Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Crap Slate Would Have You Believe You Should Know Now

Whatever the source (It's all shit anyway, why differentiate?) these 12 items are semi-indicative of something (Oh, yeah, the zeitgeist.) & we're perfectly satisfied to copy & paste them w/o further comment. No, not the most ringing endorsement.
  1. Political Veterans Poised to Win Tomorrow's Primaries
    It was supposed to be the year of anti-incumbent outrage, but in Arizona and Florida, long-time politicians - including Sen. John McCain - are beating upstarts, even the independently wealthy ones.
    Read original story in The Washington Post | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  2. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Will Be a "Virtual Third Party" In Mid-Terms
    The group plans to spend at least $75 million getting candidates who are "supportive of free enterprise" elected.
    Read original story in The Associated Press | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  3. Tiger and Elin Officially Divorced
    The ex-couple says their family's privacy is a "principal concern." TMZ says it has all the details on the divorce settlement.
    Read original story in TMZ | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  4. Anti-Islam Tensions Flare Over Mosque Controversy
    As anti-Islam sentiment crops up across the United States, analysts say that the backlash against the proposed Islamic community center has created "an absolute propaganda coup" for al-Qaida.
    Read original story in Wall Street Journal | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  5. A Home May Never Be a Good Investment Again
    Americans think "it's a law of nature" that real estate appreciates in value. It's not.
    Read original story in The New York Times | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  6. Philippine Hostage Situation Ends in Violence
    An 11-hour hostage situation came to a close on Monday after Philippine police charged a bus that had been hijacked by a former cop in downtown Manila. Six people--not including the gunman--have been reported dead.
    Read original story in CNN CNN | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  7. We Knew It Was Safe to Leave Iraq When the Porn Came Out
    A reporter for the Associated Press argues that the presence of porn on Baghdad's streets says a lot about the security situation in Iraq.
    Read original story in The Associated Press | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  8. "The Situation" Will Make $5 Million This Year
    It's not just the Jersey Shore contract - Mike Sorriento and his abs are raking in the cash with endorsement deals for Vitamin Water, Reebok, a clothing line, and a new vodka brand. Then there's the book deal.
    Read original story in The Hollywood Reporter | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  9. School-Supply Lists Grow As State Budgets Shrink
    Cash-starved schools are asking kids to supply their own classroom with everything from construction paper to toilet paper.
    Read original story in The New York Times | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  10. China's 60-Mile Traffic Jam Could Last a Month
    But right now, it's only in day nine.
    Read original story in Global Times | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  11. Colleges Work Harder Than Ever to Pry Parents Away from Students
    As helicopter parents give way to "velcro parents," universities have to get more explicit about when it's time to leave your 18-year-old alone.
    Read original story in The New York Times | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
  12. Justice Department Hiring Ebonics Experts
    If you're fluent in "Black English," there may be a job for you at the Drug Enforcement Agency.
    Read original story in The Smoking Gun | Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
Alright, one declaration, one question, about item 5. You people are soooo fucking dumb. How stupid can you be? What the hell's your problem? You're never going to wise up, are you? Ad nauseam.

Fearless, Fighting, Foul-Mouthed! UPDATED W/ "Working" Link!

Wonder Warthog (Yes, the Hog of Steel!) goes on welfare, from 37 yrs. ago.

UPDATE (2005, 23 August 2010): Huh. Screwed by someone we know in meatspace. Here's the orig.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

TheThrills Never Stop

SoCal Living at its finest/dullest:
Breaking in a new grill.
Moonlight on Garvanza
Venus over Highland Park

Hey Bob A Ree Bob

Saturday, August 21, 2010

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From Balloon Juice.

From secs. of "research."

BUSTED! (UP-DATED)

"ESPN Personality" Jay Mariotti arrested in Venice on domestic disturbance charge involving his girlfriend, held on US$50,000.00 bail.

UPDATE (Mere mins. later.): The AP says somemone went his bail just before noon.

Friday, August 20, 2010

No Escaping "Eeeeww"

We Break It Here First

The New York Times
Fri, August 20, 2010 -- 8:22 PM ET
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Blackwater Reaches $42 Million Settlement With U.S. Over Export Violations

The private security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide, long plagued by accusations of impropriety, has reached an agreement with the State Department for the company to pay $42 million in fines for hundreds of violations of United States export control regulations.
Read More


Heh, indeed: Not even a mention of the outfit's present name. That worked out well.

Born Under A Bad Sign

Franklin Graham explains it all for you on CNN, via TPM:
"I think the president's problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name."
We're sure the President appreciates the cogent advice concerning his problem. (Just one?) If we all put our heads together & think very, very hard, we may figure out Graham's problem. First we'll have to understand all of it (Our emphases.):
"Now it's obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed and he has renounced Islam and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That's what he says he has done, I cannot say that he hasn't. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said."
Did he just not-say what we think he did? Hold onto your hats, maybe even get the flotation devices ready, there's more.
Graham further explained: "The confusion is, is because his father was a Muslim, he was born a Muslim. The Islamic world sees the president as one of theirs. That's why Gaddafi calls him 'my son.' They see him as a Muslim. But of course the President says he is a Christian, and we just have to accept it as that."

King noted that Graham and his father have met Obama, and prayed with him. With this context, King asked, does Graham believe Obama when he says he is a Christian?

"Well, you know, you can be born a Muslim, you can be born a Jew, but you can't be born a Christian," said Graham. "The only way you can become a Christian is by confessing your sins to God, asking his forgiveness, and by receiving Jesus Christ by faith into your heart, that Christ died for your sins, shed his blood on Calvary's Cross, and that God raised him to life. If you're willing to accept that and believe that, and let Jesus Christ be the lord of your life, God will forgive your sins, he will heal your heart, and that's the only way you can become a Christian. And so if the President has done that, then I would say he's a Christian, if that's what he has done."
There he goes again.

So, Taitz-style geographic birtherism having been back-burnered for the moment (Until 2012; expect many a state to have passed Presidential show-us-your-papers laws by then.) we're now to be subjected to religio-birtherism? Much better: You just try to prove what's in the Presidential heart.

And now that we know one "can be born" a Jew or a Musselman, that whole free will thing the eggheads have been struggling w/ has cleared right up. At least as far as Christians. Too bad for other, pre-destined suckers. (May we add, not nearly enough is being done to irk & alienate Hindus. There are hundreds & hundreds of millions of them, they're swarthy, & were the usual suspects to piss them off enough that a few of them looked at these United Snakes sideways, there'd be wonderful opportunities for Graham to practice his disaster Christianity on them after the smoke cleared.)

Also, please do not piss on our leg & tell us there are no racial (Putting it mildly.) aspects to all this.
The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother.
Is Graham getting this from the New Revised Klan version of the good book? (Always loved that one: ALL OTHER BOOKS ARE BAD!)

Telebision, however, is good.
Here too.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monthly (August: Bitch, Moan, &c.) Approx. 4m. 38s. Hate

They tried to kill music, but it killed two of them.

That's grim. Never really thought of it that way before.

Idle Question

Why are the Colorado Rockies wearing Khalid Sheik Mohammad's initials on their uniforms?

Synchronicity: Even as we were copping the picture of a Rocky (Rockie?) sporting "KSM", Vin Scully advised us: Keli Scott McGregor.

Sad to hear it, & for once, absolutely no offense intended.

(Not, of course, that we didn't know it wasn't the sadly more-widely known KSM. How about "Nothing personal?")

Jargon Up-Date

Anglo-Saxon English: 5,480,000

Latinate English: 1,630,000

Them & Us

The Six-Figure Fish Tank

Apparently not all of us are in economic pain.

The New Post-Meaning,
From One Senior Official

Maybe not this year.
Thu, August 19, 2010 -- 9:09 PM ET

Israel Assuaged On Iran Threat, U.S. Officials Say

The Obama administration, citing evidence of continued troubles inside Iran's nuclear program, has persuaded Israel that it would take roughly a year -- and perhaps longer -- for Iran to complete what one senior official called a "dash" for a nuclear weapon, according to American officials.

White House officials said they believe the assessment has dimmed the prospect that Israel would pre-emptively strike against the country's nuclear facilities within the next year, as Israeli officials have suggested in thinly veiled threats.
Read More: http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na
We'll give you that it's merely a "breaking news alert," but the head hurts at the implications. (Actually, merely figuring what the implications are, both political & nuclear winter, seems like a big damn chore. Back to meaninglessness we can dig; baseball on the telly.)

Signage

Sputnik (left) Sun-Bleached Wasteland (right)

Broken News Alert
The New York Times

Thu, August 19, 2010 -- 12:52 PM ET

Roger Clemens Will Be Indicted for Perjury, People Briefed on Case Say

Federal authorities have decided to indict Roger Clemens on charges of making false statements to Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to two people briefed on the matter. An announcement is expected in the near future.

The indictment will come nearly two and half years after Clemens and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, testified under oath at a 2008 hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, directly contradicting each other about whether Clemens had used the banned substances.
Read More: http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na
Who can we believe?

Also: Odd that the paper of record didn't think it necessary to identify this Roger Clemens(?) beyond his name.

Early A.M. Nostalgia For "The Witch"

The Bastard Four linked some gawd-awful (but entirely on topic) crap by a band called China Crisis, reminding us of Chinas Comidas, for whom we searched. Saw 'em at the Hong Kong Cafe once, don't remember their doing this one.V. O.:Note to de yout': If they ain't got a guitar or saxophone, they ain't worth a listen!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Horns Of A Dilemma
Torn Between Two Lovers
Surfeit Of Riches

One of the troubles of living in The Big City (or even Los Angeles) other than the tide of humanity that washes everywhere (Yet everything is still filthy. Huh.) is that, among the near-infinite cultural & entertainment options offered, conflicts can arise. We're confronted w/ one this Sunday, when the Sunset Junction ("Stop Fire-Bombing The Fags") Street Fair or whatever the hell its official name is will present Lee "Scratch" Perry around 2000, while an event of interest will be held in Venice around 1400.

Venetian action:
"The 14th amendment guarantees equal protection under law and properly interpreted it guarantees women the right to be top-free where men are allowed to be top-free," they say. "Unfortunately, some jurisdictions do not recognize that right, and there is a less stringent test in the courts (called intermediate scrutiny) for gender based differential treatment than for e.g., racial classifications (which are analyzed under what's called strict scrutiny)."

In the state of New York, it is legal to go topless, thanks to a 1992 state court decision. So in 2005, a woman decided to put that to a test in New York City and was arrested. She cited the law to the arresting officers, but she was still taken into custody for 12 hours. She sued and got $29,000 out of it.

This weekend's protest will happen on Sunday and will start at Ocean Front Walk and Navy Street at 2 p.m. August was chosen because of Women Equality Day on Aug. 26. The day commemorates the passage of women’s right to vote on Aug. 26, 1920.
A picture of the 2008 event. Locals in the know will recognize the hideous Karen Centerfold on the right, which is reason enough not to go.
Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist
So we'll be making a personal appearance at the Sanborn stage this Sunday. See you there! (Sorry, no autographs.)

The Deciderer

TPMDC reports:
Republicans for weeks have been surfacing left and right to condemn the proposed Islamic center two blocks from the site of Ground Zero in New York City, but one GOPer stayed quiet. As the "mosque" debate boiled over this weekend the big question was whether George W. Bush was going to weigh in.

TPM asked, and the response from his spokesman today was simple:

"President Bush has no comment."

[...]

But now, he's staying out of the fray. So are many of his top deputies. We tried to check in with other Bush-era aides who were tasked with Muslim outreach.

Assistants for Karen Hughes and Condoleezza Rice declined to comment. We've also requested interviews with several other prominent Bush administration aides, including Colin Powell and James Glassman.

Hump Day Post

Crummy, huh?
Read the entire mess. Featuring our new hero, America Smasher!
Try FedExing it, big guy.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Newt Gingrich: Sick, Sad, & Old Fuck Whose Missis Has Some Serious Fucking Daddy Issues

Whenever we encounter a shot of Newt ("Pooty-poot-poot") Gingrich & his most recent bride (Not at all necessarily his last, if you know what we mean.)
Why, then, is it not "Newt&Callista.org?" Huh? Why?
we like to remind all & sundry how she presented herself before the two were married (for which, of course, Newt had to convert, the filthy hypocrite) & how she's been remade. 2005 or 2006:
Is your skin crawling yet? Ours has already crawled out the door & thrown itself on the freeway.
More recently:
When they decided which frozen expression would be painted on Callista's face for the remainder of the "marriage," at least they didn't go w/ this look w/ the raccoon eyes. She must have been transitioning from home-wrecker to respectable Catholic when this was taken, 7 December 2008.
Many Freudian interpretations from this shot alone. Note prominently displayed wedding/engagement rings.
We must speculate as to how many times the current Mrs. G. (If the marriage is even legitimate. How much did it cost for the Pope to approve it?) had to flash her thong at Newt, Monica Lewinsky-style, before he grunted & moved toward her, or if, as one might well suspect, considering his "marriage" record, he is a sexual predator who was on her like white on rice? And note the Rielle Hunter/John Edwards similarity. "Can I take your picture, you big handsome lump of flab?"

We also wonder if Newt & Callista are fantasizing about being the new Catholic King & Queen of America, as described below.

Photos stolen from previous Just Another Blog™ items. If you despise Gingrich as much as you should, you'll want to get your two-minute hate on here & here. How little things change in a yr.

No King But Jesus. Or The Pope.
Or Maybe Hitler. (UPDATED)

Courtesy commentator Whale Chowder (Nice nym., W.C. Now we're hungry.) leaving notes at S,N!, we give you:See? Just like the rest of the universe. Nothing to worry about. If our Catholic King has been well-bred, he & all his royal descendants will likewise be virtuous. It's always worked that way before.

Will this startling display of pre-Enlightenment feudalism get non-Catholic religio-fascists a little nervous, as the first sentence of the title indicates? We're in favor of any & all religious warfare, as long as it's the religious killing each other.

All you can stand from this colossal ninny.

Video also posted at Whiskey Fire, w/ different typing.

UPDATE (0017, 18 August 2010): Sissy boy Michael Voris, S.T.B., can't take the heat, & has made his call to overthrow the gov't. & put a Catholic King in charge "private." Let's see how long his response to the response stays up.

Suckers

You can't lose something that exists only on paper, fools. Yet EK is having a fit.

Dean Baker: 'We’ve lost about $6 trillion in housing wealth, and I expect we will lose more.'

It's what happens when you buy into capitalism w/ less than, say, $500 million. Someone buys you & you're history. Fucking sheep. See you under the freeway.

Jazz Dump

Samples/examples here. Wail, cats!

The Right To Hibernate

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

Blagojevich (mis)trial & verdict.

What.

Fucking.

Everrrrrrrr.

Melting

Looks as if we've used the title twice previously, once as above, once followed by an ellipse. Clever, aren't we?

The point being that we felt a bit humid on waking, &, on checking, we find that the heat wave expected last wknd. has finally shown up. 90 or 91, depending. We'll be in the cee-ment pond until sundown.

To Single Any Of You Out Would Be
A BIG Mistake

We wonder why all three of the Creams are still kicking. Trio = smaller pool of potential morbidity? Gotta be more than that. The Beatles, The Who, even The Ramones, of a later generation. All rockin' aggregations now half-dead.

(How an FM DJ sounds at 55+: "Now, dig some Cream, w/ an oldie-but-a-goodie, 'N.S.U.' Take it away, boys ...")Live music: Always better recorded for later enjoyment in the solitude of one's bunker.

Free Market Fuckwads

We're quite certain that this sort of thing doesn't happen very often. Never, even. A horrible mistake. Must have been the accountant's fault that no overtime was paid. Don't you think? Because in a truly free market, the workers would have been free to, you know, get a better job. Lazy bastards. Gotta work 'em to get your money's worth.
The owners of four Los Angeles car washes were each sentenced to a year in jail and are expected to have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages after pleading no contest to half a dozen criminal counts, authorities said Monday.

Benny and Nissan Pirian were charged by the city attorney's office in 2009 with 172 counts of violating criminal and labor laws for their treatment of workers. The original criminal complaint named four of their car wash businesses, including Celebrity Car Wash Inc. of Hollywood, Five Star Car Wash Inc. of Northridge, and Hollywood Car Wash Inc. and Vermont Hand Wash Inc. of Los Feliz.

[...]

The city attorney's office noted that the court also issued a protective order prohibiting the Pirians from attempting to intimidate witnesses or victims involved in the investigation.

Witnesses in the case testified that a vast majority of the workers at the car washes were required to arrive at least 15 minutes before their shift, and to stay half an hour after closing. None of the workers were paid overtime and were discouraged from taking rest breaks or were denied breaks entirely, even during times of extreme heat.

The workers were paid a flat rate of $35 to $40 a day in violation of minimum-wage laws, according to the deputy city attorneys who tried the case, Julia Figueira-McDonough, Andrew Wong and Akili Nickson. Some worked for tips alone.
Ah, it's that socialist/fascist/Communist/Islamic minimum-wage law, tying the hands of honest businessmen, keeping teens from getting jobs, & spoiling our moral fiber, if we've read or heard anything at all from the feudal elements of this pig society.

We know where the Celebrity Car Wash is.

Get on down there & get some jihad going on those two motherfuckers. They close at 1800; it's dark by 2000. What are you waiting for, an engraved invitation?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch ...

Did we mention this? It's the ceiling in our shower.
It came from above.
Also, a leak over the toilet.

The King Is Dead, &c.

He isn't getting out from under that.
Elvis, UFOs, Conspiracy Theories.

Teabag types at their gawd's grave.
The audio tour must be included in the admission.
Not entirely fair; The Pelvis is big on the other side of the Pacific as well.
In the Philippines.
And South Korea. This photo taken on July 18, 2010 shows South Korean Lee Jong-Jin, who sold two apartments to build his own memorial hall, posing with his collection at the "Follow That Dream" hall for Elvis Presley in Paju, north of Seoul. More than 30 years after the untimely death of Elvis Presley, devotees worldwide are still paying fervent tribute to the King of Rock 'n Roll. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
We've thought for some time that Elvis worship would follow Mormonism & Scientology as the third Great American Foisting of religion on the drooling superstitious masses.Another step closer:
The author claimed that it all began the night the King was born -- Jan. 8, 1935 -- when a strange, unidentified blue light reportedly hovered in the night skies above Elvis' childhood home in Tupelo, Miss.

"The light was seen by the doctor who delivered him and by Elvis' father, who later told Elvis all about it," alleged Luckman.
Waste a few more precious moments of your existence w/ our thirtieth anniversary take on Elvis's end.

Triple, Triple, Toil & Trouble

Today we cannibalize Eleanor Clift, mostly to steal this lovely triptych:
Fiorina, Whitman, McMahon: Three Faces Of Evil
These aren’t moms in tennis shoes, or earnest reformers who got their starts on the school board or with the League of Women Voters, or, on the right, women who cut their teeth in the right-to-life movement. They’re playing from the men’s tee, elbows out and with their own money. Whitman is outspending her opponent in the California gubernatorial race, Democrat Jerry Brown, 86 to 1. One report said she spent more in one day than he has during the entire campaign. She has already dropped $100 million and is on track to become the biggest spender in a state with a long record of affluent people seeking office on the coattails of their money. According to a survey done earlier this year by The San Diego Union-Tribune, only one of 18 self-funded notables running since 1964 got elected, and that was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who spent “only” $6 million of his money, a pittance compared with Whitman.
No, far from "earnest reformers," as the (non)voting or registration records of these three indicate.

What it is all about:
Democrat Richard Blumenthal, the state’s attorney general, says she’s turning the race into an auction by vowing to spend up to $50 million of her money. Asked to respond to the charge, McMahon says it’s money she earned, and that she’s investing in herself as a public servant.
Democracy at work. Why should candidates wait for voters to invest in them, when they can invest in themselves? Eliminate the middle-person. Kick 'em in the nuts, even. Hell, it's the American way.

Nest Of Vipers In Eagle Rock!

Not the same house. Next door.

Mom-Owned!

A nice woman, not her fault, really.
For today's young Disney© Prin-cess.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Two Items Today!

Backstage at the art factory.
Behind the scenes, also.
Bee info.
So old, the after-party starts at 2300. (Why not "post-party?")
We're surprised any rocks remain in the Arroyo Seco.

Ask & You Shall Receive

Note below where we advised you NOT to ask us for a butt.

Didn't happen at the fountain (didn't even go there) but as we wandered the streets of Highland Park from the train to Chicken Boy, smoking, we were hit up for a butt three damn times by low-lifes. Damn!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Personal Appearance (& Warning)

We'll be here later. If you spot us, do not approach. We can be dangerous!

UPDATE (1605 PDT): Wandering the webs when we encountered a photo essay of/babble on where we'll be taking a cigarette break during our expedition.
Yes, near the fountain. DO NOT ASK US FOR A CIGARETTE, EITHER!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Captain America Major Disaster

That's What You Got

Fri. 13 music (not that Fri. isn't per se awful: The squares still gainfully employed suddenly furloughed from their cells, the streets already crowded w/ wknd. hippies, college students & show biz lice):

No show biz then, just grit.The rap starts about (4:20). Cut down, baby!

What's The Matter W/ Ohio Up-Date

Courtesy Green Eagle.

Terror, Baby!

Little Skippy Silverspoon

We're Fat Too. What About It?

NEW YORK (AP) — Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Iowa and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It’s not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way.

The weather-related cataclysms of July and August fit patterns predicted by climate scientists, the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization says — although those scientists always shy from tying individual disasters directly to global warming.

The experts now see an urgent need for better ways to forecast extreme events like Russia’s heat wave and wildfires and the record deluge devastating Pakistan. They’ll discuss such tools in meetings this month and next in Europe and America, under United Nations, U.S. and British government sponsorship.

“There is no time to waste,” because societies must be equipped to deal with global warming, says British government climatologist Peter Stott.

He said modelers of climate systems are “very keen” to develop supercomputer modeling that would enable more detailed linking of cause and effect as a warming world shifts jet streams and other atmospheric currents. Those changes can wreak weather havoc.

The U.N.’s network of climate scientists — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) — has long predicted that rising global temperatures would produce more frequent and intense heat waves, and more intense rainfalls. In its latest assessment, in 2007, the Nobel Prize-winning panel went beyond that. It said these trends “have already been observed,” in an increase in heat waves since 1950, for example.

Still, climatologists generally refrain from blaming warming for this drought or that flood, since so many other factors also affect the day’s weather.

Stott and NASA’s Gavin Schmidt, at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York, said it’s better to think in terms of odds: Warming might double the chances for heat waves, for example. “That is exactly what’s happening,” Schmidt said, “a lot more warm extremes and less cold extremes.”

The WMO pointed out that this summer’s events fit the international scientists’ projections of “more frequent and more intense extreme weather events due to global warming.”

In fact, in key cases they’re a perfect fit:

RUSSIA

It’s been the hottest summer ever recorded in Russia, with Moscow temperatures topping 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees C) for the first time. Russia’s drought has sparked hundreds of wildfires in forests and dried peat bogs, blanketing Moscow with a toxic smog that finally lifted Thursday after six days. The Russian capital’s death rate doubled to 700 people a day at one point. The drought reduced the wheat harvest by more than one-third.

The 2007 IPCC report predicted a doubling of disastrous droughts in Russia this century and cited studies foreseeing catastrophic fires during dry years. It also said Russia would suffer large crop losses.

PAKISTAN

The heaviest monsoon rains on record — 12 inches (300 millimeters) in one 36-hour period — have sent rivers rampaging over huge swaths of countryside, flooding thousands of villages. It has left 14 million Pakistanis homeless or otherwise affected, and killed 1,500. The government calls it the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history.

A warmer atmosphere can hold — and discharge — more water. The 2007 IPCC report said rains have grown heavier for 40 years over north Pakistan and predicted greater flooding this century in south Asia’s monsoon region.

CHINA

China is witnessing its worst floods in decades, the WMO says, particularly in the northwest province of Gansu. There, floods and landslides last weekend killed at least 1,100 people and left more than 600 missing, feared swept away or buried beneath mud and debris.

The IPCC reported in 2007 that rains had increased in northwest China by up to 33 percent since 1961, and floods nationwide had increased sevenfold since the 1950s. It predicted still more frequent flooding this century.

UNITED STATES

In Iowa, soaked by its wettest 36-month period in 127 years of recordkeeping, floodwaters from three nights of rain this week forced hundreds from their homes and killed a 16-year-old girl.

The international climate panel projected increased U.S. precipitation this century — except for the Southwest [Fuck! —Ed.]— and more extreme rain events causing flooding.

ARCTIC

Researchers last week spotted a 100-square-mile (260-square-kilometer) chunk of ice calved off from the great Petermann Glacier in Greenland’s far northwest. It was the most massive ice island to break away in the Arctic in a half-century of observation.

The huge iceberg appeared just five months after an international scientific team published a report saying ice loss from the Greenland ice sheet is expanding up its northwest coast from the south.

Changes in the ice sheet “are happening fast, and we are definitely losing more ice mass than we had anticipated,” said one of the scientists, NASA’s Isabella Velicogna.

In the Arctic Ocean itself, the summer melt of the vast ice cap has reached unprecedented proportions in recent years. Satellite data show the ocean area covered by ice last month was the second-lowest ever recorded for July.

The melting of land ice into the oceans is causing about 60 percent of the accelerating rise in sea levels worldwide, with thermal expansion from warming waters causing the rest. The WMO’S World Climate Research Program says seas are rising by 1.34 inches (34 millimeters) per decade, about twice the 20th century’s average.

Worldwide temperature readings, meanwhile, show that this January-June was the hottest first half of a year since recordkeeping began in the mid-19th century. Meteorologists say 17 nations have recorded all-time-high temperatures in 2010, more than in any other year.

Scientists blame the warming on carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases pouring into the atmosphere from power plants, cars and trucks, furnaces and other fossil fuel-burning industrial and residential sources.

Experts are growing ever more vocal in urging sharp cutbacks in emissions, to protect the climate that has nurtured modern civilization.

“Reducing emissions is something everyone is capable of,” Nanjing-based climatologist Tao Li told an academic journal in China, now the world’s No. 1 emitter, ahead of the U.S.

But not everyone is willing to act.

The U.S. remains the only major industrialized nation not to have legislated caps on carbon emissions, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week withdrew climate legislation in the face of resistance from Republicans and some Democrats.

The U.S. inaction, dating back to the 1990s, is a key reason global talks have bogged down for a pact to succeed the expiring Kyoto Protocol. That is the relatively weak accord on emissions cuts adhered to by all other industrialized states.

Governments around the world, especially in poorer nations that will be hard-hit, are scrambling to find ways and money to adapt to shifts in climate and rising seas.

The meetings of climatologists in the coming weeks in Paris, Britain and Colorado will be one step toward adaptation, seeking ways to identify trends in extreme events and better means of forecasting them.

A U.N. specialist in natural disasters says much more needs to be done.

Salvano Briceno of the U.N.’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction pointed to aggravating factors in the latest climate catastrophes: China’s failure to stem deforestation, contributing to its deadly mudslides; Russia’s poor forest management, feeding fires; and the settling of poor Pakistanis on flood plains and dry riverbeds in the densely populated country, squatters’ turf that suddenly turned into torrents.

“The IPCC has already identified the influence of climate change in these disasters. That’s clear,” Briceno said. “But the main trend we need to look at is increasing vulnerability, the fact we have more people living in the wrong places, doing the wrong things.”
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AP Correspondents Michael J. Crumb in Des Moines, Iowa, and Christopher Bodeen in Beijing contributed to this report.


As stolen from The Daily Caller, our source for every story the AP breaks & crap. Bet it chapped their hides to run it.

Crap, Friday The 13th Already

Again?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

All In The Family

Let's not forget Ben's mom, Marilyn, as photographed on 28 January 2009.
The eyes follow you around the room.
We'd laugh, but that woman just below this was elected.

Texas Scold 'Em

She didn't know she was going to be grilled.
Bear in mind that this bottle-blond (Why does she hate Gawd & His plan for her hair?) Peggy Noonan-looking woman is a State Senator. An elected official. Chosen by a majority of those in her zone who voted. Wrap the brain around that for a few seconds. Then you can pretty much abandon all hope & wander off for a drink.

There too. (Internet trad w/ which we're familiar, but why? Legitimized self-promotion? Who has gone there, or come here, to re-read any of this? Assuming there was reading occurring at all.)

Civil Dis

Could just one of these jerks explain why sneering at people who richly deserve a thorough sneering is so damn wrong?

"Finally, A Way for Liberals to Sneer At People" by Little Davey Weigel. What he considers sneering:
We are amused.

Have any of these "be nice" assholes ever had anything to do w/ these "people" they find so deserving of their abstract (& meaningless) respect? We sincerely & sneeringly doubt it, because if they had, they'd be sneering at the fucking jerk idiots right along w/ us & the other rational members of society.

And in the false equivalence world of "Oh, the other side does the exact same things too, all the time," where is the recognition that virtually every actual policy & program proposed by actual Republican office-holders (Not profit-seeking T-shirt merchants!) is a full-blast, two-tone, diamond-encrusted sneer at around 95% of the American people. (To be followed by an actual fucking of the sheep if the policy, program or whatever becomes law.)

We believe ourself to be absolutely justified in expressing a sincere & sneering FUCK YOU! to Mr. Weigel & his fellow Politeness Nazis.

Crossly posted at Whiskey Fire.

Nap After Football?

OK, another cuppa joe & a slice of pizza
& we'll see if we're up to producing (Creating? Oh, come on.) anything.
Nope, just feeling sick. And tired. And now you've suffered too.

Mob Scene Up-Date

30,000(!) people at Michelle Malkin's imagined mob/riot, types the Journal-Constitution. That many people crowded together to cash in on the free money, you'd think something would have burned down. Guess not.
Still, officials of East Point declared the day a success. Nobody was arrested and nobody was seriously injured, they said.
Dep't. of Dependence & Entitlement: Stuff from hud.gov reprinted, for the detail-oriented.

Moving pictures, for the less detail-oriented.
TL; DW:

Music From Guam

KUAM. Country & Western influenced.

Beyond The Fringe

What is it about Columbus, Oh. that attracts these people?
In this June 24, 2010 photo, James T. McBride discusses his governmental beliefs during an interview in Columbus, Ohio. As a member of the Sovereign Citizens movement, McBride contends the U.S. government has not had authority over citizens for more than a century.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – They call themselves sovereign citizens, U.S. residents who declare themselves above state and federal laws.

[...]

At the heart of their belief system: The government creates a secret identity for each citizen at birth, a "straw man," that controls an account at the U.S. Treasury used as collateral for foreign debt. File enough documents at the right offices and the money in those accounts can be used to pay off debt or make purchases worth thousands of dollars.

[,,,]

"These people really seem to feel that filing certain kinds of legal papers that are connected to their theories will somehow also magically have the power to alter relationships and grant things that otherwise would be unobtainable," [Barkun] said.

[...]

Martin Smith, 48, a civil engineer in Carthage, Mo., lost $8,000 to a father-and-son company in Columbus called Liberty Resources that pitched a method to eliminate credit card debt based on a theory that national banks aren't authorized to issue credit.

"We just became convinced that each of the parts of the puzzle that Liberty Resources ... was telling us existed would work," said Smith.

[...]

Jim Jarvis is Ohio coordinator for the Restore America Plan, which shares similar beliefs with the Guardians group. He maintains the country has lacked a legitimate government since Congress failed to adjourn properly in 1861.

The people who are crazy, he says, are those who won't do the research to find out what's really going on in the country.

[...]

In a 2003 document Jerry Kane filed in a county recorder's office in Ohio, he said he was not a "Fourteen Amendment Citizen." Many sovereign citizens believe the 14th Amendment created a new class of citizens, people who had no constitutional rights but were instead slaves to the government, according to Mark Pitcavage, investigative researcher for the Anti-Defamation League.

McBride, the jailed sovereign citizen, came across anti-government beliefs while in federal prison in Michigan on a 1992 cocaine importing conviction.

Over the years he developed his own tenets, including a revised history of the United States that says the country was secretly organized as a general post office in 1789.

He dismisses any accusation that the programs he pitched were fraud, arguing he's not subject to the laws of the U.S., which he calls a corporation along the lines of a car company.

"General Motor's laws don't affect me because I'm not an employee of them," McBride said. "Same with the state of Ohio and the United States."

Today, McBride is headed back to federal prison after prosecutors said he cashed bogus checks and refused to cooperate with his parole officers following a 2004 bankruptcy fraud conviction.
Foaming of the first water. Superfluous snark would only ruin the magical legalism. Pictures, however ...
In this July 2, 2010 photo, a store front housing a business operated by James T. McBride, a member of the Sovereign Citizens movement, is shown in a shopping plaza in Columbus, Ohio. McBride runs a business from this location providing information about his anti-government views in exchange for donations.(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
FWIW: AP offers the Southern Poverty Law Center as a source.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Army Of Peggys

As a relic ourself, & a Section Eight recipient, we refuse to be arsed to refudiate (Look, we made up a word, we're fucking Shakespeare!) the claptrap excerpted by Michelle Malkin from boilerplate about will-sapping entitlements.
[Section Eight] is a welfare-state relic. Housing policy expert Howard Husock at the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal exposed the entitlement failure several years ago
We just bet he did.

But the real fun is the little secrets Malkin has w/ her tribe.
Remember Peggy the Moocher, the Obama supporter who couldn’t wait for her government savior to usher in the Age of Bottomless Household Entitlements?

Now, imagine thousands of Peggys crowded together on the streets demanding their cash money.
Oh, imagine. "Cash money." That's what the coloreds say, you know. (We're lost as to "crowded together on the streets." Does she mean crowding together? Do crowds make her nervous? Or just more than two Others crowding any given location?) Give you a delicious little frisson there? One is never so alive as when menaced by Mooching Peggys, is one? And don't think they aren't menacing! Mme. Malkin goes on w/ three paragraphs from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of which indicates that fights broke out in the crowd of thousands, some of who'd been waiting for two days. The last paragraph is police porn, w/ this sentence tossed in: "Firefighters and EMTs were attending to people who were overheating in the sun."

Savages, w/ pitchforks & paving stones, storming the welfare office for CASH MONEY! Or, tired hot people lined up for something more important to them than the first screening of a George Lucas blockbuster may be to middle-class suburbanites. Or the standard (even when the economy is in better shape) news item of thousands showing up for scores of new jobs when a service/retail prison opens. That could be attributed to Obama as well, obviously, if Malkin ever mentioned such events. At the very least she could call them a mob.

And let us reassure you that "The mob [that] was waiting to collect on Section 8 vouchers" was not "collecting on" anything. Voucher recipients get to pay about a third of their income toward rent, & the gummint makes up the difference, w/ a fairly low ceiling on what the total rent can be. No cash involved. This reporter would still be on the streets (Best-case scenario: Board & care w/ other loons, a room-mate. Gaaahh!) or at least in a park, if not for Section Eight. Mooching rules, & we sure have it sweet!

We must speculate as to what Mme. Malkin's solution to the problem of savage welfare mobs is, especially as it's sure to worsen once some austerity is imposed around here. Perhaps the establishment of camps away from the temptations of the city, where the value of a hard day's work could be instilled in the mob. Whattya say, Michelle?

Also at.

Justice Done To Air-Polluting
Assholes Assaulting Pedestrians

Beverly Hills, number one Cali-wide in per capita pedestrian whacking.

Oh, BH Courier: Hire a real American, pseudo-elitist pigs!