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 .)