Saturday, June 13, 2009

Archie Andrews®™ Makes His Move

Big, dull news from the world of comics. The loser not taking it well.
Of added non-interest: We're a bit worried about Jughead's®™ parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jones®™. As they both have Jughead's®™ nose, would it be irresponsible to speculate that they might be (at least) cousins?

13 June: Friday The 13th One Day Late; Good Day For Alleged Show BIz Pederasts

By The Associated Press 55 mins ago Today is Saturday, June 13, the 164th day of 2009. There are 201 days left in the year. The AP also sez, also. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 13, 1966, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision, ruling that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent before being questioned by police. [Saved our ass from some trouble once. — Ed.] On this date: In 323 B.C., Alexander the Great died of fever in Babylon at age 33. In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned in Lake Starnberg. ['Zat "Mad" King Ludwig? Or just an inbred relative/descendant? — Ed.] In 1888, Congress created the Department of Labor. In 1900, China's Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupted. In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. In 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15-round fight in Long Island City, N.Y. In 1944, Germany began launching flying-bomb attacks against Britain during World War II. In 1957, the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived at Plymouth, Mass., after a nearly two-month journey from England. In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.[So, nominated mid-June, sworn in 1 September of the same year. Judge Sotomayor? "We need more time. Waahh!" Guess Republican reading speeds have declined a bit over the last 40 yrs., huh? — Ed.] In 1971, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America's involvement in Vietnam. In 1976, Arizona Republic investigative reporter Don Bolles died as a result of injuries suffered when a bomb blew up his car 11 days earlier. He had been working on an organized crime story at the time of his death. In 1981, a scare occurred during a parade in London when a teenager fired six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II. In 1983, the U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune.In 1996, the 81-day-old Freemen standoff ended as 16 remaining members of the anti-government group surrendered to the FBI and left their Montana ranch. Ten years ago: NATO soldiers shot dead two armed men as peacekeepers tried to contain new violence in Kosovo; Russian troops, meanwhile, blocked British troops from entering the airport in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Five years ago: In Iraq, gunmen assassinated senior Education Ministry official Kamal al-Jarah. Former President George H.W. Bush celebrated his 80th birthday (a day late) with a 13,000-foot parachute jump over his presidential library in College Station, Texas. Annika Sorenstam won the LPGA Championship for the second straight year. One year ago: Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," died unexpectedly while preparing for his weekly broadcast; he was 58. Rising water from the Cedar River forced the evacuation of a hospital in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa; in Des Moines, officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for much of downtown and other areas bordering the Des Moines River. Pope Benedict XVI took President George W. Bush on a rare stroll through the lush grounds of the Vatican Gardens during the leaders' third visit together. R. Kelly was acquitted of all charges in his child pornography trial in Chicago, ending a six-year ordeal for the R&B superstar. [See also: "Today in Entertainment History." — Ed.] Today's Birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 77. Artist Christo is 74. Artist Jeanne-Claude is 74. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 70. Singer Bobby Freeman is 69. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 66. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 65. Singer Dennis Locorriere is 60. Actor Richard Thomas is 58. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 58. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 58. Comedian Tim Allen is 56. Actress Ally Sheedy is 47. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 47. Rock musician Paul deLisle (Smash Mouth) is 46. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 39. Country singer Susan Haynes is 37. Actor Steve-O ("Jackass") is 35. Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is 23. Actress Ashley Olsen is 23. [Both of them? Really? — Ed.] Today in Entertainment History -- On June 13, 1958, Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, Calif. [Lotta good that degree did him. — Ed.] In 1970, Christine McVie released a solo album, then announced her retirement from music. She was back within a year, joining her husband, John McVie, in Fleetwood Mac. In 1972, singer Clyde McPhatter died in New York City of complications from heart, liver and kidney diseases. He was 38. In 1980, Pat Benatar opened a home game for the Philadelphia Phillies by playing a brief set on a makeshift stage and dancing with the Phillies' mascot, a large green duck. In 1986, bandleader and clarinetist Benny Goodman died in New York at the age of 77. In 1992, President Clinton upset rapper Sister Souljah by comparing her comments after the Los Angeles riots to something David Duke might say. Souljah had said, "If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?" [Coming soon. White Ob-Gyns Killing Week. — Ed.] In 1995, country singer Ty Herndon was arrested on charges of indecent exposure and drug possession, less than two hours before he was to perform at a police convention in Texas. [Now that's a damn shit-kicker. Go, cat, go! — Ed.] In 1996, two former employees of talk show host Montel Williams sued him, claiming he sexually harassed them. Four other women eventually joined the suit. In 1998, a 25-year-old fan was struck by lightning while sitting on the lower deck of RFK Stadium in Washington during the Tibetan Freedom Concert. She survived with severe burns. [The Buddha is an ironic Buddha. — Ed.] In 2005, a jury in Los Angeles acquitted Michael Jackson of all ten counts of child molestation. Or, from the other AP: In 2005, a jury in Santa Maria, Calif., acquitted singer Michael Jackson of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch. In 2008, a jury in Chicago acquitted R. Kelly of having sex with an underage girl and videotaping it. Thought for Today: "The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you." — Viscountess Astor, American-born English politician (1879-1964).

Friday, June 12, 2009

Still Snoozin'

Nothin' good on tee vee anyway.

12 June: All Around Snooze-Fest

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 14 mins ago Today is Friday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2009. There are 202 days left in the year. AP alternate history. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 12, 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, Miss. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.) On this date: In 1665, England installed a municipal government in New York, formerly the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. In 1776, Virginia's colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights. In 1838, the Iowa Territory was organized. In 1880, Lee Richmond of the Worcester Ruby Legs pitched the first perfect game in major league history in a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Blues. In 1898, Philippine nationalists declared independence from Spain. One hundred years ago, in 1909, New York's Queensboro Bridge was formally dedicated, more than two months after it had opened to the public. Eighty years ago, in 1929, Holocaust diarist Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt. In 1937, the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin executed eight army leaders during a purge. Seventy years ago, in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y. Babe Ruth speaks at the dedication.In 1967, the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages. In 1979, 26-year-old cyclist Bryan Allen flew the manpowered Gossamer Albatross across the English Channel. In 1981, Major League Baseball players began a 49-day strike over the issue of free-agent compensation. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to a divided Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death outside her Los Angeles home. (O.J. Simpson was later acquitted of the killings in a criminal trial, but was eventually held liable in a civil action.) Ten years ago: Thousands of NATO peacekeeping troops poured into Kosovo by air and by land; but in a surprising move, a Russian armored column entered Pristina before dawn to a heroes' welcome from Serb residents. Five years ago: Gunmen firing from a car killed Iraqi deputy foreign minister Bassam Salih Kubba. Suspected militants killed an American in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Former President Ronald Reagan's body was sealed inside a tomb at his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., following a week of mourning and remembrance by world leaders and regular Americans. One year ago: In a stinging rebuke to President George W. Bush's anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba had the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges. Three heavily armed robbers stole two Pablo Picasso prints, "The Painter and the Model" and "Minotaur, Drinker and Women," from a museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (The prints were later recovered.) Taiwan and China agreed to set up permanent offices in each other's territory for the first time in nearly six decades. Today's Birthdays: Banker/philanthropist David Rockefeller is 94. Former President George H.W. Bush is 85. Singer Vic Damone is 81. Songwriter Richard Sherman is 81. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is 79. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 68. Sportscaster Marv Albert is 68. Singer Roy Harper is 68. Rock singer Reg Presley (The Troggs) is 68. Pop singer Len Barry is 67. Rock singer-musician John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson) is 60. Rock musician Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) is 58. Country singer-musician Junior Brown is 57. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 56. Actor Timothy Busfield is 52. Singer Meredith Brooks is 51. Actress Jenilee Harrison is 51. Rock musician John Linnell (They Might Be Giants) is 50. Rapper Grandmaster Dee (Whodini) is 47. Actress Paula Marshall is 45. Actress Frances O'Connor is 42. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 32. Actor Wil Horneff is 30. Singer Robyn is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- On June 12th, 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis' single "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" entered the Billboard country and western chart. The next week, the record made its debut on the Billboard pop chart as well. In 1959, police in New York raided a hospital room where Billie Holiday was being treated for a kidney infection and cirrhosis of the liver. They found an envelope of heroin and charged her with possession. In 1963, the movie "Cleopatra" made its premiere in New York City. It starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In 1964, The Zombies held their first recording session. In 1965, The Rolling Stones released the single "Satisfaction." The Beatles were awarded the M.B.E. -- "Most Excellent Order of the British Empire." Some medal holders were so upset by the choice of recipients that they returned theirs. In 1979, the New Jersey state legislature adopted Bruce Springsteen's song "Born to Run" as its unofficial Youth Rock Anthem. [There's some deservedly faint praise. — Ed.] In 1982, about one million people rallied for nuclear disarmament in New York. Several celebrities attended, including Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. In 1989, Graceland opened the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum, an exhibit of 20 of Elvis' cars. Ten years ago, in 1999, actress Courtney Cox married actor David Arquette in San Francisco. They have since not divorced. In 2001, a three-mile stretch of Highway 92 in Hiram, Ga., was renamed "Travis Tritt Highway." In 2003, actor Gregory Peck died at age 87. Thought for Today: "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game." — Jacques Barzun, French-born American author.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Exciting New Info On Crazed Octogenarian

Another slant, let's say, if not actual information. That bastion of pre-enlightenment thought, beliefnet, manages to politicize belief, or religify politics, w/ a couple of examples of the alleged USHMM murderer's ideas on "genetics."
Straight from the alleged murderer's mouth/keyboard:
Approval of inter-racial breeding is predicated [...] on LIBERAL/MARXIST/JEW propaganda that all men/races are created equal.
We cite that mostly for the proof that octo(alleged)-killer "WAS A LEFTIST!!!" The carefully collected quotes go downhill from there, ending w/ this:
Our Founding Fathers were Aryans, men of good breeding who understood, empirically, the great differences existing between strains of horses; strains of live-stock; races of men; and between individuals: knowledge confirmed today by the natural sciences of Genetics, Eugenics, and Anthropology. Hitler, as American boobs are beginning to learn, was not all wrong.
Where does our beliefnet author leap from the spew he's quoted?
No, he doesn't cite Darwin by name in the part of his book that's readable online -- the first 6 of 12 chapters. But do you get the general drift? And you want to tell me that ideas don't have consequences?
Well, you have to make hay while the sun shines. Typist Klinghoffer, it just so happens, grinds an axe for the Discovery Institute. Were we to make any leaps from the mere title of Klingy's pile, we'd think he had an interest in a religio-fascist theocracy (if you'll pardon us the redundancy) based on a self-serving interpretation of "the wisdom of the Hebrew Bible."
And we might want to notice that besides whatever crazed shout-outs Brunn gave to Hitler's re-cycling of age old bull (Not too many of that ol' Hebrew War God's people were big on race-mixing either, were they? Mostly genocide, but spare the women for slavery, as we recall.) he also gives it up for the Founding Fathers & the "natural sciences of Genetics, Eugenics, and Anthropology." Not seeing "Evolution" anywhere in there. Think there's a reason Darwin isn't "cited by name" in the readable portion of the book? To suggest that doctrines of racial superiority are a consequence of Darwin's codification of nature's selection process (rather than a sad reflection of eternal human nature) & to use a heinous & political murder to smear poor dead Darwin, only exposes the weakness of the Discovery Institute's positions on virtually everything.
Everything? Sure. They seem awfully interested in Russia. We'd guess they think they can mobilize all the Orthodox sheep, as long as they're kept sheep-like by the imposition of state Orthodoxy. If you'd like to come to a different conclusion, please do read some of it. Telebision beckons us.

Further Note On The "Chosen People"

(If the last few thousand yrs. of history are any indication, we wouldn't want to be the "chosen" of the Hebrews' War Gawd. If it had decided that it didn't like Jewish people, where would they be today?)
People (not just the "chosen" ones) get that clue! The sooner you realize that reasonable, reality-based disagreements w/ the State of Israel's policies & actions are not, per se, anti-Semitic, the better off every one concerned will be. The Israeli state is not the Jewish people. Is that clear enough for you?
And you should all wise up to the fact that contemporary Christian theology/ideology indicates that America has replaced Israel as the favorite of the inconsistent Killer in the Sky. It's called AmeriKKKan Exceptionalism, if you haven't heard, & it means that Americans ("real" ones, anyway) are now the special, chosen, can do no wrong people. Sorry, Israelites.

"Leftist" Jew-Hater? Not Quite, Schmucks.

At The not-so-damn-"New"-any-more Republic, Jonathan Chait clarifies attempts by right-wingers to get the stain of Holocaust Museum murderer "von Brunn" off their hands.
Second, a certain strand of conservative thought is comfortable with most of the tenets of Republican doctrine with the exception of free trade and, especially, Jews, Israel, and neoconservative influence. Pat Buchanan is the emblem of this brand of conservatism. Buchanan is generally a Republican partisan except for Jewish/Israeli/Middle Eastern issues where he takes strong exception. Von Brunn is pretty clearly a violent and more extreme adherent of Buchanan's basic worldview. That he would detest a neoconservative institution like the Standard isn't "complicating" or surprising at all.
There you have it, right-wingers. Take some of the personal responsibility you pretend motivates you, two-faced scum. And stop your whining victimization. Keep it up & you will be victims, of your own hate-filled reactionary ideologies.
Not everyone at TNR is willing to take credit for their new & "complicated" friend.
the fact that von Brunn might have been planning to shoot up the flagship publication of neoconservatism and not, say, the offices of Mother Jones -- absolutley "complicates" the narrative that many liberals are cynically trying to construct around this tragedy. --James Kirchick
What "narrative" is being constructed here that is in any way different from reality & truth? Huh? Kirchick clearly demonstrates that "von Brunn" was an anti-Semite. He clearly types "Von Brunn is most certainly a 'right-winger,'" then pretends that because this pathetic old fuck's "politics" were straight-up Jew-hating, as opposed to the regular right-wing jew-haters who want to keep Israel (not Jewish people in general) going for the purposes of the Book of Revelation, this is "complicated." You just can't have everything both ways, droolers.

Anal Sex!

Catch your attention? Ours too, though when we first saw it it Slate, it was in this context: "Conservative Catholic Theologians Can't Stop Arguing About Anal Sex" That'll grab your attention too.

A paragraph from the item:
West's approach to human sexuality is, well, unique. In seminars, he has blessed women's ovaries and recommends that couples pray over each other's genitalia as a means of overcoming shame. He has objected to flat-chested portrayals of the Blessed Virgin Mary: In a 2002 letter to the editor in Crisis magazine, he encouraged Catholics to "rediscover Mary's … abundant breasts."* He encouraged seminarians to look at their naked bodies in the mirror every day to overcome their sense of shame (though if my memories of seminary are accurate, such an exercise might have the reverse effect). And in the first edition of his book, Good News About Sex and Marriage, he opined that there was nothing "inherently" wrong with anal sex so long as it was foreplay leading to traditional intercourse.
What the hell happened to "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law?" Or "If it feels good, do it?" When & by whom was humanoid sexuality handed to wretched old "celibate" closet cases in embroidered dresses? And why was it given to them? Sheep.

Takin' The Extra Step & Gettin' The Gun Out

Fox News studio personality Shepard Smith thinks that people are getting a little heated up about, you know, things. What does he base this on? Of all things, the disturbed & disturbing e-mails that are received all day long at Fox News.
We are led to understand (OK, we read it somewhere & it's too much of a pain to continue breathing, let alo— huh? Oh, pain, yes, the pain, oh-oh ... pain to remember where the hell we read it & find it & click away to link it & ...) that following Hurricane Katrina a certain amount of wool was pulled from Smith's eyes, & he's no longer as fair & balanced as some of his colleagues. But it's funny he should mention preposterous e-mail, considering that most of it is probably a clever re-phrasing of fellow Foxcaster Glen Beck. Assuming Beck's not sending most of it himself.

An Event At The Museum

Not much sap flows in our veins, but this look at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum when it's not being attacked might make one mist up a bit. The author's father-in-law, an Auschwitz survivor, visiting the museum, is confronted by long lines.
He thrust out his arm in the direction of the staffer, displaying the number the Nazis tattooed on his arm at Auschwitz just a few inches from her face. Without making eye-contact and barely breaking stride, Pop kept walking. Understandably, the staffer barely blinked. She didn't make a move to stop him.
There's more; a tribute to all who work there, who, it now appears, risk their lives every day.

Jews Control World Through Sheet Music Industry!

From the left-wing (Well, wasn't he against Israel? That's all lefty & stuff.) wretch who killed Stanley Johns, the guard at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:
Remember, the Federal Reserve Act (1913) gave JEWS control of America's MONEY. Followed by control of America's main sources of information. Early on, during the war-torn 20th Century, the only broadcast networks : ABC, CBS, and NBC -- were JEW owned. Today, JEWS control ALL important sources of information (The major networks, Newspapers, Magazines, Book-publishing, Tin-Pan Alley, Music & Recording Industry, Hollywood, Encyclopedia Britannica, Public schools and Universities, the Catholic Church, etc.).
Of course we knew they'd bought the Catholic Church out from under the bead-rattlers after the Church just about went bankrupt during that tulip investing thing in the 1630s, but Tin Pan Alley & the Britannica? Their grip on America is virtually unbreakable now!
Is it now a matter of time until the whispering becomes a shout? The "media." "Hollywood" liberals? We all know which clannish, clever people run those outfits, don't we? Now you understand why the "media" supported Obama, don't you?

11 June: More Sugar!

By The Associated Press 1 hr 15 mins ago Today is Thursday, June 11, the 162nd day of 2009. There are 203 days left in the year. The AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlights in History: On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence calling for freedom from Britain. On this date: Five hundred years ago, in 1509, England's King Henry VIII married his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. [What do you get a couple for their 500th anniv. gift? — Ed.] In 1770, Capt. James Cook, commander of the British ship Endeavour, discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia by running onto it. [There will always be an England. — Ed.] In 1919, Sir Barton won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner. In 1942, the United States and the Soviet Union signed a lend lease agreement to aid the Soviet war effort in World War II. In 1947, the government announced the end of household and institutional sugar rationing, to take effect the next day. Fifty years ago, in 1959, the Saunders-Roe Nautical 1, the first operational hovercraft, was publicly demonstrated off the southern coast of England. Today in 1963, snapshots of America & our world in the fabled '60s: Gov. George Wallace confronted federal troops at the University of Alabama in an effort to defy a federal court order to allow two black students to enroll at the school.AP audio: Standoff in Alabama. Earlier that day, a Buddhist monk (Thich Quang Duc) set himself afire on a Saigon street to protest the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem.In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Belmont Stakes, capturing the Triple Crown. In 1985, Karen Ann Quinlan, the comatose patient whose case prompted a historic right-to-die court decision, died in Morris Plains, N.J., at age 31. Ten years ago: The FBI was seeking the creator of ExploreZip, a file-destroying computer virus which had hit some of the nation's biggest corporations. In 2001, Timothy McVeigh was executed by injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. In 2003, pioneering broadcast journalist David Brinkley died at age 82. Five years ago: The nation bade a lingering goodbye to former President Ronald Reagan at a stately funeral service in Washington followed hours later by a hilltop burial ceremony in his beloved California. Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols was again spared the death penalty when jurors who'd convicted him of 161 murder counts deadlocked over his sentence. "Prince of high fashion" Egon von Furstenberg died in Rome at age 57. One year ago: President George W. Bush, during a visit to Germany, raised the possibility of a military strike to thwart Tehran's presumed nuclear weapons ambitions; Chancellor Angela Merkel joined Bush in urging further sanctions against Iran if it failed to suspend its nuclear enrichment program. For his part, Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Bush a "wicked man." Four Boy Scouts were killed when a tornado hit the Little Sioux Scout Ranch near Blencoe, Iowa. Today's Birthdays: Opera singer Rise Stevens is 96. Actor-producer Richard Todd is 90. Actor Gene Wilder is 76. Actor Chad Everett is 72. Comedian Johnny Brown is 72. Former auto racer Jackie Stewart is 70. Singer Joey Dee is 69. Actress Adrienne Barbeau is 64. Rock musician Frank Beard (ZZ Top) is 60. Animal rights activist and PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk is 60. Rock singer Donnie Van Zant is 57. Actor Peter Bergman is 56. [Not the Firesign Theatre feller. Some soap actor. The real one would get a photo. — Ed.] Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 53. Actor Hugh Laurie ("House, M.D.") is 50. Singer Gioia Bruno (Expose) is 46. Country singer-songwriter Bruce Robison is 43. Actor Peter Dinklage is 40. Country musician Smilin' Jay McDowell is 40. Rock musician Dan Lavery (Tonic) is 40. Christian rock musician Ryan Shrout is 29. Actor Shia LaBeouf is 23. Today In Entertainment History -- On June eleventh, 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis performed one of two scheduled shows at a New York club. He went home before the second show because the press had been openly hostile toward him, and the show had poor ticket sales. In 1965, the Rolling Stones released "Got Live If You Want It." Screams from the audience nearly drowned out the music. In 1966, Janis Joplin performed with Big Brother and the Holding Company for the first time in San Francisco. European radio stations falsely reported that Roger Daltrey of The Who was dead. The truth was that Pete Townshend had minor injuries from a car accident a few days earlier and the stations reported bad information. Forty years ago, in 1969, David Bowie released "Space Oddity" as a single, to coincide with the first lunar landing. In 1976, Santana's ninth album, "Amigos," went gold. It included their minor hit "Let It Shine." Also in 1976, Wild Cherry released "Play That Funky Music." In 1978, the Rolling Stones released the album "Some Girls," which caused controversy because of raunchy lyrics in the title song. Thirty years ago, in 1979, actor John Wayne died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 72. In 1993, "What's Love Got to Do With It," the movie based on Tina Turner's autobiography, was released nationwide. Ten years ago, in 1999, actor DeForest Kelley, who played Dr. McCoy on "Star Trek," died outside Los Angeles in Woodland Hills, Calif., after a long illness. He was 79. In 2002, Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at a castle in Ireland. They have since divorced. In 2007, the final episode of "The Sopranos" aired on HBO. Thought for Today: "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument." — William Gibbs McAdoo, American government official (1863-1941). [Words for troll-feeders everywhere to remember. — Ed.]

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

250 Words Or Less (Because That's All The Words They Know)

Mitt Romney would like you to write an essay for him that reflects the name of his PAC. This will somehow provide solutions to the "new generation [none of them "new" at all, of course, just the left-overs from the previous administration] of problems" that face us. Or something.
This is the best they have to offer? "Please, our ideology has been discredited, we're authoritarians flailing in the darkness w/o an even marginally effective leader, do any of you Real Americans have anything at all that we could use for, like, a slogan or bumper sticker or something?"
Were we to send an essay to Mittens, we'd let him know that a "Strong & Free" America does not include corporate raider disaster capitalists like the one-term Massachusetts Governor. But that's just us, & an entirely hypothetical proposition. We can't divert any of our precious time to trivia like this, we've other trivia to pursue.

Civil Discourse

Economics 101

Median home prices drop below 1989 levels in some parts of Southland

We know that we just can't get enough of Boom, Bubble & Bust, & the miracle of unregulated free-market economics that has given America Most Favored Nation status from Jesus.

America Under Seige: Day I

Why, looky here!! The rabid weasels are increasing their acts of terror. Can you even imagine?

D.C. Shooting: Time To Revisit Criticism Of “Right Wing Extremists” Report

Let's recap. The FBI allegedly knew about the fundamentalist (Mohammedan) who allegedly killed the recruiter. And the FBI knew about the fundamentalist (Christian) who allegedly killed the doctor providing legal services to women. And the FBI or the CIA or another alphabet agency had a pretty good idea about the Saudi fundamentalists that attacked America on 11 September, 2001. Wonderful record our agencies have, isn't it? Will any of these agencies be taken to task for their gross negligence, ineptitude & incompetence? Ever? Or does discourse on this subject remain in politician default mode? The same lying crap about what noble warriors they are & how CIA employees are putting their lives on the line, for example, 'though most of them seem to sit in offices misreading, misunderstanding, misinterpreting or ignoring information vital to our national security. We've no idea how to force any of these agencies to do the jobs they're supposed to do (few if any administrations, right or what passes for left in AmeriKKKa, have had much luck w/ these outfits, which seem to continue doing whatever they want to do, no matter who is nominally in charge) but something really should be done about this mess, while we still have a country to defend from internal menaces. A crazed 89-yr. old bastard w/ a shotgun. Are we safe from anything?


After taking his eleven-yr. old son to "Land of the Lost," & then walking out, a Big Ho typist has to ruin it for the rest of us.
As soon as I got home, I fished out the newspaper and found the reviews. For once, the reviews were as bad as the movie. I also found out that because my son had the maturity to walk out, we missed being treated to the sight of Will Ferrell being eaten by a T-Rex and subsequently excreted by said dinosaur.
We would have spent the entire film in breathless anticipation of Mr. Ferrell's digestive journey, & just wouldn't have been able to concentrate on the sophisticated whatnot beforehand. Damned Culture Warriors.

Comedy Crack-Down Coming?

Huffiness & P. C. coming out of all Internet woodwork. Is this even bigger than "NRO Assho' 'outs' blogger?" Probably not; it doesn't involve the web log typists as much as (Horrors!) "outing" does. Below is this morning's follow-up to Letterman's vicious attack. Herpes!!
Funniest (in an endearingly stupid way) is the interpretation of "knocked up" as "raped." Also funny is the instant dog-pile the moment one them of finds a way to misinterpret or distort a statement by someone of actual importance. Or finds something imaginary but not any less offensive in a late night comedy cliche. The slightest whiff of a personal slight is red meat to the starving pack, & there's no waiting to see what they're chowing on: One of the other mutts might get there first. Besides, if Sarah Palin's a politician, isn't it a compliment to equate her w/ a crack whore?

10 June: War Declared On U. S., Boozing, France, Britain & Italy

By The Associated Press 50 mins ago Today is Wednesday, June 10, the 161st day of 2009. There are 204 days left in the year. From another world, where they have history too. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 10, 1935, Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio. On this date: In 1652, silversmith John Hull, in defiance of English colonial law, established the first mint in America. In 1692, in Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist tried in the Salem witch trials, was hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft. In 1801, the North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean. In 1865, the Richard Wagner opera "Tristan und Isolde" premiered in Munich.
In 1898, U.S. Marines invaded Cuba in the Spanish-American War. In 1907, 11 men in five cars set out from the French embassy in Beijing on a race to Paris. (Prince Scipione Borghese of Italy was the first to arrive in the French capital two months later.) In 1940, Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy. In 1942, the Gestapo massacred 173 male residents of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in retaliation for the killing of a Nazi official. In 1946, Italy replaced its abolished monarchy with a republic. In 1964, the Senate voted to limit further debate on a proposed civil rights bill, shutting off a filibuster by Southern senators. In 1967, the Middle East War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a U.N.-mediated cease-fire. In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., escaped from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others; he was recaptured June 13. In 1978, Affirmed won the Belmont Stakes and with it, horse racing's Triple Crown. In 1985, socialite Claus von Bulow was acquitted by a jury in Providence, R.I., at his retrial on charges he'd tried to murder his heiress wife, Martha "Sunny" von Bulow. Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Rev. Jerry Falwell said his conservative lobbying group, the Moral Majority, had accomplished its goals and would be disbanded. In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, spewing debris as far as 20 miles away. Ten years ago: Yugoslav troops departed Kosovo, prompting NATO to suspend its punishing 11-week air war. The Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that Chicago went too far in its fight against street gangs by ordering police to break up groups of loiterers. One year ago: A Sudanese jetliner skidded off a runway and crashed into airport lights after landing in Khartoum, killing 30 people. Today's Birthdays: Britain's Prince Philip is 88. Columnist Nat Hentoff is 84. Actor-director Lionel Jeffries is 83. Author Maurice Sendak is 81. Attorney F. Lee Bailey is 76. Actress Alexandra Stewart is 70. Singer Shirley Alston Reeves (The Shirelles) is 68. Actor Jurgen Prochnow is 68. Media commentator Jeff Greenfield is 66. Country singer-songwriter Thom Schuyler is 57. Former Sen. John Edwards is 56. Actor Andrew Stevens is 54. Singer Barrington Henderson is 53. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is 50. Rock musician Kim Deal is 48. Singer Maxi Priest is 48. Actress Gina Gershon is 47. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 46. Rock musician Jimmy Chamberlin is 45. Actress Kate Flannery is 45. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 44. Rock musician Joey Santiago is 44. Actor Doug McKeon is 43. Rock musician Emma Anderson is 42. Country musician Brian Hofeldt (The Derailers) is 42. Rapper The D.O.C. is 41. Rock singer Mike Doughty is 39. R&B singer JoJo is 38. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is 38. R&B singer Faith Evans is 36. Actor Hugh Dancy is 34. R&B singer Lemisha Grinstead (702) is 31. Actor DJ Qualls is 31. Actor Shane West is 31. Singer Hoku is 28. Actress Leelee Sobieski is 27. Olympic gold medal figure skater Tara Lipinski is 27. Today In Entertainment History --In 1922, singer-actress Judy Garland was born Frances Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minn. In 1964, the Rolling Stones met two of their idols during a recording session, when they ran into bluesmen Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters at Chicago's Chess studios. The Beatles released "A Hard Day's Night," both the album and the single. In 1966, a Beatles record featuring a new audio effect was released. "Rain" used a tape played in reverse. John Lennon said the reverse-tape effect wasn't planned; the tape was just put on the wrong way. In 1967, actor Spencer Tracy died, just weeks after he finished filming "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." He was 67. Bob Dylan and The Band began recording sessions that remained unreleased for a long time but eventually surfaced as an album titled "The Basement Tapes." In 1972, Joe Strummer and Topper Headon of The Clash were arrested for painting their band's name on a London wall. [Not bloody likely. Not in 197-fucking-2, you AP idiots. — Ed.] In 1982, singer Micki Harris of The Shirelles died at the age of 42. The play "Torch Song Trilogy," by Harvey Fierstein, opened on Broadway. In 1990, the band 311 (three-eleven) played their first gig, opening for Fugazi in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1992, a Texas law enforcement agency called for a national boycott of "Cop Killer" by Ice-T. Sales of the song skyrocketed. In 1993, Burt Reynolds filed for divorce from Loni Anderson after five years of marriage, blaming irreconcilable differences. In 1995, 100,000 people gathered in New York's Central Park to see a free sneak preview of "Pocahontas."
[Two out of three from the AP leads us to figure it was 2004. — Ed.] 2004 Singer-musician Ray Charles died at age 73. Five years ago: [That would be 2004. — Ed.] Singer-musician Ray Charles, known for such hits as "What'd I Say," "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You," died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 73. In 2005, singer Ray Charles died of liver disease at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 73. In 2007, the final episode of "The Sopranos" aired on HBO. Thought for Today: "I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool." — Katharine Whitehorn, British newspaper columnist.

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).