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.