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!!