Monday, July 12, 2010

Targets Of The Wk.

We'll start w/ the Heritage Foundation, who have kindly directed would-be bombers to their Washington, D.C. location:

VIA SOUTH OF WASHINGTON DC (from Interstate 95):

  1. Take the I-395 N exit- exit number 170A- on the left towards WASHINGTON.
  2. Merge onto I-395 N.
  3. Take the D STREET NW exit towards US CAPITOL.
  4. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp.
  5. Merge onto C ST NW.
  6. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto LOUISIANA AVE NW.
  7. Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS CIR NE.
  8. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE.

VIA NORTH OF WASHINGTON DC (from Interstate 95)

  1. Take the I-895 S/HARBOR TUNNEL THRUWAY exit- exit number 62- on the left towards ANNAPOLIS/BAY BRIDGE.
  2. Merge onto HARBOR TUNNEL TRWY.
  3. Take the MD-295 S/BALT/WASH PARKWAY
  4. exit- exit number 4- towards BWI AIRPORT.
  5. Merge onto MD-295 S.
  6. Take the EAST CAPITOL STREET exit.
  7. Merge onto E CAPITOL ST SE. E CAPITOL ST SEbecomes C ST NE.
  8. Turn RIGHT onto 6TH ST NE.
  9. Turn LEFT onto C ST NE. C ST NEbecomes MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE.
  10. The Heritage Foundation is located at: 
    214 Massachusetts Ave, NE
    Washington DC, 20002-4999
    ph 202.546.4400 | fax 202.546.8328
People familiar w/ the English & Latin langauges will recognize reversal of the words "via" & "from," another excellent reason to stop these clowns in their tracks. Get back to us at the beginning of next month, we may have a couple hundred bucks for Ryder truck rental or a couple of sacks of fertilizer.

Cowardly weaklings unwilling to defend freedom & liberty from the feudal interests at the Heritage Foundation may be nervous about blowing the dump up. If so, look & listen to the fascist they sent to Hardball, & tell us there would be something wrong w/ dragging this smirking asswipe out of the building & crippling him for life w/ our hammers & sickles. Then we could all laugh at him because he was a lazy cripple who wouldn't work, & tell him: "No entitlements, gimp!" Turnabout is fair play.
If only they knew what we went through to get this damn video. Not on the MSNBC site (Fuck you, assholes. Heritage call you up & ask you not to post it?) so we had to record it from the second daily rebroadcast, then it took two yrs. to upload from the DVD & cut, then the Nazi Assholes™ at YouTube™ wouldn't take it, nor would Bugger™'s video loader, so we had to do it again; as we type, we're advised that it's "processing." So far, that's indicated Bugger won't be picky: If it is being picky, it advises so immediately. It would be just swell if it would also advise what it's being picky about, but we ask too much of our corporate overlords as is.

Later: Still processing. At this point, we begin to suspect that nothing will ever happen. (We started this item at 1849!) How much patience do the politicians & digital overlords think we have? We'll tell them right now: Much, much less than they think.

Much later: Someone will pay for this. It won't be us, & it won't be cheap!

0210 THE NEXT FUCKING MORNING:Please excuse the living fuck out of us for the less than perfect quality, & the fact that the YouTube™ video editor is shit. We're so damned sorry.

Also On The Murder List

David Frum, who's filling in for Andrew Sullivan this wk. (along w/ David Weigel):
Investors and workers have endured a lot of pain over the past two years.
Fair & Balanced, aren't you, Frum? Note that he puts "investors" first. (He knows who pays his bills, & it's not the Market, or anything resembling it.)

So, shall we compare how those poor & long-suffering investors are doing (mostly defaulting on their mortgages) as opposed to people who work for a living (& create value that is stolen from them & handed over to investors) as noted in one of The Daily Dish's free-to-Sullivan "View From Your Recession" reader emails.
I've been relatively isolated from the recession. I'm employed, my friends are employed, and my young adult children have found jobs. But that isolation ended this month when the nonprofit I work at advertised for a 30 hr/week Administrative Assistant. We received 180 applicants - easily three times what I would have expected. Well over half were qualified. The process of narrowing the list down to seven for interviews was close to arbitrary. Four of the seven had been laid off over a year ago.  The other three had had their hours cut or expected to be laid off.Most of those we interviewed had trouble disguising their desperation.The person we hired had been laid off a year ago and was thrilled to take a job paying 40% less - barely enough to pay for a one-bedroom apartment. The second-runner up had to get off the phone as she burst into tears. Three others we interviewed wanted to know if there was anything they had done wrong. They REALLY wanted to know. In thirty years of hiring I have never experienced anything like this.

One way I coped was by being very kind. I made sure to promptly acknowledge all applications and received repeated thank you emails for doing so.  I hear again and again that people have applied dozens of times without ever hearing anything. I made sure to talk personally to all those we interviewed but didn't hire. Their gratitude was palpable.
Sounds like the perfect world for a neo-feudalist like Frum. Workers living in fear, willing to do anything, take any cut in pay, yada. Now we needn't have to worry about the poor investors "suffering;" their income should increase commensurately as a worker takes a 40% pay cut. Hoo-ray for capitalism! Class war!

When will Frum & his ilk be strung up from the light standards? Has anyone checked his green card recently? There are certainly enough native-born assholes to suck at the corporate disinformation teat, why give a penny to this Canook bastard? There are at least four or five Canuckis on the Just Another Blog™ bog-roll [sic] (on your left) we'd swap for Frum straight up. (They're probably too wise to go for it, though.)

More Bad News For Cleveland

Harvey Pekar Found Dead

Legendary comic-book author Harvey Pekar was found dead at his Cleveland home in the small hours of this morning, local police announced. Pekar, 70, was best known for writing the comic-book series "American Splendor," published intermittently since 1976, which attracted a wide following with its gritty, grouchy tales of everyday Cleveland life. "He's the soul of Cleveland," said R. Crumb, Pekar's longtime collaborator. The Washington Post notes that the series was one of the first autobiographical comic books, and helped introduce the genre to a new generation of "serious" readers. "He created, almost singlehandedly, an entirely new kind of comics and his commitment to what he did was absolute and uncompromising," says one of Pekar's editors. "We've all suffered a huge loss today, in comics of course, but also in American culture."Pekar had been suffering from prostate cancer, asthma, high blood pressure and depression, but hadseemed in good spirits before he slept the previous evening, his wife said. Pekar worked as a file clerk at a local veterans' hospital even after becoming famous; in a 1997 interview, Pekar had pledged to keep writing the American Splendor series for as long as he lasted. "There's no end in sight for me," he said. "It's a continuing autobiography, a life's work."
Read original story in The Plain Dealer | Monday, July 12, 2010

What Have They Done To The Earth?

Cheezis K. Rist! Many pics, most too grim to post here. Dead fish, covering the water:

End Of World Hopes Raised

They'd better not be teasing us!
Many geologists concur: "The consequences of a methane-driven oceanic eruption for marine and terrestrial life are likely to be catastrophic. Figuratively speaking, the erupting region "boils over," ejecting a large amount of methane and other gases (e.g., CO2, H2S) into the atmosphere, and flooding large areas of land. Whereas pure methane is lighter than air, methane loaded with water droplets is much heavier, and thus spreads over the land, mixing with air in the process (and losing water as rain). The air-methane mixture is explosive at methane concentrations between 5% and 15%; as such mixtures form in different locations near the ground and are ignited by lightning, explosions and conflagrations destroy most of the terrestrial life, and also produce great amounts of smoke and of carbon dioxide..."[5]

The warning signs of an impending planetary catastrophe—of such great magnitude that the human mind has difficulty grasping it-would be the appearance of large fissures or rifts splitting open the ocean floor, a rise in the elevation of the seabed, and the massive venting of methane and other gases into the surrounding water.

Such occurrences can lead to the rupture of the methane bubble containment—it can then permit the methane to breach the subterranean depths and undergo an explosive decompression as it catapults into the Gulf waters.[6]

All three warning signs are documented to be occurring in the Gulf.

Annals Of Excess

That there is a "FAST FOOD MAVEN" at The O.C. Register probably says all that needs to be said. The theme is excess, so, an example:
Chain reps confirm that the home of the “Six Dollar Burger” is testing a foot-long cheeseburger in some restaurants. The funny-looking meat sandwich has been spotted at this Orange County restaurant: 1943 E. 17th Street in Santa Ana. (Note: This is the same restaurant that tested the Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger before it rolled out in stores across the country.)

[...]

I discovered the footlong came with three tiny round patties carefully placed between a Hoagie-style bun. I was kind of hoping for one long, lean burger pattie. The toppings (onions, mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomato and cheese) made the whole thing ordinary.

My husband, who joined me in tasting the burger, felt the same way. “It looked interesting until I took a bite. It perfectly matched my low expectations of Carl’s Jr.,” he said.

We’ll see if this gimmicky “foot-long burger” makes it to other locations.
We can't wait, nor would it be possible for us to care any less. Know what we mean?

Give It Up Already, Twilight Fans

Getting old quickly.
by Justin Burton, KGW news staff
Posted on July 9, 2010 at 11:38 PM
Updated Saturday, Jul 10 at 9:20 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A car full of people dressed as zombies crashed on Interstate 84 near downtown Portland on Friday, causing initial confusion by people who witnessed the crash.

Portland Police said the car was swerving in the eastbound lanes of the freeway just east of the Lloyd District just after 9:30 p.m. when it rolled over and crashed onto its top.

Emergency crews took five victims from the crash to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said that in their investigation they learned that the people inside the car were dressed as zombie costumes and they were headed to a party at the time of the crash.

Sgt. Greg Stewart said people who witnessed the crash initially thought the victims' injuries were much more serious, because of the zombie costumes.

"We're glad that everyone is alive, despite being 'undead'," Sgt. Stewart said, referring to the costumes.
And the fucking pigs play along too.

One Name, Two Words: Oscar Grant

The Big Pig In Chicago has a fit because someone who could easily be described as "armed & dangerous" was disarmed & shot dead by an outraged citizen.
"I simply cannot understand how a person can have such a total disregard of life and for those who keep order on our streets that he could attack, disarm and then shoot and kill a uniformed police officer in broad daylight," Weis said at police headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave.
We are sick of fascists who seem to place a higher value on the lives of pin-dicked bullies w/ badges, sticks & guns who terrorize the neighborhoods they occupy than on the lives of the residents of the occupied neighborhoods.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

In Color

A Wk. Late, & Never Better

We were looking for this last wk., in reference to something we'd up-brought at The House Of Substance. So drunk he forgot the last three yrs. of his life. Works for some people.

Coinchronicity

There are few of the recently late Sugar Minott's recordings in our musical crap-pile, yet he's #3 on today's random list.

Reggae singer Sugar Minott dies at 54

By HOWARD CAMPBELL (AP)
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sugar Minott, a smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped to popularize reggae music, has died. He was 54.

Minott died Saturday at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Jamaica's capital, Kingston, his wife Maxine Stowe said Sunday. She did not disclose the cause of death.

Two months ago, Minott had canceled performances in Canada after suffering chest pains.

Born in Kingston in May 1956, the singer, whose real name was Lincoln Barrington Minott, launched his musical career as a youngster in the late 1960s as a member of the African Brothers reggae trio.

He started a successful solo career in the 1970s, gaining a following in Jamaica's dancehalls with songs like "Vanity" and "Mr. DC" while recording for the famed Studio One, the Caribbean island's first black-owned music studio.

In 1981, he had his biggest hit with a cover of the Jackson Five's "Good Thing Going," which reached No. 4 in the United Kingdom's singles chart in March of that year.

Minott was known for nurturing young talent with his own Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion company. Reggae and dancehall artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw began their careers under his tutelage.

"Sugar Minott was a man who gave a lot of strength to the music although he got no love from the business," Reid said.

A new Album from Minott, "New Day," is scheduled to be released in coming weeks.
Stowe said funeral arrangements had not yet been made.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Roots

Best idea formulated around here in some time: Put the old person's bed-rest pillow to use
& spend the rest of a long & indeterminate period watching telebision/sleeping.

More Local Action

Damnit, we never have nice things like this!

More Neener

There's nothing this nifty in your benighted burgs, is there?
At the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Maltman Avenue over in Silverlake, nasty cultural commentary, or Disney Studios is about to release their new 3-D epic, Mickey Mouse Frankenstein. You decide.
Especially fun for us as we once lived at Effie & Maltman, a mere block north. Other pix of our former 'hood. Original textual context.

One cultural quibble:
We’re mellow out here, you know. Punk Rock came from the big cities back east.
BULLSHIT! Don't try to make us start a kulturkampf, 'cause we won't. Fucking hippie.

Daily Neener

(In the Daily Neener, which probably won't be a daily feature, we point out our moral superiority, based merely on our randomly ending up stuck at the edge of the continent w/ nowhere else to run & no personal flotation device.)

The Coast is the most, 'cause the surfin's the best! Swelter, biased East Coast elitists!
Unusually cold temperatures in Southern California continued, with Los Angeles International Airport setting a record low on Friday.

LAX got to only 67 degrees, breaking a record set in 1926, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to stay fairly cool Saturday, with highs around 70 on the coast and in the 80s inland. Conditions will be a bit warmer on Sunday, according to the weather service.

July has turned out to be cooler than normal.

Instead of daytime highs approaching the mid-80s, downtown L.A. has experienced temperatures in the mid- to high 70s. From June 1 to July 5, daytime and nighttime temperatures have averaged a relatively cool 69.8 degrees.
Tremble in fear before our obvious righteousness, residents of the wrong side of the Rockies!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Stupid Day-Ending Video

If they build it, will we Americans bomb it? (Just want to be absolutely clear. It is WAR, right?)

Niggers, Jews & Sigma Nus

Awaiting the "Hollywood Jewsliberals drove poor Catholic Mel Gibson out of Hollywood by playing his tape" from Big Hollywood. C'mon, what's the hold-up?

Jury Finds Black People Frightening

Jooos is scary too, but their kind ain't vi'lent like the darkies, jes' tricky w/ words.
Times change, but the radioactive fear of black people, black men in particular, has proved to have a longer half-life than any science could have discerned. This is not a fear white people possess of black people -- it is a fear all Americans possess. It makes white cops kill black cops, it makes black cops kill black men, and it whispers in the ears of white and nonwhite jurors alike that fear of an unarmed black man lying face down in the ground is not "unreasonable." All of which is to say, while it infects all of us, a few of us bear the brunt of the suffering it causes.

Catholic Boy

Our low expectations of humanity lowered yet again.

Look Like A Moron
And Bump Into Things

We're getting the camo model.

Mind The Gap

“While the United States has some of the wealthiest institutions in the world, it also has a ‘system’ of postsecondary education with far more economic stratification than is true of any other country.”
America, the land of the exceptional. This makes Americans stronger, too. They really have to compete to get into a good school.

How does this fit w/ the party line on snobby liberal elitists ruining our children, we wonder, but the answer we get is: "Who fucking knows or cares at 0250?"

So, one more load of the old yet still satisfying schadenfreude before we take a telebision break.
The study also said that the recession that began in the last months of 2008 has dramatically changed the economics of higher education, probably forever.
Well, good. Change. (Been through enough of our own, thank you, but others can use a good shaking every so often.) We're sorry for the innocent who will be hurt by these chickens coming home, but as no one is innocent, what the hell are we on about?

Rich People: Assholes
Or Sad Jag-Offs?

L.A. Clippers owner & racist douchewad Donald Sterling has competition in the rich douchewad who owns an NBA team sector, evidenced by this epistle of butthurt, penned by loser & owner of the suddenly de-valued Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert.
Whiny fucking bitch, just die already. Our patience grows thin.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Volume, Volume, Volume

Ten freaking items run into the ground already today (several of them not intolerable); this makes 11. Enough, already.

Murder

Or execution.

More Of The Same
From The Same Morons

This is no doubt connected in some way to this cretin.

Tip of the Bouffant chapeau to Niqnaq.

Bremelos

Funnyman Gallagher surprises someone who "HAD NO IDEA."
Gallagher is upset about a lot of things. Young people with their sagging pants (in faintly coded racist terms, he explains that this is why the jails are overcrowded—because "their" baggy pants make it too hard for "them" to run from the cops). Tattoos: "That ink goes through to your soul—if you read your Bible, your body is a sacred temple, YOU DIPSHIT." People naming their girl-children Sam and Toni instead of acceptable names like Evelyn and Betty: "Just give her some little lesbian tendencies!" Guantánamo Bay: "We weren't even allowed to torture all the way. We had to half-torture—that's nothin' compared to what Saddam and his two sons OOFAY and GOOFAY did." Lesbians: "There's two types—the ugly ones and the pretty ones." (Um, like all people?) Obama again: "If Obama was really black, he'd act like a black guy and get a white wife." Michael Vick: "Poor Michael Vick." Women's lib: "These women told you they wanna be equal—they DON'T." Trans people: "People like Cher's daughter—figure that out. She wants a penis, but she has a big belly. If you can't see your dick, you don't get one." The Rice Krispies elves: "All three of those guys are gay. Look at 'em!" The Mexicans: "Look around—see any Mexicans? Nope. They'll be here later for the cleanup." The French: "They ruin our language with their faggy words."

Above all, everything is gay, gay, gay to Gallagher. He leans into it with the borderline- nonsensical, icked-out, ignorant glee of a boy—or the protest-too-much vigor of a GOP senator. Gallagher delivers your Bible verse for the day: "Without God, we are nothing but dust. What is butt dust? Is that what you get if your homosexual isn't properly lubricated?" He relates a story about spilling mouthwash onto his crotch during a show: "Lucky for me, there was no homosexuals in the area—'cause my balls was minty fresh." At other points during the show, Gallagher says, "Men and women can't live in the same house" and "There's no way men and women can have a relationship." He says he can't remember why he used to feel pleasure in looking at a woman. And, "There's only one kind of homosexual guy, and that's the pretty ones—why do homosexual men have to be so good-looking?" Gallagher. Listen. Is there something you want to share with us?

A Threat From Andrew Sullivan Is Returned: Get a Real Fucking Job & Work Until You're 75, You Fat Pig!!

Quite the uptick in assholery today.
But the retirement age has in no way caught up with life expectancy in America. I agree that Medicare is the more urgent target. I just don't see why we can't cut Medicare and raise the retirement age, as well as reduce the more utopian elements of the Bush-Cheney extension of empire in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We would love to see Fat-Boy Sullivan do a physically demanding job (Instead of sitting around typing & bullshiting about spending & deficits, maybe he could shovel shit in Iraq for the next 25 yrs.) all day & all night & all afternoon from now 'til he's oh, let's say 75. Get to work, lard-ass.

Our editorial staff's Medicare has already been fucked w/. This is not your imagination. Hope Andy has a lot of "investments" that'll keep his anti-AIDS medication going after he's too old to work. (Not true: We hope he gets death-paneleda nice big Medicare cut just when he needs it the most. Preferably on the basis that he's a dirty foreign queer who is of no use to anyone & his medications are awfully expensive. That seems to be the Christian conservative approach, hope he doesn't expect to be treated any differently 'cause he was an apologist for their bullshit.)

UPDATE: Let's throw Matthew Yglesias (the instigator) off a cliff while we're at it:
What’s more, if we’re going to cut spending on retirement programs then such cuts should be broadly shared and not exclusively inflicted on younger people.
These people are becoming more & more irksome. Tell Yglesias what: Once he's paid more into the SS system than we have, he can express his opinion. In the meantime, Matthew can start an IRA.

Tom Tancredo Squawks

Much the same message as offered immediately below by other racists.Transcript & context.

And we're completely over crummy mobile 'phone videos. Knock it off.

Gut Patriots & Blood Equity

Rush Limbaugh, Pat Buchanan & Kathleen Parker can not die soon enough for us. Or for the good of the United States. How's that for "gut" patriotism, Buchanan?

Mommy Statists

Look, someone saved us the trouble of critiquing the mess.

Not That There's Anything
Wrong W/ It!

Looky:
A federal judge ruled today that part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

Judge Joseph Tauro, of U.S. District Court in Boston, issued rulings on two separate cases today.

"This court has determined that it is clearly within the authority of the Commonwealth to recognize same-sex marriages among its residents, and to afford those individuals in same-sex marriages any benefits, rights, and privileges to which they are entitled by virtue of their marital status," Tauro wrote in the decisionfor Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services.

"The federal government, by enacting and enforcing DOMA, plainly encroaches upon the firmly entrenched province of the state, and, in doing so, offends the Tenth Amendment. For that reason, the statute is invalid," he wrote.

In both Massachusetts and its companion case,Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, Tauro ruled specifically on section 3 of DOMA, which reads:
In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word "marriage" means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word "spouse" refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.
Whadaya know.

Morons On The Loose,
Spouting Clichés

“You need the energy of invention just as we saw in the late 90s. We need another spurt of innovation-fueled growth.”
Blow me, you fucking jerk. Every noun & adjective in those two sentences, like those two reactionary favorites "Liberty" & Freedom," has been rendered meaningless through overuse by flacks, hacks, hypes & outright confidence men & women.

Shorter: "We need another bubble." Asshole.

The article itself

With Income Gap at 80-Year High, Solutions Remain Elusive

Middle and Lower Classes Suffer Further Amid Housing Crash

has its share of blah blah yada yada (Like virtually everything else these days. Shut up & keep it short, fuckwads!) &, while reëxplaining the obvious, reiterates the points made here earlier, w/ the colorful graphics.

Points being: You're screwed, you've been screwed all your life, & there's not one damn thing you can do about it.

That is, there's nothing suckers who've been confused into thinking they have something to lose are willing to do. There are solutions to these structural problems. (Implied threat of Second Amendment Remedies? You bet your ass!)

Again?
Yes. The Drumbeat Never Stops.

Wade through this (pack a lunch, you'll be gone a while):

The Time to Act Against Iran Is Fast Approaching

This means targeting its nuclear facilities via precision air strikes.
If Ahmadinejad prevails, the Twelfth Imam, who brings a new “world order” in fire and brimstone, may not remain in occultation for much longer.  According to the Iranian newspaper Kargozaran, Cabinet Secretary Majid Doostali has explained that “just as Imam Zaman’s occultation had a prelude and a main period, his return too has a prelude and a main period,” and that Ahmadinejad’s administration “was the prelude to the return.” According toRooz Online Iran, the president of the Islamic Management Scientific Society at the Qom Seminary School, one Hojjatoleslam Sammameddin Ghavani, has even proposed the establishment of a “‘Ministry of Waiting’ to facilitate the arrival of the Hidden Imam. Ahmadinejad has announced that the Imam Zaman would emerge from occultation within two years — the period of waiting.” Hard-line Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer Kharrazi, leader of the Hizballah Party, points to the creation of a Greater Iran, including Israel, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, as a prelude to the reappearance of the Mahdi.

Skeptical Westerners who would pass this off as merely a quaint belief not to be taken seriously should put on their considering caps, unlike Richard Armin’s cobbler in Foole upon Foole who takes his off — never a good idea if one does not wish to descend into folly. But the cobblers proliferate among us. In Radical Islam: Medieval Theology and Modern Politics, historian Emmanuel Sivan warns of precisely this menace in his discussion of Shi’a belief and thought, its vision of an “ideal, legitimate state to be instituted by its leader,” the Hidden Imam.

Over the course of history, he writes, a “minority of Shi’ites, quite substantial and dangerous at times, would move from pessimistic idealism to an optimistic brand of the same approach — the imam’s arrival is imminent, God’s kingdom is bound to be brought upon earth by this messiah (mahdi), and one should help precipitate its descent by armed revolt.” Ahmadinejad’s intention appears to be to accelerate the Mahdi’s arrival by initiating an act of apocalyptic violence. According to many reports, Ahmadinejad has even widened a boulevard in Tehran to welcome the Mahdi on his return (Newsweek, The Elephant Bar, InvestigateMagazine, etc.).

In a December 7, 2009, interview with Al-Arabiya TV, Ahmadinejad reasserted his conviction, blaming the United States for blocking the return of the Mahdi. “We have documented proof that they believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will rise in these parts and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world,” he said. To blithely assume that Ahmadinejad does not intend to act on his words is sheer, self-destructive madness. As Louis Rene Beres, author of Force, Order and Justice and a respected consultant on nuclear terror, writes, “Tehran’s new nuclear status could coincide with an unshakable leadership belief in the Shi’ite apocalypse. Here, Israel would face … a ‘suicide state.’”

From the perspective of Frank Gaffney, former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, not only Israel but all of us are at risk. The Iranian regime “is convinced, according to its theology, that bringing back the twelfth Imam, the Mahdi, the messiah figure, is their highest purpose, and in order to do that, according to their religious beliefs, something very much like the apocalypse needs to take place. It seems to me the height of folly to think you’ll be able to dissuade them from pursuing that end, perhaps by starting a nuclear war.”

He goes on: “If we think we can deter mullahs who are committed to an apocalyptic, messianic program, we’re kidding ourselves.” Nor should we ignore the fact that Iran continues to advance its missile technology. According to Reza Kahlili, a former CIA agent who infiltrated the Revolutionary Guards and has just released his memoir A Time to Betray, Iran is perfecting a new delivery system, the R-27, which brings almost all of Europe and much of Asia within its range. As if this were not a sobering enough thought, a report by the U.S. Department of Defense tabled in Congress on April 19, 2010, warns that Iranian ICBMs may reach American shores by 2015.
& then explain how Shi'a apocalypticism is any less a "quaint belief" than those of Christians who support Israel w/ the intention that eventually she will be blown to bits to fulfill the apocalyptic prophecies of certain of their holy books.

Indeed, how do we know that the person who typed all this blood-lust (David Solway is a Canadian poet and essayist. He is the author of The Big Lie: On Terror, Antisemitism, and Identity, and is currently working on a sequel, Living in the Valley of Shmoon. His new book on Jewish and Israeli themes, Hear, O Israel!, has just been released by Mantua Books.) isn't hoping that the attack on Iran for which he so bravely calls (from Canada, yet) will precipitate his hoped-for apocalypse?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Property Is Theft, But MP3s Are Worthless, So ...

Just used one of those torrent deals. Seems to have worked like a charm. How long will this last?

Out Stocking Up On Water ... Back Later

Scientists worry about the effect of the Easter Sunday Border Quake.
Experts say the larger question is whether the temblor made quakes more likely along more dangerous fault lines, such as the Whittier — which produced the deadly 1987 Whittier Narrows quake — and the San Andreas.

Scientists are particularly interested in the Whittier fault because it's connected to the Elsinore and runs under heavily populated areas.
Bring on the destruction & horror already. The tension's more likely to kill us than any eventual earthquake.

EARTHQUAKE!!!

BRACE FOR AFTERSHOCKS!!!

Sound Advice

You assholes have already been fucking w/ us.
Info & income limit redacted for privacy purposes, snoops.
Am'ts. removed because they're None of Your Fucking Beeswax, Jack! We are not receiving "$    .00." Yet.
It is not in your best interests to continue this course.
That is not a warning, it is a threat. We add that Members of Congress thinking of laws preventing crazy people (Who will kill them w/o a second thought if they continue to eff w/ us.) & terrorist suspects from owning guns are also under threat.

Or, to put it in terms even a Congressional Republican can understand:

America: You're Especially,
Exceptionally Retarded!

Pretty graphics telling an ugly story.
How much longer will you fucking sheep take it?
Right until you're dead, if you're anything like the rest of them, & of course you are!
Seriously, you whipped dogs, will even your corporate & political masters literally rubbing your noses in their shit wake you up?

We keep removing your blinders, & you insist on putting them back on. When you're at the glue factory & the blinders come off for the last time, it'll be too damn late. Happy rendering, suckers!

Awake Before Noon!

Why? Whyyy? Whyyyyy?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Further Visual Abuse

Enough to make one insert the proverbial knitting needles in the peepers, but, dog w/ bone style, we couldn't let go of this example of America we discovered while digging for the item immediately below.
People who dig Ayn Rand.

The Eyes Are A Reflection Of The Soul

Not to mention the rolls of fat.
Is that a herpie on Greer's upper lip?
Mrs. Greer w/ husband after someone went his bail.
Like many real Americans, former Miss University of Miami (Of course! Although she looks more like a WWE Diva now.) Lisa Greer is storing fat in her upper arms for the coming winter. Looks to be a long & cold one, farmers!

Oh, Crud

Post-meal. Baseball game on telly. Ennui, exhaustion increasing. Must reach coffee.

Blame BHO

Ennui led us to peruse the L.A. Times' obsessive homicide listings. We'd heard chatter that murder, at least, was down city-wide, though we weren't following that up; just hoping for something grim & vile. Nothing but banality, though.

However, the chatterers weren't kidding. The Times has been recording all homicides in Los Angeles County since 1 Jan. 2007. Our Times-defined neighborhood (population 115,070.3, per the 2000 Census) had 14 in 2007, & another 14 in 2008. 2009: Four. So far this yr.: Two. One domestic violence, one standard LAPD operating procedure: Black guy w/ a learning disability is shot by officers who saw him "reaching into his waistband."
Los Angeles police officials said officers shot Washington early Saturday morning after he reached into his waistband for what they believed was a weapon.

Washington died from a single gunshot wound to the head shortly after midnight.

Although no weapon was found, officers said they feared for their lives because Washington did not respond to their commands and appeared to be reaching for his waistband.
Or "appeared to be reaching for his waistband." While being of the African-American persuasion.

Annals Of Blowing Shit Up:
"Starfish Prime"

Text & images.

Monday, July 5, 2010

No Mas

1945
1949
1955
1969: Lt. William L. Calley, Jr., during his court martial in 1971.

Past Paranoia

All decent people know how much Glenn Beck sucks, but if he (& his aging fans) weren't a sad & powerless joke, this could be happening:
Had Beck been a public figure at the time of King's famous speech, there is little doubt on "which side of history" he would have stood: the same side as every other far-rightwing Mormon. Had they been contemporaries, Beck would have condemned King as a "progressive cockroach" surrounded by communists, or as an outright communist himself. We know this not only because he has imported such tactics into the present. We know this because his Mormon heroes were viciously anti-civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s.

Beck has repeatedly, respectfully, and recently played audio of men like Ezra Taft Benson, a Mormon apostle who thought the civil rights movement was a dastardly communist plot. Benson also wrote the forward to a book of race hate whose cover illustration featured the severed, bloody head of an African American.
Beck's favorite author and biggest influence, meanwhile, is W. Cleon Skousen. The author of four of the ten books on Beck's 9.12 Project required-reading list, Skousen supported the Birchite view captured in the title of a September 1965 cover story in the John Birch Society Bulletin, "Fully Expose the 'Civil Rights' Fraud, and You Will Break the Back of the Communist Conspiracy!"

The Benson/Skousen axis of the 1960s, of which Beck would have been a energetic party to, was a multi-generational affair. In 1965, Salt Lake City was plunged into hysteria when Reed Benson (son of Ezra) and Mark Skousen (nephew of Cleon) spread rumors that the NAACP was sending two thousand Black Muslims to attack the Tabernacle. When general panic ensued, the Utah National Guard was placed on alert and began practicing riot maneuvers in anticipation of the invasion. After calm was restored, the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP both condemned the Bircher-fomented race-war hysteria in Utah. (Both groups have also condemned Beck.) The next month, the Bulletin published articles describing blacks as "savages" and civil rights leaders as "animals."
Getting dilrods to show at rallies is all well & good, but when was the last time one of these hucksters managed to get the National Guard called out?

Check For Fleas & Buboes Immediately

Hope for the Great Cleansing springs eternal:
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Alamos Campground in the Angeles National Forest has been shut down after a squirrel captured there tested positive for plague.

The campground will remain closed for at least ten days, according to Los Angeles County public health director Jonathan Fielding.

The squirrel was caught about two weeks ago.

All the squirrel burrows in the area near Gorman will be dusted for fleas, which can transmit the disease from wild rodents to humans.

Then, further tests will be performed before the campground is reopened.

There have been four cases of human plague in L.A. County since 1984, none of which were fatal.
Always w/ the fact-based party-pooping at the end. Killjoys.

KTLA News
12:59 PM PDT, July 5, 2010

Just A Few Things & Concepts We Despise:

AC/DC, Americans, Australians, Canadians, The English-Speaking Peoples & The Remainder of Humanity, Music & The State of Nevada, as summed up:We don't know who or what the fuck Anastacia is, but if she's part of any group we didn't address, fuck them too!

Conditions Are Right

America has been drinking & blowing shit up real good since Friday afternoon (at the latest). The actual Fourth of Independence has passed, yet there's another day off. The inexperienced are in charge, & there's no reason for people not to have a few more.
Eagle looking ready to peck out your America-hating eyes.

Also Not On The Radar

It's difficult ignoring two large scale events at once, but we've been juggling while on the tightrope for yrs.

The Old Get Old, & Older

Can we stop w/ the patriotism, or must we keep up appearances because today is Independence Day (Observed)?

'Way back up in the woods....'

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/July 3, 2010)
Chuck Berry plays his classic "Johnny B Goode" while displaying some of his signature moves -- this at the age of 83.
Rock’s first poet and original guitar hero confessed during his hour-long set to tiring easily these days. So he alternated such rollicking anthems of youthful liberation as “Roll Over Beethoven,” “School Days” and “Sweet Little Sixteen” with slower numbers, including “Every Day I Have the Blues” and “Wee Wee Hours,” in which he let his big Gibson electric guitar do most of the singing.

The man who invented much of the musical lexicon for his instrument reeled and rocked with a perplexing string of chord progressions and melodic runs during his solos, the logic of which might have been perceptible only to certain breeds of guitar-loving dogs. Yet just when you thought he’d completely abandoned musical cohesion comprehensible to anyone this side of Thelonious Monk, those long, limber fingers would slip back into the exhilarating dimension he largely defined more than half a century ago.
That might have been fun. This too.

Heels on wheels

(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/July 3, 2010)
Model "Rotten Kitty" of Los Angeles draws attention to a 1928 Essex at Hootenanny, where car culture intersects with roots music and a punk attitude.
If one likes that sort of thing.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.