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?

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

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
 901 PM PST WED JAN 19 2011
 
 ...STRONG SANTA ANA WINDS DEVELOPING TONIGHT AND THURSDAY...
 
 SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING INTO THE GREAT BASIN WILL TIGHTEN
 THE SURFACE PRESSURE GRADIENTS ACROSS SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA. THIS
 WILL PRODUCE A STRONG SANTA ANA EVENT FOR MOST OF LOS ANGELES AND
 VENTURA COUNTIES TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.
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.
Confirmation.
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.

Holiday

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:

Superstorm

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.

EXTERIOR: Night