Monday, May 9, 2011

Hey, I'm Available Too

Just noticed that our dear high school chum (Remember us? Mrs. Gross's English class at the École Active Bilingue, October '69 'til we stopped bothering sometime the next spring. No, we never spoke. Nothing, huh?) has separated from her hubby, the popular Hollywood robo-barbarian/groper & part-time politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.

What a shame. We're here for you, Maria. Call us if you want to talk.

Run, Rick, Run

On the Papist front, former Senator Rick Santorum (Loser-PA) is foaming at the mouth. Again.
Santorum's pitch is reductive. It assumes that his audience is angry that Republican candidates aren't passionate enough about explaining and defending what the party stands for. This makes a kind of sense. A Republican voter can watch Fox News, listen to talk radio, read the Drudge Report, and then listen to the people claiming to lead the party who don't seem nearly as worried as they do. Not so with Santorum.

"Why do you think the left wants to get your kids at two, three years of age?" he asks. "Why do they want early, early, early, early education? So they can get you quick! So they can convince you to just turn them over to them!"
¹

These answers start to have their intended effect: Santorum seems reassuringly worried. So the crowd listens.

"The Democrats' argument against the Medicare reform is that seniors simply can't take care of [themselves]," Santorum says. "They say, 'You can't give seniors choices! You can't give seniors options! You can't have them make decisions and take responsibility. You've got to do this for them!' As if when you turn 65, your brain capacity goes away! My mother's 92! She got an iPad a couple months ago, OK, and she's whizzing away on an iPad!... Are there people who can't? Sure. But don't, don't structure a system for people on the margins who can't. Structure it for the rest of them, and help those who can't."
Vouchers! Then all the decisions & all the responsibility are theirs. Yay freedom.

Policies, strawmen, death panels & freedom vouchers are fine, but an analysis of Rick's telebision appeal is primary here; no matter the message, the low-information voter gets her information straight from the screen.
Santorum's smile [...] contains most of the essential elements of a grimace ...
Ain't that the truth? Easily his creepiest feature, his mouth seems stuck in a permanent half-sneer. Many other examples. We liked this one w/ his god nailed up behind him.
Note illegal knock-off of Old Glory.
Also unattractive: The one-time Senator bristles w/ resentment.
The Rick Santorum show is a continuation of the campaign that ended on Election Day in Pennsylvania in 2006. Santorum knows why he lost, but his anger at the unfairness of the loss simmers like radiation whenever he starts to answer a question.
(Granted, an angry Italo-Catholic isn't as frightening as an angry African-American of unknown religion, but certainly Santorum's farther down list of people w/ whom America would like to have a brew.)
Santorum goes on at length about this. That's his answer to a potential softball question: a lecture/sermon about disabilities and the miracle of life.

The crowd leaves impressed; the woman who asked about Medicare writes Santorum a check for $35. Later, he'll appear at the state GOP's Silver Elephant Dinner in Columbia, and because every other candidate declined to accept an invitation, he'll get to give a long version of his speech to a captive crowd. Only a couple of people leave before he's done. The people who stay give him a standing ovation.

"I like him," says Dean Allen, a mutton-chopped Tea Party activist from Greenville. "I don't think we need to wait for anyone else. They're retreads."

Republicans participate in a straw poll after the dinner's over. Four hundred and eight of them cast ballots before heading into the warm night. Santorum wins in a walk.

Santorum/Cain 2012! Don't think it can happen? Apply that bookmark now!

On an equally serious note, we are amused by the faithful giving their straw votes to the first or only buffoon who shows up to pay attention to them or echoes their concerns, whatever exactly those concerns are beyond the FOX/Drudge concern of the day.

¹The editorial staff's maternal grandmother, pretty much a right-wing drooler, once advised the then six or seven-yr. old editor that in Russia the commies took children from their parents & brain-washed them. This certainly sounds like a good idea (If only because it will piss off the reactionaries.) & may have inspired some of our editorial positions.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ministry Of Propaganda

Is this sadly familiar?
The March of Time is putting out a collection of old newsreels, stock shots and many bridging reenactments that runs the length of a feature picture and tells all in the title: The Ramparts We Watch. It is history and also rub-a-dub-dub. There are indications in the early sections that under the corporalship of Mr. Luce time was marching two ways at once, and that there might possibly be two sides to how fast we tossed young fellers into the overseas furnace; but by the end the purpose is pretty well straightened out.

Whatever the purpose, the effect of a thing like this lies in how well it is done. There have been several collections of World War shots that reached a higher emotional rise and climax—back in the days when raising boys to be soldiers was not being done in the better magazines, remember? But its over-all coverage of how the country felt and how the Wilson Cabinet and New York streets and ladies’ hats and new Packards looked; what people were saying and singing and dancing to; what happened in church and in the schools and town meetings; who was being elected or run out of town—in this recreation of an era it is a handsome thing to see. In spite of the inevitable trace of stiltedness attaching to the people in documentaries who are set doing things as actors without really being actors, the little representative groups of students, gals, doctors, lawyers, politicians and journalists are put in motion with a nearer approach to things as they were than you find in memory. And the sound division has done a major job of recreation: you will hear every song of those days you can remember, and as many more you’ve forgotten. (But may I hope that some day some man who scores music will go listen to how a bugle call is played by a bugler, not a second desk trumpet brought up on the Egmont Overture? It's a lot to ask, but a hope worth hoping, for a good bugler is one of the joys of life and may not be copied.)

Very well, the job is well done. And it touches on the mighty theme of a nation coming to life and to arms. It is stirring. Very well, stirring to what?

Here is where the objections come in, and the question: even granting it is all truth, which it isn’t, how much of the whole truth is it? Was the war as easy as that? A few ships, a few shell-bursts, many men marching and some of them rather dirty? A German or two eased off a home-guard committee? Liberty Loans for liberty and not to buy up the bag Morgan and Company was holding? Khaki and shoes and guns turned out with a busy will for the boys over there and none of them paper, or backfiring? No disillusion but a few brave tears of a mother? American boys in France saying “Vive la France” and Frenchmen in cabarets saying “Vive Vilson” and nothing, absolutely nothing else to the AEF? Barracks and no slackers, no objectors? No beatings and witch hunts? Really?

The fever, the national will, the whoop and hoorah were all true at the time, no doubt. So was the world square once; so were the lives of men dependent on the will of the little people. Now we know otherwise—or we did yesterday. And to leave out what we have learned, to say for truth what we know was false, to pass over the misery, the stupidity, the greed, the waste and slaughter, is to blowup a great recruiting poster, an invitation to leave your head outside. We may be proud to be America. We may be ready to stand back of it. But these are just the times when we should turn away from any group of cheapjacks using such times and such high and noble emotions for nothing in the world but to sell their stinking little tent show. I’m afraid this film comes with very good timing, and I know it is done as smooth as oil. But we should have learned by now. If that’s what you want, America, take it away.

This article originally ran in the August 4, 1940, issue of the magazine. [TNR, if you had the sense not to click. — Ed.]
Has it been 70+yrs.? Hard to tell.

From The Land Of Fruits & Nuts*

Yes, it started here, in the capital of Kansas & Iowa (by the Sea) too. Whatcha gonna do about it?
Most of these settlers, battered by the Dust Bowl, were drawn to the Los Angeles area by the jobs that came with the massive defense spending that accompanied and followed World War II, and were soon inhabiting America’s first major “sprawl” community. Neighborhood churches became a focal point for political activism, and a militant anticommunism become a near-universal creed.

[...]

But it is in the realm of politics where California’s Christian conservatives most significantly led the way. Whereas white Christians in the South didn’t bolt the Democratic Party until the 1960s, their brethren in California began leaving as far back as the 1940s and ’50s, Dochuck notes, thanks to the growing progressivism of California’s Democratic Party and its labor allies. There were widespread battles over school curricula and textbooks in California a good forty years before the Christian Coalition made school boards a prime target across the country. Dochuk also suggests that California’s political culture (up to and including the shock of the Watts riots of 1965) forced southern expats to abandon overt racism and pioneer the sort of race-is-not-an-issue rhetoric and aggressive recruitment of like-minded African American and Latino ministers, a strategy that southern conservatives took longer to adopt.

By the end of the 1950s, much of what was later known as the Christian right was already in place in Southern California, with very active evangelical ministers and lay people avidly backing conservative cultural and economic causes and assisting in a conservative takeover of the state’s Republican Party. It’s no wonder that the area was a hotbed of support for Barry Goldwater’s candidacy in 1964, which in turn was the basis for Ronald Reagan’s successful gubernatorial run in 1966.
It is, we sadly suppose, in their natures to be two-faced, & there's nothing to be done about it.
Throughout Dochuk’s book, conservative evangelicals regularly alternate between the defensive reaction of the “righteous remnant” to the alleged tyranny of secular humanists and big government, and self-assured claims that they represented a “moral majority” that was simply exercising the right to self-government. This ambiguity about the basic nature of America has become a regular feature not only of the Christian right but also of today’s big conservative grassroots movement (which heavily overlaps in membership with the Christian right), the Tea Party movement.

It may well be that this ambivalence was born in California, the wonderland and nightmare of so many of the “plain folk” and leaders Dochuk writes about in this ultimately fascinating portrait of the early Christian right.
What a fucking shit-hole of filthy hypocrisy. And we live here (if you can call it living).

*Alternatively, someone gave the continent a good shaking & everything loose rolled to Southern California.

Neo-Classicism

Show Us The Corpse!

Cause Or Symptom?

From the ever self-righteous Sullivan:
David Cain chastises himself for using words that usually indicate he's being "presumptuous, simple-minded, or sneaky." Part of the reason he recoils from using the word "deserve":
The typical story is like this: “Something terrible happened today, many people suffering, who deserves the blame?” And that’s the fun part, the payoff. The discussion surrounding who deserves to be ostracized, fired or killed is always more attractive than the one about how we can help.
Post-Katrina: "Stop finger pointing!" "No assigning blame!" "Blah blah." "Yada yada." Fuck you.

Some are attracted to determining the causes of disasters & dealing therew/. Some are attracted to avoiding even mention of the structures that so often lead to disaster & prefer to alleviate symptoms, promote civility & sing Kum-buy-yada. Why is it not surprising that those who whine the most about responsibility & accountability are those who screech loudest that "fingers are being pointed, that doesn't help anyone?"

Worth Celebrating

It is stated on the Internet that Robert Johnson would be 100 yrs. old today, had he not sold his soul to the devil for a brief recording career.RJ's biggest mistake: Getting up in the morning.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Remind Us Of The Origins
Of Political Power

Something to do w/ a gun & its barrel, if we recall.
More broadly, the ongoing turmoil in global financial markets and the world economy is being accompanied by warnings from the spokesmen of international finance capital that there is no prospect of pre-crisis conditions returning. Their demands are for increasing austerity measures directed against the working class.

Announcing a 38 percent profit increase this week, the head of the ANZ banking group in Australia, Mike Smith, warned that Australian businesses had been structured for a “bull market and constant growth. What has happened is that, after the crisis, we have an adjustment where certain sections of the economy have suddenly become globally uncompetitive and the models they had operated with are no longer sustainable.” It was “unrealistic,” he said, to expect a return to “pre-crisis times.”

These warnings of a “paradigm shift” underscore the fact that the financial crisis of 2008-2009 was not a cyclical downturn but the start of a massive restructuring of economic and social relations on a global scale, aimed at driving down the social position of the working class to levels not seen since the Great Depression. The global corporate and financial elites are pressing forward with the imposition of this program. The working class must respond by initiating the struggle for political power as the first necessary step towards ending the profit system and implementing a socialist economic program on an international scale.
Waiting for something, workers of the world?

May-December

May 2011.
December(?) 196X.

Gingtegrity

Gingrich is still "testing the waters,'' which means he does not have to disclose donors to the Federal Elections Commission.

"It's becoming increasingly clear that we're not going to make the deadline,'' said Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler. "We had always planned to be in the debate and want to be in the debate, but I don't think we will.''

Tyler explained that Gingrich has "business entanglements'' and "contractual obligations'' that legally prevent him from immediately creating an exploratory campaign. He added that Republicans shouldn't see Gingrich's absence as a sign that he is leaning against a presidential bid.

"I think people already understand that he's serious,'' he said.
Serious as cancer, as they say.

We suppose most of the obligations & entanglements have to do w/ just how much cash honorary American Rupert Murdoch has been funneling to Griftie, but doesn't it sound deliciously corrupt? Almost dirty, even. Nonetheless, now that connections have been severed, or suspended, or something (you know how it is ...):
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich plans to officially enter the presidential race early next week, he told Hotline On Call before Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner.

"I'll be in by the 10th or 11th," Gingrich said, without elaborating on where or how he would announce his candidacy.

Gingrich had previously hinted that his announcement could come this week, telling reporters in Philadelphia on Thursday, "I would just say to folks who are really curious: Watch Facebook and Twitter in the next week. I think you'll have all the information you need."
The last two sentences are as chilling a prediction as any about the impending stupidity singularity.

Friday, May 6, 2011

"Cultural Snobbery" Follow-Up

Those Middletons. Not a thing vulgar about them, you awful elitists!! Remember?

TheDC has undermined that theory. Sister Pippa:
Whitehotpix / ZUMAPRESS.com
Even worse: Brother James may be "flamboyant."
Last year The Daily Mail published pictures of James wearing one of his sister’s polka dot dresses to a drag party. Says Katie Nicholl, the Mail on Sunday journalist and author of the book The Making of a Royal Romance: “It’s all part of that public school, dressing up, prankish lifestyle. It is what public-schoolboys do. He was just having a laugh and the last thing he expected was for those pictures to end up in a paper. Those pictures actually did not really bother him. The pictures that did upset him were the ones of him urinating.”
Oh you effete cultural snobs, leave these poor down-trodden entrepreneurs & their wonderful money alone! How dare you judge your betters? That precious money gives the the literal right to piss on you if they like. Bow or get wet!
James is not above bragging about his sister’s romance, however. When he does go out, one of his favorite haunts is the Fulham, London nightclub Maggie’s, themed in homage to right-wing icon Margaret Thatcher. According to one source, he has been spotted in there holding court, saying, “My sister is going to be the future queen. You will all be bowing to me one day.”

The remarks were apparently made with tongue in cheek, but such reports still alarm some at court, certainly much more than a few silly schoolboy pictures ever will.
Start polishing the guillotines!

TZ Glide

Today's Tl; Dr

It's from Salon, & is a hearty "fuck you" to David Brooks & his inspiration, Irving Kristol, the subject of yesterday's tl; dr, also from Salon. Coincidence, or an organized liberal attempt to suppress free speechpoint out what a piece of fascist shit Papa Kristol was?
In the 1970s corporate America began a conscious and well-funded effort to roll back the gains of the 1960s, undermine labor unions, beat back business regulations and slash taxes, and Kristol was at the heart of it. The former liberal attacked foundations for funding anti-corporate groups, and urged them to invest in their own think tanks and interest groups. "When you give away your stockholders' money, your philanthropy must serve the longer-term interests of the corporation. Corporate philanthropy should not be, and cannot be, disinterested." That doesn't sound terribly public-spirited to me.
Walsh's piece was inspired by shit spewed in today's NYT by professional lick-spittle & full-time toadie David Brooks.
Brooks quotes Kristol on the loss of true "public spiritedness," which Kristol defined as "curbing one's passions and moderating one's opinions in order to achieve a large consensus that will ensure domestic tranquility." Both men seem to hark back to a golden age when political and opinion leaders tried to balance the competing interests of different groups -- labor and business, and the wealthy and the struggling, mainly -- and in fact, there actually was an era like that. But Kristol played a central role in halting it, in rewriting that notion of public spiritedness and laying the intellectual foundations for the bitter class warfare -- the haves attacking the have-nots -- that over the last 30 years brought us the neo-Gilded Age economy we have now.

[...]

As always in the GOP universe, it seems the only people who should practice self-restraint are unions, working people and low-income families who depend on social services. The most glaring solipsism evident today is Brooks' own.
We anxiously await Mr. Brooks' reply. C'mon, you little chickenshit. please explain how it's all greedy poor people ruining everything.

Personal note: As we get to the stage in life where we could probably do a few yrs. in some prison, & might even be relieved to do so (WE'VE BEEN IN A PRISON ALL OUR LIFE! WHAT DIFFERENCE COULD IT POSSIBLY MAKE NOW?) we wonder who would be most deserving of a life-lesson from the Big Malig. Brooks, who desires so much violence be done to others, but is the dictionary definition of a simpering creep, w/ his weak little smile, crummy teeth & glasses (Gee, can anyone imagine why he's such a kiss-ass?) often seems like an especially deserving target, doesn't he?

And if Irving Kristol weren't dead now, he'd be another candidate. Perhaps the sins of the father can be paid by the son.

Friday Nothing Blogging

Wknds. meaning nothing to us except that for the next two days our stories, those nice ladies like Ellen, Oprah & Tyra, all the judges & all the gals on The View & The Talk will be replaced on the telly by oafs spitting & scratching.

All Goat Rock, All The Time

Longest two and a half min. song ever.

Quote Of The Day

Secondly, it's no surprise they ran this operation on PCs. I mean, a MAC is fine if you want to draw cute little pictures but if you're planning on assassinating any "most wanted" terrorists, you need to be on a PC. With Windows Vista at the least. I wonder if the Hewlett-Packard people are staring at this photo, trying to think of some way to use it in an ad.
We want the Classified & Top Secret stickers on Biden's devil-box.

Miss Michael Medved?

We didn't, but Tina B. must've thought we might, were we to be reminded of him, so suddenly Medved has a spot at Tina B.'s Daily Beast. He opens thusly:
As conservatives suffer endless repetitions of the solemn, soggy Democratic mantra of “shared sacrifice,” they need to resist the powerful temptation to snarl back, “I’m already sacrificing more than enough, thank you very much!”

Of course it’s only natural to feel righteous indignation toward some smug lefty who wants to take money out of your pocket, but it’s more important in this situation to win the substantive argument by underlining the core distinction between what government gives and what government takes. As the euphoria fades following Osama bin Laden’s demise and the nation gets back to the bitter business of coping with a looming fiscal catastrophe, Republicans need to fight back against cunning liberal attempts to equate a reduction in benefits distributed by the bureaucracy with an increase in taxes collected by that same bureaucracy.
Oh how clever & daring. "I gave at the office, losers." Refreshingly non-PC, thank you very much!

How do I project on thee? Let me count the ways: Solemn, soggy, mantra, smug, lefty & cunning.

Then (even) more name-calling, & vaguely Randian argle-bargle. Our eyes glazed over at "the true shirkers aren’t wealth producers and job creators," & by the time "In responding to such toxic us-versus-them rhetoric, Republicans face the daunting task of reassuring the public that the Ryan budget plan actually calls for corporations and wealthy Americans ultimately to pay more to the government, not less," came along, our eyes just rolled back in our head.

Really, Tina Brown? Fucking really?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Too Long; Read* Anyway

World War IV continues apace. Helps to explain Andrew Breitbart.
Central to the rhetoric of American rightists, be they literate neocons or populist wingnuts like Glenn Beck, is the accusation that America is on the verge of destruction by powerful enemies without and traitorous or defeatist progressives within. In this political psychodrama, the identity of the foreign threat is secondary. If terrorists identifying themselves with Peru’s Sendero Luminoso had massacred Americans on 9/11, conservatives might well have declared war on "Latinofascism," called for the invasion of Cuba, Venezuela and other leftist Latin American regimes, and denounced cultural relativism and multiculturalism and the welfare state for weakening the will of Americans to resist the imminent overthrow of Western civilization by Latin American Maoism.

[...]

In the essay, Irving
[Bill Kristol's proud papa! — M.B.] confessed that he had never really been interested in defeating the Soviet Union. The real enemy had been American liberalism, all along:
There is no "after the Cold War" for me. So far from having ended, my cold war has increased in intensity, as sector after sector of American life has been ruthlessly corrupted by the liberal ethos. It is an ethos that aims simultaneously at political and social collectivism on the one hand, and moral anarchy on the other. It cannot win, but it can make us all losers. We have, I do believe, reached a critical turning point in the history of the American democracy. Now that the other "Cold War" is over, the real cold war has begun. We are far less prepared for this cold war, far more vulnerable to our enemy, than was the case with our victorious war against a global communist threat. We are, I sometimes feel, starting from ground zero, and it is a conflict I shall be passing on to my children and grandchildren. But it is a far more interesting cold war -- intellectually interesting, spiritually interesting -- than the war we have so recently won, and I rather envy those young enough for the opportunities they will have to participate in it.
There are a few people on the American right who are interested in foreign policy for its own sake. But the majority of conservative pundits who write or talk about foreign policy, like Irving Kristol, are mainly interested in smearing Americans who disagree them with them as Fifth Columnists, traitors who are undermining America or Western Civilization or Democracy or whatever from within. Liberals are Enemies Within, in conscious or unconscious alliance with the Enemies Without.
War is not over.

*Past participle: We read it. Not trying to impose anything on any one in any way.

The Low-Information Voter

Know your enemy. These people have no idea how gov't. works, or why business bullshit can't be applied to gov't., but they eat up the crap they've read in business self-help books. One of them calls herself a small business owner. She's an Amway rep. (Sadly not in this segment. Maybe later.) Multi-level marketing will save America!!

1277 Express To Heaven
Speeding Along Like Dynamite

So, if bin Laden hates us for our trains,
A rushed examination of the trove of materials from the compound in Pakistan prompted Obama administration officials on Thursday to issue a warning that Al Qaeda last year had considered attacks on American railroads.

The documents include a handwritten notebook from February 2010 that discusses tampering with tracks to derail a train on a bridge, possibly on Christmas, New Year’s Day, the day of the State of the Union address or the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials said. But they said there was no evidence of a specific plot.
The Dagny Taggart Express.
will we now hear a chorus of Republicans who want high-speed rail?

They Call It Art. We Guess.

Debate Society: Feel The Cain-Mentum!

First questions some FOXite asks: How wimpy is Obama?

1808: Herman Cain is NOT in government! But he can recite the businessman's approach to war as enterprise: "What's your objective?"

1815: Pawlenty has been to many of those countries. Chris Wallace asked: Have you made up your mind about water-boarding. T-Paw supports water-boarding!! Show of hands: Paul, Johnson no, every one else YES!! Now Cain quotes what he heard Netanyahu say.

Duck, it's Juan Williams w/ jobs questions!

Pawlenty is a talking point hack.

Paul wants a free market to put trial lawyers out of business. You know, arbitrators. Totally fair. To doctors.

Now, a commercial break. FOXNews is totally a public service organization!

1831: Santorum on health care: It's un-American & takes away our freedom. Hope you get sick & die painfully, you stupid, stupid bastard.

Ron Paul: Gold standard!!

Herman Cain: Fair Tax!

Herman Cain: Can still recite the businessman's approach to war as enterprise: What's your objective?

1850: Gary Johnson is a "free market guy."

Gawd, please, no: This goes on for another 36 mins.? Thought it was merely an hr.

Ron Paul's new book has a chapter on marriage. All for religious or private contract marriage. How much is the arbitrator's assoc. paying this bastard. This translates to support of DOMA?

T-Paw: Can't be anti-business (UNIONS!) & pro-jobs!!

Herman Cain: Businessman! Leader! Never held office!!

Santorum remembers when he won a few Congressional races in the '90s.

Santorum/Paul 2012: Hypocrisy & Heroin

POST-DEBATE w/ Frank Luntz & his flying monkeys: Cain! They'd never heard of him, but his recitation of business babble & MBA-speak wowed 'em.

Life On The Off-Ramp

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Last Movie

Background. Don't bother, it's here only 'cause we're dulled out by discussion & re-hashing of violent & untimely death, & wanted to envision a peaceful old age.

IT BEGINS ...

We can't wait. Tomorrow, 2100ET, 1800PT, FOXNews. Check local listings for time & channel in your area.

For some it's good news.
The lineup is all set for Thursday night’s debate in Greenville, South Carolina. According to CNN, the debate will include:
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and businessman Herman Cain.
Assuming this is correct, it is worth noting that 40 percent of the debate participants (Johnson and Paul) will be libertarian-leaning Republicans.

This would be a dramatic shift from the 2008 debates where Ron Paul was often at odds with the rest of the field (such as McCain, Huckabee, Romney, and Giuliani) over various issues, including Iraq.

As I previously noted, if this trend were to continue, it could change how issues are framed, and ultimately how the GOP’s “brand” is perceived by the public.
Which seems "better," two out of five, or 40%? A bit surprised he didn't type "GOP Glibertarianism up 100%."

How the masses will perceive the First Five:
"Other right" to right (not to actual political scale):
Johnson, Frother, Cain, Paul, Pawlenty.
Sad to see that the one-time AOL typist from whom we stole this rot had not one comment as of a few mins. ago, for an item that appeared yesterday. (Five Facebook recommends, however. And worth the click just to see how TheDC is shoving ads throughout their stories.)

Oh, right:
As Ron Paul fans will likely point out, their man will technically be the closest thing to a front-runner on the stage Thursday.

The Texas congressman came in tied for fifth with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a recent Fox News poll, with 7 percent of the vote. That was two points better than Pawlenty fared in the same poll.

Santorum is the only other participant to have cracked the top 10 in the poll, with 3 percent.

Huck & Those Surreal Jews

He really does have a great relationship w/ them. Apparently even better than they realize.
Naturally, the ADL, which spends a great deal of time fighting those who would minimize or deny the full scope of the Holocaust, wasn’t happy. “It is highly inappropriate to use America’s mounting debt crisis as another occasion to invoke Nazis and the Holocaust, particularly on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time dedicated to memorializing, not trivializing, the 6 million Jews and millions of others who perished at the hands of the Nazis,” said Foxman.

This utterly predictable rebuke appeared to enrage Huckabee. “Governor Mike Huckabee said today, that the demand of ADL Director Abraham Foxman to apologize for his comments regarding the Holocaust were uninformed and misguided and called upon Foxman to apologize to him and retract his totally inappropriate and reckless attack issued recently,” said Huckabee’s team in an oddly ungrammatical statement on his HuckPac website.

The rebuttal went on to detail Huckabee’s support for Israel, as if that mooted any other offensive thing he might say. “Foxman’s remarks are not only factually wrong, but they are hurtful to me personally in light of my unequalled friendship with members of the Jewish community, and I ask Foxman to retract his statement as publicly as he issued it, and apologize for his lack of accuracy in issuing it and for the harm done by attacking the very strongest advocates for the Jewish people and Israel,” said Huckabee.

Plenty of Jews would blanch at the idea of Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister who says he wants to “take this nation back for Christ,” as one of their strongest advocates. The NRA speech wasn’t the first time he’s made analogies between Nazism and liberal policies—in the past, he’s spoken of the “holocaust of liberalized abortion.” And he seems to find Jews themselves exotic and almost bizarre. Speaking to Politico in February, he described having dinner with a group of Jews in New York this way: “I felt like I was sitting between Barbra Streisand and Woody Allen—it was really interesting; it was surreal.”
Here is surrealism, admittedly derivative, but we don't want to present Huck w/ anything too difficult for his Bible-believing, seminary-trained mind.
Or did he just mean they were keepin' it real, & he was down w/ it?
Huckabee usually gets away with this sort of thing because he is pro-Israel, if by pro-Israel one means unequivocally supporting Israeli irredentism. Unlike the majority of American Jews, he opposes a two-state solution, and in February he said Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem should be resettled in “a territory that [is] in the hands of Muslims, in the hands of Arabs,” which might make him the first modern American presidential aspirant to openly champion ethnic cleansing.

Huckabee’s ultra-Zionism is common among conservative evangelicals, many of whom hew to a theology, premillennial dispensationalism, in which the return of the Jews to Israel plays a crucial role in bringing on the rapture and the second coming of Christ. Huckabee even leads group tours of evangelicals to Israel for about $4,500 a person; naturally, one of the stops is Megiddo, or, in Greek, Armageddon.
Republicans: Fiscal conservatives, or easy marks? The Huckster realizes he has to fleece as many as possible before the rest of them drop dead.
First, that Huckabee could never raise enough to be a plausible contender. And second, that Huckabee—who is building a multi-million-dollar, 8,224-square-foot mansion* in Florida—won’t be willing (or can’t afford) to part with the fat paychecks he is pulling in from Fox, the lecture circuit, and various travel-related ventures. (His trip to Israel was a for-profit venture, in which he played tour guide to 180 travelers, and he is hosting an Alaskan cruise in June.)

Huckabee makes no effort whatsoever to deny either source of doubt. His love for his newly comfortable lifestyle is evident: “My wife and I grew up dirt poor, and honestly, this is beyond our wildest expectations. We are building our dream house! And look, I know what it’s like to be broke. When I ran before, I cashed in my annuities, my retirement plan, my life insurance. And I’m getting to an age where I can’t keep cashing in everything; I don’t want to be a government ward at the age of 74.”
Even five yrs. ago, could it have been imagined that failing in the Republican primaries, let alone having one's lunch of caribou jerky & moose milk handed to one by a popular vote of 53% to 47%, would be an excellent move for one's career & finances?

*He's fat & he has a big house!

And Don't Let The Door Hit You
On The Way Out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican John Ensign of Nevada apologized Monday to an all but empty Senate chamber for his extramarital affair with a former aide and hoped aloud that his legislative record would speak as his legacy.

Ensign announced in June 2009 that he had an extramarital affair with Cynthia Hampton, a former member of his campaign staff. Amid the scandal, his parents provided the Hamptons with $96,000, described as a gift, and Ensign helped find Doug Hampton, the husband, a lobbying job. The senator announced his resignation in late April.

Ensign’s farewell speech was notable as much for who was not there as for what he said. Not a single colleague came to hear him speak or to pay tribute to his service. The gallery was empty of family members and staffers who often pack its seats for such occasions. Five of Ensign’s staffers lined a bench on the Senate floor during his address; one could be seen wiping a tear with a tissue.

In the presiding officer’s chair, freshman Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., opened a folder on his desk and appeared to begin writing remarks on a separate matter the moment Ensign began speaking.
Bin Laden is summarily executed, but this prick won't even do time?

SCTV

Second Amendment Remedying

Shot fired for children's rights.

L.A. Times:
Police are trying to make sense of the shooting death Sunday of a well-known white-supremacist leader, allegedly at the hands of his young son.

Authorities believe the boy, whose age was not released, did not shoot his father by accident.

"We believe it was an intentional act,'' said Riverside police Lt. Ed Blevins.

Jeff Russell Hall, 32, was Southwestern regional director of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group based in Detroit. Police were called to his home at 4:04 a.m. Sunday and found a badly injured Hall lying on a couch.

Paramedics attempted to revive Hall, but he died at the scene, Blevins said. After interviewing Hall's wife and five children, police booked a minor son on a homicide charge, he said.

The boy was booked into Riverside County Juvenile Hall. Riverside County prosecutors are reviewing the case, Blevins said.
Riverside Press-Enterprise:
On Sunday afternoon, no one answered the door at the beige stucco, two-story home where Hall and his family lived.

A wreath with a blue cartoonish rabbit and Easter eggs with the words "Bunny Crossing" hung on the door, and Easter egg appliqués were stuck to a front window. A surveillance camera protruded from a corner of the roof, commanding the front of the house.

Whatever

Phrase Of The Day

The Washington Post’s junky rant against Princess Catherine’s entrepreneurial family


Not a cacked-out zombie on the corner of Hollywood & Western¹ mumbling-to-himself junkie, but the junk consumers purchase. (Fun w/ English: Why do you think they call it junk?)

Worse (including possible stench factor) than encountering our mythical junkie would be witnessing yet another recipient of welfare for guys or gals who can't make it in the corporate world² give a tongue bath to those above his station,
In my Journal op-ed, I also made the point that Prince William’s wedding to the daughter of entrepreneurs represents an elevation of the status of entrepreneurs in British culture. “For centuries in Britain, commercial activities were looked down upon by many in the aristocracy, whose wealth lay in landownership and who would not deign to dabble in trade,” I noted.

However, a few days ago The Washington Post proved that cultural snobbery against entrepreneurs doesn’t just exist on the other side of the Atlantic. In its daily Express, a tabloid that is handed out on weekdays at Washington subway stations, The Post deigned to dabble in bashing the Middletons’ business.

An April 22 blurb in a section on the royal wedding (not available online) headlined “Party with the parents” noted royal family-themed items on the website of Party Pieces, the Middletons’ family business, such as Union Jack chocolates and “God Save the Queen” napkins. It then scoffed, “Yes, the parents of a soon-to-be princess really sell this junk.”
followed, as is to be expected, by a tongue lashing administered to those bound for a lower (Yet still elite!) station.
And entrepreneurs need all the encouragement they can get. The Post shows that cultural snobbery against those who try to better their lot isn’t just a British thing. A few weeks ago my Competitive Enterprise Institute colleague Christine Hall noted The Post’s elitist rant against coupon clippers.

The irony of the preachy Posties is that the royal “junk” sold by Party Pieces will provide a lifetime of memories. By contrast, the junky Post Express isn’t fit to line the Middletons’ birdcage!
Sweet Blood of Jesus! Bad enough her family are tradespeople, but we didn't know how vulgar a trade.

If calling those who don't sufficiently suck up to the new post-Thatcherite nobility elitists & snobs hasn't killed irony, the poor thing's certainly going to be in hospital for a month or two.
1.Sadly dated example. Redeveloped & sterilized some time ago.

2. Bio: John Berlau is director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs at the Competitive Enterprise Institute Let's be fair. There probably is quite a bit of back-stabbingcompetition for these gigs. Esp. the ones at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Heh.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Oh Crap. We Started Two Consecutive Items W/ "Oh"

Well, tiny spelling difference.

O, Canada!

We are confused that these sensible anthem-booers would vote themselves a big pecker in the poop chute, but that's what we hear on the anarcho-syndicalist grapevine.Although these are "French" Canadians, who, if we understand the cursory attention we've paid, apparently voted themselves out of political existence.

Answer video.

Oh, Great

People get ready! From rotten tomatoes to bombs, something must be done:
A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told People magazine on Monday that the department hasn’t been informed of any plans for the royal couple’s upcoming visit, but Morton says it is expected to happen right after the lovebirds tour Canada from June 30 to July 8, which will be their first public appearance since the April 29 royal wedding.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/03/catherine-and-williams-honeymoon-to-take-place-in-hollywood/#ixzz1LK5BQEIA

Monday, May 2, 2011

Summer Officially Here!

Now (the collective Southern Calif.) we can get back to worrying about fires as well as earthquakes. And sleeping naked under mosquito netting for the next six months.
Hot, windy conditions sparked several brush fires on Monday, including one on Catalina Island and Tujunga Canyon.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials were concerned about a fire that broke out behind the Catalina Yacht Club this afternoon and was threatening the structure, according to L.A. County Fire spokesman Matthew Levesque.

Two helicopters are now doing water drops, and 100 firefighters are being sent to the island by barge from San Pedro, he said.
Barge? That's not too encouraging. Do they have to row themselves?

LATER (2315 PDT):
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. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
— Raymond Chandler, "Red Wind" 1938

Local Lagomorph Action

Tee Vee Is King

27 April 2011:

Locals Only!

Ben & Jerry, the commie ice cream people, are in town & handing it out! Already missed a very close one, but it would've involved being awake well before 1000.

Hope they drag their free asses close to us again before they leave for Frisco. Damnit, maybe not! (Not to worry: This does not in any way inspire us to get up any earlier.)

CURRENT LOCATION: The House of Pies on Vermont at Franklin.

Ooooh, This Will Not Go Over Well

Breaking News Alert The New York Times Mon, May 02, 2011 -- 3:29 AM ET ----- Osama bin Laden Is Buried at Sea

American officials said that Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a firefight with United States forces in Pakistan on Sunday, was taken to Afghanistan, and later buried at sea.
A link, if you haven't used your 20 free lies & obfuscations/month from The NYT this month.

A Voice Of Reason

Beyond knee-jerk reactions, Chris Hedges, apparently off the cuff & transcribed:
We responded exactly as these terrorist organizations wanted us to respond. They wanted us to speak the language of violence. What were the explosions that hit the World Trade Center, huge explosions and death above a city skyline? It was straight out of Hollywood. When Robert McNamara in 1965 began the massive bombing campaign of North Vietnam, he did it because he said he wanted to “send a message” to the North Vietnamese… a message that left hundreds of thousands of civilians dead.

These groups learned to speak the language we taught them. And our response was to speak in kind. The language of violence, the language of occupation… the occupation of the Middle East, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been the best recruiting tool Al-Qaida has been handed. If it is correct that Osama bin Laden is dead, then it will spiral upwards with acts of suicidal vengeance. And I expect most probably on American soil. The tragedy of the Middle East is one where we proved incapable of communicating in any other language than the brute and brutal force of empire.
Yep, they suckered you Americans right in, didn't they? And you fell for it like the proverbial sack of rocks that is shorthand for the level of your intelligence.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Eat Shit, Dry Drunk Asshole!

Blood Lust

Now wondering how many innocents will be beaten or killed by the mobs gathering in public places to bare their fangs. It would be irresponsible not to speculate, because it's happened before.

Twits

Check the @MBouffant Twitter feed, as we rant in brief about nationalism & general American suckitude.

Sieg Heil, baby!!

Moving On

Internet rumor mill claims Osama bin Laden is dead as a doorknob & the body is in someone's possession. What-fucking-ever.

Now can we focus on the domestic terrorism, social, cultural, educational, scientific, medicinal, financial & economic, that the Republican Party has been waging against the United Snakes for the last thirty-odd yrs.?

All In The Family

Were a decent human being to look at this image of Donald Trump,
Trump grimaces at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.Photo: Patrick McMullan
said decent ('though probably imaginary) being might make the assumption that the woman in red on the left was the 64-yr. old Trump's wife, & the woman in white on the right was, perhaps, their daughter. Of course that would be an incorrect assumption (You're probably wrong merely by remaining a decent human being in contemporary civilization, but that's something else.) because the woman on the right is Mrs. Donald Trump. (No idea who the lady in red is, & we're sorry for dragging her into this. She should be careful about whom she gets near, however.)

Trump's current (Five more yrs., max?) concubine (born Melanija Knavs, germanized to Melania Knauss; April 26, 1970) is, of course, young enough to be his daughter, as well as a foreigner. (Where's her birth certificate? Is this a legitimate marriage, or is Malaria a gold-digging furrin hoor making a mockery of America's immigration laws?)

Should any of you candy-asses think the title is a little overboard:
Donald Trump joked that he would date his 24-year-old daughter, Ivanka -- if he weren't her father.

Trump and Ivanka Trump, a vice president of real estate development at the Trump Organization, appeared Monday on ABC's "The View" to promote her five-episode stint as a boardroom adviser on "The Apprentice."

When asked how he would react if Ivanka, a former teen model, posed for Playboy, Trump replied, "It would be really disappointing -- not really -- but it would depend on what's inside the magazine.

"I don't think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

His comments drew laughs from the audience, and prompted "View" co-host Joy Behar to crack, "Who are you, Woody Allen?"

Trump's representative, Jim Dowd, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Trump "was absolutely joking." "He was making fun of himself for his tendency to date younger women," Dowd said. "It's a sense of humor that people don't see [from him] all the time."
Actually, it's a "sense of humor" one probably doesn't see all the time from anyone who's not a paid-up NAMBLA member. Tell us, Dr. Freud, just how long do you estimate it will be until this sick fuck is dating his daughter?

Incestuous & Un-Patriotic Pedophile 2012!!

Hurray Hurray, The First of May

Outdoor (Northern Hemisphere only) something ... ah, who gives a shit?

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nerd Prom

No, we haven't watched much, & haven't listened at all, but it appears the Prez is mocking birthers w/ audio/visual aids.And we heard he said something about apprentice celebrity Trump.

Freud & The Daily Caller

"Stiffle yourself, Edith."

A Dangerous Combination

Bored limp & growing restless.

Compare & Contrast

Looky here.

Use the slider to compare the landscapes before and after the tornadosee what the country will look like after the Republicans are through w/ it. Images courtesy Google Earth, GeoEye.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Actual Nobility, If Not Royalty

A pervnaughty person was on about scat ("Sick sick sick!") somewhere recently, making this an excellent choice for a Duke Ellington birthday (1899!) number.

The Old Get Old & The ...

Looks like all-nostalgia day here. Note the edifice declaring "Come to the PARTY." That's the "World-Famous" Whisky a Go Go, before it was "world famous."

One Madman, Six Million Jews

Time Oozes On, Part II

Today really is a big fucking day in Local Action/History: Riots too, 19 yrs. ago!!

Memory a bit weak, but there was some activity after the verdicts were returned. We nonetheless went to work the next day, only to be let out of work early as revolutionary activity headed north from the most oppressed sections of the city toward downtown.

Thanks to Marcia whose last name we don't remember, who gave us a ride home on her way to the relative safety of the Valley.

We then sat around in our relatively safe, high-on-a-hill residence, watching it on the telly & seeing the columns of smoke rising from behind the next hill over. Also listening to gunfire. The Radio Shack four (or five) blocks from us was looted by people who drove a car through the security gates. The Big Mac liquor store in the same strip mall was defended by its armed Korean owners, however.

Yes, we do regret we didn't go out & get some free stuff. Next time for sure!

(Maybe we should go out & start some fires or something ourself; this would seem to be what the dialectic is advising us to do.)And note today's other Royal Wedding: Adolf & Eva!

Time Oozes On

We were wage-slaving it downtown when the Central Library was set afire, 25 yrs. ago. Fire engines blocking the streets messed w/ our getting home, among other difficulties.

25 yrs. ago? Ho-lee sheet.

Just to be positive, the facility has been nicely rebuilt & expanded.

Just Asking

The Dish is looking for two interns to help with editorial content, assist with remedial tasks, and work on larger projects.
What might these "remedial tasks" be? Is Sullivan hoping someone just out of school can get him up to speed on economics & mathematics?

What Will The Culture Warriors Say?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Legislature Approves Anti-Feudalism Bill

Oh, you mock. You think that's some sort of a joke, or hyperbole. For once, it isn't.
Pérez said there was an "unprecedented pattern of corruption" in Vernon, a city of fewer than 100 residents that has faced criticism for generations that it is run as a personal fiefdom for a small clique. Perez's bill would make Vernon an unincorporated area overseen by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, a move he said would result in a more open government.

[...]

Thursday marked the first opposition to the bill from other legislators. Those urging a "no" vote included Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) and Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield). All three said they feared Pérez's bill would cause a loss of jobs in Vernon.

"We cannot afford to continue an assault on private business," Grove said, adding that she wanted Pérez to consider other methods of addressing problems in Vernon's government.

[...]

"We keep hearing that jobs are going to leave.... Yet at no point have we heard exactly why that would happen, or how," said Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita), the bill's principal co-author. Smyth also pointed out that Vernon's electricity rates recently rose due to market conditions. The rates are one of the key benefits local business groups have cited in their arguments against the bill.

Other representatives focused their comments on Vernon's unusual municipal government. Nearly all of the voters in Vernon live in city-owned residences, and legislators argue that the arrangement leaves them beholden to City Hall.

Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) described Vernon as a "long-running joke" where "voter-choice and independence never existed."

"We all here ran for office; we convinced voters to elect us," Bradford said during the debate. "That does not happen in the city of Vernon."

Pérez noted that the city has held only one competitive election since the 1980s and that all but one of the City Council members were appointed to their seats. He also listed a series of criminal indictments against Vernon officials dating to the 1940s.

Sick Fuck Nation

Why America Loves Serial Killers

They give us an alibi for our murderous culture.

And, finally, there is American culture itself. Serial killers are an alibi for our nation. Think about it. What would you rather believe? That there's a single lone sicko like Henry killing 500 hapless victims? Or that there are 500 murderers still at large (by virtue of Henry "taking" their cases) who have already gotten away with one murder and may be cruising into your town right now looking for another?

What paints a more disturbing picture of American culture? The one serial killer driven by inner demons or the 500 murderers driven by a sick and murderous culture that produces 500? And yet the latter, alas, seems closer to the truth. A sick and murderous culture that, I'd argue, comes full circle by creating actual serial killers, killers who have taken as their role models the fake ones on our screens. America has made serial killing a self-replicating phenomenon.

Don't turn away: Serial killers are America's alibi, and every time you pay your 12 bucks for another serial-killer movie or put one on your Netflix queue, you're feeding the beast.

You're an accomplice. In making serial killers giggly, kitschy chic, we're all accomplices.
Everyone in this room is a murderer, & don't you forget it!

And What Did We Expect After Comcast Took 51% From G.E?

Courtesy @Johngcole.

God Hates Crackers

Tornadoes Ravage South; Death Toll at 173
The death toll in five Southern states rose sharply Thursday morning to 173 after devastating storms ripped through five Southern states, spawning a deadly tornado in downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala., and leaving a trail of flattened homes and buildings in a region already battered by storms.

Across Alabama, at least 128 people were killed by storms on Wednesday alone, according to Reuters. The Associated Press reported an additional 32 deaths in Mississippi, 11 in Georgia and 1 each in Tennessee and Virginia.
Vote the right way next time, hick losers.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Little More Cheepnis, Please

War of the hammerers: the Thor v Almighty Thor face-off

Which version of the Norse mythical adventure wins out, Branagh's star-studded epic or The Asylum's cheapo effort?
Thor w/ an Uzi, & L.A. in smoke & flames? We know which one we'll be watching on Syfy. From the Guardian's FILM BLOG.

Whoring Up-Date

Red States That Suck All The Tax Money From Blue States Once Again Punished By GAWD For Mooching

At Least 54 Dead in Storms Across South

A deadly tornado stretching a mile wide tore through downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Wednesday evening, destroying homes and buildings and bringing further damage to a region already battered by storms. Across the state, at least 25 people were killed by storms on Wednesday alone, said Valerie Hayes, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. But that number did not include any deaths from Tuscaloosa, where 15 people were confirmed dead by the mayor's office and 100 were said to be injured, The Tuscaloosa News reported. Earlier in the day, with the damage spreading and the death toll rising, Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency. And The Associated Press reported that across the South, storms Wednesday killed 11 people in Mississippi, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee.
We now expect the "rugged individuals" of these impoverished & backward states to increase their mooching from the productive states that support them. If you are too stupid to come in out of a storm, you deserve what you get, & we aren't paying for your poor choices!

Y'all can buy some new-to-you clothes at the fucking thrift shop, & then shut up & go away.

Biting The Hand That Feeds You Shit

We'll admit this looks like a set-up, as if that dumb dentist/lawyer were ever going to apologize.What is this "uses 100 different SSNs" bit we keep hearing?