Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dead Spider Lying In Wait Behind Bathroom Door

We're idly curious about the egg sacs or tiny grapes it choked on.

Currently Wasting Time & Energy By

... recording two (Count 'em! Two!) programs while watching a third, all on & from the DVR!
Not since we had five fully functional VCRs some yrs. ago have we been so on top of (& about to be swept under the tide of) information & trivia.

On A Lighter Note

Aunt Snow took her camera to LACMA to capture art. We have captured one of her captures. However, the recent refinements to Bugger™ photo posting have caused this unusual phenomenon.
So look for yourself.

Works using the URL,
but the photo loader wants to rotate them 90°:
The above, however, didn't rotate. Momentary glitch, then?

We May Very Well Be Descended From Pigs Rather Than Primates

Not just Yanks.
Native Qataris, who number only about 250,000 in a nation of 1.6 million, are suffering serious health problems that relate directly to a privileged lifestyle paid for with the nation’s oil wealth, as well as a determination to hold onto social traditions, like having young people marry their cousins.
Not that much cousin marrying going on in these United Snakes. Whole lotta gorging going on though.
The horrid species w/ whom we must "share" this horrid world is determined to breed itself into blind retardation anyway.
While embracing modern conveniences, however, Qataris have also struggled to protect their cultural identity from the forces of globalization. For many here, that has included continuing the practice of marrying within families, even when it predictably produces genetic disorders, like blindness and various mental disabilities.
"If it was good enough for Uncle-Cousin Grandpa, it's good enough for ... for ... oooh, pretty ... Go poopie now!!"

You stupid, stupid bastards will be stewing in your own genetic & diet-induced misery as well as boiling in the effluvia of your global plastic society soon, but not soon enough. Faster, please.

Video Test

Just checking.

It Took A Lot Of Morons For This To Get Through

Somebody needs a punch in the dough-nuts.

Six Of One, Half-A-Dozen Of The Other

Survey: 72% of Millennials 'more spiritual than religious'
Most young adults today don't pray, don't worship and don't read the Bible, a major survey by a Christian research firm shows.

If the trends continue, "the Millennial generation will see churches closing as quickly as GM dealerships," says Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. In the group's survey of 1,200 18- to 29-year-olds, 72% say they're "really more spiritual than religious."

VIDEO: More Americans saying no to religion
FAITH & REASON: Megachurch leader calls Gen Y 'honest' on faith
Mushy Xians. Perhaps you'll understand better in a visual mode. Could we have slide four, please? Thanks.
One result of religio-mushiness is the less mushy doubling down on the zealotry.
While many members of "Generation Y" are drifting away from traditional Christian beliefs and practices, the director of LifeWay Research says he's encouraged by the 15% that are deeply committed, like these students praying together at one of LifeWay Christian Resources' annual Collegiate Weeks at the Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico. By Guy Lyons, LifeWay
Bullshit either way. No one can define "spiritual" w/ any meaning better than the amorphous faith of relgion.

Regular Right-Wing Fascism

Arizona's ugly but necessary immigration law

Worries about expanding government power have to be balanced against the economic, social and environmental costs to the state.

Not that Goldberg (Who else?) has ever been known as a constitutional scholar. Still, good to know what's trumping the Constitution this wk., & we'll remember that "environmental costs" are something very important to consider when deciding how "constitutional" a law or regulation may be.

Drinking Helmet

No socialist NHS for Amy Winehouse, who
was taken to [a] private clinic in London's Harley Street after falling on her face at the weekend.

[...]

Winehouse's spokesman denied reports that she bruised her new breasts - the result of surgery seven months ago. He said: "She had an accident and tripped over at her home. She ended up with a cut above her eye and bruised her ribs. She's going to be fine."

Winehouse fell over on Saturday and was still in the clinic on Monday night.

The spokesman said: "I don't know if she's still there. If she is, it's not because something has happened. It's because it's nice."

[...]

She has been staying at the London Clinic, the private hospital where she had her breast implants put in. Winehouse was reported to have returned to the clinic earlier this month, fearing she might have to get her 32D implants removed, but doctors apparently gave her the all-clear.

Bullet Points

It's bad enough that the military is composed of "volunteers;" when they deliberately dumb themselves down, & know they are but don't stop, we can only see it as further proof of the death of the empire. Especially when combined w/ recent stories hysterically headlined "Fat Slob Young Americans Too Fat To Fight For Oil Interests & Other Capitalist Pigs."
“PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.) Brig. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who banned PowerPoint presentations when he led the successful effort to secure the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in 2005, followed up at the same conference by likening PowerPoint to an internal threat.

“It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” General McMaster said in a telephone interview afterward. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”
You can take that to the bank both ways.

There Will Always Be An England

We'd like to hear an American network apologize for the moving promos that threaten to take over our screens.
The BBC says it will ensure an on-screen ad during the climactic seconds of Saturday's Doctor Who will not happen again, after it prompted thousands of complaints.

The corporation conceded the "banner" - featuring an image of Graham Norton - which popped up during the show - should not have been screened.

Around 5,600 viewers complained about the image which they say spoiled the drama as the latest Time Lord adventure reached its peak.

The banner was plugging the edition of Over The Rainbow which followed the hit show, starring Matt Smith as The Doctor. It appeared just seconds before a cliff-hanger ending as The Doctor's pals were being pursued by the spooky weeping angels.

The BBC said: "The Over the Rainbow trail in Doctor Who should not have played out on Saturday and we apologise to all Doctor Who fans whose enjoyment of the show was disrupted.

"We recognise the strength of feeling that has been expressed and are taking steps to ensure that this mistake will not happen again."
Are the Euros not cowed sheep under the Sharia thumb of the 'Abs? We'd heard they were. Dr. Who fans, at least, are still a free people. In America, no one cries out when their Star Trek/Star Wars stuff is abused by broadcasters, possibly because they were turned to sheep by color telebision earlier than the Brits.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Get A Fucking Shave, Four-Eyes!

Actually interesting.

It's Not "Democracy," It's Gawd's Punishment

No matter how we try, we can never forget the many times Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton introduced Walter Cronkite &/or Dan Rather to roaring audiences, because people like Texas Gov. Perry & other local political yokels are always rubbing our faces in it!
Perry, who declared Beck an honorary Texan to a deafening roar of approval from the audience, strongly expressed support for the grassroots and tea party movements.

Texas was built by free-thinking patriots, and it's time to let it be heard in Washington, Perry said. The tea party is about taking the country back, Perry said.

The governor described Beck as a national leader of a powerful group sending a message to the current administration and congress about Washington, D.C., how to control spending and Americans taking their country back.

"I consider myself proud to be in that army," Perry said in a short news conference before the town hall meeting.
From the Land Beyond Parody, Lampooning or Even Satire, Ladeez & Gemmen, Glenn Beck:
Mounting the stage, Beck criticized politicians in Washington who he called progressives and who he said simply change their words for things. The stimulus package is now the jobs bill in their rhetoric, Beck said, but vowed, "It's time that we stand for the truth. We will be silent no more. It's not violent, it's not racism, it's not sedition."

Beck told the crowd, "It is time to say things that need to be said -- the only way to solve our problems is if we fall to our knees and thank God for the blessings of this country."

Beck asked attendees to ponder questions such as "Do you believe this is God's land? Do you believe our constitution was divinely inspired? Why do you believe those things?"

Recalling history of how America was founded as well as biblical stories, Beck said the American flag is a symbol of God's freedom. Those who fought for the country through the years didn't fight and die so that people could go to the mall shopping, have Social Security or health care; they fought so that people could be free, Beck said.

The American seal as drawn up by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson was a pillar of fire and the split Red Sea behind it for the Israelites to cross, Beck said.

"We must remember who we are. We must remember what brought us here. We must remember what protected us. We must remember these rights do not belong to us -- they come from God," Beck said. The crowd rose in unison to its feet applauding loudly and yelling.

If people don't know the history, "find it and tell your children," Beck urged the crowd. "If God is with us, who can possibly stand against us? The answer is no one."

The responsibility to get the country right for the sake of freedom, liberty, the land, the Constitution and ideas "is on our shoulders; it's eternal," Beck said.

"I don't know what is supposed to happen on this land. I have no idea what God has in store for these people, our children, our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He just asks you to stand in place and that is our job - to stand where he wants us to stand."
Gawd, the Second A. D., wrangling the crowds. That's an Almighty worthy of the worship of fucking sheep.

Perhaps State Rep. Leo Berman, of Tyler, worships a gawd different than Beck's.
Berman told the crowd, "I believe that Barack Obama is God's punishment on us today, but in 2012, we are going to make Obama a one-term president."

Things They Do Look Awful Cold

For the sort of person who doesn't receive email from The NYT, & might not have seen this. Probably, also, at Townhall & right-wing book giveaway sites other than The Times.
As an aging crank, we can assure the estimable Mr. Mattera that his twenty-nothing generation are essentially brain-dead consumpto-conformists.

What would happen if an idiot clicked the advert as it originally appeared? Said idiot would also see this, if they dared.

The Last Time I Saw Archie, He Was Trying Out For The Village People Reunion Tour

Beating McG. to the Archie punch again. (What the hell kind of viral publicity machine does Goldwater have going at the House of Archie? We don't go out of our way to look for this atuff — we weren't obsessing at the Archie site, but found this in a comment at TBogg's — but anything that happens in Riverdale seems to get on the radar.)

Admittedly, the calculated & cynical introduction of a gay character can be expected to drum up some free hype.
"The introduction of Kevin is just about keeping the world of Archie Comics current and inclusive. Archie's hometown of Riverdale has always been a safe world for everyone. It just makes sense to have an openly gay character in Archie comic books," said Jon Goldwater, Archie Comics co-CEO.
Oh, a fucking paradise, is it? A "safe" world? How can they say that? No one is safe from Muslim terror, not even in Riverdale, U. S. A.!
Kevin will make his entrance in the comic book in September.

Archie publishers provided a sneak peak of the the plot and a page of the comic book on its website.
The story begins when Kevin comes to Riverdale and promptly beats Jughead in a burger-eating contest. This gets the attention of Veronica who realizes that she is falling for Kevin.

"Mayhem and hilarity ensue as Kevin desperately attempts to let Veronica down easy and her flirtations only become increasingly persistent," Archie Comics said on its website.

Finally, Kevin confides in Jughead.

"It is nothing against her. I'm gay," the new character says.
And how "gay" can Kevin be if he beats Jughead in a hamburger-eating contest? Look, we don't know nothin' from this here gay stuff, but isn't Kevin supposed to tell Veronica ("Say, Jughead, I'm gay." Last person on earth, y'know?) he's gay, & then they become BFFs & conspire to get Archie away from that tramp, Betty, & into Ronnie's arms? Or to get Jughead out of the closet?

SixFourteen CrisesDecision Points

Bush goes Nixon, & more of South Carolina's Asshole Party gubernatorial candidate.
"Wow, interesting analysis," says Tweety. An absolute moron, even w/o "not just because of Peggy Noonan."

Douchebag Redux: Call Me Animal

What a repellent little snot.
"The real problem is the work force," said Bauer, who is running for governor. "The problem is we have a give-away system that is so strong that people would rather sit home and do nothing than do these jobs."

Bauer made his remarks at a debate between the Republican candidates for South Carolina governor, The State reports.

"Laziness is not a disability," said Bauer. "There are a lot of people that are flat-out lazy and they are using up the goods and services in this state."

The Arizona law requires law enforcement officials to demand immigration papers from those they suspect to be in the country illegally.

In the past, Bauer's compared people on welfare to stray animals, making the point that if you feed stray animals (or, presumably, help out the unemployed), they "will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior."

While it might be more satisfying in the long run to force this waste of human flesh to live on whatever amount* his state full of seditious would-be traitors generously offers its disabled residents, & take bets on how long he'd last on what he seems to consider a laziness grant, it would be more immediately gratifying to pulp his pretty-boy face, assuring that he couldn't be elected "Ugliest Jerk in South Carolina," let alone to a supposedly responsible position like replacing paragon of responsibility Gov. Mark Sanford. It's 2010: Do you know where your governor is?

*The State of California (for rather expensive Los Angeles County) provided us w/ something like $740.00/mo. in disability. One couldn't rent a one-room apartment in any metropolitan area of the county for $740.00/mo. Eat us, bitch!!

Could've Been Us

Court Report:
A 21-year-old man convicted of shooting to death a liquor-store clerk near Hollywood Boulevard was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A security video captured Rodney Bourgeois fatally shooting Pulod Davlatnazarov in the head and wounding another employee during a 2007 robbery at Limelite liquor store on La Brea Avenue.

The gunman could be seen on the video picking up a half-gallon plastic milk bottle just before the shooting, so detectives got a DNA sample from the container, which connected it to Bourgeois. A witness also provided a positive identification of the suspect.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Bourgeois to 57 years to life in prison for the July 19, 2007, murder and attempted murder of the two unarmed clerks at the corner store.

[...]

Later, a Japanese tourist looking to buy refreshments at the store discovered the bloody scene.
We have been to the Limelite in search of refreshments more than once.

Smoothly Functioning Technology

We've now enabled 30-second skipping through recorded programming. This is real skipping: The advert doesn't speed up, it disappears, & the program is 30 seconds farther along w/in the proverbial blink.

We'll be zooming through such masterworks as Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects, The Big Sleep, & Into the Universe W/ Hawking, among other middle-brow trivia, even faster than before.

The mystic knowledge of the secret words had to be researched, you realize. TWCable wouldn't volunteer it. Suspicious Internet minds speculate that advertising-supported broadcasters & cable channels may suggest to the cable providers that allowing consumers to use their wands as they wish would not be a good thing.

Mucha Sangre

Go bulls!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Loose Ukes

Again, America's TEA-Baggers (Brown Revolution?) are put to shame, w/ a mere 35 secs. of video

Vital Endorsement For Mickey Kaus!!

Victor Davis Hanson. Bye bye Boxer!

No one even bothers to troll Mickey's new Senatorial website, unless New Democrat (or whatever the eff he thinks he is) ideo-purity is being imposed, which would mean that the only comments are from trolls.

More of a vacuum chamber than an echo chamber. Hope Mickey The K gets some oxygen in there soon.

Truth Hurts

When Fortune magazine asked comic book artist and Oak Park resident Chris Ware to design the cover of their "Fortune 500" issue, they were probably not expecting his "beautiful and Marxist" interpretation of modern capitalism.
Details. Big fat detail.

Bloggers Who Hate

221.

Sleeping is more popular: 112,000.

It's A Figure Of Speech: Suck, Don't Blow!

From the Chicago Crime section of the Sun-Times, someone finds a vacuum cleaner that works & then gets huffy about it. "Crime?" There's no pleasing some people, is there?
A north suburban woman claims a "defective" vacuum cleaner sucked her hair out of her scalp when it broke during use -- and she is now suing the Ohio-based vacuum-maker for more than $200,000.

Terri Washburn Gattone, of north suburban Libertyville, filed the suit against the Kirby Co. on Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Washburn Gattone claims in the suit that an attachment hose connector on the vacuum cleaner system she bought broke when she was using it in her home last August.

The machine then sucked her hair into the vacuum, ripping her hair out of her scalp and causing "serious personal injuries," the suit claims.

The lawsuit claims that the vacuum cleaner was "defective and unreasonably dangerous," and that Kirby sold the machine without "adequate testing" or warnings to customers about potential injuries.

Representatives from the Kirby Co. were not immediately available for comment.
A fun-spoiling explanation is offered in comments.

Possibly Partly Used Before

Friday, April 23, 2010

Not Just Anything But Everything Can Be Found On The Internet

Is this why Safari Sam's closed & the owner ran off w/ all the $?

"You got your works in a drawer and your color's on track"

We've only filled 10% of the available space on the new toy. Must catch up. Currently triple-tasking, that is, recording, watching something entirely different, & ignoring the Internazz. Speaking of The Nazz:

47 & Counting

Is It Friday Yet?

Not that it makes a heck of a lot of difference to us.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gazing At The Television Skies, Looking For The Big Fucking Killer

We dragged our lazy ass to the TimeWarnerCable office today to exchange the set-top box for a dual-tuner HD DVR. (Body clock does not allow us to catch morning shows, or Ellen, among other reasons.) We exchanged boxes, got the new (only to us, judging from the scratches on it) box to the bunker, reconnected the web of cabling, & plugged it in. We'll assume that you've already figured the effing thing didn't power up. As we'd been told to call & have the new box activated, we were hoping that it wasn't supposed to turn on until authorized, though we knew better. Nonetheless we called; customer service guy confirmed it should be on, & said he'd save us the trouble of getting a new box by having someone wake us sometime between 0800 & 1100 tomorrow. Nice of them to save us the trouble, but did nothing about the possibility of being w/o narrow-casting all evening. (Not a positive prospect for us, though it might have gotten us to watch some of the DVDs we've had lying around for a while.)
Here's where the cosmic coincidence comes in: The cable was installed just about a yr. ago. The day after it was put in, the installer's overseer dropped by to see how things went (Snoop-ass Nazi mofo, off the worker's backs!) noticed that the box we'd been given wasn't the best non-DVR one available, & got us a better one from his truck. When he hooked it up he used the already connected AC cable from the first box, & left the cable from the newer box. (A $5.00 charge to customers if it's not returned.) We hope you can see where this is going, because we don't want to be writing for unimaginative cretins.

Strange, though not so weird as to convince us there are supernatural forces at work. OR ARE THERE?

Obviously items will not be appearing w/ great frequency here as we examine our now functional, new-to-us toy, & attempt to defeat any & all theft of intellectual property limitations. Suggestions welcome.

Staring At The Sun

Need we remind you that there is no sound in space?

Good News On The Nihilism Front, W/ Pronunciation Guide

Scientists fear tremors at the Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH-lah-yer-kuhl) volcano could trigger an even more dangerous eruption at the nearby Katla volcano - creating a worst-case scenario for the airline industry and travelers around the globe.

A Katla eruption would be 10 times stronger and shoot higher and larger plumes of ash into the air than its smaller neighbor, which has already brought European air travel to a standstill for five days and promises severe travel delays for days more.

The two volcanos are side by side in southern Iceland, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) apart and thought to be connected by a network of magma channels.

[...]

In fact, the last three times that Eyjafjallajokull erupted, Katla did as well.

Katla also typically awakens every 80 years or so, and having last exploded in 1918 is now slightly overdue.
Fingers crossed.

No Frills

In the new digital telebision "universe," & living in an urban wonderland, we could catch Charlie Rose up to six times a day, yet we miss him every chance we can.
Miss it yourself if you've seen it. We'll grudgingly admit it's well done.

Annals Of Profiling

Robber Eludes Cops Using Elaborate Blackface Disguise
Four banks and a CVS pharmacy in Ohio were robbed in the span of only three hours on April 9. Police in Hamilton County were unable to catch the criminal, known as the "hairless robber," because of his disguise. "The suspect seen in the surveillance photographs and that we were looking for, we believed to be an African American male. The suspect was actually a male, white, who was wearing an elaborate disguise," Springdale Police Lieutenant Michael Mathis told ABC Action NewsConrad Zdzierak, 30, was wearing a high-quality mask known as "The Player," that Mathis says cost between $600 and $700. The police were only able to locate the alleged robber after receiving a tip from Crimestoppers that matched a Volvo parked at an Extended Stay America Hotel to one seen driving away from the scene of one of the crimes. "When police opened the Zdzierak's hotel room door they encountered his pit bull which bit one of the officers," ABC Action News reported. "The dog was shot and killed by an officer during the attack. Police found Zdzierak hiding in the bathroom."
Read original story in ABC Action News | Thursday, April 22, 2010

Oooooh, ACTION news.

Faking News

Junk in the photo folder we had on a USB doodad. Does this scare anyone any more?

Bear At Prayer

Junk in the "photos" folder.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Taking Your Country Back, One Troop Train At A Time: Note Well, TEA Party Patriots

Protesters Seize Troops in Thailand

The most counterintuitive headline of the day belongs to Thailand's Red Shirt protesters, who turned the tables on the typical persecuted protesters narrative Wednesday. For several days, rumors have been circulating in the Thai capital that the government is preparing to crack down on protesters, using military force if necessary. Not ones to sit around and wait to be bashed in the head with rocks, the Red Shirts decided the best thing to do was deprive the government of its military. On Wednesday, a group of Red Shirts seized a train that was transporting Thai soldiers in the Kohn Kaen area, northeast of Bangkok. They swarmed the train, decoupled the engine from its cars, and have left a hapless group of soldiers guarding the weapons the train was transporting. Protesters say they won't release it until they're sure the men onboard aren't going to travel to the capital and reinforce the troops already harassing Red Shirts. The soldiers can't do anything but wait; the occupants of the 18-car train are far outnumbered by Red Shirts in Kohn Kaen. Local police are negotiating with the protesters for the release of the soldiers and the equipment.
Read original story in Al-Jazeera | Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Compare to dozens of Yankee gun-wagglers being meekly escorted about by police, or park rangers or, for all we know, Scoutmasters at their big "as close as we can get to the capital w/ heat" event Monday. We are almost ashamed of our countrymen.

"The Olden Days"

Reactionary?Literally. The Lefty Blog-O-Sphere (Joke, son, Ah say, w/ chicken!)should pull "reactionary" out, explain it clearly, & apply it liberally. (Use only as needed.)

The Great Orange Satan transcribeth:
"I’m telling you that this works. You know, before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor, they would say I’ll paint your house. I mean, that’s the old days of what people would do to get health care with your doctors. Doctors are very sympathetic people. I’m not backing down from that system."
Grandma's system does work for Ms. Lowden. Worth a minimum of $50 million, she can "barter" for health care w/ diamonds, gold ingots, or sports cars. Those who, say, paint houses, & their dependents, should avoid accident & illness for a few yrs. after the doctor's house has been painted. Don't fall off that ladder & break something!

Duplicate & lower-quality footage presented only because, prior to locating the original at DK, we took pains to leave as much of Tweety on the cyber cutting-room floor as we could, & can't bear to waste the effort.More heads who talk.Norm Crosby wrote in, asking: Does O'Donnell say people should "Hegel" w/ their doctor?

We hope that Sarah Palin is looking over her shoulder at fellow former newscaster Lowden, who seems as lost, incoherent (& therefore not an elitist, but one of us, another jaw-droppingly foolish & ignorant chicken-American) & able to make the hard choices & tough stands (Take Our Calendar Back! 1928 Or Bust!!) like the one-time half-term Governess of AK. Lowden, however, is wealthy enough that she needn't indulge in the obvious Palinesque grifting. Private jets/first-class tickets are much less from Vegas than Anchorage, corporate sponsors. Also: Bottle-blonde, eye-scooped hawt!

Sources: Us, watching tee vee all day & all night & all afternoon, & No More Mr. Nice Blog, many links & a rude suggestion of the possibilities that libertarian, county-option Nevada may offer for "barter."

Personal pointless aside: One of our grandfathers was a doctor; family lore has it that during the Depression of the '30s (Hoover's depression, as students of non-reactionary history will know) he indeed took eggs & the like for services rendered. Services that were rendered prior to the development of sulfa drugs consisting mostly of setting broken bones, hoping that fatal infection didn't set in, & prescribing poppy-based painkillers. (It that sense, Lowden's "before we all started having health care, in the olden days our grandparents ..." statement is not completely wrong.) Not the same as today's chemicals, procedures & cures. How many eggs to cure little Esmerelda? Git a-layin', hens!

The GOP's ESP

Rep. Brian Bilbray (Xenophobe - CA) explains how the police will just, sort of, know who's naughty & who's nice, y'know, like ...
Check how they're dressed, & don't forget their shoes.

Astounding birth surf-i-ticket crap from Rep. Bilbray at the end. Remember, he's a federal office holder, not a guy w/ a bullhorn on a busy street corner.

Mental Health Break

Our mental health: Broken.

You Know Who Else Said Political Power Comes Out Of The Barrel Of A Gun?

The New York Post takes the Confederate Yankee line at (4:48).

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Double Standard Dep't.: We Can Still Impeach Clinton!

One wing-nut on whom a goatee would work. (Or at least hide.)
Photo frame probably from this amusing item.

Confederate Yankee muses, based on a report/study/yada from someone claiming that some of the Waco victims were suffocated by CS gas:
President William Jefferson Clinton signed off on a plan that he knew would cause innocent babies and children to suffer the effects of CS gas... in fact, the entire plan hinged upon their torture and suffering.

Someone please explain to me why Clinton should not be brought up on felony charges and spend the rest of his life in prison for agreeing to a plan that counted on the torture of 25 innocent infants and children. Convince me that he shouldn't face the death penalty for those that suffocated to death because of his decision.

Clinton had the audacity to try to tell us Sunday to be wary of another Timothy McVeigh. Evil bastard that he was, McVeigh's plan didn't hinge on the torture and abuse of children. Bill Clinton's did.

His life should end in a federal prison.

Sadly, we all know that will never happen.
How sad indeed. Oddly, while Cornfed was drawing up his list of Clintonian atrocities, he made no mention of any complicity in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children under the sanctions that the Clinton Admin. applied to Iraq. Nor of George W. Bush & the deaths, displacement & so on of so many Iraqis. "Shock & Awe" & its resulting carnage, is not to be compared to "a plan that counted on the torture of 25 innocent children," of course. Perhaps the Yank is a Stalinist, & believes that after a certain number human deaths become mere statistics. 25 is much easier for some to wrap their heads around than millions. What other differences between the victims of these horrors could there be, that accounts for this appalling double standard? Think hard now.

The Senator John Sidney McCain III (R-AZ) (Cap't., USN - Ret'd.) Story

We might change "liberal" to liberal media saps in the last paragraph, had we written this (Fat chance of that.) which provides a brief run-down & explanation of Sid's career, on the off chance anyone still believed that McCain was whatever that maverick thing was supposed to mean in the first place. (Apparently those linked in the item did.)

Meanest paragraph:
As the presidential campaign showed once again, McCain’s actual acquiantance with the substance of any policy, especially domestic policy, was extremely sketchy and poor. During at least the last ten years he never adopted a domestic policy position because he had studied the issue carefully and determined that a certain kind of legislation made the most practical sense or was the best expression of certain guiding principles. He determined that the fastest way to get attention and to aggrandize himself was by breaking with his party in melodramatic fashion over issues that happened to appeal to mainstream media journalists and pundits. The latter played along because they liked what he was saying, and they wanted to reward a Republican politician for strongly disagreeing with his party. They helped McCain to invent the myth of his being a “maverick,” when he was really the most predictable establishment “centrist” on almost every important issue. It helped that he always frames his disagreements with others in the most obnoxious, moralizing way possible, so that he is always playing the heroic crusader against corruption and his opponents are tainted villains on the take.
How does a useless barnacle like Trey continue to be elected? Besides Cinderella's money, recent developments in the Great State Of AZ would indicate they don't think they need too many of their legislators to know what the hell they're doing.

Popery

Bring Your Own, Whiny Morons. Cheaper, Too.

Looks more like the Conformity Car. No wonder they lushed it up daily.
This "marketing executive from Westchester" (Lying, or walking cliché?) is probably one step from becoming a teabagger, his anxiety level's so high, but maybe running a website is keeping him sane. (Almost works for the editorial staff here.)
“It raises my anxiety level,” said Tom Skinner, a marketing executive from Westport and proprietor of BarCar.com, a Web site devoted to the steel-wheeled saloon. “There’s always people trying to scuttle the bar cars. It’s just a fact of life.”

Smoking was banned on the cars in the 1980s, much to riders’ chagrin, but the diehards fought back against any attempt to end liquor service. The most recent threat, in 2007, would have banned alcohol from being sold on the trains and on platforms at Grand Central and Pennsylvania Station, but an outcry prompted officials to reject the proposal.

Full-fledged bar cars — complete with lounge-style leather seating, cupholders and stools — have been phased out on the Long Island Rail Road (although bartending carts are occasionally wheeled onto rush-hour trains), and Metro-North trains to much of Westchester County and other points upstate no longer offer the amenity. (Even Ossining, home to Don Draper, is out of luck.)
No initiative from the Titans Of Marketing & other such useful & productive NYC activities. Figures. Less than 40 yrs. ago we were brown-bagging it on the airlines (Another liberty lost.) & these clowns can't ask for what's known in these parts as a "freeway bag?"

Not that we don't regret the loss of such amenities as bar cars. It's a grimmer world everyday, w/ the possible exception of dress codes.

From The Inbox

Oh, this will make these jerks much more popular. Especially w/their target audience, wrinkle-faced old honkies who are about to die, & probably while behind the proverbial wheel. At least there'll be enough insurance to pay funeral expenses for victims of vehicular manslaughter.

Theocracy On The March

Sarah Palin: The Founding Fathers Didn't Want Separation of Church and State

Greg Sargent fact-checked a Kentucky newspaper's claim that Sarah Palin said religion shouldn't be "separated" from state and found that the truth is "worse than you might have thought." Not only did Palin say faith and state shouldn't occupy separate realms, she appealed to the Founding Fathers in making her gramatically questionable claim. "I beg you, Women of Joy, to bring light and be involved, loving America and praying for her. Really, it is our solemn duty," Palin said to an audience at awomen's conference. "Praying for true spiritual awakening to overcome deterioration. That is where God wants us to be. Lest anyone try to convince you that God should be separated from the state, our Founding Fathers, they were believers. And George Washington, he saw faith in God as basic to life." Sargent is not amused. "This is substandard history," he says. "In reality, the separation of church and state, thanks in part to the efforts of those very same Founding Fathers, is enshrined in the Bill of Rights." Despite the fact that he has the Bill of Rights on his side, Sargent is a little dispirited. "There was a time when this sort of thing would provoke widespread media mockery," he sighs, "and perhaps even be seen as a potential disqualifier for the presidency."
Read original story in The Plum Line | Monday, April 19, 2010

Cheaters Never Prosper

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Tue, April 20, 2010 -- 7:37 AM ET
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Goldman's Revenue and Earnings Top Forecast

Beset by charges of securities fraud, Goldman Sachs nevertheless showed Tuesday that it was still very good at what it does best: making money.

Earnings for the Wall Street giant rose 91 percent in the quarter, to $3.46 billion or $5.59 a share in the first quarter of 2010, while revenues increased 36 percent to $12.78 billion.

Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had expected revenue of $11.05 billion and earnings of $4.14 a share.

Once again, the bank's bond, commodities and currency trading bolstered the results.

Read More:
 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/business/21goldman.html?emc=na


Read even more.

Pronounced "Tacky's," We Assume

Guaranteed to generate nausea. Obviously the desired effect. We don't want to read it all ourself, but here's a quick sample:
A New York Post article recently pointed out 80 percent of firefighters are retiring on a disability pension (in 2008 it was 90 percent). “Disability” means they get their 100k a year tax-free and if they die, their spouses get the money until they die. As the Post points out, this usually runs the taxpayer about two million dollars per firefighter’s retired lifetime; not bad for getting paid to sleep for twenty years.
The asshole typing demonstrates (he thinks) why this is wrong:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, firefighting is NOT an “extraordinarily dangerous job” at all. A mere six percent of fatal occupation injuries are Protective Service (police, firefighters, etc). The two most dangerous jobs in America are “transportation and material moving” at 26 percent and “construction and extraction” at 19 percent.
Dictionaries would be such a help to some people. Here, just for a start, we might be able to clarify the difference between being disabled & being dead.

Why firefighters might be disabled: Lugging around 80 to 100 lbs. of gear on the job, breathing toxic crap, wrassling w/ firehoses, falling through a half-burned floor & permanently screwing up one's back or knees, or anything the hell else that can disable someone w/o actually killing them. We suppose the typist would prefer being rescued by a 60 yr.-old firefighter w/ a bad back & crummy knees, who at least isn't "sleeping" on his dime, but couldn't pick his sorry ass up & drag him from the flames. Hope that wish comes true soon.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Guess Who?

In a religiosity thread (also featuring mikey) someone made a funny.

Also: Not worshiping any old bastard (Let alone his self-appointed representatives on this planet.) who lets his stenographers get away w/ that whole incoherent contradictory Bible mess.
Who does he think he is, Megan McArdle?

Eat It Raw, Haters!!

Note that brick-throwing advocate & disability leech Mike Vanderboegh is filled w/ love not for the children, but the grandchildren. Who no doubt like seeing Gramps & Granny making fools of themselves on the telebision. Have a nice day at school tomorrow, kids.

We'd somehow been unaware that gun ownership was a holy sacrament (Guns not being mentioned in the Bible might have been one reason for our sad ignorance.) but it seems to be a God-given natural right that not even an election can take away. (Covered under the First & Second Amendments, eh?) We hope law enforcement agencies across This Great Nation Of Ours™ are ready; they'll need a lot of pliers & crowbars to pry those guns out of some very cold fingers. (Ha ha: Joke. Don't these cretins even watch the telly? When a gun-toting Patriotcriminal is shot down, move one by the copper, whether the perp is dead or still bleeding to death, is to get the gat away from the poorer shot. They'll be separated from their guns a lot sooner than they like to pretend. No rigor mortis death grip as a final act of defiance. Just a lot of their blood.

Dog Bites Man, William Kristol Wants Destabilization

Well-known military strategist William ("Nepotism") Kristol, whose genius helped bring us the clusterfuck that is Iraq, & allowed his newer enemy, Iran, to dominate the Sunni portion of Iraq, has decided to share his geo-strategic knowledge & competence w/ us all, by pointing out that the Chair of the Joint Chiefs, a mere four-star admiral, doesn't know shit. Thank you, Mr. Kristol.*

We're naturally suspicious of the military mind (as opposed to the militaristic mindset of draft-dodger Bill) but this certainly indicates we should pay more attention to whatever Admiral Mullen may have to say.
*Not to be forgotten: Billy the K. getting off the NR cruise boat in Alaska & getting a stiffie at the mere sight of soon to be ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin, resulting in her selection by John Sidney McCain III, The Maverick. We all remember how well that worked out, do we not?

Pix & Vid From Manly Yet Scared-Shitless Gun-Toters Near Washington, D.C.

Dozens, literally DOZENS OF PATRIOTS showed up w/ their manly weenies in hand, or slung over their shoulders, for the big, huge, gigantic "Intimidate America" rally near our nation's socialist-infested capital today.

We at Just Another Blog™ are so scared that these people will become violent that we will be voting for the most radical right-wing candidates we can find this November, just so these people don't get even angrier at a democracy that doesn't vote their way.
We don't know if the lard-assed witch above wears scrubs because she likes the loose look, but would be embarrassed to sport her pajamas in public, or if she actually works in some aspect of the medical industry. Either way, we don't want her or her shotgun near our body.

Carpool Mother W/ Tourette's Syndrome: "Buenos Aires or Bon Jour"?

Our Internet pal McGravy-tasse was kind enough to let the world see some of Sarah's stuff from a Canuck charity event. Here's the entire speech (if that's the word) for those who care.

Today, we get context from PuffHo & Mrs. David Frum, who is probably a secret lesbian or atheist, because she doesn't use her husband's name. (Or just embarrassed. Also, feminists, it's really your father's name, not yours. Screwed again, huh?)
The event was a charity fundraiser for inner-city Hamilton kids. My father and I attended as guests of the Toronto Sun newspaper, a sponsor of the event. Palin collected a fee somewhere between $100,000 to $200,000 (according to which press report you read) for a speech, book-signing, and VIP photo-session.
I think we all know charity begins at home. Not the homes of these inner-city kids (And stop calling young humans "kids." They are not goats, they are people!) but the home of the grifter.
We parked and joined a sea of guests dressed to the nines, as if for a wedding. Palin had issued elaborate advance rules: No jeans. No cameras or recording devices during the speech. (It was permitted to photograph her as she drifted through the lobby.) No questions from the media during the question and answer portion of the evening.

[...]

Before the program began, the dinner chair had warned the audience that nobody was to approach the dais uninvited. Again, I've never before attended a political dinner at which it was thought necessary to say such a thing out loud. (If anyone ever drunkenly worked up the courage to do so, a Reagan or Thatcher would be unfailingly gracious while a security guard swiftly intervened to escort the guest back to his or her seat.) And as the evening proceeded, a preselected few were escorted up by charity officials to say hello. But no one else dared to do so.

It might seem--may I say elitist?--for Palin to flinch from chatting or signing autographs. And it became apparent that this impulse wasn't, in the end, out of her desire to receive celebrity treatment a la Angelina Jolie or Alex Rodriguez (God forbid a random Joe Six Pack wearing jeans might actually approach her to ask for an autograph!): Clearly, Palin feared any unscripted or unmanaged engagement--and not for what the unscreened person might do or say, more out of her own insecurity about what she might do or say.

[...]

But as I was witnessing at this regional performance--far away from the ruthless Beltway critics, surrounded by friendly, polite Canadians paying to see her for goodness' sakes--she would not risk even a single random encounter. One of my tablemates was a reporter who had been awarded an "exclusive" interview with Palin before the dinner--part of the deal of the Sun's sponsorship of the event. Palin had given her 30 minutes, then just before the interview cut it back to 15, and then five minutes. Five minutes. Just enough time to have her photo taken and answer one question (which turned out to be the familiar, Are you running in 2012?). And even that question had to be submitted in advance.

[...]

Dinner speeches by politicians normally adhere to a few simple rules. The politician begins by thanking her hosts and any person in the room who might be insulted if overlooked. She follows with a couple of tested jokes. Then she speaks for approximately 20 minutes (this is key for a dinner-time speech, when the audience is tired), making no more than three key points. It's not rocket-science.

But Palin couldn't manage it. Her 45-minute speech rambled all over the place, from her challenges as a mother facing a teenage pregnancy and a Downs-syndrome baby to Todd's Iron Dog racing to the tea partiers to Alaska-Canada ties, wildlife, the Al-Can highway to God helping us take back this nation and stand up for small business, to common sense solutions, to Plato telling us to be nice to others, to gettin' our economy workin' again, to the importance of community, to ice hockey and the Olympics — in short, her familiar carpool-mother-with-Tourettes-syndrome.

It was hard to figure out whether she was working up some Christian motivational routine, or just kvetching about her poor treatment by the media, or trying to demonstrate her political cred by hitting the right "facts" about Canada-U.S. relations.

If you tried to parse it, you couldn't. There was not a single memorable line, not a single new political idea, not a single proffered solution beyond the cliché of "needing new solutions." And when the moderator "opened the floor to questions," guess what? Even those questions had to be written down by the tables and submitted in advance, to be selectively chosen by the moderator. Our table mischievously submitted, "Who is your favorite Canadian Prime Minister?" but for some reason it wasn't asked.
Let's hear it for freedom!! Freedom of Speech!! Rah rah rah!!!

Recreational Tea-Bagging

Led to these photos by this Roy guy at the village VOICE. RVs? We'd be interested to know just how many regular, typical, real Americans own RVs. We doubt if it's typical of people who still work & hold jobs.
Would all of you old & in the way people just get the hell out of our way? Thank you.

(Perhaps the no-longer-productive should be denied the vote entirely. They're just going to vote for more spending on themselves, & less on defense. See here for a start.)

UPDATE (@1821 on 19 April 2010): Susan of Texas commenting at the VOICE link above:
Now that we know most tea-baggers are older, well-off white men, we can understand their anger. If I had nothing to do but clean out the garage or wash the RV, I'd run off to watch Victoria Jackson stand on her head too.
And shell out $25 for parking. Maybe they are more affluent.

Guess Not

Talk is easy, especially when even having a gun doesn't make up for one's shortcomings in life & love.

Not having heard any reports about a first-person shooter videogame breaking out at Ft. Hunt, we'll assume these wretches copped out. Too bad. We had high hopes, but of course their gun-fetishism is merely the reverse side of their fear & cowardice.
An Oath Keeper's board member explained his group's decision to pull out of Almond's event April 12 to the Post.

"It had gotten to the point that it would be dangerous to attend," the Oath Keeper told the paper. "There are people out there willing to do anything to create chaos in an uncontrolled situation, and [the event] is wide open for disaster."

More idiots & several videos, also courtesy of TPM.

Very Late Sunday Color Comic Item: Boulders In Space!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Credibility Crisis & Some Schadenfreude

An evil presence hovering over this item & Catholicism.
Alright, we found this at awful Andy's blog. (We know, foolish consistency, but come on, Sullivan, is it that hard to face all of reality?)

Apologies aside, in the same vein as the Ed Kilgore Salon item quoted three items below, another powerful institution of repression & reaction may be at least beginning its end.
Pope Benedict has made worse just about everything that is wrong with the Roman Catholic Church and is directly responsible for engineering the global cover-up of child rape perpetrated by priests, according to this open letter to all Catholic bishops
Virtual commie Küng lists what a sack of crap Ratzi is, then we get the real fun. The roof is on fire & the cathedral's coming down around their ears:
You in particular, as bishops, have reason for deep sorrow: Tens of thousands of priests have resigned their office since the Second Vatican Council, for the most part because of the celibacy rule. Vocations to the priesthood, but also to religious orders, sisterhoods and lay brotherhoods are down – not just quantitatively but qualitatively. Resignation and frustration are spreading rapidly among both the clergy and the active laity. Many feel that they have been left in the lurch with their personal needs, and many are in deep distress over the state of the church. In many of your dioceses, it is the same story: increasingly empty churches, empty seminaries and empty rectories. In many countries, due to the lack of priests, more and more parishes are being merged, often against the will of their members, into ever larger “pastoral units,” in which the few surviving pastors are completely overtaxed. This is church reform in pretense rather than fact!
Couldn't happen to a nicer collection of man-boy love enthusiasts.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.