Saturday, June 25, 2011

Believing Their Own Press

TMZ "exclusive." (Note that we are only 11-ish hrs. behind.)

LAPD -- We're Proud 'Columbo'
Was One of Us

The Los Angeles Police Department feels like they lost one of their own in Peter Falk ... even though he only played a cop on TV.

A rep for the LAPD tells TMZ they are "proud" to be associated with Falk's infamous [sic] character, Lt. Columbo, who was an LAPD homicide detective.

The rep tells TMZ, "The Department extends heartfelt condolences to Mr. Falk's family in this most difficult time. He was truly one of the all-time great TV cops. There will never be another one like him."

It's A Free Republic

Straight outta Bakersfield.
To: Steelfish
Memo to NY: since you’ve decided to officially become a degenerate fag state, don’t expect any help or sympathy from me the next time you have a 9/11. Burn in hell, New York.
4 posted on Fri Jun 24 2011 19:50:04 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by greene66

Borders Attacked

We were right here all last night. Really.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "The two small, crude devices partially functioned and caused no damage to the Colorado Mills Mall and minimal damage to a small area inside the Borders Bookstore."

9Wants to Know says two FBI sources also confirm that the devices went off. The FBI says police responded to a store alarm going off and found someone had broken into the Borders store. Officers found two suspicious devices at the scene and called the Jefferson County Bomb Squad.

"I think it's pretty clear [the devices] were intentionally set," Dave Joly, a spokesman with the FBI, said. Joly would not elaborate on the type of devices found.
"I was right here, I tell you — Hey!! Leggo a me! You can't do this!!!"

Famous Literary Smart Guys

Still 'phoning it in, you betcha. There is not enough coffee in the world ...
Mark Twain on Jane Austen (1898)

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
From the readers, slightly more contemporary.

(Need to at least start coffee before going through all 20 for a selection. Just wait right there.)
H.L. Mencken on Gertrude Stein

“It is the great achievement of Miss Stein that she has made English easier to write and harder to read.” – Suggested by Jess
Same thing we try to do here.

Blow-Drying The Helmet

Also: teasing the bump.
The Bump.
The truth is that looking good enough for public appearances, let alone high-def TV, takes a lot of time, whether you’re married to a prince, aiming to be first lady, or husband of the secretary of state.

The Globe asked several local hairdressers for a professional assessment. How much time would Callista Gingrich need in the morning before she could comfortably hit the campaign trail? Almost to a stylist, they said the “helmet’’ look doesn’t come quickly.

“It takes at least 45 minutes to an hour to do that kind of blow-dry,’’ said Clifford Bouvier, artistic director of Crew International, in Brookline. “She’s really bleached out, and to smooth out over-processed hair you have to do a lot of work. You have to use products that put moisture back in the hair.’’

Helena Cohen, owner of Ardan Medspa + Salon, in Wellesley, said that Gingrich’s hair appears to be teased, and that would add time to the morning routine. “She does that bump on the top that gives it height.’’ Time taken away from kissing babies: about 15 minutes.

Celebrity hair guru Sandy Poirier, at Shag, in South Boston, said Gingrich’s hair might take as long as 90 minutes, although he couldn’t be sure. He contrasted her high-maintenance hairstyle with that of a far better-known public figure: “Look at the Queen of England,’’ Poirier said. “She puts on that hat and she’s out the door.’’
Previously on Callista.
More misery: Contemplate the many horrors of the words "Celebrity hair guru Sandy Poirier, at Shag, in South Boston."

Saturday Morning Cartoons:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We thought this was in color,& as usual we were somewhat correct.We advise that you DO NOT PLAY THE MUSIC that accompanies this comparison,but relax quietly & enjoy the contrast.

Call us cynical, but how much of a toad is the compiler of "The 10 trippiest movies ever made" when the link provided to his #1 selection is tiled & preceded by an advert, rather than the crisp & absolutely free YouTube upload? And neglects to mention the colored & Dali-ized (Maybe that's the reason.) version?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Things We've Mostly Forgotten:

The last time we gave a flying fuck at a rolling dough-nut.

Slackering Friday

We've always liked the bass on this. (Bassist is the album cover boy.)And may well have run it in the four+(!) yrs. we've been slavtyping here. Suggested by the album version, as linked here.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Didn't There Used To Be Some Amendment Or Something?

We neither know nor care what or who an Instapaper is, but that doesn't mean they're not getting screwed like the rest of us. Except worse, really.

The FBI stole an Instapaper server in an unrelated raid

One of Instapaper’s five leased servers was hosted at DigitalOne, a Swiss hosting company leasing blade servers from a Virginia datacenter. Early Tuesday morning, the FBI raided the datacenter to seize servers used by another DigitalOne customer for fraudulent “scareware” distribution, according to the FBI’s press release, but they seemingly took a lot more servers that happened to be physically near the server(s) they were looking for.

[...]

As far as I know, my single DigitalOne server was among those taken by the FBI (which I’m now calling “stolen” since I assume it was not included in the warrant). I’m assuming this because it became unreachable and stopped sending updates to my internal monitoring system at approximately the time that the FBI raided the datacenter, and has not come online again since then.
"Police culture" here says all that needs to be said.
So the FBI now has illegal possession of nearly all of Instapaper’s data and a moderate portion of its codebase, and as far as I know, this is completely out of my control.

Due to the police culture in the United States, especially at the federal level, I don’t expect to ever get an explanation for this, have the server or its data returned, or be reimbursed for the damage they have illegally caused.

I’m really not sure what to do about this. I’m speaking to my lawyer about it shortly, but as far as I know, there’s nothing I can reasonably do without spending more money, time, and stress than I can afford on a path that would likely lead nowhere productive.
Ground under by the national security state. You have no de facto recourse, sucker.

Moments (or so) after posting: Oh piss. You leave a tab open for six or eight hrs., building the irritation to a point where you might give enough of a shit to type something, & the whole thing, righteous indignation & schadenfreude, falls apart. At least Instapaper is still ticked at host DigitalOne.

Rule 34, Paso Robles

At last we found an angle for this riding public transportation from Frisco to L.A. story.
A wave of euphoria washes over me as I decompress aboard the No. 9. And this is definitely a party bus. A spectacularly inebriated mechanic claims his true calling was to be a chef; he once cooked a meal for Burl Ives. He regales the two other passengers on board. One is Robert Tinker, who rides buses just for the hell of it and calls out all the stops in his best radio announcer voice. On his journeys he met our last rider, Jennifer Perry, who touches up the DVD covers of a Paso Robles–based porn studio. "I know there is lots of porn on the internet, but we only have local girls that there is a very good chance you know," the outfit's website reads. Perry's job is essentially to "make the girls all pretty." Only occasionally does this involve Photoshopping in the local girls' missing teeth.

Pictures: It did happen! This one is more than worth reproducing.
Ventura's Pacific View Mall comes equipped with the oddest transit shelters, well, ever.

Yet Another M.B. Looking Bad

Not that this clown's looking bad is anything new, but, lest we forget:

Mike Barnicle: The best friend a gangster could have

When Whitey Bulger was at the peak of his power, he could always count on a friendly columnist to do his P.R.

Plenty of details on douche-baggery follow, but at the very end is found the grimmest part:
He may not own the Globe today, but don't worry about Mike Barnicle: He remains a fixture on MSNBC, where his history of plagiarism, fabrications and Bulger hagiography doesn't seem to matter.

Elections Around The World

We The People:
Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade on Thursday dropped plans to allow presidential candidates to be elected with just a quarter of the vote, as violent opposition protests erupted in the capital.

With elections due next February, the opposition saw the plans as a scheme by Wade, who is 85 and seeking another term, to avoid a second round of voting and line up his 42-year-old son Karim for the succession.

While Justice Minister Cheikh Tidiane Sy was addressing lawmakers debating proposed constitutional reforms, riot police fired tear gas and water cannons trying to disperse thousands of protesters, some hurling stones, gathered outside the parliament building.
From this side of the world.
Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed a controversial proposal to require voters to show photo ID at the polls.

“The right to choose our leaders is among the most precious freedoms we have – both as Americans and North Carolinians. North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right."

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Well, Where Is It?

We're just astounded (Shocked, even.) that this favicon dealie doesn't work any better now that it's easy to add then it did before.
Really, Chrome & Bugger, it only shows in IdiotExploder? OK, now in Firefox.

Urban Thuggery Up-Date

Look at these punks. No one is safe, anywhere!
David & Melinda Laffer, arrested in drug murders.
David Laffer loved the military, enough to enlist in the Army seven months before graduating from high school. He loved the Islanders, enough to propose to his fiancee on the big screen at Nassau Coliseum during a game, and regularly post comments on fan forums. Despite his slight frame, he played goalie for years in a deck hockey league.

But in recent years, some friends say, the man they...
Subscription required for the rest, but who cares? It's the same story w/ all these people, isn't it?

Radio Report

Trouble up on the mountain.
KPFK transmitter down, station is off the air
[...]
Can I just say: this time I received no complaints from any listeners about KPFK being silent.
Ha ha, commies.

The crisis appears over.

Power Point Presentation

Your taxes* at work.Scribd. Context.

*Offer valid in US, Canada, UK, Australia, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Italy, & Turkey; Israel, Singapore, Japan, South Korea & Spain soon enough. (Slide 15, "F-35 Builds Coalition Interoperability.")

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.