Wednesday, July 23, 2014

All Of Orphan Black Season 2 Pretty Much At Once

A few nights, actually, but I watched all of season 2, and I thought I saw a few signs that like Charlie Jade and Surface and Lost, the Orphan Black people were surprised they were a thing and realized that they had not so much of an idea where they were going, especially when they slipped into Kids in the Hall mode with Allison's husband and Vic the Dick.  The clone world is awful small on the show now, with everybody in Canada either a clone, a monitor, a clone scientist, or a pro- or anti-clone outlaw, so being a clone or associated with cloning is not nearly as scary or difficult as it probably should be.  I was hoping for a more dangerous, 70s-paranoid, film-noirish world where the clone makers and everyone else were almost as powerless and fearful as the clones themselves because of the shocking, illegal, seemingly alien nature of the entire clone program.  Peter Outerbridge was good as the fundie loon, if maybe a little too comfortable playing such a terrible asshole; Kevin Hanchard, the actor playing Art, had the best season, I think, and really took the opportunity to make his character vital to the story with his performance.  Not bad overall, if not all that I'd hoped, but there will be a third season, so we will have the potential for some great tee vee or an absolute train wreck.  The pool, the pond.

Deluded Fools Are Women Too

This garbage is comically pathetic, but such delusion and ignorance are a real problem for our society.  These poor dumb bunnies don't know what feminism is, and all the stuff they've ever heard from Fox "News" and Phyllis Schlafly and other random teabagging Koch-suckers, mostly men and lady uncle toms, is complete and utter misogynistic horseshit.  They've been manipulating into becoming hilariously ignorant self-hating bitches, but I guess it's to be expected since they're so fucking dim.  It's bad for us all that so many women and so many men are so easily kept in such risible stupidity. 

MH 17, The Vincennes, And China

Shooting down a passenger jet is a big deal; what happens in the aftermath is a bigger deal.  In the short term, we probably will have a hard time getting the truth, but the politics and international jostling won't stop regardless of which side fucked up.  Will Russia be pushed to China?  That sounds unlikely at this point given the Russian push to invest in and get closer to the wealthier countries in Western Europe.  I guess we'll see in the long term, but in the short term, the focus should be on a cease-fire in Ukraine and a negotiated end to the civil war.

Fish-In-A-Barrel Tony Dungy Fisking

Sure Dungy is a creepy, jesus-blowing fundamentalist asshole, and nobody should give a flying fuck what he thinks about anything, but it's still neat to see him getting demolished all over the place today.  Calling him Clarence Thomas is fucking lovely.  Dungy is just one of those dimwits we don't need to see or hear ever.

Goodbye Jack Kingston Hello Michelle Nunn

What a fucking disaster for Republican hopes this year.  Michelle Nunn must be doing backflips today.  Not that Nunn is anything other than a rock-ribbed conservative Democratic turd, but with McConnell set to lose this year too, the Democratic majority in the Senate will probably be getting bigger in 2015.

Chris Hayes Gets On His Knees For MSNBC

I didn't catch this because Badger reasons, but, while Hayes has been doing a better job than most on his channel or anywhere else on the tee vee, he completely whorishly gurgles the rancid jizz of his paymasters when he describes the vile Andrea "Mrs. Alan Greenspan, Ayn Rand Acolyte" as a journalist.  Whatever threadbare credibility Hayes has managed to keep, it's now gone because Hayes would rather be a tee vee millionaire than be a decent human being.  Hayes is pretty weak in general, and for every thing he does on his show that's a little bit better than average, he'll do something like this which exposes what a careerist lickspittle he is on the inside.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Electric Light

Damn Fools Don't Know Shit About Kids Bikes

Idiots.  They don't know shit about shit.  I am an unwilling expert on the art of kid's bikes.  Sure, it helps that my kid is super tall, but decent kid's bikes are out there, and you don't have to mail-order some overpriced, no-name garbage sight-unseen in order to fit a kid on a decent bike.  All you gotta do is look around--the internets and Craigslist are your friends--and visit some shops, and you'll figger it out.

Ronald D. Moore's 'Manimal'

Will Ferrell's utter shit, but the world needs Ronald D. Moore and J.J. Abrams to remake Manimal just to be sure it sucks as completely as possible and obliterates the universe once and for all.

Lee Lee

Hard-Hitting Lee Papa On Police Murder In NYC

The Rude Pundit hits the brutal police killing of an unarmed man in NYC hard today.  The big questions are right in front of us.  Why do we put up with this sort of police action anywhere in America at any time?  Why were there so many police on the scene on Staten Island?  Why would Eric Garner to need to be arrested, handcuffed, or subdued at all?  Without the video evidence, would the NYPD have gotten away with murder?  To that we know the answer is yes.  The other questioned need to be answered every day in America.  Otherwise, we are completely worthless as a purportedly free people.

Rockets For Gaza, Won't You Please Help

If Gaza is running out of rockets, all decent gods-fearing people should join together to bring more rockets to Gaza.  And missiles.  And fighter-bombers.  And attack helicopters.  And tanks.  And nuclear weapons.  If we bring these things to Gaza to use against Israel, then peace in the middle east would be right around the corner since Israel is too cowardly to fight against anyone who can legitimately fight back.

Is It Possible The Honest Trailer For 'Divergent' Makes It Sound Dumber Than It Actually Is?

Christ, I hope so, otherwise, I'm fucked when this thing comes out on Blu-ray and some asshole gives this to my kid as a gift.

Kona Expolsif Max

Coupla Kona Columbus Max-tubed Explosif bikes from the rocking and rolling 90s.  This green one looks pretty normal except for the hydraulic rim brakes.  I dig it.

And this sled with Bomber fork would be my regular trail bike if I owned it.  I sure as hell wouldn't keep it in the shed; I would indeed ride it into the ground with that great-riding frame and fork. 

Putin Didn't Shoot Down Any Planes

Was it a set-up to weaken Putin with Europe?  That would make it mass murder committed by Obama's buddy Poroshenko.  Or was it a tragic accident, a mistake made by shoddily prepared militants on one side or the other?  Either way, we know that Putin didn't order it, and that no other Russian military commander order it either.  There's no benefit for the Russians to shoot down a passenger jet over Ukraine, and the Russians are not that fucking stupid.  It was most likely an error, but with all our abilities to investigate, there's no reason for the truth to be uncovered.  Whether our establishment media will broadcast the truth is another thing completely. 

NBC Can't Help It

Their instinct is the reactionary.  It's reflexive and requires no thought.  Our glorious establishment media is hopelessly deranged. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

26" Wheels On 13" Mountain Bikes In 2015: Kona Does The Right Thing

Kona's 2015 bikes are up on their interwebs site, and despite an industry trend toward the stupid and stupidly pointless 650B wheel size for mountain bikes, Kona manages to show a bit of wisdom and keep the proper 26" in the XS (13") size on three models, including the the women's specific Tika.  Fuck, yeah!  Unlike all the other companies out there giving up on the best wheel size ever for mountain bikes actually used off-road, at least Kona is not fucking the short folks and kids and shit.  That's something.  A little something, anyway.  See what I did there?

PZ (Party Zone) Meyers Withdraws Support For Israel

He's had enough of being right, and PZ Meyers comes out as a hateful anti-semite.  Or something.  When one hundred or one thousand unarmed, defenceless civilians die for every casualty or injury on your side, you are not fighting a war, you are committing genocide.  Israel is the world's premier genocidal state.  Makes those fucking loons in Africa with their machetes look like fucking pikers.


Capitalism Is Killing Music

Especially jazz and classical. (With Jean Cook content.)  There's no money in music--not for the artist, anyway.  Not if that artist is making actual art is not some corporate cartoon creation like Katy Perry.  There used to be a bit of cash to made in touring and selling stuff, the jam econo model, but shit's fucked up and stuff now, more every day.  The record companies can still squeeze out the profit, but the little guys and gals are hella fucked.


Straight 2 Gods' Frakkin' Ears

If the glorious teabagging shit show funfetti that is the Mississippi US Senate race can go national--for the entertainment value if nothing else--that would be a great day, perhaps the greatest day in living memory, for American Republican politics.  Please jeebus, please give us this beauty.  Please let us have this very nice thing. 

This Makes More Scientific Sense Than A Majority Of The Supreme Court And The Entire Republican Party Put Together

The Sharknado guy has a firmer grasp of reality and a deeper understanding of basic science than Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and pretty much every nationally elected Republican.  I guess that means that we should replace the majority of the SCOTUS with Thunder Levin and his bowling team to make America a saner place.

Political Song for The New York Times To Sing

Dave Lindorff, Cecily McMillan, The New York Times

Dave Lindorff cock-punches the Paper of Record over their shoddy reporting of Cecily McMillan's ongoing court saga.  McMillan has already been abused by the police, the DA, and the court; it appears the Times is perfectly content with this situation and is doing whatever it can to support it.  That's your liberal media at work there, boyo. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Weirdest, Least Likely Bike Site On The Interwebs, 2014

BikePro!  What the actual fuck?  It's been like 20 years since the BikePro Buyer's Guide crash landed and almost 20 years since the BikePro/Pedal Pushers bike shop/mailorder thing imploded in semi-public, but the website is still there pretty much.  Now the site is indeed "sponsored" by BikePro Frank's latest business fixing iPhones and shit, but still, what a weird, unexpected relic of misspent youth and a dizzying variety of colorful bike garbage.

Huck Finn Redux

This review does the impossible, but dammit, it does it.  It makes the book sound good, sound worthwhile, sound vital.  Given the premise, that's a giant fucking accomplishment on its own.

NBC Caves

And puts the actual reporter back in the actual invasion.  Holy Shit!  If NBC keeps this up, we might reasonably mistake them for a legitimate news organization. 

James Garner

Was a life-long Democrat and a way better actor than some people gave him credit for.  He had a good run, though, and was by all accounts a decent Hollywood guy.

Digby's Kid's Brother's Movie Review Of 'Snowpiercer'

Snowpiercer looks like absolutely bonkers garbage, but it may just be worth catching in a theatre instead of on your phone or some shit.

Political Song for Buzz Aldrin to Sing

Apollo 11: Some Kind Of Empty Gesture

Apollo 11 day.  And yet, the U.S., Russia, China, UK, Japan, India, couldn't get back to the moon and back before 20 July, 2015 if the world depended on it. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Entry-Level Stock Women's Mountain Bike Time Machine Trip

This thing has it all: pinky, purpley color; round tubes; atrocious Chinese Marzocchi fork; hopeless, on-the-way-out Hayes disc brakes; middle-period Kona graphics; annoyingly cheap running gear.  It's only been eight years, but this sled is starting to look downright quaint.  If I could get that time machine working, I would grab a coupla' these and bring 'em back in the box for future frame harvesting.

The Second-Weirdest (Bike) Site On The Interwebs

Really?  It's been like 20 years since they made these things, right?  But there it is.  Now I will admit to having a dozen or so Avocet computers, but I only use them myself and don't insist anyone else use them.  They still work okay with the occasional fresh battery and I am uncomfortable with new things.  My daughter uses CatEye.

Tour De Shark

Was this it for the 2014 Tour?  I guess Nibali is the strongest rider in the race right now, and if his pharmacology holds up, he should be able to control the final week.

Slaughter Of The Defenceless In Gaza

Goes on and on.  We as a society are poorly served by our lapdog media and pro-Israel political establishment. 

Where Do They Launch The Interceptors?

If you are gonna build a moon base, you gotta have a spot for launching interceptors to stop the UFOs.

Nascent Crowd-Sourced TBogg Fisking

Never really got to the most-entertaining rolling boil, but it was nice to the proles take some bites outa' the biggest of the soft-snarky, entry-level establishment Obama fluffers out there.  Sometimes the little people decide they don't have to put up with the lamest shit.  Sometimes.  Keep it up, folks.

Saletan's A Little Dumber Every Day

I get it, atmo, that Saletan is village-idiot wannabe boot-scraping, but the willful ignorance and misunderstanding of the decades-long assault on the Palestinian people in the U.S. is pretty much not funny anymore, so fuck Saletan and every single one of the other rotten motherfuckers supporting Israel's atrocities.

Apparatchik Slap Fight

Gnome Chompsky's Manufacturing Inanity.  Look for it next year in your entry-level political coffee klatch.

Bibi IS An Idiot, But That's No Shock

Netanyahu's a blithering, right-wing clown, a simpering incompetent both created and trapped by his obeisance to American establishment media and politics.  The problem, of course, is that because Bibi is a useless walking fuckbag, the people of Palestine and Israel suffer--the people of Gaza suffer way more, but that's a feature, not a bug.

These Twits Run The World

Dopey dopes are dopey.  And it's easy to laugh at them as comically clueless upper-class twits, but their cohort have the power and the influence, and they're fucking reactionary morons.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kona Women's Road Bikes

Are also no longer made.  Too bad, because this purple Kali looks pretty nice.  I especially appreciate the silvery post, stem and bars.  They went the extra mile for a more classic, not-black look in 2012; the Lisa Road was earlier.  Since the shop sold Konas for 20 years, I might actually be able to find one of these bikes sitting unused somewhere locally even though I can't think of anyone who bought one off the top of my head.  Maybe I'll get lucky; that'd be frakking lovely. 

Tour De France Crashomatic 2014

It's a melee out there this year.  Nibali is looking to run away with this thing now, though, if he can keep upright.  Porte blew up, the big names crashed out, and the shark is looking strong.  Entertaining racing, even if it is not what the experts were expecting this year.

Pathetic Attempted Supreme Court Fisking

Yeesh, that was dumb.  Apparently the author is a law student, so I would guess she's paying big money for a fourth-tier school.  I mean, the SCOTUS is chock full of risible fucktards, but this is the best she could do?  How bout not understanding the basic grammar in the US Constitution?  Or not understanding how birth control works?  Or not having even a 6th-grade level of familiarity with recent US history?  A basic understanding of economics?  Complete lack of reading comprehension?  Psychotic beliefs in the supernatural?  That's worth making fun of them for, but this shit she chose is pretty fucking lame. 

Bill Maher's Always Been A Jerk--And Never Was Especially Bright

He's got his schtick, and he's been a somewhat useful out atheist and out pothead, but beyond that, he's never been even 33% as smart or clever as he thinks he is.  It's like getting aggravated by Jon Stewart being a buffoon; there's just no point.  Maher's an asshole, and Stewart is soft-headed centrist.  We deserve better, but we ain't gonna get it.

I Remember 'Fantastic Four' Being Worse

Than this.  Pretty sure I saw it in the theatre and was criminally underwhelmed.  Cinema Sins musta' switched to decaf recently.

Ayman Mohyeldin Or Richard Engel

Which reporter is more likely to tell the truth? Which is more likely to be an establishment media careerist clown?  Well, Engel is risible kiss-ass to power, so clearly Mohyeldin had to go!  If the American establishment media ever told the truth about Israeli crimes, the universe would implode and then all the high-paying tee vee jobs for Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow would be gone forever!  Can't have that, can we?

Far Too Mild Krauthammer Fisking

Nicholas Sheppard takes it waayyy too easy on Chuckles Krauthammer in this essay.  Krauthammer is an execrable toad, not at all worthy of being called intelligent--or wise or thoughtful or anything.  Sheppard should have come right out and called him what he is: a fatuous conservative lickspittle.  Chuckles is a small-minded simpleton who has used his self-inflicted injury to deflect criticism his entire life.  How exactly did he graduate from med school from that bed, anyway?  Surely he had some special accommodation, help, special treatment, bending of the rules, handout...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Of Course, The Bike She Wants Is No Longer Available

My daughter knows how to use the interwebs machines--and knows how to be a major pain in the ass--so she was able to check out the small road bikes and shit, and found the one she likes the looks of more than any others, the 2013 Orbea Aqua Dama in black with pink.  This is the same fucking hassle the pink Ibanez bass was giving me last year, only this year it's road bikes.

I think it looks really cool, actually, and it is pretty much like all the other 9-speed Sora bikes for women, but there is no chance in hell I'm going to find one in her size anywhere at this point.  The black with pink has set an unfortunate aesthetic benchmark that the 2014 candidates are not able to match.  Even worse, the 2014 aluminium Orbeas look like shit, with a weird, low attachment point for the chainstays and a goofy longer headtube.  Fuckers.

Salmony Pink Nagasawa

Small, pink, 1980s.  Don't tell my daughter--she'll have that time machine working ASAPy-like, and then we're all in trouble.

Short Nagasawa Article From Japan

In English, from late last year.  Apparently, Mr. Nagasawa is still building frames.  Would be cool if we could get them here in the States.

Shooting Down Airliners

Bad for business.  I'm kinda surprised this shit doesn't happen more often.  This was apparently some serious surface-to-air-missile action, but just some asshole with shoulder-fired missile or RPGs outside the fence at a major first-world airport could end the modern world if he or she were willing to die for it.  Or if the bad guys wanted to stage a world-wide campaign of attacking commercial air transport at airports with hand-held ordnance, well, that's game over, dude.

Hah, Hah, NBC Sucks

NBC is a shithole--and always was--but this is pretty fucking bush league, even for them.  The establishment is pro-Israel and adamantly anti-Palestine, so if someone tells the truth about the Zionist war criminals, they will be censored.  And these are the people who are responsible for reporting news.  America, Fuck Yeah!

Republicans And Teabaggers Hate Kids

They only love kids when they are raping them in some third-world country Limbaugh-style.  Otherwise, Republicans and teabaggers and other Koch-suckers hate children.  It might seem crass, but the Dems and their supporters should be making this disaster a political issue, and beating the Republican candidates over the head with a "you hate any kid you can't fuck" type of campaign.  Winners win.

Bah Bah Boo Eee

Don't they have producers to screen this shit?  On the other hand, who cares?  The on-air "talent" should be able to tell the prank callers to fuck off and then just move on.

Gaza Massacre Groundhog Day

It keeps happening because Gaza is defenceless.  They have no guns and no navy and no planes and no nukes.  If the people in Gaza were able to defend themselves against Israel, Israel would leave them alone.  Israel is the world's foremost cowardly bully.  If they didn't have the U.S. to protect them, the Israelis would be a fuck of a lot more polite and peaceful.

And Talansky's Out

Didn't start, but that's not such a surprise.  I guess he rode it out yesterday to show he's an animal, and that was that.