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