by kara on September 5, 2014

from one of my favorite websites, messynesschic

Behind the security grills and dusty shop windows of a neglected building, hides an unlikely secret fashion museum of footwear dating back more than 70 years. And what do you do when you discover a goldmine of untouched vintage shoes? You put it on the internet of course! Reddit member Oktober75 shared photographs documenting the undoubtedly surreal experience of pulling back the cobwebs inside his family’s old shoe store which once upon a time was open for business, from the 1940s until the 1960s.

While from the inside the store lettering is visible, with the sun’s glare and the camouflage of the security gate, it’s pretty much hidden from the street.

Run by the Redditor’s great grandmother until she fell ill, the store was never re-opened after its closure more than 40 years ago. Everyone else in the family already had their own careers and there was little interest in managing the store.

“I have no idea how profitable it was, perhaps that was a factor,” explains Oktober75 on Reddit, “My grandparents were known for hoarding. My guess is they went with the mentality, ‘it will be worth something one day’. That day came and went.”The shoes are in mixed condition. While most of them may look unworn, the rubber soled shoes or sneakers for example have become so brittle and dry that they’re too stiff to even bend. The heat and dry air has also damaged a majority of the shoes claims our heir to the vintage shoe store. A few years ago, a production company for vintage costumes and clothing came by the shop and bought a couple of hundred pairs from Oktober75′s grandparents.

If you’re hoping to gain access to this rare shoe museum, unfortunately, your luck runs out here. Due to security concerns, the Redditor does not plan on releasing the location. “When we’re ready to draw attention, I’d be happy to share more details,” says Oktober75, who is currently exploring options with his family on what the heck to do with their Aladdin’s cave of fashion history.

Dust in the Wind.

by kara on September 4, 2014

Now here’s a thing. Remember how I “reported” on the 9-year-old girl in the pink shorts who killed her shooting “instructor” with a submachine gun, killing him when the fully automatic weapon’s recoil kicked its muzzle toward his head? Well, Bullets n’ Burgers management talked to Mohave County Sherriff’s deputies and provided them with all sorts of useful documentation, except maybe they can’t find the release forms that the girl’s parents signed because the papers were, literally:

“blown away by the wind.”

Sgt. J. described his attempt to get the releases in the report:

investigation 1

Here’s deputy B. Cassidy’s description of his attempt to locate the release forms:

investigation 2

Mighty convenient winds – let’s just call them winds “Sharia” –  they have around those parts. Ironically, the same thing happened to GW Shrub’s proof of WMDs in Iraq. Stupid desert winds!

Why the hell is this business even staying open? I mean, wouldn’t the owner – after helping create a future where a nine-year-old will have to live with having blown someone’s brains out and also have to live (at least for another 9 years or so) with the same obtuse parents who let her play with an automatic weapon like it was a freaking toy - wouldn’t that owner just want to give the thing up, quit, go wander the sands like the desert fathers or maybe find a job polishing slot machines in some off-the-Strip casino and quietly think about things for a few years?But that would require that the owner felt “responsibility” or something, which won’t come until after the settlement, when it will have the word “financial” in front of it.Gun tourism and entertainment; the management probably doesn’t do a lot of soul searching or understand the whole empathy thing. I bet the minute they mopped up afterwards and the sheriff and other investigators cleared the spot they opened up, and didn’t even pause to attend the funeral. Probably talked to the lawyer about bumping the minimum age up a year.

UPDATE: Word at the scene is that the wind whisked that release straight north to Cliven Bundy’s ranch where armed gentlemen and their hefty spouses are denying entry to the authorities.


hey sluts

by kara on September 2, 2014

Who is sick to DEATH as dumbfuck Repubicans not understanding what contraception is? They can not get it through their thick fucking skulls that “The Pill” is not A THING. There are kazillions different oral contraceptives; monophasics, multiphasics, progestin only, estradiol, etc. etc.  on the market and a woman and her health care provider need to figure out which one is the best choice for her (almost said “fit”, but you people are all pervs). Oral contraceptives are not OTC for the same fucking reason antibiotics aren’t, the average consumer has no idea which one is the best for (in this case) her individual needs.

by kara on September 2, 2014

And, in the final hours before the world descended into yet another world war with tensions mounting between East and West and West and Middle East, the world was distracted by pictures of naked celebrities.

We’re officially fucked. This story is going to run and run and serve as a nice distraction from what’s been am abjectly news cycle. I think this is the final part of the World War 3 jigsaw puzzle. We’ve had an economic crisis, a rise in nationalism and xenophobia and increased extremism, we’ve had the wrong kind of non-interventionist policies mixed with the wrong kind of interventionist policies, you know we have the powers that be keeping one eye on the ever dwindling resources, and this morning another American journalist was beheaded by a lunatic in a mask with a sword. There have been periods of stability and instability throughout human history. Economic factors have played a role in causing instability e.g. the Great Depression leading to WWII and the Oil Crisis leading to conflicts in the Middle East. There’s also been a level of instability following periods of excess (the Weimer Republic and the fall of Rome). There are better times to have your little window of existence than others. I’d prefer to be alive now than say during the Black Death but equally it might have been great being alive during the Age of Enlightenment when things were on the up and up. We now have to face up to all sorts of horrible shit like climate change and very possibly another great conflict. In the lottery of human history we cannot complain too much (says I typing on a computer, using the Internet), and now we have a public distracted by tits. Sorry, America, I really don’t care that much.

But to add a little practical suggestion to my apathy about celebrities and their invasion of privacy:

Personally, the advantages of the Cloud always seemed to be outweighed by the risks for any sensitive material. I mean, how often does one need to access one’s own nude pics remotely, on different devices? By all means use it for boring work stuff, but if I had a body anyone was interested in looking at, I’d back it all up at home on a hard drive. This whole silly mess may at least provide a timely reminder of the risk of taking a compromising photo of oneself and then storing and/it communicating it to a third party. This little nugget should help parents explain to their teenagers (was the figure something like 75% who have sent naked pictures of themselves?) about the dangers of sending naked pictures to your partners and ex-partners. At this rate there’s only about 25% of future generations who are not a risk of being blackmailed. Either that points to an ever decreasing pool of competent leaders or a much higher bar for “moral outrage”.

“Reportedly stolen from the Cloud.”Define “deleted”. Everyone who watches true crime shows knows that the delete button does not delete anything, it merely hides it from view, with the ability to be later “undeleted”. There are programs which overwrite the data making “undeletion” impossible, but how many people use these?

“Mary Elizabeth Winstead, another victim, apparently claims that the pics of her circulating in this heist were taken by her husband some years ago and “deleted”.

Methinks, Mary, that not everyone deleted them.”

Season’s Bleatings

by kara on August 30, 2014

Yup, well, if wingnut Christians do anything particularly well it’s persecution fantasies and this obviously well made, not at all cheap bullshit film will be yet another (after “Persecuted”) giant christomasturbation fest. I guess the upshot is if you live in the South and Southwest (no doubt the only regions this film is playing in, oh and Kansas and maybe Chino Hills, CA), your ultra self-satisfied holier than thou asshole neighbors, fellow employees and relatives might disappear for a couple of hours. It’ll be like every normal thinking persons fantasy: The Rapture!

Now, Kirk Cameron’s movie’s not a documentary, but rather a “comedic narrative” that walks a typical Joe Eggnog through a careful debunking of the lies spread by mean-spirited secularists. According to Mr. Cameron:

“It’s a scripted story about a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian male and he’s got a bad case of religious bah humbugs,” Cameron said. “He is just deflating his wife’s entire Christmas party because he has come to believe that everything we’re doing at Christmas to celebrate is wrong.”

Don’t you love that the “script” “writers” thought that it would be a good idea to give the character the name “Christian White” — as if the “actor” playing it wouldn’t make it clear — and then that Cameron thought maybe he’d better explain it, in case the audience doesn’t get it (which is probably a valid assumption). A white Christian male, because this character really speaks to so many of us out here. Should make for a good climactic scene when he finally confronts the movie’s antagonist, a shadowy figure named Muslin Brown. Maybe with help from his buddy, Token Blackfriend.

Of course, Kirk Cameron will not accept payment for this film as that would be crass commercialism of Christmas (NOT a fact).

Happy Horses Time!

by kara on August 29, 2014

at Compton Jr Posse. Yeehaw!

Just say NO to CLEAR EYES

by kara on August 29, 2014

This shitty summer’s events have really revealed with nauseating clarity the ugly secrets of the little people behind the curtain. They’re terrified of black people. I mean, wee always  kind knew that. The whole “second amendment” thing was kind of a dead giveaway. But they never came out and said that.

But now when  former Nixon speechwriter and Clear Eyes spokesman Ben Stein is willing to come out and say publicly that black men are armed simply by virtue of their big blackness, well hell, yeah, they’re admitting it pretty clearly: they’re just afraid. What we suspected is true.

Ben Stein, ladies and gentleman, is one of the great intellects of the Right. Ben motherfucking Stein. He is so certain that Trayvon Martin needed to be shot that he now remembers armed neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman as being an actual policeman. It is nice to know that George Zimmerman isn’t the only one who had that fantasy.

Can we just admit that there really are two Americas? There is the America of those who are scared to death of African Americans, are armed to the teeth like Seal Team Six, who shoot first (and don’t ask any questions later, ever even), who always have an excuse why killing black folks is AOK. Their America is real scary. Too bad most of us have to live there! And there is the America of the rest of us who are (pick one) black, nor mentally ill, outraged, reality-based or all of the above. Sooner or later the cops will get sloppy and start pulling their shit on white people who don’t happen to be hippies or gheys or commie/liebrul/anarchist/hoodlums or dirt poor and homeless and suddenly Christian White and his family are going to notice- kind of the way crack and hip-hop suddenly became a problem the moment white kids discovered them…

“Liberal white guilt” is both real and  a figment of the conservative projection complex. White liberals (like myself) tend to reject the tribal instinct that causes one to lump oneself in with conquistadors, slaveholders, and their ilk.  And we know enough about other peoples to understand that white folks aren’t necessarily particularly “evil”, just the first to make guns and really big ships. Barbarism and cruelty are ingrained in our species, not just our race. Conservatives, on the other hand, see the rest of the world through the prism of whiteness. Race, to them, is about “us” and “them”. So when they see white liberals trying to help folks out of another color, it’s not the old “neighbors trying to help neighbors” I learned about in Unitarian Sunday School, it’s white people giving resources, money, food, what have you,  to non-white people, and because empathy and human decency are beyond their capacity or understanding, they explain it using the only emotions they are capable of – fear and loathing. It MUST be guilt, because, to them, what else could it be? Guilt doesn’t always manifest itself through overcompensation, it depends a lot on who is feeling guilty. Some people try to drink the guilt away, snort or swallow the guilt away. Others try and convince themselves that everything that they feel guilty about is really okay. And THAT’S where black/white race relations take a particularly nasty turn.

Because white people owned black people as slaves, and because southern whites brought this country through a crippling and horrific civil war over their “rights” to keep doing so, the only way to make that okay is to commit yourself to the belief that black people – and by extension, all minorities – are really, on some fundamental level, less “human” than whites. This is why that Bundy buffoon started spouting off about how slavery was actually good for black people. This wasn’t the result of some random neuron firing in the mind of an old man who was losing his grip – this is a FUNDAMENTAL belief of conservatism, which comes from genuine white guilt.

BTW can we fckng boycott CLEAR EYES? Anyone?

Thom Hartmann Administrator's picture

Aug. 28, 2014 2:34 pm
By Thom Hartmann …

If you want to know what libertarianism is all about, don’t ask a libertarian, because most of them don’t know. A new poll from Pew Research found that only 11% of those surveyed who identified themselves as libertarian were correctly able to identify the very basic meaning of libertarianism as “someone whose political views emphasize individual freedom by limiting the role of government.” Even though that’s often an oxymoron, that’s what libertarians say, and their followers apparently don’t know it.

Weirdly, that same poll found that 41% of libertarians believe that the government should regulate business, 46% of libertarians believe that corporations make too much profit, and 38% of libertarians believe that government aid to the poor is a good thing.

Similarly, of the so-called libertarians polled, 42% believe that police should be able to stop and search people who “look like criminals,” and 26% think “homosexuality should be discouraged.”

What happened to limited government and more individual freedoms? Basically, people in America who call themselves libertarians have absolutely no idea what libertarianism is really about.

So, let’s go over it for a second. Back in 1980, David Koch, one half of the Kochtopus, ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate. And the platform that he ran on back in 1980 provides a great summary of what libertarianism is really about.

First, libertarians want to “urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.” In other words, they want to make it as easy as possible for corporations and wealthy billionaires to flood our democracy with corruptive cash and buy even more politicians. They want Citizen’s United on steroids – and then some.

Next up, libertarians “favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.” Instead, they want to privatize healthcare in America, so that their billionaire friends in the healthcare industry can get even richer, while working-class Americans are getting sicker and sicker. In fact, a 2012 analysis by Citigroup found that insurance company stocks would skyrocket if Medicare alone were to be privatized. And Big Pharma would experience a revenue and profit boom, too.

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Charles Vacca, 39, died Monday at a hospital, and a cute 9-year old girl’s life is irreparably damaged, after the girl accidentally shot Mr. Vacca, her shooting instructor, in the head with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range.

The girl’s loving parents knew that you can never start too soon when it comes to putting firearms into the hands of your tykes, so while vacationing, they made a pitstop for some gun fun. The girl had successfully fired the gun in “single-shot” mode several times. When it was switched into “fully automatic,” the weapon recoiled and she lost control, hitting the instructor who was standing off to the left. A video shows her shooting the weapon before the accident.

The shooting range, which has highway signs that advertise both shooting and a good meal – really you can’t make this shit up – is called “Bullets and Burgers’.

Bullets and Burgers isn’t exactly a traditional shooting range where you go to for target practice — it’s a genuine tourist trap /campground/burger joint/buy lottery tickets spot/impulse & pee stop on Highway 93 between Las Vegas and Kingman. They’ve got ICE COLD Beer, a Full Bar, and Pool Tables, and their homepage crows that “LAST STOP Arizona is the Biker’s MUST STOP”:

“The Bullets and Burgers Adventure is a private outdoor range set in a stunning outdoor desert landscape. We separate ourselves from all other Las Vegas ranges with our unique ‘Desert Storm’ atmosphere and military style bunkers. We are located on the eclectic 30+ acre Arizona Last Stop property surrounded by picturesque mountain views at the edge of the undeveloped Lake Mead Recreational Area.

To top it off, lunch is included inside the the World Famous Arizona Last Stop restaurant located onsite. You will be treated with the World Famous All American Hamburger, fresh cut french fries, and a drink. The All American Burger is guaranteed to be the best hamburger you have ever eaten.”

“….Just fire at will and have a blast!” they advertise. Even a nine-year old should be able to distinguish “Will” from Charles Vacca. Other than that, it sounds like she was mostly following instruction. this just makes me want to vomit. WHen I was nine, I had trust in my parents to let me do things that were safe and to prevent me from doing stupid stuff that was in their control. This poor kid.

This country is insane and probably ruined, from the inside. Fuck it. If you want me, I’ll be looking at mini ponies on the internet.