Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Axis Of Evil

David Frum types it like it is:
The background to so much of the politics of the past four years is the mood of apocalyptic terror that has gripped so much of the American upper class.

Hucksters of all kinds have battened on this terror. They tell them that free enterprise is under attack; that Obama is a socialist, a Marxist, a fascist, an anti-colonialist. Only by donating to my think tank, buying my book, watching my network, going to my movie, can you - can we - stop him before he seizes everything to give to his base of "bums," as Charles Murray memorably called them.

And what makes it all both so heart-rending and so outrageous is that all this is occurring at a time when economically disadvantaged Americans have never been so demoralized and passive, never exerted less political clout. No Coxey's army is marching on Washington, no sit-down strikes are paralyzing factories, no squatters are moving onto farmer's fields. Occupy Wall Street immediately fizzled, there is no protest party of the political left.

The only radical mass movement in this country is the Tea Party, a movement to defend the interests of elderly incumbent beneficiaries of the existing welfare state. Against that movement is a government of liberal technocrats dependent on campaign donations from a different faction of the American super-rich than that which backs Mitt Romney himself.

From the greatest crisis of capitalism since the 1930s, the rights and perquisites of wealth have emerged undiminished - and the central issue in this election is whether those rights and perquisites shall be enhanced still more, or whether they should be allowed to slip back to the level that prevailed during the dot.com boom.

Yet even so, the rich and the old are scared witless! Watch the trailer of Dinesh D'Souza's new movie to glimpse into their mental universe: chanting swarthy mobs, churches and banks under attack, angry black people grabbing at other people's houses.

It's all a scam, but it's a spectacularly effective scam. Mitt Romney tried to make use of the scam, and now instead has fallen victim to it himself.
Christ, what assholes.

Death Wish Up-Date

We suppose it would be too stupid & obvious at this point if Romney campaign plane Hair Farce One were to meet an unfortunate end, giving arrogant & stupid sick fuck William Kristol the Ryan-Rubio ticket he feels he deserves.

Besides, we'd like Willard Mitt Romney to suffer a bit before he is shuffled off to his new planet which he will populate w/ his spirit babies.

The Way Of All Flesh

Went to the continental edge & discovered that in the two yrs. & a few mos. since we last visited the croaker we've gained almost two stone. Oink.

Also disappointing: While the Santa Monica Arby's® is no more, the Wendy's® promised to replace it remains in the future.
In ruins.
Apparently few of these hat-shaped signs remain.
Couldn't get any rare sci-fi either.
Just kidding. It's been there for yrs.; never seen it open.

Song Of The Day

Because we just heard it played as an outro on telebision.Small world after all.

Corporations Are Countries Too, My Friend

The United States of Lexus, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese giant Toyota.

First Look: More Romney Video!

NY's own Big Bad Bald Bastard went w/ this video of Romney addressing his base (zillionaires) almost three wks. ago, even though dissauded (Click this for the all-important context!) by a rump. Now its authenticity's been confirmed (put quotes where you will) by long-time commie David Corn. We'll assume this is some of the other stuff that's been promised.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Late Night Filler

No one goes to the beach on Monday. Even if it's Rosh Hashanah.

Drug Reaction Up-Date

If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking [redacted*] and call your doctor immediately: suicidal thoughts or actions; new or worsening depression, anxiety, or panic attacks; agitation; restlessness; angry or violent behavior; acting dangerously; mania (frenzied, abnormally excited or irritated mood); abnormal thoughts or sensations; hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist); feeling that people are against you; feeling confused; or any other sudden or unusual changes in behavior. Be sure that your family or caregiver knows which symptoms may be serious so they can call the doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own. Your doctor will monitor you closely until your symptoms get better.
Do people never get the urge to fucking bite the heads off any one who looks at them cross-eyed, or worse? All we see are these paeans to some crap manufactured under license to the Nazis who invented it & a warning that wanting to kill oneself is a possible side-effect. We'll tell you this much: You won't catch Malignant Bouffant turning his righteous anger on himself.
*None of your fucking beeswax. Are you "against us?" Because we wouldn't even start that crap if we were you. Why not? When the right time comes it will be dread for sure!And no one can stop the righteous ones.

Big Fish In A Little Sea

Quote of the Day

"Because he is being graded on a curve with a bunch of guys who jump into the Sea of Galilee because they want to be closer to God."
-- Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), quoted by The New Republic, on why Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has developed a "big thinker reputation."

Ridin' That Train

Other than his having spoken the previous evening at a Pomona College event, there is nothing egregiously wrong about this M. Yglesias item in which he recaps transit progress here in the capital of the media universe.

Indeed, we'll take the opportunity to deliver a big ol' "Nyah nyah, suckas!" to the rest of the world.
While the Bay Area and many Northeastern cities stagnate under the weight of oppressive zoning codes, L.A. is changing—by design—into something even bigger and better than it already is.
Nothing stopping us now. Full speed ahead!

Art Pigs: You Do The Fucking Math

Whatta we look like, a fucking calculator?

Getty parking correction: some of our numbers were wrong

Monday Is Fun Day

Guess which three we guessed correctly.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stab In The Back From The Past

Lotta work here, we know, but go to about (11:45) on the video (wknd. of 15-16 September) & compare & contrast Michelle Cottle & David Brooks (12:15) ten yrs. ago. Guess who loses?

Timing

Just missed Syd Hoff's 4 September centennial, & too bad we did; we could have used this
to illustrate our link to

Work Stress May Strain Coronary Arteries

Syd Hoff Centennial

Observed by Mr. Fish.
Hoff's Daily Worker work. And here.
As true now as it was 70 yrs. ago when the war was real.

Battleship Blogging (On A Sunday)

Something we did not know before our visit to the USS Iowa: The forward portion of the superstructure is a tower of 17-inch steel, w/ some flimsy enclosures wrapped around it. Note periscopes on top of it, & the peephole under the bridge.
 Imagine steering from here ...
 while someone looking through this directs you.

Song Of The Wk.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

This Web Log Stands W/ DP

This made the idiots angry:
This, for crying out loud.
When do the "Teach the Controversy" riots begin?

Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon has a few choice lunacies.
After the ad appeared, the soda-drinking Bible literalists promptly took to the comments, declaring, with no hint of irony whatsoever, that “I ain’t no freakin’ chimp.” Of course, the creationists should have expected Dr. Pepper to come down on the side of science. He is a doctor, after all.

Ever since, on the JESUS IS NOT A PEPPER side, commenters have been weighing in to register their fury, declaring “this photo is in very poor taste and certainly not something I want to identify with!!!” and “I didn’t come from no ape the great creator made me GOD!!!!!!!” Because God loves exclamation points like he despises abiogenesis. And several people have declared “No more DP for me” because of the apparent anti-world-in-seven-days stance. “Let me believe in a God that created me,” writes one poster. “I’ll let you believe that you came from a rock.” Reminder: We’re talking about an ad in which a caveman discovers Dr. Pepper.
The editorial & cleaning staff at Just Another Yada™ are firm in our belief that dude indeed came from a rock, & we support Dr Pepper (No period, Mary Elizabeth.) w/ our money as well as our mouth.
Although these Peppers on the label are a little creepy.
And awfully Anglo.

Saturday Night Advice

Once a wk., even if you don't need to.And scrub those sins away. You know exactly where they are.

We Told You Once Already

"Nation of sheep/Stupid wage-slaves
Your bosses will work you/'Til you're in your graves!"
Action Points
  • Being stressed on the job was associated with nearly a 25% increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) in workers, a meta-analysis found.
  • Note that the association between job strain and coronary heart disease remained significant when adjusted for age, sex, and socioeconomic status.
And so on. Via.

Too Good Not To

Sure, late, but look at this:
Burn Colonel, burn!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Should We Be Nervous?

NUMBER OF CASES IN U.S.’ WORST WEST NILE OUTBREAK
MAY HAVE PEAKED

or

West Nile Virus Found In Eagle Rock

Today In Epistemology W/ M.B.

"Get on your lead-foil hats, the mind control is already here!"

How else can one interpret Michele "not a master war strategist" Bachmann's claim that understanding itself can be virtually outlawed?Little wonder they continue to delude themselves; they're speaking a degenerate jargon that will soon be incomprehensible to outsiders.

100°F: Pyromania

Where there's smoke ...
There's Scratch.Local tee vee yokels hyping the possibility that the Getty Center may be threatened; we aren't buying it.

Sucker Bait

"This is the city, Los Angeles, California. It used to be the only culture here was found in yeast cans."
—Sergeant Joe Friday, intro to episode nine of Dragnet 1970
Via Don Dylan's fave site, L.A. as seen by Frogs in '69. We like L.A., Frogs & those fabled '60s. A lot. So we were a sucker for this:

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hellmouth Report

F.U., Old World.
For nearly a century the Mediterranean city of El Azizia in northern Libya has held the official title for having been the hottest place on Earth ever recorded.

But the world record was taken away on Thursday after an investigation by the World Meteorological Organisation found the measurement was probably bungled by someone who misread a thermometer.

[...]

In striking out the Libyan record – after 90 years to the day – the title of the hottest ever place on Earth passes to Death Valley in California, where the temperature reached 56.7C in 1913, the WMO said.
134°F, in the Valley of Death. (No biblical Valley of the Shadow of Death bullshit, actual fucking death!) Still the winner & undisputed champeen.

It Ain't Me, Babe

You remember Bob's cousin/brother/nephew/son "Don," don't you?
More legible:
Perez landed in Topanga Canyon and more recently owned Topanga Skyline Studio, a famous recording venue used by Don Dylan, Jackson Browne, Sting, T-Bone Burnett and others.
Fuck us, is Just Another Blog (From L.A)™ the last Internet site w/ quality control? Or an editor? Or just literate?

Sorry to hear Johnny Perez is off to the big studio in the sky.

She's Back!

And true to form.
Lebanon, Libya, Liberia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg. Embassy, consulate. What. Ever.

Perhaps her atlas (or Google Maps) has gastritis.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Romney's Small Mind Hobgoblined

GarboBouffant Speaks!

Open Letter To W. Mitt Romney

Hey Romney, your bullshit prophet Joseph Smith was historically just as big a philanderer & sack of crap as their bullshit prophet Muhammed was alleged to be ("Alleged" because there isn't a great deal of documented history about that "prophet.") in that wonderful movie you defended on a free speech basis. Will you defend my rights to type the truth about your piece of shit religion?

Have We No Immigration Laws?

Find this fucking developer/landlord & ship his ass back to Israel. Now.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding Tuesday after his movie attacking Islam’s prophet Muhammad sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya, where one American was killed.

Speaking by phone from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the 56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.

Protesters angered over Bacile’s film opened fire on and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing an American diplomat on Tuesday. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.

“This is a political movie,” said Bacile. “The U.S. lost a lot of money and a lot of people in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re fighting with ideas.”

Bacile, a California real estate developer who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, said he believes the movie will help his native land by exposing Islam’s flaws to the world.

“Islam is a cancer, period,” he said repeatedly, his solemn voice thickly accented.

The two-hour movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” cost $5 million to make and was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors, said Bacile, who wrote and directed it.

The film claims Muhammad was a fraud. An English-language 13-minute trailer on YouTube shows an amateur cast performing a wooden dialogue of insults disguised as revelations about Muhammad, whose obedient followers are presented as a cadre of goons.

It depicts Muhammad as a feckless philanderer who approved of child sexual abuse, among other overtly insulting claims that have caused outrage.

Muslims find it offensive to depict Muhammad in any manner, let alone insult the prophet. A Danish newspaper’s 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet triggered riots in many Muslim countries.

Though Bacile was apologetic about the American who was killed as a result of the outrage over his film, he blamed lax embassy security and the perpetrators of the violence.

“I feel the security system (at the embassies) is no good,” said Bacile. “America should do something to change it.”*

A consultant on the film, Steve Klein, said the filmmaker is concerned for family members who live in Egypt. Bacile declined to confirm.

Klein said he vowed to help Bacile make the movie but warned him that “you’re going to be the next Theo van Gogh.” Van Gogh was a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004 after making a film that was perceived as insulting to Islam.

“We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen,” Klein said.

Bacile’s film was dubbed into Egyptian Arabic by someone he doesn’t know, but he speaks enough Arabic to confirm that the translation is accurate. It was made in three months in the summer of 2011, with 59 actors and about 45 people behind the camera.

The full film has been shown once, to a mostly empty theater in Hollywood earlier this year, said Bacile.
BY , ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oh, look: Lies, all of it.
I asked him who he thought Sam Bacile was. He said that there are about 15 people associated with the making of the film, "Nobody is anything but an active American citizen. They're from Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, they're some that are from Egypt. Some are Copts but the vast majority are Evangelical."
Fucking Christians. Fucking Abrahamic religions. Fucking fuck.

*Make him & his asshole immigrant friends pay for all the American property that they are responsible for destroying before we run them out of the country on a rail. "Your security's no good, ha ha." Christ, this is beyond mere assholery.

Smirky Romney

Apparently highly-offended ChristiansIslamic radicals got organized w/ some RPGs & machine guns & did to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi what this reporter would like to do to Word Press HQ. This is one of those "something will happen before the election" deals that no one could anticipate, but Willard Rat-Money may not have handled it as well as he could. And the "optics" (hate that when used that way) aren't so hot. We've noticed some on the Internet referring to the Republican candidate as "The Smiler;" if this picture of Mitt is widely seen, perhaps he'll be known as "The Smirker."
PHOTO: Mitt Romney leaves podium after speaking about
U.S. consulate killings in Benghazi, Libya
"What's bad for the country is good for my campaign. Yay!"

Opportunistic yet incoherent. Typical.

FUCK YOU, WORD PRESS!!

Thank you for your support request. Your public message is posted to the forums so you and other users can see it here:

WordPress.com has a fantastic community of users who enjoy helping and they may be able to provide an answer to your question. We have automatically subscribed you to email updates on the forum thread.

For reference the request you submitted was: Would you clowns please fix whatever you've done to my account so I can comment on your crummy web logs again. I have indeed cleared my cache & cookies, more than once, but your sites keep swallowing my comments whole.
How chickenshit to outsource help to pathetic suckers who, if they have the time to do that crap for nothing for a giant & profit-making corporation, must be even bigger losers than we are. Same goes for you & your fucking "help forums," Google/Blogspot!! All the money in the fucking world & you can't create a few jobs on a help desk?

Christ, what fucking assholes.

Previously. Clearing the cookies & cache was entirely useless (except at S,N!, but we're on the special [ed] list there, or used to be) but made for extra aggravation having to sign in again everywhere & refill the comment forms that do work for us. It is not a good idea to aggravate us. Ask the fucking LASD's WeHo station if you think it is. (Ask the dead bodies piled up in mounds you'll be finding soon too. Apparently picked a bad wk. to give up junk. GAAAAHHH!)

Is there a chance that Word Piss is located somewhere we & a gun could get to w/o paying airfare? Maybe:
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California
Key peopleMatt Mullenweg (Founder, president)
Toni Schneider (CEO)
Ryan Boren (Lead Developer)
Imagine this happening to servers rather than broken telebision sets & the like.

Shut Up & Shove It In

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.

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