Saturday, February 23, 2008

Downtown Gentrification => Nostalgia

From the in-box, Brother "Brick" Wahl toots his own horn. (He's a jazzbo, whaddya expect?) Well, we thought, if he thinks so highly of it, why not share it w/ a larger audience than his e-mailing list? Then we realized his list is probably larger than Just Another Blog™'s audience. Nonetheless, this gives us the opportunity to believe ourself an actual editor, or publisher, even.
Fever Just reread an email I sent to an owner of a new club downtown (Crash Mansion) in answer to a jazz question she had. I found I had added this as a p.s. and forgotten about it. It was a couple days ago and I was a bit feverish from the flu. I like it. Apparently I need to get the flu more often. P. S.: I just read of your club somewhere. Nice to see all these nitespots coming up downtown. We used to haunt downtown in my crazed punk rock days...taking the last bus to Pershing Square and wandering the streets of skid row in search of loud music. Hanging out with Darby Crash at the Atomic Cafe. Smoking dope with some guys in back of the Brave Dog who were telling me about the band they had just formed called the Minutemen. Walking to Al's Bar when all those parking lots were spooky empty factories and the hotels were just a gleam in some architect's eye. That was 1980-81. Armies of beggars. Bodies in the street. Piles of blood and scabs and hair, like the Fear song said. A few years later we'd hang at Charlie's Obsession—now the downtown Charlie O's--and see killer bands inside as guys dealt smack openly outside. Lotsa fun back in the days. Too bad half the people I knew then are dead! It's a whole new world down there now. Have fun with it.
For those of you who live in or will be visiting the gluteus maximus of The Beast, Brother Brick's jazz & the like live music selections/advice may be read each week in the L. A. Weekly, under the rubric "Brick's Picks," where he, too, writes in the second person plural (editorial "we").

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bugger Blogger™

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Breeder Scum

Sophia (Not)Loren has also forwarded this tidbit, from the Beeb. Seems her Mac (thanks a lot, Steve Jobs, for losing her several thousand photos) has been repaired, & just in time to provide grist for our little mill here, as our research time is severely constrained. Now, the story:
A 16-year-old Argentine girl has given birth to female triplets - for the second time. The girl, named only as Pamela, had her first set of female triplets aged 15, having first given birth to a son when she was just 14.
Stop it!! This horrid world has been "replenished" a million times over!! We're like fruit flies w/ this multiplication business. It's no longer fruitful, it's a drain on everyone & everything. Enough is enough, already. Seriously, find out what makes this child so fecund & develop something to stop it. Now!!

Overheard at the Library

This was at the Central Library, yesterday. Of course one really shouldn't be overhearing things at the library, but a person of obvious mental trouble (could have been both slow & ill in the head) was using a public 'phone, speaking very loudly & slowly, w/ little affect. Whomever he was talking to, he was explaining how he'd been invited to a party where there were children, & he hadn't hugged or kissed any of them, 'cause he knew it was wrong. Before any further details were shared w/ most of the Social Sciences/Religion/Philosophy area, a library employee told him to shush, & then he got off the 'phone.

Bufo From Hell

This dude is no relation to The Editor, though his name is a bit similar. And there are other similarities:
"They are round with big mouths, and they will sit there and grab onto anything that walks past."
Also, Devil-frog existed before the impact that destroyed the dinosaurs, as did we. (Seems that way, at least.) Thanks to Just Another Blog™ fan Sophia (Not)Loren, who forwarded this to us. We did see it in yesterday's cage-liner. but as everything we've been doing lately seems to come from the L. A. Times, we weren't all over it. And we didn't even notice the similarity in names until it appeared in the in-box.

Later in the Day...

We'll be reporting on giant frogs (not obese French people) from pre-history, & speaking out for human extinction.

War in ah Babylon Baghdad L. A.

On the domestic terrorism front a chunk of L. A. was "locked down" yesterday. (Why doesn't George Bush have a War on Domestic Terror? This crap affects many, many more people in This Great Nation of Ours™ than the activities of a few religious fanatics in a cave on the other side of the world.) From the front page of the local cage-liner:
The violence began around noon when a 37-year-old man police described as a bystander was shot more than a dozen times by suspected gang members as he held the hand of a 2-year-old girl. He later died. The toddler, apparently picked up by a passerby and carried to safety, was not wounded. As the gunmen drove off, witnesses told police, several pedestrians who apparently knew the victim opened fire on the car. Minutes later, police attempted to stop suspects driving in a white Nissan sedan about 10 blocks away. Three men jumped out of the car, and at least two of them fired weapons at officers. A man wielding an AK-47 rifle was killed by police as they returned fire, authorities said. Another suspect was wounded and later found hiding under a car, where he was still holding a semiautomatic handgun, law enforcement sources said. Police said he is expected to recover. But it was a massive manhunt for the two remaining suspects that shut down dozens of streets in Cypress Park until police arrested one of the men about 5:30 p.m. The other is believed to have driven out of the area, police said.
Click the link above to see the picture of the LAPD SWAT officers, sporting desert camo (very effective in the urban environment, doncha know) looking exactly like U. S. troops in Baghdad. The stop sign, police cruiser, & more lines on the power/'phone/cable tee vee pole in the background are the only appreciable differences between Cypress Park & any Iraqi city. In other acts of fascism around the city, traffic has been screwed up around the tourist trap intersection of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., in fear of terrorist activity at the Oscars™. Sounds like a good idea to Just Another Blog™. (The terrorist activity, stupid, not fucking up traffic for innocents who live nearby or must pass through the area to & from work & other necessary activities.)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just a Bit More McCainery

From L. A. Times wire services:
In response to the New York Times article, the McCain campaign issued a statement from its communications director, Jill Hazelbaker, saying, "It is a shame that the New York Times has lowered its standards to engage in a hit and run smear campaign. John McCain has a 24-year record of serving our country with honor and integrity. He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the issues at stake in this election.
Does the phrase "Keating Five" mean anything to anybody? Anywhere? At all? Sounds as if McCain's chummy relationships (bribery?) w/ lobbyists (sex or not) are about to come out.

Plus Ça Change...

Still nothing to say, though that stuff w/ Baby/Would-be Iran-Bomber McCain is amusing, innit? And one must love the picture of Cindy McCain there @ MSN, lips clamped firmly together, turtleneck to hide her sagging wattle...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Got Nothin' Again

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.