Saturday, February 2, 2013

Accident Scene

Skull & Bones

Good day for pix.

Blue Note 1524

This is at least semi-wild.Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Kenny Burrell (guitar); J.R. Monterose (tenor saxophone); Bobby Timmons (piano); Sam Jones (bass); Arthur Edgehill (drums). Cafe Bohemia, New York, NY, 31 May 1956.
Never heard of any of these cats ('cept Kenny Burrell, natch, who comes in in the middle to whiten things up a little).

Worse Sign

Just wks. ago:

Friday, February 1, 2013

Arkansas Story

More on the morons of Arkansas.Crackers, please! Somethin' ain't right down there; check your fucking drinking water before it's too late.

And now must we stop our Verizon service & explain why in a threatening letter? (Those cell towers have trouble resisting gravity, you know.) Could be.

Evidence Base

Know Your Enemy

The face & voice of hate:
"I hear you loud and clear, Barack Obama. You don't represent the country that I grew up with. And your values is not going to save us. We're going to take this country back for the Lord. We're going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we're not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!"
-- Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert (R), at a Tea Party rally in Arkansas.
Political Wire & The Nation.

February First Friday Night
Musical Selection

Fun while lip-synching.
This is what Sarah Palin thinks the Battle of Lexington looked like.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Threat Level

Majority Say Government
Threatens Personal Freedoms

A new Pew Research survey finds "trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

"The poll found shows [sic] "that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree."
Name. Just. One.

Relativity Report

Apparently once one is over the hill & picking up speed in the race to the bottom time passes faster as well. Already the first mo. of the new yr. is behind us, & we barely noticed it whipping by.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Two Faces, One Patriot

©Nick Anderson

Theme Song

That synthesizer really isn't improving things.
[Another that didn't leave draft stage, from 19 January.]

Out Of Afghanistan & Into
The African Frying Pan

A reminder that the work of empire is never done.
For now, officials say they envision flying only unarmed surveillance drones from the base, though they have not ruled out conducting missile strikes at some point if the threat worsens.
Last June, a Washington Post report noted that: conventional aircraft hold two big advantages over drones: They are cheaper to operate and far less likely to draw attention because they are so similar to the planes used throughout Africa.

Law-Abiding Citizen
Thwarts "Home Invasion"

Friends said Sailors pointed
the gun at the car and shot
Rodrigo Diaz, 22, the driver.
Wait ... no, that's not quite what happened. Rodrigo Diaz, 22 (at right) was killed while driving away from a confrontation w/ a delusional paranoid who owned both a house & a gun.
Lilburn police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man.

Police said they were called out to a man's home on Hillcrest Drive on Saturday night.

A group of friends said they were going to pick up a girl who lived in the area to go ice skating around 10 p.m. when their GPS system sent them to the wrong home.

The friends said they pulled into the driveway and saw a man peer out the window. They said they waited in the car for a bit and then the man, Phillip Sailors, 69, came out of the home with a handgun, firing a round into the air.

“The guy came out. He went in again and he came out with a gun in his hand and he shot into the air,” 15-year-old passenger Yeson Jimenez said.

The friends said that's when they tried leaving the house, and said Sailors pointed the gun at the car and shot Rodrigo Diaz, 22, who was driving the car. An arrest warrant said Sailors had a .22-caliber pistol.

The passengers said Sailors never asked what they were doing there.

“’Shut up.’ That’s the only thing that came out of his mouth,” passenger Gandy Cardenas said.

The friends said Sailors held the rest of the people in the car at gunpoint until police arrived at the home. All three passengers in the car are Parkview High School students.

Sailors is being held on no bond on charges of malice murder. He has no known criminal history.

The warrant said the Diaz was struck on the left side of the head.

Friends told Channel 2's Tony Thomas that Diaz had just arrived here from Colombia three months ago.

Thomas has also learned Sailors is a war veteran and a former church missionary. Sailors' attorney told Thomas that the man believed he and his wife were being attacked.

“He is very distraught over the loss of life from the defense of his home. This incident happened late in the evening hours when he was home with his wife and he assumed it was a home invasion and he maintains his innocence,” the attorney said.
The perp: Too old to do sufficient time; torture should be part of his sentence.
The arrest warrant said Philip Sailors fired his .22-caliber pistol
in the direction of the victim while the victim was driving away.
Talking pictures for the less literate.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Fear Report

The artist blathers.

Free Flapjacks!

Pencil it in on your iPhone now:
IHOP is bringing back their annual free pancake day on February 5, which is notorious for its long lines, enthused crowds, and massive stacks smothered in flavored syrup.
Massive contradiction two paragraphs later:
The offer is for one free short stack per guest

Security Theater

Hundreds of people line up to enter the Legislative Office Building
to attend a hearing of a legislative subcommittee reviewing
gun laws in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Under heightened security, including the rare use of metal detectors inside the Legislative Office Building, gun owners warned that they shouldn't have to give up their rights after Adam Lanza killed his mother, then murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Fiscal Conservatism

Waste, fraud & abuse, to coin a cliché.

Fox News paid Palin over $15
per word, including 111 ‘amens’

Quantity is quality: If we got even 85¢ (US$0.85) for every word we typed at this mess we'd have been doing something besides sitting around here typing long ago.

Raw Story makes it so easy ... if there are adverts visible (just says "advertisement" in our preview) we all know free speech isn't, &c. And our sincerest apologies for the break, but we didn't want to dick about w/ the HTML when we could be eating or something.

Fox News paid Palin over $15 per word, including 111 ‘amens’ (via Raw Story )

An analysis by the University of Minnesota’s non-partisan Smart Politics website determined that Fox News paid former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over $15 for each word she uttered on the air during her three-year contract, and 111 of those words were “amen.” Following last week’s news that Palin…

Love Me Two Times


Today's factoid:
GSD type V is also known as McArdle disease or muscle phosphorylase (myophosphorylase) deficiency.
You don't say!
The disease was first reported in 1951 by Dr. Brian McArdle of Guy's Hospital, London.[3]

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Fuck The South*; California Über Alles

It used to be said of California, especially the southern part, that the United Snakes had been turned on its edge & everything loose (or all the nuts & flakes) had rolled to Southern Calif., where most of them opened a health food store in Venice or started a sex cult.

This slanderous calumny has at last been taken from the collective SoCal us by Gary Wills in the NYRB & applied where it's always belonged: To the dumb-ass crackers in the Bible Belt:
This is the thing that makes the South the distillation point for all the fugitive extremisms of our time, the heart of Say-No Republicanism, the home of lost causes and nostalgic lunacy. It is as if the whole continent were tipped upward, so that the scattered crazinesses might slide down to the bottom. The South has often been defeated. Now it is defeating itself.


Sunday Funny

Prowl Car Up-Date

Somehow failed to connect (not that we didn't make the connection, but for whatever reason, probably sloth, we didn't link the first one in the later one) these two items.

Now that's done, yet another unequipped black & white parked in front of a Ralphs.
Somehow this never made it past the draft stage on 18 January. To be sure we hadn't run it under a different title, we searched "Ralphs" & found a third suspicious car we'd recorded. Ah ha! Same car, 83507, spotted at a different Ralphs in 2011. No question now that Ralphs owns this vehicle & just moves it from store to store, so if you see it at your neighborhood Ralphs, shoplift away!

Them From A Summer Place