Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Heh Heh

Running this mostly because the up-loader's name is amusingly juvenile. (Perhaps we should call it adolescent, what w/ it being "dirty" & all.)

Dep't. of Amplification

Why that fifty-yrs.-old-yesterday FF #1 was the November issue.
#2,  "January" 1962.

As American As Cherry Pie*

Murtaza Hussain, sitting in for Glenn Greenwald, points a finger & blames you sick American fucks:
When violence happens somewhere else, it is because the people of that place are inherently violent and barbaric and it is viewed as a reflection upon their society in general. Individuals believed to be representative of that society are demanded to reflect upon their societal failings and to offer penance for “their” actions. On the other hand when violence happens at home it is not reflective upon the broader society at all and it is always an aberration needing no further explanation, regardless of the shocking regularity with which it occurs. To say that the substantive difference stems from the fact that violence is somehow rare in America, a country which is undoubtedly one of the most stable and prosperous in the world, is to ignore the reality of what goes on in the U.S. on a regular basis. Since 9/11 there have been approximately 150,000 violent deaths in the United States, a figure which is all the more shocking for the fact that it is somehow considered normal in an ostensibly peaceful society.
Did that sink in? Americans have managed to kill 50 times more people than a collection of Saudi Arabians & a few others did in the 10 yrs. since September, 2001. Where's the mother-fucking OUTRAGE, concerned Americans?

Another good one from another substitute. Check the update for John Derbyshire's appalling load of crap. Can his residence permit or citizenship be revoked? On the basis of "moral character," perhaps?
*Cherry Pie

Police Terrorized

Hey coppers, shoe's on the other foot now, innit?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Loot, Shoot & Wail:
London, Also Birmingham & Liverpool

"Unrest" has spread to Birmingham & Liverpool.The lastmost recent (Never say last!) large scale unrest in L.A. didn't happen until the oinkers who beat Rodney King were acquitted; England's brave youth didn't wait for a bullshit trial, they got to work ASAP.And while we were too busy paying attention to our backyard in '92 to remember if similar resistance occurred in other American cities, Britain's youth are to be commended for raising the stakes across their nation.

M.B. Up-Date

All In Color For A Dime

It was 50 yrs. ago today.
A mere dime? Sheesh.

We've typed previously that it's a good source.

I'm On The Nod ...

Sharing: For no reason of which we can conceive, this tune bubbled from the depths of memory.Seriously, out of nowhere. Not a particular favorite or anything.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blogger Bitch Of The Day

Any one else observing this phenomenon, or is a cross that only we must bear?

Dude, Like, X-Tremely X-Treme!!

The Transformation of Michele Bachmann

Today's must-read piece: Ryan Lizza profiles Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

"Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians. Her campaign is going to be a conversation about a set of beliefs more extreme than those of any American politician of her stature, including Sarah Palin, to whom she is inevitably compared."
And former half-term Alaska Gov. Palin does have rather extreme views, including (possibly) the delusion that she's this century's Queen Esther of Biblical fame. It probably is fair to say that Rep. Bachmann has read a bit more of those tracts & so forth than ex-Gov. Palin, may have a more coherently delusional (or delusionally coherent) political/religious view of these United Snakes, & may be better able to express said views. Not sure if Bachmann's ever attended any pray-away-the-demons events at whichever church she's attending this wk., or at the one she attended for many yrs. before suddenly switching, however.

Hey, maybe if we read the New Yorker piece we could get some idea.

Also: Bachmann piece in Tina Brown's Newsweek this wk. Should provide a contrasting comparison of quality, standard & style.

Holy crap, crazier looking than usual:
Michelle Bachmann on the Campaign trail, Chris Buck for Newsweek

Juvenile Humor Dep't.

Looking for Mickey Kaus? He may be around here somewhere.Technical question: Why the fuck can't the techno-brainiacs make a 'phone (or whatever the fuck this was shot on) w/ a 4:3 aspect ratio? Telebision is better than ever (Definition & aspect ratio-wise. No implications as far as content.) but the Internet & stupid 'phones are returning us to the days of movies seen through Jell-O™.

Live By The Sword, Reap What You Sow

Tottenham riots: Police 'had not anticipated' extreme violence

Met police commander Adrian Hanstock says situation in north London suburb 'escalated out of all proportion'
They commit it, but they can't anticipate it. For once projection could be useful, but no.

Annals Of Advertising (American Iron)

From excellent source of stuff Mark Evanier:Haven't watched yet, but we'll bet every one on camera is now moldering in his or her grave. Nope, Robert Vaughn is still w/ us.

Something New II

Also noting that Chrome has a new & better pop-up blocker. So far (Once, anyway.) it's stopped the pop, rather than merely minimizing it to the taskbar.

Spot The Loonies

How counties went in the 2008 Goofy Obscurantist Party primaries:
Those on the other side of the Great Divide must live like rats in a cage. See how tiny & pathetic their counties are?

The electoral college vote.

Something New

Not quite sure about Chrome/Blogger or whatever suddenly deciding to bring the background of all the crap we copy & paste into items.

Whatever.

Gotta Love It

The police get to murder people, then can't be bovvered to show up to stop the resultant civil unrest.
There was still no police presence at Wood Green high street at 4am, even after dozens of stores had been smashed and raided, setting of multiple alarms.

Around 100 youths sprinted around the highstreet, targeting game shops, electrical stores and high-street clothe [sic] chains such as H & M.
A shame that it is disaffected, alienated youth who show up to loot, shoot & wail, rather than committed activists. Just once we'd like to see all the aggression being directed at the pigs, their vehicles & structures.

Of course, business & property owners do bear the ultimate responsibility for police murder & lesser police atrocities in any capitalist, free market, whatever society.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Psycho II

Our fave Jimmy Stewart line: "That don't mean dirt to me now!"And because we can:

Psycho

Robert Ryan fans (You know who you are.) are advised that The NYT has a piece on the actor, pimping for a series at NYC's Film Forum.

That said, and granting that one can catch most of Ryan's movies in various home media, howzabout Elvis Mitchell gets a hold of some of these flicks for his new gig curating LACMA's weekly film series? (Big screen, baby.)

Something we didn't know: Ryan was some sort of commie in real life, & one of the founders of Oakwood School, which appears to be cranking out commies to this very day.

Tip o' le chapeau to.

Police Terror In The Militarized Society

Trouble in Tottenham, furor in Fullerton.

OFF THE PIGS!!Literally:
Kelly's father, Ron Thomas, a retired sheriff's deputy, said he expects to file a civil suit over his son's death in the near future. He has called for the chief to resign and all six officers to go to prison and, in at least one case, to receive the death penalty.
Or at least "Jail killer cops!"

And on the schadenfreude front, how's that 'thin blue line' crap working out for you & yours, retired deputy?

The Response:
What Was The Question Again?

As mentioned immediately below, "Joanne & her fellow 'middle class,' know-how-to-wear-their-baseball-hats (Caps, actually, Joanne.) types don't look as if they like to miss too many meals. Or snacks."
Weigel's caption: "Fasting was optional."
Image from David Weigel, thanks to Balloon Juice. We all know Dave's a Journo-list commie, so take it all w/ a grain of salt. Selected for Slate. More, from his flickr stream. (Get a real camera, sonny.)

Defining The Middle Class

Joanne Butler is a senior economics fellow at the Caesar Rodney Institute of Delaware.
And here is how her economic perspicacity plays out:
I laughed out loud at the little airplane endlessly circling above the parking lot while towing this banner: “GOV — KEEP CHURCH-STATE SEPARATE FFR.ORG.” It would seem those atheists don’t care about their carbon footprints!

The crowd was well in excess of the 8,000 who had previously registered; the numbers may have reached 30,000. Although most attendees were white, the crowd included significant numbers of Hispanics and African-Americans. It was a younger crowd than I had expected — much younger. While there was a smattering of cowboy hats in evidence (hey, it’s Texas), I was pleasantly surprised to see nobody wearing backward baseball hats or baggy jeans. Another surprise was how few people were texting, checking their emails, etc. If this is Rick Perry’s base, it’s solidly middle class.
We'd guess them them to be solidly lower class, because they can't afford smarty 'phones to check their fucking e-mails or text their inane bullshit to their fellow cretins.

"Actual" research:
Afterwards, I had a fascinating conversation with the manager of a Houston diner. The Washington State native didn’t attend the event but thought it was “nice” that Perry was hosting it. He then talked enthusiastically about how Perry’s policies had kept the Texas economy strong in spite of the recession (one bit of evidence was the diner’s packed parking lot) and said the nation should give Perry a try — and that Perry was going to get his vote for sure.
Just a guess, but the diner may have been awfully close to the event, which might just, maybe, somehow explain the packed lot afterwards, as Joanne & her fellow "middle class," know-how-to-wear-their-baseball-hats (Caps, actually, Joanne.) types don't look as if they like to miss too many meals. Or snacks.

Additional: We saw another of Joanne's little piles some time ago & almost went off.
6:31 PM 05/21/2011
“I used to be a drunk, but now I’m bipolar.” A guy who was applying for Social Security disability benefits once said these words, which sum up the problem with this entitlement program. (more)
Her mastery of economics is matched by her knowledge of psychology, the deal here being that once this guy stopped self-medicating w/ the booze he was able to start dealing w/ the bi-polar disorder he'd previously been dealing w/ by drinking. All a big scam to Joanne, naturally. Not an "entitlement" program, either. It's Social Security Disability Insurance, a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program of the United States government. What an awful person. Imagine "I used to be a fattie who couldn't stop stuffing my ugly face, but now I'm bi-polar," coming out of her fat yap.

Reconsidering Our Options

Have hiked Eaton* Canyon before, & have been planning to do so again. (On a weekday, 'though. Fucking losers w/ "jobs.") But two fatal slip-&-falls in a wk. are turning that have been into had been.

*Named after the Eaton who was a mayor of L.A., & ancestor/relative (can't remember the exact relationship) of our friend Barbara? Doubtless named after the Eaton family, at least.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Blade Runner Prequel

Latest addition to the downtown Los Angeles skyline: The Ritz-Carlton. At night the edges are illuminated in neon.

Wknd. Muzik Wrap-Up

Worst gigs ever, per those who agreed to discuss w/ The Guardian.

These tunes not (necessarily) associated w/ bad gigs:NEW MUSIC POSTING CRITERIA: Nothing by honkies*, & nothing post-1980.

*Exceptions may be made for hicks, 'necks & crackers & their authentic tunes of rural suffering.

Hugh Hefner Found Dead In Mansion

Few details available, but here is a photo of the corpse:

Delusional Lunatic Round-Up,
Multi-Media Version

Read here, or waste your time (Unless you're a moves-your-lips-while-reading moron like most of the theocrats under examination.) listening here. Or watch & listen:

Priorities

Just laid-off Chicago Times/L.A. Tribune NBA beat writer Mark Heisler, who was advised of his termination while on vacation:
Five days later, I went downtown to turn in my company ID, laptop, Blackberry and American Express card. Unfortunately, my ID card no longer opened gate in the parking structure. They had already turned it off, along with my access to the Trib’s virtual network, my email account and, of course, health insurance.

I should point out that, believe it or not, I’m not angry about this. At 67, I was only going to work one more season and they just gave me the whole thing off, with pay, through April.

All that notwithstanding, I’m sitting in my car, behind the closed gate, marveling at the company’s efficiency, thinking, "If only we were as good at newspapering as we are at dumping people….”
Not that there'll necessarily be an NBA season for him to work anyway.

What. The. Hell?

May not be a joke/lampoon/satire.

Here We Go ...

Where we stop, nobody knows.
BEIJING—Global stock markets tumbled Friday amid fears the U.S. may be heading back into recession and Europe's debt crisis is worsening. The sell-off follows the biggest one-day points decline on Wall Street since the 2008 financial crisis.

Oil extended sharp losses to fall below $84 a barrel amid expectations a slowing global economy will undermine demand for crude.

In Europe, major markets fell, adding to losses Thursday. London's FTSE 100 declined 3.5 percent to 5,393.14 and Germany's DAX shed 3.8 percent to 6,172.00. France's CAC-40 lost 2.5 percent to 3,238.80.

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average slid 3.7 percent to 9,299.88 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng dived 4.6 percent to 20,877.74.

China's Shanghai Composite Index lost 2.2 percent to 2,626.42.
Losses today have been indiscriminate," said IG Markets strategist Ben Potter in a report. "The big question on everyone's mind is what will happen across European and U.S. markets tonight and will there be any form of emergency policy response?"
©2011 The Ass Press. Come sue us, ass pressers.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What's The Rush?

Southbound on the 110 at 1550.
In case you didn't get it because
you didn't enlarge the shot above.

P.P. Hotel

This dump (Gawd knows when it was last an actual hotel, if ever.) has a place in the history of Los Angeles punk action, when it was still known as an Elks Lodge.
Not the Asbury (Didn't our friend Shirley once live there?) the Babylonian edifice w/ the statues.

Erick Urks On The Horse's Ass Race

You just can not fool Erick Erickson for very long, can you?
This race is as fluid as ever and more and more interesting. The list of candidates is also getting shorter. I no longer see Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, or Thad McCotter as viable, adding each to the list of former candidates.
Quite the judge of horse's asses, isn't he? We'd be awfully surprised if Thad McCotter himself ever thought he was "viable." But Erick doesn't let up on the keen analysis:
But now we have to take Rick Perry seriously, keep an eye on Sarah Palin, and also glance at Rudy Giuliani. The Horse Race is getting interesting.
Here's the picture Erick likes to attach to his in-depth analysis:
Above doubtless taken before he decided to show National Nanny Michelle Obama that she'd better not suggest anything about diet & exercise to him!!

The More You Know

People bitch & moan (All the time about everything, & why the hell shouldn't they? Everything is made out of shit & we are all dying.) about Catholic dick, racist & former Nixon flunky Pat Buchanan's continuing employment at the Mighty Sorry, No Body Cares network, but we're all for it.

After all, it's no worse than FOX News hiring a bunch of pathetic pseudo-leftists to provide counter-point (Balance!) to the collection of reactionary droolers FOX News puts on every day & wknds.

Indeed, it seems to us that it's a public service to give the pants-shitting creep a platform to expose himself & his fellow-travelers on the path of hate & fear. From Politico, via TP.
FIRST LOOK – “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” by Patrick J. Buchanan, out Oct. 18 from Thomas Dunne Books:

--Chapter 1, “The Passing of a Superpower”: “Ignoring the real causes of racial disparity in home ownership – age, income, length of residency, and the credit ratings of mortgage applicants – the Bush administration plowed ahead in the same suicidal direction the Congress had set out on years before. Community bankers were pressure to make mortgages to home-buyers who could not qualify under standards set from decades of experience. … We are not the people our parents were. We are not even the people WE used to be. FDR was right about what would happen if we did not get off the narcotic of welfare.”

--Chapter 2, “The Death of Christian America”: “Obama’s White House … enlisted in the long and successful campaign to expel Christianity from the public square, diminish its presence in our public life, and reduce its role to that of just another religion. Cultural power in American long ago passed to an anti-Christian elite that rules the academy, Hollywood, and the arts. Secularism is now America’s state religion.”

--Chapter 4, “The End of White America”: “A rebellion is under way in America: a radicalization of the working and middle class, such as occurred in the Truman-McCarthy era, during the George Wallace campaigns, and in the anti-amnesty firestorm that killed the Bush-Kennedy-McCain push for a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. What all these movements had in common was populist rage against a reigning establishment. … Why the alienation of Middle America? … They sense that they are losing their country. And they are right.”

--Chapter 5, “Demographic Winter”: “The reason the West is dying is simple: children are no longer so desirable. The child-centered society has been succeeded by the self-centered society. … [H]aving one child … means a more rapid death and disappearance of Western man.”
Lift that rock & take a good look at what's squirming down there.

"Yesterday"

Is the tune she was playing after the guy stopped talking to her & we began our descent into the bowels of the Red Line.

Buttermilk Sky

Wasted Yrs.

Eleven of them ('84-'95) down the hall from the cash vault in the third sub-basement (So we can't show you our window.) of this bldg.
The blue panels under the larger windows were maroon in our day.
In the rear. Used to eat lunch from the cafeteria there.
The Holiday Inn that occupied the southern part of the block is now an apartment bldg. We wonder if it's all one room dumps w/o kitchens, or if conversion happened.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Could Be A Bargain

Here's something you don't see every day.
Tourist info.
UPDATE (1725PDT 8 September 2011): We scooped 'em again!

Rent Is Theft: Defend Yourselves!

From the Daily Breeze website.
Police are looking for Darryl James Stamper, 49, who is suspected of recently beating his landlord.

The victim was beaten when he asked Stamper for his rent money. Stamper told the landlord, "No," and punched the victim numerous times. The victim suffered broken bones, police said.

Stamper is 5 feet 7, 150 pounds, with blond hair and green eyes. He has a tattoo of a clown on his right shoulder.

Anyone with informationLow-life squealers whose tongues will be cut out by the Peoples Committee on Justice for Landlords should call detectives at 310-726-7900.
Who's the fucking victim in this case anyway, Moneybags the Slumlord, or the person coerced by the explicit threat of state violence to pay "rent" to some fucking parasite? Huh?

Monsoon Clouds

Seen over the Park Plaza Hotel.
Funny, but we don't remember the weather weasels calling such conditions "monsoons" (There were occasional drops of water hitting us from above.) until fairly recently. Also don't remember such conditions that often. Not that our memory means anything.

Security & Stupidity Follow-Up

We grabbed something about what a collection of arrogant assholes our beloved warrior caste is a few days ago. Now, more proof how effing ignorant & arrogant these bastards are.

Especially amusing in light of the military policy that, among others, the cowardly murderers who fly drones from Nevada to shoot & bomb the other side of the world are not to have their last names used in the media because of all the Shariah law infiltrators in the U.S.

FTA. Still applies 35 yrs. post-Vietnam.

Another One Bites The Dust

If you know Brick or give a shit you've already gotten this link in your e-mail, but what the hey, we'll let others in on it.

We'll also guess he won't be heavily edited at IRoM.

Hey, Don Heckman has the picks o' the wk. there.

Do not need a review of Peter "The Hose"* Frampton, however.

*Credit: Flo & Eddie.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gotcher "Moonbeam" Right Here

If you fucking shitheels had nominated Jerry Brown in 1976 instead of Christian Cracker Carter we might never have had to deal w/ the destruction of these United Snakes that the "amiable dunce" Reagan began under the control of his corporate masters.
He compared the Republican Party to the Catholic Church he encountered as a young theologian. “This budget reminded me of doctrines, from back when I was in the seminary,” he said. “If you’re 15 minutes late to church, you could burn in hell. That’s how Republicans are about taxes. There’s a fanaticism. They are deeply stuck in a no-tax identity that is almost now, on the national level, a religion.

" 'No taxes' is a central dogma in the new Republican church. You can’t deviate," he said. "They won’t burn you at the stake, but they’ll recall you ... nobody up here has the courage or cojones to do anything about it," he said.
You get what you deserve, Americretins. We hope all you assholes old enough to have voted then don't have any Social Security when your turn comes around.

Plutocracy Up-Date

Sad fucking truth that some know/admit, but most deny:
Trust is not in oversupply today. The United States has largely ceased to be a democratic republic (which is to say, a republic whose officers are validly elected by the demos, or commonality, of the community), but has become a plutocracy dominated by moneyed interests.

This is the result of (1) elimination by President Reagan of the existing Federal Communications Commission requirement for equal access to the public media by candidates for office (a system in which a Fox News, as presently constituted, would have no place); (2) the 1976 Supreme Court decision declaring money spent on political campaigns as a constitutionally protected form of free speech; and (3) more recent Supreme Court decisions banning restrictions on campaign funding and declaring business corporations “persons” with full constitutional rights to unlimited “free speech.” It is difficult to see how these changes and their consequences for American constitutional government can be reversed. The foreign implication is that the United States is no longer the political society it has, since World War II, been understood to be. This undermines the world’s trust in American democracy, and the American economy.
One could add the selection/appointment of G.W. Bush by the Supreme Court in 2000, but what real difference does it make? The party's over, & we know whose fault it is. Vengeance is all we can hope for at this point.

You Couldn't Make It Up If You Tried

Had to leave the bunker today, which means pix. Here's a crazy person on a stage talking about Jee-ziz to an audience of rocks.

Buchanan Again

At (4:55).Note also how Pat is all droppin' his "g"s & saying crap like "throw me in the briar patch." Condescending racist asshole.

Later: Beaten to the punch, it appears.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Cavalcade To The Cellar*

As this is not a radio or telebision operation regulated by the FCC, we can send personal messages that would be illegal were we using the public's airwaves instead of Google's broadbandwidth.

That being said:

Former Bums of Brooklyn 56, Current Bums of San Diego 2.

We'll probably be eating those words tomorrow when the suck-fest between the two worst clubs in the NL West will continue.

*Like a Stairway To The Stars, except not quite.

Vote Fraud In Action

If these actions by Americans For Plutocracy aren't illegal, why the hell not?
Now, Politico is reporting that AFP has mailed absentee ballots to Democrats in at least two Wisconsin state Senate recall districts with instructions to return the paperwork after the election date. The mailers, obtained by reporter David Catanese, instruct reliable Democratic voters to return ballots for the Aug. 9 election to the city clerk “before Aug. 11.”

Americans Are Exceptional

An exceptional source.

Related?

1966Charles Joseph Whitman shot and killed 14 people at the University of Texas before he was gunned down by police.
1981The music video cable channel MTV made its debut.
1988Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio program.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Let's Have A War!!

Shaving Ryan's Privates again on TNT (Turkey Neck Telebision) which reminds us of something we saw, intended to mention & then forgot in the press of events & whatnot. (Probably somewhere in our bookmarks.) We were reminded of it by an e-mail from another militarist.

Pictures of WWII. War lovers will have seen some but not all of these. We're going to look at Pearl Harbor right now.
Our father is aboard USS Tangier (AV-8) & shooting back. The Tangier is the farthest right of the four ships, left center, moored next to the island. USS Utah (AG-16) just forward of the Tangier, is already listing.
The sensitive are advised there are pix of corpses, but the ickiest ones have a "Click for ick button" so don't be too nervous.

Audio Video

A:V:

Fearful Synchronicity

Follow this (if you can):

We saw this Tweet, so we watched the clip here, then went to YouTube (out of curiosity as to the flick it was from,but there was no indication). "Up next" at YouTube was this,which we'd seen via our DVR w/in the last 24 hrs! It did stick in the mind; we knew just what it was when we saw the image of George Burns & "Vibrator Joke." So we shared!

Herman Cain's Pizza Plantation

Worth a peep.

We wonder if Herman Cain agrees w/ the founder of the anti-Shariah movement, whose blather includes:
It is not the first time Mr. Yerushalmi has engaged in polemics. In a 2006 essay, he wrote that “most of the fundamental differences between the races are genetic,” and asked why “people find it so difficult to confront the facts that some races perform better in sports, some better in mathematical problem-solving, some better in language, some better in Western societies and some better in tribal ones?” He has also railed against what he sees as a politically correct culture that avoids open discussion of why “the founding fathers did not give women or black slaves the right to vote.”
We anxiously await another "Democrat plantation" reference from Mr. Cain.

We Have Labels For It

"The Militarized Society," among others. So we'll link to it. Nothing we don't know, really, & long.

(We tried, but there wasn't anything startlingly excerptable. So read, or don't.)

This Is Us

Except we won't be using that weapon for bullshit "voting."

Saturday, July 30, 2011

40/75 Yrs. Ago

1971: Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin landed on the moon. They became the first humanoids to drive on Luna, as well. (Americans. Sheesh.)
Photo by NASA, David R. Scott
1936: Buddy Guy, blues guitarist, turns 75.

Bearing The Cross

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Hint About The New Direction

Constitution nothing, back to the Articles of Confederation!

WND Writer Blames The Constitution, Founding Fathers For Looming "Communist Dictatorship"

Oh yes he did!

One must wonder why these clowns never worry about state gov'ts. having any sort of power.

Demanding Default

Not to be believed, yet here it is in "print."
Whether Boehner’s team can survive such a public failure will be of interest to political gossips. But the thwarting of the Boehner Plan also displayed how ungovernable the House Republican majority is. With the nation just days from a default, the chamber is at the mercy of a handful of people who believe they are on a mission from God.

“Where’s the chapel?” Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) asked as he emerged from an arm-twisting session with Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday night. The freshman lawmaker explained that he wanted to “go to the divine source.”

In a room off the Capitol Rotunda, Scott joined a prayer session with fellow South Carolinian lawmakers. “I hope the Lord. . . gives men wisdom when they desperately need it,” Scott explained.

As it happens, the Lord gave Scott the wisdom to oppose Boehner. “I think divine inspiration already happened,” Scott said. “I was a ‘lean no’ and now I’m a ‘no.’” And he’s not much worried about default, saying: “I hope the Lord blesses our nation in a way that is measurable.”

The Lord will surely bless the nation with higher interest rates, if not outright economic collapse, in a default. But Thursday night’s debacle proved that there are enough House Republicans who would prefer that to raising the debt limit – even if they bring down their speaker in the process.
Christ on a crutch.
A few tipsy GOP lawmakers, returning from dinner, pretended to give tours of the statues in the Capitol. They, and the leadership, continued to insist a vote was imminent. But just before 10:30 p.m., McCarthy emerged from the speaker’s office to call it off for the night.

Lawmakers got to work on the Sisyphean task of retooling the Boehner Plan into a more conservative proposal that was also certain to be rejected by the Senate. Regardless, damage had been done – both to Boehner’s speakership and to the House, now under the control of people who think God demands default.
Bring it on. If we don't get August's Social Security payment & find ourselves on the street again, NO ONE WILL BE SAFE!!

Best Advice Of The Wk.

Early Robert Williams, too.
A tip of the chapeau to Mr. Door Tree.

Après Nous ...

We find it entirely fitting that most life on this planet will barely outlive us.
The panel of 27 scientists, who considered the latest research from all areas of marine science, concluded that a "combination of stressors is creating the conditions associated with every previous major extinction of species in Earth's history". They also concluded:

* The speed and rate of degeneration of the oceans is far faster than anyone has predicted;
* Many of the negative impacts identified are greater than the worst predictions;
* The first steps to globally significant extinction may have already begun.
Goodbye, losers born too late.

You Can Not Petition The Lord W/ Prayer

Talking to you, Rick "Prayin'" Perry.
Tropical Storm Don began to fizzle Friday night as it made landfall in Texas, bringing rain and scattered showers but not nearly enough to make a dent in the state's prolonged drought.

Also Jerry

Speaking of Dino, might as well cop another link from Mark Evanier & see what Jerry's up to. Bitching & moaning? Cool.
Asked about what a young comedian needs to do to break into the business today, he instead launched into a long monologue about "The Biggest Loser" ("Who gives a shit?"), "American Idol" ("The kids who are on 'American Idol,' they're all McDonald's wipeouts... and of course, they're all playing guitar, which takes the place of music"), the lack of appointment TV (in his day, "We ran home to see (Milton) Berle on a Tuesday night. Now, nobody wants to run home and see anything. They come home and hope there's something."), the woes of the movie business ("They put all of their product on the goddamn stupid phone. You're gonna put 'Lawrence of Arabia' on that stupid sonuvabitch? That gets me crazy, pal"), and more. He even objected to the use of pop music to score movie and TV scenes, insisting, "You're putting this vocal at the top of a film's big moment, because they don't want to spend what I spend on an 80-piece orchestra to score it."
Heading into Rickles territory:
The session should have been over at that point, but Lewis the old pro apparently realized he should end on a joke, rather than his tense interaction with the reporter asking about the telethon. (At one point, he said his future with the telethon was "none of your business.") So he told the story of the time he took his daughter for a ride on the New York subway, and a punk in a leather suit with multi-colored, spiked hair caught Lewis staring at him and asked, "What's the matter, old man? Didn't you ever do anything extraordinary in your whole life?"

Lewis told him, "Yes, 25 years ago I had sex with a parrot. I thought you were my son!"
So funny we forgot to laff.

Wallowing In It

Nostalgia, that is. When we first dragged our sorry & even then sagging ass to the center of the known (media) universe in 1973, the first dump on which we signed a lease was at 8497 Sunset Blvd., just across from Dino's Lodge, remembered here.
Dean "Dino" Martin & Ed "Kookie" Byrnes
Here, Connie "Connie" Stevens & Ed "Kookie" Byrnes: "I just want you to stop combing your hair & kiss me."(Plas Johnson on sax, allegedly.)

Odd that it's never sunk into our head that the place was torn down in 1985, but as we noted there, we usually look at where we used to live rather than where Dino's used to be.

Fuck Tha (Fullerton) Police!

We haven't looked, because we (generally) like quick & cold-blooded murder that leaves a nice-looking corpse, but this story & images are alleged to be horrifying.
This is heartbreaking. I don’t know any other word for it. We need a better mechanism in place to prevent police from using this kind of force. A taser is designed to subdue someone after one hit. Tasing someone multiple times while beating them so severely that they go into a coma and later die…that’s not police work. That’s murder.
The fucking pigs in Fullerton (a shit-hole, like every other place in this sad fucking world) beat a homeless schizophrenic (possibly off medication) to death. Let the punishment fit the crime.

Nausea induced by Balloon Juice.

Lazy Links (Friday Music Round-Up)

From the Twits of @nsavalas: The FUNK:The BLUES:The Doors:Thanks, Nick!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Quick Movie Review

Gunfight at the E.T. Corral.
— A. Canuck.

Behind The Times

This wk.'s lay-offs caused by "Hollywood:"
"Film advertising is down — 25% under the projections for this time of year. Display advertising generally is way down at the paper, but the movie ads have declined the most and that's important because film is the LA Times's largest advertising category," an insider tells me.
And common taters are unhappy that theater chains no longer provide show times in the paper. We agree.

Pink Elephants At War

As seen here.

Jesus Fucking Fuck

No secret that the USAF is filthy w/ fundamentalist evangelical Xians. And the sorts of cowards that bomb people from 30,000 ft., or from the safety of a drone command & control center in these United Snakes. Christians & chickenshits, a marriage made in heaven.

But Hokey Smokes, looky here:
One of the most disturbing slides quotes Wernher Von Braun, a former member of the Nazi Party and SS officer. Von Braun is not being cited in the PowerPoint as an authority on a liquid hydrogen turbopumps or a launch vehicle's pogo oscillations, rather he's specifically being referenced as a moral authority, which is remarkable considering that the Nazi scientist used Jews imprisoned in concentration camps, captured French anti-Nazi partisans and civilians, and others, to help build the V-2, a weapon responsible for the death of thousands of British civilians.

"We knew that we had created a new means of warfare and the question as to what nation, to what victorious nation we were willing to entrust this brainchild of ours was a moral decision[emphasis in document] more than anything else," Von Braun said upon surrendering to American forces in May 1945. "We wanted to see the world spared another conflict such as Germany had just been through and we felt that only by surrendering such a weapon to people who are guided by the Bible could such an assurance to the world be best secured."[emphasis in document]
The hypocrisy just doesn't stop, does it?

Is There "Reparative Therapy"
For Hypocrites?

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says that questions about her husband's controversial Christian counseling center, as well as her husband's controversial views on homosexuality, are not pertinent to her presidential campaign.

Asked about the so-called "reparative therapy" techniques performed at Marcus Bachmann's clinic, Bachmann told an audience today that her husband was off-limits as far as her run for the White House goes.

"I am extremely proud of my husband, I have tremendous respect for for him," Bachmann said. "I am running for the presidency of the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency. Neither are my children, neither is our business, neither is [sic] our foster children."

"I am more than happy to stand for questions about running for the presidency of the United States," she added.
Well, then. Shut your fucking yap about The First Lady, you contemptible hypocrite.

More Not A Christian, Or Even A Scotsman

Professional buffoon & wing-nut welfare recipient/beggar R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is spinning (sadly, not in his grave) to keep the filth of Norway from corrupting R.'s bigoted bullshit.
Both were meticulous planners, though I dare say Breivik was Hitler's superior. He would not delay an invasion of Russia. Both harbored grudges against threats to their culture from the foreign-born, and what Breivik called the "cultural Marxists." I can well imagine the Führer admiring Breivik's taste in uniforms, his Aryan features, and his longing for his Viking past. Both were mama's boys.
So they were both fags, but Breivik was actually smarter than Hitler! (Whose only unredeeming quality was not invading Russia sooner.)
I actually doubt Breivik is any kind of Christian, but rather a fanatical pagan, a Viking. On that, he and Hitler might congratulate themselves. Both were pre-Christian savages.
Savages! Barbarians!! Waiting for Marcus Bachmann to weigh in on this one.

Also, the Bill O'Reilly approach: Murder Boy wasn't an officially enrolled member of a church, so ... something. And a chance to rail at "Liberals," who don't go to church either!!
Breivik hated Muslims and other immigrants' entering into Norway, and now the amazing Liberals are linking him to almost any critic of immigration or of Islam, even critics of illegal immigration and of militant Islam -- terrorists, for instance. I find these Liberals amazing because most have never shown any sympathy for any of the West's organized religions, at least not religions that demand anything from their believers. I suppose a religion that suggested yoga or Pilates from adherents or perhaps vegetarianism might appeal to these Liberals. Yet I cannot see them respecting an obligation to attend Sunday church or honor a celibate priesthood or defend female-male marriage, or any other requirement associated with an established religion of the West.
Of course, railing at "Liberals" is what The American Spectator is all about. (When their politics are bullshit & every reasoning being knows it, baiting one's opponents is all that dead-enders have left.)
AmSpec advert.

Dinesh D'Douchebag

Sad sack of shit, isn't he? And suffers a bad case of colonized Stockholm Syndrome.
An austere young man asks, “Doesn’t the villainy of deception sort of pale in comparison to Obama’s moral villainies, such as supporting the abortion agenda or even the redistribution of wealth, stealing from the rich to give to the poor?”

“In a sense, yes,” D’Souza concedes, and later says, “Frankly, I don’t think Obama cares that much about the poor. What he cares about is bringing down the people at the top … In my opinion, Obama’s animating energies are negative.” By now the two potential donors have left the room looking ashen. Chris Ross, an employee of the college who is “facilitating” my visit by never leaving my side, winces slightly every time I write something down. As he escorts me out of the building, he says, “Remember that President D’Souza speaks for himself, not for the school.”
Inside DD's mind it's still the 18th century:
“We don’t avoid tough issues; we plunge into them,” D’Souza said in his first speech as president of King’s. “We engage [our opponents] in a civil way, seeking to convince not only with the clarity of our reason but also by our winsome manner.” By handing the reins to D’Souza—rather than a theologian or pastor—the trustees have placed their faith in worldly punditry.

[...]

Another student who wishes to remain anonymous says of D’Souza, “He’d rather shout at his opponents than listen to them. That kind of aggressive rhetoric gives us no credibility and is not what I thought King’s was supposed to be all about.”
There's your civility. And winsome? Like this, maybe.
There is no King’s meal plan, Smith explains, so “the wealthier kids go out a lot, and the rest of us eat ramen and paninis.” (A female ­student later tells me that some young men at King’s have a different strategy: They gather in the women’s dorm and ask the ladies to cook for them.)
It's obvious to us that this is a Hitler Jugend camp, & should be dealt w/ in the same firm way that Norwegians have recently dealt w/ infiltrators in their midst.

Gawd Damn America

We've mentioned somewhere that we're sick of talentless hacks (Many of them, FOX Sports West being where most Dodger games we watch are shown, from whichever FOX singing competition is most in need of a ratings boost.) singingmurdering "Gawd Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch at Dodger Stadium. Especially because the crowd singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" is never shown, but we have to put up w/ "GBA" before the same four adverts are run for about the fifteenth time in the game.

A deeper examination of fascist ball park bullshit, from Andrew Bacevich.

Via War in Context.

Hey, plus which (1505PDT): The Nation is having a Sports Issue.

The Two Faces Of Shit

Keep it going, pants-pissing reactionary scaredy-cats. Let's see both those faces.
We would gladly beat the shit out of any of the clowns on display here. Cutting out their tongues would be a good idea too. And their fingers so they can't type any more crap.

Yes, that's a threat. Whatcha gonna do about it, send FOX News Security after us? Chump-ass punks.

History

On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. World War I began as declarations of war by other European nations quickly followed.
97 yrs. since Western Civilization began its final descent. Hurry it up already!!

Remember Me This Way

Suggested by a friend.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hello, Sailor II

Big demand to see the ships. Just as well we didn't go.

Where not to go if you're a squidly-diddly:
They've served in war-ravaged countries around the world, but Navy crews were warned this week to stay clear of downtown San Pedro while they were in port.

Maps issued by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service were handed to ship crew members after the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on Monday warning them of areas that could be dangerous to visit. The Lincoln is one of four ships participating in the weeklong Navy Week event, with public ship tours offered through the weekend.

On the maps given to crew members at shoreside, several areas - including San Pedro's downtown shopping district - were outlined in red and identified as "high drug use/distribution area."

The back of the map, meanwhile, extols all the amenities that can be found in downtown Long Beach.

Community boosters were furious when information about the maps leaked out, with a Facebook thread quickly filling up with angry, frustrated comments.
Let's be honest: Pedro is the pits.

Dropping Like Flies

Thers had the sense to get out of the Firedoglake pit of purity, now we see that actual meatspace acquaintance Brick Wahl has left the L.A. Weekly's jazz column.

We're sure it all means something, & we'll let you know if we bother to figure anything out.

Riot Going On

July 27, 2011 9:06 PM

HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — Police have been unable to control an unruly crowd of hundreds of people in Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Karen Rayner said.

The crowd gathered at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for the premiere of a documentary on the Electric Daisy Carnival, an electronic music festival that’s notorious for how many attendees use recreational drugs.

People have refused to disperse and began throwing bottles at officers. Police have proceeded to shoot at the crowds with bean bags.

The crowds have vandalized police cars and set fires, Rayner said.

Officials have closed Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange Avenue, Rayner says.

The Hollywood and Highland Metro Red Line station has been closed and Hollywood Boulevard buses are being detoured to Highland and La Brea avenues and Sunset Boulevard, Metro announced.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

The Times, They Are A Sucking

From the Bankrupt Times' Top of the Ticket web log, which is run by Laura Bush's former press secretary, Andrew Malcolm:
Although many have dismissed Palin for not being smart or sharp, watch how she smoothly echoes the never-ending right-wing theme that the president is a stranger in a strange land, alien to the principles that this nation was built on.

“A lot of this has to do with his background, him having not been a part of the private sector and running a business or having to rely on making profit. That seems to be foreign to our President. His background and those he’s appointing don’t understand what America was built upon. His ideas are the antithesis of those things that created the prosperity in America,” Palin said.
Note that this was typed by one Tony Pierce, not Malcolm. Nonetheless, how "smoothly echoes the never-ending right-wing theme" translates into proof of smartness or sharpness is beyond us. Unless you think mynah birds & parrots are the ultimate in evolutionintelligent design.

To continue the bird (brain) metaphor, the Times is molting as quickly as it can. Layoffs announced today: (Well-respected) NBA beat writer Mark Heisler is gone, as is columnist Tim Rutten.

Hither & yon.

Extra fucking added laughs (2110): Clown Tony Pierce, who thinks Palin is so damn smart & sharp got his ass laid off today too.

Flushed Away

A reader types (Not one of our readers, mind you) w/ a pretty good (Because it matches our prejudices.) recap of the Borders bust:
Fine if you're flush, but Borders wasn't. Speaking of flushing, that was the M.O. of shelf merchandising; all of the in-section books had to shelved so that the edges of the spines were flush with the edge of the shelf. We'd get messages during crunch times from Ann Arbor that we be lean and mean; only do what was absolutely necessary; be smart with time and tasks; concentrate on sales. But a day later we'd get a message from the district manager that they would be visiting and that the store should be fully flushed.

Wasted time. Wasted payroll. Inventory sitting in the stockroom because there is not the time or the staff to get it out.
We'd left before management got around to the pagers & walkie-talkies, but the "flushing" thing was acted out many a time. Fucking idiots.

"Behind Closed Doors"

Perry Gets Cozy with Religious Right

The Deseret News has some interesting comments about Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) by Shaun Casey, a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary:

"Perry is a cheaper imitation of George Bush ... and I think Perry has really studied Bush. But Bush's brilliance with the religious right was that he did everything behind closed doors. There were no photo-ops, there were no press releases saying I met reverend so and so today. Bush did everything through intermediaries, and so there was no public trail of him reaching out to the religious right. The irony is that here comes along Perry, the dollar-general-store version of Bush, and here he is meeting with these people in public and you start looking at the line up of the people he's cozying up to in public and all he is doing is setting himself up for trouble later on if by some miracle he actually wins the nomination ... Some of these guys are really beyond the fringe -- folks who George Bush would have never been caught dead with within a hundred miles of."

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