Monday, July 23, 2012

Snap Judgement?

Not that there's anything wrong therew/, but this seems like a rush to judgement, unless there are other factors that went unmentioned.
“Me realizing I was gay all happened pretty organically,” Wang says. “Literally a few days before I made the announcement, I had an encounter with a woman that did not go so well. I came to the realization that I was gay and decided I had to tell the world.”
NB: Name-related comments will be deleted w/ extreme prejudice.

Downtown Arts District

Outsourcing textual analysis of Bloomfest to Brother Brick. (He's heavy, but he ain't our brother.) We'll provide images.
Third Grade Teacher. Note hipsters in window.
Working the crowd.
Hendrix' ghost.
The Swords of Fatima
Crowd goes wild.
Hot.
Too hot for a headdress, even.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Trending

You saw it here first: Fashion trucks.
Also for once-innocent children:
Not seen here first (Chicago had a bunch of plastic cattle in its streets a few yrs. back. Google it.) but Angelenos are taking them off the streets & putting them in their yards.
And using them as advertising:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

"Bizarre, Man"

As they say, the schaden freudes itself:
SAN JOSE -- Amid inspirational talk, chanted mantras and shouts of victory at a late-night firewalking event attended by thousands Thursday came agonized shrieks from followers whose soles were scorched by the superheated coals, witnesses said.

At least 21 people were treated for burn injuries after taking part in the crowning event of the first day of a Tony Robbins function downtown, including at least three who went to the hospital, a San Jose fire captain said.

The people who suffered various second- and third-degree burn injuries were among more than 6,000 who attended the motivational speaker's event at the San Jose Convention Center called "Unleash the Power Within."

After the event, which ended about 11 p.m., the crowd walked across the street to the park, where 12 lanes of hot coals measuring 10 feet long and 2½-feet wide rested on the grass.

Jonathan Correll, 25, decided to check out what was going on when "I heard wails of pain, screams of agony." He said one young woman appeared to be in so much pain "it was horrific."

"It was people seriously hurting, like they were being tortured," he said. "First one person, then a couple minutes later another one, and there was just a line of people walking on that fire. It was just bizarre, man."

Correll, a San Jose City College student, said he saw between 10 and 15 people being treated. He said he videotaped the scene for about 5 minutes before an event staffer told him to put the camera away.
One can never go broke underestimating the idiocy & masochism of the American public.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Personal Appearance Notification

Best-laid plans not gone awry, we should be at this mess tomorrow, to catch Third Grade Teacher (An actual LAUSD third grade teacher fronts the band, but she wears a Catholic schoolgirl uniform. Does that make sense?) who aren't bad, & a couple other acts (Like, Mike Watt may be OK, that one time we saw The Gears over 30 yrs. ago we think they were pretty good, & Saccharine Trust.) depending on stamina. Like we're going to last for six hrs. in the forecast 88°F.

Should you see & recognize us, a subtle wave or nod of the head will do. Sorry, no autographs.

Liar Liar, Magic Underpants On Fire

On A Lighter Note

Light.
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Ours is number 49. Get on it, "Followers."

Tragedy Strikes

Can't even go to sleep because there's always a sick fuck shooting someone somewhere in these United Snakes.

What the hell: Is Colorado the massacre capital of the U.S.?

And, very sorry to hear of the death of Tom Davis. Not quite a yr. older than we are. We'll type up the story of Tom & this reporter almost being arrested on the Santa Monica freeway in 1974 or '75 (not too long before he & that Senator guy were hired by Saturday Night Live) & share it later.

70 Years Ago Today

Recorded in Hollywood, 20 July 1942.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Even More

Pics of last night's sunset. (We just submitted one, not sure if/when it will show. Fucking Nazis at HuffPo make submitters crop their shots to some artificial standard of squareness. Actual, equilateral squareness, not merely devoid of interest squareness, like most of the HuffPo.)

Pin-Dick Gestapo Wrap-Up

Compensate much?

We note that the fuckheads at Huffngton Post think it's funny, possibly because white middle-class pigs like the Huffy staff are seldom on the receiving end of police terror.

HuffPuffer Kathleen Miles quotes this anyway, just to ruin her own point, because she is stupid & entitled.:
One commenter on The Agitator's story tore apart the NBPD's image:
I have lived in Newport Beach. [There are] no gangs (or poor people)… The police there are well known to be overbearing and treat the smallest violations like violent felonies... they normally hang around the beach and harass young people who come to the beach to have fun... any black or hispanic visitors are considered suspicious and treated as probable criminals.
Do enablers like Miles have to be on the end of a nightstick"baton" wielded by the sort of loser who becomes an oinker before they wise up?

We add that we stolefound it fromat laist, not HuffPo.

OK, We Suck

Better images of last night's "epic" sunset aggregated by laist.

Wish we'd been at the beach.

A bit later: Sneaked one in!

Sticks & Stones

Been reading much crap recently (Nothing but crap, actually: Everything's made of shit. Everything!) concerning comment sections on this here Internet, & how awful many commentors* are.

Whiny weaklings, sensitive little flowers & their ilk are invited to refresh their memories of something they should have internalized by, oh, second grade for the slower among them, by reading (Carefully, cretins; move your lips if you must.) the title to this item. Did your mommies teach you nothing? Did you not learn of the First Amendment in your cruddy schools?
*Why in the name of hell doesn't Google's shitty spell-check recognize the word "commenter?" It's in several dictionaries.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Flaming Sky*

Between the pollutants & the Fabio remnants, one hell of a sunset. These don't really do it justice, but hey, if you weren't here this is all you get. Pardon the clichéd palm trees; they're unavoidable.
Absolutely non-clichéd: Hollywood sign on hill at left.
We didn't even notice until we "developed" the shots.

Ha, wrong, since the Roosevelt is at the far right.
Can't remember which station's xmitter that is on the left,
but it isn't on Mt. Lee.

*Hoping for the Van Allen belts to light up.

Hey Birdbrains

Any idea what these suckers are? We're far from a birder, but we've never seen this blue/gray species before, & had no luck w/ name that bird websites. First noticed them because they were noisily trying to break open acorns or seeds or whatever the hell on the roof of a garage.
They spent several mins. (long enough for us to grab the camera & shoot) looking for stuff at ground level & beating it on rocks to open it.

Florida Scrub-Jay, maybe?

It's The Humidity

Remnants of Hurricane Fabio covered Hell today.
And yes, we are "web-logging" in our Fruit of the Looms & nothing else.

Corporatism Is  Communism

It’s not just that the corporations have taken control over our government (though that’s awful enough). It’s also that they’ve taken control over — and put serious limits on — our choices regarding what we buy, where we work, how we live, and what rights we have. Our futures are increasingly no longer our own: more and more decisions, large and small, that determine the quality of our lives are being made by Politburo apparatchiks at a Supreme Corporate Soviet somewhere far distant from us. Only now, those apparatchiks are PR and marketing executives, titans of corporate finance, lobbyists for multinationals, and bean-counting managers trying to increase profits at the expense of our freedom.
More, "with tongue only somewhat in cheek," from Salon/Alternet.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Arroyo Seco

You fucking hicks would know it as a dry wash.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Brother Can You Spare A Loon?

Now we know where to ask for moneybeg to maintain our lavish existence:
According to data from Environics Analytics WealthScapes published in the Globe and Mail, the net worth of the average Canadian household in 2011 was $363,202, while the average American household’s net worth was $319,970.
C'mon people, we're starving down here! Seriously. We're down to about a hundred of your "kilogrammes."

Kitty Wells Joins Honky Tonk Angels

Her "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" in 1952 was the first No. 1 hit by a woman soloist on the country music charts and dashed the notion that women couldn't be headliners. Billboard magazine had been charting country singles for about eight years at that time.
Stolen whole.Of course, it was an answer song, to a number that deserved an answer.And two of our favorite hick tunes, written by Harlan Howard.

Today In Yankee Pig Imperialism

Too long, & mighty depressing. Stand by for blowback.

Screwed Up But Good

Valley residents indentured to dead-end jobs in the basin avoid the 405 & various canyon routes to take the new Expo line to their soul-destroying* gigs.
The trains into town from the Valley get pretty crowded on weekdays and weekends, but Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says in the story that the Valley presence on the Expo Line is surprising. "I wish I could say I planned this....It is unanticipated," Yaroslavsky said. "It's a reflection of how screwed up traffic is in this city that commuters are doing this circuitous route."

*Not actually true. Those who live in the Valley are either soul-less drones to begin w/ or living there destroyed their souls even before employment could deplete their humanity.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

We've Told You & Told You

What is it we've repeated until we're exhausted to the point we no longer care? All sorts of crap, but there being room for only so many ideas/obsessions/fetishes inside our brain, one of the principal ones is that if you're so miserable you want to die (And really, who isn't & who doesn't?) don't let the bastards grind you down.

Don't off yourself, kill those who've made your existence miserable. Sure, you could get caught, maybe you'll be killed, but even so they'll have been forced to work to eliminate you, rather than outsourcing your desired death to you. Most of those who've made your existence the hell it is have probably never performed actual work one day in their lives: Make them pay for the suffering they've caused you, don't give up & take the "easy way out."

One good example of people who hate you & want you dead is the Limebags on about austerity:
The number of suicides and prevalence of suicidal tendencies is rising faster among older men than in any other age group, according to research released in the week the government postponed its suicide prevention strategy.
Nice, huh? Get a fucking gun & do what must be done!

Too Little, Too Late

Westminster noise curfew silences Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney as they attempt to thank fans after two-song duet
Too bad they couldn't shut the aging hacks the fuck up before the gig.

Black Plague On Your Mother ...

... Black plague on your brother
Black plague on all other
All other scum like you!
— Writ by us, 1983-ish. (The copyright's still good, so fuck off!)
Only about seven cases are reported in the United States annually, mostly in northern New Mexico, and New York City had not seen an instance in more than 100 years.
Whatever, lady; the plague is often found in squirrels here in the capital of the known universe.
"It is important for the public to know that there have only been four cases of human plague in Los Angeles County since 1984, none of which are fatal," Fielding said.
Stop trying to make us feel better. We want plague deaths, & we want them now!

Stumpy

Three-legged lizard.
Doesn't seem to bother it much. We didn't even notice until we looked at the picture later.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

This Land

As well as le quatorze juillet, today is Woody Guthrie's hundredth birthday, or would be if he were alive, or something. Wevs.

Use your guitar or other machine to kill a fascist money-grubber.
LOCAL ACTION UPDATE (1405PDT 15 July 2012): The Woodman in L.A.

Today In Total Buffoonery

Via Political Wire, a state Senate candidate in Iowa has ended her campaign. Nothing too unusual there, except that she quit because she was appointed as a United States Senator.
In a letter dated July 4, the candidate, Randi Shannon of Coralville, argued that the legitimate federal government of the United States was replaced by illegitimate “corporate” government in 1871 and has been operating since then in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

She learned this fact just recently, she said, and has come to believe it after months of research.

Dropping her bid for state office was a rejection of that illegitimate government. Now, she said she has been appointed to serve as a U.S. senator in the recently revived and constitutionally legitimate Republic of the United States of America. She was placed in the office, she said, by Iowa’s four U.S. House members in the “Republic” government.
OK, not exactly an official or legitimate United States. These look like a literal United Snakes. Here is Senator Shannon's letter announcing her appointment. And here is candidate Shannon's web site.
The U.S. Constitution established a Republic rooted in Biblical law, administered by representatives who are Constitutionally elected by the citizens. In such a Republic all Life, Liberty and Property are protected because law rules.
Got it?

Uh Oh

This flight path from LAX has been making us a bit nervous since the mid-'80s when we worked downtown & first wondered why that sucker was so low. Events in 2001 haven't lessened our worry any.

There Goes The Light

Bomb Run

We were just reminded (via the ball game on the telebision) that the big deal w/ Hangar 1™ Wodka is that it is "made in California in a real airplane hanger." In Alameda, to be specific.
Yeah, that & a fucking blimp have sold us.

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!

We don't give enough of a shit even to link to any of our previous Bastille Day items. Find 'em yourself if you care, although a more useful observation of the event would be to kill an aristocrat or noble. Or the king.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sky And The City

A Multitude Of Faces

Not even the contrarians at Slate can spew "Both sides do it!" when confronted w/ Romney's dog-whistling, fudging, & coded messages decipherable only through a seer stone.

Dog-frequency vocals (over honkieized ska):
It’s obvious from these four episodes that Romney, contrary to his boast, does say different things to different audiences. Among politicians, that’s nothing unusual. What’s unusual is that Romney, for further advantage, told each audience what he wouldn’t tell the last one. First he talked pro-choice Republicans into giving him millions of dollars. Then he told the gay-rights guy he was pro-life. Then he told the NAACP he was against gay marriage. Then he told the Montanans he had pissed off the NAACP. Romney didn’t just hide things from each audience. He dissed them.

The problem with this behavior, politically, is that once you recognize it looking backward, you can anticipate it going forward. If you’re black, and Romney sucks up to you by standing up to gays, you shouldn’t be surprised when he sucks up to whites by standing up to blacks. Today you’re the audience. Tomorrow you’re the prop. It’s one of life’s oldest rules: You can learn more about somebody by what he says about other people than by what he says about you.
The AM music of our youth really was concerned w/ the issue. (Also, forgot how good the hook & general rocking is.) Sop for the younger generation's musical tastes.

Exceptionalism

Only in these United Snakes, my friends.
We are the only society in the world that looks to universities and colleges for primary sources of sports entertainment. I pray that I am wrong, but I am convinced that the Nittany Lions will take that field. There will no doubt be a moment of prayer before the game for the Sandusky victims, as if that means anything, lessens what happened to them. Then it will be time for the home opener. The 110,000 strong of Beaver Stadium, who like their university haven’t learned anything, will roar and bellow and get drunk. And the Freeh report will fade into the midst, like most reports do.

So, What?

Also not giving much of a damn about 50 yrs. of the Rolling Stones. And when did TPM decide on slideshows of not overtly political events?

Holy Crap!!

Fri. 13 already?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Statement On Joe Paterno

Fuck you in the ass in a shower*, Joe Paterno.

The former Joe Paterno Child Development Center.
W/ the former Joe Paterno.
Fuck you too, Nike.
*Not that two wrongs necessarily make a right; we aren't, however, always opposed to the punishment fitting the crime.

Patriotizm

Grasping At Straws

Pollak: Dense, not evil.
Horse-faced ninny Joel B. Pollak's rich fantasy life:
The 2012 Summer Olympics begin in London on July 27 and will run through early August. The entire world will be watching, including large television audiences in the United States. Many viewers tune out political advertisements while the Games are on. But these Olympics are unique, because one of the presidential candidates--Mitt Romney--has a close tie to the Olympics: he was president and CEO of the committee that organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, turning that event from a disaster into a great success.

In that sense, the Olympics will be one long commercial for Mitt Romney. Republicans who have fretted that Romney is failing to tell voters who he is, while the Obama campaign paints its own caricature, can take heart from the fact that the Olympics are a big part of Romney's resumé, and they will be on the air continuously for two weeks. Romney's supporters aren't simply leaving it at that: his super PAC has already announced that it will be running television ads during the Olympics--in swing states--that focus on Romney's Olympic career.

So while President Obama has been able to use the bully pulpit of the White House to command free media at whim, Gov. Romney has a unique "incumbency" of his own to exploit, during a period in which voters would otherwise be ignoring political advertising. Obama's only connection to the Olympics was his failed attempt to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago (disappointing the real-estate hopes of many of his cronies in the process). Nothing better illustrates the different pasts and priorities of the two contenders for the presidency.
Olympic "career?" Perhaps young J.B. will discover somewhere that it was Federal money that saved the Mormon Olympics, not anything that Romney may have done. Even the headline is inane:
THE OLYMPICS: ONE LONG, PATRIOTIC COMMERCIAL FOR MITT ROMNEY
What has "patriotism" to do w/ any of this? Especially as some might say serving as President is (slightly) more patriotic than grubbing taxpayer money to bail out your incompetent co-religionists. One could even opine that organizing a community rather than organizing lobbyists is more democratic, but small-d democracy is about to be separated from patriotism in Mr. Romney's circle of cronies, who don't have real estate hopes but do control the world financial system.

Noted at TPM.

Lens Cleaning Time

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pigs & Fairies

If it were several thousand words longer & a bit more stylized it'd be in The New Yorker under the "Annals of Crime" rubric.

As it is it's not really here, even, but here.

We were most amused by this nostalgic slice of WeHo:

Ghost Bank

Au reste, après nous, le Déluge.

French Dip Pastrami

Aw-reet, a post for Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Ghoul Of The Day

We don't know which is more stupefying, pretending to give a flying fuck about America's sad collection of loser baby-killers or turning the phony concern into publicity for a corpse that never served, &, while it was alive, was pretty much opposed to whatever the troops delude themselves they're fighting for.
One can only wonder what Mrs. Breitbart & her children think of all this. Do they not care as long as the income insulates them from working? Maybe Andy sold the rights to himself to the ghouls carrying on his frauds & deceptions. All's fair in love & "Fuck you. War."

Sunday, July 8, 2012

"What are your thoughts on George Soros and his agenda for America?"

Yes, Brad Thor, what are your thoughts on the Soros agenda? Are these thoughts any different from the Glenn Beck fantasies you've swallowed whole? No?

Moving on then, could you advise us which subway stations should be reinforced against impending invasion by the mole people? Sasquatch? Does the Loch Ness monster disprove evolution? Today's the 65th anniv. of the Roswell, NM flying thing whatever. Where do you think Obama is hiding the aliens? How far up your ass does your head go?

We could go on, but why, when Mrs. Thomas's ghost-writer will take it from here, in Ginni's inimitable (What, seventh-grade?) book report style?
Brad Thor [Stop it! You're killing us w/ this "Brad Thor" bit. — Editor/Publisher] is a conservative literary culture warrior.

If you liked Jack Bauer and the TV series “24,” you’ll love the best-selling stories Thor weaves about warriors in the intelligence world waging battle to maintain our freedoms.

Thor, 43, is an old-fashioned patriot and political thriller author. His last book, “Full Black,” pits a former Navy SEAL Team Six member against a George Soros-like character who seeks to destabilize America. His next book, “Black List,” comes out later this month.

Noting Thor’s propensity to insert so many facts into his fictional novels, radio host Glenn Beck said Thor’s books should be referred to as “fact-ion.”
Wait, the guy typesweaves a best-selling story containing such facts as "The sky was blue-ish & the sun was warm," so it's all true?

PT 73 Sinks At Cedars-Sinai

Say what you will about Marty, yada, for this reporter Ernest Borgnine's defining rôle was always Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale. Simply because there are few telebision/film genres more amusingly inane than the service comedy, & McHale's Navy was our first exposure to the one-time Mr. Ethel Merman.

Now looking for an illustrative image — Oh for fucks' sake, did this load have this ready to be published this soon? OK, Ernie was 95, fair enough having an obit at the ready but Cheeze Louise, fuckit. We can't make that crap up. Literally.
Joe Flynn: Funnier than you thought.95. Mmhnh. Too long?

Maybe this will spur us to watch The Wild Bunch, which has been sitting in the DVR since 2 February. Not getting any younger, it appears.

Plus Which

Couldn't embed Brad Thor babbling to Ginni Thomas's head shot at Whiskey Fire, so we typed some crap mostly not at all the same there while pimping the item below.

Frankly, Internet, we're disappointed that this uncivil ugliness hasn't received the attention it deserves.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

SCOTUS Wkly. Wrap-Up:
"Fuck You. War."

The official SCOTUS isn't doing diddly this wk.; what's its most public spouse* up to?
Mrs. Thomas does not necessarily support or endorse the products, services or positions promoted in any advertisement contained herein, and does not have control over or receive compensation from any advertiser.
Just giving it away, apparently.Oh yes she did. Because knowing how people respond to questions about this fucking oafis as good a litmus test as any, we suppose.

Ooops! (This happens when we don't listen to the entirety of the droning. Coulda been finished by now.) The idea of "Leaders w/ Ginni Thomas" eliciting accloades to Breitbart was amusing enough, & reinforced by the shortened transcript at Tucker's Caller. Then we clicked play as we were embedding & assembling this drivel, & heard that, among other fantasies, author Thor wants to drive the "hard institutional left" into the sea.Per Thor, Breitbart iwas "our version of George Washington." (We kid you not. He said that. For posterity. At [2:30].) We can only imagine Brad sees himself as the Tea Party General Sherman, pushing the liberal lemmings from their elitist coastal enclaves. Because (hard, institutional) lefties have said bad things about talk-radio hosts & Michele Bachmann.

Best for last: Breitbart makes a ghost appearance w/ Brad Thor, to recite the Breitbart mantra: "FUCK YOU. WAR." Honest. You were warned, workers.
*Our memory is short, the socio-political culture changes, can't be arsed &c., but has there ever been a Supreme Spouse as public as Ms. Thomas? (She seldom actually shows on these little Q&As, almost as if her upper torso were 'phoning it in. Nice work if you can get it.) More fun to ask: Will she end up in a Martha Mitchell stylee?

WMDS

(We Miss Drum Solos)

Night Of The Living Filler

Never Ending

Friday, July 6, 2012

++Jaded

No point in having been there, but we've done, heard & seen that. Again & again. Doubt if we could get ourself to "care" if a gun were held to our head.

Shorter, just (Synchronicity!) seen on the telebision: "I've stopped listening; why are you still talking?"

Five Yrs. Later

It's still Friday.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Comedy Music

There Will Always Be An England, Part ...

Not every day does one see the Napoleonic Wars used for historical comparison.
The defence secretary, Philip Hammond, will set out how the regular Army will be cut from 102,000 troops to 82,000 by the end of the decade - its lowest level since the Napoleonic Wars.

Sky News has obtained details of the five infantry battalions that are to be scrapped as part of Government cuts.

They are 5 Scots - The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, one battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (The Staffords) and 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh Regiment.

Mayberry To The Stars

From 1953 (Kee-rist on a crutch, his show bidness career was older than we are.):On to 1979, & the fondly semi-remembered Salvage 1.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Keeping America Awful

You cannot get more American (& middle-middle-brow) than LIFE magazine. Add Al Capp for extra America.
Also, forgotten in the bookmarks until our memory was jogged.

More Fucking Lies About "America"

That teary-eyed eagle doesn't sound like that, & is probably of the female persuasion.

Representation recently acquired from illustrations of the last refuge of scoundrels (1540PDT).
Is your manhood threatened, patriot? Grab that gun a little tighter, pin-dick. Squeeze it hard.

Patriotard Round-Up

Only in America.