Saturday, February 28, 2009

That Was The Wk. That Was

Brutal. (And doesn't even mention the whole astro-puppeted or sock-turfed "Teabag" deal, as we mentioned below.) In just seven days, Republicans have offered up more amusement and fodder for an election campaign than even the most hopeful among us could have expected. [...] In the long run, yes, there should be concern that having buffoons in opposition is not healthy, but for now let's enjoy the moment. Schadenfreude is delicious, but the more charitable among us might wonder if they're all really this un-self-aware (doesn't seem possible, does it?) & the more cynical might wonder if there is something going on behind their beady little eyes & beneath those "dry-look" hair helmets. Maybe there's a Reagan Mark VI, under construction in an "abandoned" hangar in the Nevada desert, or an undisclosed location/bunker not too far from Washington, D. C. This wk., & CPAC2009, will be forgotten by November 2010, but a Super-Republican Spokes-Model appearing from nowhere for CPAC2010 could be trouble. They've certainly had enough examples of what not to do lately. Although learning from their mistakes hasn't been a Goofy Ass Party strong suit for several decades now.

No, Really, Just For The ArticlesBlogs (UPDATED w/ New Link)

From The Playboy Mansion, (See UPDATE below for working link.) or somewhere in the Central Time Zone, comes word that the incredibly successful Teabagging Parties nation-wide were total shite; apparently the whole thang was not only a failure, but not the failure of a bunch of disconnected, random "grassroots" something or others, but a planned in advance failure.   Talk about the "liberal elite bias left wing media." This Santelli douche, who allegedly started the whole thing, would appear to have hijacked his employer's air & cable waves to promote his own little deal, which would then appear to pop up spontaneously. (Let a thousand teabags bloom!)
Almost immediately, the clip and the unlikely "Chicago tea party" quote buried in the middle of the segment, zoomed across a well-worn path to headline fame in the Republican echo chamber, including red-alert headlines on Drudge.
Who's behind all this? 
[T]he Koch family, the multibilllionaire owners of the largest private corporation in America, and funders of scores of rightwing thinktanks and advocacy groups, from the Cato Institute and Reason Magazine to FreedomWorks. The scion of the Koch family, Fred Koch, was a co-founder of the notorious extremist-rightwing John Birch Society. [...] It’s not difficult to imagine how Santelli hooked up with this crowd. A self-described “Ayn Rand-er,” one of Santelli's colleagues at CNBC, Lawrence Kudlow, played a major role in both FreedomWorks and the Club for Growth. So today’s protests show that the corporate war is on, and this is how they’ll fight it: hiding behind “objective” journalists and “grassroots” new media movements. Because in these times, if you want to push for policies that help the super-wealthy, you better do everything you can to make it seem like it’s “the people” who are “spontaneously” fighting your fight. As a 19th century slave management manual wrote, “The master should make it his business to show his slaves, that the advancement of his individual interest, is at the same time an advancement of theirs. Once they feel this, it will require little compulsion to make them act as becomes them.” (Southern Agriculturalist IX, 1836.) The question now is, will they get away with it, and will the rest of America advance the interests of Koch, Santelli, and the rest of the masters?
Plenty of info between the parts we excerpted. A telling quote, from the authors of the item:
As veteran Russia reporters, both of us spent years watching the Kremlin use fake grassroots movements to influence and control the political landscape.
Also mentioned is the DontGo movement, where we found the "regular" AmeriKKKans. And there's no question these two ninnies were working from talking points. "Common ground.  Common ground. Common ground. Did I say it enough?" While we didn't type a word previously, you don't think, perhaps, also, the "common ground" they're hoping to work up could be based on a dislike for certain types of people in certain positions, rather than some sort of economic crap? Certainly, more people will have to buy into a lot of fantasy to believe that the advancement of the already filthy rich will ever help them. And many who do see where their economic interest truly lies will nonetheless be influenced by what Americans are too cowardly to talk about. We're not saying anything here, we don't want any cards pulled on us, but, you know, it could happen. I mean, "No one likes a guy who we don't where he was born in in the charge of the White House," if we may drop into a little wing-typing there. (No, that wasn't one of those passing strokes. Yet.) UPDATE (2 March 2009 @ 1440 PDT): Looks as if Hugh Hefner has been co-opted by the Kochs. Here, however, is the original Playboy Politics post, as preserved by Exiled Online.

Global Car Colon Severely Blocked

Hah!!! We knew that over a yr. of reading Asymetrical Information would, eventually, be worth it. Via Ms. McA., we present, for purposes of schadenfreude only, Pictures of the Impending Heat Death of the Universe.

Over For Broadcast Telebision: "Judge Judy" In Prime Time For The Institutionalized & Their Keepers Is Our Best Guess As To What's Next

Bring out your dead, the paradigm has shifted!
Broadcast television, for decades an oligarchy of three networks, was once the locus for most of the nation’s shared cultural moments — almost 83 percent of households in the United States watched Elvis Presley’s appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in September 1956, which is said to be the largest audience when measured by that metric. In terms of number of viewers, the final episode of “M*A*S*H,” in 1983, set the record with about 106 million viewers. In the last three months of 2008, broadcast networks lost nearly three million viewers, or about 7 percent of their total audience. Overall television viewing is up, however, and some big cable networks, like USA and TNT, are attracting new viewers.
To damn well tell you so, we first sensed morbidity a few yrs. back, when CBS (the erstwhile "Tiffany network") started running per inquiry ads (800 # ads for Oxy-Whatnot, Shamwho, etc.) during the wknd. editions of the CBS Evening News.

Baby Please Don't Go, 'Cause I Love You So, Baby Please Don't Go

The "Don't Go Movement" (it's just like Moveonorg; except neither you nor anyone else has heard of it & it has no money, clout or anything else) has a cute little button or widget or something that would like you to
Join a community of other regular Americans who favor more people, less Government, more solutions, less campaign promises.
We don't really understand the word "regular" here. What does our frequency of evacuation have to do w/, for example, favoring "more people?" Really. You won't be getting any more people w/ that sort of exclusionary attitude. 
The picture one would see if one clicked there. Sure enough, just a bunch of "regular" white AmeriKKKans, giving the old one-armed salute. Nothing to see here, move along now.Really, nothing to see. Attempted social networking. Millions have signed up already. 
Minutes Later: 
Heh. Nope, there really is nothing sinister here. Seriously. After looking at this page we'll make the cliched & cynical assumption that a would-be slickster has conned a wealthy & useful idiot out of just enough dinero for a few mos. of bandwidth, & is praying to Mammon for enough desperate pols to bring their campaign funds to him before the original funding has gone down the rat hole w/ the rest of the economy.

The New Media

What's left of Pajamas Media seems to have an engine fire. We hope there's a river nearby to set their public access wreck down in. Great line from the Ole Perfesser (around 11:00): "Bail out a buncha Baby Boomers who spent beyond their means" That's all that's wrong w/ the economy, financial system, blah blah ... Their party is just about over, isn't it? The stench of desperation is thick (as is the prose around here) but Mme. Malkin bravely tells us that two hundred people showing up to teabag in Seattle is like eleventy trillion anywhere else, because, you know, liberals. And Twitter & Facebook & mombloggers, oh my! Common ground!!

Why It's Called A "Depression"

A statement about the economy in which the single yet still eye-glazing no. mentioned doesn't matter, because the speaker is dealing w/ reality rather than the usual, mind-numbing figures, damned lies & stats. 
A distressing aspect of the report was the lack of business investment, said Joseph Brusuelas, a director at Moody’s Economy.com. Investment in equipment and software fell at an annualized rate of 28.8 percent.
“We’re not going to have a consumer-led recovery,” he said. He predicted it will be led by the technology industry and businesses spending on capital investments, which makes Friday’s figures for capital expenditures look “somewhat troubling.”
Few spend what they used to (even those who have something to spend are sitting on it) belts are tightened, debt is paid down into the bottomless hole of the banking industry (We were only following orders during our 17 odd yrs. in banking, we swear.) it's back to eating staples (except peanut butter — what next, ergot in Wonder Bread©?) and cocooning around the HD plasma videotron w/ CD-quality sound, the X hundred channels, etc., rather than buying or even doing anything. There's a word for that.

Month-End Big For Gun Play, Other Morbidity

Today is Saturday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2009. There are 306 days left in the year. [You can already count the remaining mos. of the yr. on your hands alone! — Ed.] It's the AP! From AP Tee Vee. Rev. Moon's UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 1849, the California gold rush began in earnest as regular steamship service started bringing gold-seekers to San Francisco. On this date: In 1827, the first US railroad chartered to carry passengers and freight, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Co., was incorporated by the state of Maryland. In 1844, a 12-inch gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded, killing Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and several others. In 1861, the Territory of Colorado was organized.In 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced they had discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes. In 1959, American author and playwright Maxwell Anderson died in Stamford, Conn., at age 70. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued the Shanghai Communique at the conclusion of Nixon's historic visit to China. In 1975, more than 40 people were killed in London's Underground when a subway train smashed into the end of a tunnel. In 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in central Stockholm. In 1993, a gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidians; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began. In 1997, in North Hollywood, Calif., two heavily armed and armored robbers bungled a bank heist and came out firing, unleashing their arsenal on police, bystanders, cars and TV choppers before they were killed. Ten years ago: Guerrillas detonated two bombs beside a military convoy in southern Lebanon, killing a Israeli brigadier general and three other Israelis; Israel retaliated with air raids on suspected guerrilla hideouts. Five years ago: Iraq's US-picked leaders failed to meet a deadline for adopting an interim constitution. Six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program ended in Beijing with an agreement to hold more negotiations. The Bow Mariner, a tanker carrying ethanol, exploded and sank off the Virginia coast; three crew members died and 18 were left missing and presumed dead, while six men survived. Former Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin died in Washington D.C., at age 89. One year ago: President George W. Bush told a White House news conference the country was not recession-bound; Democratic candidate Barack Obama said the economy was "on the brink of a recession" and blamed economic policies espoused by Bush and Republican presidential contender John McCain. [No, really? And who was correct? — Ed.] Defense Secretary Robert Gates told his Turkish counterpart that Turkey should end its offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq as soon as possible. Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to Thailand from 17 months in exile to face corruption charges. Mike Smith, lead singer for the British band Dave Clark Five, died outside London at age 64.  Today's Birthdays: Actor Charles Durning is 86. Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin, is 83.Actor Gavin MacLeod is 78. Actor Don Francks is 77. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 70. [Mr. Tune, it may be time to start calling yourself "Tom," or even Thomas." — Ed.] Auto racer Mario Andretti is 69. Singer Joe South is 69. Actor Frank Bonner is 67. Actress Kelly Bishop is 65. Football player Bubba Smith is 64. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 62. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 61. Actress Bernadette Peters is 61. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 61. [Yikes. This is the dividing line between older-than-dirt & Bouffant. — Ed.]  Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 54. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 53. Actor John Turturro is 52. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 52. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 48. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 40. Rock singer Pat Monahan is 40. Actress Maxine Bahns is 38. Country singer Jason Aldean is 32.  Thought for Today: "Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know." — Daniel Boorstin, American historian, educator and Librarian of Congress (1914-2004). Associated Press - February 28, 2009 3:13 AM ET On February 28th, 1966, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles began their climb to fame, closed because of financial problems. The next day, dozens of people protested at the club in hopes of keeping it open. In 1968, singer Frankie Lymon was found dead of a heroin overdose in New York. He was 25. As the frontman for The Teenagers, he had a hit song with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love."In 1974, singer-songwriter Bobby Bloom shot himself to death in West Hollywood, California. He was 28. Bloom's biggest hit was "Montego Bay." In 1979, "talking horse" Mr. Ed died. In 1983, the final episode of "MASH" aired, bringing in the biggest TV audience of all time to that date. In 1984, Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Thriller." But, Jackson lost to Sting of the Police in the Song of the Year category, when "Every Breath You Take" won. In 1986, singer George Michael announced Wham! was breaking up. In 1993, actor Tony Curtis married his fourth wife, Linda Deutsch. In 2000, The Pretenders played a concert in their hometown of Akron, Ohio, for the first time. In 2005, opening arguments began in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial. He was later acquitted. In 2008, singer-keyboardist Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five died of pneumonia in London, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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Friday, February 27, 2009

At Least The Guard Wasn't In NOLA As Long As They've Been In Iraq

Oh, crap, why even fucking bother? We get all het up over a headline, but the facts are usually (inevitably, really) a disappointment.
The National Guardsmen were welcomed as liberators when they arrived in force in a big convoy more than four days after Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005 and plunged the city into anarchy. The force was eventually 15,000 strong. Their numbers dwindled as civil authority returned in the months after the storm. But then, after a surge of bloodshed, 360 troops were dispatched in June 2006 to help the depleted police department patrol the streets. In recent months, only a few dozen troops were still patrolling.
So it's all over but the shouting (which has become a death-whimper "in recent months") & has been for a while. Nonetheless, the AP was able to find a few who didn't want the NG to leave NO. This all by contrast to the announcement of a final, definitive, schedule/timetable thingy whatever for w/drawl of Yankee pig-dog troops from Iraq. Well, as many as are going to be pulled out. Last corner o' the ear we heard was at least 35,000 trainers & advisors. So let's read this & see what the story is now. 
[Der Prez] and others — from his defense chief to powerful lawmakers — danced around some of the specifics about dates and troop numbers.
Gawd-uh-mighty day-um, no! They didn't. "Danced around," did they? Where else might one find information about all this? Perhaps, also, the AP. Entirely different from "msnbc.com news services." Isn't it?
Gerald Herbert/AP
South Lawn, White House, Washington, D. C., Friday, 27 February 2009 1640 ET
There need be no more question as to President Obama's presidency, or that LeaderOfTheFreeWorld thing. Above, the first mainstream media representation that we've seen (otherwise, of course, they don't exist) of Barack Obama as the The Loneliest (& Most Powerful) Man in the World, headed for the Oval Office, a solitary figure limned against the White House blahblah etc., & also perhaps anyway ...

Bright Spot In History: WFB Jr. Dead For A Year

AP - 2 hours 45 minutes ago Today is Friday, Feb. 27, the 58th day of 2009. There are 307 days left in the year. AP's own history page. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 27, 1933, Germany's parliament building, the Reichstag, was gutted by fire. Chancellor Adolf Hitler, blaming the Communists, used the fire as justification for suspending civil liberties. On this date: In 1801, the District of Columbia was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress. In 1860, former Illinois Congressman Abraham Lincoln delivered a widely acclaimed speech in which he argued against the expansion of slavery into the western territories, telling listeners at Cooper Union in New York that "right makes might." In 1861, in Warsaw, Russian troops fired on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland; five marchers were killed. In 1922, the Supreme Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of women to vote. In 1939, the Supreme Court, in National Labor Relations Board v. Fansteel Metallurgical Corp., outlawed sit-down strikes. In 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms of office, was ratified. In 1960, the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviets, 3-2, at the Winter Games in Squaw Valley, Calif. (The U.S. team went on to win the gold medal.) In 1973, members of the American Indian Movement occupied the hamlet of Wounded Knee in South Dakota, the site of the 1890 massacre of Sioux men, women and children. (The occupation lasted until May.) In 1979, Jane M. Byrne confounded Chicago's Democratic political machine as she upset Mayor Michael A. Bilandic to win their party's mayoral primary. (Byrne went on to win the election.) In 1991, President George H.W. Bush declared that "Kuwait is liberated, Iraq's army is defeated" and announced that the allies would suspend combat operations at midnight, Eastern Time. Ten years ago: The Rev. Henry Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention USA, was convicted in Largo, Fla., of swindling millions of dollars from companies seeking to do business with his followers. (Lyons, who served nearly five years in prison, was released in 2003.) Nigerians voted to elect Olusegun Obasanjo their new president as the country marked the final phase of its return to democracy. Five years ago: America's top bishop, Wilton Gregory, declared the days of sheltering sex abusers in the Roman Catholic priesthood were "history" as two reports showed how pervasive assaults on minors had been during the previous half-century. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer asked the state's top court to stop San Francisco from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until the justices could decide whether the weddings were legal. (The justices halted the weddings the following month.) One year ago: William F. Buckley Jr., the author and conservative commentator, was found dead at his home in Stamford, Conn.; he was 82. Civil rights leader John Lewis dropped his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in favor of Barack Obama. A judge in Canton, Ohio, sentenced former police officer Bobby Cutts Jr. to life in prison with a chance of parole after 57 years for killing his pregnant lover, Jessie Davis, and their unborn child. Today's Birthdays: Actress Joanne Woodward is 79. Actress Elizabeth Taylor is 77. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is 75. Actress Barbara Babcock is 72. Actor Howard Hesseman is 69.Actress Debra Monk is 60. Rock singer-musician Neal Schon (Journey) is 55. Rock musician Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) is 52. Actor Timothy Spall is 52. Rock musician Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) is 49. Country singer Johnny Van Zant (Van Zant) is 49. Rock musician Leon Mobley (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) is 48. Basketball Hall-of-Famer James Worthy is 48. Actor Adam Baldwin is 47. Actor Grant Show is 47. Rock musician Mike Cross (Sponge) is 44. Actor Donal Logue is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chilli (TLC) is 38. Rock musician Jeremy Dean (Nine Days) is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Roderick Clark is 36. Football player Tony Gonzalez is 33. Country-rock musician Shonna Tucker (Drive-By Truckers) is 31. Chelsea Clinton is 29. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bobby Valentino is 29. Singer Josh Groban is 28. Actress Kate Mara is 26. Thought for Today: "Reasoning with a child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason without destroying your own." — John Mason Brown, American essayist (1900-1969). On February 27th, 1967, Pink Floyd recorded its first single, "Arnold Layne." In 1971, Jefferson Airplane was fined $1,000 for using profanity onstage at a concert in Oklahoma City. [Not much to add, other than "Fuck that shit!!" — Ed.] In 1977, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones was arrested in Toronto for drug possession. He later was found guilty. In 1980, "What A Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers won the Record and Song of the Year Grammy Awards. The Album of the Year was "52nd Street" by Billy Joel. [Double plus suckage there. — Ed.] In 1991, James Brown was granted parole and set free in Columbia, South Carolina. He had been serving time for leading police on a high-speed chase through two states. In 1993, silent film actress Lillian Gish died at her New York home at the age of 99. Her movie career spanned 75 years. In 2003, Fred Rogers, better known as children's entertainer Mr. Rogers, died of stomach cancer in Pittsburgh. He was 74. Copyright © 2009 Yahoo! Southeast Asia Pte Ltd (Co. Reg. No. 199700735D). All Rights Reversed

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Piyush Could Eat No Fat, His Wife Could Eat No Lean

If you can take it, why the hell not look at Piyush "Bobby" Jindal's web-page, paid for by "Friends of Bobby Jindal."
It contains the phrase "Response to the State of the Union." 
What's the White House have to say? (Yeah, we know, bldgs. can't speak, but we're writing our own style book here, so get lost. How about "What's the White House web-site have to say?") Either way, it's this:
The President is gearing up to give his first address to a joint session of Congress tonight (it's not technically a State of the Union, since it's the first year of his administration).
Does Piyush know nothing about This Great Nation of Ours™, in which he wasn't even conceived? Will we be hearing this sort of thing from the Peggy Noonans of the world if/when HusseinPiyush throws his hat in the ring?  Who taught him about This Great Nation of Ours™? The public schools of Louisiana? Good job, hicks. 
(Why that boy so skinny, anyway?)

What Entertained Westerners On 26 February Throughout History, Or Since 1966, Anyway

On February 26th, 1966, the Rolling Stones released the single "19th Nervous Breakdown." In 1970, The Beatles album "Hey Jude" was released in the U.S. and Canada. It was made up of singles that were previously unavailable in the U.S. In 1977, bluesman Bukka White, also known as Booker T. Washington, died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 70. His guitar-playing influenced B.B. King and many others. In 1986, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Robert Penn Warren was named the first "poet laureate" of the U.S. by the Library of Congress. In 1990, singer Cornell Gunter of The Coasters was found shot to death in Las Vegas. Authorities said he was found in his car, shot twice. Gunter had joined The Coasters in 1957. In 1993, police in Augusta, Georgia, fined singer Bobby Brown $580 for pretending to have sex with 1 of his backup singers during a concert. She also was fined $580. In 1998, a jury rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas cattlemen against Oprah Winfrey. The suit accused her of disparaging them on her talk show by implying US beef was unsafe. In 2004, Rosie O'Donnell and girlfriend Kelli Carpenter were married at City Hall in San Francisco. Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Letting The NYT Do Some Work For Us.

Click for links to a bunch of crap. (Some peoples' opinions.) Or at least read the shorters/quotes provided. Patrick Cockburn (Alexander's brother, but just about all the way to the other end of the political spectrum from Alexander) refuses to toe the war-monger line of the "surge" working, & gets a dig in at Washington, D. C. idiots.
War criminal/murderer Heinrich ("Pleasze, mein fuhrer, call me Henry") Kissinger weighs in on Afghanistan as well.
And some other crap.

Rumor Mill

The internets (at least the blog-0-sphere [zero deliberate] part) are abuzz w/ rumors that M. Bouffant, the editor of the Just Another Blockhead (From L. A.)™ blog, has located an apartment in a crummy section of Los Angeles & may be able to move in by 1 April.

What this means for the system of pneumatic tubes & little tiny people inside devil-boxes world-wide is as yet uncertain, but it is suspected that once M.B. has his pasty old honky ass installed in an ancient bldg. w/ exposed brick walls & a dark hardwood floor, & the clowns at AT&T finally get the high speed tubes connected to the new World Wide HQ, there may be an outpouring of rabid hate-filled spew as has seldom been seen in the known universe.

As always, we invite all & sundry to hold their fuggin' breath until it happens.

Extra devil-box note: Blogger/Chrome spellcheck suggestions for "fuggin'": "fug gin" (Our sentiments exactly.); "figging" (Don't like figs.); "fagging" ('Zat a verb?); & "fogging." (We like to think that those sporting eye-glasses may occasionally be so horrified by the ugly truths of grim reality that are presented here that their cheaters get fogged up, as well as their panties getting in a bunch.)

This Is A Date That Sucks Throughout History Like All Others, & In Its Own Way As Well

Today is Thursday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2009. There are 308 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1870, an experimental air-driven subway, the Beach Pneumatic Transit, opened in New York City for public demonstrations. (The tunnel was only a block long, and the line had only one car.) On this date: In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from exile on the Island of Elba. In 1907, Congress created the Dillingham Commission to examine the impact of immigrants on America. (The panel later recommended curtailing immigration from southern and eastern Europe.) In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure establishing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. In 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed a measure establishing Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. In 1940, the United States Air Defense Command was created. In 1945, a midnight curfew on night clubs, bars and other places of entertainment was set to go into effect across the nation. [Yes, & then what? — Ed.] In 1952, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed its own atomic bomb. In 1979, a total solar eclipse cast a moving shadow 175 miles wide from Oregon to North Dakota before moving into Canada. In 1987, the Tower Commission, which probed the Iran-Contra affair, issued its report, which rebuked President Ronald Reagan for failing to control his national security staff. In 1993, a bomb built by Islamic extremists exploded in the parking garage of New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton, outlining foreign policy goals for the final two years of his administration, urged continued American engagement in the quest for peace and freedom abroad during a news conference in San Francisco. Five years ago: Two church-sanctioned studies documenting sex abuse by U.S. Roman Catholic clergy said that about four percent of clerics had been accused of molesting minors since 1950 and blamed bishops' "moral laxity" in disciplining offenders for letting the problem worsen. Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski was killed in a plane crash in southern Bosnia. One year ago: A power failure later blamed primarily on human error plunged large parts of Florida into darkness. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, visiting Beijing, won a verbal assurance from Chinese officials to use their influence to jump-start the stalled process of dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs. The New York Philharmonic performed a historic concert in North Korea before the communist nation's elite. Former Israeli military chief Dan Shomron, the paratrooper who commanded the famed 1976 hostage rescue at Entebbe airport in Uganda, died in Tel Aviv at age 70. Today's Birthdays: Singer Fats Domino is 81.Political columnist Robert Novak is 78. [Should be dead soon, huh? — Ed.] Country-rock musician Paul Cotton (Poco) is 66. Actor-director Bill Duke is 66. Singer Mitch Ryder is 64. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 59. Singer Michael Bolton is 56. Actor Greg Germann is 51. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is 51.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

25 February in Entertainment History

The stupid crackers at the stupid cracker telebision station web-page we usually steal the entertainment "history" from have stopped posting it, or are just incompetent stupid crackers in North Carolina & forgotten it, or are offended by our calling them stupid NoCar crackers & have cut us off.  But now that we have time on our hands (& are keeping our hands out of our pants) we can find other sites whence to copy & paste. (This item actually published 26 February 2009 @ 1835 or so.) On February 25th, 1950, the variety series "Your Show of Shows" made its debut on NBC. In 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded "That'll Be The Day," their first and only number one hit. In 1963, Vee Jay Records released the first Beatles record in the U-S, "Please Please Me" backed with "Ask Me Why." At the time, the single went unnoticed by the record-buying public. In 1973, the Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music" opened on Broadway. In 1981, singer Christopher Cross was the big winner at the Grammy Awards, picking up an award for best album for his self-titled debut LP. His hit "Sailing" was named best song and best record. Other winners included Pat Benatar and the Police. [Whatever happened to that fat talentless hack? Did he end up like this fat talentless hack, sleeping under playground equipment in a park? — Ed.] In 1983, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite. He was 71. In 1992, Natalie Cole won seven Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Unforgettable." Bonnie Raitt and R.E.M. each won three. Garth Brooks and Mary Chapin Carpenter were winners too. In 1993, Marshall Tucker Band founder Toy Caldwell was found dead at his home in South Carolina. He was 45. A coroner later ruled that Caldwell's death was cocaine-related. Actor Dick Van Dyke got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But at the star's unveiling, Van Dyke was shocked to see that his last name had been engraved as one word instead of two. In 1995, singer Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident while practicing for a segment for "Moto World" on ESPN. In 1996, actor Dr. Haing Ngor was shot to death outside his home in Los Angeles. He was 45. Ngor won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in "The Killing Fields" and was a real-life survivor of the Khmer Rouge death camps. In 1998, Bob Dylan won his first Best Album Grammy for "Time Out of Mind," his 42nd album. His performance was interrupted by a dancing man with "Soy Bomb" written on his chest. At that same ceremony, singer Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper ODB, who upstaged her with a rant about his clothes.
[And where is ODB (Old Dirty Bastard) today? Dead, that's where. — Ed.] In 2004, "The Passion of the Christ" opened nationwide.

We Don't Care Either, 25 February Or Any Other Day

Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2009. There are 309 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox. On this date: In 1779, a militia led by George Rogers Clark routed the British from Fort Sackville in the Revolutionary War Battle of Vincennes in present-day Indiana.  In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver. In 1901, United States Steel Corporation was incorporated by J.P. Morgan. In 1919, Oregon became the first state to tax gasoline, at one cent per gallon. In 1948, Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia. In 1964, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. In 1969, NASA launched the Mariner 6 probe on a mission to study Mars. In 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency. In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a US barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. In 1994, American-born Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire with an automatic rifle inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims before he was beaten to death by worshippers. Ten years ago: A jury in Jasper, Texas, sentenced white supremacist John William King to death for chaining James Byrd Jr., a black man, to a pickup truck and dragging him to his death. Israel's Supreme Court blocked the extradition of American teenager Samuel Sheinbein to the US to face charges stemming from a grisly slaying in Maryland. Five years ago: The Supreme Court ruled states didn't have to underwrite the religious training of students planning careers in the ministry. The Mel Gibson film "The Passion of the Christ" opened in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on Ash Wednesday. One year ago: An Associated Press photograph of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wearing traditional local garb during a visit to Kenya in 2006 began circulating on the Internet. The New York Philharmonic arrived in North Korea to perform a concert, the same day Lee Myung-bak was sworn in as South Korea's first conservative president in a decade. Today's Birthdays: Country singer Ralph Stanley is 82. TV writer-producer Larry Gelbart is 81. Actor Tom Courtenay is 72. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 72. Actress Diane Baker is 71. Actress Karen Grassle is 65. Humorist Jack Handey is 60. Movie director Neil Jordan is 59. Rock musician Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) is 52. Rock singer-musician Mike Peters (The Alarm) is 50. Actress Veronica Webb is 44. Actor Alexis Denisof is 43. Actress Tea Leoni is 43. Comedian Carrot Top is 42. Actress Lesley Boone is 41. Actor Sean Astin is 38. Singer Daniel Powter is 38. Latin singer Julio Iglesias Jr. is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Justin Jeffre is 36. Rock musician Richard Liles is 36. Actor Anson Mount is 36. Comedian Chelsea Handler is 34. Actress Rashida Jones is 33.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Andrew Sullivan, Orwell Quoter, Is Still Working At The Ministry Of Truth, Possibly As A Mind Reader For Zombies

But the idea that Reagan would have authorized torture by his own administration is unimaginable to me. [...] he [Reagan] was viscerally opposed to inhumane treatment of anyone
That's why they had to equip him w/ oven mitts when his senile dementia became even more pronounced, isn't it? Because St. Ronnie was just such an amiable, not-harmful dunce, right? And his incredible opposition to inhumane treatment? Tell that to the mentally ill still wandering the streets of California. And, uh, Andy? How close to Reagan's viscera did you get? You do realize that, as a politician & B-minus list actor, he could certainly fool a dim-wit like you?
And of course there are the murders & atrocities committed by U. S. clients of Reagan's regime in Central & South America, many of them against religious people, even Catholics. You'd think professional Catholic Andy would be a little mad about that, but we suppose that in Andy's little mind those nuns & so on were a buncha liberation theology Marxists & got what they deserved.
If we had retaied [sic] the fiscal health of the Clinton-Gingrich years into the new millennium, our range of possible actions right now would be far less dire.
That's the second time in about a week we've heard that the '90s were the "Gingrich" yrs. It would be 1984 dêjà vu if we could only remember 1984 in the first place.
In conclusion, if the little shit is a citizen, let's get that shit stripped from him ASAP. (We did it to Lucky Luciano, why should Andy be any different?) If he's still some kind of registered alien, deportation now, for cheapening the discourse. 
Also: Stop puttting quotes from Orwell on your stupid, comment-less web log if you can't even see the boogers dripping out of your nose, let alone what's "in front of it," alien!!

The Endless Historical Suffering Of A Species That Deserves To Suffer

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2009. There are 310 days left in the year.  The AP page. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: In 1868, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate. On this date: In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII the 13th issued a papal bull, or edict, outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.) In 1803, in its Marbury v. Madison decision, the Supreme Court established judicial review of the constitutionality of statutes. In 1821, Mexican rebels proclaimed the Plan de Iguala, their declaration of independence from Spain. In 1863, Arizona was organized as a territory. 
In 1920, the German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform. In 1942, the Voice of America went on the air for the first time. In 1946, Argentinian men went to the polls to elect Juan D. Peron their president. In 1983, a congressional commission released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a "grave injustice." In 1988, in a ruling that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $150,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt. In 1989, a state funeral was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who had died the month before at age 87. Ten years ago: The Senate voted by a lopsided 91-8 margin to approve the package that would give the military a 4.8 percent pay raise on Jan. 1, 2000. (The raise was included in the fiscal 2000 defense bill later signed by President Bill Clinton.) Lauryn Hill won five Grammys, including album of the year and best new artist, on the strength of her solo debut album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." Five years ago: Democrat John Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Idaho, and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind Dennis Kucinich. President George W. Bush urged approval of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake devastated an isolated region of northern Morocco, killing more than 600 people. Character actor John Randolph died in Hollywood at age 88. One year ago: "No Country for Old Men" won the Academy Award for best picture, best director and best screenplay adaption for Joel and Ethan Coen and best supporting actor for Javier Bardem; Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for "There Will Be Blood," while Marion Cotillard was named best actress for "La Vie en Rose." A suicide bomber struck Shiite Muslim pilgrims south of Baghdad, killing at least 56 people. Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel. Ralph Nader announced a fresh bid for the White House on NBC's "Meet the Press." Today's Birthdays: Actor Abe Vigoda is 88. Actor Steven Hill is 87. Actor-singer Dominic Chianese is 78. Movie composer Michel Legrand is 77. Actor James Farentino is 71. Actor Barry Bostwick is 64. Actor Edward James Olmos is 62. Singer-writer-producer Rupert Holmes is 62. Rock singer-musician George Thorogood is 59. Actress Debra Jo Rupp is 58. Actress Helen Shaver is 58. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 54. News anchor Paula Zahn is 53. Country singer Sammy Kershaw is 51. Singer Michelle Shocked is 47. Movie director Todd Field is 45. Actor Billy Zane is 43. [Anyone younger, we just don't care. — Ed.] Thought for Today: "Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." — Henry James, American author (1843-1916). [Get back to the nineteenth century & stay there, you un-American weakling!! I got your "kind" right here! — Ed.] On February 24th, 1969, the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed its last British concert at London's Royal Albert Hall before breaking up. In 1976, The Eagles' "Greatest Hits" album became the first album in the U.S. to be certified platinum, for at least one million copies sold. The new award was conceived because high sales meant too many artists were winning gold records. In 1979, the Sex Pistols released the album "The Great Rock N' Roll Swindle." In 1988, Alice Cooper announced he was running for governor of Arizona. In 1990, singer Johnny Ray died at a Los Angeles hospital of liver failure. He was 63. He's known for his double-sided hit "Cry" and "The Little White Cloud That Cried." In 1991, country star Webb Pierce died. He was 65. On that same day, comedian George Gobel passed away at a southern California hospital at the age of 71. Most people remember Gobel as a regular on the "Hollywood Squares" game show. In 1992, actress Tracy Gold went back to work on the set of the TV sitcom "Growing Pains." She had left the show to battle anorexia.singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana married singer Courtney Love of Hole in Hawaii. In 1993, Eric Clapton won six Grammy Awards, including song and record of the year for "Tears In Heaven," the song inspired by his late son. In 1994, comedian Garrett Morris was shot and critically wounded during a robbery attempt in Los Angeles. In 1998, drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was arrested for kicking his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee. She filed for divorce. He eventually served four months in prison. Comedian Henny Youngman died of complications from the flu. He was 91. He was known as the king of the one-liners, including "Take my wife, please." Elton John was knighted.
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Monday, February 23, 2009

The Coming War Of Southern Cracker Agression

Glenn Greenwald, as brought to our attention by TBogg, has an item (well, w/ Greenwald it's never a mere item, but this one is relatively short) on the Upcoming Civil War. Or at least plans & possibilities therefore, as offered on Fox News, of all places. Videos & all. P. S.: The gov't. won't let the staff here at Just Another Blog™ legally own weapons. Any help that can be extended to allow us to defend ourself against the swarms of red-necks & pin-dicks sure to be coming after us once they find out about us will be much appreciated.

Free Pancakes!!! Nation-Wide!!! (Shrove Tuesday? Oh, National Pancake Day)

Greensboro, NC -- In honor of National Pancake Day, IHOP's around the country are giving customers a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes.  The giveaway is part of an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children's Miracle Network. They are asking for donations to benefit the charity.

The pancake special is offered on Tuesday, February 24 from 7 am until 10 pm.

IHOP says pancake lovers donated more than $875,00 to children's charities in 2008. They have set a goal of $1,000,000 for 2009!

Additional Information can be found by going to www.ihoppancakeday.com.

WFMY News 2

St. Nick On A Stick, Why Do We Even Bother?

On February 23rd, 1957, Porter Wagoner joined the Grand Ole Opry. In 1965, Stan Laurel of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74. In 1970, Canada's music awards, known as the Junos, were presented for the first time. The Guess Who won for best group that year. In 1978, at the 20th annual Grammy Awards, The Eagles won Record of the Year for "Hotel California." "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac won the Album of the Year award. In 1979, Dire Straits began its first tour of North America. In 1983, the band Toto won six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Toto IV." In 1988, Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo US tour in Kansas City. In 1993, actor Anthony Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. In 1994, a judge in Los Angeles dismissed a suit brought by Martha Raye against Bette Midler. Raye had said Midler stole her life story for the movie "For the Boys." In 1995, singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53. In 1996, actress Halle Berry and Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice announced they were ending their three-year marriage. In 2003, Norah Jones won five Grammys, one for every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year. The Grammys show opened with Simon and Garfunkel, the first time they had performed together in a decade. In 2004, the finale of "Sex and the City" aired.

On This Date In The Never-Ending Wheel Of Crap

Today is Monday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2009. There are 311 days left in the year. AP. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1945, during World War II, US Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mt. Suribachi, where they raised the American flag twice (the second flag-raising was captured in the iconic photo taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal).On this date: In 1633, English diarist Samuel Pepys was born in London. In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas. In 1848, the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, died in Washington D.C. at age 80. In 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office, following word of a possible assassination plot in Baltimore. In 1870, Mississippi was readmitted to the Union. [Big mistake. — Ed.] In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission. In 1942, the first shelling of the US mainland during World War II occurred as a Japanese submarine fired on an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, Calif., causing little damage. In 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh. In 1981, an attempted coup began in Spain as 200 members of the Civil Guard invaded the Parliament, taking lawmakers hostage. (The attempt collapsed 18 hours later.) In 1998, 42 people were killed, some 2,600 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, by tornadoes in central Florida. Ten years ago: A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted white supremacist John William King of murder in the gruesome dragging death of a black man, James Byrd Jr.; King was sentenced to death two days later. Serbs agreed in principle to give limited self-rule to majority ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, thereby avoiding for the time being threatened NATO air strikes, but the two sides failed to conclude a deal for ending their yearlong conflict during talks in Rambouillet, France. The first of two avalanches that claimed 38 lives over two days struck in Austria. Five years ago: The Army canceled its Comanche helicopter program after sinking $6.9 billion into it over 21 years. Education Secretary Rod Paige likened the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, to a "terrorist organization" during a private White House meeting with governors. (Paige later called it a poor choice of words, but stood by his claim the NEA was using "obstructionist scare tactics.") One year ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other US officials held daylong meetings with Australian leaders in Canberra. Former United Auto Workers president Douglas A. Fraser died in Southfield, Mich., at age 91.
Thought for Today: "Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978). [Sounds like bullshit to us. — Ed.] Today's Birthdays: Country songwriter Bob Willis is 75. Actor Peter Fonda is 69. Author John Sandford is 65. Singer-musician Johnny Winter is 65. Country-rock musician Rusty Young is 63. Actress Patricia Richardson is 58. Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is 57. Singer Howard Jones is 54. Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) is 47. Country singer Dusty Drake is 45. Actress Kristin Davis is 44. Tennis player Helena Sukova is 44. Actor Marc Price is 41. 

Sunday, February 22, 2009

No Comment Necessary, Because You Already Know We're Juvenile

OKAYAMA, Japan, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- About 9,000 men clad only in loincloths joined in a free-for-all at a Buddhist temple in Japan Sunday, trying to secure two pieces of sacred wood.

But Never Better Late: This Date In Pointless Amusement

Here's the entertainment poop for this date in history, which the assholes at the tee vee station for crackers website where we steal this couldn't be bothered to post it until 1700 Cracker Time today.On Feb. 22, 1934, the comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opened in New York. In 1964, The Beatles arrived in London following their first visit to the US. In 1976, original Supremes member Florence Ballard died in Detroit of coronary thrombosis at age 32. Ballard and her children were living on welfare at the time of her death. [That Berry Gordy's a real fucking champion of compassion, isn't he? — Ed.] In 1978, The Police starred in a TV commercial for Wrigley's chewing gum. The ad was made a few months before the band's single "Roxanne" was released in the UK. [We are all prostitutes, but some of you are a lot more so than others. — Ed.] In 1989, the first heavy metal Grammy was given out. Jethro Tull won. In 1990, a jury in Los Angeles rejected a claim that Stevie Wonder's hit "I Just Called To Say I Love You" was stolen from another songwriter. In 1993, CBS announced that the network had purchased the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York for David Letterman's new TV show. At that point, Letterman was rumored to be moving his program to Los Angeles. In 1997, Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal announced they were ending their 15-year relationship. In 2001, Steely Dan won their first Grammys ever, including album of the year for "Two Against Nature." They beat out Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP," which had generated controversy over its lyrics. In 2004, Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was arrested in Toledo, Ohio, for allegedly throwing a bottle into an audience and spitting on them while publicly drunk. In 2005, Blink-182 announced they were going on hiatus. It turned out to be their breakup. They have since reunited. In 2007, Britney Spears checked into rehab for the third time in a week. 

As American As Apple Pie & Murder Committed By An Eleven Yr. Old

Junior shotguns. What next from America's marketing geniuses?
"She didn't actually eyewitness the shooting. She saw him with what she believed to be a shotgun and heard a loud bang," Bongivengo said, adding that the weapon, a youth model 20-gauge shotgun, was found in what police believed was the boy's bedroom. The shotgun, which apparently belonged to Jordan, is designed for children, and such weapons do not have to be registered, Bongivengo said. Bongivengo would not say whether the boy confessed to the shooting.

The End Of Racism, Part Whatever

A rabble-rousing editorial writer in some big city somewheres whines some more about the "poor coloreds." Aren't you getting tired of this race-baiting by these filthy poverty pimps?
The Madison County Record, the sprightly weekly newspaper published at Huntsville, the county seat, broke the news first, but the nature of it guaranteed some national attention. Some 100 workers from Pennsylvania, about a third of them African Americans, came down to help the local electric cooperative restore power after the devastating ice storm last month took down just about every power pole in the county. They worked tirelessly clearing trees and putting up poles and lines in the ice and freezing rain to try to speed power to people. For their trouble, they were harassed and threatened by roving groups of young men shouting racial epithets* and pointing guns at them. The county sheriff said the young men would drive around the work teams waving Rebel flags and cursing the blacks. The workers were frightened enough to contact the sheriff’s office in nearby Washington County. Madison County is all white.
Oh, oh, it was white folks baitin' the coloreds? Uh, I mean, demonstratin' racial pride? And honorin' they-uh heritage? Lak' that ol' Jew bitch on the tee vee use tuh say, "Wal, nevuh mind, tha-yats differnt."
*Latin for "nigger."

Death & The Wrestler

Also from the grappling world, the guy who started Hulk Hogan on his road to whatever apparently body-slammed a 97 -yr. old fellow patient at a so-fucking-old-they-can't-even-remember-anything care facility to death. 

Hey, Beeeeee-otch!!

Uh, maybe we are slightly interested in the Academy Awards. We didn't know the surviving half of Martin & Lewis was getting the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. That telethon finally pay off for ya, Jer?
Jerry Lewis - The Nutty Professor Cocktail
Let Manola Darghis tell you more about Mr. Lewis.

"Nature Boy" Speaks

Masochists will want to read the awkward written version of the two minute or so cut-up that was run on the CBS Evening News Saturday evening.

Today In The Eternal Suffering Of MankindHumanity
Sorry, Ladies!

Today is Sunday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2009. There are 312 days left in the year. AP. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1732, The first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County in the Virginia Colony. On this date: In 1784, a US merchant ship, the Empress of China, left New York for the Far East to trade goods with China. In 1862, Jefferson Davis, already the provisional president of the Confederacy, was inaugurated for a six-year term following his election in November 1861. In 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed an enabling act paving the way for the Dakotas, Montana and Washington to become states. In 1909, the Great White Fleet, a naval task force sent on a round-the-world voyage by President Theodore Roosevelt, returned after more than a year at sea. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first radio broadcast from the White House as he addressed the country over 42 stations. In 1934, Frank Capra's romantic comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall. In 1959, the inaugural Daytona 500 race was held in Daytona Beach, Fla.; although Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the winner, the victory was later awarded to Lee Petty. In 1973, the United States and China agreed to establish liaison offices. In 1980, the United States Olympic hockey team upset the Soviets at Lake Placid, N.Y., 4-3. (The US team went on to win the gold medal.) In 1984, 12-year-old David Vetter, who'd spent most his life in a plastic bubble because he had no immunity to disease, died 15 days after being removed from the bubble for a bone-marrow transplant. In 1987, Pop artist Andy Warhol died at age 58.Ten years ago: Levi Strauss, falling victim to a fashion generation gap, announced it was closing 11 plants. Five years ago: Consumer advocate Ralph Nader entered the presidential race as an independent. A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up on a crowded Jerusalem bus, killing eight passengers. Rebels captured Haiti's second-largest city, claiming Cap-Haitien as their biggest prize in a two-week-old uprising.
One year ago: Turkish troops crossed into northern Iraq in their first major ground incursion against Kurdish rebel bases in nearly a decade. Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez gave birth to twins, a girl and a boy. Civil rights activist Johnnie Carr died in Montgomery, Ala., at age 97.
Thought for Today: "The crude commercialism of America, its materializing spirit are entirely due to the country having adopted for its natural hero a man who could not tell a lie." — Oscar Wilde, Irish-born dramatist (1854-1900). Today's Birthdays: Announcer Don Pardo is 91. [Hokey Smokes, we saw this & wondered when he'd left Saturday Night Live, but then we caught the SNL intro, & the man is still cranking it out!! We used to dig him on the real "Jeopardy" during daytime in the mid-'60s, for crying out loud. Ninety-fucking-one & he's still got it! (Almost gives us hope.) — Ed.] Actor Paul Dooley is 81. Hollywood "ghost singer" Marni Nixon is 79. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) is 77. Movie director Jonathan Demme is 65. Actor John Ashton is 61. Actress Miou-Miou is 59. Actress Julie Walters is 59. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving is 59. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 50. Actress-comedian Rachel Dratch is 43. Actress Jeri Ryan is 41. Actor Thomas Jane is 40. Actress Tamara Mello is 39. Actress-singer Lea Salonga is 38. Actor Jose Solano is 38. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Michael Chang is 37. Actress Drew Barrymore is 34.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

The fucking Oscars™©®.
At least we aren't in Hollywood this yr., where the security precautions for this shit (closing several blocks of Hollywood Blvd. being the most disruptive) generally screw up traffic & everything else.

Department of Just Plain Goofy

First Alan Keyes, now this. We invite you to click into the past and examine this odd comment, recently posted.
Anonymous said... Why would anyone care if the idiot little El Salvadorian that seduced, raped and killed Casendra was hired by Gary condit? She is dead. a life snuffed in the D>C. park that has witnessed government killings, Ron Parks, Hillery's stooge who was supposed to kill himself by shooting himseld in the back between the shoulder blades. Deport the little faggot back to his Central american cesspool and let them care for his judgement. another testimony for homeland security to shoot them as they climbe the fence to come in
Note that the item has nothing to do w/ the comment. (Also note that sawed-off coward Sucker Carlson has not yet responded to our challenge.) Or much of anything, really. And now examine the search that somehow led Anonymous to comment at that item.
she was just another d.c intern trying to make a career. the idiot salvadorian is a prime example of what effectiveness our border patrol and homeland security departments have. this guy probably was deported or sent
And why it lead him to us. Searched on AOL, of course.
Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™: 11/01/2007 - 12/01/2007 He was part of a protest against U.S. support for El Salvador's government. ...... Any possibility we could make P. R. flack a profession that's just plain .... was strengthened by another internship, with California Republican Rep. ...... "She said, 'Somebody by the name of Ron Paul has been trying to take $5 out ...
We're starting to think that an equivalent to a driver's license may be necessary for use of the Internetz. Or a eugenics campaign against the terminally ignorant & stupid, & not just for idiots using the Internet. At least, for the sake of humanity, shut down AOL & have all its users sterilized.

Alan Keyes Off His Meds (Again?) UPDATED W/ New Video

Jonathan Alter on Countdown:

Whatever Happened On This Date? (UPDATED)

Today is Saturday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2009. There are 313 days left in the year. AP Today in History. AP video. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 21, 1965, black Muslim leader and civil rights activist Malcolm X, 39, was shot to death inside the Audubon Ballroom in New York by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam.Thought for Today: "Just as a tree without roots is dead, a people without history or culture also becomes a dead people." — Malcolm X (1925-1965). [We say "history" & "culture" are tools of fascist indoctrination, & are therefore opposed thereto. — Ed.] On this date: In 1885, the Washington Monument was dedicated. In 1916, the World War I Battle of Verdun began in France as German forces attacked; the French were able to prevail after 10 months of fighting. In 1925, The New Yorker magazine made its debut.  In 1947, Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing. In 1973, Israeli fighter planes shot down Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 over the Sinai Desert, killing all but five of the 113 people on board. In 1975, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman were sentenced to 2 1/2 to 8 years in prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up. In 1989, the future president of Czechoslovakia, playwright Vaclav Havel, was convicted for his role in a banned rally and sentenced to nine months in jail (he was released in May 1989). In 1995, Chicago adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2000, consumer advocate Ralph Nader announced his entry into the presidential race, bidding for the nomination of the Green Party. Ten years ago: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reported little progress toward a Kosovo peace settlement during talks in Rambouillet, France. Five years ago: The International Red Cross visited former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was in US custody. One year ago: Serb rioters broke into the US Embassy in Belgrade and set fire during protests against Western support for an independent Kosovo. President George W. Bush concluded his six-day African tour in Liberia, where he offered help to lift the country from years of ruinous fighting. A Venezuelan plane crashed in the Andes, killing all 46 on board. Author Robin Moore, who wrote "The French Connection" and "The Green Berets," died in Hopkinsville, Ky., at age 82. Former Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, who was removed in a 1988 impeachment trial, died in Phoenix at age 83. Today's Birthdays: Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy is 82. Movie director Bob Rafelson is 76. Actress Rue McClanahan is 74. Actor Gary Lockwood is 72. Actor-director Richard Beymer is 70. Actor Peter McEnery is 69. Film/music company executive David Geffen is 66. Actor Alan Rickman is 63. Actress Tyne Daly is 63. Actor Anthony Daniels is 63. Tricia Nixon Cox is 63. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) is 62. Rock musician Jerry Harrison (The Heads) is 60. ["The Heads?" Huh? — Ed.] Actress Christine Ebersole is 56. Actor William Petersen is 56. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 54. Country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 51. Actor Jack Coleman is 51. Actor Christopher Atkins is 48. Rock singer Ranking Roger is 48. Actor William Baldwin is 46. Rock musician Michael Ward is 42. Actress Aunjanue Ellis is 40. Blues musician Corey Harris is 40. Country singer Eric Heatherly is 39. Rock musician Eric Wilson is 39. Rock musician Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) is 36. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 30. On February 21st, 1985, Whitney Houston released her self-titled debut album. In 1990, Milli Vanilli won a Grammy for best new artist. The duo later gave up the Grammy in connection with a lip-synching scandal. In 1992, the Run-DMC rape trial came to an abrupt end in Cleveland when the judge threw out the case. The woman who accused Run of raping her admitted she had no evidence to support her claim. In 1995, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band for the first time in seven years. [We were just holding our fucking breath the whole seven yrs. — Ed.] Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.