Monday, May 24, 2010

No Direct Or Indirect Affiliation

Reminded by.

Is That Pony Made Of Cotton?

Sg't. Stryker* Would Want Us To Bayonet Chuck DeVore

From California, land of the lotus-eaters.
"Ask yourself this question, Jack Bauer fans: Which person would Jack want as his U.S. Senator?" the announcer says. "Barbara Boxer, a Guantanamo-closing, tax-raising, big-government growing ultra-liberal who reads Miranda rights to foreign terrorists? Or Chuck DeVore, a U.S. Army Reserve intelligence officer, who likes Guantanamo Bay as it is, thinks foreign terrorists should have an interrogator, not a lawyer, and supports lower taxes and smaller government?"
Where does Cap't. Hook stand on this?

*Vicious, irksome propaganda aside.

Nation Of Sheep
Tell Me Whatcha Gonna Do
When The Commies & The Homos
Come Looking For You?

Not to blowtoot our own ancient & now-quite rusty horn or anything (Pertinent lyrics @ 1:45, save yourself the suffering.)but this, from the typewriter of Jack Paar, is a hoot & a half:
There used to be a time when it looked like the Communists were taking over show business. Now it's fairies. They operate a lot alike, actually; both have a tendency to colonize. Just as there used to be no such thing as one Communist in a play or movie, now there is no such thing as one fairy. Where you find one, you usually find a baker's dozen swishing around. I had a little game I used to play when I was an actor in Hollywood, back in the days when Communists or Communist sympathizers were nearly as plentiful in the film capital as yes-men. If I spotted someone in a picture who was a Communist or leftist, I could usually pick out several others. They always came in sets. Now I play it a different way. When I hear that some fairy is producing or directing or acting in a play, I can often name some of the rest of the cast, even if I've never heard it.
Pardon us, we have to read the rest of it.

Sarah Palin's Low-Info Candidate
(For The Low-Info Voter)

Would a Tom Tancredo-like Civic Literacy Test for candidates be a good idea? We have to speculate if Ward can even (as suggested by Tancredo) spell "vote."


A Thousand Words

From The NYT, but why bother? Everything one needs to know:
Hold it, just one quote & note:
“The foundation of libertarian thinking is private property as a limit on state action,” David Bernstein, a libertarian law professor, explained to Talking Points Memo, the popular political blog. “So if a private business chooses to discriminate, a typical libertarian would say that’s a business owner’s right to do so.”
That's worth some words, as it demonstrates so well that the principled philosophy these fools so nobly espouse is ass-backwards. 180° wrong. Which side is reality-based, & which is deluded?

And for self-flagellators only (You won't be able to take this, weaklings!):
The forces of big government are entrenched and enjoy the full arsenal of the administration's money and influence. Our leaders in Washington, aided by the unprecedented economic crisis of recent years and the panic it induced, have seized the moment to introduce breathtaking expansions of state power in huge swaths of the economy, from the health-care takeover to the financial regulatory bill that the Senate approved Thursday.
We do not want to hear "health-care takeover" until the insurance cos. have been nationalized & the National Guard is occupying their headquarters & summarily executing the executives. Nor do we want to hear about the "unprecedented economic crisis." We would, however, pay to hear Mr. Brooks' death rattle.

UPDATE: Refutation of paranoiac fool Brooks at PuffHo.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

We Are, By Nature, A Boring Sort

Also observed, though un-recorded: lizards (2) & a water snake. Heard the frog we mentioned below. Saw no mountain lions or rattlers, despite posted warnings. No ticks attached themselves to us, either. All in all, could have been much worse.

Not only saw but shot some hawks. (We assume. Could've been crows, dark & the same approx. size, but these birds were not making crow sounds.)
It is not easy catching these bastards in flight; we s'pose we could blame the equipment.
We were able to get a few cliffside.
To one's right & up when leaving Bronson Cave by the east.
Other cliff dwellers.

Take Me To The River

Went hiking, & Boy Howdy! Do our lower extremities ache. (As expected.) We were hoping to spot a frog that had been croaking, but didn't even manage to capture the croaks.

From Maine To Nevada, America Loves Titties!

Maine topless coffee fire suspect mad at waitress

| Published: 05/22/10 at 6:39 PM | Updated: 05/22/10 at 8:18 PM
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state investigation says a man suspected of burning down a Maine coffee shop that featured topless waitresses was mad at his girlfriend, who was having an affair with the owner.

The state fire marshal’s office released an affidavit Friday alleging 48-year-old Raymond Bellavance Jr. used gasoline to start the fire in June 2009 because the woman, a waitress, was in a sexual relationship with Donald Crabtree, owner of the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop.

The affidavit says before the fire, Bellavance made statements that he was going to burn the shop. He confronted his girlfriend two hours beforehand.

Bellavance, who is charged with arson, made his first appearance in district court by video Friday. His bail was continued at $200,000. His next court appearance is July 27.

Nev. woman accused of stealing wine while topless
| Published: 05/22/10 at 7:14 PM
MINDEN, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada woman is accused of stealing a bottle of wine from a store while she was topless and intoxicated.

Brandi Smith, of Gardnerville, acknowledged her behavior was “mind-boggling” during an appearance Wednesday before a judge to face charges of indecent exposure, felony drunken driving and burglary.

Authorities say the 41-year-old was arrested May 10 after stealing a $20 bottle of wine, then driving to a nearby fast-food restaurant, where an off-duty sheriff’s deputy kept her in the vehicle until other deputies arrived.

A preliminary test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

A records search found Smith has two prior convictions of driving under the influence in California.

She was in jail on $5,000 bail.

For What It's Worth

We lived at 8497 in 1973.
From a not un-swell collection of arty shots of celebs whose images were well managed, unlike today's public train wrecks.

This one is so managed it's mystifying.

Sunday No More Color Uras

At last. (Now the search for further childish irritation begins.)

Out Of The Western Sky ...

The L.A. Tribune does its part to pimp the new, restored, etc., "Stagecoach."
On his commentary track, western scholar Jim Kitses argues against ex post facto analyses that place Wayne at the center of what is clearly structured as an ensemble piece. Only recently bumped up from B movies, and still saddled with the flop "The Big Trail," Wayne languished near the bottom of the payroll, banking barely a third of top-billed Claire Trevor's salary. But Ford gives Wayne a star's introductory flourish, a dramatic dolly-in whose focus blurs before resolving itself on Wayne's relatively unlined features. Framed against the soft-focus backdrop of Utah's buttes, he looks less like a rugged son of the frontier than a vision born of heat haze.
Read the rest if you give a shit. Just don't confuse us w/ anyone who does.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Harry Reid's Chickens

Chicken costumes banned at Nev. polling places

By MARTIN GRIFFITH | Published: 05/22/10 at 7:30 PM | Updated: 05/22/10 at 8:43 PM

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Voters dressed in chicken costumes won’t be allowed inside Nevada polling places this year.

State election officials on Friday added chicken suits to the list of banned items after weeks of ridicule directed at Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden.

The millionaire casino executive and former beauty queen recently suggested that people barter with doctors for medical care, like when “our grandparents would bring a chicken to the doctor.”


Under the new rule, chicken costumes will be banned along with political buttons, shirts, hats and signs within 100 feet of polling places.

Washoe County Registrar of Voters Dan Burk said such a costume would be an “inappropriate and obvious” advocacy message against Lowden.

Lowden campaign manager Robert Uithoven hailed the decision.

“I think voters will be spared the Harry Reid carnival and that’s a good thing,” he told The Associated Press. “I think most voters are going to the polls thinking about far greater things than Harry Reid’s chickens.”

Reid spokesman Jon Summers said the Nevada Democratic Party has been sending the volunteers in chicken costumes to Lowden events and he was unaware of any plans for them to show up at the polls.

“Maintaining fair elections is an important thing and we respect the decision that has been made by election officials,” he said. “I certainly can understand why that would be a sensitive issue for her since she has been called out on her concept of bartering chickens for checkups.”

Read more:

Papers Or Jail

Embedding disabled, may be going soon, so looky!

Fat boy in the Col. Sanders suit is the Arkansas cop-killer who got his as well. And took his 16-yr. old son down w/ him. Let's hear it for parent's rights!
In an Internet broadcast dated May 6, Jerry Kane talks about New Mexico police arresting him in April at a "Nazi checkpoint where they were demanding papers or jail."
Material on the website promoting Kane's foreclosure-advising business displays classic rhetoric experts say is associated with anti-government groups. Topics discussed on the site include microchips inserted into people's bodies, plots involving the H1N1 vaccine and the contention that U.S. dollars don't constitute real money.
You know who else is worried about fiat currency?
Shilo Stigen
May 19th, 2010 12:34 pm

Praise God that he's as pro-life as he is! I STRONGLY recommend that anyone who is not familiar with the Paul family's position for the gold standard and against fiat currency and the Federal Reserve that you do some research on it. The truth is that those who control the pro-abortion media and propagate the pro-death mentality that we Christians grieve, those very same people and organizations are members of and friends with those powers that control the US monetary printing press. We Catholic Christians understand that abortion is murder, and rightly so; also consider that inflation is theft. The theft that we Americans suffer is on such a grand scale, yet so subtle, it is hard to see how grievously it affects our country. Yet consider: How many of the 50 million+ abortions that have occurred in the US since Roe v Wade had FINANCES as a major factor involved? We all know that most abortions occur in impoverished communities, but why are those communities impoverished? Among several factors, our crash-and-burn fiat currency has wreaked havoc on our country, from the Great Depression of the 30s to today. Please understand that being pro-life was ONE significant factor in Rand Paul's primary win: being anti-fiat currency was another. Praise Jesus, And go Rand Paul!
That's who!

Where is that loony left, anyway?
Examples of these politically-motivated attacks from extremists seem to be increasingly common. Just this year, John Patrick Bedell opened fire at the Pentagon; Joe Stack flew an airplane into a building; and the Hutaree Militia terrorist plot was uncovered. Last year, James von Brunn opened fire at the Holocaust memorial museum; Richard Poplawski gunned down three police officers in Pittsburgh, in part because he feared the non-existent "Obama gun ban"; and Dr. George Tiller was assassinated. In 2008, Jim David Adkisson opened fire in a Unitarian church in Tennessee, in part because of his "hatred of the liberal movement."
Green Eagle also on it, wondering about coverage (lacking) in the you-know-what media & providing background.

Real Rand Paul

Spotted at POLITICO.

Friday, May 21, 2010


DVR at 84%. Must get to viewing. Nothing in the actuality world worth our two cents anyway.


Wing-Nut To Watch

Run down the list here ...

Psychotic-looking photo? ✔
Goofy-ass name ... ✔
Ashley Stinnett - Ashley Courtland Stinnett has been labeled as America’s “up and coming” voice of conservatism. Born and raised in West Virginia, Ashley grew up in theatre and the arts. While attending Marshall University, Ashley focused his attention on acting and modeling, landing various jobs on the East Coast.
Types for Tucker Carlson at The Daily Caller ... ✔

Inane blather ... ✔
Since April of last year, mainstream media outlets have portrayed the “Tea Party” movement as nothing more than a fringe element of so-called disenfranchised white voters. Of course, the majority of Americans realize this false label is nothing more than unfounded vitriol aimed at rallying an otherwise regressive liberal voting bloc.

Paul’s primary victory not only proved that establishment Republicans should be careful, but that grassroots campaigns can still work in the day and age of 24 hour news cycles coupled with corrupt liberal news bias.

The kind of political activism that carried Paul to victory is the nucleus of the Tea Party, which the mainstream media fails to recognize.

However, credit has to be given to Paul and his internal network which centered heavily around online fundraising, get-out-the-vote effort and an energized populous [sic] angered at the idea that the federal government has become too over-reaching in its total control of individual lives.
Types the exact opposite of what he means? ✔
Uses awkward & Freudian imagery? ✔
Predictably, some analysts will argue the Grayson campaign imploded down the final stretch, failing to ignore the strength of Paul’s staff and ground attack.
Lives in a clichéd fantasy world ... ✔
In the interim, established candidates across America are feeling a strain like never before, because this is a different kind of election cycle this year.

2010 is a year in which the average voter will turn on the most recognizable name on the ballot, not because it is a new-found fad, but because it is their right.

And, over the next few weeks, Paul will become a national symbol for the Tea Party movement much like his father was a reflection of anti-establishment during the 2008 presidential election-cycle.

This newfound excitement, along with a deeply rooted distaste for incumbency, could be just enough to turn the usual suspects in Washington upside down.
Ashley Stinnett lives in West Virginia, where he serves as an adjunct college instructor, writer, media and public relations consultant, public speaker, volunteer for various conservative organizations, and a civilian recruiter for the NRA. He is registered with the Associated Press, the National Conference of Editorial Writers and is a nationally syndicated columnist with The North Star National.
Editor's Note: Tucker Carlson. Really. We doubt anything this lame would have been printed in the student newspaper at whatever boarding school Mumsy shipped you to. Bad enough as is, but to publish this fact-free (Well, we'll grant that the Medicare-profiting doctor did win the election.) puff-piece following candidate Paul's recent statements is almost criminal in the embarrassment it'll cause poor Ashley.

Navy Blue & Gold

March Toward Mediocrity.
The incident brings to light an unpleasant truth: the Naval Academy, where I have been a professor for 23 years, has lost its way. The same is true of the other service academies. They are a net loss to the taxpayers who finance them, as well as a huge disappointment to their students, who come expecting reality to match reputation. They need to be fixed or abolished.

The service academies are holdovers from the 19th century, when they were virtually the only avenue for producing an officer corps for the nation’s military and when such top-down institutions were taken for granted. But the world has changed, which the academies don’t seem to have noticed, or to have drawn any conclusions from.
Financial considerations as well:
A student can go to a civilian school like Vanderbilt, major in art history (which we don’t offer), have the usual college social experience and nightlife (which we forbid), be commissioned through R.O.T.C. — and apparently be just as good an officer as a Naval Academy product.

Instead of better officers, the academies produce burned-out midshipmen and cadets. They come to us thinking they’ve entered a military Camelot, and find a maze of petty rules with no visible future application. These rules are applied inconsistently by the administration, and tend to change when a new superintendent is appointed every few years. The students quickly see through assurances that “people die if you do X” (like, “leave mold on your shower curtain,” a favorite claim of one recent administrator).

Stalling Power

The Lessons of History, as not-learned by the "warriors":
Afghans have a tradition of long-range ambushes against foreign forces. During the 1832-1842 British-Afghan war, the British found that their Brown Bess muskets could not reach insurgent sharpshooters firing higher-caliber Jezzail flintlocks.

Soviet soldiers in the 1980s found that their AK-47 rifles could not match the World War II-era bolt-action Lee-Enfield and Mauser rifles used by mujahedeen rebels.

"These are important considerations in Afghanistan, where NATO forces are frequently attacked by insurgents using ... sharpshooter's rifles, which are all chambered for a full-powered cartridge which dates back to the 1890s," said Paul Cornish, curator of firearms at the Imperial War Museum in London.

The heavier bullets enable Taliban militants to shoot at U.S. and NATO soldiers from positions well beyond the effective range of the coalition's rifles.
The Just Another Blog™ Editorial Board is considering shifting its position from its current "Get Our Boys & Girls Out Now!" to full backing of the indigenous resistance elements & calling for death to the imperialist aggressors.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

TEA Partiers Of The Wk.

A Demonstration By History, Repeated

First few mins. funny, at least, & we like Japanese monster movie music.Here. Via. Whatever.

$17,000,000,000,000.00. SEVENTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS! Is That Clear?

Not to dismiss completely the article we mocked & derided below: The outro, w/ a wonderful fact to which we hadn't been privy:
And those who think the incomprehensible form of toxic capitalism that evolved in the snake pits of Wall Street should be left unfettered — in keeping with the emerging Rand Paul wing of the Republican Party and lobbyist-rolled representatives of both parties — should consider an astonishing figure from the Treasury Department.

The financial meltdown cost Americans $17 trillion in lost household net worth between 2007 and 2009, according to Alan Krueger, the chief economist for the department.

“How’s that hands-offey, non-regulatory [sic] thing workin’ for ya?” was the stinging tag of a recent cartoon by Stuart Carlson. It was meant as a punchline, but if this election does turn out to be about Real Stuff, it could also serve as a question every candidate will have to answer.
How is that working out for you cretins?

Schadenfreude: ++!

Dry Up & Blow Away

Another smart guy at The New York Times spots an inconsistency or two in the TEA Bagger Party's stance/platform/principles.
Doesn’t Ayn Rand’s philosophy hold that Wall Street should be free to run wild, that a national health care system for the elderly is tyranny and that the only way for people to live freely is with “full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism,” as Rand said?

We need to have this discussion; it is the fundamental disconnect among people who call themselves Tea Partiers. Rand Paul is the perfect person to force the issue. His father, Ron, was dismissed as a gadfly when he took fellow Republicans to task for putting a trillion dollars worth of wars on the credit card. Let’s see if the son also rises to fight.
Whatever. Simple facts about the glaringly obvious contradictions of glibertarianism & 'Baggery will be repeated until the last partier's bag has dried up & blown away, along w/ the last 'Bagger, most of whom are just about ready to be blown off.
How did it start?
Thousands of creeps
Killed in the park
But we come to belabor the less obvious:

Could we all, even the re-typers of the obvious, agree to reattach the three letters "ion" to the end of the word formerly known as "disconnection," making it again a noun rather than an awkward imperative?

Question Of The Day

Whose rights are being violated here? The gentleman in the center warming himself at the fire, or all the others, whose rights to free association, free speech & property ownership may be trumped by coercive anti-lynching laws?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Big Hollywood Approved, No Doubt

It's clean, & decent, except for the Lucky Strike adverts. We probably wouldn't have bothered, but these appeared around the same time, & they're perfectly embeddable.

Uras Mid-Week

Convention Wrap-Up, Three Mos. Late

One of the fascinated foreigners who attended the Nashville T.P. convention in February finally typed it up & handed it in.
Inside the Tennessee Ballroom of the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, it was rather different: what struck me was how many remained seated through the ovations, how many failed to clap, how many muttered quietly into the ears of their neighbours while others around them rose to their feet and hollered.


As we milled around in the convention centre lobby, we might have been mistaken for passengers on a cruise ship. We belonged to a similar demographic: most – though by no means all – over 50, white, and dressed in smart leisurewear. Few of us would see much change from the $1,500– $2,000 (£1,000-£1,400) we'd spent on travel to Nashville, the $558.95 convention fee, and a room at the opulent hotel. Seen as a group, we were, I thought, a shade too prosperous, too amiably chatty and mild- mannered, to pass as the voice of the enraged grassroots.


We said prayers, recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and clapped in time to country music. Lisa Mei Norton, a former Air Force senior master sergeant, sang, "The shining light, on the right, the left just doesn't get,/Sarah Palin for change you won't regret ..." It would have taken a finely calibrated stopwatch to measure how very rapidly such folksy piety and patriotism could swivel into crude nativism, conspiracy theory, and xenophobia – and to measure, too, the dawning discomfort at this switch of tone registered by a sizable part of the audience.
Plenty more, though not enough to justify the three mo. delay.

Two-Headed Dog At Fonda

An image
& the set list.
Anything else is subjective; read if you must.

TV = Thai Violence

Burn, baby, burn!! Local action imagery, & from The NYT, video actualities & a photo.

In Bangkok, dem a-loot, dem a-shoot, dem a-wail, at, "according to Reuters, 'southeast Asia’s second biggest department store.'"

The Simple Truth About A Simpleton

Takes two paragraphs.
In his hasty farewell, Souder took the well-worn path of blaming his departure on Washington. "In the poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain," he complained. "I am resigning rather than put my family through that painful, drawn-out process."

Yet millions of people live in the Washington area, and relatively few of us have adulterous relationships with married subordinates we have hired to assist us in broadcasts for Christian media outlets. That, and not this town's "poisonous environment," is why Souder is resigning.
Late Update: Somehow we missed this earlier, but Nance also explains the happening of the affair by noting the lack of office door windows on Capitol Hill:

"Most Members do not live with their families while they are working in D.C. during the week and have even ditched common rules of etiquette that even major corporations follow such as office doors with windows or careful examination of employee/boss interaction."

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

American Awful

A Tea Party Troubador typed a few words from thin air for the WSJ about the McCarthyite blacklist currently imposed on the talentlessreactionary by liberal Hollywood, & liberal Hollywood fish-wrap the L.A. Times is silly enough to ask for examples:
However, like so many other conservatives who have made "kiss of death" claims, Kahn can't back it up. In the entire Journal story, he didn't come up with even one tiny specific example of liberal bias against his work. Born into a wealthy Pacific Palisades family, the 42-year-old writer earned good reviews for an early 30-minute short, 1993's "Chili Con Carne," but in the ensuing years, according to IMDB, he's only managed to direct one film, the 1998 teen drama, "Girl," about groupies and rock stars in the Seattle music scene, which earned lukewarm reviews and barely got a release.
What happens when that directing gig doesn't work out, & you get bitter & cling to nationalism, guns, religion, etc. If Bob Seger makes your skin crawl (which, of course, is the reaction nature intends) this will make your skin slough off & walk away.

Today's Hypocrite (One In An Infinite Series)

Adulterous Indiana Asshole & Republican Congressman Mark Souder:
Souder ultimately responded by saying that teen sex needs to be aggressively confronted, like date rape, because out-of-wedlock sex always leads to pregnancy and ruins lives. My dad said well-informed people use condoms. This led to the following exchange:
Zenilman: Teenagers having consensual intercourse or adults having sexual intercourse is not the same as a date rape or sexual harassment. The latter has a lot more of the consequences that you mentioned previously.

Souder: I don't think this data backs that statement up. I believe they are awful and I have worked with them, but you are not going to argue here that out-of-wedlock pregnancy and related things are less damaging overall to a life's career than somebody who has been sexually harassed, which, by the way, may also occur in the teen pregnancy and the out-of-wedlock or non-married sexual activity.

Zenilman: A consensual adult who is actually having sexual relations and is properly informed will be contracepting.

Souder: This isn't really a debate, and I am sorry I got us off into that. We have a substantial disagreement.
If Souder was my dad, I'd be very confused.
Just as Souder is.

Campaign Activities

No, Mickey Kaus hasn't done anything."Under Whitman's leadership, the porn site became one of the largest on the Internet." Did she buy all the porn herself? W/ her millions?

"Fistgate:" Jim "Gateway Pundit " Hoft Is That Stupid & Obsessed

Whiskey Fire led us to this (Thank you so damn much!):
which Media Matters has also mentioned, as we discovered when we Googled Mr. Hoft.
Finally, that isn't a picture of a "kit for fisting." While the conservative newspaper Massachusetts News -- cited by Hoft -- reported in 2001 that the kits were "intended for 'fisting' or oral sex," the paper described the kit's contents as "a single plastic glove, a package of K-Y lubricant and instructions on how to make a 'dental dam' out of the material," and offered no support for their claim that the kits were "intended for 'fisting.'" has reported that Hoft "alleged that Jennings and GLSEN were involved in Planned Parenthood's purported distribution of 'fisting kits,' " but that the kit "was actually for making a 'dental dam' -- designed to prevent STD transmission during oral sex."
Well covered, except MMfA didn't run the picture. Our screenshot from Fist [It is a sick joke!] Things clearly shows the instruction book, which clearly reads "How to make a dental dam from a latex glove." It's not surprising that these know-nothings won't face even the evidence directly before their eyes. It is a bit surprising a believer as rabid as Hoft doesn't have much faith that his Catholic Gawd, Holy Ghost or at least some angelic bureaucrat from the heavenly hierarchy will send him to hell for lying like that. And for all the other times.

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.