Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Good Idea From Hollywood (Well, Burbank) For A Change

The jills & jacks at the Four Warner Bros.' former studio (still bears the bros.' name) have come up w/ an idea both useful & semi-reasonably priced. Rather than buy a zillion more things of bandwidth & a pile of servers, & then making all their library available on-line, where one could stream it (always makes us think of urine, that "streaming") into one's teeny little monitor & speakers, the Warner Bros.' corporate heirs have established a deal whereby one can wander the WB archive (which will eventually include all the RKO & MGM flicks Ted Turner bought to colorize) pick a gem, a classic or crap,
and for $19.95 apiece, they'll burn a DVD-R and ship you the movie in a standard plastic case with cover art. There are no extras except the trailer, if it's available; there isn't even scene-by-scene chaptering. But you will get the film, shown in the correct aspect ratio and with a picture and soundtrack of mostly high quality. Virtually none of the movies in this collection has been available on DVD before. Many never even made it to VHS.
So you can watch a classic (or old, at least) American film on the DVD player & flat-screen telebision you bought from the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, instead of intermittent streaming on a monitor the size of the one in the back seat of the car you use to keep four-yr. olds distracted w/ Dora the Explorer® vids.  Really, you can't beat that (or the four-yr. olds) w/ a stick. 
Minions should go there & vote for what they'd like made available for the edification of the great unwashed. And suggest we'd all love to get some of those crappy WB tee vee shows from the distant past. The studio claims they'd like to make all of their shit available; the greater the demand, the sooner we'll all be able to see the rot that destroyed America's mind (Example: The Devil Is A Sissy.) in the privacy of our homes.
What we'd like most to see:
[T]he gratifyingly weird, including a large portion of the hitherto-unrecalled directorial oeuvre of William Conrad, better known as the portlier half of Jake and the Fatman.
We don't recall any of Mr. Conrad's directorial oeuvre either, but we're on the edge of our folding chair.

Let's Have A War (For Jesus This Time) So You Can Go Die

Photo added minutes after original post, if anyone cares.Jeff Sharlet, whose beat seems to be the radical right-wing Dominionists, etc., who want to impose Sharia LawXian Theocracy in these United Snakes, further documents the impending attempts at a military dictatorship. Harper's won't let non-subscribers look, but some hippies in Tacoma have duplicated what would appear to be the entire piece.
Certainly worth the reading, mini-font or no.

Annals Of Tenement Living

According to the Internet, it's 91°F outside (a pleasant, un-humid 78°F here inside the thick brick). As we took a quick hike in the solar flare to obtain sustenance earlier, we feel quite icky, & will soon be taking a shower in our newly decorated executive washroom.And then putting on a T-shirt that we haven't worn for well over a yr. It's the simple pleasures.

The King Is Dead, Long Live The Queen & The Ig!

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 38 mins ago Today is Tuesday, April 21, the 111th day of 2009. There are 254 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Five hundred years ago, in 1509, England's King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his 17-year-old son, Henry VIII. On this date: In 1649, the Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland Assembly. In 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States. In 1816, Charlotte Bronte, author of "Jane Eyre," was born in Thornton, England. In 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence. In 1910, author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn., at age 74. In 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action during World War I.In 1955, the Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play "Inherit the Wind," inspired by the Scopes trial of 1925, opened at the National Theatre in New York. In 1960, Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro. In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.In 1975, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned after 10 years in office. Ten years ago: A day after the mass killing at Columbine High School in Colorado, investigators continued their work, while memorial services were held across the city and dozens of counselors offered support to grieving students, parents, friends and family. Actor and bandleader Charles "Buddy" Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at age 94. Five years ago: Five suicide attackers detonated car bombs against police buildings in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74 people. Mordechai Vanunu walked out of prison, 18 years after exposing Israel's nuclear secrets. Karl Hass, a former Nazi officer convicted for the wartime massacre of 335 Italian civilians, died in a rest home near Rome, where he had been serving a life sentence under house arrest; he was 92. Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory died at age 85. One year ago: President George W. Bush opened a two-day summit in New Orleans with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Gasoline prices jumped to a record $3.50 a gallon in the U.S. Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya won the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 46 seconds to become the fourth man to win the race four times; Dire Tune won the women's race in 2:25:25. 1970s soul singer Al Wilson died in Fontana, Calif., at age 68. Today's Birthdays: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is 83. Actress-comedian-writer Elaine May is 77. Actor Charles Grodin is 74. Singer-musician Iggy Pop is 62. [And will not stop! — Ed.]Actress Patti LuPone is 60. Actor Tony Danza is 58. Actress Andie MacDowell is 51. Rock singer Robert Smith (The Cure) is 50. Rock musician Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 50. Actor John Cameron Mitchell is 46. Rapper Michael Franti (Spearhead) is 43. Rock singer-musician Glen Hansard (The Frames) is 39. Comedian Nicole Sullivan is 39. Actor James McAvoy is 30. Today In Entertainment History April 21 -- In 1960, "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark testified before a Congressional committee investigating payola. In 1963, The Beatles met The Rolling Stones at England's Crawdaddy Club. In 1965, The Beach Boys appeared on ABC's "Shindig!" program to perform "Do You Wanna Dance?" In 1974, the country duo of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton performed together for the last time. In 1977, the musical play "Annie" opened on Broadway with Andrea McArdle in the title role. The show ran for more than 2,300 performances. In 1993, ex-Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married Suzanne Accosta. In 1997, the ashes of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry were shot into orbit. In 2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was arrested for allegedly getting drunk and going on a rampage on a flight from Seattle to London. He was later found innocent of the charges. Thought for Today: "Modern man thinks he loses something — time — when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains — except kill it." — Erich Fromm, German-American psychoanalyst and author (1900-1980). 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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Monday, April 20, 2009

Better Late Than Never:
First AccusationSpeculation Of Murder; (Not Just Birth Certificate But) Passport "Questions"

Here's the first Vince Foster-style suggestion that ACORN thugs or [Type your Boogy-Man of choice in this box] have been performing political assassinations. (The first we've seen, at least. The source, by the way, is the Reverend Moon's Washington Times. We'd really like to know what Paranoid Libertarian thinks of that self-proclaimed Messiah.)
The sketchy details:  Just over A YEAR AGO (!!) someone involved in State Dep't. contract employees snooping at candidate passport files was killed. One yr. ago, we'll repeat. Militarist Libertarian calls this a "DEVELOPING STORY." 
Now, some on the Right are alleging a possible connection to Obama's past passport problems. 
Questions are also arising as to why this key witness was let loose to travel around DC without any federal protection.
From the LR sidebar:
We've been around since 2005. Since that time we've broken major political stories, and scooped other sites on candidate announcements, election results, and even politician scandals.
(Been a year late on most of them?) There would seem to be a "major political story" here, "libs." One of the large staff there could pick up the 'phone & call the D. C. Metropolitan PD to ask them just what's up w/ this case, A YEAR LATER(!!) couldn't they? Or could they "not handle the truth?" Three mins. on Google™ too much research? 
File under: Straws, Grasping at. And under: Hokey Smokes, lookit this, where it all seems to have started:
Another day, another creepy murder related in some way to Barack Obama. There is something about this guy that leads to unusual murders wherever his name arises.
Yes, keep it up. Pace yourselves a little, because it has to last until 2010, when all of your sputtering, incoherent rage will carry you back to Washington on a tsunami of victory.

"You Don't Look A Day Over 100, Mein Fuhrer. Seriously."

By The Associated Press 14 mins ago Today is Monday, April 20, the 110th day of 2009. There are 255 days left in the year. This is the AP too. A/V. UPI. Today's Highlight in History: Ten years ago, on April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives. On this date: In 1792, France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary wars. In 1812, the fourth vice president of the United States, George Clinton, [Of Parilament/Funkadelic? Wow. — Ed.] died in Washington at age 72, becoming the first vice president to die while in office. In 1836, Congress voted to establish the Wisconsin Territory. One hundred and twenty years ago, in 1889, Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.In 1902, scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium. Seventy years ago, in 1939, Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox. In 1940, RCA publicly demonstrated its new electron microscope. In 1945, during World War II, allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart. Sixty years ago, in 1949, scientists at the Mayo Clinic announced they'd succeeded in synthesizing a hormone found to be useful in treating rheumatoid arthritis; the substance was named "cortisone." In 1968, Pierre Elliott Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister of Canada. In 1971 the U.S. Supreme Court, in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, unanimously upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. In 1972, the manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon. In 1978, a Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 crash-landed in northwestern Russia after being fired on by a Soviet interceptor after entering Soviet airspace. Two passengers were killed. In 1980, the first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.In 1988, gunmen who'd hijacked a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet were allowed safe passage out of Algeria under an agreement that freed the remaining 31 hostages and ended a 15-day siege in which two passengers were slain. Five years ago: A tornado tore through north-central Illinois, killing eight people. A judge ordered Multnomah County, Ore., to stop issuing gay marriage licenses — but also ordered the state to recognize the 3,000 licenses already granted in the county. One year ago: Before a full house at Yankee Stadium, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final Mass in the United States, blessing his enormous U.S. flock and telling Americans to use their freedoms wisely. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a coward during a visit to Iraq. [Easy to say from the Green Zone. — Ed.] Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history, capturing the Indy Japan 300 in her 50th career start. President George W. Bush signed a bill making it harder for debt-ridden people to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy. [A compassionate conservative until the bitter end. — Ed.] Today's Birthdays: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is 89. Actor Leslie Phillips is 85. Actor George Takei is 72. Singer Johnny Tillotson is 70. Actor Ryan O'Neal is 68. Bluegrass singer-musician Doyle Lawson (Quicksilver) is 65. Rock musician Craig Frost (Grand Funk; Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band) is 61. Actor Gregory Itzin is 61. Actress Jessica Lange is 60. Actress Veronica Cartwright is 60. Actor Clint Howard is 50. Actor Crispin Glover is 45. Country singer Wade Hayes is 40. Actor Shemar Moore is 39. Rock musician Mikey Welsh is 38. Actress Carmen Electra is 37. Reggae singer Stephen Marley is 37. Rock musician Marty Crandall (The Shins) is 34. Actor Joey Lawrence is 33. Country musician Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band) is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- On April 20th, 1959, the first single by 13-year-old Dolly Parton was released on Gold Band Records. It was called "Puppy Love." In 1960, Elvis Presley returned to Hollywood following his Army duty. He began work on the film "G.I. Blues." In 1968, Deep Purple played its first live concert, in Denmark. The band's big hit that year in the US was "Hush." In 1990, singer Janet Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1991, musician John Fogerty married Julie Lebiedzinski in Bristol, Indiana. Singer-guitarist Steve Marriot of Small Faces died in a fire in his home in England. He was 44. In 1992, the Concert For Life, a tribute to AIDS victim and Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, was held in London. Metallica opened the show and was followed by artists George Michael and Elton John. Annie Lenox and David Bowie teamed up on the song "Under Pressure." Comedian Benny Hill was found dead in his London home. In 1994, Barbra Streisand gave her first London concert in 28 years at Wembley Stadium.  Thought for Today: "If anyone tells you something strange about the world, something you had never heard before, do not laugh but listen attentively; make him repeat it, make him explain it; no doubt there is something there worth taking hold of." — Georges Duhamel, French author (1884-1966). 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 19, 2009

Last Gasp?

At the Paper of Record, drama crit (former) Frank Rich analyzes the homophobes & pronounces them on life-support, based on the reaction (not much of it) to recent court decisions & law-making. About the NOM advert:
What gives the ad its symbolic significance is not just that it’s idiotic but that its release was the only loud protest anywhere in America to the news that same-sex marriage had been legalized in Iowa and Vermont. If it advances any message, it’s mainly that homophobic activism is ever more depopulated and isolated as well as brain-dead.
We see. And agree. We also commend Mr. Rich on his ability to motivate his interns, flunkies, or research assistants, as the item is filthy w/ links to all sorts of nasty people.
“Gathering Storm” was produced and broadcast — for a claimed $1.5 million — by an outfit called the National Organization for Marriage. This “national organization,” formed in 2007, is a fund-raising and propaganda-spewing Web site fronted by the right-wing Princeton University professor Robert George and the columnist Maggie Gallagher, who was famously caught receiving taxpayers’ money to promote Bush administration “marriage initiatives.” Until last month, half of the six board members (including George) had some past or present affiliation with Princeton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. (One of them, the son of one of the 12 apostles in the Mormon church hierarchy, recently stepped down.)
Always a shame to lose one of the Mormon aristocracy from your holy mission of repression. But even that "Church" may be deciding not to stand athwart history for this dance. Another Mormon (not in the actual LDS aristocracy, but not an unimportant Utahan) relaxing a bit
is Jon Huntsman Jr., the governor of Utah, who in February endorsed civil unions for gay couples, a position seemingly indistinguishable from Obama’s. Huntsman is not some left-coast Hollywood Republican. He’s a Mormon presiding over what Gallup ranks as the reddest state in the country.
Which gives us the opportunity to reproduce one of our favorite statistical images.

It Was (Almost) Twenty Yrs. Ago Today

From over a wk. ago, LITBRIT offers, from 1990, former personal acquaintance of Just Another Blog™ & current moldering corpse, Frank Zappa, squawking w/ the still-living to this day Daniel Schorr. Recommended w/o having seen it, due to dial-up.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; Ratzi Becomes Pope

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 7 mins ago Today is Sunday, April 19, the 108th day of 2009. There are 256 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI. Today's Highlight in History: On April 19, 1775, the American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord. On this date: In 1897, the first Boston Marathon was held; winner John J. McDermott ran the course in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds. In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard. In 1939, Connecticut became the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the Bill of Rights, 147 years after it took effect. In 1943, during World War II, tens of thousands of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but futile battle against Nazi forces. In 1951, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his Far East command by President Harry S. Truman, bid farewell in an address to Congress in which he quoted a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away." Gen. Douglas MacArthur In 1982, astronauts Sally K. Ride and Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first woman and first African-American to be tapped for U.S. space missions. In 1989, 47 sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa in the Caribbean. (The Navy initially suspected that a dead crew member, Clayton Hartwig, had deliberately sparked the blast, but later said there was no proof of that.) In 1989, Trisha Meili, a jogger in New York's Central Park, was brutally beaten and raped. (Five teenagers were convicted of the crime; all served prison time. But they were cleared in 2002 after another man, Matias Reyes, confessed.) In 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; dozens of people, including leader David Koresh, were killed. In 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Timothy McVeigh was later convicted of federal murder charges and executed.)Ten years ago: The German parliament inaugurated its new home in the restored Reichstag in Berlin, its prewar capital. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a federal law aimed at limiting e-mail smut did not violate free-speech rights. Joseph Chebet of Kenya won the Boston Marathon, in 2 hours, nine minutes, 52 seconds; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 25 seconds. Five years ago: A Russian rocket soared into space carrying an American, a Russian and a Dutchman to the international space station on the third manned mission since the halt of the U.S. shuttle program. Catherine Ndereba won the Boston Marathon for the third time, finishing in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 27 seconds; Timothy Cherigat won the men's race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 37 seconds to complete a Kenyan sweep. One year ago: President George W. Bush wrapped up two days of talks at Camp David with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. A Russian capsule carrying South Korea's first astronaut, Yi So-yeon, touched down 260 miles off target in northern Kazakhstan after hurtling through the atmosphere in a bone-jarring descent from the international space station. Today's Birthdays: Actor Hugh O'Brian is 84. Actress Elinor Donahue is 72. Rock musician Alan Price (The Animals) is 67. Actor Tim Curry is 63. Pop singer Mark "The Phlorescent Leech" Volman (The Turtles; The Mothers; Flo and Eddie) is 62.Actor Tony Plana ("Ugly Betty") is 57. Former tennis player Sue Barker is 53. Recording executive Suge Knight is 44. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is 42. Actress Ashley Judd is 41. Singer Bekka Bramlett is 41. Latin pop singer Luis Miguel is 39. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux is 35. Today in Entertainment History - April 19, 2009 3:13 AM ET On April 19th, 1945, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opened on Broadway. In 1968, George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives left the religious retreat run by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi before their studies were completed. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had left earlier. Later, all four renounced their association with the Maharishi. In 1982, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announced that they would continue their reunion. They had gotten back together for a concert in New York's Central Park. After their announcement, they toured Europe but drifted apart again in 1983. In 1988, Sonny Bono was inaugurated as mayor of Palm Springs, Calif. In 1997, actress Brooke Shields married tennis star Andre Agassi in Monterey, Calif. They've since separated. On that same day, actor Chris O'Donnell married kindergarten teacher Caroline Fentress in Washington. In 2002, singer Layne Staley of Alice In Chains was found dead in his apartment in Seattle. He was 34. Thought for Today: "There is a Law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish." — Alfred Adler, Austrian psychoanalyst (1870-1937). 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 18, 2009

Just Can't Get It Right

An interesting thing on Culture11 (mostly, & a bit about Big Ho, which isn't really worth the effort to write about). We liked this segment because schadenfreude is about our only pleasure.
[I]n 2008 the Republican Party awoke to a world in which it was losing every politically important demographic battle and had essentially ceded the field on issues like education, where it hadn’t contributed a new policy idea since the school voucher, and energy, where the best plan it could come up with was a renewed push for offshore drilling.
Running out of supporters & ideas.

Paul Revere Warns San Francisco Of Doolittle Raid (CORRECTED)

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 13 mins ago Today is Saturday, April 18, the 108th day of 2009. There are 257 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI. Today's Highlight in History: On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires; estimates of the final death toll range between 3,000 and 6,000.On this date: In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass., warning American colonists that the British were coming. In 1907, San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel opened, a year to the day after the earthquake. In 1923, the first baseball game was played at Yankee Stadium in New York City, with the Yankees beating the Boston Red Sox 4-1. In 1934, 75 years ago, the first laundromat (called a "washateria") opened, in Fort Worth, Texas. In 1942, an air squadron from the USS Hornet led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle raided Tokyo and other Japanese cities. In 1945, famed American war correspondent Ernie Pyle, 44, was killed by Japanese gunfire on the Pacific island of Ie Shima, off Okinawa. In 1946, the League of Nations went out of business. In 1949, the Republic of Ireland was proclaimed. In 1978, the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999. In 1980, the independent nation of Zimbabwe, formerly Zimbabwe Rhodesia, came into being. In 1983, 63 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide bomber. Ten years ago: NATO launched its most active day of airstrikes in its assault on Yugoslavia, pummeling refineries, bridges and dozens of other targets in the 25th straight day of attacks. Wayne Gretzky played his last National Hockey League game as his New York Rangers lost to Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime at Madison Square Garden. Five years ago: Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero ordered a withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq, fulfilling a campaign pledge and trying to calm his uneasy nation after bombings that killed 191 people in Madrid. One year ago: Addressing the United Nations, Pope Benedict XVI said international cooperation needed to solve urgent problems was "in crisis" because decisions rested in the hands of a few powerful nations. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave birth to her fifth child, a son named Trig. Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Hale is 88. Actor Clive Revill is 79. Actor James Drury is 75. Actor Robert Hooks is 72. Actress Hayley Mills is 63. Actor James Woods is 62. Actress-director Dorothy Lyman is 62. Actress Cindy Pickett is 62. Country musician Walt Richmond (The Tractors) is 62. Country musician Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown) is 57. Actor Rick Moranis is 56. Actress Melody Thomas Scott is 53. Actor Eric Roberts is 53. Actor John James is 53. Rock musician Les Pattinson (Echo and the Bunnymen) is 51. Author-journalist Susan Faludi is 50.Actress Mary Birdsong is 41, damnit!* Actress Jane Leeves is 48. Talk show host Conan O'Brien is 46. Bluegrass singer-musician Terry Eldredge is 46. Actor Eric McCormack is 46. Actress Maria Bello is 42. Rock musician Greg Eklund (The Oolahs) is 39. Actor David Tennant is 38. Country musician Marvin Evatt is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Trina (Trina and Tamara) is 35. Actress Melissa Joan Hart is 33. Actor Sean Maguire is 33. Today in Entertainment History - April 18, 2009 3:13 AM ET In 1936, singing cowboy Gene Autry recorded "Back In The Saddle Again." In 1956, actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier (ren-YAY') of Monaco in a civil ceremony. A church wedding took place the next day. In 1957, Buddy Knox, who was in the Army Reserve, began six months of active duty. His hit at the time was "Party Doll." In 1966, "The Sound of Music" won the best picture and best director Academy Awards. In 1981, Yes announced its breakup. Steve Howe and Geoff Downes went on to form Asia. Yes has since reunited. [Nothing good lasts forever. — Ed.] In 1985, Wham's "Make It Big" album became the first western pop album released in China. In 1994, Roseanne Arnold filed for divorce from Tom Arnold. The petition was dropped, but she refiled less than a month later. In 1996, Bernard Edwards of Chic (SHEEK) was found dead in a hotel room in Tokyo. He was 43. Thought for Today: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." — Albert Einstein (1879-1955). 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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*CORRECTION (25 August 2009 @ 0250 PDT): Fixed the incorrect age given for the lovely & multi-talented Mary Birdsong that the Associated Press listed in the Birthdays section. Please forgive us, Ms. B., & note that you can sue the crap out of both copyright holders, The AP & Yahoo!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Pervert Patrol

Burlington, NC-- On Tuesday, April 14, 2009, Burlington Police were called to Sears on Huffman Mill Rd. regarding a suspicious person in the store. A man was seen following a young lady through the store. Officers reviewed surveillance tape and discovered that the suspect was masturbating while following the victim. Although the suspect was as close as 3-4 feet from the victim, it appears that the she never knew what the suspect was doing. Based on information obtained from store personnel and surveillance tapes, investigating officers determined the identity of the suspect, Thomas Bell Morris of Laurel Hill Dr. Burlington was arrested and charged with one count of indecent exposure. "It appears as though this is an isolated incident. We are not aware of any other case of this type matching the suspect's description. We would be interested in knowing if there were other unreported cases," said Assistant Chief Greg Seel.Burlington, NC-- Court records show a man accused of masturbating in a department store has a previous record of indecent exposure. Burlington Police say they were called to the Sears on Huffman Mill Road on Tuesday regarding a "suspicious person" following a woman around the store. Officers from the Burlington Police Department are continuing their investigation. Court records show he has four previous convictions of indecent exposure and one conviction of assault on a female. The exposure convictions were in 1987, 1990, 1994 and 1995. The assault conviction was in 2006. Update: As a precaution, Management from Sears elected to remove any clothing from sale to the public that may have been damaged by the acts of the suspect, Robert Bell Morris. The total amount of the clothing that could not be sold was $1,311.95. Morris was arrested for one count of Injury to Personal Property. He was placed in the Alamance County Jail under a $1200 Secured Bond. Morris has several previous convictions for Indecent Exposure in Alamance County. Anyone that may have been a victim of an unreported case of Indecent Exposure or similar offense is urged to call Burlington Police at 229-3500. "We have not had any additional cases attributed to the suspect at this time, but we would be interested to know if others have been victimized." Said Assistant Chief Greg Seel. WFMY News 2
This sordid mess wouldn't be worth noting if it weren't for "Management from Sears" desiring to assure one & all in the area that there is absolutely no chance they'll be buying a T-shirt that some pervert wagged his weenie w/in 10 ft. of. $1,311.95 worth of goods shipped to another store taken off the shelves because of imaginary potential contamination. Please.

Function At The Junction To Rethink Itself

Per some attempt by the National Broadcasting Company (a wholly owned subsidiary of fascist conglomeration GENERAL ELECTRIC) to take over the infobahn, we note that the Sunset Junction Festival (there was some noise last yr. as well, probably about just where the $$$ were going) may not look like it has for the last few yrs.
It seems the Naughty Broadcasters got the story from the behemoth of financed-by-ads-for-prostitution, strip & cannabis clubs alternate weeklies, the LA Weekly. (So long, CityBeat!)
So screw NBC six ways from a determinate point in the calendar & click to the Weekly.
P.S.: We had no idea just how lame NBC's local attempt was. The Weekly story is over a mo. old. 
P. P. S.: We've tolerable memories of the event, far back in the misty '80s, when we lived two blks. from the eastern end of it & still knew how to have fun, but it's been out of control (that $20.00 mandatory admission probably was the back-breaker) for a few yrs., even for a non-resident.

Eventful Date In The History Of Events

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 8 mins ago Also by the AP, yet not the same. A/V. UPI. Today is Friday, April 17, the 107th day of 2009. There are 258 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 17, 1961, some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. On this date: In 1521, Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings. (He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.) In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano reached present-day New York Harbor. In 1790, American statesman Benjamin Franklin died in Philadelphia at age 84. In 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union. In 1895, the Treaty of Shimonoseki ended the first Sino-Japanese War. In 1941, Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany in World War II. In 1964, Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World's Fair. Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, became the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the world. In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The First Secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party, Alexander Dubcek, was deposed. In 1970, the astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.In 1990, the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, the civil rights activist and top aide to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta at age 64. Ten years ago: Gen. Wesley Clark, NATO's commander, bluntly told Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to change his policies in Kosovo or see his military machine destroyed. The first of three bombs to explode in London within a two-week period went off in Brixton, a racially mixed neighborhood, injuring 39 people. (David Copeland, a white supremacist, was convicted of three murders caused by the bombings, and was sentenced to six life sentences, one for each fatality and for each bomb.) Five years ago: Searchers found the body of missing North Dakota college student Dru Sjodin. (Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. is under sentence of death for kidnapping and killing Sjodin.) Israel assassinated Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi with a missile strike on his car. One year ago: Pope Benedict XVI, during his visit to Washington, talked and prayed privately with survivors of the clergy sex abuse scandal in what's believed to be a first-ever meeting between a pontiff and abuse victims. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met at Camp David with President George W. Bush; the two leaders sought to dispel doubts about their relationship, showing common ground on a range of issues. Danny Federici, the keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen, died in New York City at age 58. Today's Birthdays: Rock promoter Don Kirshner is 75. Composer-musician Jan Hammer is 61. Actress Olivia Hussey is 58. Actor Clarke Peters is 57. Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 54. Actor Sean Bean is 50. Rock singer Maynard James Keenan is 45. Actress Lela Rochon is 45. Actor William Mapother is 44. Actress Leslie Bega is 42. Actress Kimberly Elise is 42. Singer Liz Phair is 42. Rapper-actor Redman is 39. Actress Jennifer Garner is 37. Country musician Craig Anderson (Heartland) is 36. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham (Spice Girls) is 35. Actress-singer Lindsay Korman is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- On April 17th, 1960, singer Eddie Cochran died after suffering severe head injuries in a car crash in England. He was 21. Musician Gene Vincent and Cochran's girlfriend were injured. In 1961, "The Apartment" won the best picture and best director Academy Awards. Elizabeth Taylor won her first Oscar as best actress, for "Butterfield 8." In 1964, The Rolling Stones' self-titled debut album was released in Britain. In 1970, Paul McCartney released his first solo album, "McCartney." Johnny Cash refused to perform "Okie from Muskogee" at President Nixon's request because it wasn't his song. He performed "A Boy Named Sue" instead." In 1974, guitarist Vinnie Taylor of Sha Na Na was found dead of a drug overdose at a hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 25. In 1980, musician Bob Marley played at Zimbabwe's independence day ceremonies, calling it the greatest honor of his life. Marley died a little more than a year later. In 1991, Nirvana performed "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in public for the first time, during a concert in Seattle. In 1993, singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles married screenwriter M. Jay Roach in Los Angeles. In 1998, Paul McCartney's wife, Linda, died of breast cancer. She was 56.  Thought for Today: "A happiness that is sought for ourselves alone can never be found; for a happiness that is diminished by being shared is not big enough to make us happy." — Thomas Merton, American poet and author (1915-1968). [What blathering garbage. — Ed.] 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 16, 2009

Counting The Angels On A Collection Of Pinheads

Because everything was so much better during the Dark Ages, when everybody believed that Jeezis on his White Horse would be dropping from the sky any yr. now, we can lay blame for the ills of the modern world at the foot of wishy-washy theology
Is there any possible reason for these United Snakes to have a "civil religion," other than to frighten the peasants into submission?
In Washington's day, it may have been reasonable for the elite to worry that only fear of hellfire kept the masses from running amok, but in the 21st century it is clear that democracy as a form of government does not require citizens who believe in supernatural religion. Most of the world's stable democracies are in Europe, where the population is largely post-Christian and secular, and in East Asian countries like Japan where the "Judeo-Christian tradition" has never been part of the majority culture.
Hell, so to speak, we could postulate that the less bullshit religion, the more democracy.
Another pinhead got involved in the discussion, invoking Martin Luther King, Jr., who'd doubtless be as opposed to gay marriage as the Crunchy Con is.
A Christianity too feeble to stand up prophetically to the broader culture is not necessarily a good thing, even from a secularist point of view.
"Prophetically?" You'll stand up the broader culture ("Democracy: Dangerous or Delusional?") w/ robed foamers on street corners? Bring it, John the Babtiss.
No point in attempting reason w/ any of these sheep, but the curse of the authoritarian mind is obvious here. What a shame some of us think for ourselves. It just needlessly complicates everything. 

Null & Void: Constitution No Longer "Suicide Pact"

Gov. Perry of Texas is just a politician who's about to lose an approaching primary, trying to get Texas's Goofy Ass Party base to vote for him w/o actually calling for a return to chattel slavery. Good luck, Rick. The Georgia State Senate, however, stands up & is counted, 43-1, calling for the dissolution of these United Snakes, if that damn Congreƒs doesn't stop passing laws & stuff.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution web log maintainer gives the highlights.
It stated that under the Constitution, the only crimes the federal government could prosecute were treason, piracy and slavery. “Therefore, all acts of Congress which assume to create, define or punish [other] crimes … are altogether void, and of no force,” the Georgia Senate declared. [...] The resolution goes on to endorse the theory that states have the right to abridge constitutional freedoms of religion, press and speech. According to the resolution, it is up to the states to decide “how far the licentiousness of speech and of the press may be abridged.” The resolution even endorses “nullification,” the legal concept that states have the power to “nullify” or ignore federal laws that they believe exceed the powers granted under the Constitution. That concept has a particularly nasty legacy. It helped precipitate the Civil War, and in the 1950s and early ’60s it was cited by Southern states claiming the right to ignore Supreme Court rulings ordering the end of segregation. Finally, the resolution states that if Congress, the president or federal courts take any action that exceeds their constitutional powers, the Constitution is rendered null and void and the United States of America is officially disbanded. As an example, the resolution specifically states that if the federal government enacts “prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition,” the country is disbanded.
In other words, if Congress votes to restore the ban on sale of assault rifles, the United States is deemed to no longer exist. It is explained that this (totally un-binding, of course) resolution was
snuck [sic] unnoticed onto the Senate resolution calendar on the 39th day of the 40-day legislative session, when senators were trying to handle dozens of bills and scores of amendments. Most did not have an opportunity to read the six-page resolution, which in its description claimed to merely affirm “states’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.”
Remember the furor when some of our representatives in Congreƒs may not have read the entire bail-out & emergency financial whatever bill? What about this, which was voted on w/o reading either? Where, oh where, is the outrage? There probably won't be much from certain quarters. As usual, this is not the result of original thought from a legislator.
The resolution they sponsored is part of a radical right-wing national movement —- a similar resolution was introduced in the Georgia House but not voted on. It has been introduced in legislatures all over the nation, and has passed in both chambers in Oklahoma and one in South Dakota. And while the Georgia resolution is legally meaningless and was passed without debate or even knowledge of most senators, it has had an impact. It has been hailed by, among others, those fighting the conspiracy to create a single North American country, by the Confederate States Militia, by the John Birch Society, and the League of the South, which still pines for the cause of an “independent South” and believes that “Southern society is radically different from the society impressed upon it by an alien occupier.”
While the resolution seems to be the usual boilerplate from this ilk of cretin (Second Amendment yes, all others suck!!) we have to wonder if it started making the rounds of the statehouses before or after President Obama's election. 
Either way, we welcome the John Birch Society to the national discourse. The Birchers really deserve to be at the forefront of conservatism, as their paranoid ideology of communist infiltration ("See!? See?! 60  years of commies under the bed and what do you get in the White House? Huh?") has been the template for the right's current attempts to deny the results of the election. Their time has come.

George WTF? Will

Standing athwart history yelling: "Hey! You kids get your dungarees & video games off my lawn!!"
That could have been the "shorter." This could be too:
Mr. Will has recovered from his recent debacle of lying about climate facts, & decided that we'd better get back to the culture wars. One of the great things about traditionalism is that if you were confronted by someone who appeared to be as white as you were, you could determine his status & rank by what he wore. Yet infantile, video game-playing adults in America insist on wearing "blue jeans" & confusing class identification. And if you're over 18 & still playing video-games you probably shouldn't be able to vote.
(We are not exaggerating. He devoted an entire column to bemoaning practical clothing & video games. And while this grump-fest may have been percolating since he was 15, he had to be inspired by something from the WSJ, which we haven't yet read. We can imagine.)
And so we see the right side of the aisle drifting into total irrelevancy, if not actual dementia. In George Will's mind, the vital issues of the 1960s ("Blue jeans! Bad!") fade in & out w/ the present. Expect a re-wording of the Bircher war cry "Eisenhower is a communist dupe!" from Will next wk. We'll see if he substitutes "Obama" for "Eisenhower."

Something Else To Blame On The Bush Administration

China’s loans to Latin America are locking in access to natural resources and filling a vacuum of influence that grew during the Bush administration. Oh, great. China continues its econo-war.

250,000 Tea Baggers Couldn't Be Wrong

Shorter Ross Douthat (The NYT's latest token ninny/Neo-Kristol.): The Tea Parties • Six years later, it turns out that the anti-Iraq invasion & occupation protesters might have been right, despite what I believed at the time, so when I take the opposite tack this time and suggest that the Tea Bag Partiers are just the same, and that they may be right at some nebulous time in the future when taxes may be raised or something, you should believe me.

Back In The U. S./Back In The U.S./Back In The U. S. S. R.

By The Associated Press Thurs Apr 16, 12:01 am ET Today is Thursday, April 16, the 106th day of 2009. There are 259 days left in the year.
AP. A/V. UPI. Today's Highlight in History: On April 16, 1789, President-elect George Washington left Mount Vernon, Va., for his inauguration in New York. On this date: In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. In 1879, St. Bernadette, who'd described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died in Nevers, France. In 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. In 1917, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile.In 1935, the radio comedy program "Fibber McGee and Molly" premiered on the NBC Blue Network. In 1947, the French ship Grandcamp blew up at the harbor in Texas City, Texas; another ship, the High Flyer, exploded the following day. The blasts and resulting fires killed nearly 600 people. In 1962, Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News." In 1972, Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon. In 1996, Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were in the process of getting a divorce. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton defended NATO airstrikes against Serbian targets during visits to Michigan and Massachusetts, saying U.S. involvement in Kosovo was a moral imperative. Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from hockey. Five years ago: Videotape broadcast on the Arab TV station Al-Jazeera showed Army Pfc. Keith M. Maupin, abducted during an attack on a fuel truck convoy near Baghdad a week earlier. (Arab television reported June 29th, 2004, that Maupin had been killed; his remains were recovered last year.) President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, meeting in Washington, endorsed giving the United Nations broad control over Iraq's political future.
In 2007, in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech before taking his own life.One year ago: The Supreme Court upheld the most widely used method of lethal injection, allowing states to resume executions after a seven-month halt. Pope Benedict XVI was welcomed by President George W. Bush as only the second pope to visit the White House and the first in 29 years.Mathematician-meteorologist Edward Lorenz, the father of "chaos theory," died in Cambridge, Mass., at age 90. Today's Birthdays: Pope Benedict XVI is 82.Actor Peter Mark Richman is 82. Singer Bobby Vinton is 74. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II is 69. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 62. Singer Gerry Rafferty is 62. Football coach Bill Belichick is 57. Rock singer-turned-politician Peter Garrett is 56. Actress Ellen Barkin is 55. Rock musician Jason Scheff (Chicago) is 47. Singer Jimmy Osmond is 46. Rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is 45. Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence is 44. Actor Jon Cryer is 44. Rock musician Dan Rieser is 43. Actor Peter Billingsley is 38. Actor Lukas Haas is 33. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1935, the long-running radio comedy program "Fibber McGee and Molly," starring Jim and Marian Jordan, premiered on the NBC Blue Network.
In 1962, Walter Cronkite made his debut as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News." In 1964, "The Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers)," the band's debut album, was released.In 1965, The Hollies began their first US tour in New York. In 1972, the Electric Light Orchestra played its first live show. In 1973, Paul McCartney starred in his first TV special, titled after his given name, "James Paul McCartney." In 1990, more than 72,000 people gathered at London's Wembley Stadium for an anti-apartheid concert honoring African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela. He had recently been freed from prison. Performers included Jackson Browne, Tracy Chapman, the Neville Brothers and Bonnie Raitt. In 1991, filmmaker David Lean died in London at the age of 83. Among his credits are "Dr. Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia." In 1993, Paul McCartney headlined a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to mark Earth Day. He had last performed there as a member of The Beatles in 1965. Singer-songwriter Billy Burnette announced he was leaving Fleetwood Mac to focus on recording country music. In 1996, singer Judy Collins married Louis Nelson in New York, 18 years to the day after they first met at an Equal Rights Amendment fundraiser. In 1997, country singer Janis Gill of Sweethearts of the Rodeo filed for divorce from country singer Vince Gill, after 17 years of marriage. Thought for Today: "Chaos is the score upon which reality is written." — Henry Miller, American author (1891-1980). 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. Copyright © 2009 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reversed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Irksome, Tedious & Banal

Tax Bagging is tiresome & tiring. Let brad of Fire Megan McArdle show you. 
So let's be done w/ it. We lead w/ local Marc Cooper in the local Chicago-owned cage liner:
Whip out your Lipton and don your tinfoil hat and join the protest against ... against ... against what exactly? The original Boston Tea Party was caffeinated by a very simple injustice: American Colonists refused to be taxed by a government that lacked any popular representation. That was remedied a few years later in a heroic struggle that stretched from Concord to Yorktown. So, if you'll excuse the mixed metaphor, what's the beef behind today's protests? The Obama administration is cutting taxes for all except the very richest of Americans. Reduced withholding is already showing up in millions of paychecks.
Gee, who knows? Probably not the obvious. (61% of those polled recently by Gallup thought the taxes they paid were "fair," oddly enough.)
Perhaps speaking to participants can give us a better idea. From YAP:
"Frankly, I'm mad as hell," said businessman Doug Burnett at a rally at the Iowa Capitol, where many of the about 1,000 people wore red shirts declaring "revolution is brewing." Burnett added: "This country has been on a spending spree for decades, a spending spree we can't afford."
Decades, you say? What took you so long?
There were several small counter-protests, including one that drew about a dozen people at Fountain Square in Cincinnati. A counter-protester held a sign that read, "Where were you when Bush was spending billions a month 'liberating' Iraq?" The anti-tax demonstration there, meanwhile, drew about 4,000 people.
Turnout in cities was much lower than in the suburban/rural areas where the less educated & more-ignorant prefer to congregate.
What were they protesting again?
Other protesters also took direct aim at Obama. One sign in the crowd in Madison, Wis., compared him to the anti-Christ. At a rally in Montgomery, Ala., where Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" blared from loudspeakers, Jim Adams of Selma carried a sign that showed the president with Hitler-style hair and mustache and said, "Sieg Heil Herr Obama."
There's a bit of a clue, eh? They can't call him a "nigger," that'd be a little too obvious, & some might not approve, but Hitler/Stalin/You-Name-It comparisons are fair game. It's not really that the government is spending zillions of dollars (in order to stimulate the fucking economy, mind you) it's that a colored gentleman is doing it, & rather than corporate welfare, some of it might help people who work rather than invest for a living.
The Atlantic offers crowd estimates. Consensus? Not nearly as many, nation-wide, as for B. O.'s Grant Park victory speech last November. At night. 
Another Atlantean, Andrew Sullivan, asked a somewhat different question. As a big fan of The Bell Curve, he should know exactly what the answer is: Stop spending/wasting our tax dollars on "moochers & losers." Especially if they're of a different skin-tone than Xians like us.Let's be absolutely fair (we're kidding, don't worry) & just note a positive, uplifting report on a South Carolina Bag-Off, from 

The Sniper's Tower

Taking aim at the passing scene
The crowd was exactly what you might expect: defined overall by anti-Obama sentiment, featuring plenty of Fair Tax supporters, Glenn Beck’s “9/12 Project” members, Ron Paul folks, Christians, veterans, rich, poor, middle class and then some. [...] The crowd was a hodge-podge of the grassroots “Right” the Republican/talk radio echo chamber has created – complete with all their predictable catchphrases (whatever happened to “drill, baby, drill?”) - and independent-minded citizens who just genuinely seemed ticked off about massive spending.  [...] Senator Jim DeMint and Gov. Mark Sanford gave brief speeches, followed by numerous very short speeches from various individuals and organization representatives. While there was an emphasis on Obama-bashing, there was no praise for Republicans either, something I believed would be integral to the credibility of the event. Yes, FOX News jumped on board to provide massive coverage of the tea parties - after earlier tea parties showed promise - and Hannity, Heritage and others have tried to make this populist Right event fit nicely into their own neoconservative narratives.
Dig the code: "Defined overall by anti-Obama sentiment," "While there was an emphasis on Obama-bashing." I. e., the crowd was as pasty as in all the photos we're seen online & the broadcast telebision we've seen, network & local. DeMint & Sanford are a pair of winners too. 
The closing lines of this exercise in plagiarism come from Sullivan*, who calls today's events
fatuous pieces of theater, not constructive acts of politics.
And adds that
the right ... deserve to be dismissed as performance artists in a desperate search for coherence in an age that has left them bewilderingly behind.
Snap! *Skunks, Pissing Match Between: Andy & Ann go at each other. Reading crap like this is infinitely better than having a life.

No, You Aren't As Dumb As We Thought. We Know Now.

And, nation-wide ninnies from TPM. Also, a double dose from the self-consciously funny Wonkette.

Prexy Tells It As It Is

Shorter NYT: Pulling the tea-bags over their eyes.
Mr. Obama did not mention the “tea parties’’ that conservatives are staging around the country. But he did take a jab at his critics. “For too long, we’ve seen taxes used as a wedge to scare people into supporting policies that increased the burden on working people instead of helping them live their dreams,’’ Mr. Obama said. “That has to change.’’


The term “teabagging” has strong sexual connotations. Be wary of anyone with a camera asking you if you are a “teabagger” or if you enjoy “teabagging” or similar leading questions – they are trying to make a fool of you. Netroots interviewers might ask leading questions about immigration, President Obama, etc., to bait you into making comments they can paint as racist. Remember: the Tea Party is about responsible government and liberty for all Americans, regardless of our differences. Interviewers might also ask questions designed to show you are uneducated and ignorant. If you don't know an answer to what they ask you, be honest and say that you don't know.
(From the "How to Act in Public" instructions, apparently for teabaggers who've been in their mother's basement or a shack in the woods just a bit too long, & may have lost what few social skills they had before their time in the wilderness.)
Teabaggers, don't make your corporate organizers look foolish. Don't show the Main-Stream Media you're an uneducated, ignorant racist. Please!

Pay Up Or Shut Up

See you at the Tea Party, not being held in one of those "tea rooms" where so many Republicans often meet, but on the Santa Monica Pier from 1500-1900 today. We'll be there taking pictures of the ninnies, unless we sleep in, which is probably more likely.

Another Nail In The Coffin Of American Racism

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Friday magazine ran a picture of a couple kissing on its cover, for a "Best Places to Smooch" story. Much reaction in the last Eastern city.
Why? Because the man is black and the woman is white. The reader comments at the end of the online version clearly showed us that at least some folks out there are not comfortable with interracial relationships. Here are a couple of examples: From 1buschstadiumplz: “Haven’t read the story but dont like to see blacks and whites kissing;” From taxpayer came this remark: ”This doesn’t surprise me at all. Libs take every opportunity they can to shove miscegnation in our faces. Now that TV has to show blacks in every commercial, notice that they are always posed beside a blonde woman. Not a brunette, a blonde. Its done for shock value. Sickening that a once proud newspaper would resort to this. Joe Pulitzer is turning over in his grave in shame.”
The only racism here would be if either of the commenters were black people, because, as all right-thinking Americans know, the only racism left is practiced by minority groups, diversity consultants, Affirmative Action enforcers & self-loathing white people, against white people.


By The Associated Press Wed Apr 15, 12:01 am ET Today is Wednesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2009. There are 260 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI. Today's Highlight in History: In the early hours of April 15, 1912, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, less than three hours after striking an iceberg. Some 1,500 people died. On this date: In 1817, the first American school for the deaf opened in Hartford, Conn. In 1850, the city of San Francisco was incorporated.In 1861, three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina, President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died, several hours after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president. In 1945, during World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. In 1947, Jackie Robinson, baseball's first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day. (The Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves, 5-3.) In 1959, Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles resigned for health reasons. (He was succeeded by Christian A. Herter). In 1986, the United States launched an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5th; Libya said 37 people, mostly civilians, were killed. In 1989, 96 people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests; the demonstrations culminated in a government crackdown at Tiananmen Square. In 1998, Pol Pot, the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, died at age 73, evading prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians. Ten years ago: A gunman opened fire at the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City, killing two people and wounding four others before being shot to death by police. Five years ago: In a videotape, a man identifying himself as Osama bin Laden offered a "truce" to European countries that did not attack Muslims, saying it would begin when their soldiers left Islamic nations. Iraqi militants freed three Japanese hostages after holding them about a week. In the finale to the first edition of the NBC reality show "The Apprentice," Donald Trump "hired" Bill Rancic over Kwame Jackson during a segment that was telecast live. One year ago: Pope Benedict XVI stepped onto U.S. soil for the first time as pontiff as he was greeted at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington by President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush and their daughter Jenna. Bombings blamed on al-Qaida in Iraq tore through market areas in Baghdad and outside the capital, killing nearly 60 people. Actress Hazel Court, who'd costarred with Boris Karloff and Vincent Price in horror movies of the 1950s and '60s, died near Lake Tahoe, Calif., at age 82. Today's Birthdays: Actor Michael Ansara is 87. Country singer Roy Clark is 76. Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds is 65. Actress Lois Chiles is 62. Writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is 62. Actress Amy Wright is 59. Columnist Heloise is 58. Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson is 50. Bluegrass musician Jeff Parker is 48. Singer Samantha Fox is 43. Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) is 41.  Today In Entertainment History April 15 -- In 1966, the Rolling Stones album "Aftermath" was released in Britain. It was the first Stones album to contain all original material, and it featured songs like "Under My Thumb" and "Mother's Little Helper." In 1967, The Who released the single "Happy Jack." In 1971, "Patton" won the best picture and best director Academy Awards. Its star, George C. Scott, was named best actor, but he didn't accept the award because he didn't like the academy's voting process. In 1977, Gary Rossington and Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd presented Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson with a gold record for the album "One More For The Road." It had been recorded in Atlanta. In 1982, Billy Joel was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident on Long Island, New York. He spent about a month in the hospital. 
In 1990, actress Greta Garbo died in New York at the age of 84. Among her movie credits are "Grand Hotel" and "Camille." In 1996, the rest of Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India eleven days earlier. In 2001, singer Joey Ramone of The Ramones died in New York after battling lymphoma. He was 49. In 2004, Bill Rancic beat out Kwame Jackson to win the first season of "The Apprentice" on NBC. In 2007, Richard Gere spontaneously kissed Indian actress Shilpa Shetty during an AIDS awareness rally. A judge in India issued an arrest warrant for Gere, claiming the kiss amounted to public obscenity.  Thought for Today: "History would be an excellent thing if only it were true." — Leo Tolstoy, Russian author (1828-1910). [That certainly sums up this feature. — 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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