re Northern California

Over and over and over... Y A A A A A A W W W W W N N N N.

Apparently some kid with an assault rifle yadda yadda yadda, ad infinitum, World Without End, baby Jebus bless the NRA. Whatever…

The ever expanding catechism:

Buncha Texas church goers get dead.

CW fans eat lead.

See here.

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And here.

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Or here or here or here or here or here or…you get the idea.

There’s no sense in writing anything new about America’s insane love affair with guns; we’re not Australia, we won’t do the right thing. 1 2

re Northern California || WNBTv

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  1. Instead we’ll continue to ignore the situation, hoping it will just go away. Hey – it’s worked so far… Right?
  2. It’s a crying shame Steve Scalise and his ilk weren’t visiting northern Cali at the time; maybe being shot multiple times at multiple venues would wake those fuckers up.

re Mukilteo, Washington

If we’re down with killing kindergartner’s, fuck a buncha 19-year olds.

See here.

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Or here or here or here or here or here or…you get the idea.

There’s no sense in writing anther damned word about America’s insane love affair with guns; we’re not Australia, we won’t do the right thing. 1 2

Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Instead we’ll continue to ignore the situation, hoping it will just go away. Hey – it’s worked so far… Right?
  2. And now, just to add some “flavor” to what has so far been a monomaniacal theme, anti-gay!

Perfect Anti-Object

camden benchBehold the Camden Bench. This pale, amorphous lump of sculpted concrete is designed to resist almost everything in a city that it might come into contact with. Named for the London authority that commissioned it, the Camden Bench has a special coating which makes it impervious to graffiti and vandalism. The squat, featureless surface gives drug dealers nowhere to hide their secret caches. The angled sides repel skateboarders and flyposters, litter and rain. The cambered top throws off rough sleepers. In fact, it is specially crafted to make sure that it is not used as anything except a bench. This makes it a strange artifact, defined far more by what it is not than what it is.

The Camden Bench is a concerted effort to create a non-object.
As such, the Camden Bench is a strange kind of architectural null point. A piece of the city that by design will not interact with it in any way. It is a bench by the slimmest of margins — hardly comfortable, affording none of the qualities that would make it more than simply a place to sit. This is the bench’s sole concession to being part of the city, and it does it with the least conviction possible.

I’d like to see what the Camden Bench would look like if it didn’t have to be a bench — if that final design constraint was removed, what would it become? Just some nebulous lump of concrete? Would it shrink or grow? Would it even be visible, or would it exist as a space hidden behind a physical wrinkle in the map? The Camden non-Bench would be like a hard pearl in the mouth of an oyster, of the city but not part of the city, just an inert lump

Am I wrong or doesn’t most of downtown KC look like this?

Perfect Anti-Object

Pepper Spray in Kansas City

From Kansas City, Missouri, Police Chief Darryl Forté regarding the Saturday March 12th, 2016, Trump protest outside the Midland theater:

An estimated 500 people gathered in downtown Kansas City last night at the Donald Trump rally. Of those, a small number showed up intent on antagonizing and breaking the law. A video has been circulating showing police using pepper spray against those people. The video is a small moment in time and does not depict what led up to the incident. This is the full story:

Police were dealing with a bomb threat reported inside the Midland Theater as the rally started. At about the same time, I heard officers on the radio saying they were starting to get surrounded by the people outside. The Trump protesters were on both sides of Main Street. They started encroaching onto the street. The opposing sides periodically tried to come together, and officers found themselves breaking up more and more disturbances. The officers called in our Mounted Patrol for back up to break the two groups apart and get them out of the street. In the course of that, a police horse was assaulted. More officers were called in to help maintain safety and order. Some of the people gathered outside began to put on personal protective equipment (gas masks). Several of them tried to rush the front doors of the theater, blocking Main Street in the process.
Police issued repeated commands to stay out of the street. They warned that pepper spray would be used if those gathered didn’t follow the commands. People had ample opportunity to back up or disperse. Police tried to get them out of the street for three minutes. Those three minutes were just when they were in the street itself. Tensions had been building before that on the sidewalk. They blocked traffic and compromised safety. Some cars caught in the back-up were surrounded. When the crowd refused to obey police commands, officers had to deploy pepper spray on two occasions throughout the evening.

It’s hard to fault KCPD, especially after viewing the various videos making the rounds; you mess with the bull, you get the horns.

What’s more interesting is the escalating arc of events; the last several election cycles had been less than electric, the mendacious mediocracy of both political party’s offerings acting as a soporific. A center right candidate would be elected, serve a term or two, to be followed by a center-left candidate. Lather, rinse and recycle – that’s Democracy, baby. Even if in actuality it resembles nothing so much as a power-sharing agreement between the Crips and the Bloods.

What’s notable is the overt aggressiveness of the H. Monastic right; you can’t help but feel the frisson of fascism Trump’s followers exude: Sucker punches, fistfights, everything but Joe Buttcrack discovering his wife’s been sleeping with the mailman. 1 . This has been building on a bombastic eight years of “Take America back” sloganeering. 2

The foreign press seems asea: WTF, America!?!?!? They were already confused by Obama’s reelection amid a growing –or at least voraciously loud— climate of right-wing hissy fits.

The national press, insatiably bloodthirsty as always, laps it all up unquestioningly. Perhaps only in hindsight will American journalists, intellectuals and politicians remember another period in the 30s when another people chose to believe another little man would eventually see reason.

The time to truly worry is when the media starts to ignore the violence, when brawls become just another high wire act within the Trump Circus. Because if you’ve failed to notice, Trump has brought together the dregs of American society, among them people who believe a handgun trumps all discussion. Eventually someone will go too far, eventually someone will bring out a weapon. 3

But you know what could be even worse?

If Trump should have the nomination or election “stolen” from him. Then there will be millions of frustrated armed idiots, many of whom we’ve had the pleasure of screening on teh TV at Trump rallies, previously enabled if not outright abetted in their violence by their idol –“Hey! I’ll pay their lawyer fees!”– stewing over what exactly they have to do to Take Their County Back.
Pepper Spray in Kansas City

Show 3 footnotes

  1. I swear, it’s as though the producers of The Jerry Springer show were hired to do Trump’s campaign.
  2. There of course was an implicit understanding of from whom we were supposed to liberate our country: everyone who wasn’t them. Oh, and the Kenyan usurper.
  3. on the other hand…this ain’t Australia, mate: It’s America. Of course someone’s going to get shot. Just a matter of time…

The Palins

Like most Americans, we’re curious about the personal doings of Our Betters. You know, the national politicians whose gravitas and intellectual leanings well qualify them to lead the lumpenproletariat? Join us now as we look in on the Palins on a typical Saturday night…

The story goes like this: Bristol and Willow reportedly started to harass Corey all night so much so that Chris, the host of the party, was forced to intervene – which prompted an inebriated Bristol to throw several punches at him.

Because Bristol is the negotiator of the Palin family.

Bristol was asked to leave, but continued to punch at Chris several times, according to Political-Gates.

Bristol is nothing if not a tenacious negotiator.

Naturally, Track also got into a fight and Todd reportedly suffered a bloody nose in that altercation.

Is it just us or does Todd always seem to come off in these things like a schmuck?

The super sleuths at Wonkette made a call to the authorities to find out if this story is true.

Anita in the Anchorage Police Department’s communications office is sitting at her desk at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday Thursday, so probs they are waiting for a whole mess of calls from Jake Tapper or whatever, and Anita confirms that a huge bloody mess of a brawl between multiple subjects took place Saturday night, and that the Palins were “present.”

However, since nobody wanted to arrest anybody else, the names of the “subjects” remain not yet released. But the investigation continues.

Where was Sarah in all of this?

Amanda Coyne reports:

It’s something to hear when Sarah screams, “Don’t you know who I am!” And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, “This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!”

The whole thing sounds like a typical Grandview Saturday night..

Seriously though – isn’t it’s just as fascinating as watching the royal family? But if the Palins are serious about competing with the royals, one of them had better pop up preggars again. Preferably an unmarried Palin.

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The Palins