Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Pause in The Ending of Racism

Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the post election glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.
The LEM (That's Liberal Elite Media, not Lunar Excursion Module.) is at it again. The leftist traitors at the AP have suggested, based on a few anecdotes, that all of America's racial problems have not recently been solved.
From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders. There have been "hundreds" of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes. [...] Potok, who is white, said he believes there is "a large subset of white people in this country who feel that they are losing everything they know, that the country their forefathers built has somehow been stolen from them." Grant Griffin, a 46-year-old white Georgia native, expressed similar sentiments: "I believe our nation is ruined and has been for several decades and the election of Obama is merely the culmination of the change. "If you had real change it would involve all the members of (Obama's) church being deported," he said.
Hilarious. But what if this Grant Griffin guy means this crap? Nah. Couldn't be. Click for the AP story, w/ a long list of stupid & hateful incidents. One wonders what might have been done to gay people had California & the other states' anti-civil rights propositions & initiatives lost, & the destruction of marriage were now officially underway.

Again w/ the Mormons? Yup.

We (& The NYT )wanted to remind all & sundry that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) a still sexist & until recently an overtly racist death-cult, may well have some sexually repressed weasel in a black necktie & short-sleeved white shirt w/ name tag peeping in your window looking for non-Creator intended activity. Just after he or she polls you.
Suggested talking points were equally precise. If initial contact indicated a prospective voter believed God created marriage, the church volunteers were instructed to emphasize that Proposition 8 would restore the definition of marriage God intended. But if a voter indicated human beings created marriage, Script B would roll instead, emphasizing that Proposition 8 was about marriage, not about attacking gay people, and about restoring into law an earlier ban struck down by the State Supreme Court in May.
Sarcastic Move 1: Almighty Holy Gawd: Writer of Dictionaries & Contracts. The Big Bureaucrat in the Sky. Thought that bureaucracy was the enemy w/ real, Gawd-fearing Americans like these. Or, number two: You all must remember the classic of the French cinema, And God Created Marriage, w/Brigitte Bardot? As if a reference to Froggy flicks would change any minds in this battle. But a silver lining of sorts is found, as one of the conservatives admits.
“We could not have this as a battle between people of faith and the gays,” Mr. Schubert said. “That was a losing formula.”
They're now admitting they know they're outnumbered by decent people of all orientations & religions, so it must be, as one egghead or another phrased it, "framed" as not anti-gay. We suppose it's helpful to be a complete moron to buy into that & the "threat to marriage" part.

Oct. 28, Mr. Ashton, the grandson of the former Mormon president David O. McKay, donated $1 million. Mr. Ashton, who made his fortune as co-founder of the WordPerfect Corporation, said he was following his personal beliefs and the direction of the church. “I think it was just our realizing that we heard a number of stories* about members of the church who had worked long hours and lobbied long and hard,” he said in a telephone interview from Orem, Utah. In the end, Protect Marriage estimates, as much as half of the nearly $40 million raised on behalf of the measure was contributed by Mormons. [...] Mr. Ashton described the protests by same-sex marriage advocates as off-putting. “I think that shows colors,” Mr. Ashton said. “By their fruit, ye shall know them.”

We're not typing one word. Could be completely, albeit amazingly, ignorant. *“I think it was just our realizing that we heard a number of stories..." Best self-description of the rightist/religionist "thought process" we've yet read.


As always, the Richard B. Cheney photograph.
More childish whining about Dick. (Which is not to say that we don't love it. After all, who can be more childish than Dick? Or just a dick, in our case.)
This doctrine is at best controversial and at worst utter nonsense. "The Vice Presidency," it states, "is a unique office that is neither a part of the executive branch nor a part of the legislative branch." Translation: "What happens in the vice-presidential office is none of your god damned business."
Frankly, then, if you don't even know Dick, maybe you shouldn't be talking about Dick.

Sunset At The Edge Of The World

An eerie light (Would it be as "eerie" if it weren't from stuff that's been turned entirely to ash?) pervades the sky. Particulate matter, not merely the ordinary automotive matter, but stuff from where the wealthy &/or "rich" (so hard to define that word these days we'll leave it in quotes) live, butt up against the forests or as close to the ocean as possible. Here in the sunsetty Southland it's 1705ish & there's been nothing but "Firestorm '08!!!" on any of the local VHF telebision channels (Of seven, six of them of them owned & operated by the Gang of Four broadcast networks, & one owned by major - but shrinking - media empire Tribune Co., & affiliated w/ The CW) except "MYNetwork"(Huh?) Channel 13, & kudos to them for showing whatever they scheduled - something involving nuns & a young girl, perhaps Irish, judging from the Celto- music & accents, even more evil than kiddie porn for it's wholesomeness - since 1600, if not earlier. We were moving the Just Another Blog Editorial & Corporate Offices to a new (to us) spot (not even in the city of Los Angeles, in the interest of full parenthetical disclosure, & don't know when "Firestorm 08" started. The liberal elite media (and the sheep for whom they program) all love to scare & be scared, so we're betting sooner rather than later. Look: only half an hr. later, it's totally dark. Except for the electricity, but we're only interested in nature around here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Haw Haw Haw!!

Good news for the planet:
Retail sales plunge by largest amount on record Consumers curb spending on range of goods; falling gas prices contribute
Har har. Fuck you all, you stupid food tubes. In one end, out the other, empty inside. Your empty world of emptiness is about to become a vacuum. (We're especially hoping for a massacre of "shoppers" & consumers at Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, where, as we type, we are sitting nursing a large coffee, though they don't call it that here, if you know what we mean, followed by an army of bulldozers shoving both the worshippers' corpses & the temples of commodity fetishism where they worshipped over the Palisades to block polluters from using the PCH. Nothing yet from the Obama Administration to be, but we're hoping for an answer soon.) We wish you only the best of luck breathing in there. The laughter you hear is the editorial staff. The Krauts may have invented the word "schadenfreude," but we're refined the concept to a vicious, diamond-like hardness here. (If we do say so ourself.)

Hate, Pain, Rage & Fear

And that's on a "good" day.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Not Even Close To Funny, But He Can't Draw Either

Another look at douche bag cartoonists. This clown, Chuck Asay, is identified by as having a "biblical worldview." In this panel, Chuck reiterates the biblical worldview of "Spare the rod & spoil your wife," in a display of Xian decency & kindness. Women just scare the living shit out of these losers, don't they?

War on X-Mess: It Can't Come Too Soon For Us

Just heard Frank fucking Sinatra, dead these many yrs., singing "Let It Snow" on a recording in a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. We're in favor of destroying the entire festival of forced consumption as soon as possible. When does the gawd damn war start? Consumption is about to become "unfashionable" anyway, because none of you unemployed losers can afford to buy shit, literally or otherwise. (Of course, virtually everything offered for sale these days is shit.) Let's have that war!!

Global Warming: Caused By Global Burning

Think about this
Brown clouds dim Asia, threaten world's food
U.N.: Pollution haze could lead to extreme weather, harm farming
the next time you hear a right-wing fuckhead whine about "energy independence," meaning that we should destroy the remaining natural beauty & environment of our nation in order to assure that Big Oil can continue to profit, & to cut off the Saudi scum w/ whom we've had such a one-sided relationship for so long. Surprisingly, it only occurred to Big Oil that we might not want to be in bed w/ the diaper-heads after they attacked the continental United Snakes. And it still doesn't occur to them that burning shit for power is not the sharpest idea in the proverbial drawer.

Nor is driving everywhere surrounded by tons of steel. As indicated by this.
Study: Calif. dirty air kills more than crashes
Author says state is 'paying now' for not doing enough on pollution
Happy now, capitalist shit-burners who love funneling money to Arabs? Or would "murderers" be a more apt word?

Gay Old Party At It Again

George Will in the WaPo, on Mitch McConnell.
This apotheosis has happened even though he is handicapped by, as National Review rather cruelly says, "an owlish, tight-lipped public demeanor reminiscent of George Will."
And Sen. Larry Craig. In other words, all three of 'em are gay. Not that there's anything wrong w/ being gay, except when you're such a fucking moron that you've internalized the bullshit values of this bullshit society & started hating yourself, as well as lying to others & perhaps to yourself in an effort to gain & maintain political power. Yes, lying about getting some on the side is a horrible thing & means you're untrustworthy & shouldn't be running the country. (No it doesn't, but we're going along w/ the anti-Clinton argument for the sake of argument.) That, then, applies to Clinton, but if rabid weasels want to lie about their gayness & the conflict that they're buying into because they accept (often overaccept & fethishize, in compensation for their non-conformity) this pig society's pig values, well, that's just fine. Except that you've got a crazy, conflicted person in charge of important stuff. Do you think the Down Syndrome or autistic (we can't remember which) child Will's defective jizz & wife (she married old owlish, tight-lipped George, she must be less than perfect herself) produced was gawd's way of punishing him for being a homo & getting married to hide it? Added liberal egomaniac "Look at me!" whine: When will one of these twisted bastards dare to take us on? We might have to make something up about them to get their goats, as they seem scared to face us when we call them on their actual bull.

Gee, You Did It To Yourselves? Who'd A-Thunk It? You're Usually So Fucking Smart.

P. J. O'Rourke in the weekly Standard:
None of this is the fault of the left. After the events of the 20th century--national socialism, international socialism, inter-species socialism from Earth First--anyone who is still on the left is obviously insane and not responsible for his or her actions. No, we on the right did it. The financial crisis that is hoisting us on our own petard is only the latest (if the last) of the petard hoistings that have issued from the hindquarters of our movement. We've had nearly three decades to educate the electorate about freedom, responsibility, and the evils of collectivism, and we responded by creating a big-city-public-school-system of a learning environment.
"Anyone still on the left?" The capacity for delusion on the right is truly astounding. A clue for the ninnies: This is not a center-right country, & any time an information source manages to get out from beneath its corporate boss & tell the truth about what the "right" wants for the nation, it goes badly for the rabid weasels. The electorate, being semi-rational, isn't buying your crap any more. Before we vomit, we're gone, but let's just see if we can stand one more of O'Rourke's paragraphs.
The real message of the conservative pro-life position is that we're in favor of living. We consider people--with a few obvious exceptions--to be assets. Liberals consider people to be nuisances. People are always needing more government resources to feed, house, and clothe them and to pick up the trash around their FEMA trailers and to make sure their self-esteem is high enough to join community organizers lobbying for more government resources.
Liberals consider people "nuisances?" Well, that explains minimum wage laws. People need gov't. resources to feed, clothe & house them? Because Wal*Mart doesn't pay a living wage or provide health insurance? By the way, Mr. O'Rourke, your consideration of people as "assets" (i. e., objects to be used up & thrown away) seems a bit odd when most of your references to people are about poor people whose parks smell bad, & so on. (Seriously: "smelly public parks." WTF? It's called nature, P. J. Or do you think that the colored people smell bad in general? Maybe the word "public" frightens him. Why, people who work for a living might be able to enjoy something close to nature, cutting into the privileges of Mr. O'Rourke's class.) The editorial staff here would like to meet Mr. O'Rourke in a dark alley (or an entirely public place) sometime. Pretend you're a man, P. J., & show up w/o your alleged guns (chances are Mrs. O'Rourke won't allow P. J. w/in a mile of a weapon, especially after he's been drinking as he does) but we'll pretend we believe his macho fantasies. Or show up w/ a gun, for all we care. We've used guns to threaten people before, it won't be much of a problem to relieve him of his metal (or composite fiber) Viagra & threaten a poseur such as "P. J." Final note to all "conservative, right-wing," or whatever you call yourselves pontificators: The following cliches & platitudes
Where is this land of freedom and responsibility, knowledge, opportunity, accomplishment, honor, truth, trust, and one boring hour each week spent in itchy clothes at church, synagogue, or mosque?
are now off limits. Your endless bullshit usage of these words has removed what little value or meaning they once had, most of which was convincing people that they should work like dogs for shit wages, or be used as cannon fodder by the fascists that have run this country into the ground for the last 200 + yrs. One boring hr. spent each wk. in itchy clothes at the temple of lies? Just admit it, P. J., you're a piece of self-hating crap, because at some level you do understand how horrid you are, & you want Sarah Palin to punish you. Or do you really believe that wasting an hr.'s sleep every Sunday to see & be seen at Lies Central is vital to subjugating the AmeriKKKan people? Fuckhead. Go die. Now. Before we decide to help you.

Friday the 13th Comes a Day Early

Freedom From Religion, Forever (Pray Like Hell For It!)

More evidence that we should have gone into Saudi Arabia & cleared out that rat's nest of religio-fascism on 12 September 2001, rather than wait a month to attack Bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Saudi King Abdullah, who initiated this week's special session, is quietly enlisting the leaders' support for a global law to punish blasphemy – a campaign championed by the 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference that puts the rights of religions ahead of individual liberties.

If the campaign succeeds, states that presume to speak in the name of religion will be able to crush religious freedom not only in their own country, but abroad.

The UN session is designed to endorse a meeting of religious leaders in Spain last summer that was the brainchild of King Abdullah and organized by the Muslim World League. That meeting resulted in a final statement counseling promotion of "respect for religions, their places of worship, and their symbols ... therefore preventing the derision of what people consider sacred."

The lofty-sounding principle is, in fact, a cleverly coded way of granting religious leaders the right to criminalize speech and activities that they deem to insult religion. Instead of promoting harmony, however, this effort will exacerbate divisions and intensify religious repression.

Oh, no, no attack against those who actually attacked us. That last part is the Bush Admin.'s standard operating procedure for political activity. Wonder where they got those ideas?

[The Saudi Government] also violates the rights of the large communities of Muslims who adhere to Islamic traditions other than the one deemed orthodox by Saudi clerics. In the past two years, dozens of Shiites have been detained for up to 30 days for holding small religious gatherings at home. One Ismaili, Hadi Al-Mutaif, is serving a life sentence after being condemned for apostasy in 1994 for a remark he made as a teenager that was deemed blasphemous. The alleged crime of apostasy, in fact, can be punished by death.

The government's policies are enforced by the Commission to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, a roving religious police force, armed with whips, that regularly oversteps its authority and is unchecked by the judiciary.

Women seeking to exercise basic freedoms of speech, movement, association, and equality before the law have experienced particularly severe abuse.

In a particularly egregious recent case, a woman was gang-raped as punishment by seven men who found her alone in a car with a man who was not her relative. She escaped the sentence of 200 lashes and six months in prison only because of a pardon by King Abdullah, yet he also said he believed the sentence was appropriate.

Holding a session on advancing interfaith dialogue abroad is a pale substitute for hosting it in the kingdom, where the message of respect for freedom of religion and belief is most needed.

Against the background of Saudi repression and the kingdom's role in exporting extremism, including through school textbooks preaching hatred of "unbelievers," the UN and every world leader attending the special session should be demanding an end to severe violations of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia.

Dialogue is no substitute for compliance with universal human rights standards.

Sure it is. Talk, talk, talk, until the original problem is forgotten. "Human rights," indeed. What next, a living wage & health insurance for all? Muslim-Marxists!! But we shouldn't be so quick to condemn, should we? Also from the Monitor, a slightly different view. A view informed by who pays the viewer's salary. (Note: Just Another Blog [From L. A.] receives no salary from anyone, just a gummint stipend. And if you think we're scared to bite the hand that "feeds" us, just point a paw in our direction, gov't. jerks!!)

Some (from many faiths) would prefer to close rather than open minds, to deny rather than accept what we are learning about God's miraculous design of our universe, and to reject rather than acknowledge how those of different religious heritages could receive God's mercy. The process that King Abdullah has launched effectively rebuts their distorted vision.
Please explain to us, the rational, why you would worship an evil being that established a world in which you have to beg him (the "creator" thereof) for mercy. Any fair court would call this a conflict of interest & put gawd, jehovah or allah the fuck out of business. Immediately.

Pot to Kettle: You're Mighty Hot, Y'Know

An idea for Ms. Gov. Palin. Don't claim you'll be keeping anyone "honest" until you stop lying like a fucking rug, you obnoxious ignoramus.
Palin noted that Congress is led by the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Barney Frank, and said it was incumbent upon GOP governors to ensure that the federal government doesn't take over the health care system.
We shouldn't have health care for anyone who can't afford it. Some innovative American will develop a way to self-perform surgery & manufacture Viagra in his basement & get the economy rolling again.
Speculation has centered on the telegenic Palin despite her tumultuous two months on the national political scene. She likely would have competition for a possible 2012 bid from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — all in attendance at the three-day meeting.
Let's examine these clowns: Barbour: Sold out to the Chicoms when he was head of the Republican National Committee or the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee. Crist: Quite possibly gay (NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG W/ THAT!!) & got "married" in case John McCain tapped him to be veep & to help in election fraud in Florida. By the way, isn't getting married to hide your sexual orientation much more threatening to "traditional" marriage than an honest homo marriage? Pawlenty: A nobody from nowhere. Seriously, who is he & what's he ever done? Jindal: Catholic wack-job & "exorcist." That's quite a line-up of "leaders." Who do these people think they're kidding, anyway? There's a reason
"We are the minority party," Palin said at a session on "Looking Towards the Future: The GOP in Transition." "Let us resolve not to be the negative party."
Um, Mme. Goobernator, are you incapable of noting that you're already the party of hatred, division & negativity? And that that's why you're the minority party, & have been for yrs.? There are none so blind & stupid as those who will not see what's before their eyes.

Bullshit "Boom & Bust Bubble Economy" in Tatters; Bush Defends Capitalism While Unemployment Rates Go Through Roof

What a fucking maroon. Can we get the lame duck Congrefs to hurry the process & throw Bushie-Boy out on his incompetent ass as soon as possible? He doesn't have to be replaced w/ Barack O. either. Put a fucking blender or toaster-oven in the office. Look at this shit:
The president was delivering a vigorous defense of free-market capitalism and easier global trade to frame his approach to the high-level gathering he's hosting in Washington this weekend.
Talk about faith-based (or "voudou") economics. At the same time:
WASHINGTON - Applications for unemployment benefits soared to the highest level since just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks while the trade deficit shrank more than expected as demand for imports plunged, further evidence of the struggling U.S. economy.
HOW THE FUCKING HELL IS THAT "FREE-MARKET CAPITALISM" WORKING OUT FOR "REAL" AMERICANS, BUSH? HUH? Question or Threat Dep't.: Is it a federal crime to murder the living shit out of an ex-president? Not that we care. We'd probably rather do time in a federal prison. Not that we're very likely to get a chance at Bush (either one, or those two cracker assholes from the sticks the Dems put in in '76 & '92) but that's as good a reason as any for concealed-carry laws.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Really, We Were Just On The Way Out

But were interrupted by Brother Brick, who, as a jazzbo & drummer, knows something about this "Mitch Mitchell/Elvin Jones" stuff.
RIP Mitch Mitchell. Jimi Hendrix's drummer. The dude wailed like nobody. Tiny little English bastard doing his best Elvin Jones. Cool. And man could he get up a shambolic shuffle. Listen to "Hey Baby"...the one from "Rainbow Bridge". Hip hippie jazzness at it's best. Wasn't another rock drummer that could play just like that. Dropping in Max Roach snare snaps and rim smacks and riffling popping toms, some heavy tom shit like Joe Morello in Take Five (remember that? Mitchell apparently dug Morello's thunder rolls) and all that Elvin that Jimi wanted--like when they come out at Monterey and light into "Killing Floor" and Mitch's rolls are so all over and so in there (or close enough) and man, it's frigging glorious. Crazy crazy rock'n'roll, man. Just like god intended it to be, if god smoked a lot of dope and didn't worry much about meter.... (Did he and Keith Moon ever play together? Can you imagine?) Nice guy, too. It was a dinner party somewhere in Silver Lake, eons ago. All these miserable guitar players wanted to play "Red House" with him, like he hadn't been there and done that like sooooooooooooooo much better.... Incredibly, he smiled and put up with them all. They raise 'em polite over there in England, apparently. When at last freed from his throne there was a dinner party inside. Someone put on Mingus. Two, three notes into it and Mitchell flipped. I love this!!! Who put this on!!!!!! Outside some guitar players were brutalizing Red House, and inside Mitch Mitchell is hovering over the phonograph, hearing nothing but Mingus. Yeah, alright. They can't live forever. Brick
Brick Wahl's where to jazz it up for the wk. selections are available on-line.

One Last Pathetic Appeal on Our Way Out the Door

Anyone knowing of apartments available w/in the City of Los Angeles is probably affiliated w/ a landlord of some kind & deserves to be shot. (And you're getting off easily, at that, parasite on the ass of humanity!) Nonetheless, the head cheese of this web log seeks a cheap (inexpensive, not crummy) place w/in said City of LA that will accept a mental patient (the quiet depressed type, not a trouble-making paranoid schizophrenic who'll chop you up in your evil landlord sleep) w/ a Section Eight housing voucher & a regular gov't. hand-out income. And a cat. Please leave all the personal contact information in the comments section, so the psycho-/socio-paths who visit here can visit you on-line as well. Thanks!! P. S.: Not a joke, just lame & desperate.

We're History

All bad news & worse cartoons. We're logging off before something else awful happens.

All Gone Now

Can't remember who said it, but Mitch Mitchell's stickwork was once described as sounding like Elvin Jones'. As such, Mitch & his sticks were a vital part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, now completely over w/ Mr. Mitchell's death today at 61, in Portland, Oregon. Seriously, imagine the Experience w/ a totally square, 2/4 kind of a cat drumming. Uh-uh. Mitch's legal first name: John. On the right in the photo of The Experience.

More Proof That Cartoons Needn't Be Funny

This is fun & easy!! Merely visit & click on the CARTOONS button. The rabid right, revealed in all its visual glory. And vicious ugliness. Garrghh. Here's some real humour! Ha ha!! The kinds of things that are really bothering the ClownHall "reader" (besides, of course, young people on his lawn): Contractors that don't show up as promised. A silver lining to the new tight economy. It'll keep the tradesmen in line, for once.Here we note one of the first rules of political cartooning. If you have to identify your caricature w/ a label, lapel pin or the like, you suck, illustration-wise!! We think the problem here may be that the cartoonist is confusing Sweet Sarah w/ Saint Ronnie of Alzheimer's. Note the upper right panel, especially. (Of course, in the lower right panel the implication is that Gov. Moosedroppings will be shooting her various enemies as if they were moose or caribou. Try it, witch!!)

Colored People Still Irked W/, Bothered By Whitey, & We Don't Blame Them A Bit!

Tales From The White House Closet

Election Day this reporter was discussing presidential pervosity w/ someone (ordinarily well-informed) who hadn't heard Honest Abe might have been "that way." We didn't want go onto any icky details, & didn't remember any of them anyway. But in that synergistic, synchronistic Internet way, what should come before our eyes but a link to a NYT review of almost four yrs. ago concerning the book that started this most recent go-round of implication. Talk about providing a public service!

Maverick-y "Reform" in Alaska

Gee willikers, we thought that Sarah Palin really was a reformer. (Didn't she say so herself, over & over & over & over & over &...) Looks as if election reform in Alaska was not one of her "reforms." You might think another reform would be to make Alaskans understand that a convicted criminal may not be their best representative in Washington, but that may not be part of the Palin plan for world domination. Well, excuse the living fuck out of us. Now that we've read the story it appears that this goes on in the largest state all the time, because it's so large. (We're such a trusting soul, we are often fooled by the inflammatory headlines written by liberal media elitists.) Couldn't Gov. P. put "First Dude" Todd on his snow machine & have him drive around gathering ballots?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Oh Look, We Found Another!!

More Offensive Cartoons: Two Thousand Words Worth

Absolutely vital to get the lips lilac, huh? Cheezis!!

"The KKK Took My Baby Away"

It happens every time. Someone to the left of Attila the Hun is merely elected to "leadership of the Free World" (Yeah, we're laughing bitterly as well.) & gun & ammo sales go through the roof. Then the crazies get loose.
Investigators found weapons, several flags and six Klan robes at the campsite, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said in a news release. Strain said the woman, whose identity was not released, was recruited over the Internet to participate in the ritual and then return to her home state to find other members for the white supremacist group. But Strain said the group's leader, Raymond "Chuck" Foster, 44, shot and killed the woman Sunday after a fight broke out when she tried to leave. Foster was charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond.
A well regulated militia, composed of sane people, should be armed to shoot life's losers like "Chuck" Foster as if they were rabid dogs in the street. For the sake of the gene pool, if not one's own safety.
"The IQ level of this group is not impressive, to be kind," Strain said, adding, "I can't imagine anyone feeling endangered or at risk by any one of these kooks."
Yes, but someone seems to have been endangered & at risk. Now she's dead. Good riddance, possibly, but...

Battle of the Titans

The Titans of right wing mediocrity, that is. One the one hand, self-proclaimed moderate David Brooks:
The Reformist view is articulated most fully by books, such as “Comeback” by David Frum and “Grand New Party” by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, as well as the various writings of people like Ramesh Ponnuru, Yuval Levin, Jim Manzi, Rod Dreher, Peggy Noonan and, at the moderate edge, me.
Ooooh, books, w/ their big words & many pages. The "Reformists" must be right. Uh, correct. Brooksie's big conclusion?
In short, the Republican Party will probably veer right in the years ahead, and suffer more defeats. Then, finally, some new Reformist donors and organizers will emerge. They will build new institutions, new structures and new ideas, and the cycle of conservative ascendance will begin again.
We find it sad to contemplate the potential return of rightist parties & organizations, but not as sad as contemplating the continual cycle of repressive fascism, occasionally alleviated by a brief moment of true progress, but soon enough stomped in the face again, over & over, like Orwell's boot. Is the human species too stupid to put an end to this cycle of stupidity? On the other hand, warts. And Jonah Goldberg. Who hasn't typed anything worth excerpting, except to note that he name checks many of the same clowns Brooks did.
For the young Turks and their older allies -- my National Review colleagues Ramesh Ponnuru, Yuval Levin and David Frum, the Atlantic's Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam, New York Times columnist David Brooks et al [sic] -- the problem is that Bush botched the GOP's shot at real reform.
To imagine that Bush ever desired to do anything but increase the power of the presidency (Cheney's idea, of course, but it played right into Bushie-Boy's hands.) & the wealth of his cronies is beyond the usual stupid level of Jonah. P. S.: Note the number of "funny names" involved in the "young Turks/Refomist" movement. Not a "real" American in that bunch, is there? Even w/ Brooks & Peggy Noonan, that's limey (at best) ancestry & an Irishwoman. WHO TAUGHT THESE PEOPLE W/ THE FUNNY NAMES TO LOVE AMERICA? If we can ask that about Barack Obama, we can certainly ask it of someone named "Ramesh Ponnuru." Who were his parents? Where was he born? We can't make any more mistakes w/ unreal Americans, if you know what we mean.

Who Really Lost The Election

And why.

A Real Change We Need: Some Good News for B. O.

Not all doom & gloom on the horizon for the prez-elect. Sure, we're all about to be walking around in barrels (Where the fug would one even get a wooden keg like that these days?) & fighting each other for the wealthy elite's Mickey D leftovers & grease soaked wrappers, but on the foreign policy front it could be worse, according to Fred Kaplan in Slate. We give you the most hopeful part, hopeful because breaking the military-industrial complex is something Americans can accomplish by themselves, w/o relying on untrustworthy, erratic, confused foreigners.
Military spending. According to a story by Bryan Bender in the Boston Globe, the Defense Business Board, a senior advisory group appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, recommended huge cuts in the military budget, noting that the current level of spending on weapons is "unsustainable." Several private and congressional defense analysts have been making this point for a few years now; the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently calculated that the Pentagon's 95 largest weapons systems have accumulated cost overruns amounting to $300 billion (that's just the overruns, not the total cost, which amounts to many hundreds of billions more). It's also clear, from the Pentagon's own budget analyses, that well over half of the $700 billion-plus budget has little if anything to do with the threats the United States faces now or in the foreseeable future. The past seven years have been a free-for-all for the nation's military contractors and service chiefs; the number of canceled weapons projects can be counted on one hand; they've otherwise received nearly all the money for everything they've asked for. Even many of the beneficiaries realize that the binge is coming to an end; the nation simply can't afford it. Obama's fortune is that he can order the cuts, invoking not his own preferences but the sober-minded urgings of a business advisory group in the Bush administration.
'Bout time someone made the most important part of the gummint work.

Drowning in the Bathtub

A final, hearsay blast at G. W. Bush, from the comments relating to this editorial illustration.
rikoshayrabbit says: My neighbor down the road used to watch W jump off the high dive, directly atop unsuspecting little kids, in the pool at the Midland County Country Club. He was about 13 years old at the time, and her thoughts were that this boy has absolutely no insides, like there was no one home. She says he is the exact same evil creep now as he was then. This is the little sh!t who allowed his evil to spread across the globe the past eight years and who hired equally evil bastards who would allow his deeds to go unpunished. My neighbor regrets not drowning him, if she only knew then what she knows now.
Hearsay or not, to us, the above is one of those deals so bizarre that one couldn't make it up.

Do Keep in Touch

Ramesh Ponnuru on the Republican party:
Most conservatives were preoccupied in this campaign with cultural issues: flag pins, 1960s radicals and the like. These issues are legitimate, and certainly easier to understand than the details of health policy.* [...] By the end of the campaign, 60 percent of voters did not think that [McCain] was “in touch with people like them” — and 79 percent of them voted against him. They thought other Republicans were out of touch, too. To recover, the party will have to prove them wrong, not just return to the conservative program of yesteryear.
The perception that John Sidney etc. was "out of touch" is directly proportional to the perception that conservatives are more worried about imaginary commies from the '6os than people's livelihoods. *Conservatives should consider themselves fortunate that the details of the McCain "Campaign Pledge to Tax Employer-Provided Health Insurance Policies of 2008" weren't more widely understood.

"Happy" Veterans Day

1918: A mere 90 yrs. ago, at 1100 hrs., World War I came to an end w/ the signing of an armistice between the "Allies" & the Central Powers.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Separate But Equal II

As previously referenced.

One Last Question

What the exciting possibilities of satellite & digital communication, even nationally syndicated rabid weasels needn't live here in the bowels of the beast. Why don't the previously mentioned Messrs. Hewitt & Prager drag their middle-aged, middle-brow asses to "real" AmeriKKKa? Huh? Why you two still hanging around here? Move along now.

Dr. Freud, to the Radio Ward Please

One of the many reasons (None of which, by the way, apply to you, Outlander!) to live in sunny, stupid California is to be at the very center of the media universe, that is, the entire known universe. This comes in especially handy for armchair socio-cultural critics & other such loudmouths. Bloggers & radio hosts, to give but two examples.

Here in SoCal we can hear luminaries like Hugh Hewitt & Dennis Prager do a little shilling for local advertisers that those of you away from the belly of the entertainment beast are deprived of. (Still no reason to move here, though.) One of the local clients is an insulated window installer. Hewitt trying to sell his audience on the benefits of environmentally sound, money-saving windows is as ironic as we can stand.
Even more amusing is Prager pimping his friend, so & so the tailor. ("And he is my friend," Dennis adds. You betcha!)

Best of all is Hugh Hewitt extolling the virtues of Turducken (if you don't know: A turkey stuffed w/ a chicken which is then stuffed w/ a duck, or maybe the chicken goes in the duck, how should we know, which is then baked or roasted or broiled or another of those cookery things) as provided by some Cajun outfit. This may be a nation-wide sponsor, in the grand American tradition of buying your steaks from Omaha & having them shipped to you via FedEx; those of you w/ the intestinal fortitude may be able to hear it anywhere.

Hugh is mentioning the newest twist in poultry excess, the Turducken stuffed w/ "pheasant," but the moron pronounces it "peasant." As in "Turducken stuffed w/ peasant." (Unless ...) We heard this twice w/in ten minutes today, a good indication of how little demand for advertising there really is on Hugh's program. (The angry white moron quaking in religious & socio-cultural fear may no longer be the sought after demographic it was.) The advert being recorded indicates that not only Hugh but his staff are all deaf &/or ignorant, or, better yet, that Hugh is such a stupid jerk that the staff all hate him & are getting a good laugh every time it plays, as Hugh sits there in rabid bliss.

All of the above, of course, merely an excuse to use the infamous TBogg Hewitt shot. Ick. Lay off that Turducken, big boy.

Billions for The Banks, Little or Nothing For Homeless American Vets

We can not believe the number of vets who are homeless, or perhaps the number of homeless people who have served (as a baby-killing murderer, or an enabler thereof) "our" country. We could take you to encampments of homeless veterans under the 405 (a part of the Interstate Highway system) next door to the Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus. Homeless vets, wounded or psychologically damaged by murdering & seeing murder done for the gov't.
Of the 1.8 million female military veterans, Dogen was among the 7,000 to 8,000 who are homeless, as estimated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is among the few who have benefited from new housing specifically for female veterans, an initiative homeless advocates say falls far short of what is needed.
Below: Homeless veteran Carisa Dorgen. Photo: Skip Peterson/AP file.
We hope that John Sidney McCain III will put something where his mouth is in the upcoming Congrefs, as his running for president on the basis of "I was a prisoner of war for five & a half yrs. because I was too stupid or macho to avoid a surface to air missile, so you AmeriKKKans owe me the presidency," while complaining that veterans benefit bills give too much to vets & they'll be leaving the service due to our generosity is yet another act of evil for which Sen. McCain owes the vets & the nation. A lot.

Further Attacks on America:
Disaster Capitalism

Not just jumping on dirty foreigners (as in the previous article) the Bush Admin., in its efforts to socialize losses & privatize profits, decided to hand over up to $140 billion to the losers at banks, in what appears to be an illegal move. The cowards in Congrefs are scared to do anything that might upset the sensitive flowers in the banking industry. (Is there the slightest chance that one day there could be a financial/economic system that would deal in reality, & be backed by actual stuff, rather than be based on the confidence level of the psychopaths who run the current system?)
The change to Section 382 of the tax code -- a provision that limited a kind of tax shelter arising in corporate mergers -- came after a two-decade effort by conservative economists and Republican administration officials to eliminate or overhaul the law, which is so little-known that even influential tax experts sometimes draw a blank at its mention. Until the financial meltdown, its opponents thought it would be nearly impossible to revamp the section because this would look like a corporate giveaway, according to lobbyists.
How long will this shit continue before the peasants get their pitchforks, torches & guns & do something? We're always hearing that we need guns to protect us from the gov't. When will some of you gun nut/small gov't./"Washington is evil" crackers pick up your penis-substitutes & act? Oh right, you're all talk unless about fifty of you are beating up a lone queer. For you weaklings to go against an organized force (like the Boy Scouts, to name but one) let alone an organized & trained military, is highly unlikely. Big talk, no action, from the "big men" on the right.

Bush Doctrine? What's That Again? Oh, Non-Stop War W/ The Rest of the World? OK. Sounds Good.

The "Bush Doctrine" seems to have secretly expanded. Now the Gov't. of the United Snakes believes that it can jump ugly w/ anyone, anywhere, at any time, for any "reason" whatsoever. Good fucking idea. Glad we didn't ask the Congrefs or anyone about it. Those sissies would probably want to negotiate or something. Or stand up & fucking declare war on any "terrorist-sheltering" nation. What's all that "defense" spending for if we can't use it to kill, maim & destroy?

Let's Have A Cyber-War (In Your Devil-Box!)

Slate asks: "Is a cyber-attack an act of war?" Slate isn't sure, but we can tell you that when we attack someone through the wonderful anonymity of cyberspace, it is a declaration of war. That means you, punk! Feeling lucky?

Capitalism Up-Date

Musical Culture Up-Date

The amazing McDonna (we believe she is the Queen of Something, though what we're far from sure what) has blown through town, desecrating baseball temple Dodger Stadium w/ her foul vulgarity & bony thighs. Here we have an example of synergy or symbiosis (Are they machines or biological entities? Only their hairdressers know for sure.) as McDonna manages to look still relevant & edgy, in comparison to a covered from the neck down Britney Spears, who manages to look clean & decent in comparison to the mighty McD. Photo: Ken Hively/LAT.

The Era of Post-Partisanship (Not!)

Don't be fooled. The haters still hate. There won't be 30 seconds of bi- or non-partisanship from the pin-dicked, brain-dead, child-molesting perverts & jerks who are still trying to show mommy something, & who just can't face the facts about AmeriKKKa. Like, it's not quite as "AmeriKKKan" as it used to be. It's obvious that these rabid weasels would rather send the United Snakes to hell in a hand-basket than allow anyone not of the white male male protestant property-owning demographic to do a good job of running the country, let alone saving it from attempted murder by the Bush Administration.
"The Obama recession is in full swing, ladies and gentlemen," Limbaugh told his radio audience of 15 million to 20 million on Thursday. "Stocks are dying, which is a precursor of things to come. This is an Obama recession. Might turn into a depression." Apparently the tanking of the real estate market, record losses in the auto industry, and massive failures in the banking and investment industry have very little to do with our problems. The economic system is collapsing, Rush wants us to know, because it anticipates the tax increases Obama has pledged on capital gains and for the highest income earners.
James Rainey of the L. A. Times has looked into this lying ugliness, once again saving us the trouble, let alone the listening. And be ready for four to eight yrs. of ugliness & hate. Maybe this will reveal the haters for what they are, though we suspect most of their listeners know already, & love to be filled w/ bile. Sorry your non-existent gawd gave you a whitesnake w/ which to work, losers. We can only hope, once the lynching 'jokes" & the like start coming from the mouths of these morons, that the Secret Service steps up & does its duty, rather than defaulting to the fascist, racist mode of police & military organizations.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Free Advertising

Thanks to Dolores Restaurant & Bakery, mere blocks from the end of the continent on Rte. 66.They have a new sign (& a new paint job) the food is better than Norm's or Denney's, & they got their own Wi-Fi spot. Interior photo from Julie Wilson's flickr site. Check out "Her Los Angeles."

More People Doing Our Job. Thanks, Guys!

Jurassic Pork, of Welcome Back to Pottersville, has a few Fox news items of interest. A sample:

Great Minds Thinking Alike

Southern Beale must've seen the same idjit we did on Mighty Sorry, No Body Cares earlier today, & since she looked it up & presented the truth, go read what she has to say. This crap's been reiterated on other media outlets as the presidential transition gets underway. Even were it true, imagine the pettiness of bringing it up eight yrs. later. Of course, it's the Bush Administration's last-ditch attempt to salvage something of the most dismal presidency. What a legacy: "At least he wasn't a total douche bag when he left office. Remember what a douche bag Clinton was when he left the White House?" They bring up an eight-yr.-old lie in an effort to look good. And there's no reason not to think that the die-hards may still try to sabotage the Obama Admin. You can bet that the Karl Rove Admin. will do something much more subtle & destructive than taking the "B"s & "O"s off the keyboards.

Another Visual

"They're Smilin' in Your Face..."

Chinese Socialist Bailout

China Announces $586 Billion Stimulus Plan
What punks! Can't even come up w/ a $700 Billion plan like ours? We're number one! We're number one!!

There Will Always Be an England

And an extra tip o' the Bouffant Chapeau to the lovely Sophia. W/o searching "Otto the Octopus," we never would have found this classic of the "I accidentally sat on it" genre. For your convenience (& maximum disgust) we republish the item in its entirety.

Vicar went to hospital with potato stuck in bottom

A vicar attended hospital with a potato stuck up his bottom - and claimed it got there after he fell on to the vegetable while naked.

The clergyman, in his 50s, told nurses he had been hanging curtains when he fell backwards on to his kitchen table.

He happened to be nude at the time of the mishap, said the vicar, who insisted he had not been playing a sex game.

The vicar had to undergo a delicate operation to extract the vegetable, one of a range of odd items medics in Sheffield have had to remove from people's backsides or genitals.

Others include a can of deodorant, a cucumber, a Russian doll – and a carnation.

Speaking of the vicar, A & E* nurse Trudi Watson, of Sheffield's Northern General Hospital, said: "He explained to me, quite sincerely, he had been hanging curtains naked in the kitchen when he fell backwards on to the kitchen table and on to a potato.

"But it's not for me to question his story. He had to undergo surgery to have it removed."

She advised anyone tempted to use such objects in sex games to think again.

"It can be very dangerous and potentially life-threatening," she said.

"Surgery can lead to infection, nasty scarring, and it could possibly end up with the person having to use a colostomy bag as a result."

A hospital trust spokeswoman in Sheffield said: "Like all busy hospitals we do see some unusual accidents.

"But our staff deal with them in a discreet, professional and kind way."

*In Britain, A & E means Accidents & Emergencies, or something, not Arts & Entertainment, nor, despite the context here, Assholes & Elbows.

Birds Nothin'! It's All of Them! Even The Fish!!

Not to be fucked with. Photo: EUROPICS
Eurocorresp Sophia sends news of competition for us in the "bastard" dep't., from one Otto the Octopus,who is raising hell while being held in what sounds like a German Gitmo for sea creatures. The lovely ladies at Feministe have excerpted the best from the Telegraph story. (Comments amusing too. And note that at both Feministe & ECTOPLASMOSIS! reference is made to "new overlords." Hmmm.)

"Center Right" Part Deux of a Potentially Infinite Number

Rich Lowry got the "ctr. rt." talking points too. (We weren't even looking for further evidence, it just crossed our electronic path, not unlike a rattlesnake slithering towards the early morning sun.)
Was it brought on by congressional corruption, Bush administration incompetence, intellectual exhaustion or John McCain's failings as a candidate? All of the above -- and then some.
Where to start? If by John Sidney III's failings he means "Duh, I don' know nothin' 'bout no 'conomizin'" he may have gotten one center right. We also note it's not the first time conservatives have denied their own at the first sign of whatever it is that gives them these hissy fits.
But that was a reaction to the malfeasance of Richard Nixon, a president whom conservatives never truly considered one of their own. Bill Clinton won in 1992, but with only 43 percent of the vote and over an incumbent Republican, George H.W. Bush, whom conservatives had already repudiated.
You think Richie Rich would want to repudiate a few others as well, especially after bringing up lobbyist Jack Abramoff, but no.
The shepherd of the Republican congressional majority that was swept out of power in 2006 was conservative stalwart Tom DeLay
Yes, Tom DeLay, conservative stalwart, w/ the emphasis on the "wart." If Rich doesn't realize how much better off the Rs are sans DeLay, well... Sadly for purposes of abuse, much of what Richie goes on to say makes sense. (It can happen. And it's somewhat more perceptive than the "autopsy" kindly provided by these clowns.) There is a great big fucking Republican elephant in the room that Lowry ignores: the Occupation of Iraq (Where is that oil we were promised?) & the stalemate (Or whatever the fuck it is, anyone who has any idea of what is up in Afghanistan is welcome to let us in on it.) in the space between between Iran & nuclear-armed (Need we add?) Pakistan. His only mention of the world beyond our shores?
In 2006, voters set out to punish Republicans for loose practices in Washington [...] and the mishandling of the Iraq war.
Uh-huh. 2006.

On This Date in The History of Man's Inhumanity to Man

1938: Kristallnacht.

The Election That Will Not Die

Sadly Bradley (sp.?) cranks out a piece on the election that will, eventually, be finished. Once there's another attack on "our" country, a 'tween star gets knocked up, or GM, Ford & Chrysler are sold to the highest Chinese bidder (Just kidding, looks like the Chicom econ is down the toilet as well.) the election & its post-mortems will be over. In the meantime (& it's going to get meaner) dissect the corpse at AlterNet. A juicy sample:
If the McCain campaign really thought that Palin could win over former female Clinton supporters, then they must think that female voters are some of the stupidest people on the planet. Memo to the GOP: Millions of people flocked to Clinton in the primaries because of her intellect and her wonky passion for bread-and-butter economic issues such as universal health care. She cannot be easily replaced by a woman whose chief accomplishment so far in life has been eating a moose.
Well, she allegedly killed the moose herself. And yes, they do think that women are stupid. That's why they prefer women at home, raisin' up the quiverful of rug rats, cookin', cleanin' & clammed up.

"Center Right:" Get Used to It

The mere election of "B. O.," still 72 days from the presidency, has already brought change, to, of all places, the Republican Party, where, much like the one-celled creatures so many of the party faithful resemble, the split has begun. The fiscal conservatives are already trying to get away from the religious right, & establish themselves as "center right." You may have noticed from their talking points babble that B. O. ran a "center right campaign" (said Karl Rove). Pretty much an admission that they're moving "left," at least on the social issues, the candidacy of Sarah Palin demonstrating that the vast unwashed aren't as interested in a ninny fighting "demonic infestations" as they are in solutions to the economic troubles many of them are having. Note this from the American Issues Project:
Simply put, the voters’ rejection of the Republican Party is a direct result of the Party’s failure to live up to their promise for common sense conservative governance. As the survey clearly demonstrates the Republican Party has lost all or nearly all of its advantages on issues of fiscal responsibility and scope of government. While this is not the only problem now facing the Republican Party, it is certainly the biggest.
The moron who wrote that apparently hasn't noticed that there's an economic meltdown, an occupation in Iraq, & a war that's not going so well in Afghanistan. No, to him or her, the Republicans lost because they haven't drowned that gummint baby in the bathtub yet. Seriously. They lost because they haven't reformed gov't. & cut spending, thanks to that "phony conservative" George W. Bush. Here's a clue, dipstick: Each & every Republican office-holder was too busy getting what they could from pork & lobbyists to bother w/ anything besides "Homeland Security" & illegal, unnecessary wars, which, oddly enough, have increased the National Debt, etc. There's a distinct possibility the American people won't be fooled again by these horrid fools, but we are dealing w/ Americans. Don't hold your breath. And be ready to hear the phrase "center right" until your ears are bleeding.

Cowardly AmeriKKKans Murder From Above

Below: Enola Gay, killer of Hiroshima. Photo: Andrew Councill/The NYT
"Liberal Bible" The New York Times seems to have developed a fascination w/ Death From Above, or at least museums devoted thereto. We just like the pictures.
Below, a Grumman F-11 w/ Blue Angels markings sits under the Empire State Bldg. Photo: James Estrin/The NYT

"Post-Racial" AmeriKKKa

Separate But Equal