Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Art Pigs

Ol' J.P. Getty wanted his Museum to be free, & it is. Uh, save for the parking fee, which probably wasn't part of his bequest. So here's a surprise:
That's an impressive number: $6.4 million in parking revenue, more than the annual income of many, many non-profits in Los Angeles. For those who are chagrined by the unofficial admission fee, the plot thickens when they look deeper into the 990 forms. They show the parking income in tax year 2009 was just $4,707,447. That year the Getty bumped the parking charge up to $15, saying it was necessary to keep the museum financially healthy. About 200 positions were also eliminated. By 2011, the last year for which the Getty has filed, the parking revenue had swelled to $6.4 million. So the parking fee hike, and any increase in visits, brought in an extra $1,774,200 a year.

Those same 990 forms also show that between 2009 and last year, the amount paid in compensation to officers, directors and trustees also swelled — from $2,301,872 (in '09) to $4,062,574 (in '11.) That's a net increase in high-level salaries of $1,760,702 for the year.

Using what Bill Clinton calls arithmetic, that suggests all but $16,502 of the increased parking revenues went for compensation to the highest officers at the Getty. Nice to know, if you're just an art lover who wants to visit one of the richest-endowed museums in the world.
Do as we do, tell those fuckers to go to hell by taking the bus to their temple of greed. Honestly, we only go for the grounds & view; few of the exhibitions are worth the drive or the parking fee.

Christ, what a bunch of greedy assholes.

Why The United Snakes Deserve
To Be Nuked

And once the radioactivity abates, pour salt on everything!

At the very least these BK franchises should find a few rocks through their windows.
And scroll down to the "deliberately offensive" section!
Twinkies! Yum.

Did We Type Something
Worse Than Usual?

Any one else experiencing comments not posting at that site where the lib com-symp academics/union thugs use half their electrons discussing sports in a vain attempt to hide their America-hating sissitude from real Americans?

UPDATE: Never mind! Coulda been our cache, as we had a similar problem at S,N! until we cleared the thing.

Remember

Blowback, bitches! Couldn't have happened to a more deserving nation. Bin Laden's mission accomplished.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Good News For Mitt Romney?

From the possibly not-visible LAT.
Forty-five rabid bats have been discovered in Los Angeles County so far this year, the highest number in modern history, authorities said Monday.

The previous high for a single year was 38 in 2011, and it is unclear what factors led to the increase.

Thirteen of the rabid bats were found in the Santa Clarita area, according to a map of all the cases compiled by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Authorities warned the public to avoid handling bats and to report any found in homes or other places frequented by people to local animal control, especially if the animals are seen during the day.

Healthy bats tend to stay away from humans and are most active at night, authorities said.
The Santa Clarita Valley is full of housing developments for white-flight types. Mittens may have more of a chance if his supporters there are increasing every yr.

Darwin Award Handed Out In Studio City

Stupid jerks. At least they didn't take any one else w/ them.

Best part of the story:
The other two deceased were identified on Twitter and by friends, many of whom were among the estimated 80 people who gathered Sunday outside Reno's Pizzeria where a makeshift memorial had been set up. That gathering ultimately had to be broken up by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Think the mourners were all drunk too?

Retirement

Up at the crack of 1000. Accomplished by 1500:
Cups of coffee. Sweating. Finished a pack of butts. Read crap on the Internet, wasted an hr. looking for the "Song of The Wk." Listened to the DVR of the Stephanie Miller show (No good; she's on vacation this wk.) while wading through Wonkette threads. Breakfast (just before 1500): Baked 2/3 lb. of frozen Swedish (style) meatballs & et 'em.

Things picked up considerably post-1500. We put on pants & a shirt, went out for butts & Dr Pepper (too hot & humid for un-iced coffee as caffeine & sugar delivery). Checked mail (nothing) returned to the bunker, took our clothes off & typed this while smoking & drinking Dr Pepper. May be nap time.

Song Of The Wk.

Nothin', y'hear, nothin'!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lunar Tunes

Late to the wake. Thanks, Neil.Plus which, allegedly The Hippy Boys recording under a different name in a last-ditch attempt to get their cruddy music on the radio.No flowers on Luna.

Sunday Footsball Wrap-Up

Watching the Pit-Den game, mostly in hope that a terrorist attack will occur, thousands will die & neither team will win.

So pithy & offensive we decided to tweet it. #BlackSunday

Fascist Schools, Fascist Parents

As a one-time unarmed, unprotected child ourself, we were horrified, nauseated, &c. by this example of America eating its young, from some creep unwilling to take responsibility for the trauma that living w/ him for five yrs. inflicted on his once-innocent daughter.
In my public school 40 years ago, teachers didn’t lay their hands on students for bad behavior. They sent them to the principal’s office. But in today’s often overcrowded and underfunded schools, where one in eight students receive help for special learning needs, the use of physical restraints and seclusion rooms has become a common way to maintain order.

It’s a dangerous development, as I know from my daughter’s experience. At the age of 5, she was kept in a seclusion room for up to an hour at a time over the course of three months, until we discovered what was happening. The trauma was severe.

According to national Department of Education data, most of the nearly 40,000 students who were restrained or isolated in seclusion rooms during the 2009-10 school year had learning, behavioral, physical or developmental needs, even though students with those issues represented just 12 percent of the student population. African-American and Hispanic students were also disproportionately isolated or restrained.
It is truly a wonder & amazement that there is a single parent, teacher or school administrator still breathing in this fascist shit-hole of a nation.

The ultimate fault is always the parental units, however fucked-up & fascist the schools to which they send their children. What psychological trauma did Bill Lichtenstein impose on his daughter that she would “get fidgety and restless when she is unsure as to what is expected of her"? A five-yr. old who thinks she should be performing & conforming to the desires & expectations of others 24/7? That's just wonderful, innit?*

There's no age limit/requirement in the Second Amendment, & if anyone in this nation of bullies & enforcers needs weapons for defense against the fascism of physical superiority it is those under 18. Note well that (No surprise here.) those of darker skin hues get more of it.

Guns to the youth to free them from restraints & solitary confinement!

*No comments there. Maybe himself-a-bully Bill Lichtenstein was aware people might wonder why his daughter can't handle freedom/thinks she should be under someone's thumb at all times. No parent is innocent, are they?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Stop Lying to Yourselves

Why you should believe us when we tell you that everything is made of shit & you're all dying.
It’s called “depressive realism.” Sharot writes, “If you ask mildly depressed individuals what they expect in the upcoming month, they will give you a pretty accurate account. If you ask them about their longevity or the likelihood of having a certain illness, they will give you correct estimations.”

Dep't. of Self-Aggrandizement

Highly rated!
We're very, very proud of ourself that while we called Mataconis an "ignoramus" in our first draft, we deleted it & appeared civil.

Almost Malibu

Friday, September 7, 2012

Yellow & Orange & ...

Oh, good, we can throw some Beefheart at the world.
Off to Target now.

Quake Up-Date/Anticipation

Also stolen from the LAT.
The red lines are our faults.
The small earthquakes that hit Beverly Hills this week struck at the intersection of two potentially dangerous faults that run through the heart of urban Los Angeles County. Both faults could trigger a powerful magnitude 7 quake.

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Doug Given said the quakes occurred near the junction of the Santa Monica fault, which runs underneath Santa Monica Boulevard and near Pacific Palisades, Westwood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, and the Newport-Inglewood fault (which, despite its name, terminates north of Inglewood, meeting the Santa Monica fault in a T-shaped intersection).

The earthquakes that hit this week — a 3.2 on Monday, centered near Doheny Drive and Wilshire Boulevard,  and a 3.4 after midnight Friday, centered near Wilshire Boulevard and Beverly Drive — were relatively shallow. "As a result, they were strongly felt," Given said.

Both faults are quite long, meaning they are capable of producing a destructive quake. Because they run underneath the Westside and western L.A. County — heavily populated areas — there is "significant population at risk because of them," Given said.

The Newport-Inglewood fault, beginning just off the Orange County coast and extending 50 miles northwest through Long Beach, Inglewood and into West Los Angeles, has been the subject of dire quake scenarios because it runs directly under some of the most densely populated areas of Southern California.

Movement along the southern part of that fault caused the 1933 Long Beach quake, a 6.3 temblor centered off Newport Beach that killed 115 people, mainly in Long Beach and Compton. That was the second-largest number of fatalities in a California temblor in recorded history. Damage to school buildings caused by that quake led to major steps toward earthquake-resistant construction in the state.

A study by the Division of Mines and Geology found that a quake along the Newport-Inglewood fault could cause blockage of the Hollywood Freeway at the overcrossings for Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, reduction of the capacity of Los Angeles International Airport to 30% for two days, the indefinite loss of 34% of all hospital beds in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the shutdown of five power plants for three days and impediments in water supplies.

A scenario simulating a 6.6 earthquake on the Santa Monica fault estimated that 54,000 buildings could be damaged and 85 would be damaged beyond repair. Under the scenario, a quake there could kill as many as 30 people and force the hospitalization of more than 200 people.

In 2009, a 4.7 earthquake centered near Inglewood shattered some windows and caused ceiling tiles to fall in a movie theater.
We can not wait for one or both of these faults to go. ++schadenfreude!

Local Action Up-Date

Possibly behind their fucking paywall, so it's all here.
A man was arrested after a two-hour standoff with police Thursday night for firing a gun from his Koreatown apartment at a man on the street, police said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was booked on an attempted-murder charge after leaving his apartment on the 200 block of South Normandie Avenue, LAPD Sgt. Dominic Counts said.

Earlier in the evening, the man had argued from his second-floor apartment with another man who stood on the street in front of the apartment complex, Counts said. The suspect then allegedly fired a shot at the man on the street.

Police arrived and surrounded the building, and attempted to contact the alleged shooter in his apartment. Eventually, after a standoff lasting more than two hours, he left the apartment and was arrested, Counts said.
One round fired, & there were two police helos, the Fire Dep't. & Traffic Enforcement diverting cars?

Speaking of their fucking paywall, anyone know where we can get an extension/add-on/whatnot that will enable freedom of speech vis-à-vis the LAT?

Oh, Good

Already posted something for today. Fuck it, then.

Local Action

Tiny earthquake a few mins. ago, in Beverly Hills. Felt something, a crawl on the tee vee confirmed it.

Also, guy alleged to have been shooting from a balcony (A police ossifer told us, it's gotta be true.) about a block away from our location an hr. ago. Choppers all over, fire engines, one w/ its ladder extended (Looking for the "sniper?") at the nearby intersection, which was closed.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Had It Been Us ...

Mr. Bicycle would still be staggering through the bush looking for his actual pin-dick & his US$2,000.00 pseudo-penis.
The cops were very professional, listened to both sides (though we were cuffed momentarily while they sorted it out), and let us go in opposite directions after we both declined to press charges. I owe thanks to the Martinez family, who were cooking food in their yard and told the police what had happened.
Oh, maybe not, but one never knows. We do have it in us. (It often tries to get out.) And we sure as fucking hell would have pressed charges. Seriously, someone knocks us down, then kicks dirt & rocks on us & then actually kicks us, a black eye would be the least of his worries. Blood would be spilled, & not ours.

And what's the deal w/ the fucking police showing up before justice can be administered? Who squealed?

Last: "Cooking food?" Really? They were cooking food? As opposed to newspapers, or a sidewalk?

Criminal Justice System At Work

Yet another moment we can point to as exactly when everything started to fall apart.
The news of their decision broke shortly before 2:30 p.m. Just about an hour earlier, they asked the judge what “unanimous” meant Thursday afternoon as they continued their deliberations.

On their second day of deliberation, the jurors in Peterson’s murder trial asked, “Just to be clear judge, what does unanimous mean?”
When do we start euthanizing the morons?

Burnin' 4 U

Sex Goddess Ann Althouse's crush remains unrequited:
Burning on the inside sounds like sex to me*, and that sound is amplified when it's coming out of Bill Clinton's mouth. Clinton's story is permeated with hidden — but not hidden enough! — sexual matters. So if Bill Clinton says that Barack Obama is outwardly cool but he burns on the inside for America, I'm getting the message that Obama is behaving like a gentleman but he really wants to screw us. (And obviously, Obama-haters will say he's been screwing us for 4 years.)
Inspiration.
*What did Meade bring to their marriage?

We Hate You & Everybody Like You

A brace of religious ragheads (And doesn't that say everything about religion, that, for no reason at all other than tribalizing  these ninnies have to wrap a towel around their head before they go out in public?) whine about hate crimes.

Here's a clue: Religion is a choice (Unless the religious person is so fucking brain-dead that s/he was born into a religious culture & was unable to think his/her way out of the net of deception & indoctrination.) not a condition of birth. The foolish & ignorant deserve to be hated, whether they were born that way or chose to shut off their mental faculties. No one likes Scientologists, Mormons & their ilk (NB: The Sikh "religion" is another obviously bogus Mormon-style invention.) why should we respect any of this crap? Let's start beating some fucking sense into these cretins. At least tax the fucking hell out of their scams & cons.

And get a fucking shave & wash your hair once in a while you hippie whiners.

Oxides

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

You Know Who Else Gave Good Speeches?

We bet you do.

Get Up In The Morning ...

... and you can get to Breitbart's rot early enough to make memeorandum.
We would appear to be the only left-leaning anarcho-nihilist county heard from. Where are the hits & the rude comments?

Just Shut Your Fucking Yap For (4:33)!

John Cage's 100th birthday if. Thing in The New Yorker. 1987:
Courtesy of The Bouffant Collection.
Local crap & links, also.

"Fact" Checking: Vacations!!

Here is Breitbarter Joel B. Pollak checking the facts on Mrs. Obama's speech. Fact-checking is very popular of late, as we're sure Mr. Pollak has noticed, but he hasn't yet grasped the entire concept. To him, it's a fact that if you got a job, bought a house or took a vacation, ever, you have not struggled & all prior wants, needs & shortages just don't matter. Even worse fact: Negroes w/ expensive tastes. How dare they?
They had expensive tastes, reflected in the $277,500 two-bedroom condo they bought in 1993--a high price even by today’s standards. Several years later, they moved into their $1.65 million mansion in Hyde Park--with the help of fraudster Tony Rezko. Barack often told a story of hardship on the campaign trail in 2008 about having his credit card declined--once. The fact that he thought this counted as real hardship speaks volumes.

As her husband moved onto the national political stage, Michelle Obama began to enjoy a lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense, directly and indirectly. When Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he obtained a $1 million earmark for the University of Chicago Hospital--and his wife’s salary as Vice President for Community Affairs jumped from $121,910 to $316,962. Her job: pushing poor, uninsured patients to other hospitals.

As First Lady, Michelle Obama has lived high on the hog while the rest of the country has suffered through an extraordinary recession. In 2010, she and her entourage decamped to Spain for a lavish vacation. That summer, the Obamas encouraged Americans to visit the Gulf coast after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which threatened tourism in the region. They promptly jetted off to Maine for their own summer holiday.

This summer, the Obamas skipped their usual summer trip to the wealthy playground of Martha’s Vineyard--months after Michelle and her daughters had enjoyed an expensive winter skiing trip in Aspen. And, of course, there are the frequent pilgrimages to Hawaii, Some of their family’s comfort, of course, comes from private income, principally Barack Obama’s book sales--yet even that wealth is a spin-off of Obama’s political career.
Yup, precisely like being the spawn of millionaire businessmen living on the stock their millionaire parents gave them. No doubt Michelle Robinson got through Harvard Law on her father's U.S. Post Office pension.
If, as the Democrats eagerly [sic] pointing out, Mitt Romney enjoyed the privilege of private wealth, the Obamas have enjoyed privilege funded by public money and public life. And until entering the national spotlight, they gave little to charity, contributing instead to a church that preached racial grievance. “[T]ruth matters,” Michelle Obama told the nation last night. That, too, is a lie--because so far, she has evaded it without consequence.
"Racial grievance." Projection, thy name is Pollak. The Romneys, of course, give their charitable donations to a cult that was openly racist until 1978.

Christ, what a whiny little asshole.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How Low?

Now we know.
Cigar Hunter: On Bill Clinton’s big night,
let’s smoke his big Gurkha
Proud of yourself, Tucker?

How Low Will They Go?

Because we love ourself as much (if not more) than we ♥ America, we've been watching baseball rather than the DNC; peeks at the Internet indicate all goes well & Mrs. Obama's speech was well received by the liberally biased.
FLOTUS Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention,
4 September 2012. (Harry E. Walker/MCT via Getty Images)
So we wonder how it will be spun (Spinned?) by the FLOTUS-haters. Yes, we've an idea or two of the direction it could take; the real question is how far & low they will go when there's nothing objectionable for them to whine about.

The big aesthetic/socio-cultural subtext of the entire competition being how audible the dog-whistles will become if, as November approaches, the Magic 8 Ball® of polling bullshit & bullshit hunches says "signs point to yes" for the incumbent's chances & Rymney/Roan's team of incompetent hacks begins feeling as if they're on board the Straight Talk Express c. 2008 w/ Sarah Palin at the wheel & babbling non-stop.(Shouldn't there be a "prediction market" [that taps the wisdom of crowds, maybe] for the first straight-up non-euphemistic un-coded [Not necessarily "nigger."] reference by a candidate or party official?)

Tuesday Sea Bird Blogging

We were advised that the smaller, grayer/less white gulls are called sand-peckers or pickers or something.
What. Ever.
Pelicans 11
The eternal wait for meat.

While It Still Burns

Merge
Damn palm trees always in the way.

Today's Clint Eastwood

Version:

Leading You All Basically Into Hell, Basically, You Know

"Bipartisan Centrist Approaches:"
Are You Fucking Kidding Us?

Bonus Quote of the Day

"Republican voters, if you ask them about my particular policy positions, often agree with me. So there's a difference between Republicans in Washington and Republican and Republican-leaning voters around the country. I think that after this election, we'll be in a position to once again reach out to Republicans and say that the American people have rendered a judgment, and the positions we're taking are well within what used to be considered bipartisan centrist approaches."

-- President Obama, in an interview with Parade, on how he'll be able to work with Republicans after the election.
Here we go again. Has he learned nothing? Maybe he isn't so smart.

Song Of The (Short) Wk.

Mostly because Axis combine SONY/BMG* removed an earlier upload.The present day YouTuber refuses to die.
*Might have been home-grown fascists UMG (Universal Music Group). You can see the possibility for confusion there.

Juxtaposition

BONUS: An entry in the "Who types this crap?" competition:
Where some candidates choose evocative names—President Obama sees himself as a "Renegade," while George W. Bush was a "Trailblazer." Ryan got to choose his favorite hobby. The man is a skilled archer, a hunter of deer and animal, and an aficionado of the sport.
EXTRA BONUS: We waxed nostalgic about an archer/reactionary we'd had as a French teacher. Aunt Snow reminded us of teach's late wife.
Late as of 2007, that is. It would be extremely irresponsible not to speculate what allowed Dennis Dunn to marry his "beloved bride" 18 yrs. before lateness hit Mrs. Dunn Mark I.

EVEN MORE BONUS (Men's Rights Division): Note that Dunn "fathered two sons." (++manly.) Not even "w/ Jennifer Blackburn Dunn." He just straight up sired them. One of whom is named "Reagan."

Christ, what a collection of assholes.

Editor's Note: Isn't the Internet grand? Almost fifty yrs. later we can abuse a shithead teacher (In all fairness, not a bad French teacher for a Yank, & we did well in his classes, fortunately for our permanent record.) w/ his own words. Fuck you, Dennis.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Do Not Leave Boat Unattended

Watching Dinesh Squirm

Or so it is alleged. We'll look later. Hell, haven't even seen this more than once.Text pile-on as well, for the less visually & aurally sensitive.
With his vested interest in denying the persistence of racism in American life, D’Souza seems unwilling to address the ways that his own racial and national background have made him useful to the right. Would he have been hired as a Reagan White House aide at age 27, and gone on to a stellar and lavishly remunerated career with right-wing think tanks, publishing houses and academic institutions, if he had been a young conservative from Indiana rather than India?
Bill Maher raked D'Souza over the coals too, apparently; not embeddable.

African Clint Eastwood

Lobsters

You cannot get any whiter than the Big Malig.

Surfers

Wages Are Theft;

Kill the bosses!NO MORE SLAVERY FOR BREAD!!And get your teeth out of the necks of working people, blood-sucking capitalists!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Lie:

Sorry to see that Reverend Sun Yat-SenMyung Moon has passed to hell.
Moon, self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and befriended North Korean leaders as well as U.S. presidents, died on Monday, September 3, 2012, at a church-owned hospital near his home in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul. He was 92.
We give him three days or any messiah claims are rendered null & void.
In this Aug. 25, 1992 file photo, Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife wave their hands to some 40,000 believers and supporters during a wedding ceremony at Seoul's Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.

Moon, born in a town that is now in North Korea, founded his religious movement in Seoul in 1954 after surviving the Korean War. He preached new interpretations of lessons from the Bible.

The church gained fame, and notoriety, in the 1970s and '80s for holding mass weddings of thousands of followers, often from different countries, whom Moon matched up in a bid to build a multicultural religious world. AP Photo/Ahn Young-Joon
Christ, what an asshole.
Perhaps his descendants, heirs &/or successors won't be wasting any more moolah on The Wash. Times.

Another funny.

Blue Moon

Pillar Of Smoke

From the 10, eastbound. (Or on the 10, eastbound.)
Oh ha ha just noticed the bus.
It's 20-30 miles away. More or less. Probably. (Guessing.)

Elitist Snobbery

Believe it or shove it, a jigsaw of a Thomas Kinkade thing, glued to a round board, lacquered & hung in a motel room.

Sweeping the Ocean

It is filthy.

Photography On The Beach

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lousekeeping

Entirely bogus retroactive/pre-dated post (1810PDT 2 September 2012) because we didn't have the good sense to schedule one for Saturday 1 September 2012, & there was no wi-fi in room 7 at the Malibu Riviera ("Bates") Motel.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Yesterday's Clouds Today

We'll be sweating like the pig we are all night long.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Staff Photo

The amorphous "they" tell us politics is Hollywood for the ugly; this does nothing to disprove that dictum.
The Romney campaign staff w/ Paul Ryan & Mittens. Get ready for a nation run by frat boys & their little sorority sisters.

Tip o' le chapeau to YAFB at Rumproast, who inspired us w/this:
Joseph Smith's Lame-Ass White Folks Band
And you shouldn't use ugly & Hollywood in the same sentence w/o showing these mugs:V.O. (no commercial potential):

Crummy (Exhibition) Game Of The Wk.:

Oakland at Seattle.

Clint Speaks!

Eastwood looks to have a movie about the old getting oldercoming out in a few wks.; he must figure the entire target demographic of angry white guys will be watching the convention. Christ, what a whore.

Another Tab Closed

Par for the course, far behind on this, to which we were going to link, as we'd already banged our toe on this non-commitment.

Now it is brought to our attention that others have noticed & responded.

Our reaction: Astral Weeks? Who'd want to hear what it sounded like? Another tortured singer-songwriter complaining mid-tempo. We prefer complaints about existential agony from Americans like Bangs, because we can understand them.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

LOADING ZONE

Watch Out, Pretty Boy

Something caught our eye when we finally read all the POLITICO thing mumbled about an item below:
“We’re not your crusty old white guy party anymore,” boasted Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), who at 31 is at the tail end of the Reagan generation.
Nope. Just dumb-ass middle-aged honkies.
Now, students, comparing Rep. Schock to his crusty buddies Jim Hoft, the late Breitbart & the InstaPundit, why might we imagine young Aaron to have a Napoleonic complex? And how might he deal therew/?
That's one way to compensate. (Dr. Freud, may I speak w/ you a moment?) Fit, sexy Paul Ryan better watch it. There's always someone younger & even buffer on the prowl for a sugar-daddyvice-presidential slot/position as heir to the manliness that is the Republican party.

Christ, what a bunch of assholes.