Tuesday, August 25, 2009

This Date in History (Or Tomorrow, Depending on Time Zones)

Per The NYT, Ted is dead.

Senator Kennedy, that is.
Fox News Up-Date, from approx. 10 hrs. ago, per Google™. Read it now, it may not be there forever. Unless they're proud of the comments.

Waiting For Godot (Or Some Big Fund-Raising Numbers)

Oh, who gives a flying fuck? Fundaloonie Screwy Shelly Bachmann & bloated Irish Catholic shithead Sean Hannity are both threatening to run for president, if G-wd gives them the call. It's our firm suspicion that G-wd's word to either or both of these humanoids will come from polling numbers & fund-raising reports, rather than a Bible flopping open to some page that has some verse that could be interpreted as "Go for it!" At this point, we certainly don't give a crap. We're more concerned w/ showering &, once clean & presentable, forcing ourself to the supermarket. Why can't we live on air? Or hydrocarbon emissions?

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AP Culpa! (Culpe? Culpum? Culpo?)

Via Facebook, we are informed by the multi-talented Mary Birdsong that, the Associated Press be damned, she is nowhere near the age attributed to her by those heartless & inaccurate bastards (One wonders what else they get wrong if a fact this simple escapes them.) & clocks in at a mere 41! (41 being the new 25.)
us gals usually shave OFF a couple of years, which i don't. but pretty please don't ADD any years! :-)
We suggested she might want to have her people take the AP to task for this, nonetheless, we accept full responsibility for our actions, as we don't really wish to be a low-life like the "Skanks in NYC" typist, & because Ms. Birdsong doesn't look the sort to brook any nonsense.Also: YouTube amusement from Mary.

25 August: Paris Est Libre! EJ & BS Ruin Music; Capote ODs

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 25, the 237th day of 2009. There are 128 days left in the year. AP A/V. Moon's stupid UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 25, 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

On this date:

In 1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some of them settling in present-day New Orleans. In 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil. In 1875, Capt. Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, getting from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 22 hours. In 1916, the National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior. In 1921, the United States signed a peace treaty with Germany. In 1928, an expedition led by Richard E. Byrd set sail from Hoboken, N.J., on its journey to Antarctica. In 1943, U.S. forces liberated New Georgia in the Solomon Islands from the Japanese. In 1950, President Harry S. Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a strike. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure providing pensions for former U.S. presidents and their widows. In 1967, a sniper assassinated American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell in Arlington, Va. In 1981, the U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 came within 63,000 miles of Saturn's cloud cover, sending back pictures and data about the ringed planet. In 1985, Samantha Smith, 13, the schoolgirl whose letter to Yuri V. Andropov resulted in her famous peace tour of the Soviet Union, died with her father in an airliner crash in Auburn, Maine. In 1998, retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell died in Richmond, Va., at age 90. Ten years ago: The FBI, reversing itself after six years, admitted that its agents might have fired some potentially flammable tear gas canisters on the final day of the 1993 standoff with the Branch Davidians near Waco, Texas, but said it continued to believe law enforcement agents did not start the fire which engulfed the cult's compound. Five years ago: An Army investigation found that 27 people attached to an intelligence unit at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad either approved or participated in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. One year ago: Democrats opened their national convention in Denver, where they prepared to nominate Barack Obama for president; in the first major address of the gathering, Michelle Obama declared, "I love this country" as she described herself as a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother, no different from many women. Israel freed nearly 200 jailed Palestinians in a goodwill gesture hours before U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began her peace mission to the region.

Today's Birthdays:

Game show host Monty Hall is 88. Actor Sean Connery is 79. Actor Page Johnson is 79. Talk show/game show host Regis Philbin is 78. Actor Tom Skerritt is 76. Jazz musician Wayne Shorter is 76. Movie director Hugh Hudson is 73. Author Frederick Forsyth is 71. Actor David Canary is 71. Movie director John Badham is 70. Filmmaker Marshall Brickman is 68. R&B singer Walter Williams (The O'Jays) is 67. Actor Anthony Heald is 65. Rock musician Danny Smythe is 61. Rock singer-actor Gene Simmons is 60. Actor John Savage is 60. Country singer-musician Henry Paul (Outlaws; Blackhawk) is 60. Rock singer Rob Halford is 58. Rock musician Geoff Downes (Asia) is 57. Rock singer Elvis Costello is 55. Movie director Tim Burton is 51. Actor Christian LeBlanc is 51. Actress Ally Walker is 48. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is 48. Actress Joanne Whalley is 48. Rock musician Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) is 47. Actor Blair Underwood is 45.[Ha ha. Two "guys" w/ girl names. — Ed.] Actor Robert Maschio is 43. Rap DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy) is 43. Alternative country singer Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) is 42. Actor David Alan Basche is 41. Television chef Rachael Ray is 41. Actor Cameron Mathison is 40. Country singer Jo Dee Messina is 39. Model Claudia Schiffer is 39.

Today In Entertainment History August 25

On August 25th, 1970, Elton John made his U. S. debut at the Troubadour Club [Not the Troubador "Club," just the Troubador. Or "The Troub." — Ed.] in Los Angeles. The performance kicked off a brief tour and led to a recording contract with MCA. In 1973, Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks suffered a broken leg in a car crash in Macon, Georgia. In 1975, the album "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen was released. In 1976, Boston released its self-titled album. In 1980, the long-running Broadway musical "42nd Steet" opened. After the performance, it was announced that director Gower Champion had died earlier in the day. In 1984, author Truman Capote died in Los Angeles. An autopsy revealed he overdosed on valium, codeine and barbiturates. In 1986, Paul Simon's "Graceland" album was released. In 1987, the film "Dirty Dancing" made its world premiere in Los Angeles. In 1994, a New York Supreme Court justice formally dissolved the marriage between Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley. Ten years ago, in 1999, keyboardist Rob Fisher of Naked Eyes died after a long illness. He was 39. [We've never heard of this guy or his band, & though it's not necessarily the best thing in the world for someone to die that young, we really just don't fucking care, any more than we give a crap about Michael Jackson, John Denver, Billy fucking Joel's marriage, or Aliyah. — Ed.] In 2001, singer Aaliyah and eight others died in a plane crash shortly after takeoff in the Bahamas. Aaliyah was 22.

Thought for Today:

"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you." — Althea Gibson, American tennis champion (born this date in 1927, died 2003).

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper Industry

It has come to our attention that between 24 May of this yr. (10.5') & 16 August (9.5') PARADE "The Sunday Newspaper Magazine" (inserted into the Sunday editions of major metropolitan dailies across the United Snakes) the very definition of middle-brow, has shrunk, although, like the average American who reads it, its width hasn't decreased any. For the less fortunate among us, who don't receive this Sunday bonus w/ their fish-wrapper, or who get vital celebrity news & celebrity chef recipes from other sources, here's what the latest issue has to offer.Yes, it's Babs ("The amazing.") telling us to chase our dreams. Never give up, the wildly & improbably successful continue to tell us. The American Dream is right out there, hidden among the foreclosures, lay-offs & toxic clean-up sites. Keep chasing! Keep that nose on the grindstone, losers!
(Our dream has suddenly become to burn Babs' newest Malibu mansion to cinders.)

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

Michael Jackson: Homicide, suicide or genocide?
What. Ev. Er.

Annals Of Self-Parodic Stupidity & Paranoic Delusions

In case you hadn't heard.
The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.
Certainly there was no "statist ideology" involved in any previous markings of this anniversary. Just "patriotism."
This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year's election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it's not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing.
Here the author reveals that all they got is fear.
The plan is to turn a "day of fear" that helps Republicans into a day of activism called the National Day of Service that helps the left. In other words, nihilistic liberals are planning to drain 9/11 of all meaning. "They think it needs to be taken back from the right," said the source. "They're taking that day and they're breaking it because it gives Republicans an advantage. To them, that day is a fearful day."
We felt sick already, but had to read the comments, which include such classics as: "Commies/greenies." "They can call it ‘hug a commie day’, don’t matter, it ain’t going to fly." "So, basically, he's turning Sept. 11 in to National Radical Negro Day. Hail Nero! Hail Caligula! Heil Hitler!" "'Sustainability' = BOLSHEVISM." A bit of self-awareness, but not enough: "In other words, too many people have cried wolf when there was none to the point that most are dulled in their sensibilities to take extreme statements seriously when in fact they are correct. The far left knows this and is using it quite well in the advance of its agenda." No racism here: "Obama needs to 'go dark' he is too light now to suit me. By the way, can we still use the word 'darkie'? Stephen Foster used it in his song and it said where all the darkies were gay." "You wacko libs need to be driven out of this country for good before you destroy her." "America's greatest enemy of freedom, national security, and ultimately world peace, currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania, Ave., Washington D.C. That the fourth estate incessantly bloviates about that enemy's wife (as a distraction), whether or not this 'fashion queen' is wearing embarrassingly frayed jeans as her bow-legs sashay down the steps of Air Force One, is just more proof that the band plays on..." And as always, we're confronted w/ the same question as when "desecration" of the flag comes up: If it's never been consecrated, how can it be desecrated? Has "9/11" ever been declared holy by a gawd-bovverer? No, & if it had it wouldn't be constitutional.

Paper Muskrat

Frank Rich goes on about the violent, crazed loonies on the right. That is, the crazed elected officials who represent the right's crazed violent loons. All well & good, but he misses the right's legitimization of "fear" as a basis for any & all anti-social behavior or activity.
In a 1996 floor speech, Coburn conceded that “terrorism obviously poses a serious threat,” but then went on to explain that the nation had worse threats to worry about: “There is a far greater fear that is present in this country, and that is fear of our own government.” As his remarks on “Meet the Press” last week demonstrated, the subsequent intervention of 9/11 has not changed his worldview.
No one denies the pathetically authentic fear that the low-information (a lovely & polite euphemism for cretinous & ignorant) voters have been expressing in nationally-televised temper tantrums. It's the legitimacy of their fear that should be in question.
If the mean, manipulative eight-yr. old down the block has told a gullible five-yr. old that there are monsters under the bed waiting to kill his grandmother, the responsible parent doesn't (To the best of our limited knowledge: We are neither a parental unit nor responsible.) confirm this bit of terrorism, add that the monsters are even worse than Jason down the street said, & offer a gun for the gullible child to put under his pillow. Yet that's just what the (always self-described) adult, responsible legislators to the gullible five yr.-olds among us have done.
Not that surprising, of course. Obviously someone like Coburn is, to be charitable, a low-information Senator, & may be as authentically but unreasonably scared as any of his constituents are about any socialist boogie-men under his bed, & is scared of losing his own cushy gov't. gig. The way anti-gov't. legislators go on & on & on (& on & on & on & on) about the very gov't. they are supposed to be in charge of indicates they must feel as powerless & inadequate (Compensation, it's called, when when pin-dicked losers run for office.) as their tantrum-throwing supporters do.
Now we need only wait for a figure from the right to project their emotional troubles in a leftward direction w/ the "Liberals are all about feelings. The right is logical & composed of grown-ups," canard. (We especially like it when they say, "We're the 'grown-ups,'" because anyone over about ten who uses "grown-up" instead of "adult" is pretty childish.)
Honestly, if these people were "human," they'd use their minds instead of acting like cockroaches when the light is turned on in the kitchen, or a band of baboons hurling poop. There's no hope for discourse, discussion, reason, facts or anything else w/ them. Why can't we just squash them like cockroaches already, & make a brave new world order of decent people?

24 August: Vesuvius Blows! White House, Capitol Burn! Panic Of '57; Bombs Away! Long Live Keith Moon!

Today is Monday, Aug. 24, the 236th day of 2009. There are 129 days left in the year. Sound & pictures from The AP. Inane crap from The UPI.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 24, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington, D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well as other public buildings.

On this date:

One thousand nine hundred & thirty years ago, in 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash; an estimated 20,000 people died. In 1572, the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris. [Gawd IS love! — Ed.] In 1857, the New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Co. failed, sparking the Panic of 1857. In 1932, Amelia Earhart embarked on a 19-hour flight from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., making her the first woman to fly solo, nonstop, from coast to coast. In 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty came into force. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party in the United States. [Your First Amendment in action! — Ed.] In 1959, three days after Hawaiian statehood, Hiram L. Fong was sworn in as the first Chinese-American U.S. Senator while Daniel K. Inouye was sworn in as the first Japanese-American U.S. Representative.In 1968, France became the world's fifth thermonuclear power as it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. In 1970, a bomb planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin's Sterling Hall in Madison, killing 33-year-old researcher Robert Fassnacht. In 1989, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose from the game for betting on his own team, the Cincinnati Reds. The Voyager 2 space probe flew by Neptune, sending back striking photographs. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing $30 billion in damage; 43 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm. Ten years ago: The Federal Reserve raised borrowing costs for millions of Americans, increasing its target for the federal funds rate by a quarter point to 5.25 percent, and hiking the discount rate a quarter point to 4.75 percent. Five years ago: An independent commission said the blame for abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison lay mainly with the American soldiers who ran the jail, but said senior commanders and top-level Pentagon officials could also be faulted for failed leadership and oversight. Chechen separatists set off bombs aboard two Russian airliners that crashed after taking off from the same Moscow airport, killing 90 people. Psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who famously theorized that terminally ill patients go through five stages of grief, died in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 78. In 2006, the International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet." In 2007, a judge in Inverness, Fla., sentenced John Evander Couey to death for kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, raping her and burying her alive. James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced to three life terms for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in Mississippi. The NFL indefinitely suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick without pay for his involvement in dogfighting. (He was reinstated with conditions in July 2009 after serving 18 months in prison.) One year ago: A suicide bomber struck a welcome-home celebration on Baghdad's outskirts for an Iraqi detainee released from U.S. custody, killing at least 25 people. An Iran-bound passenger jet carrying 90 people crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing some 70 people. On the final day of the Beijing Games, Kobe Bryant hit two 3-pointers in a big fourth quarter to help the United States defeat Spain 118-107 and win the men's basketball gold medal for the first time since 2000. Waipahu, Hawaii, defeated Matamoros, Mexico, in the Little League World Series, 12-3.

Today's Birthdays:

Former education secretary Shirley Hufstedler is 84. Actor Kenny Baker ("Star Wars") is 75. Composer-musician Mason Williams is 71. R&B singer Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) is 67. Rock musician Ken Hensley is 64. Actress Anne Archer is 62. Actor Joe Regalbuto is 60. Actor Kevin Dunn (TV: "Samantha Who?") is 54. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is 54. Actor-writer Stephen Fry is 52. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 51. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is 49. Talk show host Craig Kilborn is 47. Rock singer John Bush is 46. Actress Marlee Matlin is 44. Retired NBA player Reggie Miller is 44. Broadcast journalist David Gregory ("Meet the Press") is 39. Country singer Kristyn Osborn (SheDaisy) is 39. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 36. Actor Carmine Giovinazzo is 36. Actress Beth Riesgraf is 31. NBA player Michael Redd is 30. Actor Chad Michael Murray is 28. Christian rock musician Jeffrey Gilbert (Kutless) is 26. Singer Mika is 26. Actor Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter" films) is 21.

Today In Entertainment History August 24

In 1960, Stevie Wonder was the first musician to reach number one on the pop and R-and-B charts with "Fingertips, Part 2" and number one on the album chart with "The 12-Year-Old Genius." In 1967, the members of The Beatles met the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time in London. During a private meeting, the Maharishi accepted them as disciples. In 1968, Who drummer Keith Moon drove a Lincoln into the swimming pool of a hotel in Flint, Michigan, to cap off his birthday. In 1979, The Cars played before half a million people in New York's Central Park. In 1981, Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the shooting death of John Lennon in New York. In 1983, Jerry Lee Lewis' wife, Shawn, was found dead at their Mississippi home. An autopsy revealed she died of a methadone overdose. In 1988, country singer Nat Stuckey died in Nashville of lung cancer. In 1990, a judge in Reno, Nevada, ruled that Judas Priest was not responsible for a suicide pact formed by two fans. But, he said the band's "Stained Class" album did contain hidden messages. Singer Sinead O'Connor banned the "Star-Spangled Banner" from her show in New Jersey. Some radio stations, in turn, refused to play O'Connor's music. In 1996, Bob Schieffer hosted his last newscast on the "CBS Saturday Evening News." He had been an anchor for 20 years.

Thought for Today:

"No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent." — Marcelene Cox, American writer. [Good. Never get to know our true character then. But we can affirm that we'd never be stupid enough to run out of gas, even though we've never owned an air-polluting pedestrian-killer. Don't be jealous, though: It's one hell of a burden being this pure, good & decent. — Ed.]

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blah, Blah, Blah & Blah

Also: Blah.

Annals Of "High-Powered Attorneys"

The "Blogger's Aren't Free" case has moved along, w/ the court-mandated revelation by Google™ of the typist who opined that a model was a "ho" & a "skank."
Said typist's attorney is now suing the "Do no evil (to our profits!)" corporation in a "$15 million federal lawsuit ..."
In her suit, she'll charge Google "breached its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity," said her high-powered attorney Salvatore Strazzullo.
"I'm ready to take this all the way to the Supreme Court," Strazzullo said. "Our Founding Fathers wrote 'The Federalist Papers' under pseudonyms. Inherent in the First Amendment is the right to speak anonymously. Shouldn't that right extend to the new public square of the Internet?"
"I feel proud to live in a country where you're not persecuted for your opinions," Port said. "That right has to be protected.
"Even though people are now taking shots at me on the Web, I believe those people have a right to their opinions - and their anonymity," said Port, who is slated to appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" tomorrow.
As an arttypist who spends as much of our spare time (it reaches to infinity) as possible wishing in cyberprint that certain political elements would suffer gruesome, untimely deaths (if not actually threatening them directly) we're 110% for anonymity. If it was good enough for the authors of "The Federalist Papers," it woks for us as well.
We should note that this is an excellent example of the personal being political (or vice versa).
The surprising decision, though, seems to have only increased the bad blood between the two women, who knew each other from Manhattan's fashion scene and reportedly quarreled after Cohen badmouthed Port to her ex-boyfriend.
OK, NY Post, whose "ex-boyfriend?" Can we make all the facts in question here clear & obvious? And if he's an ex, what do either of you care? "Sticks & stones," witches, "sticks & stones."
Best of luck to Ms. Port. Maybe she can get some spelling & grammar lessons w/ that cool $15 million. And maybe we can up our outrage here & Google™ will out us, at a eventual profit to ourself.
Also: Ms. Cohen has had other troubles. At this point we're thinking that blogger Port should have just fucked off & left Cohen alone.

23 August: More State Murder; Krauts Return To Berlin

Today is Sunday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2009. There are 130 days left in the year. A/V from the AP. And the UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 23, 1927, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery. (On this date in 1977, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis proclaimed that "any stigma and disgrace should be forever removed" from their names.)

On this date:

In 1305, Scottish rebel leader Sir William Wallace was executed by the English for treason. In 1754, France's King Louis XVI was born at Versailles. In 1775, Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies in a state of "open and avowed rebellion." In 1914, Japan declared war against Germany. Seventy years ago, in 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to a nonaggression treaty, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, in Moscow.In 1944, Romanian prime minister Ion Antonescu was dismissed by King Michael, paving the way for Romania to abandon the Axis in favor of the Allies. In 1972, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term. [Another great move from the Goofy Ass Party. — Ed.] In 1973, a bank robbery-turned-hostage-taking began in Stockholm, Sweden; by the time the standoff ended, the four hostages had come to empathize with their captors, a psychological condition now referred to as "Stockholm Syndrome." Thirty years ago, in 1979, Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York. Twenty years ago, in 1989, in a case that inflamed racial tensions in New York, Yusuf Hawkins, a 16-year-old black youth, was shot dead after he and his friends were confronted by a group of white youths in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn. (Gunman Joey Fama was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison; he will be eligible for parole in 2022.) Ten years ago: The Dow Jones industrial average soared 199.15 to a then-record of 11,299.76. Fifty years after the German government moved to the capital of Bonn, Berlin reclaimed its role as a center of power in Germany with the arrival of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. In 2003, former priest John Geoghan, the convicted child molester whose prosecution sparked the sex abuse scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church nationwide, was killed by a fellow inmate in a Massachusetts prison. Five years ago: President George W. Bush criticized a commercial that had accused Democrat John Kerry of inflating his own Vietnam War record, more than a week after the ad stopped running, and said broadcast attacks by outside groups had no place in the race for the White House. In Athens, Jeremy Wariner became the sixth consecutive American to win the Olympic title in the 400 meters, leading a U.S. sweep of the medals. The U.S. softball team won its third straight gold medal with a 5-1 victory over Australia. In 2005, Israeli forces evicted militant holdouts from two Jewish settlements, completing a historic withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.One year ago: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama introduced his choice of running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, before a crowd outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Two foreign journalists, Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan, were kidnapped near Mogadishu, Somalia. (Their whereabouts remain unknown.) At the Beijing Olympics, the United States won gold in the women's and men's 1,600-meter relay track events. The U.S. women's basketball team beat Australia 92-65 to win a fourth straight gold medal. Angel Matos of Cuba and his coach were banned for life after the taekwondo athlete kicked the referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.

Today's Birthdays:

Actress Vera Miles is 79. Political satirist Mark Russell is 77. Actress Barbara Eden is 75. Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is 75. Actor Richard Sanders is 69. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 67. Former Surgeon General Antonia Novello is 65. Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright is 64. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 62. Singer Linda Thompson is 62. Actress Shelley Long is 60. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 60. Country singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) is 60. Queen Noor of Jordan is 58. Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 58. Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ Comments King Peabody is as old as we are for the next few wks. Retired All-Star baseball pitcher Mike Boddicker is 52. Rock musician Dean DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 48. Tejano singer Emilio Navaira is 47. Former NFL player Cortez Kennedy is 41. Country musician Ira Dean (Trick Pony) is 40. Actor Jay Mohr is 39. Actor Ray Park is 35. Actor Scott Caan is 33. Country singer Shelly Fairchild is 32. Figure skater Nicole Bobek is 32. Rock singer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) is 31. NBA player Kobe Bryant is 31.

Today In Entertainment History August 23

In 1858, "Ten Nights in a Bar-room," a play about the perils of alcohol, opened in New York. In 1926, silent film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at age 31. In 1960, Oscar Hammerstein the Second died in Pennsylvania. He's best known for his collaborations with composer Richard Rogers on the musicals "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "South Pacific," and "The King and I." In 1962, John Lennon and Cynthia Powell got married in Liverpool, England. She filed for divorce in 1968. In 1970, Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their concert debut in Portsmouth, England. In 1975, former Free guitarist Paul Kossoff's heart stopped beating for 35 minutes in a London hospital as a result of a blood clot. Kossoff survived that episode but died in his sleep the following March. In 1990, Billy Idol began a tour in Montreal. Six months earlier, he had nearly lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. Mourners lined up for a block in Philadelphia for a funeral for entertainer Pearl Bailey. In 1994, Boyz II Men released their album "II." In 1995, actor Larry Hagman had surgery to replace his liver. He had had advanced cirrhosis, which he blamed on years of heavy drinking. In 2000, 51 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of "Survivor," during which Richard Hatch was named the million-dollar winner. In 2007, Nicole Richie spent 82 minutes in jail for driving under the influence of drugs in Los Angeles. She had been sentenced to four days.

Thought for Today:

"The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least." — Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian-French author (1782-1857).

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Foiled Again!

What happened to the end of Industrial Civilization & everyone going back to the trees & mud-huts & living in harmony w/ the earth? Greedy fucking bankers, as usual.
Speaking to central bankers and economists at the Fed’s annual retreat here in the Grand Tetons, Mr. Bernanke echoed the growing relief among European and Asian central bankers that their own economies had already started to rebound.
It is rapidly becoming our fondest hope to see this world of liars & thieves, murderers & cheaters fall, Babylon-style. That means the downfall of everything has to happen before we die, so we'd really appreciate it if the dialectic would get on w/ it.

... But Never Better Late

"Rusty" Calley is sorry, so sorry.
"There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai," former lieutenant William Calley told members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus, Georgia. "I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry."
Vietnamese "were killed," passively. American soldiers were "involved." Not quite. Say it, Rusty. Say, "I ordered the deaths of hundreds of civilians, I'm a murderer."
Wikipedia claims
Ultimately, Calley served only three and a half years of house arrest in his quarters at Fort Benning.
& the AFP adds
The exact toll of the massacre still remains in dispute, but US estimates suggest that between 347 and 504 unarmed citizens were massacred that day.
So Rusty does three & a half years hard time in his quarters for 350 to 500 deaths, & this Lockerbie bomber whose release has been such an outrage (Had anyone asked, we would have been all for letting him die in prison, but no one asked.) killed 270 & did eight years in an actual prison. Where's that outrage again, America?

22 August: Dog Days, Doggier Nights; Today's Deaths: Richard III, Michael Collins, Jomo Kenyatta, Huey P. Newton; "The Scream" Stolen

Today is Saturday, Aug. 22nd, the 234th day of 2009. There are 131 days left in the year. AP's A/V.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 22, 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses. Henry Tudor succeeded Richard to become King Henry VII.

On this date:

In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. In 1846, the United States annexed New Mexico. In 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America's Cup. In 1893, author, poet, critic and wit Dorothy Parker was born in West Bend, N.J.In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn. In 1904, Chinese communist leader Deng Xiaoping was born in Sichuan province. In 1910, Japan annexed Korea, which remained under Japanese colonial rule until 1945.In 1922, Irish revolutionary Michael Collins was shot to death, apparently by Irish Republican Army members who were opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.Fifty years ago, in 1959, the New York Philharmonic orchestra, led by conductor Leonard Bernstein, opened a concert tour of the Soviet Union with a program in Moscow featuring works by Samuel Barber, Mozart and Shostakovich. In 1968, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to South America. In 1978, President Jomo Kenyatta, a leading figure in Kenya's struggle for independence, died; Vice President Daniel arap Moi was sworn in as acting president. In 1985, 55 people died when fire broke out aboard a British Airtours charter jet on a runway at Manchester Airport in England. In 1986, Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. (Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.)Ten years ago: Hurricane Bret rumbled ashore on the Texas Gulf Coast with winds of over 100 miles-an-hour. A China Airlines jet landing in stormy weather at Hong Kong's new airport flipped over and burst into flames, killing three people and injuring more than 200. In 2003, Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse. Five years ago: As shocked spectators watched, armed thieves stole one of four versions of the Edvard Munch masterpiece "The Scream" and a second Munch painting, "Madonna," from the Munch museum in Oslo, Norway. (The paintings, visibly damaged, were recovered in Aug. 2006; three men were convicted in connection with the theft and sentenced to prison.) One year ago: The US carried out airstrikes in western Herat province in Afghanistan; according to a later U.S. estimate, the raid resulted in the deaths of 33 civilians and 22 militants (the Afghan government and U.N. investigators said that 90 civilians had died). Usain Bolt helped Jamaica win the 400-meter relay final in 37.10 seconds for his third gold medal and third world record of the Beijing Olympics. Bryan Clay won the decathlon. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Brazil in the men's beach volleyball championship game.

Today's Birthdays August 22

Author Ray Bradbury is 89. Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 89. Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is 75. Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 74. Author Annie Proulx is 74. Rockabilly singer Dale Hawkins is 73. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 70. Actress Valerie Harper is 69. Football coach Bill Parcells is 68. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 64. Actress Cindy Williams is 62. Musician David Marks is 61. International Swimming Hall of Famer Diana Nyad is 60. Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is 53. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 51. Actress Regina Taylor is 49. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 48. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 48. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 47. Singer Tori Amos is 46. Rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge is 46. International Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is 45. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is 42. Actor Ty Burrell is 42. Actor Rick Yune is 38. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 37. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 36. Comedian-actress Kristen Wiig is 36.Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 35. Rock musician Dean Back (Theory of a Deadman) is 34. Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 31. Actress Aya Sumika (TV: "Numb3rs") is 29. [Editor's note: "Country singers" we've never heard of & Backstreet Boys (36?) have been mercilessly excised from today's list.]

Today In Entertainment History August 22

[Judging from the paucity of "entertainment" events here, the dog days are fully upon us. — Ed.] On Aug. 22, 1956, the Five Satins made their debut on the R&B charts with "In the Still of the Night." In 1966, Jerry Lee Lewis was signed to play Iago in "Catch My Soul," a rock version of Shakespeare's "Othello." In 1968, John Lennon's wife Cynthia filed for divorce, one day shy of their sixth anniversary. By this time, John was seeing Yoko Ono, whom he married in 1969.In 1970, Elvis Presley announced his first tour since 1958. It lasted six dates.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Truth Panel

Today's Diet Aid

Picture this: We've just taken our first shower in a wk.; as we sit here, butt-nekkid & typing, we're smoking a cigarette. Be glad we don't have a camera w/ a timer (or a flunky) to take the picture.
If you've already shoveled down your dinner, beware: Merely thinking about this for too long can lead to bulimia. (Be sure to brush your teeth after vomiting. Don't want stomach acid on the dental enamel.)
Now that we've smoked that last butt, it's off to Vons.

From The Krauthammer Dictionary (ALSO: MORE NEW CRAP)

Remarkable Political Talent: One who lies on a consistent basis.

We might start by asking Sarah Palin to leave the room. I've got nothing against her. She's a remarkable political talent. But there are no "death panels" in the Democratic health-care bills, and to say that there are is to debase the debate.
Really, he's got nothing against her. A "remarkable talent." But let's ask her "to leave the room."

And, A Cheap Shot:

(UP-DATED, W/ A LINK TO SERIOUSNESS):

One of people who posts when Sullivan's vacating from The Daily Dish, Conor Clarke, read the rest of Dr. Krauthammer's column & noted
a bit of a fudge on Krauthammer's part.
Call it a "fudge" if you will, but it looks like a big glob of dog-shit on the doctor's wheels to us. He's quite the "remarkable political talent" as well. Punchline reference: "I'm glad I didn't roll in that."

STFU, Hollywood!

Hollywood celebrities are supposed to shut up & go away, but when one of them ("Mr. Voight -- a warrior himself in many ways -- has been cogitating about the state of America, meanwhile.") opens his trap to mouth fantasies about Obama, that's important & reasoned. (He's been "cogitating," y'know.)

"There's a real question at stake now. Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?" Mr. Voight tells Inside the Beltway.

"We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can't see this is probably hoping it isn't true. If we permit Mr. Obama to take over all our industries, if we permit him to raise our taxes to support unconstitutional causes, then we will be in default. This great America will become a paralyzed nation."

The clue is here: "We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can't see this is probably hoping it isn't true." We wish to hell it were true, but we don't see the slightest indication of creeping socialism.
Civil war? Paralyzed nation? Talk to the "Party of NO" about that, Mr. Voight.
Mr. Voight is also concerned about legendary Boogie Man Saul Alinsky & mythical ACORN thugs, while ignoring the astroturfed tea-baggers who started the disruptions of public fora. No mention of dragging one's loaded pseudo-penis to town halls & standing around w/ it, either. Because that's not thuggery, that's why!

Pushing Globalism

MSNBC is going to have to start paying us for re-distributing their programming.Actually, we're running this one again because, through the quirks of cyberspace, an email address of ours has been passed around the right, & we've gotten some interesting communications, including this one, from the very same Alan Gottlieb (We assume, yes. There can't be that many gun-clutchers named Alan Gottlieb.) who, although identified above as the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, also seems to be affiliated w/ Citizen's Committee For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms, which is very worried.Can you imagine who these horrid supporters are? Hint: Foreigners!We see why he could barely express himself on Hardball. He can't express himself very well through typing.Yes indeed, call the White House & express your disdain. Please. While you're drowning Senators in faxes. Is it the gun nuts who have faxes & telephones, or is just that Senators are so stupid they have to see printed faxes before they'll believe that a few hundred nuts are in a lather?

Either way, we'd love to see Mr. Gottlieb return to Hardball to explain this nugget of paranoia.Is it still 1961?

Funny That A Whore Would Be Up To Her Same Old Tricks, Yrs. Later

From the electrons of Salon, a spoilsport points out what a witch Betsy McCaughey is, & comes up w/ a not-unreasonable idea to wise these stupid racists the hell up. But ruins it by suggesting that we not call them "stupid racists." Here are the important parts, so you needn't worry about getting any Paglia on you by visiting Salon.

Stage managed? Absolutely. Somebody like Betsy McCaughey doesn't invent a lie as brazen as the so-called death panels out of nowhere. She's a professional; a paid propagandist for the right-wing Hudson Institute. Back in 1993, her article "No Exit" in the allegedly liberal (but incompetently edited)* New Republic magazine helped sink President Bill Clinton's healthcare initiative.

Exclusive - Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 1

Then McCaughey claimed the Clinton bill made it a crime to buy supplemental insurance or pay your doctor out of pocket. The bill itself said, "Nothing in this act shall be construed as prohibiting ... an individual from purchasing health-care services."

Exclusive - Betsy McCaughey Extended Interview Pt. 2

But McCaughey's a poised and superficially attractive woman who performs capably on television. So why wouldn't low-information voters get taken in all over again? Particularly after her "death panel" falsehoods got amplified by figures like Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and the supposedly "moderate" Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.

Perlstein: "If you don't understand that any moment of genuine political change always produces both [mad lies and heartfelt fear], you can't understand America, where the crazy tree blooms in every moment of liberal ascendancy, and where elites exploit the crazy for their own narrow interests."

And yet the Obama White House got caught napping as the paranoid train left the station once again. Presidential aides told reporters that the barrage of falsehoods and insane comparisons to Nazi Germany "had caught them off guard and forced them to begin an August counteroffensive."

So where were these geniuses back when Clinton was being called a drug smuggler and mass murderer? When militiamen spotted U.N. "black helicopters" over Western skies? When thousands hoarded canned food and bottled water in advance of the imaginary Y2K catastrophe?

Conservatives determined to prevent Obama from succeeding understand that their best chance is to frighten poorly informed voters historically susceptible to conspiracy theories – particularly in rural states far from centers of power.

Too often, the Democratic response goes something like this: "The claims can be debunked a million times and it would make not one bit of difference to them. They hate President Obama, most of them are racists, and they are out to destroy him. They are irrational (barely) human beings with no conscience."

Persuasive, don't you think? OK, so I took that from a fellow on my Facebook page. It's sadly typical. For a generation now, the well-organized and lavishly funded right-wing noise machine has dominated American political debate with poisonous nonsense like McCaughey's, with little effective pushback.

To the extent Democrats resist, it's mainly on Web sites like the invaluable Media Matters for America. What's needed, however, is a strong counter-narrative informing voters that they're being had: conned, tricked and manipulated by, yes, New York, Washington and Hollywood "media elites" who lie for money. Vulgar? You bet. It's called "populism," and it once dominated the very states where talk-radio bombast now holds sway.

No, the argument can't be won overnight. On the other hand, it can't be won at all by calling people stupid racists.

© 2009 Gene Lyons. Distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association

We dunno. Couldn't hurt to try to expose these people, but will the stupid racists believe the media exposing other media elitists? There's stubborn pride in disbelief of the obvious & accepted (& a commensurate pride in belief in the fantastic, Jeeziz, angels & other delusions) among the bitter clingers, & even lifting the rock & showing all the crawlies may not help much. *Ha-ha ha-ha-ha. He means YOU, Andrew Sullivan!

21 August: Workshop Of The Telescopes; Hawai'i Official; Trotsky Dies; Aquino Killed; Swing Era Starts; Nat Turner Makes Bid For Freedom

From The Associated Press, 51 mins ago, & The UPI Almanac. Today is Friday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2009. There are 132 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Fifty years ago, on Aug. 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order, five months after signing the Hawaiian statehood bill.

On this date:

Four hundred years ago, in 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope, capable of magnifying images of objects ninefold, to a group of officials atop the Campanile in Venice. In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat set off from Albany on its return trip to New York, arriving some 30 hours later. In 1831, Nat Turner led a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 white people. (He was later executed.) In 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place. In 1878, the American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y. [Great, organized drunkards. — Ed.] In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. (The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.) In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds inflicted by an assassin the day before. In 1945, President Harry S. Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid to America's allies during World War II.
In 1951, the United States ordered construction of the world's first atomic submarine, the Nautilus. In 1963, martial law was declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops began a crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters. In 1983, Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a plane at Manila International Airport.In 1987, Sgt. Clayton Lonetree, the first Marine ever court-martialed for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Va., of passing secrets to the KGB. In 1991, the hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular uprising led by Russian federation President Boris N. Yeltsin.In 1992, fugitive neo-Nazi leader Randall Weaver opened fire on U.S. marshals from inside his Idaho mountaintop home. His wife and teenage son and a deputy marshal died during the 11-day standoff. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton urged Americans to contribute to the relief effort for Turkey, where the death toll from a massive earthquake four days earlier topped 12,000. (It eventually reached 17,000). In 2002, U.S. President George Bush said that while no decision had been made whether to go to war against Iraq, he believed a "regime change" would be "in the best interest of the world." Michael Copper, former executive of the bankrupt energy giant Enron, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. A jury in San Diego convicted David Westerfield of kidnapping 7-year-old Danielle van Dam from her home and killing her; he was later sentenced to death. Five years ago: The International Gymnastics Federation ruled that South Korean Yang Tae-young was unfairly docked a tenth of a point in the all-around gymnastics final at the Athens Olympics, costing him the gold medal that ended up going to Paul Hamm of the United States; however, the ruling did not change the final result. In 2006, U. S. President George Bush admitted at a news conference that the war in Iraq was a big strain on the United States but declared there would be no mass American pullout "so long as I'm the president." Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein went on trial on a second mass murder charge in Baghdad, this one involving the deaths of 148 men and boys in an alleged revenge attack. He already was being tried in relation to the deaths of thousands of Kurds. British prosecutors announced that 11 people had been charged in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners bound for the United States. One year ago: President George W. Bush issued a federal disaster declaration for parts of Florida affected by Tropical Storm Fay. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Baghdad for discussions with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other top Iraqi officials. Twin Taliban suicide bombings at Pakistan's largest weapons complex killed at least 67 people. At the Summer Olympics, Japan defeated the U.S. softball team, 3-1, to win the gold medal. Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor won their second consecutive gold medal in beach volleyball, beating Wang Jie and Tian Jia of China. The U.S. women's soccer team won the gold medal by beating Brazil 1-0 in extra time.

Today's Birthdays:

Former NFL player Pete Retzlaff is 78. Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles is 77. Playwright Mart Crowley ("The Boys in the Band") is 74. Singer Kenny Rogers is 71. Actor Clarence Williams III is 70. Rock-'n'-roll musician James Burton is 70. Singer Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 70. Singer Jackie DeShannon is 68. NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier is 64. Actress Patty McCormack is 64. Pop singer-musician Carl Giammarese is 62. Actress Loretta Devine is 60. CBS "Early Show" co-host Harry Smith is 58. Singer Glenn Hughes is 57. Country musician Nick Kane is 55. Actress Kim Cattrall is 53. College Football Hall of Famer and NFL quarterback Jim McMahon is 50. Baseball All-Star pitcher John Wetteland is 43. Rock singer Serj Tankian (System of a Down) is 42. Actress Carrie-Anne Moss is 39. Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Craig Counsell is 39. Rock musician Liam Howlett (Prodigy) is 38. Actress Alicia Witt is 34.Singer Kelis is 30. Singer Melissa Schuman is 25. Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt is 23.

Today In Entertainment History August 21

In 1904, jazz musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie was born in Red Bank, N.J. In 1935, the Benny Goodman Orchestra played a concert that's considered to be the beginning of the Swing Era. The concert was at a ballroom in Los Angeles and included songs like "Just You, Just Me." In 1972, Grace Slick was sprayed with mace and Paul Kantner was slammed to the floor by police following a chaotic show by Jefferson Airplane in Akron, Ohio. A bomb threat had been phoned in, fans threw rocks at police cars and officers responded with tear gas. In 1980, singer Linda Ronstadt opened on Broadway in the opera "The Pirates of Penzance." She also starred in the film version. In 1994, John Denver was charged with drunken driving after he crashed his Porsche into a tree. [Even worse at flying, though. — Ed.] In 1995, REM sued Hershey Foods, claiming the company exploited its name when it ran a "Kit Kat REM concert" sweepstakes in Hershey candy bars. The suit was eventually dropped. In 1996, singer Rick James was released from prison after serving two years for assaulting a woman. Two days earlier, the woman he was to marry was jailed for shoplifting a $39 pair of boots. David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of Talking Heads from touring as The Heads. The suit was settled out of court. [What a fucking asshole. — Ed.] Last year, one-time actor Fred Crane, who'd played one of the Tarleton twins in "Gone With the Wind," died in Atlanta at age 90.

Thought for Today:

"To know a little less and to understand a little more: that, it seems to me, is our greatest need." — James Ramsey Ullman, American author (1907-1971).

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Xe Blackwater Countdown Continues

For a change, NSNBC re-runs from today (depending on your time zone).

I Got A Right

Yesterday's edition of "Chris Matthews presents a gun-loon who can't reason past 'Guns, must have guns.'"
Alas, today there was no one to claim: "It's their right, that's why." Either Hardball has run out of willing masochists, or the word went out from Second Amendment Central not to go on the show, you look like morons. (And when Tweety can make you look bad, you are a real moron.)

Taken Out Behind The Woodshed & Given A Good Old Fashioned Joe The Plumber Style Whipping

As we get more than enough of The Atlantic at Asymmetrical Information, while searching for the proverbial low hanging fruit (rotting fruit making the very ground slippery & smelly is more like it) we've never subjected ourself to this Marc Ambinder weasel. But now that we've read his textbook example of Media Village rec'd. wisdom, careerism, sheer fucking stupidity & assholery, knee-jerk power-worship & absolute inability to reason (And the commenters taking his ass way outside & beating it like a rug, a good job by all.) we doubt if we'll return, other than to note his later-in-the-day mea culpa or whatever it was.
The best comments for the earlier item were along the "You people still haven't faced what you allowed/helped the Bush Admin. to do, or even why you did it." We seriously doubt that Mr. Knee-Jerk is capable of learning anything beyond his post-graduate field of study: Kissing ass for personal advancement. And now that we've read part two ... no, his mind is made up, facts shall never enter it. He does type "sorry," but typing that meaningless word is even easier than mouthing it.

More Absolutely Justified America Hating

From yesterday's Independent. We certainly agree w/ the implications in the headline, but we're going to pick a pair of nits to keep in practice.
The election of Obama – a black man with an anti-conservative message – as a successor to George W. Bush has scrambled the core American right's view of their country.
We'll grant that Americans think "one drop" qualifies anyone as "black," but we don't know where "anti-conservative" comes from. And let's not get carried away w/ "landslide," either. Let alone "massive landslide."
a majority of Americans in a massive landslide, it simply didn't compute.
The piece goes on to summarize, we presume mostly for Limeys & other non-Americans, the silliness in these United Snakes.
For example:
The American media then presents itself as an umpire between "the rival sides", as if they both had evidence behind them.
It's "objective," alright. The only problem is that it isn't real. As if anything is.

20 August: Menedezes Murdered; Mothers Of Invention Over; Alaska Noticed

From The Associated Press, 28 mins ago, & The UPI Almanac. Today is Thursday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2009. There are 133 days left in the year.
Added Bonus @ 2058 PDT, 21 August 2009. The updated AP A/V, w/ 22 secs. about Isaac Hayes, who is now worthy because he's dead, we guess. How, then do they explain Robert Planet? He only appears dead.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 20, 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" liberalization drive led by Alexander Dubcek.

On this date:

In 1741, Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered what is now Alaska. In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio. In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped. In 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. In 1920, pioneering American radio station 8MK in Detroit (later WWJ) began daily broadcasting. In 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force, saying, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." In 1955, hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure. In 1977, the U.S. launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature. In 1979, Diana Nyad succeeded in her third attempt at swimming from the Bahamas to Florida. Twenty years ago, in 1989, entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife, Kitty, were shot to death in their Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion by their sons, Lyle and Erik. Fifty-one people died when a pleasure boat sank in the River Thames in London after colliding with a dredger. British conservationist George Adamson, 83, was shot and killed by bandits in Kenya. Ten years ago: In a highly unusual move, the CIA pulled the security clearances for former Director John Deutch for keeping secret files on an unsecured home computer. Three Japanese banks announced a broad alliance plan. (The merger resulted in creation of the Mizuho Financial Group.) In 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the state supreme court building. Five years ago: Democrats labored to deflect attacks on John Kerry's war record with fresh television ads touting his fitness for national command. In Athens, Michael Phelps matched Mark Spitz's record of four individual gold medals in the Olympic pool with a stirring comeback in the 100-meter butterfly, then removed himself from further competition. One year ago: A Spanish jetliner crashed during takeoff from Madrid, killing 154 people. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski signed a deal to put a U.S. missile defense base in Poland. In Beijing, Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds. Former Chinese leader Hua Guofeng died in Beijing at age 87. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, died in Cleveland at age 58. Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, died near California's Lake Tahoe at age 63.

Today's Birthdays:

Writer-producer-director Walter Bernstein is 90. U.S. special envoy George Mitchell is 76. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 74. Baseball All-Star Graig Nettles is 65. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 63. Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 62. Actor John Noble is 61. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 61. Rock singer Doug Fieger (The Knack) is 57. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 57. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 57. Actor-director Peter Horton is 56. TV weatherman Al Roker is 55. Actor Jay Acovone is 54. Actress Joan Allen is 53. TV personality Asha Blake is 48. Actor James Marsters is 47. Rapper KRS-One is 44. Rock singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 39. Rock musician Brad Avery is 38. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 38. Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is 36. Rock singer Monique Powell (Save Ferris) is 34. Hockey player Chris Drury is 33.

Today In Entertainment History

On Aug. 20, 1960, Connie Francis made her acting debut when filming began on the movie "Where the Boys Are." In 1967, The New York Times reported on a new noise reduction system developed by R. and D.W. Dolby. It was first used by a subsidiary of Elektra Records. Forty fuggin' years ago, in 1969, Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention. He said he was tired of performing for people who clapped for the "wrong reasons."[Tired of paying band members triple-scale for rehearsals, too. — Ed.] In 1989, actor Kenneth Branagh married actress Emma Thompson. In 1992, Sting and his longtime girlfriend Trudie Styler got married in England. It was his second marriage, her first. Ten years ago: bassist Bobby Sheehan of Blues Traveler was found dead of a drug overdose in his apartment in New Orleans. He was 31. Musician Fatboy Slim married British TV personality Zoe Ball in London. They have since separated.

Thought for Today:

"History abhors determinism, but cannot tolerate chance." — Bernard De Voto, American author, journalist and critic (1897-1955).

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mighty Sorry, No Body Cares

At this stage of the game we have no memory of sharing any or all of these liberal, biased anti-Blackwater (Hey, that name change worked out pretty well for them, didn't it?) clips from what (barely) passes for a leftish cable infotainment outlet in these United (Murdering) Snakes. As whatever the hell appears here (even repetitively) makes no difference in the greater or lesser scheme of things, if you've seen one or all, change the fucking channel already: No one's holding a gun to your head, are they? (Although if someone is, they probably are "Xe" employee contractors.)
We're sure we didn't catch the above from 4 August 2009, or we would have linked to Mr. Scahill's piece in The Nation, as a service for the text-obsessed.
Yet we do remember the above juxtaposition of frames of the Crusader King Prince, so we must've thrown those two up at the same time. Maybe the one just below is the one we never got around to. Are you bored yet? We can make it worse.
Those who'd really like to wallow in it (& have not been obsessively reading this waste of everything for the last two+ yrs. & too many posts) can search (Look, we did it for you, lazy oafs!) "Blackwater" & "Erik Prince" to see more aggregation & smart-assery from just around two yrs. ago, when Xe Blackwater first made a big news splash. And, more from the Newspaper of Record:
Some Congressional Democrats have hinted that the program was just one of many that the Bush administration hid from Congressional scrutiny and have used the episode as a justification to delve deeper into other Bush-era counterterrorism programs.

But Republicans have criticized Mr. Panetta’s decision to cancel the program, saying he created a tempest in a teapot.

“I think there was a little more drama and intrigue than was warranted,” said Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.

All fair & balanced, huh? Objective, one could say. Like that jerk Hoekstra's insubstantial little whine was worth publishing.

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.