Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Beer Refreshing

From Candy.

More Songs About Jealousy & Bitterness

The cover illustration for the print edition of a Matt Taibbi critique of Thomas Friedman. Easy, sure, but until the fuck disappears from the national discourse, or at least stays the hell off our tee vee screen, a necessary target.

Today's Marriage in History - 17 January

On January 17th, 1926, George Burns and Gracie Allen were married.[Are they still married? No? Well then? — Ed.]In 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play With Fire" in Los Angeles. In 1970, singer Billy Stewart and three members of his band were killed when their car went off a bridge in North Carolina. Stewart was 32. His biggest hit was his cover of the George Gershwin song "Summertime." In 1972, part of Highway 51 South in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. It runs in front of Graceland. In 1974, Dean Martin's son Dino, of Dino, Desi and Billy, was arrested after he allegedly tried to sell a machine gun to an undercover agent. He was released on bail the next day. [No recollection of that one. Dino eventually flew his California ANG plane into a local mountain. — Ed.] In 1975, "Baretta" premiered on ABC. In 1979, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt announced that they would record an album together. The result was the album "Trio," which wasn't released until eight years later. In 1990, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1993, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington for a free outdoor concert that was staged as part of the Presidential inaugural festivities. Performers included Michael Bolton and Aretha Franklin. In 1996, talk show host Phil Donahue announced he was retiring after the end of the season, after 29 years on the air. In 2001, Metallica announced bassist Jason Newsted had quit. Associated Press

A Late Birthday Gift for M. O.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Betty White is 87. Actor James Earl Jones is 78. Talk show host Maury Povich is 70. Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is 67.Pop singer Chris Montez is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer William Hart (The Delfonics) is 64. Rock musician Mick Taylor is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sheila Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 56. Singer Steve Earle is 54. Singer Paul Young is 53. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 52. Singer Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) is 50. Actor-comedian Jim Carrey is 47. Future first lady Michelle Obama is 45.Actor Joshua Malina is 43. Singer Shabba Ranks is 43. Actor Naveen Andrews is 40. Actor Freddy Rodriguez is 34. Actress Zooey Deschanel is 29. Associated Press 

Shakin' All Over: Jan. 17 Throughout History

By The Associated Press – 1 hr 36 mins ago Today is Saturday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2009. There are 348 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 17, 1961, in his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex." On this date: In 1562, French Protestants were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain. In 1893, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70; Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Lili'uokalani to abdicate. In 1917, the United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands. In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II; Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. In 1946, the United Nations Security Council held its first meeting, in London. In 1966, a U.S. Air Force B-52 carrying four unarmed hydrogen bombs crashed on the Spanish coast. (Three of the bombs were quickly recovered, but the fourth wasn't recovered until April.) In 1977, convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade. In 1989, five children were shot to death at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, Calif., by a drifter, Patrick Purdy, who then killed himself. In 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 72 people. In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan. Ten years ago: As White House lawyers met to work on President Bill Clinton's defense, their client spent the day preparing for his State of the Union address. The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets, 23-10, to win the American Football Conference title; the Atlanta Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings, 30-27, to win the National Football Conference championship. Five years ago: Three U.S. soldiers were killed north of Baghdad, pushing the U.S. death toll in the Iraq conflict to 500. Hollywood producer Ray Stark died at age 88. One year ago: Bobby Fischer, the chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, died in Reykjavik, Iceland, at age 64. Character actor Allan Melvin died in Los Angeles at age 84. Thought for Today: "The course of history can be changed but not halted." — Paul Robeson, American actor, singer and civil rights activist (1898-1976).

Friday, January 16, 2009

More Songs About Union People

The fact that working people who belong to unions (still little or no mention of the builders & ground crews) may have saved lives (all the lives) is disturbing to those who see little worth to AmeriKKKa beyond it's ability to murder from the air on a massive scale.
How is the right to be dealt w/ ? No one has said the pilot didn't do an incredible job. No admission that the rescuers performed excellently will diminish Air Force flight training, or all that Cap't. Sullenberger did. It's not an either/or situation. Plenty of credit to share. But to these die-hards, there's no middle ground, nothing but "Our Real America is a great nation, you libruls are tearing down the military & free enterprise if you don't give all credit to those great institutions."  
emptywheel mentions the union affiliation of rescue workers, & some witch is all over it & makes a political mess out of it. Everything is political, but you needn't politicize everything. Isn't that, like, fascist, or communist, or something-ist that's bad?
The comments, ClownHall & everywhere, are always most telling of what the blogger really wants to say, & of what deep thoughts the great mass of un-washed trailer trash are inspired to by such typing. Read 'em & weep.
A tip of the Boufffant chapeau to World O' Crap for bringing this crap to our attention. 

Circuit City Bosses Deserve To Live In Public Housing: The Park!

From The NYT, why Circuit City swirls toward the toilet: [I]ts problems go back a decade, from buying cheap real estate leases in inferior locations to laying off its most experienced sales staff. The latter saved money but cost the company employee morale and countless customers. “They basically destroyed all their customer loyalty among all their best customers in one fell swoop,” said Britt Beemer, chief executive and founder of America’s Research Group. “That was really the beginning of the end.” Mr. Businessman's failure has affected more than the remaining inexperienced C. C. employees, of course. The disappearance of the national chain means that in many markets consumers are running out of places to buy electronics, though shoppers are not the only ones being affected. The loss of Circuit City will probably be felt throughout the supply line as electronics manufacturers find themselves less able to negotiate prices. There's been much talk of the "criminalization of politics." This "issue" is usually raised by Republicans who've been caught politicizing a non-political area of gummint (the Dep't. of Justice, for example). We modestly propose a similar "criminalization of business." Admit that business, like politics, is, a priori, a criminal enterprise, & those who enter should absolutely expect to fail (the "possibility" of failure the excuse given by free-market glibertarians for the "reward" of the opportunity to steal everything you can from any corporate entity, its employees & any other markets available) & as soon as we see former tycoons, failed entrepreneurs & the other living proof that capitalism is a crock of barely post-feudal delusion wandering the streets in wooden barrels w/ rope shoulder straps, we'll shut up about whichever jackasses of the moment who have manipulated the markets into a paper fortune for themselves & gotten away w/ it. We do not want to see any more of this sort of thing (Un-Holy g*wd alone knows we don't want to type any more research terms into tiny boxes. When does the telepathic laptop/Web-o-matic head-implant get here? Right after the flying cars?):
Behind the flameout of controversial CEO Bob Nardelli (9 January 2007)
Nardelli: Chrysler Is Not Being Prepped for Sale
(11 January 2009)
Why does Nardelli get the chance to run two companies into the ground? Where's his wooden barrel? 
On his way out the door, however, Nardelli negotiated another jaw-dropper: a $210 million retirement package that assures that he and his former employer will remain at the center of the swirling debate over CEO compensation. Nardelli declined to comment.
No comment. Hunh. We imagine he could afford a regular barrel & a Sunday-go-to-meeting barrel (w/ real suspenders) out of that $210 million. We doubt if he'll leave Chrysler any lighter in the wallet either. The guys w/ the buckets of cash are there to bail Bob out. We'll be picking through the ruins of Circuit City bright & early tomorrow. See you there!

Homelessness: It's Your Fault, Of Course

Photo: Robert Gauthier/LAT
More than 700 wait hours in line, hoping to get one of 240 applications to be entered in a lottery for one of 58 new units in a low-cost apartment building.
More on the SoCal decent, affordable housing crisis (as mentioned immediately below) from the bankrupt newspaper that raised its price by 50% this wk. (There's about to be an affordable newspaper crisis in the Southland too, you betcha.)

Screwed Again!! (For Once, We Offer To Consume To Help This Horrid Consumer Society, & What Do We Get? The Back Of The Hand!)

Oh, the injustice: Bankrupt Circuit City is about to dump its load of consumer electronics on the North American market (as soon as tomorrow a. m. in some areas) & while the editorial staff here has money burning a hole in its wallet, & will be needing a brand new, high-tech, high-definition, digitally-tuning flat-screen telebision set as soon as they can find someplace to live, they don't have any place to put that flat-screen in the mean-time, & so  won't be able to take advantage of the deep discounts. Bugger all.And people wonder why we hate this world of shit & pain w/ the white-hot passion, etc., that we do.

Bye Bye Bush, Bye Bye

We cannot get enough of this man, & we are so sorry he must leave us.

TV on the Internet

Four Thousand Words

TBogg has compiled Hugh Hewitt's greatest literary endeavors. Do look.

Today's Collection of Jerks & Dullards

Today's Birthdays: Author William Kennedy is 81. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 79. [Will not be missed. And we hope he dies in an IDF raid. — Ed.] Rock musician Bob Bogle (The Ventures) is 75. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 75. Auto racer A.J. Foyt is 74. Singer Barbara Lynn is 67. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 66. Country singer Jim Stafford is 65. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 62. [Most successful at being a bitch in public. Ever. — Ed.] Movie director John Carpenter is 61. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 59. Singer Sade is 50. 
Associated Press

This Date In Entertainment History - January 16: Paul McCartney's Bad Day

In 1942, 33 year-old actress Carole Lombard (Mrs. Clark Gable) her mother and about 20 other people were killed when their plane crashed near Las Vegas. They were returning from a war-bond promotion tour.In 1957, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, opened. It became famous as the place where The Beatles were a house band. In 1964, the musical "Hello, Dolly!" starring Carol Channing, opened on Broadway. In 1970, The Who began a tour of European opera houses, performing excerpts from the rock opera "Tommy." [Your editor caught them at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris. — Ed.] In 1973, the last episode of "Bonanza" aired on NBC. In 1976, the live album "Frampton Comes Alive!" was released. In 1980, Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo after customs agents found marijuana in his luggage. Exactly four years later, he was arrested for marijuana possession in Barbados. In 1990, actors Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers released a statement that said they were ending their three-year marriage. In 1991, The Byrds and Wilson Pickett were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1996, Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither one was hurt. [No comment. Just shoot better next time, "authorities." — Ed.] And, Wayne Newton performed his 25,000th Las Vegas show. Newton has performed more shows as a headliner in Las Vegas than any other entertainer. Associated Press 

The Cycle of Life: Boring As Shit

Today in History - Jan. 16

Today is Friday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2009. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 16, 1920, Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. (It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)

On this date:

In 1547, Ivan IV of Russia (popularly known as "Ivan the Terrible") was crowned Czar.

In 1883, the U.S. Civil Service Commission was established.

In 1919, pianist and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski became the first premier of the newly created republic of Poland.

In 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London.

In 1969, two manned Soviet Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.

In 1978, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who became America's first black astronaut in space.

In 1989, three days of rioting began in Miami when a police officer fatally shot a black motorcyclist, causing a crash that also claimed the life of a passenger. (The officer, William Lozano, was convicted of manslaughter, but then was acquitted in a retrial.)

In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off under extremely tight security; on board was Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. (The mission ended in tragedy when the shuttle broke up during its return descent, killing all seven crew members.)

In 2007, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched his successful bid for the White House.

Ten years ago: Closing three days of opening arguments, House prosecutors demanded President Bill Clinton's removal from office, telling a hushed Senate that otherwise the presidency itself may be "deeply and perhaps permanently damaged." Forty-five ethnic Albanians were found slain near the southern Kosovo village of Racak.

Five years ago: Pop star Michael Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges during a court appearance in Santa Maria, Calif.; the judge scolded Jackson for being 21 minutes late. (Jackson was eventually acquitted.) NASA announced that the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope would be allowed to degrade and eventually become useless. Freddy Adu, the 14-year-old phenom, was selected by D.C. United as the first pick in Major League Soccer draft.

One year ago: President George W. Bush closed out his Mideast trip with a brief visit to Egypt, where he was welcomed by President Hosni Mubarak. Archbishop Earl Paulk, the 80-year-old leader of a megachurch, pleaded guilty in Atlanta to lying under oath about his sexual affairs and was sentenced to 10 years' probation.

Thought for Today: "Only the sinner has the right to preach." — Christopher Morley, American journalist (1890-1957).

And from an AP in a parallel universe, uncensored by Yahoo! News.
AP Highlight in History: On Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. 1988 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after making a racist comment. 1992 The government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war that had killed at least 75,000 people. 2001 Laurent Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was killed in a shooting at his home. 2006 Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was sworn in as Liberia's president.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Daily Wrap-Up (Abso-fucking-lutely Not A Regular Feature)

Good fortune, skill, training, preparation, & geese all combined in New York today. If you've just risen from the dead you might not have known. If you've been (or at least think you've been) alive today, you probably don't know if anything else happened. 
George "Worst President Ever" Bush's ta-ta to the nation, mercifully short (he probably didn't want to do it anyway) & no more or less offensive in its stupidity & tired old crap than any other of his appearances or activities, was shoved in our faces, but, on CNN at least (not a digital wonderland here at the Neon Motel, no other "news" channels available) as soon as the fork was in the president it was back to Crash Coverage 2009, sparing us a review of the most offensive presidential sound-bites, sparing George the raking over the coals he'd have gotten from half the pundits, & sparing the other half of the talking heads either (depending on who drew which talking points today) the embarrassment of attempting to justify/explain the last eight yrs., or the embarrassment of trying to talk about Reagan while disowning Bush as "not a real conservative."
Whew ... weren't expecting to do a whole sentence on the Farewell Address. 
We started w/ the goose attack in NYC, and while not taking anything away from everyone on the scene, who were close to perfect, there has been little or no mention of those who designed, engineered, built & maintained the "luckiest" plane in the world. 
Class fucking warfare. The plane held up, & all the great piloting in the world wouldn't have made any difference if it hadn't. (Human Popsicles Fished From Hudson) So a tip of the Bouffant (Friend of the Worker) chapeau to all the jacks & jills who get their hands dirty every day, making them or keeping them in the air, & to hell w/ the glory hound fly-boys.
Last Night Joke-Fest Wrap-Up:
Letterman's writers: "Airbus: Floats even better than it flies."

Bush Farewell Update: "Good" & "Evil" Bullshit Re Redux

Just fucking die, you piece of crap. Can you speak, or read, or memorize, or whatever it is you do, anything that is not the most stupid, mawkish platitudinous crap? 
Will it take the Jaws of Life to extract your head from its comfy hiding place? Even when the shit is wiped from your eyes, will you see anything? 
Prick. Drunken loser. You are beneath the contempt of good people. And our contempt as well. 
Wishing you a painful, misery-filled retirement, in every aspect of your should-not-be-allowed-to-continue existence.
P. S.: The Decider no longer has the "guts" to take on the "evil" of any sovereign nation that is not  threatening us this time. But he still has four more days in which to destroy the world in a fit of pique. Our sphincter remains clenched.

Look! Look! Islamo-Fascist Bacteria!

You could read it here. (It's by well known as a douchebag Andrew Klavan. See, we're not calling him a douchebag, we're just saying that he is well-known as a douchebag. The truth is out there, & it's close by.)
You could listen to Rush Limbaugh read it (w/ a few extrapolations).
Or, for the same result, you could stick your head in a toilet & give yourself a swirlie.
We'll save you the trouble.
 We have great politicians like Sarah Palin–who could well be president in not eight years but four–honest newsmen like Bret Baer and genius commentators like Rush–and Ann Coulter, who’s only about ten times smarter, funnier and more talented as a satirist than Jon Stewart or Bill Maher will ever be.  The left can’t out-argue these mind-warriors so they try to ridicule, disdain and isolate them, to make us feel ashamed that we admire and respect them.
It's the media that makes you ashamed of admiring & respecting hate-filled blow-hards? Have you no conscience, no values, no morality, no principles? Apparently not, judging from this:
The left has to lie for the simple reason that they’re wrong and we’re right, their policies don’t work and ours do.  Look at the cities that liberal politicians and programs have devoured like locusts.  Look at the liberal states that can’t rein in their spending even as they go broke.  Look at how environmentalists have made us energy-slaves to monsters overseas.  And look at how leftist, anti-patriotic and anti-religious policies in Europe have turned a once-great culture into a corpse that is being consumed by Islamo-fascist bacteria as we watch.
Okie-dokie, if that's your story & you want to stick w/ it, good luck to you, "mind-warriors." But despite your efforts, this remains a free country. You might want to check on whose policies are & aren't working, which city was "devoured" by liberal locusts, & just who made us "energy-slaves to monsters overseas?" Hint on the last one? There are monsters right here in America. Maybe AmeriKKKan monsters are OK, just not foreign ones.
Islamo-fascist bacteria? Is that a form of rat/cockroach-like vermin that must be exterminated? Thought so. We've heard that sort of thing before. Where was it?

The Punk-Ass Chump Loser Who Cried "Freedom" Just A Few Times Too Many

Also Bush-wise, we wanted to note (there's a fucking euphemism for you.) some stuff from Gail Collins.
“Sometimes you misunderestimated me,” Bush told the Washington press corps. This is not the first time our president has worried about misunderestimation, so it’s fair to regard this not as a slip of the tongue, but as something the president of the United States thinks is a word.
[...]
The White House has promised that in his final address, the president will be joined by a small group of everyday American heroes, which means that the only person on stage with a history of failing to perform well in moments of stress will be the main speaker.
[...]
Over the last few weeks we have learned that he thinks the Katrina response worked out rather well except for one unfortunate photo-op, and that he regards the fact that we invaded another country on the basis of false information as a “disappointment.” Since Bush also referred to the disappointments of his White House tenure as “a minor irritant” it’s perhaps best to think of the weapons of mass destruction debacle as a pimple on the administration’s otherwise rosy complexion.

If there’s any suspense about the speech it is how many times Bush will use the word “freedom,” which popped up 27 times in his relatively brief second inaugural. The man who gave us Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Freedom Agenda, the USA Freedom Corps and the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health has so thoroughly debased one of the most profound concepts in our national vocabulary that it’s getting hard to hear it used without remembering Janis Joplin’s line about how freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

No shit. We've been complaining about the horrid bastard's (& the entire right wing's) cheapening of our political discourse by excessive use of buzz-words for an eternity. We stand athwart stupidity & cheapness shouting "Stop!!" but it's futile at best.

Catapaulting The Propaganda

In anticipation of Bush's last (Please!) appearance, (3:31) of sound & moving pictures of Bush being Bush. 

Annals of Paranoia

The Circle Line comes through. Photo: Bebeto Matthews/APWe're worried that Bushie Boy may have something to say in his "Farewell Address" this eve. Like Reagan said that one time, except "Iran" instead of "Russia" as the bombing recipient.  Therefore, it would be completely irresponsible (could lose our Licence to Blogviate) of us not to speculate that the US Airways Airbus (FRENCH!! Airbus! FRENCH! They couldn't stand seeing "US Airways" painted on their plane, & sabotaged it because they hate the real America!!!) might have been part of a last ditch (Heh-heh, not intended. Only noticed later. Really.) Bush admin. attempt to blow something, anything, anyone, somewhere, to hell, on the basis that pesky die-hard last-gasp terrorists brought down the plane, & someone must pay! The French!! Or at least some geese besides the suicide flyers!!!

Close Call in Hudson River: Good Job, New York City!

Looks like the domestic airline biz can keep their two yrs. w/o a fatality record going, although just barely. No apparent loss of life, & big ups, props, etc., to the flight crew for an excellent water landing. (And to the birds that sacrificed themselves in a noble effort to stop humanity's destruction of the planet.)Note ferry in above photo. Per CNN, ferries in the area immediately made for the landing site, & started throwing life jackets, flotation devices, etc. to the evacuated passengers. P. S.: Temperature in the Big Apple at the time? 20°F!! Obviously above freezing in the Hudson, but Hokey Smokes!!

Annals of Civil Unrest

Action in Riga, late Tues. Photo: Ilmars Znotins/AFP - Getty Images.We're too busy to keep up w/ the righteous anger of the Greek people, what w/ Oaktown & all, but there's economic action in Latvia.
Oh, surprised again! More on Greece (calmer) & economic complaints registered in Bulgaria (Wednesday.)
For years, Latvia boasted of double-digit economic growth rates, but it has been shaken by the global economic downturn. Its central bank has spent a fifth of its reserves to guard against a steep devaluation of its currency, the lat, and experts expect a 5 percent contraction of the country’s gross domestic product in 2009. Salaries are expected to fall substantially, and unemployment is expected to rise.

The violence followed days of clashes in Greece last month over a number of issues, including economic stagnation and rising poverty as well as widespread corruption and a troubled education system. In Bulgaria on Wednesday, separate riots broke out in the capital, Sofia, after more than 2,000 people — including students, farmers and environmental activists — demonstrated in front of Parliament over economic conditions, Reuters reported.

Get up, stand up, etc.!

W: Worst Or Wrong?

For no particular reason, we'll refer you to a Bob Woodward, who used to be a reporter, & his finger-wagging toward the Bush Cluster-Fuck, disguised as lessons for Prez2B B. O. to take from the last eight yrs. in Presidency. 
You'd think anyone w/ an M. B. A. from "Hah-vud" would have absorbed these basic sort of how to succeed — Whoa! The irony of "how to succeed" struck us mid-keystroke there. Bush's track record demonstrates how little he's learned about success & how little he learned from failure, supposedly where the true "life lessons" are imparted. 

We Are Born But To Die

Today's Birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 72. Singer Don Van Vliet (aka "Captain Beefheart") is 68. [Singer? Singer? Guy's a friggin' genius, he's been out of the "singing" biz for ages, & is on to painting. Don't think that you've got a pass just 'cause you name-checked someone cooler than usual, AP. Get it right!! — Ed.]Actress Andrea Martin is 62.Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 52. Actor James Nesbitt is 44. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 42. Associated Press

Idiocy In Entertainment On This Date

On January 15th, 1954, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in San Francisco. They split after nine months.In 1964, Johnny Rivers began a year-long stint as the spotlight artist at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. He helped turn the club into a hot spot, and about six weeks later his hit album "Johnny Rivers At The Whisky A Go-Go" would be recorded.  In 1967, the Rolling Stones appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" to sing "Let's Spend The Night Together." To satisfy censors, Mick Jagger sang "Let's spend some TIME together." [That was it. The Revolution was over, & it was Mick who sold us out. — Ed.] In 1974, the TV sitcom "Happy Days" premiered on ABC, & Brownsville Station got a gold record for their only hit, "Smokin' in the Boys' Room." In 1982, singer Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band was seriously injured in a car accident in Miami. He spent most of the year recovering. In 1987, actor Ray Bolger died. He was 83. He's probably best known for playing the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz." In 1991, Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace A Chance" was released to coincide with the United Nations' midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990s. In 1992, Johnny Cash, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Isley Brothers were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1994, singer Harry Nilsson died of heart disease in Agoura Hills, California. He was 52. In 2005, NBC held an all-star telethon to raise money for victims of a tsunami in south Asia. Performers included Madonna, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Nelly and Eric Clapton. Associated Press

100 Yrs. of Krupa

By The Associated Press – 2 hrs 46 mins ago Today is Thursday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2009. There are 350 days left in the year. [Look how quickly it's going! — Ed.] Here is this date in pictures. Today's Highlight in History: Eighty years ago, in 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta. On this date: In 1559, England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey. In 1777, the people of New Connecticut declared their independence. (The tiny republic later became the state of Vermont.) In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana. In 1870, the Democratic Party was represented as a donkey in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly. In 1892, the rules of basketball were published for the first time, in Springfield, Mass. In 1908, nuclear physicist Edward Teller was born in Budapest. One Hundred years ago, in 1909, jazz drummer and composer Gene Krupa was born in Chicago.In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru was named to succeed Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India's Congress Party. In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense. In 1947, the mutilated remains of Elizabeth Short, the 22-year-old aspiring actress nicknamed the "Black Dahlia," were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot; her slaying remains unsolved. In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I. In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations. In 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford in San Francisco. In 1978, serial killer Ted Bundy murdered two students in a sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee. In 1989, NATO, the Warsaw Pact and 12 other European countries adopted a human rights and security agreement in Vienna, Austria. In 1992, the Yugoslav federation effectively collapsed as the European Community recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia. Ten years ago: House prosecutors prodded senators at President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial to summon Monica Lewinsky and others for testimony and "invite the president" to appear as well. Five years ago: The NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars for the first time since the vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks earlier. Fourteen-year-old golfer Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 72 in the first round at the PGA Sony Open in Honolulu. "First Wives Club" novelist Olivia Goldsmith died in New York at age 54. In 2005, a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, sentenced Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr. to 10 years behind bars for physically and sexually mistreating Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison & Mahmoud Abbas was sworn in as Palestinian president. One year ago: Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory in his native Michigan. During a visit to Saudi Arabia, President George W. Bush warned that surging oil prices threatened the U.S. economy and he urged OPEC nations to boost their output. Actor Brad Renfro, who as a youngster had played the title role in "The Client," was found dead in his Los Angeles home; he was 25. Thought for Today: "One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means." — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). [Wimp. — Ed.]

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

55 Panels

A boring drone such as ourself who has nothing to do other than click endlessly through anything, boring or not, will appreciate this link to Slate's "Eight Yrs. of W," as illustrated by various artists. Here's just one or so samples.
"Glub, glub, glub, mo-fo."

Bill & Hill, per Hitchens

Meanwhile (PUMAs, are you reading this?) "Hitch" (we feel we steal enough from him that we can be informal) who has as bad a case of Clinton Derangement Syndrome as anyone, eviscerates Mme. Sen. C. & Mr. Bill.
Of course, this may only be seed money for a later "quid" or even "quo" that hasn't yet materialized. (It would be irresponsible not to speculate, wouldn't it, Hitch?)
The big question is which Clinton Hitchens hates more, Bill or Hill.
Still, we're absolutely behind Xopher's being as insulting as possible w/o actually calling either of them ugly.
No, we are getting a notoriously ambitious woman who made a fool of herself over Bosnia, at the time and during the recent campaign, and who otherwise has no command of foreign affairs except what she's picked up second-hand from an impeached ex-president, a disbarred lawyer, and a renter of the Lincoln Bedroom. [All just one guy! — Ed.] If the Senate waves this through, it will have reinforced its recent image as the rubber-stamp chamber of a bankrupt banana republic. Not an especially good start to the brave new era.
It isn't, & it doesn't appear the Senate won't wave it through.

Out, Demons, Out!

The WaPo (in the person of Harold Myerson) goes off on the Money-Changers
 As the real income of Americans stagnated and their debt mounted, the wizards of Wall Street grew rich by collecting commissions on derivatives of derivatives of derivatives. By 2007, when Wall Street's profits amounted to an astonishing 40 percent of all American profits, the business of American finance was no longer American business -- providing loans for domestic production, technological innovation, that sort of thing -- but swapping bets and hedges on bets and hedges, all for hefty commissions.
[...]
Indeed, if the Treasury had set out to design a system to demonstrate once and for all that trickle-down economics doesn't work, it could not have done better than TARP. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has thrown money at the banks, which resolutely refuse to lend it to businesses and homeowners, no matter how creditworthy they may be.
Chickenshit Myerson doesn't mention the Treasury Dep't.'s handing over the treasury to the banks. Harold's pushing a Congressional bill to make the banks lend some of that tax-payer funding, rather than use our money to keep bonuses up & to buy each other, insuring they're too big to fail & eligible for further bail-outs when all the bad debt they acquired comes due.

That's why a bill that Barney Frank is promoting in the House, which would direct banks that choose to take bailout funds to start lending to creditworthy borrowers and designate no less than $40 billion for mortgage relief, is necessary if Congress is to authorize the Treasury to spend another $350 billion on TARP. Over in the Senate, the Democrats seem inclined to think that the need for such legislation is obviated by President-elect Obama's promise to administer the TARP in the ways that Frank's bill would mandate.

If Obama's appointees inspired sufficient trust that they would be willing to take on the banks, such legislation would be unnecessary. Unfortunately, they don't.

[...]

But to regulate banks, Obama has chosen people who have sided with banks against the public interest. They may be exemplary public servants once in office, but for now, they need to be viewed with the same wariness we'd extend to environmental appointees who voted against stricter fuel-economy standards or intelligence appointees who championed torture. That's why Frank's bill must be enacted.

"The rulers of the exchange of mankind's goods," FDR said in his inaugural address, "have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure and abdicated." Today, those rulers' failures are no less obvious, but far from abdicating, they're receiving our tax dollars and doing nothing with them. It's time, Mr. President-elect, to hurl them from the temple.

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"In Pains Me To See Skumbags Were Those Shirts"

At last, we're really on our way. It's all well & good to have rave reviews (OK, OK, but look to the right there, no, no, up, on the very top, see? Hah!!) but it's much better to have the notice of the evil, vicious, must-be-stomped-into-paste-like-the-cockroach-vermin-they-are Others against whom we are pitted in a war for the very survival of anything that may still be good.
(Yes, pathetic as it is, we're begging to be noticed by entities that type random letter assortments like these): 

I live in Boston and in pains me to see skumbags were those shirts and they have no clue who he was.

One "Muscledaddy" (We leave the Freudian interpretations to any clever eighth-grader) responds directly, & critically:
MUSCLEDADDY - January 14th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Bouffant-Hairdo,

What I said to Joe?

I’m making an exception for you - your site is the most glaring example of rambling, unhinged, American-hating screed I’ve seen outside the padded walls of Kos.

You are simply lost. I know a fellow in Hezbollah who doesn’t hate America as much as you do.

Begone.

- MD

Kthxbai!

Ho! Ho! Ho Chi Minh! NLF Is Gonna Win!! (And They Did)

A common theme at exciting new whine-site Big Hollywood is that all the zillions of "closet conservatives" lurking around the metaphorical men's rooms of Hollywood should start tapping their feet louder & come out of their political closets & stalls.
Call To Cotton Arms: Come Out Of The GOP Closet Abbreviated/paraphrased version: I have solid anecdotal proof that wearing a Ronald Wilson Reagan tee-shirt irks & annoys "liberals." My father was from Cuba, even though he was an American, & Che Guevara wasn't Cuban, even though no one's said he was. Did I mention that "Che" wasn't Cuban? There's a non-working link to the tee shirts I'm selling somewhere on this page. That was easy. This, perhaps, not as much, also, you betcha.
When is Hollywood going to get over its self-hatred identity and its glorification of murderers
(Do they all have some sort of hearing deficiency? Or are they just so thickly-skulled that words only get 75% of the way inside their minds, & we get usage like that?) So let's talk identity, as Lindsey does.
This Cuban is sick and tired of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. My father never said he was a Cuban, or a Cuban American. He was simply an American.
Yet Joe is "This Cuban" from the very beginning. How quickly they forget the lessons of their parents. (Crypto-fascist Commie-hatin' Cuban-American is one of the allowed "multi-culti" hyphenations, by the way, along w/ WASP-American. Most others, just call yourselves "American" & shut up.)
The only time I ever saw my father almost shed a tear was when he was caught off guard by the sight of a young hippie in a Che Guevara t-shirt. A look of confusion and sadness washed over the old man’s Death Wish face at the site of Che. He grabbed me by the arm as if I were in trouble and in his thick Cuban Scarface accent said, “You see the face on his shirt?” I nodded a resounding yes. “I don’t ever want to see you in a shirt like that. That man was a murderer, a thief, a liar and not a Cuban.”
Remember that, it's on the test.
Years later my father would yank my brothers and I out school for an impromptu school trip, “Where are we going?” we asked, “To the airport to see an American hero.” [sic, sic, sic]
He [Lindsey's father] then quickly mastered the English language
There, proof that acquired characteristics cannot be inherited. Who'd they see at the airport? Why, St. Ronnie.
[A] large plane came to a halt on the tarmac, its blue and white paint shining in the fat bloated sun.
And who's the better man?
One man made it as far as a t-shirt, the other to the White House.
But enough of Joe Lindsey's identity crisis. What's the gist of Joe's message? "Bail me out, wingnut welfarians!!"
To raise the consciousness of America to a greater moral standard we must begin to make films about true heroes. If we creative members of the GOP don’t do something now for proven heroes, not only will they be forgotten by the young, we will be forced to sit through a hundred years of glowing President Barack Hussein Obama films no matter what he does, or doesn’t do. And trust me; these films are currently gestating in the minds of every squishy-Lib that has a “Pepsi style” Barack Hussein Obama bumper sticker on their car in Hollywood.
Here's more irony! "Pepsi style" bumper sticker? From Joe's unusable link for tee-shirts:Oh yeah. RC: "We're number three by a large margin!" Or this:Actual copyright violations, not just "style."
We are disturbed by the reference to "a hundred years of glowing President Barack Hussein Obama." Does someone have atomic high-jinks in mind? 
This is getting tedious, we've been at it for two hrs.+, w/ just a few breaks, but we can't let the outro go.
If we don’t make these films then it’s our fault, I blame no one but us. This is a movement and a light must be shone upon it. We need to seek out the like-minded power players in Hollywood and say, “Show me your balls, then show me the money and greenlight this movie.”
Uh, where exactly do we go w/ this? He's shining a light on a "movement" while asking to see someone's balls? (And then he wants money.) Or, "Yes, a light must be shone on this, like anything else that is found under a rock?"
Today, if one uninformed celebrity is seen on ‘Access Hollywood’ wearing Che across their chest, then every misinformed teen wants to put one across theirs. Sarah Louise Heath Palin is not the new Ronald Wilson Reagan. Reagan must be the new Reagan. Let’s see Reagan t-shirts on the catwalks of Milan, up and down the mean streets of Melrose, on the lead singers of arena rock bands and at every red carpet event that’s touting the latest brilliant, genius filmmaker!
Yep, more movies about real heroes like Ronald "senile dementia" Reagan. Please. Note that Gov. Palin gets a mention, but there don't seem to have been any other Republicans on the national scene since Reagan. What happened to the Bush boys there, Joe? Shouldn't they be on tee-shirts? And the demographic Joe knows will understand the message? "Lead singers of arena rock bands." Don't forget, "Che" does not equal "Cuban." and yes, Joe, let's put your "old man" to rest. Stop typing about him.
If celebrities are comfortable plastering a lying, murdering thief who wasn’t even Cuban across their chest, then we should be overwhelmed with pride to put a proven American hero across ours. Come on Big Hollywood, let’s put my old man to rest and put a spin in Ernesto’s grave. This is a call to cotton arms, I dare you to come out of your GOP closet and be seen.
Come out, come out, wherever you are! (But be careful. The general tone at Big Hollywood is that your car will be keyed if you dare appear to be to the left of Mao in Hollywood. So if you're wearing your "I'm proud to be a stupid authoritarian ninny" shirt, the vicious self-hating Jewish homos of Hollywood may just slap you sillier than you already are!)

Shithead Pope At It Again

What bizarre hocus-pocus dress-up is this old wretch playing at?Reuters said it:
"If (to the prayer) we add the pope's recent statements on dialogue being useless because the Christian faith is superior, it is clear that we are moving toward the cancellation of 50 years of Church history," he wrote in the Jesuit journal Popoli. Last year the Vatican revised a contested Latin prayer used by traditionalist Catholics on Good Friday, the day marking Jesus Christ's crucifixion. But Jews criticized the new version because it still says they should recognize Jesus Christ as the savior of all men. It asks that "all Israel may be saved" and Jews said it kept an underlying call to conversion that they had wanted removed. [...] Relations between Catholics and Jews made great advances under the 27-year-long pontificate of the late Pope John Paul, who died in 2005. He was the first pope to visit a synagogue and led the Vatican to diplomatic relations with Israel. But many Jews have said they sense that the clock is being turned back under the papacy of Benedict, who has made the revitalization of traditional Catholic identity one of his goals.
Does this mean Jew-whuppin' is a part of  "traditional Catholic identity?" Doesn't sound too good.
Last week, a senior aide to the pope, Cardinal Renato Martino, angered Israel and many Jews by calling Gaza "a big concentration camp." Catholic-Jewish dialogue began in earnest after the 1962-1965 Second Vatican Council, with which repudiated the concept of collective Jewish guilt for Christ's death.
Liberals. That was their first mistake.

Defense of Marriage Act, Iranian Style

WaPo notes that Iran treats crimes against marriage very, very seriously.
The European Union, the United Nations and human rights advocates inside and outside Iran have decried stoning, which is enshrined in the country's Islamic legal code as a punishment for homosexuality and adultery. Condemned men are buried in sand up to their waists, and women up to their necks, and are pelted with stones until they die or manage to escape. Under the law, a condemned person's life is spared if he can free himself.
Well, how libertarian of them. A sporting chance. Not unlike witch-dunking, in the grand Euro tradition. We (or certain American religious sects) may have more in common w/ them than has been thought.

Undated -- Today's Birthdays:

CBS commentator Andy Rooney is 90. Blues singer Clarence Carter is 73. Country singer Billie Jo Spears is 72. Singer Jack Jones is 71. Singer-songwriter Allen Toussaint is 71. NAACP Chairman Julian Bond is 69. Actress Faye "The Skull" Dunaway is 68.Actress Holland "Penny" Taylor is 66.Actor Carl Weathers is 61. Singer-producer T-Bone Burnett is 61. Movie writer-director Lawrence Kasdan is 60. Rock singer Geoff Tate (Queensryche) is 50. Movie writer-director Steven Soderbergh is 46. Actor Mark Addy is 45. Fox News Channel anchorman Shepard Smith is 45. Actor Dan Schneider is 43. Actress Emily Watson is 42. Actor-comedian Tom Rhodes is 42. Rock musician Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne Band) is 42. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 41. Actor Jason Bateman is 40. Rock singer-musician Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is 40. Associated Press

John Lennon, Pornographer

On January 14th, 1952, NBC's "Today" show premiered, featuring Dave Garroway as host. In 1957, actor Humphrey Bogart died of throat cancer. He was 57. In 1967, the first so-called "Human Be-In" was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Among the performers were the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.In 1970, Diana Ross performed for the last time with The Supremes, at a show in Las Vegas, and, a display of John Lennon's erotic "Bag One" lithographs opened in London. Scotland Yard seized prints two days later as evidence of pornography. In 1972, "Sanford and Son" made its premiere on NBC. In 1973, Elvis Presley's TV special "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii" was beamed from Honolulu by satellite to dozens of countries. At the time, the program set a record for the number of people watching. In 1978, the Sex Pistols played their last concert before breaking up at a hall in San Francisco. They reunited in 1996 for a world tour. In 1986, actress Donna Reed died. She was 64. In 1990, "The Simpsons" made its premiere as a weekly show on Fox. In 1999, actor Robert Guillame suffered a mild stroke on the set of the TV show "Sports Night." The stroke was later written into the show. In 2000, talk show host David Letterman had emergency heart surgery. In 2006, Eminem re-married Kim Mathers in Detroit. He filed for divorce 82 days later. Associated Press

Peace Declared 225 Yrs. Ago

By The Associated Press – 2 hrs 9 mins ago Today is Wednesday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2009. There are 351 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: In 1969, 27 people aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise were killed when a rocket warhead exploded, setting off a fire and additional explosions that ripped through the ship off Hawaii. On this date: In 1639, the first constitution of Connecticut — the "Fundamental Orders" — was adopted. In 1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War. In 1858, French emperor Napoleon III escaped an attempt on his life. In 1900, Puccini's opera "Tosca" had its world premiere in Rome. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French General Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime conference in Casablanca. In 1952, NBC's "Today" show premiered, with Dave Garroway as the host, or "communicator," as he was officially known. In 1953, Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country's Parliament. In 1963, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever." In 1970, Diana Ross and the Supremes performed their last concert together, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. In 1993, talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS. Ten years ago: Before a jury of 100 silent senators, House prosecutors demanded President Bill Clinton's removal from office, charging he had "piled perjury upon perjury" and obstructed justice. Five years ago: Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to conspiracy as he accepted a 10-year prison sentence. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. struck a deal to buy Bank One Corp. for $58 billion. A female Palestinian suicide bomber killed three Israeli soldiers and a private security guard at a Gaza crossing. U.N. officials announced that Libya had ratified the nuclear test ban treaty. President George W. Bush unveiled a plan to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond. Death claimed actress Uta Hagen in New York at age 84 and actor Ron O'Neal in Los Angeles at age 66. One year ago: Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana. Alvaro Colom was sworn in as Guatemala's first leftist president in more than 50 years. Thought for Today: "The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control." — Ogden Nash, American author-humorist (1902-1971).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Israeli Spokesmodel 'Fesses Up

Another reason Joe The Plunger wishes the armed forces, & only the armed forces, had anything to say about war.

The Truth That Can Not Be Spoken

As good as anything we've ever read (on the web of weaseling, at least) for sheer spite, backed up by absolute truth.
As a society, we need to discard our blind deference to military service. There’s nothing admirable about volunteering to murder people. There’s nothing admirable about being rooked by obvious propaganda. There’s nothing admirable about doing what you’re told if what you’re told to do is terrible. [...] Condemning the “troops”—a term coined during the Gulf War—is almost unthinkable. And it won’t win you any awards. “Troops” are a monolithic entity, a cohesive group of pride-inspiring order-takers. Whereas an individual soldier is accountable for his or her actions, the “troops” are too abstract to blame. For Americans, there are only bad apples, never bad orchards.
These United Snakes are a worm-holed orchard of rotten apples. 
Here's one of them apples, whose (self-) righteous reaction was to dig up & post all the info he could about the author of the above, & photos of his building from the PredatorGoogle™ Cesssna overhead. Very nice. Why isn't "Chuck" in the Air Force remotely controlling death to some Allah-humping raghead? 
Because he's too busy winning the war at home w/ typing like this:
Idiot don’t even own a damn house, and he’s going to disrespect our troops?!?!?!?! What an asshole! Angry
Not that anyone bothered to comment.

Hoover's Law

Enjoy it while you can. Soon enough the equivalent to Godwin's Law will be enacted, & references to Republicans as Hoover-ish will be a no-no.

Now, Mr. McConnell is echoing Mr. Hoover again. Recently, he proposed that federal aid to states in the planned Obama recovery package be provided as loans rather than outright grants.

Flashback to 1932: Having resisted all attempts to provide effective federal relief, Mr. Hoover was finally persuaded by Congressional progressives to sign a bill allocating $300 million to the states for unemployment relief. There was just one hook: The money would be in the form of loans, not outright grants.

Requiring the money to be paid back softened Mr. Hoover’s antipathy to federal relief spending. But the loans were of limited value because states, already in terrible budget shape, couldn’t make use of them.

That was yesterday. Today:

[McConnell's] not the only one. Last week, House minority leader John Boehner called for tax cuts to fight the recession and downplayed the need for direct government spending, declaring “America cannot buy its way to prosperity with more and more government spending.”

Mr. Hoover was equally off point, if more eloquent, in 1932 when he stubbornly resisted federal aid for the victims of the Great Depression saying, “We cannot squander ourselves into prosperity.”

"Oooh, not fair, you can't connect Hoover w/ the current Republicans! Waaah!"

Hooray For (Big) Hollywood! Grow A Pair!

The L. A. Times (Now 75¢ a copy!) has a Column One item about the typical poster at Big Hollywood. (A Big Hollywood Sample
Last week, I wrote a little missive about why conservatives should stop complaining and start doing. I’d been saying it for years, beginning in 2004 when my movie and I were prematurely and wrongly heralded as the start of the “conservative film movement.”
Yes, that means that for the last four yrs. he's been complaining that conservatives should stop complaining. Irony just flies over their heads.) The Times' version?
COLUMN ONE

Martyrdom beckons Lebanese teen, but she really wants to direct

Aspiring filmmaker Hiba Qassir is about to graduate from a Hezbollah-backed high school. She loves movies, but would give up her career dream if offered the chance to be a suicide bomber.
Substitute "home schooling" for Hezbollah school, & "chance to sit in the basement typing right-wing screeds that are career suicide in liberally biased Hollywood, oh, woe is me, but I am so brave to reveal my inner child" & there's no further difference.
On a slightly more analytical note, the shapes of things to come are forming in the fog of defeat that covers Bizarro World. The clearest form, across the board, is a desire to irritate those of us to the economic left of the Chamber of Commerce, & to the religious left of the LDS Church. For some, becoming provocateurs might have represented an accommodation to reality, a realization that their ideology has been rejected as soundly as is likely to happen while the United States remain this electorally divided, & that they'd be a lot better off clamming up until a few million more people have jobs again. Getting under "lib" skin is justification in & of itself, of course, & will probably consist of "politically incorrect" blah-blah-blah &, especially now, as much thinly-veiled, usual-Republican crypto-racism as possible. 
But not all the manly & optimistic are willing to accept anything "defeatist." Remember Sarah Palin's fellow Alaskan (Whoooo! Subtle tarring w/ the same brush there, hunh? Even if they were opponents w/in Alaska politics, we got her again, you betcha, also!) Sen. Ted Stevens, unwilling to admit defeat or guilt until he'd dragged his appeal to SCOTUS & back?
Same deal here. The time-honored narrative of Commies infiltrating Hollywood & weakening our moral fiber &/or bodily fluids, then moving on to single-handedly lose the Bay of Pigs & Vietnam through their biased reporting, all the way to Hollywood's current refusal to make extermination films about Moooslims, or to Support The Troops, is, as always, offered as the excuse for Americans not voting the "Live Fetuses, Dead Arabs!" ticket.
Which means that Breitbart may actually be onto something, in the "last, best (only) hope" category. Surely not all the GOPers insisting on a return to whatever their principles may be (Unfettered greed & despoliation? A cop in every bedroom enforcing Jimbo Dobson's morality? They can't even decide on which part of the "Big Tent" they want to stand under.) are in denial that the failures of their programs & policies in the real world resulted in electoral defeat. 
Well, enough of them now realize they can't sell their brand/product/horseshit in the Free Market of Ideas to which they pay lip service when their ox is being gored, so if they switch tactics, & take over Hollywood, & resuscitate John Wayne, & start making movies that make Americans proud, even if America isn't quite as stupid & manipulable as they contemptuously believe, at least some of them will get jobs as free-lance writers for the light-hearted water-boarding game shows sure to come out of the newer, bigger, Hollywood.
Not unlike one of the scams that the Reverend Jessee Jackson, Sr., is alleged to run on corporate entities, Big Hollywood will stomp, squeal, wave their arms, kick their legs, & threaten to hold their breath until they turn blue, unless their politically incorrect movies about those magic words whose meanings they have destroyed through over-use & under-comprehension (some were bullshit from the git-go, but...): Honor, Courage, Freedom, Liberty, Democracy, Duty, Faith, Tradition, and so on. Essentially, then, webmeister Breitbart is trying to drum up work for his friends. We can't imagine why they don't get more work.

No.  He manned up and took care of business.   Which is what I would suggest out country would do:  Man up!   Quit crying, quite begging, quit quitting on yourself!    Grow a pair!   Or so help me, I’m gonna channel John Wayne and the two of us will come over there and kick your butt.

Okay…  I don’t want to project the impression that I’m really into violence as a remedy for conflict resolution.  JBut I would like to propose nothing more earth-shaking that this:  Let us not abandon the values —  individualism, personal strength, steady resolve,  rugged self-determination — that built this country into the most successful example of Liberty and Freedom the world has ever seen.

My Dad was a Conservative from the day he got into a fist fight over coming to school barefoot…to the day that he passed from this life eight years ago.  And though his wayward rocker of a son turned Left at the University…it was amazing to see how intelligent my Conservative Dad seemed as I grew into a man.

The government has no business…in business.  Get the hell out and stay out.   The economy goes up, it goes down.  Prop it up artificially at your own peril – a peril that has now come home to us with a vengeance.

Can you imagine anyone w/ whom you'd more like to spend a few wks. on location? We can't.