Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Stainless Steel Spider

Election 2012

Inviting, innit?
Next block, slightly older school.

RFK

The Memorial Parkway is located on Wilshire Blvd. in front of the site (now a high school) where Sen. Kennedy was plugged 44 yrs. ago today.

These Names Do Not Mean
What You Think They Mean

At the new home of Megan McArdle, John Avlon sez:
The California Republican Party has a long and distinguished tradition, from Hiram Johnson to Earl Warren to Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to Pete Wilson. It was once the quintessential big tent, though it contained plenty of ideological disagreements. Most important, it won elections, appealing right and center.
Then a quote from another deluded soul:
“In California it’s possible to find thousands of people willing to wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, dress up in chicken suits, and wait in line all day just to watch a taping of Let’s Make a Deal, but the California GOP can’t find one termed-out state legislator, redistricted congressman, or dot-com weenie willing to run against Dianne Feinstein,” says John Phillips, a host at talk radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles.

“The same party that brought the world Dick Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Pete Wilson could now nominate a woman for statewide office who is bat-shit crazy. It’s beyond embarrassing; it’s suicidal,” Phillips adds. “The California Republican Party is officially in the Terri Schiavo stage of its life.”
Yup, Tricky Dick Nixon the paranoid, washed-up actor turned GE spokesmodel Reagan & Pete "Prop. 187" Wilson. Remember when "Pito Pete" was the great Republican Presidential Hope?

They'll Do It Every Time®

Every yr. we get the vote-by-mail pkg. & ignore it until election day. Then we still have to visit the precinct to drop it off. Saves a stamp, & we don't have to wait in line to punch the chads mark our ballot, but farther than the corner post box.

A look at the sample ballot & we see the polling place is much farther than the long blk. away it was last go-round. Budget cutting, we suppose.

Lesser of infinite evils

Judicial & District Attorney candidates: Virtually every one is an incumbent or a "Gang Homicide Prosecutor." (Quantification: Of 16 Superior Court candidates, three are incumbents, three are "GHPs." Also: three "criminal prosecutors" [one "retired"] a criminal "trial" prosecutor, & a child molestation prosecutor. Plus a "domestic violence litigator." [Pro or con?])

Correct Again!

As seen here (via TBogg) we pegged it!
Is this the end of McArdle?
And with that, I'll say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.  Be nice to the guest bloggers.  I'll miss you all.
Is it too much to hope she'll fade away, never again to darken the pages of The Atlantic? It would be irresponsible not to speculate. (And not to cross one's fingers & knock on wood. While holding one's breath.)

Book-typing leave is a wonderful way of easing out a public embarrassment. Whichever of the guest-loggers gets the most hits or raises the biggest stench will get his/her (We'd guess her: Quite the sausage fest at The Atlantic's "Voices.") own by-line; perhaps the pretense of guest blogging under Megatron's picture will continue, but w/in mos., Jane Galt's easily-distracted claque will have latched on to a new diva/o. Then it will be safe to make the pursuing-other-interests (desperately trying to find a publisher) announcement, savingThe Atlantic from the outraged squeals of the McAddled.
Can't fool us for long!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Not So Fast There, "Whitey(?)"

Who's this schmuck kidding?
"The problem of the infiltrators must be solved and we will solve it," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month, in remarks aimed at calming protests against migrants in Tel Aviv.

[Interior Minister Eli] Yishai, of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, told the newspaper Maariv on Friday he saw the African arrivals, many of whom are Muslims or Christians, as a demographic threat.

"The infiltrators along with the Palestinians will quickly bring us to the end of the Zionist dream," Yishai said, adding that Israel had its own health and welfare issues. "We don't need to import more problems from Africa."

"Most of those people arriving here are Muslims who think the country doesn't belong to us, the white man," Yishai said in the interview with Maariv.

Aryeh Eldad, a right-wing lawmaker, urged Israel to order its troops to open fire on any infiltrators who penetrated its borders, rather than only at those suspected of being armed.
Only a matter of time until racialists on this side of the world replace "illegal aliens" w/ "infiltrators." Some of those racialists will probably be having a good laugh at the Interior Minister's concept of whiteness while they're appropriating.

1000 Words Worth

Thought we'd have to dig into some of our crummy but un-manipulated-beyond-cropping images for an obligatory daily item, but we found this, by The Guy Who Can't Find A Decently Drawn Suit of Armor to Manipulate.
Should you not wish to click, this masterpiece
is titled "Michele Bachmann & Nancy Antoinette."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Meat (No Potato) Report

Ate today at the now open & relatively close FIVE GUYS® we've mentioned before. It's easier for us to type "Google is your friend if you're really (we know you aren't) interested" than to self-link.

Yes, it's a hamburger, the sole criterion for which is dry/crummy or not; the patty on our Little Cheeseburger was certainly moist, the additional elements, mayo, mustard, tomato, grilled onions, & lettuce (Not sure we ordered lettuce, as we don't ordinarily. Do we look like a fucking rabbit?*) seemed fresh, the bun had sesame seeds.

Service was quick, & w/ no crowd we should hope so. The wage-slave who took our order & the manager-looking (black polo shirt rather than the red ones the other employees were wearing) guy who called our no. were entirely too friendly/enthusiastic. How long that attitude will last is anybody's guess.

Judgement: Several hrs. & we haven't thrown up, although we've belched several times. (As recently as now.)

P.S.: Didn't try the well-spoken-of fries, but that gives us a reason to livesomething to look forward to.
*Don't be arsed.

Sooner Than Expected

Really was the last days of May, not even June.
The Brewers didn't need reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun to complete a four-game sweep of the Dodgers for the first time in their franchise history.
Only redeeming factor is that the Brewers share our (& Michele Bachmann's & Milton Bradley's) initials. May have to get ourself a Brewer ballcap.
Maybe not. MB, BM, could go either way.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Close The Border!

The border w/ Canada, that is. Let's face it, anyone wanting to leave our neighbour to the north for these United Snakes is up to no damn good. (Mark Steyn, et al.) This Sideshow Bob-looking asshole in particular.
Perhaps Americans would be less shocked by Malcolm Gladwell’s journalistic corruption if they were aware of his background. Gladwell was trained up in the same corporate-funded network of training and “education” institutes and outfits responsible for churning out the likes of Michelle Malkin, convicted criminal James O’Keefe, Dinesh D’Souza and countless other GOP corporate activists. The difference: Unlike Gladwell, they rarely hid their ideological willingness to take cash in exchange for promoting the corporate right’s agenda.

While a student at the University of Toronto, Gladwell’s admiration for Ronald Reagan led him into conservative activist circles. In 1982, while still an undergrad, he completed a 12-week training course at the National Journalism Center, a corporate-funded program created to counter the media’s alleged “anti-business bias” by molding college kids into corporate-friendly journalist-operatives and helping them infiltrate top-tier news media organizations. To quote Philip Morris, a major supporter of the National Journalism Center, its mission was to "train budding journalists in free market political and economic principles." Over the years the National Journalism Center has produced hundreds of pro-business news media moles, including top-tier conservative talent like Ann Coulter and former Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member John Fund.
Much more on the whore here. And click the NJC link above if you haven't. Gaaahh!

I'm Pissed, I'm Raging, & I've Got A Gun*

Seattle gunman had concealed weapons permits, 6 handguns - @seattletimes

Seattle gunman suspect's family: 'We could see this coming' - @seattletimes

Oh, nice. The Manson Family there should probably be charged as accessories before the fact.
*No, we don't have a gun. Yet. But we are enraged. Can you fucking blame us?

Couldn't Put It Better Ourself

Yourself, your little fucking dog & your ugly mama too. Credit.

Economic Up-Date
(Kill Your Landlord Edition)

40 PERCENT OF WORKERS REPORT HAVING THEIR BENEFITS REDUCED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS | According to a survey conducted by the non-profit National Endowment for Financial Education, 40 percent of workers have seen their benefits reduced in the last five years. 72 percent of those who experienced benefit cuts reported that their health care was the hardest hit. 25 percent of respondents said that their company “cut back on their 401(k) match and 13% said their employer stopped matching altogether.”

Also:

Today's Anti-Semitic Item

It seems to come from a "self-loathing Jew."*
Perhaps you thought that after last week’s race riot in south Tel Aviv—and the international disgust it sparked—Israel’s pogromists would take a break. No such luck. Yesterday, dozens of demonstrators congregated outside south Tel Aviv’s central bus station to denounce African asylum seekers and the leftist “traitors” who support them.

Yet again, the thugs saw a black man passing by and began beating him. Only this time, their victim turned out to be an Ethiopian Jew. Upon realizing their mistake, the assailants apologized.

They apologized! Do we laugh or cry? For centuries, gentiles mistakenly set upon by anti-Semitic mobs saved themselves by screaming that they were not Jews. Now Jews save themselves by screaming that they are not gentiles. And when before, in the long history of human bigotry, has a black man saved himself by proving that he is also a Jew. Oh what Lenny Bruce could have done with this.

The ringleader of this travelling Chillul Hashem is Baruch Marzel, a disciple of Meir Kahane who, according to Yedioth Ahronoth, has distinguished himself with violent attacks on Palestinians, Israeli leftists and the Israeli police. Marzel, like his mentor, hails from the United States, where as Naomi Paiss recently pointed out, Kahanism was born not merely as an anti-Arab and anti-Soviet vigilante movement but as an anti-black one as well. The more things change, it seems, the more they stay the same.

*We can certainly understand being a "self-loathing" Israeli.

Oh Fuck

Didn't even know about this.
One's quite enough, thenkyew.
Are we now going to be treated (Ha!) to fifty million web pp., hrs. of bloviators, & other yada about the partial decision in ratbag John Edwards's trial?

Yes weyou are. We, however, could not possibly care any fucking less.

P.S.: Public campaign financing, now & forever, so nothing like this will ever again bore us!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chris "Tweety" Matthews Threatens "Rebellion In The Streets"

We wish, but if people haven't rebelled in the streets yet, probably won't happen. You know, not w/ a bang, but a whimper.

Big Gun 61*

She's here. Anchored off Pedro for hull cleaning.
5/30/12 - The USS IOWA off the coast of San Pedro Wednesday morning.
Photos by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer
Staff photog for the Daily Breeze.
*Actually nick-named "The Big Stick." We stole "Big Gun" from the USS Midway, known as "Big Gun 41."

Somewhat Daily Danziger

Words are pretty much useless. Pictures still work, but we can't be sure how much longer.

Got To Scrape That Shit
Right Off Your Shoe

(Fake?) Ho Up-Date

Here's my family's answer to the Jersey Shore and the Kardashian BS. The Call of The Giles shows families how to live a powerful and productive adventure laden life without whizzing on God and country. TCOTG features Townhall.com columnist Doug Giles and his wife Mary Margaret, daughter Hannah Giles of the 2009 ACORN undercover sting videos and Regis Giles, NRA columnist and owner of GirlsJustWannaHaveGuns.com. Coming 2012 to a TV set near you. Hold on to your lug nuts. It's time for an overhaul.
How much for Ho Hannah to hold on to someone's lug nuts?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nelson Muntz Moment

Few w/ more than half-a-brain have been following this right-wing "Brett Kimberlin" thing (W/ the exception of the fully-brained Maha, who still can't figure it out.) because no one knows what the fucking hell any of the deluded paranoids going on about it are actually going on about.

But now that whatever the hell it is has entered the legal system, one of those involved has been taken into custody, & it's not the recipient of the Two-Minute Hateblogswarm, it's one of the swarmers, one Aaron Worthing. (Or is his name Walker? Can't even get a straight story on that.) HA HA!

Added surprise: Not that much at all about current domestic terrorism from the usual self-righteously indignant suspects.

Real Food For Real Heroes

Charley's: Honoring baby-killers w/ killer food for 25 yrs. We can't see any indication that "heroes" are given discounts, free chow or anything beyond lip service. Chuck you, Farley!

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.