Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bachmann-Perot Overdrive

Do they ever get tired of flapping the same tired lies past their gums?

Overnight Egyptian Unrest Update

Found at War in Context.Really raw video.Why not?

Comparison & Contrast

Just Another Blog™: Short, sweet, to the point. We don't waste time explaining what you're about to see & hear.

Scary-anna's PuffHo: Six paragraphs of what you can see & hear w/ a click. And, posted two hrs. after we hit the electrons. We hear she doesn't run the whole thing herself, either, unlike certain entrepreneurial freedom fighters. If she has helpers & we still beat her by two hrs., why the hell is that Greek making money while we can barely keep ourself in bacon?

Joan Walsh, verbose as well, but she was there.

CNN piles on.

Gun Worship Update

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State lawmakers are debating whether to designate a semiautomatic pistol as the official gun of Utah, despite protests from people who believe it’s inappropriate because of recent mass shootings.

The bill to make the Browning M1911 the official gun breezed through a committee hearing this week and is scheduled to be debated by the full House as early as Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer said the state should have the gun as one of its state symbols to honor John Browning, a Utah native who invented it in 1911.

“He invented a firearm that has defended American values and the traditions of this country for 100 years,” Wimmer told the House Political Subdivisions Committee.

Utah has 24 state symbols recognizing the history, geography and culture of the state. They include a state cooking pot, a state tree, a state hymn and a state folk dance.

The committee approved the bill to add a state gun on a 9-2 vote.

Wimmer said the Browning M1911 is widely used by the military, police officers and private citizens, which is why he chose the pistol instead of another Browning gun.

Gun Violence Prevention Center board member Steve Gunn told The Associated Press honoring the M1911 is wrong because the people who opened fire in most recent U.S. mass shootings used semiautomatic pistols. That includes the Jan. 8 Arizona shooting in which six people were killed and 13 — including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — were wounded with a Glock pistol.

“It’s an embarrassment to the state to have as a symbol that was used only a few weeks ago to kill innocent people,” Gunn said.

Wimmer told the AP he had been planning the bill for about a year and the Arizona shooting did not change his mind.

“There is nothing about the actions of a madman to change the fact that firearms have been used throughout our history to defend American values and traditions,” Wimmer said.

House Minority Leader David Litvak said while he opposes designating a state gun, the Arizona shooting did not give the debate any urgency.

“We need to be careful about using that tragedy to push a political position,” the Democrat said.

He suggested the state honor Browning in a different way that focused on his many inventions, not just one of his guns.

Jennifer Seelig, who voted against the measure said she did not see the debate as pro- or anti-gun. Instead, it is about the message sent by the state having such a polarizing symbol, she said.

“It has a lot of deep-rooted, complex and complicated meanings on a wide spectrum, from defending life to taking it,” said Seelig, also a Democrat.

Seelig said she supports gun rights and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. But like Litvack, she would prefer to honor Browning in a different way.

Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom told the committee that recognizing the M1911 is an appropriate honor for Browning. Instead of the gun being blamed for killing people, it should be credited for saving lives on the battlefield, Sandstrom said.

“Tragic events happen because of bad people in this world. But handguns, and firearms in general, do not kill people,” Sandstrom said. “We need to stop demonizing firearms.”
The bill to designate a state firearm is H.B. 219.
A preferable Browning, if you must make one your state gun:
You can really defend yourself w/ one of these.

Son Of A Bitch!

1900+ & he's still on. And on.

UPDATE (1913): He's done; now the interminable blather. Will this be out of everyone's systems by sometime tomorrow, or will it require something else happening to get beyond the endless augury?

Nostalgia Corner

This shot, from PuffHo's ground-breaking Flight Attendant Uniforms Through History slideshow,
reminded us that our very own maternal grandmother owned at least one taxidermed fox pelt, paws, tail, creepy solid black "eyes," & all. Real-appearing peepers would've been too creepy, we guess, even for the sort of person who would drape a carcass around her neck in order to be well dressed.

Really, as little as 50 yrs. ago, Americans roamed free w/ dead animals draped over them, Flintstones-style. This may explain why so many of them are still dragging their knuckles.

Riots Goin' On

Been so busy avoiding SOTU speculation that we entirely missed this. As if American news organizations would especially bother to cover it.
"We have never seen anything like this before – it is the first day of the Egyptian revolution," said Karim Rizk, one of those who joined multiple rallies in the capital. Apparently taken by surprise at the size of protests, police initially stood back and allowed demonstrators to occupy public squares and march through the streets, an unprecedented move in a country where political gatherings are strictly outlawed and demonstrations are normally quickly shut down by security forces. "We have taken back our streets today from the regime and they won't recover from the blow," claimed Rizk.

Today's protests were called by a coalition of online activists, who had declared 25 January a "day of revolt" against the ruling elite and encouraged Egyptians to follow in the footsteps of Tunisia, where mass demonstrations forced President Ben Ali to flee earlier this month. As evening fell thousands of protesters from separate demonstrations converged on Tahrir Square, Cairo's central plaza, and begun an occupation that continued into the night. Demonstrators waved Egyptian and Tunisian flags, hauled down a billboard for the ruling NDP party and chanted "depart Mubarak" at the 82-year-old leader, who will face presidential elections later this year.
And of course:
• US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Mubarak's government is stable despite the demonstrations. Mubarak is an important US partner in the Middle East.

Getting The Snoot

Were we a sensitive conservative flower, paranoid & a-wallow in our feelings, we might think this had been directed directly at us:
I never feel more married to my wife than when we enter another couple's house for the first time and, on seeing that the television is a bit too large, or too prominently placed in the front room, look at one another and—well, I was going to say "arch our eyebrows," but of course we do not even need to do that. The mere look, the meeting of the eyes, does it all.
No really, come over any time. We're dying to know what you think of telebision size & placement chez Bouffant.

Thought it funny as well, & earlier.

Chris Matthews Vs. Partisan Hack

Ol' Tweety is getting tired of the Tea Partiers & their bullshit: "Do you want me to play it again?"And what in hell is wrong w/ Michelle Bachmann, the balloon-head?

Star Shite, Star Bright

Editorial Note: Maybe it's because we're older & possibly a bit wiser, but we're damn sure we could pass the remainder of our being, in cyber- & meat-space, & in whichever circle of hell to which we're consigned, w/o once mentioning Star Trek, Star Wars, or any iteration of Battle Star Galactica. Period. Let alone mention any of the above as any sort of political guide/example/lesson or anything else.

So what's the fucking deal w/ our esteemed national columnists (also Jonah Goldberg) & the constant refraining of these insipid Hollywood cash machines?

The Outrage: Where Is It?

Also: This is news?
At least seven Cabinet secretaries to President George W. Bush took politically motivated trips at taxpayer expense while aides falsely claimed they were traveling on official business, the independent Office of Special Counsel said Monday night in concluding a three-year probe.

Angry Bear!

Rudely jack-hammmered into what passes for consciousness several hrs. earlier than desired by some motherfucker jack-hammering. This may not end well. We have rights too, you know.

Just Say No

To the SOTU & all anticipation/discussion thereof, already.

Plan: Sack out now, miss eight to ten hrs. of televised/radioed foaming. Damn Internet is always there, if we are lucky enough to miss anything.

Bite Your Tongue

And while we're on the subject of why not a single Republican has announced a presidential candidacy yet — yep, that's the subject — isn't the answer obvious? It's because they all know Barack Obama is as good as a shoo-in in 2012. Unless something cataclysmic happens, the only reason for any Republican to run is either as a vanity candidate or to get practice for 2016.
Kevin Drum, in passing.

This inspired us to revisit something typed, oh, yesterday or something.
Another reason to get that Mitt money down now: Once the tea-bagging loons of the 112th Congress have done we can't imagine what, up to gov't. shutdowns & fucking w/ our Social Security, & have made idjits of themselves each & every time they foamed at their mouths, a candidate like Romney, who can afford handlers to keep the foaming internalized & maintain his perfect coiffure will be looking real good.
We could correlate from our previous punditry that the silly to stark-raving-mad behavior this new Congress may display might result in a dire shortage of candidates willing to have their asses handed to them by the anti-colonialist Kenyan Musselman. As soon as the republic collapsed under the weight of socialist debt/free GM cars for everyone, all blame would be laid right at the loser's feet.

Hell, just imagine all the spin that'd be required just to explain away a second loss to The Usurper, end of liberty & freedom or not.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Still Shrill (& Liberal)

NFL Nostalgia Econ 101

Slightly deep item on the No Fun League, w/ local perspective.

We Can Flog That Corpse Too*

Romney Celebrates Reagan Legacy

Mitt Romney takes to USA Today to pay tribute to Ronald Reagan, noting his "legacy is very much alive. Only amiable dunces cannot see that."
*So damn lazy we stole the title from the comments,
once it occurred to us we could throw the video in, & that doing so would be flaying the skin off the demented old bastard as well.

Mitt-Mentum 2012!

Getting the feeling this time around that Mittens' Mormonism may not be the impediment it probably was last time around.
“A candidate for president of the United States should be capable of becoming president, and then competent to be the president,” DeMoss wrote in a five-page missive sent to about 200 top pastors, donors, intellectuals and leaders on the Christian right.

DeMoss, a public relations executive who also backed Romney in 2008, offered an impassioned case for the former Massachusetts governor but also took some barely-veiled swipes at Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.

“Those who would suggest I am placing values on the back burner will be misreading me and wrong,” he wrote. “I am only saying that a candidate’s values alone are not enough to get my vote. For example, my pastor shares my values, but I don’t want him to be my president. (By the way, ‘energizing a crowd’ is also not enough; Justin Bieber can do that—but I don’t want him to be president either.)”
We also figure that as long as Romney mouths the politically proper boilerplate for the next yr. & change, nothing he did or professed prior to 2008 (Well, nothing beyond the usual crap about what a successful takeover artist he was.) will even be part of the primary equation, the Republican primary voter being what s/he is.

In broader terms (since the fugging election is 22 mos. away & to steal a bit more from POLITICO stealing from this DeMoss dude) how many low-info voters are interested in winning/governing? Sure, they're interested in campaigning, pissing off the liberals & all that, but will Romney's alleged competence & electability be seen as intolerable compromise by the bitter clinger?
DeMoss, who represents such leading evangelists as Franklin Graham, argued that most all of the likely Republican presidential candidates meet a values test so Christian conservatives should ask three other questions:
1. Who is most capable of winning the Republican nomination?

2. Who is most capable of mounting the kind of campaign (raising money, recruiting staff and volunteers, presenting a clear message) necessary to upset a sitting president?

3. Who is most capable of actually being the president of the United States—governing and serving as the CEO of the largest enterprises on the planet?
Romney, argued DeMoss, was well-positioned financially and in the polls to meet the electability standard and, because of his background in business, is up for the job.

So DeMoss urged the recipients of his documents to rally behind the former Massachusetts governor so as to create a sense of inevitability and increase his prospects against the well-funded President Obama.

“Realizing most of the people being mentioned as possible presidential candidates have little chance of winning a nomination given the compressed primary calendar and the high cost of competing, we can begin to mobilize support for one who can,” DeMoss wrote of Romney, who has yet to even announce his candidacy. “Realizing that fewer still have a realistic shot at defeating President Obama, we can give someone who does a quicker path to the nomination so he has more time to mobilize a general election campaign operation with a chance of winning.”

He continued: “This is essentially what happened for George W. Bush prior to the 2000 election cycle. He had so much early support and so many endorsements he was virtually unstoppable in his quest for the nomination—momentum which then carried him to victory over Al Gore.”
Yes, that & Supreme Court-mentum.

Another reason to get that Mitt money down now: Once the tea-bagging loons of the 112th Congress have done we can't imagine what, up to gov't. shutdowns & fucking w/ our Social Security, & have made idjits of themselves each & every time they foamed at their mouths, a candidate like Romney, who can afford handlers to keep the foaming internalized & maintain his perfect coiffure will be looking real good.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Results Of Sunday Afternoon's
Big Games

DETROIT (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Detroit police precinct on Sunday, wounding four officers including a commander before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

The gunman walked in through the precinct's revolving door around 4:20 p.m. with a pistol grip shotgun and opened fire, Sgt. Todd Eby, who was sitting at his desk in the precinct at the time of the shooting, told the Detroit Free Press. He said officers shot back at the gunman, killing him.

"Utter chaos and pandemonium took place," Police Chief Ralph Godbee said at a news conference. "We have a number of officers who are shaken up."
In the early game:
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Sheriff’s officers say a shootout Sunday afternoon at a Walmart in Washington state left two people dead and two sheriff’s deputies wounded.

Kitsap County sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson says a man was shot to death by deputies outside the store in Port Orchard Sunday afternoon, while a young woman died after being taken to a Tacoma hospital.

Wilson says officers received a call about a suspicious person at the store. He says deputies tried to talk to the man, who then ran and began shooting. Three deputes, including the two wounded, returned fire.

Wilson says he doesn’t know whether the two people who were killed knew each other.

Note To These United Snakes

Your national anthem sucks, bloody-minded American lunatics!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Early Returns From New Hampshire


Tea Party Activist Takes Over New Hampshire G.O.P.

Despite the Rs of the "Live Free or Die!" state backing a loon for state chair, former ½-term AK Gov. Palin came in a sad straw poll fourth.
In a presidential straw poll conducted at the meeting, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts won with 36 percent of the vote, followed by Mr. Paul with 11 percent. Mr. Pawlenty received 8 percent, and Sarah Palin 7 percent. A number of other potential candidates, including Michele Bachman, Jim DeMint, Mr. Huckabee and Mr. Santorum, won smaller percentages.
Mittens, way out in front w/ tea-bagging loons. And less than 13 mos. now 'till the actual primary!

Stupid Delusional Hippie

More bashing.

Nanny State Award For Service
Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty

Laura Hall is the only person to have been given an alcohol asbo. Now it's time to quit, she tells Simon Hattenstone

Laura Hall looks nervously into the tape recorder. "I feel like I'm at the police station," she says. Hall knows a lot about police stations. The 21-year-old is Britain's most notorious drunk – the only person in the country with an order banning her from all pubs, clubs and off-licences. She is the poster girl for Booze Britain. Newspapers have revelled in the stories of her 40-plus arrests, her numerous assaults on police officers, her two prison sentences, the number of pints and vodka shots that will see her through a night out. Last year district judge Bruce Morgan said of her 29 drink-fuelled convictions: "I don't think I have seen a more deplorable record… A female with a record like this – it's absolutely despicable and represents all that is rotten in society nowadays."
Or don't watch at all.

Is The Daily Caller Trying To
Tell Us Something?

Read more.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Obligatory & Standard Item

After long consideration/examination of current events, we just can not possibly give less of a shit about anything that's happened lately or anybody involved in or responsible for anything that's happened lately.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Thumb Along The Blade

 901 PM PST WED JAN 19 2011
There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen.

Red Wind by Raymond Chandler

Stop Me Before I Kill Again

Asking the important questions: It's what TheDC does:
We’ve heard the various voices on the left that have hinted Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and talk radio were possible motivating factors that led Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner to go on a rampage earlier this month. And we’ve heard Sarah Palin’s response to her critics, but how does Beck feel about these allegations?


He was asked by host Don Imus how he felt about being blamed for the shooting.

“But I — I know — and when I read things, Frank Rich or these other people, Sarah Palin is — she’s fine,” Imus said. “But, what they are trying to blame what happened in Tucson on you, or on her or on right-wing radio, or whatever, or turns out now, left-wing radio. My question for you is how do you feel about that?”

According to Beck, he had been put through the ringer [sic] so much that he’s become immune to such attacks and finds solace in his company founded on “values and principles,” in addition to his financial standing.

“No, I have gotten to a place, they’ve said everything they could possibly say about me under the sun for the last two years,” Beck said. “I mean they blame me for everything and called me every name under the sun. You get angry and then you kind of go dead inside for a while and here’s the best thing. This year, I have completed — a company that is completely debt-free. We operate with values and principles that, you know, I think are above board. I can sleep at night. I have my family with me. And I have put into my bank account, I can go to New Zealand and live the rest of my life and pay for my kids’ college education and I don’t give a flying crap. I don’t care.”
We can only wonder if Mr. Flying Crap would have cared if this incident
July 18, 2010—California Highway Patrol officers arrest Byron Williams, 45, after a shootout on I-580 in which more than 60 rounds are fired. Officers had pulled Williams over in his pick-up for speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he opened fire on them with a handgun and a long gun. Williams, a convicted felon, is shot several times, but survives because he is wearing body armor. Williams, a convicted felon, reveals that he was on his way to San Francisco to "start a revolution" by killing employees of the ACLU and Tides Foundation. Williams' mother says her son was angry at "Left-wing politicians" and upset by "the way Congress was railroading through all these Left-wing agenda items."
(For which we assign all responsibility to Beck, as he [& no others w/ a national megaphone] has constantly attacked the Tides Foundation, & it's doubtful failed bank robber/Beck-listener Williams would have reached these conclusions on his own.) had turned out differently, & Williams had managed to kill him some pinkos? Would Beck even care if CHP officers had been wounded or killed while they were trying to subdue Beck's mad-dog killer?

#1, Bitchezz!! Suck. On. That.

This may explain something:
Other loser cities. You half-assed punks get off our continent! Now!

You Really Shouldn't Go Home Again

Laughing pretty hard at Baby Doc Duvalier getting hauled before a judge & told not to leave town.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Science Takes A Nap

Spent much of the afternoon determining the feasibility of a human being (more or less; us, to be specific) sleeping sitting up in the bathtub while the shower was running. Good news: It can be done!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Radio W/ Pictures

A load on about Star Dreck (at least he didn't wax rhapsodic about The Twilight Zone, also available in the same package) managed to ignore what will doubtless be the best part, Irwin Allen, schlockmeister supreme.* What better medium for Mr. Allen's oeuvre than tee vee itself? We can't imagine the printed word doing him justice.

We're not trying to fool anyone, it will doubtless suck, probably two amusing anecdotes from Bill Mumy & a bunch of stills, judging from the implication of oral history we get here.
The PBS series Pioneers of Television interviewed dozens of actors, writers and producers from the early days of TV.
Now, obviously, we can’t get into great detail in a one-hour show that’s got to cover several different people, but we at least give people a sense of who Gene Roddenberry and Rod Serling and Irwin Allen were and how they all fit into the picture.
Why we bothered to finish this (We were about a paragraph in before shrugging our way out of the first shot at itattempt.): Went to the very bottom of the interviews looking for Irwin Allen-related talking heads, found nothing, but did find this quickie on the Dragnet Style.Ha ha, very funny. (We were hoping ol' Jack was going to hit the guy w/ the paper if he started acting.)

*Curse you, Stan Lee!

Historical Anniversary

Patrice Lumumba, the first legally elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was assassinated 50 years ago today, on 17 January, 1961. This heinous crime was a culmination of two inter-related assassination plots by American and Belgian governments, which used Congolese accomplices and a Belgian execution squad to carry out the deed.
From the Guardian.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Morning, Noonan, Night

Never up for the original airing of Meet the Press, & seldom hear the official network newscasts, but the vagaries of tee vee scheduling (football & ice skating) led us to note Ms. Noonan's larger-than-life image gracing our screen twice in one day; we felt it only right to share the entire expereience w/ any random drifter who passes by. (Nor could we resist the obvious title.)We haven't caught (& may never catch) the above (Also: David "Bobo" Brooks, Al Sharpton, & a Shriver! Shit. They close w/ four & a half mins. on Martin Luther King Junior's legacy. Fucking shit.) but this is not so painful (i.e., brief) & Ms. Noonan's part is short & silly.Please, leftist monopoly media, give us a break from Peggy & her commie ideas.

"It's Terrible, But What Can You Do?"

The streets, sheep. Riot therein. You going to let Tunisians show you up?

"I'm Sorry You've Got A Head
Like A Potato, I Really Am"

Debate rages on over the zombi-fied corpse
Another great photo!
of Big Band Music in the electrons of The Guardian.

Best from a quick scan:
Sonic Youth gig? Lots of middle-aged men in hoodies with faces like baked potatoes. Half Man Half Biscuit gig? Lots of middle-aged men in hoodies with faces like baked potatoes. Mogwai gig? Lots of middle-aged men in hoodies with faces like baked potatoes. There are differences. At the HMHB gig they'll be pogoing; at the Mogwai gig they'll be sort of nodding their heads with their eyes closed; and at the Sonic Youth gig they'll have their fingers in their ears. But these are my people.
Also good: Calling Neil Young a "whiny-voiced old coot." More whining:


Mostly because (for reasons of our own) this photo amuses us.
And disaster porn.
In the event of such an event CA could sustain four to five times as much economic damage as a large earthquake, up to $300 billion in damage, with as many as 1/4 of all homes damaged by flooding. But flooding isn't new news. Vast floods have long been documented via tree-ring data and historical records.
Longer version: The city slickers & dudes at The NYT again expose their fear of God's Wrath, as dealt in God's Country.

If Quakes Weren’t Enough,
Enter the ‘Superstorm’

Urban wusses, every last one.

Sunday Drive In The
American Zone Of Occupation

M1A1 in Frankfurt. U.S. Army photo.
Context: Drawdown 2015.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Desert Vistas

We give this 110% for concept (minus a few for lack of originality) & around 92.5% for execution, for a average of ... what, 96.3%?

Oh, Stop. Please. Oh, Please. Stop.

International Politics and Zombies

In the mail: Theories of International Politics and Zombies by Daniel W. Drezner.

"Daniel Drezner's groundbreaking book answers the question that other international relations scholars have been too scared to ask. Addressing timely issues with analytical bite, Drezner looks at how well-known theories from international relations might be applied to a war with zombies. Exploring the plots of popular zombie films, songs, and books, Theories of International Relations and Zombies predicts realistic scenarios for the political stage in the face of a zombie threat and considers how valid -- or how rotten--such scenarios might be."
"Rotten." See? Now they're just taunting decent air-breathing Americans!

"Someday Boooooom":
Another Republican Paranoid

Piling on w/ evidence: Not a random lunatic, a Grand Old Paranoid (admittedly, primary-only) candidate.
A former U.S. Congressional candidate charged with posting death threats against 4 county judges told a judge Friday that she's innocent and needs to be let out of jail so she can go to school.

A magistrate judge held Cheryl Allen's initial hearing at the Morgan County Courthouse Friday. Allen is facing eight felony intimidation charges for alleged threats against county judges and officials.

People who know her said they are scared of her. Many of the threatened people said she is mentally ill and needs medical help.

The Facebook threats targeted four Morgan County judges: Judge Jane Spencer Craney, Judge Tom Gray, Judge Chris Burnham and Judge Matt Hanson.

Police said she also named other public officials by their first names referencing Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega and Morgan County Councilwoman Vickie Kivett. The threats may be from anger Allen had over a recent discrimination case she filed. The case was dismissed by a judge.

"One day I will have my revenge on your seeking so much revenge on me. Jane, Tom, Matt, Chris, Steve, Monte, Eric, Vickie, Carol, Larry, Debbie, William(Bill), Mike, Penny, etc," a 4:46 p.m. post on Monday said.

"Someday Boooooom while your setting in your offices," a 4:47 p.m. post said.

"And you know I won't even be the one pulling the trigger. Someday this world will wake up and take those courts back for the victims whose lives you have destroyed to sit on your dead lazy asses and do nothing," a 4:51 p.m. post said.

"I'm not familiar with anything on Facebook but I know past history she has shared the same thoughts in emails to other people in our community," Councilwoman Vickie Kivett said.

"Well, my connection goes back to the time when I was county clerk I had problems with her," Kivett said.

Allen's posts prompted the felony charges.

Allen lists on her Facebook page that she is a 1977 Martinsville graduate and a Republican.

She ran as a Republican candidate for Steve Buyer's vacated 4th District Congressional seat last year. She ran in the primary as the only female candidate but lost.

Allen is being held on a no bond order until she is advised of a no contact order for all four of the judges.
Damn, the sheer banality of her revenge fantasies demonstrates the paucity of the Paranoid Party's imagination, even when delusional. And lack of self-control. Couldn't even keep herself from posting something that juvenile on her Facebook page. Note also she had filed a "discrimination" case. So maybe she's a liberal, unless she's a hypocrite. No special laws or rights for you, woman!

Reminder (to self & other Internet threateners/inciters/angry loudmouths):
In the release, Durnil said there was enough probable cause from the postings on the social-media site to issue an arrest warrant for Allen.

Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega, one of the officials reportedly targeted by first name in the postings, handed the investigation over to Barry Brown, a Monroe County attorney serving as a special prosecutor in the case.

Sonnega said Friday that he decided to err on the side of safety following a shooting that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others at the Democratic congresswoman's event Jan. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.

Brown, who could not be reached for comment Friday, filed the charges against Allen, and officers arrested her Thursday at her home, Durnil said.

The charges carry a possible sentence of 4 to 24 years in prison and up to $80,000 in fines Allen is convicted.

Allen was still being held late Friday afternoon in the Morgan County Jail, with bond set at $100,000.

Like A Rolling Stone (Song)

You know, the one where the bg vcls go "Rape, murder!"
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The players who arrive from other teams notice it immediately. There’s something different about a Ravens-Steelers game.
The hitting seems louder, almost as if the stadium sound system is being turned up to a rock band-level. The intensity seems greater. The bumps and bruises last longer, the following week’s game seems to arrive much sooner than usual.
Competitively, no NFL rivalry is closer. Each of their last four regular-season games was decided by three points. Last season, the Ravens won in Baltimore, the Steelers won in Pittsburgh. This season, the Ravens won in Pittsburgh, the Steelers won in Baltimore.
That’s close.
“To me, it’s definitely the best rivalry in sports,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “It’s the most physical game of the year.”
As the mirror-image AFC North rivals from adjoining states await their eighth matchup in the last three seasons — the equivalent of a half season’s worth of games — there appears to be one discernible difference between them going into Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has figured out how to beat Baltimore in big games. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has improved during each of his three NFL seasons, but he’s still working on solving the mystery wrapped in an enigma that can be the Steelers defense.
Statistics and records don’t always tell all but, considering how close the rivalry is otherwise, those in the Flacco vs. Roethlisberger series are telling. Roethlisberger is 8-2 against Baltimore, with both losses occurring in 2006. Roethlisberger also is 8-2 in the playoffs. Flacco is 2-5 against the Steelers.
“I think he’s beaten us every time he’s been under center,” Suggs said of Roethlisberger. “That’s definitely my bigger problem.”
He’s right.
Since Flacco came into the league, Roethlisberger has thrown five touchdown passes and three interceptions while going 5-0 against the Ravens. He missed two games against them due to an injury in 2009 and the four-game suspension he served earlier this season. Flacco has thrown six touchdown passes but seven interceptions against Pittsburgh, two of which cost his team games.
For all the rivals’ similarities, and their shared toughness, the Ravens understand they probably won’t overtake the Steelers until Flacco’s play matches or surpasses that of two-time Super Bowl winner Roethlisberger.
“It seems like we see great quarterbacks a lot,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ve beaten our fair share, but we haven’t beaten him. So it’s our turn.”
Despite a suspension that delayed his season debut until Oct. 17, Roethlisberger — according to offensive coordinator Bruce Arians — is playing as well as he has at any point in his career. He has a career-low five interceptions, and none in his last 158 passes. Roethlisberger and second-year wide receiver Mike Wallace have teamed up on seven completions of 40 yards or longer.
“He’s playing extremely well right now. He’s really into it,” Arians said. “We haven’t probably put in a new pass play since he came back. You just dress them up, change them each week. As long as he knows what he’s doing and he’s comfortable, I couldn’t be more comfortable.”
Flacco may have taken a step toward closing the quarterback gap when he led Baltimore to a 30-7 wild-card win in Kansas City last weekend, deftly executing the offense while throwing two touchdown passes.
Still, the divisional playoff game would be in Baltimore, and not Pittsburgh, if Flacco hadn’t lost a fumble caused by Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu on Dec. 5. The turnover late in the fourth quarter led to Roethlisberger’s game-winning TD pass and a 13-10 Steelers victory that flip-flopped the teams in the AFC North standings.
“If the same situation comes up this game, I’m pretty sure we’re going to handle it, and we’re going to be disappointed if we don’t,” Flacco said. “Yeah, great play by him but, at the same time, it’s something we probably should have handled.”
Baltimore also might have won the AFC championship game two seasons ago if Polamalu hadn’t halted a late Ravens drive by returning an interception thrown by then-rookie Flacco for a touchdown that wrapped up the Steelers’ 23-14 victory.
Earlier this week, Suggs predicted the Ravens-Steelers winner likely would go on to win the Super Bowl. Clearly, he believes Flacco is up to the challenge.
“I have 32 more regular-season games, a couple of more playoff games (since 2008),” Flacco said. “I think any time you have more game experience, you become more prepared for any team you’re playing. We’ve played the Steelers a lot of times since I’ve been here, so the more game experience you get against that defense, the more you can prepare yourself. Once the ball is snapped, it’s not going to make a difference that this is a playoff game against the Steelers.”
No doubt Harbaugh hopes Flacco takes that mindset into Heinz Field, where the Ravens are 0-2 in the postseason.
“You talk about Ben and what he’s meant to the Steelers,” Harbaugh said. “We’re hoping to get Joe to that kind of perch where he can take over games just by his talent and personality. He’s played really well all year — minus that play where Troy got us.”

This Violent Nation

The story is, someone who didn't get a chance to blow stuff up is conflicted.

Friday, January 14, 2011

More On Latest LAPD Murder

If this is an accurate transcription/copy&paste of the LAPD release, we're struck by the apparently specific terminology used to identify all "actors" in this.
Here is how the LAPD describe [sic] the event:
Upon arrival the officers were directed and located the naked suspect, a male Black, 25- years old, behaving erratically. The officers attempted to speak and detain the suspect, however the suspect ran away and the officers followed the suspect on foot. The suspect ran to another location where he found his shorts and put them on. The officers tried again to talk and detain the suspect, who again ran to another apartment complex a very short distance away.
When the officers attempted to detain the suspect in the apartment complex doorway, the suspect immediately attacked the officers. During the fight the suspect aggressively punched both officers in the face and head. One officer, a male Black, 17 months with LAPD, shot the suspect to stop the attack. The second officer, a male Asian, 5 years with LAPD, was also physically battered and dazed during the incident. The Officers took the suspect into custody and immediately called for medical assistance.
The suspect, who died after being transported to a local hospital, has been identified as "former MTSU football player Reggie Doucet," according to KTLA. Doucet reportedly lived at the apartment complex where the incident occurred; a neighbor says Doucet "was never violent in the seven years they were neighbors."
We'll actually guess it has something to do w/ one of the court orders the paramilitary LAPD operates under, but both the quick & the dead reading/scanning as if they were dog breeds is a little off-putting. Or illustrative.

Still There

This may disappoint Gregg Levine, but Palinoids may not be reading his stuff (Or they may have forgotten the password to the YouTube channel.) as this video (infamous surveyor markings at 0:33) is still there. And is it ever awful, sights aside. (Not For The Aesthetically Sensitive.)Our ability to superfluize is fading, as each new-to-us textual, visual or musical atrocity seems worse than the previous. "Worst Video of All Time At This Very Instant?"

What Would Vishnu Do?

KOCHI, India (AP) — A stampede of pilgrims returning from one of India’s most popular Hindu festivals killed at least 102 people and injured 44 others, officials said Saturday.

The stampede was set off Friday night when a group of pilgrims in a jeep drove into a crowd of worshippers walking along a narrow forest path as they returned from offering prayers at the hilltop Sabarimala shrine in the state of Kerala in southern India, said local police official Sanjay Kumar.

All the injured were hospitalized, some in serious condition, Kumar told The Associated Press.

“We have recovered 102 bodies. The rescue work is almost over,” he said.

The area was flooded with pilgrims and the stampede occurred nearly 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of the temple site, Kumar said.

The annual two-month festival attracts millions of worshippers to the remote temple to the Hindu deity Ayyappan. The ceremony Friday marked the end of the festival, and an estimated 150,000 devotees were thought to have taken the narrow path out of the densely forested hills where the stampede took place, said Thomas Isaac, the state finance minister.

Millions of devotees make the pilgrimage each year, and nearly 2,000 police officers were deployed near the shrine to prevent such an accident from happening.

Isaac said police had scoured the forest area near the stampede site and did not expect to find any more bodies.

“So far 56 bodies have been identified. Our priority now is to identify the rest of the bodies and hand them over to the families of the victims,” he said.

Rescue workers found it difficult to reach the stampede site due to the dense tropical forest on the hills surrounding the vast Sabarimala temple complex, Isaac said.

Manoj Kutty, 33, was returning from Sabarimala after participating in a ritual lamp lighting ceremony and evening prayers at the temple complex when the stampede occurred.

“People were rushing downhill, and we could see people fall down and others fall over them. It all happened in seconds,” Kutty said Saturday.

A small stampede at Sabarimala last week killed one pilgrim, Press Trust of India reported.

Deadly stampedes are relatively common at temples in India, where large crowds — sometimes hundreds of thousands of people — gather in tiny areas with no safety measures or crowd control.

In March, 63 people were killed when poor villagers scrambled for free food and clothing being given away at a ceremony at a temple in northern Uttar Pradesh state. In 2008, more than 145 people died in a stampede at a remote Hindu temple at the foothills of the Himalayas.
We'd take a not at all gratuitous poke at the Hindu pantheon & their lemming-like followers (One way to deal w/ excess population, eh?) but are much too lazy to research (We've been so conditioned by yrs. of wage-slavery that even 4.5 yrs. post-employment Friday night still stirs some atavistic impulse in the lower brain.) so just fuck 'em all.

Most Demented President Ever

Way out of the loop:

Reagan Had Signs of Alzheimer's While President

No, really? Gotta love that American electorate.

This Is Not Un-Vile Either

Well, the Pat Buchanan part."Savage smear." What a sour old fuck. His own bile can't consume him soon enough for our liking.

Described as a "power froth" where we found it.

Questions, Questions, Questions ...

This one had been flooding our mind:

Is the Right Speechless Without Hate?

Seeing that was a relief, as it fit right into the on-going Just Another Blog™ policy of "Link Before You Think, Let Alone Type."

As might be anticipated, we were disappointed upon reading it, because the big ol' headlined question was not answered, certainly not to our satisfaction. Clue you won't be getting much from typing: Use of the phrase "going forward," here esp. notable as it's appendixed to the item's only worthwhile paragraph (It's short, too.):
That Rush and his audience, which can easily be said to be representative of the entire Right’s thinking, believes civility means you’re being censored reveals something stark about the campaign we’ll see waged going forward.
True, but as it turns out it's not as much hate speech (& we might never have gotten to this revelation/conclusion, 'cause we weren't headed that way) it's lie speech*, as clearly explained by mistermix, most of which we'll save-you-the-trouble-of-clicking here:
The reason that hundreds of angry people came to town hall meetings in my Congressional district in 2009, and the reason that police had to be present where they had never been before, wasn’t because someone was “uncivil”. It was because their media heroes and party leaders told them a pack of lies about death panels, federal funding for abortions, Medicare being taken away and free insurance for illegal immigrants. The questions that my Congressman took at those hate-filled meetings weren’t reasonable queries about limited government, deficits and healthcare outcomes. They were questions about why he wanted to kill grandma, let the government pay to abort babies, and take away Medicare.

It’s an exaggeration to say that the whole Tea Party movement is built on lies, but not by much. And the beltway media is complicit in those lies, because they were so goddam eager to have a narrative of populist anger about healthcare that they conveniently neglected to emphasize that most of that anger was based on utter bullshit. The only way that’s going to change is if the same DC media decides they can call out liars and the lies they tell during next week’s repeal debate directly in the front page stories they write, not in some goody-goody factchecking ghetto buried behind the fashion section.
There. Links, pull a quote or two, dose of smart-assery & sneering, no actual thought, typing thereof, re-arrangement & polishing ... Getting tired just describing it.

*Granted that the nature of the lies makes some of the speech hateful & demonstrably inciting.

Most Vile MSNBC Video Of The Wk.

Gaaackhh! Between suck-up Matthews lobbing the softballs at brain-damaged-by-all-the-chemicals-he-used-as-an-exterminator & now convicted criminal Tom Delay, & Delay's bizarre Wild West gun fantasies, it's enough to make even an iron-stomached editor puke.

How fucking awful can these people be, & when will someone, anyone, kill them in their sleepget them off the people's fucking airwaves?

Political Violence Up-Date

Lest we forget:
In the comments on the roundup of recent political murders by right-wingers, reader Andrew Bockover points out that I missed a big one. In July of 2008, unemployed truck driver Jim Adkisson opened fire with a shotgun during a performance of "Annie" at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, killing two people and wounding several others. 

Adkisson attacked the church because he identified it as liberal, and he had specifically planned to go out and assassinate liberals. "This was a symbolic killing," he wrote in a four-page manifesto. "Who I wanted to kill was every Democrat in the Senate, + House, the 100 people in Bernard Goldberg's book. I'd like to kill everyone in the Mainstream Media. But I knew these people were inaccessible to me." 
Bernard Goldberg's book. It's hard to imagine a more straightforward case. Adkisson was, by his own description, angry, broke, and frustrated, looking for something to give shape to his rage and meaning to his life:
I know my life is going downhill fast from here. The future looks bleak. I'm sick + tired of being sick + tired, I'm absolutely fed up.
So he decided to take it out on liberals:
The worst problem America faces today is Liberalism. They have dumbed down education, they have defined deviancy down. Liberals have attack'd every major institution that made America great. From the Boy Scouts to the military, from education to Religion. The major News outlets have become the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. Liberals are evil, they embrace the tents of Karl Marx, they're Marxist, socialist, communists.
The reason Adkisson's anti-liberal message sounded like he borrowed it from talk radio and Fox News is that he was borrowing it from talk radio and Fox News: 
Inside the house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly.
There are probably some reasonable explanations for why we keep forgetting about cases like the Tennessee shooting—and the Pittsburgh shooting, and the Bay Area shooting, and the Tiller assassination. Adkisson explicitly wrote that he wanted "to encourage other like-minded people to do what I've done." Paying attention to domestic political terrorists gives them the meaning and coherence they're looking for. By treating every attack as an unexpected aberration, maybe we keep more people from believing it's a normal thing to do. 

Nevertheless, about once a year, it happens. Someone like Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly or Michael Savage goes on television or radio and names the names of people or groups who are treacherously subverting and destroying America. And some angry man gets a gun and sets off to kill some of those people—not out of some fractured, idiosyncratic crazy-person logic, but because the TV and the radio told him that these people were the enemy. 

Yes, vigorous dispute is essential to a free society. The idea that disagreements have to be polite, or that really deep down we don't disagree at all, is oppressive and is an instrument of oppression. And Jared Loughner does seem to belong to the older, more complicated tradition of political murder in America, rather than this contemporary wave of liberal-hating paranoid anger. 

But, again, Rush Limbaugh's claim that there has never been any evidence connecting the American right wing to violence is a brazen, ridiculous lie. Adkisson wrote four pages of evidence. This is not a gotcha in some game of partisan blamesmanship. This is what an actual person put down on paper to explain why he was about to go out and kill people with a shotgun in a church. Then he went out and killed them.

Liberals were targeted for murder because they were liberals. The question about the Gabrielle Giffords shooting isn't whether this particular incident proves that the right-wing Two Minutes' Hate approach to politics can move people to violence. The question is how or why anyone can pretend that was still a question. 

Every reactionary out there had better shut his/her fucking mouth, if they know what's good for them. Sadly, they don't know, or they wouldn't be pathetic fucking losers who lives were turned to shit by the policies of the same clowns for whom they vote, nor would they be influenced by the bullshit artists of the right.