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.)

The Prince's PR Luncheon In Washington

A guy edited by a guy w/ an ugly caricature (Is it trying to grow itself a 'stache?) goes to a lunch w/ the life model for Simon Bar-Sinister, who pimps his book and decries the media (don't we all?):
[N]o one covers the day-to-day happenings on the floor of the House and Senate.
Except C-SPANs 1 & 2. What truly happens on the floors of the Congress anyway? Isn't all the action in the committees & cloakrooms, if not on fabled "K" Street?But enough, let's get to the election predictions, fantasies, etc.

Now that Giuliani, Romney, and Thompson form the Republican top tier, Novak was reluctant to make a prediction--but he did say that if he was forced to bet, he'd bet on Thompson.

[...]

[W]hile some Republicans seem convinced that the party needs another electoral beating to come back stronger after 2008, "things don't always work that way." He expressed tremendous concern about the possible expansion of government under a second President Clinton, working with Democratic majorities in Congress.

And who would he like to see as president? He expressed a fondness for Ron Paul.
"Can you imagine what he'd do about the UN?"

Oh, imagine. We're getting a little squishy right now. That U. N.! If 'n the Pope ain't runnin' it, tain't fer shit, eh Bob?

Ten Years After

Ten yrs. to the day since the guy on the left (w/ glasses) croaked.
Photo: Gerard Malanga, The Nova Convention, 1978.
William S. Burroughs, Jr., was sent to the boarding school for bad rich boys in Los Alamos, NM, that became the top secret installation where the atomic bomb was developed. He wrote some books, one of which, Naked Lunch, is in the hand of the guy on the right up there, along w/ a Winston. He developed the literary use of the "cut & paste" concept. He was not a very good shot. His son predeceased him. His first novel, Junkie, was published under a pseudonym. And various other one-line factoids. Just an excuse to run this photo, really. Two giants of culcha, both Americans, both dead as door nails.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

This Coming Friday Is Hawaiian Shirt Day

Ripley @ The Zen Cabin applies for a job @ KBR. Some of the working conditions:
You can expect to see a lot of mice, rats, snakes (cobras), scorpions, ticks, sand fleas, and camel spiders in the camp and living quarters.
The camps or bases can be potentially dangerous. (example: random gun fire, rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds and land mines)

If there is a Biological or Chemical attack and you are a casualty your body will be CREMATED and sent home.

Click & scroll on down to "Friday is Hawaiian shirt day."

Bridge Photo Update

Photo: St. Paul Pioneer Press/Brandi Jade Thomas
Visit this flickr pg. for civilian shots almost as it happened.

Infrastructure Collapses Nationwide: Domestic Political Terrorism

Photo: AP
Steampipes exploding, bridges collapsing, the nation's infrastructure is coming to resemble its political condition:
In March 2001, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued a “Report Card for America's Infrastructure,” grading 12 infrastructure categories at a disappointing D+ overall, and estimating the need for a $1.3 trillion investment to bring conditions to acceptable levels. In September 2003, ASCE released a Progress Report that examined trends and assessed the progress and decline of the nation’s infrastructure. The Progress Report, prepared by a panel of 20 eminent civil engineers with expertise in a range of practice specialties, examined 12 major categories of infrastructure. The report concluded: “The condition of our nation's roads, bridges, drinking water systems and other public works have shown little improvement since they were graded an overall D+ in 2001, with some areas sliding toward failing grade.”*
And why shouldn't it, as the infrastructural meltdown is the result of a political structure that allows suburban scumbags to vote down taxes, bonds, appropriations or anything else that might contribute to the common good, and politicians (what an interesting coincidence this bill was introduced today) unable to convince said suburban scumbags to contribute to the common good.(While allowing President Bush to piss away what will soon amount to a trillion dollars US in the socio-politico-religio-econo-military quagmire that is Iraq.)

*American Society of Civil Engineers, “What can happen if America fails to invest in its infrastructure? Anything,” news release (4 September 2003).

Gött mit uns

The Party of Religion©, all of whom worship the very same "one true god" have started the sniping. Of course w/ Catholic Rudy & Mormon Mittens both doing better than the two also-rans Brownback & Huckleberryabee, it may safely be predicted that the fun is just starting.

The East Is Red, Pt. II(a)

From the heart of the Heartland, The Family Table restaurant in Osceola (Iowa's part of the Heartland isn't it? We know the Brainland is a little closer to the coasts, but we smarties need the sea breeze.): Tom Tancredo (even as he re-ignites the Save America Tour with his Army Against Amnesty) repeats his desire to defend This Great Nation of Ours™:

[I]t would cause a worldwide economic collapse," Tancredo said of a nuclear attack on U.S soil. "If all of a sudden we are not a consuming engine of the world, the producing nations will collapse also. That is what they want, that is what they are looking for, to end Western civilization as we know it."
How will he keep us producing & consuming like busy little bumble-bees? By threatening to nuke the crap out of Mecca & Medina, should any U. S. city be on the recieving end of a nuclear event. Good idea!! Next time a "radical Catholic" bombs a Planned Parenthood office Just Another Blog™ is calling for at least slashing the Popemobile's tires.
And do not for an instant believe that Representative Tancredo (R-No Chance Whatever) is ignoring other dangers to Our Way of Life.
Neither are Iowans:
Waukee Republican Tom Miller, 57, said he thinks Tancredo is right to warn that the United States is in a "clash of civilizations" against radical Islam, China and illegal immigration.
There it is in stark relief. The Big Three. (The RadIslamoCommunoChineseMeskins. Shorter version: The Yellow Peril.) Either you understand the problem or you don't. (When you understand the problem, you understand the solution, of course.) And the problem w/ Tom? (From Meet Tom on his website):
Tom Tancredo is a lifelong conservative with nearly a decade of experience in the U.S. Congress. There he advanced his reputation as a solid pro-life, pro-gun, small government Republican, and emerged as the leader in the national struggle for true immigration reform.
Note that in Congress he "advanced his reputation as a" blah, blah, blah. Didn't do anything, just advanced his rep. On the taxpayer's dime. It's all about somebody, and his initials are T. T.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

War In Ah Babylon

Another reason things aren't going as well as they might in Iraq:
We recently had a two-star Marine general commanding in western Iraq begging for efficiency and renewables to untether him from fuel convoys, so he could carry out his more important missions. [...] The costs, risks, and distractions of fuel convoys and power supplies in theater have focused a great deal of senior military attention on the need for not dragging around this fat fuel-logistics tail -- therefore for making military equipment and operations several-fold more energy efficient. [...] Meanwhile, about a third of our army's wartime fuel use is for generator sets, and nearly all of that electricity is used to air-condition tents in the desert, known as "space cooling by cooling outer space."
Yep, that would be America, trying to cool down all outdoors... From a tree-hugger outfit, via The Plank.

Jesus For Jews

Rapture Ready: The Unauthorized Christians United for Israel Tour (Whew!! Just Another Blog™ has finally been able to watch all of this w/o Flash9 breaking all the rubber bands that make InternetExploder7© go! Still couldn't get the embedding to work. Try the link, or don't even bother...we certainly don't care any more.)
Original Text from three days ago:
In the old days, you'd be lucky if you could grab this sort of thing on public access cable. In today's 21st century au-go-go digital world, you can't get away from it.

"Art Makes Me Cry."

Thanks to broad-band & cameras stuck in the lids of laptops, the interior nets have become what public access cable once promised: a wonderland of unedited single-camera programs & the people who think unedited single-camera "video logs" are an improvement over the opportunity to publish a virtual newspaper column a day, its length limited only by the time available to type out something or another. And a chance to note the passing of Ingmar Bergman.

Monday, July 30, 2007

The East Is Red Pt. II

The PLA hits 80 very soon. So let's take a look at our next enemy (after Iran). Are you nervous yet?

Get On The Scene!

Speaking of the Godfather of Soul©:
(See previous item.)

Morbidity Report (Photo Update)

Franklin Avenue keeps up w/ the toll of modern life. (Just Another Blog™ first learned of James Brown's death there. Maybe they're just as morbid as we are, but more conscientious posters. Do click for the story & video, & a tip of the Bouffant chapeau to them for the heavy lifting.)

Tom Snyder's death brings to mind this tale, told to Just Another Blog™ by someone who knew engineers @ KNBC, so take it w/ as many grains of salt as you like: When Mr. Snyder was anchoring the news @ Channel 4 in the early '70s, he found it amusing to say something along the lines of, "I really have to urinate," just after his microphone should have been turned off. This cute practice kept the audio operators on their toes. There is, alas, no indication whether any of these bon mots ever went over the air, or if anything ever happened to Mr. Snyder's car in the parking lot as a result.


Tom S. in better days (w/ Cynthia Plastercaster, 1995).

(What a telling indictment of our species: The death of a talented, popular broadcaster brings to our minds only lurid, insignificant details of his life, and this is compounded by technology that allows us to broadcast these tawdry details in a sad effort to draw some attention to ourselves.)

"D'oh!" (The East Is Red)

From Xinhua. Note the "X-ray" picture used in this article. WTF?
And from Xinhua's "Let's Have a War" file:
"The new task force, sources have told me, mostly worries that if it were called upon to deliver 'prompt' global strikes against certain targets in Iran under some emergency circumstances, the president might have to be told that the only option is a nuclear one," Arkin said.
"But after long debate, the highest levels of the military could not forecast a way in which things would end favorably for the United States," the two experts wrote in Sunday's New York Times.
What are we waiting for?

Dark Mondays

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Something Vaguely Positive From The Blog-Ö-Sphere

Juat Another Blog (From L. A.)™ is proud to announce that not only has our first "spam comment" been received (in the "American Nazis..." item immediately below) but our Technorati™ Authority has risen from 1 to 2 (!!) & as of a few hrs. ago we were #2,510,968, a significant increase from our usual 3,800,000 or so. Just Another Blog™ smells money! Or maybe we just need a shower...

American Nazis To Return to Cp'l. Klinger's Hometown

From yesterday's Toledo Blade:

"There are two different goals to show the blacks we are not scared and we will go anywhere they will go," said Justin Boyer, who lives in central Ohio
but would not give a specific location.
"The second goal is to show whites in the neighborhoods that they shouldn't be afraid of black crime."

[...]

"We have to understand that their purpose is to spew hate," Mr. Ashford said. "We don't want an incident like last time … that got completely out of control."
City leaders, learning Wednesday night of the group's intention, moved to prevent violence similar to the riot that erupted Oct. 15, 2005, when neo-Nazis tried to march in the vicinity of Woodward High School and Wilson Park.


Here in L. A., we know what a riot is (complete breakdown in police order, and much of the social order as well) and we don't think what you had was a real "riot."

Black Rifles

Photos (for illustrative purposes, these items are not yet available to the general public): Colt Defense LLC.
If they're good enough for our boys & girls in The Quagmire, they're good enough for Just Another Blog™.