Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"New Novelist" Gets Old & Dies

Alain Robbe-Grillet, French novelist & filmmaker, expired Monday, aged 85. Per the AP, in the '50s he & some other Frogs "tossed aside traditional literary conventions like plot and character development, narrative and chronology, chapters and punctuation." Good for him. You certainly won't see any of that bourgeois crap here at Just Another Blog™. Another thing you won't see is the Bush Administrsation giving a shit. Did they release a statement when, say, Norman Mailer died? Nope. The French president's office (A talking office? WTF?) had something to say about Robbe-Grillet:
President Nicolas Sarkozy's office described Robbe-Grillet as "equally at ease in the expression of his most intimate fantasies as in the lucid and dispassionate analysis of concepts." "The Academie Francaise today loses one of its most illustrious members, and without a doubt its most rebellious," his office said in a statement.
Au revoir, Alain.

Less Is More of the Same

Nothing yesterday, as the libraries were closed. Nothing today 'cause there's just nothing. (Jonah "Pantload" Goldberg took the day off, per the L. A Times. Not even him on whom to pick. Wasn't even anything from Megatron to bitch about, @ Fire Megan Mcardle.) Maybe we'll find something horrid to rant about later this p. m., but as we so often remind you all, don't hold your breath.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

"You're a Fuckin' Dick, Man!"

Brought to our attention: Dickipedia - a wiki of dicks. Praise Jah that the Web is at last being used for something important & useful. Do they take contributions for non-public or locally public figures?

Erik Prince's Catholo-Fascist Mentor Dies, But Not Soon Enough

We've mentioned him before, & now he's dead. If only this principle applied more widely & often to many of those we mention.

Oscar™ Fantasies From a Fascist

Andrew Klavan (not to be confused w/ "Klavern") demonstrates why the "Hollywood" creative community remains somewhat liberal:
"Oono." Hilarity ensues when a 16-year-old girl finds herself pregnant and gives the baby away to a similarly unmarried neurotic so that the infant grows up to become a drug-addicted loser and dies of an overdose at 23, whereupon the hilarity abruptly stops. What struck me about this film was that Hollywood filmmakers finally ended their attempts to sanitize and glamorize the irresponsible lifestyles that are destroying their own children before the paparazzi's very eyes.
The answer to this problem wouldn't be real sex (& contraception) education, as opposed to "abstinence only" education, would it? Don't hold your breath, though, 'cause telling young people about sex forces them to "do it."
"Look, I'm just a fat little man in a suit making movies, but these soldiers are out there risking their lives to fight some of the worst enemies this country has ever faced. What kind of people would we be if we made films attacking our soldiers and their mission?"
Yes, fighting those terrible enemies of America, the Sunnis & Shiites who've been waiting to get at each other since Saddam Hussein imposed his iron fist on them thirty odd yrs. ago. P. S.: Andy, it's an occupation now, not a war.
"All the Prosecutor's Men." Journalistic heroics based on a true story. Intrepid radio talk show host Sean Hannity fights for justice when the mainstream media attempt to railroad four innocent white students who've been falsely charged with the rape of a black woman.
The key words here are: "Intrepid radio talk show host Sean Hannity." One can't help but wonder what Mr. Hannity's reaction might have been were it colored guys accused of raping a white woman.
"The Hours and Hours and Hours." An apparently committed lesbian reveals her true yearning to become a wife and mother. She gets married, devotes herself to her husband and two kids and looks back at 80 to find she's lived a happy and fulfilling life. OK, this one was a bit slow for me, but I did enjoy the scene in which the heroine's executive sister returns from yet another business trip and declares, "I feel so empowered!" before bursting into hysterical sobs.
We really don't get this one. Is it part of the "dirty queers choose to be dirty queers, so it's alright to shoot them, or at least whack 'em around w/ a manly, firm baseball bat" narrative? Or is it "women are all hysterical witches?" Both? Or just nothing at all?
"Good Night, Uncle Joe." In the 1950s, a dogged congressional investigator hunts down a screenwriter who's been propagandizing and organizing in support of a Soviet regime that has murdered millions of people. In this groundbreaking work, Hollywood finally takes responsibility for the many filmmakers who gave propaganda and financial and organizational support to one of the most repressive and homicidal governments in history. The ad line, "Ideas Matter," says it all.
"Takes responsibility?" Wasn't the blacklist enough? Could we please have a list of all (any, is more like it) the Hollywood flicks that "gave propaganda and financial and organizational support to one of the most repressive and homicidal governments in history?" And people who give support to a gov't. that has killed or driven from their own country millions of people? A gov't., by the way, not located on the other side of the world, but right here in the U. S. of A., & supposedly responsive to the "grievances" of its own people? Should someone take responsibility for those people? If you've not heard of Mr. Klavern(sorry) Klavan before, he's one of those "That was despicable, let's look at it again" crime authors who doth protest the atrocities they delineate a bit too much. And his latest work? Let's look at his website, AndrewKlavan.com:
"One Missed Call" Has One Good Weekend Jan 7, 2008 The weekend opening of Warner Bros' new film "One Missed Call," "outpaced all expectations," according to the Hollywood trade paper Variety. Taking in an estimated 13.5 million dollars at 2,240 theaters, the film's 6-thousand plus per screen average beat that of every other picture but the surging indie "Juno." The Japanese horror remake, scripted by Andrew, "hit the sweet spot among younger females, the target demo for PG-13 horror titles," Variety said. This despite what Andrew himself called "brutally bad" reviews. Andrew responded to the film's reception with typical wry humor. "Clearly, if newspapers were written by 13-year-old girls, the reviews would've been sensational," he said. "Plus, the world would be a better place all around."
That's what "Hollywood" needs, more remakes of Japanese horror movies. Thanks for your contributions, you pathetic toad. P. S.: What happened to the eye patch you used to sport in the author photos on your book covers, Andy? We were looking forward to calling you a one-eyed freak. Turns out you're merely a garden-variety freak. UPDATE: See here for a correction & abject apology.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Terrorist Bedfellows

Another example of how the biased liberal mainstream media is surrending all of Western Civilization has come to the fore, in the story that was all over the cable news channels & broadcast network programs. You remember, the story that Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia (Yes, the former Saudi ambassador to the U. S, who was chosen by George H. W. Bush & his braintrust to educate George W[orst] Bush on international affairs.) told Tony Blair, then-prime minister of the U. K., to stop investigating the bribes Bandar had rec'd. from BAE, Britain's largest defense co., or Bandar, now head of the Saudi Security Council, would stop providing information about possible Islamist terror attacks to the Brits. As they say, w/ "friends" like this you don't need enemies.
Using a sheaf of previously secret documents, the court is now hearing how BAE obtained the help of powerful friends to stop the fraud investigators. They included the then prime minister, Tony Blair, and one of Saudi Arabia's most influential princes, Bandar bin Sultan. Bandar does not deny himself receiving £1bn from BAE for his own purposes, although he denies there was anything wrong with the secret payments. The two judges appeared yesterday to have some trouble wrestling with the concepts involved. Moses said that surely, in Britain, for a suspect to issue threats of dire consequences if an investigation went ahead was simply "a criminal offence".
Seems as if the Limeys have their own Blackwater:
There is a state within a state in the United Kingdom, a small but untouchable domain that appears to be subject to a different set of laws. We have heard quite a bit about it over the past two months, but hardly anyone knows just how far its writ runs. The state is BAE Systems, Britain's biggest arms company. It seems, among other advantages, to be able to run its own secret service.
Big ups to Britain's own Guardian, for breaking this story that our own left-wing pinko media have used to shame & embarrass the Bush Administration. What? You say this hasn't been the lead story? That the leftist pinko scum whose only interest is to make G. W. Bush look like an even digger douchebag than he already is haven't been all over this? You must be kidding! How could those biased liberals miss a chance to show how the Saudi royal family & their allies in crime, the Bush family, haven't the slightest concern for Western Civilization or its safety? A Google search of "Prince Bandar + BAE" had this article as the second ranking American story. The first is from the NYT of 8 June 2007. Google hasn't anything about this latest horror from any American news source. Liberal bias? Bush Derangement Syndrome? Please!!

Pervs

Listening to the ever-amusing/amazing Michael Weiner (Savage Nation)yesterday. Sez he: The reason "Demoncats" are opposed to gov't. wiretapping is that a considerable part of the Democratic base are child molesters/child pornographers, & Pelosi is protecting her base, because, you know, the FBI or whoever might pick up some of these perv-o conversations while spying on "terrorists." (Paraphrased, but true.)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Annals of Religiously-Justified Sexism

In Kansas (remember the state School Board opposing the teaching of evolution?) a basketball referee was not allowed to referee a high school boys game. Why not?

The game was at St. Mary’s Academy, a private religious school that sits on a sprawling campus about 25 miles northwest of Topeka. Before the game started, a school administrator approached Campbell’s officiating partner, Darin Putthoff of Topeka, and told him a woman could not serve as referee. That would be putting a woman in a position of authority over boys, he was told — a scenario that was contrary to beliefs at St. Mary’s Academy. “I was upset,” Putthoff said. “So I said, ‘You’re telling me you don’t have any teachers at the school who are women?’” When reached Tuesday by The Star, the athletic director at St. Mary’s declined to comment, and other officials referred questions to the school’s principal, Father Vicente A. Griego. Griego was at a retreat in Minnesota and unavailable for comment, they said. The school is owned and operated by the Society of St. Pius X, a group founded in 1970 in response to reforms that the Roman Catholic Church initiated with the Second Vatican Council. The group follows pre-Vatican II practices, such as the Latin Mass. Pope John Paul II excommunicated the society’s world leader, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, in the late 1980s. Lefebvre died in 1991. [...] According to the St. Mary’s Web site, “The ultimate goal of our schools is to form good Catholics and good citizens in such a manner that the whole person may be submitted to the reign of Jesus Christ in the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical spheres.”

For Fred Shockey, the message that came from the school that day was far different.

A basketball official who lives in Wamego, Kan., Shockey worked two games at St. Mary’s just before Campbell’s game. He was getting ready to leave when the school’s athletic director approached him and said there had been an emergency. The school needed Shockey to stay and referee another game. Reluctantly, Shockey agreed to do so — until he found out what the emergency was.

In a show of solidarity, Shockey and Putthoff walked off the court with Campbell.

I said, ‘There’s no way I’m staying,’” Shockey said. “I kept going, ‘Wow. Wow.’

“I was so disgusted.”

[...]

In 2004, St. Mary’s chose to forfeit its football game against White City High School because White City had a girl on its roster. At the time, an official in the U.S. district office for the Society of St. Pius X told The Star, “We’re trying to form the boys to be gentlemen, and knocking a girl around on a football field is the furthest thing from that. … It’s not a game for girls, and not a game for boys to play against girls.”

An official at the district office said Tuesday that, like Griego, all designated spokesmen were in Minnesota and unavailable for comment.

People who are too nutty for the official Catholic Church indoctrinating innnocent children who have no choice about where they're being sent to school. And it sounds like a boarding school. ("St. Mary’s, which houses students in kindergarten through 12th grade...") Wonder what the Society of St. Pius X has to say about priests & altar boys? "No comment," perhaps? "The boss is out of town on a retreat in Minnesota w/ some of his little friends?" "We have to teach boys to respect the authority of men?" "Jesus says shut your mouth (or open it, depending) and take it like a man?"

Campus Eviction

Wingnuts worried that today's college & university campuses are hotbeds of liberal giveaways & so-called entitlements should be cheered by this, from The Daily Bruin (Yes, we've gone totally Westside.):
In Old Westbury, N.Y., student Denisha Dennis started the semester on a sour note. She received a letter from the administration informing her that because of her GPA, she was being removed from the dorms and getting kicked off her meal plan. Now, according to an article in The New York Times, Dennis makes a five-hour round-trip commute from her parents’ home in Mount Vernon, N.Y. to the State University of New York, since non-university housing is rare in the area.
Cheese & Crackers. One can only wonder if Denisha D. rec'd. a rebate for the room & board she didn't receive. As the Bruin editorial goes on to say, this is hardly going to help anyone get their GPA back up.

This Week's School & Governmnet Shootings Wrap-Up

Besides the Northern Ill. U. event yesterday:
Last Friday, a woman shot two students to death and killed herself at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. Also Friday, a man shot at his wife, a teacher, in an elementary school in Portsmouth, Ohio. This week, a high school student in Memphis, Tenn., was shot, allegedly by a classmate, during gym class. And a 15-year-old was shot at a junior high in Oxnard; he has been declared brain-dead.
From the L. A. Times. Not to forget the Kirkwood, Missouri City Council shooting last Thursday. That's still part of the wk. in question.

Bush League

Further on the Congressional MLB/steroid/HGH hearings, from Christine Daniels of the L. A. Times:

Rep. Dan Burton, Republican from Indiana, called Clemens "a titan in baseball. All these lies, if they're not true, destroy his reputation." [...] Burton told McNamee, "This is really disgusting. You are here, under oath, yet you have told lie after lie." [...] Houston is GOP territory. Houston has an airport named after George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president and a longtime friend of Clemens. In 1991, while still pitching for the Boston Red Sox, Clemens visited Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and pitched horseshoes with the president. [...] George W. Bush is also a Clemens friend. Bush used to serve as Texas governor. Clemens' governor. In 2006, USA Today reported Clemens has a standing invitation to dine at the White House. On Thursday, one of McNamee's attorneys predicted Clemens will be pardoned by Bush, if and when such a bullpen call is needed.

"It would be the easiest thing in the world for George W. Bush, given the corrupt proclivities of his administration, to say Roger Clemens is an American hero, Roger Clemens helped children," Richard Emery told the Associated Press.

"It's my belief they have some reason to believe they can get a pardon."

Yikes. And those of you complaining about hearings on this mess when there's a war on, the economy, & so on... Congress is investigating these issues because it may want to pass some laws concerning the issues. It's probably not a good idea that young people think they can & should use these substances to get ahead in scholastic & professional sports, or that young people (scum that they are) think they can get away w/ abusing these drugs. In adition, both Major League Baseball & the NFL (whose players have been much more honest about their performance-enhancing drug abuse than the baseballers, though the NFL hasn't been the subject of Congressional investigation) enjoy anti-trust exemptions from the gov't., so it is Congress's business. Just Another Blog™ calls for a deeper investigation into the roles played by team mgmn't. & ownership in the abuse of these substances.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Liberal" Fascism

More proof that "fascism" is totally liberal:

"People are very curious about us," said Gabor Vona, a former psychology student and rising star in Hungarian far-right politics. He founded the Hungarian Guard to defend what he describes as traditional values and his nation's cultural heritage. [...] The freedom that followed the collapse of communism, and then expanded with EU membership, has also unveiled a dark strain of anti-Semitism, prejudice and anti-immigrant sentiment that is being channeled by a new crop of small but noisy extremist groups. They are able to capitalize on disillusion among some segments of the population who feel bypassed by free-market reforms and globalization. [...] In Vona's view, Hungary never made the full transition from communism; he wants to get rid of Gyurcsany's Socialist government and return the country to an older time, with emphasis on pure Hungarian identity and Christian values. "Christian identity and Hungarian identity are one," Vona, who turns 30 this year, said in an interview at his office in Budapest. [...] What many people here find particularly provocative are the Hungarian Guard's uniforms (black caps, vests, pants and boots), insignia and flags. All of it is reminiscent of the Arrow Cross, Hungary's World War II fascist militiamen who worked with the Nazis and were responsible for or assisted in the slaughter of tens of thousands of the Hungarian Jews who were killed.Many Jews were shipped off to death camps; others were simply shot on the banks of the Danube and dumped into the river.

Vona says the red and white stripes and other emblems are from the medieval Arpad dynasty and weren't meant to evoke Nazism. But that explanation has convinced no one. [...] Anti-Semitism persists but has not been overtly violent in recent years, said Michael L. Miller, who teaches Jewish studies at Budapest's Central European University. He recalled being handed a leaflet a couple of years ago at a mainstream political rally that showed a big-nosed, kinky-haired man with a fistful of 100-euro bills, an unstated but not-so-subtle use of the Jew as the money-grubbing "outsider."

Sounds like the typical left-wing organization to us. Could be Code Pink, or MoveOn.org.

V. D., Performance Enhancing Drugs, etc.

Today in history: Valentine's Day, and pitchers & catchers report to spring training. And typing of baseball, yesterday's congressional hearings on the subject of steroid use by professional players divided along party lines, with the weasel on the hot seat, one Roger Clemens, apparently a Bush supporter (and there is talk that the Texas Rangers, the team of which George W. Bush was made the figurehead/"owner" after all his other business ventures failed, was advising its players how to use steroids w/o getting caught) was hailed as a "titan" & "the franchise" by Republican members of the committee, while the Democrats were more inclined to disbelieve Clemens & take his accuser (also his former personal trainer) Brian McNamee at his word. Per Bill Plaschke of the regional cat-pan liner:
In a 4 1/2 -hour hearing in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, McNamee's testimony was supported from the first capital letter to the last period. Clemens' deposition was contradicted from page to page. McNamee calmly withstood criticism of his checkered history while his testimony in baseball's Mitchell Report was supported by everyone from Clemens' teammates to Clemens' former nanny. Clemens, meanwhile, could offer nothing but unsupported bluster and banter before finally being gaveled shut by Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).
We're happy to say that Rep. Waxman is Just Another Blog's™ Member of Congress, whether we're in the Armory or where we lived when we had someplace to live. And we're pleased as punch to see the Republicans once again backing an apparent liar. Not surprised at all, but pleased. Via the fish-wrapper, from across the nation (Well, from Newsday, at least.):
Shaun Powell, Newsday Without [Andy] Pettitte, the afternoon was much ado about nothing. Really, did you learn anything? Did it change your opinion? McNamee stuck to his story, Clemens to his. Both stories were running in opposite directions, like Hillary and Obama. The hearings lacked someone to trust and believe. Instead, the hearings had Washington-style justice, with Republican questioners lining up behind Bush backer Clemens and the Dems throwing up the dukes for McNamee. Wallace Matthews, Newsday You wonder why nothing ever gets done in Washington, why all these brilliant minds can't unravel the health care mess, balance the budget, find an alternative means of energy, end homelessness or figure out a way to keep more Americans from dying in Iraq. Then you watch something as comparatively simple as yesterday's hearing and the reason immediately becomes clear. This 4 1/2 -hour charade disguised as a hearing was Washington in microcosm. Democrats . . . put Clemens on the grill. Republicans . . . aimed their barbs at McNamee. And in the end, Clemens walked off knowing that since nothing was resolved, nothing more is likely to happen to him. Did Clemens perjure himself? Probably not. Did he expose himself? Definitely yes.
Other columnists went much further in calling Clemens a liar. He's a Republican, what can one expect?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Joke of The Week

Foundation for Defense of Democracies [sic] would love to have you at their confab in Israel ("Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism") this June. (Maybe they'll be helping to stop Israeli terrorism against the Palestinian people...ha ha, we kid. Israel is a democracy, the Palestinians aren't. That answers that.) Oh, you have to be an academic. They're looking for:
...university professors and lecturers who serve in a teaching capacity to participate in the FDD's Academic Fellowship program.
Participants have included (names redacted for the sake of common decency):
Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Philosophy Department, Arkansas Tech University Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University Associate Professor of Political Science, Southern Connecticut State University Associate Professor of Political Science, Azusa Pacific University Paideia Professor and Holder of the Tower-Hester Chair in Politics, Southwestern University Associate Professor of Political Science, California State University at Chico Assistant Professor of Humanities, University of South Carolina at Beaufort Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, California State University at Chico Professor of History, Grove City College Professor of History, The College of Mount Saint Vincent

Well, we didn't say you had to be much of an academic. And don't think it's going to be some picnic on the beach:

During the trip you are requested to dress in relaxed, business casual style. Acceptable attire for men includes shoes, khaki pants and a golf/polo shirt while women should wear a skirt/pants and a shirt/blouse. During off hours and on some visits to military bases you can dress in shorts and t-shirts- Israel is a very laid-back country. A light sweater or fleece vest might be necessary on some evenings and for air conditioned lecture halls. FDD will advise you about the dress code on a daily basis. Do I need to attend every FDD event in Israel?

Yes. Barring illness or some previous arrangement made with FDD, you are required to attend every FDD event in Israel. It is a condition of your acceptance into the program. If you have visited Jerusalem previously and prefer not to go on the tour of the Old City you may do so provided you advise the FDD staff of your decision, provide a point of contact, and rejoin the group on-time for the next day’s events. You will have plenty of time to enjoy yourself, but your activities will be largely group oriented. We should finish most days by 7:30 PM unless we have arranged a group event for the evening. Otherwise, you will be free until the next morning.

No free ride, either:
Under no circumstances will FDD pay for transportation costs that exceed the cost of round trip travel between your home airport and Tel Aviv.
So there.

"Manic-depressive goth-barfly with an unhealthy appetite for pot and lager and ne'er-do-well men"

Slate has a semi-thoughtful (& short) Amy Winehouse piece, no good pix, & YouTube links for those of you who, like us, have better things to do w/ our (or just not enough) time than cruise YouTube for anything even vaguely interesting.

More of The Same

That is, nothing...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Nothin', Y'Hear, Nothin'!!"

If less is more, than nothing must be the most. Therefore: (Blank empty space intentional.)

Monday, February 11, 2008

Kirkwood, MO Follow-Up

Comment leader Peabody kindly advises us of linkage from fellow whack-job & once homeless person The Divine Mr. M., who has links to one "Infamous Brad" (not brad of Fire Megan McArdle, this a different adifferentbrad) who has deeper whatnot on the whole ugly mess. Surprise, race & economic class are involved!! We'll point out that when the story first broke we didn't know Charles "Cookie" Thornton was of the African-American persuasion, so we assumed he was just another crazed honky. Turns out he was a black man driven crazy by the honkies.

Gramophone Award Wrap-Up

Wrap it up & throw it away, we say! Fifty yrs. of crap, be done w/ it! Just Another Blog™ could not possibly care less about awards, let alone the programs on which they are presented. Indeed, back in the good old days when the AMPAS Awards©™ were presented in late Mar. or early Apr., & there was a House/Apartment of Bouffant© (other than a homeless shelter) to clean, we'd take the opportunity of Oscar©™ night to perform spring cleaning.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dep't. of Amplification, Scatological Obscenity Desk

We recently mentioned former AgSec (& current moldering corpse) Earl Butz ,indicating in our mention that we weren't sure whether or not he'd said "nigger." Well, thanks to Gustavo Arellano, in today's regional wrapper of fish, we find out that ol' Earl said "coloreds."
Other newspapers, on the other hand, had fewer qualms about Butz's insult. The New York Times, America's epitome of a too-genteel newspaper, wrote in its obituary, "Mr. Butz made a remark in which he described blacks as 'coloreds' who wanted only three things -- satisfying sex, loose shoes and a warm bathroom -- desires that Mr. Butz listed in obscene and scatological terms." Doesn't quite capture the flavor of the original, but it's closer. Reuters used a description similar to the New York Times' measured take, as did Butz's home state daily, the Indianapolis Star. None of them printed Butz's full joke, but their approach makes them veritable George Carlins to the Los Angeles Times' Jeff Foxworthy.
(For the obscene & scatological terms, click the "Earl Butz" link above. Just Another Blog™ is much closer to Carlin than to Foxworthy, we say modestly.) What a paragon of tolerance the Sec'y. was, & shame on us for thinking he'd have used an awful term like "nigger." Our sincerest apologies to the late Secretary Butz & all of his family & friends. (Heh-heh, we said "Butz.")

Roots of American Socio-Political Idiocy

Gawd knows if these two tomes have yet reached the Los Angeles Public Library, but they've certainly reached the reviewers @ the L. A. Times. (Therefore we'll leave it to the Timesfolk to review them.)
Corruption abounds. The U.S. secretary of the Interior is giving no-bid contracts for oil, coal and timber on public land to the president's corporate campaign contributors in secret meetings. Big Oil not only writes energy policy but also dictates military options and environmental priorities, this last mainly by dismantling protections enacted by previous presidents. The U.S. attorney general signs off on whatever comes his way, putting the administration's friends above the law. The FBI looks the other way. The president may not understand what it all means, but it's unclear whether he would disapprove if he did. What year is it? Here are a few more hints: The president's security detail shuttles concubines in and out of the White House and delivers payoffs to former mistresses to keep them quiet. His wife consults a psychic daily and punishes petty slights with the help of government agencies. Vocal upholders of public morals keep their gay lovers in Washington and their wives back home.
Still guessing? Turns out it's 1922, not 2001-2008 or anytime during the Reagan era, as evidenced in a book about the Teapot Dome scandal. Also: The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby. Pantheon: 362 pp., $26 Merely as a pseudo-intellectual, we at Just Another Blog™ are outraged by what Mme. Jacoby has to say about you wilfully ignorant bastards & the future you promise us:
"a surge of anti-intellectualism capable of inflicting vastly greater damage than its historical predecessors inflicted on American culture and politics."
As reviewed by Art Winslow, some sort of intellectual elitist who used to write for The Nation, fer crissake.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Open Letter to The Bastards @ Bugger™

Dear Buggering™ Bastards: When will spell checking be available again? Not that we really need it, but it's been a while & it never hurts to check one's work. Sincerely, Malignant "Chas." Bouffant Editor-in-Chief Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™

Not Much Happening

Nothing new or sucky to report, other than being awakened @ 0500 instead of 0600 @ the Armory today. We hope the 144th Field Artillery is called up & shipped to the other side of the world to die horrible deaths. Soon. Click to Sadly, No! from the bogroll [sic] & peruse Mister Leonard Pierce's reports from the Conservative Political Action Conference, under the rubric of "The Beast Is Red," if you need entertainment. (And who doesn't?)

Friday, February 8, 2008

The American Scene

More fun w/ mainiacs w/ guns ( Just Another Blog™ was one once, but the L. A. County Sheriff's Dep't. took our peashooter away) : Five Dead in Los Angeles:
The standoff began shortly after a man in Winnetka called 911 saying he had gunned down three relatives. It ended early Thursday -- more than eight hours later -- with a single round from a police sniper who killed the suspect as he emerged from his burning house firing a barrage of bullets. In between, two highly decorated Los Angeles Police Department officers were shot, one fatally.
Out in a blaze of glory after killing the rest of your family. Just how we wanted to do it. If you can't get a celebrity or politician, your family's the next best thing. And lighting your house on fire is a nice finishing touch. Speaking of politicians, we all know how horrid the gov't. is, w/ its parking tickets & other affronts to freedom. One man stood up for himself last night. Best part of this one? The shooter's brother thinks it's just fine:
Thornton's brother, Gerald, told local television station KMOV that he saw justification for the bloodshed. "My brother went to war tonight with the people and government that were putting torment and strife into his life, and he ended it," Gerald Thornton said. "I'm OK with it."
Hokey fuckin' smokes, what sort of family background/genetic deficiencies did these two have? Are there any more at home like them? Bear in mind that when it's Pres. Clinton or Pres. Obama, people like this will be coming out of the woodwork taking potshots at any gov't. figure in a last-ditch effort to stop the socialist menace. Meter maids beware! On the feminist front, we get this, hot off the presses this a. m.:
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A young woman killed two female students in a college classroom at a vocational college today, then killed herself, police said. The students apparently were shot in their seats in the second-floor classroom at Louisiana Technical College, Sgt. Don Kelly said.
Sisterhood is powerful. Three publicized acts of multiple-victim gun violence in This Great Nation of Ours™ in about 36 hrs. Keep the chain going America, it's bad luck if you break it.

Conservative Movement (No Poop Jokes, Damnit!!)

In our recent forays into the sad world of Right Wing Rant Radio, we've noticed many references to the "conservative movement," as in: "What's McCain done for the conservative movement?" or "McCain hasn't helped conservativism any." On the other hand (warts) "left" radio (other than Pacifica, which is just too serious for us) is not condemning anyone for being untrue to the "movement" or the like, though of course the two still-standing Senators are at least semi-liberal, if far from "progressive" or actually "left," in the sense of all other semi-democratic industrialized nations. But it would be awfully tough for RWRR hosts to come right out & ask, "What's McCain done lately to help corporations, increase the wealth of the wealthy, impose a fascist theocracy, & cater to the whims of paranoid pantswetters who sense a Muslim sleeper under every bed?" Other than his promise to stay in Iraq for 100 yrs. if that's what it takes, of course. So the reference is merely to "the movement," not its goals. Well kids, as long as you have a clique to belong to...

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Loser Admits He's a Loser

It appears Mittens has quit (or "suspended" his campaign) & not a moment too soon. Any more of this "Democrats are going to surrender to terrorists" crap & it might have been time to apply a bit o' terror to Mormon boy. Hey, does this mean that the Mormon "Heavenly Father" doesn't exist? Or is powerless to affect events here on this planet (as opposed to the one he rules in outer space somewhere)? Wouldn't you think "Heavenly Pops" would want one of his boys running things here in America, where Jeezis made a special stop several hundred yrs. after his crucifixion & alleged revival? And where Jeezis will be returning to re-establish the Garden of Eden in Missouri or somewhere? Inquiring minds want to know, damnit!! Here's some bullshit (from the AP via MSNBC) from ol' Double Gitmo about "surrender:"
In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington Thursday, Romney talked of Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama retreating in Iraq and declaring defeat. He then told the crowd he disagrees with McCain on a number of issues, but that he'd given the matter a lot of thought and if he fought on all the way to the Republican convention, " I forestall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I'd be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror." Romney added, "If this were only about me, I can go on. But its never been only about me. I entered this race... because I love America, and because I love America, in this time of war, I feel I now have to stand aside, for our party and for our country." The former Massachusetts Republican governor has been seriously trailing McCain in the delegate count since Super Tuesday. [Emphasis added.] Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., remains in the race but trails Romney in the delegate counts.
We're closer & closer to a McCain/Huckleberry ticket. Two spiteful assholes w/ thin skins (anger management issues, in other words). Oh, swell. We just can't have too many hateful dipshits running This Great Nation of Ours™, can we? P. S.: Romney, McCain, & their pants-pissing ilk have already "surrendered to terror," merely by whining about it all the time.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

YouTubery

Internet friend "Sophia" from across the pond sends this YouTube thingy: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5fda4_wo6JI Alas, either we're just not familiar enough w/ Windows 2000 (And why should we be in 2008?) or the library has their devil-boxes set up oddly, but we can't get the YouTube image to appear. Indeed, please excuse the general (total) lack of pictures & other imagery of late. Though even if we could get images up, we haven't the time to search for l'image juste under the LAPL's time constraints.

Super Duper Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Wrap-Up

Like, whut-everrr.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Vote Early, Vote Often!

Rudely awakened @ 0400, instead of the usual 0545, as the 144th Field Artillery's Armory had to be used as a polling place today. And, last night's dinner was a suckfest: turkey log, boiled carrots, undercooked new potatoes. Plus my piece of day-old bread, no doubt from a snooty Westside restaurant, was wheat (Blech!) w/ a mess of icky seed things in it! P. U. & hmpf! So fuck "democracy," & fuck all you morons who think you live in a democracy. Technically, it's a "democratic republic," more accurately it's a kleptocracy. Or simply a shithole, & the capital of hypocrisy. Of course, if you're stupid enough to believe what you were told in high school civics classes (It's not called "civics" any more, is it? That went out w/ "junior high school," if not before.) it may not be hypocrisy. What exactly is it called when the ruled are too ignorant/stupid to realize they're being ruled w/ lies? Everyday human existence? The natural state of afffairs? Reality? Whatever you call it, it sucks.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Will Not Be Missed

How do these assholes manage to live this long? Isn't the horror of their souls supposed to eat them like the cancers they are on the body politic? Above contemplations in response to the death of Nixon AgSec Earl Butz. (Heh-heh, he said "Butz.") From the regional fishwrapper (Now, by the way, owned by some real estate mogul rather than the Tribune Corp.):
He was forced to resign his Cabinet post in October 1976 after telling an obscene joke that was derogatory to blacks. The slur was overheard by John Dean, Nixon's former counsel who was jailed in the Watergate scandal, and Dean's report on it was published in Rolling Stone magazine.
And, especially for those of you too young to remember, here's the obscene joke that Sec. Butz told & the L. A. Times was too chicken to repeat. (We can't remember if "nigger" was used but the set up was that the only things African-American men were interested in were):
"Loose shoes, tight pussy & a warm place to shit."
Just loverly, innit? What exactly made Sec. Butz think that most Euro-American males weren't interested in the very same things? (Apparently wymyn weren't even on the Secretary's radar.) We know, as a currently homeless person, that a warm (& private) place to shit is paramount to our well-being. And nobody likes tight shoes. As a mentally ill person, our medication has removed our libido (just as well, really) so we can't comment on the other interest.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Awful Person of the Week

Due to various circumstances beyond our control (basketball & hockey games, wknd. infomercials, "best of" repeats of crap we've already heard) we've been listening to more right wing squawk radio than any sane person should. Jeezis H. Christ, those people are just plain nutz!! And filled w/ hate, rage, pain, & fear? Oh, you bet. Hokey Smokes!! So often they accuse the left (or what passes for it in our nation) of being hate-filled, yet you truly would not believe what issues from their mouths, much of it now directed at their own, as the recent rise of Sen. John McCain as the latest phoenix from the Party ashes seems to have set many of them off. This wk.'s "awful person" earned her designation when discussing Preacher Boy Hucklebuck, to whom she referred as a "malignant narcissist." A bit o' pop psychology from our weekly winner, Ms. Tammy Bruce, the self-hating (a bit o' pop psych from us, there) self-admitted lesbian who is a conservative mouthpiece. Per Ms. B., it's "all about Huckabee" because he won't get out of the race & throw his support to Mittens Romney, whose constant invocation of Ratbag Ronnie Reagan (a grown man who called his second wife "mommie," allegedly before the Alzheimer's Disease set in -- get out your psych texts for that one, kids) & whining that "Washington is broken" while conveniently forgetting to mention that his party broke it (Isn't that just what the Republicans want to do, break the gov't. so that it only works for their corporate welfare cronies?) seems to have made Mittens the new darling/last hope of the Party loudmouths. Not that we have anything positive to say about The Huckster, who does seem to have a pretty high opinion of himself, & is a deliberate obscurantist & ignoramus of the first water, but what politician is not a narcissist? Ever looked at Romney's hair, Tammy? And get this from Tammy's page:
Mitt Romney is a forward thinking individual who, through business, understands the importance of people, our impact and influence. His success is based not in contempt for people, but in working with them. Many, including myself, have worried that one of Romney's weaknesses is that he doesn't have a "romantic" backstory like McCain, but I was wrong. Romney does have perhaps the most romantic backstory--his is the only history made of helping other people gain success. Clinton and McCain have spent their lives celebrating themselves and using others to gain personal power.
Yep, leveraged buy-outs followed by lay-offs & re-selling companies for a huge fucking profit, the very definition of "understands the importance of people, our impact and influence." (Tammy writes well, too, another criterion for "awful person.") Certainly not one working stiff has been used to gain any wealth or power for ol' Mittens. By the way, we've heard Mittens described as a "self-made man." Sure, if pater was the head of American Motors, the governor of Michigan & a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination until he made the mistake of telling the truth about Vietnam, anything you do is completely on your own. Dug ditches 50 hrs. a wk. to get himself through correspondence school, if we're not mistaken. Totally self-made. We feel sick, & our time runneth out. (So does yours.) Ciao 'til next time!!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Annals of Sociology or Some Other Soft Science...

Interesting: Many of our fellow human dregs @ the Nat'l. Guard Armory receive their gov't. stipends (VA benefits, SSI, General Relief, whatever) on the first of the month, & (so I'm told) they take said money, run to downtown L. A., rent a cheap hotel room, & spend all their remaining money on consciousness alteration until the money runs out. This results in fewer occupants of the Armory, and larger portions of food being served to those of us who have our baser appetites under control. (Although there are few appetites baser than desire for food.) And, oddly enough, those who go off on a drug run seem to be those most likely to be loud, cause disturbances, etc. The result? A fairly pleasant evening in the Armory.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Every Few Months

Joel Stein, of the Los Angeles Times & various failures to get sitcom writing gigs, is generally not amusing, especially when dealing w/ show bidness, but once in a while he gets off a good column. We were quite amused by one he did comparing Gen. Petraeus & Britney Spears in Sept. (You could find the link by searching "Joel Stein" in the search field at the left in the Blogger™ navbar above.) Today he's cranked out another good one:

The idea is this: Say, for instance, I got $600, and I spent it on strippers. Those strippers would then buy clothes at Bebe, and the person who owns Bebe would buy the crappy house I overpaid for and get me out of the financial predicament caused by unscrupulous mortgage lenders and not by my addiction to strip joints.

Good, that is, except for the Milton Friedman/poor people suck/Megan McArdle-style reference, but poor people are more likely to blow their $600.00 all at once. We (all us po' folk, not merely The Editor) know there's no future. (And barely a past to speak of.)

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Chalk on a Blackboard

If you find Sen. Clinton's voice & mid-western accent irritating, imagine racist Ron Paul squawking at you for four yrs.

Just So You Know

A paraphrase of Mittens Romney, blathering at the Reagan Library Q&A last night, as heard over the radio while waiting for 90 minutes in the cold wind to enter the Armory where we currently lay our head:
No, the Republican Party is not in great shape, but it's not George W. Bush's fault (!) the problem is that "Washington is broken."
Yes, he actually said that. And (paraphrasing again) he wants America to be the strongest nation in the world, militarily, financially & spiritually or in the spirit of the American people or some such. How's he going to do this? Fire everyone in Washington & ship their jobs overseas? That's how he & Bain Capital have "saved" the companies they've "bought," no reason to think it wouldn't work for government as well. Other than the fact that government & business are NOT the same things, & can't be run the same way, &, &... It's just maddening. And we were mad/disturbed to begin w/.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Curses, Foiled Again!

Not since June, 1980, when Just Another Blog™ found itself sharing a ballroom at the Century Plaza Hotel w/ Ronald Reagan, who was celebrating his victory in the California Republican primary, has The Editor been so close to a preznit, & so sorry he was unarmed, as earlier this afternoon (about 1240) when Marine One & Marine Two crossed Santa Monica Blvd. @ Federal Avenue @ an altitude of about 350 ft. Oh to have had a shoulder-launched anti-aircraft weapon of some sort! Alas, it would have taken two, as we had no idea which of the choppers the bastard was in. In 1980, there was absolutely no security at the Century Plaza ballroom. No metal detectors, no one even looking at people entering the ballroom. Seriously, had we been armed we probably could have weaseled our way right up to the stage & podium & plugged Reagan. And then, as we were leaving the Century Plaza he came right by us in his limo (Cadillac, if memory serves) literally no more than ten ft. away, though the limo & windows might have been armored. Today, we had just heard on the radio that Dear Leader had been speechifyin' in Torrance (Go to whitehouse.gov for his inane speech & pix of Marine One. We can't get this stupid Windows 2000 library supplied crap to link anything.) when a 'copter came overhead, going north at quite a low altitude. We looked up & there it was, two-tone, white on the top, OD on the bottom, w/ "United States of America" in gold on the rotor boom. Well, we thought to ourselves, but then, seeing no escort, wondered if the Crawford Chickenshit was aboard. Bingo, the second one appeared. Really, one should always be carrying a brace of anti-aircraft missiles, if only to deal w/ the police. At this point, all we can do is hope it's not another 28 yrs. before our next chance to off a politician, in office or not.

Street "Justice"

A gaggle of LAPD motorcycle officers (& their motorcycles) in front of the local 7-11 this a. m. on our way to the library. Haven't observed a non-mobile police bike (pig hog?) in some time, & noticed that most of them now carry a pistol-grip shotgun over the saddlebags. Yikes! Wonder how easy it'd be to grab one while Ossifer Oinker is in the 7-11 or the doughnut shoppe. One wouldn't think the shotguns would be locked down, 'cause they''d want to be able to get at them quickly, but one never knows.

The Kiss of Death

We dipped our toes in the electoral water a few days ago (item immediately below) not even endorsing, merely "recommending" (Is there a difference?) John Edwards, & now it appears he's out of the horse race. On the other hand, we were as mean as possible to Rudy "Benito" Giuliani, & he seems to be history as well, leaving corporatist Mittens the Mormon & warmonger McCain to duke it out on the Republican side. Apparently there is a Republican debateQ&A session tonight from the Reagan Library. (Wasn't the very first Republican Q&A held there, lo these many months ago? Don't go to the well of Alzheimer's too many times, white boys!) We'll see if the two front-runners come to blows. One little question: How does having your aircraft shot out from under you & allowing yourself to be captured by the enemy make you any kind of "war hero?" Makes you an incompetent loser in our book. Top that off by dumping the wife who stayed home & raised your children while you were avoiding further combat. Dumping said wife for a woman 18 yrs. your junior, who just happened to be the heiress to one of the largest beer distributors in the nation. Family values: Do as we say, not as we do!! All abuse aside, it seems McCain is merely lucky. Hope his luck doesn't run out soon, 'cause when a charmed life goes bad... Though Mittens would be as good a candidate as any for the Republican Party. That is, he's sure to get his ass whipped by Clinton or Obama.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Crap from Morons: It Never Stops

We won't go into details, but this was in one of our inboxes recently. After a certain amount of unremarkable money-grubbing boilerplate, we got to the end:
Sincerely, Linda Boyd Chairman Republican Party of Los Angeles County P.S. We have to start NOW to stop Hillary Clinton from taking America down the road to defeatism and socialism. Your contribution in any amount will help us defeat her this year. Please take a moment and help us now by contributing at [Link redacted for the sake of human decency.]
If we thought for thirty seconds that a vote for Sen. Clinton was a vote for socialism, she'd have it. Considering what a corporate, "triangulating" tool the Senator is, & how far to the right of any other Democratic candidate she is, it still kills us that Republican orthodoxy is that she's "Hugo Chavez in a dress," as some inane drone (Sucker of prostitute toes & former Clinton adviser Dick Morris? We really can't remember.) recently referred to her. And if they think Sen. C. is a "defeatist" (We think that means "has a rational foreign policy & doesn't suffer from bladder control problems every time a furriner is mentioned.") they are again deluding themselves. Sen. C. will be so anxious to prove that she's "tough" & whatnot she'll probably start a war the first chance she gets. Our recommendation is Senator John Edwards, though he'd probably be assassinated by GE, GM, ADM or an equally awful corporate entity (Blackwater?) before he could take office.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hello, World...

One of the two or three who read this thing on a regular basis when it was on a regular basis has asked for an e-mail, so here it is: m.bouffant@gmail.com. Due to my own inability to deal w/ reality (depression) I failed to make any serious attempts to get my sorry ass on long-term Social Security disability, & was finally evicted from my lovely rent-controlled West Hollywood dump (where I probably could have lived out the rest of my unnatural life in relative comfort) on 8 January 2008. I'm now in a homeless shelter @ the California National Guard Armory @ Federal & Wilshire in West Los Angeles. As a ward of the L. A. County Mental Health Department there are allegedly people attempting to secure housing of a sort for me, I'm also in a homeless program, which may be able to put me up as I'm a a mental case, blah blah blah... So I'm not dead yet. I check my e-mail each day about 1000, @ the West L. A. Library, before settling in for a day of reading before returning to the shelter. I have gotten help from friends, but none of them (birds of a feather sad sack losers like myself) have money, space or time to spare...

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