That whip keeps coming down


Aside from the sheer nuttiness of kids not having their own library cards to begin with (like where the hell are their obviously useless parents), why do school children need something called an “identification card”?

Identification cards for Burbank Unified students may soon be usable at public libraries in the city.

Mayor Jess Talamantes said the idea was a “no-brainer,” while board member Roberta Reynolds said it would be a “tremendous benefit” for students.

The goal of the concept, brought forward by school board Vice President Steve Ferguson, is to have the identification cards of the nearly 15,000 students in the district double as their library card at local public libraries, said Elizabeth Goldman, library services director for the city.

You mean all 15,000 school kids in Burbank have ID cards? What’s the purpose of that? To teach them how to be happy little minions?

We’ve heard of using ASB cards at the high school level, for admission to various events etc. They always made some money on those things too.

But there’s no need for the littler kids to have to be carrying around Achtung-like identity cards in order to prove their worth; nor is there a good reason for anyone in power to actively get rid of one of the greatest moments of childhood: going down to the library with your parents to get your own library card.

And then that day when it finally comes in the mail.

What other little fascisms are being inflicted on these kids today? Identification cards — Jesus Christ, what kind of society is this now.

And what the hell?

Goldman explained a possible way to implement the program.

Before the start of the school year, the district would notify parents that their child’s identification card can grant them access to all the branches of the Burbank Public Library if parents choose include their child in the program.

“The school district would then need to share its data with the library so that we can have all those records in our system,” Goldman said. “We then create a library identification number for each student. It could be the same as their student identification number; it could be a library bar-code number. Each institution has its system, but as long as it’s unique, it’ll work.”

Talk about a privacy nightmare.

Why not just go down to the damned library and get a real library card?




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Here’s why the BPD (and the city council) don’t want to install cameras in their police cars


If only Austin was run as well as Burbank — we wouldn’t have any sort of visual evidence that could cause problems like this here. Just the officers’ statements in court.



So when is Burbank going to release the audio tape of that autistic kid causing so much trouble a few weeks ago? What kind of privacy concerns are involved with a mere audio recording?

No one’s interested in the kid’s actions anyway, it’s the BPD officer who is of concern. Just bleep the kid out.




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Death Wish 2016: Once again the Democrats shit on their base


A base that only constitutes about 60 to 70 percent of the Party, btw. No problem there, eh? Why energize your own majority when you can go after that imaginary “Magic Middle” instead.

This of course is making the corporate news media figures very happy, all those million-dollar+ employees who think they’re a part of the real world and never cease boasting about it. They’re all clucking about the choice right now.

This also makes Donald Trump very happy as well, because now he can solidly go after the perfect TPP political Establishment guy. And with great success, too. What a target Kaine is — just watch what happens.

TPP Tim. TPP Tim!

Democrats are such idiots. Bring on the impending demise. She’s going to fucking lose, and deservedly.






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Guess who owns Beautiful Downtown Burbank?


Wes Clark of Burbankia discovered this a few years ago. The Chamber’s sudden intrusion into the airport boosterism business makes it a good time to look at what they were up to:


POSTSCRIPT: While reading the City of Burbank’s 100th anniversary commemorative book I noticed that the editors took pains to include a “tm” mark wherever they cited the phrase “Beautiful Downtown Burbank.” “Who holds the trademark?” I wondered. So I looked it up using the Patent and Trademark Office’s search tool, on their website. Here is what came up:
Goods and Services IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Chamber of commerce services, namely, promoting business and tourism in the Burbank, California area.
FIRST USE: 20070927. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20070927
Standard Characters Claimed
Serial Number 77075884
Filing Date January 4, 2007
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition July 10, 2007
Registration Number 3373639
Registration Date January 22, 2008
Owner (REGISTRANT) Burbank Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce CALIFORNIA 200 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank CALIFORNIA 91502
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Ah-ha! Since 2008 the phrase “Beautiful Downtown Burbank” has been a service mark owned by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Good thinking…


No, it wasn’t. 

The Chamber actually had no legal right to do such a thing so late in the game after X number of years of generic usage completely apart from them; as well the expression having a known pedigree not connected with the group at all (Carson and NBC instead). And so why they’d want to do this raises some good questions.

It’s unenforceable as hell. It’s also pretty nervy.





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The stamp of approval






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Kids, remember something very important: your parents are not supposed to be your best friends. It’s terrifically unhealthy.


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This just in


So there’s more than one plagiarist in this crowd, eh?





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It’s classic





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Still no Negroes in the Crown visualizations; and they aren’t “new” anyway


Wanna see how big developers use PR firms to plant hyped-up stories in the media in order to keep the artificial momentum going? Check out these exciting new headlines from today:


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If you look closely at the details you’ll quickly see that there’s no new anything. It’s the same old promotional junk.

But these newly planted stories do give us another opportunity to point out how racist the corporate imagery here is:


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Asians, OK. They’re everyone’s favorite ethnicity because they don’t cause trouble. But Black People?

Not in Burbank. No friggin’ way.

Also, where is all the dedicated Green Space for these newly arrived Burbank residents? Where’s the park space?

Oh yeah. It’s right next to Five Guys.

Like we said before, if you really want to make staff nervous about these new Downtown projects, just ask them about all of the “Green Space” requirements they’re planning to impose on their developer friends.

It’s the one dreamy New Age buzz term in the redevelopment world that they don’t want to talk about in this Boosterland we still call Burbank.









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Get ready for President Trump


He’s right:



Naturally, the same mindless media figures who keep talking about the “very impressive” Trump children are dictating the choice of Kaine.


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What’s good for the Newt…



Newt Gingrich just told us right now that if someone threatens the life of the President of the United States, the Secret Service will “be on them in an instant!”  He adds that for that same reason we should have a similar law for anyone who threatens the police.

Ok, well then…




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Lock them up


Tonight has proven that these guys are truly off the rails.







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It’s Hillary’s fault!




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Sorry, it’s plagiarism



We’re pretty liberal around here when it comes the free exchange of words and ideas, and we certainly don’t subscribe to this modern academic belief that even mere ideas and speculation need full and proper literary attribution, or else.

But that second citation of Melania’s speech tonight is clearly plagiarized from Michelle Obama, and almost word for word. Even the cadence and comma are the same. You can also tell that several of the words in this passage were consciously altered in order to avoid the appearance of a copy and make it sound like an original yet slightly different idea.

How glorious this is. God is obviously on Hillary’s side, isn’t she?




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