Saturday, December 15, 2007

Sexy Saturday

Maggie Gyllenhaal getting her breasts pushed up for Agent Provocateur underwear fashions. A turban, some fuck-up-your-lobes earrings, & false eyelashes & you too may look '30s glamourous.

(Yes, we're totally out of ideas, & are reduced to purging photos from the hard drive. How could you tell?)

Musings on Matthew Murray

These people live among you:
The scenario fits neatly into the Pentecostal vision of the universe, Raschke points out. Pentecostals tend to view spiritual life as a battlefield, he says, with Christians warring against "the prince of darkness and his minions." About nine years ago, when Raschke was studying New Life Church, he viewed a section of the campus dedicated to such "spiritual warfare." "They had this whole command center at the World Prayer Center, down in the basement," he says. "They called it spiritual mapping. Sort of like a spiritual Cheyenne Mountain. You know, where they were recognizing where the forces of the enemy were getting ready to attack, and they were mobilizing to meet the force." In a sense, he says, Murray's attack was almost like a transfer from the spiritual battlefield to the physical one.
Cheezis K. Rist. A "spiritual" Cheyenne Mountain. What's fucking next? When do these people just start nuking us? "Bring 'em on," we say. Brought to our attention by alex constantine's blacklist.

Is It The End of History Yet?

Today is Saturday, December 15th, the 349th day of 2007. There are 16 days left in the year. [Ten days 'til Christmas is up your ass! — Ed.]
Today's Highlight in History:
On December 15th, 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia. [It is expected that attention to parts other than the Second Amendment will be paid around the time of the Bill's tricentennial. — Ed.]
On this date:
In 1890, Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and eleven other tribe members were killed in Grand River, South Dakota, during a confrontation with Indian police.
In 1916, the French defeated the Germans in the World War I Battle of Verdun.
In 1938, groundbreaking ceremonies for the Jefferson Memorial took place in Washington, DC.
In 1939, the motion picture "Gone With the Wind" had its world premiere in Atlanta.
In 1944, during World War II, American forces invaded Mindoro Island in the Philippines. [Really. WWII, was it? No shit. — Ed.]
In 1961, former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death by an Israeli court.
In 1964, Canada's House of Commons approved dropping the "Red Ensign" flag in favor of a new design.
In 1965, two U.S. manned spacecraft, Gemini 6A and Gemini 7, maneuvered to within ten feet of each other while in orbit.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter announced he would grant diplomatic recognition to Communist China on New Year's Day and sever official relations with Taiwan.
In 1979, the deposed Shah of Iran left the United States for Panama, the same day the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Iran should release all its American hostages.
In 1989, a popular uprising began in Romania; it led to the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Ten years ago: Over Republican objections, President Clinton appointed Bill Lann Lee acting assistant attorney general for civil rights.
Five years ago: Former Vice President Al Gore, who'd come agonizingly close to winning the presidency two years earlier, said in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" that he would not run for the White House in 2004. Japan won golf's World Cup for the first time in 45 years.
In 2003, the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's family acknowledged Essie Mae Washington-Williams' claim that she was Thurmond's illegitimate mixed-race daughter.
In 2005, millions of Iraqis turned out to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election; former Sen. William Proxmire, the Wisconsin Democrat who'd fought government waste with his "Golden Fleece" awards, died at age 90.
One year ago: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld bid farewell to the Pentagon in a splashy sendoff featuring lavish praise from President Bush. Governor Jeb Bush suspended Florida executions two days after the prolonged death of a condemned inmate because the needles had been wrongly inserted. In San Francisco, a federal judge declared California's lethal-injection procedure unconstitutional.

Today's Birthdays:
Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 74. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 68. Governor of Louisiana Kathleen Blanco is 65. Rock musician Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five) is 65. Rock musician Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) is 61. Actor Don Johnson is 58. Movie director Julie Taymor is 55. Movie director Alex Cox is 53. Former Governor of Virginia Mark Warner is 53. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 52. Movie director Reginald Hudlin is 46. Actress Helen Slater is 44. "Crowd-hyper" Kito Trawick (Ghostown DJs) is 30.

The Dead:
George Romney, portrait painter (1734)
Franklin Benjamin Sanborn, journalist and philanthropist (1831)
Gustave Eiffel, engineer (1832)
J. Paul Getty, business executive (1892)
Muriel Rukeyser, poet (1913)
Edna O'Brien, writer (1932)

This Date in Meaningless Distraction:
On December 15th, 1939, "Gone with the Wind" had its world premiere in Atlanta. It starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. ["Frankly, you fucking cuntmy dear, I don't give a damn." — Ed.]
In 1943, keyboardist Fats Waller died during a cross-country trip to New York. He was 39. [Travel was a lot tougher in those days, what w/ the covered wagons & all. — Ed.]
In 1944, a single-engine plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller disappeared during a flight over the English Channel while en route to Paris. He was a U.S. Army major at the time. Forty years later, British authorities said the plane was probably hit by explosives jettisoned from British bombers. [Friendly fire killed him. Great. — Ed]
In 1959, the Everly Brothers recorded "Let It Be Me" in New York. It was the first time they didn't record in Nashville and the first time they recorded with strings.
In 1966, movie producer Walt Disney died of lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was 65. [That's not even his real signature. A total douchebag & an anti-semite. — Ed.]
In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band made its concert debut in London. [Best band John was ever in. And a Beatle item. — Ed.]
In 1977, members of the Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the US, two days before they were to appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Their replacement was Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
In 1988, singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for leading police on a chase through two states.
In 1990, singer Rod Stewart married model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills, California. They've since split up. [Good. We hope they're both miserable. — Ed.]

Friday, December 14, 2007

Annals of Self-Promotion & Self-Absorbtion

"The divine Ms. Althouse," looking not unattractive in a low-angle, chin-up shot w/ the tiniest bit of digital foolery.
Taken in its entirety:

It's Grande Conservative Blogress Diva time again.
Vote for me if you're so inclined. Vote every day for a week if you really care. Now, maybe you're thinking: "Grande Conservative Blogress Diva," what is it, and is it really Althouse? You could discuss that here. I recommend devising a definition that will make it crushingly obvious that I should win. You know, it can't possibly mean: Who's the most conservative female blogger. It's more like: Who's the biggest diva blogger for conservatives? Think about it.
Golly gee, "Divine Ms. A.," we thought you were a self-proclaimed moderate. Actually, you're more of an unknowingly self-proclaimed ninny:

I sat down to talk about it with someone who was also planning to vote for Carter, and the two of us changed our vote to Ford. It wasn't so much Ford. It was Carter. I'd decided he was a small man. He didn't fit the Presidency. Did Ford? But Ford was already President. In truth, no one deserves to be President. But Ford did not select himself as President. He had only selected himself to represent one legislative district. I found that appealing.
Umm, did it occur to you that Ford could have given up his stewardship Presidency & returned to Congress, or Grand Rapids, but instead decided to try to hold onto the office? Or that if anyone was a "small man," it was Ford? Of course, we can't have any "small" people leading us on to glory, we need giants, or those who believe themselves to be giants, like George Bush or Rudy Giuliani. Do tell us, Ms. Althouse, have you ever made a rational political decision in your life? Or are all your decisions based on the "size" of the man, or now much fun it would to have a beer w/ him? Or Clinton Derangement Syndrome?

St. Nick on a Stick, we are insanely, bitterly jealous of this woman & her readership & advertising revenues. And absolutely contemptuous of the fools who read her crap, let alone the dimbulbs who comment on her web log.

Mitt Romney & Friends to Buy Clear Channel

We probably shouldn't worry. Bain Capital owns Marriot & there are still naughty movies for the tired businessman in those inns. One can't really imagine that the man who wants to be president so we can build a "stronger" America would interfere w/ programming for political purposes. Can one? Can one say "Silvio Berlusconi?"

"War on Christmas" Finally Gets Underway!!

It's on!! At last. And all it took was a few drinkie-poos. From the AP:

Santa Barbara, CA -- Watch out for the Christmas tree! It's that big one with all the lights!

Police in Santa Barbara, California, report Linda Teague Goggin slammed her 1993 Lincoln into the city's 50-foot tall Christmas tree.

Police Lieutenant Paul McCaffrey says apparently Goggin mistook the lights on the tree for lights strung between buildings. She drove the Lincoln through a ring of traffic cones and crashed into the tree's metal stand. The car was heavily damaged but the tree's fine.
[Damnit! — Ed.] Investigators say Ms. Goggin [Rhymes w/ egg-noggin'! — Ed.] is facing drunken
driving charges.
Get the Christ out of X-Mess & put Santa back where he belongs!

More Stabs From The Past

Today is Friday, December 14th, the 348th day of 2007. There are 17 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History: On December 14th, 1799, the first president of the United States, George Washington, died at his Mount Vernon, Virginia, home at age 67.
On this date:
In 1819, Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.
In 1861, Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, died in London.
In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his group became the first men to reach the South Pole, beating out an expedition led by Robert F. Scott.
In 1939, the Soviet Union was dropped from the League of Nations.
In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish U.N. headquarters in New York.
In 1962, the US space probe Mariner 2 approached Venus, transmitting information about the planet.
In 1967, DNA was first synthesized. [It's mutants on parade now!! — Ed.]
In 1975, six South Moluccan extremists surrendered after holding 23 hostages for 12 days on a train near the Dutch town of Beilen.
In 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967.
In 1985, Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
In 1986, the experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.
In 1989, Nobel Peace laureate Andrei D. Sakharov died in Moscow at age 68.
In 1993, a Colorado judge struck down as unconstitutional the state's voter-approved ban on gay rights laws.
In 1995, Presidents Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia, Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia and Franjo Tudjman of Croatia signed the Bosnian peace treaty in Paris.
Ten years ago: Iran's new president, Mohammad Khatami, called for a dialogue with the people of the United States -- a nation reviled by his predecessors as "The Great Satan." Cuban President Fidel Castro declared Christmas 1997 an official holiday to ensure the success of Pope John Paul II's upcoming visit to the communist country.
In 1999, U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era slaves and forced laborers. [Better late than never, but never better late. — Ed.] Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the "Peanuts" comic strip. [But it still hasn't stopped! — Ed.]
In 2000, the Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved the $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner. [That's worked out quite well, hasn't it? — Ed.]
Five years ago: Jordanian police announced the arrest of two alleged al-Qaida members in the October killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley.
One year ago: South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in as the 8th secretary-general of the United Nations. A British police inquiry concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend in a 1997 Paris car crash were a "tragic accident" and that allegations of murder were unfounded.

Today's Birthdays:
Jazz musician Clark Terry is 87. Former "60 Minutes" executive producer Don Hewitt is 85. Actor-playwright George Furth is 75. Actress Patty Duke is 61. Pop singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson (Tony Orlando and Dawn) is 61. Tennis Hall of Famer Stan Smith is 61. Entertainment executive Michael Ovitz is 61. Actress Dee Wallace is 59. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie McNeir (The Four Tops) is 58. Rock musician Cliff Williams (AC/DC) is 58. Singer-musician Peter "Spider" Stacy (The Pogues) is 49.

No Longer a Birthday, Merely a Birthdate:
Nostradamus, astrologer and physician (1503)
Tycho Brahe, astronomer (1546)
John Mercer Langston, public official, diplomat, educator (1829) [Never heard of him. Yet 178 yrs. after his birth, someone remembers. Oh, no wonder we'd never heard of him. Click & see why. Busy guy. — Ed.]
James Doolittle, aviator, military leader (1896)
Shirley Jackson, writer (1919)

This Date in Show Bidness "History:"
In 1947, Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman separated.
In 1961, Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" became the first country single to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 1963, singer Dinah Washington died of an overdose of sleeping pills in Detroit. She was 39.In 1972, Alexander's department store in New York stayed open late so singer Alice Cooper could do his Christmas shopping.
In 1977, the movie "Saturday Night Fever" opened in New York.
In 1978, the movie "Superman," starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, opened in Los Angeles.
In 1979, the Clash's "London Calling" was released.
In 1980, fans around the world paid tribute to John Lennon, six days after he was shot to death in New York City. Hundreds of silent vigils were held at 2 p.m. Eastern time for ten minutes at the request of Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono. [More Beatle stuff. Every day. — Ed.]
In 1984, Madonna had her first number-one hit when "Like a Virgin" hit the top of the "Billboard" singles chart.
In 1998, actress Linda Hamilton filed for divorce from director James Cameron. They were married a year and a half.
In 2006, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun died in New York at age 83. Actor Mike Evans, who'd played Lionel Jefferson on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died in Twentynine Palms, California, at age 57.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Words to Live By

From today's spam: "Do not be shame because of of your male device size" We would be "shame" were we using a "male device," let alone "because of of" its size.

Lester Bangs

Somehow it missed the attention of both the AP & infoplease, but today would have been Mr. Bangs' 59th B-Day, as TBogg notes. (We already noted today is The Nuge's & "Skunk" Baxter's 59th as well.)

A mess of quotes ('though we believe they may work better in context) that seem to be from interviews rather than published stuff.

And something by Richard Hell. Haven't read it, but it's possibly good.

Do your own searching from here on. And we note that there are indications that Lester (birth name: Leslie) was born 14 December 1948. All, however, are sure Mr. Bangs died 30 April 1982. (Just Another Blog's™ most recent ex-girlfriend's birthday, oddly. The 30 April part, not the 1982 part.)

P. S.: Seems as if everyone likes TBogg's pull, some earlier than others.

Charity Begins at Home, & Ends Up Who Knows Where

If your earplugs or blinders weren't available, you may have heard or read the spewing from 18th century minds who favor the workhouse & debtor's prison (not that the contemporary economic system of wage-slavery & easy credit rip-offs is a huge improvement) & decry the "immoral" coercion of taxes, & gov't. assistance for individuals & families (as opposed, of course, to corporate welfare) whining about how wonderful the old days were, when the churches & private charities provided all the help any one could ever possibly need. Fine, we'll let their fantasy world go undisturbed. But could someone answer these questions for us: What's the deal w/ "charities" for veterans? Are we (via the gov't. & our tax dollars) not "morally" obligated to provide every possible assistance to those who have sacrificed life, body parts, & mental health in the defense of (among others) those who would whine about the gov't. helping people? Are we not even more obligated when these sacrifices have been made in vain, as part of foolish, macho adventures that have not increased our safety, security, or international standing, but only wasted our proverbial blood & treasure? Just Another Blog™ was astonished that charities for veterans, & their families, were needed at all. Why is even one penny of their needs not provided by all of us? Sadly, knowing a little of the nature of "giving" & non-profit organizations, we were not the least bit surprised by this:
Eight veterans charities, including some of the nation's largest, gave less than a third of the money raised to the causes they champion[.] [...] One group passed along 1 cent for every dollar raised, the report says. Another paid its founder and his wife a combined $540,000 in compensation and benefits last year, a Washington Post analysis of tax filings showed.
Bear in mind,these are not dirty, poor druggies in the inner-city these organizations claim to help, these are people & families who have made the ultimate sacrifice, or the sacrifice of body parts &/or mind, for all of us, or so these outfits will no doubt tell you. [Typed in whiny "glibertarian" voice]: It seems to me that it's still an excellent idea to privatize all charity & giving. It's still "immoral" to "coerce" any one, it's much better to donate to someone who's clever enough to get his (& his wife's) needs met, to the tune of several hundred thousand smackers a year, before any funds trickle down to any one who might need a hand (or an arm, or a leg, or a new eye). Although coercing the recipients of giving into some sort of religious establishment may not be such a bad idea. More of your tax dollars to "faith-based initiatives," less to groups that won't make the indigent listen to a sermon (at least) before they get that bologna sandwich with the government cheese. That's called coercing "morality," and it's good coercion. Enough of that & the poor will realize it's their fault they're poor, the veterans will realize it's their own fault they didn't duck fast enough under fire, and all the problems will go away. More of these losers should be falling on their swords:
[T]he military’s suicide rate is still lower than that of the general population. After leaving the military, however, veterans appear to be at greater risk for suicide than those who didn’t serve. Earlier this year, researchers at Portland State University in Oregon found male veterans were twice as likely to commit suicide as their civilian counterparts.
We need more of that, and less whining with outstretched hands. Thank you, and God bless the Free Market. [End whiny "glibertarian" voice.]

Treasonous Cracker Slavers Win One, 145 Yrs. Ago

Today is Thursday, December 13th, the 347th day of 2007. There are 18 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Decmeber [sic] 13th, 1862, Union forces suffered a major defeat to the Confederates at the Battle of Fredericksburg. [Just Another Blog™ steals most of "Today in History" from the website of a telebision station in the "Triad," which apparently is the cities of Greensboro, High Point & Winston-Salem, in the state of North Carolina. Yes, cracker central. Note the crummy English in the sentence. Not the way the AP phrased it. But the AP's "Highlight in History" today was Saddam Hussein's capture in his spider hole. Our other primary source, infoplease, doesn't mention Fredericksburg. And notice the photo the tee vee station ran w/ their "highlight." Which fucking country do you losers live in again? If you need a reminder, it starts w/ "United," not "Confederate." — Ed.]On this date:
In 1577, Sir Francis Drake of England set out with five ships on a nearly three-year journey that would take him around the world.
In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman sighted present-day New Zealand. [Laying the ground for commenter Herr Doktor Bimler to live there, hundreds of yrs. later — Ed.]
In 1769, Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter.
In 1835, Phillips Brooks, the American Episcopal bishop who wrote the words to "O Little Town of Bethlehem," was born in Boston.
In 1862, Confederate forces dealt Union troops a major defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg. [Note the AP's better phrasing. — Ed.]
In 1918, President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office.
In 1944, during World War II, the US cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze attack that claimed more than 130 lives.
In 1978, the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation in July 1979.
In 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. (Martial law formally ended in 1983.)
In 1988, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva, where it had reconvened after the United States refused to grant Arafat a visa to visit New York.
In 1989, South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the first time with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town.
In 1994, an American Eagle commuter plane crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, killing 15 of the 20people on board.
In 1996, the U.N. Security Council chose Kofi Annan of Ghana to become the world body's seventh secretary-general.
Ten years ago: A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Los Angeles for the 1 billion-dollar Getty Center, one of the largest arts centers in the United States. Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson was named winner of the Heisman Trophy, the first primarily defensive player so honored.
In 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency 36 days after Election Day; Democrat Al Gore conceded defeat.
In 2001, the Pentagon released a captured videotape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader said the deaths and destruction achieved by the Sept. 11 attacks exceeded his "most optimistic" expectations; five suspected Islamic militants killed nine people in an attack on India's parliament before being killed themselves; President George W. Bush served formal notice that the United States was pulling out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
In 2003, ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, near his hometown of Tikrit.
Five years ago: Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal. President Bush announced he would take the smallpox vaccine along with US military forces, but was not recommending the potentially risky inoculation for most Americans. The U.N. Security Council condemned "acts of terror" against Israel in Kenya and deplored the claims of responsibility by the al-Qaida terror network.
In 2005, Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams, whose supporters argued he had redeemed himself inside prison, was executed in California for killing four people in robberies.
One year ago: President Bush held high-level talks at the Pentagon, after which he said he would "not be rushed" into a decision on a strategy change for Iraq. Senator Tim Johnson (Democrat, South Dakota) underwent emergency surgery after suffering bleeding in his brain. Lamar Hunt, the owner of football's Kansas City Chiefs who coined the term "Super Bowl," died in Dallas at age 74.

Today's Birthdays:
Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is 87. Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 82. Actor Christopher Plummer is 80. Actor Robert Prosky is 77. Country singer Buck White is 77. Music/film producer Lou Adler is 74. Movie producer Richard Zanuck is 73. Singer John Davidson is 66. Singer Ted Nugent is 59. Rock musician Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is 59. [Double dose of right-wing libertarian guitarists. Maybe there is something to astrology. — Ed.] Actress Wendie Malick is 57.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is 54. Country singer John Anderson is 53. Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert is 53.Singer-actor Morris Day is 51. Actor Steve Buscemi is 50. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 48. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 40.

This Date's Birthdays:
Heinrich Heine, poet (1797)
Werner von Siemens, electrical engineer and inventor (1816)
Mary Todd Lincoln (1818)
Emily Carr, painter (1871)
Ella Baker, civil rights activist (1903)
Archie Moore, prizefighter (1913)
Ross Macdonald, novelist (1915)

Show Bidness Today:
In 1928, George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" had its premiere, at Carnegie Hall in New York.
In 1974, former Beatle George Harrison visited the White House at the invitation of Jack Ford, the president's son. Harrison was the first rock musician to be invited to the White House. [Uh, what about The Turtles, who were there in 1969 at the invitation of one or both of The Nix's daughters, & got high on the roof or in a closet or something? And more Beatle stuff. — Ed.]
In 1985, singer Phil Collins made his TV acting debut in the US with an episode of "Miami Vice."
In 1988, singer Bruce Springsteen and model-actress Julianne Phillips divorced.
In 1992, an estimated 150,000 people showed up for a free Scorpions concert in Frankfurt, Germany. The concert was aimed at protesting violence by radical rightists.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Alan Keyes Is Heard From

We thought he'd fallen off the edge of the world, which he no doubt believes is flat, but big-time loser (electoral & in almost every other sense of the word, except that he manages to pay himself from his campaign funds) Alan Keyes somehow qualified to be in today's debate. Here's seven minutes & 23 seconds you'll never get back:
If you feel like keeping those precious minutes, here's a shot of Al pretending he's Cowboy Ron Reagan.
"Git along, little dogie."

Huckabilly/BatesPerkins '08?

Huckabee Hound, still denying evolution & a lot of other science as well, keeps trying to weasel out of his 1992 questionnaire answers by saying "it was 1992."
Huckabee said his statements reflected the state of knowledge about AIDS at the time, even though the U.S. surgeon general had by then reported that the disease could not be spread through casual contact. [...] "I would tell them that we've come a long way in research and treatment, and I certainly never would want to say anything that would be hurtful to them or anybody else," he said at a morning news conference in Council Bluffs. Huckabee said he "would have great regret and anxiety if I thought my comments were hurtful or in any way added to the already incredible pain that families have felt, regardless of how they contracted AIDS."
("Even if they contracted AIDS from dirty, aberrant, unnatural sinful homo sex, posing a dangerous public risk, I wouldn't want to be hurtful. Much.") No, he'd never want to make hurtful comments, certainly nothing like:
AIDS patients should be isolated from the public and [...] homosexuality was an “aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle” that posed a “dangerous public risk.”
Again from the LAT:
Prominent conservative Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, took to the Internet and the airwaves in recent days to defend Huckabee. Perkins said the candidate was being asked about long-ago statements about AIDS, homosexuality and morality because of his faith, and he predicted that more conservative religious voters would rally to Huckabee's side if the criticism continued. "I predict that Bible-believing Christians will step over policy differences they have with Mike Huckabee to stand by and support a candidate who is being attacked because he believes, as they do, that their Christian faith should actually impact the way they live," Perkins wrote in his Internet newsletter.
Mr. Perkins, perhaps better described as a prominent douche-bag, wants to have it both ways, as do Huck & Mittens. "Don't you dare question my superstitionsfaith, it's private & personal, but I'm a god-fearing Xtian, my Xtian faith will actually impact the way I live, so vote for me 'cause I'm an ordained Babtiss minister." If their firmly held superstitions (and these people are supposed to have consistent, long term, never changing beliefs & "first principles," it's part of their "character") can be dismissed as "long-ago statements" that shouldn't concern anyone, what does this say about the "character" of these bible thumpers? And if your superstitions will "inform" your presidency:
I will also offer perspectives on how my own faith would inform my Presidency, if I were elected[,]
how can we not examine your "faith?" The two biggest god-squadders in the Republican race to the sacrifice (excepting Alan Keyes, whom we may get around to later) are Romney the Mormon & Huckabilly the Babtiss. We note that the full official name of the Mormons is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Latter-day means they believe we are living in the "end times." (It's much easier to suck the sheep into your cult if you have them scared that Jeebus is about to call them home & they'd better be ready. Added bonus: You can sell them shit so they'll be ready for the tribulations!) Huck-a-buck, as a Babtiss, probably believes the whole Book of Revelations thing. These two are the ones w/ the least foreign policy knowledge or experience. Do you want them making decisions based on bringing about the apocalypse? "Will this speed up Gawd's holy plan to destroy the earth?" "How can we get all the Jews to move back to Israel, setting the stage for Jesus Christ's return to Missouri or upstate New York or Jerusalem?" "It says here that Allah is the Arabian Moon God, who's really the devil. I was praying last night, & Gawd told me to kill every Muslim on the planet, or I won't be getting into heaven. Call Halliburton & Blackwater, tell 'em to turn the electricity & gas on in the camps." America shouldn't be asking any questions about anyone's Bible-based faith. That would just be wrong. We must take it on faith that these clowns spilling out of the car are good loving Xtians, no matter how absurd or potentially dangerous their beliefs may be. Mustn't we? Bonus notes: Chris "Tweety" Matthews, whose Hardball (he wishes) program is usually in the background as we type, has been harping on the "Don't you dare question anybody's faith" thing at least since Mittens' "Faith in America" speech. "Tweety" is a cradle Catholic, fully indoctrinated by a completely Catholic education, & likes to mention "transubstantiation" & "exorcism" as two Catholic thingies that could be looked at as silly, if any one looked. Is Chris afraid the spotlight may be turned on his cult soon? We know he's afraid to ask the really hard questions, if he won't bring up the issues of what someone's religion may mean to their presidency, especially for Middle East policy. He also harps on Mittens' father George's presidential campaign 40 yrs. ago, and incredulously states that no one brought up Mormonism then, w/o mentioning that George Romney pretty much sabotaged his own primary campaign by admitting that he was "brainwashed" by U. S. military press relations people on a tour of Vietnam. If that hadn't happened, & the elder Romney had posed serious opposition to Richard Nixon & his staff of dirty tricksters, is there any question that Romney's religion would have become an issue? Matthews also conveniently forgets that in 1968 evangelicals & fundamentalists were not very involved in politics, especially nationally. Then, as a reaction to progress made in the '60s, the tee vee preachers realized they could amass more money & power by reversing the "not in this world" tradition of the bible believing buffoons & getting them involved in politics, polarizing this country to a degree not seen since the War Between the States. Now virtually every Republican candidate whines about faith, virtue, Judeo-Christian values, prayer in the schools, "this is a Christian nation," secularists will make your children gay & take Santa out of the Malls, ad nauseum. And the usual gang of political preachers/influence peddlers are whispering very loudly about Mittens' Mormonism, & how they may not be able to vote for him. Probably more an attempt to gain more power & influence than a real threat, but we see the results: candidates' superstitions are fair game. Apparently Chris Matthews, seasoned political observerwould be political horse-race caller, can't see this. Piling on the Huckabee mess, we'd like to point out that while Dukakis was slimed & smeared for having supported a Massachusetts wknd. furlough program that allowed a convict serving a life sentence to commit armed robbery & rape while furloughed. The Huckmeister, on the other hand, seems to have actively intervened w/ the Arkansas parole board in the case of a convicted rapist who claimed to have "found God" (What, was He missing? We didn't see an Amber Alert.) while in stir, & who was thought (by early sufferers of Clinton Derangement Syndrome) to have been sentenced harshly because the victim was a distant cousin of then-Gov. Clinton, & her father was a contributor to Clinton. Full scoop from the NYT. So, Dukakis supported a program that, unfortunately, allowed a killer back on the streets, where he committed armed robbery & rape. Huckabee involved himself directly in an already politicized case, resulting in the parole of a convicted rapist (who had also been involved in the murder of a fellow soldier in Oklahoma, but escaped a severe sentence by going the state's evidence route against his two fellow murderers) who killed a mother of three in a suburb of Kansas City while on parole. DuMond, who died in prison in 2005, was also suspected in the murder of another woman in the K. C. area. While on bail in the Arkansas rape case,
Mr. DuMond said men forced his way into his home and castrated him, but the authorities said they thought he might have castrated himself in a play for sympathy.
Yep, that's stability plus. But all you have to do is "find God," & get a bunch of Xtian evangelicals to put pressure on the Babtiss minister/governor, & you're out to kill again. Is there any sign of how religious faith, & prejudice for those of that faith, might have a bearing on someone's presidential fitness? See also the LAT. And a 2001 story (Had those glibertarian assholes already taken it over then?) from the Village Voice (We'll bet they're sorry about it now.) that is rather sympathetic to DuMond, and paints Clinton as Lucifer incarnate. Well, not completely off there.

Well-Known Wife-Beater Dies in Dago Suburb

The Mainstream Media is announcing that Ike Turner shuffled off this mortal coil this morning at the age of 76, passing in his sleep at his crib in the San Diego suburb of San Marcos. Career & life dope from his website.

Dig the conk job & pimp 'stache.

One of the originators of rock 'n' roll, Turner was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, 5 November 1931, the same town in which Muddy Waters was raised. W/ personal punching bag Tina. Also note the big clock around her neck, pre-dating Flavor Flav by a decade, at least.

Mitt Heil!

TBogg has an item on Romney's endorsement by Nazional Review. Rather than steal the very nice graphics, we'll refer our readership there.

E-Mail From Norman Bates

Tony Perkins (left) big cheese of the Family Research Council, proves himself to be as psycho-sociopathic as the character played by his namesake, the actor Tony Perkins, in the Hitchcok classic Psycho: Norman Bates (right).

Tony, in an e-mail sent to FRC subscribers (gotta give the rubes something for their money) checks in on the wknd. shootings in Colorado, & while he doesn't really want to get into it right now, he manages to use the dead for his unholy purposes:

It is hard not to draw a line between the hostility that is being fomented in our culture from some in the secular media toward Christians and evangelicals in particular and the acts of violence that took place in Colorado yesterday. But I will say no more for now other than that our friends at New Life Church and YWAM are in our thoughts and prayers.
We'd like to see that line he's drawn. Pretty shaky, & neither continuous nor straight, like a two-year old's crayon scratchings. A slow two-year old's.

Considering that the shooter was a home-schooled mental case from a "very, very religious family," seeking revenge on the Youth With A Mission organization, which had told him to get lost, it's hard to see how the "secular media" had much influence on him.

But holier than thou Tony "will say no more for now," once he gets his dig in. Oh, & "our friends" are "in our thoughts and prayers." What are the chances that the prayers for this not to have happened, or for the dead to be brought back to life, will be answered? Slim to none. Special treatment is reserved for God, jr. All others can fuck off & stay dead.

More blather from The Carpetbagger Report & Talk To Action. And other sites.

Big Day in Rolling Stones History

Today is Wednesday, December 12th, the 346th day of 2007.
There are 19 days left in the year. [Two wks. 'til X-Mess, suckers! — Ed.]
In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the US Constitution.
In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the US House of Representatives. In 1897, "The Katzenjammer Kids," the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the New York Journal.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated Oscar Straus to be Secretary of Commerce and Labor; Straus became the first Jewish Cabinet member.
In 1913, authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that the "Mona Lisa," stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911, had been recovered.
In 1914, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst percentage drop in history - 24.39 percent - on the first day of trading in more than four months. (The New York Stock Exchange had shut down when World War I began in July.)
In 1917, Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Nebraska. [Perv Central, no doubt. — Ed.]
In 1925, the first motel -- the Motel Inn -- opened in San Luis Obispo, California. [Followed by the opening of the No-Tell Motel & The Snooty Fox on Figueroa not too much later. — Ed.]
In 1937, Japanese aircraft sank the US gunboat Panay on China's Yangtze River. (Japan apologized, and paid $2.2 million in reparations.)
In 1946, a United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to be the site of U.N. headquarters. [The first step to world domination by the CFR & The Trilateral Commission. — Ed.]
In 1963, Kenya gained its independence from Britain. [It takes a Mau Mau. — Ed.]
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to trying to kill President Gerald R. Ford. [Had she killed him, Nelson Rockefeller would have become President & who knows what would have happened? — Ed.]
In 1985, 248 American soldiers and eight crew members were killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.
In 1998, the House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton and submitted the case to the full House.
Ten years ago: Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the international terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," went on trial in Paris on charges of killing two French investigators and a Lebanese national. (Ramirez was convicted, and is serving a life prison sentence.)
In 1999, "Catch-22" author Joseph Heller died at age 76.
In 2000, a divided US Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for recounts in Florida's contested election, transforming George W. Bush into the president-elect. The Marine Corps grounded all eight of its high-tech V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft following a fiery crash in North Carolina that killed four Marines.
Five years ago: President Bush publicly rebuked Senate Republican leader Trent Lott for his statement that appeared to embrace half-century-old segregationist politics, calling it "offensive" and "wrong." A defiant North Korea said it would immediately reactivate a nuclear power plant that US officials suspected was being used to develop weapons. Actor Nick Nolte pleaded no contest in Malibu, California, to one count of driving under the influence of drugs; he was sentenced to three years' probation.
In 2003, Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the "Free Willy" movies, died in the Norwegian fjord that he'd made his home.
One year ago: A suicide bomber struck a crowd of mostly poor Shiites in Baghdad, killing some five dozen people and wounding more than 200. A two-day conference questioning the existence of the Nazi Holocaust ended in Tehran.

Today's Birthdays: TV host Bob Barker is 84. Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch is 83. Singer Connie Francis is 69. Singer Dionne Warwick is 67. Rock singer-musician Dickey Betts is 64. Actor Wings Hauser is 60. Country singer LaCosta is 57. Gymnast-turned-actress Cathy Rigby is 55. Actress Sheree J. Wilson is 49. Singer-musician Sheila E. is 48. Actress Jennifer Connelly is 37. Actress Mädchen Amick is 37. Country singer Hank Williams III is 35. [Talent seems to skip a generation in the Williams family. — Ed.]

Born on This Date & Dead Already:
John Jay, statesman (1745); William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (1805); Gustave Flaubert, novelist (1821); Edvard Munch, painter (1863); Edward G. Robinson, actor (1893); Patrick O'Brian, novelist (1914); Frank Sinatra, singer, actor (1915)
Ol' Blue Eyes & Ava Gardner in Amsterdam, 14 December 1951
Entertainment Events on This Date:
On December 12th, 1967, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones successfully appealed his nine-month jail sentence for a drug conviction. He was placed on probation instead.
In 1968, "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" was filmed in London, featuring the Stones, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and The Who. It remained unreleased for 28 years.
In 1974, the Rolling Stones announced guitarist Mick Taylor had left the band. That same day, the band began work on the "Black and Blue" album.
In 1981, singer Smokey Robinson was honored on an "American Bandstand" special.
In 1991, actor Richard Gere and model Cindy Crawford eloped in Las Vegas. They have since divorced.
In 1997, Autumn Jackson, who tried to blackmail Bill Cosby by claiming he was her father, was sentenced to two years in jail.
In 2001, actress Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from a department store in Beverly Hills, California; Actress Ashley Judd married racing driver Dario Franchitti in Scotland.
In 2003, Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles.
In 2006, actor Peter Boyle died in New York at age 71.
[If it's not the Beatles, it's the Stones. Stones win today. — Ed.]

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Shorter AEI (Literally)

From AEI's "Short Publications" section:
The other night over martinis, someone asked me which GOP presidential candidate I like the most. Like many [sic] my fellow conservatives, I'm not very enthusiastic about any of the three putative, pre-Thompson frontrunners. A mid-martini moment of insight, however, sparked the following idea: The problem with this field is that it is too much like the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Lest you think this is some doofus in his early thirties (yes, we mean Jonah Pantload, & he'll be mentioned soon) take a good, long look at the pictured pantload. He must've been a doofus in his thirties when the show debuted 20 some yrs. ago. One Steven F. Hayward, F. K. Weyerhauser Fellow at AEI. Wingnut welfare at its finest; sloshing down the martoonis (hic!) thinking about Star Trek, & then typing it up the next morning, once the hangover subsides. Of course, it wouldn't surprise us at all if, rather than doing the actual typing, it was dictated to an intern w/ computer skills who then posted it. Who knows how things "work" at AEI?
The major premise of my argument is that Ronald Reagan was Captain Kirk. I know, I know, Kirk's character was said to have been loosely modeled on JFK, but don't forget that Reagan inherited the mantle of JFK's Cold Warriorism (as well as JFK's income tax cuts). The similarities, at least in these regards, make the comparison tenable.
Other tenable comparisons: Both bad actors, though Kirk/Shatner at least had a recognizably bad & mockable style. Kirk/Shatner: toupee; Reagan: hair color that he denied using. Kirk/Shatner: goofball; Reagan: amiable dunce, later amiable dunce w/ senile dementia. He's right, there are tenable comparisons. Just not the ones he made.
Having grown up with Kirk (and Governor Reagan), I hated--hated--Star Trek: TNG when it came on in the 1980s. The first of many reasons for hating TNG was that they actually obeyed the stupid Prime Directive, which is the epitome of cultural relativism. Half the plot lines of the original Star Trek involved Kirk wantonly violating the Prime Directive in what constituted acts of democratic statesmanship. Recall, for example, the episode called "The Apple," in which Kirk revels in destroying the planet's oppressive false god Vaal, and then explains to the stupefied inhabitants that their lives are going to change:
"That's what we call freedom. You'll like it a lot. . . . You'll learn something about men and women--the way they're supposed to be."

(Shorter: Original Trek: juvenile, good. Next Generation: adolescent, no fun any more. Don' wanna gwooow up! Stamps foot.)

So, "cultural relativism" is leaving people alone to live their own lives, not butting in to re-do everything to your standards. Especially when their planet (Iraqanus?) has oil, or whatever the power structure is lusting after this week. We're sure, of course, that the "false god Vaal" was false, & not absolutely true like the god Jesus, that some of us consider oppressive & false. How do you think Hayward would respond to Just Another Blog™ destroying his false god? Not to mention if we showed him the way men and women are "supposed to be."

More to the point--the problem with TNG was that it split Kirk's character into three people: Piccard [sic] the authoritative but rule-abiding commander; First Officer Will Riker as the impetuous and womanizing swashbuckler, and Counselor Deanna Troi representing analytical reason and intuition. No one of them alone could effectively lead the Enterprise. The result was unwatchable. (How many times did Picard surrender the Enterprise in that first season? Kirk would never have done that.)
Right. Never surrender. "Stay the course." Even if the ship is blown to smithereens. By Jove, bullheadedness is the most important quality in a leader! One might note that the Enterprise (Oh, now we get it! "Enterprise." Heh heh.) survives no matter which tack either captain takes. Because it's a tee vee show!!

This lack of sufficiency in individuals sounds very much like our GOP frontrunners. The parallels are not exact, of course, but they generally parse out in the following way: Giuliani is Picard, with his brusque, "make-it-so" personality; McCain is the impetuous and volatile Riker; and Romney is clearly an analytical Betazoid. Each, by himself, has obvious limitations and defects, and thus appears incapable of effectively leading; combine the strengths of all three and the result would be a success.
Getting beyond the screamingly obvious (It's a tee vee show! A sci-fi tee vee show! In the 24th century! Somebody — a committee even — writes it! The villains are all straw men! Next Generation was a more authentic — but still creatively licensed — version of how a ship is run! Ronald Reagan was about the luckiest son-of-bitch in the U. S., & should have been impeached for Iran-Contra! Etc.) we can only laugh that the party of alleged leadership (or FührerPrinzip, if you prefer) can't come up w/ anyone who satisfies their desire to be led by the rings in their noses. And not just the bloated, balding, literally white-collared element (check the picture again) of the party is dissatisfied w/ the crop of candidates. Even the "answers the 'phone when pollsters call & answers their questions" element of the party isn't too happy, and that's very recently, w/ Huckster Huckabee now in more serious consideration. As in, the most popular Republican candidate remains "None of the Above."

We'll leave you w/ Hayward's last paragraph:

Unfortunately, there is not yet a candidate who has effectively shown himself as just such a combination of strengths. So let's forget about this Fred Thompson boomlet--I have a better idea. Let's elect Captain Kirk for President. Okay, so he's Canadian, but maybe that's the excuse we need to execute Jonah Goldberg's takeover plan (from the tyrannical reign of the tyrannical editor K-Lo).
Really, we've no idea what any of the last sentence means. It may be a requirement in wingnut circles to mention Goldberg if one brings up Star Trek. Perhaps Jonah had been having a few of those martoonis w/ J. G. at a wingnut weenies & cocktails get together, & a few drinks in Jonah started whining about how he should be NRO editor 'cause his mother blew everyone on the '72 Nixon campaign. Or something. As to electing Cap't. Kirk, except he's Canadian, the actor who played him is Canadian, yes. The character was from Iowa. Though never identified on the show as "American." State's rights? Hayward knows the actor's from the Great White North, but thinks Shatner really is Kirk? They're making their own reality again at AEI? Truly, few can comprehend the minds of the mad.

As to that first sentence? Simple. The Republicans are bankrupt. They're not raising money like they used to (for the first time in recorded history, it seems, the Democrats are out-raising them) and those who would lead them are bankrupt as well. Not a complete man (nor even one woman) among them, as Hayward admits. They've been too busy fooling around in men's rooms & diapers, corrupting the government, giving no-bid contracts, selling themselves to lobbyists & earmarking the Federal budget to pay attention to their next generation of little Hitlersleaders. They'll be moping around for another Reagan for quite a few more yrs., until the verdict of history comes in & they realize what a complete crock his "legacy" is.

Heroine Ex-Cop/Jesus Freak: Liar

Jeanne Assam: Why doesn't she love God enough to keep the eyebrows & hair color that He gave her?
She loves Jeebus, but those commandments don't matter that much. Especially that little one about lying:

Also Tuesday, Minneapolis police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said Assam was fired from the Minneapolis force in 1997 for lying during an internal investigation. Sgt. John Delmonico, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said police were investigating a complaint that Assam swore at a bus driver
while she was handling an incident on a city bus.

So why should we believe that the "holy ghost" (or a leprechaun, for that matter) was guiding her hand (especially as she hit Murray "multiple times" but he was still the one who finished the job)?

Of course the real question in this is why weren't the father, son or holy ghost (Casper?) directing Matthew Murray to some help for his madness, especially since said madness was directed against the "Lord's" holy people?

Authorities also believe Murray authored an anti-Christian diatribe online that closely repeated a rant by one of the Columbine killers, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The most recent post to the site, a forum for people who have left evangelical religious groups, was Sunday morning in the hours between his attacks in Arvada and Colorado Springs, according to KUSA-TV in Denver, which first reported on the writings.

"You Christians brought this on yourselves," Murray wrote, according to the station, which did not identify the site. "All I want to do is kill and injure as many of you ... as I can especially Christians who are to blame for most of the problems in the world."

The language in the post is almost identical to the text of a manifesto written by Eric Harris, one of the teens who carried out the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School.

The online posts, under the pen name "nghtmrchld26," spanned several weeks, and in an earlier one, Murray appeared to reject offers of psychological help.

"I've already been working with counselors. I have a point to make with all this talk about psychologists and counselors `helping people with their pain,'" he wrote, according to KUSA.

Isn't the giant Space Elf supposed to help people w/ problems, rather then let his minions make them worse?

Oh, right. It's easy to forget, in this "Christian nation," that there is no invisible man in the sky watching you.

Further snark from an eyewitness. (To the press conference, not the shootings).

Nitrous Oxide in History

Today is Tuesday, December 11th, the 345th day of 2007. There are 20 days left in the year. [And two wks. & a day 'til X-Mess. We can't wait. Santa's bringing us a big lump of coal. Maybe we'll be able to use it to cook on. — Ed.]
In 1792, France's King Louis XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason. (Louis was convicted, and executed the following month.) [Off w/ his head!! — Ed.]
In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state. [It's where HRH Prince Charles spent his first honeymoon. — Ed.]
In 1844, nitrous oxide was used for the first time in dentistry. [Like booze, but w/ none of the sloppiness. — Ed.]
In 1872, America's first black governor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana.
In 1882, Boston's Bijou Theatre, the first American playhouse to be lighted exclusively by electricity, gave its first performance, of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe."
In 1928, police in Buenos Aires announced they had thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover. [Was Hoover there at the time? — Ed.]
In 1936, Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.
In 1937, Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.
In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.
In 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established. [Eventually ruining Halloween for millions of American children. — Ed.]
In 1957, the movie "Peyton Place," based on the novel by Grace Metalious, had its world premiere in Camden, Maine, where most of it had been filmed.
In 1961, a U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon - the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas.
In 1972, humans landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.
In 1981, the U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be the fifth secretary-general of the world body. [Waitta minute, does the Security Council pick the Secretary-General? — Ed.]
In 1991, a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman.
In 1994, thousands of Russian troops rolled into the breakaway republic of Chechnya in a failed bid to restore Moscow's control over the region.
Ten years ago: More than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases. Henry Cisneros, President Clinton's first housing secretary, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements about payments to his former mistress. (Cisneros, who later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, was eventually pardoned by President Clinton.) Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the IRA to meet a British leader in 76 years as he conferred with Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.
In 1998, the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. [That worked out pretty well, didn't it? Republican morons. — Ed.]
In 2000, shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to a $252 million 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers, the most lucrative sports contract in history.
Five years ago: The United States let an intercepted shipment of North Korean missiles proceed to the Persian Gulf country of Yemen a day after the vessel was detained. A congressional report found that intelligence agencies that were supposed to protect Americans from the September 11th hijackers failed to do so because they were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented the attacks.
In 2004, doctors in Austria determined that Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko had been poisoned with dioxin, which caused severe disfigurement and partial paralysis of his face.
One year ago: In his farewell address, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticized the Bush administration's leadership on the global stage, warning that America must not sacrifice its democratic ideals while waging war against terrorism. Iran hosted Holocaust deniers from around the world at a conference examining whether the Nazi genocide had taken place. After a two-day journey, space shuttle Discovery reached the international space station for a weeklong stay.

Today's Birthdays: Nobel Prize-winning author Alexander Solzhenitsyn is 89. Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant is 77. Actress Rita Moreno is 76. Former California state lawmaker Tom Hayden is 68. Pop singer David Gates (Bread) is 67. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) is 66. Actress Donna Mills is 65. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) is 64. Singer Brenda Lee is 63. Actress Lynda Day George is 63. Music producer Tony Brown is 61. Actress Teri Garr is 59. Movie director Susan Seidelman is 55. Actress Bess Armstrong is 54. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 53. Rock musician Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) is 50. Rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crüe) is 49. Rock musician Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) is 46. [Hey, a Stone younger than we are! And about 20 yrs. younger that anyone else in the band. — Ed.] Actor Gary Dourdan is 41. Actress-comedian Mo'Nique ("The Parkers") is 39.

Birthdays of the Less Lively: Louis-Hector Berlioz, composer (1803); Robert Koch, bacteriologist, discovered the microorganisms causing anthrax, wound infections, tuberculosis, conjunctivitis, cholera, and other diseases (1843) ; Annie Jump Cannon, astronomer (1863); Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, mayor of New York City (1882); Naguib Mahfouz, novelist (1911); Carlo Ponti, producer (1912?); Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, blues singer (1926). ["(You Ain't Nothing But a) Hound Dog." We saw her rock the house @ the San Gabriel Civic in the mid-'70s &, in our best Negro voice, shouted out "Good Gawd A-mighty!!" causing her to stop for a moment & look for the African-American in the audience. — Ed.]

This Date in the Business of Show:
In 1946, country singer Hank Williams made his first recordings.
In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, Tennessee.
In 1964, singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed at a Los Angeles motel.
In 1972, Genesis performed its first U.S. concert at a university in Massachusetts. [Too bad they couldn't have nipped that in the bud. — Ed.]
Also in 1972, police in Knoxville, Tennessee, arrested singer James Brown for disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped after Brown threatened to sue the city.
In 1992, former talk show host Johnny Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Jesus Loves Me, But I Hate You

Another day, another mentally ill white male goes a-shootin' in America:

The gunman was identified as Matthew Murray, 24, who was home-schooled in what a friend said was a deeply religious Christian household. [...] "It appears that the suspect had been kicked out of the program three years prior and during the past few weeks had sent different forms of hate mail to the program and/or its director," police said. In a statement, the training center said health problems kept Murray from finishing the program. It did not elaborate. Murray did not complete the lecture phase or a field assignment as part of a 12-week program, Youth With a Mission said. "The program directors felt that issues with his health made it inappropriate for him to" finish, it said.

Police gave no immediate details on the hate mail. And the training center said that Murray left in 2002 — five years ago, not three — and that no one there can recall any visits or other communication from him since then. Earlier Monday, a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity said it appeared Murray "hated Christians."

Someone doesn't have their story straight. Nevertheless, this is a good reason to jump on the "hated Xtians" line from the anonymous law enforcement official. As a matter of fact, there's really no reason to read the other parts of the story. Just go w/ this:
It is perhaps worth noting that the toll in Sunday's shootings exceeded the combined total in all "hate crimes" against Muslims in the six years since September 11.
Unless we take into consideration the adventure in Iraq. That could be called a "hate" crime. Or a "war" crime. Some of us still remember the Sikhs murdered in the days immediately after 11 September 2001 by patriotic Americans who thought any one sporting a turban was "the enemy." Other excerpts from the AP story quoted in Powerline:
Matthew Murray lived there along with a brother, Christopher, 21, a student at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. A neighbor, Cody Askeland, 19, said the brothers were home-schooled, describing the whole family as "very, very religious." Christopher studied for a semester at Colorado Christian University before transferring to Oral Roberts, said Ronald Rex, dean of admissions and marketing at Colorado Christian. He said Matthew Murray had been in contact with school officials this summer about attending the school but decided he wasn't interested because he thought the school was too expensive.
One certainly wouldn't get the impression that the sick, twisted (by excessive religiosity & home-schooling, perhaps?) murderer might have been a Christian, would one? No, just go w/ the "hate crimes" angle, based on the speculation ("appeared") of an anonymous source. See also: Sadly, No! & the new, improved TBogg.

Oh Crap, We're Really Screwed Now

The New York Times furthers the depression we feel here @ Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™. Expect any posting in the near future to be dependant on whether or not we can get a computer @ the library.
The disability process is complex, and the standard for approval has, from the inception of the program in the 1950s, been intentionally strict to prevent malingering and drains on the treasury. But it is also inevitably subjective in some cases, like those involving mental illness or pain that cannot be tested.
According to Tucker Carlson, the mere fact that we have a web log makes us nuts. And we have other evidence that we are not normal (or even average).
On Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, just a few days before the hearing, Mrs. Wild woke up to find her son gone. On his desk lay his watch, his ring and a bullet. On that Thursday, Mrs. Wild, 55, got a call at work from their lawyer. “I just wanted to give you the good news,” she said he told her. “Somehow the judge has already approved the disability, it’s a done deal, Mark’s got it.” Two hours later, a deputy sheriff and a chaplain arrived to say that hunters had found Mark Wild’s body in the woods, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
We can assure you that we won't be the only ones shuffling off this mortal coil if we decide we can no longer take it.

Bad Day for Show Bidness Personalities

Today is Monday, December 10th, the 344th day of 2007. There are 21 days left in the year.

In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication.
In 1787, Thomas H. Gallaudet, a pioneer of educating the deaf, was born in Philadelphia.
In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state.
In 1869, women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory. [Next political thing Wyoming gave us was Dick Cheney. — Ed.]
In 1898, a treaty was signed in Paris officially ending the Spanish-American War.
In 1901, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
In 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (the co-recipient that year was Nicholas Murray Butler).
In 1946, Baseball Hall of Famer Walter Johnson died at age 59. [That's Walter "The Big Train" Johnson, AP. — Ed.]
In 1948, the U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights. [Everything's been just peachy since, too. — Ed.]
In 1950, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award.
In 1958, the first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the United States as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York City to Miami.
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1984, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1987, violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz died in Los Angeles at age 86.
In 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ten years ago: The Supreme Court narrowed double-jeopardy protections for people who face both civil fines and criminal prosecution for the same conduct, ruling that three Oklahoma men could be prosecuted in a bank failure case even though they'd already paid civil fines for their actions.
In 1998, six astronauts swung open the doors to the new international space station, becoming the first guests aboard the 250-mile-high outpost.In 1999, computer scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with removing secrets from secure computers at the Los Alamos weapons lab.
Five years ago: President Bush selected William H. Donaldson, an investment banker with ties to Wall Street and the Bush family, as chairman of the besieged Securities and Exchange Commission. Former President Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the '70s.
In 2003, Iranian democracy activist Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, accepted the award in Oslo, Norway.
In 2004, a U.S. passenger jet landed in Vietnam, the first one to do so since the Vietnam War ended nearly three decades earlier.
In 2005, former Senator Eugene McCarthy died in Washington, D.C., at age 89.
One year ago: Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet died at age 91. [What took you so long, murderer? — Ed.] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani criticized a bipartisan US report on American war policies, saying it contained some "very dangerous" recommendations that would undermine the sovereignty of Iraq. [What sovereignty would that be? — Ed.]

Today's Birthdays: Actor Harold Gould is 84. Actor Tommy Kirk is 66. Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 66. Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) is 66. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 61. Pop-funk musician Walter "Clyde" Orange (The Commodores) is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tavares is 59. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) is 59. [Double shot of R&B singers. — Ed.] Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 56. Actress Susan Dey is 55. Actor Michael Clarke Duncan is 50. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 50. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 47. Actress Nia Peeples is 46. TV chef Bobby Flay is 43. Rock singer-musician J Mascis is 42. Rock musician Meg White (The White Stripes) is 33. Violinist Sarah Chang is 27. Actress Raven is 22.

Other Birthdays:
Emily Dickinson, poetess (1830)
Melvil Dewey, library pioneer (1851)
Chet Huntley, news broadcaster (1911) ["Good night, David." — Ed.]
Dorothy Lamour, actor (1914)
Douglas Kenney, humorist (1947)

From The World of Show Bidness:
In 1959, the four male members of The Platters were acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution. They had been arrested four months earlier. [Keep those Negroes who are corrupting our pure white youth down. See also Chuck Berry. — Ed.]
In 1962, "Lawrence of Arabia" had its royal premiere in London. Peter O'Toole starred as English officer T.E. Lawrence.
In 1967, singer Otis Redding, four members of The Bar-Kays [& two others] were killed in the crash of their plane in Lake Monona, Wisconsin. Otis was 26. [Again, we quote another dead personage: "Poor Otis dead and gone/Left me here to sing his song/Pretty little girl with the red dress on/Poor Otis dead and gone." Not that Morrison lasted much longer. — Ed.]Also in 1967, singer Steve Miller signed a precedent-setting contract with Capitol Records. He received a large advance on his band's first album and a sizable royalty rate.
In 1971, Frank Zappa broke a leg and ankle and fractured his skull when he was pushed from a London stage by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering. [When we passed through town on spring break in 1972, he was still in the chair. We called him & asked how he was doing & he said, "Alive, but not kicking." He was never quite the same person after the assault. — Ed.]In 1972, singer Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band were injured in a car accident while driving into New York.
In 1995, rapper Darren Robinson of the Fat Boys died while working on a comeback album. He was 28.
In 1996, country singer Faron Young ["The Singing Sheriff" — Ed.] died in a hospital in Nashville, a day after he shot himself in the head. He was 64.
In 1997, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue were arrested for allegedly knocking over a security guard at a concert in Phoenix.
Also in 1997, bass singer Jacob Carey of The Flamingos died of a heart attack in his home in Lanham, Maryland. He was 74. The Flamingos were best known for their hit "I Only Have Eyes For You."
In 1999, bassist Rick Danko of The Band died in Woodstock, New York. He was 56.
In 2005, comedian Richard Pryor died of a heart attack at a hospital in Encino, California. He was 65.
In 2006, Tenor Roberto Alagna walked out of a performance of Verdi's "Aida" at Italy's famed La Scala opera house when the audience booed his rendition of the aria "Celeste Aida."

Editorial Note: St. Nick on a stick! Bad day in history for show biz types.

Angry-Ass Atheists UPDATED W/ NewLink

Mr. TBogg, still settling in @ firedoglake, has brought to our attention the latest steaming pile from Dinesh D'Souza, @ Clownhall.

From the atheists you hear statements like this: "D'Souza is a goddamned idiot." "Odious little toad." "D'Souza is full of shit." "A smug, joyless twit." "Total moron." "Little turd." "Two-faced liar." Etc, etc. Now admittedly the topic of God v. atheism can be an emotional one, but you will find no comparable invective on the Christian side. Why then are so many atheists so angry?

One reason I think is that they are God-haters. Atheists often like to portray themselves as "unbelievers" but this is not strictly accurate. If they were mere unbelievers they would simply live their lives as if God did not exist. I don't believe in unicorns, but then I haven't written any books called The End of Unicorns, Unicorns are Not Great, or The Unicorn Delusion. Clearly the atheists go beyond disbelief; they are on the warpath against God. And you can hear their bitterness not only in their book titles but also in their mean-spirited invective.
Listen, you odious little toad, come back to us when the fucking unicorns start trying to shove their so-called morality down your throat w/ the full force of a Republican-controlled gov't. It's called self-defense, you smug, joyless twit. Pardon us for hating the superstition & wilful ignorance that allows people to be used as cannon fodder in "Wars of Civilizations," for the aggrandizement of hucksters, & the seizure of power, while demonizing any who do not conform to the insane proscriptions of a book written many thousands of years ago by a persecuted minority tribe who'd been out in the desert too long.

An example of the hate D'Souza has burning in his breast:
Description: In this scathing indictment, conservative intellectual Dinesh D'Souza accuses the American left of being largely to blame for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. D'Souzsa argues that the American Left is anti-religionist and culturally offensive to tradition-minded Muslims, and that, in his view, it has engaged in an arrogant, offensive, and harmful "clash of civilizations." He cites Hollywood, the media in general, academia, and the Clintons, among others, to back up his argument. Furthermore, says D'Souzsa, the Left's post-9/11 stand against the War on Terror has put it on the side of the terrorists. In his view, the battle for the hearts and minds of those Muslims who share traditionalist values begins with the defeat of liberals on the homefront.
"Total moron," is letting D'Souza off easily. He wants a war on "culturally offensive" atheist liberals to go along w/ the bogus "War of Terror." But we're not allowed to be offended by his culture? Or to speak against it?There is very little that is more offensive than hypocrisy. And DD is a serial offender.

UPDATE (10 December 2007 @ 1355 PDT): In the comments atheist (& not just any atheist, but "the" atheist) checks in w/ a link to a brief but effective item on D'Souza by James Wolcott of Vanity Fair, from exactly one year & two months ago.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Oddest Recent Search UPDATED

From: Sansar-Internet, Internet Service Provider, Mongolia; Country: Mongolia; State/Region: Ulaanbaatar; City: Ulaanbaatar; someone whose devil-box speaks English (U.S.) (so it's not as odd as if a Mongolian were looking, but still) wanted to know about "pussy jokes." Sadly, the (we assume) dude would only have found the item about the Russkies & their meow-monster. We just don't run pussy jokes here. 'Though the policy could change at any moment. UPDATE (9 December 2007 @1959 PDT): OK, there's something weird going on in the web wasteland. An English (US) speaking computer from Bahrain is also looking for "pussy jokes." And there was a hit from St. Louis as well. What's up w/ that? A sudden Internet desire for pussy jokes?

Huckabee Hound: Very "P. C." Christian Leader

"Tax Hike" Mike seems to be cultivating his ignorance. He doesn't think evolution occurs, & as recently as 1992 he favored putting people w/ AIDS in "quarantine."

Mr. Huckabee said in a response in a 229-question survey that he believed that AIDS patients should be isolated from the public and that homosexuality was an “aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle” that posed a “dangerous public risk.”

Fears of AIDS spreading widely in the United States were common in the mid-1980s, as doctors struggled to learn about how the virus that causes the disease was transmitted. But by the time Mr. Huckabee answered the A.P. survey, it was well established that the virus could not be spread through casual contact.
From the commentariat @S,N!:

Me said,
December 8, 2007 at
I first misread the date as 1982, and thought, “Appalling, but pretty much par for the course in those days”. Then I saw that he actually said all that shit in 1992.

Must remember rule: conservatives always believe backwards-ass shit at least 10 years longer than everyone else. And that’s the minimum.
The maximum would be the approx. 4.5 billion yrs. that our little planet has been circling the local star.

More Huckabilly from the Gray Lady:

Mr. Huckabee said in a statement yesterday that there was still confusion at the time about transmission of the disease and that his “concern was safety first, political correctness last.”
Tell us, Hound Dog, how is considering gayness an “aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle” that posed a “dangerous public risk," anything but "political correctness?" That knife cuts both ways. Right wingers, by their authoritarian, "tell me what to believe" nature, are infinitely more susceptible to "correctness" than almost any "progressives."

Also: S,N! item. And choice quotes from the AP story that inspired it:

Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies.
Further Rightie "P. C.": You can't go wrong picking on "Hollywood." It's the root of all evil.

"In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified," Huckabee wrote. "An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor (,) Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research."

Huckabee said in a prepared statement released by his campaign Saturday afternoon that he called for quarantine when there was a lot of confusion about how AIDS is spread. He said he wanted at the time to follow traditional medical practices used for dealing with tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

"We now know that the virus that causes AIDS is spread differently, with a lower level of contact than with TB," Huckabee said. "But looking back almost 20 years, my concern was the uncertain risk to the general population — if we got it wrong, many people would die needlessly. My concern was safety first, political correctness last."

When Huckabee wrote his answers in 1992, it was common knowledge that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact.
Looking back "almost 20 years," our ass. Try 15 yrs. exactly, you lying, ignorant cracker. Not "common knowledge" among the Babtists, it seems.

"What people do in the privacy of their own lives as adults is their business," Huckabee said. "If they bring it into the public square and ask me as a taxpayer to support it or to endorse it, then it becomes a matter of public discussion and discourse."
Oh, no. Have the queers started doing it in the "public square" & frightening the horses? Who is asking Huck, "as a taxpayer," to support or endorse anything to do w/ gay marriage? Is there a campaign to waive fees for gay marriages performed by justices of the peace, or to subsidize gay chuech marriagea? If churches want to perform gay marriages, is that any of the gov't.'s business?

Back to The Times article:

Mr. Huckabee has been popular among Christian conservatives, who appreciate his stands on social issues and his unabashed professions of faith on the trail.

Mr. Huckabee’s detractors, however, have sought to turn his pastoral background against him, saying his spirituality has made him too soft.
Just can't win, can you, Huck? Especially when you're calling for the quarantining of the innocent & the freeing of the guilty.

And he abuses animals. 'Fraid to go after anything your own size, Gov.?