Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Complete Financial Meltdown Averted, But Barely

This has nothing to do w/ the Senate passing anything. Brought to our attention by commenter hatmandu at the House of TBogg, a link, & a video
indicating (about 2:35) that we've already come to the very edge of the financial abyss (everything literally collapsing) & may still, in a Wile E. Coyote stylee, be hanging by a thread or floating in the atmosphere, about to discover gravity's full strength.

Liberal Priorities

Tuesday's toad at the Incredible Shrinking Newspaper™©, Jonah Goldberg, is blathering & whining from his list of "Porkulus" talking points.
Sneaking into the package hundreds of millions for, say, sex education, the National Endowment for the Arts and sod for the National Mall doesn't suggest a lot of confidence that Americans support such liberal priorities.
"Sod the National Mall: How Obama Plans to Ram Socialism Down Your Throat! An Exclusive Five-Part Series at NRO.com." Can hardly wait for that one. A couple of other delights.
Don't tell that to Specter, a living antonym for the word "Churchillian."
Jonah, "Churchillian" doesn't mean what the right has re-defined it to mean. Ask one of your regular "readers" to do a little research for you on that one, Mr. Goldberg, as is your style.
Now, to be honest, I think President Obama's stimulus bill is a monstrosity, a bloated behemoth unleashed on America with staggering dishonesty. The centrist "improvements" are like throwing a new coat of paint on a condemned building
Yes, do be honest. Try being honest enough to type that you haven't the slightest idea about, well, anything but Star Wars™ collectible prices, & that you merely recite whatever points were faxed to the NRO cubicle farm by the high-tech, youth-oriented Republican Party. 
If he had the intellectual acumen or the honesty to state that any attempts to continue capitalism were "like throwing a new coat of paint on a condemned building," we might pay a bit more attention to his 800 wds. a wk. But there's no point at this stage of the game.

Today In History & Other Crap

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2009. There are 324 days left in the year. Shorter AP A/V of today, & other events.  Or you could look at the UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1959, a major tornado tore through the St. Louis, Mo., area, killing 21 people and causing heavy damage. On this date: In 1763, Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Seven Years' War. In 1840, Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. In 1841, Upper Canada and Lower Canada were proclaimed united under an Act of Union passed by the British Parliament. In 1942, the former French liner Normandie capsized in New York Harbor a day after it caught fire while being refitted for the US Navy. Sixty years ago, in 1949, Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened at Broadway's Morosco Theater with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman.(On this date in 2005, Miller died in Roxbury, Conn. at age 89.) In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States. In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified as Minnesota and Nevada adopted it. In 1968, US figure skater Peggy Fleming won America's only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. In 1981, eight people were killed when a fire set by a busboy broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino. In 1989, Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first black to head a major US political party. Ten years ago: Resigned to losing their case, House prosecutors said public opinion polls had made a stronger impression on senators than any evidence that President Bill Clinton had committed high crimes and misdemeanors. A federal judge ordered American Airlines pilots to end a sickout that had grounded 2,500 flights, stranded 200,000 travelers and left businesses scrambling for cargo carriers. Five years ago: The White House, trying to end doubts about President George W. Bush's Vietnam-era military service, released documents it said proved he had met his requirements in the Texas Air National Guard. Democrat John Kerry won the Virginia and Tennessee primaries. A truck bombing in Iskandariyah, Iraq, killed 53 people. An Iranian plane crashed in the United Arab Emirates, killing 46 people. One year ago: Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with longtime aide Maggie Williams. Barack Obama defeated Clinton in the Maine Democratic presidential caucuses. British journalist Richard Butler and his Iraqi interpreter were kidnapped in Iraq. (Both were later released.) A fire destroyed a 610-year-old wooden city gate in Seoul, South Korea. The NFC defeated the AFC 42-30 in the Pro Bowl. Amy Winehouse won five Grammys, appearing via satellite from London. Death claimed actor Roy Scheider, 75, in Little Rock, Ark.; lounge rocker Freddie Bell, 76, and "Howard the Duck" creator Steve Gerber, 60, in Las Vegas; and "Married with Children" co-creator Ron Leavitt, 60, in Los Angeles.   Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Leontyne Price is 82. Actor Robert Wagner is 79. Rock musician Don Wilson (The Ventures) is 76. Singer Roberta Flack is 72. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 69. Jazz singer Kenny Rankin is 69. Rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 62. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 59. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 49. Movie director Alexander Payne ("Sideways") is 48. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 48. Actress Laura Dern is 42.Thought for Today: "Be nice to people on the way up. They're the same people you'll pass on the way down." — Jimmy Durante (1893-1980). [Today is Mr. Durante's birthday. — Ed.] Entertainment History: On February tenth, 1942, Glenn Miller and his Orchestra received a gold record for their recording of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," which had sold more than one million copies.It was the first gold record ever presented to an artist. Twelve years later, on this date in 1954, "The Glenn Miller Story," starring Jimmy Stewart, premiered in New York. In 1971, Carole King released her "Tapestry" album. In 1975, record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car accident. Not much was known about what happened, except that it occurred somewhere between Los Angeles and Phoenix and that Spector was injured. In 1990, Paula Abdul became the first female artist to have an album stay in the top ten for over 50 weeks. It was her debut album, "Forever Your Girl." In 1992, Alex Haley, the author of "Roots," died in Seattle at age 70. Also in 1992, New Kids On The Block filed a slander suit against a former producer who'd claimed they didn't do much singing on the "Hangin' Tough" album or during New Kids concerts. (The producer, Gregory McPherson, later retracted his allegation.) In 1993, Michael Jackson revealed during a live TV interview with Oprah Winfrey that he has a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of his skin. He also insisted he's had very little plastic surgery, contrary to what the public thought. In 1995, rapper Dr. Dre was sentenced to five months probation for drunk driving. In 1997, singer Brian Connolly of Sweet died of kidney failure in a hospital in southern England. He was 52. Also in 1997, Liam Gallagher of Oasis called off his wedding to actress Patsy Kensit because of what he called "obsessive and intrusive" media attention. They quietly got married the following April. They have since separated. In 2006, singer Scott Stapp married former Miss New York Jaclyn Nesheiwat in Miami. The next day, he was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in the Los Angeles International Airport (however, prosecutors declined to charge him).

Monday, February 9, 2009

Relax. It's Nobody.

A medium shot of the driver of the Bentley, said to have Illinois plates, reveals a pudgy male w/ a short beard & shades. No one immediately recognizable. Bummer.

Celebrity(?) Car Chase

As we type, a white Bentley, possibly w/ an "armed & dangerous" suspect at the wheel, is sitting in the middle of a street in Universal City, w/ the California Highway Patrol officers who've been led on a merry chase for some three hrs. standing around w/ pistols & shotguns drawn looking at the Bentley. The subtext is that it may be a despondent "high-profile" person in the Bentley. If we don't get bored & watch something that moves, we may up-date you. (After a three hour chase, we figure they may not be much petrol left in the Bentley.) This is the second televised car chase of the evening, the other one occurring during the dinner-time news. No weapons involved in that one other than the automobile, which ended up clipping a car while running through an intersection & rear-ending a parked pick-up truck.

Putting Sin Back In The "Equation"

More on the Whore of Babylon: She's not selling them ("Charity" gladly accepted, of course.) yet, but indulgences are back. All part of the Pope's nostalgia marketing campaign, which is off to a great start w/ the aging & nostalgic.

Octavia Andrade, 64, laughed as she recalled a time when children would race through the rosary repeatedly to get as many indulgences as they could — usually in increments of 5 or 10 years — “as if we needed them, then.”

Still, she supports their reintroduction. “Anything old coming back, I’m in favor of it,” she said. “More fervor is a good thing.”

Karen Nassauer, 61, said she was baffled by the return to a practice she never quite understood to begin with.

“I mean, I’m not saying it is necessarily wrong,” she said. “What does it mean to get time off in Purgatory? What is five years in terms of eternity?”

The latest offers de-emphasize the years-in-Purgatory formulations of old in favor of a less specific accounting, with more focus on ways in which people can help themselves — and one another — come to terms with sin.

Sin. Your time in Purgatory. And some fervor. What a racket.

Getting Catholics back into confession, in fact, was one of the motivations for reintroducing the indulgence. In a 2001 speech, Pope John Paul described the newly reborn tradition as “a happy incentive” for confession.

“Confessions have been down for years and the church is very worried about it,” said the Rev. Tom Reese, a Jesuit and former editor of the Catholic magazine America. In a secularized culture of pop psychology and self-help, he said, “the church wants the idea of personal sin back in the equation. Indulgences are a way of reminding people of the importance of penance.”

The thought at Just Another Blog™ is that people would be much better off if they got a couple of extra hrs. of  sleep every Sunday, rather than returning the idea of personal sin to whichever equation Jesuit-boy referred to.

Catholics & Republicans: Circling Wagons Around The Base

Be ready for further foaming, of an even more rabid nature, as two institutions confronted w/ impending slides into irrelevance & doom try to stand athwart history & its dialectic screeching "Stop, damnit, for the love of my non-existent gawd, stop!!" All should be familiar w/ the Republican "We weren't right wing enough! We lost the base!" etc., etc. chant, tempered here & there by the slightly less-ideological & more rational, "Maybe we should have an appeal to more than old white Christian male high school drop-outs who'll be dead in ten yrs.," elements of the party. (Both of them.)
And all should be aware we'll be hearing more of the same, for some time. "George Bush was no conservative, he was a spendthrift, big government type." "If not for Sarah Palin we would've really lost! The at least six un-flattering adjectives media lied Obama into office," & probably more than once its sub-text: "AmeriKKKans are so stupid they don't deserve our glorious rule," ad nauseum.
The other institution is that globe-girdling enterprise of repression, guilt, self-loathing & general Whore of Babylonatry, the Roman Catholic Church. There aren't as many pasty-white patoots in the pews as there used to be, so the Pope is going for quality of delusion, not quantity of the deluded.
Very high on Benedict's list of concerns is the defense -- perhaps the saving -- of Catholic Christianity on the European continent. Benedict knows only too painfully that Catholic loyalties in most countries are far weaker than they were 40 years ago, whether measured by mass attendance or vocations. Meanwhile, once-faithful countries like Spain seem happy passing very liberal laws on abortion and gay marriage -- both of which Benedict opposes strenuously. If there is a solution to this great fall from grace, he has suggested, it is to be found in the small and very faithful Catholic societies -- including the so-called new ecclesial orders. If we can no longer count on heavy majorities of Spaniards or French people going to mass, Benedict reasoned, the Catholic future depends on dedicated minorities who will act like a leaven to raise the whole mass.
Good luck, Joey Ratz. You've been doing a good job so far improving the standing of the Church. And we can expect more, it seems.
The sect's eccentricity went further than simply holding quirky or reactionary views. Lefebvre and his immediate circle reacted radically and fundamentally to the Vatican's 1960s reformism. Theirs was not simply suspicion of modern decadence, but rather a fundamental belief in the evil forces subverting the modern world -- which included the Jews. Pope Benedict erred in seeing the Lefebvrists as simple traditionalists or reactionaries whose views slotted into the right wing of the acceptable European political spectrum. Some, at least, were far more extreme, and the Vatican's attempted embrace of them will probably cause lasting damage both inside the church, and in relations with other faiths.
The Pope may not have too sharp an ear for the acceptable political spectrum, having been a Junior Nazi & all. And how could he have imagined that these simple, traditionalist reactionaries would have simple, traditional, reactionary views? It's not as if the Holy Father is infallible or anything.

Today in Entertainment History: It's All Paul!

Associated Press - February 9, 2009 3:13 AM ET On February ninth, 1964, The Beatles made their first live U.S. television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." An estimated 73 million people tuned in to watch the band perform five songs, including "I Want To Hold Your Hand." In 1972, Wings played its first show -- unannounced and uninvited -- for students during lunchtime at Nottingham University in England. The price of admission was 33 cents. In 1979, K-Mart pulled Steve Martin's comedy album "Let's Get Small" for being in bad taste. In 1981, singer Bill Haley died in Harlingen, Texas, of natural causes. He was 56.
In 1993, both Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney released solo albums. Jagger's was called "Wandering Spirit" and McCartney's was titled "Off The Ground." In 1997, "The Simpsons" became the longest-running prime-time animated series, beating the record previously held by "The Flintstones."

Today in History - Feb. 9

By The Associated Press 53 mins ago Today is Monday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2009. There are 325 days left in the year.   [In some worlds, this is the] AP Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."Read the original AP story Audio LinkEd Sullivan introduces the Beatles [In others, this:] Today's Highlight in History: In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces. [Still pretty cool, highlight or no. — Ed.] On this date: In 1773, the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Virginia Colony. In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate had received a majority of electoral votes. In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected the provisional president of the Confederate States of America In 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau was established. One Hundred years ago, in 1909, Dean Rusk, secretary of state under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, was born in Cherokee County, Ga. In 1933, the Oxford Union Society approved, 275-153, a motion "that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country," a stand that was widely denounced. 
(In 1983, the Oxford Union Society rejected, 416-187, a motion "that this House would not fight for Queen and Country.") In 1942, daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward. In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists. ["57 card-carrying communists ..." Ah, memories. Hear tail-gunner Joe at the "In some worlds" link above. — Ed.] In 1971, the crew of Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon. In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died at age 69, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko. Ten years ago: The Senate began closed-door deliberations in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, even though members from both parties acknowledged that the two-thirds margin for conviction could not be attained. Five years ago: President George W. Bush and Democratic front-runner John Kerry sparred over the president's economic leadership, while Kerry's rivals sought to slow his brisk pace. Anti-government rebels took control of nearly a dozen towns in western Haiti as the death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40. One year ago: Democrat Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state; Republican Mike Huckabee outpolled John McCain in the Kansas caucuses and Louisiana primary, while McCain won the Washington caucuses. A suicide bomber blasted a political gathering in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 27 people. Space shuttle Atlantis, carrying a European-built science lab, docked with the international space station. Today's Birthdays: Actress Kathryn Grayson is 87. Television journalist Roger Mudd is 81. Actress Janet Suzman is 70. Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis") is 68. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 67. Actor Joe Pesci is 66. Singer Barbara Lewis is 66. Author Alice Walker is 65. Actress Mia Farrow is 64. Singer Joe Ely is 62. Actress Judith Light is 60. Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 58. Actor Charles Shaughnessy is 54. Country singer Travis Tritt is 46. Actress Julie Warner is 44. Country singer Danni Leigh is 39. Actor Jason George is 37. Actor-producer Charlie Day is 33. Rock singer Chad Wolf (Carolina Liar) is 33. Actor A.J. Buckley (TV: "CSI: NY") is 32. Rock musician Richard On (O.A.R.) is 30. Actress Ziyi Zhang is 30.  Thought for Today: "Modesty is the conscience of the body." — Honoré de Balzac, French author and dramatist (1799-1850). [Oh please, what the fuck is that even supposed to mean? — Ed.]

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

NOT Live-Blogging The Fucking Grammies ...

... which haven't yet begun their tape-delayed airing on the coast w/ the most.

Barter System

Go nuts & click through to YouTube™ for wide-screen action. Then see how the Russian economy is doing. Oooh-weeeRuslana*, in the video above, is actually a Uke. As an American, it's amazing we can distinguish between furriners at all, so we're not going to make a big deal out of it. Ukraine : Russia :: Canada : United Snakes, more or less, & there are many of Ukrainian descent in Canada, although that probably is as irrelevant as anything else typed here. *Found in some guy's pictures of his Ukrainian museum vacation.

Land Ho!
Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Agnes Tauyan says the Navy is reassessing its options.

Photo: Marco Garcia/AP
Missed this until now.
HONOLULU - The Navy says its third attempt to free a $1 billion warship that ran aground off the coast of Hawaii has failed. Tugboats and a salvage ship tried unsuccessfully for four hours early Sunday to pull the USS Port Royal off a rock and sand shoal. The guided missile cruiser ran aground Thursday about a half-mile south of the Honolulu airport.
Maybe it takes three tries before the elite bias liberal mainstream legacy drive-by media reports anything bad about our sailors.

Wayne's World of Psycho- & Sociopathic Oddity

Seriously, who hasn't noticed this probably meaningless yet possibly culturally significant phenomenon?  Weird news fan Chuck Shepherd was onto it some time ago (We suspect not as early as the Editorial Board here, but who the hell can remember exactly when this or that formerly crackpot theory began to make sense?) has compiled a list composed exclusively of murderers w/ the middle name "Wayne," & offers a theory.  [File this under: Whatever, Getting Rid Of Crap We Bookmarked For Some Reason, Why Should We Care?, Are We Getting Paid For This? — Ed.]

HIstory, Etc., On This Date

Today is Sunday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2009. There are 326 days left in the year.
Link to the AP's page. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1968, three black college students were killed in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley. On this date: In 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to assassinate her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. In 1693, a charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. In 1837, the Senate selected the vice president of the United States, choosing Richard Mentor Johnson after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes. In 1904, the Russo-Japanese War, a conflict over control of Manchuria and Korea, began as Japanese forces attacked Port Arthur. 
In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. In 1924, the first execution by gas in the United States took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City as Gee Jon, a Chinese immigrant convicted of murder, was put to death. In 1974, the last three-man crew of the Skylab space station returned to Earth after spending 84 days in space. In 1978, the deliberations of the Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time as members opened debate on the Panama Canal treaties. In 1989, 144 people were killed when an Independent Air Boeing 707 filled with Italian tourists slammed into a fog-covered mountain in the Azores. In 2007, model, actress and tabloid sensation Anna Nicole Smith died in Florida at age 39 of an accidental drug overdose. Ten years ago: The Senate heard closing arguments at President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, with House prosecutors challenging senators to "cleanse the office" and the president's attorney dismissing the case as one of partisan retribution. Jordan's King Hussein was laid to rest during a five-hour funeral in Amman attended by dignitaries from all over the world, including President Clinton and former U. S. presidents George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford. Five years ago: President George W. Bush denied marching America into war under false pretenses and said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" the US-led invasion was necessary because Saddam Hussein could have developed a nuclear weapon. The National Football Conference won the Pro Bowl, defeating the American Conference 55-52. In the National Hockey League All-Star Game, the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference, 6-4. At the Grammy Awards, rap funksters OutKast won album of the year for "Speakerboxxx-The Love Below"; Beyonce' took home five trophies. One year ago: Scotland Yard investigators concluded that Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto died on Dec. 27, 2007, as the result of a bomb blast, not a gunshot. Latina Williams, a 23-year-old nursing student at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge, shot and killed two other students and then herself. Novelist Phyllis A. Whitney died in Charlottesville, Va., at age 104. Today's Birthdays: Composer-conductor John Williams is 77. Former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 69. Actor Nick Nolte is 68. Comedian Robert Klein is 67. Actor-rock musician Creed Bratton is 66. Country singer Dan Seals is 61. Singer Ron Tyson is 61. Actress Brooke Adams is 60. Actress Mary Steenburgen is 56. Author John Grisham is 54. Actor Henry Czerny is 50. Rock singer Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 48. Rock singer-musician Sammy LLanas (The BoDeans) is 48. Actor Gary Coleman is 41. Actress Mary McCormack is 40. Actor Seth Green is 35. Actor Josh Morrow is 35. On February eighth, 1915, the motion picture "The Birth of a Nation," directed by D.W. Griffith, premiered in Los Angeles. In 1969, the "supergroup" Blind Faith was formed, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood. In 1971, the Bob Dylan film "Eat The Document" was shown at the New York Academy of Music. Dylan had wanted the documentary to appear on TV, but it didn't until ten years later. In 1973, Carly Simon received a gold record for the single "You're So Vain." In 1990, singer Del Shannon was found shot to death at his home in Santa Clarita, Calif. Police found a rifle near his body, suggesting he'd committed suicide. His biggest hits were "Runaway" and "Hats Off To Larry." Also in 1990, CBS News suspended "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney for racial remarks he'd allegedly made about blacks in the gay magazine The Advocate. Rooney denied the quotes. In 2006, Sly and the Family Stone reunited for a performance at the Grammys. Stone had not performed live in 19 years. 

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Let's You & Him Have a War, OK?

If you'd been wondering what the U. S. Military's Africa Command was about, or what it was up to, question no more, because it seems they're pretty much up to the same old shit the rest of the military's been up to since the first Cold War started in the late '40s. In this case, poorly training forces of repression, planning badly w/ said forces, watching it all go to hell, & absolving itself of all responsibility. SOP.

American officials conceded that the operation did not go as well as intended, and that villagers had been left exposed. "We provided insights and alternatives for them to consider, but their choices were their choices," said one American military official who was briefed on the operation, referring to the African forces on the ground. "In the end, it was not our operation." Major Felix Kulayigye, a Ugandan military spokesman, declined to discuss the American involvement and simply said, "There was no way to prevent these massacres."

Is that part of the training "we" provide? The Commandante Cop-out approach to information? Other areas where "we" provide training & equipment are growing restive & stirring up trouble again.
Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze said 27 jets are now at the former Soviet airfield at Gudauta, which he said was a flagrant violation of a 1999 treaty on conventional forces in Europe. Speaking to journalists in parliament, he said the deployment was clearly aimed against Georgia. But Garry Kupalba, deputy defense minister of Abkhazia, said there were no Russian jets at the Gudauta air base. He said the base has not been used since 1993.
Somebody's lying. We'll bet it's "our" client state, Georgia, if only because 27 fighters are pretty hard to hide at an airbase.

And From The Other Side Of Our World

Ha Ha. Get It?

So, which are the "35% off select items?" The anti-Obama or the pro-McCain? Pro-Palin, a different story, perhaps.

The View From Our Bathroom Window

Rain is expected again, but for the moment:
Who's got the Big Sky now, Montana?

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

From New York's Times

Senators Reach Accord on Stimulus Plan as Jobs Vanish Again, jobs "vanish" into thin air, as if whisked away by a witch or wizard.
It's magic!

Snowy Day In London Town

Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Humor In A Jugular Vein

One comparison that can be fairly made to Roosevelt & Lincoln: No other presidents have taken office w/ such an immediate crisis as the current mess, the impending dissolution of The Union & The First Great Depression.  
48pg.  |  Color/B&W  |  $ 4.99 US  (48 pp. Five bones? That's "cheap?")        

Nuking Gay Whales For Christ Or Ahab

People for the Ethical Treatment of Marine Mammals put their money where the Japanese whalerresearch vessel is. Raw video, & an edited report adding reverse angle stills from the forces of righteousness.

Today in History, Today's Birthdays, Today In Entertainment History - February 7

Today is Saturday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2009. There are 327 days left in the year. The AP A/V wrap-up is here.  This one may work later. AP Highlight in History: On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived in New York for their first American tour, touching off rock 'n' roll's "British invasion."
Or (And remember, this is all from the AP.):
Today's Highlight in History:
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, space shuttle Challenger astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart went on the first untethered space walk, which lasted nearly six hours. On this date: In 1812, author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. In 1857, a French court acquitted author Gustave Flaubert of obscenity for his serialized novel "Madame Bovary." In 1904, a fire began in Baltimore that raged for about 30 hours and destroyed more than 1,500 buildings. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the vice president. In 1943, the government announced the start of shoe rationing, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person for the remainder of the year. In 1944, Germany launched a counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy, during World War II. In 1948, General Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of staff; he was succeeded by General Omar Bradley. Forty-five years ago, in 1964, The Beatles began their first American tour as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. In 1971, women in Switzerland gained the right to vote through a national referendum, 12 years after a previous attempt failed. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, the island nation of Grenada won independence from Britain. In 1983, Elizabeth H. Dole was sworn in as the first female secretary of transportation by the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In 1986, Haitian President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his country, ending 28 years of family rule. In 1990, the Soviet Union's Communist Party gave up its monopoly on power by agreeing to let other political parties compete for control of the country. In 1991, the Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide was sworn in as Haiti's first democratically elected president. In 1995, Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan. Ten years ago: Jordan's King Hussein died of cancer at age 63; he was succeeded by his eldest son, Abdullah. NASA launched the Stardust spacecraft on a mission to chase a comet in hopes of collecting a sample of comet dust. Five years ago: John Kerry won the Washington state and Michigan Democratic presidential primaries. In 2005, defrocked priest Paul Shanley, the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese, was convicted of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at his church during the 1980s. (Shanley was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.) One year ago: John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his campaign. Fourteen refinery workers were killed in a sugar dust explosion near Savannah, Ga. A gunman opened fire at a Kirkwood, Mo., council meeting, killing two police officers and three city officials before being fatally shot by law enforcers. In Los Angeles, a man who claimed responsibility for the deaths of three relatives opened fire on a SWAT unit, killing one officer; the gunman was killed by a police sniper. After two months of delay, shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit with Europe's gift to the international space station, a $2 billion science lab named Columbus. Born on this date & still alive: Country singer Wilma Lee Cooper is 88. Author Gay Talese is 77. U.S. senator (D-Wis.) Herb Kohl is 74. Actor Miguel Ferrer is 54. Reggae musician Brian Travers (UB40) is 50. [See, damnit, there's another UB40er whose b-day is here. — Ed.] Comedy writer Robert Smigel is 49. Actor James Spader is 49. Country singer Garth Brooks is 47. Rock musician David Bryan (Bon Jovi) is 47. Actor-comedian Eddie Izzard is 47. Actor-comedian Chris Rock is 44. Actor Jason Gedrick is 42. Actress Essence Atkins is 37. Rock singer-musician Wes Borland (Black Light Burns) is 34. Actor Ashton Kutcher is 31. On February seventh, 1944, Bing Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra recorded "Swinging on a Star" in Los Angeles for Decca Records. In 1964, thousands of screaming fans greeted The Beatles as they arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport for their first US tour.In 1965, George Harrison had his tonsils removed at a London hospital. Thirty years ago, in 1979, Stephen Stills became the first artist to record on digital equipment, at a recording studio in Los Angeles. However, Ry Cooder is credited with releasing the first digitally recorded record because Stills never released the material. [Either way, the end of the music industry commenced that very day. — Ed.] In 1980, Pink Floyd performed "The Wall" for the first time in the U. S. The band only did the show in Los Angeles and New York. In 1981, country singer John Conlee joined the Grand Ole Opry. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Michael Jackson visited the Stockton, California, elementary school where five students were killed by a gunman the month before. He brought T-shirts and cassettes for the kids. [Ick. Just ... ick. — Ed.] In 2000, magician Doug Henning died in Los Angeles after battling liver cancer. He was 52. That same day, Foghat singer "Lonesome" Dave Peverett died of pneumonia in Orlando, Florida. He was 56. In 2005, Paul McCartney performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in Jacksonville, Florida. He was the first act to play that gig following Janet Jackson exposing her breast at the previous year's Super Bowl halftime show. [At least he kept his junk under control. — Ed.] Thought for Today: "A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run." — Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee), English writer (1839-1908). [No shit. 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Friday, February 6, 2009

Is This "Fair Use?"

We'd guess at least a third of the crap found here is from the AP. We like to call it free speech, or "fair use," if you want to be legalistic; the AP prefers "stealing," but either way we're glad to see the AP's president, Tom Curleystand up for his outfit, & however far his concept of a free press goes. 
Mostly he's unhappy w/ the treatment reporters rec'd. at the bloody hands of AmeriKKKan baby killers (pretty much our phrasing, not Curley's) but he doesn't like the end run the Pentagon seems to be making around various media.
He said the Pentagon has kept secret some information that used to be available to the public, and its public affairs officers at the Pentagon gather intelligence on reporters' work rather than serve as sources. [...] "But does America need to resort to al-Qaida tactics?" Curley said. "Should the U.S. government be running Web sites that appear to be independent news organizations?" Should the military be planting stories in foreign newspapers? Should the United States be trying to influence public opinion through subterfuge, both here and abroad?" He also said the Bush administration had stripped hundreds of people, including reporters, of their human rights. He noted that when an Iraqi judicial panel reviewed the evidence gathered by the military against Hussein, the AP photographer, it ordered his release. He declined in an interview to say who said AP could be "ruined" for sticking to its principles, but "I knew that they were angry."
Don't get between propagandists & their message in the "information battlespace."
An AP video on the Pentagon's domestic & foreign psyops.

Faster, Please, End Of The World!

Oh, America & World, your complete financial & economic destruction cannot come too fucking soon for us. And the rush to the end does seem to be accelerating. From a NYT News Alert:
598,000 Jobs Lost as Jobless Rate Hits 7.6% in January Job losses were once again spread across both manufacturing and services industries, reinforcing the picture of an economy contracting at its fastest pace in decades.
"Fast," generally considered positive by Americans, certainly scans oddly in that sentence. "Go, go, go!" we say. "Race you to the bottom of the abyss!" You took a big dump in your bed, like a crazy person. Now lie in it for the next thirty or forty yrs., Nation of Sheep®©!

Not The Greatest Headline Choice Ever Made

Army: Suicides likely jumped last month

Military investigating the number that could surpass January combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. Full story

From MSNBC.

The Post-News News For 6 February

Today is Friday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2009. There are 328 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Illinois.On this date:
In 1756, America's third vice president, Aaron Burr, was born in Newark, N.J. [That's two moronic fucksticks who came close to ruining this nation and were born on this date. Talk about days that live in infamy. — Ed.]
In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.
In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the US Constitution.
In 1895, Baseball Hall of Famer George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore.
In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the US Senate.
In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the so-called "lame duck" amendment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson.
In 1945, Reggae musician Bob Marley was born in St. Ann parish in Jamaica.
In 1952, Britain's King George VI died; he was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, the United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
In 1978, Muriel Humphrey took the oath of office as a United States senator from Minnesota, filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
In 1989, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman died at age 77. 
In 1992, 16 people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.
In 1993, Tennis Hall of Famer Arthur Ashe died at age 49.
In 1996, a Turkish-owned Boeing 757 jetliner crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from the Dominican Repubic, killing 189 people, mostly German tourists.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changingthe name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
In 1999, the public finally got to see and hear Monica Lewinsky as excerpts of the former White House intern's videotaped testimony were shown at President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. President Clinton requested legislation to require background checks on buyers at gun shows.
In 2000, First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her successful candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
In 2001, Ariel Sharon was elected Israeli prime minister in a landslide over Ehud Barak.
In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine intelligence on Iraq's weapons. An explosion ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people. Auto mechanic Joseph P. Smith was charged with murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla., found the body of eleven-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose kidnapping had been captured by a carwash surveillance camera. (Smith was later convicted and sentenced to death.)
In 2008, at least 54 deaths were reported after two days of tornadoes that plowed across Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. The White House defended the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding, saying it was legal -- not torture as critics argued -- and had saved American lives. The Phoenix Suns acquired Shaquille O'Neal in a stunning blockbuster deal that sent four-time All-Star Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 92. Actor Patrick Macnee is 87. Actor Rip Torn is 78. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 78. Actor Mike Farrell is 70. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 69. Singer Fabian is 66. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 66. Actor Michael Tucker is 65. Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 60. Singer Natalie Cole is 59. Actor Jon Walmsley is 53. Actress Kathy Najimy is 52. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 52. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 52. Actor Barry Miller is 51. Actress Megan Gallagher is 49. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) is 47. Country singer Richie McDonald is 47. Singer Rick Astley is 43.
On February sixth, 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape.
In 1970, "Instant Karma" by John Lennon was released as a single.In 1989, actor Todd Bridges was ordered held without bond on an attempted murder charge. He pleaded not guilty in connection with a shooting.
In 1990, singer Billy Idol shattered a leg and broke an arm when his motorcyle hit a car in Los Angeles. Police said Idol ran a stop sign and wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
In 1991, actor Danny Thomas died after suffering a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 79. He was buried in Memphis a few days later.
In 1995, rapper Tupac Shakur was sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on a sexual assault charge.
In 1998, singer-guitarist Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys died of complications from lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was 51. Also in 1998, singer Falco was killed in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. He was 40. Falco was probably best known for his song "Rock Me Amadeus."
In 2003, ABC aired the British documentary, "Living With Michael Jackson." Jackson's comments about allowing kids spend the night in his bedroom prompted authorities to look into his relationships with children. Jackson was arrested the following November on child molestation charges (he was acquitted at trial).

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Annals Of Conceptual Editorial Illustration

Blame It On Obama?

No reason to think it won't be tried. Frankly, we think even real Americans, those poor saps who had nothing resembling a future beyond "service" to certain resource cartels, have indeed been turned into wimps, sissies & Nancy-boys, if you will, & it's over & done for the Christian White Man's global hegemony if this kind of thingbecomes any more common. Mothers of America, stop raising your boy spawn to be male nurses. Raise them to be warriors!

The Future Of Newsprint

As seen from the past.

Lying Sacks Of Breathtaking Crap

The Liberal Bible's Editorial Board Blog weighs in on Dick.
[T]he (thankfully) former vice president let loose a stream of disinformation and attacks on Mr. Obama that were breathtaking even by the standards of a man who set new lows for meanness and dissembling.
The Ed Board then proceeds to deconstruct most of Cheney's straw-men. And here's the ironic part:
– Mr. Obama is “more concerned about reading the rights to an al Qaeda terrorist” than “with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans.” Once again, this is nonsense — just the sort of bald propaganda Mr. Cheney and Mr. Bush used to frighten Congress into voting for appalling pieces of legislation like the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the Patriot Act and warrantless wiretapping.
The Times is not quite so eager to remind us of the appalling pieces of legislation they propagandized, like the "Let's Have a War in Iraq" Resolution of 2003. Heh.

"Siddown, She's Not Dead Yet."

Further (potential) mortality. Congratulations to SCOTUS Associate Justice Ginsburg for holding on until the possibility of a justice who will at least be somewhere in the later 20th century, if not the present.
Not, mind you, that Justice Ginsburg is guaranteed dead (best Hallmark® sentiments to her & her family, of course, yadda yadda) but her SC career may not continue much longer.
(Isn't the conservative wing of SCOTUS the younger (i. e., not yet 70) part? That is, B. O. may only be able to appoint replacements for the aging leftish justices, & won't have the opportunity to stack the court w/ commie activists. We hope any potential appointees are checking their back taxes right now. It's hard work to track all those consulting fees & honoraria for speeches.)

Stick Out Your Can, Here Comes The Garbage-Man

Some ten yrs. after a rumor of his death, Lux Interior seems to have done it for real, at the age of 62. Mr. Interior & his wife, Poison Ivy, had been married for 37 yrs. That's a long fucking time for ordinary people, let alone professional weirdos. A cultural/aesthetic wrap-up from the Guardian, w/ photos & YouTube links.

You Heard Me!

We have all the spare time in the world, we aren't competing for anything here, & we pretend to be stuffy (when "fuck" is typed, there's still a shred of shock) so there aren't too many of those traditional Internet acronyms on display here. But sometimes one just seems very apt. So, Dick Cheney, just
STFU!!
And then get the hell out of your no longer so undisclosed location. Because there is nowhere on this planet that Google™ Earth® will not find you! It's getting closer right now.
If Cheney’s language was dramatic, the setting for the comments was almost bizarrely pedestrian. His office is in a non-descript suburban office building in McLean, Va., in a suite that could just as easily house a dental clinic. The office is across the hall from a quick-copy store. The door is marked by nothing except a paper sign, held up by tape, saying the unit is occupied by the General Services Administration.
There's the usual gumflap; complete denial of anything & everything, inability to admit the slightest error. "We couldn't see it coming, it wasn't our fault, Democrats are pussies, etc."
Dick's idea of "not being a pussy" is the so-called Ledeen Doctrine, or "schoolyard bully" approach.
“The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected. Sometimes, that requires us to take actions that generate controversy. I’m not at all sure that that’s what the Obama administration believes.”
Politico refers to these as some of the "highlights" of the 90 min. interview.
* Whether the Bush administration should have done more about the economy: “We did worry about it, to some extent. … I don’t think anybody actually foresaw something of this size and dimension occurring. It’s also global. We only control part of the world economy – a very important part.” * On the chance of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the foreseeable future: “I think it’s unlikely.”
What an upbeat man. We know he wishes things were different in Israel, & we know that Washington & the nation will miss his sunny optimism.

Bill Burroughs' 95th Birthday

5 February 1914 — 2 August 1997

The Associated Press "Thought for Today"

"Men do not desire to be rich, but to be richer than other men." — John Stuart Mill, English philosopher and economist (1806-1873). Whatever.

This Date In History: It Sucks

Today is Thursday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2009. There are 329 days left in the year.
As always, there's more to the story. (W/ pictures & noises.) Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a Judiciary Reorganization Bill that included a provision to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court; critics accused Roosevelt of attempting to "pack" the high court with justices who would side with his New Deal policies. (The measure failed in Congress.) On this date: In 1631, the co-founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife, Mary, arrived in Boston from England. In 1783, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States. In 1811, George, Prince of Wales, was named the Prince Regent due to the insanity of his father, Britain's King George III. In 1887, Verdi's opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala. In 1897, the Indiana House of Representatives passed, 67-0, a measure redefining the method for determining the area of a circle, which would have effectively altered the value of pi. (The bill died in the Indiana Senate.) In 1917, Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians. Mexico's constitution was adopted. In 1958, Gamal Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic (a union of Syria and Egypt). In 1973, services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for Army Lt. Col. William B. Nolde, the last official American combat casualty before the Vietnam cease-fire. In 1989, the Soviet Union announced that all but a small rear-guard contingent of its troops had left Afghanistan. Ten years ago: Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was sentenced in Rockville, Md., to a year in jail for assaulting two motorists following a traffic accident (he ended up serving 3 1/2 months). Five years ago: CIA Director George Tenet offered a forceful defense of prewar intelligence in a speech at Georgetown University. Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf pardoned the country's top nuclear scientist for leaking weapons technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. One year ago: John McCain seized command of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, winning delegate-rich primaries from the East Coast to California on Super Tuesday; Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama traded victories. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop; he was thought to be 91. Today's Birthdays: Country singer Claude King is 86. The Reverend Andrew M. Greeley is 81. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron is 75. Actor Stuart Damon is 72. Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 70. Television producer-writer Stephen J. Cannell is 68. Actor David Selby is 68. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 68. Football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach is 67. Singer Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) is 67. Movie director Michael Mann is 66. Rock singer Al Kooper is 65. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 63. Actress Barbara Hershey is 61. Actor Christopher Guest is 61. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 61. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is 50. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows is 48. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 47. Actress Laura Linney is 45. Rock musician Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 45. Rock singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 41. Country singer Sara Evans is 38. Actor Jeremy Sumpter is 20. [Who are these people? Why would we care? — Ed.] On February fifth, 1940, Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded "Tuxedo Junction" for RCA Victor's Bluebird label. In 1957, Bill Haley and His Comets arrived in London for a tour and were mobbed by fans. In 1972, Paul Simon released his first solo single following his breakup with Art Garfunkel. The song, "Mother and Child Reunion," became a top five hit. In 1992, a blues band accompanied Willie Dixon's funeral procession in Chicago. More than 100 mourners followed the horse-drawn hearse that was carrying his body. Dixon died of heart failure about a week earlier. In 1996, actress Elizabeth Taylor filed for divorce from her seventh husband, Larry Fortensky, citing irreconcilable differences. In 1998, guitarist Tim Kelly of Slaughter was killed in a traffic accident in northwest Arizona. He was 34. In 2001, actor Tom Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman announced their separation after eleven years of marriage.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Today in Entertainment History

Associated Press - February 4, 2009 3:13 AM ET On February fourth, 1938, "Our Town," Thornton Wilder's play about small-town life in America, opened on Broadway. In 1961, singer Johnny Burnette underwent an emergency appendectomy in Los Angeles and was forced to cancel a British tour. He's known for the hit "You're Sixteen," which was on the Top 40 charts at the time. In 1969, Columbia Records signed Johnny Winter to a 5-year, $300,000 contract, which was unprecedented for a new artist. In 1971, The Osmonds received their first gold record, for "One Bad Apple." In 1983, singer Karen Carpenter died of cardiac arrest in Downey, California, at age 32. She had suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa. [We found no photos of these two together, so no pictures at all. — Ed.] In 1987, Liberace died at his home in Palm Springs, California, of AIDS-related complications. He was 67. In 1993, entertainer Ben Vereen was discharged from a rehabilitation center in New Jersey. He had been getting therapy for seven months after he was hit by a truck near his home in Malibu, California. Today's birthdays: Actor William Phipps is 87. Actor Conrad Bain ("Diff'rent Strokes") is 86. Actor Gary Conway ("Burke's Law") is 73. Movie director George A. Romero is 69. Drummer John Steel of The Animals is 68. Singer Florence LaRue of the Fifth Dimension is 65. Singer Alice Cooper is 61. Actor Michael Beck is 60. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 57. Singer Tim Booth of James is 49. Country singer Clint Black is 47. Country bassist Dave Buchanan of Yankee Grey is 43. Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 39. "Daily Show" correspondent Rob Corddry is 38. Singer David (dah-VEED') Garza is 38. Bassist Rick Burch of Jimmy Eat World is 34. Singer Natalie Imbruglia (im-BROO'-lee-uh) is 34. Rapper Cam'ron is 33. Singer Gavin DeGraw is 32.

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More Popery

Now he didn't know anything, & insists, insists, do you hear, that Bishop Williamson recant his Holocoaust denial. Because, you know, it doesn't look good, & El Papa wants to lay the blame firmly at the feet of the neo-pagans.

Earlier, a senior cardinal acknowledged the Vatican had mishandled the issue.

The Pope's decision, ending Bishop Williamson's excommunication on an unrelated matter, has caused a bitter row, as the bishop does not believe that Jews were gassed by the Nazis in World War II.

Not everyone sees that as a problem, of course, but in these days of political correctness some of the old ways must be left fallow for a while. They always come back as strong or stronger than before. 

The Sarah Story, So Far

On the heels of SarahPAC.com, Alaska Gov. Palin announces:
"It is reprehensible and hypocritical that the Defenders of Wildlife would use Alaska and my administration as a fundraising tool to deceive Americans into parting with their hard-earned money," Palin said in a statement.
Such a convergence of gall & wilful ignorance hasn't been seen since Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois last wk. But she's the one the GOP wants. We don't see how she can hold up for the next three yrs. until she can go into campaign  mode. What happens w/ the governorship? Does she try for reëlection in 2010?  Won't look good if she loses. 
Maybe the PAC will raise enough money that she can  run around the lower 48 calling attention to herself while hubby Todd races snow machines.

Keep Watching The Skies!

Well, pardon us for being impatient. Here's the full scare tactic. A link to ShieldAmerica.org was in the paid-for advertising of our gmail. ShieldAmerica wants to be sure that you know what an EMP is, 'cause they want you to think that Eye-ran's new satellite is going to melt your CDs & VHS tapes, podnuh! A world w/ no America. ("As we know it.") Can you imagine? And remember the "45 minutes" some shit-for-brains (we think it was Tony Blair, really) claimed would be the warning time if/when Saddam ("Smoking Gun") Hussein released his balsa wood drones? It's less than that now. See? Technology has cut the time by 12 minutes! And lest you think this noble effort to awaken the American people is more than self-parody, note the name of Clifford May, of the Foundation for the Defense Of Democracies, which is where the donations end up. We're sure it's more than coincidence that the foundation is for "Defense of," rather than "Promotion of" Democracies. Expect even more of these pleas for missile defense & "keeping the lines running" for weapons systems of no use against guerrillas in caves, as defense contractors read the writing on the wall. The less there is to defend, the less it's worth spending anything on. And whose fault is it there's so much less?

Musical Bonus

Vom: "Too Animalistic." Ld vcls: Gregg Turner.