Saturday, October 8, 2011

Don't Be The Weird One!

Welcome to the Dark Ages.

Death Takes A Raider

Al Davis is drop-kicked through the goalposts of life.
Al Davis is the one on the left.
A Bay Area death about which we give half a shit. Now that the old fool is dead, maybe things will pick up for the bad boys of the NFL. If not, a good excuse if the team doesn't do too well this season.
Known for, or at least suspected of, underhanded ploys like bugging the visiting team’s clubhouse, he infuriated other owners with his relentless self-interest; Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers once called him a “lying creep.”

For his part, Mr. Davis once said of his fellow owners: “Not all of them are the brightest of human beings.”

Don Shula, the Hall of Fame coach, once said of Mr. Davis, reporting on a conversation they’d had: “Al thought it was a compliment to be considered devious.”

[...]

He rehabilitated others, like receiver Warren Wells, defensive linemen Lyle Alzado and John Matuszak, and quarterback Ken Stabler, whose reputations were sullied (either before or after they became Raiders) by allegations of criminal behavior, drug use, gambling or other transgressions.

The Raiders’ colors, silver and black, were chosen by Mr. Davis to intimidate. As was their insignia, a shield emblazoned with the image of a pirate in a football helmet in front of crossed sabers. The Raiders’ unofficial team motto, coined by Mr. Davis — “Just win, baby!” — was reflected by the take-no-prisoners style of play he encouraged, featuring brutal physicality on defense and speed and long passing on offense.

Indeed, his allegiance to the so-called “vertical” passing game led to some ill-advised draft choices, especially late in his career, notably JaMarcus Russell, a big-armed passer from Louisiana State who was the first pick in the 2007 draft and who was out of the game three years later. But Raiders fans loved the swashbuckling recklessness of an offense built around the big play.
Enough from The NYT. An era passes, there will never be another, blah blah blah ...
And one cannot argue w/ these:

They Must Have A Very Elastic Definition Of "Weird"

Doubtless there will be a recap or two of what weird crap these people spewed at their Bizarro world confab (Attended by all the Republican would-be Presidential nominees, we are advised.) but if they're such wonderful, wholesome all-American family types, representative of the 300 million real Americans, & not in any way shape or form Satanic homo-fascists bent on destroying rather than restoring America, why does the head buffoon have to remind them to watch their mouths?
Each time Mertz opens or closes a session at VVS, he offers this advice to the crowd: "Don't be the weird one." He means don't be the out-there birther, etc., the so-called "unscrupulous" members of the press corps will undoubtedly find as they seek to slander the crowd here. It's a common, repeated refrain at a VVS and it raises a chuckle everytime Mertz says it.

Keeping Them Honest

Oh yeah?
This shall not stand!
Took 'em a whole damn minute, too!

Friday, October 7, 2011

"Suck It Up, You Whiners"

This is Erick Erickson. He's one of the "53%." He "works" three jobs. Loudmouthed asshole is the primary requirement for each of his completely unproductive positions: [M]anaging editor of the prominent blog site RedState.com. In 2010, he became a political contributor for CNN's show John King, USA. He also hosts a show weekdays on WSB Radio in Atlanta from 7 P.M.- 10 P.M.
He can't sell his house because he was too stupid to understand what a housing bubble is. His insurance costs are "outrageous" because of the profit motive he so blindly worships. He thinks all of his problems are caused by people who can't get even one real job complaining & "hanging out," yet if his note isn't the ultimate whine, what is?

He may be the stupidest douchewad in America.

Farce Turns To Tragedy

Hey, Wop-A-Dagoes! Leave our innocent young & not-ugly Honky American girls alone!!

Whatsa matta w/ you people?Is it all Berlusconi's fault?
Italian opposition politicians have been joined by a leading Catholic publication and even government MPs in expressing outrage after Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi joked he was thinking of renaming his political party Forza Gnocca, which translates as Go Pussy.

[...]

Responding to the slide in the polls of his Freedom People party caused by the financial crisis and his sex scandals, Berlusconi reportedly told MPs he had commissioned surveys to find a new name for the party, which started life in 1993 as Forza Italia, or Go Italy.

"Some of polls say the best choice would be Forza Gnocca," he joked, according to the Italian daily La Stampa.

Pier Luigi Bersani, the head of the opposition Democratic party, called the quip despairing, while party colleague Rosy Bindi said: "Now the farce is turning into tragedy."

Democratic senator Anna Finocchiaro said: "These are not jokes but a reflection of the view that Berlusconi and his coalition have of the country – backward, vulgar and squalid."
Seems an apt description to us if the voters keep going w/ the horrid old man.

Lighten Up Break

Brilliantly sarcastic. (Bee Ess for short.) Well, kind of funny. We don't throw "brilliant" around much.
Also because it plays into this, where Five Guys are alleged to be opening a new store.
Coming Soon!
5550 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hours: 11am-10pm Everyday
Not seeing much action in there. Step on it, wouldja?

Sharing Is Good
(Esp. If You "Share W/ Sarah")

Still cable-deprived (No depravity jokes, smart-asses!) so we were forced to see & hear this at just any old time we wanted to, schedulers be damned to hell for all eternity! Might as well share, as some may have a life that prevented them from catching it when the programmers decided it should be available.Yes, thousands of dollars to mom & dad for mailing postcards to other common clay morons. As the saying goes, you can't cheat an honest man. You sure can rook Americans though.

Juxtaposed In Our Twitstream

Not sure if state murder of protesters would work out well here in the United Snakes, many (Most?) Americans being brain-washed & bloodthirsty pigs & all. Perhaps we'll pay a visit to the occupiers in downtown Los Angeles next wk. (If they haven't all been shot over the wknd.) & assault a police officer to get things going.

(File under: "Threat, or promise?")

Also: On topic list, may be too long for those w/ shorter attention spans. (We know you wouldn't be here if you had an attention span.)

Prez Jams It Three Times

So, why don't you all just stick it?Commenters picky about Prez in the above number: Not knowing much beyond what we like, we neither know nor care.Almost half-an-hr. of your rapidly dwindling life you'll never get back. Thank us later.

We Just Can't Wait For
The House Of Cards To Collapse

Die, financial system, die!
"In The Absence Of A Credible Plan We Will Have A Global Financial Meltdown In Two To Three Weeks" - IMF Advisor

And a big dose of IOKIYAR financial hypocrisy from the ever-awful Eric Cantor:
When he hears the words "economic justice" he reaches for his Desert Eagle.
"Some in Washington have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans," Cantor said of the protests after accusing the Obama administration's policies of being an "assault on many of our nation's bedrock principles."
Now we have a better idea of the values espoused by the Values Voters Summit.

Fortunately for Mr. Cantor, the editorial staff here is too busy anticipating the wknd. to waste our time & energy looking up some Joseph Goebbels quotes about Jewish people, "Germany's bedrock principles," & Germans being pitted against Germans.

Hey, maybe mentioning Ari Fleischer advising people to "watch what they say" would be close enough. (Careful that you don't become your enemies there, hypocrites.)

UPDATE (1444PDT 7 October 2011): Political Animal goes into detail about creepy Cantor, where we were perfectly happy to pull out the Nazi accusations & be done therewith. Show off!

Ten Yrs. After

Where have we heard this before?
One of America's most celebrated generals has issued a harsh indictment of his country's campaign in Afghanistan on the 10th anniversary of the invasion to topple the Taliban.

The US began the war with a "frighteningly simplistic" view of Afghanistan, the retired general Stanley McChrystal said, and even now the military lacks sufficient local knowledge to bring the conflict to an end.
Thinking, remembering ... Oh, yes: We've heard it everywhere this benighted nation of ignoramuses has stuck its fat nose in the last 50-odd yrs. Really, will the sheep ever stop being proud of their ignorance?

Image info: U.S. Army Pvt. Jeffery Hansen of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment crouches after launching a 60mm mortar round from the mortar range at Forward Operating Base Lane in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, Feb. 15, 2009. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini.)

This public domain photograph may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of any people appearing in the photos. Department of Defense guidelines for use.

Melancholia

From comments: Perfect song to listen to while staring at Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.

Hamburger On The Highway

Evacuating the injured from an incident seen to our north on the PCH.
W/o ambulance lights. (Or focus.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Currently Hitting The Mute Button For ...

Fix It Again, Tony.

Bullshit & Boilerplate

Twitterers advised this was a solid reaming of Mr. Cain. We suspect Hermy pretty much eviscerates himself. Let's hope so. Plus, Hank Jr.Sweet Blood of Jesus, he is an ahistorical idiot.

Christ on a crutch, it's a two-parter.Today's weasel words: "Difference of opinion."

No, it's a three-parter. Make it stop, please!

By Request

Perhaps not as gritty as some desire, but hey, it's free.
Would've gotten a shot of the newsboy, but the batts. died.
Who the above is.

W/ & W/o

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Corporate Consolidation

Newshoggers reacts to some inane droning garbage. Plus which. In other Wall Street news, seeing people being beaten & maced by fucking pigs can go either way, depending on how fascist an asshole the viewer is.*

This is rather clarifying, isn't it?
Stolen outright from ABLC, who hat-tipped Danielle, whoever she is.
* You're all fascist assholes. It's a matter of degree.

Still Kicking

Compare & contrast:

Steve Jobs 1955-2011.

M. Bouffant, 1953-.

You lose, rich boy.

Whom To Blame* When/If We Snap

Just spent a couple of hrs. w/o electricity, just as happened last October when it rained. Indeed, just a few mins. before the great black-out, we were on a shopping mission, noticed employees of the Dep't. of Water & Power working on a transformer up a pole & were reminded of last yr.'s hrs. of darkness. Should have crossed our fingers or something.

The point being, DofW&P, that it is not wise to leave us in the dark, unable to read & w/ little beyond the wasteland of the radio to distract us from our thoughts. Not a good idea at all.
*Not to limit those responsible, of course.

We're Number One!

“You do have my sympathies,” Harle said. “You have my apologies. . . . We do not have a perfect system of justice, but we have the best system of justice in the world.”
Said Texas District Judge Sid Harle after Mr. Morton was found innocent of murdering his wife & released from jail after serving 24 yrs. Not perfect, but absolutely the best, right Your Honor?

The motive?
Prosecutors had claimed Morton killed his wife in a fit of rage after she wouldn’t have sex with him following a dinner celebrating his 32nd birthday.
And as long as you're a honky who allegedly killed his wife in a fit of rage, say you're sorry & you 'll get parole:
Morton’s defense attorney, John Raley, said his client was told a few years ago that if he showed remorse for the crime, he likely would have been paroled.
Also looking bad: Texas Gov. Perry. Surprising, huh?
The case in Williamson County, north of Austin, will likely raise more questions about the district attorney, John Bradley, a Gov. Rick Perry appointee whose tenure on the Texas Forensic Science Commission was controversial. Bradley criticized the commission’s investigation of the case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004 after being convicted of arson in the deaths of his three children. Some experts have since concluded the forensic science in the case was faulty.

Bradley did not try the original case against Morton. But the Innocence Project has accused him of suppressing evidence that would have helped clear Morton sooner. That evidence — including a transcript of a police interview indicating that Morton’s son said the attacker was not his father and that his wife’s credit card and personal checks were used after she was killed — was ultimately obtained through a Texas Public Information Act request.

A Thing

Misc.

Lazy Medicine Cabinet Spider

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.