Monday, July 19, 2010

Bombs Away!

Dunno whence 'twas stolen: no credit here.

Also: no credited Israeli explosions?

Ignorant Rubes Astounded At
Extent Of National Security State

You fucking cretins, this shadow gov't. bullshit has been going on since the Truman Admin. pissed its BVDs over the Communist Menace in 1946/7!

Now the latest episodes of manly, serious incontinence (11 September 2001 & anything that's happened since) have brought to these United Snakes an outsourced national security establishment on a steroid rampage, out of control & so beefed-up & musclebound as to be barely effective.

And the media & sheep stand about w/ their thumbs up their asses & expressions of astonishment on their already slack-jawed faces.

Truly an exceptional nation, gifted by gawd.

Red State, Blue State

At New Wars.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fifty Yrs. Of The Left-Wing
Media Menace

"me" finds this
LAT, 14 July 1960
among other crap from the L.A. Times of July 1960.
Funny we didn't notice the fiftieth anniv. of JFK's ultra-lib nomination observed anywhere.

Mildly Amusing Curiosity

No, we didn't care enough to find this ourself.

Possibly The Worst Background
Of All Eternity

From:
  1. The Tragically Flip said,
    July 18, 2010 at 6:58
  2. The Tragically Flip said,
    July 18, 2010 at 7:01

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

History Lesson

Revolutionary fervor of 1918:
London, July 20 -- Nicholas Romanoff, ex-Czar of Russia, was shot July 16, according to a Russian announcement by wireless today.

The former Empress and Alexis Romanoff, the young heir, have been sent to a place of security.

The message announces that a counter-revolutionary conspiracy was discovered, with the object of wrestling the ex-Emperor from the authority of the Soviet Council. In view of this fact ["and?" — Ed.] the approach of Czechoclovak bands, the President of the Ural Regional Council decided to execute the former ruler, and the decision was carried out on July 16.

The central executive body of the Bolshevist Government announces that it has important documents concerning the former Emperor's affairs, including his own diaries ad letters from the monk Rasputin, who was killed shortly before the revolution. These will be published in the near future, the message declares.

Watering Hole Up-Date

In our boozier days, Ye Coach & Horses was the nearest post-adolescent meeting place, actually the only place a man or woman could get a shot on Sunset Blvd. between The Cat & Fiddle & the Sunset Strip.
Say good-bye, according to a press release, via Franklin Avenue.
Ye Coach and Horses has lost its lease and is being evicted thanks to the owner of Samuel French Bookstore who owns the property. After 74 YEARS as a Hollywood nightlife institution, the bar will be forced out at the end of the month.

At this time, the owner and management of the bar is locked in a legal fight with Samuel French over an eviction notice served on July 1st.

So many celebrities of film, television and music have called Coach and Horses home over the past seven decades including Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Spacey, James Gandolfini, Quentin Tarantino, Drew Barrymore, Michael Keaton and Alicia Silverstone. It would be a shame and a travesty to let this establishment slip away without a fight.
And it would put you all out of work, possibly more of a shame than the loss of someplace where Kiefer Sutherland may once have taken a whiz before drunk driving.

Our fondest memory of the dump was the night we met our then-girlfriend there for a drink, Ye C&H being about halfway between our respective residences, & after two drinks started to drive to our then-bunker, only to turn (the wrong way) down the only one-way street in Hollywood, resulting in a DUI arrest by a motorcycle cop lurking on hooker patrol, & trip to the Wilcox Hotel for GF. Which caused us to walk to her place, buzz her husband from the front door & tell him we had to go pick up the car, get some cash at Ralphs on Sunset & bail out the wife. (Good thing that in those days US$35.00 cash could get a DUI suspect released.)

One other memory, the owner (Bob?) who would fill a 12-oz. glass to the brim w/ white rum & sip at it all night. Mixed drinks are for wimps.

Too Much, Too Late

400 bookmarks? Let's clean out this place!Technically, the wages of any- & everything (Breathing, to name but one.) are death.
So much for that one.
Turns out the next one wasn't so hot; another version.This concludes our broadcast day.

Curse Of The Drinking Class

Too damn hot to sleep past noon.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Morbidity Report

Doesn't seem terribly likely we're going to outlive oil.
[W]e're going to have to deal with alternative technologies on that time scale no matter what—many projections indicate we're going to be out of oil within 60 years (usable coal will last a century and a half longer, give or take).
And we wouldn't want to outlive coal.

Tee Vee Fire Season Officially Opens

On our screen, anyway. First one we remember seeing.

Mass. Hos

Getting huffy at The Hill.
Griffin is shown in video identifying a photo of Brown, in which she makes a joke about the Brown daughters.

"Scott Brown, who is a senator from Massachusetts, and has two daughters who are prostitutes," she tells CNN anchors John King and Dana Bash.

Brown has drawn some guffaws for his signs of affection toward his daughters; after winning a special election in January to fill the Senate seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), joking that the two were "both available."
Here they are w/ daddy.
Sorry, we don't know which is which. We think the Senator's in the middle.
Ayla Brown, a former college basketball player and "American Idol" contestant, works as contributor to "The Early Show" on CBS. Arianna Brown has spent this past summer doing some modeling.
Euphemisms.

That's RIchmond 9-5174: Call It Direct, Call It Collect, But ...

If anyone gives a fuckShould anyone care (We obviously didn't.) our land-line has been reconnected. Fax us!

Funny because: We rec'd. about ten calls from not-sales robots (humanoid & other) in the yr. or whatever it was originally working.

Blow Up (Burn, Baby, Burn!)

Hearing that the cap on the whatever-it's-named well in the Gulf Of Mexico may have been successfully capped after 87 days of gushing is very, very encouraging.

For those of us hoping that the bottom of the gulf will rupture from the pressure build-up, blow methane over fucking everything & burn the world to death. Build that pressure, Beepers!

Sex And The Church: Paging Dr. Freud

Vatican Releases New Rules for Sex Abuse
No. 1: Don't get caught. No. 2: No wymyn!!
Ha, we didn't notice the Obama button on the one on the left. Is that bullshit supposed to mean something?
But the document made no mention of the need for bishops to report abuse to police and doesn't include any "one-strike and you're out" policy as demanded by some victims' groups.

The document also listed the attempted ordination of a woman as a "grave crime" to be handled by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, just as sex abuse is. Critics have complained that including both in the same document implied equating them.
Say, need some help sorting out your feelings on boys & women, churchmen?

Is it not about time we dropped diplomatic(?) recognition of Vatican City & imprisoned all the priests, bishops, cardinals & other RCC employees as unregistered agents of a foreign government? And confiscated all Church property? C'mon, who's w/ us on this? 'Fraid of lightning bolts? Or Opus Dei?

A Very Serious Argument
From A Very Stupid Person

R. Emmet Tyrell, Junior, has an item in the rag he edits defending fox hunting as an essential liberty.
The English-Speaking people love liberty. I thought of this the other day when I read a piece in theWashington Post about the revival of fox hunting in Britain and the desire to legalize it once again. Ian Farquhar, an English hunter, leads the piece by saying that when the 2004 ban on fox hunting went into effect, "I felt -- we all felt -- they were spitefully taking away the very essence of our liberty."
And they were so "spiteful"! Feelings were hurt. (Not to mention foxes.)

Whine louder, R. Emmet. They can't hear you in English-Speaking Oz.

Peter ("Iraqi Blood On His Hands") Beinart On The GOP’s Phony Diversity

The GOP’s basic problem is that many Republicans equate Christianity, or at least Judeo-Christianity, with Americanism.
Christ on two crutches, the Goofy Old Party has more than a few basic problems.

We understand that politicians on rare occasions pander, & several have stuck to their "principles," yet P.B. doesn't doubt these battlefield conversions:
There’s no reason to doubt the sincerity of their conversions. But both also seem aware that maintaining the non-Western religious traditions of their birth would have imperiled their political careers. In 2007, when Congress overwhelmingly passed a resolution recognizing the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali, Jindal abstained. Before running for governor, Haley noted that her family attended a Sikh Temple as well as a Methodist Church, but today she studiously avoids any reference to being born Sikh and as the campaign has progressed, her website has been updated to stress in increasingly emphatic terms her devoting to Jesus Christ. That’s hardly surprising given that the co-chairman of one of her Republican gubernatorial rivals circulated an email claiming that Haley “ can’t seem to make up her mind about her faith.”

More Potential Good News

A pig is a pig is a pig.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Possible Good News,
Not That One Should Hold One's Breath In Anticipation

From LAObserved (their emphasis) quoting ESPN The Magazine's Molly Knight:
Not one source was surprised when the split was announced." They hated each other from the moment they set foot in Los Angeles," says a former high-ranking Dodgers official. "There was a saying in the front office that the three worst days of our jobs would be when Vin Scully died, when Tommy Lasorda died and when the McCourts decided to split. There was never any question it was gonna go lethal."
Fucking social-climbing assholes. (And knock on wood w/ Vin Scully dying, OK?)

Oh, the good news?
* Also Wednesday: Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon, tired of hearing Frank and Jamie's lawyers bickering over money, said he might have to order the Dodgers sold to resolve the couple's pre-trial squabbling.
LAT
Granted, the chance of a not-asshole purchasing the team is highly unlikely. But:
In the six years he's owned the Dodgers, Frank has borrowed an estimated $390 million against the team, Knight says.
Mostly to finance their six (or so, can't be arsed) local houses. They also seem to have just given Dodger salaries to their mutant offspring. No new owner could be any worse. (You could look all this up in the L.A. Times Sports section, if you gave a damn, but we know you don't.)

While we're on it, this came before our eyes yesterday,
Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times
w/ full "body-language" interpretation.

Knee-Slapper

E. J. Dionne in the Washed-Up Post:
The Tea Party is motivated primarily by right-wing ideology, not by racism.
We wonder if Mr. Dionne can provide any fucking evidence whatsoever that racism isn't one of the pillars of right-wing/conservative/reactionary ideology, from Southern slave-owners to Adolph Hitler, Pat Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh & Kathleen Parker.

Mark Your Calendar Now!

We understand that the poisonous comet "atmosphere" thing has been debunked.
From, via, source, &tc.

More Same Crap, Different Day

Alors, pourquoi pas aller avec le Français, aujourd'hui spécialement: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même merde.

Why This Reporter Never Goes To The Other Side Of The Hollywood Hills

Were Not Expecting This One

Put this post (W/o the Frum pull. How would that have come out?) into this robot. The result:
Hey, we know we type a little stiltedly, but what the hell?

Further research indicates that H.P. is a common return. What-fucking-ever.

Hey, RJReynolds Tobacco Co., Can We Get A Carton Or Two Now?

And remember: "Don't look for premiums or coupons, as the cost of the tobaccos blended in CAMEL cigarettes prohibits the use of them."

Source.

Michael Jackson's Mausoleum Defaced

We might have left some slightly different comments. Like, "How's Hell, sickening Jehovah's Witness Jesus Juice pervert asshole?" Or "How many young boys' lives did you ruin w/ your child-molesting?"

"Defaced." Ha ha. Or "denosed," maybe.

Brace of Bare-Armed, Bottle-Blonde Bimbas Bloviate!

Just for the alliteration, from D. Weigel.
One of the more jarring passages in Rick Perlstein's "Nixonland" is his recounting of a popular myth that went around Iowa in 1966, the year of the conservative backlash against the Great Society. The myth was that black gang members on motorcycles were going to head from Chicago to ransack Des Moines. Reading this in 2008, it sounded preposterous, the kind of thing that no one could believe in the country that was about to elect Barack Obama. But Kelly, under the guise of journalism, is working to create a rumor like this in 2010. Watch her broadcasts and you become convinced that the New Black Panthers are a powerful group that hate white people and operate under the protection of Eric Holder's DOJ.
See also, too:
Sept 2, 1965 - A month after race riots in the Watts suburb of Los Angeles, Reed Benson, Utah John Birch Society coordinator and son of Apostle Ezra Taft Benson, writes to Birch Society Members in Utah: "It is common knowledge that the Civil Rights Movement is Communist controlled, influenced and dominated. . . . Our founder and guide, Mr. Robert Welch, has instructed us that when necessary we must adopt the communist technique in our ever present battle against Godless Communism. It is urged that in the coming weeks the Utah Chapters begin a whispering campaign and foster rumors that the Civil Rights groups are going to organize demonstrations in Salt Lake City in connection with the forthcoming LDS conference. . . . A few well placed comments will soon mushroom out of control and before the conference begins there will be such a feeling of unrest and distrust that the populace will hardly know who to believe. The news media will play it to the very hilt. No matter what the Civil Rights leaders may try to say to deny it the seed will have been sown and again the Civil Rights movement will suffer a telling blow."
Same shit, different day.

No, Really?

From Lee Fang & interns.

Memories, Misty Something, Whatever, Shit ...


L.A. journalist Anthea Raymond narrates interviews with players from the early Downtown music and arts scene, among them Paul Greenstein, Richard Duardo and Judith Hansen. They're talking about Gorky's, Madame Wong's, Atomic Cafe and other places that are gone but not forgotten.
Haven't watched it yet, but our favorite downtown dump was The Hong Kong Café.

Darwinners

Drunk Russians drown escaping heatwave

Die, pigs!

Annals of Scamming

Note typical AmSpec readers, awaiting imminent death.
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Now there's some "carefully selected" Country First! patriotism. Sad-ass loser R. Emmet Tyrell, Jr. shows his true colors. When do we get the colloidial silver ads, R. Emmet?

Appeals Court Overturns
FCC "Obscenity" Rules

"Get this: Fuck that! I don't owe you fuckers anything & all I've got to say is fuck you!"

Forty Yrs. Ago Today

This reporter was in the Place de la Bastille, "watching" Frogs destroy a BNP branch & smash windows in other edifices of pig capitalism.

How the mighty have fallen.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Recent Activities At The Dep't. Of Dull Trivia

Made a peanut butter & bacon on WHITE bread sandwich, somewhat Elvis style. Have bananas on hand, but did not add any to the sandwich, nor did we deep-fry it. (Piker.)

Trimmed eyebrows, plucked hair from ears. (Fortunately, ear hair is white/translucent, so not that obvious.)

Is it any wonder we're in the mood for a murderous rampage?

We Swear To Something, We Are Going To Get A Stick & ...

Fucking Frum, in Sullivan's spot:
But if compassionate conservatism means anything, it should mean support for research and experimentation to discover if maybe after all there is something that might work even a little better than writing off as valueless the lives of 3 million fellow-Americans, disproportionately minority and especially disproportionately black.
(We'd suggest the destruction of capitalism would be a good start to helping all Americans.)

Really, is "compassionate" conservatism suddenly resurgent? Does anyone think that it "means" any more than (just for fucking example, mind you) "Axis of Evil?" Or another phrase associated w/ Frum's former paymaster, G. W. Bush: "Mission Accomplished?"

Seriously, has anyone seriously taken "compassionate conservatism" seriously since ever? That conservatism must be prefaced w/ the attemptedly ameliorative alliteration of "compassionate" tells us all we need to know, dunnit?

And who's writing off every unemployed American? Oh, right, most of the compassionate Republican members of the Senate.

Special Weasel Award: "support for research and experimentation to discover if maybe after all there is something that might work even a little better". Could he be any vaguer? It's no wonder he wrote for Bush.

Utopia Moronia

Project Uranus announces:
the serious problems that face our modern society: unemployment, violent crime, replacement of humans by technology, over-population
They've already solved one problem.

And good luck w/ this shit:
The Venus Project presents a bold, new direction for humanity that entails nothing less than the total redesign of our culture.
Might as well wish hard to grow a pair of wings & fly to the moon. If you're so damn smart, why haven't you grasped history & human nature?

Crazy & Stupid

Harry Reid is simply boring Mormon-dull. Crazy dumb-ass confused moron ninny Sharron Angle is exciting & amusing.

Which reminds us of someone we knew in 1968, who (although of the Afro-American persuasion) intended to vote for George Wallace because he figured if G.W. were elected it would make the racism & general right-wing shit very clear to the public & lead to REVOLUTION!!! Ah, misplaced faith in the American public.

That said, Angle (& Rand Paul) in the United Snakes Senate, where they might think they'll be safe screeching all the crazy shit they so desperately want to share w/ us would not be the worst electoral development in history. If the fucking Democratic Party would just repeat everything the twin terrors of lunacy say, clearly & slowly so that Americans can understand ... Naw. Wouldn't make a dime's worth of difference, as Wallace used to say.

NL Beats Punk-Ass Chump "Pitchers Don't Hit" League Of Losers

Justice!

Moron Metaphor

Catholic Boy II:
The Passion Of The Gib

More Mel. What a sick fucking fuck.

Not to forget his father the Holocaust denier.

Wasn't Us!

Couldn't be. We took a shower just yesterday. Dig the police calls.
Man without pants on Robertson taken into custody by LAPD (photo: Tony Shoulders)
Although we certainly expect to end up like that. Hope we'll have more than a whiskey bottle for a weapon.

Better News On The Morbidity Front: Anti-Semitic Sci-Fi Author Dies

Although we've enjoyed some of this jerk's books, while noting a certain glibertarian element to some of his typing. we didn't know he was a holocaust- & climate change-denier. (Well, why stop w/ denying just one thing? We could speculate about early on-set Reagan's Disease, too.)

One of those creepy English types who come to the United Snakes for the "free market." Apparently J. P. had one going in bullshit.

Rot in hell, Hogan. We hope your death was long & painful.

Dead Fug Makes Variety

Tuli Kupferberg finally got sick enough of you fucks to check out. And it was reported in Variety. Wouldn't have expected that when the Fugs first hit the big timedrew off-beat media attention in the fabled (for shit) 1960s.

See & hear all. And a recent-ish NPR story.
NOTHING!!Not a gawd-damn thing.

Yesterday's Pictures

Who wants 'em? (Would have been "Today's Pictures" if we hadn't just lost the best hrs. of our life to video manipulation.)
Flying Rats Resting on Roof
From the back of the limo.
From the limo.
Screwiest character yet on a bag cereal version of Cap'n. Crunch®. We'll see if these tint our feces green like the last ones did.

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.

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