Saturday, February 7, 2009

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

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

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

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

And From The Other Side Of Our World

Ha Ha. Get It?

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

The View From Our Bathroom Window

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

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

From New York's Times

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

Snowy Day In London Town

Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Humor In A Jugular Vein

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

Nuking Gay Whales For Christ Or Ahab

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

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

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

Friday, February 6, 2009

Is This "Fair Use?"

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

Faster, Please, End Of The World!

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

Not The Greatest Headline Choice Ever Made

Army: Suicides likely jumped last month

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

From MSNBC.

The Post-News News For 6 February

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

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Annals Of Conceptual Editorial Illustration

Blame It On Obama?

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

The Future Of Newsprint

As seen from the past.

Lying Sacks Of Breathtaking Crap

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

"Siddown, She's Not Dead Yet."

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

Stick Out Your Can, Here Comes The Garbage-Man

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

You Heard Me!

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

Bill Burroughs' 95th Birthday

5 February 1914 — 2 August 1997

The Associated Press "Thought for Today"

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

This Date In History: It Sucks

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

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Today in Entertainment History

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

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More Popery

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

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

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

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

The Sarah Story, So Far

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

Keep Watching The Skies!

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

Musical Bonus

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

Ground Under The Wheel For Another Day

Today In History February 4

The United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence in 1941.

Today's Birthdays February 4

Rock singer Alice Cooper is 61 today.

And the AP link.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Still Not As Nervous As You Should Be?

Maybe this will make you antsier.Maybe it will take "cleaning up" after Israel to make you really worry.

Popish Denial: Neo-Paganism To Blame For Anti-Semitism

From a film entitled Constantine's Sword.
Kraut Chancellor Merkel has an opinion on this issue.
"This should not be allowed to pass without consequences," Mrs Merkel said at a news conference in Berlin."This is not just a matter, in my opinion, for the Christian, Catholic and Jewish communities in Germany but the Pope and the Vatican should clarify unambiguously that there can be no denial," she said.
You tell 'em, Frau Kanzlerin. Of course, His Popey-ness may not want to bring any more clarity to all those "neo-pagan" Nazis in their priest uniforms.

Radio Moscow Redux

Sales of Depends® doubtless to increase after this news. Now class, let's review: 1. Iran sends a matchstick into space w/ a ham radio-in-a-box atop it; the first one they've built all by their lonesomes & successfully (maybe) launched! 2. Said box whips around earth every few minutes, going "Beep! Beep!" or "It's cold up here, except the half where the local star is frying my circuits." 3. Paranoia strikes. W/ the subtext that the dirty wogs are filthy liars, because they've made similar claims, or that they're incompetent. If & when the air-tight radio stays up long enough, the Petey Paranoids can wave their hands & screech like their forebears did when the savage, primitive Soviets threw Sputnik in their faces. Danger, Will Robinson!
4. Don't let them fool you. This particular piece reached print & visible-electron stage before the satellite launch hit our screens, but you can bet that a greater plea for missile defense could have been worked into until the very last moment before hitting "Send." Don't let anything else in it fool you either.
Like this:
A reduction in defense spending this year would unnerve American allies and undercut efforts to gain greater cooperation. There is already a sense around the world, fed by irresponsible pundits here at home, that the United States is in terminal decline. [...] The announcement of a defense cutback would be taken by the world as evidence that the American retreat has begun.
The many announcements that more troops will begin pouring into Afghanistan are central to Kagan's point, as the righties say. Really don't believe this. It's the newest thing from the wrong side of the political tracks, "Don' t'row me in dat briah patch!"
Cuts in the defense budget would have consequences in other areas of the budget, most notably foreign aid. Some Republicans have already begun to grumble about foreign aid and development spending. If the Obama administration begins by cutting defense, it will be much harder to persuade Republicans to support foreign aid.
"Don't make us not-support foreign aid. Heavens, no, we sure don't want to do that! And if you follow our train of thought, if defense spending is reduced, then Republicans will be less likely to support foreign aid." 
Could they be any less pro-foreign aid? When was the last time Reagan got up on a stump & railed against it? It's '50s- & '60s-reminiscent/nostalgic (They're certainly playing a lot of what they think are their "Greatest Hits" lately, aren't they?) but beyond us. Perhaps in Mr. Kagan's mind those ol' Dems are so enthralled by the prospect of giving Joe the Plunger's unpaid taxes & Tom the Daschle's paid taxes to wogs on the other side of the planet for non-military purposes that in return they'll continue to shovel untold numbers of babies & billions of $pork into the maw of Moloch the Pentagon's pit of Defense profiteers & campaign contributors.
 9/11 changed everything, we know, but isn't Egypt still the largest non-military recipient of so-called foreign aid? May be military "aid" in there as well. And that's just to keep what our Limey cousins used to call "The Gyppos" from jumping all over Israel. (And to help maintain control over the restive fundamentalist population. And rendition. And, &c. No wonder Kagan's in favor of Republican-style foreign aid.) Israel, to whom we sell arms, so it can be a plausible threat to Egypt.
The author of this ode to stimulating the economy & tingling the leg is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Certainly sounds cute, doesn't it? Worth a closer look? Maybe. Peace & Economic Stimulation Through Defense Spending? Been there, etc.

Not Grown Up Yet, But I Live On A Nice Street W/ A Nice House

We are again confronted w/ the whimpering embers of what's passed for civilization for the past couple hundred years. Would you reveal such details of your life (assuming one had this much of a life) on video, nothing but a pair of sun-glasses between you & at least Internet notoriety? Dig also the virtually matching scarves & heart pendants. Alright, we can't claim to have been significantly more "grown up" when we were forty-two, but we definitely weren't having (or, even more embarrassingly, trying to have) "interludes" w/ women young enough to be our ... nieces. What's w/ today's teachers, anyway? What happened to the school mar'ms?

Death & Taxes

Today In Entertainment History  February 3

Today In Entertainment History February 3

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash in Iowa in 1959. 

Today In History  February 3

Today In History February 3

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified in 1913. 

Today's Birthdays   February 3

Today's Birthdays February 3

Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 69 today. 

And the AP page w/ the A/V wrap-up &c.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Annals Of Mild Amusement

Click below to enjoy humourous Sovietski Newspeak.

Яolcats

English translations of Warsaw Pact Lolcats

Off To A Good Start "4" 2012

Damnation. This may only be a Republican Chicken Little squawking, but the map is impressive ... & how are those "competitive" gray states trending?Note well that the race for 2012 is ON!, etc. The only way to keep "the base" fired up (& viewership fired up at the cable infotainers) is the permanent campaign. Look at Race 4 2012's Roll of Shame, from Haley Barbour to John Thune. 

The Military-Nanny Complex

From yesterday's WaPo, the accessories Uncle Sam requires for all his G. I. Joe® units.

In Afghanistan, soldiers routinely carry loads of 130 to 150 pounds for three-day missions. How the gear breaks down: Helmet, full body armor: 35 pounds Weapon: 7 pounds or more Ammunition: 15 pounds Rucksack (empty): 8 pounds Flashlight: 1.2 pounds Water: 9 pounds Food: 10 pounds Batteries: 8 pounds Sleeping bag and gear: 6 pounds First aid kit: 1 pound Extra clothing: 3 pounds Additional ammunition, grenades, mines, flares, other demolition gear: 32 pounds Radio (if required): 1.5 to 20 pounds

Turns out this is not good for the troops, especially when they're making like mountain goats in the treacherous terrain of Afghanistan.
Further evidence of the frequency of the injuries, which have forced some to leave the military, has come up in studies of veterans.

Carroll W. McInroe, a former VA primary-care case manager in Washington state, said he has seen such injuries in hundreds of veterans from today's wars. "Our infantry should not be going into battle carrying 90 to 100 pounds on their backs," he said. "The human muscular-skeletal system is simply not designed for that much weight, and it will break down over time."

Army personnel suffered over 255,000 "acute orthopedic injuries in 2007, an increase of 10,000 from 2006. Our back hurts just from leaning over to read what we're typing.

Beginning of the Month Cartoon Clearance

Showbiz Today: Guns, Heroin & Taxes

On February second, 1956, Atlantic Records signed The Coasters. In 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper made what ended up being their last public appearances at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. They died in a plane crash the next day. In 1973, the NBC rock show "Midnight Special" made its debut, with Helen Reddy as the host. In 1974, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer sustained minor cuts when a rigged piano exploded prematurely during a concert in San Francisco. In 1979, former Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose at age 21. The death was ruled accidental. NYPD spokesperson Fred Elwick makes the initial announcement here.
In 1993, a judge in New York dropped gun charges against singer Harry Connick Junior. He had been arrested when he tried to bring a pistol on board a flight at Kennedy Airport. And, Willie Nelson and the Internal Revenue Service reached a settlement on his estimated $17 million tax debt. In 1996, entertainer Gene Kelly died of complications from strokes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. Associated Press

Today's Birthdays: Who Fucking Cares?

Actress Elaine Stritch is 84. Actor Robert Mandan is 77. Comedian Tom Smothers is 72. Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 67. Actor Bo Hopkins is 67. Television executive Barry Diller is 67. Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 63. Actress Farrah Fawcett is 62. Actor Jack McGee is 60. Actor Brent Spiner is 60. Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey) is 60. Model Christie Brinkley is 55. Actor Michael Talbott is 54. Actress Kim Zimmer is 54. Associated Press Imagine being stranded on the proverbial desert island w/ the above. Gah!

Birth of New World Urbanism

Today is Monday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2009. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.The AP's "Today in History" video. The AP's "Today in History" text.
Today's Highlight in History: In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II. On this date: In 1536, present-day Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain. In 1653, New Amsterdam -- now New York City -- was incorporated. In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, was signed. In 1870, the "Cardiff Giant," supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, N.Y., was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum. In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York. In 1897, fire destroyed the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. (A new statehouse was dedicated on the same site in 1906.) In 1948, President Harry S. Truman sent a ten-point civil rights program to Congress, where the proposals ran into fierce opposition from southern lawmakers. In 1959, public schools in Arlington and Norfolk, Va., were racially desegregated without,incident. In 1969, actor Boris Karloff died in Midhurst, England, at age 81. In 1988, in a speech the broadcast television networks declined to carry live, President Ronald Reagan pressed his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras. Ten years ago: A federal jury in Portland, Ore., ordered abortion foes who had created "wanted" posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of "baby butchers" to pay $107 million dollars in damages. (Courts later reduced the judgment to more than $16 million; the U.S. Supreme Court has refused three times to hear an appeal by the defendants.) Five years ago: President George W. Bush unveiled a $2.4 trillion budget featuring a record deficit, as well as big increases for defense and homeland security. Deadly ricin was discovered in offices used by Senate majority leader Bill Frist. Israel killed a leader of Islamic Jihad and three other militants in a Gaza raid. An eleven-story apartment building collapsed in Konya, Turkey, killing 92 people. One year ago: A gunman killed five women at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, Ill., in an apparent botched robbery attempt (the case remains unsolved). French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni were married at the presidential Elysee Palace. Former Washington Redskins players Art Monk and Darrell Green were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee choice, Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas. Former Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz died in Washington, D.C., at age 98. Actor Barry Morse died in London at age 89. Associated Press

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Childish Crudeness

Naughty. Do not listen at work, wage-slaves.

National Fascism League

General David ("Gen. Betray Us") Petraeus just handled the coin toss at the Super Bowl.

The Dog That Chases Its Tail Shall Be ... Dizzy

Just Another Blog™ has recently received some fascinating comments from some interesting people. (Not that those two-&-a-half people who regularly leave notes here aren't interesting & fascinating!!) But these lengthy, copied & pasted comments (which you may not have noticed, as these commenters take their sweet, sweet time to get them to us) are, well, worth a peek. See comments here for spam concerning an Elvis book, & comments here for quite a rant concerning the "Peking-Mecca-Vatican axis." Or, for the sake of all that's un-holy, don't. They're your brain cells & synapses, & you should take care of them.

Sex On Planet "X"

While doing intensive research for the RCMP illustration below in the historical wrap-up, we came across a site that says there was kinky stuff on display in Jay Ward animation, including "bondage."We never noticed the wolf reading "Gayboy,"
but in one of the Rocky & Bullwinkle episodes w/ Gidney & Cloyd, the Moonmen, there is a book in the bookcase of their flying saucer whose spine reads: "Sex on Planet X." We first noticed it sometime in the mid-sixties, when the thought of a bookcase in a flying saucer was only 90 to 95% silly. And, in a nation of three hundred million, a guy or gal who web logged for a total of 56 posts noticed & posted a screen grab as well.
And it's numero uno on Google™.

Feb. 1 in Entertainment: Not A Bad Day In The Studio

On February first, 1950, RCA introduced the 45 RPM record player. [And today? Where is that 45 RPM thingie?] In 1954, Big Joe Turner recorded "Shake, Rattle and Roll." In 1964, the governor of Indiana declared the song "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen to be pornographic, even though the average listener wasn't able to decipher the lyrics. The governor asked a state broadcasters' association to ban the record. In 1965, James Brown recorded "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" in Charlotte, North Carolina.In 1968, Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie, was born. [Quite possibly allowing the opening of the gates of hell, as noted in today's natalities, just beneath this.] In 1978, the Bob Dylan film "Renaldo and Clara" premiered in Los Angeles. It mainly was a documentary of Dylan's "Rolling Thunder Revue" tour. In 1982, "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC. In 1986, Diana Ross married Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland. They later split up. In 1988, The Cars announced their breakup. In 1993, TV personality Regis Philbin returned to his morning talk show after undergoing heart surgery to have a blocked artery cleared. [Yawn after yawn after yawn after yawn after ...] Five years ago, in 2004, Justin Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson's top during the Super Bowl halftime show and exposed her breast. During that same show, Kid Rock wrapped himself in a poncho made of an American flag. [Certainly hoping some things at least half as interesting happens at today's Recession Bowl®. W/ twelve minutes of dreck from "The Boss" on tap at half-time, well ...] Associated Press

Today's Birthdays, or, It's Official We're Old as Fuck

Actor Stuart Whitman is 81. Singer Don Everly is 72. Actor Garrett Morris is 72. Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 72. Actor Sherman Hemsley is 71. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 70. Jazz musician Joe Sample is 70. Comedian Terry Jones is 67. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 59. Blues singer-musician Sonny Landreth is 58. Actor-writer-producer Bill Mumy is 55. Rock singer Exene Cervenka is 53.Actor Linus Roache (TV: "Law and Order") is 45. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 44. Country musician Dwayne Dupuy (Ricochet) is 44. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 44. Lisa Marie Presley is 41. Comedian-actor Pauly Shore is 41. [This date in 1968 may have marked the beginning of the End Times. That was the "Year America Blew Up," or whatever, wasn't it?— Ed.] Actor Brian Krause is 40. Jazz musician Joshua Redman is 40. Rock musician Patrick Wilson (Weezer) is 40. Associated Press

Not A Good Date In History For Iraq

Today is Sunday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2009. There are 333 days left in the year. [One month down, & of the next eleven, five are short ones.]
Pictures, sound & further factoids here.
Today's Highlight in History:In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members: Commander Rick Husband; pilot William McCool; Michael Anderson; Kalpana Chawla; David Brown; Laurel Clark; and Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space. [Again we question the AP's insistence on using "highlight" for tragedies. — Ed.] On this date: In 1859, operetta composer Victor Herbert was born in Dublin, Ireland. [Is an operetta composer as low as a blogger?] In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union. In 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came into existence, merging the Royal North West Mounted Police and the Dominion Police.In 1946, Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations. In 1958, the United Arab Republic, a union of Egypt and Syria, was established. (Syria withdrew from the union in 1961.) In 1959, men in Switzerland rejected giving women the right to vote by a more than 2-1 referendum margin. (Swiss women gained the right to vote in 1971.) In 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where they'd been refused service. In 1968, during the Vietnam War, South Vietnam's police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan)executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head in a scene recorded by The Associated Press and NBC News.Richard M. Nixon announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Thirty years ago, in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile. In 1991, 34 people were killed when a USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. Ten years ago: With the promise of huge federal surpluses, President Bill Clinton proposed a $1.77 trillion budget for fiscal 2000. Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Clinton. Five years ago: Twin suicide bombers [Actual twins, or two? — Ed.] killed 109 people at two Kurdish party offices in Irbil, Iraq. A stampede during the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed at least 251 worshippers. The New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three seasons with a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers; during the halftime show, Janet Jackson's breast became exposed, resulting in a $550,000 FCC fine against CBS. (A federal appeals court threw out the fine in July 2008.) Roger Federer beat Marat Safin 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2 to win the Australian Open. 
One year ago: Exxon Mobil posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company -- $40.6 billion -- and the biggest quarterly profit to that time, breaking its own records. Microsoft announced an unsolicited bid for Yahoo, which later rejected it. Remote-controlled explosives strapped to two women killed nearly 100 people in Baghdad. Associated Press