Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Witch Of The Wk.

If this fucking fascist had any honor she would kill herself, just as her victim did.
U.S Attorney Carmen Ortiz at the
John Joseph Moakley United States Court House.
Inset: Aaron Swartz.
(Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty; Inset: AP)
Also, your justice system sucks, America. Time for "Second Amendment Remedies?" If they don't fix the system, YES! (Why should the right-wing have all the fun?)

Statuary

So Give The Fuck Up Already

If there are no humans alive to miss all the other dead humans, what possible fucking difference could it make?
With climate change, unless we act fairly soon in response to the timetable set by physics, there’s not much reason to act at all.
Hurry up & die already so we don't have to listen to anyone's bullshit     about anything, ever again.

Monday, January 14, 2013

A Tree

Neo-Nazi Up-Date

Here's some responsible Internet journalism: Linking to a follow-up/wrap-up to/of a Nazi family murder case of May 2011 we linked to then.

Free Unidentified Defendant Hall!

UPDATE (1650PST 15 January 2013): Not that responsible, it turns out. Here's what should have been at the first link. Thanks to mind-reader McGravitas. (How effing embarrassing. We blame the cold, or stupidity & incompetence.)

The Kitchen Sink

Yes, another pindick leaves no stone unturned while screeching about the civil war a-brewin'.

Ordinary, average, normal, decent people would be sickened by the deaths of 26 innocent (Not that anyone is innocent, but in this case ...) children & teachers; not Mr. Barber. He reserves his revulsion for exploitative Negroes.
I was disgusted – physically sickened, in fact – when Barack Obama, president of these Divided States of America, shamelessly exploited the Sandy Hook memorial service to lay the groundwork for his unconstitutional gun-confiscation scheme. It was slimy to the extreme.
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. That’s what liberals do. Every time some evil nutjob – pumped full of psychotropic drugs by NEA members who don’t want to deal with them – shoots-up the place, the left’s collective mouth begins to water.
NEA members now prescribing (& "pumping") drugs? "Evil nutjob" indeed.

Further excerpts.

Packer On Crackers

Political Wire leads us to a New Yorker item.
George Packer: "Every President elected between 1976 and 2004 was, by birth or by choice, a Southerner, except Ronald Reagan, who enjoyed a sort of honorary status. (When he began the 1980 campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, scene of the murder, in 1964, of three civil-rights workers, many Southerners heard it as a dog whistle.) A Southern accent, once thought quaint or even backward, became an emblem of American authenticity, a political trump card. It was a truism that no Democrat could win the White House unless he spoke with a drawl. Now the South is becoming isolated again."

"Every demographic and political trend that helped to reelect Barack Obama runs counter to the region's self-definition: the emergence of a younger, more diverse, more secular electorate, with a libertarian bias on social issues and immigration; the decline of the exurban life style, following the housing bust; the class politics, anathema to pro-business Southerners, that rose with the recession; the end of America's protracted wars, with cuts in military spending bound to come. The Solid South speaks less and less for America and more and more for itself alone."

Framing The Debate

Expect the phrase "gun controllers" to be seen & heard a lot more. And said w/ a sneer, of course.

Glenn Beck's America

Glenn's building a new city.Do not confuse w/ this city. Although that city could be confused w/ this one.

Oh, great. No sooner had we polished this (& scheduled it for 0543) than we saw that Fourby had won this one. Might as well go w/ it now rather than hold it for the morning edition. Bastard.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Musical Number Of The Wk.

Hollywood Homicide

Hollywood Nightclub Brawl -- Clubgoer Shot Dead

Hipster Round-Up

More twits tweet on the subject; above was the best.

Meat, Taters

The outside world was so cold & windblown Friday when we stepped outside we were inspired to combine Trader Joe's pot roast & his garlic & Parmesan potatoes.
Comfort food

Gun Insures Safety At
Hollywood Nightclub

Man Saves Self From Bloody Nose By Killing Some Other Dude

Another freedom-loving hero stands up for his rights. How blessed is America that men such as that walk among us?Text & audio.

Sequence

Friday, January 11, 2013

Afghan Security

In the same vein, w/ a photo.

DIA Welcomes The Ravens

We guess the Comic Sans indicates sarcasm.

Money, Meet Mouth

Well then. Who is James "Mr. Big Talk" Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, going to kill now that his handgun carry permit has been lifted? Yesterday he certainly wasn't going to take even one more provocation.

The Way We Weren't

With Superstorm Sandy, the London Olympics, continuing unrest in the Middle East and the U.S. presidential election, there's been no shortage of big headlines in 2012. Economic struggles, political gridlock, natural disasters, red carpet coverage of the top award shows and Obama’s reelection. We covered it all. If you’re working on your 2012 year-in-review content, AP Archive has all the footage you need! Whenever a story broke in 2012, AP's cameras were on the ground, capturing the news as it happened. We can help you highlight all the top moments, names and news in your look back at the year that was 2012!Soundtrack is abysmal contemporary horseshit. Try this.

Note to Self: Check List Twice

Not one of those "He was so quiet & polite. You'd just never think ..." deals at all.
Students said that even though they were shocked that a shooting occurred, they didn't have trouble guessing who the gunman was.

Senior Rebecca Jackson was in a physics classroom just above where the shooting took place. She told the Bakersfield Californian, "I heard a popping noise and then everything went into lockdown. I knew, like immediately, that it was (the suspect)."

Taft junior Katie Wolfe told the Californian, "He does say stuff like that a lot. I’ve never heard him say a name that he was gonna shoot anybody in specific. I thought he was just kidding ’cause he’d say it all the time, and he never did anything since freshman year."

Angela Hayden, the parent of a student, told the Los Angeles Times the suspected shooter allegedly threatened to kill her daughter and other students last year on a field trip to Universal Studios. She said, "Everybody knew about this kid."

There are lots of unconfirmed rumors circulating on Twitter that Oliver had a hit list and had even been suspended for creating one last year. A few students even tweeted their concerns about Oliver last month.

Authorities confirmed that they are investigating just how long the gunman had planned the shooting, noting that it could have been as long as a year.

“He had intended targets. There's no question,” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. "Certainly the two people that he targeted had bullied him, in his mind."
Well, shit, once they've gotten in your mind & are bullying you from the inside, what else can you do?

Waterlogged

Via The Thunderblog & Doves Today, we see that Carmi's theme this wk. fits some pix we took some time last yr.; in the spirit of excess, here are a bunch of 'em.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Expository Thought Bubble

Annals Of Evolution

Slate readers ask the important questions,

How Did Humans Figure Out
That Sex Makes Babies?

then Slate more or less answers:
If we humans have essentially always kind of understood that the deed leads to the delivery room, did that knowledge have any consequences on our evolution as a society? Holly Dunsworth argues that, of the entire animal world, “reproductive consciousness” is unique to humans. That special knowledge may help explain both the evolution of our taboos around sex and our ability to bend nature’s procreative capacities to our favor in everything from dog-breeding to family planning.
Another evolutionary consequence: If females hadn't connected doing it w/ reproduction a long, long time ago they would have killed all the males by now.

Insecure Mess

The mess is not (as some might imagine) us, or anyone we've dated, but Oracle's Java.
"Java is a mess. It's not secure," said Jaime Blasco, Labs Manager with AlienVault Labs. "You have to disable it."
Off w/ its head!

Also, too.

Local Action Film Commentary

It's obvious we'd link to something w/ a line like this:
A complete whitewashing of one of the most vicious and racist paramilitary organizations in American history: the Los Angeles Police Department.
Testify, brother.

"Heh. Indeed." Dep't.

Good one from Barbara of The Mahablog:
Apparently there’s a law in Arizona that says if a firearm is abandoned and recovered by police, the police are required to re-sell the firearm to a licensed gun dealer. In Arizona, apparently, destroying a firearm is some kind of sacrilege.

I say someone should publish photographs of an assault rifle submerged in urine, and watch the Right freak out.

Pindicked Paranoid Threat Of The Day

WARNING: Speaks the words "fuck" & "fuckin'." Also threatens to "start killin' people," but that's perfectly acceptable in American discourse. Context.The implied threat of violence that most of these toads try to skip nimbly around isn't so implied any more, is it? Anyway, bring it on, you onion-headed fuck. We're sure your weapons will work as well for you as they did for this loser.
Is facial hair pretty much "assholes only" these days? (As we have an extensive collection of black T-shirts, we've nothing to say on them.)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

First Amendment Freedom

Imagine our surprise upon reading this
This article has been taken down as it breached an embargo.
After we'd read this in our reader:

British forces to be equipped with Glock pistols for protection in Afghanistan

New weapons will replace venerable Browning sidearms that MoD says are too slow to fire in case of close-quarter attack
British troops in Afghanistan – and on future operations anywhere else – will be better able to defend themselves with the help of the first new standard pistol issued to the armed forces in more than 40 years.
Faced with the threat of attacks at close quarters – not least from members of the Afghan security forces turned by the Taliban or bearing individual grievances – the new weapons will enable them to shoot faster and more effectively, troops say.
More than 25,000 Austrian-made Glock pistols will finally replace the clunky Browning sidearm with which squaddies and commandos have had to cope for decades, the Ministry of Defence announced on Wednesday.
An £8.5m contract has been awarded to Glock after a tendering contest and trials stretching over two years. No British company competed; even the new pistol's holster is made abroad, in Italy.
The MoD recently urgently ordered a consignment of Swiss Sig Sauer pistols to enable British troops to protect themselves better in Afghanistan.
The new pistol, a variant of the Glock 17, will make it easier for British soldiers "to shoot back", said Colonel Peter Warden, head of the MoD defence equipment organisation's light weapons team.
The 9mm Glock is lighter and tougher than the Browning but above all much easier to fire – advantages which have already attracted US law enforcement agencies, including police forces, to the weapon.
The new pistol can be removed from its holster and fired within a second. With the Browning it would take four seconds or more.
"If I'm getting it out in under a second, I'm going to win it," said Marine Sergeant Steve Long, who has been deployed twice to Afghanistan as well as to Iraq and Sierra Leone. He tested the Glock in the heat of Brunei.
Speaking at Woolwich Arsenal in south-east London, where journalists and officials were invited to test the new pistol, he described the decision to equip British troops with the new weapon as a "massive step forward". He explained that with the Browning, a soldier had to undo the holster flap, flick the safety catch and draw a bullet from the magazine before firing a shot.
The Glock has built-in safety catches, and the pistol can be kept fully loaded with a round in the chamber even when it is in the holster. Its magazine can hold 17 rounds, compared to just 13 in the Browning.
"Pistols are vital in close combat and are a key part of a soldier's armoury," said Warrant Officer Mark Anderson of the Royal Marines. Personal sidearms were described by soldiers on Wednesday as "lifesavers".
Warden said that a Glock pistol will be available to every British soldier in Afghanistan later this year. Whether they will be issued with the new pistol will be up to their commanding officer.
The announcement was a significant moment in the long history of the ubiquitous Browning pistol – a personal weapon that Saddam Hussein frequently had at his side. Libya's Colonel Gaddafi also had one – gold-plated, and with his image on its handle. Libyan rebels waved it in the air when he was captured during the 2011 revolution.
Eat it, Royal Army/MoD. Eat it raw.

Soft On Communism

In the item below we mentioned the local now pay-walled fish-wrap/cage-liner/dog-trainer & wished you luck w/ the link to one of their items. Speaking of almost literal devils, we then came upon the L.A. Times & The Nix:
The Nix w/ the microfilm from the pumpkin.
PHOTO COURTESY OF X-RAY DELTA ONE.
But all of Nixon’s youth, intellect, and energy—in particular a talent for debate—would not have been enough to defeat Jerry Voorhis, not even with Nixon’s willingness to hint that Voorhis harbored softness toward Soviet Communism. What helped most was the intercession of a newspaper, the Los Angeles Times.

Today, you often hear the complaint that too many shouting, cable-enhanced voices have drowned out sensible political debate, and perhaps that’s true. One tends to forget, though, that newspapers like the Los Angeles Times had one voice—and that it overwhelmed all the others. That voice was shaped by the paper’s political editor, Kyle Palmer, an undersized, charming, and deeply partisan man who’d been with the newspaper since 1919. It is no exaggeration to say that Nixon, for all his vaunted antipathy to the press, owed his career to this single journalist and his paper.

[...]

By “we,” Palmer meant not only himself but the paper’s owners, the Chandler family, who likewise made no effort to hide their political leanings. When Nixon visited the Times, Palmer escorted him into publisher Norman Chandler’s office. “His forthrightness, and the way he spoke, made a deep impression upon me,” Chandler told Kornitzer, “and so—after Nixon departed—I told Mr. Palmer: ‘This young fellow makes sense. He looks like a comer. He has a lot of fight and fire. Let’s support him.’” Nixon was suitably appreciative: “After all, I was nothing at the time, a small-time lawyer just out of the Navy,” he told Kornitzer. “The support was tremendously important in assuring my nomination for Congress.”
A marriage made by Hell.

Local Music Action

Who's Herbert?Context. Further context.

100 Yrs. Of An American Asshole

The date (7 November) on this AP photo
might indicate this is Tricky Dick Nixon advising the liberal media it won't have him to kick around any more after his ass was handed to him in the Calif. gubernatorial election of 1962. If only.

On the other hand, The Nix's Southern Racist Strategy will probably be responsible for the eventual (The sooner the better.) dissolution of the Republican party.

Happy hundredth birthday, you paranoid, hate-filled McCarthyite shit. Is your upper lip as sweaty in hell as it was in the debate w/ JFK?

Also too: WATERGATE!!!

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.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

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.
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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

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.