Monday, December 20, 2010

Mental Health Break

We've suddenly lost any desire to pick through this for the good parts. (Hell, we can barely stick a spoon into a jar of peanut butter & then defy gravity long enough to haul it to our gaping maw.) This'll have to do.
“It’s so different from how people might stereotype the concept of college counseling, or back in the ’70s students coming in with existential crises: who am I?” said Dr. Hwang, whose staff of 29 includes psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and social workers. “Now they’re bringing in life stories involving extensive trauma, a history of serious mental illness,, self-injury, alcohol and other drug use.”
Remember, these are barely post-adolescent students, not homeless 60 yr.-old ex-cons.

We wish some of these dedicated "psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and social workers" would devote some of their energy to making a society in which human beings can function, rather than their futile, Procrustean efforts at modifying people w/ brain- & body-altering drugs to force them to fit a world of fear, hate, injustice, pain, rage & suffering. Treat the cause, not the symptoms. You'd think that would be basic to the "helping" professions. But no: Shut up & take it, & if you can't take it any more, we'll up your dose. Up your dose, we type.

The answer to the "Who am I?" question, we should add, is that you & everybody like you are the future serfs of the new jobless economy, in which you'll be considered fortunate to receive clothing & shelter in exchange for being worked to death.

You think that might depress people?

Myth W/ A Whip

More of Coked®-up Santa (If we remember our cultural heritage correctly, it was Coca-Cola® adverts that established the current Santa image.) in the Golden Age here. This one's rather creepy; is the elf (?) openable w/ a church key?

Musselman Revolution?

A thing in Salon concerning today's anniversary of South Carolina's secession, & a short history of the state. (What a shithole. All assholes, all the time, it appears.)

From their declaration:
We, therefore, the people of South Carolina, by our delegates in convention assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, have solemnly declared that the Union heretofore existing between this state and the other states of North America is dissolved; and that the state of South Carolina has resumed her position among the nations of the world, as [a] separate and independent state, with full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.
How the fuck did that work out for you, bitches? (And: "Supreme Judge of the world?" Who dat, some guy at the Hague?)

But our true interest is this damning detail, which finally sank into our tiny mind when we saw it on some cheesy blog that takes adverts. (Whores.):
It's a fucking Islamic crescent! Those Carolina crackers were all sekrit Mooooslims! Look at Cracker Nation's state flag!
Not just the crescent moon of the moon god Allah, but a dirty foreign un-American palm tree, like they have in Iran & Saudi Arabia!
The national emblem of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Now you have a better idea of what's going on w/ the peckerwoods.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

More On The Mohammedans

Max Blumenthal (He stole our monogram!) examines a crusade.
Erupting so many years after the September 11th trauma, this spasm of anti-Muslim bigotry might seem oddly timed and unexpectedly spontaneous. But think again: it’s the fruit of an organized, long-term campaign by a tight confederation of right-wing activists and operatives who first focused on Islamophobia soon after the September 11th attacks, but only attained critical mass during the Obama era. It was then that embittered conservative forces, voted out of power in 2008, sought with remarkable success to leverage cultural resentment into political and partisan gain.

No Paul Simon Reference

Via the fabulous MaryC's re-Twit, buncha pix of these United Snakes pre-WWII, all in color & for not even a dime, but free on the Internet. Is this a country, or what?
Main St., Cascade, Idaho: Beer, Pool, Cards, Candy, Tobacco; Drugs; Cafe; Beer. The major food groups, convenient strip mall-style. (Dig also the false fronts. America's been trying to delude itself for one hell of a long time, hasn't it?)

Another Damn Holiday Mess

Ricky Gervais tells it as it is.
So bring them up believing in God and they’ll be good and law abiding. It’s a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75 percent of Americans are God-­‐fearing Christians; 75 percent of prisoners are God-­‐fearing Christians. 10 percent of Americans are atheists; 0.2 percent of prisoners are atheists.
Wish he'd given a link for that stat. Thanks to me.

Straight Outta Inglewood (P.D.)

Via Pupienus Maximus."It's contagious!" "The Shadow of Death!" "Mentally ill!"

Equal time, featuring Judith "Judy" Miller:"You can never find the right words to tell a mother her daughter's been murdered."

Melting Threat Resolves Dilemma

By the weather. We're not going anywhere.
The weather is expected to pick up strong and long again this afternoon possibly causing significant flooding in hillside burn-areas. The second storm, predicted to be more severe, is expected to arrive Monday evening and stick around through Wednesday.

A flash-flood watch is in effect through Sunday night in recent burn areas in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties and residents near the Station Fire burn area are advised to move their cars off the streets.
And probably won't for several days. More sleepy time.

'Twas The Night Before The Unemployment Ran Out

The winter had been long, & Santa & the elves had had to eat the other four reindeer.

From The Daily Crawler*

Uh, does any one have any idea what (if anything) this is supposed to be, or if it has actual meaning? (We'll confess to general ignorance of the No Labels thing, besides figuring it to be another sad collection of fence-sitters, or mugwumps.)
Q: Why did the No Labels member cross the road?
A: Do you really need to call it that?

***

Q: How many No Labels members does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: I thought I told you to shut up.

***

A Chinese guy, a Jewish guy, and a No Labels guy walk into a bar. Only two of them ever figure out what to order.

***

A No Labels member goes to the doctor. Says, “It hurts when I do this!” Doc doesn’t say anything because it might come out wrong.

***

Q: What do you call a No Labels member with one leg?
A: You don’t call him anything. Try paying attention next time, wingnut.

(Inspiration, as always, by Greg Gutfeld.)
Mere mention of Gutfeld is a dead giveaway that it won't be funny, but ... Maybe it's deliberately not funny because ... something very, very meta, as we all know how clever Treach & Gut are.

*Yes, we're mocking gimpy jaywalker Jim, although the original intent of "Crawler" was to mock the entire Daily Caller. He's probably using a walker by now anyway.

Rum, Sodomy & The Lash

If Jim Hoft is the most cretinous person w/ an Internet megaphone, we can figure his commenters would be even more so.

And Jim being so dense, he forgot the word "repeal" in his headline, so some might think this was written during the Clinton Administration.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Law Advances in US Senate

Our favorite establishes the REAL/not so real dichotomy in the service.
The problem with repealing DADT won’t be the troops. Not the REAL troops, mind you. The problem will be those who now join because it’s “cool” and because they can now play gay soldiers. The problem will be the media, the politicians and the lawyers.
A call for a junta:
Remember this is NOT A REPEAL. Framing it as a “repeal” is part of the propaganda pushing the agenda. This bill voids Clinton’s executive order which installed DADT then changes the existing BAN on gays serving in the military.

So the enlightened representatives of the American people overrule 3 of the 4 Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Straight-up drooling Sharia Law paranoia:
They-the Gay Lobby have worked so hard to destroy the one thing that protects them, the U.S. Constitution. And the Same sex marriage approval will have all of them filing for marriage, in effect a registration of their life-style. Same for Gays serving in military. All their identities will be known. Then when (and if) sharia comes into the law of the USA, already being used for mortgages, the lists will be examined and the firing squad readied. and the Gays did it to themselves.
Yeah, right:
A future Soldier in Big Gay Obama’s Big Gay Army
http://www.folsomstreetfair.com/photos/folsom-2010/index.php?slide=5
Shower fears ("Maaaah-mmm! Make Justin stop looking at meeee!"):
Disgusting!

The number of recruits will dwindle based on this garbage. Wars are always around to be fought so that means welcome back our old buddy called The Draft! Our proud military didn’t sign up for this! They voiced their opinion in overwhelming numbers saying this won’t work but it’s forced down their throats anyway.

I hope all you “tolerant” people are happy, you know the ones who don’t currently serve and don’t have the same sex watching you shower and getting their jollies from the peep show each and every day and night, sometimes with the option of forced physical contact. If the showers were coed and the men could watch the women and vice versa I’m sure more straight men would sign up for that deal but no, the straight men and women get hung out like meat puppets for openly gay people to gawk over openly! How long before straight men/women bring lawsuits over sexual harassment? That should be a stop to this horrible repeal very soon! DISGUSTING!
What does it all mean?/No idea how the military works:
I still don’t know what “openly gay” means. Is is lisping and talking like a catty girl? Is it wearing sequined halter tops (or otherwise channeling Liberace)? Or is it more like “pestering straight guys for sex until they apply their fist to the offender’s nose”, at which point the gay guy can go to his CO and whine that “He picked on me just because I’m gay”?

Because I’m evil-minded and suspicious, I’m betting that this last possibility is what is REALLY being discussed here: a way to put one over on the straight guys, and give the homosexuals undeserved power in the military hierarchy (more or less, “If you don’t back down on this, that, or the other, I’ll file a harassment charge against you, and you’ll wind up with so many demerits you’ll be a private for life”).
Obligatory Barney Frank reference:
DADT simply requires gays in service to act professionally. I don’t understand why they would have such a problem with that so it must be a money benefit issue for their lovers. However, there is a chance our Navy submarines and ships could turn into Barney Frank’s fairy boat to Fire Island . Immagine if these were the people who landed at Normandy !….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2pIjzxp8Tg
(They sure know where all the gay stuff on the Internet is, don't they?)

<Gomer Pyle>"Surpise, surprise, that ain't my finger!"</Gomer Pyle>:
After Basic Training Graduation Ceremonies are completed, does that mean that a gay boy can kiss his boyfriend in front of everyone? The gay way of sticking their finger in our eye, no doubt.
Telebision ruined forever by "it" being shoved in a face:
I fear for the guys and gals that are not gay. I am afraid that now the gays will use their new found rights to cause trouble for the straight ones. Guess who will be forced out of the military?

What was so dog gone important to shout their gayness? We get enough shoved in our faces in our every day life. Can’t even watch HGTV any more with out having gay couples buying homes, etc! ALL THE TIME! Sorry I have about turned off HGTV for good.

If they want to be gay that is their problem but stop shoving it in my face.
We'd type something to the effect of "If they want to be stupid fucking morons that is their problem but stop shoving it in my face," but, knowing where the commas go, we just couldn't. And of course we'd be accused of being hateful & trying to quash free speech.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Another World

Alternate History that amused us, from a Bush leaguer:
More WikiLeaks controversy today after top-secret documents revealed that U.S. Secretary of State Joe the Plumber once stunned Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar by telling him during a meeting that quote, ‘I learned so much about your country from watching 'M*A*S*H.’ Secretary Plumber responded to the story by saying he misspoke. He actually had been thinking of ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’

Also on the foreign front, President McCain is preparing to send another so-called ‘surge’ of U.S. forces into Iraq in response to the Iraqi parliament’s failure to include ‘In God we Trust’ on all Iraqi currency. ‘They’re going to do it our way whether they like it or not,’ McCain vowed. ‘Otherwise the terrorists win.’
There's more, but it'll be easier for you to click than for us to copy & paste, so shoveclick it.

Condemned To Repeat

Reading about the solitary confinement of PFC Bradley Manning, we found a BJ quote w/ which we must take exception:
There is absolutely no reason for this whatsoever, other than the fact that the United States has morphed into a brutal and repressive regime that is terrified of dissent.
The reason, Mr. Cole, is that they want to make Manning admit/confess/fabricate that Wikileaks aided & advised Manning in his alleged obtaining & disseminating the catalog of gov't. lies & bullshit.

But we're really bitching about this: "Has" morphed into yada? These United Snakes have been a brutal, repressive & (most evil of all) fully hypocritical regime since any example a reasonably bright high-schooler could dig up from the 18th century. We're a proud high school dropout, so we won't look. Oh, what the fuck, let's just show up those smarty-pantses w/ their pieces of paper. Here:
Under the threat of war with France, Congress in 1798 passed four laws in an effort to strengthen the Federal government. Known collectively as the Alien and Sedition Acts, the legislation sponsored by the Federalists was also intended to quell any political opposition from the Republicans, led by Thomas Jefferson.
Yep, took nine yrs. from ratifying the Constitution to passing anti-free speech legislation. This country has been "exceptional" only in its filthy hypocrisy since its founding. Wise the fuck up already!

Papist

Winona Ryder, quoted in the PuffHo:

Winona Ryder On Mel Gibson, In GQ: 'He's Anti-Semitic And He's Homophobic'

Shorter: "Mel's a Catholic, y'know."

Local ACTION!

And we mean ACTION! Our new hero:
A 30-year old Chatsworth man is in custody in Santa Clarita after stabbing his mother multiple times; carjacking a car from a second woman, assaulting her and kidnapping her 4-year old son, then crashing the carjacked car; stealing a deputy’s car when he rushed to rescue the child; driving off a 100’ embankment and crashing and burning the deputy’s radio car; then trying to pull the shotgun from the burning patrol car; and fighting with and biting deputies who arrested him.

The bizarre series of violent incidents caused by one suspect began at about 5:50PM Friday night, when Suspect Aaron Clay Tanner stabbed his mother and pushed her out of their car on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway at the Golden State (5) freeway interchange, near Mission Hills.

[...]

Suspect Aaron Clay Tanner is in serious condition in a local hospital, due to the multiple traffic collisions and acts of violence. Suspect Tanner will be booked for Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Carjacking, Attempted Carjacking, Auto Theft, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Evading Arrest, and felony Hit and Run (with injuries). His bail amount will likely be approximately $500,000.00

Several deputies are being medically treated for a variety of injuries including being bitten by the suspect on the legs and hands when they were handcuffing him.
Kill kill kill kill kill!
I got a rage to live!

Go Away, Little Senator

The world will little note nor long remember the Senator (Hell, we've already forgotten which ninny it was*, & will not be arsed researching it.) to whom working the entire wk. before Xmas was disrespectful to the institution & an attack on Xianity, yada, but here's a solution, Senate reactionaries: Make like newly-minted Senator Manchin of WV, who can't himself be arsed to do his fucking job, & just up & leave anyway. (Found here.)

We've no idea how many elitist jerks need to be in the Senate for a quorum (Again, we'll not be arsed.) but wouldn't it be an excellent idea for as many reactionary Senators as possible to get home to their families & campaign donors next wk., & let the Senate's business go on w/out them?

Please?

*Thers had alreadly located it for us.

Too Long To Twit ...

... and be perfectly clear.

Attempted 140:
WARNING: Next dude w/ rectangular glasses, three days stubble & knit cap may be thrown under the wheels of the food truck he's loitering by.
Extended remix:

WARNING to all dudes, hipsters, douche-bags & the like sporting three+ days of stubble, a knit cap & rectangular cheaters: You (by the very nature of your chosen self-expression) are in potential danger of being thrown beneath the wheels of that food truck next to which you're hanging out, & having us forward & reverse over you until you look like the undetermined source ground meat in the tacos for which the food truck is overcharging your lame ass!

Beefheart Devil-Box

From one of those places that didn't care until he was dead, a wrap-up, including something from
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF GUITAR PLAYING as given to moris tepper by captain beefheart. they are not arranged hierarchically - each commandment has equal import. also, to help clarify their intent, each commandment is followed by an exegesis.
Specifically:
WALK WITH THE DEVIL
old delta blues players referred to amplifiers as 'the devil box'. and they were right. you have to be an equal opportunity employer in terms of who you're bringing over from the other side. electricity attracts devils and demons. [so now you know what you are, dear visitor of this page!] other instruments attract other spirits. an acoustic guitar attracts caspar, the ghost. a mandolin attracts wendy. but an electric guitar attracts beelzebub.
Maybe that's why we were inspired to use "devil-box." (We've certainly never read Rolling Stone's Alt-Rock-A Rama.)

And somehow forgot "Woe Is Uh Me Bop." So, here, live & otherwise:

Friday, December 17, 2010

Morbidity Wrap-Up:
"Mom, Get Me A Pepsi"

Via DOC 40, a John Peel documentary about the late Captain.

Dropout Boogie

Good quality sound, disconnected (maybe) images.

Death Of A Real Fucking Poet:
"Oh C.B. Do A Tap Dance For Me"

Learned of the probably not-entirely-unwelcome-to-him death of Don "Captain Beefheart" Van Vliet (succumbed to MS, no fun to live w/, we're sure) via Roy Edroso. And it's trending w/ the Twits.

What can one say or sing?This'll put a damper on tonight's tree-trimming bash.

Offensive Potential

Corporate Sensitivity in Action
Bullshit from one of the local museums. At last someone has responded aesthetically.
The Ayatollah Deitch
Blu's enormous mural was painted on the north side of the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo and pictured rows of coffins cloaked in dollar bills. The mural was commissioned by the museum in advance of its upcoming "Art in the Streets" show next April. But Deitch said Monday that the mural was insensitive to the neighborhood, as it was adjacent to both a Veterans Affairs hospital and a war memorial to Japanese soldiers. Deitch also said he had intended to meet with the artist before the mural went up, but was unable to due to travel complications on Blu's end and the fact that Deitch had to leave town to attend a Miami art fair.
It should probably be clarified (Way to go, ignorant Times typist.) that the war memorial is for American soldiers of Japanese descent who fought in WWII (Go For Broke, bitchezz!!) not soldiers of Imperial Japan.
"A giant antiwar mural right in the heart of L.A.’s political district was erased by the museum staff just after it was finished. MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch claimed it was potentially offensive to the community. Can there be a more perfect example of censorship? Does it not border on Orwellianism to call it something else?"
As indicated in the Berlusconi item below, Just Another Blog™'s editorial position is to be offended by the sensibilities of anyone enough of an asshole to have sensibilities & then whine about them. Not that any one was given the chance even to see the mural before the whining began.

In the meantime, corporate executivesMOCA Trustees are very, very concerned.
As for the reason Deitch offered for the decision, Johnson buys it: "I believe it was a very human decision, made out of respect for veterans in the community."
We've no idea which corporate entity this imaginary "David Johnson" (Better than "John Smith," but not by much.) represents, but we doubt if he & his ilk have ever lost a single dollar bill as a result of any wars. And the likelihood of any of his corporate buddies or their hideous offspring dying for oil & profits is quite low.

Where oh where is the respect for the suckers who volunteer to die for corporate profits, Afghan pipelines, (our) Iraqi oil & so on? (Not that the idiots who volunteer actually deserve any respect, it goes w/o saying, but we're always rerady to illustrate the empty meaninglessness of words like respect & honor, to note but two.)

Worst Wop-A-Dago* P.M. Ever?

Tweet revenge: Italians bombard EU summit wall with Silvio Berlusconi insults

Giant screens at Brussels meeting display Twitter epithets calling Italian PM 'a mafioso' and 'a paedophile'
Alright, now claim that Twittin' is silly & useless, unbelievers!
Postings on the microblogging site tagged "#EUCO" were automatically fed to a pair of large plasma screens in the main hall of the Brussels building in which the 27 leaders of Europe were meeting to discuss a response to the eurozone debt crisis.

But soon after it was launched yesterday, Italian twitter users found out about it and flooded it with anti-Berlusconi messages.

After only two hours, the "tweet-wall" was replaced by anodyne footage of the summit proceedings and the European Council logo.

"Berlusconi pays for sex, for votes, for mafia protection, for everything he can buy. What he cannot buy will be stolen," one tweet read.

"Berlusconi is a mafioso but he make laws for be not judged," said another.

[...]

But it was the messages sent by mpietropoli, an Italian designer, that caused the council press team to take down the system when he started bombarding it with quotes from the Italian leader, including some praising Mussolini.

"Mussolini never killed anyone. Mussolini used to send people on vacation in internal exile," he posted – a quote from the PM.

"[I cannot] think that there are so many pricks around who would vote against their own best interests," mpietropoli also tweeted – another Berlusconi quote.
And get this: Potential hurt feelings, as if the alleged sensibilities of a delegation of pedophiliac mafiosi are important.
"The point was not to show insulting messages about Berlusconi. If anyone from the Italian delegation saw it, it would hurt their sensibility."
You know, if their feelings are so hurt because their boss is a piece of shit, maybe they should have a coup d'etât or something, followed by a permanent vacation in hellinternal exile for Italy's even more successful version of Rupert Murdoch.

*It'sa OK, paisan, we a one too!!

Honest Mistake

We thought this meant something different, but "architect" is being used in a non-literal context, darn it.

CIA Foots Legal Bills for Waterboarding Architects 
Meaning that "taxpayers are paying to defend the men in a federal investigation over an interrogation tactic the U.S. now says is torture." 
Read original story in Associated Press | Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

Nixon Bush Worstness Showdown

And two days later The NYT is all over it!
Now 87, Mr. Kissinger confined himself this week to a brief statement that said his taped comments “must be viewed in the context of the time.”

News You Can Use

Locally, anyway. If you'd like to avoid the next workplace spree killing, stay the hell away from the Gas Co. Tower downtown. Judging from this, tensions will be mounting.
Now, having renewed its lease in its namesake tower, the Gas Co. is cutting its space from 15 floors down to 12 in what may be the largest office makeover underway in Southern California. (The office also has about 12% fewer employees than in 1991.) Among the changes will be fewer private offices and more compact standardized workstations for those who spend their days in the office.
From sardines in a can to rats in a cage.

The new feudalism is on the march as well.
Age makes a difference, workplace experts say. Baby boomers longed for a corner office and expected to separate their work lives from their home lives.

"Younger workers' lives are all integrated, not segregated," Rivard said. "They have learned to work anywhere — at a kitchen table or wherever." Many don't feel a need to spend time in company quarters.
Fucking sheep youth, brainwashed into 24/7 corporate dronery by technology infatuation.

One of our meat space associates once applied for a job at said Gas Co., where he was informed that the woman he might be replacing had "failed to re-invent herself," whatever the fuck that means. (That she's out of a job because she didn't knuckle under her to corporate oppressors?)

So, fellow residents, stay away from the Gas Co. Tower. It's only a matter of time. And don't say we didn't warn you.

BANG!!

Not Just Angry, But
Modernist Marxist Lesbian Nuns

Not only are there real & not Americans, there are real & not-so-real Catholics. Who knew?

Holiday Spirit

The higher the proof, the better the spirits!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Man Pants? What In Hell Are "Man Pants?"

A better explanation of the whimpering, sniveling John Boehner, by a pro in the crying game. (Tom Lutz is a professor at UC Riverside, editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and the author of "Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears.")
One of our fondest cultural myths — one of baffling durability, like the idea that Republicans are fiscally conservative — is that crying is a sign of sincerity or authentic feeling. No matter what we may know of crocodile tears, we continue to read weeping as a sign of true, pure emotion. All the research suggests something else entirely.

[...]

Oliver North cried at the Iran-Contra hearings whenever he talked about how much he loved his country. His patriotism was real, but it was complicated by the fact that he was lying to Congress. His part in an illegal operation meant that he was subverting the very Constitution he spent his life defending. These moments when real honesty is coupled with bad faith, especially when it is personal — when the speaker who is at once telling the truth and a lie is, like North, talking about himself — these are the moments that call forth tears.

On "60 Minutes," Boehner told Stahl that he couldn't visit schools anymore; that he got too upset, worrying about whether today's schoolchildren will have the same opportunities that he and his generation had. As he spoke, he started to weep. Why?

He does, I believe, worry about the children, and yet his entire political philosophy is devoted to limiting the federal government's ability to help them. He has voted against providing health insurance for children (many times), against student aid, against unemployment benefits, against equal pay, against food safety, against money for teachers, against raising the minimum wage, against tobacco education, mine safety, alternative energy, pollution control, whistle-blower protection, science and technology research. If he were making his decisions based on what government programs might help today's schoolchildren reach their dreams, like the Kennedy- and Johnson-era programs that helped him, his voting record would be very different. It is a deep enough contradiction to make him weep for the future.

"Making sure that these kids have a shot at the American dream, like I did, is important," he told Stahl through his tears. Yet he and his Republican colleagues are working hard to make sure that they can't; that the middle class he once aspired to becomes smaller rather than bigger. His college received federal grants and federal student aid while he was there, and it continues to do so, including from the stimulus bill he voted against.

The America that gave Boehner a shot at his dream had a minimum wage that, adjusted for inflation, topped $10 an hour. In 2006, he voted against letting the minimum rise from $5.15 to its current $7.25. It took Boehner seven years to finish college while working minimum-wage jobs; how long would it have taken if the minimum wage had purchased as little as it does today?

Boehner put himself through school, he said on election night, unsuccessfully trying to stem the flow of tears, "working every rotten job there was." He mopped floors, waited tables and tended bar. One could feel both his horror at once having done that sort of work and his exuberance at having left it behind to become the golfing, jet-setting, deeply tanned man weeping before the cameras.
What a whiny fucking bitch that Boehner is. "Mopped floors, waited tables and tended bar." Yes, & his gawd-damned family owned the fucking bar. (Not that working for one's family isn't one of the most exploitive forms of labor exchange since chattel slavery, but go fuck yourself anyway, non-manly whiner!)
Would he agree with this assessment? Does he know that, despite his assertions to the contrary, cutting taxes for the rich won't do anything to produce those jobs he keeps promising? Does he feel conflicted knowing that his golf bill (reported at $83,000 last year) is six or seven times the take-home pay of someone working 40 hours a week at minimum wage, and several times the median income in many of our communities?

I suspect he does, and that when he thinks about the America of his youth, he knows it will never return if his party gets its way in Washington. It is all too much. He weeps.
File this one under "Orange Un-American Activities."

Holding The Little Bastards

Let's see see how W7 imports images. Even better, is how: Opens the new file w/ the pix after importing. (Why both "importing" & "uploading?") Here are a few, as we visited the outside world more often w/o the distraction of the Internet. (Had to go to the repair shop & back. Twice. Gad, it's awful out there.)
Or maybe not. Seem to have a new photo-abuser, which doesn't work quite like Windows. Two more that don't need manipulation, then, & be patient until we have everything customized & figured out.

Back In The Saddle/From The Shadows (Again)

If, like us, you're a cretinous imbecile who effed up his devil-box because he knows just enough to be dangerous & you're SoCal local, you can not go wrong taking your wounded warrior to M.C. Computers in fabulous Silver Lake, (323)665-9022 (email: walter2500@yahoo.com).

Mr. Melendez fixed the self-inflicted problem, upgraded the box to Windows 7 from Vista (No laughing, Steve Jobs groupies!) & threw in a few snappy programs, for a mere US$75.00. (US$39.95 minimum charge, if you haven't really screwed things up. FREE SPEECH IS NOT FREE!)

Walter was recommended to us by two separate sources (Just like the real news biz!) one of whom said he'd considered taking his box into a geographically convenient-to-him scam shop in Sherman Oaks (Locals only! Valley dweebs get lost!!) whose minimum fee was US$200.00. Hah!

We'll be taking our desktop devil-box in come 4 January to have the probably dead hard drive replaced, & the most recent operating system that it will handle installed. For cheap. Even said he had a bunch of hard drives he isn't using lying around, so it wouldn't run us much. Once that's accomplished, world domination (or at least more interference w/ fascist websites) can only be days away!

We'll also note that TimeWarnerCable's Internet Service was functional on our return to the bunker (Would have been cause for WWIII to break out had it not been functional.) which is somewhat of a rarity. We mentioned the big outage of a couple of wks. ago a couple of wks. ago. On the subject of TWC, a column from yet another local institution, the Chicago Times, one of whose typists screeded about the unspeakable greed of TWC in a column we read because we had to buy the damn fish-wrap to see what was up in the world of hatred, pain & fear we all occupy while we were disconnected therefrom.

Read it & laugh.
Jim Gordon, a Time Warner spokesman, said the latest rate increase reflects higher programming costs as well as overall improvements to the company's service.

"Throughout 2010, every one of our products has continued to see enhancements," he said. "We've continued to invest in products that add value to subscribers."

Be that as it may, customers of Time Warner and all other telecom service providers wouldn't be remiss in wondering why their rates have to go up every year like clockwork, and why those rate increases routinely surpass the inflation rate.

Next year's Time Warner rate hike for basic cable: 5%. Projected 2011 inflation rate, according to the Congressional Budget Office: 1%.
We were especially amused by the "overall improvements" bit. Eat a bowl of fuck, Jim Gordon, if that's your real name. (We don't believe it for a minute.)  We can't figure why Lazarus didn't mention the recent outage. Wonder how many refunds TWC issued for that.

Just how much TWC sucks:
Finally, you get “wideband” Internet through DOCSIS 3.0-tier networking with 50Mbps down and 5Mbps up, an improvement from their current real-world service of about 1Mbps down and “Why Don’t You Send a Letter In The Mail, It Will Get There Faster”Mbps up.
But don't expect too much more yada from us today, we have to get Chrome on the devil-box & figure out what all is up w/ Windows 7.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oops!! Heh Heh.

Fucking devil-box died last Thurs. (Or was it Friday? Time means so little, y'know.) In shop now, may know more tomorrow.

Can't even Twit from mobile, as we are old & stupid.

Odd that we decided to go through the holiday images file & pre-publish some crap. We're quite sure we would've rec'd. many expressions of concern about our spew suspension if we hadn't done that.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Not Long Enough

(AP) John du Pont, the chemical fortune heir who killed an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler at his palatial estate, died Thursday after being found unresponsive in his prison cell. He was 72.

Du Pont was found just before 7 a.m. local time at Laurel Highlands* state prison, prisons spokeswoman Susan McNaughton said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.

"He had had some illnesses so we are considering it natural," said McNaughton, noting that the county corner would ultimately make the determination on the cause of death. County Coroner Wallace Miller said later Thursday he was still gathering information on the death and had no immediate comment.

Du Pont was the great-great grandson of E.I. du Pont, the French-born industrialist who founded the chemical company, and one of hundreds of heirs to the family fortune.

In January 1996, he shot and killed David Shultz, 36, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at a state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre (324-hectare) property in Newtown Square. After the shooting, du Pont barricaded himself inside his home for two days, but was taken into custory when he left his mansion to fix a boiler police had shut off.

The millionaire had a reputation for acting erratically, including once driving two new Lincoln Continentals into a pond on his property, one after the other. Wrestlers who had trained at Foxcatcher alleged du Pont pointed guns at them, drank too much and once kicked out a wrestler because he was black.

His lawyers also contended du Pont was insane, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia that also made him believe he was Christ and the Dalai Lama.

In 1997, he was found guilty but mentally ill in Shultz's death and sentenced to 13 to 30 years in prison.
But better than nothing.

*Sounds pleasant.

Second Amendment Round-Up

How the three major US nets present themselves on the web.

We've no idea what the problem is at CBS. Neither of these have been resized; both were copied directly from CBS.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Xmas In Hell 2009

"Bad For America?" VA A.G.
Cuccinelli Knows Best

At least this quixotic endeavor has distracted Buffoon General Cooch from re-enacting the 150th anniversary of the attack on Ft. Sumter w/ an assault on Langley or the Pentagon by the Virginny Nat'l. Guard & the Corps of Cadets from V.M.I. So far.

Birds Of A Feather

A long time country club Republican leaves the party.
Hasan said he felt alienated between national Republican leaders on one side railing against the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” and gays and illegal immigrants and, on the other, state Republican delegates convinced that as a candidate for treasurer he was angling to install sharia finance laws. He said the GOP convention in May was a low point.

“You experience bigotry sometimes but I often just think it’s probably my personality that the person doesn’t like. At the convention, though, that was the first time I felt the real thing. It was the worst experience of my life.”

Hasan suspects a whisper campaign swept the convention, sounding a warning against placing a Muslim in charge of investing the state’s revenues.

“Some goons were telling people that there’s a passage in the Koran that encourages Muslims to lie, that lying is considered a good thing in the service of advancing a Muslim or sharia agenda. I don’t know who was behind the rumor, but I’ve read the Koran, and I don’t know what they were talking about.”
Is this lying, Mr. Hasan?
Hasan said that when he was considering running for House District 56 three years ago, an adviser told him that his being Muslim was much less an issue than the fact that he was a filmmaker and not a rancher. “You gotta go work on a ranch to be able to relate to these people,” the adviser told him. So Hasan did. Dressed in a suit, cowboy boots and matching turquoise bolo tie and enormous belt buckle, Hasan said he is proud of the work he did just bringing salt licks out to the animals and watching the weather.
Flock you.

"Birther Queen" Taitz Uses
Racially Offensive Language

Moments ago, it appears safe to visit Dr. Orly Taitz, ESQ. Not that you have to now.
Plus which.

Authorities Say: "Burn, Baby, Burn!"

Authorities have set fire to a suburban San Diego home they said was so packed with homemade explosives that they had no choice but to burn it to the ground. (Dec. 9)

More of This, Please

As thousands of students were corralled by police near Parliament, some strummed guitars and sang Beatles songs – but others hurled chunks of paving stones at police and smashed windows in a government building.
Another group ran riot through the busy shopping streets of London's West End, smashing store windows and setting fire to a giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.
Story & other thrilling pics of direct action.Shock & outrage, plus juicy details of the attack, from the Torygraph. (Note reverential "Duchess of Cornwall." No "Charles & Camilla" for them.)

The Sheep Speak Up

Find out just how stupid/ignorant the American people are:
So how does the polled American think we should tackle the deficit issue? He knows that programs need cuts—tax hikes alone can't, and shouldn't, pull the country out of this mess. But he wants Washington to leave Social Security and Medicare well enough alone. And he hesitates to bring the ax to energy, health, or education programs. That said, he supports several provisions proposed by the president's debt commission—like shrinking the federal workforce, cutting federal salaries, closing overseas bases, and ending the tax deduction on home mortgage interest. And one program to really trim is America's generous foreign aid. The polled American thinks the government ships a quarter of our budget overseas, and thinks we should spend only $1 of every $10 helping out other nations. (In reality, the foreign aid amounts to less than 1 percent of the federal budget.)
One thing the polled American does not think the country needs is more bailouts. He hates bailouts. He wishes Barack Obama—it was him, right?—had not given all those bankers all that cash. They didn't need it. He's not big on those Timothy Geithner or Ben Bernanke cats, either, even if he does trust them on the economy more than you might think. He despises the Federal Reserve, even more than he hates the IRS. He thinks it's the Fed that needs auditing, though that might be because he hates the word federal. Those federal workers, for instance? He does not like them. He thinks they are overpaid and probably less qualified than private-sector workers. (He does love astronauts, though, and thinks we should send them to Mars.)
The polled American tends to think little of Congress and is lukewarm at best on the White House. Of late, she has reassessed the presidency of George W. Bush—and it looks pretty good compared with the Obama administration. (All in all, she likes Kennedy the best and Nixon the worst, as usual.) She can't shake the worry that Barack Obama is secretly a Muslim, even if she knows better. Then again, when asked by the pollmeisters, she tends not to be perfectly sure whether the sun revolves around the Earth, or the other way around.
Taking the long view, the polled American remains worried. She believes China has the world's strongest economy now. But despite her fears, the polled American remains characteristically sunny. Things are bad now, she says. But she believes the American Dream exists. She thinks she might even be living it. One way or another, she definitely thinks it is possible, with hard work more so than luck. Just don't ask her how to do it.
There can't be a nation more dissonant in what passes for its cognition, or more pathetic in its baseless pride.

More Xmas Cheer

Act Like An American

1952

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Big If

If we gave a shit, we'd mock this crap. Instead, we'll wonder again where Carlson finds these ninnies. (It would be irresponsible not to wonder what exactly they have on him that he clutters the beauty of his AP reprint page w/ their collegiate satire.)
C. Scott Litch is the chief operating officer and general counsel for a non-profit association. Scott is a licensed attorney, Certified Association Executive, and also holds a masters degree in public policy. He is the author of The Principled Conservative in 21st Century America, released in the fall of 2010 just prior to the GOP mid-term election tsunami.
We can only presume there's a direct connection between the release of his magnum opus & said tsunami.
As our societal philosopher-queen Oprah has pointed out, we unfortunately live in a celebrity-obsessed culture. Whether entertainment or sports, our citizens know far more about what’s up with the Kardashians and the length of Tom Brady’s hair than the top income tax rate in European countries or the number of political prisoners in Cuba. Therefore, it is only fair that the beneficiaries of the celebrity culture pitch in to help with the deficit. Further, for all those Hollywood celebrities who want to do some good for “social justice,” what better time to step up to the plate?

So here is the compromise: every celebrity with annual net earnings of over $10 million shall pay a special windfall profits tax at the rate of 50 percent of every dollar earned above that amount. The term “celebrity” will of course be generously defined in statute and regulation. Democrats can jump on board because this lets them tax some really rich people. Republicans can support it because it only impacts those Americans who don’t really contribute much to job growth or the overall societal good.

Of course this is a terrible public policy idea. However, it would be fun just to throw it in the mix. Then we can see how many celebrities, particularly from the Hollywood left coast, suddenly change their tune about progressive taxation and making the rich pay their “fair share.” It would also be entertaining to watch our privileged rich young professional athletes contemplate that our hip and cool president really does like to spread the wealth around. When the celebrities raise a cry and hue, then conservatives can say “well, if a tax increase is bad for you, why do you want to stick a tax increase on other successful Americans who don’t make nearly as much money as you?” It’s all part of our right-wing plot to get Americans to learn a little more about Milton Friedman on economics vs. John Maynard Keynes. And that the taxpayer should not be considered a sugar-daddy for a bloated federal government and unsustainable entitlements.
Jesus H. Jesus, do they ever stop? What more do these United Snakes need to learn about Milton Friedman that 30 yrs. of class war hasn't demonstrated? (Granted, U.S. voters are dumber than posts, & many haven't made the connections yet; we're probably being charitable to imagine they might.)

But, unlike Mr. Prep School Name, we're not kidding when we say that huge taxes on "those Americans who don’t really contribute much to job growth or the overall societal good" should start w/ general counsels to non-profit (We spit when we type that ugly word!) associations & be quickly applied to all attorneys, recipients of corporate think tank funding, & so on. As well as people who fucking write books. Who do they think they're kidding?

And don't think we didn't notice "It would also be entertaining to watch our privileged rich young professional athletes contemplate that our hip and cool president really does like to spread the wealth around." You don't suppose he's the general counsel to some less than savory organization, do you? Looks like.
C. Scott Litch
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
He runs a trade organization for traffickers in human misery. Nice. Bet those dentist bastards spend all their free time whining about taxes & regulations. When they're not on about the privileged rich young professional athletes & their ilk.

Glenn Beck Does Voices

Crime Blotter

10 Crimes in '10 That Made Headlines

Homicides, drugs and credit card scams
all made waves in Beverly Hills this year.


The crimes of the elites (if the original definition of the word has any residual meaning) are almost always more interesting than those of the ham-&-eggers. (Some of these didn't even occur in B.H., but only involved B.H.-identified personages, which doubtless says something about something else. Possibly the desperation of BeverlyHillsPatch for material.) Most hideous are the crimes of the middle classes, but let's not, shall we?

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