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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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"... as civilization collapses the opportunities for intelligent and committed people to make a profound difference actually increases." (UPDATED)

Rod Dreher is wasting keystrokes again. At the very top of this item we find:
Categories: Decline and fall, Homosexuality
Why would he bother typing anything else? Yet bravely he plods forward, to transcribe (Bets now being taken on whether or not Mr. D. actually transcribed anything; he must have an intern.) a "short" interview w/ Maggie Gallagher, of the National Organization for Marriage, wherein Gallagher responds to Rod's belief that the marriage battle/windmill tilt they've been in is lost. 
Public opinion hasn't changed much at all. What's changed is the punishment the gay marriage movement is inflicting on dissenters, which is narrowing the circle of people willing to speak. This is a very powerful movement, no question. Nobody understands that better than I do. But in the end--and this is not necessarily "optimistic" -I think civilizations that can't hang onto an idea as basic as to make a marriage you need a husband and a wife aren't going to make it in the long haul.
Consider the phrase "public opinion." Not merely as the opinion of the undifferentiated tissue that passes for America's citizenry, but as opinion expressed in public. She states (w/o really meaning to) that has become less acceptable to be a homophobe in public (because of the "punishment inflicted" on "dissenters"). Or it may just be the change in public opinion she denies in the prior sentence, to go back to the first definition, rather than fear of punishment. Either way, how brave these few are, not letting the punishment dissuade them from their dissent. Tough to "dissent" against a less than two-figure percentage of the population & a few of their friends & allies, w/ those millions upon millions of evangementalists, wack-job bead-rattlers, the occasional snake-handler & the Rev. Fred Phelps' family/cult on your side, isn't it? 
As for the long haul, it is central to her point that gay marriage will result in non-American (therefore non-virtuous & bad for gays) civilization:
So I'm not worried about the progressive myth that 200 years from now gay marriage will be the new world norm. I'm somewhat more worried about the kind of cultures around the world that might survive. It's not clear to me they'll have the virtues of American civilization for gay people or anyone else.
See what happens when Americans try to think beyond next quarter's financial results, or the next election? Virtuous American civilization will be brought down by delusional types like Rod & Maggie, not two guys in bathrobes frying up a couple of steaks. More divisiveness from Dreher: 
...we trads should focus our efforts on erecting constitutional walls of protection behind which religious institutions can operate freely - this, before the culture shifts so profoundly as to make the view that religious traditionalists are akin to racists mainstream. Bottom line: I believe we should retreat to a strategically defensible position while there's still time.
Gawd knows (but as usual, isn't telling) what operating freely behind walls of protection might entail. Child abuse, The Inquisition, stoning adulterers, Mormons deciding to run all of Utah from behind literal walls? It could happen.
And legally. Look for more agitation on this new-found issue that Ms. Gallagher brings up.
Do we need to pass more protective religious liberty exemptions? Yes.
Do we? A "liberty exemption" sounds exactly like "special rights" (which, of course, are what the gay agendaists want for themselves, not mere equal rights) to the editorial board here. And as much as Gallagher wants to disagree w/ Dreher that their battle for marriage is over, her desire for religious exemption is about the same as the walls that Rod wants: The unspoken admission that their civilization has given up the ghost, & they're standing on the battlements of a smoking ruin, hoping for a new shipment of walls.
Notes: Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ is completely opposed to marriage, as it is a corrupt, bourgeois institution that's on it's way out w/ the remainder of what Rod & Maggie call civilization (known to most as repression) whether or not gay people get on for the last few rides. But if same-sex marriage so deeply bothers some people, it must be a good thing, so we'll support it from behind our keyboard. If it truly would bring current structures down about our ears, we'd certainly do more than just sit here typing about it: we'd go out & marry some dude.
Note the second: As to interns, either those SMU kids are stupider than they used to be, or Rod is illiterate as well as incognitive:
Here's what I know that maybe you can't see: There are enormous untapped energies out their waiting for someone to organize them effectively.
Bonus commentary: OK! Maggie debunks any indication that recent "teabagging" activities could possibly be organic, grass-roots activities. The masses' enormous energies, generally wasted shopping & couch potato-ing, can only be organized from above. UPDATE (15 April 2009 @ 0149): The stat weasels at FiveThirtyEight have the poop on whether or not "public opinion" has changed. Short answer: Yes.

Protest Too Much?

Ah, here's the "outrage." We've been looking all over for it, & it's no wonder we couldn't find it: These clowns were hoarding all of it.

Talk Dirty To Me, Real Americans

It is to laugh: "Washington prostitute-patronizer David Vitter." While on the subject:
So, at some point in the future (we don't know when), some politicians (we don't know who) might find it necessary to raise taxes. Whose taxes would be raised? It's too soon to say. How much would taxes go up? No one knows. But the mere prospect of a possible future tax increase has led untold thousands of activists, an entire cable news network, corporate lobbyists, conservative bloggers, conservative talk-radio hosts, and Republican officials to organize a series of national events. With extraordinary foresight, they've organized thousands of rallies to register their outrage, not at existing tax rates, but at tax policies that haven't been proposed, but might exist at some undermined point. Got it. With this in mind, I can only conclude that the Tea Parties are the most forward-thinking political events in the history of the country.
We had no conclusion. Good thing we found the above.

History Shows Again & Again ...

By The Associated Press 1 hr 10 mins ago Today is Tuesday, April 14, the 104th day of 2009. There are 261 days left in the year. And the AP alternate, & A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington. (Lincoln died the following morning.) See the AP's 1865 take on the story.["Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you find the play?"] On this date: In 1759, German-born English composer George Frideric Handel died in London at age 74. In 1775, the first American society for the abolition of slavery was formed in Philadelphia. In 1828, the first edition of Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" was published. In 1902, James Cash Penney opened his first store, The Golden Rule, in Kemmerer, Wyo. In 1909, Armenians in Adana Province in the Ottoman Empire became targets of violence during an uprising by counterrevolutionaries seeking to restore Sultan Abdul Hamid II to power; the number of Armenians killed has been put at up to 30,000. In 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began sinking. In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published. In 1949, at the conclusion of the so-called "Wilhelmstrasse Trial," 19 former Nazi Foreign Office officials were sentenced by an American tribunal in Nuremberg to prison terms ranging from four to 25 years. In 1956, Ampex Corp. demonstrated the first successful videotape recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention in Chicago. In 1989, former winery worker Ramon Salcido went on a rampage in Sonoma County, Calif., killing seven people, including his wife and two of his daughters; he is currently on death row. Ten years ago: Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr told Congress the Watergate-era law that gave him the power to probe actions of executive branch officials was flawed and should be abolished. NATO mistakenly bombed a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees; Yugoslav officials said 75 people were killed. British entertainer Anthony Newley died in Jensen Beach, Fla., at age 67. Five years ago: In a historic policy shift, President George W. Bush endorsed Israel's plan to hold on to part of the West Bank in any final peace settlement with the Palestinians; he also ruled out Palestinian refugees returning to Israel, bringing strong criticism from the Palestinians. One year ago: Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp., announced they were combining. Kidnapped British journalist Richard Butler was rescued by Iraqi troops from a house in Basra after two months in captivity. Media billionaire Silvio Berlusconi won a decisive victory in Italy's parliamentary election. Carme Chacon was sworn into office as Spain's first woman defense minister. Taylor Swift won video of the year and female video for her smash "Our Song" while newcomer Kellie Pickler took home three awards during the Country Music Television awards. Today's Birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman is 79. Actor Jay Robinson is 79. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 74. Actress Julie Christie is 69.Former baseball player Pete Rose is 68. Rock musician Ritchie Blackmore is 64. Actor John Shea is 60. Actor-race car driver Brian Forster is 49. Actor Brad Garrett is 49. Actor Robert Carlyle is 48. Rock singer-musician John Bell (Widespread Panic) is 47. Actor Robert Clendenin is 45. Actor Lloyd Owen is 43. Baseball player Greg Maddux is 43. Rock musician Barrett Martin is 42. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 41. Actor Adrien Brody is 36. Classical singer David Miller is 36. Rapper DaBrat is 35. Actor Antwon Tanner is 34. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 32. Actor-producer Rob McElhenney is 32. Today In Entertainment History April 14  -- In 1939, the movie "Wuthering Heights," starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premiered in New York. In 1958, "Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como became the first single certified as gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1962, Bob Dylan recorded seven songs, including "Blowin' In The Wind," at Columbia Records studios in New York. In 1968, the Matt Crowley play "The Boys in the Band" opened in New York. In 1969, "Oliver!" was named best picture at the Academy Awards. In 1974, Pete Townshend appeared for the first time as a solo act at a concert in London, accompanied only by homemade tapes. In 1976, Motown Records announced a $13 million contract renewal for Stevie Wonder. At the time, it was the largest contract ever negotiated. Eric Faulkner of the Bay City Rollers nearly died after swallowing Seconal and Valium at his manager's house in Scotland. [No reason to believe the two events were related. Or is there? — Ed.] In 1980, "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the best picture and director Academy Awards, plus the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman. Meryl Streep, who also appeared in that movie, was named best supporting actress. Sally Field won the best actress award for "Norma Rae." Gary Numan released "The Touring Principle," a 45-minute concert video. It was the first commercially available home rock videocassette. In 1983, Pete Farndon, formerly of The Pretenders, died of a drug overdose. He had been fired from the band the year before. In 1995, actor-singer Burl Ives died at his home in Anacortes, Washington. He was 85. 
Thought for Today: "'History repeats itself' and 'History never repeats itself' are about equally true ... We never know enough about the infinitely complex circumstances of any past event to prophesy the future by analogy." — George Macaulay Trevelyan, English historian (1876-1962). 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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Monday, April 13, 2009

Low Hanging Fruit Edition

As this month's Friday the 13th arrives on a Monday, let's examine something very frightening indeed. We are treated to a nice long description of the symptoms of nausea, leading us to:
For the past several decades, it is clear that the Left has suffered from this malady — this chronic unrelenting nausea — that seems only to be relieved by their periodic explosions of verbal vomit. What is making them so sick? What exactly can't they stomach? In a word, America!
The word typist Joan Swirsky wants is "AmeriKKKa." At least she could get that right when she's typing her verbal vomit. 
Why do Leftists behave like this? Why do they condemn and insult and apologize for our great nation to foreigners who have always envied and resented us? Because they hate us too! These are the ingrates who don't deserve the privilege of having been being born in America — and I wish they hadn't been! What I wish is that they'd been born in Communist Russia or Cuba, in Socialist Venezuela or Europe, or in Jihad-Central Saudi Arabia or Syria, where they'd have fit right in to the totalitarian regimes they unfailingly glamorize. But the unlucky citizens of our country are stuck with this bash-America crowd and with their jihad against our exquisite Constitution, our envy-of-the world free-market capitalist system, our bountiful generosity, and the foundation of morality and lawfulness — based on Judeo-Christian ethics — that has guided our nation for over 230 years.
We think the nausea will start soon. Sometimes all it takes is the slightest whiff of an "ungrateful Frogs" rant.
Is he ashamed at our arrogance in winning back the entire European continent one square inch at a time beginning at Normandy?
Yeah, one square inch at a time (Not one of those sissy square millimeters they use over there, either, just good square American inches.) is exactly how Patton & his Third Army single-handedly won back the entire European continent, driving every last Nazi east over the Urals, where Chiang Kai-shek was waiting for them. That does sound a bit arrogant, doesn't it? It may be due to a "startling ignorance of American history."
As Obama was lavishing praise on the Europeans and betraying his startling ignorance of American history, best-selling author and radio-host Mark Levin was reminding his listeners that Europe has indeed led the world — in Colonialism, Imperialism, Communism, Fascism and Nazism — movements that were all born in Europe and metastasized from there like the cancers they are.
Don't forget the Euro-cancer of democracy. It's as we've said since forever: White people are the root of all evil in the world. (Does this mean the lamp beside the Golden Door is no longer lit for Euro-immigration? Hard to reconcile w/ the boilerplate "Better Englishmen than Zulus immigrating here.")
No, no, he can't be appeasing the pantywaists too, can he? The shame, the humiliation. And, and, look at the guy the pirates are holding hostage!! Look! Look!
At the same time, African Muslim terrorists took three Frenchmen hostage. In short order, the French fought back fiercely and rescued them. Dan Friedman, a frequent commentator on the political scene, said: "when the French show you up, you've sunk very low. When you're outsmarted and outmaneuvered by a band of illiterate savages, you've neared rock bottom. When four kids with rotting teeth who've never seen a flush toilet can stop you in your tracks, you're foundering. When your sophisticated Navy and your will to use it is defeated by your own Commander-in-Chief's naiveté and cringing self-doubt, your country is up a creek without a paddle." In perfect keeping with President Obama's abject pandering to the Muslim world and his by-now-proven "style" of appeasement and capitulation (read North Korea, Iran and Captain Phillips), what have we heard from him? On day one of the crisis: "We're talking about housing, guys," he shot back at a journalist who dared question him about the Somali terrorist attack and Captain Phillips' plight. On day two: Silence. On day three: Deafening silence. On day four: Thundering silence. Responding quickly to their new ally in the White House, Somali Muslim terrorists promptly hijacked an American-owned, 16-crew-member tugboat in the Gulf of Aden. President Obama's response: "Absent." As editor Charlotte Baker says; "In less than 90 days, President Obama has pushed America back to the malaise of the Carter days — hostages and all."
Now, how'd all that work out again? Keep your fucking mouth shut & carry a big stick, rather than pose, posture & attack the wrong country? Can't get much more American than that. We must apologize for calling anyone a "pirate," when of course everyone knows they are alternately "African Muslim terrorists" or "Somali Muslim terrorists." Our mistake, & we sincerely regret it.
We're certainly happy that the situation worked out well for our side, because of what would have happened, had there been any "appeasement."
James Lewis writes that, "Jimmy and Zbig (Brezenski) have been trying to explain their disastrous ignorance ever since and because they are mentally stuck in appeasement they have infected the Obamanites with the same bacilli. If Obama fails to take action, watch for Russia to make a move on the Ukraine. China will get more aggressive toward Taiwan. Iran will openly throw sandals at Obama effigies, and the rest of the world will realize — uh oh, no more cop on the international beat. North Korea will launch another missile over Japan...another satellite launch will somehow go astray, heading toward Hawaii...welcome to the age of American weakness."
Holy crap, one or two more days of waiting, or what if they'd paid off the "marine terrorists?" It literally would have been the end of Western Civ, per these clowns. (Also holy crap: We're quoting a delusional paranoid who mostly quotes other delusional paranoids. The race to the bottom is speeding up.) 
Which seems more likely, that conservatism is a mental illness, or that liberal/progressivism is? The above typing is just about clinical for deluded behavior. Even actual cases (Must've been a few) of so-called Bush Derangement Syndrome didn't come near this level of hysteria.
Bush was committing the crimes he was accused of. And stole the fucking 2000 election. But elected Obama is some sort of usurper when he puts his small "d," democratic majority approved policies in place. These people are working from their deepest fears, which have apparently been the same since the first Red Scares of WWI. The Nazis, & sort of pretending to be afraid of them (when not actively supporting them) were a distraction during WWII, but after America won that one all by its lonesome, & there weren't enough Nazis left to obsess over, it was right back to fear of a red planet. And now, twenty yrs. since the Berlin Wall was knocked down, their fears have come to fruition, as the conflation of Marxism, Muhammadanism & Negritude has combined in a perfect paranoid storm, just thirty or forty yrs. late, to bury us like Khrushchev said they would.
We'll be opening a pool on when the first not-entirely-un-serious suggestion that B. O. is a tool of those little gray dudes that crashed at Roswell will be made. Six mos., anyone?

Deflation Update: Picture Now Worth Only 500 - 750 Words

Why don't we trundle to, "Where Your Opinion Counts," & find a really offensive (or just plain dense, we're far from picky) cartoon. How long will it take us to find a good'un?
Well, it's taking an eternity, probably due to our current dial-up limbo, so we're giving up at about the fifth one we got to, which is not offensive as much as ignorant to make a point. Do let us know if you think the point is anything beyond "they're a bunch of dirty savages just out of the Stone Age."Unless cartoonist Jerry Holbert isn't playing dense, & believes DVDs are unknown to the leaders of a nation that's on the verge of nuking Israel & the United Snakes off the map. (That, he probably does believe!)

Seven Ways To Blow Shit Up Real Good

As a middle-aged American male, the editorial staff enjoys things that explode. (Maybe it's the nihilist in us; home-schooling didn't socialize us very well.) Not people, things. Not even things w/ people in them. 
But this. We didn't know the Soviet Union had "detonated more than 120 nukes to aid civilian aims." Crap. And we certainly never knew that the United Snakes had actually put Project Plowshare into action.Pesky ol' public opinion may have prevented more of this:
Beginning in the mid-1960s, scientists used targeted nuclear explosions to stimulate natural gas production by fracturing the rocks in which the gas was locked to make them more permeable. It worked well enough to warrant progressively larger tryouts. In 1967 Time described the first demonstration, Project Gasbuggy in New Mexico, like this:
On a butte above New Mexico's Leandro Canyon last week, chilled observers fell silent as a voice on the public-address system reached the end of the countdown. For a tense moment, nothing happened. Then the earth jolted underfoot and a dull, distant boom was heard, followed by a second, more gentle, rolling shock. Someone shouted: "We did it! We did it!" Hand shakes were exchanged all around. The U.S. had successfully set off the first nuclear explosion sponsored jointly by the Government and industry.
The natural gas work culminated in 1973 with the explosion of three 33-kiloton bombs thousands of feet underground in Rio Blanco, Colorado. The key problem was that the gas this produced had measurable amounts of radioactivity. Not surprisingly, that created political problems for the method, even though the scientists involved in the experiments claimed the radiation would not be detrimental to public health.
but if a fairly well-informed explosion fan was unaware we were nuking ourselves for the profits of the oil & gas industry (What more can they want from us?) it's hard to imagine the booboisie getting huffy. This is the first thing in close to twenty yrs. we've discovered (on a more than personal level, & we'll certainly spare you that crap) that's stopped us in our keystrokes for a good 45 seconds. Certainly the most pointedly amazing factoid we've seen on the Internet. (Hey, whatever. Maybe we did know but forgot about it. It's been a while. It's not as if the stupid "liberal" media have been on it like wrinkles on a cheap suit beyond TIME®'s bit in 1967.) We may just be amazed that we neither knew of nor remembered Project Gasbuggy & al.; the devotion to BO (Big Oil, that is. Texas tea.) that elements of the gov't. display is shocking, but shouldn't be surprising any longer.  As long as you duck & cover, everything will be alright.

Symptoms Of The Conservative Crack-Up Were On Full Display After President Obama's Trip Abroad. Bill Kristol, Take A Bow.

By Juan Cole Professor Cole wraps up the amazement of wing-nuts when foreign policy is performed. They can barely recognize it when it's right before their eyes, so their attempts to analyze its practice & use are not unlike a monkey trying to read People®.  Read more, or don't.

"O. K., Houston, We've Had A Problem Here" ... A Negro Won The Oscar

By The Associated Press; 1 hr 34 mins ago Today is Monday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2009. There are 262 days left in the year. AP's different version. And A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On April 13, 1743, the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, was born in Shadwell, Va. On this date: In 1598, King Henry IV of France endorsed the Edict of Nantes, which granted rights to the Protestant Huguenots. (The edict was abrogated in 1685 by King Louis XIV, who declared France entirely Catholic again.) In 1742, Handel's "Messiah" was first performed publicly in Dublin, Ireland. In 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated in New York. (The original museum opened in 1872.) One hundred years ago, in 1909, author Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Miss. In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.In 1958, American pianist Van Cliburn, 23, won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for "Lilies of the Field." [45 yrs. later, we have one for a president. Are you happy, Academy? — Ed.] In 1970, Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.) Astronaut Jack Swigert tells Mission Control "we've had a problem". In 1986, Pope John Paul II visited the Great Synagogue of Rome in the first recorded papal visit of its kind to a Jewish house of worship. In 1992, the Great Chicago Flood took place as the city's century-old tunnel system and adjacent basements filled with water from the Chicago River. Ten years ago: Right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Mich., to 10 to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou Gehrig's disease patient. (Kevorkian ended up serving eight years.) Five years ago: Conceding a couple of "tough weeks in Iraq," President George W. Bush signaled he was ready to put more American troops on the front lines and use decisive force if necessary to restore order despite "gut-wrenching" televised images of fallen Americans. Barry Bonds hit his 661st homer, passing Willie Mays to take sole possession of third place on baseball's career list. Swimmer Michael Phelps won the 2003 Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. One year ago: World Bank President Robert Zoellick urged immediate action to deal with mounting food prices that had caused hunger and deadly violence in several countries. Trevor Immelman won the Masters, becoming the first South African to wear a green jacket in 30 years. A construction worker's bid to curse the New York Yankees by planting a Boston Red Sox jersey in their new stadium was foiled when the home team removed the offending shirt from its burial spot. Physicist John A. Wheeler, who coined the term "black holes," died in Hightstown, N.J., at age 96. Today's Birthdays: Movie director Stanley Donen is 85. Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., is 76. Actor Lyle Waggoner is 74. Actor Edward Fox is 72. Playwright Lanford Wilson is 72. Actor Paul Sorvino is 70. Movie and TV composer Bill Conti is 67. Rock musician Jack Casady is 65. Actor Tony Dow is 64.Singer Al Green is 63. Actor Ron Perlman is 59. Actor William Sadler is 59. Singer Peabo Bryson is 58. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" bandleader/rock musician Max Weinberg is 58. Bluegrass singer-musician Sam Bush is 57. Rock musician Jimmy Destri is 55. Singer-musician Louis Johnson (The Brothers Johnson) is 54. Comedian Gary Kroeger is 52. Actress Saundra Santiago is 52. Rock musician Joey Mazzola (Sponge) is 48. Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov is 46. Actress Page Hannah is 45. Actress-comedian Caroline Rhea is 45. Rock musician Lisa Umbarger is 44. Rock musician Marc Ford is 43. Reggae singer Capleton is 42. Actor Ricky Schroder is 39. Rock singer Aaron Lewis (Staind) is 37. Actor Bokeem Woodbine is 36. Singer Lou Bega is 34. Actor-producer Glenn Howerton is 33. Basketball player Baron Davis is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- On April 13th, 1958, Van Cliburn became the first American to win the Tchaikovsky International Piano Contest in Moscow. In 1964, the movie "Tom Jones" won the best picture and best director Academy Awards. Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Oscar for his work in the movie "Lilies of the Field."In 1965, the Song of the Year Grammy Award went to "Hello, Dolly." The Beatles captured the best new artist award and won the best group performance award for "A Hard Day's Night." In 1967, The Rolling Stones played their first concert behind the Iron Curtain, in Warsaw, Poland. Riot police had to step in to deal with 2,000 people who weren't able to get tickets. In 1971, The Rolling Stones released "Brown Sugar," the first record on their own label, Rolling Stone Records. Thirty years ago, in 1979, singer David Lee Roth of Van Halen collapsed onstage in Spokane, Washington, due to exhaustion. [Or too much Spokane. — Ed.] Twenty years ago, in 1989, entertainer Jack Jones received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He's probably best known for singing the "Love Boat" theme. In 2000, Metallica sued the online song-swapping service Napster for copyright infringement.  Thought for Today: "The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy." — Eudora Welty, American author (1909-2001). [Either way, the excursion ends in Hell. — 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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