Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Mona Lisa Masterpiece Attacked In Paris
Paris, France -- The Louvre Museum says a Russian visitor hurled an empty terra cotta mug at the Mona Lisa.From A. Press
A museum spokesman says the canvas of the Da Vinci masterpiece was undamaged in the attack last week, though the mug shattered.
He said Tuesday small cracks appeared in the glass protecting the museum's most popular possession, but they will soon be fixed.
The painting's security alarms went off immediately and police whisked the woman away, while viewing of the painting continued as usual. The spokesman is not authorized to be named according to museum policy.
Paris police said the woman was taken to a psychiatric ward after the incident, but wouldn't say any more about who she is or why she targeted the painting.
The president has a problem. For, despite a great election victory, Mr. Obama, it becomes ever clearer, knows little about Americans. He knows the crowds—he is at home with those. He is a stranger to the country’s heart and character.And why would that be? WSJ typist Dorothy Rabinowitz's understanding of "the country's heart and character."
He seems unable to grasp what runs counter to its nature. That Americans don’t take well, for instance, to bullying, especially of the moralizing kind, implicit in those speeches on health care for everybody. Neither do they wish to be taken where they don’t know they want to go and being told it’s good for them.Were the American character a little more mature, Americans wouldn't need to be taken where they don't want to go, even if it is good for them. According to Ms. Rabinowitz, the national character is that of a wilful six-yr. old child. The little brat doesn't care if vaccinations are good for him, & he doesn't want you telling him that, because it will hurt!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Currently, Israeli propaganda experts are feeding a flurry of derogatory, bogus ”intelligence” on Obama to neocon media outlets in the United States.We'd be more comfortable w/ the WMR if "neo-con" wasn't used as code for "Jew." Actual neo-con media outlets would include Commentary, The Weekly Standard, & just a few others, none of them exactly of general circulation or known as hotbeds of birth certificate conjecture. Next: THE PASSPORT CONSPIRACY. This one is almost plausible,
In addition to his American passport, Obama may have traveled in the past, while working for Business International Corporation and other U.S. intelligence-connected entities, on a British or Indonesian passport, or both. In addition to Mossad, Britain’s MI-6 is said to be aware of Obama’s past non-official cover work for the CIA and his past possession of a British passport. This information was reportedly shared with the Hillary Clinton campaign, including former President Bill Clinton, by senior British government officials.though we wonder if it wouldn't be a plus to the right-wing? Noble CIA agent & all that. What would his using different passports if he'd been "spying" for the CIA indicate as far as being a "foreign born traitor" whose
early work for the CIA front favorably exposed him to the notion that the overthrow of governments is in the best interests of the United States. Obama’s reaction to the recent military right-wing coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras suggests possible influence on him at a young age to such imperialistic American policies. Obama also does not appear to be bothered by the actions of U.S.-supported dictators who act in the very same manner as Suharto during Obama’s childhood in Jakarta.Are we about to see a sudden shift, as the right embraces Obama for his hitherto unrevealed good fascist CIA links, & the left turns on him as a (bad, non-liberal) fascist? Speaking of Fasci-Care®, we'd like to see an imposition of forced healthcare on these fucks who need serious calming down. No pill to impose intelligence & rationality has yet to be developed, alas, & probably won't be until brains become as exciting as boners to the unwashed masses.
JOYCE ROSENWALD writes: I went on the Internet and searched for everything I could find on the social and political climate in countries immediately before revolution. We appear to be there.Now, Sara Robinson onGovernment debt and attempts to disarm citizens are the leading causes.As governments coffers go dry, taxes are raised. As taxes are raised, citizens make it known to those that govern that they are not happy. When government begins to fear the wrath of the people they begin to fear for their own lives. Government believes they have no choice but to disarm the people for their own protection and survival. History has proven that this situation always causes revolution.I don’t know of any remedy for this. We are writing and calling and faxing our leaders to tell them of our discontent. We are having Tea Parties all over the country. We are still being ignored. None of the issues of the people are being addressed by government. Their answer is to do a study on Americans and decide anyone who does not agree with government policies is a terrorist and a danger to government. Actually, it’s the other way around. Renegade government that treats citizens as if they were owned and can be compelled to do everything government mandates is an insult to people who have been educated to believe they live in a free country with government instituted by the people to serve them.The attempt to disarm the people will fail. It is the most irresponsible action government can attempt. If government is so ignorant as to avoid what history has taught, they are doomed to repeat it. Americans will never surrender the one mechanism they have to remain free. They will fight to the death to stay armed. It’s nothing short of folly for this government to think Americans will be willing to surrender their guns because a treaty with a foreign power was signed, or the majority of politicians are personally against firearm ownership and therefore Americans must be disarmed. Consider this as notice. We don’t care what Washington D.C. says. We don’t care what the courts say. We don’t care what the U.N. wants. We will replace government before we surrender our guns. Mr.and Mrs. Politician, read the Original Organic Constitution for the United States of America. The one that stood for the Republic, not the one you use that stands for your converted corrupt Democracy. The Republic belongs to the people. We will not lose freedom through edicts under your emergency rule. You can have your created democracy. You can function under your own fraud. Just don’t expect us to obey. We have been good and honorable citizens and continued to serve the Republic even as you were dismantling it. The Organic Constitution may be ignored by you, but to us, the people, it is alive and intact. We will not accept corruption of the Bill of Rights. If you attempt to make them null and void under color of law you do so at your own peril. The people have spoken and we are resolute. There is no compromise. The people have been lied to, abused, made bankrupt, all their property and labor taken for use by you, an irresponsible criminal government. We are no longer stupid. We now know the truth of what has been done. Knowing this we have not come for you. We are telling you now…… End the corruption. Rescind Emergency Rule. Give the Republic back to the people. We are involved in an imperfect war declared by you against us. A declaration of war by government against its own citizens is TREASON! Any attempt to disarm us will signal us to make your imperfect war against us perfect. The people have drawn their line in the sand. You have been placed on notice. Ignore this at your own peril. (Thanks to Marine Alex Fitch for sending us Joyce's writing)
Fascist America: Are We There Yet?And please, while comparing & contrasting, do not let extraneous factors like the ability to write (esp. sentences that are more than simple & declarative, & paragraphs that are more than three sentences) coherently or to reason interfere w/ your judgement. The wingnuts need a bit of what they think affirmative action is.
“Julie and Julia” is rated PG-13. It has mild profanity, and the indulgence — in exquisite moderation — of a few choice vices.By "a few choice vices" the film crit must mean smoking. Which wasn't terribly moderate in the Julia portions. Rest of the review we can agree w/.
But “Funny People” is a Judd Apatow movie — endless penis jokes and all. It’s just a more grown-up one, in which doing the right thing comes harder, and bad choices aren’t easily unwound. The way it’s been received suggests that his fan base isn’t ready to hear this kind of story yet. But it’s also reminder that Americans of all ages tend to like their social conservatism much more in theory than in practice.That's right, Ross, so why don't you just put a sock in it & go away. Far away.
More than most Westerners, Americans believe — deeply, madly, truly — in the sanctity of marriage. But we also have some of the most liberal divorce laws in the developed world, and one of the highest divorce rates.Yes, we're filthy, stupid hypocrites, & frankly, nothing we say can be trusted.
Still a virgin in middle age? Not to worry — you’ll find a caring, foxy woman who’s been waiting her whole life for an awkward, idealistic guy like you. Pregnant from a drunken one-night stand? Good news — the oaf who knocked you up will turn out to be a decent guy, and you’ll be able to keep the baby and your career as a rising entertainment-news anchorwoman. Frittering away your life on porn and pot? Fear not — your wasted twenties won’t stop you from being a great dad.Oh. Well, that's a relief. Thanks, Mr. Douthat.
Ross Douthat's column on Judd Apatow's "Funny People" is very good, for two reasons. The first is that it's simply a good column, and one of the first Ross has written that really plays to his strengths as a cultural critic and a translator of a certain socially conservative ethic.What the fucking hell? What did Klein read? Is this another demonstration of inside the beltway/Villager assmunches & their non-stop circle-jerk? Even if this piece of shit does "play to" Douthat's "strengths" as a "translator of a certain socially conservative ethic," that ethic is so bankrupt Klein might as well be praising someone for finally figuring out how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Until Douthat acknowledges The Enlightenment as a good thing, we may all be better off just ignoring him. This does make us wonder if Mr. "Thunder32" in the comments (Hither & yon, thanks for the plug!!) isn't absolutely correct. It's as if The NYT & WaPoo are begging not to be taken seriously. (It's working, too.)
shows a deep seeded [sic] hatred that isn't entirely based on the truth. It is the same attitude that fuels the more radical conservatives.If that's true, we probably should read it.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a measure providing $20,000 payments to Japanese-Americans who'd been interned by their government during World War II. In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.In 1994, President Bill Clinton claimed presidential immunity in asking a federal judge to dismiss, at least for the time being, a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee. In 1995, Norma McCorvey, "Jane Roe" in the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, announced she had joined the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. In 1996, Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole selected former congressman, Cabinet secretary and NFL quarterback Jack Kemp as his running mate. Ten years ago: A gunman opened fire at a Jewish community center in Los Angeles, wounding three boys, a teenage girl and a woman; hours later, a gunman shot and killed letter carrier Joseph Ileto; white supremacist Buford O. Furrow later pleaded guilty to the shootings and is serving two life sentences. In 2003, Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal turned the 12th unassisted triple play in major league history against the St. Louis Cardinals. Five years ago: President George W. Bush chose Porter Goss, a Republican congressman and one-time spy, to lead the CIA. A boat carrying Dominican migrants seeking a better life in Puerto Rico drifted back to almost the same spot where the voyage began nearly two weeks earlier; at least 55 of the 86 people on board had died. The 20-year-old woman who'd accused Kobe Bryant of rape filed a federal lawsuit in Denver against the NBA star. (The lawsuit was later settled out of court; terms were not disclosed.) Barry Bonds became the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs in 13 consecutive seasons, connecting in San Francisco's 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh. In 2006, British authorities announced they had thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up 10 aircraft heading to the United States. One year ago: At the Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps began his long march toward eight gold medals by winning the 400-meter individual medley in 4:03.84 -- smashing his own world record. The US women's 400-meter freestyle relay team, anchored by 41-year-old Dara Torres, took the silver behind the Netherlands. Stephanie Rice of Australia won the gold in the women's 400-meter individual medley in a world record time of 4:29.45. Padraig Harrington rallied from three shots behind to win the PGA Championship in Bloomfield Township, Mich. [Not this year, though. — Ed.] Today's Birthdays August 10: Singer Al Alberts is 87. Actress Rhonda Fleming is 86. Singer Jimmy Dean is 81. Singer Eddie Fisher is 81. Singer Ronnie Spector is 66. Actor James Reynolds is 63. Rock singer-musician Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) is 62. Singer Patti Austin is 61. Country musician Gene Johnson (Diamond Rio) is 60. Actor Daniel Hugh Kelly is 57. Folk singer-songwriter Sam Baker is 55. Actress Rosanna Arquette is 50. Actor Antonio Banderas is 49. Rock musician Jon Farriss (INXS) is 48. Singer Julia Fordham is 47. Journalist-blogger Andrew Sullivan is 46. [Looks about 55 to us. — Ed.] Singer Neneh Cherry is 45. Singer Aaron Hall is 45. Boxer Riddick Bowe is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lorraine Pearson (Five Star) is 42. Singer-producer Michael Bivins is 41. Actor-writer Justin Theroux is 38. Actress Angie Harmon is 37. Country singer Jennifer Hanson is 36. Football player Samari Rolle is 33. Actress JoAnna Garcia is 30. [No, really, who are most of these people? — Ed.] Today In Entertainment History -- On August tenth, 1948, Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" made its television debut on ABC with the title "Candid Microphone," which was also the name of a radio program produced by Funt. In 1959, the four members of The Platters and four 19-year-old women were arrested in a Cincinnati hotel. The singers were charged with aiding and abetting prostitution, and the women were charged with prostitution. All eight were later acquitted, but the incident hurt The Platters' career. In 1970, a trial began for singer Jim Morrison of The Doors, who was accused of exposing himself to an audience in Miami. [What bullshit. You know the crowd wanted to see it. — Ed.] In 1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for drug possession in Gothenburg, Sweden, and fined $1200. Paul McCartney said the arrest would "make good publicity" for the concert that night. In 1976, Elton John began a seven-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden. The sold-out shows helped John break a house attendance record that had been held by the Rolling Stones. In 1982, Southside Johhny Lyon of the Asbury Jukes married Jill Glasner in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The Asbury Jukes and Bruce Springsteen performed at the wedding. In 1991, nearly two dozen people were injured when fans started pushing and shoving at a Florida mall where actor Luke Perry of the TV show "Beverly Hills 90210" was appearing. [Now, people would be hurt trying to get away from a Luke Perry appearance. — Ed.] In 1999, singer Carnie Wilson had gastric bypass surgery and broadcast it on the Internet. In 2001, Martie Seidel of the Dixie Chicks married college professor Gareth Maguire in Kailua, Hawaii. In 2005, the lights on the Empire State Building were dimmed in memory of "King Kong" actress Fay Wray, who had died five days earlier. "60 Minutes" newsman Mike Wallace was arrested after he argued with New York city inspectors over whether his driver was double-parked. Wallace had just left a restaurant with a take-out order of meat loaf. It's been a year already? In 2008, Black Moses (performer-singer-songwriter-producer-DJ Isaac Hayes) died in Memphis, Tenn. at age 65. Thought for Today is under suspension; the AP &/or Yahoo! haven't been able to post the "Today, in etc." version w/ today's thought. Thoughtless in every sense. But here's the Rev.'s UPI's "A thought for the day: Leonard Nimoy, as Mr. Spock in the space drama "Star Trek," said to a captured enemy commander, "Military secrets are the most fleeting of all."
In Berkowitz' cream-colored Ford Galaxie sedan parked outside his apartment house, police found a submachine gun in a gunny sack and a note addressed to police. The contents of the note, printed in the same hand used in earlier notes to the police and newspaper columnist Jimmy Beslin, were chilling:
"Because Craig is Craig So must the streets Be filled with Craig death And huge drops of lead Poured down upon her head Until she was dead. Yet, the cats still come out at night to mate And the sparrows still sing in the morning."
Sunday, August 9, 2009
A Victor Hugo/Franz Kafka collaboration, except it's not fiction. On other homeless fronts:
How do you know when someone is indigent? As a Las Vegas statute puts it, “An indigent person is a person whom a reasonable ordinary person would believe to be entitled to apply for or receive” public assistance.
That could be me before the blow-drying and eyeliner, and it’s definitely Al Szekely at any time of day. A grizzled 62-year-old, he inhabits a wheelchair and is often found on G Street in Washington — the city that is ultimately responsible for the bullet he took in the spine in Fu Bai, Vietnam, in 1972. He had been enjoying the luxury of an indoor bed until last December, when the police swept through the shelter in the middle of the night looking for men with outstanding warrants.
It turned out that Mr. Szekely, who is an ordained minister and does not drink, do drugs or curse in front of ladies, did indeed have a warrant — for not appearing in court to face a charge of “criminal trespassing” (for sleeping on a sidewalk in a Washington suburb). So he was dragged out of the shelter and put in jail. “Can you imagine?” asked Eric Sheptock, the homeless advocate (himself a shelter resident) who introduced me to Mr. Szekely. “They arrested a homeless man in a shelter for being homeless.”[...]
In Los Angeles, the fine for truancy is $250; in Dallas, it can be as much as $500 — crushing amounts for people living near the poverty level. According to the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, an advocacy group, 12,000 students were ticketed for truancy in 2008.
Why does the Bus Riders Union care? Because it estimates that 80 percent of the “truants,” especially those who are black or Latino, are merely late for school, thanks to the way that over-filled buses whiz by them without stopping. I met people in Los Angeles who told me they keep their children home if there’s the slightest chance of their being late. It’s an ingenious anti-truancy policy that discourages parents from sending their youngsters to school.
Los Angeles police arrest Domingo Rodas, 53, Thursday afternoon in connection with the stabbing of four homeless men, two fatally.Tell Lily Burk's parents about your "fast police work."
9 August: Better Late Than Never, But Never Better Late; "It's Too Late/For Sharon Tate"; Also, Nagasaki
Saturday, August 8, 2009
So, Mrs. Mays isn't one bit surprised that her husband keeled over after running non-stop all over the country making sure she had a big estate. We're not surprised at her lack of surprise either.
She said she was unaware of any drug use by her husband, beyond prescription pills for a hip problem.
"Billy suffered from chronic, untreated hypertension," she said in a statement.
"Given the hectic nature and pace of Billy's life, especially during the past 10 months of his exhaustive travel across the country, it was not surprising to hear that hypertension was the cause of his death."
Governor Palin writes: “And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled.” It’s telling that she omitted one category: Poor people, whose care is now cruelly rationed in ways the Obama administration and congressional Democrats are trying to address in health care reform. Palin brings genuine moral passion to the issue of cognitive disability. I wish she would bring that same passion to the plight of uninsured patients forced to seek substandard, delayed care, or the millions of Americans facing the dual challenge of serious illness and large medical bills. If you live in any big city, go down to your local public hospital emergency room. You will probably find people in visible discomfort or illness languishing for hours. A society that cares about human rights and dignity would not tolerate this.Oh, climb off your high horse, professor (Imagine "professor" delivered w/ more sarcasm than the law allows.) you didn't prove Obama doesn't want to kill our retarded children & aging parents.
Of course, if you're that sedated, you may need to put a little "edge" back on.
The autopsy also found low concentrations of ethyl alcohol "consistent with social consumption of a few beverages" as well as the narcotic drugs hydrocodone, oxycodone and tramadol. Mays had prescriptions for the drugs -- which were found in therapeutic or subtherapeutic concentrations -- to ease hip pain.
In addition, the tests found evidence of two tranquilizers -- alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) -- which are commonly prescribed for a variety of ailments, including anxiety and insomnia. Both drugs were determined to be in therapeutic or subtherapeutic concentrations.
"He further concluded that cocaine use caused or contributed to the development of his heart disease, and therefore contributed to his death," it added.Now that it's been determined how & why he's been dead for a month & a half, can we get this sorry drug-addled shitheel off America's telebisions?
8 August: Nixon Back On Top; Yet Six Yrs. Later, You Really Won't Have Nixon (Or Napoleon) To Kick Around Any More
Friday, August 7, 2009
"We want Saddam back," said Ala al-Kanini, a patron at the store, referring to the late Iraqi leader. "You could do anything during Saddam's time."On the other hand, glibertarianism:
When Turkey expanded a ban on indoor smoking at public places last month, the move triggered what became known as the "smoking ban murder," when a patron opened fire on a restaurant owner in southwest Turkey after the man was asked to put out his cigarette.Praise Allah for concealed-carry!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The diary focuses on his problems with women and other worries, but also has some comments about the "liberal media," the "Obama economy" -- and it opens with remarks about last fall's election, the election of "The Black Man" and jokes about black men and white women. All left out of the AP excerpts and nearly everywhere else. Here is the full diary.The NYT also ignores the rightie stuff, but what does one need to know beyond this?
In his online journal, which has since been taken off the Internet, Mr. Sodini, a programmer-analyst at a local law firm, said that he had not had a girlfriend since 1984 and that he had not had sex since July 1990, when he was 29.Surprise, surprise! A programmer-analyst. At a law firm. Who could've seen that coming? And you can't tell us he hadn't had sex since 1990. He just hadn't had it w/ anyone but himself.