I saw Jaws when I was eleven and I had nightmares for weeks. I lived a mile from the beach but I still thought I was going to get torn to bits in my bed. I wasn’t the only one.
The officers’ radio crackled with an urgent warning: He could be coming your way.
It was around 5 a.m. in Torrance on Thursday and police from nearby El Segundo had seen a pickup truck exit a freeway and head in the general direction of the Redbeam Avenue residence of a high-ranking Los Angeles police official, which was being guarded by a group of LAPD officers . .
Law enforcement sources told The Times that at least seven officers opened fire. On Friday, the street was pockmarked with bullet holes in cars, trees, garage doors and roofs. Residents said they wanted to know what happened.
“How do you mistake two Hispanic women, one who is 71, for a large black male?” said Richard Goo, 62, who counted five bullet holes in the entryway to his house.
Margie and her elderly mother Emma somehow survived. Only three bullet wounds.
Photographs of the back of the truck showed at least two dozen bullet holes. Neighbors, however, suggested there were more shots fired . .
Kathy Merkosky, 53, was outside her stucco home pointing out the six bullet holes in the bumper and grill of her silver Acura MD-X. She knew her truck was damaged when she spotted it on television and “saw fluid flowing into the street.”
Her Ford Focus was hit as well — a bullet shattered the windshield and another flattened a front tire.
25 minutes later Torrance cops gunned down a bunch of mirages, or flying utensils or something. It’s only luck the police haven’t murdered more people than the monstrous Christopher Dorner, post-modern Geronimo. I think our imaginations are more dangerous than our sharks. I’m having flashbacks from the Daryl Gates era, where the cops were the cowboy crazies in the neighborhood.
In the middle of tonight’s debate, Mitt Romney thought he had gotten the perfect opportunity to blow the contest wide open. He thought the President had lobbed him the sweetest pitch he’d ever seen. The day after the Benghazi attack, Mr. President, you called it an “act of terror”? SRSLY? We’ve been hammering you on this for 4 weeks, and now you’d like to pretend you called it terrorism the very next day? Can I linger on this any longer? Can I tell you the debate’s over now? Because it’s all over. The boys in the truck might wanna record this in slo-mo . .
And oops. Fellas, what just happened? I’ll tell you what just happened. The overheated Romneyites, Mitt Romney chief among them, had ignored the President’s statement for over a month, and now it had come back to bite them. In — damn – a nationally televised debate. Obama had said it was terrorism from the start, but in the frenzy to score cheap political points, the Romney campaign had ignored him. And now their candidate looked like a fool. Here‘s National Review hilariously dragging its sullen feet in the post-debate fact check:
. . here are his remarks, in which the president made no specific reference to that effect, at least. He didn’t offer many details on what he knew of the events, beginning with just this description:
“Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.”
Wipe away the tears, Patrick. Only a few more words to go. Then you can go to bed and pretend tonight never happened:
His only mention of “terror”:
“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.”
That’s right. Obama’s only “mention of terror” had come when he took to the Rose Garden to address the attack in Benghazi. And that’s where and when he said, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation . .” That would be a home run, factually speaking. But do try and save Mitt Romney’s reality-smacked gob, please.
One could take that as a reference to acts which include the tragedy in Benghazi…
. . since the Rose Garden press conference was called to address the tragedy in Benghazi. I have the mysterious transcript here:
OBAMA: “Good morning.
“Every day all across the world, American diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. Often, they are away from their families. Sometimes, they brave great danger.
“Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. Among those killed was our ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed . . “
Quote. No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Unquote. Time for someone in the Romney camp to get fired.
On September 13, at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Obama vowed to bring the killers to justice. He then added, “No act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.”
Twice in two days.
MORE: Thanks to Foreign Policy for pulling up a third quote, also on September 13th but in Golden, Colorado:
“So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America,” he said.
“He’s the perfect choice” at a time when we need to be reviving the economy, Giuliani told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Heck, who doesn’t love the weather? Or a poltergeist? Or your mom’s fart?
“He had a reduction in unemployment of about 8,10 percent — I think it was 15 percent. I had a reduction of unemployment of 50 percent. He had a growth of jobs of about 40,000; we had a growth of jobs of about 500,000. So I was comparing what I thought was my far superior record to his otherwise decent record. … That’s all part of campaigning . .”
. . you know: the facts. The record. Vote for lame buddy!
Is this a new phenomenon? Or have conservatives always been uneasy with the cell phone? Is the Samsung Drazrmnezia the next Negro Rock n’ Roll? Or the new casual orgasm? Maybe something worse? Time to drag the stupid teens and their digital crack off to the political blogs for a talking-to. Cue Larry and Mike to save a country.
This is a good reminder of what right-wing Americans consider important. Meet the intersection of “Your Behavior Sucks” and “Here Comes The Apocalypse.”
Smart phones and social media: Destructive
By Larry Klayman | February 12, 2012 | Renew America
First, the use of smart phones has become an addiction not too much different from excessive drug and alcohol usage. . . Second, the use of the written text message . . has significantly reduced the need to communicate orally. . . Third, smart phones . . are destroying personal relationships on an epidemic basis. I have been told by many friends that their spouses, girlfriends and boyfriends have become so hooked to the devices that they are kept on night stands . .
Kids are so bombed out of their gourds, they can’t even speak anally. They won’t maintain relationships with friends, family and co-workers. Worse yet, it’s become typical for a teen to keep his PlanetAll smallpox girlfriend on his nightstand. What’s happened to the world?
Slapping That Booty
By Mike Adams | February 13, 2012 | Townhall
Dear (Name deleted): . . recently, you have been getting up and walking out during the middle of my lectures. . . I suspect that is because you’re reaching for your cell phone in order to call your girlfriend.
. . you will lose a point from your final average every time you step out and then step back in during my lecture. This may seem harsh, but it will be of tremendous benefit to you. It means you will now be forced to act like a man, take charge of your relationship, and stop letting your girlfriend monitor you like a suspected terrorist.
Damn, dude. Why are you picking on me?
When a woman monitors you she is most likely cheating on you. She is making sure you are not nearby so she will not get caught in the process. If she isn’t cheating on you, she is very close to dumping you for someone she cannot control. Women love a challenge more than having a lapdog. Please think about what I have told you.
Oh! I get it. It’s Valentine’s Day. And you really care about me and my girlfriend, so you’re sharing your wisdom. Thanks man — I’ll cancel dinner tonight. Nobody is more lovable or uncontrollable than I am.
Dear (Name deleted): . . I certainly support your right to listen to rap music celebrating the joys of slapping a “booty.” I mean, DAT is your right if you’re really into booty slapping. However, (especially given that we sometimes forget to turn off our cell phones) it is perhaps unwise to program the ringer in such a way as to celebrate booty slapping every time someone calls. Know what I’m saying?
I dunno, brainiac bro. I LIKE dat ring tone.
After all, the women might not share your love of booty slapping. And they might turn on you faster than a Yorkshire terrier.
I seen bitchez do it. You sayin’ laideez do it, too? Damn. Just ‘cuz my rappin’ cell phone. Dat strikes me as capricious and unfortunate. OK, everybody, listen up. I’m only going to say this once, straight up: Professor Mike Adams of Townhall.com? You’re the best.
I hope your hands are big enough to hold your head. It’s a Fox clip so brutal, it’s classic.
The occasion of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is a great time to reflect upon things. The greatness of the man. The lasting political power of non-violence. The struggles of people long-denied their rights. The brutality and self-righteousness of oppressors. The segments of our society still in need of King-like grace and tolerance.
But maybe you were in a silly mood Monday? So you turn on Fox News and you see, for King’s birthday, that they:
1.) Have Bernard Goldberg spend time with Bill O’Reilly.
2.) Ask the two of them to gauge the amount of Mitt Romney’s ‘whiteness.’
3.) Get Bernie to bring from home a keepsake photo of a black person.
4.) Let him brag about how racially hep he is because he spent time with Ice-T.
5.) Have Bill-O point out that Bernie’s best friend is actually Ice Cube.
6.) Make Dr. King plenty proud when Bill explains “I’m a brother, man.”
Now your day’s ruined, and you’d like to kill someone, but, darn it, you can’t do it.
This is a bizarre story. Might be a tragedy. Hypnotism is hardly a highly reputable practice, and hypnotists are frequently self-serving crackpots.
George Kenney, Hypnotizing Principal, Allegedly Lied About Putting Students In Trance
HuffPo | 06/30/11
When Wesley McKinley went to his principal George Kenney for help in becoming more focused and outgoing in school, Kenney performed the solution he typically called upon to help students: hypnosis.
But something different happened this time.
Mckinley, 16, committed suicide the next day. The student from North Port High School in Florida’s Sarasota Schools District was found dead in a vacant home near his own on April 8, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports.
And you thought the boy’s History teacher, Coach Wyzniewski, was a bore for suggesting wrestling would help his grades? George Kenney runs an Amazon business selling his hypnosis CDs and MP3s. When he’s not acting as school principal, or mailing “Maximize Basketball Free-throws with Hypnosis” from home, he’s hypnotizing the volleyball team? This is freaking bizarre.
The hypnosis became public after a student committed suicide one day after a hypnosis session with Kenney.
While no one is linking the death and the hypnosis, the report shows another student who also committed suicide this year and a student who died in a car accident also had sessions with Dr. Kenney.
Originally, Dr. Kenney told his supervisor he did not hypnotize one of the students, but later admitted he lied.
He told investigators he lied because he felt it would be misconstrued by the media.
Principals shouldn’t put themselves in positions that could “be misconstrued by the media.” Right? Frankly, I don’t want teachers interacting with kids in any way that anyone could misconstrue. I don’t want teachers getting inside kids’ heads in any way other than their traditional assholery.
The most damning thing about this story: George himself. Check him out in the introduction to one of his DVDs:
Oh no, folks, don’t try this while operating machinery, it’s too powerful! You’ll die. It’s great for your children, though. Even worse, at 1:08: “som-NOM-blism”? Sumnombilism? Somnommbalism? The guy’s an incompetent ass.
The New York Post (yeah, I know) says that friends of the former I.M.F. head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, have found the maid’s family in Guinea. They’ve offered her relatives a pile of money to make the attempted rape case go away.
Strauss-Kahn’s pals bid to pay off woman’s kin
By ORON DAN in Tel Aviv and LAURA ITALIANO and BOB FREDERICKS in NY | May 24, 2011
Friends of alleged hotel sex fiend Dominique Strauss-Kahn secretly contacted the accusing maid’s impoverished family, offering them money to make the case go away since they can’t reach her in protective custody, The Post has learned.
The woman, who says she was sexually assaulted by the disgraced former head of the International Monetary Fund, has an extended family in the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa, well out of reach of the Manhattan DA’s Office.
“They already talked with her family,” a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note.”
Prosecutors in Manhattan have done their best to keep the cleaning woman out of the reach of Strauss-Kahn’s supporters, but the source was already predicting success for the Parisian pol’s pals.
“He’ll get out of it and will fly back to France. He won’t spend time in jail. The woman will get a lot of money,” said the source, adding that a seven-figure sum has been bandied about.
Sure, it’s absolutely disgusting that he could away with it by these means. But, if you’re the maid, it’s a good thing.
Having to go through an extended trial, getting tortured by all the accompanying New York media assholes (like reporters from the Post), having to get up on the stand, in front of the world, and describe what happened to you — it’s bullshit. None of this is her fault, she never asked for this.
Getting a bunch of money, that’s better. If it pulls her family out of poverty, if it allows her to quit her job and go to school — if she ends up becoming an attorney pressing sexual harassment claims against the future likes of a Strauss-Kahn — that’s a preferable result.
Yeah, she could fight her way through the trial and then sue, but that could take years. The circus will become a knock-down, drag-out war to consume her life. Hell, who says she’ll even win the legal case? The guy’s one of the world’s richest, most powerful bastards. Take the money and get out.
Meet Father Ignatius Kury. He’s not the manliest prisoner on the planet.
“I’ll give you the Sermon on the Mount. Your Sermon on the Mount is this: get these fucking cuffs OFF of me because I’m GETTING a RASH . .”
Video captures bizarre jailhouse rant of alleged drunk driving priest
By David Edwards | 03.3.11
Police say that Father Ignatius Kury of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church was drunk when he crashed his car [in] Brimfield Township, Ohio.
Note to priests — this would be a lame prison threat:
“Oprah Winfrey’s gonna have her vag down here, and YOU are gonna have your ass against the wall.”
The priest was so unhinged that officers decided to record him in his cell offering them oral sex and promising that Oprah Winfrey would rescue him. At one point, Kury even offered a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Jared Laughner, Gabrielle Giffords Shooter (INFO)
01- 8-11 03:56 PM | Huffington Post
Jared Laughner, the man who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), was described by eyewitnesses as a young white man who looked like a “fringe character.”
Laughner shot Giffords and 12 others at a public event at a Safeway grocery store in Tucscon. He report-edly shot the congresswoman “point blank” in the head and may have come from inside the store. After shooting Giffords, he allegedly fired 20-30 rounds and hit “a number of people,” including a child. He attempted to flee after running out of ammunition and was tackled by one of Giffords’ staffers.
Eyewitnesses have described Laughner as “young, mid-to-late 20s, white, clean-shaven with short hair and wearing dark clothing.”
Loughner appears to have two YouTube channels (one of which has his name spelled as I’ve printed it). On one, he goes on and on about conscience dreaming, developing currencies and mind control.
Here’s his comment:
If you’re editing of every belief and religion reaches the final century then the writer for every belief and religion is you.
You’re editing of every belief and religion reaches the final century.
Thus, the writer for every belief and religion is you.
You control every — thought, action, and lifestyle — for the person or people as the mind controller.
I’m able to control every belief and religion by being the mind controller.
On the other, he (warning: I’m assuming it’s Jared) posts a video of himself in some get-up slowly approaching an American flag. The comments within the clip are bizarre.
If there’s no flag in the constitution then the flag in the film is unknown.
There’s no flag in the constitution.
Therefore, the flag in the film is unknown.
Burn every new and old flag that you see.
Burn your flag!
I bet you can imagine this in your mind with a faster speed.
Watch this protest in reverse!
Ask the local police; “What’s your illegal activity on duty?”.
If you protest the government then there’s a new government from protesting.
There’s not a new government from protesting.
Thus, you aren’t protesting the government.
There’s something important in this video: There’s no communication to anyone in this location.
You shouldn’t be afraid of the stars.
There’s a new bird on my right shoulder. The beak is two feet and lime green. The rarest bird on earth, there’s no feathers, but small grey scales all over the body. It’s with one large red eye with a light blue iris. The bird feet are the same as a woodpecker. This new bird and there’s only one, the gender is not female or male. The wings of this bird are beautiful; 3 feet wide with the shape of a bald eagle that you could die for. If you can see this bird then you will understand. You think this bird is able to chat about a government?
I want you to imagine a comet or meteoroid coming through the atmosphere.
On the other hand, welcome yourself to the desert: Maybe your ability to protest is from the brainwash of the current government structure.
When will we get serious about providing mental health services for people who suffer like this? Think of all the lives we could make better. Or, in the cases of Giffords and the other victims, think of the lives we could save. It’s not Communism, it’s the proper way for a rational society to behave.
ADD: his YouTube profile:
Name: Jared Lee Loughner Channel Views: 271 Joined: October 25, 2010 Website: http://Myspace.com/fallenasleep
About Me: My name is Jared Lee Loughner! Hometown: Tucson Country: United States Schools: I attended school: Thornydale elementary,Tortolita Middle School, Mountain View Highschool, Northwest Aztec Middle College, and Pima Community College. Interests: My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience dreams were a great study in college! Movies: (*My idiom: I could coin the moment!*) Music: Pass me the strings! Books: I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.
If you like theater, if you love spectacle, then you love Julian Assange. Well, not him, actually, he’s a secretive sort. You love the reaction to Assange.
We are witnessing a rare thing right now. We are seeing a large chunk of the planet vomit their wide-ranging inner narratives upon the movie screen known as ‘Julian Assange.’ The paranoids are scared of him, the fascists will execute him, the rebels take up his fight, the governments must legislate him, and the demagogues are violently split.
And some of the liberal women of socialist Sweden find him interesting. Well, until he won’t wear a condom, and then he’s some sort of criminal, but then he’s not, and then he is again, and then the world’s biggest extradition case is underway.
At least that’s what it looks like today — the truth of the story will be forthcoming. It’s condoms for now — Assange is being extradited for sex crimes related to condom usage with 2 women while in Sweden.
The pair went out for dinner together at a nearby restaurant. Afterwards they returned to her flat and had sex. What is not disputed by either of them is that a condom broke — an event which, as we shall see, would later take on great significance.
At the time, however, the pair continued to be friendly enough the next day, a Saturday, with “Sarah” even throwing a party for him at her home in the evening.
And with “Jessica”:
The attraction was mutual. After lunch, the pair went to the cinema to see a film called Deep Sea. “Jessica’s” account suggests that [sic] were ‘intimate’ and then went to a park where Assange told her she was ‘attractive’ . .
So it was that on the Monday, “Jessica” called Assange and they arranged to get together in Stockholm . . and after they arrived at her apartment they had sex. According to her testimony to police, Assange wore a condom. The following morning they made love again. This time he used no protection.
“Jessica” reportedly said later that she was upset that he had refused when she asked him to wear a condom.
. . and then . .
“Jessica” was worried she could have caught a sexual disease, or even be pregnant: and this is where the story takes an intriguing turn. She then decided to phone “Sarah” — whom she had met at the seminar, and with whom Assange had been staying — and apparently confided to her that she’d had unprotected sex with him.
At that point, “Sarah” said that she, too, had slept with him . .
They went together to a Stockholm police station where they said they were seeking advice on how to proceed with a complaint by “Jessica” against Assange.
. . and then . .
. . there he goes in a London armored police truck, media in tow. This is a whacky, cat-brained world, and Julian Assange has become a giant ball of catnip. Glenn Beck is sure the guy’s being set up, an unwitting victim in a massive conspiracy:
Think of this — if the guy is legitimately hit by a truck walking down the street, he was drunk and he drank it himself, what percentage of the planet is going to believe that that was an accident? I mean, what are the odds of all of that happening? . .
Read the stories. Everyone is questioning the establishment. It’s bottom-up. We haven’t scratched the surface on this story. This is like hour one of season in “24.” This is the beginning of the time that I told you would come, where you wouldn’t know who to believe or what to believe. You had to be strong inside yourself first.
The website of MasterCard has been hacked and partially paralysed in apparent revenge for the international credit card’s decision to cease taking donations to WikiLeaks.
A group of online activists calling themselves Anonymous appear to have orchestrated a DDOS (“distributed denial of service”) attack on the site, bringing its service at www.mastercard.com to a halt for many users.
“While we don’t have much of an affiliation with WikiLeaks, we fight for the same reasons,” the statement explains. “We want transparency and we counter censorship. The attempts to silence WikiLeaks are long strides closer to a world where we can not say what we think and are unable to express our opinions and ideas.”
. . and then, in Naples, we are reminded Julian was the fourth Magus:
Friday’s crazy news item. We learned a good lesson today. Whenever a crocodile gets loose on your flight, don’t panic:
Crocodile on plane kills 19 passengers
October 22, 2010 7:50AM | news.com.au
A STOWAWAY crocodile on a flight escaped from its carrier bag and sparked an onboard stampede that caused the flight to crash, killing 19 passengers and crew.
The croc had been hidden in a passenger’s sports bag – allegedly with plans to sell it – but it tore loose and ran amok, sparking panic.
A stampede of terrified passengers caused the small aircraft to lose balance and tip over in mid-air during an internal flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
So running amok is bad for airplanes. Okay, good to know.
“According to the inquiry report and the testimony of the only survivor, the crash happened because of a panic sparked by the escape of a crocodile hidden in a sports bag,” news organisation Jeune Afrique reported . .
“The terrified air hostess hurried towards the cockpit, followed by the passengers.” The plane was then sent off-balance “despite the desperate efforts of the pilot”, said the report.
And how is it that the crocodile survived? He was drunk. They always survive these things.
“The crocodile survived the crash before being cut up with a machete.”
Are you allowed to machete a witness to a national disaster? We’ll never get his side of the story.
OPINION Bonus bonanza for federal workers
Examiner Editorial | June 16, 2010
Under the Obama administration, the government is doing such a good job that it’s decided to reward itself. Last year, Uncle Sam paid out $408 million in bonuses to 1.3 million federal workers, according to the Asbury Park Press, which obtained the information through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Kidding? No. Dry sense of humor? No!
Ameri-biz twathole?CLANG. $408M a year divided by 1.3M people is . . *clackety* . . $313.85.
Buddy of mine worked over the weekend moving families from house to house, made $200 in tips.
That’s about $80 million more than the previous year. About one in four federal workers received a bonus, and awards ranged from $25 to, in the case of one lucky State Department worker, $94,500.
So the REAL yearly bonus rate for the lucky ones came out to $1,200.
That $408 million figure only counts bonuses that were handed out to about 65 percent of the federal work force. The FOI request didn’t cover awards handed out by the Defense and Treasury departments, security agencies, the White House, Congress and various other federal agencies and commissions. In 2008, the last year information was available, the Department of Defense alone handed out $92 million in bonuses to its 687,000 employees.
. . and $92M divided by 0.687M workers is . . *clackety* . . $133.92.
Google “Goldman Sachs” yourselves, I’m going to bed.