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.

More Damn Pictures 'Cause We're Sick & Tired Of Commentary On Idiocy

We like text. Got a problem?

Every Cop Is A Criminal

Why the hell else would we have a "Police Terror" label?
A veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday for allegedly shooting and killing a man in Sylmar while off-duty in June, authorities said.

The deputy, Francisco Gamez, 41, has been with the department for 17 years and was last working as a station detective in West Hollywood.
You think we're kidding about pig criminality? The police are as much of a gang as any Blood or Crip clique.
In August, a person who identified himself as the victim's brother commented on the website of the Los Angeles Times, saying he suspected a deputy was responsible.

"We think he is a L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF," the comment stated. "The reason we think he is a Sheriff is that he shouted to my Brother "L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF WHERE YOU FROM" as if the sheriff was in a gang."
Set a gangster to catch a gangster? Jesus fuck these people to hell.

Textual Tripe For A Thursday

Misc. pix we haven't previously presented. Or have but we don't remember/care.
Let's take a closer look.
Yep.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Drink Up, Drink Up & Die!

Here, why don't you fucking losers slug down about a case of this shit in a very short period?
Since 2009, 5-Hour Energy has been mentioned in some 90 filings with the F.D.A., including more than 30 that involved serious or life-threatening injuries like heart attacks, convulsions and, in one case, a spontaneous abortion, a summary of F.D.A. records reviewed by The New York Times showed.

[...]

Another federal agency, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported late last year that more than 13,000 emergency room visits in 2009 were associated with energy drinks alone.
Keep on swallowing that crap, you fucking cretins.

☢Holiday Message From The Publisher☣

Now that the fucking Xmas decorations are up & the Xmas adverts are all over the telly, a mere six wks. before the dreaded event, we wish to remind you, if we haven't made it perfectly clear already, of just how much we hate you & your species.

And while some of you are evil scum who should have been strangled at birth, the trouble w/ the vast majority of you is that you bore us limp when you're not driving us nervous.

Stop it!

Windows (Not 8)

Hollyhock House, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles. Currently under renovation.
Thematic Photographic 221, via Thunder&Lightning.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bimbo Eruption Explained

Nut-picking, sure. And?
Ragspierre says:
…a party that was well out of touch with the demographic, generational, and ideological changes quietly transforming the electorate.
Well, PARTLY true.  Across all ages, Romney won the with Anglos.  He won with men, if the early numbers I saw were right.
What he did not win were “victim classes” the Collective has cut out of the American people, including a new one: “Julia”.
I take exception with your title, McQ.  It breaks rationally with the content.
Being a minority party…and the conservative coalition is NOT…is not the same as going out of existence, is it?  The nation has moved away from conservative ideology before, and been brought back.  I’m not convinced that it has moved away in our time, and the election results don’t support a vast shift outside of California and New York.  Recent history, in fact, shows the opposite.
Both you and Cook make a raft of assumptions about “being out of touch” that I still think the information does not support.
Bill Whittle pointed out something in a recent FireWall that I’d never heard before, and certainly bears investigating; among conservatives who are NOT REGISTERED to vote, the primary reason they give is avoiding jury duty.  That is astounding.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCz3H5paADQ&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
Winning elections is important.  But what you will DO with the power of an office is a LOT more important, and I am by no means convinced we need a radical retooling of what we believe.  Especially on BAD information…while harboring a rout mentality.
What part of limited government and individual liberty do you propose to drop for popularity?
This must be denial: Whites & men, esp. white men, because victims & women. "NOT a minority, a member of a grand coalition!!" (Offer not available in Calif. or N.Y.)

Is this humor?
looker says:
“and I am by no means convinced we need a radical retooling of what we believe.”

Herein lies the problem – if we were standing next to Tonto at this point in the joke he’d be saying “what do you mean ‘we’ paleface”.

We can comfort ourselves thinking those who believe roughly what we believe just couldn’t be motivated to vote, or we can acknowledge that perhaps the Erbs and their ilk have taken a better control than we give them credit for.  I’m your cockeyed optimist and I believe it CAN come back our way, but the voting public apparently decided for the moment to buy the quack medicine that the Democrats believe will make us all better.
New code: "Erbs." Hmmm ... nothing in the obligatory but short search to indicate what an "Erb" & its ilk would be in this context. Any guesses?

But all of the above was mere context. If anyone's gotten this far, here is the full dope on today's scandal:
Neo says:
… but God help Julia if with her ObamaCare contraceptive coverage she should decide to become a “military groupie” because the FBI will be coming around to determine the appropriateness of her life style.
Leave it to a bunch of Democrats to create a “target rich” sexual environment then bring in the “modesty police.”
The Democrats are really blowing it if this guy's giving credit where due & the Dems indeed invented sex. "The party that brought you sex" sounds like a winner.

Not The Party Of ...

Amateur exorcist & volcano-ignorer Piyush "Bobby" Jindal, who is also the governor of one of the (former) Confederate States, quoted in POLITICO, via Political Wire:
"We've got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything. We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys."
American voters, surveyed:
But the interesting numbers come in the answers to the question on Romney’s policies. Not surprisingly, 87 percent of Obama supporters said the Mittster’s policies favored the rich, while 0 percent said they favored the poor. Among Romney’s own supporters, only 10 percent said his policies favored the rich and, just like Obama supporters, 0 percent said that they favored the poor.

That’s a flat 0 percent across the board who said Romneynomics favored the poor.

Now, 0 percent is a number you don’t come across very often in polling. Usually, you can count on 2 or 3 percent of respondents to hear the question wrong and answer accordingly. But in this case, in a poll of nearly 20,000 people, there was absolute consensus: Nobody, but nobody, thought Romney cared enough about the poor to do anything for them. Nevermind Paul Ryan’s protestations, or those of various GOP polemicists, that supply-side trickle-down would benefit the poor more than any Democratic policies would. Ryan not only failed to convince Obama’s supporters of this, he didn’t convince any of his own and Romney’s supporters, either.
Good luck fucking that chicken, y'all.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Military Society

Now, we all's jes' simple god-hatin' folk, not up on the society world & all its etiquette & euphemism, but does "social liaison"

Jill Kelley, social liaison to MacDill Air Force Base, is mystery woman Paula Broadwell harassed via email leading to FBI probe

mean she's in charge of the sex workers? Or is it more like a groupies for baby-killers deal?

Hey, this Daily News is alright!

Two Videos, One Song

The Editrix of Wonkette was plagiarizinghomage-ing today,
It’s like the Dad never even listens when the son is trying to tell him he’s gonna vote later. All he wanted was to go vote. And he wouldn’t give it to him. Just a vote! And people say he’s crazy? When he went to your schools and your churches and your institutional learning facilities? He’s not on drugs. He just wants to vote!
which inspired a search for this,as opposed to this one, which does not feature our friend John Dorr as the Army officer at (3:22).

A Personal Message For Ann Romney

Comments are disabled for this video.
From, via Weird Dave in the comments down there.

One Lies, The Others Swear To It

How is this spin suddenly everywhere, Journo-List-style? It's as if there really were a vast right-wing noise machine blasting faxes to gated communities nationwide.

The president didn’t win with a ‘magnificent’ get-out-the-vote operation. It was his relentless negative ads that discouraged and disillusioned the Republican and independent voters Romney needed, says Michael Medved.

For Medved to bitch about negative attack campaigning (i.e., showing Romney for what he is) when the Prez has been vilified & demonized w/ the fantasies & delusions of a paranoid right-wing is just another peak reached in his attempt to climb all the mountains of hypocrisy.

Upon reaching this summit, M.M. turns on his projector & lets Karl Rove shine his light through:
He and his supporters succeeded in discouraging and disillusioning the Republican and independent voters whom Romney needed for victory. In post-election comments, GOP strategist Karl Rove argued that the Obama campaign succeeded by deliberately “suppressing the vote,” a response to Democratic accusations of Republican “voter suppression” schemes. Although most opinion leaders dismissed Rove’s observation as the sour grapes whining of a notably sore loser, it’s impossible to argue with his numbers: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan drew 1.3 million fewer votes than the allegedly hapless ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Given the undeniable fact that some significant number of voters who backed Obama last time switched their support to Romney in 2012, helping to produce the president’s 7.6 million decline in support, several million Americans who cast ballots for McCain-Palin four years ago must have chosen to stay home for this election.
To which we can only bold that one admission of straight-up protection/reaction & add: So? (Under our breath we muttered, "Fuck both of you gasbags.")

The most creative (& revealing) take on the GOP blast fax that generated all this (Seriously. Where did it come from?) has to be Grover Norquist & his "poopy-head" entry.Elections don't matter any more. All the lower marginal rates talk is pure crap too. All of it:Hey America! Remember the good old days when if a man lied to another man's face he'd be taken to the street & horsewhipped? The days when a flim-flamming snake-oil salesman would be run out of town on a rail, decorated in tar & feathers? Where has that America gone, America?

Even more amusing is the decision to rationalize or explain or whatever Romney's loss by crying that, in a campaign, campaigning is unfair. The Obama campaign had the gall to keep their mailing lists up to date, for example, as we noted yesterday. And more than once the scurrilous accusation Obama made ("Romney caused cancer!") is followed by the whiner saying the Romney campaign didn't answer the scurrility. Conclusion: The Republican campaign sucked, & Obama approved this negative message. We can only wonder why the Romney campaign never responded. Could it be that Romney did cause cancer?

Just one more example of research: A paragraph or four from the snooty version, as typed by whoever drew the short straw-man at Ye Olde American Spectator.
Why was a record of economic blight and general discontent insufficient to unseat Obama?

Obama ran a highly negative campaign, correctly deducing that he could maintain his coalition of constituencies even as he alienated nearly half the country with his resort to class warfare. In this he was aided by Romney's tactical mistakes and an Obama-compliant media.

Romney, depicted relentlessly by the Obama campaign as an out-of-touch, stone-hearted, job-exporting Bourbon and robber baron (who has actually given vast sums to charitable causes, including the fortune he inherited), made the tactical error of doing little to counter the fusillade of character assassination during the vital May-July period. He dealt with confidence-eroding allegations about his time at Bain Capital in a dilatory fashion. Achieving a stellar first presidential debate performance, he failed to press his advantage in the two subsequent debates.

Obama also calculated extremely well how to leverage the American demographic shift of recent years. He was able to keep the constituencies he attracted in 2008 with promises and hand-outs. Offensive utterances on rape by Republicans Senate candidates Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin eroded the female vote for Romney. And, perhaps most importantly, Romney faltered not only tactically but strategically when it came to the fast growing Latino vote.
Drag out the multi-syllabics if you like, but you can't convince us that somehow both horses in the race lost.

Golden Idols Tarnished

First brave baby-killer Petraeus, now the voice of Elmo. More proof
S-E-X is nasty & shameful. Stop it, as Ann Romney would say.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Maybe. Maybe Not ...

Election Night we surfed by John Fund on his voter fraud hobby-horse offering a whopping three examples: Poll workers (or watchers, he's not sure either) something, "concerns" of Federal vans being used for something, & something a judge(s) something, around (42:45).No actually fraudulent votes noted but don't give up yet fraud fans, not all the information is in. Other shocking Obama-trocities (40:45): The campaign kept mailing lists up to date!

Not that we saw it all. (You couldn't make us watch Fred Barnes w/ a gun to our head.) but it's over for these people. Seeing their crests fall at each update was icing on the cake of Fund admitting that there was no fraud. Yet.

And how long ago should Pat Robertson have been eased out? Does he require the services of a personal drool wrangler yet? Catch his segue at the end of the Fund segment. Marriage fan Maggie Gallagher follows that, trying to be cheerful about various state referenda, while admitting they're all in blue states. And she mentions the Iowa justice she wants out. Who is staying. ("Vote for revenge?" That's wrong, isn't it?)

Did you know? "Obama has been ruling by executive fiat; he just ignores Congress & just, y'know, he thinks he's the Anointed One" (53:45) as Pat lets some dude (Jimmy Falwell no longer being available) do the subtle scolding.

Look & listen well: When these weasels have passed from the earth we're not likely to see their like again.

For Example

When was it decided the college hoops season would open on the flight decks of museum aircraft carriers? Or not.
On the coast w/ the most, & the city w/ the most retired vets.
Christopher Hanewinckel, US Presswire

First Irony

Then they killed sarcasm.Eulogy here.

"You Didn't Share!"

NOT SAFE FOR WORK! (Sounds like us on a rage bender. Keep away from children, not just from your colleagues.)Wow. We had no idea. Lovely version w/ the pseudo-Froggy musical bed brought to our attention by IFTHETHUNDERDONTGETYA™³²®©, chez M. LeBâtard.

A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich

Required for This Date in History. It appears the Nazional Football League & possibly some other organizations have decided that all of November is Veterans Month, as the drones among us for whom professional football is a subset of the television-gazing existence can doubtless attest.

Here is the juicy, delicious marrow from deep w/in Greenwald's column. Yum:
There are several revealing lessons about this media swooning for Petraeus even as he exits from a scandal that would normally send them into tittering delight. First, military worship is the central religion of America's political and media culture. The military is by far the most respected and beloved institution among the US population - a dangerous fact in any democracy - and, even assuming they wanted to (which they don't), our brave denizens of establishment journalism are petrified of running afoul of that kind of popular sentiment.

Recall the intense controversy that erupted last Memorial Day when MSNBC's Chris Hayes gently pondered whether all soldiers should be considered "heroes". His own network, NBC, quickly assembled a panel on the Today Show to unanimously denounce him in the harshest and most personal terms ("I hope that he doesn't get more viewers as a result of this...this guy is like a – if you've seen him...he looks like a weenie" - "Could you be more inappropriate on Memorial Day?"), and Hayes then subjected himself to the predictable ritual of public apology (though he notably did not retract the substance of his remarks).

Hayes was forced (either overtly or by the rising pressure) to apologize because his comments were blasphemous: of America's true religion. At virtually every major sporting event, some uber-patriotic display of military might is featured as the crowd chants and swoons. It's perfectly reasonable not to hold members of the military responsible for the acts of aggression ordered by US politicians, but that hardly means that the other extreme - compelled reverence - is justifiable either.
Now back to football (where a commercial for the Marines greets us). Ooh-rah!

Song Of The Wk.