Monday, July 20, 2009

Annals Of Vermin

Is it the heat? Or the humidity? (Not really that humid. We just sweat like the pig we are.)Flies, several of them, good sized (Body a cm., maybe? No wingspan est. available.) one of them walking on the floor like a freaking roach, others posing on the wall long enough for us to stand up & get a newspaper, to be folded & applied firmly. Last night we didn't even have to get up, one sat on the wall staring at us from two ft. away & we only had to crumple a piece of paper & reach to smoosh the damn thing, which showed no interest at all in escaping justice. Situation becoming un-nerving: As we typed, 2345ish, we got up, got the newspaper from the floor, folded it & whacked one that had been unmoving on the blinds for the time it took us to notice & follow through. (Might his be a sign of the you know what? Big slow flies, we mean.)

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No Relief In Sight

Have spent most of the wknd. contemplating separating our head(s) from our neck(s), so we can dump some ice water straight down our neck onto our gizzard(s) & other over-heated organs, or just to get some cool air inside.

20 July: Operation Valkyrie Fails; Americans Hit Moon

By The Associated Press | July 20, 2009 Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2009. There are 164 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after landing their lunar module. As he set foot on the lunar surface, Armstrong spoke his famous line, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin, who followed, described the scene as "magnificent desolation."Neil Armstrong: "the Eagle has landed." Neil Armstrong: "one small step for man" The AP covers it, text-wise. [Fuck 'em if the link doesn't link. — Ed.] On this date: In 1810, Colombia declared independence from Spain.
One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1859, American baseball fans were charged an admission fee for the first time when 1,500 spectators each paid 50 cents to see Brooklyn play New York. In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, Va. In 1871, British Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian province. In 1881, Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull surrendered to federal troops.In 1917, the draft lottery in World War I went into operation. In 1942, the first detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. In 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion at Hitler's Rastenburg headquarters only wounded the Nazi leader. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.
In 1945, the U.S. flag was raised over Berlin as the first U.S. troops moved in to take part in the post-World War II occupation. In 1951, while entering a mosque in the Jordanian sector of east Jerusalem, King Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated by a Palestinian nationalist. In 1954, the Geneva Accords divided Vietnam into northern and southern entities. In 1976, America's Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars. In 1977, a flash flood hit Johnstown, Pa., killing more than 80 people and causing $350 million worth of damage. In 1982, Irish Republican Army bombs exploded in two London parks, killing 11 soldiers, along with seven horses belonging to the Queen's Household Cavalry. In 1988, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis received the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Atlanta. In 1990, a federal appeals court set aside Oliver North's Iran-Contra convictions. In 1989, U.S. President George H.W. Bush called for the United States to organize a long-range space program to support an orbiting space station, a moon base and a manned mission to Mars. [Say, good idea. Which is why his no-account son proposed the same thing, w/o any funding attached either. Fucking jerks, both of them. This country would have been much better off if H. W. had died when his plane was shot down. — Ed.] Ten years ago: After 38 years at the bottom of the Atlantic, astronaut Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule was lifted to the surface. Five years ago: Former national security adviser Sandy Berger quit as an informal adviser to Democrat John Kerry's presidential campaign after disclosure of a criminal investigation into whether he had mishandled classified terrorism documents. Iraqi militants freed a Filipino truck driver after the Philippines government gave in to their demands to withdraw troops from Iraq. The head of slain American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr. was found in a raid in Saudi Arabia. The U.N. General Assembly demanded that Israel tear down the barrier it was building to seal off the West Bank; Israel vowed to continue construction. One year ago: Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up a six-day World Youth Day Festival in Sydney by challenging young people to shed the greed and cynicism of their time to create a new age of hope for humankind. Padraig Harrington became the first European in more than a century to win the British Open two years in a row. Today's Birthdays: Actress-singer Sally Ann Howes is 79. Rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef is 74. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., is 73. Actress Diana Rigg is 71. Rock musician John Lodge (The Moody Blues) is 66. Country singer T.G. Sheppard is 65. Singer Kim Carnes is 64. Rock musician Carlos Santana is 62. Rock musician Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols, Man Raze) is 53. Actress Donna Dixon is 52. Rock musician Mick McNeil (Simple Minds) is 51. Country singer Radney Foster is 50. Actor Frank Whaley is 46. Rock singer Chris Cornell is 45. Rock musician Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) is 43. Actor Reed Diamond is 42. Actor Josh Holloway ("Lost") is 40. Singer Vitamin C is 40. Former baseball catcher Charles Johnson is 38. Actor Simon Rex is 35. San Francisco Giants catcher Bengie Molina is 35. Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen is 34. Actress Judy Greer is 34. Actor Charlie Korsmo is 31. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is 29. Rock musician Mike Kennerty (The All-American Rejects) is 29. Actor Percy Daggs III is 27. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Troy Smith is 25. Today In Entertainment History -- On July 20th, 1954, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black performed in public for the first time, billing themselves as the Blue Moon Boys. They performed at the opening of a new drugstore in Memphis. In 1965, Bob Dylan's single "Like A Rolling Stone" was released by Columbia Records. In 1968, Jane Asher announced on national TV in Britain that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. McCartney reportedly was watching and was surprised by the news. Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vidda" debuted on the American pop chart. In 1975, "Miami" Steve Van Zandt performed for the first time in concert as part of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, in Providence, Rhode Island. Thirty years ago, in 1979, the Electric Light Orchestra took out ads dedicating their newly-released song "Don't Bring Me Down" to Skylab. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, reigning Miss America Vanessa Williams was asked by pageant officials to resign because of nude photos of her that appeared in "Penthouse" magazine. She gave up her title three days later. In 1986, "Sid And Nancy," a film biography of the Sex Pistols, premiered in London. Gary Oldman played Sid Vicious. In 1996, actor Robert Downey Jr. was arrested after authorities say he left a court-ordered drug rehab center. It was his third arrest in a month. In 1998, actress Jodie Foster gave birth to a boy in Los Angeles. She refused to say who the father was and how she got pregnant. In 2006, actor Haley Joel Osment, who was 18 at the time, was arrested for drunk driving and marijuana possession outside Los Angeles when his car hit a mailbox and flipped over. Thought for Today: "The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class." -- Neil Armstrong, American astronaut (1930- ).

Sunday, July 19, 2009

19 July: Important Slab Of Basalt Discovered; Retirement Time For Commander Cody

Today in History By The Associated Press | July 19, 2009 Today is Sunday, July 19, the 200th day of 2009. There are 165 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived. On this date: In 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovered a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The Rosetta Stone, as it was called, held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a long dead written language. In 1553, 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed after claiming the monarchy of England for nine days. King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen. In 1848, a pioneer women's rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, N.Y. In 1870, the Franco-Prussian war began. In 1943, Allied air forces raided Rome. In 1944, the Democratic national convention convened in Chicago with the renomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a foregone certainty. In 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon. In 1975, the Apollo and Soyuz space capsules that were linked in orbit for two days separated. In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza had fled the country. In 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president by acclamation at the party's convention in San Francisco. In 1990, baseball record holder Pete Rose was sentenced to five months in prison for tax evasion. In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced a policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military under a compromise dubbed "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue." Ten years ago: Federal officials said radar data showed the plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. dropped 1,100 feet in just 14 seconds. Sen. Edward Kennedy released a statement saying, "We are filled with unspeakable grief and sadness by the loss of John and Carolyn and of Lauren Bessette." Five years ago: Mark Hacking of Salt Lake City shot and killed his wife, Lori, disposed of her remains, then reported her missing; he was later sentenced to six years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. A fuel tanker rigged as a massive bomb exploded near the Baghdad police station, killing nine people. A methane gas explosion in a Ukrainian mine killed at least 34 miners. Former Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki died at age 93. One year ago: Democrat Barack Obama visited with U.S. troops and met with officials in Afghanistan as part of a congressional fact-finding tour. The Indiana Fever defeated the New York Liberty 71-55 in the WNBA's first outdoor game, played at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. George McGovern is 87. Actress Helen Gallagher is 83. Country singer Sue Thompson is 83. Country singer George Hamilton IV is 72. Actor Dennis Cole is 69. Singer Vikki Carr is 69. Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 65. [We'll point out to the AP that Cody, in a Beefheartian move, is also in the ("fine art") painting biz. — Ed.]
Actor George Dzundza is 64. Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 63. Rock musician Brian May (Queen) is 62. Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 62. Actress Beverly Archer is 61. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 58. Actor Peter Barton is 53. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 49. Movie director Atom Egoyan is 49. Actor Campbell Scott is 48. Actor Anthony Edwards is 47. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 46. Actress Clea Lewis is 44. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 39. Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 38. Actor Andrew Kavovit is 38. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 35. Today In Entertainment History --In 1911, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to pass laws censoring movies. In 1946, Marilyn Monroe was given her first screen test at Twentieth Century-Fox Studios. Even without sound, the test was enough to earn Monroe her first contract. In 1954, Elvis Presley's first single was released by Sun Records. It was "That's All Right (Mama)" backed by "Blue Moon of Kentucky." Both songs were hits in Memphis.In 1966, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow got married. He was 51, she was 21.
In 1973, guitarist Clarence White of The Byrds was buried in California. He had been killed in a traffic accident.
In 1975, country singer Lefty Frizzell died in Nashville. In 1980, David Bowie made his stage debut in the Denver production of "The Elephant Man." In 1991, former Guns N' Roses drummer Steve Adler filed a lawsuit against the band. He claimed the other members had forced him to use heroin, then made him quit the band while he tried to kick his drug habit. In 1995, La Toya Jackson filed for bankruptcy, blaming her money troubles on a judgment against her after she cut short an engagement at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Thought for Today: "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious ... the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science." -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955). © Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company (Really! That's what's typed right at the bottom of the page. Imagine that. — Ed.)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

What We Do Is Stupid

It came from the e-mail we check the least. (You should see some of the other crap that shows up there.) Can't say we're sorry we missed the "Germs Return!" gig. We would pay (money even) to see Belinda Carlisle Mason beating the tubs as "Donna Rhea," but chances are probably better for Darby to make the next gig.Note that fake Darby is in the second row, trying to hide behind his cup, while Jim Don is trying to get a beam into your head past the tin-foil. At least he's not wearing a fucking armband.

Is that Darby (trying to get out of his grave & come after them) superimposed on the circle? We're w/ Falling James on this much: "Reality ... be damned."

18 July: Rome Burns; Pope Invited To Fuck Off By Lime-Eating Englishmen; Chappaquiddick!!! & A Perfect Game

From The Associated Press: Today is Saturday, July 18, the 199th day of 2009. There are 166 days left in the year. Also an AP, some A/V, & The UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Forty years ago, in 1969, a car driven by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard; although Kennedy managed to escape the submerged vehicle, his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned. (Kennedy subsequently pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended two-month jail sentence.)Sen. Ted Kennedy's "I did not have sex w/ that woman" audio moment. On this date: In 64, the Great Fire of Rome began. In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England. In 1792, American naval hero John Paul Jones died in Paris at age 45. In 1872, Britain enacted voting by secret ballot. In 1918, American and French forces launched a counteroffensive against the Germans during the Second Battle of the Marne in World War I. In 1927, Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,000th career hit. In 1932, the United States and Canada signed a treaty to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway. In 1940, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago nominated President Franklin D. Roosevelt for an unprecedented third term in office. In 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed a Presidential Succession Act which placed the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore next in the line of succession after the vice president. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, gunman James Huberty opened fire at a McDonald's fast food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police. Walter F. Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in San Francisco. Fifteen years ago, in 1994, a bomb hidden in a van destroyed a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 85. Ten years ago: Authorities looking into the disappearance of the plane carrying John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law announced that the "search and rescue" operation had become "search and recovery." David Cone of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game (the 14th in modern major league history) against the Montreal Expos, leading his team to a 6-0 victory.Paul Lawrie won the British Open in a three-way playoff after Jean Van de Velde triple-bogeyed on the 72nd hole. In 2003, basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado spa. (The charge was later dropped because the woman did not want to go ahead with a trial.) Five years ago: A spokesman said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would not apologize for mocking certain lawmakers as "girlie men," despite criticisms from Democrats that the remark was sexist and homophobic. Todd Hamilton beat Ernie Els in a playoff to win the British Open. Former EPA chief Anne Gorsuch Burford died in Aurora, Colo., at age 62. In 2005, an unrepentant Eric Rudolph was sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., to life in prison for an abortion clinic bombing that killed an off-duty police officer and maimed a nurse, & retired Gen. William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces during the Vietnam War, died at age 91. One year ago: One of the world's largest mobile cranes collapsed at a refinery in southeast Houston, killing four people and injuring seven others. Two French humanitarian aid workers were kidnapped in Afghanistan's Day Kundi province. (They were released about two weeks later.) Today's Birthdays: Former South African President Nelson Mandela is 91. Former Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, is 88. Skating champion and commentator Dick Button is 80. Movie director Paul Verhoeven is 71. Singer Brian Auger is 70. Singer Dion DiMucci is 70. Actor James Brolin is 69. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre is 69. [Many happy returns, Joe, now could you get the former Brooklyn Bums to win a game this wk.? Thanks, Ed.] Singer Martha Reeves is 68. Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 68. Pop-rock musician Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) is 60. Country-rock singer Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League) is 60. Actress Margo Martindale is 58. Singer Ricky Skaggs is 55. Rock musician Nigel Twist (The Alarm) is 51. Actress Anne-Marie Johnson is 49. Actress Elizabeth McGovern is 48. Rock musician John Hermann (Widespread Panic) is 47. Rock musician Jack Irons is 47. Actor Vin Diesel is 42. Former NBA player Penny Hardaway is 38. Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter is 34. Dance music singer-songwriter M.I.A. is 34. Rock musician Daron Malakian (System of a Down; Scars on Broadway) is 34. Rock musician Tony Fagenson (Eve 6) is 31. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch is 30. Movie director Jared Hess is 30. Actor Jason Weaver is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- One hundred years ago, in 1909, Harriet Hilliard Nelson was born. Seventy years ago, in 1939, after a sneak preview of "The Wizard of Oz," producers debated about removing one of the songs because it seemed to slow things down. They finally decided to leave it in. The song: "Over the Rainbow." In 1953, Elvis Presley recorded "My Happiness" as a gift for his mother. It was his first recording. In 1960, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released "The Twist." The song didn't take off until Chubby Checker covered it later that year. [Weren't no "Work With Me Annie" or "Annie Had A Baby," but not a bad tune in the grand scheme of pop music. — Ed.] In 1966, Bobby Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four was found dead in his car in Los Angeles. The cause of death was not determined. [Not the story we've heard! — Ed.] Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, the US Justice Department ordered that John Lennon be deported. A federal appeals court overturned the deportation order in 1975. The following year, Lennon was granted permanent US resident status. Twenty years ago, in 1989, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, was shot to death at her Los Angeles home by obsessed fan Robert Bardo, who was later sentenced to life in prison. In 1991, the first Lollapalooza festival launched in Phoenix, Arizona. It featured Jane's Addiction, Living Colour, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Henry Rollins and Nine Inch Nails. In 1992, singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were married at her mansion in New Jersey. About 150 family members and friends attended the wedding ceremony, which was held in a tent on the mansion's estate. In 1993, Rage Against The Machine appeared on the stage at Lollapalooza in Philadelphia wearing nothing but duct tape over their mouths. They stood in silence for 25 minutes to protest the Parents' Music Resource Center.
Just last year, the epic Batman sequel "The Dark Knight," starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader and Heath Ledger as the Joker, premiered. Thought for Today: "In these times we fight for ideas, and newspapers are our fortresses." — Heinrich Heine, German poet and critic (1797-1856). [Then we must be in some deep scheiss now. — Ed.]

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cronkite Dead At 92, Ill Health, Blah Blah Blah.

Now we must await the stirring condemnations from the non-hating right-wing typists. And once the hating right-wing typists have finished their perverse rituals, we'll get the real bile. And hate. And vitriol. And "state-owned" media. And all the other cliches of those who hate from the right.
Also, a bit later: Stand by for an orgy of self-congratulation as CBS points out how clever it was to have hired Mr. Cronkite those many yrs. ago.

From The Fascist Front, W/ "Demonic Possession"

Ooops! Too busy reading month-old newspapers last night to remember to show the latest on "The Family/C Street" from the Rachel Maddow Show & Jeff Sharlet. Now an alienation of affection suit has been brought against the mistress of a former Representative, one-time resident of the 133 C Street house & alleged adulterer. Allegedly at the same time. And allegedly some unlawful activities occurred in the house, which is classified as a "church" for tax purposes. The gift that keeps giving. Until it hurts.
And we may as well offer "Uncle Pat" & Ms. Maddow discussing Buchanan's suggestions that the Republican Party capitalize on racial resentment. The racial resentment of those downtrodden victims of discrimination & hatred, honkies, crackers, peckerwoods & rednecks. Another cornucopia overflowing w/ amusement. But don't have too much. You'll be bent over, doubled up, doing the Vom in a beggar's cup.

Too Big To Fail?

Two Giants Emerge From Wall Street RuinsA new order is emerging on Wall Street after the worst crisis since the Great Depression — one in which just a couple of victors are starting to tower over the handful of financial titans that used to dominate the industry. [...] Both banks now stand astride post-bailout Wall Street, having benefited from billions of dollars in taxpayer support and cheap government financing to climb over banks that continue to struggle. They are capitalizing on the turmoil in financial markets and their rivals’ weakness to pull in billions in trading profits.
Oh, crap, here it comes again.

17 July: NB: Not Responsible For Inability of AP & UPI To Get Dates Correct; We Are Responsible For The Deaths Of The Czar & His Family

From The Associated Press: Today is Friday, July 17, the 198th day of 2009. There are 167 days left in the year. The AP's Other History. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 17, 1959, influential jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, known to her fans as "Lady Day," died in a New York City hospital at age 44. On this date: In 1821, Spain ceded Florida to the United States. In 1898, Spanish troops in Santiago, Cuba, surrendered to U.S. forces during the Spanish-American War. In 1900, Hall of fame pitcher Christy Mathewson made his major league debut with the New York Giants. In 1917, with the country at war with Germany, the British royal family changed its name from the German Saxe-Coburg Gotha to Windsor. In 1918, Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks.In 1936, the Spanish Civil War began as right-wing army generals launched a coup attempt against the Second Spanish Republic. In 1938, Douglas Corrigan took off from Floyd Bennett Field in New York for a return flight to California but lost his bearings in the clouds, he said, and flew instead to Ireland. He became an instant celebrity and was forever after known as "Wrong Way" Corrigan. In 1944, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine in California. In 1945, President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II.In 1961, Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb died at age 74. In 1968, a coup in Iraq returned the Baath Party to power, five years after it was ousted. In 1975, an Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower link-up of its kind. In 1979, Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza resigned and fled into exile in Miami. In 1981, 114 people were killed when a pair of walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed, one atop the other, during a tea dance. In 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Paris-bound Boeing 747, exploded and crashed off Long Island, N.Y., shortly after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 230 people aboard.Ten years ago: A search began for the missing plane that was carrying John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, on a flight from New Jersey to Massachusetts. (The plane had crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard the night before, killing all three.) Five years ago: Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia submitted his resignation to Yasser Arafat, who rejected it the next day. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mockingly used the term "girlie men" during a rally as he claimed Democrats were delaying the state budget by catering to special interests. One year ago: The FDA lifted its salmonella warning on tomatoes amid signs the record outbreak, while not over, might finally be slowing. President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki held a secure video conference during which they agreed to set a "general time horizon" for bringing more U.S. troops home from the Iraq war. Today's Birthdays: TV personality Art Linkletter is 97. Comedian Phyllis Diller is 92. Former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch is 89. Jazz singer Jimmy Scott is 84. Actor Donald Sutherland is 74. Actress-singer Diahann Carroll is 74. Rock musician Spencer Davis is 67. Rock musician Terry "Geezer" Butler (Black Sabbath) is 60. Actress Lucie Arnaz is 58. Actor David Hasselhoff ("Baywatch") is 57. Rock musician Fran Smith Jr. (The Hooters) is 57. Singer Phoebe Snow is 57. Television producer Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Apprentice") is 49. Actress Nancy Giles is 49. Singer Regina Belle is 46. Rock musician Lou Barlow is 43. Hip-hop singer Guru (Gang Starr) is 43. Actor Andre Royo is 41. Actress Bitty Schram is 41. Actor Jason Clarke is 40. Singer JC (PM Dawn) is 38. Rapper Sole' is 36. Former NFL player Eric Moulds is 36. Country singer Luke Bryan is 33. Actor Eric Winter is 33. Boston Bruins center Marc Savard is 32. Today In Entertainment History -- On July 17th, 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California. In 1959, jazz singer Billie Holiday died in a New York hospital while under arrest for narcotics possession. She was 44. In 1961, The Supremes released their first record, "Buttered Popcorn." John Chancellor replaced Dave Garroway on the "Today" show, but admitted he hated the job and wanted out after the first day. In 1965, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" by James Brown was released. It sold more than two million copies. In 1967, tenor saxophonist and composer John Coltrane died at age 40.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed as the opening act for The Monkees in New York. In 1968, the animated Beatles film "Yellow Submarine" premiered at the London Pavilion. In 1982, "Valley Girl" by Frank Zappa and his 14-year-old daughter, Moon Unit, entered the pop chart.In 1986, 50 people were hurt in gang violence outside a Run-DMC show in Long Beach, California. In 1991, the revamped Lynyrd Skynyrd opened its world tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. James Brown was honored by his native state of Georgia for his comeback following a two-year prison term. In 1996, bassist Chas Chandler of The Animals died in a British hospital at age 57. He had been undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm. Smashing Pumpkins fired drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The announcement came less than a week after Chamberlin was arrested on a drug charge and backup keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin was found dead of a heroin overdose. Thought for Today: "Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose." — Billie Holiday, American jazz singer (1915-1959).

Thursday, July 16, 2009

On The Market Again

Amy Winehouse, Blake Fielder-Civil Have Been Granted A Divorce Neither party was in court Thursday. The divorce becomes final after six weeks and a day.London, England -- Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil have been granted a divorce by a judge in London.

The judge approved the divorce decree for "Fielder-Civil B. v Winehouse A.J." along with those of other estranged couples at a brief Family Court hearing.

Neither party was in court Thursday. The divorce becomes final after six weeks and a day.

The 25-year-old singer married Fielder-Civil in Miami in 2007, but he was arrested six months later over an assault and sent to jail.

He filed for divorce earlier this year on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity.

Source: Associated Press

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Raging Dull, Part II

Live-blogging "Sir" Paul on The Late Show:
Ringo had peritonitis when he was three. No wonder he didn't like the food.
Uh, it's not live, & the rest of This Great Nation Of Ours™ saw it one to three hrs. ago.

16 July: Stairway To The Stars; Trinity; Right-Wing Extremism; Stairway To Ocean For Kennedys, Bessette

From The Associated Press, today is Thursday, July 16, the 197th day of 2009. There are 168 days left in the year. [It's all down hill from here, & the brakes are feeling a little mushy ... — Ed.] From another AP, somewhere. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Forty years ago, in 1969, Apollo 11, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins, blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon. On this date: In 1769, the first Roman Catholic mission in California was dedicated at the site of present day San Diego. [Bringing death to all the people who were already living there, & up the coast. — Ed.] In 1790, a site along the Potomac River was designated the permanent seat of the U.S. government; the area became Washington. In 1862, David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the United States Navy. [Did a ferry back into him? — Ed.] One hundred years ago, in 1909, the Audi auto company was founded in Zwickau, Germany, by August Horch under the name Horch Automobil-Werke. (A legal dispute resulted in Horch renaming the company Audiwerke the following year.) In 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb, in the desert of Alamogordo, N.M.In 1951, J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" was published. [We hate the phonies too. — Ed.] In 1957, Marine Maj. John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record by flying a jet from California to New York in three hours, 23 minutes and eight seconds. In 1964, as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco, Barry M. Goldwater said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" and that "moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."
Audio actuality..
In 1973, during the Senate Watergate hearings, former White House aide Alexander P. Butterfield publicly revealed the existence of President Richard Nixon's secret taping system. Thirty years ago, in 1979, Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq. Twenty years ago, in 1989, conductor Herbert von Karajan died near Salzburg, Austria, at age 81. Fifteen years ago, in 1994, the first of 21 pieces of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into Jupiter, to the joy of astronomers awaiting the celestial fireworks. Ten years ago: John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Five years ago: Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge in New York for lying about a stock sale. Some 90 children were killed in a school fire in southern India. Former Georgia Gov. George Busbee died in Savannah at age 76. One year ago: Republican John McCain addressed the annual convention of the NAACP, telling the civil rights group in Cincinnati he would expand education opportunities, partly through vouchers for low-income children to attend private school. Israel freed notorious Lebanese militant Samir Kantar and four others after Hezbollah guerrillas handed over the bodies of two Israeli soldiers. Today's Birthdays: Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh is 77. Soul singer Denise LaSalle is 75. Soul singer William Bell is 70. Actor Corin Redgrave is 70. Former tennis player Margaret Court is 67. Violinist Pinchas Zukerman is 61. Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 61. Rock composer-musician Stewart Copeland (The Police) is 57. Playwright Tony Kushner is 53. Dancer Michael Flatley is 51. Former NFL kicker Gary Anderson is 50. Actress Phoebe Cates is 46. Country singer Craig Morgan is 45. Actor Daryl "Chill" Mitchell is 44. Actor-comedian Will Ferrell is 42. Actress Rain Pryor is 40. Actor Corey Feldman is 38. Rock musician Ed Kowalczyk (Live) is 38. Today In Entertainment History -- Fifty years ago, on July 16th, 1959, Billie Holiday, considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time despite a tragic life, died of cardiac failure at age 44. The Coasters recorded "Poison Ivy" in New York. In 1966, guitarist Eric Clapton joined bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker to form Cream. In 1976, Loggins and Messina broke up. [Postponing the Apocalypse by several yrs. — Ed.] In 1980, "No Nukes," the film documentary of anti-nuclear benefit concerts, premiered in New York. Among the performers were Jackson Browne, the Doobie Brothers and James Taylor. [Stopped those nukes dead, didn't you, you stupid fucking hippies? — Ed.] In 1981, singer Harry Chapin was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer on New York's Long Island Expressway. He was on his way to a benefit concert. Chapin was 38. Twenty years ago, in 1989, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, star of the sitcom "My Sister Sam," was shot to death at her Los Angeles home by an obsessed fan. She was 21. In 1994, the Three Tenors -- Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras -- reunited the night before the World Cup soccer final for a concert. It drew an estimated 1.3 billion TV viewers. In 1995, rapper Queen Latifah's bodyguard was shot and wounded when two teenagers tried to carjack her BMW in New York. Sinead O'Connor dropped out of the Lollapalooza tour because she was pregnant. [You'd think the Pope-hater would have had an abortion. — Ed.] In 1996, drummer John Panozzo, one of the founding members of Styx, died of a gastrointestinal hemmorhage at his home in Chicago. He was 47. Singer Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries accepted an undisclosed settlement after a London newspaper reported she appeared on stage without panties.Last year: Band singer Jo Stafford died in Century City, Calif., at age 90. Thought for Today: "What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that man set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth." — Norman Cousins, American author and journalist (1915-1990).

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Live On Tape From Air Force One

Click to YouTube™ for full wide-screen (if you give a shit). We can only imagine it will be taken as another sign of colossal uppity ego that the White House videographers now have H-D cameras.

On The Amazon Wish List: "An Avatar Of Inchoate Rage"

Never seen it, but may have to enter the world of Netflix for this.
In fact, the entire production, as the critic J. Hoberman recounted in The Dream Life, his epic cultural history of the '60s, was the target of much federal snooping, with rumors swirling that Antonioni was planning a flag-burning scene and intended to shoot on the site of Robert Kennedy's assassination.
The production being Zabriskie Point. More from the review gets us more worked up.
Guitarist John Fahey, one of the musicians summoned to Rome to work on the soundtrack, came to blows with Antonioni when the maestro launched into an anti-American rant; Fahey would go on to describe Zabriskie Point as "a really terrible and long skin flick." [...] Mark breaks the vérité spell by sullenly declaring himself ready to die for the revolution "but not of boredom." Events proceed in a desultory trance. [...] The male lead, envisioned as an avatar of inchoate rage, was a bigger challenge. An audition in New York's East Village drew more than 1,000 hopefuls. Eventually Frechette, a carpenter who had spent time in psychiatric hospitals and belonged to the cultlike commune of the folk musician Mel Lyman, was found by casting scouts who saw him screaming obscenities at a bus stop in Boston. ("He's 20 and he hates," they reportedly said.)
20s, 50s, whatever ... Most of the 20 yr.-old's inchoate rage seems to have been lost, in translation or in that desultory stuff.
Mark and Daria (played by Frechette and Daria Halprin, nonactors in every sense), are too numb and inert to fulfill the myth of the glamorous outlaw.
Fine by us, really. We hate acting. The only form of life lower than a musician is an actor, as a matter of fact. (You could look it up.)
The finale, a jaw-droppingly literal vision of the end of consumer culture, makes a virtue of bluntness. After Mark dies, a bereft Daria arrives at her destination, a Modernist house perched on a desert hillside, and imagines its wholesale destruction. We see it blowing up, repeatedly, in slow motion. (Seventeen cameras were used.) For good measure, Antonioni also detonates sundry household objects, which sail through the frame as a Pink Floyd number plays: a clothes rack, a television, books, the contents of a refrigerator, including a loaf of Wonder Bread and a whole turkey. (The video for the recent Jay-Z single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" is a pointed homage, blowing up gold chains and bottles of Cristal as the rapper rails against pitch-correction software.)
Plus ça change, hein?
Not that we were unaware of Zabriskie Point, mind you. We've just never seen it. The further details from the review indicate it's not dissimilar to one of our favorites of the era, More. (Also w/ a Pink Floyd soundtrack, when "the Floyd" was tolerable). So maybe we'll catch this through the magic of home delivery one of these eternities.

How Many Times Have We Warned You, Already?*

Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies

Image: Robotic Technology Inc.
These Dr. Strangeloves then call their creation EATR. *Approximately 13.

Prexy Throws "Like Girl"

Right Wing Assholes: "Obama throws girly sissy-pitch, the fag!" Someone who knows at least something about the deal (even if it is Bill Simmons):
Please don't blame the Prez for throwing a lousy first pitch. He was wearing a bulletproof vest the size of Dustin Pedroia. about 23 hours ago from web
(We are loath to admit: via Turkey Neck Reader.)

Raging Dull

15 July: Marky Ramone, Joe Satriani Born In Same Year

From The Associated Press 2 hrs 1 min ago Today is Wednesday, July 15, the 196th day of 2009. There are 169 days left in the year. The alternate AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon startled the country by announcing he would visit the People's Republic of China. Nixon makes sounds. On this date: In 1606, Dutch painter Rembrandt was born in Leiden, Netherlands. In 1870, Georgia became the last Confederate state readmitted to the Union. Manitoba entered confederation as the fifth Canadian province. In 1916, Boeing Co., originally known as Pacific Aero Products Co., was founded in Seattle. In 1918, the Second Battle of the Marne, resulting in an Allied victory, began. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman was nominated for another term of office by the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered U.S. Marines to Lebanon, at the request of that country's president, Camille Chamoun, in the face of a perceived threat by Muslim rebels. (The Americans withdrew in October 1958.) In 1964, Sen. Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona was nominated for president by the Republican national convention in San Francisco. In 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, Calif., by three gunmen and imprisoned in an underground cell. (The captives escaped unharmed.) In 1979, President Jimmy Carter delivered his "malaise" speech in which he lamented what he called a "crisis of confidence" in America. In 1996, MSNBC, a 24-hour all-news network, made its debut on cable TV and the Internet. In 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot dead outside his Miami home; suspected gunman Andrew Phillip Cunanan was found dead eight days later. Ten years ago: The government acknowledged for the first time that thousands of workers were made sick while making nuclear weapons and announced a plan to compensate many of them. China declared that it had invented its own neutron bomb. The Seattle Mariners played their first game in their new home, Safeco Field, losing to the San Diego Padres 3-2. Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed into law a measure imposing mandatory prison terms for criminals who use identity theft in committing terrorist acts and other offenses. The Senate approved a plan to pay tobacco farmers $12 billion to give up federal quotas propping up their prices. Retired Air Force Gen. Charles W. Sweeney, who'd piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki in the final days of World War II, died in Boston at age 84. One year ago: President George W. Bush said the nation's troubled financial system was "basically sound," and he urged lawmakers to quickly enact legislation to prop up mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A judge in Los Angeles sentenced Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, to two consecutive life terms each for murdering two indigent men to collect insurance policies taken out on their lives. In an All-Star game that began at dusk and ended at 1:37 a.m. the next morning, the American League defeated the National League 4-3 in 15 innings at Yankee stadium. Today's Birthdays: Author Clive Cussler is 78. Actor Alex Karras is 74. Actor Ken Kercheval is 74. Sen. George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio, is 73. Actor Patrick Wayne is 70. Actor Jan-Michael Vincent is 65. R&B singer Millie Jackson is 65. Rock singer-musician Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) is 64. Singer Linda Ronstadt is 63. Rock musician Artimus Pyle is 61. Actor Terry O'Quinn is 57. Rock musician Marky Ramone is 53. Rock musician Joe Satriani is 53. Country singer-songwriter Mac McAnally is 52. Model Kim Alexis is 49. Actor Willie Aames is 49. Actor-director Forest Whitaker is 48. Actress Lolita Davidovich is 48. Actress Brigitte Nielsen is 46. Rock musician Jason Bonham is 43. Actor Kristoff St. John is 43. Rock musician Phillip Fisher is 42. R&B singer Stokley (Mint Condition) is 42. Actor-comedian Eddie Griffin is 41. Actor Stan Kirsch is 41. Actor Reggie Hayes is 40. Rock musician Chi Cheng (Deftones) is 39. Rock musician John Dolmayan is 37. Actor Scott Foley is 37. Actor Brian Austin Green is 36. Rapper Jim Jones is 33. Actress Diane Kruger is 33. Actress Lana Parrilla is 32. Rock musician Ray Toro (My Chemical Romance) is 32. Today In Entertainment History -- On July 15th, 1973, singer Ray Davies announced during a concert in London that he was leaving The Kinks. He returned after a few days. In 1980, singers Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith opened in a production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the New York Shakespeare Festival. The production moved to Broadway in 1981 and eventually was made into a movie. In 1986, Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later the next year. In 1988, MTV banned the video for Neil Young's "This Note's For You" because it ridiculed MTV sponsors. Twenty years ago, in 1989, more than 200-thousand people crammed into Venice for a free Pink Floyd concert. Before the show began, 80 people were slightly hurt in a scuffle, and residents complained about littering and drug use. In 1991, actor and game show host Bert Convy died in Los Angeles. In 1994, singer Phil Collins announced he was seeking a divorce from his wife, Jill. In 1998, drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith was burned when his Ferrari caught fire at a gas station in Scituate, Massachusetts. In 2006, Avril Lavigne married Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley in Montecito, California. Thought for Today: "There are two kinds of worries — those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter." — Duke Ellington, American jazz artist (1899-1974).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Live-Blogging The Baseball All-Star Game

Nagonna happen. As a matter of fact, will probably be lying down to watch, which may just lead to a semi-intentional nap.

Palin Round-Up

At TNR, a photo/quote gallery of GOP establishmentarians who are just flat-out confused by The Alaska Gov.

Don't Ask, & For Gawd's Sake, Don't Tell!

14 July: Hooray Hooray, Le Quatorze Juillet/Killing Aristocrats Started Today! As Did Woody Guthrie.

From The Associated Press: Today is Tuesday, July 14, the 195th day of 2009. There are 170 days left in the year. And, the other AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 14, 1789, during the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven political prisoners inside. [Here, we see the militaristic result, as La Patrouille de France do their Arc de Triomphe fly-over last 14 Juillet. Are those Tornados? — Ed.]
On this date: In 1798, Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government. [Hasn't stopped us from continually telling the truth about the lizard people who are the U. S. Government. — Ed.] In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry relayed to Japanese officials a letter from President Millard Fillmore, requesting trade relations. (Fillmore's term of office had already expired by the time the letter was delivered.) In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias "Billy the Kid," was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M. In 1913, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., the 38th president of the United States, was born Leslie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Neb. [Fuck, Republicans will even lie about their names! — Ed.]
In 1914, Robert Goddard was granted the first patent for a liquid-fueled rocket design. In 1921, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted in Dedham, Mass., of murdering a shoe company paymaster and his guard. (Sacco and Vanzetti were executed six years later.) In 1933, all German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed. [Why, it's just like the Obama Admin.! Except the non-Democratic parties seem to have outlawed themselves, rather than wait for gov't. help. — Ed.] In 1958, the army of Iraq overthrew the monarchy. In 1965, the American space probe Mariner 4 flew by Mars, sending back photographs of the red planet. This had an effect on Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956, who died at age 65. In 1966, eight student nurses were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory.In 1978, Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky was convicted of treasonous espionage and anti-Soviet agitation, and sentenced to 13 years at hard labor. (Sharansky was released in 1986.) Ten years ago: Iranian hard-liners answered a week of pro-democracy rallies with one of their own, sending 100,000 people into the streets of Tehran. Race-based school busing in Boston came to an end after 25 years. Major league umpires voted to resign Sept. 2 and not work the final month of the season. (The strategy collapsed, with baseball owners accepting the resignations of 22 umpires.) Five years ago: The Senate scuttled a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. (Forty-eight senators voted to advance the measure — 12 short of the 60 needed — and 50 voted to block it.) In Iraq, a suicide attacker detonated a massive car bomb at a checkpoint near the British Embassy and the interim government's headquarters in Baghdad, killing 11 people; the governor of Nineveh province was killed in an attack on his convoy. One year ago: President George W. Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling which had stood since his father was president. The New Yorker magazine featured a satirical cover showing Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and his wife, Michelle, as a terrorist. (The Obama campaign called the cover "tasteless and offensive.") Today's Birthdays: Playwright Arthur Laurents is 92. Actor Dale Robertson is 86. Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 83. Actress Nancy Olson is 81. Actress Polly Bergen is 79. Former football player Rosey Grier is 77. Actor Vincent Pastore ("The Sopranos") is 63. Former music company executive Tommy Mottola is 60. [Michael Jackson said Mottola is "devilish." That's all well & good, but who's having their birthday today, & who hasn't been buried yet? — Ed.] Rock musician Chris Cross (Ultravox) is 57. Actor Jerry Houser is 57. Actor-director Eric Laneuville is 57. Actor Stan Shaw is 57. Movie producer Scott Rudin is 51. Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 49. Country musician Ray Herndon (McBride and the Ride) is 49. Actress Jane Lynch is 49.Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 48. Actor Matthew Fox is 43. Rock musician Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 43. Rock singer-musician Tanya Donelly is 43. Actress Missy Gold is 39. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 38. Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is 34. Hip-hop musician taboo (Black Eyed Peas) is 34. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1908, the short film "The Adventures of Dollie," the first movie directed by D.W. Griffith, opened in New York. On July 14th, 1933, Popeye the Sailor Man appeared in his first cartoon.In 1967, The Who began its first American tour by opening for Herman's Hermits. In 1972, the US State Department criticized actress Jane Fonda for making antiwar radio broadcasts in Hanoi. [Shit, we were making anti-war radio broadcasts right here in America, in Walla Walla, WA 99362, in 1972. To hell w/ Fonda & the State Dep't.! Latecomer losers. — Ed.] In 1973, the Everly Brothers broke up after Phil got angry over Don's performance, smashed his own guitar and walked off stage. They reunited eleven years later. In 1988, Michael Jackson launched his first British tour at Wembley Stadium in London. He rode over the crowd in a cradle suspended from a crane. In 1987, musician Steve Miller got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [Bullshit, AP. Wikipedia clearly states the star is for "The Steve Miller Band." — Ed.] Twenty years ago, in 1989, Cyndi Lauper released the first close-captioned video, for "My First Night Without You." In 1992, actress Demi Moore appeared on the cover of "Vanity Fair" naked except for a suit that had been painted on. Thought for Today: "I have never regarded myself as this or that. I have been too busy being myself to bother about regarding myself." — Rex Stout, American crime author (1886-1975).

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.

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