Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Holy Joe The Hypocrite

TPM notes that Joe Lieberman is at it again:
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who is known for his campaigns against indecency in the media, says that Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon's background as a pro-wrestling executive isn't a problem, if he were to possibly support her.

"You know the first time I met Linda McMahon was around that very subject. I was concerned and I was working with colleagues in the Senate, and Bill Bennett, about the messages that the World Wrestling was sending out to kids. And we had a good conversation," Lieberman told reports Monday. "But you know, she's running for the Senate now, so I'm not gonna hold her accountable for anything she did in the past. I want to hear what her ideas are on foreign policy, domestic policy.

"Obviously I've known [Democratic candidate, state Attorney General] Dick Blumenthal for a long time, but he's been focused on being attorney general," Lieberman continued.

And could you explain, Sen. Two-Face, why being a state attorney general (And focusing on it.) is not necessarily a good thing, but McMahon, who's been focused on increasing her personal wealth at the expense of the nation's morals & Bill Bennett's hypocritical outrage, would be a wonderful candidate? The foreign policy expertise required to sell wrestling programming to Canada & the Middle East?

S.S. Cupp Sinks On NASCAR Vacation Cruise

On occasion, mere words can't do justice to other words. A physical action is almost necessary, but there's nothing we can smash around here.

What words, did you ask? Alright, we'll have to get around to them sooner or later, so please join us in our misery, as inflicted by one S.E. Cupp:
That same day I trotted over to tape a live segment for “The 700 Club” to talk about “Losing Our Religion” in the same studio [sic] I once did a segment for Alhurra, an Arabic-language television network serving the Middle East. I had the host in one ear via satellite, and his translator in the other, asking me questions about the importance of Muslim Americans in the 2008 presidential election. It was like I was at the UN, except I didn’t feel soiled afterward.
We never had the privilege of reading Larry King's newspaper column, but it must have been close to this awful. He may not have waxed political, but we doubt if he ever fucking "trotted over" anywhere.

And what the hell is this, speaking of old tee vee/radio bastards?
Upon returning, it was back to work. I did “Imus in the Morning” (which is to say, I did Imus’s morning show, and not an act you might find a requisite in Dante’s seventh circle of hell.) And as usual it was just lovely. Here’s a hilarious recap of our exchange. If I weren’t absolutely terrified of him (and if I could actually understand what he was saying) we might be able to enjoy a beautiful friendship. I like to imagine us watching re-runs of “Silver Spoons” on TV Land, over a pint of Cherry Garcia. We’d occasionally stop to kill a live horse and play with its entrails. We’d end the evening performing an acoustic version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” on the castanets for my stuffed teddy bears, Junior Johnson and Thin Lizzy. Until that glorious day, I’ll just have to settle for being the adorable little Vanna to his Pat Sajak on the show.
????? At least Vanna keeps her trap shut & her fingers away from keyboards.

Astrology Dominae

Whatta town.
My friend Laraine Newman is the exact same age as I am to the day — almost to the hour, I believe. It's a great argument against Astrology since our lives have diverged in so many ways. One, which she writes about in this article, is in the kind of music that has underscored her life and inspired her. She grew up in this city and saw (among others) The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Big Mama Thornton and Jimi Hendrix. I grew up in the same city at the same time and saw none of those. I did, however, go watch them film The Dick Van Dyke Show, watched them tape Laugh-In, watched Johnny Carson do The Tonight Show...
Not quite rockers & mods ...

Got My Mojo Woikin'

From New Age (Sad old, really.) HQ, the PuffHo, we are treated to the ridiculous:
 to me, there's something intriguing about the idea of powerful and potentially dangerous magic being offered under the bright fluorescent lights of an otherwise unremarkable one room storefront.
You insufferable cretin, the only potential danger in the rookery you visited would be if someone disposed of their John the Conquer Root aerosol can in a fire.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dropping Like Flies

Damn. No sooner had we discovered that Elton Dean has been dead for two yrs. then we looked up someone else (just below) who'd also died w/o the courtesy of letting us know. And while we read that we saw that the youngest Isley Brother, Marvin, has died. Recently, however. AT 56!! And Saturday night we heard this on the radio.

The Ring In Two Cities

Los Angeles & New York.

Meaningless disclosure: We used to live next door to the guy who typed the L.A. Times piece. Unless it was Mark Schwed. Who, we just discovered, has been dead for two yrs.

Funny, 'cause we once gave neighbor Swed some mail we'd gotten by mistake, & asked if he was the Times music guy. He wanted to be sure we knew he wasn't the tee vee crit.

Banana Republicans

Per POLITICO, La Taitz is not an incredible longshot.
Taitz is running against Damon Dunn, an African-American former professional football player. As with Obama, she’s turned to lawsuits to challenge him, arguing that Dunn’s brief time as a registered Democrat in Florida — from his playing days with the Jacksonville Jaguars — disqualifies him from the California ballot and amounts to fraud.

“Our country will turn into a banana republican [sic] until we disclose information that is related to voter fraud,” she told POLITICO.
Can't a brother get a break around here? Is she going to sue every black guy who runs for office?

This, however, warms our evil little heart:
[L]ongtime California GOP strategist Allan Hoffenblum, who publishes the California Target Book, says a Taitz victory is entirely possible. “It will be a complete embarrassment if she wins, but these things can happen,” he said.
Fingers crossed, breath bated, & so on.

Annals Of Self-Promotion

We get some credit from Johngcole, & he's on it immediately. Sullivan takes two wks. & doesn't even give w/ the "a reader writes" bit.
(Matter of fact, we'd completely forgotten we'd sent that to Sullivan; it was chance we were even sifting through the debris there today.)

Oh Them Jooos:
Diseased Homosexuals, Every One!

This Is Something To Be Nervous About

We hope to see this image plastered across our fair state should NutMeg win tomorrow's primary.
Think about it: the one question that’s never remotely been answered about her obsessive spending spree to buy the governorship is: Why the hell would she want the lousy job? (And don’t tell us it’s because she had an epiphany and — barf — realized she “won’t let California fail”)

Put another way, why else has Meg Whitman “invested” –- that’s the word she invariably uses when she’s asked about her obscene campaign spending — more than $71 million of her own fortune to capture the Republican nomination for governor? And why is she prepared to spend at least as much in the general election?

Answer: Because she wants to be president of the United States.
Even worse, they think it could happen.

Annals Of Nervousness

Whew. Not sure all of this will happen by the end of the wk.
Those gathered into the arms of this Christian fascist movement are desperately struggling to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. We failed them; we owe them more: This is their response. The financial dislocations, the struggles with domestic and sexual abuse, the battle against addictions, the poverty and the despair that many in the movement endure are tragic, painful and real. They have a right to their rage and alienation. But they are also being used and manipulated by forces that seek to dismantle what is left of our democracy and abolish the pluralism that was once the hallmark of our society.

The spark that could set this conflagration ablaze could be lying in the hands of a small Islamic terrorist cell. It could be in the hands of greedy Wall Street speculators who gamble with taxpayer money in the elaborate global system of casino capitalism. The next catastrophic attack, or the next economic meltdown, could be our Reichstag fire. It could be the excuse used by these totalitarian forces, this Christian fascism, to extinguish what remains of our open society.
But we suppose it's fun to anticipate one's own martyrdom.

View From Our Damn Window

Sunday, June 6, 2010

We Have Always Despised Elton John

So we don't get the big deal about his whoring his assfingers & vocal cords for Rush Limbaugh's Incestfestvirgin sacrifice in Florida.
Rogers told the Post in 2008 that the couple's age gap is part of what makes the romance work.

"I grew up so differently, traveling around the world, that I'm sometimes not able to relate to the average person my age," Rogers said. "Rush has such amazing experience."
Oh, indeed he does. And an example of the former Ms. Rogers' sophistication & accomplishments:
The couple met six years ago, while she was running a charity golf tournament and Limbaugh was in the process of divorcing for the third time.
More People info:
Rogers is a direct descendant of President John Adams, and her father attended the U.S. Naval Academy with the future Arizona Senator (and 2008 Republican Presidential candidate) John McCain, reports NewsCore.

The wire service also quotes the new bride as saying of the couple's 26-year age gap: "I'm sometimes not able to relate to the average person my age."
If your skin isn't crawling yet, you should probably consult a dermatologist as soon as possible.

No Sex, Please: We're Disgusted By The Whole Thing

We're the first to admit we haven't the intestinal fortitude (or a strong enough gag reflex) to go gently or apprehensively into the dark night of the soul that is NRO. But we've haven't seen any mention of this by more intrepid sorts. No, we had to wait for the old, legacy, state-run mainstream/lamestream media (where the "20 Hottest Conservaskanks" competition was under discussion) to find this:
But K-Lo has also blasted pornography for "quietly tearing at the time, efficiency, and souls of young men, families, and workplaces today" (porn being a contentious issue throughout feminism) and has complained about the salacious content of—well, of NEWSWEEK's site, actually.

So, let's see what Lopez has to say to Goldberg:
Snark and Boobs? The things you learn ... I suspect you didn't enlist an AEI intern for this assignment, but covered it yourself.
Ss-snap!!

You Think You're So Smart

Every jerk on this planet (were there non-jerks they'd think they were exceptional, just for not bring jerks) thinks he or she is special; many extend specialness & exceptionalism to a tribe w/ which they have some connection. Well, you aren't special, & neither are those who accept the same conventional wisdom you do. You're a piece of dirt like six billion other cretins taking up space & oxygen on this spinning rock who are supposed to have rights & stuff, just like you are, but probably don't, so get over it.

Reading this may wise a few of you up. Chabon may be a bit culturally specific, but we extend the pointy finger & explaining voice at every one of you not reading this.

Ghetto Fabuloso

Via Getty Images (really, from DR) Sarin at the Belmont:
If you keep making that expression, Sarin, your sell-by date will be coming sooner than you realize.

One would think that Sarin worshipers would be taken aback at a well-known NON-ELITEST somehow getting from AK to NY to watch a fucking horse race. One would, of course, be sorely mistaken to make such an assumption.

Why We Are Not Willing To Take Torture Off The Table

Madoff Revered Behind Bars
Most inmates are happy to share space with Bernard Madoff, 71, who has become a sort of folk hero to those on the inside. But when someone decided to criticize him for his theft, the disgraced financier shot back: "Fuck my victims. I carried them for 20 years, and now I'm doing 150 years," he said, according to the New York Post, citing an upcoming issue of New York magazine. In general, Madoff, once described as sticking to himself behind bars, seems to be much more comfortable now talking to his fellow inmates, many of whom seem to admire him for being a criminal legend. When a fellow convict told Madoff he admired the way he had stolen millions from his clients, the financier was quick to correct him: "No, billions." Meanwhile, Madoff has made it clear that just because he's behind bars doesn't mean he's going to stop being a savvy businessman. An inmate who does laundry for others for $10 a month agreed to wash Madoff's for $8.
Read original story in The New York Post | Sunday, June 6, 2010
We do think torture should only be used on the convicted. Surely no one could object to Mr. Madoff being placed in the stocks & having various rotten crap heaved at him. Limits on the size of stones & rocks hurled would have to be set, of course. Perhaps approved items could be sold to the hurlers for a small profit, to benefit those suckeredvictimized by Madoff.

D-Day + 66 Y-Years

Notion's Capital recycles from last yr., so we'll recycle as well. Double use!
From this Quay, 60 cutters of the United States Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla 1 departed for the Normandy Invasion, 6 June 1944.  These 83 foot boats, built entirely of wood, and the 840 crewmembers were credited with saving the lives of 1437 men and 1 woman.  In remembrance of the service of Rescue Flotilla 1, and with appreciation of the kindnesses of the people of Poole to the crews, this Plaque is given by the men and women of the United States Coast Guard.

Saturday Afternoon In The City
W/ M. Bouffant

Bougainvillea invades Silver Lake Bachelor Central.
The Naked Bar-B-Q. That damned bush (& its leaves) is everywhere.

Our Shrinking Sheep: Middle-Class Joins Wage-Slave Service Economy

America eats its own:
As head of human resources for Nationwide Auction Systems, it was Wivory Bell's job to travel around California in late 2008 and tell people they were being let go. By last April, there were so few humans left, her own services were no longer required.
From an AP story personalizng the results of boom-&-bust economic cycles & the bizarre desire of corporate entities to destroy the nation's consumer base.

One of the ways they get away w/ it:
But his Pentecostal faith tells him that things happen for a reason. Although his salary isn't quite where it was, he's with a good company, one where he seems to fit.

"I think I really have to experience the things I've had to experience to get me where I'm going," he says. "I can't really explain it, but I'm a whole lot happier than I've been in a long time."

As if on cue, the couple's dilapidated van died recently. They bought a replacement, meaning their hopes of socking away some money will have to wait a bit longer.

"Just once I want to catch a break," Marshall says.
Does his Pentecostal faith tell him that the "reasons" for which things happen aren't necessarily good, & that he shouldn't be taking this lying down?

Up-Close & Personal:
"I didn't think it was going to be like this," he says. "I thought, `I'll be a doctor of chiropractic. I'll work hard, save up a bunch of money, maybe retire early.' Now it's like, work until you die."

We Told You So; Now We're Going to Rub It Your Faces Segment:

"Nation of Sheep
Stupid wage-slaves
Your bosses will work you
'Til you're in your graves"
— The prescient Malignant Bouffant, ca. 1983.

Sunday Post

In case we decide to sleep until Monday.

Friday, June 4, 2010

John Wooden Dies At 99

Oh garg, now we in So Cal, especially (Although most of the rest of you will experience some suffering. If symptoms persist, have another drink, or try aspirin.) will be subject to this old bastard's platitudes, homilies & unadulterated corn at least through next wknd.

It is fun when someone's condition is given as "grave." Ha ha. (Not as much fun as "extremely grave," but you can't get everything.)

Proved (@ 2022): Vin Scully has already started.

Attempts to Relieve Ennui

This one gives us the chance to complain (once again) that if the protagonist of Mr. Cash's tune shot a man in Reno, NEVADA, he wouldn't be doing time in Folsom, a CALIFORNIA state prison.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Celtics Finished (Pretty Much)

To keep it in perspective, the (Former) Brooklyn Bums Of Chavez Ravine will be playing good teams in the immediate future. We'll see how that works out.

Two-Tub Man

Laundry, two tubs.
The horror is never-ending.
We are taking a paper & plastic system under advisement.

Peaceful "Prevention"

A guy named Fly, at the Weekly Standard:
On Tuesday, the day after Israeli commandos prevented a flotilla from breaking the naval blockade of Gaza, ABC News reported the (supposedly) definitive U.S. position.
Antiseptic: No mention that the prevention ("It's like wearing a rubber.") involved loss of human life.

More "When To Stop Reading"

EVALUATIONS

The Culture of Narcissism

By ROSS DOUTHAT
The solipsism of the millennial generation.
Not w/ our eyeballs on 10-ft. stalks!

Call For War On Turkey In ...

A Roman Catholic bishop has been stabbed to death in southern Turkey, state-run media report.

Luigi Padovese, 63, was attacked in the garden of his summer house in the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun, according to Anatolia news agency.

Police have arrested Bishop Padovese's driver, a man identified only as Murat A. He was suffering from psychological problems, the provincial governor said.

There has been a series of attacks on Christians in Turkey in recent years.
More at the Beeb.

NB: The Editorial Policy here is that anyone w/ a summer home is fair game.

Amity Shlaes: Dumb Or Disingenuous?

Apparently a complete stranger had to point out to Ms. Shlaes what a complete dimbulb she is, not that it hasn't been proved before.
Except, of course, that the online social communities of teenage girls and the real businesses of Wall Street traders have nothing in common. Shlaes might as well be recommending using the United States’ successful drunk-driving laws to referee the upcoming World Cup.

Local Action: Police Terror Up-Date

Four LAPD officers accused of clashing with bicyclists are relieved of field duty

The department launches an internal investigation into a videotaped altercation Friday night in Hollywood that appears to show an officer kicking the wheel of a cyclist.

Porn Killer On Loose!

Stephen Clancy Hill, a.k.a. Steve Driver, allegedly went through a Van Nuys production house with a machete, killing a former co-star. Police are investigating reports that he was being fired and evicted.

The LAPD is investigating the attack as a case of workplace violence. The suspect fled in a blue Toyota RAV4 with license plate 5YTC423.
Please keep your eyes open.

Postulating W/ Gravity

A Pastor Swank sort, able to make perfectly legitimate English words sound oddly out-of-tune, though not w/ the artful dissonance of the Swankster. And, unlike Swank, published in a forum that reaches a larger forum than Alan Keyes' Renew America, Tucker C.'s Daily Caller. Is it the yrs. reading the KJV at divinity school that disconnects them from American English usage?
William Temple is a historical re-enactor, a pastor of a Bible church in Brunswick, Ga., and a well-known figure at Tea Party events across the country.
So, they worship the Bible rather than gawd or Jesus?
Read more.

Yes, why don't you? We have some knitting needles you can shove in your eyes when you've had enough.
So maybe, just maybe, “professionals” are not the solution. Perhaps they are the “whole” problem, and have been for many years; creating a vast bloated federal bureaucracy with departments and agencies our founders never envisioned; taking away the rights of the sovereign States and the people, rights so clearly laid out in our founding document—the Constitution; so that even an amateur Tea Party buffoon, like myself, could reasonably understand its heavy machinations. And no lawyer required! How about a citizen legislature with no perks? You just go, serve, and then go back home! I like this!

The Tea Parties are not going away! We will demand that our Constitution be obeyed, that it be taught in our schools (as well as the founders who wrote and signed it), and that it be restored to the absolute “center” of all government actions. For anyone coming new to the political world, running for office in the future, you better read this document, understand its simplicity, then follow it carefully. The Tea Parties have nothing better to do than hold legislators accountable for breaking their oaths to it.

So for you with eyes to see and ears to hear, this little parade of amateurs is just getting started. And if the career “professionals” could make such a mess out of this great Nation, do you really think for a moment that the “non-professionals” could do any worse? They are the ones after all who know how to balance a check book day to day; say “no” to their excessive wants when they can’t afford them; do real productive work; pay the exorbitant taxes; fight the wars; and feed, clothe, and house their families without handouts from stuffy bureaucrats.

The Tea Parties have only one thing to tell the government professionals and the media elites—“It’s the Constitution Stupid!”
We researched this sad sacker,
who is described as amiable, & cheerful.
"Note it is called the Contract From America, not the Contract With America," said William Temple, who runs a tea party group in Brunswick, Ga. "We are the ones giving the direction."

A cheerful man with a broad set of interests -- he is a pastor of "an all-black Maranatha" church, a painter, a retired Secret Service and Homeland Security employee, and a historical reenactor -- he made these pronouncements using an accent he hoped would sound early American, and he was dressed in period costume as Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Funny, he doesn't type so amiably.

A note of non-madness on these buffoons.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

When To Stop Reading

The bravest woman I know—and I know plenty, including Margaret Thatcher—
Yes! Right there.

We must be the only person who still glances at Tina B.'s Daily Beast.

You Know Who At It Again

How Hitler Is Making the European Economic Crisis Even Worse

Hitler's Daughter Tells A Lie

WHEN REPUBLICANS LIE ABOUT RELATIVES' SERVICE RECORDS.... When people compare Arizona's "let me see your papers" immigration law to 1930s Germany, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) takes it personally. "Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that ... and then to have them call me Hitler's daughter. It hurts," she said the other day. "It's ugliness beyond anything I've ever experienced."

The problem, as Kos noted, is that Brewer's father didn't die fighting the Nazi regime in Germany.
Not really a problem for these people, who will lie like a rug at the drop of a hat.
For crying out loud.

OK, so Brewer misled the public about her father's service record. She'll apologize and move on, right? Wrong.
Officials with the governor's administration said her statement should not be taken to mean that she was claiming her father was a soldier in Germany during the Nazi regime.
I'm confused. When Brewer said her "father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany," that wasn't intended to mean that her father was an American soldier in Germany during the Nazi regime?
Well, it's not "intended" to mean anything at all. It's just something one says, y'know?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Today's Rights Rollback Round-Up

Not Carmen, You Cretin

In a nation where the vast majority of sheep can't name any of the weasels on the Supreme Court, is it fair to ask that an affirmative Miranda declaration be made before suspects' rights are observed? Is the traditional reading/explaining of rights already a thing of the past?

The real problem:
"This result is not especially surprising nor, by itself, should it be alarming," said Michael C. Dorf, a former Supreme Court clerk who currently teaches constitutional law at Cornell University Law School and authors a legal column for FindLaw. "Even though Supreme Court rulings can have a major impact on contentious issues such as the death penalty, abortion rights, discrimination and environmental protection, the Court issues its rulings as a collective body. After their 15 minutes before the Senate Judiciary Committee are up, Supreme Court justices rarely appear on television. What is a source for concern are polls consistently showing that many Americans are unfamiliar with basic features of our constitutional system."

Increasing White Reactionary Dementia-Sufferers in The Senate

By repealing that pesky Seventeenth Amendment.
That the idea has taken hold among a vocal subset of activists does, however, tell us a few things about our times. The first is that skepticism of government generally has reached such intensity that it has become commonplace for the losing side in any political argument to scrutinize not just their party or their candidates, but the system itself.

The same thing happened after the 2004 elections, when a group of frustrated liberal academics began to posit that the real problem in Washington was the structure of the Senate, which prevented the urban masses from imposing their will on sparsely populated rural states. (Funny how that complaint has largely disappeared, now that Democrats control 59 seats.)

Having been through a controversial impeachment, a deadlocked election and a divisive war, all within a dozen years, perhaps it is unavoidable that we should now cast suspicions not just on the actors in our democracy, but also on the rules that govern it.
Yup. That's bullshit you smell. Also known as "balance." Jonathan Chait gets the shovel & exposes it.
There is a whole lot of wrongness packed into one small section. Bai's suggestion that liberal complaints about the malaportioned Senate have "largely disappeared" since the start of 2009 is simply bizarre.

Kaus, Klaus, Whatever ...

Via McGravitas, we were exposed to this:which we've not yet seen on our telescreen, though we've been exposed to more Whitman & Poizner adverts during seven & a half innings of the ball game than we dared count.

"Liberal!" "More liberal!!" "Liberalest!!!"

Mickey may have a new career in front of him.Pointless aside: This was related to "Kaus."

"What The Hell Is Going On Here?
And Why?"

All Gawd's Chillun got problems (we certainly have our share) but it wasn't until we read this sufferer's complaints
"I don't understand at all what is going on here," she says.

"None of it makes sense. What's happening here? How did I get here? What's happening? Please. Please."
that we realized we, too, have been suffering from Reagan's disease, & not just of late, but from the time we realized that was a world external to ourself. (We're still struggling w/ that whole concept, too.)

Freedom & liberty: Crazy ideas?
Nancy has deteriorated from a benignly forgetful doting grandmother to a raging harpy, who slaps her granddaughters, calls her beloved grandson variously a bastard, arsehole and bitch, cannot remember how to use cutlery, prefers not to wash, tucks used bits of loo paper up her sleeve, squats on the floor to pee and hides her own turds behind paperbacks in the bookshelves ("the kind of discovery that's unexpected late at night when you're looking for something to read").
Sounds like a Randian paradise. Nobody tells us nuthin', y'hear?

2 June 2010 @ 1938PDT: Added the "The" to the title. We weren't asking for a description of the hell we're in.

Roosevelt & The End Of Prohibition: The Beginning Of American Cultural Decline & The Rise Of Secularism

More crap we didn't know that is not entirely uninteresting. This time the crap concerns the connection between Prohibition & suffrage. As well as the economic interests involved.
You call Wayne Bidwell Wheeler "the genius behind the Prohibition movement." Who was he?
Wheeler helped found the Anti-Saloon League, in 1893. And their first effort was to go state by state. We'll get a law here. We'll get a law there. He was an extremely effective, absolutely sincere, somewhat ruthless, and indefatigable political manipulator who realized that if you control the margins, you could create a majority. So if you had 10 percent of the people in a given district, if you could deliver those 10 percent to one candidate or another based on their position on Prohibition, you could win elections, and in fact take over Congress, which he did in the 1916 election.

You write that another Constitutional amendment—the 16th Amendment, which passed in 1913 and provided for an income tax—helped spur Prohibition.
In 1913, when the income tax amendment is passed, things suddenly change. The federal government up until that point got as much as 40 percent of its annual revenue from the excise tax on alcohol. After the income tax was passed, reformers realized there was a replacement for the revenue that came from taxing alcohol, and they started to push for a Constitutional amendment.

At the time, beer was becoming a major industry. Didn't the beer and spirits industry fight back?
They shot themselves in the foot. What they really fought more than anything else was suffrage, because they knew that women would vote against the saloon. And the more public they were about fighting suffrage, the more it guaranteed that women would vote against the saloon because it was very clear what the brewers were up to. In World War I the Anti-Saloon League was able to paint the brewers as the tools of the kaiser, because they had names like Pabst, Blatz, and Anheuser-Busch. And that almost guaranteed the ratification of the prohibition amendment. It was ratified in 1919, to go into effect one year later on Jan. 16, 1920.
Fucking Krauts! And the Kaiser!

The "Straight Scoop," & Where To Get It

Good gawd!! Look at this:
Via Anti-Semite Andrew Sullivan (Get it?) who also raised this question:
A response from TNR.

Nation Of Sheep
Stupid Wage-Slaves
Your Bosses Will Work You
'Til You're In Your Graves

We love typing "We told you so!" as The New York Times asks the question:
How high can or should the retirement age go, and should it be tied to increases in life expectancy? What will changes in retirement patterns mean for the United States, compared with Western Europe?
And while we're in visionary mode: Indentured servitude for gov't. workers.
... government officials are looking for ways to reduce the costs of ballooning public sector pensions and are pressuring unions to agree to later retirement dates.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Pegging The Irony Meter

Internet addicts guilty of starving baby to death

A South Korean couple were convicted Friday of abandoning their newborn daughter, who starved to death while they addictively played an online game raising a virtual child.
Associated Press Writer
SEOUL, South Korea —
A South Korean couple were convicted Friday of abandoning their newborn daughter, who starved to death while they addictively played an online game raising a virtual child.

The husband, a 41-year-old taxi driver, and his 25-year-old wife were sentenced to two years in prison, but the woman's term was suspended because she is pregnant.

The couple played at Internet cafes on average 10 hours every day and bottle-fed their baby only once a day, prosecutors said in an affidavit.

The girl, who was born prematurely and weighed 5 pounds (2.25 kilograms), was often fed rotten formula and was beaten when she cried out of hunger, the affidavit said.

They found her dead when they returned to their home in Suwon, just south of Seoul, after an all-night gaming session last September, the ruling said. They hid at a relative's home after a autopsy found the baby died of malnutrition.
And now, the rest of the story.

Bums Beat 'Backs On Balk, 5 - 4

Couldn't resist.

And.

Exodus: History Shows Again & Again

The “Exodus 1947,” a ship filled with Jewish Holocaust survivors who wanted to immigrate to Palestine, after it was seized by the British Navy in a deadly struggle at sea and brought to Haifa in July, 1947.The New York Times
History, & several videos of yesterday's piracy.
Click image above, leads to 1947 actuality.
And an extra-obvious video, just because.

Our Boys & Girls Died So Boss Hogg Could Run Your Life & Wave His Dick At You While Walking Tall

The AP story: Drooling compensators want to be able to wave their rods around very publicly.
"It is time for the sworn protectors of liberty, the Sheriffs of these United States of America, to walk tall and stand up for our Constitution and Bill of Rights," proclaimed Larimer County, Colo., candidate Carl Bruning in his campaign literature.

The retired Air Force pilot is running against an incumbent, Sheriff James Alderden, who himself is popular with the gun rights supporters for refusing to enforce a Colorado State University gun ban.

But Bruning even goes further by vowing to never enter the names of concealed-carry permit holders into the statewide database.

In Orange County, Calif., Oath Keeper Bill Hunt said California needs strong sheriffs to stand up to the federal government in the modern day wars over water, and to stick up for citizens who have a hard time getting concealed weapons permits.

Hunt, who is running a credible campaign in the large county, said it will only take a strong presence from the sheriff, and possibly lawsuits, not some sort of armed standoff.

"Leadership is meeting with the other agencies in government and letting them know it if they are outside their jurisdiction," Hunt said.
That's leadership America can get behind. Let's see if we have this right: The sheriff is to enforce imaginary Constitutional limits on other gummint agencies, & the concealed carry permit holders will enforce actual law w/ a little street justice?

The commies lite of Think Progress add context, by which we mean point out what a sad collection of pin-dicked loser asshole weirdos these "Oath Keepers" are.

Just Fucking Imagine

Andrew Sullivan suggests a use for your mind:
Just imagine if a flotilla of anti-Tehran activists were attacked in international waters by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and that the Guards killed 16 or more of the civilians. What do you think Commentary would be saying then?

Cultural Criticism

This is a tough one. Leftists mocking "our" troops as too weak to whip a dinosaur?
Or conservative reinforcement? Jesus rode a dinosaur, why can't G.I. Joe?

This just in: It's apolitical crap, unless you think the deliberate foisting of crap on suckers to divert them from actuality is a political act. In which case you'd be absolutely correct.

To The Past, Quickly

One-time Laura Bush lap dog Andrew Malcolm embedded a pair of Kate Smith videos & signed off today's hard work w/ this:
And may God bless all free men and women in uniform. Happy Holiday.
If Andrew Malcolm gave a gawd-damned shit about the noble fucking dead he wouldn't be suggesting that a happy holiday be had, he'd be in America's parks & backyards overturning grills & screaming at the real Americans how they're lazy parasites not fit to lick the shit-stained boots of the noble dead. Most of whom died in vain, it seems, as no one in America is free from the national security state or the rent-collecting elites.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

PIRATE ATTACK IN MEDITERRANEAN!!

Oh, sorry. Wasn't pirates after all, it was the Israeli Navy. Hard to tell when your flotilla is in international waters. Heh heh.

Report: At least 10 activists killed as Israel Navy opens fire on Gaza aid flotilla

Over 60 pro-Palestinian campaigners wounded after six-ship convoy sailing for Gaza Strip ignored Israel's order to turn back, Turkish news reports. IDF confirms two commandos also wounded.

[...]

The Israeli navy was operating under the assumption that the activists manning the boats would not heed their calls to turn around, and Israeli troops were prepared to board the ships and steer them away from the Gaza shores and toward the Israeli port city of Ashdod.

Please do not pee on our leg & tell us this isn't piracy. We'll be expecting the U.S. Sixth Fleet to take the appropriate action immediately, as the USN does w/ Somali pirates.

If It Weren't for The Internet We Could Ignore This Rot

The World's Greatest Music Contest - and you just missed it

Contest? Why not just have a fucking war? Been done w/ soccer. And are we somehow mistaken to believe that the Ay-rabs & Moose-lims have turned Europe, from Iceland to the Urals, into a mandatory burqa zone? Doesn't look it here, but for all we know Al-Jazeera is running the whole thing.

Twilight Of The Amazing Blue Ribbon 400

Desperate for material, we thought this might be amusing enough. Then we got to the LaRouche people.
One banner read: “Wagner: Loved by Nazis, Rejected by Humans.” Another said: “L.A. County: $14 Million to promote Nazi Wagner, Layoffs for Music Teachers.”

The protesters identified themselves as supporters for [sic] Lyndon LaRouche, the eccentric political activist and frequent presidential candidate who once led the U.S. Labor Party. The group handed out fliers published by the Schiller Institute, an organization founded by LaRouche’s wife, Helga.

The fliers denounced Wagner’s anti-Semitic personal views and criticized the county for rescuing the opera company. “Does Los Angeles County have nothing better to do … than bail out L.A. Opera, so that it can celebrate the monstrous sexual fantasies, and the cult of violence, of that vile anti-Semite, Wagner?” read the flier.

Stephen Rountree, who serves as chief operating officer of L.A. Opera and president of the Music Center, said in a statement that “dialogue is good and we welcome all conversations” in connection to the “Ring.”

In December, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a $14-million loan to the opera company, which at the time said it was $20 million in debt. The loan is intended to help keep L.A. Opera afloat through mid-2010.

[...]

Brittany Gash of Inglewood was attending “South Pacific” at the Ahmanson Theater but stopped to survey the action. “I think the ‘Ring’ Festival is a sham,” she said. “I consider myself a music lover, but I don’t think Angelenos can relate to this production. It’s not an accessible piece for the public.”
All praise to Wotan, for creating commonsense real Americans who can get behind "South Pacific."

Joke: Combine "accessibility" & "mentally handicapped." Also, laugh at "Brittany Gash."

Time To Start The "Pull Out Now Like Your Father Should Have" Campaign?

Don't Ask. Don't Even Think Of Asking.

From the pp. of Boy Commandos #1.

This Yr.'s Eurovision Winner

Our boys died so the Euros could come up w/ this stuff? And then they rub our noses in it on Memorial Day.

Enjoy Decoration Day. Get Out There & Decorate A Grave!

While you're stuffing your fat American face this wknd., don't even give a thought to the now-one thousand Americans (not to mention all the non-Americans) who have died for nothing at all in Afghanistan.

And just forget everyone else who has died in vain. Or who's been murdered to serve corporate interests. You already have? Good for you. You're a real American. Patriots keep their minds & mouths shut.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Yesterday's Funny Pages

Annals of Lassitude

We had great plans to be awake by noon today, & then to hit the hills for hiking. Managed to rouse ourself about 1400.

Then, adding to injury, our ilk was insulted in a national forum.
Christ Jesus, Goldberg is now too lazy to watch TV.
AHEM!
Who isn't?

Future Vehicular Homicide

Lay-tar: Credit, courtesy & context.

Bovver Boys Back In Blighty

Similar to our own U.S. of A. Teabaggers,
Following the British National party's poor showing in this month's local and national elections anti-racist campaigners say some far-right activists may be turning away from the ballot box and returning to violent street demonstrations for the first time in three decades.
sore fucking losers who didn't like election results, but our TEA Partiers are such punk-ass chumps they're too cowardly to do anything.

Is America not the land of the six-gun? Look at the effeminate English, under the tyranny of gun regulation, but willing to use their bare hands to show the welfare moochers/Moooslim hordes what for. Our T.P. people could get in their SUVs w/ their guns & go on down to Lazy Town, if they weren't such fraidy-cats.
In undercover footage shot by Guardian Films, EDL spokesman Guramit Singh says its Bradford demonstration "will be huge". He adds: "The problem with Bradford is the security threat, it is a highly populated Muslim area. They are very militant as well. Bradford is a place that has got to be hit."
This reporter has never been so ashamed for his country. It's painful to think, but comparing the real Britain's firm resolve to our sad sack tea partiers, we have to ask if This Great Nation Of Ours™ would have been better off if Abraham Lincoln hadn't freed us from Queen Victoria's cruel reign.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Our Shrinking American Heritage

Had you asked us, we couldn't have told you if the Mercury brand still existed. Not that we know anything about automobiles (or anything the hell else) beyond what we see/hear on the screen or in the cyberspace. Central to our point, as we've not seen a tee vee advert for a Mercury w/in living memory.
"Mercury is a brand that has lost its meaning in the American automotive marketplace and it isn't worth trying to change that," Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl said in a statement.
Probably not a good idea to re-imagine the Cougar right now, even if they remembered it.
Mercury, a mid-range brand designed to sit between the basic Ford brand and the luxury Lincoln brand, has been flailing for a while. Mercury's sales peaked in 1978 at more than 580,000 vehicles and have been declining ever since (2009 sales were only 92,000 vehicles).
To the best of this reporter's recall, the only thing Mercury ever did of any interest was the breezeway roof.
Watch the scarf, Isadora!

Another Possible Future Victim Of The Vast Liberal Something-Or-Other Bemoans His Imagined Potential Fate (We Suppose While Barely Holding Back His Tears)

They've been reading the future for years now. (At least since the call to invade & occupy Iraq, & continuing through the current certain knowledge of Obama & his Hitlero-Socialist plans for the doom of America.) And always accurately, so why shouldn't we believe Rush Limbaugh when he gets his Whiny-Ass Titty-Baby on?
"I fear that all I have accomplished and all the wealth I have accumulated will be taken from me, to the cheers of the crowd. I know I am hated and despised by the American Left."
Limbaugh's falling into the same dungeon where Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin & her true believers are imprisoned. They & their supporters should realize it is not hatred, but pity & schadenfreude the American Left (if we may presume) experiences each time the prime practitioners of the "piss off liberals" ideology open a microphone or hit share on their Facebook page. We (the American Left) can't despise you if we're laughing at your absurdities.

Do the shrinks have a term for paranoia on the behalf of others? Perhaps Proxy Paranoia, or Althouse Syndrome:
It doesn't make sense to talk about whether he sounds paranoid. We're not seeing the hate mail and threats he receives. We don't know the security precautions he needs to take. Who knows what it would be like to be a sane man in that position? But he should also see that he has been able to build his media empire and speak freely, attacking government officials over the public airwaves for 15 hours a week, year after year. They haven't stopped him.
Haven't stopped him? Haven't tried to stop him, have "they?" We're very, very curious as to how Ms. Althouse thinks Limbaugh may be stopped. Were he to be caught w/ a live boy or dead girl & lose his gig it would certainly be the result of his being "stopped," wouldn't it?

And we've saved the best for last. Did you notice Mr. Limbaugh's admission that he neither creates nor produces his wealth, but merely "accumulates" it? Go up there & look.

We can only wonder if Mr. Limbaugh's asteroidal mass somehow helps him to "accumulate" wealth.

Bastards: Never Trust Anyone Under ThirtyForty!

Today's College Students are Heartless Narcissists, Study Says

A new study suggests that compared to college students in the 1970s, today's college kids are forty percent less likely to show signs of empathy. The study was presented this week at the Association for Psychological Science in Boston, and it was based on a review of 72 studies conducted between 1979 and 2009. Survey questions gauged student responses to statements like "I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me"; and "I sometimes try to understand my friends better by imagining how things look from their perspective." Today's students, the authors said, did not fare well. Researchers have spun a number of theories explaining the self-centeredness of the so-called "Me" generation, pointing fingers at the media, social networking, and video games. "Many people see the current group of college students… as one of the most self-centered, narcissistic, competitive, confident and individualistic in recent history," one of the authors stated. An unrelated study suggests that whether or not students are selfish, they're definitely not prepared for the workplace. According to a York College survey, most graduating seniors are not ready to deal with the realities of a 9-5, and instead think that "they're entitled to become, let's say, president of the company within the next two years."
Read original story in Live Science | Friday, May 28, 2010

Democracy In Action

Whitman Spending Half Million a Day

Meg Whitman (R) "has spent an astonishing $33.8 million in the last eight weeks alone on her quest to be California's next governor -- burning through cash at a rate of about $500,000 a day," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

In contrast, Jerry Brown (D) spent just $259,000 -- or about spent $3,900 a day -- over the same period.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

103 - 101

Even as jazz happened:

Jazzbos

Went west to see a film today; on the return trip jazz broke out at the Farmers Market, where we had stopped only because we didn't feel like preparing food.
Quintet Leader Elliot Caine
These cats have suffered, & they let the audience know about it. We got there in time to catch the last couple of numbers, both of which involved some fine wailin'.