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 ...)

Tween In A Tree

Music Is Not Enough

Whew!

Happy to report that we rode both the Red Line & Gold Line (twice each!) yesterday & were not stabbed to death or w/in an inch of our life.

(Probably random luck; we'll no doubt get ours next time.)

No Idea

None at all. We doubt the flags & the eagle on a rock have anything to do w/ whatever it is.

Swimming Pools, Cacti

To hell w/ palm trees, here's the real clichéd Southern California:

Don't Believe The Hype