Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Old Cowhand Dep't.

Clear plastic, filled w/ glitter. In various colors.
Mounted on leather & wood. (US$1900-2100.)

Admirable

So "admirably frank" that race, racialism, racism, racist, yada, yada, were not even mentioned.
Yes, Sullivan links to the same "explanation" that rational beings everywhere found just a bit less than fully "frank."

Another Float In The Parade Of Failure

This will no doubt be the last we hear of this project, unless some ho at Big Ho jumps on it. (We've a more than sneaking suspicion that you could scam any of these ninnies w/ the phrase "Hollywood Conservative." How's Kelsey Grammer's Right Network doing, by the way?)

At least it won't be political or anything like that:
“Look when I was a kid we had ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’… and that is more what we are trying to do, get back to something like that to say, learning about the founding of our country and learning about what makes our country exceptional should not be controversial and is not in any way shape or form political,” he said.

“This is our country. Look, there is plenty of time –when they get older — to delve into what issues people feel are problematic in our history and then to find out what we did to fix those issues,” he said. “But to me these are books geared to kids six and under, and I don’t need to be teaching them social justice.”

Flag Wrapping

Making the leap of faith that this is the "real" George "Killah" Zimmerman, it's a fucking shame he wasn't as poor a shot as he is a website designer/template chooser.
Again science & technology fail us. Is no one working on a way to send flaming sacks of waste through the Intertubes?

Ad Astra!

A North Korean man stands near a billboard showing a rocket launch and calling for the building of a "strong and prosperous nation" in Pyongyang, Tuesday, April 10, 2012. North Korean space officials said Tuesday all assembly and preparations for this week's planned satellite launch have been completed and denied it is a cover for a missile test. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Also:

U.S. Navy's guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) sails in the East China Sea, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) northeast of Miyakojima island in Okinawa Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Monday, April 9, 2012. North Korean space officials moved all three stages of a long-range rocket into position for a controversial launch slated between April 12 and 16 south over the East China Sea and the Pacific. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

Toasting

Newest New Black Panthers

Apparently one of "The Derb"'s links proving something if not another thing, per The Nation.See, Hitler did it too!

Baseball & Bullshit

We take a page from our rabid right-wing friends & screech "Free speech! First Amendment! Political Correctness! Censorship!" in reaction to Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillén being suspended for telling the truth about Fidel Castro. It's about time someone started this discussion!

Other bad ball news: Vin Scully has a cold so bad he can't broadcast today's Former Bums of Brooklyn home opener, which also marks the 50th anniv. of Dodger Stadium. Not a good omen.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Venus Over Passover

Bonus meteor strike:

Easter Bunny Ears

Easter Gopher Hunt

Short attention span cat.
Later, el gato climbed after this parrot,
but the parrot scared him away w/ a display of wingspan.

Easter Eggs

Easter Excess

The lonely Weber stood & waited, but the age-old question arose:
Why bother?
Meaning we didn't have to cook or share any of this.
Ha ha. Sushi for days!

Have Mercy, Baby

Have mercy on me.

Word Gone Flesh

Meat music for the masses.

Ollie North's Easter Story

Jesus Fucking Christ already:
According to Matthew’s Gospel, Judas Iscariot sold out Jesus of Nazareth for 30 pieces of silver. What is Barack Obama’s fee for selling out Christians and Israelis?

Oliver North is the host of “War Stories” on Fox News Channel, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of “American Heroes in Special Operations.”

Could It Be Made Mandatory?*

Scotland's Head-Bead-Rattler-in-Charge would like cross-humpers to be proud & say it loud:
O'Brien will call on Christians to make the cross "more prominent in their lives". Due to speak at Edinburgh's St Mary's Cathedral on Sunday, he will tell them to "wear proudly a symbol of the cross of Christ on their garments each and every day of their lives".

*For the sake of the children.

Wiggin' OUT!

We'd never heard it a-fore neither.

Easter Spider

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Coinchronicity

The bldg. in question, five days ago (not sure if the graffiti is intentional.):

He Is Riz ...

... then he turned over & went back to sleep. Fucking Sunday a.m., dood.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

U.S. You Suck!

Just time for a link, & a quick quote.
Somehow, it still comes as a surprise to Americans that the post-Cold War unipolar world, never entirely accepted by the rest of the planet, is over.
ADDED DOMESTIC DECLINE: Republican version of democracy.

Bad-Ass Macho Stud* Of The Day
Before Yesterday

Bonus Quote of the Day

"Unlike these other pussies that are saying, 'Oh, we don't want to have a brokered convention' -- they're a bunch of pussies, OK? Those are the ones that are the establishment boys that think they're still viable with the people. They're not viable with the people anymore. Those are the control boys. All they're about is keeping the status quo and the status quo is not real anymore for the Republican rank and file nationally."

-- Carl Palladino (R), quoted by Capital New York, making the case for Newt Gingrich in New York's April 24th primary.


*You know: Pindick. Whitesnake.

Gidget Christ

Our friend & sexual associate informed us that while she lived under her mother's thumb there was no levity, amusement or even radio listening allowed in the Friend&Associate household on Good Fri. & whatever the RCC calls this Sat. between Good Fri. & Easter Sunday, & not just because shut up that's why but because while Jesus was away the devil Satan Lucifer yadda was loose on the earth so watch out.

(Wasn't ol' Hay-soos supposed to have visited Hell during his unexplained absence/"death?" Or is that not-in-the-official-book folk lore, as if it makes any difference whether or not any of it occurred in anything resembling this universe.)

Reading Between The Lines

The late Mr. Kinkade & his family:
"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family," his wife, Nanette, said in a statement.

[...]

His family was traveling to Australia on Friday and unavailable for further comment.
We've no further comment either.

Will He Return Tomorrow?

Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light" and one of the most popular artists in America, died suddenly Friday at his Los Gatos home. He was 54.
Thomas Kinkade, painter of light. (Contra Costa Times/Bob Larson) 1997

Baby Let's Twist

Let's twist together.
These are Los Beatniks from Mexico, not the Argentine group of the same name.Like we did last summer.

Or something.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Listen To The Whole Thing

Or don't. But if we had a gun, we'd be holding it to your head.

Feelings Don't Count

E.J. Dionne on Xianity:
Whatever questions Christians may have about the meaning of that empty tomb, most of us have experienced a sense of joy when the words “He is risen, alleluia!” are shouted out on Easter Sunday.
So what? Whatever "sense of joy" he may "experience" doesn't make that crap any less unreal.

Crucifixion 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

MLB: Lazed & Confused

Baseball's regular season begangames that counted were played last wk. (In Japan. Not in a dishpan.)We're pretty sure "Opening Night" occurred yesterday, & today is "Opening Day."

Actual spring coming so early this yr., w/ tornadoes, & Opening Day taking a wk. has us so we can't determine if it's time for the annual paean to spring & hope springing eternally, yada, green-ness, yada, w/ a few baseball clichés worked in, or if we've already missed the opportunity.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Inside The Cinema

Randy Weeks, The Cinema, Culver City, 30 March 2012.
Any musical hepcats out there know what's clipped to his head?
Our guess was a fan.
Not a hipster to be seen.

The Mormon Truth

(Via Breitbart's successors. The truth hurts, doesn't it?)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Riddim

You Too May Recognize Yourself

Samples from the brackets of the Internet Dickbag Tourney that had us making appreciative noises.

Guy Who Bears An Irrational Hatred of Dubstep But Isn’t Quite Sure What It Is vs. Guy Whose Only Opinion About Music Is That It Hasn’t Been Any Good Since 1982

Guy Who Claims To Really Hate Furries But Also Knows An Alarmingly Large Amount Of Details About Them vs. Guy Who Quotes Immanuel Kant When Talking About Giant Robot Cartoons

Shorter (Dyslexic) Erick Ercikson

Beating a dead horse here, & we don't mean whatever's packed into Ken-L-Ration.After all, Dyslexic Erick's dog is the real dog, the no-myth "actual risen Lord."

Two Local Losers Refer To
The Previous Two Items

Both mercifully short.WARNING: High volume. And irksome/annoying, why even bother?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Celebration Of The
(Southern Alligator) Lizard

Pointy-heads will know him as Elgaria multicarinata webbii - San Diego Alligator Lizard
We'd never seen one of these before; thought we knew all the SoCal lizards, but the ones we know are mostly lounge lizards.

Wholly Weak

Because this simpleton doesn't deserve the click & because it's as short as it is stupid, in its entirety, Erick Erickson's:

Every Man Has a God

It is the start of Holy Week. Two Thousand years ago, Christ entered Jerusalem on his way to Calvary.

As we start the week, our nation finds itself in an interesting position. Unlike our cousins in Europe, we remain a church going nation with a majority who believe in God, or at least claim to. At the same time, it has become trendy to demagogue the Church.

ABC runs a show called “Good Christian Bitches” and the President of the United States declares war on faith trying to force secular beliefs into sectarian Christian faith.

We are still a mostly religious nation, but it has become cool to reject Christ or even to come out as an atheist. Atheists are routinely feted by our celebrity culture, appear on news shows mouthing off on the topics of the day, and are heralded as courageous for rejecting several thousand years of considered thought while mocking that considered thought as mythology.

The stupid are always the wise in this world.

Let’s start this week with one particular thought that so many of the so called wise will reject as stupid, but which is absolute fact.

Every man, woman, and child in this world has a god. Even atheists have gods. It may not be the actual risen Lord, but everyone has a god.

People need gods. It may be a job. It may be a drug. It may be family. It may be a hobby. Each person’s god may be different and it may even be yourself. But everyone puts their faith in something and it becomes their god whether they believe it or not.

In this day and age, many secularists have converted creation itself into their god and they worship God’s creation in place of God himself.

Where do you give your time, your talent, and your treasure? Where is your focus?

Where ever that might be, it most likely is your god.

This week, fix your focus, your time, your talent, and your treasure on Calvary. There the real God was nailed to a cross against his will, was crucified, died, and was buried. What some ridicule and mock as outmoded myth set off, three days later, the most significant event all of human history* — one that shaped the world in a way no other before or after could.

As you start your Monday and focus on work, family, friends, holidays, and travel, keep some perspective about you. There are bigger things at work around us and one bigger than all of us at work for us.
Both sides do it!! Unless we take just a moment to differentiate between hobbies, jobs, family, a drug, even, & REAL GOD whose considerable mythology wants Erick & his friends to shove their faith & not-really-that-moral codes down everyone else's throats once they've internalized them.

We could all pretend, Sen. James Inhofe-style, that thinking we shouldn't render this only known warm speck in his Gawd's cold & mostly lifeless universe uninhabitable, and that saying so is arrogance. But it's not the empty gesture of loud & public worship, it's self-preservation.

Big difference between working for breathable air, drinkable water & livable temperatures & sticking your head in the sand because humans aren't as powerful as The Big Fucking Killer In The Sky of Erickson's imagination. Do he & Inhofe also believe (W/ all their hearts!!) that humans couldn't destroy most life on the planet w/ atomic weapons? Because if they believed that, then all of the money they've directed at the military-industrial-Congressional complex was pretty much wasted. Beliefs are very strange things.

And Erick Erickson is a very stupid person.
*NOT ARROGANT AT ALL. SHUT UP!

Geography Lesson

Thomas L. ("Mustache of Understanding") Friedman, quoted in The Daily Caller:
“I think it’s two things,” Friedman said. “I think it is the fact that in my view the Republican Party is no longer a conservative party. It’s become a radical party on a lot of these key issues. That’s number one. And number two, I just came back from New Zealand, OK. You have people living in the outback of Australia who would look at Mitt Romney, say, ‘Haha. Not authentic.’ I mean, it is just so obvious. I mean, you know this is a guy who’s running against everything he’s believed his whole life. And it’s just so staggeringly [obvious].”
Not inclined to believe in miracles around here, but looking at this line-up it's miraculous there wasn't an implosion & sudden formation of a black hole when the dense centrist matter these Beltway hacks (Your host: Morning Joe "Brought to You by Starbucks" Scarborough, & TontaMika Brzezinski, Jon Meacham, Harold Ford, Jr., the aforementioned Mustache &, icing on the cake because we all need more empty calories, David Effing Brooks.) spew for a living collided over the Meet the Press roundtable.Any "organized left" in these United Snakes would have stormed the studio w/ suicide troops & blown it all to the center of the sun.

White Clouds

As promised.

Religious Warfare Dep't.

NEWS FLASH!! Just in to the Avant-Garde News newsroom:

One To Five Dead in Oaktown Xian College Shooting

"This is an unfortunate event."video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Religious Values Report

It's a Judeo-Christian nation: You just live in it. Not, however, a Shariah law nation, but a Halachic law nation, which of course is not un-Constitutional or anything. Where's the outrage over the impending Halachic law take-over?
A long-standing culture of non-cooperation with secular justice by Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jews keeps many child sex offenders out of the courts and at large in their communities.

[...]

Brooklyn's Jewish communities, home to the largest number of ultra-Orthodox Jews outside Israel, are insular and close-knit. They maintain their own shadow justice system based on religious halachic law, enforced by religious courts known as the beit din. In recent years, they have also established their own community police force, the Shomrim.

Like the Catholic bishops before them, the ultra-Orthodox rabbis who lead these communities are charged with the concealment of crimes stretching back decades, and of fostering a culture where witnesses are silenced through intimidation.
Jesus, have the little children not yet suffered enough at the hands of sick old men?
Yehuda Kolko was indicted for molesting two boys – but in a plea deal
was given a probationary sentence for child endangerment.
Photograph: New York Daily News/Getty Images

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ahem!

We've been droning on about this for yrs. Random, meaningless universe; do not delude yourself.
Perhaps most remarkable of all, not only is it now plausible, in a scientific sense, that our universe came from nothing, if we ask what properties a universe created from nothing would have, it appears that these properties resemble precisely the universe we live in.
And laff material from the Times:
The study by the California Assn. of Scholars repeats objections conservatives have had for decades over what they see as an overwhelmingly liberal academia that stifles dissent. Especially in UC humanities departments, study of classics and rigorous analysis have been replaced by advocacy of a leftist agenda and teaching about the grievances of various minorities, the report says.

"It has reached an extreme where one couldn't not comment," John Ellis, a UC Santa Cruz professor emeritus in German literature and president of the association, said in explaining why his group is releasing the document now.

[...]

Robert Anderson, a UC Berkeley economics and math professor who is chairman of the systemwide faculty Senate, said the report "is short on facts, but long on innuendo and anecdotes. The University of California offers tens of thousands of courses each year, the vast majority of which are excellent. A few dozen anecdotes about courses that allegedly have significant flaws does not diminish that fact, much less support the report's sweeping claims."
We'd make a funny about how it read in the original German, but it's probably true. See also: God and Man At Yale, published in 1951 f'r Chrissake & just as irrelevant today as then. Where's the socialist paradise we were promised? Even w/ that boyman in the White House we're no closer to (arguably farther from) utopia than we were 60+ yrs. ago. So why not shut the fuck up, scholars? ("Scholars." How medieval.)

Good-Bye & Good Luck!

OK. Almost five yrs. of this, have not made a million dollars (Indeed, have lost money on the deal, what w/ pathetic appeals for money from web-logging losers nation-wide & our sympathetic heart.) & now that we've removed comment verification we receive more Russki spam than comments.

Therefore: Sayonara, suckers!!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Free Speech Friday

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Miner remembers watching a fat piece of sausage splatter with a thud against a picture of Sen. Rick Santorum adorning the side of the senator’s campaign RV.

It was fall 2006, and Miner, then a Santorum intern, was helping feed a group of Pittsburgh Steelers fans tailgating outside of Heinz Field. But it was a tough sell -- especially because the Santorum volunteers were peddling snacks and campaign literature to rowdy, buzzed hordes. The crowd eventually turned on the volunteers, and a weapon of choice was Polish.

"Fuck you, Rick Santorum!" Miner recalls the sausage-tosser shouting.

In short order, the tailgaters assailed the Santorum volunteers with whatever they could get their hands on: sausage, cookies, half-empty cups of beer, and beer cans.

"For the most part it was pretty unpleasant," recalls Bryan Nagy, who had joined his friend Miner for the event so he could get some free food. "A lot of booing. Some people would spit in the general direction of the bus."

The event was supposed to build camaraderie and sell Santorum as a beloved member of Steeler Nation. Yet, like much of that brutal 2006 campaign that ended Santorum's Senate career, it simply reinforced the impression that Santorum -- whom the electorate had come to regard as sanctimonious and out-of-touch -- played for the away team.
Ha ha, sanctimonious Rick.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

No Future?

Reminiscent of "God Save The Queen (Symphony)" on the Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle soundtrack? (Not easily available on the devil-box, & we could be nuts anyway.)

Waistband Reaching Up-Date

In "reaching for his waistband" events, in Pasadena if you make a bullshit 911 call, you will be arrested.
Police say a videotape from that night shows a 17-year-old suspect burglarizing the car while McDade acted as a lookout, the Star-News reports. The other suspect has been charged with grand theft, commercial burglary and failure to register as a gang member as a condition of probation.

But neither suspect was armed, and Carrillo later admitted that he lied in order to get a faster police response. He is being arrested on the theory that his false report led police to believe that McDade was armed and ultimately to the fatal shooting. Two police—one in a patrol car and the other on the ground—fired at McDade when they saw him reaching for his waistband. Officials say the officers believed he was reaching for a gun.

"The actions of the 9-1-1 caller set the minds of officers" Police Chief Phillip Sanchez told reporters at a press conference.

The District Attorney's office is reviewing the case as it does with all deadly officer-related shootings, and McDade's family and the ACLU is asking for an independent review into the case, according to the Times.

Not Us: We're Morally Superior (& Cheap)

Half of all U.S. households own at least one Apple product, according to CNBC’s All-America Economic survey.
None of that crap here. Not even iTunes on the devil-box. (OK, Quicktime. As soon as we uninstalled it we'd be directed to some antediluvian site that would require it, so why bother?)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No Parking

Japan Exceptional Too

We all know what sneaky & treacherous bastards they are, & apparently they were just taking it easy last yr.

The bloodthirsty needn't worry; they've picked up where they left off in 2010.
Japan hangs 3 in 1st executions since 2010
TOKYO (AP) — Three death row inmates in Japan were executed by hanging on Thursday, the country's first executions in more than a year and a half.

The men were reportedly hanged in three different prisons. One was convicted of ramming a car into a train station and then knifing people nearby, killing five, in 1999. The second killed two people in 2001 and the third killed three in 2002.

Justice Minister Toshio Ogawa confirmed the executions in a news conference, saying that the punishment is supported by the public. He did not provide details, and all major Japanese media quoted anonymous Justice Ministry officials for details on who was executed.

The executions were Japan's first since July 2010. Capital punishment is usually ordered only for inmates convicted of multiple murders. Japan has 132 death row convicts, which is near its highest level since World War II.

Japan, along with the United States, is one of the few industrialized countries that still has capital punishment. All executions in Japan are carried out by hanging. Inmates on death row do not know when they will be executed until the last minute, while family members and lawyers are only told afterward.

The lack of transparency in the system has been criticized by rights groups such as Amnesty International and the main Japanese bar association. But capital punishment is generally supported by the public, according to opinion polls.

Public broadcaster NHK said 2011 was the first full year without any executions in 19 years.

Criminal Past

Up Against The Universe, Mofo

Come the revolution most surviving reactionaries will simply be shot, we suppose, but a few will be shot into space, possibly w/o the assistance of a spacecraft. Jeff "Amazon Warehouse" Bezos is one of the latter.
NASA is one of the few institutions I know that can inspire five-year-olds. It sure inspired me, and with this endeavor, maybe we can inspire a few more youth to invent and explore.

We'll keep you posted.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bezos
It might also be appropriate to push Mr. Bezos out of that Cameron guy's fucking submarine, several miles below the surface & along w/ Cameron, of course.

Old Coot Reminder

A Salon headline writer tops an item about the passing of another political fad thus:
The Times asks why the libertarian candidate turned out to be less beloved than the Internet made him seem
Not that we've given enough of a shit to bother bothering outsider/oldster "Dr." Ron Paul this go-round, but today's Internet Paultards didn't seem nearly as interested in showing up whenever the sad old toad was mentioned as they were last election cycle.

Chinese, Iranian, Saudi, Iraqi & American Exceptionalism

You have no rights, & don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise.
Hey, not to forget those extra-exceptional extra-judicial executions! Lessee ... one for the Neighborhood Watch, 17 for Afghanistan Watch (Powered by the US Army!) & who can count in the amateur ranks.

Pimpin'

No names, please.
I'm a writer. But there are zillions of writers. Here's some of my stuff.
Meatspace acquaintance "Brick" Wahl, jazz happenings compiler for the L.A. Weekly until he told them where to put their silly job, has acquired a domain name & everything, just as if it were 200X, & (despite prior protests & promises never to) jumped into web logging.

Hot Tires to Dull

Tl;dw:File under: "Irksome, tedious & banal."

Morans Assemble!

The cretinous got together in front of The Supreme Court to protest something, who can tell what.
Looks as if this obese gentleman, if not his family, hasn't exactly been starving lately. You don't suppose he's asked Americans for Prosperity about creating a job for him, do you? Maybe a high-paying job sewing AFP T-shirts somewhere in the Third World?

Still Lifes (Apple)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Crouching Dogs, (Not So) Hidden
Drag Queen

As usual, the lame-ass & pathetic media is days behind Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™ (& the Guardian) in covering the grifting & other criminal activity that (allegedly) goes on behind (doubtless gilded) First Amendment doors at the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Right Wing Watch looked at & linked to the entire complaint.

Filler

Day over half-done, not a post to show for it. Here's some recent building up:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Irwindale ... 2:30 In The Afternoon, Sunday

Last Drag from KPCC. Which we found here.
The Irwindale Drag Strip and Fontana's Auto Club Dragway both shut down within a week-and-a-half of each other in February due to noise complaints and bankruptcy.

Inverted Onion

Paywall

The fortress THE TIMES built itself after the 1910 bombing.

Straight Outta Apia

Haven't watched yet, but thought we should share.If everyone in the band hadn't hated each other, it wouldn't have worked at all.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.