Monday, December 19, 2011

Girl Talk

The story behind Mme. Gingrich's hair.
Having just undergone a Washington, D.C., salon’s best attempt to Callistify me, I now know that hair like that doesn’t come easily—in fact, it suggests a certain strength of character on Callista’s part that she’s able to do that to herself every single day. And I’m much less inclined, now, to judge her for looking a little off-kilter. The fumes from that many products mingled together and swirling around her head must be dizzying.
And so on.

And Best Wishes for The New Yr.

We like the images that accompany this musical number. They serve as an antidote to the constant cant of this time of joy & sharing. What a despicable species you are. Do the planet a favor & bugger off, would you?

Yes!!

A scheduled post. Bases now covered; nap time. (Not a haiku. Sad.)

Electronic Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Proto-Ig

We only hope we look as good as ? if we live to his age. (We should only hope we look as good ever, period.)Note crappy NYC honky clapping. Have you people no shame?

And enjoy Ronnie Spector as she enjoys never having been shot (fatally, at least) by Phil Spector.

Plus which: 1998, Coney Island. Working the crowd.

The Kim is Dead, Long Live The Kim

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (right)
with his third son and heir-apparent Kim Jong-un
 Photo: EPA
The Torygraph has all the factoids to make you think he was just awful in a pre-obit.
No one inside North Korea would ever hear of this excess. Kim has banned mobile phones, newspapers, the internet and books. In 2004, he brought in a new criminal law, penalising anyone who tried to bring in outside music. Talking about his successor is banned too.

However, Kim is not technically in charge. His father, Kim Il-sung, who died suddenly of a heart attack in 1994, was proclaimed "Eternal President" and never replaced. Kim junior, who took up the post of General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and head of the National Defence Commission, simply expresses his deceased father's will.
How wacky!

Int'l. Double Death Action

Vaclav Havel, Former President of Czech Republic, Dies at 75
OK, a bit late on that one, but here's some hotter shit:
Kim Jong-il, the reclusive dictator who kept North Korea at the edge of starvation and collapse, banished to gulags citizens deemed disloyal and turned the country into a nuclear weapons state, died Saturday, according to North Korean state news media.

Called the “Dear Leader” by his people, Mr. Kim, the son of North Korea’s founder, remained an unknowable figure. Everything about him was guesswork, from the exact date and place of his birth to the cause of his death to the mythologized events of his rise in a country formed by the hasty division of the Korean Peninsula at the end of World War II.

North Koreans heard about him only as their “peerless leader” and “the great successor to the revolutionary cause.” Yet he fostered what was perhaps the last personality cult in the Communist world. His portrait hangs beside that of his father, Kim Il-sung, in every North Korean household and building. Towers, banners and even rock faces across the country bear slogans praising him.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na
Will this have any effect on anything that matters to us? Our immediate guess is no, other than an increase in inane droning blather on which spawn of Kim/mystery man will now take the reins, what that will mean, blart. Probably not even floods of refugees.

Fanboi Clubhouse

Having spent much of the wknd. associating w/ humanoids, you can bet your flabby ass we're in a bad mood, & surprised we didn't run & mock these earlier, considering they were taken close to a mo. ago.
Look up "Commodity Fetishism, Temple of" in the dictionary & one of the above images will appear.

Abandon Hope All Who ...

NB: Pedo-Bear comments will be BANNED!!

Telebision Round-Up

Friday, December 16, 2011

"I can't say what's right or what's wrong ..."

Motown:Whatnot:No idea if the above was uploaded from a CD remix, digital remastering or what have you, & probably haven't really listened in X+ yrs., but you sure can hear all the weird noises and the vocals/dialog on the dinky speakers & sub-woofer on the stereohome theatre.

It Was Friday, December 16th;
It Was Cool In Los Angeles

What's left of today is the 60th anniversary of the televised incarnation of Dragnet, per this reliable source. Older than both us & the proverbial hills.
The eternal two-shot. On the right, the recently late Harry Morgan.
One more from the archives.
Closest Webb could get to a smile?

Seasonal

L.A. snowpeople are made of tumbleweeds & gigantic.
Yours probably aren't.

Grifting From Town To Town

Rick Perry, retired gov't. employee.
Perry officially retired in January so he could start collecting his lucrative pension benefits early, but he still gets to collect his salary — and has in turn dramatically boosted his take-home pay.

Perry makes a $150,000 annual gross salary as Texas govenor. Now, thanks to his early retirement, Perry, 61, gets a monthly retirement annuity of $7,698 before taxes, or $6,588 net. That raises his gross annual salary to more than $240,000.

On a swing through Cherokee, Iowa, Perry was asked why the Employee Retirement System should be paying his retirement while he's still collecting a salary.

"That’s been in place for decades ... I don’t find that to be out of the ordinary,” Perry said "ERS called me and said, 'Listen you're eligible to access your retirement now with your military time and your time and service, and I think you would be rather foolish to not access what you’ve earned.'”
What's a goddamn "Ponzi scheme" now, you fucking double-dipping parasite?Wooooo! From the times before Mr. Bland went slick, got a horn section, & personified the "urban" blues.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What Have They Done To The Earth?


What happens when the economy stops growing — forever?

Here Comes The Christmas
Consumption Choo-Choo

And there it goes.

We Just Can't Believe ...

... we're still bothering. (This is like work.) Next yr., a plan or nothing. Or, had we given a shit, last yr., a nice round 70th birthday.

Time Wounds All Heels

Andrew Sullivan ♥ Ron Paul. Why? They do have a few things in common, racism being the primary commonality.

And now that Sullivan has made his move, he is very self-righteously angry at FOXNews's Chris Wallace, because the Republican Media Establishment mentioned Rep. Paul's racist past. Close to home, Sully?
Notice how Wallace is entirely of the Republican Media Establishment. They (and his boss, Roger Ailes) have decided quite consciously to erase Ron Paul from coverage, or have discussion of him (as with Hannity's dredging up the old racist newsletters as the first item when discussing Paul last night) loaded immediately with scorn, and derision.
After all, racism disappears w/ time. Indeed, anything that may have been said or reported way back there in the '90s is over & should be forgotten. How dare they bring up someone's past, as if it had meaning? Like that Bell Curve stuff, which Andy has completely forgotten. Oh, he hasn't? He's still beating that horse? (Perfectly OK when Andy brings it up himself, of course. Because then it's not racism, it's sciencism!)

(Also visible at Whiskey Fire.)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

No One Is Called "Spike" Any More,
Are They?

Turns out that, stuck in w/ other celebration, one of F. Zappa's inspirations is having not just any old posthumous birthday, but his centenary. We didn't know it when we copped a vid from me, nor did me. So, before Jonesy's big anniv. disappears into the mists, an inspired one:Also, w/ vocals:

A Sad Statement About The Media

Proven right again. 'Twas but two wks. ago we were on about someone's sudden gun fixation.
We figure Tucker Carlson's TheDC is running gun reviews (as well as Top Ten Gun lists, misty-eyed tributes to retro/vintage weapons & other manly penis-related stuff) because they're desperate for money & being paid for "advertorials,"* or they're just desperate for attention & hoping that a leftist gun-hater will take the bait &, in a fit of pissed-off liberal rage, complain that TheDC dared to piss them off.

Or, as they started promptly 15 November 2011, it's just Commercial Xmas fun. Who doesn't want a gun or three under the tree? We know we sure as hell do. (Our Fifth Amendment at Work: The exact reasons we'd like a weapon or five have gone wisely unmentioned, on advice of a legal consultant.)
Judging from the start date of 15 November we noted, they were just keeping it stealthy for a mo. before today's roll-out.
The section will include everything from the latest news about armed citizens defending themselves and their property, to coverage of Second Amendment policies and politics, to reviews of the latest guns and gear.

“The millions of Americans who own and are interested in guns are currently without the sort of daily news coverage that is allotted to most other American interests,” said Neil Patel, publisher and CEO of The Daily Caller. “Most of the media would never consider publishing a guns and gear section because they are hopelessly out of touch with American values and interests. This is a sad statement about the media. It’s great news for The Daily Caller,” Patel continued. “As the booming audience for our political coverage has proven, millions of Americans are hungry for new sources of news. We are confident that our Guns and Gear section will receive a similar welcome.”

The section will be comprised of eight subsections; Ammo & Gear Reviews, Black Rifles & Tactical Guns, Concealed Carry & Home Defense, Gun Laws & Legislation, Gun Links, Handguns, Military, and Sporting Arms. Mike Piccione will serve as the editor for the Guns & Gear section.

“There are 80 million gun owners in the United States, concealed carry is commonplace and legal in one form or other in 49 States and it is our intent to provide a knowledge bank and be a resource for gun owners,” said Piccione.

Asked for comment on the Daily Caller’s latest hire, DC editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson said ”Mike Piccione knows more about firearms and self-defense than anyone in journalism. We’re grateful to have him editing this new section.”
(Why the wait? A month's probation for gun desk guy Piccione before officially noticing him?)

And now, the rest of the story:

Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 20-year veteran journalist, and Neil Patel, former chief policy advisor to Vice President Cheney, The Daily Caller is a 24-hour news publication providing its audience with original reporting, thought-provoking commentary, and breaking news. Since its launch on January 11th, 2010, The Daily Caller has grown to over 3.5 million unique visitors per month and more than 12 million monthly pageviews. For more information, or to schedule an interview with The Daily Caller staff, please contact Patrick McMahon at pat@dailycaller.com.

One Size Fits All

GOP FAQ: Guns

Remember, if Obama is reëlected, the very first thing he'll do in his second term is TAKE YOUR GUNS so you can't resist Second Amendment-style when he & his gang of Alinsky socialites shove Karl Marx down your throat & send jack-booted thugs to your home to take all your precious incandescent* light bulbs. W/ that in mind, how do the Republican candidates stack up on the substitute penis issue?
Every Republican running for president brags of being pro-2nd Amendment while out on the campaign trail. But how many candidates actually practice what they preach?

Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has seven guns, spokesman Matt Beynon told The Daily Caller. His favorite, the aide said, is a Kimber 1911 pistol.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul also owns guns, but his campaign wouldn’t get into specifics.

“He does, but a good 2nd Amendment person doesn’t tip off home invaders what guns are in the house and how many he has,” said Gary Howard, a spokesman for Paul.

A .22 rifle is former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s favorite, spokesman Tim Miller said.

“He has a .22 rifle, 12 gauge shotgun and .38 pistol,” Miller told TheDC.

A spokeswoman for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann wouldn’t go into details about any guns Bachmann may keep.

“For obvious security reasons, she doesn’t disclose what type of guns she owns,” said Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for the presidential campaign.

But she said Bachmann likes semi-automatic rifles. “Michele’s favorite gun is the AR-15,” she told TheDC.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made news last year after using a .380 Ruger to shoot a coyote that threatened his dog while on a jog. Perry, whose campaign did not return a request for comment, said then he routinely carries a gun with him while running in case he runs into snakes.

A spokesman for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn’t respond to an inquiry for this story, but a 2007 Associated Press article said Romney didn’t own any guns then.

While running for president in 2007, Romney got caught in a brouhaha after claiming that he was a lifelong hunter. His campaign later said he had only hunted twice, as a teenager and then later in life with donors. Seeking to clarify, Romney went on to say that he was a longtime hunter of “small varmints.”

It’s not clear if former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich owns any guns. His campaign didn’t respond to TheDC’s request for this story.

The National Rifle Association isn’t discussing yet which GOP candidates they see as strongest on guns.

“Not at this point in time,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told TheDC.
From Tucker's Daily Carlson.
*If it was good enough for Edison, it's good enough for America!!

False Alarm

We thought someone had caught on to us for a second:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

M.B. Stands For Monkey Butt!

Bonus Quote of the Day

"The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt."
-- Obama adviser David Axelrod, quoted by the Chicago Sun Times, predicting Newt Gingrich will get far greater scrutiny now that he's the GOP frontrunner.

Visual Aids

An earlier master of the comedy music genre.Very specific context.

X-Mess In Joke

Turns out there is a Santa Claus, at least in (we think) the Larchmont neighborhood.He may be a perv 'though.

Date Rape Wrap-Up

Can't decide if we can tolerate Ms. Deschanel's voice.
Comedy version:Forgot how much we hate Rod "Rooster" Stewart.And Brother Ray:This poor song deserves Grammy recognition for "Most Abused."

Union Man

Possibly paraphrased outrage: "They want triple scale for rehearsals!"

Spoken Word

Hrs. of material

Testify, Brother

Too funny, too true.
... Gingrich was asked by reporters whether he should return some of his reported $1.6 million in consulting fees from housing giant Freddie Mac in light of the 2008 subprime mortgage collapse.

“I would just say that if Gov. Romney would like to give back all of the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, that I would be glad to listen to him,” Gingrich told reporters in New Hampshire after a town hall. “I’ll bet you $10, not $10,000, that he won’t take the offer,” he continued.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Two Franks On Love

Compare & contrast:No idea who the people in the intro & outro are.

M. B.'s Phrase Of The Wk.

Representative Bachmann channels George "Not a dime's worth of difference" Wallace at (2:07).But the phrase of the wk. (5:46ish, do listen to the end) is "big government frugal socialist wing of the party." And yes, she means the Republican Party.

It's the John Birch Society's world. We just live in it.

ADDED EXTRA UPDATE (2150PST, same date): Tucker Carlson's drunken interns cut it up good.From (1:23); also, she says she's a man. (Which we'd noticed, & now that we have it isolated, why not?)

Were At This Gig

Spoken Word

Muslin Cover-Up

Having wallowed in the poor bastard (not to mention the recording industry exec victim clinging to life) who lost it in Hollywood recently, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Paranoid Pamela Geller's reaction. (Even though "the enemy" didn't mention it. Her bold.)
What is most disturbing about this story, apart from the obvious horror, is that not one news account reported what one witness said the shooter was screaming: "allahu akbar." Not one news account. The media is the enemy.
And the police? They didn't hear it? Or mention it? Everyone's the enemy!
Check out the video here. One of the witnesses states that the shooter was repeatedly shouting "allahu akbar" at minute 2:42. This video is on the bottom right of the LA Times new story, but they don't mention it in their coverage -- neither does Reuters, CBS news, The Hollywood Reporter, KFAI [sic], or any of the other news reports. I expect that this video will be removed or edited.
Well, it's still right there, unedited, in the middle of the three videos.
Not embeddable, but available at KTLA, &, as promised, around (2:42) eyewitness April Manlo claims the attempted murderer shouted "Allahu Akbar." None of the other witnesses mention it. We can therefore conclude they were all in on the cover-up as well, because we know how accurate eyewitness testimony is. Let alone the accuracy of some guy squawking on the telly, who's hardly under oath.

And most of the rightist blog-o-sphere must have been in on the cover-up as well, except for Pamela's two boyfriends, Jim & Robert:
Gotta love the "major media didn't report this!!" angle. Sure, we're just a cow-town out here. The Tribune Co.'s tee vee station is not major, or even media, really.

And another paranoid weighs in:
Uploaded by on Dec 10, 2011
Hat tip: Blazing Cat Fur.

Evidently Filipinos can't be trusted when they hear "Allahu Ackbar!", because KTLA erased this eyewitness interview from their report later in the day.
Odd that in all this footage, including the guy interacting w/ the shooter, only Mr. Manlo mentions "Allahu Akbar!" Indeed, the shooter doesn't bother to mention it when he's on camera. Oh, right, cover-up. Even 'though the interview hasn't been erased. We keep forgetting.

"Kali Dreams"

Sunset & Vine shooter identified as 26-yr. old Tyler Brehm.
A Facebook member by the name of Tyler Brehm is listed as living in Hollywood and being from Carlisle, Penn.

On Tuesday, the site lists him as switching his status from “in a relationship” to “single."

The Facebook page has a photo album titled “Cali Dreams” apparently of a trip he took to California in 2009. He’d recently changed his hometown to Carlisle and listed his place of residence as Hollywood.
Which is grimmer, being sucked in by Hollywood & going out suicide-by-police style, or having your existence summed up by your Facebook activity?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Moonlight On ...

Stolen from.

We Tried

About the best we could do. Taken at 0527PST.
What we had to work w/. 0525PST

In Celebration

High-brow stuff:A perpetual personal fave:Relevant to our currently teary as-all-fuck peepers (Pardon any typos, OK?) & swell pop music:

BDS

In a Scrooge mood or not, this one does warm the cockles of our alleged heart.Someone who gives a shit should determine the exact percentage of 'Murkin pop music that is Xmas/holiday based. Then they can work on why in hell any such significant percentage exists.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Still Suffering

Floozies in The Lobby

Contrastingly

Hollywood Suicide By Cop

Yes, that is the Kinkos, then FedExKinkos, now FedEx Office, where this reporter last held a job.And no, we were sleeping the sleep of the righteous at 1019.

Interesting that the gunman seems to have aimed & fired more at cars than people. It can be hard to tell the difference around here. (Right now, for example, we're pretty sure we're a 1965 Buick Skylark.)

Pretty Much Fer D00des Only

Cuz dames mostly have more sense than to be fascinated by such dangerous, wasteful activity. But the length to which your gov't. will go just to snoop is pretty amazing, isn't it?Some context:
What many people don’t realize is that U-2s were actually flown off aircraft carriers in the 1960s. Yup, modified U-2s took off and landed from the carriers USS Ranger and USS America between 1964 and 1969. These weren’t just test flights to see if you could land a jet the size of a U-2 on a ship. U-2Gs and U-2Rs flew actual recon missions from the two carriers.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Injury Report

It's always something: Managed to poke ourself in one of our eyes, not w/ a fork* but w/ the corner of a bookmark, resulting in an abraded cornea & pain in the ass from a trip to the Ruth & Harry Roman Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where the celebrated go to die.

As the hydrocodone-acetaminophen is having no effect on the pain & we'll be attempting to put drops & ribbons of goo in said peeper, which, by the fucking way, has been exuding fluid as if there were no tomorrow since we poked ourself (How long will that US$2.16 box of tissues last, we wonder.) don't count on much activity here. Sure, we may be just fine after a good night's sleep (Estimated time of healing: Two days.) but one never knows.
*Fork in your mind, drive you insane!

Why You Can't Bail Out Of Your Flying Car W/ Your Jet-Pack

All we got in the second half of the 20th century were some improvements on one of those inventions — the computer — with the personal computer, the Internet and the iPhone. (Boomers were more focused on acid trips than space trips and dropped the ball on the hard work of pushing scientific progress forward.)
— Ann Coulter, in The DC.

Cartoon Break

Monza By The Streetlight

YouTube comment for above: "This song is heavy as hell for 1966."
♪"... liars & cheaters & people like you ..."♬

Thursday, December 8, 2011

♫Cheesy Cheesy♬

The revolting Velveeta® details. If that's his real name.

... And?

Now that you mention it, we are confused. Is it Thursday already? Which cup of coffee is this, & so on.

Last Late One

At the end of this year, with too few members left to maintain an organization, the Pearl Harbor Survivor Association will disband. Back in 1958, the group had 28,000 members; now, The New York Times reports, there [are] 2,700 left, most of whom are in their 90s and cannot actively participate in the group. Soon our only access will be through historians and the documentation they rely on, such as the images gathered below, now preserved by the National Archives.

That About Which ...

Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers
in rock hall of fame

So fucking what.

Added Visual Aid

As mentioned/linked.
1) Dorris Miller was a mess attendant on the U.S.S. West Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th of 1941. Though Miller served his time as a cook, he proved his bravery by aiding fellow wounded soldierssailors. Miller carried his shipmates to safety while Japanese bombs killed hundreds of soldierssailors on board. Miller also manned a 50-caliber anti-aircraft machine gun until it ran out of ammunition and he had to abandon ship. The military awarded his bravery with the Naval Cross.
(Our corrections above. — Militarism Ed.)
Admiral Nimitz awarding the Navy Cross medal to
Cook Third Class Doris Miller aboard the USS West Virginia.
From.

Hippies!

"Get Off Our Lawn" Campaign
Succeeding In County

*California has 58 counties. County population totals range from 1,109 persons in Alpine, the least populated county, to over 9.8 million persons in Los Angeles, the state's most populous county.

*The state’s nine largest counties, Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Alameda, Sacramento and Contra Costa each have over one million residents. They are home to 70 percent of Californians.

*Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties posted the highest numeric population gains and account for over half of the state's growth. Growth in these counties was primarily due to natural increase. Los Angeles County experienced net out-migration.

*Most counties gained population but 18 counties experienced population decline.

*Like the state, two-thirds of the counties experienced net out-migration (more people moving out of the county than moving in).
As excerpted. Now shoo!

Wretched Excess

One of the perks of celebrating the holidays near the Pacific are the spectacular holiday boat parades. Vessels adorned with festive decor, twinkling lights, holiday tunes and costumed carolers cruise harbors and channels, summoning holiday spirit and merry competition. The annual sea traditions are free for viewers, except for the cost (and joy) of parking.

We've corralled 7 for you to check out this month, and it looks like Saturday, December 10 is the day of the boat parade.
Keep flaunting it, richies!

Next year, torpedoes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Infamous Links

Forgotten crimes, forgotten Americans.

WATB Round-Up

Hoftstadter, cherry-picked by a guy at Salon, meaning he draws from more than The Paranoid Style.

Greatest Revelation: The newly paranoid right does hate America, as has been suspected for some time. (Some time around 1954, to be specific.)
The notion that paranoid movements were activated not by negotiable interests but by “fundamental fears and hatreds” was a more general and abstract version of the argument Hofstadter had made in an essay he wrote 10 years earlier, “The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt – 1954.” Hofstadter opened that essay by arguing that the new far-right dissenters were not in fact conservatives at all. “[A]lthough they believe themselves to be conservatives and usually employ the rhetoric of conservatism, [they] show signs of serious and restless dissatisfaction with American life, traditions and institutions. They have little in common with the temperate and compromising spirit of true conservatism in the classical sense of the word … their political reactions express rather a profound if largely unconscious hatred of our society and its ways – a hatred which one would hesitate to impute to them if one did not have suggestive evidence both from clinical techniques and from their own modes of expression.”
And then it goes on & on & on, but read it anyway. Minutes of amusement; few things are better than seeing one's despicable enemies demolished through dime-store psychology.

A Box Of Ugly Plastic Things

"Murder & destruction scream the toys in every store."

More On The End Of The Human World

Difficult as it is to hold the wind, we suspect your species will kill itself over the more-easily-commodifiable water. Punchy final paragraph:
We know at least one big thing about how this particular tragedy will turn out: the so-called civilization of the Southwest will not survive the present century, not at its present scale anyway. The question yet to be answered is how much it will have to shrink, and at what cost. Stay tuned. It will be one of the greatest, if grimmest, shows on Earth.
Perhaps not as grim for those who don't occupy this great emptiness. Even we may not be here in 80 or 90 yrs.

70th Anniversary

Inspired by JennofArk, we found more on the Santa shit theme.People died at Pearl Harbor so Yankees could buy crap like this in vain attempts to compensate for the emptiness of their miserable lives? Fuck, bet those guys moldering in the hull of the Arizona are really sorry they're dead now.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rich School/Why Fake It?

45 yrs.+ later & this country still sucks. (Not that any place else is much fucking better.)

As B/4, Dillinger

Here, Learn Something Useful

Oh, great, didn't notice the "RIP" in the tweet. Should have known, really. Not too long ago:Hell, we remember seeing James Cotton back in the '60s, when he (& we) could still stand up.

And at last, something not shot by some pinhead using an iScrod equipped w/ a mike the size of the head of a pin.We don't always like using the "Morbidity Report" label.

Brainiac

Newton Leroy Gingrich, Defense Genius or Military Moron?
Either way, the photo's funny.
Click, read & decide.

Items We Never Finished Reading

After the anti-intellectualism of George W. Bush, Palin, and Perry, Republicans are showing a preference for a presidential candidate of substance by embracing Gingrich and Romney.

Sweet. Blood. Of. Jeee-zisss ...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Music: D³

Not D3:
D is for disco decadence,death,
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Waiting For The D Train by Yoko Ono
“'Waiting for the D Train' - D stands for death, so the thing is you’re waiting for death in a way. And while you’re waiting for death, a lot of things go on in your life. Separations or pain or some beautiful joy, all this stuff happens. And then in the end [of the album is] the song called “Higa Noboru,” which means “The Sun is Rising.” After the D Train, The Sun Is Down. And then the sun is rising, and I’m saying “I’m still alive.” It’s going into the new era, a new age. We’re gonna go to a new age together. That’s what it means.
Oooooo-kay.

And The Dead:

Fun W/ 'Phones

We miss good sound: One signal, by wire, w/ clarity & comprehension for all. No more in the age of cordless, wireless & Bluetooth digital whatnot: Expect to sound as if you're underwater in all your vital, just-couldn't-wait-till-you-got-home communications for the next few yrs.
And don't get us started on today's manners!
Anyway, a look at one schmuck's collection of Bell System 'phones of the previous century.
On the left, a 1947 prototype pushbutton phone which recently sold on eBay for $17,999.99.
On the right, a clear plastic version of the 302 model. From this model on,
Western Electric manufactured limited editions of most of their models in clear plastic.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

"Somewhere Swirling in There"

Chee-zis Louise. Pompous Windbag, Dictionary Definition thereof:
Washington Monument, Newton Leroy Gingrich & Callista Bisek Gingrich
Newt Gingrich — flush with pride over new polls showing his left-for-dead candidacy now leading the pack — is letting his healthy ego roam free again, littering the campaign trail with grand pronouncements about his celebrity, his significance in political history and his ability to transform America.

“I helped lead the effort to defeat communism in the Congress,” Gingrich said this week on Sean Hannity’s show

“I’m going to be the nominee,” he informed ABC News while in Iowa.

“I was charging $60,000 a speech and the number of speeches was going up, not down,” Gingrich said in South Carolina, explaining why he didn’t actually need his consulting fee from Freddie Mac. “Normally, celebrities leave and they gradually sell fewer speeches every year. We were selling more.”

“The degree to which I challenge the establishment and the degree to which I’m willing to follow ideas and solutions to their natural consequence without regard to Republican or Democratic political correctness makes me probably the most experienced outsider in modern times,” he told Radio Iowa.

Even descriptions of his wife Callista fall prey to aggrandizement: “She actually describes herself as being a cross between Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush with just a slight bit of Jackie Kennedy tossed in and I think there is, somewhere swirling in there, the model Callista would like to live up to.”
We suppose the Friends of Newt can chalk this up to POLITICO's well-known leftist bias & the baseless assertion that The Left is most scared of a Gingrich-Obama debate (PLEASE DO NOT THROW US IN THE BRIAR PATCH!) but what the hell?
Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond dismissed criticism about the speaker’s self-regard, saying his boss is speaking the truth about the nation’s problems.

Newt Gingrich has been against the status quo in Washington since he first arrived from Georgia,” Hammond said. “Many times he’s the first to point out a dumb idea and say, ‘here’s how to fix it.’ And in many cases, he uses the words ‘dumb idea.’ “
Bonus peep at GOP strategy:
“Yes, ‘Bad Newt’ is emerging again,” said GOP strategist Alex Castellanos. “He refers to himself as a celebrity, when voters despise Washington’s arrogance and he knows that was one of McCain’s most effective assaults against Obama. He dismisses charges of corruption by telling us he’s too successful* to be tempted, when he’s just seen what happened when Rick Perry declared he was “insulted” by charges that he could be bought for only $5,000.”
Arrogant indeed. That any of the Republican candidates think they're qualified even to run for the Presidency is arrogant beyond belief. As is their condemning Washington from their Washington homes & offices.
But, he added, “So what? The rule in politics is that if you tell voters what they already know, they remain where they already are. You have to give voters new information to change how they react to candidates. We already know ‘Bad Newt’ is undisciplined, even, reckless and has an inflated sense of self-worth. And Gingrich is leading in Iowa. A lot of ‘Bad Newt’ is already built into the front-runner’s stock price.”

The options for conservatives, Castellanos added, are dwindling.
Horse racing now, but who sees any of the remaining clowns emerging from the dust & making a comeback? There can't possibly be a swell of Santorum can there?
*How'd he make all that money again?

Mind Train

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Mind Train by Yoko Ono

Har Har Har

And now, the story behind the story ...

Gingrich Round-Up

Christian Leaders in Government? What's wrong w/ the hypocrites & fools in government now?

Friday, December 2, 2011

More Of The Same Old On & On

Why Republicans Embrace Simpletons and How it Hurts America

Of course you're going to click (It's all good, you should.) & no we won't be arsed to pull anything.

Visual Aid

Never get caught w/o a fill light.
Photo: Melina Mara/The WaPo
As spotted.

Same Old &c., Etcetera

Yeah, so why even bother? Read it or ...

Xmas Cheer & Info

Windsor Canadian

Animation for fans of comic book covers.
Looks like a lot of work. You'd need a drink when you got through.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pissing Off The Liberals, Again

We figure Tucker Carlson's TheDC is running gun reviews (as well as Top Ten Gun lists, misty-eyed tributes to retro/vintage weapons & other manly penis-related stuff) because they're desperate for money & being paid for "advertorials,"* or they're just desperate for attention & hoping that a leftist gun-hater will take the bait &, in a fit of pissed-off liberal rage, complain that TheDC dared to piss them off.

Or, as they started promptly 15 November 2011, it's just Commercial Xmas fun. Who doesn't want a gun or three under the tree? We know we sure as hell do. (Our Fifth Amendment at Work: The exact reasons we'd like a weapon or five have gone wisely unmentioned, on advice of a legal consultant.)

A blade or two would be sweet, while you're playing Santa.

Don't let them take away your knife rights either. You know how the conservative mind works. Lives in fear, but because of all the free-marketin' & rugged, socialized welfare medicine-hatin' self-reliant exceptionalism that the universities, Hollywood & Barack Obama will never be able to stop, there is an inner John Wayne/Incredible Hulk waiting to happen inside every real American:
Operating a motor vehicle is a daily occurrence for most of us. Regardless of your destination—work, favorite hunting stand, range, grocery store or to pick up the kids—statistically, the more time spent behind the wheel the greater the chance of being involved in, or coming upon, an accident. Under most circumstances the care of those involved should be left to state-certified first responders, but when faced with fire or water submersion, immediate extrication may be required to save a life. The Benchmade Emergency Response Tool (ERT-1) was designed for these situations.
Or, you might just have to cut a bitch.

*Yes, the NRA's greasy prints are obviously all over it. Work w/ us here, people.

What's This Have To Do W/ Jesus?

Leave our Solstice Fest the hell out of your Commercial Xmas, appropriators!
That star inside a crescent sort of thingie look in any way Islamic to you?

Just Keep Shopping

Brutish & Short Plug

A link from a bigger (Ha ha.) operation, 'cause these poor saps need help, & because it mentions someone dear to us.
I suppose we learned the hard way that the blogosphere of 2011 isn’t anything at all like the blogosphere of 2003 or 2004. There is no place for advancement without institutional backing. Getting links from other blogs just doesn’t happen, because the voices are all entrenched, and they all just link to one another all the time. Scott Lemieux said this about that, sez John Cole, and I’m all like, “No shit, I read that blog, too.” And while it’s fun to stay current, I pretty frequently feel like I’m stuck in an echo chamber.

(But then, hell, the most obscure blog I read is M. Bouffant’s, and he’s bigger than we are.* I’m a victim of the fallacy I seek to correct, too, buddy. I get it. I’m complaining here, not absolving myself of guilt.)
And congrats on being noticed by one of Sullivan's nameless & faceless flunkies, & reaping the rewards thereof.

*A) How is "bigger" defined here?

B) And if so, let's not get personal, gym-goer.

Survey Shows

Dullness Report:

Glendale is boring. Or at least that’s what more than a year of market research indicates.

Consultants hired to develop a new brand strategy for the city unveiled their findings Tuesday at City Hall, saying most people think of Glendale as the boring city between Burbank and Pasadena.
They didn't ask us, but we'd have said while we weren't sure if it was Glendale between Burbank & Pasadena or Burbank between Glendale & Pasadena, all three were terminally dull.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Neon (Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City)

Ann Coulter Types!

Yes, Ann Coulter. That's right, she's still alive. No, really.
Look, lemme e-mail you her latest column. It'll be appearing in Tucker Carlson's The Daily Caller. Yes, yes, they're still around. They've got Mickey Kaus, now too, y'know. But check out Coulter:
These women are like triple-A ball players with the stats being: number of bankruptcies, smallest bank account, number of liens, most false claims, number of children out of wedlock, degrees of separation from David Axelrod, total trips to human resources and so on.

That wouldn’t be dispositive — except for the fact that their only evidence is their word.

But this is how liberals dirty you up when they’ve got nothing: They launch a series of false accusations, knowing that Americans with busy lives won’t follow each story to the end and notice that they were all blind alleys.

The liberal media is an old story, but it’s still a big story when it comes to creating the impression of scandal out of thin air.

Most people say, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” I say, “Where there’s smoke around a conservative, there are journalists furiously rubbing two sticks together.”

Ann Coulter is a political commentator and writer.
We just want to note that the two identified harrassees (not the apparent volunteer, about whose politics we haven't heard or cared) are hardly "liberal," or "the left."
Allred described her client as a "registered Republican," though Bialek does not have an active voter card in Illinois, election officials said. The state does not allow voters to register by party, but records show she pulled a GOP ballot in the 2008 primary.
She also has not been particularly active politically. National Public Radio reported that she is a registered Republican and views herself as an independent. According to Federal Election Commission records, she has given a single political contribution in recent years: $250 to the Democratic National Committee. Kraushaar also gave modest amounts to Republican candidates.

Her husband, Kevin Kraushaar, a lawyer and lobbyist, has been a more prolific donor, giving money to both Democratic and Republican candidates, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. during his 2008 presidential bid.
Raging, wild-eyed moderates, we'd say! If that's proof of liberalism, this reporter is two progressives, an anarchist, & a Trotskyite!