Saturday, November 8, 2008
The number of unemployed Americans leapt in October to 10.1 million — the largest number since 1983. More than 22 percent of all unemployed people have been out of work for six months or longer — another level not reached in a quarter-century.
Only 32 percent of all unemployed people were drawing state benefit checks in October because of restrictions on eligibility. More than half of all unemployed people drew benefits in the 1950s, and about 45 percent received state checks during the last recession in 2001.
Huh? There was more concern (& money) for the unemployed in the Fifties? How can that be? The yrs. of liberal hand-outs didn't begin until Johnson's Great Society.
Here's one slacker who's about to learn the lesson of the AmeriKKKan economy:
In South Plainfield, N.J., Ken Stelma, 49, has been out of work since January, when he lost his job as a customer care representative for a company that installed kitchens. Since then, he had been living on a $562 weekly unemployment check in place of his roughly $1,200 paycheck. But last month, his benefits ran out.
He is relying on his girlfriend to pay his rent. His provisional health coverage — a carryover from his last job — will end this month because he can no longer afford the $250 monthly payments, leaving him with a tumor in his foot and no insurance. Next, he will stop paying his auto insurance policy.
“What am I going to do, drive illegally just to go out and look for a job?” Mr. Stelma said.
Despite dozens of applications — at Lowe’s, Home Depot and at a home for the elderly — he remains unemployed. “I’ll do anything,” he said, adding that he was contemplating a job as an office mailroom clerk. “We’re getting desperate, man.”
You're just not trying hard enough to make yourself useful to one of your wealthy betters, punk!! Try amputating your tumorous foot, maybe you'll have better luck then. Employers don't want cripples slaving for them!! How are they to profit? Where are the workhouses for the poor, anyway?
Gay rights, anti-war activists to march in Silver Lake
A 90-yr.-old woman in Evanston, Ill., was discovered to be living w/ three dead siblings.
In other "Marriage and 'the family' is the foundation of Western Civilization, and has existed since the dawn of time" news: Roaring Spring, Kentucky: The deaths of three siblings have been determined to be homicides.
Neighbors described the woman as alert and aware, and said she was well liked on their close-knit block of large, historic homes. She enjoyed gardening and shared her plants with others, they said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the dead as Anita Bernstorff, who was last seen alive in May 2008, Frank Bernstorff, not seen alive since 2003, and Elaine Bernstorff, who was last seen alive in the early 1980s.
Anita Bernstorff was the eldest, born in 1910.
What's your bet as to the involvement of another family member in the horror? And the eight-yr.-old alleged killer in Arizona was taught to shoot by his father, against the advice of the family priest.
Patterson identified the victims found in Wednesday's fire as 17-year-old Kayla Williams, 14-year-old Kortney Frensley and 5-year-old Ethan Frensley. A fourth person in the house was injured but has not been identified.
Patterson declined to say whether investigators have any suspects in the case.
The father, Vincent Romero, 29, was from a family of avid hunters and wanted to make sure the boy wasn't afraid of guns, said the Very Rev. John Paul Sauter of St. Johns Catholic Church. The boy's stepmother had suggested he have a BB gun, the priest said.
Romero taught his son how to use a rifle to kill prairie dogs, Sauter said. Police say the boy used a .22-caliber rifle Wednesday to kill his father and another man, Timothy Romans, 39, of San Carlos.
The priest did not say how he advised the couple but said Saturday that the boy "was just too young."
From "a family of avid hunters and wanted to make sure the boy wasn't afraid of guns." So why did the late male parental unit ask the priest for advice, & then ignore him? Maybe religion isn't useful after all. Maybe it's just a big fucking lie that people ignore or use, according to whatever the fuck they want to do.
Guess you got your wish though, Pops. Junior wasn't afraid to kill you dead, was he?
Stewart Wallin, owner of Get Some Guns in the Salt Lake City suburb of Murray, Utah, said he sold nine assault weapons the day after Obama was elected. That same day, the gun store Cheaper Than Dirt! in Fort Worth, Texas, sold $101,000 worth of merchandise, shattering its single-day sales record, store owner DeWayne Irwin said. One Georgia gun shop advertised an "Obama sale" on an outdoor sign, but the owner took it down after people complained that the shop appeared to be issuing a call to violence against the country's first black leader. The president of a Montana gun manufacturer stepped down last month after word that he supported Obama led to calls for a boycott of the company.On the other hand:
"They became very accusing early on in the interview," Brewer said. "Two officers with guns at their side, it's very scary for anybody, for sure an 8-year-old kid." A judge determined at a hearing Friday that there was probable cause to believe the boy committed the killings. He is being held at the Apache County juvenile detention center. [...] The boy was charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the death of his father, 29-year-old Vincent Romero, and 39-year-old Timothy Romans, St. Johns Police Chief Roy Melnick said.Yes, it was a shooting. Nor is it impossible that his father & the other victim deserved it. We'll know more than we ever wanted to before it drops from the radar. NB: Typed 7 November 2008, at 2305, but we lost the Internet before we could publish this'n.
Friday, November 7, 2008
They’ve marched in Los Angeles. They’re targeting the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City. And they’re threatening to burn down churches and hunt down people of faith who supported the ballot measure:They? Well, a couple of loud-typers at a "gay" website or web log or whatever it is. Remember, "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." Or whatever. Alternate Title: "Grab a gun, grab a noose/Killer queers are on the loose!"
Palin also said she would not call on Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, to resign, although last month, before his re-election bid, she said he should "step aside" and "play a very statesmanlike role in this now." Stevens, 84, was found guilty on seven counts of trying to hide more than $250,000 in free home renovations and other gifts that he received from a wealthy oil contractor. Three days after the election, Stevens, the longest serving Republican in Senate history, is about 3,500 votes ahead of Democratic challenger Mark Begich with thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in the next two weeks. Said Palin on Friday: "The Alaska voters have spoken and me not being a dictator, won't be telling anyone what to do." When asked if she would call on him to resign, Palin said: "Not after the will of the people has been made manifest via that vote."OK. Sure. Mob rule. Whatever.
Jesus Hussein Christ, did they have a "guest Shortlist" featuring the loser* as well, just to have all bases covered? (Of course, both recent candidates have book scams going. There's naked greed & self-interest involved here as well as shilling for the corporate media monolith.) *That would be footnote-in-history John Sidney McCain III, who lost!! P. S.: We assume that the descriptions of the books, DVD & CD, are from the lying typing fingers of Borders or publishers. The questions to ask are if B. O. selected these items himself, was the whole sordid thing turned over to a flunky, or did someone give the Sen. a list from which to choose? Another question would be "Who cares, really?"
Featured Guest: Barack Obama 1. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson A lyrical and profoundly moving meditation on faith, friendship, and parenthood. 2. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin A truly fascinating look at Lincoln as a political strategist. 3. The Boys of Baraka A haunting documentary about inner-city youth who are lifted out of a destructive environment and given the opportunity to attend boarding school in Africa. 4. Forgetfulness by Ward Just From one of the most astute observers of Washington and the intersection of politics and passion, a gripping novel about the War on Terror's effect on individual lives. 5. Kulanjan by Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate A beautiful melding of traditional blues and music from Mali by two great masters.
Black moved to Los Angeles in 1964 and formed the Soul Giants with Roy Estrada and Ray Collins. When the group's guitarist was drafted, they hired Zappa, who took over as leader and changed the band's name to the Mothers of Invention, promising, "If you guys will learn my music, I'll make you rich and famous." "He took care of half of that promise," Black quipped later, "because I'm damn sure I didn't get rich."The L. A. Times obit doesn't mention Geronimo Black, the band Jimmy Carl formed w/ at the Gardner brothers in the early '70s, which put out a pretty good album in '72. Nor does The New York Times, although they did get in the fact that Jim's pard in the house painting biz in Austin was Arthur Brown, of "Fire" fame. Crap, they're all starting to go...
[A]ccording to Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron [...] "She didn't understand, McCain aides told me, that Africa was a continent and not a country and actually asked them if South Africa wasn't just part of the country as opposed to a country in the continent," he said on The O'Reilly Factor programme.Is "Jesus Motherfucking Christ" too vulgar an exclamation? Not in this case. But get this:
Mrs Palin was also unable to name the countries involved in the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was "a major campaign issue", Cameron said.Governor Palin, why do you think all those "elitists' are looking down their noses at you? You are a full-fledged ignoramus, that's why.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)—The Oakland Raiders’ decision to waive DeAngelo Hall just eight games after signing him to a $70 million contract brought surprised reactions from his teammates who now wonder even more about the future of the franchise.'Bout time Al's pards kick him upstairs to Managing Partner Emeritus or something equivalent?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Do the Math: Arena Rock + Hair Metal + Grunge + Christian Rock + Contemporary Country = Flyover Rock.We're feeling sick already. Our least favorite genres of "rock" music, all rolled into a big "real" American ball o' dung. What further suffering? Oh. This crap has infected the retarded giant to the north, Canada. Nowhere is safe.
The U.S. is also a country in which blissful ignorance is celebrated, and intellectual excellence (the key to 21st century advancement) is not just given short shrift, but is ridiculed. Paris Hilton and Britney Spears are cultural icons. The average American watches television a mind-numbing 4 1/2 hours a day. At the same time, our public school system is plagued with some of the highest dropout rates in the industrialized world. Math and science? Forget about it. Too tough for these TV watchers, or too boring, or whatever. “When I compare our high schools with what I see when I’m traveling abroad,” said Bill Gates, “I am terrified for our work force of tomorrow.” The point here is that as we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the United States is in deep, deep trouble. Yet instead of looking for creative, 21st-century solutions to these enormous problems, too many of our so-called leaders are behaving like clowns, or worse — spouting garbage in the public sphere that hearkens back to the 1940s and ’50s. Thoughtful, well-educated men and women are denounced as elites, and thus the enemies of ordinary Americans. Attempts to restore a semblance of fiscal sanity to a government that has been looted with an efficiency that would have been envied by the mob, are derided as subversive — the work of socialists, Marxists, Communists. In 2008! In North Carolina, Senator Elizabeth Dole, a conservative Republican, is in a tough fight for re-election against a Democratic state senator, Kay Hagan. So Ms. Dole ran a television ad that showed a close-up of Ms. Hagan’s face while the voice of a different woman asserts, “There is no God!” Americans have to decide if they want a country that tolerates this kind of debased, backward behavior. Or if they want a country that aspires to true greatness — a country that stands for more than the mere rhetoric of equality, freedom, opportunity and justice. That decision will require more than casting a vote in one presidential election. It will require a great deal of reflective thought and hard work by a committed citizenry. The great promise of America hinges on a government that works, openly and honestly, for the broad interests of the American people, as opposed to the narrow benefit of the favored, wealthy few.And good luck w/ that, America!! As if every one of you bastards out there wouldn't sell your own grandmother, let alone honest, open gov't., merely to be noticed by one of the favored & wealthy.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Kenyans believe an Obama victory wouldn't change their lives much, but that hasn't stopped them from splashing his picture on minibuses and selling T-shirts with his name and likeness. Kenyans were planning to gather around radios and TV sets starting Tuesday night as the results come in. In the sleepy Japanese coastal town of Obama — which translates as "little beach" — images of him adorned banners along a main shopping street, and preparations for an election day victory party were in full swing. Election fever also ran high in Vietnam, where McCain was held as a prisoner of war for more than five years after being shot down in Hanoi during a 1967 bombing run. "He's patriotic," said Le Lan Anh, a Vietnamese novelist and real estate tycoon. "As a soldier, he came here to destroy my country, but I admire his dignity." ___ AP correspondents worldwide contributed.Remember "If Barack Obama wanted to run against George Bush, he should have run four years ago?" If John Sydney McCain III wanted to run against the "liberal elite media" maybe he should have taken Cinderella's money & built a Rupert Murdoch/FOX-style media empire, rather than becoming a permanent member of the political class.
In Berlin, Republicans Abroad organized a "November Surprise Election Party" to watch live "how the Republican ticket McCain/Palin comes from behind and leaves the 'liberal elite media' in Europe and the United States puzzled."Stupid jerks. *After two speed-readings of the story, we didn't see the phrase "less arrogant America." Liberal elite media bias?
Monday, November 3, 2008
On the clouded synapses of Sen. John McCain, it became clear as his campaign limped and lurched to its close, the termites had been dining long and dining well. However much one might have admired the low comedy of his closing routine on Saturday Night Live, it had to be admitted that even in that context, he looked a trifle glassy and elderly, not to say lost. No doubt there was some safe refuge to be taken, by himself and his absurd choice of running mate, in self-deprecation. The true ghastliness, however, was revealed in the crudeness of the McCain-Palin attempt to deprecate others.What can you say? Some of us have it, some of us don't. (A thesaurus, that is.) We also found it amusing that the non-celebrity candidate's supporters were very enthusiastic about the polling jump the Senator had taken on Sunday, allegedly as a result of the SNL appearance. Got that? It literally is American Idol out there in real (fly-over) AmeriKKKa. Some wretched old bastard can read lines from a cue card & he's got their vote. Even if Nader fucking won, it wouldn't matter at this point. This Great Nation of Ours has had it.
What follows is the complete text. I'm posting this at about dinner time, so you've been forewarned to not eat on a full stomach (emphases mine):We'd been thinking we're awfully juvenile (for someone of our age, certainly) but we're now reassured that we're keeping the discourse on a (relatively) high plane. No reason to read Joe Klein's crap, but please enjoy the art that accompanies the piece, which is titled:
Time's Klein Turns Obama Grandmother Obit Blog Into Worship Fest for ObamessiahWe're just sorry they didn't make it any larger.
KIBATI, Congo - Refugees who haven't eaten for days cheered when the first humanitarian convoy in a week arrived Monday at their camp, but the jubilation turned into anger when U.N. workers dumped soap and jerry cans instead of food and sped on past rebel lines. [...] Government troops, who looted and raped in Goma as they retreated on Wednesday, do not venture much beyond Kibati, 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) outside the city, and some live among the refugees there, creating a tense and dangerous situation. Both government and rebel forces are accused of gross human rights abuses although, in this latest fighting, refugees say the rebels are not molesting them. Rebels also seem to be holding a self-imposed cease-fire line 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from Goma. When asked Sunday about the suffering his offensive has brought to a quarter million people, Nkunda replied: "That's the cost of freedom."A veritable Don Rumsfeld there. "Stuff happens."
WASHINGTON – A juror who vanished during Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial told the judge Monday she lied about her father dying and flew to California to see horse races.Yup. We thought she might be a child of privilege, but she's merely a troubled individual. (Although we have to wonder what a paralegal at a mortgage co. makes, what w/ the condo in Florida, flying off to Cali for the Breeder's Cup, &c.)
She apologized for lying, and then started a long rambling story about horses, which included references to horse breeding, the Breeders' Cup, drugs, President Ford's son Steven and her condo in Florida being bugged. "I am thoroughly convinced you would not have been able to continue to deliberate," Sullivan interrupted. "Can I have a case of my own?" Hinnant asked. Sullivan referred her to Kramer and the federal public defender's office, and excused her from his courtroom. Outside the courthouse, Hinnant refused to answer questions about whether she was on medication or had been hospitalized. When asked what she thought about Stevens' case, she said: "He didn't do anything any of the other congressmen and senators did, so they're all guilty." When asked if she thought Stevens was guilty, she replied: "I didn't say that."Well (Hmpfh!) we like this "Are you now, or have you ever been, hospitalized or medicated?" attitude from the old, mainstream media. If Ms. Hinnant sat still for the entire trial & then found herself bored by deliberations, what's the big deal? How'd she get on the freaking jury o' peers in the first place, Judge Sullivan?
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Rock stars may not be getting blown under the table these days, but there was sure a lot of hard-core making out going on. Seriously, that could be like a whole other photo essay.
Federal Express CEO Fred Smith gave an interview to the [WSJ] editorial page in which he endorsed Sen. John McCain: "Because I agree with him on trade, taxes, energy and health care."We can assure you that Mr. Smith's* attitudes extend to how those unfortunate enough to be employed by his oppressive corporate entity are paid & treated, and that the lovely alliteration of "Fuck you, Fred," couldn't be applied to a more deserving piece of human scum. On top of that we've had to contend w/ AmeriKKKa itself. From another Newsweek piece on the theme of the economy:
We Americans are progress junkies. We think that today should be better than yesterday and that tomorrow should be better than today. Compared with most other peoples, we place more faith in "opportunity" and "getting ahead." We may now be on the cusp of a new era that frustrates these widespread expectations. It is not just the present financial crisis and its astonishing side effects, from bank rescues to frenzied stock-market swings. The crisis coincides with a series of other challenges—an aging society, runaway health spending, global warming—that imperil economic growth. America's next president takes office facing the most daunting economic conditions in decades: certainly since Ronald Reagan and double-digit inflation, and perhaps since Franklin Roosevelt and 25 percent unemployment.What they call progress, the globalized globe, & plain, simple reality have caught up to the "Shining City on the Hill." They ran all the undocumented servants out & there's no one willing to polish the chrome. Today may (but probably won't) be better than yesterday, but tomorrow they're dead, & the day after that their precious country on which they displace their failures & empty lives is a slab of meat as well. *Further Injustice: Fred "Sonic" Smith of the MC5 is dead, but this prick Smith is living & profiting from the indentured servitude of others.