Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Calvary" To The Rescue (0:30)

A reality-free presentation from a woman who shares initials w/ the Muslim Brotherhood. Coincidence?Again the "21 Generations." Book of Revelations code?

Hard Luck Hannah

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — A second person has died after arriving on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that docked at the island resort of Cozumel, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.

The 24-year-old American tourist died Monday in a Cancun hospital from internal bleeding after ingesting a safety pin that punctured her organs, said Francisco Alor Quezada, state prosecutor in Quintana Roo, where both resorts are located.

The prosecutor’s office gave two different names for the woman and no other information on where she was from. Alor said an autopsy found she suffered from diabetes, had a brain tumor and was taking anti-anxiety medication.
Damn. In light of that sort of agony, we will refrain from complaining about our trivial agonies for a good 20 or 30 mins.

Plus, we could be aboard the cruise ship of doom.
Alor said the death had nothing to do with the case of Monika Markiewicz, 32, whose body was recovered Saturday from the sea off Cozumel. The Polish national was a musician on the cruise ship, Allure of the Sea.

He said the ship’s staff was working with investigators and reviewing on-board surveillance videos to help find out what happened to Markiewicz.

An autopsy determined she drowned but also had suffered a blow to the head, leading cruise officials to say she was the victim of a violent crime.
Equally lame cracks to end it: Anchors aweigh! All ashore that's going ashore! Bon voyage!

Huh?

Tuesday. When did that happen?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Get Out Before You Die!

Good list of the old & in the way of whom Slate readers have had just about enough.

Also straight outta Slate:
Click here to read a slide-show essay about the history of racist spokescharacters.
Here's one from our collection.

Ten Worst Places To Live

The Rat Islands just might be one.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Non-Stop Neo-Feudalism

Those who administer empire—elected officials, corporate managers, generals and the celebrity courtiers who disseminate the propaganda—become very wealthy. They make immense fortunes whether they deliver the nightly news, sit on the boards of corporations, or rise, lavished with corporate endorsements, within the vast industry of spectacle and entertainment. They all pay homage, even in moments defined as criticism, to the essential goodness of corporate power. They shut out all real debate. They ignore flagrant injustices and abuse. They peddle the illusions that keep us passive and amused. But as our society is reconfigured into an oligarchic system, with a permanent and vast underclass, along with a shrinking and unstable middle class, these illusions lose their power. The language of pleasant deception must be replaced with the overt language of force. It is hard to continue to live in a state of self-delusion once unemployment benefits run out, once the only job available comes without benefits or a living wage, once the future no longer conforms to the happy talk that saturates our airwaves. At this point rage becomes the engine of response, and whoever can channel that rage inherits power. The manipulation of that rage has become the newest task of the corporate propagandists, and the failure of the liberal class to defend core liberal values has left its members with nothing to contribute to the debate.
More of the same.

Net Neutrality Neutered

Damnit. We'd been vaguely planning on producing/extruding some sarcasm to the effect of "What now, PuffHo buys TIME?" reacting to the final subsumption of Newsweek by The Daily Beast. But we didn't. In light of this breaking news pile, had we typed & manifested it last wk. or whenever, we'd now be hailed as an effin' genius, if not an oracle.
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times Mon, February 07, 2011 -- 12:05 AM ET
AOL to Buy The Huffington Post in $315 Million Deal

The Huffington Post, which began in 2005 with a meager $1 million investment and has grown into one of the most heavily visited news Web sites in the country, is being acquired by AOL in a deal that creates an unlikely pairing of two online media giants. The two companies completed the sale Sunday evening and were expected to announce the deal Monday morning. The deal will allow AOL to greatly expand its news gathering and original content creation, areas that its chief executive, Tim Armstrong, views as vital to reversing a decade-long decline.
Imagining the synergy: A minimum of three times the suck is expected from only two combined sources.

This of course means that parasites like Huffington (Newt's BFF, see?)
Two on the left: no idea. Then: Arianna, Newt, Callista, Barbara Walters.
GUNS NOT CAMERAS!!
& Andrew Breitbart will receive added millions, while the people who did the actual work, created the brand, yada fucking yada, have doubtless already been fired or laid off & will receive sweet fuck all for their efforts.

Wage-Slave Loser Up-Date

More data, stats & so forth about how you, running dog lackey of capitalism, are no longer of any use to your Galtian overlords, as mentioned recently.
These alarming job trends were not caused by the financial collapse that began in 2007. Rather, the prolonged recession revealed deep structural changes in the U.S. economy that reflect a gross imbalance between a corporate elite and ordinary working people.

So if you want to know why the Democratic Party did so badly in the 2010 midterms, it's because the administration lacked a plausible story about how to alter these basic dynamics. And it lacked that story because it was unwilling to challenge the corporate business model that disdains American workers. In light of that reality, the latest gestures by the president to show the business elite just what a good fellow he is are not just disappointing, but they are foolish politics.
Will it take food shortages for the American public to pull its head from its ass?

Not Enough Guns At Frat House

Two men have been arrested and charged in a shooting at an Ohio fraternity house that killed one student and injured 11 people at a party near Youngstown State University campus, police said Sunday.

Each man is charged with aggravated murder, shooting into a house and 11 counts of felonious assault, Youngstown police Chief Jimmy Hughes said.
From Just Another Blog™ staff & wire service reports. Eat it, AP!

Michael Douglas Blows Too

So. FOX Sports has already given us cut-aways to G.W. & Laura Bush, by themselves, hiding under the stands or somewhere, & to yet another posed shot of our baby-killers at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. Not to mention the reading of the Declaration of Independence, & the singing of "G-d Bless America" & the War Anthem.

Bombs & Rockets for Jesus!

Kick off was five min. late.
Entirely ignored Obama-O'Reilly, you betcha.

Pork B-B-Q Now!

American citizens are assaulted under color of authority every single fucking day, but because it's seldom documented well, the illusion/pretense that police officers (American & otherwise) are not brutal thugs & enforcers of the fascist status quo is perpetuated. See also: Egypt, right now.

Theres's a reason they're called pigs, you know.We lived in Houston in 1970 & '71. It was a shit-hole then, & doesn't appear to have improved at all in the ensuing forty yrs. Note the mayor back-tracking on her previous anti-free speech statements.

Let the punishment fit the crime, we say. Kick a cop today!!

An Important Birthday Today

Bob Marley would have been 66.

Twofer: Reagan, Super Bowl

XIX, 1985. From.

Memories

Credit.

One Hundred Years Of Sick Shit
Involving Ronald Reagan

Just a shame Reagan didn't die fighting bravely in WWII. During his extensive motion picture service in Alameda. And well before he personally started America's decline to its current sorry fucking state. As noted. Noted here too. More ancient video.

Hey, you think "Mommie" still gives those Hollywood blowjobs for which she was so famous?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Not An Invitation, An Insult

Why sad sacks insist on living on the wrong side of the Rockies, w/ blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, Heartlanders & all of Flyover Country is beyond us. Plus which, they get the Super Bowl two or three hrs. later than we West Coast elites.

Super Bowl 2011 will take place on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time and 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

FOX SUPER BOWL PREGAME

  • 2 p.m. (ET): Super Bowl XLV Pregame Show
  • 2:30 p.m.: Super Bowl Red Carpet begins
  • 3:30 p.m.: TMZ dirt from Super Bowl week
  • 4:30 p.m.: President Obama with Bill O'Reilly
  • 5:30 p.m.: Terry Bradshaw with Big Ben
  • 5:53 p.m.: Declaration of Independance
  • 6:15 p.m.: Michael Douglas narrates open
  • 6:24 p.m.: Christina Aguilera national anthem
  • 6:29 p.m.: SUPER BOWL KICK OFF!
Be sure to miss the Declaration of Independence. (WTF?)

Dr. Jazs Presents

Allegedly the Tonight Show ensemble.Via Brother Brick. Too bad we don't have the slightest memory of the original, or we could pass some judgement.

Car Culture Club

Phrase Of The Indeterminate Period

Dildo boat. Usage:
Also note uncivil Twit logo.

Saturday At The Symphony

Actual length (3:16). Disappointing to us, but just as well.And beats that other dinosaur, Robert Planet, currently moaning on third dino Letterman's show on the other channel.

Late add to the rotation, w/ vocals:

Friday, February 4, 2011

America's Shitholes

Snooty elitists at Forbes have once again deigned to look down their noses at America & mock us in our times of trouble.

We were attracted to this because California has eight lovely locales on the list of twenty (Good show, eh?) & four of the first five, including the capital, Sac'to. Our schaden was also well freuded by the fact that the southernmost of these cities is Bakersfield, & other than Vallejo they're inland shitholes, that is, the red parts of the state, where the suburbanites fled to live among the farmers.

Inevitable karmic justice.

Job Report

Grabbing today's Biggest Asshole Award for ourself:

Stupid wage-slaves, your bosses were going to work you 'til you were in your graves, but now they've found out how to make proles entirely redundant, so rather than dying from a heart attack at your desk, you'll be able to starve or freeze to death.

Meanwhile, here in the bunker, one of the winners got up about 1300 & has been watching tee vee, listening to music & dicking about on the Interfestation, while still in the underwear in which he slept for eight or nine hrs., & a T-shirt. (Not paradise though: A bit nippy, so we're sporting our bathrobe too.) Chances of wearing more or doing anything before noon (At the very fucking earliest.) tomorrow: Zero, zip, nada, zilch, nil.

Ha ha. We don't blame you for hating us.

Today's Ignorant Prick

We'll outsource today's Biggest Asshole Award to Conor F. at The Daily Dish, where he provides a new one for a Big Peace hack.
I understand how a writer for a Web site filled daily with intellectually dishonest nonsense, written to advance a twisted, incoherent ideological agenda, would lose site of the fact that other people who call themselves journalists are engaged in work that rightly makes them proud. But the fact of the matter is that foreign reporting is poorly compensated, dangerous work that is of vital importance to our world, and seldom undertaken by anyone whose primary concern is ratings. How someone fails to grasp this while writing at what is ostensibly a foreign affairs Web site boggles the mind. If you're in journalism for the money, it's much easier to launch some hack Web sites where ideologues flatter the prejudices of fellow travelers by slapping up links to stories reported by real journalists, and then publishing people who insult those same professionals, implying their work has no more value than recreational mountain climbing. So Schweitzer disparages these journalists in Egypt while his boss, who owes his fortune to curating their work, roller skates around a parking lot confronting liberals.

Ranking Factoids

A list
This entry gives an estimate from the US Bureau of the Census based on statistics from population censuses, vital statistics registration systems, or sample surveys pertaining to the recent past and on assumptions about future trends. The total population presents one overall measure of the potential impact of the country on the world and within its region.
that has provided literally minutes of amusement & not-uninteresting information to the Just Another Blog &c.,™ staff. Via, as ignorant as we were concerning Ethiopia, mon.

Also did not know the CIA's count was up to 238 countries, autonomous political units, or whatever the hell they are. The U.N. only has 192 member tribes.

And, confounded that the Census Bureau claimed 308,000,000 sheep, while the CIA (using "an estimate from the US Bureau of the Census") figured 310,000,000 as of July 2010.
Either way, we're No. 3!!

Bog Rolling

Hey, Skip, stop burning electrons like that!
Fucking shit, how can we link to a web log smaller than this? Does such a thing even exist? (What does "smaller" even mean? Most of the crap we read works out to be the size of our monitor, depending on the amount of advertising [WHORES!!] in the side-bars. If it's by readership, no way in hell will we research who might be receiving fewer visits than we are; talk about depressing!)

Also why not to: Try to do someone a favor & all of a sudden it's "Oh, 'smaller than you,' are we? Yada yada." All of our readers from known cybersnarkspace are well aware of whatever crap we'd recommend anyway. Few of the (often international) pervs looking for the celebrity nudie shots we ran in the '00s will give a shit.

Wow, we've almost talked ourself out of this.
  1. Reads 'Em So You Needn't: green eagle.
  2. TL;DR, Posts Daily & Also Reads 'Em: Just Above Sunset
  3. Inspirational: Murder/Suicide
  4. This Version Is All Videos, All The Time: RedTory v. 3.0.2
  5. Current News & Events w/ Commentary: WELCOME TO THE NOW
Five already! Strictly random, by the way; we chose the first five (i.e., most recently posted) "deserving" sites on the local & not rolls.

Equally deserving, but not as obsessive:
  1. BTC News. Personal acquaintance from meatspace.
  2. bjkeefe. Only web logger who's emailed concerning his listing on the roll. We suspected he was going to ask to be taken the fuck off when we read the header; turned out he was just polite.
  3. BUTTERMILK SKY. "angry loner (non-violent)"
Fuck it, it's all two mos. or more since the last posting for the rest of 'em.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Plus Ça ...

Not to worry:


U.S. Shadow War Will Go On,
Whoever Runs Yemen

Status Up-Date

Currently not giving a shit about anything or anybody. Which is hardly breaking news.

Raw Video: No Fascist Editing

Dragging bodies at (0:53):

Newly Thin People To Riot More

UN food price index up 3.4% from December, the highest level since the organisation started measuring food prices in 1990
World food prices surged to a fresh record high in January for the seventh consecutive month.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome said its food price index averaged 230.7 points last month and was up 3.4% from December, marking the highest level since the organisation started measuring food prices in 1990. It topped the high of 224.1 hit in June 2008.
All food commodity prices showed strong gains last month, except meat, which remained unchanged.
"The new figures clearly show that the upward pressure on world food prices is not abating," said FAO economist and grains expert Abdolreza Abbassian. "These high prices are likely to persist in the months to come. High food prices are of major concern especially for low-income food deficit countries that may face problems in financing food imports and for poor households which spend a large share of their income on food."
He added: "The only encouraging factor so far stems from a number of countries, where – due to good harvests – domestic prices of some of the food staples remain low compared to world prices."
Cereal prices were up 3% from December and the highest since July 2008, but still 11% below their peak in April 2008. The recent rises in wheat prices are one factor that triggered the growing unrest in Egypt, and the recent protests in Tunisia. Egypt is the world's largest wheat importer.
Oil and oil seeds costs rose 5.6%, close to the June 2008 record level, while dairy prices gained 6.2% from December and sugar prices were 5.4% higher.
By contrast, meat prices were steady as falling meat prices in Europe, caused by a drop in consumer confidence following recent feed contamination scandals, were offset by a slight increase in export prices from Brazil and the US.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/03/food-prices-new-record-high

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Power Of The New Media

We told them (two items) below that they'd better get cracking!

And now bodies are being dragged from the square. The devil-box is mightier than the sword. Or the AK-47.

Role Models

So, how long before Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller goes News of the World & starts w/ bare-nipple shots of attractive nobodies? Judging from this exhibition, two wks.? A mo.?

Is this the sort of thing Tucker likes his daughters to see? Probably. They'll need ideas on how to support themselves after Bow-Tie Daddy blows through the load of venture capital he stole for TheDC. And this seems just the sort of thing that reactionary women would get into, doesn't it?

What Have They Done To The Earth?

Cyclone Hits Queensland With 181 mph winds 
Residents described "tree tops being shredded by winds that roared like jet engines." 
Read original story in BBC | Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

Midwest Buried By Record-Breaking Blizzard
As Chicago starts to dig out from under almost two feet of snow, the storm moves toward the northeast, coating New England in ice.
Read original story in CNN | Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011


And when will the Egyptians start some actual fighting, rather than aimlessly milling about in the streets? We'll give the chicken-shits until their Friday after prayer aimless milling, at which time, if there isn't enough bloodshed, destruction & anarchy happening, we'll be giving our travel agent a call & heading out for some revolutionary action ourself. "Don't make us come over there, you will be sorry."

What we mean is, "Somebody, somewhere, do something to relieve the non-stop fascism of dullness & idiocy under which we suffer!"

And no, you fucking sheep, seeing a groundhog or two rudely awakened (Stop torturing the animals!!) does not relieve the stress of boredom.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

HAWT!!

Be still, our beating, throbbing, pulsating heart.

Daily Biggest Asshole(s)

Enjoy at (5:41) where these two brainiacs try to decide which is worse, the jihadists, the communist/socialist movement, or BOTH COMBINED!!We can only hope that the entire Mediterranean Basin is soon enveloped in flames & Red Muslims, but nothing that much fun ever happens.

We Sympathize, But
We Just Can't Empathize

BLIZZARDWATCH 2011!

Current L.A. temp.: 63°F (17.2222°C, for those who've forgotten the old ways) under clear & sunny skies.

Geography Lesson: Glenn Beck Explains It All For You

Tea Bagging logic applied to international affairs.Seen here.Holy shit! Not a Commie Caliphate! No!

Mubarak Will Not Step Down: Assassination Now On The Table

Well, what other interpretation is there following Mubarak's pre-recorded statement? Get to work, Egyptian brothers & sisters in revolution!

Soul Train To Hell

Monday, January 31, 2011

Kill For Peace

"She seemed like a very well-adjusted person. ... She spent years in the military [and] as the wife of a career officer," friend Jan Graham told AOL News.

Schenecker, 50, of suburban Tampa, Fla., was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her son, Beau, 13, and her daughter, Calyx, 16. Tampa police said she confessed to the killings.
Really? Anyone who commits state-sanctioned murder, or aids & abets therein can be considered "well-adjusted?" Maybe being a killer-for-hire, or enabling such killers, is perfectly respectable now. Might explain a lot about this blood-soaked nation.

Pretty Much* Today's Biggest Biblically-Defined Asshole

We can not fucking wait until do what thou wilt does become the whole of the law. Because there will be bodies. For example,
Franklin has been in the Georgia House of Representatives since 1996, and his Facebook profile describes him as "the most conservative member of the Georgia General Assembly."

"Representative Franklin has been called 'the conscience of the Republican Caucus"' because he believes that civil government should return to its biblically and constitutionally defined role," his House website states.
this guy needs to be run over by an eight-yr. old whose little legs can't quite reach the brake pedal, if only to keep irony on life support.
ATLANTA -- A state lawmaker from Marietta is sponsoring a bill that seeks to do away with Georgia driver's licenses.

State Rep. Bobby Franklin, R-Marietta, has filed House Bill 7, calling it the "Right to Travel Act."

In his bill, Franklin states, "Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people, because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right."

Franklin told CBS Atlanta News that driver's licenses are a throw back to oppressive times. “Agents of the state demanding your papers," he said. "We’re getting that way here.”

CBS Atlanta's Rebekka Schramm asked Franklin, “How are we going to keep up with who’s who and who’s on the roads and who’s not supposed to be on the roads?”

“That’s a great question," Franklin said. "And I would have to answer that with a question, ‘Why do you need to know who’s who?’”

“What about 12-14-year-olds who want to drive? What would stop them?" Schramm asked.

“Well, what’s stopping them now anyway?” Franklin answered.
Rep. Bobby, as seen at his site, is a double threat:
A graduate of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, Representative Franklin earned a degree in both Biblical Studies and Business Administration. Bobby is an active member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.
*We didn't look so hard.

First Ape In Space

On 31 January 1961, Dittmer dressed Ham in a nappy, [To poop boldly where no chimp has pooped before! — M.B.] waterproof pants and a spacesuit, fitted him with sensors to monitor his heart rate, breathing and body temperature and sealed him into the capsule of the 25-metre-long Mercury-Redstone 2 spacecraft. During Ham's 16-minute ordeal, he experienced some crushing forces on take-off and re-entry and weightlessness for more six minutes. But apart from his evident terror, he seemed otherwise unharmed. He'd beaten Gagarin into space by a clear 10 weeks.
Afterwards, Ham retired to the US National Zoo in Washington DC. There, he enjoyed a celebrity lifestyle, pampered by keepers, receiving mail from adoring fans and answering some of it with his fingerprinted autograph. In 1980 and vastly overweight, Ham moved to North Carolina Zoo, where he died in 1983.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

EXTERIORS

(Version)

Sepia World

It being many paragraphs, w/ words & punctuation too, you needn't read it, but it's an interesting enough (to us, as a California-type) item comparing forgotten Frémont & present-day Palin.

Does Palin-free mo. really start Tues.?

Support The Troops

The Super Bowl is upon us. An inoculation against the forthcoming media circus.
At a certain point, we are -- in part -- defined by this tendency. That America endorses the NFL's pain party starts to say something about the country. Such as: American culture is replete with couch-jockeys who feel more masculine for having watched other people destroy themseves. Or: American culture is fine with perpetuating a system of destruction, so long as a few, mostly poor people are involved. In many ways, our attitudes towards fetishized athletes mirror our attitudes towards those glorious troops whom we only support with platitudes. This is not good.

I've heard the counter arguments. Yes, football players choose their lot. Yes, they have agency. But really, what does it say about us -- that this is the lot we most often choose? Are we a nation so insecure, so stupid, as to wholly embrace a sport of gladitorial violence?

(I can already hear friends, calling me a "pussy" for possibly caring.)
Previously.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mother To Children:
"Keep It Civil, Or ... "

A Tampa, Fla., mother accused of murdering her two teenage children because they were "mouthy" was hospitalized today, delaying her first scheduled court appearance.

Julie Schenecker, 50, a military officer's wife, was arrested Friday when police, responding to call from a concerned relative, found her covered in blood on the back porch of her home.

The woman allegedly confessed to the officers there that she had shot her 13-year-old son and then her 16-year-old daughter because they were "mouthy."

According to police, Schenecker shot her son in the face while they were on the way to soccer practice, then drove to the family home in in a gated country club community in north Tampa, where she shot her daughter in the back of the head while the teen was studying at her computer.

[...]

The motive she allegedly gave, both in the note and in her interviews with police, was the children "talked back and were mouthy," McElroy said.

"During a post-Miranda interview with detectives, the suspect confessed to killing her two children," police said in a statement. "She described the crimes in detail."

According to WFTS-TV, Schenecker's husband, Army Col. Parker Schenecker, is stationed at the headquarters of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

CentCom spokesman Lt. Col. Michael Lawhorn told the station that Parker Schenecker, a career Army intelligence officer, had been away for several days. Police said they had contacted the husband in Qatar Friday and told him his children had been killed.
From ABC, whose fucking videos auto-play. Loudly. You've been warned.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Home Boys


Visible missing tooth? ✔
Smokes? ✔
Doesn't drive much? ✔
Stupid haircut, earrings? Uh, nope.

We could still be the same person, +/- the heiress wife.

Fuck Tha' Police &
Everybody Like Them

Few things make us happier than telebision images of police forces running for their lives from the righteously aroused mass of the workers.

Also enjoyable watching: Mubarak, hemming & hawwing, claiming to be on the side of the people, but whining about looting & burning, & giving an entirely bogus speech about "job opportunities" & other yada. He bears quite a resemblance to a B-movie vampire, w/ the widow's peak & solid black hair color.

We encourage the brave Egyptian people to string him up like his counterpart across the Mediterranean, Mussolini.
Visual aid.

Facebook Groups We Won't Be Joining

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Biggest Asshole In The World Today

On Monday, the Utah State Capitol celebrated Browning Day, honoring John Moses Browning, native son and maker of the nominee for Official State Firearm. There were speeches, a proclamation, a flyover by a National Guard helicopter, and, of course, a rotunda full of guns. “We recognize his efforts to preserve the Constitution,” Gov. Gary Herbert said, in keeping with what appears to be a new Republican regulation requiring all party members to mention the Constitution at least once in every three sentences.

It is generally not a good policy to dwell on the strange behavior of state legislators since it leads to bottomless despair. If I wanted to go down that road, I’d give you Mark Madsen, a Utah state senator who tried to improve upon the Browning Day celebrations by suggesting they be scheduled to coincide with Martin Luther King Day since “both made tremendous contributions to individual freedom and individual liberty.”
[DING! DING! We have a winner! — Ed.]
But it’s a symptom of a new streak of craziness abroad in the land, which has politicians scrambling to prove not just that they are against gun regulation, but also that they are proactively in favor of introducing guns into every conceivable part of American life. National parks. Schools. Bars. Airports.

“There is abundant research suggesting in cities where more people own guns, the crime rate, especially the murder rate, goes down,” Utah’s new United States senator, Mike Lee, told CNN.

Actually, there’s a ton of debate about this, which is hard to resolve given the fact that, as Michael Luo reported in The Times, the N.R.A.’s crack lobbyists have managed to stop almost all federal financing for scientific research on gun-related questions. But Lee has definitely made the list of most creative commentators on these matters, ever since he dismissed calls for a calmer political rhetoric after the Tucson massacre by arguing that “the shooter wins if we, who’ve been elected, change what we do just because of what he did.”

Feel free to say whatever you like about the senator’s thinking. Be frank. Otherwise, the shooter wins.
Good one, Gail Collins.

Leaving One's Mark
In The Groves Of Academe

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (KTLA) -- An arraignment was postponed Thursday for a professor at Cal State Northridge accused of peeing on a colleague's office door.

Tihomir Petrov, 43, a math professor at the school, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of urinating in a public place.

Investigators say Petrov urinated on the office door of another math professor with whom he was having a dispute.

School officials set up a camera after discovering puddles of what they thought was urine at the professor's door.

Petrov is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court in San Fernando.

According to websites at CSUN and U.C. Irvine, Petrov specializes in algebraic geometry and and algebraic k-theory.
Photo of the suspect.

Sarah Palin: Mutant?

Couldn't be. Could it? (Our emphasis.)
The former Republican vice-presidential candidate planned to have dinner at the Richland home of her aunt Katie Johnson, a sister of Palin's mother.

Palin's grandparents, Clem and Helen Sheeran, moved to Richland in 1943 so he could work at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

"It's kind of surreal. But it's really good to be back in the Tri-Cities to reconnect with the roots," Palin told reporters after touching down in a private jet. "I like the wonderful chaos of the family (at Thanksgiving.)"
Does Andrew Sullivan know about this?

Sexism & Misogyny Up-Date

Did you know that if you think that Michele Bachmann is ignorant, delusional, & possibly paranoid, you are a misogynist & hater?

Don't try to deny: Rep. Bachmann is not crazy, stupid or deluded. She is merely going about her grasp for power via non-traditional & circuitous routes. Look:
Which is why I admire what Representative Bachmann is doing. Sure, she and I are diametrically opposed on almost every issue. But here’s where we intersect: I know a thing or two about power from my years on Wall Street. It’s all the same. In most cases, for women to get to the top, they need to take a non-traditional, circuitous route. And that is just what Representative Bachmann is doing. To which I say: brava!
We're the first to admit Matthews is a product of the reactionary Catholicism of his time, but typist Amy Siskind, especially if she's so diametrically opposed to Congresswoman Bachmann, might want to pay attention to the content of Bachmann's various jaw-dropping moments before deciding that sexism & misogyny are part of the reaction.

In other words, it would be sexist to allow Bachmann & Siskind to get away w/ the unadulterated crap they issue because they're of the female persuasion.

Stop playing the victim card, ladies, & take responsibility for having revealed your foolish ignorance & delusions.

Our National Discourse Continues

Listen to more of the same.From.

SOTU: WTF? Party Over For Palin

Enjoy Sarah Palin's take on the proverbial Sputnik moment. Beyond all rational belief. Poor woman sounds like a precocious eight-yr. old who doesn't quite get all the words, but can parrot more than enough of them to fill space while the adults whisper to each other how cute she is. More dough-nut shops! Get the economy rolling by eating each others' dough-nuts!

Also, Bristol, America's Best-Known Un-Wed Mother: Good Example!!

VIDEO UPDATE (1214PT):Spudnut facts available here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Biggest Asshole In The World Today

And the winner is, made man/scam artist Sal "The Goniff" Russo.Jesus, what a fucking carpet-bagger.

Preparation M.B.

2 November 2010
Video via.

Who's On First?

Others have noticed.
Where are this year's Senate nobodies and mainstream-alienating base-rousers?

Cruelly Unusual?

RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia legislator is proposing castrating sex offenders as an alternative to the increasing costs to detain and treat them after they've served their prison sentences.

Republican Sen. Emmett Hanger's bill would require the state to study the use of physical castration as an alternative to civil commitment for sexually violent predators. A similar proposal was vetoed four years ago.

The civil commitment program's budget grew from $2.7 million in 2004 to $24 million this year. Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed spending nearly $70 million over the next two years to meet the increasing demands.

Eight other states allow for some form of castration for sex offenders, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Only Louisiana and Texas allow for physical castration.
Say, where's the little "This bill is Constitutional, honest" part that reactionaries want attached to all legislation?

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.”
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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

Interesting:

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?

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