Speaking to central bankers and economists at the Fed’s annual retreat here in the Grand Tetons, Mr. Bernanke echoed the growing relief among European and Asian central bankers that their own economies had already started to rebound.It is rapidly becoming our fondest hope to see this world of liars & thieves, murderers & cheaters fall, Babylon-style. That means the downfall of everything has to happen before we die, so we'd really appreciate it if the dialectic would get on w/ it.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
"There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai," former lieutenant William Calley told members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Columbus, Georgia. "I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, for the American soldiers involved and their families. I am very sorry."Vietnamese "were killed," passively. American soldiers were "involved." Not quite. Say it, Rusty. Say, "I ordered the deaths of hundreds of civilians, I'm a murderer."
Ultimately, Calley served only three and a half years of house arrest in his quarters at Fort Benning.& the AFP adds
The exact toll of the massacre still remains in dispute, but US estimates suggest that between 347 and 504 unarmed citizens were massacred that day.So Rusty does three & a half years hard time in his quarters for 350 to 500 deaths, & this Lockerbie bomber whose release has been such an outrage (Had anyone asked, we would have been all for letting him die in prison, but no one asked.) killed 270 & did eight years in an actual prison. Where's that outrage again, America?
22 August: Dog Days, Doggier Nights; Today's Deaths: Richard III, Michael Collins, Jomo Kenyatta, Huey P. Newton; "The Scream" Stolen
Today's Highlight in History:On Aug. 22, 1485, England's King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses. Henry Tudor succeeded Richard to become King Henry VII.
On this date:In 1787, inventor John Fitch demonstrated his steamboat on the Delaware River to delegates from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. In 1846, the United States annexed New Mexico. In 1851, the schooner America outraced more than a dozen British vessels off the English coast to win a trophy that came to be known as the America's Cup. In 1893, author, poet, critic and wit Dorothy Parker was born in West Bend, N.J.In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile, in Hartford, Conn. In 1904, Chinese communist leader Deng Xiaoping was born in Sichuan province. In 1910, Japan annexed Korea, which remained under Japanese colonial rule until 1945.In 1922, Irish revolutionary Michael Collins was shot to death, apparently by Irish Republican Army members who were opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Collins had co-signed. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon were nominated for second terms in office by the Republican national convention in San Francisco.Fifty years ago, in 1959, the New York Philharmonic orchestra, led by conductor Leonard Bernstein, opened a concert tour of the Soviet Union with a program in Moscow featuring works by Samuel Barber, Mozart and Shostakovich. In 1968, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to South America. In 1978, President Jomo Kenyatta, a leading figure in Kenya's struggle for independence, died; Vice President Daniel arap Moi was sworn in as acting president. In 1985, 55 people died when fire broke out aboard a British Airtours charter jet on a runway at Manchester Airport in England. In 1986, Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of Karen Silkwood $1.38 million, settling a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Black Panthers co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, Calif. (Gunman Tyrone Robinson was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.)Ten years ago: Hurricane Bret rumbled ashore on the Texas Gulf Coast with winds of over 100 miles-an-hour. A China Airlines jet landing in stormy weather at Hong Kong's new airport flipped over and burst into flames, killing three people and injuring more than 200. In 2003, Alabama's chief justice, Roy Moore, was suspended for his refusal to obey a federal court order to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of his courthouse. Five years ago: As shocked spectators watched, armed thieves stole one of four versions of the Edvard Munch masterpiece "The Scream" and a second Munch painting, "Madonna," from the Munch museum in Oslo, Norway. (The paintings, visibly damaged, were recovered in Aug. 2006; three men were convicted in connection with the theft and sentenced to prison.) One year ago: The US carried out airstrikes in western Herat province in Afghanistan; according to a later U.S. estimate, the raid resulted in the deaths of 33 civilians and 22 militants (the Afghan government and U.N. investigators said that 90 civilians had died). Usain Bolt helped Jamaica win the 400-meter relay final in 37.10 seconds for his third gold medal and third world record of the Beijing Olympics. Bryan Clay won the decathlon. Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Brazil in the men's beach volleyball championship game.
Today's Birthdays August 22Author Ray Bradbury is 89. Heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley is 89. Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is 75. Broadcast journalist Morton Dean is 74. Author Annie Proulx is 74. Rockabilly singer Dale Hawkins is 73. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski is 70. Actress Valerie Harper is 69. Football coach Bill Parcells is 68. CBS newsman Steve Kroft is 64. Actress Cindy Williams is 62. Musician David Marks is 61. International Swimming Hall of Famer Diana Nyad is 60. Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is 53. Rock musician Vernon Reid is 51. Actress Regina Taylor is 49. Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 48. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 48. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 47. Singer Tori Amos is 46. Rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge is 46. International Tennis Hall of Famer Mats Wilander is 45. Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is 42. Actor Ty Burrell is 42. Actor Rick Yune is 38. Rock musician Paul Doucette (Matchbox Twenty) is 37. Rap-reggae singer Beenie Man is 36. Comedian-actress Kristen Wiig is 36.Actress Jenna Leigh Green is 35. Rock musician Dean Back (Theory of a Deadman) is 34. Rock musician Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan) is 31. Actress Aya Sumika (TV: "Numb3rs") is 29. [Editor's note: "Country singers" we've never heard of & Backstreet Boys (36?) have been mercilessly excised from today's list.]
Today In Entertainment History August 22[Judging from the paucity of "entertainment" events here, the dog days are fully upon us. — Ed.] On Aug. 22, 1956, the Five Satins made their debut on the R&B charts with "In the Still of the Night." In 1966, Jerry Lee Lewis was signed to play Iago in "Catch My Soul," a rock version of Shakespeare's "Othello." In 1968, John Lennon's wife Cynthia filed for divorce, one day shy of their sixth anniversary. By this time, John was seeing Yoko Ono, whom he married in 1969.In 1970, Elvis Presley announced his first tour since 1958. It lasted six dates.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Remarkable Political Talent: One who lies on a consistent basis.
We might start by asking Sarah Palin to leave the room. I've got nothing against her. She's a remarkable political talent. But there are no "death panels" in the Democratic health-care bills, and to say that there are is to debase the debate.Really, he's got nothing against her. A "remarkable talent." But let's ask her "to leave the room."
And, A Cheap Shot:
(UP-DATED, W/ A LINK TO SERIOUSNESS):One of people who posts when Sullivan's vacating from The Daily Dish, Conor Clarke, read the rest of Dr. Krauthammer's column & noted
a bit of a fudge on Krauthammer's part.Call it a "fudge" if you will, but it looks like a big glob of dog-shit on the doctor's wheels to us. He's quite the "remarkable political talent" as well. Punchline reference: "I'm glad I didn't roll in that."
The clue is here: "We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can't see this is probably hoping it isn't true." We wish to hell it were true, but we don't see the slightest indication of creeping socialism.
Either way, we'd love to see Mr. Gottlieb return to Hardball to explain this nugget of paranoia.Is it still 1961?
We dunno. Couldn't hurt to try to expose these people, but will the stupid racists believe the media exposing other media elitists? There's stubborn pride in disbelief of the obvious & accepted (& a commensurate pride in belief in the fantastic, Jeeziz, angels & other delusions) among the bitter clingers, & even lifting the rock & showing all the crawlies may not help much. *Ha-ha ha-ha-ha. He means YOU, Andrew Sullivan!
21 August: Workshop Of The Telescopes; Hawai'i Official; Trotsky Dies; Aquino Killed; Swing Era Starts; Nat Turner Makes Bid For Freedom
Today's Highlight in History:Fifty years ago, on Aug. 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order, five months after signing the Hawaiian statehood bill.
On this date:Four hundred years ago, in 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope, capable of magnifying images of objects ninefold, to a group of officials atop the Campanile in Venice. In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat set off from Albany on its return trip to New York, arriving some 30 hours later. In 1831, Nat Turner led a violent slave rebellion in Virginia resulting in the deaths of at least 55 white people. (He was later executed.) In 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place. In 1878, the American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y. [Great, organized drunkards. — Ed.] In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. (The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.) In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City from wounds inflicted by an assassin the day before. In 1945, President Harry S. Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50 billion in aid to America's allies during World War II.
Today's Birthdays:Former NFL player Pete Retzlaff is 78. Actor-director Melvin Van Peebles is 77. Playwright Mart Crowley ("The Boys in the Band") is 74. Singer Kenny Rogers is 71. Actor Clarence Williams III is 70. Rock-'n'-roll musician James Burton is 70. Singer Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 70. Singer Jackie DeShannon is 68. NFL Hall of Famer Willie Lanier is 64. Actress Patty McCormack is 64. Pop singer-musician Carl Giammarese is 62. Actress Loretta Devine is 60. CBS "Early Show" co-host Harry Smith is 58. Singer Glenn Hughes is 57. Country musician Nick Kane is 55. Actress Kim Cattrall is 53. College Football Hall of Famer and NFL quarterback Jim McMahon is 50. Baseball All-Star pitcher John Wetteland is 43. Rock singer Serj Tankian (System of a Down) is 42. Actress Carrie-Anne Moss is 39. Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Craig Counsell is 39. Rock musician Liam Howlett (Prodigy) is 38. Actress Alicia Witt is 34.Singer Kelis is 30. Singer Melissa Schuman is 25. Olympic gold medal sprinter Usain Bolt is 23.
Today In Entertainment History August 21In 1904, jazz musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie was born in Red Bank, N.J. In 1935, the Benny Goodman Orchestra played a concert that's considered to be the beginning of the Swing Era. The concert was at a ballroom in Los Angeles and included songs like "Just You, Just Me." In 1972, Grace Slick was sprayed with mace and Paul Kantner was slammed to the floor by police following a chaotic show by Jefferson Airplane in Akron, Ohio. A bomb threat had been phoned in, fans threw rocks at police cars and officers responded with tear gas. In 1980, singer Linda Ronstadt opened on Broadway in the opera "The Pirates of Penzance." She also starred in the film version. In 1994, John Denver was charged with drunken driving after he crashed his Porsche into a tree. [Even worse at flying, though. — Ed.] In 1995, REM sued Hershey Foods, claiming the company exploited its name when it ran a "Kit Kat REM concert" sweepstakes in Hershey candy bars. The suit was eventually dropped. In 1996, singer Rick James was released from prison after serving two years for assaulting a woman. Two days earlier, the woman he was to marry was jailed for shoplifting a $39 pair of boots. David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of Talking Heads from touring as The Heads. The suit was settled out of court. [What a fucking asshole. — Ed.] Last year, one-time actor Fred Crane, who'd played one of the Tarleton twins in "Gone With the Wind," died in Atlanta at age 90.
Thought for Today:"To know a little less and to understand a little more: that, it seems to me, is our greatest need." — James Ramsey Ullman, American author (1907-1971).
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The election of Obama – a black man with an anti-conservative message – as a successor to George W. Bush has scrambled the core American right's view of their country.We'll grant that Americans think "one drop" qualifies anyone as "black," but we don't know where "anti-conservative" comes from. And let's not get carried away w/ "landslide," either. Let alone "massive landslide."
a majority of Americans in a massive landslide, it simply didn't compute.The piece goes on to summarize, we presume mostly for Limeys & other non-Americans, the silliness in these United Snakes.
The American media then presents itself as an umpire between "the rival sides", as if they both had evidence behind them.It's "objective," alright. The only problem is that it isn't real. As if anything is.
Today's Highlight in History:On Aug. 20, 1968, the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began invading Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" liberalization drive led by Alexander Dubcek.
On this date:In 1741, Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered what is now Alaska. In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio. In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped. In 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War I. In 1920, pioneering American radio station 8MK in Detroit (later WWJ) began daily broadcasting. In 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air Force, saying, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." In 1955, hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act, a nearly $1 billion anti-poverty measure. In 1977, the U.S. launched Voyager 2, an unmanned spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph record containing greetings in dozens of languages, samples of music and sounds of nature. In 1979, Diana Nyad succeeded in her third attempt at swimming from the Bahamas to Florida. Twenty years ago, in 1989, entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife, Kitty, were shot to death in their Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion by their sons, Lyle and Erik. Fifty-one people died when a pleasure boat sank in the River Thames in London after colliding with a dredger. British conservationist George Adamson, 83, was shot and killed by bandits in Kenya. Ten years ago: In a highly unusual move, the CIA pulled the security clearances for former Director John Deutch for keeping secret files on an unsecured home computer. Three Japanese banks announced a broad alliance plan. (The merger resulted in creation of the Mizuho Financial Group.) In 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the state supreme court building. Five years ago: Democrats labored to deflect attacks on John Kerry's war record with fresh television ads touting his fitness for national command. In Athens, Michael Phelps matched Mark Spitz's record of four individual gold medals in the Olympic pool with a stirring comeback in the 100-meter butterfly, then removed himself from further competition. One year ago: A Spanish jetliner crashed during takeoff from Madrid, killing 154 people. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski signed a deal to put a U.S. missile defense base in Poland. In Beijing, Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning the 200 meters in 19.30 seconds. Former Chinese leader Hua Guofeng died in Beijing at age 87. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, died in Cleveland at age 58. Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Association, died near California's Lake Tahoe at age 63.
Today's Birthdays:Writer-producer-director Walter Bernstein is 90. U.S. special envoy George Mitchell is 76. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is 74. Baseball All-Star Graig Nettles is 65. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung is 63. Musician Jimmy Pankow (Chicago) is 62. Actor John Noble is 61. Rock singer Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) is 61. Rock singer Doug Fieger (The Knack) is 57. Country singer Rudy Gatlin is 57. Singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 57. Actor-director Peter Horton is 56. TV weatherman Al Roker is 55. Actor Jay Acovone is 54. Actress Joan Allen is 53. TV personality Asha Blake is 48. Actor James Marsters is 47. Rapper KRS-One is 44. Rock singer Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) is 39. Rock musician Brad Avery is 38. Actor Jonathan Ke Quan is 38. Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is 36. Rock singer Monique Powell (Save Ferris) is 34. Hockey player Chris Drury is 33.
Today In Entertainment HistoryOn Aug. 20, 1960, Connie Francis made her acting debut when filming began on the movie "Where the Boys Are." In 1967, The New York Times reported on a new noise reduction system developed by R. and D.W. Dolby. It was first used by a subsidiary of Elektra Records. Forty fuggin' years ago, in 1969, Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention. He said he was tired of performing for people who clapped for the "wrong reasons."[Tired of paying band members triple-scale for rehearsals, too. — Ed.] In 1989, actor Kenneth Branagh married actress Emma Thompson. In 1992, Sting and his longtime girlfriend Trudie Styler got married in England. It was his second marriage, her first. Ten years ago: bassist Bobby Sheehan of Blues Traveler was found dead of a drug overdose in his apartment in New Orleans. He was 31. Musician Fatboy Slim married British TV personality Zoe Ball in London. They have since separated.
Thought for Today:"History abhors determinism, but cannot tolerate chance." — Bernard De Voto, American author, journalist and critic (1897-1955).
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Some Congressional Democrats have hinted that the program was just one of many that the Bush administration hid from Congressional scrutiny and have used the episode as a justification to delve deeper into other Bush-era counterterrorism programs.All fair & balanced, huh? Objective, one could say. Like that jerk Hoekstra's insubstantial little whine was worth publishing.
But Republicans have criticized Mr. Panetta’s decision to cancel the program, saying he created a tempest in a teapot.
“I think there was a little more drama and intrigue than was warranted,” said Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
Now, obviously, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would never make a comparison like that. But compare her rhetoric to the LaRouchePAC’s.
Officials said that the C.I.A. did not have a formal contract with Blackwater for this program but instead had individual agreements with top company officials, including the founder, Erik D. Prince, a politically connected former member of the Navy Seals and the heir to a family fortune. Blackwater’s work on the program actually ended years before Mr. Panetta took over the agency, after senior C.I.A. officials themselves questioned the wisdom of using outsiders in a targeted killing program.
Blackwater, which has changed its name, most recently to Xe Services, and is based in North Carolina, in recent years has received millions of dollars in government contracts, growing so large that the Bush administration said that it was a necessary part of its war operation in Iraq.
Talk about a "chilling effect." If intrepid Internet patriots are denied the anonymity from which we type anything we want about anyone who deserves abuse, what will become of discourse? How will the world know who the "Skanks in NYC" are, or how crazed the right-wing is? Our Constitution is being DISMANTLED before our eyes & we aren't doing anything about it! Where's that watering can?
A Vogue cover girl has won a precedent-setting court battle to unmask an anonymous blogger who called her a “skank” on the internet.
In a case with potentially far-reaching repercussions, Liskula Cohen sought the identity of the blogger who maligned her on the Skanks in NYC blog so that she could sue him or her for defamation.
Just before Pamela Pilger shouted "Heil Hitler" to a Jewish man in favor of health care reform, she told Eyewitness News why she's against it.
19 August: Birth of Farnsworth; Groucho Death Mystery; Mysterious Hurricane; Ginger Baker 70; Johnny Nash, Jill St. John 69!
Today's Birthdays -- August 19Actor L.Q. Jones is 82. Actress Debra Paget is 76. Tennis coach Renee Richards is 75. Baseball All-Star Bobby Richardson is 74. Actress Diana Muldaur is 71. Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 70. Singer Johnny Nash is 69. Actress Jill St. John is 69. Actor and former U.S. senator Fred Thompson is 67. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 66. Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven is 65. Rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 64. Former President Bill Clinton is 63. Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 61. Actor Gerald McRaney is 61. Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 58. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 57. Political consultant Mary Matalin is 56. Actor Peter Gallagher is 54. Actor Adam Arkin is 53. Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 52. Actor Martin Donovan is 52. Football Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ivan Neville is 50. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 44. Actor Kevin Dillon is 44. Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 43. TV reporter Tabitha Soren is 42. Rapper Nate Dogg is 40. Actor Matthew Perry is 40. Country singer Clay Walker is 40. Rapper Fat Joe is 39. Olympic gold medal tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 38. Actress Tracie Thoms is 34. Football player Thomas Jones is 31. Baseball player J.J. Hardy is 27. Olympic silver medal snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is 24.
Today In Entertainment History -- August 19In 1964, The Beatles opened their first US tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Other acts on the bill included the Righteous Brothers and Jackie DeShannon. In 1967, "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles hit No. 1 on the pop charts. That same day, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen had another child, a boy named Jason. In 1973, singers Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge got married in Los Angeles. They divorced in 1979. [Yawn. This is beyond dumb, but we're beyond lazy, so we can't be arsed to delete this sort of hooey. Instead we mock, which, though much more effort, is a bit satisfying. — Ed.] In 1977, comedian Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles. He was 86.Or you can believe The Very Reverend Moon's UPI Almanac, which claimed yesterday that: "In 1977, comedian Julius "Groucho" Marx, leader of the wacky Marx Brothers, died at the age of 87." At least both agree on the yr. — Ed.] In 1980, Christopher Cross' debut album went platinum. [Fortunately, a one-shit wonder. — Ed.] In 2000, actresses Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche announced they were breaking up. Just hours later, Heche was hospitalized after she wandered disoriented into a stranger's home in Fresno County, Calif. In 2008, sax player Leroi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band died of complications from an all-terrain vehicle accident two months earlier. He was 46. LeRoi Moore, a versatile saxophonist with the Dave Matthews Band, died in Los Angeles of complications from an ATV accident; he was 46. [Not that the AP is internally consistent. — Ed.]
Thought for Today:"Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers." — Janis Joplin, American rock singer (1943-1970).
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Perhaps a display of the citizens' armaments at "O"s faked town hall meetings by our pretend CIC might make some impression on his administration. Ruby Ridge? Sigh.We were also amused by Yankee's allowing unmoderated/unregistered comments, but noticed that, unlike virtually every other web log in known cyberspace, one's email address is visible to all the world. Nice, Bob.