoia & authoritarian assholery (Giuliani/Mittens) but it's all partisan lust for power, not concern for the nation or even "liberal" values. They call it projection, Jonah.
Bonus Awkward Phrase: "...a man remembered as one of the great political master-tacticians of the last half a century." Try it this way: "...one of the great political tacticians of the last half century." Or even "...last 50 years."
Get a copy of Strunk & White, DoughBob, or do you get paid by the word?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Closed Due To Heat Prostration

The only sensible thing to do in climates (& upper floor, no A/C apartments) like these (over 100ºF in the Valley) is sleep all day. So don't expect any further items until much later this evening. Oh, no one's expecting anything? Well, that's a relief. We can sleep the sleep of the righteous then. Bonne nuit!

The Divine Ms. A.'s Vortex Draws Zippy In

August is the cruelest month, as there is little or nothing on television, and even the blog-o-sphere seems to be running a little slowly. So Saturday night we wandered lonely as a whatever it is (cloud?) ending up @, among other dives, Clownhall.com (which explains the early Sunday morning items, & the one two items down) & bottle blond Ann's eponymous site, secretly wishing she'd typed something so inane or ridiculous that Just Another Blog™ could call her on it & start a "blogwar" to attract some attention to this "web log." No such luck. And the continuing lack of interesting material led us to catch up on our on-line comics reading, leading to this:
which only made us think of the Divine Ms. A. & her breast/Clinton & onion ring/Clinton & Sen. Clinton's breasts fixations.
And here's a shot of Ms. Althouse, from her flickr account.

Lolhouse by a Sadly, No! commenter whose name we forget, but it's on flickr somewhere, we just couldn't find it again. Kthxbai!!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Comics Humour

Wretched older people: click to make legible.
Just Another Blog™ has no rational explanation, but the above strip made us laff. Maybe it's the clown costume (esp. the fake feet). Would it have been as funny if Beetle were just in khakis & a polo shirt? Is there a subtle "clowns in the army" comment here? Or are we just idiots?

Hah. Hah. Hah.

Wow, there is more moving crap @ Clownhall than in a dog kennel where there's an epidemic of tapeworms. Just Another Blog™ should really leave the pseudo-semi-progressive blog-o-sphere more often. It's an enlightening experience. Does this guy write for Fox News's The Half-Hour News Hour? Or Redeye?

Fun W/ Flushing

The anal retentives @ Townhall won't allow this to be embedded, so you'll have to click. Better to watch than to read this sort of thing.
The person who "flushed" the qu'rans in question didn't buy them in the religious section of the local corporate bookstore chain. He stole two qu'rans from a meditation room @ Pace University (imagine the screeching about "private property," etc., if Ms. Ham's purse had been stolen & its contents dumped in a toilet) & dropped them in toilets @ the school. He's been charged w/ criminal mischief & aggravated harassment.
Don't believe everything you watch.
Not that Just Another Blog™ has any respect for religion, or religious people, or their lying books & stupid symbols. Hell, if we ever have spending money again, it'd be hilarious to flush bibles, qu'rans, bagavad-ghitas & any other "holy" books down the toilets of their respective institutions. A little performance art. But we'll bring our own, thank you, we're not going to steal them.

P. S.: The RW loved this. Found at least four Photoshop™ jobs of a qu'ran in a toilet, from various blogs.

Bush Plan/Doctrine Explained By Clownhall™ Commenter (Someone Had To Do It)

In the comments @ a website referred to by some as Clownhall™, what Bush is up to is (finally) explained:

NemoParticularis writes:
Wednesday, August, 08, 2007 11:02 AM


Here's the Plan, Warrior

Warrior writes: “There may be a magic formula out there somewhere that will cool this whole Jihad by the Muslims but I cannot see it.”

That we would have to destroy Islam before it
destroys us is complicated by the fact that the enemy is a religion with over a BILLION adherents. Two and only two options have a chance of succeeding:

(1) Commence a world-wide conflict of breath-taking intensity and destruction, effectively engaging in genocide to completely destroy Islam. This is obviously unacceptable.

(2) Infect the Muslim world with ideas that take hold, grow over time, weaken it from within and eventually destroy it. This was the approach the Bush administration chose.

a. Infect the enemy with prosperity and democracy. All human beings want to prosper in freedom and share their prosperity with their progeny. Materialism numbs religious fervor and eventually extinguishes it. What prosperity has done to Christianity in the U.S. and in Europe it will do to Islam in less time.

b. Locate a suitable injection point. In this case, it was Iraq. Saddam Hussein was the perfect fall guy and manufacturing a casus belli against him was a cinch. WMD? Human rights violations? Who cares? We needed an excuse for war and we found one.

c. Establish a beach head through military occupation. Squash all internecine conflict long enough to ensure that the population not only tastes the fruit of freedom and prosperity, but actually ingests it and digests it in plentiful quantities. Once it enters their collective system it will do its own insidious work.

d. Nurture the virus. People in other Muslim nations will and want the same for themselves. Eventually, the infection will spread throughout the throughout the Islamic world; in time Islam will wither on the vine just like Christianity. That’s the plan.
And quite a plan it is. So, W.'s foreign policy is to create (or "infect") a prosperous middle-class in nations w/o one, leading to more democracy & less religious fanaticism, while his domestic policy is to eliminate the middle-class, reduce democracy & increase religious fanaticism. (All while spending billions for rebuilding "there," but not a penny for infrastructure upkeep "here.") And Mr. Bush's domestic plan does seem to working as intended. What a shame his foreign policy hasn't been planned & executed as well as the war at home.
( Images added for illustrative purposes .)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fund Raising Frolics

Corruption & criminality are the by-words of corporations worldwide. As is political fund-raising. Case in point:
Mr. Fabian, who had been one of 35 co-chairs on Mr. Romney’s national finance committee, allegedly ran up $32 million in fake purchases with his consulting company, Maximus Inc., based in northern Virginia, and pocketed the money for himself.
No piker he. $32,000,000.00! Go Romney!!

The Box Of Death

Have you been worried about the population "explosion?" Well, don't. Our wonderful species is working overtime to figure out how to kill more people, more efficiently. Everything's going to be fine. Just a few of these boxes should be able to quell any food riots, or anything else that doesn't go along w/ gov't. &/or corporate interests. And it looks as if it can all be done remotely, by an already desensitized video gamer, for example. An army of cowards. Kewl!!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Somewhat Booze Themed Music List

  1. "Litter Box Blues" -- Fluffy & Midnight
  2. "Two Story House" -- Too Many Typos
  3. "I Hope That's Blood" -- The Winos
  4. "You Suck, I Hate You, Please Die" -- Tout le Monde
  5. "Fry Me a Liver" -- Bartles & Jaymes
  6. "My Heart Is a Heap of Rubble" -- Anchor Babies
  7. "No Pants Romance" -- Bad Poets
  8. "I Think I'll Have a Drink" -- The Really Bad Poets
  9. "Make That A Double" -- The Really, Really Bad Poets
  10. "Please Don't" -- Waitstaff
  11. Bonus: "Swiffer Theme" -- Blondie

Any Second Now (Quake Update)

Not too fucking "permanente," huh?
The current image @ the top of this "web log" says "Shakey Town." That's Citizens Band* argot for the greater Southern California area, which is, as most know, a hotbed of seismic activity. Just one problem: There's a large (not even the San Andreas) fault east of Los Angeles that hasn't seen much seismic activity lately. As a matter of fact, it seems to be about 300 years overdue for some activity:

"There will be several thousand dead and billions of dollars in damage," said Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey and a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission. She also said a devastating quake could topple buildings as far away as Los Angeles.
Just Another Blog is off to Trader Joe's to get a few bottles of inexpensive water, and to the 99¢ Only store for some canned goods. Just Another Blog™ plans to be looting, shooting & wailing as soon as it does happen. Good luck to all of you other suckers when the shit comes down.

*Whatever happened to CB radio? Did all this mobile 'phone crap put a complete end to it? Are there still people using it? Who cares?

More Mormon Madness

Elohim & his son Jesus appear to Joseph Smith, the well known con man, in the state of New York.
NRO (that's National Review Online, not the National Reconnaissance Organization) brings back to the public eye someone too far to the right even for them, one Willard Clement Skousen, who is one of Mitttens the Mormon's favorite political philosophers. (Recall if you will that George W[orst] Bush's fave was Jeebus.)
For better and for worse, Romney’s familiarity with Cleon Skousen does convincingly demonstrate that Mitt Romney is not far removed and indeed well-acquainted with a radical and firebrand conservatism — even if it is of the variety he might want to keep chained to a radiator in the attic.

[...]

According to Skousen, The Manchurian Candidate was a documentary — he earnestly believed Communists sought to create “a regimented breed of Pavlovian men whose minds could be triggered into immediate action by signals from their masters.”
Perhaps ol' "Double Gitmo" is a Mormon Manchurian Candidate of some sort. One can never tell w/ cult members. If they were stupid enough to join, or, if born into it, so stupid they didn't leave, one can't tell what sort of foolishness they'll get into. (The Mormon Curtain has some good stuff.)

Mittens' idea of public service for his personal Osmond Family of five Romney brothers is that rather than enlisting, they're doing quite the public service by helping him run. (See Tbogg for the full poop.)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

QUAKE!!! Update

4.5 on the Richter, centered in Chatsworth, pictures fell from walls in that area. Nothing at all, really. But the EF2 tornado (winds 111-135 mph) in Brooklyn & Staten Island, NY, that's something.

EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!!!!

00:59: Earthquake in SoCal!!!! No biggie though, nothing even fell down. Woke the cat, however.

1959 Newsreel

What a world it was!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Uh-Oh, The Children Are Our Future

The current generation of Republican leaders have been busily raping our economy, our treasury, and our armed forces. Now the next generation of Republicans (the young ones) are busy actually raping people. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The former head of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans admitted today that he sexually abused a colleague during a national convention here last summer.
And from The Evening News and Tribune (Jeffersonville, Indiana):
However, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department on Friday began investigating Murphy for alleged criminal deviate conduct — potentially a class B felony — after speaking with a 22-year-old man who claimed that on July 31, Murphy performed an unwanted sex act on him while the man slept in a relative’s Jeffersonville home.
These two stories are, of course, making the rounds of the innertubes, though Just Another Blog™ has yet to see them both in the same item. Further links to the stories: Cleveland Leader, DailyKos, Sadly, No!, Tbogg, Wonkette. Update: From The Divine Mr. M., a link to a long list of (Republican) depravity. (Updated early evening 8 Aug '07.)

Tuesday Is Goateed Toad Day

Mr. McBulbous, post-weight gain, pre-goatee.
Here @ The House of Bouffant, we're always excited when Tuesday rolls around again (Gawd!! Will it ever stop? One day, then another, then...) because it's Jonah Goldberg Day on the L. A. Times Op-Ed page. Today, after ranting about "self-esteem," we find this paragraph from Mr. McGoatface (BTW, the picture of ol' Doughy on the Fishwrapper's website must be a minimum of five yrs. old.):
Another result is that the generation taught to share and care beyond all precedent has become the most singularly concerned in history with making a buck. A recent UCLA study found that nearly 75% of freshmen think that it's important to be rich, compared with 62.5% in 1980 and 42% in 1966.
Here's a clue for you, Jonah, you ignoramus: The reason so many frosh think being "rich" is important is that by the time most of them are fully in the working world there won't be a middle class for them to be part of. There'll be those who have money, & those reduced to serving the wealthy, probably in a sort of indentured servitude, or maybe just a "you work your ass off 16 hours a day and we'll give you board & room" deal. Hey, it's all about the free market, right, Pantload?
P. S.: Scott C. @ World O' Crap, as is his wont, takes down the rest of Doughbob's column @ a length Just Another Blog's™ ADD-afflicted mind can't handle.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Big Lie (x2)

Image from one-time acquaintance Ruben's Rock City News.
Bush lies, but few call him on it. And Cheney speaks w/ forked tongue. No surprises here, but a reminder never hurts.

Meet The New Boss, Etc.

From the Carpetbagger Report, concerning advisers to the Party of Religion's™ crop of crummy candidates:
For one thing, they help shape the candidates’ worldviews (particularly among the Republicans’ top tier, made up of men who lack ideas and principles of their own).
(Meow!)

Logest Serving Anchor In History Of Television News Passes

Hal Fishman, who'd been anchoring KTLA Channel 5's 10:00 p. m. news since 1975 (just after Just Another Blog™ dragged its sorry behind to town) died early this a. m., after being diagnosed w/ colon cancer just last week. Although the television news bidness has changed significantly (for the worse) in the years Mr. Fishman was an anchor, he was pretty much a non-bullshit guy, and will be missed. He was also quite the aviator, holding several records for various flight achievements. (And he had an excellent rughairpiece. Took us years to realize it was a piece.) If you give a damn, there's more @ the Times site, & Franklin Avenue. (Check out the Joel Stein item just under the Fishman one @ Franklin Avenue too.)

More Local "Riot" Action

As mentioned before, Just Another Blog™ missed all the fun of the "Riot" on the Strip in 1966. The local fishwrapper runs a "Then & Now" column each Sunday, which (no doubt also inspired by the Domenic Priore book) recapped the events last Sunday.
It's unclear from Times files whether Pandora's Box or other clubs had been closed by the time the protests began. But young rock fans interpreted efforts to enforce curfew and loitering laws as an infringement on their civil rights.
Sadly, there are several photos in the print edition that are not available in the web version. Also sad that the "Times files" aren't clear as to whether the clubs were closed prior to all the fun. But that's the newspaper game. And the Times of the '60s was far from the alleged bastion of "liberal bias" that retarded righties claim it to be today.

Annals Of Capitalism

Thinking of asking that shitheel who enslaves you for a raise? Maybe you should think twice. This is America, after all. Your "rights" end @ the boss's wallet.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Atomic Anniversary

Click to see how the U. S. Army Signal Corps told the story in 1946. Reuters covers the Ground Zero ceremony.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Gött Mit Uns (Still)

TNR has more on sniping among the Party of Religion© & its worshippers:
Such divinely inspired whispering may not be enough to dramatically alter the landscape. But these guys are short on options. And at least the strategy makes for entertaining politics, as the rest of us sit back and watch the party of moral purity kneecap its own candidates in the name of God.
As previously discussed here, in this very "web log."

Whores

This reporter doesn't have the time to wander YouTube looking for prostitutes. Fortunately TNR bloggers seem to have the time.

Norma Jeane Mortenson 1926-1962

Of course it's an excuse to show the beauty of the female humanoid form. (Nipples.) Paris has been lying low lately, & no one wants to see any more of Britney, so it's representations of Marilyn Monroe. The excuse is the 45th anniversary of her unfortunate death (Kennedys?) at the age of 36. News footage. Audio.
From beyond the grave: "I'm more than my nipples, you stupid jerk!!"

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Why Just Another Blog™ Enjoys The Comics Curmudgeon So Much

Click for legibility. Shoe takes a break from its recent obsession with death and regret and death to offer something a little lighter: old drunks with diarrhea.
©2007 Joshua Fruhlinger

Friday, August 3, 2007

Dep't. Of Buffoonery (Semi-Literate Div.)


In the never ending search for idiocy, Just Another Blog™ has found yet another loser. Note this paragraph, from a post entitled "The Politics Of Fear" (Yes, the unintentional irony begins in the title.):

Unfortunately the Socialists are winning. They keep our county [sic] polarized and off balance by incrementally taking over our media and schools. They fight to maintain our self-destructive entitlement programs and encourage their expansion by herding in the Mexican invasion and keeping our schools poor. They develop anti-war movements all over the world, consciously siding with the enemy of the Free-Market West, encouraging appeasement and waiting for the aftermath of chaos. Once their puppets are firmly in positions of power and in control of the world’s strongest military they will execute a sinister plot to wipe out the one last evil religion: Islam.
Huh? WTF? Read that last sentence again. The "Socialists" want to wipe out Islam? Just Another Blog™ doesn't know who Jeffers M. Dodge is, but we know what he is: an idiot. His explanation of climate change? Right here:

The Liberal concepts of Global Warming uses a false premise that declares that the debris of man is absolutely causing the spots on the sun, which in turn is creating the warming of the earth, while ignoring the fact the debris is a residue of fossil fuel that is firing the engines of human existence. What’s more, the Right is just now realizing that the dollars we spend on fossil fuel is funding the most destructive enemy on earth.
Let's get this straight. The "debris of man" is causing sun spots, "in turn...creating the warming of the earth." At the same time "ignoring the fact the debris is a residue of fossil fuel that is firing the engines of human existence." Not greenhouse gases, no, "the debris of man" is somehow drifting 93 million miles to the sun, where it is causing sunspots which are "creating the warming of the earth." And he's "just now realizing that the dollars we spend on fossil fuel is [sic] funding the most destructive enemy on earth." With a bit taken off the top by middle-man Big Oil for campaign donations, outrageous profits & the like.
This transcends mere ignorance & stupidity. Here's a suggestion, before you type one more fucking word, you patriotic, family & faith fuckhead: Learn to write (you know, make your verbs & subjects agree, determine what should & shouldn't be capitalized, pick the correct words, not ones that sort of mean the same thing, etc.) then learn something/anything about science, or at least the posited reasons for climate change.
And one more paragraph from Mr. Dodge:

So in essence this is a battle between Socialism and Free Market Capitalism, the difference between a godless ideology and a system dependant on family, faith and patriotism.
Oh yes indeedy, that ol' "Free Market Capitalism" is nothing but dependant on family (uses "family" to hold workers hostage, for fear they won't be able to feed, clothe, & shelter said family) faith (assures workers they'll get theirs in the next world, so shut up in this one) & patriotism (exemplified by multi-national corporations using off-shore tax dodges).
Just Another Blog™ assumes that, since Mr. Dodge's most recent post is dated 7 April '07, someone may have brought his deficiencies to his attention & he's taking a refresher course in English composition at a local middle school. (Might try a web design course while you're at it, Mr. Music Business Multimedia Maven.)

IslamoFascismCreationism

Image from paleo.cc.
From the CSM:

"Folks, there is no such thing as what you call evolution. If there was, it would be in the Holy Bible or the Koran," added Oktar, dressed in an ivory-white raw silk suit and wearing gold cufflinks and a matching gold belt buckle with Arabic inscriptions on them.
[...]
Unlike fundamentalist Christian creationists, Oktar does not claim the earth was created only a few thousand years ago. Instead, he argues that fossils show that creatures from millions of years ago looked just like the creatures of today, thus disproving evolution.
[...]
In Turkey, Oktar and his books certainly appear to be having an impact. When Science magazine conducted a survey of 34 countries last August, Turkey had the second-lowest acceptance rate of the theory of evolution (the United States had the lowest).
[...]
"We are going to fall behind the modern countries in terms of development, economy, culture. Everything."

The reference is to Turkey, not the U. S., in case you weren't sure.
From The Scotsman:

Kevin Padian, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who, like colleagues there, found a copy in his mailbox, said people who had received copies were "just astounded at its size and production values and equally astonished at what a load of crap it is."
How long until al-Qaeda is funding/organizing American abortion clinic bombings, attacks on biology dep'ts, etc.?

They Don't Call This Music

Random picks from the Pile of Randomness: "Download Mama (How Come You So Fine?)" -- Dick C. & Karen "One More Chance" -- The MiniVans "Summer Love" -- Debbie Boone "Where Were We When?" -- Pajama Party "Certifiable" -- Polka Fred "Hey! I Was Watching That" -- Terrible Hater "Evil Sister" -- Misbegotten Jackals "Retard Rumble" -- Spuzette Jr. 7 "Atomic Dog" -- Ron Mexico "Tears Began to Fall" -- Junior Mintz (Not Really a) Bonus Track: "Secretary Hump" -- The Mentors

A Stupid Question

From the Chicago Sun-Times, discussing YearlyKos:

Why do liberals thrive in the blogosphere but not on talk radio, where the right wing reigns? "It takes a lot of money" to start a broadcast, said DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. "People like me were able to start the DailyKos with $50."

Here's another answer: The Right is composed of barely-literate authoritarians who will follow any stern figure, and are best communicated to orally, whereas Leftists are literate, capable of dissent, and not inclined to accept conventional wisdom broadcast to them. (Generally.)

New Toy


Here. Or here, who got it from here, via here. But it looks like this was the first place to find it in the chain that lead to Just Another Blog™.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Hey, Maybe We Really Should Have A War

From Al Bawaba:
Iran's Air Force Commander: Enenmy [sic] can't attack
Posted: 02-08-2007 , 15:02 GMT
Enemy is by no means able to launch military attack against Iran, Air Force Commander Brigadier General pilot Ahmad Miqani said on Thursday. Addressing a ceremony to mark graduation of a number of officers in an air base, the commander highlighted Iran's military strength in the region.

"Relying on efforts made by its young experts, the Air Force of the Armed Forces has made remarkable achievements in various fields and this has resulted in promoting Iran's authority inside and outside the region," the commander was quoted as saying by IRNA.

As for the threats made against Iran by certain countries, the commander said, "Such threats have been always made against the country but the question is why they have never been carried out?," Miqani asked.
© 2007 Al Bawaba (
www.albawaba.com)
Yeah, bring it on, cowardly American Pig Dogs!!

NB: Photo above from Al Bawaba, identified as "Iran Warplane." To this jaded observer, it looks like an F-4 Phantom II. (Specifically, one of the variants McDonnell-Douglas sold to the Shah, which makes it, at minimum, 30 yrs. old.)

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