Saturday, January 31, 2009

Creepy Holocaust Denier Gives Meta-Apology to Pope Ratzi

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

Good News?

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

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

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

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

A Month Passes Like Nothing

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

Friday, January 30, 2009

That "One" Religion

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

No Access For You

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

Super Bowl XLIII Prediction: Bet On It!

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

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

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

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our AmeiKKKan Heritage

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

Hack, Or Actual Warning?

Brought to our attention by Zandar.

The March Of Time: 29 January

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

Bill Introduced To Allow Members To Carry Concealed Weapons In Church

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snowbilly PAC UPDATE

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

Maybe A Flushing Sound

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

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

28 January In Recorded Human History

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"Lovely Spam™, Wonderful Spam©"

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

A Loss In The Family

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

Snowbilly Starts PAC: Money & Caribou Pelts Accepted

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

More From The Fascist Front

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

27 January In History, Entertainment & Birth

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

Monday, January 26, 2009

Just Plain Lame

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

Political Traumatic Stress Disorder

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

Pictures Do Not Lie, Much

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

Slave Labor: Not in AmeriKKKa, Surely?

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

More Pope Dope

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

75 Yrs. At The Apollo, & Little Else

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

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

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

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

By The Associated Press AP - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

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

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Get Free Bubble Wrap for Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

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

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

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

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

You can order the Bubble Wrap by clicking here.

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Only In AmeriKKKa

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

Blood & Circuses

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

New Dope On The Pope

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

Legion Of Charlies

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

Older Than Dirt Today

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

Bobbo Burns Hits The Big 250!

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