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Finally! MANLY Cupcakes!

Butch Bakery logo

After all, cupcakes tend to be a bit girly.

Butch Bakery features many cupcakes.  They are decorated in manly styles, such as Woodland Camo, Wood Grain and Houndstooth.  Soaked in booze!

Funky flavors include the “Beer Run” (soaked in beer.. with beer buttercream?!?! Wha…?)

Next time I’m in New York, I’m there.

Obama Featured in “Pride” Themed Float at Mardi Gras

… and not in a good way, like you want.  In the bad way, like in one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Obama Float Mardi Gras Sin of Pride

From First Thoughts :

One of the ways vice is simultaneously vilified and celebrated is on the floats that parade through New Orleans, filled with masked people who throw beads and toys to the passersby. In one parade this year, spectators enjoy a hilarious twenty-float lineup of what one might call winners of the Greatest Vices of the Year: Senator Edwards, Senator Vitter, and Governor Sanford are spotlighted on a lust-themed float as “Politicians Gone Wild!”; New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin is painted “asleep at the wheel,” accused of negligence and bad time management on a sloth-themed float; and Bernard Madoff appears on a pyramid as “Pharaoh Made-off” on a greed-themed float that describes him as “the modern-day Judas who was traitor to his own tribe for only 20 million pieces of silver.”

Among these scandalous float figures is President Barack Obama.

On a pride-themed float called “Experiment of His Own Power,” Obama is compared to “The Proud One” of Dante’s Inferno, posing with his Nobel Peace Prize medal, next to several other representations of him—along with Oscar and Heisman Trophy awards, he appears as a five-star general, president of General Motors, and as the “healthcare-expert” Surgeon General—all engulfed by the flames of hell.

Who Dat?

Who Dat…  indeed!

Wooooo! New Orleans takes it!

Wow, way ta cover local news, Merc!

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Here’s the entire text they published on they website, two days after a big local protest :

San Jose protesters stay peaceful during Boxer book signing

Sen. Barbara Boxer was greeted by about 120 protesters outside Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose on Aug.15 where she made brief appearance to sign her second novel Blind Trust.

Boxer was accompanied by her San Francisco Office assistants and security personnel. The group remained relatively peaceful in its protest of healthcare reform.

About 100 people showed up at the bookstore for the brief reading and question-and-answer session.

Then again, that’s more than any other local media outlet did – including NBC, which apparently had  a camera there.

It would have been nice if they’d got the number right, at least.  I was there at the moment that Boxer dashed into the back entrance.  (I barely had enough time for a short  Boo!)  There had to have been more than 120 people there.

For that matter, what’s with this “protesters stay peaceful” crap?  They were expecting … what?

The Getaway : Boxer Protest at San Jose Barnes & Noble, part IV

This is the special getaway car that was rented to confuse the Evil Concerned Citizens.  Most of them were expecting a broom.

This is the special getaway car that was rented to confuse the Evil Concerned Citizens. Most of them were expecting a broom.

Check out the ultra-cool flyer on the winshield

Check out the ultra-cool flyer on the winshield. Sadly, it was removed by one of Boxer's minions before she could see it.

For some reason, Senator Ma'am had one of her minions pointing a fancy video camera at her escape vehicle for an hour or so before she skulked out.  Not clear why.

For some reason, Senator Ma'am had one of her minions pointing a fancy video camera at her escape vehicle for an hour or so before she skulked out. Not clear why.

… eventually she was driven out onto Stevens creek, to a loud chorus of :

“Hey Hey, Ho Ho Barbara Boxer has got to go!”

(Part III)

Boxer Protest at San Jose Barnes & Noble, part III

Zombie Reagan!  (seriously, though ... you gotta admire a guy that walk around wearing  a rubber mask in the hot sun for 2 hours.

Zombie Reagan! (seriously, though ... you gotta admire a guy that walk around wearing a rubber mask in the hot sun for 2 hours.

Astroturf.  No non-professional would have a sign that fancy.

Astroturf Alert! Obviously the Evil Insurance Companies bought this guy with a sandwich. Only a wealthy corporation would supply sign that fancy.

Inform! email flag@whitehouse.gov

Inform on fellow citizens! email flag@whitehouse.gov

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Nurses Against Obamacare

Nurses Against Obamacare

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Obama is kinda squirly...

Obama is kinda squirly...

... but... but... but... money grows on trees, right?

... but... but... but... money grows on trees, right?

Oh Noes!

Oh Noes!

DMV + IRS = WIN!

DMV + IRS = WIN!

(Part I)

(Part II)

(Part IIa)

Addendum to Boxer Protest at San Jose Barnes & Noble, part II

Here's the closest thing to a "Brooks Brothers Brigadier" that was present.

Here's the closest thing to a "Brooks Brothers Brigadier" that was present.

(Part II)

Boxer Protest at San Jose Barnes & Noble, part II

Our local left conspiracy guy did have a few nice pictures, though with snarkly little comments.  Most of the snark is about “important” thinks like making note of peoples’ weight and such.

Here’s some of the pictures that I though were worth your notice :

No astroturf here - just plain old folks!

No astroturf here - just plain old folks!

Cartoony, make-belive care was available for those who can't wait for Obama's cartoony, made up plan to be implemented.  (Seemed like a nice kid.)

Cartoony, make-belive care was available for those who can't wait for Obama's cartoony, made up plan to be implemented. (Seemed like a nice kid.)

I noticed Green Peace Helmet Guy in the "Lucy" picture.  I wish I'd seen him... or at least that someone had posted a better picture of him.  Drat. I wonder if his helmet works like a tinfoil deflector beanie.

I noticed Green Peace Helmet Guy in the "Lucy" picture. I wish I'd seen him... or at least that someone had posted a better picture of him. Drat. I wonder if his Green Peace Helmet works like a aluminum foil deflector beanie.

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If it weren't for the book-signings, Boxer would be on a milk carton by now.  "Have You Seen Me?"

If it weren't for the book-signings, Boxer would be on a milk carton by now. "Have You Seen Me?"

Nay KoolAId!

Nay KoolAId!

Oh No! The sayings of Obama are being Mocked!

Oh No! The sayings of Obama are being Mocked!

One of the cool things about this protest : there were a few handfuls of scattered opposition of various stripes... but none of them were shoved around or harassed.  Heck, the  only thing close to that I witnessed even close to that was a guy in an Obama shirt that just would leave a couple of anti-Boxer protesters  in peace (not the other 'way).  That was just words, though.

One of the cool things about this protest : there were a few handfuls of scattered opposition of various stripes... but none of them were shoved around or harassed. Heck, the only thing close to that I witnessed even close to that was a guy in an Obama shirt that just would leave a couple of anti-Boxer protesters in peace (not the other 'way). That was just words, though.

Yup.  Here's the "angry mob" the Democrats warned you about in that ad of theirs.  Oh, and Nazis, just like Nancy Pelosi told you!  COming up next : Obama will tell you about the Evil Monkey that lives in your closet!

Yup. Here's the "angry mob" the Democrats warned you about in that ad of theirs. Oh, and Nazis, just like Nancy Pelosi told you! COming up next : Obama will tell you about the Evil Monkey that lives in your closet!

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(Part I)

Photos from the Boxer Protest @ Barnes and Noble

Seniors are not shovel ready!

Seniors are not shovel ready!

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(More pictures later; I think I’ll run out for a vegan donut and then run some errands now …)

Directory of Local Blogs

Michi Sushi

Nice writeup over on the South Winchester News.

Drool, drool…

Local Bookstore Cat gets Props!

Publishers Weekly has declared that the local bookstore cat, Isbn has the coolest name evah. He’s now amoung the illustrious ranks of famous store cats like Fup.

Mike Honda Tele-Townhall Signup

Click here to sign up for random chance to participate.

Craigslist Posting For Donut Protest

(craigslist postings go away after 60 days, so I thought I’d preserve this event posting here.)

8/2: Noon to 2pm – Help Stamp Out Freedom – Protest Psycho Donuts!!!! (campbell)


Date: 2009-08-01, 9:29PM PDT
Reply to: event-rnpsp-1301332445@craigslist.org


Psycho Donuts is a business in Campbell, CA that says it is a “fun mental institution” and a “lighthearted insane asylum”; has a padded cell where customers can have their photos taken wearing a straightjacket; has doughnuts called “Massive Head Trauma”, “Feng Shui”, “Psycho Panda” & “Bipolar”; has “group therapy” table where people can sit and we like to pretend that there are “shock treatment” areas so it sounds like, ooooooo scaaaaary. Oh yeah, there’s a Bates Motel sign, and we really don’t like the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Stereotypes are no joke! So we choose to act like them to show you how serious they truly are!

58,000 people are confined in mental institutions in the US and one of these days we might well join them! I mean really, we are willing to stomp on the freedoms of others, in order to fell better about ourselves. Doesn’t that say something to you?

Stereotypes CAUSE discrimination & stigma ruins lives – so please, please, please help us to spread stigma but inflicting it upon a small business serving the people of Campbell, Ca.

When did we decide it is OK to ridicule people who are different? Last Tuesday, just before we planned this event.

For over two months, many local disability organizations have tried, without success, to educate Psycho Donuts business owners and ask them to close their store, fire their employees and put on hairshirts and ashes. We’d like them to sow salt in the earth, so nothing will ever grow on the land again, but were flexible on that. Even STILL, they have refused, saying “Because donuts have no feelings, they won’t be upset that we’re making fun of them.”

This is shameful. Donuts have more feelings than many people. Science has proven this time and again.

In addition, the Campbell City Council, the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, the Santa Clara Mental Health Board and Campbell’s State Legislators have been approached by the same local disability organizations, asking them to broker a meeting with the business owners, but they have said there is nothing they can do. Something about a thing called “the first amendment” or “first commandment” or first something. We’re NOT SURE. It is DISCRIMINATORY to use clever words like that to confuse us.

Anyway – shame on the City of Campbell for allowing this to happen! Really! Even though we just indicated that there is nothing they CAN do! SHAME!!!!!

There IS something YOU can do – JOIN US on Sunday, August 2nd @ 12 noon sharp

We need large numbers in order order to send a LOUD and clear massage to the owners of Psycho Donuts and to the leadership of the City of Campbell that we have our FEELINGS HURT and think very poorly of the people of Campbell. We won’t stand for this kind of badness against people. We will actually kind of wander around shouting through bullhorns and such-like. We find that our legs cramp up a lot if we just stand.

Wear comfortable Tin Foil Hat and bring “drinkables”. T-shirts and signs will be provided; we don’t care what YOU want to say, we want you to say what WE WANT YOU TO SAY. You understand, we’re sure. If not, well…. it’s not important that you do. Just show up.

  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 1301332445

Silicon Valley Roller Girls face off against LA

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Info from upcoming.com
The South Bay’s own Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League, Silicon Valley Roller Girls (San Jose, CA), will be hosting their second annual Hot August Fights. Back by popular demand, this year the Dot.Kamikazes of SVRG will face off against Angel City Derby Girls Rocket Queens (Los Angeles, CA). Hot August Fights will take place on Saturday August 8, 2009 at San Jose Skate (397 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose). Doors open at 6 p.m., and the bout gets underway at 7 p.m.

This is an all-ages bout featuring half-time show; raffle prizes; and more. Come and show your support for your local derby girls by donning your green and black. After the bout, join the ladies of SVRG and ACDG for an after party at Jacks in San Jose. For more details about the bout and SVRG, please check our website and blog.

Tickets are currently for sale online at Brown Paper Tickets: $15 for adults and $6 for kids. Tickets at the door are $17 for adults and $8 for kids; babies in arms (two and under) are free. A portion of the proceeds from the bout will be donated to the John Muir Cancer Institute.

Effective 7/31/09, tickets are also for sale at Psycho Donuts, 2006 Winchester Blvd in Campbell, and at Streetlight Records, 980 S. Bascom Ave in San Jose. Tickets are available at the advance ticket price, without the service charge of purchasing them online!

Silicon Valley Tea Party Patriots

For those who want to participate in democracy and whatnot, here is a listing of “town halls” and similar.

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Cupcakes?

A little bit of awesomeness from Berkeley…. Watchmen cupcakes!

Dr Manhatten, Comedian, Rorchach and Archie!

Dr Manhatten, Comedian, Rorchach and Archie!

More info on these cool cakes … here !

Good News : Mental Health Community not all Sheeple!

Contrary to what some would have us believe, not everyone with a professional,  personal or emotional  stake in the realm of mental illness  blames all problems on donuts.  ABC News reports there is some diversity of opinion here.   It’s a shame they didn’t ask around more…  they could have found some interesting views.

Heck, at Sunday’s  Donut Protest, I saw a guy who actually had bipolar being scramed at by the self-styled representatives of the “Mental Health Community”, because he dared disagree.  One woman told him that based on that diagnosis alone, he should be on their side.  I guess having a mental disorder means that you can’t have your own opinion.  One man called him a “lost soul”.  Nice.

Local Boys Do Good!

You know you’ve really made it when you’re in the Weekly World News (“The World’s Only Reliable News”)… and our local donut shop has acheived that distinction!

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… and in other news, why is the media silent about the shocking story of Obama’s half brother?

Mad, I tell you! Mad! MAD!!!

"Moo hoo hah hah hah!"

"Moo hoo hah hah hah!"

Well, so far 65% are laughing and 12% bored according to the imbedded poll on the local NBC affiliate’s webage (“Psycho Donut Theme Making People “Mad”).

It’s fairly interesting how “the National Alliance for Mental Illness” worked the local media to get some free advertising for their protest, which in turn gave Psycho Donuts lots of free advertsing.

Those not familiar with Campbell don’t realize how obscurely the doughnut shop is placed.  It’s in an itty-bitty strip mall, between a Subway and a laundromat.   It’s very hard to notice.  A few dozen people milling around with signs probably got the shop a bit of extra notice from the passing motorists… but I strongly suspect that the “march” through the Campbell Farmer’s Market got Psycho Donuts tons of free publicity.  I bumped into some friends that said they were going to pop by for a donut after buying their veggies.

This seemed to be an especially good day for video-makers.  I arrived very late in the game, but it seemd like folks were being interview all over the place.

LA Coroner’s Office Gift Shop!

Y’know, this blog seems like a great place to mention Skeletons in the Closet, the Coroner’s gift shop.  What with all the hyperbole linking donuts to cancer and other various forms of death, you’d think death-in-general would be on the table.

Anyhoo, the gift shop has had great stuff for years and years..  including body bags, die-cast metal hearse toys, beach towels with chalk outlines and so on.  They are definitely worth checking out.

Ha[[y customer enjoys a chalk outline towel.

Happy customer enjoys a chalk outline towel.

South Winchester News

There’s a nice local blog called South Winchester News. Take a look.