This sort of lunatic paranoia—touched with populism, nativism, racism, and anti-intellectualism—has long been a feature of the fringe, especially during times of economic bewilderment. What is different now is the evolution of a new political organism, with paranoia as its animating principle. The town-meeting shouters may be the organism’s hands and feet, but its heart—also, Heaven help us, its brain—is a “conservative” media alliance built around talk radio and cable television, especially Fox News. The protesters do not look to politicians for leadership. They look to niche media figures like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, and their scores of clones behind local and national microphones. Because these figures have no responsibilities, they cannot disappoint. Their sneers may be false and hateful—they all routinely liken the President and the “Democrat Party” to murderous totalitarians—but they are employed by large, nominally respectable corporations and supported by national advertisers, lending them a considerable measure of institutional prestige. The dominant wing of the Republican Party is increasingly an appendage of the organism—the tail, you might say, though it seems to wag more often from fear than from happiness. Many Republican officeholders, even some reputed moderates like Senator Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have obediently echoed the foul nonsense.HH goes on to review the Prez's speech (been a wk., what's the deal?) but we're struck w/ this notion of a new political organism, outside of accountability to party mechanisms (or elections) it's loudmouth leaders responsible only to their corporate masters, & then only for the production of ratings.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
15 September: Kerensky Declares Republic; Khrushchev Visits; ABBA Tours North America; Death Of A Ramone
Today's Highlight in History:Fifty years ago, on Sept. 15, 1959, Nikita Khrushchev became the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States as he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The two leaders then met at the White House; a joint communique afterward described the talks as "friendly and frank."
On this date:In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.
In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found not guilty of treason.
In 1821, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador became independent from Spain.
In 1857, William Howard Taft — who served as president of the United States and as U.S. chief justice — was born in Cincinnati.In 1917, Russia was proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky, the head of a provisional government.
In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship and made the swastika the official symbol of Nazi Germany.In 1940, during the Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Luftwaffe sustained heavy losses inflicted by the Royal Air Force.
In 1950, during the Korean War, United Nations forces landed at Inchon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul.
In 1963, four young girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)In 1982, Iran's former foreign minister, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, was executed after he was convicted of plotting against the government.
In 1997, the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party entered Northern Ireland's peace talks for the first time.
In 1999, one month after being charged in the United States with laundering suspected drug payoffs, Mexico's former top drug prosecutor, Mario Ruiz Massieu, was found dead in his New Jersey apartment, an apparent suicide. Gunman Larry Ashbrook opened fire in a Fort Worth, Texas, Baptist church, killing seven people and himself.
In 2004, three Americans were found guilty in Kabul of torturing Afghans in a private jail and were sentenced to prison. (Edward Caraballo, a freelance cameraman, was released in May 2006; Brent Bennett was freed in Sept. 2006; Jack Idema, a former Green Beret, was pardoned in June 2007.) NHL owners agreed to lock out the players.
In 2005, President George W. Bush, addressing the nation from storm-ravaged New Orleans, acknowledged the government failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina and urged Congress to approve a massive reconstruction program.
In 2008, on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 504.48, or 4.42 percent, to 10,917.51 while oil closed below $100 a barrel for the first time in six months amid upheaval in the financial industry as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection and Merrill Lynch & Co. was sold to Bank of America.
Today's Birthdays:Actor-director Jackie Cooper is 87. Actor Forrest Compton is 84. Comedian Norm Crosby is 82. Actor Henry Darrow is 76. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 71. Football Hall-of-Famer Merlin Olsen is 69. Opera singer Jessye Norman is 64. Writer-director Ron Shelton is 64. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 63. Movie director Oliver Stone is 63. Rock musician Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) is 57. Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 49. Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 48. Actor Danny Nucci is 41. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 40. Actor Josh Charles is 38. Singer Ivette Sosa (Eden's Crush) is 33. Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic) is 31. Actor Dave Annable is 30. Actress Amy Davidson is 30. Britain's Prince Henry of Wales is 25. TV personality Heidi Montag is 23.
Today In Entertainment History September 15Sixty years ago, in 1949, "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC with Clayton Moore as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.
In 1965, "Lost in Space" and "Green Acres" premiered on CBS.
Forty years ago, in 1969, Ed Sullivan released "The Sulli-Gulli," his first and only rock record. He was hoping it would create a new dance.
In 1971, the detective series "Columbo," with Peter Falk in the title role, debuted on NBC.
In 1974, bassist Gary Thain of Uriah Heep suffered a near-fatal electric shock during a concert in Dallas.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, ABBA began its first North American tour, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In 1980, David Bowie opened on Broadway in the title role of Bernard Pomerance's play "The Elephant Man." The production had already played in Denver and Chicago.
In 1986, "L.A. Law" made its debut on NBC.
In 1990, Steve Miller's song "The Joker" hit No. 1 in Europe, 16 years after it had hit No. 1 one in the U. S. The song saw newfound popularity after it had been used in a Levi jeans commercial.
In 1992, federal officials cited pilot error for the helicopter crash that killed guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1990 in Wisconsin. The National Transportation Safety Board said the pilot didn't plan properly for "darkness, fog, haze and rising terrain." Four others were also killed in the crash. And, the NTSB said that the crew and specialists on the ground were responsible for the plane crash that killed most of Reba McEntire's band in 1991.
Five years ago: Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, died of prostate cancer in his home in Los Angeles. He was 55.
One year ago: Richard Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd, died at age 65.
Thought for Today:"Somewhere the Sky touches the Earth, and the name of that place is the End." — African saying.
Monday, September 14, 2009
a law enforcement official said they had "only a hazy view of the group, its operations and goals, but decided to act fearing that undercover surveillance had failed to detect plans that might be developing."Seems a little "central to my point." They ain't done nuthin', so we better bust 'em. Also: "Known Unknowns." However, smart-thinkin' (Damn show-off.) Marshall gets meta about the narrative ("pretty standard pattern").
Mmmm, could be. Or it may be "very different" because there was absolutely nothing on the arrestees, just paranoia on behalf of law enforcement. We don't know anything either, oddly enough.
But it's precisely the dearth of information that caught my attention.
Over recent years we've been used to a pretty standard pattern: cable nets get tipped about some major terrorism plot or cell that's been taken down. There's lot of video and background reports from law enforcement officials. And then over days or weeks it becomes clear that it's some sort of Key Stone Cops affair or a hair [sic] brain plot to get water to defy the law of physics to climb up Manhattan island to flood it or just some derelicts or borderline personalities who got taken in by some FBI informant. They're not all as comical as the notorious and hilarious Seeds of David cult down in Miami, but the general pattern has been pretty consistent: a lot of media muscle flexing and scary talk with a pretty feeble denouement.
So why is this one so hush-hush? This, frankly, is how you'd expect law enforcement to deal with a real terror being rolled up. Terse general notification and no one really commenting. To be perfectly clear, I know nothing about what this plot is about or who was arrested or what they're accused of doing. But the MO on the part of law enforcement seems very different.
we had essentially the same thought as ABC NEWS Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper (Eeeew. What is wrong w/ us?):
RIP, Jody Powell
Powell and the late Hamilton Jordan, Carter's chief of staff, were WH "whiz Kids" on a Rolling Stone cover in 1977. I doubt Carter thought he’d outlive both of them.Not the part about whatever Carter may or may not have been thinking (?), but it did occur to us that Jimmy had outlived the two. So we aren't 100% scum. Really.
14 September: Moscow Burns; America's Violent Anthem Writ; Isadora Duncan Scarfed To Death; Network TV Crap-Fest Unabated
Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write a poem after witnessing how Fort McHenry in Maryland had endured a night of British bombardment during the War of 1812; that poem, originally called "Defence of Fort McHenry," later became the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner," the American national anthem.
On this date:In 1628, Salem, Mass., focal point of the notorious witch trials of the late 1700's, was founded. In 1776, the British army entered New York City after defeating the Americans, under Gen. George Washington, at the Battle of Long Island. In 1812, the Russians set fire to Moscow in the face of an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte's troops. In 1836, former Vice President Aaron Burr died in Staten Island, N.Y., at age 80. In 1847, during the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott took control of Mexico City. In 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him. In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of the sports car she was riding in. In 1940, Congress passed the Selective Training and Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. In 1948, a groundbreaking ceremony took place in New York at the site of the United Nations' world headquarters. Fifty years ago, in 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface. In 1964, Pope Paul VI opened the third session of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, also known as "Vatican II." (The session closed two months later.) In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint. In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before; Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb. In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula as a Category 5 storm after forcing thousands of residents to flee. Fifteen years ago, in 1994, acting commissioner Bud Selig announced the cancellation of the rest of the baseball season on the 34th day of a strike by players. Ten years ago: Indonesian soldiers looted the abandoned U.N. mission in East Timor, just hours after 110 U.N. personnel and 1,300 East Timorese were evacuated and flown to safety to end a 10-day siege. Hurricane Floyd clobbered the Bahamas, toppling power lines, ripping roofs off homes and pushing a roiling sea into streets before heading toward the southeastern United States.
[Alternate universe] AP Highlight in History:On Sept. 14, 2001, the FBI released the names of the 19 hijackers who took part in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; President George W. Bush toured the ruins of the World Trade Center and addressed rescue workers over a bullhorn.Sound Bite: President Bush: "I can hear you". [Best day of his horrid life: Got his numbers up tp 90% on the bodies of almost three thousand people he'd pretty much allowed to die. How'd the rest of that work out for ya, George? — Ed.] Five years ago: Guerrillas bombed a Baghdad shopping street full of police recruits and fired on a police van north of the capital, killing some 60 people. President George W. Bush told veterans in Las Vegas he was proud of his time in the Texas Air National Guard as he sought to deflect questions about his Vietnam-era service. In 2005, a federal judge in San Francisco declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional, & Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. One year ago: Losing its devastating punch as a major hurricane, Ike nevertheless drubbed the Midwest with powerful winds and floodwaters. Carlos Zambrano pitched the first no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 36 years, striking out 10 in a 5-0 win over Houston in a game relocated to Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike.
Today's Birthdays:Actress Zoe Caldwell is 76. Feminist author Kate Millett is 75. Actor Walter Koenig is 73. Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown is 69. Singer-actress Joey Heatherton is 65. Actor Sam Neill is 62. Singer Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (Sha Na Na) is 62. Rock musician Ed King is 60. Rock musician Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) is 54. Country singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is 53. Actress Mary Crosby is 50. Singer Morten Harket (a-ha) is 50. Country singer John Berry is 50. Actress Melissa Leo is 49. Actress Faith Ford is 45. Actor Jamie Kaler is 45. Actress Michelle Stafford is 44. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is 44. Rock musician Mike Cooley (Drive-By Truckers) is 43. Actor Dan Cortese is 41. Contemporary Christian singer Mark Hall is 40. Actor Ben Garant is 39. Rock musician Craig Montoya (Tri Polar) is 39. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley is 38. Rapper Nas is 36. Country singer Danielle Peck is 31. Pop singer Ayo is 29. Singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse is 26.
Today In Entertainment History September 14In 1920, the first live radio dance music was broadcast, carried by a Detroit station and featuring Paul Specht and his orchestra. In 1955, Little Richard recorded "Tutti Frutti." In 1967, "Ironside," starring Raymond Burr, premiered on NBC. In 1968, Pete Townshend of The Who announced his plans to write a rock opera called "Tommy" about a "deaf, dumb and blind boy." In 1972, "The Waltons" TV series debuted on CBS. In 1978, the TV sitcom "Mork and Mindy," starring Pam Dawber and Robin Williams, premiered on ABC. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, the first MTV Video Music Awards were held in New York. Herbie Hancock was the big winner, winning five awards for his "Rockit" video. However, Madonna stole the show with her performance of "Like A Virgin" in which she rolled around on the stage in a wedding dress. In 1985, "The Golden Girls" sitcom debuted on NBC. In 1988, "Unsolved Mysteries," hosted by Robert Stack, premiered on NBC. In 1989, Sting made his stage debut in "The Three Penny Opera" in Washington. He was pummelled by critics, including one who wrote "prepare to be stung." In 1991, comedian Jay Leno was slightly injured when his motorcycle was hit by another biker. In 1996, the first Ozzfest tour began in Columbia, Maryland. In 2002, singer Gwen Stefani of No Doubt married singer Gavin Rossdale of Bush in London.
Thoughts for Today:"America has been called a melting pot, but it seems better to call it a mosaic, for in it each nation, people or race which has come to its shores has been privileged to keep its individuality, contributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new nation." — King Baudouin I of Belgium (1930-1993).
Sunday, September 13, 2009
From some fucking Media Village puke funnel in Our Nation's Capital.
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13 September: Man Hits Moon; Limeys Whip Frogs; Elvis Meets Priscilla; Tupac Shakur, Gov. George C. Wallace, Gov. Ann Richards Die; Belichek Fined
Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 13, 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface. (Because of the time difference, it was already Sept. 14 in Moscow when lunar impact took place.)
On this date:Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1759, during the final French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City. In 1788, the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary national capital. In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia. In 1814, during the British attack on Fort McHenry, Md., Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner." One hundred years ago, in 1909, an English version of the German operetta "The Chocolate Soldier" by Oscar Straus had its American premiere in New York. In 1922, the temperature at El Azizia, Libya, reached 136 degrees F., generally accepted as the world's highest recorded atmospheric temperature. In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek became president of China. In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. Sixty years ago, in 1949, the Ladies Professional Golf Association of America was formed in New York City. Fifty years ago, in 1959, Elvis Presley first met his future wife, 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, while stationed in West Germany with the U.S. Army. (They married in 1967, but divorced in 1973.) In 1971, a four-day inmates' rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed 43 lives. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Fay Vincent was elected commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti. In 1990, "Law & Order" premiered on NBC. In 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.In 1996, Rapper Tupac Shakur died at a Las Vegas hospital six days after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting; he was 25. In 1997, funeral services were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa. In 1998, former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace died in Montgomery at age 79. NBC's "Frasier" won a record fifth consecutive Emmy as TV's best comedy series. Ten years ago: Israelis and Palestinians opened talks on a final peace accord. A bomb blamed by authorities on Chechen rebels devastated an eight-story apartment building in Moscow, killing at least 124 people. In 2000, former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee pleaded guilty in Albuquerque, N.M., to one count of mishandling nuclear secrets. Lee, who had been held in solitary confinement for nine months, was set free with an apology from U.S. District Judge James Parker. In 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States; limited commercial flights resumed for the first time in two days. Five years ago: U.S. warplanes in Iraq unleashed devastating airstrikes on a suspected hideout for operatives from an al-Qaida-linked group; a video posted on a Web site in the name of the militants purportedly showed the beheading of a kidnapped Turkish truck driver. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer agreed to a nearly $3 billion acquisition by a Sony-led consortium. Oakland posted a 7-6, 10-inning win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed in the ninth inning after Texas reliever Frank Francisco hurled a chair and hit two fans at the Oakland Coliseum; the chair hit a man in the head and broke a woman's nose. (Francisco ended up pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to 20 days in a work program and anger management classes.) In 2006, former Texas Gov. Ann Richards died at age 73. In 2007, the NFL fined New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 for spying on the New York Jets during a game. One year ago: Rescue crews ventured out to pluck people from their homes in an all-out search for thousands of Texans who had stubbornly stayed behind overnight to face Hurricane Ike. After wild conjecture over who would play Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live," writer-performer Tina Fey returned to her old show for an opening sketch featuring her and Fey's former "Weekend Update" co-host Amy Poehler as Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Today's Birthdays:Actress Barbara Bain is 78. Actress Eileen Fulton ("As the World Turns") is 76. TV producer Fred Silverman is 72. Former White House spokesman Larry Speakes is 70. Actor Richard Kiel is 70. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 68. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 65. Singer Peter Cetera is 65. Actress Jean Smart is 58. Singer Randy Jones (The Village People) is 57. Record producer Don Was is 57. Actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. is 55. Actress-comedian Geri Jewell is 53. Country singer Bobbie Cryner is 48. Rock singer-musician Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is 48. Radio-TV personality Tavis Smiley is 45. Rock musician Zak Starkey is 44. Actor Louis Mandylor is 43. Olympic gold medal sprinter Michael Johnson is 42. Rock musician Steve Perkins is 42. Actor Roger Howarth is 41. NFL quarterback Brad Johnson is 41. Actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry is 40. Actress Louise Lombard is 39. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic is 38. Country singer Aaron Benward (Blue County) is 36. Singer Fiona Apple is 32. Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is 29.
Thought for Today:"Better to be without logic than without feeling." — Charlotte Bronte, English author (1816-1855). [Is that how you managed to live for a whole 40 yrs., Toots? By wallowing in your sad emotions? Feh. — Ed.] On a more practical note, UPI's thought for the day: Washington Irving said, "There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place."
Saturday, September 12, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bob McDonnell, the normally-disciplined Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, mistakenly blurted out the F-bomb during a live radio interview on Friday.
Appearing on Washington-area radio station WTOP, McDonnell was sparring with host Mark Plotkin on the topic of transportation funding.
Plotkin asked if McDonnell would consider an increase in the state gasoline tax to help fund the transportation budget. McDonnell said no, and uttered the expletive during his response.
"So no tax will be raised during your four-year term?," Plotkin asked.
McDonnell answered: "I'm going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I've outlined twleve f—ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial."
The remark was first flagged by the Virginia Democratic blog NotLarrySabato.
McDonnell is running against Democrat Creigh Deeds in the governor's race, one of two marquee political battles in 2009 along with the New Jersey governor's race.
Ignoramuses Rally In D. C. For "Right To Be Stupid" "Right To Be Lied To" & "Right To Eat What You Want"
The dictionary definition of "old & in the way." There are those among them who know exactly what they're doing: Take this trafficker in human misery (Please!)
"We're all endangered!" shouted a passerby, Dave Rue, 67, a retired Mobil Oil employee who had traveled from New Jersey. "We're endangered because they're pushing socialism on us."
Some came to protest what they see as government interference with gun ownership. Shaun Bryant, 40, a leadership trainer, was among eight people who flew in from Salt Lake City. They fashioned a sign with a drawing of an AR-15 assault rifle and the words "We came unarmed from Montana and Utah . . . this time!"
Like countless others at the rally, Joan Wright, 78, of Ocean Pines, Md., sounded angry. "I'm not taking this crap anymore," said Wright, who came by bus to Washington with 150 like-minded residents of Maryland's Eastern Shore. "I don't like the health-care [plan]. I don't like the czars. And I don't like the elitists telling us what we should do or eat."
The protesters descended on Washington with a long list of grievances against a government that many complained is racing toward socialism. "Health care is not listed anywhere in the Constitution," said Brian Burnell, 45, who owns an insurance company on Maryland's Eastern Shore.Yeah, & neither are horseless carriages. Maybe it's time for a constitutional amendment to outlaw automobiles? After all, they weren't in the Holy Mystical Founders Ideals. Oddly enough, while these humanoids don't want "government" telling them "what to do" they're all for following the orders of the Founders.
"We want our country to go back to the roots of doing what our Founding Fathers wanted us to do -- less government in every aspect of my life," she said. "We walked the streets of Williamsburg, and it felt like we were learning how to be a patriot."We fear that re-education camps will not work. These horrifying simulacra of humanity will need to be sent to first grade, & taught to read before any facts can be put in their heads.
First of all, too many political analysts still think that network and cable TV chat shows are the central forums of national debate. But the truly transformative political energy is coming from talk radio and the Web -- both of which Democrat-sponsored proposals have threatened to stifle, in defiance of freedom of speech guarantees in the Bill of Rights.Please. Is the imaginary "bring back the Fairness Doctrine" bill out of committee yet?
It was on talk radio, which I have resumed monitoring around the clock because of the healthcare fiasco, that I heard the passionate voices of callers coming directly from the town hall meetings. Hence I was alerted to the depth and intensity of national sentiment long before others who were simply watching staged, manipulated TV shows.No. No, she can't believe that talk radio is a transparent soapbox, each citizen/patriot given time to express his/her most honest, deeply held & reasoned belief, can she? La Paglia must be trying to convince herself; no one else could possibly go for it. Damnit, we've wasted more of our life on this silliness, even after saying we wouldn't. (Just below.) The centrality of our point in this item is supposed to be low-hanging fruit. Note ability to spell, if not capitalize, & to form complete sentences. Makes the paranoia (As far as the doctor is concerned, it's all Rahm Emmanuel, all the time, & we know what he is: A pot-smoking, rootless, cosmopolitan Machiavellian.) historical fantasies & racism even more amusing.It's sheer luck that puppetmaster Emmanuel is overreaching & doesn't have the military on his side. But we must never forget Huey Newton, who single-handedly off-shored America's manufacturing base to his commie marxy-mao-lenin buddies in Red China. Damn black radicals. If you know what we mean.
In response to persistent queries, I must repeat: No, I do not have a Facebook page, nor am I a "friend" on anyone else's Facebook. Nor do I Twitter. This Salon column is my sole Web presence. Whatever doppelgänger Camille Paglias are tripping the light fantastic out there (as in the haunted bus-station episode of "The Twilight Zone"), they aren't me!They may not be Pags (Though we bet we should look for them.) but she's tripping over her own feet & a few other feet in a twilit zone somewhere between pseudo-populism & dementia, dancing to a mash-up of talking points
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis(Occupants of the reality-based world will remember that Speaker Pelosi [Apparently not a favorite of Ms. Paglia's.] noted that people attending some of the Tantrums were comparing The Prez to Hitler & health care reform to Nazism, often w/ signs bearing swastikas; the Speaker did not call angry American citizens "Nazis," but the band in Camille's head [Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac] won't let her hear anything else.) & an
... exhilarating shamanistic vision (wonderfully enhanced by Christine McVie's hymnlike backing vocal) [which] captures the truth-seeking pilgrimages of my generation but also demonstrates the dangerous veering away from mundane social responsibilities. If the left is an incoherent shambles in the U. S., it's partly because the visionaries lost their bearings on drugs, and only the myopic apparatchiks and feather-preening bourgeois liberals are left.You read it here first. She has seen the best minds of her generation, yada ... But none of that is any reason to think La Paglia un-balanced. After a page & a half from The Twilight Zone, balance:
Having said all that about the failures of my own party, I am not about to let Republicans off the hook. What a backbiting mess the GOP is! It lacks even one credible voice of traditional moral values on the national stage and is addicted to sonorous pieties of pharisaical emptiness. Republican politicians sermonize about the sanctity of marriage while racking up divorces and sexual escapades by the truckload. They assail government overreach and yet support interference in women's control of their own bodies. Advanced whack-a-mole is clearly needed for that yammering smarty-pants Newt Gingrich, who is always so very, very pleased with himself but has yet to produce a single enduring thought. The still inexplicably revered George W. Bush ballooned our national deficits like a drunken sailor and clumsily exacerbated the illegal immigration debate. And bizarrely, the hallucinatory Dick Cheney, a fake-testosterone addict who spooked Bush into a pointless war, continues to be lauded as presidential material.Wow. She just pounded the faces of the 1996 & 2004 versions of the Republican Party into the political pavement. That'll show them. Take that, George Bush! And did you know? Republicans are sexy hypocrites.
Elite education in the U.S. has become a frenetic assembly line of competitive college application to schools where ideological brainwashing is so pandemic that it's invisible.MUST! STOP! VEIN! FROM! BURSTING!
12 September: Birth of H. L. Mencken; JFK Marries Jackie, Denies Papistry; Selassie-I Deposed; Telebision Season Underway
Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 12, 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling a Southern Baptist group in Houston, "I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."
On this date:Four hundred years ago, in 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name. In 1880, author and journalist H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore. In 1918, during World War I, U.S. forces led by Gen. John J. Pershing launched a successful attack on the German-occupied St. Mihiel salient near Verdun, France. In 1938, Adolf Hitler demanded the right of self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia. In 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government. In 1944, U. S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time during World War II, near Trier. In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I. In 1958, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Cooper v. Aaron, unanimously ruled that Arkansas officials who were resisting public school desegregation orders could not disregard the high court's rulings. Fifty years ago, in 1959, the Soviet Union launched its Luna 2 space probe, which made a crash landing on the moon. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by Ethiopia's military after ruling for 58 years. In 1977, South African black student leader Steve Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry. In 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off, carrying with it Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly on a U.S. spaceship. Ten years ago: Under intense international pressure, Indonesia announced it would allow an international peacekeeping force to restore order to the devastated territory of East Timor. Andre Agassi captured his second U.S. Open title, dominating Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2. In 2000, Dutch lawmakers gave same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children. In 2001, President George W. Bush labeled the previous day's terrorist attacks "acts of war" and asked Congress for $20 billion to rebuild and recover.In 2002, President George W. Bush told skeptical world leaders at the United Nations to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq or stand aside as the United States acted. Three former Tyco International Ltd. executives were charged with looting the conglomerate of hundreds of millions of dollars. (Former CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski and CFO Mark Swartz were later convicted; lawyer Mark Belnick was acquitted.) In 2003, the U.N. Security Council ended 11 years of sanctions against Libya. Five years ago: US Airways Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years. Ten people were killed in an apartment fire just outside Columbus, Ohio. Hurricane Ivan battered the Cayman Islands with ferocious 150-mph winds. Roger Federer won the U.S. Open, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-0. In 2005, Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
Today's Birthdays:Actor Dickie Moore ("Our Gang") is 84. Actor Freddie Jones is 82. Country singer George Jones is 78. Actor Ian Holm is 78. Actress Linda Gray is 69. Singer Maria Muldaur is 66. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 58. Singer-musician Gerry Beckley (America) is 57. Rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) is 57. Actor Peter Scolari is 54. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is 53. Actress Rachel Ward is 52. Actress Amy Yasbeck is 47. Rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) is 44. Actor Darren E. Burrows is 43. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 43. Rock musician Larry LaLonde (Primus) is 41. Actor Josh Hopkins is 39. Actor Paul Walker is 36. Country singer Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) is 35. Actor Benjamin McKenzie is 31. Singer Ruben Studdard is 31. NFL player Dan Koppen is 30. NBA player Yao Ming is 29. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 28. Actress Emmy Rossum is 23.
Today In Entertainment History September 12In 1954, "Lassie" made its TV debut on CBS. Fifty years ago, in 1959, "Bonanza" made its TV debut on NBC. In 1966, "The Monkees" debuted on NBC.In 1970, "Josie and the Pussycats" debuted on CBS. In 1978, "Taxi" made its debut on ABC. In 1987, Michael Jackson began a tour in Tokyo in support of the album "Bad." In 1996, Oasis abruptly canceled its US tour two-thirds of the way into it. The band said it was due to "internal differences." Ten years ago:Singer Graham Nash was injured in a freak boating accident in Hawaii. He broke both his legs. "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal," both created by writer-producer David E. Kelley, were named best drama series and best comedy series at the 51st Emmy Awards. In 2003, country singer Johnny Cash died of complications from diabetes at a hospital in Nashville. He was 71. Five years ago: Playwright Jerome Chodorov died in Nyack, N.Y., at age 93. One year ago: Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker died in Hendersonville, Tenn. at age 81.
Thought for Today:"Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood." — H.L. Mencken (1880-1956).
Friday, September 11, 2009
In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede — and even threatened to secede from the Confederacy because the other southern states refused to re-open the slave trade.Not to be topped.
In the words of the president of the AAA (This is important advice that applies world-wide, not just to America.): "Stay out of the middle of the road. A car will run over you!"
We appreciate MSNBC allowing the proletariat to determine the start & stop times on the video, but it's so evenly mediocre throughout that it would be unfair to emphasize any single part. We did cut (0:20) at the end when the two Joes discuss music. You can thank us later.Would it be possible for Joe S. to keep his trap shut until Klein has finished reading his piece? "Excuse me, Joe Klein, I have to be fair & balanced. General Petraeus. (@(3:18). Scarborough at his smarmiest.) Bush. Lefty left left. Clinton. Left." "Sounds like you're justifying hate speech on the left ..." when Klein says Bush took us to war under false pretenses (As opposed, we suppose, to "real" pretenses.) @ (15:00). And listen for newshen Mika's "Weeeeeellll ... ummm." when Klein begins w/ Bush.
Points to Klein for attempting to point out that Bush/Cheney were so far from being on the ball they were getting corn dogs at the Snack Shack while their "Days Without Attacks On The Country" ticker was building toward the 9/11 re-set to zero. @ (8:29).
Points taken away from Joe Klein for the obligatory "9/11" reference. @ (0:40). A coincidence of geography doesn't make you a patriot, Klein. Although your "I'm always optimistic about America" @ (10:42) attitude reveals you to be such a simpleton, we're not surprised you can delude yourself so easily.
Jos Scarborough is just scum, on the other hand. @ (14:30), for example. And @ (16:30). Also a fool. And jerk.
Blood pressure. Aaaaah!!
Cowardly Weakling Paper Tiger Americans Poop National Panties On Patriot Day: They Still Live In Fear; Attack Now May Topple Their House Of Cards!
What's In The Water There? Piss, Shit, Hormones, Industrial Effluvia, Meat-Packing Residue, White Lightnin' Run-Off
... a self-effacing, humble man, like many in his district. He’s not prone to such antics, which is why I was shocked to discover listening to the president’s speech that his was the voice that screamed those words."Shocked," was he? Has Strongarm not seen the C-SPAN footage we noted earlier, for which the Kossacks still refuse to provide embedding?
The remainder of The NYT contributors stick closer to reality (facts, even) than Williams did w/ his reading of Wilson's mind & kissing of his gentrified southern ass.
He’ll be regarded as a hero in some circles; not for his disrespect, these are, after all, gentrified southerners. But rather, Joe Wilson will be viewed for doing the right thing — for calling out the falsehoods of the Obama message machine, there and then. No dawdling, no delay.
It may have taken Joe an errant syllable or two last night with his syrupy drawl, but he was going to make his point, all else be damned.
Thanks to the religious right, this sense of a common minority status isn't simply racial, but broadly cultural as well. Obama isn't simply to be distrusted because he's black, but because he's a bundle of everything white South Carolinians have always seen as alien and threatening. He is, metaphorically if not literally, the AntiChrist, and anything he says is to be dismissed out of hand.
In conclusion, I'd suggest that it's possible that South Carolina is in the vanguard in this regard; something similar seems to be going on in the rural upland South from West Virginia across Tennessee and Arkansas to Oklahoma--even while the expanding urban South, with its more sophisticated economy, is heading in a different direction.
"In my 40 years in fashion, I’ve never seen women scared to shop — at all price levels." VERA WANG, the designer, on the economy.Good. In that people may start producing things of value & utility, & the wealthy's women can get back to doing charity work, instead of wasting 24 hrs. a day trying to achieve the Hollywood whore look.
“It was stunning to hear such a statement made on the floor of the House when the president of the United States was speaking,” she said, noting that it was against House rules for one member to say on the floor to another that he or she was “not telling the truth,” let alone lying.Mrs. Pelosi, tear down that rule, & let the Congreƒs tell the truth about something, for once!
Reporters had asked him today at the Capitol about a Tweet item he had written on Tuesday, when he suggested that he was ready to be confrontational with the president: he said that during a parade he had attended in Chapin, “many people called out to oppose Obamacare which I assured them would be relayed tomorrow to DC.” But, still he asserted today, his outburst was not premeditated.Oh, bullshit! Sell your crap somewhere else, Mr. Haney.
9/11: Nixon, CIA Kill Allende; Mormon Massacre At Mountain Meadows; Peter Tosh Murdered By CIA; Beatles Cut First Tracks
Today's Highlight in History:On Sept. 11, 2001, America saw its worst day of terrorism. [Terrorism, of course, is a two-way street. The list of AmeriKKKa's "Days of Terrorism" is long & bloody. — Ed.] Nearly 3,000 people died when two hijacked jetliners smashed into New York's World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall; a commandeered jetliner plowed into the Pentagon; and a fourth hijacked plane was crashed in a field in western Pennsylvania.
On this date:In 1777, troops commanded by Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British under Gen. William Howe in the Battle of Brandywine. In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812. In 1841, all members of U.S. President John Tyler's Cabinet except Secretary of State Daniel Webster resigned in protest of Tyler's veto of a banking bill. In 1847, Stephen Foster's first hit, "Oh! Susanna," had its debut at a concert in a Pittsburgh saloon and soon became standard for minstrel troupes. In 1850, Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale," gave her first concert in the United States, at Castle Garden in New York. In 1857, the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place in present-day southern Utah as a 120-member Arkansas immigrant party was slaughtered by Mormon militiamen aided by Paiute Indians. [Mormon militiamen. Sound familiar? Is killing unarmed people trying to get through Utah to California terrorism? Or protected religious speech? — Ed.] In 1885, author D.H. Lawrence was born in Eastwood, England. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) in Nevada by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator. In 1941, groundbreaking took place for the Pentagon outside Washington D.C. [Irony we like. — Ed.] That same day, Charles A. Lindbergh delivered a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, which sparked charges of anti-Semitism when he said, "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were trying to draw the United States into World War II. [An excellent example of "Americanism." — Ed.] Fifty years ago, in 1959, Congress passed a bill authorizing food stamps for low-income Americans. In 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77. In 1972, the troubled Munich Summer Olympics ended. In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup. [Hard to believe, but The AP has nothing to say about the origins of the coup in fucking Henry Kissinger's office. — Ed.]Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, an Eastern Airlines DC-9 crashed during a landing attempt in Charlotte, N.C., killing 72 of the people on board. In 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds recorded his 4,192nd hit, breaking Ty Cobb's career record.Twenty years ago, in 1989, the exodus of East German refugees from Hungary to West Germany began. In 1997, Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England. In 1998, Congress released Kenneth Starr's report, which offered graphic details of President Bill Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton, attending a conference of Asia-Pacific leaders in New Zealand, demanded that Indonesia allow an international force to restore peace in East Timor. Eric Milton pitched a no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins in their 7-0 win over the Anaheim Angels. Serena Williams won the U.S. Open women's title, beating top-seeded Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). In 2002, Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas died at age 69.In 2003, Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died from stab wounds inflicted when she was attacked in a Stockholm department store a day earlier. Five years ago: Parents and grandparents of those lost on Sept. 11 stood at the World Trade Center site and marked the third anniversary of the attacks. Spc. Armin Cruz became the first Military Intelligence soldier convicted in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal as he admitted abusing inmates and received a lighter sentence in return for his testimony against others. [Another lovely juxtaposition. What is wrong w/ these fools? — Ed.] Svetlana Kuznetsova overwhelmed Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5 in the first all-Russian U.S. Open final. In 2007, China signed an agreement to prohibit the use of lead paint on toys exported to the United States. One year ago: Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama put aside politics as they visited ground zero together on the anniversary of 9/11 to honor its victims. ABC News broadcast an interview with John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who said she was ready to be president if called upon, but sidestepped questions on whether she had the national security credentials needed to be commander in chief.
Today's Birthdays (These awful people all hate America!):Actress Betsy Drake is 86. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, is 85. Actor Earl Holliman is 81. Newspaper columnist David S. Broder is 80. Movie director Brian De Palma is 69. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 66. Singer-musician Leo Kottke is 64. Actor Phillip Alford is 61. Actress Amy Madigan is 59. Rock singer-musician Tommy Shaw (Styx) is 56. Sports reporter Lesley Visser is 56. Actor Reed Birney is 55. Singer-songwriter Diane Warren is 53. Musician Jon Moss (Culture Club) is 52. Actor Scott Patterson is 51. Rock musician Mick Talbot (The Style Council) is 51. Actress Roxann Dawson is 51. Actress Virginia Madsen is 48. Actress Kristy McNichol is 47. Musician-composer Moby is 44. Business reporter Maria Bartiromo is 42. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 42. Rock musician Bart Van Der Zeeuw is 41. Actress Laura Wright is 39. Rock musician Jeremy Popoff (Lit) is 38. Blogger Markos Moulitsas is 38. [OK, the party's over. Really. That's it. Everybody out. Yes, it was something someone said. — Ed.] Singer Brad Fischetti (LFO) is 34. Rapper Mr. Black is 32. Rock musician Jon Buckland (Coldplay) is 32. Rapper Ludacris is 32. Rock singer Ben Lee is 31. Ed Reed is 31. Actor Ryan Slattery is 31.[Awful haters! How dare they? How dare they?
Today In Entertainment History September 11In 1921, Fatty Arbuckle, one of the foremost comedians of the silent movie days, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of a starlet in an alleged sexual assault during a wild drinking party. Arbuckle eventually was cleared but his career had been ruined. In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned the winner. In 1962, The Beatles held their first recording session in London for EMI's Parlophone label. They recorded "Love Me Do" and "P. S. I Love You." In 1964, George Harrison formed a music publishing company called Harrissongs. In 1967, "The Carol Burnett Show" made its debut on CBS. It ran until 1978.Forty years ago, in 1969, a two-record set of Bob Dylan songs called "Great White Wonder" appeared in Los Angeles record stores. It's believed to be the first bootleg record album. In 1971, "The Jackson Five" animated TV series debuted on ABC. The show used the voices of the five brothers: Michael, Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, "Little House on the Prairie" made its TV debut. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Barbra Mandrell and her two children were seriously injured in a car crash in Tennessee. The driver of the other car was killed. In 1987, reggae star Peter Tosh was shot to death in his home in Jamaica. Police say Tosh was shot in the head after he refused to turn over money to three robbers. CBS news anchor Dan Rather walked off the set of the "CBS Evening News" because a tennis tournament ran long. The network went black for six minutes when the tournament ended and Rather was nowhere to be found. In 1990, George Michael's second solo album, "Listen Without Prejudice," was released. In 1992, Rick James pleaded innocent to charges he sexually assaulted and tortured a woman in his California home. [Did some time anyway, didn't he? — Ed.] In 1995, singer Michael Hutchence of INXS pleaded guilty to hitting a photographer and was fined 600 dollars. The photographer was taking Hutchence's picture outside a hotel where Hutchence had spent the night with the estranged wife of singer Bob Geldof. In 2001, the Latin Grammys were canceled and most entertainment events were called off in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In 2003, actor John Ritter died in Los Angeles of a heart problem he never knew he had. He was 54. Five years ago: Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake" won the Golden Lion for best picture at the close of the Venice Film Festival. Lyricist Fred Ebb died in New York City; he was 76. In 2008, singer Kanye West was arrested after he got into a fight with a photographer at an airport in Los Angeles.
Thought for Today:"I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance." — Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet and author (1772-1834).
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