Monday, December 3, 2007

Stealing From the Short Bus (& The Taxpayer)

Found at the web log of the dimly bulbed Matthew Yglesias, Liberal Hawk. We find it best to steal from the slower children. (We're not slow, just lazy. If we gave a shit, we could spend all day going over YouTube, but The Atlantic isn't paying us to do so.)

X-Me$$ Music Update

From the "paper of record:"

Drilling Down
‘Jingle Bells’ in Dog Barks? No, Thanks
Published: December 3, 2007
America’s least-loved Christmas song is a Danish recording of “Jingle Bells,” performed in dog barks.
The song — which enjoyed brief success in the United States in 1955 and 1970 — took last place in a test of 579 Christmas recordings, performed by Edison Media Research. Edison played the songs for a national sample of 200 women aged 30 to 49, recruited via e-mail, who said that they either liked or loved Christmas music.
All five of the best-loved Christmas songs are more than four decades old. The newest recording among the top 10 is John Lennon’s 1971 song “Happy Christmas (War Is Over).”
“It is certainly a place where the rules about who’s relevant are suspended for a month,” said Sean Ross, a radio analyst with Edison. “Even the Christmas songs that we think of as contemporary, things like Wham’s ‘Last Christmas,’ are 20 years old at this point.”
Elmo & Patsy’s 1984 novelty track, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” was hated by 17 percent and loved by 47 percent.
Put Just Another Blog™ in the don't hate it but don't love it category.

We'll also note that the group tested was wymyn 30-49. There may not be a "real" man in this country or Canada who likes standard Christmas songs. Nor did we know they'd tried to put the Singing Dogs over on us in '55, either. The torture never stops, does it?

Senator's Sex Scandal Surprise

Sen. Larry smiles at Pres. G. W. at the White House last month.
No surprise, really. The Idaho Statesman had been looking into allegations going back to Senator Larry's college days well before the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport men's room thing broke, & has continued on the story. Click here if you give a flying frig. The only item of real note is that the rent-boy who ruined the career of evangelical huckster Ted Haggard is now claiming he got some from the swingin' Senator too. And the Senator is denying all, as usual. Wake up & smell the coffee, potato pimp!

The Carpetbagger Report has the alleged names & incidents & a cynical take on the political aspects, if you really need more scandal.

Today is Monday...

Today is Monday, December 3rd, the 337th day of 2007. There are 28 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
In 1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart.
In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States by the Electoral College.
In 1857, English novelist Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, Poland. (Or: Berdichev, Russia [now Ukraine].) [150 yrs. old today! — Ed.]
In 1910, Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science movement, died.
In 1919, French painter and sculptor Pierre A. Renoir died at age 78.
In 1948, The House Un-American Activities Committee announced that former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers had produced microfilm of secret documents hidden inside a pumpkin on his Maryland farm.
In 1964, Police arrested some 800 students at the University of California at Berkeley, one day after the students stormed the administration building and staged a massive sit-in. [The Free Speech Movement. — Ed.]
In 1967, the 20th Century Limited, the famed luxury train, completed its final run from New York to Chicago.
In 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.
Ten years ago: President Clinton hosted his first town hall meeting on America's race relations in Akron, Ohio.
In 1999, scientists failed to make contact with the Mars Polar Lander after it began its fiery descent toward the red planet; the spacecraft was presumed destroyed.
Five years ago: Thousands of personnel files released under a court order showed that the Archdiocese of Boston went to great lengths to hide priests accused of abuse, including clergy who'd allegedly snorted cocaine and had sex with girls aspiring to be nuns. U.N. weapons inspectors made their first unannounced visit to one of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces.
One year ago: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won re-election, defeating Manuel Rosales.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Ferlin Husky is 82. Singer Andy Williams is 80. Movie director Jean-Luc Godard is 77. Singer Jaye P. Morgan is 76. Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 59. [Not such an "Iron Man" these days. — Ed.] Actress Heather Menzies is 58. Actor Steven Culp is 52. Actress Daryl Hannah is 47. Actress Julianne Moore is 47. Actor Brendan Fraser is 39. Singer Montell Jordan is 39. Actress Holly Marie Combs is 34.

Today's Birthdays of Those Who Won't Be Celebrating:
Gilbert Stuart, painter (1755)
Ellen Swallow Richards, chemist and educator (1842)
Anna Freud, psychoanalyst (1895)

In Show Biz Today:
In 1925, Concerto in F, by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin himself at the piano.
In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway.
In 1953, the musical "Kismet" opened on Broadway. It featured the song "Stranger In Paradise."
In 1960, the Lerner and Lowe musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.
In 1965, the album "Rubber Soul" by the Beatles was released. [Seriously, is there a Beatle event every single day? — Ed.]
In 1966, The Monkees performed their first live concert in Honolulu.
In 1968, Elvis Presley's now famous comeback special was broadcast on NBC.
In 1971, the Montreux Casino in Switzerland burned down during a performance by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Deep Purple was the opening act and wrote about it in their song "Smoke on the Water." [22 yrs. & one day later, Frank would die. — Ed.]
In 1976, seven gunmen broke into singer Bob Marley's house in Jamaica. Marley, his wife, their manager and a house guest were shot and wounded. The gunmen were never caught.
Also in 1976, Pink Floyd released a 40-foot inflatable pig at Battersea Power Station in England so they could photograph it for their "Animals" album cover. The pig broke loose, and authorities had to alert pilots to watch for a flying pig.
In 1979, eleven people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where the Who was performing. Dozens of others were injured.
In 1992, Stevie Wonder was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Songwriters.
In 1999, actress Madeline Kahn died of ovarian cancer in New York. She was 57.
In 2005, singer Marilyn Manson married burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese at a castle in Ireland.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Putridity Siege

Thanks to sister in socialism Jillian of Sadly, No!, for bringing this to our attention, in line w/ our previous item on the I-35 idiocy. Words that do not mean what these morons seem to think they mean: "stronghold," "thereof." As seen in this context:

They will be protesting the machinations of evil, such as pornography, injustice, abortion, and other strongholds. They will stand outside of spiritual strongholds and visually demonstrate their opposition thereof, while doing warfare in heavenly realm.
As we type, we are watching 60 Minutes, concerning the purging of Xtians from Iraqi society. (Not a bad idea for any society, & all religions, if you ask us.) None of these little God-squadders seem willing to go to Iraq to defend their coreligionists, though they're quite willing to hang out in front of gay bars & raise a stink. Much like the Keyboard Kommandoes who convince themselves they're helping the occupation effort not by enlisting but by staying home & whining about "liberals." Jillian also points out:

I just love that these brave Christian warriors think only to show up in front of gay bars. Because, you know, there’s no sinning going on in straight bars or anything.

Actually, I think it probably has something to do with certain preconceptions society tends to hold about gay people in general. These Jesus warriors, like most people, are probably operating under the assumption that all gay men are weak and passive. Thus, they have no fear of getting their asses beat by drunk guys coming out of a bar, which is frequently what happens when you harass drunk guys coming out of a bar and tell them to stop sinning. I think we need to start up
[sic] a campaign to help these poor Christians realize that they need to worry about the souls of the poor folks who find themselves in biker bars each weekend. Don’t they need purity too?
I bet they do. Go get 'em, Jeebus fans! Up with Purity! Down with S-E-X!!

War on X-Mess: Santa May Start Fighting Back

Smart-ass drama students in marvelous Missoula, Montana, assaulted a "shopping-mall Santa" (Is there any other kind of Santa?) w/ a pumpkin pie.
Santa suffers for our sins.
"It's a good thing he didn't wait around, because I think Santa would have laid him out," said Sgt. Travis Welsh of the Missoula Police Department.

Westwood said he and companions had waited for a girl about 15 years old to finish sitting on Santa's lap before the pie hit his face, "but then we just decided it would be funnier if she was still sitting there."
If there are fifteen-yr.-old girls sitting on Santa's lap, we may have more serious problems than mere fun w/ pies.

Al Haig Celebrates His Second Birthday This Year; Britney Sticks w/ One

Today is Sunday, December 2nd, the 336th day of 2007. There are 29 days left in the year.
On this date:
In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned emperor of France in Paris by Pope Pius VII.
In 1823, President Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his Oct. 16 raid on a federal armory at Harpers Ferry in present-day West Virginia. (Brown had hoped to start an anti-slavery rebellion.)
In 1927, Ford Motor Company formally unveiled its Model A automobile, the successor to its Model T.
In 1939, New York's La Guardia Airport began operations.
In 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time, at the University of Chicago. [Just a matter of time until we destroy ourselves. — Ed.]
In 1954, the Senate voted to condemn Wisconsin Republican Joseph R. McCarthy for conduct that "tends to bring the Senate into disrepute."
In 1957, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first full-scale commercial nuclear facility in the US, began operations as its reactor went critical. (The reactor ceased operating in 1982.)
In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would lead Cuba to Communism.
In 1967, Cardinal Francis Spellman died in New York at age 78.
In 1969, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet debuted.
In 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency began operating under director William Ruckelshaus.
In 1980, four American churchwomen were raped and murdered outside San Salvador. (Five national guardsmen were convicted in the killings.)
In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
Ten years ago: Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel investigation of telephone fund-raising by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, concluding they did not violate election laws, a decision that drew jeers from Republicans.
In 2001, Enron Corp., under CEO Kenneth Lay, filed for Chapter 11 protection in one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history. ["Kenny who?" — Ed.]
Five years ago: A statement attributed to al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the car-bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Kenya and the attempted shoot-down of an Israeli airliner, both on November 28th.
One year ago: Fidel Castro failed to attend a military parade marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the Cuban revolution, fueling speculation he might not return to power. A triple car bombing in a predominantly Shiite district of Baghdad killed dozens of people.
Today's Birthdays: Character actor Bill Erwin is 93. Former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig is 83. [According to both the Associated Press & infoplease, Gen. Haig was also born on 27 November. Wikipedia & nndb have him on 2 December only. Looks like the AP has wised up. And we'll repeat our 27 November funny: "Here at the White House, I'm in control." Whatta maroon. — Ed.] Actress Julie Harris is 82. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese the Third is 76. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Democrat, Nevada) is 68. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 63. Movie director Penelope Spheeris is 62. [No shit. Many happy returns, Penelope.— Ed.] Actor Dan Butler is 53. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 53. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Tracy Austin is 45. Actress Rena Sofer is 39. Actress Lucy Liu is 39. Rapper Treach (Naughty By Nature) is 37. Tennis player Monica Seles is 34. Singer Nelly Furtado is 29. Pop singer Britney Spears is 26.

The Dead Born on This Date:
Georges Seurat, painter (1859)
Peter Carl Goldmark, inventor and engineer; 33 1/3 RPM phonograph record, first color television system (1906)
Maria Callas, soprano (1923)
Gianni Versace, fashion designer (1946)

From The World of Show Bidness:
In 1933, "Dancing Lady," Fred Astaire's first film, was released. Joan Crawford was his dance partner.
In 1943, "Carmen Jones" opened on Broadway. It was Oscar Hammerstein the Second's contemporary reworking of the Bizet opera "Carmen" with an all-black cast.
In 1949, Gene Autry's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" hit the pop charts.
In 1973, mail-in ticket requests for a Bob Dylan U.S. tour went on sale. At one San Francisco post office, there was a five block-long traffic jam. [Snail mail. Frisco. Hippies. Bob Dylan. Remember? — Ed.]
Also in 1973, The Who spent the night in jail in Montreal after causing $6,000 worth of damage to a hotel room. The incident inspired John Entwistle to write "Cell Block Number Seven."
In 1979, Stevie Wonder appeared at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. He performed selections from his album "Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants" with the National Afro-American Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1986, Jerry Lee Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome an addiction to painkillers.
In 1990, actress Katharine Hepburn made a rare appearance in Washington to accept the Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement.
In 1996, actor Burt Reynolds filed for bankruptcy.
In 2000, Smashing Pumpkins played their last concert, at a club in Chicago. It was the same club where they had played their first show 13 years earlier. [Whatever. — Ed.]

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Religion Is a Mental Illness

You may never have seen anything as stupid in your life.

How long until some of these droolers go the Eric Rudolph/Timothy McVeigh route & decide to get some literal "fire" going wherever there's "impurity" (read: s-e-x). Or until they come to the conclusion that "God" wants them to "hit" the sinners w/ a load of buckshot or a .40 caliber round?

"Prophecies, dreams & visions. Prophetic words. Prophetic intercessor." If these people thought unicorns or extraterrestrials were telling them to "cry out for holiness & purity" they'd be medicated &, we hope, kept away from decent people. No more religious exemption for delusionality, we say!

Last rant on the subject: Why do they need "24/7 prayer & worship centers?" Didn't their space elf lead them to the I-35 corridor in the first place? Why does it need to be reminded of what it told its sheep to do in the first place? And why does it need to have its ass kissed 24/7? Their god is rather insecure to have been the creator of the universe. Are they sure they're not worshipping a liar? Perhaps the Prince of Lies? SATAN?


There are those who say that Blue Öyster Cult would've been a lot bigger had they had a better frontman, but Eric "Fireclown" Bloom turns 63(!) today, so let's give him a break. Above: And one for the Mad Meltz.


From Danish Telebision, in honor of The Doors drummer Densmore's birthday.

The End of "Evel"

Born in the copper mining town of Butte, Knievel was raised by his grandparents.
"The phrase one-of-a-kind is often used, but it probably applies best to Bobby Knievel," said former U.S. Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., Knievel's cousin. "He was an amazing athlete... He was sharp as a tack, one of the smartest people I've ever known and finally, as the world knows, no one had more guts than Bobby. He was simply unafraid of anything."

"He was no dummy," said high school classmate Sonny Holland, the former Montana State football star and coach. "I'll never forget a poem that he made up when we were seniors about his friends and the people he hung out with. It was incredible. Everybody was just astounded when he recited it in front of the whole school."
Obit update. You could also wallow in some "Gen X" nostalgia for Evel. Or just read this paragraph & not bother w/ the rest.
Any time ABC showed a Sunday afternoon Knievel stunt on "Wide World of Sports," you could expect half the neighborhood to show up in the cul-de-sac immediately afterward, in an act of instant emulation. Someone would get a piece of plywood or a couple of 2-by-4's and a cinderblock. Everyone had their bikes (bicycles, that is -- Huffys, BMXs, with the banana seats and faded Wacky Packages stickers) and would perform jumps. You could get the little kids to lie flat on the asphalt in a row next to the ramp. (I can jump all four of you.) Kids would jump until the wood broke, or, more wonderfully, a daredevil got hurt and ran home bleeding.
Mostly, this is an excuse for the proverbial shout-out (not that he's reading this) to erstwhile college roommate Professor S., also a Butte native, who has played golf w/ Evel (Or was it just one of his sons?) is the nephew of a former U. S. Supreme Court Justice, & came up w/ the name "Malignant Bouffant." What up, G?

Mittens: Flip-Flopper or Typical Republican Hypocrite?

Below: Mittens, Mrs. Mittens (Is she wearing a mattress?) & Ann Coulter discuss "perfecting Christians" by turning them into Mormons.
Cognitive dissonance is truly the Republican way. The standard right-winger is expected to hold at least two contradictory ideas in the filing cabinet of received wisdom that passes for his mind. This condition is also known as the rankest hypocrisy.

Look at the immigration issue. Those dirty foreigners are committing a crime by their very existence on this side of the imaginary line. They take our jobs. They keep babbling in their alien jibber-jabber & they refuse to assimilate. The leftist gov't. bureaucracy kow-tows to them by providing services, ballots, & other printed matter to them in their foreign languages. And those dirty Democrats want to let more of them in, just for their votes!

Yet the story changes w/ Cuban immigration. A good number of the Cubans here will say they're only killing time (&, oddly enough, stealing jobs & money from permanent Americans) until Castro is dead & they can return to "their" island, so why should they assimilate? And as long as they're a committed Republican voting bloc, no concession to the "exile community" is too much for the Republican hypocrites.

Mitt Romney in the Tampa Tribune:

TAMPA -- Like other Republican presidential contenders, Mitt Romney favors a get-tough policy on illegal immigrants. But Romney's desire for tougher immigration enforcement doesn't apply to Cubans, who he says should be welcomed with open arms.

"I can tell you my inclination would be to say as many Cubans as want to come here should come in," Romney said in an interview Tuesday with The Tampa Tribune editorial board.


Romney replied that Cuban Americans are exemplary citizens who have brought "great vitality, skills and energy to the American experience."

"In my opinion, the more the merrier," he said.

Romney's views on Cubans stand in sharp contrast to his proposals for dealing with other immigrants. Earlier in the meeting, he called for tighter border security, identity cards for immigrants proving their legal status and forced repatriation of illegal immigrants.

Cuban Americans have been a coveted voting bloc in past presidential elections, considered crucial in winning Florida's 27 electoral votes. Candidates have been loath to buck the Miami-based Cuban community, which is strongly anti-Castro and has in the past rejected softening American policy toward the communist nation.

Romney said on matters dealing with Cuba, he depends on advice from prominent members of Florida's Cuban American community, such as U.S. Reps. Lleana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, and Al Cardenas, a former state Republican chairman and one of Romney's leading Hispanic supporters.

"At this stage none of them have suggested that we abandon that policy and develop a new one," Romney said.
Essentially, turning the nation's Cuba-related policies over to vindictive white middle class pricks (alternate version, from the Swampland comments: "crazy Batista loving middle aged Cuban demographic in Florida") like those mentioned has condemned the Cuban people to poverty for the last 20+ yrs.

Speaking of Mittens' group of advisors:

But Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen, along with a third Miami Republican, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, are staunch backers of Romney rival, Sen. John McCain.

"We haven't been advising him on Cuba," Thomas Bean, Mario Diaz-Balart's chief of staff said of Romney. "We're loyal with McCain."
As brought to our attention by TIME's Swampland.

A New Month, Yet Somehow the Same

Today is Saturday, December 1st, the 335th day of 2007. There are 30 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
In 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks. [Or, as we like to say here @ Just Another Blog™, "black people." And see the original AP story, involving "Negroes." — Ed.]
In 1824, the presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the winner.)
In 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes appeared for the first time in print in the story "A Study in Scarlet."
In 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis closed after seven months and some 20 million visitors.
In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service station, built by Gulf Refining Company, opened in Pittsburgh.
In 1919, Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.
In 1921, the Navy flew the first nonrigid dirigible to use helium; the C-7 traveled from Hampton Roads, Virginia, to Washington, DC.
In 1934, Sergei M. Kirov, the head of the Communist Party in Leningrad, was assassinated as Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a massive purge that would claim tens of millions of lives. [Tens of millions? From purges? If you include peasants who starved after refusing to join collective farms, maybe. But remind us again how "liberal" the media is.— Ed.]
In 1942, nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States. [Be a good goddamn idea for now, too. — Ed.]
In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin concluded their Tehran conference.
In 1959, twelve nations, including the United States, signed a treaty setting aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve free from military activity.
In 1965, an airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began in which thousands of Cubans were allowed to leave their homeland. [Possibly a biiiiig mistake. — Ed.]
In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.
In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.
In 1991, Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
In 1992, in Mineola, New York, Amy Fisher was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco. (Fisher served seven years.)
Ten years ago: A 14-year-old opened fire on a prayer circle at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, killing three fellow students and wounding five [Death to those who pray!! — Ed.]; the shooter, Michael Carneal, is serving a life sentence. Representatives from more than 150 countries gathered at a global warming summit in Kyoto, Japan, and over the course of ten days forged an agreement to control the emission of greenhouse gases. President Bush pulled the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol in 2001.
In 1998, Exxon and Mobil agreed to merge, creating the world's largest corporation. [Great!! Just what we needed. — Ed.]
In 2000, Vicente Fox was sworn in as president of Mexico, ending 71 years of ruling-party domination.
Five years ago: Colombia's largest right-wing paramilitary group [DIE, PIGS!! — Ed.] began a unilateral cease-fire in its long-running battle against leftist rebels. Russia won its first Davis Cup title by rallying to beat defending champion France 3-2. Edward Latimer "Ned" Beach, the U.S. Navy captain who wrote the best-selling undersea thriller "Run Silent, Run Deep," died in Washington at age 84.
In 2004, Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News" after 23 years, & South Africa's highest court ruled in favor of gay marriage.
One year ago: Felipe Calderon took the oath of office as Mexico's president amid catcalls and brawling lawmakers, a chaotic start to a term in which he pledged to heal a country divided by his narrow victory. Officials reported that Typhoon Durian killed as many as 200 people when it tore through the eastern Philippines (the storm was eventually blamed for 1,399 deaths).

Today's Birthdays: Former CIA director Stansfield Turner is 84. Singer Billy Paul is 73. ["Mrs., Mrs. Joooones, We got a thing..." — Ed.] Actor-director Woody Allen is 72. Golfer Lee Trevino is 68. Singer Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 68. Country musician Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) is 65. Television producer David Salzman is 64. Rock singer-musician Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult) is 63. Rock musician John Densmore (The Doors) is 63. [There's a coincidence. And so much for astrology. One a vocalist, one a drummer. — Ed.] Actress-singer Bette Midler is 62. Singer Gilbert O'Sullivan is 61. Actor Treat Williams is 56. Actress Charlene Tilton is 49. Actress-model Carol Alt is 47. Actor Nestor Carbonell is 40. Actress Golden Brooks is 37. Actress-comedian Sarah Silverman is 37. (Above left. Today's flesh in history.)

Dead People Born on This Date:
Marie Tussaud, modeler in wax (1761)
Walter Alston, baseball manager (1911) [Spinning faster in his grave w/ each new Dodger™ season. — Ed.]
Minoru Yamasaki, architect (1912)
Mary Martin, singer, actress (1913)
Richard Pryor, comedian, actor (1940)

Show Bidness Events:
In 1950, Sam Cooke joined the gospel group The Soul Stirrers.
In 1954, songwriter and publisher Fred Rose died in Nashville of a heart attack.
In 1956, the Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide," based on the story by Voltaire, opened on Broadway.
In 1957, Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke made their national TV debuts on "The Ed Sullivan Show." [Double Sam Cooke action. — Ed.]
In 1958, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opened on Broadway.
Also in 1958, RCA Records signed singer Neil Sedaka.
In 1960, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany on suspicion of arson after their hotel room mysteriously caught fire.
In 1963, The Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States. [See? Beatle events every day. — Ed.]
In 1986, singer Lee Dorsey died in New Orleans of complications from emphysema. He's known for the hits "Ya-Ya" and "Working In The Coal Mine."
In 1989, actress Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden filed separate petitions for divorce in Santa Monica, California. Both said the split was amicable.
Also in 1989, actor James Woods and Sarah Marie Owen filed for separation in Los Angeles after four months of marriage.
In 1994, rapper Tupac Shakur was convicted of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room. Shakur was also recovering from gunshot wounds suffered the day earlier after he was robbed outside a studio in New York.

Friday, November 30, 2007

An Open Letter to a Creepy Little Punk

Not at all a spoiled little jerk.
Insufferable little shit Tucker Carlson, in response to the campaign HQ "bomb"/hostage crisis & a suggestion by former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt that the hostage taker had no means to be heard, would be found to have written many letters to the editor, etc., suggested that the hostage taker, like "most mentally ill people in this country," should have started a blog. (Not an exact quote.) Hey, we resemble that remark!!

We'd also like to make an explicit physical threat against Mr. Carlson, who just rubs us the wrong way. (Not because of that remark in particular, although we'd like to know what's wrong w/ free speech in a democracy.) Next time you're here on The Coast, please let us know where you & we can get together, so we can shove a Swanson Frozen TV dinner down your craw, & another one up your poop chute, after which we'll strangle you w/ one of your no longer worn bow ties.

Seriously. No security flunkies. No getting one of your high school buddies to help you slam the head of some guy who'd allegedly grabbed at your crotch in the men's room into the wall of said men's room. Just you, us (editorial "we," there, by the way) & a couple of those frozen dinners whence your mother inherited her money and passed it on to you, you privileged, spoiled little twit. Seriously. Next time you're out here, trying out for another C-List celebrity reality show, look us up. We dare you, punk.

The Personal Is Political

Less than a yr. until the presidential election, & w/ it the possibility of virtually anything happening, as the usual collection of right-wingers, neo-cons, bed-wetting paranoids, Christian Dominionists, militia members, shadow gov't./national security apparatchiks & the like see that Hitlery or even, Gawd forbid, that "halfrican" fellow, is up in the polls, & not even the Supreme Court will be able to help this time. That's when the shit will be hitting the fan, & whether it's a false flag "terrorist" attack or just Blackwater "helping w/ election security," any one w/ half a lick of sense & a steady hand should be thinking about self-defense. And we all know that the best defense is a good offense.
Part of the former arsenal

Unfortunately, the staff weapons here @ Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ were confiscated last yr. by the jackbooted thugs of the LASD's West Hollywood contractors, after they threatened to tase us. And we don't know if we're on the list of "mental defectives" that California just turned over to the ATF.

[T]he FBI's "Mental Defective File" has ballooned from 175,000 names in June to nearly 400,000, primarily because of additions from California. The names are listed in a subset of a database that gun dealers are supposed to check before completing sales.


Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a group favoring tighter firearms controls, said the most optimistic estimates suggest that even the FBI's expanded list is missing 4 of 5 Americans who have been ruled mentally dangerous to themselves or others.

"If people realized how weak our system is in terms of background checks for people who are dangerously mentally ill, they would be shocked," Helmke said. "It's clear that there could be another Virginia Tech killer buying a gun today, and there's nothing that can be done about it."
Well, good, we may have slipped through the cracks. Or not:

The vast majority of the individuals who were added to the FBI's list were identified by California, which provided more than 200,000 names in October, the Justice Department said.


The measure passed easily in the House, but it has stalled in the Senate because of a hold by Sen.
Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). He has said he opposes the legislation because he thinks its implementation would cost too much and because it lacks a mechanism to challenge inclusion on the list. He was joined by some veterans' groups, which argued that former soldiers might be denied gun-owning rights without due process.
Sure, we want as many veterans who've been totally fucked up by this most recent adventure in American idiocy to be well armed. You never know when the wife or one of the kids will turn into Johnny Jihad before your very eyes, & you'll want to be able to shoot him as soon as possible.

The Editor here may be depressed, but he damn well knows who's out to get him, & it's neither hallucination or delusion.

Cranky Author Birthdays

Today is Friday, November 30th, the 334th day of 2007. There are 31 days left in the year.
In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.
In 1804, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias. He was acquitted by the Senate.
In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens -- better known as Mark Twain -- was born in Florida, Missouri.
In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.
In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46.
In 1936, London's famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire.
In 1939, the Russo-Finnish War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland.
In 1962, U Thant of Burma, who had been acting secretary-general of the United Nations following the death of Dag Hammarskjold the year before, was elected to a four-year term.
In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became independent.
In 1974, the fossilized remains of a female human ancestor named Lucy (after the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds") were found in Ethiopia. [Closest to a Beatle reference today. — Ed.]
In 1981, the United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
In 1987, author James Baldwin died in Saint Paul de Vence, France, at age 63.
Ten years ago: Czech Premier Vaclav Klaus formally handed in his government's resignation in the wake of a campaign financing scandal. In Tajikistan, French hostage Karine Mane was killed with five suspected kidnappers when a grenade exploded during a failed rescue operation; a companion had been released hours earlier.
In 1999, the opening of a 135-nation trade gathering in Seattle was disrupted by at least 40,000 demonstrators, some of whom clashed with police.
Five years ago: International weapons hunters in Iraq paid an unannounced visit to a military post previously declared "sensitive" and restricted by Baghdad. A nightclub fire in Caracas, Venezuela, killed 50 people.
One year ago: President Bush met in Jordan with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; Bush said the United States would speed a turnover of security responsibility to Iraqi forces but assured al-Maliki that Washington was not looking for a "graceful exit" from the war. Pope Benedict the 16th visited Istanbul's famous Blue Mosque in a dramatic gesture of outreach to Muslims.

Birthdays of the (Still) Living:
Actor Efrem Zimbalist Junior is 90. Actor Robert Guillaume is 80. TV personality and producer Dick Clark is 78. Radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy is 77. Movie director Ridley Scott is 70. Singer Rob Grill (The Grassroots) is 64. Movie writer-director Terrence Malick is 64. Rock musician Roger Glover (Deep Purple) is 62. Playwright David Mamet is 60. Actor Mandy Patinkin is 55. Musician Shuggie Otis is 54. Country singer Jeannie Kendall is 53. Singer Billy Idol is 52. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is 50. Rock musician John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) is 50. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 45. Actor-director Ben Stiller is 42. Actress Sandra Oh is 37.

Birthdays of the Dead:
Andrea Palladio, architect (1508)
Jonathan Swift, author (1667)
Gordon Parks, photographer, filmmaker, writer (1912)
Shirley Chisholm, congresswoman (1924)

"Entertainment" History:
In 1940, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were married.
In 1965, the state of Colorado declared "Rolling Stones Day," in honor of the Stones concert in Denver.
In 1969, Simon and Garfunkel's first TV special was broadcast in the US.
In 1976, singers-songwriters Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson got married.
In 1977, David Bowie sang a duet of "Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby on his Christmas special. [30 yrs. ago today! — Ed.]
In 1988, LL Cool J performed the first rap concert in Africa, in Cote D'Ivoire.
In 1996, entertainer Tiny Tim died after performing his signature song, "Tiptoe Thru' The Tulips," at a benefit concert in Minneapolis. Reports put his age at either 64 or 66.
In 2000, Loverboy bassist Scott Smith was washed off his boat about four miles off the coast of San Francisco. His body was never found.
In 2004, Ken Jennings won 74 times and $2.5 million on "Jeopardy!" before finally losing.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

There Will Always Be an England

Or there'll always be a Rupert "Morality Boy" Murdoch-owned Sun. Latest story: A celebrity breast reduction. Technically, an implant reduction. And (need we say) most (all?) of her celebrity stemmed from her huge implants. Still, they aren't talking bangers & mash here.
Bye to Britain's biggest bangers
This should fulfill our Monthly Requirement for this sort of thing.

The Sacrificial Republicans

El Boggo leads us to an interesting reaction (By one "Richelieu." How ridiculous/pretentious can one be?) to the Republican YouTube debate Q&A session.

So, a good night for for the lowest denominator, a bad night for the GOP. America got to see a vaguely threatening parade of gun fetishists, flat worlders, Mars Explorers, Confederate flag lovers and zombie-eyed-Bible-wavers as well as various one issue activists hammering their pet causes. My cheers went to a listless Fred Thompson who easily qualified himself to be president in my book by looking all night like he would cheerfully trade his left arm for an early exit off the stage to a waiting Scotch and good Cuban cigar. The media will probably award a win to Mike Huckabee, the easy listening music candidate at home in any crowd, fluent in simpleton speak and the one man on the stage tonight who led the audience to roaring cheers by boasting that he had a special qualification to be president that none of the second-raters on the stage could match: A degree in Bible Studies from Ouachita Baptist University of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Bloody Bill Kristol's reaction:

Richelieu, being an aristocrat, indeed a French aristocrat, may scorn the "vaguely threatening parade of gun fetishists, flat worlders, Mars Explorers, Confederate flag lovers and zombie-eyed-Bible-wavers as well as various one issue activists hammering their pet causes" that we saw asking questions tonight, courtesy of CNN and YouTube. We Americans don't dare scorn our fellow citizens (at least not publicly). We recognize that parade as...the electorate.
Yep, the part of the electorate that allows shitheels like Kristol continued influence in Washington. Proud of yourself Billy? How's that "appeal to national greatness" working out for you?

If you're not feeling ill yet, this load of crap will reverse the course of your cookies.

It is unfair of course to call this a stab in the back, as the Democrats have been engagingly open about their intentions. In the course of the past year, they have gone from attacking a plan that had not been effective to attacking one that hadn't been tried yet, to attacking one that exceeded all expectations, while in the process ignoring reality, slandering a commanding general, and denying American forces in battle due credit for what they had done. If not backstabbing as such (see above), it is diverting enough a spectacle to merit a replay.
As covered here & here, for example.

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Unbearable Lightness of Being & Nothingness

To borrow a phrase from the lovely & talented self-described "overgrown elf" Megan McArdle, "blogging will be light," as the agony of so-called existence is taking its toll chez Bouffant.What? There's no one out there & they wouldn't give a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut anyway? Oh yeah, we forgot. Heh, indeed.

Celebrity Morbidity

Today is Thursday, November 29th, the 333rd day of 2007. There are 32 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
In 1963, President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
In 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, onetime adviser to England's King Henry VIII, died.
In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.
In 1890, the first Army-Navy football game was played, with Navy winning 24-0 at West Point, N.Y. [Navy Blue & Gold, baby! — Ed.]
In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot." (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)
In1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd radioed that he & three crew members had made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.
In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of the British-mandated territory of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower kept his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict.
In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.
In 1967, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
In 1987, a Korean Air jetliner disappeared off Burma, with the loss of all 115 people aboard; South Korean authorities charged North Korean agents had planted a bomb aboard the aircraft.
In 1989, in response to a growing pro-democracy movement in Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ended the party's 40-year monopoly on power.
In 1990, the U.N. Security Council voted 12-2 to authorize military action if Iraq did not withdraw its troops from Kuwait and release all foreign hostages by Jan. 15, 1991.
In 1996, a U.N. court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims - the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.
In 1997, former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young, the city's first black mayor who held office for an unprecedented five terms, died at age 79.
In 1999, Protestant and Catholic adversaries formed a Northern Ireland government.
In 2001, George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle," died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58. [Beatle news. And it's always a "battle" w/ cancer, innit? — Ed.]
Five years ago: The White House quietly announced that federal workers would get a smaller pay raise the following month because President Bush was freezing part of the increase, citing the fight against terrorism. [? — Ed.] Celebrity publicist Lizzie Grubman left the Suffolk County, New York, jail after serving 37 days of a 60-day sentence for backing her sport utility vehicle into a crowd outside a trendy Hamptons nightclub and fleeing.
One year ago: The first of two high-profile meetings in Jordan between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was abruptly canceled amid conflicting explanations. (Bush met al-Maliki the next day.) Still losing money after job and factory cuts, Ford Motor Company said 38,000 workers, almost half of its hourly production force, had accepted buyouts or early retirement offers.

Today's Birthdays: Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 80. [Or so. — Ed.] Former president of France Jacques Chirac is 75. Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 74. Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 67. Country singer Jody Miller is 66. Actress Diane Ladd is 64. Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) is 63. Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee is 61. [Suzy Chapstick? — Ed.] Comedian Garry Shandling is 58. Movie director Joel Coen is 53. Actor-comedian-game show host Howie Mandel is 52. Governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano is 50. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 47. Actress Kim Delaney is 46. Actor Tom Sizemore is 46. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 45. Actor Don Cheadle is 43. Musician Wallis Buchanan (Jamiroquai) is 42. Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 39. [Not a kid any more. — Ed.] Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 39. Baseball player Mariano Rivera is 38. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 36. Rapper The Game is 28.

Birthdays of the Dead:
Louisa May Alcott, author (1832)
William V. S. Tubman, president of Liberia (1895)
C.S. Lewis, author (1898)
Madeleine L'Engle, author (1918)

In Show Biz on this date:
In 1948, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" made its debut on NBC.
"Kukla," puppeteer Burr Tillstrom, Fran Allison, "Ollie"

In 1959, the Record of the Year Grammy Award went to Bobby Darin for "Mack The Knife." Frank Sinatra's "Come Dance With Me" won the Album of the Year award. Sinatra didn't show up to the ceremony, supposedly because he had gotten shut out at the very first Grammys, only six months earlier.
In 1963, The Beatles released "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in Great Britain.
In 1969, John Lennon was convicted of marijuana possession and was fined. [Three Beatle items today! — Ed.]
In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.
In 1979, the four original members of Kiss performed together for what they thought was the last time. They reunited in 1996. [$$$$!! — Ed.]
Also in 1979, model Anita Pallenberg, Keith Richard's common law wife, was cleared of murder charges. Her young male companion had been found shot to death in her home in New York state. [How'd we miss that one? — Ed.]
In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned off Santa Catalina Island, California, at age 43. The death was ruled accidental.
In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
In 1997, singer Whitney Houston canceled an appearance at the last minute at a Unification Church mass wedding in Washington, citing illness. She had said earlier she didn't know the Unification Church was behind it when she agreed to the event. [Fuck "Reverend" Moon. — Ed.]

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gawd Speaks

We'd bet Richard Roberts (pasty vampire-looking jerk below) is never closer to gawd than when he's on the ORU jet (pretty much reserved for the exclusive use of the Roberts family) at altitude. Photo found @ this web log, which pulls no punches.From gawd to the AP, via Richard Roberts:

Richard Roberts told students at Oral Roberts University Wednesday that he did not want to resign as president of the scandal-plagued evangelical school, but that he did so because God insisted.

God told him on Thanksgiving that he should resign the next day, Roberts told students in the university's chapel.


Roberts said he wanted to "strike out" against the people who were persecuting him, and considered countersuing, but "the Lord said, 'don't do that,'" he said.


Roberts has previously said that God told him to deny the allegations. The week the lawsuit was filed, Richard Roberts said that God told him: "We live in a litigious society. Anyone can get mad and file a lawsuit against another person whether they have a legitimate case or not. This lawsuit ... is about intimidation, blackmail and extortion."

On Wednesday, Roberts said God told him he would "do something supernatural for the university" if he stepped down from the job he held at the 5,700-student school since 1993.
There's a bit more to the story, but we felt we should just share gawd's invaluable advice on crisis control & legal matters. Said advice consisting mostly of: "Deny, deny, deny, but if the lawsuits continue to pile up & your flunkies are about to throw your under the proverbial bus to save their own shares of the scam, get out on the day after Thanksgiving when almost no one will notice."

It Just Keeps Rollin'...

Today is Wednesday, November 28th, the 332nd day of 2007. There are 33 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On November 28th, 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston. On this date: In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name. In 1907, future movie producer Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater, in Haverhill, Massachusetts. In 1919, American-born Lady Astor became the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament. In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began conferring in Tehran during World War II. In 1958, the African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community. In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars. In 1967, actress-model Anna Nicole Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan in Houston. In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard. In 1987, a South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard. In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, who conferred the premiership on John Major. In 2001, Enron Corporation collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Incorporated backed out of an 8.4 billion-dollar deal to take it over. Ten years ago: India's powerful Congress Party withdrew its support from India's ruling coalition, forcing Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral to resign. Five years ago: In twin attacks in Kenya, three suicide bombers killed 14 people at an Israeli-owned hotel, while at least two missiles were fired at, but missed, an Israeli jetliner taking off from Mombasa airport. One year ago: At the opening of a NATO summit in Latvia, President Bush rejected suggestions Iraq had fallen into civil war and vowed not to pull U.S. troops out "until the mission is complete." The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend for a year the mandate of the 160,000-strong multinational force in Iraq. Pope Benedict the 16th, in Turkey on his first visit to a Muslim country, urged all religious leaders to "utterly refuse" to support any violence in the name of faith. Today's Birthdays: Recording executive Berry Gordy Junior is 78. Former Senator Gary Hart (Democrat, Colorado) is 71. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel is 67. Singer Randy Newman is 64. Movie director Joe Dante is 61. CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer is 61. "Late Show" orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 58. Actor Ed Harris is 57. Actress S. Epatha Merkerson is 55. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is 54. Country singer Kristine Arnold (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 51. Actor Judd Nelson is 48. Movie director Alfonso Cuaron is 46. Rock musician Matt Cameron is 45. Comedian Jon Stewart is 45. Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dawn Robinson is 39. Hip-hop musician (Black Eyed Peas) is 33. Those Who Won't Be Celebrating Their Birthdays Today: John Bunyan,author (1628) William Blake, English poet & artist (1757) Friedrich Engels, socialist (1820) Anton Rubinstein, pianist, composer (1829) John Wesley Hyatt, inventor (1837) Henry Bacon, architect (1866) Show Biz Events: On November 28th, 1925, the Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM. In 1964, Willie Nelson made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Also in 1964, "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las hit number one on the Billboard pop chart. In 1974, John Lennon performed in concert for the first time in several years. He sang three songs with Elton John at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was payback for a bet in which John had made Lennon promise they'd perform together if "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" hit number one. [More Beatle news! — Ed.] In 1976, actress Rosalind Russell died. She was 68. In 1989, IRS agents raided the Las Vegas home of actor Redd Foxx, who owed an estimated $755,000 in taxes. In 1990, officials in Los Angeles decided there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute singer Axl Rose for assault in connection with a dispute with his neighbor. The neighbor claimed Rose hit her over the head with an empty wine bottle. In 1997, Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon was arrested in Florence, Italy, for wearing a skirt. He was released when a police officer recognized the name "Chumbawamba." Also in 1997, the last episode of "Beavis and Butt-head" aired on MTV.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Trent Lott Story

A masterpiece of the non-admittance admittance can be found @ Big Head DC:

Once, he even scolded gay escort Mike Jones for outing Rev. Ted Haggard as one of his gay escort business participants.

“You were paid for sex, Mike,”
he wrote in 2006. “The most important rule you can follow when taking people’s money in exchange for sex is that—no matter what—their lives stay their own and whatever passes between the two of you remains private. Period.”


The boy happens to be real, and his “stage name” is Benjamin Nicholas. One of the politicos Big Head DC has learned he’s alleged to have been involved with is the married Sen. Trent Lott, 66, who
unexpectedly announced his retirement on Monday. Lott is well-known to have been against a plethora of gay rights issues throughout his terms in Congress. He was
also good friends with Sen. Larry Craig throughout his time in Congress.

Nicholas told Big Head DC today via e-mail that he didn’t want to go on the record to talk about his dealings with Lott, because, said Nicholas, “Trent is going through his fair share of scrutiny right now and I don’t want to add to it.” However, e-mail and other records confirm that the two have met on at least two occasions.“All I can say at this point is no comment,” Nicholas told us. “It’s the professional thing for me to do.”

In a subsequent e-mail message, Nicholas confirmed that another publication is working on a story about a “possible relationship” between Lott and himself, but Nicholas also “politely declined” an interview for that story.

“As I said before, Lott has quite a bit on his plate right now and I don’t really want to add fuel to the embers,” Nicholas told Big Head DC.

An honest whore. Well, semi-discreet.

Then the party-poopers @HuffPo put a wet blanket on the whole thing. Responsible journalism is boring & stupid, makes little money, & doesn't topple governments or start riots in the streets.

The charge was first published by the Washington DC blog Big Head DC, which claimed to have emails where the escort, Benjamin Nicholas, allegedly playing coy, declined to go on the record because "Trent is going through his fair share of scrutiny right now and I don't want to add to it."
But in an email message, Nicholas himself said the item was false.

"There's nothing to be said, as Lott and I have no connection whatsoever," Nicholas wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "How these 'quotes' have been fabricated are beyond me. The Senator is someone I have had no personal dealings with, ever."

In a subsequent posting on his own Web site, Nicholas wrote, "I have not, nor have I ever seen or had contact with Senator Trent Lott. It's as simple as that. It never happened."
There's always hope Trent's 'phone # will be in the latest D. C. Madam's Big List of Congressional Pervs.

(FWIW: This is Item #600.)

Like Sand Through The Hourglass...UPDATED

Today is Tuesday, November 27th, the 331st day of 2007. There are 34 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On November 27th, 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White. [Again, this is a "highlight?" Twinkie™ Defense. — Ed.]
On this date:
In 1701, astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale, was born in Uppsala, Sweden. [Inventor? He calls the freezing point of water 0° & its boiling point 100°, & for that he gets called the "inventor?" — Ed]
In 1901, the U. S. Army War College was established in Washington, D. C.
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad began service at New York's Pennsylvania Station.
In 1942, during World War II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of the Nazis.
In 1945, General George C. Marshall was named special U. S. envoy to China to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.
In 1953, playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Boston at age 65.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who'd resigned.
In 1983, 181 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.
In 1989, a bomb blamed by police on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca jetliner, killing all 107 people on board. [Do not, under any circumstances, get near an Avianca plane on 27 November! — Ed.]
Ten years ago: A day after saying it would open its presidential palaces to international observers, Iraq declared that U.N. weapons monitors were not included in the invitation. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was marred when a gust of wind knocked part of a lamppost onto a 34-year-old woman, fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for almost a month. Five years ago: U.N. specialists began a new round of weapons inspections in Iraq. President Bush appointed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to lead an investigation into why the government failed to foil the September 11th attacks. (The following month, Kissinger stepped down, citing controversy over potential conflicts of interest with his business clients.) [OK, now can we prosecute him as a war criminal? — Ed.]President Bush gave the go-ahead to open US highways to Mexican trucks.
One year ago: President Bush, stopping over in Estonia en route to a NATO summit in Latvia and meetings in Jordan, intensified diplomatic efforts to quell rising violence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fire burned down a group home for the elderly and mentally ill in Anderson, Missouri, killing 10 residents and a caretaker.

Today's Birthdays: Ret'd. general & former Sec'y. of State Alexander Haig is 83. ("Here at the White House, I'm in control." Whatta maroon. — Ed.] TV host Bill Nye ("Bill Nye, the Science Guy") is 52. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is 50. Rock musician Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) is 48. Rock musician Charlie Benante (Anthrax) is 45. Rock musician Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 45. Actor Fisher Stevens is 44. Actress Robin Givens is 43.

Birthdays of Those No Longer W/ Us:
Chaim Weizmann, scientist and Zionist leader (1874)
Charles A. Beard, historian (1874)
James Agee, writer (1909)
Alexander Dubček, statesman (1921)
Bruce Lee, martial-arts actor (1940) Jimi Hendrix, rock musician, guitarist (1942) [Would've been 65 today, having a retirement party & copping a gold watch or something. — Ed.]

In Show Bidness Today:
In 1957, "The Chirping Crickets" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets was released. It contained the singles "That'll Be the Day," "Maybe Baby," and "Not Fade Away."
In 1967, The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album was released in North America. [What is it, every day in November the Beatles did something? — Ed.]
In 1969, the Rolling Stones opened a four-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden. Portions of the first two concerts were released on the album "Get Yer Ya-Yas Out."
In 1970, George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album was released.
In 1980, the sitcom "Bosom Buddies," starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, premiered on ABC.
In 1985, actress Amy Irving married filmmaker Steven Spielberg. They have since split up.
In 1995, The Beatles' "Anthology One" set a record for first-week sales, selling 1.2 million copies. That record has since been broken.

UPDATE (2 December 2007 @ 0001): Looks as if Al Haig was born 2 December rather than 27 November, though infoplease still thinks both. The AP seems to have changed its mind.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Stealth Richard Roberts Resignation

Oh, look what happened over the Thanksgiving Wknd. Quite possibly as a result of another wrongful termination law suit filed against dear old ORU last Wednesday,
A senior accountant for Oral Roberts University claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that he was ordered to help school president Richard Roberts and his wife "cook the books" by hiding financial wrongdoing from authorities and the public.

Trent Huddleston said in the wrongful termination lawsuit that he was directed against his will to falsely list tens of thousands of dollars as expenses rather than assets — which were spent remodeling the home of Richard and Lindsay Roberts — in order to defraud the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies.

He claims nearly $123,000 was paid by Oral Roberts University and Oral Roberts Ministries for remodeling the home.
as well as an effort, no doubt, to fly under the radar (& a successful one, we didn't even notice until today) Richard Roberts quit his gig as president of the university his father, Oral, founded as another of his "prosperity gospel" scams.

Times have changed at Oral Roberts University.

The once rigid dress code has been loosened so much that, as one student puts it, aside from the lack of guys wearing earrings the campus could be Oklahoma State. The prayer tower is showing rust. Students still sign an honor code pledging not to lie, steal, curse, drink or smoke — but they also hold hands during chapel.

Oral Roberts, now 89, recently returned from semiretirement to try to quell a scandal that has shaken the flagship university of charismatic Christianity, but on Friday the scandal caused the downfall of his heir.


"I'm sure there is corruption everywhere," said freshman Ben Conners, one of a number of people interviewed before the resignation. "But if you're holding students to such a high standard, making them sign an honor code and live by these strict principles, I expect the administration to be living an even stricter set of principles. To see something like this, it feels empty, like an elaborate masquerade party."

At a university that is hardly a den of dissent, the reaction to the scandal has been striking. Before Richard Roberts stepped down, tenured faculty gave him a no-confidence vote and his hand-picked provost said he would resign if Roberts were reinstated.

"There was a time when the wagons would circle and we'd protect our own," said the Rev. Carlton Pearson, a former member of the ORU board of regents who is now a United Church of Christ minister. "But we don't know what our own is anymore. People are asking questions and questioning answers, and we're not used to it."
Those Dirty Fucking Hippies & their "Question Authority" crap from the '60s. Oh, if only we'd nipped that in the bud, we could just keep the scams going w/o any work, but now we have to keep the sheep from seeing what's going on right under their noses.

To outsiders, Oral Roberts may seem a relic, a man who drew scorn for saying in 1987 that God would "call me home" if he didn't raise $8 million in three months (he raised more than $9 million). But in the 1950s and 1960s, Roberts had brought spirit-filled Christianity into the mainstream. He took his revivals to a new frontier for religion: television.

"Here was this Pentecostal preacher who speaks in tongues, was brought up in poverty like many of us, and he builds this place that looks like it landed the night before from another planet," Pearson said. "I can't tell you the pride."

Isn't pride of those not-approved-of-in-the-Bible deals? Let alone pride in some dated '60s (there they are again) architecture that's starting to rust?

Most ORU students grow up in charismatic or Pentecostal churches. For some, the liberal arts school is the only education their parents will pay for, at a cost of almost $30,000 a year.

The rules are an endless source of curiosity. Curfew for female students is midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. weekends, and a half hour later for men. A violation can result in a $50 fine, which helped birth the ORU saying: "The wages of sin is $50."


[Tim] Brooker is one of three former professors who sued the university last month. He accused the school of forcing him to quit after he warned Richard Roberts that requiring students to work on a Tulsa mayoral candidate's campaign jeopardized the school's tax-exempt status. Brooker traces the scandal to a distortion of the "Seed-Faith" theology pioneered by Oral Roberts, which holds that those who give to God will get
things in return.

"Instead of focusing on what can we do for God, we've been focusing on what can I get from God," Brooker said.
And is it just a coincidence that this "God" of which they speak has no PayPal acc't. or the like, so any donations to curry his favor end up in the grasping mitts of a "ministry" somewhere?

Oral Roberts' teachings influenced a whole new generation of "prosperity gospel" preachers, six of whom are the target of a financial inquiry led by the ranking Republican on the Senate finance committee. Three of those under scrutiny — Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar — sit on the ORU board of regents.


Oral Roberts felt God used him as instrument to heal, and claimed Jesus had commissioned him to find a cure for cancer. Roberts also felt called to build the City of Faith, an enormous hospital complex that was to marry prayer and medicine, anchored by a 60-story tower. The project's collapse in the late 1980s is one reason ORU is a staggering $52.5 million in debt.
Still waiting for that cure, Oral. Wouldn't it be ironic if "God" used cancer to "call you home?"

We are, of course, terribly disappointed that Mr. Roberts & his wife Lindsay have not continued to fight these scurrilous accusations as they previously promised. (You know how that goes: First, the "this is all a hideous lie, I/we deny everything, & will fight this to my/our last breath" statement. Second, "I am temporarily stepping down from my position, as this is all too much of a distraction, & I/we will be better able to fight this to my/our last breath, & this will allow the work of the organization to continue." Then, the resignation, as quietly as possible, perhaps w/ an "I hope we can put all this behind us" statement.)

Not that we think these two hypocrites had anything to defend, we just wanted to learn more about Mrs. Roberts' sex life, as implied here. Juicy, to say the least. From the Tulsa World:

The full, unsubstantiated report now attached to the lawsuit contains new allegations that Lindsay Roberts, Richard Roberts' wife, spent the night in an ORU guest house with an underage male nine times, was photographed 29 times in her car with an underage male after midnight and after minors' curfew, visited Victory Christian School with an underage male 81 times in 2004, smoked with an underage male at her house and repeatedly moved her "male 16-year-old friend" into her family's house.

The summary of the report in the first version of the lawsuit stated that Lindsay Roberts had sent text messages to underage males late at night. She said earlier this week that one of her daughters used her cell phone and that the family sends cell phones home with the daughters' friends to ensure that they get home safely.
In case you're interested (& who wouldn't be?) here's a picture of Mrs. R.
(lovely, isn't she?) & a link from her website:

If you would like to
plant a seed of your
faith today, click here.

We're just assuming that's how she trolls for younger dudes on the web.

"An Educational and Thought provoking site, presented as a Public Service."

That would be this site, the United Progressive Socialist States of America. If the right wing droolers don't have actual senses of humor, their ability to inadvertently make mock of themselves is never ending. As an example, they link to this "entered into the Congressional Record" speech from 1963, which outlines "Current Communist Goals." Yes, 1963. Those Godless Commies just never give up.

Content provided here is purely for provoking thought. Nothing is intended to represent positions of anybody. If you consider this a joke, try waking up to reality!

Yeah, wake up to the reality of the American Criminal Liberties Union.
Wake up before it's too late!!

More Music More Often

U. K. version of Abbie Hoffman, now an antique boho.
Mick Farren, local scribe, author, ex-pat (from the U. K.) has the patience to prowl YouTube & other sources for music vids, & he's just set up a companion web log to his DOC 40 site w/ nothing but videos.

We quote:

The regularly updated content will simply be the very best stuff I can find, although some may find it the predictable taste of a antique boho, but what the fuck. It’s something to do in the long winter evenings and some of this stuff is truly amazing.

As an antique boho & pathetic wallower in nostalgia ourself, we approve. DOCTUBE. Already on the Just Another Blog™ Locals Only Bogroll®.

Be sure to dig the Rolling Stones 1963 Rice Krispies™ advert!

Days of Our Lives

Today is Monday, November 26th, the 330th day of 2007. There are 35 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: November 26th, 1607, is believed to be the birthdate of London-born clergyman John Harvard, the principal benefactor of the original Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On this date: In 1825, the first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, New York. [Frat-boys. Great. — Ed.] In 1832, public streetcar service began in New York City. The fare: 12 1/2 cents. In 1933, a judge in New York ruled the James Joyce book "Ulysses" was not obscene and could therefore be published in the United States. In 1942, President Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning December 1st. In 1943, during World War II, HMT Rohna, a British ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed. In 1949, India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth. In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counter-offensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea. In 1965, France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit. In 1973, President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape. [Oops! — Ed.] In 1986, President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Senator John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair. Ten years ago: Under heavy international pressure, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said he would allow visits to presidential palaces where U.N. weapons experts suspected he might be hiding chemical and biological weapons. In a small but symbolic step, the United States and North Korea held high-level discussions at the State Department for the first time. Five years ago: WorldCom and the government settled a civil lawsuit over the company's 9 billion-dollar accounting scandal. A United Nations report said that for the first time in the 20-year history of the AIDS epidemic, about as many women as men were infected with HIV. One year ago: In New York City, an angry crowd demanded to know why police officers killed Sean Bell, an unarmed man, on the day of his wedding by firing dozens of shots that also wounded two of Bell's friends. In Turkey, tens of thousands of protesters denounced Pope Benedict the 16th as an enemy of Islam two days before the pontiff's scheduled visit. Rafael Correa won Ecuador's presidential runoff. Today's Birthdays: Impressionist Rich Little is 69. Singer Tina Turner is 68. Singer Jean Terrell is 63. Pop musician John McVie is 62. Blues singer-musician Bernard Allison is 42. Today's Birthdays of The Dead: Sarah Moore Grimke, abolitionist (1792) Ellen Gould Harmon White, Seventh Day Adventist co-founder (1827) Mary Edwards Walker, surgeon and feminist (1832) Katharine Drexel, Roman Catholic nun and saint (1858) Willis Carrier, air conditioning pioneer (1876) Norbert Wiener, mathematician and educator (1894) Eugene Ionesco, French playwright (1909) Charles Schulz, cartoonist (1922) [Good Grief, Charlie Brown! — Ed.] Robert Goulet, singer, actor (1933) Show Biz History: In 1942, the motion picture "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere in New York City. In 1956, bandleader Tommy Dorsey was found dead at his Connecticut home after apparently choking. He was 51. In 1962, The Beatles recorded "Please Please Me." [Beatles three days in a row. — Ed.] In 1968, Cream performed its farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker continued working together in the band Blind Faith. In 1976, 10cc broke up. In 1982, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis married actress Cicely Tyson in New York. Comedian Bill Cosby was the best man. In 1989, more than 45 acts participated in an earthquake relief "Rock-A-Thon" broadcast on public television and in northern California. Three concerts were held in San Francisco, Oakland and Watsonville, the town hit hardest by the quake.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Sunday A. M. "Stunning" Architecture

Winslow House, first major commission.
Hollyhock House, Hollywood
"Rising Mildew", PA
Storer House, 8161 Hollywood Blvd.
From the pages of MSN, a Frank Lloyd Wright slideshow. Didn't bother to check the stories, we'd no more read something there than look at Parade Magazine for anything besides that big funny dog. If you must read about FLW, try the obsessional Dr. Storrer's FLlW website.

Huckabee Hounds Mormon Mitt

For today's dip into the Old or Mainstream Media, we'll go to the Washington Post & its story on Tax Hike Mike pulling up to Mittens' station wagon, hoping that damn dog isn't still tied to the roof. The suddenness of Huck's Iowa surge past the other Republican toads & weasels has been a surprise to all.
Even Huckabee appears to have been caught unprepared by the sudden turn of events. His Iowa state director is in Costa Rica hunting snakes over the Thanksgiving weekend and will not return to the state until tomorrow. On Friday afternoon, Huckabee's Iowa headquarters at the corner of Locust and 6th in downtown Des Moines was locked and deserted.
Think he was hunting snakes for some good ol' time Bible-based snake-handling? 'Cause really, what's the challenge in shooting a dumb old snake just lying on the ground waiting for the sun to warm it up? Are there no snakes in Iowa to kill?

Looks like the Hound will be getting it from both sides of the Republican party, the stupidity wing & the insanity wing.
With just a few weeks remaining before the Iowa caucuses, Huckabee is frantically trying to organize his supporters in the Hawkeye State. They include a network of evangelical Christians who like Huckabee's antiabortion, anti-same-sex marriage rhetoric, home-school activists who appreciate the work he did for their cause in Arkansas, gun-rights groups, and advocates of replacing the income tax with a national sales tax, an idea that Huckabee has championed.

His political enemies -- no shortage of whom have popped up in recent days -- have gone on the offensive, accusing Huckabee of numerous tax increases, ethics violations and an ill-advised pardon. The Club for Growth, a conservative anti-tax group in Washington, has all but turned itself into an anti-Huckabee machine. The Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schlafly charges that Huckabee "destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas."
Good thing to destroy, & a swell person to piss off, but he still doesn't have our vote.

History Shows Again & Again...

Today is Sunday, November 25th, the 329th day of 2007. There are 36 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On November 25th, 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War.
On this date:
In 1758, in the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne in present-day Pittsburgh.
In 1881, Pope John XXIII was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli near Bergamo, Italy.
In 1947, movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the "Hollywood Ten" who'd been cited for contempt of Congress the day before.
In 1957, President Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.
In 1963, the body of President Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. [See photo below. — Ed.]
In 1973, Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.
In 1974, former U.N. Secretary-General U Thant died in New York at age 65.
In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.
In 1987, Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago, died in office at age 65.
In 1999, 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off Florida, setting off an international custody battle between relatives in Miami and Elian's father in Cuba.
Ten years ago: Teamsters President Ron Carey announced he was taking an unpaid leave of absence to fight an election overseer's decision barring him from a rerun.
Five years ago: President Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head. Space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the international space station, delivering one American and two Russians, and another girder for the orbiting outpost. Former State Department official Eugene V. Rostow died at age 89. Movie director Karel Reisz, who was part of British cinema's gritty 1960's renaissance, died in London at age 76.
One year ago: A police shooting outside a strip club in Queens, New York, resulted in the death of Sean Bell hours before his wedding. (Two officers were later indicted for manslaughter, and a third was charged with reckless endangerment; all three have pleaded not guilty.) Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants into the Jewish state.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Ricardo Montalban is 87. Actress Noel Neill is 87. Actress Kathryn Crosby is 74. [Der Bingle's daughter? Yow! — Ed.] Singer Percy Sledge is 67. Author, actor, [idiotic asshole — Ed.] and game show host Ben Stein is 63. Singer Bob Lind is 63. Actor John Larroquette is 60. Actor Tracey Walter is 60. Movie director Jonathan Kaplan is 60. Singer Amy Grant is 47. Rock singer-musician Tim Armstrong is 42. Singer Stacy Lattisaw is 41. Actress Jill Hennessy is 38. Actress Christina Applegate is 36.

Today's Dead People's Birthdays: Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist (1835)
Carry Moore Nation, temperance advocate (1846)
Pope John XXIII, religious leader (1881)
Virgil Thomson, composer (1896)
Ba Jin, modern novelist (1904)
Joe DiMaggio, baseballer (1914) [Oddly enough, we came across this wonderful item concerning Joltin' Joe, AKA Mr. Marilyn Monroe, just a few minutes ago]:

Furthermore, elites often expressed or ignored other forms of bigotry. Anti-Italian sentiment, while less acceptable than anti-black sentiment, could still be seen in major news publications before the war. Indeed, this rhetoric appeared in descriptions of the most popular Italian-American of the day, New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio. In May 1939, Life wrote, “Although he learned Italian first, Joe, now twenty-four, speaks English without an accent and is otherwise well-adapted to most U.S. mores. Instead of olive oil or smelly bear grease he keeps his hair slick with water. He never reeks of garlic and prefers chicken chow mein to spaghetti.” The article also included a picture of DiMaggio with Joe Louis, captioned “Like Heavyweight Champion Louis, DiMaggio is lazy, shy, and inarticulate.”
John F. Kennedy, Jr. publisher, lawyer (1960)
[So just a dad-gum minute here. If the AP & Infoplease are correct, the photo above was taken on John-John's third birthday? There's some trauma. That, & wearing an outfit that matches your older sister's to the funeral of your assassinated father. Going down in your plane is probably the best outcome to something like that. The Editor would've been a heroin addict by the age of fifteen. — Ed.]

Show Bidness History: On November 25th, 1952, the Agatha Christie play "Mousetrap" opened in London. It became the longest-running play ever.
In 1961, Don and Phil Everly were sworn in to the US Marine Corps Reserves in Nashville and later reported to Camp Pendleton in San Diego.
In 1968, The Beatles' "White Album" was released. [Beatles news two days in a row. — Ed.]
In 1969, John Lennon returned his MBE medal to Queen Elizabeth to protest Britain's support for U.S. involvement to Vietnam, among other things. The other three Beatles kept their medals, which they received in 1965.
In 1976, The Band gave its final performance in San Francisco. The concert was documented in the movie "The Last Waltz."
In 1984, the Ethiopian famine relief song "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid was recorded in London. The session was organized by singer Bob Geldof.
In 1985, Bobby Brown announced he was leaving the group New Edition for a solo career.
In 1992, Whitney Houston's first movie, "The Bodyguard," opened nationwide. The movie's theme song "I Will Always Love You" was already a number one song when the film opened.
In 1998, comedian Flip Wilson died of liver cancer at his home in Malibu, California. He was 64.
Also in 1998, actor Michael J. Fox revealed he had Parkinson's disease.
In 2002, actor Nicolas Cage filed for divorce from Lisa Marie Presley. They had been married for four months.