Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Apoplexy Report

Mr. Jones is about to explode w/ the white-hot fury of a star going nova.
"Suicide mass murder pills" (2:25). It's fairly obvious that something's driving some people out of their minds. Suicide mass murder pills (Band name of the wk., btw.) are as good an explanation as any.

The Night, On The Other Hand, Is Electric

It's a composite. Nonetheless,
[A]way from the cities, much of the night light observed by the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite in these images comes from wildfires. In the bright areas of western Australia, there are no nearby cities or industrial sites but, scientists have confirmed, there were fires in the area when Suomi NPP made passes over the region. This has been confirmed by other data collected by the satellite.
Please give credit for this item to:NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Because different areas burned at different times when the satellite passed over, the cumulative result in the composite view gives the appearance of a massive blaze. These fires are temporary features, in contrast to cities which are always there.
Always, but not forever.

Every Day Is Gun Appreciation Day

“The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people,” Ward explained. “If the American people don’t fight back now, Obama will do the Second Amendment what he has already done to the First with Obamacare – gut it without a moment’s thought to our basic constitutional rights.” Included in the coalition are organizations like the pro-Ron Paul Revolution PAC, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Social Security Institute, AmeriPAC, Political Media and the Committee to Draft Andrew Napolitano. In an email to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, Ward explained that it was necessary to take action against lawmakers who wanted enact new gun laws in the wake of a mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Ward said that Gun Appreciation Day should “strike the fear of God in the gun-grabbing politicians on both sides of the aisle when millions of Americans celebrate their Second Amendment rights in force.”
Raw Story

Righteous Voice Of The Wk.

Monday, January 7, 2013

No Stopping, 2 Hour Parking

The Price Of Freedom

NORWICH—
— A Norwich police officer was shot as many as five times Monday by a man police said was trying to commit suicide by provoking police to shoot him.

The officer, identified as Jonathan Ley, was reported to be in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, a hospital spokesman said Monday night.

Ley, a 14-year department veteran, suffered gunshot wounds to his neck, shoulder and leg, a witness said.

As of late Monday night, the man who shot Ley was holed up in an apartment building at 99 Cedar St. Police negotiators were trying to communicate with him, Norwich Deputy Chief Warren L. Mocek said. Police have not released his identity.
Where's the outrage? Oh, too soon? Excuse us.

Let's Have A War

Signe Wilkinson, dist. by WaPoWritGrp.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Silly Savage

Don't give the proverbial flying fuck at a rolling dough-nut about Michael "Savage" Weiner & his idea of a nationalist party w/ a charismatic leader, we just like this shot of Savage-Weiner & his canine companion.
Bird doody on the railing?
Image by John Storey/AP
Presidential timber if we've ever seen it, though Mr. Weinie is suitably modest about his potential for charismatic leadership:
"I could do it if I was 20 years younger. I would do it right now. But I’m not 20 years younger and I don’t have 20 years left in me. This is going to require enormous resource and enormous energy," he said.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bad Sign

LASD At Work

From the bus. Pardon the quality.
The almost-leafless trees tell us winter's here.
As close as we got.

Today's Report

Most likely a partial one.We will not be moving to Aurora, CO soon.

No one dead in this one, but not for lack of trying.
A deputy shot and wounded an armed suicidal woman outside a Pine Hills pub after she threatened officers with a handgun during a standoff Saturday.

The woman — described as being in her 50s — was injured by shotgun pellets when she came out of the Golden Cue and Pub in the 6800 block of West Colonial Drive while pointing a gun at a deputy.

Deputies spent about 45 minutes calling to the woman to come out of the establishment. She came out twice but retreated back into the business.

The first time, she emerged pointing a gun and a deputy armed with a shotgun fired when she refused to lower her weapon. The pellets from the buckshot struck the woman in the upper chest and shoulder, said Jeff Williamson, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The woman retreated into the establishment, continued to ignore commands and came out once more.
She was distraught because her dog had to be euthanized. Very sad, but really? Was she (like the late Nancy Lanza) one of those "law-abiding citizens" of whom the NRA is so fond? Right until this happened?

We Post, You Decide

Another lame compare/contrast deal, w/ music to which nobody listens.

Crummy Games Of The Wk.

We've haven't watched/had on as background noise while slaving over the Internet more than a tiny fraction of this season's 30-some possible bowl games, but have any of them been anything? OK, Louisville beat Florida Something (Or just plain Florida?) in an upset recently. But that's it. As far as the national championship bowl, it's coin-flip time, because we can't decide which team we most want to lose.

Both this wknd.'s games come to us from the state of Alabama. What's up w/ thattherew/?
Tin soldiers & Nixon's coming ... to the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
ALL TIMES EASTERN

Friday, January 4, 2013

Prank Calling

Compare & contrast the silent D.W. Griffith intro w/ the sudden psychedelia/music from Hair (0:55) followed by the documentary pseudo-realism. And don't miss the solarization at the end. Trippy. (Ma Bell, 1969.)Behind the scenes:
Yes, you can find anything on the Internet. Hell, you can find anything on YouTube.Lots of anything.

Threat Assessment*

If you've missed Confederate Yankee recently, he's no longer Confederate Yankee, just plain ol' Bob Owens.com, & he's working on a Turner Diaries kind of a revenge fantasy thing ...
Let me explain, gun grabbers, how your confiscatory fantasy plays out. Let us imagine for a moment that a sweeping gun control bill similar to the one currently suggested is passed by the House and Senate, and signed into law by a contemptuous President.
Contemptuous? So sensitive, these gunmen. Anyway, Confederate Bob goes on for ten paragraphs detailing his adolescent/juvenile fantasy of a bloodbath ("It will not be pretty. There will be no 'winners,' and perhaps hundreds of thousands to millions of dead.") inspired by an imagined threat of gun confiscation. Here let us pause & note that in no way at all whatever is Bob suggesting that you should join a "resistance cell" or become a lone wolf &, you know, kill every single person you don't like, starting w/ residents of blue states & larger cities.
The elites will be steadily whittled down, and if they can not be reached directly, the targets will become their staffers, spouses, children, and grandchildren. Grandstanding media figures loyal to the regime would die in droves, executed as enemies of the Republic.
Sure they will Bob. Every last grandchild, every Congressional staffer who ever hung up on you, every media figure who laughed at you from the tee vee set, dead like doorknobs. Feels good thinking about it, doesn't it? You'll show them. They'll be sorry!

And, how the Wolverines will beat the Army, Navy, Marines & Air Force, & what's going to happen after that.
Some of these defectors will be true “operators,” with the skills and background to turn ragtag militia cells into the kind of forces that decimate loyalist troops, allowing them no rest and no respite, striking them when they are away from their most potent weapons. Military vehicles are formidable, but they are thirsty beasts, in terms of fuel, ammo, time, and maintenance. Tanks and bombers are formidable only when they have gas, guns, and can be maintained. In a war without a front, logistics are incredibly easy to destroy, and mechanics and supply clerks are not particularly adept at defending themselves.

Eventually, the government will turn upon itself. The President will be captured or perhaps killed by his own protectors. A dictatorship will form in the vacuum.
That President will learn not to hold Bob Owens in contempt.
If we’re lucky, the United States of America, or whatever amalgam results, will again try to rebuild. If we’re very lucky, the victors will reinstate the Constitution as the law of the land. Just as likely though, we’ll face fractious civil wars fought over issues we’ve not begun to fathom, and a much diminished state or states will result, perhaps guided by foreign interests.
Now who hates America & wants to see it destroyed? By "foreign interests," yet. If rebelling & destroying the country doesn't play directly into the hands of mysterious foreign interests what does?

Further drooling documented.
*Our assessment is that the Secret Service, FBI & ATFE should take all of Bob's toys away from before he hurts himself.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

First, Accurate, Pointless

W/ or w/o an audience, we still take pride in beating losers to the punch.

Us, on it like brown on shit, 1759 yesterday. Loser A/V, today, no time stamp. Loser B credits Loser A/V later today (obviously) at 1328.

Oh screw. All that typing was essentially for zip, nada, yada.
If we'd just clicked play on any one of the sites where it's posted we could've been watching telebision instead of turd-polishing. Hell, we had barely seen or heard any of it, we're so damn busy.

Also, later, another loser. Who claims to have seen it live.

We Fucking Hate You Fucking Fucks!!

We were contemplating following Andrew Sullivan's lead & moving this mess to a reader-supported basis, but a look at the chart suggests that would be a biiiig mistake.
What the hell?
Thanks for the support, you fucking jerks!

Dep't. Of Shoot Us Now

PuffHo's "Yr. in Sideboob." There is no possible reason to continue living.

Hypocrisy Watch

A guy at The American Prospect notices that the NRA is just a little bit two-faced.
When Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association made his dramatic statements about the Newtown shooting, he placed the blame on some familiar suspects: not just insufficient militarization of elementary schools, but movies and video games. "Media conglomerates," he said, "compete with one another to shock, violate, and offend every standard of civilized society by bringing an ever more toxic mix of reckless behavior and criminal cruelty into our homes." But Matt Gertz of Media Matters discovered that the NRA is not so opposed to movies that feature people shooting each other. In fact, the NRA's National Firearms Museum features an exhibit called "Hollywood Guns," in which you can check out the actual guns used in some of your favorite films (go to the end of this post for a video of the NRA museum curator proudly showing off the movie guns).
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You might respond that the NRA is full of crap when it points the finger at Hollywood, which of course it is. But let's take them at their word for a moment and examine the claim. If movies featuring a lot of gunplay cause real-world violence (there's no actual evidence that this is the case, by the way, but never mind that), then what is it exactly that the NRA believes produces this effect? Is it that the narratives of action films convince people that the most serious problems can be solved with the use of firearms? Is it that movies portray a world in which people are constantly called on to use guns, when that isn't the case in real life? Is it that movies portray gun use not as a horror or a tragedy but as something to be enjoyed? Is it that movies fetishize guns, making them seem like not just practical tools but objects that imbue those who wield them with power and sexiness?

Because it seems pretty clear that rather than thinking those ideas are a problem, the NRA believes them to be true. Not only that, it wants everyone else to believe them, too. Do they think people are dumb enough to buy the argument that the NRA would like to see fewer guns in movies? That they're displeased that every other movie poster features the star holding a gun, as a signal to the potential audience that this is a film with action and excitement? Give me a break.
We've even included the video.Full service at this web log, including a link to our source's source.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I PISS ON YOUR CARPET!!

We feel nothing but sympathy for this young man, because we're taking a diuretic that sends us pissing every ten fucking minutes & every time we stand. And because of our absolute & utter contempt for bourgeois society & its repression of freedom w/ "public health" & "sanitation" regulations. From TMZ via LAist.

We Missed It, So You Probably Did Too

Live telebision. It's always great.

The Real Question Is How Many
Illiterates There Are In The Milky Way

At a minimum. Maybe even more.
Idiot. This may have all the transcriptions correct.

BONUS (1830PST 2 January 2013): Does typing about the stars just turn people into idiots?
Which is it, fuckheads? Millions or billions? Plants or planets? What really pisses us off is that incompetent sacks of shit like these two are making a living at this crap. Fuck them, the horses they rode in on, & their families. Twice.

The Holidays Are Over

Back on your heads!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Musical Selection

No reports of cannnibalism having appeared on the radar in the last few minutes, we pause to listen to a fine cover of a swell number.Complete palate cleanse/emetic.

Theme For The New Yr.: Dinner

Didn't expect it would be cannibalism, but when life gives you ... uh, never mind. It's not life, it's just the Internet.
When the head of a production brigade dares to state the obvious – that there is no food – a leader warns him: "That's right-deviationist thinking. You're viewing the problem in an overly simplistic manner."
Words to live by.
The Great Famine remains a taboo in China, where it is referred to euphemistically as the Three Years of Natural Disasters or the Three Years of Difficulties. Yang's monumental account, first published in Hong Kong, is banned in his homeland.

He had little idea of what he would find when he started work: "I didn't think it would be so serious and so brutal and so bloody. I didn't know that there were thousands of cases of cannibalism. I didn't know about farmers who were beaten to death.

"People died in the family and they didn't bury the person because they could still collect their food rations; they kept the bodies in bed and covered them up and the corpses were eaten by mice. People ate corpses and fought for the bodies. In Gansu they killed outsiders; people told me strangers passed through and they killed and ate them. And they ate their own children. Terrible. Too terrible."

For a moment he stops speaking.

"To start with, I felt terribly depressed when I was reading these documents," he adds. "But after a while I became numbed – because otherwise I couldn't carry on."
We know the feeling.

GOPUSA Soars

Yet another compare & contrast.

Many/most local newsrooms gave this AP story a lead like "deal close, not done." A different spin was applied by our new friends at GOPUSA:
Any bets on how long they considered "Uppity Mulatto?"

Union "Thugs" Follow-Up

Did someone say "Eat the rich?" Previously reported labor action participants now apparently smeared by feudalist authorities.
A crowd of 1000 workers at the privately-owned MKB Tea Estate in the state of Assam surrounded the plantation owner's bungalow last week. A mob then set it on fire in violence blamed on festering labour unrest in the region.

"Our investigations say that at least five plantation workers ate the flesh of the tea planter and his wife after they were brutally killed," Numol Mahatao, deputy police chief of Tinsukia district, told reporters on Tuesday.

"We suspect that about 15 people were actually involved in the crime although there were some 1000 present there at the spot," the police official said. "We have identified all the masterminds and nine are in our custody so far."
Expect show trials w/o evidence & quick convictions.
Tea workers are notoriously badly paid and often housed in poor accommodation in remote areas. They have few protections from police and cannot take advantage of laws designed to guarantee them health care and fair working conditions, rights groups say.

The Indian Express newspaper said the violence was sparked by orders from the boss for 10 estate workers to vacate their quarters and by the detention of three employees by police over unspecified disputes.

"We are investigating the reasons that led to the attack. But whatever may be the reason, such acts of barbarism are unacceptable in this modern world," Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi* said on Tuesday.

*Christ, what an asshole.

Initials: B.S.

Rest of it probably not worth the effort, but as this mostly agrees w/ most of our musical opinions (OK, some of these acts we've never consciously heard/listened to more than once, max.) we'll just leave it here.
Blame it on stubbornness if you will, or subconscious ass-covering, but I honestly can’t manage any kinder words now than I did at the time for Sting’s early solo work (“a tedious, bankrupt and vacuous cavern of a record … his pedantic instincts and bulging ego inform the lyrics at every turn with political dilettantism, literary namedropping and prolix pseudo-profundities”), Jane’s Addiction (“most of the record sounds like the work of an incompetent Aerosmith cover band. And Farrell’s effete habit of interjecting the word ‘motherfucker’ merely frosts the album’s maggotry”), Barenaked Ladies (“As cute as a baby and as appealing as a loaded diaper”) or any barrel-bound fish I have shot at. I do a mental check of my animosity for Bruce Springsteen now and again (he’s not an artist I’ve written much about, but my friends have all heard the spiel, and I was once included in a newspaper article about rock crit apostasy because of it; my other digressions from the gospel include the Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams and Wilco), and I’m still not a fan.
Note to self: Nice start to the new yr., abusing the successful & popular from a collapsing hovel in downtown Bitter-Fucking-Hatredville, where we're sitting around in last yr.'s stained & hole-y underwear.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Another Yr. In Review

A "best of" we will recommend: Danziger's faves of the passing yr.
Looks as if you'll have to click.

Our 2013 Wish

We asked Santa for population reduction by any means necessary in the new yr.

So please don't let fascists spoil your fun. (Alternate take?)Get out there, binge drink, & drive home in a drunken fucking blackout.If the pigs try to fuck w/ your highway liberty, aim at their heads, as they may be sporting Kevlar® vests.

Bye now.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

America's Future: The Children
It Hasn't Killed Yet

Parking dispute may have led to Maine shooting deaths: police

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts | Sun Dec 30, 2012 7:11pm EST
(Reuters) - A dispute between neighbors over street parking may have led to the shooting deaths of two Maine teenagers, authorities said on Sunday after charging a 74-year-old man with murder in connection with the incident.
Derrick Thompson, 19, and his girlfriend, Alivia Welch, 18, were killed on Saturday night in their apartment inside a two-unit home in Biddeford, Maine, about 15 miles southwest of Portland, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said.

Thompson's mother, Susan Johnson, 44, who reported the shootings to authorities shortly after 7 p.m. EST, was being treated for gunshot wounds at Maine Medical Center in Portland, state police. A six-year-old boy also was removed from the building uninjured.

James Pak, who owns the building and lives in the other unit, was arrested on Saturday and charged with two counts of murder.

Police had been summoned to the residence earlier on Saturday because of an argument over parking, McCausland said. A Biddeford police spokeswoman said the city banned street parking from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. to allow for snow removal.

McCausland said the dispute appeared to have been resolved before the shooting occurred but gave no further details.

Pak was being held in a local jail and was expected to appear in court on Monday or Wednesday. It was unclear whether he had an attorney. (Edited by Karen Brooks and Paul Simao)
Figures it would be a landlord, doesn't it?

Gawd, Gubmint & Guns

From the people who killed Newsweek, yet another compare & contrast. First, miserable excuse Michael Medved sticks w/ what he knows: Being holier-than-thou.
The problem isn’t religious conservatives and their abiding faith in God; it’s mainstream liberals and their blind confidence in government.
We're quite sure there's a significant difference between "abiding faith" & "blind confidence" & that Mr. Medved will make it clear at the first possible chance. Maybe after he's finished w/ that cancer cure he's working on.
Consider the current dispute over the right response to gun violence. At its core, this argument comes down to a visceral disagreement between relying on self-defense or on government protection. Gun-rights enthusiasts insist that the best security for law-abiding citizens comes from placing formidable firearms into their hands; gun-control advocates believe we can protect the public far more effectively by taking guns away from as many Americans as possible. In other words, conservatives want to address the threat of gun violence by giving individuals more power while liberals seek to improve the situation by concentrating more power in the hands of the government. The right preaches self-reliance while the left places its trust in the higher power of government.
Now contrast w/ those who wholeheartedly believe what M.M. was saying, & the formidable firearms he'd place in their hands:
Pastor Paul Revere doesn’t recognize the authority of the State of Oregon, the United States of America, or anyone else that presumes to have some command over him. He answers only to God. “We believe there’s only one sovereign,” Revere told The Daily Beast. “And it isn’t us. Jesus said to render to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and render to God that which is God’s.”
If you love freedom, liberty, self-reliance & every other pathetic fascist platitude you'll sho' nuff want these freaks to have the most formidable firearms possible.
They are “sovereign citizens,” inspired by any number of complicated and cockamamie theories that all draw the same conclusion: we are not subject to your “laws.” And they are becoming an increasing headache for cops, public defenders, prosecutors, bailiffs, and judges all over the U.S., because when they inevitably land in court for driving without a license or failing to pay taxes, they clog up the system with reams of nonsensical paperwork. Their obfuscatory filings are so inundating that harried prosecutors often drop the charges against them—a victory for the sovereigns’ otherwise quixotic cause.

Sometimes the battles get bloody long before they see a courtroom, too. In 2010, 16-year-old sovereign Joseph Kane gunned down two police officers in West Memphis, Ark., after a routine traffic stop. The boy killed the officers with an AK-47 after his dad, 45-year-old sovereign Jerry Kane, got into a scuffle with one of the cops attempting to frisk him. Both Kanes were killed later that day in a shootout with police. Since 2000, “lone-offender sovereign-citizen extremists have killed six law enforcement officers,” according to the FBI.

Revere doesn’t advocate such violence*, but his website, where he explains that “grownups have been tricked into obeying the laws of humbugs, rather than the laws of God,” is chock-full of admonitions about why and how best to disobey such humbugs, even as it will surely land his followers in jail.

“If you have given your allegiance to Jesus Christ, and you live your beliefs, you will go to jail,” he writes. “It is inevitable because the world will hate you.”
Keep whining, Pastor Revere; everybody loves a martyr.

And Mr. Medved should hope there's gummint around to protect him when these citizens decide to follow orders from their vengeful God about what to do w/ the people who killed Jesus Christ.
*We don't advocate violence either, but if you touch us we'll break your fucking arm.

Marking

Threats: Idle, Or ...?

We can only assume that Senators of the Greedy Old Party decided not to fuck w/ Social Security
“Chained CPI won’t be a part of the deal,” Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) told reporters.
as an act of self-preservation, because people like us would slit their fucking throats (& not w/ votes) if our (Or anyone's. We'll be magnanimous.) Social Security insurance were to be fucked w/.
Democrats said earlier that Republicans had demanded a politically contentious reduction in Social Security benefits, known as chained CPI, in exchange for President Obama’s request to extend emergency unemployment benefits and cancel deep cuts to the Pentagon and other agency budgets.
But we're only safe until a long-term something is reached, judging from Senator Reid (Dipstick-NV):
“We’re willing to make difficult concessions as part of a balanced, comprehensive agreement, but we’ll not agree to cut Social Security benefits as part of a small or short-term agreement.”
It's almost as if the Senator is clearly stating that it'll take serious money from Wall Street before cuts to payments & "privatization" for workers under 55.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Lost In The City Of Light/Night

(Now, text to break up the all-photo format. Not much, but some.)

Granted, most of the objets d'art appear uninteresting & the text we're about to reproduce is a load of arty/pseudo-aesthetic codswallopcrap (Not to mention the tee vee program tie-in - See? Everyone, Frog or no, is out of ideas.) but in the next 30 days we should be able to drag our fleshy & other baggage to this mess for no reasons other than proximity & free admission. Now stand back, 'cause here it comes!
LOST (in LA) is an exhibition and an innovative dialogue between LA artists and French artists. It reproduces the quintessential Los Angeles experience of being lost in the heart of this metropolis. Layers of time and space appear to be interlaced together atop a hill hidden in the middle of the city.

LOST – one of the influential TV series of this decade – is considered by many artists as a source of inspiration as well as disappointment, as it struggles to deliver a true formal link that would connect the different layers of time and space. The exhibition comes from the desire expressed by artists to create this formal link. On this hill located between the Hollywood sign, Venice Beach, South Central and Downtown LA, these different layers of time and space intercept, connect, disconnect and reconnect again.

Despite this fragmentation, we move around the space, guided by the works themselves, sometimes through their dialogue and at other times through disaccord. While they all try to develop their own “black box,” they strive to become transitive works, able to generate a multi-layered net of connections with their surroundings.

The works of art reposition themselves in a larger field – the exhibition – ergo taking on new meanings. With its absurd and “pataphysical” desire to bring a formal contribution to the TV series, the exhibition LOST (in LA) in turn might find its place in a larger field and contribute to the definition of itself.
... ?

And an Internet video, but what doesn't have an Internet video?Being a bit of a Francophiliac fuckstick we'd already covered Froggy aesthetes looking askance at Los Angeles; about the time we found the above art talk the same flick came across the desktop (another pro vote here.) paired w/ this:which may be of interest.

Backlighting & Not

Mtns., Moon, Star

Beautiful Music

"Too much comedy, too much making fun of stuff."

Frank Zappa, Roy Estrada* and Ray Collins of the rock group
'Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention' perform onstage
at the Garrick Theatre upstairs from the Cafe Au Go Go
on May 24, 1967 in New York, New York.

Alternate Take

via RS:
Frank Zappa and Ray Collins of the Mothers Of Invention
at the Garrick Theatre in New York, 24 May 1967.
PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

*Last (original) Mother of Invention standing.

Another Mother

Joining the heavenly chorus Xmas Eve was 75-yr. old Ray Collins,
an original M. of I. & Soul Giant.
In need of a guitarist, he suggested Zappa, whom he had met in 1961 and who lived in Ontario and Cucamonga. Zappa was also a writer of sardonic, musically adventurous songs, and within two years the Soul Giants - whose members included drummer Jimmy Carl Black and bassist Roy Estrada - had become the Mothers of Invention, were signed to Verve Records and recorded their 1966 debut album "Freak Out!"

Collins sang lead on some tracks of that album as well as 1967's "Absolutely Free" and "Cruising With Ruben and the Jets" from 1968. He sat out 1968's "We're Only in it for the Money" and quit the band.

"Too much comedy, too much making fun of stuff," Collins said in an interview in 2009. "I just wanted to make beautiful music. I was raised on Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole."
We'll tell you one thing: When the band started almost 50 yrs. ago no one expected that the death of a guy who hadn't been a member since 1968 would be an AP story on the CBS website, or whatever the equivalent of that was in 1965.
CLAREMONT, CALIF.Ray Collins, who invited guitarist Frank Zappa to join the band that eventually became the Mothers of Invention, has died at age 75.
Collins' friend Patrick Brayer tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that the musician from Claremont, Calif., died Monday, five days after a heart attack.
Collins brought Zappa to R&B cover band the Soul Giants in 1964. By 1966, they had become the Mothers of Invention, releasing their first album, "Freak Out," on Verve Records.
Collins sang on three albums, then left the Mothers, saying their comedic approach to music didn't suit him.
He pursued little music afterward and spent his last years living in a van, but was a well-known character and conversationalist on the streets of Claremont, a college town east of Los Angeles.
© 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

'Tis The Season (For Murder)

Words fail us often enough, but this ...
A man has been arrested for allegedly setting a homeless woman on fire as she slept on a bus bench outside a Van Nuys drugstore.

The victim, a 67-year-old woman who was often seen outside the Walgreens at Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way, was lying on a bus bench at around 1 a.m. Thursday when the crime took place, according to a live report on KTLA.
Our emphasis:
The suspect, a man in his 20s, allegedly went inside the store and purchased an accelerant that he then poured onto the sleeping woman before tossing a lit match on her body, reports City News Service. A witness who saw the suspect exit the store and set the woman on fire called 911 to report the crime, then followed the suspect until authorities arrived on scene. The unidentified suspect was then taken into custody by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim is hospitalized in critical condition; should she not survive, the suspect's charge will be elevated to reflect his alleged role in her death.
The horror never fucking stops, does it? How much more fucked up can you people get before someone or something gives every last one of you what you deserve? Plus which, should anyone be able to advise us which, if any, part of this
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may be deleted so the fucking thing won't auto-play, please advise ASAP. (Or "A sap.") Thenk yew veddy much.

Scab Of A Nation, Driven Insane

The Old Testament's culture of death:
Most Americans—not just my friend Li—find murder to be more acceptable fare for children than sex or swear words.

Our peculiar hierarchy of priorities may be due in part to the influence of Abrahamic religion on Western Civilization and the unique standing accorded to the Bible in American Christianity specifically. The Bible amalgamates the mythology and legal codes of a specific kind of culture: a clan-based tribal society in which herdsmen struggling for survival in an arid and increasingly denuded environment. Males competed to control females and territory while maintaining the purity of bloodlines and inheritance; gods that were modeled on warlords competed for fealty. Consequently, while codes governing sexuality and blasphemy were strict, codes governing violence were complicated.

Yahweh himself originated as a war god. Non-Hebrews were regarded with hostility and indeed, much of the founding story of the Israelite people comprises tales of triumphal genocide. The violence in in the Bible is so extreme that it defines vast portions of the book:

[Edmund Leach] looked at the Bible through the eyes of a communications engineer and asked: what message are these authors trying to get through to the reader? The answer, Leach thought, was that they were trying to obscure the fact that mankind began through incest (Adam and Eve) and so the strategy was to compile a list of atrocities so heinous that, in the end, the original incest would come to look like a harmless act.

Whether history or mythology or some fusion of the two, the Bible stories, when tallied, include an estimated 25 million violent deaths.
Jesus would like you to smash every creep in the face w/ a rock.Cop kill a creep, pow pow pow.Video from War in Context.

Labor News

Things looking up for working people as job creators get theirs.
Assam tea workers burn boss and wife alive
Around 1,000 workers at the privately-owned M.K.B. Tea Estate attacked the plantation owner's bungalow on Wednesday and set it on fire in violence blamed on festering labour unrest in the tea-growing region, police said.

Mridul Bhattacharya and his wife Rita were burned to death as workers armed with home-made weapons prevented police from rescuing them, they said.

"The body of the planter was charred beyond recognition and reduced to ashes while the body of the wife was found lying in the kitchen," local police officer A. Das told AFP by telephone.
Hope for the new yr.: "Workers armed with home-made weapons."

LATER, from the Guardian:
On Wednesday, around 700 workers armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows surrounded the house and set it on fire, trapping the couple. The house had burned down by the time police reached the remote region in Tinsukia.

Obits

Today's morbidity report was stole whole from LA Observed. First body: Fontella Bass.Number two: Jack Klugman. End of a generation. Well, end of the last of the cast of 12 Angry Men.
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No idea where the 12th dude is.
This reporter was quite impressed by 12 Angry Men on first viewing ('65, 66?) when we were much younger, much less cynical, & had not yet served on a jury.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Almost Mobile

But still no earthquake. What, mega-volcanoes [followed by tsunamis] would be about the worst the planet alone could deal?

Three Hr. "Quote" Trailer

Now we'll be sure to avoid this one like the plague. You may not want to bother w/ more than this opening paragraph. We didn't.
Quentin Tarantino no longer makes movies; he makes trailers. “Django Unchained” feels like a three-hour trailer for a movie that never happens, a slavery-revenge melodrama cum salt-‘n’-pepper action film that would be awesome if it actually existed. Like so many trailers, it’s packed with memorable scenes that don’t go anywhere, and keeps promising payoffs that remain theoretical. It’s got Western scenery on a grand scale and scenes of madcap comedy involving inept members of the Ku Klux Klan. It’s got veritable geysers and fountains and gushers of blood, an ocean of fake gore even by Tarantino’s standards. You could claim that he’s “quoting from Sam Peckinpah” with those slapsticky water balloons full of blood, except that that’s not quite it. It’s more like he’s quoting from crappy ‘70s drive-in movies that were quoting from “The Hills Have Eyes,” which was quoting from something else that was quoting from Peckinpah. (I may be missing an intermediate stage there, such as a cannibal film that was dubbed from Italian into Spanish and projected once, with the reels out of sequence, at a downtown Los Angeles theater in 1983.)

New-Look Still Fat Frank Luntz

Further evidence that beards are for oafs like this to hide their weak first & morbidly obese second & third chins.
CBS, probably.
Reason fat boy is in "the news."

The Most Wonderful Time ...

8 dead in Christmas Day fires, riot in Philippines, officials say; approximately 5,000 homeless - @AP

Ho ho ho you stupid fucks.

Radio Haze

Jack Benny, dead almost 39 yrs. today. Armed Forces Network, 1974.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Inside The Well-Armed Mind

The always liberal New Republic claims that real American people just trying to defend themselves are racists, but as we all know, that makes them the racists, nyah nyah!
This is part of what makes the post-apocalypse such a desirable, ecstatic condition: You can maintain your scruples but act violently anyway, because you must. The apocalypse reveals the savagery at the root of human social life, and so it allows the strong to be strong, and the true survivors and leaders to shed their humility, failure, and anonymity and become who they truly are.

The Doomsday Preppers want to protect themselves and their families from the marauding hordes who have not prepared themselves, who will flee the doomed cities seeking food and shelter in the suburbs and countryside. This is the terror: of society collapsed, gone mad, reduced to violent, fatal encounters between strangers–the provident and improvident, those who know how to survive (and therefore are worthy of surviving) and those who don’t, those who foresaw and those who were complacent, those who valued their families and those who were careless, those possessing the moral judgment of true Americans and those who lived in the sinful cities. None of the Preppers on the program live in cities. None are African American, Jewish, Muslim, Asian, or Hispanic. It is a Tea Party conservative demographic right down the line. The hordes they fear are the very same aliens who reelected Barack Obama.

Every apocalyptic fantasy emerges not only from fear but also from desire: the wish that the catastrophe occur. The real-life Preppers look forward to the days of violence when they can shoot down the useless, starving urban refugees the way humans shoot down zombies. They’ve stocked their weapons and ammo; they train, they teach their children. The basic fantasy of justified violence in a world without social structures or law is the same as in “Walking Dead” and “Revolution.” These are fantasies of an imagined world in which genuine, just, democratic, caring social life on a large scale is impossible; that the real human reality is violent struggle and the survival of those who know how to use violence to get what they want.
The effete New Republican limits himself to high-brow cable tee vee drama when jumping to his conclusions, not the pseudo-factive end of the human/"civilized" world porn that's also quite popular (& preferable because everybody dies or is vaporized).Or everybody just, you know, disappears.Between zombies, Armageddon, Nostradamus, Mayans & the ephemeral nature of civilization & technology it's obvious Americans, at least, would just as soon it was over & done w/, already. This American for damn sure.

LIFE IS SHORT ...

... TIMES ARE HARD

HERE'S YOUR FUCKING CHRISTMAS CARD!

Best wishes for the New Year: See you in Hell in 2013!

S.C.: Duck & Cover

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Squeal!

Trouble in Breitbart's paradise (which we would know as hell) as Dana Loesch files suit. Can't believe she's selling herself so short, but she only wants US$75,000.00; shouldn't several million be the opening number to be negotiated? Surely her career as an "Internet editor" is worth more than that.

Anyway, here's the truly funny part, which the Stephanie Miller Show has been on (like wrinkles on a Sears suit): D. Loesch's squeal. Original:& w/ Ann Romney protesting.Credit: Ann doesn't like Dana's squeal by 47of74

Hey necrophiliacs, free speech has never been less "free," has it?

Winter Brubeck

Leaving many of our holiday music selections to the late Dave this season.

Friday, December 21, 2012

"Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really
the filthiest form of pornography?"

Yes it is Wayne. You of all people should know, w/ your "guns will save the world (or at least white people)" fantasies. Buzzfeed:

10 Things The NRA Blamed For The Sandy Hook Massacre

Not guns. At a press conference Friday morning, the NRA's Wayne LaPierre offered some other villains.
Gawker:

While the NRA Was on TV Talking About the Need for More Guns Some Guy Was Walking Up and Down a Road in Pennsylvania Shooting People

Sounds Of The Season

Welcome, winter.(This one composed 5 July 2012.)

It's Here!

[Editor (for once) thinks about the future: What are things like seven-&-a-half mos. from the now of 8 May 2012, when this item was composed?]

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Our Future

Will We Forget Newtown’s Kids?

Above headline at last made us link these two tabs-open-for-an-Internet-eternity items. Subject? No one gives sweet fuck all about "the children."
It seems as if every major interest has political clout – except children. They can’t vote. They don’t make major campaign donations. They can’t hire fleets of lobbyists.

[...]

Their parents and grandparents care, of course, as do many other private citizens. But we’re no match for the entrenched interests that dominate American politics.
This real-world illustration of America eating its young may be worth a click & a glance.
[S]chools use the correctional system as a misplaced mechanism for discipline, with children being sent to detention facilities for offenses as minor as wearing the wrong color socks to school. A juvenile county chief judge testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that these are not isolated incidents, but rather systemic trends that bombard prosecutors and courts with a glut of cases in which kids pose no danger but merely “make adults mad”
This kind of thing makes us think it probably is a good idea to arm students.

Local Action Story

Yikes! People here really are shits, aren't they?
Now, I live in Los Angeles. I moved here from New Mexico 10 years ago. Can you tell me what is wrong with everyone here? Where are the nice people? When I try to be nice they look at me like a hopeless simpleton. When they try to “act” nice it never feels sincere. Like part of a show.

Like dinner parties where everyone has to leave at 8 because the host is going out later with “other people.” Or people invite you out with them to a play and then they spend the whole time on their cellphone texting someone and making plans to meet them “as soon as the play is over.” And then asking you to drop them off at this other person’s house. Is this normal behavior?

[...]

Do I sound mopey and self-pitying? But I’m not! It’s just that it’s Christmas and I send out cards and I don’t get any back! Only from my dentist! What’s wrong with everyone!?!

Why is everyone such a bad tipper? Why do people yell at each other in church parking lots!?! Why do people take you out to lunch one day and then the next day complain to your boss that you talk too much?!

Why does someone say her wedding reception was “ruined” because her mother-in-law wore the wrong color dress? That’s crazy, right? That’s L.A., right? L.A. is making me crazy, right?

In L.A., at a wedding I went to, the only decorations were pictures of the bride — that’s not right, is it? Giant posters of the bride? A website of the bride? A video of the bride on an endless loop? Party favors with teeny-tiny pictures of the bride? And she doesn’t greet her guests because she’s too busy getting more pictures taken! Is it me? That’s crazy, right? Or do I just not appreciate how exciting it is to be young and beautiful? Should I hang out with the old and deformed? Would they like me better after plastic surgery?
Depends on just how curable your ugly is.

Wish she'd revealed whether she worked in show bidness or something even worse like real estate.

Public Apology

Please pardon the hell out of us for not responding to comments & even e-mails in a timely manner of late. Don't think we don't appreciate all you unemployed bums taking the time from your empty days to leave your idle musings here, but there's just so much telebision to watch, & it's been aggravated by the addition of several more high-definition channels to the local line-up. All hail TimeWarnerCable!

Also have been stocking up on ammo & polishing, cleaning, lubricating & otherwise preparing our weapons, just in case some son-of-a-bitch in Washington, D.C. tries to cut our fucking insurance payments &/or housing subsidy. BRING. IT. ON!

(Note to self: OK. Minimum daily requirement of one item for today done, & at least one scheduled daily through the 26th. Tahiti vacation, here we come. Bye-bye, suckahs!)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Getting The Spirit

OK, coming in strong at #6.
Except we've been exploited!!

Previously, it showed even under different terms. And linked here, not to some thief's tumblr.
The "original." (Actual orig. was on a hard drive that went the way of all hard drives. Which is why we were looking for it. Reduce, reuse, recycle.)