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


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!


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.


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, 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
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.

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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.

Suffering Andrew Sullivan

God is always a part of our lives, in the strangest places, where some refuse to see His presence. It is about grace through suffering.
Hey, Andrew Sullivan, why can't your punk-ass loser gawd do any more than provide "grace?" (A word which, we'd like to add, DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING IN THIS CONTEXT!!!) Would it be too much trouble for The Big Fucking Killer In The Sky to work on stopping the suffering, rather than merely (allegedly) providing "grace" to those who suffer?

Oh, calm down Malignant. Such crap, along w/ "mystery," "the gift of faith" (Quite a gift to the church's coffers, innit?) & their other meaningless phrases are how they get around the fact that all their humble prayers, burnt candles & you-name-it will make no difference at all in the world. Really, if gawd loved us, It wouldn't make our animal friends predecease us. Therefore, It hates us, & if It existed, we'd have to deny Its existence.

Hateful Leftist Anti-Neo-Nazi Violence In L.A. Wrapped Up

Here. And here, photos from Tom Andrews of laist.

A sad fact of life in Los Angeles: It can often be difficult to distinguish between Nazis & the LAPD. When the Nazis get visors for their helmets it'll be even harder.
More morons moving a Mustang.
Gratuitous baldilocks Babylonian.

The Future Is Then

Good look at GOP possibilities in 2012 from Ed Kilgore (Grain o'salt: He's a card-carrying Democrat.) in Salon.

Admit it, Republicans. This is a pretty weak field — and a perilous one. If anyone feels a sense of déjà vu, it’s because the field looks a lot like those of 1996 and 2008: some has-beens, some never-weres, some egomaniacs and some crazies. There may not even be a Bob Dole or a John McCain in this mix — the kind of candidate who can reassert adult control and at least lose gracefully in the general election.

So let Republicans enjoy their 2010 comeback. It was all but foreordained by the last two cycles, and by the very demographics that threaten the GOP in the long run. Allow them to celebrate their “fresh faces”; they'll have a lot of fine options for the vice-presidential nomination in 2012. But their 2012 prospects will go straight downhill starting on Nov. 3, 2010. That's when Republicans will have to start to deal with the consequences of their recent bout of self-indulgent destructiveness, when they'll begin choosing someone to take on Barack Obama not in press conferences or talking points or Tea Party protests, but in a presidential election.

As we typed somewhere, days or wks. ago, let the crazy bastards have the House next yr. Little imagination is required to foresee obstructional fuck-ups & greater loud-mouth idiocy if Republicans are in charge. W/ a bit more imagination we can see a stunning Republican defeat come 2012, & the final splintering of the right into absolute incoherence & paranoia, possibly even to the point that real Americans notice what a sorry collection they are. Can not wait. (May not happen.)

Global Warming Notes From All Over

Wood has owned the orchards since 1965 and can’t remember a spring this early.

“It’s not just a little bit the earliest, it’s the earliest by miles. I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “It’s not a little bit weird … its high weird.”

Northeast farmers aren’t the only ones worrying. The unusually warm weather also had some apple and cherry trees in Michigan blossoming about three weeks earlier than normal. Warm weather in February also led to an early bloom in cherry and pear orchards in the Northwest.

“The odds of having subfreezing temperatures are much greater right now than they would be in the first week of May when we would more typically be in bloom,” said Jon Clements, a fruit expert at University of Massachusetts Extension, who remains cautiously optimistic that the crop will survive without major damage.

If that is the case, the accelerated growing cycle could inevitably lead to an earlier harvest. Strawberries, peaches and early-season apples could be a week to 10 days earlier, Clements said, and juicy McIntosh apples may be ready for picking as early as Labor Day.

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TEA Party Nihilism

Sore Loser Dep't.:
Richard Gilbert, 72, retired Air Force officer and teacher, Aiken, S.C., independent

“Our system is bad. Every congressman and woman should step down, and we should start over. I don’t have respect for any congressperson, Republican or Democrat. The system is broken. I think Obama has potential, but we don’t want to be like Europe. Nothing can be accomplished until we get rid of the current mess and until there is some way of controlling Wall Street. We don’t need government to do everything for people.”
Ain't that the truth. Let's stop Dick's Medicare, Social Security, military/teacher retirement, VA benefits & so on, & see how loudly he squeals then. And, one might ask, how will we "control Wall Street" w/o a gov't. doing everything for us?
Richard Harris, 61, truck driver, St. Petersburg, Fla., independent

“I’m an extreme conservative. Government should do the military and the roads and just about nothing else. They foul everything up if they do. The private sector always does things better. I see less and less need for government. They call themselves my representatives, but basically they don’t represent me. They’re forever saying things like we need to reach across the aisle. Well, I don’t want you to reach across the aisle. The other side wants to control my life, overtax me and spend in insane ways.”
Sweet blood of Jeeziz, a fucking truck driver who wants the gummint to provide nothing but "the military" & (wait for it ...) ROADS!! Everything else, they foul up. Really?

Should anyone w/ such a lack of self-awareness be allowed to reproduce? We say no, & call for the sterilization of his offspring, assuming he was able to find a woman stupid enough to breed w/ him.

Local Eat The Rich Action

Mostly amusing because of the geographic specificity, we present comment #215 (Numbered comments? Fascism comes to the Internet!) from the Crooked Timber mocks Megan thread.
Tehanu 04.16.10 at 8:39 pm
Whereas I, middle-class lawyer that I am, know perfectly well that there’s a conservative elite as well, a very rich, very well connected conservative elite …
… that I have NO INTEREST in joining, because they would bore me to fucking death.
My dad, who was born to poor immigrants in the Chicago slums, was an elementary school teacher with 4 kids. I went to a public university on scholarship. Eventually my husband and I made enough that we could move to a pretty expensive neighborhood, Beverly Hills PO — city of LA, but with a BH zip code. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the neighbors — all college grads, accountants, lawyers, doctors, etc. — had only three topics of conversation: real estate prices; who was sleeping with whom; and how difficult it was to find housekeepers who would accept $50 for an eleven-hour day in an area with no bus service. I asked one of my neighbors once where the books were in his house; he said he had an old accounting textbook in the garage somewhere, and his wife proudly pointed to her stash of Danielle Steel novels.

We have no desire to eat these no doubt toxic morons. But where are the education camps? (In this case, reëducation camps would wrongly imply that such people learned anything on their first educational go-round.)

Apple Scruffs: Slate Sorts It Out

Does Apple Need To Get a Sense of Humor?

Apple says that if an app "ridicules public figures," it won't be allowed in iTunes. And that has made the life of political satirists particularly difficult. After animator Mark Fiore won the Pulitzer, the fact that Apple rejected his app back in December suddenly got a lot more press. And Apple asked the animator to resubmit it. Fiore wasn't the first cartoonist to run into problems with Apple's rules, and the company even changed its mind on two previous high-profile rejections. But the problems faced by Fiore showed how the company still hasn't figured out how to deal with political satirists. One MAD artist says Apple's rejection of these types of apps should be taken seriously, particularly considering that many are seeing the iPad as the future of media. "Apps for publications and newspaper content won't be very useful if it only lets us see stuff that Apple and Steve Jobs thinks we should see, and rejects things they don't like," Tom Richmond wrote.
Read original story in The Washington Post | Saturday, April 17, 2010
If, say, Just Another Blog™ were to go hardware w/one of these fucking two-way wrist radios, we wouldn't bring it near the public before there was a "mock your fucking ass, public or private figure" app on it.

Just A Note (From L.A.): We are working on an M1911A1 App. Still having a problem w/ the recoil, but we think we can use the accelerometer to solve that. BANG!!

And a comment:
I expect better from Steve "Dead Hobo's Liver" Jobs, but it's not as if there won't be a Google Android tablet on the shelves in six months.

White Trash & Jumper Cables

White supremacists, demonstrators square off in LA

As the rally ended, counter-protesters hurled rocks, branches and other items over the police line and into a parking lot where the white supremacists had left their cars.

Some members of the group had trouble starting a black Ford Mustang and attempted to hook up jumper cables to their engine. They protected themselves from the flying debris by holding up swastika-emblazoned shields.
The white supremacists eventually gave up and pushed their car away so they could jump-start it out of range of the projectiles.
That American iron may not have held up too well driving out from Detroit, huh Cletus?

Read more.

Nihil Wrap-Up From Eyjafjallajökull

Via Newshoggers, hope for a new dark age, to wit: "longer term consequences for public health, military operations and the world economy." Suffer & die, bastards.

Big picture, the possible future looks good for getting worse.
As well as becoming more frequent, eruptions seem to get more intense during the high-activity phases. A number of Iceland's most devastating eruptions – including that of the volcano Laki in 1783 that killed over half of Iceland's livestock and led to a famine that wiped out about a quarter of the human population – have occurred when the Atlantic rift system has been active. "If we are entering a more active phase, these bigger eruptions will become more likely," says Thordarson.

Judging by recent volcanic and earthquake activity, Thordarson and his colleagues believe that Iceland is entering its next active phase and estimate it will last for 60 years or so, peaking between 2030 and 2040.
More on volcanic influence on yada. And Icelandic.

Sunday! Sunday! U.S. Amphetamine Speedway! Sunday!

Where the hell would they run this? (Like Pauline Kael's friend, we don't know anyone who voted for PalinMcCain.)Despite the investment in flashy adverts, here's the big news, from Truth Wins Out.
The big news here is that radical cleric Lou Engle of The Call conceded, at the LGBT Agenda breakout session, that the next generation is largely supportive of LGBT rights. He claims that the far right has lost on this issue barring a miracle, such as an intercession at a 500,000 youth rally that Engle floated to the activists on-stage and in the audience. Matt Barber said they should privately discuss such a rally after the forum.

Good luck with that idea, considering the breakout session at the late Jerry Falwell’s university drew only fifteen people – two of whom were observers from progressive organizations. The rest of the crowd were hard core anti-gay activists from groups like PFOX.
Now reduced to hoping for massive prayer-fests. Where's that Gawd who so loves the worldhates the homos been hiding? Feeling forsaken?