Monday, December 3, 2012

Local Action Krizmis

Nice day, huh?
Always cutting edge: Square wreaths.

Incredible Shrinkage

Noticed today (while using one of their newsracks as a temporary resting place for grocery bags) that the brain trust at the L.A. Tribune/Chicago Times has jacked up the daily price for the dog training & fish wrapping meatspace edition of their rag from its recent US$1.00 to US$1.50. This for a paper that is down to around 50 pp. for all four sections (used to be five sections, plus a different extra section each weekday, w/in recent memory) most of which are adverts anyway. Which is surprising in itself.

We suppose if nothing else this will eventually eliminate newsracks cluttering the streets, doubtless to be replaced by city-owned advertising spaces of some sort.

Loser Up-Date Up-Dated

In the item entitled "Loser Up-Date" (immediately below) we were unable to link to the primary source because our secondary source, LAist, had no link. We couldn't find the story on the Occidental Weekly's site, so figured LAist couldn't either &, as is our wont, gave up, but via a comment at Rumproast we found it. Here's a good part:
When Botterud arrived in the courtroom, he was approached by Taitz and asked if he had the President’s records with him, according to a court observer’s report. The report noted that Botterud was “obviously amused,” when he replied, “No.”

“It was a ridiculous question,” Botterud said in an interview with The Occidental Weekly. Botterud did say that the college would comply with any legitimate court order to release any student’s information, including President Obama’s. In absence of a court order, the college is required to follow privacy laws for all students and alumni that prohibit the release of most student records.

The college took the position that Taitz’s subpoena was improper and her arguments concerning Obama’s birthplace did not provide sufficient reason to release the documents.
Plus which:
Taitz had a different point of view. “The judge did not give a damn about this country,” she wrote on her blog in response to the ruling. “Sadly he is not any different from all the other judges. I am yet to see one single judge who gives a damn about this nation. I feel like I am in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.”

On a radio podcast he went on after the case, attorney Jay Ritt, a friend of Botterud’s who was brought on to assist Occidental defend its position, commented on Taitz’s legal skills.

“I would like to take credit for a spectacular job preparing papers and going down to the Orange County Superior Court and arguing this case and getting sanctions, but I honestly believe a rhesus monkey could have beaten Ms. Taitz and got a sanction award based on the awful lack of merit to the subpoena itself,” Ritt said. “And the case itself, from what I could tell, seems just ludicrous on its face.”
Visual:
OCWeekly, we think.
UPDATE UPDATE UPDATED (sometime later): Wonkette had the link, also too, but of course hrs. & hrs. & hrs. & then hrs. after this web log was on it.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Loser Up-Date

Our bold:
Taitz presented her case that Occidental College should forgo privacy laws and release the president's records, but The Occidental Weekly reports that Judge Charles Marginis was not impressed by her case. He told Taitz, "You should know that evidence is not stuff printed from the internet."

He dismissed the case with prejudice and ordered her to pay $4,000 in sanctions to Occidental College for bringing the suit. General Counsel Carl Botterud told the student newspaper that he was 99 percent sure that they suit would get thrown out but he let Taitz know that he planned to show up in court just in case.

Taitz responded with an e-mail, saying, "Your opposition will constitute Obstruction of Justice, Aiding and Abetting in the elections fraud in forgery and treason in allowing a foreign citizen to usurp the U.S. Presidency with an aid of forged IDs and usurp the civil rights of the U.S. citizens. At any rate your opposition and your attempt of intimidation and your allegiance or lack of allegiance to the United States of America is duly noted. Just make sure not to forget to bring with you Mr. Obama's application, registration, and financial aid application."
From laist.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Spewer

Because we are an idjit it took us a while to realize this gargoylic thang was a drain.

Not Hollyhock House

Driveway retaining wall.
Identified as Residence "A" or a guest house on maps. Dunno if FLW designed it or what.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

61 Yrs. Ago

Post-election there was plenty of whining from the usual sources that the complete takeover of the media/press, Hollywood & academia by leftists & liberals was one of the reasons American dupes reëlected that you-name-it Obama. (We could look it up but we won't.) Considering that the hard-left lib takeover's been going on since at least Nov. 1951 we're rather surprised it took almost 60 yrs. for a centrist Democrat to be elected in the first place.
Same shit, different millennium.
Also:
If only.
Further paranoia.

Eat More Shit

Fast food day here, apparently. Is there anything more idiotic, revolting & pretentiously phony than someone worth hundreds of million dollars* eating at McDonald's, let alone ordering for himself? How completely fake, & what an excellent demonstration of just how important he & his time are. Shouldn't this sack of shit be creating a fucking job instead of standing in line waiting to poison himself? Hope he tipped well.
Stop pretending you jerk loser, no one's ever voting for you again. Ever.

*Actually less than worthless. A fucking parasite who should have been burned off the body politic like a leech.

Eat Mor Chikin?

We were in Westwood a couple of wks. ago & saw that the Burger King mentioned here had, somehow, gone out of business. Almost took a picture of the empty storefront, but, as we like to type: Why bother?

We've no idea how a fast-food franchise right across the street from an entrance to the UCLA campus could fail* (Although the Carl's Jr. that was three blocks south & the Mickey D's that was two blocks south are both long gone, come to think of it. The In-N-Out Burger a couple of blocks west is always busy, however.) but not to worry, another fast food operation is going in: Chick-fil-A. We'll see how long their breaded chicken hate-wiches last.
*It's possible that the Regents of the University of California jacked up the lease, but who knows.

Band Picture Of The Wk.

More.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Piss & Shitheads

We suppose that, for whatever reason (Competition?) Tucker Carlson's Daily Skin Crawler doesn't approve of Glenn Beck's antics.
Also, can't get their figures straight.
Renowned artiste Glenn Beckput an Obama bobblehead in a glass jar, “urinated” into it, called it art and is now selling it for the low, low price of $25,000. (While Beck initially claimed to have peed into the jar, it is actually beer, according to MSN.)

[...]

The artwork/publicity stunt will soon be on sale for $250,000, just in time for Christmas. Make the staunch First Amendment supporter in your family filled with glee by putting ”Obama in Pee Pee” in their stocking.
Fuck this shit, Bugger is acting up, & we are far beyond giving a fuck about it or anything else.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Summer's Almost Gone

Not a damn thing worth the typing in today's events; back to sharing more info about ourself than anyone needs, to wit:

Visitors can stop feeling shame & the constant desire to scrub the filth from their bodies that mere reading or looking at the pictures here can bring. Why? W/ the temperature now hovering near or below 70°F (Outside temp: 62°F!) we are pretty much going to be working in pants for the near future, rather than our temperate mos. typing outfit of sagging Fruit of the Loom underwear, T-shirt optional. (Roll that image around for a while & you'll want to pluck out your mind's eye.)

The Sky Above ...

We can only imagine what it will be like when the skies are filled w/ drones; it already seems we can't leave the bunker w/o being followed by the forces of repression.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Shithole

Not a metaphor.

GOP Apostasy

From the "We Did Not Know That" file, we see that Republican apostate Bruce Bartlett, who's gotten a certain amount of press attention because his economic head is no longer shoved as far up his ass as most of his once-fellow travelers is one of the toads responsible for the pathetic "Robert Byrd was a Klansman" trope typed so often by drooling cretins who troll reality-based spots on the Internet.
Seeing the demographic trends toward an increasingly nonwhite electorate, which were obvious in easily available census projections, I decided to write a book about how Republicans could deal with it. I concluded that the anti-immigrant attitude among the Republican base was too severe for the party to reach out meaningfully to the fast-growing Latino community. Recall that Bush’s proposal for immigration reform was soundly rejected by his own party.

If Republicans had no hope of attracting Latino votes, what other nonwhite group could they attract? Maybe the time had come for them to make a major play for the black vote. I thought that blacks and Latinos were natural political and economic competitors, and I saw in poll data that blacks were receptive to a hardline position on illegal immigration. I also knew that many blacks felt ignored by Democrats, who simply took their votes for granted—as Republicans did for 60 years after the Civil War.

If Republicans could only increase their share of the black vote from 10 percent, which it had been since Goldwater, to the 30 percent level that Dwight Eisenhower enjoyed, it would have major electoral ramifications.

The best way to get Republicans to read a book about reaching out for the black vote, I thought, was to detail the Democratic Party’s long history of maltreatment of blacks. After all, the party was based in the South for 100 years after the war, and all of the ugly racism we associate with that region was enacted and enforced by Democratic politicians. I was surprised that such a book didn’t already exist.

I thought knowing the Democratic Party’s pre-1964 history of racism, which is indisputable, would give Republicans a story to tell when they went before black groups to solicit votes. I thought it would also make Republicans more sympathetic to the problems of the black community, many of which are historical in their origins. Analyses by economists and sociologists show that historical racism still holds back African-Americans even though it has diminished radically since the 1960s.

So I wrote Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past. Unfortunately, it was published the day Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses. But I still held out hope that Hillary Clinton, who was pandering to the white working class in unsubtle racial terms, would capture the Democratic nomination. The anger among blacks at having the nomination effectively stolen from Obama would make them highly receptive to GOP outreach, I believed. I even met with John McCain’s staff about this.
Apparently the only Americans idiotic enough to ignore the "Southern Strategy" & what the two parties represent here & now are the drooling trolls mentioned, & the kind of cretinous honkie who likes to screech "liberals are the real racists" while quoting The Bell Curve in the closed loop of reactionary sites.

Now who's "reality-based?"

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stairway To The Stars My Destination

Fans of literarytyped sci-fi (As opposed to droolers watching on telebision or sitting slack-jawed in cinemas [& surrounded by other humanoids; the skin crawls].) may or may not be interested in or amused by the Library of America's pages devoted to pimping its new sci-fi collection.
Not "new" new, but the Library's selection of nine novels from what they consider an actual Golden Age, 1953-1958 (coincidentally this reporter's Golden Age as well). We're inclined to agree that, Dianetics fan Campbell's Astounding partly aside, most of the '40s pulp crap was indeed pulp crap.

Robert Silverberg:
Historians of science fiction often speak of the years 1939–1942 as "the golden age." But it was more like a false dawn. The real golden age arrived a decade later, and — what is not always true of golden ages — we knew what it was while it was happening.
Also:

The Walking Dead: Bester’s adaptation of “Fondly Fahrenheit” (1954)

Dig around for other amusement yourselves: We're not your mothers.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Photo Of The ...

Oh crap, have to run something in this space today. Discipline, y'know. (Quantity is quality.) As far as we can remember we haven't used this shot of Pasadena's City Hall yet.
And if we have we don't care; too much work involved to research it. (Merely cropping was a strain.)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fog

Just took the garbage out; surprised to see fog.
Never let us be accused of originality or even cleverness.Don't be long ... or don't belong?

Fatima Presents: No One Is Safe

More holiday-themed crap, & bonus episodes. Audio only.Synchronicity: Today's LAPD.
“There has to be some consequences because they aren’t justified beatings. When you beat someone who is handcuffed there is something wrong with the picture. When you start beating up women, now you have really gone crazy. It is almost as if no one is safe.”
It will be 39 yrs. next mo. since we were last in their custody, fingers crossed & wood knocked. Worst we got then was the threat of a hair cut.
“I think it is horrible,” said Arthur Corona, the attorney for Michelle Jordan, the nurse. “They kept her out of the car and then without provocation he slammed her face into hot asphalt. By sheer luck my client pulled into a Del Taco that had a videotape running at the time. It is almost impossible to prosecute against the police department unless you have overwhelming evidence. This isn’t regular contact. You would assume that is not what they are taught to do. In Michelle’s case we learned it can happen to anyone and that is what is most frightening to me.”
Next rebellion & breakdown of order we will be helping ourself to anything & everything that is not nailed down.

Dog Bites Man: Of Course
The Store Has Reopened

Tallahassee, FL -- 5:03pm
The crime scene is now being cleaned up; the tape is coming down.

Tallahassee, FL -- 2:42pm
Tallahassee police confirm that two people were shot on the sidewalk in front of the Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway. Police would not comment on what may have started the confrontation and they would not comment on whether they have any suspects in the case.
Witnesses tell us it was a man and a woman who were shot. Tallahassee police say the victims have non-life threatening injuries.
The store has been re-opened.

Tallahassee, FL -- 1:03pm
The Wal-Mart on Apalachee Parkway is shut down after witnesses tell us multiple shots were fired right in front of the store. Witnesses tell us two couples were arguing and one of the men started firing, He then took off in his car. Witnesses tell us it happened on the sidewalk right in front of the store.
We are awaiting a police spokesperson to arrive on scene to give our reporter on scene more information.

Tallahassee, FL -- 12:53pm
The Tallahassee Police Department is working a crime scene at the Wal-Mart at 3535 Apalachee Pkwy. Witnesses say two people have been shot. We have a reporter on scene and will bring you more information on this developing story as we get it.
From our "What a shithole Florida is" file.

Remnants

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Reminder: 49 Yrs.

We always enjoy Thanksgiving being observed on the anniv. of the assassination of President J.F. Kennedy. Irony or something.

OK, We Get It

W/ Apologies To Norman Rockwell

Turkeys, Jive

From GACBS. If gratitude wasn't an emotion for dogs, we'd be thankful that there's always material on the Internet we can steal when (as so often) we are w/o any inspiration but hate, pain, rage & fear. Pigs.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Baaa! Baaa!

Morons heading to & from the airport on the 405, lambs to the slaughter-stylee. When do we start reducing the population already?
From the Nutty Broadcasting Co.-L.A.'s Instagram. Which can go fuck itself, as we couldn't save this image, but had to capture it. What we go through to be mean.

One Riddim, Two Tunes

Same vocal group anyway.

GMOs & Homos

If anything is "making more men gay these days" it's probably exposure to Victoria Jackson's face, voice & what passes for a mental process in there.

Also too: "More men gay," or just fewer men in the closet?

Fuck Every One Of These People*

Celebs giving a shit one day a yr. Screw them every way possible.
Thousands of homeless and underprivileged Los Angelenos will thankfully gobble up Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, and many will be served by famous faces
How about handing out mental health care & housing rather than crummy food scrounged from restaurant leftovers or whatever, assholes. One meal out of (lessee, 365 x 3 = X) 1,095 a yr.? Fuck you all in holes you didn't even know you had. Including the ninny who thought this was a good close to the item we linked:
Happy Thanksgiving, Los Angeles! May you be thankful to live in such a fine city.

*W/ the exception of Paul Mooney at the Laugh Factory, 'cause he's OK.

Happy Holidays

Turkey shopping:
A fight among a small group of people shopping at a Boyle Heights supermarket got into a fight that escalated into a shooting, leaving one woman wounded.

The incident took place Tuesday night at around 8:30 p.m. at the Food4Less at First and Mott streets, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, reports City News Service.

A young woman at the store with another woman and two men, all in their 20s, got into an argument with a woman in her 30s who was also shopping at the Food4Less. One of the men jumped into the squabble and fired a shot at the older woman, striking her in the leg.

The group of four fled the store in their vehicle, which was soon pulled over by authorities. Though all four attempted to flee on foot, they were all four ultimately taken into custody.
Now we are thankful, Jah Rastfari having provided us w/ an illustration of the horrors of forced family time & excessive consumption.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Air Raid Warning

In case of attack ... kiss your ass good-bye.
Uh, maybe don't expect to be warned.
These were tested at 1000 the last Friday of each mo. until some time in the '80s. First time we heard the test (1973) we were more than a little nervous, but as no one else was running for the shelters we figured it was a test & relaxed.
Siren #29, if you give a crap.
Radio. Text & pix.

Wkly. Musical Number

W two time, minus an "L" or two.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cloudy But Dull

And that concludes our broadcast day.

Failure Report: Fluffing The Fascists

Diane Dimond in The Daily Beast:

When we lost our CIA director, we lost four decades of expertise at a time when we need that most. Diane Dimond on the high cost of a scandal.

Paragraph Two:
This country has invested heavily in developing Petraeus into the successful and well-decorated military leader he became. And a decades-long ascension to the elite branches of government doesn’t come cheap. Look at Petraeus’s schooling alone: four years at West Point, where he graduated in 1974 in the top 5 percent of his class; Ranger School; the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College; and Princeton University, where he earned both a master’s and a Ph.D. in international relations.
Well, say no more. Nagonna read the rest, but we'll scan it for mention of "The Surge" in Afghanistan.

Nope. Her theme is that millions have been paid him & spent on his education, we can't waste that. Her theme is not that he's, like, actually competent, or that he has achieved anything beyond promotion. And that he was injured in service to his country (in training accidents). We hope he didn't contract prostate cancer in the service of these United Snakes as well, but Dimond adds that, so ...
Official Washington might be done with David Petraeus, but this is a man who has survived being shot in the chest during a training mishap, a broken pelvis from an ill-fated parachute jump, and prostate cancer. He has developed into a highly valuable commodity, and now it seems that only the corporate world will benefit from his expertise. Corporations seeking to do business with foreign governments will be lining up with open wallets to tap into Petraeus’s considerable knowledge.
We don't follow why someone w/ 40 yrs. of baby-killing experience would be so valuable to those seeking business w/ foreign nations, other than whatever the former Blackwater corporation (Whatever they're calling themselves now.) or other literal mercenary outfits.

No mention either of corporations hoping to do business w/ the military/industrial/Congressional complex. Good fucking job, DiDi.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Not To Worry, However, You'll Still Be Under Observation

A city of 23.1 square miles (60 km2) & 137,000 or so mostly snooty people w/ money needs six flying pigmobiles, it appears.

At least they share.
The Pasadena Police Department still has four flight-worthy helicopters, and the two grounded helicopters will not affect police helicopter service to Pasadena police, or any of the neighboring law enforcement agencies who also make use of Pasadena’s police helicopters.

When Pigs Fly

ALTADENA (CBSLA.com) — Two Pasadena Police choppers are damaged and six people reportedly injured after the two craft collided Saturday in Altadena.

Early reports indicate the injuries are minor.

It is also unclear how the choppers made contact.

It is not known if the accident is weather-related.

The accident occurred at the Pasadena Police Department’s heliport just after 4 p.m.

The victims were all transported to the hospital where they are being evaluated.

All the accident victims are believed to be police department employees.

A police spokesperson did not know if either craft was in the air at the time of the collision.

Sore Loser Types:
Maybe Next Wk./Next Yr.

Final: Westside Weasels 38, Authentic Urban Just South of Downtowners 28. Feeling like Mitt Romney here; too many "gifts" from one side.

We suppose that's what they get for starting a QB initialed M.B. Also: The head coach hiring his father as the defensive coördinator? Shee-yit!

It is our sincere hope that this embarrassment motivates the Men of Troy to reduce Nôtre Dame to a quivering pulp next wk.

Oh, & grudging congratulations to the Bruins. Good job, Jim Mora.

Rose Bowl Recap

We're wearing our USC ballcap, yet the effing Bruins had an interception mere seconds into the Battle for Los Angeles, & a touchdown not long after.

Somewhat conflicted here, as an SC semi-alum who gets discount dental service at the UCLA Dental School, & contemplated sleeping on the UCLA campus during our un-housed period. However, our immediate male ancestor having graduated from the University of Spoiled Children, we're going w/ Southern Cal.

Either way, the winner of this one will have the Ducks of Oregon hand them their helmets in the PAC12 championship game. We'll be happy as long as the Trojans beat the vicious Catholic MolestersFighting Irish of Nôtre Dame next wk.

Uh-oh. Field goal. UCLA 10, USC 0, zip, nada, yada.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Repost This Story!




Insurance company’s skydiving cats cause alarm (via Raw Story )

Some pet-owning web users reacted with shock this week to a Swedish insurance company’s new advertisement featuring cats skydiving, set to the soothing sounds of artist R. Kelly. The uproar was actually enough to get CNN’s attention. Reached by reporters, the insurance company Folksam assured the…

Land In Which We Happen To Live

Quite certain we've addressed this issue before. Let's see. Yup. Thought we'd specifically bitched about it being played during the seventh-inning stretch of games at Dodger Stadium (Also the fucking Yankees. How embarrassing to be linked w/ them.) perhaps not.

This arises in the context of sad weirdo Bryan Fischer (Real name: Brian Fisher.) who at least knows it sho' nuff wasn't George W(orst). Bush who "kept us safe" after ('though not before & during 11 September 2001) it was ... well:
“Have we learned? I don’t know. I think we’ve learned in part,” he continued. “One of the things we’ve done is we’ve gone to prayer at the seventh inning of every Major League Baseball game in Los Angeles, in New York and during the playoffs, and we pray, ‘God Bless America… Guide us through the night with a light from above.’”

“That’s not something that happened before 9/11. So, that’s one of the outcomes of 9/11. You have tens of thousands of baseball fans converting arenas into centers for intercessory prayer, for God to watch over, bless and guide the United States of America. And I think one of the reasons we haven’t been hit since 9/11 is that we learned that lesson.”
Is us larnin'?

Hey, exciting new feature from Raw Story: Embedding the whole mess. Let's give it a shot.



Bryan Fischer: Singing ‘God Bless America’ prevents terrorist attacks (via Raw Story )
The director of issues analysis of a conservative fundamentalist Christian organization on Thursday asserted that the terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 were actually “the agents of God’s wrath” because they prompted “God Bless America” to be sung at Major League…

Scratchin' & Groovin'

Added JA music news.

Ugliness

Demography: Destiny or not?

Via a loon-o-rama selection at Alternet, we note two items that hadn't previously appeared on our limited attention span radar. And since we're lazy as well as inattentive, we quote:
4. Conservative columnist goes full racist: “Maybe minorities' values need changing.”

There were too many racist dog whistles to count during this election season. But this column by right-winger Dennis Prager isn’t a dog whistle so much as it’s a blow horn. A big, sad, loud blow horn trumpeting a pathetic resistance to accept that women’s and minorities’ priorities are legitimate.

The headline (“Maybe Minorities' Values Need Changing”) and lines like “there is no debate over whether the minorities' (and single women's) values are correct or whether the values of the white males are correct” tell you pretty much everything you need to know about Prager and his ideas.

Oddly enough though, AlterNet readers will probably find a few things to agree with in the piece:

The Democratic Party, and the left generally, have done a magnificent job in identifying conservative values as white male values.

Right, because they are. (Thanks for the compliment!)

5. Convicted con man whines about how “difficult” the next four years will be.

Here are a few choice lines from Conrad Black’s whiny missive for the National Review:

“In the last 40 years, as many as 20 million unskilled peasants have illegally entered the U.S.”

“This president could not run on his record and just smeared his opponent as a rich asset-stripper, and frightened women voters with fatuous red herrings about ‘reproductive rights.’”

“For the first time, a coalition of pigmentational minorities and government employees and other benefit recipients outvoted the bulk of the traditional white majority. If this is the template for America’s electoral future, strains unimaginable since the Civil War will result.”

Those are some strong moral judgments coming from a man convicted of defrauding shareholders of $6.1 million.
Apparently certain people believe demography is destiny. 'Though of course they'll scream about it not being so in other contexts.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Factoid

A study of the new California congressional delegation by Harold Meyerson of a liberal magazine, the American Prospect, showed that the 38 Democrats elected this year included 18 women, nine Latinos, five Asian-Americans, three African-Americans, four Jews and at least one gay American. The 15-member Republican delegation is all white men.
Source.

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