Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Full & Exact Quote

Bonus Quote of the Day

"The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."
-- Arkansas state Rep. Jon Hubbard (R), quoted by the Arkansas Times.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Another "A" Antidote

Ladies & gentlemen, Mr. Eric Dolphy & others:Let the wknd. begin!

Note Mingus re-positioning the mic at (9:13). Those were the days.

The Old Get Old & ...

... older & older. Made it back from dinner w/ the insignificant other by 1855. Not quite the early-bird dinner at Denny's yet, but that can't be long. Speaking of long, time for a long, long nap.

Stop That Train!

"R" as in retarded? Or ruination?Via TBogg.

We, at least, have the decency to offer an antidote.And a palate cleanser.And a moist towelette.And just, you know.

Election Funnies

Now from 60 yrs. in the past. Was this the first vain attempt to warn us about the lizard people from outer space who live among us?
The rest of the story.

It Was 50 Yrs. Ago Today

Those of a certain age will see this & grunt something like "hunh."
Note fifth Beatle, behind Paul.
Fifty years ago today, the world was introduced to the first James Bond movie and the first Beatles single on the same day. Both Dr. No and “Love Me Do” debuted on Oct. 5, 1962.
That's the opening sentence. No idea if it's worth the click, but it's a coincidence alright. Truly the day the boomers hit puberty & The Sixties began?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

'60s Context

From a comment. Recorded 50 yrs., two wks. ago.
The First Family is a comedy album recorded on October 22, 1962 ...
Our contribution, only 45.

Birds

W.C.T.U.

The New Vulgarism

Election '60 B-Roll

Winners!
AP screenshot
From The AP's not-embeddable file. Hear The Nix concede!

Dep't. Of Amplification

laist climbs on the band-wagon.
A Woodland Hills couple refuses to stop displaying their loyalty to Mitt Romney despite suffering terrorism due to their public support of the GOP presidential hopeful.

Impressive

From TweakerTwitchy:
a tape purporting to show Barack Obama engaging in a 40-minute racially-charged rant.
How much would you pay to see that? (And what was Hitler's personal best for a racially-charged rant, anyway?)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bad Day To Be Outside

To the west:
Northwest:
And east:

Possum On The Porch

Awww. How not un-cute. But dangerous.
Unexpected Guest, Echo Park | Photo by Sarah Williams
Distraction from The Eastsider LA.

Genius Remains Painful

An earlier editorial here was mostly the usual bitchiness, but the subject of that barely sketched all-about-us fuck you was already researched, thought out & typed up when the MacArthur Grants were new, 31 yrs. ago. By Michael Kinsley yet, when he was worth occasional attention.
John D. MacArthur got rich by selling one-dollar life insurance policies through newspaper ads during the Depression. “Dubious” is how Parade magazine charitably described this scheme in 1976, by which time MacArthur was a self-made billionaire and self-styled colorful old codger, fond of shoveling leftover food into his pocket at banquets.
St. Nick on a kebab stick, if Parade fucking magazine calls your shit dubious ...

Another paragraph:
NOT ONE of the first MacArthur Fellows is suffering from lack of recognition for his or her talents. What’s more, though some probably can use the money more than others, not one really faces financial obstacles to exercising his or her creativity. They are already doing whatever it is the MacArthur Foundation admires them for doing, many are doing quite well at it, and presumably they will keep on doing it, unless this windfall encourages them to stop.*
Final worth-it paragraph:
But take something like the “Kennedy Center Honors,” created three years ago because, according to Kennedy Center chairman Roger Stevens, "We believe that there is a need in this country for national recognition of individuals who enrich our lives and our culture by their life work in the field of the performing arts.” A “need”? The first winners were Marian Anderson, Fred Astaire, George Balanchine, Richard Rodgers, and Artur Rubenstein. Have they really been underappreciated and underrewarded for their contributions to our cultural life? Is there another potentially great hoofer out there somewhere who has considered Fred Astaire’s career—the fame, the glamor, the money, the love of millions, the other awards—and who has decided it’s not worth it, until he reads that Fred has won the Kennedy Center Honors, and decides not to become a dentist after ail? That’s what you have to believe in order to suppose that giving Fred Astaire one more award serves any useful purpose.
Yep. Eff the entire structure, Oscars &c too.

*Also typed Kinsley:
Even the ones you may not have heard of are identified as having “won honors for her poetry, film-making and plays” (Leslie Marmon Silko, a 33-year-old Pueblo Indian) ...
Our guess is that receiving the prize didn't hurt Leslie Marmon Silko at all, so we begrudge one to the MacArthurs while laughing at Kinsley.

Guess We Better Bomb Them Hee-brews Back To The Stone Age

17 and 0.
--Number of mosques vandalized by 'price-tag' attacks and number of people charged with the attacks, writes Yedioth's Alex Fishman in a look at what the government is - and is not - doing to stop Jewish terror.

  • Another Israeli church defaced with 'price tag' graffiti - Graffiti reading 'Jesus, son of a bitch, price tag,' was found on a door near the Franciscan monastery on Mount Zion, just outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City. (Haaretz+ and Ynet)
From the Daily Beast. "Son of a bitch." Nice, huh? Whadaya say to that, Xian fans of Revelation who "luv" Israel? Terrorist-lovers is what we say.

Not that slapping graffiti on a wall is our definition of terrorism, mind you. We call it free speech.

Our Local Drooling Loons:
"I Don't Want to Be A Muslim."

Christ, what a drooler.Her "Yom Kipper" wish:
Lord, We Ask & Believe when you put your healing hands on Shayley she will know all is well because you paid the price for ALL of us with your 39 stripes for all diseases are under your blood. Good Yontive[sic]... Happy Holiday...Yom Kipper [sic] day of Fasting and remembering God's sacrifice, his son. Jesus is Alive! REJOICE he gave his life for us!
Maybe we're too quick to condemn. Perhaps "Yom Kipper" has nothing to do w/ Yom Kippur. Certainly Yom Kippur has nothing to do w/ "remembering God's sacrifice, his son." We'll just guess she may not want to be a Jew, either.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Genius Is Pain

Fuck these sad-asses, none of whom appear to be starving or in danger of losing their residences. Where's our fucking money? Where was it five yrs. ago when we really could have used it? Assholes.

Hives Fans At The Wiltern

This may have been when we whacked the fucking car (See immediately below; same zone.) which would make it three+ wks. ago. Our non-stop, on-the-go, multi-tasking existence is hard to keep ordered.

There's A Killer On The Road

Nationally, pedestrian fatalities represent 11.4 percent of traffic fatalities; in L.A. we have three times that many. Bicyclists killed in traffic accidents represent 1.7 percent of fatalities nationally, but it's nearly double that in L.A.
Indeed. We planted a foot on the right rear quarter panel (Appeared to have left a dent, but we weren't foolish enough to stick around & admire our handiwork/footwork.) of a fuckheaded air polluter who turned left in front of us & against the light just last wk. on Wilshire near Western. (PROTIP: Do not kick air-polluting devices w/ your toes. Use the flat of your foot.)

Still safer than Noo Yawk City, however.

Sloth

At Whiskey Fire (Note well that we do not use the "over at" construction so common to Internet idiots.) we have, in our inimitable style, framed a blockquote w/ three sentences & run a photo.

Couldn't be arsed to copy it & paste it here.

Do No Nothing

What's the deal w/ Google's Reader suddenly claiming that Think Progress is spreading malware? And why has that expanded to a warning that other sites (alicublog.blogspot.com, to name one) which link to Think Progress are trouble? Does the malware leak through the link?

Why would any one bother to bog-roll Think Progress anyway? It's hardly a site no one's heard of that's deserving of wider exposue.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Current ExpectationsPossibilities

Not entirely unlikely: The former Brooklyn Bums could still, maybe, luck their way into a play-off for the second, one game wild card spot. And once there, they will be summarily sent to the golf course for the remainder of the baseball play-offs. Or they could even get to that second wild card spot before being consigned to oblivion.

Voting Is For Losers

As uncompromising purity types whine about having to choose between the lesser (or not) of two evils in the upcoming electoral distraction, the final clause of this quote from one-time Chinese Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong has been more & more in our mind.
A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another. Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Live it, or live w/ it!

Quote lifted from DOC40, who added this visual aid:
A bolt-action rifle may not be the weapon of choice today.

Don't Believe The Hype

If you went by the K-Mart at Third & Fairfax today hoping to get into some mischief but were dissuaded by the pigmobile parked in front you were had, sucker!
That is not a real police car. Probably once was, but no more. We decided to take a closer peep inside (through the very tinted windows) & noted there was nothing inside. No computer, no radio, no shotgun rack, no cage in the back. We'd guess it might have been in an accident (Millions of US$ have been paid by the City of L.A. to settle police accident claims.) & was restored enough to look good on the outside.
And it's grubby.
Although it appears they run the wipers once in a while.
Note the numbers, & if any of the criminals out there see this unit in front of anything, go on in & help yourselves.

Life In Hell

Going out, in potentially 100°F temperature.

OK, OK, low 90s around us. We do not live in the San Fernando Valley. (If you could call it "living.")

Allegedly 110° (heat index/"feels like" a mere 106°) in Studio City.

Furriners may convert here.

Song Of The Wk.

Repress yourself:"After Lymon went solo in mid-1957, both his career and those of the Teenagers fell into decline. At age 25, he was found dead in his grandmother's bathroom from a heroin overdose."

We Told You We Weren't Paranoid

To your attention

I want you to read this message very carefully and that you keep the secret until further notice. You do not need to know or who I am or where I come from. I was paid an advance of $30 000 to eliminate you. My sponsors one of which is what we can call a friend gave me the reasons I noted. I am more than ten days and now I know that you are innocent of what you are accused. Do not try to warn or send this message to the FBI or the police because I know that I'll have to do the job for which I was paid. Note that this is the first time that I betrayed my employer.

Look, I'll do everything I can so that we can meet before but I need $15,000.
You have nothing to be afraid of me, I can come see you in your office or home, it is up to you to decide. Never attempt recording or filming our upcoming meeting. It will pay 10,000 to the account I will tell you, this before our first meeting. Once payment is made, I will give you the file that contains the names and queries sponsors. This is a good evidence that can be used to sue if you wish. The balance of the payment will be settled later. For the moment this is not the trouble I give you my phone number because you will cooperate. I have your picture and other important information about you. I was involved with my team in the Yemen Arab Republic. You must not ask me any questions.

Quickly confirm for your good.

Amelia Antonello

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Sunset For Sunday

Actually taken two wks. ago tomorrow,
in Westwood.