Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Week In Fear

Great American Bill O'Reilly has another Great American on to wrap up the week in lunacy. Thanks for saving us the eye & ear strain, Mr. O'Reilly. And yes, he's on about Google. And the communist riots in Greece. And The Coming Insurrection.Even if Bill does think Beck is a ninny, he also thinks "forment" is a word. Do none of his flunkies dare correct him?

Defective Work

#CKS, seen below, leads here. Which goes to this shot:
Honestly, at this stage we neither know nor care what the hell today's youth are up to.

J.B. & Luciano-P, Together:
It's A Man's World

We can't imagine how a maven of upper middle-brow American culture such as ourself missed this mish-mash (Apparently not a mash-up, though if they'd been closer to each other than ten ft. at any time we wouldn't have had to question it.) of the titans.

Sat. Nite Boogie 'Til You Puke

Super duper.

The Present Day Artist Refuses To Die

Previously on &c. Five wks. later, improvements:

Hey Hey Hey!!

What the mother-fucking hell happened to the font on our header?

Blogger had better lock their doors.

UPDATE: Momentary glitch, we guess.

Fox & Hacks

Via TNR:
Former Congressman Harold Ford, “Meet the Press,” January 30:
These are really local conditions driving this, as we saw even in Tunisia. You have poverty, you have issues of access, you have young professionals, middle class, educated people complaining bitterly about a lack of opportunity. So as you, as you look at the, the—not just the content of the protest, but the character of the protest, it's different, it's new. And, frankly, I think it's confusing the White House even more in terms of the kind of response that they should put forward.
Twice-convicted former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, on “Hannity,” January 28:
Well, you can look at the clips that are right on the TV right now and this is as Yogi Berra would say deja vu all over again, unfortunately … Mubarak has not exactly been—would not be the recipient of the Nobel Prize or the Jefferson Award or anything like that. The price of oil, what is going to happen?
Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan, “Meet the Press,” February 6:
I think President Reagan, in general, would tend to approach Egypt with the thought and the conviction that America is the beacon of freedom, in some ways a teacher, an example of democracy and republican forms of government. I think he might be very specifically helpful in terms of information about how good things can happen in Egypt. However, I think he would also keep, obviously, a shrewd eye on America’s interests, for we do have interests, and we are a separate nation. I don’t think President Reagan would likely have confused himself thinking Egypt is ours. He would remember Egypt is the Egyptians’. The people there will order and choose their future.
Race car driver and former Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, on “Hannity,” January 25:
WALTRIP: You know, you have to be careful what you wish for. Sure, he’s like a friend. He's been an ally to our country. That region has been stable. I'm scared. I don't know what is going to happen. I don't think anyone does. It is unsettling, obviously.

HANNITY: We’ll give Michael the last word tonight.

WALTRIP: I just hope you read my book. It tells a whole lot about NASCAR. I know a lot more about NASCAR than I do the Middle East. But I'm all about keeping that area stable.
Wall Street Journal columnist and former Bush adviser Karl Rove, on “Hannity,” January 26:
Egypt is not the run-of-the-mill Middle Eastern country that views itself exclusively or even primarily through an Islamic lens. This is a country that has a long and proud tradition where people view themselves not as simply followers of Muhammad, but they’re the people who are descended from Ramses and Cleopatra.
Rupert Murdoch, on “Your World with Neal Cavuto,” January 26:
I think we are going to be reading about the Middle East for a long time.
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy, on “Hannity,” January 25:
HANNITY: Have you been watching what is happening in Egypt?

LARRY THE CABLE GUY: You know I had a gig there last week, I had to cancel.

HANNITY: You did not.

LARRY THE CABLE GUY: They are big on me over there.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fuck You, Foodies

Try sex, you twisted yet dull foodie fucks.

Colon Truth

Bringer Of Death

So. The Fascist Insect Bank lays this reporter off. W/in a yr., the Fascist Insects had been absorbed into Wells Fargo.

Now, less than nine yrs. after the chicken-shit booksellers fired us merely for threatening a (violent) management shake-up, Borders Group, Inc. swirls toward the toilet.

Hoping for a hat trick w/ FedEx, though our killer magic there may have been FedEx absorbing Kinkos. Either way, bring it on, corporate entities.

Freedom! Liberty!

Mr. Mubarak had passed all authority to a council of military leaders ...
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which is now leading the country
We see. There's Glenn Beck's Muslim Bros. Caliphate, forming before our eyes.

Live Recording

The violin is louder in person, obviously.

First Amendment Up-Date

Our Los Angeles City Attorney, one Carmen
Trutanich[,] said in an interview that recent demonstrations, conducted without permits, had cost the city thousands of dollars for police response and disrupted traffic. Organizers of illegal protests should face consequences, he said.

"My whole deal is predictability," he said. "In order for us to have a civilized society, there has to be a predictable result when you break the law. I want to make sure that they don't do it again."

The new policy, he added, was designed with an eye on what he called "professional" protesters who demonstrate repeatedly — sometimes for pay, he said — and never seem to be punished for their illegal activities.

"There's a right way and a wrong way" to protest, Trutanich said. "When you break the law, it's a not a mainstream 1st Amendment activity. You have the right to protest; you don't have the right to break the law."

Critics, including civil liberties advocates and at least one City Council member, accuse him of overkill and say his policies could imperil legitimate free speech.
Ah, now there's mainstream First Amendment activity, which may be protected, or not; if it isn't mainstream, tough cheese, paid professionals!

Spirit of the law well demonstrated here. And financial responsibility. Real small gov't. budget-cutter.

Pandering asshole.

Reagan Centenary Celebration Continues

Although we spent some time looking at this & other footage of the event for a project some yrs. ago, we'd never heard the audio. You may not have either.

Worth Going Full Screen

Pathetic title though. C'mon, a little effort, people.
The Angels from Givot on Vimeo. Spotted at L.A. Observed.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Jack Loves America

His bison Sara.

Stop Abusing That Cat!

And clean up your house, lady.

Civil Discourse Up-Date

While waiting for Mubarak to pull a Palin & split (Conventional wisdom on the RSS feed when we got up; whatever happened?) we missed this display. ("Sit down & shut up.") And we pay good money (forced to purchase an extra tier) to receive C-SPAN3.Enjoyable to watch Cheney becoming a skeleton even before he's literally dead, isn't it? Further detail.

P.S.: Izzat Tina Turner being played to bring the post-pulse puke on?

Dep't. Of Corrections

It turns out we were blowing smoke when we speculated that Big Twit Andrew Breitbart might see some of the scratch involved in the PuffHo/AOL entanglement.
“She and I have one of the great air kiss relationships that America has ever known,” Breitbart said during a recent radio interview. “I’m glad that she did well for herself.”

Despite his role in the early days of the site, Breitbart netted the same financial payday most of HuffPo’s bloggers nabbed from the deal: ($0). He said he didn’t get early stock options, but is more content using the dough he made when he cashed out years ago to launch his own media operation.

“I don’t have any hard feelings to say the least. I’m happy for their success,” Breitbart said. “I’d have to have a twisted psychology* to be upset about that scenario.”
*Wouldn't he?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

T.V. Eye

We don't post this sort of crap for the overpaid squawking heads spewing (esp. not Shrum) but the various clips of loons being loony that the Hardball staff has assembled are well worth watching.Yet it's worth experiencing these two Tea Baggers, if only for the facial hair. Loser is too good a word for these two.Also we post because we are trying to share our sad & empty telebision-watching existence w/ a cruel & uncaring world. And S.E. Cupp.

America Has The Best Health Care
In The World. People Come From
Everywhere to Get It.

We neither know nor care if "at US hotel," as opposed to "in Pennsylvania" says anything about differences between The Left & The Other, or about stylistic differences between these media powerhouses. We don't think "buttocks injection" speaks too well of The AP, for that matter.
Welcome to the new media universe.

Oh, no. We're sorry.

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!


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.
& 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.



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?