Saturday, February 9, 2013

50 Yrs. Ago

Lotta stuff happened in 1963. Lotta stuff vaguely interesting/meaningful to this reporter. And this crap:50 yrs. later they are 50% dead.

Put A Sock In It Already

++tiresome ... Monica Crowley brings the fear: Never before in all of American history (including, we suppose, the Civil War) has it been this serious! Debt! The very life of America!! Not Jimmy Carter, not Bill Clinton, but worser. Only House Republicans (Oh band of brothers yada.) stand between Barack Obama's socialist agenda & the Constitution. Do you hear? The life of America as we knew it!!

The same inanity, getting more tired & foolish every time we hear it, i.e., every single day. But they should keep crying wolf. When a socialist wolf finally shows up (It's a dialectic inevitability!) not even low-info voters will believe the skree.Oh, almost forgot. '90s Jennifer Aniston called; she said she wants that hair-do back.

70 Yrs. Ago: Victory On Guadalcanal

Also Beatles & Tail-Gunner Joe.Happening now:Yup, police officer, lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, just the kind of "law-abiding citizen" you'd want to have guns, & plenty of them.We're enjoying the shoe being on the other foot, as the police quake in fear & demonstrate again how poorly-trained & trigger-happy they are.

Moon² & Tree

Does Not Equal

Great rug. Host Porter Wagoner in the buckskin jacket. Note sponsor.

Friday, February 8, 2013

More Hateful Than Hater

Next time one of L. Brent Bozell III's prigs at NewsBusters has a fit in re: just about anything concerning the coarseness of the culture, remember this:
So, is Brent Bozell a "hater"? Oh heavens, yes. In case you aren't familiar with him, Bozell may well be Washington's angriest man, and one of the least effective spokespeople Republicans could find for their cause. His face twisted into a perpetual sneer,
Perpetual sneer.
Bozell appears regularly in conservative media to decry liberal media bias in anything and everything. His organization, the Media Research Center, spends its time upbraiding news outlets for every statement of fact that is uncongenial to conservatives and breathlessly exposing liberal opinion writers for expressing liberal opinions.

There are plenty of prominent conservatives in Washington who are very nice people, but Bozell is most definitely not among them. With one or two exceptions (Bill Donohue of the Catholic League comes to mind), there's almost no one in public life more consumed by hate than Bozell. He positively vibrates with hate. I had my own encounter with him in 2004, when we appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" and had what I thought was a perfectly run-of-the-mill disagreement about the presidential race; afterward he stormed into the greenroom, shouted that John Kerry and I were both liars, and when I asked him (politely and calmly, I assure you) what specifically he was referring to, he sputtered, "Uh ... fuck you!" and stormed out.
Wonder if ol' L. Brent III has any shootin' irons. 'Cause it would be irresponsible not to speculate. Public safety & all.

More on the War Between the Grifts. (War of Establishment Aggression?) The letter. Also this big furry schmuck, who is saddened thatthe "big sites" of the New Reactionary Media "are all suspect."
Read the article. Am I crazy or is the editor of this piece mocking Levin and standing up for establishment kingmaker Karl Rove?

Are there any big sites that aren’t dismissive of conservatives and the TEA Party?

We are in trouble.

UPDATE: No reading between the lines necessary. The Daily Caller has laid it on the line -

Mark Levin has signed a clown letter that embarrasses clowns.

[...]

The DC Caller is not only having trouble with the TEA Party, but they are having trouble identifying the left from the right. Why would anyone on the right hold up Ron Jr. as someone immune from attack, legacy or not? It’s a clown analogy that embarrasses clowns.

The only big site worth going to is American Thinker. The rest are all suspect as far as I’m concerned.
Gee, they really are out to get you, aren't they?

Computerized Communications Console

Men only. It's a Philco.The future, Walter?Dinner from punch cards. (If only!)"That area, over there."

Inane Drooler Of The Day

Chronic Organic Brain Syndrome? Catholicism? Is one necessary for the other?Either way, Alan Keyes is as bugfuck delusional/psychotic as they come. We can only hope he doesn't have weapons.

Police Terror Up-Date

Do not drive too close to the Police Academy if you value your life.
Photo by Echo Park resident
We value our life enough that we aren't going anywhere. If you thought the heat were jumpy before ...

Consumer Round-Up

Conservatives are contemptible, aren't they? We suppose it's not really their fault; every time we turn around another study suggests they are psychologically, mentally & physically deficient,* from their tribalism & unquestioning worship of authority to the enlarged amygdalas that make them quiver in fear of virtually everything, especially the new & different, said fear being what makes them so fucking gullible.

The latest example of unthinking dumbfuckery that (again) has us ready to kill? "Name" brands. The brain-dead like 'em.
Newly published research provides a compelling answer: brand-name products. Conservatives gravitate toward them, and Walmart, unlike Trader Joe’s, is packed with them.

That provocative conclusion can be drawn from a study in the journal Psychological Science. A research team led by Vishal Singh of New York University’s Stern School of Business has discovered a relationship between voting behavior, high levels of religiosity, and “seemingly inconsequential product choices.”

They argue that your decision to vote for a certain candidate, and purchase a particular brand of detergent, springs from the same basic impulse:
You're a fucking cretin.
*Yes, we're preparing a manifesto that will objectively demonstrate that conservatives are not nearly as advanced & developed as normal people, & that, as nature itself has made them incapable of benefiting from FEMA reëducation camps, another solution to the problem of these dangerous armed paranoids among us must be found. Any suggestions?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cliché-Slinging

Deep thoughts from someone who wouldn't call herself an activist. Really, she wouldn't.
Trotter herself seems surprised by all the attention. “I would not call myself a political activist,” she tells The Daily Beast. “I’m just very interested in our liberties under the Constitution.”
Trotter being the anti-feminist who told a Congressional hearing that she wants a scary-looking gun w/ which to defend her "babies."
Trotter speaks to committee. At right, Wayne LaPierre.
The 41-year-old is a mother of six and a partner in the law firm she and her father built. She has written for a few blogs, including the now defunct Christian-themed Evangel. She’s a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, a nonprofit research group whose mission is to “expand the conservative coalition.”
Whenever we at Just Another Blog (From L.A.)™ hear the phrase "nonprofit research group" we reach for our revolvers. Same deal when we see this much boiler-plate strung together.
She also defended her testimony further in an email, writing, “I am an unapologetically liberty-loving, tyranny-hating, red-blooded, patriotic American woman, a lawyer who is proud to say that the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the founding charters of freedom and that government of the people, for the people and by the people is here to stay.”
That is senior fellow-worthy blah blah yada yada if we've ever read any. And what exactly does redbloodedness have to do w/, well, anything, really? Are green-blooded, patriotic American woman not as patriotic as the red-blooded variety?
Patriotism-deficient?

That's Who Else!

See a couple items down.

Inmates Grab For Asylum Control

Ah, the Great Rift of 2013 looks to be underway at last, if this from the Daily Tucker is any indication.

We present the report from the front in its entirety, bolded here & there for those who, like us, have slightly better things to do w/ our valuable time than review this internecine tripe. But once we'd seen the headline
we had to understand the context. The proprietor of a reactionary website devoted to stoking fear & outrage among resentful Catholics, ethnic Democrats & other white cast-offs of the Great Society is indeed critically important to some revisions of history.
TheDC chose the picture. Wasn't us.
A group of conservative leaders has signed an irate letter demanding that a Republican political consultant be fired for calling the relatively undistinguished scion of a prominent political family a “hater.”

Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for the Karl Rove-affiliated political action committee American Crossroads, used the epithet when discussing L. Brent Bozell, the nephew of former Sen. James Buckley and deceased National Review founder William F. Buckley, during an appearance on a local radio show Wednesday.

The letter, which is being circulated by the Washington, D.C. based public relations shop Shirley & Banister, calls Bozell “a beloved and critically important player in American history.”

Bozell is known through his Media Research Center blog, occasional appearances on television and trademark bright-red beard.

“On behalf of the conservative movement, we are demanding you terminate Mr. Collegio,” the letter, sent to American Crossroads President Steven Law, reads. “An apology is not acceptable.”

The letter also implicitly argues that Bozell should not be criticized, simply because many members of his family were important conservative figures at one point.

“Mr. Bozell is what we call in our movement a ‘legacy,’” it reads. “He has devoted his life to the cause of American conservatism* as did his father, Brent Bozell II, who wrote ‘Conscience of a Conservative’ for Barry Goldwater.”

“Maybe you’ve heard of Brent’s uncle, Bill Buckley, whose words you misquote and twist as the basis for your organization enough to falsely suggest you know something about him,” it continues. “You may have heard of his other uncle, Jim Buckley, a former U.S. Senator, or Brent’s mother, Patricia Buckley Bozell—both important figures and writers in our conservative movement.”

“Ronald Reagan often saluted the contributions of the Bozell and Buckley families to the cause of American conservatism,” it says.

After celebrating Bozell’s political connections and genetic pedigree for several paragraphs, the letter then turns its attention to Collegio, who is mocked for using “the language of the establishment Republicans.”

“You obviously mean to have a war with conservatives and the Tea Party,” the letter reads, referring to Collegio and his group. “Let it start here.”

The letter is signed by radio host Mark Levin, Reagan biographer Craig Shirley and Daily Caller contributor Ginni Thomas, among others. Bozell did not respond to TheDC’s request for comment.
"Beloved," too, not merely a "critically important" playa. Hard to imagine whiny scold L. Brent as beloved; we can conceive of him as a playa, ah-iight, just not in American history beyond the obvious use as a peripheral bad example.
*Has never worked a day in his life, has never met a payroll, & because the free market doesn't have a penny for the Media Research Center or the sanctimonious unemployable-in-the-real-world-of-profit-&-loss weasels employed there, he is almost entirely dependent on the largesse of corporate & individual money-grubbers.

Obviously Local Action

A local thing, it appears.
Photo by Jessica P. Ogilvie/LAist.com
We've been trolling the internet trying to figure out more about these brilliant renderings, but the artist behind them remains a mystery for now.
via @adayinthelifeofeve

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Foundational Issues

TheDC grasps at the weak-on-defense "according to some defense analysts" straw. The headline-promised "experts" are actually one self- (or Daily Caller-)proclaimed "defense expert at the Heritage Foundation."
Foundation-wise, we assume the purpose of the Daily Caller News Foundation is training uncritical youth to record Heritage Foundation talking points & type them into something Internet-usable. Good job then, Robby Soave!
Deficit? "Washington's huge spending quote-unquote problem?" Waste fraud & abuse, to coin another phrase? Hah!! Not applicable to the Defense Dep't. Darn those torpedoes & full speed ahead!
Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, whose confirmation hearings began Thursday, is expected to preside over a gradual decline in funding for the armed services. This is the wrong approach, Slattery said.

“The Secretary of Defense should be clearly stating what US national security strategy is, and what it will take to implement that strategy, not, ‘this is how much money we have so these are the things we are going to do with that money,’” he said.
Not to mention that some say they are very worried about threats to their budgets, & are writing strongly-worded letters.
A recent letter from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Congress put the matter in no uncertain terms.

“The readiness of our armed forces is at a tipping point. We are on the brink of creating a hollow force.”
Below: Severely cropped image of a fraction of somebody's tax dollars at work in the service of BigGargantuan Oil & al.
FILE - 12 Nov. 2011: Nimitz-class aircraft carrier
USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) transits the Straits of Hormuz.
(Petty Officer 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/U.S. Navy, file via AP.)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Headache

Super!

Besides the surfing, The Coast is also the most because this mess
Why they fight: The Lombardi Trophy.
will (fingers crossed, knocking on wood) be over by 1900PST or so & we'll be able to get on w/ our lives.

BLACK-OUT UP-DATE (1755PST): Whoa! Typed too soon; 1900 is optimistic now. Also: Can't be random &/or accidental. Terrorism?

Morbid Motherly Up-Date

Nice to see that all five beneficiaries of the Zappa Family Trust are on the NRA's enemies list.

In related news, not at all nice to see that one-time Mother of Invention & Jet (of Ruben & the Jets) Euclid James "Motorhead/Motorishi" Sherwood died Xmas day 2011. Yes, 2011.
We knew nothing until we discovered that another Jet, Tony Duran (also played slide in post-Mothers F.Z. combos) who had been in one version or another of The Premiers, died the wk. before Motorhead.

We'd known Jim since June 1969, when we ran into him on a street in Paris. In L.A. we'd see him at rock'n'roll Ralphs, until sometime in the '70s or '80s when he made the "quit show biz (for awhile)" move & returned to the Antelope Valley to do something aesthetic/craftsy. We can't fucking remember what, may've been woodcarving.

If we kept up w/ Rolling Stone (as if it were still 1969) we might've seen their obit, which quotes the F.Z. biographical paragraph by which Jim will be remembered for however long anything/anyone is remembered.
Euclid James 'Motorhead' Sherwood I've known for 12 years. We were in high school in Lancaster together. He used to play baritone sax in the Omens. He has the ability to perform a dance known as the bug, which resembles an epileptic fit. He's one of those guys you say, "I know this guy who's really weird and I want to show him to you." He was our equipment handler for a while and when we started the atrocities we started handing him our instruments to see what would happen. He played things more imaginative than the proficient musicians could lay down. It was just him against the machine in his mouth, a saxophone. He is also very proficient at dolls and visual aids.
RS also called him "madcap."
Photo: Petra Niemeier - K & K/Redferns, 1967.
Counterclockwise Tony Duran (circled), Motorhead, "Buffalo Bob" Roberts, tenor player & the 42nd most influential tattoo artist, & bassist Bill Wild, on the first Ruben & The Jets album, For Real!
This reporter was in L.A. the spring of 1973 & attended some of the sessions for the album, at Paramount Recording on Santa Monica, east of Vine. It's still there, although Gold Star across the street has been a fucking mall since 1984.

Here Motorhead does some breathing exercises.We can only suppose that from here on it'll be double-obituary days, but yrs. late.

Citation needed indeed: Sherwood graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston[citation needed]. News to us.

Go 'Way, Ray!

Bored beyond limp by plea-bargained murderer/Bawlmer Raven Ray Lewis & his fucking story. Get off the nat'l. stage, you fuck, & Go 'Niners!!

Should the 49ers win, would this be the first time a city has held the world baseball & American football championships simultaneously?

Never Forget

J'accuse!
It can't happen here.
On the one hand, the United States aggressively tried some of them at Nuremberg, and deported others like Demjanjuk, who had acquired U.S. visas by fraud, granting extradition rights to those countries who wanted to try them. On the other hand, the United States hired, used, and protected several thousand Nazi war criminals and collaborators for scientific and espionage purposes. The use and shielding of these criminals for more than 50 years was and is a massive obstruction of Holocaust justice.

[...]

Also included on the list of “nations” that collaborated with Nazi genocide is the Catholic Church. Not only did local churches in Croatia, France, Slovakia, and other countries actively support the Nazi regime, the Vatican itself failed to use its authority over those churches to stop the collaboration in a timely, decisive, and effective way. The Vatican also silently condoned the activities of priests and bishops living in Rome who helped Catholic war criminals escape to South America and the Middle East on what has become known as the Vatican ratline.
Not in a million yrs.