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.