Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Will This Work?

video
Yup. Straight outta Blogger™, no YouTube™ middle-weasel. Not to mention that this admittedly far from H-D clip was not embeddable from where it originally appeared.

There's nothing stopping us now! Copyright is theft!!

BIG-TALK UPDATE: The two we've tried since haven't worked.

The Plunderers Relax

More on Russki missile cruiser Varyag. Varyag as in Viking. ++bad ass, you think? Brutal savages, come to kill our aircraft carriers? Maybe not. This is the "relaxation room" aboard the Varyag.
This dude looks real relaxed. Slack, even. Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

More Pop Psychology,
From The Master Thereof

Two factoids from the Rolling Stone MacArthurMcChrystal piece.
The son of a general, McChrystal ...
&
He also set a manic pace for his staff, becoming legendary for sleeping four hours a night, running seven miles each morning, and eating one meal a day. (In the month I spend around the general, I witness him eating only once.) It's a kind of superhuman narrative that has built up around him, a staple in almost every media profile, as if the ability to go without sleep and food translates into the possibility of a man single-handedly winning the war.
Factoid the second was mentioned on Naughty Peoples Radio earlier,
& we wondered whether his problems stemmed from his peculiar habits or vice versa, which forced us to consult RS to stop that nagging voice in our head. Factoid one was not very far in, sparing us further extensive research. The conclusion was obvious.

Hey!

How'd it get to be Tues. already?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Two Words: Sarah Palin

From TPM, quoting J. D. Hayworth from his career as a socialist re-distributor:
And by the way, it's not something where it's the government's money -- it's really your money. You surrendered it in the form of taxation. Now's the time to take advantage of a situation where the government can invest in you. And in turn, you'll have a chance to build a business, or make a better life for yourself -- and in so doing, you'll help improve the country."
You'd think a statement like that would have the Tea Party Patriots calling him a liberal fascist, & screaming for his blood, wouldn't you? Unless they're all hypocrites. Or too stupid to realize what he's saying. (Tough call either way.)

But the real hilarity comes from the John Sidney McCain III campaign:
When asked for comment, McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers responded strongly. "We actually donated the money to charity as soon as we found out about it," said Rogers. "Let's be clear: J.D. Hayworth lent his name and his credibility as a former Member of the U.S. Congress to help an obvious rip-off scam. Sen. McCain never did. There's no comparison to be made here."
Right you are, spokesmodel Brian Rogers. When McCain lent his name & credibility to help an obvious rip-off scam glom on to some $12 million, he was still a Member of the U.S. Senate. Completely & entirely different.

A Couple White Guys Sitting Around Talking

About how small their weenies are & how they compensate by being real men. (Is there a problem w/ imitation or fake men somewhere? We haven't heard anything.)We hope you compared & contrasted the love & respect for one's wife that Beck advocates w/ the end of the clip, where one of Beck's toadies announces of his wife, "she knew I wouldn't approve." How long do you think he's been beating the poor woman?

Franco Remains Dead

Does this surprise anyone?
The Spanish dictator, General Francisco Franco, whose apologists usually claim that he protected Jews, ordered his officials to draw up a list of some 6,000 Jews living in Spain and include them in a secret Jewish archive.

That list was handed over to the Nazi architect of the so-called "final solution", the German SS chief Heinrich Himmler, as the two countries negotiated Spain's possible incorporation into the group of Axis powers that included Italy, according to the El País newspaper today.

The newspaper printed the original order, recently unearthed from Spanish archives, that instructed provincial governors to elaborate lists of "all the national and foreign Jews living in the province ... showing their personal and political leanings, means of living, commercial activities, degree of danger and security category".

Provincial governors were ordered to look out especially for Sephardic Jews, descendants of those expelled from Spain in 1492, because their Ladino language and Hispanic background helped them fit into Spanish society.

"Their adaptation to our environment and their similar temperament allow them to hide their origins more easily," said the order, sent out in May 1941.

The order creating Spain's Jewish archive treated Judaism as a racial identity, rather than a religious one, referring to "this notorious race" and casting its net wide in a way not seen since the Inquisition sought out false converts to Roman Catholicism.

Such people, it warned, "remained unnoticed, with no opportunity of preventing their easily-carried out attempts at subversion".
Liberal fascists. Har-rumph.

Longer Nights, Shorter Days Expected

Russo-Japanese War Reprised In
The Frisco Bay

Photos from flickr, text & other photos here.
There was one more ship visiting San Francisco, the cruiser USS Bunker Hill, the first of the VLS-equipped Aegis cruisers. It looked a little worn. It was parked behind Pier 17, with a buoy cordon in the water, and small patrol ships running around like Dobermans. Bunker Hill will not be open to the public.
More pix of the Varyag here.

It Seems We Stood And Talked Like This Before ...
But I Can't Remember Where Or When

We've no real idea what this freedom-lover is blathering about (nor could we possibly care any less) but the self-proclaimed "almost religiously" principled typist, in order to preserve truth, justice, the American Way & his very freedom is going to have to make a big change in his important & meaningful existence.

We start w/ an easily understood graphic even the less technical will get:
& after a long slosh through the swamp we read:
I'm planning to make this transition slow and systematic. And I'll be blogging periodically about the process. These postings won't be aimed at geeky folks, but rather at others like me who believe in true freedom of choice in a world where powerful institutions are trying to lure us -- or force us -- into their walled gardens.
Free, are we? Consider what sort of garden you're in, where you believe your freedom is dependent on the constant purchase of more, newer & better commodities. All the time. For which you have to have a job. The horror doesn't stop there, but we will. It is Monday.

At least we were spared mention of the wisdom of fucking crowds, not that it isn't the subtext of every open source fanboy/hippie commune-ist.

Our parting suggestion would be to give us a call when the crowds of freedom-lovers start climbing the garden walls, but by the time they wake the hell up it'll be more rats-in-a-cage than escape from Eden.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Punster Asks:

"Are we not DeVore?" Which reminded us that Devo is all over the place these days.Click through if it hasn't loaded. Looks like a stream of the whole recording. And cats being cats.That should really hold 'em.

If The Bible Is The Good Book, What Does That Make All The Other Books?

Someone somewhere linked to this. We like the picture. (Stupid bitch. We hate her.)
Note: Don't bother listening: It's some crap that jumps directly into your devil box (EVEN WHEN "LISTEN ONLINE" IS SELECTED!!) & then won't play on anything. What is it w/ these fucking tote-baggers in the "Public Radio" sphere anyway? Get a clue already, cretins! No fucking wonder fucking radio's fucking dying. Fuck!

So fucking read the transcript. Better for the brain, & will take half the time of listening (unless you are a Fox News viewer).

An Excellent Source Of Bacon's Nutritional Goodness

That would be Doc40, who is giving us ideas, & not only for posts that use their All-American Killer Diet to scare Yanks. What we mean is: Looks ++yummy-good to us, alleged consequences be damned!
Bonus Aunt Jemima.Did you take your "dad" out for pancakes on his day? If so, did he play grab-ass w/ the waitress at the IHoP?

Life On The Off-Ramp

We stand behind no man, woman, child, reasonably intelligent non-human mammal or web log in our dislike for the musical stylings of The Eagles, as an entity & in the solo careers of one-time Eagles. (What the fuck ever happened to Bernie Leadon, anyway?)

But we'll give Don Henley a break this once. See why in a story on Cal. Rep. Sen. Nom. loser & chump Chuck DeVore trying to retire his campaign debt., most of which is history.
"I spent every penny I had on yard signs, bumper stickers and voter contact that now I have a few bills I still need to pay off," DeVore wrote in the email.

In a twist, DeVore told TPMDC that he's actually paid off campaign bills but the debt stems from Don Henley's copyright lawsuit. Henley challenged DeVore's parodies of his songs for campaign ads titled "Hope of November," a knock off of "The Boys of Summer," and "All She Wants to Do is Tax" instead of "All She Wants to Do is Dance."

DeVore said the lawsuit could stretch into August, and of course, cost more money along the way. "This could go on for awhile," he said.
Bleed him dry, Don!

Decline & Fall

24/7 Wall St. has created a new list of brands that will disappear.
Much schadenfreude to be had; this especially warms our evil heart:
With its debt net of cash at $375 million, a competitor like Barnes & Noble could buy $2 billion in annual revenue for a fraction of sales and cut general and administrative costs to improve margins. Borders has been dead for over two years, but no one has been able to dispose of the body.
And most recently:
Borders Group (NYSE: BGP), which was also on the December list, is still in business – barely. The company has closed most of its Waldenbooks stores, gone through serial layoffs and has now had two consecutive majority shareholders. It recently fired a number of the people in its UK operation. Borders is burdened with $300 million in debt, and its stock recently traded as low as $.35. The company is outmatched by larger and more successful competitors, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
"Revenge is indeed best when served cold," we laugh.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Nausea
Bloody Red Eyes Go To

You're ugly & your food blows!
Too bad the stupid bastard didn't identify the specific dishes pictured. Who the hell is editing at that dump?

Wait, more bacon:

Locals Only Wrap-Up

Non-residents of the Golden State won't give a shit about this interminable (Hundreds & hundreds of words!) agglomeration concerning the bitch campaign* on the edge of the continent.
Both are super-rich political novices with no record in public affairs prior to taking on leadership roles in the 2008 Republican presidential campaign. Whitman was national co-chair of the McCain/Palin campaign, while Fiorina served McCain and Palin as national chair of the Republican Victory Fund.
No record indeed. Neither of them were even registered for much of their adult lives. But why bother voting when you can shove politicians around as if they were corporate drones?
Both are controversial former CEOs of big Silicon Valley companies, leaving as the stock prices of eBay and Hewlett Packard shot downward.

Both are staunch opponents of President Barack Obama, who carried California in 2008 with 61% of the vote and continues to be quite popular here. Not only did both play major roles in the Republican presidential campaign in 2008, Whitman and 2012 Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney both acknowledge that Romney came up with the idea for Whitman to run for governor and then convinced her to do it.
Romney/Whitman '12?


*LAPD terminology.
According to a copy of the personnel complaint filed against them, Varga and McNicholas made sexist remarks on a number of occasions--allegedly referring to a police car containing two female officers as a "bitch car."
Also applicable to a newscast w/ two female anchors: "Bitch cast."

This Should Hold The Little Bastards

Pointless aside: This cat is/was the heir to the S&H Green Stamp fortune.

Duets Of The Dead

America: It's Who We Are

Corroborating facts be damned:
The accusation that the U.S. invades countries to pilfer their natural resources was once written off as an inflammatory insult or an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory, irrespective of corroborating facts (like, say, pre-9/11 Pentagon plans to divvy up Iraqi petroleum, State Department proposals to privatize Iraq's oil fields, and top government officials insisting that Saddam Hussein's overthrow was "essential" to protect oil supplies). The assumption, of course, was that the public opposed resource conflicts and that therefore labeling wars as such was nothing but disreputable slander designed only to harm a political opponent.

This manufactured construct, though, began eroding as soon as George W. Bush started turning the "war for oil" aspersion into a proud clarion call.

In 2005, the Associated Press reported that the president "answered growing antiwar protests with a fresh reason for U.S. troops to continue fighting in Iraq: protection of the country's vast oil fields." During a press conference a year later, Bush three times pitched petroleum as a rationale for war, criticizing "extreme elements" who "want to control oil resources," insisting that "we can't tolerate a new terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East with large oil reserves" and warning that we must stop insurgents from gaining "the capacity to use oil as an economic weapon."

Now, under President Barack Obama, we get leaked Pentagon memos cheerily promising that Afghanistan will become "the Saudi Arabia of lithium" and generals touting the minerals' "stunning potential" — the implication being that America is morally obligated to exploit such potential through armed occupation.

The theater of battle is different, but the paradigm is the same: Whereas it was previously considered uncouth for anyone to even suggest that economic hegemony might motivate U.S. military action, our leaders are now boldly selling wars as commendable instruments of such profit-focused imperialism.

Importantly, this revised message relies on the new assumption that the public now sees resource conflicts not as detestable, but as worthy and even admirable. And should that assumption prove true, it would mean that this latest exercise in martial propaganda represents more than mere marketing innovation. It would signal a disturbing change in what the population thinks is — and is not — a just reason for war.
Hey, we're losing oil hand-over-fist in The Gulf of Mexico. Where we gonna get enough to replace it?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wailin' 'Round Midnight

Sham Or Phony?

More. Boring detail.

More Economic News

From Franklin Avenue: They're dropping like flies.
Sez Ken:
"In the past, we have been able to weather these kinds of economic storms because people tend to stay home more, tap into their home equity, upgrade their home entertainment systems, and wait for conditions to improve," company president Casey Crane said. "Unfortunately, the combination of home foreclosures, tight lending policies and high unemployment combined to create the biggest recession in our company's history."

In April of 2008, Ken Crane's implemented an ambitious "reduction in force," making across-the-board cuts in overhead to maintain its viability, and manage the unprecedented storm of the uncertain economy. But in January 2010, the company, which operated ten retail locations across Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, closed four stores and consolidated operations in several areas. Sales volume continued to drop while financing and factoring options became extremely scarce."
Beyond a flat screen for the kitchen (which Big Screen Ken wouldn't offer anyway) we are not in need of any A/V crap, so we will not whine in our beer that this sales event comes too far from our gov't. welfare queen check to do us any good.

TRENDING!

Economy bad even for dead cowpokes & their estates.

DOC40 flogs a dead & stuffed horse, & via Thrilling Days of Yesteryear we see that the Widder Autry is dumping the Melody Ranch for a mere US$6.9million.

More "Violence"

This sort of shit cracks us up:
The worker explained that without the census the government would not be able to correctly allocate its funds to the various states. Of course, the government has no funds, but only that which it violently appropriates from the population, and I explained that such violent redistribution of private property was entirely immoral.

Like the first worker who visited my house, the second was confused about the aggressive nature of the state. I explained to her that, as Ludwig von Mises observed, all government action ultimately resorts to the use or threat of aggression.
Not funny, really, in that the collective, you all-included we have been hearing about their peculiar, extra-stunted "morality" for yrs. (& yrs. & yrs. & yrs. & yrs.) from these inane drones.

The violence involved in transactions w/ the IRS, dear moralist, is only if you choose to be violent in resisting a  prison sentence for tax evasion. A prison sentence that will not be imposed by fiat, by the way, but by a judge & jury, after a trial, appeals & so on.

We also note that we haven't filed since 1995. We figure '95 because we recently found our never-filed '96 forms in a box while looking for awful video tape.
Yet not one jack-booted IRS thug has come knocking w/ a battering ram. Not a one, Mr. Violence-Inherent-in-the-System.

NB: Were it not for our incontrovertible evidence, we wouldn't have wasted nearly an hr. of whats left of our life dealing w/ this cretin's tiresome diatribe. Fucking asshole.

FATWA!!

Given that both reactionary Sharron Angle & reactionary Alan Simpson are directly threatening our immediate survival w/ their attempts to destroy the Social Security & Medicare systems, Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™ announces that Second Amendment remedies may be taken against either of these fascist tools, & any of their flunkies who may resist our attempts to deliver justice.

We mean it, man!

Trouble At The Press

We doubt if this explains the digital eff-up two items down, but ...
Many problems with the Los Angeles Times presses last night and early this morning — with numerous breakages of the pressroom web — and some papers are still just being delivered. Advertisers and readers are reportedly livid all over the place — and reports are that the 800 number hasn't been working. It's the first week that the Times is flying without the presses in Orange County, which closed last week, leading to speculation that the Los Angeles pressroom was overtaxed or even possibly sabotaged.

Bookmark

Too damn busy (sleeping) to listen now; were we to bookmark it we'd never get to it in the three days remaining.
Left to right: Humpo, Bumpo & Thumpo.

Yesterday's Paper

Things still under control at the L.A. Times.

Propaganda

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Joy In Mudville

Loser the Leprechaun:

Love Your Neighbor
'Til His Wife Gets Home

Ted Haggard waxes prophetic on The Twitter. It's a Love Reformation. And he's against judgmental churches. Also: End of the Religious Right.

Off W/ Her Head

An Axis of Evil
From left: D. Chopra, S. Quinn, W. Cohen: The Quack, The Whore & The Killer.

Here's to self-styled Queen of Washington Sally Quinn retreating to her concrete meditation labyrinth until such time as she has mummified. Probably been a good idea for some time now, but her majesty has decided it would be a good thing if Veep Biden & Secretary Clinton switched gigs. Now, not in 2012. Which would be stupid enough.

Exactly how stupid explained at greater length.

Last Gasp For Rush?
(The Recording Group, Not The Human Radio Toad)

Sounds as if Rush is/are attempting to put their final stamp on their hoped-for legend, as reported by me in a discussion of the slippery when wet Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Something will be worked out with each star and their agents, and the celebs have up to five years to schedule their ceremony. Every so often, they don't. Stan Lee was voted a star in 2008 and I guess he's been too busy...or something. It hasn't happened yet.

The next ceremony is on June 25 at 11:30 AM. It's for the recording group Rush and like most recipients, they've timed the unveiling to coincide with some project they wish to promote. In this case, they have a new CD, a new tour and a new documentary all happening.
Or they're having trouble w/ their mortgages, college for the spawn & other stupid middle-class concerns. We can assume the Rand Paul mess was a mere precursor to the media blitz. Take cover!

Today's Outsourced Rant

Guess the fuck what, Picasso. We don't all have seventy-three weights of stick-up-my-ass Helvetica sitting on our seventeen-inch MacBook Pros. Sorry the entire world can't all be done in stark Eurotrash Swiss type. Sorry some people like to have fun. Sorry I'm standing in the way of your minimalist Bauhaus-esque fascist snoozefest. Maybe sometime you should take off your black turtleneck, stop compulsively adjusting your Tumblr theme, and lighten the fuck up for once.
Remainder of rant.

Funny Or Nap

Why should we be different, then?
Spotted in the comments of a Crooks and Liars post, this laugher about a woman lost in a hot air balloon has been making its way around the Internet.
BaScOmBe commenting at Crooks and Liars:
A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude."

“She rolled her eyes and said, “You must be an Obama Democrat.”

“I am,” replied the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help to me.”

The man smiled and responded, “You must be a Republican.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist. “How did you know?”

“Well,” said the man, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going. You’ve risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.”

The Hate, The Whole Hate, & Nothing But The Hate, God Damn You All To Hell!

We hate the United States of America, the creeps who've run things since we (w/o anyone ever asking) were born into it & the sub-human fucks who put them into office.
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Annals Of Listlessness

Words can not fail, words can only be failed.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Space Invaders

Link to Mr. Fish, where you may buy his stuff.

Schlussel-Slam 2010

Note how this ignoramus has completely absorbed the reactionary redefinition of "racism." That is, it's racist to call someone saying or doing racist things a racist, because, uh, well because it's nice to be able to use one of the most accurate & powerful descriptors of just how awful you are against your opponents, the left-wing fascists, that's why!!
All of this race-baiting against "anti-semites" caused me to take an objective look at Israel. I no longer support Israel. Now, I don't support the Muslim world either. But they are both seeking global domination. The Talmud calls for beheading Christians just as the Koran does. Is Schussel therefore "anti-Christian" and "anti-Christ"??
Any Talmudic scholars have the low-down on this off w/ the Xians' heads deal? What would Pam "It Sez In The Koran!" Geller have to say about it?

Surrounded by rag-heads & Christ-killers. What a world "laura" must have to live in, huh?

Sheep Of The Wk. (So Far)

"I didn't know or care about politics, but something radicalized me. I just can't put my finger on it."What's her stand on defense spending, or the entitlements she wants for her little quiverful? Given that her prior knowledge admittedly consisted of how to change a diaper, it would most certainly be irresponsible not to speculate how much of Tom Tancredo's hoped-for civic literacy test she'd pass.

Fuck My Fraternity? Break Your Ankle, Bitch!

Meg Whitman claims she'll fix education (Going to be tough to "invest" when you're cutting spending, isn't it?):
“We’ve got to focus – we’ve got to create jobs, cut spending, and invest in fixing our educational system,” Meg says.
Just one problem: Educate 'em? She can't raise them. Think she shoved Griffith Rutherford Harsh V a few times, perhaps giving him the idea it's perfectly fine to break a woman's ankle if she says "doodie" about your fucking frat?
Meg Whitman's eldest son is named Griffith Rutherford Harsh V. In 2006, when he was 21, he was arrested on felony battery charges after he broke a woman's ankle at a bar in Palo Alto.
According to police and court records unearthed by Gawker, the fight happened when 22-year-old Valerie Sanchez said "fuck your fraternity" to Griff and knocked his hat off his head. Later, according to Sanchez:
Griff "pushed" her "with two open hands on her chest and shoulder area." She fell down and felt her right ankle "snap." A nearby security guard witnessed the event and corroborated Valerie's version of the events.
Whitman bailed him out (with a $25,000 cashier's check) and, a year later, charges were dismissed. No one is willing or able to explain why. This seems perhaps more serious than shoving someone over a Second Life dispute.

(Younger Whitman son Will Harsh is notable primarily for the time he used the "n-word.")
Do you want the mother of these two assholes running your state, Californians?

Recycling The Apocalypse

A Huffingtonian book report.
The loose nuke goes off but doesn't do much damage so nobody really blames the Tea Baggers. The beautiful girl escapes. Our hero pretends he's gone over to the evil public relations firm but really he hasn't. To be continued.

(One sort of touching difference between Circumference and Overton? Only the one with Glenn Beck's name on the cover includes a chapter that begins with the single word sentence "Bacon.")

So why - except for the completely inverted politics -- does The Overton Window read so much like Circumference of Darkness? Because they were written by the same guy, a 52-year-old computer programmer named Jack Henderson.

He gets sole credit on Circumference. (And why shouldn't he? He published it himself.) On Overton, he gets thanked by Beck for "pouring his heart and soul into this project."

And, apparently, his leftover plot.
Now warmed over as well.

Weds. Obligatory Mid-Wk. ++Dulled Out Title/Item

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stock Footage Theatre

Big B.J. Burns

That's B.J. as in Butter Jesus."False" idol?

Ladies Who Lunch

WaPo Weigel spoke to Batty Bachmann after lunch today.
"They have to lift the liability cap," said Bachmann. "But if I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there -- 'We're not going to be chumps, and we're not going to be fleeced.' And they shouldn't be. They shouldn't have to be fleeced and make chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest -- they've got to be legitimate claims.

"The other thing we have to remember is that Obama loves to make evil whatever company it is that he wants to get more power from. He makes them evil, and what we've got to ask ourselves is: Do we really want to be paying $9 for a gallon of gas? Because that could be the final result of this."
If someone teetering on the brink would like to be pushed into suicide, they may view & hear all of the luncheon at 1702 PT & 2002 ET, on C-SPAN3.

Also featured: Bay Buchanan, George "Macaca" Allen, & a mess of self-hating non-wymyn from the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. Republican feminist policy? Take a page from Clare Boothe Luce herself:
Clare Boothe Luce was born Ann Boothe, the second illegitimate child of dancer Anna Clara Schneider (aka Snyder, aka Anne Boothe) and William Franklin Boothe. Her father, a violinist and patent-medicine salesman who was married to another woman, instilled in his daughter a love of music and literature. Parts of her childhood were spent in Chicago, Illinois; Memphis, Tennessee (where the Boothe-Snyder family began using the surnames Murphy and Murfé); Union City, New Jersey; and New York City, New York. She had an elder brother, David Franklin. Clare's parents separated in 1912, with her mother thereafter publicly claiming to be a widow though telling her children that she and their father had divorced. To support herself and her young family, Anne Boothe worked as a "call girl" attached to a series of wealthy lovers.
The younger Boothe then went on to marry a wealthy lover, making her slightly more respectable than her mother. Way to go, feminists.

Prince Of Darkness To Flee Country?

One or two steps ahead of the law.

Be a real shame if he were assassinated, Mossad-style, in the Emirates, wouldn't it?

Now Representing The Republican Party, An Independent American

If you haven't already, early-risers, this is worth the read, & reinforces our belief that many of the T.P. people now gaining traction in the Goofy Old Party are directly from the lunatic fringe.
For at least six years in the 1990s before she held state-level elective office, Angle was a member of the little-known Independent American Party [...] The small party attracted considerable controversy in 1994 when it took out a newspaper ad titled "Consequences of Sodomy: Ruin of a Nation," which suggested HIV could spread through the water.
Sorry, lunatic & paranoid fringe.
Three members of the Independent American Party tell TPM that Angle, a Nye County, Nevada, school board member at the time, was an active member of the party in the 1990s. They say she only left the Independent American Party and became a Republican out of political expediency when she decided to seek a seat in the state assembly, to which she was elected in 1998.

"It was because she wanted to run for office. And it was difficult for members of our party to get elected at that time," Janine Hansen, executive director of the Independent American Party, tells TPM. "It was a strategic move on her part."

Hansen's brother, the late Daniel Hansen, founded the Independent American Party in 1967 "after realizing that the Republican Party was growing too corrupt and socialistic," according to the party website.
Our emphasis. Do you suppose this forward-thinking foamer came to that conclusion following passage of the Civil Rights Act & Medicare?
A 1992 Los Angeles Times article (via Nexis) describes Hansen at a political rally wearing a Stetson hat and bearing a sign that read, "If Guns Are Outlawed, How Can We Shoot the Liberals?" His rhetoric would not be out of place at a 2010 tea party.

"Don't give up your guns, folks," he told a crowd. "That's all we've got to protect us against the advance of socialism. America is in a survival phase."
Perot rally? Loons? We can assume that G.H.W. Bush & Bill Clinton were probably seen as equal evils. Hansen's & his heirs' appearances oddly match certain electoral events, as better noted elsewhere, & which we will not bother to cite.

But do not fear. Not all have sacrificed Liberty for Stoogery:
Christopher Hansen, brother of party founder Daniel Hansen and himself a former chair of the party, tells TPM that "I think Sharron in her heart is a very good person." But he remains upset that "she decided to go over and join with the fascist Republicans."

"The national Republicans are going to come in here and teach her how to be a good Republican stooge," he predicts. "She'll just be another dyed-in-the-wool stooge Republican."
Also.

If Angle wins, we're going to be seeking some Second Amendment remediation.

People Are Ignorant & They Suck

Therefore we hate them.

Especially for their predictability. From some crummy website, where the twenty-nothings don't know nothing, no how, confusion of the original "Touchdown Jesus," which is located at Notre Dame de south Bend, w/ the recent victim of gawd's lightning wrath.
Cretins.

ifthethunderdon'tgetya ...

Ohio Jesus statue struck by lightning, destroyed
MONROE, Ohio (AP) — A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The “King of Kings” statue, one of southwest Ohio’s most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.

The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said.

The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way his arms were raised, as though reaching out to catch a football. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.

The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said.

Travelers on Interstate 75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them.

The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by former horse trader Lawrence Bishop and his wife. Bishop said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation and they spent about $250,000 to finance it.
We'll see if there are pix of toasted marshmallow Jeeziz anywhere.

Ahh ... probably have to wait until daylight before any good shots.

Wrong again. More, pre-immolation.

Monday, June 14, 2010

On A Lighter Note

All right, fine, life could be worse. This burst of ecstasy is based on Stouffer's frozen tolerables being on sale for a mere $1.88 at Ralphs.

Raising The Dead, One Sam Adams At A Time

Looks as if Vikki Jay (FAT! Like Algore!) was far ahead of the curve in having dialogues w/ dead brewmeisters.So you needn't click & then click. (The strain.)

Suffrage: Maybe Not Such A Good Idea?


To white evangelical women, Sarah Palin is a modern-day prophet, preaching God, flag, and family—while remaking the religious right in her own image.

As noted at Newsweek. Pictures of Palinistas & their "gear." The Daily Dish gets in a Trig dig.

POOP!

It's come to this. We've no other way of expressing how awful your world is, or how proudly awful we are.

Burn, Baby, Burn!

One's patriotism is under constant suspicion in these United Snakes. Thus, the empty symbolism of nationality becomes an object of perverse veneration.
As fearful as some conservatives and weak-willed legislators are about flag-burning liberals, I’d be willing to bet that more conservatives than liberals will engage in unlawful flag-related behavior this weekend–in many cases an unfortunate byproduct of combining patriotism with ignorance. And that would be true even if flag burning were made illegal, rather than just being the legally proper way to dispose of a worn flag.
More on the stupid rag, & its abuse.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Nostradumbass

What Victoria Jackson does when she isn't at the nail salon thinking about Glenn Beck.

It's Official: United States To Be Bogged Down In Afghanistan From Here To Eternity

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Sun, June 13, 2010 -- 9:22 PM ET
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U.S. Discovers Nearly $1 Trillion in Afghan Mineral Deposits

The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits -- including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium -- are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

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How Full Of Shit Is Reason?

As emphasized. Little to no comment required.
Prominent liberal reporter and theorist and one of our nation's longest-lasting and interesting [sic] political bloggers Mickey Kaus runs for the Dem Senate primary in California, gets 5 percent, 94,000 votes. (He was on the ballot with his real first name "Robert" so maybe didn't get that blogger name recognition).
Not quite:
As far as how dense Kaus is, he could certainly have been on the ballot simply as "Mickey Kaus." Robert M.?
great feature interview with Kaus on his quixotic campaign and struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party
Struggle for the soul of the Democratic Party? Struggle? Maybe to stop hitting himself. Certainly no actual Dems struggled w/ him. Let us remind you of the windmill against which the quixotic Kaus tilted:
Reason item spotted here.

So Damned Angry At Sacramento & Washington They Forgot To Vote

In California, we're on a (much) higher spiritual plane, though not so concerned about trivia like democracy.
Counting those who are eligible to vote — not just the registered ones — Tuesday's showing drops from the tentative count of 25% to an even worse 15%. Thus, it was possible for a ballot measure to win with the approval of about 8% of voting-age citizens, and nominees to be selected by even fewer in multi-candidate contests.

This is not necessarily unusual in the state. In the East, prognosticators figure that bad snowstorms or monsoon rains will deter voters. Here, all it seems to take is a glimmer of something better to do — a sunny day, a good movie, a utility closet in desperate need of rearranging.
Against this backdrop of apathy & alleged anger, the chosen are at it.
"It's not enough for someone rich and restless to look in the mirror one morning and decide, 'I want to be governor of California.' We tried that. It didn't work," Brown said.

[...]

Whitman, the Republican, grew up in an upper middle class household on Long Island and attended Princeton and Harvard before starting a corporate career at Proctor & Gamble, Disney and Hasbro. She brought her executive pedigree to eBay in 1998 and helped the online auction site mature into a multibillion dollar company. The company made her a billionaire, and she now lives in Atherton*, a Silicon Valley suburb that is among the state's top five wealthiest communities.
But frugality ensued. Really:
Despite her wealth, Whitman thanks her mother for instilling a sense of frugality. In her book, "The Power of Many," she recalled that as a child, the Whitman family would vacation on St. John in the Caribbean by camping in a toolshed — paying the owner for the privilege — when they couldn't get a campsite.
As usual, the most telling aspect is that NutMeg believes this to be indicative of her regular ol' non-elitist ways. Is she going to tell us her family hitchhiked to St. John?

*Where we lived from earliest memory until 10. (In the poorer end of town, we assure you.) Had our fool parents held onto the dump, they could have unloaded it on a Silicon Valley zillionaire, & we wouldn't be here doing this tight now, that's for damn sure. But nooooooooo!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Annals Of Blowback

At last, Tucker's interns are getting into Newsmax/World Net Daily/Conservative News Service territory.
A foreign enemy is undermining America. An organization founded in Egypt in 1928, sworn to eradicate democracy, is working to raise their black flag over America and every other nation in the world. With plans to destroy our Constitution, it has infiltrated the highest levels of government, defense, and law enforcement. Bearded and robed, it walks the streets of our cities and lurks in hostile ghettos. It is the Muslim Brotherhood. Why does the Obama administration refuse to even name it?
Why so long? Maybe Tucker took a while to convince potential columnists that the venture capital was tied up in something other than payment for columns. Riding lessons, maybe.

So. Compare & contrast.
Is that clear? It was clear to McCarthy and he took it as the title of his book, The Grand Jihad, How Islam and the Left Sabotage America (Encounter Books, 455 pp, $27.95). This book lives on my desk because it answers two questions: Why do Muslims blow up buildings, highjack airplanes, and kill Americans if their real plot is to destroy us from within; and why did President Obama say to the Turkish Parliament, “Let me say this as clearly as I can: The United States is not, and never will be at war with Islam.”
Perhaps if this
lived on Cuckoo Chet's desk, instead of McCarthy's delusional pants-pissing, Chet might have some idea of what's actually transpired in the real world in the last 60-odd yrs.
One of these days the United Snakes will not just shoot off a toe, or crease its thigh when the hog-leg in the sweat pants goes off. No, current trends continuing or worsening (as they always do) soon the U.S. of A., on a hunting trip in some far-flung but oddly oil-rich part of the world, will have its head blown completely off by the shotgun (safety off, natch) it carelessly & precariously propped against the fence it was trying to climb over.

Science Gone Too Far

Yet another sappy optimist weighs in on "meaning" in the pages of Huffington's Old-Timey Feel Good Spiritualism Review.
The mantra that only science can save us from these perils rings hollow to many youngsters, since it was largely science and technology that bequeathed them in the first place. As anthropologist and educator Loren Eiseley put it,

We have lived to see the technological progress that was hailed in one age as the savior of man become the horror of the next. We have observed that the same able and energetic minds which built lights, steamships and telephones turn with equal facility to the creation of what euphemistically is termed the "ultimate weapon." It is in this reversal that the modern age comes off so badly.
Who could conceive that something might be used for purposes other than originally & oh so nobly intended. Dumb Dr. Dossey blames it on "Science," rather than the brain-dead optimism of those who, like he, would deny the truth, seemingly because it makes them sad:
Must Science Be Depressing?

Why would anyone who is psychologically healthy pick a career that demands a view of the world that is morbid, pessimistic and depressing? That's precisely the worldview advocated by some of the most outstanding scientists of our day. This can be a turnoff to any optimistic, questing, curious, intelligent kid who stumbles onto it. Perhaps that is why the advocates of science education almost never acknowledge this prevailing view when promoting the wonders of science to youngsters.

Typical of the gloomy perspective is that of Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg in his 1977 book The First Three Minutes. In a now-famous passage, he writes,
It is almost irresistible for humans to believe that we have some special relation to the universe, that human life is not just a more-or-less farcical outcome of a chain of accidents reaching back to the first three minutes, but that we were somehow built in from the beginning... It is hard to realize that this all [i.e., life on Earth] is just a tiny part of an overwhelmingly hostile universe. It is even harder to realize that this present universe has evolved from an unspeakably unfamiliar early condition, and faces a future extinction of endless cold or intolerable heat. The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.
By the time Weinberg unveiled his gloomy view, the notion of a purposeless, meaningless universe was already on a roll in science. One of the most influential supporters of this perspective was the Nobel molecular biologist Jacques Monod (1910-1976), whose 1972 book Chance and Necessity powerfully influenced a generation of scientists. For Monod, purpose and meaning in nature were outlaw concepts; for a scientist to believe in them was unbecoming at best and a moral failing at worst. As he confidently proclaimed, "The cornerstone of scientific method is the systematic denial that 'true' knowledge can be got at by interpreting phenomena in terms of final causes--that is to say, of 'purpose.'"
One person's depression is the next rational person's liberation, isn't it?

We'll admit to being sad we must wait for the next installment for the good doctor to condemn atheists as immoral ("They aren't scared of gawd! It'll be anarchy!") appeal to an undefined, meaningless (Hah!) spirituality & make further Soviet-style accusations of psychiatric unhealthiness.
Although prevalent, this depressing verdict on the status of meaning, direction and purpose in the world is not unanimous, and kids who intuitively reject this view have a few strong shoulders to stand on, as we'll see in the next blog.
We have your intuitive rejection right here, Doc. No, here. Look a little closer.

We Are ++Screwed

Bad enough:
What we are witnessing in this election cycle is the slow death of traditional statewide campaign journalism. I noticed the same pattern (and the same nearly reporter-free campaign trail) in Kentucky last month as I covered libertarian Rand Paul's decisive defeat of the state Republican establishment in the GOP Senate primary. Aside from an occasional AP reporter, virtually the only print journalists whom I encountered at campaign events were my national press-pack colleagues from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and the Atlantic Monthly.
But Hokey Smokes, look at the apparent replacements (which we kindly bolded) & their coverage.
The gradual abandonment of on-the-ground campaign coverage means that polls are fast becoming the only way to glimpse voter sentiment. Since most polls in statewide races (particularly primaries) are automated short-answer surveys, it becomes easy to jump to blunderbuss conclusions like "all incumbents are imperiled" or "the Tea Party movement is all-powerful."

After Republican Scott Brown sent conventional wisdom reeling by winning Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat in January, an analysis of the media coverage demonstrated why the press was so slow to realize an upset was in the making. The reason: Political reporters never left Boston, even though no place in Massachusetts is more than a three-hour drive away. The study by the Pew Research Center for Excellence in Journalism found that only 6 percent of major newspaper and AP stories covering the last two weeks of the general election campaign were based on non-Boston coverage.

Must These Englishmen Live
That We Might Tie?

Limeys 1, USA 1.