Monday, October 3, 2011

Nostalgia Up-Date

Not so long ago, the greatest worry of eco-types was a hole in a layer somewhere, & we all thought we'd be able to live on this planet for any foreseeable future. Return w/ us now to those innocent days of yesteryear:

Ozone layer hole over Arctic in sudden expansion

Arctic and Antarctic holes of similar size for first time, say scientists,
due to combination of wind patterns and intense cold

Commonality W/ The President

Obama Got His iPad Early
If you're wondering what new gadgets Apple might introduce this week, try asking President Obama. He admitted to ABC News he got his iPad before everyone else.

Said Obama: "Steve Jobs actually gave it to me, a little bit early."

The president also said he uses the iPad to read blogs, but that he doesn't comment on what he reads because he would be worried he wouldn't be able to stop, and that he has other work to do.
Us neither. Fortunately, we don't have much other work to do. (Wonder what we could do to attract the presidential eyeballs?)

Today In Demonology: "The sun goddess is not a very nice lady."

On the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan being connected to the emperor of Japan having sex with the sun goddess

"That happened many, many years ago, and that created a spiritual atmosphere over Japan which was an atmosphere ruled by the powers of darkness. The sun goddess is not a very nice lady. The sun goddess is a power of darkness, which is headed up by the kingdom of Satan. And so the sun goddess wants natural disasters to come to Japan. Sometimes the hand of God, which is more powerful, will prevent them. And when he decides to prevent them and when he doesn't is far beyond anything that we can predict."

"But in this case, God could have prevented that tsunami and the destruction, but he didn't. He just took his hand off and allowed these natural forces to work. And one of the background pieces of information is Japan is under control of the sun goddess."

[...]

On people in American politics being possessed by demons

"We don't like to use the word possessed because that means they don't have any power of their own. We like to use the word afflicted or, technical term, demonized. But there are people who — yes, who are — who are directly affected by demons, not only in politics, but also in the arts, in the media and religion in the Christian church."
Ah, the technical term.

Listen,
read excerpts or wait for the complete transcript.

Another Brick In Our Load

Now at one of our many breaking points: We'd hoped to record Dragnet today while we were sleeping, but it was preëmpted by more coverage of the previously mentioned stupid damn Michael Jackson trial. Result? An un-rewriteable DVD w/ 30 mins. of testimony. Death to the program dep't. at KTLA Channel 5!

Missed It By That Much

Scientist wins Nobel for medicine days after death

A pioneering researcher was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday, three days after dying of pancreatic cancer without ever knowing he was about to be honored for his immune system work that he had used to try to prolong his own life.
Didn't prolong it by much, either.

2011-X-01 019, 20 & 32

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Humor Dep't.

Do we have to type "N-Wordhead Ranch?" Rumproast's new, improved & nicer version
inspired a search for the following images:
We've an idea that we once knew this was what R. Crumb's satire, lampoon or whatever you call it was mocking, but maybe not. (There are unknowns, some of them known unknowns, some of them unknown unknowns, & there's the stuff you've forgotten.)
Still available, matchbox style, per the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia:
One Texas dealer takes old anti-Black trade cards, postcards, magazine advertisements, and food can labels and reproduces the images on the covers of wall clocks, watches, and keychains. This dealer also sells matchboxes in sets of three. On the cover of one set are old Cream of Wheat magazine advertisements, obviously, greatly reduced in size. Another set includes three matchboxes with Nigger Head Shrimp, Nigger Head Oysters, and Negro Head Oysters, respectively. These images were originally on food can labels. The dealer reproduced the images, reduced them, then put the images on matchboxes. This same dealer* sells matchboxes with Mammy Brand Oranges on the cover.15
ADDED LATER: OFC!

*Probably not the same merchant, but where the non-working Jim Crow footnote/link leads, & amusingly horrifying in its own way.

From The World Of Information

Of course Andrew "Sympathy Fuck" Breitbart should have his Underoos in a bunch: Funnywoman Roseanne's positions as chair of the Democratic Leadership Council and the Democratic National Committee insure that the guillotines are being sharpened as we type. May the streets run red w/ the blood of the Wealthy!

And the Koch Bros. & their minions? Well, uh ... patriotic job creators, of course!

We're W/ You In Spirit, If Not New York

From Clown Crack.

Crowding

Were not here yesterday,but it was over capacity where we were, the First (and no doubt only) Lutheran Church of Venice: Outside standing only, & straining to hear through the windows.
Eventually the excluded were allowed in to stand at the back.
This sort of music doesn't carry well through windows.
©Thomas Kinkade, The Painter of Light
Nor is it the same in the constricted back of whatever the Lutherans call their meetin' hall.
Assumption: The dame in widow's weeds is special guest Tzvetanka Varimezova.

The New Praetorian Guard*

Christie Avoids the Media

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is staying away from news reporters as he mulls making a presidential bid.

At an event today, the AP reports "two dozen national and local news reporters were escorted to a roped-off area 50 feet away from the stage where Christie spoke. The usually talkative Christie left the event without talking to the press, who were not allowed to leave until after he was out of sight. National Guard soldiers were instructed to kept media and all attendees cordoned off as Christie exited."

Wall Street Journal: "Guards could be overheard telling each other to make sure the press are blocked from pursuing the governor when he leaves."

*Oh, maybe not:
The hour-long ceremony took place at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt on the New Jersey shore.
Still has to take a Humvee for those long walks, 'though.
Mr. Christie, wearing a dark suit, baby-blue shirt and red tie, shook hands with a line of about three dozen guardsmen who worked during Hurricane Irene. He rode around in a Humvee inspecting troops, and also presented medals, merits and ribbons to 14 troops. At one point, the guard gave him a 19-shot “gun salute.”

Holocaust Continues!

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill prohibiting cities and counties from banning male circumcision, his office announced today.

Assembly Bill 768 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, was inspired by a San Francisco ballot measure designed to prohibit child circumcision there. A judge in July ordered the circumcision ban off the November ballot, but Gatto's bill proceeded through the Legislature, where it passed with unanimous votes.                                                                      Read more.

Rugby Burns

American Exceptionalism: In the editorial bunker, we're enjoying the Patriot/Raider (Compare & contrast!) game because the Chargers didn't sell out, ticket-wise. Win-win. Rah-rah.

Survivors & Heirs

Martin Scorsese, Nancy Shevell, Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison, Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr attend the UK premiere of George Harrison: Living In The Material World at The BFI Southbank on October 2, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. Photos by Dave Hogan/Getty Images Europe
Greatest number ever in recorded history: Screeching & abrasive noise over throbbing rhythm does it for us every time.
The dream is over.

At The Shore

Way Early Sunday A.M. Current Events Compilation

Why exactly is this bad? Even the GOP leadership is fine w/ it.

Rep. Bachmann missed every House vote in September

By Russell Berman - 10/01/11 02:35 PM ET
After Standard and Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating in August, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called for Congress to return immediately from its recess to restore the nation’s AAA rating.

But when lawmakers eventually returned to Washington in September, Bachmann did not.

The House held 60 votes during the month of September, and the Minnesota Republican missed them all.

Bachmann spent the month on the presidential campaign trail, where she sought to build on her August victory in the influential Iowa straw poll. She tried to attend President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8, but weather delays caused her to miss the speech.

Bachmann arrived in the Capitol in time to hold a press conference rebutting Obama, and she left town before the first votes the next morning. Bachmann last voted on Aug. 1.

Before the month-long congressional recess, she had missed around 40 percent of House votes since announcing her candidacy.

Bachmann’s absence from Washington is drawing criticism in Minnesota, where Democrats are accusing her of abandoning her constituents while she runs for president. She has represented the state’s 6th District since her first election to Congress in 2006.

The congresswoman’s voting record “is just the most egregious violation,” said Kristin Sosanie, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which is the state’s affiliate of the national Democratic Party.

“It’s just another example of Michele Bachmann shirking her duties and not doing right by the people of her district,” Sosanie said. Bachmann, she added, “is making it clear she doesn’t care about the people of the 6th District.”

Sosanie said that even before she launched her presidential campaign, Bachmann had missed more House votes than any other member of the Minnesota delegation.

A spokeswoman for Bachmann’s congressional office defended Bachmann's absence from Washington and said she remained “in regular contact with her congressional staff.”

“By continuing to lead the fight against President Obama's job-destroying policies, Congresswoman Bachmann is serving not only her constituents, but also the 14 million Americans who are unemployed, and millions more who are reeling from the effects of an economy that's been devastated by over-taxation, over-regulation, and by White House attacks on job creators,” the spokeswoman, Becky Rogness, said. “She remains in regular contact with her congressional staff and is actively ensuring that her constituents in Minnesota's 6th District are being served and represented in Washington.”

Rogness would not describe the job functions that Bachmann does perform beyond saying that “she works with her staff to stay on top of the needs in her district.”

Bachmann’s scant voting record complicates her argument on the campaign trail that she is leading the fight against over-spending in Washington. She did not participate in the congressional dispute last month over spending levels for fiscal 2012, and she did not vote on measures to keep the federal government running past Sept. 30.

“She's making full use of a national platform to take on the president's job-destroying policies head-on,” Rogness said.

She would not say when Bachmann planned to return to Washington. The House has votes scheduled beginning Monday after a week-long recess. “We do not give out her official schedule,” Rogness said.

The other House member currently running for president, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), missed a majority of votes during September but returned for three days of votes in the middle of the month.

The issue is a common dilemma for members of Congress in presidential campaigns.

During the 2008 campaign, a half dozen senators and two House members ran for president and missed dozens of votes over a nearly two-year period. Complaints were muted, however, in the general election when both major party nominees, Barack Obama (D) and John McCain (R), were senators and could not legitimately criticize each other for missing votes.

Both Bachmann and Paul vote frequently against their party, leading to few gripes from GOP leaders when they don’t show up for votes.
Adds to her fine patina of sheer denseness, but no skin from the Republican leadership's teeth. Can't have everything.

On the Christie front, Northeastern elitist Rs are all over his nibs.
But with the governor now seriously considering getting in, his strategists — many of them veterans of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s 2008 campaign — are internally assessing the financial and logistical challenges of mounting a race with less than 100 days until voting is likely to begin.

[...]

Those pushing Mr. Christie to run include the media mogul Rupert Murdoch, former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, Nancy Reagan
and the conservative columnist William Kristol.*

Mr. Christie has become particularly popular among those establishment Republicans and major party donors who are seeking a candidate who could be a more exciting alternative — and one with potentially broader appeal — than one of the perceived front-runners, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
What kind of appeal?
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) & Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) at Rider University last month. Image: Mel Evans/Associated Press
The Iowa "businessman" voter/donor demographic holds its breath:
But there are other signals that Christie is giving serious consideration to a run. One Iowa businessman, who sought unsuccessfully to draft Christie into the race earlier this year, said he was preparing this week to endorse another candidate, but Christie’s political advisers asked him not to.

“Something’s up now,” said the Iowan, who requested anonymity to discuss private matters. “I was ready to jump, but was told to hold off until next Wednesday.”
And typing of teases, what of Sarah Palin, who'd implied something might be announced by the end of September? Our uneducated guess: Should last possible/plausible undeclared candidate Christie get in, the ex-Alaska Gov. will start to think about making up her mind, whatever happens w/ Christie depending.
*Where's the International Court? Three international crooks & Nancy Reagan. Son-of-a-bitch.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

State Beach Liquor & Other Portents

++generic. And what's the deal w/ vodka?

Rah! Raw!

EAT AT YOUR OWN RISK

Polish Politics

Per Political Wire, possibly the world's first campaign ad in the death metal genre.
Metal Injection was kind enough to translate:
End of stiff talks
End of stupid wars

Secular contrary
Appropriate life
Appropriate life

Freedom
Freedom

That's my aim

Vote smart

Jedrzej Wijas to join Parliament
Fair order
Fair man

Nothin', Y'Hear, Nothin'

This interview is the excuse for posting the classic below. (Also a today-only amusement, but just this once, why bore anyone w/ the transitory?)
"Is nothing sacred!"
(We reproduced the caption as seen in this crummy, yet, we assume, authentic tiny black & white scan, but shouldn't it have a question mark rather than an exclamation point?)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Redefining Shallowness

The Constitution as totem:
That includes canceling all but one inaugural ball; mandating that White House employees have a copy of the Constitution at hand; and convening a summit of all of America’s closest allies along with the opposition leaders from each.
From Herman Cain's campaign book (there's not even the pretense of it being a coincidental biography) This Is Herman Cain! My Journey To The White House, which one of Tina Brown's typists read to save the rest of us the bother.
The Cain Doctrine

The book’s 10th chapter is devoted to what Cain insists on calling “The Cain Doctrine,” although it’s really more a platform (memo to the Hermanator: if you can’t sum it up in a sentence or two, it’s probably not a doctrine). It is infuriatingly vague. Cain’s plan for immigration: “Secure our borders.” His plan for entitlements: “We can, and must, take this entitlement society to an empowerment society.” He says he’d replace “Obamacare” with “Caincare,” which he says would involve “formulating a compassionate approach to providing the best diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care for Americans of all ages.”* Would he cut costs somehow? Expand coverage? No one knows! The problem isn’t that Cain doesn’t have a detailed prescription for health reform, it’s that he doesn’t even seem to know what his objective is. And keep in mind—domestic policy is supposed to be his forte. The foreign policy section is even rougher. Cain bashes President Obama’s treatment of Israel, but doesn’t explain why he feels Israel is crucial to U.S. national security or proffer a plan for peace with the Palestinians. As for the rest of the world, forget it—all he tells us is that his Afghanistan “plan would be to figure out: Can we win, or not?” Perhaps Cain should have considered following the very public debate on that matter over the last three years. And Latin America, Asia, Europe, Russia, Africa might as well not exist. An appendix adds a tiny bit of detail, but the book leaves the overwhelming impression that Cain doesn’t have any real sense of what policies he’d back as president.
Extra-wacky beliefs:
There’s an entire chapter devoted to numerology—it turns out Cain’s lucky digit is 45.
Why, he's another Reagan! Another Nancy Reagan. What's his stand on the White House china?
*Single payer? Medicare for all ages? Sounds good to us, Cain.

Metrolinking

Take a bow, Brakeman Bill.

Friday Photo Follies

Taken on Thursday:
Hot Rails to Hell. No idea where this one's headed, but hell is places like:
Simi Valley, Glendale, & Newhall, & Orange, Riverside & San Bernardino Counties.
Not that Hell-A is really much better.
Word is, do not taste the wine.

A Pig & His Dog

Plus which (Now in color, as of 1830PDT 30 September 2011):

Thursday, September 29, 2011

R.H. Factor

Today being one event or another in the wacky lunar calendar of the Hebrews (Can't you all & the Mahometans get it together enough to use a consistent calendar, moon-worshiping scum?) A. Friend has the day off, although she isn't even one of the chosen (Lotta good that little bit of egomania did them, & not that we wouldn't be sexually associated w/ an attractive woman or women of the Hebrew persuasion.) so we're off to the other side of the river Styx for the day, to be ordered around the house & lift stuff or something.

Web log activity will therefore be light, esp. because if we start looking at the Internet we'll never get in the shower & get going. (Yikes, 1045 already!)

Best wishes for the new yr., brain-dead believers.

P.S.: Absolutely unrelated:
Or is it? Must be nice to be able to take the day off for someone else's birthday or New Yr. celebration.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shut Your Festering Gobs

Quick reminder to the assholes polluting the Interfestation today w/ their techgasms over the Amazon Kindle Fire: Read this & then slam your fucking fingers in your laptops or w/ your tablets repeatedly until the fingers & laptops/tablets are broken, scum. Or we'll do it for you!

Closing Day

As the Major League Baseball season drags to its inevitable end today, we note that wild card teams for both leagues are yet to be determined, assuming the MLB site is accurate. (Will there be play-off games if whichever teams are tied remain so after today's games, or is there a tie-breaking procedure? Whatever. If we really cared we'd know, wouldn't we? We could look it up, but we really don't care!)

Some good news from the periphery is that Dodger Stadium Opening Day parking lot beating victim Bryan Stow seems to be improving. (We question anyone who thinks going outside is "magical," but it takes all kinds.)

Vindicated Again

Some jerks call us misanthropic. Call us what you will, our understanding of the dominant species on this planet can lead only to contempt.

In this case our instant long-distance diagnosis of Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart as paranoid may have been a bit quick, but:
My source says that Sly’s attorney, Robert Alan, rented him a very nice home in Woodland Hills, California with four bedrooms, a pool, etc. (Alan declined to comment.) Sly just refuses to go there. Another friend tells me, “Sly always liked living in Winnebagos. He never liked being in a house.”
Could still be a symptom of paranoia, of course.

Not to mention the source, News Corporation rag the New York Post, which paid Sly at least US$5,000 for the interview.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Worship If You Choose

Locals jacked up about Chick-fil-A opening a store in Hollywood should note this:
Being closed on Sunday will be very popular in Hollywood, we're sure. Source. Also.

Anti-Christ Contradictions

Be ready for many more clips while we're unable to watch this crap on the ninny screen.

Avoiding Like The Plague

Our current cable shortage has us viewing more over-the-air local news programming then we used to, of which a big damn part is the trial of the croaker who is alleged to have supplied Michael Jackson w/ whatever usually-used-only-in-operating-rooms drug that may have killed M.J.'s Jehovah's Witness ass. Enough, already.

Gratuitous trigger added 1750PDT 27 September 2011:
How much is this "worth?"

Signage

Has-beens, hacks & whores.
"L.A. Only." We're so lucky. But where's G.W.?
ESL mockery: Stupid furriners.

A Body At Rest

Contemplated a trip to a library for Internet activity today, as we don't want to abuse our new-found (And illegal?) wireless non-privileges, but sloth, inertia & a realization we really should shower & get dressed were we to go changed our mind pretty quickly.

Here are some pix of interesting crapconstruction we saw on yesterday's library expedition.
Doubtless a one-time firehouse.
The brick pile on the roof is for drying hoses.