Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Shut Down

You can't listen to this until you've listened to that.

DIAF, You Old Morons!

Old & in the way:
So perhaps when CBS News signed Couric it understood that we had reached the end of the anchor-era better than I give it credit for. Indeed, when ABC News gave Diane Sawyer the keys to its World News telecast in 2009, they were overtly endorsing the CBS News strategy of hiring a middle-aged bottle blond from morning TV to chaperone all the unschooled geezers turning on their sets at night. Putting Couric and Sawyer in the anchor chairs was admitting that the programs had no future, only a past that could continue to be harvested for profits (yes, the evening shows are still profitable, thanks to pharmaceutical ads) until their audiences finally die off.

Spring Now Official

The first fly has been observed.

Social Con Throws (Tinfoil) Hat
In Ring

We think Susan Burns is our next Republican president. Look how she announced, demonstrating her concern for the family & the faithful w/ a 21st century Tea Party/Art Attack.

Just one of many concepts brain-stormed for the campaign:

Newt Gingrich is afraid his grandchildren will grow up under godless atheists &/or Muslim Sharia law. So is Susan Burns. BUT SHE'S DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!
On Friday afternoon, Burns allegedly walked over to the Gauguin painting in Gallery 214-C and “grabbed the frame holding said painting on its left side and attempted to pull it off the wall.” Burns, the misdemeanor complaint charges, then “struck the middle of the painting with her right fist.” However, since the painting was “protected by a transparent acrylic shield on the front,” no damage was observed.
Burns gave an extensive--and very kooky--statement after being read her Miranda warning Friday. She said, “I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting and it’s very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned. I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”
Seems party line to us, w/ the possible exception of the last two sentences. But we're still months & months & months away from the first caucuses or debates. It may become a matter of pride among the sacrificial lambs that there is an American CIA radio in their heads. ("I am going to kill you," while common enough among the reactionaries, has so far been aimed at people unfortunate enough to live above AmeriKKKa'a oil on the other side of the world. Matter of time before it's applied to the domestic half of "enemies foreign & domestic.")

Our next president is a crusader against coercion by governmental violence as well (At least when it's applied to her. Always good for the hypocrite vote.):
Burns [...] appears to have a lengthy rap sheet that includes convictions for carjacking, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Starbursts Dep't.

For the all important Republican Viagra®-user demo, we can gussy up Susan Burns for less than Sarah Palin's Lower 48 shopping spree. Paint some eyebrows back on, get her back on her meds for that twinkle in the eye & something resembling a smile, do something about the lighting & bingo: Stepford Wife w/ spunk!
More sourcing. Bit totally suggested @MaxBlumenthal:

Victim Card Up-Date

When they aren't whining loudly that actual victims are "playing the victim card," you can bet they're whining about how they've been victimized. In a recent case, a Republican State Senator (Oh, alright, not him, his car, if we must be "accurate.") claimed to have been assaulted by a rock.
Contrary to Sen. Dan Kapanke's claim that his car windshield was vandalized the day he voted in favor of the controversial collective bargaining bill, a police report has determined the damage was caused by a stray rock.

Kapanke, R-La Crosse, informed Capitol Police his windshield was smashed March 9, the same day top Republican lawmakers surprised Democrats and the public by hastily calling a joint conference committee meeting to vote on a stripped down version of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill.*
Not in any way an attempt to move media focus (Such as it is. Here's where "Why fucking bother?" comes in: We act/assume/pretend as if there were demand for media attention to be devoted to anything beyond rock-throwing, name-calling, hurt feelings, & other junior high activities. Abandon hope, all who enter.) from the hastily called joint meeting.
According to a March 22 report filed by an officer with the Capitol Police, however, Kapanke first noticed the crack in his windshield after an officer drove his car from a parking garage to the Capitol following the vote on the bill.

[...]

Kapanke defended his March 9 vote in favor of restricting collective bargaining in an interview with the La Crosse Tribune Friday, saying he would vote the same way again because of the $3.6 billion deficit facing the state.

"This certainly trumps any one person's ambitions or political career," Kapanke told the newspaper. "We are elected to put our fiscal house in order... You've got to do what's best in your heart - what you feel is best for the future of the state."
Elected to "put our fiscal house in order," whatever that may or may not mean or not mean? That's it? Accounting? Legislators are now glorified CPAs w/ Capitol Police officers as free valets? Interesting development. Did Sen. Kapanke run on the CPA platform. Or on the no-taxes-ever platform? (Again, not that it would make any difference what-so-fucking-ever, but we've been so amused by recent blatherings from reactionary elements that have included the "didn't-campaign-on-this" moan, as if someone once believed that campaign promises would come true, or were even intended to be trusted.)

A Sign Of Hope

Just kidding, naturally. Democracy is dead, even if the corpse is still twitching.
Kapanke is one of 16 lawmakers - eight Republicans and eight Democrats - facing recall efforts from voters in their districts.

On Friday, several hundred people gathered outside the La Crosse City Hall to celebrate the fact they had collected more than the necessary number of signatures to trigger a recall election against the senator.
*Can we nominate that for a Euphemism Award?

Sums It All Up, Dunnit?

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

"We've gone to 50th in education and number one in gonorrhea, and that's the accomplishments of an all Republican government."

-- Dick Harpootlian, former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, explaining to The Fix why he's running again for his old position. 

Sporting News & Views

Mark Heisler's the L.A. Times NBA beat writer. At truthdig, he takes on that most 'Murkan of games, footsball.
You had to be inhuman, or at least un-American, not to be moved by “The Journey,” the intro this year (XLV, or 45), narrated by Michael Douglas—looking wonderful after his months-long battle with cancer, so the mere sound of his voice raised a lump in your throat.

A montage followed ... immigrants against a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty ... a kid in the Dust Bowl ... suffragettes on the march ... U.S. soldiers hitting Normandy beach ... tiny JFK Jr. saluting his fallen father ... a space shuttle launch ... Rosa Parks ... Ali in the ring ... Reagan ... Obama ... Ray Charles’ dazzling smile ... a German with a jackhammer atop the Berlin Wall ... Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon ... Martin Luther King’s emotion-filled voice, booming “I have a dream” ... New York firemen raising Old Glory amid the dust and ruins of 9/11.

Then, segueing to shots of Cowboy Stadium, the Steelers’ Hines Ward and the Packers’ Aaron Rogers, Douglas intoned:

“Tonight, here we are, united, to see their journey, two storied franchises. ...”

Of course, if you’re an archaeologist digging up the DVD in the year 3,677, you’re going:

“LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, IT WAS JUST A FOOTBALL GAME?”
And the footsball stadium in downtown Los Angeles fantasy various movers & shakers, local & national, are trying:
In other words, it’s a national carpet-bagging initiative, enabling teams seeking public money in Jacksonville, the Twin Cities and San Diego to extort their best deal before someone pulls up stakes and becomes the Los Angeles Chargers/Vikings/Jaguars.

Not surprisingly, the news occasioned rejoicing in Los Angeles (and the offices of the Chargers, Jaguars and Vikings) and no protest, whatsoever.

If our government can’t enact a health plan like those of the modern industrialized nations without charges being made about establishing “death panels,” the NFL operates on a higher plane.
That is so high I can't explain. Also delves into labor disputation, & how evil the owners are.

Sonora Cafe Art Up-Date

Oh, turns out April is MOPLA. Better get on it then. But we've misplaced the piece of paper (Go ahead, laugh: We can still spread graphite & ink w/ the best of 'em!) where we'd recorded the previous items in this series, & we don't want to find it now. Wait, second time's the charm, here it is. OK:

We find ourself around the former Sonora Cafe every few wks. (Previously on this stupid web log.) And the display changes often.
For variety, the front view.
Detail
25 February 2011 ABC sends a camera.
But not for long.
By 16 March 2011 censorship was fully established.
Possibly as a result of whatever Channel 7 showed.

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON
CRAP AHEAD

Forewarned is forearmed! (Not referring to those four-armed dudes on ERB's Mars, either.)
The Prometheus Award finalists for Best Novel are (in alphabetical order by author):
  • For the Win, by Cory Doctorow (TOR Books)
  • Darkship Thieves, by Sarah Hoyt (Baen Books)
  • The Last Trumpet Project, by Kevin MacArdry lasttrumpetproject.com
  • Live Free or Die, by John Ringo (Baen Books)
  • Ceres, by L. Neil Smith (Big Head Press, also published online at bigheadpress.com)
For the Win is Doctorow's portrait of a future in which the world's poor adopt entrepreneurial strategies and Internet/virtual technologies to challenge the statist status quo and achieve freedom through self-empowerment. Doctorow has been nominated several times for the Prometheus Award and won in 2009 for Little Brother.

Darkship Thieves features an exciting, coming-of-age saga in which a heroic woman fights for her freedom and identity against a tyrannical Earth. Hoyt's novel depicts a plausible anarchist society among the asteroids. This is Hoyt's first time as Prometheus finalist.

The Last Trumpet Project tells the story of a future in which virtual reality and uploading people's minds into computers have merged. In this milieu, freedom struggle against a tyrannical government allied with religious zealots who will go to any length to ensure their vision of the future. The hopeful and utopian work is MacArdry's first published novel.

Live Free or Die is Ringo's rollicking saga of entrepreneurial humans using free-market capitalism and the spirit of old-fashioned Yankee individualism to defend Earth from imperialist aliens after first contact embroils us in galactic politics. This is Ringo's first time as a Prometheus finalist.

Ceres, the sequel to Smith's Prometheus Award-winning novel Pallas (1994), dramatizes a conflict between a libertarian society based in the asteroids and a statist Earth government. Smith also won the Prometheus Award for The Probability Broach (1982) and The Forge of the Elders (2001).

Ten novels published in 2010 were nominated for this year's Best Novel category. The other nominees were Directive 51, by John Barnes (Ace Books); Zendegi, by Greg Egan (Night Shade Books); Migration, by James Hogan (Baen Books); The Unincorporated War, by Dani and Eytan Kollin (TOR Books); and A Mighty Fortress, by David Weber (TOR Books).

The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in sf. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin and plaque for the winners.

The Prometheus awards honor outstanding science fiction/fantasy that explores the possibilities of a free future, champions human rights (including personal and economic liberty), dramatizes the perennial conflict between individuals and coercive governments, or critiques the tragic consequences of abuse of power--especially by the State.

For more information, contact LFS Board President Chris Hibbert (hibbert@mydruthers.com); Best Novel awards coordinator Michael Grossberg (mikegrossb@aol.com); or Worldcon awards ceremony coordinator Fred Moulton (programming@lfs.org).

For a full list of past Prometheus Award winners in three categories, visit www.lfs.org. Membership in the Libertarian Futurist Society is open to any science fiction fan interested in how fiction can promote an appreciation of the value of liberty.
We call your attention (Because you're probably too wise to read the brief descriptions.) to "a heroic woman fights for her freedom and identity against a tyrannical Earth. Hoyt's novel depicts a plausible anarchist society among the asteroids," & "dramatizes a conflict between a libertarian society based in the asteroids and a statist Earth government." OK, it's like jazz, but c'mon: Two variations on the same riff in one yr.?

No complaining 'though; could have been more than one about putting your brain in a computer & fucking other robots, tired as that theme is.

Repetition of these words & phrases by the self-retarded who do not understand them has reduced them to cues for laughter from the still conscious:
Entrepreneurial strategies; statist; empowerment; self-empowerment; identity; free-market capitalism; old-fashioned Yankee individualism; personal and economic liberty; conflict between individuals and coercive governments; abuse of power--especially by the State; liberty. (Not a complete list.)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Obligatory

2 Lazy
2 Live
4 Long

So if anyone cares about a follow up to this, click this.

Down W/ Democracy!

It's now blatantly obvious that democracy is a sad fucking joke:
In a CNN poll of American adults released Friday, the median guess on what percentage of the federal budget goes to public broadcasting was 5%. With a $3.55 trillion budget last year, that would put funding for the CPB at approximately $178 billion.
Can we just drown these cretins in the rising sea levels they won't acknowledge, even as they believe the CPB is getting US$178 billion a yr.?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

This Is Just Funny

Another pair of skunks in a pissing match.
CONCORD, N.H. – The Republican leader of the New Hampshire House on Friday called Roman Catholic Bishop John McCormack a "pedophile pimp" who should have been led from the Statehouse in handcuffs after speaking at a rally criticizing a state budget proposal.

McCormack was among about a dozen speakers at Thursday's rally to protest deep cuts to social services included in the House's $10.2 billion budget. Rep. D.J. Bettencourt of Salem took issue Friday, writing on his Facebook page that McCormack had no business urging lawmakers to protect the vulnerable, given his role in the clergy sex abuse scandal in the last decade.

Before being named bishop of Manchester in 1998, McCormack served as a top aide to Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston, where the Catholic sex abuse scandal began and where he was in charge of investigating sexual misconduct allegations.

In 2002, McCormack averted unprecedented criminal charges against the New Hampshire diocese by agreeing that it had harmed children by moving abusive priests from parish to parish.

"Would the Bishop like to discuss his history of protecting the 'vulnerable?'" Bettencourt wrote. "This man is a pedophile pimp who should have been led away from the State House in handcuffs with a rain coat over his head in disgrace. He has absolutely no moral credibility to lecture anyone."

A spokesman for the diocese said Bettencourt's comments were false, defamatory and detracted from the real issue — the state's obligation to care for the poor.

"Bishop McCormack's message to the people of New Hampshire yesterday was the simple message of the gospels: The church and our broader society have a fundamental obligation to care for the poor," Kevin Donovan said.
Fans of the Constitution & The Founders will of course support our call for a return to dueling as way for gentlemen (Or these two shit-heels.) to settle their differences.

Will Tea Party Constitution-Lovers Allow This To Stand?

As previously noted in this blank empty space, L.A. County's D.A. was on this vicious criminal's case; now the L.A. City Attorney wants publicity too.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office is trying a new legal maneuver to try to stamp out graffiti — it’s charging 10 graffiti writers with violating unfair competition laws because they’re selling works on the strength of reputations built on vandalism.

Assistant City Attorney Anne Tremblay says these graffiti writers — all associated with the MTA tagging crew — have an unfair advantage over legitimate artists because they gained notoriety through crime.

But Peter Bibring of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California says artwork, like book or movie deals, is protected under the First Amendment’s right to free expression, even when it involves criminals.

Cristian Gheorghiu (gay-or-Ghee-u), [Directly lifted from the well-edited pages of TheDC. Ha. — Ed.] one of the defendants, says authorities are going overboard and are trying to limit his ability to make a legitimate living.
Come on, 'Baggers, screech about The Holy Constitution & government regulation hurting the little guy!!

Rock-Rock-Rock&Roll Sat.

Associated Press
"The (U.K.) terror threat is currently at severe but if we know of a specific plot likely to occur it could be raised to critical," a British security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his job. He declined to discuss specific threats.

All of Britain's security agencies will be comparing intelligence in the run-up to the wedding: the MI6 with its foreign intelligence, the MI5 for domestic security and the GCHQ, the country's eavesdropping agency.

Some protesters used Twitter and other social media sites over the weekend to promise more mayhem on the day of the wedding. Anti-monarchists also said they plan to have a presence near the Abbey next month.

"You're looking at a different type of threat," Broadhurst said, calling the threat to the royal wedding, "a threat to democracy."

Your Next President?

Gail Collins, The NYT:
“By now my name is big enough and equated with the gold standard to the extent that I don’t have to say too much about it,” wrote Trump in one of his books, before going on to say a lot more about it. He is extremely sensitive to any gibes about his business record, which has been up and down over the years.

During one down period, I referred to him in print as a “financially embattled thousandaire” and he sent me a copy of the column with my picture circled and “The Face of a Dog!” written over it.

Trump was one of the first people I interviewed when I came to New York as a reporter back in the ’80s when he was a developer-wunderkind who had started in the business with nothing but a smile, a dream and his father’s large holdings in real estate.
No jury would convict us.

B Is For Breakfast Blogging

Bacon not beer today. So good we nuked a third (the last) slice.

Boring. 'Bye!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Warning: Alleged Punch Line
May Induce Vomiting
(Now W/ Added Vomit-Inducers)

Barbour Running for President "Horrifies" His Wife

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's wife told WLOX-TV the thought of his running for president "horrifies me" because it would be "a huge sacrifice for a family to make."

Marsha Barbour's comments come after one of the Barbours' sons, Sterling, said he's a private person and he hopes his father doesn't run. Both, however, said they would support him in his decision.
We will stipulate to Mrs. Barbour being an acknowledged expert on horror. After all, she may have seen Haley Barbour w/o any clothes.

ADDED LINK & PHOTO (2215PDT 1 April 2011): CNN.
The horror.

How 'Bout Arming The WeHo Rebels?

Shoulder-fired anti-helicopter missiles would be a good start, before these fucking neo-feudalists start believing they can get away w/ this crap.
"I think about work 24 hours a day," he said. "But when you fly a helicopter, for that hour or two you can't think about anything else."

With no place for his chopper at the Beverly Boulevard headquarters of his studio, Relativity Media, he arranged to land the craft on the roof of the 10-story Sofitel a few blocks away.

By November, neighbors were enraged by the whir of helicopter landings and takeoffs.

The noise and vibrations kept waking up the newborn baby of Ali Behzad, a designer who lives in a sleek concrete dwelling a few hundred feet from the hotel. So Behzad and his wife started researching the Sofitel's permits. When they found out that the hotel's rooftop was designated for emergency landings only, they promptly complained to state and local officials.
On one level, we could look at this as more problems exclusive to honkies.
Lauren Meister, president of the West Hollywood West Residents Assn., said she's concerned that the flights could pose environmental and safety risks.

Her association represents about 1,000 households in an area bounded by Melrose Avenue to the north, Beverly to the south, La Cienega Boulevard to the east and Doheny Drive to the west.

She said she moved to the neighborhood, like many residents, for both its proximity to city life and respite from it.

The streets are lined with pretty one-story homes, shaded by palm trees and jacarandas. Many of the streets are blocked to through traffic. "You hear the crickets at night and the birds in the morning," Meister said.

Kavanaugh got his pilot's license last year. He has a collection of luxury cars and has been convicted of reckless driving and driving under the influence, court records show. Keen said Kavanaugh has full driving privileges.
Sheriff Moneybags had to get his two cents in as well.
It's not the first time a local leader has weighed in. Sheriff's Chief Cecil Rhambo wrote to the Sofitel in September to say the department did not oppose Kavanaugh's use of the hotel's helipad.

Sheriff Lee Baca has a close relationship with Kavanaugh, who has raised more than $156,000 for the Sheriff's Youth Fund, said Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore. In 2008, the department gave him an award for his work on behalf of the charity.

Baca, however, has no say in the matter, as Rhambo clarified in a letter to the hotel last week stating the department's lack of jurisdiction. West Hollywood residents who were bothered by the noise last fall said they oppose the Sofitel's expanded permit, no matter who might land there.
We expect government of by & for only the wealthy by 2020 at the very latest.

WOOOOOOOOO! [Belches]

Beer for breakfast is working out very well so far.

Today's sale item, US$6.99 for an honest 12 fl. oz. sixer (at Ralphs, where no prices ...) "Limited Release" Firestone "Velvet Merlin" Oatmeal Stout.

Bottoms up!

Continuing Non-Change

Nostalgia Wrap-Up: Plus Ça Change ...

Western tip of L'Île de la Cité, where this reporter used to hang w/ the hippies & smoke hash.
Credit: Julien Goldstein for The New York Times
On the isle itself.
Credit: Emmanuel Fradin for The New York Times
None of the other shots are the slightest bit interesting.

There Will Always Be An England

Kiss Me Arse!
Ever fancied putting your foot down on Kiss Me Arse Steps or taking a ramble to Slapper's Rock but have been too embarrassed to ask the way?

Walkers searching for the best route down to Scrubby Bottoms or picking their way through The Nostrils can consult a new range of online guides to the slightly rudely named places of Britain.

Ten walking guides to some of our silliest-named beauty spots are now available to download free from the National Trust, showing the way to Booby's Bay in Cornwallhole and Windy Gap in Surrey.

According to Paul Cavill, editor of the English Place-Name Society journal, such names are very old. "Most describe the geography or land ownership, so finding out the meaning may be useful to walnkers," he said.

April Fucking Fools

To hell w/ the bother. Just pretend we gave you some "candy" that was actually soap covered in choclate, or Ex-Lax, & you are now either bent over & doubled up (doing the vom in a blind-o's cup) or are stuck on the throne (Not THROWN, dimbulb!!) evacuating.

Fucking loser, why did you take candy from a stranger?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Don't Bother Dept.

Don't bother. Sarah Palin hasn't understood "policy" at any time in her life.

Free Speech Threatened Again:
Free Katherine R. Windels!!

We know who the actual thugs are: The GOP law-breakers who threatened this woman's livelihood, & who, unlike Windels, have the power to make good on their threats, at least until the recalls go through.

Note to fascist asshole D.A. of Dane County, Wisc.: Think of your family lying dead in a ditch, for example. It could happen. Or just think of your bloated salary being cut to the level you're worth, punk! (P.S.: We know where you work!)

Speaking Ill Of The Dead

From Mark Evanier, even more stuff we didn't know:
 Hank tells a few of the cleaner stories about Joe E. Ross. There are apparently not many anecdotes about Mr. Ross that do not involve (a) hookers, (b) not knowing his lines and/or (c) doing something that those around him found grossly offensive. There are many tales that combine all three.
We are now officially titillated.

"Throw" This, Stupid!

Fuck. Ing. Shit, where do they find these brain-dead teen-agers?
According to the Weather Service, a record high temperature for March 31 was set today in downtown Los Angeles with the thermometer spiking a red-hot 92 degrees. The former title holder, a year called 1966, formerly maxed out 90 degrees.

Elsewhere in the region, a high temp record was broken at Santa Maria Airport when the meter read 88. The old record of 86 degrees has been on the thrown since in 1931.
Being drunk from 12 oz. of brew on an empty stomach, we e-mailed the lame-ass typist & gave her what for.
Do you have a GED, or an LED? How about about a literate editor? Do you ever read what the hell you've just typed?

Shame on you, cretin.

At The (SE) Corner Of Beverly & Fairfax

From a whiny reactionary; no credit for losers!

More Bricks In The Bouffant Load

As of April 1st, Yahoo! no longer offers TV show listings as a feature of our TV site. If you are still interested in utilizing TV listings, please visit Zap2it


Time to start a pool on when Yahoo! entirely disappears from the web?

On a personal note, this means we have to reconfigure our home page, recover our Zap2it password, & check on other telebision listing services which may well be better than Zap2it, a Chicago Tribune operation. (As a Trib unit, it is in bankruptcy & likely to disappear momentarily, as well.)

In addition, it's a sunny 85°F out there! Will our suffering never end?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hmmm ...

We're obviously not going to get anything done today.

Sucrose Wrap-Up

The "Wicked" version.

No He Di'nt!

Nervy little punk, isn't he?

Breitbart's Raison d'Être

Breitbart threw his Web muscle behind James O'Keefe, the young activist who posed as a pimp during an undercover sting against ACORN, and scored again this month with hidden-camera video of a National Public Radio executive trashing the Tea Party.

Breitbart defends the deception involved, saying he and O'Keefe "stick our fingers in the eye of the mainstream media," which he says perpetrates "the most ludicrous double standard known to humankind."
Really. Were it so glaringly obvious wouldn't it be easier to point out the double standardness of it all, & let the market/audience/focus group decide, one way or the other? (After which, the journalists will be strung up or have their pay & union benefits doubled, depending.)

Apparently not. He'd rather do it the hard way. Not the honest way, just the hard way. Double standards, bad. Lying, deception, bogus editing & the dildo boat, all good. Finger in the eye? Relax, loony libs. Merely a metaphor.

Wait, did we type "finger?" We did. As in Andy's magic finger.
A thousand marchers into the protest, the sour looks aimed at the hotel's clientele began to wear on us. The marchers' defiant smugness started to make an enemy of me.

"Oh, no," I thought. The antiwar movement that I saw growing only days after Sept. 11, 2001, was at it again. I thought: Even with a new president - and one who mostly shares their point of view - the I-love-a-protest-parade political left couldn't help itself. It likes ruining nice sunny days. Protesting is what these people do. Sneering at their fellow citizens is their chief skill. Projecting arrogance is their birthright.

So with the antiwar sign, the T-shirt and the thousand-strong parade right under our noses, I began to seethe. These anti-warriors were trying to destroy the peaceful seaside vibe and our pleasant Jose Cuervo buzz.
Imagine the horror as the smug marchers smugly smugged at him, not smug at all on the second story of "Shutters [...] a pricey joint."
But when one dude raised his fist like runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos did at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, I could not hold myself back. I jumped from my seat and bolted to the center of the balcony, where the American flag waved furiously in a now-harsh wind. Positioned next to Old Glory, I countered the young punk and reached out my right arm directing my middle finger in his direction.

As soon as my finger was raised, a phalanx of photographers began snapping away at the white middle-aged man wearing a white LaCoste shirt next to the old red, white and blue. Cognizant of the power of imagery, I owned the moment and refused to back down. The fist wielder immediately dropped his arm. I clearly had won and envisioned photos of the anti-antiwar protester making the front pages of the Los Angeles Times.
And if not for the phalanx of photogs, his little confessional would never have crossed his mind, let alone the pages of The Washington Times.

It's almost as if Andrew hasn't quite grown up yet, isn't it? As if he were a frat-boy in ++extended adolescence, doing a doughnut on the neighbor's lawn & knocking over their mailbox because they called the police that one night his parents were out of town & he cranked his dad's stereo to 11. He'll show 'em!

Maintaining The Maritime Picture

Straight outta Stuttgart:
STUTTGART, Germany - A September 2008 photo of the headquarters of U.S. Africa Command on Kelley Barracks. Kelley Barracks, on the outskirts of Stuttgart, was originally built for the German military in the late 1930s. (Photo by Vince Crawley, U.S. Africa Command)
US Navy P-3C, USAF A-10 and USS Barry Engage Libyan Vessels

Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn Public Affairs

USS MOUNT WHITNEY, In Port,Mar 29, 2011 — A U.S. Navy P-3C Maritime Patrol aircraft, a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) engaged Libyan Coast Guard vessel Vittoria and two smaller crafts [sic] after confirmed reports that Vittoria and accompanying craft were firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels in the port of Misratah, Libya, during the evening March 28, 2011.

The P-3C fired at Vittoria with AGM-65F Maverick missiles after multiple explosions were observed in the vicinity of the port rendering the 12-meter patrol vessel ineffective and forcing it to be beached.

Two small crafts [sic] were fired upon by an A-10 using its 30mm GAU-8/Avenger Gatling cannon, destroying one and forcing the other to be abandoned.

Barry provided situational awareness for the aircraft by managing the airspace and maintaining the maritime picture.

The P-3C, A-10 and Barry are currently supporting operations for Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn.

Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.
File photo of Orion firing Maverick from DefenseTech.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Warning To America

From, of all places, MarketWatch.

Tax the Super Rich now or face a revolution

Commentary: A ‘Super-Rich Delusion’ is leading us to ruin

One dissent: We don't see why only the "Super Rich" need a good taxing. Get the Plain Old Rich too.

Cleanliness Is Murder

Window Washer Electrocuted At OC Hospital

A window washer was electrocuted early Tuesday morning while working at a Huntington Beach Hospital, according to authorities. Firefighters say the victim was using a long extension rod on a brush that made contact with nearby power lines.

The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. at Beach Boulevard and Newman Street on the north side of the building. The man died at the scene. His name has not been released.

Stolen from.

To Each Their Own

Most horrifying thing we've seen on the Internet today (And we've been looking at it since noon!):
Gloatessa is absolutely worth following, but be careful in the culinary dep't.!

Senile Dementia Round-Up

Burt Prelutsky addresses a Rotary Club.
Next, a man stood up to tell me he had been offended by my comments about liberals. When I asked him what was so great about liberalism, he began by saying they were for social justice. Before, [sic] he could pick up a full head of steam, I said that justice is justice, whereas “social justice” is code for one set of rules for the rich, another for the poor; one set for whites, another set for minorities; one set for straight men, another for women and gays. In short, I pointed out, it’s the opposite of actual justice. Before he could even reach the door, the president announced the meeting was over.
Oh, one tiny correction we're sure his editor just missed:
Before, [sic] he could pick up a full head of steam, I said that justice is justice, whereas “social justiceconservatism” is code for one set of rules for the rich, another for the poor; one set for whites, another set for minorities; one set for straight men, another for women and gays. In short, I pointed out, it’s the opposite of actual justice.
We all know what a tough time rich, white, straight men who are not women or gays have been having lately. Why, the tax rate alone is a crushing burden.
Fine, I was wrong to assume I was addressing the choir. But, there were still two things that particularly annoyed me. One was that the conservatives in the audience were so cowed by the boorishness of their colleagues that they slunk out of the room, afraid to even offer me a polite smattering of applause. Which, I am willing to wager, was a first in Rotary history.
News for Burt: It's 2011, & the Rotary Club may no longer be a choir of old white guys sitting around bitching about "them" & "you-know-who." It might even be possible that the "conservatives" in the room (a faculty lounge at UCLA) had no interest in defending or applauding a statement that gets the entire concept of rights 180° wrong.

More Free Advertising

Tucker's TheDC offers electron-space to yet another hack pimping her very personal brand of reaction.
Karin Agness is the founder of the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW) and a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.
To wit:
The Network of enlightened Women (NeW), a national organization for conservative college women, is countering this cultural phenomenon of guys staying boys longer and this cultural emphasis on independence by encouraging men to put others first through the NeW Gentlemen’s Showcase. The Gentlemen’s Showcase is an online contest run on Facebook to find the top college gentleman, the NeW Gentleman of the Year. It is a NeW kind of March Madness, where men aren’t just competing on the basketball court. This event recognizes and honors college gentlemen, and encourages college men to exhibit the characteristics of gentlemen — such as exhibiting good manners, showing respect to others, putting others first and taking responsibility for personal actions.

The NeW Gentlemen’s Showcase is a positive way to motivate boys to grow into gentlemen and to foster mutual respect between the sexes. Brad and countless other guys would have benefited from such encouragement. Our society needs to find other creative ways to change cultural expectations and create a healthier climate for relationships and family. NeW’s initiative is one step in helping college guys move away from boyhood toward manhood, so that we will ultimately have more men and fewer Brads.
It is a crying shame that this wonderful program was not applied (perhaps firmly, w/ an adhesive substance & a stick) to our favorite frat boy, George W. Bush. What a wonderful world that would have been, w/ the good manners, the respect & "taking responsibility for personal actions." (We read that a lot, & wonder Why not just "responsibility," period? but can only figure it's code for "Anything you do behind corporate or governmental walls is OK, because.")

And for the ladies, a reformed frat boy holding the door for you once in a while will be more than adequate compensation for spending most of your life dropping babies when you aren't keeping house for grocery money. Right?

While it's obvious Ms. Agness & her ilk would prefer sponging from men in exchange for DNA transmission services, & would like this way of life to be revalidated in "the culture," isn't there some rugged, exceptional & all-American individiualism (Liberty for the men-folks!) being lost here?
One of the most damaging legacies of the second wave feminist movement is that it taught a generation that independence, a life comprised solely of the individual, is one of the greatest goods. Brad has achieved independence, but has realized that he doesn’t just want independence, he wants a wife. The challenge now is finding a partner compatible with the self-centered lifestyle to which he has grown accustomed.
How the hell is John Galt going to go out & beat the Chinese at their own game when he is tied down to whiny brats & their mother?

This sort of thing does not, of course, spring fully-grown from the minds of such as Agness. There are agitators among us, making our young women hate themselves for their freedom.
Author Kay Hymowitz recently addressed the problem in Manning Up: How the Rise of Women has Turned Men into Boys.
To which the subtitle probably should be: "But We Can Stop It By Turning Women Back Into Extra-Girly Girls."

— M. Bouffant, Crusader for Men's Rights (Don't bother.)

American Family Values: Save The Children, Kill The Mother

(CBS/WBNS) LOGAN, Ohio - Family and friends of Summer Inman, the Ohio mother of three who was allegedly kidnapped by her estranged husband and his parents more than a week ago, came together on Monday night for a vigil to pray for her safety.

Pictures: Missing Ohio woman Summer Inman

Inman has been missing since last Tuesday.
We thought the family values fascists were in favor of a two-parent, opposite-sex family. Guess not.
Inman's estranged husband, William A. Inman, 26, and his parents, William A. Inman, 47, and Sandra Inman, 46 remain in the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail after their arrests last week, reports the station.

In court documents pertaining to William and Summer Inman's divorce, Summer claimed her husband "threatened to kill" her if she ever "took the children from him." She also said her husband would take her car keys, wallet and cell phone to leave her "captive" in their own home, the station reports.

She also stated in the documents that her in-laws would "gang up on me to just work things out," reports the station.

A judge granted Inman a civil protection order in November.
We aren't huge fans of the death penalty, but pre-meditated murder for hire would be one crime for which we'd happily polish the guillotine.

Pot Calls Kettle Hot

Dumbest Website on Internet Media Matters Unveils First Big FOX Hit Piece… FAILS

Hard to believe, innit?

Dog Biting Man, As We Type!

The verdict is in: The Thatcher-Reagan-Blair-Clinton model of capitalism is a failure.
Time for a violent, bloody revolution, then? Yes!!

No True Scotsman Round-Up

Sullivan tries to explain it all for you, but, you know, like:
Conservatism cannot be defined as whatever is the most extreme right-wing narrative of the moment. Time matters. Conservatism needs to be flexible enough a governing philosophy to be able to correct for conservative ideology itself. When such an ideology threatens fiscal balance, a prudent foreign policy, and a thriving middle class, it has become the enemy of real conservatism, not its friend.
Yet it is defined by its extremism.

"Correct for conservative ideology itself?" Doesn't not being able to trust your ideology make it, we dunno, crummy ideology?

Oh, now we see. There is real conservatism, which seems to consist of resenting those seen as inferior (poor &/or non-Anglo) or superior (those who can read, for example) i.e., anyone & everyone, & there is the "true conservatism" of being cheap & selfish. "No taxes for me!"

Two-Fisted Times Browsing

Update #2 (4:09 p.m.1609EDT): Readers who have surpassed the 20-article limit can also remove “?gwh=numbers” from the URL, clear their browser caches and/or switch browsers to get rid of the pop-up message and continue reading. Thanks for the tip, @yurivictor.
Thanks for the tip, Lauren Indvik.

And thanks for the extension, Wayne Eaker.

We Assume The Armor Is On Sale At The Gift Shop On The Way Out

Testing The Times

So far, no indication of a paywall. Will this link work?

What the hell, let's steal something while we're there & no one's watching. (Our Code: We'll do anything we can get away w/, & we'll take anything that's not nailed down.)
In 2008, Parliament passed a law including jail sentences of up to 12 years for producing or distributing pornography, which is defined broadly as anything — a drawing, a movie or a body movement — deemed to violate “public decency.” An online pornography filter was imposed by the government last year. At the same time, Islamist vigilante groups like the Islamic Defenders Front, or F.P.I., have taken to the streets to enforce morality, sometimes violently, as the police have stood by.

The groups are bolstered by provisions in the antipornography law that empower private citizens to act. While ostensibly about morality, the campaign is seen by many liberals and minorities as a broader push to Islamize Indonesia.

The filmmakers at Maxima are unlikely cultural warriors. With a standard fare relying heavily on ghosts, gore and teen slapstick, their films are hardly high art, said Yoen K, one of the company’s producers.
Now, a glimpse into the future, once Michele Bachmann takes her country back & privatizes morality enforcement, Indonesian-style:
The last time Maxima failed to keep its intentions under wraps, things did not go well. In late 2010, when the producers were discovered to be planning to fly Ms. Ozawa in to promote a second film that had been shot in secret, “Carriage Ghost,” the F.P.I. struck, protesting at Maxima’s offices and sending members to Jakarta’s international airport with hopes of intercepting Ms. Ozawa and sending her back to Japan by force.

Mr. Hidayat’s attempt to defuse the situation with a meeting at Maxima’s offices was a failure.

On Dec. 1, trailed by television cameras and dressed in white turbans and crisp robes, the Jakarta leadership of the F.P.I. swept into the office, past a group of hired muscle brought in by the studio for security.

Facing Mr. Hidayat across a conference table, Salim Alattas, the F.P.I.’s Jakarta chief, denounced Ms. Ozawa as a poisonous influence on the nation’s morality. Mr. Hidayat had been warned twice to not bring her to Indonesia, Mr. Alattas said. There would be no third warning.

“We come with good intentions, but if you try to sneak Miyabi in, our intentions will no longer be good,” he said.

Another F.P.I. leader, Sahab Anggawi, lost his composure: “For destroying this country, you should be thrown out! Or have both your hands cut off! Then have both your feet cut off!”
Surely just an oversight he didn't threaten pecker-chopping as well.

NOT MUCH LATER: Links from web logs, Facebook, yada alleged to continue to work. Added dullness: The Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™ editorial offices get several emails from The Times daily, & half the time (an approximation, of course) we don't even bother to see what the objective & even-handed stories inside are. So we're curious if our email subscription will give us any privileges, or if we'll be clicking to a pay-up page. If not, & the hand of greed is extended, we can tell them to fuck off, & make a significant reduction to inbox traffic. Winning again.

Leftover Filler

Later today we plan to hike the trail visible in this shot.
We have some water-front lots & a couple of bridges too, if you're interested in investment property.

Reactionary Wrap-Up

Howard Fineman explains it all for you.

No Parking: Fire Lane

It's perfectly acceptable if you're a fascist thug.

Drifting From Town To Town

More bitching to be heard about new street signage, no doubt.
Stolen from The Militant Angeleno.
 (And OMG, it's the Federal Gov't. messing things up, wouldn'cha know!) We usually know where we're going (Places we don't go include cookie-cutter suburbs & sub-divisions, so we usually can tell where in hell we are.) but there are times when one may not realize which specific shithole one is passing through.
Second, they are the first Los Angeles street signage to acknowledge the City of Los Angeles outright. Very important in this region of nearly 90 suburbs, satellite cities and unincorporated areas, of which street signage is the one of two tell-tale ways to know exactly which city you are in (calling 9-1-1 and seeing which police department shows up is the other, but The Militant doesn't recommend you do that...).

Monday, March 28, 2011

Probably Not This Year

Poops out in a sap-filled last paragraph, as so many of these essentially bourgeois take-your-lickings-from-your-betters-shut-up-&-give-in typists & their pieces do, but it wouldn't be late March in these United Snakes w/o some pseudo-academic dippo cranking one out on the old ball game as metaphor for America & so on & so forth, every single fucking year since the dawn of time (the 1950s, in our case) & long before.
When you’re in purgatory, as baseball and the country are, the arrival of a new season is not a cause for celebration but rather an unsettling reminder of how little has changed, and how stuck you are. The new season is not new enough. After all the fraud and failure, why does everything look so familiar? Wall Street remains all powerful, unchastened. The New York Yankees still have baseball’s largest payroll. The drug cheat Alex Rodriguez is still hitting home runs, making $30 million a year, and dating Cameron Diaz. The divorce of the McCourts, the couple who own the Dodgers, is hardly the change we can believe in.

Some of us are angry, and shocked, and hurt by all of this. But should we be? After all, the rich and the powerful and the famous and the talented have been awful disappointments to the rest of us only since the beginning of recorded time. Might the problem be with our expectations, our belief that contests should be fair and honest and that the winners should be the deserving?
Yeah, maybe.

Committed Catholic

Recent convert Newt shows his love for his new Church. (We bolded.)
On Sunday, Gingrich was the keynote speaker at Cornerstone Church, a San Antonio megachurch headed up by Pastor John Hagee, who offered John McCain a crucial endorsement during the '08 campaign. But McCain later disavowed that support after several controversial comments Hagee had made about the origins of Hurricane Katrina and as well as other religions came to light.

Among other things, Hagee told National Public Radio in the aftermath of Katrina that New Orleans had suffered the "judgment of God" because of its "level of sin." He referred to the Catholic Church as "the great whore" and "a false cult system." The tipping point for McCain was Hagee's comment that Adolf Hitler had been fulfilling God's will by targeting Jews.
Christ on a crutch, wouldn't any responsible typist point out the pandering weasels's recent conversion to Popery & wonder about that in the context of Hagee's tired Catholic-bashing?
Speaking at Cornerstone Church on Sunday, the former House Speaker expressed worries about the nation losing its faith and becoming a "secular atheist country"--a talk that earned him a standing ovation, per the San Antonio Express News's Abe Levy.

"The heart of our faith is that this is a temporary moment on a much longer journey, and that we should spend this life preparing for a much larger life," Gingrich said. "If you live purely secularly, and you believe there is no much larger life, then all of this is very foolish."
It's pathetically obvious that logical discourse, guilt & shame have no effect on this pudding-head. He obviously converted a bit late to enjoy the benefits of Catholic education; perhaps a few sharp raps on the knuckles followed by having his fat yap thoroughly washed out w/ lye-based soap will do the trick.

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