Saturday, January 21, 2017

Insecure (& Illegitimate)
Presidential Drama Queen

Who you gonna believe: Trump, or your lying eyes?

Srsly., how effin' pathetic is this egomaniac?
A presidential speech that was intended to thank the intelligence community quickly went off the rails Saturday as Donald Trump talked about himself, his inauguration crowd, the dishonest media and how great his party was.

Trump appeared at the CIA on his first official day as the 45th president after a rough few weeks where he'd heavily criticized the agency, blamed it for leaks and questioned their assessment that Russia had interfered in the U.S. election. In a brief 15-minute statement, Trump meandered, but without the kind of discipline or grace one might expect from the commander in chief.

"I am so behind you and I know maybe sometimes you haven't gotten the backing that you've wanted and you're going to get so much backing," Trump told the intel community with whom he has feuded. "Maybe you'll say, 'don't give us so much backing. Mr. President, please, we don't need that much backing,' But you're going to have that, and I think everybody in this room knows it."

It seemed at every turn, Trump would pivot to himself. As he talked about his choice to lead the CIA Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Trump noted that he himself was smart.

"I met him and I said, he is so good. Number one in his class at West Point. I know a lot about West Point, and I'm a person that very strongly believes in academics. In fact, every time I say I had an uncle who was a great professor at M.I.T. for 35 years, who did a fantastic job in so many ways," Trump said. "He was an academic genius, and then they say, there's Donald Trump, an intellectual, trust me, I'm like a smart person."

Then, when he talked about wanting to help America win again, he noted how young he felt.

"When I was young and I feel young, I feel like I'm 30, 35, 39, somebody said, 'Are you young? I said, 'I think I'm young.' You know, I was stopping when we were in the final month of the campaign, four stops, five stops, seven stops. Speeches, speeches, in front of 25,000, 35,000 people, 15,000, 19,000, from stop to stop," Trump said. " I feel young. When I was young, we were always winning things in this country. Would win with trade. Would win with wars. And at a certain age, I remember hearing from one of my instructors the United States has never lost a war. And then after that, it's like, we haven't won anything."

It was a strange juxtaposition: a President, standing before the memorial wall at the CIA that honors the lives lost by agency officers as he talked about crowd size and his intelligence. According to the pool report, there were about 400 CIA employees at the agency Saturday. At first, the cheering came from across the crowd, but the pooler noted that as the speech continued, the senior officials in the front grew "subdued."

"Probably almost everybody in this room voted for me but I will not ask you to raise your hands if you did but I guarantee a big portion because we're all on the same wavelength," Trump said.

Trump also couldn't resist talking about his feud with the media.

"I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth. And they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want to let you know, the reason you're the number one stop is exactly the opposite," Trump said. "We did a thing yesterday at the speech and everybody like the speech? But we had a massive field of people. You saw that. Packed. I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field. I'm like, wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people."
[T.P.M.]

As we type the White House Press Secretary is trying to figure how the massive street demonstrations currently happening can be spun. Good luck!

Post-American Bandstand

It's Separation Time; Rasta No Deal W/ Crime

Friday, January 20, 2017

Nobody Likes Me, Everybody Hates Me, Guess I'll Go Eat Worms

The schaden freudes itself: What if they gave an illegitimate inaugural & (relatively) no one came, including much of Trump's enthusiastic movement?

Nobody likes this jerkwad or any of his little fascist friends. When does the snarking stop & the shooting start?
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Poll: Trump approval rating hits new low hours before inauguration  —  Just over a third of Americans approve of President-elect Donald Trump  —  , according to a new poll released hours before his inauguration.  —  The survey from Fox News showed that 37 percent of Americans approve …
Piling on.

Donald Trump took the oath of office in front of a comically small crowd

The size of his crowds was the entire premise of his campaign.

The flash of his cards ...
What Google hath wrought: First result of "the flash of his cards was sprayed" is this eerily prescient four-&-a-half yr. old Greater Trumpery from our iNternet friends sitting on top (if you discount Patagonia & the Malvinas) of the world.

Instant Inaugural Karma

It's no secret this reporter has hated this shit hole country & the filthy non-stop hypocrisy it's spewed at the rest of the world since long before he started bitching & moaning about it & everything else on the iNternet; now that America's chickens have come home to roost (& already dropped loads of chickenshit on everything) I'm very happy (even if my corpse will be in the streets rotting w/in months) because most of you sonsabitches will suffer (Maybe die?) lying in the beds you made for yourselves. Bend over & spread 'em, bit-chezz, 'cause here it comes!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hamburger All Over The Highway ...

Literally.

Truck hauling 138 cows overturns,
killing 37 heifers east of Los Angeles

Wait for it.

The Latest

A mere sample:
"I tell you what": We're about to have a 70-yr. old "President" who has the intellectual acuity of the proverbial high school drop-out working in a gas station.
Except self-service would've put him out of a job long ago.
Tweets via Anne Laurie at Balloon Juice.

This reporter is leaving the bunker to look at the last full day before the shitheels of the "Real America" take over these United Snakes. 240 yrs. is probably more than could have reasonably been expected, so fuck it all to hell; it's the will of (some of) the people!

Thermonuclear Thurs.

Play simultaneously. Then bend over, place your head between your legs, & kiss your ass goodbye.

King Yellow (NOT Orange)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Everything You Know Is Wrong,
Also Too

As noted yesterday, straight outta Hellmouth (& 1974) The Firesign Theatre!

At Least I Was Warned

Weasel-Dick Weds.

Tragic Davos avalanche? We can only hope.
Will no one rid us of these parasites, hedge fund managers & whore-mongers who are literally killing & maiming us every day w/ their never-ending greed & lust for power?

Coming up on Wednesday

The first day of Davos 2017 is drawing to a close, but there's plenty more coming up tomorrow. Here are some of the key sessions to follow on Wednesday:

0800 GMT - Squeezed and Angry: How to Fix the Middle-Class Crisis
0930 GMT - Special Address by Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States
1000 GMT - A Compact for Responsible Business Leadership
1000 GMT - Politics of Fear or Rebellion of the Forgotten?
1300 GMT - A Positive Narrative for the Global Community
1445 GMT - Fixing Europe's Disunion
1700 GMT - The Great American Divide
1715 GMT - An Insight, An Idea with Jack Ma
N.B.: If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I.C.Y.M.I.: Twit Of The Day

Alliteration is awesome, innit?

Everything You Know Is Wrong

Directly from Pappy's, the inner front cover of the first edition of Gorgo, The Monster From The Sea.
Not sure if I believe even the text in the first panel (Now that "scaled like a fish" has registered, no.); I suppose there's nothing egregiously inaccurate about the third's text or image. Still, it's "Jesus rode a dinosaur" country.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

International Hero

Martin Luther King - Scientist w/ The Forces Of Music

Fear Of A Black ... Museum?

National African-American Museum. All sources lead to the LDS Church.
We see that the Pants-Pisser-elect is afraid he'll soil his uuge pantaloons if too many swarthy types get near him.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump no longer expected to visit African American museum on MLK Day: report  —  is reportedly no longer expected to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  —  The president-elect will no longer make the visit on Monday because of scheduling issues …
RELATED:
 John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump Changes Plans on MLK Day Visit To African American History Museum
Discussion:
Perhaps Trump is only afraid he'll learn something. But either way, fuck that ol' John Lewis guy, right?

2017 Wk. Two Morbidity
& Mortality Report

Wk. of 8-14 January 2017:
Dick Gautier, 85 (Five great-grandchildren!) on Friday the 13th.
Gautier, who started his career as a stand-up comic, received a Tony nomination for playing Conrad Birdie, the character based on Elvis Presley, in the memorable, original 1960 production of Bye, Bye Birdie, starring Dick Van Dyke.

The handsome actor appeared as Hymie on just six episodes of Get Smart over four seasons, yet he was one of the spy spoof's most popular characters.
And many others I never knew whom no one will remember or even have the slightest idea of in just a few generations; if you wanna throw in failed institutions, the 146-yrs. touring Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®. Touring by train? Not the greatest financial model. Seen by this reporter at the Cow Palace when he was young.

Half-way through January & few indications of increased post-holiday mortality. We are very disappointed.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

'Phone-y Photographs

New (to me) 'phone seems to work well, although it & the Spectrum modem had trouble shaking hands. ("Authentication problem.") "Solved" by connecting the lap-top via Ethernet, leaving the 'phone & Chromecast the only unwired devices.

Biggest deal is that the new 'phone is recognized by the devil-box, meaning that photos on the previous 'phone's SD Card are now easily available w/o posting them to Twitter. (If I knew exactly where the adapter for the mini SD Card was I could have inserted it directly into the computer, but no image taken seemed worth looking through several drawers & the boxes therein.)

Therefore, having suffered ... it's your turn.

VERMIN!!

Note Mohawk Youth. Pseudo-ironic post-punk, two decades late?
Above: Writers Guild of America West bldg., S.W. corner of Third St. & Fairfax Ave., 23 December 2016, 1516PST.

New camera's same 2.0 megapixel/plastic lens crap as the old, but it has a flash.
Free slightly-bent rack, free crummy 'phones.
I am such a taker.
Last & least, obligatory new 'phone selfie.
"Nothing left to life but a pair of glassy eyes."

M. Bouffant's Local Action
Video Bandstand

Kee-rist, not these assholes again!Reduced to car (& girl) commercials after 50+ yrs., I see. (Was hoping giant ants would pop out of the flood drains in the "river", but no.)

Other localized televised crap.

The 20 Best Music Videos Ever
Shot in Los Angeles

What. Ever.

My choice for No. 1 (not on above list) because much of it was shot at the Pioneer Chicken on Sunset (at Fuller) which was just around the corner from me in the late '70s & early '80s. Lotta late-nite snack action there, you betcha.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lucky 13?

Not only no hideous disasters in the outer world (of shit & pain, need I add) but good things (two) happened to me today. Found one of these, shiny, silvery & just-cleaned-by-the-rain outside at the dumpster & brought it in. At the same time ran into the neighbor who gave me the now almost useless Lifeline 'phone; he's not moving 'phones anymore, but he still has some lying around, & gave me a Moxee X1000 (4G, whatever that means, has to be better than the previous 2G, right?) two of the same cheap 2G model he gave me a yr. & a half ago (estimated life maybe nine mos.) & two boxes w/o branding/model #s. Mystery 'phones! The Moxee is now charged (2000PST) let's see if it works.

Not that this makes up for a second (or third) yr. w/o an increase in Social Security, yet w/ annual & relatively hefty increases in the portion of rent I have to pay. W/ his City Housing Authority raising my rent even when my income is unchanged, I might start questioning Mayor Garcetti's yada & blather about ending homelessness. Never mind random fortune. This reporter remains screwed, blued & tattooed.

Anxiously Awaiting ...

13th Floor

12th Floor

11th Floor

10th Floor

Ninth Floor

Eighth Floor

Seventh Floor

Sixth Floor

Fifth Floor

Fourth Floor

Third Floor

Second Floor

First Floor

Got Irony?

Webster's Unabridged used this as an example in its 1970 edition: "... it was an irony of fate that the fireboat burned
and sank."

Is this close enough?

Fire in a fire station! 100-foot fire truck destroyed in Buena Park

Firefighters Thursday were working to fully extinguish a stubborn two-alarm fire that heavily damaged the Buena Park Fire Station near Knott’s Berry Farm and destroyed a 100-foot aerial ladder truck, a battalion chief’s Chevrolet SUV, a fire department pickup truck, and a swiftwater rescue boat, Kurtz said.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Unpresidented Prostitution

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pee-Pee The Fascist Frog

Or M.C. Pee Pants?

Chump Nation

You stupid fucking losers are being lied to every single day, in every possible way, yet you continue to eat it raw.
A study released Wednesday by UCLA and Loyola Marymount University found that nearly half of the fish served to researchers at 26 Los Angeles-area sushi restaurants during random visits between 2012 and 2015 turned out to be mislabeled. In other words, that halibut you order probably isn’t halibut at all.
When will you wise up & stop eating the shit your masters feed you, running dogs?

No Questions For Tillerson
About Boy Scout Sex Crimes?

No passes for perverts, damnit!! Makes one wonder about the priorities of the U.S. Senate, doesn't it? Fossil-fuel profits & sickening perversion over people, as usual.
When Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson served as president of the Boy Scouts, from 2010 to 2012, a sexual abuse scandal was engulfing the organization.

As lawsuits and reporting by the Los Angeles Times revealed, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) had secretly kept files on thousands of scoutmasters and volunteers accused of sexual violence against children. The cases reached back all the way to 1947, many of which were never reported to law enforcement.

During Tillerson’s tenure, one particular case was working its way through the Oregon court system, culminating in an October 2012 ruling in the Oregon Supreme Court—four months after Tillerson stepped down as president—that ruled the BSA had to release 1,900 files to the public.

During Tillerson’s time as president, the BSA instituted mandatory reporting of sexual abuse claims to authorities—but Tillerson never spoke publicly about the pedophilia scandal, nor offered an official apology to any its victims. He remains in a leadership role in the organization to this day.

For one victim of abuse—an Eagle Scout, like Tillerson—the potential Secretary of State’s silence during that time represents a painful reflection of the organization’s historical failure to protect children. In 2003, Matt Stewart and his brother, Tom, sued the Boy Scouts of America, two local chapters, and their scoutmaster, and settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. The Stewarts have publicly spoken out about the Scouting scandal and Matt related his story to The Daily Beast below (with edits for clarity). As told to Tim Mak.
Urinating S-E-X workers & raped Boy Scouts; at last, the Presidency of perversion this nation of sick fucks so richly deserves.
WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE?
AND WHEN CAN WE START KILLING THESE RAT BASTARDS?

Weasel-DickWater Sports Weds.

Shorter: I Piss On Your Grave!

But What Does This Mean In The Pissing
Popularity Contest?

Clod-Emperor Drumpf's poll numbers have begun the decline to the bitterly clinging IOKIYAR 27% G.W. Bush threshold, a wk. & change before his tiny paws are even near the atomic button/magic words. Via TPM's Ed Blog.
For some perspective, by Gallup's numbers, each of the last three presidents had approval ratings of at least 65% during their presidential transitions.
More numbers than I could be bothered to read here.
American voters approve 55 - 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his best approval rating in seven years, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. These same voters disapprove 51 - 37 percent of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president-elect.

Donald Trump will be a worse president than Barack Obama, 45 percent of voters say, while 34 percent say he will be a better president and 15 percent say he will be about the same, American voters tell the independent Quinnipiac University Poll.

Americans are optimistic 52 - 43 percent about the next four years with Trump as president and say 47 - 31 percent that he will help rather than hurt the nation's economy.

Trump will be a "great" president, 12 percent of voters say; 30 percent say he will be a "good" president; 20 percent say he will be "not so good" and 32 percent say he will be "bad."

The measures of Trump's personal qualities all are more negative than they were in a November 22 Quinnipiac University poll:
  • 53 - 39 percent that he is not honest, compared to 52 - 42 percent November 22;
  • 49 - 44 percent that he has good leadership skills, compared to 56 - 38 percent;
  • 52 - 44 percent that he does not care about average Americans, compared to 51 - 45 percent who said he did care;
  • 62 - 33 percent that he is not level-headed, compared to 57 - 38 percent;
  • 71 - 25 percent that he is a strong person, compared to 74 - 23 percent;
  • 68 - 27 percent that he is intelligent, compared to 74 - 21 percent.
All of which clearly shows what cretinous chumps these Yankees be, w/ their idiot optimism & ability to hold three
or four contradictory & idiotic thoughtideas in their heads at once. Will whatever comes of all this (Not much, I'm guessing; just too good to be true!) change any minds? Why the hell would it?

Cultural Note: Expect a revival of The Blues.
Howling Wolf - How Many More Years (1951 original)