Monday, May 17, 2010

The Daily Dose

Spring Cleaning Break-Down

Enough w/ the pseudo-punditry, the cogitation, the endless typing & correcting. Pictures! Don't even have to move the lips to figure them out.
Got the previous pile into the recycling, but it's been replaced w/ laundry. Have to get the whites done by Memorial Day, y'know. And even as we concentrated on the not-kitchen, nature was getting out of hand in the kitchen.

Annals Of Dime-Store Psychology

We typed "scaredy-pants crowd" just below, & were then reminded of how the weak & cowardly who surrender to the authoritarian impulse do it across the spectrum, from beauty contests to religion, when we made the mistake of reading some of Andrew Sullivan's aggregation. That lead to this, as quoted by Sullivan:
But this attitude toward death surely sums up a vast chasm between the religious and the nonreligious. "Facing it is our life's task"? I can't even conceive of that. I think about death sometimes, just like everyone, and sometimes these thoughts bother me more than other times. But thinking about it all the time? Casting it as uniquely central to the human condition? That's almost incomprehensible to me. Wondering about our own finitude is one thing — I imagine we all do that from time to time — but why should this be elevated above the human ability to create art, science, mathematics, love, war, poetry, trade, government, or ethics — or the ability to wonder in the first place? Why is learning how to deal with our eventual death the defining characteristic of being human? Not just because Montaigne said so, certainly.

There's no answer, of course. Andrew thinks it is and I don't. But I confess that even on an intellectual basis I have a hard time grasping this.
No intellectual basis needed. Popular music holds the answer: "Tired of living, scared of dying." Scared of almost everything else, as well, & to continue w/ the lyrical approach, convinced that they are here to live in pain & fear.And that they should make their own lives living hells because, we guess, Montaigne or the Pope said so.

Unwrapped Meat Wrap-Up

From The WaPo's Right Now:
And more reader insight:
No surprise here. Affirmative action was first applied in beauty contests for black women to win in the 1980s, then it was the turn of Latin, brown skinned women, and now it's Muslims. That's why most people ignore these rigged "events." They are money losers and require controversy.
This comes not from a penny ante blogger but from a former State Department staffer, former member of the United States Institute of Peace (holding a recess appointment after being filibustered by Democrats), and former adviser to Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign. Just wow.
Double fucking wow. We are particularly amused because the brief bio given is almost word for word from one we read in the last wk. or so, though we can't remember the cretin's name. Someone who cared might look it up, but we can't imagine anyone caring.

The extrapolation & projection that the scaredy-pants crowd applies to these pageants strikes this reporter as even odder than their approach to actually (Potentially, at least.) entertaining culture, summed up at alicublog (And Mr. Edroso's summary of the pageant reax.):
These guys seem to think all film, video, and broadcast products are documentaries. It's a wonder they haven't denounced Citizen Kane for its anti-business message.
That we can understand. It's product that people give a shit about, because they pay for it, often going so far as to leave the house to consume it. Plots, characters & themes change, straw-graspers can find something to interpret to their advantage, & box office returns can be used to back one's point. But beauty pageants are strictly tee vee phenomena, time- & channel-fillers virtually unchanged since the Roaring Twenties. The channel-occupying hasn't been so hot lately either. The Miss America mess, from March of this yr.:
There she is, Miss Homeless America.

TLC announced on Monday that it wouldn't renew its deal to run the Miss America Pageant, the one-time major TV event that has fallen on hard times over the past decade.

Decision came despite the event's ratings uptick this year -- thanks in part to the controversial decision to tap Rush Limbaugh as a judge.

"We are happy that TLC was part of the modernization and revitalization of the Miss America pageant," the channel's execs said in a statement. "This year we delivered record ratings, besting any of its prior performances on cable. However, our three-year deal has concluded, and we have chosen not to renew. We wish the Miss America Organization well."

Miss America has been struggling to find its relevance ever since NBC dumped the pageant after 30 years in 1997 -- embarking instead on a relationship with Donald Trump and Miss USA.

ABC picked up Miss America in 1997 but watched as the franchise continued its ratings decline (nearly 50% during its nine-year run) -- and finally dropped the pageant in 2005. After that, CMT stepped up to save the event, running it in 2006 and 2007. TLC then took it over for the last three years.
Why such uproar over cultural product that's increasingly ignored? The controversy ginned up by reaction to a raghead win is because, per Weigel's correspondent waaaay up there, these are money losers that require controversy. Did the short-fingered vulgarian put the fix in because he's in debt to a bunch of Ay-rabs? Or just for the controversy, which some typists are more than happy to provide him, perpetuating the money losers, which need the contro ... Aaaaahh!

Head spinning. Must get breakfast.

Note: No T&A images, though it could appear perfectly legit. Also resisted urge to post a picture of Trump or a reactionary & type: "Ass! Ha ha!"

Five Yrs. Of Crap That Moves & Makes Noise Instead Of Sitting There Quietly

The Beeb tells you everything you already knew about YouTube
"being a video platform for creating a solution for people to not only upload and distribute their videos on a global basis but to find and share videos."
A what?
"And so from cat videos to political videos to "how to" videos to entertainment - that is YouTube," added Mr Hurley.

Today it hosts channels for everyone from Queen Elizabeth to the Pope and from President Barack Obama to the Iraqi government.

Beet The Meetles
(We Are Officially Out Of Ideas. Not Just Clever Ones. Any.)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Dead Will Be The Fortunate

Ironic, that honest efforts to improve his physical condition & allow for a few brief moments to be spared from the constant search for food, shelter & safety is how homo moronicus will manage to kill himself, rather than the bombast of atomic war & nuclear winter. (Probably. But death by testosterone is always on the table.)

Over & over we said: "Don't bother. Doesn't matter. Makes no difference. So what. Why even try? GIVE THE FUCK UP, ALREADY!!" And we were right. Even doing "good" is "bad," if you'll pardon such limited delineation of possible actions, so just knock it off, whatever it is.
The second is that there will come a point where global warming becomes a self reinforcing cycle. With no glacial caps and with the methane released from Siberia, even radical decreases in human CO2 dumping will probably not be sufficient to stop the cycle.

Add to this the severe water shortages we can expect, which will hit large parts of Africa, a huge swathe of China, much of India and a big chunk of the US, as aquifers are drained down to effectively zero, and you have a recipe for huge loss of life and destabilizing migratory movements.

It is also entirely possible that large parts of the tropics will become effectively uninhabitable, the combination of humidity and temperature will be so high that it will literally be lethal to be outside air conditioning for any length of time for much of the year.

If world population is only reduced by a billion, I will be amazed. I also expect some serious wars. Our civilization will not go quietly into that long long night.
Yes, a billion is a round number, pulled from the air, but we always tell people to aim for the stars. It hurts more when they have farther to flop.

High Jinks

Wallowing in it.

Uras In Color Sunday: "With A Powerful Thrust ..."

America Is What, Now? (UP-DATED)

Best part:
Gingrich: No, not if by America you mean....Just listen to President Obama's language. He gets to decide who earns how much. He gets to decide when it's too much.
What does Newtie G. mean by "America?" Not willing to share that w/ us, is he? As it turns out, it was on the clip, & it's straight up bull shit. [We blame whoever decided to put an ellipsis in the quote w/o brackets, leading us to believe that N.G. had wandered off the mental reservation. No wonder we don't gravitate to C&L often. — Ed.] Why not? He probably can't point to any significant differences between his vision for these United Snakes & Obama's. (We don't see many. Of course, he could outright lie, as he did in the quote above.) And one's imagination could run wild as to his preferred America. But the insufferable bastard has raised enough blood pressure around here for one day.

4 July(?) 1986

To the best of our limited knowledge, only two of the humanoids visible in this are dead. Yet.

Gun Nut Wrap-Up

The America & Israel hating BBC looks askance at 'a celebration of US culture'. Our favorite is this historian:
But for many convention-goers, being a card-carrying NRA member means more than just protecting their right to own guns. The convention slogan says it all: A Celebration of American Values.

NRA membership is a cultural signifier, identifying people who hold dear their conservative ideals of individual freedom and patriotism.
Is arming terrorists one of the "American Values" they celebrate?
If the absolute sanctity of the Second Amendment is more important than keeping weapons from terrorists, it is a suicide pact, even if, as we hear so often from torturers & war-mongers seeking to excuse their torture & aggression, "The Constitution is not a suicide pact." While we're at it, the mythical "law-abiding citizen" so often mentioned is only a citizen who's never been caught or convicted, not a paragon of American moral virtue.

Other clown show speakers included usual suspects ex-Ambassador John Bolton, disgraced former Marine Oliver North, & washed-up sorta-was Chuck Norris.

Note this note:
If they were real men truly concerned about our Glorious Second Amendment, rather than a gun industry astroturf operation, we'd think they'd shoot their way into the Time Warner Cable Arena, & defend it from any one who dared try to retake it for their three days of meetings & exhibits.

In closing, we'd like to make it abso-fuggin'-lutely clear that we're not opposed to guns,but to ignorant paranoids who think they're informed having guns. Or knives. Or anything sharp.

Dep't. Of Common Sense & Reality

Dep't. Of Bullshit
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Gingrich even dismissed the notion that a Senate confirmation process was needed to properly judge or vet Kagan's credentials for the Court.

"I think the president should withdraw it," he said. "You don't need a lot of hearings. The very fact that she led the effort which was repudiated unanimously by the Supreme Court to block the American military from Harvard Law school -- we're in two wars, and I see no reason why you would appoint an anti-military Supreme Court justice or why the Senate would confirm an anti-military Supreme Court justice."


Saturday, May 15, 2010

C U Ltr

No matter what impression we give, we do have a life,
& now that the Dodgers have whipped San Diego's Pod People, we'd better stop dicking around on the Infestation-net & devote our full attention to catching up w/ it.

Pity Us

We are being exposed to these effing adverts on a virtually non-stop basis, especially as we occasionally have "adult" (or "watched by those who may have an interest in stuff & could vote") programming on the screen.

This one was played twice in one fucking break during the Dodger game, minutes ago.Twice! W/in three mins.!

Which was aggravating enough that we were thinking of bitching about it to a larger audience than the voices inour headinternal monologue. Then it all appeared in the reader, along w/ the non-elitism update:
For his part, Poizner put another $2.5 million into the pot late on Tuesday. I noted on my blog, New West Notes, that Whitman hadn't put more money in yet, but that she would have to if she wanted to win. Shattering all records, she had already personally contributed over $60 million to her primary race ($59 million is the official figure, not counting the big-spending "exploratory" period when she spent a small fortune on consultants and research.)
It's obvious that we need a financial litmus test for office-holders. If they have any finances, forget 'em!

Pretty Much No Hope Left For Discourse (Or Democracy)

The following is a presentation of the Communist Broadcasting Soviet.
America's deluded: Majority or minority?
Notably, one NRA member found news of the “terror gap” so incredulous that he did not believe the fact that potential terrorists are allowed to purchase firearms. He called news of the GAO report “false information,” and when ThinkProgress tried to show him a Washington Post article reporting it, he remained unconvinced:
NRA MEMBER: The Washington Post, I think that’s part of like the Communist News Broadcasting and everything. … The Washington Post lies on everything. … I don’t know how I can believe the Post. You need to find better facts than the Washington Post. … I wouldn’t believe a word I read in the Washington Post. It’s one of the worst papers in the whole country, from what I’ve heard.

TP: Oh, then which newspaper would you believe?

NRA MEMBER: Which newspaper? I don’t know I would stick to Fox News over everything.
We wondered how many wks. in a FEMA camp it would take before NRA MEMBER understood that the NRA is a lobbying front for commercial arms & ammo interests, but he reveals in the TP footage below that he owns a gun store, so, unlike most of the others selected, he knows which side his bread's buttered on.
Look for the woman above: If they're on the list, she thinks they should be detained anyway. Second Amendment, yes! Other Amendments? Meh. And then: If they're on the list (& some are suspicious of the list's criteria, it is, after all, the gov't.) they shouldn't be here. And NRA MEMBER doesn't understand that the terror watch list is not the same as the violent convicted felons & loons list he has to check before he sells a gun to someone anyway.

We know we're not kidding anyone. There's never been any hope for anything anywhere.

Big Cocoon

Not too long & not-uninteresting item on cons in their bubble, from WaMo. Actual research shows it was written over a yr. ago. Why did memeorandum go w/ it now? One or two of those involved in the late, unnoticed & unlamented Culture11 are behind yet another attempt by reactionaries to react to something, anything.
Right-wingers believe their ideas are alive and fit for implementation. All that is needed, perhaps, is new personalities and institutions able to market conservatism in the post-Bush era. At least, that is the thinking behind Ricochet, a new online effort that launches in the next few weeks and aims to advance the right-wing conversation in the age of Obama.
Hey, their ideas are solid, they just need a newer set of pimps to sell the tired old whore, & maybe a little more face powder to cover some of the pockmarks.

Here we see the ideological seriousness w/ which these insufferable toads operate:
Tellingly, one episode features a session bashing conservative apostate David Frum as a "country-club Republican" who cedes too much ground to the Democrats, and doesn't do enough "fighting, screaming and hollering," the function of right-wing writers and thinkers, according to Long.


So far, exactly one Democrat has appeared--Mickey Kaus, most famous for his denunciations of liberals. And reformist conservatives are unconvinced that Ricochet will be performing a service for the movement in merely recycling traditional ideas. "Movements activists have not even begun to grasp how and why the public has turned against them," laments Daniel Larison, a columnist for The Week magazine. It would be much more helpful to speak honestly about ourselves and stop trying to interpret every event as a great sea change in public opinion towards conservatism, he says.


But the founders of Ricochet are more interested in making conservatism fun, light-hearted and accessible than in re-evaluating their ideas, and at least in this mission, to judge by the podcasts, they seem to have succeeded. Listening to Steyn, Robinson and Long banter and joke about current events is like listening in on a few smart conservative friends having beers. There's music, there's laughing, and there's sprightly, but good-natured, debate.
Ha-fucking-hah! One can imagine the "sprightliness" of Steyn, much of whose shtick runs to "Muslim Islamists have already taken over Yurp, which was a horrible place filled w/ Not-North Americans anyway even before the 'Abs took over, & we're next if we don't outbreed them here!" Not that the constant refrain of an ideology dedicated to maintaining & increasing the power & control of the powerful & controlling through fear-mongering & divisiveness can be anything but light-hearted & accessible from the very beginning, of course.

What does the really reactionary right have to say?
What's funny, of course, is that folks on the right aren't fooled by Friedersdorf-types who aren't conservative and who in fact push far left-wing policies and ideological programs. The "Culture Shock" piece is also stuck in a 2008 mindset, wherein Bush-fatigue, Obamania, and John McCain's political campaign disaster virtually guaranteed a Democratic victory. That moment is long passed.
A March/April 2009 print issue w/ a 2008 mindset? Really?

More Posts About Boredom & Glenn Beck

Yay Clash & all, but the song doesn't fulfill its title's promise. Had they been as terminally dulled out as we are by the U.S. of A., they'd have rolled over & gone back to sleep ...

A tiny portion of excerpts from the just-published Beck book, parts of which first appeared in, as the saying goes, a different form, in Slate may amuse or irk enough to provide mild relief in some cases.
Among the practices that distinguish Mormonism from other forms of Christianity is a highly stylized social ritual known as bearing testimony. On the first Sunday of each month, Mormons gather at their local ward house to speak about “what they know to be true.” The format is something like a cross between an open-mic poetry slam and an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. One by one, congregants give semi-structured speeches—testimonies—that deal with a central theme; each one usually lasts no longer than a few minutes. These testimonies, structured like radio monologues, describe the feeling of being overwhelmed by the love of Jesus, of struggling against temptation, and of maintaining full dedication to the restoration of the gospel. As the speakers relive these feelings, it is common for them to emote within circumscribed boundaries.
The First Amendment at work.

Stands To Reason They'd Be Willing To Kill Someone

On May 7th, homeless liaison officers were contacted by homeless individuals that said they were solicited by Cruz to kill another person, explained Sgt. Jay Trisler. With aid from the homeless witnesses, the police investigation revealed that Cruz allegedly tried to pay for the murder of an unidentified person.
Is there anyone who's ever been on telebision who hasn't killed or conspired to kill someone?
Bail for Cruz, a Los Angeles resident who hosted the shows "Calorie Commando" and "Weighing In," was set at $5 million. Early into his career, he was the pastry sous-chef at the Bel Air Hotel where he created pastries for celebrities.
That alone's worth five to ten, according to Bouffant's Big Book Of Justice.

Hitchcock Was Right. Or Not.

He didn't say they were cattle. He said treat them like cattle. But nothing about dressing them funny. As in:
L.A. Opera declined to make Freyer, 76, available for interview because he was in rehearsals. In the past, Freyer has expressed detachment when asked about public reaction to his work. "Not my problem," he told The Times in 2009, when asked about the public's expectations.

A painter as well as a director, Freyer also has told The Times that he sees himself primarily as a visual artist. His stage productions, which are well-known in Europe, are highly abstract interpretations.

L.A. Opera defended Freyer. "The psychological dimension is outsourced to other forms of expression, like the lighting. It's hard for singers to understand the context of scale of what he's doing," said Christopher Koelsch, the head of artistic planning. But Koelsch acknowledged that "it seems like [Freyer] has not done the best job in selling that" to the cast.
Fucking sheep singers can't be expected to get any of this, can they? Hear them whine that
Freyer's avant-garde staging — which features a steeply tilted stage, bulky costumes and oversized masks — interferes with their acting and singing and poses excruciating physical burdens.

"I'm not going to pull any punches here, and I want to tell it like it is.* This entire production has been a trying and difficult time," Treleaven said. "The character development that I bring to the part is almost expunged by this clown-like makeup," he said, adding that he has sustained two minor injuries on the angled stage.

Watson called the set "the most dangerous stage I've been on in my entire career. …Your whole neck is tipped wrong. It's very painful to do it for hours."

*Those two clichés put us off Mr. Treleaven immediately, not to ignore the Opera's wholesale outsourcing of the psychological dimension, & "context of scale." The hardest job of today's independent/alternative crusader for truth/critic/arrogant loudmouth is determining what is most contemptible in the target-rich environment.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Looks Like An American To Us ...

... After all, Sgt. Lee's skin tone is just about the same as John Boehner's.

In the same item, cultural hegemony from Scherm Schildpad & Snorrepoes.
Fair & Balanced: If there's anything more risible than a rubber crutch, it's 50-yr. old satire of 60-yr. old anything.

As Far As We're Concerned, Your Ass Is A Planet

Been Busy

Spring cleaning in the bunker.
NB: It is not every yr. that we get to spring cleaning while it is still spring. (Or summer.)

Sleep All Night, Sleep All Day,
Nothing Good On TV Anyway

Big Brother SONY knows when you are sleeping, & when you are awake.
The next time you fall asleep in front of the TV, someone, or rather something, could be watching you – and all in the name of saving energy.

Sony last year launched a new addition to its Bravia range of TVs, which features facial recognition technology similar to that found in the electronics giants' most advanced cameras. As a result, the TV is able to "watch" you and can turn the picture off if you nod off in front of Match of the Day, saving the energy used by the backlight.
Sure, "saving energy." One needn't be a delusional paranoidtypical Glenn Beck viewer to see that this may not be the best thing ever.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Another Anniversary

The Mad Meltz hits 65 todayTuesday, the 11th. (Took us this long to edit. FYWLMM!)

NSFW: Real language as spoken by Americans. The second, public performance part, at least. First part's family friendly, but your co-workers will figure you for a bigger freak than they already have.Original:Mutation (Expect a lawsuit.):

Never Forget

Only 25 yrs.? Reagan's "Burning City On a Hill" seems so long ago.ThePhildelphia Inquirer recaps.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jesus Loves The Racist Fucking Murderers

A partial list of atrocities. (More.)

Fort Caroline Massacre (1565): The first real contact between Europeans in what would become America took place in Florida, near modern Jacksonville, where hundreds of French Huguenots, the real first "Pilgrims," were massacred by the Spanish who founded St. Augustine for this purpose. The Spanish Admiral who led this search and destroy mission hung some of the survivors with a sign above them reading, "I do this not as to Frenchmen but as to Lutherans," by which he meant "Protestants" or actually "heretics."

The Mystic Massacre: During the Pequot War of 1637, hundreds of women, children and mostly old men were killed or burned to death in a Puritan attack on a Pequot Indian village. Governor William Bradford would later write that "horrible was the stincke and [scent] thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them...."

The Boston Martyrs: On October 27, 1659, two Quakers, Marmaduke Stephenson and William Robinson, were executed in Boston, the Puritans' "shining city upon a hill," under a 1658 law banning the Society of Friends as a "cursed sect." In June 1660, Mary Dyer was executed and a fourth "Friend" was hung in 1661.

"Church and Slave State": Abolitionism had its roots in Christianity. But so did American slavery, which cited biblical justifications for the "peculiar institution." In the 19th century, this divide led to splits within three Protestant denominations that divided North and South: the Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians. (In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention apologized for its racist past and support of slavery, 140 years after the split.)

Of course, this is a mere handful of the landmarks in this so-called "Christian Nation." We haven't even gotten to the Mormons and the violence that confronted them in the early 19th century.

Hey, don't act as if the fucking Mormies weren't violent assholes too.

Good Taste Is Timeless, But Who Gives A Shit?

Gone are the days of excess. Los Angeles makes do w/ scaled down efforts. The high point of Vulgar Classicism (or Classic Vulgarity) was the Beverly Hills mansion that an Ay-rab Sheikh had going for a while in the '80s, which featured several close to life-sized statues atop the hundred or so ft. of fence along Sunset Blah. Said statues were "sexually explicit."
In 1978 Al-Fassi paid $2.4 million for a Beverly Hills mansion and then turned it into a gaudy local attraction by painting the 38-room house lime-green and making the statuary on the grounds sexually explicit with colored nipples, pubic hair and worse. "We just wanted to make the place more beautiful," Dena explained.
This one we see whenever we head into the sunset along Third St. It does seem like a lovely neighborhood, if you like assholes w/ too much money & time.
19 statues of David line the driveway. Apparently the owner, Norbert Youngwood, after neighbors expressed displeasure over his erecting a single statue of David, retaliated by adding 18 brothers of various sizes.
Obligatory fascist flickr credit, from Franklin Ave (Not fascists. We think.) who have another entry in the multiple statuary competition.
People are just awful, aren't they?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Big Numbers

Looks as if we hit 300,000 pervs (or they hit us, or ...) looking for shots of aging dames. Thanks one hell of a lot. You couldn't have made it coincidental w/ the third anniv. of this exciting enterprise a few days back, could you? Would've looked good to future advertisers. Fucking jerks. (Not the advertisers!)

Lordy, lordy, lordy, why do we even try?

Nut Picking
(By Which We Mean We Pick The Very Best & Present Them W/o Charge, Saving Others The Trouble & Expense)

So screw you bastards w/ your artificially high standards. Picking through comments for mockable idiocy is no lower than going to, say, Renew America to find targets of abuse. W/o further defense of our standards, then:

From "erp," at the Big Ho item we laughed at earlier.
Stay away from movies, books, TV shows, etc. that snark at conservatism even tangentially. Our list of TV shows we don't watch anymore even though they are basically entertaining includes, of course, L&O, and House, Numbers, One and Half Men [sic], NCIS LA, the Good Wife, Cash Cab and other that don't come to mind right now.
Funny, Dick Wolfe, creator of the L&O franchise, used to be seen as conservative (at least for someone successful in Hollywood). House? Don't watch much, but, like, huh? NCIS LA? Is that because there's a colored fellow in it? We've watched a few times; most of it is spent going after terrorists, rather than doing what the NCIS really does, the same things any police agency does, except on naval bases or ships. Perhaps it's just that w/ Obama in charge now, anything the gummint does is wrong, even stopping terrorists.

Numbers? Maybe it's the scientific basis that bothers "erp." Or the NCIS LA take: "It's the gov't., it's evil." The FBI + math geeks, working together. Too smart! Sciencey! Not conservative!

We haven't figured out The Good Wife out. It is outwardly political, that is, The G. W.'s husband, a Chicago politician, has been popped for something (Blago style) & a sex scandal w/ a prostitute has been lumped in (It's tee vee. C'mon!) but we suspect that in the great American tradition of balance & objectivity, reactions may depend the upon the frequency of the dog whistle the viewer's ideological master uses.

Hold it!! Just remembered: A senior partner at The Wife's law firm has a schoolgirl crush on (or an adult woman's heat for, we don't know from dames) a ballistics expert/gun nut who is presented as a right-winger & admirer of S. Palin, which did allow for senior partner woman to administer some snark. And ballistics expert (who is not in any way presented as a drooling idjit) whipped out some equivalent anti-lib snark himself, in that balanced & objective way Hollywood has. So we can only conclude that "erp" is a hypersensitive idiot. Typing "even tangentially" probably gives that away. Not unlike a four yr. old complaining about her brother giving her the fish-eye ("Mommy, make him stop looking at me!") even tangential snarking is enough to give "erp" a fit.

(Now we look at "erp"'s explanation. We'd forgotten that LL Cool J [the colored guy, as if our audience isn't old enough to remember '80s hip-hop] dared speak against having an interview he'd recorded several yrs. ago be used as part of a "Sarah Palin Interview" special by FOX News. Pardon our even questioning your righteous decision, "erp." The uppity nerve of Negroes complaining that something they'd done was to be used in a context they didn't approve of. What, he owns his own likeness? He has rights? What next?)

And (w/ insight on why entertainment is thought so awful):
Irony abounds; Nobody is more intolerant than a, "liberal" and nobody is more susceptible to peer pressure than a, "progressive."
This is where our real strength lies. Take a page from Al Sharpton, or Jesse Jackson, and boycott. But with us, it would be real bottom line killers, like we did to Green Zone and that big mouthed spoiled brat Matt Damon. Take their money away, and their feeble minds will follow!
One of the most irritating propaganda pieces on all of TV is the ad for the company that bought Brinks -- Can't think of the name - which has three or four skits with scary looking WHITE MEN IN HOODIES breaking into and threatening the inhabitants of houses.
Because they think white people - especially white robbers - are IDIOTS.
The act of making communists, who wanted to destroy and subvert our way of life, out to be villains, has been maligned and pilloried for years.

I just recorded the first 15 minutes of Enemy at the Gates so I could show my kids the practical application of Communism.

In the first 15 minutes we are treated scenes from the battle of Stalingrad as the Russian communists forced untrained conscripts to make human wave attacks against the Germans [Where's "Nazis?" The Russians got "communists" added.] and then machine gunned those same conscripts if they dared to retreat.

I am constantly infuriated how leftists living luxuriously in America can support an ideology that resulted in so much death and misery.
Wait a minute, is this fuckwit madder about deserters being shot (The tradition of shooting deserters, of course, was invented by Stalin himself. The U.S., for one, has never done this. Ever. Really!) or that they were resisting the German Nazis, who apparently were completely innocent in the war thing?
Hollywood McCarthyism appears to have infected "CSI", too. Last week's show had a arch-conservative abortion clinic bomber accidentally shot and killed by right-wing gun nuts. Don't we have enough of this kind of conservative-bashing on "Law and Order"?
Ah. That explains L&O animosity. Taking stories from headlines: Obvious liberal bias.
Hollywood makes up their own reality. Remember it wasn't one of their own who "outed" an already out spy, it wasn't one of their own who flew into the IRS building or shot minority teachers, they never let facts get in the way of their narrative.
"erp" returns:
Respectfully disagree. Bullock's "Miss Congeniality" also had a snark against Cheney and Halliburton, so I think it was a deliberate shout out to her lefty friends that she doesn't mean a thing she's saying in the film and as a result her films were already on our no-go list.

People can think what they want, that we're paranoid, foolish, etc., but we've put up with this kind of stuff for many years and have decided nada más. Ours is a zero tolerance entertainment zone.
Crap, it's like one of those sci-fi stories where the visitors from another planet do not understand the concept of fiction, & arrive on our tiny rock thinking the broadcasts they've been watching for yrs. are all actuality. Does "erp" not comprehend that movies are written, or that the actors are playing characters?
That DVD money goes directly to Rchard Mellon Scaife, not "Hollywood," right?

The next guy at least knows that DVD sales are part of the action. His connection to reality is still tenuous though, as he thinks Big Andy's reading the comments.
Andy, I made a film called FORGOTTEN HEROES it is an unreleased film that honors and shows Americans as heroes. The Hollywood left didn't want YOU to see this film. They couldn't stop THE PASSION because Mel has the money to fight these nazi fascist, I didn't have a dime to fight these animals. All I have is my ability to let you know one blogger at a time here on BIG HOLLYWOOD.

You want to stop this blacklisting crap in Hollywood? You as a consumer all MUST STOP going to the theater and buying the new blue-rays or anything. You have to focus on filmmakers like me and BUY my film and tell all your friends about FORGOTTEN HEROES. When we all buy conservative films made by conservatives who have been blackballed you are sending a message to the leftist propaganda machine.
Another message: You are going to hell.
It really won't matter to me, if or when Hollywood changes its tune. I won't know, because I don't care. I've rediscovered books, magazines, radio, the internet, religious television, and yes, church. Hollywood is so irrelevant, that my only contact with it is this glorious site. Hollywood is just one more seamy aspect (along with government, media, science, and academia) of the decadence and lies that have subverted the American nation. But not to worry, in the end, good will triumph over evil. Best to be on the right side of that issue.
Patriotmommy gets the last (self-righteous) word:
I have long stopped spending money on movies, watching tv, etc. I do not want any of my money supporting these folks who purposely undermine the country & endanger my children with progressivism.
Glenn Beck fan. Bet she thinks he's so cute, & brave, & loves his country. And she's very scared for his life.

Is there any one to the left of Eisenhower, let's say, who is anywhere near this deranged about any aspect of the popular media? Leftists are pretty sure that establishment news media may have a tilt to the right & a bias towards the status quo, & considering that it is owned & controlled by business weenies interested only in serving their stockholders, that's hardly an outrageous assumption, but the cultural hysteria evidenced above is w/o a rational base. There must be an explanation of some sort or a diagnosis for this, preferably one that could be used to put most of these fools away in a hospital until they're better. Hey, it is just like the Soviet Union here on the left. Fuck you, Nazi chumps.

More Morons

Dishonest to gawd:Mr. Byrne firmly denies these base accusations.
Byrne responds to this "despicable attack" with a statement: "I have never wavered in my belief that this world and everything in it is a masterpiece created by the hands of God... I fought to ensure the teaching of creationism in our school text books."

Work Is Murder

Working More Than 10 Hours a Day Can Kill You
Those who work 10 hours or more a day have a 60 percent greater risk of a heart attack compared to those who don't work overtime at all.
Read original story in Bloomberg | Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Our nation & the planet will be better much better off once these pin-dicked over-compensators have suffered (We sincerely hope they suffer, & die quite painfully.) & died. What's the hold up? Die already, corporate drones!

Hateful Crimes

Sam Harris, who knows the evil of religion, hadn't been on this latest Catholic atrocity too much, & reasonably so.
Frankly, it always felt unsportsmanlike to shoot so large and languorous a fish in so tiny a barrel. This scandal was one of the most spectacular "own goals" in the history of religion, and there seemed to be no need to deride faith at its most vulnerable and self-abased.
No longer. Indeed, he & the Missis are taking action. (See end.)
The evidence suggests that the misery of these children was facilitated and concealed by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church at every level, up to and including the prefrontal cortex of the current Pope. In his former capacity as Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict personally oversaw the Vatican's response to reports of sexual abuse in the Church. What did this wise and compassionate man do upon learning that his employees were raping children by the thousands? Did he immediately alert the police and ensure that the victims would be protected from further torments? One still dares to imagine such an effulgence of basic human sanity might have been possible, even within the Church. On the contrary, repeated and increasingly desperate complaints of abuse were set aside, witnesses were pressured into silence, bishops were praised for their defiance of secular authority, and offending priests were relocated only to destroy fresh lives in unsuspecting parishes. It is no exaggeration to say that for decades (if not centuries) the Vatican has met the formal definition of a criminal organization, devoted not to gambling, prostitution, drugs, or any other venial sin, but to the sexual enslavement of children.
Followed by excerpts from the Irish gov't. commission's report on "abuse" (Much too light a word.) of children at RCC-operated Schools, where Ireland's children were shipped by the Irish gov't.
More than 30,000 children deemed to be petty thieves, truants or from dysfunctional families – a category that often included unmarried mothers – were sent to Ireland's austere network of industrial schools, reformatories, orphanages and hostels from the 1930s until the last facilities shut in the 1990s.
This, you fucking bog-monkeys, is why something equivalent to America's First Amendment is a necessity before you primitives can call yourself a civilized nation.

Harris continues:
This is the kind of abuse that the Church has practiced and concealed since time out of memory. Even the CICA report declined to name the offending priests due to pressure from the Vatican. The cover-up of these atrocities continues.

I have been awakened from my unconscionable slumber on this issue by recent press reports (12,345, & 6) and especially by the eloquence of my colleagues Christopher Hitchens (1234, & 5) and Richard Dawkins (1 & 2). Both have begun a public effort to make the Pope accountable for the Church's complicity in these crimes. Here, I would like to announce that Project Reason, the foundation that my wife and I started to spread scientific thinking and secular values, has joined Hitchens and Dawkins (both of whom sit on our advisory board) in an effort to end the "diplomatic immunity" which the Vatican claims protects the Pope from any responsibility. We would greatly appreciate your support in this cause. All donations are tax-deductible in the United States.
Speaking of which, tax the churches!

Closet Case? Naw, Couldn't Be

We've no idea how sensitive our gaydar is, 'cause we don't actually give a shit, & therefore don't wander about w/ the antenna deployed & searching, but between the dick-duster mustache & the comb-over in a color not-occurring-in-nature, you don't need a Ph.D. in Closetology to have figured Dr. Rekers as, at best, a cracker evangelist. (You gotta wonder about most of those guys, w/ their nice suits & the make-up & hair-dos & all.)

Morons On The March

The Ancient Perfesser links another ninny. Neither of them have any idea what "desecration" means, obviously. We've a suspicion that any non-Xians (& their survivors) buried under the SCOTUS-approved cross may feel their memories have been "desecrated" by a symbol of a religion other than their own.

Extra Butthurt:
Just imagine the uproar if someone desecrated a sacred symbol of the left, such as the ACLU headquarters. The Justice Department would be investigating it as a hate crime.
What an absolute buffoon. To the left, nothing is sacred. Certainly not "the ACLU headquarters."

Life: If It's Not Boring Us Limp, It's Just Fucking Aggravating

DOES IT NEVER END? Crud, look at this, no damn carbs in the bunker,
not a croissant, bagel, crumpet, tortilla or Wonder bread to be had, which means we'll have to make a farther-than-the-liquor-store expedition tomorrow, so maybe we should go to sleep at a reasonable hour, & then some other night owl throws this up & we feel obligated to steal it now,'cause Albert Brooks was easily the funniest white guy in these United Snakes during the '70s, but that cuts into earlier to bed. (On the other hand, if we waited we'd have to do it tomorrow, which would cut into travel time or something.) How do we keep going?

P.S.: Read the whole story at the link, for fuller comprehension.

Iron Man Opens Big;
Hollywood Loses "Mojo"

We haven't read anything this ignorant on the Infernonet for a couple of days now.
Forget the screeching TV evangelists calling people sinners; they have nothing on the judgement that flows like a river of sewer waste from Tinsel Town. Hollywood’s TV and films have been bashing on [sic] average Americans going back to Green Acres. Green Acres was the way Hollywood saw the flyover states. A bunch of ignorant, inbred hicks with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Something to be mocked to canned laughter. Times have changed, but only for the worse.
The "ignorant, inbred hicks" of Hooterville, if memory serves, handed city slicker & lawyer Mr. Douglas his hat on a regular (Every wk., it seems like.) basis. If the sack of sub-human shit who typed this had any knowledge of his cultural heritage, he would have singled out the Andy Griffith Show, where each wk. roving bands of snooty elitists from NOO YAWK CITY would cruise the streets of Mayberry in their hot rods, pushing over outhouses, whistling at the local girls, & playing their car radios real loud to emphasize that Mayberry, like Hooterville, lacked electricity, but mostly pointing, laughing & making cousin-fucking jokes.

We wish it were hard to believe that someone could be this foolish, but it's disturbingly common. Certainly we knew more about our entertainment heritage at his age (17? Baby-faced 23?) than typist Hudnall does. Young people. Unless they're paying into Social Security, we've no use for 'em! Now we expect Breitbart's Retardo, The Moron-Informing Alpaca's to pay a visit to Mr. Hudnall, & if that's not forthcoming, we bet we can still beat the living crap out of the little punk w/ our cane. And oxygen tank. (That puppy's heavy!)
It’s because of this relentless bashing of the American mainstream that Hollywood has lost its mojo. The public’s view of Hollywood is at an all time low. The star system is all but dead. Hollywood’s economy is practically moribund. These trends will not change until Hollywood changes. It needs to admit it has a problem, like an alcoholic, and start making amends to the people it’s burned. A great step forward would be to start showing more than one side to a political point of view. They should try putting in believable, likable characters who aren’t all of the same political stripe. They can start by not making people of differing views feel they need to stay in the closet.

In short, they need to stop being worse than their image of Joe McCarthy. Because right now they are making Joe McCarthy look like Paul McCartney.
All fantasy, all the time, & he won't stop. We have not & will not click any links, but we see that the first one leads to a poll. Whatever. And whatever an amorphous public's view of Hollywood is, the less amorphous public continues viewing the product, in theaters, on the no-longer-tube, rented, purchased, whatever.

"Star system?" A phrase that usually refers to the studios placing talent under contract & grooming them to be stars. Went away by the 1960s. If he's referring to the recent phenomenon of former big-name hacks (Cruise, Travolta, yada) no longer being the guaranteed opening wknd. draws they were, that's not the "star system," nor can it be attributed to anything political that we can imagine. Frankly, if people want stories, acting & pretentious crap like that, it's on television. (Or go to the damn theatre, sissies!) People blowing $10.00 on a big-screen experience like to see that screen used for more than an ECU of some wimp expressing bogus feelings. Blow some shit up! Doesn't matter who's inside the suit or flying the CGI plane.

Business & Technical Note: There was a reason that CBS was the "rural network" in the '60s, which ninny Hudnall wouldn't know. Many CBS affiliates, & most of the network's owned & operated stations (the webs' cash cows) were on channel two, which, due to physics or whatever that stuff is, had a signal that reached farther into the sticks than stations higher on the dial. ABC, most of whose affiliates were at higher freqs., offered much more "youth" or even "urban" (That didn't mean "Negro" in those days, kids.) programming. For this poorly-informed load to suggest that CBS ran Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith, Hee Haw, Petticoat Junction & what not in order to mock "a bunch of ignorant, inbred hicks with no electricity or indoor plumbing" to canned laughter, he's claiming that they were cutting off their noses to spite their wallets. Not bloody likely, Sunny Jim. It's "The Industry." The Entertainment/Show Bidness. Not leftist academics handing out art grants on an imagined political basis. (If that ever even happens.)

One more: A similar phenom in the '30s & '40s, as the locations of the studios' theaters determined production. Warner Bros., w/ many rural screens, made plenty of Ma & Pa Kettle stuff, as well as the gangster films that allowed the inbred fuckheads of fly-over country (then known to the Hollywood Jew elite as "train-by country") to enjoy vicarious violence & murder, yet leave the theater secure in the knowledge that the protagonist had paid for his crimes, & that the good burghers of Bugtussle weren't like those awful city folk.

Paramount, w/ more city-located cinemas, made more sophisticated, urbane stuff, romantic comedies & the like. Those city folk really are awful.

Dropping Like Flies

Mortality, blah blah blah, also yada. A couple of covers from Buck Rogers, stolen from here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

John Birch's Body Lies A-Molderin' In The Grave

From the Republican Party of Maine's Neo-John Birch Society platform, adopted over the wknd.:
The document calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve, demands an investigation of "collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth," suggests the adoption of "Austrian Economics," declares that "'Freedom of Religion' does not mean 'freedom from religion'" (which I guess makes atheism illegal), insists that "healthcare is not a right," calls for the abrogation of the "UN Treaty on Rights of the Child" and the "Law Of The Sea Treaty" and declares that we must resist "efforts to create a one world government."
The Law of the Sea Treaty?

Why yes. The Heritage Foundation is opposed to it. In 2004, the deep thinkers at the Foundation were still invoking Reagan's opposition to the law 22 yrs. earlier. That took a lot of thought & "research," didn't it?
Environmental and Economic Issues
Former President Reagan refused to sign the Treaty in 1982 due to its innate conflict with basic free-market principles (e.g., private property, free enterprise, and competition).
And admire Maine's reactionary activists here. If we can get the death panels going soon enough, none of these morbid jerks will be alive to vote in 2012, and all the money saved can go to public-funded abortions & non-abstinence sex education.*Added later: Read the platform. A hoot, & so well-written & clearly-expressed.

*Not a joke. Not sarcasm. Let them fucking die already, if they're so miserable & oppressed. And the money can go to our disability fund too.

It's A Yoke, Son

At Closet Case Central, nervousness over nominee Kagan mounts:
The White House has flatly stated that she is not gay, which could prove a tad embarrassing if the open secret of her lesbianism is confirmed at some point. If she's a lesbian, it is going to become public knowledge, and the White House will simply have some more egg on its already yoke-splattered [sic] face.
We wouldn't want to guess what spatters typist Bryan Fischer's face, if you know what we mean.
She cannot be kept closeted not only from the public but from the inquiring minds of the media. They have a solemn responsibility to do one thing: ask her directly and openly and in front of the American people: Are you a lesbian?

A refusal to answer is a tacit admission of guilt. But she may not be able publicly to deny she's a lesbian, likely because it's true. She may not be able to admit it either, because it could cost her a Supreme Court post. So she's likely to refuse to answer the question at all, and the only plausible explanation for her evasion would be because rumors of her lesbianism aren't rumors at all but based in fact.

Think about it for a minute. If you were falsely accused of engaging in sexually aberrant behavior, would you waste a single minute challenging such a scurrilous rumor?
The editorial staff here wouldn't waste any time at all challenging it. (No such thing as bad publicity. We realize Fischer probably meant "would you waste a single minute before challenging such a scurrilous rumor?" but he can't spell, so why would we expect clear typing?

Perhaps diaper sex w/ a prostitute is OK. We'd have to assume it's not "aberrant," or there would certainly be a call for Louisiana Senator Vitter's resignation included here:
We cannot afford to have another sexually abnormal individual in a position of important civic responsibility ...

"Don't Know Why ..."

Yesterday, at 92. Good run.

Junior Anti-Sex League

Ross Douthat on the pathetically bourgeois concepts of marriage & family:
So it isn’t just contraception that delays childbearing in liberal states, and it isn’t just a foolish devotion to abstinence education that leads to teen births and hasty marriages in conservative America. It’s also a matter of how plausible an option abortion seems, both morally and practically, depending on who and where you are.

Whether it’s attainable for most Americans or not, the “blue family” model clearly works: it leads to marital success and material prosperity, and it’s well suited to our mobile, globalized society.

By comparison, the “red family” model can look dysfunctional — an uneasy mix of rigor and permissiveness, whose ideals don’t always match up with the facts of contemporary life.

But it reflects something else as well: an attempt, however compromised, to navigate post-sexual revolution America without relying on abortion.
Why isn't it "just contraception?" The "sexual revolution" was predicated on the availability of reliable contraception, not abortion, which remained illegal during the early days of said revolution. Perhaps Mr. Douthat should take his bullshit to First Things, where his brain-dead Catholicism won't interfere w/ the facts of contemporary life.

Atomic Comics

Nothing funny about these Civil Defense & making of the bomb items.

Nation Of Individualistic Sheep

Brought to our short attention span, interesting musing on the 'Bagger zeitgeist. We don't agree completely either, but it's a good look at the symptoms & some of the causes of a distrust of government in general & unwarranted self-confidence by Americans, neither of which are any damn help. We're only read it once, but there was little mention of foreign policy, & we don't remember any mention of Vietnam, not even here, where the exact time of lessening trust in gov't. is given.
Ever since the Seventies, social scientists have puzzled over the fact that, despite greater affluence and relative peace, Americans have far less trust in their government than they had up until the mid-Sixties.
Always the possibility of the TEA crowd killing their young, however. By inbreeding, perhaps.
People with higher degrees who care about food and wine, support gay rights, and want few children but good Internet connections have been gravitating to urban centers on the two coasts, while churchgoing families that drive everywhere, socialize with relatives, and send their kids to state universities have been heading to the growing exurbs of the southern and mountain states.
Can anything more repugnant be imagined?

Further Darwinism:
There are plenty of things wrong with the way medicine is practiced in the United States, but it does not follow from this that anybody can cure himself. Nonetheless, a growing number of us have become our own doctors and pharmacists, aided by Internet search engines that substitute for refereed medical journals, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control.

The trends are not encouraging. Because of irrational fear-mongering on the Web, the percentage of unvaccinated American children, while thankfully still low, has been rising steadily in the twenty-one states that now allow personal exemptions for unspecified “philosophical and personal reasons.” This is significant: the chance of unvaccinated children getting measles, to take just one example, is twenty-two to thirty-five times higher than that of immunized children.13Americans currently spend over four billion dollars a year on unregulated herbal medicines, despite total ignorance about their effectiveness, correct dosage, and side effects. And of course, many dangerous medicines banned in the United States can now be purchased online from abroad, not to mention questionable medical procedures for those who can afford the airfare.14

Americans are and have always been credulous skeptics. They question the authority of priests, then talk to the dead15; they second-guess their cardiologists, then seek out quacks in the jungle. Like people in every society, they do this in moments of crisis when things seem hopeless. They also, unlike people in other societies, do it on the general principle that expertise and authority are inherently suspect.
Well, we can't deny that the prospect of a quiverful household of un-vaccinated spawn having a simultaneous mini-epidemic cheers us.

We can't be bothered to pick more of it apart (Long & has FOOTNOTES!!) or even to seek the good parts confirming our prejudices, but this is probably the newest, most interesting point arrived at.
Historically, populist movements use the rhetoric of class solidarity to seize political power so that “the people” can exercise it for their common benefit. American populist rhetoric does something altogether different today. It fires up emotions by appealing to individual opinion, individual autonomy, and individual choice, all in the service of neutralizing, not using, political power. It gives voice to those who feel they are being bullied, but this voice has only one, Garbo-like thing to say: I want to be left alone.
Just turn the gov't. over to the non-elite business interests. Please. We want it that way. Baaaa.