Monthly Archives: September 2007

Comment closing plug-ins rock

Due to massive comment spam, comments are only open on posts that are less than a week old. Sorry, but 1K+ comment spams a night was making me more paranoid than usual. Thank God for whichever plug-in allowed me to … Continue reading

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Just extend Medicare to cover anyone who wants it

Geeze, it’s not rocket science. “Employed, but underpaid and uninsured: Consider a waiter making $27,000 who is uninsured, either by choice or because his employer doesn’t provide insurance. If the governor has his way, that person could find himself having … Continue reading

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Only a Southerner could write this

“Know how many people live in Anbar province, where all this vaunted progress allegedly has taken place? Five percent of Iraq’s population. It’s like pacifying Utah while New York and LA are in flames.” Symbols trump substance in controversy, by … Continue reading

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Groucho says

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” The Feast of St. Groucho, Philosopher’s Playground, September 29, 2007 And many others. Did you know that Groucho had a long … Continue reading

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How some of us cope with the home team

The 2007 Dodgers: As Seen Through the Kübler-Ross Model. It’s not just baseball. It’s never just baseball in LA.

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Babara Boxer on LA traffic

“A recently released study shows that residents of Los Angeles experience the worst traffic in the nation. The only surprising fact from this study is that the average resident spends only 72 extra hours stuck in rush-hour traffic. For most, … Continue reading

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Comment spam hell

Hi gang, I’m getting lots of comment spams lately for some reason, close to a thousand yesterday, so if you posted a comment and it didn’t show up, sorry, I’m sorry, but it was mowed down with the spam. If … Continue reading

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Somebody in Pelosi’s SF office needs to be fired

“My mom called Nancy Pelosi’s SF office first and related what her experience was with the Nuñes aide. When my mom got to the “pull her head out of her ass” comment, the Pelosi aide said “ma’am this conversation is … Continue reading

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Mall chase from “The Blues Brothers”

Ah, the Blues Brothers: car chases and musical numbers. It just doesn’t get any better for me. This chase is one giant product placement but I love it anyway.

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Solid proof these yankee economists are good for something

“What this reflects, in turn, is the odd fact that income levels seem to matter much more for voting in the South. Contrary to what you may have read, the old-fashioned notion that rich people vote Republican, while poorer people … Continue reading

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Street chase from “Tokyo Drift”

There’s a vicious rumor that American stunt drivers couldn’t do this picture. Shocking, if true. There’s some seriously bad acting, very annoying music, and deeply weird driving in this movie.

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Porn, male rage, and Post-Literacy

“Mainstream porn has come up with more ways than ever to humiliate and degrade women. Why then, is porn more popular? Includes an excerpt from Robert Jensen’s new book, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity. “In his new … Continue reading

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Another good car chase from “Ronin”

“Ronin” was pretty good. I certainly watched the DVD over and over. And now I’m a big Jean Reno fan. There’s also ice skating in “Ronin,” so something for everyone!

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Jena, LA

“A 2000 study co-sponsored by the Justice Department codifies the obvious: People of color receive starkly unequal treatment in the ‘justice’ system. “Where blacks are concerned, it seems, that system often still exists not to enforce the law and protect … Continue reading

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Monty Python – A New Theory on Brontosauruses by Anne Elk (Miss).

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Recording of interrogations from start to finish as directed by California’s SB 511 is the right thing to do

“Recording of interrogations from start to finish as directed by California’s SB 511 is the right thing to do. Failure to use cheap and available technology to build strong cases against the guilty and to protect the innocent is wrong. … Continue reading

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Monty Python – The Poet MacTeagel

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Naomi Wolf’s “The End of America” Chapter 3: “Establish Secret Prisons” excerpt

”Hamadi, a 31-year-old born in Louisiana, wasn’t physically tortured, but he was imprisoned in a navy brig without a trial for three years. He was unable to tell his family where he was; forbidden to speak to a lawyer; and … Continue reading

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Totally unnerving car chase from “Ronin”

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“Memo from Turner”

I think I saw “Performance” when I was too young. I had this soundtrack (on vinyl, yet) and the whole thing is stunning. I didn’t know this studio version existed. I like the film version better, it’s grimmer. God, I … Continue reading

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Car chase from “Bullitt”

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RIAA – Extortionists

“In UMG v. Del Cid, in Tampa, Florida, the defendant had interposed counterclaims, including claims for extortion and conspiracy. On August 16, 2007, she amended her counterclaims*. “The RIAA moved to dismiss all six counterclaims. “The Court has returned its … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s “The End of America” Chapter 2 excerpt (part 2)

”Peace is bad for business. When the former Soviet Union fell apart, the U.S. defense industry was staring into the face of a falling market share: To grow, it would have to find a new enemy. It would also help … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s “The End of America” Chapter 2 excerpt (part 1)

“After September 11, 2001, we Americans learned in dramatic new ways that we were facing a terrifying external threat. We saw it in the carnage in lower Manhattan, but the administration also used a new set of phrases that defined … Continue reading

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Dr. Krugman has a blog! Hooray! Hooray!! Hooray!!!

“One of my pet peeves about political reporting is the fact that some of my journalistic colleagues seem to want to be in another business – namely, theater criticism.” What I hate about political coverage, Paul Krugman, September19, 2007

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Monty Python – Mrs. Premise and Mrs. Conclusion

Starts in a laundromat. And ends in Paris with Mrs. Jean-Paul Sartre.

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Park(ing) Day LA

“Over 40 street parking spaces – from Van Nuys to Long Beach, Westwood to Pasadena – will be converted into temporary parkspaces on Friday as part of Park(ing) Day L.A., an event described as a “grassroots effort reclaiming public space … Continue reading

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Naomi Wolf’s “The End of America” Chapter 1 excerpts

“But authoritarianism has many guises, and some are relatively livable for most people. For instance, you can have a military leadership in an authoritarian system, but you can have a fairly independent courts and a fairly independent press. Indeed, people … Continue reading

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San Diego mayor comes out in support of gay marriage

!!! Whoa….That’s San Diego, California, the very Red, very Republican stronghold San Diego, California. As Alison Betchel says this guy is Dad of the Day. I would also give him Boss, Neighbor and Citizen of the Day, too. He’s also … Continue reading

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YouTube Bans Anti-Creationist Group Following DMCA Claim

“YouTube has banned a group called the Rational Response Squad after it complained its videos were being taken down due to spurious DMCA requests from creationists. “The takedown followed copyright requests sent by Creation Science Evangelism Ministries, an organization founded … Continue reading

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