Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Damn Foodies

NYT chief restaurant critic Frank Bruni replaced Frank Rich as an op-ed columnist, now this:
Sam Sifton's diversion from editor on the rise to restaurant critic lasted just over two years. He was named today as the next national editor of the New York Times, as new executive editor Jill Abramson continues to build her team. This makes Sifton the editor more or less over most California reporting.
WTF, NYT, W.T.F.?

Portable Marimba

Kinda like a Fender Rhodes 73: You don't need all those notes.
Marketing decided that "Mini-Marimba" wouldn't work.

What The Peeper Saw

Monday, September 12, 2011

Epistemic Closure

More 9/11 Proof

See? It was Bush, Cheney & their formal wear-sporting oil-agarch buddies, & by remote control!
Note that the All-American resister has only an honest business suit.

Why Your Species Sucks: Groupthink

From the manners, etiquette or whatever-the-fuck-it-is column in Slate, a reader types:
Q. Husband Doesn't Feel Sad About 9/11: I have been married for 2-plus years to a man who is wonderful in many ways. However, with all the 9/11 hoopla lately, it's been on my mind a lot and I asked him yesterday if he was thinking about it.* He told me that he doesn't allow himself to feel bad about what happened because that doesn't help anything and it would be disrespectful to those who lost their lives that day and in the war since. I don't get his logic and am left wondering if this is normal, or should I be concerned? It bothers me that he doesn't feel what most everyone else feels when they think/talk about 9/11. [The second bold is ours.]
You mindless, droning sheep. We can only suppose that it would have bothered you if, in Nazi Germany, hubby didn't "feel what most everyone else" felt about Jews, gypsies, or commies. Or didn't "feel what most everyone else" did about the coloreds in the Confederacy, or about women in just about every society ever. And so on.

This is precisely why Americans can't have nice things, anything resembling democracy or any discourse beyond knee-jerk reaction.

*Note to the ladies: Unless your insignificant other is a university-certified philosopher, do not ask what said other is "thinking." If you had to ask, it's something you probably can't handle. (The first thought is usually "I wish to hell I were anywhere but w/ a ninny who is constantly demanding a response to inane questions.")

Good News From Glendale

A glimpse into the future, when nature will have excised the cancer of humanity & its creations from the face of the earth.
Officials are evaluating whether to set traps for a pack of coyotes that has taken over a burned-out home[House, damnit!] in Glendale.

The home[HOUSE!] in the 300 block of Brockmont Drive has been abandoned since being gutted by a fire in November, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Although the owners of the home[Three strikes & you're out!] got a demolition permit last month, a pack of at least seven coyotes has been seen on the property, possibly using it as a den.

Dorothy's Friends

You are warned: Opening advert is LOUD!Raises the question: Why didn't Alan Keyes make a quixotic run for president this yr.?

It happened on a conserva-cruise:
And, by all accounts, the duo of Keyes and Jackson were pretty great, too.

Both performers were enthusiastically received aboard the Celebrity Millennium by a crowd of mostly non-tea partiers – including many non-Americans.

"I was struck by the very warm reception both Victoria and Alan got from the audience, which was dominated by folks who were not part of our group," said Joseph Farah. "They got to see a side of a 'Saturday Night Live' cast member, comedienne and actress they probably have not seen before. And they got to see a side of the man I call 'the ambassador of pure conservatism' they have never seen before. It was quite an interesting and entertaining evening."
Herman Cain probably isn't nervous about the vocal competition.V.J. bonus: W/ up-to-the-moment Red Scare™.Palate/brain cleanser from the late IZ:Stolen from.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

An Orb Speaks ... & Speaks ... & ...

Turn it down, it's loud.
video

Park Side

Reminded of this in conversation at a social event last night.

Shunned By Polite Society?

Yes, but not by these obsequious ass-wipers, all of whom deserve a few buckshot pellets in their upper bodies & heads. Now who could we find to do that to them?

Titties & Beer 4 America!

Where we stole it.

The Stupids Just Won't Stop

Could this recent rash of two or three people locking themselves in airline toilets be a test run for something?
Frontier spokesman Peter Kowalchuck said Flight 623 landed without incident in Detroit today. Police took three passengers into custody after the crew reported that two people were spending a long time inside a bathroom on the plane during the flight.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport spokesman Scott Wintner says the Frontier flight crew radioed to request police help when the plane landed, prompting responders to greet the flight and question passengers after the aircraft taxied to a remote location at the airport.
Not that people stupid enough to eff around on planes (Esp. today!) shouldn't be removed from the flight, & possibly from the gene pool.

Moments later: Seriously, if there were enough people locked in aerial bathrooms all the F-16s would be too busy escorting other planes to deal w/ actually high-jacked & dangerous aircraft. How long until a domestic (or furrin) flight is shot down by an ANG wknd. warrior w/ an itchy trigger finger?

#GawdDamnAmerica!

These people live among you, & they're trending too.

More "Terror" News

Wouldn't have noticed (or really cared about) the Red Line Trouble we mentioned down there ("Today In Security Theatre") if we hadn't been going to a loud party (Pix/video later, maybe.) & it hadn't interfered w/ our freedom & liberty to go where we will, when we want.

And we're just lucky this didn't happen at the bash where we were being loud, once we finally arrived.
A man suspected of fatally shooting a North Hollywood neighbor who was throwing a party was behind bars today, police said.

Mile-High Security Theatre

Here. From. Dig The Militant's "Native Wk.," too.

Etcetera (1513PDT, 11 September 2011):
The passengers on American Airlines Flight 34 went into a bathroom and were "not compliant," a security official told NBC New York.

Several sources tell NBC News that two, possibly three, passengers were drunk and refused to follow flight attendant instructions, making long and frequent visits to the lavatories.

American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said the flight proceeded with normal landing after the flight captain and crew assessed the situation "and did not see any cause for alarm." The airline stressed that it did not request escorts or extra security at JFK upon arrival.

Passengers told NBC New York after landing that they didn't even know there was an incident on board until they saw police meeting the flight on the ground.

Fuck You , & Vin Scully Too

We'd like to thank the Nationalistic Football League for beating us over the head w/ 11 September 2001 reminders. When exactly did a few thousand corpses become equivalent to the Holocaust? "Never forget," our ass! Has this nation of sheep ever been in danger of forgetting, even for a New York minute?

Then Vin Scully opens the Dodger game w/ some horseshit from the perspective of an 80ish-yr. old ninny who was raised Catholic & still invokes gawd. (At least the "soul-touching" pre-game ceremony was not displayed for mawkish enjoyment. We expected better from America-hating San Francisco.)

Dick ("Spectacularly Gentile!") Cavett in The NYT:
Have you, perchance, decided — as I have — not to spend the weekend re-wallowing in 9/11 with the media? Aside from allowing Saint Rudolph, former tenant of Gracie Mansion, to trumpet once again his self-inflated heroism on that nightmare day, the worst feature of this relentlessly repeated carnival of bitter sights and memories is that it glamorizes the terrorists.

How they must enjoy tuning into our festival of their spectacular accomplishments, cheering when the second plane hits and high-fiving when the falling towers are given full-color international showcasing for the 10th time.

Who wants this? Surveys show people want to forget it, or at least not have it thrust down their throats from all over the dial annually. It can’t have to do with that nauseating buzz-word “closure.” There is no closure to great tragedies. Ask the woman on a call-in show who said how she resents all this ballyhooing every year of the worst day of her life: “My mother died there that day. I’m forced to go through her funeral again every year.”

Is all this stuff a ratings bonanza? Who in the media could be that heartless?
Then he shifts gears & starts pimping some thing he & Mel ("M.B.!") Brooks did for HBO.

Religiosity Round-Up

As noted recently, churches are on the way out.
Henninger's, a Cleveland store specialising in religious goods, is currently selling the contents of six early 20th-century churches for Roman Catholic dioceses. Mark Cousineau, the manager of Henninger's, says these closures are “a sensitive subject”.

“There is an enormous glut of vintage pieces on the market and prices are falling,” said Annie Dixon, owner of the Dixon Studio in Staunton, Virginia, which specialises in liturgical design and restoration.

“In the past eight years, the amount of material we are getting has risen 40% with prices going down,” said Don Riggott of D.C. Riggott Architectural & Liturgical Artifacts in Afton, Minnesota. “Eight years ago, a church wanted 12 Munich stained-glass windows dating from 1860 to 1920 and there was only a set or two around in the country,” said Riggott. They sold for $200,000. “Now there are 20 sets but prices have dropped to $60,000,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Europe, church materials are being repurposed for domestic use. “Clients are turning pulpits into kitchen islands,” said Kate Jerrold, the managing director of Bristol-based Robert Mills Ltd. Pulpits sell for £800 to £4,000. Two years ago, they had double that inventory. “Styles change and the recession has had an impact,” said Paul Nash, the company’s manager.
Bye-bye JESUS SAVES (1935-2011).
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention that while Jesus saves, Moses invests.

Town House

Today In Security Theatre

Was a "credible threat" made against Malibu?Closer to home, as late as 2030 you still couldn't get any closer to the train than Sixth St.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Police Brutality Up-Date

Yes, it's Daily Kos, but it doesn't seem excessively bogus, & it amplifies a previous item.

Randian asshole Paul Ryan is quite the comedian:
Ryan made numerous demeaning comments aimed at the protestors, such as "We can get her a 'to go' bag!" referring to a woman being kicked out of the event and "What's unique and exciting about this is that the Rotarians got 15 bucks out of them!" as others were ejected.
At least we can confirm that the "union thugs" loose in these United Snakes are members of various police unions.

And the Rotary Club:
One of the coordinators of the Rotary event, a local businessman, confirmed via phone today that Rotary is non-partisan, and that they wanted to hear Paul Ryan speak. I asked him "Why did Ryan have so many policemen there?" referring to the 25 or more cops from multiple jurisdictions both inside and outside of the building. He didn't know. I asked him, "Why do you think your colleagues laughed at Rep Ryan's joke regarding the ousting of the elderly man?" and he said that they didn't discuss it.
Wonderful people. Just wonderful. Salt of the American earth.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Poor Otis Dead & Gone ...

Woulda coulda shoulda been 70 today.Otis Redding, a Stax/Volt artist from Dawson Georgia, broke ground twice in California. He introduced R&B to the Whisky on the Sunset Strip in 1966.

"One-Take" Herman Cain Is Going To Hell

Why we hate:
"On September 11, 2001, we saw the worst of our enemies, but we saw the best of us," Cain said in a statement. "As long as we are prosperous and as long as we are free, America will remain the envy of the world. That's why, ten years later, we must answer the high moral call for defending this great nation for Her preservation for generations to come."

A campaign spokeswoman said Cain recorded the song in one take.
Note the quote he'll make two days from now. We do like the plane going into the bldg., but the rest is simply vulgar. Get back in the kitchen, cardboard-pizza man.

Spin from the Cain campaign (2120PDT 9 September 2011): From TPM's "tumblr," because Anonymous effed their site up good w/ a DDOS attack. Ha ha.

Now That We're In,
We Don't Want To Be Members

California, the 31st Yankee state, named after Kali, the Hindoo gawdess of "Die Like A Stuck Pig" (Kālī [...] also means "Time" or "Death" [as in time has come])* celebrates her 161st birthday today! (Because it did not exist until it became a United State!) Here's a pic of the birthday rhymes w/ witch:
In the good old days (Which, of course, sucked as much as/more than current days, just differently.) schools were closed & state gov't. & bank employees (That was us!) got a day off. Cursory Internet searching doesn't indicate if this still goes on (Banker freedom stopped sometime ago, we remember.) but there was something vaguely insulting & historical in the Times.
The demand for admission by a state of gold miners and robber barons threw Congress into a tizzy and upset the careful balance of 15 free and 15 slave states. It forced the nation into the noxious Compromise of 1850, which included the adoption of a more onerous Fugitive Slave Law and its new mandate that every federal official everywhere assist in capturing and returning any runaway slave seeking sanctuary in Northern states (thanks a lot, California); the banning of the slave trade in the District of Columbia (thank you, California!); the end of the Wilmot Proviso, which would have banned slavery throughout territories conquered in the recent war with Mexico (thanks heaps, California); a shrunken Texas (whatever); and the death knell for the Missouri Compromise line by requiring Southern, as well as Northern California, to be slave-free (thank you, anti-slavery activist Thomas Starr King, whose statue recently was ousted from the U.S. Capitol). It also probably put off the Civil War -- and made it inevitable.
More searching indicates at least some counties' offices are closed, but Superior Courts are open, as are the EDD & DMV. Whatever. At this point we're far beyond concern.

*Shorter, illustrated:

Class Warfare?

No, couldn't be. Not in Paul Ryan's America.No jury could convict us. (Yes, that's a threat. Whatcha gonna do?)

Vandalism

Bring It On!

We welcome an anniversary attack on these United Snakes, in the hope that it will shut whiny-assed people on telebision the fuck up about a few deaths that happened 10 yrs. ago.

How many decent, gawd-fearing, real Americans have died from gun shot wounds or in automobile accidents in the 10 yrs. since a measly few (under 3,000) died at the hand of terrorists? A hell of a lot more, yet the wars on guns & the automobile industry have yet to commence. How many have died from environmentally-caused cancer in that time? No idea, but the constant whine from the fascist side of the aisle* is to demolish the EPA while not touching the "Defense" budget.

If you don't hate this nation & the sheep who populate it & make it a hell-hole, you are a sadly uninformed cretin incapable of independent thought & unable to resist socialization. And we hate you for it, as noted here (Still true 27 yrs. on.):Americans are the victims of police & economic terrorism every empty day of their meaningless (A joke: There is no "meaning.") lives.

*And the punk-ass President, who will have the blood of thousands on his hands as a result of his recent pro-pollution decision.
Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the move was "an enormous victory for America's job creators, the right decision by the president and one that will help reduce the uncertainty facing businesses."

White House officials said the president's decision was not the product of industry pressure, and they said the administration would continue to fight other efforts by Republicans to dismantle the EPA's authority.
Do not hold your breath while waiting for that fight. You'll die almost immediately. And you'll die pretty damn soon if you do breathe. Irony isn't dead!

Will Eat A Bat

The rare and reclusive African Golden Cat, native to central and western Africa, has been recorded on video, possibly for the first time. A camera-trap, set up by the conservation group Panthera in Gabon, captured the first known footage of the cat, giving scientists a close-up look of the feline in the wild. Rob Muir reports.
Source.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Behind The Money

Here's the financial scoop on Bill "Marathon" Burke who wants to use Chinese moolah to leverage a purchase of the L.A. Dodgers. (By request. Happy now?) Found here.
Bill Burke 2011 Financial DisclosureNote that whoever filled it out can't spell ExxonMobil (Schedule A-1, p.2). Jee-ziz!

What, No Goatse?

Speaking of old farts (as we did just below): Internet traditions some dilrod at The NYT thinks you should be aware of, aging wretches.

News You Can Use

Well, you can use it if you're still so techno-primitive/20th century you insist on owning actual copies of stuff to play on hardware you also own.

And if you do, you'll want to be at Rocket Video early this Sat. a.m., when everything goes on sale.

We quote:
Rocket Video will be closing its doors at the end of September.
All items will be for sale after 9/10/11.
last day to rent is 9/10/11

BLACK-OUT 2011

Decadent slob Yankee pigs screw themselves out of air conditioning by using electricity during heat wave. Will they never learn? (Or was it terrorists?)
Also, why is Baja California part of this? Can't Mexico generate its own electricity? Moochers!

More info: Started in Arizona. Fucking figures, dunnit? How will the Tea Bag Partiers charge their Medicare Scooters now?

Beat Them To The Punch

Some of the local web-logs have caught up to the story we broke over a month ago. This shitheel even copped our "Here's something you don't see every day" line, as Mike of Franklin Avenue copped Thunder's "start a religion" line from the comments a month ago. And our pix are better, too. Why do they even bother? (Yes, our law firm has been contacted.)

To answer our "Could Be A Bargain" title:
Price: $10,000,000
Building Size: 42,950 SF
Price/SF: $232.83
Property Type: Special Purpose
Property Sub-type: Religious Facility
Property Use Type: Vacant/Owner-User
Occupancy: 100%
Year Built: 1926
Lot Size: 0.71 AC

Historic Landmark Designation (since 1/17/1979). Sanctuary Seating Capacity of 800, Balcony Seating Capacity of 500, Fellowship Hall Seating Capacity of 300 to 500. Education Building includes: Fifteen Classrooms, Five Offices, Staff Lounge, Private Chapel, Commercial Kitchen, Outdoor Playground.

Inflammable Rhetoric

Words too.

Art Beat Up-Date

Plein Air terror(art)ist profits nicely from police terror.
Yes, that's US$25,200.00!

Dust Bowl II

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Weather officials say Texas just finished the hottest June through August on record in the U.S.

National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy told The Associated Press Thursday that Texas' 86.8 degree average beat out Oklahoma's 85.2 degrees in 1934.

That Dust Bowl year is now third on the list for the three-month span, behind No. 2 Oklahoma's heat wave this June through August (86.5 degrees).

Both states and others in the nation's southern tier have baked in triple-digit heat this summer. Texas had its hottest June on record, the fifth warmest month overall, and July was the warmest month ever. Oklahoma's July was the country's highest monthly average temperature ever, 89.1 degrees.

Louisiana's heat this June through August puts it in the fourth spot all-time -- 84.5 degrees.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reversed.)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Now Watch This Drive

L.A. Then & Then

1917:Source.
1949:
The background process plate—film intended to be used behind actors in a car scene—offers an all-too-short, high-resolution view of Bunker Hill and today's Financial District in the late 1940's.
Source.

Bloated Torture & Horror

This monstrosity was linked in comments to a recent item (Thanks, Thunder!) & because we hate everybody & everything we wanted to be sure your eyeballs were as seared as ours were.

The Torture Never Stops

Today's Dodger game in the nation's capital postponed by rain: This means we'll have to be consciousawake by 1000PDT tomorrow to catch the double-header.

Fuck you, Dodgers Twitterer (1447PDT): Now it's on again, but we have to wait for an announcement of game time.

DOUBLE FUCK YOU, MORON (1456PDT): Story changed again.
Tonight's game has officially been canceled and there will be a double header tomorrow. PRIME TICKET Game 1, KCAL Game 2
(Had no idea how prophetic the headline would be.)

Like A Pig*

Just around noon, the two Internet temperature advisors on the devil-box advise us it's either 96°F or a mere 91°F. Outside. Only 83°F in the bunker. Humid, though. Expect a killing spree at any moment.

*Do pigs really sweat that much?

Secret East Hollywood History

Didn't see it mentioned in the Yelp! link here,
Whitehorse Inn - Eat a free hot dog. Take a photo for the wall. Find out why the Blackhorse turned White. 1532 N. Western, north of Sunset
but one used to be able to see the guy in the back room & score blow, were one so inclined.

That would be maybe 20 yrs. ago, before the big quake of '94, when the White Horse was closer to the Pussycat Theater & before it moved into the new motel that replaced the dump condemned by the quake, but Yelpers imply the dame who "owns/runs" the place has been in charge since 198X. Of course, there usually is an unseen non-worker at "dive bars" who collects the profits, no matter who you may believe "owns" the dump.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Center-Right Nation

Stick it, libs. Big Hollywood is right!
The one in which his character died that isn't The Shootist.
Though the actor most widely known for his westerns died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 72, his popularity remains unparalleled. A Harris poll released earlier this year listed Wayne as America's No. 3 favorite actor after Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington.

Bloated Oaf Watch

Republicans still salivating about Joisey gubner Chris Christie throwing his big, fat hat in the ring should just clam up until his portliness actually moves to take off a couple hundred lbs.
Christie’s lackluster assessment is likely to ramp up attempts by GOP hopefuls to actively campaign for his approval, even as conservatives across the country continue to beg him to put himself in the race. 
So we're pencilling him in for 2016. Or 2020. Assuming he hasn't keeled over & been unable to get up before then.

Smarty 'Phones Are For Baby-Killers

If you have one, you're complicit. Note also how fucking stupid military procurement is.

And note where your tax money goes. Stop paying taxes, now!! And start taxing the shit out of these corporate welfare cheats.

Second Amendment Round-Up

Another macho gun-owner cops out:
Ralph Swagler, owner of the adjacent Locals BBQ restaurant, told the Nevada Appeal that he saw the gunman pull up in a minivan, get out and begin firing an automatic rifle at the IHOP. The gunman then reloaded and went inside, and Swagler said he heard more gunshots inside the restaurant.

Swagler said bullets fired from inside IHOP shattered windows and struck his building as well as an adjacent H&R Block office.

Swagler said he had a handgun and considered opening fire on the shooter, but he didn't want to engage a gunman who was armed with a fully automatic weapon.
Well, the answer to that is to issue full-auto penisesguns to every citizen. An armed society is always polite, after all.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Enemy Of Freedom

Do not give this dangerous plutocrat any money by going to see the S.D. Chargers.
Perry will be hobnobbing with a crowd of big donors and big pols -- backers who include ... San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos ...

Fed Up?

You can bet we're FED UP! w/ two-faced socialists like Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Gov. Rick Perry appealed for federal assistance to fight at least 63 blazes throughout the drought-dried state.

[...]

Perry, a Republican presidential candidate, cut short a campaign trip to South Carolina to go to Bastrop on Monday. He said officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were expected to arrive in Texas as soon as Wednesday.

"I don't think we've ever seen a wildfire season like this" since the 1980s, Perry said after surveying the Bastrop fire by helicopter. "We've got a long way to go to get this thing contained."
Where's your gawd now, hairpiece? Still busy not-existing? Or real, but punishing you & your state for hypocrisy?

Wage-Slavery Celebrated

Get a job:Can't get a job:Gotcher "job" right here!

Before & After

City Life

It drizzled where we were yesterday. The sun also being out, we thought, Oh, must be a rainbow somewhere, but, being trapped in an urban canyon, we couldn't spot it.

Good News For Modern Man

Stats we like:
The growing number of Dutch churches no longer serving as such has led to a renovation boom, a national heritage foundation says.

As a result of the ongoing secularisation, only 7,000 of Holland’s 19,000 churches are still being used for worship. The other 12,000 have been given a new function or are on sale, according to the foundation.

“Giving old buildings such as churches a new lease on life also fits with sustainability trends”, the foundation says. And companies can distinguish themselves by moving into a church. “In Maastricht, for example, a former monastery now houses a bookshop.”

Reliplan specialises in selling heritage monuments including churches. The state agent operates in the Netherlands as well as Germany, Belgium and other European countries. Over the past 20 years, it has sold some 900 Dutch churches that acquired a new role, often a cultural one. The company currently has 63 churches on offer in the Netherlands.
12,000 down, 7,000 to go.

RUGS

Mom's

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Red Gold & Green

If you know what we mean.

She's 230 Yrs. Old

On this date:
 In 1781, a new settlement was established along that river. The settlement came to be known as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Little Portion although its official name was simply El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles.
River, you say? Ha ha, whatever. And no longer a "very small parcel of land," but a hideous blot on the geographic & psychological landscape. 502.69 square miles of it. Progress!

Tower Of La Brea

Appeared as the "Daily Planet" building in the first season of Superman.
The pole on the roof was a dirigible mast. (How'd that work out?) Stupid sign used to advertise Mutual of Omaha.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

In The Gutter, Looking ...

Two Faces Have I

Why are we not surprised that the above cretin is affiliated w/ Big Ho? Maybe we already knew, maybe we realized that all 30 or so right-wingers in "Hollywood" end up at Big Ho for at least one or two idiotic items. Not that Mr. Golub has cranked out much for Big Ho in the last two yrs. Too busy stockbrokering, maybe, or making the Internet uglier w/ this site-to-behold.

Cheap shots at ugliness aside, here's a bit of TPM's blood-libelous coverage:
In the past, Palin has protested loudly and publicly when comedy writers have attempted to use her son's handicaps to make jokes. The special needs community is, perhaps understandably, a particular sore spot for Palin -- though her outrage can sometimes shift with the political winds.

Back [sic] in February 2010, for example, she excoriated then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for calling liberal activists "retarded." A few days later, she defended Rush Limbaugh's use of the same word in a similar context.

CNN reports that Palin did not comment on the remark in her speech, nor did her team respond to CNN's request for comment.
For those too young & dumb to catch the reference:Note the similarities in vocal register between Eric Golub & Lou Christie.

Crikey, Golub is a real winner.
Palin “has such a value for human life, that she would even bring a child into this world she knew that modern medical technology would show that would be defective ideologically like Nancy Pelosi.”

Musical Interlude

Before re-plunging into the sewers of American politics, take a chill pill w/ Hamp.More tom, less snare!Even more tom!Bringing it back to the '70s w/ more bop-a-re-bop.False ending too!

Asshole Of The Wk.,
Pseudo-Aristocratic Division

A look inside something. Or a look at something previously hidden under a rock. Yes, the very, very Vadum (Vadense?) Matthew Vadum, who believes ACORN is still in existence & that the franchise should be very restricted.Know them by the company they keep: Mr. Vadum w/ convicted political criminal* G. Gordon "Rat-Eater" Liddy, he of advising how best to kill ATF agents ("Now if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms. Go for a head shot; they're going to be wearing bulletproof vests. [...] They've got a big target on there, ATF. Don't shoot at that, because they've got a vest on underneath that. Head shots, head shots ... Kill the sons of bitches.")
Mr. Vadum seems to have a problem w/ smiling convincingly.

*Which is worse, Vadum's lies about his bête noire, ACORN, or Liddy's involvement in Watergate, CREEP & Nixon's plumbers?

Context (2054PDT 3 September 2011): Get off the vote.

Gawd Loves Our Team

Notre Dame Stadium evacuated due to heavy rain & lightning, a first. The Fighting Pederast PriestsIrish were losing to the U. of South Florida, 16-0. We're hoping for a bolt of lightning to whack Touchdown Jesus.
This one.
Not this one, previously whacked by nature.
What a country, that we should have two "Touchdown Jesuses." Beat that, furriners!

The Nasty Broadcasting Corp. is now running a Notre Dame-Utah game from last yr., in case anyone cares.

Why Don't We Eat Breakfast?

Because the current Yankee breakfast is bullshit, Adventist/Puritan/corporate style:
Seeking to provide sanitarium patients with meatless anti-aphrodisiac breakfasts in 1894, Michigan Seventh-Day Adventist surgeon and anti-masturbation activist John Kellogg developed the process of flaking cooked grains.

[...]

"Cold cereals are an invention of vegetarians and the health-food industry, first through Kellogg's and then through C.W. Post, which steals all of Kellogg's ideas," Smith explains.

"These companies realized early on that people like sugar, and kids really like sugar -- so they shifted their sales target from adults concerned about health to kids who love sugar. It's a thoroughly American invention."

Republican Vet Speaks

Robin Abcarian reports:
Palin has been adept at raising small sums — in the first half of the year she raised nearly $1.7 million, spent close to $1.6 million and had $1.4 million on hand. But one veteran Republican strategist familiar with her operation guffawed at her fundraising skills.

"She is not capable of raising anywhere near the amount of money necessary for a serious presidential campaign," said the strategist, who like several others interviewed spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid damaging professional relationships. "Maybe a couple million. Not $50 million."

This strategist said Palin is "fundamentally a media candidate" whose product is not policy, but books, reality television and her million-dollar contract with Fox News. Keeping herself in the limelight, he said, is the key to "renewing that fan base and monetizing that stuff in the future."
So. Nah gunna happen, even if she throws her hat in the ring.

Also, Abcarian on Palin & the C4P faithful.

Telethon

A read-a-thon by Harry Shearer on Jerry Lewis & the 1976 MDA telethon. The one where Sinatra brought Dino to make up or whatever w/ Jerry. We're curious as to the rag where it first appeared.

Later (0420PDT 23 September 2011): We are advised that it appeared in Film Comment.

Our Favorite Brand, Hint Hint

Our birthday arrives soon, & if those has-been Beatles were bigger than Jesus, surely Xmas isn't a bigger deal than said anniversary.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Touch This & We'll Break Your Arm

We believe we still have a single of this one, but why should we get up & look?Can't find the version, but we didn't look very hard or long.

Raiders Suck Way Through Pre-Season

Felt as if we should run something texty, if not actually textural. Which would involve typing something, which might just strain our brain, if not our fingers.

So: We're glad the Southland fire season is at last underway, & sincerely hope that this yr. all suburban sprawl is reduced to ash (Also: More & larger earthquakes, hurricanes & typhoons please!); we could not give less of a flying fuck at a rolling dough-nut about the DC comics "re-boot" (Or is it a "retcon?" Either way, we'd as soon never hear/read either term again about anything except restarting one's devil-box — wait, one can simply say/type "restarting.") or world-class* war criminal/evil doer George Lucas & his latest alteration of his pathetically juvenile space fantasy series for the fucking Blu-Ray™ release; the President of The United Snakes can go fuck himself; will you people stop w/ the Twitting already? (We're far enough behind on the shit in the reader as is.); we're as sickened by reading about "cocktails" & their invention as we are about "food" & its preparation: You drink booze to get drunk, not to be stylish or whatever the fuck you're pretending, just as food fetishization is sad sexual sublimation in the neo-Puritan fear of STD world; we don't have a bang-up ending, merely a whimper ...

*Just as disgusted by "world-class" since we first heard it drawled from the mouth of H. Ross Perot some 20 yrs. ago, but couldn't resist the double alliteration w/ "war criminal."

Music Not For The Masses

Who are we kidding? Can't get much more commercial than Spear & Uhuru.This one from the sad file of discs we once owned.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

A = A

Where A = asshole. Steve Ditko goes Objectivist.
We see "for an equal value" there, but where does almighty profit enter the equation, Randian superman?

Did You Ever See A Bat ... Walking?

It was probably rabid, so stay the fuck away.
People who encounter bats should be especially careful because a healthy bat is usually skilled at avoiding people, officials said.

The rabid bats found locally include ones found walking on the ground and during daylight, uncommon behaviors for a bat, officials said.
As opposed to bats found walking on what, exactly?

Anyway, chances of an encounter are higher than average.
So far in 2011, 22 rabid bats have been confirmed, according to the veterinary public health division of the county health department. In a typical year, about nine are found.

In the Santa Clarita Valley alone, tests indicated rabies in nine bats.
No word on squirrels & other rodentia w/ bubonic plague this season.

US$1.00, US$2.00 On Sunday

If we hadn't already given up on daily purchase of the local fish-wrapper, this would have sealed (Unsealed?) the deal.
Talk about paying more for less. After slashing staff, budgets, freelance rates and page counts, the LA Times is raising the price of its print edition.

The cost of the weekday paper will increase to $1.00 from 75 cents. The Sunday edition will increase from $1.50 to $2.00. Changes go into effect on Labor Day.

So far we’ve seen mention of the price increase in the Washington Post, The Sacramento Bee, Newsday, and NBC Los Angeles. But we can’t find any information in the LA Times itself.

The paper last increased newsstand prices two years ago. when it went from 50 to 75 cents for the weekday edition.
Page count last time we bought the damn thing (for reading while on public transit): 50. That would be 2¢ a page, at least some of which still have ads on them.

Another (And Firmer) No To Slave Labor!

Hmmm. S'pose we could get a job as a guard somewhere that deserves to be shot up? Of course, any operation that needs to be protected from the wrath of the people should be shot up. Or burned to the ground.
The 23-year-old guard, Vishram Singh, posted at the Govindpuri Extension office of Muthoot Finance Ltd, was apparently frustrated with his long working hours and meagre salary. Sources said Singh, who hails from Etah in UP, was also sore about having to stay back after the normal closing time of 6pm on Thursday.

"The guard suddenly opened fire while standing at his post at the entrance gate on the first floor of the building. He began shouting and cursing everyone, claiming he was being overworked and underpaid, and that he would seek his revenge,'' said joint commissioner (southern range) Amulya Patnaik.

No To Slave Labor!

Well over halfway through Thursday & nothing to amuseirritate has yet appeared in this space.

Although our desire is for others to be irritated (We're in an almost constant state of irritation as is.) this is irking us.

Frank McCourt is offered $1.2 billion for Dodgers

The all-cash bid comes from Bill Burke, founder of the L.A. Marathon, plus 'state-owned investment institutions of the People's Republic of China' and unidentified American investors, a letter sent to Frank McCourt says. Burke and a spokesman for McCourt have no comment.

We'd as soon not have the PLA owning "our" former Brooklyn Bums, thenkyew veddy much.

Nor are we that happy about Bill Burke, either.
[T]he L.A. Marathon has no roots in the local running community, no runners' advisory boards, not even a local running club as a sponsor. Instead, the L.A. Marathon was created out of thin air, legislated into existence almost overnight by a City Council still intoxicated by the "spirit of the Olympics," not to mention the prestige and money that the event brought to Los Angeles. And while such glamour events as Boston and New York command sizable corporate sponsorships, none can match the L.A. Marathon for its ability to mold itself to the needs of Fortune 500 companies, marketing firms and public relations outfits. "The Los Angeles Marathon was created from a top-down process, rather than the usual bottom-up fashion," observes Jeff Darman, a noted road-racing expert. "It's not as much a race as it is a marketing organization."
Bet the Chinese love that.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Art Beat

Today's art asshole would be whoever reported the guy painting this
"Chase Burning," courtesy of artist Alex Schaefer
to the police.

And the LAPD would qualify as jerks for actually bugging the artist. We'd say the lesson here would be to shoot a photo & then paint from it in the privacy of one's studio, except ...

Ten yrs. after the righteous & entirely justified attack on America's little Eichmanns, what further proof is needed that these United Snakes have finished the transformation to a fascist nation?

All the details you'll need, as stolen from laist who stolecompiled links which you, too, may use.

Royal Viking Motel (Sign)

Integrity Round-Up

We'd have a little (but not that much) more respect for Dr. Rice's self-professed integrity if she'd be honest about this & would stop doing crap like this.

We're nonetheless appalled by Cheney's bullshit
Cheney [...] wrote that Rice "came into my office, sat down in the chair next to my desk, and tearfully admitted I had been right."
& this earlier but equivalent bullshit from a Cheney biographer concerning Cheney's partner in war crimes, Donald Rumsfeld:
Instead, Miss Rice was so fazed by former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that she burst into tears at a meeting in the White House situation room.

The floodgates opened for the then national security adviser in February 2004, as the Bush administration was wrestling with growing instability in Iraq and the legal status of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
And appalled by the entire tone of the Torygraph item. (Referring to her as "Miss" rather than Doctor, "floodgates opened," which is hardly in line w/ the quote "Her eyes welled up and her next words caught in her throat. The men in the room did not know where to look." Those are some wide-open floodgates, not that we believe any of it ever happened.)

Pre-Emptive Strike

We offer below the expected not-so-crypto fascist response to this from Alternet:
According to Workamper.com, a workamper is “an adventurous individual who has chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping. If you work as an employee, operate a business, or donate your time as a volunteer, AND you sleep in an RV (or on-site housing), you are a Workamper. Workampers generally receive compensation in the form of a free campsite, usually with free utilities (electricity, water, and sewer hookups) and additional wages.”

[...]

Most workamper jobs are of the minimum-wage variety. Workampers generally don’t receive unemployment insurance benefits, severance pay or any warning that a job is about to end. Workampers face many of the same job insecurity issues as the millions of Americans who have been downsized due to job outsourcing, financial mismanagement and slow consumer demand for products and services, except workampers are purposely more nimble and have been conditioned to pack up and move to where the jobs are. “We have to be mobile to land a job,” said Suzann. Those who become jobless and live in traditional stationary homes aren’t usually able to move to another city on a moment’s notice.
The (momentarily imaginary) response:

"What are these people complaining about? They own an RV (A recreational vehicle. See? Lazy mooching parasites!) so they're not poor & it's not as if they have to ride the rails the way they would have had to in the Great Depression of the 1930s, & this is a good thing anyway, because workers should have to accomodate whatever the desires of their job-creating betters may be. Too bad they can't just float their RVs across the Pacific to Asia, where the jobs have been sent by the Invisible Hand."

(Electrons expended here as well.)

Stupid Band Name, Even Worse Music

There are no words to express the revulsion we have for this song, the band memberswhores in the band & their managers/agents/parasites who sold it to a corporate entity that uses it to advertise beer, the singer's hideously cutesy-poo voice (Throat cancer for you, toots!) the gawd-awful ricky-tick piano, the inane lyrics, the necessity of hitting the mute button whenever it crosses our path, everything!

It is to vomit, & if we could vomit the crummy beer it advertises all over the band it wouldn't be enough punishment for them. Shoving an unopened bottle of the swill for which these horrid clowns whore up the Heinie-hole of every band member wouldn't be enough. Making them drink said horse piss mixed w/ their own shit would be a start.Fucking Danes, it turns out. Can we get organized & separate their peninsular shit-hole from the Continent & let it drift to the Arctic where the occupants will freeze to death? (We type that having recently discovered, while self-stalking on the Internet, that the ancestors we thought were Scots were descended from some fuck who emigrated from Jutland or whatever the fuck it was then called to Britain & Anglicized his name to something Scottish close to a thousand yrs. ago. Way to make us less upset about being descended from Bavarians & wop-a-dagos as well!)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dick, Liz & Din-Din: Under $100

Sorry, "This event is currently SOLD OUT."
Don't despair, opportunities to be fleeced remain: There's an "overflow remote viewing area." No price given, but it isn't free, although the book signing is. (Must buy the book from the Reagan Library, of course.) Grab your guns & get on up there!

Added fun: Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library website is copyrighted 2010. Senile dementia is contagious.

Still Scum After All These Yrs.

George Bush, not the two commies seen here.That Moulitsas guy really has a face for the radio & a voice for typing on the Internet, doesn't he? We're a bit disappointed there's no footage from the "interview." Legalities, perhaps.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bad Attitude Round-Up (UPDATED)

We like Chicago Times columnist T.J. Simers because others in the sports-typing/babbling trade often whine about his alleged negativity. We'd consider it a reflection of reality, if we gave it any consideration at all, but what do we know?

Apparently he got some good quotes from "one of the team's very few good players," Andre Ethier, in his Sunday column. The FOX Sports Prime Ticket post-game broadcast crew (Steve "Psycho" Lyons & some other toad) were a bit unhappy. Fuck 'em.

We contemplated bothering w/ a link & so on, then decided not to, then read this brief item from L.A. Observed which pulled good stuff from ESPNLos Angeles.com that reminded us that we have some photos burning a hole in our hard drive of said Ethier, described by the ESPNLA typist as
A guy who certainly isn't helping his reputation with all these public outbursts, especially at a time when, according to various sources, scouts from other teams are starting to pick up on his moodiness and the fact he can be high maintenance[.]
As illustrated:
Double-barreled, bit-chezz!
BUILDINGS TOO (2205PDT 30 August 2011):
From Dependable Renegade.

Wrong Again

It was a joke, obviously.
She hailed the tea party as being common-sense Americans who understand government shouldn't spend more than it takes in, know they're taxed enough already and want government to abide by the Constitution.

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

Plenty of people in the crowd said they were interested to learn more about Perry, but Bradenton retiree Philip Staples said he's already sold on Bachmann. "She's got the fire in the belly, and she's a straight shooter. She's one of the common people,'' he said.

Asked in an interview to spell out the chief difference between her and Perry, Bachmann pointed to her record leading the charge against most of President Barack Obama's agenda and willingness to buck her own party.
Isn't this taking Gawd's name in vain? And how do we know this isn't Gawd warning us about climate change & the possibility of "fracking" causing earthquakes?

Michele Bachmann on telebision, trying to wriggle out of her "joke:" "It isn't every day that we have an earthquake in the United States."Uh, look again, Gawd's Dimmest Bulb.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Libertarian" Theocrat

Yes, Ron Paul. Who'd you think?
Ron Paul is only a "libertarian" where and when it's convenient. Much of the rest of the time, he's not merely a social conservative but a religious conservative promoting an agenda very close to that of Christian Nationalists.
While it's a four-yr. old item, Representative Paul's head is stuffed so far up his ass it's hardly likely any of his positions have "evolved" in the meantime.

And speaking of four+ yrs., we knew we'd covered the same territory. Didn't quite remember it was exactly the same territory.

Tip o' the chapeau this time around to @ronaldjackson, as re-Twitted by @rufuspolk.

Highland Park Hates Hipsters

Do not imagine we scrawled this for photo fodder.
Context: New tree holders in the 'hood.
UPDATE (0240PDT 30 August 2011): Meanwhile, in Brooklyn. (Not the Highland Park of the East, but still ...)

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