Tuesday, August 4, 2009

More "Culture"

We weren't the only one who thought he was Ansel Adams last Sunday.One of those elitists, w/ a camera that focuses, took this.
Focused photo courtesy Billy W. Bennight II's Facebook page.

All Gawd's Chilluns Got Troubles

SCOTUS Associate Justice David Souter did not retire to his famously dilapidated ancestral manse.
The modest colonial-era farmhouse that sits on the dirt-covered Cilley Hill Road in Weare is "old and rustic," as Gilman describes it, and has been in the Souter family for generations. A moose-brown paint coats parts of the exterior; other areas are peeling like a bad sunburn. The lawn, surrounded by a towering pines, could use a good mow, but the house is otherwise charming - what one might expect to find in an old-fashioned New England homestead.
Aesthetics be damned though, it's the life of the mind for the erstwhile justice, who had to move
... because his Weare house wasn't structurally sound enough to hold the thousands of books that make up his library. "He said there was just so much weight from the books, it would be too much for the house to support," Gilman said. "He said he wants to live on one floor."
One floor? Hell, it's a physical impossibility to be in two rooms at the same time. Why so greedy, book-larnin' elitist?

Confused & Dazed

While spying on our readership of voyeuristic pervs we chanced upon our name at AOLsearch (UK. Huh? AmericaOL in the UK?) which is "powered by Google™." What's w/ the hats? (And the Hindi?)

Bringing Democracy To Iraq (X Thousand Ruined Lives & Broken Families Later)

The paper of record sees the future:

[T]he Iraqi government moves to ban sites deemed harmful to the public, to require Internet cafes to register with the authorities and to press publishers to censor books.

The government, which has been proceeding quietly on the new censorship laws, said prohibitions were necessary because material currently available in the country had had the effect of encouraging sectarian violence in the fragile democracy and of warping the minds of the young.

As long as they're keeping the minds of the young from being warped by non-approved thoughts (or thought itself) we're fine w/ it. Of course, we may be hasty in our judgement. This may be just the sort of "democracy" the Bush Admin. wanted for their Iraqi colony. It's pretty much what they wanted for their fiefdom here in the United Snakes.
Simplicity = Not Falling Into Sin
And, a peep inside the fundamentalist mind (or the authoritarian reactions that pass for mental activity in the drooling Islamic or Xian believer's mind).
“We want to go back,” said Yosra Marwan, a 24-year-old student. “I do not like cellphones and the Internet and satellite television. Please tell people I am one of the Iraqis who dream of living in simplicity to avoid falling into sin.”
Unlike most of America's fundamentals, sad young fuck Marwan will probably not be dying soon.

Compare/Contrast

Transcript here.

REDSUCK

Ed Kilgore of The Democratic Strategist lets us know what happened w/ the big REDSTATE event over the wknd.
On another front, efforts to create a "rightroots" to rival the progressive blogosphere as a force in American politics are moving rather slowly. This last weekend RedState.com, the site often touted as the conservative counterpart to DailyKos, held its first "Gathering" in Atlanta. 200 people showed up, and mainly spent time listening to conservative primary candidates fighting uphill battles against other Republicans, along with familiar right-wing firebrands like Jim DeMint. In a couple of weeks, 1500-2000 attendees are expected at the Kos-inspired Netroots Nation event in Pittsburgh. It's not clear who the headline speakers will be (as is appropriate for an event focused on workshops and small panels, not speeches), but in 2007 the event attracted a major presidential debate.
If only we could have been there.

What Does Nature Want?

Fans of nature & the animal kingdom may need to remind themselves that when the lion lies down w/ the lamb, only one gets up.

4 August: "Birther" Day: Where Was He Born? Bill Cosby Loses Libel Suit; Anne Frank Popped By Nazi Pigs

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 4, the 216th day of 2009. There are 149 days left in the year. AP A/V.
UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 4, 1944, Anne Frank, 15, was arrested along with her sister, parents and four other people by German security after they had spent two years hiding from the Nazis in a building in Amsterdam. (Anne, who'd kept a now-famous diary during her time in hiding, died in March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.)On this date: In 1735, a jury found John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal not guilty of committing seditious libel against the colonial governor of New York, William Cosby. In 1790, the Coast Guard had its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service. In 1792, English romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born at Field Place near Horsham, England. In 1830, plans for the city of Chicago were laid out. In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. Lizzie Borden, Andrew's daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial. In 1900, Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth was born. In 1914, Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality. In 1916, the United States reached agreement with Denmark to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25 million. Eighty years ago, in 1929, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was born Rahman Abdel-Raouf Arafat Al-Qudwa in either Cairo or Gaza. In 1949, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake leveled 50 towns in Ecuador. In 1964, the bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi. In 1972, Arthur Bremer was found guilty of shooting and severely wounding Alabama Gov. George Wallace who was campaigning for president. Bremer was sentenced to 63 years in prison. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy. In 1987, the Federal Communications Commission voted to abolish the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues. In 1994, Serb-dominated Yugoslavia withdrew its support for Bosnian Serbs, sealing the 300-mile border between Yugoslavia and Serb-held Bosnia. Ten years ago: On the eve of congressional votes on the Republicans' $792 billion tax cut proposal, President Bill Clinton again pledged a veto, saying the GOP package was"risky and plainly wrong." In 2002, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a bus in northern Israel during rush hour, killing nine passengers. Five years ago: Richard Smith, a Staten Island ferry pilot, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in a crash that killed 11 commuters the previous October, acknowledging that he'd passed out at the helm after arriving at work with medication in his system. (Smith was sentenced to 18 months in prison.) Former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau, convicted of having sex with a sixth-grade pupil, was released from a Washington state prison. Opponents of Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., launched a lengthy attack on his war record with a TV ad blitz that Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called "dishonest and dishonorable." In 2005, a mini-submarine carrying seven Russians became caught on an underwater antenna 600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; the men were rescued three days later with help from a British vessel. In a videotaped broadcast, al-Qaida threatened Britain and the United States with attacks if their armies did not quit "the land of Islam," in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2006, authorities in Phoenix arrested two men in 24 "serial shooter" attacks that killed a reported 14 people in Arizona over the previous year. In 2007, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants tied Hank Aaron's 755 career home runs in a 3-2 loss to the Padres in San Diego, & Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees became at age 32 the youngest player in major league history to hit his 500th career home run, during a home game against Kansas City. One year ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation allowing the State Department to settle all remaining lawsuits against Libya by American victims of terrorism. In a brazen attack just days ahead of the Beijing Olympics, two men from a mainly Muslim ethnic group rammed a truck and hurled explosives at jogging policemen in western China, killing 16. Today's Birthdays: Journalist Helen Thomas is 89. Singer Frankie Ford is 70. Actress-singer Tina Cole is 66. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer is 65. Football Hall-of-Famer John Riggins is 60. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is 54. Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton is 54. Actress Kym Karath ("The Sound of Music") is 51. Track star Mary Decker Slaney is 51. Actress Lauren Tom is 50.President Barack Obama is 48. TV producer Michael Gelman ("Live with Regis and Kelly") is 48. Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens is 47. Actress Crystal Chappell is 44. Author Dennis Lehane is 44. Rock musician Rob Cieka (Boo Radleys) is 41. Actor Daniel Dae Kim is 41. Actor Michael DeLuise is 40. Actor Ron Lester is 39. Race car driver Jeff Gordon is 38. Rapper-actress Yo-Yo is 38. Today In Entertainment History -- On August fourth, 1957, the Everly Brothers introduced their upcoming single "Wake Up Little Susie" on the "Ed Sullivan Show." The song created a controversy, and some radio stations banned it. In 1958, Billboard magazine introduced its "Hot 100" chart, covering the 100 most popular pop singles in the country. The first No. 1 was Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool." In 1975, Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and his family were seriously injured in a car accident while vacationing. The accident forced the band to postpone its US tour. In 1980, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began work on the album "Double Fantasy." It ended up being Lennon's last studio effort. He was shot to death later that year. In 1987, the soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing" was released. In 1992, drummer Jeff Porcaro of Toto died suddenly of heart disease. He was 38. In 1995, the Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans were married. They had met two weeks earlier. Ten years ago, actor Victor Mature died in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. at age 86 (although some references said he was as young as 83). Thought for Today:"When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out." — Elizabeth Bowen, Irish author (1899-1973).

Monday, August 3, 2009

Highland Park Backyard Culture Vulture Round-Up

We have seen the future of, if not all music, at least Rock & Roll. Behold: The Black Widows.No sissified, elitist vocals/lyrics. But w/ visual aids.Also: The past of rock & roll. See it while you can. L. A. Is The Capital Of Kansas From above the above-ground pool/cement pond/giant hot tub.Moonrise, Highland Park, California

From The So Cal Sports Desk

As each team currently holds the best record in their league, if there weren't any play-off bullshit, & for some inexplicable reason the season ended today, the Fall Classic™ (besides becoming the Summer Classic) would be a Freeway Series between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (A-hem!) & the Brooklyn Bums of Los Angeles. We've no idea why we type this, because the not-so-ex Bums may not even be near the wild card by the end of September if they don't knock this crap off.
P. S.: That means you, juicer Ramirez!

My Country First, God Bless It, & If You Say There's Anything Wrong W/ It, You're A Poopy-Head!!

Sarah Palin, trained savage attack dog w/ a veneer of femininity pitbull w/ lipstick.

Included was a 164-word script that blasted Obama for his relationship with Ayers. The line that attracted the headlines said of Obama: "This is not a man who sees America as you and I do -- as the greatest force for good in the world. This is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country."

Some detractors inside the campaign later accused Palin of "going rogue," but in this case, her attack on Ayers was initiated by McCain's high command. Still, when she read the message, Palin was enthusiastic about the assignment. "Yes yes yes," she replied in an e-mail response. "Pls let me say this!!!" Palin delivered those "pal around with terrorists" lines almost exactly as scripted at a Colorado fundraiser. When she finished, she sent another e-mail to McCain's high command: "It was awesome."

Awesome indeed, dude. Presidential material, wouldn't you say? Pilin' on Palin: Juan Cole, at Salon, sez she's another Ahmadinejad.

Why Would I Care?

From the "How could anyone, anywhere, ever, give a shit?" file, we announce, for those who just can't get enough of what happened to entertainment figures of Baby Boomer vintage on this date, or who want to watch a slide show w/ sound bites of this date's events, that we have fully up-dated, linked, & added photos & you name it to our daily drivel collections of 1, 2, & 3 August, which were neglected while we were away "living." (Obligatory disclaimer: "If you can call it that.") (We wouldn't have brought it up, but there's an interesting revealing personal anecdote in the 1 August birthday list, speaking of Baby Boomer entertainment figures.)

3 August: Columbus Sails Ocean Blue In 1492

Today is Monday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2009. There are 150 days left in the year. AP A/V.
UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 3, 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed as a merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League. On this date: In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas. In 1778, the opera house La Scala opened in Milan, Italy, with a performance of Antonio Salieri's "Europa riconosciuta." In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Va., charged with treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.) In 1852, America's first intercollegiate athletic event was held as Yale and Harvard met for a crew race on Lake Winnipesaukee in Center Harbor, N.H. In 1914, Germany declared war on France at the onset of World War I. British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey remarked: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime." In 1923, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the death of Warren G. Harding. In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. (Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.) In 1948, former Communist Whittaker Chambers, testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee, accused former State Department official Alger Hiss of having been part of a Communist cell, a charge Hiss denied.In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. In 1980, closing ceremonies were held in Moscow for the Summer Olympic Games, which had been boycotted by dozens of countries, including the United States. In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were. Hear the already brain-dead President Ronald Reagan start the ruin of our nation. In 1987, the Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Ronald Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to Nicaraguan rebels. In 1993, the Senate voted 96-3 to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court. In 1994, Arkansas carried out the nation's first triple execution in 32 years. Stephen G. Breyer was sworn in as the Supreme Court's newest justice in a private ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer home. Ten years ago: Congressional Republicans, shrugging off a presidential veto threat, nailed down the details of an agreement for a 10-year, $792 billion tax cut. Arbitrators ruled the government had to pay the heirs of Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder $16 million for his movie footage that captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The first issue of Talk magazine hit newsstands. (The magazine folded in January 2002.) [Tina Brown's really got a winner w/ that Daily Beast thing now. — Ed.] In 2003, golfer Annika Sorenstam completed a career Grand Slam by winning the Women's British Open. Five years ago: Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge defended the decision to tighten security in New York and Washington even though the intelligence behind the latest terror warnings was as much as four years old. The Statue of Liberty pedestal in New York City reopened to the public for the first time since the 9/11 attacks. French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson died at age 95. In 2005, in the first emergency repair conducted in space, astronauts fixed a potentially dangerous problem by removing two strips of protruding cloth from the underside of the space shuttle Discovery that could have overheated during re-entry. In 2007, a jury at Camp Pendleton, Calif., sentenced Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III to 15 years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi civilian during a fruitless search for an insurgent. One year ago: Nobel Prize-winning Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn died near Moscow at age 89. Al-Qaida confirmed the death of a top commander (Abu Khabab al-Masri), apparently in a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan; he was accused of training the suicide bombers who killed 17 American sailors on the USS Cole in 2000. At least 145 people were killed in a stampede of pilgrims at a remote mountaintop Hindu temple in India. Today's Birthdays: Author P. D. James is 89. Broadway composer Richard Adler is 88. Singer Gordon Stoker (The Jordanaires) is 85. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Marv Levy is 84. Singer Tony Bennett is 83. Sen. Roland W. Burris, D-Ill., is 72. Actor Martin Sheen is 69. Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth is 69. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 68. Singer Beverly Lee (The Shirelles) is 68. Rock musician B.B. Dickerson is 60. Movie director John Landis is 59. Actress JoMarie Payton is 59. Actor Jay North ("Dennis the Menace") is 58. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Marcel Dionne is 58. Country musician Randy Scruggs is 56. Actor John C. McGinley is 50. Rock singer-musician Lee Rocker (The Stray Cats) is 48. Rock singer James Hetfield (Metallica) is 46. Rock singer-musician Ed Roland (Collective Soul) is 46. Actor Isaiah Washington is 46. Country musician Dean Sams (Lonestar) is 43. Rock musician Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) is 39. Hip-hop artist Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa) is 38. Actress Brigid Brannagh is 37. Country musician Jimmy De Martini (Zac Brown Band) is 33. St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Troy Glausis 33. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 32. Actress Evangeline Lilly (TV:"Lost") is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- On August third, 1963, The Beatles appeared at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the last time.In 1966, comic Lenny Bruce died of a drug overdose. He was 40. In 1969, Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys was indicted for failure to report for civilian duty at a hospital in lieu of military service. In 1971, Paul McCartney announced the formation of Wings, which featured his wife Linda on keyboards. Other members included former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine. In 1974, guitarist Jeff Baxter and drummer Jim Hodder left Steely Dan. Baxter joined the Doobie Brothers and Hodder produced and did session work. Thirty years ago, in 1979, The Knack topped both the album and the singles charts, with their album "Get the Knack" and the single "My Sharona." In 1987, Def Leppard released its "Hysteria" album. In 2002, Bob Dylan played the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island for the first time in 37 years. In 1965, the crowd was outraged when he played electric guitar at the festival. Thought for Today: "The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides." — Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss critic (1821-1881). HOT AS A MO-FO TITLING, TIGHTENING & EMBOLDENING took place around 1300 PDT. AND MORE ADDITIONS followed, 1930ish PDT.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

2 August: JFK Run Over By Nips In Pacific; Other Yellow Perilers Attack USN Off Vietnam

By The Associated Press Today is Sunday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2009. There are 151 days left in the year.AP A/V. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, on Aug. 2, 1909, the original Lincoln penny (with two ears of wheat on the reverse side) first went into circulation, replacing the "Indian Head" cent. On this date: In 1776, members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence. [Once again giving the lie to "history," which is bunk anyway. — Ed.] In 1873, inventor Andrew S. Hallidie successfully tested a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco. In 1876, frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, by Jack McCall, who was later hanged. In 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco; Vice President Calvin Coolidge became president. In 1927, four years after becoming president, Calvin Coolidge issued a written statement to reporters: "I do not choose to run for President in nineteen twenty-eight." Seventy-five years ago, in 1934, German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover. Seventy years ago, in 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program. President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act, which prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns. In 1943, during World War II, Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri off the Solomon Islands. In 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox suffered light damage from North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. In 1968, a major earthquake in the Philippines rocked Manila, killing 307 people. In 1974, John Dean, counsel to U.S. President Richard Nixon, was sentenced to 1-to-4 years in prison for his part in the Watergate cover-up. In 1985, 135 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines jetliner crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
In 1990, Iraq invaded and overran neighboring Kuwait after weeks of tension over disputed land and oil production quotas. Ten years ago: Launching another salvo in a war of nerves with rival Taiwan, China announced it had test-fired a new long-range missile. A train collision in India claimed nearly 300 lives. Five years ago: President George W. Bush urged creation of a national intelligence director to coordinate the war on terrorism but without the sweeping powers for hiring, firing and spending recommended by the September 11th commission. Turkish truckers stopped hauling goods for U.S. forces in Iraq after the shooting of a Turkish hostage was shown on the Internet. Police in Salt Lake City arrested Mark Hacking, whose wife, Lori, had disappeared. (Hacking later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.) One year ago: Police in southern Afghanistan reported a bus carrying a wedding party had struck a mine, killing 10 people, including the bride and groom; meanwhile, two French humanitarian aid workers kidnapped on July 18 were released. Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Paul Laxalt, R-Nev., is 87. Actor Peter O'Toole is 77. Country singer Hank Cochran is 74. Rock musician Garth Hudson (The Band) is 72. Movie director Wes Craven is 70. Singer Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 66. Actor Max Wright is 66. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 64. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 59. Singer Andrew Gold is 58. Actor Butch Patrick ("The Munsters") is 56. Singer Mojo Nixon is 52. Actress Victoria Jackson is 50. Actress Apollonia is 50. Actress Cynthia Stevenson is 47. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 45. Baseball pitcher Tim Wakefield is 43. Rock musician John Stanier is 41. Writer-actor-director Kevin Smith is 39. Actor Sam Worthington is 33. Figure skater Michael Weiss is 33. Actor Edward Furlong is 32. Rock musician Devon Glenn is 29. Cleveland Indians All-Star center fielder Grady Sizemore is 27. Today In Entertainment History -- On August second, 1958, Johnny Cash's contract with Sun Records expired. He switched labels to Columbia and stayed with them for 28 years. In 1961, The Beatles began an engagement as the regular headliners at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The band performed more than 300 times in the course of two years. In 1969, Bob Dylan showed up unexpectedly to his 10th year high school reunion in Hibbing, Minn. He and his wife left early after a drunk tried to pick a fight with him. In 1972, original Association member Brian Cole died in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose. In 1974, a funeral was held in Hollywood for Mama Cass Elliot. Her body was cremated and her ashes were buried in Maryland. In 1982, singer Jose Feliciano married Susan Omillian in California. In 1987, Billy Joel played a concert in Leningrad. Audience members carried Joel out on their shoulders at the end, and about 200 chairs were destroyed by concert-goers who jumped up and down on them. In 1991, Rick James and his girlfriend, Tanya Hijazi, were arrested in Los Angeles and charged with sexually assaulting and torturing a woman. In 1998, puppeteer Shari Lewis died of uterine cancer in Los Angeles. She was 65. Her best known puppets were Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse. Thought for Today: "The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, 'The trouble with this country is...'" — Sinclair Lewis, American author (1885-1951). VARIOUS ADDITIONS made 1300ish, & then @ 2030 or so, 3 August 2009.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Blog Pimpin'

An Angeleno w/ whom we've had a couple drinks a couple times has opened up one of those web logs. Comments not, apparently, being enabled, we can only conclude that he's a fascist. (We had not noticed this in personal encounters, but there's no telling, really.) Also, it appears to be about "food," but not in a bad way.
Whatever. "Los Angeles" is clearly typed in the description part of the header, so it qualifies as "Locals Only."
And: Not un-literate; unafraid of throwing parentheses about. (If you know what we mean.)

1 August: Tumor Rumor

By The Associated Press: Today is Saturday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2009. There are 152 days left in the year. A/V. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing. On this date: In 1498, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus set foot on the American mainland for the first time, at the Paria Peninsula in present-day Venezuela. In 1714, Britain's Queen Anne died at age 49; she was succeeded by George I. In 1790, the first U.S. census showed a population of 3,929,214 people in 17 states. In 1876, Colorado was admitted as the 38th state. In 1894, the First Sino-Japanese War erupted, the result of a dispute over control of Korea; Japan's army routed the Chinese. In 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps established an aeronautical division, the forerunner of the U.S. Air Force. In 1933, the National Recovery Administration's "Blue Eagle" symbol began to appear in store windows and on packages to show support for the National Industrial Recovery Act. In 1936, the Olympic games opened in Berlin with a ceremony presided over by Adolf Hitler. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the Fulbright Program into law, establishing the scholarships named for Sen. William J. Fulbright. America's Atomic Energy Commission was established. In 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman, 25, went on a shooting rampage at the University of Texas in Austin, killing 14 people. Whitman, who had also murdered his wife and mother hours earlier, was gunned down by police. In 1977, Francis Gary Powers, pilot of a U-2 pilot spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, was killed when his weather helicopter crashed in Los Angeles. In 1990, Muslim rebels surrendered in Trinidad and Tobago, five days after a coup in which Prime Minister Arthur Robinson and dozens of others were taken hostage. Ten years ago: A heat wave that had gripped the nation since mid-July finally broke; authorities attributed nearly 200 deaths to the heat and humidity. Five years ago: The federal government warned of possible al-Qaida terrorist attacks against specific financial institutions in New York City, Washington and Newark, N.J. A supermarket fire on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay, killed more than 400 people. World Trade Organization members meeting in Geneva approved a plan to end export subsidies on farm products and cut import duties across the world. Karen Stupples won the Women's British Open. Alexandra Scott, a young cancer patient who'd started a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, sparking a nationwide fundraising campaign, died at her home in Wynnewood, Pa., at age eight. In 2007, the eight-lane Interstate 35W bridge, a major Minneapolis artery, collapsed into the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, killing 13 people. One year ago: Some 30 mountaineers began a disastrous attempt to scale K2 in Pakistan; 11 of them died in a series of accidents, including icefalls. Crowds of Chinese watched a total solar eclipse along the country's ancient Silk Road, one week before the start of the Summer Games in Beijing. Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Geoffrey Holder is 79. Singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott is 78. Cartoonist Tom Wilson (retired creator of "Ziggy") is 78. Former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) is 72. Actor Giancarlo Giannini is 67. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is 59. Blues singer-musician Robert Cray is 56. Singer Michael Penn is 51. Rock singer Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) is 50. Rock singer-musician Suzi Gardner (L7) is 49.[Congrats to Suzi, whom this reporter once (allegedly) chased all over his house while blacked-out one drunken Easter Sunday in the late '80s. All we remember is, when we woke up we were bruised in many places, & our glasses were broken. Besides the hangover. One hell of a party: Ventura resident P. J. Galligan was still there Monday afternoon when the reporter returned home. — Ed.] And born on the same day: Rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) is 49. Actor Jesse Borrego is 47. Rapper Coolio is 46. Actor John Carroll Lynch is 46. Rock singer Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) is 45. Movie director Sam Mendes is 44. Country singer George Ducas is 43. Country musician Charlie Kelley is 41. Actress Tempestt Bledsoe is 36. Football player Edgerrin James is 31. Actor Jason Momoa is 30. Today In Entertainment History -- On August 1, 1960, Chubby Checker released the single "The Twist." In 1964, singer Johnny Burnette drowned in a boating accident in Clear Lake, California. He was 30. He's probably best known for the song "You're 16." In 1971, the Concerts for Bangladesh were held at New York's Madison Square Garden. George Harrison put together two shows to help starving people in Bangladesh. The concerts and an album of the event raised nearly eleven million dollars. In 1977, the book "Elvis -- What Happened" was released to bookstores nationwide. It was an expose' by two former bodyguards who presented Elvis as an overweight recluse. Elvis died two weeks later. In 1980, George Harrison formed a movie production company called "Hand Made Films Productions." The company's films include "Life of Brian" and "Time Bandits." In 1981, MTV made its debut on cable stations across the US The first video played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. In 1986, actress Tatum O'Neal married tennis star John McEnroe in Oyster Bay, New York. They have since split up. Also in 1986, U2 began recording sessions in Dublin, Ireland, that became their album "The Joshua Tree." Thought for Today: "Pride, like humility, is destroyed by one's insistence that he possesses it." — Kenneth Bancroft Clark, American educator and psychologist (1914-2005).
FINISHED a bit before 2100 PDT, 3 August 2009. MORE FINISHED (w/ embedded video) @ 2353 PDT, 9 August 2009.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Free Speach In A Free Republik: "They came for our guns, now they have our speech ..."

If you haven't read this Sadly, No! contribution to the grievously neglected field of Internet Studies (& you probably have) well ...
We can only assume/hope the majority of those quoted by Mr. M. (Pity his lacerated brain. He probably had to read almost all of the FR comments.) will be dead by the time we are (Literally could be any second now; statistically the chances increase w/ each second we pass on this sphere.) whether from the usual natural causes, or apoplexy at the prospect of GACK!! [Followed by loud thud as obese Freeper topples over.] in the WHITE House or just from having a fully-loaded weapon in your hands, safety off & someone who scares you close enough to fill w/ lead. (It's always the anticipation.)
Was there this much violent, threatening vitriol aimed at the Clintons throughout the eight yrs. of his reign? Sure, a lot of "they're crooks, blah yada," but there was much more discussion of impeachment than this "imminent Communist takeover that will lead to civil war & we've got all the guns, ha ha ha" thing. Granted, the easier than previously availability of this inane drivel is as much an unpleasant side effect of the Intartoobze as anything else.
They came for our guns, now they have our speech, next they will take our healthcare. It’s 1917 Russia all over again.
"That's right pal, I've got your guns & your speech right here. Ever wanna see 'em again? That'll cost you your healthcare."

Up To Here

Michael Jackson's Chef Recalls His Doctor's Role, His Diet, His Children And The Day He Died Alright. Now we've heard from his fucking chef, by all that's unholy. Unless there are groundskeepers waiting for their 15 mins. of fame by association, can we bury all of this? And get Jacko & his nose underground as well?

Another Tease

Quite possibly the most poorly-written book ever published by a non-vanity publisher, this copy of The Last Trumpet was actually purchased by one of the two national brick & mortar book-selling chains, & stolen therefrom by a former employee thereof. It's shame to break the spine of a first printing like this, but let's try a page or two. (Always leave them wanting more.) Page six here takes place not long after The Rapture has occurred (page one) & ... oh, one really can't explain this: It must be read.Expect more chilling excerpts from this "theologically sound" opus in the near future.

Carbo-Hydrate Consumption Up-Date

Despite the positioning in the above representation, there ain't no bout adoubt it, Krusteaz® Buttermilk Pancakes are the winners in this one, & much more economical in the 36 Light & Fluffy Pancakes pkg. And when you take packaging into consideration, the Krusteaz® box wins too. Not just recyclable, it's re-usable!
We do wonder which focus group advised corporate design drones nation-wide that they have to limit their palette to yellow, blue & red. Extra points, therefore, to the K people for using a darker blue & for the green accents (For those important eco/health pointers.)
As to the Eggo® box & its "How do you Eggo?"™ question, this may well be the first time we've ever invited a food item to "eat us," but there it is. Eat us, you stupid waffle.

Assume The Position

This time we aren't pulling your cyber-chain (though we may have been pulling our own pud a bit) as we'll soon be featuring all however many pages there are of as part of our series "Found & Scanned Playhouse," or whatever we may decide to call it.

31 July: Vatican Denounces Feminism; Heat Wave Thins Human Herd; "Mr. Republican" Kicks Bucket; Casey Stengel's Birthdate Remains Indeterminate*

By The Associated Press: Today is Friday, July 31, the 212th day of 2009. There are 153 days left in the year, & none left in the month of July. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 31, 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army. On this date: In 1498, on his third voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Trinidad. In 1556, St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus — the Jesuit order of Catholic priests and brothers — died in Rome. In 1875, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, died in Carter County, Tenn., at age 66. In 1914, the New York Stock Exchange closed due to the outbreak of World War I. (Trading didn't resume until December.) Ninety years ago, in 1919, Germany's Weimar Constitution was adopted by the republic's National Assembly. In 1945, Pierre Laval, premier of the pro-Nazi Vichy government, surrendered to U.S. authorities in Austria; he was turned over to France, which later tried and executed him. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at Idlewild Field. In 1953, Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, known as "Mr. Republican," died at age 63. In 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before crashing onto the lunar surface. Forty years ago, in 1969, the American space probe Mariner 6 flew by Mars, sending back images of the Red Planet. In 1972, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.In 1974, Watergate figure John Ehrlichman was sentenced to 20 months in prison for his role in the break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. Ellsberg was the Pentagon consultant who leaked the "Pentagon Papers," documents about the war in Vietnam. In 1977, the "Son of Sam" killer claimed his last victims when he shot and killed Stacy Moskowitz, 20, and seriously wounded her date as they sat in a parked car in Brooklyn, N.Y. (David Berkowitz was arrested less than two weeks later. He is serving six sentences of 25 years to life.) In 1981, a seven-week strike by major league baseball players ended. Twenty years ago, in 1989, a pro-Iranian group in Lebanon released a grisly videotape showing the body of American hostage William R. Higgins, a Marine lieutenant-colonel, dangling from a rope. In 1990, Nolan Ryan became the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games as his Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.Oddly enough, that very year the U.S. Senate overturned a 43-year-old law and voted to allow women to fly military warplanes in combat. In 1995, the Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal. In 1997, New York City police seized five bombs believed bound for terrorist attacks on subways. Ten years ago: Chicago authorities said as many as 46 more residents had died as a result of a relentless heat wave that enveloped much of the nation and produced the hottest July on record in New York City. In 2002, a bomb exploded inside a cafeteria at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, killing nine people, including five Americans. Five years ago: The Vatican issued a document denouncing feminism for trying to blur differences between men and women and threatening the institution of families based on a mother and a father. One year ago: Three teenagers in Wisconsin were shot to death when a gunman opened fire on a group of young people who'd gathered to go swimming in the Menominee River. (The gunman, Scott J. Johnson, was later sentenced to life in prison without parole.) Scientists reported the Phoenix spacecraft had confirmed the presence of frozen water in Martian soil. Today's Birthdays: Actor Don Murray is 80. Jazz composer-musician Kenny Burrell is 78. Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 74. Actress France Nguyen is 70. Actress Susan Flannery is 66. Singer Lobo is 66. Actress Geraldine Chaplin is 65.Former movie studio executive Sherry Lansing is 65. Singer Gary Lewis is 64. Rock singer Bob Welch is 63. Tennis player Evonne Goolagong Cawley is 58. Actor Barry Van Dyke is 58. The mayor of Fresno, Calif., actor Alan Autry, is 57. Actor James Read is 56. Actor Michael Biehn is 53. Masssachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is 53. Rock singer-musician Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets) is 52. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban is 51. Rock musician Bill Berry is 51. Actor Wesley Snipes is 47. Country singer Chad Brock is 46. Musician Fatboy Slim is 46. Rock musician Jim Corr is 45. Author J.K. Rowling is 44. Actor Dean Cain is 43. Actor Loren Dean is 40. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte is 38. Former NFL player Jonathan Ogden is 35. Actress Annie Parisse is 34. Football player Marty Booker is 33. Actor Robert Telfer is 32. Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware is 27. Today In Entertainment History -- On July 31st, 1928, Leo the Lion roared for the first time at the beginning of MGM's first talking picture, "White Shadows in the South Seas."In 1964, country star Jim Reeves died when the plane he was piloting crashed near Nashville. His pianist, Dean Manuel, also was killed. Unrelatedly, a Rolling Stones concert in Belfast was stopped after only 12 minutes because of rioting fans. In 1970, Chet Huntley said "Good night, David," for the last time to David Brinkley. Huntley retired from the NBC "Nightly News" after 15 years. In 1971, James Taylor reached the top of the "Billboard" pop chart with "You've Got A Friend." [In Jim's case, the friend was King Heroin, & let's all be glad for that, 'cause w/o he might have had an actual career, & we would've had to listen. — Ed.]
In 1987, a judge in San Francisco ruled that soul singer Dave Prater and his new partner Sam Daniels could not bill themselves as Sam and Dave. The original Sam and Dave -- with Sam Moore -- had a string of hits including "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Coming." In 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor was released from jail in El Segundo, California, after serving a 72-hour sentence for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer.
Rock & Roll Will Never Die, Just O. D. Somewhere
In 1991, Black Crowes lead singer Chris Robinson was given six months probation for spitting on a customer in a 7-Eleven store in Denver. In 1996, Aerosmith fired longtime manager Tim Collins, who later hinted that the band was back on drugs.
In 1998, actor Gary Coleman turned himself in to police after allegedly punching a female fan who asked for his autograph. Five years ago, actress Virginia Grey died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 87. Thought for Today: "The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided." — Casey Stengel, American baseball manager (born this date in 1890 or 1891, died 1975).
And from the Real Messiah Reverend Moon's UPI Almanac, a thought for the day: Alexander Dumas the Younger said, "Business? It's quite simple. It's other people's money."
*Sung to the tune of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer."

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Line Between Parody & Actuality Blurs Into Indistinguishable Idiocy

Is there truly any expectation that, assuming "MJ" isn't a parodist, people like him (It's inevitably a male, if not actually a man.) should be dealt w/ seriously? (We do have some serious dealing in mind, involving the use of a pillow while the subject is sleeping; maybe one of those "Ha ha" moments when Pat Buchanan suggests First Dude Palin should take Levi Johnston down to the creek & hold him under until he stops struggling & splashing.)
Discourse, our fucking ass!! Political murder, now!! (Hell, you could probably rig a tube to collect MJ's nightly drool & recycle it into his lungs & he'd up & die from pneumonia, saving us the trouble of cleaning his moko from the death pillow.)

Annals of Attorneying

Sweet Sarah cops out again. Her Imperial Majesty will not be attending the Reagan Lie-berry event scheduled for next month. Politico apparently has the stomach to monitor her Facebook page, which makes them stronger than we, at least in the stomach area.
As repeatedly stated to several in the media over the last week, former Governor Sarah Palin is not committed to attend the Simi Valley Republican Women’s event at the Reagan Library and in fact is not attending the event. Neither the Governor’s state staff nor SarahPAC has ever committed to attending this event or speaking at this event, and even requested that the Governor's name be removed from the invitation several weeks ago. The Governor has other work and commitments to take care of at that time. She looks forward to visiting her friends in California soon.
The WTF? moment:
All event requests must be confirmed with Meghan Stapleton of SarahPAC. Additionally, all invitations bearing the Governor’s name must be approved by her attorney before proceeding. Thank you. Meghan Stapleton
Just where are the invitations going to "proceed" once the legal staff approves? When the masses rise to say "Poopy-Doody" to us elitists by electing Moose-ilini, will we then have gov't. by attorney? "Look, Putin's head! Call the Dep't of Law!!" Who's the "Governor" to whom Stapleton refers? Is Meghan one of Sarah's high school buddies? (That being the only reasonable explanation for the continued incompetence & illiteracy.)

The Real Question

From The Free Ride For Those Who Can Afford To PayTax Foundation, a scare headline

Tax Burden of Top 1% Now Exceeds That of Bottom 95%

sure to moisten the underwear (But not in the good way!) of the parasite class & those who worship at their feet in hopes of receiving crumbs & other "trickle-downs." The author of the piece, one Scott A. Hodge, has never, as you might imagine,held an actual productive job in his life, having decided to become a parasite on the parasites (That blood must be getting pretty thin.) His "career" stretches from one "foundation" to another.
Before joining the Tax Foundation, Scott was Director of Tax and Budget Policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy. He also spent ten years at The Heritage Foundation, including eight years as Heritage’s Grover Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs. Scott began his career in Chicago where he helped found the Heartland Institute in 1984. He holds a degree in political economy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
His frightening to non-working coupon-clippers & dividend-depositors headline of course ignores the real question, which is how much of what's been created by the working people of this country is owned or controlled by the 1% parasites, compared to just how much wealth the 95% who made it own/control. We imagine Mr. Hodge could have had a flunky look it up, but that would imply he gave a shit about anything or anyone beyond his masters. And that just wouldn't do, would it?
We could look it up ourselves, but we are both lazy & un-serious, unlike apologist-for-the-wealthy Hodge, so we didn't. The facts are generally known, anyway. Them: Power, Wealth, Hired Guns, no numbers beyond those they can fool or buy. "Real America:" The Numbers, & supposedly a lot of guns they're willing to use for something they call "freedom." Not freedom from oppression by the wealthy & their corporate entities though. So oppressed, for so long, they can't see the forest or the trees.

You Have The Right To Free Speech, As Long As You're Not Dumb Enough To Actually Try It!

Fascist Cops: What Part Of The First Amendment Don't They Understand?
"That's why I hate the police," Tuma said. He told the Huffington Post that in a loud sing-song voice, he then chanted, "I hate the police, I hate the police." One officer reacted strongly to Tuma's song. "Hey! Hey! Who do you think you're talking to?" Tuma recalled the officer shouting as he strode across an intersection to where Tuma was standing. "Who do you think you are to think you can talk to a police officer like that?" the police officer said, according to Luke Platzer, 30, one of Tuma's companions. Tuma said he responded, "It is not illegal to say I hate the police. It's not illegal to express my opinion walking down the street." According to Tuma and Platzer, the officer pushed Tuma against an electric utility box, continuing to ask who he thought he was and to say he couldn't talk to police like that. "I didn't curse," Tuma said. "I asked, am I being arrested? Why am I being arrested?" Within minutes, the officer had cuffed Tuma. The charge: disorderly conduct -- just like Gates, who was arrested after police responded to a report of a possible break-in at his home and Gates protested their ensuing behavior.
Fascist laws for a fascist nation. Note well that when we type "Free Speech Isn't Free," we kid you not!
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Know Your Rights Lyrics

This is a public service announcement With guitar! Know your rights, all three of them! Number 1: You have the right not to be killed Murder is a CRIME! Unless it was done by a Policeman or aristocrat...
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FUCK THA POLICE! Also.
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30 July: Irony At Sea

By The Associated Press: Today is Thursday, July 30, the 211th day of 2009. There are 154 days left in the year. AP also. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 30, 1945, during World War II, the battle cruiser USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered components for the atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine; only 316 out of some 1,200 men survived the sinking and shark-infested waters. On this date: In 1619, the first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown in the Virginia Colony. In 1729, Baltimore, Md., was founded. In 1792, the French national anthem "La Marseillaise," by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris by troops arriving from Marseille. In 1863, American automaker Henry Ford was born in Dearborn Township, Mich. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces tried to take Petersburg, Va., by exploding a gunpowder-filled mine under Confederate defense lines; the attack failed. In 1908, the first round-the-world automobile race, which had begun in New York in February, ended in Paris with the drivers of the American car, a Thomas Flyer, declared the winners over teams from Germany and Italy. In 1918, poet Joyce Kilmer, a sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment, was killed during the Second Battle of the Marne in World War I. (Kilmer is perhaps best remembered for his poem "Trees.") In 1932, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's auxiliary agency in the Navy known as "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service" — WAVES for short.In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Medicare bill, which went into effect the following year.In 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin landed on the moon. In 1974, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 21-17, approved a third article of impeachment against U.S. President Richard Nixon, charging him with ignoring congressional subpoenas. Nixon resigned before the issue went to trial. In 1975, former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit; although presumed dead, his remains have never been found.Ten years ago: Republicans pushed their $792 billion tax cut through the Senate. Linda Tripp, whose secretly recorded phone conversations with Monica Lewinsky led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, was charged in Maryland with illegal wiretapping. (Prosecutors later dropped the charges.) The leaders of some 40 nations gathered in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, pledging to push economic and democratic reforms for the war-ravaged Balkans. In 2002, expelled from Congress a week earlier, an unrepentant James A. Traficant Jr. was sentenced to eight years behind bars for corruption. WNBA player Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks became the first woman to dunk in a professional game during her team's 82-73 loss to the Miami Sol. Five years ago: Leaders of the September 11th commission urged senators to embrace their proposals for massive changes to the nation's intelligence structure. Mike Tyson was knocked out in the fourth round of a fight in Louisville, Ky., by British heavyweight Danny Williams. In 2007, Hall of Fame football coach Bill Walsh died at age 75. One year ago: President George W. Bush quietly signed a housing bill he'd once threatened to veto; it was intended to rescue some cash-strapped homeowners in fear of foreclosure. Amid corruption allegations and his own plummeting popularity, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he would resign. Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was extradited to The Hague to face genocide charges after nearly 13 years on the run. Republican Party stalwart and one-time U.S. ambassador to Britain Anne Armstrong died in Houston at age 80. Today's Birthdays: Actor Richard Johnson is 82. Actor Edd "Kookie" Byrnes is 76. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is 75. Blues musician Buddy Guy is 73. Movie director Peter Bogdanovich is 70. Feminist activist Eleanor Smeal is 70. Former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo., is 69. Singer Paul Anka is 68. Jazz musician David Sanborn is 64. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 62. Actor William Atherton is 62. Actor Jean Reno is 61. Blues singer-musician Otis Taylor is 61. Actor Frank Stallone is 59. Actor Ken Olin is 55. Actress Delta Burke is 53. Singer-songwriter Kate Bush is 51. Country singer Neal McCoy is 51. Actor Richard Burgi is 51. Movie director Richard Linklater is 49. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 48. Actress Lisa Kudrow is 46. Bluegrass musician Danny Roberts (The Grascals) is 46. Country musician Dwayne O'Brien is 45. Actress Vivica A. Fox is 45. Actor Terry Crews ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 41. Actor Simon Baker is 40. Former NFL player Robert Porcher is 40. Movie director Christopher Nolan is 39. Actor Tom Green is 38. Rock musician Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind) is 38. Actress Christine Taylor is 38. Actor-comedian Dean Edwards is 36. Actress Hilary Swank is 35. Beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor is 32. Actress Jaime Pressly is 32. Today In Entertainment History --In 1932, Walt Disney released his first color cartoon, "Flowers and Trees," made in three-color Technicolor. In 1936, author Margaret Mitchell sold the film rights for "Gone With the Wind" to MGM for $50,000, most ever for a first novel. In 1954, Elvis Presley made his professional debut in Memphis. It was his first concert to be advertised. In 1970, The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique, & the Rolling Stones fired Allen Klein as their manager. In 1976, Kate Smith made her last public appearance on this date, singing her signature number "God Bless America" on a TV program honoring the U.S. Bicentennial. In 1986, RCA Records dropped John Denver from his contract. In 1992, Motown's biggest stars gathered for a memorial service for Mary Wells, who died of cancer at the age of 49. Smokey Robinson sang a medley of Wells' hits. Motown founder Berry Gordy called her the "first lady of song." In 1996, actress Claudette Colbert died in Barbados at the age of 92. She won an Oscar for her performance in "It Happened One Night." Actor Tom Cruise filed a lawsuit against a German magazine for falsely quoting him as saying he had "zero sperm count." Cruise later accepted a retraction. In 1998, "Howdy Doody" creator Buffalo Bob Smith died of cancer in Flat Rock, North Carolina. He was 80. In 2003, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley, died at age 80. In 2007, Britney Spears' divorce from Kevin Federline was finalized. Thought for Today: "In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want." — Cyril Northcote Parkinson, British historian and author (born this date in 1909, died 1993).

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Oinker Up-Date

A person w/o color exposes the Newport Beach P. D. of the O. C.
I’d rephrase that to lose the words “black man” when dealing with the police. That’s because I’m a white guy who had that experience twice with our own local cops in Newport Beach. It wasn’t a racial thing that got me put in handcuffs; it was an “I’m a cop; you have no rights thing.”
As always, no matter the skin-tones, dialects or any other superficial differences between those involved, it's a uniformed bully w/ a badge vs. a citizen w/o immediate physical power or armament. Or in the second case, a cop in a police car who ran a stop sign & was challenged on it. You can imagine the officer's reaction, if you aren't an ignorant sheep who licks the jackboots of his oppressors.
By way of The Daily Dish's Andrew Sullivan.

We Hate "White Culture" W/ The White-Hot Heat Of A Thousand White-Hot Suns Too

Why wouldn't anyone whose aesthetic sensibilities are even somewhat developed hate the bland, vanilla, mayonnaise & white-bread culture of bland vanilla honkies that has given us the lowest common denominators of reality tee vee & movies composed of huger & huger explosions strung together?
This afternoon, Bill Shine, SVP of Programming told TVNewser, "During Fox & Friends this morning, Glenn Beck expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions."
Tell us something, Mr. Shine. If the Fox News Channel is a "news" source, why would it even have any "views?" How can a network claim to be "Fair & Balanced" if it admits it has "views?" We wonder if Mr. Shine could tell us what the "views" of the Fox News Channel are?
P. S.: "I'm not saying he that he doesn't like white people, I'm saying he has a problem, he has a, this guy is, I believe, a racist." Try to figure that one out.

Off The Fascist PIg!

Someone who understands the law & the real world, & is capable of rational thought, has published an article at Forbes.com pointing out that a pig is a pig is a pig, and the Cambridge PD & Sg't. Crowley acted just like pigs.
The meat of the matter:
The issue is not how nasty the discourse between the two might have been, but whether what Professor Gates said--assuming, for argument's sake, the officer's version of events as fact--could by any stretch of both law and imagination constitute a ground for arrest for "disorderly conduct" (the charge leveled) or any other crime.
Thank you, Harvey A. Silverglate, assisted by Kyle Smeallie, for dealing w/ this from the only possible perspective. After all, in the Freeman's Libertarian Paradise that is AmeriKKKa, the customer is always right. The customer, in Magic AmeriKKKa, being he who pays the pigs for protection. And in this AmeriKKKa, it's the protection-payer who's boss, not the bully/thug w/ a stick, badge, gun & handcuffs, & the boss can always tell employees what to do.
One could imagine some of the right-wingers who've advised where to shoot a DEA agent to kill him & so on would be slightly sympathetic to a man in his home/castle being harassed by a government agent, but we all know consistency is the hob-goblin of little minds, to twist a quote a bit.
And, to the extent that tossing an expletive at some hothead on the street might conceivably produce a violent reaction, surely such words directed to a trained police officer should not be expected to incite such a response. To be sure, much of police training is specifically directed at producing a peace officer who knows how and when to keep a violent response wrapped under a highly polished discipline. It would be an insult to any law enforcement agent to assume that he or she would respond, with violence, to unpleasant--even offensive--words. Hence, even at its worst, Gates' reaction to the officer's presence and questioning cannot by any stretch be deemed grounds for an arrest. Professor Gates, in other words, was fully protected by the First Amendment. It was the officer's duty to restrain his own response, particularly the exercise of his official powers of arrest.
So there, fascist coppers. Stop fucking w/ Americans & their Constitutional rights, or we'll give you something for which you can try to arrest us!! Pin-dick losers!

29 July: Olaf II Dies In Battle, As Does Spanish Armada; Van Gogh Just Goes; "World's Foremost Authority" Alive & Kicking At 95!

By The Associated Press: Today is Wednesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2009. There are 155 days left in the year. From another world's AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 29, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA. [Not Another Sputnik Act. — Ed.]On this date: In 1030, the patron saint of Norway, King Olaf II, was killed in battle. [Can you imagine being Olaf I & not getting the patron saint gig? Damn kids. — Ed.] In 1588, the English attacked the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines, resulting in an English victory.
In 1848, at the height of the potato famine in Ireland, an abortive nationalist revolt against English rule was crushed by government police in Tipperary. In 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh, 37, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. In 1900, Italian King Humbert I was assassinated by an anarchist; he was succeeded by his son, Victor Emmanuel III. In 1914, transcontinental telephone service began with the first test phone conversation between New York and San Francisco. In 1948, Britain's King George VI opened the Olympic Games in London. In 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency was established. In 1967, an accidental rocket launch aboard the supercarrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin resulted in a fire and explosions that killed 134 servicemen. [Don't believe the hype: Loser/Senator John Sydney McCain III was a victim in this one. — Ed.] In 1968, Pope Paul VI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's stance against artificial methods of birth control. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford became the first U.S. president to visit the site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland as he paid tribute to the victims. In 1981, Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. (The couple divorced in 1996.)Dr. Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, ties their knot. In 1991, the Federal Reserve sought a $200 million penalty against bank BCCI for violating U.S. banking laws. It was the largest fine in the Federal Reserve's history. In 1992, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford and his law partner, Robert Altman, were indicted on charges of lying about their roles in the BCCI bank scandal. In 1993, the Israeli Supreme Court acquitted retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk of being Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible" and threw out his death sentence. (Demjanjuk was deported in May 2009 to Germany to face similar charges.) Ten years ago: A day trader, apparently upset over stock losses, opened fire in two Atlanta brokerage offices, killing nine people and wounding 13 before shooting himself to death; authorities say Mark O. Barton also killed his wife and two children. California Gov. Gray Davis abandoned the state's effort to preserve Proposition 187, a divisive voter-approved ban on schooling and other public benefits for illegal immigrants. In 2003, Bill Mueller of the Boston Red Sox became the first player in major league history to hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in a single game in a 14-7 win at Texas. Five years ago: Sen. John Kerry accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Boston with a military salute and the declaration: "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty." One year ago: Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was indicted on seven felony counts of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts from a powerful oil contractor. (A jury later found the longtime Republican lawmaker guilty of lying on financial disclosure forms, but a judge subsequently dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence.) Disgraced ex-NBA official Tim Donaghy admitted that he'd brought shame on his profession as a federal judge sentenced him to 15 months behind bars for a gambling scandal. Army scientist Bruce E. Ivins, 62, named as a top suspect in anthrax mailing attacks in 2001, died at a hospital in Frederick, Md., after deliberately overdosing on Tylenol. Those born on this date who are now dead include: French historian Alexis de Tocqueville, born in 1805; novelist Booth Tarkington in 1869; Grigori Rasputin, born in 1871; Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in 1883; composer Sigmund Romberg (" Lover Come Back to Me," "When I Grow Too Old to Dream"), in 1887; actor William Powell in 1892; bluegrass star Henry D. "Homer" Haynes, member of the Homer and Jethro musical duo, in 1920; & TV anchorman Peter Jennings in 1938. Today's (Living) Birthdays: Comedian "Professor" Irwin Corey is 95 & CONTINUES TO ROCK THE MIC!!
Actor Robert Horton is 85. Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum-Baker, R-Kan., is 77. Actor Robert Fuller is 75. Former Sen. Elizabeth H. Dole, R-N.C., is 73. Actor David Warner is 68. Rock musician Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) is 63. Marilyn Tucker Quayle, wife of former Vice President Dan Quayle, is 60.Actor Mike Starr is 59. Documentary maker Ken Burns is 56. Style guru Tim Gunn (TV: "Project Runway") is 56. Rock singer-musician Geddy Lee (Rush) is 56. Rock singer Patti Scialfa (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 56. Actress Alexandra Paul is 46. Country singer Martina McBride is 43. Rock musician Chris Gorman is 42. Actor Rodney Allen Rippy is 41. Actor Wil Wheaton is 37. R&B singer Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) is 36. Country singer-songwriter James Otto is 36. Actor Stephen Dorff is 36. Actor Josh Radnor is 35. Hip-hop DJ/music producer Danger Mouse is 32. Today In Entertainment History -- On July 29th, 1957, Jack Paar made his debut as host of NBC's "Tonight" show. In 1959, the Isley Brothers recorded "Shout." In 1965, The Beatles' second film, "Help," had its royal premiere at London's Pavillion Theatre. In 1966, Bob Dylan was involved in a motorcycle accident near Woodstock, New York. He suffered critical injuries and took months to recover. In 1973, Led Zeppelin's safe deposit box at The Drake Hotel in New York was robbed. The band lost $180,000 in concert receipts from two shows at Madison Square Garden. In 1974, Mama Cass Elliott was found dead in London. [Same city as Judy Garland's demise, five yrs. later. What do you think? — Ed.] It was rumored that the former Mamas and Papas lead singer choked on a ham sandwich, but a coroner ruled she had suffered a heart attack. She was 30. [This reporter pranked Mama Cass on the air, probably in late 1973, possibly during a local insert for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day thing. We offered to contribute a big pile of money to whatever the cause/disease was if she would reveal her actual weight to the masses, over the air, but she tripped us up by asking the address of our purported corporation on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. We hadn't resided here long enough to know what would or wouldn't be plausible for a B. H. street no., & we guessed incorrectly. Smart woman, that Cass. — Ed.] In 1987, Ben and Jerry's began selling "Cherry Garcia" ice cream, in honor of Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia. In 1996, actor Martin Lawrence was arrested at the airport in Burbank, California, after police found a loaded handgun in a suitcase he was taking on a flight to Phoenix. In 1998, choreographer Jerome Robbins died at age 79.
ANNALS OF TRAGIC HOLLYWOOD LOVE: In 2000, actor Brad Pitt married actress Jennifer Aniston in Malibu, California. They separated after four and a half years of marriage. In 2006, actress Pamela Anderson and musician Kid Rock were married in St. Tropez, France. They both filed for divorce four months later. Thought for Today: "An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it." — Don Marquis, American journalist-author (born this date in 1878, died 1937).

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