Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wrong Isn't The Word

James "Lurch" Lankford (R-Cadaverous)
No casting director would suggest Congressman James Lankford (right) as a sociopathic weirdo because it would be the rankest & most obvious typecasting in recorded history. We say that w/o having listened to the sociopathy that he spews at length. The eyes are the window to the soul; do not look into his (Even in a photograph!) for long.

Not to mention his constituents, worried about the growing evidence that the crazed children of inbred idiots like this woman are being dosed w/ psychotropic drugs by the government,which is obviously what's behind school shootings. L. Ron Hubbard would be proud.

L. Ron would also admire the way Lankford got off the black helicopter tangent Mme. Defarge there was about to get on & managed to work in the usual ++tired reactionary & racialist boilerplate about "welfare moms," SSI & disability, including bogus concern about labeling a child disabled; apparently as soon as you stop calling little Janey Sue "disabled" she'll get off her gimp ass & get a job to pay for that wheelchair, home-care worker or whatever the hell. Just cut the autism act out you little slacker!

We are so enraged by the sheer repetitive boredom of this sort of thing from these sorts of people that we'd rather make the effort to beat Lankford back into the grave/circle of hell whence he rose w/ a blunt instrument (Golf club, table leg, Doc Marten's; not picky.) than follow our first instinct, which was merely to pump him full of lead from a safe distance.

He'd Open The Gas Chambers!

NewsBusters provides no context, of course, but we do:

Is It Still 22 Jan.?

Yes? Well then ...

Notes on LBJ’s Death From His Closest Aide

Also from Cronkite: Vietnam, energy crisis. Remember?

Another 40 Yrs. Ago

Dig the unprepared reactionary trying to spin the poll & everything else. Starts around (1:25)-ish if your time is too valuable to waste w/ Tweety.No specifics either. What "common ground?"

40 Yrs. Ago Today

"Hey hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" died on this date in 1973. (Apparently three wks. after Truman's death 26 December 1972.) And here's another of history's greatest monsters, the Nix, conversing w/ Johnson 4 January 1973.
It is 4:46 p.m. on Jan. 2, 1973, and Lyndon Johnson speaks to Richard Nixon for the last time ever. Nixon calls LBJ at the Ranch to report that peace in Vietnam is near, urges him to use his house in Key Biscayne, Fla., where their mutual friend Bebe Rebozo lives, and ascertains that Johnson will not be attending a Washington memorial service for Harry Truman, who had died a week earlier. Johnson says that on the day before, New Year's day, he yelled too much at the University of Texas football game, and as a result, had to summon doctors because "I had heart pains all night." Reproaching himself, Nixon says, "I called you at the wrong time!"
Stolen wholesale. Don't bother.

Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill:
I Got A Rage To Live!

The usual horrifying stats about the country that kilt the Injuns fer Lebensraum & took other human beings to use as slaves. (Sound like Hitler, & "free enterprise" too? You bet.)
These are startling figures, but they do not tell us enough about the cult and spectacle of violence in American society. Nor do they make visible the myriad of forces that has produced a country drenched in bloodshed and violence.
You're soaking in it, America.

Our emphases below, from personal experience. (Consider bolded terms & phrases like "blind rebellion, depression, rage & willingness of ordinary people to commit unthinkable atrocities" as a direct threat to somebody.)
The grave reality is that violence saturates almost every aspect of North American* culture. Domestically, violence weaves through the cultural and social landscape like a highly charged forest fire burning everything in its path. Popular culture, extending from Hollywood films and sports thuggery, to video games, embraces the spectacle of violence as the primary medium of entertainment. The real issue here is the existence of a pedagogy of violence that actually makes the power of deadly violence attractive. Representations of violence dominate the media and often parade before viewers less as an object of critique than as a for-profit spectacle, just as the language of violence and punishment now shapes the U.S. culture — with various registers of violence now informing school zero-tolerance policies, a bulging prison-industrial complex, and the growing militarization of everyday life. There is also the fact that as neoliberalism and its culture of cruelty weaves its way through the culture it makes the work place, schools, and other public spheres sites of rage, anger, humiliation, and misery, creating the foundation for blind rebellion against what might be termed intolerable conditions. Accepting the logic of radical individual responsibility, too many Americans blame themselves for being unemployed, homeless, and isolated and end up perceiving their misery as an individual failing and hence are vulnerable to forms of existential depression and collective rage. We have seen such violence among students reacting to bullying and among postal workers responding to intolerable work conditions. There is no one cause of violence, but a series of a number of causes that range from the war on drugs and the militarization of police departments to mass incarcerations in prisons to the return from brutal wars of many trained killers suffering with PTSD.[2] All of these factors combine in an explosive mix to create an dangerous culture of violence and cruelty and as Jeff Sparrow points out a “willingness of ordinary people to commit unthinkable atrocities.”[3]
Yep, there's more about what shits humans are, exemplified in what Giroux calls neoliberalism. Doesn't seem so new to us, but we s'pose it's the nature (& necessity) of academic jagoffery to come up w/ new labels for humanity's usual inhumanity to itself.
*Howdy, neighbours & vecinos!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Then, Now

Photos © 1936, 1964 Columbia Pictures, Industries, Inc.
All Rights Reversed
B&W (middle) photo.

Today's "Law-Abiding" Gun Owner

Wouldn't you think a brave & noble police officer (or oinky pig) would be the very definition of "law-abiding." (Where else in contemporary usage do we find "abiding," by the way? No usage I can think of.)

And yet ...
A Prince George's County jury found a D.C. police officer guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his mistress and their infant child, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

[...]

Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after police located the bodies of 20-year-old Wright and her daughter, Jaylin, in a park outside Washington. Prosecutors said Phillips shot Wright and then drove the child - still strapped in the car seat of her mother's car with the doors closed and the windows up - a short distance away, where he left her to die.

A heat advisory was in effect, and temperatures inside the car reached 125 degrees, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.
Do the D.C. police even do background checks for employment? And if background checks done by the police dep't. in our nation's capital can't determine they're about to hire a murderer, what good are any other such checks going to do?

This is not a call to forget background checks, but a demonstration that any one can flip at any time, background check or not, so just maybe no one should have guns. Especially not the fucking police, most of whom are thuggish compensating criminals to begin w/. Fuck them!

"Let Youth Go Ahead"

Dozens of Poems Created
Pyongyang, January 17 (KCNA) -- Poets under the Central Committee of the Writers Union of Korea created dozens of poems and words of songs in the first week of the new year.

Such poems as "Let Us Go for Great Victory" and "Our Strength, Banner of Victory" praise the greatness of the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un, noting that his ringing voice would always be cherished in the hearts of the service personnel and people of the DPRK.

Poems "Footsteps of the DPRK in the Year 2013" and "With the Same Spirit and Mettle As Were Displayed in Conquering Space" fully represent the firm will of all the service personnel and people to successfully carry out the tasks set forth in the New Year Address of Kim Jong Un.

Poem "Let's Dedicate Springtime of Life to Country" and words of songs "Dreamful Girl in Sepho" and "Let Youth Go Ahead" fully represent the unanimous determination of the youth to make a breakthrough towards victory in every worksite for great surge in response to the Party's call.
Copyright (C) KOREA NEWS SERVICE(KNS) All Rights Reserved.

Is this what the "DPRK Internet" looks like? Also, would someone pls. click one of those white squares & tell us where it goes. Merci!Never mind. Removed them.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

NRA & Crime: All For It

Interesting.

The NRA doesn’t protect the public. It protects the gun rights of accused criminals.

Down By A Point

The 27% loon line is slipping, if you want to believe some liberal WSJ poll.
What’s more, 49 percent hold a negative view of the Republican Party – its highest negative rating in the survey since 2008. Only 26 percent have a positive view.
That one percent slippage is doubtless w/in the margin of error, but not un-encouraging. If only the drooling reactionaries would absorb this information & stop pretending that an (incredibly silent) majority of the sheep are as ignorant & reactionary as the distinctly noisy quarter of the population. Hey, we have a dream too.

War On Wimmin Folks

There isn't one. Or is there?
“We have some problematic allies,” Hoff Sommers said in her opening remarks. “Conservative leaders and funders, they don’t take women’s issues seriously.”

“I’m not sure what’s worse: conservatives ignoring women’s issues, or conservatives addressing them,” she said as the audience laughed.

[...]

Sabrina Schaeffer, the executive director of IWF and a panelist, complained that Republican indifference to women’s issues was a problem she runs into. “I know sometimes when I go into a donor meeting and I see someone’s eyes just glazing over, like, ‘why would I care about women?’”

[...]

When prodded by audience questions, the panelists said that contraception was a non-issue. As Hemingway put it, contraception was thought up by Democrats who found it tested well in focus groups despite being a completely settled issue. Her response was to urge Republicans to respond with their own accusations that are “just as crazy,” something like, “they’re stealing your hot dogs!”
Equally crazy alright. How stupid are these dames to think it's a "settled issue?" Can they not read?

But wait, former President Lust-in-His-Heart has something to add:
So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention's leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be "subservient" to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.
Yeah right you sad-assed cracker fuck, it's just a question of interpretation. No way are all the fucking "holy" books patriarchal or anything of the sort, except to the literate population. And "selected?" Those books from the Bronze Age desert are a complete fucking contradictory mess. We figure heat stroke is as sensible an explanation as any for the crap written therein.

Also, J.C. is involved in an Illuminati-style conspiracy of wretched old men:
The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by former South African president Nelson Mandela, who offer their influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. We have decided to draw particular attention to the responsibility of religious and traditional leaders in ensuring equality and human rights and have recently published a statement that declares: "The justification of discrimination against women and girls on grounds of religion or tradition, as if it were prescribed by a Higher Authority, is unacceptable."
Guess Jimmy can't read, or doesn't want to face the truth about the bullshit he's been swallowing all his life.
We ask, in particular, that leaders of all religions have the courage to acknowledge and emphasize the positive messages of dignity and equality that all the world's major faiths share.
We're sure that the very minute someone finds something about dignity & equality in any of that shit they'll all get right to work honoring that. Or wiping their asses w/ those pages. When the Catholic Church in its resplendent Babylonian glory & excess goes on about "dignity" you know lay people are getting fucked over, figuratively & (if under the age of consent) literally, often in the ass. In this case it's pain & suffering (or, if you're lucky, drugged oblivion) while machines keep you alive & very dignified. Like when you're 92, shitting the hospital bed & have a tube shoved down your throat, &c, that's dignity. But hey, you wouldn't expect baby-rapers to have an understanding of normal or average humans.

Anyway, ladies, get back in that kitchen & be dignified, wouldja? Jesus isn't going to make those sandwiches for you, no matter how much you pray. And if you aren't a "lady," well, Jimmy Swaggart (Why is he still living?) would like a word w/ you. No, two words: "How much?"

Today's Tweet Of The Day

Deadspin may deserve a spot on the bog-roll.

Whole Food Fascism Follow-Up

Previously on Just Another Blog™. And now, the conclusion. (Or episode two, depending on when someone deals w/ this fucking jerk.)

More Buffoonery

Here's a fucking link so no assholes whine about their "rights," "payment" or other capitalist bullshit. Oh, guess what, the site won't load so we can't provide a link. Too fucking bad, but not our problem. Also, "intellectual" property is theft, so eat us!

MOMENTS LATER: OK, here it is. The above imprecations, insults & rudeness still apply, fuckheads! (Fuck, awfully cranky. Maybe it's time for lunch.)

Almost Forgot

Bowling For Buffoons

You may have heard that loud-mouthed one-term Congress creep & attention-whore Allen West, realizing he'll never again be elected to any office higher than dog-catcher, will be spewing his disturbed Jesus-loving ignorance for PJMedia's latest scam, something called "Next Generation." Because the yout' want a 51-yr. old disgraced Army officer telling them crap on the Internet.
Fuck off, gramps.
See if you can follow the tortured reasoning (for lack of a better word) here:
You may be wondering why am I taking on this mission.

Earlier this month, my family and I traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., to attend the 2013 BCS Fiesta Bowl. It was truly great to be in such a festive atmosphere, and even see some old friends.

However, as I watched the opening kickoff, I got that deep feeling in the pit of my stomach that it would be a long evening for the K-State Wildcat Nation. So my mind started to drift and analyze what was before me.

I looked over at my two daughters, dressed in K-State purple, and thought about my first college bowl game. I considered the cost today to attend a BCS bowl game, and thought about how the college-bowl experience will be something that will be harder for future generations to afford.

Is our dollar losing such value that ticket prices may become untenable for our next generation? I remember as a kid working hard doing errands and chores for neighbors, like washing cars and cutting grass, to earn the money to go see a game.

This is just one example of traditional American experiences we must stand up for in order to preserve the American dream for future generations.
What a sad jag-off. And an excellent illustration of just how pig-ignorant he is. It's the alleged weakness of the dollar that makes bowl games (Absolutely the most important part of the American Dream.) so expensive? Just how many bowl games did he attend w/ his washing & mowing money?

Not A Joke At All

Not to us, anyway. We are in complete agreement w/ the Onion.
Speaking with reporters, web users expressed a near unanimous desire to visit a website and simply look at it, for once, without having every aspect of the user interface tailored to a set of demographic information culled from their previous browsing history. In addition, citizens overwhelmingly voiced their wish for a straightforward one-way conduit of information, and specifically one that did not require any kind of participation on their part.

“Every time I type a web address into my browser, I don’t need to be taken to a fully immersive, cross-platform, interactive viewing experience,” said San Diego office manager Keith Boscone. “I don’t want to take a moment to provide my feedback, open a free account, become part of a growing online community, or see what related links are available at various content partners.”

“All I want is to go to a website, enjoy it for the time I’ve decided to spend there, and then move on with my life,” he continued. “Is that so much to ask?”
No fucking shit. It's why we prefer telebision to video games. We want to be entertained, not to perform more fucking work; nor do we have any desire to participate in anything w/ anybody. Ever. So fuck off already.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Today In Trollery

Here, a pissing match between two skunks:Cheezis. 70-80 yrs. ago we had Fred Allen & Jack Benny feuding, now it's these two. Talk about decline & falling down. Text.

Keeping The Grift In The Family

Whoa! When we heard the Prez mention Reagan's 1994 appeal to ban "assault weapons" earlier today we wondered if a reactionary would take the opportunity to claim (admit) that Ronnie was demented. And looky:Can't be coincidence that the above drooler has the same last name as the executive director of the ++nutty Gun Owners of America. Bet little Erich there can't find a gig in the real world of profit & loss.

Today In Anti-SemitismTheocracy

The situation worsens:
Early last year, Benny Katzover, a leader in the settlement of Elon Moreh, told a Chabad paper, Beit Mashiach, “I would say that today Israeli democracy has one central mission, and that is to disappear. Israeli democracy has finished its historical role, and it must be dismantled and bow before Judaism.”
Yeah, fuck democracy, some rabbi should be in charge.

Time Again To Get Out The Paving Stones

Also bricks, & even just plain rocks. Why? Because there are windows crying out to be broken in every one of Whole Foods' over-priced stores in this country. Also Canada & the UK.
Whole Foods CEO says Obama healthcare law is 'more like fascism'
Speaking of fascism, might not be a bad idea to steal copies of the asshole CEO john Mackey's new book & burn them. Maybe even soak the book ("Liberating the heroic spirit of business." Money-grubbing & exploitation is not "heroic," you pathetic sack of garbage.) in gasoline, heave it through the just broken window & see what happens. Target locator.

NB: Our simple suggestions are not meant to preclude anyone from spitting on, strangling, throwing organic tomatoes, eggs, &c. at or shooting a few rounds through the empty head of Mr. Capitalism. See if he's going to be in your sector pimping his forest-murdering waste of paper & go say "hi" to him. Here's another target locator. Note appearance at the Milken Foundation, 25 January 2013 at 1630. Says it all. Also note: The Milken Foundation is in Santa Monica (4th & Arizona) not Los Angeles, & The public is welcome to attend our forums, which bring acclaimed authors, economists and thought leaders to Santa Monica.

Is there any phrase more fascist than "thought leaders?"

Cult Report

Good news:
More Rastafarians Than Scientologists?

According to a former spokesperson for the church, there are only 30,000 members in an organization that church members are “forcefully encouraged” to join, the International Association of Scientologists. A survey called the Statistical Abstract of the United States estimates only 25,000 Americans call themselves Scientologists. “That’s less than half the number identifying themselves as Rastafarians.” (The Church of Scientology claims 8 million members worldwide—supposedly the number of people who have donated to the church. A recent ad claims 4.4 million new members every year.) The church has $1 billion in liquid assets, and in terms of cash reserves this figure eclipses the holdings of most major world religions. It claims to own about 12 million square feet of property around the world, with 26 of them in Hollywood, valued at $400 million. At its headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., it owns 68 largely tax-exempt pieces of land worth $168 million. The Sea Org is the church’s clergy, a navylike core estimated at around 3,000 to 5,000 members. Most of them join when they’re children, rendering services with barely any pay.
Rasta no pick pocket/Rasta no run racket.

America Continues Eating Its Young

From Aaron Swartz' funeral:
In 2011, Swartz was arrested in Boston, charged with 13 felonies, including computer fraud, accused of stealing more than 4 million articles from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Swartz’s indictment said he stole the documents from JSTOR, a subscription service used by MIT that offers digitized copies of articles from academic journals. Prosecutors said he intended to distribute the articles on file-sharing websites.

He was found Friday after he had hanged himself in his New York apartment. He faced 35 years in prison on the charges. He had pleaded not guilty and faced trial in April.

“He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” his father said at the funeral.

His activism and what friends claimed his crucifixion at the hands of cruel prosecutors and a heartless MIT bureaucracy have heightened debates about access to academic and other expensive documents online, and about how existing laws make no distinction between malicious and ideological hackers.
"Basic principles" are made to be betrayed, as far as we can determine.

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.