Saturday, August 23, 2008

Today's Factoids

1775: George III, King of England, declared the American colonies (us) in a state of "open & avowed revolution." What the fuck happened to us? Why aren't we revolting now? 1927: Sacco & Vanzetti executed. Today's B-Days (besides the aforementioned Peabody):
Vera Miles, 78.
Barbara Eden, 74.
Kobe Bryant, 30.
Virgo Non-Facts (Is this the first day of Virgo?):
With an acute attention to detail, Virgo is the sign in the Zodiac most dedicated to serving. Their deep sense of the humane leads them to caregiving like no other, and their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is missed. The Virgo is often gentle and delicate, preferring to step back and analyze before moving ahead. [I. e., we Virgos are big-time procrastinators.] Careers suited to this sign include being a doctor, nurse, psychologist, teacher, writer, and critic. [Especially critic.] Tactile, methodical, and willing to take as long as is needed, they make excellent lovers. [That bears repeating.] Tactile, methodical, and willing to take as long as is needed, they make excellent lovers. Virgo is most at home in the company of animals and close to nature. [Far the fuck away from you stinking humanoids, that's for damn sure!!] Virgo likes power and enjoys being the sidekick or indispensable assistant. [Mostly the power part, really. Find your own sidekick, before we kick you in the side!!]

The Sucking Senators

The big "hope" (There is no hope, fools. Only the grave.) here is that Sen. McCain will pick homunculus Joe Lieberman for his veep. That would give us four sitting Senators in the running for the top offices in the land (A first?) & a good look at just who & what runs Amerikkka. Specifically (if it happened) there would be three "white" wretches 65 or over. (That's retirement age, or was before the concept of pensions disappeared & Americans found it necessary to work until they dropped dead, just as in those "good old days" we all so fondly remember.) Biden (65, "white," Roman Catholic) owned & operated by the credit card interests that pollute his state, is in his sixth term as a senator. McCain (71, will turn 72 on 29 August, "white," raised 'Piscopalian, attends Babtiss Church) serving his fourth term in the Senate, is a tool of the military-industrial complex. Not so much the military side of it, judging from his votes on veterans benefits. ("It'll make it more attractive for people to leave the service. We can't have that." – Paraphrased but TRUE.) Never met a war he didn't like. "Holy Joe" Lieberman (66, Jewish by religion & ethnicity) is also in his fourth Senate term as the property of the insurance cos. that are headquartered in his state. And he's owned & operated by the Israeli lobby. Can one serve two masters? Even though they should all have been put out to pasture some time ago, none of the above will ever have to worry about not having enough on which to retire. The ringer, Barack Obama (just turned 47, half "white," & therefore, under the "One Drop" rule, a bare half-step above those African savages, & both a Protestant Xian & a Mooooslim – that's even slicker than double-dipper McCain's religions) is only in his first term. Of course he's an old-time Chicago politician/ward-heeler, a crypto-Islamo-Marxist-fascist, the secret gay lover of Bill Ayres, Weather Underground radical who's been plotting to blow up the Capitol Bldg. since the early '70s, & bought part of his backyard from a guy named Rezko who's doing time for something completely unrelated. Obama's wife, much like Hillary Clinton, will be placed in charge of sending hard-working white people to concentration camps the day after inaugural day, which is pretty stupid. Who'll pay the welfare for all of Obama's fellow coloreds if the white race is being used as slave labor? So, John McCain, here's a vote for "Holy Joe" as your flunky. Maybe we can get a photo of him sniffing your armpit like that one of you under Bush's pit, to complete the circle.

Houses & Homelessness

Beer baroness Cinderella Stepford Hensley McCain:
In an interview with Vogue magazine, Cindy McCain confessed that her husband, who has suffered from skin cancer and must avoid the sun, wasn't initially in favor of buying oceanfront property. "When I bought the first one, my husband, who is not a beach person, said, 'Oh, this is such a waste of money; the kids will never go,' " she said. "Then it got to the point where they used it so much I couldn't get in the place. So I bought another one."
It's just that easy, you know.
Below: She's 67 and has little hope of putting her life back on track. "I'm one of the people who should not be homeless," she said. "Who's going to hire me to do anything?" Photo: Benjamin Reed/LAT
We don't understand why the approx. 73,000 homeless scum who populate the streets of Los Angeles County on any given night don't just buy another one themselves. Really, is it that hard, or are you people just too damn lazy to call your Realtor©? It might not be a bad idea to confiscate all their telebision sets, maybe then they'd get off their asses.
Paul Driscoll, 54, said he prefers the peace of Griffith Park but sometimes sleeps alongside many others on a side street off Hollywood Boulevard so he can be available for jobs early in the morning. On a recent night, Driscoll, who takes care to shave every morning, had unfolded a flattened cardboard box onto the sidewalk and layered two blankets on top for warmth and padding. Then he settled down with his battery-operated black and white television to watch "NCIS." He used headphones, because there were so many people sleeping near him.
Really, these people are on the streets because they are defective, not a part of gawd's & America's big plan, & they should be punished for it, not rewarded w/ a 5" B&W tee vee set that won't work after the transition to digital next Feb. Or: Stop coddling these people w/my tax dollars & they'll find high-paying jobs & luxury housing before you know it. If Cinderella McCain could lift herself up by her bootstraps, so can these people.

Stabs Into The Past

(Copywritten image to the left is used for illustrative purposes only.) It's rerun time! Click for birthday wishes, both to Peabody, no relation to the murdering fascist coal mining co., merely the Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ Commentariat King, & to Bugger™ itself, which hasn't bothered to announce its b-day today. Figures, those Bugger™ people are just more of the incompetents that make our life a living/dying hell. Later, we'll be B-B-Qing the good parts of a slaughtered bovine w/ Peabody & fellow blogger Mikaleno, at the Silver Lake Bachelors Club HQ. You're not invited! And if you're a girl or woman, you're double-plus not invited!! (We're not gay –NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG W/ THAT, OF COURSE!! – but sometimes we like to hear the sounds of our own voices. We're funny that way.)

Friday, August 22, 2008

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

The Vice-Presidential nominee of either of the Big Two political parties, & the attendant tee vee-generated pseudo-tension. Snooze time, Senators. Give it a rest, & text this, bee-otch!!

Action Must Be Taken!!

Below: Shoes for Industry, Shoes of the Dead. Photo: STR/AP
We anxiously await the slightest utterance from the Cheney/Bush admin (150 more days of their crap to go, barring "surprises" involving declaration of martial law should the slightly less offensive to us, at least, Sen. Obama, manage to beat the rigged election process & win) concerning the situation in Pakistan. It's all "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" (sorry, it's "All options are on the table") w/ an Islamic nation that may be attempting to develop nuclear weapons, but Pakistan, seemingly descending into greater chaos & anarchy each day since the resignation of President General Musharraf, actually has several nuclear weapons, and it would appear to have a lot more wacky, uncontrollable, not much to lose radical Islamist extremist jihadi types (to coin a phrase) running around than Iran. Specifically, from today's L. A. Times:
Like several other attacks mounted in the last year by Islamic militants, the strike against the munitions complex appeared to point to possible inside knowledge of the compound's layout and security systems, along with the comings and goings of its workers. Militants have boasted that they have infiltrators in Pakistan's security forces and intelligence agencies.
Can we doubt that these boasting militants have infiltrators in the parts of the Pakistani military that are charged w/ the safety & security (or the detonation) of the so-called Islamic Bomb? And if we can doubt it, isn't it part of Cheney's One Percent Doctrine that we must deal w/ the threat anyway? Might it not be a good idea to step in now & seize control of these nukes, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE?!?! Or is the BushCheney administration concerned only w/ imaginary threats (Saddam Hussein) or threats to the profits of their cronies in the Oil Patch? (That's a rhetorical question.) And it's not just the one percent possibility of a smuggled nuclear warhead going off in, say, Colorado Springs. (Just sayin'. Don't get any ideas, B'rer Fox, you really don't want to set off a nuke in the capital city of Xian hatred, really, please don't throw me in that – I mean, please don't nuke Jeezis Central, please.) Let's turn to a totally impartial source for news & info, the (Tah-dah!!) Voice of Amerikkka:
This protest and others earlier this week are the latest in an escalation of tensions in Kashmir Valley. A controversial land deal sparked the first protests, but they quickly ballooned into a renewed independence struggle. Younis Mir, a 25-year-old Kashmiri, is one of the protesters. "All people have assembled here in the Eid Gah," he said. "Our main mission is the freedom of Kashmir, nothing else. We are not spreading terrorism. There is no movement of terrorism in Kashmir. It is a freedom struggle, a simple freedom struggle. Freedom from Indian occupation."
Oooh, that's bad news. The minute you hear anyone denying terrorism, but speaking of a "freedom struggle," you know there's big trouble there.
At least 350,000 Indian troops patrol Indian-controlled Kashmir, many of them along the line of control between Indian- and Pakistani-controlled areas of Kashmir. Since 1989, more than 45,000 people have been killed in sporadic violence between Indian troops and Muslim militants. At least 6,000 suspected Muslim militants in Kashmir have disappeared after being arrested by Indian security forces, human rights groups say. Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in its entirety and have fought two wars over it since the two nuclear-armed nations split in 1947.
Biiiiiig trouble. Imagine a world-wide nuclear winter, & a radioactive wasteland stretching from Iran's eastern border to Burma. At a minimum.

Loh Profile

We'll be busy most of today in the criminal underworld, trying to buy some large caliber handgun(s), or if we take enough "anti-anxiety" pills, we'll just be talking to the Postal Service & Social Security Administration about so-called social service agencies that fuck w/ the helpless & homeless by stealing their Social Security payments from them. They'll be pretty fucking sorry when they're watching their blood & lives draining out while we're pissing in their mouths, won't they?

One note before we set off on the path of revenge. (It's not "murder," as no jury will convict us, assuming we haven't committed suicide by oinking pig motherfucker.)

Seems as if the first to go at the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™© were the editors. How else can one explain this:
Loh is a cunning linguist who's honed her craft over 20 years, and it shows.
Our emphasis, but good gawd!! Shame on you, Susan Carpenter. Ms. Carpenter until recently wrote motorcycle reviews for the Times. We can only wonder if this is some sort of passive/aggressive revenge, and, of course, wonder if she's perhaps a dyke on a bike. We hope Mme. Tsing Loh (Sweet Chariot!!) sues. And that the Times hires back an editor or two.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

After a wk. or so, the 2008 Olympics remain at the top of the list of pointless crap we are "so over," as those damn kids who won't stay off our mental lawn keep saying. If anything, we're even more over the entire mess o'crap than we were when it started. Has it been one wk. or two? And will it ever end? This is the second time in two days we are happy we are w/o telebision. A radical change for us, to put it mildly.

Violence & The Wealthy: That's About It

Below: Now we know where Tori Spelling gets her looks. Candy (Is that any sort of name for a woman "of a certain age?") Spelling in the entry to her ginormous pad, The Manor. Got pretension? Photo: Stephanie Diani/NYT. You may click the pic for a larger version.
We got virtually nothing today, other than continuing violence across the world of "humanity" (blood-crazed killer apes is more like it) & the return of the "Cold War," but we can make mock of the NYT, which is only a month late to the story of the $47-million condo. (Do they believe that by waiting that long no one will remember? Didn't count on the mental prowess of the editorial staff here, did they?)

That Last Step Is A....

Our West Hollywood correspondent forwards this:Photoshop©, or a real floor somewhere? Maybe Worth1000.com has more info. Naw, 'parently not...It's the pipes that make it frighteningly real. As always, click image to see it larger.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This Won't Be Mere Throwing Up "In One's Mouth A Little Bit." It'll Be Projectile Vomiting, & There May Be Some Explosive Diarrhea As Well.

The WaPo is making us queasy already.
Socially moderate former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph I. Lieberman will have featured speaking roles at next month's Republican National Convention, party officials announced yesterday. Giuliani, who once thought he would be the one accepting the GOP nomination, will deliver the keynote address on the Tuesday night of the convention. [...] He said he knew McCain's first criterion would be selecting a person "who could immediately be president of the United States." He added: "If that person happens to be, among other things, pro-choice, the party will support that." McCain, who adamantly opposes abortion, declined to discuss the running-mate issue yesterday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who said that "from the conservative perspective, we are literally imploring you to not turn your back on your great pro-life record over decades."
Was it necessary to bring Laura Ingraham up as well as Rudy "The Catholic" & Holy Joe? The bile is already rising.
"Our convention will showcase a cross section of leaders who will highlight John McCain's long commitment to putting our country first -- before self-interest or politics," said Jill Hazelbaker, McCain's communications director. "The speakers will address John McCain's unmatched record of service and sacrifice for America, and his vision for moving our nation forward to keep us safe and get our economy back on track."
Stop it, McCain campaign!! Stop this "self-interest & politics" crap. If Obama wins because he wants to withdraw troops from our illegal occupation of Iraq, as requested even by the puppet gov't. there, how is that "political?" It's the will of the American people, if he wins, isn't it? Yankees may not be interested in the perpetual war that Sen. McCain seems to want.
First lady Laura Bush will speak on Monday, the first night of the convention, before her husband and after Vice President Cheney. McCain's wife, Cindy, is scheduled to address the convention on Wednesday night, the same evening as his running mate.
We've never been happier that we don't have anywhere to put our sad 12' diagonal analog VCR/telebision. NB: Slight changes/additions & formatting corrections made 21 August 2008 @ 1009.

Plagiarism at Slate

Hey, look!! A dude who gets paid to type this sort of crap for a living (i. e., a thief) has noticed just what we noticed. Oh sure, he goes into greater detail, & bitches more, but Just Another Blog™ was there first, wasn't it? Nyah, nyah!!

Greedy Old Party

The expression "tax-&-spend Democrats" is second nature to rabid weasel commentators, as if there's something wrong w/ paying for something. Seldom mentioned are the "saddle-our-children-w/-debt-&-spend Republicans," who are apparently unable to see six months into the future, despite all their blather about "poor people"who don't "make wise decisions" or plan for their "futures," & so on. Looks as if Goobernator S. has decided to tax Californians, "spurning his fellow Republicans' uncharacteristic effort to borrow their way out of budget trouble." (Just a note to The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper's™© Evan Halper: You fool. "Uncharacteristic?" Remember Reagan, who spent us into debt to destroy the Soviet Unionmake sure his defense contractor campaign contributors had enough money to buy him & Nancy a house in Bel-Air where she could live out her life in decadent luxury? Or the current denizen of the White House, George W. Bush, who's plunged This Great Nation of Ours™ into the greatest national debt ever, using the same excuses as Reagan, that is, fighting a mostly non-threatening & imaginary enemy. The primary difference being that Reagan, the amiable dunce, wasn't responsible for too many more deaths of American service people than those two hundred plus Marines killed in Lebanon, while sadistic sociopath Bush is directly responsible for the deaths & maiming of thousands of our fellow Americans. "Uncharacteristic," our generous ass!!) We are surprised that the Republicans aren't somewhat willing to increase the sales tax, as it's pretty regressive, but if the po' folks & the middle-class sheep don't spend as much, the business owners may suffer a tad. We're not that surprised that Schwarzie doesn't want to tax the living piss out of everyone living on the labor of others. One of these days someone in Sacramento, or somewhere, will have the intestinal fortitude to change the current law (may be a state constitutional thing) requiring two-thirds of the legislature to approve the budget, which is how the Republicans (who'd probably be even fewer in number if districts weren't gerrymandered in favor of the incumbents each time the legislature gets together for re-apportionment) manage to pull this obstructionist crap each year. Can somebody stop the madness?

Open Letter to '70s Soul Artists With A Gig In The Southland

First, Black Moses Isaac Hayes was going to appear at the Sunset Junction street fest this wknd., but he died. Now comes news that Pervis Jackson, bass vocalist for The Spinners, who were to appear at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts w/ Martha & the Vandellas on 6 Sept., has gone to spin in his grave, having been diagnosed "last week with brain and liver cancer after feeling ill for several weeks, said his wife, Claudreen Jackson." Damn. Maybe y'all better just stay away from SoCal for a while. Just imagine "feeling ill" for a few wks., finally getting to the croaker, being told your whole effing body is filthy w/ The Big C., & then checking out w/in a wk. At least Pervis didn't have to "wage a long struggle/battle w/ cancer," as the cliche goes.

This Is The Last One, Really (Well, Probably)

Britney Spears Vagina Uninjured After Car Crash
The lack of a possessive apostrophe makes one wonder if they're not referring to someone named Britney Spears Vagina, who just lived through an accident.

Spare The Rod & Spoil The Child, & Other Lies From Gawd's Big Book of Lies

If you didn't poke your eyes &/or ears out w/ a sharp or dull object first, you've probably heard or read a right wing personage state that any mention of any racial disparities in these United Snakes is "playing the race card," unless of course said wingnut is complaining that white people can't get jobs as a result of Affirmative Action policies. However, survey says:
African American students are more than twice as likely to be paddled. The disparity persists even in places with large black populations, the study found. Similarly, Native Americans were more than twice as likely to be paddled, the study found. The study also found: In states where paddling is most common, black girls were paddled more than twice as often as white girls. Boys are three times as likely to be paddled as girls. Special education kids were more likely to be paddled.
Yessir, whip them darkies & injuns, & don't forget the 'tards. By gawd, if them retards is actin' dumb, we'll whip some fuckin' brains into them!! An' we got a differnt punishment in mind fer th' little misses, heh heh. Just Another Blog™ would like to know where the fuck Human Rights Watch Commie fags who are trying to sissify our kinder? You decide.) were during the '60s, when some members of the editorial staff were permanently turned into sociopathic attempted spree killers by being whipped w/ a belt by parental units & paddled by some fucking asshole Episcopal priest at one or another of the shitholes of fascist religious indoctrination our parents sent us to? Other swell survey info:
Researchers also interviewed students, parents and school personnel in Texas and Mississippi, states that account for 40 percent of kids who were paddled in the 2007 school year.
Texas, leading the nation in state-sanctioned murder & state-sanctioned child abuse.
As one might expect, this sort of thing is widespread across the Bible Belt.
A majority of states have outlawed it, but corporal punishment remains widespread across the South. Behind Texas and Mississippi were Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida and Missouri.
Is it too late to let these cesspools of reaction, ignorance & brutality secede from This Great Nation Of Ours™?
Heather Porter, who lives in Crockett, Texas, was startled to hear her little boy, then 3, say he'd been spanked at school. Porter was never told, despite a policy at the public preschool that parents be notified. "We were pretty ticked off, to say the least. The reason he got paddled was because he was untying his shoes and playing with the air conditioner thermostat," Porter said. "He was being a 3-year-old."
The nerve of a three-yr.-old to act like a three-yr.-old!! We hope that paddling taught him to act like a ten- or twelve-yr.-old. Hell, a good beating might send him all the way into adulthood, & we wouldn't have to educate him further.
Carte blanche is given to so-called educators to commit sadistic brutality against weak, defenseless children.
Widespread paddling can make it unlikely that forms will be checked. A teacher interviewed by Human Rights Watch, Tiffany Bartlett, said that in her Austin, Texas, school, the policy was to lock the classroom doors when the bell rang, leaving stragglers to be paddled by an administrator patrolling the hallways. And even if schools make a mistake, they are unlikely to face lawsuits. In places where corporal punishment is allowed, teachers and principals generally have legal immunity from assault laws, the study said.
If we aren't mistaken, it's usually the sort of two-bit prick who wangles himself an "administrator's" job who most enjoys this sort of thing. And it doesn't improve the child, just makes some piece of shit adult feel like a "man" for a few moments. It really is about the "grown-ups," not the yout'.

There is scant research on whether paddling is effective in the classroom. But many studies have shown it doesn't work at home, said Elizabeth Gershoff, a University of Michigan assistant professor of social work. "The use of corporal punishment is associated almost overwhelmingly with negative effects, and that it increases children's problem behavior over time," Gershoff said. Children may learn to solve problems using aggression, and a sense of resentment might make them act out more, Gershoff said.

[...] "We teach our children that violence is wrong, yet corporal punishment teaches children that violence is a way to solve problems," said Jan Harp Domene, the group's president. "It perpetuates a cycle of child abuse. It teaches children to hit someone smaller and weaker when angry."

For extra laughs, look at the comments, where paddling is extrapolated to "A foot in the ass." (Considered a good thing.)
Paddle the snot out of those little miscreants. Our culture has spared the rod in so many ways and now society is suffering from it. You can administer just punishment without getting sadistic or abusive. Children need to learn to respect their elders and teachers. Too many 'time outs' and not enough foots in asses, if you ask me. Oh, and enough with trying to put some sort of 'racism' in every damn article. I'm sick and tired of it.
No sadism or abuse involved w/ this piece of work. And he's sick & tired of being reminded of what a racist he is.

Twice A Day (If It's Not A 24-Hour Clock)

Left: A bit o' Vaseline™ or cheesecloth, no tighter than the waist, & she's lookin' good. Photo: Tom Kochel The lovely through soft-focus Kathleen Parker, who generally leans to the right, if not the far right, has an op-ed in the WaPo today that makes a whole pile of sense. (It can happen.)

Both Obama and McCain gave "good" answers, but that's not the point. They shouldn't have been asked. Is the American electorate now better prepared to cast votes knowing that Obama believes that "Jesus Christ died for my sins and I am redeemed through him," or that McCain feels that he is "saved and forgiven"?

What does that mean, anyway? What does it prove? Nothing except that these men are willing to say whatever they must – and what most Americans personally feel is no one's business – to win the highest office.
We do have to wonder what her quick bio on the WaPo Writers Group site means by this:
Twice weekly, she assesses the country’s mental health with a Rorschach uniquely her own – a reporter’s gimlet eye combined with a sense of humor that Parker attributes to having grown up with five mothers.
Five mothers? Was her father a Bluebeard, or just a Sleep-Around Sammy? Yeesh.

Hot Poop From The Inbox

We thought Britney Spears was like, so, like, totally, like, over, like, but she seems to be getting a new lease on life from the World O' Spam. The World O' Spam that appears in our in-box, anyway.
Britney Spears to Study Theoretical Quantum Mechanics at MIT Britneys vagina to attend AA on its own! Britney Spears Confession: 'I'm the Father of Anna Nicole Smith's Baby!' Bald Britney Spears Says Shaved Head Goes Well With Shaved Vagina Britney sues vagina for divorce Britney Spears and Brad Pitt naked video Britney shaves her head again. Also seen shopping naked. Britney Spears is dating Obama
[Stay away from our pure unsullied flowers of Southern womanhood, you uppityarrogant elitist!!]

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Annals of Irony (Or Is It Hypocrisy?)

Dr. Rice:

"Russia is a state that is unfortunately using the one tool it has always used when it wants to deliver a message . . . that's its military power," she told reporters on her airplane en route to Belgium. She said Russian bomber patrols during the last six months near the U.S. and Europe were, in particular, a "dangerous game."

Rice and President Bush have been intensifying their criticism of Russia in recent days over the fighting in Georgia.

And which state was it that invaded a sovereign nation, blah blah blah, illegal, blah, no threat, blah blah, & has been occupying it for the last five years? Russia? No, no, not Russia, it's, uh...you know, that big one on the other side from Russia, Cana–no, no, but it's near Canada, ummm, it's on the tip of my tongue... Which state invaded that same sovereign nation in 1991 after it "pulled a Georgia" & went to take back what it considered a breakaway area, Kuwait? (After, if not being encouraged, at least not told absolutely not to do it, or else. Does that sound familiar?) Are there any similarities between that & what Russia did? Not really, because Russia was dealing w/ a problem right on its border, involving people holding Russian passports (although there's plenty of suspicion about those). And which presidential candidate made the big "not in the 21st century statement," conveniently forgetting the invasion/occupation & his "surge" & all that? Two wrongs don't make a right, nor do three wrongs, or five or lebenty-zillion. As far as we're concerned here, the Russkis & the Georgians can & should both go fuck themselves w/ splintery broomsticks. None of that excuses Dr. Rice & her foolishness, however.
Rice said a strong statement from NATO leaders would show the Russians that they will not succeed in their "strategic objective" of undermining the government of Georgia and the country's democracy. U.S. officials say they recognize that North Atlantic Treaty Organization members are divided on how far to go in pushing Russia, which is a key supplier of oil and gas to Europe. But they believe they can bring stronger pressure if NATO issues even a general statement of support for the government of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, and begins a public discussion of retaliatory measures against Russia. American officials believe the Europeans have great leverage over the Russians, who want ties to the European economy.
Last paragraph must have been on "deep background" from the doc herself. Seriously, a "strong statement" will show Russia it "won't succeed?" All it has to do now is make a U-turn in the direction of Tbilisi (assuming it truly is pulling out of Georgia proper) & it's succeeded. Yeah, the Russians are really scared of those "strong statements of support." Worth the paper they're written on, that's for sure. Hurts like a slap on the wrist, too. And we'd guess they'd be happy w/ gas & oil ties to the Euro-economy. Meaning that the U. S. would have to let ProfitCo Oil loose offshore & in your backyard to keep the Euros happy. Or warm. Or watching American movies.

Pravda Gets The Boot

We had an idle interest in pointing out what a bloodthirsty weasel Max Boot (stamping on a human face forever?) is, in this op-ed item, but our good friends at the paragon of Russian journalistic excellence, PRAVDA.Ru, while not exactly beating us to it (we decided not to bother w/ dead horse Boot after all) did a masterful job (we're kidding, really) of abusing Boot. PRAVDA.Ru may especially have it in for Max as he was born in Moscow, & raised in Los Angeles (per Wikipedia, anyway, but no other details). Oh, one other thing about Bootie (again, per Wikipedia, not much more reliable than PRAVDA.Ru) that the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper©™ neglected to mention in the little thing at the end of the column:
Boot is currently a foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain in his bid to win the 2008 United States presidential election.[5]
Ooops. Maybe the LAT is a source of disinformation. Max's thesis:
We should also do more to help Georgia defend itself. Sending American troops is out of the question, but we can send American equipment. That's what we did in 1973 when Israel appeared on the verge of losing the Yom Kippur War, and it is a favor we should extend to our embattled ally in the Caucasus. The greatest bang for the buck would come from two inexpensive hand-held missiles: the Stinger to destroy Russian aircraft and the Javelin to destroy tanks. Pictures of long columns of Russian vehicles advancing slowly down winding mountain roads indicate that a few well-placed missiles could wreak havoc with their operations.
What a military genius! We really don't understand why The Boot is opposed to sending more of our girls & boys to die for other countries, but at least the arms manufacturers who doubtless pay Boot a princely sum to shill for them can make a few bucks on the deal. PRAVDA.Ru is as mean & juvenile as Just Another Blog™. Do remember that this PRAVDA is not the house organ of the Russian Empire, as the original was the mouthpiece of the Soviets, although we haven't the slightest idea who or what is behind this version. It's funny, though.
The piece “Stand up to Russia” was shown to me by a Russian friend, who asked me to reply in PRAVDA.Ru, which was quoted in this two-page schmuckfest of unadulterated bilge. It could almost have been printed by the British Bullshit Corporation or written by that other insolent female who got a Pulitzer. Max Boot, “Senior fellow in National Security Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations” is the name of the author in this case.
"Schmuckfest." Ha ha. We'd like to know who the "other insolent female" is.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fair- Minded, Even-Handed

Jerome Corsi, paranoid, racist, author of "that Obama Book" & a lying sack of poopy-doody as well, seems to be impartial in his hatred for, & willingness to lie about, anyone who gets a (presumptive) Big Two Party presidential nomination. (In deep ominous voice: Or is it a lie?)
ELECTION 2008 McCain fortune traced to organized crime Mob figures later implicated in Arizona savings and loan scandal Posted: February 26, 2008 9:29 pm Eastern By Jerome R. Corsi© 2008 WorldNetDaily John McCain's personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona, through his father-in-law, according to a report published by a multi-news agency team called Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.
Germs fans will dig this part.
In 1977, after Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles was killed when his car was blown up by the mob in a parking lot, a team of 36 journalists from 27 news organizations, known as IRE, published an 80,000 word 23-part series on organized crime in Arizona. Dan Nowicki and Bill Muller, reporting in the Arizona Republic March 1, 2007, documented that in 1953, Hensley was again charged with falsifying records at Marley's liquor firms. Hensley was found not guilty after being defended by William Rehnquist, the future chief justice of the Supreme Court, Nowicki and Muller wrote. In 2000, Hensley, then 80 years old, still controlled the Budweiser distributorship valued as a $200 million-a-year business, with annual sales of more than 20 million cases of beer. On Feb. 17, 2000, Pat Flannery reported in the Arizona Republic that Hensley's beer-distribution empire was the fifth largest in the nation, "a Budweiser franchise whose bigwigs hold the No. 2 spot on Sen. John McCain's all-time career list of corporate donors."
Interesting, no?

Survey Says: Americans Just Plain Cretinous

A recent poll published in today's Archives of Surgery reveals that a majority of Americans probably should not be allowed out of the house w/o a helmet, & a poorly-paid 'tard minder as well, although it appears enough brain damage has already been done that it's already too late for most of them.
An eye-opening survey reveals widespread belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients. And, researchers said, doctors "need to be prepared to deal with families who are waiting for a miracle." More than half of randomly surveyed adults — 57 percent — said God's intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared treatment would be futile. And nearly three-quarters said patients have a right to demand such treatment.
Now we know why health care costs so damn much: Keeping junior on the ventilator until gawd gets around to fixin' him. As usual, there's no mention of why the "omnipotent" spook-in-the-sky allows traumas to happen in the first place, but these pathetic sheep are so happy/amazed when anyone survives trauma, even momentarily, that the others involved, who died in horrible agony, pinned in the car w/ a steel rod through their guts while they burned to death, are soon forgotten, along w/ gawd's "allowing" this to happen. The survey was taken so that trauma/emergency room personnel would understand that a majority of the people who live in this country holds these superstitions to be self-evident, meaning that the medical people must make a special effort to prove that trauma victims are damaged beyond recovery & won't be experiencing a miracle. Jeezis Hussein Christ, it's like practicing medicine in the third world!! If the natives' belief systems are threatened, they'll run away screaming "Witchcraft! Demons!!" & never return to be inoculated against beri beri or whatever.

Why We Fight: The First Amendment

Click & then click "Listen Now" to hear how the United States military respects the First Amendment to the Constitution. Aren't they supposed to be defending the Constitution, or is that some sort of lie? We just can't believe that our own gov't. would lie to us. Can you? "They hate us for our freedoms," remember?

Foreign Policy Fuck-Ups: Eight Yrs. of "Work" Down The International Crapper

If the NYT is the "Liberal Bible," is the L. A. Times therefore the "Liberal Catechism," or the "Liberal Hymnal?" We ask because of two different pieces we encountered w/in minutes in today's Incredible Shrinking Newspaper©™ (Now being run by the guy who started DirecTV for Hughes Corp. How's that going to work out? Satellite xmissions to your fucking iPod to save the trees?) while standing outside the Santa Monica Central Library getting some nicotine before entering to type for a while. The following was on page A1.
Georgia-Russia conflict a blow to Bush foreign policy The president's reliance on diplomacy based on personal relations with leaders such as Putin and his push to establish democracies from the top down has proved not so viable. By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer August 18, 2008 WASHINGTON -- In the last week, two major pillars of President Bush's approach to foreign policy have crumbled, jeopardizing eight years of work and sending the administration scrambling for new strategies in the waning months of its term. From the earliest days of his presidency, Bush had said spreading democracy was a centerpiece of his foreign policy. At the same time, he sought to develop a more productive relationship with Russia, seeking Moscow's cooperation on issues such as terrorism, Iran's nuclear program and expansion of global energy supplies. And in pursuing both these major goals, Bush relied heavily on developing what he saw as strong personal relationships with foreign leaders. The recent setbacks to the president's approach were all the more unsettling because Georgia had appeared to be one of the few success stories in the administration's effort to nurture new democracies that could advance U.S. interests.
Sheer ego & arrogance on Bush's part. Does he really think he's so charming that actual world leaders will treat him as his daddy's business buddies did? Just a hint, George: None of that had anything to do w/ your drunken frat boy personality, it had to do w/ your family's power & money. Even were you a charming sophisticate, there are other things going on, as evidenced in this Gregory Rodriguez op-ed:
Consider what Sheik Allahshukur Pashazadeh, the chairman of the Muslim Board of the Caucuses, told me over tea and grapes: "There are never friends in politics. Individuals have friends, countries don't. Their interests are too complicated." "What does 'friend' mean?" echoed Samad Seyidov, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee in the Azerbaijani parliament. "We just want normal relations."
See? The chair of the Muslim Board of the Caucuses (Izzat a typo for Caucasus, or does he really mean more than one caucus?) wiser than Bush. We could go on about the horrors & inequities of relationship-based commerce, employment & the like. But we'll let this serve as an example.

End of An Era

Below: Pervie M. makes retirement announcement in multi-screen video installation. Photo: Shakil Adil/AP
King of Paki-Rap Pervie M., a/k/a General Mooshie, announced today that he is leaving show biz. In a move reminiscent of American entertainer Tricky Dicky in 1974, Pervie M. is getting out "to get real w/ his family" just ahead of possible payola impeachments that might have forced him to give up his gig anyway. Pervie's long career was mentioned by Condi "Boots" Rice, a spokes model for his management team, the Gov't. of The United Snakes of Amerikkka.
Condoleezza Rice praised Musharraf as “a friend to the United States and one of the world’s most committed partners in the war against terrorism and extremism.”
Increasing factional & gang-related violence in the world of Pakistani hip-hop was one of the hallmarks of Pervie M.'s rise to stardom, following his signing w/ the Amerikkkan management group.
Many Pakistanis blame the rising militant violence in their country on Musharraf's alliance with the United States. His reputation suffered blows in 2007 when he ousted dozens of judges and imposed emergency rule. His rivals won February parliamentary elections and have since sought his ouster, announcing impeachment plans earlier this month.
We only wish that the current King of Amerikkkan Show Bidness, Gee-Dub, had been forced to take his act far away from our nation's telebision screens by potential impeachments. Maybe he realizes that his family would as soon undergo perpetual root canals in the ninth circle of hell than spend any time w/ him. And the judges of Amerikkkan Idolator could never seem to summon enough intestinal fortitude to kick Georgie Boy to the curb, under the bus & off the island, no matter how lame & stale his act became. The competition between Big Band vocalist Sidney "Puffy Face" McCain III & Barry O., the youthful "conscious rapper" w/ a message of hope & ponies, which will determine the next King of Amerikkkan Show Bidness, only now enters the public's mind, but when Amerikkkan Idolator resumes on Fox this Oct., after the World Series, emotions are expected to run high. It is estimated that as many as 40 to 50 million Amerikkkans will pull out their mobile 'phones & vote in the contest.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jerry Wexler Dead at 91

Jerry Wexler, who did as much as any honkie to bring the Afro-European musical synthesis to the attention of Euro-Americans, died; his obits are all over, but we did like this from the NYT:
“I asked him once,” said Mr. Thurman, the filmmaker, “ ‘What do you want written on your tombstone, Jerry?’ He said, ‘Two words: More bass.’ ”
Yeah. And Jerry was a foul-mouthed atheist, as well.

Annals Of Disturbed Behavior

We find paranoia, at least this kind, highly amusing. (We only suffer from depression & a certain desire to murder certain people – no, we're not so foolish or stupid as name any of them – rather than a conviction that the "gov't." is trying to keep us from exercising our rights. Well, of course the gov't. would like to keep all of us from exercising anything but our wallets, but they're not coming after us personally yet.) We also mention this story because the alleged perpetrator used to hang out at the same Day Care for the Disturbed that we do. We recognize the name, though we forget what he looks like. We also wonder if it's his original name, "Aaron Brothers" being a chain of art supply & framing stores. Maybe the name drove him mad, if it is his birth name, not that any one forced him to use all three names.
Richard Rea, a staff assistant and field representative at Dreier's district office in San Dimas, testified during a July 29 preliminary hearing that Brothers left three "very colorful" phone messages on the district office's answering machine late June 12 and early June 13, according to a transcript of the preliminary hearing. Rea testified that Brothers said in the messages he liked to wear women's underwear and made numerous vague references to "purple and pink," using profane language throughout the messages. Brothers also said wearing women's underwear "was his right...and that the government was taking his right away from him - preventing him from doing that," Rea testified.
Fascist bastards. How dare they? We blame George W. Bush himself for this travesty of justice.
Brothers was arrested by sheriff's deputies July 9, and during an interview at the San Dimas station the following day admitted he made the calls to Dreier's office, Detective Rudolf Schaap testified July 29. He told the detective he made the calls because "he was tired of people not listening to him and tired of people harassing him" for wearing women's underwear, Schaap testified. Brothers also said he had no intention of carrying out the treats, Schaap testified.
We should probably add that it is rumored (we heard it on the radio just last Friday) that Rep. Drier is of the gay persuasion, though he himself hasn't uncloseted himself, as he is a "no 'special' rights for homos" Republican. Perhaps that's why Mr. Brothers appealed to him, as Mr. Drier's district is quite a dusty, dreary distance inland from our beautiful seaside enclave of Santa Monica. Not that men wearing women's undies necessarily has anything to do w/ gayness. And we'll point out to Mr. Brothers that if one doesn't say anything about what's under one's jeans, no one else need know or interfere. No one, by the way, is going to listen to anyone whose chief topic of conversation is that he's wearing women's panties. No one knows what Your Editor sports under his Rustler jeans, for example.

Campaign Bullshit: Saddleback

The presumptive Big Party nominees answered questions from another two-bit book-writin' religious hustler last night, at his zillion-member mega church somewhere south of the Orange Curtain. We didn't see it, we don't care, but the rumor is that John Sidney McCain III (he's the one who isn't an elitist, remember) was totally scripted, i. e., had all the questions in advance & managed to memorize his answers. Sen. Obama probably had all the questions too, but he's not as stiff as a board. In the New Hope For Modern Man category, the necktie for men may just (finally) be on the way out, judging from these pix.
Photo above: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Photo below: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times
Look at McCain w/ the shitty Vegas comedian bit. Surprised he wasn't using his thumbs as the hammers on his pistol. Does anyone believe that rictus of a smile? Not to mention fat boy in the middle. Didn't Jeezis feed the poor or something? Or is the Eleventh Commandment "Thou shalt stuff your already fat face w/ the profits from your bogus self-help book passed off as a religious work?" We can't tell anymore. Meanwhile, stealth Moooslim Obama plays grab-ass w/ Rick (plenty to grab there, heh-heh) & gives the Nazi salute, indicating to his followers that soon we'll all be worshipping Marx (no, sadly not Groucho) & Chairman Mao will be the baby Jeezis in the New World Order.

More Trouble in the Blog-O-Sphere

Latest addition to the Just Another Blog™ blogroll is good (one of the few we have left, really, so that must make him extra good in the friend dep't.) friend & former housemate Mikaleno, who isn't much happier than we are w/ the current state of the world, as evidenced by the title, The Good Old Days. If you hadn't noticed (& if you haven't, get your head out of there, wipe that stuff off your eyes & get it out of your ears) everything pretty much sucks now. Except people complaining about how miserable everything is. That's still amusing.