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Rick Santelli gets his ass handed to him

CNBC’s  Steve Liesman to Rick Santelli’s dumb face:

It’s impossible for you to have been more wrong, Rick. Your call for inflation, the destruction of the dollar, the failure of the U.S. economy to rebound. Rick, it’s impossible for you to have been more wrong. Every single bit of advice you gave would have lost people money, Rick… There is no piece of advice that you’ve given that’s worked, Rick. Not a single one… The higher interest rates never came. The inability of the U.S. to sell bonds never happened. The dollar never crashed, Rick. There isn’t a single one that’s worked for you.

They seem like such a nice couple

Merced police say a boyfriend and girlfriend crashed their cars into each other while driving home drunk from a party.

The collision happened at Childs Avenue and S Street just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Officers say it started when Steven Murrieta, 30, and Cheng Saeturn, 29, left a nearby party in separate cars. Murrieta is accused of cutting through a park and taking out a barbecue pit, before running a stop sign and hitting his girlfriend’s car.

Police say his blood-alcohol level was nearly five times the legal limit. He was taken to the hospital and then booked into jail.

Saeturn suffered a broken collar bone and was cited at the hospital. Her blood-alcohol level was much lower than Murrieta’s, according to authorities.

RIP Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize winner

Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions as a watchmaker’s daughter led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize, died Sunday in Johannesburg, Reuters reported. She was 90.

Ms. Gordimer did not originally choose apartheid as her subject as a young writer, she said, but she found it impossible to dig deeply into South African life without striking repression.

Coolest dad who ever lived makes coolest costume ever made for 6-year-old son

A graphic designer for almost 20 years, CGS1 spared no detail in the creation of the blocky [Boba Fett Lego replica] outfit, which is all but indistinguishable from an embiggened Boba Fett minifig (From the 9496 Desert Skiff lego set, specifically. That’s it in the top image, on the right, for reference.)

"The entire costume is built from scratch using photo references and scans I took myself," CGS1 writes at The Dented Helmet. “The costume is built primarily out of sintra with pink insulation foam used to carve the helmet dome and a small amount of plastazote foam used on the tips and base of the jetpack rockets.” Which jetpack, it bears mentioning, is removable – just like the one on the minifig.

Pot farmer named Smoke responsible for NorCal wildfire

Because, of course:

A 37-year-old man accused of starting a raging wildfire in Northern California while tending to his marijuana farm was arrested and in custody, fire officials said on Sunday.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officers arrested Sacramento resident Freddie Alexander Smoke III on Friday on felony charges of recklessly starting a fire and illegal marijuana cultivation, CAL FIRE spokesman Daniel Berlant said.

Exhaust from a truck Smoke drove around the cultivation site in the remote community of Igo is expected to have ignited a patch of dry grass on Friday afternoon, Berlant said.

RIP: Jazz great Charlie Haden

Grammy Award-winning Charlie Haden, a legendary jazz bassist who played with artists including John Coltrane and Chet Baker, died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 76.

Haden also joined pianist Keith Jarrett’s ensemble in the 1960s and was considered as revolutionizing double bass playing in jazz music.


Haden was an original member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, and collaborated with artists also including Don Cherry, Alice Coltrane and Billy Higgins, according to Billboard magazine.

In 1967 he joined Jarrett’s band, before forming the group Old and New Dreams with Cherry, and the politically tinged Liberation Music Orchestra with composer Carla Bley, the journal said.

Over the years he also worked with figures including Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz and Joe Henderson, as well as pop stars like Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Rickie Lee Jones and Beck, according to Variety.

Haden also collaborated with Pat Metheny on the lovely Beyond The Missouri Sky

The Last of the Ramones

Drummer and producer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the influential New York punk quartet the Ramones, died Friday at his home in the Ridgewood area of Queens, New York. He was 65 and had been in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.

Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, and known professionally as Tom or T. Erdelyi, Ramone played on the first three epoch-making Ramones albums, “Ramones” (1976), “Leave Home” (1977) and “Rocket to Russia” (1977). He also co-produced the latter two albums with Tony Bongiovi and Ed Stasium, respectively. He appeared on and co-produced the 1979 live Ramones opus “It’s Alive.”

Reading in the digital age…

My strategy is to read for pleasure in bed, sequestering an hour or two at the end of the day with my Kindle. The computer is turned off, the iPad and iPhone left downstairs. As e-readers go, Amazon’s ebook Kindles (mine is the Paperwhite 2) are perfect: the reading experience is immersive and the device is incompetent for emails or Web-surfing. In other words, no distractions. 

The device, indeed, lends itself to just the sort of books Parks thinks are doomed. In the last few months I’ve read George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” (a revelation), Faulkner’s “Light in August” (revisited after about 40 years), and “War and Peace” (reread for about the seventh time, still bats a homer). My device holds in its digital guts, awaiting my summons, the complete works of Joseph Conrad, the complete Sherlock Holmes, and all of Dickens.

Steven Spielberg: Dinosaur Slayer


Some people just lose their common sense and their  shit when they comment on Facebook

With anger over hunting photos already spiking thanks to Texas Tech cheerleader/trophy-hunter Kendall Jones, a Facebook jokester decided to post an image of Steven Spielberg with a downed triceratops from Jurassic Park.

Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man,” Jay Branscomb joked in the caption.

Inevitably, a handful of readers missed the joke and excoriated the “disgusting, inhumane prick”

Glibertarian math: More is always less

Jonathan Chait provides a brief history of Reason’s Peter Suderman’s indefatigable work predicting the collapse and ruin of the Affordable Care Act:

We have gone from learning that the law has failed to cover anybody to learning it would cover a couple million to learning it would cover a few million to learning that it has probably insured fewer than 20 million people halfway through year one. The message of every individual dispatch is a confident prediction of the hated enemy’s demise, yet the terms described in each, taken together, tell the story of retreat. The enemy’s invasion fleet has been destroyed; its huge losses on the field of battle have left it on the brink of surrender; the enemy soldiers will be slaughtered by our brave civilian defenders as they attempt to enter the capital; the resistance will triumph!

Let’s all LOL at the latest stooopid at Breitbart’s Ghost website

image Is Sure This Adidas Shirt’s an Islamo-Mexican Terror Rug

Heard the news? If you only consume the mainstream media’s Obamaflecting pulp, probably not: There are Muslims sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The scary kind, who pray. How do we know? Because always-patriotic, never-delusional anti-government militiamen have a picture of their prayer rug.


"That’s when I saw this thing laying around. And I was like, ‘What the hell is that?’ We walked over there and I didn’t really want to pull at it not knowing what was on it. I poked a bit at it with a stick and noticed some of the Arabic writing and was just like, ‘Oh boy.’ I snapped a couple of photos and then went on our patrol.

It’s a soccer jersey. Derp

I don’t know which is worse: that the morons at Breitbart didn’t question this, or that the militia guys down there hunting innocent immigrant children are armed.

Probably the second one because it is just a matter of time before a gun-toting patr-idiot kills a kid. 

The Breitbart people have been braindead for years….

What kind of person evicts a 98-year-old woman? A SF greedhead, that’s who…

A 98-year-old San Francisco woman said this week that she is being evicted from her apartment after 50 years, and she’s never once been late paying her rent.

KRON reported that Urban Green Investments is using the 1986 Ellis Act to kick Mary Phillips out of her apartment so the company can cash in on the surging real estate market in San Francisco. The Ellis Act allows landlords to evict tenants if they are getting out of the rental business.

“I’ve been very happy here,” Phillips explained. “I’ve always paid my rent, I’ve never been late.”

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When Glenn Beck seems like the not-crazy one….

Glenn Beck : Conscience of conservatives

Beck said he planned on going down to McAllen, Texas on July 19 with a tractor-trailer loaded with teddy bears, soccer balls, and hot meals for some 3,000 undocumented immigrants he repeatedly referred to as “illegals.” He said he’d be joined by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who has argued that President Barack Obama allowed migrants to flood the border in order to increase the share of Democratic voters in future elections.

The conservative commentator also asked viewers to consider donating to Mercury One, his charity, arguing that sending aid to the migrants wasn’t a political move.

"Through no fault of their own, they are caught in political crossfire,” Beck said of immigrant families. “And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either/or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.”

Countdown until Michelle Malkin launches investigation into composition of  Beck’s kitchen counters  4….3…..2….1

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