Monday, July 25, 2011

People Make The World Go 'Round

We forget what this riddim is (Oooh! Oooh! Yellowman.) but it's peppy.Used to have this L.P. Worth it for the art alone.And 30 yrs. old this yr.Enough w/ words.


Last Gasp

Excerpts from Slow Death Funnies.

Address Bogging

Uh oh, the Prez is on the loose! We'll be watching pre-recorded programming until the ball game at 1900.

Tweety Time

WASS. (We. Are. So. Screwed.) But it's fun watching Tweety M. getting all wiggy.Fineman's "Slow-Motion Secession" line (10:00ish. They get beyond horse race chitchat about 9:00.) lines right up w/ Sullivan's take: "Cold Civil War."

Also by Andrew:
It's performance art, not politics.
Psychodrama is what it is. Bad psychodrama.

Today In Televised Teabagging

Judson Phillips.

Thirty Yrs. In Terror

We are not now, nor have we ever been, a member of the species homo sapiens.

1982 - SOUTH KOREA - Police officer Woo Bum Kong went on a drunken rampage in Sang-Namdo with rifles and hand grenades, killing 57 people and wounding 38 before blowing himself up.    
1987 - BRITAIN - Michael Ryan, a 27-year-old gun fanatic rampaged through the English town of Hungerford, killing 16 people and wounding 11 before shooting himself.    
1989 - FRANCE - A French farmer shot and killed 14 people including members of his family in the village of Luxiol, near the Swiss border. He was wounded and captured by police.    
Dec. 1989 - CANADA - A 25-year-old war movie fan with a grudge against women shot dead 14 young women at the University of Montreal, then killed himself.    
Nov. 1990 - NEW ZEALAND - A gun-mad loner killed 11 men, women and children in a 24-hour rampage in the tiny New Zealand seaside village of Aramoana. He was killed by police.    
Sept. 1995 - FRANCE - A 16-year-old youth ran amok with a rifle in the town of Cuers, killing 16 people and then himself after an argument with his parents.    
March 13, 1996 - BRITAIN - Gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shot dead 16 children and their teacher before killing himself.    
April 1999 - USA - Two heavily-armed teenagers went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Denver, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives.    
July 1999 - USA - A gunman killed nine people at two brokerages in Atlanta, after apparently killing his wife and two children. He committed suicide five hours later.    
June 2001 - NEPAL - Eight members of the Nepalese Royal family were killed in a palace massacre by Crown Prince Dipendra who later turned a gun on himself and died few days later. His youngest brother also died later raising the death toll to 10.    
April 26, 2002 - GERMANY - In Erfurt, eastern Germany, 19-year-old Robert Steinhauser opened fire after saying he was not going to take a maths test. He killed 12 teachers, a secretary, two pupils and a policeman at the Gutenberg Gymnasium, before killing himself.    
Oct. 2002 - USA - John Muhammad and Lee Malvo killed 10 people in sniper-style shooting deaths that terrorized the Washington, D.C., area.    
April 16, 2007 - USA - Virginia Tech, a university in Blacksburg, Virginia, became the site of the deadliest rampage in U.S. history when a gunman killed 32 people and himself.   
Nov. 7, 2007 - FINLAND - Pekka-Eric Auvinen killed six fellow students, the school nurse and the principal and himself with a handgun at the Jokela High School near Helsinki.    
Sept. 23, 2008 - FINLAND - Student Matti Saari opened fire in a vocational school in Kauhajoki in northwest Finland, killing nine other students and one male staff member before killing himself.    
March 11, 2009 - GERMANY - A 17-year-old gunman dressed in black combat gear killed nine students and three teachers at a school near Stuttgart. He also killed one other person at a nearby clinic. He was later killed in a shoot-out with police. Two additional passers-by were killed and two policemen seriously injured, bringing the death toll to 16 including the gunman.    
June 2, 2010 - BRITAIN - Gunman Derrick Bird opened fire on people in towns across the rural county of Cumbria. Twelve people were killed and 11 injured. Bird also killed himself.   
Aug. 30, 2010 - SLOVAKIA - A gunman shot dead six members of a Roma family and another woman in the Slovak capital Bratislava before killing himself. Fourteen more people were wounded.    

Read more:

Hello, Sailor

This cruddy CBS local vid will probably take a wk. to load, but
America's Navy, a Global Force for Good, will come home to 21 cities in 2011 as part of a nationwide series of Navy Week celebrations.
We can imagine many less interesting activities (sitting at the devil-box all day comes to mind) than going on one or all of these murder machinesweapons platforms & looking around. Indeed,
Cameras are allowed and encouraged.
But we're just not doing well imagining the going part.

MOMENTS LATER: Oh, we can throw this in here; somewhat related to L.A.'s apparent lack of previous Navy Wks. &, therefore, patriotism. (And writ by a Navy guy, Bobbo Heinlein.)
Americans are considered crazy everywhere in the world. They will usually concede a basis for the accusation, but point to California as the focus of the infection. Californians stoutly maintain that their bad reputation is derived solely from the acts of the inhabitants of Los Angeles County. Angelenos will, when pressed, admit the charge but explain hastily, “It’s Hollywood. It’s not our fault–we didn’t ask for it; Hollywood just grew.” The people in Hollywood don’t care; they glory in it.
This is true. Nyaah nyaah.

Two Beds

No Title Yet

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Trivial But Amusing

I.e., pretty much what we're shooting for, so get off our lawn! (Actually, we have to give credit for the patience to do some research. It adds to the amusement.) Especially amusing is the killer dentist.TRIGGER WARNING: Kardashians & other Hollywood debris.

"Witch Hunt Reporting"

Shorter Donald Douglas, local loon:
Norway mass murderer not a right-wing nut because:

a) I say so.

2) He didn't hate Jews & homos enough.

iii) Q. E. D.!

Best Mean Part

More horrifying images of the IE.
Taffer's first task is to reform Angel's Sport Bar, which is located in the Inland Empire, an area identified by some as "the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area" and by others as "the region of California that any travel agencies or colleges just don't want the rest of the world to know about."
Heh indeed. Did not bother applying any thought to the piece, but a tee vee show that boils down to: Can This Bar Be Saved? is probably not a good indication.

Not Trying Nearly Hard Enough,
Real Americans

Straight outta Truthdig:
On the heels of Friday’s tragedy in Norway, three men unassociated with one another killed five people and wounded at least 20 across the U.S. when they opened fire on weekend crowds in Washington State, Texas and Florida. One of the gunmen killed himself. The shootings took place STraight ouutat a casino, a roller rink and a house party. The attacks do not appear to have been politically motivated.—ARK
AP via The Huffington Post:

... A man went to a casino near Seattle early Sunday looking for a woman, found her on a crowded dance floor with another man, shot them both and continued firing, wounding five others before being tackled by a security guard, authorities said.

... A gunman shouted at the children to leave his son’s birthday party at a Texas roller rink before fatally shooting his estranged wife and four of her relatives and then killing himself as others panicked and some fled screaming on their skates, police and witnesses say.

... A suspect fired several shots from a handgun after fighting erupted among teenagers at a birthday party at a central Florida home, leaving nine people wounded, authorities said Sunday.

Read more herehere and here
"Kill kill kill kill kill/I got a rage to live!
Kill kill kill kill kill/I got so much to give!"

Today's 1000-Words Worth

We wanted no more to do w/ this ugliness, but Ho-lee Shit.
How many wet-suits does he have on? 'Cause that's quite a dildo.

This Island Earth

Astronauts at the International Space Station captured a breathtaking image of Atlantis ...
The shuttle ... is pictured just as it re-enters the earth's atmosphere - which appears like a yellow dome engulfing Earth.
Still stealing.

Stolen Verbatim

Republicans for Big Oil, Democrats for Big Banks

Jeffrey Sachs: "The idea that the Republicans are for the billionaires and the Democrats are for the common man is quaint but outdated. It's more accurate to say that the Republicans are for Big Oil while the Democrats are for Big Banks. That has been the case since the modern Democratic Party was re-created by Bill Clinton and Robert Rubin."

"America needs a third-party movement to break the hammerlock of the financial elites. Until that happens, the political class and the media conglomerates will continue to spew lies, American militarism will continue to destabilize a growing swath of the world, and the country will continue its economic decline."
Value added:"I did not say I was a millionaire ..." And Hubert Sumlin working it out.

Where's The POOP?

Not even a scent of ammonia. Very disappointing.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

(Racial) Purity Troll

What the right wing everywhere would like you to understand (or else):

It is always necessary to destroy the village before you save it.

This goes far beyond the dismal sphere of economics, the economy, deficits, budgets, debt ceilings, &c., about which the less typed the better.

The (alleged) Masonic Murderer of Oslo hadn't the guts to join a [EUPHEMISM ALERT] private military contractor [END ALERT] & visit the homeland of terror to cut off his imagined Islamist enemy at the roots. Nor did he bomb a mosque, or plug any of the jihadis already terrorizing the (fantasy) Norway in which he lived.

No, he attacked his own government, & shot, in the coldest of blood, the very Nordic, European, yada-yada-yada people he claimed to defend. Turned on his own when they weren't pure enough for him: They were not real Norwegians.

The phrase "Norway's Oklahoma City" has been heard; the apter comparison is to the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

What this may mean is, as usual, anyone's guess.


(So good we cross-posted it.)

He Had No Idea

The Doors

Art Round-Up: Antlers & Ass

All plastic, of course.

Oh Dear

Sorry about anything mean typed or any rude photos posted concerning the late Amy Winehouse.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Irony, You Say?

Half a day late, but still worth a look, from Zombie of The PJ Tatler:
Left-leaning Wonkette cites the blond Utoya Island shooter as reason enough to start mocking “wingnuts” for falsely speculating about an Islamic connection:
U.S. Wingnuts Ready To Pretend-Attack Norway Bombers/Shooters

Nobody knows what’s really going on in Oslo or at the holiday camp island in Norway where a bombing and a shooting have left many people dead, but it’s always safe for American Idiots on the Internet to jump in with a suspect (“Muslims”) and a verdict (“guilty”) and a list of co-conspirators (“Obama and the liberals”) and a punishment (“kill ‘em all”). No matter that a tall blond man of “Norwegian appearance” and wearing a police uniform is described as the shooter on Norway’s Utoya Island — thee muslins are increasingly able to appear as whatever people or things they want to appear as….
Elsewhere, for reasons I seriously can’t figure, this Tatler post, despite being nothing more than a round-up of links to other sites, is now the #4 link on the top Memeorandum thread. Not that I’m complaining, but shouldn’t the top links be reserved for sites that have first-hand information?

If this terror attack does turn out to have a confirmed Islamic connection, this detail may be in the running for an Irony of the Year award:

The Utoya victims had attended a political workshop on how to combat “xenophobia” and “Islamophobia” in Norway:

- To constantly be suspicion and rejection of a society does something to you, told Dagbladet’s Marte Michelet debate editor of a political workshop at Utøya.

Michelet opened to a packed hall on integration and immigration policy. She used her own laws as an example of how it is to be an asylum seeker to come to a new country. She expressed concern about the increasingly living pure Islamophobia that will dominate the public immigration debate.

- Previously, the majority agreed with the AUF. Majority community must adapt so that minorities feel welcome. Today it is becoming more acceptable to blame the immigrants and argue that any lack of integration is their own fault.

In her introduction she also warned against the blåbrune right parties that have gained considerable influence in European politics.

- After the Berlin Wall’s fall was Islamophobia the dominant form of European racism. The more unacceptable form of general racism, was linked to the Muslims. “They can not integrate. They lack manners. They’ll just exploit our welfare system. They are potential terrorists. ” All of this is found in the online debates in all matters relating to integration and immigration, she said.

Utøya Labour Youth summer camp
The participants had also attended lectures encouraging them to be more pro-Palestine/pro-Hamas and more anti-Israel.
Posted at 10:56 am on July 22nd, 2011 by
No, wait, here's the irony, the guy agrees w/ Zombie about that Muzzie-lovin': It'll kill you.

Genius Jim Wrong Again: It's The Masons!!

It seems as if it were only yesterday ... oh, it was? How funny, then, that Jim Hoft, The Gateways Pundit, thought the DHS was full of it, in re: the potential for reactionary white people (Could one even be whiter than a Norgie?) to commit acts of terror.

So, was today's terror in Oslo all Muslim & al-Qaeda? Nope, looks as if Anders Behring Breivik is a Mason.
Granted, we found this shot of the Masonic (alleged) Murderer at Limeyland's MailOnline, which isn't much more credible than Genius Jim.

Us, Not So Much

Rockin' It Republican-Stylee
W/ The Ramones

Think Progress video from Think Progress.

The Lazy Old Party

Palin Advisers Want Her to Run Different Campaign
Karl Rove was asked on Fox News whether Sarah Palin can run a non-conventional campaign for president.

Said Rove: "Her people think so. They've talked with people about it, whom I've talked to, and they've been very explicit about it -- that she doesn't need to go to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, press the flesh and go to all these local events in order to cultivate the local leadership. She can talk to people over that. She doesn't need to cultivate the fundraisers and the bundlers, because her mere presence in the race will generate the cash needed for the campaign."
The same approach has been working quite well for Newt Gingrich & his "unconventional" campaign w/ all those big ideas, innit?

We Have Always Been At War
W/ The Middle East!

Some of Arizona's tiniest minds type:
“I am insulted that local TV news crews are now calling this kind of storm a haboob,” Don Yonts, a resident of Gilbert, Ariz., wrote to The Arizona Republic after a particularly fierce, mile-high dust storm swept through the state on July 5. “How do they think our soldiers feel coming back to Arizona and hearing some Middle Eastern term?”
Insulted, you hear?

No Comment

Tricks of the Trade With The Atlantic’s Senior Editor Megan McArdle

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rabid Bats Invade L.A., Ventura Counties

We link to this only because we enjoy pointing out that Moorpark is Kraproom backwards. And an influx of rabid bats is a good thing.
Ventura and Los Angeles counties have both reported larger than normal numbers of rabid bats this summer.

Twelve have been found so far this year scattered throughout Los Angeles County. In typical years, eight to 10 rabid bats are found, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said.

In Ventura County, the rabid bats have been concentrated in Spence's neighborhood near Moorpark College.

"In a typical year, all Ventura County might have seven or eight [rabid] bats," said John Brand, an analyst in the Moorpark city manager's office. "Now we've collected 10 in a 60-day period in one neighborhood. One house is the most suspect."
Probably not so good a thing for the bitee at the "suspect" house, of course. No schadenfreude, honest.

Confused Again

What is it w/ all the (Any, even!) adverts for gout medication?
Gout has increased in frequency in recent decades affecting approximately one to two percent of the Western population at some point in their lives. The increase is believed to be due to increasing risk factors in the population, such as metabolic syndrome, longer life expectancy and changes in diet. Gout was historically known as "the disease of kings" or "rich man's disease".
Trying to class up the place by stealing from Wikipedia.
Whatever the Wikiteer means by "Western population" we dunno, but why adverts everywhere if only one or two percent of the idiots stuffing themselves like the pigs they are get it? We certainly don't need to see them. Get back to advertising the crap that every American thinks he needs: Cars & mobile 'phone plans.

We expect the Heritage Foundation will soon issue a report claiming that as we now have "rich man's disease," poverty has been eradicated.

That At Which The Sheep Look Up

Hey, it's a list! In response to a comment, & we suppose it all ties back to this, a list of actual attendance in theaters by Americans, not box office receipts.

Uh-oh. Didn't realize Ed Driscoll was involved. We just can't help but wonder what his take on the Sarah Palin hagio-pic hype was, if he dared to type on the subject.

Anyway, see what the rest of you sheep have liked over the yrs.

Our Stupid "Warriors"

Alternate title: Dep't. of Arrogance
It became instantly obvious that this flight was going to carry a large number of Afghanistan-based American contractors and active-duty military personnel back home. It wasn't that the soldiers were in uniform -- American soldiers don't travel in uniform on international flights, for security reasons -- but they may as well have been. One small example: I was sitting, at one point, next to an American man of obvious military bearing, a real barrel-chested freedom fighter sort, who wore a polo shirt inscribed with the words, "Army Aviation Association." He was also carrying a camouflage tactical rucksack with his last name stitched on the back. He seemed like a senior-enough guy to have a Google profile, so I typed into my iPhone his last name, plus Afghanistan, plus "army aviation" and came up with his exact identity in 20 seconds. He is one of the key leaders of the military's drone programs in Afghanistan. Now if I weren't a patriot, but instead an anti-American jihadist, I might have seen this as an opportunity to do some damage.

Now of course, we were in an airport, a good airport with what I think is good security, but still, it seemed as if these people were inadvertently making themselves into obvious targets. I counted, in the crowd waiting to board the flight, five different guys wearing "Dyncorp" hats or shirts; Dyncorp is one of the biggest military contractors. I saw others wearing shirts labeled "General Dynamics" and "Iomax" and still others were wearing "Bagram Air Base" t-shirts, and almost all of these men -- dozens and dozens of them -- were wearing khaki tactical pants, Caterpillar boots, the whole non-uniform uniform. (And fanny-packs and those ridiculous wallet-on-a-string-around-your-neck things, but that is a separate fashion conversation.)
Copied & pasted.


Spotify update: Three MP3s we did not know (or care) were hidden in the bowels of the box.

Run Spot Run

Rec'd. a Spotify invitation eight hrs. ago, just made an acc't. & downloaded the thing, but haven't any desire even to search for listening material, let alone listen to crap.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How The Mighty Have Fallen

Pretty much not caring any more, but this will do for an obligatory item. "Did it" (& not by ourself, wise-ass) in this park once. 1983ish, we're guessing.

Not in the neighborhood any more, & the last thing we did in the park was shop at the farmer's marklet.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Steadfast and Loyal"

And just a bit tightly-wrapped.
From: Z112 West, Allen
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 04:48 PM
To: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Cc: McCarthy, Kevin; Blyth, Jonathan; Pelosi, Nancy; Cantor, Eric
Subject: Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz

Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up. Focus on your own congressional district!

I am bringing your actions today to our Majority Leader and Majority Whip and from this time forward, understand that I shall defend myself forthright against your heinous characterless behavior……which dates back to the disgusting protest you ordered at my campaign hqs, October 2010 in Deerfield Beach.

You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!

Steadfast and Loyal

Congressman Allen B West (R-FL)
This bastard is fucking dangerous. Representative Wasserman Schultz should be watching her back.

TWO MINDS, ONE THOUGHT UPDATE (2059PDT): Incisive commentary.
aimai - July 19, 2011 | 7:59 pm · Link

Can I just say that the valence of this is very creepy? The whole “say it to my face” thing when a loose cannon like West says it is aimed at intimidation, a very sexist kind of intimidation. This is exactly what led Prosser to grab the other judge by the neck. There’s a certain kind of guy who has always relied on physicality and women’s reticence to dominate a room and an issue. They totally lose it when they, as they see it, lose face, are not “respected” or can’t retaliate physically.

This reminds me of the old line:

Men are afraid women will laugh at them.
Women are afraid men will kill them.

West is a lunatic and he’s done himself no good with this bizarre mix of rage and spittle. But that doesn’t mean the congresswoman shouldn’t watch her back.


More Michele Migraine

That’s when things got interesting. Ross dashed after Bachmann, repeatedly asking whether she had ever missed a House vote due to a migraine. She ignored him. Ross pursued her into a parking area behind the stage. Her aides grew alarmed. When Ross made a beeline for the white SUV waiting to carry Bachmann away, two Bachmann men pounced on him, grabbing and pushing him multiple times with what looked to me like unusual force. In fact, I have never seen a reporter treated so roughly at a campaign event, especially not a presidential one. Ross was finally able to break away and lob his question at Bachmann one more time, but she continued to ignore him.

Afterward, I asked Ross — a hard-nosed pro who nevertheless seemed slightly shaken — whether he had ever been treated so roughly. “A few times,” he told me. “Mostly by Mafia people.”
As noted at The Plum Line.

You Know Who Else Knew What To Do About "Threats To The Gene Pool?"

Crazed drooling lunatic moron ninny Allen West (An elected representative! And a war criminal!) denies polling results & warns of peril to our genetic material:
The voices of the American people who want sound fiscal, taxation, and regulatory policy need to be heard this week. I am issuing a “call to action” – let the White House, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid hear how you feel. Are there REALLY 80% of Americans who want higher taxes?

I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.

Steadfast and Loyal,


Michele's Migraines Up-Date

Alex Pareene examines the Daily Caller accusations we noted in the item immediately below.
Is the Daily Caller's Michele Bachmann piece the quintessential Daily Caller story? It's by Jonathan Strong, the sexed-up headline isn't supported by the text, and Tucker Carlson's already defensive about it.
You'll note we advised it be taken w/ a "grain of salt." Suckers!!

Migraine In The Membrane

Leftist media smears Michele Bachmann:
Sources who spoke to The Daily Caller said they did so because they are terrified about the impact the condition could have on Bachmann’s performance if she actually became president. They also worry that the issue could blow up in the general election campaign, giving President Obama an easy path to re-election.

“It’s a careful choice of words I used: ‘incapacitated,’” the adviser says.

“As president, when she’s in crisis management mode, is she going to have the physical ability to withstand the most difficult challenges facing America?” the former aide asks.

TheDC agreed to provide the sources anonymity because they were providing information only a select group of people could know, at great professional risk.

Two sources independently provided detailed accounts of Bachmann’s condition. A third source confirmed that Bachmann frequently suffers from headache episodes.
Oh, sorry, it was the intrepid staff of The Daily Caller.

Which, perhaps, should be taken w/ a grain of salt.

Although this could lead to some tension headaches.
Shopping help comes from another quarter, as well. Before Vice President Dick Cheney's visit this past summer, Bachmann's husband, Marcus, hit the stores -- "he's got a good sense of style" -- and came home with "a sleek, simple hourglass dress with a yoke collar in winter white." He even bought a matching coat and shoes. "I just slipped it on."
Above via:
I feel like plenty of Republican voters can relate to hoping Jesus comes back real soon, but how many GOP husbands out there would be able to buy their wives full outfits -- that match and fit properly -- on anything resembling short notice?
Maybe it is the heels:
To staff, Bachmann has implausibly blamed the headaches on uncomfortable high-heel shoes, but those who have worked closely with her cite stress, a busy schedule and anything going badly for Bachmann as causes.
"Since I was a little girl, I either wore my mother's high heels or aspired to wear high heels," she said a few days later by cell phone while being driven to a postelection appearance on "Almanac," a public affairs TV show. Tune in, she said, to see a good example of her style.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fuck W/ Us?

Go ahead. You'll get what you deserve.

Sadly, judging from our cruise of the Hollywood Borders that was shutting down, there isn't shit (or there is nothing but shit: What a word "shit" is!) left in the stores. Even if they apply serious rather than mere 30% reductions to whatever's still in the stores, or warehouses.

We hope the witch who fired us from the already-closed Westwood Borders is now completely out of a job. (She was still a "manager" there when we were homeless & using the dump as a reading room. A shame she never recognized us & reminded us we'd been told to "stay out of the building.") Screw her. Wish we could remember her name so we could insult her publicly, & we hope she too is homeless soon.

Another Dog Bites Man Story

FIVE MONTHS AFTER a grand-jury report blasted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for failing to investigate claims of sexual abuse by priests against children, Pope Benedict XVI will accept Cardinal Justin Rigali's resignation this week, the Daily News has learned.
Ho hum. Anything new?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

No More, But ...

What about those who use the Mullholland Drive bridge that's just been knocked down? Aren't those poor bastards going to be "Carmageddon'd" until a new bridge is constructed? And if the other side won't be demolished for another 11 mos., when will there be a new overpass? We're somewhat surprised more nasty rich hill-dwellers haven't been bitching.

Bring On The RICO

Murdoch's News Corporation: Differently corrupt in these United Snakes, but corrupt nonetheless.
News America was led by Paul V. Carlucci, who, according to Forbes, used to show the sales staff the scene in “The Untouchables” in which Al Capone beats a man to death with a baseball bat. Mr. Emmel testified that Mr. Carlucci was clear about the guiding corporate philosophy.

According to Mr. Emmel’s testimony, Mr. Carlucci said that if there were employees uncomfortable with the company’s philosophy — “bed-wetting liberals in particular was the description he used” Mr. Emmel testified — then he could arrange to have those employees “outplaced from the company.”

Clearly, given the size of the payouts, along with the evidence and testimony in the lawsuits, the News Corporation must have known it had another rogue on its hands, one who needed to be dealt with. After all, Mr. Carlucci, who became chairman and chief executive of News America in 1997, had overseen a division that had drawn the scrutiny of government investigators and set off lawsuits that chipped away at the bottom line.

And while Mr. Murdoch might reasonably maintain that he did not have knowledge of the culture of permission created by Mr. Hinton and Ms. Brooks, by now he has 655 million reasons to know that Mr. Carlucci colored outside the lines.

So what became of him? Mr. Carlucci, as it happens, became the publisher of The New York Post in 2005 and continues to serve as head of News America, which doesn’t exactly square with Mr. Murdoch’s recently stated desire to “absolutely establish our integrity in the eyes of the public.”

If Only


I'm stuck in traffic on the 2 freeway, two days now on the bridge over the Los Angeles River. Carmageddon. Drivers have given up and abandoned their vehicles, roving gangs are robbing and killing, I haven't seen a highway patrol officer in days. All I can hear is gunfire, wailing and illegal aliens. All I can see are the smoldering ruins of a dead civilization. Situation desperate. Running out of food, water and air. Can someone send help?

Just don't take the 405.

(Via e-mail.)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hamburger On The Highway Up-Date

First intelligent & informed statement we've seen about the whole non-mess:
As the traffic experts say, it doesn't take many drivers to change their ways for congestion to go away.
If it only takes a few to improve flow, let's keep on keeping these fools out of their shitmobiles.

Little Annie Fannie

Episodes 18-21, 1965.

Clydesdales, Mink Farms & Videotape

Sure, all of these clowns getting the financial shaft warms the cockles of our schadenfreude-infected heart, but this is special.
Thanks to 1970s hits like “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold,” hard rock guitarist Ted Nugent was at one time among the highest-grossing concert attractions in America, Unlike many other rock musicians his age, he has famously never indulged in drugs or alcohol, instead preferring such diversions as hunting and running a “Kamp for Kids.”

Unfortunately, he still ended up broke. The Nuge found himself in this very situation after his managers invested his considerable wealth into a series of bad business ventures, such as investments in Clydesdale horses and mink farms. Nugent declared bankruptcy in 1980 as a result, but he recovered before the decade’s end and still enjoys a busy career today.
Too bad the ending's so happy.

Less so: Marvin Gaye. We made a couple hundred bucks from his attempt to sabotage the album from which Anna Gordy was to profit.
The late Marvin Gaye is known as one of the greatest soul singers of all time, known for such classic songs as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and timeless albums like What’s Going On. However, his love life didn’t match the success of his singing career. His marriage to Anna Gordy was damaged beyond repair when he had an affair with a woman and fathered two children with her.

Gordy filed for divorce, but Gaye had very little money for alimony and child support payments. Despite his impressive record sales, his bank account was nearly depleted, thanks to extravagant spending on cars, real estate and cocaine. Believing that it was the only way she was going to see any money from him, she agreed to take $600,000 in royalties from his next album instead.
Gaye filed for bankruptcy in 1976, and the album in which she held a stake, bitterly titled Here, My Dear, was released in 1978 to scathing reviews and poor sales.
We managed our little profit by working for an outfit that provided video services to touring acts in the pre-MTV days of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, when bands suddenly realized they couldn't keep up if they remained ugly shoegazers, & had better jazz up the visual part of the show.
Not that there much necessity of that w/ Marvin: The tour to promote the album was an expensive Vegas spectacle, & hiring [REDACTED] Video Systems to videotape the rehearsals for reference was another extravagance to lessen whatever money the aggrieved Ms. Gordy would see from the album.

Hell, we should listen to it sometime to see if the album itself was a deliberate suckfest.

Obligatory Daily America Hate

Friday, July 15, 2011

Late Enough For Music

You Thought They Couldn't Get
Any Loonier, But ...

Do not expect a split between the allegedly not-religious-at-all Tea Party & the Religious Right. Paranoia just draws them closer together.
But this convergence between the two groups goes well beyond coalition politics and reflects a radicalization of conservative evangelical elites that is just as striking as the rise of the Tea Party itself. Indeed, the worldview of many Christian Right leaders has evolved into an understanding of government (at least under secularist management) as a satanic presence that seeks to displace God and the churches through social programs, to practice infanticide and euthanasia, to destroy parental control of children, to reward vice and punish virtue, and to thwart America’s divinely appointed destiny as a redeemer nation fighting for Christ against the world’s many infidels.
This is followed by a laundry list of lunacy from James Robison, & a conclusion.
After examining the beliefs of the contemporary Christian Right, candidates like Bachmann and Perry seem less like pols cleverly straddling factions and more like leaders of a single constituency. In particular, the fiery “constitutional conservatism” espoused by many of them reflects a belief in a God-given Founders’ design that equally demands limited government, absolute property rights, a ban on abortion (including some forms of contraception) and same-sex relationships, the right to a Christian education, a stern attitude towards economic “losers,” and hostility to foreign countries other than Israel.

When the Christian Right leaders convened by James Robison come together in Houston on August 6 at Rick Perry’s invitation to hold a “national call to prayer for a nation in crisis,” it may or may not be connected to a presidential run by its host. But it will illustrate that the Christian Right is hardly dead or asleep, and is no longer by any means at odds with the fiscal and economic radicalism gripping the rest of the conservative movement.
A recap of some of the more colorful Xians who'll be praying 6 August.Masochists/aficionados/connoisseurs of the genre will find longer versions here.

Today's Dimbulb

Rick Perry:
Sure, Rick, because nowhere else on this planet is there even a concept of personal property or ownership. Only in America is a man able to own things that are his own! (Covered here, but the best part was missed!)

Today's First Runner-Up:

Mittens Romney, Constitutional Scholar.

None of you can deny that your species is incontrovertibly fucked in every hole. W/ a splintered broomstick. Enjoy your descent into the abyss, & don't come to us whining for help.

Passing For French

Melvin Jerome Blank.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Today's History Lesson

A gloss on history ends w/ this:
The point of this gloss on history is that all of modern, post-Enlightenment history has primarily been driven by demands for political and economic justice. The difference between pre-Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment struggle has been that the human search for justice and equality was, in the religious civilization of the past, focused on virtue and its reward in heaven. After religion was undermined by the Enlightenment, human plans, doctrines, ideologies and struggles for justice were necessarily confined to temporal lifetime.

If there were no God, as the philosophers of the Enlightenment insisted, then human and social justice had to be sought in this world, and the rulers, aristocrats, the rich and privileged, who stood between ordinary people and justice, had to be destroyed. The aristocrats, held responsible for the dynastic and imperialist wars of the period, and finally for the Great War itself in 1914-1918, had to be swept away.

That was what the French and other European revolutions were about. It is what socialism and then communism were about, initially in their idealistic and utopian versions, and then in their bloodthirsty and nihilistic versions in Leninist Russia, in “National Socialist” Germany, then in Spain and even in impoverished and exploited China. People resorted to violence under leaders thrown up from the working and middle classes.

They were all, of course, idealistic and ideological when they began. This is what brings me back to Washington in July 2011. Congressional Republicans and the Obama Democrats are locked in the most extreme conflict over social justice and the equality of citizens that the nation probably has experienced since the Civil War. They are at the same time mindlessly committed to what amounts to a kind of racial and religious war of America with Muslim civilization. They seem ignorant, or indifferent, to what such irresponsibility has led to in the past.

Visit William Pfaff’s website for more on his latest book, “The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy” (Walker & Co., $25), at
© 2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Almost The Fourteenth Of July

Unsanctioned & strictly amateur pyrotechnics. (No audio.)We've observed similar phenomena in swingin' Silver Lake on previous Fourths, 'though not from a height, or time-lapsed. And there was a fair amount of live fire around the bunker this yr., 'though we didn't leave to catch the visuals. Details, credit.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Paris (Not Texas) & Kerrville (Way Texas)

Apparently 'Murkuh is becoming a nation of limp-wristed fairies. All over.
No sign when we visited (1960).
And Woody Allen has sold out.
The film, which cost $30 million to make, is still in the top 10 box-office movies of the week after seven weeks of release. And even more surprising, it's doing business everywhere, even in small towns like Kerrville, Texas, the hometown of Sony Pictures Classics Co-Chairman Michael Barker, where the film has been playing at the Rio 10 Cinema for the last month.

"That's definitely a first for us," Barker says. "My stepmother is really happy, because she finally can take all her friends to see one of our films. But that's what makes this film such a pleasure. It's playing in theaters that have never played a Woody Allen film before. It's getting big numbers in theaters in Idaho and Montana, in Mississippi and Alabama."
Say good-bye to your Heartland, reactionaries.

Extra interesting/only reason we bothered: An ancestor owned the Mobil(?) station in Kerrville many yrs. ago. Maybe we could hit up native Sony Classics Co-Chairman Barker for a creative consulting gig on that basis.

Also on the cinema:
Barr: I hate movies. I hate the whole fucking movie business. I hate everything involved with movies. Producers. Moviemakers. Those people are freaking nuts and criminals. I can’t take it. They’re not like the rest of humanity. I’d rather hang out with plumbers. They’re so self-important. And everything they do is bullshit. Excuse me, but movies are bullshit. They’re tidy little fucking bullshit stories. They all have a rape thing in them. They’re all anti-woman. They’re all fucking bullshit. There isn’t one of ‘em that speaks to me or says anything decent. Somebody could go in with the best fucking script, like, Grapes of Wrath, and they’d come out and it’d star Kevin James. Nothing can happen good in movies and it never does.

Q. Grapes of Wrath with Kevin James!

Barr: Yeah! That’s the best that could ever happen in movies. And they all go and sit in the big building and congratulate themselves. I just hate movies. I hate the entire movie business.


Can't Make It Any Clearer Than This

David Fitzsimmons, Cagle Cartoons, The Arizona Star

"Fake Democrats"

Milwaukee's finest uses the phrase five or even six times, once in quotation marks. And once w/ "protest Democrat."
Huber has long been an official in the Ozaukee County Republican Party. She was one of six so-called fake or protest Democrats put up by the state Republican Party to force primary elections in the recalls of six Republican senators, giving the senators another four weeks to campaign before facing a final recall election.
Aha! Revelation as we copy, paste & type. We did not know there was a method to the Republican assholery, we'd assumed (Yes, we know.) they were doing it simply to be jerks about it, as is their wont. Us, surprised by cynical activity!

Related in a syllabic style:

Open Letter

An awful whore who claims to read this piece of shit regularly (We're not sure if that figures or not.) somehow obtained our e-mail address & sent us a pathetic request to link to some bullshit advertising site ("onlinecertificateprograms") because of a "crummiest fucking losers ever to appear in the All-Star Game" list she no doubt stole. We assume this is a result of a search for "web logs what mention baseball." (Big mistake mentioning outdoor activities other than shooting & blowing stuff up, we guess.)
I’m a frequent reader of your blog and wanted to let you know that I just posted an article on my site that I thought you might find interesting, “10 Most Laughable All-Stars in Baseball History”. If you think your readers might like it, too, would you consider sharing or mentioning it on your blog? I’d appreciate it if you have time to check it out.
[Link removed, you betcha. — M.B.]

Jena Ellis
Well, Jena Ellis (If that is your real name, & it probably isn't; we'd guess you're a Chinese or Russian street-walker who's just made a lateral move in the prostitution field.) we wouldn't link to your garbage if you appeared right here in our lonely bunker & applied a lip-lock to our love-muscle (as you & your mother are so used to doing to any gentleman who has the price).


Malignant Bouffant, typing for the editorial collective of Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™

cc: Jena Ellis

Monday, July 11, 2011

Medium & Message Confused

And who's mixing them up? Irk Irksome.
Because younger voters would have gone for McCain & his crazy old person/idiot bullshit if only he could have gotten them to visit his website. Or something. Why didn't Sarah Palin help more, w/ her Tweetin' & Facebookin' there, Irksome?
You just aren't going to get 21st-century voters w/ 19th-century bullshit, whether they read it on the Internet or hear it from FOX News.

Murdoch Wrap-Up

From Trotsky Central:
The ongoing exposure of systematic hacking of thousands of phones and computers by employees of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World lifts the lid on the rampant criminality of the corporate and political elite, in Britain and internationally. At least 7,000 people have had their phones hacked and their privacy invaded. The trawl for personal information has targeted a wide range of victims, from politicians and members of the royal family to the families of murder victims and soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The scandal is revealing the thorough-going decay of democracy and all of the official institutions in Britain, including the major parties, Parliament, the judiciary and the media. The most powerful media corporation in Britain, which constantly trumpets the need for “law and order,” has presided over serious violations of the law, including hacking on what one MP called “an industrial scale.” It has done so year-on-year with virtual impunity.*

Murdoch executives and reporters are notorious as well for threatening and bullying politicians and other notables who criticize the operations of News International or otherwise arouse the ire of the Murdoch family.

Now reports have emerged that a News of the World executive destroyed millions of potentially incriminating emails in order to thwart further investigations.

Both of the major parties, Conservative and Labour, are implicated in these crimes, not only because of their refusal to call to account News International, the parent firm of Murdoch’s British media outlets, but because of their intimate relations with Murdoch’s media empire. They never challenged the Metropolitan Police for accepting the patently absurd claim that these illegal practices were the actions of one rogue reporter and a private investigator, even as it surfaced that police officers had received tens of thousands of pounds in bribes from News of the World.

It was only after numerous civil cases had been taken out against the newspaper by celebrities whose phones were hacked that, in January, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it would review material held by police on phone hacking at News of the World to “assess if a fresh criminal trial is likely.”

Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday was forced to acknowledge official collusion with the Murdoch press, stating, “The truth is, we have all been in this together—the press, politicians and leaders of all parties—and yes, that includes me.”

He added, “During the last government, a police investigation was undertaken, it was inadequate and not enough was done. There were reports from the information commissioner and they went unheeded. There were select committee reports on phone hacking and there was no follow-up. Throughout all this, all the warnings, all the concern, the government at the time did nothing. And frankly, neither did the opposition.”

This mea culpa is Cameron’s attempt to limit the damage to his government from the scandal. It came the same morning as the arrest of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, Cameron’s head of communications until Coulson’s forced resignation in January. However, neither Cameron’s admission of responsibility nor his guarded swipe against former Labour governments do justice to the extent of the incestuous, decades-long relations between the Murdoch empire and Britain’s political elite.

Murdoch is forever associated with the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and above all with Thatcher’s brutal assault on the working class. He cheered on her deregulation of the City of London, privatisations and tax cuts for corporations and the rich from which he benefited more than most. News of the World’s parent company, News International, carried out an infamous union-busting operation, sacking 6,000 print workers and transferring production to Wapping in London’s East End in 1986.

Then, after Murdoch decided that the Tories had exhausted their usefulness as a vehicle for attacking the working class and enriching the ruling elite, he switched support to Labour—which was more than ready to do his bidding. Murdoch dictated government policy to such a degree that Lance Price, a media advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, called Murdoch “the 24th member of the Cabinet.” Price added, “His presence was always felt.”

Murdoch himself has publicly boasted of setting the agenda of the Labour government on Europe and “the breakdown of law and order in Britain.” The Murdoch press has relentlessly promoted wars of aggression, most notably the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. Blair telephoned Murdoch personally on three occasions in the days leading up to the US-British invasion.

Current Labour leader Ed Miliband is now posing as a critic of News of the World, seeking to make political capital out of Cameron’s relations with Coulson and Murdoch press executive Rebakah Brooks. This is a transparent fraud.

The News of the World hacking scandal first came to light in 2006 and was swept under the carpet by the Metropolitan Police, without challenge by the Labour governments of Blair and his successor, Gordon Brown. On April 9, an anonymous ex-minister told the Guardian that Murdoch had “relayed messages to Brown last year via a third party, urging him to help take the political heat out of the row, which he felt was in danger of damaging his company.”

It was only last month that Miliband himself attended News International’s summer party in London, alongside shadow chancellor Ed Balls, two of his closest advisers, Tom Baldwin and Stewart Wood, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander. TheGuardian noted at the time that Labour luminaries outnumbered a Conservative delegation headed by Cameron and his wife, Samantha.

These relations underscore the travesty of the electoral process in Britain. State policy is determined not by the population’s choice to elect a Conservative or Labour government, but by a clique of billionaires that sets the agenda of all the major parties—of which Murdoch is a particularly influential member, thanks to his control of the media.

How does one account for the ability of employees of News International to engage in such rampant criminality without let or hindrance?

The official structures of politics and the media in Britain and internationally have become entirely divorced from and openly hostile to the interests of the general population. They have become the province of a plutocratic layer that acts without legal restraint.

Murdoch himself is widely acknowledged to be the most powerful man in Britain and one of the most powerful people in the world. He is the archetypal representative of a global financial oligarchy that has arisen on the basis of financial parasitism and an unprecedented growth of social inequality.

The narrow layer of the super-rich to which Murdoch belongs has dictated every aspect of political, economic and social life over more than three decades. His 175 or so newspapers and television channels, including Sky in Britain and Fox in the US, are widely viewed as kingmakers inside the political establishment.

Murdoch is the supreme purveyor of a particular type of gutter journalism, whose emphasis on sex scandals and the antics of the rich and famous is meant to divert and confuse the public and encourage the most backward sentiments.

In America, Fox News and the New York Post serve the same function as the Sun, News of the World (which Murdoch shut down on Sunday) and Sky TV in the UK, while the Wall Street Journal editorial page articulates the political agenda of the most reactionary sections of the US ruling elite. The Murdoch media befoul social and intellectual life with an unremitting torrent of right-wing social nostrums, warmongering, national chauvinism, glorification of “free enterprise,” and demands that essential services on which millions rely be slashed.

The most significant expression of the political and ideological putrefaction this has produced is found within the former social democratic parties, such as the British Labour Party. They all easily adapted themselves to Murdoch’s brand of politics, emerging as unabashed defenders of the savage austerity measures demanded after the 2008 financial crash.

The scale of the criminal activity that has been exposed at News of the World demands a full and public accounting. All of the major figures associated with News International, including Coulson, Brooks and Murdoch himself, must be questioned under oath as part of a full-scale criminal investigation. In any such inquiry, they should be joined by Blair, Brown, Cameron and their associates.

It is clear, however, that the British ruling class will not carry out such an investigation. Any inquiry under the control of the existing political establishment will be a cover-up, aiming to protect News International and its allies in the political establishment and state apparatus.

Justice will be secured, and the predatory and socially destructive activities of the media barons halted, only in connection with the development of a mass political movement of the working class that sets out to remove from power an elite which has demonstrated that it is entirely unfit to rule.

Chris Marsden
The cynical among us might think that it is the very unfitness of the ruling class that makes it so successful.

*In these United Snakes, we haven't completely privatized this sort of thing.