Saturday, December 8, 2012

Watch Where You're Going, Idiot

But it doesn’t matter. Because through this exercise I learn that people don’t pay attention. Not to what you say or even look like. Highlighted most astonishingly by the final woman to enter. She lights up when she sees me, “You make me smile every day!” This woman owns a large photo of Bert painted silver. Every day, she looks at this photo of Bert Rodriguez, not me—basically naked, mind you—and smiles. And now she is looking at me—not Bert—and smiling.

[...]

When I posed the obvious questions, Bert was ever laconic, shrugging off my queries with casual statements like, “I just did it to do it,” and, “Art doesn’t have to be about anything.” He was either a genius or a moron.
You decide. No, he's got it.
We board the monstrosity that is Celebrity Reflection and I at long last take in a cruise ship. It’s exactly a Vegas hotel, down to the nauseatingly busy carpets. I’m told the ship holds millions of dollars in priceless art. Truly, I’m told “millions of dollars of priceless art.” But the highlight of the tour is seeing Bert’s piece—my piece—Reflection. It’s a living tree suspended in midair with a metal sculpture of a tree upside down beneath it—its reflection, you see. “I just sketched something up and then some German guys made it with the ship.” Bert’s a fucking genius.

World Culture Wrap-Up

Another Sat. night of excitement; caught K-Popper PSY on Sàbado Gigante* where host Don Francisco (At right; legal name: Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld.) was interviewing him in English & translating to Spanish for the masses.
"Sexy lady!"


Then PSY (At left.) did his number.

And we could tell the fight had gone Marquez's way from the neighborhood reaction.







*Sàbado Gigante is brought to you by State Farm.

Employee Entrance

Friday, December 7, 2012

40 Yrs. Ago

Other events included the last human trip to the moon.He talks funny.
Copped directly from The Atlantic.

Dep't. Of Karmic Schadenfreude

 — An estimated $100,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Rep. Darrell Issa’s home in Vista last week, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded on Nov. 29 to a burglary call at the Republican congressman’s house in the city’s upscale Shadowridge neighborhood, Sheriff’s Department records show. The incident occurred between 6:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. that day.
Pardon us if we laugh & laugh & laugh when a taker gets a dose of his own medicine. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving jerk.

Infamy

Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
PEARL HARBOR — Dec. 7, 1941: A photograph taken from a Japanese
aircraft during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides
of Ford Island. This view looks east, with the supply depot,
submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance.
A torpedo has just hit the battleship West Virginia on the
far side of Ford Island (center). Japanese planes are visible
in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at right.
Japanese writing in the lower right states that the photograph was
reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: U.S. Naval Historical Center

Surrender Now!

From the top of the world, its end."K-Pop." Just too hep.

Is It Midnight Yet?*

Wrapping up 2012 like the rotten fish it is, we give you a link to another list of links, of best annual images wrap-ups.

More specific, 2012's passings, in case you've forgotten any. (Jumping the gun a bit, aren't they?) And. Or even.
*If we wait we'll have a Friday item & can blow off any effort the rest of the day.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Factoids: A Day Late

91.99X or so seems long enough, but Dave Brubeck still had plans for the wknd.
Brubeck was en route to an appointment with his cardiologist when he was stricken Wednesday morning, said his longtime manager-producer-conductor, Russell Gloyd. The pianist died of heart failure at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., near his home in Wilton, Conn.

Brubeck was anticipating a birthday concert Thursday, when he would have turned 92. The performance will go on, but in the form of a tribute, in Waterbury, Conn.
Dave Brubeck作曲。スヌーピーの月旅行から。 Mostly for the cover art.
Ramsey Lewis, meanwhile, still alive. He reminisces. Brubeck reminisces three yrs. ago.This should be enough for now.UPDATE (1425PST 6 December 2012): The moment someone dies the vultures appear to remove previously-ignored videos. Eff them & their "property rights!"

Brubeck Covers The Duke

Give it up for Paul Desmond.

Tributes

Saxed-up reggae version.

As noted in comments somewhere, & not-unobvious once read, variations.(Drum solo! Supergroup! Are there any songs besides this one on that album?)

60 Yrs. Ago Today: Choking On
The Big Smoke

This must have been fun:
The Great Smog of '52 or Big Smoke was a severe air pollution event that affected London during December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants mostly from the use of coal to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday 5 to Tuesday 9 December 1952, and then dispersed quickly after a change of weather.

Although it caused major disruption due to the effect on visibility, and even penetrated indoor areas, it was not thought to be a significant event at the time, with London having experienced many smog events in the past, so called "pea soupers". However, medical reports in the following weeks estimated that 4,000 people had died prematurely and 100,000 more were made ill because of the smog's effects on the human respiratory tract. More recent research suggests that the number of fatalities was considerably greater at about 12,000.
Must these Englishmen live, &c?

U.N. Rand Message Header

The Grift Continues:

Look at that, fellow American! They will tie your limp dick in a knot so you can't father any more white babies!

Also:
And how does one keep the U.N. from grabbing your guns? Why, by using the U.N. Rand Clicker to sign a survey which both puts you on the right wing sucker list & lets the U.N. troops in their black helicopters know where you & your guns live. But you'll be ready for them w/ your GUNS!!!!
And it goes w/o saying that you should send all the money you can to the National Association for Gun Rights. Some of which, in an amazing coincidence, will go right back to Sen. Rand Paul.
The National Association for Gun Rights PAC (NAGR-PAC) is an affiliated, but Separate Segregated Fund (SSF) Political Action Committee registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Founded in 2010, it endorsed and donated to several candidates for Federal office including Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sharron Angle (NV-SEN), Ken Buck (CO-SEN), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Don't let the America-haters at the U.N. tie your all-American dick in a knot, send money now!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's Not Totalitarian If WE Do it!

Every so often we encounter something that fills us w/ the burning hate of yada yada & a sincere desire to slap someone silly, kick him in his no doubt atrophied gonads & simultaneously stab him in the liver or heart.

One such inspirational waste of human DNA & oxygen would be a pile of crap who types for that ridiculous Examiner thing. Specifically:
Kyle [Rogers] is a Conservative activist in South Carolina. He co-organized the 2006 Greenville, SC rally against the Lindsey Graham/Ted Kennedy sponsored amnesty bill. More than 1,000 people attended. The event helped launch the SC Tea Party movement. He has organized numerous other conservative protests and events as well.
And what's made usually calm & reserved us so rip-snortin' mad? The last paragraph of an idiotic screed is what.
Despite requests by a multitude of media outlets, Bob Costas and NBC have refused to make any comments about the incident.

Using sporting events to deliver political propaganda goes back to ancient Rome, and is typically used by totalitarian regimes. The practice was revived, with great success, by the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and Communist China.
We suppose that makes these United Snakes a successful totalitarian state as well. Example: Counting medals at the Olympics. But don't believe us; take the DoD's word for it.

NFL Continues Military Partnership at Super Bowl

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2011 – From Air Force fighter jet flyovers to Army parachutists dropping in at halftime, the U.S. military and the National Football League have shared more than 40 years of Super Bowl history.
Also:

Joint-Service Color Guard Marches into NFL Season Opener

By Staff Sgt. Carmen Maldonado, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2003 – Operation Tribute to Freedom teamed up with the National Football League to honor the nation's military forces during the season-opening game here between the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets, Sept. 4.

A joint-service color guard from the Military District of Washington displayed a rainbow of patriotic colors at FedEx Field in front of more than 85,000 fans during the playing of the national anthem. The pregame and halftime activities were dedicated to all the military personnel fighting the global war on terrorism.

The service members of the color guard -- featuring three representatives each from the Coast Guard, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps -- stood proudly and solemnly as a giant American flag, shaped like the United States, was unfurled on the field behind them. The spectators, enthralled in a patriotic frenzy, cheered on along with the Redskins cheerleaders, who lined up in front of the color guard teams.
Or:
The National Football League will continue its long history of honoring veterans and active duty members of the military with its annual Salute to Service campaign. For every point scored during the NFL's 32 designated Salute to Service games, the league will donate $100 to each of its three core, military non-profit partners -- Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and the Wounded Warrior Project®(WWP).

The Salute to Service campaign, which began during the Kansas City Chiefs-San Diego Chargers game on NFL Network, is designed to unify and elevate the extensive military appreciation work of the NFL and its clubs. Throughout November, teams will designate one home game to honor the military. During these games, teams will display a number of Salute to Service-branded elements in stadiums, with the majority in and around the end zone in order to highlight the league's new donation program tied to scoring. Branded elements include goal post wraps, pylons with camouflage ribbon decals, wall banners and the words Salute to Service written in the back of the end zone.

Additional on field elements featuring camouflage include ribbon lapel pins, Gatorade towels, Nike and Under Armour gloves for players, captain's patches and camouflage ribbon footballs used during every play. Game used items will be collected following Salute to Service games and auctioned on NFL Auction (nfl.com/auction), with 100 percent of net proceeds donated to the league's three core military non profit partners.
Much more where the above came from. Search for "military" at nfl.com, or "football" at the DoD site.

First American Forces Press Service link from David Sirota, who covers the who can & who can't speak question.

Luckily for Kyle Rogers, boy asshole, he lives across this objectively fascist nation in (Surprise, surprise!) South Carolina, the state described as too small to be a republic but too large to be an insane asylum, as we have no plans ever to travel there, not even to thrash him like the rented mule he is.

Motown Moron

The Nuge doesn't want welfare bums to vote. Yes, it's the same tired schtick, including the "skin in the game" argument, & adds the imaginary voter fraud bit.
Let’s also stop the insanity by suspending the right to vote of any American who is on welfare. Once they get off welfare and are self-sustaining, they get their right to vote restored. No American on welfare should have the right to vote for tax increases on those Americans who are working and paying taxes to support them. That’s insane.

In addition to suspending a welfare recipient’s right to vote, we also need to get our voting system straightened out and eliminate voter fraud. We need to ensure that only Americans vote by requiring polling places to validate the identification of each voter.

It shouldn’t take a Motown guitar slayer to come up with these common-sense bargaining chips before taxes are raised on the producers, which will further choke the economy. How about it, GOP?
Especially since Nugent didn't "come up w/" any of these "buffalobargaining chips."

He probably does think these cretins should be allowed to vote.
But in 2010, ACORN filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, putting an end to the community organizing effort altogether. Still, the fact that ACORN no longer exists hasn’t stopped the group from serving its role as scapegoat. Fifty two percent of Republicans blamed ACORN for Obama’s win in 2008, saying that they “stole” the election for him. That number only dropped by 3 percent, and 49 percent blame ACORN this time around.

Morbid & Juvenile, Again

OK this is awful & below us & a real shame & a pity & we're very sorry this poor bastard didn't see any other way out & his family & friends (if he had any & if it wasn't entirely their fault in the first place, as it so often is) must be torn up, but Hokey Smokes, he sure got the job done.
Police say the victim was a man in his 40s who committed suicide by hanging.

The body was discovered by a security guard around 3 p.m. outside a parking structure at the Kaiser Permanente facility at 12001 Washington Boulevard. The head had been separated from the body and was found next to it.
C'mon, Culver City P.D., at least let the people know what kind of rope, wire or whatever was used.

Well, That's That, Then

Megan McAwful responds to those silly people who think Ross Douthat is a he-man woman hater:
This shouldn't need saying, but apparently it does: those who say that this is not a real problem, just something that Douthat made up because he thinks that wives should be barricaded in the kitchen until they've birthed at least a basketball team, are just wrong. They're wrong because, well, if you've mett [sic] Ross's wife, you know they're just wrong, is all. But that's a sidenote.
We assume that McMegan has "mett" the woman she knows as "Ross's wife," whatever the hell her name was. It gets worse & stupider, w/ the usual pleas for growth & more population, but don't waste your time.

One nut picked from the "swarthy people are no damn good & letting them immigrate to the U.S. can not end well" comments:
Birth Dearth? Just look at the life style choices people make in our pagan society everyday.

Rising incidence of Homosexuality.

1.3 million abortions per annum.

Single parent households ill equipped to have more than one kid.

The answers are staring you in the face. The harsh truth is that A culture of death is not procreative.
Uh, what were the questions you think you were answering again?

Turning The Other Other Cheek

Here's a funny:

we have a tragedy, we have a gun, and now we have yet another opportunity to push an agenda meant to strip Americans of their God-given Second Amendment rights.

Yes, bitter failure John Nolte would like the cretins who read his crap to think that Second Amendment rights are "God-given." Because it's right there in the Bible, in the Book of Smith & Wesson Ch. 9, Verse 19: After thou killest thy girlfriend, thou shalt commit suicide in front of your boss. Do unto others before they do unto you, baby!

Does Mr. Nolte's movie make you think he's a stalker?
This wasn't so much love at first sight as much as it was "completely-head-over-heels-gonna-get-her-at-any-price-even-if-I-make-a-complete-fool-of-myself" love at first sight. And it would burn for decades. Whether she loved him or not.
Can barely promote himself either.

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.