Saturday, June 26, 2010

Texas Loon Up-Date

Where else?
GUN BARREL CITY, Texas – The past decade has taken a toll on John Joe Gray, holed up on his rural East Texas land while waiting for a siege that's never happened.

He's been living on 47 acres behind a fence without running water and electricity but with plenty of guns, daring authorities to arrest him for a 10-year-old, third-degree felony warrant. He says he hasn't left his property since 2000, all the while allowing his distrust of a government he views as evil to fester.
What is this country coming to when a paranoid can't even get the gummint to come after him?

Smart-assery aside, this fuck does seem to have kept the gov't. off his back w/ mere threats. We hope this serves as inspiration to all freedom lovers across America. Your guns can bring you this & more when you "go Galt":
The Grays drink well water, eat vegetables grown in their garden and fish in the river that borders the land covered with a canopy of trees. They live in a ramshackle house and a mobile home and often eat at the picnic table far from the road but visible through the trees.
No electricity either.

But who cares when you don't pay property taxes?
Gray hasn't paid property taxes since 1995. The county has sued him for $12,700 in back taxes and interest penalties. But [Sheriff] Nutt said it's too dangerous for deputies to serve notice of the suit filed in 2008, and until that happens, the case cannot proceed.
Time for a drone strike. Good for religious maniac insurgents, whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan or right here at home. Kill 'em all, gawd will know his own.

From The New Media Sand-Box: "Gotcha! Nyah-nyah! Told You So!"

Beginning to think that were Sarah Palin to charge $500/plate for a fundraiser at which she did nothing but took the stage, picked her nose & ate the resultant moko, if anyone to the proverbial left of Attila the Hun made the merest mention of Palin's pickin' as not being terribly attractive or helpful, reactionary elements would leap to defend her gold-mining as a brilliant piece of "piss off the libs" strategy while continuing the screech of "bashing, trashing, slamming, haters, yada!"

New media person Sister Toldjah (Nyah-nyah, nyah-nyah, nyah-nyah!) announces a "GOTCHA!" moment for the old media ("Gotcha journalism": ++Eee-vile when done to former half-Alaska Gov. Palin by Katie Couric, great when someone's caught telling a truth that's unpopular w/ reactionaries):
Is this a gotcha moment for the new media vs. old media? You betcha.
Sure nuff is, in that it shows that the old media can still differentiate between shit & Shinola®, while the new reactionary media wants nothing but shit.

Keep fucking that "new media" chicken, twits.

Press Wrap-Up & Throwing Away

If we were clever, or good, or cared, we'd produce something like this. We aren't & don't. Oh well.

June Gloom

So, at 0316 (literally) we're contemplating sack time when we see this, leading us to put on shoes & go outside w/ camera in hand.
The moon will appear reddened by a partial lunar eclipse that will be visible over Washington state around 3:16 a.m. Saturday.

There won't be a full lantern effect, but at 54 percent coverage, the color will be "pretty nice," says Judy Mason, secretary of the Eastside Astronomy Club.

Clouds permitting, the eclipse will be visible to the naked eye.
Fucking clouds.

Being & Non-Entity

Googled our legal name in a fit of paranoia. Last time we looked we had been killed in a hold-up (victim, not perp) in Wisc. or Mich. in the late '20s, & not much else.

Since then, the legal name's web presence has increased: We were an 18th/19th century diplomat, died in WWII, have things named after us, are on Facebook under our legal name, rec'd. an award of valor, yet, for police action (different middle initial, but well-rated at Rate-a-Cop) & there appears to be yet another oinker w/ our name. And we found our headstone, were we a junior. (Doubly creepy: Surely a relative, but we didn't know about him or senior.) We don't need to be reminded of our mortality.

And needn't worry about that mortality resulting from discovery. The actual & legal us does not exist in web world.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Puke Funnel

We neglected to pay close enough attention to the items emitted count to observe an even 5,000; while discarding bio-hazardous waste material (aborted posts & half-forgotten drafts) we noticed that the Dick Cheney report below is the 5,035th item spewn.

What-fucking-ever.

Devolving Dick Cheney Developments

Reuters was first on it in Google News.

Why We Have The Telebision On 18/7*

Mostly so we'll know immediately as soon as something blows up; sometimes the news is good:

BREAKING: DICK CHENEY TO HOSPITAL W/ "DISCOMFORT!"

*Not yet at the "sleeping w/ the tee vee on" stage.

We (As Usual) Had No Idea

And cold war imagery. Pull the covers up here.

Free Speech Can Cost You

Just saw memeorandum. Some guy named Dave resigned from somewhere because he typed something less-than-temperate but privately (he thought, sucker) about a two-bit asshole? What?

Crap, we haven't the time (had we the desire) to go over the bullshit, which of course is going to be ++nutty & +++lengthy because Weigel is "one of their own."

Give us a break, keyboard kommandos, we're still far behind in our telebision viewing.

They Call It Music?

Occasionally our cast-iron mind can take no more of the nattering nabobs on the telly & we let natterers w/ instruments at our ears. From the limited palette/pallet of Windows Media Player's (it's not as if anything in it was recorded after 1980 or so ...) Favorites from "Songs":

America Eats Its Young, After Cooking Them In Cars

Thinning the herd:
A researcher says 18 children have died of hyperthermia since the beginning of the year, with eight deaths reported since June 13. That's the largest number of fatalities through the first half of a year since Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University, began tracking the data in the late 1990s.
It would appear the young people of our cannibal nation are so genetcially compromised they can not get themselves out of unlocked cars.
Many of the recent cases have involved children who climbed inside an unlocked vehicle on a hot day and then couldn't get out.
Fucking sheep,
Like lambs to the slaughter.
American meat?
It's your daughter!

Moments later (So we're not calling it an "update.") something is being done about the problem:
Nearly one in five American women in her early 40s is childless, according to a report that shows a striking increase in women who don't have biological children.

The trend was much less common in the 1970s, when one in 10 women did not have children by 40 to 44, the age bracket researchers use to designate the end of childbearing years.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hobo Up-Date

One of Andrew Sullivan's whiny (&, let's face it, alleged) readers chimes in, as if there being six applicants for each available job isn't his fault.
Today I receive my last unemployment check. I've used up all available extensions. My position was eliminated on Feb. 1, 2009. Since then I've diligently searched for work. I have a MA and 23 years experience. I've had three interviews and no offers. My savings, including retirement, is gone. I had to sell my house. I've moved from Michigan to Massachusetts into the home of my parents, who at 81 and 71 live on their investments (which have been dwindling in this economy.) At a time when I should be getting ready for my retirement and taking care of my parents, I'm back at square one.
Ha ha. Moved the goalposts on you, did they? When they own them, they can put them wherever they want, including directly up your arse. Grab your ankles like the rest of us, sucker.

Dep't. Of Deceptive Headlines

For the bacon-obsessed,
a camp in Michigan has the cure

A pun (not laughing) rather than any fascist grease de-tox that we could go on about. Further perusal reveals hideous foodie-ism & celebrity chef crap. Fuck these people & the pigs they rode in on.

And let's amend that from "hideous foodie-ism" to straight-up foodie fascism. Anti-freedom (pro-thinking) forces are threatening your bacon.
"It's a thinking person's bacon camp," said Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Ann Arbor's gourmet mecca Zingerman's, which hosted the event. "I want to get people off the 'I love bacon' thing: 'Give me any and give me more.' I want them to know the differences between them and how to use them."
Arrghh. We aren't getting past the first page. (Yes, that means a minimum of two pages of this were typed & printed.) But we didn't know how much the sex-averse had been fetishizing bacon.
The American food renaissance has inspired many to more carefully consider what they eat. But although the finer points of wine, cheese, chocolate and coffee have been embraced with gusto, lots of food lovers have a blind spot for bacon. More, it seems, is always better. The obsession over smoked and cured pork belly has led less often to smart discussions of technique and history and more to bacon eat-athons, bacon memoirs, bacon air fresheners and bacon salt (motto: "Everything should taste like bacon") that contains no bacon at all.
More bacon blogging latereventually. We have a project under contemplation. (We've obtained supplies, & are seriously thinking about doing something therew/. Timelines/deadlines being for lesser minds, it may be some time before anything concrete appears, here or in the G-I tract.)

We Got Up Before Noon ...

... for this?
Blank Empty Space

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Few Words From, & Then A Few Words For, Kathleen Parker

From:
Parker: On the other hand, a perspective that I haven't heard anybody talk about — and I come at this from a military background, all the men in my family have been in the military and fought in every war since the American Revolution, so I'm kind of from that warrior culture — and what I suspect is that McChrystal's comments are not unique to him. I'm worried that it reflects a wider-spread feeling towards our President and Vice President...and that's a problem, and that's something we ought to talk about.

Spitzer: A different dimension on this: I just found out Kathleen's from a warrior culture and now I'm beginning to worry.

Parker: Listen, sweetie, all you need to know is the Marine Corps is on my side.
And for Ms. Parker: Take your "warrior culture" & shove it. This is the "no standing army" nation. We do not have a "warrior culture" like some decadent Euro-shithole or a bunch of sissy Spartans.

Also, Scarlett O'Hara, why don't you & the other bitches pull your own weight? "[A]ll the men in my family have been in the military and fought in every war since the American Revolution, so I'm kind of from that warrior culture." Fight for us, or fight over us, boys. We'll be over here spending your money & holding your children hostage.

Hey, look! Greenwald style, we update. W/ a link to Greenwald, about one of Kathy P.'s previous columns. Seems to line right up w/ her "all the men in my family have been in the military and fought in every war since the American Revolution" bull, doesn't it? Guess that makes her an Extra-Special Real American.

Frank J. Gaffney Jr.: Useful Idiot, Miserable Hand

Shariah-compliant finance dates back to the 1940s, when it was invented by leading figures in the Muslim Brotherhood. This international organization has as its stated mission "destroying Western civilization from within ... by its own miserable hand."
— Frank J. Gaffney Jr., exposing SCOTUS nominee Kagan's "insinuation" of Shariah into these very United Snakes in the pages of The Washington Times, which, merely coincidentally, mind you, would like to impose Moonie Law on the world. Not a problem for Mr. Gaffney, we suppose.

That aside, try to get a grip on this:
Ms. Kagan's Islamic Finance Project also has played a prominent role in encouraging the U.S. government to endorse Shariah-compliant finance. Notably, a founding adviser to the project, Harvard professor Samuel Hays III, conducted a "seminar for the policy community" in November 2008. It was sponsored by a former Goldman-Sachs-executive-turned-assistant-treasury-secretary, Neel Kashkari, who at the time was responsible for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The signal thus sent could not have been clearer, either to Mr. Kashkari's colleagues in government or to those in the financial sector: At a moment when the very viability of major banks and investing institutions critically depended on this individual's favor, it would be advisable to embrace Shariah-compliant finance.
Did you follow that? Islamic Finance, Goldman-Sachs, TARP, "Shariah-compliant finance." It all ties together!

Also noted: The Moon Times enters Sadly, No! territory w/ Photoshoppery.
Verbatim from The WT: "Illustration: Kagan and Shariah"
Too damn bad it's so small. Almost as if someone were still capable of shame.

A-Fucking-Hem

Disturbing information brought to us via telebision advertising. We weren't watching, but we couldn't believe our shell-like ears.
Just eat shit & die already, sad Broadway version of rock&roll.
The addition of "Live in Hyde Park" makes no difference, B. S.

Apparently There Will Always Be A New Zealand, Too

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Trapped after flipping his car while drunk driving, a New Zealand man opened another beer as he waited to be rescued.

Paul Nigel Sneddon, 47, pleaded guilty to careless driving and drunken driving in a district court in the North Island city of Palmerston North, the Dominion Post newspaper reported Wednesday.

Sneddon failed to take a corner on June 1, crashed through a wooden barrier, and flipped his car onto its roof.

The newspaper quoted defense lawyer Peter Young as telling the court when Sneddon found he could not open the doors, “he had nothing else to do at that point, so he had another beer.”

When police found him trapped in the vehicle his breath-alcohol level was 1,191 micrograms — nearly three times the legal limit of 400 micrograms.

Prosecutor police Sgt. Ollie Outtrim told the court Sneddon went on a drinking bender after losing his job at a bakery.

Asked by an officer how much alcohol he had consumed, Sneddon replied: “‘Plenty. I’ve been drinking for four days straight,’ adding he had just lost his job in a local bakery,” Outtrim was quoted as saying.

Judge Gregory Ross fined Sneddon 1,100 New Zealand dollars ($776) and disqualified him from driving for 10 months.


We ain't speculating nothin' 'bout no one nohow, responsible or otherwise.

Words Escape

Telling, if not nauseating, that this piece of shite is affectionately referred to as "Derb" by these awful people.
Enjoying NRO having those stupid & irritating ad links all over their crap. How's that free market working out for you again?

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.