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.

Sufferation

We are not suffering fools gladly.

Tempted?

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).

ICYMI

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.)
Cult?
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.