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.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fantasyland

The first paragraph of DaBo's eight hundred words from yesterday.
Our moral and economic system is based on individual responsibility. It’s based on the idea that people have to live with the consequences of their decisions. This makes them more careful deciders. This means that society tends toward justice — people get what they deserve as much as possible [sic]
(He must be suffering from a period shortage.) We read further, just in case the opening paragraph was a typically lame attempt at humor. Nope, that's his srory, & he's stickng to it. Although the title of his op-ed indicates the direction he's going. 
Money for Idiots
It's either a plea for more money for him for his spawn's college fund or whatever, or a plea to continue not to honor the bullshit of the first paragraph, & to give more moolah to those who need it the least & use it the worst.
The government enabled people to buy homes they couldn’t afford.
Sure it did. (And if it had, which gov't. would it have been, again?)
The nation’s economy is not just the sum of its individuals. It is an interwoven context that we all share. To stabilize that communal landscape, sometimes you have to shower money upon those who have been foolish or self-indulgent.
Speaking of foolish, can this inane ninny make up his mind, express himself effectively, or be consistent? Isn't there the slightest possibility that those responsible (Brooks must remember that concept. He's never once applied it to a Republican, of course.) should be punished, not given more fucking money? Shouldn't the pigs be slaughtered, according to paragraph one? That approach has our vote. Bacon for all!!

Bachmann Speaks!
(Hard To Do W/ A Foot In Your Mouth & Your Head Where The Sun Never Shines)

From our friends at HuffPo. Click it, as they refute the lies this completely anti-American witch tells. Isn't lying like a rug an impeachable, if not criminal, offense?

Today in History

Today is Friday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2009. There are 314 days left in the year. The AP page. The AP video is not currently functional. The UPI AlmanacToday's Highlight in History: Two hundred years ago, in 1809, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Peters, 9 US 115, ruled that no state legislature could annul the judgments or determine the jurisdictions of federal courts. [Take your "states rights" & stick 'em where they belong, jerks. — Ed.] On this date: In 1790, Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II died. In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the US Post Office. In 1839, Congress prohibited dueling in the District of Columbia. In 1934, a blizzard inundated the northeastern United States. In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. In 1944, during World War II, US bombers began raiding German aircraft manufacturing centers in a series of attacks that became known as "Big Week." In 1959, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 600 for the first time, at 602.21. In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard the Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7. John Glenn and mission control. In 1971, the National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered US radio and TV stations off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes. In 2003, a fire broke out during a rock concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and injuring about 200 others. Ten years ago: The United States and five other nations agreed to extend by three days a deadline for a Kosovo peace agreement. (NATO had threatened air strikes against the Serbs if they did not reach an agreement with Albanian insurgents.) Movie reviewer Gene Siskel died at a hospital outside Chicago at age 53. Five years ago: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop same-sex weddings in San Francisco. (On March 11, 2004, the California Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco.) Bypassing angry Senate Democrats, President George W. Bush installed Alabama Attorney General William Pryor as a US appeals court judge in his second "recess appointment" of a controversial nominee in five weeks. One year ago: A U. S. Navy cruiser blasted a disabled spy satellite with a pinpoint missile strike that achieved the main mission of exploding a tank of toxic fuel 130 miles above the Pacific Ocean. Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew returned to Earth, after delivering a new European lab to the international space station. 
Today's Birthdays: Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt is 85. Actor Sidney Poitier is 82. Actress Marj Dusay is 73. Jazz-soul singer Nancy Wilson is 72. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 68. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Phil Esposito is 67. Movie director Mike Leigh is 66. Actress Brenda Blethyn is 63. Actress Sandy Duncan is 63. Rock musician J. Geils is 63. Actor Peter Strauss is 62. Rock singer-musician-producer Walter Becker (Steely Dan) is 59. Country singer Kathie Baillie is 58. Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is 55. Actor Anthony Stewart Head is 55. Country singer Leland Martin is 52. Actor James Wilby is 51. Rock musician Sebastian Steinberg is 50. [OK, who the fuck are those two? "Rock musician?" Besides being an oxymoron, who is this fuck, what band is he in, etc.? Just because Google™ exists doesn't mean we have to use it. Do a little work AP, what the fuck are we not paying you for? — Ed.] Comedian Joel Hodgson is 49. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley is 46. Rock musician Ian Brown (Stone Roses) is 46. Actor French Stewart is 45. Actor Ron Eldard is 44. Model Cindy Crawford is 43. Actor Andrew Shue is 42. Actress Lili Taylor is 42.  On February 20th, 1967, singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born. In 1969, "Goodbye Cream," a documentary of Cream's farewell concert, opened in Baltimore. Fans and critics alike panned the movie for its poor sound quality and strange editing. [Dudes, it was the '60s. — Ed.] In 1970, the John Lennon single "Instant Karma" was released. In 1974, Cher filed for separation from Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage.In 1982, singer Pat Benatar and her guitarist, Neil Geraldo, got married in Hawaii. In 1993, Jackyl lead singer Jesse James Dupree was arrested for allegedly exposing himself onstage during a concert a few days earlier in Long Beach, Calif. (Dupree later pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and paid a $100 fine.) In 1997, Ben and Jerry's introduced a new ice cream flavor, Phish Food, named after the rock group Phish. It contained chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge. In 2003, pyrotechnics from Great White's stage show ignited soundproofing foam and burned down a club in West Warwick, R.I. One hundred people died, including band guitarist Ty Longley. In 2007, Britney Spears checked into rehab. She checked out the next day. [Apparently, if you're Brit, you can check in & you can leave. Eagles, our ass. — Ed.] Thought for Today: "There is no hope of joy except in human relations." — Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French author-aviator (1900-1944). [Adjusted for truth. — 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.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Reason, Not An Excuse

The Editor here was looking for housing today. Make up your own news.

Today in History: Who The Hell Is Carlin Glynn, Who Turns 69 Today?

Today is Thursday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2009. There are 315 days left in the year. [See how quickly it goes? Surely the end is near. — Ed.]
AP's page. AP video. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1945,
during World War II, some 30,000 US Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they commenced a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces. An unidentified correspondent reports from the scene.
On this date:
In 1473,
astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland.
In 1803, Congress voted to accept Ohio's borders and constitution.
In 1846, the Texas state government was formally installed in Austin, with J. Pinckney Henderson taking the oath of office as governor.
In 1878, Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.
In 1881, Kansas prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. 
One hundred years ago, in 1909, the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, a precursor to Mental Health America, was founded by Clifford W. Beers. [Most of the inhabitants of this country are probably mentally iller than they were 100 yrs. ago. We know we are. — Ed.]
In 1934, the US Army Air Corps began delivering mail after President Franklin D. Roosevelt canceled private contracts that had come under suspicion. (The hastily arranged, ill-equipped military flights claimed the lives of a dozen pilots, sparking a public outcry before they were dropped several months later.)
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to relocate and intern US residents, including native-born Americans, of Japanese ancestry. Japanese warplanes raided the Australian city of Darwin; at least 243 people were killed.
In 1959, an agreement was signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its independence. 
In 1983, 13 people were found shot to death at a gambling club in Seattle's Chinatown in what became known as the "Wah Mee Massacre." (Two Chinese immigrants were convicted of the killings and sentenced to life in prison.)
In 1986, the U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide, 37 years after the pact had first been submitted for ratification. 
In 1997, Deng Xiaoping, the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died at age 92.
Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton posthumously pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point, whose military career had been tarnished by a racially motivated discharge.
In 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first black athlete ever to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics when she and Jill Bakken took top honors in bobsledding in Salt Lake City.
Five years ago: Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged in court with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's colossal collapse. (Skilling was later convicted of 19 counts and sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison; a federal appeals court upheld his convictions, but vacated the prison term and ordered that he be resentenced.) The AFL-CIO endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president. After sanctioning more than 2,800 gay marriages, the city of San Francisco sued the state of California, challenging its ban on same-sex marriages.
In 2005, eight suicide bombers struck in quick succession in Iraq in a wave of attacks that killed dozens. The USS Jimmy Carter, the last of the Seawolf class of attack submarines, was commissioned at Groton, Conn. 
In 2007, New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions to gay couples.
One year ago: An ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a-half century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him. President George W. Bush, visiting Rwanda, pleaded with the global community for decisive action to stop grisly ethnic violence plaguing other African nations like Kenya and Sudan. Barack Obama cruised past Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Wisconsin primary and Hawaii caucuses. Toshiba, creator of the HD DVD, conceded to Sony's rival Blu-ray format.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 69. [Dig him working it in the vid below. — Ed.] Singer Bobby Rogers is 69. Actress Carlin Glynn is 69. Singer Lou Christie is 66. Actor Michael Nader is 64. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 61. Author Amy Tan is 57. Actor Jeff Daniels is 54. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 53. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 52. Actor Ray Winstone is 52. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 50. Britain's Prince Andrew is 49. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 47. Singer Seal is 46. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 45. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 44. Actress Justine Bateman is 43. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 42.
On February 19th, 1958, The Miracles released their first single, "Got A Job," an answer song for The Silhouette's "Get A Job." [On Smokey's 18th B-Day, it appears. — Ed.]
In 1972, Paul McCartney and Wings released "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," a commentary about the Northern Ireland conflict. It was banned by the BBC, but still reached the top 20 in England.
Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, Dick Clark staged the first American Music Awards as an alternative to the industry-dominated Grammy Awards. The winners of the American Music Awards are determined by the votes of music fans. "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" by Tony Orlando and Dawn won for favorite pop single that year.
In 1977, Fleetwood Mac released the album "Rumours." It sold more than 17 million copies. [And sixty million morons voted for Nixon. Big fucking deal. — Ed.]
In 1980, AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott died after choking on his own vomit after an all-night drinking binge in London. He was 33. His death came just months after the band scored its first North American success with the album "Highway to Hell."
In 1981, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled George Harrison "subconsciously plaigerized" [sic]  the song "He's So Fine" by The Chiffons for his hit, "My Sweet Lord." Harrison was ordered to pay $587,000.
In 1995, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson of the TV show "Baywatch" on a beach in Cancun. The bride wore white -- a bikini. They've since divorced.
In 1996, London police arrested singer Jarvis Cocker of Pulp for allegedly attacking three children performing with Michael Jackson at the Brit Awards. Cocker admitted walking onstage but denied touching any children; he was later cleared.
In 1997, the Trinity Broadcasting Network canceled Pat Boone's "GospelAmerica" show after viewers complained about Boone's appearance on the American Music Awards. He had been promoting his "In a Metal Mood" album by wearing a dog collar and black leather. The show was later reinstated. A judge in New York dismissed a seven-million-dollar lawsuit a fan filed against Motley Crue for hearing loss suffered at one of their concerts. The judge said the fan knew the concert would be loud going in to it. 
Thought for Today: "In America everybody is, but some are more than others." — Gertrude Stein, American author (1874-1946).
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Light In The Loafers

From Gawker, ten more cartoons from the NY Post's wonderful political cartoonist, Sean Delonas, as noted below. We're not sure if it's good for this jerk to be drawing things like this, but considering that he could act out his hostility (to put it mildly) in a more physical manner, it's probably just as well he has this sad outlet.  We'll show you just two of them here, because we are amused (contemptuously) by the artist's motif of the sock on the bed stand lampshade. And the post-coital smoke. 1957 called, they want their cliche back. What a hack.

No More Racism? Don't Hold Your Breath. (Unless You Don't Want To Smell It.)

Right wing types screeching loudly about the demise of racism w/ the election of a man only 50% descended from Britons are not really to be believed. Indeed, we might suspect that the election of Pres. Obama will bring racism to a level unseen in this nation of sheep since the '60s, when serious efforts were being made to stop AmeriKKKan discrimination.

News Alert From The Liberal Bible

Fed Offers Bleak Economic Outlook The Federal Reserve cut its economic outlook for 2009 on Wednesday and warned that the United States economy would face an "unusually gradual and prolonged" period of recovery as the country struggles to climb out of a deep global downturn. Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na
Oh, what a crying shame. We're so sorry. 
Sorry you fucking sheep bought the vast, ugly lie of capitalism, that is.

Today in History: Bad Day for 16th Century Figures
Also, Birthdays & Entertainment

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2009. There are 316 days left in the year.
And as always, the AP page, the AP video, & the Rev. Moon's UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 18, 1885,
Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the US for the first time (having been published in Canada and England the previous December).
On this date:
In 1516,
Mary Tudor, the queen of England popularly known as "Bloody Mary," was born in Greenwich Palace.
In 1546, Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died in Eisleben.
In 1564, artist Michelangelo died in Rome.

In 1735, the first opera presented in America, "Flora, or Hob in the Well," was performed in present-day Charleston, S.C. [You, of course mean it was performed in what is now present-day Charleston, S. C., don't you, AP? — Ed.]
In 1861, Jefferson Davis was sworn in as the provisional president of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery, Ala.
In 1930, photographic evidence of Pluto (now designated a "dwarf planet") was discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
In 1960, the 8th Winter Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
In 1970, the "Chicago Seven" defendants were found not-guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention; five were convicted of violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968 (those convictions were later reversed). [Fuck you, AmeriKKKan Justice! — Ed. (Applies to next item as well.)]
In 1972, the California Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty.
In 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden "flight" above the Mojave Desert.
In 1984, Italy and the Vatican signed an accord under which Roman Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy.
In 1988, Anthony M. Kennedy was sworn in as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1998, sportscaster Harry Caray died at age 83.
Ten years ago: The Clinton administration warned Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to choose peace with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, or face a devastating military strike.
In 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died from injuries suffered in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49. Veteran FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested, accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years.
Five years ago: Howard Dean's quest for the presidency ended as the Democrat, winless in 17 contests, abandoned his bid. In Iran, runaway train cars carrying fuel and industrial chemicals derailed, setting off explosions that destroyed five villages and killed at least 200 people. Two bomb-laden trucks blew up outside a Polish-run base in Hillah, Iraq, killing about a dozen people.
In 2006, American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter speedskating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history. A Hamas-dominated Palestinian parliament was sworn in.
One year ago: The Pakistan People's Party of assassinated ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto won the most seats in the country's parliamentary elections. A suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed 38 civilians in southern Afghanistan. Republican John McCain picked up the support of former President George H.W. Bush. Andy Pettitte apologized to the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and his fans for the "embarrassment" he caused them by taking human growth hormone. Writer Alain Robbe-Grillet died in Caen, France, at age 85.
Today's Birthdays February 18
Today's Birthdays: Former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is 87. Actor George Kennedy is 84. Former Senator John Warner, R-Va., is 82. Author Toni Morrison is 78. Movie director Milos Forman is 77. Singer Yoko Ono is 76.
Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 70. Singer Irma Thomas is 68. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 68. Actress Sinead Cusack is 61. Producer-director-writer John Hughes is 59. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 59. Singer Juice Newton is 57.Singer Randy Crawford is 57. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 56. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 56. Actor John Travolta is 55. Game show host Vanna White is 52. Actress Greta Scacchi is 49. Actor Matt Dillon is 45. Rapper Dr. Dre is 44. [This is why we have to scour the webz for all info. possible. The Crackerville, Carolina telebision station page whence we steal most of these AP today in history factoids won't list cats like Dre when his b-day passes 'round, though they'll show you every Grand Ole Opry has-been who's still drawing breath.] Actress Molly Ringwald is 41.
Today In Entertainment History
On February 18th, 1953, "Bwana Devil," the movie that heralded the "3-D" fad of the 1950s, opened in New York.
In 1968, David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett as lead guitarist for Pink Floyd. [And that was it for that band. — Ed.]
In 1969, Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees married singer Lulu in England. Three-thousand fans showed up.
In 1972, Neil Young got a gold record for his album, "Harvest," which includes the number one single, "Heart of Gold."
In 1974, Kiss released its self-titled debut album. It only made it to 87 on Billboard's album chart, but it stayed on the chart for 23 weeks. [Shit finds its own level. — Ed.]
In 1992, fans rushed the stage at a New Kids on the Block concert in Seoul, South Korea, crushing people at the front of the crowd. A 17-year-old girl died the next day of injuries suffered in the stampede. The singers were not injured. Also, Vince Neil quit as lead singer for Motley Crue, after eleven years with the group. He said he wanted to spend more time on his race car driving. He has since returned to the band.
In 1995, Bob Stinson, a founding member of The Replacements, died in Minneapolis of complications from drug and alcohol abuse. He was 35.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Snow Day: All Of Southern Calif. To Shut Down

Just Another Blog included. Here's some amusement while we're asleep.

Today in History, Today's Birthdays & Entertainment

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2009. There are 317 days left in the year. The AP page. AP a/v. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, in 1909, Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo (also known as Goyathlay, "One Who Yawns") died at Fort Sill, Okla., at age 79.On this date: In 1801, the US House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, electing Jefferson president; Burr became vice president. In 1809, the Ohio legislature voted to establish Miami University in present-day Oxford. (The school opened in 1824.)
In 1817, a street in Baltimore became the first to be lighted with gas from America's first gas company.
In 1864, during the Civil War, the Union ship USS Housatonic was rammed and sunk in Charleston Harbor, S.C., by the Confederate hand-cranked submarine H. L.  Hunley, which also sank.
In 1865, Columbia, S.C., burned as the Confederates evacuated and Union forces moved in. (It's not clear which side set the blaze.) In 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, convened its first meeting, in Washington. In 1904, the original two-act version of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" was poorly received at its premiere at La Scala in Milan, Italy. In 1908, sportscaster Red Barber was born in Columbus, Miss.  In 1933, Newsweek magazine was first published. In 1947, the Voice of America began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, the United States launched Vanguard 2, a satellite which carried meteorological equipment. In 1964, the Supreme Court, in Wesberry v. Sanders, ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be roughly equal in population. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon departed on his historic trip to China.
In 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison. 
In 1995, Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings that also wounded 19 people.  In 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia. Ten years ago: In a satellite-linked address to college campuses across the country, President Bill Clinton made his case for shoring up Social Security and Medicare. Israeli security guards shot and killed three Kurds who had forced their way into the Israeli consulate in Berlin; the protesters were enraged by reports that Israel had aided in the arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. In 2002, the new Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2003, twenty-one people were killed in a stampede at a crowded nightclub in Chicago. Five years ago: John Kerry won the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary, with John Edwards placing second and Howard Dean coming in a distant third. Cingular Wireless agreed to pay nearly $41 billion dollars in cash to buy AT&T Wireless Services. Former Mexican president Jose Lopez Portillo died in Mexico City at age 83. In 2005, President George W. Bush named John Negroponte to be the government's first national intelligence director. In 2005, Iraq's electoral commission certified the results of the Jan. 30 elections and allocated 140 of 275 National Assembly seats to the United Iraqi Alliance, giving the Shiite-dominated party a majority in the new parliament. One year ago: President George W. Bush rejected proposed Democratic changes to his prized international AIDS relief program, issuing a challenge to Congress from Tanzania to "stop the squabbling" and renew it as is. Kosovo declared itself a nation in defiance of Serbia and Russia. Ryan Newman snapped an 81-race winless streak, giving car owner Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 victory. The East beat the Western Conference 134-128 in the NBA All-Star Game. Thought for Today: "Life has got to be lived — that's all there is to it. At 70, I would say the advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that 'this, too, shall pass!'" — Eleanor Roosevelt, American first lady (1884-1962). Today's Birthdays February 17 Bandleader Orrin Tucker is 98. Actor Hal Holbrook is 84. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 79. Singer Bobby Lewis is 76. Comedian Dame Edna (AKA Barry Humphries) is 75. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 74. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 73. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 70. Actress Brenda Fricker is 64. Actress Rene Russo is 55. Actor Richard Karn is 53. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 47. Basketball player Michael Jordan is 46. Actor-comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 46. TV personality Rene Syler is 46. Movie director Michael Bay is 44. Singer Chante Moore is 42. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 39. Actor Dominic Purcell is 39. Actress Denise Richards is 38. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 37. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 35. Country singer Bryan White is 35.  Today In Entertainment History On February 17th, 1960, Elvis Presley received his first gold album, for the album called "Elvis." It included the songs "Rip It Up," "Old Shep" and "Ready Teddy." In 1970, singer Joni Mitchell announced her retirement from live performances. She was back to doing shows within the year. In 1971, James Taylor made his prime-time TV debut on "The Johnny Cash Show." Taylor sang "Fire and Rain" and "Carolina on My Mind." In 1972, Pink Floyd premiered "Dark Side of the Moon" in concert at London's Rainbow Theater. The album was released the next year. In 1976, The Eagles released their "Greatest Hits" album. [Horrible day in music history, until 1979. — Ed.] In 1979, The Clash kicked off its first US tour in New York. In 1982, jazz pianist Thelonius Monk died after a long illness at the age of 64. [Then horrible again. — Ed.] In 1988, in Hollywood, Florida, a 12-year-old fan of Motley Crue set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the group's "Live Wire" video. He suffered burns over ten percent of his body. Motley Crue said the band's stunts should not be tried at home. [Nor should any of their "music" be tried at home, or anywhere else. — Ed.]
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Palin & People: Sweet Symbiosis

Sweet Sarah is making the news all the time. Sadly (for her) it's not in the political press, but the peoples press. What better venue for a woman who was essentially the third runner-up in a worse than average reality show, who will remain in the national eye as long as there's a chance she or her family, friends & cronies will do something idiotic again? We hope & assume this unauthorized bio has a few more juicy items in it, besides the "hiding her pregnancy from everyone" revelation People quotes. 

The Party's Over: The Cops Are Here, & The House Is Burning Down

Professor Doktor Paul Krugman would like to advise you that the economy & everything else are totally, irrevocably fugged. For ever & ever, 'til death brings you sweet release, amen.
The bottom line is that there has been basically no wealth creation at all since the turn of the millennium: the net worth of the average American household, adjusted for inflation, is lower now than it was in 2001. [...] So now we’re in trouble — deeper trouble, I think, than most people realize even now. And I’m not just talking about the dwindling band of forecasters who still insist that the economy will snap back any day now.
Dwindling band here.
The odds are that the legacy of our time of illusion — our decade at Bernie’s — will be a long, painful slump.
And as mentioned here before, couldn't happen to a more-deserving nation, or species.

America: Let The Surge Work (In The Inner City)

The new terrorism (Mumbai) & how, as usual, "we" are doing the exact opposite of what's called for. Or not ... What the fuck do we know?
This pattern suggests that Americans should brace for a coming swarm. Right now, most of our cities would be as hard-pressed as Mumbai was to deal with several simultaneous attacks. Our elite federal and military counterterrorist units would most likely find their responses slowed, to varying degrees, by distance and the need to clarify jurisdiction. [...] Nightmare possibilities include synchronized assaults on several shopping malls, high-rise office buildings or other places that have lots of people and relatively few exits. Another option would be to set loose half a dozen two-man sniper teams in some metropolitan area — you only have to recall the havoc caused by the Washington sniper in 2002 to imagine how huge a panic a slightly larger version of that form of terrorism would cause. [...] For the defense of American cities against terrorist swarms, the key would be to use local police officers as the first line of defense instead of relying on the military. The first step would be to create lots of small counterterrorism posts throughout urban areas instead of keeping police officers in large, centralized precinct houses. This is consistent with existing notions of community-based policing, and could even include an element of outreach to residents similar to that undertaken in the Sunni areas of Iraq — even if it were to mean taking the paradoxical turn of negotiating with gangs about security.
Ah. When someone who "teaches in the special operations program at the Naval Postgraduate School" writes something, there's usually a hidden agenda, & there it is. Militarization of the urban environment.The picky will say, "More militarization of everything."

Today in History, Today's Birthdays, Entertainment Through The Centuries

Today is Monday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2009. There are 318 days left in the year. This is Presidents' Day. [If you're at home lazing about because your gov't. job gives you the day off today, liberal slacker, why aren't you reading this? — Ed.] Or reading the AP page. Or seeing & hearing the AP video network.Or the UPI AlmanacToday's Highlight in History: In 1862, during the Civil War, some 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered at Fort Donelson, Tenn. (Union General Ulysses S. Grant's victory earned him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant.") On this date: In 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli Harbor to burn the US Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates. In 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City. In 1918, Lithuania proclaimed its independence, which lasted until World War II (it again declared independence in 1990). In 1923, the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt by English archaeologist Howard Carter. In 1937, Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon. In 1945, American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II. In 1948, NBC-TV aired its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre," which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels. In 1959, Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba a month and a-half after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.In 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated, in Haleyville, Ala. In 1977, Janani Luwum, the Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident. In 1988, seven people were shot to death during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif., by a man who was obsessed with a co-worker. (The gunman, Richard Farley, is under sentence of death.) In 1989, investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, said a bomb hidden inside a radio-cassette player was what brought down Pan Am Flight 103 the previous December, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground. In 1998, A China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board. Ten years ago: Enraged Kurds seized embassies and held hostages across Europe following Turkey's arrest of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Testimony began in the Jasper, Texas, trial of John William King, charged with murder in the gruesome dragging death of James Byrd Junior. (King was later convicted and sentenced to death.)
In 2002, the operator of a crematory in Noble, Ga., was arrested after dozens of decomposing corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered around the building and surrounding woods.
Five years ago: A confident John Kerry launched a full-throttle attack on President George W. Bush's economic policies, mostly ignoring his Democratic rivals on the eve of the Wisconsin primary. The Walt Disney Co. rejected a takeover bid by Comcast Corporation.
In 2005, the NHL canceled what was left of its season after a round of last-gasp negotiations failed to resolve differences over a salary cap - the issue that led to a lockout.
One year ago: President George W. Bush, on a six-day tour of Africa, made his first stop in Benin before flying on to Tanzania. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana. A car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by a cloud of tire smoke on an isolated Maryland highway, killing eight people.

Today's Birthdays February 16

Singer Patty Andrews is 91. Kim Jong Il, the president of North Korea, is 67. Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 63. Actor Pete Postlethwaite is 63. Actor William Katt is 58. Actor LeVar Burton is 52. Actor-rapper Ice-T ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") is 51, as is actress Lisa Loring.Tennis Hall of Fame player John McEnroe is 50. [We won't even pretend to care about those under 50 today. It's difficult enough pretending to care about those who have already celebrated the majority of their birthdays. — Ed.]

Today In Entertainment History February 16

On February 16th, 1962, Bobby Vinton recorded the song "Roses Are Red." He was in danger of being dropped by Epic Records but still owed them two single sides. In 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives traveled to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Later, they were joined by Ringo Starr and his wife and Paul McCartney and his fiancee. [No, Ringo did not like the food. — Ed.] Forty years ago, in 1969, country singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette were married in Ringgold, Ga. They had said they were secretly married six months earlier. In 1974, Elton John released "Bennie and the Jets." In 1975, Cher's musical variety series debuted on CBS. It ran until 1976. In 1982, actress Farrah Fawcett and actor Lee Majors were divorced, after nine years of marriage. In 1990, musician Ike Turner was sentenced to four years in prison on cocaine charges. He began serving his sentence the next day. Four years earlier, Turner had said he had been addicted to cocaine for 15 years. In 2007, Britney Spears shaved her head after a salon owner refused to do it for her. 

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Slightly Frightening, But Surely You Didn't Trust Any Of This Crap To Begin W/, Did You?

The Internet is in danger. If by Internet you mean money moving. 
How many of the as yet half-baked ideas in this article are going to cut down on our right to free expression?
What a new Internet might look like is still widely debated, but one alternative would, in effect, create a “gated community” where users would give up their anonymity and certain freedoms in return for safety. Today that is already the case for many corporate and government Internet users. As a new and more secure network becomes widely adopted, the current Internet might end up as the bad neighborhood of cyberspace. You would enter at your own risk and keep an eye over your shoulder while you were there. “Unless we’re willing to rethink today’s Internet,” says Nick McKeown, a Stanford engineer involved in building a new Internet, “we’re just waiting for a series of public catastrophes.”
We're always waiting for examples, but there's nothing solid here. Does the phrase "Y2K" come to mind? It's not a catastrophe unless we can't get on & find something vaguely amusing.

Annals of Re-Branding: Blackwater Becomes Xe (Pronounced Zee)

Same shit, different flaming brown paper bag
on your doorstep. Now, fewer of Erik Prince's soldiers will be "in harm's way," but more Blackwater-trained mercenaries will be all over the world.
The truly Sunday-morning-bored are invited to compare this AP story to the one via MSNBC.

Today in History Today's Birthdays February 15

Today is Sunday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2009. There are 319 days left in the year.  AP page. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1898, the battleship U. S. S. Maine mysteriously blew up in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew members and bringing the United States closer to war with Spain. On this date: In 1564, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa. In 1764, the city of St. Louis was established by Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau. Two hundred years ago, in 1809, American inventor Cyrus Hall McCormick, creator of the first successful horse-drawn mechanical reaper, was born in Rockbridge County, Va. In 1820, American suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts. In 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court. In 1933, President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak; gunman Giuseppe Zangara was executed more than four weeks later. [What took so long? — Ed.] In 1942, the British colony Singapore surrendered to the Japanese during World War II. In 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U. S. figure skating team en route to Czechoslovakia, were killed in the crash of a Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 in Belgium. In 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa. [And was soon adorning the back-packs of young hitch-hikers & tourists across Europe, both Canadian & American. — Ed.] Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention. [Give anyone any ideas? — Ed.] In 2002, President George W. Bush approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the site for long-term disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier were awarded a gold medal to resolve a judging controversy at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton continued his whirlwind visit to Mexico, where he conferred with President Ernesto Zedillo. The body of Amadou Diallo, the unarmed West African gunned down by New York City police, was returned to his native Guinea. Five years ago: A pair of blazes in China killed at least 93 people. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Daytona 500 on the same track where his father was killed three years earlier. The West defeated the East 136-132 in the NBA All-Star game. Actress Jan Miner, best known as "Madge the Manicurist" in Palmolive T-V ads, died in Bethel, Conn., at age 86. In 2005, defrocked priest Paul Shanley was sentenced in Boston to 12 to 15 years in prison on child rape charges. One year ago: Business tycoon Steve Fossett, 63, was declared dead by a judge in Cook County, Ill., 5 months after his small plane vanished after taking off from an airstrip near Yerington, Nev. (Fossett's remains were discovered in late Oct. 2008 in California's Sierra Nevada.) 
Thought for Today: "Nothing is mine. I have only nothing but it is enough, it is beautiful and it is all mine." — Katherine Anne Porter, American author (1894-1980). [How Zen. — Ed.] Today's Birthdays February 15: Actor Kevin McCarthy is 95. Actor Allan Arbus is 91. Country singer Hank Locklin is 91. Former Illinois Congressman John Anderson is 87. Former defense secretary & CIA director James R. Schlesinger is 80.  Actress Claire Bloom is 78.Author Susan Brownmiller is 74. Songwriter Brian Holland is 68. Rock musician Mick Avory (The Kinks) is 65. Jazz musician Henry Threadgill is 65. Actress Jane Seymour is 58. Singer Melissa Manchester is 58. Actress Lynn Whitfield is 56. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is 55. Model Janice Dickinson is 54. Actor Christopher McDonald is 54. Reggae singer Ali Campbell is 50. [Did every guy in UB40 have a birthday w/in two mos. of each other? — Ed.] Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli is 50. Musician Mikey Craig (Culture Club) is 49. Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green is 49.

Today In Entertainment History

On February 15th, 1941, Duke Ellington recorded "Take The A Train" with his big band. It became the orchestra's theme song. In 1950, Disney released the movie "Cinderella."In 1961, Jackie Wilson was shot twice by Juanita Jones as he answered the door of his apartment in New York. Jones had told police she had intended to kill herself if Wilson rejected her. Wilson spent 21 days in a coma. In 1964, for the first time one act had five songs on Billboard's Hot 100 list. It was The Beatles, with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "I Saw Her Standing There," "She Loves You," "Please, Please Me" and "My Bonnie." In 1965, singer Nat "King" Cole died of lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. He was 46. In 1971, Pink Floyd released their "Dark Side of the Moon" album. In 1981, blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield died in San Francisco of an accidental drug overdose. Bloomfield was a veteran of the white blues revival in the 1960s.
In 1984, Broadway singer and actress Ethel Merman died at the age of 76. In 2000, Darva Conger married Rick Rockwell on the Fox TV show "Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire." Fox later learned an ex-girlfriend accused Rockwell of hitting her, and Conger asked for an annulment less than a week later. 
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