Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Please keep in mind that jail staff did not cause you to be incarcerated."

Welcome aboard! And always remember: Courtesy First!

Oh, A Woman, You Say?

Upon reading this head-line, & knowing of an Internet personage who's been making the Grand European Gallery, Brewery & Pub Tour, we thought it would be irresponsible not to wonder, although we don't suppose he'd be seen in a middle-brow sort of institution like the Louvre.

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.

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.

From A. Press

It's Official!

The Wall Street Journal has now joined the "not an American" chorus. Birth certificate follies coming soon?
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!
Americans don't like "implicit" ("Well, it's implicit! But I heard it!") moralizing bullying? What, then, of the rabid right's perpetual & explicit moral bullying? Have the finger-waggers suddenly understood that Americans don't like that crap; will they keep their biblical/moral drivel to themselves, now that they've acquired this new comprehension of America's character? It's about time, but we suspect it may not happen.
We won't open (much) the worm container of Ms. Rabinowitz's opinion, just note that it's beyond us how the President, "despite a great election victory" (when his opponents were a man & woman who, we imagine Ms. Rabinowitz believed, had their fingers on the very red pulse of America) is a stranger to America's heart & character. Unless of course it's something to do w/ his not being a Real American, if you know what we mean. Hey! Speaking of fascism (& we always must, it seems) what can we call appeals to this mythical national character (& suggestions that the current Prez doesn't "understand" that character) but fascism?
But what the fuck, let's open her can of squirming horror: What of Rabinowitz's understanding of the national heart & character? W/ that sort of name, how can she understand anything about our Christian nation? Really, it would be irresponsible not to speculate. (And it's pretty damn irresponsible of her to speculate on relationships to the national whatever when many of those who'd agree w/ her on the President's non-relationship to it will be quick to question her own American bona fides.)

Some Good Stills Of The Tail-Dragger In This One

And in motion.

11 August: Pollack Drips To Death Following Accident; Watts! Phobos, Deimos Located

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 11, the .223rd day of 2009. There are 142 days left in the year. AP A/V.
UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, on Aug. 11, 1909, the first recorded use of the S.O.S. distress signal in North America was made by the SS Arapahoe, which had broken down off North Carolina's Cape Hatteras. On this date: In 1877, Thomas Edison described the fundamentals of the phonograph to an assistant and instructed him to build the first one. American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered the two moons of Mars, which he named Phobos and Deimos. Ninety years ago, in 1919, Germany's Weimar Constitution was signed by President Friedrich Ebert. Seventy-five years ago, in 1934, the first federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.In 1942, Pierre Laval, prime minister of Vichy France, publicly declared that "the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the war." Sixty years ago, in 1949, President Harry S. Truman nominated General Omar N. Bradley to become the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1954, a formal peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting between the French and Communist Vietminh. In 1956, abstract painter Jackson Pollock, 44, died in an automobile accident on Long Island, N.Y. In 1962, the Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev on a 94-hour flight. In 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles.Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, President Ronald Reagan joked during a voice test for a paid political radio address that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." In 1992, the Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minn.
In 1994, major league baseball players went on strike following the conclusion of the day's games. In 1997, President Bill Clinton made the first use of the line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills. (The Supreme Court later struck down the line-item veto as unconstitutional.) In 1998, British Petroleum purchased Amoco for $49 billion. Ten years ago: White supremacist Buford O. Furrow, wanted in the wounding of five people at a Los Angeles Jewish community center and the shooting death of a mail carrier the day before, turned himself in to the FBI in Las Vegas and waived extradition to Los Angeles. (Furrow is serving life in prison.) A tornado tore across Salt Lake City, killing one person. In 2000, Pat Buchanan won the Reform Party presidential nomination in a victory bitterly disputed by party founder Ross Perot's supporters, who chose their own nominee in a rival convention. In 2002, US Airways filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In 2003, NATO took command of the 5,000-strong peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. Charles Taylor resigned as Liberia's president and went into exile in Nigeria. Five years ago: Britain granted its first license for human cloning for the purpose of stem cell research. The U.S. women's soccer team defeated home team Greece 3-to-0 on the first day of competition in the 2004 Olympic Games (the opening ceremony took place two days later). One year ago: President George W. Bush, back from his Asia tour, warned of a "dramatic and brutal escalation" of violence by Russia in the former Soviet republic of Georgia; he pressed Moscow to accept an immediate cease-fire and to pull back its troops. In Beijing, Michael Phelps got his second gold medal — thanks to a late comeback in the 400-meter freestyle relay by Jason Lezak, who lunged to the wall just ahead of the French anchor. Today's Birthdays: Actress Arlene Dahl is 81. Actress Anna Massey is 72. Songwriter-producer Kenny Gamble is 66. Rock musician Jim Kale (Guess Who) is 66. Country singer John Conlee is 63. Singer Eric Carmen is 60. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., is 60. Computer scientist and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is 59. Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 56. Singer Joe Jackson is 55. Playwright David Henry Hwang is 52. Actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is 45. Actress Viola Davis is 44. Actor Duane Martin is 44. Actor-host Joe Rogan is 42. R&B musician Chris Dave is 41. Actress Anna Gunn is 41. Actress Ashley Jensen is 41. Rock guitarist Charlie Sexton is 41. Hip-hop artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad is 39. Actor Will Friedle is 33. Rapper Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) is 31. [Crap, 1/2 of Kriss Kross is 31? — Ed.] Football player Andy Lee is 27. Today In Entertainment History -- On August eleventh, 1962, the Booker T. and the MG's classic instrumental "Green Onions" was released by Stax Records. In 1968, The Beatles released "Hey Jude" backed with "Revolution," the first single from their Apple Records label. In 1972, Elvis and Priscilla Presley filed for divorce. They had married in May of 1967. In 1985, singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran was rescued from his yacht, which had capsized during a race off the British coast. His rescuer later received a medal of bravery. In 1986, six early albums by The Monkees re-entered Billboard's top albums chart after almost 20 years. In 1987, Clara Peller, the elderly woman in the "Where's the beef?" commercials for Wendy's, died at age 86. In 1996, drummer Mel Taylor of The Ventures died of lung cancer in Tarzana, California. He was 62. In 1997, actor Christian Slater was arrested after he bit a man in the stomach and threw a police officer against a wall during a rowdy party in Los Angeles. He later pleaded no contest to the charges and served 90 days in jail. Ten years ago, in 1999, bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue was arrested for allegedly inciting violence at a show in Las Vegas. Police say he told the crowd to flip cop cars. In 2002, actor Jason Priestly was seriously injured after crashing a race car head-on into a wall in Sparta, Kentucky. He broke his back, his nose and both feet, as well as suffered a concussion. In 2005, singer Marc Cohn was shot in the temple during an attempted carjacking in Denver. In 2006, talk show host Mike Douglas died on his 81st birthday in West Palm Beach, Florida. One year ago, actor-playwright George Furth died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 75. Thought for Today: "A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he's crossing a one-way street." — Laurence J. Peter, Canadian-born educator and author of "The Peter Principle" (1919-1990). [In Los Angeles, we call someone who looks both ways when crossing a one-way street a live pedestrian. — Ed.]

Monday, August 10, 2009

Digital Dilemma

Imagine that: A) You're goofy enough to be a Faceboook user, & B) This has appeared on your page or wall or whatever the fucking hell it is, not even someone w/ mutual friends, just a suggestion.What would you do? Feel insulted might be a good start. Something like this could trigger the overly-sensitive.
And no, we aren't. (Overly-sensitive or adding.)

Internationalgalactic JewishNeo-Con Conspiracy, Part Whatever

From conspiracy aficionados to the "left," as linked by a crazy from the (objectively) right, JAG Hunter. Per "the left," Obama was a CIA agent/operative/something-or-other, & "birferism" has been stirred up by Israeli P. M. Netanyahu, as part of his ongoing duel to the death w/ Rahm Emmanuel.
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.

"Mr.and Mrs. Politician, read the Original Organic Constitution for the United States of America"

For compare & contrasty fun, we'll reproduce a little something The JAG Hunter received in his email about the social and political climate in countries immediately before revolution, & then point you to a Sara Robinson piece on which stage of the fascist revolution/take-over This Great Nation of Ours™ finds itself in. First,
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.
Government 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)
Now, Sara Robinson on

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.

What? No Title?

From The NYT review of "Julie & Julia."
“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/.

Deeply, Madly, Truly (Now W/ Afternoon UP-DATE)

Oh, Jesus fucking Christ already. Ross D. at The NYT is at it again. By it, of course, we mean analyzing movies for their conservatosity index, & screeching about "morality."
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.
Nor can much that Ross types be believed.
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.
AFTERNOON UP-DATE: Ezra Klein seems to have a reading problem. And we quote:
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.)

This Is The City: Hellmouth, California

Dragnet Stamp: The Story. And, Dragnet Stamp: The Re-Purposing.



Having a life (so-called) & watching baseball on the telly having interfered w/ news gathering here, we've been remiss in covering the "Xe" (It's Blackwater, baby!) troubles, or even watching the fair & balanced reporting from MSNBC. Let's watch the coverage together. (Sucker! We're just going to compile all the crap here, hit the sack, & watch it tomorrow.) We do know enough about the current charges & accusations that everything hinted at & implied a couple of years ago looks to be true. And some of the new stuff is worse.

Wanted For Treason

Another one for the "The More Things Change, The Stupider They Get" file.From Down With Tyranny!, where a commenter claimed the excessively long post (Which, of course, means we sure as hell did no more than scan it, after thefting the image.)
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.

Second & Third Party Candidates

Another Internet bloviator has an idea we like, & bingo, it's ours!!Could be. W/ too much party structure at hand to sacrifice (even for the sake of purity) & their mystifying* but persistent expectation/hope for a messianic 21st Century Reagan/father figure to lead them from the wilderness, a serious split of the Goofy Ol' Party doesn't seem likely anytime before the 2012 results are in, when reeeeal serious recrimination, blaming, finger-pointing, "tsk-tsking" & analysis may be necessary if any Republican Party at all is to survive.
But in 2010, the scenario Master Beasley typed above may come to pass. Hell, depending on state/party primary laws, there may well be some Perot/Paul-style wackenheimers not only on Constitution Party tickets but on Republican ones as well.
We quiver in anticipation.
*It is a form of mysticism, so it should be mystifying, we suppose.

10 August: Poetry In A Galaxie; Mobs Attack Palais des Tuileries; Ecuador Strikes!

Today is Monday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2009. There are 143 days left in the year. AP A/V.
And from the Reverend Moon's UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: In 1846, President James K. Polk signed a measure establishing the Smithsonian Institution, named after English scientist James Smithson, whose bequest of half a million dollars had made it possible. On this date: In 1776, a committee of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson suggested the United States adopt "E pluribus unum" -- "Out of many, one" -- as the motto for its Great Seal. In 1792, during the French Revolution, mobs in Paris attacked the Tuileries Palace, where King Louis XVI resided. (The king was later arrested, put on trial for treason, and executed the following January.) Two hundred years ago, in 1809, Ecuador struck its initial blow for independence from Spain. (Ecuador achieved independence in 1822.) In 1821, Missouri became the 24th state. In 1874, Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa. In 1885, America's first commercially operated electric streetcar began operation in Baltimore. In 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello. [What? Campobello's in Canada? Damn hosers! — Ed.] In 1944, American forces overcame Japanese resistance on Guam. In 1949, the National Military Establishment was renamed the Department of Defense. In 1968, 35 people were killed in the crash of a Piedmont Airlines Fairchild FH-227 at Kanawha County Airport in West Virginia; two survived. In 1969, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in their Los Angeles home by members of Charles Manson's cult, one day after actress Sharon Tate and four other people were slain. In 1977, "Son of Sam" serial killer David Berkowitz was arrested in Yonkers, N.Y., accused of six slayings and seven woundings in a year-long spree of random shootings of mostly young couples parked in cars in New York City. (Berkowitz is serving six consecutive sentences of 25 years to life in prison.) From the original AP report:

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."

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."

Sunday, August 9, 2009

More Reasons To Hate This Fucking Country & Every "Reasonable, Ordinary Person" In It

When the going gets tough, the assholes come out in force.

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.

A Victor Hugo/Franz Kafka collaboration, except it's not fiction. On other homeless fronts:

Fast police work led to suspect's arrest in Hollywood attacks

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."

Bills Vs. Titans/Oilers

Excitement mounting at the House of Bouffant, as we prepare to view an NFL game (Granted, the Hall of Fame Game, the first one of the exhibition or "pre-" season, so it will be a suck-fest from the git-go.) on our not-as-new-as-it-used-to-be high definition telebision.
Can this crap amuse us enough when it's bigger, clearer & generally better? (We actually are curious as to what pro ball will sound like, baseball sounds over HD audio being much clearer, etc.) But not amusing enough to provide a reason to continue our existence, we'll just bet you.

9 August: Better Late Than Never, But Never Better Late; "It's Too Late/For Sharon Tate"; Also, Nagasaki

Today is Sunday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2009. There are 144 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the United States exploded a nuclear device over Nagasaki, killing an estimated 74,000 people.On this date:In 480 B.C., after one of history's most famous battles, Persian forces overran the heavily outnumbered Spartan defenders of the narrow pass at Thermopylae in Greece. In 1842, the United States and Canada resolved a border dispute by signing the Webster-Ashburton Treaty. [Between this & the "Peace Bridge" of 1927 (last Friday's trivia section) we don't think we've even seen two wussier countries. Look at the Frogs & the Krauts. Say what you will, neither nation is scared to go a few rounds w/ its neighbor. — Ed.] In 1848, the Free-Soil Party convened in Buffalo, N.Y., where it nominated Martin Van Buren for president. In 1854, Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," which described his experiences while living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, was first published. In 1902, Edward VII was crowned king of Britain following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria. In 1936, Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics as the United States took first place in the 400-meter relay.Sixty-five years ago, in 1944, 258 African-American sailors based at Port Chicago, Calif. refused to load a munitions ship following the explosion of another ship that killed 320 men, two-thirds of them black. (Fifty of the sailors were convicted of mutiny, fined and imprisoned.) Couple pictures here. Forty years ago, in 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally murdered at Tate's Los Angeles home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.In 1974, President Richard Nixon's resignation took effect. Vice President Gerald R. Ford became the nation's 38th chief executive.Ford: "our long national nightmare is over" In 1985, a federal judge in Norfolk, Va., found retired Navy officer Arthur J. Walker guilty of seven counts of spying for the Soviet Union. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan nominated Lauro Cavazos to be secretary of education and the first Hispanic to serve in the Cabinet. In 1989, in Mexico, a train fell into the San Rafael River after a bridge collapsed, killing 112 people. Ten years ago: Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin and the entire Cabinet, marking the fourth time in 17 months he had fired the government. Yeltsin named Vladimir Putin, a former KGB agent, the new prime minister. In 2000, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. announced it was recalling 6.5 million tires that had been implicated in hundreds of accidents and at least 46 deaths. In 2001, President George W. Bush approved federal funding for existing lines of embryonic stem cells. In 2002, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th homer, becoming the fourth major leaguer to reach the mark. Five years ago: Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, addressing a court for the first time, asked victims of the blast for forgiveness as a judge sentenced him to 161 consecutive life sentences. In the worst-ever accident at a Japanese nuclear power plant, a corroded cooling pipe burst, killing five workers. One year ago: Todd Bachman, the father of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman, was stabbed to death by a Chinese man in Beijing in an apparently random attack just hours after the start of the Olympic Games. (The assailant took his own life.) Mariel Zagunis led a US sweep of the women's saber fencing for the first American medals of the Games. Today's Birthdays August 9: Former baseball manager Ralph Houk is 90. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Cousy is 81. Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver is 71. Jazz musician Jack DeJohnette is 67. Comedian-director David Steinberg is 67. Boxing Hall-of-Famer Ken Norton is 66. Actor Sam Elliott is 65. Singer Barbara Mason is 62. Former baseball player Bill Campbell is 61. College Football Hall of Famer John Cappelletti is 57. Former football player Doug Williams is 54. Actress Melanie Griffith is 52. Actress Amanda Bearse is 51. Rapper Kurtis Blow is 50. Singer Whitney Houston is 46. Hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull is 45. TV host Hoda Kotb is 45. Actor Pat Petersen is 43. Former football player-turned-broadcaster Deion Sanders is 42. Actress Gillian Anderson is 41. Actor Eric Bana is 41. Hockey player Rod Brind'Amour is 39. TV anchor Chris Cuomo is 39. Rock musician Arion Salazar is 39. Rapper Mack 10 is 38. Actress Nikki Schieler Ziering is 38. Latin rock singer Juanes is 37. Actress Liz Vassey is 37. Basketball player Derek Fisher is 35. Baseball player Brian Fuentes is 34. Actress Rhona Mitra is 34. Actress Jessica Capshaw is 33.
Today In Entertainment -- On August ninth, 1963, the British TV show "Ready Steady Go" premiered. Most of Britain's most popular bands appeared on the show. In 1967, concert officials at the Sunbury Jazz and Blues Festival in England asked Jerry Lee Lewis to leave the stage because they thought the crowd had gotten too wild during Lewis' performance. In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally murdered in Tate's Los Angeles home. Cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his young disciples were later convicted of the crime. In 1978, Muddy Waters performed for President Jimmy Carter at a White House picnic. In 1991, singer Rick James pleaded innocent to charges he imprisoned, tortured and sexually assaulted a woman in his California home. Five years ago: Oscar-nominated movie and TV composer David Raksin died in Van Nuys, Calif. at age 92. In 1995, Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack while undergoing drug rehabilitation. He was 53. In 1995, Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead, died in Forest Knolls, Calif., of a heart attack at age 53. In 1999, guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs quit Oasis. Barely two weeks later, bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan quit.
One year ago, comedian Bernie Mac died in Chicago at age 50. Thought for Today: "The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything." — Edward John Phelps, American lawyer and diplomat (1822-1900).

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fairness Doctrine

Just to present both "sides" of the issue. Pitchman Billy Mays' wife lashes out at autopsy report that said he used coke "Lashes out," Daily News? Headline writers. Hmpff. A Loving Wife

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."

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.

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

Hughes, John, death of.
We so don't care that, even though we know that pointing it out will make us appear old & wretched, we're going to point it out anyway.

Bringing Shame Back

Best response so far to ExAKGov Sarah Palin's Facebook fit. (Note that it is written by "a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration." That would make him both a "Chicago thug," & an academic in the social sciences. Two strikes right there.)
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.
[Kill whomever you want, blood-thirsty fucking apes. Fight it out among yourselves. We'll be back when you're finished. — Editor.]

High On Our Own Natural Juices

Crap on a crutch, is this reporter the last American not on six different medications? (We're supposed to be taking something which, allegedly, will give us the desire to do something beyond sit here & type — that's worked out well, hasn't it? — but we were so offended by the demand to pay some money to the crypto-fasci-socialist MediObamaCare program we aren't even using that. You've been warned. Again.)

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.

Of course, if you're that sedated, you may need to put a little "edge" back on.
"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

By The Associated Press: Today is Saturday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2009. There are 145 days left in the year. AP A/V. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 8, 1974, in the wake of damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, President Richard M. Nixon announced during a prime-time address that he would resign at noon the following day, and that Vice President Gerald R. Ford would succeed him.Hear astoundingly paranoid fool President Richard M. Nixon give it up. On this date: In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte set sail for St. Helena to spend the remainder of his days in exile. In 1844, Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons following the killing of Joseph Smith. In 1876, Thomas A. Edison received a patent for his mimeograph.
In 1940, the German Luftwaffe began a series of daylight air raids on Britain. In 1942, six convicted Nazi saboteurs who'd landed in the U.S. were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others were spared. In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed the United Nations Charter. The Soviet Union declared war against Japan during World War II. In 1953, the United States and South Korea initialed a mutual security pact. In 1963, Britain's "Great Train Robbery" took place as thieves made off with 2.6 million pounds in banknotes. In 1968, the Republican national convention in Miami Beach, Fla., nominated Richard M. Nixon for president on the first ballot. [Six yrs. to the day later, it was all over, & Nixon was officially the World's Biggest Loser! — Ed.]In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland, and vowed not to resign — which he ended up doing. In 1978, the U.S. launched Pioneer Venus 2, which carried scientific probes to study the atmosphere of Venus. In 1988, U. N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar announced a cease-fire between Iran and Iraq.
In 1994, Israel and Jordan opened the first road link between the two once-warring countries. Ten years ago: Opening a new attack on the Republican tax-cut measure, President Bill Clinton warned the nation's governors at their meeting in St. Louis that the $792 billion package would trigger "huge cuts" in Medicare, farm programs and other spending critical to their voters. Five years ago: Alan Keyes, the Republican two-time presidential hopeful, threw his hat into Illinois' U.S. Senate race. (He ended up losing in a landslide to Democrat Barack Obama.) In 2005, Iran resumed work at a uranium conversion facility after suspending activities for nine months to avoid U.N. sanctions. In 2006, Sen. Joseph Lieberman lost the Connecticut Democratic primary to political newcomer Ned Lamont. (Lieberman won re-election to the Senate by running as an independent). In 2007, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on a charge of making sexual advances to an undercover police officer at a Minneapolis airport restroom. The first tornado recorded in the New York City borough of Brooklyn touched down, damaging some houses. One year ago: China opened the Summer Olympic Games with an extravaganza of fireworks and pageantry. A charter bus crashed near Sherman, Texas, killing 17 members of a Vietnamese-American Catholic group en route to Missouri. Former Democratic presidential candidate and vice-presidential nominee John Edwards admitted having an extramarital affair. Russia sent an armored column into the breakaway enclave of South Ossetia after Georgia launched an offensive to crush separatists there. Today's Birthdays: Producer Dino DeLaurentiis is 90. Actress Esther Williams is 88. Actor Richard Anderson is 83. Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, is 79. Actress Nita Talbot is 79. Singer Mel Tillis is 77. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 72. Actress Connie Stevens is 71. Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 70. Actor Larry Wilcox is 62. Actor Keith Carradine is 60. R&B singer Airrion Love (The Stylistics) is 60. Movie director Martin Brest is 58. Radio-TV personality Robin Quivers is 57. Actor Donny Most is 56. Rock musician Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs) is 52. TV personality Deborah Norville is 51. Actor-singer Harry Crosby is 51. Rock musician The Edge (U2) is 48. Rock musician Rikki Rockett (Poison) is 48. Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 47. Rock musician Ralph Rieckermann is 47. Middle distance runner Suzy Favor-Hamilton is 41. Rock singer Scott Stapp is 36. Country singer Mark Wills is 36. Actor Kohl Sudduth is 35. Rock musician Tom Linton (Jimmy Eat World) is 34. Singer JC Chasez ('N Sync) is 33. Actress Tawny Cypress is 33. R&B singer Drew Lachey (98 Degrees) is 33. R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius (Floetry) is 32. Actress Countess Vaughn is 31. Actor Michael Urie is 29. Tennis player Roger Federer is 28. Actress Meagan Good is 28. Britain's Princess Beatrice of York is 21. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1911, the newsreel became a standard feature at U.S. movie screenings when the French film company Pathe began releasing weekly black-and-white features to theaters. In 1960, Decca Records in Britain destroyed 25,000 copies of the song "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ray Peterson. The company said the song was "too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibility." [Yeah, like that Dickens guy. He wasn't vulgar. — Ed.] In 1970, singer Bessie Smith finally received a marker for her grave in Philadelphia, 33 years after her death. Janis Joplin cited Smith as one of her influences and bought the marker for the grave. In 1975, singer Hank Williams Jr. suffered severe head injuries [How could anyone tell? — Ed.] when he fell while mountain climbing in Montana. He returned to performing months later. In 1982, singer Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship married Sara Kendrick in San Francisco. [Has there ever been anything more trivial published anywhere? — Ed.] In 1986, singer David Crosby was paroled from a Texas prison. He had been serving time for drug and weapons charges. In 1992, Metallica singer James Hetfield was injured by a stage explosion at a concert in Montreal. At that same show, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose lost his voice and cut short their set. Fans rioted when the concert ended early. In 1996, singer Mel Torme was hospitalized after a stroke that left his left side weakened and affected his speech. In 1999, violence broke out for the second night in a row in the parking lot outside a Dave Matthews Band concert in Hartford, Conn. Police say people outside the show threw bottles and rocks. [Fucking dirty neo-hippies. — Ed.] In 2001, actor Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were divorced after 11 years of marriage. In 2004, a bus driver for the Dave Matthews Band dumped human waste from the bus into the Chicago River and onto a tour boat carrying more than 100 passengers. The band later settled with the state of Illinois, and the driver plead guilty to reckless conduct and pollution charges. [More atrocities? What's w/this "Dave Matthews" & his "Band?" — Ed.] Actress Fay Wray, the damsel held atop the Empire State Building by the giant ape in "King Kong," died in New York City at age 96. Thought for Today: "The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." — Sydney J. Harris, American journalist (1917-1986).

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fascist Health Police Bring Liberal Democracy To Iraq

We'll have no more of this libertinism:
"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!

Rate For Red, Blue Or Yellow

We'd hoped for an exciting visual presentation, but all we got was a troll in its own comments. Points given for the "Tell-Tale Heart" soundtrack.

HGTV Overnight Up-Date

Decoration continues apace here in the editorial offices/bunker/etc.Being easily thrilled, & w/o expectations or purpose, we were happy to find our IJN ensign in a duffel bag.

Festival Of Freberg

The Bouffant chapeau tipped to Dukey Flyswatter, who posted a couple of these last wk. (Some Facebook acquaintances are not culturally unaware, despite our earlier moaning.) And here's to Stan Freberg, the Phil Spector of Satire, on his 83rd anniversary.

7 August: Hatfield-McCoy Feud Gets Going; Guadalcanal Invaded

By The Associated Press: Today is Friday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2009. There are 146 days left in the year. AP A/V.
UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 7, 1782, Gen. George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned officers. On this date: In 1789, the U.S. War Department was established by Congress. In 1882, the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky erupted into full-scale violence as one member of the Hatfield clan was mortally wounded by three McCoy brothers, who ended up being slain in turn. In 1912, the Progressive Party nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president. In 1927, the Peace Bridge between the United States and Canada was dedicated during ceremonies attended by Prince Edward of Wales, Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and U.S. Vice President Charles Dawes. In 1942, U.S. and allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.In 1947, the balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago; all six crew members reached land safely. In 1959, the United States launched the Explorer 6 satellite, which sent back images of the Earth. In 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy became the first wife of a president since the days of Grover Cleveland to give birth while in the White House. The infant, a boy, died two days later. In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces. In 1971, Apollo 15 returned to Earth after a manned mission to the moon. In 1974, French stuntman Philippe Petit repeatedly walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.Twenty years ago, in 1989, a plane carrying U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 14 others disappeared over Ethiopia. (The wreckage of the plane was found six days later; there were no survivors.) In 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq. In 1998, terrorist bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton, during a visit to his home state of Arkansas, promised to devote the rest of his presidency to erasing poverty. Wade Boggs became the first player to homer for his 3,000th hit in Tampa Bay's 15-10 loss to Cleveland. In 2000, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore chose Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate, making him the first Jewish candidate on a major party ticket. Five years ago: Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi signed an amnesty for minor criminals. Greg Maddux became the 22nd pitcher in major league history to reach 300 victories, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over San Francisco. Celebrated oil field firefighter Paul "Red" Adair died in Houston at age 89. In 2005, ABC anchorman Peter Jennings died at age 67. In 2007, Barry Bonds became baseball's career home run leader when he hit No. 756 during a home game in San Francisco, passing Hank Aaron's mark. One year ago: President George W. Bush, speaking in Bangkok, Thailand, praised the spread of freedom in Asia while sharply criticizing oppression and human rights abuses in China, Myanmar and North Korea; the president then traveled to Beijing to attend the opening of the Olympic games. A U.S. military jury at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base gave Osama bin Laden's driver a surprisingly light 5 1/2-year sentence for aiding terrorism, making him eligible for parole in just five months. (The U.S. later transferred Salim Hamdan to his home country of Yemen, which released him in January 2009.) Today's Birthdays: Writer-producer Stan Freberg is 83. R&B singer Herb Reed (The Platters) is 81. Magician, author and lecturer James Randi is 81. Former baseball pitcher Don Larsen is 80. Bluesman Magic Slim is 72. Actress Verna Bloom is 70. Humorist Garrison Keillor is 67. Singer B.J. Thomas is 67. Singer Lana Cantrell is 66. Actor John Glover is 65. Actor David Rasche is 65. R&B singer Harold Hudson is 60. Former diplomat, talk show host and activist Alan Keyes is 59.Country singer Rodney Crowell is 59. Actress Caroline Aaron is 57. Comedian Alexei Sayle is 57. Actor Wayne Knight is 54. Rock singer Bruce Dickinson is 51. Marathon runner Alberto Salazar is 51. Actor David Duchovny is 49. Country musician Michael Mahler (Wild Horses) is 48. Actor Harold Perrineau is 46. Jazz musician Marcus Roberts is 46. Country singer Raul Malo is 44. Actress Charlotte Lewis is 42. Actress Sydney Penny is 38. Actor Michael Shannon is 35. Actress Charlize Theron is 34. Oakland Raiders punter Shane Lechler is 33. Today In Entertainment History -- In 1957, Oliver Hardy of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy died at age 65. In 1963, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello's first movie together, "Beach Party," was released.In 1970, "Soul Train" made its debut on a Chicago TV station. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, actress Faye Dunaway married singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. They divorced five years later. In 1986, a judge in Los Angeles dismissed a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The lawsuit had been filed by the parents of a teen-ager who killed himself while listening to Osbourne's "Suicide Solution." Actor Tom Selleck married Jillie Mack. In 1990, Marlon Brando's son Christian pleaded innocent in the murder of his half-sister's boyfriend. In 1991, charges of assault and property damage were filed against Axl Rose in connection with a riot during a Guns N' Roses concert in the St. Louis area. In 1995, rapper LL Cool J married Simone Johnson. Thought for Today: "Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second — and best — in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes." — Theodor Fontane, German author (1819-1898).

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Who'da Thunk It, Huh?

A tip of the Bouffant chapeau to Johnny Angel's Facebook page (At least one of our "friends" there is vaguely politically aware. Otherwise, by & large a waste, but really, what isn't?) which led us to more about the latest All-Amerikan spree-killer, George Sodini. More that the liberal bias Northeastern elitist media seem to have forgotten/ignored.
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.

Alien Desert Life Forms

Until quite recently, we'd been thinking talk of Lizard People from Planet X having taken positions of power w/ the help of the Bilderberger/Illuminati/Masonic axis was just slightly sillier than "The President was born in Kenya & raised by Muslims in Indonesia expressly to destroy the United Snakes." Then The New York Times showed us the Republican Governor of Arizona (The Gila Monster State):

Budd Schulberg, R. I. P.

The Best Movie About Television That You've Never Seen

Open Letter To The Bagel Council Of America

Dear Bagel People:
Please make the effing sesame seeds on your stinking bagels adhere to the damn things a little better, as we're sick & tired of picking sesame seeds from our keyboard, among many surfaces.
Thank you.
America's Concerned Bagel End-User Community.


A hand-wringing commenter is afraid there will be blood before August is done.We don't necessarily agree w/ MsJoanne that leftists tend to be pacifists; it's more that we're not so overwhelmed w/ feelings of inadequacy that we must compensate w/ pseudo-macho blather & primitive displays of guns, penises, etc., in classic rightist style. More importantly, the "No!" elements (described not inaccurately this a. m. by Joe Scarborough as the Ross Perot voters of 1992 — though by now many are the literal or otherwise descendants of the Reform Partiers, many of the Perot fans having been euthanized by gov't. Medi-"Care") frothing/foaming at the mouth as they may be, are old, wretched, & (should push indeed come to shove) will be no match for younger, working people. Bring it on, aging Brownshirt wanna-bes!
Speaking of those who do more for a living than sit in an office all day while cheating their employees & customers, aren't working people the real Americans the right-wing claims to represent? Wrong again! They're "goons." Gateway Pundit knows from goons, being one himself, as evidenced below.
Above: Pamela ("Atlas Shrugs") Geller & Jim ("Gateway Pundit") Hoft say good-bye to each other at an airport, possibly following a romantic rendez-vous at the Airport Marriot or Ramada Inn.