Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Horses, Horses, Horses, Horses

Today In Newspeak

Holy Crap, Not Community Organizing!

Oh no he hasn't! How dare he?
President Obama's election campaign is recruiting an army of determined community organizers to walk the streets of the nation's cities this summer and autumn in the footsteps of a young Chicago community organizer named Barack Obama.

Recruits would gather other volunteers, register new voters, run phone banks and campaign events and knock on millions of doors to track voters' preferences and encourage supporters of the president's reelection.
We suppose Andrew Malcolm's next exclusive scoop will involve the Obama campaign planning to run advertisements on television later this yr. And keep it under your hat, but it's even been rumored the Prez will, of all things, be addressing the Democratic Convention. Shocking, innit?


Just how old is Dana Loesch, anyway?We ask because the graphic above, to which she has proudly affixed her name, displays a maturity (& civility) far beyond anyone claiming to have been born as recently as 1978.

Also amusing are videos from Breitbart's crummy sites that don't re-size when we re-size them. But you get the idea. See it all here. ++lame, sure, but what can you expect from a rotting corpse & those who, denied the sweet release of death, continue to worship the corpse?

Riots + 20

Video courtesy of ³²®©. YouTube comment courtesy of an inane drone.
This was the best show, as well as emergency ofcourse. Southern california has changed very much since these days. You NEVER ran from a cop when that red light went on, NEVER!!! reason being the word was when they catched you, you got a good beating, and your dad would just say, "well why did you run stupid? Mommys run the households now here in So Cal, so all we have are a bunch of spoiled kids who smart mouth the P.D. and the cameras ruin law enforcement.
R.I.P. Jack Webb.

Whole Lotta Clicking

Over a million a month. No shit?
We'd expect our clicker finger to be better muscled.

Terpsichorean Corner

If it's Tuesday (It's Tuesday already?) it's time to twist. Today, we go Greek-style.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sex In Iran: Girls Are Scary!

From Foreign Policy's Sex Issue. (Is your skin crawling? Ours too.)
Like Islamists in today's Egypt -- and some among America's Christian right -- Iran's revolutionaries found fertile ground on which to play the politics of pious populism, rather than concretely address the enormous challenges of building a diversified economy. The country's massive oil wealth made it appear all too easy. Khomeini famously dismissed economics as "for donkeys," and he responded to complaints of inflation by saying, "The revolution wasn't about the price of watermelons." Three decades later, the results are self-evident: In 1979, resource-rich Iran's GDP was almost double that of resource-poor Turkey. Today, it is roughly half.

The brutal reality is that Iranians had entrusted their national destiny to a man, Khomeini, who had spent far more time thinking about the religious penalties for fornicating with animals than how to run a modern economy.
Political insiders are wondering even now when Rick Santorum will pack up & head for Tehran to reinvent himself. After all, no one there remembers the 2006 Pennsylvania Senate results.

Beyond the vile smut, an actual foreign policy point is made, & we are again struck by certain similarities. Are the mullahs also holding lists of known Communist infiltrators?
What they fail to consider is Khamenei's deep-seated conviction that U.S. designs to overthrow the Islamic Republic hinge not on military invasion but on cultural and political subversion intended to foment a "velvet" revolution from within. Consider this revealing address on Iranian state TV in 2005:
More than Iran's enemies need artillery, guns, and so forth, they need to spread cultural values that lead to moral corruption. … I recently read in the news that a senior official in an important American political center said: "Instead of bombs, send them miniskirts." He is right. If they arouse sexual desires in any given country, if they spread unrestrained mixing of men and women, and if they lead youth to behavior to which they are naturally inclined by instincts, there will no longer be any need for artillery and guns against that nation.
Khamenei's vast collection of writings and speeches makes clear that the weapons of mass destruction he fears most are cultural -- more Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga than bunker busters and aircraft carriers. In other words, Tehran is threatened not only by what America does, but by what America is: a depraved, postmodern colonial power bent on achieving global cultural hegemony. America's "strategic policy," Khamenei has said, "is seeking female promiscuity."
That Eve just ruined everything, didn't she?

Sunset Boulevard

How'd we miss this? Easily. video platform video management video solutions video player But we'd be interested in seeing just how wrong they got it (Plenty:
Well, not quite East LA, or even the Eastside, but hey it's the promotional side of national news — what do they know.
We could be charitable & use the "what they left out" critique, but charitable since when, also: Two hrs.?) having resided for most of our time in L.A. & WeHo on or w/in walking distance (one-half to six blocks) of the famed spine, gastro-intestinal tract, artery-vein combo or whatever other comparison to a vital human body part that is the Boulevard of Broken Dreams. (One might think Hollywood Blvd. has that title, but its mere 40 or so blocks aren't nearly enough to hold all those dashed hopes.)Hmm. Never considered the prophetic implications of the opening lines in light of events just over a decade ago.

Well, you won't be safe in L.A. either; stay away.


Music Monday.(Monday Music?)Extra-terrestrially themed.

Please Do Not Throw Me
Into The Briar Patch

Anders Behring Breivik said on Monday he was not criminally insane and would do anything to avoid being sent to a secure mental hospital.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Marine Layer

It did not hit the predicted 90°F this wknd.

Droop Droop Droop ...

Quote of the Day

"I'm going to try something different this year. I'm going to try to stay out of this one."
-- Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), in an interview on Fox News Sunday, saying he won't endorse a presidential candidate.
Droopy-to-English translation: "No one gives one fucking shit about anything that oozes from between my hideous jowls, wretched mugwump that I am!"

Earth Day 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sucks To Be You, Doesn't It?

Several hundred of you Yankee pig-dogs seem to have a low opinion of the future as staked out for you here in sunny & warm SoCal.
Cleveland is really putting up a fight. America likes Los Angeles better than Cleveland, which is favored by 32 percent of Americans. But we still have way more haters: only 25 percent of respondents said they didn't like Cleveland. The only other cities that had lower favorable ratings were Oakland (21 percent) and Detroit (22 percent). And Detroit was the only city more hated by Americans (49 percent).

The other cities that are both better-loved and less hated than us include Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Philly, Miami, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Baltimore. You can check out the rest of the survey and more analysis for yourself here and here.
Sheer jealousy. We wouldn't live in your nasty local hell-holes if you paid us. Not that you could afford us.


We are not suffering fools gladly.


Almost. The articulated red bus tells us this is somewhere served by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Then we weren't tempted, because it looks like a part of the county in which we wouldn't be caught dead, like the Valley, or perhaps West L.A./Brentwood, so why bother?

Testing, Testing

Ein, zwei, drei ... tap tap

("Scheduled" for tomorrow at 0017. "Now" being 2320 on 20 April.)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Way Too Long; Will Never Read

In the interest of polishing the barely visible patina of pseudo-intellectuality we occasionally (& often for minutes at a time) have going here, a link to something about the birth of an alleged [Cue The Jam.] modern world. [Jam not actually available here because too much Flash.]
The book tells the story of Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things,” which 2,000 years ago posited a number of revolutionary ideas — that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.

Once thought lost, the poem was rediscovered on a library shelf in the winter of 1417 by a Poggio Bracciolini. The copying and translation of the book fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.

Greenblatt’s book argues that the influence of Lucretius’ work washed over modern thought like a tidal wave, anticipating not only social thought, but whole branches of modern science.
Mr. Cynical says swell, but never better late, jerks. Coulda been born into a fucking paradise, but no.

Obvious Stated Again

This time it's Eugene Robinson making a casual observation.
Let me be clear: I’m saying that the extreme language we hear from the far right is qualitatively different from the extreme language we hear from the far left*—and far more damaging to the ties that bind us as a nation. Tut-tutting that both sides should tone it down is meaningless. For all intents and purposes, one side is the problem.
Christ on a crutch, we're fucking trying here! Tough to keep up though.
In a subsequent interview, Nugent called Nancy Pelosi a “sub-human scoundrel” and referred to liberals as cockroaches to “stomp” in November.

This is what distinguishes the flame-throwers of the far right from those of the far left. Nugent and his ilk seek to deny their political opponents the very right to believe in a different philosophy. Agree with me, he says, or be stomped.
There you have it, fellow cucarachas: Welcome to Rwanda. Stomp or be stomped. We're getting out the cycle boots.
*Extreme far left language? Really. We'd like to hear some. What's Robinson heard that we haven't, & where? Euge? (Don't suggest the Trotskyites at The Nation, either.)

Now We Know Who Bert Weedon Was

Influential guitarist dies

About (2:29).

You Do Know Who Else* Was Born
On This Date, Don't You?

100 yrs. ago today, this dump hosted its first professional ball game.
*Who did you think?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Liar, Liar, Eternal Hell-fire

(Bonus musical intensifier added 20 April 2012.)

Not A Complete Dick

Concerning D.C., The Reporter types:
He Encouraged the Integration of Pop Music
From Bandstand's beginning, Clark had committed to integrating the show. The image of a racially diverse crowd of teenagers doing “The Twist” right alongside Chubby Checker is amongBandstand’s most indelible, and would later be dramatized in movies like Hairspray and on NBC’s American Dreams (which Clark produced). In 1958, Clark curated and promoted the first racially integrated pop concert – a fact fondly recalled by the estate of Michael Jackson.*
Clark (l) non-estate Michael Jackson (r): Two dead people when they weren't.
"It still wasn't acceptable for them to dance with white kids, so the blacks just danced with each other. We were waiting for the explosion, but it never happened," Clark said in a 1998 interview with Pennsylvania Heritage Magazine. "The wonderful part about our decision to integrate then was that there were no repercussions, no reverberations, no battles at all — it just happened right there on a television screen in front of millions of people."

*Bad enough that corporations are considered "people," but now estates are sentient as well? We shudder to think what amorphous entities will be granted rights & feelings next.

Litmus Test

Bonus Quote of the Day

"Further, the subject continued, that as a single man running as a political conservative, it was necessary for him to appear at campaign related events with a female escort."

-- A "close-out" memo from the Florida State Attorney's Office ending it's investigation into Rep. David Rivera's (R-FL) campaign finances.
Heh in-fuggin'-deedy.

Haven't read it; paid female escorts?
ADDED AFTER READING (1545 PDT): Why, yes, from the actual report (via TPM):
Further, the subject continued, that as a single man running as a political conservative, it was necessary for him to appear at campaign related events with a female escort. According to the subject’s broad interpretations of the law, it was appropriate and permissible to pay for his female companion’s expenditures as well, as they were essential to his elections campaigns. The subject was actually able to identify political party events, functions, or meetings, in connection with most if not all of his out of town trips.
OK then.

It Will Trickle Down (Eventually)

Stores along Beverly Drive and in portions of West Hollywood are being snapped up. As you might guess, prices are ludicrous: One space at the corner of Beverly Drive and Brighton Way is said to be leasing for $180 a square foot. That compares with $25 a square foot, give or take, at some of the larger Socal malls.
Once the wealthy job creators are confident they won't be taxed into the poor house by those 80-some Commies in Congress, some of their spending should drip on the heads of the shop clerks in these establishments, resulting in an increase of French-frying & pizza-making jobs in working peoples' residential zones, & the possible hiring of several nannies, maids & gardeners (if there are any profits at all after taxes & rent).


We did.
"If you can't galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we're done. We'll be a suburb of Indonesia next year," Nugent said, referring to the Asian country where Obama spent part of his childhood. "Our president and attorney-general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton, they're criminals."
Our emphasis.

Work Songs

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tea Party Bushido

What? The deluded 27% magically became a delusional 28%?
But the polls are missing one key ingredient: the intensity of feeling and the level of determination* among the 28% of American adults (66 million people) who consider themselves part of the tea party or are supportive of it. To these people, 2012 is not “just another election.” It is the defining political battle of our lifetime.

Most of these 66 million tea partiers will vote in November. But they will do much more than vote. They will also make unprecedented personal sacrifices in time and money to help get out the vote. To a person, these 66 million Americans believe that if Barack Obama is re-elected, the constitutional republic as we know it will be destroyed. They are determined not to let this happen on their watch.
Ah. No gawd knows why we bothered w/ page two after the above, but it's good we did. We can only assume that the typist behind this piece (See bio below.) is on the outs w/ the "Washington-based organizations" that astroturf some of the Tea Party outfits, 'cause he's begging for spare change.
Only the tea party has the enthusiasm and manpower to get out the vote for Mitt Romney, but it’s financed by the spare change found in the couches of local leaders. Nonetheless, as the critical role it played in the 2011 Republican takeover of the Virginia State Senate proved, the tea party is very effective.

The big question is whether wealthy conservative donors will wake up to face the political realities and help local and regional tea party groups finance get-out-the-vote efforts. To date, they have ignored the tea party, giving their donations instead to organizations that are more interested in building their own brands than in building effective local get-out-the-vote capabilities.


But conservatives around the country should take heart because that’s an unlikely scenario. As we’re beginning to see, conservative donors are finally realizing that the scope of the conservative victory in November will be determined by the level of financial support they provide to local grassroots conservatives. They understand that when it comes to political return on investment, local tea party groups provide the biggest bang for the buck.

Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the “Voices of the Tea Party” e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and ElectionDayTeaParty.com. His new book, “Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement,” was published by Broadside Books in March 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy.

*"Our troops are better than theirs. And our votes count more, too."

Title Track, 40-Yr.Old Disc

[counting on fingers] 'Eighty-two, 'ninety-two, 'ought-two, 'ought- ... uh, twelve.  Yep. 40.Not that we were dismayed by the Ted Templeman production, but it holds up quite well.

R.I.P., Dick

Sorry to see Dick Clark go, but now that he is officially dead (Too soon? Who fucking cares, we're still alive!) we are going to take the title of "America's Oldest Teen-Ager" for our own immature self.

Also: Cheap.
If you can set aside a fierce determination to pay everyone as little as possible, my memories of him are all good.
The main points I should underscore about Dick are his professionalism — always on-time, always well-aware of the costs and problems of production — and his graciousness. Oh, and his cheapness too...but I almost didn't mind that.

Nooge News

Any one out there have a copy of the issue of CREEM in which Mr. Nugent spoke of his days in Detroit when he'd expose himself to nuns? It involves driving around near convents w/ a map on his lap & asking nuns for directions. (Use your imagination from there.) Used to have it, probably appeared during the mid-70s to early '80s. It would be a swell thing to be able to reference. In the meantime, the only good thing Ted did after breaking up the Amboy Dukes.Bass line by Rob Grange, who played bass in the Amboy Dukes.

A Polite Society

So good even the trailer is for grown-ups. NSFW if actual human dialogue (Or lots of murder.) is disapproved of there.Look, a clean version for squares:US $9.99 on Pay-per-View, through 10 May. Get your money together & c'mon over. (Gonna be five bucks apiece, 'cause we only have three chairs in here.)

Interesting that we have so many appropriate labels.

Not Un-Amusing

Linkage. For the hell of it, we installed it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Working Like A Dog

Cult? Mmmm, Could Be ...

No doubt another of the e-mails that the religious & reactionary circulate among themselves & forward to family members. We are w/o family, nor are there droolers in our acquaintance to irk us w/ this sort of crap, so when we encounter it we like to share. Especially when it confirms our biasesrational response to religion.

So, w/o further ado, InfantryVeteran's forward. (Presented as found, because what's more endearing than "underware?" OK, the Jeff Foxworthy list approach is cute too. Critical thinking for crackers, we guess.)
If your church makes you wear magic underware... you might be in a cult.
If your church has secret handshakes... you might be in a cult.
If your parents weren't allowed to attend your wedding... you might be in a cult.
If your church asks for your grocery money and tells you to go hungry...you might be in a cult.
If your church has more than one bible...you might be in a cult.
If your church tracks you down where ever you go...you might be in a cult.
If your church tells you to follow their leader even if they are wrong...you might be in a cult.
If your church builds a $5 billon dollar mall...you might be in a cult.
If your church hides their archives in a mountain cave...you might be in a cult.
If your church was started by a guy looking into a hat and receiving messages from magic rocks...you might be in a cult.
If it preaches the evils of sex, yet the first 2 leaders were sex addicts. . . you might be in a cult.
If at your wedding, both you and the officiating priest were wearing baker's hats...you might be in a cult.
If you have to pay 10% of your money to go to heaven and be with your family... you might be in a cult.
If you are asked by your leaders if you touch yourself at night and if you climaxed... you might be in a cult.
If when you present the facts of the church to them and they wave it away claiming "they know the church is true"... you might be in a cult.
If someone has ever said "you are in a cult"...you just might be in a cult.
If you have ever had to argue that you are not in a cult...you just might be in a cult.
Heh infuckingdeedy.

Make Up Your Mind Already

Hey Nazis, which is it, the moonor inside the planet?Wait a moment, we're getting word now ... they'll be coming from Tampa, just before Labor Day, not the sky above or the mud below.

P.S.: Anyone interested in a "Nazis on The Bottom of The Sea" direct to wherever feature?
P.P.S.: Fuck you. They do it too.
The Church will survive the entrenched corruption and sheer incompetence of our Illinois state government, and even the calculated disdain of the President of the United States, his appointed bureaucrats in HHS, and of the current majority of the federal Senate. . . .

Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care.

In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path.

Pill Bucket

Nice missionary shirt & tie on Mittens (also milk), but where's the nametag?
We like his illustrations, but don't explanations defeat the purpose?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Housewives

BF Politics has the scoop on Joe Smith & his doctrines as applied to Ann Romney. (No mention of dressage as Mormon practice 'though.)

Prophet Ezra Taft Benson:
This is the reasoning of the world and is not pleasing in the sight of God... Do not curtail the number of your children for personal or selfish reasons. Material possessions, social convenience, and so-called professional advantages are nothing compared to a righteous posterity. In the eternal perspective, children--not possessions, not position, not prestige--are our greatest jewels.
Prophet Spencer W. Kimball:
I beg of you, you who could and should be bearing and rearing a family: Wives, come home from the typewriter, the laundry, the nursing, come home from the factory, the cafe. No career approaches in importance that of wife, homemaker, mother--cooking meals, washing dishes, making beds for one's precious husband and children. Come home, wives, to your husbands. Make home a heaven for them. Come home, wives, to your children, born and unborn. Wrap the motherly cloak about you and, unembarrassed, help in a major role to create the bodies for the immortal souls who anxiously await.
Other crapheads:
By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.
Mothers who know are willing to live on less and consume less of the world’s goods in order to spend more time with their children—more time eating together, more time working together, more time reading together, more time talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying.
Sound a little like that Sharia(h) law to you?

Daily Drooler

Fast it forward to (8:45). (Or listen to all of it, it's all fun.) But the drooliest is the clown at (8:45).Get the bucket.

Cheney Dead-Ender

Hope it's worth it, Juleanna Glover.Piling on.

America Eats Its Young (& Everybody Else)

Ann Romney busy raising her five spawn.
Apparently it's hard out there.
The situation is impossible for all of us, whether we're working in an office or working at home or taking a few years out of the workforce to manage the house and children and then find it difficult to get back in at a reasonable-enough wage to ensure a decent Social Security check in old age. The United States is set up on the assumption that everyone who works should do so around the clock ... and that children should be a parent's full-time focus at all times, so much so that you must abandon the rest of your life to pick them up from school at appallingly early hours so that you can then ferry them to an endless array of after-school activities. The problem with this clash isn't personal; it's a structural problem. We have set our society up in a way that makes it impossible to both work and parent. And I don't see any interest in solving this as a society.
Probably because most of the society can't even see/realize the problem. (Forest/trees.)
Any contemporary American parent has a comparable story. And of course, any meaningful career requires the same kind of around-the-clock, work-when-you're-needed-which-is-always schedule, while waged work increasingly requires a willingness to work crazy shifts without much advanced notice. Our system is just not humane—or to put it differently, we leave no time to be human. But I don't see any change on the horizon. Do you?
Yes. Yes we do. At the barrel of a gun. After we've burned everything to the ground.

Another 1,000 Wordsworth:
"Is Obama Gay?"

As good a set of reasons as any to vote for Romney.
Photo: Philip Munger/flickr® from YAHOO!

A Promise, Not A Threat

Romney’s plan to eliminate HUD, assuming he didn’t shuffle its programs to other departments, would bring an end to critical programs like Section 8 housing vouchers and community development block grants. Eliminating housing assistance is even more problematic given the disproportionate percentage of veterans in the homeless population.
We will strangle Mitt Romney w/ our bare hands if he's elected & fucks w/ our housing subsidy. Or maybe we'll torture & kill one of his awful offspring; they might be easier to get at. Death will result, either way, & we'll take as many of them as we can w/ us, because we have NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE.

Not that it'll be that tough to get to Richie Romney; the Secret Service pigs are too busy stiffingnot paying prostitutes to protect anyone.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

B-52 II

Earlier anniv. item in motion.

Self-Recognition, Self-Hatred

Hey! Make fun of the tired hippies north of us once in a while, northeastern elites.

$5 Paradise

Thank You, Tucker Carlson

"News" we need:
We anxiously await Brent Bozell's paroxysm of moral outrage at the coarse & vulgar use of "banging."

Image Problem

Fascist reaction:
National Union MK Michael Ben Ari issued a response to the incident and congratulated the IDF officer who hit the leftist activists.

“Well done to the IDF officer who did what Bibi [Benjamin Netanyahu] and [Yitzhak] Aharonovich [minister of internal security] have no brain or courage to do,” Ben Ari said. “Radical leftists must be handled with a heavy hand. There was a tangible threat to the lives of the soldiers and the officer had no other choice.”
You know who else believed “radical leftists must be handled with a heavy hand?" That's right. Far right.

Lifted from War in Context.

V.S. Back

Vin Scully (The Dodger announcer, Philistines!) is on the air again after several days off w/ a bad cold. The guy's 82 or so, & we were a bit worried, but he made it back for Jackie Robinson Day.

B-52 B-Day

Also on this date, 60 yrs. ago: The YB-52, the second XB-52 modified with more operational equipment, first flew on 15 April 1952 with "Tex" Johnston as pilot.

Even more impressive than its longevity: A Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (61-023) flying with its vertical stablizer sheared off, 10 January 1964. The aircraft was being used as a testbed to identify structural weaknesses in the airframe when the event occurred. The crew, with the assistance of Boeing engineers on the ground, was able to land the aircraft safely.
Try that w/ a fucking Airbus.

Jackie Robinson Day

Open the door.
Jackie Robinson reporting to the Brooklyn Dodgers
from the minor league Montreal Royals, 1947.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Heat Sink Planet

One of our favorite phrases w/ which to condemn all humanity to the hell it so richly deserves (Old & bitter? Us?) is "You'll all be boiling in a stew of your own waste before you know it."

Now, scientific proof thereof!
Alright, the Earth has only one mechanism for releasing heat to space, and that’s via (infrared) radiation. We understand the phenomenon perfectly well, and can predict the surface temperature of the planet as a function of how much energy the human race produces. The upshot is that at a 2.3% growth rate (conveniently chosen to represent a 10× increase every century), we would reach boiling temperature in about 400 years. [Pained expression from economist.] And this statement is independent of technology. Even if we don’t have a name for the energy source yet, as long as it obeys thermodynamics, we cook ourselves with perpetual energy increase.
Stew in that for a while.

Tedious Pastime

Intentional walk.
At last, managed to get an orb in play.
A run scores.
Rasta Pirate pops one up.

Shut The Fuck Up Or
We'll Give You Something To Whine About

Yes, talking to you, old fool. Clam up until we're a bit closer to her bleeding majesty no longer being styled Defender of the Faith, & the churches being bulldozed & replaced by temples dedicated to Mammon.
Christians are being "persecuted" and "driven underground" while the courts fail to protect their religious values, a former archbishop of Canterbury has claimed.

Lord Carey said Christians were excluded from many sectors of employment because of their beliefs, "vilified by state bodies" and left in fear of arrest for expressing their views.
Stupid enough, but what does this mean?
He added: "It is now Christians who are persecuted; often sought out and framed by homosexual activists.
A guess would be something to do w/ Britain's hate-speech laws. Must take an awful lot of framing to get these pious Englishmen to say something hateful. Another guess would be that the "framing" involves encounters in public loos, or via certain sites on the Internet.

2012 Grand Old Tea Party Platform

"Drop the bomb first!" Crowley snapped. "Finish those reds off before they start it. In fact, I'm not even sure they've got the bomb. They're not smart enough to...."

"There was sputnik, you know," Ross interrupted sourly.

"Yeah, but built by those captured German scientists. We're way ahead of those Russkies in everything. Hit 'em now. Finish 'em off. The eggheads in Washington are scared of their own shadows. Another thing I'd end is getting suckered in by those French and English politicians. What does America need with those countries? They always start up these wars and get us to bail them out. And I say stop all this foreign aid and keep the money in our own country.

"And we can do a lot of cleaning up right here, too. We got to kick all the commies out of the government. Make all the commies and socialists and these egghead liberals, illegal. In fact, I'm in favor of shooting them. When you got an enemy, finish him off. And take the Jews. I'm not anti-Semitic, like, understand. Some of my best friends are Jews. But you got to realize that wherever they go they cause trouble. They stick together and take over the best businesses and all. O.K., you know what I say? I say kick them out of the country. And they all came over here poor and made their money here. So let them leave the way they came. We'll, like, confiscate all their property except like personal things."

Patricia had closed her eyes in pain long before this. She said, softly, "I imagine somewhere along in here we'll get to the Negroes."

"I'm not against them. Just so they stay in their place. But this integration stuff is bunk. You got to face facts. Negroes aren't as smart as white people, neither are Chinks or Mexicans or Puerto Ricans. So, O.K., give them their own schools, up to high school is all they need, and let them have jobs like waiters and janitors and like that. They shouldn't take a white man's job and they shouldn't be allowed to marry white people. It deteriorates the race, like."

Crowley was really becoming wound up now. Wound up and expansive. "There's a lot of things I'd change, see. Take freedom of speech and press and like that. Sure I believe in that, I'm one hundred per cent American. But you can't allow people to talk against the government. Freedom of speech is O.K., but you can't let a guy jump up in the middle of a theater and yell fire."
As predicted some 50 yrs. ago. Author brought to our attention by Riddled's Smut Clyde.

We suppose that for complete accuracy we could substitute "Iranians" & "towel-heads" for "reds" & "Russkies," but if you think we'd be arsed you're wrong again! And w/ today's nitwits going on about the Commies in Congress, why bother?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Coachella Report

No way in hell.

Missed It By ...

... about an hr.
"It was around 11:30 p.m., so I played some mellow improvised chordal stuff," he wrote under the YouTube video. "I'd been busy the whole week, I never had the opportunity to play music, until right now!"
We saw the art-piano (conveniently located between the Starbucks & Subway [The sandwich store, not the Red Line.] in Union Station) about 2230, while returning from the ball game. Wasn't in use at the time.


Just noticed the date. Will be under the covers.

How They Believe

This was cheerfully offered by one of the simpletons who comment at Jim Hoft's Dumb As A Gatepost site. We print it here as a public service; a laff or two should be obtained, & gawd knows we all need a laff or two, don't we friends? We know we do.
1. You have to believe the AIDS virus is spread by lack of Federal funding.
2. You have to believe that the school system that can’t teach a fourth grader how to read is some how the best qualified to teach those same children all about ***. [S-E-X? WTF? — Ed.]
3. You have to believe that guns, in the hands of law abiding Americans, are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese communists.
4. You have to believe there was no art before Federal funding.
5. You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented changes in the earth’s climate, and more affected by Americans driving SUVs.
6. You have to believe that gender roles are artificial, but being homosexual is natural.
7. You have to be against capital punishment but support abortion on demand.
8. You have to believe that business creates oppression and governments create prosperity.
9. You have to believe that hunters don’t care about nature, but loony activists from Seattle do.
10. You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.
11. You have to believe that the U.S. Military, not evil and tyrannical regimes, start wars.
12. You have to believe the NRA is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.
13. You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.
14. You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, General Robert E. Lee, or Thomas Edison.
15. You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides are not.
16. You have to believe Hillary Clinton is all about “progress” and not power. She just wants to help us out of the archaic system of governing that we have been subjected to since our founding.
17. You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried, is because the right people haven’t been in charge. (I’ve got news for you. It has never worked because the RIGHT people have been in charge.)
18. You have to believe Republicans telling the truth belong in jail, but a cheat, liar and *** offender [Guess so. — Ed.] belongs in the White House and you would vote him back in there in a New York Minute (if you could).
19. You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag, transvestites, and bestiality should be constitutionally protected, and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.
20. You have to believe that illegal Democrat Party funding by the Chinese is somehow in the best interest of the United States.
21. You have to believe that the vociferous minorities who protest against prayer and saluting the flag in school have far more rights than the majority who believe in God and country, and want these values instilled in our young children.
22. You have to believe in MOB RULE and not RULING THE MOB (The Republican way).
23. You must not listen to Rush Limbaugh.
24 Trade Unions and Trial Lawyers are our strength and power.
25 The Main Stream Media and Hollywood are our propagandists.
26- FEMINISTS and **** are the men of our party.
27- The Terri Schiavo case proves we and a two-timing husband have more power than GOD and 2 loving parents.
30 – Remember what our Uncle Joe Stalin said-”It’s not who votes that counts, it’s who counts the votes”
31 – Our success will be realized when we are able to place an unconstitutional and ineligible candidate into the White House, causing our enemies to change the name of Washington, DC to USURPERVILLE (Google it up).
33- You have to swear to the : THE DEVIL’S CODE

THIS WAS THE OATH OF A FIGHTER PILOT. Keep forwarding and add more
Send this to 1000 Friends or 1000 times to One Enemy.
Ah. Magical thinking. Now we can start to get these people classified in the DSM.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Poli Vi

"If it's on Gorgon, it's gotta be good!"

Drain Circling

William Pfaff once appeared somewhat regularly on the L.A. Times op-ed page, & while he's still affiliated w/ Tribune Media Services, Inc. it's Jonah Goldberg who now regularly graces their pages while "Pfaff" is down the Times memory hole.

Here are the paragraphs most likely to irk the irksome.
Well, actually, the only people who can really say that are those who haven’t been to Europe or the major Asian states recently, where everything works beautifully, even if Europe’s debts are not paid off. The 200 mph trains that crisscross Europe not only run on time but give you money back if they are late. The hotels in Singapore, Tokyo and the Arabian Gulf surpass all rivals. Their national airlines provide unparalleled service, and even room enough to sit comfortably in economy.

Even the American government luxuriates abroad. Have you ever been an overnight guest in the visiting officers’ apartments of any major American military base abroad? (Not in a combat zone, to be sure!) I have. It’s like Air Force One. And you can bet that everything works, every luxury and comfort provided, every wish granted and whim gratified. What great fun for the little Obama girls! The rest of us usually fly economy.


Second: mindless oversimplification plus ignorance, following from collapsing public education. The latter has a cause that it has not been politically acceptable to identify: the liberation of women. In the United States before the Second World War, teaching in public (or parochial) schools was virtually the only serious work open to university-educated women. They educated America. They now have other things to do, for which we give thanks. But the nation suffers the consequences.
Hmmm. Interesting theory. Also: H. Sapiens is just not that bright, no matter what the books claim about an "intelligent" species.

The outro:
But now Asia looms. We Americans thought we had settled Asia with The Bomb in 1945. Here it is again, but instead of being an Asia of ingenious and committed Japanese, or masses of peasants, it turns out to be modern China, which owns more of the United States than we like to think, manufactures or processes most of what we buy, purchases the raw materials of the world and builds aircraft carriers, which, since Japan’s carriers were all sunk, has been something that we believed only the United States could do.

Shaken by this new Asia, the Obama government has responded (and I would not dream of denigrating a matchless body of fighting men) by sending the Marines to Australia, where we can be sure their presence will give China’s strategists pause.

To end this article by being serious: Yes, the United States is in decline. The matter is serious for what it means to the character and future of the nation itself, rather than to its mere rank, reputation and power in the world. The United States is wasting its traditional values, selling its birthright, as did Esau, for a mess of pottage. As the readers of Genesis know, to do so is most imprudent.
Extra points for righteous Biblical condemnation.

Baseball Babylon

Good base for the Tower of Babel. Pix, details.
TodayLast night, inside.

Nice Venue, Eh?

Don't you wish your ballpark were swell like this?
Sincere appreciation to long-time associate [REDACTED. 'Cause, you know.] who, having obtained free tix from season ticket holders who couldn't make the game was kind enough to invite us to enjoy an evening at Dodger Stadium. In return, we were kind enough to buy him 20 fl. oz. of brew for a mere US$13.25. (Horrifying, but considering the face value of the ducat was an even more astounding US$115.00*, any amount he could have gotten in the parking lot would have been gravy, so hey.)
Best seats we've weaseled our way into in thirty yrs.
Corralled into the smokers pen, behind the Dodger bullpen.

*We'll repeat that. One hundred & fifteen dollars. U.S. Ho-leeee ...


L.A. 4, Pitts. 1

A Buccaneer has just hit a home run.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Still Weds.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Old Cowhand Dep't.

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


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)


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


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.