Monday, October 31, 2022

Here We Go! Helter Skelter!!

Candidate for Fayette Pa. House seat assaulted amid warnings about election-related threats and violence  —  A candidate running for a state House seat called 911 Monday morning after being assaulted at his Fayette County home in what would be the third time in two weeks he has had to call police to his residence.
Will a candidate, family member, or staffer be shot at, if not actually murdered, before Election Day? Question Two: What will happen on Election Day?

70 Yrs. Ago Today

The first "thermonuclear device".
Blows up real good at (40:45).Bonus track:

Here's Something Truly Horrifying

KFLA Los Angeles, Channel 8, offers this slate of programming. Real America's Voice features Steve Bannon talking shit & scaring children every weekday (Hallowe'en or not.) if you didn't know.

Hollow Weenied Demonization

Of course, we all remember the yrs.-long campaigns targeting Steve Scalise, & the "attempted assassination" of Justice Kavanaugh, wherein the "assassin" called 9-1-1 on himself.

The demonization of Nancy Pelosi

The apparent assassination attempt follows more than a decade of personal and unrelenting attacks against Pelosi. In 2010, Republicans launched a "Fire Pelosi" project which featured "images of [Pelosi] engulfed in Hades-style flames." Things escalated from there.

In 2018 and 2019, shortly before announcing her run for Congress, Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) "indicated support for executing prominent Democrats," including Pelosi. In a January 2019 speech, Greene said that Pelosi is "a traitor to our country, she’s guilty of treason," noting that treason is "a crime punishable by death." In a Facebook video the next month, Greene said that Pelosi would “suffer death or she’ll be in prison” for her “treason.”

According to federal prosecutors, many of the January 6 rioters were "searching for Pelosi as they entered the Capitol and shouting that they were 'coming for' her as they tried to get past law enforcement into the House chamber." A woman "allegedly demanded that police bring Pelosi out so the mob could 'hang that fucking bitch.'" A North Carolina man "brought guns and ammunition to Washington on January 6 and texted a relative the following day that he was thinking of going to see Pelosi speak 'and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV.'" Another woman "admitted filming a selfie-style video in which she said, 'We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the frickin’ brain but we didn’t find her.'"

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel said it was "unfair" to link the attack at Pelosi's home to Republican rhetoric. DePape, she said, was simply a "deranged individual." McDaniel did not address the fact that DePape was a deranged individual who embraced conspiracy theories promoted by Trump and other top Republicans. Instead, she blamed the attack on "Democrat policies."

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More Mental, Less Health

Monday Mental Health

Much recent talk about the inside of our brains. A decent, rational person can't live in a world of shit, pain & the iNternet, a world from which no one gets out alive, & remain decent, rational or sane.

Almost Busted

I'd just finished shooting flash images of the above decommissioned prowl car (Different day, same Target, different decommissioned car.) when one of the SUVs w/ which the LAPD replaced these Crown Vics pulled up, an oinker got out, acknowledged my prescence & drove the hulk away, absolute proof that if you see a Crown Vic parked in front of a retail establishment there's no thin blue line inside; go on in, help yourselves.

I'm sure they saw the flash, & was still putting the camera back in the bag when the ossifer acknowledged me. Decided not to shoot photograph the pigs themselves.

"Police and Thieves", dub-stylee.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Nevada's Nazis

Nazis are everywhere!
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Laxalt campaign paid thousands to political operative linked to Twitter account that denigrated Jews, women  —  A Twitter account connected to former Laxalt staffer Michael Pecjak has compared abortion to the Holocaust and claimed that “Jews are not a religious sect and are a cult,” among other comments
I missed WWII, but I'm more than willing to participate in a re-run or reënactment. That means you, Nazis!

Free Speech Death Con 3

There's nothing stopping me now/We don't listen to you (Fuck off!)
There's nothing holding me back/I want all the truth!

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Free Bird

“The Bird Is Freed” – Elon Musk Closes Twitter Deal, Opens New Era For Social Media Platform

Use of N-word on Twitter jumped by almost 500% after Elon Musk's takeover as trolls test limits on free speech, report says  — Elon Musk's Twitter takeover sparked a surge in the use of the N-word on the social media platform.  — A social media research group told The Washington Post the use of the slur increased by nearly 500%.

Still Applies

Just you wait until after the election.

Good News For Modern Man: Rip It Up!

Andrew Miller / Fox News:
Left-wing activists harass conservative reading Bible, steal book and rip it up, protester eats pages  —  The activists were protesting a speech by conservative author Matt Walsh at a Wisconsin college campus  —  Leftist protesters harass man reciting Bible verses, take Bible and rip up pages …
Fuck every one of you two-faced bags of Jesus shit & shred your Big Book of Lies.

Die Nazis Die!

Friday, October 28, 2022

Cultural Appropriation Dep't.

Jon Blistein / Rolling Stone:
Kyrie Irving Boosts Antisemitic Movie Peddling ‘Jewish Slave Ships’  —  The video is based on a venomously antisemitic book which asserts that “many famous high-ranking Jews” have “admitted” to “worship[ing] Satan or Lucifer.”  —  HOURS BEFORE ANOTHER Brooklyn Nets loss on Thursday, noted “free-thinker” and basketball player Kyrie Irving took to Twitter to boost a movie and book, Hebrews to Negroes, stuffed with antisemitic tropes.

The 2018 film was directed by Ronald Dalton, Jr., and based upon his 2015 book of the same name. A description for the film states that it “uncovers the true identity of the Children of Israel,” while a similar one for the book reads, “Since the European and Arab slave traders stepped foot into Africa, blacks have been told lies about their heritage.” Both suggest Hebrews to Negroes espouse ideas in line with more extreme factions of the Black Hebrew Israelites, which have a long history of misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and especially antisemitism.

The Black Hebrew Israelite movement is fairly broad, comprising organizations that (per the Anti-Defamation League) “operate semi-independently.” The movement generally coalesces around the notion that Black people are the real descendants of the ancient Israelites, with more extreme factions claiming that Black people have been “robbed of their identity as being ‘God’s chosen people'” (via the Southern Poverty Law Center).

It’s those extremist sects that have often parroted “classic” antisemitic tropes, like claiming European Jews (often referred to as the “synagogue of Satan”) wield outsized control over society, especially in industries like banking and the media. They’ve also pushed antisemitic claims that Jews are responsible for slavery and the “effeminizing of Black men.”

The broad Black Hebrew Israelite movement, as the Southern Poverty Law Center notes, has its roots in Black Judaism, which began in the South during the late 1800s. The movement’s popularity and influence can be tied to its key tenets of “self-empowerment and economic independence,” while rhetoric “emphasizing the biblical theme of an oppressed nation being led to a promised land, informed black activist thought right up through the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.”


The SPLC goes on to note that while the belief that Black people were descended from the ancient Israelites was always part of Black Judaism, that didn’t necessarily mean that “other people deserved condemnation or attack.” Nevertheless, the movement (like many movements) had its extremists, who paired those original messages of self-empowerment with more hateful and antisemitic rhetoric as the Black Hebrew Israelite movement evolved during the 20th century.

As for Irving, long before tweeting out Hebrews to Negroes, he appeared to tweet something in line with Black Hebrew Israelite thinking back in March 2021. The statement wasn’t overtly antisemitic, rooted more in that core notion that Black people are the real descendants of the Israelites. “You better stop playing with History,” he wrote. “You better stop lying to your people Europe and America. You better stop feeding BS to the innocent children of God. The Original people are returning, and this time God will intervene at every corner of the Earth.”
Jon Blistein / Rolling Stone:
Has everyone in this shithole nation lost their fucking minds?

"I Ain't Fakin'!"

This time for real. Last survivor of the Million Dollar Quartet.

I, Too, Have A Hammer!

And I Am Ready & Willing (Itching, Even) To Use It

Let justice be rendered!

Cat & Cactus

Our feline friend appears to be the church cat at Wilshire Presbyterian Church.

Block That Metaphor!

Real bloodbath at Twitter, huh? Take it easy, Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, in the Antelope Valley, things are more, shall we say, real.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Now It's A Free Country

Blood Of St. Louis Shooting Victims On Hands Of Mizzou Legislature, Among Other Scum

No One Is Innocent!

Police said they responded to a domestic disturbance at around 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the family's home.

"Officers responded and determined at that time the suspect was lawfully permitted to possess the firearm," a statement from police said Wednesday night. "A third party known to the family was contacted and took possession of the firearm so that it would no longer be stored in the home."

The updated information from police Wednesday night confirmed that the gun taken from the home was the AR-15 that was used in the Monday shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School.

In the Thursday statement, police again said there was no law giving them the option to take the gun away.

"The State of Missouri does not have a red flag law," the Thursday statement said. "That means St. Louis Police department officers did not have clear authority to temporarily seize the rifle when they responded to the suspect’s home when called by the suspect’s mother on 10/15/22."

Recently enacted federal law enhanced background checks for buyers younger than 21.

The new bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which Missouri Senator Roy Blunt helped craft, also cracks down on private sellers, requiring them to run background checks on gun sales, according to 5 On Your Side's Mark Maxwell.

But in Missouri, the Second Amendment Protection Act prohibits police from enforcing federal gun laws.

A private seller, & then the "third party known to the family" let the 19-yr. old murderer have the AR-15 back? May be quite a bit of blood on those hands too.


Inflation Beater

Thought I'd save myself some moolah by getting expiring meat at a dollar off yesterday.
Scanned it at the self-check-out, the robot made a beep & I shoved it in my bag. Apparently the dollar-off UPC wasn't in the system, because Mr. Machine didn't read it, saving this reporter US$5.99.
US$2.19 for three cloves of garlic? Yuck foo, Target.

Irony: Parked outside the Target, a decommissioned (note missing paint) police car, to dissuade shoplifters. Ha ha ha.
++Irony: Previous Target freebie.

Thursday Turkey Crow

Flash, No Flash

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Fasces At Cosmos Village

Get Out!!

Mike Calia / CNBC:
Ye escorted out of Skechers office in Los Angeles after he showed up unannounced  — Ye, who is also known as Kanye West, was escorted out of the Los Angeles office of shoe maker Skechers, the company said.  — The incident comes after Adidas terminated its relationship with the fallen rapper …
Is this dumb/crazy/peculiar s.o.b. so disconnected he just has no fucking idea?

Florida Man Schadenfreude Report

Attorney who fought Florida helmet laws died in motorcycle crash while not wearing one

Ron Smith, 66, and his girlfriend, 62-year-old Brenda Jeanan Volpe, were on their way to a funeral with a group of riders from the American Legion.
Well, maybe not instant, but it caught up w/ them. On the way to a funeral. Haw haw haw. Freedom's just another word for dead.[Tampa Bay Times]

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Justice Alito says leak of abortion opinion made majority ‘targets for assassination’  —  Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said Tuesday that the leak of his draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade made his colleagues in the majority on the U.S. Supreme Court “targets for assassination.”
An unelected, appointed-for-life junta of Catholic theocrats attempt to impose their idiotic religious beliefs on millions of non-Catholics, totalitarian shithole-style, & then the junta is shocked & horrified when the only possible resistance to totalitarianism is suggested. Snowflakes.

Artificial Ignorance

Feedly offers an "AI Engine", Leo, which presented us w/ this "regulatory change".
Seemed a bit odd, & I couldn't remember there being a Douglas in the current Senate. And there isn't. Digby was quoting Lincoln, from oh, maybe 140 yrs. ago.

Beginning to think the Robot Menace isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Eff You In The Mouth, Dr. Phil

Sophie Lawton / Media Matters for America:
In its newest season, CBS' Dr. Phil has become a safe space for anti-abortion activists  —  The newest season of CBS' Dr. Phil has regularly featured right-wing personalities, including anti-abortion activists and Fox News and PragerU personalities, and members of far-right student and parent groups, giving them platforms to share misinformation and hate. 

This trend appears to be a distinct turn for the show in contrast to the previous season. Dr. Phil now tackles conservative culture war issues like critical race theory, transgender athletes, “cancel culture,” cultural appropriation, and abortion. 

During the previous season that began in September 2021, the first 25 episodes included 15 episodes on personal family stories, 8 on true crime, and just 2 focused on societal topics described as being “in the news”: "dynamic" seniors and bad flying experiences. Of the first 25 episodes of the current season, 24 have focused on general societal topics, with only one true crime-focused episode and no episodes surrounding personal conflicts. 

Season 20 did include two appearances from particularly bigoted right-wing media personalities. Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire appeared in an episode in January focused on nonbinary and transgender identity. Right-wing media used the episode to spread hate against nonbinary and transgender people online, and it has since been erased from Hulu, Dr. Phil’s site, and YouTube. And right-wing troll James Lindsay appeared in January 2022 to discuss critical race theory in schools, comparing it to neo-Marxism. 

These types of guests are now commonplace. In many instances, host Phil McGraw does not provide background on the groups his guests represent.…
In Oprah Winfrey's mouth too. Between Mehmet Oz & this piece of Texas shit she has a lot for which to answer.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Show Bidnis About To Really Suck?

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Media and entertainment company mergers plus TV and gaming consolidation seem inevitable, as streaming services fail to make up for traditional pay TV's decline  —  We just wrapped the first week of corporate earnings season (for tech and entertainment), which means we are starting …

Marco Rubio At It Again

Who ya gonna believe, Li'l Marco or the police? Let alone the fake news sources who jumped all over it.
Man accused of attacking Rubio canvasser, but police account differs from senator's  —  Despite senator's tweet, ‘no indication’ of political motive, Hialeah police say  —  HIALEAH, Fla. - Police arrested a 22-year-old man accused of attacking a canvasser handing out political flyers on Sunday evening in Hialeah.

Huge Disappointments

We were expecting a certain team to stand up for Southern California. Or, earlier, the Mariners to stand up for the Coast w/ The Most, but no on either count! Nice choke job by the Yankees too. I-95 vs. the Third Coast? Feh!

Monday Morning Murder

Saturday, October 22, 2022

"Secular Jew"? Really?

Katie Glueck / New York Times:
The fuck is it w/ these people? Any day now we'll hear "Decadent Jew" w/o the slightest irony.
Followed by ...

Harry Sachs?

"... dudes teabagging their hairy sacks ..." Quite a bit of detail there. One would have to assume weasel-dicked sad sack Deace is revealing either personal experiences or his favorite search phrase.

And why in the hell is "Teabagging" such a popular concept on the right?

History Lesson: Dead People Born On This Date

1811: Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), born in Raiding, Hungary (d. 1886)
1903: Curly Howard [Jerome Lester Horwitz], American vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), born in Brooklyn New York (d. 1952)
1920: Timothy Leary, American psychologist & advocate for psychedelic drug use, born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
1942: Bobby Fuller, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four - "I Fought The Law"), born in Baytown, Texas (d. 1966)
1945: Leslie West [Weinstein], American rocker (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020) More cowbell!!
1949: Stiv Bators [Steven Bator], American punk rock singer and guitarist (The Dead Boys), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1990)

Friday, October 21, 2022

Two Fingers For Friday

If these walls could talk, the stories would curl or straighten your hair, depending.

Friday Freak Out

No More Credit At The Liquor Store

Bonus wax, or bytes or whatever:

Global Morbidity & Mortality Report

Revolution & anarchy are on the upswing worldwide. Stop whining on the iNternet & get in the streets!!And in Burma/Myanmar, future Republican educational policies are being demonstrated.
BANGKOK (AP) — The decapitated body of a high school teacher was left on grotesque display at a school in central Myanmar after he was detained and killed by the military, witnesses said Thursday, marking the latest of many abuses alleged as the army tries to crush opposition to military rule.

According to witnesses’ descriptions and photos taken in Taung Myint village in the rural Magway region, the headless body of 46-year-old Saw Tun Moe was left on the ground in front of the school’s spiked gate and his head was impaled on top of it. The school, which has been closed since last year, was also burned.

Neither the military government nor the state-controlled media have released information about the teacher’s death.

Myanmar’s military has arrested tens of thousands of people and been blamed for the deaths of more than 2,300 civilians since seizing power last year from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We are appalled by reports that Burma’s military regime arrested, publicly mutilated, and beheaded a schoolteacher in Magway Region,” U.S State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Twitter. “The regime’s brutal violence, including against educators, demands a strong response from the international community.” The United States officially refers to