Tuesday, January 6, 2009
About 15 secs. Media-savvy Ann knows to wait for the long shot.
The Goldwater report must bring some comfort to the residents of Maricopa County who have spent years raising the alarm about Sheriff Arpaio, with little effect outside Arizona.
Today in HistoryToday is Tuesday, the sixth day of 2009. There are 359 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: In 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J. On this date: In 1540, England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.) Two hundred & fifty years ago, in 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Va. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state. Ninety years ago, in 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of "Four Freedoms": Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear. In 1942, the Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrived in New York more than a month after leaving California and following a westward route. In 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y. [Oh, man. A time machine, a gun, & a few bullets; then a much, much better world. — Ed.] In 1967, U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Deckhouse Five, an offensive in the Mekong River delta. In 1982, truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of 10 of the "Freeway Killer" slayings of young men and boys. Bonin was later convicted of four other killings; he was executed in 1996.) In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Cobo Arena in Detroit; four men, including Jeff Gillooly, ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack; Harding, who denied advance knowledge of the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution. Ten years ago: The 106th Congress convened with Dennis Hastert taking over as the new House speaker. Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, would marry his longtime girlfriend, public relations executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, later in the year. Five years ago: Thirteen children and two adults were killed in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province by a time-bomb concealed in an apple cart on a street regularly used by U.S. military patrols. A design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the World Trade Center memorial in New York. Mijailo Mijailovic confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in September 2003. Hitting star Paul Molitor and reliever Dennis Eckersley were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. One year ago: In a video posted on the Internet, Al-Qaida's American spokesman, Adam Gadahn, urged fighters to meet President Bush with bombs during his upcoming Mideast visit. Mikhail Saakashvili won a second term as Georgia's president. Today's Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 88. Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 85. Author E.L. Doctorow is 78. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 65. Musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 60. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 58. Singer Jett Williams is 56. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 56. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 54. Golfer Nancy Lopez is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 50. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 49. Movie director John Singleton is 41. TV personality Julie Chen (CBS' "The Early Show") is 39.[Ms. Chen has the sex w/ her boss, CBS Pres. Les Moonves. Unless one or the other has wised up. — Ed.] Thought for Today: "What this generation was bred to at television's knees was not wisdom, but cynicism." — Pauline Kael, American movie critic (1919-2001)
Monday, January 5, 2009
Boy Howdy, ain't that the truth!! Why, Real America will never got over its mad infatuation w/ Osama bin Laden until Hollywood makes a few movies pointing out what a douchebag he is.
Hollywood is no longer an American industry. And it took a prolonged war in which the studios and most of the stars didn't show up to fight for America to draw attention to this hard truth.
American corporations, the FBI, the CIA and elected U.S. officials are the bad guys in flicks these days. Radical Islamists are seldom vilified while the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are smeared too often.
"Elections beware" indeed. We're guessing that if Breitbart doesn't trust the great unwashed American public to hate appropriately w/o instruction, he certainly would be opposed to free elections. Maybe some scripts dealing w/ the horrors of democracy ("Elected uh whut?") will come out of Big Hollywood & its appeal to the secret fascists w/in Hollywood. (Screenplays are all we'll ever see out of this, as the chance of any heavy-handed horseshit from these morons getting "greenlit" is slim to none, as the "creative decisions" are not "crafted to geopolitical sensibilities rarely simpatico with our own," but are more along the lines of: "more car chases & shit blowing up, less lines of already cliched dialogue we'll just have to spend money dubbing."
In the period since Sept. 11, 2001, international box office receipts have steadily exceeded domestic numbers. Film financing now usually begins with international investors and creative decisions are crafted to geopolitical sensibilities rarely simpatico with our own.
Big Hollywood box office analyst Steve Mason will explore these trends and be the first national reporter to crunch the movie numbers throughout the week. Politicians need to pay attention to the results as close as studio executives. Or elections beware.
No shit. Hollywood's "values" (profit) are so out of touch w/ Real America that there were no movie ticket purchases over the holidays. Not a DVD has been rented or purchased since 2004. The only telebision channels watched any more are RFD-TV & CMT. "Non-left-leaning," (i. e., un-creative, authoritarian-mind set) writers, producers & directors are going to cure this problem. Sure they are. Because "patrotism" means following orders, not dissenting.
Hidden amid the "dissent is patriotic" glitterati are thousands of deeply concerned artists and industry players who have mostly privately and sadly watched Hollywood reflect ideals that are not their own.
Non-left-leaning writers, producers, directors and "below the line" members of the creative community will slowly begin to tell "flyover country" that their values are shared - even in glitzy Los Angeles. In fact, to foreshadow its big message, Big Hollywood will be an invitation to aspiring conservatives to drop their political dreams for the grueling Hollywood grind.
Most heartbroken by this cultural and financial sea change are those who ply in the powerful trade of make-believe, who got into show business, for among other reasons, to carry on Hollywood's patriotic mission. It's hard to believe, but not everyone in the business thinks Sean Penn is a gonzo genius.
Oooh, what a bad ass!! (How many Jolly Rogers on his blog?) No more "open bullying." They'll be keeping it on the down low from here on. Once they issue the stern warning.
If conservatives don't figure out popular culture soon, the movement will die a deserving death. If Hollywood liberals can't learn how to play well with those with whom they disagree, Big Hollywood will have a field day at their close-minded and intolerant expense. The days of open bullying in the marketplace of ideas are nearing their end.
Consider this a warning.
Editor in Chief John Nolte is veteran of the film blog world, and a director in his own right. His love of the best of Hollywood - yes, there still is great product - will keep the readers and the writers enthusiastic about the future.
I will be writing and recruiting like the madman that I am.
Hollywood may not be completely anti-American yet, but it is certainly no longer pro-American. And no one has put up a public fight to change that.
As of New Year’s Day, ongoing combat in Iraq is illegal under US law [?]No difference at all, that's what. It's 5 January today. Haven't yet heard of arrest warrants being issued. Is there a judge out there who has the intestinal fortitude, desire to honor her/his constitutional oath, or whatever to issue an injunction? Thought not. Wimps.
the new president and Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton, led by the legal academics in whose circles they have long traveled, contemplate binding down American power and interests in a dense web of treaties and international bureaucracies.Yes, they typed it. And are ignorant or paranoid enough to believe it.
It's the Civil War Confederate Express Electric Train Collection! ("Collection" means they send you a new car every so often & charge you for it, since you were enough of a sucker to give them your card no. when you paid the $70.00 for the engine, etc., shown above.)
In 1965, The Supremes recorded "Stop! In the Name Of Love." In 1970, "All My Children" premiered on ABC. In 1975, "The Wiz," an all-black musical version of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," opened on Broadway. In 1978, the Sex Pistols began its first tour of the US Less than two weeks after the first show in Atlanta, the tour was over and the band had broken up. [America can do that to you. So can touring. But touring in America? Whew! — Ed.] In 1979, musician Charles Mingus died in Mexico of Lou Gehrig's disease.In 1983, Everything But The Girl made their concert debut as a duo at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London. In 1984, John Lennon's single "Nobody Told Me" was released. In 1988, Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn. In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight bcause she refused to keep her two dogs in their travel kennels. She was escorted from the plane in Atlanta during a stopover on her way to Palm Beach, Florida. In 1990, the movie "Born On The Fourth Of July," starring Tom Cruise, opened nationwide. In 1991, actress Barbara Eden married for the third time. The wedding was held in San Francisco, where she stayed for a brief honeymoon. [Who the fuck did she marry, the Anonymous Invisible Man? — Ed.] In 1998, singer-turned-politician Sonny Bono died when he slammed into a tree while skiing at a resort near the Nevada-California border. He was 62. In 2004, Britney Spears' marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander was annulled. They had been married 55 hours.Associated Press
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Palin ended 2008 with a striking run of personal successes in high-profile popularity polls. According to a poll by Gallup she was the second most admired woman of the year, after Hillary Clinton. Time magazine chose her as the world’s fourth most influential person, behind Barack Obama, Henry Paulson of the US Treasury and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France. Last week she triumphed in an annual poll, commissioned by a property website, as the person Americans would most like to have as their neighbour. She finished ahead of Oprah Winfrey, the television chat show queen, and Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimmer.Gawd doesn't know what a "property" website is. let alone what sort of idiots view & vote there. Neither do we. But "property?" We can imagine.
Calling on Team Sarah Members to uphold the dignity of our community As many of you know, Team Sarah is a project of the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization founded in 1992 and named after the suffragette who fought for women's rights and against slavery. Susan B. Anthony possessed the core values and convictions that embraced all human rights and human dignity. She stood up for rights for slaves, women, and unborn children. She lived out her values consistently, as does Sarah Palin. She lived with backbone and determination and confidence. So does Sarah Pal… ContinueShorter: Please stop calling Obama a "nigger" in our forums & comments; if the nigger-lovers catch on we won't look good.
"Yes, Bush's policies failed utterly," said Allawi, describing the U.S. administration that once backed him. "Utter failure. Failure of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, including fighting terrorism and economic policy." "His insistence on names like 'democracy' and 'open elections', without giving attention to political stability, was a big mistake. It cast shadows on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Egypt, and I believe this will be remembered in history as President Bush's policy," he said.We can only hope so.
Within a decade, the Army will field armed robots with intellects that possess, as H.G. Wells put it, "minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic." Let us dwell on "unsympathetic." These killers will be utterly without remorse or pity when confronting the enemy. That's something new. In 1947, military historian S.L.A. Marshall published "Men Against Fire," which documented the fundamental difference between real soldiers and movie soldiers: Most real soldiers will not shoot at the enemy. Most won't even discharge their weapons, and most of the rest do no more than spray bullets in the enemy's general direction. These findings remain controversial, but the hundreds of thousands of bullets expended in Iraq for every enemy combatant killed suggests that it's not too far off the mark. Only a few troops, perhaps 1 percent, will actually direct aimed fire at the enemy with the intent to kill. These troops are treasured, and set apart, and called snipers. Armed robots will all be snipers. Stone-cold killers, every one of them. They will aim with inhuman precision and fire without human hesitation. They will not need bonuses to enlist or housing for their families or expensive training ranges or retirement payments. Commanders will order them onto battlefields that would mean certain death for humans, knowing that the worst to come is a trip to the shop for repairs. The writing of condolence letters would become a lost art.Sound good? No more Darfurs? No more acting out of colonialism & capitalism at their finest? Not bloody likely. We'd suggest these robot soldiers will increase genocide, police actions, etc. No, we don't think the robots will gain self-awareness, go mad, & start killing humans. Imagine, however, the ease w/ which a general sitting in his nicely furnished Pentagon office can type a few lines into the "Death to You Name 'Em" app on his iPhone, & have the "stone-cold robot killers" march into a picket line & put the UAW in its place forever, to mention but one of the almost infinite possibilities for totalitarian repression. Even w/ a "professional" military, as opposed to draftees, it might be hard to get personnel to slaughter on a wholesale basis. "Cool unsympathetic intellects" that will follow any orders in the hands of cool unsympathetic killers who might give any orders is not this American's idea of a "robotic American peace."
Two hundred years ago, on Jan. 4, 1809, Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille raised-dot reading system for the blind, was born in Coupvray, France.
On this date:
In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Md.
In 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
In 1904, the Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, ruled that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the court stopped short of declaring them U.S. citizens.
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule.
In 1951, during the Korean War, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured the city of Seoul.
In 1960, Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus died in an automobile accident at age 46.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson outlined the goals of his "Great Society" in his State of the Union Address. Poet T.S. Eliot died in London at age 76.
In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
In 1987, 16 people were killed when an Amtrak train bound from Washington to Boston collided with Conrail locomotives that had crossed into its path from a side track in Chase, Md. In 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female speaker of the House as Democrats took control of Congress.
Ten years ago: Europe's new currency, the euro, got off to a strong start on its first trading day, rising against the dollar on world currency markets. Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota's governor.
Five years ago: In Iowa, seven of the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls participated in a feisty, first debate of the election year. Afghans approved a new constitution. Georgians overwhelmingly elected Mikhail Saakashvili president, two months after he'd led protests that forced Eduard Shevardnadze to step down. Louisiana State University won college football's Sugar Bowl, defeating Oklahoma 21-14.
One year ago: The government reported that the nation's jobless rate hit 5 percent in December 2007, a two-year high, fanning recession fears. Howling winds, pelting rain and heavy snow pummeled California. Britney Spears lost custody of her two sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline a day after police and paramedics were called to her home.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Rush is 82. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 79. Actress Dyan Cannon is 72. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 72. Author-historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is 66. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 54. Actress Ann Magnuson is 53.Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) is 53. Country singer Patty Loveless is 52. Rock singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) is 49. Actor Patrick Cassidy is 47. Actor Dave Foley is 46. Singer-musician Cait O'Riordan is 44. Actress Julia Ormond is 44. Tennis player Guy Forget is 44. Country singer Deana Carter is 43. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 42.
Thought for Today: "Sometimes history takes things into its own hands." — Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court justice (1908-1993).
Saturday, January 3, 2009
© MMIX The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.We don't see why not. It's a compilation of G. W. Bush's stupider recorded statements, all of which are in the public domain. Stop us if you can, you bastards.
[T]he party's loss of regional and ideological equilibrium can reinforce itself. Because Republicans from swing and Democratic-leaning states now constitute such a distinct minority in the party caucus, they lack the numbers to prevent it from adopting positions unpopular with their voters. The caucus majority can impose a direction that solidifies the party where it is already strong but further endangers the minority. This isn't the first time a party has fallen into this debilitating cycle. The classic example came after 1854 when Congress approved the Kansas-Nebraska Act, effectively repealing the Missouri Compromise that had limited slavery's spread in the territories. Until then, congressional Democrats were divided closely between Northern and Southern members. But the backlash against the Kansas-Nebraska Act destabilized that balance by provoking severe losses for Northern Democrats; as Southerners gained the advantage in the Democratic caucus, they repeatedly identified the party with pro-slavery policies that further undercut Northern Democrats already struggling against the emerging Republican Party. As the late David M. Potter recounted in his magisterial history of the 1850s, The Impending Crisis, the House's Northern Democrats didn't entirely recover until the New Deal.We're stuck w/ a complex political system, to put it mildly, but political (not Social) Darwinism will deal the Party of Bush its deserved death-whimper. Into the dustbin o' history w/ you lot! Siddown over there. That's right, next to the Whigs!
The third suspect, Luster Ditto Lewis, 20, of Irvine, turned himself in Friday and was arraigned.
"It's not just a threat but a reality, they are stealing gas from the pipelines and underground facilities," Medvedev said after talks later Saturday in Berlin. He said negotiating with Ukrainians was "like having a talk with people from the planet Mars."Oh, great. Another of these "Our opponents are not human & we can't talk to them, let alone reason w/ them" deals that are so popular these days.
Fresh off my triumph over Kwanzaa, I thought I'd mention a couple of other facts that some of us are forced to keep repeating because liberals refuse to learn.
We've no idea what this "triumph over Kwanzaa" is (other than a delusion of some sort) but the idea itself is as ridiculous as winning the "war on terror." Or the "war on X-mess." We aren't going to see what her "other facts" are (Does she think she used "facts" in her triumph over Kwanzaa?) but maybe conservatives should learn the "facts" of 4 November 2008 before they start repeating themselves.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told Iran's Arabic news channel on Friday that Iraq "will not let Iraq be a launching ground to threaten any country," Al-Alam said on its website.
Israeli television showed a column of tanks moving into the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening, in what appeared to be the beginning of a ground offensive against Hamas. The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse reported that Israeli defense officials were confirming the movement of ground forces into Gaza.
Friday, January 2, 2009
... one or more meteors that slammed into North America. That could explain the extinction of mammoths, saber-tooth tigers and maybe even the first human inhabitants of the Americas, the scientists report in Friday’s issue of the journal Science.At this stage in our descent to the worm food phase of existence, we've realized that the
In 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit number one on the US album chart, with "All Things Must Pass." In 1974, singer Tex Ritter died of a heart attack in Nashville at the age of 68. In 1979, thirty years ago [!!! — Ed.] former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious went on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. He didn't live to hear the verdict. He died a month later. In 1983, the musical play "Annie," based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances. In 1990, actor Alan Hale, best known as the skipper on "Gilligan's Island,"died of cancer. His ashes were scattered at sea. In 1997, guitarist Randy California of Spirit disappeared after being caught in a current off the coast of Hawaii. [Did he ever re-appear? — Ed.] Associated Press
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Police kill man dressed as German soldier in U-District Seattle police shot and killed an armed man dressed in a World War II-era Nazi uniform early this morning in the University District.Police searching the apartment after the incident found the large collection of German military regalia and a lot of alcohol, Kappel said.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Mr. Shearer shrugged off the question. “Oh, I don’t know,” he said. “Aren’t we 40 years too late for that — didn’t Andy Warhol destroy that question? It’s art because of the fact that it’s happening in an art context.”So there, Philistines!
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Oh, can't we leave the Constitution out of this?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- An atheist who has fought to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance has joined a lawsuit seeking to remove all religious references from President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.
Michael Newdow believes government references to God or religion are unconstitutional.
He wants to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the oath of office, noting that it isn't in the oath set out in the Constitution.
The lawsuit also seeks to block inaugural prayers by the Rev. Rick Warren and the Rev. Joseph Lowery.
Newdow sued to remove religion from inaugurations in 2001 and 2005 but lost both cases.
This time, he's joining 17 other plaintiffs, including atheist and humanist organizations.