Saturday, March 7, 2009

Our Kind Of Porn (Kind & Thoughtful)

Hey, what's a fatchubby/portly guy gotta do around here to get an attractive, intelligent, funny chubby chaser all over him? (Uh, maybe you'd better not answer that, this being Hollywood, & Nancy Reagan & all that.) Anyway, Sarah Silverman, now that you've dropped that late-night loser again, like a bad habit & a hot potato, leave a comment here & you can take us out for a nice dinner. Don't worry, yours will be the only celebrity ego involved.

And we won't care what's on your devil-box.
She turned up on Jimmy's show in late October, an appearance notable for their discussion of a National Enquirer story that claimed they'd parted ways because he'd discovered photos of pudgy guys on her computer.

"It's funny," quipped Silverman. "It's funny 'cause it's true."
We'll be so busy w/ our portable devil-box we won't even notice you.
Jokes aside, neither needed much prodding to gush about the other's finer qualities.

Sarah told People last year that the reason their romance was a success is "because we really, really, really like each other. He's kind and funny and maybe the most thoughtful person I know."
Oh, Sarah Not-Palin, you have no idea what "thoughtful" is until you've seen us being "thoughtful" (We can be kind too!) w/ someone else's money! What are we waiting for?

The Axis Of Drivel

NYT stat-guy Blow uses some words as effectively as numbers.
Why? Because the Republicans have dissolved into a querulous lot of nags and naysayers without a voice, a direction or a clue, and we are not amused.

And who has surfaced as their saviors? Bobby Jindal, Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh — the axis of drivel.
And we always admire those who self-link. Especially if we missed it a mo. ago.
The past two weeks perfectly illustrate why the Republican ranks are withering — the mindless bickering with the left and spineless groveling to the right.
From that link:
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader, gave voice to that anxiety at the Republican National Committee meeting on Thursday:

“We’re all concerned about the fact that the very wealthy and the very poor, the most and least educated, and a majority of minority voters, seem to have more or less stopped paying attention to us, and we should be concerned that, as a result of all this, the Republican Party seems to be slipping into a position of being more of a regional party than a national one.”

Let's back that up w/ some stats. (We're just like Megan McArdle now.) Gosh, we're very, very concerned as well. Without a meaningful, loyal opposition to the Marx-O-Mohammedan party, we may just go overboard in our giving all the money of the financially responsible achievers to the parasites.

In Its Entirety: The Law Of God

A 9-year-old girl who was carrying twins, and whose stepfather is suspected of raping her, underwent an abortion on Wednesday despite complaints from Brazil’s Roman Catholic Church. The stepfather has been jailed since last week, the police said. Abortion is illegal in Brazil, the country with the most Roman Catholics, but judges can make exceptions if the mother’s life is in danger or the fetus has no chance of survival. Fatima Maia, director of the public university hospital where the abortion was performed, said the pregnancy, which was in its 15th week, posed a serious risk to the girl, who weighs 80 pounds. But Marcio Miranda, a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife in northeastern Brazil, said the girl should have carried the twins to term and had a Caesarean section. “It’s the law of God: Do not kill,” he said in comments reported by the newspaper O Globo. AP via NYT World Briefing.

That Ol' Boy Needs A Check-Up From The Neck Up

The NYT types that:
Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, the former baseball star who clearly has little use for some colleagues and party leaders, and who keeps exhibiting what one senator calls “behavior issues”
is nuts.
Key Republicans are gently (or not gently enough) trying to dissuade Mr. Bunning from seeking re-election in 2010 out of concern that his paltry fund-raising, declining approval ratings and irascible conduct have made him something between vulnerable and unelectable. But in recent weeks, Mr. Bunning has shown no sign of stepping aside and delivered a string of incendiary pronouncements that have fed an impression that he is, to go with a baseball metaphor, a bit of a screwball.
Well, he did go former Sen. Frist one better (Terry Schiavo diagnosis) when he was kind enough to share his diagnosis of Justice Ginsburg ("cancer-stricken Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would probably be dead in nine months. (He then apologized in a statement that twice misspelled her name.") w/ the world.
As a native Kentuckian and sports legend in a solidly Republican state, Mr. Bunning long enjoyed a solid base of support. But his penchant for self-immolation nearly cost him re-election in 2004 — and set off a swirl of questions about his mental fitness. He said in that campaign, among other things, that his opponent, Daniel Mongiardo, a physician, resembled one of Saddam Hussein’s sons. He complained that supporters of Mr. Mongiardo had roughed up him and his wife at a political event (later describing the episode as “little green doctors pounding on my back”). Despite heavily outspending Mr. Mongiardo and George W. Bush’s winning the state by 20 percentage points, Mr. Bunning won by less than two.
Is it not time to demand medical & psychiatric examinations of these aging dolts, to be sure they haven't gone long beyond their sell-by dates? It's probably sheer luck that Reagan didn't actually start bombing the Soviet Union in his later days in office. Can we afford to take chances like that now, even w/ mere Senators? We think not.

Annals Of Homelessness

Via Vice Magazine.


I think Helen is a completely psychotic person. She is probably one of the evilest minds I have ever come across in 31 years of doing this. I’ve never seen anyone who was that calculating and evil. And Olga, she’s got an evil twist to her, but she’s not stupid—just easily manipulated.
Don't worry, Part II is also available.

Today In History - March 7 By The Associated Press

The Associated Press 2 hrs 41 mins ago Today is Saturday, March 7, the 66th day of 2009. There are 299 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Clocks move forward one hour.The AP's little page. The AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On March 7, 1965, a march by civil rights demonstrators was broken up in Selma, Ala., by state troopers and a sheriff's posse.Sheriff Jim Clark warns marchers to disperse. On this date: In 1793, during the French Revolutionary Wars, France declared war on Spain. In 1850, in a three-hour speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of 1850 as a means of preserving the Union. In 1875, composer Maurice Ravel was born in Ciboure, France. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone. In 1926, the first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations took place, between New York and London. In 1936, Adolf Hitler ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact. In 1945, during World War II, U.S. forces crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge. In 1975, the U.S. Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present. In 1981, anti-government guerrillas in Colombia executed kidnapped American Bible translator Chester Allen Bitterman, whom they accused of being a CIA agent. In 1994, the Supreme Court, in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., ruled that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that doesn't require permission from the copyright holder. Ten years ago: Movie director Stanley Kubrick, whose films included "Dr. Strangelove," "A Clockwork Orange" and "2001: A Space Odyssey," died in Hertfordshire, England, at age 70. Five years ago: Fourteen Palestinians were killed in the deadliest Israeli raid in Gaza in 17 months. An investiture ceremony was held in Concord, N.H., for V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop. Actor Paul Winfield died at age 64. One year ago: On the heels of a gloomy report that 63,000 jobs were lost in February 2008, President George W. Bush said "it's clear our economy has slowed" as he tried to reassure an anxious public that the long-term outlook was good. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power, who was acting as an adviser to Barack Obama, resigned after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton "a monster." Leon Greenman, the only Englishman sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, died in London at age 97. Today's Birthdays: Comedian Alan Sues is 83. Photographer Lord Snowdon is 79. TV personality Willard Scott is 75. Auto racer Janet Guthrie is 71. Actor Daniel J. Travanti is 69. Former Walt Disney Co. chief executive officer Michael Eisner is 67. Rock musician Chris White (The Zombies) is 66. Actor John Heard is 63. Rock singer Peter Wolf is 63. Rock musician Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) is 63. Football Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris is 59. Football Hall-of-Famer Lynn Swann is 57. Rhythm-and-blues singer-musician Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 57. Actor Bryan Cranston is 53. Actress Donna Murphy is 50. Actor Nick Searcy is 50. Golfer Tom Lehman is 50. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Ivan Lendl is 49. Actress Mary Beth Evans is 48. Actor Bill Brochtrup is 46. Opera singer Denyce Graves is 45. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 45. Singer-actress Taylor Dayne is 44. Rock musician Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 42. Actor Peter Sarsgaard is 38. Actress Rachel Weisz is 38. Classical singer Sebastien Izambard (Il Divo) is 36. Rock singer Hugo Ferreira (Tantric) is 35. Actress Jenna Fischer is 35. Actress Audrey Marie Anderson is 34. Actress Laura Prepon is 29. On March seventh, 1946, "The Lost Weekend" was named best picture at the Academy Awards. Ray Milland won the best actor award for his role in that movie. Joan Crawford was named best actress for her role in "Mildred Pierce." In 1956, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins entered the R&B chart, the first time a country artist had done that. In 1963, Jack Anglin of the country duo Johnny and Jack died in a car accident while en route to a memorial service for singer Patsy Cline. Cline had been killed in a plane crash a few days earlier. In 1969, "Pinball Wizard" by The Who, which was the first single from the album "Tommy," was released in Britain. In 1983, the country music channel The Nashville Network went on the air. In 1987, "Licensed to Ill" by The Beastie Boys became the first rap album to hit number one. In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled 2 Live Crew's parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" was legal. In 1996, 20th Century Fox sued an Australian brewery for distributing Duff Beer, the brand favored by cartoon character Homer Simpson. In 1999, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick died of natural causes at his home outside London at the age of 70. In 2001, Pearl Jam set a record for the most simultaneous chart debuts from a single band in a single week on the Billboard album chart. They had seven of their American bootleg albums debut on the chart. The previous record holder: Pearl Jam, when five of their European bootlegs hit the album chart their first week out.  Thought for Today: "The most dangerous creation of any society is that man who has nothing to lose." — James Baldwin, American author (1924-1987). Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. 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.
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Friday, March 6, 2009

FYI: 651,000 Jobs Lost in February

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that the national unemployment rate surged last month to 8.1 percent, its highest level in 24 years. More.We just clicked "more." Going beyond the numbers:
some economists believe a fundamental restructuring is underway.
Uh oh.
In crucial industries — particularly manufacturing, financial services and retail — many companies have opted to abandon whole areas of business. “These jobs aren’t coming back,” said John E. Silvia, chief economist at Wachovia in Charlotte. “A lot of production either isn’t going to happen at all, or it’s going to happen somewhere other than the United States. There are going to be fewer stores, fewer factories, fewer financial services operations. Firms are making strategic decisions that they don’t want to be in their businesses.” [...] Friday’s report reinforced the degree to which the economy is being assailed at once by panic in the financial system, falling household spending power and plunging real estate prices, with growing numbers of companies resorting to wholesale layoffs after months of merely declining to hire. [...] But history also shows that when fear lifts, the economy returns not to normalcy but to wherever it was when the crisis began, Mr. Harris said. That means that even if order is restored to the financial system, the economy will still be staring at a recession.
Double uh-oh. Fortunately for our editorial staff, the money continues to flow like water here in the blog-o-sphere.

Slavers Lose In Texas, But Win In Supreme Court

Today in History - March 6, by The AP - 1 hour 9 minutes ago Today is Friday, March 6, the 65th day of 2009. There are 300 days left in the year. [See how time flies? — Ed.] The AP page. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On March 6, 1836, the Alamo in San Antonio fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.On this date: In 1834, the city of York in Upper Canada was incorporated as Toronto. In 1853, Verdi's opera "La Traviata" premiered in Venice, Italy. In 1857, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sandford that Scott, a slave, was not an American citizen and could not sue for his freedom in federal court. In 1933, a nationwide bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt went into effect. In 1935, retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., died in Washington. In 1944, U.S. heavy bombers staged the first full-scale American raid on Berlin during World War II. In 1957, the former British African colonies of the Gold Coast and Togoland became the independent state of Ghana. In 1967, the daughter of Josef Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, appeared at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and declared her intention to defect to the West. In 1983, in a case that drew much notoriety, Cheryl Araujo was gang-raped atop a pool table in a tavern in New Bedford, Mass., called Big Dan's; four men were later convicted of the attack. (Araujo was killed in a car accident in 1986.) In 1987, 193 people died when the British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized off the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. [Oh, irony. — Ed.] Ten years ago: The emir of Bahrain (Sheik Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa), a key Western ally who had ruled for nearly four decades, died shortly after a meeting with Defense Secretary William Cohen; he was 65. Five years ago: President George W. Bush backed off on plans to require frequent Mexican travelers to the U.S. to be fingerprinted and photographed before crossing the border. A water taxi capsized in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, killing five people. One year ago: A Palestinian killed eight students at a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem before he was slain. Twin bombings in a shopping district in Baghdad killed at least 68 people and wounded 130 others. Today's Birthdays: Orchestra conductor Julius Rudel is 88. TV personality Ed McMahon is 86. Former FBI and CIA director William Webster is 85. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is 83. Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez is 82. Orchestra conductor Lorin Maazel is 79. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is 72. Country singer Doug Dillard is 72. Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., is 70. Actress-writer Joanna Miles is 69. Actor Ben Murphy is 67. Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is 65. Singer Mary Wilson (The Supremes) is 65. Rock musician Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) is 64. Rock singer-musician David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) is 63. Actor-director Rob Reiner is 62. Singer Kiki Dee is 62. Rock singer-musician Phil Alvin (The Blasters) is 56. Actor Tom Arnold is 50. Former child actress Suzanne Crough is 46. Actor D.L. Hughley is 45. Country songwriter Skip Ewing is 45. Actress Yvette Wilson is 45. Actor Shuler Hensley is 42. Actress Connie Britton is 41. Actress Moira Kelly is 41. Actress Amy Pietz is 40. Basketball player Shaquille O'Neal is 37. Country singer Trent Willmon is 36. Country musician Shan Farmer (Ricochet) is 35. Rapper Beanie Sigel is 35. Thought for Today: "Learn by other's mistakes because you do not live long enough to make them all yourself." — Anonymous. On March sixth, 1966, the British prime minister received a petition from Beatles fans, asking that the Cavern Club in Liverpool be reopened. The club, where the Beatles performed more than 300 dates, was closed because of financial problems. In 1970, serial killer Charles Manson's album "Lie" was released.In 1972, US immigration officials canceled John Lennon's visa extension, five days after it was granted. [God-damn illegals overstaying their visas. Of course, if he'd returned to Britain, he might not have been assassinated. Or someone would have gone after him w/ a mere knife, as happened to George. — Ed.] In 1978, Billy Joel was awarded a rare platinum single for "Just The Way You Are." In 1981, Walter Cronkite gave his final broadcast as anchor for the "CBS Evening News." Audio: Cronkite signs off. In 1992, the last episode of "The Cosby Show" was taped in New York. New York Mayor David Dinkins and the group Boyz II Men were on hand. In 1996, musicians Johnny and Edgar Winter sued DC Comics over a horror comic with two characters called Johnny and Edgar Autumn. The case went all the way to the California Supreme Court. The Winters lost. In 1999, country singer George Jones nearly killed himself in a car accident near his home in Nashville. He later pleaded guilty to drunk driving. In 2000, all the original members of Earth, Wind and Fire played together for the first time in 20 years as they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Maurice White had announced the previous week he had Parkinson's disease. Eric Clapton also became the first person inducted into the Rock Hall three times. 
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Christian Discipline

Those priorities may include rising early to feed the family, being available anytime to satisfy a husband's desires (barring a few "ungodly" or "homosexual" acts), seeking his approval regarding work, appearance, and leisure, and accepting that he has the "burden" of final say in arguments. After a wife has respectfully appealed her spouse's decision—a privilege she should not abuse—she must accept his final answer as "God's will for her at that time," Peace advises. The godly wife must also suppress selfish desires (for romance, a career, an equitable marriage), practice addressing her spouse in soothing tones, and maintain a private log of bitter thoughts to guide her repentance. "If you disobey your husband," Peace admonishes in The Excellent Wife, "you are indirectly shaking your fist at God."
Why, you little bitch! How dare you? To find out more, & inquire about a subscription to the newsletter, click here now, before Gawd (or, even worse, someone who exists) smites you.

Stop Embarrassing Our Good Name!! Well, That's Going A Little Far. Just Stop Using Our Name.

This doesn't look good
(Nota Bene: Your editor is occasionally known as "Chas." With a damn period. The way it's supposed to be spelled. We're a bit surprised that a shit-heel like this Freeman fuck doesn't spell it "Chaz" or some such bullshit.)
The Chinese Communists are not the only authoritarians for whom Freeman seems to have a soft spot. From 1989 to 1992, he served as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, where he developed an affinity for the monarchs who run the kingdom as their own personal fiefdom. “I believe King Abdullah is very rapidly becoming Abdullah the Great,” he said last October.
Kirchick is probably more het up that Freeman is not 300% on the side of Israel than he is that Freeman likes them Ay-rabs & Chi-nee, but he probably has a point. And we'll just betcha that Kirchick isn't nearly as quick to condemn Israel's actions as authoritarian. A complete read reveals that he doesn't have that much of a point, & wants to whine about the left in general. 
Today, liberals don’t even bother with the lip service of human rights. So consumed by their hatred for the previous occupant of the White House, the left, over the past eight years, defined itself not by what it believed in but by what it opposed.
And why would one oppose something, unless it was, why was that now, oh, yes, antithetical to what one believed? To hell w/ you Kirchick. Letting women drive doesn't make the Saudis significantly different than your precious Israelis (And hey, if you love Israel so much, why don't you just fuck off & move there?) or even the typical American. You're all fascists.

Iron Curtain Day

By The Associated Press  - 1 hour 22 minutes ago Today is Thursday, March 5, the 64th day of 2009. There are 301 days left in the year. 
The AP. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, in 1959, a fire at the Negro Boys Industrial School in Wrightsville, Ark., claimed the lives of 21 teenagers trapped inside a locked dormitory room. (Four dozen other boys managed to escape). On this date: In 1770, the Boston Massacre took place as British soldiers who'd been taunted by a crowd of colonists opened fire, killing five people. In 1849, Zachary Taylor was inaugurated as the 12th president of the United States. (The swearing-in was delayed by a day because March 4, 1849, fell on a Sunday.) In 1868, the Senate was organized into a Court of Impeachment to decide charges against President Andrew Johnson, who was later acquitted. In 1933, in German parliamentary elections, the Nazi Party won 44 percent of the vote; the Nazis joined with a conservative nationalist party to gain a slender majority in the Reichstag. In 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Excerpt from Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speechIn 1953, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin died after three decades in power.In 1963, country music performers Patsy Cline, "Cowboy" Copas and "Hawkshaw" Hawkins died in a plane crash near Camden, Tenn., that also claimed the life of pilot Randy Hughes, Cline's manager. In 1970, a nuclear non-proliferation treaty went into effect after 43 nations ratified it. In 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 space probe flew past Jupiter, sending back photographs of the planet and its moons. In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in a rented bungalow in Hollywood, Calif. He was 33. Ten years ago: Italian Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema met at the White House with President Bill Clinton, a day after a military jury in North Carolina acquitted a Marine pilot in the Italian cable car accident that killed 20 people; D'Alema demanded justice, while Clinton expressed profound regret. Actor Richard Kiley died in Warwick, N.Y., at age 76. Five years ago: Martha Stewart was convicted in New York of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone stock just before the price plummeted; her ex-stockbroker, Peter Bacanovic, also was found guilty in the stock scandal. (Each later received a five-month prison sentence.) One year ago: John McCain, having sewn up the Republican presidential nomination, got a White House embrace from President George W. Bush, who praised the Arizona senator's "incredible courage and strength of character and perseverance." Today's Birthdays: Actor James Noble is 87. Actor James B. Sikking is 75. Actor Dean Stockwell is 73. Actor Fred Williamson is 71. Actor Michael Warren is 63. Actor Eddie Hodges is 62. Singer Eddy Grant is 61. Violinist Eugene Fodor is 59. Rock musician Alan Clark (Dire Straits) is 57. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield is 55. Magician Penn Jillette is 54. Actress Adriana Barraza is 53. Pop singer Teena Marie is 53. Rock singers Charlie and Craig Reid (The Proclaimers) are 47. Rock musician John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 39. Singer Rome is 39. Actor Kevin Connolly is 35. Actress Jill Ritchie is 35. Actress Jolene Blalock is 34. Actress Eva Mendes is 34. Model Niki Taylor is 34. Thought for Today: "To force opinion is like pushing the magnetized needle round by brute strength until it points to where we wish the North Star stood, rather than to where it really is." — Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American author and essayist (1879-1958).
On March fifth, 1955, Elvis Presley made his TV debut on the regional show "The Louisiana Hayride." In 1960, Elvis Presley was discharged from the Army. In 1963, country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed when their small plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee. They were returning to Nashville following a benefit concert.In 1971, Badfinger began its first American tour, in Toledo, Ohio. In 1975, singer Rod Stewart met actress Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles. Their romance became much publicized. In 1979, MCA Records dissolved the ABC record label. Hundreds of staffers were fired. In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in Hollywood. He was 33. In 1993, Paul McCartney kicked off a world tour in Perth, Australia, in support of his album "Off The Ground." In 2002, "The Osbournes" premiered on MTV.  In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to government investigators involving her ImClone stock. She was sentenced to five months in a minimum-security prison. 
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Jonah Goldberg: Truly the Stupidest Man Alive?

Jonah can't get in. Mommy! Mommy!! (Little nitwit swallow his keys again?)

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Wolfe Tickets   [Jonah Goldberg]

Mark - James Piereson reviews Wolfe's book in the latest issue of Commentary (which, readers may like to know, has a fantastic essay by none other than Mark Steyn in it). I can't get behind the firewall, even though I'm a print subscriber, but Piereson's review is sober and contemptuous at the same time. Wolfe apparently thinks contemporary conservatives are disciples of Rousseau as much as, if not more, than they are followers of Burke. Moreover, neoconservatives are intellectual descendants of the romantic poets. Also, I learned from Piereson's review that Wolfe is still peddling his absurd claim that conservatives are followers of the Nazi philosopher Carl Schmitt (I scoffed at this a good while ago). The idea that the Bush adminsitration was comprised of closet Schmittians is most commonly touted by followers of Lyndon LaRouche. 03/01 09:03 AM

He can't "get behind the firewall, even though [he's] a print subscriber." Note final line of text in the box from Commentary below:

In The Lower Intestinal Tract Of The Beast

It did too happen!! See? Now do you believe us? 
The setting was a shabby ballroom at a Four Points Sheraton near LAX, where radio host Doug McIntyre, seated on a stage in front a movie screen showing black-and-white clips of rampaging peasants, presided over KABC's "Pitch Fork & Torches" rally. Dressed in overalls for the occasion, McIntyre tried to remind voters that, indeed, there might be something to care about in the upcoming election. "If Los Angeles fails, America fails," he shouted. "And if America fails, the world fails."
Ha ha. If we gave a shit, we'd pretend we were concerned that we aren't even pulling our own not inconsiderable weight, let alone helping anyone else. That would be a large "if." We're all about the anomie.
"Compared to a lot of other cities, LA really is more transient," Higby suggested. "It's not a traditional city, and it hasn't lent itself to people fostering some sort of basic level of civic pride. It might only exist artificially around a few sports teams.
We weren't expecting abuse of our fair city, but we're all for it. And it sums up SoCal: Cars w/ Lakers flags in a hurry to go nowhere.

Most Common Final Words On An Aircraft Data Box Recording: "Oh, Shit."

From POLITICO, as the Republican aircraft begins spinning madly.
[T]he GOP has made a costly mistake — one that will make it even harder for them to take back power from the dominant Democratic Party.  [...] On the organizational side, Steele does not have a chief of staff, a political director, a finance director or a communications director. Last week, one of the two men sharing the job of interim finance director was forced to resign. For now, “the fourth floor,” as the RNC’s executive suite is known, is being run by a pair of consultants. “There’s frustration that there’s no discipline, no planning,” said a well-known Republican consultant. “He’s risking being overexposed by accepting every interview, which makes gaffes more likely.” In a lengthy interview, Steele was unapologetic, referring to the high-level GOP critics and skeptics as “nervous Nellies” and saying that he actually has been tempering his public remarks.
He's no Howard Dean, but it isn't as if he's been publicly embarrassing himself or the party, like his competitor for the RNC Chair who sent those hilarious CDs by Rush Limbaugh's song parodist to the RNC voters. Gov. Steele wants to be sure to put the right people in place, is all.
Obviously we were kidding w/ that last sentence, using some bureaucratic boilerplate to mock. The excuse is actually much better. (We can smell these guys coming.)
Steele, who has been traveling aggressively since taking the job, says the vacancies at the top of his organization are by design. He said he’s re-examining the whole structure with an eye to streamlining it and will have most of his team in place by the end of March, after he begins implementing reports from transition teams that are planning the party’s own first 100 days.  “I know some folks in Washington feel that they’re kind of on the outside of this — that they don’t have the day-to-day blow by blow of what I’m doing,” he said. “And that’s exactly how I like it. I want to be about the business of putting in place a good infrastructure that will enable me to go out and build a better brand, stronger brand, for the GOP. And I won’t get there by tattle-telling every day what I’m doing.”
In passing: "Traveling aggressively?" Doesn't that generally get you in trouble w/ the TSA? Come on, writer boys (It took two people to write this?) if he's been on the road a lot, or traveling frequently, or meeting Republicans nation-wide, fucking say so. Don't type "traveling aggressively." Gah!! Biography Channel™:
Born at Andrews Air Force Base, Steele attended a Catholic high school in Washington and graduated from Johns Hopkins, then spent three years in seminary preparing for the priesthood before switching to Georgetown Law.
Holy Shit!! Run for the hills!! It's Goofy, Semi-Amiable Alan Keyes!!

A Troll Types

Trolling at Pajamas Media (while it's still there) we encountered one Eric FlorackEric Florack has spent 25 years discussing politics in online forums. He’s also a veteran of some 20 years of Broadcast (radio) experience and blogs at Bits Blog. Impressive c. v., there, Eric. 25 yrs. of trolling. Wow. Must have been an early adapter. Eric's thesis (widely shared; it's the "principles" thing they harp on) is that the right can't possibly afford to alienate the Republican/conservative base (which consists of somewhere between 25% & 33% [we're being generous there] of those polled nationally) w/ any new ideas (well, any ideas, really). And right he is, as bitter old white clingers/haters are only on the increase, nation-wide. Aren't they?
Nor does one need new ideas when the old ones have been working perfectly. And if, in your leftist, socialist-realism world, those ideas haven't been working out so well, it's because the leadership are just a bunch of ne'er-do-wells who lose it when the moronsgrass-roots aren't keeping them in line. (That is, their leaders are highly-principled. Or profess to be so at a higher rate than leftish leaders do.)
The problem, of course, is that once those middle-class symbols are removed, or limited in their impact and exposure, the Republican Party leadership tends to forget the values of the middle class that they claim to represent. [...] Under these conditions, when Republicans are in power they tend to spend more time in “go along to get along” mode than they do governing on conservative principles, essentially guaranteeing a loss at the next electoral opportunity.
So conservatism is a grass-roots, bottom-up movement? (Yet their "economics" work the other way. Funny.) Yes it is. (By the way, could anyone for even a moment imagine snowbilly Sarah Palin in "go along to get along" mode? Or just "looting Neiman-Marcuses from coast to coast" mode?)
Those Americans traditionally supporting Republican candidates tend not to let their entire beings get wrapped up in letting one politician or another be the answer to all their problems — or the cause of them. By that same token, Republicans tend not to need an elite leadership to do their thinking for them. [...] It comes as no shock then that Republican Party leaders find it harder, if not impossible, to maintain the “leader walks on water” meme that the Democrats promoted with Obama and Clinton.
We have no answer to Mr. Florack. The obvious statements he's made above certainly can't be refuted. Except by one man, the Greatest American, the Maximum Leader, The Hero of Bitburg & Man Who Single-Handedly Brought Down Both The Berlin Wall & The Evil Empire of Soviet Communism: "St. Ronnie" Reagan. The guy who gives them orders from the grave, whose orders they blindly followed when only his brain was dead. (But we'll grant that the "leader who taps on men's room floors" meme doesn't work too well for them either.)
Most of the literate, at least on the first read, would think (liberal "literature classes" having corrupted their minds) that here Eric is saying Un-Joe the Plunger's popularity w/ the baser elements may be a symptom of some of the things wrong w/ the base &, by extension, the Party/movement. (Why not get personal? Or at least psychological?) But no.
Joe’s instant celebrity should have been a red flag waving in the face of the Republican leadership, warning them that something was seriously wrong with the direction of the party. Alas, that warning has been ignored thus far. And at CPAC, we saw people reacting negatively to those waving that flag.
After the fourth or fifth read, it clears right up.
One respondent at CPAC, writing from the convention floor, spoke of a need to update the intellectual platform to accommodate a “changed era.” He complains that “it’s as if Jimmy Carter is still in the White House and Roe v. Wade was just handed down.”
The reference to Roe ignores the concept that conservative principles do not change. You do not check your principles at the door.
We await w/ bated breath the calls for a return to slavery & child-labor, & the disenfranchisement of all women, & men who don't own property. And hell, why should women be allowed to own property, anyway? Didn't used to.  But let's leave on a positive note. Positive for us, not as much for Florack. ( Where's that sunny, optimistic, "principled" Reaganism, Eric?)
The main reason for the objections to many grassroots heroes is not that people like Wurzelbacher lack forceful, clear articulation. Rather, it’s that they espouse traditional conservative positions. The suggestion by the elites is that those principles need to be ditched if Republicans want to regain power. The major critique is not whether they are effective spokesmen for the cause. Sadly, what I’ve been seeing the last couple of days in a lot of the anti-grassroots traffic coming out of CPAC is that we’re about to repeat the history of the pre-Reagan years. Then, Republicans lost sight of their principles and ended up aping the Democrats in promoting the worst aspects of the welfare state.
Oh, if only they could promote (or even vote for) the best aspects of the welfare state. Oh, he means corporate welfare? Forget it, then.
UPDATED (4 March 2009 @ 1852 PT): The troll knows all internet traditions (as pointed out in the comments):
There is perhaps no more disturbing theme to come out of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) than the undercurrent of elitist commentary leaking out on some blogs and on Tweeter.
Yes, "Tweeter."

Huh? A What? No, Really? When Was It?

Annals of Anti-Intellectualism

"One thing we can all do is stop assuming that the way to beat [the Democrats] is with better policy ideas," — Rush Limbaugh.
Sully sez it's a dig at Newtie.  Easy to be anti-idea when your last great idea was a trip to the Dominican w/ un-prescribed stiffy pills in your luggage.

How Can We Miss You, If You Won't ...

The Newt Issue will not fade away. Indeed, that's the point of The New Republic's take on the old bastard. He's always there. Talking.
I think the biggest contributors to Newt's longevity in the spotlight are political reporters. Let's face it: Newt makes for great copy. Unlike a lot of conservatives, who hate talking to (presumably liberal) journalists, Newt will talk to you. And talk. And talk. And talk. Just plop a tape recorder down in front of him, and you've got a story.

220 Yrs. of the Constitution, Inaugural Madhouse, Presidential Horror, & A "Fuck You" to Jesus

Today is Wednesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2009. There are 302 days left in the year. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. AP Highlight in History: On March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president, pledging to lead the country out of the Great Depression. Read the original AP story Roosevelt: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." In other universes, things are different: Today's Highlight in History: On March 4th, 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.) [Alright, we really can't blame that on Bush. — Ed.] On this date: In 1791, Vermont became the 14th state. In 1809, James Madison was sworn into office as the fourth president of the United States. (The occasion marked the first time an inaugural ball was held the evening after the swearing-in.) In 1858, Sen. James Henry Hammond, D-S.C., declared "Cotton is king" in a speech to the US Senate. ["No King but Jesus," declares today's equivalent. — Ed.] In 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States.In 1908, a fire at Lake View School in Collinwood, Ohio, claimed the lives of 172 children and three adults. In 1909, William Howard Taft took the oath of office as the 27th president of the United Sates. In 1929, Herbert Hoover was inaugurated as the 31st president of the United States. In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as America's 32nd president. In 1977, some 1,500 people were killed in an earthquake that shook southern and eastern Europe. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. announced plans for a huge media merger. [That's done well, hasn't it? — Ed.] Ten years ago: Outraging Italian authorities, a military jury in North Carolina cleared a Marine pilot of charges he was flying recklessly when his jet sliced through a ski gondola cable in the Alps, sending 20 people plunging to their deaths. [Why "we" want no part of the International Criminal Court. Or the Interstate Commerce Commission. — Ed.] Retired Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, who wrote the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, died in Arlington, Va., at age 90. Five years ago: Mounir el Motassadeq, convicted in Germany in connection with the 9/11 attacks, won a retrial from an appeals court. (El Motassadeq was later convicted of helping three of the suicide hijackers and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the maximum possible under German law.) One year ago: Republican John McCain clinched his party's presidential nomination. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton won primary victories in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island, while Barack Obama prevailed in Vermont. Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre retired after 17 seasons, saying he was "tired." (Favre later made a comeback with the New York Jets before retiring again. [We think. — Ed.]) Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax died in Lake Geneva, Wisc., at age 69.  Thought for Today: "When a man gets up to speak, people listen, then look. When a woman gets up, people look; then, if they like what they see, they listen." — Pauline Frederick, American broadcast journalist (1908-1990). Today's Birthdays March 4 Actress Paula Prentiss is 71. Movie director Adrian Lyne is 68. Singer Bobby Womack is 65. Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 61. Singer Shakin' Stevens is 61. Singer Chris Rea is 58. Actor Ronn Moss is 57. Actress Kay Lenz is 56. Musician Emilio Estefan is 56. Movie director Scott Hicks is 56. Actress Catherine O'Hara is 55. Actress Patricia Heaton is 51. Actor Steven Weber is 48. Rock musician Jason Newsted is 46. Actress Stacy Edwards is 44. Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 43. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 42. Actress Patsy Kensit is 41. Chastity Bono is 40. Actor Nick Stabile is 39. Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 38. Country singer Jason Sellers is 38. Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 32. On March fourth, 1952, actor Ronald Reagan and actress Nancy Davis were married in the San Fernando Valley, California. AP Photo caption: Actor Ronald Reagan and his bride, actress Nancy Davis, after their marriage March 4, 1952 in the Little Brown Church of the Valley in North Hollywood, California. (AP Photo)[What horrifying experiences w/ the unspeakable (or plastic surgery) must these two have undergone to end up like this? — Ed]In 1966, the London newspaper "Evening Standard" published an interview with John Lennon with his now-infamous quote, "We're more popular than Jesus Christ right now." In 1967, a British newspaper reported that brothers Steve and Muff Winwood were leaving the Spencer Davis Group. Steve Winwood went on to form Traffic. In 1973, Pink Floyd began a US tour in Wisconsin. The band was supporting the album "Dark Side of the Moon." In 1990, commentator Andy Rooney returned to "60 Minutes" after being suspended for allegedly making racial remarks. In 1993, singer Patti LaBelle got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1994, producers Chris and Bob Herbert placed an ad in a British magazine for female singers who can dance. Nearly 400 auditioned, and five were chosen for a group that became The Spice Girls. In 1996, Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl died at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr turned down a $225 million dollar offer to tour North America, Europe and Japan.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Calling All Cooties

Funny stuff. The groooovy GOP cats & kitten everybody wants to be just like.

Plus Ça Change, Plus C'est Stupefiant

A web site, supported by advertisers such as Bank of America, some bullshit car insurance pricing service, Lockheed Martin & Honda (so you know what their slant on info is) provides us w/ a memo written in 1993. You know, the "How did we blow it this time?" letter that the thinkers on the right send around every time the financial machinations & free-market bullshit of the corporate drones & bag men put the nation's economy in the toilet & the righter wing of the two-party system out of power again. 
In 1993, William "Most Consistently Wrong Person In A Profession That Would (You'd Think) Require As Much Accuracy As Possible" Kristol, just off his gig as Dan Quayle's Chief-of-Staff,was either given the assignment to write the post mortem by his shadowy superiors in the vast rabid weasel conspiracy, or his colossal ego took it upon him (Thinking Holy crap, I'd better do something quick or I'm only known to history as Dan Quayle's Chief-of-Staff, Mom & Dad notwithstanding.) to crank it out. 
And though we very sincerely intend to read the whole thing later, from the link above (if there's no actual audience, we may as well use this "web log" as a large folder filled w/ favorites & bookmarks) but just in case neither we nor you do, we'll grab a bit of what the guy who found & read it had to say.
Fifteen years later, of course, political conditions are dramatically different. Polls show the public broadly supports a far more activist role for government and backs Obama’s plans to expand the federal government’s role in a way not seen in decades. And it’s conservative ideas that are in retreat. Yet the GOP is pursuing roughly the same strategy today that it did then.
We can only add that maybe we should stop mentioning the right's disconnection from the reality of the rest of the world. It is not beyond imagining that one of the great minds of the right may not have his or her (being liberal here) fingers in his or her ears, may not be repeating: "La-la-la-la-la-la, I can't hear you!" & might actually hear someone say that the party is over because a less & less significant group is buying the party line. Slim chance, sure, & even slimmer the chance that this might sink in & a serious response to their many problems would be formulated. 
The chance they'll eventually convince themselves that the vast majority of Americans have somehow become traitors to the (imaginary) parts of the Constitution that say this is a Judeo-Xian, capitalist country is much higher. Elitists, all of us.

If "Smart" Politicians Are Back, Is Newt Next?

A Clownhaller (That's not really being fair. He used to be "a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich.") checks in on the Newtie story we mentioned earlier. (Note Mall*Wart banner ad at the Hall. Haw haw.) There's a certain amount of "I have known Newt since 1982," obviously, & little else fascinating. Except press secretary Galen's mention of a Newt story by David Corn in Mother Jones, for which Rich was interviewed. Gets the opening & closing quotes, as well, making us unsure if he was interviewed or squeezed dry for item. (Not for the NYT thing, though, as Newt deigned to speak to the Times writer, so no mouthpiece was needed.) Corn's piece is no 8,000 wds., & focuses more on Gingrich as presidential candidate than as soon to be party leader/brainiac.
One might even think Galen is back at work for Newt, trying to drum up traction (formerly "momentum," & probably something entirely different by 2012) for a bad case of Gingrichitis. (Gingrichiasis?) Newt mentions right in the NYT Mag that he'll have to be in or out of the horse race by "the early weeks of 2011." Time is running out. Can the masses get him, let's say $50 million this go-round, soon enough? 
Positives for Newt: Meets minimum age requirement for Republican candidate (70) by 2012, & minimum marriage requirement (Two, & he has three!). Not a Mormon. Not a scary looking preacher who may balloon up like Taft or Harding once he hits the White House. Not a dunce, exactly. He does have a Ph.D. in history from Tulane. (Semi-polite snickers.) 
Newtonian Negatives: Pretty much everything else, & some of the stuff mentioned above, depending. At least they're trying to make Callista look a bit older, as seen below, 7 December 2008. Photo: Mike Theiler/REUTERSWe think this one was taken in 2005 or 2006.Tip o' the Bouffant chapeau to World O' Crap's scott for diving into the dumpster of Clowntown, allowing us to make all the connections. Beware the Newt!

This Date In 1967: Good Day For Live Rockin'!

By The Associated Press 1 hr 1 min ago Today is Tuesday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2009. There are 303 days left in the year.  Further blah blah blah from the AP. And the AP A/V. Not to mention the UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a measure making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem of the United States. On this date: In 1845, Florida became the 27th state. In 1849, the U.S. Department of the Interior was established. In 1887, Anne Sullivan arrived at the Tuscumbia, Ala., home of Captain and Mrs. Arthur H. Keller to become the teacher for their blind and deaf 6-year-old daughter, Helen. In 1894, British Prime Minister William Gladstone submitted his resignation to Queen Victoria, ending his fourth and final premiership. In 1918, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, the Ottoman Empire and Russia signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, which ended Russian participation in World War I. In 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II. In 1959, the United States launched the Pioneer 4 spacecraft, which flew by the moon. Comedian Lou Costello died of a heart attack in East Los Angeles, Calif., three days before his 53rd birthday. In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on a mission to test the lunar module. In 1974, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board. In 1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video. Twenty-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs, Colo., airport. Ten years ago: The Supreme Court ruled that public schools had to finance one-on-one nursing care for some disabled students throughout the school day. Monica Lewinsky, in an ABC interview timed to coincide with the publication of her book, recounted for Barbara Walters some of the fondest, as well as most painful, aspects of her relationship with President Bill Clinton. Five years ago: Multnomah County, Ore., began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The Walt Disney Co.'s board voted to strip Michael Eisner of his chairman's post while retaining him as CEO. One year ago: Democrat Barack Obama said his campaign had never given Canada back-channel assurances that his harsh words about the North American Free Trade Agreement were for political show, despite a Canadian memo indicating otherwise. A gunman opened fire inside a Wendy's restaurant in West Palm Beach, Fla., killing a paramedic who'd gone back to fetch a missing meal toy for his child; the gunman wounded five others before turning the gun on himself. Operatic tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano died in Santa Maria Hoe, Italy, at age 86. Today's Birthdays: Socialite Lee Radziwill is 76. [One doesn't hear "socialite" often these days. — Ed.] Movie producer-director George Miller is 64. Actress Hattie Winston is 64. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 62. Actor-director Tim Kazurinsky is 59. Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock is 56. Rock musician John Lilley is 55. Actress Miranda Richardson is 51. Radio personality Ira Glass is 50. Actress Mary Page Keller is 48. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 47. Football player Herschel Walker is 47. Rapper-actor Tone-Loc is 43. Rock musician John Bigham is 40. Actress Julie Bowen is 39. Country singer Brett Warren (The Warren Brothers) is 38. Actor David Faustino is 35. Singer Ronan Keating (Boyzone) is 32. Rapper Lil' Flip is 28. Actress Jessica Biel is 27. Thought for Today: "A good man can be stupid and still be good. But a bad man must have brains." — Maxim Gorky, Russian writer (1868-1936). [Whew. We're covered then. — Ed.]   On March third, 1931, Cab Calloway recorded "Minnie the Moocher."It was the first jazz album to sell a million copies. In 1966, Buffalo Springfield was formed, featuring Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer. In 1967, Eric Burdon and The Animals refused to do a show in Ottawa, Ontario, unless they were paid in advance. The audience went on a rampage, causing $5,000 in damage. And the Jeff Beck Group made its stage debut in London. In 1973, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack was named Song and Record of the Year at the Grammys. "The Concert for Bangla Desh" won the best album award. In 1991, ballroom dancing king Arthur Murray died in Hawaii at the age of 95. In 1995, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry underwent brain surgery for a ruptured aneurysm in Switzerland. In 2006, new age musician Yanni was arrested for domestic battery at his home outside Palm Springs, Florida. He was not charged.  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.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sex And The Heritage Foundation

An off topic point of interest from the NYT Magazine thing in the item below.
And several blocks from the Capitol stands the beast of them all, the almost mythical Heritage Foundation, with its $60 million budget and eight-story complex, complete with housing for 60 interns, two auditoriums and two broadcast studios. Heritage is the Parthenon of the conservative metropolis, the names of its founding donors inscribed on the lobby wall for history to remember.
(Our emphasis above.) It should be obvious to anyone w/ any knowledge that the Heritage Foundation is either a cult, isolating the most recently indoctrinated in the intern housing, or a sex cult, abusing the most recently indoctrinated in the intern housing. Does the District of Columbia not have a Special Victims Unit? Did most of the construction costs of the eight-story complex go to sound-proofing the intern housing? Think of the children, please!!

Which Zombie Is Better?

If they can't drag Reagan out of his grave, w/ the oven mitts on to keep him from scratching the help, the Republicans may be happy to settle for a slightly less dead zombie, one Newt Gingrich, who seems to have been haunting a bldg. in Washington, D. C. for a while. (Don't they all run against Washington?)
These days, to hear Republicans tell it, the conservative movement’s intellectual and strategic thunderbolts seem to be emanating, instead, from an undistinguished box of a building on K Street, amid the city’s famed corridor of lobbyists. In unmarked office suites scattered across separate floors, some 35 employees divide their duties among a consulting group, two insurgent policy centers, a documentary-film production company and a public-relations firm with only one client. That client would be the man who sits atop this emerging center of opposition, the once-defeated revolutionary who, like Che or Tito, is best known by a single name: Newt.
Clinton-era Dems return to the House of White,
[a]nd now here comes their old adversary, back from the political dead, just to make the whole thing seem like some retro reality show — “Battle of the Aging Boomers.” Last time around, of course, Democrats got the best of their encounter with Newt. Republicans have to hope that Gingrich, an avid military historian, has learned a thing or two about how to regroup. [...] The jewels of his small empire on K Street are his two policy centers: the Center for Health Transformation, which is actually a for-profit association of health care providers, and the newer American Solutions, which churns out research on a broader array of issues.
How nice, he's a lobbyist for "health care providersdeniers." (Is there something about historians that makes them health care experts? Or is historian a natural field for douchebags, & their baggery is especially notable on healthcare denial issues?) That should make him popular when he & the other pigs are trying to defeat whatever half-assed compromise w/ single-payer health care the B. O.'s Admin. tries to go w/.
“Most Republicans are not entrepreneurial,” he lamented to me. “They’re corporatists."
Newt knows his base is a collection of brain-dead corporate-welfare drones, but flatters them as a nation of innovative small-business owners, taxed w/in an inch of their job-creating, petit bourgeois lives? Does this indicate that these United Snakes may not be a "center-right" country after all? That every last one of us wants only Chee-tos® & 500 entertainment channels, 490 of them porn, not the chance to get out & compete in the free market? Holy crap, you think so? 
While there's bit more one could mock, let's just leave on a high note, w/ this picture of Newt & his grand-daughter. Maybe she's his niece or something? Oh, that's his WIFE?! His THIRD wife?!!?!

Annals Of Cultural Appropriation

Max Blumenthal shows us the cretinous & delusional at CPAC, via The Daily Beast.

Blah, Blah, More Blah & Also Some Blah. Blah!

Today is Monday, March 2, the 61st day of 2009. There are 304 days left in the year. The AP's alternate history. AP A/V. UPI AlmanacToday's Highlight in History: On March 2, 1939, Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope on his 63rd birthday; he took the name Pius the 12th. On this date: In 1793, the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, was born near Lexington, Va.In 1836, the Republic of Texas formally declared its independence from Mexico. In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote. In 1899, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state was established. In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship as President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones-Shafroth Act. In 1939, the Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights, 147 years after the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution had gone into effect. (Georgia and Connecticut soon followed.) In 1943, the World War II Battle of the Bismarck Sea began; US and Australian warplanes were able to inflict heavy damage on a Japanese convoy. In 1949, an American B-50 Superfortress, the Lucky Lady II, landed at Fort Worth, Texas, after completing the first non-stop, around-the-world flight.   In 1958, a multinational expedition led by British explorer Vivian Fuchs completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica by way of the South Pole in 99 days. In 1959, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis held the first of two recording sessions that yielded the album "Kind of Blue." In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored an NBA record 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks.In 1977, the U. S. House of Representatives adopted a strict code of ethics. In 1989, representatives from the 12 European Community nations agreed to ban all production of CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century. Ten years ago: Texas Governor George W. Bush announced he was forming a presidential exploratory committee. Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan launched a third White House bid. Singer Dusty Springfield died at her home west of London at age 59. Five years ago: A series of coordinated blasts in Iraq killed 181 people at shrines in Karbala and Baghdad as thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered for a religious festival. John Kerry laid claim to the Democratic presidential nomination after his victories in Super Tuesday contests. Former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers was charged with falsifying the books at the long-distance company; his chief financial officer, Scott Sullivan, pleaded guilty to fraud and agreed to testify against him. (Ebbers was later convicted of securities fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to 25 years in prison; Sullivan was sentenced to five years.) Marge Schott, the controversial former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, died at age 75. Academy Award-winning actress Mercedes McCambridge died in La Jolla, Calif., at age 87. One year ago: Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin's hand-picked successor, scored a crushing victory in Russia's presidential election. Four adults and two children were slain in a shooting and stabbing rampage at a Memphis house; three children survived. Jessie Dotson, brother of one of the victims, is charged with six counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. Today's Birthdays: Actress Jennifer Jones is 90. Bluegrass singer-musician Doc Watson is 86. Actor John Cullum is 79. Author Tom Wolfe is 79. Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is 78. Actress Barbara Luna is 70. Actor Jon Finch is 68. Author John Irving is 67. Singer Lou Reed is 67. Actress Cassie Yates is 58. Actress Laraine Newman is 57. Senator Russell Feingold, D-Wisc., is 56. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is 54. Singer Jay Osmond is 54. Pop musician John Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 53. Tennis player Kevin Curren is 51. Country singer Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) is 50. Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi is 47. Blues singer-musician Alvin Youngblood Hart is 46. Actor Daniel Craig is 41. Rock musician Casey (Jimmie's Chicken Shack) is 33. Rock singer Chris Martin (Coldplay) is 32. Actress Heather McComb is 32. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is 28. Football player Ben Roethlisberger is 27. Actor Robert Iler ("The Sopranos") is 24. 
On March second, 1933, the movie "King Kong" had its world premiere in New York.In 1944, "Casablanca" won the best picture Academy Award. Jennifer Jones was named best actress for her role in "The Song of Bernadette." Paul Lukas won best actor award for "Watch on the Rhine." In 1964, The Beatles began work in London on the film "A Hard Day's Night."In 1967, Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night" was named Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The Song of the Year award went to John Lennon and Paul McCartney for "Michelle." In 1988, Paul Simon won record of the year for "Graceland," the first time a winning record did not hit the top 40. U2's "The Joshua Tree" won album of the year. Little Richard got a standing ovation for announcing himself as winner for best new artist and complaining the Grammys never gave him anything. In 1989, Madonna's Pepsi commercial premiered on TV. It was set to her new single "Like A Prayer." The ad was pulled a few days later because of its controversial religious images. Singer J.P. Pennington announced he was leaving the band Exile. In 1992, actress Sandy Dennis died in Connecticut at age 54. In 1999, singer Dusty Springfield died after battling breast cancer, at her home outside London. She was 59. In 2006, singer Gary Glitter was convicted of obscene acts with two young Vietnamese girls. He was sentenced to prison.  Thought for Today: "Just as we are often moved to merriment for no other reason than that the occasion calls for seriousness, so we are correspondingly serious when invited too freely to be amused." — Agnes Repplier, American essayist (1858-1950). Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. 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.
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