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?

Ask Us If We Care

Go ahead, ask!

Friends In The Biznis

Friend TX Terri ("red" hair & shades, w/ top on, for once) makes an appearance at (0:14) (lower right) & crosses in front of the non-background talent at (1:31). She had the good sense to fuck off to Krautland a few yrs. ago.

Impending Local Lion Shortage

Sad stuff:
Photo: LA Zoo
A male lion at the LA Zoo's male, Lionel, passed away today, the Zoo announced today.

At 23, Lionel was considered old for a lion. He had been treated in recent months by the Zoo's veterinary team for neurological difficulties and urinary incontinence*, and officials decided to euthanize him on Saturday. He had been at the zoo since 1997.

Lionel's death leaves the LA Zoo with one female lion, Cookie, who is 22.
A lion at the LA Zoo, photographed in February 2011 by Joits via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr. Caption from laist. If Lionel was the only male lion at the zoo (& this one looks quite male) why "A lion at the LA Zoo?" instead of "Lionel?"
One down, & if 23 is lion-old, we'll guess it won't be long before 22-yr. old Cookie goes too.

Last time we were at the zoo, there was but one tiger in the tiger enclosure, & we didn't see any lions.

Note to the zoo: "Lionel?" Really?

*Note to people in white coats w/ needles: Stay the hell away from us if you know what's good for you. Incontinent or not, we can still resist!

Tinasky

Sunday the Air force, NASA or someone decided to fly this test vehicle over the city.
Looking north-northwest.
Ditto.
Now looking easterly. (Not a pun.)
To the southeast.

Just Made It

Almost four yrs. in the can. Did not kill us though.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"La Gestion Par La Terreur"

From Frogland, via the Guardian:
A France Telecom-Orange worker has died after setting himself alight outside his office, the latest in a wave of suicides at the company. The 57-year-old married father of four, described as a sociable member of staff, set himself on fire in the car park of a site at Merignac, near Bordeaux, after arriving for a morning shift.

He had worked for the company for 30 years, most recently at a call centre dealing with company accounts, and was a trade union member who monitored safety and work conditions. Paramedics could do nothing to save him.

[...]

France Telecom is Europe's third largest mobile phone operator and biggest provider of broadband internet services. But in recent years it has become synonymous with death and despair in what management called a "suicide contagion effect".

Among those who were found dead at their homes, some had left notes explicitly linking their suicide to their jobs. Unions complained of a climate of bullying, extreme pressure, poor management methods and restructuring cuts that forced people to repeatedly change jobs.

A 28-year-old worker who was found dead in his garage in Besançon in the east of France in August 2009 had left a note that talked of his girlfriend, but also mentioned how he felt "helpless" and "angry" over issues at work. A French prosecutor said it was impossible to formally establish a link between France Telecom and the suicide, but workers held a protest march over his death.

A month earlier, a 52-year-old employee killed himself in Marseille, leaving a note blaming "overwork" and "management by terror". He wrote: "I am committing suicide because of my work at France Telecom. That's the only reason."

Staff said the climate had worsened since privatisation. Some staff complained of divorce, family breakdown and being forced to sell homes due to random job changes.

Last October an official report found that the plan, begun in 2006, to slim down the company and scrap 22,000 jobs in three months was behind the feeling of distress among staff.
C'mon, sheep, kill your fucking bosses too. They don't care how many of you kill yourselves. They must be terrorized as well. Sauce for everybody!

MacBook User Uses Prostitutes, Too

Apparently Apple weasels can't get laid w/o paying, & then they don't pay! (Typical for church-goers, too.)
SOUTH GLENDALE — Two San Diego women were arrested Sunday on suspicion of stealing a laptop from a man who allegedly refused to pay one of them for sex at a local motel, police said

Sauceray Boyd, 21, and Kandalaria Freeman, 19, were taken into custody Sunday afternoon in connection with burglary and grand theft after police found the $2,800 MacBook, which was in Freeman’s pink suitcase, according to police reports.
Well, he may not have had any money left after shelling out the price of a used car for a fucking laptop.
A man who had been staying at the motel for about a month notified police that his laptop had been stolen from his room while he was at church, according to police reports.

Boyd and Freeman were tracked down at the Glendale Metrolink/Amtrak station by police who followed up on a tip from a motel worker.

Freeman told officers that she was a prostitute and dancer from San Diego who often visited Glendale and stayed at the motel.

Freeman told police that she was expecting to be paid $200 for her services, but the owner of the computer angrily refused to pay and fled.

She needed the money to pay for a train ticket to return to San Diego and allegedly told police that she stole the laptop.
If anyone learns anything from this, it would be to stay the hell away from the Glen Capri Inn.
At the same motel last week, officers arrested a couple who allegedly possessed more than 200 blank credit cards and fraudulent credit paperwork for celebrities like Tommy Lee Jones and Tim Burton.

Amusing Nostalgia

ME brings us this bit of fun.
Here's an interesting curio — a 1955 TV exposé on the evils of comic books. The host is Paul Coates, who was an L.A. Times reporter who doubled as a TV host, usually covering pretty salacious or controversial topics. One might suggest his broadcasts exploited these subjects, putting some pretty racy stuff on the airwaves under the cover of condemning it. He was an occasional partner with L.A. TV newsman George Putnam, who did a lot of films and telecasts with a tone of outraged public scolding of "sins" that are now, for good or ill, commonplace.
George Putnam (You could check YouTube.) is the news-spewer Jim Pons is mocking around (7:00) into this (See, we add content!) lovely piece of localism.Ha-dee-yah-dee-yah-da!

Thugs In The Parking Lot

Enough, already, but LG&M has a link to more on the essential shittiness of Frank McCourt & his corporate enablers, & LAObserved has links to items indicating fans & whatnot are still screwed:
  • The Dodgers new appointed overseer is Tom Schieffer, the former president of the Texas Rangers when George W. Bush owned the team, and later an ambassador for Bush. LA Biz Observed
  • Schieffer ran for governor of Texas as a Democrat, and once was declared one of the state's worst legislators. LA Weekly

HELP!!

As no one has paid any attention to us on Twitter, we'll ask here: Anyone else having trouble (i.e., completely unable to) connecting to gmail & Google Reader?

Also, clicking the comments in this very web log leads to unable to nowhere.

Thirdly, never mind, found the problem!!

Fourthly (1415PDT): Fixed something else as well.

Monday, April 25, 2011

"Did You Know?" Dep't.:
Lesbians Unable to Have Babies!

This according to Pat Robertson, senile dementia sufferer. (Well, that's one explanation for the drivel that drools from his pie-hole.)
Robertson: Well it’s the left; it’s this culture of death. The far-left is livid about killing babies. They want to kill do this, they want to destroy. You go back, and I don’t want to play all this psychological stuff but nevertheless, if a woman is a lesbian, what advantage does she have over a married woman? Or what deficiency does she have?

Meeuwsen: Well she can’t have children.

Robertson: That’s exactly right. And so if these married women don’t have children, if they abort their babies, then that kind of puts them on a level playing field. And you say, nobody’s there to express that? Isn’t that shocking, well think about it a little bit ladies and gentlemen.
We'll give that every milligram of thought it deserves.

Targeting

We suggest, they respond.
Last week another dissident Irish republican claimed that the Queen should be regarded as a "legitimate target" when she visits the Republic in May.
We'll assume they're keeping their powder (Or Semtex, C4, whatever.) dry (as Tea-Baggers like to type) & lips sealed w/ reference to the upcoming nuptial hysteria.

Creep Of The Day

Local Action

Former Angeleño Harold Meyerson, from safety on the wrong coast, notes institutional decline at home in the big city, & of course lays blame & points fingers at those responsible, two assholes (One a MAsshole, ha ha! Fuck you, Frankie-poo!) from the real estate game, a "profession" best described by the late J.D. Morrison:

"What have they done to the Earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences
And dragged her down"

From AlterNet, analysis of the box-office, aesthetic & moral failure of Atlas Shrugged, w/ a note about parasites like Sam Zell of the Tribune Company he bankrupted, & Frank McCourt, the Parking Lot Attendant* who is probably going to be in jail for tax evasion one of these days:
Ironically, a key theme of the book and the film is the rejection of society by the wealthy business class who mysteriously disappear. There is a correlation to that plot point in contemporary America as we have already witnessed the disappearance of business luminaries like Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay, Jack Abramoff, Dennis Kozlowski, Bernard Ebbers, and John Rigas†, to name a few. It doesn’t appear that society has suffered from their absence. Yet there is another industrial titan who not only hasn’t vanished, he is masquerading across the airwaves as a presidential candidate. I’m not sure Ayn Rand would approve of this, however, the popularity of Donald Trump at Tea Parties is perfectly understandable. He is the ultimate manifestation of Randian politics: a greedy, conceited, selfish bully. But for every Tea Party supporter there are probably twenty other Americans who wish that Trump would “go Galt.”

*Stolen w/o shame from T.J. Simers of the local Times.

†The shitheel who effed up cable television in L.A. for many yrs. by running Adelphia Cable as his & his sons' personal cash-box.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Syllables

Hearing Hornets fans in the Crescent City chant "BEAT L.A.!!!" "BEAT L.A.!!!" it occurred to us that one could just as easily chant "EAT MY FUCK!!!" "EAT MY FUCK!!!"

So why don't you? And if you haven't yet realized it, not much here is Safe For Work, unless you have a non-fascist workplace. Which is a contradiction in terms. So watch it.The late & lamented Derf asks the important question: "What does 'eat my fuck' mean?"

We Need More Religion In This World

So, Jewish people, or Israelis, or something, share this,And say things like this,& this.And then professional paranoid Robert Spencer gets all pissy when another bunch of people try to defend themselves from bullshit.
And they all claim to worship the same pig-god. (That's why two out of three of the religions started by lunatics whose brains were fried by the Mid-Eastern desert sun don't eat bacon, y'know. They worship a pig-fairy.)

Easter Themed Animals

Blessing of the Animals: "He only cares about porking your mom"

Dusting The Broom

"I believe, I believe my time ain't long."++A-Number One LIFE-AFFIRMING WAILING of the First Order & Water! (I.e., if this doesn't make you feel [at least] drunk & happy, you're dead, loser!)

Brought to our shortly-spanned attention here. Now pardon us while we play it a third or fourth consecutive time.

Ass-Kissing & "Relationships:"
Why Crapitalism Can't Work

Quote of the Day

"The president has got to start inviting people over for dinner, he's got to play golf with them. He's got to pick up the phone and say, 'I know we disagree on this, but I just want to say I heard it's your wife's birthday or your kid just got into college. He has to go build friendships, that's what an executive's job is.'" 

-- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in an interview with Fox News.
Kiss our ass, Bloomberg, & see what that gets you.

Crucifying The Monkey God

Rumproast.

Telebision Nostalgia Beat

 (Remember Plymouths?)Added details & factoids (Bob Hope, Johnny Carson & NBC Bubank) from Mark Evanier, & who has kindly joined all four episodes for easy viewing. (We were under the impression that YouTube would now accept any length video; why the uploader didn't do it one fell swoop is a mystery.)

Waxing more nostalgic, Fri. night we were remembering how, in the old days (& through the '90s, at least) the late night blather & comedy fests would travel to such strange & exotic locales as San Francisco or Chicago (We think Letterman may have taken his NBC show to England, even.) during sweeps months in attempts to get some ratings. No longer worth the expense (or effort) we suppose.

I Am Risen, Bit-Chezzz!

And did it before noon, too.

UPDATE (minutes later): Easter Brunch in the Bouffant Bunker? Coffee & a cigarette.