Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Still Not As Nervous As You Should Be?

Maybe this will make you antsier.Maybe it will take "cleaning up" after Israel to make you really worry.

Popish Denial: Neo-Paganism To Blame For Anti-Semitism

From a film entitled Constantine's Sword.
Kraut Chancellor Merkel has an opinion on this issue.
"This should not be allowed to pass without consequences," Mrs Merkel said at a news conference in Berlin."This is not just a matter, in my opinion, for the Christian, Catholic and Jewish communities in Germany but the Pope and the Vatican should clarify unambiguously that there can be no denial," she said.
You tell 'em, Frau Kanzlerin. Of course, His Popey-ness may not want to bring any more clarity to all those "neo-pagan" Nazis in their priest uniforms.

Radio Moscow Redux

Sales of Depends® doubtless to increase after this news. Now class, let's review: 1. Iran sends a matchstick into space w/ a ham radio-in-a-box atop it; the first one they've built all by their lonesomes & successfully (maybe) launched! 2. Said box whips around earth every few minutes, going "Beep! Beep!" or "It's cold up here, except the half where the local star is frying my circuits." 3. Paranoia strikes. W/ the subtext that the dirty wogs are filthy liars, because they've made similar claims, or that they're incompetent. If & when the air-tight radio stays up long enough, the Petey Paranoids can wave their hands & screech like their forebears did when the savage, primitive Soviets threw Sputnik in their faces. Danger, Will Robinson!
4. Don't let them fool you. This particular piece reached print & visible-electron stage before the satellite launch hit our screens, but you can bet that a greater plea for missile defense could have been worked into until the very last moment before hitting "Send." Don't let anything else in it fool you either.
Like this:
A reduction in defense spending this year would unnerve American allies and undercut efforts to gain greater cooperation. There is already a sense around the world, fed by irresponsible pundits here at home, that the United States is in terminal decline. [...] The announcement of a defense cutback would be taken by the world as evidence that the American retreat has begun.
The many announcements that more troops will begin pouring into Afghanistan are central to Kagan's point, as the righties say. Really don't believe this. It's the newest thing from the wrong side of the political tracks, "Don' t'row me in dat briah patch!"
Cuts in the defense budget would have consequences in other areas of the budget, most notably foreign aid. Some Republicans have already begun to grumble about foreign aid and development spending. If the Obama administration begins by cutting defense, it will be much harder to persuade Republicans to support foreign aid.
"Don't make us not-support foreign aid. Heavens, no, we sure don't want to do that! And if you follow our train of thought, if defense spending is reduced, then Republicans will be less likely to support foreign aid." 
Could they be any less pro-foreign aid? When was the last time Reagan got up on a stump & railed against it? It's '50s- & '60s-reminiscent/nostalgic (They're certainly playing a lot of what they think are their "Greatest Hits" lately, aren't they?) but beyond us. Perhaps in Mr. Kagan's mind those ol' Dems are so enthralled by the prospect of giving Joe the Plunger's unpaid taxes & Tom the Daschle's paid taxes to wogs on the other side of the planet for non-military purposes that in return they'll continue to shovel untold numbers of babies & billions of $pork into the maw of Moloch the Pentagon's pit of Defense profiteers & campaign contributors.
 9/11 changed everything, we know, but isn't Egypt still the largest non-military recipient of so-called foreign aid? May be military "aid" in there as well. And that's just to keep what our Limey cousins used to call "The Gyppos" from jumping all over Israel. (And to help maintain control over the restive fundamentalist population. And rendition. And, &c. No wonder Kagan's in favor of Republican-style foreign aid.) Israel, to whom we sell arms, so it can be a plausible threat to Egypt.
The author of this ode to stimulating the economy & tingling the leg is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Certainly sounds cute, doesn't it? Worth a closer look? Maybe. Peace & Economic Stimulation Through Defense Spending? Been there, etc.

Not Grown Up Yet, But I Live On A Nice Street W/ A Nice House

We are again confronted w/ the whimpering embers of what's passed for civilization for the past couple hundred years. Would you reveal such details of your life (assuming one had this much of a life) on video, nothing but a pair of sun-glasses between you & at least Internet notoriety? Dig also the virtually matching scarves & heart pendants. Alright, we can't claim to have been significantly more "grown up" when we were forty-two, but we definitely weren't having (or, even more embarrassingly, trying to have) "interludes" w/ women young enough to be our ... nieces. What's w/ today's teachers, anyway? What happened to the school mar'ms?

Death & Taxes

Today In Entertainment History  February 3

Today In Entertainment History February 3

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash in Iowa in 1959. 

Today In History  February 3

Today In History February 3

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified in 1913. 

Today's Birthdays   February 3

Today's Birthdays February 3

Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 69 today. 

And the AP page w/ the A/V wrap-up &c.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Annals Of Mild Amusement

Click below to enjoy humourous Sovietski Newspeak.


English translations of Warsaw Pact Lolcats

Off To A Good Start "4" 2012

Damnation. This may only be a Republican Chicken Little squawking, but the map is impressive ... & how are those "competitive" gray states trending?Note well that the race for 2012 is ON!, etc. The only way to keep "the base" fired up (& viewership fired up at the cable infotainers) is the permanent campaign. Look at Race 4 2012's Roll of Shame, from Haley Barbour to John Thune. 

The Military-Nanny Complex

From yesterday's WaPo, the accessories Uncle Sam requires for all his G. I. Joe® units.

In Afghanistan, soldiers routinely carry loads of 130 to 150 pounds for three-day missions. How the gear breaks down: Helmet, full body armor: 35 pounds Weapon: 7 pounds or more Ammunition: 15 pounds Rucksack (empty): 8 pounds Flashlight: 1.2 pounds Water: 9 pounds Food: 10 pounds Batteries: 8 pounds Sleeping bag and gear: 6 pounds First aid kit: 1 pound Extra clothing: 3 pounds Additional ammunition, grenades, mines, flares, other demolition gear: 32 pounds Radio (if required): 1.5 to 20 pounds

Turns out this is not good for the troops, especially when they're making like mountain goats in the treacherous terrain of Afghanistan.
Further evidence of the frequency of the injuries, which have forced some to leave the military, has come up in studies of veterans.

Carroll W. McInroe, a former VA primary-care case manager in Washington state, said he has seen such injuries in hundreds of veterans from today's wars. "Our infantry should not be going into battle carrying 90 to 100 pounds on their backs," he said. "The human muscular-skeletal system is simply not designed for that much weight, and it will break down over time."

Army personnel suffered over 255,000 "acute orthopedic injuries in 2007, an increase of 10,000 from 2006. Our back hurts just from leaning over to read what we're typing.

Beginning of the Month Cartoon Clearance

Showbiz Today: Guns, Heroin & Taxes

On February second, 1956, Atlantic Records signed The Coasters. In 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper made what ended up being their last public appearances at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. They died in a plane crash the next day. In 1973, the NBC rock show "Midnight Special" made its debut, with Helen Reddy as the host. In 1974, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer sustained minor cuts when a rigged piano exploded prematurely during a concert in San Francisco. In 1979, former Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose at age 21. The death was ruled accidental. NYPD spokesperson Fred Elwick makes the initial announcement here.
In 1993, a judge in New York dropped gun charges against singer Harry Connick Junior. He had been arrested when he tried to bring a pistol on board a flight at Kennedy Airport. And, Willie Nelson and the Internal Revenue Service reached a settlement on his estimated $17 million tax debt. In 1996, entertainer Gene Kelly died of complications from strokes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. Associated Press

Today's Birthdays: Who Fucking Cares?

Actress Elaine Stritch is 84. Actor Robert Mandan is 77. Comedian Tom Smothers is 72. Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 67. Actor Bo Hopkins is 67. Television executive Barry Diller is 67. Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 63. Actress Farrah Fawcett is 62. Actor Jack McGee is 60. Actor Brent Spiner is 60. Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey) is 60. Model Christie Brinkley is 55. Actor Michael Talbott is 54. Actress Kim Zimmer is 54. Associated Press Imagine being stranded on the proverbial desert island w/ the above. Gah!

Birth of New World Urbanism

Today is Monday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2009. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.The AP's "Today in History" video. The AP's "Today in History" text.
Today's Highlight in History: In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II. On this date: In 1536, present-day Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain. In 1653, New Amsterdam -- now New York City -- was incorporated. In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, was signed. In 1870, the "Cardiff Giant," supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, N.Y., was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum. In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York. In 1897, fire destroyed the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. (A new statehouse was dedicated on the same site in 1906.) In 1948, President Harry S. Truman sent a ten-point civil rights program to Congress, where the proposals ran into fierce opposition from southern lawmakers. In 1959, public schools in Arlington and Norfolk, Va., were racially desegregated without,incident. In 1969, actor Boris Karloff died in Midhurst, England, at age 81. In 1988, in a speech the broadcast television networks declined to carry live, President Ronald Reagan pressed his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras. Ten years ago: A federal jury in Portland, Ore., ordered abortion foes who had created "wanted" posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of "baby butchers" to pay $107 million dollars in damages. (Courts later reduced the judgment to more than $16 million; the U.S. Supreme Court has refused three times to hear an appeal by the defendants.) Five years ago: President George W. Bush unveiled a $2.4 trillion budget featuring a record deficit, as well as big increases for defense and homeland security. Deadly ricin was discovered in offices used by Senate majority leader Bill Frist. Israel killed a leader of Islamic Jihad and three other militants in a Gaza raid. An eleven-story apartment building collapsed in Konya, Turkey, killing 92 people. One year ago: A gunman killed five women at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, Ill., in an apparent botched robbery attempt (the case remains unsolved). French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni were married at the presidential Elysee Palace. Former Washington Redskins players Art Monk and Darrell Green were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee choice, Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas. Former Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz died in Washington, D.C., at age 98. Actor Barry Morse died in London at age 89. Associated Press

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Childish Crudeness

Naughty. Do not listen at work, wage-slaves.

National Fascism League

General David ("Gen. Betray Us") Petraeus just handled the coin toss at the Super Bowl.

The Dog That Chases Its Tail Shall Be ... Dizzy

Just Another Blog™ has recently received some fascinating comments from some interesting people. (Not that those two-&-a-half people who regularly leave notes here aren't interesting & fascinating!!) But these lengthy, copied & pasted comments (which you may not have noticed, as these commenters take their sweet, sweet time to get them to us) are, well, worth a peek. See comments here for spam concerning an Elvis book, & comments here for quite a rant concerning the "Peking-Mecca-Vatican axis." Or, for the sake of all that's un-holy, don't. They're your brain cells & synapses, & you should take care of them.

Sex On Planet "X"

While doing intensive research for the RCMP illustration below in the historical wrap-up, we came across a site that says there was kinky stuff on display in Jay Ward animation, including "bondage."
We never noticed the wolf reading "Gayboy,"
but in one of the Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes w/ Gidney & Cloyd, the Moonmen, there is a book in the bookcase of their flying saucer whose spine reads: "Sex on Planet X." We first noticed it sometime in the mid-sixties, when the thought of a bookcase in a flying saucer was only 90 to 95% silly. And, in a nation of three hundred million, a guy or gal who web logged for a total of 56 posts noticed & posted a screen grab as well.
Left to right: Bullwinkle J. Moose, Rocket J. Squirrel, Moonman Gidney or Moonman Cloyd.
And it's numero uno on Google™.

Feb. 1 in Entertainment: Not A Bad Day In The Studio

On February first, 1950, RCA introduced the 45 RPM record player. [And today? Where is that 45 RPM thingie?] In 1954, Big Joe Turner recorded "Shake, Rattle and Roll." In 1964, the governor of Indiana declared the song "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen to be pornographic, even though the average listener wasn't able to decipher the lyrics. The governor asked a state broadcasters' association to ban the record. In 1965, James Brown recorded "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" in Charlotte, North Carolina.In 1968, Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie, was born. [Quite possibly allowing the opening of the gates of hell, as noted in today's natalities, just beneath this.] In 1978, the Bob Dylan film "Renaldo and Clara" premiered in Los Angeles. It mainly was a documentary of Dylan's "Rolling Thunder Revue" tour. In 1982, "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC. In 1986, Diana Ross married Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland. They later split up. In 1988, The Cars announced their breakup. In 1993, TV personality Regis Philbin returned to his morning talk show after undergoing heart surgery to have a blocked artery cleared. [Yawn after yawn after yawn after yawn after ...] Five years ago, in 2004, Justin Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson's top during the Super Bowl halftime show and exposed her breast. During that same show, Kid Rock wrapped himself in a poncho made of an American flag. [Certainly hoping some things at least half as interesting happens at today's Recession Bowl®. W/ twelve minutes of dreck from "The Boss" on tap at half-time, well ...] Associated Press

Today's Birthdays, or, It's Official We're Old as Fuck

Actor Stuart Whitman is 81. Singer Don Everly is 72. Actor Garrett Morris is 72. Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 72. Actor Sherman Hemsley is 71. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 70. Jazz musician Joe Sample is 70. Comedian Terry Jones is 67. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 59. Blues singer-musician Sonny Landreth is 58. Actor-writer-producer Bill Mumy is 55. Rock singer Exene Cervenka is 53.Actor Linus Roache (TV: "Law and Order") is 45. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 44. Country musician Dwayne Dupuy (Ricochet) is 44. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 44. Lisa Marie Presley is 41. Comedian-actor Pauly Shore is 41. [This date in 1968 may have marked the beginning of the End Times. That was the "Year America Blew Up," or whatever, wasn't it?— Ed.] Actor Brian Krause is 40. Jazz musician Joshua Redman is 40. Rock musician Patrick Wilson (Weezer) is 40. Associated Press

Not A Good Date In History For Iraq

Today is Sunday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2009. There are 333 days left in the year. [One month down, & of the next eleven, five are short ones.]
Pictures, sound & further factoids here.
Today's Highlight in History:In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members: Commander Rick Husband; pilot William McCool; Michael Anderson; Kalpana Chawla; David Brown; Laurel Clark; and Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space. [Again we question the AP's insistence on using "highlight" for tragedies. — Ed.] On this date: In 1859, operetta composer Victor Herbert was born in Dublin, Ireland. [Is an operetta composer as low as a blogger?] In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union. In 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came into existence, merging the Royal North West Mounted Police and the Dominion Police.In 1946, Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations. In 1958, the United Arab Republic, a union of Egypt and Syria, was established. (Syria withdrew from the union in 1961.) In 1959, men in Switzerland rejected giving women the right to vote by a more than 2-1 referendum margin. (Swiss women gained the right to vote in 1971.) In 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service. In 1968, during the Vietnam War, South Vietnam's police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan)executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head in a scene recorded by The Associated Press and NBC News.Richard M. Nixon announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Thirty years ago, in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile. In 1991, 34 people were killed when a USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. Ten years ago: With the promise of huge federal surpluses, President Bill Clinton proposed a $1.77 trillion budget for fiscal 2000. Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Clinton. Five years ago: Twin suicide bombers [Actual twins, or two? — Ed.] killed 109 people at two Kurdish party offices in Irbil, Iraq. A stampede during the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed at least 251 worshippers. The New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three seasons with a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers; during the halftime show, Janet Jackson's breast became exposed, resulting in a $550,000 FCC fine against CBS. (A federal appeals court threw out the fine in July 2008.) Roger Federer beat Marat Safin 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2 to win the Australian Open. 
One year ago: Exxon Mobil posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company -- $40.6 billion -- and the biggest quarterly profit to that time, breaking its own records. Microsoft announced an unsolicited bid for Yahoo, which later rejected it. Remote-controlled explosives strapped to two women killed nearly 100 people in Baghdad. Associated Press

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Creepy Holocaust Denier Gives Meta-Apology to Pope Ratzi

You know, "I'm sorry if anyone was offended by my off the cuff remarks, heh-heh," w/o actual apology for what was said.
A bishop recently rehabilitated by Pope Benedict XVI expressed regret Friday to the pontiff for the "distress and problems" he caused by denying the Holocaust. In a letter to the Vatican, Bishop Richard Williamson, who recently denied in a TV interview that 6 million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, called his remarks "imprudent."
Well, it's OK then, & certainly no more than a quarter million or so of the chosen people died in that "Holocaust" thing, none of them in gas chambers, is that what you mean, Williamson? Just as you meant before?
Look, he may a 19th century sort of bigot & all, but he's all over Bugger™ like stink on shit.
Is this a cop-out, besides "Look how just & righteous I am?"
Following in the steps of Our Lord (Jn. XVIII, 23) and St. Paul (Acts, XXIII, 5), Archbishop Lefebvre gave his Society the example of never so cleaving to God's Truth as to abandon respect for the men holding God's Authority.
Just walking down the street, boop-a-doop-a-doo, right in the "steps of Our Lord." Doot-de-doot-de-doo. What are you up to, not-follower-in-the-steps-of-Our-Lord? La-la-la.

Good News?

At least it isn't obviously immediate bad news for Zimbabwe, as opposition leader Tsvangirai agrees to be P. M. under President Mugabe.

If you give a shit, you'll use the resources of The NYT for further info. If you don't give a shit, well, the Stupor Bowl's tomorrow. Eat up & drink up, Piggies!

What We've Wanted To Do At Every Single Fucking Place Of Employment We've Even Walked on The Sidewalk Outside Of, Let Alone Been Employed In

We're not absolutely sure this is real. And in what sort of wage-slavery are the penned-in involved? In our case, once we'd crossed that line, we'd like to think there'd be no going back, & we'd get in as much fun & destruction as possible. There wouldn't be many surviving monitors or devil-boxes. Possibly not many humanoids surviving either. From BREAK.

A Month Passes Like Nothing

History. Here. Here. Most exciting event on this date in entertainment? First telebision soap premiered 60 yrs. ago. (Lasted four wks.) Sports? Jackie Robinson's 90th birthday.More "entertainment?" Johnny Rotten's 53rd birthday. Actual history? Leon Trotsky & family expelled from Soviet Union, a mere eighty yrs. ago today.

Friday, January 30, 2009

That "One" Religion

From Dhimmi Watch:
The question here, however, is: did converting to that one religion that treats women as inferiors on the one hand, and seducers on the other -- not to mention objects and animals -- have anything to do with his actions, even if by merely placating his "conscience"? Oddly, you'd be mistaken if you thought he was referring to Orthodox Judaism. Apparently those Islamo guys are about as bad.

No Access For You

We started a bogroll [sic] called "Sad Angry Losers," consisting, so far, of a couple of losers who don't seem to understand that 52 is larger than whatever percentage well under 50 the McCain/Palin ticket received. Today, desperate for amusement, we clicked the Liberty Girl link. You should too. Go ahead & play the YouTube, it's a mere four seconds Funny, huh? You'd think they'd want to share their misery, gain converts, or "piss off the left," the latest raison d'être of those rightward of Chris Matthews, but at least for the moment, it seems they want to crawl back under their rocks & lick their (or each other's) wounds. (They like the taste of blood.)

Super Bowl XLIII Prediction: Bet On It!

We state, clearly & unequivocally, that whichever team scores more points than the other team will win.

History Is Bunk, But A Lot Of It Happened On This Date

Your link to the watercooler, & all the history. Well, most of the history. More here. Horrifying B-Day news: Dick Cheney is exactly & only one yr. older than Marty (Jefferson Hairpie, Jefferson Starship, Starship) Balin.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our AmeiKKKan Heritage

Look at this Glen Greenwald item, wherein he excerpts a few items from the 2008 Platform of the Texas Republican Party.
Here, some other goodies.
Pp. 11 & 12:
Ten Commandments 
Pledge of Allegiance 
American English 
Flag Desecration 
Symbols of American Heritage 
Confederate Widows Plaque 
The fun doesn't stop. Nor does the nausea.

Hack, Or Actual Warning?

Brought to our attention by Zandar.

The March Of Time: 29 January

History, entertaining & otherwise, plus hot news from Cracker Central:

Bill Introduced To Allow Members To Carry Concealed Weapons In Church

State Representative Beverly Pyle says it would make churches safer.
Related to Gomer?  Today's birthdays, & the rest of the story.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snowbilly PAC UPDATE

A wonkette explains what up w/ the Alaska silhouette in SarahPAC's banner.TBogg also on the case (Wonkette link & revelation therefrom). He sez it should have been "SnowPAC." The CBS blog where we first noticed it suggested it should have been "PalinPAC." Hey, why not perhaps "Joe SixPAC?" 

Maybe A Flushing Sound

Masochists &/or political fetishists (Guess we're one or the other.) will remember H. Ross Perot's "giant sucking sound" of "American" jobs going to (at that time) Mexico. There's no sound these days, because today's jobs aren't "going" anywhere, they're just disappearing w/ the snap of an illusionist's finger. (They were mostly illusionary jobs anyway, so ...)
With tens of thousands of layoffs announced this week by well-known employers such as Pfizer Inc., Caterpillar Inc. and Home Depot Inc., the unemployment picture is bound to get worse in every region of the country, economists say. "We won't see a light at the end of the tunnel until 2010," said Anthony Sabino, a professor of law and business at St. John's University. The number of newly laid off Americans filing claims for state unemployment benefits has soared to 589,000, while people continuing to draw claims climbed to 4.6 million, the government said last week. There's been such a crush that resources in New York, California and other states have run dry, forcing them to tap the federal government for money to keep paying unemployment benefits.
The light at the end of Prof. Sabino's tunnel will, of course, be a locomotive of Islamic terror, or the choo-choo of ultimate economic disaster (in the form of inflation, deflation, or perhaps both) or perhaps the flames of global climate change.

U Bin Skrood & U R 2 Stoopid 2 No It, Moran!

28 January In Recorded Human History

Birthdays. Entertainment. Actual History. Sound, pictures & what "digtriad" left out.
Pardon the living hell out of the Editorial Staff here, but we've much more important things to do than copy & paste for your fucking amusement' til the cows come home.
Specifically, we're looking for an apartment w/in the City of Los Angeles that will accept gummint housing vouchers & isn't more than $1124.00/mo. for a one bedroom or studio. Sweet mutha-fuggin' blood of Jee-zis, it isn't easy.
So expect no fucking action herelight blogging for a while, ranging from a few days to infinity.
Yeesh. "Light blogging." We've been reading too much McArdle, for too long.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Lovely Spam™, Wonderful Spam©"

Anyone noticed a downturn in spam lately? Hasn't been anything un-toward in our gmail for hrs. And just when we were thinking we might want a Rolex "replica," too.
Positive effect of the massive economic downturn?

A Loss In The Family

We are sorry to announce that our one "follower" seems to have left Just Another Blog™. 
Go right ahead & be that way. See if we care. Don't let the door hit your fat ass on the way out. Your mother was lousy in bed, too. But inexpensive.
If we could remember which loser in the bogroll [sic] you are, we'd delete you. 

Snowbilly Starts PAC: Money & Caribou Pelts Accepted

SarahPAC wants money & notoriety. Don't give it any.
Is Alaska supposed to be stomping on the heartland of AmeriKKKa in this banner? And where the hell's Hawai'i?More of Sarah in nature. Not killing anything though.

More From The Fascist Front

Shorter DaBro: Conforming to "Institutions" is good. Thinking for yourself, not so good.

27 January In History, Entertainment & Birth

If you give a shit about the crap in the title (Is that too vulgar?) look for yourself. If you're serious, look here. Today's attractive (for a Scientologist) Birthday Person, Mimi Rogers, is 53.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Just Plain Lame

As if Hitler & Mussolini were to debate the merits of tolerance, so we find a putz from The New Republic & a double-putz from Reason (Har-de-har-har!) discussing B. O.'s foreign policy & AmeriKKKan exceptionalism.
"Reason." Our ass. And The Ancient Republic. Fuck you, asssholes. 

Political Traumatic Stress Disorder

Then: Note moko in the stupid bastard's left nostril. (Conservatives: That means on your right. No, no, your other right.)Whenever we hear the phrase "The President" on telebision, we continue to have the visceral reaction that they mean Bush & he's done something horrible again.  Then we remember. It may be yrs. before we've completely recovered. Now: Mr. President, be a real man like Just Another Blog™ & smoke non-filters. The fiberglass & asbestos in the filters is what kills people.

Pictures Do Not Lie, Much

A pictorial wrap-up of the Bush Admin., by Errol Morris, who asked the photo eds of the AP, AFP, & Thomson Reuters to pull out a few photos & discuss them as emblematic of the Admin.
An example that we haven't seen before:What the hell is Bush hiding in his pants? No, no, we don't need to know.

Slave Labor: Not in AmeriKKKa, Surely?

Surely, yes!! 
Town leaders say they don't know what they will do without the free or ultra-cheap labor the jailbirds provide. "Oh my goodness, gracious, they are such an asset -- they are our public-works department," said Ms. Hall.
Here, my friends, is the new economic paradigm. More prisoners, more free labor for gov't., & almost free labor for corporations. This is the kind of thing that will bring the Napoleonic Code to our shores. By the time we at Just Another Blog™ are dead, we would expect a littering charge, say, to be worth about five yrs. of picking up litter, while chained at the ankles & wrists to a guy who didn't water his lawn or leave the garbage cans out on trash day. He'll be doing ten yrs.
When a minimum-security prison was built in downtown Wooster, Ohio, a decade ago, "we took a lot of heat" from people who didn't want it, says Capt. Charlie Hardman of the sheriff's department there. But now that budget cuts could close the facility, he says, "People are concerned. Who is going to pick up the litter?"
Is there a more spoiled & entitled culture in all the world? Solutions: A) Don't litter. (Especially when you may be arrested yourself & put on the chain-gang for littering. B) Why can't you fucking pigs pick up your own litter? Too fat to bend over?
Originally, Sandra Hull was antiprison. She heads Main Street Wooster, a downtown-revitalization group -- and a building full of criminals wasn't her idea of an improvement. "I didn't really want them there," she says. Today, she wants them to stay. They turned out to be "wonderful neighbors," Ms. Hull says. Among other things, prisoners shovel snow in front of local shops.
Gawd fucking damn, the hypocrisy of humanoids like this ratbag just makes us want to get one of those shovels she likes to see the slaves using & shove it in her ear. How much would you be willing to bet she's one of those morbidly obese AmeriKKKans (that's most of you fuckfaces) who would get some good out of using a snow shovel herself, if she didn't collapse & die during or immediately after the first shoveling? And there's an added bonus for sick fucks like this shithead
Closure is also being fought by city officials and the local Habitat for Humanity. Habitat's truck driver, Jesse Smith, has a bad back, so he uses convicts to help him lug around fridges and other heavy items. Sometimes, he says, the inmates gripe about prison life. "I tell these boys, 'Don't get an attitude, you're the one who done it,' " Mr. Smith says.
who have the opportunity to push their empty moralizing on a literally captive audience. Mr. Smith, you lazy slacker, bag that "bad back" shit, suck it up & do your own job. And keep your mouth shut. It may be a different story when your nieces & nephews get the guts to go to the police about your "activities" w/ them, you lazy, sickening pervert.
County Commissioner Jim Carmichael says closure is being considered because the prison isn't profitable, and it's not fair for cities and towns to get "free labor at a cost to the county."
When did prisons become profit centers? Is this a private prison? Is it fair for prisoners to be forced to work for nothing? Oh, it's the Wall Street Journal, where power is the issue, never fairness, decency, or humanity.

More Pope Dope

The Daily Dish has more than you need to know (or can stomach) about Pope Ratzi's Bishop Friend Forever Williamson. Whoooo! What a fucking weasel.

75 Yrs. At The Apollo, & Little Else

Seventy-five years ago, on January 26th, 1934, the Apollo Theatre in Harlem presented its first live stage show, featuring Benny Carter and his Big Band. In 1956, Buddy Holly made his first recordings for Decca Records. In 1958, Holly and the Crickets appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1977, guitarist Peter Green, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, was committed to a mental hospital in England. He had fired a gun at a delivery boy who was bringing a royalty check to him. [We know him to be one of the world's greatest pickers, & a wig job, but we didn't know he was shooting at the people w/ his royalty checks. Totally cool! — Ed.] In 1979, "The Dukes of Hazzard" made its debut on CBS.In 1988, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened on Broadway. In 1997, drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica married Skylar Satenstein. Associated Press

Were You Born On This Date? So Were These Jerks, Ninnies, & Morons:

Today's Birthdays: Actress Anne Jeffreys is 86. Actress Joan Leslie is 84. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 80. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 74. Actor Scott Glenn is 70. Singer Jean Knight is 66. Activist Angela Davis is 65. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 61. Actor David Strathairn is 60. Football Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood is 59. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 56.Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 54. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 51. [Why the fuck does every douchebag in UB40 get their birthdays in the AP list? This is literally the third one in a month! — Ed.] Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 51. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky is 48. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 46. Actor Paul Johansson is 45.

Lunar New Yr.: 4706 On The Chinese Calendar, Yr. of The Ox

By The Associated Press AP - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2009. There are 339 days left in the year. This is the Lunar New Year. This Date In Sound & Vision Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 26, 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney. On this date: In 1784, in a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey. In 1802, Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol. In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state. In 1841, Britain formally occupied Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British. In 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union. In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union. [Stay out, tax-parasites. Our nation neither needs nor wants you. — Ed.] In 1942, the first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland. In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president. In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon - but the probe missed its target by more than 22,000 miles. In 1969, President Richard M. Nixon declared a federal disaster in California in the wake of major flooding. In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70. [The stories we've heard! — Ed.] In 1996, First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury connected to the Whitewater probe. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton welcomed a frail Pope John Paul II as the pontiff began his seventh pilgrimage to the United States in St. Louis. Jordan's King Hussein turned over the temporary operation of his country to his eldest son and flew back to the United States for urgent medical care. In 2001, an earthquake hit the Indian subcontinent, killing more than 13,000 people. Five years ago: The White House retreated from its once-confident claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction; Democrats swiftly sought to turn the about-face into an election-year issue. Lionel Tate, the Florida teen who'd killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was released after three years behind bars. At least 16 people were killed in the collapse of a building in Nasr City, Egypt. In 2005, Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state. In 2006, confronted by Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir "A Million Little Pieces." One year ago: Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the South Carolina primary. Maria Sharapova won the Australian Open, beating Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3 for her third Grand Slam singles title. Mirai Nagasu became the second-youngest woman (after Tara Lipinski) to win the title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held in St. Paul, Minn. Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of the late actor Marlon Brando, died in Los Angeles at age 49. Radical PLO leader George Habash died in Amman, Jordan, at age 81. Thought for Today: "Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking." — Albert Einstein, German-born physicist (1879-1955).

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Get Free Bubble Wrap for Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

The ninth annual National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is tomorrow, January 26, 2009.

Sealed Air Corporation makes the cushioning, which has been around since 1957.

The appreciation day started in 2001 with "Bubblympiad", including a Bubble Wrap popping relay.

They company is giving away free Bubble Wrap in honor of Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, but is not covering the shipping costs.

You can order the Bubble Wrap by clicking here.

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Only In AmeriKKKa

Google™ "2 killed, 7 wounded," & you'll get coverage across the country, from Portland, Oregon, to Wichita, Kansas & Miami, Fla.
Alright, this guy noticed it a bit before we did. And there are now nine reported wounded in Miami. Still. This country will not be safe until people can shoot more effectively. Two dead of nine plugged is not a good ratioo. Do you people think that ammunition grows on trees, free for the plucking?

Blood & Circuses

We suppose that at some point we'll be able to put this in our exciting (for those who like to watch the lawn grow) daily "How the Entertainment Industry Bored Us on This Date" feature.
The 6-foor-4 Canseco jolted the 5-6 Bonaduce a couple of times in round 1 and a couple more in round 3. Bonaduce, who played Danny Partridge on the "The Partridge Family," never went down. Bonaduce predicted he would be knocked out, only to hang in there and land a few body blows on the hulking Canseco. There were few big blasts and most of the crowd of 1,500 at a suburban Philadelphia ice rink started to leave before a decision was announced.
In the current economic & financial climate, how long can it be before a literal "Celebrity Death Match" occurs? Our guess? Another mismatch like 6' 4" on 5' 6", wherein a D-list has-been dies. Ratings, interweb views & downloads & DVD whatever goes through the roof. The next one is billed as "To The Death!" And can we wait that long? When will the victor be required to eat the loser? (And when will the victor insist on getting the loser for dinner? That's when you know you're in real financial trouble.)

New Dope On The Pope

The Pope's favorite bishop isn't just a Holocaust reducer. He's a 9/11 truther.
Among the men reinstated Saturday was Richard Williamson, a British-born cleric who in an interview last week said he did not believe that six million Jews died in the Nazi gas chambers. He has also given interviews saying that the United States government staged the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to invade Afghanistan.
Looks like the Pope is trying the same thing the Republicans are: Get all the Catholics In Name Only out of the church.
A theologian who has grappled with the church’s diminished status in a secular world, Benedict has sought to foster a more ardent, if smaller, church over one with looser faith.
A not uncommon reaction when reactionaries see the world whizzing past them at full speed.
In a letter sent to followers on Saturday, Bishop Bernard Fellay, the director of the Society of St. Pius X and one of the four reinstated, said: “Thanks to this gesture, Catholics attached to tradition throughout the world will no longer be unjustly stigmatized and condemned for having kept the faith of their fathers.” He added that the society welcomed an opportunity to talk with the Vatican “to explain the fundamental doctrinal reasons which it believes to be at the origin of the present difficulties of the church.” George Weigel, a biographer of John Paul II, said he was troubled by Bishop Fellay’s implication in his letter that the schismatic group represented the tradition, while “the rest of us are, somehow, the true schismatics.” He added: “It is not easy to see how the unity of the Church will be enhanced unless the Lefebvrists accept Vatican II’s teaching on the nature of the Church, on religious freedom, and on the evil of anti-Semitism, explicitly and without qualification; otherwise, you get cafeteria Catholicism on the far right, as we already have on the left.”
Ah. Hitleryouth only wants to get rid of the "left-wing" CINOs. We can only wish His Imperial Child-Molesting Neo-Nazi Holiness the very best in his attempt to marginalize his Cult of Jesus & Mary Idolatry. Tax the churches! And Scientology too!

Legion Of Charlies

On January 25th, 1958, Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" became the first single ever to enter the UK pop chart at number one. In 1962, "Twistin' the Night Away" by Sam Cooke was released.In 1971, Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane had a baby girl. Slick claimed she wanted to name the child god, but the couple decided on China. And, Charles Manson and three young women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others. In 1980, Paul McCartney was released from a Tokyo jail after being held for more than a week. He had been arrested when marijuana was found in his luggage. In 1990, actress Ava Gardner died of pneumonia at her London home. She was 68. In 1992, singer Emmylou Harris joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1993, Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and Reba McEntire were among the winners at the 20th annual American Music Awards. [Why we hate AmeriKKKa, music & awards. Reba's OK, though. — Ed.] In 1994, singer Marky Mark was sued by a Portland, Maine, woman, who said she was trampled during one of his shows. She said he invited the crowd to rush the stage after he stripped down to his underwear. In 2006, "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch was convicted of failing to pay taxes on his one million dollar prize. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison. Associated Press

Older Than Dirt Today

Today's Birthdays: Journalist-author Edwin Newman is 90. Actor Gregg Palmer is 82. The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 81. Actor Dean Jones is 78. Country singer Claude Gray is 77. The former president of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino, is 76. Conrad Burns, former U.S. senator (R-Mont.) is 74. Blues singer Etta James is 71. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 66. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 64.Actress Jenifer Lewis is 52. Actress Dinah Manoff is 51. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 43. Chet Culver, governor of Iowa, is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 40. Actress China Kantner is 38. Associated Press

Bobbo Burns Hits The Big 250!

Today is Sunday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2009. There are 340 days left in the year. This date in sound & vision.
Today's Highlight in History: Two Hundred & Fifty years ago, in 1759, Scottish poet Robert Burns was born in Alloway. On this date: In 1533, England's King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, his second wife. In 1787, Shays' Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass. In 1858, Britain's Princess Victoria, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, married Crown Prince Frederick William (the future German Emperor and King of Prussia) at St. James's Palace. In 1890, the United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio. Reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. One Hundred years ago, in 1909, the opera "Elektra" by Richard Strauss premiered in Dresden, Germany. In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated US transcontinental telephone service between New York and San Francisco. In 1947, American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 48. Fifty years ago, in 1959, American Airlines began jet flights between New York and Los Angeles on the Boeing 707. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television.Forty years ago, in 1969, Vietnam War peace talks resumed in Paris, with the inclusion of representatives from South Vietnam and the Viet Cong. In 1971, Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. In 1988, Vice President George Bush and Dan Rather clashed on "The CBS Evening News" as the anchorman attempted to question the Republican presidential candidate about his role in the Iran-Contra affair. In 1993, a gunman shot and killed two CIA employees outside agency headquarters in Virginia. (Aimal Khan Kasi, a Pakistani man, was later convicted and was executed in 2002.) In 1994, singer Michael Jackson settled a child molestation lawsuit against him. In 1995, the defense gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles, saying Simpson was the victim of a "rush to judgment" by authorities. Ten years ago: The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the 2000 census could not use statistical sampling to enhance its accuracy. In Louisville, Ky., a man who'd lost his left hand received the first hand transplant in the United States. A powerful earthquake rocked Colombia, killing more than 1,000 people. Five years ago: NASA's Opportunity rover zipped its first pictures of Mars to Earth, showing a surface smooth and dark red in some places, and strewn with fragmented slabs of light bedrock in others. Outgoing US weapons inspector David Kay told National Public Radio his inability to find illicit arms in Iraq raised serious questions about US intelligence-gathering. Mikhail Saakashvili was inaugurated as Georgia's president. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" snared best dramatic film at the Golden Globes; HBO's six-hour adaptation of "Angels in America" won best miniseries or TV movie. In 2006, the Islamic militant group Hamas won a large majority of seats in Palestinian parliamentary elections. In 2007, Ford Motor Co. said it had lost a staggering $12.7 billion in 2006, the worst loss in the company's 103-year history. One year ago: President Bush urged Congress to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action would kickstart the sputtering economy. Democrat Dennis Kucinich abandoned his presidential bid to focus on a tough race for re-election to Congress. Thought for Today: "There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing." — Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-1796).
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pope Announces Final Solution: "Quote, unquote, the Holocaust"

Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI (né Hitleryouth) has decided to continue w/ the hating, by de-excommunicating four bishops who had their mitres handed to them, along w/ an invitation to get the hell out of the church, for having been consecrated some 20 yrs. ago by extra-right archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
The Vatican said Saturday that Benedict rehabilitated the four as part of his efforts to bring Lefebvre's Society of St. Pius X back into the Vatican's fold.

But the move came just days after one of the four, British Bishop Richard Williamson, was shown in a Swedish state TV interview saying that historical evidence "is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed."

Christ on a crutch, so to speak. Have yet to watch this, but is it one of those "It was really only four and a half million, not six, so none of it counts" deals? As we watch: Oh no, it's much more than that! More on this dude, & political machinations w/in the church at the Times of London.
We find this sort of thing both stupid & very irksome. It really bothers other types. Jewish people, for example. And Andrew Sullivan: 
I am truly, deeply ashamed of my church for this action and hope this provokes such an outcry it is reversed. These are not the words of Christ. They are the words of evil.
Nyah nyah, Mr. Pope!!

We don't pull this one out every time the German Pope does something, but he's begging for it this time.

Obama Wimps Out: Neither Justice Nor Peace

Ted Rall gets righteous.

Donald Rumsfeld, the beast who promoted, botched and joked about a war that has killed more than a million innocent Iraqis, spent the last year as a "distinguished visiting fellow" at Stanford, cogitating about "issues pertaining to ideology and terror."

John Yoo, the Justice Department hack who wrote the memos that authorized U.S. military and intelligence personnel to torture prisoners of war, is enjoying the cozy ambiance of academe as a UC Berkeley law professor.

Colin Powell, whose 2003 lie to the U.N. ("there can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more") convinced Americans who were still on the fence to support the invasion of Iraq--a misbegotten project that drove the last nail in the coffin of the U.S. economy--whiles away his days attending the meetings of various corporate boards.

If you were expecting Barack Obama to deliver justice, forget it. "I don't believe that anybody is above the law. On the other hand, I also have a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards," Obama said recently. "Look forward" is Beltwayese for "no accountability."

If we fail to hold the elites who seized the presidency in a 2000 judicial coup d'état to account, if we say torture is no big deal, if we don't imprison men who lied and conspired to murder more than one million Iraqis and Afghans and Americans and countless others, if we let these individuals golf and fish and deliver lectures to young people as if they have done nothing wrong, then such horrors will happen again and again. I want would-be torturers to "look over their shoulders." I want them to second-guess themselves.
As these sons of bitches don't appear to have given a second thought to anything they've done, that doesn't seem too likely.

Royal Saudi Rats Leave
Sinking U. S. S. Bush

Loyalty rewarded: No sooner does Bushie leave office than his "friends" turn on him.
"America is not innocent in this calamity," said Turki, who is the chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh. "Not only has the Bush administration left a sickening legacy in the region, but it has also, through an arrogant attitude about the butchery in Gaza, contributed to the slaughter of innocents."

The impassioned comments are a departure from the oil-rich kingdom's normally diplomatic rhetoric toward the U.S., its longtime ally. The Bush family has had strong ties with the Saudi royal family, and Turki's harsh public comments about Bush were rare.
Poor little George. Once people are free to speak their minds, tiny as they may be, W. will be recorded as the worst "leader" of a democracy ever. And of most authori-totalitarian regimes as well.

Our Globalized World

Once in a while a visit from afar is too good not to share. IP Address [MYOB, jerks! — Ed.] (Warsaw Agricultural University - SGGW) ISP NASK Research and Academic Networks in PolandLocation
Continent : Europe
Country : Poland (Facts)
State/Region : Warszawa
City : Warsaw
Lat/Long : 52.25, 21 (Map)
Distance : 5,985 miles
Language Turkish So. Someone whose devil-box speaks Turkish & is connected to Warsaw A & M's IP address searched for:
indian party in warsaw 17 january 2009 bollywood
It's almost inspirational, this world wide web.

Bottom Dropping From Bottom At Increased Rate

What's the question?
"The question now is not how bad will 2009 be, but will we recover in 2010 and if we recover, will it only be anemic?" said Andrew Scott, professor of economics at the London Business School, adding that the housing bubble is bigger, consumer debt is higher and the speed of the slowdown faster than in previous recessions. [...] That is diminishing hopes for China as Asia's economic white knight, with its growth potentially propping up economies in the region. And as China grows at a far slower rate, it is importing fewer goods from neighbors, giving export-dependent nations in the region no way to pick up the slack from plummeting demand in the United States and Europe. Particularly hard hit is South Korea, which saw trade with China soar in recent years. But as China slows, and the United States, Europe and Japan sink into deep recessions, unsold goods are piling up at South Korea docks. This week, the government said the economy in the fourth quarter staged its sharpest drop since the Asian economic crisis swept across the country in 1998.
There is no answer. We'll be fighting each other for tins of pet food before we know it.

In Entertainment, Nothing Notable On This Date From 1971 Through 1989? Really?

January 24th, 1952, Carl Perkins married Valda Crider in Corinth, Mississippi. In 1957, Elvis Presley recorded the song "Teddy Bear." In 1969, Jethro Tull played its first US concert, in New York City. They were the opening act for Led Zeppelin. In 1970, James "Shep" Sheppard, the lead singer for The Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway in New York. [A do-wop fact we did not know, & a sad one, even 39 yrs. after the fact. — Ed.] In 1990, actress Kim Basinger signed papers giving her title to most of Braselton, Georgia. The price was about $20 million. Also, actor John Hurt got married for the third time. He married Jo Dalton in England. In 1992, the producer of the New Kids On The Block album "Hangin' Tough" claimed that the group members sang only about 20 percent of the lyrics. He sued for millions of dollars for creative contributions and royalties. The allegations were denied by the New Kids, and the suit eventually was dropped. Associated Press

Today's Birthdays

Actor Ernest ("Mermaid Man") Borgnine is 92.Evangelist Oral Roberts is 91. Actor Jerry Maren ("The Wizard of Oz") is 90. Actor Marvin Kaplan ("Top Cat") is 82. Cajun musician Doug Kershaw is 73. Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is 70. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 68. Singer Aaron Neville is 68. Actor Michael Ontkean is 63. Actor Daniel Auteuil is 59. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 59. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 58. Bandleader-musician Jools Holland is 51. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 50.Rhythm-and-blues singer Theo Peoples is 48. Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) is 46. Comedian Phil LaMarr is 42. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sleepy Brown (Society of Soul) is 39. Actor Matthew Lillard is 39.
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