Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Snow Day: All Of Southern Calif. To Shut Down

Just Another Blog included. Here's some amusement while we're asleep.

Today in History, Today's Birthdays & Entertainment

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2009. There are 317 days left in the year. The AP page. AP a/v. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, in 1909, Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo (also known as Goyathlay, "One Who Yawns") died at Fort Sill, Okla., at age 79.On this date: In 1801, the US House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson president; Burr became vice president. In 1809, the Ohio legislature voted to establish Miami University in present-day Oxford. (The school opened in 1824.)
In 1817, a street in Baltimore became the first to be lighted with gas from America's first gas company.
In 1864, during the Civil War, the Union ship USS Housatonic was rammed and sunk in Charleston Harbor, S.C., by the Confederate hand-cranked submarine H. L.  Hunley, which also sank.
In 1865, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It's not clear which side set the blaze.) In 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, convened its first meeting, in Washington. In 1904, the original two-act version of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" was poorly received at its premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy. In 1908, sportscaster Red Barber was born in Columbus, Miss.  In 1933, Newsweek magazine was first published. In 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, the United States launched Vanguard 2, a satellite which carried meteorological equipment. In 1964, the Supreme Court, in Wesberry v. Sanders, ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.
In 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison. 
In 1995, Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings that also wounded 19 people.  In 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia. Ten years ago: In a satellite-linked address to college campuses across the country, President Bill Clinton made his case for shoring up Social Security and Medicare. Israeli security guards shot and killed three Kurds who had forced their way into the Israeli consulate in Berlin; the protesters were enraged by reports that Israel had aided in the arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. In 2002, the new Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2003, twenty-one people were killed in a stampede at a crowded nightclub in Chicago. Five years ago: John Kerry won the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary, with John Edwards placing second and Howard Dean coming in a distant third. Cingular Wireless agreed to pay nearly $41 billion dollars in cash to buy AT&T Wireless Services. Former Mexican president Jose Lopez Portillo died in Mexico City at age 83. In 2005, President George W. Bush named John Negroponte to be the government's first national intelligence director. In 2005, Iraq's electoral commission certified the results of the Jan. 30 elections and allocated 140 of 275 National Assembly seats to the United Iraqi Alliance, giving the Shiite-dominated party a majority in the new parliament. One year ago: President George W. Bush rejected proposed Democratic changes to his prized international AIDS relief program, issuing a challenge to Congress from Tanzania to "stop the squabbling" and renew it as is. Kosovo declared itself a nation in defiance of Serbia and Russia. Ryan Newman snapped an 81-race winless streak, giving car owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 victory. The East beat the Western Conference 134-128 in the NBA All-Star Game. Thought for Today: "Life has got to be lived — that's all there is to it. At 70, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that 'this, too, shall pass!'" — Eleanor Roosevelt, American first lady (1884-1962). Today's Birthdays February 17 Bandleader Orrin Tucker is 98. Actor Hal Holbrook is 84. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 79. Singer Bobby Lewis is 76. Comedian Dame Edna (AKA Barry Humphries) is 75. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 74. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 73. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 70. Actress Brenda Fricker is 64. Actress Rene Russo is 55. Actor Richard Karn is 53. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 47. Basketball player Michael Jordan is 46. Actor-comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 46. TV personality Rene Syler is 46. Movie director Michael Bay is 44. Singer Chante Moore is 42. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 39. Actor Dominic Purcell is 39. Actress Denise Richards is 38. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 37. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 35. Country singer Bryan White is 35.  Today In Entertainment History On February 17th, 1960, Elvis Presley received his first gold album, for the album called "Elvis." It included the songs "Rip It Up," "Old Shep" and "Ready Teddy." In 1970, singer Joni Mitchell announced her retirement from live performances. She was back to doing shows within the year. In 1971, James Taylor made his prime-time TV debut on "The Johnny Cash Show." Taylor sang "Fire and Rain" and "Carolina on My Mind." In 1972, Pink Floyd premiered "Dark Side of the Moon" in concert at London's Rainbow Theater. The album was released the next year. In 1976, The Eagles released their "Greatest Hits" album. [Horrible day in music history, until 1979. — Ed.] In 1979, The Clash kicked off its first US tour in New York. In 1982, jazz pianist Thelonius Monk died after a long illness at the age of 64. [Then horrible again. — Ed.] In 1988, in Hollywood, Florida, a 12-year-old fan of Motley Crue set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the group's "Live Wire" video. He suffered burns over ten percent of his body. Motley Crue said the band's stunts should not be tried at home. [Nor should any of their "music" be tried at home, or anywhere else. — Ed.]
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Palin & People: Sweet Symbiosis

Sweet Sarah is making the news all the time. Sadly (for her) it's not in the political press, but the peoples press. What better venue for a woman who was essentially the third runner-up in a worse than average reality show, who will remain in the national eye as long as there's a chance she or her family, friends & cronies will do something idiotic again? We hope & assume this unauthorized bio has a few more juicy items in it, besides the "hiding her pregnancy from everyone" revelation People quotes. 

The Party's Over: The Cops Are Here, & The House Is Burning Down

Professor Doktor Paul Krugman would like to advise you that the economy & everything else are totally, irrevocably fugged. For ever & ever, 'til death brings you sweet release, amen.
The bottom line is that there has been basically no wealth creation at all since the turn of the millennium: the net worth of the average American household, adjusted for inflation, is lower now than it was in 2001. [...] So now we’re in trouble — deeper trouble, I think, than most people realize even now. And I’m not just talking about the dwindling band of forecasters who still insist that the economy will snap back any day now.
Dwindling band here.
The odds are that the legacy of our time of illusion — our decade at Bernie’s — will be a long, painful slump.
And as mentioned here before, couldn't happen to a more-deserving nation, or species.

America: Let The Surge Work (In The Inner City)

The new terrorism (Mumbai) & how, as usual, "we" are doing the exact opposite of what's called for. Or not ... What the fuck do we know?
This pattern suggests that Americans should brace for a coming swarm. Right now, most of our cities would be as hard-pressed as Mumbai was to deal with several simultaneous attacks. Our elite federal and military counterterrorist units would most likely find their responses slowed, to varying degrees, by distance and the need to clarify jurisdiction. [...] Nightmare possibilities include synchronized assaults on several shopping malls, high-rise office buildings or other places that have lots of people and relatively few exits. Another option would be to set loose half a dozen two-man sniper teams in some metropolitan area — you only have to recall the havoc caused by the Washington sniper in 2002 to imagine how huge a panic a slightly larger version of that form of terrorism would cause. [...] For the defense of American cities against terrorist swarms, the key would be to use local police officers as the first line of defense instead of relying on the military. The first step would be to create lots of small counterterrorism posts throughout urban areas instead of keeping police officers in large, centralized precinct houses. This is consistent with existing notions of community-based policing, and could even include an element of outreach to residents similar to that undertaken in the Sunni areas of Iraq — even if it were to mean taking the paradoxical turn of negotiating with gangs about security.
Ah. When someone who "teaches in the special operations program at the Naval Postgraduate School" writes something, there's usually a hidden agenda, & there it is. Militarization of the urban environment.The picky will say, "More militarization of everything."

Today in History, Today's Birthdays, Entertainment Through The Centuries

Today is Monday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2009. There are 318 days left in the year. This is Presidents' Day. [If you're at home lazing about because your gov't. job gives you the day off today, liberal slacker, why aren't you reading this? — Ed.] Or reading the AP page. Or seeing & hearing the AP video network.Or the UPI AlmanacToday's Highlight in History: In 1862, during the Civil War, some 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered at Fort Donelson, Tenn. (Union General Ulysses S. Grant's victory earned him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant.") On this date: In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the US Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates. In 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City. In 1918, Lithuania proclaimed its independence, which lasted until World War II (it again declared independence in 1990). In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter. In 1937, Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon. In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II. In 1948, NBC-TV aired its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels. In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.In 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated, in Haleyville, Ala. In 1977, Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident. In 1988, seven people were shot to death during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif., by a man who was obsessed with a co-worker. (The gunman, Richard Farley, is under sentence of death.) In 1989, investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, said a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was what brought down Pan Am Flight 103 the previous December, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground. In 1998, A China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board. Ten years ago: Enraged Kurds seized embassies and held hostages across Europe following Turkey's arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Testimony began in the Jasper, Texas, trial of John William King, charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Junior. (King was later convicted and sentenced to death.)
In 2002, the operator of a crematory in Noble, Ga., was arrested after dozens of decomposing corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around the building and surrounding woods.
Five years ago: A confident John Kerry launched a full-throttle attack on President George W. Bush's economic policies, mostly ignoring his Democratic rivals on the eve of the Wisconsin primary. The Walt Disney Co. rejected a takeover bid by Comcast Corporation.
In 2005, the NHL canceled what was left of its season after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap - the issue that led to a lockout.
One year ago: President George W. Bush, on a six-day tour of Africa, made his first stop in Benin before flying on to Tanzania. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana. A car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by a cloud of tire smoke on an isolated Maryland highway, killing eight people.

Today's Birthdays February 16

Singer Patty Andrews is 91. Kim Jong Il, the president of North Korea, is 67. Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 63. Actor Pete Postlethwaite is 63. Actor William Katt is 58. Actor LeVar Burton is 52. Actor-rapper Ice-T ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") is 51, as is actress Lisa Loring.Tennis Hall of Fame player John McEnroe is 50. [We won't even pretend to care about those under 50 today. It's difficult enough pretending to care about those who have already celebrated the majority of their birthdays. — Ed.]

Today In Entertainment History February 16

On February 16th, 1962, Bobby Vinton recorded the song "Roses Are Red." He was in danger of being dropped by Epic Records but still owed them two single sides. In 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives traveled to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Later, they were joined by Ringo Starr and his wife and Paul McCartney and his fiancee. [No, Ringo did not like the food. — Ed.] Forty years ago, in 1969, country singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette were married in Ringgold, Ga. They had said they were secretly married six months earlier. In 1974, Elton John released "Bennie and the Jets." In 1975, Cher's musical variety series debuted on CBS. It ran until 1976. In 1982, actress Farrah Fawcett and actor Lee Majors were divorced, after nine years of marriage. In 1990, musician Ike Turner was sentenced to four years in prison on cocaine charges. He began serving his sentence the next day. Four years earlier, Turner had said he had been addicted to cocaine for 15 years. In 2007, Britney Spears shaved her head after a salon owner refused to do it for her. 

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Slightly Frightening, But Surely You Didn't Trust Any Of This Crap To Begin W/, Did You?

The Internet is in danger. If by Internet you mean money moving. 
How many of the as yet half-baked ideas in this article are going to cut down on our right to free expression?
What a new Internet might look like is still widely debated, but one alternative would, in effect, create a “gated community” where users would give up their anonymity and certain freedoms in return for safety. Today that is already the case for many corporate and government Internet users. As a new and more secure network becomes widely adopted, the current Internet might end up as the bad neighborhood of cyberspace. You would enter at your own risk and keep an eye over your shoulder while you were there. “Unless we’re willing to rethink today’s Internet,” says Nick McKeown, a Stanford engineer involved in building a new Internet, “we’re just waiting for a series of public catastrophes.”
We're always waiting for examples, but there's nothing solid here. Does the phrase "Y2K" come to mind? It's not a catastrophe unless we can't get on & find something vaguely amusing.

Annals of Re-Branding: Blackwater Becomes Xe (Pronounced Zee)

Same shit, different flaming brown paper bag
on your doorstep. Now, fewer of Erik Prince's soldiers will be "in harm's way," but more Blackwater-trained mercenaries will be all over the world.
The truly Sunday-morning-bored are invited to compare this AP story to the one via MSNBC.

Today in History Today's Birthdays February 15

Today is Sunday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2009. There are 319 days left in the year.  AP page. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1898, the battleship U. S. S. Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain. On this date: In 1564, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa. In 1764, the city of St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. Two hundred years ago, in 1809, American inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick, creator of the first successful horse-drawn mechanical reaper, was born in Rockbridge County, Va. In 1820, American suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court. In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later. [What took so long? — Ed.] In 1942, the British colony Singapore surrendered to the Japanese during World War II. In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U. S. figure skating team en route to Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium. In 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa. [And was soon adorning the back-packs of young hitch-hikers & tourists across Europe, both Canadian & American. — Ed.] Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention. [Give anyone any ideas? — Ed.] In 2002, President George W. Bush approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the site for long-term disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were awarded a gold medal to resolve a judging controversy at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton continued his whirlwind visit to Mexico, where he conferred with President Ernesto Zedillo. The body of Amadou Diallo, the unarmed West African gunned down by New York City police, was returned to his native Guinea. Five years ago: A pair of blazes in China killed at least 93 people. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier. The West defeated the East 136-132 in the NBA All-Star game. Actress Jan Miner, best known as "Madge the Manicurist" in Palmolive T-V ads, died in Bethel, Conn., at age 86. In 2005, defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges. One year ago: Business tycoon Steve Fossett, 63, was declared dead by a judge in Cook County, Ill., 5 months after his small plane vanished after taking off from an airstrip near Yerington, Nev. (Fossett's remains were discovered in late Oct. 2008 in California's Sierra Nevada.) 
Thought for Today: "Nothing is mine. I have only nothing but it is enough, it is beautiful and it is all mine." — Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980). [How Zen. — Ed.] Today's Birthdays February 15: Actor Kevin McCarthy is 95. Actor Allan Arbus is 91. Country singer Hank Locklin is 91. Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 87. Former defense secretary & CIA director James R. Schlesinger is 80.  Actress Claire Bloom is 78.Author Susan Brownmiller is 74. Songwriter Brian Holland is 68. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 65. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 65. Actress Jane Seymour is 58. Singer Melissa Manchester is 58. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 56. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is 55. Model Janice Dickinson is 54. Actor Christopher McDonald is 54. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 50. [Did every guy in UB40 have a birthday w/in two mos. of each other? — Ed.] Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 50. Musician Mikey Craig (Culture Club) is 49. Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 49.

Today In Entertainment History

On February 15th, 1941, Duke Ellington recorded "Take The A Train" with his big band. It became the orchestra's theme song. In 1950, Disney released the movie "Cinderella."In 1961, Jackie Wilson was shot twice by Juanita Jones as he answered the door of his apartment in New York. Jones had told police she had intended to kill herself if Wilson rejected her. Wilson spent 21 days in a coma. In 1964, for the first time one act had five songs on Billboard's Hot 100 list. It was The Beatles, with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Saw Her Standing There," "She Loves You," "Please, Please Me" and "My Bonnie." In 1965, singer Nat "King" Cole died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. He was 46. In 1971, Pink Floyd released their "Dark Side of the Moon" album. In 1981, blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield died in San Francisco of an accidental drug overdose. Bloomfield was a veteran of the white blues revival in the 1960s.
In 1984, Broadway singer and actress Ethel Merman died at the age of 76. In 2000, Darva Conger married Rick Rockwell on the Fox TV show "Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire." Fox later learned an ex-girlfriend accused Rockwell of hitting her, and Conger asked for an annulment less than a week later. 
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fuck A Bunch Of ♥Valentine's Day♥ Crap

Radical Right Reaction: Radioactivity, But Not On The AM Band

We take you now to that worry-wart save-the-whales site where they're all a-twitter about a church shooting, if you can call UUism a "church."
That initial reaction to George Bush's failures (All of it somehow ascribed to the libs, the you-know-what media, &, we guess, those dirty hate-filled Unitarians.) was from a white trash sort of whack job. Climb the food chain a bit & look, it's Jose Padilla, except beyond the "wouldn't it be nice to set off a dirty bomb somewhere" stage.
The report posted on the WikiLeaks Web site states that “On 9 December 2008, radiological dispersal device components and literature, and radioactive materials, were discovered at the Maine residence of an identified deceased [person] James Cummings.” The section referring to Cummings can be read here.
Bomb planner Cummings was one of those self-made men who had a great deal to protect from the socialist parasites who surrounded him.
Cummings grew up in California and lived in Texas before moving to Maine in August 2007. Although Robbins said Cummings told him he made his money in Texas real estate, it appears that the actual source of his wealth was a trust fund established by his father, a prominent landowner in the Northern California city of Fort Bragg. An Internet search of the James B. Cummings Trust indicated that it has an annual income of $10 million.
Not to rub it in too much, but trust-fund dad sounds like a wonderful parental unit.
It appears that the real source of Cummings’ wealth was his father, who was killed on July 30, 1997, at age 77 by a disgruntled part-time employee, according to news accounts from that time found online. The employee later confessed to shooting the elder Cummings.
Why the estate tax is necessary to the survival of a democracy.
Oh, did we mention that the discovery of the dirty-bomb making material was a result of the younger Cummings being plugged dead by his wife (allegedly) after yrs. of domestic abuse? (He abusing her, smart-ass.) 
This "You'd think it would be all over the news, wouldn't you?" item, which seems to have stayed in Maine, brought to our attention via Sadly, No!

Today in History Appears To Be
♥♥♥Valentine's Day♥♥♥

Today is Saturday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2009. There are 320 days left in the year. This is ♥Valentine's Day♥.
AP page. AP A/V Report. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1859,
Oregon was admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.
On this date:
In 1778,
the American ship Ranger carried the recently adopted Stars and Stripes to a foreign port for the first time as it arrived in France.
In 1894, comedian Jack Benny was born Benjamin Kubelsky in Waukegan, Ill.
[Note: Rich Little ends at (3:30). Now claim we don't care about the audience. — Ed.]
In 1895, Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James's Theatre in London.
In 1899, Congress approved and President William McKinley signed legislation authorizing states to use voting machines for federal elections.
In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was established. (It was divided into separate departments of Commerce and Labor in 1913.)
In 1912, Arizona became the 48th state of the Union.
In 1920, the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago; its first president was Maud Wood Park.
Eighty years ago, in 1929, the "♥St. Valentine's Day Massacre♥" took place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down.
In 1945, Peru, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United Nations.
In 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised tour of the White House in a videotaped special that was broadcast on CBS and NBC (and several nights later on ABC).
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Adolph Dubs, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped in Kabul by Muslim extremists and killed in a shootout between his abductors and police.
In 1984, six-year-old Stormie Jones became the world's first heart-liver transplant recipient at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (she lived until November 1990).
Twenty years ago, in 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous. [Sal's been resting on those laurels ever since, hasn't he? — Ed.] Union Carbide agreed to pay $470 million to the government of India in a court-ordered settlement of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster.
Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton, accompanied by his wife, Hillary, began a quick visit to Mexico to encourage its struggle against narcotics and government corruption, and grow its markets for U.S. products. John D. Ehrlichman, President Nixon's domestic affairs adviser who was disgraced and imprisoned for his role in the Watergate cover-up, died in Atlanta at age 73.
In 2003, Dolly the sheep - the first mammal cloned from an adult - was put to death at age 6 due to premature aging and disease.
Five years ago: Guerrillas overwhelmed a police station west of Baghdad, killing 23 people and freeing dozens of prisoners. Twenty-eight people were killed when the glass-and-concrete roof of an indoor water park in Moscow collapsed.
In 2005, Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was assassinated.2006Iran said it had resumed uranium enrichment; Russia and France immediately called on Iran to halt its work.
One year ago: A former student dressed in black walked onto the stage of a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University and opened fire on a packed science class; Steven Kazmierczak killed five students before committing suicide. Republican campaign dropout Mitt Romney endorsed John McCain for the party's presidential nomination.
♥Love Children♥: TV personality Hugh Downs is 88. Actress-singer Florence Henderson is 75. Country singer Razzy Bailey is 70. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 67. Jazz musician Maceo Parker is 66. Movie director Alan Parker is 65. Journalist Carl Bernstein is 65. Senator Judd Gregg, R-NH, is 62. [Having a happy birthday there, J. G.? Everything going well? — Ed.] TV personality Pat O'Brien is 61. Magician Teller (Penn and Teller) is 61. Cajun singer-musician Michael Doucet (Beausoleil) is 58. Actor Ken Wahl is 52. Opera singer Renee Fleming is 50.Actress Meg Tilly is 49. Singer-producer Dwayne Wiggins is 48. Actor Enrico Colantoni is 46. Actor Zach Galligan is 45. Actor Valente Rodriguez is 45. Rock musician Ricky Wolking (The Nixons) is 43. Tennis player Manuela Maleeva is 42. Football player Drew Bledsoe is 37. Football player Steve McNair is 36.
On February 14th, 1972, "Grease" opened off-Broadway. Original cast members included Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The show moved to Broadway later in the year. It closed in 1980. [Better late than never. — Ed.]
Also in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a week as co-hosts of the Mike Douglas television talk show.In 1973, David Bowie collapsed from exhaustion at the end of an elaborate ♥Valentine's Day♥ show at Radio City Music Hall.
In 1977, singer-songwriter Janis Ian received nearly 500 ♥Valentine's Day♥ cards from fans. She sang about never getting ♥Valentine's Day♥ cards as a teenager in her ballad, "At Seventeen."
Also in 1977, The B-52's played their first concert at a party in Athens, Georgia.
In 1980, CBS announced that Dan Rather would succeed Walter Cronkite as anchorman and managing editor on "The CBS Evening News" the following year.
In 1984, Elton John married studio engineer Renate Blauel. The marriage lasted four years.
In 1992, Weezer had their first practice as a band, in Los Angeles. They played their first show a few weeks later.
In 1996, the Artist Formerly Known As Prince married dancer Mayte in Minneapolis.
Thought for Today: "I am living on hope and faith ... a pretty good diet when the mind will receive them." — Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (1869-1935). [Beats living on a Chinese rock, we suppose. — Ed.]
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Anchors Aweigh!

They finally got the Port Royal off the shoal it had been on. By "finally," we mean last Monday, but let it not be said that we don't follow up on the little to which we pay attention.
The cruiser was structurally sound, but an eight-inch thick rubber sonar dome was cracked. Blade tips on the vessel's two propellers were sheared off.
Comedy Gold, as they say. Like getting into a fender-bender while driving home from the 10,000-mile tune-up at the dealer's.
The vessel had just finished its first day of sea trials after wrapping up a four-month routine maintenance stay at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
The Port Royal (Foreground. Or is it "foresea?" "Foreocean?") when she was operational, alongside U. S. S. Lake Erie.

Feeling Lucky, Punk?




Zzzzz — Huh?

We really have zip today.

Holy Crap, Friday The 13th Already? Today in History & The Past

Today is Friday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2009. There are 321 days left in the year. The AP page. The AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 13th, 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-slaying of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was later executed.) On this date: In 1542, the fifth wife of England's King Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was executed for adultery. In 1635, The Boston Public Latin School was founded. (It is now the oldest public school in the United States.) In 1741, Andrew Bradford of Pennsylvania published the first American magazine. Titled "The American Magazine, or A Monthly View of the Political State of the British Colonies," it lasted three issues. In 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP, was founded in New York. In 1920, the League of Nations recognized the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland. In 1939, Justice Louis D. Brandeis retired from the US Supreme Court. (He was succeeded by William O. Douglas.) [Hello, Lesley Wells. What up? — Ed.] In 1945, during World War II, Allied planes began bombing the German city of Dresden. The Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the Germans. In 1960, France exploded its first atomic bomb, in the Sahara Desert.[Photo above historically un-true; it's 1999 & Mururoa, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia, not the Sahara, but it's a French bomb. Photo by volker. — Ed.] In 1980, the 13th Winter Olympics opened in Lake Placid, New York. In 1984, Konstantin Chernenko was chosen to be general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee, succeeding the late Yuri Andropov. In 1988, the 15th winter Olympics opened in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In 1991, Hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed when a pair of laser-guided U.S. bombs destroyed an underground facility in Baghdad identified by U.S. officials as a military installation, but which Iraqi officials said was a bomb shelter. In 1997, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through the 7,000 barrier for the first time, closing at 7,022.44. [How's that fucking thing looking now, chumps? — Financial Ed.] Ten years ago: In his weekly radio address, President Bill Clinton said as many as 4,000 American troops would go to Kosovo as part of a NATO peacekeeping force if warring Serbs and ethnic Albanians were to reach a political settlement. A federal judge held American Airlines' pilots union and two top board members in contempt and promised sizable fines against them, saying the union did not do enough to encourage pilots to return to work after a court order. In 2000, Charles Schulz's final "Peanuts" comic strip ran in Sunday newspapers, the day after the cartoonist died at age 77. Five years ago: President George W. Bush, trying to calm a political storm, ordered the release of his Vietnam-era military records to counter Democrats' suggestions that he'd shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard. In 2005, final results showed clergy-backed Shiites and independence-minded Kurds had swept to victory in Iraq's landmark elections. One year ago: Under oath and sometimes blistering questioning, seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens told Congress: "I have never taken steroids or HGH." Hollywood writers ended their 100-day strike that had disrupted the TV season and canceled awards shows. Japanese movie director Kon Ichikawa died in Tokyo at age 92.
Thought for Today: "It is not so much what we have done amiss, as what we have left undone, that will trouble us, looking back." — Ellen Wood, English playwright and journalist (1813-1887). ["Don't look back. You never know who's following you." — Satchel Paige] Today's Birthdays (Any of whom may have been born on a Friday the 13th): Former test pilot Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager is 86. Actress Kim Novak is 76. Actor George Segal is 75. Actress Carol Lynley is 67. Singer-musician Peter Tork (The Monkees) is 67. Actress Stockard Channing is 65.Talk show host Jerry Springer is 65. Actor Bo Svenson is 65. [A trifecta, & all of them ready to retire. — Ed.] Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is 62. Former national security adviser Stephen Hadley is 62. Singer Peter Gabriel is 59. Actor David Naughton is 58. Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon is 53. Rock musician Peter Hook is 53. Actor Matt Salinger is 49. Singer Henry Rollins is 48.Actor Neal McDonough is 43.  Singer Freedom Williams is 43. Actress Kelly Hu is 41. Rock musician Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down) is 37. Singer Robbie Williams is 35. Football player Randy Moss is 32.  On February 13th, 1961, Frank Sinatra unveiled his own record label, Reprise. Sinatra did not have a very high opinion of rock music, but the label would release recordings by The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks. [Yeah, after Warner Bros. Records took it over. — Ed.] In 1972, Led Zeppelin had to cancel a concert in Singapore after authorities would not let the group off the plane because of their long hair.In 1982, a 300-pound marker on the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from an Orange Park, Florida, cemetery. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed. In 1991, a helicopter carrying actor Kirk Douglas collided with a stunt plane over an airport in California. Douglas suffered cuts and bruises. Two people on the plane were killed. [Jesus loves the celebrities more than the crew. — Ed.] In 1997, Michael Jackson and then-wife Debbie Rowe became parents to a son named Prince. [There oughta be a law. — Ed.] In 2005, Ray Charles won eight posthumous Grammy awards for his final album, "Genius Loves Company."
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fascist Fundamentals

What "They" want to do to "Us":
[H]ere are some quick points to keep in mind about what Khameini and Ahmadinejad believe: 1. The end of the world is near and the Islamic Messiah known as the Mahdi or the 12th Imam is coming soon. 2. The Islamic Messiah will only come when the world is engulfed in chaos and carnage. 3. Islamic leaders can hasten the arrival of the Islamic Messiah by annihilating two countries — Israel, “the Little Satan,” and the United States, “the Great Satan.” 4. It is not just possible, it is the God-given mission of Iran’s leaders to destroy Jews and Christians or force them to convert to Shia Islam. 5. Iran must rapidly acquire the technology necessary to accomplish genocide — namely nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. 6. Israel’s “defeat” by Hezbollah and Hamas and Israel’s divided election results indicate the Jewish states is increasingly weak and prepared for destruction. The severe economic crisis in the U.S. shows America is about to collapse as well. 7. With the U.S. and Israel so weakened and their collapse imminent, there is no incentive to truly negotiate with “Satan” and give up Iran’s pursuit of advanced nuclear technology. 8. However, there is an incentive to buy time until Iran builds, buys or steals the weapons it needs to accomplish its genocidal, apocalyptic objectives.
One can only imagine what Alabamians might want to do to us, in their equal-to-Iranian religious fervor.
The proportion of those who say religion is important in their daily lives is highest in Mississippi, at 85% -- a figure that is slightly higher than the worldwide median (among all countries, rich and poor). Two others, Alabama (82%) and South Carolina (80%) are on par with the worldwide median. Lining up these percentages with those on our worldwide list allows us to match residents of the most religious states to the global populations with which they are similar in terms of religiosity. The results produce some interesting comparisons -- Alabamians, for example, are about as likely as Iranians to say religion is an important part or their lives.
And it's worked out so well for both of them, hasn't it? (Not to mention Mississippi & S. C.)


What? We had nothing today? Whaddya know?

Today's Birthdays & Entertainment

Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 86. Actor Louis Zorich is 85. Baseball Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 83. Senator Arlen Specter, R-Pa., is 79. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell is 75. Actor Joe Don Baker is 73. Author Judy Blume is 71. Rock musician Ray Manzarek (The Doors) is 70.
Country singer Moe Bandy is 65. Actress Maud Adams is 64. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 63. Actor Michael Ironside is 59. Rock musician Steve Hackett is 59. Rock singer Michael McDonald is 57. Actress Joanna Kerns is 56. Actor-former talk show host Arsenio Hall is 54. Actor John Michael Higgins is 46. Actress Christine Elise is 44. Actor Josh Brolin is 41. Singer Chynna Phillips is 41. Rock musician Jim Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies) is 39. Rhythm-and-blues musician Keri Lewis is 38. Actor Jesse Spencer ("House, M.D.") is 30. Actress Sarah Lancaster is 29. Actress Christina Ricci is 29. On February 12th, 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York. In 1940, the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" began airing on the Mutual Network. In 1956, Screamin' Jay Hawkins recorded "I Put A Spell On You" in New York City. In 1957, The Coasters recorded "Young Blood," which became the group's first big hit. In 1961, "Shop Around" by The Miracles became the first million-seller for Motown Records. In 1967, police raided the English country home of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in a search for drugs. Singer Mick Jagger was there at the time. They were charged three months later. ['Zat the one w/ Marianne Faithfull & the Mars bar? — Ed.] In 1968, Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle to perform a free show for some local high school students. [Added detail from the Music Editor. The Experience played an assembly at Jimi's alma mater, Garfield High (The Purple & White). This was while The Experience was in town touring w/ The Monkees, a double-bill which wasn't to last much longer. — M. Bouffant] In 1977, The Police recorded their first single, "Fall Out." In 1981, Blondie vocalist Deborah Harry announced plans to record a solo album. The group had two number one singles that year "The Tide Is High" and "Rapture." In 1983, Eubie Blake, who wrote such songs as "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Memories of You," died in Brooklyn, New York, five days after turning 100. In 1990, M.C. Hammer released "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em," featuring the hit single, "U Can't Touch This." In 1993, talk show host Joan Rivers swapped jobs with one of her viewers and worked as a flight attendant on a flight from New York to Pittsburgh. She spilled a drink on a passenger. In 2000, "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz died at his home in San Francisco after battling colon cancer. He was 77. He died the day before his last "Peanuts" strip was published.

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2009. There are 322 days left in the year.
The AP page of the day. The Tee Vee Wrap Up. And UPI's Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
Two hundred years ago, on Feb. 12, 1809,
 Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was born in present-day LaRue County, Ky.And naturalist Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England.On this date:
In 1554,
Lady Jane Grey, who'd claimed the throne of England for nine days, and her husband, Guildford Dudley, were beheaded after being condemned for high treason.
In 1818, Chile officially proclaimed its independence, more than seven years after initially renouncing Spanish rule.
In 1870, women in the Utah Territory gained the right to vote (however, that right was taken away in 1887 before being restored in 1895).
In 1908, the first round-the-world automobile race began in New York. (It ended in Paris the following July with the drivers of the American car, a Thomas Flyer, declared the winners over teams from Germany and Italy.)
One hundred years ago, in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in New York.
In 1912, Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, abdicated, marking the end of the Qing Dynasty.
In 1914, ground was broken for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. (The cornerstone was laid on this date one year later.)
In 1940, the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" debuted with Bud Collyer as the Man of Steel.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, the redesigned Lincoln penny, with an image of the Lincoln Memorial replacing two ears of wheat on the reverse side, went into circulation.
In 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took place.
Ten years ago: The Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice; Clinton told Americans he was "profoundly sorry" for what he'd said and done in the Monica Lewinsky affair that triggered it all. Swarms of anxious travelers were left stranded when American Airlines again scrubbed more than 1,000 flights after its pilots defied a court order and continued their mass sickout.
Five years ago: Defying a California law, San Francisco officials began performing weddings for same-sex couples. Four men were charged in a 42-count indictment alleging they'd run a steroid-distribution ring that provided performance-enhancing drugs to dozens of athletes in the NFL, the major leagues and track and field. (All four later pleaded guilty to steroids-related charges, and two of them, personal trainer Greg Anderson and Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative founder Victor Conte, served several months in prison.)
One year ago: Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain won their respective parties' primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. General Motors reported losing $38.7 billion in 2007, the largest annual loss in automotive history, and offered buyouts to 74,000 hourly workers. Imad Mughniyeh, one of world's most wanted terrorists, was killed in a car bombing in Damascus, Syria. Character actor David Groh died in Los Angeles at age 68. Uno became the first beagle named Westminster's best in show.
Thought for Today: "Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self-control." — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865).
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not More Information. Please.

The Reverend Moon's Unification Press International has various facts about crap that happened on 11 February throughout recorded human existence, including Now-dead people born on the 11th, & a slightly more global re-cap. After all, the Rev. is the (real) messiah, & for the whole world.

Bizarro (R - Everywhere) Semantics

Slate on Steele
"You and I know that in the history of mankind and womankind, government—federal, state or local—has never created one job," he told House Republicans in January. He repeated the point to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, saying that jobs created by the government aren't even jobs—they're "just work." If Obama's weakness is nuance, Steele's is the utter lack thereof. [...] Gawker declared: "The Republicans have finally found their voice: it's the voice of a 50-year-old using hiphop slang from the end of the '90s." Obama's hip-hop references are from at least 2003.
Good deal. Even if the bastards master the webs their content will remain fifteen yrs. behind.

"That's Just History."

They've been at it for a couple of yrs. now, trying to revise history by claiming that FDR not only didn't stop the Hoover Recession, but that his policies worsened it & made it last longer.
And now it goes to a new level, as a well-informed House Member (not a first-term state assemblyman from Bumfuck & all the lean-tos in the area, but a damn U. S. Representative) takes it to the outright lying level.
[T]he Beavercreek Republican told The Dispatch editorial board that the huge influx of money into the economy could have a negative effect. "When (President Franklin) Roosevelt did this, he put our country into a Great Depression," Austria said. "He tried to borrow and spend, he tried to use the Keynesian approach, and our country ended up in a Great Depression. That's just history." Most historians date the beginning of the Great Depression at or shortly after the stock-market crash of 1929; Roosevelt took office in 1933.
Ignorance is no fucking excuse here. A Congressman should have at least a vague idea of the nation's history, shouldn't he?
Of course there's a post-statement statement involved. A lie on top of another lie, not an apology or even an admittance of stupidity & wilful ignorance. 
"I did not mean to imply in any way that President Roosevelt was responsible for putting us into the Depression, but rather was trying to make the point that Roosevelt's attempt to use significant spending to get us out of the Depression did not have the desired effect. Roosevelt did not put us into the Depression, but rather his policies could not pull the nation out of the recession."
It's true, he didn't mean to imply anything. He said it outright: "When Roosevelt did this, he put our country into a Great Depression. ... He tried to borrow and spend, he tried to use the Keynesian approach, and our country ended up in a Great Depression. That's just history." But who are you going to believe, a politician or your lying ears? Let's hope the constituents of the lying sack of freshman crap from Beavercreek wise up & keep this fool from becoming a sophomore Congresscritter.

Coming Next Wk. To Repressed Adolescent Nostalgia Theatre

Talented Leslie Nielsen is 83 today. See?
Walter Pigeon, on the other hand, is dead.

Annals of Militaria & Systems Analysis


Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command is consolidating the command's web presence in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) and Navy guidance. The U.S. Naval Oceanography portal will be the single access point for all public facing Meteorology and Oceanography products and services. This publicly-accessible portal is currently online at http://www.usno.navy.mil and is being populated. In the near future, non-DoD users will be redirected to this portal.

From USNO Astronomical Applications Dep't.

Every Work Of Art Is An Uncommitted Crime

Fans of "Marxist theorist" Theodor Adorno might want to click here for music based on his work, Minima Moralia. Yes, this European gentlemaninspired some goober (w/ prompting from Greil Marcus) to write & record some cretin music. At least we think it's cretin music. (The author can't spell "Theodor," so he may be a real cretin.)
The extra irony being that Adorno despised all popular music of his time. Imagine what he'd think of Hannah Montana, or any of the last 40 yrs. of pop. Or whatever we've linked to.

History: Birthday Pals Jeb Bush & Sarah Palin in '12?

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2009. There are 323 days left in the year. AP "Today in History" Page. AP A/V wrap-upToday's Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1858, French teenager Bernadette Soubirous reported the first of 18 visions of a lady dressed in white in a grotto near Lourdes. (The Catholic Church later accepted that the visions were of the Virgin Mary.) [Sure. Wasn't just any old "lady in white." Had to be the V. M. herself. — Ed.] On this date: In 1812, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a re-districting law favoring his party, giving rise to the term "gerrymandering." In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield, Ill., for Washington. In 1847, inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio. One hundred years ago, in 1909, heavyweight boxer Max Baer was born in Omaha, Neb.; Oscar-winning writer-producer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. In 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City. In 1937, a six-week-old sit-down strike against General Motors ended, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union. In 1945, U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin wrapped up a conference at Yalta in the Crimea by signing a series of agreements on the governance of post-World War II Europe.In 1972, McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. and Life magazine canceled plans to publish what turned out to be a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. In 1975, Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of Britain's opposition Conservative Party. Thirty years ago, in 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran, nine days after the religious leader returned to his home country following 15 years of exile. Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Reverend Barbara C. Harris became the first woman consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church, in a ceremony held in Boston. In 1990, South African activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced his choice of Miami prosecutor Janet Reno to be the nation's first female attorney general. Ten years ago: A federal jury in New York found several gun makers responsible in three area shootings for letting guns fall into the hands of criminals and assessed damages; gun makers were found liable in six other instances, but no monetary damages were awarded in those cases. (However, the plaintiffs suffered a setback in 2001 when the New York Court of Appeals invalidated such claims.) In 2002, Israel attacked Palestinian security headquarters in Gaza City in response to unprecedented Palestinian rocket fire and a shooting attack on Israeli civilians. Five years ago: Wesley Clark dropped out of the race for the White House. A car bomb at an army recruiting center in Baghdad, Iraq, killed 47 people. Cable TV giant Comcast Corporation launched a hostile bid to buy The Walt Disney Company for more than $54 billion (Comcast later dropped its bid). In 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt in Texas. Also in 2006, Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates, struck a $6.8 billion deal to take over operations at six U.S. ports. (The deal was later blocked.) One year ago: The Defense Department charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other detainees at Guantanamo Bay with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks. (Charges against one were later dropped.) Yahoo Inc. rejected Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited takeover bid. Tom Lantos, a 14-term California congressman who was a forceful voice for human rights, died in Bethesda, Md., at age 80. Today's Birthdays: Actor Leslie Nielsen is 83. Actor Conrad Janis is 81. Actress Tina Louise is 75. [Now we feel old, even if Ms. Louise doesn't look 75. — Ed.]Actor Burt Reynolds is 73. Songwriter Gerry Goffin is 70. Actor Sonny Landham is 68. Bandleader Sergio Mendes is 68. Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Clay is 67. Actor Philip Anglim is 57. Former governor of Florida, brother of former President George W. Bush Jeb Bush is 56. [Don't you just love the word "former?" — Ed.] Actress Catherine Hickland is 53. Rock musician David Uosikkinen (The Hooters) is 53. Actress Carey Lowell is 48. Singer Sheryl Crow is 47. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is 45. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 40. [Those last four in one room would make quite a birthday party. — Ed.] Thought for Today: "Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the one thing that he can't afford to lose." — Thomas Alva Edison (born this day in 1847, died in 1931). On February eleventh, 1963, The Beatles recorded all of the tracks for their first album to be released in the UK, "Please Please Me." John Lennon had a bad cold and belted out "Twist and Shout" in one take.  In 1964, The Beatles performed their first US concert, at the Coliseum in Washington. In the following days, the band performed in New York and in Florida, but the concerts were not considered part of an official tour. [Only took a yr. — Ed.] In 1965, Ringo Starr married Maureen Cox in London. They divorced in 1975. In 1970, the Ringo Starr-Peter Sellers film "The Magic Christian" premiered in New York. The film's soundtrack album included the Badfinger song "Come and Get It," which was written by Paul McCartney. In 1972, David Bowie first performed as "Ziggy Stardust," at a show in Tollworth, England. In 1983, The Rolling Stones tour documentary "Let's Spend The Night Together" opened in the US and Canada. In 1986, Boy George guest-starred on an episode of "The A-Team" as a singer mistakenly booked into a country dance hall. In 1987, in the wake of Liberace's death from AIDS, the London Daily Mirror asked if it could have back the $53,000 US libel award the entertainer won from the paper more than 30 years earlier. The tabloid had called Liberace a "fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love" in 1956.  Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

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).