Saturday, October 22, 2011

Thru Traffic

Lest We Forget

Just realized we had an entire folder of photos we hadn't published, possibly because we're pretty sure we cropped whichever ones needed it, & may have confused that w/ sharing them. Here goes:
Hall of Justice, closed since the Northridge 'quake.
Upper floors behind the columns are the cells.
More cells: Federal Bureau of Prisons Metropolitan Detention Center.
Exercise yards.

Machete Report

This explains the helicopters just before bedtime this a.m.

5930

Friday, October 21, 2011

Acoustic! Gorgon! (Now W/ Video!)

Gave up on the Bugger ™ video uploader & uploaded it to You Tube.vatoman315, who thinks she's named Alice Bags (or doesn't get the concept of the apostrophe, or upper-case) beat us to it. Probably the sad jag-off w/ the iPad or whatever who's in our shot. Loser.We hate show-offs.

Shame On You Cynics

Patriotic flag-humper that we are,
Note new paint job, &c., & faded colors.
we just had to take matters into our own hands, & despite what anonymous cynics thought, someone's in trouble:
Thank you for contacting Ralphs Grocery Company. We appreciate your concerns regarding our American flag at your local store. Store director Cesar Sanchez is aware of your concern. Cesar has placed an order for an American flag. If you have any further comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at [REDACTED. Why would they make a link for a 'phone #? To highlight it, maybe?]. Thank you for your patronage and have a nice day.
Now we'll see if they continue to leave it up all night w/o illuminating it. Maybe we can get America-hater Cesar fired for hating America.

Yes, we're proud of ourself. This is the first meaningful thing we've accomplished besides getting out of bed before noon in about 10 yrs.

En"title"ment

Another aristocrat who, like Sarah Palin, thinks holding an office is a "title." Not to mention the recent revelation that he's a lying sack of shit, of course. '58, '59, '56. What. Ev. Er.

Onward & Backward

Remember the '90s or the following decade or whenever the hell when many an advertisement on the telly involved the phrase "AOL Keyword?"

So how are we, the consuming sheep, any better off now that the telebision adverts all direct you to the current decade's walled garden of Facebook &/or Twitter?

Sound Advice

Quote of the Day
"You're headed for a one-term presidency."
-- Steve Jobs, quoted in Walter Isaacson's new biography, Steve Jobs, speaking to President Obama in late 2010 insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly.
This from a schmuck who refused potentially life-saving surgery for pancreatic cancer. And whose idea of "business-friendly" would include allowing businesses to enslave their employees. We're glad he's dead & we hope he suffered. A lot.

When do we start killing the rest of the aristocrats?

M.B. On The "Radio"

Still underwater, from (29:05). Apparently we'll have to pay up & get the landline going again if we want the full beauty of our sonorous tones to resound over the Internet. And, Dusty reads a web-log item of interest immediately after us, at (40:50).
Listen to internet radio with Here Be Monsters on Blog Talk Radio

Fairness Doctrine

Shut the fucking hell up about Godfather's Pizza already, all of you. Current candidate Cain hasn't been involved w/ the company since 1996, if you believe Wikipedia*; it's been 15 yrs., & you can bet everything possible has been done to make it a less-expensive pie during that time. Indeed, both sides of the aisle agree it still stinks on ice. But it's not his pizza. And what the hell is "ZPizza?" Or "LedoPizza?" Is it fair to compare Godfather's to anything but other national corporate chain pies?
His successes at Burger King prompted Pillsbury to appoint him president and CEO of another subsidiary, Godfather's Pizza. Cain arrived on April 1, 1986, and told employees, "I'm Herman Cain and this ain't no April Fool's joke. We are not dead. Our objective is to prove to Pillsbury and everyone else that we will survive." Aiming to cut costs, Cain, over a 14-month period, reduced the company from 911 stores to 420. As a result of his efforts, Godfather's Pizza became profitable[citation needed]. In a leveraged buyout in 1988, Cain, Executive Vice-President and COO Ronald B. Gartlan and a group of investors bought Godfather's from Pillsbury. Cain continued as CEO until 1996, when he resigned.
Admittedly, his Willard Romney-like approach to Godfather's alleged profitability (Leverage a buyout, put thousands out of work & close over half your stores. Too bad he couldn't send those remaining jobs overseas. And how many undocumented workers did Godfather's hire during his tenure?) does provide a hint as to how competent he might be as anything beyond head of a trade association ("Hey, drunk driving's A-OK, we gotta make a buck too. Ain't our fault that guy wanted 14 martoonis right before he killed them six people w/ his car. The customer is always right!") failed U.S. Senate candidate or professional loudmouth.
*And maybe you can't. Compare the dates of Cain's reign given above to the dates given here: Cain in turn led a group to purchase the Godfather's brand from Pillsbury, which they did by the beginning of 1990. Cain stepped down from his position as CEO and President in 2002. One simply doesn't know who to believe.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

More From Ralphs

This is behind a different Ralphs than the one below. (Ralphs are like mushrooms, they pop up everywhere. Crap, should have checked their flag.)
Shooting from a distance, we weren't clear on what our unknowing subject was doing until we got back to the bunker & "developed" it. (We mostly liked the leg propped against the wall, & thought he might have been stirring a salad or something he'd just bought at Ralphs. Couldn't tell he was polishing his stump.)

And now we've revealed ourself as truly the most awful person ever. (Really. We'd actually deleted all 10 shots of this touching scene — mostly because this is the most focused of them — but decided to be a jerk before final deletion, restored them & ran this.) The Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™ fan base does seem to want grit rather than sunsets & the like, depraved bastards that they are.

Truly Sorry Follow Up

Not only did we snap some shots,
we were asshole enough ("Surprise, surprise!") to complain to corporate HQ.
I can't believe you remodeled the entire store, yet were unwilling to spring for a new flag. The condition of that flag (faded & frayed) is contrary to the U.S. flag code.
And the corporate entity responded:
Dear Value Shopper:

Thank you for contacting Ralphs. I appreciate that you've taken the time to share your feedback regarding battered flag out side the store. 3rd & Vermont our store located at 3410 W 3rd St.

I am truly sorry that you've had such an experience in our store. Please know that it is our sincerest desire to make each and every shopping trip a pleasant experience for all of our guests. We know and understand that you have a choice in where you shop and are grateful that you've chosen to do so with us. Without a doubt, we value you and are grateful for the opportunity to address your concerns. Your comments have been forwarded to the Regional Office, where they will be discussed with the appropriate parties. A representative will follow-up with you within the week.

Thank you for shopping at Ralphs. There is nothing more important to us than making sure your shopping experience meets your expectations.

Sincerely,
[REDACTED], even though it's a corporate drone who doubtless would like to be put out of its droning corporate misery.

Erick Erickson's Fourth Job

It's selling "patriotic" crap to the rubes. Odd that two of four of these "patriotic" items are merely Republican swag.
To be specific, Ronald Reagan swag, an indication that the Republican party hasn't done anything "patriotic" for over 20 yrs. Not that selling arms to the Contras & Iran was a shining exemplar of patriotism.
Now that Hallowe'en is around the corner & down the street, Human Events Marketplace may be gearing up for the X-mess rush.

Or Erick may need the money to keep paying those confiscatory property taxes on the house he can't sell. (Joke: If you think Erick-Woods has any clout w/in the Human Events power structure, you are fooling yourself.) Smart guy, buying a house before unloading the previous dump. Typical of right-wing economic theory, of course. "You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don't matter." — Rchard B. Cheney.

So run up the credit cards on some crap, suckers. Maybe the "Great Moments" medallions can be turned into silver bullets for killing liberals seeking hand-outs once the economy has been completely & patriotically destroyed.

Acoustic! Gorgon!

Last wknd. we went to see Alice Bag read from her book at an East L.A. gallery that had a helluva lot of purses & jewelry on sale for a "gallery:"
Saw some wimmens dressed in black offset w/ colorfully silly socks, leggings & bags:
A hit was performed, however, the server has "rejected" the recording thereof several times. Maybe later. Or never. Google pigs, we will fuck you up!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lit Links

Don't feel like typing anything to go w/ this stuff (typist block) but we didn't want to keep it all to ourself.

So-called literary fiction is going low-brow? (If not no-brow. Get your filthy writerly hands off our trash!)

Speaking of trash lit, Pat Buchanan's newest door-stop is raked over the coals, twice in the same day by the same e-mag. (Said e-rag is, we assume, now tracking us personally, as the posted-at times now appear in PDT on our devil-box.)

Stockholm Syndrome?

Never Again! Unless it's Palestinians, of course, because, you know, they're really sub-human vermin:
In big, easy to read letters (And all one sentence. A veritable Faulkner, huh?):
Then round up his captors, the slaughtering, death-worshiping, innocent-butchering, child-sacrificing savages who dip their hands in blood and use women—those who aren’t strapping bombs to their own devils’ spawn and sending them out to meet their seventy-two virgins by taking the lives of the school-bus-riding, heart-drawing, Transformer-doodling, homework-losing children of Others—and their offspring—those who haven’t already been pimped out by their mothers to the murder god—as shields, hiding behind their burkas and cradles like the unmanned animals they are, and throw them not into your prisons, where they can bide until they’re traded by the thousands for another child of Israel, but into the sea, to float there, food for sharks, stargazers, and whatever other oceanic carnivores God has put there for the purpose.
We should point out that the woman who typed this is the wife of G.W. Bush administration & Reagan administration weasel Eliot Abrams. And quite a prose poet. (Gee-ziz, we thought we were blood-thirsty & given to run-on sentences.)

War On X-Mess

Looks as if the baby Hay-soos & all his brothers & sisters will be having a blue Christmas this yr., courtesy of the ruined economy. Thanks, Grinches of Wall Street.
Even a slight rise or decline in holiday season shopping could have a big impact on the economy, as consumer spending represents about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.
Well, this belt-tightening will have us right back on track, won't it? We'll assume this news has given David Brooks as stiff a boner as the aging idiot can get w/o any foolish spending on Viagra, although, considering the number of limp-dicks on the staff at The NYT we imagine the corporate health insurance plan does pay for that sort of thing.

Of course the whole thing is a sad fucking joke, like everything else in this world, as the average 'Murkan sheep doesn't give a shit about anything but money, money, money, nor has he or she for several yrs.
For the fifth year in a row, gift cards are the most popular item people would like to receive.
If there were an option for cold cash we're sure that would be the most popular among the greedy fucking pigs. Drown in your own Chinese slave-labor manufactured slop & the debt you suckers ran up to buy it!

Additional L.A. Urbanism

Art speaks:
"I live here because L.A. is ugly," he told Knight in conversation at the Hammer. "If I lived in a great beautiful city, why would I do art? I always have to be slightly angry to do art and L.A. provides that."
Baldessari is known for making some curious observations of late. He also recently recorded a video about the Pacific Standard Time exhibits in which he compared art to eating Velveeta cheese.
We're angry too (Hell, we're pissed, we're raging!) & we like Velveeta.
Stolen from somewhere that didn't credit it.

That About Which You Do Not Care ...

... because it has nothing to do w/ you. However, we find it interesting that we reside in both the 31st Congressional District & the 13th Council District.
[T]he population of Congressman Xavier Becerra’s old 31st Congressional District fell to 611,000 in the 2010 census from 640,000 a decade earlier.  The former 45th Assembly District represented by Gil Cedillo reported a drop in population to 406,000 from 423,000. In addition, the city’s 13th Council District held by Eric Garcetti and the former 22nd state Senate District represented by Kevin DeLeon fell far below population targets that determine boundaries.
We'd like to imagine that our aura of evil has resulted in people getting the hell away from us & our general vicinity, & that's just in the last two+ yrs. we've been in our current location.

It is also a reflection of the exodus/reduced influx of Hispanic people as a result of the current economic slump, as demonstrated by the "For Rent/Free Cable TV" signs that decorate almost every apartment bldg. in this sector. (Odd that it is still virtually impossible for those few who dare to visit us to find parking.)Check the comments for a bit of fun w/ "hipsters." (We're sure FEAR would have something to say about the terminally hip.)

Oh, Hot Damn

About 8 million people who receive Supplemental Security Income will also receive the 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, meaning the announcement will affect about one in five U.S. residents.

There was no COLA in 2010 or 2011 because inflation was too low. Those were the first two years without a COLA since automatic increases were adopted in 1975. However, Social Security recipients did receive a one-time $250 payment from the economic stimulus package passed in 2009.
No, wait:
"For many of our seniors, the creeping costs of medical care, food and housing have forced them to stretch their limited incomes to the breaking point," said Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, the top Democrat on the House Social Security subcommittee. "And after two years without any cost-of-living increases, our seniors are getting some much-needed relief.

Some of the increase in January will be lost to higher Medicare premiums, which are deducted from Social Security payments. Medicare Part B premiums for 2012 are expected to be announced next week, and the trustees who oversee the program are projecting an increase.
Ironic? Rep Becerra is this reporter's Congressional representative.

More info: Social Security Administration's COLA site: http://www.ssa.gov/cola/

Who are they trying to kid? ©2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. All rights reversed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Do Androids Dream ...

video

It's Time To Play ...

... another round of "Guess The Structure!"
Clue: Has nothing to do w/ the library.
Another angle.
Guess, don't Google!

Dead-End Jobs*

No, not the ones where your over-sized boo-tay is deadened from having your rolls of All-American flab squashing it as you sit on it all day & all night & all afternoon, real suicide.

We'd be interested in the modality of the suicides, esp. among people w/ access to medication. No idea if it's still true, but medicine used to be quite high in professions given to addiction; hey, the stuff's right there. Oddly enough, nurses don't appear in the top 19, probably because the stats were compiled from white males (We honky dudes are, after all, the most important single group anywhere!) but even the attention paid to the ladies (way down at the bottom) didn't have nurses. Perhaps because, unlike many doctors, dentists & chiropractors, nurses actually provide useful service to humanity.

And we wonder about, among others, electricians. Are accidental electrical deaths attributed to suicide because employers don't want violations of safety rules brought to light?

Web-loggers: This web-log operator is taking as many as possible w/ us, whether we end up in the morgue or not. So it's more a desire for murder/justice than a suicidal tendency.

As far as lawyers (1.33x as likely): Not high enough, damnit!!
*Continuing the theme from the item below.

Almost Live

Now that the squares are home from their hideous dead-end (In the long run, of course, we're all dead.) jobs, they can give a listen to this reporter & the Emperor of the Senseless, the estimable zombie rotten mcdonald (Who does he think he is, e. e. cummings?) blathering on one of those podcast things, Here Be Monsters, hosted (every Tuesday) by Leftwing Nutjob Dusty.

Oh looky, an embed! No need to travel there & try to find it on the blogtalkradio (More fucking e. e. cummings!) site. Mr. mcdonald is the first caller, we're on about an hr. in. Those who haven't the time to waste listening rather than reading (And who the hell does?) needn't worry that they're missing anything. This reporter just wasn't that clever or amusing. You can decide about the zombie.Put your cursor on the scrolling text & drag. zrm appears at (46:00). We're at (75:00). Crud, the sound is terrible. Screw you, Gurgle Talk or Gurg-phone or whatever you are!!

Skunks, Pissing

Political Wire:
Rep. Michele Bachmann told the New York Times that it was "dismaying" that former campaign manager Ed Rollins made critical comments about her presidential bid as he left.

Said Bachmann: "When it comes to personnel issues, I act professionally and respectful of former employees. I just assume that's a two-way street. It's disappointing when it's not."

When it was pointed out that Rollins has a history of speaking sharply about candidates who once employed him, Bachmann smiled and said, "I guess I should have done that Google search."

Meanwhile, Rollins tells National Review that he should have done more research, too. "Well, if I would have Googled her, I would have found out she had 6 chiefs of staff in 5 years."
Perhaps if Rep. Bachmann acted professionally & respectful [sic] of her staff while they were still in her employ, they wouldn't make like rats leaving a sinking ship so often.

Stonehenge 21

When the sun sets between these buildings, it's time to bring in the crops or something.

Monday, October 17, 2011

More Cain Humor

From an actually funny person. FNS--Chris and Cain by harryshearer

Today's Comedy Relief

Courtesy of Martin Peretz, about whom the only conclusion we can draw is that he's rapidly descending into senility:
And then there’s one of the Republican candidates for president, Herman Cain. “When the moon hits your eye … Like a big pizza pie. That’s amore.” He’s running second among all the professional politicians in the Republican race for president. Oh, yes, and he’s a black man. It can’t be. Republicans favoring a … a … a black man? Wow. There’s been very little about this phenomenon in the press. I’ve found no pretense in the man. He’s got common sense. He tells it like it is. Will someone write something serious about him?
OK, done.
Cain's campaign manager and a number of aides have worked for Americans for Prosperity, or AFP, the advocacy group founded with support from billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, which lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending. Cain credits a businessman who served on an AFP advisory board with helping devise his "9-9-9" plan to rewrite the nation's tax code. And his years of speaking at AFP events have given the businessman and radio host a network of loyal grassroots fans.
(Another serious writer on the one-time pizza magnate. And yet another.)

Or, let Cain speak for himself.
"I'm not familiar with the neo-conservative movement."

Cain revealed this during his somewhat epic Meet the Press interview.

Cain has been notoriously weak on foreign policy, but this exchange on MTP highlighted just how weak.

Currently Americans are focused on one thing: The economy. Which largely explains why a candidate like Cain has amassed such popular support. However, one imagines we need only to face even a small security risk for this glaring ineptness on his part to develop into a fatal flaw.
Compare & contrast w/ Peretz's take on Elizabeth Warren, in the same item linked above:
Another fact is that Warren has no foreign policy and hasn’t thought about foreign policy. Ask her about the Arab Spring, Israel, and the peace process, human rights and Africa, the American relationship with Venezuela.
One more Marty ha ha:
Actually, Warren is a perfectly presentable woman, pleasant looking and handsomely dressed. She might not be noticed on the campus. But almost no one is noticed at 62 in these parts ’cept young ’uns.
Uh, whut?

Eat The Rich, Punk-Ass Chumps

Via funnyman #ChrisMarcil, a peek into the lives of that 1% you may have heard about:
In a Bankruptcy Court filing last week, attorneys for Frank McCourt alleged that Selig responded to the "enormous negative publicity" of the divorce trial by hatching a plan to choke off the Dodgers' money supply and force a sale of the team.

The league has alleged McCourt's financial mismanagement in asking the Bankruptcy Court to order a sale. Still, there is little doubt that the divorce proceedings engendered "enormous negative publicity."

Frank fired Jamie as the Dodgers' chief executive in a termination letter that cited "insubordination, non-responsiveness, failure to follow procedures and inappropriate behavior with a direct subordinate," a reference to an affair Frank alleged Jamie had with her driver.

When Jamie initiated the divorce proceedings — one week shy of what would have been the couple's 30th anniversary — she revealed the details of a lavish lifestyle ultimately financed by Dodgers fans.

"Frank and I enjoyed the many perquisites and benefits that come with owning a Major League Baseball team," she wrote in a court declaration.

She wrote of combined salaries of $7 million per year, plus $46 million to buy side-by-side oceanfront estates in Malibu, $27 million to buy side-by-side homes near the Playboy Mansion, additional properties in Massachusetts, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Mexico, $400 dinners and $1,000 per-night hotels, private jet travel around the world, even house calls from hairdressers and makeup artists.
Until someone imposes Second Amendment remediation on these sad excuses for human beings, Americans will all be rightfully condemned as punk-ass chumps.

Idle Threat (Or Is It?)

The son-of-a-bitch (sexist assumption, could have been a woman) who decided at 0800 to nail a damn carpet or something into the floor of the dump above us, & to drop the hammer on the floor a few times while at it will soon be discovering that there is another (Roman) historical use of hammer & nails.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Occupy The Vatican!

Sweet. Blood. Of. Jesus. MailOnline brings news of a BBC documentary.
Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals.

[...]

The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.

[...]

But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial.

In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate parents.

[...]

Experts believe the cases may account for up to 15 per cent of the total adoptions that took place in Spain between 1960 and 1989.

It began as a system for taking children away from families deemed politically dangerous to the regime of General Franco, which began in 1939. The system continued after the dictator’s death in 1975 as the Catholic church continued to retain a powerful influence on public life, particularly in social services.
We're no fans of breeders, but one really can't type anything beyond calls for violence after seeing the above. Of course, no Pope could have known, could he?

Hot Rails To Hell

Those who doubt, check the destination.
No idea to which hell these sheep are bound, but there are plenty of them.

Rent-A-Rim

Did not know you could rent 'em.

Long Wknd.

280 photos, two videos. Hang on a day or two until we sort them out. Wait, here's something.