Saturday, May 3, 2008

Maybe He Is Too Old

We've been holding back on the "too old" thing here, because we aren't exactly spring chickens ourselves (though we're nowhere near 70+) & age discrimination really is stupid. But after a certain point you have to wonder a bit: Is it just the usual politician pandering & flip-flopping or is there something serious going on (or not going on?) in the cognition dep't. w/ Senator McSame? Other deliciousness on the McBush trail: "Did you call that bitch a cunt?" (Frankly, ladies, when you all stop calling men "pricks" & "assholes," we'll stop w/ the bitch & cunt stuff.) McLame's response:
Now, now. You don't want to... Um, you know that's the great thing about town hall meetings, sir, but we really don't, there's people here who don't respect that kind of language. So I'll move on to the next questioner in the back.
So what if they "don't respect that kind of language?" What the hell does that mean, anyway? So McCunt ducks the question, & the guy who asked it gets "interviewed" by the Secret Service. What is this countnation coming to?

Spiritual Adviser: Jerry "Captain Trips" Garcia

Big John McBush has spiritual advisers as well. Pastor John Hagee & Reverend Rod Parsley are two of them. (What's the deal on "pastor" & "reverend?" How do these honorifics get chosen?) Here, therefore, is a list of "outrageous" (Where is the outrage?) statements from the two. Our personal favorite? The United Snakes was founded (in part, mind you, let's not get cazy here) to destroy Islam.
I cannot tell you how important it is that we understand the true nature of Islam, that we see it for what it really is. In fact, I will tell you this: I do not believe our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand our historical conflict with Islam. I know that this statement sounds extreme, but I do not shrink from its implications. The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed, and I believe September 11, 2001, was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore." - Rod Parsley in Silent No More (Charisma House, 2005)
Isn't "false religion" redundant, Rod? Tip of the Mahomet Bouffant chapeau to Cenk Uygur @ HuffPo, who has some footage of fat-boy Hagee preaching some hate.

Annals of Self-Congratulation

Today marks the first anniversary of Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™. We won't dwell on it, but we had to run someone else who tried to use the name out of business, while just ignoring some schmuck who uses the same name (& calls himself "Zomby Woof") inside Democratic Underground. But he's not stand-alone, & doesn't post much. So to hell w/ him. The big question, of course, is how much longer will this (or the editor thereof) continue. With close to 28,000 visitors in merely a yr., an average of 71/day (yeah, we know, & besides that most of those hits were perverts looking for Sophia Loren's bare breasts or the Xtian wife-spanking story...sick, sick, sick) we feel obligated to continue. For a while. And thanks to the Public Libraries of Los Angeles & Santa Monica (though not so much Santa Monica any more) for providing free Internet access, even if on a limited basis. P. S.: And the horse you rode in on!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Annals of Bureaucracy & Malpractice

Let's review. (Item directly below.) Caught up? OK. It occurs to us that a deliberate refusal to provide medical assistance (the refilling of a prescription) as a result of the childish "We won't respond to 'threatening' messages" (& the refusal even to communicate anything along the lines of "we won't talk to you because we're scared, stop 'threatening' us") rationale offered for not responding to us for two wks. might just qualify as malpractice. Of course, for all we know we had to sign away all of our rights in order to get the alleged treatment we've rec'd. from whichever bureaucracy we're referring to. (No one reads all that crap, & one has no choice anyway, if one wishes to receive what passes for help. So it's all signed under duress, if you ask us.) So the response to this "threatening" e-mail:
I took my last Lexapros today, can you refill my prescription, & advise me by e-mail, so I don't have to go on more wild goose chases, as your colleagues at the DMH are so fond of sending me on?
was not to respond at all, but leave us hanging w/o the medication. Which, we've recently noticed, is not just to treat depression but anxiety as well. In other words, to keep you doped up to "treat" your anxiety – a fear of living in this society of clueless herd animals dominated by evil & cunningly intelligent predators – & prevent you from expressing your righteous & justified anger at those who are responsible for it. Sounds like malpractice to us. We'd be horrified if there are any legal eagles in the readership here, but if there is anyone who knows anything about this sort of thing, advice is gladly taken. (We realize that it will be worth just what it costs us, & thanks.) Although we don't have an exact memory of whatever alleged threats we made via e-mail or voicemail (if they'd answer their fucking 'phones once in a while instead of wasting their time in meetings kissing each others' asses, maybe people wouldn't be quite so angry, hint hint) we think we still have enough common sense left (Though it's going fast, people!!) not to have made any obvious, overt physical threats, partly because we still had some hope that some of these people would get out of their meetings & get some clue as to how to do the jobs for which they are paid, & actually help us, & partly because we'd just as soon not be in jail or another mental hospital. (Although the more often one is hospitalized, apparently the better one's chance of getting Social Security benefits w/in half a decade of applying. And hey, maybe being drugged into submission, surrounded by paranoid schizophrenics in a "facility" w/ three institutional meals per day & an actual bed or at least a cot wouldn't be any worse than being surrounded w/ stupid, normal, morbidly obese, in debt up to their third chin Americans, eating processed food until the food stamps run out while sleeping in a park. But what do we know?) So if the above e-mail was "threatening," we can only suppose that legal action & filing a grievance against these people is much the same as pointing a loaded gun at them. (AN ANALOGY, NOT A THREAT, LITERAL-MINDED FOOLS!!) Though oddly enough (here we take a clue from regular correspondent Mr. Peabody, The Dog That Walks Like a Man, in the comments section of the previous item):
No wonder that they have armed guards search you at the door of the DMH in Hollywood...
They do indeed, & as we left the office of the person who was so outraged that we were calling him on the general incompetence displayed, we noted one of said armed guards stationed just outside the office door. Never seen that before. Must've put the fear of something in them. Just rec'd. a further e-mail in response to one I sent to the DMH asking what was so "threatening" in the e-mail blockquoted above. The half-answer: "One of the inherent problems with email is that even small nuances in tone can result in a message being misconstrued." We wonder what could be "misconstrued" in the note we mentioned above. We are also told not to send any more e-mails, that all communication in the future should be in person or by 'phone, & that if we must go to the clinic, we'll get bus tokens. Sure. Thanks for the tokens we were provided yesterday. (NOT!! We were too fucking angry to beg for them, & of course they weren't offered, because these people drive around polluting the atmosphere & can't even conceive of someone not having a car, & a "nice car," at that.) Will the county be paying for the innumerable 50¢ 'phone calls we'll have to make, as well as the 25¢/minute surcharge before we are able to make contact w/ anything besides the voice mails to which they never respond? Not to mention the difficulty of hearing back from them when we don't have a mobile 'phone, & their message-leaving skills are about as good as all their other abilities. Bear in mind (we've wasted over an hour of our rapidly diminishing life span on this, sorry to any one still reading) that all of this started when, after informing our shrink that we weren't in very good shape, it was decided that we should be put into a program where "all the money was going," where attention beyond dosage incrementation is devoted to the "client." We then met w/ our perpetually incompetent case worker, who almost threw herself on the fainting couch w/ all her worry that soon we'd have pneumonia, & we'd be "groggy" when we woke up (No, we don't really know what that means, unless she was worried that thugs [police or gang members, very little difference] would be the ones waking us up.) so she makes the effort to call someone at a different Mental Health Center to see if we can get a bed in a facility in their area. And this airhead, using what was obviously an old listing (When we first used her "services" she gave us several hand-outs for where to obtain free lunches, shelter, & the like in the Hollywood area, most of them – this was in 2007, mind you – were "as of" some time in 2000!!) called the number given, received a voice mail w/ another name than the one on the list, & then simply left a message. She made no attempt to call the main number & find the person on the list, or see who was doing the "gatekeeper" job now, if the person named on the list wasn't. When the editorial "we" questioned her about this (knowing full well that the housing referral process involves faxing paperwork to the shelter, & giving the person referred paperwork to take to the shelter) her reaction was to call the same # & leave essentially the same useless message on the same wrong person's voice-mail. Nonetheless, we suppose because we're "mentally ill" & still trusted people, we made the long trek downtown, to find (of course) that the shelter in question had never heard of us. This, by the way, is what the shrink refers to as "doing our best to help you." We realize that not everything is going to work out perfectly the first time, but if the person in charge has no idea what's going on, the chances are pretty low that it will ever work out. Pretty fucking sad when the nutcase has a better idea of how to do the job than the L. C. P. W. who's paid for it does. But of course there's something wrong w/ us for being mad about this. We should also note that neither the shrink (whose idea it was in the first place) the case worker, nor the actual worker from the more intensive program were aware that as we hadn't been homeless for four months yet, WE DIDN'T FUCKING QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM!!) Again, this is "doing their best." "Best," my ass!! If you're not aware of the simplest options & requirements how can you even pretend that you're doing your "best?"
There's also something wrong when a person (us) who has been driven mad by a society of liars, cheaters, murderers & thieves is considered "mentally ill," but the people who do their "best" (sort of) to perpetuate that society & force conformity to it are not considered nuts. Think about it. Remember when dissidents in the Soviet Union were slapped in psychiatric institutions? Coming soon to a nation near you.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Annals of Bureaucracy

If one is dealing w/ a bureaucratic organization (Let's pick one at random, the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, as a purely hypothetical example.) & said bureaucracy, or at least all of the humanoids working therein w/ whom one has had contact, are incompetent, incapable of doing their jobs, lazy, stupid, or more interested in boosting their own "self-esteem" by treating their "clients" like shit, because the clients are some of our society's most powerless & can't fight back, should one "threaten" these bureaucratic incompetents by suggesting the possibility of a lawyer to sue them, or using the Department's own "grievance" system against them, they then decide that they are being "threatened," & will not respond to any of one's requests for help. In other words, their refusal/inability to assist their "clients" make clients even worse, & when said clients react other than in full Oliver Twist, cap off, knuckle to forehead, "please, sir, may I have some more gruel" mode, the "clients" get screwed again. Damned if one does, damned if one doesn't. Here is a "threatening" e-mail., to which no response was rec'd.:
I took my last Lexapros today, can you refill my prescription, & advise me by e-mail, so I don't have to go on more wild goose chases, as your colleagues at the DMH are so fond of sending me on?
Jeezis Hussein Christ, I know if I were a so-called doctor whose sole medical activity consisits of increasing dosages I'd certainly look at at this as a threat. Get out the restraining orders!!

Hurray Hurray, The First of May, Outdoor Fucking Starts Today!

Our thousandth item, in honor of May Day, the international workers day. If you went to work today you are a tool of the capitalist exploiters & deserve no more mercy than they do. Be ready to die. We are!! And ready to take you w/us as well!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Poodle Crap From the Blair Witch

Cowardly closet Catholic Tony Blair was apparently taking communion in secret,
Blair said he kept his belief long under wraps for fear of being dismissed as "a nutter."
Not a nutter, just a weak sister. We're so glad his "faith" kept him from joining the United Snakes in its campaign to murder as many Iraqis as...oh, never mind. How does it continue to slip our minds that a profession of religious faith from a world "leader" is despicable self-serving hypocrisy, every time? And especially when it comes from those who claim their "faith" is a "religion of peace," as they all do, while calling for holy war, whether jihad or Crusade. Religion is an instrument of social control, nothing more, nothing less. And it sure worked on Tony. Looks as if the Pope, in his non-stop war on the Ay-rabs & Moooslims, found himself a nice little poodle/sheep.
Blair had begun to pick at the subject haltingly over the last year, announcing his conversion to Catholicism (after years of secretly attending Mass as prime minister) in December. But only now is he discussing it fully and openly, and acknowledging the degree to which his religious faith informed his years leading America's closest ally.
Closest ally in death & destruction, that is.
Blair's aides have long said that his policies on intervention in Iraq, Kosovo and Sierra Leone were motivated not by practicalities or even, in the case of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, fear of weapons of mass destruction so much as a profound sense that they were the "right" thing to do.
Yep, it's the same old George W. Bush "gut feeling." Would it be possible, just once, to have a "leader," somewhere, who made a fucking decision based on truth & reality, not "gut feelings" & political expediency? Is that so much to ask? Remember the Enlightenment? No? Figures.

Homicide: Life on the Street

Highlights from the world of being broke & homeless: Finding a (non-menthol) cigarette butt big enough to get a few hits from. When the men's room in our outdoor house is not locked @ night, & we can sleep behind a locked door, instead of under playground equipment. Lowlights: Everything the fuck else. Biggest Dilemma: Can we keep our rage in check for the two or three yrs. it will take to get Social Security? At which time we'll be able to buy lots of guns!!

No Comment

From the Los Angeles Times:
For the record April 30, 2008 Jeremiah Wright: Jonah Goldberg's column on Tuesday identified journalist Joe Klein as a writer for Newsweek. He works for Time magazine.

Other Controversies

The Mainstream/ Corporate Media has been slightly called on the carpet for hiring retired baby killers (Many of them, as generals, were too chickenshit even to kill babies themselves, letting their proxies do their work for them, though some of them may have offed a "gook" or two if they served in 'Nam. Or, like the cowardly war criminal McCain, they may have notched their metaphorical gun by bombing people from the safety of aircraft miles away.) and Gen. Barry McCaffrey, not only a professional baby-killer but a former "drug czar" (Any one who would take that job is an asshole & an idiot, as it is the drug laws that cause more drug "problems" than the drugs themselves.). Hiring these brain-dead, brain-washed clowns to perpetuate & reinforce the lies of the current administration (Some of these fucks, or their equivalents, may have been defending Clinton & his Balkan adventurism, but it's more likely this element were opposed to anything Clintonian.) as far as the current "long war" & any others they feel like starting. Corporate NBC Universal/GE ("We Bring Good Nukes to Life!!") stooge Brian Williams has attempted to defend himself. Key quotes:
I've worked with two men since I've had this job -- both retired, heavily-decorated U.S. Army four-star Generals -- Wayne Downing and Barry McCaffrey. As I'm sure is obvious to even a casual viewer, I quickly entered into a close friendship with both men.
And:
I made four trips to Iraq with Wayne. We were together, in close quarters, for over two months at the start of the war and survived at least one harrowing adventure.
"It's not what you know, it's who you know." Them ol' macho buddies, having harrowing adventures together. Per Williams, if these whores made a bit of a whine about the Pentagon fuck-ups that nobody could possibly deny existed, they therefore weren't Pentagon propagandists. News flash, Bri: Soldiers, sailors, airmen & Marines fucking love to complain, especially about the kind of bureaucratic bullshit that so often occurs in a hierarchy. Most of the complaining is about the ignorant incompetence of fuckheads like Downing & McCaffrey, who either forgot what's it's like on the ground, or never served, or were too political to care. And ret'd. gens. like Downing & McCaffrey love to whine about the civilians in the Pentagon who don't know how to kill babies like the generals do. But did any of these "passionate patriots," as Williams refers to them, question the larger assumptions behind the "long war?" We think not. Here's one reason why, brought to our attention by a commenter on Mr. Williams' web log. Thank you, Karen C. of Auburn Georgia! And The Nation, which was on this quite some time ago, but the story was, of course, ignored until the NYT picked up on it five yrs. later. Note: The NYT story is a long one (7,592 words!!) & asshole & NASCAR fan Williams wasn't man enough to provide a link to the NYT article. You're not a real web logger like we are, you fucking droopy-eyed ass-licker.
McCaffrey and his NBC colleague Col. Wayne Downing, who reports nightly from Kuwait, are both on the advisory board of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a Washington-based lobbying group formed last October to bolster public support for a war. Its stated mission is to "engage in educational advocacy efforts to mobilize US and international support for policies aimed at ending the aggression of Saddam Hussein," and among its targets are the US and European media. The group is chaired by Bruce Jackson, former vice president of defense giant Lockheed Martin (manufacturer of the F-117 Nighthawk, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and other aircraft in use in Iraq), and includes such neocon luminaries as former Defense Policy Board chair Richard Perle. Downing has also served as an unpaid lobbyist and adviser to the Iraqi National Congress, an Administration-backed (and bankrolled) opposition group that stands to profit from regime change in Iraq. NBC News has yet to disclose those or other involvements that give McCaffrey a vested interest in Operation Iraqi Freedom. McCaffrey, who commanded an infantry division in the Gulf War, is now on the board of Mitretek, Veritas Capital and two Veritas companies, Raytheon Aerospace and Integrated Defense Technologies--all of which have multimillion-dollar government defense contracts. Despite that, IDT is floundering--its stock price has fallen by half since March 2002--a situation that one stock analyst says war could remedy. Since IDT is a specialist in tank upgrades, the company stands to benefit significantly from a massive ground war. McCaffrey has recently emerged as the most outspoken military critic of Rumsfeld's approach to the war, but his primary complaint is that "armor and artillery don't count" enough. In McCaffrey's recent MSNBC commentary, he exclaimed enthusiastically, "Thank God for the Abrams tank and... the Bradley fighting vehicle," and added for good measure that the "war isn't over until we've got a tank sitting on top of Saddam's bunker." In March alone, IDT received more than $14 million worth of contracts relating to Abrams and Bradley machinery parts and support hardware.
Is it any fucking wonder that Just Another Blog™ is consumed w/ rage on a 24-hr. basis? When you factor in our personal existence, well, let's just say that an explosion is inevitable, & imminent. Stand clear!!

Opening Volley of Vitriol

America the Exceptional: Born from genocide, nurtured by chattel slavery, & continuing to this day to solve its problems through violence & bullying. As we type this from the Westwood Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (overlooking the mini-cemetery where Marilyn Monroe & Frank Zappa molder while awaiting the rapture) we are surrounded by Mormon "missionaries," in their white shirts, dark neckties & name tags. Did you know that the Mormon "church" actually suggests how many piercings ladies should have (In their earlobes, of course!! You weren't thinking...gasp!!) & tells men whether or not to wear beards, etc.? Oddly enough, beards were cool in the 19th century, less popular as the outside ("gentile") world gave up on them. In other words, Mormons are the shallowest conformist dupes imaginable. (Hey, multi-billion dollar church, give your fucking lie-spreaders their own laptops, so they won't be using resources that are needed by people who work for a living or are w/o a living!!) And here's a lovely story about the real Mormons, not those whose desire for power & acceptability caused them to sell out many of the distinctive tenets of their oh-so-American religion (You know, pro-slavery, racist, etc. They still hate & fear women, that most common element of all religions: "Get your biscuits in the oven & your buns in the bed, we need a quiverfull!!") but those who still practice it more or less as Joseph Smith made it up from whole cloth.

State authorities raided a ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade Mormon sect, on April 3. More than 450 children are in state foster facilities from the raid.

The agency later released more information on its Web site, stating that: "Medical exams and reports by the children indicate that at least 41 children have had broken bones in the past. We do not have X-rays or complete medical information on many children so it is too early to draw any conclusions based on this information, but it is cause for concern and something we’ll continue to examine." "Based on interviews with the children and journal entries found at the ranch, we are continuing to look into the possible sexual abuse of some young boys."

As we typed above, it's really the plain old non-fundamentalist (Salt Lake City-based) Church of LDS that's the renegade sect. The FLDS (don't confuse it w/ FDS) is the one true church. And here's another good one:
FLDS spokesman Rod Parker called Cockerell's testimony "a deliberate effort to mislead the public."
As opposed to:
Cockerell also told a state legislative committee that mothers who stayed with their children in state custody launched a coordinated effort to stymie investigators, coaching their children to not answer questions.
Spare the rod & spoil the child, right Rod?
Church officials have denied that any children were abused at the ranch and say the state’s actions are a form of religious persecution. They also dispute the count of teen mothers, saying at least some are likely adults.
The true "religious persecution:"

On Monday, CPS announced that almost 60 percent of the underage girls living on the Eldorado ranch either have children or are pregnant.

Of the 53 girls between the ages of 14 and 17 who are in state custody, 31 either have given birth or were expecting, Azar said.

"If they're old enough to bleed, they're old enough to breed."

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

John McCain: Lying Asshole or Two-Faced Hothead?

Big John & the number of faces he can sport at the same time. (We're just kidding, he's actually 5' 9" or something, not big at all).
A questioner zeroed in on a topic McCain rarely addresses on the campaign trail, asking him to explain his faith in God. McCain, an Episcopalian who attends a Baptist church in Phoenix, turned to a well-worn tale of the guard he met when he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. The man once loosened the ropes binding McCain, and later shared his Christian faith with McCain by silently sketching a cross in the prison yard with his sandal.
Whatever. We just like that he's a 'Piscopalian who goes to a Babtiss church. S'matter, Sidney, no 'Piscopalian edifices in the greater Phoenix area? Seriously, though, aren't Babtisses the leading killjoys in non-Mormon, non-Muslim Abrahamic religions? Do they not ban drinking, dancing & card-playing? (Actual "sin" banned usually depends on the individual psychopathy of whichever twisted child-molesting fuck is running the sect or denomination at the time.) Therefore, wouldn't Sidney & Cindy cut down the accusations of hypocrisy if they were to sell the beer distributorship & everything else (including the "ranch," the oceanfront property in San Diego, etc.) & oh, maybe gave the money to the charity for seniors whence Cindy stole the painkillers (dignified term for "downers")? Then McCain would have to pay his own way or suck up to a non-family corporation for plane rides, & when he called Sen. Obama an "elitist" he wouldn't be greeted w/ the howls of derisive laughter he got here at Just Another Blog™. Somehow the Main Stream (it's yellow, that stream) Media weren't quite as amused. How was that? Are they missing something? (Like a brain?)

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Straight Talk From a Hypocrite

Today Just Another Blog™ is stealing the good stuff from our friends at HuffPo. Looks like Johnny Boy's been caught in a contradiction again. (That's polite folk talk for "lies through his teeth like two motherfuckers every day of his life.") Seriously, earlier we heard Sidney claiming Sen. Obama was not a man of the people, but an elitist. This while Sen. McSame flies on his wife's company's corporate jet, which he had promised he wouldn't. He's also condemned the practice of taking rides on corp. jets by other Sens. How many faces can he fit on that swollen noggin of his? Our first HuffTheft, from Sam Stein:
In fact, when asked specifically if he thought the U.S. military should set up shop in Iraq along the lines of what has been established in post-WWII Germany or Japan -- something McCain has repeatedly advocated during the campaign -- the senator offered nothing short of a categorical "no."
No, really? Sen. McSame.

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