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.