Monday, October 25, 2010

Desperately Unorthodox

Compare & contrast: This web log's take on Nut-Meg & her desperation time advert, and the reaction from Tucker's Daily Caller:
Meg Whitman delivers an unorthodox reintroduction of herself to California’s voters in the closing days of the election.

Read more:
NB: Like a large portion of everything The Daily Crawling Terror shoves down America's throat, the above auto-link is a lie: there's nothing more to read at the page linked, & very little else worth consumption at the site.

Though we are amazed at the non-stop rerunning of every AP story about fatal transportation accidents world-wide. Here, here, here, & here.

Democracy Killed By Nation Of Rubes

From Colorado:
As The Denver Post reported back in September, minor party status means that Republicans wouldn't appear at the top of the ballot with the Democrats in 2012 and 2014. Instead, they'll be listed down with the Libertarian, Green Party and other third-party candidates.


[A] memo written by Arapahoe County Republican Party Chairman Dave Kerber obtained by the Post in early October spells out some serious consequences.
Our state house and senate candidates will similarly be relegated to bottom positions. In 2014, when we have our US Senate, Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer etc races, again, we will be at the bottom of the ballot fighting the libertarians etc for ballot placement. As we all know, being at the top or toward the top can mean several percentage points in the vote, enough in a close race to secure victory.
Our emphasis. Are the voters flipping coins once they get in the booth? See also: South Carolina's Democratic Senate nominee, Alvin Greene.
Indeed, in a three-hour interview, the unemployed military veteran could not name a single specific thing he'd done to campaign. Yet more than 100,000 South Carolinians voted for him on Tuesday, handing him nearly 60 percent of the vote and a resounding victory over Vic Rawl, a former judge who has served four terms in the state legislature.
Proud of yourselves, sheep?It is not possible to despise a group of people more than we despise American citizens. We hold the rest of the species in utter contempt as well (No favorites!) but knowing Yankee morons as we do, we place them at the top of the shit-list.

Hurry Up W/ The Damn Election, Already

We aren't usually subjected to Presidential campaign advertising in the Tarnished State; as crazy & lazy as many of our residents are, they still don't go for the toads the Reactionary Party offers us nationally every four yrs., so there's little point in spending much here. Statewide elections are another story.

Imagine this simpering smile & generally snippy demeanor (approaching the "explaining voice," we dare say) in this close-up, but four times life size, on your telebision. Seemingly at every commercial break.We find this one even more irritating.The primary thrust of our complaint, however, is that the day after the damn election we'll get the money the gummint pays us not to work, in a noble effort to reduce workplace violence. Although were there serious concern over our mental health, they'd get Fiorina off our damn telebision, at least.

We'll grant her campaign one thing: They allow comments on the CarlyforCalifornia YouTube posts, which is more than can be said for Nut-MegWhitman2010. (Or not. Some of the videos seem to be comment-disabled, some don't. Same w/ Babs here. May apply w/ Nut-Meg & Brown too. Whatever.)

FAIRNESS DOCTRINE:Note the "voice" here too.Where's our money, damnit?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hallowe'en 1989 Or 1990(?) Part III

Now we are (even more) confused: Another of the performers in this believes it was 1990. At least we have it nailed down to two congruent yrs.UPDATE: Suspicions (pretty much) confirmed, it was 1990.

Bargain-Bin Breakfast W/ Bouffant
& His Cast-Iron Stomach

We're sick of foodies & their crap, which seems to have started as a reaction to the HIV/AIDS plague, way back in the early '80s: No more concern-less sex, so let's focus on an actual human need & screw it up w/ pretension.

We've also about had it w/ our body imposing its sad desires for oxygen, water, food & humping on us, as most of those activities require physical (or worse) effort. And had it w/ people imposing themselves on us w/ questions & the like. Leave us alone, damnit!

And so we respond to the bourgeoisie & their fethishes. Got some used bacon & Cheese Wursts at the local farmer's market (Some guy named Ralphs runs it.) & set to work.
Saved $0.79 on the Cheddar Wursts, & $3.50 on the bacon!
Buns are Ralphs "Value" brand.
You may wish to nuke the bacon longer than the wursts. We did.
Presentation is everything.
The total package. Orangeade was only $0.88.
If you've been put off your feed by this, our job here is done.

Hallowe'en 1989, Part II

The statute of limitations covers all activity seen here. Nyah!!

American Night

S.M. Police Blotter

We have et (one can't really type "eaten") at this very Arby's, & hung about in this neighborhood when using the library, urinating on the Verizon bldg., yada. A mere couple of yrs. from getting plugged ourself. Whew.

Hallowe'en 1989 (We Think) Pt. I

Hands Across The Border

Uh oh, forgot our most "popular" stolen feature this wk. (We've no un-stolen features.)
Wreck (Record); Last Loss; Next Loss
1. Dallas (1-4); 21-24, Minnehaha; N.J. Giants
2. Detroit (1-5); 20-28, N.J. Giants; Disabled List
3. Oakland (2-4); 9-17, San Francisco; Denver
4. Buffalo (0-5); Disabled List; Baltimore
5. Carolina (0-5); Disabled List; San Francisco
6. San Diego (2-4);
7. Cleveland (1-5);
8. San Francisco (1-5);
9. Minnehaha (2-3);
10. Winnipeg* (4-11).
*Canadian Football League, part of Bottom Ten's lousy-teams exchange program.
Winnipeg are the "Blue Bombers." (Is that like an "F-Bomb," but that little bit nicer 'cause they're Canucks?)

Hurting the feelings of college students everywhere:
The University of Akron (no relation to the discount-store chain) originally called its teams the Zippers.

The nickname wasn't meant to be suggestive. It referred to the zipped galoshes made in the Ohio town by the B.F. Goodrich Co.

In 1950, the school changed its nickname to the Zips, which is a perfect fit these days. How many wins does Akron have after seven games? Zero. Zip.

The losingest team in the nation, it obviously belongs at the top of the Bottom Ten. For you positive thinkers, it's ranked No. 206 in Sagarin's top 245 poll.

Wreck, Record; Last Loss; Next Loss

1. Akron (0-7); 10-38, Ohio (Ohio); Western Michigan

2. New Mexico (0-6); Idle*; San Diego State

3. Western Kentucky (0-6); 30-35, Louisiana-Monroe; Louisiana-Lafayette

4. UNLV (1-6); 10-43, Colorado State; Idle

5. North Texas (1-6); 10-34, Florida International; Idle

6. Memphis (1-6); 19-41, Southern Ole Miss; Idle

7. New Mexico State (1-5); 10-33, Fresno State; Idaho

8. Bowling on the Green (1-6); 27-28, Temple; Kent State

9. Florida Atlantic (1-4); Idle; Arkansas State

10. Duke (1-5); 13-28, Miami (Fla.); Virginia Tech

11. (Tie) Florida and Penn State (winless in October); 13. Washington State (1-6); 14. Minnehaha (1-6); 15. Ball State (2-5); 16. Brigham Young (2-5); 17. Wyoming (2-5); 18. Arkansas State (2-5); 19. Studying overseas; 20. Detroit Lions (1-5).

*Though idle, dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in rankings after completing one pass during a practice drill.

Others (in chronological order): Utah State (2-4).

Crummy game of the weak: Florida Atlantic (1-4) at Arkansas State (2-5).

Rout of the weak: Washington State (1-6) at Stanford (5-1).
Speaking of Akron, their finest, w/ our man Brandon on the skins. (Barely audible or visible.)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saturday Night At The Movies: Destination Foon*

Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™ cordially invites you to waste 1.5+ hrs. of the few remaining in your sad, empty existence (Stop fooling yourselves, world!) watching a rather dull flick on a tiny, crummy screen (You can full-screen it & see what happens too. Hah.) & listening through tinny speakers.We've no idea what "Moscow Cares" means. We rather doubt if Moscow gives one fucking shit about anything. Stolen hither.

*Tip of the Bouffant chapeau (which is actually any of a number of grimy ball-caps) to Mad's Don Martin.

Latest Bitching & Moaning

G-Ziz Sumbitch Krise, how long does it take for YouTube to download 15-fucking-mins. of video we managed to transfer from DVD to hard drive in approx. five mins.?

Is this a problem w/ the cable co.'s Infernal-Net access? Or is YouTube just a (technical) suckfest? Tried the direct route from devil-box to Blogger/Google, but Google was all "server failure."

We have our doubts about the rest of the world, but our time is fucking precious, & att'ys. are looking into the matter at this moment. If it sounds unlikely that shysters would be doing that of a Sat. night, an operation like this needs legal eagles on retainer 24/7.

Not To Forget:
The Other Big Deal Statewide Office

Ho Ho Ho, Too!

Mostly from sloth, we decided not to drag out what apparent sacks of crap Nut-Meg Whitman's spawn are in our advert montage & rant just below.

Then, as if by magic, this Slate item, which sadly expands on the horror of Griffith Rutherford Harsh V (Yes, the fifth. Little low on imagination there, monied freaks?) showed up at the front door of the bunker, & we gave it a home.
The actions of a candidate's child are relevant to a campaign only to the degree that the candidate leans on his or her record as a parent to sell him or herself to the voters. (Unless the kids are working for the campaign or acting as surrogates, obviously.) California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman doesn't even have photos of her adult sons on her campaign website -- although her excuse for never voting was that she was focused, at the time, on being a mother. She's got a reputation as something of a bully, and there's a wealth of evidence that her sons, Griff and Will Harsh, are monstrously entitled. And as Gabriel Winant wrote, the last time news of Griff's misadventures made the news, "the Harsh boys are neither vulnerable nor irrelevant."

So. Gawker revealed today that Whitman's son Griffith Rutherford Harsh V, known to friends as Griff, was accused of rape in 2006 by a Princeton classmate. He claimed it was consensual sex after a night of drinking at undergraduate dining clubs. She awoke the next morning with bruises and a black eye -- and, she claimed, no memory of the night before. Harsh claimed to think she was sober enough to consent, and said the injuries came from an accidental fall. The Princeton disciplinary panel decided it didn't have enough evidence to discipline Harsh, and the woman never pressed criminal charges.
Just lovely. We hope Nut-Meg is very proud of her two young goats. Goats, as in this, from the would-be Schwarzenegger clone's web pile.
Her children are "kids," & she uses words like "grown-up" & "scary." And her favorite color? While it says 54 there, we're guessing eight to ten, tops. Hobbies: Hiking & fishing? It does not get more banal.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Desperation Time For Nut-Meg:

Meg Whitman announces she'll treat us like "grown-ups." Perhaps if she'd said she'll treat us like "adults" this reporter would be likelier to believe it, but she chose the euphemism for adults that adults often use when condescending to children. Also childish: "These are scary times." Speak like an adult, you're certainly old enough.

Look, listen & vomit.Not for you we aren't. Also amusing? Her admission that she's a lousy choice. And: No gov't. experience? No voting record, either. From Silicon Valley? Or even California? Guess again:
Meg Whitman's campaign has quietly dropped an inaccurate statement from her inaugural TV ad in which she claimed to have lived in California for "30 years."

As PolitiCal reported Thursday, the Republican candidate for governor first moved to California in 1981 but has not lived here continuously since, settling in Massachusetts for about seven years in the mid-1990s.

"Having come to California in 1981, Meg considers herself to be a 30-year Californian,” campaign spokeswoman Sarah Pompei said in an e-mail Friday. “But we didn't want there to be any confusion, so we made a slight clarification."
Created thousands of jobs at ebay, & then shipped them off while collecting a cool $120 million? Again, she didn't exactly start ebay. But she screwed the stockholders anyway.More of the same from Sacramento? Not a Hollywood star? More of exactly the same from Sacramento, sounding exactly like a Hollywood star.Simply an awful human beingcorporate pig.


New correspondents for Big Hollywood? (We emphasize.)
VANCOUVER (AP) — Actor Randy Quaid told Canada’s immigration board Friday that he and his wife are seeking asylum from “the murderers of Hollywood” and will therefore apply for refugee status in Canada, after they were arrested on U.S. warrants related to vandalism charges.

The pair were arrested on Thursday afternoon in a shopping area of an affluent Vancouver neighborhood and were jailed on outstanding U.S. warrants.

The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara, where they missed a court hearing Monday on felony vandalism charges.

The Quaids were ordered released from custody Friday, but must each post $9,750 bail and fulfill their promise to appear for their next hearing Thursday.

Santa Barbara County Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said Friday that Quaid and his wife Evi’s bail increased to $500,000 apiece.

Their attorney, Robert Sanger, said he hoped the situation could be resolved but declined comment citing the pending case.

The couple told the immigration adjudicator they are being persecuted in the United States.

Evi Quaid begged a Canadian immigration adjudicator not to force them to return, saying on Friday that friends, such as actors David Carradine and Heath Ledger, have been “murdered” under mysterious circumstances and she worried something would happen to her husband next.

“We feel our lives are in danger,” she said. “Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners … We feel that we’re next.”

During a break in the proceedings, the Quaids’ lawyer, Brian Tsuji approached the media to read a single-sentence statement from the Quaids. “We are requesting asylum from Hollywood star whackers,” he read, declining further comment on the mental state of his clients.

Evi Quaid said she’s been told by a jail nurse that her blood pressure is dangerously high due to stress and that Randy Quaid’s mother has been hospitalized in the U.S. as a result of the stress from their legal troubles.

Friday’s hearing was a mandatory detention review.

On Friday, the Quaids promised they would appear for their next hearing. Evi Quaid said she’d be willing to wear an ankle bracelet while staying at a posh Vancouver hotel.

Randy Quaid said the couple came to Canada because he was being given an award by a film critics group. He said they were considering moving to Vancouver where Randy planned to jump-start his career.

He said the pair believed the warrants were issued by mistake and had been withdrawn and the couple didn’t travel north in an effort to skip out on them.

“Canada is a beautiful country for what we want to do,” Quaid said outside the hearing room, without elaborating on his plans. Quaid was questioned by a reporter if the couple are dealing with a substance abuse problem, which he denied.

“It’s been a very welcoming nation to me,” he said. “I would not do anything to besmirch my reputation.”

The Quaids face no charges in Canada.

A U.S. judge issued arrest warrants Monday for the couple after they failed to show up at a California court hearing stemming from their arrests last month on suspicion of illegally squatting at a home.

Quaid and his wife face felony vandalism charges after more than $5,000 in damage was found in a guest house of a Montecito, California home they had previously owned.

The Quaids frequently missed court appearances in an earlier U.S. case involving charges they defrauded an innkeeper. That case was resolved in April with Evi Quaid pleading no contest to a misdemeanor. The charges against her husband were dropped.

Randy Quaid, 60, is best-known for supporting roles in films such as “Independence Day” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” He is the older brother of Dennis Quaid.

Ledger was nominated for an Oscar for his lead role in the movie “Brokeback Mountain.” He died in January, 2008 from an accidental overdose.

Carradine was star of the hit 1970s television series “Kung Fu” and also had a movie career before he hanged himself in Thailand last year. He was 72.

Associated Press writer Charmaine Noronha contributed to this story from Toronto.

The Substance Abuse Band-Wagon

We're jumping on.

Looks as if the Disney/ESPN/Marvel brain-trust has tapped directly into the McGravitas demographic, w/ the VancouverMemphis Grizzlies, Captain America, & GAY!!
Oh, fuck, this doesn't have the whole damn thing, w/ the GAY part. Off to the scanner, then!
Must be nice to have so much discretionary income that Disney is after yours on an individual basis.

What Do Muslims Wear? Clothes?

People who, unlike Juan Williams, use their minds, rather than wallow in their emotions & fears like eight-yr. olds, who have the knowledge that there is no official "Muslim" dress, & who have the common sense to realize that someone sporting other than Western Industrial pseudo-democracy "garb" are probably the least likely to attempt to high-jack an aircraft will have their awful, hate-America prejudices confirmed by this.

Cretin Cast

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nature Boy Requests

Hey, if anyone's going out, couldja pick up some raw sugar & a gallon of 2% milk? We'll pay you later. Thanks!

Man In Red Hat Steps Up*

Loath as we are to type or do anything of a positive nature (In the long run it's all crap, & you're fucking dead. Why does anyone bother?) we were reading BJ earlier, where NPR, having fired Juan ("M.C. Pee-Pants") Williams, was nonetheless under attack, w/ the occasional "Yeah, but this or that is an exception to the suck," & we read this exception, from Martin (if that's his/her real name):
My local station had a nice story about a group in Santa Monica that is working to register the homeless and mentally ill and get them to the polls. These voters were talking about the issues that matter to them – generally entitlement and jobs programs as some of them are disabled. One story was told about a man who couldn’t read or write getting assistance to vote.

I was stopped at a light and I looked over at the BMW next to me and the driver (alone) was clearly ranting to the air about something he just heard.

I then realized that all over OC, wingnuts were going completely ballistic over the prospect that the homeless actually do get to vote, and that someone is caring (to them, stupid) enough to help them to. NPR can do no wrong for the next year just due to that story.
We had a more than sneaking suspicion as to the group in question (And a suspicion that it wasn't the Santa Monica NPR station, KCRW, which is sucky and does no local reporting, but the not-nearly-as-sucky Pasadena NPR station, KPCC.) & of course our suspicions were correct (or you wouldn't be reading this).

Said organization being Step Up On Second, w/o whom this reporter might still be on the mean (yet mostly boring) streets. Actually, not the organization, but the relentlessly cheerful (should have asked him about his medication(s), if any, & gotten a script ourself) Les Jones, seen here w/ his trademark red fedora,
What's he going to do when his trademark wears out?
who conceived the idea a couple of yrs. ago. Though Step Up, of course, provided assistance (& mailing addresses for the hobos & winos) for the project.

Two yrs. ago, we were still using their services, but managed to register on our own, as Step Up had temporarily housed our sorry ass in a motel they were converting to housing for young homeless people, & we had a somewhat permanent address. That's some damn service!

People w/ money to spare/give for others could do one hell of a lot worse than send a buck or ten in Step Up On Second's direction.

Details at The LookOut, or read & listen at KPCC.

*Too obvious/simple? Probably. Do we care? No, it's almost four in the fucking a.m.

Rotten John Lydon's Step-Daughter;
Penthouse Publisher

Funny (& mean) not to put the corpses' names in the headline. Fuck 'em, they're dead. Come on back & haunt us, corpses. We double-dog-dare you!

Ari Up was only 48. Undisclosed illness. Hope it wasn't rock&roll what killed her.

Guccione was almost 80. Died in Plano, Texas. Frankly, given the choice, we'd check out of Plano as well. Like so many, he was cursed w/ the cliché of dying "after a long battle with cancer" by the L.A. Times. Christ on a crutch, has anyone, ever, just given the fuck up & keeled right over when cancer went "Boo!" at them? Or is it only the well-known & obituaried who are noble enough to battle?

But was it cancer? In this 2002 shot, it would appear the alien being on his head is sucking most of the non-bone matter out of his head.
Why would one bother to sport a (bad) rug but not trim the eyebrows? People are entirely beyond our comprehension.

M.C. Pee-Pants Gets Ass Fired

Juan Williams, who is, for crying out loud, 56, & allegedly a man, or at least male, announced to Bill "Falafel" O'Reilly on FOX:
"I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Take just a moment to imagine the fucking nerve of those people. Identifying first & foremost as (rag-headed) Muslims? How dare they? (Personal aside: We get nervous & check our wallet whenever we see some son-of-a-bitch identifying himself first & foremost w/ the rape & murder perpetuated by capitalists all over the world by wearing a suit that cost him more than a month's rent does us.) Does Williams run for the nearest bomb shelter, frantically punching 9-1-1 on his mobile every time he sees a Sikh on the street?

Oh, never fucking mind, someone already noted just how stupid J.W.'s statement was:
Juan Williams misunderstands one crucial fact: Muslim terrorists who are attempting to commit acts of terror seldom if ever dress in "Muslim garb"; they dress, for obvious tactical reasons, in a manner meant to help them blend in with surroundings. So Williams is wrong, I think, to be particularly suspicious of traditionally-dressed Muslims.
Typist Jeffrey Goldberg, under the headline "Juan Williams Fired by NPR For No Particular Reason," goes on to advise us that
With some regularity, Muslim men associated with radical Islamist organizations have been trying to kill American civilians, here and abroad.
We might mention that Christian men & women (& their drones) associated w/ militant evangelical organizations like the United Snakes Air Force, have been trying to kill citizens of Muslim nations on a regular basis as well.

And we'd guess that Williams was fired for being, essentially, a foolish, brain-dead coward.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Frozen Crap, Fair & Balanced

Tucker Swanson Carlson's frozen on-line rag declares:
The justice’s wife described her call to Hill as “extending an olive branch.”
Fair enough to quote the proud Nebraskan*. But neither fair nor balanced not to print the transcript of the message. Which might have indicated to the reader that Mrs. Thomas's idea of an olive branch is not quite like the ancient concept of olive branch extension.
“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”
But there was something revealed in the item that makes us wonder even more about the maturity (if not mental health) of this power couple: Their predilection for prank calling. Apparently when they know no one will be answering the 'phone.
If the justice has been bothered by his wife’s activism, he has not expressed it publicly. In 1996, after a lawmaker pointedly criticized Virginia Thomas at a hearing and identified her as “Mrs. Clarence Thomas in that bright blue dress,” her husband reportedly left her a teasing phone message in which he sang parts of “Devil With a Blue Dress On.”

Shortly after he joined the Supreme Court, Thomas told the court’s in-house newsletter that his wife had had to rein in her political opinions because of his new job.

“It has interfered with her freedom to express herself the way she really wants to,” Thomas said. “She has had to learn to live with that and be more constrained. Because she has strong opinions on things.”
"Teasing" message? Opinions reined in? Constrained? Maybe Justice Thomas should follow his Supreme Court policy & keep his mouth shut 24/7, not just when he's napping on the bench.

The post-literate may reduce the strain of reading by watching & listening.Silly foam headgear info:
*From Liberty Central:
With 30 years of experience within the Washington beltway working alongside esteemed politicians like Dick Armey and for institutions like Hillsdale College, the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ginni is committed to serving as a clearinghouse for new and more effective online activism. Ginni, the ‘proud’ Nebraskan, is a fan of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham and other talk radio hosts. She is intrigued by Glenn Beck and listening carefully. She also enjoys motor homing and watching “24″.
So proud of Nebraska she's been in Washington for 30 yrs., collecting wing-nut welfare.

Although the photo does indicate a certain fashion & hair-style connection to the Nebraska of 3040 yrs. ago.

Picky, Picky

And the Tea Party Express' Sal Russo said that "[t]o attack a grassroots movement of this magnitude with sundry isolated incidents only goes to show the NAACP has abandoned the cause of civil rights for the advancement of liberal Democrat politics."
Exactly! Just two teensy-weensy quibbles:
  1. How the fuck is this magnitude of which he babbles defined? Sound & fury, signifying less-than-nothing, but expressed at the top of one's voice? Amount of money poured into T.P. activism by billionaires? Actual numbers of aging, wretched honkies who agree w/ the sound & fury?
  2. And how ignorant of recent political history is Mr. Russo ("Irish & Italians Needn't Apply." Remember?) that he thinks the cause of civil rights is not the same as liberal Democratic politics & policies, as opposed to the policies of, as one example, the former White Citizens Council, now the Council of Conservative Citizens?

Marilyn Monroe, Philosophe

From Maureen O'Dowd's column in Noo Yawk's premier fish-wrapper, truth/wisdom from Marilyn Monroe(!):
“I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever, really.”
No sheet. Expanded upon here:

No-Information Moron

You're a pathetic, criminally stupid sheep & we hate you. Please die.

But first, shave the hair around your mouth. It hasn't been 1985 for quite some time now, & it's full of microbes & gawd knows what else.

Hang The Homos!

What the hell can anyone sane type about this? This. Meanwhile, someone who isn't sane (Ann Althouse) dances all around the subject of fundamentalists being connected to gay people killing themselves. NYT fascists don't allow embedding. WARNING: (4:46) of your mundane existence that you'll never have again.

Sad, sad country, as you may remember.

Jocks: Still Scum, No Matter How Long You Or They Have Been Out Of High School

Keep in mind that the sports-industrial complex tends to produce narrow-minded, self-centered, ethically-challenged mercenaries who are deeply submissive to established authority while being fiercely dedicated to winning by any means possible. Or as one of my old political advisers, Sam Hall Kaplan, a former New York Times and Los Angeles Times reporter, puts it: “A pol who learned as an athlete just who ultimately butters his bread can be counted on to continue to wave to the crowds while doing the bidding of the owners.” And the owners these days, thanks to the umpires (... er, Supreme Court) are likely to be unnamed billionaire warlords donating to right-wing candidates through dummy organizations that have no requirement to open their books to the voters.
If any of these lickspittles are in your area ...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

World's Longest Cat

Catzilla (48 1/2 inches long, although that includes his fluffy tail) can feed himself.
No indication as to how much Stewie weighs, though.

Free Speech Or Not Free Speech

We note that Jerry Brown's YouTube page allows comments. Mme. Whitman, no: Adding comments has been disabled for this video. We believe the word is chickenshit.

Rachel Maddow Explains It All
For You

And again, w/ an assist.

Huh? Whuh?

NFL Cracks Down on Head Shots

Oh, oh, shots to the head.

Maybe we have been in Hollywood a little too long.

Further Damn Agony,
That Will Result In Harm To Others

Felt somewhat rancid on awakening, as evidenced just below. We decided to shower, as we can't even remember the last time we did so. We do have a clue: The rest of the shit in the shower fell down Sunday, so it's been since Saturday, at least.
To shower, then, we must get all that crap out of the tub. Someone will pay: It will not be us!

Morning Song

Did you ever wake up
W/ an ache in your head
And murder on your mind?
Who'd you kill?
And what was their crime?

Out, Demon, Out!

Breaking News Alert The New York Times Mon, October 18, 2010 -- 11:39 PM ET
Tribune Board Said Ready to Oust Chief Executive

The board of directors of the Tribune Company is expected to ask Tuesday for the resignation of Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive of the company, according to a person directly involved in the matter.

The individual, who spoke on condition of not being identified, said the board had lost confidence in the ability of Mr. Michaels to lead the troubled company. Mr. Michael's resignation would follow by days the exit of another top executive at the media company, Lee Abrams, Tribune's chief innovation officer, who resigned on Friday after sending a sexually explicit memo to the entire company.

Read More
And now, an excellent example of the startling innovation in the L.A. Times portion of the collapsing Trib empire.
Many yrs. after the Times stopped publishing a telebision guide, it was suddenly decided to run one again. A wk. or two ago they inserted the non-"lite" version (glossy cover, more — but not much more — listing detail) in the Sunday edition, to tempt possible subscribers. And now, if you don't subscribe, you get the "lite" version, w/ newsprint cover. We can't imagine that anyone under 70 would give a shit. Why not? Take a look at our bookmarks bar:
Click to read. (Did you really need us to tell you that?)
Yes, those are eight different (somewhat, long story & you don't care) Internet telebision listing services. The one on the far right (No, not that far right.) "ZAP2it", is owned & operated by the very Trib Co. itself. No one under 70 is going to subscribe to anything because they can get a crummy tee vee guide again. And the over-70s who do won't be subscribing for too long. Sorry, old & soon-to-be-dead people. (Of which we am one.)

Not that it makes a heck of a lot of difference to us. We finally stopped buying the fish-wrapper a few wks. ago, having found that:
  1. We can print their crummy crosswords & do them in pencil (as nature intended) rather than typing the fucking thing on-line.
  2. We can read every professional, newspaper-quality (Go ahead, we're laughing too.) comic strip we want on-line, in color, & w/ the Sunday throwaway panels.
  3. The damned rag published some crap which claimed our friend & sexual associate was an ineffective teacher. You could type her name in a box & it would reveal some pointless something about I don't know what. As if one could determine the effectiveness of someone teaching second graders. We doubt they traced the SAT scores of her students of X yrs. ago.
Now, we get a carton of smokes, stock up on food & see if we can avoid going any farther from the bunker than the mail box for a wk. Or more.

One Less For The Locals Only Bog-Roll

Mick (DOC 40) Farren has about had it w/ these United Snakes, & is off, salmon-like, to return to the river of his birth.

In other roll news, this poor Vancouverite (B.C., anyway) whose blog we quite enjoyed, apparently had to move to Winnipeg to get work, & is reduced to Twitting.

Here, however, the present day blogger refuses to die! Quitters.

How Fucking Stupid?

This fucking stupid:
THE TEA PARTIES ARE JUST THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY ALL OVER AGAIN. In a recent issue of Mother Jones magazine, Kevin Drum argued that the Tea Parties are nothing new: whether the president is F.D.R., L.B.J. or Bill Clinton, a batty conservative populism flourishes “whenever a Democrat takes over the White House.” Writing in The New Yorker, the historian Sean Wilentz made a similar point, linking Glenn Beck’s daffier ideas (and the Tea Partiers who love them) to the cold war-era paranoias of the John Birch Society.

These parallels are real. But there’s a crucial difference. The Birchers only had a crackpot message; they never found a mainstream one. The Tea Party marries fringe concerns (repeal the 17th Amendment!) to a timely, responsible-seeming message about spending and deficits. Which is why, for now at least, it’s winning over independents in a way that movements like the Birchers rarely did.
"Responsible-seeming." Qualify it, Ross. Qualify it good, & don't ask for anything specific in that responsible-seeming message, of course.

Monday, October 18, 2010

An Urbane Sophisticate Types

The big divides of the past century have been those between the city on one side of the Santa Monica Mountains ... and the San Fernando Valley suburbs on the far side.

And ... in the other direction ... the unwillingness of people north of the 10 freeway to venture south.
We certainly fall into both of those camps. Though we aren't frightened of the swarthy hordes south of the Mason-Dixon lineI-10, it's the honkies in Orange & San Diego Counties farther south that give us the willies. And the Valley: Are you kidding? Have you ever been there?

Otherwise, pointless blah blah (also yada yada) about "car" culture vs. "urban" culture, "how we see ourselves," & inane meaningless droning. Don't be a mugwump, come out on the side of what's objectively correct: No more automobiles. Anywhere. Ever.

Think the FBI will interpret that as advocating eco-terrorism? Let's up the ante: BURN A CAR DEALERSHIP!! FUCKING NOW!! (We would ourself, but all the lots w/in walking distance have gone out of business.)


Via verbose idiot Tunku Varadarajan (Go back to Britain, subject of Her Majesty! You're taking work from Real Americans!) bemoaning the peoples' candidates at a NY goobernatorial debate we give you the Rent Is Too Damn High Party.* Careful, link has loud music that won't stop.

Oh, here's what he has against democracy. Well, we can't entirely blame him.
Pity the poor people of New York: Can there ever have been a state so rich, so abundantly endowed with talent and enterprise, to have had a political choice so abject, so meager, so embarrassing? Had we beamed this debate into the cafes of Baghdad, or the hubble-bubble joints of Kabul and Kandahar, all notions of enlightened America exporting democracy to the benighted of the earth would have evaporated forthwith.
Though we blame him for being so fucking dense. Pity? The people of New York voted for these horror shows. Those were their choices! Perhaps Mr. Varadarajan, being a product of colonialism & all, hasn't quite figured out even what passes for democracy here. A clue: The people vote! Twice! Once in a primary, which led to the candidates on display, & once in a general election. It wasn't Her Majesty's representatives telling the natives for whom they could vote, they did this to themselves.

*We can't believe this isn't the largest party in the nation, but considering how long you fucking sheep have been living on horse- & bull-shit we aren't that surprised.

Joe Miller's Fascist Thug Bully Boys

Or: Brown Shirts. Although, judging from the video, the brain dead crewcuts involved should be called Red Ties. Same diff.
It is bizarre enough to have a reporter "arrested" by private security, but those of us who drive past The Drop Zone, the business behind Miller's security every day aren't surprised by their over-reach or connection to Joe Miller.
The only thing more extreme than the weather and wildlife in Alaska is the politics. The Drop Zone was a sponsor of Palin apologist and former radio host, Eddie Burke. The DZ bragged to patrons about their security squad being littered with former Blackwater operatives. Not disclosing full names and a preference for cash transactions were commonplace.  A poster of President Obama as the Joker hangs in their front window.
Part of being a 2nd Amendment Progressive in Alaska is having friends who are gun nuts. Several have recalled "Bill" at the Drop Zone boasting about his partners' participation in rendition and black ops overseas. He would show off the 50 caliber sniper rifle worth at least $80,000.  No one I know would ask what it was worth.  It doesn't take a sniper rifle to put a moose in your freezer.

"Bill", identified in news accounts of this story, is William Fulton. He is the owner of the Drop Zone. Bill was photographed in front of the Alaska 9/11 Glenn Beck-Sarah Palin rally after accosting and pointing a finger at a protester while shouting in her face, "Socialist!" The woman's sign said, "Don't be stupid Alaskans, Don't Vote Joe Miller, We Deserve Better...", and she held her own against the verbal onslaught.
Fighting in the streets, '30s Germany style? Come on! A $3.00(? Haven't priced higher-caliber ammo lately.) round will turn your brains pulpier than they already are, no matter how much your sniper rifle ran you, pin-dick.

One must wonder under what circumstances many of the Red Ties left military service. Or they may just be WHORES(!!!) who like to play their little games, but will always hold out for more money.

Ed Schultz On A Roll Today

Maybe it's idiot Sharron Angle who's on a roll. Transcript & more video.Yeah, when did fatso Istook there decide to go straight?

Joe Miller, Nazi Smart Guy, Likes East Germany (& Their Speech Restrictions)

Anchorage blogger Steve Aufrecht reports that during the town hall, [Miller] cited his time serving at the Fulda Gap, one point on the former border between East and West Germany during the Cold War.

During that time, he said, "East Germany was very, very able to reduce the flow" from one side of the border to the other. "Now, obviously, other things there were involved. We have the capacity to, as a great nation, obviously to secure our border. If East Germany could, we could."
Brainiac Miller doesn't appear to understand the difference between keeping people in a prison-state, & keeping them out of one. But it won't take much more than a few million mines, all the barb-wire in the world, & a free-fire zone. International law? Please. What are you, a fairy?

Note fascist bully-boys in their suits & ties. Obviously deserving of more respect than someone sporting a non-suit.
Anchorage Daily News vid stolen from Salon.

Whiny-Ass Non-Americans Want US To Stop Killing Stuff

U.N. Pleads With World To Stop "Destroying Life on Earth"

With all eyes turned toward the upcoming U.S. elections, it seems unlikely that the birds, bees, and trees can compete this week for attention. The U.N. is soldiering on, however, with its increasingly desperate entreaties for action on the loss of animal and plant species that underpin key human support systems like clean air, water, and fisheries. The latest call came today, at the opening of an international meeting aimed at galvanizing nations to action on the issue, reports Reuters. "This meeting is part of the world's efforts to address a very simple fact—we are destroying life on earth," said Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environment Program, said at the opening of the meeting in Nagoya, Japan. The U.N. leaders struck an apocalyptic note as a similar target to halt biodiversity loss by 2010 whizzed by with little to no progress. Delegates from almost 200 nations are meeting to set new goals for 2020, with U.N. officials arguing that maintaining the diversity of species on the planet is crucial to human welfare.
Read original story in& Reuters | Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
Some people have a lot of fucking nerve, don't they?

Oh Irony, Where Is Thy Sting?

Andrew Breitbart reveals himself:
Come on, "grass-rooters," sign up w/ a Washington-based firm that lobbies for huge corporate interests to demonstrate your grass-roots authenticity. What are you waiting for? You don't want (or even need) clean air &/or average temps below 100°F, do you?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Angry Asshole Routine Not Working So Well In NY

Breaking News Alert The New York Times Sun, October 17, 2010 -- 7:25 PM ET
New York Poll Finds Anger at Albany and Wide Edge for Andrew M. Cuomo

New York voters are profoundly pessimistic about the state economy, worried that they or someone in their household will be laid off in the coming year, and convinced that Albany is rife with corruption.

But in the race for governor, they are rallying not around the gruff outsider who has promised to take a baseball bat to Albany, but around an insider who has spent much of his adult life working in government: Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo.

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Maybe if Paladino can actually make his head explode w/ rage he'll pick up a few points.

California's Clueless Corporate Candidate

Hey, Carly, here's an idea (Yes, that's we call them, those things that happen occasionally when you're thinking. Try it sometime, airhead.): If you outsourced (One idea you do get.) all the poor people to where they should be, you could really cut that budgetdeficit. And where should the lazy parasites be outsourced? Ice floes are very nice.

Inspired by Fiorina's Jan Brewer moment on FOX. Not really: Carly just keeps spewing meaningless boilerplate ("FIORINA: … We don’t know how taxpayer money is spent in Washington, D.C.") rather than clamming up & smiling like a clown, Brewer-stylee. And, Ms. Fiorina? CAN YOU FUCKING READ A BUDGET, BUSINESSWOMAN? That might give you some idea of where all that money goes.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

No Shit, The Place Is A Dump

In Westwood Wednesday to hear McArdle (The Hammer Museum is in a lower corner of Occidental Petroleum's corporate edifice.)
we noted the "cracked, trash-strewn sidewalks, neglected landscaping and numerous vacancies" first-hand.
In 1993, Westwood merchants petitioned L.A. city officials to decrease meter rates from one dollar to fifty cents, which in turn brought overcrowded curbside parking. Still, the revenues raised were not kept in the neighborhood and these days you have a relatively sleepy commercial district (especially in the summer when UCLA is on break) where "residents and merchants bemoan the cracked, trash-strewn sidewalks, neglected landscaping and numerous vacancies," as Groves put it.

In contrast, look at Old Pasadena. The same year Westwood decreased rates, the City of Roses upped them to $1-an-hour and took the revenues to improve the area. "Many area employees who had parked on the street and moved their vehicles every two hours began to pay for parking in city structures, so that curb spaces were freed for customers," explained Groves. "The shift helped transform the area from a blighted eyesore into a vibrant destination with shops and restaurants. Shoup doesn't take credit for Old Pasadena's change, but he often uses the area as Exhibit A in his talks."
The Hammer, across Wilshire Blvd., at 2104 on a Wednesday. Note sidewalk, crowds.
We can correlate that Old Pasadena is indeed a thriving hotbed of (filthy, disgusting) consumerism. Put that in your proverbial pipe & fucking smoke it, glibertarians. More taxes, more parking regulations & more gov't. coercion = More profit for pigs. Boggles the mind, dunnit?
Hammer Window Art

No More "Whore." After This.

Too lay-zee to pull any quotes. Read it or don't. If you do, you'll see how losing GOP media whores use the "radically left" & bankrupt in every way L.A. Times. And you'll get even angrier about everything & everybody & how much they all suck. Then it's the spiral into the abyss of dull, or explode into space from the anger.

Or a nap.

Bklah b;lah yada.

completely not caring, go here for the real thing/.*
I tend to agree that the word “whore” in such a context, while ugly, is not particularly sexist, but I do happen to think that ugly language deserves a comment or two at this particular moment in time. Because the thing is, words do hurt. Bullying is reportedly rampant, as are suicides of its victims. People can say and do really ugly things to each other. Look at the cases of Phoebe Prince or Tyler Clementi. Look at the ways in which Hillary Clinton has been talked about, for gods sake.

But that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re not talking about sexism; we’re talking about pottymouth. We’re talking about the ugliness of politics, of what happens when someone who’s demonstrated zero interest in politics for the bulk of her life comes into billions of dollars, runs out of toys to buy herself and decides to buy a public office instead, breaking records on campaign spending, and swapping endorsements for favors. (Oops, did I type that out loud?)

Seriously, to suggest that the W-word in question is on par with the N-word–or “deeply offensive to women” in one instance while “a completely different thing” in another–is, quite frankly, offensive in and of itself. Splitting hairs is an insult to voters’ intelligence–and it points to the disingenuousness of Whitman’s decision to play the woman card here, despite the fact that there is precious little in her platform or proposed policy that would benefit women. Even putting that aside, claiming offense in this instance cheapens what people go through when they are the victims of truly hateful language. Politics is ugly, but not as ugly as hate. And what we have here is a non-issue, played up for drama–and votes. There’s plenty of truly offensive instances of hateful language and sexist bullshit to get pissed off about, but this is not one of them. And if you ask me, the most offensive part of the whole thing is this: California is in one hell of a mess, and in desperate need of some quality leadership. And this is what we’re talking about instead.
*All typos completely authentic.