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?

Today in History - April 1

By The Associated Press Wed Apr 1, 12:01 am ET Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2009. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day. [You were fool enogh to look here anyway!! Tee hee. — Ed.] AP's alternate world. Their A/V. The UPI's Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On April 1, 1945, American forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II.On this date: In 1853, Cincinnati established a fire department made up of paid city employees. In 1918, the Royal Air Force was established in Britain. In 1933, Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses. In 1939, the United States recognized the government of Gen. Francisco Franco in Spain, the same day Franco went on radio to declare victory in the Spanish Civil War. In 1946, tidal waves struck the Hawaiian islands, resulting in more than 170 deaths. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a $1.85 billion emergency housing measure. In 1960, the first weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. In 1963, most of New York City's daily newspapers resumed publishing after settlement was reached in a 114-day strike. In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after Jan. 1, 1971. In 1984, recording star Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., in Los Angeles, the day before his 45th birthday. (The elder Gay pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and received probation.) Ten years ago: The United States branded as an illegal abduction the capture of three U.S. Army soldiers near the Macedonian-Yugoslav border; President Bill Clinton demanded their immediate release. A New Jersey man was arrested and charged with originating the "Melissa" e-mail virus. (David L. Smith later pleaded guilty to various state and federal charges.) Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed into law new protections for the unborn that for the first time made it a separate federal crime to harm a fetus during an assault on the mother. Michigan won the NIT championship with a 62-55 victory over Rutgers. Actress Carrie Snodgress died in Los Angeles at age 57. One year ago: The Pentagon made public a legal memo dated March 14, 2003, that approved the use of harsh interrogation techniques against terror suspects, saying that President George W. Bush's wartime authority trumped any international ban on torture. (The memo was rescinded in December 2003.) Top executives of the country's five biggest oil companies told a skeptical Congress they knew record fuel prices were hurting people, but argued it wasn't their fault and their huge profits were in line with other industries. Today's Birthdays: Actress Jane Powell is 81. Actress Grace Lee Whitney is 79. Actress Debbie Reynolds is 77. Country singer Jim Ed Brown is 75. Actor Don Hastings is 75. Blues singer Eddie King is 71. Actress Ali MacGraw is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rudolph Isley is 70. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 61.
Jazz musician Gil Scott-Heron is 60. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 59. Rock musician Billy Currie (Ultravox) is 59. Actress Annette O'Toole is 57. Movie director Barry Sonnenfeld is 56. Country singer Woody Lee is 41. Rapper-actor Method Man is 38. Movie directors Albert and Allen Hughes are 37. Political commentator Rachel Maddow is 36. Tennis player Magdalena Maleeva is 34. Actor David Oyelowo is 33. Singer Bijou Phillips is 29. Actor Sam Huntington is 27. Country singer Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) is 25. Actor Josh Zuckerman is 24. Today in Entertainment History Associated Press - April 1, 2009 3:13 AM ET On April first, 1957, Cadence Records released the single "Bye Bye Love" by the Everly Brothers. In 1963, the soap opera "General Hospital" premiered on ABC. In 1966, David Bowie's first single, "Do Anything You Say," backed with "Good Morning Girl," was released in Britain. In 1969, the Beach Boys announced a lawsuit against Capitol Records. The band was asking for more than two million dollars in royalties and producer's fees. The Beach Boys also announced the formation of a new record label, called Brother Records. In 1983, guitarist Dave Mustaine left Metallica. He went on to form Megadeth. In 1984, singer Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father during an argument. Marvin Gay (correct) Senior received probation after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter. In 1985, singer David Lee Roth left Van Halen. In 1992, Billy Idol pleaded no contest to punching a woman in the face. He was fined and told to make public service announcements against alcohol and drug use. In 1993, the producers of the country TV comedy series "Hee Haw" announced that the show would leave the air, after a 25-year run. In 2002, actress Tawny Kitaen (kih-TAY'ihn) was arrested for allegedly attacking her husband, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley. Thought for Today: "Si mi abuela tuviera ruedas seria una bicicleta." (If my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a bicycle.) — Spanish proverb. [Certainly words by which to live! — 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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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Existence Update

Our offices are alleged to have a telephone line (We called a 'phone co. & set up the service, we called the number, it was out of service, we called later, it rang & rang; we figure it's working now, & well before the promised 1630!!) & if the made in China/branded RCA™ phone jack we purchased at the 99.99 Cents Only Store® works (if the cloth-wrapped wires* coming out of the wall near the painted over modular jack to which we conected the new jack are the ones to the rat's nest of wires we assume to be somewhere in our new basement that somehow connect to Telco) we may have dial-up service when we are back in the palatial pad/office. Better than nothing. (But never better than DSL.)
Do not, however, expect an increase in publication around here before digital service has been fully restored.
*We kid you not. Imagine, the futuristic whatnot of whenever being whipped through cyberspace on a mere two copper wires installed in 1930 or so. (Probably earlier, being conservative there.)

Bad Day For The Brain Dead, Tolerable For Broadway

By The Associated Press Tue Mar 31, 12:01 am ET Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2009. There are 275 days left in the year. And from the other AP, their A/V, & the UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address, President Lyndon B. Johnson shocked his listeners by announcing he would not seek another term of office. [Click "other AP" above for audio. — Ed.] On this date: In 1809, English poet Edward FitzGerald, best known for his translation of "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam," was born in Suffolk. In 1880, Wabash, Ind., became the first town in the world to be illuminated by electrical lighting. In 1889, French engineer Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor from atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion. In 1917, the United States took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark. In 1933, Congress approved, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed, the Emergency Conservation Work Act, which created the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway. In 1945, the Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie" opened on Broadway. In 1949, Newfoundland (now called Newfoundland and Labrador) entered confederation as Canada's 10th province. In 1976, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Ann Quinlan, who was in a persistent vegetative state, could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained unconscious, died in 1985.) In 2005, Terri Schiavo, 41, died at a hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., 13 days after her feeding tube was removed in a wrenching right-to-die dispute. Ten years ago: Three U.S. Army soldiers were captured by Serb forces near the Yugoslav-Macedonia border. (Staff Sgt. Andrew Ramirez, Staff Sgt. Christopher Stone and Spec. Steven M. Gonzales were released more than a month later.) Four New York City police officers were charged with murder for killing Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant, in a hail of bullets. (The officers were acquitted in February 2000.) Five years ago: Four American civilian contractors were killed in Fallujah, Iraq; frenzied crowds dragged the burned, mutilated bodies and strung two of them from a bridge. Air America, intended as a liberal voice in network talk radio, made its debut on five stations. One year ago: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced his resignation amid the wreckage of the national housing crisis. A Bahamas jury ruled that Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, died from an accidental drug overdose, just like his mother. American movie director Jules Dassin, whose Greek wife, Melina Mercouri, starred in his hit movie "Never on Sunday" and six more of his films, died in Athens at age 96. Today's Birthdays: Actress Peggy Rea is 88. Actor William Daniels is 82. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe is 81. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 75. Actress Shirley Jones is 75.Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 75. Musician Herb Alpert is 74. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is 69. Actor Christopher Walken is 66. Comedian Gabe Kaplan is 64. Former Vice President Al Gore is 61. David Eisenhower is 61. Actress Rhea Perlman is 61. Actor Ed Marinaro is 59. Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) is 54. Actor Marc McClure is 52. On March 31st, 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway. In 1958, Chuck Berry released the single "Johnny B. Goode." In 1967, Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire in front of an audience for the first time, during a concert in London. In 1981, "Ordinary People" won the best picture Academy Award. "Fame" won best original song and score. In 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced they were breaking up. The Doobies have staged several reunions since then. In 1983, MTV added Michael Jackson's video for "Beat It." It was the first video MTV played by a black artist. In 1986, O'Kelly Isley of the Isley Brothers died of a heart attack in Alpine, New Jersey. He was 48. In 1991, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Martha Graham died in New York, & former TV actor Danny Bonaduce was arrested after hiding from authorities in a closet. He allegedly had picked up a prostitute near his downtown Phoenix apartment. [On his telebision mother's birthday, even!! Has he no shame? And wasn't the prostitute in question of the transvestite to trans-sexual persuasion? — Ed.] In 1992, two Bruce Springsteen albums went on sale nationwide. Some stores opened at midnight for fans who were waiting in Line to be the first to buy "Human Touch" and "Lucky Town." In 1993, actor Brandon Lee died after a freak accident on the set of the movie "The Crow." Lee had been shot with a prop gun that was supposed to fire blanks. He was 28. In 1995, Tejano singer Selena was shot and killed by the founder of her fan club. In 1996, actor Clint Eastwood married newscaster Dina Ruiz. Thought for Today: "So often we rob tomorrow's memories by today's economies." — John Mason Brown, American critic and lecturer (1900-1969). 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, March 30, 2009

Can't Win For Losing, Because If It Isn't One Gawd-Damned Thing It's Two Fucking Others, Damnit!!

Neither telebision (let alone cable) nor tubercular access at the new offices yet. Today the L. A. City libraries are closed (in honor of Cesar Chavez) requiring a visit to a Starbuxx, & the use of their card for wireless access. And now the wireless mouse has started acting up, requiring double effort in typing/publishing. Maybe a while before further relevant, meaningful communication is found at this URL. A long while ... In the meantime off to the 99 Cents Only Store for whatever/anything, then to K-Mart for an air mattress. Nicely refinished hardwood floors can only be described as hard, especially in comparison to cushiony soft re-cycled rubber on the playground.

Work In Progress

By The Associated Press Mon Mar 30, 12:01 am ET Today is Monday, March 30, the 89th day of 2009. There are 276 days left in the year. AP's additional history. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington hotel by John W. Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House press secretary James Brady, Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and District of Columbia police officer Thomas Delahanty. On this date: In 1822, Florida became a United States territory. In 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long of Jefferson, Ga., first used ether as an anesthetic during a minor operation. In 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska for $7.2 million, a deal roundly ridiculed as "Seward's Folly." In 1870, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, giving all citizens the right to vote regardless of race, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. Texas was readmitted to the Union. In 1909, the Queensboro Bridge, linking the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened. In 1945, the Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II. In 1959, a narrowly divided U.S. Supreme Court, in Bartkus v. Illinois, ruled that a conviction in state court following an acquittal in federal court for the same crime did not violate the Constitution's protection against double jeopardy. In 1964, John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for the U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall. In 1979, Airey Neave, a leading member of the British Parliament, was killed in London by a bomb planted in his car by the Irish National Liberation Army. In 2002, Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth died in her sleep at Royal Lodge, Windsor, outside London; she was 101 years old. Ten years ago: Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic insisted that NATO attacks stop before he moved toward peace, declaring his forces ready to fight "to the very end." NATO answered with new resolve to wreck his military with a relentless air assault. A jury in Portland, Ore., ordered Philip Morris to pay $81 million to the family of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for four decades. (The U.S. Supreme Court twice struck down the punitive damages part of the award, which was repeatedly upheld by Oregon courts; the high court agreed in June 2008 to review the judgment a third time.) Five years ago: In a reversal, President George W. Bush agreed to let National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice testify publicly and under oath before an independent panel investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. British-born American broadcaster Alistair Cooke died in New York at age 95. One year ago: The Army said the remains of Sgt. Matt Maupin, captured in Iraq in 2004, had been found and identified. Chinese spectators cheered as Greece handed off the Olympic flame for its journey to Beijing and relay through 20 countries; but protesters brandishing Tibetan flags stole the limelight. President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Washington's new stadium, Nationals Park; the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, in the first regular-season game played at the park. Cambodian-born journalist Dith Pran, whose story became the subject of the award-winning film "The Killing Fields," died in New Brunswick, N.J., at age 65. Today's Birthdays: Game show host Peter Marshall is 83. Actor Richard Dysart is 80. Actor John Astin is 79. Actor-director Warren Beatty is 72. Rock musician Graeme Edge (The Moody Blues) is 68. Rock musician Eric Clapton is 64. Actor Justin Deas (TV: "Guiding Light") is 61. Actor Robbie Coltrane is 59. Actor Paul Reiser is 52. Rap artist MC Hammer is 46. Singer Tracy Chapman is 45. Actor Ian Ziering is 45. Singer Celine Dion is 41. Actor Mark Consuelos is 38. Disc jockey DJ AM is 36. Singer Norah Jones is 30. On March 30th, 1955, the movie "On the Waterfront" won the Academy Award for best picture. Marlon Brando won the best actor Oscar. In 1976, the Sex Pistols played their first show at London's 100 Club, reportedly attracting only 50 people.
In 1978, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of The Clash were arrested in London for shooting pigeons from the roof of a rehearsal hall. In 1983, a jury in Santa Monica, California, decided that Groucho Marx's companion, Eric Fleming, had defrauded the late comedian. The Marx Estate was awarded nearly half a million dollars, but the amount was later reduced to $221,000. In 1986, actor James Cagney died at his farm in Stanfordville, New York, at age 86. In 1987, the Academy Award for best picture went to Oliver Stone's Vietnam War film "Platoon." Stone took home an Oscar for best director. In 1992, "The Silence of the Lambs" won five Academy Awards, including best picture. Stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins won the best actress and actor awards. "Beauty and the Beast" won best original song and score. In 1999, model Fabio was injured while riding a roller coaster as a goose flew into his face in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 2007, Bono of U2 was knighted in an informal ceremony at the Dublin home of a British ambassador. 
Thought for Today: "If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet." — Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born American Nobel Prize-winning author (1904-1991).

Sunday, March 29, 2009

On This Date In Hell

Today is Sunday, March 29, the 88th day of 2009. There are 277 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI. Today's Highlight in History: On March 29, 1973, the last United States combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War. On this date: In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware. In 1790, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, was born in Charles City County, Va. In 1847, during the Mexican-American War, victorious forces led by Gen. Winfield Scott occupied the city of Veracruz after Mexican defenders capitulated. In 1867, Britain's Parliament passed the British North America Act to create the Dominion of Canada. In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut. In 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began. In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.) In 1959, the Billy Wilder farce "Some Like It Hot," starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, opened in New York. In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the final time. In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Junior was convicted of murdering 22 Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai (mee ly) massacre. (Calley ended up serving three years under house arrest.) Ten years ago: NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia continued for a sixth night. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 10,000 for the first time, ending the day at 10,006.78. Connecticut beat top-ranked Duke, 77-74, for its first NCAA basketball championship. Legendary jazz singer Joe Williams died in Las Vegas at age 80. Five years ago: President George W. Bush welcomed seven former Soviet-bloc nations (Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Latvia and Estonia) into NATO during a White House ceremony. In a stinging rebuke, Secretary-General Kofi Annan fired one top U.N. official and demoted another for security failures leading to the August bombing of the U.N.'s Baghdad headquarters that killed 22 people. At least 19 people were killed in a wave of terrorist violence in Uzbekistan. One year ago: Anti-American Shiite militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr (mook-TAH'-duh ahl SAH'-dur) ordered his followers to defy orders from the Iraqi government to surrender their weapons. Zimbabweans voted in an election seen as the biggest test of Robert Mugabe's 28-year rule. (Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai (SVAHNG'-ur-eye) claimed victory, but the Election Commission ordered a runoff; Mugabe claimed victory in that contest, which was widely denounced as a sham.) Today's Birthdays: Political commentator John McLaughlin is 82. Author Judith Guest is 73. Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major is 66. Comedian Eric Idle is 66. Composer Vangelis is 66. Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is 62. Actor Christopher Lawford is 54. Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas is 53. Actor Christopher Lambert is 52. Rock singer Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros; Jane's Addiction) is 50. Comedian-actress Amy Sedaris is 48.Model Elle Macpherson is 46. Rock singer-musician John Popper (Blues Traveler) is 42. Actress Lucy Lawless is 41. Country singer Regina Leigh (Regina Regina) is 41. Country singer Brady Seals is 40. Tennis player Jennifer Capriati is 33.  Today in Entertainment History Associated Press - March 29, 2009 3:13 AM ET On March 29th, 1951, the Academy Award for best picture went to the 1950 film "All About Eve." In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the last time. Johnny Carson began his stint as host in October. In 1973, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show made it onto the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine, as sung about in the band's hit song "The Cover of Rolling Stone." In 1976, the Oscar for best picture went to "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." Jack Nicholson's role in the film won him the best actor award, while Louise Fletcher picked up the Oscar for best actress. In 1977, "Rocky" won the Academy Award for best picture. "Evergreen," the love theme from "A Star Is Born," won the best original song award. In 1978, "Annie Hall" won the Oscar for best picture plus the best actress award for Diane Keaton. "You Light Up My Life" won the original song award. In 1979, Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd, the ex-wife of his friend, George Harrison. They separated in 1986. In 1980, part-time songwriter Ronald Selle sued the Bee Gees for copyright infringement on the hit song "How Deep Is Your Love." Selle claimed the Bee Gees plagiarized a song called "Let It End." He lost on appeal. In 1989, "Rain Man" won four Academy Awards, including best picture and the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman. In 1993, the Supreme Court announced it would use a case involving 2 Live Crew to decide whether copyright holders can ban song parodies. The rappers later won their dispute with Acuff-Rose music over their takeoff of Roy Orbison's "Oh Pretty Woman." In 2000, 'N Sync's album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies its first week out. It set an all-time record for first-week sales. Thought for Today: "Tolerance always has limits -- it cannot tolerate what is itself actively intolerant." -- Sidney Hook, American philosopher and author (1902-1989).