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28 February 2013 @ 05:54 pm
Over Christmas, estranged_rose lamented her lack of investment in firearms manufacturers back in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected. Remington, Barrett, Browning, Mossberg, Magnum/Kahr, Beretta, Colt, and Bushmaster are all privately held companies so we couldn't have bought stock back in 2008 unless we were plutocrats. HOWEVER, two firearms manufacturers are publicly held: Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Ruger is publicly held on the NYSE and headquartered out of Southport, CT! Invest now in local arms, you CT residents!!

This concludes your annual update of lagizma's livejournal.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
29 March 2012 @ 11:57 pm
Dear facebook,

I still don't have your stupid Timeline update and I won't until you force me on 3/31/12, bitchezzz. In other news, my boyfriend Markee wears a grey hoodie because it is freakin' cold here in L.A. and as a middle aged Jewish dude he has no idea who Trayvon Martin is. Sez Cynthia: ‎"I am Trayvon Martin. (Ich bin Trayvon Martin.)"


Dear Universe,

MAGIC JOHNSON bought the Dodgers! I have never been to a game but as a little girl I remember his retirement announcement (I was 11 years old). I never got to go to the Magic Johnson Theater in Crenshaw because it closed in 2010 before I really became an LA resident. Now I get to say I am going to my first Dodgers game because Magic Johnson (or "the investment group associated with Magic Johnson") bought the team!!

I posted this message on facebook on 2/27/2012. KPCC told me the bids were coming in Tuesday, but Lonn Friend is who broke the news to me (on facebook) about Magic Johnson's record-setting bid for a sports franchise.

me again
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30 January 2012 @ 04:45 pm
Oh I posted bail? I'm out this motherfucker? I CAN GO?!
Aw FUCK Y'ALL! Ay fuck the judge
Fuck the motherfuckin district attorney, the prosecutor
And fuck you motherfuckers in the jury box, FUCK ALL Y'ALL
Cause I'm out on motherfuckin bail
Y'all ain't NEVER gon' see me in this motherfucker again

Does No Charges Filed (NCF) mean I am still on bail or not? I HAVE NO IDEA.
27 January 2012 @ 11:37 am
Someone needs to tell Newt G that the presidential nomination has cancer...so he'll leave it like he did his ex wife...
--My friend Chad from OLA 292
I just threw my own little rock concert at the intersection of Haskell and Sherman Way on my way to the print shop. "Shoot to Thrill" was on 95.5 KLOS and I turned it way up and was dancing and bopping. It was 12:05 AM PST. When the light turned green, I moved forward and the guy in the car next to me gave me a big thumbs up.

I wonder if he could actually hear my AC/DC concert in a Honda Civic (and if he was on the same station!) or if he just liked my enthusiasm for whatever the hell I was listening to.

Peace + light
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: AC/DC "Shoot to Thrill"
04 November 2010 @ 10:51 am
I'm thrilled that it appears SF Democrat Kamala Harris is going to beat LA Republican Steve Cooley in the CA attorney general's race.

I'm laughing VERY HARD at Meg Whitman's (very costly) gigantic FAIL.

14 April 2010 @ 02:22 am
Nichole Richie was the celeb who pushed the Brazilian Blowout into the mainstream. It's a pricey salon treatment ($300-500) that straightens and smooths your hair for up to 3 months. People claim you don't have to use the blow dryer or straigtening iron after you get this magical super nutrient treatment done. I'm having it done in late April and I will show off before and after pictures and tell you guys if it worth it.

Check out www.brazilianblowoutsbyginger.com
That's my friend Ginger, who perform Brazilian blowouts in the San Fernando Valley at The Hair Encounter in Granada Hills.
She has a coupon for $100 off your first service if you go to http://www.brazilianblowoutsbyginger.com/specials
"Most Catholics take a flexible view of the church's teachings on sexuality. They use birth control -- how else could Italy, Spain and Poland have among the lowest birthrates in the world? They divorce and remarry, use condoms to prevent STDs, undergo in vitro and other banned fertility treatments and even have abortions. Yet there were the bishops, holding the whole healthcare reform bill hostage to their opposition to abortion rights, advising on the crafting of language right in the halls of Congress. And as Jacobson details, it was the Conference of Catholic Bishops that worked alongside Republican Congressmen Chris Smith, Joe Pitts and Mike Pence to insert last-minute language denying HIV-positive women access to contraceptives and favoring abstinence-only-until-marriage policies in the 2008 President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief."

This article (forwarded to me by dlux) went to the core of my flexible-Catholic self. Read the rest at The Nation.
So sayeth Patton Oswalt...

Remember when you were a little kid, and your friends be out playing a game, like, cowboys and Indians, or fort, some game where there was like fake boundaries?

So they would say, “Okay! Uh, the bike path over at the Scafadees is lava. And if you touch it you’re dead. And then the hedges over at the Swingerlands are poison snakes and if go over there they’ll bite you, and you’re dead.”

And those are the boundaries. But you weren’t there when they started playing. You show up an hour later because you were going to the pool. You were all, “Hey guys, I’m gonna go to the pool.”

“Hey, don’t touch the bike path! It’s lava!! Don’t!! The! Hedges are snakes!”

“Oh, I’m not. I wasn’t here when you did all that. I’m just going to the pool. I doesn’t affect me.”

Patton Oswalt - Fake Boundaries
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24 February 2010 @ 10:53 am
This is their documentary category listing. Really, what other subjects should one ever learn about?

* Sex
* Art
* Film
* Skate
* Drugs
* Middle East
* Surf
* Environment
17 February 2010 @ 10:00 am
One of high school friends posted this on his FB and I keep falling out of my chair boggling at it all:

Looking for some sick entertainment? Check out Tila Tequila's twitter account. I kid you NOT- in the last 48 hours- shes talked about a trip to Australia, fell out of her chair, went to the hospital in fear of "dying" from a brain injury, got back home, announced shes excited to go to Australia and thankful shes pregnant (even though she was recently engaged to a woman who recently died), went to bed- woke up in the middle of the night in fear she was having a miscarriage (yes she updated her twitter about it), got up and announced she just found out she was adopting a 2 year old boy from Russia and how happy she was, then took a 22 hour flight to Australia- all while having a concussion, being pregnant- but having severe cramps, and adopting a child from Russia... I'm not kidding... You have to see it to believe it...
Madeleine growled when I wrote this on her facebook wall, but c'mon, can't you just hear her announcing this? I am still laughing.

"It's just that the idea of having a baby doesn't completely make me want to kill myself. How weird is that?"

I changed my password back when my lj was broken into, then I forgot it and never bothered to reset it. So I haven't been logged into lj in months, which means the most recent post that appears on my wall is some snark about Sarah Palin, and a little below that a really fucking hilarious LOLCat you should all go read again for the heck of it. I reset my password last week and realized any of you on my f-list who ARE logging in see a lot different perspective of my late summer, and I wanted to say HI to all of you.

Dlux bought me a ticket home for Christmas, so I will be fleeing the state and hanging out with my family. I'm a private tutor who needs a logo for my website I have a new computer that doesn't overheat!! I got Worst Buy to junk out my overheating laptop when it was 3 years old for a brand new Dell desktop. I have many other issues of the Coupon Diaries to write to you all. XOXO
04 July 2009 @ 02:05 pm
Didn't the people of Alaska hire you to do a job for them?

I wrote the above on facebook and several people were inspired to inform me that she has 2012 ambitions. Uhm, I get that. What I am trying to say is this:

Your personal fucking career aspirations don't trump the commitments you already made to serve your boss.

Oh yeah, it's probably easier to criticize big gov't spending when you aren't cashing the checks yourself, too. Enjoy private life. I'll keep trying to decipher what the hell you cited as a reason for leaving.
11 March 2009 @ 08:17 pm
I couldn't even begin to get my head around the coverage of the Rihanna/Chris Brown beating, photos, police report, and alleged reconcillation. Fortunately, Mad Lux stepped in with some wisdom from the Yes Means Yes Blog.

What it doesn’t mean.

So, reports are everywhere that Chris Brown and Rihanna are getting back together, or at the very least spent the weekend together at Diddy’s mansion in Miami.

Who knows what’s true about these rumors? Hardly anyone. But for argument’s sake, and because many people are already assuming this is true, let’s discuss what it doesn’t mean if Rihanna takes Chris back:

1. It doesn’t mean she is stupid. Leaving an abusive partner is hard - really, really hard. Some studies have shown that it takes an average woman 4-7 tries before she can leave her abuser for good. Why? Because abusers aren’t transparent assholes all of the time. They can be very manipulative, and most of the time will wear down their partner’s self-esteem quite thoroughly long before they start with the physical violence. They’re also often charming and can be very loving and doting and romantic when they’re not being violent. They can talk real pretty about what they’ve learned, how sorry they are, how they’re going to change, how they can’t change without the help of their wo/man. And of course, we want to believe that we haven’t been so blind in choosing a partner for ourselves. We want to believe we can help. We want to believe that the good in them outweighs the bad. It’s a hard, hard situation. This is a good post about all of these dynamics.

2. It doesn’t mean we should forgive him. Because of all this, even if she does take him back, even if they seem happier than ever together, we shouldn’t forget. We shouldn’t shame her for her choices - when we think we can tell a woman what she should do, we’re not much better than a controlling boyfriend ourselves. But we can still call for justice to be served. He can still be prosecuted even if she doesn’t press charges. We can also continue to hold the media accountable for what they say about this case, to ensure that blame is placed on the proper party - the abuser.

3. It doesn’t mean what he’s alleged to have done is any less horrible. Again, see above. There are a lot of psychological reasons that victims take their abusers back. It doesn’t mean the abuse was any kind of “no big deal.” In fact, it often means it’s an even bigger deal than we thought, and involves psychological abuse as well, which leaves a victim vulnerable when the abuser comes back and tries to make nice.

4. It doesn’t mean she has betrayed any kind of sisterhood. OK, let’s get real clear on this one. Rihanna did not sign up to be any kind of spokesmodel for dating violence. The fact that we even know it was Rihanna is due to her name, and then her photo, being leaked and exploited. Rihanna is a young woman in a really hard situation, trying to figure it out the best she can. She owes us nothing. Her decisions are hers to make, and none of us know what we would do in her shoes - even if we have been through similar things, we haven’t been through her actual life. If we start judging her or blaming her for being a bad role model, the sisterhood has failed her, not the other way around. Got it?

5. It doesn’t mean that if he hurts her again, she deserves it. See number 1 - she is likely in a psychological state that’s hard to understand from the outside. There may seem to her to be a million reasons for her to take him back. Not one of them means that she deserves to be hurt again. No one deserves to be beaten or abused. Ever. By anyone. Period.
04 January 2009 @ 11:53 am
If bankruptcy means being out of cash and unable to meet your obligations, well, then the Big 3 auto makers have admitted they are there, right?

Ford, GM, and Crysler are burdended with
- pension debt that few of their international competitiors face
- a bloated dealership system that served the country well decades ago but is now competive deadweight
- UAW contracts that render impossible any of the urgent, agile change required RIGHT NOW (like plant retooling)

Bankruptcy provides the means to deal with all of these issues immediately.

BUT, who would buy a car from a bankrupt auto maker? US airlines have emerged admirably from bankruptcy. However, I'm the first to admit that I was able to ride out Delta's bankruptcy (with my 100,000 frequent flyer miles) after watching United and others go through it first. Does a frequent flyer program really compare to your car warranty and service infrastructure? I think not.

So, restructuring is desperately needed, but do we need to package it as something other than bankruptcy? Or do we all just get over it?
For the record, I am more interested in my free Dr. Pepper than I am in owning the album.

For those keeping score, theshapka and helpimarock tied for first place in notifying me about this latest newsflash from Axl and his merry men. Hillary (theshapka) also provided helpful instructions:
Dr Pepper is ready to give out free soda coupons to every American when the album releases on Nov. 23, 2008. If you're out to get a free Dr Pepper just follow these simple steps:


1. On the Nov. 23, 2008 release date, go to www.drpepper.com

2. Register your information to receive a coupon for one free 20-oz. Dr Pepper.

3. When your coupon arrives, redeem it wherever Dr Pepper is sold.

4. Drink your Dr Pepper slowly to experience all 23 flavors. Dr's orders.

Coupons will be available for 24 hours, starting at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 23, 2008. Allow 4-6 weeks for coupon to arrive. Coupons will expire on Feb. 28, 2009. Limit one coupon per person. Full terms and conditions available at www.drpepper.com
Courtesy of theshapka, I bring you Scroogle, a web service that disguises the Internet address of users who want to run Google searches anonymously.

Google Watcher Daniel Brandt designed the tool to filter searches through his servers before going to Google. Brandt explains,
Not only does Google scrape much of the web, but they keep records of who searches for what. If information about your searching is accessible by cookie ID or by your IP address, it is subject to subpoena. This is a violation of your privacy. Someday Google's data retention practices will be regulated, because Google is too arrogant to do the right thing voluntarily. In the meantime, you should not be leaving your fingerprints in Google's databases.
For anyone concerned about employer monitoring or service provider profiling, Scroogle also offers SSL encryption for all communication between their computer and the search page.

Google quite literally sold out to China, and that's a really, really good reason not to let them fulfill their publicly stated goal of knowing everything there is to know on Earth. No entity should have power.
"Our goal should be, in 10 year's time, we are free of dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

And we can do it. Now, when JFK said we're going to the Moon in 10 years, nobody was sure how to do it, but we understood that, if the American people make a decision to do something, it gets done."
03 October 2008 @ 09:01 am
"When I hear President George W. Bush say the government's measures require putting a significant amount of taxpayers' money on the line, and that it entails risk but they expect it'll eventually be paid back, I fear I do have fear.

"Perhaps now, when our trust in him is so important, Bush wishes he hadn't been so abusive of it before."

-- Paula Poundstone on NPR's Morning Edition
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02 October 2008 @ 11:04 am
I was walking into work and I saw a flash of buzzing wings and felt a tickle as it hit the back of my throat.

I paused, leaned over, hacked, and only a teaspoon of spit came up.

I can still feel it tickling.
Have I mentioned lately that I am really excited to be alive right now? I've been listening to NPR and the BBC nearly non-stop for the last week, riveted by the international debate on America's financial meltdown. Armchair economist LaGizma much prefers dialog between our senators and representatives to overly detailed coverage of a silly horserace. I am energized and excited by Speaker Pelosi, Senator Harry Reid, Senator Chris Dodd, Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Mike Enzi, and others.

(Speaking of which, the publicity stunt of the senator who decided to suspend his campaign failed. The American public is smart enough to realize that the two of you have missed so many votes you aren't on any of the relevant committees to influence this process. The candidates should be at the debate, and the public should be watching the debate, and no one should read another poll as long as they shall live.)

The shrubjr administration scribbled a three-page draft of a blank check and demanded that congress rubber stamp it. They've done such a good job running the country the last 8 years that we should definitely hand over "non-reviewable" powers and remove checks and balances, right?

Mid-week, I heard a journalist talk about how he sought out economists with different viewpoints for his coverage. Guess what? He couldn't find a single one who viewed the shrubjr proposal positively!!
22 September 2008 @ 09:08 am
"Obviously, there will be differences over some details, and we will have to work through them," Bush said, but "the whole world is watching to see if we can act quickly to shore up our markets and prevent damage to our capital markets, businesses, our housing sector, and retirement accounts.

"Failure to act would have broad consequences far beyond Wall Street. It would threaten small business owners and homeowners on Main Street."
Could the man get any LESS leader-like in his speeches? He just told Congress to go fucking solve the problem already. Good work.
17 September 2008 @ 09:54 am
As much as crackedmyself and I both love Dan Savage, as she points out, he's wrong about Sarah Palin's support of abstinence education.

"I'm pro-contraception, and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues," Palin said during a debate in Juneau.

crackedmyself also reminds us, "however, the argument that she appreciates her daughter making a choice when she herself wants to remove the option for other women is spot on."
14 September 2008 @ 01:17 pm
Excuse me, but if abstinence education can't keep the daughter of the evangelical governor of Alaska off the cock, what hope is there for the daughters—and some of the sons—of average Americans?
--Dan Savage
13 September 2008 @ 11:51 pm
"Sensationalistic, emotional issues serve as a distraction from the real, important issues that are being approved without our knowledge or consent. It's been that way for decades, possibly centuries."
-- blozor
08 September 2008 @ 08:37 am
Drainage is a huge problem in the desert. When our street gutters get backed up, I usually shovel them out for me and the two houses to the south, so the water will keep flowing past my house.

Yesterday, as I slaved in the gutter, neighbor Henry pointed out that the gutter mess is raw sewage. We traced it up to a house north of us.

I am on my fourth, YES, FOURTH government agency and NO ONE appears to cover environmental health in my rural, unincorporated area of Kern County.

I'll head back to pleading on the phone...
26 August 2008 @ 01:35 pm
Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime.
-- Michael Mukasey, 81st Attorney General of the United States, member of the Bush Administration
Jeff and I drove around the desert last night selecting my fantasy properties on which to have wind power and live with as many cats as I want.

Giz: Why was Jesus wandering around the desert anyway?
Jeff: He was fasting for 40 days and 40 nights after he was baptized. It was a trial of strength.
Giz: That seems kind of stupid.
Jeff: Well, they tell it better in the book.
16 July 2008 @ 11:35 am
I'm only halfway through decoupaging my laundry room door, but I decided to start researching two new projects.

(1) Installing solar panels, which I seem to remember runs about $30,000, is done with a home equity loan, and pays for itself in 10 years. My electricity bill is over $400 in the summer but I get rebates because I have an AC regulator, bringing it down to $200-300 a month.
(2) Xeriscaping my yard. I talked to tt about it and he was iffy on me just turning my water off, so I ordered some books from the library. I don't have any money but I want to start a five-year plan to get rid of my lawn.

A week ago, I was driving home from Dr. Wittenberg's after declaring myself cured (I'm cured every few months and a New and Improved Jessica appears) and I started thinking about lawns.
  • Lawns were invented in England where the grass friggin' grows naturally and native plants are used.
  • You Can. Not. have a lawn out here without an in-ground automatic sprinkler system. Period. People stress if their houses are in escrow too long because the lawn will die forever if you don't water it at least every other day.
  • In the desert, we have to plant this super-hardy bristly grass that can survive our direct sun and heat. You have to live here 20 years to own a tree that provides any shade. Shade grass is soft and invites lovemaking. Desert lawn grass pokes you and gives you rashes from the tumbleweeds that sprout in it.
  • I am deathly allergic to the tumbleweed sprouts yet I manically pick them to get them out of my lawn. I have to cover myself head to toe (pants, long sleeves, etc.) to do anything in the yard so that I don't die by itching. I have to cover myself in this manner whether it is 60 deg out or 112 deg out. I have to hop in the shower and scrub down as soon as I have come in contact with the lawn.
  • Jeff gets sick from the exhaust and grass particles whenever he mows the grass.
  • I pay about $90/month for water in the summer months because of my grass. Why did we import an English country tradition to the freakin' Mojave desert????
At that moment, I declared I wasn't watering my front lawn for another second. I turned the sprinklers off and it's mostly dead after a week. I can't think of any reason I would regret this decision. Can you? I am so happy to kill my lawn. I'm going to a class on killing your lawn next weekend and Jeff and tt pointed out a great place to shop for native plants.

Jeff is making a xeriscape plan and drawing up rock layouts for the front. We're keeping the backyard for the cats, but I also eventually want to rip out the grass in half of it.

15 July 2008 @ 06:31 am
Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, a review rejected by the Hipster Book Club! (For cogent reasons pertaining to the subject matter.)

If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
By: The Goldman Family (Author), Pablo F. Fenjves (Foreword), Dominick Dunne (Afterword)

O.J. Simpson’s 2007 hypothetical murder confession is worth your attention, not as a confession, but as a glimpse inside the man who is O.J. Simpson, the celebrity who flaunted getting away with murder. If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer provides a new perspective on the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. As published, this book is truly the story of the Goldman family. The family wrote the forward, explaining their reasons for publishing the manuscript; the afterword was written by renowned crime journalist and close Goldman family friend Dominick Dunne. The eight-chapter story of the Brown-Simpson marriage and year preceding Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman’s murders constitutes the bulk of this text, but that narrative is best read in the context provided by this publication.

Simpson’s version of events places blame on Nicole Brown Simpson, who is portrayed herein as an emotionally unstable drug addict. He describes the two famous 911 calls during their seventeen-year marriage as isolated incidents for which both parties were responsible. He adamantly denies being an abuser; in Simpson’s portrayal of the marriage, he is the stable, responsible one who reacted to Nicole’s mood swings. A classic wife abuser, Simpson blames the victim, an unstable woman who drove him to extremes. The pair separated two years before the murders but had been in reconciliation discussions for the last year. By Simpson’s description, Nicole was prone to violent mood swings and changed her mind about reconciliation on a daily basis.

Co-author Pablo Fenjves, a Brentwood neighbor of O.J. Simpson and witness at the murder trial, interviewed Simpson over a matter of weeks to ghostwrite the confession. The sports star was forthcoming about his marital troubles and opinions on Nicole’s cocaine-using friends, but froze when it came to the material for “Chapter 6: The Night in Question.” Fenjves claims that Simpson wanted to exclude that material from the book, despite the fact that Simpson’s handlers had promised publisher Judith Regan that this would be a confession in every manner. When the project came to light, Simpson attempted to distance himself from the actual confession, but Fenjves is adamant that he has included only the words and sentiments of the man himself, and Simpson did sign off on the final manuscript.

O.J. Simpson’s hypothetical confession to the Simpson-Goldman murders reveals details that only the killer could know...Collapse )
29 June 2008 @ 12:40 am
On March 28th, Rikki Rockett was arrested on suspicion of rape in Los Angeles after getting off a flight from New Zealand. According to police reports, a woman in Neshoba County, MS, filed a report stating that on September 23, 2007, Rockett sexually assaulted her in his room at the Silver Star Hotel & Casino located on a Choctaw Indian reservation. Rockett was exonerated of all charges on May 22, as it was discovered that he was not in Mississippi during the time of the alleged rape, and that a man by the name of John Minskoff used Rockett's name when he met the woman before raping her.
22 June 2008 @ 12:24 pm
As always, Madeleine is here to bring pregnancy conversation to the table:
As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year.

Some adults dismissed the statistic as a blip. Others blamed hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up for glamorizing young unwed mothers. But principal Joseph Sullivan knows at least part of the reason there's been such a spike in teen pregnancies in this Massachusetts fishing town. School officials started looking into the matter as early as October after an unusual number of girls began filing into the school clinic to find out if they were pregnant. By May, several students had returned multiple times to get pregnancy tests, and on hearing the results, "some girls seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were," Sullivan says. All it took was a few simple questions before nearly half the expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. Then the story got worse. "We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy," the principal says, shaking his head.
eh_notsomuch and bart_calendar were also on top of this news item.

Go Bush Administration!! Your $1 billion for abstinence-only education finally has some tangible results. Know what would be really sweet? If you could do this to the rest of the world, too.
Giz: *scanning the yahoo! main page headlines*
Giz: New Guns N' Roses Tracks Leaked Online...??
Giz: *turns to Jeff*
Giz: As in...
Giz: Ready. Go.
Jeff: I've already got SoulSeek loading.
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"The world is a happier place today because I know that you and I could get married if we really wanted to. Go California!"
-- antarcticlust