Saturday, November 19, 2011

Half-Time In Hell

College Football fans (Or, in our case, watchers.) will be familiar w/ the 30-sec. announcements that colleges are allowed to insert in telebision coverage of their competitions, in an attempt to paint themselves as serious institutions, not football factories.

Moments ago, while watching the Penn State/The Ohio State University competition (Bring on the meteors, comets & asteroids now: Wwipe both these corrupt athletic excrescences & their followers from the face of the Earth!) we were treated to the brand new Pres. of PSU mumbling some crap about victims, yada, followed immediately by an OSU spot in which something that the OSU Medical Center did allowed some schmuck to cut his own meat again, saving his wife the trouble. (At least it wasn't a tattoo artist saying he could tattoo football players again thanks to OSU's Medical Center.)

Ha-fucking-ha, perverts!

Gack! As we type, the PSU thing played again, followed by the OSU thing. Fuck these horrible people six ways from Sunday!

Friday Night In The City

Crimes Against Humanity

The War Criminal Post has jumped on the Gingrich bandwagon w/ an item that attempts to clarifywhitewashes Divorce #1. The widely used journalistic shorthand that Representative Gingrich "served divorce papers" on his wife the day after an operation is not completely accurate, but he did come to the hospital to discuss the divorce w/ Wife Mk I. Nonetheless:
According to L.H. Carter, his campaign treasurer, Newt said of Battley: “She’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer.” He refused to pay alimony or child support.
No mention in The Post, of course, of this fine American's dumping just-diagnosed-w/-multiple-sclerosis Wife Mk II for the hypocritical pseudo-Catholic whore w/ whom he'd been cheating on Wife Mk II.

All of this is so sickening we'd just as soon not continue w/ the list of Gingrich's personal atrocities, but we urge all blatherers not to use the "served divorce papers on his dying wife" phrasing when cutting this awful person down to size, because it's not (exactly) true.

Indeed, it was the first (cradle-robbing*) Mrs. Gingrich who wanted the divorce. Can't imagine why.

*The Post claims the two sickos didn't start "dating" until Gingrich had graduated the high school where his motherfirst wife taught him geometry; other sources claim he was 16. This is something The Post (or, even better, a legitimate news organization) would do well to clear upwhitewash.

UPDATE (1352PST 19 November 2011): From Mediaite, a link to Salon indicating the "dating" was indeed while Gingrich was still in high school. We're waiting, WaPo!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Edendale Branch

"A" Rating

Gray-Hairs On Smoke Break

Israel Or Islamia?

"Girls are icky. Get out of our faces!"
Hither & yon.

Try to remember that God is love, & HE loves you. The universe cares.

50% of 99%

Until there are 152 million sheep in the streets, instead of shopping on Black Friday, no amount of direct action or "Occupying" will make a dime's worth of difference.
Approximately 152 million shoppers will descend upon retailers on November 25. The figure is up 10.1% from last year's 138 million. Polled between November 1 and November 8, the survey targeted 8,502 people.

In anticipation of the consumer chaos, major retailers, including Target, Macy's and Kohl's, will open their doors at midnight on Thanksgiving.
Might help if the wage-slaves would cast off their jobs & refuse to show up at midnight after Thanksgiving too.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

There Will Always Be An England

Although it may well be a load of boring rubbish, as suggested by an amusing item from The Guardian, despite our having no idea who & what those on the receiving end of the insults are. And of course we quite enjoy concepts like "The New Boring."
A mind-numbing cultural diet of Downton Abbey, Adele, home-baking, crafts à la Kirstie Allsopp and novelty knitwear is crushing the spirit of the nation. Rise up against the New Boredom
This Allsopp person sounds like a veritable Limey Martha Stewart.
The New Boredom is everywhere. Think of Kirstie Allsopp (is it insignificant that so many of the New Bores are insufferable toffs with reactionary agendas, such as her and Julian Fellowes? The question was rhetorical), her fascist craft programme and its allied book.

It was one thing to be nine and have Val Singleton on Blue Peter tell me how to make a functionally useless mobile for my mother's birthday with knicker elastic, used washing-up liquid bottles and spit. It is quite another to be an adult and face Allsopp's aristo homilies directed at making povvo proles shape up and cut their expenditure in line with the decline in real wages by reviving dead "crafts" as part of a TV-government conspiracy dreamed up by her and George Osborne on a billionaire's yacht moored off Corfu (that meeting probably never happened, but, in making it up, I feel justified because the actual truth of Kirstie's commissioning process is surely even more boring).

The blurb for her book reads: "Kirstie Allsopp's love affair with British crafts took off when she renovated her house in Devon." My hate affair with craft started when I was bought a stencil kit and it was suggested I could use it to decorate my Walthamstow slum. Allsopp has spent ages on the road "finding the things that make our Great British crafting nation truly great". So whether you want to make your own jewellery, crochet your own cushions, distress your own furniture or simply self-lobotomise and puree the resultant brain tissue to make authentic medieval stippling paint to decorate your garden chimenea (I made the last one up), then buy what is billed as "the ultimate crafting bible". Or realise that lost crafts got lost for a reason and save yourself a few bob.
Possibly worse than Martha Stewart. Certainly more boring.

Asking The Wrong Question

Someone wants to know
Why shouldn't China have a sphere of influence in the Pacific?
We'd like to know why the fuck any nation should have a "sphere of influence" anywhere? Just leave other people the fuck alone, hegemonic wanna-bes.

More Murder News

If there is any crime that calls for the application of the death penalty it would be premeditated (or "masterminded") killing for financial gain or to avoid financial loss.

Like this sick & bloated fuck, a card-carrying member of the lying & cheating 1%.
Photo: James Fayed in court in May.
Credit: Al Seib/Associated Press
Fayed was convicted earlier this year of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of his wife, Pamela Fayed, who was killed as the couple fought for control over their multimillion-dollar gold-trading business during a bitter divorce.

Pamela Fayed, 44, was attacked by a hooded assailant on July 28, 2008, shortly after meeting with her husband and their attorneys.

Prosecutors successfully urged jurors to reach a verdict of death in the case, describing the crime as a “brutal betrayal.”

[...]

James Fayed, authorities said, wanted to head off a potentially expensive divorce and feared his wife was preparing to cooperate with a federal investigation into their business practices.

Key to the case was a secretly recorded conversation between Fayed and a federal jail cellmate who was cooperating with authorities.

On the tape, which was played in court, Fayed admitted paying to arrange his wife’s slaying, and he plotted with the cellmate to have the accomplices killed.
But we'd be perfectly happy were the gold-trading criminal mastermind to spend the rest of his un-natural life in prison.

Raging Pig Of The Day

Actually, we believe these were taken during the rousting of First Amendment exercisers in Zucotti Park a couple of very early mornings ago. Whatever. A pig is a pig is &c.
"Oink!"
"OOOIIINNNKKK!!!"
Remind you of anyone?

Time For Someone to Lawyer Up?

Very close to 30 yrs. later:
After reviewing the death of famed actress Natalie Wood Wagner in 1981, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department ruled it accidental.

Now authorities are reopening the case, according to an announcement from the department issued late Thursday afternoon.

"Recently Sheriff's Homicide Investigators were contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the Natalie Wood Wagner drowning," according to the LASD.

"Due to the additional information, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau has decided to take another look at the case," wrote the department.

The actress drowned on Nov. 29, 1981, while boating off Catalina Island with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.
Another O.J. deal, this time starring Bob &/or Chris?

Minutes later, more poop from the L.A. Times.

Technological Progress

We wonder why they left the directories.

Repress Yourself

We are wise to you: This is nothing but sexual sublimation. Please, if you're scared to "do it" w/ some disease-carrying germ-bag, just pound it in the privacy of your own home, & stop inflicting your perverted fantasies on us via your cooking & eating channels. Or wear a rubber & wash thoroughly, before & after!Also, look at the cute bunny-ears on the discount bread we purchased.
Why do cameras have a "food" setting which allows these repressed freaks to change the color? Stop enabling, camera manufacturers!

Politics Is Money

Very interesting. No way (that we can figure) to embed it & maintain the interactivity, so click & inform yourself.

Extra-interesting: Huntsman rec'd. close to $30,00.00 from Ultimate Fighting Championship, Cain rec'd. about $7,500.00 from the Houston Texans.

And we can only hope that the contributions here are by employer, not the institutions themselves.
Or did the Citizens United decision go so far as to allow the armed forces as well as Microsoft, &c., to make legal bribes?

Family Values Round-Up

Interesting choice of words from The Eagle Forum Blog:
According to the grand jury report, Penn State learned about accusation against Sandusky in 1998. University official arranged for a confrontation, pressured him into admitting inappropriate behavior, and turned the case over to the police. When the DA decided that there was insufficient evidence of a crime, the university fired him anyway.

Penn State officials have been charged with a crime for not reporting a similar allegation against Sandusky in 2002. The entire case hinges on the memory and credibility of McQueary, but now he has changed his story and says that he reported it to the police. There is no physical or other hard evidence of abuse. According to Sandusky, the child involved will testify that McQueary is lying about what he claimed to have seen.

[...]

Traditional British and American law does not require citizens to report crimes that they witness. We are not a nation of snitches. If your neighbor is illegally smoking dope, you do not have to say a word.

Most people are happy reporting a crime against a child, because the child is usually unable to speak up for himself. But the mandatory reporting laws go way beyond that. They require reporting suspicions.
Now we know who will come to the defense of Coach Sandusky. The sort of people who equate one's neighbor smoking reefer to a man in his 60s raping a 10-yr. old boy.

And of course, since there is "no physical or other hard evidence of abuse," we might as well forget the whole thing. (What physical evidence do they expect nine yrs. after the alleged crime? Oh, who knows or cares?) As long as the neighbor isn't raping children in his back yard where it can be seen, not to worry. And mere suspicion isn't enough, whether or not the child is "usually unable to speak up for himself." Children, in the family values universe, are mere property, to be done w/ as the nearest adult desires.

Meanwhile, an attorney for one of the alleged victims has a thing or two to add.
"Mr. Sandusky has elected to re-victimize these young men at a time when they should be healing," attorney Ben Andreozzi said in a statement.

Andreozzi, who declined to identify his client, said the man wanted the former coach "to know that he fully intends to testify that he was severely sexually assaulted by Mr. Sandusky."
As far as the changed story, & some other facts:
Sandusky acknowledged that he showered with some of the children after workouts but claimed that his only contact was "horseplay" and not sexual

Andreozzi said he was particularly troubled by Sandusky's response to a question in the interview in which Costas asked whether the coach was sexually attracted to young boys.

Sandusky repeated the question back to Costas before responding, "I enjoy young people; I like to be around them. But no, I am not sexually attracted to young boys."

Sandusky's attorney Joseph Amendola has suggested that the person then-football graduate assistant Michael McQueary allegedly witnessed being assaulted in 2002 denies he was raped by the coach. Amendola could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Andreozzi said he was not aware of any alleged victims who might be "changing their story or refusing to testify."

"To the contrary," he said, "others are coming forward."

Also Wednesday, State College Borough Police Chief Tom King told the Associated Press that his department did not receive a report from McQueary about the alleged incident in 2002.

McQueary wrote in an e-mail to a friend that he had discussions with police about what he saw, but he didn't specify which agency.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the university is looking into whether McQueary contacted campus police. "Right now we have no record of any police report filed by Mike McQueary," she said.

State police have received calls from the public offering potentially new information about the case.
Not to mention that many have taken Sandusky's interview to be a virtual confession.
To my ear it was a near confession. Here, for example, is a telling exchange, rather excruciating to listen to:

BOB COSTAS: Are you a pedophile?

JERRY SANDUSKY: No.

BOB COSTAS: Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?

JERRY SANDUSKY: Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?

BOB COSTAS: Yes.

JERRY SANDUSKY: Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.

Well. OK. An innocent person doesn’t have to repeat that question and then parse it. You just have to say no.
Anyway, Sandusky didn't do it w/ all the young people he "helped."
At one point Costas asked Sandusky if he fits the classic “MO” of a pedophile to which the former coach replied:

“Well — you might think that. I don’t know. (LAUGHS) In terms of — my relationship with so many, many young people. I would — I would guess that there are many young people who would come forward. Many more young people who would come forward and say that my methods and — and what I had done for them made a very positive impact on their life. And I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped. There are many that I didn’t have — I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways.”
Phyllis Schlafly must be very proud of her little Roger, who, of course, politicizes this ugly mess.
The mandatory reporting law is a direct attack on the autonomy of the American family. Many parents have practices that provoke the disapproval of others. All it takes is one anonymous call to CPS, and a govt social worker will knock on the door and threaten to put the kids in foster care. There is no due process. The upshot is that know-nothing social workers are redefining how American children are to be reared, and this is a change for the worse.

And it is only going to get worse, as the Democrats want to expand the mandatory reporting.

[...]

I would not be surprised if this Penn State witch-hunt concludes by the state paying millions of dollars in bogus lawsuits, and no one found guilty of anything. Plus a horrible new anti-family law.
Pro-children is anti-family. Remember that at the next witch-hunt. (As if these hateful religious freaks are opposed to "witch-hunts." Who the fuck invented witch-hunting?)

Scum Round-Up

From some crappy web-load (via b&s) telling information, which we've emphasized:
It was a great few days for yours truly to make peace with some ideological foes. On the plane out to Los Angeles, who do I bump into but Bill Bennett and his wife, cordial and respectful as ever? On the way back, I kid you not, Andrew Breitbart was in the seat next to me. We've never met, but we've emailed over the years. He's hot-headed and a bundle of bearish energy and nerves. But we had a blast on the plane, with him sharing his latest pop music obsessions on his iPod with me.

Breitbart is actually a kind of straight gay: loves pop music, hates rock n roll, lost interest in radio music around the time of grunge (as did I) and now believes there's a revival of joyous pop going on. Oh, and, yes, we talked Trig a little. How could we not?
A-yup. They hate the rock&roll, but joyous popdisposable pap rah rah rah! Why would anyone over 12 be interested in lowest common denominator "radio music," pre or post grunge? And would anyone be willing to wager that Sullivan encountered these vicious creeps anywhere but in first class? Didn't think so. 1%, baby!

Do read b&s Ben on the larger context. Apparently the personal isn't political, or vice-versa, either. As far as we're concerned, scum is scum, no matter how much weak & shallow music for 'tweens & perpetually adolescent dance club denizens they like. What's ol' Bill Bennett think about popular music, we wonder? "Not virtuous," probably.

In other Sullivan news, he continues his "God is love" bullshit:
That the universe loves us.
Of course. No clearer indication of "love" than birth, suffering & death. The universe really cares. A lot. And while the imaginary whatever-it-is can't & shouldn't be anthropomorphized, it may be gawd "trying to tell him something," per the title of his "Aren't Mr. & Mrs. Bill Bennett & Andrew Breitbart just swell folks?" item.

Why can't these idiots accept the random meaninglessness of their petty existences? Or at least keep their personality disorders to themselves?

And more Breitbart bull, as well.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Auto Up-Date

We've noted the fabulous Edsel before, now here is another look at the famous for failing shitmobile, from a "design & promotion" angle, & packed w/ so much marketing & promotional crap
that those who look & read will be either bored so limp they'll be unable to move or will be inspired to finish the job of slitting their wrists while plunging from the highest available bldg.

Excellent psychological test, really.

Who Could Imagine?

Shocked, we tell you, absolutely shocked, that an intelligence service would employ a Neo-Nazi. How could that happen?
It has now emerged that the agent, who was transferred to less-sensitive work following an investigation at the time, openly held rightwing views and was known in the village where he grew up as "Little Adolf". When police raided his flat following the murder, they found a cache of guns, for which he had a legitimate licence, and extracts from Mein Kampf, according to Der Spiegel. There are unconfirmed reports that the man was present at three or more other neo-Nazi murder scenes.
What next? A revelation that pedophiles like to volunteer for the Boy Scouts?

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.