Monday, May 25, 2009

25 May: Lazy Slobs Finally Show Up At Constitutional Convention To Vote For 3/5 Rule & Second Amendment

By The Associated Press 1 hr 29 mins ago Today is Monday, May 25, the 145th day of 2009. There are 220 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance. [Remember especially those who died in vain, in the service of idiot Presidents & Congresses. — Ed.] AP's Different World. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlights in History: In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare airport. Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while on his way to a school bus stop in lower Manhattan; his fate has never been determined. On this date: In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began meeting in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum. In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule. In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison. In 1916, the Chicago Tribune published an interview with Henry Ford in which the American industrialist was quoted as saying, "History is more or less bunk." [Except that "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" book. That's totally real. — Ed.] In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy, addressing Congress, called on the nation to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade.President John F. Kennedy says nation should be committed. In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall. In 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participated in "Hands Across America," forming a line across the country to raise money for the nation's hungry and homeless. [Uh, you might want to mention that it was hardly a continuous line. — Ed.] Ten years ago: A bipartisan congressional report said China's two-decade effort to steal U.S. weapons technology continued well into the Clinton administration; President Bill Clinton responded that his administration was already "moving aggressively to tighten security." Five years ago: The Boston Archdiocese said it would close 65 of 357 parishes, an offshoot of the clergy sex abuse scandal. Peace activist David Dellinger, one of the "Chicago Seven" defendants, died in Montpelier, Vt., at age 88. Publisher Roger W. Straus Jr. died in New York at age 87. One year ago: A tornado tore through Parkersburg, Iowa, killing eight people. NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander arrived to begin searching for water on the Red Planet. Seven crashes and spinouts marred the first Indianapolis 500 since the two warring open-wheel series (CART and IRL) came together under the IndyCar banner; Scott Dixon stayed ahead of the trouble to win the race. The French film "The Class" won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival. J.R. Simplot, Idaho's billionaire potato king, died in Boise at age 99. Today's Birthdays: Lyricist Hal David is 88. Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen is 75. Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 73. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 70. Actress Dixie Carter is 70. Country singer Jessi Colter is 66. Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 66. Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 65. Actress Karen Valentine is 62. Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 61. Actress Patti D'Arbanville is 58. Actress Connie Sellecca is 54. Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 51. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 46. Actor Matt Borlenghi is 42. Actor Joseph Reitman is 41. Rock musician Glen Drover is 40. Actress Anne Heche is 40. Actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush ("Little House on the Prairie") are 39. Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 39. Actor Justin Henry is 38. Rapper Daz Dillinger is 36. Actress Molly Sims is 36. Singer Lauryn Hill is 34. Actor Cillian Murphy is 33. Actor Ethan Suplee is 33. Rock musician Todd Whitener is 31. Actor Corbin Allred is 30. San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young is 30. San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is 25. Today In Entertainment History -- On May 25th, 1926, jazz trumpeter and innovator Miles Davis was born in Alton, Illinois. Davis died in 1991.
In 1965, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies knocked himself unconscious onstage when he slammed into drummer Mick Avery's cymbal during a London concert. The Kinks had to cancel the rest of the British tour. In 1968, the Monterey International Pop Festival in California was canceled due to public pressure. Fifty-two thousand dollars and the festival's bookkeeper were later reported missing. In 1969, the motion picture "Midnight Cowboy," starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, opened in New York. In 1973, Carole King gave a free concert in New York's Central Park for what was, at the time, the largest music audience ever to gather there: 100,000 people. In 1978, The Who filmed concert sequences for its documentary, "The Kids Are Alright." In 1992, Jay Leno took over the "Tonight Show," replacing Johnny Carson. Leno's first guest was Billy Crystal. In 1996, singer Bradley Nowell of Sublime was found dead in his San Francisco motel room of a drug overdose. He was 28. In 2005, Carrie Underwood beat out Bo Bice to win the fourth season of "American Idol." Thought for Today: "A historian is a prophet in reverse." — Friedrich von Schlegel, German diplomat and writer (1772-1829).
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tomorrow's Grunt Today

An exciting new interpretation of the Second Amendment: When the N. R. A. sees this they're going to start calling for free RPGs, M-16s & armor-piercing rounds from the gov't. (To enable them to continue defending freedom & liberty from the gov't., of course.)Note Littoral Combat Ship. Is it for use against "Coastal Elites?"

The Adult, Intellectual Seriosity Of The Weekly Standard

Feel free to ignore this. We haven't the patience to pick this particular item into shreds (It goes on & on & on, or seems to, though it's only two pp.) But we want to book mark it for further reference, w/o adding yet more crap to the favorites in the overburdened browser. Therefore ... Or, feel free to read it. If this defense of sexual feudalism is what the deep thinkers on the right have (& they want to waste their feeble brain power on "defending," sort of, marriage) we'll give this sort of right-wing foolishness another 30 yrs. max, allowing for advances in gerontology. Though most of the foolishness will be carried out by about twenty guys (it's always "guys" in the Deep Thinking Dep't. at dear old Trad U.) writing in obscure on-line journals like Property Rights Quarterly, Patrimony Review, & Minutes of The Old Honkies Meeting Down At The American Legion Last Week.

"I Been Kcking Around Hollywood A Long Time."

Better Living Through Radioactivity

What Does Bill Cosby Have To Say About This?

Or this?

The Big Tent

Spanning the spectrum from A to B, & back again:
He has to be a united [sic], not a divider. Everybody has to feel at home in the Republican Party - every single group. Not just moderate conservatives and, perhaps, libertarians. Social conservatives and ‘Limbaugh conservatives’ too should feel welcome.
That's everybody, right? Moderates. Pathetic fucksticks.

24 May: Separated At Birth: Queen Victoria, Bob Zimmerman

Today is Sunday, May 24, the 144th day of 2009. There are 221 days left in the year. AP oddities. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: In 1844, Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, "What hath God wrought" from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America's first telegraph line.On this date: In 1819, Queen Victoria was born in London. In 1830, the first passenger railroad in the United States began service between Baltimore and Elliott's Mills, Md. One hundred fifty years ago, in 1859, the song "Ave Maria," featuring a melody by French composer Charles Gounod superimposed on a theme from Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier," was first performed in Paris by opera singer Marie Caroline Miolan-Carvalho. In 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge, linking Brooklyn and Manhattan, was dedicated by President Chester Alan Arthur and New York Gov. Grover Cleveland, and opened to traffic. In 1935, he first major league baseball game played at night took place at Cincinnati's Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1.In 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank the British dreadnought Hood in the North Atlantic. In 1958, United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service. [Now part of the "Rev. Messiah" Moon's Anti-Cjhrist operations. — Ed.] Fifty years ago, in 1959, former U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles died in Washington, D.C., at age 71. In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Aurora 7. In 1976, Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service to Washington. In 1977, in a surprise move, the Kremlin ousted Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny from the Communist Party's ruling Politburo. In 1980, Iran rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague to release the American hostages. In 1994, four men convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to 240 years in prison. [Holy Crap!! We haven't been holding them in the U. S. for the past 15 yrs. have we? Please tell us they're locked away in the cone of a volcano on an uninhabited South Seas island. Please! — Ed.] In 1995, "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,500 for running a call girl ring that catered to the rich and famous, & former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson died at age 79. Ten years ago: A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that schools can be sued when officials fail to stop students from sexually harassing each other. The Supreme Court ruled that police violate people's privacy rights when they bring TV camera crews or other journalists into homes during arrests or searches. Mike Tyson walked out of a Rockville, Md., jail after serving 3 1/2 months behind bars for assaulting two motorists after a fender-bender.
In 2001, 23 people died when the floor of a Jerusalem wedding hall collapsed beneath dancing guests in a horrifying scene captured on video. Five years ago: President George W. Bush sought to reassure Americans in a prime-time address that he had a plan to pull Iraq out of the violence and chaos that had marked the year since he declared an end to major combat. A federal court in Portland, Ore., threw out the case brought against Brandon Mayfield, an American lawyer once linked to the Madrid train bombings, and the FBI apologized for a fingerprint-identification error that led to his arrest. Severe storms flooded villages in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, resulting in an estimated 3,000 deaths. One year ago: British actor Rob Knox, 18, who had completed filming a minor role in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," was stabbed to death during a brawl in London. (His attacker, Karl Bishop, was later sentenced to life in prison.) Comedy performer and director Dick Martin of TV's "Laugh-In" fame died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 86. Today's Birthdays: Comedian Tommy Chong is 71. Singer Bob Dylan is 68. Actor Gary Burghoff is 66. Singer Patti LaBelle is 65. Actress Priscilla Presley is 64. [Actress? — Ed.] Country singer Mike Reid is 62. Actor Jim Broadbent is 59. Actor Alfred Molina is 56. Singer Rosanne Cash is 54. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is 49. Rock musician Jimmy Ashhurst (Buckcherry) is 46. Rock musician Vivian Trimble is 46. Actor John C. Reilly is 44. Actor Eric Close is 42. Rapper-recording executive Heavy D is 42. Rock musician Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) is 40. Actor Bryan Greenburg is 31. Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady is 30. Thought for Today: "It is the weakness and danger of republics, that the vices as well as virtues of the people are represented in their legislation." — Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, American author (1830-1885).
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Care to go for a stroll on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, Mr. Vice-President?"

If Richard B. Cheney were the man of courage & honor his sycophants claim him to be (hell, if he were a man at all, not the squirming little rodent he is) he would follow this example.
South Korean Ex-President Kills HimselfIn his last posting on his Web site, on April 22, he wrote, “You should now discard me.” He added: “I no longer symbolize the values you pursue. I am no longer qualified to speak for such things as democracy, progressiveness and justice.”
Considering that Cheney couldn't say he'd ever been qualified to speak for such things, what's his excuse for holding on?

Below, former Veep Cheney in his inaugural wheel chair, still blinking "No, no!!"

We Scan So You Needn't Skim

The next time you are confronted by someone quoting the "4X% voted for McCain" line, & acting as if elections have no consequences, remind them that
In 2008, Obama crushed McCain outside the South, receiving 56 percent to his rival's 42 percent, Polidata found. That 14-point difference was the third-widest margin of victory for a Democrat over a Republican in the non-Southern states. Only Johnson in 1964 and Roosevelt in 1936 exceeded it.
It doesn't stop there:
What is perhaps even more dramatic is that Republicans in the past five presidential elections have won a smaller share of the Electoral College votes available outside of the South than in any other five-election sequence since the party's formation in 1854. Likewise, since 1992, Republican presidential nominees have won a smaller share of the cumulative popular vote outside of the South than in any other five-election sequence since the party's founding, including the five consecutive elections won by Roosevelt and Harry Truman (1932 to 1948).
Some call it left-leaning liberal media bias. Some are silly enough to think it's just turning a camera on them & letting them go.
[C]able television has made each party's leaders more visible than a generation ago. "It makes them look... extreme and that they are engaged in partisan political fights that are irrelevant to achieving success," [Democratic strategist] Carrick says. "It is definitely a losing spiral that ... is reinforced every day by the 24/7 news cycle."
All well & good, but our schadenfreude receptors are clogged w/ the surfeit of Republican suffering & idiocy. Go ahead & collapse like a two-dollar suitcase already. Our patience wears thin.  And when the hell is the economy going to give a sincere death-rattle? Is the rest of the globe again waiting for California to lead the way? We should be out of money in a couple mos., which should be the coup de grâce to whatever remains of commerce throughout the civilized world.

Ladies Night

Even w/o the Apocalypto font we'd think this Nassau YRmy piece was a sign of the Apocalypse .

Return Of The Brown Shirts

Not the tasteful khaki of the preppies invading the Broward or whatever county elections office or whatever the details of the whole affair are, but actual under-educated street thugs, apparently mad at a woman who left the Nassau County GOP; and as she points out while this clown is flecking himself w/ spittle screeching at her, he's Exhibit A as to why she left the party.
P.S.: One of our grandmothers was the first of her family to be born in these United Snakes, after the family immigrated from Italia (the northern part, we note) in the last quarter of the 19th century. That said, since when have all these wop-a-dagoes taken over Long Island? We know they're all "cliquish" & like to live w/ their kind, & so on, but c'mon.
Also. On the subject of Nassau County Republicans:
Goth Old Party? Skulls? Party of Life? Who knows. More likely an attempt to recruit future Brown Shirts w/ crummy sludge metal & alcohol. Sounds like a winner.

Forward To The Past

The RNC's video arm (if not the entire outfit) is sure it's 1964 again*. Their two latest offerings? Nancy Pelosi as "Pussy Galore" (from 1964's Goldfinger) and recycling parts of the 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson "Daisy" campaign ad. Apparently they didn't notice that the "Daisy" spot pointed out what an extremist the Republican candidate (Goldwater, not "Goldfinger") was. Or they're absolutely in favor of extremism. At this rate, we expect that the John Birch Society will have replaced the RNC as the official controlling body of the Grotesquely Old Party by Hallowe'en.
*A further sign of dementia. Why would they want to return to the yr. of their greatest defeat?
(Footnote added @1740.)

23 May: Bonnie, Clyde, Buy Farm

AP Highlight in History: On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush as they were driving a stolen car in Bienville Parish, La.
AP Photo/Lacy Atkins
On this date in:
1430Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.
1533The marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.
1701Captain William Kidd was hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and murder.
1788South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1873Canada's North West Mounted Police force was established.
1915Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
1937Industrialist John D. Rockefeller died at age 97.
1945Nazi official and SS chief Heinrich Himmler committed suicide while imprisoned in Luneburg, Germany.
1960Israel announced it had captured former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
1992The United States and four former Soviet republics signed an agreement in Lisbon, Portugal, to implement the START missile reduction treaty that had been agreed to by the Soviet Union prior to its dissolution.
1997Iranians elected a moderate president, Mohammad Khatami, over hard-liners in the ruling Muslim clergy.
2002Golfer Sam Snead died at age 89.
2003Congress sent President George W. Bush a $330 billion package of tax cuts - the third of his presidency.
2006ABC named Charles Gibson to replace Elizabeth Vargas as anchor of its "World News Tonight" evening newscast.
2006Former senator, vice-presidential candidate and Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen died at age 85.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Rock singer Jewel turns 35 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
Betty GarrettActress ("All in the Family," "Laverne and Shirley")90
Alicia de LarrochaPianist86
Mac WisemanBluegrass singer84
Nigel DavenportActor81
Barbara BarrieActress78
Joan CollinsActress ("Dynasty")76
Charles KimbroughActor ("Murphy Brown")73
General JohnsonR&B singer66
John NewcombeTennis Hall of Famer65
Lauren ChapinActress ("Father Knows Best")64
Misty MorganCountry singer64
Judy RodmanCountry singer58
Marvin HaglerBoxer57
Luka BloomFolk, rock singer54
Drew CareyActor, game show host51
Shelly WestCountry singer51
Linden AshbyActor49
Karen DuffyActress, model48
Phil SelwayRock musician (Radiohead)42
Laurel HollomanActress ("The L Word")41
Matt FlynnRock musician (Maroon 5)39
LorenzoR&B singer37
Brian McComasCountry singer37
MaxwellR&B singer36
Lane GarrisonActor ("Prison Break")29
Adam WylieActor25
Today in Entertainment History Associated Press - May 23, 2009 3:13 AM ET On May 23rd, 1954, CBS gave Johnny Carson a summer TV game show called "Earn Your Vacation." In 1970, "New Musical Express" reported that the Beatles' "Let It Be" album set a new record for initial sales in the US, with 3.7 million advance orders. The Grateful Dead played their first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival. Their opening act was Mungo Jerry. In 1975, the Beach Boys on tour with Chicago literally got the joint jumping for the second night in a row. The second level at the Oakland Coliseum was noticeably shaking in film footage. And the day before, at the Anaheim Stadium, the mezzanine was seen vibrating as much as 18 inches. In 1979, Tom Petty filed for bankruptcy in an effort to get out of his contract with MCA Records. He later signed with a new MCA affiliate that issued his successful comeback album, "Damn the Torpedoes." In 1987, 12 former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert in Los Angeles. After raising more than $360,000 for Vietnam veterans, the group decided to make more appearances together. In 1989, K.T. Oslin became the first female country singer to have an album go platinum. Her album "80's Ladies" had two number-one hits, "I'll Always Come Back" and "Do Ya." In 1990, the IRS auctioned off Willie Nelson's golf course and country club for the second time to collect $230,000 toward his delinquent tax bill. After the first auction, the government had bought the property back. The movie "Pretty Woman" opened. In 1997, comedian Tim Allen was arrested for speeding and drunk driving in suburban Detroit. In 2005, Tom Cruise leaped on a couch and pumped his fist to express his love for Katie Holmes during an appearance on "Oprah." UPI Almanac.
In 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was established.

Ten years ago: Social Democrat Johannes Rau won election to Germany's largely ceremonial presidency. Professional wrestler Owen Hart, also known as "The Blue Blazer," died when he fell 78 feet from a cable as he was being lowered into the ring at a World Wrestling Federation show in Kansas City, Mo. "Rosetta," a Belgian film, won top honors at the 52nd annual Cannes Film Festival.

Five years ago: A large section of the roof of a new passenger terminal at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport collapsed, killing four people. A river ferry capsized in eastern Bangladesh during a storm, leaving as many as 200 dead.

One year ago: Hillary Rodham Clinton quickly apologized after citing the June 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as a reason to remain in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination despite increasingly long odds. Televangelist John Hagee parted ways with John McCain following a storm over his endorsement of the Republican presidential candidate. (McCain rejected Hagee's endorsement after an audio recording surfaced in which the preacher said God had sent Adolf Hitler to help Jews reach the promised land.) Myanmar's rulers lifted a ban on foreign aid workers and commercial ships, but refused cyclone aid from U.S., French and British military ships.

Thought for Today: "He who cannot rest, cannot work; he who cannot let go, cannot hold on; he who cannot find footing, cannot go forward." -- Harry Emerson Fosdick, American clergyman (1878-1969).

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Friday, May 22, 2009

"that which builds character important to withstand the worst of conditions."

An anonymous dilrod of the right, who claims that a 
lot of us underwent the same in military training, we thrashed, but we survived and it wasn’t torture. I didn’t have “nightmares”, and in fact relished the treatment - it’s part of that which builds character important to withstand the worst of conditions
has weighed in on "wimp" Mancow. (Never thought we'd have typed "Mancow" several times in one day.)
Well, fucking shit, masochistic "relisher," we're waiting for your recreation of what "real" waterboarding is like. Let us know the very second the video is available. 
Maybe "Mac" thinks we should put waterboarding in the character building curriculum, right next to abstinence. How many American parents would want their little Esmeralda & Jason drowned for a few seconds to pump up their character? How could that be a bad idea? If America's teens have to take it for a minimum of ten secs. or so in order to graduate from high school, we think that young people would learn their place & start voting Republican much sooner.

Leftist "Right" Again

We knew it was a crock of shit; here's further proof, compiled from the NYC dog-trainers & Ass. Press by our latest source of inspiration, TPMmuckraker.
The Informant - An upstate motel owner, identified by the New York Post as Shahed Hussain, 52, he became a government informant in 2002, after he was busted for helping immigrants cheat on drivers tests while working as a DMV translator. He was hoping to win leniency in his sentencing and avoid being deported to Pakistan. (It's unclear how the Post got Hussain's name. A spokeswoman for the US attorney's office told TPMmuckraker it was not released by the government). - He started showing up at the Newburgh mosque, where all four men attended services, around 2007. An imam at the mosque said he invited other worshipers out for meals, and talked about Jihad. "There was just something fishy about him," said the imam, saying that some members "believed he was a government agent." - The imam also said he had been told that Hussain offered at least one member of the congregation a substantial amount of money to join his "team." - The owner of a local restaurant (either Denny's or Danny's -- reports differ) where the Newburgh Four would regularly eat rice and beans said that a few months ago, a fifth man starting showing up. He appeared to be of South Asian descent and would usually pay for the meal. The restaurant owner said he thought the man was the boss. - This isn't his first sting operation. A few years ago, he posed as an arms dealer who had sold a shoulder-launched missile to be used to kill a Pakistani envoy. Two Albany men, Mohammed Hossain and Yassin Aref, helped him launder money from the supposed sale, and were convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison.
From a Muckraking commentator, who gives this as the link:
Special Agent Robert Fuller, whose name appears at the top of the federal criminal complaint in the case, had a hand in the FBI's failure to nab two of the 9/11 hijackers, had one of his informants set himself on fire in front of the White House, and was involved in misidentifying a Canadian man as a terrorist leading to his secret arrest and torture -- a case that is now the subject of a major lawsuit.
Now we can be absolutely assured that the F. B. I. as well as the C. I. A. lie to Congress & the American people, in time honored traditions that probably date to the very first day either of these agencies were in operation.
It wouldn't surprise us at all if these humanoids keep in practice by kicking their pets, then lying about it to their insignificant others.

Fraternity Prank Up-Date (UP-DATED!!)

How interesting. Chicago radio personality Mancow had himself waterboarded, lasted six to seven seconds, & decided it was torture, & not a good thing.
Reaction in the right-wing blog-o-world to empirical evidence of waterboarding being torture? memeorandum sez: None. Whatsoever
UPDATE (22 May 2009 @1645 or so): A conservative has (finally) weighed in. Obviously fake-named "Donald Douglas" of "American Power" casually links to the Mancow story:
Beats waterboarding any day!
under a (not worth the click) picture of B. S. in a bikini, which is under the headline:
Britney Spears Bikini Pics!
Someone please remind us to take this "Donald Douglas" (What, "John Smith" wasn't available?) even less seriously than we do now, if it's possible.

"Unpolished Ministry Attitude"

Social conservatives? A self-revealing interview w/ a SoCon organizer gives us these key phrases:
"unpolished ministry attitude" "Too many organizations think that because everyone on staff loves the Lord, that they aren't as strict at pushing to meet the highest standards of professionalism. ... A church ministry mentality is that because I love the Lord -- and you love the lord -- I won't be as hard on you."
Social conservatives, or Judeo-Christian fascists? It would appear that these truly awful people are on a fucking crusade to impose their hateful, reactionary doctrines of repression on every last one of us, rather than conserving much of anything. Aren't these fucks supposed to love more than just their pathetically insecure, needy gawd? 

Cheney/Giuliani 2012!!

22 May: Trudeau Flown To Moon

By The Associated Press 1 hr 2 mins ago Today is Friday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2009. There are 223 days left in the year. The AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On May 22, 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 10, with Thomas P. Stafford and Eugene Cernan aboard, flew to within nine miles of the moon's surface in a dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing. On this date: In 1813, composer Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig, Germany. In 1859, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1868, a major train robbery took place near Marshfield, Ind., as members of the Reno gang made off with $96,000 in loot. In 1939, the foreign ministers of Germany and Italy, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Galeazzo Ciano, signed a "Pact of Steel" committing the two countries to a military alliance.In 1947, the Truman Doctrine was enacted as Congress appropriated military and economic aid for Greece and Turkey. In 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.) In 1972, President Richard Nixon began a visit to the Soviet Union, during which he and Kremlin leaders signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The island nation of Ceylon became the republic of Sri Lanka. In 1979, Canadians voted in parliamentary elections that put the Progressive Conservatives in power, ending the 11-year tenure of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Ten years ago: Columbine High School seniors wearing blue-and-silver gowns marched single file in a graduation ceremony that mixed celebration of the day with sorrow for victims of the recent massacre. Five years ago: In Tunisia, Arab leaders convened their annual summit, but the opening session was overshadowed by the walkout of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who criticized peace efforts. Filmmaker Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," a scathing indictment of Bush White House actions after the Sept. 11 attacks, won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Samuel C. Johnson Jr., who'd built the family's S.C. Johnson Wax company into a consumer products giant, died at age 76. One year ago: A Texas appeals court said the state had no right to take more than 400 children from a polygamist sect's ranch. (After the Texas Supreme Court upheld the ruling, the children were returned to their parents.) Britain's Conservative Party won a special election that was viewed as a barometer of the popularity of Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Gordon Brown. Indiana Jones returned to the big screen in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Today's Birthdays: Movie reviewer Judith Crist is 87. Singer Charles Aznavour is 85. Actor Michael Constantine is 82. Conductor Peter Nero is 75. Actor-director Richard Benjamin is 71. Actor Frank Converse is 71. Actor Michael Sarrazin is 69. Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw is 69. Actress Barbara Parkins is 67. Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 59. Actor-producer Al Corley is 53. Singer Morrissey is 50. Actress Ann Cusack is 48. Country musician Dana Williams (Diamond Rio) is 48. Rock musician Jesse Valenzuela is 47. R&B singer Johnny Gill (New Edition) is 43. Rock musician Dan Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) is 42. Actress Brooke Smith is 42. Model Naomi Campbell is 39. Actress Anna Belknap is 37. Actress Alison Eastwood is 37. Singer Donell Jones is 36. Actress A.J. Langer is 35. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1907, actor-director Laurence Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England. In 1914, Sun Ra was born under the "legal" name of Herman Blount.
In 1955, police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, canceled a dance that featured Fats Domino. Authorities were worried that rock and roll music could cause a riot. In 1958, reporters at a London airport asked Jerry Lee Lewis about his marriage, and he revealed his wife was his 13-year-old cousin. The ensuing controversy forced Lewis to cancel most of his British tour. In 1966, Bruce Springsteen began his songwriting career by co-writing two songs with The Castiles, Springsteen's first band. In 1967, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" made its premiere on PBS. In 1974, Ten Years After played their last show, in London. They broke up the next year. In 1992,  after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC's "Tonight Show" for the last time. There were no guests. Carson showed favorite clips from past shows.In 2002, the members of Alien Ant Farm were hospitalized after their tour bus collided with a truck about 120 miles west of Madrid, Spain. Singer Dryden Mitchell fractured a vertebra, and the bus driver was killed. Rosie O'Donnell hosted her last talk show. It had run six years. Thought for Today: "It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations." — Walter Bagehot, English editor and economist (1826-1877).
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

No, He's Not Kidding. He Thinks He's Running.

Mittens "Mitt" Romney types a paragraph or two at that awful place where they still like him. President Obama doesn't seem to, however. 
President Obama, on the other hand, continues to speak as a politician. Contrary to the advice I and others gave him, he has placed two of his top political consultants in the West Wing, looking to them to opine on matters of national security.
One term goobernator of Massachusetts, failed presidential candidate, rapacious capitalist & corporate looter, born w/ a silver spoon in his mouth ... why would anyone be interested in Mittens' advice?
And yet, if we pay attention, Mittens gives us further evidence that Richard B. Cheney is one of the un-dead, or something pretty goddamn horrific.  Cheney never sleeps.
Vice President Cheney has been the target of every media, from mainstream to comic. But he spoke today as before without regard to the politics but with abiding respect for the truth.¹ Barack Obama is still hanging on to the campaign trail. He said that the last thing he thinks about when he goes to sleep at night is keeping America safe. That's a big difference with Vice President Cheney—when it came to protecting Americans, he never went to sleep.
And Romney never thinks. ¹Right. Cheney brought up the non-existent Saddam Hussein-al Qaeda connection again. It's so admirable that he stands up for his principles, isn't it? After all, it's the principle of the thing, not the truth.
Bonus inanity:
Former Vice President Cheney seeks no political future. He speaks from the vantage of one who witnessed the killing of our fellow citizens
Say what? Barack Obama wasn't near a telebision set or newspaper during the month of September, 2001? Are we being told that Obama had no idea about the attacks until his first Presidential Security briefing? Fuck you Romney, or your hack ghost-writer.

Idle Threats (But Not From Us, For Once)

"We" have been e-mailing ourself increasingly threatening messages ("Why didn't you call me?" "Answer me!!!" & so on) culminating in: "I'm going to sue you" a few minutes ago. As if that kind of crap would make us look. 

Brain Police

It's common knowledge that those digital tee vee signal conversion boxes are a mind control thing that now-President Obama started. (And he did it a couple of yrs. before he was thinking of running for the presidency. Now do you see the evidence of this conspiracy?) No surprise, therefore, that the Fascist Control Commission claims it can get into your house sans warrant & see how you've been taking the instructions from your new negro overlord. The Fourth Amendment's all well & good, but spurious emissions are serious business. Elements of Style©: Should "negro" be capitalized? Damn, we never thought the rise of the neo-Birchers would bring back usage questions like that.

Cheney Is Not An American

Whoever's filling in for Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Dish has a perfectly fine take on disgraced liar/war criminal/sadist Richard Cheney's address today. We aren't going to bother thinking about any of this, if someone who gets paid for this crap has already wasted a few brain cells on it.
Oh look, Mr. Sullivan himself has logged in, & (in his usual high & mighty, morally superior way) has slammed the former self-appointed vice-president. He even calls Cheney a liar. That's going a bit far, isn't it?
And Jonathan Chait at TNR
The notion that terrorists may be evil but nonetheless should not be tortured is an idea too complex for his brain to process. He is a complete moral simpleton.
We'd have to say he's an immoral simpleton, but we're looking at the larger picture.

21 May: Land Of The Kiwi Officially Stolen From Maori In 1840

By The Associated Press 33 mins. ago Today is Thursday, May 21, the 141st day of 2009. There are 224 days left in the year. The slightly different AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On May 21, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Louis near Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean. [We're surprised the fucking Nazi-sympathizing asshole didn't make a bee-line for Germany to kiss Hitler's ass. — Ed.] On this date: In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River. In 1832, the first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore. In 1840, New Zealand was declared a British colony. In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross. In 1892, the opera "Pagliacci," by Ruggero Leoncavallo, was first performed, in Milan, Italy. In 1924, 14-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a "thrill killing" committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago.In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland. In 1956, the United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.In 1972, a Hungarian man, Lazlo Toth, attacked Michelangelo's sculpture "The Pieta" while screaming "I am Jesus Christ!" The statue was badly damaged. Thirty years ago, in 1979, former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the slayings of Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk; outrage over the verdict sparked rioting. (White was sentenced to seven years, eight months in prison; he ended up serving five years and committed suicide in 1985.) Ten years ago: Presidential friend and fundraiser Yah Lin "Charlie" Trie pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and agreed to cooperate in an investigation of illegal Asian donations to the Democrats. (Trie was sentenced to four months of home detention and three years' probation.) A luxury cruise liner, the Sun Vista, sank off Malaysia's western coast; nearly 1,100 passengers and crew escaped with no casualties. Susan Lucci won a Daytime Emmy Award for best actress on her 19th try. Five years ago: The U.N. Security Council approved a peacekeeping force of 5,600 troops for Burundi to help the African nation finally end a 10-year civil war. Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp., struggling to survive, announced it would cut 11,000 jobs. One year ago: Oil prices blew past $130 a barrel and gas prices climbed above $3.80 a gallon. Israel and Syria unexpectedly announced the resumption of peace talks after an eight-year break. David Cook won "American Idol" in a landslide over David Archuleta. Today's Birthdays: R&B singer Ron Isley (The Isley Brothers) is 68. Rock musician Hilton Valentine (The Animals) is 66. Actor Richard Hatch ("Battlestar Galactica") is 64. Musician Bill Champlin (Chicago) is 62. Singer Leo Sayer is 61. Actress Carol Potter is 61. Comedian, radio host-turned-politician Al Franken is 58. Actor Mr. T is 57. Music producer Stan Lynch is 54. Actor Judge Reinhold is 52. Actor-director Nick Cassavetes is 50. Actor Brent Briscoe is 48. Actress Lisa Edelstein is 41. Actress Fairuza Balk is 35. Rapper Havoc (Mobb Deep) is 35. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1945, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married in a three-minute ceremony. [We need the length of ceremony stat for this? — Ed.] In 1957, Paul Anka recorded his first single, "Diana," in New York. Fifty years ago, in 1959, the musical "Gypsy" opened on Broadway, starring Ethel Merman as Gypsy's mother, Rose. In 1963, Stevie Wonder recorded "Fingertips, Part Two" live in Chicago during a "Motown Revue." It became his first number one hit, at age 13. Forty years ago, in 1969, The Beatles announced that Allen Klein has been hired to straighten out the band's financial affairs. Thirty years ago, in 1979, Elton John began a brief tour of the Soviet Union, the first one the Soviets allowed a Western rock star. In 1980, Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested in Hamburg, Germany, after hitting a fan with his guitar. A fight had erupted during the concert. Twenty tears ago, in 1989, the last episode of "Miami Vice" aired after a five-year run on NBC. A mere ten years ago, in 1999, actress Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy for best actress after losing for 18 years straight. She was honored for her portrayal of Erica Kane on "All My Children." In 2003, Ruben Studdard barely beat out Clay Aiken to win Fox's second "American Idol" competition. 
Thought for Today: "Our present addiction to pollsters and forecasters is a symptom of our chronic uncertainty about the future ... We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken." — Eric Hoffer, American philosopher (1902-1983). Copyright ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. The information contained in the AP News report may be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press, because they can't stop us.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stop It Already. We Don't Believe One Fucking Word Of This Shit.

A collection of sad sacks
relatively unsophisticated, infiltrated early, and not connected to another terrorist group
per Sen. Schumer, were "infiltrated" by an "informant" (or were set in motion by an agent provocateur, who managed to give them an inoperative anti-aircraft missile system & 30 lbs. of "inert" C-4) & have now been arrested in a rather transparent attempt to whip up hysteria as the nation pretends it has any "morals" left, & tries hard to act as if it cares about torture or much of anything other than where its next meal is coming from.
Idiot New York City Mayor Bloomberg issued a statement. 
“While the bombs these terrorists attempted to plant tonight were – unbeknownst to them – fake, this latest attempt to attack our freedoms shows that the homeland security threats against New York City are sadly all too real and underscores why we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism.” 
Apparently he has confused "our freedoms" w/ a synagogue & military aircraft. (Does "homeland security threats" mean that DHS was threatening us? No surprise if they were. If not, what does that mean?)
Our "freedoms," Mr. Mayor (as anyone of your age w/ a passing experience w/ high school civics should know) are not physical locations or objects, but laws & rights that can only be attacked by our government, w/ the permission of the citizenry. They are not something that stupid/crazy people can assault. If these so-called freedoms are lessened, it is because of hysterical reactions to terrorists by authoritarians in "our" gov't. playing directly into the terrorists' hands. An entire nation of sheep, played but good by media interests who were played by the F. B. I.  & its four owned & operated losers.
Really, there's no hope left. None. It's over. Forget about it. Fuck it. Good night.

Which Came First, Lunacy Or Jeezis?

A man in Minnesota drove his car ("non-violently," of course) into a St. Paul Planned Parenthood clinic in January. Now, the state of Minn. wants him to be committed to the acorn academy. We can't imagine why the state thinks there's something a bit off about this Prisoner of Christ. There have only been two other attempts to get him some serious help/committed.
His family is opposing the current commitment, saying Derosia was only doing the Lord’s work. In an email to the Minnesota Independent on Sunday, Derosia’s mother Georjean, came to his defense. “[It is] the state of Minnesota’s intention to LOCK UP my son for a non-violent protest against Planned Parenthood for THE REST OF HIS LIFE!!!”
Now you know who types all those CAPS-HEAVY!1!! e-mails your goofy relatives forward to you: People w/ all the genes for delusional schizophrenia. 
The police report noted that after running a vehicle into the front of the clinic, Derosia was “holding a crucifix and shouting various Bible verses.” He “refused to respond to police and continued to recite Bible verses and shout, ‘Close down the Auschwitz Death Camp.’” He also told police that “he felt what he did was right and he would do it again if he were told to that he would do it again.”
Most enjoyable here is the belief that abortion is murder, but propelling several thousand pounds of metal, plastic, rubber & gasoline into a bldg. is a "non-violent protest."
“Brian Gibson, why did you condemn Matthew Derosia who only drive [sic] a van into a babykilling facility, yet accept women who actually murder their own children by abortion and have the blood of their own children on their hands?,” he wrote in an email to Gibson that’s posted on Spitz’s website. “What is more important to the LORD Jesus Christ, to save babies about to be murdered in a babykilling abortion mill or the facade of that babykilling abortion mill? To you it is the facade of the babykilling abortion mill that needs protecting and not the babies being murdered.”
Or "only drove a van into a babykilling facility." Be sure to send some money to Mr. Non-Violent's mother, Georjean, so she can keep this warrior of gawd on the streets until gawd lets him know it's time to start the real killing.

Bright Spot Of The Day

Returning from the forced march to the super-market, the fare box on the bus was out of order.$1.25 saved, & sent to the Kill Fucking Morons Fund!!  Never let it be said we don't put our money where our mouth is. Photo stolen from: The LaMetroMole with LACMTA Comments A critique of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority's management and operations. Off the pigs!!!

20 May: Flying The Atlantic³

By The Associated Press 1 hr 19 mins ago Today is Wednesday, May 20, the 140th day of 2009. There are 225 days left in the year. Ass. Press. AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Seventy years ago, in 1939, regular trans-Atlantic mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Marseille, France. On this date: In 1506, explorer Christopher Columbus died in Spain. In 1861, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union. The capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Ala., to Richmond, Va. In 1902, the United States ended a three-year military presence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established under its first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma.
In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from New York's Roosevelt Field in Long Island aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France. In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. (Because of weather and equipment problems, Earhart set down in Northern Ireland instead of her intended destination, France.) Fifty years ago, in 1959, nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans had their citizenship restored after renouncing it during World War II. In 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.Forty years ago, in 1969, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Ap Bia Mountain, referred to as "Hamburger Hill" by the Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. Ten years ago: An armed 15-year-old boy opened fire at Heritage High School in Conyers, Ga., wounding six students. (T.J. Solomon was later sentenced to 40 years in prison, but a judge subsequently cut that sentence in half.) NATO warplanes hammered Belgrade and its suburbs, leaving a hospital in smoldering ruins, several patients dead and the nearby homes of three European ambassadors damaged. Five years ago: President George W. Bush made a rare visit to Capitol Hill, where he sought to ease Republican lawmakers' concerns over the Iraq campaign. Iraqi police backed by American soldiers raided the home and offices of Ahmad Chalabi, a prominent Iraqi politician once groomed as a possible replacement for Saddam Hussein. One year ago: Sen. Edward Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor; some experts gave the Massachusetts Democrat less than a year to live. Hillary Rodham Clinton defeated Barack Obama in the Kentucky Democratic primary, while Obama won in Oregon. President Jimmy Carter's White House chief of staff, Hamilton Jordan, died in Atlanta at age 63. Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional dance partner, Mark Ballas, won ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Today's Birthdays: Actor-author James McEachin is 79. Actor Anthony Zerbe is 73. Actor David Proval is 67. Singer Joe Cocker is 65. Singer-actress Cher is 63. Actor-comedian Dave Thomas is 60. Musician Warren Cann is 57. New York Gov. David Paterson is 55. Ron Reagan is 51. Rock musician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's) is 51.Actor Bronson Pinchot is 50. Singer Susan Cowsill is 50. Actor John Billingsley is 49. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 49. Singer Nick Heyward is 48. TV personality Ted Allen is 44. Actress Mindy Cohn is 43. Rock musician Tom Gorman (Belly) is 43. Actress Gina Ravera is 43. Actor Timothy Olyphant is 41. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 37. Rock musician Ryan Martinie is 34. Actor Matt Czuchry is 32. Actress Angela Goethals is 32.  Today In Entertainment History --In 1908, actor James Stewart was born in Indiana, Pa. In 1954, Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" was released. It didn't catch on until it appeared on the soundtrack of "Blackboard Jungle" the following year. In 1966, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who started a concert in Windsor, England, without bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon. When they finally showed up, Townshend hit Moon over the head with his guitar. Moon quit the band, but was back a week later. In 1967, Jimi Hendrix signed his first US recording contract, with Reprise Records. In 1971, the album "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye was released. Peter Cetera of the band Chicago was beaten by several men at a baseball game, apparently because they didn't like the length of his hair. [Or, just because he & his music are so fucking lame. — Ed.] In 1985, Daryl Hall and John Oates headlined a concert for the reopening of the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The show benefited the United Negro College Fund. Twenty years ago, in 1989, actress-comedian Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer in Los Angeles. She was 42. In 1993, the final episode of "Cheers" was broadcast on NBC. In 1995, Connie Chung was fired as co-anchor on the "CBS Evening News." Don Henley married Sharon Summerall. In 1998, actor Charlie Sheen was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for a drug overdose. Thought for Today: "Some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity." — Gilda Radner, American comedian (1946-1989). Copyright ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. The information contained in the AP News report may well be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Soft Dull

Hey, didn't type shit today. What do you know? 
There's absolutely nothing new or interesting under or on the sun, & we didn't even notice today's aftershock. 
So, like ...

19 May: Emergency Quota Act

By The Associated Press 14 mins ago Today is Tuesday, May 19, the 139th day of 2009. There are 226 days left in the year. Another Press. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, in 1909, the innovative Ballets Russes, under the direction of Sergei Diaghilev, debuted in Paris. On this date: In 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of adultery. In 1780, a mysterious darkness enveloped much of New England and part of Canada in the early afternoon. [That's it? No "It turned out to be an eclipse" or something? Just "mysterious darkness?" That is mysterious. — Ed.] In 1921, Congress passed, and President Warren G. Harding signed, the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants.
In 1925, Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Neb.In 1935, British soldier T.E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in Dorset, England, six days after being injured in a motorcycle crash. In 1943, in an address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country's full support in the fight against Japan. In 1962, during a Democratic fundraiser at New York's Madison Square Garden, actress Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday to You" to guest-of-honor, President John F. Kennedy. In 1964, the State Department disclosed that 40 hidden microphones had been found in the U.S. embassy in Moscow. In 1967, the Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear weapons from outer space. In 1992, the 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself pay raises until the next congressional term, went into effect. Mary Jo Buttafuoco of Massapequa, N.Y., was shot and seriously wounded by her husband Joey's teenage lover, Amy Fisher. Fifteen years ago, in 1994, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York at age 64. Ten years ago: As NATO's Operation Allied Force entered its ninth week, Russia's special envoy to the Balkans called on both NATO and Yugoslavia to suspend hostilities. The Justice Department renewed its campaign to revoke John Demjanjuk's citizenship, alleging he was a Nazi death camp guard known as "Ivan the Terrible."  Five years ago: Army Reserve Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits wept and apologized after receiving a year in prison and a bad conduct discharge in the first court-martial stemming from abuse of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison. Outraged relatives of World Trade Center victims heckled former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani during his appearance before the Sept. 11 commission. Two men hurled purple flour at British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the House of Commons. Manmohan Singh was named India's new prime minister. Millionaire philanthropist Jack Eckerd, founder of the drugstore empire that bears his name, died in Clearwater, Fla., at age 91. One year ago: China stood still and sirens wailed to mourn the country's nearly 70,000 earthquake victims. Democrat Barack Obama picked up the endorsement of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, less than a week after Hillary Rodham Clinton overwhelmingly won the state's primary. Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox shut down Kansas City 7-0 for the first no-hitter of the season. Today's Birthdays: PBS newscaster Jim Lehrer is 75. TV personality David Hartman is 74. Actor James Fox is 70. Actress Nancy Kwan is 70. Author-director Nora Ephron is 68. Actor Peter Mayhew is 65. Rock singer-writer Pete Townshend (The Who) is 64. Concert pianist David Helfgott is 62. Rock singer-musician Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) is 60. Singer-actress Grace Jones is 57. Rock musician Phil Rudd (AC-DC) is 55. Former baseball catcher Rick Cerone is 55. Actor Steven Ford is 53. Rock musician Iain Harvie (Del Amitri) is 47. Actor Jason Gray-Stanford is 39. Rock singer Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base) is 37. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1958, Ritchie Valens recorded "Come On, Let's Go," at his first recording session, in Los Angeles. In 1960, The Drifters recorded "Save The Last Dance For Me" in New York. In 1961, the Everly Brothers launched a new record label named Calliope. In 1976, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones crashed his car north of London. Authorities found drugs in the car, and he later was fined. In 1987, the movie "Ishtar," starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, made its premiere. It bombed. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle criticized "Murphy Brown" because he said the title character mocked the importance of fathers because she was having a baby out of wedlock. In 1999, the movie "Star Wars: Episode One -- The Phantom Menace" opened nationwide. Exactly six years later, "Revenge of the Sith" opened.  Thought for Today: "There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat." — T.E. Lawrence, English soldier and author (1888-1935). Copyright ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. The information contained in the AP News report may not be true, relevant, meaningful or interesting. It may, however, be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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