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?)


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.

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


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

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.

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.



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.