Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Music Aversion Therapy

Someone (below) billing himself as "America's Tenor™" has cut a discwhose title tune, "Amazed by America," was co-written by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Mormon). We can't imagine anyone out there would be cheating their employer just to scan this drivel, but this is not safe for anywhere.
One question: Isn't "God Bless America" enough? Do we need "God Bless the USA" as well?

Economic Geography

Big (for the Internet, & our attention span) piece in the Atlantic on the dislocation & economic/geographic rearrangement to come as a result of the free market's recent, absolute & unquestioned triumph.
Our so far favorite phrase, "fictitious housing wealth," occurs in this chunk of text:
While the crisis may have begun in New York, it will likely find its fullest bloom in the interior of the country—in older, manufacturing regions whose heydays are long past and in newer, shallow-rooted Sun Belt communities whose recent booms have been fueled in part by real-estate speculation, overdevelopment, and fictitious housing wealth. These typically less affluent places are likely to become less wealthy still in the coming years, and will continue to struggle long after the mega-regional hubs and creative cities have put the crisis behind them.
Our heart pumps piss for the poor bastards & their fictitious housing wealth. "Ain't that a shame," as Fats Domino would have it.
Two of our favorite cities, Phoenix, AZ, & Las Vegas, NV, in particular, aren't getting out of it easily. "Whole cities and metro regions became giant Ponzi schemes" is a fine phrase as well.
Yet the boom itself neither followed nor resulted in the development of sustainable, scalable, highly productive industries or services. It was fueled and funded by housing, and housing was its primary product. Whole cities and metro regions became giant Ponzi schemes. [...] Will people wash out of these places as fast as they washed in, leaving empty sprawl and all the ills that accompany it? Will these cities gradually attract more businesses and industries, allowing them to build more-diverse and more-resilient economies? Or will they subsist on tourism—which may be meager for quite some time—and on the Social Security checks of their retirees? No matter what, their character and atmosphere are likely to change radically.
The entire article is actually interesting; its major thrust is that what we've known for the last seventy-odd yrs. is over, baby!  
Some cities and regions will eventually spring back stronger than before. Others may never come back at all. As the crisis deepens, it will permanently and profoundly alter the country’s economic landscape. I believe it marks the end of a chapter in American economic history, and indeed, the end of a whole way of life.
That's your life (maybe even lives) bourgeois pigs/suburban scumbags!
An added bonus is the lack of economic jargon, statistics, & prediction. No dates of recovery guessed at, no assumptions that people will act rationally, etc. Not bad for the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. But we should mention our quibbles w/ this academic. We're doubtless more opposed to home ownership than he is (Property is theft!) but his opposition is based on home owning impeding the labor force's hopping wherever its corporate master needs it to go. And there's a tinge of elitism throughout. He's the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, & you can bet that he assumes all of his clever friends w/ their post-graduate degrees (looking down their noses at we, the people) are going to do just fine in their creative, mostly coastal enclaves, while the Rust & Sun Belters will be SOL in their decaying cities & overdeveloped Ponzi sheme suburbs/exurbs. 
Although we're no longer sure what our position on elitism is. (Or why we need to have a position on it, even.) We probably should be for it, as it seems to bother the commoners of the right. Depends on which elite's ox is being gored, really. 

Le Mort Du Coeur De Lion (& Jeezis, From That Band Nazareth, Too!)

By The Associated Press 1 hr. 41 mins. ago Today is Tuesday, April 7, the 97th day of 2009. There are 268 days left in the year. This date in the AP's other history. A/V. The UPI Almanac, which states: "In A.D. 30, by many scholars' reckoning, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified in Jerusalem." [Really? — Ed.] Today's Highlight in History: On April 7, 1862, Union forces led by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee.On this date: Eight hundred and ten yrs. ago, in 1199, King Richard I of England (also known as The Lion-Heart) died in the Limousin region of France at age 41 after being mortally wounded by an arrow. In 1859, Walter Camp, the "Father of American Football," was born in New Britain, Conn. In 1927, an audience in New York watched as the image as well as voice of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover were transmitted live from Washington in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television. In 1939, Italy invaded Albania, which was annexed less than a week later. In 1949, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway. In 1953, the U.N. General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general. In 1959, a referendum in Oklahoma repealed the state's ban on alcoholic beverages. [They've only been wet for 50 yrs.? — Ed.] In 1969, the Supreme Court, in Stanley v. Georgia, unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter announced he was deferring development of the neutron bomb, a high-radiation weapon. In 1983, space shuttle astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson took the first U.S. space walk in almost a decade as they worked in the open cargo bay of Challenger for nearly four hours. Ten years ago: NATO stepped up its airstrikes in Yugoslavia after rejecting President Slobodan Milosevic's cease-fire declaration. Yugoslav authorities, meanwhile, closed the main exit route where a quarter-million ethnic Albanians had fled Kosovo. Five years ago: Mounir el Motassadeq, the only Sept. 11 suspect ever convicted, was freed after a Hamburg, Germany, court ruled that the evidence was too weak to hold him pending a retrial. One year ago: Anti-China protesters disrupted the Olympic torch relay in Paris, at times forcing Chinese organizers to put out the flame and take the torch onto a bus to secure it. Kansas won the NCAA championship, defeating Memphis 75-68. Coach Pat Riley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Adrian Dantley and broadcaster Dick Vitale were among those selected to Basketball's Hall of Fame. Today's Birthdays: Actor R.G. Armstrong is 92. Sitar player Ravi Shankar is 89. Actor James Garner is 81. Country singer Cal Smith is 77. Actor Wayne Rogers is 76. Media commentator Hodding Carter III is 74. Country singer Bobby Bare is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Charlie Thomas (The Drifters) is 72. California Attorney General Jerry Brown is 71. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola is 70. TV personality David Frost is 70. Singer Patricia Bennett (The Chiffons) is 62. Singer John Oates is 60. Singer Janis Ian is 58. Country musician John Dittrich is 58. Actor Jackie Chan is 55. Football Hall-of-Famer Tony Dorsett is 55. Actor Russell Crowe is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Mark Kibble (Take 6) is 45. Actor Bill Bellamy is 44. Rock musician Dave "Yorkie" Palmer (Space) is 44. Former football player-turned-analyst Tiki Barber is 34. Actress Heather Burns is 34. On April seventh, 1927, an audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television. In 1949, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway. It ran for more than 1,900 performances. In 1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met future Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones at a London blues club. In 1970, "Midnight Cowboy" was named best picture at the Academy Awards. John Wayne won the best actor award for "True Grit." In 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple. He went on to form Rainbow. In 1995, models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell opened the Fashion Cafe in New York. In 1997, singer Liam Gallagher of Oasis married actress Patsy Kensit in a secret civil ceremony in London. In 1998, singer George Michael was arrested for committing a lewd act in a park restroom in Beverly Hills, California. Also in 1998, drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue pleaded no contest to felony spousal abuse. He was accused of kicking his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, while she held their son. Lee was sentenced to six months in jail. In 2003, actor Russell Crowe married Danielle Spencer in Australia. [Sadly obvious & platitudinous] Thought for Today: "No date on the calendar is as important as tomorrow." — Roy W. Howard, American newspaper publisher (1883-1964). 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Monday, April 6, 2009

There Will Always Be An Internet

An amusing enough anecdote, but the animated pine cones add real whipped cream icing to this cake (which has its own cone as well).

Lonely spinster in seedy shame

A SEX-STARVED woman has undergone a painful two-hour op to remove a giant PINE CONE.

Surgeons have revealed embarrassed spinster Mirjana Gavaric is recovering after getting steamy with the seedy item in the Serbian capital, Belgrade.

Dr Sava Bojovic explained: “She was lonely and she took a pine cone from a tree and unfortunately it got stuck and she needed surgery to get it out.”

By all accounts, she did have a TREE-mendous time with it though.

A Career In Public Service

Plenty of huffin' & puffin' about Batgirl Bachmann's latest fear-mongering: "They're Coming to Take Your Children Away, Ha Ha!" Let's stop laughing for a moment & see what Ms. Bachmann does for her constituents when she's not standing athwart the International One-World Order Conspiracy to Replace Our Money With Pieces of Plastic With The Mark Of The Beast on Them screaming "Stop!" (They don't reëlect her for comedy purposes only, do they? She must keep the potholes filled or something.) While her district has the highest foreclosure rate in Minnesota,
Bachmann’s record in Congress is not one of a representative whose district faces such a crisis. Bachmann hasn’t authored or sponsored any legislation to assist homeowners facing foreclosure, but she has co-sponsored 14 bills to restrict abortions and five to promote Christianity in government.
You go, girl! Gettin' it done! Saving the American dream from the money-changers!
Let's hear Batgirl explain the financial crisis (in partisan terms, of course) & then we'll wonder how many of these poor people of color (who are personally responsible for the failure of capitalism & the free market) live in her district.
If you couldn't understand the digital audio, the best parts: 
“Because of CRA," Bachmann said, “[President Bill Clinton] turned the two quasi-private, mortgage-funding firms into a semi-nationalized monopoly that dispensed cash to markets, made loans to large Democrat [sic] voting blocs and handed favors, jobs and money to political allies. This potential mix led inevitably to corruption and the Fannie-Freddie collapse. “Loans started being made on the basis of race, and often little else,” she said.

Bear in mind she's reading from that unimpeachable source, Investors Business Daily. Never had an original idea herself, apparently.
Brought to our attention  by the Minn. Independent's sister publication, The Washington Independent, which summarized it well, & added a cynical note on representative democracy. Heh indeed.

The Real America: Bitter, Clinging Birthers

Dave Weigel, previously referred to at our other location, seems to like guns. He's made some photos he took over the wknd. available at the Washington Independent, under the title "Scenes From the Real America." Sarcasm? Who can tell?
Gun enthusiasts of all stripes were there — from the National Rifle Association and sportsmen to militia members to white supremacists and Obama birthers.
That's quite a spectrum of stripes there. Wasn't just any old gun event either, but a Machine Gun Shoot! Dave types: "Some of the better merchandise from the exhibit tens [sic]. This one says “Prepare for Obama’s Citizen Army (ACORN + Nation of Islam)”Plenty of Nazi/Hitler memorabilia, right next to the "Obama is Hitler" merch. This takes the classic "I'm not saying Hitler was right, but I'm not saying he was wrong, either," to a new level.
The editorial staff has never been so ashamed to be over-weight, middle-aged, Anglo (more or less) & of the middle-class. This is why:"The Birthers had two sets of petitions, one just for members (or retired members) of the military who wanted to join Orly Taitz’s legal actions against Obama. Taitz is the blonde woman with the pink nametag, obscured slightly by Theresa Padget, the woman in the sweatshirt." And here are the Obama Youth Michelle Bachmann is in a tizzy over.SS hat & AmeriKKKan flag shoulder patch. Get used to it, chumps. Tomorrow belongs to us!!

Not So Much

Dear Dear Leader:
The running dogs at The New York Times are telling us that your stairway to the stars, or "rocket to the front door of Sarah Palin's igloo," as you've so often joked over an expensive after dinner cognac or brandy, didn't go so well. 
The United States Northern Command, based in Colorado Springs, issued a statement on Sunday that portrayed the launching as a major failure. It based its information on a maze of federal radars, spy ships and satellites that monitor global missile firings. The command said that North Korea launched a Taepodong-2 missile at 11:30 a.m. Sunday local time, or 10:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, and that its first stage fell into the Sea of Japan, which analysts had expected as the point of splashdown in a successful launching. However, “the remaining stages, along with the payload itself, landed in the Pacific Ocean,” the statement said. Analysts had expected the rocket’s second stage to land in the Pacific but its third stage and its ostensible satellite payload to fly into space. The command emphasized that “no object entered orbit,” apparently a reference to both the rocket’s third stage as well as the supposed satellite.
Well, D. L., we'll be the first to tell you that you just can't win them all.
The launching itself of the three-stage rocket on Sunday, which the North Korean government portrayed as a success — even bragging that the supposed satellite payload was now broadcasting patriotic tunes from space — outraged Japan and South Korea, led to widespread rebuke by President Obama and other leaders, and prompted the United Nations Security Council to go into an emergency session.
Hey, whether the damn thing worked or not, it drummed up a load of hysteria among the sour-pusses in the "international community," didn't it? And that's at least half your game, right? 
It'll work next time, D. L. Anxiously awaiting those patriotic tunes from space, 
M. Bouffant 
P. S.: Hope we weren't telling tales out of school. Did those people you have working for you tell you those patriotic numbers on the radio were coming from the ether? We wonder about some of your toadies sometimes. The boot-lickers here in L. A. really are a step up. You should look into it.
As B/4,  M. B.

Warm Leatherette

No sooner had we discussed vehicle fatalities (below) than our friends (& enablers) at the AP (via MSNBC) brought us up to date:
Preliminary figures being released by the government Monday show that 37,313 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year. That's 9.1 percent lower than the year before, when 41,059 died, and the fewest since 1961, when there were 36,285 deaths.
Still more impressive than the twenty thousand or so annual firearm deaths. But no figures on the walking (or not) dead from accidents. Or ammunition.
"The silver lining in a bad economy is that people drive less, and so the number of deaths go down," said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "Not only do they drive less but the kinds of driving they do tend to be less risky — there's less discretionary driving."
Sounds like more mouths to feed to us. Remember, every silver lining is surrounded by a dark, impenetrable wall of cloudy matter.
NB: Good taste prevailed. No image of blood-spattered asphalt (or worse).

Those Long & White Polar Nights; Deaths Of Divas

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 7 mins ago Today is Monday, April 6, the 96th day of 2009. There are 269 days left in the year. Another world. This date in motion & sound. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1909, American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits became the first men to reach the North Pole. On this date: In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, N.Y. [Jesus FUCKING Christ, in this case. — Ed.] In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee as Confederate forces launched a surprise attack against Union troops, who beat back the Confederates the next day. In 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. In 1917, Congress approved a declaration of war against Germany. Read the original AP story. In 1954, after being criticized by newsman Edward R. Murrow on CBS' "See It Now," Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., was given the opportunity to reply with a filmed response in which he charged that Murrow had in the past "engaged in propaganda for Communist causes." In 1959, "Gigi" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1958; Susan Hayward was named best actress for "I Want to Live!" and David Niven was named best actor for "Separate Tables." (To the embarrassment of the show's producers, the scheduled two-hour ceremony fell about 20 minutes short.) In 1963, the United States signed an agreement to sell the Polaris missile system to Britain. In 1965, the United States launched the Intelsat I, also known as the "Early Bird" communications satellite, into orbit. In 1983, rock-and-roll fans reacted with outrage and dismay to a published report in The Washington Post that Interior Secretary James Watt had decided to exclude groups like the Beach Boys from Washington's 4th of July celebration — a stand he later reversed. In 1994, the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were killed in a mysterious plane crash near Rwanda's capital; widespread violence and killings erupted in Rwanda over claims the plane had been shot down. Ten years ago: Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic declared a unilateral cease-fire in his campaign to crush rebels in Kosovo; Western leaders called the move a sham and pledged to press ahead with airstrikes. Five years ago: Jordan's military court convicted eight Muslim militants and sentenced them to death for the 2002 killing of U.S. aid official Laurence Foley in a terror conspiracy linked to al-Qaida. Lawmakers ousted Lithuania's scandal-ridden president Rolandas Paksas for abuse of office. The University of Connecticut's women's basketball team beat Tennessee 70-61 to win a third consecutive NCAA title, a day after UConn also won the men's championship. One year ago: President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, failed to overcome sharp differences over a U.S. missile defense system as they closed their seven-year relationship. Anti-China demonstrators caused chaos as the Olympic torch was relayed through London ahead of the Beijing games. Today's Birthdays: Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson is 81. Composer-conductor Andre Previn is 80. Country singer Merle Haggard is 72. Actor Billy Dee Williams is 72. Actor Roy Thinnes is 71. Movie director Barry Levinson is 67. Actor John Ratzenberger is 62. Actress Marilu Henner is 57. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Janet Lynn is 56. Actor Michael Rooker is 54. Rock musician Warren Haynes is 49. Rock singer-musician Frank Black is 44. Author Vince Flynn is 43. Actress Ari Meyers is 40. Actor Paul Rudd is 40. On April sixth, 1956, Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a three-movie contract just a few days after his first screen test.
In 1959, "Gigi" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1958; Susan Hayward was named best actress for "I Want to Live!" and David Niven was named best actor for "Separate Tables." (To the embarrassment of the show's producers, the scheduled two-hour ceremony fell about 20 minutes short.) In 1968, guitarist Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd. The Beatles' Apple Corps Limited opened in London.In 1969, bassist Pete Quaife quit the Kinks. In 1971, Carly Simon performed her first concert, opening for Cat Stevens in New York. James Taylor was in the audience and went backstage to meet her. In 1979, singer Rod Stewart married Alana Hamilton, the ex-wife of actor George Hamilton. They separated in 1984. In 1993, Bruce Hornsby released the album "Harbor Lights," his first album without the band The Range. In 1998, country singer Tammy Wynette died of a blood clot at her home in Nashville. She was 55. Singer Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Storrs, Connecticut. She was 48. Thought for Today: "To be really cosmopolitan, a man must be at home even in his own country." — Thomas Wentworth Higginson, American clergyman-author (1823-1911). 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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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Uncomfortably Numb*

Here's a sensible middle-class type who, for the past thirty-odd yrs. believed America was composed entirely of sugar, spice & everything nice, & is therefore surprised when crazed blood-thirsty American killers kill the so-called innocent. Even worse is the lack of outrage. "Horrors!! Have Americans become numb to this sort of thing? How could they?" We're then treated to a list of killing sprees, & the names of the killers.
Each entered the national consciousness when he picked up a gun and ended multiple lives. Uyesugi, 1999, Hawaii office building, seven dead. Hawkins, 2007, Nebraska shopping mall, nine dead. Barton, Ratzmann and Stewart — 24 dead among them in 1999 (Atlanta brokerage offices), 2005 (Wisconsin church service) and last week (North Carolina rehab center). Each has been largely forgotten as the parade of multiple killings in America melts into an indistinguishable blur. We bemoan, we mourn, we move on.
Guess so. Might even be the sensible course. It never stops (Has there been a Sunday-go-to-meeting shooting today?) but there's nothing that can be easily done about it, so we do our best to step over it, as if it were a homeless type napping in a doorway, & go on w/ our business of destroying the continent (if not the whole world) our ancestors stole for us by murdering & then marginalizing the original inhabitants.
Often, rather than stepping over it, we'll drive around it, possibly on our way to becoming one of the circa 40,000 claimed annually in automobile caused deaths (not to mention the more than two million  "permanently injured" annually on the highways & byways). Numbness is the American way.
Even in a media-saturated nation that encourages short memories, these numbers are conversation-stopping: Forty-seven people dead in the past month in American mass shootings and their aftermaths. 
Not yet on the author's radar as he typed: The man in Washington state who plugged his five children & himself on Saturday, because his wife was dropping him like the hot potato he turned out to be. (No word yet on his employment status.)
Put aside for a moment the debate over guns. This isn't about policy. It's about asking the urgent question: What is happening in the American psyche that prevents people from defusing their own anguish and rage before they end the lives of others? Why are we killing each other?
It's who we are & it's what we do, to coin two perfectly awful phrases. We've no idea who or what Ted Anthony is, other than AP National Writer, but we don't see much analysis going on here. Shouldn't the AP's "National Writer" have noticed that we are, as Frank Zappa put it, a "scab of a nation/driven insane?" 
Probably not. A look at Mr. Anthony's page on Linkedin (Facebook for careerist scum) reveals a pile of corporate double-speak & no-speak in his resume (Dig this: "Leader and participant in AP strategic projects designed to leverage company's more market-focused approaches to newsgathering." Hokey Smokes, we're gong to have to stop "aggregating" so much of our "news" from those clowns.) & indicates he is located in the "Greater Pittsburgh" area. So yesterday morning's expression of confiscation paranoia just struck a bit close to home, & brought on a fit of hand-wringing, w/ a dose of "Where has the American Dream gone wrong?" for good measure. 
For so long, the national narrative has been so bullish about equality of opportunity, so persuasive in its romance of possibility for all.
Who could have been persuaded by such a bald-faced lie? State Lottery players & bitter gun-clingers are high on the list. Not that it makes a hell of a difference if you're force-fed the impossible dream, or confronted w/ the grim truth of the system from the first day of school, either way you're crushed. If anything, deluding the proles that "working hard," ad nauseum, will result in anything more than harder work for them seems to lead to trouble.
*The hep will forgive a later Pink Floyd reference. We hope.
From an ambulance chasing website. More reputable sources indicate as of 2005, there were around 2.9 million auto-related injuries per yr., w/ around 10% of those resulting in long-term disability. And around one million short- & long-term auto accident disability claims filed annually. Even discounting loafers, slackers, & cheats, that's an amazing figure. You are destined (by the Dep't. of Statistics & Actuaries) to be in an accident (fender bender to paralysis/death) every six yrs., & will come close to an accident every two or three mos.! How you like them apples, America? Are you completely numb yet?

The Sun Goes Down In The Far Right West

What can you say to this?
"The big picture is that, currently, there is not one single state legislative or congressional district that has a majority of the voters registering Republican," says Allan Hoffenblum, who just finished an analysis for the California Target Book, a nonpartisan publication that regularly analyzes state congressional and legislative races.
Not much, if you're a Republican, & want to keep that family values image.  The Democrats think they can push some Republican raptors closer to extinction, & have targeted eight California Congressional Districts where Obama won last November. (We just don't get the cognitive dissonance involved in that, but the humanoid mind never fails to astound, amaze & amuse us, when we're not horrified by its possibilities.)  Fortunately for the Republicans. they won't have to change their rallying cry. They'll still be able to whine that it was Un-Real Americans who cheated them of victory.
 "Republican registration in California is dropping like a rock. "There's a large slice of voters there being turned off by the Republican Party," said Hoffenblum. "What's really hurting them there is an increase in middle-class Asian and Latino voters - and they're not voting Republican. They're registering decline-to-state.
And they'll decline-to-vote for the wretched old guy whining about taxes, & how they should work more overtime to pay the mortgages on their de-valued houses. 
California GOP state Chair Ron Nehring says Democrats won't find their work easy. He notes that none of the eight districts will have an open seat in 2010, giving all eight GOP incumbents a huge advantage. And 2010 "is on track to be a 'correction' election where the opposition party picks up seats ... as voters correct for Democrats' overreaching," he said. Hoffenblum observes that Democrats will have an even tougher job if they fail to offer more centrist candidates to appeal to the all-important decline-to-state middle ground. But California Republicans, he said, haven't shown they are focused on the job, either. "They're too busy recalling all those (moderate Republican) legislators to do something about it," Hoffenblum said. "It's a sign of a party in decline - they're eating their own."
The All-American Killer Diet; heavy on the fats & starches. Imagine eating this monstrosity, Representative Ken Calvert of Norco, Corona & Riverside.

Sarah Palin Just Better Watch Her Mouth Now, 'Cause Dear Leader Kim Jong-il May Be Listening

North Korea rocket launch provokes global outcryMostly interesting here is speculation on the health of Dear Leader.
In recent times top American intelligence officials have told Congress they believe Mr. Kim is back in charge of the country, but they admit considerable mystery surrounds the question of whether he has regained all of his faculties.
Obvious question as to KJ-i's faculties aide, the straight dope on the firecracker is provided by
David C. Wright, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a private group in Cambridge, Mass.,  [who] said the North Korean rocket might be able to lift a small satellite of 220 pounds into an orbit some 250 miles high. If used as a ballistic missile, he added, the rocket might throw a warhead of 2,200 pounds to a distance of some 3,700 miles — far enough to hit parts of Alaska.
We weren't kidding, Governor Palin. Shhh.

Slap Us Five, Baby! It's Palm Sunday.

By The Associated Press Sun Apr 5, 12:01 am ET Today is Palm Sunday, April 5, the 95th day of 2009. There are 270 days left in the year. Another AP world. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On April 5, 1621, the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts on a month long return trip to England.On this date: In 1614, Pocahontas, daughter of the leader of the Powhatan tribe, married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia. (A convert to Christianity, she went by the name Lady Rebecca.) In 1792, George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states. In 1887, in Tuscumbia, Ala., teacher Anne Sullivan achieved a breakthrough as her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, learned the meaning of the word "water" as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet. British historian Lord Acton wrote in a letter, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." In 1895, Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who'd accused the writer of homosexual practices. In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death following their conviction in New York on charges of conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union; co-defendant Morton Sobell was sentenced to 30 years in prison. (He was released in 1969.) In 1964, Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur died in Washington at age 84. In 1975, nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek died at age 87. In 1976, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at age 70. In 1986, two American servicemen and a Turkish woman were killed in the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, an incident which prompted a U.S. air raid on Libya more than a week later. In 1988, a 15-day hijacking ordeal began as gunmen forced a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet to land in Iran. Ten years ago: NATO missiles and aircraft blasted Serbian targets inside Yugoslavia for a 13th straight day. The United Nations suspended sanctions against Libya after Moammar Gadhafi surrendered two suspected Libyan intelligence agents for trial in the 1988 Pan Am bombing. In Laramie, Wyo., Russell Henderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student. (Henderson was later sentenced to life in prison.) Five years ago: A U.S.-Canadian task force investigating the massive power blackout of Aug. 14, 2003, called for urgent approval of mandatory reliability rules to govern the electric transmission industry. Flash floods killed some three dozen people in northern Mexico. The Los Angeles Times won five Pulitzer Prizes; the Pulitzer for fiction went to Edward P. Jones for "The Known World." The Connecticut Huskies defeated Georgia Tech 82-73 to win the men's NCAA basketball championship. Clyde Drexler was one of six former players, coaches and team executives announced as the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. One year ago: President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin opened farewell talks at Putin's heavily wooded retreat on the Black Sea. Actor Charlton Heston, big-screen hero and later leader of the National Rifle Association, died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 84. Today's Birthdays: Actress Gale Storm is 87. Movie producer Roger Corman is 83. Country music producer Cowboy Jack Clement is 78. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 72. Country singer Tommy Cash is 69. Actor Michael Moriarty is 68. Pop singer Allan Clarke (The Hollies) is 67. Writer-director Peter Greenaway is 67. Actor Max Gail is 66. Actress Jane Asher is 63. Singer Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) is 59. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 57. Rock musician Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) is 43. Country singer Troy Gentry is 42. Singer Paula Cole is 41. Actress Krista Allen is 38. Country singer Pat Green is 37. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 36. Today In Entertainment History April 5 On April fifth, 1958, the "Greatest Show of Stars" tour opened in Norfolk, Virginia. Sam Cooke was the headliner. Other acts included The Silhouettes and The Royal Teens. In 1961, Bob Dylan played his first paid gig in New York, at the Loeb Music Center. In 1964, The Searchers appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," becoming the second British Invasion group to appear on the show, after The Beatles. In 1965, "My Fair Lady" won the best picture Academy Award and the best actor award for Rex Harrison. In 1980, R.E.M. played their first paid gig at a party given by a friend of the band. In 1981, Canned Heat vocalist Bob "Bear" Hite died of a heart attack in Venice, California. He was 36.In 1985, "We Are The World" by USA for Africa was played simultaneously in a special Good Friday broadcast on more than five-thousand radio stations in the US. In 1991, Katie Couric started her first day on the job as co-host on NBC's "Today" show. In 1994, Nirvana singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain fatally shot himself above his garage in Seattle. His body was not found for three days. In 1996, Elizabeth Taylor split up with husband Larry Fortensky after four years of marriage. In 2002, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was acquitted in his air-rage trial. Buck was accused of going on a drunken rampage aboard a British Airways flight from Seattle to London. In 2005, ABC News anchor Peter Jennings announced he had lung cancer. He died four months later. Thought for Today: "Time was invented by Almighty God in order to give ideas a chance." — Nicholas Murray Butler, American educator (1862-1947). 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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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Upheaval In Ranks Of Religious Right

This item comes directly fromis somewhat inspired by the keyboard of Kathleen Parker, whose columns of both last wk. & this (unless we're ascribing too much intent to Ms. Parker's stylings) doubtless lead to something; we only hope we've overturned the rock it's hiding under by the time we finish reading the columns. Last wk. brought the tale of an eminence grise of the right, California's own Howard Ahmanson, publicly renouncing the Republican party. Parker talked to Ahmanson, and it becomes obvious that he's playing w/ a less than full deck. 
Ahmanson, who was born to and inherited great wealth, has spent a lifetime trying to figure out what to do with his good fortune. It has been, at times, a burden of guilt, complicated by a lonely childhood. He also has Tourette's syndrome, which has contributed to his reclusiveness. [...] One can't mention Ahmanson without also discussing his association with Calvinist theologian R.J. Rushdoony, who believed in a literal application of biblical teachings and is credited with inspiring the Christian home-schooling movement.
Well, that's putting it mildly. Old Rushdoony's "literal application of biblical teachings" includes the stoning (to death) of "homosexuals" & many other harsh biblical favorites. "Association with," of course, means financing the old bastard's fantasies of theocracy
Too much could be made of Ahmanson's move, as a lot of his ire is specifically toward the California Republican Party. And we suspect he'll continue to fund outfits like the Discovery Institute (no relation whatsoever to the Discovery Channel) & campaigns like California's Proposition Eight. What's going to happen to his money was a big question among those to whom Parker spoke, & the first line of her column is: 
Just as news breaks that political fundraising is down for both parties, Republicans have lost one of their more generous contributors.
Which brings us to Ms. Parker's column this Sunday. Some of the more intelligent (it's all relative) may have realized that there was an indeed an election (Just last November, wasn't it?) & their lunch was handed to them by quite a margin, a fact seemingly lost on many on the right who are still shouting about "the usurper Obama," the monolithic mainstream media giving the election away, and the country somehow having been taken from them, ad nauseum.
The older generation, represented by such icons as James Dobson, who recently retired as head of Focus on the Family, has compromised too much, according to a growing phalanx of disillusioned Christians. Pragmatically speaking, the Christian coalition of cultural crusaders didn't work. For proof, one need look no further than Dobson himself, who was captured on tape recently saying that the big cultural battles have all been lost.
(Really? There was some sort of Xmas a couple of months ago, wasn't there? Or did they lose that war, & we're remembering an earlier Xmas? Or was the war for Xmas not one of the "big cultural battles?" It certainly seemed important at the time. )
Essentially, tails dragging behind them after a good whipping, they've decided to pull their turtle heads inside their shells & pretend to be Xians again until the whole thing blows over, when a new generation of drooling ninnies will decide again that the only way to get Jeezis back for the big end-of-days blow-out/rapture is by imposing Xian sharia. 
For Christians such as Moore -- and others better known, such as columnist Cal Thomas, a former vice president for the Moral Majority -- the heart of Christianity is in the home, not the halls of Congress or even the courts. And the route to a more moral America is through good works -- service, prayer and education -- not political lobbying.
Back to how they plied their scam prior to the Moral Majority & other such naked grabs at political power, in other words. Someday they may even realize that the economic policies pursued by their partners in repression from the Country Club/Wall Street section of the Big Republican Tent are infinitely more anti-family than anything the Gawd Squadders have imagined concerning welfare, "gay agendas," sex on tee vee or McDonna.  Billionaire Ahmanson is fine w/ his former party's realignment. 
He did make some observations about the GOP, however, and said he sees the party's current problems as tension between "the upscales and the downscales" -- the upper middle classes and the lower middle classes. "If I were in the GOP, I'd advocate the party should be downscaling." Heading, that is, toward a populist position.
Ah, more tea-parties? Sober, cloth-coated Republicans standing up against Wall St. excess? Would-be small business owners? (Sam the not-licensed plumber, baby!) Smart-assery aside, that's not necessarily a good thing for the Islamo-Marxist-Leninist conspiracy here. A (Dare we say it?) center-right party, lighter on the self-righteousness, and at paying more current lip service to middle-class economic concerns wouldn't be unappealing to certain reactionary elements. (That is, middle-class sheep, as they are fondly called around here. Especiallly as their world of debt & home equity collapses around them.) 
And as exciting as the nihilists here find the prospect of that Big Republican Tent going up or down in flames, 
Whether James Dobson's admission of failure -- or Deace's challenges to Minnery -- foretells a crackup of the older Christian right remains to be seen. But something is stirring, and it sounds like the GOP may be losing its bailout money. God apparently has his own stimulus plan.

"You have the choice between a way that works and brings no credit or money or national attention," says Thomas. "Or, a way that doesn't work that gets you lots of attention and has little influence on the culture."

It is hard to imagine a political talk show without a self-appointed moral arbiter bemoaning the lack of family values in America. But, do let's try.

Oh, let's do! 
That aside, our patience wears thin. Though it would seem that Ms. Parker is ready to kick the Christians tout of the tent & drive a bus over them, we fear that the GOP will be in a holding pattern until the 2010 election, whose results will probably determine how or if they split themselves. 
Continuing in the patience being tried vein, just when the hell are  the financial system & economy going to finish falling around our ears? We want to see the streets filled w/ people selling apples to each other. (Oh, wait. Check the freeway off-ramps. Yeah, more likely to be oranges, but you can compare the two in this case.)


663,000 Jobs Lost in March; Total Tops 5 Million sez The NYT. Or: Unemployment soars to 8.5 pct.; 13 million jobless per the AP/MSNBC. Turns out The NYT is trying to cheer America up by headlining only "the total number of jobs surrendered to the recession ..." Aren't they nice to do that?

Annals Of Kevlar® & Joblessness

Is it the body armor/bullet-proof vests that make these people do it? After they've lost their jobs, that is. Yesterday's spree killer was ready
The gunman who killed 13 people in a rampage at an immigrant community center and then committed suicide was wearing body armor, indicating he was prepared to battle with law enforcers, the Binghamton police chief said Saturday.
As was today's, in Pittsburgh, PA, per Police Chief Nate Harper. 
Poplawski was wearing a bulletproof vest, armed with a high-powered assault rifle and a pistol, and had a significant amount of ammunition as he fired a weapon out of his window.
A friend of suspect Poplawski revealed another indication of trouble to come: Failure at the Internet.
Vire, 23, said Poplawski once had an Internet talk show but that it wasn’t successful. Vire said Poplawski had an AK-47 rifle and several powerful handguns, including a .357 Magnum.
Not a good cocktail. Add a dash of bitters,
Another friend, Joe DiMarco, said Poplawski had been laid off from his job at a glass factory earlier this year. DiMarco said he didn’t know the name of the company, but knew his friend had been upset about losing his job
a jigger of Creme de Paranoia,
Edward Perkovic said Poplawski, his best friend, feared “the Obama gun ban that’s on the way” and “didn’t like our rights being infringed upon”
& you've got a killer drink. Bottoms up!!

Bacon: Yum!

At last, the good life. Sleeping until whenever (then turning over & going for another hr. or two in the arms of Morpheus) bacon for breakfast, blah, blah, etc.
And it's just bacon. Not thing one otherwise. No juice (except the bacon juice) no toast (no toaster oven yet) no nothing one doesn't want. 
The happiness of negativity.

Muddy Waters

Born McKinley Morganfield, 4 April 1915

Happy B-Day, L. A. & NATO!

By The Associated Press 2 hrs. 51 mins. ago Today is Saturday, April 4, the 94th day of 2009. There are 271 days left in the year. Alterna-Press. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. (James Earl Ray later pleaded guilty to assassinating King, then spent the rest of his life claiming his innocence before dying in prison in 1998.)  The equally ill-fated Sen. Robert Kennedy breaks the news to supporters at a presidential campaign rally. On this date: In 1818, Congress decided the United States flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union. In 1841, President William Henry Harrison succumbed to pneumonia one month after his inaugural, becoming the first U.S. chief executive to die in office. [Might he be the stupidest U. S. Prez ever, leaving Bush an eternal second-Worst? — Ed.] In 1850, the city of Los Angeles was incorporated. In 1859, 150 years ago, "Dixie" was performed publicly for the first time by Bryant's Minstrels at Mechanics' Hall in New York. (The song is popularly attributed to Daniel Decatur Emmett, although his authorship has been called into question.) In 1887, Susanna Madora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community: Argonia, Kan. In 1945, during World War II, U.S. troops on Okinawa encountered the first significant resistance from Japanese forces at the Machinato Line. In 1949, 12 nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington. In 1975, more than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a U.S. Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crash-landed shortly after take off from Saigon. In 1979, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the deposed prime minister of Pakistan, was hanged after he was convicted of conspiring to murder a political opponent. In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger roared into orbit on its maiden voyage. Ten years ago: NATO warplanes and missiles attacked an army headquarters, oil refineries and other targets in and around Belgrade, Yugoslavia. The Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 in baseball's first season opener held in Mexico. Five years ago: Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, an anti-American cleric, rioted in four Iraqi cities, killing dozens of Iraqis, eight U.S. troops and a Salvadoran soldier. One year ago: Texas authorities started removing the first of more than 400 girls from a compound built by a polygamist sect. Lisa Montgomery was sentenced to death in Kansas City, Mo., for killing Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a mother-to-be, and cutting the baby from her womb. Pirates seized the French luxury yacht Le Ponant and its 30 crew members off the coast of Somalia. (The crew was released a week later; six alleged pirates ended up being captured.) Today's Birthdays: Actress Elizabeth Wilson is 88. Author-poet Maya Angelou is 81. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is 77. Recording executive Clive Davis is 77. Bandleader Hugh Masekela is 70. Author Kitty Kelley is 67. Actor Craig T. Nelson is 65. Actor Walter Charles is 64. Actress Caroline McWilliams is 64. Actress Christine Lahti is 59.Country singer Steve Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers) is 58. Writer-producer David E. Kelley is 53. Actor Phil Morris is 50. Actress Lorraine Toussaint is 49. Actor Hugo Weaving is 49. Rock musician Craig Adams (The Cult) is 47. Actor David Cross is 45. Actor Robert Downey Jr. is 44. Actress Nancy McKeon is 43. Today in Entertainment History - April 4, 2009 3:13 AM ET On April fourth, 1960, "Ben Hur" won the best picture and best director Academy Awards. The film's star, Charlton Heston, was named best actor.In 1963, The Hollies auditioned for EMI Records at Abbey Road studios. In 1964, The Beatles held the top five positions on Billboard's Hot 100. "Can't Buy Me Love" was number one, followed by "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me." In 1977, The Clash's first album, "The Clash," was released in Britain. It wasn't released in the US until 1979, because some of the songs' content was judged to be too violent for American ears. [Doesn't that kind of crap just make you want to beat the living shit out of someone? — Ed.] In 1983, actress Gloria Swanson died in New York. She was 84. In 1996, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, scattered part of Garcia's ashes in the Ganges River in India. He had died the previous August. [Stupid, awful hippies! — Ed.] In 2000, Diana Ross announced a Supremes "reunion" tour, even though the other two Supremes, Scherrie Payne and Lynda Laurence, had never performed with Ross. The tour was later canceled due to poor ticket sales. [The free market works!! — Ed.] In 2002, guitarist Aaron Kamin (KAY'-min) of The Calling suffered a severe electric shock during a sound check in Bangkok, Thailand. The band had to call off the rest of their international tour. In 2004, musician Beck married actress-screenwriter Marissa Ribisi. Thought for Today: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). 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, April 3, 2009

Nation Of Sheep: What Can I Say?

We don't generally know anything at all, because we just don't care (Wave those hands in the air!!) but we've a vague memory of absorbing info-factoids to the effect that candy stores were one of the few bright spots in the current economic euphemism. (Google it yourself, what are we, your servant?) "Nostalgia" was one of the the factors attributed to this upswing in sales. 
We have a "Retro & Nostalgic Candy & Gift Store" right here in Beautiful Downtown Internet. They seem to be preparing you for an indeterminate lifetime of eating economic shit w/ the products they proudly present here.  All of our Xmas $hopping done in April! Who could imagine?

Gams In History

By The Associated Press Fri Apr 3, 12:01 am ET Today is Friday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2009. There are 272 days left in the year. The different AP. The A/V. The UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On April 3, 1860, the legendary Pony Express began service between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. On this date: In 1776, George Washington received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Harvard College. In 1865, Union forces occupied the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va. In 1882, outlaw Jesse James was shot to death in St. Joseph, Mo., by Robert Ford, a member of James' gang. In 1936, Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted in Trenton, N.J., for the kidnap-murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. In 1946, Lt. Gen. Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed by firing squad outside Manila, Philippines. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the Marshall Plan, designed to help European allies rebuild after World War II and resist Communism. In 1968, the day before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "mountaintop" speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers. An excerpt from Dr. King's speech. North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks. In 1974, deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; more than 300 fatalities resulted. In 1979, Jane M. Byrne was elected mayor of Chicago, defeating Republican Wallace D. Johnson. In 1996, an Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and American business executives crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard. Ten years ago: NATO missiles struck downtown Belgrade for the first time, destroying the headquarters of security forces accused of waging a campaign against Kosovo Albanians. Five years ago: Surrounded by police, five suspects in the Madrid railway bombings blew themselves up in a building outside the Spanish capital, also killing a special forces agent. Soccer player Freddy Adu, age 14, became the youngest athlete in a major American professional sport in well over a century as he entered a game between his team, D.C. United, and the San Jose Earthquakes (D.C. United won 2-1). One year ago: NATO allies meeting in Bucharest, Romania, gave President George W. Bush strong support for a missile defense system in Europe and urged Moscow to drop its angry opposition to the program. Model Naomi Campbell was arrested at London Heathrow Airport after getting into an altercation with police during a dispute about lost luggage aboard a British Airways plane. (Campbell was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and fined 2,300 pounds.) Ohio State defeated Massachusetts 92-85 for basketball's National Invitation Tournament title. Today's Birthdays: Actress-singer Doris Day is 86.Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 79. Actor William Gaunt is 72. Actor Eric Braeden is 68. Actress Marsha Mason is 67. Singer Wayne Newton is 67. Singer Billy Joe Royal is 67. Singer Tony Orlando is 65. Comedy writer Pat Proft is 62. Folk-rock singer Richard Thompson is 60. Country musician Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 59. Blues singer-guitarist John Mooney is 54. Rock musician Mick Mars (Motley Crue) is 53. Actor Alec Baldwin is 51. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 50. Rock singer John Thomas Griffith (Cowboy Mouth) is 49. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 48. Rock singer-musician Mike Ness (Social Distortion) is 47. Rock singer Sebastian Bach is 41. Rock musician James MacDonough is 39. Actress Jennie Garth is 37. Comedian Aries Spears is 34. Actress Cobie Smulders is 27. Minnesota Vikings star Jared Allen is 27. Rock-pop singer Leona Lewis is 24. Actress Amanda Bynes is 23. Today in Entertainment History - April 3, 2009 3:13 AM ET On April third, 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of 2 appearances on "The Milton Berle Show." He sang "Heartbreak Hotel" and two other songs. He earned $5,000. In 1959, "Charlie Brown" by The Coasters was banned by the BBC because it contained the word "spitball." In 1960, the Everly Brothers kicked off their first British tour. Elvis Presley recorded the songs "It's Now Or Never" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" in Nashville. In 1973, Capitol Records released two Beatles greatest hits albums: one covering 1962 to 1966 and the other covering 1967 to 1970. In 1979, singer-songwriter Kate Bush made her first major concert debut at a theater in Liverpool, England. In 1990, singer Sarah Vaughan died at her Los Angeles-area home of lung cancer. In 1993, former children's TV show host Pinky Lee died of a heart attack at age 85 at his California home In 1996, rapper Hammer filed for bankruptcy. In 2002, frontman Dave Mustaine announced the breakup of Megadeth. Mustaine had suffered an injury that caused nerve damage to his arm. He has since reformed the band. Thought for Today: "Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can." — Elsa Maxwell, American socialite (1883-1963). 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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Thursday, April 2, 2009

This Date In 1865: Treasonous Rebs On The Run

By The Associated Press 21 mins ago Today is Thursday, April 2, the 92nd day of 2009. There are 273 days left in the year. [A quarter of the yr. gone, like, like the, the, the air around us ... — Ed.] AP. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On April 2, 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint. On this date: In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in present-day Florida. In 1860, the first Italian Parliament met at Turin. In 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet fled the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va., because of advancing Union forces. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy." (Congress declared war four days later.) In 1932, aviator Charles A. Lindbergh and John F. Condon went to a cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., where Condon turned over $50,000 to a man called "John" in exchange for Lindbergh's kidnapped son. (The child, who was not returned, was found dead the following month.) In 1968, the influential science-fiction film "2001: A Space Odyssey," produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, had its world premiere in Washington. In 1974, French president Georges Pompidou died in Paris. In 1982, several thousand troops from Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.) In 1986, four American passengers were killed when a bomb exploded aboard a TWA jetliner en route from Rome to Athens, Greece. Ten years ago: The Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a 29-year low of 4.2 percent in March 1999. Five years ago: A judge in New York declared a mistrial in the grand-larceny case against two former Tyco executives after a juror apparently received an intimidating letter and phone call for supposedly siding with the defense. (Former CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski and CFO Mark H. Swartz were convicted in a retrial of looting Tyco of more than $600 million in corporate bonuses and loans; each was sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.) Flags of seven new NATO members from former communist Europe rose at alliance headquarters in Brussels for the first time, marking the biggest expansion in NATO's 55-year history. In 2005, Pope John Paul II, who'd led the Roman Catholic Church for 26 years, died in his Vatican apartment at age 84. One year ago: President George W. Bush suffered a painful diplomatic setback when NATO allies rebuffed his passionate pleas to put former Soviet republics Ukraine and Georgia on the path toward membership. Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who'd helped broker peace in Northern Ireland but couldn't survive a scandal over his collection of cash from businessmen, announced he would resign. Today's Birthdays: Actress Rita Gam is 81. Actress Sharon Acker is 74. Singer Leon Russell is 67. Jazz musician Larry Coryell is 66. Actress Linda Hunt is 64. Singer Emmylou Harris is 62.Actress Pamela Reed is 60. Rock musician Dave Robinson (The Cars) is 56. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 48. Actor Christopher Meloni is 48. Singer Keren Woodward (Bananarama) is 48.[Don't think she's always that posed & arty. — Ed.]Country singer Billy Dean is 47. Actor Clark Gregg is 47. Actress Jana Marie Hupp is 45. Rock musician Greg Camp is 42. Rock musician Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) is 40. Today in Entertainment History - April 2, 2009 3:13 AM ET On April second, 1956, the soap operas "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night" premiered on CBS. In 1971, Ringo Starr's first solo single, "It Don't Come Easy," was released. It became a Top Five hit. In 1974, "The Sting" won the best picture Academy Award. "The Way We Were" from the movie of the same name won the best original song and score awards. In 1987, jazz drummer Buddy Rich died of a heart attack. In 1992, country singer Wynonna Judd began her first solo tour in Midland, Texas. In 1997, singer Joni Mitchell was reunited with Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier. In 1998, Rob Pilatus (pih-LAY'-tus) of Milli Vanilli died after consuming alcohol and pills in a hotel room in Frankfurt, Germany. He was 32. In 2003, dozens of fans walked out of a Pearl Jam show in Denver after singer Eddie Vedder impaled a mask of President George W. Bush with a microphone stand. Thought for Today: "We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow." — Fulton Oursler, American journalist and author (1893-1952). 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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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Isn't This How Tom DeLay Started In Politics?

Oh no, they're coming for our precious phosphates! People w/o dogs will have to pre-rinse their dishes or something!!And at One Step Up from Free Republic the peasants are not only revolting, but hoping for Revolution!!!
Were I in Washington State, I’d be cleaning my gun right about now waiting to protect my property from the coming riots* or the government apparatchiks coming to enforce nonsensical legislation.
Yep, shoot an "apparatchik" from the Water Dep't. who's doing his job. As if they'll be coming to anyone's "property" looking for "illegal" dish washing detergent in the first place. Still, a rule of thumb for all patriots: Any one wearing a gov't. uniform should be kept in your sights whenever he or she is on your property, meter readers & all.
We're beginning to think that these fools all hope to go out in some blaze of patriotic glory, defending the last true believers (or, of course, defending their families from barbarian hordes invading gated exurban enclaves; that final fantasy of the rugged macho individual) from the Un-Real Americans who've suddenly become the majority, thanks to Old Media brainwashing & George Soros paying ACORN for 10 million Obama votes from Mickey Mouse & Daisy Duck. (Or whatever this wk.'s excuse is. We've been disconnected from web reality by real reality recently.)
But we'll wait to see how many tea-bag partiers assemble April 15th to show the IRS what's what & who's who. 
*Air-wreck, we'd love to hear more about these "coming riots." Something you've been organizing? Or just what you hope/expect Hussein Obama to get all the moochers & losers to do?