Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Unattractive Pictures Of
Unattractive People

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich
(Credit: AP/Richard Shiro)

Dep't. Of Sucks

Rumproast's Strange Appar8us is seriously illin' & hospitalized. Help is needed. Do what you can. Posting this is about all we can do. Shit.

Daily Irritation

What in the name of all that's unholy does this (found, surprise, surprise, in yet another droning item on "meaning") paragraph of inane tripe fucking mean?
But this is God. It is certainly what I understand as God. Nonbelievers need to let go of anthropocentric, grey-bearded beings in the sky for God itself, the highest consciousness of all, and the force that gives this staggering beauty, available to us all, love.
And why the non-stop insistence on so-called meaning? We gave up looking some time ago, having come to the sensible conclusion, well articulated by the late Jimbo M., that we can do no more than attempt to "get our kicks before the whole shit-house goes up in flames." Yes, hedonism is as good a reason to exist as any. (Or should we seek pain & suffering?)

We just don't understand why those confronted w/ a universe that, they admit, is
massive in scale, in what we see and what we can't. There are galaxies cropping up constantly. There are infinite numbers of stars and in certain places, forests of true nothing. On our own planet, there are countless species of life from Zebras down to bacteria. The life of our planet itself, the rumble of its earthquakes, the sweeps and horrors of its tornadoes and hurricanes. Hold onto all that for a second and then think about the human experience.
can then delude themselves that the "human experience" (And certainly not any given individual's experience.) has any purpose or reason.

Fuck it, we have to go to the market & buy shit, 'though why we bother is an excellent question.

McWorst

The Hula Burger

Believe it or shove it.
McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc, was a brilliant businessman -- when he kept out of the kitchen. After buying the business's rights from the McDonald brothers, he expanded into new geographic markets but soon discovered a problem with the sales in regions with large Catholic populations.

According to church canon, Catholics over the age of 14 are required to abstain from meat on Fridays. Kroc had high hopes for his non-meat option called "The Hula Burger" -- grilled pineapple with cheese on a bun. He positioned his burger to compete against the Filet-o-Fish sandwich, which was invented by a Catholic franchisee. The Filet-o-Fish won hands down while the Hula tanked.

Since then, American Catholics have relaxed their traditional Friday custom. It's still popular to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, however, and McDonald's typically discounts the Filet-o-Fish sandwich during that time to boost sales.

Although Kroc managed to stop his Hula Burger short and avoided reaching national embarrassment, the company wasn't so lucky with these next flops.
Further McHorrorTip o' le chapeau.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Michele Bachmann's China

Don't read this at work or anywhere you're surrounded by people who get nervous at the sight of rubber pee-pees. Ha ha, too late! (It's OK, really. Rubber weenies make us a bit nervous too.)
Who knew laist has a sister operation in Shanghai?
For those who dwell 'neath rocks & need the title explained:
“The ‘Great Society’ has not worked and it’s put us into the modern welfare state,” she said. “If you look at China, they don’t have food stamps. If you look at China, they’re in a very different situation. They save for their own retirement security…They don’t have the modern welfare state and China’s growing. And so what I would do is look at the programs that LBJ gave us with the Great Society and they’d be gone.”

Towering

Twirlin' Around In His Head

More reasons, just beyond (1:04), why this fucking corporate ninny would be headed down in polls even if he thought girls had cooties & had spent his entire life in a monastery until leaving to run for the presidency.

No help either:
Chris Heath: What can you tell about a man by the type of pizza that he likes?

Herman Cain: [repeats the question aloud, then pauses for a long moment] The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is.

Chris Heath: Why is that?

Herman Cain: Because the more manly man is not afraid of abundance. [laughs]

Devin Gordon: Is that purely a meat question?

Herman Cain: A manly man don't want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.
Nor is a manly man worried about heart disease. How much more stupidly stupid can or will he get?

Interact W/ This!

With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?
Why the hell not? Works for us.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nature Resists, Kills Car

Occupying the streets: Further. This reporter once lived on Effie St., 'though many blks. from this righteous event.

Answering An Asshole

Do not hold Kevin Costner's film version of The Postman against David Brin, on whose same-named novel it was based, who here answers the "vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle" of Frank Miller's blather, which we mentioned earlier.
Well, well. I’ve been fuming silently at Frank Miller for years. The time’s come, so get ready for steam! Because the screech that you just read – Miller’s attack on young citizens, clumsily feeling their way ahead toward saving their country – is only the latest example of Frank’s astonishing agenda. One that really needs exposure to light.
Indeed, we've read several or a couple or some number of Brin's Uplift War books & found them fairly absorbing. (Will resist any spillage puns.) On the other hand, the text version of The Postman may well have sucked too. Mr. Brin in the real world may be just a little too optimistic & "reasonable" ("Both sides do it!") judging from cursory examination. Some people do think there's something to live for. Whatever.

Wknd. Photo Wrap-Up

From a wknd. about a mo. ago.
Go ahead & imagine something from the exhibition catalog about the contrast between light & darkness.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Asshole/Projector Of The Day

Frank Miller (if that's his real name) the comic something-or-another, weighs in on Occupying.
Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy.

Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.

And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently - must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh - out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.
We're chuckling at someone's spectacle alright. Or getting a horse-laugh from a horse's-ass.

And we, not you, will damn well decide who our enemies are or aren't.

Everything Is Too OK! Stop Protesting

Also

In the next block from the previous item:

Burger Report

We're pretty sure we chowed down here at least once, as much as 25 yrs. ago. No actual memory of the burger.
Judging from the signage & the way things are around here, it may no longer be under the original ownership, but it's on the list for another visit.

Brain Studies

Why those like the personification of evil in the item below are indeed evil:
The other day, Stephen Lacey flagged some comments from Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) that I found extremely revealing:
So what I'm trying to do is say, the government should not be picking winners and losers, let the private sector determine the winners and losers, and then ... when somebody is successful, then you give them the subsidies and the tax credit.
This makes absolutely no sense relative to the small-government, fiscal conservative principles Stearns purports to hold. Nor does it make sense as energy policy. But it does make sense at a deeper level.
Not sure it "makes sense," but it can be explained.If your brain still works, you can also see this & this.

Class Warfare Report

Tension between the have-nots & the want-even-mores has been building for all of human history, & it's now coming to a head. Another gun was pointed at the heads of the proverbial 99% Thursday.
Durant, a Grosse Pointe charter school executive who helped found Cornerstone Schools, is vying for the Republican nomination against former Congressman Pete Hoekstra and a field of candidates in the race to unseat Sen. Debbie Stabenow in next year’s election.

All joking aside, Durant, 62, explained over pizza and cookies the silver linings that came out of his own collegiate failures and suggested several times that rejection was a good way to refine and rethink one’s own path through life.

Invoking the name of God several times, Durant described himself as a “nerdy” kid whose life was profoundly changed by the C.S. Lewis allegory “The Great Divorce.”

He told the students he is running for office because he feels the “essence of the country” is at risk due to unsustainable federal debt levels run up by “my generation” and the waning “integrity of our money” without something like the gold standard backing it.

[...]

He called his primary opponent, Hoekstra, a “wonderful guy” who nevertheless “spent 18 years, along with my ultimate Democratic opponent, voting for higher spending and more debt.”

“And quite frankly, he made a devil’s bargain with the Teamsters. He committed to voting against opportunities that open up markets around the world, in China, South Korea, Columbia, Panama,” he said. “We need open markets and open opportunities.”

In regards to the Occupy Wall Street movement, Durant said the protesters should “go find a job.” In regards to the wealth gap the movement decries, Durant said, “I think it should be wider.”

“Does anybody think Steve Jobs should not be (sic) in the 1 percent? He made life better for the 99 percent of the rest of us. You want to create opportunities for people with their unique gifts,” he said. “They have created value and wealth.”
Grab your weapons & ammo & head for the hills. Or head for Grosse Pointe w/ a guillotine before it's too late.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Martian Muslim

What the gov't. is hiding from us this wk.:

A) You can
teleport to Mars via a “jump room” located in a building occupied by Hughes Aircraft at 999 N. Sepulveda Boulevard in El Segundo, California, adjacent to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
B) It has been
publicly confirmed that Obama was enrolled in their Mars training class in 1980 and that each later encountered Obama during visits to rudimentary U.S. facilities on Mars that took place from 1981 to 1983.
Which one's Barry?
C) Naturally, The Prez did it using the name "Barry Soetoro."
Mr. Stillings’ statement, released at the same time, read: "I can confirm that Andrew D. Basiago and Barack Obama (then using the name "Barry Soetoro") were in my Mars training course in Summer 1980 and that during the time period 1981 to 1983, I encountered Andy, Courtney M. Hunt of the CIA, and other Americans on the surface of Mars after reaching Mars via the "jump room" in El Segundo, California.”

In a statement made Sept 20, 2011, Mr. Basiago confirmed Mr. Obama’s co-participation in the 1980 Mars training class, stating: “Barry Soetoro, a student at Occidental College, was in my Mars training class under Major Ed Dames at The College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California in 1980. That fact has been corroborated by one of my other classmates, Brett Stillings. Two years later, when he was taller, thinner, more mature, a better listener, using the name ‘Barack Obama,’ and attending a different college, Columbia University, we crossed paths again in Los Angeles and I didn't recognize him as the person that I had been trained with in the Mars program and encountered on the surface of Mars. In fact, doing so would have been virtually impossible in any case, because measures had been taken to block our later memories of Mars shortly after we completed our training in 1980.”
D) You, therefore, may have been to Mars yourself, but measures have been taken. More info, from the space shyster who provided the above excerpts.

Hope We Die 'Fore We Get Old

Twenty yrs. & you're all fucked.

Too long, don't read. Shorter:
What have they done to the Earth? What have they done to our fair sister?
And w/ that, we shuffle off, leaving the yout' to a world of permanent war & deprivation.

Sorry, kids, we did our best to destroy this pig society for your sake, but it can only be destroyed by itself.

Fuck You For Your "Service"

You weird old bastard.

Veterans Day

11-XI-11

Or poopy.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Penn State Round-Up

Hey, look, another right-wing type gets it 180° wrong:
 Look, even calling 911 would have been an improvement over this, but how sick and evil has our society become that the graduate assistant didn't go over and bash Sandusky's head into the wall to stop this crime from taking place?  Has fear of being called a homophobe at Penn State become so powerful that seeing a crime this horrible underway did not cause an immediate direct, violent response?
Yep, it was fear of being called a homophobe that kept graduate assistant McQueary from doing anything. Couldn't have been anything else.

That must be why the Catholic Church didn't turn in any of their pedo-priests, because the church doesn't want to be seen as homophobic. See: The Archbishop of New York.

And the typist above?
Conservative. Idaho. Software engineer. Historian. Increasingly, frustrated with how the greed of a small number of lawyers is making life unreasonable for ordinary people.
You'd think a historian/software engineer would understand the difference between consenting adults, whatever their genders, & pedophilia. No, wait: "Software engineer." Never mind.

Breeder Bullshit

This sounded like a wonderful thing, but closer examination reveals it seems to be limited to "families" w/ "children." Fuck that breeder shit. We're impoverished, & eligible for all sorts of gov't. assistance. Why not us, damnit? (Apparently we'd have to go back to school for a free lunch.)

Also:
The program won’t apply to families with overdue bills or unreturned equipment.
Pretty much screwed.

But as long as the clown whose super-secret log-on is the same as the name of his/her WiFi network doesn't wise up, we're ahead of the game, so maybe we should stop whining.

Econ Up-Date

Stupid centrist jerk Matthew Yglesias (who is leaving Think Progress for Slate or someplace, we think we just read) defines "capitalism" for us.It is not quite the same as OKC Mayor Mick Cornett's "winners & losers" definition, but it's pretty damn simplistic.
Capitalism, a system under which individuals are allowed to save money (“capital”) and invest it in business enterprises that are privately owned, is a huge success.*
Then he goes on to debunk bullshit from the schmuck whose idiotic new book inspired the item in the first place, but Yglesias doesn't expand on his theory that you can just save your money & put it in some business. We won't be arsed, but the statistics on how much Americans, at least, save, let alone invest, are pretty sad. As are the stats on American credit card debt.

And the return on the investment that Americans make w/ their bodies & work-shriveled souls by showing up at a specific time (or you'll get docked/fired!) five days a wk., like it or not, is rather poor, isn't it? Again, plenty of statistics available about the increases in productivity business enterprises have extracted from workers over the past 30 yrs. w/o appreciable increases in money paid to the wage-slaves.
Investment in business enterprises? You mean a chance to have Wall Street take all the fucking money from your retirement acc't. while laughing all the way to the bank? See the last five or six yrs. The stat we saw quite recently was something like $7 trillion in "value" that doesn't exist anymore. Oh, that was just the value of your house. Who knows how much mutual funds & the markets have stolen from you suckers. (Actually, $7 trillion is a very popular amount to disappear.)

So shove it, Matt. Doesn't work that way at all.
But while it’s true that once upon a time a large number of people disputed this and there were serious efforts to organize large countries around the principle of prohibiting private ownership of the means of production, this economic model is now essentially limited to North Korea.
How about expanding this marvelous private ownership/profit-taking to the people who are the means of production, rather than to the looting parasitical moochers who are already so well off from inheritances or what have you that they can invest w/o any of this "saving" he claims happens? At this point we have to wonder if Yglesias got a thorough check-up from the neck up after the beat-down he received on the way home from McArdle's pad a few months back. (Well-deserved beat-down? You decide.)

*Individuals are "allowed" to do so in the same sense that the poor, as well as the rich, are "forbidden" to sleep under those proverbial bridges. And for whom has this capitalism been most (if not exclusively) successful, again?

Occupy Sports

It's almost as if there was more violence & property damage at the Rally to Support Ass-Raping 10-Yr. Old Boys for Jesus & Joe Pa
Really, we just wanted to run this picture. Suffer those little children!
then at all "Occupy" events combined. (Not counting police violence at said events, of course, but that never counts, does it?)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After top Penn State officials announced that they had fired Joe Paterno on Wednesday night, thousands of students stormed the downtown area to display their anger and frustration, chanting the former coach’s name, tearing down light poles and overturning a television news van parked along College Avenue.

[...]

“I think the point people are trying to make is the media is responsible for JoePa going down,” said a freshman, Mike Clark, 18, adding that he believed that Mr. Paterno had met his legal and moral responsibilities by telling university authorities about an accusation that Mr. Sandusky assaulted a boy in a university shower in 2002.

Demonstrators tore down two lamp posts, one falling into a crowd. They also threw rocks and fireworks at the police, who responded with pepper spray. The crowd undulated like an accordion, with the students crowding the police and the officers pushing them back.

“We got rowdy, and we got maced,” Jeff Heim, 19, said rubbing his red, teary eyes. “But make no mistake, the board started this riot by firing our coach. They tarnished a legend.”
What the fucking hell are they teaching these ninnies in Happy Valley? Certainly not logic. Or English, even.
A few, like Justin Muir, 20, a junior studying hotel and restaurant management, threw rolls of toilet paper into the trees.

“It’s not fair,” Mr. Muir said hurling a white ribbon. “The board is an embarrassment to our school and a disservice to the student population.”
No, cretin, you & Coach Joe Perv are the embarrassments.

The United Snakes are falling apart around them, the planet on which these fucking jerks no doubt hope to live for another 60+ yrs. will be an unlivable wasteland before they can retire from whatever low-wage jobs their corporate masters may deign to give them, but preserving the career of an 84-yr. old moral failure (Who's held the job since 19-fucking-66.) while blaming his deficiencies on the "media" does agitate them?
As the crowd got more aggressive, so did police officers. Some protesters fought back. One man in a gas mask rushed half a dozen police officers in protective gear, blasted one officer with pepper spray underneath his safety mask, and then sprinted away. The officer lay on the ground, rubbing his eyes.*

Paul Howard, 24, an aerospace engineering student, jeered the police.

“Of course we’re going to riot,” he said. “What do they expect when they tell us at 10 o’clock that they fired our football coach?”
Too damn bad these sheep can't get angry about anything serious. But this completely justifies our doing anything we want about anything that happens anywhere, right?Yes, a few not-so-white faces in photos of the crowd, but talk about First World problems.

Credit &c.: Stolen straight up from Andrew Sullivan, who couldn't make a connection between the actual anarchic violence of what he (ironically for a still-devout cafeteria Catholic) termed a cult & the Occupiers who are attempting to call attention to the grim reality of economic oppression. So we stepped in.
*Ha ha. A taste of your own medicine, fascist bully-boy.

Something You Don't See Every Day

Largest aircraft ever to operate from an aircraft carrier, November 1963.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Neon, Liquor & Fluorescence

The Gasping Brain

As mentioned previously.
"In Los Angeles, the hoity toities, the beautiful people, will sit on Sunset Strip and have their meal at these kind of fancy restaurants where no one can smoke – but you can inhale car fumes all you like." He shakes his head. "I mean, that to me says it all."
No longer mere speculation:
New public-health studies and laboratory experiments suggest that, at every stage of life, traffic fumes exact a measurable toll on mental capacity, intelligence and emotional stability. "There are more and more scientists trying to find whether and why exposure to traffic exhaust can damage the human brain," says medical epidemiologist Jiu-Chiuan Chen at the University of Southern California who is analyzing the effects of traffic pollution on the brain health of 7,500 women in 22 states. "The human data are very new."
Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Stewing in your own waste.
Exhaust fumes can extend farther from roadways than once thought. Traffic fumes from some major L.A. freeways reached up to 1.5 miles downwind—10 times farther than previously believed. And local weather patterns caused L.A. pollution levels to reach their most intense concentrations, not during normal rush hours, but in the hours before dawn when people are most likely to be at home, according to recent measurements by UCLA and USC researchers.
We're begging you: Drive your fucking car into a proverbial bridge abutment, & get it, & you, off the road. Our life may depend on it.

Blood-Boiling Assholes Of The Day

Especially the fucking creep at (4:00): "Capitalism requires winners & losers, & we get uncomfortable w/ the losers."Virtually everything recited by these clowns is boilerplate bullshit ("Created" wealth, our ass!) but Oklahoma City mayor & lazy loser gov't. employee Mick Cornett should be thrown on the lazy loser pile & made to experience just a bit of "losing" until he dies in pain in a gutter. This reporter would be more than comfortable w/ that.
Pelley: Big corporations in this country at this moment are sitting on a trillion dollars in cash, that they could invest in jobs and plant and equipment. But they're not doing it.

Mick Cornett: There's no customers. I mean, you're not going to expand your inventory if you can't sell the product. And you're not going to hire people if you can't get people to employ those services.
It is a conundrum how this could be solved, isn't it?
Pelley: Mick, your city has the lowest unemployment rate of any major city in America.

Cornett: That's correct.

Pelley: How do you create jobs in this country? In the rest of the country?

Cornett: Well, from a long-term perspective, I think the comments about education are right on. But from a shorter-term perspective nationally, we've got to understand that government has gotten too big. We take on the welfare of all mankind as a practical objective. And it's just not. Capitalism requires winners and losers. And we get uncomfortable with the losers.
Talk about a non-answer to the question. Mayor Mick's defense of class warfare reduces workers to disposable, replaceable units who can go fuck themselves because, after all, they're the required "losers." Fuck him & the voters of OKC sideways. W/ a splintery broomstick.

Also available in a Whiskey Fire-stylee, where it may be observed just how fucking difficult it is to format items using the TypePad platform.

Why We Hate, From The Sad
To The Pathetic

Ask the meatMetaFilter just what makes usthese United Snakes so dang "exceptional."

We haven't the time or the inclination to pick any winners for excerption. It's the usual excess, ignorance & jingoism, of course.

And we dunno if anyone got around to our favorite: "In the U.S., 100 yrs. is a long time; in Yurp 100 miles (Or those other things the furriners use instead of miles.) is a long drive."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Kill Your Landlord ...

... before he kills you.
A dispute over unpaid rent ended in horror Tuesday when a Queens landlord hacked his female tenant to death with a machete and then used the blade to end his life, police said.

Hettie Patterson’s screams drew the attention of neighbors as her landlord, Eulith Reid, attacked her with the machete in the backyard of his subdivided home on 143rd St. in Jamaica.

He struck at her head.

“He chopped her!” raged her boyfriend, George Frankson, who saw her body at the morgue. “She got chopped in the back of the head and her face.”
From Murder/Suicide, who suggest:

Je Vous Aime, Nous!

Here we are helping (That's what we're all about, you know.) someone, approx. (33:15) in.
Listen to internet radio with Here Be Monsters on Blog Talk Radio
Especially wonderful of us to help as we were obviously drowning at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

Starts W/ An "M," Right?

More from the "Why We Hate" series. There oughta be a law:
Surprised she didn't pronounce it "Muslin."

Brainwushed

If there was any question, here's why we so despise this shit-hole of a nation & virtually every inane droning moron who populates it. People like this witch can't die soon enough. Cut off her Social Security & Medicare now!!From Bon the Geek, chez Zandar, who apparently has to live among peopleundifferentiated tissue like this.

Sign In, Please

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

We demand a vapid, condescending, meaningless, politically safe response to this petition.

Since these petitions are ignored apart from an occasional patronizing and inane political statement amounting to nothing more than a condescending pat on the head, we the signers would enjoy having the illusion of success. Since no other outcome to this process seems possible, we demand that the White House immediately assign a junior staffer to compose a tame and vapid response to this petition, and never attempt to take any meaningful action on this or any other issue. We would also like a cookie.
If you have a White House Bullshit acc't., get busy on this. Or get an acc't. & join the literally thousands who've already signed. (Only about 6,000 more needed before 4 December 2011. Make your voice heard!!)

From B&S.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Guns Don't Kill People ...

... Federal agents w/ guns kill people.

Honolulu:
Hawaii News now reports:

A special agent with the US Department of State was in police custody Saturday in connection with a 2nd degree murder investigation after allegedly shooting a 23-year-old Kailua man in a Waikiki McDonald's shortly after 2:30 am.

Honolulu police said the victim was shot during a confrontation involving four men at the Kuhio Avenue McDonald's between Seaside Avenue and Royal Hawaiian Avenue.

The victim, identified by family and friends as Kollin Kealii Elderts, was taken to the Queen's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Elderts was a Kalaheo High School graduate.

Christopher W. Deedy, a 27-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, was arrested at the scene.

AP news reports that authorities said Deedy was released from police custody at 5:15 a.m. Monday. His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 17.
Earlier, in the Seattle suburbs, one possibly ineffective round fired:
MERCER ISLAND, Wash. —

An off-duty Secret Service agent fired a shot at a prowler who the agent found in his Mercer Island backyard Sunday night.

Sources tell KIRO 7 that the agent saw the prowler videotaping the agent's daughter through a window, armed himself and went outside to confront the person. The Mercer Island Police Department said the prowler made a motion or gesture that made the agent think his life was in danger, so the agent fired one shot.

It's unclear whether the prowler was armed or hit.

A police K-9 unit was only able to track the prowler's scent to the street in front of the agent's home, which has led police to believe that the person may have fled in a vehicle.

Investigators said they are checking area hospitals to see if anyone shows up with a gunshot wound.

Mercer Island police guarded the agent’s home overnight.
No guns for pigs, damnit.

Jesus Suffers The Little Children

Grimness from The NYT:
In the latest case, Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., were home-schooling their six children when they adopted a girl and a boy, ages 11 and 7, from Ethiopia in 2008. The two were seen by their new parents as rebellious, according to friends.

Late one night in May this year, the adopted girl, Hana, was found face down, naked and emaciated in the backyard; her death was caused by hypothermia and malnutrition, officials determined. According to the sheriff’s report, the parents had deprived her of food for days at a time and had made her sleep in a cold barn or a closet and shower outside with a hose. And they often whipped her, leaving marks on her legs. The mother had praised the Pearls’ book and given a copy to a friend, the sheriff’s report said. Hana had been beaten the day of her death, the report said, with the 15-inch plastic tube recommended by Mr. Pearl.
Is it coincidence that the victims in these cases were adopted, & African? You tell us.
The same kind of plumbing tube was reported to have been used to beat Lydia Schatz, 7, who was adopted at age 4 from Liberia and died in Paradise, Calif., in 2010. Her parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, had the Pearl book but ignored its admonition against extended lashing or harm; they whipped Lydia for hours, with pauses for prayer. She died from severe tissue damage, and her older sister had to be hospitalized, officials said.

The Schatzes, who were home-schooling nine children, three of them adopted, are both serving long prison terms after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and torture and she to voluntary manslaughter and unlawful corporal punishment. The Butte County district attorney, Mike Ramsey, criticized the Pearls’ book as a dangerous influence.
And, geographic irony:
PLEASANTVILLE, Tenn. — After services at the Church at Cane Creek on a recent Sunday, a few dozen families held a potluck picnic and giggling children played pin the tail on the donkey.

The white-bearded preacher, Michael Pearl, who delivered his sermon in stained work pants, and his wife, Debi, mixed warmly with the families drawn to their evangelical ministry, including some of their own grandchildren.

The pastoral mood in the hills of Tennessee offered a stark contrast to the storm raging around the country over the Pearls’ teachings on child discipline, which advocate systematic use of “the rod” to teach toddlers to submit to authority. The methods, seen as common sense by some grateful parents and as horrific by others, are modeled, Mr. Pearl is fond of saying, on “the same principles the Amish use to train their stubborn mules.”
Context, background, whatever you want to call it.

Jimbo

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Is It Still Sunday?

'Cause, you know, we can't wait for Monday & the beginning of the wk.

No Waiting

Pelicans Or Something

We can't believe we haven't run this one before. Maybe we have, but it's not on the list.

Johnny Depp Explains It All For You

"In Los Angeles, the hoity toities, the beautiful people, will sit on Sunset Strip and have their meal at these kind of fancy restaurants where no one can smoke – but you can inhale car fumes all you like." He shakes his head. "I mean, that to me says it all."
Yup.

Bend Over For A Texas-Sized Enema

Curing by Punishment Dep't.:

Rick Perry’s parents say their son is strong medicine needed by a sickly nation

The Perrys say their son’s church training, pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps work ethic and straight-shootin’ style is the strong medicine needed by a sickly nation.

“The way we look at it, this country needs Rick Perry because he’s the kind of person who will lead,” said his daddy. “We certainly don’t need another Obama; we don’t make any bones about that.”

For the most part, the Perrys painted their son in the pastels used by proud parents.

“I may be a little biased, but I don’t think he’s perfect and I don’t always agree with him,” said Amelia Perry. “But he’s smarter than I am and he wants what’s best for America.”

On more controversial topics — sexual harassment allegations against current Republican front-runner Herman Cain or the racial epithet once painted on a rock at the family’s hunting lodge — they offered a simple “No comment.”
Proof that Rick is a real son-of-a bitch:
The Rev. John Erwin stood in the pulpit of the historic church and offered what many may consider a sad but safe observation about the world — politicians lie.

That’s when 82-year-old Amelia Perry’s voice rose above the sermon.

“John, my son is the governor of the great state of Texas,” she said. “And he is not a liar.”

The pastor paused briefly, then galloped on with the message.

A few minutes later, he repeated the fightin’ words — politicians lie.

This time, Amelia Perry stood from her pew.

“I told you once,” she said, her voice icy. “My son is not a liar.”
"Ah wudn't drunk," said Gov. Perry.

Another County Heard From

New to the NOT LOCAL bog-roll: My Life in Order.

Not just new to our little listing, but new to the world.

The present day web-logger refuses to die. Again.

Stop Saving, Start Wasting

It's 0100, ninnies!

SNL: FU2

We've no idea who host Charlie Day is. We've heard of (if not heard) this Maroon 5 (looks like punky rock, sounds like crap, smells like shit) but as they seem to have commenced a whistling/disco revival (& w/o being asked) we condemn them to the pits of hell for all eternity. And the snake & other crappy tattoos lead vocalist only makes us even happier we've never had ordinarily exposed places on our body modified.

Almost There, Be Patient

U.S. presidential election now just a yr. from today. Fuck.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Phrase of The Day

Today's phrase: "One lies, & the other swears to it."
Frick & Frack. Or, Alphonse & Gaston.
Recapitulation. Or is regurgitated the word we want?

Also. Thought we'd beaten him for a moment, but it's Eastern Time there.

Crummy Game Of The Wk.

The alleged No. 1 & No. 2 college footsball teams in the nation can only score six points each in regulation?

Pigeon Alley

What Does This Mean?

5 November

Guy Fawkes Day. Why the hell aren't people blowing/haven't people blown something up? We've some suggestions should you need any. Wall Street, for one.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Afghan Ingrates

In a Thursday interview with POLITICO , Fuller, a two-star general, slammed Karzai’s recent remark that Afghanistan would side with Pakistan in a war against the U.S., blasting the president’s comments as “erratic,” and adding, “Why don’t you just poke me in the eye with a needle! You’ve got to be kidding me. … I’m sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion and now you’re telling me, ‘I don’t really care?’”

“When they are going to have a presidential election, you hope they get a guy that’s more articulate in public,” Fuller added.

Fuller also criticized Afghan leaders as divorced from the economic realities of the United States.

“I said, ‘You guys are isolated from reality.’ The reality is, the world economy is having some significant hiccups. The U.S. is in this [too],” Fuller told POLITICO. “If you’re in a very poor country like Afghanistan, you think that America has roads paved in gold, everybody lives in Hollywood. They don’t understand the sacrifices that America is making to provide for their security. And I think that’s part of my job — to educate ’em.”

He repeatedly said the Afghan leaders don’t appreciate the sacrifice that the United States was making in “blood and treasure” for the sake of their country.
For his troubles, Fuller was relieved of his duties.

Cultural Appropriation

We've noted this edifice a couple of times, but today, forced to the outside world & desperate for something to photograph we paid real attention & decided it might not always have been a "Jesus-approved" house of worship. (Not that Jesus would necessarily approve of the shit done in his name. Find us a line from Jesus authorizing the whole Christian religious complex anywhere in the Big Book of Lies.)

Of course, we were right.

In Case You've Forgotten

Everything's made of shit & we're all dying.

We're Malignant Bouffant & we approve this message.

Nit-Picking

Your Courtesy Is Appreciated

Glad to see people playing arm poker behind the shipping containers behind the Walgreens are re-capping their fits.

Crime Scene Photography

Dunno why the helmet wasn't taken.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Last Ditch Attempt To Keep
This Crummy Web Log Relevant

Herman Cain ... Google does evil ... Chaos ... Aransas County, Texas "Whippin' Judge" William Adams ... Occupying ... Waffle House Geezers ... Poverty ... Steve Jobs still dead ... Boredom ... Greece & Euros ... Rape ... Murder ... Former Bums Of Brooklyn of Los Angeles ... Madness ... Tuberculosis ... Death & Corporate Taxes ... McRib ... Hate, Pain, Fear & Rage ... Money Moving ...Shit & Piss ... Jackson Killer Doctor Trial ... Nausea ... Credit Unions ... Bieber's Baby (Alleged) ... Dullness ...Idiocy ... Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe ... Trivia ... Contempt for Congress ... The Urge to Kill ... Inane Droning ... America Still Eating Its Young ... General Strike ... Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics ...

ROOMNYRB

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Watering Hole

In the semi-tropical environment, water can be hard to come by, & all of nature comes to drink at the same place.

If It Ain't Broke ...

Far be it from us to offer, let alone give technical advice (Although we did recently convince our friend & sexual associate to buy a Toshiba lap-top for $429.00 rather than blow over $1,000.00 on a piece of Steve Jobs slave-labor plastic.) but if, like the rest of the world, you agree that the new version of Gurgle's Reader sucks hard, here is an extension that may allow tweaks.

Of course, we tried to fix the "Posted by M. Bouffant"/"at NN:NN" overlap on this very web-log by adding a few lines of code to the CSS, as advised by some fuckwad somewhere, & nothing happened; we certainly won't be holding our breath while trying to reduce the new Reader's excess of white space.

A Chrome extension. This we might actually try.

Fantasy World

When we saw the part we've emphasized, we had a moment of hope ...
Mayor Villaraigosa: "As a Dodgers fan and an Angeleno, obviously the team has had a very tough season. We collectively felt the pain and anguish that resulted from the beating of Bryan Stow. It looks like we're going to open a new chapter with the team. And I look forward to local ownership. Whoever buys the team needs to live here. It absolutely has to be someone from L.A. The Dodgers aren't just a team, they are a collective community asset."
But obviously the Mayor is talking through his politician hat. Not much likelihood of a Green Bay-style community ownership deal here.

Nonetheless, perhaps Mayor Tony could take a few moments from deciding which local newshen he'll next be dating & look into applying some eminent domain remediation.

Eminent domain or not, it could happen! Just not soon.

Semi-Tropical Semi-Moon

Here, stare at this while we go out to buy some coffee, if we can get any w/ our last US$5.00.

Tweety The Turd-Polisher

Stolen shamelessly from Political Wire.
Jeff Bercovici found that out the hard way that Chris Matthews didn't use a ghostwriter on his new book, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

Said Matthews: "Fuck you. Where'd you get that? Is that what you think? You think I don't write my books?"

He adds: "I would never let anybody write something for me. Why do you think I'm like that? It's amazing to me that you think I'm some lightweight, glib bullshit artist that has somebody do his work for him. The writing is the hard part, the composition."
Yeah, it's just fucking amazing anyone could think he's a lightweight. "Shallow" is the word we'd use.

And enough w/ "Jack" Kennedy, & the rest of Bootlegger Joe's descendants. Who cares? It's almost 2012, isn't it?

Disease Up-Date

We did not know measles had almost disappeared either:
There have been 208 cases of measles reported in Quebec since May 1 and a total of 254 since the beginning of the year. That's a huge number, considering that there are typically only 11 cases a year in all of Canada, says the Public Health Agency of Canada.

This is now the largest measles outbreak in Canada since measles was essentially eradicated from Canada in the mid-1990s.

The U.S. is having one of its worst years yet for measles, as well. Health officials there say 118 cases have been reported so far this year -- the highest number this early in the year since 1996. The U.S. normally sees about 50 cases of measles in a year.
A Newshogger noticed it:
I admit that, being old enough to have had the measles as a kid and that it wasn’t entirely unusual at the time, I was quite surprised to discover the disease had been all but eradicated from North America over a decade ago. To watch it make a comeback due to a deliberate fabrication of a unscrupulous hack combined with the ignorant boosting of said hack by certain celebrities all preying on the fears of parents drives my rage up a few pegs.
Us as well, w/ one exception: We contracted measles (& still have a pockmark or two to prove it) in early 1980 (aged 26) as a result of doing the Worm w/ a bunch of college students while accompanying the Angry Samoans to a gig at UC Irvine, & indirectly as a result of the home schooling (have not had any of the other "childhood diseases," w/ the possible exception of rubella, AKA "German* Measles") that helped make us the cynical & alienated creep we are today.

"Facts:"
An outbreak of almost 30,000 cases in 1990 led to a renewed push for vaccination and the addition of a second vaccine to the recommended schedule. Fewer than 200 cases have been reported each year since 1997, and the disease is no longer considered endemic.
Gone, yet not forgotten. Added frightening fact: The croaker we consulted post-measles (when we had the strength to get off the couch) advised us to "take it easy" on the boozin' & other wild activities for about a yr., as adults who contract measles have a 1-in-100 chance of developing Multiple Sclerosis. Yeesh. So far we seem to be OK. Physically.

So, Canadians, stand on guard. And don't breathe.
*What the hell? What did the Germans ever do to deserve this calumny?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jesus Died For Somebody's Sins,
But We Get Tortured For His Birthday

Just observed the first Xmas advert on the big home screen, for some gawd-awful child's Xmas album, now available at Mall★Wart, where the Christmas Shop is now open.

This is not a scientific survey (Yes, the child is objectively gawd-awful, no matter how much her parental units have forced show bidness on her, but that's not what we meant.) because we are still w/o cable telebision. It may be worse in the larger media universe.

Only a few billion shopping yrs. left until the sun expands & finally burns away our misery.

Former White Castle?

Warning: Water will soon be privatized. And suck in all the air you can while it's still free (& not completely poisoned).

Property Rights

Big Ditch

Last Night In Hollywood

The people, not the phonies of WeHo & its "Worlds Largest Collection of Ninnies on Hallowe'en."As described.

Review

New version of Gurgle reader sucks. Also bites, chews, blows & eats.

Others react as well.

Dead of The Day

"Holy Roller"
"Diosa"
Cholo
Art thingies courtesy ChimMaya Gallery.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Monster Movie Madness

Bonus play w/ "Pygmy Twylyte."Crankin' & a-cokin' in the Winchell's Donut (Straight outta Temple City!) midnight ...

Salting The Wound

Some may remember this hippies vs. cynical realists event at Empire of the Senseless.

Not to beat a horse that someone else killed, but we were struck by the belief that marching against the Vietnam atrocity somehow hastened its end. We thought not (Pres. Johnson wanted out, but was afraid of being called "soft on communism" by limp-dicked compensating Republicans, for example.) & others agree:
But then in terms of effect, it’s also not clear that the anti-Vietnam movement had a huge policy impact. By 1968, there was a growing elite-level consensus that continuing the war was a bad idea. Nixon and Kissinger wanted to get out on their own terms, but they definitely wanted to get out, and mostly for international rather than domestic reasons.
Not as if zillions in the street worldwide on the same day protesting the potential Iraq atrocities had any effect either, we're happy to point out. ("Happy" in a point-scoring way; we weren't happy the invasion & occupation went right ahead, hippies in the streets or not.)

Much the same question has been asked at Balloon Juice.

Yellow & Orange & ...

And another grouch heard from. Sorry, grumpy, we quite like Candy Corn. Perhaps as much for the texture (having wiped out our taste buds w/ booze, terbaccy & spicy food over a long period of time) as the sweet sugary sweetness.This is just sick, however.
Sick, sick, sick.