Monday, July 13, 2009

Shower Update:

Shaved too.

Posting Will Be Light

As we will be taking our weekly, whether-we-need-it-or-not shower. That's some dedication to American standards of hygeine & all that bourgeois crap, isn't it?

Newt Is Qualified!

Perhaps we were being a mite harsh w/ disgraced former House Speaker Gingrich. Although his military expertise beyond courses at Podunk Teachers College or wherever his alma mater is is spotty at best, he does know his way around "covert" operations, as a commenter notes.
Newt knows covert. Wasn't he an expert on that during his first marriage?
Also amusing:
Zimzone says:
pete says:
What's the difference between Al-Qaeda and the GOP?

Al-Qaeda isn't stupid enough to announce it on Al Jazeera.

pete says:
Zimzone Says:
Al-Qaeda isn't stupid enough to announce it on Al Jazeera.

It was meant as a rhetorical question but that's an awesome answer.

"Live-Blogging" The Sotomayor SCOTUS Senate Hearings

will commence immediately upon the temperature in L. A. reaching absolute zero, & our poking our eyes & eardrums w/ knitting needles.
Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (R-Alabammy): Not a racist at all. (You can tell by his name.) Just kidding, really. "Ah say, it's a joke, son."

Today's Newt Gingrich Wrap-Up: "Fundamental Difference"

Courtesy of Think Progress, via Political Animal, what Newt's up to these days. Gingrich is such a chickenhawk we're surprised he hasn't been busted w/ a 15 yr.-old boy & a jar full of "X," "E," "Special K" or whatever letter the kids are consuming for kicks these days.
Hell, drug abuse is as good an explanation as any for Newt's paranoid bellicosity.
He said the US should "use covert operations … to create a gasoline-led crisis to try and replace the regime". "I think we have a vested interest, the world has a vested interest, in a responsible Iranian government, just as we have a vested interest in a responsible North Korean government," he said.
No government is more responsible than the one that "destabilizes" other governments, & then expects results that will favor the destabilizer.
Definition of "Is" Dep't:
Gingrich clarified, “I called for sabotage, not bombing. … Fundamental difference.”
What does "sabotage" involve, then? Blocking the toilets at the refineries? (Of which Iran has nine, not one as Newt suggested/lied.) Letting the air out of the tires of gas tankers?
Scenes of Families Being Ripped Apart as Parents Are Deported
Newt isn't just embarrassing himself internationally, however. He'd like to see domestic destabilization as well: Newt's immigration plans. (He doesn't mention the economic stimulus aspects of his plan, but investment in cattle car manufacture may put you on top of the free market. You heard it here first.)
We can only hope the Grand Old Party doesn't run disgraced former Speaker Gingrich & disgrced former Governor Palin against us in 2012. That combination of reasoned ideas, concern for the common people, & a charming, charismatic appeal to all that is good in America would be unstoppable. Like a runaway train headed for a washed-out bridge.

No Child Is Safe

Soon to be ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will use any infant or toddler she can find, born to her or to anyone else, for political purposes. The NYT digs into the resignation, you betcha.

13 July: Marat/Corday

From The Associated Press: Today is Monday, July 13, the 194th day of 2009. There are 171 days left in the year.
AP (Off-brand). A/V. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 13, 1793,
French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who was executed four days later.
On this date:
In 1787,
Congress enacted an ordinance governing the Northwest Territory.
In 1859, Mexican President Benito Juarez ordered property of the Roman Catholic Church confiscated throughout Mexico.
In 1863, deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City. (About 1,000 people died over three days.)
In 1878, the Treaty of Berlin amended the terms of the Treaty of San Stefano, which had ended the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.
In 1886, Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, was born in County Roscommon, Ireland. [Knowing what we know now, it would be irresponsible not to speculate. — Ed.]
In 1898, Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for wireless telegraphy, the radio.
In 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination at his party's convention in Los Angeles.In 1967, race-related rioting broke out in Newark, N.J.; 27 people died in four days of violence.In 1972, George McGovern claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach, Fla.
In 1977, a blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York City area.
In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.
In 1979, four Palestinian guerrillas stormed the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killing two guards and taking some 20 hostages. (The guerrillas surrendered 45 hours later.)
In 1985, the Constitution's presidential disability clause was invoked for the first time as President Ronald Reagan transferred power temporarily to Vice President George H. W. Bush before undergoing surgery for colon cancer. [Why'd they let him back? Because they knew what a douchewad "Poppy" Bush was? — Ed.]
Ten years ago: Angel Maturino Resendiz, suspected of being the "Railroad Killer," surrendered in El Paso, Texas. (Resendiz was executed in 2006.) In Tehran, police fired tear gas to disperse 10,000 demonstrators on the sixth day of protests against Iranian hard-liners. The American League won the All-Star Game for the third straight time, defeating the National League 4-1 at Boston's Fenway Park.
Five years ago: A confidant of Osama bin Laden's (Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harbi) surrendered to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to Saudi Arabia. The American League cruised past the National League 9-4 in the All-Star game at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
In 2007, former media mogul Conrad Black was convicted of swindling the newspaper empire he once ran out of millions of dollars. (He is serving a 6 1/2-year sentence at a federal prison in Florida.)
One year ago: An assault by militants on a remote U.S. base in Afghanistan close to the Pakistan border killed nine American soldiers and wounded 15. Anheuser-Busch agreed to a takeover by giant Belgian brewer InBev SA.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 69. Actor Robert Forster is 68. Actor Harrison Ford is 67. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 67. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 63. Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid is 61. Actress Didi Conn is 58. Singer Louise Mandrell is 55.Writer-director Cameron Crowe is 52. Tennis player Anders Jarryd is 48. Rock musician Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera (Marcy Playground) is 47. Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 47. Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 47. Actor Kenny Johnson is 46. Actor Michael Jace is 44. Country singer Neil Thrasher is 44. Singer Deborah Cox is 36. Edmonton Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray is 33. Rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay) is 31.
Today In Entertainment History -- Seventy years ago, on July 13th, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first record, singing "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood" with the Harry James Orchestra.
In 1977, a Boz Scaggs concert in New York was cut short due to the citywide power failure. NRBQ was playing that night in a different venue and improvised by taping flashlights to their microphones stands and playing an acoustic set.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Philippe Wynne, a former lead singer of The Spinners, died of a heart attack while on stage in Oakland, California.
In 1985, the Live Aid concerts to help starving people in Africa were held in London, Philadelphia and other cities. Live Aid was organized by singer Bob Geldof and featured dozens of top entertainers. It's estimated more than 1.5 billion people either watched Live Aid on television or listened to a radio broadcast.Twenty years ago, in 1989, Roseanne Barr filed for divorce in Los Angeles from William Pentland.
In 1990, the movie "Ghost" was released.
Ten years ago, in 1999, Stanley Kubrick's final film, "Eyes Wide Shut" starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, had its premiere in Los Angeles. (The movie opened in wide release three days later.)
In 2008, talk show host Les Crane died in Greenbrae, Calif., at age 74. Thought for Today: "Individuality is freedom lived." — John Dos Passos, American author (1896-1970).

(This version CORRECTS that Cameron Crowe is a writer-director, sted actor-director.)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Gun-Totin' Gals "Make Lib's Skeert!1!"

Great Googly-Moogly, we can't type about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin any longer. (At this point we can only hope for a Hi-Def, 16:9 digital recording of Bin Laden decapitating Michael Jackson's mortal remains while poking Megan Fox [whoever she is] in the poop-chute & screaming "Get George Washington's voice out of my fillings!!" to move the Gov. off the front-page here & throughout the real media environment.) Our Puritan sense of duty, however, obligates us to link to this Palin item, which also you betcha features one of our favorite "openly gay gun-owners," Tammy Bruce.We find Ms. Bruce's constant references to Barack Obama as a "malignant narcissist" laugh/nausea-inducing, and considering Ms. Bruce's love of both herself & of Gov. Palin's love of Gov. Palin, about as ironic as one can get. But that's ten-cent psychology for you. Look at the gun-owner in the mirror, Bruce, to get in another Jacko reference.
**UPDATE: It’s an honor to note that Governor Palin has linked to this post at both her official Facebook page and at theSarahPAC site.**
You betcha. We're sure Governor Palin personally linked to Tammy's post.But it is interesting that the Palin team/staff/enablers chose to link to Bruce's "Liberals control the party, so a third-party, independent conservative movement is needed" rant. Very interesting. Indeed.

"Family" Values
(OK, You Come Up W/ Something Cleverer, Smart-Ass!)

It's enough to make a moran believe in gawd: Jeff Sharlet's The Family is now available in paperback, even as current events bring "The Family" into sharper focus.
And, we return you to exactly a yr. & a mo. ago, for an interview conducted when the hardcover edition was published.
Whew. Our civic duty is done. It's now up to our minions to kill Christians for Communism, freedom, liberty or the First Amendment. Go forth, minions.

Speciesism At The New York Times

The image:The caption:
From left, Patrick, SpongeBob, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Squidward of the “SpongeBob SquarePants” cartoon crew.
Pardon the fuck out of us, but isn't that Plankton on the ladder shooting the shot? Does the work, gets no credit at all. Typical.
Also: Grown-ups trying to find "higher meaning to Bikini Bottom" (or to use up a few thousand words for the Sunday Northeastern media cage-liner). Actual point of the story:
Nickelodeon plans to wring “SpongeBob” of every drop with a 50-episode weekend marathon on Friday that will include 10 new episodes, while its sister network, VH1, plans on Tuesday to show a documentary, “Square Roots: The Story of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ ” that interviews its creator, Stephen Hillenburg, an illustrator and marine biologist ...
Luddites, start your VCRs.

The Palin Never Stops

From the full Moon desert of The Washington Times an "EXCLUSIVE" from Alaska's gift that keeps on giving. And other Hallmark card sentiment, you betcha.
"I'm not ruling out anything - it is the way I have lived my life from the youngest age," she said. "Let me peek out there and see if there's an open door somewhere. And if there's even a little crack of light, I'll hope to plow through it."
Is it vitriol & hatred to point out the banality of such statements? Are we being ... elitist, if that's what laughing at stupid, immature people is? (Well, people who are stupider & less mature than we, which may not be saying so much.) At whom is one to laugh, then, intelligent sophisticates who know whereof they speak & make coherent points? Ha. Sure. Not to mention the visual, if not physical, humor of giving interviews while pretending to be fishing in waders, or as turkeys are slaughtered in the background.
Having been dismissive & condescending, in our élitist way, we must turn our attention from the "funny" to the not-so-damn funny. Laugh all you want (& no one w/ the mental capacity needed for a sense of humor can help himself) but the nitwit fence-sitting independents may spook at any moment, depending on whatever unpredictable (or inevitable, we just don't know exactly when they'll happen) events occur, the state of the economy, you name it.
At the very beginning of Gov. Palin's non-stop wk.+ of attention, one of the few reasoned or comprehensible things she announced was her intention to support candidates who agreed w/ her two planks (note lack of kulturkampf) of energy independence ("Drill, baby, drill! And if I can grift us some change outta that, cool!") & national security ("Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran! And missile defense bases all over Alaska to make it easier for us to secede."). Candidates, she added, of either party, or independents. Our hope was that she might split the already shaky Goofy Old Party; her announcement did nothing to heal any of the fissures (some of them caused by Gov. Palin herself) in the party, & now she's even more polarizing w/in the party as the lines are drawn between the pseudo-intellectual, Northeastern, coastal, party elite & the bitter old clingers who are drawn to her mavericky-ness like disoriented moths confusing a dim bulb w/ a sun.
The governor, 45, said she shared former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's view that Republicans, now trailing Democrats and independents in registration in many states, should back moderate to conservative Democrats in congressional districts and states where Republicans stand almost no chance of winning. The object would be to build a majority coalition that reflects what polls suggest is the center-right tilt of the U.S. electorate as a whole.
Oh boy. She's stealing from the Idea Man again. (Unless he's writing her script.) This could blow up in their faces; the poll figures cited in the "EXCLUSIVE" indicate 55% of ordinarily indecisive independents want her to go away, & we doubt that the nation is as "center-right" as it tells pollsters it is.
We can't imagine any but the bluest of Blue-Dog Democrats (Actually, we can't imagine any, but there may be one or two wacky enough.) taking her up on her kind offer, & the only independents would have to be gold standard, Ron Paul types.
What Palin stumping the swamps & backwoods of her base & her fellow driller/bomber politicians does to or for the GOP is anybody's guess, partly because no one really knows how far the politics of resentment can pump up the base, or even along what lines any split might occur. Right-wing extremist paranoids & libertarian/business interests? A new, even more explicitly Xian than the current party on one side & all the non-culture warriors lumped together in something else? So many of their conspiracy theories & fears overlap & interweave it may be harder to split them than one might think. Enemy of my enemy & all that.
So we can draw no real conclusions from the not-so funny. Let's just peep at the other funny stuff, so we can all leave feeling good, or at least feeling that we're all smarter & better than Palin.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Palin said the state needs a new ethics policy after another ethics complaint was filed against her. The new complaint, filed Friday with the state personnel board, claims Mrs. Palin has been paid for media interviews, according to the Associated Press.
A shame that the governor's job in Alaska makes no allowance for the Gov. to effect change in the state's laws & policies. We can see how the sheer frustration must have forced her to quit. She just had to plow through that door.
"The only saving grace in this recent episode is that it proves beyond any doubt the significance of the problem Alaska faces in the 'new normal' of political discourse," she said in a release that was posted online through her Twitter account. "I hope this will be a wake-up call - to legislators, to commentators and to citizens generally - that we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue that focuses on the best interests of the state, rather than the petty resentments of a few."
"Shut up & stop menacing the state. You think you have rights? Think again, lib." They're always shutting her up, & "filtering" her, & looking down their nose at her, but an ethics complaint? That's a petty resentment. She really can tweet out of both sides of her keyboard, can't she?
We mentioned yesterday (Was it? Truly, who knows or cares?) that as no scandal or indictment had appeared after a wk., Gov. Palin's breathy demeanor while copping out probably indicated that the decision to announce the resignation had just been made, to take advantage of a wknd. that would have been left to the ghouls picking over the corpse of the King of Pop & Jesus Juice. Nothing said here would indicate that they didn't suddenly decide to grab some headlines.
In her interview with The Times, Mrs. Palin denied reports that the decision to resign had been made hastily with little notice to her family or staff. "We had been contemplating this for months, so I didn't surprise my family or the people around me," she said, glancing at her top aide, Kris Perry, who was seated across the room from the governor during the interview. Ms. Perry smiled and nodded emphatically.
The closing is inane, but just the sort of thing we were expecting from The Rev. Moon Times.
Even dealing with the political maelstrom she unleashed, Mrs. Palin flashed the down-home, personal touch that even critics say helped her forge an extraordinary bond with supporters on the campaign trail. When a photographer prepared to take pictures of the interview, Mrs. Palin, wearing open-toed shoes, said laughingly, "Don't get my toes in the picture - they are green on the bottom." Indeed they were. She said the marks were grass stains from mowing her lawn the previous day.
She's such a snowbilly she mows the lawn barefoot? And can't take a shower the next day before going to work & interviews? Even money says one of the children has to mow the lawn, except days when mommy has interviews. Unless they're too busy taking care of the youngest Palin for Family Values Mom.
Or, you could see what an adult thinks about the whole mess. Also.

12 July: Great Caesar's Ghost: Mendel's Big Unit Born

From The Associated Press: Today is Sunday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2009. There are 172 days left in the year. Another AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced he'd chosen U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket. Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro squawking.On this date: In 100 B. C. E., Julius Caesar was born in Rome. [Older than Jesus, w/ the same initials. — Ed.] In 1543, England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr. In 1690, Protestant forces led by William of Orange defeated the Roman Catholic army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. In 1812, United States forces led by Gen. William Hull entered Canada during the War of 1812 against Britain. (However, Hull retreated shortly thereafter to Detroit.) In 1817, writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Mass. In 1854, George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera, was born in Waterville, N.Y. In 1862, Congress authorized the Medal of Honor. On hundred years ago, in 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing for a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.) In 1948, the Democratic national convention, which nominated President Harry S. Truman for a second term of office, opened in Philadelphia. In 1972, George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach. In 1974, John Ehrlichman, a former aide to President Richard Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg's former psychiatrist. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women's abortions, saying, "There are many things in life that are not fair." In 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running-mate. In 1990, Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned from the Communist Party. In 1993, some 200 people were killed when a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck northern Japan and triggered a tsunami. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton and Republican congressional leaders held their first face-to-face budget meeting of the year; the talk was described afterward as positive. Five years ago: President George W. Bush defended the Iraq war during a visit to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, saying the invasion had made America safer. Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley settled a sex discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing to pay $54 million. One year ago: Former White House press secretary Tony Snow died in Washington at age 53. Former All-Star outfielder and longtime Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer died in Oklahoma City at age 62. Angelina Jolie gave birth to twins Knox and Vivienne, making a family of eight with Brad Pitt. Today's Birthdays: Movie director Monte Hellman is 77. Pianist Van Cliburn is 75. Comedian Bill Cosby is 72. Singer-musician Christine McVie is 66. Actress Denise Nicholas is 65. Singer-songwriter Butch Hancock is 64. Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 61. Actor Jay Thomas is 61. Singer Walter Egan is 61. Writer-producer Brian Grazer is 58. Actress Cheryl Ladd is 58. Actor Jamey Sheridan is 58. Country singer Julie Miller is 53. Gospel singer Sandi Patty is 53. Actress Mel Harris is 53. Actor Buddy Foster is 52. Rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) is 47. Actress Judi Evans is 45. Rock singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms) is 44. Actress Lisa Nicole Carson is 40. Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 38. Country singer Shannon Lawson is 36. Rapper Magoo is 36. San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle is 33. Actress Anna Friel is 33. R&B singer Tracie Spencer is 33. Actor Steve Howey is 32. Actor Topher Grace is 31. Actress Michelle Rodriguez is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1895, Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II was born in New York City. In 1908, comedian Milton Berle was born Mendel Berlinger in New York City. In 1962, the Rolling Stones played their first gig at a club in London. The line-up of the band included Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Keith Richards. Drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman joined later. In 1969, Blind Faith made its US debut at New York's Madison Square Garden. "The Ballad of John and Yoko" was banned by many radio stations because they found the line "Christ, you know it ain't easy" to be offensive. [Goddamnit, that is pretty offensive. — Ed.] In 1970, Johnny Cash sent autographed records and photos to South Dakota judge S.K. Hicks, who claimed to be the inspiration for Johnny Cash's single "A Boy Named Sue."
In 1975, K.C. and the Sunshine Band made their pop chart debut with "Get Down Tonight." Thirty years ago, in 1979, singer Minnie Riperton died of cancer. She was best known for her 1975 hit "Lovin' You." Also: A Chicago disc jockey held a "disco demolition" between a baseball doubleheader at Comiskey Park. The second game was called off because so much damage had been done to the field. In 1983, musician Chris Wood, who had played the saxophone and flute for Traffic, died in London of liver failure. In 1992, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose was arrested at New York's JFK International Airport on a warrant from St. Louis prosecutors. Rose was wanted on charges stemming from a riot during a 1991 Guns N' Roses concert. He was released on $100,000 bond. A memorial to Buddy Holly was unveiled in Dallas. In 1996, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins was charged with heroin possession. Police say he was with Jonathan Melvoin, a backup keyboard player for the band who died of a drug overdose in a hotel room in New York.
[Fucking shit AP, is this "Today in Entertainment History" or "Crap That's Happened to Musicians Over The Past 50+ Years?" — Ed.] Thought for Today: "Man is not made for society, but society is made for man. No institution can be good which does not tend to improve the individual." — Margaret Fuller, American social reformer (1810-1850).

Eeeeew. Ick.

Does the Sci-Fi Channel's re-branding as "Syfy" look syphilitic to anyone else, or is it just us? (It certainly sounds like you could get a big-head baby from it if you pronounce it "siffy," as we do.)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Imagine That!

Breaking News Alert The New York Times Saturday, July 11, 2009 -- 4:53 PM ET ----- Cheney Is Linked to C.I.A. Concealment of Terror Program The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency's director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday. The report that Mr. Cheney was behind the decision to conceal the still-unidentified program from Congress deepened the mystery surrounding it, suggesting that the Bush administration had put a high priority on the program and its secrecy. Mr. Panetta, who ended the program when he first learned of its existence from subordinates on June 23, briefed the two intelligence committees about it in separate closed sessions the next day. Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na
We think they really mean "anti-terror" program, but would it be that surprising if it had been a pro-terror program? No details having come out yet, it would be irresponsible not to speculate.

More Lunch, Naked

Odin, a white Bengal tiger, dives for a piece of meat at the opening of the new Odin's Temple of the Tiger exhibit at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Thursday, July 9, 2009, in Vallejo, Calif. (AP photo/Russel A. Daniels)

11 July: Rebirth Of The Jarheads; Burr Plugs Hamilton

From The Associated Press 2 hrs 53 mins ago Today is Saturday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2009. There are 173 days left in the year. Alt.AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred fifty years ago, in 1859, Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time. (The clock itself had been keeping time since May 31.) On this date: In 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated England's King Henry VIII. In 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Mass. In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a Congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band. In 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, N.J.
In 1847, songwriter Stephen Foster's first major hit, "Oh! Susanna," was performed for the first time, in a Pittsburgh saloon, and soon became a standard for minstrel shows. In 1864, Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early began an abortive invasion of Washington, turning back the next day. In 1914, baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth made his major league debut as a pitcher for the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first incumbent chief executive to travel through the Panama Canal. In 1952, the Republican national convention, meeting in Chicago, nominated Dwight D. Eisenhower for president and Richard M. Nixon for vice president. In 1955, the U.S. Air Force Academy swore in its first class of cadets at its temporary quarters, Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. In 1977, the Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony. In 1978, 216 people were immediately killed when a tanker truck overfilled with propylene gas exploded on a coastal highway south of Tarragona, Spain. In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station Skylab made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia. In 1989, actor and director Laurence Olivier died in Steyning, West Sussex, England, at age 82. [Didn't this happen yesterday? Yes, because a certain website made a mistake, & printed today yesterday. As we have no fucking idea what day or date it is, we were fooled. And now we have no idea what happened in show biz on July 10th. — Ed.] Ten years ago: A U.S. Air Force cargo jet, braving Antarctic winter, swept down over the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center to drop off emergency medical supplies for Dr. Jerri Nielsen, a physician at the center who had discovered a lump in her breast. Five years ago: Japan's largest opposition party experienced strong gains in upper house elections, while Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and his Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling bloc held on to a majority. The International AIDS Conference opened in Bangkok, with U.N. chief Kofi Annan challenging world leaders to do more to combat the raging global epidemic. Joe Gold, the founder of the original Gold's Gym in 1965, died in Los Angeles at age 82. One year ago: Oil prices reached a record high of $147.27 a barrel. IndyMac Bank's assets were seized by federal regulators. A North Korean soldier fatally shot a South Korean tourist at a northern mountain resort, further straining relations between the two Koreas. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such procedures as bypass surgery, died in Houston at 99. Today's Birthdays: Actor Tab Hunter is 78. Actress Susan Seaforth Hayes is 66. Singer Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 62. Ventriloquist-actor Jay Johnson is 60. Actor Bruce McGill is 59. Singer Bonnie Pointer is 59. Actor Stephen Lang is 57. Actress Mindy Sterling is 56. Actress Sela Ward is 53. Reggae singer Michael Rose (Black Uhuru) is 52. Singer Peter Murphy is 52. Actor Mark Lester is 51. Jazz musician Kirk Whalum is 51. Singer Suzanne Vega is 50. Guitarist Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) is 50. Actress Lisa Rinna is 46. Rock musician Scott Shriner (Weezer) is 44. Actress Debbe Dunning is 43. Actor Gred Grunberg is 43. Wildlife expert Jeff Corwin is 42. Actor Justin Chambers is 39. Actor Michael Rosenbaum is 37. Pop-rock singer Andrew Bird is 36. Country singer Scotty Emerick is 36. Rapper Lil' Kim is 34. Rock singer Ben Gibbard is 33. Rapper Lil' Zane is 27. Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is 27. Pop-jazz singer-musician Peter Cincotti is 26. Actor David Henrie is 20. Today in Entertainment History
Associated Press - July 11, 2009 3:13 AM ET On July eleventh, 1937, composer George Gershwin died of a brain tumor in Beverly Hills, California. Gershwin wrote scores for Broadway shows including "Funny Face" and "Porgy and Bess." In 1959, Joan Baez made her first recording. It was a duet with Bob Gibson, recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival. In 1964, The Supremes released their first hit, "Where Did Our Love Go." In 1970, the "Woodstock" soundtrack hit number one on the U.S. album chart, the first triple album to do so. In 1979, Neil Young's concert film "Rust Never Sleeps" premiered in Los Angeles. The album of the same name was released simultaneously. Also in 1979, the first digital rock album, "Bop Till You Drop" by Ry Cooder, was released. In 1989, actor Laurence Olivier died. He was 82. In 1995, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills had abdominal surgery. The band was touring in Germany at the time. In 2008, singer Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies was arrested in Fayetteville, New York, on drug charges.
Thought for Today: "Living is strife and torment, disappointment and love and sacrifice, golden sunsets and black storms. I said that some time ago, and today I do not think I would add one word." — Laurence Olivier, English actor-director (1907-1989).

Friday, July 10, 2009

Stories That Rachel Maddow Covered Today

Yes, we like lesbians, as long as they aren't so stuck up they won't have sex w/ us. Anyway, in an obvious cop from our cop from The Hill, story #1.#2, more on Jesus & his friends.

Sarah Palin, Ball-Cutting Feminist Bitch.
As A Matter Of Fact, Eve = Evil.
And: Homo Sin.

Has America become so emasculated that our only hope of getting another Ronald Reagan into the Oval Office is to idolize Palin as a political Madonna? Hardly. Do we have no men who can match her intelligence, charisma and leadership skills? To the contrary, we have better. Have conservatives become so desperate for a passionate leader that they forsake their most basic values of home and hearth? Yes, but it's more than that. Sarah Palin represents the empirical self of millions of women working outside the home. They live vicariously through her supposed success. Seeing such a woman extolled gives credibility to their frantic lifestyle juggling job, children, husband, church, and housework. It has been said that part of Palin's appeal is that her family is like so many other families. She is today's American woman, who works outside the home and does it all. Whose daughters get pregnant out-of-wedlock. Whose husbands wear the aprons. Have we gone insane? Is this something to celebrate? [...] It has been said that the sin of homosexuality precedes judgment on a nation. Yet, the first instance in Scripture where we see a curse enacted was in the Garden of Eden when a woman took the lead and a man followed. Does this not describe America today? "As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them," says Isaiah 3:12. As conservatives continue chanting Sarah Palin for president, are they disenfranchising the men capable of stepping up to the plate in 2012? There are many strong conservative men better qualified to lead the greatest nation in the world. I pray these men rise to the fore and that Sarah Palin begins to turn her heart toward her home. I pray America wakes up to realize once again that the hand that rocks the cradle truly rules the world. That is a mother's highest calling. That is Sarah Palin's calling.
From a woman who seems to have an issue or two, at World Nut Daily. (We did the emboldening. Because nothing else is needed.)

If The Best Laid Plans Gang Oft Etc., Then What About Palin's Plans?

What remnants of our brain still function seem to be Sarah Palin vapor-locked. So sorry.
One of the few comprehensible & rational statements the Gov. of Alaska made in her has-it-only-been-a-wk.? resignation announcement was that she'd hit the road & support (we imagine pole-dancing fund-raisers) candidates. Fair enough. If she can get the red-meat-eating fringies out to vote, & to whip out their credit cards, she looks good, actually does something beside play the victim, & any candidate she helps into office owes her. Reagan's '70s moves, in other words. (Hell, we'd have given her points if she'd simply & clearly stated: "I'm going on the campaign trail to 'take back America,' & it's not fair to Alaska for even a lame-duck governor to do so, so I'm out of here.")
So it is w/ great sadness that we read in one of those Washington wastes-of-electrons that
Several other lawmakers indicated a wariness about accepting help from Palin, but did not want to criticize the GOP’s vice presidential candidate from last year. They said Palin could hurt them by firing up Democrats. An unnamed GOP lawmaker representing a district that Obama carried in 2008 told The Hill that if Palin came into his district, his opponent would “probably be doing a dance of joy.” The head of the House Democrats’ campaign arm said he’d welcome Palin’s involvement in the 2010 campaign. “We hope that she will be part of the future debate on the direction of the country,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
(Several Republican law-makers identify themselves as well. It's not an anonymous hit piece, it's a backed-by-names hit piece.)
And while it's a shame that when the Gov. is a former Gov., she'll only be welcomed in the reddest of red-meat districts or states, it'll probably result in further marginalization of her message, whatever it may be. (Wasn't reference made to "energy independence" & national security?" We await the position papers on those, unless a clear statement of positions & policies is some "elite" thing that gets in the way of acting on instinct & Jesus's voice in your head.)
In the absence of further scandal or indictment (It should be remembered that the wheels of partisan political persecution &/or justice can grind slowly. Anything may happen.) it's possible that the rushed, breathy, incoherent nature of the Palin announcement was due to a sudden decision to go public w/ the decision, rather than the Governor feeling the hot breath of impending indictment on her neck.
One of the Alaska brain trust may have realized Friday morning that a three-day holiday wknd. was upon them, & what better time to make the big announcement? Hoping either that no big deal would be made, Friday afternoon news-dump style, or (much more likely) that Michael Jackson's death being the only other "news" event, they could get a ton of attention. It worked. (And gave us telling example of the ideas Sarah can produce on two or three hours notice. Heh indeed, indeed.)
Note to slick Alaska lawyers: If you're going to sue us for mentioning the possibility of scandal or indictment linked to Gov. Palin, you can reach our legal representatives at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles.

AmeriKKKa Celebrates Cheese!

From memeorandum, linking to The Weekly Standard:
Movin' Out — ADVANCE COPY from the July 20, 2009 issue: Sarah Palin on why she resigned and what it means for her future. — In early July, while most Americans were preparing for a long weekend of cheesy parades, charred meats, and noisy fireworks, Sarah Palin made some plans of her own.
From the actual article (perhaps edited a bit):
In early July, while most Americans were preparing for a long weekend of celebratory parades, charred meats, and noisy fireworks, Sarah Palin made some plans of her own.
Which is it, Matthew Continetti, author? "Cheesy" or "celebratory?" The nerve of this Beltway elitist, mocking the glorious patriotic traditions of our solid, hard-working middle-class working people. AmeriKKKa & AmeriKKKans will not be mocked, you filthy non-American wop! Take your left-wing hate & go back to Italy, where you can worship your Pope in your cheesy Catholic celebrations!

10 July: Now Five Hundred Yrs. Of That Damned French Bastard, Calvin

From The Associated Press 54 mins ago Today is Friday, July 10, the 191st day of 2009. There are 174 days left in the year. Another world's AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Five hundred years ago, on July 10, 1509, French theologian John Calvin, a key figure of the Protestant Reformation, was born Jean Cauvin in Noyon, Picardy, France. On this date: In 1832, President Andrew Jackson vetoed legislation to re-charter the Second Bank of the United States. In 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency following the death of Zachary Taylor. In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state. [Leading to Dick Cheney. Will we let virtually anyone into our union? — Ed.] Ninety years ago, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification. (However, the Senate rejected it.) In 1925, the so-called Monkey Trial, in which John Scopes was accused of teaching evolution in school, a violation of state law, began in Dayton, Tenn., featuring a classic confrontation between William Jennings Bryan, the three-time presidential candidate and fundamentalist hero, and legendary defense attorney Clarence Darrow. Eighty years ago, in 1929, American paper currency was reduced in size as the government began issuing bills that were approximately 25 percent smaller. In 1938, industrialist Howard Hughes and a crew of four flew around the world in 91 hours, setting a speed record. In 1940, the Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. (The Royal Air Force was ultimately victorious.) In 1943, U.S. and British forces invaded Sicily. In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong. In 1962, the Telstar 1 communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. In 1973, the Bahamas became fully independent after three centuries of British colonial rule. In 1985, Coca-Cola Co., bowing to pressure from irate customers after the introduction of New Coke, said it would resume selling its old formula. In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.Ten years ago: The United States women's soccer team won the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Five years ago: President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address that legalizing gay marriage would redefine the most fundamental institution of civilization, and that a constitutional amendment was needed to protect traditional marriage. One year ago: President George W. Bush signed a bill overhauling rules about government eavesdropping and granting immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the U.S. spy on Americans in suspected terrorism cases. The Senate handily confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the top commander in the Middle East. Former White House adviser Karl Rove defied a congressional subpoena, refusing to testify about allegations of political pressure at the Justice Department. Today's Birthdays: Eunice Kennedy Shriver is 88. Former boxer Jake LaMotta is 88. Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr. is 86. Former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins is 82. Actor William Smithers is 82. Broadway composer Jerry Herman is 78. Director Ivan Passer is 76. Actor Lawrence Pressman is 70. Singer Mavis Staples is 70. Actor Mills Watson is 69. Actor Robert Pine is 68. Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 66. Tennis player Virginia Wade is 64. Actor Ron Glass is 64. Actress Sue Lyon is 63. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 62. Rock musician Dave Smalley is 60. Country-folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 58. Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 55. Banjo player Bela Fleck is 51. Country musician Shaw Wilson (BR549) is 49. Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 44. Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) is 44. Country singer Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) is 39. Actress Sofia Vergara is 37. Actor Adrian Grenier is 33. Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 29. Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 29. Today In Entertainment History -- On July eleventh, 1937, composer George Gershwin died of a brain tumor in Beverly Hills, Calif. Gershwin wrote scores for Broadway shows including "Funny Face" and "Porgy and Bess." Fifty years ago, in 1959, Joan Baez made her first recording. It was a duet with Bob Gibson, recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival. In 1964, The Supremes released their first hit, "Where Did Our Love Go." "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles was also released. In 1970, the "Woodstock" soundtrack hit number one on the US album chart, the first triple album to do so. Thirty years ago, in 1979, Neil Young's concert film "Rust Never Sleeps" premiered in Los Angeles. The album of the same name was released simultaneously. The first digital rock album, "Bop Till You Drop" by Ry Cooder, was released. Conductor Arthur Fiedler, who had led the Boston Pops orchestra for a half-century, died in Brookline, Mass., at age 84. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Mel Blanc, the "man of a thousand voices," including such cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, died in Los Angeles at age 81. Some actor, Laurence Olivier, died. He was 82.
In 1995, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills had abdominal surgery. The band was touring in Germany at the time. In 2008, singer Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies was arrested in Fayetteville, N.Y., on drug charges. Thought for Today: "A concept is stronger than a fact." — Charlotte Perkins Gilman, American economist and feminist (1860-1935).

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Again, Misery

The very best thing about the Ensign/Sanford adultery messes is the light being cast on The Family, the Christo-fascist organization bent on theocratic world domination that both of these sick liars belong to. It will be a cold day in Hell (November or so, in other words) before we research anything just to pull a bunch of crap from it & paste it here, as if it were clever or original or couldn't be done by anyone else armed w/ a pair of binoculars & a semaphore; let's just watch telebision instead.

More Misery, More Often

John Ensign. Successful veternarian/businessman. United Snakes Senator. Also:
Early life, education, and early career Ensign was born in Roseville, California, to Sharon Lee Cipriani and a father whose surname was Mueller; his maternal grandfather was of Italian descent. Ensign claims to be one eighth (1/8th) Filipino American. Ensign's family moved to Nevada when he was a child. His mother remarried Michael S. Ensign, a gaming industry executive who subsequently became chairman of the board of directors of Mandalay Bay, and who adopted John.
Yes, another rich boybastard (literally) runs to Mater & Pater for some help after royally fucking up, as mentioned just below. Indeed, not just any rich boy, but the scion of gambling interests. Per TPMMUCKRAKER:
The senator's father, Mike Ensign, is a casino mogul who sold his shares in the Mandalay Group for around $300 million earlier this decade.
Can we get these damn people the hell out of politics? The idea is to kill the aristocrats, not elect them to represent us.

2009: Summer Of Republican Misery. Ha Ha!

Also enjoyable, & available all over the web, the Sen. John Ensign saga has returned, w/ his Jesus-loving fellow Senators who are part of the religio-fascist conspiracy group "The Family" advising him to buy off his employee/mistress & her husband, among other things. Like the sinning Senator getting $96,000.00 from his parents for the pay-off. And Sen. Tom Coburn (Dimbulb - OK) claiming that his being a doctor & an "ordained deacon" means that he doesn't have to tell anyone anything about his role in the mess.

Ding Dong! Witch Is Dead!

Yesterday afternoon, Dalia Lithwick of Slate wrote Sarah Palin's obituary. (Not a moment too soon, we might add.) Before making damn sure that the almost-former Alaska Gov. is dead (embarrassing to run an obit when the subject is still kicking) Ms. Lithwick does try not to speak too ill of the dead, before nailing the coffin shut.
Whatever you may think of Sarah Palin, she's widely celebrated as a rare and perhaps raw political talent. She's gorgeous, charismatic, warm, and funny. She has a remarkable ability to connect with her listeners. But—with the exception of a well-scripted performance at the Republican National Convention—it's tough to find an extemporaneous Palin speech, statement, or tweet that contains a coherent message.
Our emphases above. And we type "no" to all of them. Not-unattractive, in the broadest physical/appearance sense. But some distance from "gorgeous," for crissakes. The three other qualities? Huh? Charisma & warmth are not the first words that leap to mind. Charisma w/o intelligence or anything else backing it doesn't last much past that first starburst, when one is sitting up a bit straighter on the couch. And it's very hard to find any warmth in a perpetually whining victim. We'll grant "funny," but the laughs are at, not w/. (Really, what's she ever said that was amusing? Palin doesn't "get" jokes, & certainly can't take one. How can she be funny?)
Tough to find a coherent message? More like impossible. But at least someone has typed the truth about Alaska's best-known citizen.
Palin's act of explaining her resignation to us in a torrent of unconnected sentence fragments left everyone wondering, What was the point of Sarah Palin? If she cannot even communicate a simple idea ("I'm quitting because …"), why should we care that she's quitting?
No shit. No. Fucking. Shit. Why?
That's why the strangest part of the Sarah Palin saga will always be her loathing of the media. She never failed to remind us that she didn't like being "filtered." She only wanted to talk directly to us, her listeners. Yet the reason Sarah Palin continues to have any kind of political force at all in this country is because of the media "filter." The media helped refine and define her Dada statements and arguments into something that briefly sounded like a coherent worldview. Yesterday morning, Gov. Palin excoriated Andrea Mitchell for "not listening to me" in an NBC interview. You have to go back and watch the clip before you can apprehend that Mitchell was indeed listening. It was Palin who was speaking in half-expressed thoughts and internal contradictions.
And Palin who was biting the hand that feeds her, which has become the totality of her act.

The Torture Never Stops

Today, for around the 19,500th time in this existence, we woke up, stretched, got out of bed, voided, nuked water in a cup for coffee, & lit a cigarette. What the hell for?

Why are we living? Why are we still alive? What is the point of existence in a meaningless, random universe, in which we are surrounded with ninnies, fools, idiots, dumbbells, morons, imbeciles, dummkopfs, fuckheads & fascists? (The "we" here is not just the editorial we, but includes all of us who are condemned to consciousness, or mere awareness, surrounded by the sharks of stupidity & piranhas of political putridity.)

ENOUGH, ALREADY!!! WHEN DOES IT STOP, DAMNIT? And why the hell are we expected to put up w/ this fucking bullshit for more than 30 seconds? Huh?

Uh-Oh (UPDATED)

Cable is out. This may force us to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. Or worse.
The nation has been warned. And Time-Warnered. Holy crap, the DSL could have gone out too! Now we're really worried.
UPDATE (9 July 2009 @ 0323 PDT): Cable restored, in time for MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Maybe it should have stayed off.

9 July: Big Day For Grampa Mick; Good-Bye To The Dreadful Grate

From The Associated Press, 1 hr 20 mins ago Today is Thursday, July 9, the 190th day of 2009. There are 175 days left in the year. AP alt-univ. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 9, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York. On this date: In 1540, England's King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled. In 1816, Argentina declared independence from Spain. In 1850, the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, died of cholera after serving only 16 months of his term. (He was succeeded by Millard Fillmore.) In 1877, the first Wimbledon tennis tournament was contested at the All-England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. In 1893, Chicago surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery. In 1896, William Jennings Bryan delivered his famous "cross of gold" speech at the Democratic national convention in Chicago.In 1918, 101 people were killed in a train collision in Nashville, Tenn. The Distinguished Service Cross was established by an Act of Congress. In 1938, Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo died in Port Chester, N.Y., at age 68.
In 1943, U.S., Canadian and British forces invaded Sicily. In 1947, the engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced. Florence Blanchard, a nurse, was appointed lieutenant colonel in the Army, becoming the first woman to hold a permanent U.S. military rank. In 1951, President Harry S. Truman asked Congress to formally end the state of war between the United States and Germany.
In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev threatened the United States with rockets if U.S. forces attempted to oust the communist government of Cuba. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, former U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren died in Washington at age 83. In 1982, a Pan Am Boeing 727 crashed in Kenner, La., killing all 145 people aboard and eight people on the ground. Ten years ago: A jury in Los Angeles ordered General Motors Corp. to pay $4.9 billion to six people severely burned when their Chevrolet Malibu exploded in flames in a rear-end collision. (A judge later reduced the punitive damages to $1.09 billion, while letting stand $107 million in compensatory damages; GM settled the lawsuit in July 2003 for an undisclosed amount.) In 2002, the baseball All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers. Five years ago: A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA had provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration had relied on to justify going to war. The International Court of Justice ruled that Israel's planned security barrier in the West Bank violated international law. Paul Klebnikov, the American editor of Forbes magazine's Russian edition, was gunned down near his Moscow office. Actress Isabel Sanford died in Los Angeles at age 86. One year ago: Prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey's parents and brother in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen in Boulder, Colo. Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, battling a brain tumor, walked into the Senate to cast a dramatic vote in favor of long-stalled Medicare legislation. Iran test-fired nine missiles, including ones capable of hitting Israel. Gunmen stormed a guard post at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, touching off a firefight that killed three police officers and three assailants. Today's Birthdays: Actor-singer Ed Ames is 82. Actor James Hampton is 73. Actor Brian Dennehy is 71. Actor Richard Roundtree is 67. Author Dean Koontz is 64. NFL Hall of Famer and convicted felon O.J. Simpson is 62. Actor Chris Cooper is 58. TV personality John Tesh is 57. Country singer David Ball is 56. R&B singer Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge) is 55. Actor Jimmy Smits is 54. Actress Lisa Banes is 54. Actor Tom Hanks is 53. Singer Marc Almond is 52. Actress Kelly McGillis is 52. Rock singer Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) is 50. Actress-rock singer Courtney Love is 45. Rock musician Frank Bello (Anthrax) is 44. Actor David O'Hara is 44. Rock musician Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) is 41. Actor Scott Grimes is 38. Actor Enrique Murciano is 36. Rock musician Dan Estrin (Hoobastank) is 33. Actor-director Fred Savage is 33. Country musician Pat Allingham is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1935, Jimmy Stewart's first film, "Murder Man," opened. In 1955, Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" hit No. 1 on Billboard magazine's best-seller records chart, marking what some consider the beginning of the rock 'n' roll era. In completely unrelated news, Pat Boone released his version of "Ain't That A Shame," which became his first number one hit. In 1956, Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC. In 1968, The Temptations appeared at the Valley Forge Music Fair in Pennsylvania without baritone David Ruffin. He had been fired by Motown Records because he wanted to change the direction of the band. He was later rehired as a solo artist. In 1971, Jim Morrison of The Doors was buried in Paris, six days after he was found dead in a bathtub. Word of Morrison's death was finally given to the press after the burial, apparently to spare family members from being approached by reporters. In 1972, Paul McCartney began a European tour in France with his band Wings. It was his first tour since the last Beatles tour in 1966. In 1975, Cher filed court papers to dissolve her marriage to Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers. They had been married just nine days. In 1981, The Jacksons kicked off a 36-city tour, which grossed them $5.5 million dollars and led to "The Jacksons Live" album. In 1992, Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter Jade gave birth to a baby girl. In 1995, the Grateful Dead gave their last concert with Jerry Garcia, at Chicago's Soldier Field. (Lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died the following month.) Ten years ago, in 1999, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall divorced. They were together for 21 years. The court hearing took 12 minutes. In 2001, the Backstreet Boys announced they were postponing their tour because singer A.J. McLean was entering rehab. Thought for Today: "Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough." — Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator and reformer (1875-1955).

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Palin & Paglia/Sitting In A Tree
K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Cammy2daP answers some mail.
Just wondering. Do you still think Sarah Palin is ready for the big stage?
No, please, please don't answer this. Don't type one word, not one ... We're begging you, please, no ...
What certainly was blameworthy was the chaotic and rushed statement itself. Something so politically consequential needed more careful composition and rehearsal. Why provide more fodder for the vultures and harpies of the Northeastern media?
There's no stopping Paglia, is there? And no stopping Ms. Palin from handing out the harpy chow, because that's what she does. All she does, actually. She says something stupid, or rambling, incoherent & stupid, & then screeches "The vultures & harpies are scratching my eyes out, also!" when she's called on it, which racks up the victim points for Sarah, politics of resentment, blah blah yada ... (Or even if she's not called on it. If the almost-ex Gov.'s flack had not issued a statement of offense being taken, ahem, not one thing about whatever jokes Letterman cracked would have entered what passes for a national consciousness.)
Reminds us of a certain Northeastern media harpy who types all sorts of controversial, contrarian things, & then complains about assaults from the Northeastern media (There are plenty of elitists & "smart people" right here in Hellmouth, by the way. Don't think your precious Northeast is the only place where anything's shaking, you pretentious academic creep.) when she's not complaining that no one is paying attention to her contrarian & controversial pronouncements.
It's why she remains hugely popular with the Republican grass-roots base -- as I know from listening to talk radio. Callers coming fresh from her rallies are always heady with infectious enthusiasm.
Oddly, in the case of Obama events, they've all been hypnotized by that Magic Negro Evil Eye© of his.
Of course you'd never know that from reading hit jobs like Todd Purdum's sepulchral piece on Palin in the current Vanity Fair.
"Sepulchral."
This exercise in faux objectivity is exposed at key points such as Purdum's failure to identify the actual instigator of Palin's extravagant clothing bills (a crazed, credit-card-abusing stylist appointed by the McCain campaign) and his prissy characterization of Palin's performance at the vice-presidential debate as merely "adequate." Hey, wake up -- Palin cleaned Biden's clock! By the end, Biden was sighing and itching to split.
A crazed stylist? And Gov. Palin was simply unable to stop this stylist from hell. "Why do all these stylists keep buying me clothes?" Remember this, future Palin contributors, your money isn't as important as she pretends the Alaskan taxpayer's money is. Do wake yourself up, Camille: It hasn't been 1962 for at least 35, maybe even 40 years. We'd stick around to clean your clock, but we're just itching to make like a tree & leave.
It goes on, but nothing clever can be drawn from any of it. One idle thought though: Palin doesn't have an exemplary history of book-larnin'. Do any of those who've typed something to this effect:
Whether Palin has a national future or not will depend on her willingness to hit the books at some point and absorb more information about international history and politics than she has needed to know in her role as governor
really think that Gov. Palin is going to develop reading habits & start hitting the books at 45? A little honest hating here: Sarah Palin is functionally illiterate. You've heard her speaking off the cuff, or in the resignation rap, from notes & the top of her head. Is that someone who reads, & thinks about what she's read, or someone who is verbally oriented, & responds well to simple slogans but not much else?
We'll assume Paglia typed earlier on the subject of assassination threats on the radio, because this was next in her mail bag:
As to your question "How have we come to this pass in America where the assassination of top government officials is fodder for snide jokes on national radio?" let me outline the path off the top of my head.
His outline consists of Alec Baldwin (in 1998) wanting to stone Henry Hyde:
I remember watching this on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," and I can assure you there was nothing funny about it in tone or substance. Baldwin's rage was chilling, his assassination endorsement grotesque
a Randi Rhodes bit in 2004 referring to taking Bush fishing (Fredo Corleone style) & using the sound of a gunshot, & the film "The Assassination of George W. Bush," which apparently became "joke fodder." Imagine that. Something became joke fodder. That's up there w/ "Dog Bites Man."
To which Paglia replies:
Thank you very much for this chilling survey. Assassination scenarios are outrageous no matter which party indulges in them. This kind of ethical obtuseness has to stop. Our zero tolerance should also extend to jokes threatening rape of public figures -- something that was amazingly directed at Sarah Palin from liberal quarters shortly after she arrived on the national scene last year. Dehumanization is a stealthy process that ultimately destroys everyone.
A "chilling survey," indeed. (The depth of it alone sends the frissons up & down our spine.) We'll resist the urge to call for anyone to be dehumanized, but the only way to do that is not to click to pp. 2-4. So we're going to make like a banana & split.

Holy Crap! The End Of Discourse!

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Man On Dog? Well, Inter-Species, Anyway.

Those shits at Gawker won't allow their vids to be stolen/embedded, so you are forced to click to see this. Which you should. Get the whole eugenics/purity thing this actual fucking retard believes: "We" (Americans) marry "other species" (Italians, Irish) & therefore are not pure? The assumption, apparently, is that "Americans" are some genetically specific group. (We imagine this utter fool [Racialist Division] Brian Kilmeade specifically thinks that "real" Americans are of "pure" British descent.)
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TECH NOTES: Hah!! Thanks to Real for downloading this w/ a minimum of clicks, likewise Blogger™ for the simple upload. So much for Gawker's attempt at world domination, & our resentment-filled opening.

What Is It, This "Freedom" Of Which You Americans So Often Speak?

Can one of these 'tards give us even the vaguest idea of which "freedoms" are being taken from them? A law that's been passed, anything at all that's had any effect on their lives in any way, let alone their "freedoms?" (Great gobs of goo, we hear this constant refrain that they're being shut up, & that freedom of speech has disappeared, but it hasn't seemed to have any effect on the amount of crap that continues to pollute the political airwaves & ethernets.) And could they explain how they're going to "take the gov't./country/whatever back?" Hard to do when you just had your electoral ass handed to you by a bunch of dirty fucking hippies & worse. Let us know once you've figured out that waving signs & sending irate e-mails to the editor & your elected reps. is another exercise in pounding sand. Then talk to us about your "Constitution."
And to help us, could somebody find that part of the Constitution that clearly states "capitalism" is to be the official & only economic system allowed in these United Snakes? We need some help on this because we avoided American history in high school (Not deliberately, just worked out that way.) & skipping history & all other classes later in academic life, we didn't hear shit about that part of the Constitution. Which backwater educational institutions did these delusional saps attend?

8 July: Matthew Perry Threatens Japan; Da Gama Sails

From The Associated Press: Today is Wednesday, July 8, the 189th day of 2009. There are 176 days left in the year. The AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Ninety years ago, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson received a tumultuous welcome in New York City after his return from the Versailles Peace Conference in France; Wilson then headed back to Washington, arriving around midnight. On this date: In 1497, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon on a voyage that would lead to discovery of a sea route to India around the southern tip of Africa. In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island. In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia.
In 1835, the Liberty Bell cracked while being rung during the funeral of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall in Philadelphia. One hundred and seventy years ago, in 1839, American oilman John D. Rockefeller was born in Richford, N.Y. In 1853, an expedition led by Commodore Matthew C. Perry arrived in Yedo Bay, Japan, on a mission to seek diplomatic and trade relations with the Japanese. In 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published. In 1908, J. D.Rockefeller's grandson Nelson Rockefeller, 41st U. S. Vice-President, was born. In 1947, demolition work began in New York City to make way for the new permanent headquarters of the United Nations. In 1950, President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander in chief of U.N. forces in Korea. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower began a visit to Canada, where he conferred with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and addressed the Canadian Parliament. Forty years ago, in 1969, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam began. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Carlos Saul Menem was inaugurated as president of Argentina in the country's first transfer of power from one democratically elected civilian leader to another in six decades. In 1994, Kim Il Sung, North Korea's communist leader since 1948, died at age 82.Ten years ago: An Air Force cargo jet took off from McChord Air Force Base in Washington on a dangerous mission to Antarctica to drop medicine for Dr. Jerri Nielsen, a physician at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Center who had discovered a lump in her breast. (The mission was successful; Nielsen was evacuated in October 1999.) Astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., the third man to walk on the moon, died after a motorcycle accident near Ojai, Calif.; he was 69. Five years ago: Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy were convicted in New York of looting the cable company and deceiving investors. (John Rigas was sentenced to 12 years in prison; Timothy Rigas, 17.) A Swedish appeals court threw out a life prison sentence for the convicted killer of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, ruling that Mijailo Mijailovic should receive treatment for his "significant psychiatric problems." One year ago: A bipartisan group chaired by former secretaries of state James Baker III and Warren Christopher released a study saying the next time the president goes to war, Congress should be consulted and vote on whether it agrees. A well-organized assault by gunmen on horseback on a U.N.-African Union patrol in Darfur left seven peacekeepers dead and 22 wounded. Today's Birthdays: Singer Jerry Vale is 77. Singer Steve Lawrence is 74. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 65. Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 63. Actress Kim Darby is 62. Children's performer Raffi is 61. Actress Anjelica Huston is 58. News columnist Anna Quindlen is 57. Actor Kevin Bacon is 51. Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 48. Country singer Toby Keith is 48. Rock musician Graham Jones (Haircut 100) is 48. Rock singer Joan Osborne is 47. Writer-producer Rob Burnett is 47. Actor Corey Parker is 44. Actor Billy Crudup is 41. Actor Michael Weatherly is 41. Singer Beck is 39. Country singer Drew Womack (Sons of the Desert) is 39. Christian rock musician Stephen Mason (Jars of Clay) is 34. Actor Milo Ventimiglia is 32. Rock musician Tavis Werts is 32. Singer Ben Jelen is 30. Actor Lance Gross is 28. Actress Sophia Bush is 27. Rock musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 24. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1907, Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies" on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City. In 1908, Louis Jordan was born, making him just as old & dead as Nelson Rockefeller.
In 1967, actress Vivien Leigh died of tuberculosis. She was 53. Forty years ago, in 1969, singer Marianne Faithfull was found in a coma following an overdose of barbiturates. Authorities in Australia ruled it a suicide attempt. Faithfull was in Australia with Mick Jagger filming "Ned Kelly."In 1970, a summer replacement show starring the Everly Brothers began airing on ABC. The show ran until mid-September. In 1971, a minor riot broke out during an appearance by Mott The Hoople at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The hall's management temporarily banned rock performances at the venue after that. In 1985, "Playboy" and "Penthouse" magazines went on sale with nude photos of Madonna. Thought for Today: "Fools are more to be feared than the wicked." — Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Metal/Normal

Via The Daily Dish, from the Beeb, Walkman (né Soundabout) vs. iPod.
It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equaliser, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette.
Not stupid, just 13 yrs. & ignorant.

Overstocked

Our worst fears not having materialized, & civil unrest not occurring, we now find ourself w/ a pile of food & ammo, & gallons of water. Any bidders? We'll let it go cheap.

Another Reason To Continue Living?

We're happy that almost former-Gov. Palin has quit her gig. Now we can see & hear her every day, & it's not costing Alaskans one red cent. Way to go, Sarah!

Hunkering Down

Pardon our recent absence from cyber-space, but there's a "real" world out there, & we've been in it, preparing for repercussions from the onslaught of Michael Jackson mourners expected to invade downtown Los Angeles later today. We can only assume that someone will do something stupid, the LAPD will compound the situation w/ their standard over-reaction (It's their job, after all.) & civil unrest will commence. We'll be holed up behind the two feet of brick here, armed & dangerous as usual. Once the electricity goes off check our Twitter feed; we'll twit from our mobile until the battery runs out. By then civilization should be on its last legs, & we'll be out looting. (We didn't get shit in '92. This time will be different.)

7 July: U. S. Annexes Everything From Here To Hawai'i; "Dragnet" Takes The Air.

From The Associated Press, 2 hrs 21 mins ago. Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 188th day of 2009. There are 177 days left in the year. From The (other) AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. On this date: In 1846, U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison. In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii. [Stop it, greedy Yanqui pig-dogs. What's next, Guam? — Ed.] In 1908, the Democratic national convention, which nominated William Jennings Bryan for president, opened in Denver. Ninety years ago, in 1919, the first Transcontinental Motor Convoy, in which a U.S. Army convoy of motorized vehicles crossed the United States, departed Washington, D.C. (The trip ended in San Francisco on Sept. 6, 1919.) In 1930, construction began on Boulder Dam (later Hoover Dam). In 1946, Italian-born Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint. In 1948, six female reservists became the first women to be sworn into the regular U.S. Navy. Forty years ago, in 1969, Canada's House of Commons gave final approval to the Official Languages Act, making French equal to English throughout the national government. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. President Reagan babbles. The original AP story.In 1983, 11-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov. In 1987, Lt. Col. Oliver North began his public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing, telling Congress that he had "never carried out a single act, not one" without authorization. The original AP story. Ten years ago: In the first class-action lawsuit by smokers to go to trial, a jury in Miami held cigarette makers liable for making a defective product that caused emphysema, lung cancer and other illnesses. (The jury later ordered the tobacco industry to pay $145 billion in punitive damages, but the Florida Supreme Court in 2006 voided the award, saying each smoker's case had to be decided individually.) President Bill Clinton became the first chief executive since Franklin D. Roosevelt to visit an Indian reservation as he toured the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Five years ago: Former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay was indicted on criminal charges related to the energy company's collapse. (Lay was later convicted of fraud and conspiracy, but died in July 2006 before he could be sentenced.) Jeff Smith, public television's popular "Frugal Gourmet" until a sex scandal ruined his career, died at age 65. In 2005, suicide terrorist bombings in three Underground stations and a double-decker bus killed 52 victims and four bombers in the worst attack on London since World War II. One year ago: A suicide bomber struck the Indian Embassy in Kabul, killing at least 60 people. President George W. Bush met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for the first time at the G8 summit in Hokkaido, Japan. Actress Nicole Kidman gave birth to a girl; she and her husband, country star Keith Urban, named their daughter Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. Today's Birthdays: Blues musician Pinetop Perkins is 96. Musician-conductor Doc Severinsen is 82. Country singer Charlie Louvin is 82. Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough is 76. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is 69. Singer-musician Warren Entner (The Grass Roots) is 65. Rock musician Jim Rodford is 64. Actor Joe Spano is 63. Pop singer David Hodo (The Village People) is 62. Country singer Linda Williams is 62. Actress Shelley Duvall is 60. Actress Roz Ryan is 58. Actor Billy Campbell is 50. Rock musician Mark White (Spin Doctors) is 47. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard is 46. Actor-comedian Jim Gaffigan is 43. R&B musician Ricky Kinchen (Mint Condition) is 43. Actress Jorja Fox is 41. Actress Cree Summer is 40. Actress Kirsten Vangsness is 37. Actor Troy Garity is 36. Actor Hamish Linklater is 33. Olympic silver and bronze medal figure skater Michelle Kwan is 29. Today In Entertainment History -- Sixty years ago, in 1949, the police drama "Dragnet," starring Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough, premiered on NBC radio. In 1954, Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips of WHBQ became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record. He premiered "That's All Right," and he also interviewed Elvis. Two versions of "Sh-Boom" were in the top ten: the original by The Chords was at number nine, and the cover version by a white group, The Crew-Cuts, was at number five. [A nation divided against itself cannot stand. — Ed.] In 1968, The Yardbirds broke up. Guitarist Jimmy Page formed the New Yardbirds, which became Led Zeppelin. In 1971, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of Abba married in Verum, Sweden. They have since split up. In 1975, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and reckless driving in Arkansas. Hundreds of teenaged girls stormed the jail where he was being held. In 1978, Morris the Cat of the "Nine Lives" cat food commercials was rescued by trainer Bob Martwick from the pound just a few minutes before he was to be put to sleep. In 1979, the Montreaux Pop Festival in Switzerland presented its first country show. Barbara Mandrell and the Oak Ridge Boys were booed offstage, while the more traditional Roy Clark and Doc Watson were more warmly welcomed. In 1980, the original lineup of Led Zeppelin gave its final show. In 1995, Rod Stewart's jet made a forced landing after a mid-air collision with a bird. Aviation authorities called the incident "undramatic," but Stewart was visible shaken and said, "I nearly crashed." In 2002, Michael Jackson made a bizarre appearance at a rally in New York to denounce the recording industry as racist and Sony chairman Tommy Mottola as devilish. [Now we know who killed him. — Ed.] In 2007, the Live Earth concerts were held to draw attention to environmental issues. Concerts were held in Johannesburg, Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, Hamburg, Rio de Janieiro and New York. Actress Eva Longoria married San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker in Paris.
And last year, actress Nicole Kidman gave birth to a girl; she and her husband, country star Keith Urban, named their daughter Sunday Rose Kidman Urban. Thought for Today: "Only a mediocre person is always at his best." — W. Somerset Maugham, English author and dramatist (1874-1965).

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.