Saturday, September 5, 2009

Internet Tough Guys Take Firm Stance Against Democracy Being Shoved Down Their Throats

Note the handgun images plastered throughout the comments.
They shove a bill through, down our throats, we’ll rip the fucker up and burn it. It will then be time to enlist EVERY SINGLE STATE to pass a State Law rejecting any form of Federal Healthcare intervention within the state’s borders.
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I don’t care what that psychotic sub-human Racist Marxist Animal intends to say.
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Stand by to grab your akles, this marxist peckerwood will hvae his henchmen cram this sucker down our throats comne hell or high water.It’s a down deal and the rinos will help him.
Peckerwood? Peckerwood? That is projection of the first water.
Fuck you fucking fuck Obama!!! We don’t give a fuck what you say! Go fuck yourself you fucking cock sucking - cornholing - faggot fuck! And your wife is a cunt!
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You musr have read Larry Sinclair’s docuementary on the fudge packer/sausage puffer in chief….lol….http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Barack-Obama-Larry-Sinclair/Lawrence-W-Sinclair/e/9780578013879 In one conversation, Donald informed me that “Barack had engaged in anal intercourse,” with Donald penetrating Barack Obama on several occasions during the relationship…….. The relationship being one where Barack and Donald engaged in “pitching” and “catching.”……..
No idea who "Donald" is. No indication the commenter has any idea either.
I don’t blame Obama…he is a product of what the voter has allowed to happen. Congress on the other hand….continues to ignore the demand of the voter. Do they wish a revolution? Do they not think we will ‘go there’? The reason opposition has appeared is quite simple….lack of trust. Thats all nothing more ….nothing less. Continue down the road of shoving through wat the voters don’t want…..you will get revolution. The military will also revolt…by simply staying in barracks. Yep the word is already out….. push it and see what happens.
Un-oh. Ominous ellipses. The jig is up, libs!

Who's Deranged Now?

Found here, where there is more.

A Little Tramp (Hobo, Not Slut)

Charles Chaplin, 1917 or '18, standing in front of the newly constructed Chaplin Studios on La Brea Ave., just south of Sunset Blvd. The site later became A&M Records, & is now the home of the late Jim Henson's empire.From some goddamn site where a buch of jag-offs sit around all day & all night & all afternoon, getting even fatter as they search for inane crap to amuse shut-ins like us.

"F**ck The People." That Must Be EXTRA-Dirty.

Awake for three hrs., w/ two cupsa kawffee tickling the cognitive centers, & this is the least boring stupidity we can find.We give up. We'd take a nap if it didn't involve getting up & walking to the bed.

Fickle

We would gladly dump our friend & sexual associate of more or less the last twelve yrs. (who claims never to read this; we'll see) for any woman this silly. Wouldn't you?Assuming you're the sort who likes to "date" wymyn.

5 September: Beard Tax In; Counter-Revolutionary Activities Harshly Repressed; Texas Elects Houston; "On The Road" Published

Today is Saturday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2009 with 117 to follow. Sound & Vision.
From the UPI Almanac: The moon is waning. The morning stars are Uranus, Mars and Venus. The evening stars are Neptune, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 5, 1972, Black September terrorists attacked the Israeli delegation at the Munich Olympic games; 11 Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer were killed in the siege.

On this date:

In 1698, Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards. In 1774, the first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia. In 1793, the Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counter-revolutionary activities. In 1836, Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas. In 1877, Oglala Sioux chief Crazy Horse was fatally bayoneted by a U.S. soldier after resisting confinement in a guard house at Fort Robinson, Neb. A year earlier, Crazy Horse was among the Sioux leaders who defeated George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory. In 1882, the nation's first Labor Day parade was held in New York City. In 1905, the Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the Russo-Japanese War, was signed in New Hampshire. In 1914, the First Battle of the Marne, resulting in a French-British victory over Germany, began. In 1939, four days after war had broken out in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation declaring U.S. neutrality in the conflict. In 1945, Japanese-American Iva Toguri D'Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster "Tokyo Rose," was arrested in Yokohama. (D'Aquino was later convicted of treason and served six years in prison; she was pardoned in 1977 by President Gerald R. Ford.) In 1957, "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac, the defining novel of the Beat Generation, was published.In 1958, the novel "Doctor Zhivago" by Russian author Boris Pasternak was published in the United States for the first time. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif. In 1977, West German industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer was kidnapped in Cologne by the Baader-Meinhof gang. (Schleyer was later killed by his captors.) The U.S. launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft two weeks after launching its twin, Voyager 2. In 1995, France conducted an underground nuclear test at the Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific. It was the first of several -- all of which were met by protests worldwide. In 1997, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II broke the royal reticence over Princess Diana's death, delivering a televised address in which she called her former daughter-in-law "a remarkable person." Mother Teresa [A thieving Albanian dwarf. — Ed.] died in Calcutta, India, at age 87; conductor Sir Georg Solti died in France at age 84. Ten years ago: Hundreds of Islamic insurgents launched a new offensive in southern Russia, hours after a bomb smashed a building housing Russian military families; the blast was the first of four apartment building explosions blamed by Russian officials on Chechen rebels that killed a total of about 300 people. The Houston Comets won their third straight WNBA championship, beating the New York Liberty, 59-47. Five years ago: Hurricane Frances struck Florida's central-eastern coast with heavy rain. In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts for chief justice. One year ago: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice became the highest-ranking American official in half a century to visit Libya, where she met Moammar Gadhafi. Europe's Rosetta space probe flew by the Steins asteroid 250 million miles from Earth. Publishing giant Robert Giroux, who'd guided and supported dozens of great writers from T.S. Eliot and Jack Kerouac to Bernard Malamud and Susan Sontag, died in Tinton Falls, N.J., at age 94.

Today's Birthdays:

Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include French King Louis XIV in 1638; outlaw Jesse James in 1847; marketing research engineer A.C. Nielsen in 1897; movie producer Darryl F. Zanuck in 1902; & Hungarian-born author Arthur Koestler in 1905. Former Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul A. Volcker is 82. Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 80. Actress-singer Carol Lawrence is 77. Actor William Devane is 70. Actor George Lazenby is 70. Actress Raquel Welch is 69. Movie director Werner Herzog is 67. Singer Al Stewart is 64. Actor-director Dennis Dugan is 63. College Football Hall of Famer Jerry LeVias is 63. Singer Loudon Wainwright III is 63. "Cathy" cartoonist Cathy Guisewite is 59. Actor Michael Keaton is 58. Country musician Jamie Oldaker (The Tractors) is 58. Actress Debbie Turner-Larson (Film: Marta in "The Sound of Music") is 53. Actress Kristian Alfonso is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Terry Ellis is 46. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 41. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 40. [That's funny. — Ed.] Actress Rose McGowan is 36. NFL player Leonard Davis is 31.

Today In Entertainment History September 5

In 1935, singing cowboy Gene Autry starred in his first Western feature "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." In 1969, blues man Josh White died at a Long Island hospital following heart surgery. Among his work were the songs "I Believe I'll Make A Change" and "Jim Crow Train." In 1987, "American Bandstand" was canceled after 30 years on TV. In 1990, guitar great B.B. King got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1991, R.E.M. won six MTV video music awards, including video of the year for "Losing My Religion." Actor John Travolta and model Kelly Preston got married. In 1992, John Mellencamp and model Elaine Irwin got married at a cabin near Seymour, Ind., where Mellencamp grew up. They had met during the filming of the video for the song "Get A Leg Up." She also appeared on the cover of his album "Whenever We Wanted." In 1993, former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ten years ago, "Candid Camera" creator Allen Funt died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 84. In 2007, Katie Couric debuted as anchor of the CBS Evening News. Her first newscast ended with photos of the baby of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who had eluded paparazzi for months.

Thought for Today:

"History may be divided into three movements: what moves rapidly, what moves slowly and what appears not to move at all." — Fernand Braudel, French historian (1902-1985).

We're in Big Trouble:

A thought for the day: Norman Douglas said, "You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements."

Friday, September 4, 2009

Annals of Delusion

We'll have to assume this pre-emptive defense means that Gawd has already advised Rep. Bachmann (R-Delusion) that she's on his list. She's certainly on ours.

Decline & Fall, Part Whatever

This is what the "productive" class is producing. SHOWER LIGHT Not w/ a whimper but a colored splash.We could have been shipping the rugged individualists to Mars by now if our rocket scientists weren't focused on this sort of decadent crap.

A Lovely Day Had Today

Left the bunker around 1600 for grim necessities whose possession could no longer be put off, & were pleasantly surprised to discover that most of L. A. had already left work & gone home, or left for the mtns., beach, or even a beach in Mexico; it was like a Sunday afternoon, rather than the expected rush hour madness.
De-population: We're for it! Are you doing your part?

Some People Hope The Death Panels Start W/ The Illin', & Right Now!

Wrong, Mr. Centrist Mugwump. We hear. We hear the insane paranoia of idjits saying "No rights for the handicapped, damnit, OMG! They're going to kill Grandma!" in the same breath. We hear them loudly & clearly. But there's no reason in the world to listen to them.

When You Wish Upon A Czar/Doesn't Matter Where You Are

Here is seen the result of believing Glenn Beck: Czar-o-phobia.

HOT TOPICS

Immigration Conundrum(41 ~ 11:08 PM, Sep 3) VA End of Life Book (27 ~ 10:33 PM, Sep 3) My Worry List Today (8 ~ 9:19 PM, Sep 3) The Czar List (6 ~ 8:27 PM, Sep 3) #18 Regulartory Czar (15 ~ 8:13 PM, Sep 3)
This is from the Mountain Home, Idaho, News. To localize the infection, it's from the keyboard of Kim Kovac, who is so worried that she shares her worries daily, trivial as they are. Obama: Quit streamlining your BS into classrooms all over the nation!
OK, OK. Low hanging. And rotten. But one simply couldn't make this up.

Many have warned us!

This CIA investigation is playing right into our enemies hands. The terrorist write about it and advise their own people that if they are imprisioned to complain about being tortured! It's that simple! I shouldn't be shocked over the current state of ignorance and stupidity, yet here I am with mouth wide-open in shock! Jeeze, what the h-e-double hockeysticks is going to happen next? Our country was saved of numerous terrorist attacks on mass transit and public buildings and large gatherings using the information that was tortured out of our enemies. OMG! The crying liberals are freaking out over sleep deprivation to the terrorist? I've been sleep deprived for 20-something years since my first child was born and I haven't been given any sympathy! And water torture! The sink in my kitchen and the shower head next to my bedroom has dripped repeatly every few seconds for the past 2 years! In sterio, drip, drip drip! I should be in a mental hospital!
We have not dared to peek into any of the comments, nor did we bother to "[sic]" anything above.

4 September: L. A. Founded, Civilization Begins Inevitable Decline; Faubus Stands Athwart History; Geronimo Surrenders; Wilhelmina Abdicates

Today is Friday, Sept. 4, the 247th day of 2009. There are 118 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 4, 1781, Los Angeles was founded by Spanish settlers led by Governor Felipe de Neve.

On this date:

In 1886, a group of Apache Indians led by Geronimosurrendered to Gen. Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona.
In 1888, George Eastman received a patent for his roll-film box camera, and registered his trademark: "Kodak."
In 1893, English author Beatrix Potter first told the story of Peter Rabbit in the form of a "picture letter" to Noel Moore, the son of Potter's former governess.
In 1917, the American Expeditionary Forces in France suffered their first fatalities during World War I when a German plane attacked a British-run base hospital.
In 1948, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicated after nearly six decades of rule for health reasons.
In 1951, President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast.
In 1957, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock.Ford Motor Co. began selling its ill-fated Edsel.
In 1967, Michigan Gov. George Romney said during a TV interview that he had undergone a "brainwashing" by U.S. officials during a 1965 visit to Vietnam. The comment is widely believed to have derailed his campaign for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the Food and Drug Administration issued a report calling birth control pills "safe," despite a slight risk of fatal blood-clotting disorders linked to the pills.
In 1971, an Alaska Airlines jet crashed near Juneau, killing all 111 people on board.
In 1984, Canada's Progressive Conservatives, led by Brian Mulroney, won a landslide victory in general elections over the Liberal Party of Prime Minister John N. Turner and the New Democrats headed by Ed Broadbent.
Ten years ago: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a breakthrough land-for-security agreement during a ceremony in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Martin Frankel, a Connecticut money manager accused of cheating insurance companies in five states out of more than $200 million, was arrested in Germany. (Frankel was later sentenced to nearly 17 years in a federal prison.) Anti-independence militias in East Timor went on a rampage, hours after the United Nations announced that residents had overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia.
Five years ago: Slow-moving Hurricane Frances snapped power lines and whipped the Atlantic coast with winds over 90 miles-an-hour as it neared Florida. A shaken President Vladimir Putin made a rare and candid admission of Russian weakness after more than 330 people were killed in a hostage-taking at a southern school.
In 2007, toy maker Mattel Inc. recalled 800,000 lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide, a third major recall in just over a month.
One year ago: With a pledge that "change is coming," Sen. John McCain accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in St. Paul, Minn., vowing to vanquish what he called the "constant partisan rancor" gripping Washington. The Dow industrial average fell 344.65 points to 11,188.23 on gloomy economic data. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a sex scandal, forcing the Democrat out of office after months of defiantly holding onto his job.

Today's Birthdays September 4

Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 78. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 67. World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd is 67. Actress Jennifer Salt is 65. World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson is 60. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ronald LaPread is 59. Actress Judith Ivey is 58. Rock musician Martin Chambers (The Pretenders) is 58. Actress Khandi Alexander is 52.
Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 49. Rock musician Kim Thayil is 49. Retired Baseball All-Star Mike Piazza is 41. Actor Noah Taylor is 40. Actress Ione Skye is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Richard Wingo (Jagged Edge) is 34. Actor Wes Bentley is 31. NFL player Terence Newman is 31. Singer Dan Miller ("Making the Band") is 29. Singer Beyonce Knowles is 28.

Today In Entertainment History September 4

In 1959, a New York radio station banned the song "Mack The Knife" in response to a wave of stabbings.
In 1964, The Animals made their American debut in Brooklyn, New York. "Gilligan's Island" premiered on CBS.
In 1965, The Who had their equipment van stolen in England while they were inside an animal shelter buying a guard dog.
In 1968, radio stations in several US cities banned the Rolling Stones song "Street Fighting Man" because of fears it might incite violence.
In 1977, the rock musical "Godspell" closed on Broadway.
In 1986, musician Gregg Allman was arrested for drunken driving in Florida. He had just gotten his driver's license back after a five-year suspension. [Why'd the sucky Allman Bro. live & the less-sucky one die? Answer me that, Gawd! — Ed.]
In 1991, singer Dottie West died during surgery in Nashville. She had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier. West was 58.
In 1993, actor Herve Villechaize died at the age of 50. He's probably best known for playing Tattoo on "Fantasy Island." [Yeah, "probably." Will the real writers be back after Labor Day? We hope so. — Ed.]
In 1996, Yusaf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, emerged from retirement in London to sign copies of his first album in 18 years. Music fans were disappointed, because the album "Life of the Last Prophet" was 80 percent talk.
In 2002, Kelly Clarkson was named the winner on "American Idol," beating out Justin Guarini and winning a recording contract. Nearly 22.5 million people tuned in to watch.
In 2006, Steve Irwin of the TV show "Crocodile Hunter" was killed when a stingray's barb hit him in the heart while Irwin was filming an underwater documentary. Irwin was 44.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

More Crap We Didn't Know Until We Saw It On The Internet

For example, we didn't know that famous & fabulous fascista Glory Stephens was Irish. Or 77. Or that September was the eighth month in Spain. Until we came here.

Canada? Oh.

The PuffHo has discovered a neighbor to the north. Amazingly, it appears there are people & animals & some kind of culture & stuff up there too. News to us. Up to date news, too:

Gorilla Waves Knife Around In Canadian Zoo-Terror Incident

And the "rumours" are correct: It's a clean, anti-libertarian hellhole.

Canadian City Will Stop Dumping Poop Into Puget Sound For Olympics

MSNBC's "Countdown" Attempts To Intimidate & Silence Patriot Warrior Glenn Beck By Pointing Out That He's A Delusional Fucking Idiot

Nope. Try as he might, K. O. there can't even get close to Beck's unintentional self-satire.

By Now, One Can Only Conclude That This Is Not What It Seems, But Then What The Hell Is It?

New Yawk mag issues a challenge after noting what the Mad Mormon (Mormon Madman, maybe?) said last night.
He then took off after a 1936 bas-relief at 636 Fifth Avenue, saying it "drives me nuts," concluding that a sun represented a "bright tomorrow," a wheel is "industry," and horses are the "engines of industry," and that the whole thing creates a connection between a strong leader, Mussolini, children, indoctrination, and "our president!"
"Aww, no, he di-unt," a nation protests. Oh, yes he did. Watch & weep, nation of sheep.
Have any of these statues or murals ever come to life & spoken to Mr. Beck? It would be irresponsible for a psychiatric professional not to ask Beck about this.
The comments indicate that it's working, though:

Your "Right" To Put Your Fist Near My Mouth Ends Where My Teeth Begin, You Old Bastard!

All Gall Is Divided Into Three Parts

An elected official speaks through the WashPoo:
When I reached Rep. Tom Perriello last week, he divided the crowds at the 17 town halls he had held to that point in his largely rural Virginia district into three groups: conservatives, for whom the health-care battle is "about big government, socialism and all that"; the left, for whom "it's about corporate accountability"; and a "middle" for whom "it's about health care costs" and the problems with their coverage.
As the representative is in dire need of a clue, let us provide him one: Congresscritter, if you see a conflict or difference between the "left" desire for corporate accountability & the "middle" who are worried about "costs" & "problems" w/ their coverage you are truly a fool. Shouldn't a politician be able to make use of an opportunity to unite people who have common causes & interests? Typist E. J. Dionne (Whose whole fucking point was that there aren't nearly as many raging, lunatic, crazy-person nut-jobs as his friends in the media might indicate.) doesn't notice that, even in Rep. Incompetent's rural Virginia district, two-thirds of those who showed up to bitch think there's a problem w/ health care, while one third is concerned that big gov't., socialism & all that will take away its freedom to die in the street like an animal. This Great Nation of Ours™ is in some big damn trouble when a manic depressive (w/ an amazing ability to overlook & ignore the obvious) in an over-priced tenement in Los Angeles is more perceptive than a member of congress & some clown w/ a media gig & telebision exposure. Fuck me.

3 September: Popery Afoot; Revolutionary War Done; Dow 381.17! Blind Owl Passes Over; Tonya Harding Rocks

Today is Thursday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2009. There are 119 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 3, 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland. Sound Bite: British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. A German U-boat torpedoed and sank the Montreal-bound British liner SS Athenia some 250 miles off the Irish coast, killing more than 100 people, including 28 Americans, out of the 1,400 or so on board. President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a radio address in which he said the U.S. was preparing a proclamation of neutrality in the European conflict.

On this date:

In 590, Pope St. Gregory I was consecrated as the successor to Pope Pelagius II. In 1189, England's King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) was crowned in Westminster Abbey. Four hundred years ago, in 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson and his crew aboard the Half Moon entered present-day New York Harbor and began sailing up the river that now bears his name. (They reached present-day Albany before turning back.) In 1658, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died in London. In 1777, the U.S. flag was flown in battle for the first time, during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch's Bridge, Del. In 1783, representatives of the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War. In 1916, the Allies turned back the Germans in the Battle of Verdun. In 1929, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at 381.17, it's [sic] pre-crash high. In 1936, Britain's Malcolm Campbell set a land-speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, averaging 301.129 mph in two runs. In 1943, the British Eighth Army invaded Italy, the same day Italy signed a secret armistice with the Allies. In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution. Motorists in Sweden began driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left. In 1976, America's Viking 2 lander touched down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.In 1978, Pope John Paul I was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. [1,388 yrs. after Pope G 2 tha' First way back in 590. — Ed.] In 1994, China and Russia pledged they would no longer target nuclear missiles at or use force against each other. In 1997, Arizona Gov. Fife Symington was convicted of lying to get millions in loans to shore up his collapsing real estate empire. (The conviction was overturned in 1999.) Ten years ago: A French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist, and concluding the accident was caused by an inebriated driver. NASA temporarily grounded its space shuttle fleet after inspections had uncovered damaged wires that could endanger a mission. Five years ago: The three-day hostage siege at a school in Beslan, Russia, ended in bloody chaos after Chechen militants set off bombs as Russian commandos stormed the building; more than 330 people, mostly children, were killed. Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized in New York with chest pains and shortness of breath; he ended up undergoing heart bypass surgery. In 2005, President George W. Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast as his administration in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died at age 80. In 2006, tennis player Andre Agassi announced his retirement. In 2007, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, 63, vanished after taking off in a single-engine plane in western Nevada. (His remains were discovered in October 2008 in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.) One year ago: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's choice for running mate, roused delegates at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., as she belittled Democrat Barack Obama and praised her new boss. Thousands of New Orleans residents who had fled Hurricane Gustav forced the city to reluctantly open its doors, while President George W. Bush returned to the scene to show that the government had turned a corner since its bungled response to Katrina. Baseball's first use of instant replay backed an onfield call of a home run for Alex Rodriguez during the ninth inning of a New York Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (The Yankees won the game, 8-4.)

Today's Birthdays September 3

Actress Helen Wagner ("As the World Turns") is 91. "Beetle Bailey" cartoonist Mort Walker is 86. (This is mean. Ha ha.)Actress Anne Jackson is 83. Actress Eileen Brennan is 77. Country singer Tompall Glaser is 76. Actress Pauline Collins is 69. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 67. Actress Valerie Perrine is 66. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 61. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 54. Actor Steve Schirripa is 52. Rock singer-musician Todd Lewis is 44. Actor Charlie Sheen is 44. Baseball All-Star Luis Gonzalez is 42. Singer Jennifer Paige is 36. Actress Ashley Jones is 33. NFL player Casey Hampton is 32. Actress Nichole Hiltz is 31. Actor Nick Wechsler is 31. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White is 23.

Today In Entertainment History September 3

In 1942, Frank Sinatra began his solo singing career after leaving Tommy Dorsey's orchestra. In 1951, the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" made its debut on CBS. (It ran on CBS until 1982, when it moved to NBC until its final episode, which aired in December 1986.) In 1955, Bill Haley and the Comets turned down their first invitation to tour outside the U. S., because they were afraid of flying. In 1967, the original version of the television game show "What's My Line?" -- hosted by John Charles Daly -- broadcast its final episode after more than 17 years on CBS. In 1970, singer-guitarist Al Wilson of Canned Heat was found dead of a drug overdose at the home of another band member. Wilson was 27. In 1982, the three-day "US" Festival opened in San Bernardino, California. More than 400,000 people turned out to see bands like The Cars, Fleetwood Mac and Talking Heads. The show was expected to bring in ten million dollars, but lost money because of [sic] artists like David Bowie and Van Halen demanded huge fees. In 1988, actor Kevin Bacon married actress Kyra Sedgwick. In 1991, director Frank Capra died at his home in California at the age of 94. Among his works: "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" and "It's A Wonderful Life," which both starred Jimmy Stewart. In 1992, a spokesman for Prince announced that the musician had signed a deal worth up to $100 million, making him the highest paid pop star. Under the reported terms, Prince would receive $10 million per album, for six albums, plus royalties. In 1995, skater Tonya Harding made her singing debut with her band, the Golden Blades, in Portland, Oregon. The crowd booed her during her 15-minute set.

UPI's thought for the day:

Louis Sullivan said, "Form ever follows function."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

John Wayne's Wild, Tiny-Penised, Wolf-Murdering, Wild West

More concerning Idaho's Rex Rammell, from The NYT:

The Idaho Republican establishment came down hard on Rammell, condemning the comments of a fringe candidate who channels voices that have found a wide airing in the YouTube age.

Of course, the reaction could be driven by self-interest. For years, Idaho officials have been trying to convince businesses that their state is not a hotbed of hate-filled rubes, gun-toting racists and assorted nut jobs getting their information from Glenn Beck. Tech companies that thrive in the New West metro area of Boise and the outdoor paradise of the north say the state’s reputation has severely hurt efforts to recruit ethnic minorities.

The Anti-Tree Hugger

But this call to arms against an animal that has been historically misunderstood by most anyone whose name is not St.Francis of Assisi is in part a fear of letting the wild back into Western lands.

Rammell himself is a prime exhibit of a nature-phobe. Until 2007, he made his living in elk ranching, which he calls “a novel agricultural enterprise.” Imagine this majestic creature at dawn in a high mountain meadow, in all its glory. Now imagine it inside a fenced-off plot while someone tries to domesticate it into stupidity. That’s elk ranching.

As for wolves, Rammell wants them all dead, dead, dead. “I believe wolves need to be eliminated,” he says on his Web site. Does it matter to him that they roamed every Western state long before Rex Rammell started tossing one-liners to red-faced Republicans blowing on their soup at the diner?

Photo from the Bouffant ancestral homeland.

Pissed, Raging

Genocide?

Cannot pass this one by. If Right Wing Watch is to be trusted, someone named Janet Porter, a "Friend of Huck,"
Allow me to mention, yet again, that Porter served as the co-chair of Mike Huckabee's Faith and Family Values Coalition and is co-hosting a right-wing conference next month at which Huckabee will be the keynote speaker.
not only has a radio program, but has featured this sort of thing on that program:

As the anticipated July release date for Baxter's A/H1N1 flu pandemic vaccine approaches, an Austrian investigative journalist is warning the world that the greatest crime in the history of humanity is underway. Jane Burgermeister has recently filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest ranking government and corporate officials concerning bioterrorism and attempts to commit mass murder. She has also prepared an injunction against forced vaccination which is being filed in America. These actions follow her charges filed in April against Baxter AG and Avir Green Hills Biotechnology of Austria for producing contaminated bird flu vaccine, alleging this was a deliberate act to cause and profit from a pandemic. In her charges, Burgermeister presents evidence of acts of bioterrorism that is in violation of U.S. law by a group operating within the U.S. under the direction of international bankers who control the Federal Reserve, as well as WHO, UN and NATO. This bioterrorism is for the purpose of carrying out a mass genocide against the U.S. population by use of a genetically engineered flu pandemic virus with the intent of causing death. This group has annexed high government offices in the U.S. Specifically, evidence is presented that the defendants, Barack Obama, President of the U.S, David Nabarro, UN System Coordinator for Influenza, Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, Kathleen Sibelius, Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, David de Rotschild, banker, David Rockefeller, banker, George Soros, banker, Werner Faymann, Chancellor of Austria, and Alois Stoger, Austrian Health Minister, among others, are part of this international corporate criminal syndicate which has developed, produced, stockpiled and employed biological weapons to eliminate the population of the U.S. and other countries for financial and political gain. The charges contend that these defendants conspired with each other and others to devise, fund and participate in the final phase of the implementation of a covert international bioweapons program involving the pharmaceutical companies Baxter and Novartis. They did this by bioengineering and then releasing lethal biological agents, specifically the "bird flu" virus and the "swine flu virus" in order to have a pretext to implement a forced mass vaccination program which would be the means of administering a toxic biological agent to cause death and injury to the people of the U.S.

Being lazier than death, we took the pull-quote directly from RWW. Fans of the paranoid style will want to click to Natural News for more. Much more, as the charges filed will provide evidence:
Evidence as to manipulation of the legal framework to allow mass murder with impunity. Constitutional issues: the legality vs. illegality of jeopardizing the life, health and public good by mass vaccinations. The issue of immunity and compensation as evidence of intent to commit a crime. Evidence as to the existence of an international corporate crime syndicate. Evidence of the existence of the "Illuminati". Evidence as to the depopulation agenda of the Illuminati/Bilderbergs and their involvement in the engineering and release of the artificial "swine flu" virus. Evidence that weaponized flu was discussed at the annual Bilderberg meeting in Athens from May 14-17, 2009, as part of their agenda of genocide, including a list of attendees who, according to a statement once made by Pierre Trudeau, view themselves as genetically superior to the rest of humanity.
The charges were filed by "Jane Burgermeister [...] a dual Irish/Austrian who has written for Nature, the British Medical Journal, and American Prospect. She is the European Correspondent of the Renewable Energy World website. She has written extensively about climate change, biotechnology, and the ecology."
We don't know how "Peak Wing-Nut" will ever be reached, if each & every single conspiracy theory of the 20th century (& many from earlier centuries as well) is to be re-animated & dragged, screaming piteously, to the Wedding Chapel of Fear for a shotgun marriage to the most liberal Senator of all time ever, the avatar of anti-American Islamo-socialism, The Constitution Shredder himself, Barack Hussein Obama.
Wrapping it all up, prior to heaving it in the dustbin of historical conspiracy, let's remember that this radio anti-Oprah is a co-conspirator w/ the newly angry Huckabuck, & a co-chairman w/ Phyllis Schlafly of the conference mentioned above. Now that Shelley's signed on, will Sarah sign up & pull out? Can't wait for this one.

2 September: London, Atlanta Burn; "Ho! Ho! Ho Chi Minh! NLF Is Gonna Win!" Ho Dies; Morse Science Act Signed; CBS News Goes 30 Minutes

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2009. There are 120 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II.Sound Bites: Supreme Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur. President Harry S. Truman declares V-J Day.

On this date:

In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out. When it was extinguished three days later, nearly 400 acres in the city had been destroyed, including some 13,000 houses and the old St. Paul's Cathedral. In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was established. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta. In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. In 1930, the first non-stop airplane flight from Europe to the US was completed in 37 hours as Capt. Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte of France arrived in Valley Stream, N.Y., aboard their Breguet 19 biplane, which bore the symbol of a large question mark. In 1935, a hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. In 1944, Navy pilot George H.W. Bush was shot down by Japanese forces as he completed a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. The future president was rescued by a U.S. submarine. In 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969.)In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Defense Education Act, which provided aid to public and private education to promote learning in such fields as math and science. In 1963, Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers. Forty years ago, in 1969, the first automatic teller machine (ATM) to utilize magnetic-striped cards was opened to the public at Chemical Bank in New York. (Called a "Docuteller," it was developed by Donald C. Wetzel.) In 1985, a U.S.-French expedition announced that it had located the wreckage of the Titanic about 560 miles off Newfoundland. In 1992, the United States and Russia agreed to build a space station. In 1998, a Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard. Ten years ago: It was announced that President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, had signed a contract to purchase a $1.7 million house in Chappaqua, N.Y., ending a months-long guessing game over where the couple would live after leaving the White House. Five years ago: President George W. Bush pledged "a safer world and a more hopeful America" as he accepted his party's nomination for a second term at the Republican National Convention in New York. A military jury at Camp Pendleton, Calif., convicted Marine Sgt. Gary Pittman of dereliction of duty and abuse of prisoners at a makeshift detention camp in Iraq; Pittman was sentenced to 60 days of hard labor and demoted to private. A jury at Fort Lewis, Wash., convicted a National Guardsman of trying to help al-Qaida; Specialist Ryan G. Anderson was sentenced to life in prison. In 2005, a National Guard convoy packed with food, water and medicine rolled into New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina. One year ago: Republicans assailed Barack Obama as the most liberal, least experienced White House nominee in history at their convention in St. Paul, Minn., and enthusiastically extolled their own man, John McCain, as ready to lead the nation. President George W. Bush briefly addressed the convention by satellite from the White House. A gunman in Skagit County, Wash., killed six people and injured four others; a suspect, Isaac Zamora, is awaiting trial. Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was left paralyzed in a shooting outside an apartment building in Jacksonville, Fla.; a suspect, Tyrone Hartsfield, is awaiting trial.

Today's Birthdays September 2

Actor Meinhardt Raabe (the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz") is 94. Dancer-actress Marge Champion is 90. Jazz musician Horace Silver is 81. Former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (R-Wyo.) is 78. Former United States Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth is 72. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Gooden (The Impressions) is 70. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas) is 66. Singer Joe Simon is 66. Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 61. Basketball Hall of Famer Nate Archibald is 61. Actor Mark Harmon is 58. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is 58. Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is 57. Actress Linda Purl is 54. Rock musician Jerry Augustyniak (10,000 Maniacs) is 51. Country musician Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) is 50. Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is 49. Actor Keanu Reeves is 45. Former heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis is 44. Actress Salma Hayek is 43. Actress Kristen Cloke is 41. Actress Cynthia Watros is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer K-Ci is 40. Actor-comedian Katt Williams is 36. Actor Michael Lombardi is 35. Rock musician Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 32. NFL player Brian Westbrook is 30. Rock musician Spencer Smith (Panic at the Disco) is 22.

Today In Entertainment History September 2

In 1963, "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" expanded from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television's first half-hour nightly newscast. In 1970, Genesis ran an ad in "Melody Maker." It was answered by Phil Collins, who joined the group. In 1975, the Great American Music Fair ended violently in Syracuse, N.Y., when a crowd of 500 stormed the gate to get in without paying. Police arrested 60 people. The fair featured performances by the Doobie Brothers and Jefferson Starship. In 1978, George Harrison married Olivia Trinidad Arias, a secretary at his Dark Horse Records company. That same day, Emilio and Gloria Estefan got married. In 1983, Tom Brokaw took over as anchor of NBC's "Nightly News." In 1986, Cathy Evelyn Smith was sentenced to three years in jail on an involuntary manslaughter charge in connection with the drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi in 1982. Debbie Gibson signed with Atlantic Records. She was still in high school at the time. In 1988, The Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour opened in London. It featured Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N'Dour and it hit 15 countries. Twenty years ago, in 1989, singer Ric Ocasek of The Cars married model Paulina Porizkova, & Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for allegedly trying to kill his wife, Sharon, after a drinking binge. The case was dropped after he went into rehab and the couple reconciled. In 1991, Garth Brooks released the album "Ropin' the Wind." In 1995, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland. The event featured a concert with Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, and several others. In 2000, Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell married Leighanne Wallace in Atlanta. In 2005, Kanye West went off the script during an NBC telethon to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. He said, among other things, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Roger Simon Handicaps The Horse Race: Intellectually Bankrupt GOP Will Double Down On The Crazy For The "Reawakened Perot Voters"

While blathering about re-born fat boy Mike Huckabee (Dude's going to have to slim down again if he's serious about running, literally or otherwise.) & what a meanie moron he's "become," three yrs. prior to the cloud of dust & horses' patoots that we'll see in the actual election, POLITICO's Roger Simon
... asked Greg Mueller, a political consultant who specializes in conservative candidates, about the new tough talk we are seeing from Huckabee and others. “Huckabee is being a fighting Republican, and this is a good position to be in as you try to position for 2012,” Mueller said. He also said that Republican contenders have seen the anger at the recent town halls and recognize it as an opportunity. “There is a coalition to be tapped of Republicans, independents, reawakened Perot voters and center-right Democrats,” Mueller said. “Dare I say it? It is the Reagan coalition and, before that, the Nixon coalition.” Mueller said this coalition is looking for someone who will stand up and “fight in an energetic fashion.” “Obama is pandering too much to our enemies abroad and breaking records for government spending at home,” Mueller said. He said the message conservatives want to hear is: “A strong America abroad and a strong America at home.” “We want somebody who will energize with a broad vision,” Mueller said. “We don’t want somebody who will try to wonk his way to victory.” The run-up to 2012 is already beginning. And red meat is definitely on the menu.
So. They need another savior/amiable Reaganesque dunce, to appeal to the Nixon coalition of racial resentment. There'll be no wonking to victory, just the broad vision of fear & hatred. Our only quibble is the "reawakened Perot voters," who weren't exactly spring chickens in 1992. Even if "reawakened," will any of them still be awake (or alive) 20 yrs. after, in 2012?

Kill Them & Their Whimpering Children!

The NYT's Opinionator gathers musings on nepotism, merit, & so forth, from those who don't think affirmative action for "legacy" honkies is necessarily the best thing ever.
And don't miss The Bell Curve fan Andrew Sullivan decrying the American Empire.

Volunteers Wanted For The Stairway To The Stars

Ship someone to Mars? Forever? We have a candidate or two in mind if the turn-out is low, although we imagine millions of Galtoids must be dying to go, to get the magical new paradise of achievement & production underway.
While the idea of sending astronauts aloft never to return is jarring upon first hearing, the rationale for one-way trips into space has both historical and practical roots. Colonists and pilgrims seldom set off for the New World with the expectation of a return trip, usually because the places they were leaving were pretty intolerable anyway. Give us a century or two and we may turn the whole planet into a place from which many people might be happy to depart.
Ah, that note of optimism we like so much. Century or two? Who's Lawrence M. Krauss kidding? We're ready now, & everyone will be ready for lift-off in 50 yrs.
If it sounds unrealistic to suggest that astronauts would be willing to leave home never to return alive, then consider the results of several informal surveys I and several colleagues have conducted recently. One of my peers in Arizona recently accompanied a group of scientists and engineers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on a geological field trip. During the day, he asked how many would be willing to go on a one-way mission into space. Every member of the group raised his hand.
And the solution to the death panels may be here as well.
We might want to restrict the voyage to older astronauts, whose longevity is limited in any case. Here again, I have found a significant fraction of scientists older than 65 who would be willing to live out their remaining years on the red planet or elsewhere. With older scientists, there would be additional health complications, to be sure, but the necessary medical personnel and equipment would still probably be cheaper than designing a return mission.
It's a win-win-win situation! Bye-bye, irritating pests & older farts, hello science!

Still Out Of Control

Firefighters look for hot spots on a burnt landscape in the Acton area, August 31, 2009.
The so-called Station Fire more than doubled in size as it burned out of control for a sixth day, charring 105,000 acres (42,500 hectares), up from 42,000 acres (17,000 hectares) late on Sunday, and sending up towering palls of smoke that fouled the air for miles (km) around. ReutersMon Aug 31, 11:56 PM ET

HIstory Lessons

As The AP's links can no longer be trusted, we present right here on the (printed?) page two AP stories from seventy years ago, & footage of the Schleswig-Holstein shelling, as The AP described.

Necros Arise & Unite!

British Police Will Review The Death Of Stones Guitarist Brian Jones

London, England -- British police will review the death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who drowned in 1969. The death was ruled an accident, but for decades, there's been speculation he was murdered.

Investigative journalist Scott Jones has handed 600 documents to police. He interviewed the woman who discovered Jones' body. She claimed her boyfriend was worried about tensions between Jones and builder Frank Thorogood.

She says she saw Jones and Thorogood fooling around in the pool and later saw Thorogood come into the house, shaking badly the day of Jones' death. Two books have claimed that Thorogood confessed on his deathbed to killing Jones.

Source: Associated Press

Rolling Stones guitarist's death to be re-examined

LONDON (Reuters) - British police are to re-examine the death of former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones after receiving new information.

Jones, a founding member of the rock band, was 27 when he was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool at his home in southern England 40 years ago.

An inquest recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

A spokesman for Sussex police said on Monday the force had received new information about the musician's death from an investigative journalist.

"These papers will be examined by Sussex Police but it is too early to comment at this time on what the outcome will be," he said.

Known for his flamboyant attire and recreational drug excesses, Jones left the band shortly before his death.

(Reporting by Christina Fincher; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

1 September: WWII "Breaks Out;" Bristol Preggers; KAL 007; Last Passenger Pigeon Passes; Archie Bell Is 65!

The same, except the title. Start both at the same time for exciting phasing/echo effect.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2009. There are 121 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

A mere seventy years ago, on Sept. 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Adolf Hitler makes the big announcement. Scroll up two items for AP print stories.

On this date:

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not guilty of treason. (Burr was then tried on a misdemeanor charge, but was again acquitted.) In 1894, the Great Hinckley Fire destroyed Hinckley, Minn., and five other communities, and killed more than 400 people. In 1897, the first section of Boston's new subway system was opened. In 1905, Alberta and Saskatchewan entered Confederation as the eighth and ninth provinces of Canada. In 1914, the last known passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo. In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed some 140,000 lives. In 1932, New York City Mayor James "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigned following charges of graft and corruption in his administration. In 1942, A federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.In 1951, the United States, Australia and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, the ANZUS treaty. Forty years ago, in 1969, a coup in Libya brought Moammar Gadhafi to power. In 1972, American Bobby Fischer won the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, as Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union resigned before the resumption of game 21. In 1981, Albert Speer, a close associate of Adolf Hitler who ran the Nazi war machine, died at a London hospital at age 76. In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner had entered Soviet airspace. Twenty years ago, in 1989, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti died of a heart attack at his summer home in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., at age 51. In 1998, Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 56th and 57th home runs of the season, breaking the National League record set by Hack Wilson in 1930. Ten years ago: Twenty-two of baseball's 68 permanent umpires found themselves jobless, the fallout from their union's failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract. Ten American tourists and two Tanzanians were killed when their small plane crashed as they were leaving Serengeti National Park. Five years ago: More than 1,000 people were taken hostage by heavily armed Chechen militants at a school in Beslan in southern Russia; more than 330, mostly children, were eventually killed in the three-day ordeal. Militants in Iraq freed seven employees of a Kuwaiti trucking firm after their employer paid half a million dollars in ransom. The criminal case against Kobe Bryant collapsed as prosecutors in Colorado dropped a sexual assault charge against the NBA star. In 2007, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, announced that he would resign in the wake of fallout over his guilty plea in a Minnesota airport gay sex sting. (Craig later reversed his decision, saying he would serve out the rest of his term.) One year ago: Hurricane Gustav slammed into the heart of Louisiana's fishing and oil industry with 110 mph winds, delivering only a glancing blow to New Orleans. Republicans opened their national convention in St. Paul, Minn., on a subdued note because of Hurricane Gustav; John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, revealed that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was pregnant. Jerry Lewis raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in his annual Labor Day telethon.

Today's Birthdays -- September 1

Journalist and author Liz Carpenter is 89. Former Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird is 87. Actor George Maharis is 81. Conductor Seiji Ozawa is 74. Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz is 71. Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 70. Actor Don Stroud is 66. Conductor Leonard Slatkin is 65. Singer Archie Bell is 65.
Singer Barry Gibb is 63. Rock musician Greg Errico is 61. Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 59. Singer Gloria Estefan is 52. Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers is 48. Jazz musician Boney James is 48. Singer-musician Grant Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo) is 46. Country singer-songwriter Charlie Robison is 45. Retired NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway is 43. Actor Ricardo Antonio Chavira ("Desperate Housewives") is 38. Rock singer JD Fortune is 36. NFL player Jason Taylor is 35. Actor Scott Speedman is 34. NFL player Aaron Schobel is 32. NFL player Clinton Portis is 28. Rock musician Joe Trohman is 25.

Today In Entertainment History September 1

[Abso-fugging-lutely nothing happened on this date. Nothing, y'hear? — Ed.]
In 1956, Elvis Presley bought his mother, Gladys, a pink Cadillac. In 1967, guitarist and vocalist Boz Scaggs joined The Steve Miller Band. Scaggs and Miller had met in high school in Dallas. In 1977, Blondie signed with Chrysalis Records. In 1989, a judge in Dublin, Ireland, decided not to convict U2 bassist Adam Clayton of marijuana possession, even though he admitted to the crime. Clayton agreed to contribute money to a women's center in Dublin. In 2002, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar married actor Freddie Prinze Junior in Mexico. Last year, country singer-actor Jerry Reed died in Nashville at age 71. Voiceover artist Don LaFontaine, whose distinctive baritone graced innumerable movie trailers, died in Los Angeles at age 68. EXTRA CREDIT: Other events of this date.

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Question: "How Does That Woman Keep Getting Elected?"

The answer:Important question: Average life expectancy of those pictured above.

Stupefyingly Dull Current Events: Fan-Boy Wrap-Up

Those who give a shit (or even delude themselves that it will "make a difference") will give it by blathering about something or another, probably financial, w/ a nod to "Now comic books reign supreme over/have ruined Hollywood." Not us.Actual expectation? Several hundred direct-to-DVD releases of MARVEL ephemera from the Buena Vista distribution pipeline by this time next year. Only real question: Will Disney, w/ its gay days at its parks, its gay insurance & who knows what else, be following up on this sort of thing?