Saturday, March 26, 2011

Now W/ More Filler

Other side of the waterfall.
Directly behind the waterfall.

Must This Englishman Live?

The OED has announced its selection of new words.
"la-la land n. can refer either to Los Angeles (in which case its etymology is influenced by the common initialism for that city), or to a state of being out of touch with reality—and sometimes to both simultaneously," wrote another one of OED's finest, Katherine Connor Martin.

At least the Oxford Dictionary has not yet added "southland," misappropriating Lynyrd Skynyrd's sweet home for ours, as so many local TV meteorologists do.

Appropriate

Minnesota's state bird is the loon. As is its Republican party.
The Minnesota Republican Party has undergone a “Bachmannization” in recent years, lurching to the right on social issues, with the prerequisite purging of centrists and elevation of ideological absolutists.

In recent weeks, the Republican-controlled state legislature has clashed with liberal Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. Among their headline grabbing and eyebrow-raising legislative efforts have included trying to ban all abortions in the state after 20 weeks and forbidding anyone on public assistance from withdrawing more than $20 cash per month.

The man Dayton narrowly defeated in an overwhelmingly Republican election year was conservative-populist-turned-lobbyist Tom Emmer, who backed a “Tenther” bill that would require a two-thirds state legislative vote to ratify any federal legislation and supported a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Emmer got into some trouble when it was found that he appeared with a local “heavy metal ministry”—after it became known that its pastor said it was “moral” to execute homosexuals. (More recently, the Minnesota Independent has been buzzing with news that Bachmann sat down with local right-wing radio show host Bryan Fischer days after he declared that Muslim-Americans “have no fundamental first amendment claims.)

The point is that these are not isolated incidents, but indicative of an intra-party atmosphere that is starkly inconsistent with the state’s justified reputation for “Minnesota Nice.”

For example, the 2010 GOP Secretary of State nominee, Dan Severson, recently said, “Quite often you hear people say, ‘What about separation of church and state?’ There is no such thing…I mean it just does not exist, and it does not exist in America for a purpose, because we are a Christian nation.”

Two-time GOP gubernatorial candidate and former state legislator Allen Quist made headlines during his 2010 run for congress when he stated, “Our country is being destroyed. Every generation has had to fight the fight for freedom… Terrorism? Yes. That’s not the big battle,” he said. “The big battle is in D.C. with the radicals. They aren’t liberals. They are radicals. Obama, Pelosi, [Democratic U.S. Congressman Tim] Walz: They’re not liberals, they’re radicals. They are destroying our country.” Liberals worse than terrorists? That’s the full Wingnut.

Likewise, conservative state senate-candidate Mike Parry was caught scrubbing his Twitter-feed in 2009, trying to erase these sort of patriotic statements: “read the exclusive on Mr O in Newsweek. He is a Power Hungry Arrogant Black Man.” Classy.
Very. And now we have a better idea of what causes Michele Bachmanns. We should have known what was coming when Jesse Ventura sneaked into the governorship.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Not Staged, Cynics

"Just Like In Russia"

The Bothers Koch, Megan McArdle & so on. All hail the oligarchs!Context.

Hacktaculous

Mickey Kaus still at it at TheDC, referring us to wks.-old Internet video of Ann Coulter appearing on Hannity, advocating divide-&-conquer class warfare
Like Ann Coulter, Higgins worries that Walker isn’t doing enough to get his message across. … What would that require?
1) Pointing out the growing disparity between cushy union contracts and the working situation of average American taxpayers. Horror stories are useful here;
(The disparity between the owners & workers not even whispered.) & decrying unions, of course!
If ever there was a time to make that broader argument, it’s now–when private unions are held in lower regard than they’ve been in decades. For that, I think, we have the UAW to thank.

The argument would be: Even private 50s-style unionism isn’t so good. Unions screw up enterprises. They screw up private enterprises. They screw up public enterprises. But with private enterprises, if they screw things up too much the company usually goes broke and disappears. If unions screw up government, that doesn’t happen. The government doesn’t disappear. It just stays screwed up.
Unions! That's what's wrong w/ gov't.! Great insight, Senator Kaus.

Filler

Pink Elephant, Orange Bus
Angular Church of the Neon Cross

Time Is Short

Zen Our Ass

Here's are some crapsome pictures, apparently, to help you "understand the transit experience." We think.

Sad, but not that sad. If these are university students expressing themselves this poorly, well, they're screwed, as are the cities of the future. We're already screwed, so it doesn't bother us one bit.

Outside World Econ Round-Up

One-time bank branch, now selling cheap Korean suits.
Unsure if the signs disappearing is a good or bad sign.
There was a Pioneer Chicken here before
Red Line-inspired development gave Blockbuster a shot.
Blank empty space.

Swing, Ducks

We suspect this is not official Dep't. of Parks & Recreation equipment.
It did hold our 110 kilos for a few minutes.

These two could be city property.
They were still there three hrs. later on the way back, but our fingers were too wet & numb to work the camera.

Class Warfare:
Urbane Sophisticates v. Breeder Trash

Remember Sen. Scott Brown (RINO-Mass.) trying to pimp his daughters?

Well, Crazy Shelley Bachmann may be a bit to the Senator's right, but they all want to get their spawn married off to other Jesus freaks so they can get right to filling those quivers w/ little Xian arrows they'll home-school, so they won't get no ideas. Or spelling lessons. (Who are we kidding? She doesn't even know what the words mean.)

The apple of Shelley's eye is number one son Lucas:
... a pre-med school “chick magnet” at the University of Minnesota who has an affinity for Mexican dancing. “Areebah!” Bachmann proclaims at mention of this, suggesting that the Congresswoman's only knowledge of Mexican culture has been learned through Speedy Gonzalez cartoons. As soon as he gets into medical school his mom plans to “crank up the heat” in finding him a good wife to clean up after him. She even has a classified ad in mind: "Chick magnate (sic) needs wife to put him through med school, clean house, pay bills and run his life. Must be willing to gamble against onslaught of socialized medicine diminishing return on investment."
Ha ha. She must be a lot of fun at family gatherings. "Here's your new niece, Aunt Shelly." "Oh, isn't she adorable! I hope Obamacare doesn't kill her before she grows up."

And: "My, little Liza Jean isn't so little any more, is she? Really fills those jeans. Good breeding stock, if I say so myself."

No, really:
Bachmann introduces her next daughter with an odd reference to plural marriage: "King Henry had his 6 wives, and if our Caroline had been one of them I think she would have been called Caroline the Vibrant." Mom offers little explanation for this designation, but goes on to reveal Caroline's waist size, saying that she "pulls jeans over her 14" hips," which sounds like a line from a mail-order wife catalog.
And try as they might to fill their quivers & keep knowledge at arm's length, there are always one or two who get away. We have a guess as to which of Shelley's spawn will be the first w/ the tales of abuse: Sophia, the "sacrifice lamb."
Last comes Sophia, who is too young for a husband and therefore will have to spend the rest of her life caring for her crazy mother. "A hundred years ago families designated a sacrifice lamb that forsook marriage in favor of caring for aging parents," Bachmann explains. Those were the good ol' days, before penile enlargement emails.
Jesus Fucking Christ. Read it, & weep for your country. (Or, if you are not cursed w/ a U.S. passport, laugh nervously while breathing a sigh of relief.)
Two more pp. at the link, masochists. 
At least weep for the Bachmann children. And weep for their future victims. If we know anything about pop psychology, one of the young Bachmanns is sure to become a serial killer. We saw it on the telebision.
We'd just as soon not know,
but what is she covering up in Dr. Bachmann's lap?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Anxiously Awaiting Ann Althouse's Opinion

Hmm, state employees writing posts for their "web logs." Could this affect Ann Althouse's e-mail?

A perfesser at the U. of Wisconsin does not like Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker's anti-collective bargaining policies, & said so in a "blog post." And w/in 48 hrs. of his "post",
[T]he Wisconsin Republican Party filed a state open records request to gain access to Cronon's personal emails to get a look at what communications or discussions or sources or anything else went into writing it.

Now, 'personal' is up for some reasonable debate here. This is his university email. And he's a Professor at the University of Wisconsin, the state university. So he's a state employee. Still, he's not an elected official or someone doing public business in the sense you'd ordinarily understand the term. Nor are they looking at anything tied to the administration of the University, which is legitimately a public matter. In the ordinary sense we tend to understand the word it's his personal email. And the range of requested documents leave no doubt about what they're after.
Good question. We can imagine that were someone to file a FOIA suit requesting copies of her state e-mail concerning Althouse-appropriate names & buzz-words, this would get all the attention Josh Marshall hopes for it. People who are lawyers & such, are not hiding in fear behind a secret identity (our excuse) & perhaps most importantly, residents of the Badger State are welcome to follow our suggestion & send in their requests.

Seriously. Wouldn't someone like to know if the full story of Manservant Hecubus"New Media Meade" getting tickets to Gov. Walker's speech is somewhere in Prof. Althouse's state e-mails? We would.

Reasonable Republicans

Not only that, but reasonable Republican primary voters, claims Jennifer Rubin. Well, except the ones in Iowa. (We bold, you laugh.)
More experienced conservative political operative [sic] reacted with eye-rolling today. Perhaps they, unlike much of the blogosphere, give Republican primary voters more credit. The campaign-toughened Republicans understand presidential primary voters are a reasonable lot, and — at least outside of Iowa — are unlikely to risk the White House on a fire-breathing presidential nominee.
And South Carolina. And Utah. And Idaho. And Arizona. And so on.

White Boys Club Meets
In Mens Room!

No, Tweety didn't mean this panel.Labor, Zoning & Loons Wrap-Up from Hardball:

Semi-Tropical Paradise

It takes approx. four mins. for Google to upload 20.2 MBs. And here is where we get away from humanoidsit all (Not usually this wet, of course.):
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Up the riverstreamdry wash from the fall, this:
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Teaser

They did turn the waterfall on.
A good 12-15 ft. in real life.

Please Remember

skippy was called on "R.I.P." usage.
We feel better about ourself already, not having been tempted to be that grim & gloomy.

Miss Taylor would like to be remembered for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? We're happy w/ Cleopatra.
Why don't women dress this way any more?
Two Words: "Lifelong Star," from The NYT News Alert e-mail.
Ms. Taylor started in movies at age 9, and it was a quick leap from "National Velvet" to "A Place in the Sun"

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Of Course They "Rest In Peace," Cliché-Mongers, THEY'RE DEAD!!

Sad to see Elizabeth Taylor go, especially when that witch Zsa Zsa Gabor, thirteen yrs. older, still has her leg & seems to be improving at home.

And we're also sad because we made a death pool crack when Zsa was admitted to the hospital, & have (as yet) been unable to capitalize on it, but made no references, snide or otherwise, to Ms. Taylor's hospital admittance. Damn!

The special place somewhere under our clothesin our tiny & evil heart that Ms. Taylor occupies is entirely due, as one might suspect, to her sudden dominance of the middle American media environment (Hah. Didn't even know we were in it then.) at the same time we were playing doctorstarting to think more about girls. (Precocious bastard.)
"BLUNT TRUTH FROM CHIANG" Sheesh. 
Said plastering of La Liz's mug & other features all over everything a result of 20th Century-Fox's attempts to break even on Cleopatra.

Bye-bye, Losers

If you stupid Americans taking up space in the wrong parts of the continent pull a stunt like electing a Republican president again, don't think for one fucking minute that we in The Sensible State will not take our eighth-largest (Or whatever. You look it up!) in the world economy & secede, which, we hope, will send the rest of you clowns into the final economic decline you so richly deserve.

Some statistics that back our ridiculous contention, from Pensito Review's recap of CalBuzz's look at the losers at the Calif. State Republican convention:
Bob Mulholland, a former political director of the California Democratic Party, whom CalBuzz described as a “troublemaker,” helpfully provided the site’s reporters with numbers that reveal just how bad things are for the state’s hapless Republicans:
  • There are 7,569,581 registered Democrats (44 percent) and 5,307,411 registered Republicans, (31 percent). This is the lowest GOP percentage in the history of California.
  • Democrats hold 123 of the 187 partisan seats in California (66 percent).
  • Democrats won all nine statewide races last November and now hold all 10 state offices (including both U.S. Senate seats). Since 1988, Democrats have won all five presidential races and all eight U.S. Senate races.
  • President Obama won California by 24 points (61 percent to 37 percent) or by 3,262,692 votes.
  • Democrats hold 34 of 53 House seats; 52 of 80 Assembly seats and 25 of 40 State Senate seats.
To this, we might note, there are also 3,507,119 DTS voters (Decline To State a party) (20 percent) – double the percentage from 1994. Polling and voting data find that these voters — by and large — think and act more like Democrats than Republicans on electoral issues most of the time.
Ha fucking ha. Suck. On. This. Tomorrow belongs to us!

Brrrr!

Took a long hike in the cold rain today. Any one know the symptoms of hypothermia?

Ferndell

Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Like a fucking fern bar in here.
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Sunrise Over Hollywood

Neither filters nor effects, only smog.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cute?

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Did Not Encounter Any Trolls

We certainly could have, 'though. Just look at these places.
Probably just luck we weren't attacked. Next time we'll be armed.

Suddenly, Civilization!
Or Whatever You Call It.

W/ all its signs telling you what to & not to do, what to consume, where to squeal & when to stop.
Where the run-off goes when it runs off.
Loop trail, signs at both ends. How were we to know?
This is new. Commerce. Feh.
The photo is real, the crow is not.

An Image Item

Mostly dead/sleeping stuff.

Another Photo Post

The trail less taken. Note exposed roots on left.
It's tough to be a tree in Southern Calif.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.