Saturday, August 29, 2009

Potential Disaster

Fire threatens Mount Wilson communication lines (Adds comments from Forest Service) LOS ANGELES, Aug 29 (Reuters) - A wildfire in the mountains north of Los Angeles has quadrupled in size since Friday, threatening communication transmitters and leading to a call on Saturday for more homes to be evacuated.
"Communication lines" are not at stake here, Reuters. (As they, admittedly, go on to clarify. We're bitching about sub-heads here.)
Firefighters were trying to keep the blaze from reaching Mount Wilson, which houses key television and radio transmitters, as well as towers that handle emergency services dispatches.
If the transmitters go up in flames, how will we get our kicks watching the wealthy's property burn? If this affects us, it could be a real disaster. (As long as the microwave links to the cable co. hold up, we're good. Not to worry. We just like to pretend we're a right-winger, & get hysterical over everything & anything.)
Current temp, from three different Internet sources: 98, 99 or 100°F. (At least it's a "dry" heat. Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha.)Also: Scent of smoke in air more powerful than odor of stale smoke & greasy cooking here in the Bouffant bunker/broiler combo. Must go out now to buy brew & beef for Bachelor Bar-B-Que among the ruins.

29 August: A Thousand Years Ago, Mainz Cathedral Burns; Dick Morris Resigns

Today is Saturday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2009. There are 124 days left in the year. UPI Almanac. AP A/V.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.

On this date:

One thousand years ago, in 1009, the Mainz Cathedral in Germany burned down the same day it was inaugurated. In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was executed on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro. In 1632, English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset. Two hundred years ago, in 1809, American author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., was born in Cambridge, Mass. In 1877, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City, Utah, at age 76. In 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships. Sixty years ago, in 1949, the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb at a remote test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan. In 1957, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a Civil Rights Act after South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat) ended a filibuster that had lasted 24 hours. In 1965, Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after 8 days in space. In 1996, President Bill Clinton's chief political strategist, Dick Morris, resigned amid a scandal over his relationship with a prostitute. Ten years ago: Hurricane Dennis wallowed along the coast toward the Carolinas, prompting evacuation orders for the fragile Outer Banks barrier islands. Five years ago: Tropical Storm Gaston made landfall in South Carolina at near-hurricane strength. Protesters filling 20 city blocks peacefully swarmed Manhattan's streets on the eve of the Republican National Convention to demand that President George W. Bush be turned out of office. A car bomb at the office of a US security contractor in Afghanistan killed about ten people, including three Americans. Closing ceremonies were held in Athens, Greece, for the Olympic games. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La.; the resulting floods devastated the city of New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died. One year ago: In a politically startling move, Republican John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a maverick conservative with less than two years in office, to be his vice- presidential running mate.

Today's Birthdays August 29

Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 86. Movie director William Friedkin is 74. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is 73. Actor Elliott Gould is 71. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 70. TV personality Robin Leach is 68. Actor G.W. Bailey is 65. Actor Ray Wise is 62. Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh is 57. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 53. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 53. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 50. Singer Me'Shell NdegeOcello is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 39. Actress Carla Gugino is 38.

Today In Entertainment History August 29

In 1958, George Harrison joined John Lennon's band The Quarrymen, which also included bassist Paul McCartney and Ken Brown on drums. Pop superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Ind. In 1966, The Beatles ended their fourth American tour by performing what would be their last public concert, before 25,000 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. [It took them eight yrs. — Ed.] In 1967, the last episode of "The Fugitive" aired. It was the largest audience in TV history until the "Who Shot J.R." episode of "Dallas."In 1982, actress Ingrid Bergman died on her 69th birthday. In 1991, Run from Run-DMC pleaded innocent in Cleveland to charges he raped a fan who asked for an autograph. In 1995, singer Gladys Knight married motivational speaker Les Brown. They have since divorced. In 2002, Eminem drew boos at the MTV Video Music Awards after he called Moby a girl and threatened to hit a guy with glasses, which Moby was wearing. That same night, Michael Jackson accepted a special award as a birthday present that he mistook for the Artist of the Millenium award.

Thought for Today:

"Don't be 'consistent,' but be simply true." — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894).

Friday, August 28, 2009

Little Old Lady In Tennis Shoes

LOLiTS. Even America's Stinker thinks LOLiTS are nuts:
There was one sense in which fluoridation caused considerable damage -- to American conservatism. The two decades following the mid-50s comprised the legacy media's golden age, when the Big Three networks, the daily newspapers, and the two wire services acted as the sole sources of information for most of the country. There was no Internet, no talk radio. If mass media made a particular connection, then that connection was made with finality. And the connection they made was conservative = fluoridation nut. There was even a stereotyped character to personalize the message: the "little old lady in tennis shoes", querulously following candidates around asking crazy questions about the water supply.

Wolf Tags

Idaho Gov. Candidate Jokes About Hunting Obama

Rammell was speaking to a local Republican group about the state's wolf hunt, for which hunters must pay for "wolf tags." An audience member shouted out a question about "Obama tags."

"Obama tags? We'd buy some of those," Rammell responded.

Bring it on.

"Let it be".

Rex Rammell Puts His Economic Principles To Work

This is just Rammell's most recent bout with trouble. Earlier this year, his development company filed for bankruptcy protection.

In June, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Rammell must pay $29,000 in fines related to fence problems at an elk-hunting ranch he used to own. In 2006, 110 of his elk escaped, leading to an emergency hunt over fears that the elk could spread disease to wild herds. He sold the ranch after that.

Rammell ran for the Senate last year as an independent. The state Republican party argued to the Idaho Supreme Court that his run was illegal and that his name shouldn't be allowed on the ballot, but the court allowed Rammell to run. He got 5.4 percent of the vote.

Serendipity: Another one, w/o even looking.

Master Race Rock

More than 50 mins. w/ The Dictators at Winterland, 30 July 1977.

Like a Pig

Midnight: 82°F in the bunker.

28 August: Birth of Radio Adverts; Big Day In Yankee Politics; Hudson "Finds" Delaware Bay; Manolete Gored to Death: Go Bull!, Emmett Till Abducted

Today is Friday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2009. There are 125 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac may or may not have contributed to this item.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 28, 1963, 200,000 people participated in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.Sound Bites: "I have a dream", "Sisters and brothers", "Free at last".

On this date:

Four hundred years ago, in 1609, English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, reached present-day Delaware Bay.
In 1749, German poet, novelist and dramatist Johann von Goethe was born. In 1774, Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, was born in New York City. In 1828, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy was born near Tula. In 1907, United Parcel Service had its beginnings as the American Messenger Company of Seattle. In 1917, ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House. In 1922, the first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. It was a 10-minute advertisement for the Queensboro Realty Co., which had paid $100. In 1947, legendary bullfighter Manolete died after being gored during a fight in Linares, Spain; he was 30. In 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by two white men after he had supposedly whistled at a white woman; he was found brutally slain three days later. In 1968, police and anti-war demonstrators clashed in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic national convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.More Sound Bites: Sen. Abraham Ribicoff: "Gestapo tactics", Chicago Mayor Richard Daley defends police, "The whole word is watching" In 1973, more than 600 people died as an earthquake shook central Mexico. In 1981, John W. Hinckley Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President Ronald Reagan. In 1983, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin announced his resignation. In 1988, more than 50 people were killed in the Philippines in an unsuccessful coup attempt against President Corazon Aquino. Seventy people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany.
In 1995, a mortar shell tore through a crowded market in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, killing some three dozen people and triggering NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian Serbs. In 1996, Democrats nominated President Bill Clinton for a second term at their national convention in Chicago. Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana were divorced after 15 years of marriage. [Coincidence? We think not. — Ed.] Ten years ago: Three crewmen aboard the Mir space station returned safely to Earth after bidding farewell to the 13-year-old Russian orbiter. In 2002, prosecutors indicted WorldCom executives Scott Sulivan and Buford Yates Jr. in connection with the company's collapse. Both later pleaded guilty to criminal fraud. Five years ago: Islamic militants claiming to be holding two French journalists in Iraq gave France 48 hours to overturn the law banning the wearing of Islamic head scarves in schools. (The reporters, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, were released in December 2004.) U. S. Secretary of State Colin ["Chickenshit"] Powell canceled plans to attend closing ceremonies at the Summer Olympics in Athens after protests against U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. men's basketball team won the bronze, the 100th U.S. medal of the Athens Games. In 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in the city to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, U.S. schoolteacher John Mark Karr was returned to the United States to face charges of killing JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old Colorado beauty queen 10 years earlier and whose slaying he had admitted. But the case against him quickly crumbled when DNA tests showed he wasn't involved. In 2007, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, admitted he pleaded guilty without consulting a lawyer to disorderly conduct in a Minneapolis airport men's room incident in June but insisted he had done nothing wrong. One year ago: Surrounded by an enormous, adoring crowd at Invesco Field in Denver, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, promising what he called a clean break from the "broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush." Sen. John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee for president, chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Former U.S. Marine Jose Luis Nazario Jr., accused of killing unarmed Iraqi detainees in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter in Riverside, Calif. As part of a $3 billion deal, China agreed to provide Iraq with technical advisers, workers and equipment to develop the Ahdab oil field.

Today's Birthdays:

Country singer Billy Grammer is 84. Actor Ben Gazzara is 79. Actor Sonny Shroyer is 74. Actor Ken Jenkins is 69. Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is 69. Actor David Soul is 66. Baseball manager Lou Piniella is 66. Actress Debra Mooney is 62. Actress Alice Playten is 62. Singer Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) [No shit. He's one of those Osmonds? — Ed.] is 58. Actor Daniel Stern is 52. Olympic gold medal figure skater Scott Hamilton is 51. Actress Emma Samms is 49. Actress Jennifer Coolidge is 48. Movie director David Fincher (Film: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") is 47. Actress Amanda Tapping is 44. Country singer Shania Twain is 44. Actor Billy Boyd is 41. Actor Jack Black is 40. Actor Jason Priestley is 40. Olympic gold medal swimmer Janet Evans is 38. Actor J. August Richards is 36. Rock singer-musician Max Collins (Eve 6) is 31. Actress Carly Pope is 29. Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 27.

Today In Entertainment History August 28

In 1922, the first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. It was a 10-minute advertisement for the Queensboro Realty Co., which had paid $100. [10 mins.? Fuck. — Ed.] In 1961, Motown released its first number-one hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes. In 1963, Peter, Paul and Mary performed "Blowin' In The Wind" before civil rights marchers who had gathered in Washington to hear Martin Luther King Junior speak. In 1964, The Beatles met Bob Dylan, who supposedly introduced them to marijuana.
In 1965, Bob Dylan was booed off stage at Forest Hills Stadium in New York for playing electric guitar. In 1967, the Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company played at the wake of a Hell's Angels member who was struck by a car in San Francisco. In 1972, David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars made their debut at Carnegie Hall in New York. Bowie gave the performance while he was sick with the flu. In 1982, George Strait's first number-one song, "Fool-Hearted Memory," hit the top of Billboard's country chart. In 1986, Tina Turner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2003, the MTV Video Music Awards opened with a performance by Madonna in which she kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera full on their mouths.

Thought for Today:

"The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of one's self." — Jane Addams, American social worker and Nobel Peace laureate (1860-1935).

And, a thought for the day:

Author Salman Rushdie said, "Literature is the one place in any society where, within the secrecy of our own heads, we can hear voices talking about everything in every possible way."

Thursday, August 27, 2009

City's On Flame W/ R & R

Despite earlier bitching about the necessity of moving at all/leaving the bunker, all worked out well, as we scored a 12-episode, two-disc DVD set of 1950s Dragnet episodes, cheap. But we haven't watched any of it yet, having discovered that the best use of wide-screen, HD TV is pyro porn, as we watch wildfires burn the rich out of their "homes."

Trouble At The Stein

If your wretched, aging, soon to be death paneled body still allows you to go on at least a brew binge every two or three days, this
Anheuser-Busch InBev — purveyor of the president’s preferred brew, Bud Light — and MillerCoors, a joint venture between SABMiller andMolson Coors, are raising prices at the same time, during a recession and while beer demand is slumping. With 80 percent of the market between them, the move almost begs for an antitrust review.
is not good news. Not that anyone should be drinking the damn foreign beer the corporate entities advertise to us non-stop. Foreign? You better believe it! South African Brewing-Miller, Molson (Canada) Coors, & AnheuserBuschInBev (InBev is Belgian). 80% of the Yankee pig beer market is in the hands of foreigners. Foreigners wise enough to keep feeding Americans the piss-colored water w/ alcohol content they've been trained to love, & keeping their own more tolerable brews to themselves.
Seriously, if we were a patriot, we'd be one hell of a lot more worried about The Other getting their hands on 80% of our precious American beer market than any socialized health care bullshit.

Jumior Birdmen Up-Date: Back To Future W/ USAF

Alright, you lazy sodomites, the link to our previous item on the USAF changing its mission (& culture). And for sods too lazy to click there & click again to the inspiration, here's the Matty Y. original. Now, from TIME, we see the Air Force going back, back, back ...
[Cancelling the F-22] sent an unmistakable message to the two new top Air Force officials Gates recently appointed, and now the service is seeking 100 slower, lower-flying and far cheaper airplanes — most likely prop-driven — that it can use to kill insurgents today and use to train local pilots — such as Afghans or Iraqis — tomorrow.
Here's a shot of one of the possible candidates. Judging from the lines of this beauty, we wonder why they don't pull out the plans for a P-51 Mustang & build a few.Possibly because the P-51 may be too fast for the job of murdering civilians "killing insurgents."

Tee Vee Skies

Will not actually mind leaving the house, as there is nothing on telebision but aerial shots of the most recently Dead Kennedy being hauled around Beantown in a hearse. (Hah. No such luck. Dodger game on now. Will have to miss televised parts of it. Bummer. Why is life so unfair? Why, why, why?)
Let's see, actual burial Sat., allow for finalized, polished bullshit from the Sabbath gasbags, & we may be able to enjoy more than dildo shilling on the tee vee again by Monday. Well, Tuesday, as they'll no doubt feel obligated to recap the wknd.'s activities all day Monday, for those who spent their wknds. on Mars or the dark side of Luna, & couldn't get the full telebision wrap-up.

Melting

Per various Internet inputs, it's either 99°F or 100°F in the exterior world. And we must leave our bunker today, for various reasons, including our inability to survive on air alone. (We're still working on that.)A pleasant 80°F here in the brick bunker, by the way, but we suspect that were we of the feline persuasion we'd be napping fitfully on the cool, tiled bathroom floor.

Sex Is For Making Babies & It Makes Your Body Ugly Afterward & Let's Not Talk About It, Shall We?

Earlier this a. m., as we surfed through the world of infomercials, we chanced upon two youngish women (Miyoko & Andrea) hawking dildos. Yes, dildos.
More? Here.
Is this the sort of thing that should be forwarded immediately to L. Brent Bozell III so he can have a fit? When Gawd's Baby Boxes actually get in touch w/ their sex parts & enjoy themselves, Catholic anti-sex (Except for baby production: Gawd needs more killers to spread his love.) mythology starts falling down around the heads of the fetus-loving fools, & women start to spend all their time in the shower instead of cleaning, raisin' up the young'uns, & fixin' up dinner for the bread-winner/man of the house.
It's certainly something Mr. Bozell should know about; he can screech endlessly about the dangers of S-E-X, & beg for more money to continue his vital work of making America safe for pre-Enlightenment "thought."

Junior Birdmen Take Flak

Worth a read for fans of Death from Above. A good joke is told, & some of the commenters aren't complete morons. Especially No. 7, explaining "warrior culture." He(?)'s right, this thing about "our" warriors is a recent development. (Recent for old wretches like us, to whom all of the past is a misty blur, from which peculiarities appear & then disappear, unfixed in time or space. Dude.)

VD Not Cured Yet

V. D. Hanson on Mary Jo Kopechne:
We should not speak ill of the dead, nor at a time of mourning gratuitously inject politics, but there is something surreal in remembering Chappaquiddick chiefly as either an ugly accident that almost killed Ted, or an unfortunate accident that cost him “higher office.” That July 1969 evening remains a terrible tragedy only because a young, bright woman at 28 lost a chance to enjoy a full life due to an entirely preventable occurrence.
V. D. Hanson on young women who die due to the entirely preventable occurrence of their insurance company not paying for procedures:

More Right-Wing Ideology

Here's a weird one, trying to speak well of the dead:
He spoke loudly for the disabled, something that I can appreciate, as I am the nephew of a developmentally disabled aunt. (Also known as mentally retarded) The Democrats took up this cause; because the people that should have been taking their cause; that is the Church —— were too busy trying to make themselves more holy and righteous.
Yes, let's leave care of the disabled to "the Church." (Catholic, we assume.) Because they've always done such a good job of that. See: Ireland. Or: Sexual abuses & cover-ups. The Catholic Church: Holy righteous accountability is our middle name.
Truly insane. Charity will cover anyone who can't afford X hundred thousand dollars a yr. for care of the disabled? And the churches? That's right, turn the schizophrenics over to the believers in fairies, who will no doubt proceed to scourge the devils right out of them. Medication? A good whipping will teach them not to see things that aren't there.

No One Is As Boringed As We Can Be

It is possible that another human being is as completely & absolutely dulled out by all of everything as we are, but that would require us to believe another humanoid were as as knowledgeable, intelligent & sensitive as we are (This cocktail of boredom/tedium/ennui/monotony cannot be easily mixed or consumed by ordinary dullards, pal.) & that is out of the realm of possibility.

27 August: Haile Selassie-I Dies; Hegel, LBJ Born; Show Biz Deaths: Brian Epstein, Stevie Ray Vaughn

Welcome, Fester

Today in History - Aug. 27

By The Associated Press AP - 1 hour 16 minutes ago
The AP A/V. UPI Almanac. Today is Thursday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2009. There are 126 days left in the year.
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Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 27, 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the United States, at Titusville, Pa.

On this date:

In 1770, German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart. In 1858, the second debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas took place in Freeport, Ill. In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa blew up; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra. In 1892, fire seriously damaged New York's original Metropolitan Opera House. In 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was born near Stonewall, Texas.In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris, outlawing war and providing for the peaceful settlement of disputes. In 1939, Adolf Hitler served notice on England and France that Germany wanted Danzig and the Polish Corridor. In 1945, American troops began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government. In 1962, the United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus in December 1962. In 1975, Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia's 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa at age 83 almost a year after being overthrown. In 1979, British war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten and three other people, including his 14-year-old grandson Nicholas, were killed off the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion claimed by the Irish Republican Army.In 1989, the first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. - a Delta booster carrying a British communications satellite, the Marcopolo 1. Ten years ago: The Federal Communications Commission announced new government wiretapping rules intended to help law enforcement authorities keep pace with advances in phone technology. (However, a federal appeals court later threw out some of the new rules, citing privacy concerns.) Two Russian cosmonauts and a French astronaut left Mir to return to Earth, leaving the orbiting Russian space station unmanned for the first time in 13 years. In 2001, Israeli helicopters fired a pair of rockets through office windows in the West Bank town of Ramallah and killed senior PLO leader Mustafa Zibri. In 2003, the granite monument of the Ten Commandments that became a lightning rod in a legal storm over church and state was wheeled from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building in Montgomery. Five years ago: President George W. Bush signed executive orders designed to strengthen the CIA director's power over the nation's intelligence agencies and create a national counterterrorism center. Three students were killed in a fire at a University of Mississippi fraternity house. In 2006, a Comair CRJ-100 crashed after trying to take off from the wrong runway in Lexington, Ky., killing 49 people and leaving the co-pilot the sole survivor. In 2007, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced his resignation after a controversy over the firings of nine U.S. attorneys. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge. The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported that Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, had been arrested by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a Minneapolis airport restroom. One year ago: Barack Obama was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in Denver. A federal judge in Boise, Idaho, sentenced longtime sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III to death for the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of 9-year-old Dylan Groene.

Today's Birthdays:

Cajun-country singer Jimmy C. Newman is 82. Author Antonia Fraser is 77. Actor Tommy Sands is 72. Bluegrass singer-musician J.D. Crowe is 72. Musician Daryl Dragon is 67. Actress Tuesday Weld is 66. Rock singer-musician Tim Bogert is 65. Actress Marianne Sagebrecht is 64. Actress Barbara Bach is 62. Ex-porn star Harry Reems is 62. Country musician Jeff Cook is 60. Actor Paul Reubens is 57. Rock musician Alex Lifeson (Rush) is 56. Actress Diana Scarwid is 54. Pro golfer Bernhard Langer is 52. Rock musician Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols) is 53. Actor Peter Stormare is 51. Country singer Jeffrey Steele is 48. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams is 47. Country musician Matthew Basford (Yankee Grey) is 47. Writer-producer Dean Devlin is 47. Rock musician Mike Johnson is 44. Retired NFL player Michael Dean Perry is 44. Rap musician Bobo (Cypress Hill) is 41. Country singer Colt Ford is 40. Actress Chandra Wilson is 40. Rock musician Tony Kanal (No Doubt) is 39. Baseball All-Star Jim Thome is 39. Baseball All-star Jose Vidro is 35. Actress Sarah Chalke is 33. Actor RonReaco Lee is 33. Rapper Mase is 32. Actor Aaron Paul is 30. Rock musician Jon Siebels (Eve 6) is 30. Contemporary Christian musician Megan Garrett (Casting Crowns) is 29.

Today In Entertainment History August 27

In 1964, comedienne Gracie Allen died of cancer at the age of 62. In 1965, The Beatles met Elvis Presley. It's been said the meeting was very awkward, and Presley reportedly greeted the Beatles while playing his guitar to the music on TV. Also: Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" was released. In 1967, Beatles manager Brian Epstein was found dead at his London home. He had overdosed on sleeping pills. At the time, The Beatles were on a retreat with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 1990, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton's entourage were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin. The pilot also was killed. Vaughan was 35. Two years later, federal investigators said pilot error was the probable cause of the crash. Also: Garth Brooks released his album "No Fences." In 1998, The New York Times refused to print an ad featuring the cover of Marilyn Manson's "Mechanical Animals" album. Manson appeared on it looking like a naked male-female alien hybrid.

Thought for Today:

"In order to have wisdom we must have ignorance." — Theodore Dreiser, American author (born this date in 1871, died 1945)
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

No Irish Allowed

We're glad the "Fair & Balanced" newsnet is balancing the non-stop coverage of Ted Kennedy's demise visible on the other newsers by ignoring it altogether & having Michelle Malkin on w/ Sean Hannity to go on about the dangerous Denver window-breaker.
And look, Ms. Malkin has a new book. How convenient that something as important as political vandalism happened recently, so she can get to the bottom of it w/ her amazing investigative skills, while pimping her book.
P. S.: That reminds us. Hey, Malkin!! How's that "We are John Doe, & we've got our eyes on you, rag-head bastard representation of an Other!" thing been working out? Huh? Not so well, really? Well, there's always cheer-leading to fall back on, right?

Bread & Circuses

"Jonesy! The TOP UNABOMBER"

A YouTuber (We mean that literally: This could be a typing yam or something.) advises us
Catch Glenn Becks show for August 25th, 2009 = it shows a diagram of all the Obamapeeps and their evil roots and thereis a HEAD = boss of old Billie Boy Ayers = Jonesy! The TOP UNABOMBER - now lurking around New York advising the Mayor? and Senators? & creeps that run New York State and it all leads back to = OBAMA! This Administration is now made up of evil powdered toast fools and they are getting OUTED EACH DAY on = Glenn Beck. The most corrupt group ever to run this country. WATCH IT NOW!
Uh, OK.
WARNING: Can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, eye-rolling, head-smacking & pity.

26 August: Woman Suffrage; Britain Invaded; TV + Baseball; "The Whole World Is Watching!"

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2009. There are 127 days left in the year. AP A/V.
UPI Whatever.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was certified in effect by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. Hear the voice of Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association

On this date:

In 55 B. C. E., Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain, but achieved limited success. In 1847, Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic. In 1883, the island volcano Krakatoa began cataclysmic eruptions, leading to a massive explosion the following day. Seventy tedious years ago, in 1939, the first televised major league baseball games were shown on experimental station W2XBS: a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. (The Reds won the first game, 5-2, the Dodgers the second, 6-1.)In 1957, the Soviet Union announced that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. In 1958, Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood. [Split another infinitive like you just did & we'll split you like a roast pig. — Ed.] In 1961, the original Hockey Hall of Fame was opened in Toronto. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.In 1968, the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago. In 1972, the summer Olympics games opened in Munich, West Germany. In 1974, aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh died at age 72. In 1978, Cardinal Albino Luciani 1of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name Pope John Paul I. In 1986, in the so-called "preppie murder case," 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York's Central Park; Robert Chambers later pleaded guilty to manslaughter and served 15 years in prison. Ten years ago: Attorney General Janet Reno pledged that a new investigation of the 1993 Waco, Texas, siege would "get to the bottom" of how the FBI used potentially flammable tear gas grenades against her wishes and then took six years to admit it. (Special Counsel John Danforth later concluded a junior FBI lawyer had failed to tell superiors about the use of pyrotechnic tear gas canisters, and said he was certain federal agents did not start the fire that destroyed the Branch Davidian compound.) In 2003, investigators concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as damage to the craft did. Five years ago: The nation's supply of vaccine for the impending flu season took a big hit when Chiron Corp. announced it had found tainted doses in its factory, and would hold up shipment of about 50 million shots. At the Athens Olympics, the U.S. women's soccer team won the gold medal by beating Brazil, 2-1, in overtime; Shawn Crawford led a U.S. sweep of the 200 meters. Pop singer Laura Branigan died in East Quogue, N.Y., at age 47. One year ago: Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton closed the book on her 2008 presidential bid by telling the Democratic National Convention in Denver the election wasn't about her and declaring herself a "proud supporter of Barack Obama." Russia recognized the independence claims of two Georgian breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Hurricane Gustav struck Haiti, causing widespread flooding and landslides. The storm goes on to kill at least 78 people in the Caribbean. Major League Baseball announced umpires would be allowed to check video on home run "boundary calls" starting Aug. 27.

Today's Birthdays:

Former Washington Post Executive Editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is 88. Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro is 74. Actress Francine York is 73. Singer Vic Dana is 67. R&B singer Valerie Simpson is 63. Pop singer Bob Cowsill is 60. Actor Brett Cullen is 53. Basketball coach Stan Van Gundy is 50. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis is 49. Country musician Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio) is 48. Actor Chris Burke is 44. Actress-singer Shirley Manson (Garbage) is 43. Rock musician Dan Vickrey (Counting Crowes) is 43. TV writer-actress Riley Weston is 43. Rock musician Adrian Young (No Doubt) is 40. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 39. Latin pop singer Thalia is 38. Rock singer-musician Tyler Connolly (Theory of a Deadman) is 34. MLB player Morgan Ensberg is 34. NFL player Jamal Lewis is 30. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 29. Actor Chris Pine is 29. MLB player David Price is 24.

Today In Entertainment History August 26

On August 26th, 1946, Norma Jean Baker was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox, who changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. In 1968, The Beatles released "Hey Jude" as a single. In 1970, Jimi Hendrix played what proved to be his last concert, at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival off the English coast. Three weeks later, Hendrix died in London. In 1978, fans caused massive traffic tie-ups on roads leading to the Canada Jam rock festival. Headliners like The Commodores, Dave Mason and Triumph had to be brought in by helicopter. In 1980, bassist Tom Petersson left Cheap Trick to form his own band. He rejoined Cheap Trick in 1988. In 1983, "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" starring David Bowie, opened in the U. S. In 1987, Sonny Bono announced he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. In 1991, Roseanne and Tom Arnold filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer because of a story that said they trashed a mansion they rented. The homeowner had sued, claiming they caused $200,000 in damage. Also: Randy Newman won an Emmy award for writing music for the TV show "Cop Rock." In 1996, "Airwolf" star Jan-Michael Vincent was in a traffic accident in southern California that left him temporarily paralyzed. Five years ago, pop singer Laura Branigan died in East Quogue, N.Y., at age 47.

Thought for Today:

"Suffering belongs to no language." — Adelia Prado, Brazilian poet.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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

Per The NYT, Ted is dead.

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

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

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

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AP Culpa! (Culpe? Culpum? Culpo?)

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

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

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

Today's Highlight in History:

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

On this date:

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

Today's Birthdays:

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

Today In Entertainment History August 25

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

Thought for Today:

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

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper Industry

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

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

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

Annals Of Self-Parodic Stupidity & Paranoic Delusions

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

Paper Muskrat

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

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

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

Today's Highlight in History:

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

On this date:

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

Today's Birthdays:

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

Today In Entertainment History August 24

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

Thought for Today:

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

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blah, Blah, Blah & Blah

Also: Blah.

Annals Of "High-Powered Attorneys"

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

23 August: More State Murder; Krauts Return To Berlin

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

Today's Highlight in History:

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

On this date:

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

Today's Birthdays:

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

Today In Entertainment History August 23

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

Thought for Today:

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