Friday, February 29, 2008
A Foolish Inconsistency Is The Hobgoblin of Small Minds
I think Barack Obama didn't go far enough distancing himself from Louis Farrakhan.Why do you think they call you a conservative blogger, Divine Ms. A.? How much farther can/should Sen. O. go, short of a physical attack on Farrakhan? Especially when you yourself admit that McCain actively solicited Hagee's support? NOTE: This item originally appeared in a different (crummy) form because your Editor ran out of time to polish it & provide links. Do click on Ms. Althouse's links though, even if they all lead to her own items. She seems to be stuck in frightful legalistic pickiness concerning Sen. Obama's "non-denunciation" of Farrakhan.
On a touch-tone phone, the digit 1 is in the upper left corner. On a desk calculator [and on the number pad of a personal computer] the digit 7 is there instead. "Why did the phone company deliberately violate the standard when they introduced touch-tone"? you ask... My father was an early adopter of touch-tone. He often got misdials because he touched too fast, and the phone company couldn't handle it. He complained and the phone company's customer service rep said that fast typists often jammed the system. They had to make the touch-pads different from calculators so there wouldn't be hundreds of thousands of people so well practiced at typing numerals fast that they would often get misdials. The phone company almost certainly chose that layout with that in mind.Do any of the early adopters out there recall Touch-tone™ 'phones w/ a standard ten-key pad?
Have a Beer W/ FEAR(-Monger)
No shit, Sherlock. It's high now. Are the White House flunkies afraid to tell W(orst) what's going on? Is his reaction to every briefing the standard "You've covered your ass, get lost?" And decent Americans couldn't expect an oil co. to reduce its profits to mere hundreds of millions from billions just to pay some taxes to the gov't. that spends billions of dollars to make the Middle East "safe" for
When asked about the possibility of the price going that high, president says, 'That's interesting, I hadn't heard that.' He also says a tax hike on oil companies would drive the price up further. WASHINGTON -- The prospect of sharply higher fuel prices, including $4-a-gallon gasoline, may not have made it into Oval Office briefing books, perhaps explaining why President Bush was surprised Thursday when a reporter mentioned what energy analysts are saying could happen soon in many parts of the country. "Wait, what did you just say? You're predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline?" Bush responded to a reporter who said some analysts expect prices to soon climb that high. "That's interesting. I hadn't heard that. . . . I know it's high now."
Yep, permanent tax cuts for W(orst)'s "have" base will be making things much better for people who pump their own gas, won't they?
Bush's acknowledged unfamiliarity with the recent cost of gasoline produced some fumes at the pump. At a Shell service station in the Bay Area city of San Mateo, the price of a gallon of regular had already reached $4.29, well above the state average of $3.42, as measured by the AAA auto club. "Bush is out of touch with a lot of things we are facing today," said 33-year-old Marisa Cajbon, who was filling her Toyota Sequoia SUV with the expensive fuel. "I have to buy gas. I need to work. I have two kids. I think it's unfortunate. I think it's a crime." [...] Bush said he understood that uncertainty about the economy was hard on American consumers. But he said the answer was for Congress to make the tax cuts he pushed through in his first term permanent. Many lawmakers have balked, arguing that those reductions have led to a dangerously large federal budget deficit."If you're out there wondering . . . what your life is going to be like and you're looking at $4 a gallon, that's uncertain," Bush said. "And when you couple with the idea that taxes may be going up in a couple of years, that's double uncertainty." The average U.S. pump price was $3.16 a gallon Thursday, according to AAA, but higher in many regional markets. Roy Persinco, who filled up his Ford 250 pickup truck for $3.25 a gallon at a Santa Monica Shell station Thursday, said he spent $125 a week on gas. "I can't believe that an ex-oilman could be so unaware and ignorant of what is going on around him in the real world, but I'm sure his old buddies in the oil industry can tell him they're doing just fine," Persinco said. Another motorist, Grant Reese of West Los Angeles, volunteered to help the president keep in touch during his remaining days in office, lest he be caught off guard by the Washington press corps again. "I'd be happy to send him all my credit card receipts for gasoline from now on," Reese said, watching the pump top $40 as he filled the tank of his Nissan Altima at a Sam's Club station in Long Beach. Energy analysts have offered motorists little solace, saying that the rules of supply and demand for gasoline and other fuels are apparently being overridden, and commodity prices are continuing their run.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Plea For Attention
D for The Dead/Who Rise From Their Graves/To Chop Off Your Head
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Will Not Be Missed, Ever
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Are The Fucking Oscars™© Over Yet?
There'll Always Be An England
Retired English soccer star Paul Gascoigne was detained under the Mental Health Act after a series of bizarre incidents at a London hotel, according to London's Daily Mirror newspaper. The paper reported that Gascoigne "was almost permanently drunk, set off a fire alarm, spent hours gambling with staff and wandered around clutching plastic battery-operated parrots, during his two-week stay. "There were also reports he would order raw liver from room service -- and answer his door stark naked," the paper reported. A British tabloid, the Sun, followed up with a report that Gascoigne had recently checked into a rehabilitation center to help cure an addiction to Red Bull energy drink. It said he had been drinking 50 cans every day.Sadly, we haven't the energy or desire to bother w/ any of that. Not that we'd eat even cooked liver. (Stay away from organ meats, folks. Eating a liver is like smoking a cigarette filter, f'r crissakes.) Or drink Red Bull™, let alone fifty a fucking day!! What the hell? Where's our battery-operated parrot, damnit? From the L. A. Times, but we'll bet if you searched the Daily Mail or The Sun there may be more details.
Monday, February 25, 2008
We Couldn't Have Put It Much Better Ourself, So We Didn't Bother
I read with amazement your lead article on gangster shootouts on the streets of L.A. Please understand why the rest of the world assumes your society is utterly beyond redemption. The thought of America having the moral authority to lecture anyone is preposterous. In Australia, we had the worst mass civilian shooting ever. Our former prime minister set about banning ownership of anything but a single-shot rifle. The state governments fell into line. It is surely time for any sane American to demand your government do likewise. I won't hold my breath, however. Paul Murphy Sydney, AustraliaEmphasis ours.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
P. S.: What happened to the eye patch you used to sport in the author photos on your book covers, Andy? We were looking forward to calling you a one-eyed freak. Turns out you're merely a garden-variety freak.
we were confusing Mr. Klavan w/ one Andrew Vachss, who writes real books (well, crime fiction, or mysteries, or however you want to classify it).CONTINUED (25 February 2008 @ 1011): Time constraints yesterday prohibited us from finishing our abject apology. Here's the rest. This part:
If you've not heard of Mr.was in reference to some of Mr. Vachss' work, as determined from the covers of his books during our tenure as a book shelver at Borders Books Music Video and a Cafe™. (Those who are concerned about the pay & treatment of working people will not patronize that chain, by the way.) Excuse the living hell out of us for not being able to tell the difference between Andrews.
Klavern(sorry)Klavan before, he's one of those "That was despicable, let's look at it again" crime authors who doth protest the atrocities they delineate a bit too much.
In Which We Tear Some Candidates Some New Ones
“I’m pretty sure there will be duck hunting in heaven, and I can’t wait.” — Mike Huckabee “I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” — Mitt Romney “I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints if you will.” — Mitt Romney, amending the record once it was pointed out that he had never had a hunting license. “Maybe he can get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his yard.” — John McCain “My father taught me to shoot 100 years ago.” — Hillary ClintonWe can't wait for Huckleberry to
Treason? What About It? We Didn't Ask to Be Born in This Country of Thieving, Lying Murderers, & We Hold No Allegiance to It or Any Other!!
Dear Friend: Like most Americans, I have been both saddened and angered to hear of the substantial increases in reported suicides and attempted suicides of members of our military and veterans. At a time when we are asking so much of the members of our military, I believe that we must also be giving them the support that they need while deployed and after they return home. I am please [sic] to provide you with the text of my letter to General George W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the United States Army, regarding this matter. You can count on me to take every measure on behalf of our military. Sincerely, Barbara Boxer United States SenatorFrankly, what can one expect from people stupid enough to volunteer to "protect" a nation that won't even provide better jobs for its citizens than killing foreign babies to insure obscene oil company profits? P. S.: Why just Gen. Casey? Is it just punk-ass soldiers offing themselves? One would think more of those psycho jarheads would be taking matters into their own hands. Maybe Marines are just "man" enough to keep it in until they return Stateside, & then they'll take it out on a deserving civilian population. (Americans, not Iraqis.)
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Downtown Gentrification => Nostalgia
Fever Just reread an email I sent to an owner of a new club downtown (Crash Mansion) in answer to a jazz question she had. I found I had added this as a p.s. and forgotten about it. It was a couple days ago and I was a bit feverish from the flu. I like it. Apparently I need to get the flu more often. P. S.: I just read of your club somewhere. Nice to see all these nitespots coming up downtown. We used to haunt downtown in my crazed punk rock days...taking the last bus to Pershing Square and wandering the streets of skid row in search of loud music. Hanging out with Darby Crash at the Atomic Cafe. Smoking dope with some guys in back of the Brave Dog who were telling me about the band they had just formed called the Minutemen. Walking to Al's Bar when all those parking lots were spooky empty factories and the hotels were just a gleam in some architect's eye. That was 1980-81. Armies of beggars. Bodies in the street. Piles of blood and scabs and hair, like the Fear song said. A few years later we'd hang at Charlie's Obsession—now the downtown Charlie O's--and see killer bands inside as guys dealt smack openly outside. Lotsa fun back in the days. Too bad half the people I knew then are dead! It's a whole new world down there now. Have fun with it.For those of you who live in or will be visiting the gluteus maximus of The Beast, Brother Brick's jazz & the like live music selections/advice may be read each week in the L. A. Weekly, under the rubric "Brick's Picks," where he, too, writes in the second person plural (editorial "we").
Friday, February 22, 2008
A 16-year-old Argentine girl has given birth to female triplets - for the second time. The girl, named only as Pamela, had her first set of female triplets aged 15, having first given birth to a son when she was just 14.Stop it!! This horrid world has been "replenished" a million times over!! We're like fruit flies w/ this multiplication business. It's no longer fruitful, it's a drain on everyone & everything. Enough is enough, already. Seriously, find out what makes this child so fecund & develop something to stop it. Now!!
Overheard at the Library
Bufo From Hell
"They are round with big mouths, and they will sit there and grab onto anything that walks past."Also, Devil-frog existed before the impact that destroyed the dinosaurs, as did we. (Seems that way, at least.) Thanks to Just Another Blog™ fan Sophia (Not)Loren, who forwarded this to us. We did see it in yesterday's cage-liner. but as everything we've been doing lately seems to come from the L. A. Times, we weren't all over it. And we didn't even notice the similarity in names until it appeared in the in-box.
Later in the Day...
War in ah
Babylon Baghdad L. A.
The violence began around noon when a 37-year-old man police described as a bystander was shot more than a dozen times by suspected gang members as he held the hand of a 2-year-old girl. He later died. The toddler, apparently picked up by a passerby and carried to safety, was not wounded. As the gunmen drove off, witnesses told police, several pedestrians who apparently knew the victim opened fire on the car. Minutes later, police attempted to stop suspects driving in a white Nissan sedan about 10 blocks away. Three men jumped out of the car, and at least two of them fired weapons at officers. A man wielding an AK-47 rifle was killed by police as they returned fire, authorities said. Another suspect was wounded and later found hiding under a car, where he was still holding a semiautomatic handgun, law enforcement sources said. Police said he is expected to recover. But it was a massive manhunt for the two remaining suspects that shut down dozens of streets in Cypress Park until police arrested one of the men about 5:30 p.m. The other is believed to have driven out of the area, police said.Click the link above to see the picture of the LAPD SWAT officers, sporting desert camo (very effective in the urban environment, doncha know) looking exactly like U. S. troops in Baghdad. The stop sign, police cruiser, & more lines on the power/'phone/cable tee vee pole in the background are the only appreciable differences between Cypress Park & any Iraqi city. In other acts of fascism around the city, traffic has been screwed up around the tourist trap intersection of Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., in fear of terrorist activity at the Oscars™. Sounds like a good idea to Just Another Blog™. (The terrorist activity, stupid, not fucking up traffic for innocents who live nearby or must pass through the area to & from work & other necessary activities.)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Just a Bit More McCainery
In response to the New York Times article, the McCain campaign issued a statement from its communications director, Jill Hazelbaker, saying, "It is a shame that the New York Times has lowered its standards to engage in a hit and run smear campaign. John McCain has a 24-year record of serving our country with honor and integrity. He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the issues at stake in this election.Does the phrase "Keating Five" mean anything to anybody? Anywhere? At all? Sounds as if McCain's chummy relationships (bribery?) w/ lobbyists (sex or not) are about to come out.
Plus Ça Change...
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
"New Novelist" Gets Old & Dies
President Nicolas Sarkozy's office described Robbe-Grillet as "equally at ease in the expression of his most intimate fantasies as in the lucid and dispassionate analysis of concepts." "The Academie Francaise today loses one of its most illustrious members, and without a doubt its most rebellious," his office said in a statement.Au revoir, Alain.
Less Is More of the Same
Sunday, February 17, 2008
"You're a Fuckin' Dick, Man!"
Erik Prince's Catholo-Fascist Mentor Dies, But Not Soon Enough
Oscar™ Fantasies From a Fascist
"Oono." Hilarity ensues when a 16-year-old girl finds herself pregnant and gives the baby away to a similarly unmarried neurotic so that the infant grows up to become a drug-addicted loser and dies of an overdose at 23, whereupon the hilarity abruptly stops. What struck me about this film was that Hollywood filmmakers finally ended their attempts to sanitize and glamorize the irresponsible lifestyles that are destroying their own children before the paparazzi's very eyes.The answer to this problem wouldn't be real sex (& contraception) education, as opposed to "abstinence only" education, would it? Don't hold your breath, though, 'cause telling young people about sex forces them to "do it."
"Look, I'm just a fat little man in a suit making movies, but these soldiers are out there risking their lives to fight some of the worst enemies this country has ever faced. What kind of people would we be if we made films attacking our soldiers and their mission?"Yes, fighting those terrible enemies of America, the Sunnis & Shiites who've been waiting to get at each other since Saddam Hussein imposed his iron fist on them thirty odd yrs. ago. P. S.: Andy, it's an occupation now, not a war.
"All the Prosecutor's Men." Journalistic heroics based on a true story. Intrepid radio talk show host Sean Hannity fights for justice when the mainstream media attempt to railroad four innocent white students who've been falsely charged with the rape of a black woman.The key words here are: "Intrepid radio talk show host Sean Hannity." One can't help but wonder what Mr. Hannity's reaction might have been were it colored guys accused of raping a white woman.
"The Hours and Hours and Hours." An apparently committed lesbian reveals her true yearning to become a wife and mother. She gets married, devotes herself to her husband and two kids and looks back at 80 to find she's lived a happy and fulfilling life. OK, this one was a bit slow for me, but I did enjoy the scene in which the heroine's executive sister returns from yet another business trip and declares, "I feel so empowered!" before bursting into hysterical sobs.We really don't get this one. Is it part of the "dirty queers choose to be dirty queers, so it's alright to shoot them, or at least whack 'em around w/ a manly, firm baseball bat" narrative? Or is it "women are all hysterical witches?" Both? Or just nothing at all?
"Good Night, Uncle Joe." In the 1950s, a dogged congressional investigator hunts down a screenwriter who's been propagandizing and organizing in support of a Soviet regime that has murdered millions of people. In this groundbreaking work, Hollywood finally takes responsibility for the many filmmakers who gave propaganda and financial and organizational support to one of the most repressive and homicidal governments in history. The ad line, "Ideas Matter," says it all."Takes responsibility?" Wasn't the blacklist enough? Could we please have a list of all (any, is more like it) the Hollywood flicks that "gave propaganda and financial and organizational support to one of the most repressive and homicidal governments in history?" And people who give support to a gov't. that has killed or driven from their own country millions of people? A gov't., by the way, not located on the other side of the world, but right here in the U. S. of A., & supposedly responsive to the "grievances" of its own people? Should someone take responsibility for those people? If you've not heard of Mr.
"One Missed Call" Has One Good Weekend Jan 7, 2008 The weekend opening of Warner Bros' new film "One Missed Call," "outpaced all expectations," according to the Hollywood trade paper Variety. Taking in an estimated 13.5 million dollars at 2,240 theaters, the film's 6-thousand plus per screen average beat that of every other picture but the surging indie "Juno." The Japanese horror remake, scripted by Andrew, "hit the sweet spot among younger females, the target demo for PG-13 horror titles," Variety said. This despite what Andrew himself called "brutally bad" reviews. Andrew responded to the film's reception with typical wry humor. "Clearly, if newspapers were written by 13-year-old girls, the reviews would've been sensational," he said. "Plus, the world would be a better place all around."That's what "Hollywood" needs, more remakes of Japanese horror movies. Thanks for your contributions, you pathetic toad. P. S.: What happened to the eye patch you used to sport in the author photos on your book covers, Andy? We were looking forward to calling you a one-eyed freak. Turns out you're merely a garden-variety freak. UPDATE: See here for a correction & abject apology.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Using a sheaf of previously secret documents, the court is now hearing how BAE obtained the help of powerful friends to stop the fraud investigators. They included the then prime minister, Tony Blair, and one of Saudi Arabia's most influential princes, Bandar bin Sultan. Bandar does not deny himself receiving £1bn from BAE for his own purposes, although he denies there was anything wrong with the secret payments. The two judges appeared yesterday to have some trouble wrestling with the concepts involved. Moses said that surely, in Britain, for a suspect to issue threats of dire consequences if an investigation went ahead was simply "a criminal offence".Seems as if the Limeys have their own Blackwater:
There is a state within a state in the United Kingdom, a small but untouchable domain that appears to be subject to a different set of laws. We have heard quite a bit about it over the past two months, but hardly anyone knows just how far its writ runs. The state is BAE Systems, Britain's biggest arms company. It seems, among other advantages, to be able to run its own secret service.Big ups to Britain's own Guardian, for breaking this story that our own left-wing pinko media have used to shame & embarrass the Bush Administration. What? You say this hasn't been the lead story? That the leftist pinko scum whose only interest is to make G. W. Bush look like an even digger douchebag than he already is haven't been all over this? You must be kidding! How could those biased liberals miss a chance to show how the Saudi royal family & their allies in crime, the Bush family, haven't the slightest concern for Western Civilization or its safety? A Google search of "Prince Bandar + BAE" had this article as the second ranking American story. The first is from the NYT of 8 June 2007. Google hasn't anything about this latest horror from any American news source. Liberal bias? Bush Derangement Syndrome? Please!!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Annals of Religiously-Justified Sexism
People who are too nutty for the official Catholic Church indoctrinating innnocent children who have no choice about where they're being sent to school. And it sounds like a boarding school. ("St. Mary’s, which houses students in kindergarten through 12th grade...") Wonder what the Society of St. Pius X has to say about priests & altar boys? "No comment," perhaps? "The boss is out of town on a retreat in Minnesota w/ some of his little friends?" "We have to teach boys to respect the authority of men?" "Jesus says shut your mouth (or open it, depending) and take it like a man?"
The game was at St. Mary’s Academy, a private religious school that sits on a sprawling campus about 25 miles northwest of Topeka. Before the game started, a school administrator approached Campbell’s officiating partner, Darin Putthoff of Topeka, and told him a woman could not serve as referee. That would be putting a woman in a position of authority over boys, he was told — a scenario that was contrary to beliefs at St. Mary’s Academy. “I was upset,” Putthoff said. “So I said, ‘You’re telling me you don’t have any teachers at the school who are women?’” When reached Tuesday by The Star, the athletic director at St. Mary’s declined to comment, and other officials referred questions to the school’s principal, Father Vicente A. Griego. Griego was at a retreat in Minnesota and unavailable for comment, they said. The school is owned and operated by the Society of St. Pius X, a group founded in 1970 in response to reforms that the Roman Catholic Church initiated with the Second Vatican Council. The group follows pre-Vatican II practices, such as the Latin Mass. Pope John Paul II excommunicated the society’s world leader, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, in the late 1980s. Lefebvre died in 1991. [...] According to the St. Mary’s Web site, “The ultimate goal of our schools is to form good Catholics and good citizens in such a manner that the whole person may be submitted to the reign of Jesus Christ in the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical spheres.”
For Fred Shockey, the message that came from the school that day was far different.
A basketball official who lives in Wamego, Kan., Shockey worked two games at St. Mary’s just before Campbell’s game. He was getting ready to leave when the school’s athletic director approached him and said there had been an emergency. The school needed Shockey to stay and referee another game. Reluctantly, Shockey agreed to do so — until he found out what the emergency was.
In a show of solidarity, Shockey and Putthoff walked off the court with Campbell.
I said, ‘There’s no way I’m staying,’” Shockey said. “I kept going, ‘Wow. Wow.’
“I was so disgusted.”
In 2004, St. Mary’s chose to forfeit its football game against White City High School because White City had a girl on its roster. At the time, an official in the U.S. district office for the Society of St. Pius X told The Star, “We’re trying to form the boys to be gentlemen, and knocking a girl around on a football field is the furthest thing from that. … It’s not a game for girls, and not a game for boys to play against girls.”
An official at the district office said Tuesday that, like Griego, all designated spokesmen were in Minnesota and unavailable for comment.
In Old Westbury, N.Y., student Denisha Dennis started the semester on a sour note. She received a letter from the administration informing her that because of her GPA, she was being removed from the dorms and getting kicked off her meal plan. Now, according to an article in The New York Times, Dennis makes a five-hour round-trip commute from her parents’ home in Mount Vernon, N.Y. to the State University of New York, since non-university housing is rare in the area.Cheese & Crackers. One can only wonder if Denisha D. rec'd. a rebate for the room & board she didn't receive. As the Bruin editorial goes on to say, this is hardly going to help anyone get their GPA back up.
This Week's School & Governmnet Shootings Wrap-Up
Last Friday, a woman shot two students to death and killed herself at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge. Also Friday, a man shot at his wife, a teacher, in an elementary school in Portsmouth, Ohio. This week, a high school student in Memphis, Tenn., was shot, allegedly by a classmate, during gym class. And a 15-year-old was shot at a junior high in Oxnard; he has been declared brain-dead.From the L. A. Times. Not to forget the Kirkwood, Missouri City Council shooting last Thursday. That's still part of the wk. in question.
Yikes. And those of you complaining about hearings on this mess when there's a war on, the economy, & so on... Congress is investigating these issues because it may want to pass some laws concerning the issues. It's probably not a good idea that young people think they can & should use these substances to get ahead in scholastic & professional sports, or that young people (scum that they are) think they can get away w/ abusing these drugs. In adition, both Major League Baseball & the NFL (whose players have been much more honest about their performance-enhancing drug abuse than the baseballers, though the NFL hasn't been the subject of Congressional investigation) enjoy anti-trust exemptions from the gov't., so it is Congress's business. Just Another Blog™ calls for a deeper investigation into the roles played by team mgmn't. & ownership in the abuse of these substances.
Rep. Dan Burton, Republican from Indiana, called Clemens "a titan in baseball. All these lies, if they're not true, destroy his reputation." [...] Burton told McNamee, "This is really disgusting. You are here, under oath, yet you have told lie after lie." [...] Houston is GOP territory. Houston has an airport named after George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president and a longtime friend of Clemens. In 1991, while still pitching for the Boston Red Sox, Clemens visited Bush's home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and pitched horseshoes with the president. [...] George W. Bush is also a Clemens friend. Bush used to serve as Texas governor. Clemens' governor. In 2006, USA Today reported Clemens has a standing invitation to dine at the White House. On Thursday, one of McNamee's attorneys predicted Clemens will be pardoned by Bush, if and when such a bullpen call is needed.
"It would be the easiest thing in the world for George W. Bush, given the corrupt proclivities of his administration, to say Roger Clemens is an American hero, Roger Clemens helped children," Richard Emery told the Associated Press.
"It's my belief they have some reason to believe they can get a pardon."
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Sounds like the typical left-wing organization to us. Could be Code Pink, or MoveOn.org.
"People are very curious about us," said Gabor Vona, a former psychology student and rising star in Hungarian far-right politics. He founded the Hungarian Guard to defend what he describes as traditional values and his nation's cultural heritage. [...] The freedom that followed the collapse of communism, and then expanded with EU membership, has also unveiled a dark strain of anti-Semitism, prejudice and anti-immigrant sentiment that is being channeled by a new crop of small but noisy extremist groups. They are able to capitalize on disillusion among some segments of the population who feel bypassed by free-market reforms and globalization. [...] In Vona's view, Hungary never made the full transition from communism; he wants to get rid of Gyurcsany's Socialist government and return the country to an older time, with emphasis on pure Hungarian identity and Christian values. "Christian identity and Hungarian identity are one," Vona, who turns 30 this year, said in an interview at his office in Budapest. [...] What many people here find particularly provocative are the Hungarian Guard's uniforms (black caps, vests, pants and boots), insignia and flags. All of it is reminiscent of the Arrow Cross, Hungary's World War II fascist militiamen who worked with the Nazis and were responsible for or assisted in the slaughter of tens of thousands of the Hungarian Jews who were killed.Many Jews were shipped off to death camps; others were simply shot on the banks of the Danube and dumped into the river.
Vona says the red and white stripes and other emblems are from the medieval Arpad dynasty and weren't meant to evoke Nazism. But that explanation has convinced no one. [...] Anti-Semitism persists but has not been overtly violent in recent years, said Michael L. Miller, who teaches Jewish studies at Budapest's Central European University. He recalled being handed a leaflet a couple of years ago at a mainstream political rally that showed a big-nosed, kinky-haired man with a fistful of 100-euro bills, an unstated but not-so-subtle use of the Jew as the money-grubbing "outsider."
V. D., Performance Enhancing Drugs, etc.
In a 4 1/2 -hour hearing in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, McNamee's testimony was supported from the first capital letter to the last period. Clemens' deposition was contradicted from page to page. McNamee calmly withstood criticism of his checkered history while his testimony in baseball's Mitchell Report was supported by everyone from Clemens' teammates to Clemens' former nanny. Clemens, meanwhile, could offer nothing but unsupported bluster and banter before finally being gaveled shut by Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).We're happy to say that Rep. Waxman is Just Another Blog's™ Member of Congress, whether we're in the Armory or where we lived when we had someplace to live. And we're pleased as punch to see the Republicans once again backing an apparent liar. Not surprised at all, but pleased. Via the fish-wrapper, from across the nation (Well, from Newsday, at least.):
Shaun Powell, Newsday Without [Andy] Pettitte, the afternoon was much ado about nothing. Really, did you learn anything? Did it change your opinion? McNamee stuck to his story, Clemens to his. Both stories were running in opposite directions, like Hillary and Obama. The hearings lacked someone to trust and believe. Instead, the hearings had Washington-style justice, with Republican questioners lining up behind Bush backer Clemens and the Dems throwing up the dukes for McNamee. Wallace Matthews, Newsday You wonder why nothing ever gets done in Washington, why all these brilliant minds can't unravel the health care mess, balance the budget, find an alternative means of energy, end homelessness or figure out a way to keep more Americans from dying in Iraq. Then you watch something as comparatively simple as yesterday's hearing and the reason immediately becomes clear. This 4 1/2 -hour charade disguised as a hearing was Washington in microcosm. Democrats . . . put Clemens on the grill. Republicans . . . aimed their barbs at McNamee. And in the end, Clemens walked off knowing that since nothing was resolved, nothing more is likely to happen to him. Did Clemens perjure himself? Probably not. Did he expose himself? Definitely yes.Other columnists went much further in calling Clemens a liar. He's a Republican, what can one expect?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Joke of The Week
...university professors and lecturers who serve in a teaching capacity to participate in the FDD's Academic Fellowship program.Participants have included (names redacted for the sake of common decency):
Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Philosophy Department, Arkansas Tech University Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University Associate Professor of Political Science, Southern Connecticut State University Associate Professor of Political Science, Azusa Pacific University Paideia Professor and Holder of the Tower-Hester Chair in Politics, Southwestern University Associate Professor of Political Science, California State University at Chico Assistant Professor of Humanities, University of South Carolina at Beaufort Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics, California State University at Chico Professor of History, Grove City College Professor of History, The College of Mount Saint Vincent
Well, we didn't say you had to be much of an academic. And don't think it's going to be some picnic on the beach:
No free ride, either:
During the trip you are requested to dress in relaxed, business casual style. Acceptable attire for men includes shoes, khaki pants and a golf/polo shirt while women should wear a skirt/pants and a shirt/blouse. During off hours and on some visits to military bases you can dress in shorts and t-shirts- Israel is a very laid-back country. A light sweater or fleece vest might be necessary on some evenings and for air conditioned lecture halls. FDD will advise you about the dress code on a daily basis. Do I need to attend every FDD event in Israel?
Yes. Barring illness or some previous arrangement made with FDD, you are required to attend every FDD event in Israel. It is a condition of your acceptance into the program. If you have visited Jerusalem previously and prefer not to go on the tour of the Old City you may do so provided you advise the FDD staff of your decision, provide a point of contact, and rejoin the group on-time for the next day’s events. You will have plenty of time to enjoy yourself, but your activities will be largely group oriented. We should finish most days by 7:30 PM unless we have arranged a group event for the evening. Otherwise, you will be free until the next morning.
Under no circumstances will FDD pay for transportation costs that exceed the cost of round trip travel between your home airport and Tel Aviv.So there.
"Manic-depressive goth-barfly with an unhealthy appetite for pot and lager and ne'er-do-well men"
More of The Same
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
"Nothin', Y'Hear, Nothin'!!"
Monday, February 11, 2008
Kirkwood, MO Follow-Up
Gramophone Award Wrap-Up
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Dep't. of Amplification, Scatological Obscenity Desk
Other newspapers, on the other hand, had fewer qualms about Butz's insult. The New York Times, America's epitome of a too-genteel newspaper, wrote in its obituary, "Mr. Butz made a remark in which he described blacks as 'coloreds' who wanted only three things -- satisfying sex, loose shoes and a warm bathroom -- desires that Mr. Butz listed in obscene and scatological terms." Doesn't quite capture the flavor of the original, but it's closer. Reuters used a description similar to the New York Times' measured take, as did Butz's home state daily, the Indianapolis Star. None of them printed Butz's full joke, but their approach makes them veritable George Carlins to the Los Angeles Times' Jeff Foxworthy.(For the obscene & scatological terms, click the "Earl Butz" link above. Just Another Blog™ is much closer to Carlin than to Foxworthy, we say modestly.) What a paragon of tolerance the Sec'y. was, & shame on us for thinking he'd have used an awful term like "nigger." Our sincerest apologies to the late Secretary Butz & all of his family & friends. (Heh-heh, we said "Butz.")
Roots of American Socio-Political Idiocy
Corruption abounds. The U.S. secretary of the Interior is giving no-bid contracts for oil, coal and timber on public land to the president's corporate campaign contributors in secret meetings. Big Oil not only writes energy policy but also dictates military options and environmental priorities, this last mainly by dismantling protections enacted by previous presidents. The U.S. attorney general signs off on whatever comes his way, putting the administration's friends above the law. The FBI looks the other way. The president may not understand what it all means, but it's unclear whether he would disapprove if he did. What year is it? Here are a few more hints: The president's security detail shuttles concubines in and out of the White House and delivers payoffs to former mistresses to keep them quiet. His wife consults a psychic daily and punishes petty slights with the help of government agencies. Vocal upholders of public morals keep their gay lovers in Washington and their wives back home.Still guessing? Turns out it's 1922, not 2001-2008 or anytime during the Reagan era, as evidenced in a book about the Teapot Dome scandal. Also: The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby. Pantheon: 362 pp., $26 Merely as a pseudo-intellectual, we at Just Another Blog™ are outraged by what Mme. Jacoby has to say about you wilfully ignorant bastards & the future you promise us:
"a surge of anti-intellectualism capable of inflicting vastly greater damage than its historical predecessors inflicted on American culture and politics."As reviewed by Art Winslow, some sort of intellectual elitist who used to write for The Nation, fer crissake.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Open Letter to The Bastards @ Bugger™
Not Much Happening
Friday, February 8, 2008
The American Scene
The standoff began shortly after a man in Winnetka called 911 saying he had gunned down three relatives. It ended early Thursday -- more than eight hours later -- with a single round from a police sniper who killed the suspect as he emerged from his burning house firing a barrage of bullets. In between, two highly decorated Los Angeles Police Department officers were shot, one fatally.Out in a blaze of glory after killing the rest of your family. Just how we wanted to do it. If you can't get a celebrity or politician, your family's the next best thing. And lighting your house on fire is a nice finishing touch. Speaking of politicians, we all know how horrid the gov't. is, w/ its parking tickets & other affronts to freedom. One man stood up for himself last night. Best part of this one? The shooter's brother thinks it's just fine:
Thornton's brother, Gerald, told local television station KMOV that he saw justification for the bloodshed. "My brother went to war tonight with the people and government that were putting torment and strife into his life, and he ended it," Gerald Thornton said. "I'm OK with it."Hokey fuckin' smokes, what sort of family background/genetic deficiencies did these two have? Are there any more at home like them? Bear in mind that when it's Pres. Clinton or Pres. Obama, people like this will be coming out of the woodwork taking potshots at any gov't. figure in a last-ditch effort to stop the socialist menace. Meter maids beware! On the feminist front, we get this, hot off the presses this a. m.:
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A young woman killed two female students in a college classroom at a vocational college today, then killed herself, police said. The students apparently were shot in their seats in the second-floor classroom at Louisiana Technical College, Sgt. Don Kelly said.Sisterhood is powerful. Three publicized acts of multiple-victim gun violence in This Great Nation of Ours™ in about 36 hrs. Keep the chain going America, it's bad luck if you break it.
Conservative Movement (No Poop Jokes, Damnit!!)
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Loser Admits He's a Loser
In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington Thursday, Romney talked of Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama retreating in Iraq and declaring defeat. He then told the crowd he disagrees with McCain on a number of issues, but that he'd given the matter a lot of thought and if he fought on all the way to the Republican convention, " I forestall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I'd be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win. Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror." Romney added, "If this were only about me, I can go on. But its never been only about me. I entered this race... because I love America, and because I love America, in this time of war, I feel I now have to stand aside, for our party and for our country." The former Massachusetts Republican governor has been seriously trailing McCain in the delegate count since Super Tuesday. [Emphasis added.] Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., remains in the race but trails Romney in the delegate counts.We're closer & closer to a McCain/Huckleberry ticket. Two spiteful assholes w/ thin skins (anger management issues, in other words). Oh, swell. We just can't have too many hateful dipshits running This Great Nation of Ours™, can we? P. S.: Romney, McCain, & their pants-pissing ilk have already "surrendered to terror," merely by whining about it all the time.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Super Duper Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Wrap-Up
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Vote Early, Vote Often!
Monday, February 4, 2008
Will Not Be Missed
He was forced to resign his Cabinet post in October 1976 after telling an obscene joke that was derogatory to blacks. The slur was overheard by John Dean, Nixon's former counsel who was jailed in the Watergate scandal, and Dean's report on it was published in Rolling Stone magazine.And, especially for those of you too young to remember, here's the obscene joke that Sec. Butz told & the L. A. Times was too chicken to repeat. (We can't remember if "nigger" was used but the set up was that the only things African-American men were interested in were):
"Loose shoes, tight pussy & a warm place to shit."Just loverly, innit? What exactly made Sec. Butz think that most Euro-American males weren't interested in the very same things? (Apparently wymyn weren't even on the Secretary's radar.) We know, as a currently homeless person, that a warm (& private) place to shit is paramount to our well-being. And nobody likes tight shoes. As a mentally ill person, our medication has removed our libido (just as well, really) so we can't comment on the other interest.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Awful Person of the Week
Mitt Romney is a forward thinking individual who, through business, understands the importance of people, our impact and influence. His success is based not in contempt for people, but in working with them. Many, including myself, have worried that one of Romney's weaknesses is that he doesn't have a "romantic" backstory like McCain, but I was wrong. Romney does have perhaps the most romantic backstory--his is the only history made of helping other people gain success. Clinton and McCain have spent their lives celebrating themselves and using others to gain personal power.Yep, leveraged buy-outs followed by lay-offs & re-selling companies for a huge fucking profit, the very definition of "understands the importance of people, our impact and influence." (Tammy writes well, too, another criterion for "awful person.") Certainly not one working stiff has been used to gain any wealth or power for ol' Mittens. By the way, we've heard Mittens described as a "self-made man." Sure, if pater was the head of American Motors, the governor of Michigan & a serious contender for the Republican presidential nomination until he made the mistake of telling the truth about Vietnam, anything you do is completely on your own. Dug ditches 50 hrs. a wk. to get himself through correspondence school, if we're not mistaken. Totally self-made. We feel sick, & our time runneth out. (So does yours.) Ciao 'til next time!!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Annals of Sociology or Some Other Soft Science...
Friday, February 1, 2008
Every Few Months
Good, that is, except for the Milton Friedman/poor people suck/Megan McArdle-style reference, but poor people are more likely to blow their $600.00 all at once. We (all us po' folk, not merely The Editor) know there's no future. (And barely a past to speak of.)
The idea is this: Say, for instance, I got $600, and I spent it on strippers. Those strippers would then buy clothes at Bebe, and the person who owns Bebe would buy the crappy house I overpaid for and get me out of the financial predicament caused by unscrupulous mortgage lenders and not by my addiction to strip joints.