Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"Gem Of The Mountains"

Left overs, miscellany, & oddities from the Larry Craig caper:

You just have to love local telebision, especially small town local telebision. Sac'to's Channel 13 shows us how to cruise a tearoom. Dig the sandals.

The Idaho Values Alliance has a nicely ironic page pointing out how Sens. Crapo (no jokes, please) & Craig "cast pro-life votes" against a stem cell bill, followed immediately by "Bonus Bytes" about airport restroom activities in Atlanta. Best line:
It is a little-acknowledged secret that many active homosexuals will have more than 1,000 sex partners over the course of a lifetime (the average among heterosexuals is seven – still six more than we were designed for).
If you have more than one is your warranty invalid?
And, their "regretful" call for Sen. Craig's resignation.

After that you'll want to look at "Idaho Blows." Just Another Blog™ has always thought of Idaho as that narrow place between Washington State & Montana, but the author of "Give Idaho Back to Britain" takes a closer look, & doesn't like what he finds.

And Michelle Malkin calls Senator Craig a "supremely arrogant, lying crapweasel." Projection, we assume. And what is a "crapweasel?" A high school word? Considering Lady Eminem's repressed cheerleader desires, it just could be: "Now that I'm in 10th grade, doody-head just doesn't sound very mature any more."

Stall Kickin' Mule Denies All

Mug shot: Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Police.
Couldn't even open our e-mail w/o encountering Sen. Craig's denial. In both the legal & psychological senses of the word. From the Associated Press:
Sen. Larry Craig on Tuesday said the only thing he had done wrong was to plead guilty after a complaint of lewd conduct in a men’s room. He declared, “I am not gay. I never have been gay.”

[...]

Craig also lashed out at the Idaho Statesman newspaper, which reported Monday that, according to an anonymous source, Craig had a homosexual encounter in a Washington train station. Craig accused the paper of waging a witch hunt against him.
Here, again, is the Statesman story. (Gotta love it when a member of the Party of Religion & McCarthy calls "witchhunt." "Jiminy God," as the Senator likes to say.)

Like Jelly On A Plate

Is this new fangled interweb thing just bringing more of them to our attention, or...is something up?
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Russia's Kuril Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said Monday
And w/ the country burning up, the last thing needed in Greece was this:
ATHENS, Greece - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck the western Greek island of Kefalonia on Monday, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Think Zeus & his friends are angry about something, and coming back w/ a vengeance?

Megatron In A Barrel

From the "dramatic slide into the abyss" of The Atlantic, we bring you Megan "Jane Galt" McArdle, & her Asymmetrical Information web log. (We think "Asymmetrical Information" may have something to do w/ "asymmetrical war," though as practiced by Ms. McArdle it seems to mean saying something she finds quite daring & contrarian, backing it up w/ "it seems to me" & "I assume," then copping out w/ an "Oh, but you didn't understand my hidden meaning" @ the end.) Or just this sort of thing:

It wasn't long after I stopped writing short stories that it occurred to me that dying old, desperate and alone probably wasn't nearly as inspiring for the people it happened to as it was for twenty-year olds looking for an excuse to smoke too much.
Huh? At least she stopped writing short stories. We can't imagine why.

Another Mule (With A "Wide Stance") Kickin' In My Stall

L to R: Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo), Sen. Larry Craig (R-Id), Unidentified, Skeletor. White House Photo: Kimberlee Hewitt. (Any relation to Huge Hewitt?) Photo for illustrative purposes only. Just Another Blog™ makes no implications about the sexual orientation of those pictured. (But we do have our suspicions.) Open season on Republican office-holders & activists commences now, & one doesn't even need a license, thanks to the First Amendment to the Constitution.
First of all, there's plenty of action in the Orlando, Fla. area. Literal "open season" in this story:
Police: Former Marine Killed 2 Others, Self
Motive For Shootings Unknown, Officials Say

The Orange County Sheriff's Office did not reveal a potential motive for Jason Robert Drake, 30. Deputies determined that he killed Ralph Gonzalez, a well-known 39-year-old GOP political consultant, and David Abrami, a 36-year-old attorney also active for the Republican Party.
The earlier headline for the story:
Lovers' Quarrel May Have Sparked Murder-Suicide
Prominent Republican Party Consultant, 2 Others Found Dead

Rep. Allen's Solicitation Trial Date Set
Official Accused Of Offering $20 To Perform Oral Sex

Statements police said Allen made about being scared of a "stocky, black man," will not be entered into evidence. Also, taped statements Allen made to Assistant Chief John Lau will also be excluded, as previously agreed to by both sides.
Plenty of swell video on all stories from LOCAL6.com @ the links as well.

But a couple of local Republican consultant/activists who were shacking up & a Florida state representative offering a "stocky, black" police officer $20.00 to put a lip-lock on the officer's love muscle is nothing compared to Monday's big fish (to continue the "open season" theme) U. S. Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho). Yes, that's a U. S. Senator, a member of "the most exclusive (formerly men only) club in the world." Michael Rogers, @ blogActive, more or less outed Senator Craig last year, but there's nothing like an arrest & guilty plea to get serious attention:
Craig stated “that he has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine,” the report states. Craig also told the arresting officer that he reached down with his right hand to pick up a piece of paper that was on the floor.
“It should be noted that there was not a piece of paper on the bathroom floor, nor did Craig pick up a piece of paper,” the arresting officer said in the report.

Local take from the CBS affiliate in Boise:

For conservative group the Idaho Values Alliance the news was unexpected. "There are some disturbing elements to the police report and I think the Senator needs to give the public a thorough explanation," Bryan Fischer from Idaho Values Alliance told CBS 2 Eyewitness News.
And some 25 yr. old video of Craig denying stuff before even being implicated.
Bonus items: Sen. Craig was a Romney supporter. But no longer.
And a story in the Idaho Statesman. Plenty of accusations & rumors recounted.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Read It & Weep

Punk Ass Chump Rich Lowry
Internet comment buddy D. Sidhe has posted a beautiful (in its horror) description of the agonies of being a member of the working poor, in response to an exceptional HTML Mencken destruction of National Review editor Rich Lowry @ Sadly, No!, which quoted Lowry's recitation of the usual "poverty is your fault, you lazy (insert derogatory term for any non-white group here)" theme so popular w/ those who suck at the teats of the wealthy & powerful.
Poverty in America is primarily a cultural phenomenon, driven by a shattered work ethic and sexual irresponsibility. Child poverty would be nearly obliterated if every household had one adult working full time and married parents.
Sure, Rich. That's all it takes. Marriage & a minimum-wage job. Thanks for the advice. Don't ever let us catch you where Just Another Blog™ can take a swing at you. The Editor will do the job Al Franken wanted to do on you, but you were too cowardly to face, you faux macho punk. Pardon us while we expel some bile. Where's that bucket?

Trouble At The CupOn The Web

Just visited Franklin Avenue (Hey, if you guys moved to Burbank, change your name!) & noticed that their YouTube™ embeds aren't showing. Neither are Just Another Blog™'s. Nor is the "Sucky Gôögle News Feed." Is the mighty Google™ empire collapsing?

Totally

Damn, the info just keeps oozing in here @ Just Another Blog™. From NASA:

Bombs Away!! Follow Up

USAF B1-B SovietRussian Tu-160 Blackjack
The Russkies say they aren't flying their new bomber patrols w/ nukes.
The resumption of the long-range patrols, recent tests of a new generation of intercontinental missiles and the resumption of large-scale exercises have taken place against the backdrop of new strains in ties between Russia and the West.

[...]

Russia has 79 strategic bombers in service including 64 Tupolev-95MC, known as Bears by NATO pilots, and 15 Tupolev-160, known as Blackjacks by NATO, according to Russian media.
"There is deep modernization (of the bomber fleet) going on," Androsov said. "We are working on a new generation (of bombers), I don't even know what it will be called."

Oh well. Guess the Doomsday clock can go back a few seconds.

Gonzales Gone?

"Fredo" & a portion of wife Rebecca, 9 August 2007. AP photo by Ron Edmonds.
Just heard on the tee vee that AG Alberto Gonzales has resigned, according to the New York Times. So go to the NYT website & find out. Perhaps Skeletor will be the replacement. Nothing further on the "Sucky Gôögle News Feed" on the sidebar, as of 0530. That's why we call it "sucky."
All right, enough updating, this isn't Little Green Shitballs™, use the News Feed, under "Attorney General" &/or "Gonzales."

From The Sitemeter

A Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ Senior Executive Vice-President finds out just what the hell is going on in that Devil Box:
Just Another Blog™ barely cares, but while checking Sitemeter™ we were led to Technorati™, where we are currently ranked 1,372,336, putting us in the top 14%, based on an estimate (very rough, obviously) of some 100,000,000 "web logs" in existence. And we found that Techorati™'s "Authority" ranking (currently four) is how many other "web logs" link to us. Four may not be much, but we know for a fact that more sites than the ones displayed @ Technorati™ link to us. The ego swells.
And a great big all American "Howdy!" to the Woosh Wireless user in Auckland, N. Z., who comes by & actually spends a few minutes reading this crap. Good for you, & don't be shy, leave a comment sometime, we don't bite!

Patriotism Is The First Refuge Of A Scoundrel

Maybe, maybe not, but when you sunshine patriots leave them out in the sun they sure as hell fade.
And when it fades or is otherwise too damaged for repair, the flag is to be burned in a dignified ceremony. The flag is only to be displayed from local sunrise until local sunset, unless it is illuminated.

While You Were Out

Mature adults: Click on image to read.
From Carry a Big Sticker.

"Wimoweh, Wimoweh"

We're grabbing onto something else from Obsidian Wings' hilzoy, guesting chez Sully. She posts something from NYT op-edder Roger Cohen. Here's the part Just Another Blog™ likes best:
Alluding to former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his successor, Condoleezza Rice, who was then national security adviser, Khalilzad continued: “Powell and Condi were incredulous. Powell called me and asked: ‘What happened?’
And I said, ‘You’re secretary of state and you’re asking me what happened!’ ”
Powell confirmed his astonishment. “The plan was for Zal to go back,” he said. “He was the one guy who knew this place better than anyone. I thought this was part of the deal with Bremer. But with no discussion, no debate, things changed. I was stunned.”
The next time some neo-fascist dipstick says something to the effect of: "Oh no, there's no racism in the Bush administration, look at Condie Rice & Colin Powell," remember that they have been/were so completely marginalized by the warmongers that they're barely tokens. And you don't think their somewhat darker skin tones would make it easier for the good ol' boys to ignore them, do you? Go ahead, call us cynical. We are, & we have every reason to be so.
One can't expect much of Dr. Rice, erstwhile member of the Chevron board of directors (fill in your own blanks about her relationship w/ Mr. Bush) but one can hope General Powell will write a book about how he was essentially fucked royally at every turn by Cheney & the neo-cons. He really should be doing that right now, if he's got any guts. Oops. Forgot about his role covering up the My Lai massacre back there in 'Nam. Never mind.
Powell in Viet Nam, 1963.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

21st Century Willie & Joe

Not that there is any relation between the War in ah Babylon & WWII, but Bill Mauldin's "Up Front" single panel, which featured two inrantrymen named Willie & Joe, summed up the G.I.'s point of view in WWII: "Don't look at me, lady. I didn't do it."

Mr. Peabody (check the comments) brings to our attention a 21st century grunt (Do they still call themselves that?) writing from Mesopotamia/Babylon (at least until the Pentagon weasel-dick monitoring this "web log" finds out & shuts him down) "Army of Dude." None of that WWII pencil & paper crap, censored & known only to the family & friends of the writer. (Until Ken Burns gets ahold of it & has a voice over artist read it over pans across some still photos.) "Dude" has a laptop, & must have access to a satellite link, or Wi-Fi, or a landline to a server somewhere. And he has a digital camera, photos available hither, under the name "˜leavethegun."

Never did read the Scott Beauchamp stuff in TNR (possibly hidden behind the subscription wall) but we wonder what the warlovers & chickenhawks will make of Dude. It's all required reading, but these seemed like the best excerpts:

Do you know what the light at the end of the tunnel is for us?

Food.

Yeah, food. When we're on patrols and house clearing missions, what's keeping us going is not the promise of freedom and democracy in Iraq. It's the vision of hamburgers, fries and ice cream. I can live without a market based economy in the Middle East, but I can't live without a toasted ham sandwich.
Several times we have raced back to the base to get to the dining hall as it closed. Something to eat is the high point of the day. Imagine the low points.

[...]

As Kurt Vonnegut suggested, our morale is shot to pieces. The few tattered remains left were eviscerated when they extended us four months. The most devious trick the media and the government has pulled in the last ten years is suggesting to the public that the soldiers believe in the mission and the war itself. In my unit that is definitely not the case. We just fight for food and friends, and the hope of getting home. I know a few people who still believe in the cause. I would know one more, but he died when I was on leave.

[...]

Readers, fear not! Despite the caustic undertone of this entry, I am glimmering with hope. The dining hall opens in ten minutes for breakfast, and they make some killer omelettes. [graphic from the hideous MoveAmericaForward.org.]

The military is obsessed with taking something and renaming it with a totally different term. A jumping jack is a side straddle hop, and any Islamic terrorist not affiliated with Al Qaeda is a concerned local. When a mission is complete, there is a rollup of killed enemies and found weapons. A rollup is another term for a summary. So I present my own summary (er, rollup) for the time my company has spent between June 2006 and June 2007:

525,600 Minutes Passed

Countless Enemies Killed and Captured

3 Destroyed Strykers

Dozens of Rifles, RPGS and Mines Found and Destroyed

2 Fatherless Baby Girls

Thousands of Rounds of Ammunition Found and Destroyed

9 Figure Severance Paycheck to Dick Cheney, Courtesy of Halliburton

3 Cleared Cities

2 Dead Friends

100,000 Contractors Making Five Times My Pay for Doing Laundry and Serving Food

Thousands of Cleared Houses

1 Quagmire

A year later and this is what we have to show for it. A year later and we care about the survival of each other more than a fledgling democracy in the Middle East. To officers and officials influencing policy, our goal is to stimulate the economy and prop up competent Iraqi Security Forces. To the unwashed enlisted in the muck, we’re just trying not to get blown to fucking bits. A year later and we have realized finally: we’re biding time until the next unit comes to replace us. That’s it. Rotate in, rotate out. A year’s worth of sore backs, twisted ankles, near death experiences, shootouts, blown up buildings, fires, mangled corpses, dead kids, dead soldiers, cold desert nights, hot desert days, shit covered boots, trash filled streets, unfulfilled dreams, stagnant aspirations and murdered futures.
A year well spent.

AH
"They call the boys who shovel our shit in Viet Nam shitshovelers."
End the occupation. Now. The military will never be able to impose a "political" solution to the charnel house we've created, and now that the talk is of replacing the elected Prime Minister w/ yet another buffoon, Allawi (who, by all that is unholy, has hired Washington lobbyists to pimp for his appointment as P. M.) the Viet Nam analogy is complete.

Early Sunday Morning Chronic Brain Syndrome w/ The Angry Samoans

Possibly the first visual recording of the Angry Samoans, from New Wave Theater, 1978 or '79. The late Peter Ivers, host of the show, & later a victim of murder, is the interviewer. Gone are the days. At least "punk" (even such as it is today) has long outlasted "new wave."

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bombs Away!!!

RAAF F-111s @ Red Flag. Photo: M/Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald, USAF.
Pong Su in Sydney Harbour. Photo: ABC TV. While wandering the wasteland of LiveLeak™ (Your source for stuff blowing up!!) The Editor came across this footage of a North Korean "drug ship" being sunk by an Australian F-111. Would that Bugger™ or LiveLeak™ could get their respective shit together so embeds would work here. Further info on the event, from F-111.net (WARNING: loud jet noise when site opens) reveals that the ship was set adrift & used for target practice, explaining why this wasn't a big news deal. (More video from Australian Broadcasting Company @ F-111.net. Requires WimpyWindows Media Player.)

Motor City MadmanHas-Been Comes Through W/ Mature Political Discourse

Randy Andy is gettin' hitched, so Just Another Blog™ figured it would be safe to look at The Daily Dish™, as there would be guests typing & probably a significant reduction in righteous moralizing (no one more zealous than a convert, as they say). We were (as we so often are) correct. Paydirt w/ the very first item, guested by hilzoy of Obsidian Wings (who gets the link). It's the confluence of art (well, crummy "rock" music) & politics. The Nuge™ (only good tune: "Stranglehold," & it's been so long since The Editor's actually heard it that the memory may be incorrect) is advocating murder again, & not his usual "death to defenseless animals" schtick:
But perhaps telling four sitting Senators, two of whom are running for President, to suck on his machine guns will transcend even their limits.
"Their limits" refers to the Wall Street Journal's opinion page, which has given The Nuge™ free rein at least twice. Do click the links; as one might imagine, the screeds are short & don't involve many polysyllabic words. Laughs & outrage guaranteed, however. And hilzoy (looking mostly to bother the WSJ's op-eds) doesn't mention that of the four Senators Mr. Crotch Rot Fever mentions, three are women, & one is of a more recent African heritage than most Americans. Interesting. (The Nuge™ also refers to an "Arnold" @ the very beginning. Just Another Blog™ would love to see Ted try to make Schwarzenegger "suck on his machine gun.")

Technical whatnot: Recorded @ The House of Blues™, Anaheim, CA, 21 August 2007. The whole clip (w/o the YouTube™ logo, just the LiveLeak™ logo) is available @ LiveLeak™, which seems to have the same problem YouTube™ used to have, that is, their fucking embeds don't embed. Of course, that could be a Blogger™ bugger.

Annals Of Pants-Pissing

Scary Mooozlims practice synchronized swimming before crossing the oceans to attack us!! Quiver in fear, mortals!!
One can't be sure (it is The Corner on National Review Online, after all) but we'll guess this guy is not joking:

But after the inevitable failure of Islamic movements to provide an adequate response to the challenge of modernity, what will Muslims embrace? The only thing left, at that point, will be the ever elusive “moderate Islam,” a new, modernity-compatible faith that retains the name of Islam but jettisons all the substance (kind of like mainline Protestantism).
But Muslims have to come to that conclusion on their own, by living under regimes that will exemplify that failure (like Iran).

E-mail Mr. Krikorian for some stock tips. He seems to be quite the prophet. And he keeps going & going. Yes, it's not just ideologies, it's The Clash of Civilizations™.
Here’s the way it will play out: When Iran’s Islamic regime finally unravels, some significant number of nominal Muslims will quickly become apostates, embracing Bahai or Zoroastrianism or Christianity (or Buddhism or even Judaism). As this becomes a more widespread and public thing, some of the many remaining fundamentalists will start beheading newly Christian school children and raping newly Zoroastrian women and blowing up newly constructed Bahai temples, intensifying the existing popular disgust with the Islamic faith and thus accelerating conversions to other
faiths.

[...]

Thus there will still be hundreds of millions of Muslims, now living side by side with large new non-Muslim communities, but their Islam will be qualitatively different from anything that has gone by that name in the past. It will take a lifetime to work its way through the Islamic world, and we must do our best to ensure that relatively few of our own people are killed in the inevitable tsunami of violence that is coming, but there really isn’t any alternative.

Okey-dokey. Attempts to impose "democracy" have worked out so well, we'll be able to spread Zoroastrianism like whipped butter on a short stack. And we'll be able to do this by "separationism."

“Separationism” is the isolation of Islam from the rest of the world through military action, restrictions on immigration, and other means, presumably including a radically more aggressive search for alternative automobile fuels.

Pretty much the same thing that was being done to Iraq before the opposite was decided upon. These ninnies don't even have straws at which to grasp any more. And this sort of inanity is being spread by the magazine that fired Ann Coulter for her famous "invade their countries, kill their leaders & convert them to Christianity" statement. Now it looks like "blockade their countries, assassinate their leaders, & hope enough of them convert to something else that Islam will mellow out." Don't hold your breath.

P. S.: OKC bomber Timothy McVeigh was a Roman Catholic. Do you think we needed to "shock & awe" the Vatican? Put all those dirty fucking Bishops under surveillance? Hell, when pedophile priests were running wild (& they may still be, since the R. C. Church is so interested in keeping everything it can under wraps) there wasn't this hysteria. This is the stern, manly Daddy Party? Pants-pissing Pussy Party is more like it.

Friday, August 24, 2007

We Again Channel Larry King's Newspaper Column

On a personal note, I'm happy to announce that I've been forced to put pants & a T-shirt on over my usual attire of a pair of underpants...What passes for fall has arrived here, coincident w/ the Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom...Indeed, as this is typed @ 2342, the temperature has dropped below 70ºF for the first time in an eternity...Of course, September is the hottest month, so anything can still happen...(Ghack. Not even The Editor really gives a damn...At least he didn't use before & after pics of his sorry ass in his skivvies & w/ pants & shirt on.)...Here's a pointless fact: Europe is the only continent that does not have a desert...What about that Nicole Richie?...Only had to do 82 minutes...Is the American legal system now handing out sentences in minutes?...Could someone bring me some coffee?...Do you feel safer now than you did 20 minutes ago?...Think I'll let my belt out a little...Good thing I'm wearing suspenders...Blogger™ is now offering users the chance to post videos directly...Whatever...There's a really goofy dame on The Tonight Show W/ Jay Leno...No idea what her name is...And don't fucking care either...Stupid ditz...Heh...How much longer before people are living on the moon, huh?... They've been promising that for 50 years...But nothing yet...How safe do you feel now?...It always pays to be polite...My shoulder hurts...Someone bring me a Demerol™, would you?...Only one in four Americans read a book last year...Well, one in four of those asked...We read a couple this year...On-line...Speaking of which, I wish I had a laptop, with a wireless card, so I could read in the room with the chair made of stone...Hey, where's that goddam coffee?...I musta asked five minutes ago...What's wrong with you people, anyway?...Oh yeah, where's my flying car so I can fly to my condo on the moon?...I can't wait forever...They haven't made any good music since 1984...And most of that was crap too...Club soda is good for removing stains from something, but I can't remember what...Or what kind of stains...Thank goodness for dry cleaning...Did Starbucks© just stop making those delicious caramel Frappucinos™?...Without asking me?...Saw John (Johnny Rotten) Lydon on that clever show for the young people, Redeye, last night...It's on the Fox News Channel, so you know it's "hep"...And the host is a clever young man, for a homosexual...Although I wish he didn't share so much of his sex life with us...What's his name?...Greg something...Greg Gutfeld, that's right...A Jewish homosexual...How did he ever make it in show business?...And why doesn't John Lydon have that missing tooth replaced?...And stop dressing like a parking valet?...Hollywood has lost all its glamour...Look at that Brittany Beavers girl...Well, don't look, you might see something you didn't want to see...And that Lindsay Lolife...What's with her, anyway?...I just don't think it's funny at all...Now my neck hurts...I asked for a Demerol™ 15 minutes ago...Now it's 67ºF in here...Don't you agree, the commercials are the best thing on the television?...Ouch...I'll settle for a couple of Codeines™...Uhhmm, crotchless pantaloons...Is there anyone who doesn't like a slice of apple pie with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream?...I didn't think so...Is it nap time yet?...They say that dogs are man's best friend...Do you feel safer now than you did three years ago?...Na na na na hey hey...Handsome is as handsome does...Herb Caen my ass...Hey, are those Mormons wacky, or what?...If a dog is your best friend, what about cats?... And hamsters, what about them? One good turn deserves another...It must be nap time by now...Well, how 'bout a little drinkie-poo, then?...Just a little one...We give up.

More Music For Morons

  1. Sweatin' Like a Pig -- Southland Scumbagz
  2. What's That Smell? -- Hot Tuna
  3. Earth Angel -- The Abductees
  4. Blow Me, Blow My Goat -- Bottlecaps & Bongos
  5. Étude for Uke & Banjo -- Skillet & LeRoy
  6. Get Offa My Couch -- Leonard Maltin
  7. Mr. Roboto -- Styx (Tagg Romney remix, f/ Donny & Marie)
  8. Born To Be Wild -- Mike & The Hucktones
  9. There's No A/C in Hell, Sinners! -- Bible Thumpin' Bob
  10. Under The Wheel -- Retrovirus
  11. Bonus Comedy Item: Dolomite -- Rudy Ray Moore

Favicon Update

Now all of a sudden it's working again. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Dog Pile On Bloody Bill!!

Kristolcard from BESTandWORST.com.
Jonathan Chait calls Bill Kristol a thug @ TNR. (We can just see Billy w/ some bling, his pants hanging low, no laces in his Air Jordans & maybe a big Olde English tat on his gut reading something like: "Killa 4 Life," or, "History Will Prove Me Right.") Course he's one of those "thugs" who's always saying, "Let's you & him fight."

"The fact remains that it is today more possible than ever before to envision a future in which the Middle East and the Muslim world truly are transformed," he insisted. "For this, no one will deserve more credit than George W. Bush." Of course, this was an opinion, not a "fact." But the failure to distinguish between fact and opinion is typical of his mentality.
Then Andy jumps on the pile.
The vileness and chutzpah of the current neocon right on the war are still somewhat staggering to me. I thought better of them. I really did. But this Weimar crapola is really depressing. I guess they have nowhere else to go.
Well, what you can say about Sully? He's pulled his head out of his behind, yes, but there's still a lot of stuff to wipe off his eyes before he'll be able to fully perceive reality. Same w/ Chait, really, he has a couple of lines about "liberal hegemon," & the like (which Sullivan excerpts in his item). How could any one w/ a lick of common sense not have known what the Project For a New American Century & so on were all about? Didn't the word "American" give it all away?
Also from Sullivan, more on Weimar "crapola." And one of his readers gets on the pile as well.
And further yip-yap from TNR, w/ links all over the place.
Plus: One more from Chait. This is getting ridiculous, but we're always happy to abuse Kristol.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Virgo Activity & Info

Let us first make it absolutely clear that Just Another Blog™ has no truck w/ "astrology." It's bullshit. We post this link to "Fun Facts About Virgo" only because it is all positive (none of that "Oh, you Virgos are all a bunch of uptight, anal-retentive assholes" crap) and because today marks the birthday of two Virgos directly involved w/ this "web log," Peabody, King of the Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ Commentariat (&, oddly enough, one of The Editor's few remaining friends) & Blogger™ itself. Imagine that. And because The Editor here is also a Virgo. (Almost 54 & never been touched.) From "Fun Facts About Virgo:"
Tactile, methodical and willing to take as long as is needed, they make excellent lovers. Even though the Virgo won't express many words of love, they will show their affections in the bedroom. Virgos prefer to have a few strong connections rather than many partners.

Well ladies, there you have it. Line forms over there, take a number, please.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Loving Wife Spanking In A Christian Marriage

From the commentariat @ Tbogg, Susan of Texas linked to the Christian Domestic Discipline website. Don't get the wrong idea though:
CDD is so much more than just spanking. It is the husband loving the wife enough to guide and teach her, and the wife loving the husband enough to follow his leadership. A Christian marriage embodies true romance and a Christian man a true hero.
The discipline is unilateral, of course. It's those potentially uppity women who need guidance & teaching. And if homeschooling taught them to bake, but neglected reading, well, it's up to hubby to explain & enforce God's Law. And don't you forget it, bee-yotch!!
Of course there are Traditional Marriage Products. If you're a big fat varicose-veined pile of barely human Christianity, hubby may not want to see those shapeless legs, so get some crotchless pantaloons!!
Thanks, Susan of Texas. Thanks for making us sick, that is.

Annals Of Sportsmanship

Another anniversary. On 22 August 1965, a beat-down was administered by Giants pitcher Juan Marichal on Dodgers catcher John Roseboro. Brawling is not uncommon in baseball, but it's usually a few wild swings that don't connect, followed by the original participants being restrained as they make a lot of noise. Pro wrasslin', in other words. Not this time though.

dodger blues tells the story:
Dodger catcher John Roseboro was a clutch hitter and classy fielder, but he's remembered most for an incident in 1965, considered by many to be one of baseball's uglier moments. Juan Marichal, the San Francisco Giants pitcher, came up to bat in the third inning of a game at Candlestick Park. Marichal had hit a Dodger player earlier and a peeved Roseboro had been firing Sandy Koufax's pitches back to him just inches from Marichal's ear as he took his turn at bat.

Marichal turned around to tell Roseboro to stop and Roseboro stood up and took off his mask. Marichal saw this as a threat and immediately hit the catcher over the head with the bat twice, opening a 2-inch gash in Roseboro's head. With blood gushing down Roseboro's face, the two teams—already heated rivals battling for the NL pennant—brawled for 14 minutes. Marichal was suspended for eight games, and Roseboro later sued him for $110,000 in damages. Yet, the two men somehow became friends in the 1980s.
And from BASEBALLLIBRARY.com:
On August 22, 1965, Marichal faced Sandy Koufax at Candlestick Park in the heat of a tight pennant race. The Giants and Dodgers had come close to a brawl two days earlier over catcher's interference calls. Los Angeles's Maury Wills had allegedly tipped Tom Haller's mitt with his bat on purpose, and Marichal's best friend, Matty Alou, retaliated by tipping John Roseboro's face mask. Roseboro nearly beaned Alou with his return throw to the mound. In the August 22 game, Marichal had flattened Wills and Ron Fairly with pitches when Roseboro purportedly asked Koufax to hit Marichal. When Koufax refused, Roseboro's return throw came close to Marichal's head. Name-calling ensued, until Roseboro suddenly ripped off his mask and stood up. Marichal rapped the catcher on the head with his bat. What followed was one of the most violent brawls in major league history. Willie Mays led away Roseboro, who had suffered a concussion, while Dodger Bob Miller tackled Marichal, Alou slugged Miller, and Tito Fuentes menaced the Dodgers with his bat. Roseboro sued Marichal, but eventually dropped the suit. Marichal was fined $1750, was suspended for a week, and missed two starts as the Giants finished two games behind the Dodgers. Years later, Marichal said, "I feel sorry that I used the bat."
Photo from Neil Leifer.
The former New York Giants & former Brooklyn Dodgers moved to California in 1958, and have continued their rivalry to this day.

Currently, they are battling for last place in the NL Western division.

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!!

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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!