Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
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.
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's Birthdays February 16Singer 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 16On 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
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.
Today In Entertainment HistoryOn 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.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
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.
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.
In 1895, Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James's Theatre in London.
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 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
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.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
[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.
The AP page of the day. The Tee Vee Wrap Up. And UPI's Almanac.
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.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"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.
[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?
"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.
Walter Pigeon, on the other hand, is dead.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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.
Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.
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