Saturday, September 12, 2009

☠Enemies List☠

Left to Right: Jim "Gateway Pundit" Hoft, Andrew "Look, I shaved for once" Breitbart, some congresscritter (Obviously, he's compensating for being a mental & physical dwarf by being in Congreƒs) &, last & least, Glenn "I am a robot, yet I have no brain" Reynolds, taken at the Quincy, Illinois "Tea Party" earlier today.

Another "Open Letter" To, Well, No One, Really

The New York Times Manhattan-on-the-Hudson, NY
Just because the U. S. Open (In case you hadn't noticed: Only nasty people w/ spare time & extra money give a fuck about tennis. Oh, that's the demo your advertisers want? That's right. Pardon us.) takes place in Queens, or some fucking Yankee broke another fucking Yankee's record for most sunflower seeds spit in a Yankee uniform (Really, not even an American League or MLB record, just a Yankee record? That's worth a NEWS ALERT?) does not mean that any of us who are on the correct side (Praise Jah!) of the Hudson give anything even vaguely resembling the proverbial flying fuck.
You're turning your "brand" into a Canadian pharmacy. Not a good idea.

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

A link.

Cog Diss

Make up your tiny minds, could you?Honest to gawd, it's either "the most obviously Marxist Senator ever, all you have to do is read to see how he's a commie," or it's "the instant he was elected he took a hard turn to the left."So could you decide which pussy is whipping him, morans? Photos from a repository of ignorance located by the inestimable Lesley.
URP-DATE: More photos, including this one, at this flickr page.

Why The Religion Clause Of The First Amendment Is So Important

From today's fit of pique.From a fit earlier this year.

"Population Control Experiments" "National Defense Army(?)" & Other Crap From Teabags

Insane, delusional & proudly ignorant. That's just no way to go through life, Real Americans.Friday?

The Voice Of Christianity

"Oh, shit, I said 'fuck.'"

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bob McDonnell, the normally-disciplined Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, mistakenly blurted out the F-bomb during a live radio interview on Friday.

Appearing on Washington-area radio station WTOP, McDonnell was sparring with host Mark Plotkin on the topic of transportation funding.

Plotkin asked if McDonnell would consider an increase in the state gasoline tax to help fund the transportation budget. McDonnell said no, and uttered the expletive during his response.

"So no tax will be raised during your four-year term?," Plotkin asked.

McDonnell answered: "I'm going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I've outlined twleve f—ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial."

The remark was first flagged by the Virginia Democratic blog NotLarrySabato.

McDonnell is running against Democrat Creigh Deeds in the governor's race, one of two marquee political battles in 2009 along with the New Jersey governor's race.

Daily News Jumps Gun (UPDATED)

The New York Daily News jumps the gun! As we watched a live press conference, w/ FBI agents clearly stating that no body had been found, & that whatever possible evidence (bloody clothes are the rumor on CNN) had been found couldn't be confirmed to have anything to do w/ the Yale student's disappearance, we chanced across this from the New York paper.Good one, Mort Zuckerman! Real good. UPDATE (Moments later):Note that photo caption remains unchanged.

Ignoramuses Rally In D. C. For "Right To Be Stupid" "Right To Be Lied To" & "Right To Eat What You Want"

The Real America Speaks (After wiping off a little drool w/ its bib.):

"We're all endangered!" shouted a passerby, Dave Rue, 67, a retired Mobil Oil employee who had traveled from New Jersey. "We're endangered because they're pushing socialism on us."

Some came to protest what they see as government interference with gun ownership. Shaun Bryant, 40, a leadership trainer, was among eight people who flew in from Salt Lake City. They fashioned a sign with a drawing of an AR-15 assault rifle and the words "We came unarmed from Montana and Utah . . . this time!"


Like countless others at the rally, Joan Wright, 78, of Ocean Pines, Md., sounded angry. "I'm not taking this crap anymore," said Wright, who came by bus to Washington with 150 like-minded residents of Maryland's Eastern Shore. "I don't like the health-care [plan]. I don't like the czars. And I don't like the elitists telling us what we should do or eat."

The dictionary definition of "old & in the way." There are those among them who know exactly what they're doing: Take this trafficker in human misery (Please!)
The protesters descended on Washington with a long list of grievances against a government that many complained is racing toward socialism. "Health care is not listed anywhere in the Constitution," said Brian Burnell, 45, who owns an insurance company on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Yeah, & neither are horseless carriages. Maybe it's time for a constitutional amendment to outlaw automobiles? After all, they weren't in the Holy Mystical Founders Ideals. Oddly enough, while these humanoids don't want "government" telling them "what to do" they're all for following the orders of the Founders.
"We want our country to go back to the roots of doing what our Founding Fathers wanted us to do -- less government in every aspect of my life," she said. "We walked the streets of Williamsburg, and it felt like we were learning how to be a patriot."
We fear that re-education camps will not work. These horrifying simulacra of humanity will need to be sent to first grade, & taught to read before any facts can be put in their heads.

Rahm Emmanuel's Marxist Blitzkreig: Mired In Marxist Mud?

Sure, get all high & mighty, call it nut-picking, low hanging fruit, whatev. But Camille Paglia is absolutely right. You have to know what the American public is really thinking. (We're a bit disappointed that she didn't mention "real Americans," but you know the sentiment is there.)
First of all, too many political analysts still think that network and cable TV chat shows are the central forums of national debate. But the truly transformative political energy is coming from talk radio and the Web -- both of which Democrat-sponsored proposals have threatened to stifle, in defiance of freedom of speech guarantees in the Bill of Rights.
Please. Is the imaginary "bring back the Fairness Doctrine" bill out of committee yet?
It was on talk radio, which I have resumed monitoring around the clock because of the healthcare fiasco, that I heard the passionate voices of callers coming directly from the town hall meetings. Hence I was alerted to the depth and intensity of national sentiment long before others who were simply watching staged, manipulated TV shows.
No. No, she can't believe that talk radio is a transparent soapbox, each citizen/patriot given time to express his/her most honest, deeply held & reasoned belief, can she? La Paglia must be trying to convince herself; no one else could possibly go for it. Damnit, we've wasted more of our life on this silliness, even after saying we wouldn't. (Just below.) The centrality of our point in this item is supposed to be low-hanging fruit. Note ability to spell, if not capitalize, & to form complete sentences. Makes the paranoia (As far as the doctor is concerned, it's all Rahm Emmanuel, all the time, & we know what he is: A pot-smoking, rootless, cosmopolitan Machiavellian.) historical fantasies & racism even more amusing.It's sheer luck that puppetmaster Emmanuel is overreaching & doesn't have the military on his side. But we must never forget Huey Newton, who single-handedly off-shored America's manufacturing base to his commie marxy-mao-lenin buddies in Red China. Damn black radicals. If you know what we mean.

Cultural Critic: "Talk Radio, It's Real!"

Visited Salon & just had to stop at Camille Paglia's "sole Web presence" on the way out.
In response to persistent queries, I must repeat: No, I do not have a Facebook page, nor am I a "friend" on anyone else's Facebook. Nor do I Twitter. This Salon column is my sole Web presence. Whatever doppelgänger Camille Paglias are tripping the light fantastic out there (as in the haunted bus-station episode of "The Twilight Zone"), they aren't me!
They may not be Pags (Though we bet we should look for them.) but she's tripping over her own feet & a few other feet in a twilit zone somewhere between pseudo-populism & dementia, dancing to a mash-up of talking points
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who at a pivotal point threw gasoline on the flames by comparing angry American citizens to Nazis
(Occupants of the reality-based world will remember that Speaker Pelosi [Apparently not a favorite of Ms. Paglia's.] noted that people attending some of the Tantrums were comparing The Prez to Hitler & health care reform to Nazism, often w/ signs bearing swastikas; the Speaker did not call angry American citizens "Nazis," but the band in Camille's head [Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac] won't let her hear anything else.) & an
... exhilarating shamanistic vision (wonderfully enhanced by Christine McVie's hymnlike backing vocal) [which] captures the truth-seeking pilgrimages of my generation but also demonstrates the dangerous veering away from mundane social responsibilities. If the left is an incoherent shambles in the U. S., it's partly because the visionaries lost their bearings on drugs, and only the myopic apparatchiks and feather-preening bourgeois liberals are left.
You read it here first. She has seen the best minds of her generation, yada ... But none of that is any reason to think La Paglia un-balanced. After a page & a half from The Twilight Zone, balance:
Having said all that about the failures of my own party, I am not about to let Republicans off the hook. What a backbiting mess the GOP is! It lacks even one credible voice of traditional moral values on the national stage and is addicted to sonorous pieties of pharisaical emptiness. Republican politicians sermonize about the sanctity of marriage while racking up divorces and sexual escapades by the truckload. They assail government overreach and yet support interference in women's control of their own bodies. Advanced whack-a-mole is clearly needed for that yammering smarty-pants Newt Gingrich, who is always so very, very pleased with himself but has yet to produce a single enduring thought. The still inexplicably revered George W. Bush ballooned our national deficits like a drunken sailor and clumsily exacerbated the illegal immigration debate. And bizarrely, the hallucinatory Dick Cheney, a fake-testosterone addict who spooked Bush into a pointless war, continues to be lauded as presidential material.
Wow. She just pounded the faces of the 1996 & 2004 versions of the Republican Party into the political pavement. That'll show them. Take that, George Bush! And did you know? Republicans are sexy hypocrites.
No mention this month of hip-hoppin' Li'l Sarah P. though. Camille, please don't tell us ex-Alaska Gov. Palin's not a "credible voice of traditional moral values on the national stage and is addicted to sonorous pieties of pharisaical emptiness." Generous enough not to deprive others of the fun of scab-picking, rapidly losing interest in the whole mess, & realizing that to adequately deal w/ even one more of the themes will involve yet another hour of hunting & pecking that we'll never get back, here's one of the points that are central to her argument:
Elite education in the U.S. has become a frenetic assembly line of competitive college application to schools where ideological brainwashing is so pandemic that it's invisible.

12 September: Birth of H. L. Mencken; JFK Marries Jackie, Denies Papistry; Selassie-I Deposed; Telebision Season Underway

Today is Saturday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2009. There are 110 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 12, 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed questions about his Roman Catholic faith, telling a Southern Baptist group in Houston, "I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."

On this date:

Four hundred years ago, in 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name. In 1880, author and journalist H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore. In 1918, during World War I, U.S. forces led by Gen. John J. Pershing launched a successful attack on the German-occupied St. Mihiel salient near Verdun, France. In 1938, Adolf Hitler demanded the right of self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia. In 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government. In 1944, U. S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time during World War II, near Trier. In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I. In 1958, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Cooper v. Aaron, unanimously ruled that Arkansas officials who were resisting public school desegregation orders could not disregard the high court's rulings. Fifty years ago, in 1959, the Soviet Union launched its Luna 2 space probe, which made a crash landing on the moon. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by Ethiopia's military after ruling for 58 years. In 1977, South African black student leader Steve Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry. In 1992, the space shuttle Endeavour blasted off, carrying with it Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to fly on a U.S. spaceship. Ten years ago: Under intense international pressure, Indonesia announced it would allow an international peacekeeping force to restore order to the devastated territory of East Timor. Andre Agassi captured his second U.S. Open title, dominating Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2. In 2000, Dutch lawmakers gave same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children. In 2001, President George W. Bush labeled the previous day's terrorist attacks "acts of war" and asked Congress for $20 billion to rebuild and recover.In 2002, President George W. Bush told skeptical world leaders at the United Nations to confront the "grave and gathering danger" of Saddam Hussein's Iraq or stand aside as the United States acted. Three former Tyco International Ltd. executives were charged with looting the conglomerate of hundreds of millions of dollars. (Former CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski and CFO Mark Swartz were later convicted; lawyer Mark Belnick was acquitted.) In 2003, the U.N. Security Council ended 11 years of sanctions against Libya. Five years ago: US Airways Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time in two years. Ten people were killed in an apartment fire just outside Columbus, Ohio. Hurricane Ivan battered the Cayman Islands with ferocious 150-mph winds. Roger Federer won the U.S. Open, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-0. In 2005, Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
In 2006, Syrian guards foiled an attempt by suspected al-Qaida-linked militants to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. In a speech in his native Germany, Pope Benedict XVI quoted from an obscure medieval text that characterized some teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman," unleashing a torrent of rage across the Islamic world. One year ago: A Metrolink commuter train struck a freight train head-on in Los Angeles, killing 25 people. (Federal investigators have said the Metrolink engineer, Robert Sanchez, had been text-messaging on his cell phone and ran a red light shortly before the crash.) Hurricane Ike began battering the Texas coast.

Today's Birthdays:

Actor Dickie Moore ("Our Gang") is 84. Actor Freddie Jones is 82. Country singer George Jones is 78. Actor Ian Holm is 78. Actress Linda Gray is 69. Singer Maria Muldaur is 66. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 58. Singer-musician Gerry Beckley (America) is 57. Rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) is 57. Actor Peter Scolari is 54. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) is 53. Actress Rachel Ward is 52. Actress Amy Yasbeck is 47. Rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) is 44. Actor Darren E. Burrows is 43. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 43. Rock musician Larry LaLonde (Primus) is 41. Actor Josh Hopkins is 39. Actor Paul Walker is 36. Country singer Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) is 35. Actor Benjamin McKenzie is 31. Singer Ruben Studdard is 31. NFL player Dan Koppen is 30. NBA player Yao Ming is 29. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 28. Actress Emmy Rossum is 23.

Today In Entertainment History September 12

In 1954, "Lassie" made its TV debut on CBS. Fifty years ago, in 1959, "Bonanza" made its TV debut on NBC. In 1966, "The Monkees" debuted on NBC.In 1970, "Josie and the Pussycats" debuted on CBS. In 1978, "Taxi" made its debut on ABC. In 1987, Michael Jackson began a tour in Tokyo in support of the album "Bad." In 1996, Oasis abruptly canceled its US tour two-thirds of the way into it. The band said it was due to "internal differences." Ten years ago:Singer Graham Nash was injured in a freak boating accident in Hawaii. He broke both his legs. "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal," both created by writer-producer David E. Kelley, were named best drama series and best comedy series at the 51st Emmy Awards. In 2003, country singer Johnny Cash died of complications from diabetes at a hospital in Nashville. He was 71. Five years ago: Playwright Jerome Chodorov died in Nyack, N.Y., at age 93. One year ago: Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker died in Hendersonville, Tenn. at age 81.
[Currently our favorite country tune. — Ed.]

Thought for Today:

"Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood." — H.L. Mencken (1880-1956).

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Nation Is Outraged, I Tell You!

"Like, dude, that's kinda harsh ... You coulda just, like, socked him one."American exceptionalism: Spit & punch all you want, but no shooting.

A Factoid

From The NYT web log linked below (But we'll link it again, lazy sods!) the segment by Thomas F. Schaller.
In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede — and even threatened to secede from the Confederacy because the other southern states refused to re-open the slave trade.
Not to be topped.

Two Assholes! Two Assholes!
Two Assholes In One!

It was sleepy time when this occurred. We present it as an example of the Northeastern Media Village doing its balancing act. Three middle-aged, middle-class, middle-browed "centrists," another guy whose greatest difference from the first three guys is that he is not the centrist he'll want you to think he is in 2012, & still has most of his hair, & an early middle-aged (relative "kid") honkie whose hair won't be there forever either. Also, you betcha, the newshen.

In the words of the president of the AAA (This is important advice that applies world-wide, not just to America.): "Stay out of the middle of the road. A car will run over you!"

We appreciate MSNBC allowing the proletariat to determine the start & stop times on the video, but it's so evenly mediocre throughout that it would be unfair to emphasize any single part. We did cut (0:20) at the end when the two Joes discuss music. You can thank us later.Would it be possible for Joe S. to keep his trap shut until Klein has finished reading his piece? "Excuse me, Joe Klein, I have to be fair & balanced. General Petraeus. (@(3:18). Scarborough at his smarmiest.) Bush. Lefty left left. Clinton. Left." "Sounds like you're justifying hate speech on the left ..." when Klein says Bush took us to war under false pretenses (As opposed, we suppose, to "real" pretenses.) @ (15:00). And listen for newshen Mika's "Weeeeeellll ... ummm." when Klein begins w/ Bush.

Points to Klein for attempting to point out that Bush/Cheney were so far from being on the ball they were getting corn dogs at the Snack Shack while their "Days Without Attacks On The Country" ticker was building toward the 9/11 re-set to zero. @ (8:29).

Points taken away from Joe Klein for the obligatory "9/11" reference. @ (0:40). A coincidence of geography doesn't make you a patriot, Klein. Although your "I'm always optimistic about America" @ (10:42) attitude reveals you to be such a simpleton, we're not surprised you can delude yourself so easily.

Jos Scarborough is just scum, on the other hand. @ (14:30), for example. And @ (16:30). Also a fool. And jerk.

Blood pressure. Aaaaah!!

Cowardly Weakling Paper Tiger Americans Poop National Panties On Patriot Day: They Still Live In Fear; Attack Now May Topple Their House Of Cards!

A nation of pantywaists quivers & quakes in the puddles filling its streets.

What's In The Water There? Piss, Shit, Hormones, Industrial Effluvia, Meat-Packing Residue, White Lightnin' Run-Off

Armstrong Williams, one-time Bush Administration media whore (this time whoring in The NYT) pretends that Shoutin' Rep. Joe Wilson is
... a self-effacing, humble man, like many in his district. He’s not prone to such antics, which is why I was shocked to discover listening to the president’s speech that his was the voice that screamed those words.
"Shocked," was he? Has Strongarm not seen the C-SPAN footage we noted earlier, for which the Kossacks still refuse to provide embedding?
Mr. Williams' love-letter to the South approaches Stockholm Syndrome, though we wonder what a "gentrified southerner" is. A rebuilt neighborhood filled w/ Yuppie couples that's located in one of those astounding Southern Republican comb-over/"dry look" hair-don'ts?

He’ll be regarded as a hero in some circles; not for his disrespect, these are, after all, gentrified southerners. But rather, Joe Wilson will be viewed for doing the right thing — for calling out the falsehoods of the Obama message machine, there and then. No dawdling, no delay.

It may have taken Joe an errant syllable or two last night with his syrupy drawl, but he was going to make his point, all else be damned.

The remainder of The NYT contributors stick closer to reality (facts, even) than Williams did w/ his reading of Wilson's mind & kissing of his gentrified southern ass.
In the same vein, but mercifully shorter, is this from THE DEMOCRATIC strategist. Read the comment too. (Or don't. We don't want to sound fascist, or even authoritarian.)
Here, we'll split the difference. The commeter's conclusion:

Thanks to the religious right, this sense of a common minority status isn't simply racial, but broadly cultural as well. Obama isn't simply to be distrusted because he's black, but because he's a bundle of everything white South Carolinians have always seen as alien and threatening. He is, metaphorically if not literally, the AntiChrist, and anything he says is to be dismissed out of hand.

In conclusion, I'd suggest that it's possible that South Carolina is in the vanguard in this regard; something similar seems to be going on in the rural upland South from West Virginia across Tennessee and Arkansas to Oklahoma--even while the expanding urban South, with its more sophisticated economy, is heading in a different direction.

Caught W/ The Bag In Their Moufs

From the Great Orange Satan, an "up-close & personal" (We hereby nominate that phrase for permanent expulsion from the English language.) look at AmeriKKKa's low-information political activism, w/ photos. Note well that dirty communist traitor Romulus, Michigan police officers twice thought that some of the Tea Partiers were such drooling, potentially dangerous ass-wipes they had to be removed from the hall.
And a snide Newsweek photo essay w/ the faces of phony rage, several of which appeared at the Alhambra, CA meeting hosted by Rep. Adam Schiff, mentioned/reported upon in comments just a mo. ago. Below: "J'accuse!"

Eat The Rich, Spit 'Em Out & Eat 'Em Again!

No one can even imagine how disappointed we were that the world economy did not descend into the bottomless pit of total collapse, as it so tantalizingly threatened around a yr. ago. We're also disappointed by recent indications of recovery (Which will, of course, be a "jobless" recovery, so zillionaires can "recover" w/o any of the money they've stolen returning to those from whom it was stolen.) & so forth. The only bright note, from The NYT's "Quotation of the Day":
"In my 40 years in fashion, I’ve never seen women scared to shop — at all price levels." VERA WANG, the designer, on the economy.
Good. In that people may start producing things of value & utility, & the wealthy's women can get back to doing charity work, instead of wasting 24 hrs. a day trying to achieve the Hollywood whore look.
Oh, golly me goodness gracious fuck, that's really unfair, & we're very sorry. Women who fuck the wealthy are, by definition, whores of the lowest (least honest) order, & they needn't try to look like whores, they are. All the style in the world can't hide the mattress strapped to your back, money-skank.

What's Wrong W/ Our Politics? Stupid Rules

The truth about lies is suppressed, by the very institution charged w/oversight.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in The New York Times:
“It was stunning to hear such a statement made on the floor of the House when the president of the United States was speaking,” she said, noting that it was against House rules for one member to say on the floor to another that he or she was “not telling the truth,” let alone lying.
Mrs. Pelosi, tear down that rule, & let the Congreƒs tell the truth about something, for once!
Also to be noted, from the same NYT blog, Congressman Wilson lies again.
Reporters had asked him today at the Capitol about a Tweet item he had written on Tuesday, when he suggested that he was ready to be confrontational with the president: he said that during a parade he had attended in Chapin, “many people called out to oppose Obamacare which I assured them would be relayed tomorrow to DC.” But, still he asserted today, his outburst was not premeditated.
Oh, bullshit! Sell your crap somewhere else, Mr. Haney.
And here's bonus footage of Joe Wilson having a screeching fit when confronted w/ truth about other things.

Annals of Self-Involvement & Egomania

brad, Founding Editor of Fire Megan McArdle, notes that FMM ("THE OTHER WEB LOG WHERE YOUR EDITOR TYPES BY INVITATION," as we modestly note on our long yet insignificant bog-roll) has been added to the TBogg blogroll, which he keeps fairly short, so we know FMM's special!
Relatively sincere thanks to brad for providing us the opportunity (he's not that picky about co-bloggers, oddly enough) & really sincere thanks to Mr. Bogg.
Or not. Does this mean we'll have to look at even more of that silly woman's output, & react to it in a literary stylee? Yikes. This is not how we envisioned our retirement.

About The Eleventh of September, 2001

In the words of every Republican who been caught w/ his ding-dong where it shouldn't ought to be, "We'd like to put this behind us & move on w/ our lives. My family, blah blah blah ..." Can we apply this "put it behind us" principle (actually rather un-principled) to the whole "hideous attack on America" horseshit? After all, 400,000 of us Yankee pig dogs die annually from smoking tobacco; have we bombed Winston-Salem, NC recently? No, we've "put it behind us, & gotten on w/ our lives."
Oh, AmeriKKKa, we've something to put behind you. Bend over for your big surprise!

9/11: Nixon, CIA Kill Allende; Mormon Massacre At Mountain Meadows; Peter Tosh Murdered By CIA; Beatles Cut First Tracks

Today is Friday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2009. There are 111 days left in the year. This is Patriot Day. [Not around here! — Ed.] The UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 11, 2001, America saw its worst day of terrorism. [Terrorism, of course, is a two-way street. The list of AmeriKKKa's "Days of Terrorism" is long & bloody. — Ed.] Nearly 3,000 people died when two hijacked jetliners smashed into New York's World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall; a commandeered jetliner plowed into the Pentagon; and a fourth hijacked plane was crashed in a field in western Pennsylvania.

On this date:

In 1777, troops commanded by Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British under Gen. William Howe in the Battle of Brandywine. In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812. In 1841, all members of U.S. President John Tyler's Cabinet except Secretary of State Daniel Webster resigned in protest of Tyler's veto of a banking bill. In 1847, Stephen Foster's first hit, "Oh! Susanna," had its debut at a concert in a Pittsburgh saloon and soon became standard for minstrel troupes. In 1850, Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale," gave her first concert in the United States, at Castle Garden in New York. In 1857, the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place in present-day southern Utah as a 120-member Arkansas immigrant party was slaughtered by Mormon militiamen aided by Paiute Indians. [Mormon militiamen. Sound familiar? Is killing unarmed people trying to get through Utah to California terrorism? Or protected religious speech? — Ed.] In 1885, author D.H. Lawrence was born in Eastwood, England. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) in Nevada by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator. In 1941, groundbreaking took place for the Pentagon outside Washington D.C. [Irony we like. — Ed.] That same day, Charles A. Lindbergh delivered a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, which sparked charges of anti-Semitism when he said, "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were trying to draw the United States into World War II. [An excellent example of "Americanism." — Ed.] Fifty years ago, in 1959, Congress passed a bill authorizing food stamps for low-income Americans. In 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77. In 1972, the troubled Munich Summer Olympics ended. In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup. [Hard to believe, but The AP has nothing to say about the origins of the coup in fucking Henry Kissinger's office. — Ed.]Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, an Eastern Airlines DC-9 crashed during a landing attempt in Charlotte, N.C., killing 72 of the people on board. In 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds recorded his 4,192nd hit, breaking Ty Cobb's career record.Twenty years ago, in 1989, the exodus of East German refugees from Hungary to West Germany began. In 1997, Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England. In 1998, Congress released Kenneth Starr's report, which offered graphic details of President Bill Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton, attending a conference of Asia-Pacific leaders in New Zealand, demanded that Indonesia allow an international force to restore peace in East Timor. Eric Milton pitched a no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins in their 7-0 win over the Anaheim Angels. Serena Williams won the U.S. Open women's title, beating top-seeded Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). In 2002, Football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas died at age 69.In 2003, Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died from stab wounds inflicted when she was attacked in a Stockholm department store a day earlier. Five years ago: Parents and grandparents of those lost on Sept. 11 stood at the World Trade Center site and marked the third anniversary of the attacks. Spc. Armin Cruz became the first Military Intelligence soldier convicted in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal as he admitted abusing inmates and received a lighter sentence in return for his testimony against others. [Another lovely juxtaposition. What is wrong w/ these fools? — Ed.] Svetlana Kuznetsova overwhelmed Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5 in the first all-Russian U.S. Open final. In 2007, China signed an agreement to prohibit the use of lead paint on toys exported to the United States. One year ago: Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama put aside politics as they visited ground zero together on the anniversary of 9/11 to honor its victims. ABC News broadcast an interview with John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who said she was ready to be president if called upon, but sidestepped questions on whether she had the national security credentials needed to be commander in chief.

Today's Birthdays (These awful people all hate America!):

Actress Betsy Drake is 86. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, is 85. Actor Earl Holliman is 81. Newspaper columnist David S. Broder is 80. Movie director Brian De Palma is 69. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 66. Singer-musician Leo Kottke is 64. Actor Phillip Alford is 61. Actress Amy Madigan is 59. Rock singer-musician Tommy Shaw (Styx) is 56. Sports reporter Lesley Visser is 56. Actor Reed Birney is 55. Singer-songwriter Diane Warren is 53. Musician Jon Moss (Culture Club) is 52. Actor Scott Patterson is 51. Rock musician Mick Talbot (The Style Council) is 51. Actress Roxann Dawson is 51. Actress Virginia Madsen is 48. Actress Kristy McNichol is 47. Musician-composer Moby is 44. Business reporter Maria Bartiromo is 42. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 42. Rock musician Bart Van Der Zeeuw is 41. Actress Laura Wright is 39. Rock musician Jeremy Popoff (Lit) is 38. Blogger Markos Moulitsas is 38. [OK, the party's over. Really. That's it. Everybody out. Yes, it was something someone said. — Ed.] Singer Brad Fischetti (LFO) is 34. Rapper Mr. Black is 32. Rock musician Jon Buckland (Coldplay) is 32. Rapper Ludacris is 32. Rock singer Ben Lee is 31. Ed Reed is 31. Actor Ryan Slattery is 31.[Awful haters! How dare they? How dare they?

Today In Entertainment History September 11

In 1921, Fatty Arbuckle, one of the foremost comedians of the silent movie days, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of a starlet in an alleged sexual assault during a wild drinking party. Arbuckle eventually was cleared but his career had been ruined. In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned the winner. In 1962, The Beatles held their first recording session in London for EMI's Parlophone label. They recorded "Love Me Do" and "P. S. I Love You." In 1964, George Harrison formed a music publishing company called Harrissongs. In 1967, "The Carol Burnett Show" made its debut on CBS. It ran until 1978.Forty years ago, in 1969, a two-record set of Bob Dylan songs called "Great White Wonder" appeared in Los Angeles record stores. It's believed to be the first bootleg record album. In 1971, "The Jackson Five" animated TV series debuted on ABC. The show used the voices of the five brothers: Michael, Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, "Little House on the Prairie" made its TV debut. Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Barbra Mandrell and her two children were seriously injured in a car crash in Tennessee. The driver of the other car was killed. In 1987, reggae star Peter Tosh was shot to death in his home in Jamaica. Police say Tosh was shot in the head after he refused to turn over money to three robbers. CBS news anchor Dan Rather walked off the set of the "CBS Evening News" because a tennis tournament ran long. The network went black for six minutes when the tournament ended and Rather was nowhere to be found. In 1990, George Michael's second solo album, "Listen Without Prejudice," was released. In 1992, Rick James pleaded innocent to charges he sexually assaulted and tortured a woman in his California home. [Did some time anyway, didn't he? — Ed.] In 1995, singer Michael Hutchence of INXS pleaded guilty to hitting a photographer and was fined 600 dollars. The photographer was taking Hutchence's picture outside a hotel where Hutchence had spent the night with the estranged wife of singer Bob Geldof. In 2001, the Latin Grammys were canceled and most entertainment events were called off in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In 2003, actor John Ritter died in Los Angeles of a heart problem he never knew he had. He was 54. Five years ago: Mike Leigh's "Vera Drake" won the Golden Lion for best picture at the close of the Venice Film Festival. Lyricist Fred Ebb died in New York City; he was 76. In 2008, singer Kanye West was arrested after he got into a fight with a photographer at an airport in Los Angeles.

Thought for Today:

"I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance." — Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet and author (1772-1834).

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cyber Assault

The Just Another Blog™ Bunker has just endured an Internet semi-outage of several hrs. duration, probably inflicted by the pirates of Time-Warner Cable/Road Runner (We called to ask what might be up, the robot said they were having technical difficulties; call the local office.) in which we were unable to access Google, Yahoo!, or MSN, among (most) other sites. Fortunately for T-WCable stockholders, employees, real estate & equipment, the telebision did not go out as well.
Let us be absolutely clear, however: Time-Warner Cable has now been warned of potential consequences should both untoward events ever occur simultaneously. Still available: Sadly, No!, where we were able/forced to skim the latest collection (400+ comments) of ninnies having fake arguments w/ other ninnies, & puns. (We'd be more charitable if our mind responded to punishment, but it doesn't.)
Back to typesetting.

M. Bouffant: Even More Dangerous Than He Knew Himself To Be

Funny, ha-ha, we thought, reading that a drunken moron (Full disclosure: Us too. Hard for us to be actively moronic, but we've pulled an alcohol-fueled dumb move or two in our [now long gone] time.) had been flinging jellyfish at beach-goers in (where else) Florida. The whole jovial-aggro-after-not-enough-attention-was-paid-to-me tale of Keith Edward Marriott (Lodging heir?) was amusing (no reported stings — how easy is it to fling a jellyfish accurately when sober & how far gone was this poor sod? — not that the story would lose amusement for us because a stranger on the other side of the continent got a boo-boo) but the fun stopped when we read the charges.
Marriott was arrested Monday and charged with disorderly intoxication and carrying a concealed weapon. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Marriott was carrying a pocketknife in his shorts.
We're no knife nut (if such exists) partly, we suppose, because the knife lobby didn't buy a Constitutional Amendment from the Founders protecting our right to "cut shit up, & good!" but, not to give anything away here, we carry a concealed weapon wherever we go, our keys being attached to a Swiss Army knife, which has two (Count 'em! Two!) blades & some other sharp stuff on it. Are two blades a sentence-doubler? The slice & dice world's equivalent of a semi-automatic rifle w/ a big magazine? How much time are we going to do for this? How long until we're caught?
Talk among yourselves, we have to go look up some California laws.
Editor's Note: Typed beginning at 1919 PDT, delayed three hrs. by Time-Warner Cable. (See above.)

Olbermann Ignores Larger Truth Of Hannity's "Lie"

Don't you wish MSNBC's Keith Olbermann would just shut the fuck up?
Just moments ago, K. O. claimed that when Sean Hannity, on FOX News after The Messiah's speech last night, said Obumble called insurance co. executives "bad people," Hannity told a "lie." Olby then showed a clip of Obummer saying "insurance executives don't do this because they're bad people."
Be that as it may, we'll trust Mr. Hannity on this one. He's no mind-reader (Probably not much of a reader, period, heh.) but he has full & absolute insight into the minds of hard-left, liberal, socialist, Marxist, fascist, Nazi blacks, that insight having been honed by Hannity's years as an Irish-Catholic bigot.
When Sean Hannity says that the Prez said that insurance execs are evil, we will believe Hannity, as he knows what goes on in the mind of Muslim Marxists who were born in ["Which country are we saying it was this wk?"] & who lie like rugs because they don't believe in the Baby Jesus. Who are you going to believe, supreme intellect Sean Hannity, or your lying ears?

The Truth Hurts, But Not Nearly Enough

A jerk at The NYT bitches about teachers & their heinous unions (also getting in a few swipes at impediments to education like Texans who want their spawn home-schooled at public school).

You’re a senior in high school, in Kent, Wash. Senioritis! You’re going to coast, and still get into a bodacious college. Is this year over yet?

But now your teachers are on strike. They were told by a judge that their walkout is illegal. They were ordered to report to class. And yet . . .

“Oftentimes, acts of civil disobedience have to occur to right a wrong,” says the union president, Linda Brackin Johnson.

What’s the wrong? Too many meetings, for one. The teachers hate those mandatory meetings, and who can blame them. All those words that shouldn’t be verbs — prioritize, incentivize, progressivize.

They also want smaller classes. And a raise, of course. Awesome. Except, this year, your school district is broke. Your state is broke. And your country is broke. All the money went to bankers and auto makers and an unnecessary war that will end up costing nearly a trillion dollars.

Besides, the teachers are doing better than most. As the American Federation of Teachers reported in their 2007 wage survey, the average salary now is $51,000, and some make $100,000. While salaries for all U.S. workers fell sharply, to $46,955, teachers saw the highest salary increases in 15 years.

Good for them. This job is so lame. Duh! Is there anything more awful than that look you give them in first period — the half-lidded, blank-faced, don’t-even-think-of-calling-on-me glare? (You’re faking, but it works.)

The teachers should be happy to get raises while everyone else takes a hit. Happy to have a job in the worst recession in 65 years. Not in Kent, Wash.

They vote to ignore the judge’s order, break the law and stay on strike. The lesson is: defy authority when it suits your needs. Take a seat over there with the Texas parents who kept their kids home.

The truth is out there, & the miracle of instant truth occurs:

Timothy Egan: “They also want smaller classes. And a raise, of course. Awesome. Except, this year, your school district is broke.”

As a parent who’s son attends Kentlake high school in the Kent school district, I have to comment. You don’t know what you are talking about.

“This year the school board laid off teachers (increasing class sizes even more), and proposed rolling back pay even further — all so they could maintain a $21 million administrative savings account.”

Thanks, Jim Fowler

Thank you, Jim Fowler.
Now, when will Mr. Egan retract his lie(s)? Publicly. In electrons & print? Do not hold your breath.
The other responsible speculation we must make is the composition of the Kent School Board. Drooling religious fanatics who want that admin. acc't. for teaching creationism? Or is it merely the slush fund for board members?
P. S.: Statistics that the "left-liberal" New York Times likes to mention in some contexts (Putting working people at each other's throats, for example.) but seldom follows up on:
While salaries for all U.S. workers fell sharply, to $46,955, teachers saw the highest salary increases in 15 years.
Teaching being such a high-paid profession to start, it's unconscionable that teachers accept the generous wage increases offered them. Especially when others wages are falling, which is totally the fault of the teachers. Fucking shit, Timothy Egan, if we want to read mealy-mouthed mugwumpery about teachers & unions, we can visit Megan McArdle at The Atlantic. Get your own shtick, loser.

Caught W/ Meat In Mouth, GOP Assemblyman Will Cost Orange County $330,000 To $440,000

Assemblyman Mike "I didn't do nuthin'!" Duvall had to resign from the Sacramento Boys Club for telling tales in class, but he didn't do it. Honest.

"I want to make it clear that my decision to resign is in no way an admission that I had an affair or affairs," Duvall said in a statement in his website. "My offense was engaging in inappropriate story-telling and I regret my language and choice of words. The resulting media coverage was proving to be an unneeded distraction to my colleagues and I resigned in the hope that my decision would allow them to return to the business of the state."

Duvall stepped down after legislative leaders stripped him of his committee posts and launched an ethics probe of his actions.

His votes in favor of spanking, adultery, & anything else favored by his (alleged) mistress(es)Sempra Energy, the employer of one of his lobbyist/mistresses, may also have the effect of harming many of his constituents, forced as they are to breathe the vile pollutants w/which Sempra Energy* blesses Southern California each day.
The use of sexual favors is just one more example of the tactics that energy companies and lobbyists have used to win favorable laws from lawmakers," said Kathay Feng, president of California Common Cause. As TV camera crews chased lawmakers through Capitol corridors for comment on the scandal Wednesday, the place was abuzz with gossip: other lawmakers with lobbyist mistresses, inappropriate invitations to romantic dinners, married legislators and industry officials canoodling at fundraisers and after-hours mixers. Duvall, some said, just happened to get caught.
Human life? A value can be placed on it. A chance to spank an adult almost twenty yrs. younger than you? Priceless. To hell w/ the voters, right?
Duvall joined other Republicans in voting several times this year against renewable energy measures opposed by Sempra Energy. The measures would require utilities to derive significantly more electricity from solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy sources by 2020.
One of the lowest forms of humanoid life is the insurance salesman, who enables & profits from the twisted desire to gamble on one's life, health, & property. So it's not very surprising that disgraced former Assemblyman Duvall sells the crap.

Assemblyman Duvall continues to own and operate a local insurance agency and understands what it takes to operate a small business in California’s strict regulatory environment. As the two-time President of the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Yorba Linda General Plan Steering Committee, he was a passionate defender of local businesses. Chapman University awarded Duvall the Ethics in America Award for his “demonstration of the highest standards of ethical integrity” while a member of the Chamber team.

Assemblyman Duvall lives in Yorba Linda with his wife Susan who runs a business employing hundreds of local residents. He has two grown children.

Ladies who've been naughty & don't mind a little punishment are encouraged to contact former Ass.-man Duvall for possible reductions in their insurance rates. Sempra Energy's webpage:Note that Sempra is "... working to provide clean power to North America, and developing and exploring generating electricity from energy resources such as solar energy and wind." Just don't pass any laws that make this actually happen, is that it? What Sempra has to say for itself in its Media Statement:
Sempra Energy Media Statement on Taping of Fmr. Assemblymember Duvall
Media Contact:Sempra Energy Public Relations (877) 866-2066

Sempra Energy today issued the following statement in response to numerous media inquiries regarding taped comments made last July by former California Assemblymember Michael Duvall:

Sempra Energy takes very seriously any reports involving the conduct of our employees. We are investigating this matter and the recent media reports that named one of our employees. The employee has denied the speculative media reports. Our investigation will be conducted to ensure not only that our policies on employee conduct are strictly adhered to, but also that our employee is treated fairly.

Now may we make the streets red w/ their blood? And if not now, when the fuck? *Technical legalities: From the fine print at the "Sempra Energy" site:
Sempra Generation, Sempra LNG, and Sempra Pipelines & Storage are not the same companies as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), and are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Privacy Policy | Legal Policy ©1998-2007 Sempra Energy®
No, no connection between these entities at all. The dedication of Sempra Energy to renewable, sustainable energy is apparent in their up-to date copyright, as well as their opposition to laws that favor their stated mission.
It really would be irresponsible not to speculate that Sempra Energy is little more than a lobbying front/brothel for plain old Sempra, the air polluters. (Regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.)
The PUC may well need to be looked at. If Sempra Energy will pay whores to lobby sickening old pervs in the Assembly, what do you think SoCalGas or SDG&E would do to influence the PUC?

Telebision Up-Date: Commercial War On Christmas Underway ... Spread For Bike Messengers WHO WILL NOT TONE IT DOWN!

From The City of the Television Skies:

Commercial X-mess has been underway since a bit before Labor Day. Waiting until the traditional wk.-or-two-before-Hallowee'n start of the assault would cut into the zillions in interest K-Mart/Sears will be earning on America's money for the next couple of months.
Economically telling, too: Layaway is back, & not just for "poor" folks. Now the middle-class sheep can be ripped off as well. And Hallowe'en's only seven wks. away! ... Happy to hear some lyrics (though not very many) written by long-time casual acquaintance The Mad Meltz via the idiot screen.
Sock those bones away in the retirement fund, Richard! Too bad Ford didn't take any gummint money, you could be leeching from the taxpayers like we are ... The fall season looks to be the worst ever. In all of recorded human history. We can't even think of a new fall program. Not strictly true. Fox must be desperate, as they've been helping the L. A. Times out of bankruptcy w/ wrap-arounds, & today a special eight-page section. All of it in one eye & out the ear.
Lessee, there's a musical, a re-make of "Melrose Place" — Ah, there it is! The moment when the studios stopped pretending, & started admitting they enjoy the taste of their own flesh. No more theatrical adaptations of Saturday morning animation & popular sitcoms. Just tee vee eating tee vee. When the hell did the first (We didn't type "original" because, as much as we're griping here, telebision, since its days as radio w/ pictures, has rarely been ground-breaking, but in the Age of Transparency, it's no longer necessary, or even desirable, to assert novelty.) "Melrose Place" get shit-canned? Just as we thought, 1999. Make up your own Sex & The Clintonian Zeitgeist thing here, we're just noting that ten yrs. is now the limit on re-animating the dead. (How'd that BH 90210 thing work out, anyway?)
If it hasn't already happened, doubtless some young Hollywood goon will soon be suggesting that a movie be made of the tee vee show "M*A*S*H." After all, it got good ratings for its finale ... Ellipsing right along ... What is this? Re-formulated Miracle Whip? Or just re-branded; its previous demographic currently dying like flies (possibly as a result of MW consumption).
We can't judge this from the perspective of the target demo; let's turn it over to someone who can.Go cat go!

10 September: Guillotine Still Works; Brits Bite It; "Kingfish" Dies; "Gunsmoke" Moves To Tee Vee; "Cats" Uses Ninth Life

Today is Thursday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2009. There are 112 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 10, 1939, Canada declared war on Nazi Germany as Parliament acted at the behest of Prime Minister Wiliam Lyon Mackenzie King.

On this date:

In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia. In 1813, Oliver H. Perry sent the message, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours," after an American naval force defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. In 1823, Simon Bolivar, who led the wars for independence from Spain in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, was named president of Peru with dictatorial powers. In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine. In 1919, New York City welcomed home General John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who'd served in the US First Division during World War I.In 1924, a judge in Chicago sentenced Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb to life in prison for the murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks - a "thrill killing" that had shocked the nation. (Loeb was killed in prison in 1936; Leopold was paroled in 1958 and died in 1971.) In 1935, Senator Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, died in Baton Rouge two days after being shot in the state Capitol, supposedly by Dr. Carl Weiss. In 1945, Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis (he was executed by firing squad in October 1945). In 1948, American-born Mildred Gillars, the Nazi wartime radio broadcaster known as "Axis Sally," was indicted in Washington, D.C., for treason. In 1963, twenty black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Governor George C. Wallace. In 1977, convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant, became the last person to date to be executed by the guillotine in France. In 1979, four Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned for a 1954 attack on the US.House of Representatives and a 1950 attempt on the life of President Harry S. Truman were freed from prison after being granted clemency by President Jimmy Carter. In 1983, John Vorster, prime minister of white-ruled South Africa from 1966 to 1978, died in Cape Town at age 67. In 1998, President Bill Clinton met with members of his Cabinet to apologize and ask forgiveness in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Ten years ago: The US government began freeing 14 Puerto Rican nationalists granted clemency by President Bill Clinton. A federal judge ordered an end to busing and other means of achieving racial balance in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the North Carolina school system that had pioneered urban busing in the United States. In 2002, Switzerland became the 190th member of the United Nations. In 2003, Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, 46, was stabbed in a Stockholm department store; she died the next day. Five years ago: CBS News vigorously defended its report about President George W. Bush's Air National Guard service, with anchor Dan Rather saying broadcast memos questioned by forensic experts came from "what we consider to be solid sources." Former transportation secretary Brock Adams died in Stevensville, Md., at age 77. One year ago: The world's largest particle collider passed its first major tests by firing two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 17-mile (27-kilometer) ring under the Franco-Swiss border.

Today's Birthdays September 10

Golfer Arnold Palmer is 80. Actor Philip Baker Hall is 78. Country singer Tommy Overstreet is 72. Actor Greg Mullavey is 70. Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers is 69. Singer Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) is 67. Singer Jose Feliciano is 64. Actor Tom Ligon is 64. Actress Judy Geeson is 61. Former Canadian first lady Margaret Trudeau is 61. Political commentator Bill O'Reilly is 60. Rock musician Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 59. Actress Amy Irving is 56. Country singer Rosie Flores is 53.Actress Kate Burton is 52. Movie director Chris Columbus is 51. Actor Colin Firth is 49. Rock singer-musician David Lowery (Cracker) is 49. MLB All-Star pitcher Randy Johnson is 46. Rock musician Stevie D. (Buckcherry) is 43. Rock musician Robin Goodridge (Bush) is 44. Rock singer-musician Miles Zuniga (Fastball) is 43. Rapper Big Daddy Kane is 41. Movie director Guy Ritchie is 41. Actor Ryan Phillippe is 35. NBA All-Star Ben Wallace is 35. Rock musician Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) is 29. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Timothy Goebel is 29.

Today In Entertainment History September 10

In 1955, "Gunsmoke" premiered on CBS. "Gunsmoke" began on radio in 1952. The program ran for nearly 20 years on TV.In 1964, Rod Stewart recorded his first single, a version of Willie Dixon's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." In 1965, "The Jack Paar Show" had its final broadcast. The studio audience consisted of one: Paar's dog. Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, the original New York Dolls split up. They have since reunited. [Minus the dead ones, mind you. — Ed.] In 1990, Jessica Tandy and her husband Hume Cronyn received National Medals of the Arts at the White House, along with B.B. King and Beverly Sills. In 1993, "The X-Files" made its debut on Fox. In 1996, Sheryl Crow's self-titled album was banned in Wal-Mart because of the song "Love Is A Good Thing," which mentions children killing each other "with a gun they bought at the Wal-Mart discount stores." In 1998, some Hindu groups criticized Madonna's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. She wore a see-through shirt and a Hindu facial marking while performing "Ray of Light." In 2000, "Cats" was performed for the last time on Broadway, after an 18-year run. In 2002, the Russian space agency informed NASA it was not taking Lance Bass of 'N Sync on a mission to the international space station. Bass had failed to come up with the needed $20 million. NBC's "The West Wing" won a record nine Emmy awards, including best drama series. One year ago:Frank Mundus, the legendary shark fisherman said to have inspired the character of Quint in "Jaws," died in Honolulu at age 82.

Thought for Today:

"History is the great dust-heap ... a pageant and not a philosophy." —Augustine Birrell, English author and statesman (1850-1933).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

From The Nation's Capital

Our wish granted. (He didn't stand up, but that's trivial.)Let's see: Gray suit, white or light-blue shirt, cuff links, expensive-looking watch, lapel pin, class ring, wedding band, subdued tie, male pattern baldness, don't need uh take no notes er nuthin', OK, ready to go.Thanks to J— for confirming our worst suspicions, via S,N!, sparing us from researching (Like that'd happen!) all the GOP's high-jinks. J— calls the photo "The face of the Republican Party."

Speech Begins ... Interest Ends

We've no desire to listen, but on the off chance of a drooler from the right (or "incorrect") side of the aisle standing up & screaming something, town tantrum style, at or about The Prez, we may have to keep an eye turned to the (No longer, damn it!) tube.

The "New" New Republic

OK, just the web site is "new." And is reminiscient of the "new" L. A Times website. Hmmm. Anyway, Chotiner checks the logic in this wk.'s ghost-written for the WSJ Palin editorial.
It is always worth knowing how certain people think. According to Palin, what matters here is not whether the federal government will implement death panels. No, what matters is that the phrase "rang true" for people. Thus if you are, say, the governor or former governor of Alaska, and a public figure that people pay attention to, you are well within your rights to spread falsehoods as long as the opinion polls support your lies. Okay, let's take Palin's logic and put it to some real use. Suppose I wanted to prove that Palin was not very smart. For evidence I could cite her sub-literate sentences and inability to answer basic questions. But this would be to betray Palin's own logic. So instead I would simply talk to a bunch of my liberal friends who think she is not very smart, and use their opinions as my evidence. What a neat trick.
Very nice. And Palin is hardly the only rightist who takes this attitude. If people believe you, it's not a lie!

55 Years Ago Today

Marilyn Monroe poses over a subway grate in New York City during the filming of "The Seven Year Itch" on Sept. 9, 1954. (AP Photo/Matty Zimmerman)

9 September: Admission Day; Attica; Laugh Track Debuts; Dodgers Need Perfect Game From Koufax As Offense Scores One Run; "Heckuva Job, Brownie!"

From The Associated Press - 1 hr 32 mins ago - & The UPI Almanac. Today is Wednesday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2009. There are 113 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 9, 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term "United States" official, replacing "United Colonies."

On this date:

In 1830, Charles Durant flew a balloon from New York City across the Hudson River to Perth Amboy, N.J. In 1850, California became the 31st state of the union. In 1893, Frances Cleveland, wife of President Grover Cleveland, gave birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House; it was the first time a president's child was born in the executive mansion. In 1919, some 1,100 members of Boston's 1,500-man police force went on strike, plunging the city into chaos. (The strike was broken by Massachusetts Gov. Calvin Coolidge, who brought in replacement officers.) In 1943, Allied forces landed at Salerno and Taranto. In 1948, the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was declared. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction. In 1965, Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, N.Y., beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.In 1976, Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at age 82. In 1990, Liberian President Samuel Doe was captured and killed by rebels after visiting the headquarters of West African peacekeeping forces in Monrovia. In 1993, the Palestine Liberation Organization agreed to recognize Israel's right to exist, and Israel agreed to recognize the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people. In 1997, Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army's political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland's future. Ten years ago: Former Republican Sen. John Danforth opened an independent inquiry into the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. A massive explosion tore apart a Moscow apartment building, killing about a hundred people. Israel released 199 Palestinian security prisoners as part of a new peace deal. Baseball Hall-of-Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter died in Hertford, N.C., at age 53. In 2001, Afghanistan's military opposition leader Ahmed Shah Massood was fatally wounded in a suicide attack by assassins posing as journalists. In 2003, the Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese agreed to pay $85 million to 552 people to settle clergy sex abuse cases. Five years ago: Secretary of State Colin Powell told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that abuses by government-supported Arab militias in Sudan qualified as genocide against the black African population in the Darfur region. A powerful car bomb exploded outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 10 people. In 2005, Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown, the principal target of harsh criticism of the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, was relieved of his onsite command. One year ago: President George W. Bush announced he would keep U.S. force strength in Iraq largely intact until the next administration, drawing rebukes from Democrats who wanted the war ended and a bigger boost of troops in troubled Afghanistan. Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of assassinated former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, took office as Pakistan's president.

Today's Birthdays:

Actor Cliff Robertson is 86. Actor Topol is 74. R&B singer Luther Simmons is 67. Singer Inez Foxx is 67. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 64.Rock singer-musician Doug Ingle is 63. Country singer Freddy Weller is 62. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Joe Theismann is 60. Actor Tom Wopat is 58. Actress Angela Cartwright is 57. Musician-producer Dave Stewart is 57. Actor Hugh Grant is 49. Actor Adam Sandler is 43. Actor David Bennent is 43. Rock singer Paul Durham (Black Lab) is 41. Model Rachel Hunter is 40. Actor Goran Visnjic is 37. Pop-jazz singer Michael Buble is 34. Latin singer Maria Rita is 32. Actress Michelle Williams is 29.

Today In Entertainment History September 9

In 1926, the National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) was incorporated by the Radio Corp. of America. In 1950, "The Hank McCune Show" became the first TV show to feature a laugh track. In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first of three appearances on the "Ed Sullivan Show." He sang "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel" and "Ready Teddy."No can possibly be reading this now, 24 January 2013. M.B.In 1972, Miles Davis premiered his new nine-piece band in New York. Unlike other bands Davis had formed, this one was comprised of mostly unknown musicians. In 1973, Todd Rundgren recorded the voices of 1,000 fans in San Francisco for the left track of his song "Sons of 1984." He had recorded over 5,000 fans in New York for the right track. In 1982, singers Al Green and Patti LaBelle made their Broadway debuts in the gospel-inspired stage musical "Your Arm's Too Short to Box with God." In 1995, singer Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips married actor William Baldwin. In 1996, bluegrass legend Bill Monroe died in Springfield, Tennessee, at the age of 84. Singer Tom Petty's wife, Jane, filed for legal separation after 22 years of marriage, citing "irreconcilable differences." Ten years ago: Actress Ruth Roman died in Laguna Beach, Calif., at age 76. In 1997, actor Burgess Meredith died after suffering melanoma and Alzheimer's disease. He was 89. In 2008, Noel Gallagher of Oasis was injured when a man ran on stage at their concert in Toronto and shoved Gallagher into a speaker.

Thought for Today:

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." — Hannah More, English author and social reformer (1745-1833). [Keep your nose-to-the-grindstone "indoctrination" to yourself, busybody. — Ed.]