Saturday, January 8, 2011

Metaphoric

More from the mists of history:

SarahPAC

We respond to a question: "M - is this their graphic, seriously? Jeebus."
This one was seen at FDL.
Sullivan offered this one:
And we suppose the final click would reveal this one, source now lost in the dim mists of history.
Currently at SarahPAC:
"End quote."

An Armed Society Is A Civil Society

Much "civility" claptrap issuing from the usual sources (white guys, old & privileged, in the Puffho).

Look, the shooter was a paranoid & delusional schizophrenic. The sudden introduction of the civility for which wretched old honkies (Of whom, in the interests of disclosure, we is one, 'though not wretched in the way Fineman, Paul Helmke or other media villagers are.) pine into the discourse would not have made George Wallace's proverbial dime's worth of difference to the young man alleged to have killed & wounded his fellow humans in a Tucson parking lot.

Attention has been paid to Arizona's recent passage of a concealed weapons carry law & to Sarah Palin & others (Rep. Giffords' opponent in the recent election among them) using violent, gun-oriented imagery & rhetoric to play to their threatened, fearful base, but (especially considering Arizona's attitude toward the medically indigent) the first place we should look in the finger-pointing process is Arizona's treatment (if any, ha ha) of its mentally ill population.

Besides the state's assurance that every disturbed paranoid (who is a legal resident) can get at least one gun.

(Cross-posted, where the commenting system must be better.)

Second Amendment Prescriptions

7-9 Sea-Hawks Depose
World Champion Ain'ts, 41-36

Underdogs! They said it couldn't be done!

Now let's see Joisey take care of ugly boy Manning & the fly-overs. Everything is political/cultural!

Nothing To Add, Sharron Angle?

Anxiously awaiting failed U.S. Senate candidate Angle's attempts to "refudiate" her support for Second Amendment "remedies."

Well? Still avoiding the media?

Internet Free Speech?

What's the fucking deal? Every time someone applies a little Second Amendment Remedification to a socialist America-hater all their postings & what not on the Internet disappear.

Bullshit, we type. Shouldn't examples of Second Amendment thinking be left for all to see, so one's social media pals can be thoroughly checked out for lunatic fringieness?

A Lean & Hungry Look

Ripped from the pages of The New York Times.
Drew Angerer/The New York Times
Representative James Lankford, a freshman Republican, is learning the ways of Washington, and the way to the elevator.
Don't even try to convince us this guy is anything but deeply disturbed. Look. At. Him.
A former Christian camp director who, before he was elected, had last been to the nation’s capital in high school, Mr. Lankford is as much a symbol of his class as a member of it: a first-time politician who plans to send his family back home, sleep on his office couch and, he says, spurn special interests in the name of those who put him here.

“My family’s theory is that the best way not to become Washington is to not live in Washington,” he said.
The possessed do blend in better back in OK.
This was never supposed to really happen. “In 2008, I had a real sense of calling,” said Mr. Lankford, who later that year resigned from his job to campaign full time. “We described it as an unsettling. It was almost like God was telling me, ‘Get ready. Get ready.’ ”

After a prayer journey, he said, he decided, in consultation with his wife, Cindy, to run for the seat that opened in the Fifth Congressional District in Oklahoma when Representative Mary Fallin decided to seek the governorship.
Perhaps the demon who possesses him has eaten most of his body fat.

On Target For Victory!

Via professional leftists: Gabby Giffords & Guns.
Giffords’ 2010 Congressional opponent Jesse Kelly held a June 12 gun event that was billed as follows on the Pima County Republican website:
Get on Target for Victory in November Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly
In more important information, this is interfering w/ our enjoyment of the football playoffs.

18 People Hit, Five Dead

What kind of weapon(s) was alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner using? Did he practice much? Inquiring minds want to know!

Chickens Roosting

Arizona's bottle-blonde Governor Brewer, who seems perfectly willing to let Arizonans die if they can't afford health insurance, might want to consider just how seriously any one will take her inane "oh, how horrible" blather in the context of her obviously depraved indifference to human life.

Arizona Death Panels Now In Force

Just woke up. Did something happen?

Federal judge & nine-yr. old. child dead, President now adds five dead.

Now, at last, can we start shooting all the crazed Nazi assholes?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Punk-Stolgia

Commie Wrap-Up from FDL.

Unquestioning Acceptance of Pig Propaganda, for the strongly-stomached.

Shorter from the venue itself: Sorry we had to call the heat & then they got out of hand.

Regarding 1/6/11

Key Club would like to sincerely apologize to the city of West Hollywood & our incredibly loyal fan-base for the unfortunate events that occurred last night. We work hard every day to provide a safe & enjoyable concert experience for all of our patrons. We hope that you will continue to trust & support us in the future!
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the venue directly.
Punks get your guns!

FYWP!: New Social Media Is
Death Of Web Logs

Statistics don't lie.
Automattic tells us that it has seen over 6 million new blogs sign up in the past year and that total pageviews for the year stood at 23 billion, up an impressive 53% from 2009. Media uploads also doubled to 94.5 terabytes of new photos and videos, while new posts were up 110% to 146 million.
So much for the old lame-stream new media.

More On Tucker McSwanson Carlson, From C.B.

Not the C.B. who might have been expected.

Creep Of The Wk.

Local NBA owner & real estate weasel/landlord Donald Sterling. Admittedly, he's been creepy for much longer than a week.
Via inestimable ESPN.com basketball chronicler J.A. Adande comes this absolutely reprehensible new nugget from the legal depositions of former team executive Elgin Baylor:
“Players Sam Cassell, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette complained to me that Sterling would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players were showering, and make comments such as, ‘Look at those beautiful black bodies.’ I brought this to Sterling’s attention, but he continued to bring women into the locker room.”
Sweet mother Mary of Charles Barkley. We love the Clippers’ new energy and soon-to-be perennial all-star Blake Griffin, but Sterling needs to realize that these Baylor bombshells have placed his already tarnished reputation that much closer to beyond repair.

Good Eatin' Up-Date

Locavore alert:
POWELL, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio zoo is trying to round up runaway prairie dogs and is asking its neighbors for help.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Friday 11 of the critters wriggled their way out of temporary quarters and so far only four have been recovered.

Assistant Curator Jeremy Carpenter says in a statement there’s no reason to believe the animals have left zoo property. But he says nearby residents are being asked to watch for prairie dogs, just in case.

The zoo says the animals are not dangerous.

They were among a group of 20 prairie dogs that arrived from another zoo in November. The newcomers were kept in quarantine, then moved into the temporary housing two weeks ago. They were to be introduced into the zoo’s regular prairie dog exhibit in the spring.

Tool Of The Week

Frozen-foodie Tucker Carlson, at it again.
The primary story the Caller piece was going to attack was Mayer's piece on the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists who've spent years funding conservative-libertarian organizations and think tanks, and whose organizations helped birth, organize, and train the Tea Party movement. According to a knowledgeable source, Tucker Carlson was heard saying that the reason the story needed to go up this week, specifically on Monday or Tuesday, was because the National Magazine Awards submission deadline was on Thursday. Apparently, Carlson wanted to throw the New Yorker into enough of a panic that they wouldn't submit the Koch story for an Ellie.

If this is true, the Caller story looks a lot more like a political smear campaign than "traditional" reporting. (Someone has, after all, reportedly hired a private investigator to dig up dirt on Mayer.) That's why it wouldn't necessarily matter that the "victims" of the alleged plagiarism didn't think there'd been any wrongdoing -- the point would've been simply to introduce the accusation, spread uncertainty, and catch the "opponent" off-guard.

The problem with the scheme, of course, is that no one really cares about the National Magazine Awards, or remembers who won them and why. (And it should also be noted, again, that even if he made the decision reluctantly or out of embarrassment, it was still obviously laudable of Carlson to spike the Mayer story, instead [of] following through on his original plan, running a politically motivated smear based on phony accusations.)
You just read the dictionary definition of damning w/ faint praise. Enjoy it. Tucker's Breitbart in a bow-tie, although Tuck's ability not to flap his gums triumphantly before all (or any) of the unedited facts are in may make him worthier than BB of being lauded. (Not really. Insufferable twits, the two of them.)

12 Wks. Until Opening Day!

Hype started yesterday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that Opening Day has been moved to Thursday, March 31 at 5 p.m. and will be nationally televised on ESPN. The Dodgers will face their rivals, the 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants in a four-game series three of which will be televised nationally or regionally. Additionally, the Dodgers officially announced their promotional schedule with a long list of giveaways, the most comprehensive in Dodger history, filled with fan favorite items and valuable incentives

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stairway To The Stars

Would you believe a subway to the sea?
Map courtesy LACMTA.
Any yr. now.

Mental Health Break-Down?

Wait, what, we're being tossed down the memory hole?
The upcoming fifth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 10 years in the making, will exclude "narcissistic and paranoid personality disorder" from its list of designated psychiatric diagnoses, along with "histrionic, dependent, and schizoid personality disorder."
This would make us more than a little paranoid, but that appears right out too.

How We Fight: Exceptions

All the news you need to know:
The White House has told the Pentagon to squeeze that growth over the next five years, Mr. Gates said, reducing by $78 billion the amount available for the Pentagon, not counting the costs of its combat operations.
Our emphases. When you see or hear "$78 Billion Cut," remember that's over a five-yr. period, not from the annual waste, fraud & abuse DoD budget.

Again:
The Pentagon’s proposed operating budget for 2012 is expected to be about $553 billion, which would still reflect real growth, even though it is $13 billion less than expected. The Pentagon budget will then begin a decline in its rate of growth for two years, and stay flat — growing only to match inflation — for the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years. (The Pentagon operating budget is separate from a fund that finances the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.)

Why We Fight, 4 July 2010 Version

Lifted in toto:
California congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon is the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He doesn't have any military experience -- he spent the Vietnam era on a Mormon missionary retreat and a twenty-nine year quest (1956-1985) for a BA from Brigham Young -- but he did bankrupt his family's western wear company, so he knows how to order shirts no one wants.

You can see why he's the perfect man to oversee America's trillion-dollar defense budget.

Granted, he's a coward, a hypocrite and an incompetent. What's important is that Howard "Buck" McKeon has a vision. He knows why we're spending all that money, and why we're in Afghanistan and Iraq. (And by "we" I mean, "people other than Howard "Buck" McKeon.")

We're in Afghanistan and Iraq because of a Mormon Holy War that started in 1775.

We're in Afghanistan and Iraq to fulfill Mormon prophecy, to protect the home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints, and to guarantee its freedom to send missionaries around the world.

And again, by "we" I mean "not Howard "Buck" McKeon."

Let's let Howard "Buck" McKeon explain:

(You can jump to the two minute mark, if you want.)
"(The Battle of Lexington and Concord) began what gave us the liberty, the freedom that we now enjoy, to where we can congregate together like this, we can talk about things, we can have free elections. We've been able to have real freedom and liberty, which is what the Lord, many, many years ago said that this land was set aside for. About a little over a year later, on July Fourth, 1776, the Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence, which states that we would be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness. That's what the Lord said that this land was set aside for, so that battle began the fulfillment of the prophecy. Now there's no guarantee that those freedoms are always to be here. We've continued and fought for years. Hundreds of thousands have given their lives so that we can continue to enjoy those freedoms, and that fight goes on, on a daily basis. In discussions that you hold. In the people that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. Afghanistan was where the planning, the kick-off of the attack on us on 9/11 took place. That's why we're there. To prevent that from happening again. It's better that we fight there, than on the streets of New York, or downtown Valencia. I just pray that we always will be able to hold those freedoms. Elder Ballard, a few years ago, visiting with the members of the Church in Washington in the Congress, said that it's important that we always keep this land free, because it's the cradle of the Church. It's where from here we send our missionaries around the world. We need to have freedom to do that. It's my prayer that we might always retain that freedom, and I wish we could do it without continued loss of treasure and blood, but it seems that that's the world we live in.
I think that should clear up just about everything.

Feel free to tell all your Muslim friends and the relatives of the coalition dead.

They didn't die for nothing. They died to protect New York, downtown Valencia, and all of America. Which was promised by Jesus to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Jesus Christ dragging his cross through Jerusalem. Litmus test, anyone?

Actual title:

Buck McKeon's Mormon Holy War in Afghanistan

Chris Kelly

Posted: January 5, 2011 01:18 PM

News & Nature Wrap-Up

Gates Calls for U.S. to Slash Military Spending
The defense secretary says the country can trim its program spending by $78 billion over the next five years and reduce the number of active-duty soldiers and Marines by 70,000.
Read original story in Stars and Stripes | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
U.S. to Send More Troops to Afghanistan 
1,400 marines will be sent to boost the surge before troops begin exiting in July.
Read original story in The Wall Street Journal | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
State Employees Singed by Incendiary Devices Mailed to Maryland State Offices 
Two suspicious packages "created a flash" and smoked when opened by Maryland state employees Thursday afternoon, but no one was seriously injured. 
Read original story in The Washington Post | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
Psychology World Mired in ESP Controversy 
A new paper that will appear in one of the field's most respected journals claims strong evidence of extrasensory perception. Many are horrified.
Read original story in | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
Vatican Teams Up With Discovery for New Show on Demon Possession 
The Exorcist Files will hit the small screen this spring. 
Read original story in Entertainment Weekly | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
Number of Spam Messages Suddenly Plummets 
No one is quite sure why and security experts warn the lull isn't likely to last. 
Read original story in | Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011
A student opened fire at an Omaha High School on Wednesday and wounded two adults.
Associated Press | Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Purely For The Sake Of Awfulness, From “America’s Pre-Eminent Evangelical Protestant Female Intellectual”*

We quote Nancy Pearcey, gracing the electronic pages of TheDC:
If America accepts practices such as same-sex “marriage,” in the process it will absorb the accompanying worldview — the redefinition of human personhood as a purely social construction — which opens the door to unlimited statism, because there is no human nature that an oppressive state could possibly offend.

Those who resist will be compelled by the state to go along, or face penalties for “discrimination.”

[...]

[T]he practice of homosexuality has a negative impact not just on the family but also on individuals — that it expresses a profound disrespect for a person’s biological identity.

Biologically, physiologically, males and females are clearly counterparts to one another. The male sexual and reproductive anatomy is obviously designed for a relationship with a female, and vice versa.

Homosexual practice thus requires individuals to contradict their own biology. It disconnects a person’s sexuality from his or her biological identity as male or female — which exerts a self-alienating and fragmenting effect on the human personality.
Pop psych proves it's evil.

High level freak-out also noted: BIOLOGICAL IDENTITY is the real issue, if not the next line of attack, as it's realized (She has the poll nos., for those who click!) that younger voters are not as squicked out as they should be by scare-quotes marriage, so get ready to go after transgendered people, that's gross!
And the logic of alienation will not stop there. Already the acceptance of same-sex relationships is metastasizing into a postmodern notion of sexuality as fluid and changing over time.

[...]

This contradicts conservatism at its philosophical core. Conservatism bases human rights on the recognition that there are certain non-negotiable givens in human nature, prior to the state, which the state is obligated to respect.

As political scientist Philippe Beneton explains, in conservatism, equality “is grounded in the recognition of what is human.” By contrast, in liberalism, equality “is founded on the claim that nothing is specifically human” — that human nature itself is a social construction, something we make up as we go along, including our psychosexual identity.

In that case, however, there is nothing in the individual that is given, which the state is therefore obligated to respect. Liberalism undermines the basis for inalienable human rights.
So, Scalia-style, no one's really a person?

As always, the best is saved for last.
Nancy Pearcey is the best-selling author of the just-published Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, & Meaning. Described in The Economist as “America’s pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual,” she has appeared on NPR, C-SPAN and “Fox & Friends.” Pearcey is also author of Total Truth, a columnist with Human Events, and editor at large of The Pearcey Report.

*That's a very qualified intellectual.

Image Make-Over

Note that it's sung "Simple Simon says," no matter what's typed on the label.After several mos. on the road, performing the same 10 cretinous tunes in front of what are now known as 'tweens, night after ...

"Artists" Protest, Yawns Ensue

Downtown LA BLU MOCA Whitewash Protest // 01.03.2011 from jesse trott on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Drag 'Em In Boys, It's Feeding Time

On tonight's menu:
Mitt Romney
Mike Huckabee
Sarah Palin
Tim Pawlenty
John Thune
Ron Paul
Haley Barbour
Mitch Daniels
Mike Pence
Newt Gingrich
John Bolton
George Pataki
Rick Santorum
Michele Bachmann

This Will Stimulate The Economy, Just Watch

Torn from the headlines:
Legislators in at least ten states have introduced bills in the past few years to allow state commerce to be conducted with gold and silver.

As we reported, Georgia state Rep. Bobby Franklin (R) recently reintroduced legislation to force his state to conduct all monetary transactions with U.S. gold or silver coins -- including the payment of taxes.

The Georgia bill has a long way to go before become law -- but it's by no means the only state that's considering a future in gold. Lawmakers in Montana, Missouri, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington have proposed legislation, mostly in 2009, to include gold and silver in its accepted currency forms.

Constitutionaltender.com, a site dedicated to tracking and promoting these bills, explains:

The United States Constitution declares, in Article I, Section 10, "No State shall... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts". But, in fact, EVERY state in the United States of America DOES make some other "Thing" besides gold and silver coin a "Tender in Payment of Debts" -- some "Thing" called "Federal Reserve Notes." Thus the need for the "Constitutional Tender Act" -- a bill template that can be introduced in every state legislature in the nation, returning each of them to adherence to the United States Constitution's actual legal tender provisions.
The site's Facebook page says all donations to the group go to RightMarch, a conservative 501(c)(4) that describes its goal as to "counter the well-financed antics of radical left-wing groups like MoveOn.org, by appealing to the grassroots "silent majority" to take action." RightMarch is run by Bill Greene, who ran for Congress in Georgia in 2008.

This idea of using gold and silver as currency has recently enjoyed a bit of a renaissance -- Fox Business' Stuart Varney and Andrew Napolitano, for example, recently debated whether the country should return to using gold as everyday currency. Gold vending machines had already been operating in some European countries and the United Arab Emirates before one recently opened in a Florida mall. And, of course, there's Glenn Beck's consistent touting of the gold seller Goldline on his radio show.
Where in hell do they find these people? (Since we're asking, who are they, & why are they looking for these people?)

Same Shit, Different Day

Too damn bad the narrator sucks & there's no "boo-zwah-zee" left.

Socialism too:

Confusion Rules Internet

Judging from the bog-roll.

Second Amendment Remedies &
"I Am Not A Crook"

Darrell Issa enters the national spotlight:

Recall chief held twice on illegal weapons charges

Issa convicted in '70s on misdemeanor count

Is there a pattern here?
"I remember plenty of the details, but I don't think 30-year-old misdemeanors are fair play here," Issa said. "Look, I graduated from college, but my grades are nobody's business 30 years later, and I think we need to start looking in those terms. If you are looking at 30-year-old misdemeanors, I think you are missing the point. It's the felonies of Gray Davis that are on trial here today. What the governor has done to California is a felony."

Issa was charged in San Jose car theft

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the driving force behind the effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis, was prosecuted with his brother in San Jose in 1980 for allegedly faking the theft of Issa's Mercedes Benz sedan and selling it to a car dealer for $16,000, according to court records.

Issa, in a phone interview with The Chronicle Tuesday, blamed his brother for the car theft, which was detailed in documents on file in Santa Clara County Superior Court and which has never been made public.

"I do not steal," Issa said.
Expect more about "Jihad Darrell" as well.

Tourist Traps

Farmers Market
At Rose Bowl time, it's filled w/ bloated, pasty Mid-Westerners sporting their team's gear. Weren't there pre-Bowl this yr. & just as well; the two teams battling for whatever were the Univ. of Wisconsin Badgers & the Texas Christian U. Horned Frogs. (Unlike what could be expected in nature, the H. Frogs ate the Badgers' lunches.) We did see stragglers 4 January 'though. No pictures of them, we stayed outside.
Where they take the tourists after trapping.

Youngest Surviving Shah Spawn
Dies By Own Hand

Questions, questions, questions ...
“Where is God’s justice? Hell is too nice of a place for those who took our country and caused this much suffering,” said one post.

The shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, died of cancer in Egypt a year after he left Iran shortly before the defeat of his remaining forces in 1979. The new Islamic state quickly became an arch-foe of the United States after militants — angered over American aid to the shah — stormed the U.S. Embassy and held 52 hostages for 444 days.

The shah’s family, meanwhile, sought haven in exile and many members eventually settled in the United States, where they carry no real political weight in the Iranian opposition.

[...]

The monarch’s youngest son, Alireza, was born in Tehran, then attended schools in New York, Cairo and western Massachusetts before going on to study music at an undergraduate at Princeton University, ancient Iranian studies as a graduate student at Columbia University and postgraduate work at Harvard University.

But he apparently struggled with depression following the death of his sister Leila in 2001, who was found in a London hotel room at age 31 after overdosing on barbiturates.

“Once again, we are joined with mothers, father and relatives of so many victims of these dark times for our country,” his brother wrote on his website, announcing the death.
The junior Shah has some imperial nerve. Nice family in general.* Inbreeding?

*Signing Statement: Not really intended to be rudely dismissive of those who suffer & die at the hands of family, rather than at the hands of strangers or any of the various police forces of the corporate state, nor to endorse in any way the theocrats currently running Persia.

Plus which (later): a dynasty drenched in blood.

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.)

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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.