Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sports Wrap-Up

We may have jumped on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bandwagon a bit early...but we are now fully on the Los Angeles Dodgers of Brooklyn wagon, having purchased an L. A. 2008 Post Season NL WorstWest Champions tee shirt at K-Mart (25% off on all men's stuff.) while picking up some non-advertising or otherwise decorated tees.

Other "Comics"

Autumn Leaves

Autumn's here, & in many parts of the continent (even Canada) they're recycling both the leaves & the "Pop raking the leaves" strips. 'Til Death Do Us Part from Fri.: Blondie, the same day (75 yrs. old, but it's in color.)And Death's Sweet Release (which has only been rolling for 29 yrs. but is now in some sort of permanent re-run, as well as monochrome) won't stop, as evidenced by today's repeat.We guess the Tom Sawyer reference is amusing.

Crime Blotter/Annals of Transience

We are saddened to reprint this from the Santa Monica Daily Press
SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, AT 4:20 P.M., An officer on routine patrol in the 300 block of Colorado Avenue noticed two people fighting outside of Sears. When the officer went to confront the two men, they stopped fighting. The officer spoke to both and learned that one of them was a security guard for Sears and he was struggling with a suspect who allegedly stole a jacket. The suspect had a restraining order preventing him from entering Sears after prior shoplifting convictions, police said. The suspect was taken into custody and booked for robbery, violation of probation and violation of a court order. He was identified as Frank Stephen Ashby, 45, a transient. His bail was set at $50,000.
as we are an acquaintance of Mr. Ashby. A casual acquaintance. Maybe we should say he's an acquaintance of ours. Either way, we're betting no one's gone his bail.

Neo-Conservatism on the March in Russia

Where better to see the precepts of neo-con thought put to work than in the post-Stalinist Russia that scared the crap from the original neo-cons way back in the '50s & '60s? Well, granted it's now post-post-Stalinist, & we mustn't forget that during the '30s most of the O. G.s of neo-conservatism were commies of some sort (extra irony) whose faith lapsed. Is it something in the Central & Eastern Euro water? Whatever it is, we don't think it's good news.
Never mind all that. After decades of embarrassing military defeats, in Afghanistan in the 1980s and in Chechnya in the 1990s, Russia is once again a winner. “We can thank the Georgians for a small victorious war; it was helpful for our nation, for Russia,” said Oleg Sergienko, a 38-year-old lawyer who was visiting the exhibition. “For the last 20 years Russia’s sense of identity greatly declined,” added Mr. Sergienko, who fought in one of Russia’s wars, but declined to say which one. “Now there is cohesiveness.”
Yessiree, restore that "national greatness." That's why Bush made all that hoopla about going back to the moon, & getting to Mars (w/o funding, of course) to infuse us w/ the cohesiveness the lawyer above feels. And why Bush or whoever lied us into Iraq. The neo-cons like the idea of huge monuments too. Adding Reagan's mug to Mt. Rushmore, for example. Now, Putin is whining about people shooting at his pwecious soldier boys, calling it a crime. Act of War maybe, but hardly a crime. They're soldiers. They're supposed to be shot at. Vlad may just be trying to stir up further trouble, or to scare the Ukes, but if he doesn't stop rattling that saber it's going to fall off his belt & he'll really look silly.
Without referring to Ukraine's president by name, Putin suggested Yushchenko authorized weapons supplies to Georgia before and during Russia's war there in August. He also alleged that Ukrainian military personnel fought on Georgia's side during the conflict. "When people and military systems are used to kill Russian soldiers, it's a crime," Putin told reporters after meeting with Tymoshenko at his residence outside Moscow. "Only a few years ago, it could not even come to mind, even in a nightmare, that Russians and Ukrainians would be fighting each other. But that happened, and it is a crime."
Not that Ukraine looks like any kind of a paradise either, mind you. Just nothing but trouble over there. Glad everything's fine here. Think I'll just peep at the ol' IRA, see how all that money is piling up.

Again w/ the History

We observed the 50th anniv. of the War in Space last yr. This yr., we observe the discovery of Janis Joplin's corpse in a Hollywood hotel room in 1970, putting a temporary halt to the murders of so-called rock stars by various agencies.

Threat or Promise?

We know we shouldn't encourage them, but sometimes one catches the eye & it's difficult to resist. Therefore, from a robot calling itself "Dolf:"
Back to Spam Delete Forever Not Spam More Actions ‹ Newer 10 of 30 Older › You will see your penis on MTV
The hell we will. That's a fate we wouldn't wish on anybody.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Why Not a Whole Case? You Some Kind of Wimp?

Find out more about Joe Six-Pack here, courtesy of the AP & writer Sharon Theimer. No, wait, never mind, it's through the "filter" of the media.

Oooops!

We missed this in our in-box somehow. And missed passing it on to you, who may not be fortunate enough to be on a Republican mailing list.
McCain-Palin Victory California Leadership Team Invite you to join them for an evening honoring Cindy & John McCain Wednesday, October 1, 2008 5:30 P.M. Host Committee Reception 6:00 P.M. General Reception 7:00 P.M. Chair, Co-Chair and Vice Chair Dinner *Please arrive with ample time for security. CENTURY PLAZA HYATT REGENCY2025 AVENUE OF THE STARS ~ LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA Business Attire
Of course, those of you w/o "business attire," or w/ a record of political activity or thought might not have been admitted anyway.

Nausea...

Another bout of/with the flaming mung, this one shorter but still enervating & nauseating. Urrrrp! Made it difficult to watch the debate, even w/ the fever gone. Not that it would have been much easier if in perfect health. Tomorrow, Gov. Palin will be avoiding the mainstream media & its "filter" by appearing at the Home Depot Center in Carson. The Calif. Democratic Party will be having a little get-together outside, & asking questions which will be displayed on a giant screen, allegedly visible from quite a distance.
The good news is that we have a perfect way for you to ask your questions of the McCain-Palin campaign. You see, Sarah Palin is coming to our state this weekend for a public rally -- and we'll be there too. We're bringing with us a giant screen to display your questions so big that they'll be seen hundreds of feet away. Click here to find out how you can get your question on our screen. http://www.cadem.org/palin We want to display your questions. Whether you're like Matt Damon and want to know if Sarah Palin believes that dinosaurs and humans roamed the Earth together four thousand years ago or you're like me and want to know if -- in light of the current financial crisis -- John McCain regrets saying last week that "the fundamentals of the economy are strong," let us know what you think.
This would be a perfect opportunity for Mme. Palin to answer questions w/o that media "filter." You know, real questions from "real" Americans. And she can just open up & say what she wants. There won't be any educated smart-asses to "filter" any of her well-memorized squawking points, just "real" Americans asking questions. Think she'll take the bait? Haw!! Nope, Gov. Palin will continue to hide behind this "filter" myth. Let her get her ass out on the stump, in those "Town Hall" meetings that Sen. McCain (the lousy speaker) seems to prefer, & let her answer questions from "Joe Six-Pack American," if she's so interested in getting whatever her message may be out to America. And please don't bring your sad little unmoving newborn/prop w/ you, Mme. Governor. It was bad enough that you irresponsibly chose to become pregnant at your age, knowing that age increased the risk of birth defect or injury, but to drag the poor child everywhere w/ you, at all hours of the day & night, often handing him over to your seven or eight yr.-old daughter (a future of back pain for her?) when not holding little Twig w/ only one arm. Just let him stay at home in peace. Can't "First Dude"/house-husband Todd stay home & keep poor Branch out of the public eye? Another beauty from the Palin-McCain campaign:
"It's time that normal Joe Six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency," the Republican vice presidential candidate told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt.
(Apparently Sarah Six-Pack will only be appearing on rabid weasel talk radio from here on out, preventing the devious pinko "media" from "filtering" her inspiring message of mediocrity.) Yes, it's certainly time for someone who doesn't read (just one example) to take charge of the Senate, among other things. This may be part of the Carly Fiorina "not qualified to run a big co., but can certainly run the U. S. Gov't." approach to things, but we should remember that Ms. Fiorina manages to fail upward each time she gets a gig. Note also that Mrs. Six-Pack can't even speak like a "real" American.
Palin said if she and John McCain win, they will "put government back on the side of the people of Joe Six-pack like me."
(Is "Joe Six-Pack" a state that has people?) And:

"...the position of vice presidency."

Does America just want to go to the lowest common denominator & stay there? Is this election really between those who would rule (if only it were those who would lead) by their "gut" & "common sense instincts" & those actually capable of rational thought, who might apply some of their intellect to leading, running or ruling? Our suggestion for the weekend? Get down to the Home Depot Center w/ some rocks & give this woman the brain damage she so fervently wants.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Another Day Off

A place-keeping item, for the sake of consistency. We be illin', & won't be typing today. NB: Actually typed 3 October 2008 in the early afternoon.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Annals of Bandwagon Jumping

We're still not all the way on board, but one foot is fully on the flatbed, &, assuming it's actually going anywhere, we won't be letting the bandwagon get away w/o us. Pointless stats: The Dodgers (Flatbush & Chavez Ravine versions) have played the Cubs for the last 118 yrs. Until this afternoon, the two teams had never met in the post-season, and had played a total of 2,024 games, of which each team had won 1,012. Today, the Dodgers took the lead in the series, by a score of 7-2, coincidentally taking the first game of the 2008 National League Division Series. 20 of the 24 teams that have won the first game of the Division Series have gone on to win the series. Fingers crossed.

Big Date in History

One Hundred Yrs. Ago: Henry "Eeek!! Jews!!" Ford introduced the Model T. 1936: He's still dead, but Francisco "Fascist Falangist" Franco was proclaimed the head of the insurgent Spanish state. 1949: Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China. Next yr., the East will have been Red for 60 yrs. Fifty Yrs. Ago: Amex card introduced. 1964: Free Speech Movement starts at UC Berkeley.

Big Debate Tomorrow: Gen X Know-Nothing vs. Maturity, Experience & Wisdom

Democrats & other such Obama-backing middle-of-the-roaders are anxious for Gov. Palin to totally, like, reveal herself as an example of why John McCain can't make a single good decision w/ his gut, or whatever it is he's using to conceptualize his campaign. We may not get the effect expected even when she gets completely lost in the third repetition of an answer that doesn't answer the question. Apparently the American cobra wants to be hypnotized by the mongoose. "We don't need no statistics, fuck the facts," say the masses, hoping for a decent, lower middle-class Britney Spears type to lead us out of the economic desert. The Beeb looks into Gov. P.'s Alaska debate experience & style. What to watch for?
"The one thing I found during the [2006] debates was no matter how knowledgeable her opponents were on the issues, it didn't matter," Mr Halcro told BBC News. "She has an amazing ability to turn a 45 second answer into a folksy story... she's never been forced to know the issues."
Ah, we do have another Ronald Reagan here, don't we? And a rather snotty, dare we say, rhymes w/ witchy type, at that.

Having studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, in addition to being a lifelong Alaskan and lawmaker, Mr Halcro came to the debates armed with a wealth of knowledge and statistics.

Mrs Palin even said Mr Halcro would make "the awesomest statistician," when asked during a debate what position she would appoint Mr Halcro to if elected governor.

"Awesomest." It's occurred to us that Gov. Palin is the first "Gen X'er" to hit a major-party presidential ticket. You can quibble about the Baby Boom cut-off, & where Sen. Obama falls in the "Boom-X" continuum, but compared to Gov. Palin, the Senator from Illinois is completely Old School, w/ his education, law degree, & knowledge beyond Alaska. Now we'll see what the Boomers have wrought w/ their mutant idiot children.

Annals of Psychiatric Humour

The Incredible Exploding Newspaper

Looks as if the L. A. Times really is out of the paws of the Chandlers & Otises, as the region's premier cage-liner actually mentions the anniversary of the bombing of the Times' building on this date in 1910. Current CEO Sam Zell (or his flunky, the guy who used to run DirecTV) allows little mention of the paper's rabid anti-unionism during the period. Not that the bombing did much to wise them up. As we see, no matter the owner, or the date, there just isn't very much left-wing union bias in the "liberal media," is there?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Crawling to Armageddon

It's the last day of September. A mere one quarter of the yr. remains. Thirty-five or so days until the election. Will there be any money left by then? Will we be dragging $billions around in wheelbarrows just for a trip to the 7-11©? Frankly, who gives a shit? Any one foolish enough to have invested in or committed to this system gets everything he or she deserves: nothing. We've heard the expression "We're scared to look at our 401(k)s, we don't know what we have," more than once. Schadenfreude indeed warms the heart, if there was any doubt left. Are we ready to start from the beginning again? Especially all those hoping-to-retire-soon baby boomers. Sorry you gave up your '60s socialist ways & sold out to "the man" now? Bet you are, losers.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bail This Out, Lout!!

Here's an idea "conservatives" should be in favor of. It's a common sense return to the old days, when people worked for a living by creating real, physical products, or by providing an actual service that often involved objects & non-metaphysical stuff. And in those glorious days of restraint & responsibility, when someone wanted something, they saved their money until they could buy it outright, rather than entering a permanent state of debt. How about more of this, & fewer financial markets, obscure "financial instruments," investments, & other ways for the already wealthy to play w/ money & create nothing from less-than-nothing. How about a new system? That is, no fucking system at all. Just real rewards for real work. Any takers? Remember John Smith of whatever that colony was? "No work, no eat, spoiled imperialist spawn of the aristocracy!!" And just as there is no mention of "gawd" in the Constitution, we don't recall any mention of capitalism as the only way things can go in these United Snakes. Disclaimer: Author of piece admits he or she hasn't held down a job in over two yrs., but has made some very wise investments. Second disclaimer: Actually typed & published early evening Tuesday 30 September 2008.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Newman.

Paul Newman (l) & Mario Andretti, looking glum. (Photo: Tannen Maury/AFP)
Recollections of Paul Newman from beyond the World of Show Biz™. Namely, the World of Racing©. Specifically, Mario Andretti.
"We were always fighting for the check," Andretti said. "He would never give in, never in anything. One time, we settled a check by betting on how long it would take a beer bottle to hit the floor when it fell off the table. "This time, he says, 'How many people do you think are on the street now between 8th and 9th Avenue?' He says, 'At least 75.' I said, 'No way, at the most 50.' "Our wives roll their eyes and head for the ladies room. Paul and I get up and head out to the street to check out our bet. The poor maitre d' thinks we are running out on the check. "And of course, I was right. There were barely 50 people out there, even when he's trying to count a hobo three times. So we go back and the maitre d' is relieved and I won the bet. Again."

We also heard on the radio that Mr. Newman's outfit of choice at the track (the SCCA, anyway) was Bermuda shorts, flip-flops & a tee-shirt, giving rise to the nickname "Chickenlegs." NB: Actually typed & published early evening of Tuesday 30 September 2008. Just trying to fill the blank, empty space.