Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Annals Of Rock&Roll

Another trend of which we've been vaguely aware was bands (or facsimiles thereof) wandering the highways & byways slogging through an entire rendition of certain pivotal, crucial, ground-breaking or really big-selling albums from their ouevre, apparently including the crummy filler tunes they'd never played except during the recording session.

This is now sharply defined by more or less our generation falling into it. Here we see locals X, who will be cranking out Los Angeles "in its entirety" at something called Riot Fest East this September in Philly.
A lot of acts for one day. Just reading the list is exhausting us.Too long; didn't listen. (3:42)? Were they kidding?

Why We Bother

We'd like to thank all the little people, while we can still remember them.
See for yourselves.

Dep't. Of Amplification

To clarify, this image was drawn to our attention, but it is not us. Although we don't blame you for looking twice. (And it could always be Eddie Flowers, a sad but common mistake.) Stalkers be advised: The real M.B. has a longer nose & does not (currently) weigh in at the poundage seen below.

The F.B.I. In Peace & War

Something almost worth anger.

The F.B.I. seized Web servers in a raid on a data center early Tuesday, causing several Web sites, including those run by the New York publisher Curbed Network, to go offline.

The raid happened at 1:15 a.m. at a hosting facility in Reston, Va., used by DigitalOne, which is based in Switzerland, the company said. The F.B.I. did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the raid.

In an e-mail to one of its clients on Tuesday afternoon, a DigitalOne employee, Sergej Ostroumow, said: “This problem is caused by the F.B.I., not our company. In the night F.B.I. has taken 3 enclosures with equipment plugged into them, possibly including your server — we can not check it.”

Mr. Ostroumow said that the F.B.I. was only interested in one of the company’s clients but had taken servers used by “tens of clients.” He wrote: “After F.B.I.’s unprofessional ‘work’ we can not restart our own servers, that’s why our website is offline and support doesn’t work.” The company’s staff had been working to solve the problem for the previous 15 hours, he said.
If we gave a rat's ass.

Summer Here

Not there, 'though.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ouch

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sports Illustrated Curse, Web Log-Stylee

No sooner did we wonder whatever happened/where is he now? vis-à-vis Tone Lōc than the Internet responded.
BURBANK, California — The rapper Tone Loc has been arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence in Southern California.

Burbank police Sgt. Tracy Sanchez says 45-year-old Loc, né Anthony Smith, was arrested Saturday.

Celebrity gossip site TMZ.com reports that the rapper got into an altercation with the mother of his child. He was being held in a Burbank jail on $50,000 bail.

A message left for the rapper's agent Sunday was not immediately returned, and police could not say if he had hired an attorney.

Tone Loc is best known for the 1989 hip-hop hits "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina."

The Associated Press and TMZ.com contributed to this report.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Jerk.

Celebrity losers & has-beens, don't make us mention you here. It can only lead to trouble. And leave your exes alone. We have several, & they never hear from us.

No More Mamet, Damnit!

And then no more lame titles. Xopher Hitchens (a bit of a convert himself; we haven't read to the end to see if he interjects himself in contrast to poor David, but the first few paragraphs are worth it) makes further coverage of newly-minted conservative Mamet unnecessary.
This is an extraordinarily irritating book, written by one of those people who smugly believe that, having lost their faith, they must ipso facto have found their reason. In order to be persuaded by it, you would have to be open to propositions like this:

“Part of the left’s savage animus against Sarah Palin is attributable to her status not as a woman, neither as a Conservative, but as a Worker.”

Or this:

“America is a Christian country. Its Constitution is the distillation of the wisdom and experience of Christian men, in a tradition whose codification is the Bible.”

Some of David Mamet’s unqualified declarations are made even more tersely. On one page affirmative action is described as being “as injust as chattel slavery”; on another as being comparable to the Japanese internment and the Dred Scott decision. We learn that 1973 was the year the United States “won” the Vietnam War, and that Karl Marx — who on the evidence was somewhat more industrious than Sarah Palin — “never worked a day in his life.” Slackness or confusion might explain his reference to the ­Scottish-Canadian newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook as a Jewish courtier in the tradition of Disraeli and Kissinger, but it is more than ignorant to say of Bertrand Russell — author of one of the first reports from Moscow to analyze and excoriate Lenin — that he was a fellow-traveling dupe and tourist of the Jane Fonda style.

Propagandistic writing of this kind can be even more boring than it is irritating. For example, Mamet writes in “The Secret Knowledge” that “the Israelis would like to live in peace within their borders; the Arabs would like to kill them all.” Whatever one’s opinion of that conflict may be, this (twice-made) claim of his abolishes any need to analyze or even discuss it. It has a long way to go before it can even be called simplistic. By now, perhaps, you will not be surprised to know that Mamet regards global warming as a false alarm, and demands to be told “by what magical process” bumper stickers can “save whales, and free Tibet.” This again is not uncharacteristic of his pointlessly aggressive style: who on earth maintains that they can? If I were as prone to sloganizing as Mamet, I’d keep clear of bumper-sticker comparisons altogether.
Good (by which we mean insulting) parts reproduced as a public service 'cause who knows what's up w/ The NYT paywall.

Obligatory Olio

Much too busy celebrating Juneteenth & ignoring Fathers Day (don't have one, are not one) to accomplish anything around here.
"America" & oil: Bad combination.
The Ultra-Orthodox.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Time Drags On

Hanging Athenian Gardens

Green Report

Larger here.

Help I'm A Box

This One May Be Good For
Two Commercial Breaks

Law & Order.
Obviously, no one will confirm that the Great White Way debacle is what inspired the upcoming hour about a high-flying, fast-crashing show called Icarus. But it’s pretty clear that the headlines from which the story was ripped appeared in Backstage, not the local Penny Saver.

Natch, Spidey’s ousted director, Julie Taymor, gets the worst of it: Her CI counterpart is described in casting breakdowns as “high-strung and larger-than-life.” Oh, and a born-again drunk. (Then again, anybody’d be driven into a Jesus Juice stupor if a botched stunt didn’t just injure an actor but killed him, which is what happens in the CIeppy!) Bono, on the other hand… sorry, “Arno” is a secretly bisexual rock-star composer who’s cheating on the missus with a colleague. (Pass that flask… )
Criminal Intent
In "Icarus," airing Sunday at 9/8c on USA, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) must investigate a Broadway musical after an actor dies while performing a stunt. The case, based off of the many injuries stemming from Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, pushes Goren to call upon an old friend, Columbia University mythology professor Cleo Alexander ([Patti] Smith), to help figure out the meaning behind Icarus (a metaphor for failed ambition).
Oooh, we were hoping she'd been cast as the evil director. Whatever, then, we'll let it clog the DVR until it's overwritten by something even stupider.

Two More Movies We Will Eventually See,
& Watch Until The First Commercial Break

71 yrs. ago, who could have imagined?
Seen on the Internet, so it's gotta be true.
Another basic difference is that Tree of Life is already a front-runner for the best film I will see this year, whereas Green Lantern is a powerful contender for the worst. Even by the standards of the current run of mediocre comic-book movies, this one stands out for its egregious shoddiness. Its characters, dialogue, and pacing recall a destined-to-be-canceled Saturday morning cartoon from the early '80s or possibly an extended Hasbro infomercial.
The chickens of the '80s have come home to roost. A conservative generation has come of age, & Hollywood is at last remade as a glibertarian paradise of consumption.
Out w/ the old ...
[Cross-posted at BB's BigHo.]

Friday, June 17, 2011

Blog-O-Spheric Title Of The Day

We are all Baader-Meinhof now

Rest of the story.

Glad Canada Got A Shout-Out

MAD LIFE

Larger image & some context at source. We tried, you see the results.

If You'd Like To See A Llama ...

... something, something da da dah ... work on that later.

B/4 Tha Old Skool

You really can find anything on the Internet,
Part wM#HqdK!3WG7n7V:These guys really weren't that bad.

You Are Being Manipulated
By Manipulated Images, Sucker!

This image has been making the rounds. As seen at The Daily Dish:
And as seen at the L.A. Times:
The Slate version:
We wonder what photog Richard Lam & Getty Images think of these adjustments.

The version Getty offers is not the entire image either. (Which makes us wonder how/where Slate got the one w/ more on the bottom. Don't believe anything!)

Self-Portrait W/ Edema

Not hideous flab, but the result of leaning on one's left elbow for 15+ hrs./day while slaving over a hot devil-box.
Oh, there's the hideous flab.
One more for detail.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Shallow & The Trivial:
Bylines & Paper Stock

Weren't paying too much attention, but as far as we could determine, all (certainly most) of Tweety Matthews' Hardball program today was devoted to Anthony Weiner's resignation. Couldn't the resignation simply have been noted, w/o rehashing & recapping the whole stupid & clichéd mess?

But what can one expect from Chris Matthews? Look over this "What I Read" thing. Conventional (& incestuous: "My favorite conservative is Peggy Noonan. We have similar Irish Catholic backgrounds and I like the way she thinks.") wisdom is a gross understatement.

And he can't work the Internet, either:
Throughout the day, I'm on the phone with my producers. I get piles of stuff taken from web sites.
The only conclusion we can draw from this is that he has a fax machine in his house & the "producers" send him what they want him to see. (Does he think the fax is some sort of magic box, we wonder?)

No mention of the allegedly-still-driving Media Villagers Drudge Report, although he's not specific as to what's in the piles of stuff he gets. (Would it have been too much trouble to ask what the hell's in that pile, lazy reporter?)

We didn't even know there was a hard copy of Politico, but
I go to Politico next and I get it in hard copy. It comes in a very crisp paper stock that I like. I'll read the stories through the jumps, scan for bylines and find topics for Hardball.
Really, he reads them all the way through, past the "jumps" & everything. While looking for bylines, because that's what's important. "Have I shared a cocktail weenie w/ this person at a glamorous Washington function?" Also important: Paper stock that he likes.

Laugh Of The Day, So Far

Evoked our evil laugh.
In another case, sources said, staffers in South Carolina also refused to arrange a movie screening. This prompted Callista Gingrich to insist that she and her husband fly back from the state on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend — and miss a planned campaign event in Myrtle Beach — so the couple could attend the opera “Don Pasquale” at the Kennedy Center that night, the sources said.
Callista Gingrich on March 3, 2011. Mike Stewart/AP file
Check the Tiffany site. What's that bauble around her neck worth?
The dispute over the movies wasn’t the only source of conflict within the campaign. Campaign sources say the candidate’s top aides also were upset over Callista Gingrich’s control over the campaign schedule, including her refusal to allow early-morning departures for campaign events because she insisted she needed time to have her hair done, the campaign sources said.
Republicans were willing to let this grifting wimp have his finger on the nuclear button? If he can't stand up to his former mistress, we doubt if he could stand up to all the foreigners who want to kill Americans & impose Shariah law & anti-colonialism on this exceptional nation.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Voter Fraud Follow-Up

As good an excuse as any: "We just have so many houses we're not really sure where we are at any given moment."

Not just Romney committing fraud either. It's well known that Mormons lie like rugs ("Milk before meat.") & Huntsman adds proof of duplicity.
In March, as you'll recall, Utah's former Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. --- who is believed likely to jump into the GOP Presidential race soon --- was alleged to have committed voter fraud by casting his vote last year via his registration at the governor's mansion despite having resigned and moved out of the address almost two years prior to become President Obama's Ambassador to China.
Also:
As Think Progress noted today, in its story on Maine's new law set to be signed by the new GOP governor that would do away with their 38-year old policy of same-day voter registration, "in-person voter fraud is only slightly more common than unicorns."

"A recent Supreme Court decision upholding a voter ID law," in Indiana, they write, "was only able to cite one example of in-person voter fraud in the last 143 years."

Nonetheless, that did not keep Maine's GOP Chairman Charlie Webster from telling the local media last week: "If you want to get really honest, this is about how the Democrats have managed to steal elections from Maine people...Many of us believe that the Democrats intentionally steal elections."
Second Amendment remedies. Now! And for liar & hypocrite Charlie Webster, added torture, until he begs for the sweet release of death.

Insanity

Apparently not an Einstein quote.
The answer isn't really known but current consensus is that it came from the author Rita Mae Brown in her book Sudden Death on Pg. 68 from 1983.

Quote: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results."

Most people will attribute this quote to Albert Einstein but there is no evidence to suggest that he made this statement.

This quote "Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results" appears in the Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous which was copyrighted in 1982 and later published in 1983. It is found on page 11 of the final "Review Form" which was distributed to the fellowship in November of 1981. It is found on page 23 of the current sixth edition.
Break your addiction to this bullshit already, crazy people!

Mystery De-Mystified

Damn Internet. Nothing mystifies for long, as clarified here.
The shot we didn't use in the linked item.

Reefer Wrap-Up

Some of you goofy-assed hippie-dippies from the '60s may remember the occasional rumor that RJReynolds, Philip Morris, L&M or you name the cigarette manufacturer had copyrighted or trademarked various names like "Acapulco Gold" to be used the very instant that muggles was legalized.

We didn't believe it then, but this is probably true.
Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has long sold weed killer. Now, it's hoping to help people grow killer weed.

In an unlikely move for the head of a major company, Scotts Chief Executive Jim Hagedorn said he is exploring targeting medical marijuana as well as other niches to help boost sales at his lawn and garden company.

"I want to target the pot market," Mr. Hagedorn said in an interview. "There's no good reason we haven't."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How Many?

Rather than having them announce the number of mewling whiny brats w/ which they each had polluted our once-fair planet, the wanna-bes at yesterday's Republic Q&A session should have been asked how many houses they each owned. Especially this season's John McCain, Mitt "Mansions" Romney. And which house was he living in when he was running for governor of Mass.?

Spillage

Damn! Must watch.We are assuming it's either trick photography or whatever lets it do that causes cancer if it rubs on the kitchen counter & one ingests even a few molecules of it.

Via Gloatessa.

These Colours Don't RunBiodegrade!

(Slightly different image than originally appeared.)

Working Too Damn Hard

Thers (How is that pronounced, anyway?) is busy w/ something more like real work than the linking to crap & pointing out that it's crap we are complaining about in the title, so we desk-top published some abuse of Megan McArdle at his establishment.

(Which is probably like lighting a cigarette at the bus stop. He'll be through w/ whatever & have three items posted w/in an hr.)

Lest We Forget ...

... today is Flag Day.
BURN, BABY, BURN!!!

Sip E. Cupp Debate Wrap-Up

Nope, nothing wrong here, they're all winners!!And smart, too!

Water, Water, Everywhere
(Or Piss, Depending)

John Cole via Political Animal on the EPA. If you need yet another reason to die now & avoid the rush, Google concepts like "privatization of the water supply."

For (Both) Our "Friends"
In The Nether Regions

So you can be aware what the masses "down" here think of you.Hey, at least there weren't any sheep jokes.

The Secret Knowledge That Doesn't Exist

Local book person points out that Mamet is a ninny.
His critique of affirmative action relies on a dismissal of race — "When," he asks, "was the last time you heard a racist remark or saw racial discrimination at school or work?" — that is so divorced from the reality of many Americans you have to wonder where he lives.
Perhaps inside the rarefied atmosphere of "The Westside of Los Angeles," where decadent Euro-Americans are at least decent enough to keep overt & shallow racism under wraps. If Mr. "Now I Blindly Accept Anything I've Heard on Reactionary Talk Radio" Mamet had worked at some of the dumps where this reporter (blue-eyed blond who some might consider sympathetic to their crap) has, he would've heard plenty of it, from customers & fellow wage-slaves.
The problem with these positions isn't that they are conservative, it's that they're so easy to refute. "[T]hough much has been made of the necessity of a college education," Mamet writes, seeking to connect the rise of school shootings to what he sees as the aimlessness of liberal arts curricula, "the extended study of the Liberal Arts actually trains one for nothing. And the terrified adolescent, abandoned by society, coddled by society, may, if unbalanced, turn to rage and (a) kill; or, if merely clueless, (b) hide in college, as he does not possess the strength to grow up and leave." Really? And here, I've always thought that school shootings were the responsibility of the shooter, not of the system. I guess I ought to thank him for clearing that up.
Maybe we should enroll Mamet at L.A. Trade Tech & force him to be a plumber instead of a liberal arts dilletante who, by his own admission, produces literal nothing.

And which is it? Is society coddling or abandoning the "terrified adolescent?" In all fairness, Mamet might be on to something there, but admitting (or even realizing) that whether one is coddled or abandoned is mostly determined by skin-tone & economic circumstance would burst his fucking bubble. Much as we'd like to pop his head. (W/ truth. It's a metaphor, not a threat. Or is it?)

And now we are done:
Here, however, he continues in the shrill, strident vein that marked his 2006 book "The Wicked Son." That work traced his return to (or perhaps more accurately, his adoption of) a form of socially conservative Judaism; "The Secret Knowledge" takes this shift into a purely political realm.

"The bifurcation of Humanity (as opposed to acts) into two identifiable camps, Evil and Good, is, essentially, a childish act," Mamet writes in his new book. The idea that "one may gain merit from this division, and that this merit makes one the superior of the unenlightened, is the act of an adolescent." It's a valid point, but in the end, it makes for yet another irony, as such a bifurcation is the essential condition on which this book depends.

Put A Sock On It

From FOXNews, but don't click, it's all here.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army said Monday that it was abandoning the beret, after a failed 10-year experiment.

The black beret, which proved deeply unpopular with American soldiers, will be replaced by a patrol cap* for everyday wear, U.S. Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said.

The move came after outgoing Army chief of staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, asked the Army's sergeant major "to go out and talk to soldiers across the force and see what was on their minds," Collins told AFP.

"One of the things that soldiers consistently brought up was the desire to wear the patrol cap as part of their duty uniform," he said.

The beret will still be part of the Army's dress uniform, but will no longer be worn in the field as soldiers complained that it was impractical, he said.

"It does not have a visor and doesn't shield the sun, doesn't absorb sweat well," Collins said.
One soldier put it more bluntly.

"I hate wearing a wet sock on my head," Chief Warrant Officer Mark Vino, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, told the Army Times. "Plus it makes head/skin break out."

Before 2001, the black beret was associated with the elite Rangers special operations forces. Many Rangers resented the idea that the hat they had earned the right to wear had been assigned to the entire force.

The uniform change applies to 1.32 million soldiers -- including 566,473 active-duty troops -- and goes into effect immediately. The new headwear comes with a lower price: a beret costs $11.90, while a patrol cap is only $6.50.

The decision does not affect units that have long worn berets as a mark of distinction, including the Rangers' black beret, Army special forces' green beret and Airborne's maroon version.

As part of the change, soldiers will have the option of having their name tags, rank and badges sewn on to their uniforms.

There also will be a new look for soldiers working at the Defense Department's headquarters at the Pentagon, with camouflage to be replaced with the more business-like dress uniform, Collins said.

"For soldiers serving in the Pentagon, we will transition to the dress uniform," starting in July, he said.

In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, all the armed services started wearing combat uniforms in the Pentagon, to underscore the country's war footing.

But Defense Secretary Robert Gates last year had his staff drop the combat uniforms, and some other offices in the Pentagon have returned to the dress uniform.
Returning to the dress uniform from BDUs is actually a bigger deal, as far as we're concerned. Desk jockeys running loose in the Pentagon in BDUs is just plain stupid (Like virtually everything else these days.) &, we'd imagine, insulting to the baby killerspoor slobs in real combat zones, who aren't such ass-kissers they can get a position jockeying a desk on the other side of the world.

*The "patrol cap" is more or less what the young militarists of our rapidly aging generation knew as a "fatigue cap," just less stiff.

Democracy Is A Sad Fucking Joke,
Yet We Aren't Laughing

Per Pensito Review, the Pew Research Center breaks it down for you:
Few Americans know the specifics of political power in Congress. Asked about the legislative branch in a recent News IQ survey, just 38% of the public can say the Republican Party currently has a majority in the House of Representatives. About one-in-ten (11%) say the GOP controls the Senate, 18% believe the Republicans control both houses, 6% say neither and 27% admit they do not know. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to be aware of the details of divided power in Washington. Still, only about half of Republicans (49%) know that the GOP controls only the House, compared with 39% of independents and just 33% of Democrats. As with many political knowledge questions, older adults and those with a college education are more likely to know that the GOP controls the House of Representatives. In a separate question about Congress, just 43% of adults were able to identify John Boehner as the speaker. Nearly two-in-ten (19%) still believed Nancy Pelosi controlled the speaker's gavel. Read more
A Modest Proposal: Sterilize such ignorant morons & their offspring, before the joke's on you!

Get Out. Now!

Memphis-based Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. said Monday that the company, which owns the Perkins and Marie Callender’s chains, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The restructuring prompted both chains to close restaurants Sunday afternoon — including 31 Marie Callender’s in eight states.

The closures were so sudden, some diners were forced to leave while they were still eating.

“We apologize for that,” Perkins & Marie Callender’s corporate spokeswoman Vivian H. Brooks said. “It is a difficult situation.”
We can only hope that the bum-rushed customers weren't expected to pay for their meals.
“Our customers will continue to receive the highest quality products and dining experience they have come to expect from our restaurants,” Trungale said in a prepared statement.
Nothing says "quality dining experience" like being thrown out of the dump in a sudden & barely announced closure on a Sunday afternoon, does it?
Brooks said the company intended to shut down restaurants in a “sensitive way,” which is why restaurants were asked to close between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday — normally a slow time of the day for dining.

She apologized to those who were “disturbed” while eating.
They couldn't stay open until regular closing time, which appears to be Sunday at 2200 or 2300 in most L.A.-area locations? Looks as if upper management incompetence is again to blame. Kill the managers!

In addition (1452PDT 14 June 2011): A Mocker.

You're All Doomed

It would appear that w/in just a few yrs. we will be laughing from the medical school or organ bank where we plan to spend our final connected hrs., & those who are still living then will all wish they were under a med student's blade as well.
But for real extremes in 2011, look to Australia, China and the southern US these past few months. In Queeensland, Australia, an area the size of Germany and France was flooded in December and January in what was called the country's "worst natural disaster". It cost the economy up to A$30bn (£19.5bn) in devastated livelihoods and is still being cleaned up.

In China, a "once-in-a-100-years" drought in southern and central regions has this year dried up hundreds of reservoirs, rivers and water courses, evaporating drinking supplies and stirring up political tensions. The government responded with a massive rain-making operation, firing thousands of rockets to "seed" clouds with silver iodide and other chemicals. It may have worked: for whatever reason, the heavens opened last week, a record 30cm of rain fell in some places in 24 hours, floods and mudslides killed 94 people, and tens of thousands of people have lost their homes.

Meanwhile, north America's most deadly and destructive tornado season ever saw 600 "twisters" in April alone, and 138 people killed in Joplin, Missouri, by a mile-wide whirlwind. Arizonans were this week fighting some of the largest wildfires they have known, and the greatest flood in recorded US history is occurring along sections of the Missouri river. This is all taking place during a deepening drought in Texas and other southern states – the eighth year of "exceptional" drought there in the past 12 years.
We just laugh.

Monday, June 13, 2011

See Immediately Below

We were reminded of something that we had in reserve by a (OK, the.) comment on the item beneath, to wit:
Click it to big it. (Or just to read it.)
Really, how does Google know these things? No reference to anyone's then condition or artistic career in the comment. Is there a Freedom of Information Act for Google? Could we see our file? Not that we have anything to hide.

Soiling One's Own Inter-Nest

Recently the editorial staff clicked on an ad for 'cycle boots, & made the mistake of looking up "Juicy Couture" as an explanation for someone somewhere who was wondering about the silly people wandering the earth w/ the word "Juicy" emblazoned over their booties in huge letters on cheap slave-labor made sweat-pants.

Now, every single fucking time we go to any god-damned whore site that has Google Ads (You know who you are, prostitutes!) we are confronted w/ either a model posing in a Juicy Couture advert or pictures of silly looking boots.

No real point to this, just bitching & moaning.

Just to add to the agony, the violin student is at it again. Or is that a clarinet? Yes, a few more notes reveal it to be a wind or reed instrument, at least. When will the agony end? (Rhetorical: We know, & it can't come soon enough!)

Dem A-Loot, Dem A-Shoot, Dem A-Wail!

Isn't this how it started in Tunisia?
The clashes, which began on Friday after a fracas between security officers and a pregnant street vendor in Xintang, Guangdong province, highlight Chinese authorities' struggle to control social frustrations. It is thought that most protesters were migrant workers like the vendor.
BONUS DESMOND DEKKER DOUBLE PLAY:

Monday Moon Day

Ha ha, you've been lied to again: These were Saturday's moon.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Suburban Scumbags/They Don't Care

Any excuse to play this:Someone hates the U.S. of A. almost as much as we do, & we grew up (Let's be honest, passed through childhood.) in the suburbs of the 1960s.

Too much good stuff to single any of it out, but read it. It's not that long, & you're probably an adult. (If you aren't, your soccer mother probably doesn't want you reading this anyway, so get lost.)

We had only to read the first paragraph before we were hooked.
I’m about to offend a lot of people. Be forewarned.

Worst Person In The World This Wk.

Thus spake Fleischer in 2001:
On Wednesday, Ari Fleischer, the White House press secretary, denounced Mr. Maher, saying of news organizations, and all Americans, that in times like these "people have to watch what they say and watch what they do."
So you can imagine our shock upon reading this:
Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All, the new memoir by former GOP PR aide Lisa Baron, begins on a note both intriguing and revolting. "When people find out that I worked for Ralph Reed during the 2000 Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, they always ask the same thing: Was it true Ralph told voters that Senator John McCain fathered a black child?" she writes. "And my answer is always the same, 'How would I know? I was in a Greenville hotel room giving Ari Fleischer a blow job.'"
Straight outta The Beast.
A bit of research indicates the sickening little flack was not married at the time, but there's still no excuse for sex between the unmarried, let alone non-procreative sex, is there?

What motivates such hypocrites?
It turns out that besides money, she also cares about Israel—or, more specifically, the Israeli right. "Evangelicals believe strongly in the state of Israel, and I can't say that for all Democrats," she says. "That's a very, very big issue for me. I vote primarily on that issue."
Has she spoken w/ her rabbi about her values?
A pro-choice, pro-gay Jewish woman who revels in her "trash-talking, booze-swilling, foul-mouth, fornicating" ways even as she spins for the family-values crowd, Baron seems to see herself as a loveably insouciant lush, a right-wing Chelsea Handler. She doesn't seem to have the slightest idea how ugly her self-portrait really is.
Perhaps not, but boy is Israel important, huh?

Make-Up Mobile

This claims to be a behind-the-scenes still from the production of "A City Upon A Hill" featuring Newtie & Callie Gingrich, but the cynic in us (Or we're just someone in a cynic.) wonders if it doesn't follow Mme. DeBoTox wherever she appears, just in case.
"Spackle the hag!!"

Man-Biting Dog Barks, Too

Why, it's almost as if religion doesn't have a positive, uplifting & moral effect!
In educated people, religion is more likely to be linked to conservative views, and conservative views are more likely to be linked to support for torture.
Yes, whatever sad genetic or organic brain dysfuction allows for religious belief actually contradicts the (alleged, &/or merely for public consumption) morality of the religious.

You could have knocked us over w/ feather.

Sullivan, panties always a-twist over torture, nonetheless can not/will not condemn religion. Fucking sheep.

Les Damnés de la Terre

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Anti-Semitism Wrap-Up

Becoming what you most fear.

Where's The "Whitey" Tape?

Assrocket:
Palin has her faults, but she is a serious participant in the national dialogue on the key issues of our time. The New York Times and the Washington Post, in contrast, are frivolous rags with little or nothing of substance to offer.

UPDATE: Jim Hoft points out some ironies; the same news outlets that think it is urgently necessary for you to learn of any dirt that may be contained (but probably isn't) in Sarah Palin's emails are prudently concealing from your eyes some much more interesting information, which they have possessed for years: "LA Times Won't Release Obama-Khalidi Tape But Posts 24,000 Sarah Palin Emails." Via InstaPundit.
Hoo boy. We have to think the irony here is an alleged attorney (Sorry, litigator. What a punk.) referring anyone to Jim Hoft. Not a credible witness, to put it mildly.

Spotted at Sullivan's, but we actually had something to say about it.

Existential ++Agony

It appears we will have to shower (Will not be shaving.) & leave the bunker in search of sustenance. Today. While there's enough pancake batter to postpone exodus for a day, we don't have enough milk. And having et nothing but fish sticks & salmon yesterday, we are lusting for meat.

Also out of coffee.

Nobody knows, & the torture never stops.

Mamet: Spector Not Guilty

And he says he's "crazy." (About Sarah Palin.)

Dumb-ass Dave is in the Big Apple scouting
locations for a film he has written and will direct for HBO about Phil Spector, the legendary music producer.

[...]

Spector, to be played by Al Pacino with Bette Midler as his lawyer, Linda Kenney Baden, was jailed for murder in 2008 after being convicted of the killing of Lana Clarkson, an actress, at his California mansion. "I don't think he's guilty. I definitely think there is reasonable doubt," Mamet says briskly when I ask what interested him about the case. "They should never have sent him away. Whether he did it or not, we'll never know but if he'd just been a regular citizen, they never would have indicted him."
Our emphases above. Compare & contrast.

Who will check for his statements vis-à-vis O.J. Simpson? Leave our celebrities alone!!

More Mamet mentioned here.

And The Crowd Goes Wild

From Brutish & Short, LLC.

Self-Portraits W/ Butt

Good morning, world!
Smokin'!
You cannot be much more awful than we are. You certainly couldn't be any prouder of or more amused by being awful. Nor could you be more in love w/ yourself than we are.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Skull Blogging*

Damn. We (almost) wouldn't mind having a yard if we could find this sort of thing in it.
A South Pasadena resident and a landscaper found a skull in a backyard that authorities believe is Native American and likely belonged to a Gabrieleno/Tongva of San Gabriel. The Los Angeles County Coroners Office will make a final determination once an anthropologist examines it. (Courtesy South Pasadena Police Department)
Because if nothing else, we'd shoot it from a better angle than the SPPD crime scene photog.

Actual chance of finding one? Not that slim.
About 10 police cars, coroner's officials and a crime-scene investigation team appeared t [sic] the woman's house in the 1600 block of Milan Avenue after she called police. But there was no evidence of a crime.

Rare? Hardly. The Native American Heritage Council is notified of about four such bodies each month. Officials were relatively certain the skull belonged to a member of the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe.

About 400 remains of Gabrielino-Tongva tribal ancestors, the original inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin, were found in 2004 as work on the $4 billion dollar Playa Vista development began, according to the Associated Press, the article reports.

*An homage, not theft. Note well the fair use disclaimer at the bottom.

More Reasons To Ignore Andrew Sullivan

His "ramshackle ladder from his blog cave" collapsed under him & he broke the little finger of his left hand in the fall. From this we can ask these questions:
  • Should attention be paid to a college graduate who uses the word "pinkie?"
  • If one is descending from it by ladder, isn't it a loft rather than a "blog cave?"
  • Should anyone be referring to anything that's not an actual cave as a "cave?" ("Man cave," for example. Crikey.)
  • Should we pay any attention to someone whose comprehension of gravity, physics, structural engineering & their own bulk is so inadequate that they don't realize their ramshackle ladder won't hold them?
Biggest aggravation:
Typos may also occur as I type with one right hand until the pain lets up in my other three available digits.
Yes, typographical errors "occur." That does not mean they are cast in stone for eternity. Reading over whatever one has typed before posting it often results in both spotting the typo & correcting it. Give that a try sometime.

We must suspect that typists who don't go over their spew obsessively know damn well they are spewing garbage, & at some level are too embarrassed to review their own work, knowing that no amount of polishing will result in anything but a shinier turd. (Applies as well to many others who are paid for this shit. You know who you are, Megan McArdle.)

So stop it w/ the "typos happen, dude" excuse. Considering that most of Sullivan's spew is paragraph length, would it kill him to go over it once? Of course, he may have a reading problem.

Not to mention the three credited flunkieseditors & who knows how many uncredited interns employed at The Dish.

It Got Away, But It Was This Big!

Looks as if the Botox around her left peeper has malfunctioned.
Photo: Cheryl Senter/Associated Press
Did you know? Not an adulterer, a romantic.
His speaker resignation after the disappointing 1998 midterms combined with serial romances created overweight personal baggage and took him off the playing field for too many years, despite frequent TV appearances.
Not even serial. Overlapping.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

JesusMac

More uses for Macs:
Harwell was a student at Biola University at the time but no longer attends the school. Goodrich said many of the victims attended the university.

Harwell used a program called Camcapture that was installed on the victims' hard drives, Goodrich said, adding that potential victims should search the "/Library/WebServer Documents" directory for the Camcapture program.

Detectives also believe Harwell may have exploited Macintosh computers that were connected to Biola's internal network, officials said.
It should be made clear that "Biola" University is the current incarnation of the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles, & claims to offer "Biblically Centered Education." Which probably explains this.
One message mimicked the appearance of a system message and read: "You should fix your internal sensor soon. If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor."

The message led many victims to take their laptops into the bathroom while taking a shower, Goodrich said.
Jesus makes you a moron.

Future (We Hope) Squeegee Person

Lawmaker Gets Surprise Visit at Constituent Event

The Rapid City Journal reports Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) washed windshields at a Sioux Falls gas station while sharing her message about energy policy with drivers and had a surprise customer: Ben Nesselhuf, the chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party. 

"The two politicos - who served together in the Legislature for four years - chatted cordially for a minute while Noem's aides took photos and videos of the encounter. When it was all done, Nesselhuf found himself in an unusual situation: saying something nice about Noem." 

Said Nesselhuf: "She did a nice job on the windshield."

We Were Wondering

Not far from our bunker, three adjacent houses that had been a drug rehab &/or mental health center for men were recently gutted & remodeled, & a sign went up that identified the new operation as a "Post-Partum Confinement Center," whatever the hell that was. After a wk. or so, the English on the sign was painted over, leaving Korean characters & a 'phone no. We had no idea, but now The NYT fills us in on the bizarre crap that foreigners believe, & gives a clue why the English part of the sign disappeared.
The centers largely fly below the radar of English-language authorities — they advertise online or in Chinese-language publications. They make up such a niche market that city and state authorities did not know they even existed. Jeffrey Hammond, a spokesman for the state Health Department, said that as long as the centers were not offering medical services, they would not require a license. A spokeswoman for the city Health Department said that it had no information on the centers.

But they made a brief appearance in the news when, in March, officials in San Gabriel, Calif., shut down what they said was a home for women who had come to the United States to give birth so that the children would be American citizens — so-called anchor babies.
Might be fun to contact someone at the local Health Dep't. & see if we could get the dump shut down, anchor-babying or not.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Filling In The Blanks: Deconstructing Theocracy & The Newest Fascism

The speech-writing formula revealed. Apparently some poor bastard listened to all the spew at Ralph Reed's Faith & Freedom Coalition conference.
Another thing is clear: The messaging people behind all of the major GOP candidates who are wooing this critical base are all reading off the same script. Bachmann, Hunsman, Pawlenti, Romney, Santorum, Cain, Palin — those who appeared at the event, and those who didn’t — all give the same speech, with the only notable differences being in style and delivery. Here is the not-so-secret talking points memo.

Shit Mash

Thanks to contempory technology, collage will be the art of this century as well, as exemplified by @PEANUTWEETER. (Is that pronounced Peanu-Tweeter, like Keanu?)
We're w/ Lucy.
Not as good as The Nietzsche Family Circus, mind you.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Same Shit, Different Year

The Google Test

In what his aides are calling "a major speech" later today, Tim Pawlenty will pledge to dramatically cut taxes and eliminate certain parts of government if elected president.

Here's his guide: "We can start by applying what I call 'The Google Test.' If you can find a good or service on the Internet, then the federal government probably doesn't need to be doing it."

It's hardly a new idea, however. Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith (R) called the same principle a "yellow pages test" more than 15 years ago in the pre-Google era.

They're Good W/ Money, Too

Monday, June 6, 2011

Not Culture Wars, War Wars

Hope this receives a bit more attention than it had as of 1000PDT today:
There are pols who aren't fighting this. On Saturday, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell spent a little time away from the podium to meet activists and talk to reporters. He runs Reed's affiliate in Ohio; he's thinking about running for U.S. Senate. He was the only Republican in that position who said what the social conservatives believe.

"Clean water is important to us," said Blackwell. "Decent housing is important to us. But they're not rights. And we have to begin to say that what's important is that we in a rational way are able to reform these programs in a way to save them. And, yes, if it means that somewhere down the line individuals have to make sacrifices, because the rationalization of the system means we save it, but we are also doing it in a more efficient way. … I don't think too many Americans will object to that. At the end of the day we're going to get back to making sure we're in a position to finance the wars in which we engage. Does that mean we can do that without sacrificing? No. We have to make sacrifices. But what's more important? Our freedom and security or the gluttony of the federal government?"
That's right, we are to "sacrifice" in order that "the wars in which we engage" may be financed. Wars that protect our freedom & security, but won't allow for clean water, decent housing or anything else of real worth.

In order to protect the nation, we must destroy it. (Or make Ken Blackwell drink some less-than-clean water. Which would you prefer?)

(Also at Whiskey Fire.)

Weiner Wrap

Where is the sex in this "sex" scandal?

Where is the Republican jobs plan?

Where is the outcry to impeach Clarence Thomas for not reporting income for yrs. & not recusing himself from cases in which his crazy message-leaving wife has been active?

Where are the troops that should be marching home right now?

Where are the prosecutions of Bush Admin. war criminals & Bush Admin. financial criminals?

Where are David Vitter's diapers? Does his wife put them in the hamper for him now?

Where is the real outrage?

WHERE ARE THE SECOND AMENDMENT REMEDIES?

Not Bitter At All

TIME announces "The Best Blogs of 2011." One might assume that TIME understands the concept that 2011 is not even half done (Because it's, like, time.) but that assumption would be incorrect.

And is MLB Trade Rumors really necessary to the nation's discourse?

Admittedly more necessary than anything TIME has ever printed.

Plea For Votes

We haven't shit in our diapers since we stopped wearing them before we developed memory, nor have we ever taken a picture of our wiener (or anything else on our body below our chin).

Please elect us to something; our firm control & tight asssphincter (the ass itself is pretty flabby) demonstrates how eminently qualified we are!

Cool Jazz For Miserable Monday

Ahead Of Their Time

We've a vague recollection of hearing of Horseshit, The Offensive Review. (Or not, who can fucking tell after 50+ yrs. of cultural observation?) We may have confused it w/ Fuck You, A Magazine of the Arts, also mentioned in the review of Horseshit we found at Vice.

Just go look, we don't feel like excerpting.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Farm Report

Any of you clod-hopping hicks in fly-over (And as fast as one can!) country have any ideas about this, which appeared atop our Gmail?
What the hell happens to the "damaged" grain? No damn wonder people are sick all over.

Drought Up-Date

Imagine awakening at 1315 of a Sunday & discovering that there is no water flowing into the bunker!

There was enough water in the kettle for (only) one cuppa kaw-fee.

What if we'd wanted to take a shower? (Not bloody likely, as we took one just Friday, but it could happen.) What if we needed another cuppa? (Which we do.)

Nobody knows the trouble yada ...

P.S.: ++bloody hell, we really were planning to do laundry today.

Neo-Feudalism Up-Date

Per the bleeding heart guy at The NYT, Somalia is no longer the low-tax libertarian paradise; it's now our allies or whatever they are in Pakistan that the Republican Party, libertarian douche-sacks & Tea Bagging losers would most like to emulate.
I’ve always made fun of these countries, but now I see echoes of that pattern of privatization of public services in America. Police budgets are being cut, but the wealthy take refuge in gated communities with private security guards. Their children are spared the impact of budget cuts at public schools and state universities because they attend private institutions.

Mass transit is underfinanced; after all, Mercedes-Benzes and private jets are much more practical, no? And maybe the most striking push for reversal of historical trends is the Republican plan to dismantle Medicare as a universal health care program for the elderly.

There’s even an echo of the electrical generator problem. More and more affluent homes in the suburbs are buying electrical generators to use when the power fails.
We wish the bleeding heart had provided a link for richies in the suburbs leaving the grid.

And we hope that the shit hits the fan soon enough that we'll still be in adequate shape to give at least a few of the parasites their just desserts.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

No Point In ...

being a slob if you don't horrifydisgust others.

On The Other Hand ...

This will cleanse (not really the exact word, but ...) your palate & reduce any desires motivated by the previous item. From laist.
Here to make your Saturday more absurd is a video lunch by the legendary Los Angeles public access personality, Francine Dancer. Fair warning to the modest or underage, she shows a lot of tush during these exuberant dance sequences. Despite her clear display of dexterity Ms. Dancer was often seen wheelchair-ing around Hollywood when not in the studio making variety show history.
We dunno from "legendary," but we've seen her wandering the streets (& riding the buses, which was irksome in that the delay to get a wheelchair w/ rider on board is completely pointless in her case) in her wheelchair, most recently in Santa Monica, as well as in Hollywood, & found ourself on the receiving end of her conversation once or twice in the last 20-odd yrs.

P.S.: Don't think you need to watch any or much of it. We'd actually advise against it.

Perfectly Safe For Work

Because there is nothing shameful about humanoid breasts.Is Franco spinning in his grave?

As Promised

Finally:You bet your sweet ass we must quibble: The landing didn't look too soft, although we'll presume that an actual humanoid might be able to exercise some control over it.

And the "Martin Jetpack" logo is a bit on the fascist side, wouldn't you say?

Original research performed by the House of Anti-McGravitas.

Friday, June 3, 2011

James Arness, Last (Maybe) Of His Kind

Last or so of the kind of WWII vets who took their GI Bill money & attended the Pasadena Playhouse to study acting or meet girls, that is. Memory fades, & it's probably too big a concept to search easily, but several future show biz names (if not want-to-be actors) decided to take courses at the Playhouse to meet actresses. ('Cause we all know what actresses are like.)

Not that Mr. Arness himself went there to meet dames, mind you.
After an honorable discharge from the Army, Mr. Arness used the GI Bill to join the acting program where he was discovered by an agent.
Ah, an example:
INSIDE LA STAGE HISTORY…When US Marine Sgt. Hugh O’Brian was discharged onto the streets of LA after WWII, he decided he liked having danced with starlets at the wartime Hollywood Canteen so much, he wanted to be around them fulltime. Wanting to take advantage of his GI Bill to study acting, he discovered there were only two places he could go to get a degree: the Pasadena Playhouse and Los Angeles City College.* “Hell, City College was a lot cheaper so that’s where I went,” recalled O’Brian.
*Known to local cognoscenti as "The University of Vermont."
LACC was founded in 1929 on Vermont Ave. on the site that was formerly the campus of UCLA.