Saturday, July 18, 2009
Is that Darby (trying to get out of his grave & come after them) superimposed on the circle? We're w/ Falling James on this much: "Reality ... be damned."
18 July: Rome Burns; Pope Invited To Fuck Off By Lime-Eating Englishmen; Chappaquiddick!!! & A Perfect Game
Friday, July 17, 2009
Two Giants Emerge From Wall Street RuinsA new order is emerging on Wall Street after the worst crisis since the Great Depression — one in which just a couple of victors are starting to tower over the handful of financial titans that used to dominate the industry. [...] Both banks now stand astride post-bailout Wall Street, having benefited from billions of dollars in taxpayer support and cheap government financing to climb over banks that continue to struggle. They are capitalizing on the turmoil in financial markets and their rivals’ weakness to pull in billions in trading profits.Oh, crap, here it comes again.
17 July: NB: Not Responsible For Inability of AP & UPI To Get Dates Correct; We Are Responsible For The Deaths Of The Czar & His Family
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The judge approved the divorce decree for "Fielder-Civil B. v Winehouse A.J." along with those of other estranged couples at a brief Family Court hearing.
Neither party was in court Thursday. The divorce becomes final after six weeks and a day.
The 25-year-old singer married Fielder-Civil in Miami in 2007, but he was arrested six months later over an assault and sent to jail.
He filed for divorce earlier this year on the grounds of the soul diva's alleged infidelity.
Source: Associated Press
16 July: Stairway To The Stars; Trinity; Right-Wing Extremism; Stairway To Ocean For Kennedys, Bessette
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
In fact, the entire production, as the critic J. Hoberman recounted in The Dream Life, his epic cultural history of the '60s, was the target of much federal snooping, with rumors swirling that Antonioni was planning a flag-burning scene and intended to shoot on the site of Robert Kennedy's assassination.The production being Zabriskie Point. More from the review gets us more worked up.
Guitarist John Fahey, one of the musicians summoned to Rome to work on the soundtrack, came to blows with Antonioni when the maestro launched into an anti-American rant; Fahey would go on to describe Zabriskie Point as "a really terrible and long skin flick." [...] Mark breaks the vérité spell by sullenly declaring himself ready to die for the revolution "but not of boredom." Events proceed in a desultory trance. [...] The male lead, envisioned as an avatar of inchoate rage, was a bigger challenge. An audition in New York's East Village drew more than 1,000 hopefuls. Eventually Frechette, a carpenter who had spent time in psychiatric hospitals and belonged to the cultlike commune of the folk musician Mel Lyman, was found by casting scouts who saw him screaming obscenities at a bus stop in Boston. ("He's 20 and he hates," they reportedly said.)20s, 50s, whatever ... Most of the 20 yr.-old's inchoate rage seems to have been lost, in translation or in that desultory stuff.
Mark and Daria (played by Frechette and Daria Halprin, nonactors in every sense), are too numb and inert to fulfill the myth of the glamorous outlaw.Fine by us, really. We hate acting. The only form of life lower than a musician is an actor, as a matter of fact. (You could look it up.)
The finale, a jaw-droppingly literal vision of the end of consumer culture, makes a virtue of bluntness. After Mark dies, a bereft Daria arrives at her destination, a Modernist house perched on a desert hillside, and imagines its wholesale destruction. We see it blowing up, repeatedly, in slow motion. (Seventeen cameras were used.) For good measure, Antonioni also detonates sundry household objects, which sail through the frame as a Pink Floyd number plays: a clothes rack, a television, books, the contents of a refrigerator, including a loaf of Wonder Bread and a whole turkey. (The video for the recent Jay-Z single "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" is a pointed homage, blowing up gold chains and bottles of Cristal as the rapper rails against pitch-correction software.)Plus ça change, hein?
Please don't blame the Prez for throwing a lousy first pitch. He was wearing a bulletproof vest the size of Dustin Pedroia. about 23 hours ago from web(We are loath to admit: via Turkey Neck Reader.)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
14 July: Hooray Hooray, Le Quatorze Juillet/Killing Aristocrats Started Today! As Did Woody Guthrie.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Newt knows covert. Wasn't he an expert on that during his first marriage?Also amusing:
What's the difference between Al-Qaeda and the GOP?
Al-Qaeda isn't stupid enough to announce it on Al Jazeera.
Al-Qaeda isn't stupid enough to announce it on Al Jazeera.
It was meant as a rhetorical question but that's an awesome answer.
He said the US should "use covert operations … to create a gasoline-led crisis to try and replace the regime". "I think we have a vested interest, the world has a vested interest, in a responsible Iranian government, just as we have a vested interest in a responsible North Korean government," he said.No government is more responsible than the one that "destabilizes" other governments, & then expects results that will favor the destabilizer.
Gingrich clarified, “I called for sabotage, not bombing. … Fundamental difference.”What does "sabotage" involve, then? Blocking the toilets at the refineries? (Of which Iran has nine, not one as Newt suggested/lied.) Letting the air out of the tires of gas tankers?
AP (Off-brand). A/V. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 13, 1793, French revolutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who was executed four days later.
On this date:
In 1787, Congress enacted an ordinance governing the Northwest Territory.
In 1859, Mexican President Benito Juarez ordered property of the Roman Catholic Church confiscated throughout Mexico.
In 1863, deadly rioting against the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City. (About 1,000 people died over three days.)
In 1878, the Treaty of Berlin amended the terms of the Treaty of San Stefano, which had ended the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.
In 1886, Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, was born in County Roscommon, Ireland. [Knowing what we know now, it would be irresponsible not to speculate. — Ed.]
In 1898, Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for wireless telegraphy, the radio.
In 1960, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination at his party's convention in Los Angeles.In 1967, race-related rioting broke out in Newark, N.J.; 27 people died in four days of violence.In 1972, George McGovern claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach, Fla.
In 1977, a blackout lasting 25 hours hit the New York City area.
In 1978, Lee Iacocca was fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.
In 1979, four Palestinian guerrillas stormed the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killing two guards and taking some 20 hostages. (The guerrillas surrendered 45 hours later.)
In 1985, the Constitution's presidential disability clause was invoked for the first time as President Ronald Reagan transferred power temporarily to Vice President George H. W. Bush before undergoing surgery for colon cancer. [Why'd they let him back? Because they knew what a douchewad "Poppy" Bush was? — Ed.]
Ten years ago: Angel Maturino Resendiz, suspected of being the "Railroad Killer," surrendered in El Paso, Texas. (Resendiz was executed in 2006.) In Tehran, police fired tear gas to disperse 10,000 demonstrators on the sixth day of protests against Iranian hard-liners. The American League won the All-Star Game for the third straight time, defeating the National League 4-1 at Boston's Fenway Park.
Five years ago: A confidant of Osama bin Laden's (Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harbi) surrendered to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to Saudi Arabia. The American League cruised past the National League 9-4 in the All-Star game at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
In 2007, former media mogul Conrad Black was convicted of swindling the newspaper empire he once ran out of millions of dollars. (He is serving a 6 1/2-year sentence at a federal prison in Florida.)
One year ago: An assault by militants on a remote U.S. base in Afghanistan close to the Pakistan border killed nine American soldiers and wounded 15. Anheuser-Busch agreed to a takeover by giant Belgian brewer InBev SA.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Patrick Stewart is 69. Actor Robert Forster is 68. Actor Harrison Ford is 67. Singer-guitarist Roger McGuinn (The Byrds) is 67. Actor-comedian Cheech Marin is 63. Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid is 61. Actress Didi Conn is 58. Singer Louise Mandrell is 55.Writer-director Cameron Crowe is 52. Tennis player Anders Jarryd is 48. Rock musician Gonzalo Martinez De La Cotera (Marcy Playground) is 47. Country singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw is 47. Bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent is 47. Actor Kenny Johnson is 46. Actor Michael Jace is 44. Country singer Neil Thrasher is 44. Singer Deborah Cox is 36. Edmonton Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray is 33. Rock musician Will Champion (Coldplay) is 31.
Today In Entertainment History -- Seventy years ago, on July 13th, 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first record, singing "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood" with the Harry James Orchestra.
In 1977, a Boz Scaggs concert in New York was cut short due to the citywide power failure. NRBQ was playing that night in a different venue and improvised by taping flashlights to their microphones stands and playing an acoustic set.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Philippe Wynne, a former lead singer of The Spinners, died of a heart attack while on stage in Oakland, California.
In 1985, the Live Aid concerts to help starving people in Africa were held in London, Philadelphia and other cities. Live Aid was organized by singer Bob Geldof and featured dozens of top entertainers. It's estimated more than 1.5 billion people either watched Live Aid on television or listened to a radio broadcast.Twenty years ago, in 1989, Roseanne Barr filed for divorce in Los Angeles from William Pentland.
In 1990, the movie "Ghost" was released.
Ten years ago, in 1999, Stanley Kubrick's final film, "Eyes Wide Shut" starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, had its premiere in Los Angeles. (The movie opened in wide release three days later.)
In 2008, talk show host Les Crane died in Greenbrae, Calif., at age 74. Thought for Today: "Individuality is freedom lived." — John Dos Passos, American author (1896-1970).
(This version CORRECTS that Cameron Crowe is a writer-director, sted actor-director.)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
**UPDATE: It’s an honor to note that Governor Palin has linked to this post at both her official Facebook page and at theSarahPAC site.**You betcha. We're sure Governor Palin personally linked to Tammy's post.But it is interesting that the Palin team/staff/enablers chose to link to Bruce's "Liberals control the party, so a third-party, independent conservative movement is needed" rant. Very interesting. Indeed.
From left, Patrick, SpongeBob, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Squidward of the “SpongeBob SquarePants” cartoon crew.Pardon the fuck out of us, but isn't that Plankton on the ladder shooting the shot? Does the work, gets no credit at all. Typical.
Nickelodeon plans to wring “SpongeBob” of every drop with a 50-episode weekend marathon on Friday that will include 10 new episodes, while its sister network, VH1, plans on Tuesday to show a documentary, “Square Roots: The Story of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ ” that interviews its creator, Stephen Hillenburg, an illustrator and marine biologist ...Luddites, start your VCRs.
"I'm not ruling out anything - it is the way I have lived my life from the youngest age," she said. "Let me peek out there and see if there's an open door somewhere. And if there's even a little crack of light, I'll hope to plow through it."Is it vitriol & hatred to point out the banality of such statements? Are we being ... elitist, if that's what laughing at stupid, immature people is? (Well, people who are stupider & less mature than we, which may not be saying so much.) At whom is one to laugh, then, intelligent sophisticates who know whereof they speak & make coherent points? Ha. Sure. Not to mention the visual, if not physical, humor of giving interviews while pretending to be fishing in waders, or as turkeys are slaughtered in the background.
The governor, 45, said she shared former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's view that Republicans, now trailing Democrats and independents in registration in many states, should back moderate to conservative Democrats in congressional districts and states where Republicans stand almost no chance of winning. The object would be to build a majority coalition that reflects what polls suggest is the center-right tilt of the U.S. electorate as a whole.Oh boy. She's stealing from the Idea Man again. (Unless he's writing her script.) This could blow up in their faces; the poll figures cited in the "EXCLUSIVE" indicate 55% of ordinarily indecisive independents want her to go away, & we doubt that the nation is as "center-right" as it tells pollsters it is.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Palin said the state needs a new ethics policy after another ethics complaint was filed against her. The new complaint, filed Friday with the state personnel board, claims Mrs. Palin has been paid for media interviews, according to the Associated Press.A shame that the governor's job in Alaska makes no allowance for the Gov. to effect change in the state's laws & policies. We can see how the sheer frustration must have forced her to quit. She just had to plow through that door.
"The only saving grace in this recent episode is that it proves beyond any doubt the significance of the problem Alaska faces in the 'new normal' of political discourse," she said in a release that was posted online through her Twitter account. "I hope this will be a wake-up call - to legislators, to commentators and to citizens generally - that we need a much more civil and respectful dialogue that focuses on the best interests of the state, rather than the petty resentments of a few."
In her interview with The Times, Mrs. Palin denied reports that the decision to resign had been made hastily with little notice to her family or staff. "We had been contemplating this for months, so I didn't surprise my family or the people around me," she said, glancing at her top aide, Kris Perry, who was seated across the room from the governor during the interview. Ms. Perry smiled and nodded emphatically.The closing is inane, but just the sort of thing we were expecting from The Rev. Moon Times.
Even dealing with the political maelstrom she unleashed, Mrs. Palin flashed the down-home, personal touch that even critics say helped her forge an extraordinary bond with supporters on the campaign trail. When a photographer prepared to take pictures of the interview, Mrs. Palin, wearing open-toed shoes, said laughingly, "Don't get my toes in the picture - they are green on the bottom." Indeed they were. She said the marks were grass stains from mowing her lawn the previous day.She's such a snowbilly she mows the lawn barefoot? And can't take a shower the next day before going to work & interviews? Even money says one of the children has to mow the lawn, except days when mommy has interviews. Unless they're too busy taking care of the youngest Palin for Family Values Mom.