Tuesday, June 9, 2009

End Of The Tragically Hip?

As if any one at The New York Times has ever had a real job:
Luis Illades, an owner of the Urban Rustic Market and Cafe on North 12th Street, said he had seen a steady number of applicants, in their late 20s, who had never held paid jobs: They were interns at a modeling agency, for example, or worked at a college radio station. In some cases, applicants have stormed out of the market after hearing the job requirements. “They say, ‘You want me to work eight hours?’” Mr. Illades said. “There is a bubble bursting.”
Main thrust of the story is that the inbred spawn of the privileged are not getting as much money from home as previously.
For 18 months after graduating from Colby College, Jack Drury, 24, lived the way many Williamsburg residents do: He followed his passions, working in satellite radio and playing guitar. He earned money as a bicycle messenger and, on occasion, turned to his parents for money. But as the recession deepened last fall, his parents had to cut the staff at their event planning company to 30 workers from 50. Asked for his help, Mr. Drury cast aside his other pursuits and started work as a project manager for his parents. But he still plays the guitar in two bands, Haunted Castle and Rats in the Walls. “My future is in the family business,” he said. “Music is just for fun.”
Where are the angry peasants & burghers w/ the torches & pitchforks? Burn some of them out of their $700,000 apartments! These people shouldn't be allowed to breed, & allowing them to breathe may be a stretch.

Fairly Un-Balanced: "It's All Good."

Moving right along (& if you want to, pause the video before the next advert & segment arrive) as Fox Business Channel shows how not to do it. (The fucks at gawker won't let us imbed their effin' videos; this one is well worth the click.)

The Dream Is Over

9 June: Bad Day For Show Biz Brothers

The Associated Press 2009-06-08T21:01:58-0700 1 hr 28 mins ago Today is Tuesday, June 9, the 160th day of 2009. There are 205 days left in the year. AP not that different today world. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: [Yesterday, Yahoo! didn't publish this (if it did at all, we've not looked) until well after our rather flexible deadline yesterday, if you missed "Thought for Today." Today, they seem to have forgotten the "Highlight in History." Investors, direct your funds appropriately. So we present the Highlight from the actual AP today in human agony page. W/ sound & picture. — Ed.] AP Highlight in History: On June 9, 1954, Army counsel Joseph N. Welch confronted Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy during the Senate-Army hearings over McCarthy's attack on a member of Welch's law firm.Said Welch: "Have you no sense of decency?" He really did. Listen here. On this date: In 1534, French navigator Jacques Cartier became the first European explorer to discover the St. Lawrence River in present-day Quebec, Canada. In 1898, Britain leased Hong Kong from China for 99 years. The territory returned to Chinese rule in 1997. In 1870, author Charles Dickens died in Gad's Hill Place, England, at age 58. In 1940, during World War II, Norway decided to surrender to the Nazis, effective at midnight. In 1953, 94 people died when a tornado struck Worcester, Mass. In 1954, during the Senate-Army Hearings, Army special counsel Joseph N. Welch berated Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, asking: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?" Forty years ago, in 1969, the Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren. In 1973, Secretariat became horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes. In 1978, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints struck down a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men from the Mormon priesthood. [When will the "Women Are OK, Too" revelation come? 2525? — Ed.] In 1985, American educator Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon; he was released in November 1991 along with fellow hostage Terry Waite. In 1986, the Rogers Commission released its report on the Challenger disaster, criticizing NASA and rocket-builder Morton Thiokol for management problems leading to the explosion that claimed the lives of seven astronauts. Ten years ago: After 78 days of intense NATO airstrikes, Yugoslav and Western generals signed a pact clearing the way for a Kosovo peace plan. President Bill Clinton instructed federal law agencies to collect race and gender data on people they stop or arrest, in a move to end racial profiling by police. Five years ago: The body of Ronald Reagan arrived in Washington to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda before the 40th president's funeral. The FCC agreed to a record $1.75 million settlement with Clear Channel to resolve indecency complaints against Howard Stern and other radio personalities. Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. A new scoring system for figure skating was approved after the Olympic pairs scandal forced the sport's governing body to make radical changes. One year ago: Tiffany Hall pleaded guilty in Belleville, Ill., to killing her pregnant friend, Jimella Tunstall, the victim's unborn child and three children in a plea deal that allowed her to avoid the death penalty. A growing number of supermarkets and restaurants yanked three varieties of tomatoes from their shelves and dishes amid concern about a 16-state salmonella outbreak. Retail gas prices rose above $4 per gallon. Ken Griffey Jr. became the sixth player in baseball history to reach 600 homers in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds' 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins. Today's Birthdays: Guitarist-inventor Les Paul is 94. Former World Bank president and former defense secretary Robert S. McNamara is 93. Actress Mona Freeman is 83. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 79. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 70. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 70. Rock musician Jon Lord is 68. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 53.Actor Michael J. Fox is 48. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 48. Actor Johnny Depp is 46. Actress Gloria Reuben is 45. Rock musician Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish) is 42. Rock musician Dean Dinning is 42. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1891, composer Cole Porter was born in Peru, Ind.
Seventy-five years ago,in 1934, Donald Duck made his first screen appearance in "The Wise Little Hen."
Forty years ago, on June ninth, 1969, guitarist Brian Jones announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones because he didn't agree with the band's musical direction. He was replaced by Mick Taylor. Less than a month later, Jones was found dead at his home. Also in 1969, Moby Grape officially disbanded, a year after guitarist Skip Spence left. In 1970, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Princeton University. In 1972, Columbia Records signed Bruce Springsteen. [The day "the music" began one of many long, agonizing deaths. — Ed.] In 1980, comedian Richard Pryor suffered almost fatal burns at his San Fernando Valley, Calif., home when a mixture of "free-base" cocaine exploded in his face. In 1992, Ben Vereen was nearly killed in an accident near his home in Malibu, Calif. He was hit by a small truck driven by record producer David Foster. In 1994, Left Eye of TLC set fire to the mansion belonging to her boyfriend, Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Rison. In 2000, rapper Eminem was charged with brandishing a gun at a member of the Insane Clown Posse. [If one of those juggalos came w/in ten feet of us, we'd brandish a gun at him too. — Ed.] The charges came just days after he was arrested for allegedly using a gun to hit a man kissing his wife. Thought for Today: "Next to the slanderer, we detest the bearer of the slander to our ears." — Mary Catherwood, American novelist (1847-1901).

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Limits Of Free Speech, & The "State-Run Media"

If the current President were of decent Euro-stock, & "being worshipped as a god by the media," do you think on-air personality Rush Limbaugh would have found it necessary to describe him or her as an "all-white human being?" Or even to complain about the alleged worshipping? ("He's a white guy who's President of the United Snakes. Of course he should be worshipped as a god!!" Imagining a female president & what Ol' Bloaty might have to say about her is not for the weak-of-stomach.)
Really, when does the first "slip" of the word "nigger" come? Followed by "Oh, yes, a terrible mistake, but why don't all you PC types just calm down," followed by more "slips" & you can imagine. Don't forget, Rush advises you not to buy AmeriKKKan cars. It might make President Obama (the "Halfrican") look good.

Another One Liner From Slate: "Hey, a Sistah! What Up, Young Lady?"

At the College Republican National Committee convention this wknd.,
According to those present, in his speech, RNC Chairman Michael Steele singled out the one black woman in the room for special recognition.

What A Douche!

We just took our weekly shower. (Need it or not, we take it!) And we did need to wash the filth of Norm Coleman's ethernets from the sacred temple of our body. So we had few plans to jump into the filth again, until we encountered two sentences (one of them filthy) we felt should be shared as widely as possible, from Slate.
No. There is no doctor-approved way to strangle yourself while having sex or while masturbating.
Do you understand that? No doctor-approved way! So don't. (Exemptions allowed for right-wing political & religious figures whose bodies will be found w/ a rope around their necks & their hands we don't even want to know where.)

8 June: Will Google™ Make A Big Deal Of Today's Historical Highlight?

Today is Monday, June 8, the 159th day of 2009. There are 206 days left in the year. AP-Prime. Their A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 8, A.D. 632, the prophet Mohammed died in Medina. [No picture available. — Ed.] On this date: In 1789, James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights, which led to the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. In 1845, Andrew Jackson, seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn. [Did the next item send him a-spinnin'? — Ed.] In 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union. [Don't let that door hit ya! — Ed.] In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president during the National Union (Republican) Party's convention in Baltimore. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt offered to act as a mediator in the Russo-Japanese War. [Who did he think he was, Jimmy Carter? — Ed.] In 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned in a disagreement with President Woodrow Wilson over US handling of the sinking of the Lusitania. In 1953, the Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve African-Americans. In 1966, a merger was announced between the National and American Football Leagues, to take effect in 1970. In 1967, 34 US servicemen were killed when Israeli forces raided the Liberty, a Navy ship stationed in the Mediterranean. (Israel called the attack a tragic mistake.) [Google™ for chewy conspiracy goodness & empty calories! — Ed.] In 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the suspected assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In 1969, the New York Yankees retired Mickey Mantle's uniform No. 7 during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium. Mickey Mantle speaks. [Mick, of course, went on to drink himself to a liver transplant &, eventually, die. — Ed.] In 1978, a jury in Clark County, Nev., ruled the so-called "Mormon will," purportedly written by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, was a forgery. In 1987, Fawn Hall, secretary to national security aide Oliver L. North, testified at the Iran-Contra hearings, saying she had helped to shred some documents.In 1998, the National Rifle Association elected Charlton Heston its president. Ten years ago: The United States, Russia and six leading democracies authorized a text calling for a peacekeeping force in Kosovo. President Bill Clinton announced new restrictions aimed at making it tougher for teens to sneak into R-rated movies. Five years ago: The U.N. Security Council gave unanimous approval to a resolution endorsing the transfer of sovereignty to Iraq's new government by the end of June. Three Italians and a Polish contractor who'd been abducted in Iraq were freed by US special forces. An American who worked for a U.S. defense contractor was shot and killed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In a celestial rarity, Venus lined up between the sun and the Earth. One year ago: Skyla Jade Whitaker, 11, and Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, were shot to death along a country road near Weleetka, Okla., in a killing that remains unsolved. A man went on a knifing rampage in Tokyo, killing seven people. The average price of regular gas crept up to $4 a gallon. Rafael Nadal won his fourth consecutive French Open title in a rout, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0, again spoiling Roger Federer's bid to complete a career Grand Slam. Yani Tseng of Taiwan became the first rookie in 10 years to win a major, beating Maria Hjorth on the fourth hole of a playoff with a 5-foot birdie on the 18th hole to win the LPGA Championship. Today's Birthdays June 8 Former lady Barbara Bush is 84. Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller is 82. Comedian Joan Rivers is 76. Actress Millicent Martin is 75. Actor James Darren is 73. Actor Bernie Casey is 70. Singer Nancy Sinatra is 69.Singer Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night) is 67. Musician Boz Scaggs is 65. Actor Don Grady is 65. Rock musician Mick Box (Uriah Heep) is 62. Author Sara Paretsky is 62.Actress Sonia Braga is 59.Actress Kathy Baker is 59. Country musician Tony Rice is 58. Actor Griffin Dunne is 54. "Dilbert" creator Scott Adams is 52. Actor-director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 51. Singer Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) is 49. Musician Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 47. Rapper Kanye West is 32. Blues-rock musician Derek Trucks (The Derek Trucks Band) is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1948, the "Texaco Star Theater" made its debut on NBC-TV with Milton Berle guest-hosting the first program. (Berle was later named the show's permanent host.) In 1961, Elvis Presley's seventh film, "Wild in the Country," premiered in Memphis. In 1968, the Rolling Stones released the single "Jumpin' Jack Flash." In 1974, Rick Wakeman left the rock band Yes to pursue a solo career. Wakeman had said he hated the recently finished Yes album, "Tales from Topographic Oceans." He rejoined two years later. In 1991, Bruce Springsteen married his longtime girlfriend Patti Scialfa in a private ceremony at their Beverly Hills mansion. Scialfa had been a backup singer in Springsteen's E Street Band. It was her first marriage; he had been married once before, to model Julianne Phillips. In 2005, singer Rivers Cuomo of Weezer graduated from Harvard with a degree in English. [Fuckin' elitist Hah-vahd snot. — Ed.] Source: Associated Press

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Bo Diddley Is Still A Gunslinger

Gainesville, Florida Names Plaza After Bo Diddley Diddley's grandson Garry Mitchell thanked the city at the ceremony.

Gainesville, FL -- Officials in Gainesville have renamed the city's downtown plaza after rock 'n' roll legend and former Florida resident Bo Diddley.

Diddley died in June 2008. Officials honored him Friday by unveiling a mural and renaming the downtown space the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Diddley lived in Archer, a few miles southwest of Gainesville, and played at the plaza in 2006. Diddley's grandson Garry Mitchell thanked the city at the ceremony, and he and other family members gave city officials one of Diddley's guitars.

"Gainesville's been really good to my granddad," Mitchell said. "Thank you for your encouragement and your prayers. Long live Rock and Roll!"

Diddley's family plans to unveil his tombstone in Bronson, also southwest of Gainesville, at 10 a.m. Sunday.

If you only watch one, this is it.
This one added for the shots of Teds combing their greasy locks.

Drive-By Blogging

TIME has always been a festival of suck, hasn't it? New century, new millennium, same non-stop stupidity.
Most presidents are easy to pin down on our cultural maps. Ronald Reagan was raised in Dixon, Ill., but we placed him in Hollywood, telling America's story on the big screen.
Oddly enough, those who know facts place Reagan in Hollywood as the schmucky best friend of the lead in a mess of B-movies. Later, when taking the pay of General Electric, he lied about America in front of Chamber of Commerce audiences across fly-over country.
Enough factuality. The story, we think (we have entirely too much to do, & will not be reading it) will go on to say that "we" can't pin President Obama down like that. Guess not, 'cause the legendizers at TIME haven't had a chance to weave their magic bullshit spells yet.

Preppie Gone Wrong

One more exercise in nostalgia. Your host (we were the host in the situation below as well) resisting a (probably) non-sexual assault on his person from one TX Terri. (She's the one on the left.) Note the black penny loafers (w/ dimes in them) & no socks. It is truly difficult to be hepper than we are, & we do it so effortlessly. Between 1986 & '88, we'll guess. Definitely before TX Terri's "augmentation," whenever that was.

Believe It Or Shove It, Things Could Be Worse

We could have become our maternal grandfather, seen below in the Peninsula Mirror for Friday, October 23, 1936. In the middle w/ the comb-over. Photos of him at a younger age bear quite a resemblance to us, so we are relatively happy not to have inherited the MPB genetic set-up. We do have other complaints about our ancestors & genetic heritage, but at least we have our mane.

Possibly worse? We'll transcribe it to save you the trouble: "G. O. P. HIGH COMMAND PLANS CLOSING WEEK'S ACTIONAn intensive precinct by precinct canvass of Palo Alto voters is now underway under the auspices of the local Republican Club under the direction of its officers shown in this picture. (Left to right) Mrs. C. E. Henry, office manager; E. P. Cashel, member County G. O. P. committee; Kent Thoits, second vice-president of the club and president of the Young Republicans; [Name redacted, because few know us, & we aren't making it any easier for you bastards!], club president; O. A. Compe[?], first vice-president; Leroy Taylor, secretary." In 1936, he was a yr. or two older than we are now. And in all that time, we've never been involved in any group that's more than vaguely organized, & certainly nothing nearly as awful as the presidency of the local Republican Club. (Haven't even been arrested since 1973. Got popped twice that yr., in S. F & in L. A. In a span of four months, yet. Maybe not the best example.) Though we'll admit we've favored candidates who did no better than the Landon-Knox ticket.

Bonus News from Way In The Past (NB: Paid for by Grandfather Bouffant's Palo Alto Republican Club): We suppose the candidate this guy was running against was an actual member of the Socialist Party, as opposed to today's Obama Imaginary Socialist Party. The truth of the Republocrat Party is revealed here. The ruling classes will quickly combine to defeat any perceived threat to their grip on everything.(How much longer must we type here, resisting fascism, to atone for all the sins of our ancestors?)

7 June: I'm Like A One-Eyed Cat, Peepin' In A Sea-Food Store

The Associated Press 2 hrs 36 mins ago Today is Sunday, June 7, the 158th day of 2009. There are 207 days left in the year. AP otherwhen. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlights in History: On June 7, 1864, Abraham Lincoln was nominated for a second term as president at the Republican Party convention in Baltimore. On this date: In 1654, Louis XIV was crowned king of France in Rheims. In 1753, Britain's King George II gave his assent to an Act of Parliament establishing the British Museum. In 1769, frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore present-day Kentucky. In 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for American independence from Britain. In 1848, Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin was born in Paris. In 1892, Homer Plessy was arrested when he refused to move from a seat reserved for whites on a train in New Orleans. The case led to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark "separate but equal" decision in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. In 1929, the sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome. In 1939, King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, arrived at Niagara Falls, N.Y., from Canada on the first visit to the United States by a reigning British monarch. In 1948, the Communists completed their takeover of Czechoslovakia with the resignation of President Edvard Benes. In 1967, the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic opened in San Francisco, & author-critic Dorothy Parker died at age 73. In 1981, Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis charged could have been used to make nuclear weapons. In 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas. (Two white men were later sentenced to death for the crime; a third received life.) Ten years ago: The FBI put alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and anti-abortion activist and accused doctor killer James Charles Kopp on the bureau's list of the Ten Most Wanted fugitives. (Kopp was arrested in 2001 and later convicted of killing Dr. Barnett Slepian.) Gunmen killed popular Mexican television host Francisco "Paco" Stanley. In 2000, a federal judge ordered the breakup of Microsoft Corp. [We're still waiting. — Ed.] Five years ago: A steady, near-silent stream of people circled through the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., where the body of the nation's 40th president lay in repose before traveling to Washington for a state funeral. The Tampa Bay Lightning held off the Calgary Flames 2-1 in Game 7 to win their first Stanley Cup. One year ago: Hillary Rodham Clinton suspended her pioneering campaign for the presidency and endorsed fellow Democrat Barack Obama. Longshot Da' Tara spoiled Big Brown's bid for a Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes. Ana Ivanovic won her first Grand Slam tennis title by beating Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3 in the French Open. Veteran sportscaster Jim McKay died in Monkton, Md., at age 86. Former Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Khalil died in Cairo at age 88. Today's Birthdays: Movie director James Ivory is 81. Actress Virginia McKenna is 78. Singer Tom Jones is 69. Poet Nikki Giovanni is 66. Actor Ken Osmond ("Leave It to Beaver") is 66. Former talk show host Jenny Jones is 63. Actress Anne Twomey is 58. Actor Liam Neeson is 57. Actress Colleen Camp is 56. Singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg is 56. Author Louise Erdrich is 55. Actor William Forsythe is 54. Record producer L.A. Reid is 53. Latin pop singer Juan Luis Guerra is 52. Singer-songwriter Prince is 51. Rock singer-musician Gordon Gano (The Violent Femmes) is 46. Rapper Ecstasy (Whodini) is 45. Rock musician Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) is 43. Rock musician Dave Navarro is 42. Actress Helen Baxendale is 39. Actor Karl Urban is 37. Rock musician Eric Johnson (The Shins) is 33. Actor-comedian Bill Hader is 31. Actress Anna Torv ("Fringe") is 30. Actress Larisa Oleynik is 28. Tennis player Anna Kournikova is 28. Today In Entertainment History -- One hundred years ago, in 1909, "The Violin Maker of Cremona," a short film directed by D.W. Griffith and featuring Mary Pickford in her first notable screen role, was released. In London, actress Jessica Tandy was born. In 1937, actress Jean Harlow died in Los Angeles at age 26. In 1954, Bill Haley and his Comets recorded "Shake, Rattle and Roll."
Big Joe Turner's version was just about to hit number one on the R&B chart.
In 1963, the Rolling Stones debuted on UK TV on the show "Thank Your Lucky Stars." They also released their first single, "Come On." In 1966, Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed in a motorcycle accident that Orbison witnessed. In 1969, the two-record rock opera "Tommy" hit the US album chart. It would become the first Who album to make it into the US top ten. Also in 1969, the band Blind Faith made its debut at a free concert in London's Hyde Park. In 1972, the musical "Grease" opened on Broadway. It had played at a small New York theater for four months. In 1979, Chuck Berry was charged with three counts of income tax evasion. In 1993, a New York judge handed down a ruling in the Woody Allen-Mia Farrow custody case. Farrow won custody of a biological son, Satchel, and two adopted children, Dylan and Moses. Also in 1993, ground was broken for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, seven years after the city won the right to build it. Pete Townshend and Chuck Berry were among those on hand for the ceremony. And, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. In 1996, Wal-Mart discontinued sales of the Goo Goo Dolls album "A Boy Named Goo" because of complaints that the little boy on the cover appeared to be abused. The band said what appeared to be blood on the boy's face was really blackberry juice. Thought for Today: "The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the ne plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent?" — Julia Kavanagh, Irish novelist (1824-1877).

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Newt-Sarah '12

A modest sort of fellow (Award-winning journalist, filmmaker and historian) points out a few similarities between Joe BidenSarah Palin & Newt Gingrich. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery (other than maybe a hummer — you can say that on television, can't you? — in the green room, Nancy Reagan style) we'd bet Gov. Palin is already at work lining up that No. Two slot behind Newt, who, as the oldest weasel (thrice-married & twice-divorced, even better) certainly has the inside track to the GOP nomination.
Laugh if you must (Remember, they ran Dole, & McCain.) but eventually all several hundred forward-thinking Republicans will realize that attempts to levitate Reagan's corpse aren't working nearly as well as hoped, & they'll think ahead from 1984 to 1994, Newt, & his Contract on America. Probably the last actual high point for the elephant party. That they managed to blow it w/ the hypocritical stench they raised about Clinton getting blown has been ignored & almost forgotten, but they always forget such troublesome things.
That memory will be enough to fix their authoritarian minds, looking as always for Daddy Leader, on Newtie. And whether he runs or merely anoints the next nominee, power-mad Palin knows to be on his good side, so she can be Veep or Prez candidate, however Gingrich disposes.
Unless the pagans get to him & cut out his heart for a sacrifice.

Obligatory

As we've spent much of the day exercising our (not-gawd given, but seized-by-the-power-&-will-of-the-people) rights to free speech & inflammatory rhetoric, we take a moment to pretend we have some patriotic (certainly no nationalistic) blood in our varicose veins & acknowledge the poor bastards who died or were permanently damaged for our country, rather than making poor Kraut bastards die for their fascist shit-hole of a nation. Specifically those poor American bastards at the Omaha Beach cluster-fuck, but all those who served & suffered, Canucks, Limeys & Yanks*, at all the beaches, on the ships, in the planes, at their desks ... Thanks, for whatever that's worth coming from us, or anyone. Now back to plotting against the upper classes. War is never over until all the enemy are dead.
*No ANZAC; they ran home to the Anti-Podes a-skeert of a never-did-happen Japo-Japanese invasion right before the big day. (Photo stolen here.)

Fear & Loathing

These two clowns wrote the first two items.Do these three blog-o-spheric headlines have something in common? Hijab-wearing Muslim Crashes Remembrance rally for US Soldier Murdered … Hijab-wearing Islamic supremacist woman crashes memorial for … Hijab-Wearing Muslim Fanatic Crashes Ceremony For US Soldier Murdered … If one were less of a cynic, one might think that this wouldn't have been as big a deal to these three stooges had the religious nut-job not been wearing a rag on her head. But never let it be said these three don't go directly for the obvious & superficial. Perhaps they fear that the hijab provides super-powers to supremacist fanatics. (The same powers that will enable them to escape Supermax prisons & live among us on welfare, dontcha know?)
And, for the trifecta, a photo of Pass-Around Pammy* w/ No. Three on the Stooge list, the Gateway Pundit. *Tip of the Bouffant chapeau to the late & still great El Duce for that one.

Drooling Fucking Idiots Who Want To Tell You How To Live (Not That You Stupid Yanquis Couldn't Use Some Advice On That)

Traitor Oliver North, serial adulterer Newt Gingrich & campaign fund abuser Mike Huckabee brought their version of Christianity & the Three Stooges to a church in Virginia Beach, VA, recently, where they doubled down on the gawd-squawk. You were expecting differently?
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christians to get involved in politics to preserve the presence of religion in American life. "I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history," Gingrich said. "We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism."
Sixth-century Newt, surrounded by pagans. Here in the 21st century, we haven't noticed that many, but Newt & Huck are doubtless concerned about their ever-shrinking base of fools, fanatics, right-wing domestic extremists & bitter guns & gawd clingers. (Doesn't Glen Beck preach that "we surround them," them being "us?" Organize your talking points, gents.)
Gingrich and Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, argued the rights of Americans stem from God and to ignore that connection is perilous. The two were among several speakers, including former U.S. Senate candidate Oliver North, at the three-hour "Rediscovering God in America" event. The event was closed to reporters but was broadcast live on God.TV, an evangelical Web site.
The continuing religious traditions of obscurantism, suppression of speech & opposition to democracy. Not to mention this "rights of Americans stem from God" horse-pucky. Why repeat the rational, true, common-sense rebuttal to this crap? They're never changing their story; if they insist on debating the issues or whatever the hell from a supernatural basis, there's really no debate to be had.
"I am not a citizen of the world," said Gingrich, who was first elected to the U.S. House from Georgia in 1978 and served as speaker from 1995 to 1999. "I am a citizen of the United States because only in the United States does citizenship start with our creator."
Foolish anti-theist us, we thought being born in the United Snakes (under the pesky to 'wingers 14th Amendment) was what made Gingrich a citizen of the United Snakes. But why would he go w/ that, when it can be made mysterious & spooky? Recent convert-to-Catholicism Newt is swinging the censer here, covering the real w/ a cloud of stench & smoke. "Big Idea Men" like Newton regard reality as a mere speed-bump slowing their race to destiny.
And let's add two words to that: "I am a citizen of the United States because only in the United States does citizenship start with belief in our creator." Think about that. Citizenship for bible-thumpers only. Huck goes in that direction too, urging:
his listeners to get engaged in public life or their views won't matter. "Politicians aren't interested in pleasing the public," he said. "They're interested in pleasing voters."
Or those who count the votes, right, Hucklebee? And fewer votes make it so much easier to count them. Or not.
Huckabee told the audience he was disturbed to hear President Barack Obama say during his speech in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday that one nation shouldn't be exalted over another.* The notion that we are just one of many among equals is nonsense," Huckabee said. The United States is a "blessed" nation, he said, calling American revolutionaries' defeat of the British empire "a miracle from God's hand." The same kind of miracle, he said, led California voters to approve Proposition 8, which overturned a state law legalizing same-sex marriages.
The potential envisioned here by these giants of the right? A nation that, if led by a loud & public-about-it Xian president who was elected by Real Americans, could do no wrong & probably should be ruling the world, no matter how many Christian soldiers must die to achieve that goal. Not explicitly stated, no, but the implication is certainly there. Then think of the fear-mongering these same buffoons attempt vis-á-vis the "socialist agenda" or whatever bizarre scenarios other right-wing extremist leaders have imagined Barack Obama to be cooking up.
You know damn well these people will kill for their theocracy. Does anyone believe that Obama is planning a blood-bath so the Feds can start making Trabants to force down America's throat?
*Double Standard Dep't.: Nations or good ol' boys, those Republicans sure are good at it. Ask Newt when he's trading up for a new model carwife.

OK, This Is Getting A Bit Silly

We're now scanning anything that doesn't move; the cockroaches should start worrying too. (Sweet mystery of life: we scanned this at high-resolution, & got an image that is 20,352 x 28,032.) Attempting to work w/ it makes the devil-box smoke & give off sparks. So we'll give it another shot while we're off to the liquor store. (For smokes & the fish-wrapper, not liquor.)This one not too bad.

21st Century Stooges

Well, there are three of us. Your editor on the right, & the two other founding members of the Silver Lake Bachelors' Club, the Saturday before X-mess, two or three yrs. ago.(This one scanned from a printed photograph. As always, identities concealed to protect the guilty: the innocent need no protection. And what the hell's the guy in the middle so happy about?)

X-Mess On D-Day

The Editorial Staff, around 20 yrs. ago, forced to dress as Santa for the departmental event, & being as clever a dick as he is today.(Scanned from a Polaroid®.)

6 June: A Very Long Day, But No Summer Solstice

The Associated Press 25 mins ago Today is Saturday, June 6, the 157th day of 2009. There are 208 days left in the year. Other AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 6, 1944, the "D-Day" invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.A British bomber crew member describes the approach during the D-Day assault. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower broadcasts a D-Day message to Allied troops. On this date: In 1799, American orator Patrick Henry died in Charlotte County, Va. In 1809, Sweden adopted a new constitution. In 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London. In 1872, feminist Susan B. Anthony was fined for voting in an election in Rochester, N.Y. She refused to pay the fine and the judge allowed her to go free. In 1918, American Marines suffered heavy casualties as they launched their eventually successful counteroffensive against German troops in the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in France. In 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp. In 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission was established. In 1966, black activist James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African-American to attend the University of Mississippi, was wounded by a sniper as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration. In 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, a day after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes. [You stupid fucking jerks. — Ed.] In 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country. (The Israelis withdrew in June 1985.) In 1985, authorities in Brazil exhumed a body later identified as that of Dr. Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who conducted medical experiments on inmates at Auschwitz during World War II. In 1989, burial services were held for Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Washington state Democrat Tom Foley succeeded Jim Wright as House speaker. Ten years ago: The space shuttle Discovery returned from a 10-day mission that included a visit to the international space station. In tennis, Andre Agassi won the French Open, defeating Andrei Medvedev 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, while in golf, Juli Inkster shot a final-round 1-under 71 for a 16-under 272 total to win the U.S. Women's Open.
Five years ago: World leaders, including President George W. Bush and French President Jacques Chirac, put aside their differences to commemorate the D-Day invasion that broke Nazi Germany's grip on continental Europe. Unseeded Gaston Gaudio upset Guillermo Coria 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6 to win the French Open.
One year ago: The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 394.64 points to 12,209.81, its worst loss in more than a year. Crude futures made their biggest single-day jump ever, soaring nearly $11 for the day to $138.54 a barrel.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Billie Whitelaw is 77. Civil rights activist Roy Innis is 75. Singer-songwriter Gary "U.S." Bonds is 70. Country singer Joe Stampley is 66. Actor Robert Englund is 60. Folk singer Holly Near is 60. Singer Dwight Twilley is 58. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 55. Comedian Sandra Bernhard is 54. Tennis player Bjorn Borg is 53. Actress Amanda Pays is 50. Comedian Colin Quinn is 50. Record producer Jimmy Jam is 50. Rock musician Steve Vai is 49. Rock singer-musician Tom Araya (Slayer) is 48. Actor Jason Isaacs is 46. Rock musician Sean Yseult (White Zombie) is 43. Actor Max Casella is 42. Actor Paul Giamatti is 42. R&B singer Damion Hall (Guy) is 41. Rock musician Bardi Martin is 40. Rock musician James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn) is 39. TV correspondent Natalie Morales is 37. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 36. Rapper-rocker Uncle Kracker is 35. Actress Sonya Walger is 35.
Today in Entertainment History Associated Press - On June 6, 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened, in Camden, N.J. In 1960, Tony Williams left The Platters for a solo career. Williams was the lead singer on The Platters' hits "Only You," "The Great Pretender" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." In 1962, The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin at EMI Records in London. He signed them to a contract the following month. In 1968, the Rolling Stones recorded "Sympathy for the Devil."In 1969, Rod Stewart signed a solo recording contract with Mercury Records. He had previously sung for the Jeff Beck Group. In 1971, the "Ed Sullivan Show" was canceled after 23 years. It was TV's longest-running variety show. In 1977, Stevie Wonder delivered an unannounced lecture to a class at UCLA studying the record industry. In 1990, a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., declared that 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" was obscene. Two days later, a record store owner was charged for selling the hit rap album. In 1999, Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" was named best revival, "Side Man" won best play, & "Fosse" was awarded best musical at the Tony Awards. In 2004, "Avenue Q" won best musical at the Tony Awards, while "I Am My Own Wife" was named best play; Phylicia Rashad, who starred in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," became the first black actress to win a Tony for a leading dramatic role.
In 2008, Bob Anderson, who played young George Bailey (James Stewart) in "It's a Wonderful Life," died in Palm Springs, Calif., at age 75. Thought for Today: "To be successful, grow to the point where one completely forgets himself; that is, to lose himself in a great cause." — Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915).

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Frightening People Making Us Scared Not To Be Scared Of The Government Scaring Us In Order To "Control Us"

This is the governor of the State of Alaska, introduced by some guy from a Dakotawho sums up Sarah as only the sturdy peasant stock of the heartland can. Text fans can enjoy sloppy writing* from one of the crooks or liars at Crooks & Liars, & Palin clip w/ a different intro. And Chris Matthews has the tag-team of Sean Hannity & Rush Limbaugh discussing another frightening socialist scenario wherein the Fairness Doctrine will be but a fond memory after "Obama" controls the banks, & therefore the media cos. who are unable to meet their debt, blah blah.
W/ the repetition of these clear & obvious talking points, the American people will at last understand exactly how the radical usurpers are bringing America to her knees before the atheist bitch-goddess of socialism!Is MSNBC enjoying this a bit too much? We'll look at Countdown & R. Maddow, & see if either of them ran w/ it as well. Yes. *Well, OK, really, who came blame them for being post-literate? After all, their rep comes from posting video, not long, dull think-pieces. (We continue to forget or ignore the millennium in which we exist.) Rootless, literate cosmopolitans will have to continue coming here for impeccable punctuation & moving pictures.

Have You Seen This Man?

Annals Of Euphemism

From Fox News:

Pentagon Quietly Sending 1,000 Special Operators to Afghanistan in Strategy Revamp

The Pentagon is sending 1,000 more special operations forces and support staff into Afghanistan and is revamping the way its covert warriors fight the Taliban, military sources tell FOXNews.com.

At least the phrase "special operations troops" was typed in the sub-head.

5 June: What Do Adam Smith & John Maynard Keynes Have In Common?

The Associated Press 2 hrs 28 mins ago  Today is Friday, June 5, the 156th day of 2009. There are 209 days left in the year. Another AP world. A/V. UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History: On June 5, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested. Read the original AP story. Kennedy thanks supporters moments before the shooting, & KRKD radio reporter Andrew West at the scene.On this date: In 1723, economist Adam Smith was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. In 1794, Congress passed the Neutrality Act, prohibiting Americans from enlisting in the service of a foreign power. In 1883, economist John Maynard Keynes was born in Cambridge, England. In 1884, Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected." In 1916, the Arab Revolt against Turkish Ottoman rule began during World War I. In 1917, about 10 million American men began registering for the draft in World War I. In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard. In 1940, during the World War II Battle of France, Germany attacked French forces along the Somme line. In 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as The Marshall Plan. Hear a fragment. In 1967, war erupted in the Mideast as Israel raided military aircraft parked on the ground in Egypt; Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered the conflict.In 1976, 14 people were killed when the Teton Dam in Idaho burst. In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS. Read the original AP story. In 1993, country star Conway Twitty died in Springfield, Mo., at age 59.* Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II began a 13-day pilgrimage to his native Poland. Charismatic failed in his bid to win racing's Triple Crown, finishing third behind Lemon Drop Kid and Vision and Verse in the Belmont Stakes. Steffi Graf won her sixth French Open title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the first devoted to any women's sport, opened in Knoxville, Tenn. Five years ago: Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. The nuclear submarine USS Jimmy Carter was christened in Groton, Conn., in the presence of the former president and his wife, Rosalynn, who cracked a bottle of champagne against the sail. Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid when 36-to-1 shot Birdstone ran him down near the finish of a thrilling Belmont Stakes. Anastasia Myskina beat Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2 to win the French Open. One year ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton met privately at the Washington home of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the first such get-together since Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the reputed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, told a military judge at his arraignment he welcomed the death penalty as a way to martyrdom and ridiculed the proceedings as an "inquisition." Astronauts opened up Japan's new billion-dollar space station lab, Kibo, aboard the international space station. Today's Birthdays: Actor-singer Bill Hayes is 84. Broadcast journalist Bill Moyers is 75. Author Margaret Drabble is 70. Country singer Don Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 64. Rock musician Fred Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 63. Rock singer [Huh? She's a zillion times more pretentious than "rock singer." — Ed.] Laurie Anderson is 62.Country singer Gail Davies is 61. Author Ken Follett is 60. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is 58. Rock musician Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) is 57. Jazz musician Kenny G is 53. Rock singer Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) is 53. Actor Jeff Garlin is 47. Actress Karen Sillas is 46. Actor Ron Livingston is 42. Singer Brian McKnight is 40. Rock musician Claus Norreen (Aqua) is 39. Actor Mark Wahlberg is 38. Actor Chad Allen is 35. Rock musician P-Nut (311) is 35. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Torry Holt is 33. Actress Navi Rawat is 32. Actress Liza Weil is 32. Rock musician Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) is 30.
Today in Entertainment History Associated Press - June 5, 2009 3:13 AM ET In 1956, Elvis Presley went on the "Milton Berle TV Show" doing his hip-gyrating act. From then on, cameras would only show him from the waist up. Fifty years ago, in 1959, Bob Dylan graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minn. The name on his diploma was Robert Zimmerman. He'd been the leader of a high school band called the Golden Chords. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, singer Sly Stone married Kathy Silva during a Sly and the Family Stone concert in New York. Also in 1974, Patti Smith recorded her version of "Hey Joe," her first recorded work. In 1977, Alice Cooper's pet boa constrictor was bitten by a rat it was trying to eat for breakfast. The snake died. Cooper held a public audition a week later to find a replacement for the snake, which was featured in his act. Thirty years ago, in 1979, bluesman Muddy Waters, age 64, married Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday. In 1982, Sophia Loren was released from a 17-day prison sentence for tax evasion in Italy. In 1983, U2 performed a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colo. The concert was recorded as released as an EP and a video cassette, both called "Under A Blood Red Sky." Footage was also used in the "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" video. In 1988, "The Phantom of the Opera" won seven Tony Awards, including best musical. "M. Butterfly" won best play.
*In 1993, country star Conway Twitty died of a ruptured blood vessel in his stomach after completing a show in Branson, Mo. He was 59. [We're pretty damn sure he died somewhere. — Ed.] Also in 1993, singer Vicki Carr married Dr. Pedro de Leon in what was supposed to be a private ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. She was mobbed by fans as she tried to enter the cathedral where the wedding was held. In 1995, guitarist Kelley Deal of The Breeders pleaded guilty to drug possession charges. She was sentenced to treatment in a rehabilitation center. [We wish they'd tell us which drugs in these breathless reports. — Ed.] In 1996, an arrest warrant was issue [sic] for Rob Pilatus (pih-LAY'-tus) of Milli Vanilli after he disappeared from a drug treatment facility in Los Angeles. He turned up at another treatment center six days later. Ten years ago: jazz & pop singer Mel Torme (tor-MAY') died of complications from a minor stroke in Los Angeles. He was 73. In 2002, singer R. Kelly was arrested in central Florida on 21 counts of child pornography, stemming from a video allegedly of Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Also in 2002, guitarist Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones was found dead at his home in Los Angeles. He was 50.
Five years ago: Jennifer Lopez married Marc Anthony at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Thought for Today:
"Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts." — Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States (1911-2004). [Is that sound his demented ass spinning in its grave after hearing today's Republicans? — Ed.]

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Opinions Are Like These People

Some people do have opinions, & bother to express them. Forever. Beer-sodden pukes, yes. Context.
We suppose the "political science major" is actually the most embarrassing. 
Types creator Max Blumenthal:
(This video was removed from the Huffington Post on the grounds that it had “no news value” and “did not move the conversation forward.”)
Speech, SCOTUS, War, Death, Culture, Stupidity, Ignorance, Illogic, Hypocrisy, & The Like, Ad Nauseum: If You Haven't Already Noticed, We're Against All of Them (Or Just Don't Give A Shit); Therefore ...
Blank empty nothing.

4 June: Hot Air Rules, Springsteen Drools

By The Associated Press 1 hr 53 mins ago Today is Thursday, June 4, the 155th day of 2009. There are 210 days left in the year. From other Press Associations. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's highlight in history: On June 4, 1942, the Pacific Battle of Midway began during World War II; three days later, American naval forces claimed a decisive victory over the Japanese. [Someone has a problem w/ the International Date Line, judging from this same entry yesterday. Again, the AP is killing newspapers. — Ed.] On this date: 
In 1647, the English army seized King Charles I as a hostage. In 1783, the Montgolfier brothers first publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon, which did not carry any passengers, over Annonay, France. Two hundred twenty-five years ago, in 1784, opera singer Elizabeth Thible became the first woman to fly aboard a Montgolfier hot-air balloon, over Lyon, France. In 1878, Turkey turned Cyprus over to the British.
In 1892, the Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco. In 1896, Henry Ford made a successful pre-dawn test run of his horseless carriage, called a "quadricycle," through the streets of Detroit. In 1917, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. Ninety years ago, in 1919, Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing citizens the right to vote regardless of their gender, and sent it to the states for ratification. Seventy years ago, in 1939, the German ocean liner St. Louis, carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away from the Florida coast by U.S. officials. In 1940, the Allied military evacuation from Dunkirk, France, ended.In 1944, the U.S. Fifth Army began liberating Rome during World War II. In 1954, French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc signed treaties in Paris according "complete independence" to Vietnam. In 1972, black militant Angela Davis was acquitted of murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy charges stemming from a California courtroom shootout in which a judge and three other people were killed. Thirty years ago, in 1979, Joe Clark of the Progressive Conservatives became the 16th prime minister of Canada. In 1985, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Alabama minute-of-silence law as specifically fostering classroom prayer. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Chinese army troops stormed Beijing to crush a pro-democracy movement, killing hundreds, possibly thousands, of people.In 1998, a federal judge sentenced Terry Nichols to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. Ten years ago: Using a provision of the Constitution allowing him to bypass the Senate, President Bill Clinton appointed openly gay San Francisco businessman James C. Hormel ambassador to Luxembourg while Congress was in recess. On the 10th anniversary of China's crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests, tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong held a candlelight vigil. Five years ago: A powerful bomb blast ripped through a crowded outdoor market in central Russia, killing at least 11 people. President George W. Bush nominated former Missouri Sen. John Danforth to be America's U.N. ambassador. One year ago: Barack Obama, having clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, picked Caroline Kennedy to help him choose a running mate. Police in Hartford, Conn., released a surveillance video showing a 78-year-old man being struck by a hit-and-run driver on a busy city street and being ignored by most passers-by. (The victim, Angel Acre Torres, was removed from life support on May 11, 2009.) The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in 11 seasons with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the finals. Today's Birthdays: Actor Bruce Dern is 73. Musician Roger Ball is 65. Actress-singer Michelle Phillips is 65. Jazz musician Anthony Braxton is 64. Singer Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon) is 64. Rock musician Danny Brown (The Fixx) is 58. Actor Parker Stevenson is 57. Actor Keith David is 53. Actress Julie Gholson is 51. Actor Eddie Velez is 51. Singer-musician El DeBarge is 48. Actress Julie White is 48. Tennis player Andrea Jaeger is 44. Actor Scott Wolf is 41. Comedian Horatio Sanz is 40. Actor Noah Wyle is 38. Rock musician Stefan Lessard (The Dave Matthews Band) is 35. Actor-comedian Russell Brand is 34. Actress Angelina Jolie is 34. Rock musician JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) is 29. Model Bar Refaeli is 24.  Today in Entertainment -- On June 4, 1963, The Searchers released their debut single, a cover of The Drifters' "Sweets for My Sweet." In 1967, "The Monkees" TV show won an Emmy Award for outstanding comedy series. In 1973, Murry Wilson, the father of Beach Boys Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, died of a heart attack at age 55. He managed the band at the beginning of its career. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, the album "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen was released. [And like all of the Boss's "Broadway-illusion of rock & roll" music, it sucks to this day. — Ed.] Twenty years ago, in 1989, "Jerome Robbins' Broadway" won best musical at the 43rd annual Tony Awards; "The Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein won best play. In 1991, Billy Crystal got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His movie "City Slickers" opened a few days later. In 1992, the "young Elvis" stamp beat out the "Vegas Elvis" stamp in a contest conducted by the U.S. Postal Service. More than a million votes were tallied. In 1997, bassist Ronnie Lane of Small Faces died after a battle with multiple sclerosis at his home in Trinidad, Colo. Lane was 51. That same day, the body of singer Jeff Buckley was found floating in a riverfront harbor in Memphis, Tenn. Buckley was 30. To complete the trifecta, actor Matthew Perry entered a drug rehabilitation program for addiction to prescription painkillers. In 2000, rapper Eminem was arrested outside a club in Warren, Mich., on two felony weapons accounts. Police say he used an unloaded pistol to hit a man kissing his wife. He was later sentenced to probation and fines. In 2005, Creed announced their breakup. In 2007, Paris Hilton began serving a 23-day jail sentence for breaking probation. She was transferred after three days to her own home for house arrest after she developed a psychological condition. She later returned to jail to finish her sentence. Thought for Today: "Reputation is a bubble which a man bursts when he tries to blow it for himself." — Emma Carleton, American journalist (1850-1925).

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Intolerable noise constructed either electronically, with computers, or with electrified instruments."

We suppose it's pathetic that we're obtaining musical info from TNR's pop music critic (as if wasting the last X yrs. of our existence behind a keyboard is anything but sad) but there is a new genre on the horizon, & we think it has potential, having always been of the "We've suffered for our art, now it's your turn, audience" school.

 The Depression brought blues to the pop charts and led to the rise of folk and country music. If new forms (musical or otherwise) emerge from the current meltdown, they might well be ones now held in such low esteem that we cannot begin to take them seriously yet. I do not know what they might be.

For informed counsel, I turned to a colleague whose taste I abhor, and he pointed me to a new genre of intolerable noise constructed either electronically, with computers, or with electrified instruments. Its purpose, he said, is to challenge prevailing standards of normalcy by "sounding as awful as possible." Its early advocates have given it a name, derived from the rock genre "shoegaze." It is called "shitgaze." I tend to doubt that it will blossom to become the dominant music of the coming years, though music critics for publications such as The New Republic felt the same way about blues a hundred years ago. For now, I am kind of tickled by the idea of shitgaze, as much as I am maddened by the sound of it. Maybe Neil Young is onto something. Perhaps the music appropriate to this shitty time should properly sound like shit.

Shit yeah. We hope that the intolerable noise of shitgaze (Why not "shitcore?") is considerably less tolerable (i. e., better) than Metal Machine Music, to name but one.
A cursory Google™ reveals it's close to over, but you can sift through the ruins there, & actually listen if you're such a philistine that you just can't believe any of this. The fact that the WaPo has a blog entitled PostRock may indicate the unequivocal end of civilization, & possibly all of humanoid culture. (Back to the trees, we say. We'll need to, when the water's risen a few meters.)
But if the end days aren't nearer because of the WaPo (they certainly should be) shitgaze may be the long-awaited "conservative" rock: Loud, distorted, performed by people who don't appear (or may not want to appear) as if they know much about what they're doing, & played in an echo chamber.