Saturday, July 11, 2009

Imagine That!

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

More Lunch, Naked

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

11 July: Rebirth Of The Jarheads; Burr Plugs Hamilton

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

Friday, July 10, 2009

Stories That Rachel Maddow Covered Today

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

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

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

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

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

AmeriKKKa Celebrates Cheese!

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

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

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

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Again, Misery

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

More Misery, More Often

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

2009: Summer Of Republican Misery. Ha Ha!

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

Ding Dong! Witch Is Dead!

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

The Torture Never Stops

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

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

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

Uh-Oh (UPDATED)

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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

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

Holy Crap! The End Of Discourse!

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

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

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

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

8 July: Matthew Perry Threatens Japan; Da Gama Sails

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Metal/Normal

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

Overstocked

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

Another Reason To Continue Living?

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

Hunkering Down

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

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

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

Monday, July 6, 2009

6 July: Anything But Palin. Anything! Rabies, Even!

By The Associated Press 18 mins ago Today is Monday, July 6, the 187th day of 2009. There are 178 days left in the year. The slightly off AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 6, 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn. (Among the survivors was future actor Charles Nelson Reilly, then age 13.) On this date: In 1483, England's King Richard III was crowned. In 1535, St. Thomas More was executed in England for high treason. In 1699, pirate Capt. William Kidd was seized in Boston and deported to England where he was hanged. In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga in New York. Two hundred years ago, in 1809, French troops arrested Pope Pius VII, who had excommunicated Emperor Napoleon I. In 1835, John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, died at age 79. In 1854, the first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Mich. In 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur successfully tested an anti-rabies vaccine on a boy who had been bitten by an infected dog. In 1917, during World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence and Auda Abu Tayi captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks. Ninety years ago, in 1919, a British dirigible landed at New York's Roosevelt Field to complete the first airship crossing of the Atlantic. In 1923, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.In 1933, baseball's first All-Star game was held as the American League beat the National League 4-2 at Chicago's Comiskey Park.In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom. In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title, defeating fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2. In 1988, 167 North Sea oil workers were killed when a series of explosions and fires destroyed a drilling platform. In 1989, the U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing IA missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas, under terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. In 1997, the rover Sojourner rolled down a ramp from the Mars Pathfinder lander onto the Martian landscape to begin inspecting soil and rocks. Ten years ago: Ehud Barak took office as prime minister of Israel, pledging to seek peace with neighboring Arab countries. Five years ago: Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry chose former rival John Edwards to be his running mate. A U.S. fighter pilot who'd mistakenly bombed Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002, killing four, was found guilty in New Orleans of dereliction of duty; Maj. Harry Schmidt was reprimanded and docked a month's pay. One year ago: The U.S. launched an airstrike at combatants in Afghanistan's Nuristan province; the Afghan government later said 47 civilians died. President George W. Bush arrived in Japan for his eighth and final G8 summit, where he emphasized the urgency of providing aid to Africa. Rafael Nadal won a riveting five-set Wimbledon final, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (8), 9-7, denying Roger Federer a sixth straight title in a match that lasted 4 hours, 48 minutes. Today's Birthdays: Former first lady Nancy Reagan is 88. Actor William Schallert is 87. Actor Donal Donnelly is 78. Singer-actress Della Reese is 78. Actor Ned Beatty is 72. Singer Gene Chandler is 69. Country singer Jeannie Seely is 69. Actor Burt Ward is 64. Former President George W. Bush is 63. Actor-director Sylvester Stallone is 63. Actor Fred Dryer is 63. Actress Nathalie Baye is 61. Actor Geoffrey Rush is 58. Rock musician John Bazz (The Blasters) is 57. Actor Grant Goodeve is 57. Country singer Nanci Griffith is 56. Actress Allyce Beasley is 55. Jazz musician Rick Braun is 54. Country musician John Jorgenson is 53. Former first daughter Susan Ford Bales is 52. Former NHL player Ron Duguay is 52. Rock musician John Keeble (Spandau Ballet) is 50. Former NFL player Joe Jacoby is 50. Actor Brian Posehn is 43. Rapper Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) is 39. Rapper 50 Cent is 33. Actress Tamera Mowry is 31. Actress Tia Mowry is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1928, the first all-talking feature, "Lights of New York," had its gala premiere in New York.
In 1955, "Baby Let's Play House" became Elvis Presley's first national chart single, reaching number ten on Billboard's country chart.
In 1957, teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time – at a church in Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon's band, the Quarrymen.In 1964, The Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night," had its royal premiere at London's Pavillion Theatre. The movie opened in the US the next month. In 1965, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a folk-rock group that eventually became Jefferson Airplane. In 1971, jazz musician Louis Armstrong died in New York. He was 69. In 1973, Queen released its first single, "Keep Yourself Alive." Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, Garrison Keillor's radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," debuted in a live broadcast from St. Paul, Minn. In 1979, songwriter and producer Van McCoy died of a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey. He was 35. He had worked with artists like Aretha Franklin and Jackie Wilson, and was probably best known for his instrumental hit "The Hustle." In 1994, Vanessa Williams opened on Broadway in "Kiss of the Spider Woman." In 1998, singing cowboy Roy Rogers died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. Thought for Today: "On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points." — Virginia Woolf, English author and critic (1882-1941). [That would be us. — Ed.]

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Annals Of Euphemism

Palin Announces No Second Term

Photo of Governor Palin

No Lame Duck Session Either Hi Alaska, I appreciate speaking directly to you, the people I serve, as your Governor.
It just goes on from there. She types like a Renew America columnist.

Yet Another Pointless & Boring Observation On The Most Recent Palin Pronouncements

We've no memory of anyone typing/stating that the timing of AKGov Palin's announcement might have been a bid for as much attention as possible, knowing that little or nothing else would be up on a three-day wknd. As well as the Fourth of July opportunity for wrapping oneself in Old Glory. (We've all seen the real photo of the Governor literally flag-wrapped, haven't we?)
I'm not sure of the internal politics of Alaska, or why this was decided on this date. Personally, I think it's great. It shows her independence as America celebrates Independence Day.
See, Sarah's just like America, all independent & stuff!! And now she's at the top of the news (in the despicable "state-run" media, of all places; that's "ironic," Gov.) for the wknd., & probably the first topic of "political" discussion, barring another Gov. Sanford event. (Though little short of Sanford announcing he was quitting his "title" & dumping his heiress wife & their four sons to live w/ his soul mate in B. A. is going to bring the limelight back to South Carolina.)

Rambling Incoherence Control For Governor Mrs. Salmon Slayer

AKGovSarahPalinGrateful Todd left fishing grnds to join me this wkend; but now he's back slaying salmon & working the kids @ the site; anxious to join 'em!
W/ Twitter, not for much longer AKGovSarahPalin can't blather at length, but is limited to short, sweet statements. Work those kids!

One Of The Things That Scares The Holy Living Shit Out Of Us The Most About Sarah Palin

We hope all you little bastards out there appreciate the effort it took us to find this statement we caught from the corner of our ear on MSNBC Friday afternoon, as David Shuster spoke to Jason Recher, who was a senior adviser to soon-to-be-former Gov. Palin during the presidential campaign. (Our emphasis.)
SHUSTER: Well, Jason, speaking of her staff, and since you point out -- you make a good point, you know her staff, you know the people around her -- what would convince them that it's a good idea -- and let's just suppose that she legitimately wants to help the state. She obviously felt that this was a significant move she was making. Why then do it on the Friday of a holiday weekend? I mean, who's advising her back in Alaska who would suggest, oh, this is the way to get some good headlines or good attention? RECHER: You know, I think one of the things that appeals to me the most about Sarah Palin is that she is her own person. She's her own chief of staff, she's her own communications director. She follows what she feels is right and she leads from her heart. That's one of the things that really appeals to me about her. I'm not sure of the timing, I'm not sure of the internal politics of Alaska, or why this was decided on this date. Personally, I think it's great. It shows her independence as America celebrates Independence Day. SHUSTER: Jason Recher, former senior adviser to Governor Sarah Palin. And Jason, thanks for calling in. We appreciate it. RECHER: Thanks, David.
Al Bundy (item just below) w/ a persecution complex; now we're told she's a loose cannon w/ George W. Bush "Go from the Gut" Syndrome.
Why are these people so enamored of leaders who leap before they look, who don't want to take any advice, & who essentially deny what intelligence & capacity for reason they have? Is there a "divine inspiration" subtext here that's above the hearing of sensible people? How do they reconcile their ideology that claims to reject "liberal touchy-feely stuff" w/ their admiration of "heart" & gut-driven leaders?
And who thought it would be a good idea to have "Go It Alone, From The Gut" Palin w/in 100 yards of the nuclear football? She fetishizes Alaska so much that if Kim Jong-il sent three guys in a rubber raft to fish near the Aleutians she'd probably want to nuke Pyongyang. And gawd forbid Putin's big ol' head should rise above the Bering Strait.

The Beauty Queen Types

From Sarah Palin's Facebook message posted yesterday (according to Politico, anyway):
We have accomplished so much and there’s much more to do, but my family and I determined after prayerful consideration that sacrificing my title helps Alaska most.
Get that? Miss Wasilla thinks she's "sacrificing her title." Combine that w/ the mangled basketball analogy she cranked out in her live speech, & we're dealing w/ an Al Bundy here. You might remember Mr. Bundy, the protagonist of the situation comedy "Married with Children," whose sad lower-middle-class existence was held together by his memories of high school football heroism.
Beauty Queen & high school basketball heroine Sarah (And remember, that all happened a good 20 yrs. ago.) was sitting around Alaska bemoaning that governing is hard work & no one liked her like they used to, & then McCain (or whoever was handling him) had to tempt her w/ the possibility of ritzy department stores & national power & fame. A big mistake. Opening the Pandora's Box of her ambition may have already led directly to the dissolution or demise of the Republican Party.

Service While You Wait

This (3:47) or so of film has been making the rounds lately, w/ various clever dicks subtitling it as they will, often to humorous result. (If not, maybe Palin's lawyer will sue us.) As we wait for the next Palin shoe to drop, let's see what this week's amusement is.
The Michael Jackson one may be amusing as well.

5 July: Bikini Debuts; North Korea Fires Seven Missiles (Dejà Vu?)

By The Associated Press Sun Jul 5, 12:02 am ET Today is Sunday, July 5, the 186th day of 2009. There are 179 days left in the year. The AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 5, 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London. On this date: In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain. In 1830, the French occupied the North African city of Algiers. In 1916, children under 16 were banned from New York City theaters due to an outbreak of polio. Some 200 theaters shut down throughout the summer. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act. In 1940, Britain and the Vichy government in France broke off diplomatic relations. In 1945, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced the liberation of the Philippines as World War II approached its end. In 1946, the bikini, designed by Louis Reard, made its debut during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. In 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black man to play in the American League. In 1948, Britain's National Health Service Act went into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care. In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors. The Cape Verde Islands officially became independent after 500 years of Portuguese rule. In 1978, a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft touched down safely in Soviet Kazakhstan with its two-member crew, including the first Polish space traveler, Maj. Miroslaw Hermaszewski. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, the Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old "exclusionary rule," deciding that evidence seized in good faith with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials. Twenty years ago, in 1989, former National Security Council aide Oliver North received a $150,000 fine and a suspended prison term for his part in Iran-Contra. The convictions were later overturned. In 1991, regulators in eight countries shut down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, charging it with fraud, drug money laundering and illegal infiltration into the U.S. banking system. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton began a four-day, cross-country tour to promote a plan for drawing jobs and investment to poverty-stricken areas that had not shared in the prosperity of the 1990s. In 2002, Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams died at age 83. Five years ago: In a stinging rebuke, Mexican President Vicente Fox's chief of staff, Alfonso Durazo, resigned. In 2006, North Korea test-fired seven missiles into the Sea of Japan, including at least one believed capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. One year ago: Venus Williams won her fifth Wimbledon singles title, beating younger sister Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4 in the final. Gas station owner Kent Couch flew a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert, landing in a field in Cambridge, Idaho. Today's Birthdays: Actress Katherine Helmond is 80. Actress Shirley Knight is 73. Singer-musician Robbie Robertson is 66. Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 61. Rock star Huey Lewis is 59. Baseball Hall of Fame reliever Rich "Goose" Gossage is 58. Country musician Charles Ventre is 57. Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 50. Actress Edie Falco ("The Sopranos") is 46. Actress Kathryn Erbe is 44. Country musician Brent Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 40. Rapper RZA is 40. R&B singer Joe is 36. Rock musician Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) is 36. Actor Dale Godboldo is 34. Rapper Bizarre is 33. Rock singer Jason Wade (Lifehouse) is 29. Actor Ryan Hansen is 28. Country musician Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) is 27. Rock musician Nick O'Malley (Arctic Monkeys) is 24. Today In Entertainment History -- On July fifth, 1954, Elvis Presley began his first recording session for Sun Records. The result was his first single "That's All Right" backed by "Blue Moon of Kentucky."In 1956, Billie Holiday's autobiography, "Lady Sings The Blues," was published. In 1965, the Rolling Stones held their first recording session in the U. S. at a studio in Los Angeles. Forty years ago, in 1969, a free concert by the Rolling Stones was held in London's Hyde Park. Mick Jagger read poetry in memory of the late Brian Jones. In 1975, the Knebworth Pop Festival was held near London, with Pink Floyd as the headliner. In 1978, the EMI Record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing the cover for the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls" album after some celebrities shown in the cover's mock wigs advertisement complained. In 1983, bandleader and musician Harry James died in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 67. Fifteen years ago, in 1994, Hootie and the Blowfish released the album "Cracked Rear View." In 1997, the first Lilith Fair opened in George, Washington. Thought for Today: "The real drawback to 'the simple life' is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time." — Katharine Fullerton Gerould, American writer (1879-1944).