Monday, May 28, 2012

A Last Dose Of Truth
For Decoration Day

We'll go w/ the conclusion. Tells the exact & honest truth. Many swell pictures of corpses & wounds, too. You know, war.
The only ones that have benefited from American aggression, and the crimes committed against all the peoples around the world, from Vietnam to Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, and on and on through America’s decades of endless wars, are the power-brokers and profiteers that picked the fights in the first place. To join a military that we all now know is involved in illegal wars and occupations is an act against humanity.

On this Memorial Day, remember the reality of America’s wars, not the romanticized fiction that the propaganda mills spew out. Remember all those that have lost their lives, not just your compatriots who died, or lost limbs, while trying to kill others. The information is out there. The facts are accessible. Soldiers are no longer misinformed, victimized, heroic, patriots… they are accessories. The denial of reality does not make the carnage acceptable. The blood cannot be wiped from your hands with the flag.

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN

No, wrong headline. Dewey goes out of business, we meant. Ha ha. Fuck you & your white shoes!

Geeze, you can't even trust legal eagles these days.
Many observers say the root causes of Dewey’s fall are not unique. Several of the largest firms have adopted business strategies that Dewey embraced: unfettered growth, often through mergers; the aggressive poaching of lawyers from rivals by offering outsize pay packages; and a widening spread between the salaries of the firm’s top partners and its most junior ones.

These trends, they say, have destroyed the fabric of a law firm partnership, where a shared sense of purpose once created willingness to weather difficult times. Many large firms have discarded the traditional notions of partnership — loyalty, collegiality, a sense of equality — and instead transformed themselves into bottom-line, profit-maximizing businesses.

“Because the partnership lacks any shared cultural values or history, money becomes the core value holding the firm together,” said William Henderson, a law professor at Indiana University who studies law firms. “Money is weak glue.”
Sure is. We could find a story that would justify playing this every day of the unending wk.How's it feel to be in the same economic position as Jamaicans in the 1970s, Yankees? And when the fuck will you do anything about it?

Status Back Baby

Have been wanting to typelink to something or other about the recently late Paul Fussell, none of whose stuff we've read except Class: A Guide Through the American Status System, which we quite enjoyed. Very rude to Yankee pig-dogs.

As Fussell's not getting any less dead, & DJ Leonard Pierce has cranked out a timely tl;wr on Fussell & Memorial Day, here we go. Also.

"Happy" Memorial Day From Mr. Fish

Credit.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Conflicted

Callous & cynical as we are, we shouldn't forget the living & their losses.
Mas Alcaraz y otros.

The Living Dead

Numbers:
67,000Homeless veterans on the street on a given night, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

Dep't. Of Answered Prayers

Be careful for what you wish. We're guessing that until a wk. ago few people had heard of calling 911 (It's a joke.) & claiming something awful for which the heat should be well-armed was going on at someone else's pad. This wk.?
Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.

Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.

Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.

It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.

Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.
Really? Isn't that a little obvious? How many more of these web bloviators will this happen to? And which one will be caught spoofing themselves due to technical ineptitude? Or be a victim of the Law & Order State he championed? Irony will be thick.

Erick didn't seem to be as interested in pulling out his wife's shotgun to enforce his property rights when dealing w/ armed professionals as w/ a "twerp" from the census. (Admittedly, only in his fertile imagination did he do any such thing.)
ERICKSON: This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I'm not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife's shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They're not going on my property. They can't do that. They don't have the legal right, and yet they're trying.

I've Fallen & I Can't Get Up

Could we have a moratorium on calling people who died in vain on the other side of the world for imaginary freedoms "fallen soldiers?" They are not getting up again. They are as dead as the doorknobs they were as stupid as when they enlisted.

Oh right, covered before, better & elsewhere. Fuck them. America doesn't care.

Hot Rails to Tragedy

Views From Our Windows

Korea Town Adjacent, 1624PDT.

Victims, Suckers, Or "Heroes?"

More hissy-fittin' from the NewsBusters: Someone thought about something! How dare they?
In fairness, Hayes and the other panel members distinguished between their respect for the valor of the individual military members who had given their lives with the worthiness of the various causes in which they fought.  Even so, what does it say about the liberal chattering class, which Hayes epitomizes, that it chokes on calling America's fallen what they rightly and surely are: heroes?  Watch the hesitant Hayes in what almost seems a parody of the conflicted intellectual.
We doubt typist Finkelstein will ever be accused of anything intellectual, let alone conflicted, his thoughts & opinions having been pre-digested & spoon-fed to him.

Here is the horror of human thought (We know you weren't up early enough to see it.):Hah! Moments later, this appeared in the J.A.B.™ reader:

Sunday Spider Shots

Moments ago, in the Just Another Blog™ bunker:
Flash.
No flash.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

How Low Can You Go?

Joan Walsh here got the stupid peoples' panties in twists:Has she no "shame or respect for the dead?" Apparently as much as Breitbart had for the living, we'd say.

She does realize that Andrew left behind a wife and four children? And what has that to do w/ anything? Jesus, what kind of jerk would "leave behind" his wife & four children?

"Written On Their Hearts"

It's a "book trailer," yet it isn't trailing anything (other than being about 50 yrs. behind the present).Best laugh line (0:58): "They're ready to fight for what's written on their hearts about what makes America great." Just as we suspected, theocratic bullshit/code/dog-whistling. (Leads to this sort of thing, too:
“Our sentence does not sound severe. The law which a condemned man has violated is inscribed on his body with the Harrow. This Condemned Man, for example,” and the Officer pointed to the man, “will have inscribed on his body, ‘Honour your superiors!’”)
Musical response to free enterprise:Non-musical responses. Credit should be given.

Space Is The Place

Yada.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Closet Case Of The Day

Whooo! Young Jesse Conners here is a candidate for a men's room meltdown.Keep fucking that chicken, Jesse, until you, too, are relieved of your urges.

Not that this is just about Jesse's closet. Plenty of grifting too.
Connors' service seems to revolve around producing, for a fee, personalized business cards that pastors can hand out, encouraging people to visit the True Life website where they can learn more about Jesus and the Bible and find local churches.  At least, that was the best we could discern, as it was hard to know just what Connors was talking about ...

Why?

In the name of hell, why does any one ever awake after going to sleep? Don't tell us hunger, either.

Next question:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Restaurant Report

Have et at this particular dump. Twice. Took pix once. Nice inside; the view out, not so hot.
Food's been pretty good. But what's w/ the decidedly non-CFL light bulbs? Seems as if every other dumprestaurant/bar/bordello/shooting gallery we enter has them.
Entirely different establishment.
These two spots being nine blocks from each other, we're wondering if it's merely local. Anyone else noticed, in L.A. zones we don't often visit or in rumored-to-exist other parts of the world?

Dark Side Of The SoCal Dream

The backyard swimming pool is second only to the palm in SoCal iconography, but the palm only breeds rats & carrion birds; this pool & others like it could breed millions of mosquitoes.
Other spots the skeeter truck will be visiting.

Hey, freedom lovers! Is this police state invasion of privacy & violation of property rights morally equivalent to fatal drone strikes?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue-Noses To Go Galt?

You lost, the genie is out of the bottle, the clock will not run backwards, the car will not be un-invented, yada, so please, as suggested, fuck off
Paul Weyrich was right about the culture war. Social conservatives are fighting a losing battle — not against a global secular humanist conspiracy, but against the social consequences of the pill, the automobile and the Internet. Short of reversing the industrial revolution, emptying the cities and restoring agrarian society, after the manner  of Pol Pot’s communists in Cambodia in the 1970s, the best hope for social conservatives is to retreat to minority enclaves like those of the Amish. On self-created reservations they can raise their children as they see fit, segregated from mainstream culture and visited, perhaps, by morally liberal tourists nostalgic for an older, simpler way of life. And if their fertility is higher than that of the morally liberal majority, they can hope to take over America by strength of numbers — in 500 or a thousand years.
& leave natty business, Babylonians!

100 Yrs. Of Flying The USMC Dick

Metal: Absolutely approved (if not required) for propaganda.

22 Hrs. Pre-Eclipse

George Tierney, Jr., Of Greenville, SC

George Tierney, Jr., Of Greenville, South Carolina.

Housing, Republican-Style

Monday, May 21, 2012

Life? Pretty Good At This Moment

Viewing the Dodger game on Fox Sports Prime Ticket, which is having technical difficulties preventing them from showing adverts; we're seeing & hearing Vin Scully fill time w/ trivia between innings, rather than hearing whichever movie star asshole* it is who does the voice-over for the Hyundai commercials to which viewers are subjected all season.

On a related note, said former Bums of Brooklyn now possess the best record in the Majors & swept the defending cham-peen (albeit Pujols-less) Cards in a three game series over the wknd. What this means in the last days of May is that the Dodgers are probably about to experience a June swoon of historic proportions.

*Now we remember: Jeff Bridges. Go fuck yourself Jeffy, & stop stealing money from voice actors who aren't millionaires, you fucking dick.

Studying Nature

Apparently they've invented a gawd & built an idol.

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Christian Sex Magic

"Lesbians, queers & homosexuals" must be plant life or something.'Cause if'n they cain't reperdooce, whar duh they come from?

"Could you imagine kissin' some man?"* Is the congregation all straight males? Perhaps, strict Jew- & Muslim-style, the women are at separate viewing sites? (Or the ladies in his flock are all lesbians.)

*We can certainly imagine Pastor Worley imagining kissing a man. We imagine he might imagine it several times a day, solely to convince himself how ick-ick-icky it is, of course.

Big Sign Country

Your Bosses Will Work You
'Til You're In Your Graves

Today's Class War report:
4,690 people were killed at work in 2010, up three percent from 2009, the Center for Public Integrity reports. That means that more Americans died in their workplaces in one year than died during the entire war in Iraq.
It has long been the position of this web log that if you don't resist, what you get (an early death) is what you deserve, & what you don't get (living wages, dignity, yada) you didn't deserve.

They're Back

Yes, "smart" conservative writers. Examples:
Conservatives, in case you haven’t noticed, are churning out some pretty serious and scholarly works.  And they’re catching on with a fairly wide audience, too.

Interestingly, Hayward’s AEI colleagues are making major contributions to this cause. For example, AEI president Arthur Brooks is out with a new book called, “The Road to Freedom” — currently number 28 on the New York Times Best-Sellers list. AEI fellow (and syndicated columnist) Jonah Goldberg’s “The Tyranny of Cliches” is hot on his heels at number 30. And this winter and spring, Charles Murray, AEI’s W. H. Brady Scholar, created much buzz with his celebrated book, “Coming Apart.”
Where "created much buzz" translates as "was roundly mocked by all as a piece of ridiculous crap." And Jonah Goldberg, whose entire oeuvre is a cliché? And what did AEI Prexy Brooks do? Rewrote The Road to Serfdom, we figure. Smart nothing, these Brainiacs are off the scale!

And, as might be expected, reactionary:
[T]he best conservative writing tends to be a response to dramatic cultural changes and liberal overreach.

Great American Conservative Women

Who is most frightening?
Paid for by the Junior Anti-Sex League & the Advertising Council.
Spotted at TBogg's.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Too Much Fun

Wknd. in the big citya sophisticated urban cultural oasis:

Fri., a double feature of flicks almost as old as we are.
Sat., dance (Korean version) in a vacant lot.
Sun., dance (Ethiopian version) in a vacant lot and burger, brews & happening jazz later.

Why us, Lord? Make it stop.

Hindenburg Report

Pretty much like the 1930s around here.

Big Gay Frisbee

Rule 34 for sports?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

At Last

Were waiting until we could remember which act the already-discussed vocals on this resembledminded us of.Turns out Laurie Anderson is who.

Scientist

If it's Saturday, it must be ...Many dull aggregationist web logs would settle for six, but this dull aggregationist web log gives you seven by Scientist. Top that, jive turkeys!

Beyond Desperate

NRO jumped on the Elizabeth Warren is a plagiarist bandwagon (two items down) while we were out (directly below) but they fell right the fuck off.
UPDATE: Damn, that didn’t take long. Rich Lowry has acknowledged the mistake and says the post will be updated. It was so fun, while it lasted, this fake story.

UPDATE 2: And here’s the correction. They say they took down the initial story.
And it was an entirely different accusation than the recipe-stealing that Breitbart wet its pants over.

Is there nothing about Warren's economic policies, consumer financial advocacy & whatever the hell her other positions may be that her opponents are comfortable addressing? Nothing?

Friday Nothing Blogging II

Slow day yesterday. One crummy item.

(If we gave a crap we wouldn't let humanoid [An amazing simulacrum of existence!] activities interfere w/ the compulsion to spew all over the Internet.)

Here is a picture of bovine skulls, a hair color that does not occur in nature & other crap including the sky.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Vital Issues, Covered In Detail

By Breitbart.com.

The credibility of Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren took another hit today as Boston radio talk show host Howie Carr released evidence that appears to confirm Ms. Warren may have plagiarized at least three of the five recipes she submitted to the 1984 Pow Wow Chow cookbook edited by her cousin Candy Rowsey.

Added vettening: Cindy McCain's "recipes". Where was the outrage?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Slow Death

Exigent circumstances (Napping.) prevented us from foraging at the supermarket today.

Thus, total consumption over the last 10 or so hrs. (minus two to three hrs. napping): Two quesadillas, 3.5 pancakes, several cups of coffee, one 9.5 oz. Caramel Frappuccino, many cigarettes.

Not counting Internet/broadcasting/narrowcasting consumed today. No wonder we're stuffed.

Celestial Smile

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to reporters
while boarding a charter flight May 17 in Miami, Fla.
Mary Altaffer/AP

When The Summer's Gone ...

We at Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™ are saddened to read of the passing (horrible drawn-out death due to cancer) of Donna Summer (known to literally millions as Donna "Summers"). End of an era & all that, but of course we have no actual interest beyond ourself, & Ms. Summer was one of the first acts w/ whom we worked when we were in show biznis, long long ago in 1976. Right after Rhythm Heritage, if we aren't mistaken.

We kind of like this tune.Again, just us, the frustrated D.J. speaking. But we'll tell you this: Donna will be more missed than Whitney Houston.

Also: "Bad Girls" featuring Twiggy, Debralee Scott & Pat Ast
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"Look! The Internet!"

From B&S.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Dinesh D'Souza Channel Presents

No, we had no idea that fundamentalist freakshow & Islamist apologist D'Souza had a YouTube channel.Also (& only other item) on D.D.'s channel:Guess his books have done so poorly he's reduced to film-making.

The above, however, are nothin', y'hear, nothin', compared to this compilation:

Cindy McCain's Houses, Romney Family's Money; We Don't Have An Exact Figure

How Much is Romney Really Worth?

Forbes does an extensive analysis of Mitt Romney's wealth and estimates he's worth approximately $230 million.

Asked earlier this year for his own estimate, Romney told Univision that "It's between $150 and about $200-and-some-odd million dollars."
Not to mention the US$100 million set aside for the Five Little Romneys. Or Tagg Romney's equity firm. Hey, borrow $20,000 from your parents!

More Art Pix

Here are some things that reminded us of something aesthetic; we couldn't quite put our finger on it, 'though.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TAITZ-Mania!

Took this photo yesterday, but it took a Wonkette item to arouse us from numbness & post it.
We voted. Have you?
Now let every Californian go forth & do her or his duty!

Conservative Compensation Report

Would all you nancy-boys & sissies stop obsessing about your "masculinity," new definitions thereof & yada? Fuck.

++especially when we read such an opening line:
David Brooksassertion today that “Obama has displayed a kind of ESPN masculinity” has raised some eyebrows. For example, the DC Examiner’s Byron York, in response, tweeted: “I’m so confused.”

The confusion, I think, is partly because Brooks didn’t really explain his concept* — at least, he didn’t explain what ESPN has to do with Obama’s masculinity or ability to connect. I will attempt to do so (with the caveat that I can’t know exactly what Brooks meant).

Think of the symbolic activities that have defined men in the past. A manly man (where I’m from, at least) might hunt, fish, drink, drive fast cars (sometimes while drinking), play contact sports, etc.
Really, "Matt Lewis & The News," when you're worrying about the definition of masculinity offered by wispy-voiced, chinless pushover Brooks (Not to ignore Byron York's Tweet!) we're already enjoying ourself at your expense; don't aggravate the amusement by using "manly man" in a not-obviously ironic manner.
*No shit?

Morning Mail

Monday, May 14, 2012

Same Sad Story

Gamer and many others who study the nature of colonial rule offer the best insights into the functioning of our corporate state. We have been, like nations on the periphery of empire, colonized. We are controlled by tiny corporate entities that have no loyalty to the nation and indeed in the language of traditional patriotism are traitors. They strip us of our resources, keep us politically passive and enrich themselves at our expense. The mechanisms of control are familiar to those whom the Martinique-born French psychiatrist and writer Frantz Fanon called “the wretched of the earth,” including African-Americans. The colonized are denied job security. Incomes are reduced to subsistence level. The poor are plunged into desperation. Mass movements, such as labor unions, are dismantled. The school system is degraded so only the elites have access to a superior education. Laws are written to legalize corporate plunder and abuse, as well as criminalize dissent. And the ensuing fear and instability—keenly felt this past weekend by the more than 200,000 Americans who lost their unemployment benefits—ensure political passivity by diverting all personal energy toward survival. It is an old, old game.
We'd type something about how screwed you are ourself but there's a ball game on, if not a nap in our future.

Oh look, hope, maybe, of a sort?
In every revolutionary movement I covered in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, the leadership emerged from déclassé intellectuals. The leaders were usually young or middle-aged, educated and always unable to meet their professional and personal aspirations. They were never part of the power elite, although often their parents had been. They were conversant in the language of power as well as the language of oppression. It is the presence of large numbers of déclassé intellectuals that makes the uprisings in Spain, Egypt, Greece and finally the United States threatening to the overlords at Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil and JPMorgan Chase. They must face down opponents who understand, in a way the uneducated often do not, the lies disseminated on behalf of corporations by the public relations industry. These déclassé intellectuals, because they are conversant in economics and political theory, grasp that those who hold power, real power, are not the elected mandarins in Washington but the criminal class on Wall Street.
Go ahead, click the last two pp. & let us know, OK?

Always Have Your Soul-Stealing Box

If you don't, you might miss the opportunity to remove all but the vestige of humanity (& most of their clothes) from unsuspecting victims.

Bongo FurySkins!

"Here's the album that young America has been asking for..."Did the Last Poets recite their bits over these tracks?

Northern State University

Jack Bruce 69 today.Or forget those old guys:Entire discs in one fell swoop on YouTube brought to our attention by Sirius Lunacy. Next on the local action playlist,winnowed from the early '70s arena rock/AOR dross. (And Moby.)

See How They Run

video
Jaime Sabatté The aesthetics of zero waste

Art Damage

From the you-may-hit-a-paywall Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles homicide detectives were investigating the fatal shooting of one man and the wounding of another early Sunday at a party at the Brewery Lofts in Lincoln Heights.

Investigators sought to determine what prompted the shooting, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Moulton Avenue, and whether it was gang-related, said Sgt. Michael Morisseau of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Division.

A 22-year-old man was pronounced dead at a local hospital; a second man was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where he was in stable condition this morning and being treated for a gunshot wound, Morisseau said.

Neither man’s name had been released and other details were not available, he said.

The lofts are part of the Brewery Arts Complex, site of a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery where artists now work and live in what were once industrial buildings. The complex’s website describes it as a “uniquely vibrant and creative community.”
Close call; we were arting it up Sat. night (Did not, however, extend to Sun. morn.)
Art link.
Artist & friends, framed by Ellen's & Larry's backs. 
Art hose, artist, art dog. Unvisible art dog on the leash.
Third, jaded art dog.
Venue.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.