Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Manifestations Of Western Culture"

By Associated Press, Published: January 20

TEHRAN, Iran — Police have closed down dozens of toy shops for selling Barbie dolls in Iran, part of a decades-long crackdown against “manifestations of Western culture,” the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported Friday.

Barbie dolls are sold wearing swimsuits and miniskirts in a society where women must wear headscarves in public, and men and women are not allowed to swim together.

A ban on the sale of the Barbies, designed to look like young Western women, was imposed in the mid-1990s. In its latest report, Mehr quoted an unidentified police official as saying authorities confiscated the dolls from Tehran stores in a “new phase” of the campaign.

In 1996, a government-backed children’s agency called Barbie a “Trojan horse,” sneaking in Western influences such as makeup and revealing clothes.

Authorities started confiscating the dolls from stores in 2002, denouncing what they called the toys’ un-Islamic characteristics. The campaign was eventually dropped.

Iran that year also introduced its own dolls — twins Dara and Sara, designed to promote traditional values with modest clothing and pro-family values — but those proved unable to stem the Barbie tide.

Despite bans on many Western books, movies, satellite TV channels, music, haircuts and fashion, young people maintain their interest in that culture.

Iran’s state TV channels broadcast several Western and Hollywood films every week. Islamists have repeatedly tried to fight what they see as a cultural “invasion” since 1979 Islamic Revolution that ousted a pro-Western monarchy.

Since then, importing Western toys has been discouraged by the regime.

In 2008, the Iranian judiciary warned against the “destructive” cultural and social consequences and “danger” of importing Barbie dolls and other Western toys. Even so, Iranian markets have been full of them. One-third of Iran’s population of 75 million is under 15.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Not that we (necessarily) disagree w/ the mullahs in their righteous stance against Western you-name-it. Mostly we needed an excuse for these shots of a Barbie-on-a-Harley Hallmark (we assume) ornament we spotted on a Yule tree somewhere.


Stole from Salon. (Can't be arsed to embed the others.)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Johnny Otis Show

Good piece on Johnny Otis by Erin Aubry Kaplan. Good excuse to run more of Johnny's music,'though none of the really wailing shit seems to have reached YouTube.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Steak Tartare

The Naked Dinner
It is murder, y'know.

Street, Sign, Skulls

"Whore Of Babylon!"

Would've titled it "Slut-Shaming," but we doubt if the current Mrs. Gingrich has any shame.
"Dobson first talked about how great Santorum is," recalled one source, who had first-hand knowledge of Dobson's comment. "[He said,] 'I want to tell you that I've gotten to know Karen [Santorum] and she is just lovely. She set aside two professional careers to raise these seven children. She would make a fabulous first lady role model.* And Newt Gingrich's wife, she was a mistress for eight years."
Karen Santorum (left) and Callista Gingrich (AP)
Another source confirmed the account, and said Dobson concluded the sentiment about Callista Gingrich with, "Who do you want as your first lady?"

"It was like a chill [set into] the room," said one source. Several people were offended by the comment, said another source, adding that it was noted among some participants that Callista Gingrich had only been married once.
This Good Christian Bitch, meanwhile, has little shame herself. Wonder how many glass walls she has?
Yet while Dobson’s candidate won the group’s endorsement, it’s Gingrich who’s gaining steam this week.  Some evangelicals seem surprised. Concerned Women for America president Penny Nance endorsed Santorum early on, and she told the New Yorker’s Ariel Levy she expected other evangelical women to fall in line. But many haven’t.

“Initially, my reaction to Newt Gingrich and to Callista is that the third wife doesn’t get to be the First Lady,” Nance said. “I came at it completely believing that evangelical women would not even consider him, and I’ve been surprised by their willingness to listen and forgive. I attended an event he had here with evangelicals, and there were some pretty tough questions. The most interesting thing to me was not the answers but how he handled them. The old Newt that I knew would not have handled it very well, but this Newt did. He really tried to divine what was at the heart of the question and didn’t come across as rude or arrogant.”

But Nance held a hard line nonetheless, “We cannot allow Newt Gingrich or anyone else’s moral failure to be used as an excuse by others for their own wrongdoing and saying ‘Hey, I can still be President!’”

I think Gingrich’s rise has less to do with evangelical women forgiving him than with his pitch-perfect race-baiting, especially in Monday night’s debate. On Wednesday, a South Carolina voter praised Gingrich’s performance, telling him, “I would like to thank you for putting Mr. Juan Williams in his place.”
Sexism from a "concerned woman" & race-baiting. Go Newt!

(Ab-so-fugging-lutely not cross-posted at Whiskey Fire.)

*Cf., as they type.

Dep't. Of Amplification

Traxx, the other, open restaurant at Union Station isn't doing so well either.
Traxx bar 
Easy to get that Health Dep't. "A" IF YOU AREN'T USING THE KITCHEN!
Could it be the stupid name?


It's as if everyone is shouting in our eyes 24/7. Stop it!
You know who else's color scheme was red, white & black?
Simply desperate for happiness.
Don't make us stop you. You won't like that.

The Dregs

So Rick Perry has been run out of town, leaving the Party of Greed & Fear w/ whom, exactly?

Let's recrap [sic]: Presumptive nominee Willard Mittens Romney, Newton Leroy Gingrich, Rick Santorum (Who has so suddenly & completely dipped below the radar that we're having trouble finding a recent absurd or lying quote from him.) & somebody's grampa who wandered into the hall from the old folks' rookery next door & started talking about how the "niggers" were going to riot for white women & other white property & that touching a "queer" or using his bathroom will give you AIDS.

If any of these four fuckfaces were to be elected to the American Presidency 10 mos. from now, it would confirm our carefully researched thesis that democracy (&, therefore, your entire species) is a huge & pathetic failure & we'd consider ourself perfectly justified in getting out the key & starting the Doomsday Machine.

TCB III: Queen Amy

La Brea Lenin

The Gao Brothers' "Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin's Head," now visible.

Show Biz Squirrel

It's as if the little rodent bastard were posing.
Super Squirrel

There's That Blimp!

Hollywood Does It Again

And again.
It’s not just 3-D but re-releases of popular titles in 3-D.  Disney is leading the way with 3-D upgrades of several popular animated titles, including last weekend’s release of Beauty and the Beast in 3-D.  Also to follow this year is a 3-D release of Pixar’s Finding Nemo.

Fans will also get to venture to a galaxy far, far away in 3-D when the upgraded Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace hits theaters next month.

Director James Cameron’s Titanic, which ruled the world as the most successful film ever when it was released in 1997, returns April 6, and Pixar’s Finding Nemo from 2003 follows on Sept. 14.

As usual, Cameron is enthusiastic about the new technology and his use of it. ”Even the scene where (Kate Winslet’s) mother puts her corset on her.  In 3-D its mesmerizing,” says Cameron.  ”It brings the rest of the movie up to the big sweeping thing you remember. The intimacy is accented.”
A) James Cameron, just shut up!

B) The movie industry is about to reduce, reuse & recycle itself to death.

Cover Version

We'd been hoping for something a bit more apocalyptic, & certainly weren't expecting a version of the Skeeter Davis classic, about which much has been bandied of late here, & elsewhere.Alas, Mr. Isaacs was no Skeeter Davis. (Nor was she any Gregory Isaacs; it's all good.)

This Seems Familiar, But
We Can't Quite Put Our Finger On It

It is not even safe to look at clouds.

Self-Pouffing Croissants

Presentation is all important.

Burning The Wicked In Fire

Traffic Control Box II

Head Up-Date

We know just where this is.
The body parts were discovered near a concrete ramp frequented by skateboarders.
And the concrete rampflood channel/skate ramp is the final vestige of civilization before the rugged parkland.

Parts Unknown

We dunno how much of a real life Sopranos this is, but the initial discovery was certainly straight outta any given Law & Order opening.
The homicide investigation began Tuesday afternoon after two dog walkers in Bronson Canyon Park noticed their dogs playing with a plastic bag and went to inspect it.

PHOTOS: Body parts found below Hollywood sign

Inside was a man's head. His hair was graying. Police said he appeared to be in his 40s and that he probably had been dead for a day or two.
Although we've been going there regularly since 1978 or 1979, note well that the murder didn't occur in the area, so nyaah, can't pin nothing on us, copper!

Where nature more or less begins:
(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times-0846 18 January 2012)
LAPD at the entrance to Bronson Canyon; 30+ detectives
& officers on horseback searched seven acres of
rugged parkland for body parts.
"Rugged," bitchezz!!

Johnny Otis Joins Jumpin' Band
In Sky Or Hell

A very important figure in the world of race music. He hung on till 90. That'll show the bastards!

To return to the important subject, we are in possession of the 0s & 1s that comprise Rhythm & Blues Caravan: The Complete Savoy Recordings (And only Discs One & Three; the Santa Monica Library's copy of Disc Two wouldn't rip.) & that is some seriously down stuff. Funky's too easy & trivializing a description; it has the beat, the flats & the sharps, all in the right places. Torrent a copy today, while you still can.

Big Fucking Dummies

It's still a democracy: You are privileged to decide which group is worse, the exploiters or the exploited.

The candidates are close to literally out of their minds:
What's really scary is that the way that Republicans—including Ron Paul—talk and act about Israel shows that their grasp of world affairs ranges between incompetent and delusional.
But they must keep ahead of their flock, whose delusions are never-ending.
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA—In talking to Republican voters across the state, one thing I’ve found interesting—and alarming—is the degree to which apocalyptic rhetoric is par for the course. “We will not recognize the United States after four more years after Obama,” said John Leach, an avid supporter of Newt Gingrich who attended the candidate's Sunday rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “We are surely moving toward socialism.” he said.

Likewise, at the South Carolina Tea Party convention, attendees were worried that Obama would make irrevocable changes to the country if he won re-election. “He will take the God out of America,” said Carolyn Church, a housekeeper and domestic worker who sees the country’s “Judeo-Christian heritage” as its most important characteristic.

And at Rick Santorum’s town hall at Daniel Island Elementary, attendees were terrified that Obama would impose tyranny if he made it through 2012. “This is the most important election of our lifetimes,” said Susan Sloate, “Obama has made huge strides in destroying the America we know, and if we don’t win this one, there will be no elections in 2016.”
What fun these next months will be. An eternity of fun.

Traffic Control Box

Now art nazis are trying to, uh, control it.

An Imprecatory Prayer

May his days be few; may another take his office*.
*Bead-rattling version, w/ lyrics.

Not In Service

Back To Abnormal, Yet Dull

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Closed For The Duration

Sure, don't mean shit if'n people can still look at the old crap, 'sif anyone would, but a day off is a day off, innit?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cassius "The Greatest" Clay 70 Today

While it's still the big day in most of these United Snakes. (As always, really on top of it. Note MLK tie-in.)
Muhammad Ali & Martin Luther King Jr. meet the press
after conferring on The Champ's draft status,
Louisville, Kentucky, 29 March 1967.
Certainly the greatest draft resister ever. Keep punching, Champ!