Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

L.A. Late Night Trippin'

Pavlov Dep't.

Devoted fans
The scenes I witnessed at the opening of the new Apple store in London's Covent Garden were more like an evangelical prayer meeting than a chance to buy a phone or a laptop.

The strangeness began a couple of hours before the doors opened to the public. Inside the store, glassy-eyed staff were whipped up into a frenzy of excitement, jumping up and down, clapping and shouting.
Apple employeesApple staff encouraged the hysteria at the new store opening in Covent Garden

When the doors finally opened, they hysterically "high-fived" and cheered hundreds of delirious customers flooding in through the doors for hours on end.

And what did those customers - some who'd travelled from as far away as the US and China and slept on the pavement for the privilege - find when they finally got inside?

Well, all the same stuff as in the Apple store half a mile away on Regent Street. No special offers, no free gifts (a few t-shirts were handed out), no exclusive products. Now that's devotion.

I searched high and low for answers. The Bishop of Buckingham - who reads his Bible on an iPad - explained to me the similarities between Apple and a religion.

And when a team of neuroscientists with an MRI scanner took a look inside the brain of an Apple fanatic it seemed the bishop was on to something.

The results suggested that Apple was actually stimulating the same parts of the brain as religious imagery does in people of faith.
FUCKING SHEEP.

Almost Heaving

Crap. Sunday night, & we'd love to sit here, watch telebision & relax for just once in our life. (Too much to ask?)

Alas, the morons are at it again; we must rise to the defense of our fair city & smite yet another cretin from Crackerville, to wit, one Don Surber of West Virginia (Where or whatever that is.) a man who gives Jim Hoft a pretty good run for the titles of both Stupidest Man on the Internet w/ An Audience, & Ugliest Person on the Internet Who Has Chosen To Reveal His or Her Face, Ever!

We suppose cable tee vee (if not electricity) is a recent addition to the cultural life of West Virginia; Mr. Surber may have been watching just a few too many police procedurals & thinking he knew something as a result. Not so:
There is something screwy going on in Los Angeles and maybe the media in Los Angeles should demand straight answers.

UPDATE: Shortly before 9 PM Eastern, the Los Angeles Times updated its initial report: “LAPD officials publicly identified the suspect as 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez. Ramirez was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1 million bail. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, speaking at a news conference, declined to name the suspect, saying his identity will be made public when he is booked Sunday evening.”

Bull.

I don’t buy that excuse. It’s Los Angeles where politicians get a Gold Card to handle their parking tickets.
Would it be too much to wonder why & for what that's an "excuse?" Does Don really think something's going on here, & selectively quoted accordingly, or is he just simple, & gets extra worried about events that don't transpire quite as they do in his stories on the telly?

Because there's no excuse for Don to have missed this in the very Times item to which he linked.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, speaking at a news conference, declined to name the suspect, saying his identity will be made public when he is booked Sunday evening.

Several police sources confirmed the identity of suspect to the Los Angeles Times. The Times is not identifying the 31-year-old man at the request of senior Los Angeles Police Department officials, who said it could compromise a fast-moving search for the second assailant and the woman who drove the men away from the stadium.
It is obviously going to be more difficult than we thought to determine which object, Surber or Hoft, is the denser.

Not To Worry

Hugh Hewitt advises all is well & set in the Republican arena. Prepare for the clash of the titans: Romney vs. Pawlenty!

(Still in the wings, but oiled up & ready to go: Palin & Perry, who "have both been governors, and governors know how to plan." Insightful, isn't he?)

Hedging the bet (as emphasized):
Only Palin and Texas Governor Rick Perry remain question marks, and there are good reasons for both of them to pass, including the fact that Romney and Pawlenty have launched very well designed campaigns that will not easily be pushed aside. They have both been governors, and governors know how to plan. Palin and Perry know this and know Pawlenty and Romney well. 2016 is out there and both of them would be viable candidates if President Obama rallies and hangs on.

It is a strong GOP field with plenty of executive experience to contrast to the in-over-his-head Obama. "It's the economy, stupid" Carville used to say as his much denigrated candidate geared up to take on a sitting president. So it remains. I don't think the field is going to expand, and Team Obama has certainly been acting as though the GOP nominee is already in the lists.
"In the lists." See the feudalism inherent in these bastards?

Hewitt's photo line-up:
Note which of the three suit, white shirt & tie-sporting pols above is at least looking in the camera, & has a Holy Flag Pin™ instead of a microphone on his lapel.

Local Action Threat Level Up-Date

We're not a large-amygdala conservative paranoid, nor an urban scaredy-cat, but if anyone needs to reach us, we'll be right here inside the bunker, as it appears there is a maniac w/ a shotgun on the loose around here.
Los Angeles police are trying to determine whether there is link between Sunday's slaying of MTV music coordinator Gabriel Aron Ben-Meir and a series of shotgun robberies and a homicide over the last two weeks.

LAPD sources said the robber had struck at least eight times in the last two weeks, using a shotgun during street and business robberies in the Mid-City, Southwest L.A. and Wilshire areas. The robber also is responsible for a slaying a week ago, police believe.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stressed that detectives had not made a positive link but considered it a solid lead. A division of the LAPD was on tactical alert Tuesday night looking for the robbery suspect.
A division of the LAPD on "tactical alert" means one's chance of being plugged by a trigger-happy cop are way up, because if it's not the Metro Squad it's the Shoot Innocent Suspects unit.
The SIS was formed in 1965 as a surveillance unit to apprehend robbers and burglars. The SIS developed a practice of standing by during criminal activities, when individuals were being victimized by armed robbers or others, and then apprehending the suspects as they left the scene.

The SIS, which typically has about twenty members, killed twenty-eight suspects between 1965 and 1992, an extraordinarily high number.

In defending the unit's methods, then-commander of the SIS, Capt. Dennis Conte explained, "Public safety is a concern, but we have to look beyond that because if we arrest someone for attempt [sic], the likelihood ofa conviction is not great."

The SIS reportedly does not inform local police units about its activities, adding to the danger and confusion at the scene of crimes.
A person's life is worth nothing on these mean streets.

NOTE: Should have been published 17 May 2011 @ 0446PDT. We've no idea what the hell happened.

The Field Narrows

One enters, one leaves. POLITICO obtains the e-mail.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said early Sunday that he won’t run for president because of family considerations, narrowing the field in the race for the GOP nomination.

“In the end, I was able to resolve every competing consideration but one,” Daniels said, disclosing his decision in an e-mail to supporters. “The interests and wishes of my family, is the most important consideration of all. If I have disappointed you, I will always be sorry.”

The e-mail, sent by the governor through Eric Holcomb, the Indiana Republican Party chairman and one of Daniels’ closest advisers, was confirmed by another aide close to Daniels on the condition of anonymity to avoid publicly pre-empting the governor’s announcement.

“The counsel and encouragement I received from important citizens like you caused me to think very deeply about becoming a national candidate,” Daniels said in the middle-of-the-night message.

“If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise,” he added. “I only hope that you will accept my sincerity in the judgment I reached.”

Daniels had been considering a bid for months, pressured by many in the establishment wing of the party hungering for a conservative with a strong fiscal record to get into the race. He never sounded particularly enthused about a national run, and always pointed back to his family — his wife and four daughters — as the primary consideration.

As he weighed a bid, the spotlight shown on his unusual marital history as well.

His wife, Cheri, filed for divorce in 1993 and moved to California to remarry, leaving him to raise their four daughters in Indiana. She later divorced, and she and Daniels reconciled and remarried in 1997.

He didn’t mention those details in the e-mail.

It ended: “Many thanks for your help and input during this period of reflection. Please stay in touch if you see ways in which an obscure Midwestern governor might make a constructive contribution to the rebuilding of our economy and our Republic.”
Surprised we hadn't previously made the connection between his call for a "truce" in the Kulturkampf & his non-standard marital life. (Not really. We're much too elitist & coastal to grasp these obvious, common sense things the peasants do.)

Compare the sanitized version. And the picture found there.
Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels walks in front of her husband, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, before speaking at a Republican Party fundraiser in Indianapolis, Thursday, May 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Really, for which of these two would you vote?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Now That It's Safe To Mock

(No gloating though. We desperately wanted those fuckers to disappear from the face of the earth.)Tl;dw:Huh? Does it have the Oedipal parts?Oh, wait, it's the soundtrack 45.

Not inspired by this, which we just read:
By late afternoon, a small crowd had gathered in front of Camping's Oakland headquarters. There were atheists blowing up balloons in human form, which were released into the sky just after 6 p.m. in a mockery of the rapture. Someone played a CD of "The End" by the Doors, amid much laughter.

There were also Christians, like James Bynum, a 45-year-old deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Milpitas, holding signs that declared Harold Camping a false prophet. He said he was there to comfort disillusioned believers.

"Harold Camping will never hand out poisoned Kool-Aid," Bynum said. "It's not that kind of a cult. But he has set up a system that will destroy some people's lives."
Humanoid balloons, funny. A guy there to prey on the vicitims in their moment of need & doubt, typical.

Saturday Night Boogie 'Til You Puke
Double Play!

The deal is, we were going to use the Eric Clapton show bidnis version down there to note that Phil Collins is not completely evil (although the soft, limp & banal dullness he exudes is hardly a force for good) or at least does a tolerable Ginger Baker impression, but this was in the suggestions sidebar, & it only seemed fair, even if a two-fer does violate the laws of naturedisc jockeying.

Why Reactionaries Are Humorless

The ultimate takeaway of McGraw’s paper was that the evolutionary purpose of laughter and amusement is to “signal to the world that a violation is indeed OK.” Building on the work of behavioral neurologist V. S. Ramachandran, McGraw believes that laughter developed as an instinctual way to signal that a threat is actually a false alarm—say, that a rustle in the bushes is the wind, not a saber-toothed tiger. “Organisms that could separate benign violations from real threats benefited greatly,” McGraw says.
Photo: Andrew Hetherington
Matches well w/ recent findings that a larger "fear center" leads to (over) reaction & fear, leaving chicken-shit conservatives too scared to laugh & unable to perceive actual threat levels.

Why we steal: We pulled just what The Daily Beast Dish pulled, but whichever flunky pulled it may not have been allowed to come to the obvious conclusion. That's funny.

Pop Culture Beat

 Patton Oswalt by MJMcKean
This is why The Rapture won't happen.

Evolution Of A Movement

From REDSTATE.com Advocacy:
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The Dream Is Over

Meanwhile, in South Carolina:
Columbia Tea Party chairman Allen Olson expected as many as 2,000 would have attended Thursday’s rally had Trump been there. But The Donald, a favorite of many who attended the group’s Tax Day rally with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., elected to not run and dropped the rally from his schedule.
About 30 ignorant crackers showed up. Keep evolving!

EXTRA, EXTRA (1555PDT):

Last month, things went much better!
Only 300 people (including a horde of Palmetto political operatives) attended the event in downtown Columbia, S.C. – which is a generous estimate in our book. That attendance figure – confirmed by other media outlets – amounts to less than one-tenth the size of multiple crowds that have gathered at the S.C. State House in recent years in support of parental choice.

It’s also roughly a tenth the size of the crowd that attended this same event in 2009.

Even Hipper Than A Food Truck

A food trailer.
Appears legal, too.

WARNING: Kim Fowley Waxing Poetic

Other creeps too.How'd Rodney get so old looking? Not as if he ever goes in the sun. (To be even-handed, we'll let you know how we look in six yrs.)

And: You don't know what the damn hell you'll find on YouTube.

Macho Madness

At laist, a YouTube compilation of the late wrestler.We miss Mean Gene too. (Gene is not dead, just retired.)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sports Beat

Los Angeles professional teams could not possibly care any less what the peasantry may or may not think of them. (This is in line w/ Just Another Blog™ policy as well.)

The Lakers wrapped up their season on a high noteearly, flagrantly clotheslining people& referring to a ref by a "homophobic slur," as they're calling it these days. And they lost like a bunch of fucking losers.

(It's been a while, but in the third pro sport still practiced locally, the Kings & Ducks sucked.)

Now the Dodgers, whose owners have been setting a bad example for the kids (Not that Laker owner Buss is any prize as a role-model, but the Lakers have won a championship or two since the former Brooklyn Bums last got lucky in 1988.) for some time now, have a new controversy, as recent streaker (but more recent slumpee) Andre Ethier made one of those attack of Tourette's Syndrome-style signals employed in the game toward a photog during batting practice or something.
Ethier can go both ways.
Will he get anything from Easton for getting their gloves & wristband all over the media?

How Can We Miss Her If ...
Sixteen Months? Really?

Something (Already mercifully forgotten — no, damnit, it's back! This reminded us of how La Paglia would listen admiringly to Rush Limbaugh, & share her admiration w/ her Salon fans.) brought Camille Paglia to mind, & said mind realized we hadn't seen or heard hide nor hair of Ms. Paglia for some time. You can imagine how curious we are about her opinion of, you know, stuff, lately.

A moment's stalking revealed she's been off the Internet radar of her own volition &, although she promised to return, no such luck!

From 20 January 2010:
Greetings, Salon readers!

Many thanks for your kind queries about my missing column. I am very grateful for your interest and support.

I have gone on hiatus from Salon to focus on my current project for Pantheon Books — a study of the visual arts intended as a companion book to "Break, Blow, Burn" (which was on poetry).

I took a similar hiatus to complete "Break, Blow, Burn." Even a monthly column is very costly in time and energy (at least at the epic Cecil B. DeMille level that I aim for). Please be aware that, unlike most columnists in the United States, I have a day job — as a full-time college teacher.

Naturally, I am bursting with opinions about the new year’s political firestorms and natural cataclysms, but that will have to wait. I will return to Salon this fall,
[Fall 2010. Heh indeed. — Ed.] after my book has gone into production.

Best wishes,

Camille Paglia
How's all that working out for you, Camille? We'll be glad to give you Tucker Carlson's digits if the typing-for-a-living thing isn't really happening for you right now.

On The Streets

Note funny looking & mostly U.S.-made autos; hookers on Sunset.So meaningless & disconnected it's as if we were responsible.

Man Bites Dog: Homo-Hater Called Nazi ... By Republican!

Not only that, the hater who called patriot homophobe & Metal Mad Man Bradlee Dean a Nazi (more or less, we're taking a little reactionary license w/ the headline, Jim Hoft-style) is the same guy who invited him to deliver the imprecation of the day to the Minnesota House.
According to those present, Dean, who has suggested he approves of the death penalty for gay people on a radio show, was accusatory toward Democrats and insulting to people who do not believe in Jesus.

"I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this Chamber and it’s not about the Baptists and it’s not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans. Or the Presbyterians the evangelicals or any other denomination but rather the head of the denomination and his name is Jesus. As every President up until 2008 has acknowledged. And we pray it. In Jesus’ name," he said.
Jesus.
House officials said that the guest chaplains are suggested by members and are advised to be non-denominational and inclusionary.

Rep. Ernie Leidiger, R-Mayer, arranged the guest pastor's visit, but said he was unaware of Dean's view of homosexuality, calling it "radical thinking – that kind of thinking, I think back to Nazi Germany… I don’t agree with that.”

Saying he should have done a better job of "screening" Dean, he explained his rationale for inviting the pastor:
I met him about six months ago and what I saw was a good presentation about bringing the Constitution back into the schools. A few months after that one of his people called and said we’d like to have Bradley come on and do the prayer in the morning … And I said I’m not really sure how we get that scheduled up here, so call the clerk’s office. My input was, I’d seen his presentation, he does a good job of talking to students, talking about the Constitution, talking about we need to understand how our country was formed, how important it was to know about the Founding Fathers …Little did I know there’s another side of him, which, by the way, I just learned today… I didn’t realize he was that controversial a figure. I’ve never listened to him on the radio.
Another side of the same asshole coin. We've about had it w/ this Constitution & its attendant hate-filled bullshit. Knock it the hell off, reactionaries!

LATER (1849PDT): Someone who gives a shit (or is paid enough to appear to give a shit) has provided links.

Shoot Us Now Dep't.

The food & iPad combo in this example of yuppie-bait was irksome enough, then we were informed that surgery can no longer be performed w/o an iPad.
Surgeons have been known to use X-ray cassette sterile bags to protect their iPads in the operating room. You could also use a zippered plastic food storage bag that costs about $22 for 150 or so double-zippered bags. The tablet will slide around around inside the bag, but it works.
How did any one remember to breathe before they developed an app for it?

Oh Yeah? Sez Who?

We've (both recently & often) been advised to "bite" someone. In answer, a re-purposed billboard.
Which we could've further re-purposed. No free advertising!
Or even:
Loses the "from a random billboard" motif 'though.

More Morbidity

We assume it wasn't criminal, or there'd be more police cars.
There were two prowl cars when we first wandered by.
Guess who's dead.
Apparently every dep't. needs a motto.

Dep't. Of Duh

The shamelessness and opportunism of conservatives in government and media would astound, if movement conservatism hadn't extinguished any sparks of credibility years ago. They say that they are defending Israel while trying to perpetuate a status quo that isolates Israel internationally, dooms it through demographics to a small handful of equally noxious choices, and undermines the moral legitimacy of both the state and the righteous purpose of providing a safe home for Jews in the world. (How many movement conservatives, if they were honest and actually consistent in the application of their religious beliefs, would be forced to say that all Israeli Jews are condemned to hell?)
No fucking shit. Morons.

Exactly as excerpted at The Daily Dish.

Sorry (1608PDT): Link.

Bad Luck & Morbidity

Whuh? Friday the 13th was last wk.?We'll start paying attention one of these days.

Beat the Rapture: Randy "Macho Man" Savage & Jeffrey Catherine Jones. A bit more on Jones. (Via ME.)

Who will be the third corpse?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

She Thinks Her Problem Is ...

“That’s a great question,” Palin said. “I think my problem is that I do have the fire in my belly. I am so adamantly supportive of the good traditional things about America and our free enterprise system and I want to make sure America is put back on the right track and we will do that by defeating Obama in 2012. I have that fire in my belly.”
Read more, or don't.Watch Super Sarah w/o sound. Eerie. Great hair, too.

After viewing entirely too much: Is that tuck & roll on the eyesockets new? Or is this just the first time we've truly stared into the clichéd abyss?

Pretty Much Over, As We've Noted Before

We told you not to trust them:
Peter Scheer: Do you see a parallel there with Barack Obama, who started also as a populist working in communities with working people, who now seems to be more interested in corporate power, influence?

Bill Moyers: Well, I’ve seen this with most Democrats since Johnson’s time, who have bought into the system as it is…and I think that’s Barack Obama’s greatest problem, is that he’s bought into America as it is, and therefore he can’t lead us out of the crisis the way most people thought he could. Yes, he’s a good servant of corporate interest, despite some of his rhetoric. He accepts the system now as it is. He’ll take secret money next year if he has to; he refused to participate in public funding for the election in ’08. And he understands where the deck is stacked, and where the money comes from. No question about it.

Robert Scheer: So where did we liberals go wrong? You know, it’s sort of an irony. You mentioned conservative Texas, but you know, I kind of like the fact that Ron Paul from Texas is at least … [Laughter] raising some questions, you know. And what happened to the sort of liberal outrage, and liberal populism …?

Bill Moyers: I think we thought that we could negotiate, and civilize the corporate power. … We thought that they would respond responsibly to the pleas for equality, justice, or at least fairness. We thought we could … you know, and then Johnson’s great quote from the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible: “Come now, and let us reason together.” And I think liberals thought that you could regulate these predatory powers so that they would foam less at the mouth, consume less at the meal, and sleep a little easier at night. But they’re restless; you know, money is restless for more. And we have discovered, too late, that they refuse to be reasoned with.

Robert Scheer: Not just reasoned with, but they don’t seem to have any sense of being accountable to future generations. At least with the old moneyed elite, the Rockefellers and so forth, there was some sense of leaving something, of worrying about how you’d be perceived 50 or 100 years up the road. This new crowd just seems to be, you know, get in and get out, and grab what you can.
We got nothing. (In response to the above, & in general. Which is why we are so dangerous.)

Malignant Narcissist Stumps For Change

Not Obama, silly, Newt:
Touring Waterloo, Iowa today, Newt Gingrich attributed part of the media frenzy surrounding his "challenging week" to his campaign's historic nature.

"It's going to take a while for the news media to realize that you're covering something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big ideas," Gingrich said, according to the Associated Press. "I expect it to take a while for it to sink in."

At the heart of reporters' difficulty wrapping their head around his candidacy, Gingrich said, was the threat he represents to the old system of canned talking points and establishment thinking.

"My reaction is if you're the candidate of very dramatic change, it you're the candidate of really new ideas, you have to assume there's a certain amount of clutter and confusion and it takes a while to sort it all out, because you are doing something different," Gingrich told the press.

Reporters did discover one aspect of Gingrich's campaign today that's likely a first: his cell phone, which went off at a rally, uses ABBA's "Dancing Queen" as its ringtone.

In case it didn't sink in: "something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big ideas."

P.S.: Think that's Mrs. Gingrich calling?

"I Hate the Fucking Senate"

From a much longer piece on Our Media Today, a delightful incident of which we hadn't been aware.
What a country.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Local Nazi Beat

Declaration in Support of Arrest Warrant.
Riverside police filed court documents in support of allegations against a 10-year-old boy's stepmother. The records provide a chilling portrait of the family home and point to a possible motive why the boy may have wanted to kill his neo-Nazi father.

Probably No Newt, So Shelly?

Ms. Walsh further pontificates.

More Lists And Factoids

This was inspirational (Suffer, breeders!!)
& led to what 'Murka reads, or buys from Amazon.
Depressing. (But what isn't?)

D-I-V-O-R-C-E

We're really more interested/amused by The Huffington Post having a DIVORCE section than whatever tawdry crap went on chez Schwarzenegger.

Man Of Steal

“Awesome” is the word that springs to mind.

What springs to your mind?
But that’s not all it is—the boulder is just the most prominent feature of Heizer’s latest earthwork. It will be installed above a 456-foot-long trench that stretches behind the Resnick Pavilion. You’ll walk the length of the trench, which eventually descends to fifteen feet underneath the boulder before rising back to ground level on the other side. It promises to be quite an experience. “Awesome” is the word that springs to mind. To give you an idea of the experience, you can see in this aerial view of the campus a path that already exists behind the Resnick Pavilion—this is roughly the length of the trench we’ll begin cutting into the earth this month.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The rock itself.

Man vs. Nature

Nothing natural in this image but the algae (If it is algae.) that appears after rain. Should be greener tomorrow.
Above not true: There's bird-shit on the asphalt next door.
Ready for its close-up.

Doing Nothing About It But Talking

Existence, whatever, at least the weather's been enjoyabletolerable. Cool, crisp, cloudy, breezy, & rain just around midnight (Is there a better time?) for the last two nights.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mainstreaming

Starts where it should, for your convenience.

Different Angle

Free The ... No, Uh ...

Local Political Action

So much for separation of church & state:

Bring Out The Pies!

Local Topiary Activity

Yesterday's Papers Today: The Food Section

The concept of convenience in food preparation is steeply at odds with the idea that all food is sacramental, and eating expensive, rich foods is a devotional act that is somehow also politically progressive.
Yeah, you stupid hippies. Also:
Let the foodies complain about Twitter while they make emu-egg cassoulet with crème fraiche. Techies have better things to do.
So there, pink Himalayan salt user.

The Skin Crawls

We live in a state populated w/ fools who elected this clown Governor. Twice.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff.

Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Holy Moses!

You've probably heard about Glenn "Moses" Beck's latest scam, a rally in Jerusalem this August.* If you haven't, don't complain that we're not linking to any of it. But we did encounter a larger-than-most version of the poster we thought worth sharing.
*We are quite amused that it is to occur on the eighth day of the 20th month.

The Amorphous They Accuse

We were going to start this w/ something like, "Well, if no one else will make fun of Mickey Kaus, we will," but he seems to have caught on & is now handling his own satire. Truly a renaissance man.
Ann Curry to co-host Today, according to NBC. Really? Isn’t she, um … you know … insufferably cloying and phony? Makes Diane Sawyer seem like Humphrey Bogart! Just saying … P.S.: And they accuse* the Republicans of promoting mediocre candidates by internal lockstep [need another ex.-ed David Gregory]. …
Although that sounded like practice for Big Hollywood, which may be Mick's next stop in his spiral of three-dot doom.

*Our emphasis. The other two are his. "They," our ass. Name a name, quote a quote, link a link, fool.

Defense Beat: Death From Above
In Your Backyard, Bit-chezz!

Thanks to advances in military technology, your crazed next-door neighbor, stalker ex-husband, boss, parental unit or other repressive agent can keep you under observation or attack 24/7.

No Names, Please

David Frum manages not to name check President Bush in this CNN screed. The very President Bush Frum "served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Speechwriting from January 2001 to February 2002."

Only fair, of course. When savaging the economic effects of the G.W. Bush admin., one might not make a big deal of one's involvement.
From 2000 to 2007 -- before the onset of the recession -- the median wage actually declined and the average family's debt burden grew heavier.

Then came the economic crisis: 8 million jobs lost in half a year. Housing values collapsed. Savings disappeared.

While the unemployment numbers have improved a little recently, a cohort of young Americans risk losing half a decade of their lives to chronic under-employment -- even as workers 55 and older face prematurely and permanently reduced incomes.

And even as jobs return, it's not clear that incomes will recover.

There's accumulating evidence that upward mobility has broken down in this society. Poorer Americans find it harder to escape poverty than they did a generation ago. More bitter still, there is evidence that people born poor in America find it harder to escape poverty than do people born poor in many European societies, including those supposed backwaters of socialist stagnation, Germany and France.

The Democratic Party responds to those social challenges by offering more government, more regulation and more taxes. These are not Republican answers, obviously.

But what are the Republican answers? And who will offer them?

If Huckabee will not be that candidate, then who will?

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of David Frum.
How does Mr. Frum miss that the bleak jobless-recovery future of underemployed, immobile youth, reduced wages & no savings he so accurately projects is the "Republican answer?" (We would also like to know exactly what the question was.)

Almost missed this recap for the busy executive or semi-literate housefrau/retiree (It was under D.F.'s photo; immediate eye aversion.):
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • David Frum: Huckabee's announcement he won't run for president opens GOP void
  • Huckabee had his flaws, but got job and mobility concerns of the middle class
  • GOP candidates seem out of touch with Americans' worries on housing, jobs, economy
  • Frum: Democratic fixes mean taxes, regulation. Not great, but where are the fixes from GOP?
Thanks, CNN. (Make that font larger if you expect to attract more "Boomer" eyeballs.)

Extra-amusing: "GOP candidates seem out of touch." Aren't they supposed to win on the economy? Are reactionary lunacy & kulturkampf that important, or is this some last ditch, passing-of-a-generation distraction before the masses realize* that thirty yrs. of disappearing taxes, deregulation & increasingly big & authoritarian (Hah: Civility!) gov't., no matter the rhetoric (More civility!) are (along w/ a war or five) the cause of the current economic slump?

*It could happen!

It All Comes Out Of The Same Horse

While scanning PBR Moving Corp. HQ 2 L.A., not that we care,
In an effort to stay competitive in a growing craft beer market the company has developed alternate new products like the Loko-esque fruit-flavored Blast by Colt 45. Pabst also owns Lone Star, Colt 45, Old Style, Schlitz and many more labels with "regional appeal." Sales of Pabst Blue Ribbon reportedly make up about 30% of total sales thanks to a renewed popularity "with the young generation of hipsters who embrace its blue-collar roots and low price," says the LA Times.
this came to light:
The old Pabst brewery complex, now an artist loft community, need not worry about its machinery chugging back to life following the move. Pabst won't be bringing any brewing jobs to Southern California, notes the Times, "because MillerCoors brews and bottles its brands. MillerCoors has a brewery in Irwindale, which it opened in 1980 and now employs almost 600 people."
Or the same truck.
Photo by playonthefreeway via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

Will Collapse In The Next Earthquake

Two houses,
one block.

On Vinyl, Man

A possible series of slothful, self-pitying items: Discs we once owned.BOSS RADIO DOUBLE-PLAY!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Reaction To Huckabee & The
Lack Of Fire In His Gut

ADVANCE WARNING: We have all of yesterday's Huckabee, w/ Huck hisse'f playing bass behind The Nuge in a scorching rendition of "Cat Scratch Fever," on the DVR. Don't make us whip it out.

That aside, we're starting to think that going to TheDC is straight-up nut-picking; we figure most of the typists there were discovered drooling in the comments on reactionary sites or trolling the leftish blogosphere. (Also Mickey Kaus.)

Because one of the ninnies typing there believes, post-Huckabee
... in some ways you know the Obama camp must be thrilled at the prospect of not having to send the incumbent into a general election debate against the much smarter wit of the governor.
That's right, the (former, ex-, one-time) governor of Arkansas has a "much smarter wit" (Usage, anyone?) than President Obama. Really, one can't type anything beyond "really?" Because, among many other reasons:
In an introductory letter posted on the website, Huckabee explains further.

"Many of our schools and teachers today haven't found ways to make history for kids fun," he writes. "Instead, they're teaching with political bias that distorts facts for the sake of political correctness. As a result, our national pride and patriotism are in jeopardy."

The site lists four experts on its "Council of Masters" as having designed the lessons, including Dr. Larry Schweikart, the author of A Patriot's History of the United States, also known as one of Glenn Beck's favorite history books.

Huckabee has a long history with the conservative historical point of view. Back in April, Jon Stewart grilled Huckabee about his support for David Barton, a historian best known for saying that history curricula ignore the Christian foundation of the United States.
Oh no, too late (Can't say we didn't warn you though.):"Making the pussy purr." (2:25) Nice, Huck.

More Fun W/ Words

Soon to follow "liberal" into the lexicon of the ++un-good: "Public." As noted at Disillusionment Central, from On the Commons:
All things public are under attack. The Fort Worth rebranding is an indication of how effective this attack has been. The city explained that it was dropping the word “public” because of its “potentially negative connotation”. The Founding Fathers would be disconsolate. John Adams wrote in 1776, “There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest…established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions.” Thomas Jefferson agreed, “I profess… that to be false pride which postpones the public good to any private or personal considerations.”

Would it be improper for me to mention the Forth Worth rebranding initiative was mostly paid for by a large oil drilling company?
Not at all.

Help yourselves. We're full.

Dull Pictures Of Boring Clouds

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the industrial pollution in the sky.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Blues Show Offs

Profiling Dep't.

It's tough out there for racist types. They're having trouble spotting the swarth w/o a scorecard:
Annie said...

So he's basically Syrian. What is it with so many Syrians who look like lily white hillbillies rather than arab?
Where can one even start w/ that statement? It refers to Mitch Freaking Daniels, known to these people to be the Governor-Imam of Indiana. The Mid-Western Mujahid. The Hoosier Hajji!

Matt Meets Megan

Thanks to Gloatessa. (Who apparently lifted it from TBogg.)

Friday, May 13, 2011

All In The Family

Also (As we haven't watched all 15+ mins., yeesh.):
  • In an effort to hide her identity, Ensign listed Ms. Hampton as "Aunt Judy" on his cell phone.
  • ”76 text messages were exchanged between Senator Ensign and Ms. Hampton from March 7, 2008 to March 10, 2008.”
  • Tim Coe spotted Ensign and Hampton’s cars in a hotel parking lot. He called Ensign and said “Put your pants on and go home.” Ensign said, “I can’t, I love her.”
Aunt Judy? Really.

Promptly At 1400PDT Today

No idea what that last one is. SLA?

And All of Wednesday's & Thursday's Labels Are Ruined, Simply Ruined

Wait, that should be the text, the title should be something like: "Comments Lost In Ether."

Tee & Hee, LLC

Moments ago, the perfect quote:
P.S.: Anyone else acquire new labels that are mash-ups of already existing labels?

Angry? You Bet I'm Angry, Mister ...

Excellent summation of our existence: Something we despise, & something we neither know nor care about.

Other Awful Stuff

When we were indeed mooching, in a general relief-stylee, rather than righteously collecting what we've paid into the system, we were issued a "Golden Advantage" card w/ food stamp funds & cash on it. Once, using it to withdraw $20.00 from a BofA ATM, we were informed a $3.00 fee would be charged for the transaction.

Straight outta PuffHo.
WASHINGTON -- Many states shortchange the jobless by distributing unemployment benefits on debit cards loaded with obnoxious fees, according to a new study by the National Consumer Law Center.

Of the 40 states that have switched from paper checks to prepaid debit cards, 22 states' cards charge ATM fees, 24 charge balance inquiry fees, and 28 charge inactivity fees. The cards in Arkansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Ohio, and Oregon come with overdraft fees ranging from $10 to $20.

And in Connecticut, Iowa, Rhode Island, and Tennessee, cardholders "must pay for every ATM inquiry or pay a denied transaction fee if they request cash when their balance is insufficient," the study says.

Tennessee stands out for having the card with the most "junk fees," the study says. Tennessee's card, provided by JPMorgan Chase, charges $1 for initial ATM withdrawals, 40 cents for balance inquiries, and 25 cents whenever someone swipes the card at checkout. It's one of just four states that doesn't provide even one free ATM withdrawal per deposit.

Tennessee doesn't think its card's fees are junk.

"I’m not sure calling them 'junk fees' is a fair statement," said Jeff Hentschell, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Workforce Development, which distributes Tennessee Automated Payment cards for jobless benefits. "When you look at the context of where we were and where we are today, the fees are actually minimal compared to where people were going to cash paper checks before."

Indeed: The NCLC study itself points out that for people without bank accounts, "getting cash from a UC prepaid card will usually be cheaper than paying a check casher to cash a paper check."

Hentschell added his department has a handy website that lays out the fees.

As for Chase, the bank says it's giving states a good deal on a valuable service.

"Each state negotiates its own contract and fee structure from numerous bidders," a Chase spokeswoman said in an email. "To date, states have chosen card solutions that cost government nothing and save taxpayer dollars, selecting their card provider based on the best mix of fees and services to the consumer."

The NCLC study says the Bank of America-issued cards in California and New Jersey are the best, since they offer "free and ample access to cash and transactions with no penalty fees." The study says close runners-up are Chase's card in Arizona and Citibank's in Maryland.
So BofA makes its California nut on the backs of those receiving a whopping $221.00/mo., sparing unemployment recipients. Nice.

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