Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Up Or Down Vote

Improve your life w/ music:
You may know that guy.

Tenement

Across the alley from the former Sonora Cafe's parking lot.
Note well the absence of palm trees.

Sonoran Street Art

This once-thriving (Or maybe it was a pit of ptomaine from day one, & the market worked.) location has been available for at least a couple of yrs.,
which allows decoration.
Whatta dump, to coin a phrase.

Early Blade Runner

Auto-focus ...
... possibly meaning our eyes.

Accidental Advertising

It's Safe To Come Out Now

No Hyundai or Honda ads w/ those awful bands heard or seen today.

Our long national nightmare is over.

Irony Kills Again

Coincidence?
Even as Forbidden Planet was being recorded here (at 1500 PT Sunday) female lead Anne Francis already had or was about to follow male lead Leslie Nielsen to the big spaceship in the sky. What else is on the DVR of Death?
Well, just about everyone in The Green Berets (Not visible in above image.) is rotting meat. Ricardo Montalban (something called Mystery Street) is no longer w/ us, but this may not be good news for his co-star, Sally Forrest.

Ms. Francis, not merely eye-candy for pigs (You know who you are, pigs!) but inspirational:
In a television era of Donna Reed and Harriet Nelson housewives, the independent, take-charge Honey West has been described as being a role model for young baby-boomer women.

"She was probably the forerunner of what we would call the good aspects of female independence," Francis told the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal in 1997.

"Producers and writers I work with, young women in their 30s and 40s, tell me all the time, 'You have no idea what an influence you had on me with Honey West. You showed that I could do something unusual with my life, that I could have my freedom and not be dependent on another human being for my livelihood.'"
And not as independent:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Transubstantiation: From Wine & Crackers To His Hepatitis A-Infected Blood & Flesh

MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y. — Health officials on Long Island say hundreds of people may have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving communion on Christmas Day.

The Nassau County Health Department said Monday that anyone who received communion at either the 10:30 a.m. or noon Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park on Dec. 25 may have been exposed.

A spokesman declined to provide details, citing privacy concerns.

Health officials will offer vaccines at the church this week. A church spokesman did not immediately comment.

Symptoms may include an abrupt onset of fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications.

For additional information on the potential hepatitis A exposure at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, please call the Nassau County Department of Health at 516.227.9496 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:45 pm. Additional information on hepatitis A is available on the Nassau County Department of Health web site at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html
Associated Press


Jesus sure loves His flock.

Shallow Yet Theocratic Rabbi
Opposes Freedom!

A screed whose high point is treating the "Tea Party" as serious or knowledgeable, because DEBT! (Wait. When did deficits start to matter?) And not one word about the debt incurred from the moral & value-filled wars & occupations the United Snakes continues to pursue around the world. Indeed, in the entire morals & values blather, the closest L. Brent Boteach comes to American aggression is:
The American human rights agenda is stymied by debt, with China successfully preventing even American beneficiaries like Afghanistan and Iraq from attending the Nobel prize ceremony for dissident Liu Xiaobo.
Afghanistan & Iraq, the beneficiaries of the American human rights agenda. Yet it's been stymied! Blow a country up & then you can't even get them to show at some event. What U.S. debt to China has to do w/ the ingrates not showing at the award ceremony is anybody's guess.

The answer to all our problems (as you may have guessed) is that we need more scolding from Moses & Jesus. And get off the Internet, unless you're donating to Jesus/Moses' representatives here on earth.
This will most likely come from religion which must stop wasting its time fighting cultural battles like gay marriage and get back to teaching people the nobility of a purpose-lived life. We must create communities that are not on-line by reinvigorating Synagogues and Churches, community centers and charitable volunteering. We need a national Sabbath, a day where all stores are closed and where people don't shop but spend time with friends and family.
Most likely. Bring back the Blue Laws & all problems will be solved, including underemployment & unemployment. And baby won't need formula or anything over the National Sabbath. Medical needs? As long as infection hasn't killed you or spread to your friends & family ('Phone co. advertising slogan as national improvement?) before the religious police allow the drugstore to open, you'll be just fine.

Take the money you'll save during our National Stop-the-Shopping Sabbath & hand it directly to parasites like Rabbi Boteach so he won't have to get a real jobcan make some big charity donations. That way, if losers need something to eat or somewhere to sleep once Mall-Wart has laid them off, they can have even more religious bullshit shoved down their throats before they receive any charity. No better way than faith based initiatives, says Rabbi Shmuley.

Also: Get the kids dressing right. That'll learn 'em not to murder hundreds of thousands on the other side of the world. Values!
Finally, we need to teach our youth about human dignity and the necessity of values. Public schools should institute dress codes that emphasize dignified dress and there should be a mandatory values class imparting non-sectarian, universal values of right and wrong, the moral bedrock upon which this great nation was built.
As we noted in a non-hit many yrs. ago, "There's no such thing as right or wrong/But your bullshit is a sin!"

Where'd this platitudinous drivel appear? (Of which there is much, much more, but we can barely afford blood pressure medication now. How much charitable volunteering will pay for the medications people can't buy on the Sabbath?) Why, Arianna Huffington's House of Mystical Anti-Science Crap. A.H. herself volunteered to marry a rich guy a few yrs. back, so he could be charitable to her.

(Disclaimer: Not actually on blood pressure meds. Yet.) Here too.

Pikers

Americans watched more television than ever in 2010, according to the Nielsen Company. Total viewing of broadcast networks and basic cable channels rose about 1 percent for the year, to an average of 34 hours per person per week.
We have the average ovine Yank beaten by a factor of at least two at telebision consumption, though there may be a slight (& fairly technical) difference between having the sound & screen on all the time (mostly in hope of disaster striking) & actually devoting what's left of our attention to the deluge of drivel.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Trouble We've Seen?
Nobody Knows It!

Forced to leave bunker for milk. Required putting socks & shoes back on feet, & then blowing US$2.99 on a mere 1.89 liters of moloko, to assure us of hot cocoa (As we type, it is 46°F outside!) tonight & coffee w/ moo juice tomorrow. Sheesh!

Adding to our troubles: We'll have to go outside again tomorrow to get the rent money. (No, not what some might imagine. Unless we get a really good offer.)

Tags

Decline & plummet.

Jesus Motherfucking Goddamn Piss Shit Christ, E-fucking-nough Already!!

Is this one "Pimple" or "Juice?"
Hoping that w/ the (at fucking last) absolute end of the holiday season, more specifically the Hyundai & Honda "Sales Events" or whatever the adspeak euphemism for screwing the consumer is, we (& we will generously include any of you w/ any aesthetic sensibility in that "we") will never again undergo the unspeakable horrors of PimplejuicePomplamoose for Hyundai & Vampire Weekend for Honda.

NB: Just as Pimplejuice's crap was used for Toyota as well as Korean crap-mobiles, it seems Vampire Suckfest are double-whoring it as well. What a brave new world we are in not to have to please an actual audience, & to be successful merely by amusing desperately-seeking-hipness losers at an ad agency music dep't.

(We were just subjected to both Pimplejuice & Vampire Weekend advertising air polluters during the same commercial break, & must assume that the traffic dep'ts. of major telebision stations & networks have simply been done away with in a profit-making move of some sort.)

In the case of Honda, remember Pearl Harbor!

In the case of Hyundai, you Hermit Kingdom fucks try defending yourselves from your brothers & sisters to the North w/o the assistance of American Imperial Forces for a change!

Geography Lesson

Australia floodwaters cover area bigger than Texas

Bullshit! It is a physical impossibility for any place to be larger than Texas.

Annals Of Funny

Mark Evanier, an invaluable ('Cause it's free!!) source for lazy us, has linked (& now we have) to a piece he did on one of our & his comedic heroes, Frank Nelson.
I will never, as long as I live, forget summoning Frank Nelson. He was sitting in the recording studio's lobby, absently paging through a magazine older than he was, surrounded by young actors who didn't know who he was. I stepped into the lobby and said, "Mr. Nelson?"

And he turned towards me — so help me — and went, "Yessssss?" Just like on the Benny show.

I broke into laughter and the other auditioners — the younger actors sitting in chairs around him — suddenly recognized him and they all broke into applause. I have never seen another actor get applause from his peers in the waiting room.
Context.

Really? And What Will The "Offended" Party Be Doing?

ROME (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI says an apparent suicide bombing outside a Mass in Egypt that left 21 worshippers dead “offends God and all of humanity.”

The pope offered condolences and expressed his grief for the victims and their families during his traditional Sunday Angelus prayer.

He compared the attack to bombs placed near churches in Iraq, saying both are meant to intimidate Christians and prevent them from attending services. Benedict has repeatedly denounced the violent campaign against Christians in Iraq blamed on al-Qaida militants.

He also remembered the “numerous” pastoral workers killed in 2010.

The pope urged Christians Saturday in his New Year’s appeal to remain strong in the face of intolerance and violence.
So, what is The Big Fucking Killer in The Sky planning on doing about this offense?Sit on "His" hands, as "He" has since "His" invention by heat-addled desert wanderers? Has "He" ever been "offended" by any of the atrocities of "His Holiness"'s flunkies, from the Inquisition to sexual abuse of children?

Plus which, as excerpted by Zöe Pollack somewhere:
But one thing, during all those years of increasing disability and loss and pain, became very clear. Though we celebrated Jesus’ suffering and death at Christmas time, even as we sang carols about his birth, people did not want to hear about suffering, real human suffering and loss. As I mourned the dying of the light, watching someone I loved so dearly disintegrate before my very eyes, no one wanted to hear about real suffering at Christmas. They did not want to be reminded that people still grew sick and died, amidst the tinselly joy of Christmas time. Some were even offended if I mentioned it, even though they could see, year by year, Elizabeth’s abilities degrading more and more.

[...]

But there is something, to my mind, even more shameful. It is the claim, made without the slightest apology, that death has been destroyed and life has been restored. Like the meaningless mumblings of all religions, this is a scandal, to tell someone who is suffering and dying that death has been destroyed, to say that the misery, the pain, the humiliation, the disintegration that happens to people as they die, has been already destroyed, that the torment and torture are past and the horror gone.
The torture never stops.

Chuck Berry Morbidity Watch

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago fire official says 84-year-old rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night. An audience member at the show, however, said Berry slumped over during the show and was offstage for at least 20 minutes.

Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva said Berry felt better and signed a release. Roccasalva said the confusion arose because emergency personnel later responded to a patron at the show who was unwell.

Concertgoer Steve Handwerker said Berry fell face-first over the keyboard and was helped offstage, though he later returned.

Berry is known for his classic songs, including “Maybelline” and “Johnny B. Goode.”

His agent Dick Alen said he had no information on the matter.
Poor bastard still rocking (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) at 84. Glad we caught his act several decades ago.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

Word For The New Yr.

Entropy.

Waiting For The Hook

Not the original vocals:

Your Mother Dresses You Funny, & You Talk Funny Too

Proof, on this (much as we despise the word & concept) interactive amp thingie. Do note that Los Angeles is completely normal, dialectically.

A Bore Like All The Rest

As inane, droning, & filled w/ dullness, ennui & general suckitude as any other calendar yr. since we've been fully conscious of how jaded we are.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Death Of Music & Other Crap,
& Not One Damn Moment Too Soon

Between Pimplejuice & bands that sucked X yrs. ago & have not improved w/ aging, good riddance! Even the Wall Street Journal has noticed.
Despite those efforts, the number of tickets sold declined both world-wide and in North America—and even more steeply than the number of shows did, suggesting weak interest among fans.

[...]

Those shifts have hit many acts in the pocket book, and older acts with established fan bases turned increasingly in recent years to concert tours, with regularly rising prices, to steady their finances.

Irving Azoff, Live Nation's executive chairman and the manager of numerous major acts, last year told The Wall Street Journal that recorded music represented as little as 6% of some clients' income—down from 50% a decade ago.
Didn't know Irv still had work/was living. What the hell, is it the '70s again/still?
In fact, the online publication Digital Music News recently calculated that the members of the top 50 grossing touring acts in 2009 had an average age of 46. Had the Rolling Stones or the Who been on the road they would have pushed the figure even higher.
Snap! And in further "ha ha, fuck you" news from the WSJ, the editorial staff's former employer Borders may soon be the former employer of a whole lotta wage-slaves. Don't worry, abused saps, it'll all work out. (Unless it doesn't.)
In an ominous turn of events for the book business, Borders Group Inc. said Thursday it is delaying payments to some publishers, a sign that its financial troubles are worsening.

The nation's second-largest bookstore chain by revenue, behind Barnes & Noble Inc., said the delays were part of its efforts to refinance its debt and that it had notified the publishers with which it is seeking to restructure payments.

The retailer also said "there can be no assurance" that its larger refinancing efforts will be successful. The company reiterated an earlier disclosure that without refinancing, it could violate its existing ...
At that point a subscription is required, which may not be too indicative of good things for the newspaper biz either.The media party's over.

Homelessness Round-Up

A fucking awful person (truly awful, & may well take it up the ass from also-awful humanoid Micheal Medved) has decided that homeless people are ruining her shopping experience as she enjoys a wk. in Hawai'i on her husband's dime. Does that make her a whore, feminists who think (as we do) that marriage is prostitution?

A hypocrite of the first order, to be sure. Get the outro of "About Me."
I'm often touched to tears. I'm intensely involved in Jewish learning, observing and celebrating. I search for bright light not only as a transplant from sunny Southern California to this rainy, overcast clime, but because I seek to illuminate both the significant and mundane, in a stimulating way you'll enjoy.
No tears for the "vagrants" however. (Yes, vagrants. She never quite got to hoboes.)

Many a rabbi must be spinning in a grave after reading Mrs. Medved's horseshit on the homeless & then seeing that she's "intensely involved in Jewish learning, observing and celebrating." Might we suggest a bit less celebrating of her own materialism, & more adherence, less "observing" to/of whatever she's learned?

Here it is, we don't want her actual filth soiling this dump. Strike while comments are still open!

Thanks (One hell of a lot, really! As if we wanted to spend our afternoon/early evening pointing out to Mrs. Butt-Fuck what an insufferable piece of garbage she is!) to Donkey-Dick Chuck-Wagonsome idiot on a staircase, who led us there.

Strong (Fascist) America

Plagiarism?

Robe Weather

No typing in underwear today: 62°F (16.666°C, 289.81666K) on awakening at 1232!

UPDATE (1402PT): Heater on high (usually hits 84°F) staying at 78°F. Brrrr.

We Never Crank It Past Five, Though

"Haven't You Killed Enough People Today?"

We've been working our way through Highway Patrol; this one stands out for the amoral sociopath portrayed by Joe Flynn, who may be remembered as "Captain Binghampton" on McHales's Navy.
"Until then, remember, the clowns at the circus, they're real funny, but on the highway, they're murder."

Kill Your Landlord Before He Kills You

Sound advice no matter which side of the pond you find yourself on.
The landlord of Joanna Yeates was today arrested on suspicion of murdering the landscape architect.
Earlier, the landlord lied:
But police yesterday confirmed they were investigating a report from her landlord, former English teacher Chris Jefferies, that he saw three people leaving the flat at around 9pm on that Friday. It is possible that one of the three was Yeates but Jefferies was not able to say if they were men or women.

Yesterday Jefferies refused to give more details to reporters of what he had seen
Also, the guy will be around to fix your leaking/dripping/broken whatever tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pride Goeth Before A Fall

Yes, "The DC," or at least typist Peter Tucci, would appear to be proud of these 20 "most interesting" op-eds. To each their own.

More On War

The economic ugliness behind the item noting William Pfaff's item.From War in Context. What (if anything) would McArdle type if she saw it?

"A Whore Just Like The Rest"

We were somewhat joking (It was 0518 PT & we weren't just getting up, if you know what we mean.) when we nominated this rant for our best item of the yr. (on the basis of reaction thereto, more than anything else, as we couldn't remember any stand-outs from our 2100+ individual yr.-to-date spews) & congrats to local person Batocchio for linking to the first-person plural post here (We could use a hit. Or two.) rather than the Whiskey Fire version, & for figuring out our emailing address. We dug deeper, too!

Still sad to think of Al Weisel/Jon Swift up & dying like that.

In the new yr., remember that the next time you see someone may be the last, so let 'em know what crummy dressers & failures as human beings they are, as well as how you've never liked whatever it is you don't like about 'em! Even if Al/Jon wouldn't have.

How Many Times Have We Told You Stupid Fucking Hippies?

Do not eat this crap!
An outbreak of salmonella that was tied to tainted alfalfa sprouts has grown to at least 94 cases in 16 states.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday said the case count had risen from 89 cases in 15 states in the past week, with California joining the list.

More than half the cases have been in Illinois. There have been no deaths.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised the public not to eat alfalfa sprouts produced by the Tiny Greens Organic Farm in Urbana, Ill., because of possible salmonella contamination. The warning issued Monday evening also includes a mix called spicy sprouts, which contains radish and clover sprouts.

(Copyright ©2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reversed.)

Let Us Make This Perfectly Clear

Bob Seger sucks. It is no coincidence that both he & Bruce Springsteen share the initials B.S.

A Brit (we assume) believes otherwise, in the Guardian, yet.
Songs like Back in 72 won't thrill those who demand experimentation from their music. Bob Seger was always a musical conservative – as with Springsteen, the music of the 60s soul revues and the bar bands of America's great cities are his inspiration – but he made music that deserves to be heard. A left turn somewhere in 1968 and he might be remembered alongside those other highpoints of high-energy Detroit rock the MC5 and the Stooges.
Say what you will about Seger (Don't you start us talkin'!) "high-energy," especially when compared to the Stooges & MC5, is not a term you can apply to his medium tempo, tedium-inducing, lame-ass horseshit.

News To Us

Did you know that while the President, as commander-in-chief of the nation's baby-killers (Collateral damage, bitchezz!!) can't declare war w/o the consent of the (essentially rubber-stamp) Congress, but if failed governor Sarah Palin were elected,
as commander of the armed forces she'd have the power to provoke war with Iran or North Korea or whomever.
Is Sully flunky Appel Constitutionally ignorant, does he find it a good idea that any president (And especially a Republican one?) can use drones & whatnot to "provoke" other nations w/o Congress butting in, or (least likely)  is this a tacit admission that the Constitution has already been shredded & pulped, & "our" military is now just a larger version of the Nazi Wehrmacht, sworn only to obey the president?

Speaking Of ...

Houses falling, perhaps not the actual edifices themselves, but their "value" may be circling the drain. (As it will be a cold day in hell — current temp in the bunker, w/ heat on: 76°F — before we wade through all the stats & graphs in the item, realize that we're going by the headline alone.)

Was buying that house for a mortgage deduction worth it, suckers? Megan McArdle weighs in, preëmpting anticipated, "But Megan, how does this affect YOU?" questions from her Megan-obsessed commentariat.
Given that we just bought a house a few months ago, I'm sure this post will inspire a couple of readers to ask whether we regret that decision. The answer is that no, we don't, for several reasons:

1. We always viewed buying a house as a consumption decision, not an investment decision: we wanted to own a house a little bit for the forced savings, but mostly so that we could get the house exactly the way we liked it. We knew that process would be expensive, and would come with a bunch of hassles, an expectation that has already been borne out by our experience trying to get the chimney guy to call us back so that we can give him thousands of dollars to rebuild our chimney and flue. But that decision has been more than vindicated by our ability to fix up the kitchen the way we want it.
As opposed to fixing the kitchen down?

House Surfing Up-Date

After further rain, here at SoCal's Schadenfreude Central we await w/ bated breath the first news of a water-saturated hillside breaking loose & flowing into a hill-dweller's (i.e., wealthy weasel's) house. It may be too much to hope for houses to be pushed from their foundations & plummet into the canyons/streets below, but we can keep our fingers crossed.

Loser Nation

Good stuff from William Pfaff, whom we remember from those long ago days when the Chicago Times/L.A. Tribune wasn't as bad. The '80s, if not the late '70s. But the brain trust at First & Spring would rather have Johan [sic] Goldberg gracing their pages, although Mr. Pfaff is also a Chicago Tribune columnist.

Here's a pull, now read the rest.
[The United Snakes] also possesses by far the largest armed forces on Earth, which demand from a profoundly indebted nation still more sophisticated equipment and better recruits, since the Americans they are now enlisting, by standard U.S. military criteria of IQ and level of education, come from the bottom of the barrel of eligible men and women, so that it has become increasingly necessary to recruit from immigrant and foreign populations.

The paradox that is seldom discussed in politics or the press is that this country, with total military resources equal to those of all the rest of the world combined, wages wars that consistently turn out badly, leaving American enemies in power. I am considered unpatriotic for bringing this up; however, other countries have noticed.

Since the Korean War (a draw, plus a cease-fire that remains dangerously unresolved) and the Vietnam War (away from which the unsuccessful U.S. tiptoed, while continuing to issue empty threats which had no public backing), the U.S. has won wars only against former CIA “asset” Col. Manuel Noriega of Panama, a Cuban airport construction crew on Grenada, and Saddam Hussein, thereby delivering Iraq into the hands of Iran.
An exceptional nation, aren't "we?"

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Great Minds Dep't.

As previously evidenced. Others agree.
Oh, Sweet Blood of Jesus: Tintin's link from above. You will die if you listen to it. Chalk on a blackboard is too kind a description.Can the two Pomplamooses be stopped? We'll bet she's no "lady," either, because she certainly seems to enjoy prostituting herself. (Need we add, the French spelling of the word is "pamplemousse." Dipshits.)

Plus which, we are despising this musical crap-fest. Even YouTube commenters know better. We may have to befriend this one.
Oh great. This TV spot is just as bad as the Hyundai Holiday ads with that annoying girl singing into that microphone as if she wants to apologize for singing in the first place....ughhh....Please stop with the attempts to be trendy.
We'd advise those w/ even a semblance of musical taste not to listen. Mercifully, it's only the (0:15) cut.No mercy here, however.Apparently by Vampire Weekend. Whores, them & Pimplejuice. All of them. Die, horrid, young & stupid people!

And really, who gives cars for Xmas, or goes further into debt during the season just to get a "deal?"

Behind The Quotation

QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"I bought two dresses on sale at Ann Taylor, and I bought four dresses on the clearance rack at Nordstrom. I'm spending more on myself because I'm starting to feel a little more at ease."
GWEN HILSABECK, a manager at a hospice company who was doing some after-Christmas shopping at a mall near Chicago.
Well, sure. As the economy worsens & the population ages, more people will be getting sick & dying, & Gwen will be managing the shit out of that hospice.

Cast Into The Pit, We Wish

Not unlike three, five or whatever-yr. olds howling & screeching "But you said! You said so!" at their parental units, the sort of people who would enjoy standing downwind from a blazing campfire are still on about the phrase "global warming."

Whoever first used the phrase (As an easy introduction to the great big complicated ideas that the like-to-breathe-shit people would have had trouble wrapping their tiny minds around?) is no doubt sorry now, as the appearance of any temperatures much above 50°F results in this kind of drivel from Bow-Tie Daddy Carlson's Daily AP Feed.
Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, a senior fellow in environmental studies at The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C., told TheDC that global warming proponents wrongly try to justify numerous weather patterns as being the result of global warming.

“Global warming scientists say it will be warmer, colder, snowier, and less snowy all at the same time, which is impossible. Anyone who follows global warming knows the theory is rife with exaggeration,” Michaels said. “What’s disturbing is to see The New York Times put a really fringe idea on their editorial page. Obviously they’re panicking about people’s distrust of the political nature of global warming science. It struck me as desperation pass, knowing the people are abandoning global warming as a signature issue.”
Yes, someone from the Cato Institute said "political nature of global warming science," yet was not referring to himself. Not that the fair & balanced responder acquitted himself well, even allowing for, shall we say, selective editing on the part of typist Donovan.
“Basically anything that would appear like magic would throw the laws of physics into question,” Brad Johnson, a climate editor at the Center for American Progress, a progressive Washington, D.C. think tank, told The Daily Caller. “The only way to disprove the global warming theory is if magic is real and that our understanding of the universe is completely wrong.”
On & on it goes. Our real purpose is to display this for all to see, which has been at "TheDC" since 1740 Eastern (W/ an update at 1805.) & remains uncorrected as of almost midnight ET.
Cretins.

Picture Of The Day, If Not The Season

Via the no longer local Mick Farren, quite a shot.
We'll assume the photo was taken somewhere in Great Britain, as the cars are on the wrong side of the road. (Do the poms read from right to left, too?) Next time, Doc, some info/detail, please.

Predicting The Future

Man faces prison sentence for reading his unfaithful wife’s emails

Can we be blamed for reading it as: "Man faces prison sentence for reading his unfaithful wife’s entrails?"

Monday, December 27, 2010

Flora, Fauna & Signage

We had a cigarette, & some hot cocoa, or chocolate, or a Safeway® imitation thereof, in hopes we'd calm down rather than start oiling certain moving parts on certain mechanical devices. Hasn't made much difference.

Take Two

After some time wasted dicking about, a successful cropping.
We are going to save some money, make it to the next Lakeside School reunion, hoping that Bill Gates is there, & then we are going to kidnap his ass & hold him prisoner until he explains why every program they make is completely counter-intuitive, as well as why, when they do have something easy & functional, the next version invariably sucks to high heaven. If they're so fucking worried about reverse compatibility every time they change operating systems, why do they not give a flying fuck about maintaining easy use for the user? We'd also be interested to see if he could actually make any of his shit work w/o wasting time w/ the (NOT)help. And naturally, now that he & his drones have decided that it's all in "the cloud," if you want to use the (NON)help, you need to be connected to the damn Internet.

Should have beaten the fucking shit out of the little twerp in June '69, right before we fled the country anyway, for different reasons. One more atrocity wouldn't have mattered.

Local Flora, Polluted Clouds

Postcards From Obviousville

Moonlight on Western. (It's near Vermont.)

Photo Frenzy

Getting our US$5.00 worth from Google.
Griffith Observatory
Subway station that serves the Observatory.
Ditto
One still must take a bus from the train to the Observatory .
Getting a bit irked here, as we rec'd. some shit called Nero PhotoSnap® w/ the devil-box improvements, & it's a pain to use, unlike the made for morons (IM1, RU12?) but not much bullshit Windows program that used to open our pix, & allowed us to rotate & crop w/ little effort, & would save the changes w/o extra clicking right when we clicked to the next picture.

Nobody knows the trouble we've seen. Or how much better these would have looked if we had the patience to perfect them.

Katzen Krizzmess

Hostess wondering who the hell invited this loaf.

Murder, They Typed

Or merely flapped from their gums on the tube, as documented at People OK W/ Murdering Assange.

Xmas Shots

Dinner
Another guest, sleeping it off.
Rain Clouds Under the Radar, A.
And B.

We Gave It Our Best Shot

Sometimes it just isn't enough, though.
For the first time in more than four decades, Los Angeles is on track to end the year with fewer than 300 killings, a milestone in a steady decline of homicides that has changed the quality of life in many neighborhoods and defied predictions that a bad economy would inexorably lead to higher crime.

As of mid-afternoon on Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department had tallied 291 homicides in 2010. The city is likely to record the fewest number of killings since 1967, when its population was almost 30% smaller.
Still a few days to go. Do not give up hope.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Uhmm, What Else ...?

  • Worcestershire 
  • Oil (40-weight or better)
  • 10# bag o' taters
  • Sour cream (w/ chives?)
  • Baked good(s) (if bagels, cream cheese)
  • Cocoa (check weather for hot chocolate necessity)
  • Moloko
  • Meat(?)/bacon

Pomplamoose: "Pas Encore?"
Jamais Encore Is More Like It

Granted, these two hipster-stains on the underwear of humanity are not wearing those RECTangular hipster glasses, but everything else about them (including/especially) the fact that they are WHORES of the lowest nature is repugnant. We present these recordings (Which have been shoved down our ears w/o pause for wks. now, resulting not in a desire to purchase a Hyundai, but in a statistically significant increase in our average mute button response time.) only as evidence. You are advised not to click, & we will not be responsible for nausea, vomiting, or the inability to obtain erection/lubrication for the rest of your natural lives.And upon taking the trouble to find this effluvia, we are at least led to believe that this is some established recording/performing duo, by the name of "Pomplamoose."

Absolute proof that they is hoors: They will do it for any foreign auto manufacturers.We announce herewith a death panel fatwa on both their houses. Seriously. If these two awful creeps are w/in the sound of our voice, they'd better move somewhere those damn scarves & knit caps will be of use. Soon.

More inane research: This is part of a horseshit
new medium known as the “VideoSong”. VideoSongs follow two simple rules:

What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice), and if you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds).

Pomplamoose’s VideoSongs can be found on YouTube along with other traditional music videos, but there’s something so amazing and endearing about watching musicians create an organic sound without the heavy hand of a producer or record label. At first glance, Pamplemoose is just a couple of musicians from San Francisco making unique VideoSongs for a generation of YouTubers; but their music is actually quite brilliant.
Huh, what? No lip-synching? But what is "multi-tracked and mixed for your listening pleasure," if not the moral equivalent of Milli Vanilli? Or the Village People? Or shit?

Also: San Francisco. It figures. And, more unintentional irony: "watching musicians create an organic sound without the heavy hand of a producer or record label." Nope, just the iron fist of some twenty-nothing schmucks at the advertising agency trimming your drivel to 30 secs. for the commercial.

No jury of our actual peers would convict us.

The Sheep Look Up

Just over a wk. ago, we noted some aspects of the New Feudalism, as offered here.
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.
It raises its ugly head again at The Daily Dish.
Rob Horning explores the thinning line separating business and our personal lives as production and consumption merge. Money quote:
What makes this potentially worse is that such work (being online and contributing or organizing information, sharing), so much closer subjectively to consumption or self-actualization, will register as meaningful and will feel like progress. Perhaps this sort of work (sometimes called immaterial labor), combined with welfare payments, could be the foundation of a less exploitative social order in which what people do “for a living” actually seems to constitute the meaning of their life, and no one is left “unemployed” and rendered socially worthless. But under our current conditions, immaterial labor mainly makes life more precarious, and taints the things we ordinarily would enjoy doing with an urgent anxiety. We can’t just be ourselves; we have to make ourselves a personal brand that we desperately need our friends, i.e. networked nodes, to buy into.
Fucking robo-sheep.

Relieve The Pressure!

Apparently interest in other members of our (Alleged: Show us the DNA, 'cause we will not believe we are the same as most of you.) species is a direct result of some sort of swelling at the base of what passes for a brain in most of you. Figures.

More Confusion

This day off on a wknd. has us completely lost. Is it Tuesday?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wha'?

Any other aging, wretched, hearing-challenged, not paying that much attention telebision viewers out there who, as we do, keep hearing ads for an "Orgy Network?" (Turns out it's "4G," some wireless mess that is microwaving your brains into an even mushier state.)

Jesus Death Toll Up-Date

Currently standing at 43 in Pakistan & 38 in the Philippines & Nigeria. Can we get 100 before the end of the day?

38 must be the magic number this yr., as Jesus/gawd allowed this to happen as well. No malice here, just greed.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean officials say the death toll is now 38 from the crash of an overcrowded bus that plunged into a 1,100-foot (350-meter) ravine.

A government statement says the number of injured has also risen, to 46.

Some of the injuries are grave, and the number of dead could increase further.
Oh lordy, why have you forsaken us?

Xmas Sad

This made us quite sad, our being an emotional & mental wreck & all, as our Hallowe'en-deceased friend & former sexual associate was named Doris, & she too was a friend of cats. (And rum.)
Hope our weeping uncontrollably doesn't short out the keyboard.

Hipster Santa May Be Late This Yr.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Orb Up-Date

Everywhere!

Civic Duty

To advise y'all that our (& probably your) cyber-friends at World O'Crap have been compromised & have temporarily relocated.

A Most Filthy Time Of Year

The Internet being filthy w/ Xmas, here's some Xmas smut & a bad pun.
Steal something for yourself at Golden Age Comic Book Stories.

A Sincere Yuletide Wish,
From Us To You:

That every one of you Jesus freaks who think getting shit-faced & making noise on your stolen, does not even appear in your book of lies holiday is the best way to celebrate the non-historical birthday of your Jewish "savior" either die of alcohol poisoning/cirrohsis, or is paralyzed for the remainder of your Jesus-filled (yet still completely empty & meaningless) life by another God Squadder who's driving drunk.

And knock it the hell off w/ the original sin bullshit.
We've already had what little apology we are going to get (none in most cases) for the raped children, the AIDS-sufferers in Africa, the centuries spent attacking Jews, science, women and "heretics", the indulgences and more modern (and tax-deductible) methods of fleecing the gullible to build the Vatican's vast fortune. So, no surprise that these weren't mentioned. But there's something else for which the pope should go to confession, and it's arguably the nastiest of all. I refer to the main doctrine of Christian theology itself, which was the centrepiece of what Ratzinger actually did say in his Thought for the Day.

"Christ destroyed death forever and restored life by means of his shameful death on the Cross."
More shameful than the death itself is the Christian theory that it was necessary. It was necessary because all humans are born in sin. Every tiny baby, too young to have a deed or a thought, is riddled with sin: original sin. Here's Thomas Aquinas:
". . . the original sin of all men was in Adam indeed, as in its principal cause, according to the words of the Apostle(Romans 5:12): "In whom all have sinned": whereas it is in the bodily semen, as in its instrumental cause, since it is by the active power of the semen that original sin together with human nature is transmitted to the child."
Adam (who never existed) bequeathed his "sin" in his bodily semen (charming notion) to all of humanity. That sin, with which every newborn baby is hideously stained (another charming notion), was so terrible that it could be forgiven only through the blood sacrifice of a scapegoat. But no ordinary scapegoat would do. The sin of humanity was so great that the only adequate sacrificial victim was God himself.
That's right. The creator of the universe, sublime inventor of mathematics, of relativistic space-time, of quarks and quanta, of life itself, Almighty God, who reads our every thought and hears our every prayer, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God couldn't think of a better way to forgive us than to have himself tortured and executed. For heaven's sake, if he wanted to forgive us, why didn't he just forgive us? Who, after all, needed to be impressed by the blood and the agony? Nobody but himself.
Ratzinger has much to confess in his own conduct, as cardinal and pope. But he is also guilty of promoting one of the most repugnant ideas ever to occur to a human mind: "Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness" (Hebrews 9:22).

House Of Cards Teeters On Brink

Imbalance Up-Date: Not just income inequity.

The growing imbalance between real wealth creation and worthless paper pushing is bad news

Progressive Flo & the GEICO Gecko illustrate that the economy & financial system are a complete fucking joke.
But these two represent something different, something apocalyptic -- and I say that not merely because their maddening ubiquity has driven me to the brink of insanity. I say it because they are peddling the kind of commodity that offers little tangible worth, waging a fight that promises no valuable innovation, and representing a larger insurance and finance sector that's hollowing out our economy.

[...]

In the global economy's increasingly fierce fight for genuine value and better living standards, this might not be so problematic if America's wealth-creating sectors (i.e., making things or providing valuable services) remained substantially larger than wealth-cannibalizing sectors like insurance and finance. But since the 1980s’ decline of manufacturing, the insurance and finance sector has doubled its share of gross domestic product, hitting 8 percent last year. That's twice as large as both the construction and information sectors -- and ongoing taxpayer bailouts promise to exacerbate the asymmetry even more.

This is certainly great for insurance companies -- for example, it provides them excess billions to buy an absurd amount of ads. For the rest of us, though, the growing imbalance between real wealth creation and worthless paper pushing is bad news -- and that’s why the gecko and Flo are so deeply disturbing. More than just the moment's most annoying shills, they are the cheeky visages of our nation's long-term economic decline.
And you, our "fellow" Americans, are the punchline.

Here You Go, Food Nazi
Michelle Obama

Sorry to admit we haven't tried any of these, other than a McRib®, & of course we've had a burrito or two at Taco Smell. (Identified as a taco in the slideshow. Fucking gawd damn shit, if you're going to type & bitch about food, learn the difference! And the McRib® & $2.00 Meal Deal in the "Worst of 2010" are old stuff on a comeback or merely the same shit at a newly reduced "price point.")

Our recent McRib was crummy. No recollection of whether they were any good the first go-round, even though we remember having had several in that halcyon/Golden Arches age.

This item does look like fun. (Not healthy, you bourgeois sheep, but fun. Like, kicks, man.) Except for that green stuff. That crap rots, do not eat it!
Friendly's® Grilled Cheese BurgerMelt.
One of the many advantages of living in the very bowel of the beast (i.e., most Zone Improvement Postal codes that start w/ 900) is that few of the nation-wide shit-for-suburban-scumbags chains locate in 900XX. (No shit. Closest Friendly's® appears to be in 43512, a mere 1,910 miles from our ZIP. No wonder we don't see any national adverts for them on the telly.)

Ah, we see that Friendly's® is "Where ice cream makes the meal®." We did not know that, do not believe it, & could not possibly care any less, one way or the other. Read the history.
We are a company founded on ice cream but built around families. We opened our first Friendly's Ice Cream Shop in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1935. Friendly's is a place where hungry people can sit together, eat together, joke together and debate about who has the best way to eat an ice cream sundae, where sons can find out why lefty pitchers are harder to hit and where families can meet up to get an extra fifteen minutes of talk time over our famous ice cream.
Is this whole Mormon/Manson family dinner together horseshit an admission that America's children hate their parents so damn much that if they weren't held hostage by threat of food deprivation they would tell their parents just how stupid & boring they are, if not kill them in their sleep?

If any place deserves to burn to the ground in a suspicious but possibly grease-caused fire (As if, once one applies the mind to the concept, there's any place that doesn't deserve that.) it would be one of these dumps. Lucky the closest one is almost 2,000 miles from us.

Horse Latitudes

OK, we're pretty well sick of the whole "zombi" thing. We're feeling about as we did when the Irish & their gawd-awful squeaky music became ubiquitous, around the time that Titanic was a big pile of shit nation-wide. Enough, already. (We gotcher "Celtic Christmas" right here, Paddy!)

But we'll give this a few points & "share" it w/ all, mostly because it's monochromatic, & because (barring the huge War On Christmas "terror" attack we're hoping for) there probably won't be much news, info or other idiocy to relieve our never-ending jadedness over the next few days, wk., or whatever, until the mindless dead awake from their hang-overs & get back to ruining everything.

From The Mail-Box

Received some spam from some whores (directly below, w/ the aging never-was bikini "model") in Oz. (Why?)

Sent them a little note:
If you'd like to help us express our anger, the corporate tools in question are Filmview Services.

Merry Christmas To Our Baby-Killers

And a Happy Hanukkah to you, Mrs. Geller.

Protip: Get a microphone you can attach to your top, rather than one on the camera & four ft. of windy air away from your yap.