Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We're Probably Lucky It's Not Unbearably Hot

L.A.Times live blogging it an hr. ago.
Police in riot gear were confronting protesters Tuesday night on 6th Street near Union Avenue and fired non-lethal projectiles toward the crowd that had gathered to protest the shooting death of man who officers said was wielding a switchblade Sunday.

The confrontation was sparked after people tore down a police sign and threw objects at windows of the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart station at 6th and Valencia streets. The crowd was pushed west on 6th toward Union Avenue by the officers in riot gear.

Earlier, about 300 people were blocking the intersection of Union and 6th. They were standing outside the Restaurant Atilan Express, a Guatemalan eatery, and were illuminated by the spotlight of police helicopters circling overhead.

The shooting of Manuel Jamines, who the LAPD says threatened officers and passersby with a knife, has heightened tensions in the heavily immigrant community.
11:15 p.m. update: At least 15 people were arrested tonight, and police were attacked from above by objects thrown from rooftops, the L.A. Times reports. It's 22 arrests, says KFI News.

Top Several Twangy Telebision Themes

Order is for others.

Your Bosses Will Work You
'Til You're In Your Graves,
Part ...

We stoleran/linked an item on SoCal car washes last month. The NYT caught up yesterday. (OK, we've been napping & they caught us.)
In some ways, union leaders say, this campaign parallels previous ones in which unions organized thousands of immigrant janitors in Houston and Los Angeles and substantially lifted their wages.

In addition to adding members, the carwash campaign hopes to send a strong message to employers to stop taking advantage of workers in an industry where it is common practice.

California officials have estimated that two-thirds of the 500 carwashes in Los Angeles violate workplace laws. Many workers say they are paid just $35 for a 10-hour workday — less than half the minimum wage — and some say they are not paid for time during which no cars go through the wash. Others complain that they are not given gloves or goggles even though they often use stinging acids to clean tire rims.
Alternately: Why Illegal Immigration Will Never Be Stopped

Small Universe

This is stupidly amusing. Extra amusing to us is that we saw an ossifer speaking to the maintenance-uniformed hurler seen in the video around 1325 last Friday, as we were leaving the Museum Square edifice. Missed it by that much. The other ossifer (they travel in pairs, you know) was inside bee-essing w/ the Museum Square security guards, whose main function is sitting behind a desk & monitoring the keys to what we Yanks like to euphemise as the rest rooms.
Matt Geller of the SCMFVA said office workers are not happy with their ad hoc food choices disappearing. "People feel their rights are being infringed upon," he noted, adding that he has a meeting set up with Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who wants to regulate food trucks. "I hope we can alleviate all of this in the next few weeks with the agreement we're putting together."
Yeah, we hope you get your fucking pony, & world peace too, sonny.

Hey, Look Over There!
No, There! Shiny!

From the morning email load that we don't get to until half the working stiffs in North America are already heading home:
We were quite curious about Muslim inbreeding. And became curiouser when a click made around 1435 PDT led us not to an article about this latest horror of the Musselmen, but to the slightly different horror of the PAJAMASMEDIA® homepage. Cursory searching of the site revealed the most recent item containing inbreeding is dated 2 August 2010. And all these link to the PJM homepage.
Apparent typist Jamie Glazov appears on the Google, but not w/ credit for anything recent to do w/ inbreeding. Yet. Ah. He does enjoy the theme.
A story disappeared by a website which regularly features Victor David Hanson & Michael Ledeen must have been a masterpiece, especially given Jamie's record.

UPDATE (1852 PDT, 7 September 2010): Unlike Jonah Goldberg, we needn't be obvious when we're on deadline or sacktime. Internet Scotsman Substance McGravitas points us to Pp. 1 & 2 of whatever it is. (Crud, now less sleepytime.)

Catholic Junior Anti-Sex League

Delaware Republican Senate primary candidate Christine O'Donnell:
When a married person uses pornography, or is unfaithful, it compromises not just his (or her) purity, but also compromises the spouse's purity. As a church, we need to teach a higher standard than abstinence. We need to preach a righteous lifestyle.
On an MTV show about abstinence (as summarized by Huffington Post), O'Donnell explained:
The reason that you don't tell [people] that masturbation is the answer to AIDS and all these other problems that come with sex outside of marriage is because again it is not addressing the issue. ... You're just gonna create somebody who is, I was gonna say, toying with his sexuality. Pardon the pun.
In the 90s era discussion on MTV, O'Donnell said, "The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust."

Yet one can certainly lust w/o pounding/rubbing one's pud. Does candidate O'Donnell therefore want everyone's hands cut off to improve their chances of living a righteous life? It would be irresponsible not to ask.

The Roman Catholic Church: Causing human misery w/ its anti-life, anti-sex, anti-human policies for well over a thousand yrs. Including the misery that Sister O'Donnell's espousal of Catholic claptrap will cause her to suffer as she sails to defeat.

Audio, Video, And Typing

Haley Barbour’s Ridiculous Story

Posted on Sep 6, 2010
By Eugene Robinson

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who may seek the Republican nomination for president, is trying to sell the biggest load of revisionist nonsense about race, politics and the South that I’ve ever heard. Ever.

He has the gall to try to portray Southern Republicans as having been enlightened supporters of the civil rights movement all along. I can’t decide whether this exercise in rewriting history should be described as cynical or sinister. Whichever it is, the record has to be set straight.

In a recent interview with Human Events, a conservative magazine and website, Barbour gave his version of how the South, once a Democratic stronghold, became a Republican bastion. The 62-year-old Barbour claimed that it was “my generation” that led the switch: “my generation, who went to integrated schools. I went to integrated college—never thought twice about it.”

The “old Democrats” fought integration tooth and nail, Barbour said, but “by my time, people realized that was the past, it was indefensible, it wasn’t gonna be that way anymore. And so the people who really changed the South from Democrat to Republican was a different generation from those who fought integration.”

Not a word of this is true.

Shorter to read the remainder than to see/listen. We hope.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sudden Realization
We Felt We Should Share

Having spent the last two days in a telebision-less Third World zone, we did not see one damn minute of the Larry Jewish MDA Labor Day Telethon. Nor did we donate to the MDA when asked at the supermarket check-out.
Please find it in your hearts to pick up the slack for us, & tell the next begging moocher to fuck off.

Police Terror, Part Infinite

We wondered why there were choppers orbiting downtown as we were wending our way back to the Just Another Blog™ bunker mere moments ago.
After a day of protest marches, vigils and confrontations with police, the LAPD declared an illegal assembly about 10 p.m. and officers in riot gear began clearing the streets around 6th Street and Union Avenue. That's where an LAPD bicycle officer on Sunday shot and killed a man identiified by friends as Manuel Jamines. The department says he was threatening a pregnant woman with a wife [sic] and came at officers. People in the community say he was a gentle soul, an immigrant from Guatemala who did not understand English or Spanish very well. A march that began at the intersection moved to the Rampart police station, then back to the 6th and Union area where rocks and eggs were thrown at police. It looks on media reports as if activists from the Revolutionary Communist Party have been in the crowd urging on the protests.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mocking Hockney

So, what happens w/ the over-50 set at pool parties is: Everyone grabs one of the above "noodles," & floats. No splashing, no one thrown in the pool. Nothing.

In Living Color

For the impatient, Count Basie & Orchestra wail around (7:35). By way of. And some more Miltie.

Prisoners Of Art

Alternate title: At The New Death Panel Bldg.

Rest Of The Light Standard Pix

This one just because we're being faithful to the title.

Maybe We Can't Shoot
Your Precious Art ...

... inside, but here's a shot of J. Koons' damn train anyway:
Better train set.

Variety Sign Building: Night & Day

Alternate (less nature) take:

Quitting Time

17:28 PDT
18:20 PDT

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Decline & Collapse

Giant Head Awaiting Installation
At New LACMA Building

Can We Just Clear Out This Rat's Nest Once & For All, Damnit?

30 False Fronts Won Contracts for Blackwater

WASHINGTON — Blackwater Worldwide created a web of more than 30 shell companies or subsidiaries in part to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after the security company came under intense criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, according to Congressional investigators and former Blackwater officials.

Why Andrew Breitbart Is A

This is probably more EVIDENCE of you-know-what media bias, but ...
Breitbart, who has emerged as a star of the "tea party" movement, loves telling his apostate's tale in the italicized, frequently profane manner that is his trademark. Three epiphanies stand out:

1. The Black Dorm Moment. In 1986, Breitbart was a freshman at Tulane University when his friend Larry Solov, a sophomore at Stanford, happened to mention his school's African-American-themed residence hall.

"He just matter-of-factly said there was a black dorm and I was like, 'What the friggin' hell? Are you kidding me?'" said Breitbart, who is now business partners with Solov, a former corporate litigator. "And then, when I found out that it was not segregation in the sense of white people doing it, I was like, 'What are you talking about? Why aren't we working toward the colorblind ideal?'"

2. The Clarence Thomas Moment. In 1991, he was riveted by Supreme Court hearings in which the future associate justice was grilled by hostile Democrats .

"I remember the mainstream media telling me, 'Bad man! Really bad man! Sexual harassment bad man! Worst-bad-man-in-the-history-of-the-world bad man!" he told a Philadelphia tea party rally in July. "By the end of the week, I said, 'What did this man do? This man is an American hero!' … It was a cavalcade of Caucasians asking this man about his very private video rentals!"

3. The Kurt Cobain Moment, around 1994. "In essence, the media was saying, 'Hey, see that guy, that's your generation's spokesman,'" said Breitbart, not a fan of . "I was like, 'This guy seems like a world class [screw-up].' And I just started to have the awkwardly pedestrian revelation that my parents were right."

We're no fans of "grunge music" ourself ("Grudge nusic" is more our style.) but we've no idea why anyone should give the proverbial crap about media presentation of any pop music thing, idol ("Grunge music's suicidal prince." Sheesh!) telebision programming or much else cultural. Certainly not enough of a crap to conclude that the problem w/ media is that it's somehow too leftist.

And that's it for us. No desire to read the no doubt even-handed (Cough. Hack. Expectorate.) item. But: Reaction! (We'd like to think running coverage of a comment thread is objectively worse than noting that this item appears in almost identical form elsewhere.)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ditko The Libertarian

"The Lighthouse From Nowhere," from Strange Tales #87, August 1961, in which a Scottish Howard Roarkobjectivist übermensch saves humankind from scaly green monsters from outer space.

Lashing Back

Will Bunch pimps his new book at PuffHo. Anecdotes of fear & reaction among the single-information-source voter. Most chilling:
... somehow Obama was factually not an American, to match their gut reaction to the new president. They feel the same way about Obama voters. In one moment I will never forget, I sat in a Dover diner as the leaders of the Delaware 9-12 Patriots tried to convince me that Obama's victory in their state wasn't legit because his majority came from "the handout people" in urban Wilmington.
In the long run, the evidence remains strong that the coalition that elected the president in 2008 -- more multicultural, more likely to be college educated and somewhat less likely to be religious -- is still ascendant.
Optimist. None of those people will qualify to vote under the Real American Guaranteed Elections Act, which will suspend the 14th & 17th Amendments (minimum) & allow only Christian property owners & their wives (maybe) to vote. It'll be the first bill Pres. Palin signs.

Warning To Female Republicans

The every-so-often dumping of hydrogen peroxide on your hair & head, & the anesthesia required when your your eye sockets are tucked-&-rolled may be causing brain damage beyond the original damage that led you to Republicanism.

Case in point:Also: No Botox®, Wrinkle-Woman?

More Drivel We Won't Be Reading


Iraq in the Long Run

Barack Obama still believes the Iraq War was a mistake. Should we?
Yes, Douthat, we realize that you don't work from a reality-based perspective, but really, it's not a question of what we should believe. Didn't the fucking Pope at the time say it was not a good thing? Aren't His Holiness's beliefs what what you should be basing your beliefs on? And if it was such a good thing, why wasn't your ass in the U.S. Army helping?

Trotsky Thursday:
Permanent Revolution, Baby!

Public meetings in Sri Lanka

Seventy years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky: The return of history and the strategy of the world revolution

By the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) 
1 September 2010
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) will hold a series of public meetings in Sri Lanka on the historic legacy of Leon Trotsky and its relevance to today’s fight for world socialist revolution.

Trotsky was the co-leader with Lenin of the Russian Revolution in 1917 and led the Red Army that defended the first workers’ state. After Lenin’s death, he politically and theoretically led the struggle against the Stalinist degeneration of the Soviet state. After Stalin’s betrayals allowed Hitler to come to power in 1933, Trotsky concluded that the Third International was dead and called for the building of the Fourth International, which he founded in 1938.
Trotsky was assassinated in Coyoacan, Mexico on August 21, 1940 by a Stalinist agent. His murder was the culmination of Stalin’s purges that physically eliminated the finest representatives of the entire generation that had carried out the October Revolution.
Trotsky’s life and work has a profound contemporary significance. The global profit system is, once again, mired in a fundamental economic and political crisis. The lessons of Trotsky’s struggles provide the essential political weapons for uniting the working class to abolish capitalism and establish a world planned socialist economy.
In countries of a belated capitalist development, Trotsky’s theory of Permanent Revolution has been repeatedly confirmed by the inability of the bourgeoisie to meet the aspirations of working people for democratic rights and a decent living standard. The quarter century of civil war in Sri Lanka is one tragic example.
We warmly invite workers, housewives, youth and intellectuals looking for a way to oppose war, oppression and poverty to attend our public meetings.
Venue: New Town Hall
Date and Time: September 12, 3.00 p.m.
Venue: Janamadura Hall
Date and Time: September 23, 3.00 p.m.
Venue: Co-operative Hall
Date and Time: September 26, 2.00 p.m.
Main speaker: SEP General Secretary Wije Dias


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Murder In Berkeley

Early this morning, Berkeley police shot and killed a mountain lion on Shattuck Avenue, "not far from popular restaurants and shops in the north side of the city, reports KTVU. The early morning murder happened "just around the corner from Chez Panisse, Peet’s Coffee and other popular businesses on Shattuck Avenue." (Berkeley Daily Planet's Daniel Turman jests, "he or she was apparently drawn to the area by the promise of an exalted hunt: tender, young returning students and slow-moving, California Cuisine-fed, neo-hippies.") RIP, big fella.

Now We Know What She's Been Trying To Do All These Yrs.:
Stop Sympathetic Suicide Stories

La Althouse (Don't! All necessary info.):
4. The man's Facebook page shows that he regarded his interests as "being mean" and "making fun of people." Does that make you less likely to scold me for being mean and making fun of him? I am making fun of him, but I deny that I'm being mean. This post is part of my ongoing effort to deter people from committing suicide. I believe stories about suicide are full of the kind of sympathy that creates a romantic aura around suicide. I want to give suicide the kind of awful image that will make [it] less easy to embrace than facing up to your problems in the material world.
Stop creating those auras, lamestream media. Face up to your problems, people, & your problems are solved!
2. A construction worker who witnessed the fall has opined that the man survived not because he landed on a red 2008 Dodge Charger, but because the car contained a set of rosary beads.

3. He landed feet first, "twisted like a pretzel," in the backseat of the car. The car seat! That, not God, accounts for the soft landing ...
One must admire someone who can deny God's rosary but has such faith in tough love & facing up to one's problems (Is this different than "facing down to" one's problems, whatever the hell that might be?) as immediate cure-alls. Is Dr. Laura's syndicator in the market for a replacement scold?


They Hate Us For Our Guns

We're inured to this sort of thing;
Don't make fun of ...
it's inane, & always good for a laugh & the feeling of moral, intellectual & hair-do superiority w/o which we couldn't stumble through our existence. But imagine how cretins like Gun Owner Mike above appear to (may the sweet baby Jeebus have mercy on their heathen souls) Un-Americans.
Most of the weapons I saw in cold-war conflict zones originated in the US, China, or Russia – so I decided to go back to the source. When I looked into the statistics in the US, it was astonishing: about 30,000 people are killed each year by guns. It's like a civil war. My idea was to look behind the groups that are normally portrayed as the problem: gang members and criminals.

Instead, I wanted to photograph the largely white, middle-class Americans who buy and sell weapons in vast quantities. First I went to a three-day National Rifle Association event in Texas. It was astonishing: a convention centre filled with families, salesmen and thousands of weapons. I started taking pictures, discreetly, but people were suspicious and hostile. So the following day I set up a portrait booth, with a large backdrop and studio lights, and people started queuing up to be photographed.
Then the sheep went for it. Like children, but w/ real guns.

He Listed 39 People He Hated
And The Reasons Why

We've always despised jerks who have goals & set about to achieve them, no matter how noble their goals may be.
During a search of Hansen's room, investigators found a list Hansen wrote of things he wanted to do, including blow up Sisseton High School – where he was set to begin his senior year the day after his arrest – torture and rape women and "become the world's most infamous sociopath," according to an affidavit filed Monday.

He listed 39 people he hated and the reasons why, and he researched the 1999 Columbine school massacre in Littleton, Colo., in which two student gunmen killed 12 classmates and a teacher and wounded 26 others before committing suicide, investigators said.

Detectives also found drawings of swastikas, documents outlining two attempts to make napalm, instructional materials on how to make bombs, four guns and a video showing two explosive devices detonating, according to the affidavit.
Gawd damn show-off.

Actual Vomit

Mostly to force the accidentally published animation below from visibility (Seizures? No thanks!) one example of the many things we wish we'd never seen:

The Riddle of Moral Authority

How Obama lost it, and how Glenn Beck seemed to grasp it.
Of course we deny morality, & any claim that Beck's pseudo-paranoid entertainment & attempts at rabble-rousing hold any "moral authority" only confirms the bankruptcy of any ideas of morality or authority.

(Douthat: Harvard alumni. Really?)

MORAL AUTHORITY UPDATE: Lies, lies, lies. Where's that authority? Or is lying no longer immoral?

Cat Vom

There is not a bandwagon upon which we will not climb (nor one from which we will not jump like that).

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mainstreaming Mormonicity
For The Fringe Religious Right

Writing about the rally, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat noted, snidely, that “a suspicious liberal could retort that all the God-and-Christ talk and military tributes were proof enough that a sinister Christian nationalism lurked beneath the surface” of Beck’s movement. Douthat was wrong: Beck’s Christian nationalism isn’t beneath the surface at all. It’s right on top.

It’s long been obvious, at least to those of us who follow the religious right, that the ostensibly secular Tea Party movement is deeply imbued with the ideology. In my 2006 book, Kingdom Coming, The Rise of Christian Nationalism, I tried to describe the worldview of the Christian right—its belief that the United States began as a Christian nation, blessed for its piety, before sinking to unimaginable lows as secularism gained ground. In the Christian nationalist imagination, the true catastrophe started with the New Deal, which brought socialism to America and turned government, rather than churches, into guarantors of social welfare. The Christian nationalist mind-set is apocalyptic: Time is always running out, a Satanic, hideously powerful enemy is always on the verge of instituting tyranny, and only a brave band of utterly committed believers can restore the nation to its lost glory.

Beck’s rally made the connection between the Tea Party and Christian nationalism explicit, as he called for Americans to go to “God boot camp” in preparation for a coming “global storm.” He drew heavily on the work of David Barton, a revisionist Christian nationalist historian and staple of Christian right literature. Barton specializes in combing through history and stringing together out-of-context quotes to argue that the founders intended for Christianity to serve as the basis of American government. In the early ’90s, as I reported in my book, he spoke at white supremacist events, but has since climbed into the Christian right mainstream. Beck has been championing Barton all year, and Barton spoke at Beck’s Divine Destiny pre-rally event on Friday at the Kennedy Center.
So typeth Michelle Goldberg. Now we know: Beck's been channeling this Barton loon since he ran out of W. Cleon Skousen material. M.G. continues:
Evangelicals have never accepted Mormonism as a branch of Christianity. Indeed, in the early 20th century, Christian writers often compared it to Islam. After all, it was polygamous and militant, born from the vision of a prophet claiming to be the latest in the Judeo-Christian lineage. As the Baptist author of the 1911 book Mormonism: The Islam of America put it, “[T]here is no other body of people from whom we have so much to fear in proportion to their numbers.”
Indeed, Bab-tiss. Can't wait for these potential schisms to start playing out. While waiting, we'll find some ammunition in that Bab-tiss book, courtesy of Google & Hah-vad, & fully enjoy the irony of fights between adherents of varying fairy tales. "Let's you & him fight," as they say.

Just one book in a series (from 98 yrs. ago):
Plus ça change ...

House & Garden

Apartment-dwellers can enjoy living things even w/o a yard, a windowsill, or the slightest intent.

You Can Fool Some Of The People
All Of The Time

Now that we've watched this masterwork of lies & deception, we'll leave it on top of the heap for a while as we enjoy restful, non-reactionary, apolitical tee vee time.

There is certainly no better (legal) way to waste 13 mins. of existence (& boost one's self-esteem) than to watch this.Other than, obviously, 13 mins. of sex w/ a stranger in a public place.

Annals Of Home Schooling:
"No More Phonies"

We suspected this little bastard was home-schooled. (Yes, we just insulted a 12-yr.-old, although his mother's the real villain of the piece. Bitch.)
Patrick and his mother have been involved in many Tea Party and 9/12 inspired rallies, and Patrick says he enjoys watching Glenn Beck nightly and listening to his radio program. He already has his own opinion about the way the country should be run. When I asked him about the America that he hopes to inherit or to help create, he answered, “I would want to help create an America with as small a government as possible, no deficit spending, no more debts, no more phonies, and more jobs for people.” It’s a tall order, but fortunately, Patrick is getting an early start in helping to make his dream America a reality.
Quite the pre-pubescent Holden Caulfield. What's mom going to do if Patriotic Patrick figures out who the (real) phonies are?

But our concern for Patriot Pat must not stop there. To be brutally honest, & to pick at the scabs of a child already scarred for life, it sounds as if our young Patriot's mother is turning him into a, a (This is a very difficult accusation. We're reallyalmost conflicted about picking on this sad case.) a homosexual. There! (No reference to PP's father in the quick skim we did. And we all know what that means: Skinny jeans!)
PP: We are hoping to do this again in the future. We are working on another coloring book about the Constitution. We are trying to make it easy to for kids to understand. I don’t know what I want to be yet. sorry. I thought I wanted to be a teacher at one time, but I also like video games and might want to help make them or test them. I like to cook too. I might want to be a chef one day and Mom says I am good at it. She says I have lots of time to decide.
Now Patrick, Mama's Little Man never has to leave home, or grow up, or learn about icky girls. You can just stay here & cook for Mama & draw her your nice little pictures & play your Left Behind game as long as you want, dear.

Hey, we conflated Holden Caulfield & Norman Bates! Just take our advice: Don't stop at the Patriot Motel on the old farm road.

To end on a positive note, & drag another obvious lit ref in, there's always a chance that "PP" will grow up. Oh, &, um, maybe write the 21st century version of A Confederacy of Dunces. A Dunce of Confederates, he could call it.

Beck Blazes Trail W/ New-Fangled
"Drudge-Style Website" Dealie!

Is Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller a bit too "brainy" for you? You may want to give your thinker a rest at THEBLAZE. You may also be interested if you like the Caller just fine, but wish for a tiny bit more Glenn Beck coverage therein.

To whet the appetite, an item from THEBLAZE's The Wire, in its entirety.
If a source for AP items & photos (or not-photos, above) beside The DC has been your secret dream & hidden desire, you may now die a happy person, & please do us all a favor by doing just that.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Free Speech Has A Price ...

... typing. We're not willing to pay it, especially when these people (who will be paying soon enough) can shoot themselves in the feet while their feet are in their mouths.Disclaimer & evasion of responsibility: No, we haven't watched yet: The crushing pressure of the 24-hr. news cycle (or period) forces us to publish sight unseen, but we've assumed that NewLeftMedia have edited judiciously & presented all of it out-of-context for added amusement.

ADDITION: We were kidding, The Daily Caller isn't. Dirty libs lied to get people to make fools of themselves.

Gawd Bless America & Her Flag
Or We'll Break Your Legs

From the Liberal Bible:
Credit: Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times
Why do these horrible people hate our country so that they would put our flag where they make their doody, & then stomp all over it? How will this despicable liberal hatred for all that is wholesome & pure restore America?

Pity Pick-A-Nick

Hitchens, also.

MOMENTS LATER: Oh, fucking shit, if the video of the mindless dead doesn't play, click the Hitchens link, maybe it'll work at Slate. Though the best suggestion may be not to bother w/ anything at all. Lying down in a darkened room w/ a cold compress over the eyes for a few mins. may help. Think we'll try that right now.

EVEN LATER: Slowly-loading Slate video also posted w/ Weigel's Heart o' Darkness expedition, as he does the field work (leaving the interpretation & musing to Hitchens) w/ the Restorers of Honor themselves:
"[Beck] teaches so much," said Tracy Henchman, who flew to Washington from Florida with her husband, Mark. They're eating some of the pulled pork provided by FreedomWorks to attendees of the pre-rally. "He's the only one of these hosts who doesn't just bitch, but gives you solutions. He teaches us what will happen after bills are passed. I always knew that Congress was passing bills, but I didn't know what was in them!"
Hey, us too! And we're tired of hearing & seeing that fake American President! Equal time!!
"I love Ronald Reagan," said Tracy. "He was what a real American president should be. They should play his speeches all the time, not Obama's speeches. At least they should play them side by side."

Wanna Buy A Date?
'Cause We Be Pimpin'!

Too fugging lazy & decadent to copy & paste our newest Whiskey Fire critique of reactionary/loon Donald Douglas's take on Orange County as viewed by The NYT.

How Could Anyone Possibly Care?

Are we to assume the Emmies©® occurred yesterday?

(Intensive research indicates so.)

Simple country folk that we are, we had no idea.

Ford Wagon Graveyard

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Annals Of Misanthropy

Alright, two items today (& just barely) to compensate for none Saturday.

Socializing is killing us, & we're too pooped to pop. (Or not. Good eatin', to excess.)

A reminder of what lives among us.
Rockabilly, corporate drone in wknd. drag. Lights on in your heads, it's 2010!
Left to Right: Unknown, but brought decent brew; Obnoxious, annoying, generally disliked (Who invited him?); Dull; & (again) "Ladies, it's 2010. Really."
Disclaimer (of sorts): We know none of the above. Not that we wouldn't type it as it is about those we do know. We've been introduced to the dude below, who dresses like & may well be a ++ironic 90042 hipster twice now, & do remember his name begins w/ a "D." As to those w/ their backs wisely turned to the camera, the less said the better.
Freakin' sausage party, also.
Another panorama of dull. One can barely go anywhere w/o this sort of thing staring back at one. Even worse: The fucking ocean.
Just one raw nerve, aren't we? And no damn wonder, as no one is safe from anything anymore, anywhere.
Drumming up business. It's looking up!

TITLE CORRECTED (30 August 2010 @ 1307): Not just dames. Sorry. (Told you we were exhausted.)

People ...
People Who ...

This reporter has spent entirely too much time of late socializing (Weds., yesterday, & more today; three events in five days.)

Why is Your Awful Species® dedicated to boring us limp or irritating us raw on our inevitable course toward death?

Friday, August 27, 2010

"It Is The Sheriff's Deputy's Job
To Be Afraid"

Triple murder in former stomping grounds WeHo (Glad we're in a nicer neighborhood now.) led us to crime rates, & a quote worth quoting:
The Sheriff's Department relies on information provided by inhabitants. "If you see something suspicious, call it in," he said. "Don't be afraid. That's our job. We need everybody's help."
Statistical massage:
Methodology used in tabulating crime rates could present a misleading picture because crimes are calculated by occurrence per 10,000 residents.  An artificially low number of city inhabitants in the divisor produces a higher rate, making Weho appear more crime-dense than it really is.

West Hollywood's population is about 36,000, but with a daytime population boost of about 30,000 office workers on weekdays and 35,000 to 40,000 nightlife patrons replacing those daytime employees, the number of people present within the city's borders stays consistent at about 70,000, not counting special events, protests, tourists or the weekend club scene on Sunset Boulevard.

For some events and marches, the numbers can swell into the hundreds of thousands.
No wonder WeHo's a madhouse. 70,000 weasels (half of them wage-slavin' squares, replaced by a night shift of suburban scumbag/wknd. hippie types) stuffed into 1.9 miles2, twice the announced residents. Not to mention the steady stream of Angelenos on all the surface streets, the residents of WeHo's neighbor to the west, Beverly Hills, having some time ago successfully NIMBY'd a freeway for the area.

Which leads to the other amusing massage:
West Hollywood made no improvements in auto theft, which is also attributable to the city's character, in Smith's estimation. "Most of our community is pretty well off and the bad guys look for nice cars," he said. "Some of them are experts from car theft rings. They can steal a car in 10 seconds."

Smith explained that a strong sheriff's presence cannot always prevent such thieves because of the city's prevalence of underground parking structures, which are out of the view of patrolling deputies.
Here the schadenfreude is piled high & deep, as it is these same can't-be-seen-from-the-street garages, missing a wall, that will collapse in the next seismic event big enough to cause that sort of thing.
Ha ha. You suck & your life is shit.

What The Party People Eat

Grotesque preserved human hand is a popular item.
Gesticulating wildly often causes others to flee the immediate vicinity.
The Naked Bar-B-Q.