Saturday, August 15, 2009

Prison Planet (More ...)

Dulled out by all of everything, we provide more exciting found objects.We sense a lawsuit in the offing. Why do the "Lay-deez" get a nightgown & two pairs of panties, when men are limited to one pair of G. I. skivvies? And what if a dude wanted a bra? Pigs!
Not to mention the Dress Code. Fascism has come to America.
On a personal note, it would appear that prisoners are allowed to have more money in their accounts than Social Security recipients are allowed. Fuck this bullshit. Maybe the victims of the injustice system (It's criminal!) can't get a riot going, but nothing's stopping us.

I Hope You Heal Up Real Quick

For the second time today, we've seen a ballplayer carted off the diamond while firmly attached to a backboard, after being whacked in the head w/ a hardball.
Even worse, this one is a Dodger, pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, hit by a line drive.

Drive A Stake Through Its Heart & Bury It In Garlic Or Something

At Rumproast, via Arky.
This "plus ça change, plus everything really sucks, but even fucking worse" crap is getting very tiresome. Do you fucking right-wing fucks have any thoughts that were thought before 1700 c. e.? We heard this load on the fucking radio yesterday afternoon, probably on the Sean Hannity moronfest.
Do look at Rumproast, there is further information on this example of Reagan's whoring himself to power & repression. "Operation Coffee Cup," it was called.

Middle-Class Sheep/Nation Of Rubes/Property Is Theft/And You're Getting Screwed!

From a substitute for the ersatz ("Jude") we are treated to links. (Someone on the right who works as hard as we do!) Cheney deriding Bush for going soft because of public opinion is one thing, but if the people don't want healthcare, let's go along w/ them. After all, eminently trustworthy pollster
Scott Rasmussen reports that, with only 35% of voters saying passage of the current Health Care Reform bill would be better than any such legislation this year, 54% say no.
He's trustworthy because, as we all know, there is a "current Health Care Reform bill." (Or there are three of them, none of them "current" in the sense of haing been voted on or anything.) But you know it exists: "Jude" has it right there in CAPS.
The important part (Voting, as we all know, should be apportioned according to income & property.) of the poll is this:
Voters who earn less than $20,000 a year are evenly divided but a majority of all other voters would prefer no action. Middle income voters, those who earn from $40,000 to $75,000 a year, are most strongly in favor of taking no action."
Well, that settles it then. People w/o insurance can just fuck off & die painfully, because a middle-class pig thinks he's OK. Just wait, suburban scumbag. At least the imaginary Death Panels are supposed to give Fantasy Granny some Oxycontin to move her along.
We've noticed this before: Because those polled believe something, it's true. As long as it's in agreement w/ them. Therefore, as
[V]oters seem to have learned from the "stimulus" and other failing or unintentionally destructive legislation, that no matter how bad things are, congress is very good at finding ways to make them worse
it has therefore been proven (scientifically, yet) that "congress" sucks. And of course angels exist, because a majority of Americans believe it so.
Saved the best for last.
[L]ots of familiar faces are gathered this weekend at the Right Online conference in Pittsburgh. Among these stars, none shine more brightly (and that is not merely a bald joke) than Ed Morrissey, who gave, as Allahpundit described, seven solid minutes on property rights and prosperity in the age of Hopenchange.
The usual suspects have gathered in Pittsburgh this wknd.? Are they all there to "piss off" the Great Orange Satan's Annual Invocation & Ritual Dance to SoroStalin/Nutroots★Nation bash, which is occuring in Pittsburgh through tomorrow as well? Having seen no reports of violence or angry confrontations in the City of Three Rivers, we can only assume that the right, dogs that they are, have quite a bark in cyberspace, but no meatspace bite. We'd pay good money for a Pay-Per-View presentation of mostly under-50 progs vs. the usual fat, balding & graying 50+ collection of basement-dwelling wing-nut welfare recipients. It would take a hell of a lot of rain to clean the streets of the blood of the wretched.
The very best is "property rights & prosperity" being applied to healthcare. Or "Hopencare." Or is that "Hopenchange?" Please explain what "hope" the 45+ million Americans w/o health insurance have? And back up your work.
Not quite as good, but indicative of their basic dishonesty: Having Cap't. Ed's co-blogger Allahpundit provide the description of "seven solid minutes" for Special Ed's presentation.

All Along The Watchtower

It would appear that the long walk to the next world can only be accomplished by women in long skirts, & will be led by an Anglo nuclear family. Can't wait to live in that world. Come on, brain-washed cult members, make an effort. ¡Aqui, no habla Español! Try English. (Or French, even.) Or just don't stick anything under our door. There is one positive aspect of this: "El fin está cerca." We can only hope. Could you pendejos give Jesu Christo a call & tell him to get on the stick? We've been waiting for The End for over a thousand yrs. now; our patience grows thin.

Word To The Losers

But even if you weren’t aware of all that, it would be hard to mistake the hostile town hall encounters for a serious barometer of voter sentiment. Sure, some talk-radio types are insisting they are. Lawmakers know better, however. After all, if these folks really spoke for the country, Democrats wouldn’t control Congress, and Obama would never have been elected.
Op-ed from boston.com. or The Boston Globe or someplace.

Rugged In Montana

This reporter's immediate female ancestor spent the first six yrs. of her life in Livingston, Montana. Which doesn't mean shit, but makes this story slightly more interesting to us. Will we read it, & bother to pull any of it?
OK, if only to demonstrate how imbecilicly fucking stupid those toads are (W/ all apologies to actual toads, of course.) we'll give you this:
But here's the twist: The folks at the local clinic where I found McDonald in the dentist chair -- known as "Community Health Partners" -- are actually quite comfortable with the federal government. That's because it turns out that taxpayers pick up 50 percent of the clinic's $4 million annual budget. "We're able to provide health care to someone who walks through the door regardless of their ability to pay," Dr. Mark Schulein, who runs the clinic, told me. People like Sonja McDonald, who wants more of these clinics around the country -- even when I told her the federal government that she dislikes so much picks up much of the tab. "The government being involved is fine," McDonald said. "It's just that when they try and overstep, when they try to say, 'No, this is what needs to be done.'" This reminds me of when you hear about folks at Congressional town hall meetings saying they don't want changes to Medicare and they want to make sure the federal government stays out of the way -- even though the feds run the program now and have for decades.
After they've strapped on a ewe ("Whut? Yuh callin' me uh queer? This hyar ain't no ram!") or two, do these people get a mad sheep disease that crawls throughout their nervous systems & eventually affects their brains? It's very difficult for us to believe that people are really so ignorant & oblivious. (You know, due to our high opinion of the species.)

Golden State Wrap-Up: Wildfires; Killer On The Loose

No Brian "Droopy" Williams today, so we can present a minute's worth of local action w/o fear.

Your Elected Officials

Western Civilization will be brought to an end by representatives of democracy like Representative Culberson. You may never have seen an individual performance/talking point recitation stupider than this. Alright, you probably have. Fine. But this is pretty damn good.

15 August: Macbeth Dies; Bonaparte Is Born; Will Rogers Crashes

By The Associated Press 2 hrs 5 mins ago, & The UPI Almanac. Today is Saturday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2009. There are 138 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 15, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced to his subjects in a prerecorded radio address that Japan had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II. On this date: In 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain. In 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born on the island of Corsica. One hundred fifty years ago, in 1859, Chicago White Sox founder Charles Comiskey was born in Chicago. In 1914, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. In 1935, humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow in the Alaska Territory. The original AP story. In 1944, Allied forces landed in southern France in Operation Dragoon. In 1947, India became independent after some 200 years of British rule. In 1948, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was proclaimed. In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents. In 1979, Andrew Young resigned as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations after coming under fire for an unauthorized meeting with the U.N. observer for the Palestine Liberation Organization. In 1985, South African President P.W. Botha, rejecting Western pleas to abolish apartheid, declared, "I am not prepared to lead white South Africans and other minority groups on a road to abdication and suicide." In 1987, more than 13.5 inches of rain drenched the Chicago area, causing more than $100 million in damage. In 1995, the Justice Department agreed to pay $3.1 million to white separatist Randall Weaver, whose wife and teenage son were killed by FBI sharpshooters during a standoff at his Idaho cabin three years earlier. In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that tore apart the center of Omagh, Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton and his family went house-hunting in Westchester County, N.Y. (They later settled on a house in Chappaqua.) Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship, becoming at age 23 the youngest player to win two majors since Seve Ballesteros. In 2000, one hundred people from North Korea arrived in South Korea for temporary reunions with relatives they had not seen for half a century; 100 South Koreans visited the North. In 2001, astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own - two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper. Five years ago: Residents left homeless by Hurricane Charley dug through their ravaged homes, rescuing what they could as President George W. Bush promised rapid delivery of disaster aid. In Athens, the U.S. men's basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico, only the third Olympic defeat ever for the Americans and the first since adding pros. Vijay Singh won the PGA Championship in Haven, Wis. In 2006, Israel began withdrawing its forces from southern Lebanon. In 2007, a magnitude-8 earthquake in Peru's southern desert killed at least 540 people. One year ago: Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili grudgingly signed a U.S.-backed truce with Russia, even as he denounced the Russians as invading barbarians and accused the West of all but encouraging them to overrun his country. Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal with his sixth world record, in the 200-meter individual medley at the Summer Olympics. American Nastia Liukin won the gold in women's gymnastics; friend and teammate Shawn Johnson was second. National Public Radio commentator Leroy Sievers, who shared his struggle with cancer, died at his Maryland home at age 53. Today's Birthdays: Actress Rose Marie is 86. Political activist Phyllis Schlafly is 85. Actor Mike Connors is 84. Actress Lori Nelson is 76. Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan is 74. Actor Jim Dale is 74. Actress Pat Priest is 73. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is 71. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is 71. Musician Pete York (Spencer Davis Group) is 67. Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 65. Songwriter Jimmy Webb is 63. Rock singer-musician Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers) is 61. Britain's Princess Anne is 59. Actress Tess Harper is 59. Actor Larry Mathews is 54. Actor Zeljko Ivanek is 52. Actor-comedian Rondell Sheridan is 51. Rock singer-musician Matt Johnson (The The) is 48. Movie director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ("Babel") is 46. Actress Debi Mazar is 45. Country singer Angela Rae (Wild Horses) is 43. Actor Peter Hermann is 42. Actress Debra Messing is 41. Actor Anthony Anderson is 39. Actor Ben Affleck is 37. Singer Mikey Graham (Boyzone) is 37. Actress Natasha Henstridge is 35. Today In Entertainment History -- Seventy years ago, in 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood.In 1958, Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago got married in a private ceremony at his parents' home in Lubbock, Texas. Holly and Santiago had met only two months before. He died in a plane crash the following February. In 1965, The Beatles performed before a capacity crowd at New York's Shea Stadium, which, at the time, set a record for the largest audience to gather for a concert. Forty years ago, in 1969, the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair opened in upstate New York. During three days, dozens of acts performed before the crowd that had gathered on Max Yasgur's farm. Original AP story. Max Yasgur addresses the crowd at his farm. In 1980, George Harrison's book "I Me Mine" was published. In 1996, a women's shelter on Long Island, New York, refused to accept money from a benefit concert featuring James Brown. The shelter said Brown's wife had accused him of assaulting her, although each time she withdrew the accusations or the charges were dismissed. In 1998, singer Ian Gillan of Deep Purple allegedly hit a security guard in the head with a microphone during a concert in Pontiac, Michigan. He was later charged with assault and battery. In 2004, Phish performed their final show during a weekend-long festival in Coventry, Vermont. Last year, record producer Jerry Wexler, who coined the term "rhythm and blues," died in Sarasota, Fla. at age 91. Thought for Today: "To feel that one has a place in life solves half the problem of contentment." — George Edward Woodberry, American poet, critic and educator (1855-1930).

Friday, August 14, 2009

Prison Planet (You Have The Right To ...)

As promised,the El Dorado, California, County Correctional System Handbook. Those of you who have (or had) "jobs" may note similarities between corporate handbooks, dress codes & other minutiae, & the rules for convicts.Who are we kidding? Section A up there gives more rights to the prisoners than any worker/drone is guaranteed, though Section B is straight corporate boilerplate.

WELL?

WHERE IN THE MOTHER-FUCKING CONSTITUTION DOES IT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT CAPITALISM BEING THE OFFICAL ECONOMIC SYSTEM OF THE UNITED SNAKES OF AMERICA? AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLARS, WHERE DOES IT INDICATE THAT HEALTH CARE FOR ALL IS UN-CONSTITUTIONAL? P. S.: WE ARE QUITE TIRED OF THIS CRAP. YOU CAN ALL GO FUCK YOURSELVES IF YOU CAN'T STOP LYING THROUGH YOUR TEETH.

More Morons: The Torture Never Stops

How others interpret the "Hardball" interview w/ "non-political" Katy Abram. We'll just assume Bill Pascoe hates it when anybody proves to be more intelligent or informed than he is. And we have to assume that happens on a daily basis.

No "Humans" Involved

You might want to look at the new L. A. Times website. It will not save Sam Zell, but it's less ugly than the previous one.
More ugly than usual? The wealthy city of Santa Barbara, where we see how much America is concerned for even the least of us.
"It's more likely that the man who was burned last week was set on fire," he wrote to me in May, the prose all the more powerful for its understatement. "Also, the coroner moved up the autopsy of the wheelchair-bound man who died -- which was likely a murder. Doing my rounds on Friday I ran across four other homeless people who had been beaten -- looking like a youth street gang."
Fuck you people w/ houses, jobs, & all that other crap that turns you into Nazis. (Not that you weren't more than ready to go in that direction from the beginning, murdering scum.) Every one of you are as guilty as the Germans who didn't do anything to stop the Nazis. The blood is on your hands. Go ahead, wash like an obsessive. It will never come off.

Moron, Imbecile & Idiot Wrap-Up

From The Times of New York, The Opinionator wraps the garbage, ties it w/ a pretty bow, & shoves it in your face. Smell good? If you're a roach it does.

A Titan Of IndustryImbecility

America. Where failure on a massive scale is punished w/ the opportunity to do yet another deal. (Which is funny, because we somehow got the impression that those who fail are not rewarded at all, that "the market" deals effectively w/ the imbeciles & incompetent.)
William Brandt Jr., a corporate turnaround expert not involved in the case, said enough time has passed so that creditors and the debtor want to cut losses and save face. He said an honorable exit is especially important to Zell, who might need investment banking help for future deals.
And what kind of investment banker would invest the price of a shoe-shine w/ an imbecile? We'd have to assume it could only be another imbecile.
"This was a textbook case of a leverage buyout gone bad," said Brandt, president of Development Specialists Inc. "These were imbeciles who had no idea what they were doing."
See item just beneath↓.

We're Number One: Scab Of A Nation, Driven Insane

One uh them smarty-ass Jewboy fellers just hates Real Americans stupid folks.
Does it represent something new in the long history of stupidity? Or is it merely the latest manifestation of a time-honored component of the political process -- the cries for help of one of America's most important minority groups: idiots?
So do we. Can you blame us? One of the Jewish feller's commenters begs to differ: Americans aren't stupid, he types, just gullible. Hah! What's the fucking difference? Get a brain, moran! You've proved his point.

14 August: China: Boxer Rebellion, War & Lead Toys; More American "Socializing"

By The Associated Press (1 hr 4 mins ago) & the UPI Almanac. Today is Friday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2009. There are 139 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.On this date: In 1784, Grigory Shelikhov, a Russian fur trader, founded the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska on Kodiak Island. In 1848, the Oregon Territory was created. In 1900, international forces, including U.S. Marines, entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging China of foreign influence. In 1908, a race riot erupted in Springfield, Ill. as a white mob began setting black-owned homes and businesses on fire; at least two blacks and five whites were killed in the violence. In 1917, China declared war on Germany and Austria during World War I. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the Atlantic Charter, a statement of principles that renounced aggression. In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II. In 1947, Pakistan became independent of British rule. In 1951, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst died at age 88. In 1956, German dramatist Bertolt Brecht died at age 58.
In 1966, the unmanned U.S. Orbiter 1 spacecraft began orbiting the moon. In 1969, British troops went to Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics. In 1973, the U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt effective at midnight. In 1980, workers went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, in a job action that resulted in the creation of the Solidarity labor movement. President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale were nominated for a second term at the Democratic National Convention in New York. In 1996, the Republican National Convention in San Diego nominated Bob Dole for president and Jack Kemp for vice president. In 1997, an unrepentant Timothy McVeigh was sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing. Ten years ago: Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush won a convincing victory in the Iowa straw poll. Death claimed former AFL-CIO president Lane Kirkland at age 77, and Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese at age 81. In 2003, a huge blackout hit the northeastern United States and part of Canada; 50 million people lost power.Five years ago: A visibly weak Pope John Paul II joined thousands of other ailing pilgrims at a cliffside shrine in Lourdes, France, telling them he shared in their physical suffering and assuring them the burden was part of God's "wondrous plan." Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz died in Krakow, Poland, at age 93. Fifteen-term congressman William D. Ford died in Ypsilanti Township, Mich. at age 77. In 2006, Israel halted its offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas as a U.N.-imposed cease-fire went into effect after a month of warfare that killed more than 900 people. In 2007, toy company Mattel recalled 18.6 million lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide. One year ago: President George W. Bush signed consumer-safety legislation that banned lead from children's toys, imposing the toughest standard in the world. Today's Birthdays: Broadway lyricist Lee Adams ("Bye Bye Birdie") is 85. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker is 84. Singer Buddy Greco is 83. Baseball Hall of Fame coach Earl Weaver is 79. Former NFL player John Brodie is 74. Singer Dash Crofts is 71. Rock singer David Crosby is 68. Country singer Connie Smith is 68. Comedian-actor Steve Martin is 64. Actor Antonio Fargas is 63. Singer-musician Larry Graham is 63. Actress Susan Saint James is 63. Actor David Schramm is 63. Author Danielle Steel is 62. Rock singer-musician Terry Adams (NRBQ) is 59. "Far Side" cartoonist Gary Larson is 59. Actor Carl Lumbly is 58. Olympic gold medal swimmer Debbie Meyer is 57. Film composer James Horner is 56. Actress Jackee Harry is 53. Actress Marcia Gay Harden is 50. Former basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson is 50. Singer Sarah Brightman is 49. Actress Susan Olsen is 48. Rock musician Keith Howland (Chicago) is 45. Actress Halle Berry is 43. Actress Catherine Bell is 41. Country musician Cody McCarver (Confederate Railroad) is 41. Rock musician Kevin Cadogan is 39. Actor Scott Michael Campbell is 38. Actress Lalanya Masters is 37. Actor Christopher Gorham is 35. Football player Greg Ellis is 34. Football player Mike Vrabel is 34. Football player Roy L. Williams is 29. Actress Mila Kunis is 26. Today In Entertainment History -- On August 14th, 1958, Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys, died of a heart attack. In 1970, singer Stephen Stills was arrested on cocaine possession charges at a motel in La Jolla, California. He was released on $2,500 bail. In 1971, Rod Stewart released "Maggie May." In 1974, "(You're) Having My Baby" by Paul Anka was awarded a gold record. Feminists objected to the word "my," saying it should have been "our." In 1985, Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney for the ATV music publishing catalog, which included many Beatles songs. Jackson paid $47.5 million dollars. In 1989, Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" was the first American album to be released legally in what was then the Soviet Union. In 2003, nineteen musicals and three stage plays on Broadway were shut down when New York and much of the Northeast suffered a massive power failure.
Thought for Today: "The old forget. The young don't know." — Japanese proverb.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Russia: A "Socialized" Country. Also: "Restore This Country Back."

By giving these dodos & dilrods a chance to "express" themselves, MSNBC is actually perfoming a public service, almost as if they had to, or cared.
At least she wasn't packing heat. (And no, it would appear we can't involve ourself in Raiders-Cowboys.)

Possible Evidence The Apocalypse Is NOT Just Around The Corner

No Brooklyn Bums of Los Angeles game today or tonight.But there is an Oakland Raiders of Los Angeles game on. Let's stop typing & see if we can concentrate for more than 30 secs.

12 Perfect Examples

Fifty years ago, Americans were pretty effing dumb. You needn't read the text (which we thought would be some pesudo-socio-bullshit, but turned out to be informative & mercifully brief) just dig the images.And today? It is our modest guess that fifty years after tailfins we are as brain-dead stupid as it is possible for a nation to be. (Exceptions? Maybe Russia.) Certainly any country that's had all the advantges this one has had should be ashamed of itself for acting the way it does.

Does Anyone Even Give A Shit Now?

Human Events refers to this as "developing," whatever it is.
Though Beck acknowledged most of the Obama administration is in fact white, he concluded that the President’s world experience made him a “racist.” Now “Color of Change” has bullied at least five of Beck’s big advertisers -- SC Johnson, Progressive Insurance, Geico, Procter & Gamble and Nexus Lexis -- to pull their ads from Beck’s national cable program. Jones, the founder of “Color of Change,” was named Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality -- a key administrative post -- this past March.
Say, that Glenn Beck may just be right. He certainly should know a lot about racism.
Beck turned to his colleagues and said quite certainly, "[Barack Obama] has exposed himself as a guy ... who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture." He then added, "This guy is ... a racist." [...] Let's pretend President Obama's mother wasn't white. Let's pretend he wasn't raised by his white grandparents, and let's pretend he didn't only months ago sit diligently by his white grandmother's deathbed. Let's pretend he didn't outfit his cabinet with a whole host of white people. And let's pretend that "white culture" actually means something (as opposed to "Irish culture" or "Polish culture"). Beck's condemnation of the president as a bigot who "hates" white people rings hollow considering the company he’s kept for about a decade now.
Oh, mere & unsurprising hypocrisy. Why do we even bring it up at this stage in the game?

13 August: Li'l Abner Debuts; Richelieu Appointed; L. A. Conquered

From The Associated Press Thu Aug 13, 12:01 am ET & the UPI Almanac.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2009. There are 140 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 13, 1961, Berlin was divided as East Germany sealed off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors and began building a wall in order to halt the flight of refugees.On this date: In 1521, Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured Tenochtitlan, present-day Mexico City, from the Aztecs. In 1624, King Louis XIII of France appointed Cardinal Richelieu his first minister. In 1704, the Battle of Blenheim was fought during the War of the Spanish Succession, resulting in a victory for English-led forces over French and Bavarian soldiers. In 1846, the American flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles. In 1889, William Gray patented the coin-operated telephone. In 1910, Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, died in London at age 90. In 1932, Adolf Hitler rejected the post of vice chancellor of Germany, saying he was prepared to hold out "for all or nothing." In 1930, Capt. Frank Hawkes set an air speed record by flying from Los Angeles to New York in 12 hours, 25 minutes. Seventy-five years ago, in 1934, the satirical comic strip "Li'l Abner," created by Al Capp, made its debut. In 1960, the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place with the help of Echo 1. In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter was nominated for a second term by the Democratic National Convention in New York but lost in November to Ronald Reagan. In 1981, in a ceremony at his California ranch, President Ronald Reagan signed a historic package of tax and budget reductions. In 1989, searchers in Ethiopia found the wreckage of a plane which had disappeared almost a week earlier while carrying Texas Congressman Mickey Leland and 14 other people — there were no survivors. In 1995, Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle died of liver cancer at age 63.Ten years ago: Gunmen shot to death Colombian humorist Jaime Garzon in a killing that authorities later blamed on the leader of the country's right-wing paramilitary. Five years ago: A stronger-than-expected Hurricane Charley roared ashore Florida's Gulf Coast as a dangerous Category 4 storm, resulting in at least ten U.S. deaths. Hutu marauders raided a U.N. refugee camp in western Burundi, shooting and hacking at least 150 Congolese Tutsis to death. The summer Olympic games officially opened in Athens. TV chef Julia Child died in Montecito, Calif., two days short of her 92nd birthday. In 2007, President Bush's political strategist, Karl Rove, announced his resignation. Philanthropist Brooke Astor died at age 105. Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop and broadcaster Phil Rizzuto died at age 89. One year ago: A man barged into the Arkansas Democratic headquarters in Little Rock and opened fire, killing state party chairman Bill Gwatney before speeding off in a pickup. (Police later shot and killed the gunman, Timothy Dale Johnson.) Michael Phelps swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his 10th and 11th career gold medals. Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly, then swam the leadoff of a runaway victory by the U.S. 800 freestyle relay team. Sandy Allen, who was recognized as the world's tallest female at 7 feet, 7 inches tall, died in Shelbyville, Ind., at age 53. Today's Birthdays: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is 83. Actor Pat Harrington is 80. Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is 76. Actor Kevin Tighe is 65. Actress Gretchen Corbett is 62. Opera singer Kathleen Battle is 61. High wire aerialist Philippe Petit is 60. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke is 60. Comedian-writer Tom Davis is 57. Golf Hall of Famer Betsy King is 54. Movie director Paul Greengrass is 54. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 50. TV host/weatherman Sam Champion (TV: "Good Morning America") is 48. Actress Dawnn Lewis is 48. Actor John Slattery is 47. Actress Quinn Cummings is 42. Actress Seana Kofoed is 39. Today In Entertainment History -- One hundred and ten years ago, in 1899, movie director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London. In 1942, Walt Disney's animated feature "Bambi" premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York. In 1965, Jefferson Airplane made its first appearance, at the opening of the Matrix Club in San Francisco. In 1967, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Joan Baez to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington because of her opposition to the Vietnam War. She instead performed at an outdoor theater near the Washington Monument. In 1971, saxophonist King Curtis was stabbed to death outside his New York home. He was 37. Curtis appeared on many records of the 1950's and 1960's including The Coasters' hit "Yakety Yak." In 1977, Bachman-Turner Overdrive disbanded. In 1980, four intruders robbed musician Todd Rundgren, his girlfriend and some friends at his house in Woodstock, New York. One of them reportedly hummed Rundgren's hit "I Saw The Light" during the robbery. In 1982, singer Joe Tex died of a heart attack in Texas at the age of 49. Among his hits were "Hold What You've Got" and "Skinny Legs and All." In 1990, Curtis Mayfield was paralyzed after a tower fell on him before a concert in Brooklyn, New York. In 1995, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe had surgery for a hernia. [Please, shoot us and the rest of humanity now. Please! — Ed.] In 1997, "South Park" made its debut on Comedy Central. Thought for Today: "It is always too late, or too little, or both. And that is the road to disaster." — David Lloyd George, English statesman (1863-1945).
VARIOUS TRIVIA ADDED @1445 PDT.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Take A Chill Pill, Chicken Little (UP-DATED W/ ACTUAL REPORTING ON THE "RABID FUCKERS"!!1!1)

A leftist overreacts to the right-wing menace.
[T]he thuggishness of masses of Americans who not only are venting about insane nonsense, not only are undermining their own interests acting as marionettes of laughing corporate predators, and not only are taking down democracy around themselves in order to do so, but are in fact also destroying the entire Enlightenment project of rationality-based management of public affairs as well. The single most frightening characteristic of this movement, to my mind, is that fact that no amount of evidence or logic could persuade these folks to abandon the lies they've attached themselves to ...
Not that we disagree w/ any of his points, but if there are a total of a two million of these professional ignoramuses on every whack job email list in the country we'll eat one of those moldy ball caps we're always wearing. We suspect that serious, dedicated 'Baggers are out there bagging, & their numbers won't increase much. Fingers crossed, of course. Sure, we'd love to see some of them go ape shit, to thrill us out of jadedness for thirty seconds & for the political disadvantage to supporters of the status quo, but our dreams are seldom fulfilled.
Imminent danger to the republic or not, the Enlightenment, such as it was, is coming more & more into question, these dark days.
"I think it is very hard because [Democrats] don't have the message machine the Republicans do," said George Lakoff, a UC Berkeley linguistics professor who has advised some Democrats on how to sharpen their message. "The Democrats still believe in Enlightenment reason: If you just tell people the truth, they will come to the right conclusion."
At this point we get very confused: Have we already entered the age of post-pseudo-post-modernism, or were we side-tracked into the Bizarro World of pseudo-post-post-modernism? And what was wrong w/ modernism anyway?
UPDATE (Around 1232 PDT): READ THE COMMENTS! Frontline reporting from King of Comments Peabody, as well as a philosophy note!

Confused, Delusional, Or Paranoid? One Thing Is Certain: He's Strapped

This guy has no actual connection w/ the political reality most of us know. And the guy w/ whom Tweety is talking is pretty fucking deluded too.
From "Q: Was your gun loaded today? A: Wow. Who would be silly enough to carry an unloaded firearm?" to the news that the American Revolution was the result of King George's "Bucks for Blunderbusses" gun confiscation program & "The income tax, originally, my understanding is, was instituted as a voluntary victory tax ..." all the way to the ever-popular "an informed society, an armed society, a polite society," Mr. Kostric didn't say word one about the ostensible Presidential Town Hall issue, healthcare. Not a word, even when pressed by Hardballer Chris ("goddamn gun") Matthews, unless "bail out welfare cases" referred to Paultard Kostric's concept of health care reform. And look, adults have dug into Mr. Kostric's web personae. What do you think is there?

Guiding Light Tapes Final Episode Today

New York, NY -- The longest running soap in history will tape its last episode Tuesday, August 12th. After 72 years on the air, the Guiding Light tapes its final episode ... number 15,762, to be exact. CBS' Karen Brown sat down with the stars of the show, who are having a hard time saying goodbye. Kim Zimmer, also known as "Reva" on the show, jokingly says she'll miss the men the most. Zimmer was on the show for nearly three decades. The final episode will air on September 21. It will be replaced by "Let's Make A Deal" hosted by Wayne Brady. Source: CBS
CBS, back to the future! Next season, "Truth Or Consequences" returns.72 yrs., radio & telebision. That's longer than we've been around, which is itself a seeming eternity.
There was a time when an American in a big city could watch crummy movies w/ crummier sponsors all night long on the tube, no cable necessary. Now, all broadcast tee vee & half of cable tee vee is all infomercials, all night long.
Broad & narrow telecasting are at the threshold of what the record industry & pulp product newspapers suffered at the hands of the all-consuming Internet, per this double book review in Slate. Prepare to have your every move monitored by the new model advertising agencies, if you're not doing anything else.

12 August: America's Ever-Expanding Empire Expands; Silver Beetles Dump Drummer, IBM Introduces "5150."

By The Associated Press, 24 mins ago, & the UPI Almanac. Today is Wednesday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2009. There are 141 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History: On Aug. 12, 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500, first opened.On this date: In 1851, Isaac Singer was granted a patent on his sewing machine. In 1859, poet and English professor Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the words to "America the Beautiful," was born in Falmouth, Mass. In 1867, President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him as he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. In 1880, Baseball Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson was born in Factoryville, Pa. In 1898, fighting in the Spanish-American War came to an end. Hawai'i was formally annexed to the United States. In 1944, during World War II, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., eldest son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was killed with his co-pilot when their explosives-laden Navy plane blew up over England. In 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb. In 1960, the first balloon satellite — the Echo 1 — was launched by the United States from Cape Canaveral. In 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union also sent up cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men landed safely Aug. 15. In 1973, Jack Nicklaus won the Professional Golfers' Association championship for his 14th major title, surpassing Bobby Jones' record of 13 majors. He won 18 major tournaments in his career. In 1977, the space shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating and then touching down in California's Mojave Desert. Astronaut Gordon Fullerton, pilot of the Enterprise, is "elated." In 1978, Pope Paul VI, who had died Aug. 6 at age 80, was buried in St. Peter's Basilica. In 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150.
In 1984, the 23rd Olympic Games ended in Los Angeles with a record attendance of 5.5 million people despite a Soviet-led boycott. In 1985, the world's worst single-aircraft disaster occurred as a crippled Japan Air Lines Boeing 747 on a domestic flight crashed into a mountain, killing 520 people. Ten years ago: Los Angeles County prosecutors charged white supremacist Buford O. Furrow with murder and five counts of attempted murder, all filed as hate crimes, in the wounding of five people at a Jewish community center and the shooting death of a Filipino-American mail carrier. (Federal prosecutors also charged Furrow in the postman's slaying.) In 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk and its 118-man crew were lost during naval exercises in the Barents Sea. Five years ago: In a stunning declaration, New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey announced his resignation and acknowledged that he'd had an extramarital affair with another man. The California Supreme Court voided nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco between February 12 and March 11, 2004. In 2007, a gunman opened fire in the sanctuary of a southwest Missouri church, killing a pastor and two worshippers. (Eiken Elam Saimon was sentenced to three life sentences without parole.) One year ago: Declaring "the aggressor has been punished," the Kremlin ordered a halt to Russia's devastating assault on Georgia — five days of air and ground attacks that had left homes in smoldering ruins and uprooted 100,000 people. Michael Phelps won the 200-meter freestyle for his third gold medal at the Beijing Games. The Archdiocese of Chicago announced a settlement with 16 people who had been sexually abused by Catholic priests, agreeing to pay them a total of $12.7 million. Today's Birthdays: Former Senator Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., is 84. Actor George Hamilton is 70. Actress Dana Ivey is 68. Actress Jennifer Warren is 68. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 60. Singer Kid Creole is 59. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 55. Actor Sam J. Jones is 55. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 53. Country singer Danny Shirley is 53. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 48. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 46.
Actor Peter Krause is 44. Tennis player Pete Sampras is 38. Actor-comedian Michael Ian Black is 38. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 38. Actor Casey Affleck is 34. Rock musician Bill Uechi (Save Ferris) is 34. Former NBA all-star Antoine Walker is 33. Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress is 32. Canada women's hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser is 31. Actress Maggie Lawson is 29. Actress Dominique Swain is 29. Today In Entertainment History -- On August 12th, 1960, the Silver Beetles recruited drummer Pete Best. The band later became The Beatles, and Best was dropped in favor of Ringo Starr.
In 1966, John Lennon apologized at a news conference for his remark that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. That same day, The Beatles started their last North American tour, in Chicago.In 1967, Fleetwood Mac made its first appearance, at the London National Jazz and Blues Festival. In 1982, actor Henry Fonda died at the age of 77. In 1988, the controversial movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" opened in nine cities, despite objections by some Christians that the film was sacrilegious in its treatment of Jesus. In 1992, avant-garde composer John Cage died in New York at age 79. The Red Hot Chili Peppers replaced guitarist Arik Marshall with Jesse Tobias, who was replaced by Dave Navarro three months later. In 1994, Woodstock '94 was held in Saugerties, New York. About 350,000 people saw the show, which included mudfights during Green Day's and Nine Inch Nails' sets and the Red Hot Chili Peppers dressed as human light bulbs. In 1997, a Long Island handyman was arrested for impersonating John Ford Coley, of England Dan and John Ford Coley. In 2007, crooner, talk show host and game show producer Merv Griffin died at age 82. Thought for Today: "Wisdom is born, stupidity is learned." — Russian proverb.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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

Welcome aboard! And always remember: Courtesy First!

Oh, A Woman, You Say?

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

Mona Lisa Masterpiece Attacked In Paris

Paris, France -- The Louvre Museum says a Russian visitor hurled an empty terra cotta mug at the Mona Lisa.

A museum spokesman says the canvas of the Da Vinci masterpiece was undamaged in the attack last week, though the mug shattered.

He said Tuesday small cracks appeared in the glass protecting the museum's most popular possession, but they will soon be fixed.

The painting's security alarms went off immediately and police whisked the woman away, while viewing of the painting continued as usual. The spokesman is not authorized to be named according to museum policy.

Paris police said the woman was taken to a psychiatric ward after the incident, but wouldn't say any more about who she is or why she targeted the painting.

From A. Press

It's Official!

The Wall Street Journal has now joined the "not an American" chorus. Birth certificate follies coming soon?
The president has a problem. For, despite a great election victory, Mr. Obama, it becomes ever clearer, knows little about Americans. He knows the crowds—he is at home with those. He is a stranger to the country’s heart and character.
And why would that be? WSJ typist Dorothy Rabinowitz's understanding of "the country's heart and character."
He seems unable to grasp what runs counter to its nature. That Americans don’t take well, for instance, to bullying, especially of the moralizing kind, implicit in those speeches on health care for everybody. Neither do they wish to be taken where they don’t know they want to go and being told it’s good for them.
Were the American character a little more mature, Americans wouldn't need to be taken where they don't want to go, even if it is good for them. According to Ms. Rabinowitz, the national character is that of a wilful six-yr. old child. The little brat doesn't care if vaccinations are good for him, & he doesn't want you telling him that, because it will hurt!
Americans don't like "implicit" ("Well, it's implicit! But I heard it!") moralizing bullying? What, then, of the rabid right's perpetual & explicit moral bullying? Have the finger-waggers suddenly understood that Americans don't like that crap; will they keep their biblical/moral drivel to themselves, now that they've acquired this new comprehension of America's character? It's about time, but we suspect it may not happen.
We won't open (much) the worm container of Ms. Rabinowitz's opinion, just note that it's beyond us how the President, "despite a great election victory" (when his opponents were a man & woman who, we imagine Ms. Rabinowitz believed, had their fingers on the very red pulse of America) is a stranger to America's heart & character. Unless of course it's something to do w/ his not being a Real American, if you know what we mean. Hey! Speaking of fascism (& we always must, it seems) what can we call appeals to this mythical national character (& suggestions that the current Prez doesn't "understand" that character) but fascism?
But what the fuck, let's open her can of squirming horror: What of Rabinowitz's understanding of the national heart & character? W/ that sort of name, how can she understand anything about our Christian nation? Really, it would be irresponsible not to speculate. (And it's pretty damn irresponsible of her to speculate on relationships to the national whatever when many of those who'd agree w/ her on the President's non-relationship to it will be quick to question her own American bona fides.)

Some Good Stills Of The Tail-Dragger In This One

And in motion.

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

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

Monday, August 10, 2009

Digital Dilemma

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

Internationalgalactic JewishNeo-Con Conspiracy, Part Whatever

From conspiracy aficionados to the "left," as linked by a crazy from the (objectively) right, JAG Hunter. Per "the left," Obama was a CIA agent/operative/something-or-other, & "birferism" has been stirred up by Israeli P. M. Netanyahu, as part of his ongoing duel to the death w/ Rahm Emmanuel.
Currently, Israeli propaganda experts are feeding a flurry of derogatory, bogus ”intelligence” on Obama to neocon media outlets in the United States.
We'd be more comfortable w/ the WMR if "neo-con" wasn't used as code for "Jew." Actual neo-con media outlets would include Commentary, The Weekly Standard, & just a few others, none of them exactly of general circulation or known as hotbeds of birth certificate conjecture. Next: THE PASSPORT CONSPIRACY. This one is almost plausible,
In addition to his American passport, Obama may have traveled in the past, while working for Business International Corporation and other U.S. intelligence-connected entities, on a British or Indonesian passport, or both. In addition to Mossad, Britain’s MI-6 is said to be aware of Obama’s past non-official cover work for the CIA and his past possession of a British passport. This information was reportedly shared with the Hillary Clinton campaign, including former President Bill Clinton, by senior British government officials.
though we wonder if it wouldn't be a plus to the right-wing? Noble CIA agent & all that. What would his using different passports if he'd been "spying" for the CIA indicate as far as being a "foreign born traitor" whose
early work for the CIA front favorably exposed him to the notion that the overthrow of governments is in the best interests of the United States. Obama’s reaction to the recent military right-wing coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras suggests possible influence on him at a young age to such imperialistic American policies. Obama also does not appear to be bothered by the actions of U.S.-supported dictators who act in the very same manner as Suharto during Obama’s childhood in Jakarta.
Are we about to see a sudden shift, as the right embraces Obama for his hitherto unrevealed good fascist CIA links, & the left turns on him as a (bad, non-liberal) fascist? Speaking of Fasci-Care®, we'd like to see an imposition of forced healthcare on these fucks who need serious calming down. No pill to impose intelligence & rationality has yet to be developed, alas, & probably won't be until brains become as exciting as boners to the unwashed masses.

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

For compare & contrasty fun, we'll reproduce a little something The JAG Hunter received in his email about the social and political climate in countries immediately before revolution, & then point you to a Sara Robinson piece on which stage of the fascist revolution/take-over This Great Nation of Ours™ finds itself in. First,
JOYCE ROSENWALD writes: I went on the Internet and searched for everything I could find on the social and political climate in countries immediately before revolution. We appear to be there.
Government debt and attempts to disarm citizens are the leading causes.
As governments coffers go dry, taxes are raised. As taxes are raised, citizens make it known to those that govern that they are not happy. When government begins to fear the wrath of the people they begin to fear for their own lives. Government believes they have no choice but to disarm the people for their own protection and survival. History has proven that this situation always causes revolution.
I don’t know of any remedy for this. We are writing and calling and faxing our leaders to tell them of our discontent. We are having Tea Parties all over the country. We are still being ignored. None of the issues of the people are being addressed by government. Their answer is to do a study on Americans and decide anyone who does not agree with government policies is a terrorist and a danger to government. Actually, it’s the other way around. Renegade government that treats citizens as if they were owned and can be compelled to do everything government mandates is an insult to people who have been educated to believe they live in a free country with government instituted by the people to serve them.
The attempt to disarm the people will fail. It is the most irresponsible action government can attempt. If government is so ignorant as to avoid what history has taught, they are doomed to repeat it. Americans will never surrender the one mechanism they have to remain free. They will fight to the death to stay armed. It’s nothing short of folly for this government to think Americans will be willing to surrender their guns because a treaty with a foreign power was signed, or the majority of politicians are personally against firearm ownership and therefore Americans must be disarmed. Consider this as notice. We don’t care what Washington D.C. says. We don’t care what the courts say. We don’t care what the U.N. wants. We will replace government before we surrender our guns. Mr.and Mrs. Politician, read the Original Organic Constitution for the United States of America. The one that stood for the Republic, not the one you use that stands for your converted corrupt Democracy. The Republic belongs to the people. We will not lose freedom through edicts under your emergency rule. You can have your created democracy. You can function under your own fraud. Just don’t expect us to obey. We have been good and honorable citizens and continued to serve the Republic even as you were dismantling it. The Organic Constitution may be ignored by you, but to us, the people, it is alive and intact. We will not accept corruption of the Bill of Rights. If you attempt to make them null and void under color of law you do so at your own peril. The people have spoken and we are resolute. There is no compromise. The people have been lied to, abused, made bankrupt, all their property and labor taken for use by you, an irresponsible criminal government. We are no longer stupid. We now know the truth of what has been done. Knowing this we have not come for you. We are telling you now…… End the corruption. Rescind Emergency Rule. Give the Republic back to the people. We are involved in an imperfect war declared by you against us. A declaration of war by government against its own citizens is TREASON! Any attempt to disarm us will signal us to make your imperfect war against us perfect. The people have drawn their line in the sand. You have been placed on notice. Ignore this at your own peril. (Thanks to Marine Alex Fitch for sending us Joyce's writing)
Now, Sara Robinson on

Fascist America: Are We There Yet?

And please, while comparing & contrasting, do not let extraneous factors like the ability to write (esp. sentences that are more than simple & declarative, & paragraphs that are more than three sentences) coherently or to reason interfere w/ your judgement. The wingnuts need a bit of what they think affirmative action is.

What? No Title?

From The NYT review of "Julie & Julia."
“Julie and Julia” is rated PG-13. It has mild profanity, and the indulgence — in exquisite moderation — of a few choice vices.
By "a few choice vices" the film crit must mean smoking. Which wasn't terribly moderate in the Julia portions. Rest of the review we can agree w/.

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

Oh, Jesus fucking Christ already. Ross D. at The NYT is at it again. By it, of course, we mean analyzing movies for their conservatosity index, & screeching about "morality."
But “Funny People” is a Judd Apatow movie — endless penis jokes and all. It’s just a more grown-up one, in which doing the right thing comes harder, and bad choices aren’t easily unwound. The way it’s been received suggests that his fan base isn’t ready to hear this kind of story yet. But it’s also reminder that Americans of all ages tend to like their social conservatism much more in theory than in practice.
That's right, Ross, so why don't you just put a sock in it & go away. Far away.
More than most Westerners, Americans believe — deeply, madly, truly — in the sanctity of marriage. But we also have some of the most liberal divorce laws in the developed world, and one of the highest divorce rates.
Yes, we're filthy, stupid hypocrites, & frankly, nothing we say can be trusted.
Nor can much that Ross types be believed.
Still a virgin in middle age? Not to worry — you’ll find a caring, foxy woman who’s been waiting her whole life for an awkward, idealistic guy like you. Pregnant from a drunken one-night stand? Good news — the oaf who knocked you up will turn out to be a decent guy, and you’ll be able to keep the baby and your career as a rising entertainment-news anchorwoman. Frittering away your life on porn and pot? Fear not — your wasted twenties won’t stop you from being a great dad.
Oh. Well, that's a relief. Thanks, Mr. Douthat.
AFTERNOON UP-DATE: Ezra Klein seems to have a reading problem. And we quote:
Ross Douthat's column on Judd Apatow's "Funny People" is very good, for two reasons. The first is that it's simply a good column, and one of the first Ross has written that really plays to his strengths as a cultural critic and a translator of a certain socially conservative ethic.
What the fucking hell? What did Klein read? Is this another demonstration of inside the beltway/Villager assmunches & their non-stop circle-jerk? Even if this piece of shit does "play to" Douthat's "strengths" as a "translator of a certain socially conservative ethic," that ethic is so bankrupt Klein might as well be praising someone for finally figuring out how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Until Douthat acknowledges The Enlightenment as a good thing, we may all be better off just ignoring him. This does make us wonder if Mr. "Thunder32" in the comments (Hither & yon, thanks for the plug!!) isn't absolutely correct. It's as if The NYT & WaPoo are begging not to be taken seriously. (It's working, too.)

This Is The City: Hellmouth, California

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

Totally!

Xe

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

Wanted For Treason

Another one for the "The More Things Change, The Stupider They Get" file.From Down With Tyranny!, where a commenter claimed the excessively long post (Which, of course, means we sure as hell did no more than scan it, after thefting the image.)
shows a deep seeded [sic] hatred that isn't entirely based on the truth. It is the same attitude that fuels the more radical conservatives.
If that's true, we probably should read it.

Second & Third Party Candidates

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