Saturday, August 21, 2010

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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.
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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!!