Friday, March 16, 2012

Double Danziger Burn

Just Like Jan & Dean

Demo tapes, we're guessing.

Local Art & Vandalism We Didn't Shoot

The rest of the story.

B. S., What Does It Stand For?

Brain Science!
I’m offering out a whole range of issues, from brain science to paying off the national debt to creating American energy programs so no American president ever again bows to a Saudi king to rethinking Social Security so young people can have a personal Social Security savings account,” added Gingrich. “You know, I think it’s important to have a Republican Party committed to big ideas. And unfortunately, I think much of this campaign has been driven by super PACs committed to negative tiny ideas and I don’t think that’s the way to govern the country or solve our problems.”
Newt's "offering out." Is that so we won't think he's offering "in?" Corporate speech moron.

Too much science:

Home Schooling: What Did You Expect?

Why on earth are we here? To live in pain & fear, natch.
Why did she stick with homeschooling for so long, despite her difficulties? “We were convinced that it would be better for our kids not to have an education than to be educated to become humanists or atheists and to reject God,” Garrison says. “We became so isolated because the Quiverfull lifestyle was so overwhelming we didn’t have time or energy for socialization. So the only people we knew were exactly like us. We were told that the whole point of public school was to dumb down the children and turn them into compliant workers – to brainwash them and indoctrinate them into this godless way of thinking.”

Garrison believes that homeschooling has become so popular with fundamentalist Christians because, “there is an atmosphere of real terror among some evangelicals. They are horrified by the fact that Obama is president, and they see the New Atheist movement as a vocal, in-your-face threat. Plus, they are obsessed with the End Times, and believe that the Apocalypse could happen any day now...They see a demon on every corner.

“We homeschooled because we wanted to protect our children from what we viewed as the total secularization of America. We listened to people like Rush Limbaugh, who told us that America was in the clutches of evil liberal feminist atheists.”
And how do the public schools dumb the children down?
I don’t merely mean that they had received what I now view as an overly politicized education with huge gaps, for example, in American history, evolution or sexuality. Rather, what disturbed me were the many stories about homeschoolers who were barely literate when they graduated, or whose math and science education had never extended much past middle school.

Take Vyckie Garrison, an ex-Quiverfull mother of seven who, in 2008, enrolled her six school-age children in public school after 18 years of teaching them at home. Garrison, who started the No Longer Quivering blog, says her near-constant pregnancies – which tended to result either in miscarriages or life-threatening deliveries – took a toll on her body and depleted her energy. She wasn’t able to devote enough time and energy to homeschooling to ensure a quality education for each child.*

[...]

At the time, Garrison was taking parenting advice from Quiverfull leaders who deemphasized academic achievement in favor of family values. She remembers one Quiverfull leader saying, “If they can do mathematics perfectly but they have no morals, you have failed them.”

The implication, she says, was that, “if they’re not doing so well academically, well, then they can catch up on that later. It’s not such a big deal. It was a really convenient way of thinking for me because I wasn’t able to keep up anyway.”
No, wait, that's how home schooling dumbs 'em down.
*War on Women (& Children)? How could you ever think such a thing?

They Live Among Us

Cracker Patrol Continued:
Le’ Westmoreland, radiology tech student, Helena, Ala. Undecided.
“He won due to the color of his skin, without a doubt. A lot of people voted depending on their race, which I don’t think is right. It should depend on qualifications, but not everybody agrees with that. A majority of African-Americans are going to vote for the African-American.”
Slide show. (At least we were spared their awful, whiny, nasal, cracker voices.)

Friday Quite Contrary Boogie Down

Some type "Gee, the kids don't post many Led Zeppelin videos these days, do they?" (Having listened, this is why they don't. Jee-zis.)Sorry it's only (6:14) instead of (1:06:14).

Irish Sod Off!

You bog-monkeys can have your All-American green-vomit commercial holiday (Is that Paddy dude still even a "real" saint, or just another mythic figure?) but who has the Federal Holiday? Italian boy* Christopher Columbus, that's who!
*Or Polish royalty or whatever.

Lonely Heart

It was not there 15 mins. later.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Candidly, You're All Fucking Morons

And Grifters

Quick Note To The NYT

No one not in this bastard's district gives a sweet fuck that he's outta there.

FEAR: The History Of A Political Idea

Here are FEAR videos we would've posted in the item below, had we not been distracted by a shiny thing or ...Give guns to the queers!And on domestic issues:The Record: As (or more) thematically true today as when it was released 30 yrs. ago(!). One shrewd move to produce it so it remains listenable.

Found this Derf history while researching The Record's co-producer Gary Lubow, whose prior experience had included engineering REO Speedwagon sessions.

Keeping The Gov't. Out Of Your Bedroom Is Only Half The Battle

Now the fascists who run business in this shit-hole nation want to sniff your panties as much as religious & political leaders of a certain stripe in the non-stop effort to keep you sheep herded where you belong.

Smart guy Corey Robin has the details. (Also at Salon, which doesn't need any clicking, so don't!).
What I hadn’t predicted was that the GOP would be able to come up with a program, in the form of this anti-birth control employer legislation we’re now seeing everywhere, that would combine both agenda items at the same time.

I should have foreseen this fusion because, as I argued in my first book, “Fear: The History of a Political Idea,” in the United States it has historically fallen to employers rather than the state to police the political opinions and practices of citizens. Focused as we are on the state, we often miss the fact that some of the most intense programs of political indoctrination have not been conducted by the government but have instead been outsourced to the private sector. While fewer than 200 men and women went to jail for their political beliefs during the McCarthy years, as many as two out of every five American workers were monitored for their political beliefs.
It gets worse, so get a gun.

How Many Times?

We will not wallow in the misery of others.

We will not wallow in the misery of others.

We will not wallow in the misery of others.

We will not wallow in the misery of others.

We will not wallow in the misery of others.

Really, we won't.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Daily Log

Squoze out nine items (+ this filler). Washed several dishes.

Slept well past 1300. Took nap after about eight hrs. of, if not consciousness, activity.

Did not dress. However, forced to sport robe post-nap due to chill in evening air. Into each life, &c.

Idea? I-Dea?

Yes, shoot us now, we were reading about the latest flimsy mask for sadism & voyeurism, The Hunger Games.
“The Hunger Games” taps into a vibrant current of pop culture and indeed of Western civilization in general, one that never really runs dry. It’s the idea that our species remains cruel and barbarous at heart, that the strong will always rule the weak by whatever means necessary, and that our collective obsession with sports and games and other forms of manufactured entertainment is a flimsy mask for sadism and voyeurism.
How special a snowflake is typist Andrew O'Hehrir, to think this an idea rather than the simplest & most obvious of observations? Get a grip, you fucking nitwit, before someone stronger fucks you!

Example of cruel & barbaric manufactured entertainment:

Christian Cyborg

The recently late Peter Bergman (as C. Cyborg) & the remaining Firesigners, for Jack Poet Volkswagen."Selling you, the mark ... of excellence."

Coincidental, but we spend a lot of time at 5944 Figueroa in beautiful Highland Park (now a CVS) literally just about where Mr. Bergman is first seated.

Added:

Mao Moment

Listen below, but it's helpful to read it in black&white (& weep). The Tom Snyder "You wonder what goes through their minds" line seems fitting.
"When people read the Constitution and say, 'Oh, we get our rights from the Constitution,' that is wrong," he said. "The Constitution does not give us rights. It recognizes rights that are written on our heart because we are a creature of God. That's where we get our rights from."
What the fuck? Those pay attention to the real world, as opposed to the Babylonian Mystery or whatever's informing Santorum, realize that "rights" are never (ever) given, but that they flow naturally from the barrel of a gun or the point of a spear. We can only suppose that we "creature(s) of God" will next have our crimes written on our backs. W/ a fucking needle.

Oh, just one more question: Where was gawd & his written-on-our-hearts rights throughout the history of human horror prior to the Constitution-which-doesn't-give-us-rights? Huh? Where?

Cracker Patrol

Expanding on a theme
brought to our attentionboth here & here.

Sugarcoat the hateful sounds of horror w/ this underneath:Whose gawd is righteous now, bit-chezz?

There's A Reason These Stories Are "Exclusives"

What? If?

What if democracy is just an illusion?
In the US, the dominant political discourse consists of ideas put forth by the ruling class.

Then a lot of tl;dr, ending:
And perhaps there's the real problem. If you believe the US is a democracy, if you believe in the rule of the many and not the rule of the few, then the Citizens United ruling could not be more troubling. But what if this is not a democracy? What if this, as Dionne suggests, is an oligarchy of billionaire capitalists? More horrible to ponder, what if democracy is yet more intellectual cover, another one of those illusions, for the exploitation of American workers?

Then the theory of the ruling class fits perfectly. Citizens United and the United States were made for each other.

Why Taxes Are Evil

McArdle manquée (But she's trying!) Katherine Mangu-Ward reveals the deep thinking behind principled glibbo opposition to the coercion of taxation:
Doing your taxes sucks. Paying someone else to do your taxes sucks, too.
Also taxes are icky. Thank you, good night.

Rock News & Views

Regular readers/viewers may have noticed our linking to coverage of LACMA's Rock. Neither for nor against, we are only amused. Someone thinks about it & types. (We couldn't be bothered.)

One question: Shouldn't they have started the trench a bit earlier?
Related, barely: Non-LACMA light standard display.

It's Magic!

Over-reaction.

Now it appears there will be residual magic.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More Fun Ahead

No Moderates Allowed

Juan Williams: "The death of the political middle is the defining shift taking place in American politics today. It is ending the tradition of political leadership that rises above ideology, region, party, religion and even race to attain statesmanship ... The Congress has become an increasingly uncomfortable place for voices of moderation. Many of them are fed up and have decided that 2012 is the year they will call it quits ... Because of the exodus -- if not expulsion -- of the remaining moderates from Congress this year, American politics will become even more polarized and dysfunctional. If you like the ideological extremism and obstructionist paralysis that has characterized the 112th Congress, then you will love the 113th."
No, it never ends. Until it's over. All over.

And sure, much of the leadership that rises above (to statesmanship, yet) is fondly mis-remembered crap that never happened, but what of history isn't?(Modi!)

Last Fucking WARNING To The Wicked

And when the right time comes, don't say we didn't.

One Lies, Another Swears To It

Where we stopped reading:
Meanwhile, the Limbaugh apology for crude language (including the epithets “slut” and “prostitute”) in his three days of ridicule of free-contraception activist Sandra Fluke poses an uncomfortable question for his critics: now that he’s said he’s sorry, repeatedly and somewhat emotionally, what, exactly, do they mean to accomplish with their continued pressure to try to force sponsors to sever ties with the show?

Junior High-Interpretation Shorter:

"You're just jealous!"

When Giants Walked The Earth

Monday, March 12, 2012

Smoggy Day At The Antenna Farm II

Smoggy Day At The Antenna Farm I

Sometimes These Things Just Leap At One

Listening not required.

Kill Kill Kill Kill Kill!

We got a rage to live!!!
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A University of Maryland student has been arrested and charged with posting an Internet threat claiming he planned to go on a shooting rampage on campus hoping to kill as many people as possible.

Campus police said in a statement that 19-year-old Alexander Song, of Fulton, Md., had been identified as the person who posted plans on a website for a rampage that would "kill enough people to make it to national news." The message also warned people to "stay away from the mall." Police did not elaborate.
We'd likeare going to get revenge, kill as many people as possible & make the national news. Whatcha gonna do, coppers?

Fxing What Ain't Broke

Stealing these shots straight from The "Eastsider."

Once:
Then:
Why?

Sunday Afternoon In The Park

Enough (for now).

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Almost Sorry We Missed It

On the other hand: Sleep.

Same Old Shit, Newer Bag

Our illegitimate, socialist and Kenyan-born commander-in-chief.
Tomasz Kobosz
, from In These Times.
Goldwag underscores how the past serves as prologue. Again and again in The New Hate, he demonstrates how the theories, and the rhetoric spreading those theories, were devised decades and sometimes centuries earlier by previous generations of conspiracy-minded, history-twisting, racist, misogynistic, homophobic evangelicals. Since the internet spawned authoritative-sounding blogs and social media, the haters appear to have become better at reaching beyond the lunatic fringe. For example, right after Barack Obama’s election, Goldwag noticed the controversy over Obama’s birth certificate continued unabated. He wondered whether to add a paragraph about Birthers to a new edition of one of his previous books, but decided “that references to such a transitory political derangement might just as easily date” the book as update it. No one will remember the Birthers six months hence, he calculated – mistakenly.

[...]

Goldwag comes to realize that what stands out most about contemporary paranoids and conspiracists is, ironically, their lack of newness: “The most depressing thing about the demagogues who tirelessly exploit it – in pamphlets and books and partisan newspapers two centuries ago; on websites, electronic social networks, and 24-hour cable news today – is how much alike they all turn out to be.”
From a book review spotted at Newshoggers.

We Really Are Slipping

'Cause we forgot it's TIME TO FUCK!!And kill. The usual. Wrapping up the time theme, just once we'd like to open a malfunctioning electronic box & not find a dead insect
or other bug inside. At least we didn't have to reset the alarm, its tiny microprocessor having decided to change every second rather than every minute.

What Time Is It?

No idea. Were we all supposed to do this?
We're usually on top of this, but memory (or the mind itself, & what's the difference?) fades.

Money Where The Mouth Is

Purchased yesterday.
We told the woman who sold them to us to keep up the communist indoctrination.