Saturday, July 4, 2009

This Nation Is Ugly & It Wants To Die

Voice Of The Freeper

No decent American would want to take the attacks, hatred and beatings she has endured from the Commie DemocRATS and their little toadies in the state run “media”. I don’t blame her. “American” politics is for kneecap busting thugs, Commie scum and greedy pigs these days. If you don’t meet that criteria, you shouldn’t be in politics.
29 posted on Fri Jul 03 2009 12:39:38 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out?)

The Anti-Brando

From the "Paper of Record."
But Mr. Malden, who died Wednesday at 97, specialized in being uneasy, playing men who are variously worried, angry, disappointed and defeated. Like many other actors who distinguish themselves in supporting roles and whose charisma consists of a kind of intensified ordinariness, he has often been referred to as an everyman. That doesn’t seem quite right, though. In his best movie roles, mainly in films directed by Elia Kazan, Mr. Malden is specifically the other man, the guy defined partly by his lack of certain attributes abundantly present in the protagonist. The other man is never ruthless, or dangerous, or dashing, or cool. His regret may be that he could never have been a contender, but he makes up for it with a stoical sincerity that is all the more affecting for being so easy to discount. Twice, in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “On the Waterfront,” the magnetic protagonist was Marlon Brando, and in embodying Brando’s antithesis Mr. Malden achieved an unusual kind of heroism. In “Streetcar” he was Mitch, fumbling suitor for the favors of Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois, his awkward gentleness a quiet rebuke to Stanley Kowalski’s brutish self-confidence. And in “Waterfront” his Father Barry, full of righteous rage and social concern, serves as the angel on Terry Malloy’s shoulder, a figure of conviction and moral clarity in a world lousy with corruption and double-dealing.
We've nothing to add.

From The World Of Show Bidniss, & We Do Mean Business

Slate announces:
The NYT reports that Michael Jackson continued to break records even after his death. Jackson had the three best-selling albums in the United States last week, and in total sold more than 40 times the albums he did in the previous week. In addition, 2.3 million downloads of single tracks were sold, marking the first time an artist broke the 1-million mark in one week. In all of last year, Jackson had sold a total of 2.8 million tracks. "The level of dominance by Michael Jackson on the top pop catalog albums chart is unlike anything we've ever seen on any Billboard chart, regardless if it occurred pre- or post-death," said Billboard's director of charts.
Great Googly-Moogly. Bigger than Elvis.

Silver Lake Swingin', Baby!!

Below, left to right: Action Don, his fiancée Tracey, event co-host M. ("Tee vee is king!") Bouffant, Nancy. Courtesy the Mikaleno Collection. In another George M. Cohan, "Born on the Fourth of July (Or So)" moment, we pause to give tribute to the eternally great Action Don, born on this date in history, & instigator of both the Action Swingers& the East Hollywood & so on, as seen to the right. Action Don, dead & gone Left us here to sing his song Big ol' grill, lay that meat right on Action Don, dead & gone W/ a tip of the Bouffant chapeau/apologies to Jimbo M. & Otis.

4 July: "A Date That Will Live In Infamy"; Prexies Drop; Celebs Die Of "Complications"

By The Associated Press: Today is Saturday, July 4, the 185th day of 2009. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. There is no independence from The AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. [More or less, give or take a few days. — Ed.]On this date: In 1802, the United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, N.Y. In 1804, author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Mass. In 1826, 50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, death claimed the second and third presidents of the United States: John Adams died at age 90 in Braintree, Mass., while Thomas Jefferson died at 83 at Monticello, his home near Charlottesville, Va. In 1831, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, died in New York City. In 1845, American writer Henry David Thoreau began a two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond near Concord, Mass. In 1872, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vt. Ninety years ago, in 1919, Jack Dempsey won the world heavyweight boxing title by defeating Jess Willard in Toledo, Ohio.
Seventy years ago, in 1939, baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, afflicted with a fatal illness, bid a tearful farewell at Yankee Stadium in New York, telling fans, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth." "Mr. Lucky" speaks. In 1946, The Philippines became independent. In 1959, America's 49-star flag, honoring Alaskan statehood, was officially unfurled. In 1960, America's 50-star flag, honoring Hawaiian statehood, was officially unfurled. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, which went into effect the following year. In 1976, Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.
In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder landed on Mars, to become the first U.S. spacecraft to land on the planet in more than two decades. Ten years ago: White supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith shot himself to death as police closed in on him in southern Illinois, hours after he'd apparently shot and killed a Korean man outside a church in Bloomington, Ind.; authorities believe Smith was also responsible for killing former college basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong during a three-day rampage targeting minoritiesnot-"white" people. Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport won the singles titles at Wimbledon, defeating Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. Five years ago: A 20-ton slab of granite, inscribed to honor "the enduring spirit of freedom," was laid at the World Trade Center site as the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower skyscraper that will replace the destroyed twin towers. Defending the war in Iraq, President George W. Bush told a cheering crowd outside the West Virginia state capitol that America was safer because Saddam Hussein was in a prison cell. Roger Federer overcame Andy Roddick's power game to win his second straight Wimbledon title, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4. Meg Mallon won the Women's U.S. Open with a 6-under 65.
In 2005, NASA's "Deep Impact" spacecraft wound up an 85 million-mile journey by intentionally slamming into the Tempel 1 comet to learn more about comets and other aspects of the solar system. One year ago: Former Sen. Jesse Helms, an unyielding champion of the conservative movement who'd spent three combative and sometimes caustic decades in Congress, died in Raleigh, N.C., at age 86. Dara Torres completed her improbable Olympic comeback at age 41, making the U.S. team for the fifth time by winning the 100 freestyle at the trials in Omaha, Neb. Today's Birthdays (Now we know who really loves America!): Actress Gloria Stuart is 99. Conductor Mitch Miller is 98. Advice columnist Pauline Phillips (the original "Dear Abby") is 91. Actress Eva Marie Saint is 85.Actress Gina Lollobrigida is 82. Playwright Neil Simon is 82. Baseball team owner George Steinbrenner is 79. Country singer Ray Pillow is 72. Singer Bill Withers is 71. Actor Ed Bernard is 70. Actress Karolyn Grimes is 69. Broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera is 66. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ralph Johnson (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 58. Rock musician Domingo Ortiz (Widespread Panic) is 57. Singer John Waite is 54. Rock musician Kirk Pengilly (INXS) is 51. Country musician Teddy Carr is 49. Rock DJ Zonka is 47. Tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver is 47. Rock musician Matt Malley is 46. Christian rock singer Michael Sweet is 46. Presidential daughter Malia Obama is 11. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1914, director D.W. Griffith began filming his controversial film "Birth of a Nation," which introduced important new filmmaking techniques and influenced many other directors. In 1974, Steely Dan performed a concert in Santa Monica, Calif. They did not tour again for 18 years. ["Money's short, times are hard/Whoever thought I'd be playing Bumfuck, Iowa, w/ this load again?" — Ed.] In 1982, Diana Ross kicked off her first world solo tour with a concert at Giants Stadium. Miles Davis opened the show.
[Bitches Brew, baby. — Ed.] And another musical match for the ages: In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden. In 1983, Wayne Newton performed in Washington for a national Independence Day party instead of the Beach Boys. Interior Secretary James Watt had said the Beach Boys attracted "the wrong element." [Yeah. Brian Wilson worshipper/fetishists. Ick. — Ed.] In 1995, actress Eva Gabor died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Los Angeles. She was 74. In 1997, newsman Charles Kuralt died in New York of complications from lupus. He was 62. In 2002, "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley, remixed by Junkie XL, hit number one on the singles chart, 25 years after Presley's death. Actress Julia Roberts married cameraman Daniel Moder outside Taos, N.M. In 2003, singer Barry White died in Los Angeles after battling kidney problems and a stroke. He was 58.
Just last year: Actress Evelyn Keyes died in Montecito, Calif., at age 91. Thought for Today: "If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile." — Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (1887-1976).

Friday, July 3, 2009

Isn't 2012 The End Of The World?

As of a few minutes ago, the Palin For President in 2012 website will be daily updated again now that Palin is preparing to move forward. Get ready for more updates and check out our individual state supporters websites now going up this evening for all 50 states on Facebook.
Well, that was quick.

"The World Needs More Trigs, Not Fewer."

Dep't. of Kidding You Not. You could look it up. Is Trig the ideal American voter?

This May Be Overlooked By The Press

Columnists name Palin 'Sitting Duck'

Published: July 3, 2009 at 5:15 PM Order reprints
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VENTURA, Calif., July 3 (UPI) -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been selected as winner of the 2009 Sitting Duck Award, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists announced Friday.

The award is given annually to the person who provides the best material for columnists facing deadlines. Palin, who became a national political figure overnight last year when Sen. John McCain selected her as his running mate, beat out former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

"Being a prominent jerk or cretin is often a thankless job," said the society's current president, Samantha Bennett of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "This is our way of saying thanks for the low-hanging fruit."

Last year's winner was former President Bill Clinton, while the most recent woman to receive the honor was right-wing pundit Ann Coulter in 2006. The award has even gone to a family pet, Millie, the White House dog during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and to an advertising logo, Joe Camel.

Other notable winners include Kato Kaelin, who became the world's best-known house guest during the O.J. Simpson trial, Joe Klein, the reporter and columnist who fessed up to being the "Anonymous" author of "Primary Colors," a novel about a Clinton-like presidential candidate, and, in 2005, "columnists everywhere for their ethical lapses."

©2009 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
[Intellectual Property is theft, especially if it belongs to the Reverend Moon, the Real Messiah. — Ed.]

Sarah, We Barely Knew Ye. But We Knew Enough.

3 July: Victory @ Gettysburg; Celebs Again Drop Like Flies

By The Associated Press Today is Friday, July 3, the 184th day of 2009. There are 181 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated. [Rebs or Yanks, you can't even tell once they're dead. — Ed.]On this date: In 1608, the city of Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain. In 1775, Gen. George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.In 1890, Idaho became the 43rd state of the Union. In 1898, the U.S. Navy defeated a Spanish fleet outside Santiago Bay in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. In 1928, the first color television transmission was accomplished by John Logie Baird in London. In 1944, during World War II, Soviet forces recaptured Minsk. In 1962, Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule. In 1979, Dan White, convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison. (He ended up serving five years.) In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard. In 1989, a divided Supreme Court upheld abortion restrictions in the state of Missouri. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton, acting to head off potential problems with the safety of imported food, said in his weekly radio address he was ordering inspectors at American ports to brand all unsafe and rejected food products, "Refused U.S." Five years ago: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan won a promise from Sudan's government to send troops to stop militia violence in the Darfur region. Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title by beating Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 at Wimbledon. Former Soviet cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev died in Cheboksary, Chuvash Autonomous Republic, at age 74. One year ago: The Pentagon announced it had extended the tour of 2,200 Marines in Afghanistan, after insisting for months the unit would come home on time. Venus and Serena Williams won in straight sets to set up their third all-sister Wimbledon final and seventh Grand Slam championship matchup. Larry Harmon, who turned Bozo the Clown into a show business staple, died in Los Angeles at age 83.
Dead People What Was Born on This Date: Czech novelist Franz Kafka in 1883, & actor George ("I'm bored.") Sanders in 1906. Today's Birthdays: Actor Tim O'Connor is 82. Movie director Ken Russell is 82. Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 79. Playwright Tom Stoppard is 72. Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 70. Singer Fontella Bass is 69. Actor Kurtwood Smith is 66. Actor Michael Cole ("The Mod Squad") is 64. Country singer Johnny Lee is 63. Writer Dave Barry is 62. Actress Betty Buckley is 62. Rock singer-musician Paul Barrere (Little Feat) is 61. Actress Jan Smithers is 60. Former Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier is 58. Talk show host Montel Williams is 53. Country singer Aaron Tippin is 51. Rock musician Vince Clarke (Erasure) is 49. Actor Tom Cruise is 47. Actor Thomas Gibson is 47. Actress Hunter Tylo is 47. Actress Connie Nielsen is 45. Actress Yeardley Smith is 45. Singer Ishmael Butler is 40. Rock musician Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies) is 40. Actress-singer Audra McDonald is 39. Actor Patrick Wilson is 36. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1878, Broadway song-and-dance man George M. Cohan was born in Providence, R.I. (Cohan claimed to have been - as he wrote in one of his patriotic songs - "born on the Fourth of July.") It was forty years ago today: In 1969, former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool at home in England. The coroner's report cited death by misadventure. John Wayne won his first Oscar after 200 films for playing Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit." [The Oscars were held in July? We might have to look this up. — Ed.] And for the first time, the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island featured rock artists. Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After were among the acts who performed. In 1971, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison died of heart failure in Paris, aged 27. He was found in his bathtub. News of Morrison's death was not made public until days after his burial in a Paris cemetery, leading many fans to believe he was still alive. ["Summer's Almost Gone." Find your own favorite tune or video. —Ed.] In 1973, David Bowie retired for the first time in London. In 1986, singer Rudy Vallee died at age 84. [We saw Rudy once, in the infamous "Ralphs on Sunset," late '70s/early '80s. He was bent over his shopping cart, & apparently unaware that he was drooling copiously. — Ed.] Also, singer Teddy Pendergrass was critically injured when the specially equipped van he was driving hit a utility pole in Philadelphia. Pendergrass had been paralyzed in a 1982 auto crash. It was twenty years ago today, in 1989, that actor Jim Backus died. He's best known for playing Thurston Howell on "Gilligan's Island" and for providing the voice for Mr. Magoo. In 1995, members of TLC filed for bankruptcy. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes faced a $1.3 million dollar payment for burning down the mansion of her boyfriend, Andre Rison. Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots [STP Is The User's Edge. —Ed.] pleaded innocent to drug charges. Ten years ago, in 1999, singer Mark Sandman of Morphine collapsed on stage during a show in Rome and died of a heart attack. He was 46. "Posh Spice" Victoria Adams of the Spice Girls married soccer star David Beckham at an estate outside Dublin, Ireland. Thought for Today: "A timid person is frightened before a danger; a coward during the time; and a courageous person afterward." — Jean Paul Richter, German author (1763-1825).
UPDATE (3 July 2009 @ 1620): Added photos, added to title, inserted smart-ass asides, added links, &tc.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Making A List, Checking It Twi— Ka-Boom!!

From the Southern Poverty Law Center, a list of right-wing extremist activity since its high-point, Timothy McVeigh blowing up the Oklahoma City Federal Bldg. in 1995.
They've been trying, but haven't managed to pull off another big one since. (Bet that will change soon. It's the only thing that will save our country!) We anxiously await a similar compilation of atrocities, attempted & successful, from the left side of the aisle. We're sure it will be at least three times as long as this one.
While waiting, we offer the Most Lost In A Fantasy World Awards (And the "Adolf" goes to ..."):
December 12, 1997 A federal grand jury in Arkansas indicts three men on racketeering charges for plotting to overthrow the government and create a whites-only Aryan People's Republic, which they intend to grow through polygamy. [The Kehoe brothers:] Cheyne went to the authorities after Chevie began talking about murdering their parents and showing sexual interest in Cheyne's wife.
December 8, 1999 Beauregard [...] once claimed to have discovered a secret map detailing a planned UN takeover mistakenly printed on a box of Trix cereal.
Silly rabbit.

2 July: Aliens Land, Use Mind Control To Make Papa Kill Himself; Disgruntled Employee Makes News

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2009. There are 182 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that "these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States." On this date: In 1809, Shawnee leader Tecumseh began organizing an Indian Confederacy to resist the growing spread of white American settlers. [How'd that work out? — Ed.] In 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died on Sept. 19. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.) In 1890, Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act. [Anxiously awaiting the Peabody Anti-Corporation Act. — Ed.] In 1908, Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice, was born in Baltimore.In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created. [Up in the air, Junior Birdmen/Cowardly Killers From Above!! —Ed.] In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.In 1947, an object that the Army Air Force later said was a weather balloon crashed near Roswell, N.M. Eyewitness accounts gave rise to speculation it might have been an alien spacecraft. In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho, at the age of 61. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.President Lyndon B. Johnson mouths a platitude. In 1976, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual. Thirty years ago, in 1979, the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin was released to the public. Twenty years ago, in 1989, former Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko died in Moscow at age 79. Fifteen years ago, in 1994, a USAir DC-9 crashed in poor weather at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, killing 37 of the 57 people aboard. In 1996, electricity and phone service were knocked out for millions of customers from Canada to the Southwest after power lines throughout the West failed on a record-hot day. Ten years ago: Former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong was shot to death in Skokie, Ill.; authorities believe he was the victim of a three-day shooting rampage by white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith that targeted minorities in Illinois and Indiana. (One other person was killed and several wounded before Smith committed suicide.) "Godfather" author Mario Puzo died on Long Island, N.Y., at age 78. Five years ago: Elijah Brown, 21, described by police as a disgruntled employee, went on a shooting rampage inside a meatpacking plant in Kansas City, Kan., killing five of his co-workers before taking his own life. In 2007, President George W. Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, sparing him from a two-and-half-year prison term in the CIA leak case. One year ago: Colombian military spies tricked leftist rebels into freeing 15 hostages: ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three U.S. military contractors, and 11 Colombian policemen and soldiers. Police in Randolph, Vt., unearthed the body of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett from a makeshift grave, ending a weeklong search. (The girl's uncle, convicted sex offender Michael Jacques, has been charged in the killing.) Today's Birthdays: Country singer Marvin Rainwater is 84. Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is 80. [Please explain why that witch is still alive. — Ed.] Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal is 79. Actor Robert Ito is 78. Actress Polly Holliday is 72. Former White House chief of staff John H. Sununu is 70. Writer-director-comedian Larry David is 62. Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is 62. Actor Saul Rubinek is 61. Rock musician Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 60. Rock musician Gene Taylor is 57. Actress-model Jerry Hall is 53. Actor Jimmy McNichol is 48. Rock musician Dave Parsons (Bush) is 44. Actress Yancy Butler is 39. Baseball player Sean Casey is 35. Contemporary Christian musician Melodee DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 33. Race car driver Sam Hornish Jr. is 30. Actress Lindsay Lohan is 23. Today In Entertainment History -- On July second, 1955, the Lawrence Welk television show debuted on ABC. The program ran for 27 years, both on the network and in syndication. In 1956, Elvis Presley recorded "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" in New York City. "Hound Dog" took 31 takes. [Yeah, but which one did they use? — Ed.]In 1963, singer Jose Feliciano had his first performance in New York City. In 1976, Brian Wilson joined the Beach Boys on stage in Oakland, Calif., for the first time in 12 years. He had been going through rehabilitation for drug addiction and other problems. In 1980, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead were arrested for suspicion of inciting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drug-related arrest. In 1991, Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose sparked a riot in a St. Louis suburb by jumping off the stage and attacking a fan videotaping the concert. Sixty people were hurt and the venue was wrecked. In 1997, actor Jimmy Stewart died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the age of 89. In 2005, Live 8 took place in 10 different cities worldwide to draw attention to poverty in Africa. Among the highlights was the reunion of Pink Floyd in London. Thought for Today: "The instinctive feeling of a great people is often wiser than its wisest men." — Louis Kossuth, Hungarian statesman (1802-1894).

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mystery Suspense Chiller Serial Killer Theatre, Featuring Son Of Sam

The AP does not allow embedding.
More serial killing as Operation Strike of The Sword gets underway, illustrated w/ file footage.
For the print-obsessed.

Offer Still Applies In This Time Zone

Pilin' On Palins

Juicy.
Clearly irritated by what he saw as Palin's attempt to mislead her own campaign and apparently determined to demonstrate that the ultimate authority rested with him, Schmidt put the matter to rest once and for all with a longer response to everyone in the e-mail chain. "Secession," he wrote. "It is their entire reason for existence. A cursory examination of the website shows that the party exists for the purpose of seceding from the union. That is the stated goal on the front page of the web site. Our records indicate that todd was a member for seven years. If this is incorrect then we need to understand the discrepancy. The statement you are suggesting be released would be innaccurate. The innaccuracy would bring greater media attention to this matter and be a distraction. According to your staff there have been no media inquiries into this and you received no questions about it during your interviews. If you are asked about it you should smile and say many alaskans who love their country join the party because it speeks to a tradition of political independence. Todd loves his country We will not put out a statement and inflame this and create a situation where john has to adress this." Schmidt's rebuttal to Palin's suggestion that reporters had asked her about the issue was particularly blunt in that it implicitly questioned her truthfulness. Furthermore, his unwillingness to budge an inch on the matter was a remarkable assertion of his power to pull rank over the candidate herself. [...] In a recent interview with "Runner's World" magazine, the avid long distance runner was asked if there was a part of her that would have been reluctant to leave behind the Alaskan landscape and move to Washington, D.C., had the outcome in November been different. Notably, Palin did not use the past tense in her response. She was instead rather blunt in acknowledging that a future move to the nation's capital is something she can envision. "Alaska would be hard to give up because it is such a part of who I am. So much of my life revolves around the great outdoors that that would be kind of tough," Palin said. "But on the other hand, I think of being in D.C. and in a position to promote physical fitness and the benefits of making good decisions health-wise and being an example to others, and I know that could do some good for our country."
Gaahh!! Using the phrase "the great outdoors" w/o the slightest sense of irony objectively demonstrates the emptiness of one's mind, & the cliched quality of any thinking that may go on in said mind.

Annals Of Nationalization Ennui/Malaise

Editor's note: John Feehery worked as a staffer for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other Republicans in Congress. He is president of Feehery Group, a Washington-based advocacy firm that has represented clients including the News Corp., Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He formerly was a government relations executive vice president for the Motion Picture Association of America.
Isn't the dictionary definition of Mr. Feehery's vocation pandering? We know it isn't pimping, because Feehery's "clients" are the pimps, & he's the whore, unless the Members of Congress he "persuades" are the actual whores, in which case he'd be the John (Too obvious?) & the corporate interests he represents would be Satan personified, & the ... (Stop already. You'll hurt yourself.)
Democrats are now making plans to intervene in the health care marketplace, with some liberals insisting on a government-run "public option" health insurer.
The "health care marketplace" was doing so well at serving consumer demand, just as GM & Chrysler, to which Feehery made obligatory reference, were, there was certainly no reason for anyone to intervene.
(This is what makes straining to type tolerable. Sometimes one is forced to think about something, & gains just enough insight to keep the urge to end it all w/ a spree killing under control. The flash here being: Do these nitwits think we're still in an agrarian economy, & all economic activity can be reduced to nothing more complicated than a pair of yokels swapping turnips for a pig? That would certainly explain much of the "marketplace" blather typed across the cyber-universe, & their fixation that markets solve everything. Another of those deals where free-market fans don't realize which side of the curve they're on. Or don't recognize/admit there is a curve that need to be taken into account. Or that health care care isn't rutabagas & barnyard animals.)
We have no idea what we're up to at this point, due to having been rudely awakened before getting our full eight hours in the arms of Morpheus (as mentioned below) general malaise, a stomach virus-caused malaise, or all three, & we see no point in making the same old point, at this point, so be satisfied that John Feehery thinks like he looks (In the box. Brand, baby, brand.) & offers no suggestions at all about "rebranding," merely this.
Most Americans still don't use the metric system, and most certainly don't stick to the 55 mile an hour speed limit on the highways of America.
Because, ha ha, the Democratic Congress & Jimmy Carter passed/signed bills about the metric system & driving 55. So there, libs!! (You'd have to read the whole thing. Don't.)
And while they may still like Barack Obama and still laugh at jokes written by Al Franken, they will eventually grow weary of the newly dominant liberals who now run Washington.
That's it. That was the last paragraph. A lot of nothing there, for something relatively short. We'll be charitable & give poor John a D- rather than an F, as he didn't dredge up the kulturkampf, but we suppose that's his idea of rebranding. Shutting up w/ that stuff is a good move by the forces of evil & badness, but not necessarily good for us on the side of light & justice.
Back to earth, the eternal question. Aspirin & sleep, or coffee & aspirin?

Whuh? He Was Still Alive? (Memorial Photo UPDATE)

Karl Malden, Everyman Actor, Dies at 97 Karl Malden, the Academy Award-winning character actor whose half-century in show business carried him from the theater to films and then to television, where he policed the streets of San Francisco and became indelibly identified with a commercial for traveler's checks, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97. Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na
We believe we mentioned a day or two earlier that they'll be dropping like flies. (We don't believe we'll be looking it up for a self-link.)

We Agree: Let's Drop The Big One! On Ourselves!!

"It became necessary to destroy the nation in order to save it from itself."
Note to ex-CIA ninny Scheuer: If our elected representatives & leaders so "prize their office," it would seem they'd be more interested in the opinions of Americans, rather than "prizing the praise of the Europeans," none of whom vote in American elections.

Open Letter/Warning To The Media & Our Neighbors

Stop it!! Enough w/ this tragic, self-indulgent little pervert.Unfortunate exposure to more of this clown's oeuvre than any sane humanoid would want to hear has revealed the utter absence of content in the cliched lyrics, & the musical poverty w/ which Berry Gordy & Quincy Jones framed his whiny-ass vocals. Enough already. P. S. to our neighbors: DO NOT AWAKEN US AT THE CRACK OF NOON W/ THIS LITTLE PUNK'S MUSICAL PABLUM EVER AGAIN. WE WILL DO OUR VERY BEST TO GET HOLD OF WEAPONS (GOV'T. & IT'S "CRAZY PEOPLE CAN'T HAVE GUNS" BE DAMNED!) & USE THEM IF THIS HAPPENS AGAIN! P. P. S.: No, we don't feel any better after all that.

O, Canada!

A quick note about our cousins to the North, on their Nat'l. Day. (Everything we know we learn from telebision.):
2:00AM - 2:30AM, WGNAMER (25) Corner Gas Comedy series about small-town Saskatchewan life focuses on a gas-station attendant and his interaction with local residents.
St. Nick on a stick, they have "attendants" at their gas stations, & these "attendants" INTERACT w/ local residents. Wow!! What a country.
Wonder if they still have those "ladies & escorts" entrances to their public houses.

1 July: Six Months (183 Days) Left

By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2009. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day. [Hey, friends, neighbors, cousins & other relatives!] AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain as the British North America Act took effect. It consisted at the time of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec. On this date: In 1847, the first U.S. postage stamps were issued. One hundred fifty years ago, in 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game took place in Pittsfield, Mass., between teams from Williams College and Amherst College. (Amherst won the nearly four-hour, 26-inning contest by the score of 73-32.) In 1863, the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, resulting in a Union victory, began in Pennsylvania. In 1874, the Philadelphia Zoological Society, the first U.S. zoo, opened to the public. In 1898, Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
In 1916, in the worst single day of casualties in British military history, 20,000 soldiers were killed, 40,000 wounded in a massive offense against German forces in France's Somme River region during World War I. In 1946, the United States exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
In 1968, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and nearly 60 other nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Forty years ago, in 1969, Britain's Prince Charles was formally invested as the Prince of Wales by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.In 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman, known as the Soundabout, in U.S. stores. It sold for about $200. In 1980, "O Canada" was proclaimed the national anthem of Canada. [Better than that stupid "Blood-Splattered Banner" piece of crap we have to listen to in this country. — Ed.] In 1987, President Ronald Reagan nominated federal appeals court judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court. (Bork was later rejected by the Senate.) In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. In 1997, Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony. Ten years ago: Exactly six months before the year 2000, Congress passed legislation to shield businesses from a potential flood of Y2K computer-related lawsuits. A gondola in the French Alps ripped away from its cables, killing 20 people aboard. African nationalist Joshua Nkomo died in Harare, Zimbabwe, at age 82. Five years ago: Saddam Hussein scoffed at charges of war crimes and mass killings, making a defiant first public appearance in an Iraqi court since being hunted down seven months earlier. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong to demand democratic rights from China. The Cassini spacecraft sent back photographs of Saturn's shimmering rings. One year ago: Ex-convict Nicholas T. Sheley, suspected in eight grisly slayings in two states, was arrested outside a bar in Granite City, Ill. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle 18 more claims by people who said they'd been sexually abused by priests when they were children. Clay Felker, founding editor of New York magazine, died at age 82. Today's Birthdays: Actress Olivia de Havilland is 93. Actor Farley Granger is 84. Actress-dancer Leslie Caron is 78. Actress Jean Marsh is 75. Actor Jamie Farr is 75. Bluesman James Cotton is 74. Actor David Prowse is 74. Cookiemaker Wally Amos is 73. Actress Karen Black is 70. Dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp is 68. Actress Genevieve Bujold is 67. Gospel singer Andrae Crouch is 67. Rock singer-actress Deborah Harry is 64.Movie-TV producer-director Michael Pressman is 59. Actor Daryl Anderson is 58. Actor Trevor Eve is 58. Actor Terrence Mann is 58. Rock singer Fred Schneider (B-52's) is 58. Pop singer Victor Willis (Village People) is 58. Actor-comedian Dan Aykroyd is 57. Actor Alan Ruck is 53. Actress Lisa Blount is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Evelyn "Champagne" King is 49. Olympic gold medal track star Carl Lewis is 48. Country singer Michelle Wright is 48. Actor Andre Braugher is 47. Actress Pamela Anderson is 42. Rock musician Mark Pirro is 39. Rock musician Franny Griffiths (Space) is 39. Actor Henry Simmons is 39. Hip-hop artist Missy Elliott is 38. Actress Julianne Nicholson is 38. Actress Liv Tyler is 32. Bluegrass musician Adam Haynes (Dailey & Vincent) is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1934, Hollywood began enforcing its Production Code subjecting motion pictures to censorship review.
In 1941, NBC broadcast the first FCC-sanctioned TV commercial, a spot for Bulova watches shown during a Dodgers-Phillies game. It cost Bulova $9.
In 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on Steve Allen's variety show singing "Hound Dog" to a bassett hound. He also was forbidden to dance.
In 1959, the controversial motion picture "Anatomy of a Murder," starring James Stewart, was released. In 1963, The Beatles recorded "She Loves You" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London. The song became the band's second number-one hit in both the US and UK. In 1969, Sam Phillips sold the Sun record label, which had been home to Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis at the start of their careers. In 1970, the syndicated radio show "American Top 40," hosted by Casey Kasem, debuted in several American cities. In 1972, the rock musical "Hair" closed on Broadway after 1,729 performances. It had opened in 1968. In 1975, the Captain and Tennille received their first gold record with "Love Will Keep Us Together." In 1981, Steppenwolf bassist and songwriter Rushton Moreve died in a car accident in Los Angeles. In 1983, Bon Jovi signed a deal with Mercury Records in New York. In 1986, Prince premiered his movie "Under the Cherry Moon" in the small town of Sheridan, Wyoming. The town was chosen because local resident Lisa Barber won an MTV contest to win a date escorting Prince to the premiere. In 1991, actor Michael Landon died after a battle with cancer. He was 54. In 1995, disc jockey Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack in Belvidere, N.C. He was 57. [A giant of broadcasting. No wonder radio stinks now. — Ed.] In 1996, actress Margaux Hemingway was found dead in her apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 41. In 2000, actor Walter Matthau died near Los Angeles of a heart attack. He was 79. In 2002, The Who played their first show without bassist John Entwistle, who had died the week earlier. The show was in Los Angeles. Five tears ago, in 2004, actor Marlon Brando died of lung failure at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 80. In 2006, the divorce between Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey was finalized. Thought for Today: "The more we learn the more we realize how little we know." — R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983). [A Rumsfeld for his age. — Ed.]

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Update From The Hypocrisy Front

So. Car. Gov. Sanford sez he:
"crossed lines" with a handful of women other than his mistress — but never had sex with them. The governor says he "never crossed the ultimate line" with anyone but Maria Belen Chapur, the Argentine at the center of a scandal that has derailed Sanford's once-promising political career. During an emotional interview at his Statehouse office with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sanford said Chapur is his soul mate but he's trying to fall back in love with his wife. He says that during the other encounters he "let his guard down" with some physical contact but "didn't cross the sex line." He wouldn't go into detail. Sanford said the casual encounters happened outside the U.S. while he was married but before he met Chapur.
So, what's the definition of "is," again? And is the Gov. seeking geographical dispensation? Do his marriage vows only apply w/in So. Carolina &/or the United Snakes?

Worth A Thousand Words (If Not More, Considering Inflation)

America's Sweetheart, & some sour-faced witch.From the Vanity Fair article by Todd S. Purdom that's available today. The article, sadly, skips any information on Palin's wacky religious beliefs, the witch doctor who blessed her, & so on.

Like Flies

Fred Travalena, the poor man's Rich Little, passed, bringing the last wk.'s toll of dead entertainment figures to six.
Los Angeles, CA -- Impressionist Fred Travalena, a headliner in Vegas showrooms and a regular on late-night talk shows with his takes on presidents, crooners and screen stars, has died in Los Angeles. He was 66. Travalena was known for the sheer volume of celebrities he imitated, leading to the nicknames "The Man of a Thousand Voices" and "Mr. Everybody." His act included presidents from Kennedy to Obama, musicians from Frank Sinatra to Bruce Springsteen and actors from Marlon Brando to Tom Cruise. The Bronx native started his career in Las Vegas in 1971.
Get used to it. First it'll be more of those who were the cultural icons of the early post-war generation, then the actual boomers who made it into show biz. (W/ occasional exceptions in the order, due to contributing life-style factors.) And that being a significant bulge in the demographic constrictor, combined w/ the fifteen minutes of fame & a talk show half the population seems to have been granted in the new media universe, is a good indication that obituary writer may be one of the few gigs beside bed-pan emptying that will guarantee a sure income for the predictable future.

30 June: Halfway Through Another Yr. Of Hell

By The Associated Press. Today is Tuesday, June 30, the 181st day of 2009. There are 184 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred fifty years ago, in 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched. On this date: In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. [Pardon us, may we inspect your meat? — Ed.] In 1908, the Tunguska Event took place in Russia as an asteroid exploded above Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding nominated former President William Howard Taft to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late Edward Douglass White. In 1934, Adolf Hitler carried out his "blood purge" of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as "The Night of the Long Knives." In 1936, the novel "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell was published in New York. In 1950, U.S. troops were moved from Japan to help defend South Korea against the invading North Koreans. In 1958, the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska statehood bill by a vote of 64-20. [Were those 20 who were opposed anticipating Sarah Palin? — Ed.] In 1963, Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church.In 1971, a Soviet space mission ended in tragedy when three cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 11 were found dead inside their spacecraft after it had returned to Earth. In 1984, John Turner was sworn in as Canada's 17th prime minister, succeeding Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In 1985, 39 American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held 17 days. In 1986, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults. Hugh Hefner, calling his Playboy Bunny a "symbol of the past," closed Playboy Clubs in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Fifteen years ago, in 1994, the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. Ten years ago: The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in two years, boosting the target for the funds rate a quarter-point to five percent. On the day the independent counsel law expired, Kenneth Starr wrapped up the Whitewater phase of his investigation as presidential friend Webster Hubbell pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor. Five years ago: A federal appeals court approved an antitrust settlement Microsoft had negotiated with the Justice Department. The Iraqis took legal custody of Saddam Hussein and 11 of his top lieutenants, a first step toward the ousted dictator's expected trial for crimes against humanity. After nearly seven years of travel, the international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit. One year ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation to pay for the war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the rest of his presidency and beyond, hailing the $162 billion plan as a rare product of bipartisan cooperation. The United States announced that it was charging Saudi Arabian Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri with "organizing and directing" the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in waters off Yemen — and would seek the death penalty. Today's Birthdays: Singer Lena Horne is 92. Actor Tony Musante is 73. Actress Nancy Dussault is 73. Singer Glenn Shorrock is 65. Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is 58. Actor David Garrison is 57. Rock musician Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) is 56. Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 53. Actor Vincent D'Onofrio is 50. Boxer Mike Tyson is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Fantasia ("American Idol") is 25. Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is 24. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1923, jazz pioneer Sidney Bechet made his first recording. It included "Wild Cat Blues" and "Kansas City Blues." In 1952, the radio program "Guiding Light" made its debut as a television soap opera on CBS. In 1975, singer Cher and rock star Gregg Allman were married. The marriage lasted 10 days. In 1976, police raided singer Neil Diamond's house. They didn't find enough marijuana for an arrest, but Diamond did give them copies of his new album, "Beautiful Noise." In 1977, Marvel Comics released a comic book based on the members of the rock band Kiss. The band members contributed some of their blood to the ink used in the books. In 1978, Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols released his version of "My Way." In 1981, Jerry Lee Lewis was hospitalized in Memphis because of a stomach ulcer. After two operations, doctors gave him less than a 50-50 chance of recovering. Within a few months, he was back on his feet. [You can't kill "The Killer." — Ed.] In 1985, Yul Brynner performed for the last time as the King of Siam in "The King and I." He had done the show off and on for 34 years and more than 4,500 performances. In 1992, actor Tom Hanks got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He showed up at the ceremony with some of his co-stars from the movie "A League Of Their Own." Fifteen years ago, in 1994, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam testified before a congressional hearing concerning rising concert ticket prices. In 1995, country singer Garth Brooks was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2000, eight people were trampled and crushed to death and 43 injured at the Roskilde festival in Denmark. The crowd had surged toward the main stage where Pearl Jam was playing. In 2001, country musician Chet Atkins died at age 77. Thought for Today: "Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young." — Sir Arthur Wing Pinero, English dramatist (1855-1934). [We got your "love" right here, Sir Arthur. — Ed.]

Monday, June 29, 2009

Death To AmeriKKKa!

We can't wait for our fondest AmeriKKKa-hating dream to come true.
In an interview this week with al Jazirah, Mustafa abu al Yazid, a longtime Egyptian al Qaeda operative who identifies himself as the supervisor general of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, predicts that the jihadists and their allies in the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban will take over both countries. When they do Yazid says they will then use Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal “against the Americans.”
Bring it on, baby!!
Only this year have we understood that Afghanistan and Pakistan are one theater of war, a fact bin Laden has understood since the 1980s ...
We hope President Obama (who, oddly enough, has been in office "only this year") will be able to use the intelligence & common sense his predecessor lacked to keep the crazed "Af-Pak" versions of AmeriKKKa's religious right from FedExing an Islamic nuke to a phony address in or near downtown Los Angeles.

Contrarianism

Our constant whatever-it-is-we're-against-it attitude has led us to decide we should only type on wknds.

29 June: Celebrity Death Throughout The Years

By The Associated Press Today is Monday, June 29, the 180th day of 2009. There are 185 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On June 29, 1776, the Virginia state constitution was adopted, and Patrick Henry was made governor. On this date: In 1767, the British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts, which imposed import duties on certain goods shipped to America. (Colonists bitterly protested, prompting Parliament in 1770 to repeal the duties on all goods, except tea.) In 1946, authorities in British-ruled Palestine arrested more than 2,700 Jews in an attempt to stamp out extremists. In 1951, Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was ordained as a priest. In 1954, the Atomic Energy Commission voted against reinstating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's access to classified information. In 1959, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a New York State obscenity ban on exhibiting a French movie version of the D.H. Lawrence novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover." In 1966, the United States bombed fuel storage facilities near the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong. In 1967, Jerusalem was reunified as Israel removed barricades separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.
In 1970, the United States ended a two-month military offensive into Cambodia. In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty as it was being meted out could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." (The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws.) In 1988, the Supreme Court upheld the independent counsel law. Ten years ago: Urging the biggest expansion in Medicare's history, President Bill Clinton proposed that the government help older Americans pay for prescription drugs. Some 10,000 demonstrators rallied in central Serbia, demanding the resignation of President Slobodan Milosevic. Abdullah Ocalan, leader of Turkey's rebel Kurds, was convicted of treason and sentenced to death. (The sentence was later commuted to life in prison.) Five years ago: A United Nations helicopter crashed in Sierra Leone, killing all 24 peacekeepers, aid workers and others on board. The Supreme Court blocked a law meant to shield Web-surfing children from online pornography. Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher to record 4,000 career strikeouts. (However, his team lost to the San Diego Padres, 3-2). One year ago: Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president for a sixth term after a widely discredited runoff in which he was the only candidate. Two weeks away from her 20th birthday, Inbee Park became the youngest winner of the U.S. Women's Open by closing with a 2-under 71 at Interlachen in Edina, Minn. Spain won the European Championship 1-0 over Germany for its first major title in 44 years. Today's Birthdays: Movie producer Robert Evans is 79. Songwriter L. Russell Brown is 69. Actor Gary Busey is 65. Comedian Richard Lewis is 62. Actor-turned-politician-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy is 61. Rock musician Ian Paice (Deep Purple) is 61. Singer Don Dokken is 56. Rock singer Colin Hay (Men At Work) is 56. Actress-singer Maria Conchita Alonso is 52.Actress Sharon Lawrence is 48. Actress Amanda Donohoe is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Stedman Pearson (Five Star) is 45. Actress Kathleen Wilhoite is 45. Musician Dale Baker is 43. Actress Melora Hardin is 42. Rap DJ Shadow is 37. Country musician Todd Sansom (Marshall Dyllon) is 31. Singer Nicole Scherzinger is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1956, "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets hit number one on the singles chart. Actress Marilyn Monroe married playwright Arthur Miller in Kentucky. In 1963, Del Shannon hit the charts with "From Me To You," the first Beatles cover tune on the American charts. In 1967, actress Jayne Mansfield died at the age of 34.Forty years ago, in 1969, Motown singer Shorty Long drowned in a boating accident. He had scored a hit with the novelty song "Here Comes The Judge." And Jimi Hendrix performed for the last time with the Experience in Denver. In 1973, vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover played their last concert with Deep Purple, at a show in Japan. Both cited exhaustion for their departure from the band. They have since reunited with Deep Purple. Thirty years ago, in 1979, former Little Feat member Lowell George was found dead at an Arlington, Va., motel. He died of a heart attack brought on by drug use. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launched the Born in the USA tour in St. Paul. In 1985, Mick Jagger and David Bowie recorded a version of "Dancing In The Streets" in London. In 1994, Barbra Streisand set a record for the largest-grossing concert stand. A series of her shows at Madison Square Garden in New York brought in $16 million dollars. In 1995, actress Lana Turner died of cancer at her home in Los Angeles. She was 75.
In 2002, singer-actress Rosemary Clooney died in Beverly Hills at the age of 74. In 2003, actress Katharine Hepburn died of natural causes in Old Saybrook, Conn. She was 96. In 2008, saxophonist LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band was seriously injured in an ATV accident at his farm outside Charlottesville, Va. He died of complications from those injuries. Thought for Today: "These are times in which a Genius would wish to live. It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.... Great necessities call out great virtues." — Abigail Adams, American first lady (1744-1818). [We got your "virtue" right here, lady. — Ed.]

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Glad To Have Made It Past 50

Billy Mays Dead At 50

W/ Ed McMahon gone, is the Sham-Wow guy next?

Do You Mind?

From Slate's daily wrap-up of what the nation's wrapping its fish in:
For what it's worth, 62 percent of Americans think Sonia Sotomayor should be confirmed to the Supreme Court, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll. The poll also asked Americans other things, like what they thought of the fact that she is female and Hispanic; most people don't mind, though there's a deep split between Republican and Democratic approval.
"Most people don't mind?" "I don't mind, really, but it would be better if she weren't 'female.'" "Sure, I'd rather have a table by the window, but I don't mind this one."
No such attitude in the WaPoll item. We can only assume that Lydia DePillis (a writer living in New York) has fully internalized the "white male as standard mode for everything but childbearing" line that many white male Republican politicians have been spouting forever, & recently in reference to Judge Sotomayor's nomination.
Liberal media bias? At least Lydia DePillis (Is that name really American, by the way? We don't mind, if you know what we mean, but if she weren't female, wouldn't it really be better?) stands bravely athwart progress, screaming.

On Your Feet Or Take A Nap!

From 33 yrs. & degrees of Masonry ago, a visually fuzzy, aurally tinny recording of the Blue Öyster Cult, more or less at the top of their live performance game.We're also impressed w/ the editing/shooting of 30+ yrs. ago. Straight, linear, E-Z 2 Follow, & whatnot. During the guitar solo they stuck w/ Buck & his crawly little fingers in a close-up. Goddamn Philistines! Had they no aesthetic vision/obsessions/compulsions of their own to impose?

Get Up In The Morning/Slaving For Bread Yeah

Up before noon today (turned telebision set on at 1159). Tee vee was tuned to an exhibition of a bunch of rednecks driving in a circle. Must have dropped at least ten points from our IQ.

28 June: Vickie Crowned, Ferd & Sophie Offed

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, June 28, the 179th day of 2009. There are 186 days left in the year. From another AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlights in History: On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending World War I. In Independence, Mo., future president Harry S. Truman married Elizabeth Virginia Wallace. On this date: In 1491, England's King Henry VIII was born at Greenwich. In 1778, the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth took place in New Jersey; it was from this battle that the legend of "Molly Pitcher" arose. In 1836, the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, died in Montpelier, Va. In 1838, Britain's Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey. In 1894, Labor Day was established as a holiday for federal employees on the first Monday of September. Ninety-five years ago, in 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb nationalist — the event which sparked World War I.In 1928, New York Gov. Alfred E. Smith was nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in Houston. Seventy-five years ago, in 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the National Housing Act, which established the Federal Housing Administration. Seventy years ago, in 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service with a flight that departed New York for Marseilles, France. In 1950, North Korean forces captured Seoul, the capital of South Korea. In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the use of public funds for parochial schools was unconstitutional. In 1978, the Supreme Court ordered the University of California-Davis Medical School to admit Allan Bakke, a white man who argued he'd been a victim of reverse racial discrimination. In 1997, Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during their WBA heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas. Ten years ago: Announcing even bigger projected budget surpluses, President Bill Clinton said the government could drastically reduce the national debt while still buttressing Social Security and Medicare. Five years ago: The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to the interim Iraqi government two days ahead of schedule. The Supreme Court ruled that the war on terrorism did not give the government a "blank check" to hold a U.S. citizen and foreign-born terror suspects in legal limbo. The United States resumed direct diplomatic ties with Libya after a 24-year break. One year ago: Presidential rivals John McCain and Barack Obama vied for the support of Hispanics in separate appearances before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Washington, with each vowing to remake immigration policy. Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the Dodgers won 1-0. (The Dodgers became the fifth team in modern major league history to win a game in which they didn't get a hit.) Today's Birthdays: Blues singer-musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards is 94. Comedian-movie director Mel Brooks is 83. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is 75. Comedian-impressionist John Byner is 72. CIA Director Leon Panetta is 71. Rock musician Dave Knights (Procul Harum) is 64. Actor Bruce Davison is 63. Actress Kathy Bates is 61. Actress Alice Krige is 55. Football Hall of Famer John Elway is 49. Record company chief executive Tony Mercedes is 47. Actress Jessica Hecht is 44. Rock musician Saul Davies (James) is 44. Actress Mary Stuart Masterson is 43. Actor John Cusack is 43. Actor Gil Bellows is 42. Actress-singer Danielle Brisebois is 40. Jazz musician Jimmy Sommers is 40. Actress Tichina Arnold is 38. Actor Alessandro Nivola is 37. Actress Camille Guaty is 33. Rock musician Tim Nordwind (OK Go) is 33. Rock musician Mark Stoermer (The Killers) is 32. Country singer Kellie Pickler is 23. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1969, Crosby, Stills and Nash released their first album. In 1978, members of the band Kansas became the first rock musicians to be named Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill by UNICEF during a ceremony at New York's Madison Square Garden. In 1986, Wham! played their farewell concert, for 72,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium. Twenty years ago, in 1989, actress Amy Irving filed for divorce from director Steven Spielberg in Los Angeles. In 1990, Joan Rivers won her first Daytime Emmy Award as a talk show host. In 1991, Paul McCartney made his debut as a classical composer when his "Liverpool Oratorio" was performed in Liverpool. In 1992, the first National Music Day was celebrated in England. The day was the brainchild of Mick Jagger, and included hundreds of events nationwide. In 1994, the Rolling Stones' "Voodoo Lounge" album made its debut at Houston's Astrodome following an Astros-Reds game. In 2006, Barbara Walters banned Star Jones from the set of "The View" after Jones made a surprise announcement the day before that she was leaving the show in July. Charles Gibson appeared for the last time on "Good Morning America." Thought for Today: "Heresy is what the minority believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrines of the weak." — Robert G. Ingersoll, American lawyer and statesman (1833-1899).