Saturday, May 16, 2009

Big TelePrompTer Reminds Us That Rosie O'Donnell Is ...

Remember that "1/2 Hour News Hour" thing on Fox "News" some time back? Well, thanks to the inane drones who run Big Ho, we have the latest version of humor-challenged wing-nuttery, this time coming from the (unintentional) comedic giants of NewsBusters.org. Yes, those NewsBusters. Conserva-funny sights have been lowered a bit; this comedy cock-up should probably be called the "1/2 Five Minutes News Hour": it runs a huge two mins. & 22 secs. Enjoy the laugh track. (And the reader's hands: Does she have to open them every time she starts a new sentence?)"... because the Pentagon/CIA/DHS/FBI/Military-Security Contracting, et al., is a fantasy world paid for w/ taxpayer money." Also: Three cuts in a two mins. & change piece? Someone may need to work on her reading chops. And as always: Who types this stuff?

Annals of Schadenfreude

They type it, we steal it:
From the "Where Are They Now?" Files 

Is it just me, or is there something poignant about Alan Keyes's pushing a SpongeBob Squarepants stroller in the NYT photo of the conservative groups protesting Obama's speech at Notre Dame?  

A little less than five years ago, Keyes was making a (admittedly desperate) run against Obama to be Illinois's junior senator. Today, Obama is president and Keyes has been relegated to a small crowd pic accompanying a piece that only bothers to mention his name in a photo caption.

Poignant, and yet deeply satisfying. 

--Michelle Cottle 

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2009 11:45 AM with 13 comment(s)

We'll go them one better & steal the photo so you needn't click for today's schadenfreude. You may click to enlarge, if you like.

16 May: Royal Wedding

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 40 mins ago Today is Saturday, May 16, the 136th day of 2009. There are 229 days left in the year. Also from the AP, & their A/V. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History: In 1770, Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15. On this date:
In 1866, Congress authorized minting of the first 5-cent piece, also known as the "Shield nickel." In 1868, the Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on the 11 articles of impeachment against him. (He was acquitted of all charges.) In 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV. In 1939, the government began its first food stamp program in Rochester, N. Y. In 1948, CBS News correspondent George Polk, who'd been covering the Greek civil war between Communist and nationalist forces, was found slain in Solonica Harbor. In 1960, a Big Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the U.S. in the wake of the U-2 incident. In 1975, Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Twenty five years ago, in 1984, comedian Andy Kaufman died in Los Angeles at age 35. Twenty years ago, in 1989, during his visit to Beijing, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, formally ending a 30-year rift between the two Communist powers. Ten years ago: The Justice Department said preliminary figures from the FBI indicated a decline in serious crime in 1998 for the seventh consecutive year. Five years ago: The United States announced a new initiative to speed up the approval process for new combination AIDS drugs that was designed to bring cheap, easy-to-use treatment to millions of people in Africa and the Caribbean. Pope John Paul II named six new saints, including Gianna Beretta Molla, revered by abortion foes because she'd refused to end her pregnancy despite warnings it could kill her. (Beretta Molla, an Italian pediatrician, died in 1962 at age 39, a week after giving birth to her fourth child.) In 2005, Army Specialist Sabrina Harman was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, of six of the seven charges she faced for her role in the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. (She was later sentenced to six months in prison.)One year ago: President George W. Bush visited Saudi Arabia, where he failed to win help from Saudi leaders to relieve skyrocketing American gas prices. Osama bin Laden said in an audio statement that al-Qaida would continue its holy war against Israel and its allies until the liberation of Palestine. U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Tyrone L. Hadnott, accused of raping a 14-year-old Japanese girl in Okinawa, Japan, was found guilty of abusive sexual conduct by a U.S. military court and sentenced to four years in prison. Robert Mondavi, the patriarch of California wine country, died in Yountville at age 94. Today's Birthdays: Actor George Gaynes is 92. Actor Harry Carey Jr. is 88. Jazz musician Billy Cobham is 65. Actor Bill Smitrovich is 62. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 56. Actress Debra Winger is 54. Soviet-born gymnast Olga Korbut is 54. Actress Mare Winningham is 50. Rock musician Boyd Tinsley (The Dave Matthews Band) is 45. Rock musician Krist Novoselic is 44. Singer Janet Jackson is 43. Country singer Scott Reeves (Blue County) is 43. Actor Brian F. O'Byrne is 42. R&B singer Ralph Tresvant (New Edition) is 41. Actor David Boreanaz is 40. Political correspondent Tucker Carlson is 40. Actress Tracey Gold is 40. Retired tennis star Gabriela Sabatini is 39. Country singer Rick Trevino is 38. Musician Simon Katz is 38. Actress Tori Spelling is 36. Today In Entertainment History -- Eighty years ago, in 1929, the first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The movie "Wings" won "best production," while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress. In 1946, the musical "Annie Get Your Gun," featuring songs by Irving Berlin, opened on Broadway. Ethel Merman starred in the show. In 1960, Berry Gordy formed Motown Records. In 1966, the album "Blonde on Blonde" by Bob Dylan was released. Also, the Beach Boys released their groundbreaking album, "Pet Sounds." Forty years ago, in 1969, Pete Townshend of The Who spent a night in jail in New York after being charged with assault. The Who was performing when a fire broke out next door. A plainclothes policeman jumped on stage to warn the crowd, but Townshend, not knowing it was a policeman, booted him off stage. Twenty five years ago, in 1984, comedian Andy Kaufman died at the age of 35. In 1985, actress Margaret Hamilton died at the age of 82. She's probably best known for playing the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz." In 1986, country singer Johnny Paycheck was convicted of shooting and wounding a man after an argument in a bar in Hillsboro, Ohio. He was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison and was released in 1991. In 1990, Sammy Davis Junior died in Los Angeles at age 64 after a long battle with throat cancer. The entertainment world also lost "Muppets" creator Jim Henson that same day. He died in New York at age 53. In 2000, Prince announced he was dropping the unpronounceable symbol for his name and going back to being called Prince. In 2002, "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" opened. In 2005, the series finale of "Everybody Loves Raymond" aired on CBS. Thought for Today: "The best actors do not let the wheels show." — Henry Fonda, American actor (born this day 1905, died 1982). Copyright ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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Friday, May 15, 2009

15 May: The Ides of May Not Good For Wallace

By The Associated Press "2009-05-14T21:01:22-0700" 1 hr 25 mins ago Today is Friday, May 15, the 135th day of 2009. There are 230 days left in the year. AP extra. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: In 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the breakup of Standard Oil Co., ruling it was a monopoly in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. On this date: One hundred fifty years ago, in 1859, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Pierre Curie was born in Paris. Eighty years ago, in 1929, a fire at the Cleveland Clinic claimed 123 lives. In 1930, registered nurse Ellen Church, the first airline stewardess, went on duty aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport (a forerunner of United Airlines). In 1942, wartime gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 Eastern states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for nonessential vehicles. In 1948, hours after declaring its independence, the new state of Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. In 1963, astronaut L. Gordon Cooper blasted off aboard Faith 7 on the final mission of the Project Mercury space program. In 1969, Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned amid a controversy over his past legal fees. In 1972, George C. Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer and left paralyzed while campaigning in Laurel, Md., for the Democratic presidential nomination.In 1975, U.S. forces invaded the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez. (All 40 crew members had already been released safely by Cambodia; some 40 U.S. servicemen were killed in the operation.) [Wonderful. 40 people died to return a rustbucket to its owner. We really showed the Cambodians! — Ed.] Ten years ago: Russian President Boris Yeltsin triumphed over his Communist foes, surviving an impeachment vote in the Russian parliament. Charismatic won the Preakness, finishing 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Menifee. Five years ago: A 40-ton steel girder dropped from a freeway overpass construction site into morning traffic in Golden, Colo., crushing one car and killing a family of three. Col. Robert Morgan, commander of the famed Memphis Belle B-17 bomber that flew combat missions over Europe during World War II, died in Asheville, N.C., at age 85. Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones posted a record 11 1/2 length victory in the Preakness (however, the horse failed to win the Belmont Stakes). One year ago: President George W. Bush, addressing the Israeli Knesset, gently urged Mideast leaders to "make the hard choices necessary for peace" and condemned what he called "the false comfort of appeasement." California's Supreme Court declared gay couples in the state could marry — a victory for the gay rights movement that was overturned by the passage of Proposition 8 the following November.  Today's Birthdays: Actor Joseph Wiseman is 91. Playwright Sir Peter Shaffer ("Amadeus") is 83. Actress-singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is 73. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 73. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 72. Singer Trini Lopez is 72. Singer Lenny Welch is 71. Actress-singer Lainie Kazan is 69. Actor-director Paul Rudd ("Knots Landing") is 69. Country singer K.T. Oslin is 67. Singer-songwriter Brian Eno is 61. Actor Nicholas Hammond ("The Sound of Music") is 59. Actor Chazz Palminteri is 57. Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett is 56. Musician-composer Mike Oldfield ("Tubular Bells") is 56. Actor Lee Horsley is 54. TV personality Giselle Fernandez is 48. Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith is 40. Singer-rapper Prince Be (PM Dawn) is 39. Actor Brad Rowe is 39. Actor David Charvet is 37. Rock musician Ahmet Zappa is 35. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is 34. Olympic gold-medal gymnast Amy Chow is 31. Actor David Krumholtz ("Numb3rs") is 31. Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler is 28. Today In Entertainment History -- One hundred years ago, in 1909, actor James Mason was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.
In 1963, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett won the Grammy for Record of the Year. Robert Goulet won the best new artist Grammy. In 1974, bassist Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to have a solo album, with the release of "Monkey Grip." In 1984, guitarist Nils Lofgren joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. In 1988, Michael Jackson made the top of the New York Times best-seller list with his autobiography, "Moonwalker." In 1995, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots was arrested after allegedly buying drugs in a motel parking lot near Pasadena, California.
In 2008, Emmy-winning composer Alexander "Sandy" Courage, who created the otherworldly theme for the original "Star Trek" TV series, died in Los Angeles at age 88. Thought for Today: "Vice is most dangerous when it puts on the garb of virtue." — Danish proverb. 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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U. S. Release 50 Yrs. Ago Today

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Dance Craze Sweeps Ocean

We call fake. (CGI's not good enough, sets too cheap. Stock footage of a Missouri-class battleship?) Click through to YouTube™ for extra-large high definition version.

Down On The Corner, Out On The Sreet

The Ancient Republic has kindly compiled a pile of poo-links from the crowd at The Corner, who are engaged in furious keyboard debate over Rush Limbaugh's popularity, or lack thereof.
What happened next was more interesting, however, as it suggests that a certain degree of disingenuousness (or delusion) is now mandatory for anyone who hopes to remain a "conservative" in good standing. Taylor, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, allowed that he was not a fan of either Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, and questioned, quite reasonably, whether "either of these guys actually convince anyone (elitist or not) outside of the choir? Limbaugh’s popularity numbers suggest not."
Alas, no Jonah Goldberg, but plenty of K-Lo, Mark Steyn & also Rich "Starbursts" Lowry, also.
And that's where things seem to stand at the moment. I encourage anyone with the time and interest to follow the links, as there was far too much to quote directly.
Ditto.

Dishonorable Mention

How astonishing. An attorney w/o honor claims that President Obama attacks America's honor. Any attacks on what little "honor" (What a useless, meaningless word that is. We always think of "honor" killings.) these United Snakes may still have were performed by the American military/intelligence services/contractors who abused prisoners. Getting to the bottom of these abuses is an attempt to restore honor, not attack it. Is this statement what Mirengoff considers "honorable?"
What's most discouraging, perhaps, is that the Holder Justice Department is so firmly under the control of leftist ideologues, who care little if at all about either American honor or the safety of American troops
Whereas the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Bush DoD being under the control of neo-con ideologues whose concern for the safety of American troops lead to the deaths of thousands of those troops, the permanent maiming of thousands of others, the loss of billions upon billions of American dollars, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis & the displacement of millions more Iraqis, in an unnecessary, illegal war of choice, which somehow besmirched* our honor around the globe, well, that's not nearly as important as the release of photographs & a Bizarro World fantasy about honor & "troop safety." Any "troop safety" issues should be taken up w/ the personnel who authorized, ordered & committed the abuse. They're the ones w/o concern for our people or "honor." 
*See what sort of words go w/ "honor?" Which century is this again?

14 May: Death By Guitar

By The Associated Press 43 mins ago Today is Thursday, May 14, the 134th day of 2009. There are 231 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: In 1948, according to the current-era calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv. On this date: In 1509, the Republic of Venice suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of French forces in the Battle of Agnadello. In 1643, Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XIII. In 1787, delegates were to gather in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution. (However, only a few of the delegates had arrived by this time, and the convention did not get under way until May 25.) In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner succeeded in inoculating 8-year-old James Phipps against smallpox by using cowpox matter. In 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory as well as the Pacific Northwest left camp near present-day Hartford, Ill. In 1900, the Olympic Games opened in Paris, held as part of the 1900 World's Fair. In 1942, Congress voted to establish the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps. Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was first performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1973, the United States launched Skylab 1, its first manned space station. In 1988, 27 people, mostly teens, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck going the wrong way on a highway near Carrollton, Ky. (Truck driver Larry Mahoney served 9 1/2 years in prison for manslaughter.) Ten years ago: His previous calls rebuffed, President Bill Clinton finally got through to Chinese President Jiang Zemin; Clinton expressed hope the two countries could repair the damage to their relations since the U.S. bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade. Five years ago: Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper published a front-page apology after photographs purportedly showing British forces abusing Iraqi prisoners turned out to be fakes. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to step in and block gay marriages in Massachusetts. A South Korean court reinstated impeached President Roh Moo-hyun. Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik married Australian commoner Mary Donaldson. Actress Anna Lee died at age 91. One year ago: President Bush opened a celebratory visit to Israel, which was marking the 60th anniversary of its birth. John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination during a surprise appearance at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species because of the loss of Arctic sea ice. Justine Henin, 25, became the first woman to retire from tennis while atop the WTA rankings. Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Patrice Munsel is 84. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., is 67. Rock singer-musician Jack Bruce (Cream) is 66. Movie producer George Lucas is 65. Actress Meg Foster is 61. Rock singer David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 57. Movie director Robert Zemeckis is 57. Actor Tim Roth is 48. Rock singer Ian Astbury (The Cult) is 47. Rock musician C.C. (aka Cecil) DeVille is 47. Actor Danny Huston is 47. Rock musician Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) is 43. Fabrice Morvan (ex-Milli Vanilli) is 43. R&B singer Raphael Saadiq is 43. Actress Cate Blanchett is 40. Singer Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) is 40. Movie writer-director Sofia Coppola is 38. Singer Natalie Appleton (All Saints) is 36. Singer Shanice is 36. Rock musician Henry Garza (Los Lonely Boys) is 31. Rock musician Mike Retondo (Plain White T's) is 28. Actress Amber Tamblyn is 26. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young announced their breakup. They have regrouped several times, both with and without Neil Young. [Neil's a real jerk. No one likes being in a band w/ him, but none of the other wretched hippies in the band can play guitar for shit, so ... — Ed.] Actress Billie Burke died at the age of 84. She's probably best known for playing Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz." In 1976, former Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf was electrocuted at his home in London. He was found by a plugged-in guitar. Relf was 33. [Rock & Roll will kill you, children. — Ed.] In 1982, guitarist Fast Eddie Clark left Motorhead in the middle of the band's US tour. Brian Robertson, formerly of Thin Lizzy, was his replacement. In 1987, actress Rita Hayworth died at the age of 68. In 1996, actress Melanie Griffith married actor Antonio Banderas in London. In 1998, Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 82. The hit sitcom "Seinfeld" aired its final episode after nine years on NBC. Thought for Today: "Sometimes there is greater lack of communication in facile talking than in silence." — Faith Baldwin, American romance novelist (1893-1978). Copyright ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Administration's Agenda: Democrat Socialism Now!!

Below: Sponsor of a resolutions, Carolyn McLarty,who, we think (as usual, they may say they have "moral clarity," but can't achieve clarity in typing) quoted some marvelously incendiary rhetoric from the Vice Chairman of the RNC, one James Bopp, Jr. Not any garden variety loony, mind you:
The threat to our country from the Obama administration cannot be underestimated. They are proceeding pell mell to nationalize major industries, to exponentially increase the size, power and intrusiveness of the federal government, to undermine free enterprise and free markets, to raise taxes to a confiscatory level, to strap future generations with enormous unsustainable debt, to debase our currency, to destroy traditional values and embrace a culture of death, and to weaken our national defense and retreat from the war on terror. Unless stopped, we will not recognize our country in a few short years.
Quite an agenda. And not to quibble, but isn't the Obama administration (Hey, first time we've typed that, we think.) going to take the bitter clingers' guns away, besides all the other Obamanations it will be perpetuating? (Despite the lack of any statements even implying gun confiscation?) How could they forget that? It's as if they were scared to agitate the most immediately dangerous group, the tar paper-shack brigade w/ 50,000 rounds of Soviet-era ammo buried in rusting oil drums next to the $1,000.00 in Krugerrands down by the big tree over where the bears shit. (Maybe "culture of death" means letting them keep their heat & just wipe each other out in purity purges.) 
And wouldn't you think that such an exercise in BHO derangement would be all over the major media, w/ it's leftist bias? If the subject came up, it might be claimed that the MSM is keeping the American the public from the truth/magic words. 
One "lib" talking point was that this was a "special meeting," but it looks as if much of the RNC was going to be meeting then anyway.
The special RNC meeting has now been scheduled for May 20th, in conjunction with the previously scheduled RNC State Chairman’s meeting in Washington, D.C.
If Michael Steele had really called an emergency meeting for just these three resolutions (political near beer, resolutions are) it might be worth more than a guffaw, but we doubt this will be passed. Nothing in human activity is written in stone, however, & we wouldn't be surprised if it did.
Barely had we typed that than we come upon this (We now know why we don't like research: It almost always leads to more damn typing & copying.) in The Washington Independent, from David Weigel, who called Mr. Bopp, Jr., & asked him, "What's up?
First: the resolution will pass. “I don’t know of any opposition to it,” said Bopp. Second: the media is largely missing the point of the resolution and has mistook it for an official RNC policy change or a whack at Chairman Michael Steele. “We’re not asking Steele to say or do anything,” said Bopp. “It is an effort to accurately describe and thereby educate the American people on what agenda of the Democratic Party is. We have two jobs, historically, in the RNC, in order to be successful in elections. One is to accurately describe what Democrats are doing as they try to hide their agenda. And the other is for us to be true to our conservative principles. That’s what we’re doing with this resolution.”
Another conservative principle is belief in magic spells. Ronald Reagan, after all, brought down the Soviet Union merely by naming it "The Evil Empire." Don't believe us though, read Bopp, Jr.'s e-mail:
Just as President Reagan’s identification of the Soviet Union as the evil empire galvanized opposition to communism, we hope that the accurate depiction of the Democrats as a Socialist Party will galvanize opposition to their march to socialism.
We wonder Bopp's RNC Conservative Steering Committee became the Republican National Conservative Caucus linked in our prior item. Still mad because his guy lost, we suppose.

Country Fir— No, It's Not First, It's Farther Down The List

It's new to us (probably just new; their site is only copyrighted 2009) but this is the sub-cult of the RNC that has floated the "make the Democrat Party call itself the Democrat Socialist Party" resolution. We'll be more than happy to question their patriotism.
We are committed first to God, then to family, then to country, then to conservatism, and only then to our political party.
In that order, and do not forget it! Whatever happened to "Country First?" When was it replaced by "Nepotism Second, Country Third?"
Consequently, although we are proud Republicans, we will not hesitate to hold everyone in account based on not only words, but also deeds, including ourselves, when we fail to adhere to founding principles.
Try adhering to grammatical principles first. Did the liberal left-wing academic TAs who tried to teach you Bonehead English scare you away? Some of the resolution:
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party and its leadership have dedicated themselves to a new taxing objective of direct income redistribution which takes additional taxes from one group of people and gives it in direct cash transfers to another group of people who pay no federal income taxes at all; and WHEREAS, the American people are crying out for truth, honesty and integrity in politics; therefore be it RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee recognize the Democratic Party’s clear and obvious purpose in proposing, passing, and implementing socialist programs through federal legislation; and be it further RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee recognize that the Democratic Party is dedicated to restructuring American society along socialist ideals; and be it further RESOLVED, that we the members of the Republican National Committee call on the Democratic Party to be truthful and honest with the American people by acknowledging that they have evolved from a party of tax and spend to a party of tax and nationalize and, therefore, should agree to rename themselves the Democrat Socialist Party.
Hoo boy!! They forgot "WHEREAS, the Democratic Party has kicked our asses in the last two national elections, therefore be it
RESOLVED, that we will sit in the corner and fling as much poo as we can poo out at anyone who gets near us."
We conclude by thanking President Obama for sending us $250.00 to waste on anything we want (We like food, oddly enough, & toilet paper, among other things.) just last wk. As we "went Galt" some yrs. ago (We may not have filed in this millennium, even ...) we very much appreciate this gesture from our president, & can assure him & every other Democrat Socialist Party candidate that our vote is theirs in perpetuity. Whattaya say to that, Conservative Caucus? The demonic plot of Saul Alinsky & the Muhammadan Messiah is working!! Also, Bill Ayers.

13 May: Is It Friday Yet?

By The Associated Press 1 hr 33 mins ago Today is Wednesday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2009. There are 232 days left in the year. The AP's spooky "Other World." AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On May 13, 1918, the first U.S. airmail stamps, featuring a picture of a Curtiss JN-4 biplane, were issued to the public with a face value of 24 cents. (On a few of the stamps, the biplane was inadvertently printed upside-down; the "inverted Jenny" stamp instantly became a collector's item.)On this date: In 1607, English colonists arrived by ship at the site of what became the Jamestown settlement in Virginia (the colonists went ashore the next day). In 1846, the United States declared that a state of war already existed with Mexico. In 1917, three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary. In 1940, in his first speech as prime minister of Britain, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." Hear it here. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Act.  In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, were spat upon and their limousine battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1968, a one-day general strike took place in France in support of student protesters. In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca. In 1985, a confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped an explosive onto the group's headquarters; 11 people died in the resulting fire.In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated federal appeals Judge Stephen G. Breyer to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Ten years ago: Russian lawmakers opened hearings on whether President Boris Yeltsin should be impeached. (The lower chamber of parliament ended up rejecting all five charges raised against Yeltsin, including one accusing him of starting the Chechen War.) Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist Meg Greenfield died in Washington at age 68. Five years ago: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited the Abu Ghraib prison camp in Iraq, where he insisted the Pentagon did not try to cover up abuses there. During a campaign swing in West Virginia, President George W. Bush said he felt "disgraced" by the images of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, but reminded his listeners that actions of a handful of Americans should not sully the nation's military. TV anchorman Floyd Kalber died in Burr Ridge, Ill., at age 79. One year ago: An embattled Hillary Rodham Clinton trounced Barack Obama in the West Virginia Democratic primary. Seven bombs hit crowded markets and streets outside Hindu temples in Jaipur, India, killing 80. LPGA great Annika Sorenstam announced she would retire at the end of the season. Actor John Phillip Law died in Los Angeles at age 70. Today's Birthdays: Actor Buck Taylor is 71. Actor Harvey Keitel is 70. Author Charles Baxter is 62. Actor Franklyn Ajaye is 60. Actress Zoe Wanamaker is 60. Singer Stevie Wonder is 59. Former NBA player Dennis Rodman is 48. Actor-comedian Stephen Colbert is 45. Actor Tom Verica is 45. Country singer Lari White is 44. Singer Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) is 43. Actress Susan Floyd is 41. Contemporary Christian musician Andy Williams (Casting Crowns) is 37. Actress Samantha Morton is 32. Rock musician Mickey Madden (Maroon 5) is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1954, the musical play "The Pajama Game" opened on Broadway. In 1955, a riot broke out at an Elvis Presley concert in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the first time trouble was reported at one of his concerts. Witnesses say the crowd went crazy when Presley said, "Girls, I'll see you backstage." In 1971, Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane smashed her car into a wall, forcing the cancellation of a recording session. In 1974, more than 50 people were injured outside of a Jackson Five concert in Washington when fans started smashing bottles. In 1977, The Beatles released their first live album, "The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl." In 1985, Bruce Springsteen and actress Julianne Phillips got married in Oregon on her birthday. They divorced in 1988, and Springsteen later married his backup singer, Patti Scialfa. In 1992, guitarist John Frusciante quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He rejoined the band six years later. In 1997, members of Midnight Oil purposely blocked traffic in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to protest the city's air quality. They sat in arm chairs and sofas in the middle of a normally busy street for an hour. In 2004, the final episode of "Frasier" aired on NBC. Thought for Today: "I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at." — Wilson Mizner, American playwright (1876-1933). Copyright ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bad Taste, Or Tastes Bad?

Below: Where were these show-offs on 11 September, 2001?It is the official, hate-filled editorial policy of Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ that we wish virtually everyone on the face of the planet (including Rush Limbaugh & Wanda Sykes) to suffer from kidney failure, at the very least. We find the events of 11 September, 2001 to be hee-fucking-larious; we're only sorry that the freedom fighters didn't learn to fly well enough* to get United Flight 93 to Washington & into the Capitol or White House. 
We call for the obscene profits of so-called Big Oil to be given to the victims' families & the survivors of the attacks, as those chickens returning to their roosts hatched from eggs laid by Big Oil & its employees in the AmeriKKKan gov't. *We seriously doubt that the decadent AmeriKKKans on that plane did anything but call their friends & family & whine on their cellphones, as most AmeriKKKans tend to. Rolling a beverage cart down the aisle to break down the cockpit door? "Let's Roll?" Please. Get a fucking grip on reality, or at least a clue.

12 May: Pics Just Keep Gettin' Harder To Find

By The Associated Press Tue May 12, 12:01 am ET Today is Tuesday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2009. There are 233 days left. [This is not a guarantee that you will live another 233 days. — Ed.] AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: In 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in circumventing with their Berlin Airlift. On this date: In 1870, an act creating the Canadian province of Manitoba was given royal assent, to take effect in July. [They're all going under the thunder of ... Manitoba! — Ed.] In 1932, the body of Charles Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was found in a wooded area near Hopewell, N.J. In 1937, Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey. In 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. In 1958, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to create the North American Air Defense Command (later the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD). In 1970, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice. In 1975, the White House announced the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, in international waters. In 1978, the Commerce Department said hurricanes would no longer be given only female names. In 1982, in Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who was trying to reach Pope John Paul II. Ten years ago: Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin announced he was leaving his post in July (he was succeeded by his deputy, Lawrence Summers). Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and the Cabinet. Five years ago: Members of Congress expressed outrage after they were privately shown fresh pictures and videos of Iraqi prisoners being abused by U.S. troops. NBC completed a merger with the Universal television and entertainment businesses to create a major media conglomerate. One year ago: A devastating earthquake in China's Sichuan province killed some 70,000 people. Nearly 400 workers were arrested in an immigration raid at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. Irena Sendler, credited with saving some 2,500 Jewish children from the Holocaust, died in Warsaw, Poland, at age 98. Pop artist Robert Rauschenberg died on Captiva Island, Fla., at age 82. Indians second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera turned the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history during the second game of a doubleheader against Toronto. NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon would succeed Conan O'Brien as host of "Late Night." Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is 84. Critic John Simon is 84. Composer Burt Bacharach is 81. Actress Millie Perkins is 71. R&B singer Jayotis Washington is 68. Country singer Billy Swan is 67. Actress Linda Dano is 66. Musician Ian McLagan is 64. Actress Lindsay Crouse is 61. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 61. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 59. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 59. Singer Billy Squier is 59. Country singer Kix Brooks is 54. Actress Kim Greist is 51. Actor Ving Rhames is 50. Rock musician Billy Duffy is 48. Actor Emilio Estevez is 47. Actress April Grace is 47. Actress Vanessa A. Williams ("Melrose Place") is 46. Country musician Eddie Kilgallon is 44. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 43. Actor Scott Schwartz is 41. Actress Kim Fields is 40. Actress Samantha Mathis is 39. Actress Jamie Luner is 38. Actor Christian Campbell is 37. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 36. Actress Malin Akerman is 31. Actor Jason Biggs is 31. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1907, actress Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Conn.
In 1959, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher were married in Las Vegas. They divorced after four years. In 1960, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley traded duets on their hit songs "Witchcraft" and "Love Me Tender" during an ABC special. In 1963, Bob Dylan refused to appear on the "Ed Sullivan Show" because CBS would not allow him to sing "Talking John Birch Society Blues."  In 1964, Peter, Paul and Mary won a Grammy Award for the song "Blowin' In The Wind." "Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens won the Best Rock and Roll Recording award. In 1971, Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez, France. Guests included other members of the Rolling Stones, plus Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Stephen Stills. They are now divorced. In 1972, the Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St." was released. In 1975, Jefferson Starship gave a free concert in New York's Central Park. The band and a New York radio station ended up paying $14,000 for damages and park cleanup. In 1981, The Who's first album without Keith Moon, "Face Dances," went gold, but was considered a disappointment, even to the band itself. In 1991, the "Kurd Aid" concert to benefit Kurdish refugees was held in London. Chris de Burgh and Peter Gabriel were among the artists participating in the show. In 1992, "Brady Bunch" star Robert Reed died of colon cancer at the age of 59. It was later revealed that the AIDS virus contributed to his death. In 2002, singer Dionne Warwick was arrested at Miami's airport after baggage screeners said they found marijuana in her lipstick container. The charges were dropped after Warwick agreed to a drug treatment program. 
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Monday, May 11, 2009

Health Care Talking Points

Rep. Nutcase of Minnesota did her bit to keep the discussion on the wrong page. (Two items down.) Here are some more droolers reciting their lines. (Just after two minutes in.)
Right. There'll be a "Congressional Committee" between patients & their doctors. Who elects these fucking morons?

Ms. Kathryn Jean Lopez On Dinner

Ugh. Courtesy of TNR, we are led to seriously disturbed religio-fascist & professional virgin K. Jean Lopez, of what is often fondly referred to as "America's Shittiest Website™," & her latest effort to disconnect herself & all the other sad Catholic spinsters in her fan-base from anything resembling reality.
She starts w/ "Laughter, Good or Bad?" & The Mayor of 9/11 appearing on SNL. 
We needed to laugh. Heaven knows, Giuliani must have needed it as much as anyone.
We'll bet. Between locating NYC's Emergency Operations Center at Ground Zero, & not funding proper communications equipment for the police & firefighters (There's blood on your hands, Rudy, & it won't wash off!) he probably did need a laugh.  The trivial aside, K-Lo starts toward denial.
We are at war. We are in a war not of our choosing. And the responsibility to protect and defend America weighed heavily on our elected leaders each day. 
Pardon us, Ms. Lopez, that little war in Iraq is completely & absolutely of our (if "our" means Dick Cheney's) choosing.
It was unpresidential when Bush did that (remember looking for weapons of mass destruction at the Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner?)
Mocking your own justification for a war that resulted in the murders of hundreds of thousands is exactly the same as saying your children are "grounded" for taking Air Force One on a joyride.
Somehow Dick Cheney, who continues to stand athwart unseriousness yelling “Stop,” is the enemy. Somehow Rush Limbaugh, conservative stalwart, the embodiment of capitalist success, a man who has struggled with adversity with an inspiring humility, is someone we’re to disdain so much as to laugh at the prospect of his kidneys’ failing.
The TNR writer noted "inspiring humility," as we did on first reading it. That is funny. Funny because it's not true.
More good Catholic writing:
Somehow we are supposed to be pining for one of the nastiest men on television to do something that everyone laughing at the joke presumably considers torture to Sean Hannity, who, agree with him or not, is the happiest of warriors compared with Keith Olbermann.
That is incomprehensible. More so in context, as the last two blockquotes compose one paragraph in Lopez World. Who's "one of the nastiest men on television?" It can't be Limbaugh, his tee vee show didn't last too long. She may mean Olbermann, who suddenly appears from nowhere at the end of the paragraph. And Hannity being "the happiest of warriors" compared to K. O.? In other words, everything Hannity says is bullshit, & he knows it. He's "happy" because he has a big scam going. Not a "warrior" of any kind. If Olbermann isn't a "happy warrior," it may be because he's not running a Hannity-style scam, but is actually concerned about the America that Ms. Lopez imagines to be better than dirty, un-happy hippies.
But that dinner Saturday night —in the jokes the president of the United States of America was willing to make and to laugh at — was beneath America.
Yeah, sure. Run the residents off, grab people from another continent to be chattel slaves, & so on. Didn't stop us for 30 seconds. Nothing is beneath this shithole of ignoramuses & hypocrites. Nothing.
Bonus: Dana Milbank of the WaPo & his readers make fun of "Rush Limbaugh, conservative stalwart, the embodiment of capitalist success, a man who has struggled with adversity with an inspiring humility."

Special Interests

Below: Representative Bachmann, w/ James Dobson. (Guilt by association.) Michele, doesn't it make the Infant Jeezis cry when you change your hair-color from the color that Gawd decided you should have?Rep. Michele Bachmann (Madwoman - Minnesota) weighs in at Townhall.com on people being able to obtain & afford medical care. Note that we typed that she "weighs in" on the subject. Really, she just grabs a bunch of crap from the Wall Street Journal & quotes it. (We didn't expect her to come up w/ too many ideas of her own.) And may we just add: YOU STUPID FUCKING BITCH!!!
Republicans want to make quality healthcare coverage affordable and accessible for every American, and we want people to retain the ability to make choices and choose options that fit their needs. A government takeover will raise taxes, ration care, and let government bureaucrats in Washington make decisions that should be made by families and their doctors. We cannot allow politicians and special interests to stand between patients and the care they need.
Where does this idea that private, for profit corporate entities will not ration or curtail your health care come from? What decisions are being made by families (What, individuals don't get health care? Health decisions should be made by one's family, who want to inherit one's vast fortune, for example?) & their doctors w/o the input of insurance co. bureaucrats & the "special interests" of profit? Just what are these mysterious "special interests" that stand between patients & care? 
We await an answer from the madwoman. C'mon, crazy, you can do it. 

11 May:

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 35 mins ago Today is Monday, May 11, the 131st day of 2009. There are 234 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On May 11, 1946, the first CARE packages arrived in Europe, at Le Havre, France. On this date: In 1502, Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere. In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor of New Netherland. In 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state of the Union. In 1904, artist Salvador Dali was born in Figueras, Spain. In 1910, Glacier National Park in Montana was established. In 1944, Allied forces launched a major offensive against German lines in Italy. In 1949, Siam changed its name back to Thailand. In 1973, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the "Pentagon Papers" case were dismissed by Judge William M. Byrne, who cited government misconduct. In 1981, legendary reggae artist Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital at age 36. In 1985, 56 people died when a flash fire swept a jam-packed soccer stadium in Bradford, England. In 1996, an Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board. Ten years ago: Stung by an espionage scandal, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said he would halt the Clinton administration's aggressive declassification of Cold War-era nuclear documents. In Beijing, protests outside the U.S. Embassy over NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade eased after state-run television aired U.S. and NATO apologies for the attack. Five years ago: A video on an al-Qaida-linked Web site showed the beheading of businessman Nick Berg, an American who'd been kidnapped in Iraq. Six Israeli soldiers were killed when their armored personnel carrier was blown up by Palestinian militants in Gaza City. Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant pleaded not guilty in a Colorado court to a rape charge. (Prosecutors later dropped the case.) One year ago: Serbia's pro-Western president, Boris Tadic, declared victory in parliamentary elections — a stunning upset over ultranationalists. A cease-fire ended weeks of bloody fighting in Baghdad's Sadr City district. Parvati Shallow was the last woman standing on CBS' "Survivor: Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites." (Shallow had previously come in sixth place on "Survivor: Cook Islands.") Today's Birthdays: Comedian Mort Sahl is 82. Rock singer Eric Burdon (The Animals; War) is 68. Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo is 57. Actress Frances Fisher is 57. Actor Boyd Gaines is 56. Country musician Mark Herndon (Alabama) is 54. Actress Martha Quinn is 50. Country singer-musician Tim Raybon (The Raybon Brothers) is 46. Actor Jeffrey Donovan is 41. Country musician Keith West (Heartland) is 41. Actor Coby Bell is 34. Cellist Perttu Kivilaakso is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1970, the three-record "Woodstock" soundtrack was released. It went gold within two weeks. In 1972, John Lennon said on "The Dick Cavett Show" that he thought he had been followed and had had his phone tapped the past few months. In 1979, Peaches and Herb received a platinum record for "Reunited." In 1981, musician Bob Marley died in a Miami hospital of a brain tumor at the age of 36. The previous fall, he had collapsed on stage. In 1990, singer Richie Valens was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1991, Pearl Jam first started recording their debut album, "Ten." In 1996, a 17-year-old fan was crushed to death at a Smashing Pumpkins concert in Dublin. In 2002, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton's home on Cape Cod caught fire and was burned to the ground. No one was hurt. Thought for Today: "Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short." — Golda Meir, Israeli prime minister (1898-1978). Copyright ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Legalistic Morons

Mentioned here some three wks. ago, the move to dissolve these United Snakes (California doesn't need any of you other states, so we're still formulating the Just Another Blog™ editorial policy on the subject.) is examined in more detail than we'd ever care to go into by an Ed Kilgore at THE DEMOCRATIC strategist. (Not much funny going on when the site has a name like that.)
Some funny (pathetic-funny, not laugh-funny) though, as Kilgore explains Texas Gov. Perry.
In other words, Rick Perry doesn't like "liberal" legislation, and now that his party is no longer in power in Washington, he's asserting the right to ignore any laws that don't comport with his own view of "the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution" or what's "oppressive" or "undue."
Oddly enough, we have that very same attitude about some laws ourself. We aren't sending any letters to Congreƒs though. Some people know when to keep their traps shut. 
Not, however, all those linked in this New Yorker blog, wherein senior NY'er editor Hertzberg admits to having been derelict in his duties.
I should have looked harder. I’m usually a careful reader of Talking Points Memo, but I had somehow missed Brian Beutler’s April 16th post
Guess so. It seems (from the date on our item) that's where we copped it. Mr. Elitist New Yorker is scooped by a nimrod in a one-room ap't. who was on a dial-up connection at the time. The Persecution and Assassination of the Old Media as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of America Under the Direction of M. Bouffant, one might say.
We're just going to read all the links in the items to which we linked, rather than regurgitate whatever's there here. (Thank you. Our pleasure not to exert ourself.) We're expecting all of it to be hee-larious, filled w/ Birchers  ("Birchers?" the reader may ask. Yes. The right-wing extremists are going back forty yrs., to the John Birch Society well, as the Reagan well has run dry when faced w/ socialist messiah Obama.)  & White Citizens Councils.

10 May: Rock Rock Rock & Roll (And "Pep Pills")

By The Associated Press 1 hr 29 mins ago Today is Sunday, May 10, the 130th day of 2009. There are 235 days left in the year. This is Mother's Day. [Only half the word? — Ed.] AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred forty years ago, in 1869, a golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.On this date: Two hundred thirty-five years ago, in 1774, Louis XVI acceded to the throne of France. In 1775, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, along with Col. Benedict Arnold, captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y. In 1865, Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Ga. In 1908, the first Mother's Day observance in the United States, inspired by Anna Jarvis, took place during church services in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia. In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was given the job of FBI director. In 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.In 1940, during World War II, German forces began invading the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. That same day, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government. In 1941, Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission. In 1968, preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris. In 1978, Britain's Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon announced they were divorcing after 18 years of marriage. In 1984, the International Court of Justice said the United States should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua's ports (the U.S. had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue). Ten years ago: China broke off talks on arms control with the United States, and allowed demonstrators to hurl stones at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing for a third day to protest NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia. A military jury at Camp Lejeune, N.C., sentenced Capt. Richard Ashby, a Marine pilot whose jet had clipped an Italian gondola cable, sending 20 people plunging to their deaths, to six months in prison and dismissed him from the corps for helping destroy a videotape made during the flight. (Ashby had been acquitted earlier of manslaughter.) Cartoonist, playwright and songwriter Shel Silverstein was found dead in his Key West, Fla., apartment; he was 66. Five years ago: President George W. Bush reacted with "deep disgust and disbelief" during a Pentagon visit as he examined new photos and video clips of American soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. Citigroup agreed to pay $2.65 billion to settle a lawsuit brought by WorldCom investors who'd lost billions when the company went bankrupt in an accounting scandal. One year ago: Barack Obama erased Hillary Rodham Clinton's once-imposing lead among superdelegates as he added endorsements from Utah, Ohio and the Virgin Islands. A tornado in Picher, Okla., killed seven people. Jenna Bush married Henry Hager, the son of a Virginia Republican party official, at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas. Today's Birthdays: Sportscaster Pat Summerall is 79. Author Barbara Taylor Bradford is 76. R&B singer Henry Fambrough (The Spinners) is 71. TV-radio personality Gary Owens is 70. Actor David Clennon is 66. Writer-producer-director Jim Abrahams is 65. Singer Donovan is 63. Singer Dave Mason is 63. R&B singer Ron Banks (The Dramatics) is 58. Actor Bruce Penhall is 52. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is 51. Actress Victoria Rowell is 50.Rock singer Bono (U2) is 49. Rock musician Danny Carey (Tool) is 48. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is 46. Model Linda Evangelista is 44. Rapper Young MC is 42. Actor Erik Palladino is 41. Rock singer Richard Patrick (Filter) is 41. Country musician David Wallace (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 37. Race car driver Helio Castroneves is 34. Rock musician Jesse Vest is 32. Actor Kenan Thompson is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1963, the Rolling Stones began their first recording session in London for Decca Records. The band recorded the Chuck Berry song "Come On" and Willie Dixon's "I Want To Be Loved." In 1967, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones was formally charged with illegal possession of pep pills, while fellow Stone Keith Richards was charged with allowing pot to be smoked on his premises. As the case was going to court, police arrested another Stone, Brian Jones, at his London apartment and charged him with drug possession. Forty years ago, in 1969, The Turtles played at the White House at the invitation of Tricia Nixon. Stories later circulated that the band was snorting cocaine on Abraham Lincoln's desk. [We wouldn't put it past them to do it or to start the rumors. — Ed.]
[A yr. & a half later, still singing the same songs:]
In 1975, Human Kindness Day was celebrated in Washington with a concert by Stevie Wonder in front of the Washington Monument. About 125,000 people attended. In 1977, actress Joan Crawford died in New York. Adam and the Ants played their first public concert at a restaurant in London's Institute of Contemporary Arts. Singer Adam Ant had told the booker they were a country band but showed up wearing leather, a hood and chains. The booker paid them their $15 fee after one song and asked them to leave. In 1983, Metallica began recording their first album in Rochester, New York. In 1986, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married actress Heather Locklear. They later divorced. Lee married actress Pamela Lee, and Locklear married guitarist Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi. In 1991, Madonna's "Truth or Dare" concert tour documentary opened in North America. In 2005, model Heidi Klum married singer Seal. Thought for Today: "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." — William James, American psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910). Copyright ©2009 The Associated Press. All rights reversed. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
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