Monday, May 7, 2012

Same Shit, Different Mouth

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia | Sat May 5, 2012 7:43am EDT
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top religious official has blamed Muslim sinfulness for instability in the Middle East, where pro-democracy unrest has toppled four heads of state.
"The schism, instability, the malfunctioning of security and the breakdown of unity that Islamic countries are facing these days is a result of the sins of the public and their transgressions," Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh was quoted as saying by al-Watan newspaper.
In a Friday sermon, he accused "chaotic" people of wearing mask of "democracy and equality" for actions leading to injustice and instability within the umma, or Muslim nation.

Revolts that erupted last year have removed Arab autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and are still raging in Syria and Bahrain. They gave voice to millions of people who suffered decades of repression but have alarmed Gulf Arab rulers.

Ties between Riyadh and Cairo were strained by the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, a close Saudi ally, and by the rising power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, an organization viewed with suspicion by many Gulf governments.

On Friday an Egyptian delegation visited Saudi King Abdullah to smooth a spat caused by protests at the Saudi embassy in Cairo, which had led to the recall of the Saudi ambassador. The king later ordered the envoy back Cairo and the embassy said he would return on Saturday.

Last month, the grand mufti was criticized after international media quoted him as saying all churches in the Arabian Peninsula should be destroyed, angering Christian bishops in Austria, Germany, and Russia. The comments could not be verified by Saudi officials.

(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Alistair Lyon)
Good thing no one in these United Snakes believes anything as silly as all that. And it's certainly no wonder people are worried about Sharia law. Can you imagine imposing an anti-democratic religious "morality" on the bastion of liberty & freedom that is America?

Nope, Won't Do It

Nagonna type one more word.
The Santa Clara County Coroner released details of famed-artist Thomas Kinkade's autopsy and found that he died of "acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication."

In layman's terms, he died of an overdose of alcohol and valium.
Just going to laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh some more until we die.

Not-Reading Is Fundamental*

Comparing Gary Johnson to Past Libertarian Party Nominees

What next, Conor F. determines who's really the third-best poet in Elephant's Breath, Kansas?
*To maintaining mental equilibrium & keeping oneself from moron murder or similar excessive effort. Actually, we're kidding in this one case: Beyond the flacking of Johnson, it's a short, informative history of the Libertarian Party's Presidential efforts. Which have been consistently pathetic:
Ed Clark was the Libertarian Party nominee in 1980. With his running mate, billionaire Charles Koch, he won 1 percent of the popular vote nationwide -- the best a candidate from that party has ever done.
Read & laff.

Willard "Mittens" Rmoney, Con Scholar; John McCain, Blank Slate

“Well, as I’m sure you do, I happen to believe the Constitution was not just brilliant but probably inspired. I happen to believe the same thing about the Declaration of Independence,” he said, to applause. “I would respect the different branches of government if I am fortunate enough to become president.”
Oh. You know what that means? GEE-ZIZ!! is what it means.

In language notes, we've enjoyed the construction "happen to believe" elsewhere, & quite recently:
Speaking about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selecting of a vice presidential running mate, McCain said on ABC's "This Week" that the “primary, absolute, most important aspect is if something happened to him, would that person be well qualified to take that place?”

“I happen to believe that was the … primary factor on my decision in 2008," McCain said, "and I know it will be Mitt’s.”
The proverbial unexamined life: Can't even give us an idea of what went through his mind.

E-Mail We Didn't Continue Reading

From the Denial & Projection Center:
Winston Churchill said “history is written by the victors.” But too often in politics, where professional tacticians want to preserve their permanent paychecks by deflecting their mistakes onto everyone but themselves, losers often desperately attempt to re-write history.

And that is exactly what GOP establishment operatives, aided and abetted by members of the mainstream media who want to preserve access to them, are now doing to the history of the 2008 presidential campaign, as they attempt to blame Palin--and, by association, non-establishment grassroots conservatives--for their own professional malpractice during that campaign.

In nearly every recent story written about Romney’s vice presidential selection process, a GOP operative is quoted saying something in the vein of “Palin’s shadow hangs over the selection process.”
UPDATE (2323PDT, 7 May 2012): The House of Substance has dragged a list of suspects from the muck. (Enough cross-linking & we'll make memeorandum.)

True (?) Crime Story

Waiting for the train thisSunday evening we were approached by an un-prepossessing, balding honky (Older even than we.) in those grotesque cargo pants & a white T-shirt, who asked if the trains ran all night, to which we responded no. (Fucking Boy Scout, we're so helpful.) He then asked us if we "knew that there are people who had committed murder who've been released from prison?" Already sensing this was not headed in a good direction, we non-committedly assented, which he took as a cue to tell us something about someone who killed someone (By now we'd started tuning him out.) someone's brothers & sisters(?) & how he had then killed the aunt of the guy who killed whoever (A brother or sister?) was first killed. (We didn't quite entirely get if nephew/Killer A had been convicted.) He also demonstrated stabbing the aunt w/ imaginary knife in closed fist in 1969 in either Hawthorne or Torrance (Have, for whatever reason, always confused the two, & were ready to fight or flee at any moment. Memory is a strange thing.) & claimed the murder had never been solved.

To which we responded "We won't tell any one what you told us" got up & moved to the other end of the platform.

Should we call the cold case units in Hawthorne/Torrance & see if anyone's aunt was stabbed to death in 1969?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

We Are Always Amused ...

... by fucking morons who act as if the Nazis didn't win WWII. A cursory look at the contemporary world will damn well tell you who the real winners were, history books notwithstanding.

The Picture Of Jan Crouch

Were it not for follow-upsstuff w/ which we can link to prior items, we might not post any items at all. Today's pathetic attempt at relevancy is via bjkeefe (Real name?) & sends us to The NYT's version of the Guardian item we linked, & a NYT slide show.

And, another chance to scare the young'uns out of five yrs. growth & the old'uns a few yrs. closer to the grave:
Sweet Blood of Jesus.

Jazz Super Moon

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Moon June Spoon Croon Papoon

Triple play!


Weak In Review

This wk., we forgot the fifth anniv. of our efforts here, which occurred the third of May. You can see how much of a shit we give, especially when looking at what was posted here Thurs., when we were bravely trying to give a shit but ended up w/ rock-photo filler & links. (Should have thought ahead & scheduled a celebratory item.)

What a colossal joke, & all at our expense.

Fuck Cinco de Mayo, too.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Items That Disappoint At The End

Facebook has announced a new option allowing you to display your organ
donor status.
Teasing bastards.

Rock Walk

The point, if art or this thing has one, is walking under it.
We suppose now it's a question of landscaping the surrounding area. Sod it, we say!

Local Onion

This is funny. To us. Because we live in this Los Angeles place. Which includes enclaves such as Santa Monica.
SANTA MONICA—Two years ago, the City of Santa Monica revolutionized the way visitors paid for parking by installing credit card readers on every parking meter. This system held up well until many residents noticed they were maxing out their credit cards to pay for parking.

"Most of my paycheck goes toward paying for parking," said Cory Gillespie, who works at The Gap on the 3rd Street Promenade. Gillespie, 22, recently requested a second shift at The Gap to help pay the parking fees he accumulates while going to work. "It's a vicious cycle," he added.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Unlevitated Rock

Wks. ago:

"Volume II LIVE" ...

... is record co. speak for scraping the bottom of a no-longer-recording group's barrel. We were looking for the studio version of this number, & chanced upon this, posted a mere twelvish hrs. ago.Plus: Recorded 4 October 1968 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland. East Bay!

Another Rock Pic Or Three

Now appearing w/o support & in a new wrap.
Numb to the whole thing at this point.

Who Hates Honkies? We Hate Honkies!

Ol' Bryan Fischer will spontaneously combust if [Apply your favorite ridiculous & deluded right-wing canard &/or calumny here.] Obama is reëlected. Or sooner.We at Just Another Blog™ have a rather long list of (virtually all) white people we'd like to see punished, but we haven't been getting too far w/ it; good luck to the fucking Prez if he can punish (What's Fischbait mean, "punish?" Biblical deal?) a nation that's majority EurotrashAnglo for being white.

Warrior Elite

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Not Bothering

Already documented in excruciatingly numbing detail, so we needn't.Should be quite convenient if there is ever any reason for us (or anyone) to visit Culver City, or look at the decorations.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Babylon Continues New Tower Of Babel

"You got those planes warmed up yet?"

Another Side Of Don Martin

From outer space, man.

Big Electric Cat


Being & Numbness

Anarchy hell; the tattered flag of crushing numbness to all existence.
(Read into it any May Day crap you wish. It is physically, mentally & emotionally [esp. emotionally] impossible for us to give any less of a damn.)

Not Working

Sure, we don't work the other 365 either, but it's May Day, so ....

Anniversary Whatever

Hurray hurray, The First of May!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Reptilian Action

The flightless four-door model.

Lizard Lounging

Moments ago:

Kenny Burrell's Giant Head

LACMA Free* Jazz Series, 27 April 2012.
*To be clear, it's not that they were wailin' Ornette Coleman or Clifford Thornton (Duke Ellington centenary deal, actually.) but that there was no admission or cover charge.

Down The Hatch W/o A Scratch

Riot Wrap-Up

It was literally 20 yrs. ago today ...
The 1992 Los Angeles Riots
Military Operations in Los Angeles, 1992
Major General (Ret.) James D. Delk
"This Winchell's shall not fall."

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cupcakes On The Move

Upcoming Personal Appearance

We don't like to give our fans much notice as to where we may be too long in advance (for various reasons we won't get into right now) but today you might see us here. The truly lazy, or those keeping their carbon footprint low, may watch from home. (If you do see us, don't fucking bother us: We don't give autographs. Thank you.)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Nihilist's Corner

Cut world population and redistribute resources, expert urges

Nuclear disaster or plague likely unless population shrinks and natural resources are reassigned to poor, says Prof Paul Ehrlich
Read & weep. Once you've recovered your strength, kill yourself before it's too late.

These Are Our Neighbors

More imagery.

History Lesson

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sick Fun

Exploding Head Syndrome: Do you have it? We do! How cool is that? It's not, as some might think, the result of cognitive dissonance, but, as w/ so many syndromes, it's all in the mind, baby:

Exploding head syndrome (a.k.a. — oh, that’s the actual name?)

Well, no, I won’t suggest it. That was just a cheap literary ploy since EHS has nothing to do with Devil’s grip — or physical afflictions of any kind, for that matter. In fact, out of all the diseases on this list, it’s probably the one you’d be most likely to volunteer to contract just to be able to say you had it. According to the American Sleep Association, “Exploding head syndrome is a rare and relatively undocumented parasomnia event in which the subject experiences a loud bang in their head similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals or any other form of loud, indecipherable noise that seems to originate from inside the head.” Fortunately, despite having perhaps the most violent name in medicine, “exploding head syndrome is not dangerous” and “has no elements of pain, swelling or any other physical trait associated with it.”
Really. Happens rarely, & only when we are drifting off to sleep (Which is why we seldom remember that it's happened, & therefore haven't been agonizing over it or caring much.) but we remembered/recognized it when we read about it.

Besides all the crap in our mind, can you guess the physiological syndrome we have that affects 18%-35% of the species? We bet you can't. We'll place an even larger bet on your not giving a flying fuck.

Frozen Food Heir Unfrosted

At Salon, a look at Tucker Carlson, which claims he used to be good. Not bloody likely, we say, although it's possible that when Tuck moved from typing to editing/publishing/whatever-it-is-he-does he passed his level of competency, Peter Principle-style.

But ...
There were warning signs, of course. Like every other raging asshole who goes into journalism, Carlson idolized Hunter Thompson (that piece has the classic “I did a lot of really cool drugs once and it was no biggie” anecdote beloved of sad “rebel” libertarian poseurs). He repeated the same stale stereotypes masquerading as clever observations (NPR listeners driving Volvos turn up with some frequency in his writing going back to the 1990s). But what really destroyed Tucker Carlson, respected magazine journalist, was TV. TV exposed him as glib, smug and not nearly as clever as he thought he was. (Maybe it exposed how well edited he’d been for so many years.)
Oh, our theory somewhat confirmed.

Plenty on what a fishwrapper The DC is, of course.

Now, you are saved from reading to the last sentence; some theories about America's aristocracy of merit may be confirmed as well:
And the fact that his full name is Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson, and that his brother’s name is Buckley Swanson Peck Carlson.

26th APRIL, 1945

While finding the re-run posted one item below in the redesigned YouTube, we were doubly surprised to come across another & more recent ('though not by much) video. We were most surprised it was "private" (Us? Self-censoring?) but we can see why. Surprise #2 was the date in one of the shots. This date in history & all.

Not necessarily Un-SFW. If it's acceptable to show the naked corpses of emaciated Jews, &c., being heaved into piles on the tube, how can your boss bitch about it? Nonetheless:
WARNING: Documentary footage of dead, naked bodies being thrown around.
A (very) rough cut of crap found on the telly, for something we never wrapped up.

It's All About Us!

Not you, or anybody else.

(Or, we could pretend we were adding our 2¢ worth to this item from No More Mister Nice Blog concerning the dignity exhibited by Ronald Reagan during his crime-plagued presidency.) And you may blame Mr. M. there for this opus again; he ran this picture
Well. The wide shot reveals Her Majesty
pimpin' a Mr. T. what, doll?
which set us off (see it move at 1:55):

Maybe Next Time

Needed: Bigger & faster meteors, because the current crop are not cutting it. Stop teasing us w/ the near misses!
An image provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
shows a meteor over Reno, Nevada on April 22, 2012.

Lisa Warren/NASA-JPL via AP
In fairness, this sumbitch was quite close to us on a global scale. So why couldn't it have hit something?

Keeping The Hepness Quotient Up

W/ more obscure music from colored people.

World Of Lies

Digging the new design at SlateSalon (12 hrs. later: Admit it; no one noticed, & few can tell the difference.)? (You do know who else that red, white & black color scheme worked out well for, don't you?) We saw something there we were going to analyze in depth (No we weren't. We maybe were going to skim it.) but what's the fucking point (of anything, ever, really) especially of political discourse, once you're grasped the unchanging truth of the very first paragraph:
The rulebook for conservative punditry is straightforward. Push for a policy. When it turns into a disaster, defend it. When the defense becomes untenable, ignore it. Finally, when something unrelated but positive occurs, take credit for it.
Good for you if, after that, you still give a flying fuck about the specific bullshit referred to in the item. If you do, you're a better citizen then we are. And a masochistic moron.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Polished & buffed:

Naked & Exposed

Did you know? We live in a "globally exposed economy." (Exposed like being staked to an anthill in the desert sun.) Well, we do, love it or shove it. Some Limey git informs us:
These risks post a serious threat to growth, through price shocks and inflation. Their political consequences could be more serious still, with some tempted to see a zero sum competition for resources between consumers and between nations. That would be an historic mistake, triggering a spiral away from the cooperation based on agreed rules that is vital for a globally exposed economy like our own, towards a much more dangerous world of fragmentation, competition and greatly enhanced risks of conflict.
Previously (In the same quote, yet.):
...We have left behind an era in which energy, food, water, and other resources have been relatively cheap and plentiful. Rising demand is carrying us into an age of higher and more volatile prices for energy, food and raw materials.
How in hell could anyone vaguely aware of humanity & its sordid history think this facade of "cooperation based on agreed rules that is vital for a globally exposed economy" (Here we are figuratively bent over double laughing or vomiting; hard to tell which.) would continue after necessities become, if not actually scarcer, more expensive? Especially as it is the agreed rules (We've no memory of agreeing to any such rules, by the way.) that allow & encourage rampant speculation, rent-seeking & all the other terminally boring & said-so-many times already (No, the species never learns.) yada/greed that leads to environmental conditions detrimental to human (Mammalian, even?) survival.

Plus: The guy who pulled the quote believes it would be swell if only Republicans could "tell it like it is."
Imagine if we lived in a world where a US Republican Secretary of State could take to the op-ed pages, as UK Foreign Minister and conservative William Hague just has, to tell it like it is.
Where "Telling it like it is" = "Business & profit as usual/Preserve the status quo."

Uh-oh. Played right into their hands. Keeping the younger among us from boiling to death in their own puddles of waste is just a plot to destroy capitalism & its "rules," & to make everyone live in mud huts, because who doesn't like camping, we guess.

The Big Showdown

A favorite from the misty past recently located in the wilds of YouTube.One case where competition may be better than coöperation.

Private Shopping W/ Ann R. Money

From the Society Editor, what Mme. Romney was up to a wk. ago Saturday:
Yes, that was First Lady hopeful Ann Romney on Worth Avenue Saturday, looking very Palm Beach-y in her hot pink tunic and jeans with her shoulder-length blond hair. The only thing missing was the Helga Wagner necklace.

Mitt’s missus spent four hours with Alfred Fiandaca, her old pal from Boston who closed the store for her so she could shop in peace without any worries about paparazzi grabbing a shot of her in the fitting room. Trying on a little something to wear to tonight’s big dinner at Darlene and Jerry Jordan’s house, perhaps? When they’re paying 50k a couple, a lady wants to look good.

The private shopping went well for the wife of the presumptive candidate — c’mon, like that’s not a given by now — but for the customers who had “Stop by Alfred’s” at the top of their Saturday to-do list, well, not so much. They had to wait. Some did, patiently and quietly. Others did, not so patiently and not so quietly.

Finally, Ann strolled out, shopping bags in hand, smiled at the small crowd gathered on the sidewalk, climbed into the big black car waiting at the curb, and drove off.
This may shock some, but we don't believe that people who already live as if they are under Secret Service protection should be elected to political office.

And we know that the Mormons' "Heavenly Father" is a money-grubbing pig-god (It's the All-American religion, you know.) so He wouldn't disapprove of meaningless, empty consumption.

Shirley Story

This is an excuse to relate an honest-to-gawd Hollywood celebrity experience. (W/ which we may have bored the Internets limp at World O' Crap once. Whatever; plenty of Googlewidth to fill here too.)

In the mid-70s, when not consumed w/ Bicentennial Fever, we worked for an outfit that videotaped bands & other show biz lice for various non-broadcast purposes. One gig was shooting a reference tape of a dance bit Ms. MacLaine was doing for a telebision special. This being the mid-'70s, laser beams would be added later so it would look as if she were dancing w/ them or vice versa, & the laser artists (Tee hee.) needed to see what the hell she'd be doing. Grueling work, pointing a camera at a stage & pushing RECORD, but we digress. (Didn't pay shit, either.) After all the hoopla, our employer was on the (Get this, kids, showbiz w/o mobiles!) pay 'phone in the hall, & the phrase "10%" escaped his lips as La Shirley walked by. Perfectly timed, she advised him "10%? If that's an agent, tell him to go fuck himself," & kept on going.

You Lost Us At "After"

Stop us if you've heard this before. (You've probably heard it not merely before but again & again & again & again & again & again. And again. We know we have.) Michael ("Droopy Mustache of Misapprehension") Medved in The Daily Bleat.
After more than 20 years of dominating the national political scene, the narcissistic children of the ‘60s are finally preparing to amble toward retirement, leaving the nation’s highest office to leaders from less polarized and self-righteous* generations. Ironically, the boomers’ last hurrah in the presidential arena will almost certainly come from a starchy straight arrow utterly untouched by weed or Woodstock, rock ‘n’ roll or rebellion.
The "Mitt" device has located a power source & is about to plug in.
If Romney is the last of these narcissistic dinosaurs our long national nightmare of hearing shitheads tell us what shits we are may be over, at least until Vice-President Ryan, in order to preserve the profits of the military-industrial-Congressional complex, has to trim some of the fat (Like hippies deserve welfare in the first place!) from the Social Security & Medicare entitlements the old draft-dodging Woodstock narcissists are leeching from the producer class.
*You can Google it: Medved's picture is in the definition of self-righteous in any dictionary.

Two Dead Guys Enjoying Themselves

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 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."