Saturday, July 25, 2009

Personal Appearance Round-Up

Tonight this reporter will be attending a screening (as we pretensiosos in "Hollywood" type) of what its trailer describes as both "THE MOST AWAITED EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF ENTERTAINMENT" & "THE MOST DISTINGUISHED MOTION PICTURE OF ALL TIME!"
It's just gotta be good. "Distinguished Motion Pictures" are the best! (Especially when they're about "Hollywood.") See you there.

25 July: Dino & Jerry Get Started; So Do Crock, Still, Mash & Bung

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 49 mins ago Today is Saturday, July 25, the 206th day of 2009. There are 159 days left in the year. See also: The UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: One hundred years ago, in 1909, French aviator Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly an airplane across the English Channel, traveling from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. On this date: In 1593, France's King Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism. In 1832, one man was killed and three others injured in the first recorded railroad accident in U.S. history. The four were thrown from an otherwise vacant car on the Granite Railway near Quincy, Mass. In 1866, Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army of the United States, the first officer to hold the rank. In 1868, Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory. In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, U.S. forces launched their invasion of Puerto Rico, the island that was one of Spain's two principal possessions in the Caribbean. In 1917, Mata Hari, the archetype of the seductive female spy, was sentenced to death in France as a German spy. In 1946, the United States detonated an atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the first underwater test of the device.In 1952, Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States. In 1956, the Italian liner Andrea Doria collided with the Swedish passenger ship Stockholm off the New England coast late at night and began sinking; at least 51 people were killed.In 1963, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in Moscow prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, in space or underwater. In 1969, a week after the Chappaquiddick incident that claimed the life of Mary Jo Kopechne, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident; he went on television to call his failure to immediately notify authorities "indefensible." In 1984, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space as she carried out more than three hours of experiments outside the orbiting space station Salyut 7. In 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries' 46-year-old formal state of war. Ten years ago: The Woodstock '99 music festival in Rome, N.Y., ended in fires and looting. Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France. Morocco held a funeral for King Hassan II. In 2000, a New York-bound Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris shortly after takeoff, killing all 109 people on board and four people on the ground; it was the first-ever crash of the supersonic jet. Five years ago: Israelis formed a human chain stretching 55 miles from Gaza to Jerusalem to protest Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza Strip withdrawal plan. Lance Armstrong won a record sixth Tour de France. One year ago: An oxygen tank exploded aboard a Qantas Boeing 747-400, ripping a hole in the fuselage and forcing an emergency landing in the Philippines. President George W. Bush signed an executive order expanding sanctions against individuals and organizations in Zimbabwe associated with the regime of President Robert Mugabe. Computer science professor Randy Pausch, whose "last lecture" about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, died in Chesapeake, Va. at age 47. The Federal Communications Commission formally approved Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.'s $3.3 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. California became the first state to ban trans fats from restaurant food. Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Harris is 74. Rock musician Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) is 66. Rock musician Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) is 58. Singer-musician Jem Finer (The Pogues) is 54. Model-actress Iman is 54. Cartoonist Ray Billingsley ("Curtis") is 52. Rock musician Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) is 51. Actress-singer Bobbie Eakes is 48. Actress Katherine Kelly Lang (TV: "The Bold and the Beautiful") is 48. Actress Illeana Douglas is 44. Country singer Marty Brown is 44. Actor Matt LeBlanc is 42. Rock musician Paavo Lotjonen (Apocalyptica) is 41. Actor D.B. Woodside is 40. Actress Miriam Shor is 38. New York Mets left-handed reliever Billy Wagner is 38. Atlanta Braves pitcher Javier Vazquez is 33.
Today In Entertainment History -- On July 25th, 1946, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis began their partnership as a nightclub song and comedy act with a performance in Atlantic City. They split up in 1956. [People are paid actual fucking money to write crap like this:] In 1965, Bob Dylan was booed off the stage at the Newport Folk Festival when he began playing an electric guitar.
[& this:]
In 1965, Bob Dylan shocked his fans at the Newport Folk Festival when he played electric guitar during a performance with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. In 1966, guitarist Brian Jones played his last US concert with the Rolling Stones, in San Francisco. Jones died in 1969. In 1967, The Beatles took out an advertisement in the London Times urging the British government to legalize marijuana. Forty years ago, in 1969, Neil Young made his first concert appearance with Crosby, Stills and Nash. They played at the Fillmore East in New York. In 1975, the musical "A Chorus Line" opened on Broadway. In 1980, Kiss introduced its new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the New York Palladium. Carr replaced Peter Criss, who began a solo career. In other music of morons news, AC/DC released "Back In Black," their first album with singer Brian Johnson. In 1990, comedian Roseanne Barr sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a major league baseball game, spit, then scratched herself. The crowd booed, and she later apologized. In 1997, Autumn Jackson was convicted of trying to extort $40 million dollars from Bill Cosby. She had claimed to be Cosby's illegitimate daughter. Ten tears ago, fires began burning out of control during the Red Hot Chili Peppers' set at Woodstock '99. Fans began looting the vendors and pelting police with bottles and fruit. [Those toads have the same effect on us. — Ed.] In 2001, Mariah Carey checked herself into a hospital suffering from an emotional and physical breakdown. In 2002, Jennifer Lopez filed for divorce from her second husband, Cris Judd. Thought for Today: "No matter what side of an argument you're on, you always find some people on your side that you wish were on the other side." — Jascha Heifetz, Russian-born American violinist (1901-1987).

Friday, July 24, 2009

An Evening Ruined

Fucking shit, we were going to enjoy a non-humid evening watching baseball as if we were an aging (mostly) Anglo American male or something, but The New York Times had to cross our path w/ a story that will allow us to screech, among other things: "Posse comitatus!" "Constitution trampled!" & "Where are the armies of Acorn thugs you awful, ignorant white people live in fear of now? What do you have to say about your half-baked paranoia of 'FEMA Concentration Camps?'" & so on & so forth, ad fucking nauseum.
In the discussions, Mr. Cheney and others cited an Oct. 23, 2001, memorandum from the Justice Department that, using a broad interpretation of presidential authority, argued that the domestic use of the military against Al Qaeda would be legal because it served a national security, rather than a law enforcement, purpose. “The president has ample constitutional and statutory authority to deploy the military against international or foreign terrorists operating within the United States,” the memorandum said.
Was that memorandum written by a graduate of Liberty "University" or Regent "U." Law School? Shit like that might not be surprising from a Podunk State Law & Agriculture School graduate who's afraid he'll lose his job as a staff lawyer for a family owned business if he tells the boss in so many words that it's illegal to make employees work overtime w/o pay dumping untreated waste, but the DoJ? We imagine the calculation was: "Why just keep the State Dep't. out of the foreign policy loop when you can turn the Justice Department into a personal injury law firm at the same time?
Delving deeper:
Former officials said the 2002 debate arose partly from Justice Department concerns that there might not be enough evidence to arrest and successfully prosecute the suspects in Lackawanna. Mr. Cheney, the officials said, had argued that the administration would need a lower threshold of evidence to declare them enemy combatants and keep them in military custody.
Fuck, there you have it, plain as day. The absolute end of Constitution as we knew it.
John Yoo was one of the authors of the memo, also. We can only assume he was injured chasing an ambulance & had to take easy gov't. work after he got out of rehab.

Hot Off The Pages Of memeorandum

Below: Pamela Geller & Robert (Jihad Watch) Spencer. Below that: What they're up to today.Note increasing THREAT LEVEL, from "could get own police" & "entertaining giving," to Ms. Geller's "Muslims to Get Their Own Police Force ..." as if it's a done deal & the only thing left to do is sew the uniforms. Even funnier is that we thought we should check Atlas Shrugs, in case there was a question mark or other qualification on the other side of the memeorandum-imposed ellipsis. There wasn't.Pamela's right. You can't make this "shiz" up. Though she certainly can. We never learn, do we?

Randall Terry's Five Point Plan To Take Back America

It's The Middle Of The Night

78°F @ 0200. We merely note. Whereas the stupid Internet claims it to be 68°F. Whatever.

24 July: Kitchen Debate In Moscow; Bolivar's B-Day (PHOTO ADDED)

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 1 min ago Today is Friday, July 24, the 205th day of 2009. There are 160 days left in the year. That AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, in 1959, during a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engaged in his famous "Kitchen Debate" with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. (The impromptu exchanges occurred in the kitchen of a model home at the American National Exhibition, with each man arguing for his country's technological advances.) Nixon and Krushchev defend their systems.On this date: In 1679, New Hampshire became a royal colony of the British crown. In 1783, Latin American revolutionary Simon Bolivar was born in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley in present-day Utah. In 1858, Republican senatorial candidate Abraham Lincoln formally challenged Democrat Stephen A. Douglas to a series of political debates; the result was seven face-to-face encounters. In 1862, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, died in Kinderhook, N.Y. In 1866, Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War. In 1923, the Treaty of Lausanne, which settled the boundaries of modern Turkey, was concluded in Switzerland. Eighty years ago, in 1929, President Herbert Hoover proclaimed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy. In 1937, the state of Alabama dropped charges against four of the nine young black men accused of raping two white women in the "Scottsboro Case." Forty years ago, in 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts — two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon — splashed down safely in the Pacific. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.In 1975, an Apollo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific, completing a mission which included the first-ever docking with a Soyuz capsule from the Soviet Union. In 1979, a Miami jury convicted Ted Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of two Florida State University sorority sisters. In 1998, a gunman opened fire in the U.S. Capitol, killing two police officers before being shot and captured. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton attacked the Republicans' $792 billion tax-cut plan in fundraising speeches and his weekly radio address, saying it would "imperil the future stability of the country." House Majority Leader Dick Armey replied that the GOP plan would help fix an unfair tax system. Five years ago: Without promising what specific steps he would take, President George W. Bush said in his weekly radio address that his administration was committed to relying on the recommendations of the September 11th commission in waging the war on terrorism. Former Nixon administration official Fred LaRue, who served a prison term for Watergate, died in Biloxi, Miss., at age 75. One year ago: Ford Motor Co. posted the worst quarterly performance in its history, losing $8.67 billion. Cheered by an enormous crowd in Berlin, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama summoned Europeans and Americans together to "defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it" as surely as they had conquered communism a generation ago. Zvonko Busic, who'd served 32 years in a U.S. prison for hijacking a TWA jetliner and planting a bomb that killed a policeman, was paroled and returned home to Croatia. Today's Birthdays: Movie director Peter Yates is 80. Actress Jacqueline Brookes is 79. Actor John Aniston (TV: "Days of Our Lives") is 76. Political cartoonist Pat Oliphant is 74. Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 73. Actor Mark Goddard is 73. Actor Dan Hedaya is 69. Actor Chris Sarandon is 67. Comedian Gallagher is 63. Actor Robert Hays is 62. Former Republican national chairman Marc Racicot is 61. Actor Michael Richards is 60. Actress Lynda Carter is 58. Movie director Gus Van Sant is 57. Country singer Pam Tillis is 52. Actor Paul Ben-Victor is 47. Actor Kadeem Hardison is 44. Actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is 41. Actress Laura Leighton is 41. Actor John P. Navin Jr. is 41. Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is 40. Former NBA player-turned-actor Rick Fox is 40. Actor Eric Szmanda is 34. Actress Rose Byrne is 30. Actress Summer Glau is 28. Actress Elisabeth Moss is 27. Actress Anna Paquin is 27.Today In Entertainment History -- On July 24th, 1952, "High Noon," starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, opened. In 1964, the Rolling Stones had to run for safety after the audience at a concert in Blackpool, England, mobbed the stage. In 1976, Elton John had his first hit in Britain, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Kiki Dee. In 1978, the movie "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees was released. Thirty years ago, in 1979, Little Richard -- known as the Reverend Richard Penniman -- spoke to a revival meeting in San Francisco about the dangers of rock and roll. In 1980, Larry Graham, formerly of Sly and the Family Stone, began his first solo tour by opening for the Isley Brothers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the time, Graham's "One in a Million You" was heading up the charts. In 1987, "La Bamba," the movie biography of Richie Valens, opened. In 1990, a wrongful death trial involving Judas Priest opened in Reno, Nevada. Parents had charged in a lawsuit that the band's "Stained Class" album contained subliminal messages that drove two teenagers to attempt suicide. In 1998, Toad the Wet Sprocket broke up. They have since reformed. Thought for Today: "I never liked the middle ground — the most boring place in the world." — Louise Nevelson, Russian-American artist (1900-1988). Accommodating our Antipodean audience, added Anna's Paquin's picture, about 1859 PDT. (See comment.)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Heat Death Index Up-Date

It's the humidity, really. Although we thought "heat-death of the universe" referred to a reduction in heat, not an increase.
One fly living in the refrigerator. (It's just sitting there, doesn't even attempt to leave when the light comes on.) One on the floor, which we squashed as if we were performing an even more disproportionate than the original reënactment of "Bambi vs. Godzilla."
And, a bit later: Too hot to use the nuke-box, even, let alone the toaster oven. (Epic Marvel HQThis dump doesn't even have an oven, & we didn't get a toaster oven until the big heat wave.) Peanuts butter & grape jelly on white. Who doesn't love America?

"A Good Day For The ChiComs"

At War Mongers Weekly, the toddlers are whining about Nanny State Obama taking their war toys away. Not a toddler who would sign his name, mind you. It appears under the name of Michael Goldfarb, & is purportedly an e-mail from a defense expert. ("Fan mail from some flounder?")
Is this any more to be believed than any of Thomas L. Friedman's imaginary taxi-drivers? Yes & no.
Probably, except that "defense expert" should be accurately described as a flack from a "defense" lobbyist, or a retired military officer now employed by a defense contractor, taking orders from a lobbyist/flack/corporate drone.
Possibly, in that it may have been Goldfarb's own idea (It could happen!) but realizing that an item attributed to an anonymous emailer will have more credibility than anything for which he takes credit, the "e-mail" may just have been a reply from a lobbyist doing Michael's work for him/providing him the military-industrial party line.
So the real question is origin. Whatever. The gist of the mysterious e-mail is that these United Snakes won't have enough destructive power to reduce more than five or six countries at a time to smoking rubble in the near future. Knowing that, how can we live w/ ourselves? See also: Cheney, Liz, who thinks the gutting of our military is making Americans uncomfortable & causing "birtherism."
"People are fundamentally uncomfortable, and they're fundamentally increasingly uncomfortable with an American president who seems to be afraid to defend America," she said "The kind of thing you saw on this video is indicative of sort of a general feeling of discomfort."
We don't quite follow this. Is B. O. going to surrender us to his fellow Kenyans? If BHO, Sr., was a British subject, is this a Lyndon LaRouche deal, wherein Heroin Dealer-in-Chief Queen Elizabeth II & her wholly-owned subsidiary UniLever/Royal Dutch Shell finally teach the colonials a richly-deserved lesson?
Or is it just that no election that they haven't stolen or had handed to them by the Supreme Court can ever be legitimate in their democracy hating eyes?

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"Guilty, guilty, guilty!!" While the Manson trial was still in process.

Presidential Conspiracies From The New Republic

Free Market!! We get to steal anything we want, or at least direct others to what we might have done if had we the skills, time or inclination, & more or less pass it off as our own.One we hadn't heard before:
Eisenhower met with aliens! President Dwight Eisenhower supposedly met with extraterrestrials in 1954. According to one man's account, aliens asked him to make concessions on warfare in exchange for cheap non-polluting technology and cures for disease, but Eisenhower turned them down and asked FBI agents to threaten the aliens into handing over their spacemen technologies.
Oh, would we love to have seen some of J. Edgar Hoover's goons "threatening" "spacemen." Forgot the link. Hee hee.

Further Indignities Heaped Upon Us By The Consumer Society

Beside again awakening at noon, an hour short of our Minimum Daily Sleep Requirement, we awake to having no donuts (!) & being almost out of cigarettes. We can only ask, "What next?" Proof, however, that not all is wrong w/ the world: Had a ("fulfilling" probably isn't the best word) satisfying movement. As in, any day you can move (even if it's falling off the bed & crawling) is a "good one.

Live Blogging Prexy's Presser

Any minute now. Hope the TelePrompTer® doesn't topple over. So FOX isn't showing it, sticking w/ regularly scheduled ("Dancing With The Stars") programming? Whattya mean, we aren't seeing it either? It's almost ... Oh, five in the p. m. Yesterday? Well then.

Getting Ridiculous Here

We really hadn't the slightest intention of dipping into Rachel's well again for at least a day or two, especially on "birthers," but we like guest Dave Weigel's Washington Independent coverage of fringe loons, so here.
One thing to note about Mr. Weigel, however, is the company he keeps.Not-Megan on the right is named Cathy Young. Feel free to Google™ if you care.

Junior Birdmen Shot Down By "Cultural Lag"

Mostly for the (we hope & assume) pix of stylish planes flying fast & even (Dare we hope?) blowing something up. (And because we got off our lard ass & made the trek to the bowelsheart of Hollywood to blow $4.34 on a Y-connector which allows us to run devil-box audio through what we oldsters call a stereo; we've therefore been watching telebision via the three Ws & not-enjoying the sound of MP3 encoding when reproduced by larger than half-an-inch speakers & an amplifier rather than a sound card, instead of browsing for textual fodder.)
UPDATE: Having now watched, it's not worth it for footage of explosions or flight. Who's producing this crap, anyway? We want our tax dollars on the screen!

Today's (Yesterday's, Really) "Fellowship" Wrap-Up

Ms. Maddow's contribution to the discourse.
This requires work on your part, dear reader, as we aren't going to effort embedding it. (Or even listening to it. We're completely irresponsible. Wheeee!)

23 July: Haile Selassie's B-Day: Dub Eet Up, Mon!

By The Associated Press, 40 mins ago. Today is Thursday, July 23, the 204th day of 2009. There are 161 days left in the year. A different AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 23, 1914, Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum containing a list of demands to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; the dispute led to World War I. On this date: In 1829, William Austin Burt of Mount Vernon, Mich., received a patent for his typographer, a forerunner of the typewriter. In 1885, Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died in Mount McGregor, N.Y., at age 63. In 1892, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was born. (Jah Rasta Far I.) In 1904, by some accounts, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. In 1945, French Marshal Henri Petain, who had headed the Vichy government during World War II, went on trial, charged with treason. (He was condemned to death, but the sentence was commuted; Petain died in prison on this date in 1951.) In 1952, Egyptian military officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser launched a successful coup against King Farouk I.In 1958, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II named the first of four women to peerage in the House of Lords. In 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow to attend the opening of the American National Exhibition aimed at promoting U.S. life and culture. In 1967, a week of deadly race-related rioting that claimed 43 lives erupted in Detroit. In 1973, Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox served subpoenas on the White House after U.S. President Richard Nixon refused to turn over requested tapes and documents. In 1977, a jury in Washington, D.C., convicted 12 Hanafi Muslims of charges stemming from the hostage siege at three buildings the previous March. In 1986, Britain's Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. (The couple divorced in 1996.) Ten years ago: Members of the Kennedy family gathered in New York City for a private memorial Mass a week after John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died in a plane crash off Martha's Vineyard. Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with the world's most powerful X-ray telescope and Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a U.S. space flight. Morocco's King Hassan II died at age 70. In 2001, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eudora Welty died in Jackson, Miss., at age 92. Five years ago: Militants in Iraq took hostage an Egyptian diplomat Mohammed Mamdouh Helmi Qutb, demanding his country abandon any plans it had to send security experts to Iraq. (He was freed after three days of diplomatic efforts.) The Pentagon released newly discovered payroll records from President George W. Bush's 1972 service in the Alabama National Guard, though the records shed no new light on the future president's activities during that summer. Joe Cahill, a founding father of the modern Irish Republican Army, died in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at age 84. One year ago: Hurricane Dolly slammed into the South Texas coast with punishing rain and winds of 100 mph. Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama toured Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, laying a wreath in memory of the 6 million Jews who died. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Pak Ui Chun, North Korea's top diplomat, in Singapore, ending a four-year hiatus in cabinet-level contacts between the two countries. Today's Birthdays: Actress Gloria DeHaven is 84. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is 73. Actor Ronny Cox is 71. Radio personality Don Imus is 69. Country singer Tony Joe White is 66. Rock singer David Essex is 62. Actor Larry Manetti is 62. Singer-songwriter John Hall is 61. Actress Belinda Montgomery is 59. Rock musician Blair Thornton (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is 59. Actor Woody Harrelson is 48. Rock musician Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) is 48. Actor Eriq Lasalle is 47. Rock musician Yuval Gabay is 46. Rock musician Slash is 44. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is 42. Rock musician Nick Menza is 41. Model-actress Stephanie Seymour is 41. Actress Charisma Carpenter is 39. R&B singer Sam Watters is 39. Country singer Alison Krauss is 38. R&B singer Dalvin DeGrate is 38. Rock musician Chad Gracey (Live) is 38. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans is 37. Country singer Shannon Brown is 36. Actor Omar Epps is 36. Oakland Athletics first baseman Nomar Garciaparra is 36. Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is 36. Actress Stephanie March is 35. Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk is 33. Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Brandon Roy is 25. Actor Daniel Radcliffe is 20. Today In Entertainment History -- Forty years ago, in 1969, James Brown walked out of Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty's office when the mayor failed to show up on time to present the singer with a proclamation for "James Brown Day." In 1980, former Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux was killed in a car accident in Marin County, California. He was 32. In 1982, actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed during the filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" when a helicopter crashed. Director John Landis and four others were acquitted of charges in the deaths. In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, after nude photographs of her were published in "Penthouse" magazine. In 1990, production began on the film "Falling From Grace," which marked John Mellencamp's acting and directing debut. Even worse, Chicago got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, Woodstock '99 began in Rome, New York. The three-day festival started off peacefully but ended in fires, lootings and accusations of rape. [Speaking of rape:] Also in 1999, musician Phil Collins married Orianne Cevey in a private civil ceremony in Switzerland. He was 48, she was 27. They have since split up. Thought for Today: "I'm a self-made man, but I think if I had it to do over again, I'd call in someone else." — Roland Young, English actor (1887-1953).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Too Big For Twitter? YES!!

Manny (Ramirez, you dummies! He needs no other name.) on "Manny Bobblehead Night," when he wasn't even playing, due to a hand injury in last night's game, comes up to pinch hit w/ the bases loaded in a tied game & hits his 21st CAREER GRAND SLAM ON THE FIRST PITCH!!!
Putting the former Brooklyn Bums ahead of the still Cincinnati Redlegs, 6-2.

We're Pissed, We're Raging

Forced to give up the hope of another hour or so of sweet unconsciousness & get out of bed at the very crack of noon by squalling infants, leaf-blowers, & Nature's desire to purge the planet of its primary parasite (You, humanoids!) w/ heat, we find that the one reason to be "conscious" around noon, "Perry Mason," isn't even an especially interesting episode. (It's the one involving food poisoning at a bowling alley ["A cheap two-bit frame."] wherein Mike "Touch" Connors, pre-"Mannix," subs for Raymond Burr. We do learn that Perry has a "272" 'phone prefix, "27" as in "CRestview," meaning that Mason lives/lived in Beverly Hills. Huh.)
No hope of amusement elsewhere, as the President is moving his mouth on the telebision & spouting platitudes about Iraq & blah blah blah w/ American/Iranian (depends on which is closer at any given moment, we think) puppet Nouri al-Maliki.
No, we will not watch the lower-middle classes fighting over bullshit on any "Judge" show. And today's "Perry Mason" truly is lame. No body until half-an-hour into the show. More killing more often, damn it!!

22 July: Final Soluton Finally Underway; U. S. Gov't. Murders Dillinger, Hussein Bros.; Rob't. E. Lee's Citizenship Restored At Last

By The Associated Press, Wed Jul 22 12:01 am ET Today is Wednesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2009. There are 162 days left in the year. From The AP, their A/V, & the UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Seventy years ago, in 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago's Biograph Theater, where he had just watched the Clark Gable movie "Manhattan Melodrama."On this date: In 1376, according to German legend, a piper -- having not been paid for ridding the town of Hamelin of its rats -- led the town's children away, never to be seen again. In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. In 1620, Dutch pilgrims started for America. Their ship -- called the "Speedhaven" -- set sail from Delfshaven, Holland. In 1793, Canadian explorer Alexander Mackenzie reached the Pacific. In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleaveland. In 1864, in the first battle of Atlanta, Confederate troops under Gen. John Hood were defeated by Union forces under Gen. William Sherman. In 1916, a bomb hidden in a suitcase exploded during a Preparedness Day parade on San Francisco's Market Street, killing 10 people and wounding 40. The parade was in support of the United States' entrance into World War I. In 1929, inmates at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. made an unsuccessful mass escape attempt. In 1933, American aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world as he returned to New York's Floyd Bennett Field after traveling for seven days, 18 3/4 hours. In 1937, the Senate rejected President Franklin D. Roosevelt's proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court. In 1942, the Nazis began transporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp. In 1943, American forces led by General George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily. In 1946, Jewish extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, killing 90 people. In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. In 1981, Turkish extremist Mehmet Ali Agca was sentenced in Rome to life in prison for shooting Pope John Paul II. (He served 19 years.) In 1983, Samantha Smith and her parents returned home to Manchester, Maine, after completing a whirlwind tour of the Soviet Union. In 1991, police in Milwaukee arrested serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. In 1995, Susan Smith was convicted by a jury in Union, S.C., of first-degree murder for drowning her two sons. (She is now serving life in prison.) In 1998, Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia. Ten years ago: Family members watched mournfully from the deck of a Navy destroyer as the ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, were cast into the sea off Martha's Vineyard, consigned to the depths where they'd died. Five years ago: The September 11th commission issued a report saying America's leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the devastating attacks of 9/11, but stopping short of blaming President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton. The Army Inspector General's office released a report on abuses by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse and 39 deaths. A new high-speed passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, killing 37 people. In 2003, Saddam Hussein's sons Odai and Qusai were killed when U.S. forces stormed a villa in Mosul, Iraq. One year ago: Tropical Storm Dolly spun into a hurricane as it headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border. European Union foreign ministers agreed to toughen sanctions against Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to pressure him to share power with the opposition. Today's Birthdays: Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 86. Singer Margaret Whiting is 85. Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 81. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 77. Actress Louise Fletcher is 75. R&B singer Chuck Jackson is 72. Actor Terence Stamp is 71. Game show host Alex Trebek is 69. Singer George Clinton is 68. Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 66. Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 63. Actor Danny Glover is 62. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 62. Rock singer Don Henley is 62. Movie composer Alan Menken is 60. Singer-actress Lonette McKee is 56. Jazz musician Al Di Meola is 55. Actor Willem Dafoe is 54. R&B singer Keith Sweat is 48. Actress Joanna Going is 46. Actor Rob Estes is 46. Folk singer Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) is 46. Actor John Leguizamo is 45. Actor-comedian David Spade is 45. Actor Patrick Labyorteaux is 44. Rock musician Pat Badger is 42. Actress Irene Bedard is 42. Actor Rhys Ifans is 42. Actor Colin Ferguson is 37. Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is 37. Seattle Mariners first baseman Mike Sweeney is 36. Rock musician Daniel Jones is 36. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 36. Actress Franka Potente is 35. Actress A.J. Cook is 31. Today In Entertainment History -- On July 22nd, 1965, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones were fined five pounds for urinating on the wall of a London gas station. They were charged with "insulting behavior." [Now that's "entertainment!" — Ed.] In 1967, Vanilla Fudge made its concert debut in New York. Forty years ago, in 1969, singer Aretha Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct after a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. In 1972, the variety show "The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" premiered on CBS. In 1977, Elvis Costello's first album, "My Aim Is True," was released in the UK. It was released in the US in October of that year. In 1983, Diana Ross performed a concert in New York's Central Park. A show the night before had been rained out. In 1996, the parents of a teenage murder victim sued the band Slayer. The suit contended that the band's lyrics were "satanic" and inspired three teenage boys to rape, torture and stab the girl to death. The lawsuit was later dismissed. In 2005, country singer Mindy McCready attempted suicide by ingesting two unidentified substances and drinking alcohol at a hotel in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.
A year ago, actress Estelle Getty died in Los Angeles at age 84. Thought for Today: "The love we give away is the only love we keep." — Elbert Hubbard, American author (1856-1915).

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Illuminati/Bilderberger Masonic/Templar "Family"/C Street Uncle Pat Buchanan Wrap-Up

We were watching other programming last night (None of your damn business, that's what!) & didn't see Maddow, so we forgot to grab hold of the just-about-daily "Family" portion of her show & make it available in this space. What reminded us? A Salon piece by Jeff Sharlet about the shadowy group of theo-facists now being slowly dragged, kicking & screaming, into the light of a few paranoid comsymps. As always, the irony. The "Family" (Manson or Mafia?) wants to take over the world for Jeezis (Or, more accurately, for the wealthy & powerful, using Jeezis as cover & a weapon) & few beyond leftish loons like ourself notice or care; let some of these Hitler wanna-bes get caught w/ little Jesus somewhere He doesn't belong & the attention of mainstream media producers is attracted.
Not that stopping these Papal wanna-bes one way or another isn't vital to the survival of the nation as we know it (Whether that's really that good an idea is something for later discussion.) but must it always be sex schadenfreude that brings attention to the actual evil being done in the name of the Big Fucking Killer in the Sky? Damn right it must! The meeting of the currents of good old Yankee Puritanism & celebrity gossip culture has created a whirlpool that has a death grip on our First Amendment lifeboat, if you know what we mean. (And please let us know if you do, as we seem to be lost here. Drowning in metaphor, even.) Enough w/ our medieval text obsession (we see you fidgeting in your seats) let's look at pictures & listen to sounds. (7:40)
Buchanan Wrap-Up/Correction (6:58):

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Suffering Is Relative (And Often Caused By Relatives)

The Washington Post has something to type about the Axis of Evil:
The number of camps has been consolidated from 14 to about five large sites, according to former officials who worked in the camps. Camp 22, near the Chinese border, is 31 miles long and 25 miles wide, an area larger than the city of Los Angeles. As many as 50,000 prisoners are held there, a former guard said.
Well, shit, they're better off than we are here in the Big Rotting Orange. As far as crowding goes. Bet they don't worry about drunk drivers, either.

21 July: Monkey Convicted; Nuke Christened

By The Associated Press: Today is Tuesday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2009. There are 163 days left in the year. An AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, in 1959, the NS Savannah, the first [And last, we might add. — Ed.] nuclear-powered merchant ship, was christened by first lady Mamie Eisenhower at Camden, N.J. [WARNING: Safe for work, but the music is truly awful, as only free documentary music can be, so, NSF Aesthetes.]
On this date: In 1831, Leopold I was proclaimed King of the Belgians. In 1861, the first Battle of Bull Run was fought at Manassas, Va., resulting in a Confederate victory. In 1873, Jesse James held up the Rock Island express train at Adair, Iowa, and escaped with $3,000. One hundred & ten years ago, in 1899, author Ernest Hemingway was born in Oak Park, Ill., & poet Hart Crane was born in Garrettsville, Ohio. In 1925, the so-called "Monkey Trial" ended in Dayton, Tenn., with John T. Scopes convicted of violating state law for teaching Darwin's Theory of Evolution. (The conviction was later overturned on a technicality.)The AP coverage, maybe.
In 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed an executive order establishing the Veterans Administration. Sixty-five years ago, in 1944, American forces landed on Guam. The Democratic National Convention in Chicago nominated Sen. Harry S. Truman to be vice president.Sixty years ago, in 1949, the U. S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty. In 1954, France surrendered North Vietnam to the Communists. In 1955, during the Geneva summit, President Dwight D. Eisenhower presented his "open skies" proposal under which the United States and the Soviet Union would trade information on each other's military facilities. In 1961, Captain Virgil "Gus" Grissom became the second American to rocket into a suborbital pattern around the Earth, flying aboard the Liberty Bell 7. [Which he managed to sink by blowing the escape hatch too soon after splashdown. Also: "Around the Earth?" What does "suborbital pattern" mean, again? — Ed.] Forty years ago, in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin blasted off from the moon aboard the ascent stage of the lunar module for docking with the command module. In 1980, draft registration began in the United States for 19- and 20-year-old men. In 1988, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Atlanta. Fifteen years ago: Britain's Labor Party elected Tony Blair its new leader, succeeding the late John Smith. In 1998, astronaut Alan Shepard died at age 74. [This reporter was in Houston, Texas, in 1970-71, & at some point smoked some reefer w/ a woman who identified herself as Mr. Shepard's daughter. Didn't check her ID, however. — Ed.] Ten years ago: Navy divers found and recovered the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, in the wreckage of Kennedy's plane in the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard. Advertising executive David Ogilvy died in Bonnes, France, at age 88. In 2000, Special Counsel John C. Danforth concluded "with 100 percent certainty" that the federal government was innocent of wrongdoing in the siege that killed 80 members of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, in 1993. In 2003, Canadian authorities expanded their search for the remains of 63 Vancouver women missing for 20 years. Pig farmer Robert Pickton was charged with killing 26 women, most of whom were drug-addicted prostitutes. Five years ago: President George W. Bush sketched out a second-term domestic agenda, telling campaign donors he would shift focus to improving high school education and expanding access to health care. Richard Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, the world's largest tax preparer, died in Kansas City, Mo., at age 78. One year ago: In a face-to-face meeting with Iraq's leaders, Barack Obama gained fresh support for the idea of pulling all U.S. combat forces out of the war zone by 2010. Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, one of the world's top war crimes fugitives, was arrested in a Belgrade suburb by Serbian security forces. Eric Dowling, who helped excavate tunnels used in the breakout from a World War II German prison camp that became known as the "Great Escape," died in Bristol, England, a day before his 93rd birthday. Today's Birthdays: Singer Kay Starr is 87. Movie director Norman Jewison is 83. Actor Paul Burke is 83. Former Attorney General Janet Reno is 71. Actress Patricia Elliott is 67. Actor David Downing is 66. Actor Edward Herrmann is 66. Actor Leigh Lawson is 64. Actor Wendell Burton is 62. Actor Art Hindle is 61. Singer Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) is 61. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 61. Comedian-actor Robin Williams is 58. Rock singer-musician Eric Bazilian (The Hooters) is 56. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 52. Actor Lance Guest is 49. Actor Matt Mulhern is 49. Comedian Greg Behrendt is 46. Actress Ali Landry is 36. Reggae singer Damian Marley is 31. Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings is 30. New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is 29. Actress Sprague Grayden is 29. Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow II is 26. [Today's list severely truncated because who the fuck are all these twenty-nothings, & thirty no-ones? Even in their 40s: "Rock musician Koen Lieckens (K's Choice) is 43." Who the fuck? NB: It's not that we give a fuck, either. If you are so fucking lame & your life so empty that you know who that or any one else born on this date is, don't waste any electrons letting us know. — Ed.] Today In Entertainment History -- On July 21st, 1971, Carole King received a gold album for "Tapestry." In 1975, Willie Nelson made his debut on the album charts with "Red Headed Stranger." It contained the hit "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain." In 1987, Guns N' Roses released their debut album, "Appetite for Destruction." In 1990, Roger Waters, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O'Connor, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams and others gave a benefit concert of songs from Pink Floyd's album "The Wall" in East Berlin, Germany. At the end of the concert, a mock wall made of plastic foam fell. Proceeds from ticket sales went to an international fund for disaster relief. That very same year, in an unrelated action, BBC's Radio One apologized to listeners after Madonna repeatedly cursed during a live concert broadcast. In 1992, the mayor of Los Angeles declared "Arsenio Hall Day" in honor of the talk show host. Five years ago, Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 75. In 1996, guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden was arrested for allegedly hitting a fan who was trying to take his picture in a hotel in Rockingham, North Carolina. In 1998, actor Robert Young died at his home in California. He was 91, & probably best known for playing Jim "Stick Up My Ass" Anderson, the "dad" on "Father Knows Best." Thought for Today: "Happiness is good health and a bad memory." — Ingrid Bergman, Swedish-born actress (1915-1982).

Monday, July 20, 2009

Annals Of Vermin

Is it the heat? Or the humidity? (Not really that humid. We just sweat like the pig we are.)Flies, several of them, good sized (Body a cm., maybe? No wingspan est. available.) one of them walking on the floor like a freaking roach, others posing on the wall long enough for us to stand up & get a newspaper, to be folded & applied firmly. Last night we didn't even have to get up, one sat on the wall staring at us from two ft. away & we only had to crumple a piece of paper & reach to smoosh the damn thing, which showed no interest at all in escaping justice. Situation becoming un-nerving: As we typed, 2345ish, we got up, got the newspaper from the floor, folded it & whacked one that had been unmoving on the blinds for the time it took us to notice & follow through. (Might his be a sign of the you know what? Big slow flies, we mean.)

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No Relief In Sight

Have spent most of the wknd. contemplating separating our head(s) from our neck(s), so we can dump some ice water straight down our neck onto our gizzard(s) & other over-heated organs, or just to get some cool air inside.

20 July: Operation Valkyrie Fails; Americans Hit Moon

By The Associated Press | July 20, 2009 Today is Monday, July 20, the 201st day of 2009. There are 164 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon after landing their lunar module. As he set foot on the lunar surface, Armstrong spoke his famous line, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Aldrin, who followed, described the scene as "magnificent desolation."Neil Armstrong: "the Eagle has landed." Neil Armstrong: "one small step for man" The AP covers it, text-wise. [Fuck 'em if the link doesn't link. — Ed.] On this date: In 1810, Colombia declared independence from Spain.
One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1859, American baseball fans were charged an admission fee for the first time when 1,500 spectators each paid 50 cents to see Brooklyn play New York. In 1861, the Congress of the Confederate States began holding sessions in Richmond, Va. In 1871, British Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian province. In 1881, Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull surrendered to federal troops.In 1917, the draft lottery in World War I went into operation. In 1942, the first detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. In 1944, an attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as the explosion at Hitler's Rastenburg headquarters only wounded the Nazi leader. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term of office at the Democratic convention in Chicago.
In 1945, the U.S. flag was raised over Berlin as the first U.S. troops moved in to take part in the post-World War II occupation. In 1951, while entering a mosque in the Jordanian sector of east Jerusalem, King Abdullah of Jordan was assassinated by a Palestinian nationalist. In 1954, the Geneva Accords divided Vietnam into northern and southern entities. In 1976, America's Viking 1 robot spacecraft made a successful, first-ever landing on Mars. In 1977, a flash flood hit Johnstown, Pa., killing more than 80 people and causing $350 million worth of damage. In 1982, Irish Republican Army bombs exploded in two London parks, killing 11 soldiers, along with seven horses belonging to the Queen's Household Cavalry. In 1988, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis received the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Atlanta. In 1990, a federal appeals court set aside Oliver North's Iran-Contra convictions. In 1989, U.S. President George H.W. Bush called for the United States to organize a long-range space program to support an orbiting space station, a moon base and a manned mission to Mars. [Say, good idea. Which is why his no-account son proposed the same thing, w/o any funding attached either. Fucking jerks, both of them. This country would have been much better off if H. W. had died when his plane was shot down. — Ed.] Ten years ago: After 38 years at the bottom of the Atlantic, astronaut Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 Mercury capsule was lifted to the surface. Five years ago: Former national security adviser Sandy Berger quit as an informal adviser to Democrat John Kerry's presidential campaign after disclosure of a criminal investigation into whether he had mishandled classified terrorism documents. Iraqi militants freed a Filipino truck driver after the Philippines government gave in to their demands to withdraw troops from Iraq. The head of slain American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr. was found in a raid in Saudi Arabia. The U.N. General Assembly demanded that Israel tear down the barrier it was building to seal off the West Bank; Israel vowed to continue construction. One year ago: Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up a six-day World Youth Day Festival in Sydney by challenging young people to shed the greed and cynicism of their time to create a new age of hope for humankind. Padraig Harrington became the first European in more than a century to win the British Open two years in a row. Today's Birthdays: Actress-singer Sally Ann Howes is 79. Rockabilly singer Sleepy LaBeef is 74. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., is 73. Actress Diana Rigg is 71. Rock musician John Lodge (The Moody Blues) is 66. Country singer T.G. Sheppard is 65. Singer Kim Carnes is 64. Rock musician Carlos Santana is 62. Rock musician Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols, Man Raze) is 53. Actress Donna Dixon is 52. Rock musician Mick McNeil (Simple Minds) is 51. Country singer Radney Foster is 50. Actor Frank Whaley is 46. Rock singer Chris Cornell is 45. Rock musician Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) is 43. Actor Reed Diamond is 42. Actor Josh Holloway ("Lost") is 40. Singer Vitamin C is 40. Former baseball catcher Charles Johnson is 38. Actor Simon Rex is 35. San Francisco Giants catcher Bengie Molina is 35. Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen is 34. Actress Judy Greer is 34. Actor Charlie Korsmo is 31. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen is 29. Rock musician Mike Kennerty (The All-American Rejects) is 29. Actor Percy Daggs III is 27. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Troy Smith is 25. Today In Entertainment History -- On July 20th, 1954, Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black performed in public for the first time, billing themselves as the Blue Moon Boys. They performed at the opening of a new drugstore in Memphis. In 1965, Bob Dylan's single "Like A Rolling Stone" was released by Columbia Records. In 1968, Jane Asher announced on national TV in Britain that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. McCartney reportedly was watching and was surprised by the news. Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vidda" debuted on the American pop chart. In 1975, "Miami" Steve Van Zandt performed for the first time in concert as part of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, in Providence, Rhode Island. Thirty years ago, in 1979, the Electric Light Orchestra took out ads dedicating their newly-released song "Don't Bring Me Down" to Skylab. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, reigning Miss America Vanessa Williams was asked by pageant officials to resign because of nude photos of her that appeared in "Penthouse" magazine. She gave up her title three days later. In 1986, "Sid And Nancy," a film biography of the Sex Pistols, premiered in London. Gary Oldman played Sid Vicious. In 1996, actor Robert Downey Jr. was arrested after authorities say he left a court-ordered drug rehab center. It was his third arrest in a month. In 1998, actress Jodie Foster gave birth to a boy in Los Angeles. She refused to say who the father was and how she got pregnant. In 2006, actor Haley Joel Osment, who was 18 at the time, was arrested for drunk driving and marijuana possession outside Los Angeles when his car hit a mailbox and flipped over. Thought for Today: "The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class." -- Neil Armstrong, American astronaut (1930- ).

Sunday, July 19, 2009

19 July: Important Slab Of Basalt Discovered; Retirement Time For Commander Cody

Today in History By The Associated Press | July 19, 2009 Today is Sunday, July 19, the 200th day of 2009. There are 165 days left in the year. AP. A/V. UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History: On July 19, 1989, 111 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa; 185 other people survived. On this date: In 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovered a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The Rosetta Stone, as it was called, held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a long dead written language. In 1553, 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed after claiming the monarchy of England for nine days. King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen. In 1848, a pioneer women's rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, N.Y. In 1870, the Franco-Prussian war began. In 1943, Allied air forces raided Rome. In 1944, the Democratic national convention convened in Chicago with the renomination of President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a foregone certainty. In 1969, Apollo 11 and its astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins, went into orbit around the moon. In 1975, the Apollo and Soyuz space capsules that were linked in orbit for two days separated. In 1979, the Nicaraguan capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after President Anastasio Somoza had fled the country. In 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for vice president by acclamation at the party's convention in San Francisco. In 1990, baseball record holder Pete Rose was sentenced to five months in prison for tax evasion. In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced a policy allowing homosexuals to serve in the military under a compromise dubbed "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue." Ten years ago: Federal officials said radar data showed the plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. dropped 1,100 feet in just 14 seconds. Sen. Edward Kennedy released a statement saying, "We are filled with unspeakable grief and sadness by the loss of John and Carolyn and of Lauren Bessette." Five years ago: Mark Hacking of Salt Lake City shot and killed his wife, Lori, disposed of her remains, then reported her missing; he was later sentenced to six years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. A fuel tanker rigged as a massive bomb exploded near the Baghdad police station, killing nine people. A methane gas explosion in a Ukrainian mine killed at least 34 miners. Former Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki died at age 93. One year ago: Democrat Barack Obama visited with U.S. troops and met with officials in Afghanistan as part of a congressional fact-finding tour. The Indiana Fever defeated the New York Liberty 71-55 in the WNBA's first outdoor game, played at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. George McGovern is 87. Actress Helen Gallagher is 83. Country singer Sue Thompson is 83. Country singer George Hamilton IV is 72. Actor Dennis Cole is 69. Singer Vikki Carr is 69. Country singer-musician Commander Cody is 65. [We'll point out to the AP that Cody, in a Beefheartian move, is also in the ("fine art") painting biz. — Ed.]
Actor George Dzundza is 64. Rock singer-musician Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) is 63. Rock musician Brian May (Queen) is 62. Rock musician Bernie Leadon is 62. Actress Beverly Archer is 61. Movie director Abel Ferrara is 58. Actor Peter Barton is 53. Rock musician Kevin Haskins (Love and Rockets; Bauhaus) is 49. Movie director Atom Egoyan is 49. Actor Campbell Scott is 48. Actor Anthony Edwards is 47. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 46. Actress Clea Lewis is 44. Country musician Jeremy Patterson is 39. Classical singer Urs Buhler (Il Divo) is 38. Actor Andrew Kavovit is 38. Rock musician Jason McGerr (Death Cab for Cutie) is 35. Today In Entertainment History --In 1911, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to pass laws censoring movies. In 1946, Marilyn Monroe was given her first screen test at Twentieth Century-Fox Studios. Even without sound, the test was enough to earn Monroe her first contract. In 1954, Elvis Presley's first single was released by Sun Records. It was "That's All Right (Mama)" backed by "Blue Moon of Kentucky." Both songs were hits in Memphis.In 1966, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow got married. He was 51, she was 21.
In 1973, guitarist Clarence White of The Byrds was buried in California. He had been killed in a traffic accident.
In 1975, country singer Lefty Frizzell died in Nashville. In 1980, David Bowie made his stage debut in the Denver production of "The Elephant Man." In 1991, former Guns N' Roses drummer Steve Adler filed a lawsuit against the band. He claimed the other members had forced him to use heroin, then made him quit the band while he tried to kick his drug habit. In 1995, La Toya Jackson filed for bankruptcy, blaming her money troubles on a judgment against her after she cut short an engagement at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Thought for Today: "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious ... the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science." -- Albert Einstein (1879-1955). © Copyright 2009 The New York Times Company (Really! That's what's typed right at the bottom of the page. Imagine that. — Ed.)