Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Camera & The Microphone Are Mightier Than The Lying Typist

As opposed to the item just under the item immediately below, here is responsible &, you know, civil discourse (Hey, that's the theme, as a matter of fact: Civil people in nice clothes.) from the mainstream media.
And sometimes it takes a mainstream conservative conference in Washington, DC to remind one that, while the infrastucture of conservative interest groups has engaged in heavy flirtation--some would say an outright love affair--with the passion of the protesters, dignified gatherings in hotel ballrooms are still its bread and butter.
Here, 48 states are represented by mostly upper-middle-aged conservatives who have flown in for the occasion, most wearing button-down shirts and khakis, a blazer here and there. Some of the women dress brightly.

The total attendance, media included, is 1,827. Many seem to have come from out of town.

Um-hmm. Brightly dressed women from out of town, accompanied by the wave of the future, upper-middle-aged (Same as lower-just-plain-old?) conservatives in button-downs & khakis. Is there anything resembling a point here, other than the obvious prostitution similarity we tried to squeeze out of it?

Moving along, we see that typist Chris Good likes
Eric Cantor, the dynamic Republican House Whip who's become a leading voice against President Obama's economic policies.
A lot.
After his speech, I ask Cantor whether the fringes of the right need to temper their anger. I'm wondering if someone like Cantor--a conservative operator at the top of his game--thinks the concern over the right's anger, and the media attention it's getting, is hurting the conservative movement as a whole.

"We can be about civil discourse in this country--that's what this country's based upon," Cantor says. "I'm struck by the Speaker's comments yesterday that somehow we've now entered a new era where there's violence in the offing. I just disagree with that. I think that we are in an age right now, and at a turning point in history where America has some tough choices to make, so people have awakened and want to be involved in that."
Yes, you could be "about" civil discourse, couldn't you? Here's some.
The mainstream conservatives, calmly attending a conference about the issues that are important to them, must know this as well. Right now, there's a disconnect between the anger in the streets and the mild-mannered engagement in the Omni Shoreham's Regency Ballroom. But at the upper levels of conservatism--at the level of the DC-based interest groups and the people who run them--there's a real desire to connect the two: to get their groups involved in that momentum, and to be a part of the protest movement.
The important issues (Which Mr. Good conveniently forgot to sum up for us.) of the mainstreamers don't seem too disconnected from those of the Tea Partiers.
Sometimes it takes a conservative conference to remember it, but conservative engagement isn't always so rowdy. Sometimes it wears khakis and plaid, reviewing handouts in a hotel ballroom. It's a pure stylistic fact that August has led many to forget.
The point, therefore, is that, well, let's see ... his point, we'll guess, is that not all conservatives are raging loons. He didn't bother to point to differences between the policies (Or, indeed, any policy beyond overturning the results of the recent election.) & delusional concerns of the khaki-clad in the hotel ballrooms & the ideas & fears motivating the jeans & T-shirt reactionaries. Also ignored: Any  difference between the mild-mannered conspiring together in the Omni Shoreham's Regency Ballroom & a bunch of lower-middle-aged yahoos out to express their pent-up rage for the cameras & microphones.

Commenters who had clever ideas we didn't.

More next wk., from the heartland of Flyoveria:

Make Your Plans Now

Find something else to do. Just Another Blog™'s traditional Ignoring The Emmys Live Not-Blogging will continue tomorrow, as it has every yr. we've been typing.

(Crap, next yr. it may be on our very birthday. Bastards.)

Blood Pressure (Or Satire) Alert!

Someone's going to burst a blood vessel, but this is funny, in a sad way. Is this one of the leading lights of the Bizarro Blog-o-sphere, though? We keep encountering it on memeorandum, but can't imagine why.

They're Pissed, They're Raging

Theft is theft, too. Stop us!

US Christian conservatives 'defiant'

By Paul Adams 
BBC News, Washington
Republican Mike Pence addresses last year's Republican National Convention (2 Sept 2008)
Congressman Mike Pence was one of the first to rouse the party faithful
Anyone who thought that "values voters" were still licking their wounds after the Republican Party received a drubbing at the polls might have found the atmosphere in Washington's plush Omni Shoreham Hotel rather surprising.
An audience of 2,000 Christian conservatives gathered to listen to their political and media icons, condemn the Obama administation's alleged socialist agenda and plot the downfall of the Democrats at the 2010 mid-term elections.
The mood was angry and defiant at the annual "Values Voters Summit", which kicked off with a rousing call to arms from Republican Congressman Mike Pence, from Indiana, a man some see as a future presidential candidate.
He spoke of a "great American awakening", while another Congressman, Tom Price of Georgia, spoke of lighting "bushfires of freedom", to roars of excited approval from the floor.
Scent of blood
After weeks of vociferous attacks on several fronts, including the Obama healthcare proposals ("Obama-care" to the assembled crowd), American conservatives feel they are back on the front foot. Rightly or wrongly, they scent blood.
But behind the confident bluster, dark fears swirl. One delegate, Sue Phelps, drew comparisons between Barack Obama, Fidel Castro and Adolf Hitler - "they were good orators too" - and said the president's nationality and religion were "unanswered questions".
From the podium, Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor stoked the audience's fears with a joke about a man who goes to sleep in America and wakes up, after a year of Obama, to find himself living in Sweden.
To many foreign ears, the thought of waking up in Sweden might seem rather appealing, but to this fiercely patriotic crowd it would not have made much difference if Mr Cantor had substituted Sweden for North Korea.
Vin Weber, a veteran of the "Gingrich revolution", in which the Republicans wrested control of both houses from the Democrats in 1994, says the party is "tapping into deep anxiety and discontent about the magnitude of change" under the Obama administration, allowing Republicans to "get on their feet rather quickly".
President of American Values Gary Bauer speaks during a Christian conference on Capitol Hill, Washington (Archive 2006)
Gary Bauer said the racism suggestion was 'ridiculous'
In a week when a former president, Jimmy Carter, has suggested that most opposition to President Obama stems from racism, Mr Weber is quick to dismiss the charge.
Yes, there's racism on the right, he admits, but the overwhelming majority of the president's critics are challenging him "on philosophical grounds".
Gary Bauer, president of American Values and one of the country's leading Christian conservatives, is contemptuous, calling the racism charge a "ridiculous attempt to marginalise conservatives".
With their confident demeanour and "Take Back America in 2010" bumper stickers, the forces of Christian conservatism seem anything but marginalised.
It is certainly true that the boldness of the Obama agenda has rekindled their passion, and Vin Weber believes that if national security and the economy move away from centre stage, then the "values agenda" will once again reassert itself.

Annals Of Conspiracy

Intellectual property is theft: Alex Constantine lifts a Salon article on why & how crazy Glenn Beck is. W. Cleon Skousen is how & why.

It Was Forty-Two Yrs. & Two Days Ago Today

DOC40 (Mick Farren) has been infected by Bugger™ linking every post made here to other Bugger™ blogs, following installation of our feeding bogroll. So he may well have been looking at our sad nostalgia fits here
'cause he has a twinge of it himself, possibly amusing for those of us on the declinin' side of life, plus he presents vids of Jimbo & JB on Sullivan. Corpses rock hardest!

Will You Walk The Plank For Talk Like A Pirate Day?

Last year, the grim economy forced many companies to scale back or cancel staff Christmas and holiday parties.

This Saturday, Sept. 19, is another big test for the mood of America's psyche: International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

(Yes, seriously. Click here for details.)

According to the official website, the holiday was the brainchild of John Baur and Mark Summers, two friends from Albany, Ore., right, a.k.a. Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket, who were playing racquetball when, for reasons that aren't clear to either of them now, they started insulting each other in pirate jargon.

They decided to start Talk Like a Pirate Day, and picked September 19th because it is Summers' ex-wife's birthday.

"The date was stuck in his head and he wasn't doing anything with it anymore, so it would be easy to remember," Summers says.

The whole thing then got mentioned in a column by humorist Dave Barry and, well, in the Internet era it doesn't take much more than that.

USA Today

19 September: G. W. Says "Later"; Kiwis Let Dames Vote; Commies Get Bad Service; Mothers Of Prevention Formed; Peron Ousted; Emoticons Invented; Gram Parsons Dies; Unabomber Manifesto Published; World Trembles In Fear As Bouffant Is Born, Becomes Bored Immediately

Today is Saturday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2009. There are 103 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 19, 1796, President George Washington's farewell address was published. In it, the nation's first chief executive wrote, "Observe good faith and justice towards all Nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all."

On this date:

In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the first Battle of Saratoga.
In 1783, Jacques Etienne Montgolfier launched a duck, a sheep and a rooster aboard a hot-air balloon at Versailles in France.
In 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2 1/2 months after being shot by Charles Guiteau; Chester Alan Arthur became president.
In 1893, with the signing of the Electoral Bill by Gov. Lord Glasgow, New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant national voting rights to women.
In 1906, addressing the annual dinner of The Associated Press in New York, Mark Twain said there were "only two forces that can carry light to all the corners of the globe ... the sun in the heavens and The Associated Press down here." [That sound you hear? Yup. Spinning like a top. — Ed.]
Seventy-five years ago, in 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnap-murder of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.
In 1945, Nazi radio propagandist William Joyce, known as "Lord Haw-Haw," was convicted of treason and sentenced to death by a British court.
In 1955, President Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt by the military.
In 1957, the United States conducted its first contained underground nuclear test, code-named "Rainier," in the Nevada desert.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, visiting Los Angeles, reacted angrily upon being told that, for security reasons, he wouldn't get to visit Disneyland.
In 1960, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, angrily checked out of the Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management; Castro accepted an invitation to stay at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem.
In 1982, emoticons were born when Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman proposed punctuating humorous or sarcastic computer messages with a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis as a horizontal "smiley face." :-) [The horror. — Ed.]
In 1985, the Mexico City area was struck by the first of two devastating earthquakes that claimed some 6,000 lives.
In 1988, Israel succeeded in launching a test satellite, the Ofeq ("Horizon") 1, over the Mediterranean Sea.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, a Paris-bound DC-10 belonging to French airline UTA was bombed over Niger, killing all 170 people on board. (A French court later convicted six Libyans in absentia for the bombing; Libya agreed in 2004 to pay $170 million in compensation, although it stopped short of acknowledging responsibility.)
In 1994, U. S. troops entered Haiti to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
In 1995, The New York Times and The Washington Post published the Unabomber's manifesto.
Ten years ago: German voters handed Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's governing Social Democrats a humiliating defeat in elections in the eastern state of Saxony, giving it just 11 percent of the votes.
In 2001, the Pentagon ordered combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. [A building giving orders? Only in America. — Ed.]
In 2002, President George W. Bush asked Congress for authority to "use all means," including military force if necessary, to disarm and overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein if he did not quickly meet United Nations demands to abandon all weapons of mass destruction.
Five years ago: Hu Jintao became the undisputed leader of China with the departure of former President Jiang Zemin from his top military post. Militants decapitated three hostages believed to be Iraqi Kurds in a videotape that surfaced hours after Iraq's prime minister said that January elections would be held on schedule. The United States suffered its biggest Ryder Cup loss in 77 years as it lost to the Europeans, 18 1/2 to 9 1/2.
In 2005, former Tyco CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski was sentenced in New York to up to 25 years in prison for looting the company of hundreds of millions of dollars; Tyco's former finance chief, Mark Swartz, received the same sentence. Al-Qaida deputy Ayman al-Zawahri said his terror network had carried out the July 7 London bombings that killed 52 people. [Who is the greater criminal, Kozlowski or al-Zawahri? — Ed.]
One year ago: Struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration laid out a radical bailout plan calling for a takeover of a half-trillion dollars or more in worthless mortgages and other bad debt held by tottering institutions. Relieved investors sent stocks soaring on Wall Street and around the globe.
 China's food safety crisis widened after the industrial chemical melamine was found in milk produced by three of the country's leading dairy companies. Baseball's new instant replay system produced its first reversal when Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena had a two-run double changed to a three-run homer during the fourth inning of a game against Minnesota.

Today's Birthdays:

Opera singer Blanche Thebom is 91. Author Roger Angell is 89. TV host James Lipton ("Inside the Actors Studio") is 83. Actress Rosemary Harris is 82. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Duke Snider is 83. Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown is 82. Actor Adam West is 79. Retired baseball All-Star Bob Turley is 79. Actor David McCallum is 76. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is 69. Singer Bill Medley is 69. Singer Sylvia Tyson (Ian and Sylvia) is 69. Baseball Hall of Famer and sportscaster Joe Morgan is 66. Golfer Jane Blalock is 64. Singer David Bromberg is 64. Actor Randolph Mantooth is 64. Singer Freda Payne is 64. Rock singer-musician Lol Creme (10cc) is 62. Former NFL running back Larry Brown is 62. Actor Jeremy Irons is 61. Actress Twiggy Lawson is 60. TV personality Joan Lunden is 59. Singer-producer Daniel Lanois is 58. Actor Scott Colomby is 57. Musician-producer Nile Rodgers is 57. Unknown web logger Malignant "Chas." Bouffant has 56 yrs. of indescribable suffering, pain & existential agony under his belt. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Reggie Williams is 55. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 54. Actor Kevin Hooks is 51. Actress Carolyn McCormick is 50. Country singer Jeff Bates is 46. Country singer Trisha Yearwood is 45. Actress-comedian Cheri Oteri is 44. News anchor Soledad O'Brien is 43. Former pitcher Jim Abbott is 42. R&B singer Espraronza Griffin is 40. Actress Sanaa Lathan is 38. Actress Stephanie J. Block is 37. Rock singer A. Jay Popoff (Lit) is 36. Comedian and TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon is 35. TV personality Carter Oosterhouse is 33. Actress-TV host Alison Sweeney is 33. Rock musician Ryan Dusick is 32. Actor Columbus Short is 27. Rapper Eamon is 26. Christian rock musician JD Frazier is 26. Actor Kevin Zegers is 25. Actress Danielle Panabaker is 22.

Today In Entertainment History September 19

In 1958, Elvis Presley set sail for Germany, where he would serve a tour of duty for the US Army. He arrived in West Germany on October first.
In 1970, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted on CBS.
In 1973, singer-songwriter Gram Parsons died under mysterious circumstances in Joshua Tree, Calif. Parsons played with The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. His coffin was later stolen by two of his associates and set on fire.
In 1981, singers Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a free concert in New York's Central Park. More than 400,000 people turned out for the show, which was recorded and released as a double album.
In 1985, Frank Zappa appeared before a Senate panel to protest a proposal to rate the lyrics of rock music based on sexual and violent content.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Library of Congress announced the first 25 of 75 films named to the new national film registry. The registry was established to get high-quality copies of films to make sure they would be preserved. The first group included "Gone With The Wind," "The Maltese Falcon" and "Citizen Kane."
In 1998, singer Fabian married former Miss Pennsylvania Andrea Patrick in Farmington, Pennsylvania.
Five years ago, "The Sopranos" won best drama series at the Emmy Awards while "Arrested Development" won best comedy series.
In 2008, hours after performing for thousands of college students, former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and celebrity DJ AM were critically injured in a fiery Learjet crash shortly after takeoff outside Columbia, South Carolina, that killed four people. (DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, was found dead in his apartment on Aug. 28; he was 36.)

Thoughts for Today:

"If you are losing your leisure, look out; you may be losing your soul." — Logan Pearsall Smith, Anglo-American author (1865-1946).

"If god existed, it would be necessary to deny him." — M. "Chas." Bouffant, unknown pseudonymous American, born on this date in 1953.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Why We Are In Iraq

SpiegelOnlineInternational spells it out.
Restoring 'Religious Morals'
A video clip showing men dancing with each other at a party in Baghdad in the summer of 2008 is thought to have triggered this string of kidnappings, rapes, and murders. Thousands of people have seen it on the Internet and on their cell phones. Islamic religious leaders began ranting about the growing presence of a "third sex" which American soldiers were said to have brought in with them. The followers of radical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, in particular, felt the need to take action aimed at restoring "religious morals."
Oh, for Iraq's Values Voters. It's clear now.

TRMS Values Voters Summit Wrap-Up

Rachel has a staff. We don't. (Let's not go there.) So we'll let Ms. Maddow & her staff, camera crews, flunkies & the like handle this delicious schadenfreude. The most fun: arrogantly deluded religious visonary & apparent zombie Carrie Prejean. Yeesh. Watch her. Who's grooming her to take over from Sarah Palin, or do they have no plans beyond FOX News anchor?
Indeed, why should Gawd bless America?

GOP Grasping At Straws

Sometimes we feel sorry for Republican strategist Ron Christie, who is often forced to take indefensible positions. But this is ridiculous, bordering on the absurd. Inane, also.
We don't know if rod & gun fan Ed really hadn't heard of the Kenneth Gladney incident, or if Christie's "beaten to the ground, sent to the hospital" version (We really should call it outright fucking lying.) of events is so hysterical that Ed didn't connect the two. Fell or was pushed down during a scuffle, asked to be taken to the hospital, then showed up for the media in a wheel-chair pushed by his attorney, would be a more truthful recap. The Republican Party is reduced to five minutes of lying about something, and a blame the messenger  response to Speaker Pelosi's concerns about the potential for violence from the million+ (Really!!) loons who showed up in Washington a wk. ago.

Andrew Breitbart's Olde Tyme Anti-Democrat Minstrel Show

Yet another web log loves Leno, & certainly not because he does or doesn't sport Old Glory in his lapel.
Now if the mainstream media would just catch on that it is their job to report on it. Once upon a time this kind of story would be irresistible red meat for the media. What happened?
We have to wonder, if the mainstream media is indeed stumbling, uninsured, from emergency room to emergency room seeking treatment for its self-inflicted wounds,  why the worry about the boner pill & denture cleanser users (18 million or so, total?) who watch the monolith of objective nightly news broadcasts, or the however many who read the national newspapers & network websites, & the maybe five million shut-ins (We're one!) watching the cable news nets? (And around half of them are literal aging shut-ins, permanently tuned to FOX until dinner at 4:30.)

Suddenly, a stirring is felt. The WaPo wakes!
*Update: The Washington Post lives. This morning's paper carries this background story on the sting:
Hannah Giles was on the phone from the District, and she was asking him to dress like her pimp, walk into the offices of the ACORN community activist group, openly admit to wanting to buy a house to run as a brothel, and see what happened. [. . .]

O'Keefe, 25, packed his grandfather's old wide-brimmed derby hat from his swing-dancing days, his grandmother's ratty chinchilla shoulder throw, and a cane he bought at a dollar store, then drove from his parents' home in northern New Jersey to the District to execute the idea with Giles, 20.
In the words of a wrasslin' announcer from 198?, "That was despicable! Let's look at it again!!"
O'Keefe, 25, packed his grandfather's old wide-brimmed derby hat from his swing-dancing days, his grandmother's ratty chinchilla shoulder throw, and a cane he bought at a dollar store, then drove from his parents' home in northern New Jersey
Did they think blackface would have been over the top?

Thanks to Pundit & Pundette for leading us to this. We wouldn't ordinarily have bothered. And the story isn't exactly the narrative whichever Pund is responsible thinks it is.

Consider: Two obviously nutty twenty-nothings, one of them carrying a stick & wearing "his grandmother's ratty chinchilla shoulder throw" walk into a community center or whatever. Would one tell the guy w/ a stick he's nuts & ask them to leave, or play along hoping they'd leave w/o having to bum rush them & receive a beat-down? Come on.

Indeed:
In Philadelphia, Neil Herrmann, ACORN's lead organizer there, said the couple was kicked out after talking to a counselor "for a few minutes." They called to set up an appointment the day before the visit.

"At first when the counselor came," she wasn't going to take them back," Herrmann said. "But they had made an appointment. When he mentioned the 13-year-old girls, they were asked to leave."

O'Keefe disputed Herrmann's account, saying "we talked to them for more than a few minutes."

ACORN emailed a copy of a Philadelphia police report dated July 24 to The Post to verify its account that police were called and the couple was shown the door. O'Keefe is named on the report.
Of further note:

The wanna-be hooker's father. Rad. Refreshing. Confrontational. How he makes his living. What Li'l Pimp has also been up to. And, democracy under the pimp hand:
Though O'Keefe described himself as a progressive radical, not a conservative, he said he targeted ACORN for the same reasons that the political right does: its massive voter registration drives that turn out poor African Americans and Latinos against Republicans.

"Politicians are getting elected single-handedly due to this organization," he said. "No one was holding this organization accountable. No one in the media is putting pressure on them. We wanted to do a stunt and see what we could find."
That awful democracy, it beats conservatism every damn election, at least the elections where people's votes are counted.

Mr. O'Keefe, your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to stop the engine of democracy, or at least stand athwart it, shouting loudly.

Bury Neo-Conservatism With Kristol (Either One)

Just noted crap from a winger. Subhead:
The late Irving Kristol blazed a path from the labor left to the Reaganite right. But he never lost faith in the resilience of democracy—and the disfiguring effects of political rage.
First pullquote:
For Kristol, neoconservatism was a persuasion, not an ideology, one that is as hopeful and forward-looking and cheerful as traditional conservatism is pessimistic and nostalgic and darkly foreboding.
You will be needing the proverbial shitmoat for this; there will be a shitstorm of untruths about what a swell humanoid, intellectual giant & Great American he was. Better look for some shitshutters, too. And see how much duct tape is left.

Blues Name Generator Failure

And two variations on our legal name (Which, we should point out, has nothing to do w/ "King." Or maybe we shouldn't point that out, & let possible stalkers draw their own conclusions.):We could hang w/ "Gloomy Duke King" though. A touch of gloomy sensitivity, & the sheer macho of "Duke King."

Fans Of The First Amendment Speak Out

Disappointing. Hoping, of course, for "action," but apparently it's ninnies whose hearing aid batteries have run down, & therefore can't hear over the reporter's incredibly loud reporting.
What they don't want you to hear:
Can it be stipulated that the use of the word "thug," & any variations thereof, is racist? Thank you, your honor. Does the agenda sound a bit apprehensive, if not imaginary, delusional & paranoid?

Overton Window Holding At 11%

As seen here.

We can discount some of the 11%ers; there must be a few OK smart-asses who'd get a kick from checking the Commie & Republican box, assuming it was a multiple choice survey & those were the choices. And if so, note that the choices are the infamous Democrat [sic] & Republican Parties, or the Communist & Republican Parties. Way to frame there, pollsters. Not even, say, Republican/Libertarian as a third choice? Or Democrat [sic]/Communist? Or does the idea of Democrats & Communists as separate entities sound so crazy to Oklahomans that they just won't buy it?

The Paranoid Style Takes To The Streets (The Last In A Series, It Is Sincerely To Be Hoped, Because We Are Becoming Nauseous At The Prospect Of Seeing More Of These Oafs & Oafettes. Oafinas?)

We haven't looked yet, but it's (9:31) of marchers, as recorded by NewLeftMedia (Is it still 1969 OK/War across the USA? Yes, it sure is.) so it's bound to be all paranoids, all the time. Enjoy.
And an additional chance to lose more time from what remains of your alloted mins., (5:23) of B-roll, w/ an ENCOUNTER AT THE SUPERMARKET W/ MOHAMMAD ATTA (or someone who looked like him, y'know, dark).

Prescience: Toilet Paper Queues; Or: Crazy Like A FanaticFox*

From the fancy-ass new Living Bogroll over there (which has been embarrassing us all over the blog-o-sphere, or at least the Bugger™ portion of it) D-Day steals the funny from some other pud (who got it from a third twit; the trail from there goes to You Tube.) 'though why credit should go to anyone but whichever of the Kids in the Hall dudes this one is, is an excellent question, isn't it?
Remember "Network?" Over the top parody. An impossible lampoon. Even in the Kids' heyday, no one would have believed that such a thing as the FOX News Channel would ever exist. And Glenn Beck? A mewling hysteric leading his flock into Rockefeller Center to look at the Marxist-fascist symbolism on the walls that no one's noticed for some seventy years? Please. Americans are men, not sheep to be led about by a rodeo clown.

DISCLAIMER/UPDATE @0240 PDT: Despite the "Network"  reference above, we have yet to read TIME's Beck cover story, & had no idea that it must have a (Misunderstood, to be kind.) "Network" theme, judging from this.

*We were going to go for an S. G. Prebleman joke here, but we're sticking w/ just the reference.

18 September: Happy 5770! Happy 300th, Doc Johnson! Not So Happy For Hendrix; CBS Begins Assault On Ears Of Grateful Nation; Patty Hearst Busted

Today is Friday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2009. There are 104 days left in the year. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, begins at sunset. The UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

Three hundred years ago, on Sept. 18, 1709 (New Style date), author, critic, lexicographer and wit Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.

On this date:

In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.
In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
In 1810, Chile made its initial declaration of independence from Spain.
In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with returning escaped slaves to their owners.
AP Highlight in History: 
On Sept. 18, 1851, the first edition of The New York Times was published.

In 1947, the National Security Act, which unified the Army, Navy and newly formed Air Force into a national military establishment, went into effect.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev continued his visit to New York with visits to Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the grave of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Khrushchev called on all countries to disarm.
In 1961, United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia.
In 1975, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was captured by the FBI in San Francisco, 19 months after being kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1997, Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse agreed to merge to create the world's biggest accounting firm. Media mogul Ted Turner pledged $1 billion to the United Nations.
In 1998, the House Judiciary Committee voted to release a videotape of President Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony.
Ten years ago: A multinational fleet sailed toward East Timor, the vanguard of a U.N.-approved force assigned to bring order to the bloodied Indonesian province. Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the first player in major league baseball history to reach 60 homers twice. Heather Renee French of Kentucky was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.
Five years ago: A divided U.N. Security Council approved a resolution threatening oil sanctions against Sudan unless the government reined in Arab militias blamed for a killing rampage in Darfur.
One year ago: President George W. Bush told the country his administration was working feverishly to calm turmoil in the financial markets. The president met with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who then asked Congress to give the government power to rescue banks by buying up their bad assets. Stocks on Wall Street shot up more than 400 points on word a plan was in the works.

Today's Birthdays:

Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 76. Actor Robert Blake is 76. Sen. Robert Bennett, Rabid-Utah, is 76. Actor Fred Willard is 70. Singer Frankie Avalon is 69. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 60. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 59. Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is 57. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 54. Movie director Mark Romanek is 50. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg is 50. Actor James Gandolfini is 48. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 48. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 47. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 45. R&B singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 42. Actress Aisha Tyler is 39. Cycling champion Lance Armstrong is 38. Opera singer Anna Netrebko is 38. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 38. Actor James Marsden is 36. Actress Emily Rutherfurd is 35. Actor Travis Schuldt ("Scrubs") is 35. Rapper Xzibit is 35. Comedian-actor Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live") is 34. Actress Sophina Brown is 33. Actress Alison Lohman is 30.

Today In Entertainment History September 18

In 1905, actress Greta Garbo was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1927, the Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its on-air debut with a basic network of 16 radio stations.
In 1949, actor Frank Morgan died at the age of 59. He's probably best known for playing the wizard in "The Wizard of Oz."
In 1957, the popular western "Wagon Train" debuted on NBC.
In 1960, Frankie Avalon received $600,000 for the money that he earned before he became of age.
In 1964, "The Addams Family" premiered on ABC.
In 1965, "I Dream Of Jeannie" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden, made its debut on NBC. "Get Smart," starring Don Adams, also premiered on the same network.
In 1970, Jimi Hendrix was found dead in a London apartment. He was 27. A coroner said he choked on his own vomit.

In 1971, Pink Floyd became the first rock band to play at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
In 1976, "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry hit number one on the pop chart.
In 1978, the comedy "WKRP in Cincinnati" made its debut on CBS.
In 1983, Kiss appeared without make-up for the first time, on MTV.
Five years ago: Hollywood divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 76. Pioneer adult filmmaker Russ Meyer died in Los Angeles at age 82. Miss Alabama Deidre Downs was crowned Miss America. Pop singer Britney Spears married her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony in a private home outside Los Angeles. They both filed for divorce after two years. (The couple divorced in 2007.)

Thought for Today:

"Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark." — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Moderation

“It’s very hard these days to be a leader like John Boehner who tries to find the middle ground,” said former Connecticut Republican Rep. Chris Shays, one of the last Northeastern moderates, who was beaten by Democrat Jim Himes last year.
Who will you believe: POLITICO, or your lying ears?
“He’s a conservative, but he’s less conservative than his base,” Shays added. “And he’s got to lead a party that has been so battered and beaten that it’s incredibly angry — angry at what’s going on in the country, angry at the way it’s being treated by the majority.”
Poor little blubbery babies, they've suddenly discovered what minority status means, & they don't like it. Doesn't keep them from being uppity, though.
While we're busy holding back the future, let's visit a few graves & ask the grandparents of today's fearful Americans if they wanted their children & grandchildren to grow up in an America just like the one they grew up in. Fear the future until your shoes are rotten from the waste covering them, it will nonetheless arrive, losers.

Today In Hysteria

It is literally the end of the world! Literally!!Cooler heads attempt to prevail.Damned Cartesian froggy-woggies w/ their logic & reason, always dumping their over-priced fizzy eau on a perfectly good bonfire.

From The Heartland Of Fly-Over Country

From the state w/ the two stupidest Senators (Yes, a tough call.) an explanation:

75 Percent of Oklahoma High School Students Can't Name the First President of the U.S.

On the other hand, 89% of these dummies don't know for how long their doubtlessly equally cretinous parents vote those Senators in.

Instant Update:

From somewhere else, the answers our simple people of the soil gave, how many got all the questions, how many got none & so on.

"Questions, Questions, Questions, Flooding Into The Mind Of ..."

One of Andrew Sullivan's readers writes (& we steal) on the subject of advocates of limited gov't. & their (Possibly racial?) motivations.
Here's a question: what proportion of the people clamoring about 'limited government' at these rallies seem to have no problem with--indeed seem to much support--federal programs that they think benefit them and people like them (Medicare, Social Security, federal spending that provides jobs in their community, such as on defense, etc.), but are rabidly opposed to things that they think will go to people unlike them? I think an answer to that question would go a long way to answering how much of the protest is animated by racism.
Some gasbag on the idiot panel today said you couldn't ask people "Are you a racist?" straight out in a poll. You could start w/ something like this, but we'd bet half the fat 'bagging bastards wouldn't be able to see the similarities, or understand why they were different, either.

17 September: Big Night For The Rock On CBS; Somoza Gets His, Good; Agnew Too, But Not As Good, Damnit!

Today is Thursday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2009. There are 105 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault. [They said they'd had the idea first, though. — Ed.]

On this date:

In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. In 1862, Union forces fought Confederate invaders in the Civil War Battle of Antietam at Sharpsburg, Md. With 23,100 killed, wounded or captured, it remains the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.In 1907, Warren Burger, the 15th chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in St. Paul, Minn. One hundred years ago, in 1909, the first trolley crossed New York City's recently opened Queensboro Bridge in a test run. (Regular service began Oct. 4; the trolley was shut down in 1957.) In 1920, the American Professional Football Association — a precursor of the NFL — was formed in Canton, Ohio. In 1944, Allied paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines in the Netherlands. (After initial success, the Allies were beaten back by the Germans.) In 1947, James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first U.S. secretary of defense. In 1948, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists. Sixty years ago, in 1949, more than 120 people died when fire gutted the Canadian passenger steamship SS Noronic at a pier in Toronto. Fifty years ago, in 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev traveled by train from Washington to New York City, where he received a low-key welcome from New Yorkers. In 1976, NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise. In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty. In 1984, Progressive Conservative leader Brian Mulroney took office as Canada's 18th prime minister. In 1986, the Senate confirmed the nomination of William H. Rehnquist as the 16th chief justice of the United States.
In 1991, North Korea, South Korea, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were admitted to the United Nations. In 1992, special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh called a halt to his five-and-a-half-year probe of the Iran-Contra scandal. In 1994, Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf woman to be crowned Miss America. [What? — Ed.] In 1996, former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew died at age 77. In 1997, Northern Ireland's main Protestant party joined peace talks, bringing the major players together for first time. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton lifted restrictions on trade, travel and banking imposed on North Korea a half-century earlier, rewarding it for agreeing to curb missile tests. In 2001, Wall Street trading resumed for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - its longest shutdown since the Depression; the Dow lost 684.81 points, its worst one-day point drop to date. Pro sporting events resumed after a six-day hiatus following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.In 2003, New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso resigned amid a furor over his $139.5 million pay package. Five years ago: President Vladimir Putin said Russia was "seriously preparing" for pre-emptive strikes against terrorists, as Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev took responsibility for a school hostage-taking and other attacks that had claimed more than 430 lives. San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit the 700th home run of his career, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone. One year ago: Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and offered the people of Afghanistan his "personal regrets" for U.S. airstrikes that had killed civilians and said he would try to improve the accuracy of air warfare. A suicide attack on the U.S. Embassy in San'a, Yemen killed 19 people, including an American woman and six militants.

Today's Birthdays:

Pro Football Hall of Famer George Blanda is 82. Actor David Huddleston is 79. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is 76. Retired Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is 70. Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 70. Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni is 66. Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is 64. Singer Fee Waybill is 59. Actress Cassandra Peterson ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark") is 58. Comedian Rita Rudner is 56. Muppeteer Kevin Clash is 49. Movie director Baz Luhrmann is 47. Singer BeBe Winans is 47. Actor Kyle Chandler is 44. Director-producer Bryan Singer ("X-Men') is 44. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 43. Actor Malik Yoba is 42. Rock musician Keith Flint (Prodigy) is 40. Actor Matthew Settle is 40. Rapper Vinnie (Naughty By Nature) is 39. New Orleans Saints quarterback Mark Brunell is 39. Rock singer Anastacia is 36. R&B singer Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) is 36. Actress-singer Nona Gaye is 35. Singer-actor Constantine Maroulis is 34. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is 34. Pop singer Maile Misajon (Eden's Crush) is 33. Country singer-songwriter Stephen Cochran is 30. Rock musician Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) is 30.

Today In Entertainment History September 17

In 1931, RCA Victor demonstrated the first 33-and-a-third RPM long-playing record in New York. In 1963, "The Fugitive" began its run on ABC, starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble. In 1964, "Bewitched," starring Elizabeth Montgomery, made its debut on ABC. In 1967, The Doors performed "Light My Fire" on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Jim Morrison had been asked to change the line "Girl, we couldn't get much higher," but Morrison sang it anyway. The Who appeared on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Drummer Keith Moon had set a flash powder explosion in his drum kit, not knowing technicians had already done so. The resulting explosion sent a cymbal into Moon's leg and singed Pete Townshend's hair. In 1972, "MASH" premiered on CBS. It stayed on the air for 11 years. In 1978, ABC's expensive sci-fi show "Battlestar Galactica" made its debut. In 1980, Bette Midler's concert film, "Divine Madness," premiered. In 1983, Vanessa Williams of New York became the first black contestant to be crowned "Miss America." The following July, she also became the first Miss America to resign in the wake of her "Penthouse" magazine scandal. In 1991, Geffen Records released "Use Your Illusion One" and "Use Your Illusion Two" by Guns N' Roses. The two albums went on sale at many stores nationwide just after midnight. Also in 1991, Hank Williams Jr. unveiled a statue of his father in Montgomery, Alabama, where his funeral was held in 1953. [You'd think they'd mention Hank Sr. was born on this date in 1923. — Ed.] In 1996, The Cranberries canceled the last nine shows of their US tour because singer Dolores O'Riordan was suffering from a combination of exhaustion and the flu. London police intercepted and destroyed a booby-trapped book that an obsessed fan sent to singer Bjork (BYORK)[sic]. The fan shot himself to death hours after mailing the package. The package never reached Bjork's home. In 1997, comedian Red Skelton died at a hospital near his home in Palm Springs, Calif., after a long illness. He was 84. In 2001, David Letterman hosted the first late-night talk show since the terrorist attacks on September eleventh. Letterman opened the show with no jokes, just his thoughts on the matter. Dan Rather was his first guest and broke into tears.

Thought for Today:

"One of these days is none of these days." — Anonymous.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Not Actually Worth The Effort

Insta-robo-pundit & readers seemed fascinated w/ these ladies, either of whom probably weighed half what the average female Tea Partier does. So, on Sunday we looked, saw a few pictures of two possibly libertarian cougars (or PUMAs) showing off (And didn't notice that Treacher was the original link: we were distracted. Eye-catching header there, Jim.) & thought (as we do about virtually everything) "meh."
Days later (we have an amazing memory for phrases like "boob czar") we see that Treach is on it like vomit on a rug that's just been cleaned (Not, at the time, realizing he'd started it all.) & decided to follow up. Which led to this, & us still not getting it, if indeed anything is to be gotten from this besides revulsion or excitement, depending on tastes & perversions.
You might get further insight into Reynolds & Treacher, but that's nothing you'd want.

16 September: Torquemada Dead; 30 Yrs. Of Rap; Pope "Sincerely Regrets"; Andy Griffith Gives Up; So Do We

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2009. There are 106 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 16, 1919, the American Legion received a national charter from Congress.

On this date:

In 1498, Tomas de Torquemada, notorious for his role in the Spanish Inquisition, died in Avila, Spain. In 1630, the Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston. In 1638, France's King Louis XIV was born. In 1810, Mexico began its successful revolt against Spanish rule. In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the "Cherokee Strip." In 1908, General Motors Corp. was founded in Flint, Mich., by William C. Durant. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history. Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.In 1966, the Metropolitan Opera officially opened its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the world premiere of Samuel Barber's "Antony and Cleopatra." (There had been a student matinee performance of "La Fanciulla del West" on April 11 to test the theater's sound quality.) In 1968, Republican presidential nominee Richard Nixon exclaimed, "Sock it to ME?" in a taped bit that aired on the NBC-TV comedy program "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft-evaders. In 1977, Maria Callas, the American-born prima donna famed for her lyric soprano and fiery temperament, died in Paris at age 53. In 1982, the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children by Israeli-allied Lebanese militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps.In 1987, two dozen countries signed the Montreal Protocol, a treaty designed to save the Earth's ozone layer by calling on nations to reduce emissions of harmful chemicals. In 1988, Hurricane Gilbert slammed into the Mexico coast for the second time in three days. Ten years ago: Hurricane Floyd hit the Carolinas and began making its way up the East Coast, damaging 12,000 homes and claiming more than 50 lives even after it weakened to a tropical storm. In southern Russia, an explosion described by authorities as the fourth massive terrorist attack in two weeks demolished an apartment building, killing at least 18 people. In 2002, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced that Iraq had unconditionally accepted the return of U.N. weapons inspectors. Five years ago: Hurricane Ivan plowed into the Gulf Coast with 130 mph wind and a major storm surge; all told, Ivan was blamed for at least 115 deaths, 43 in the U.S. The number of foreigners kidnapped during the Iraq insurgency reached at least 100. The NHL lockout went into effect. In 2006, the Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI "sincerely" regretted offending Muslims with his reference to an obscure medieval text characterizing some of the teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman." In 2007, a deadly shooting in Baghdad involving the U.S. security firm Blackwater USA left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. One year ago: Gen. David Petraeus stepped aside as Gen. Ray Odierno took over as the top American commander of the Iraq war. President George W. Bush got a firsthand look at the fury that Hurricane Ike had unleashed on the Gulf Coast with stops in Houston and Galveston, Texas, and a helicopter tour.

Today's Birthdays:

Actress Janis Paige is 87. Actress Lauren Bacall is 85. Blues singer/guitarist B.B. King is 84. Clergyman-author the Rev. Robert H. Schuller is 83. Actor Peter Falk is 82. Actress Anne Francis is 79. Actor George Chakiris is 77. Movie director Jim McBride is 68. Actress Linda Miller is 67. R&B singer Betty Kelly (Martha & the Vandellas) is 65. Musician Kenney Jones (Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 61. Actress Susan Ruttan is 61. Rock musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Mudcrutch) is 61. Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 60. Country singer David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 59. Country singer-songwriter Phil Lee is 58. Actor-comedian Lenny Clarke is 56. Actor Kurt Fuller is 56. Jazz musician Earl Klugh is 56. Actor Christopher Rich is 56. Singer Frank Reed (The Chi-Lites) is 55. TV personality Mark McEwen is 55. Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Yount is 54. Actor Mickey Rourke is 53. Magician David Copperfield is 53. Country singer-songwriter Terry McBride is 51. Actress Jennifer Tilly is 51. Retired baseball All-Star Orel Hershiser is 51. Retired baseball All-Star Tim Raines is 50. Singer Richard Marx is 46. Comedian Molly Shannon is 45. Singer Marc Anthony is 41. Comedian-actress Amy Poehler is 38. Country singer Matt Stillwell is 34. Singer Musiq is 32.

Today In Entertainment History September 16

In 1963, the science-fiction anthology series "The Outer Limits" premiered on ABC. In 1964, the rock and roll TV show "Shindig" premiered on ABC. The show was considered a cut above its competitors at the time because the acts performed on stage, rather than just lip-synched. The first show featured Bobby Sherman, the Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers and Sam Cooke. In 1968, the final episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" aired. In 1970, a poll in Britain's "Melody Maker" magazine found that Led Zeppelin was the most popular band. It was the first time in eight years that The Beatles had not topped the list. In 1972, "The Bob Newhart Show" debuted on CBS. In 1977, Marc Bolan, leader of the band T. Rex, died in a car crash near London. His girlfriend was at the wheel. In 1978, the Grateful Dead performed a concert before the pyramids of Egypt. In 1979, "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang was released. It's considered to be the first rap record. In 1991, country singer Willie Nelson married makeup artist Ann-Marie D'Angelo. They met on the set of Nelson's 1986 movie "Red Headed Stranger." In 1992, Barbra Streisand sang in public for the first time in six years at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills for Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton.
In 1995, TV viewers voted to keep the swimsuit competition in the Miss America pageant. In 1998, members of Mott the Hoople reunited for a concert in London, their first concert in 24 years. One year ago: Motown songwriter and producer Norman Whitfield died in Los Angeles at age 67.

Thought for Today:

"The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars." — Gen. William C. Westmoreland, American military commander (1914-2005). [Ol' dead Bill sounds little touchy there. Those politicians couldn't start wars w/o cannon fodder like you, Westmoreland. You're equally guilty. — Ed.]

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Annals of Economic Bewilderment

Something hideous grows under the refrigerator where Grampa spilled his medicine & the cat got rid of a hairball, according to Hendrik Hertzberg in The New Yorker.
This sort of lunatic paranoia—touched with populism, nativism, racism, and anti-intellectualism—has long been a feature of the fringe, especially during times of economic bewilderment. What is different now is the evolution of a new political organism, with paranoia as its animating principle. The town-meeting shouters may be the organism’s hands and feet, but its heart—also, Heaven help us, its brain—is a “conservative” media alliance built around talk radio and cable television, especially Fox News. The protesters do not look to politicians for leadership. They look to niche media figures like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, and their scores of clones behind local and national microphones. Because these figures have no responsibilities, they cannot disappoint. Their sneers may be false and hateful—they all routinely liken the President and the “Democrat Party” to murderous totalitarians—but they are employed by large, nominally respectable corporations and supported by national advertisers, lending them a considerable measure of institutional prestige. The dominant wing of the Republican Party is increasingly an appendage of the organism—the tail, you might say, though it seems to wag more often from fear than from happiness. Many Republican officeholders, even some reputed moderates like Senator Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have obediently echoed the foul nonsense.
HH goes on to review the Prez's speech (been a wk., what's the deal?) but we're struck w/ this notion of a new political organism, outside of accountability to party mechanisms (or elections) it's loudmouth leaders responsible only to their corporate masters, & then only for the production of ratings.
For one thing, it appeals to our anarcho-nihilistic nature. For another, how out of control can this get? We noticed the suits the politicians sported at the opening events on Friday were not quite the same as the audience's Mall★Wart ensembles. The herd is much likelier to follow in Glenn Beck's sneaker tracks, or to identify w/ Limbaugh & his chins, then to take orders from a Washingtonian whose loafers cost ten times what a pair of shorts & designer T-shirt run at the mall.
Promising as all that sounds, these people, if not old, are certainly middle-aged & in the way; how many of them will ever do anything beyond milling around in a herd in Washington, admiring each other's clever signs? And they won't be among us forever. How many Perot voters still walk the earth? So our hopes for a second civil war, to settle these questions once & for all, will no doubt end on the same rocks our other illusions & hopes have been dashed upon. Figures.
Pretend you didn't see any of this here.

Meaning & Nothingness

What they mean when they try to write what they mean. (Pictures. Not much reading necessary. You will have to read the signs, though. Entirely too much trouble to save & stuff ...)

Juxtapositions From All Around The Internet

From memeorandum, about two hrs. ago.

Cooper The Destroyer

Who Was This Patrick Swayze, & Why Does Anyone Care Where On The Dead/Alive Axis He Falls?

15 September: Kerensky Declares Republic; Khrushchev Visits; ABBA Tours North America; Death Of A Ramone

Today is Tuesday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2009. There are 107 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 15, 1959, Nikita Khrushchev became the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States as he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The two leaders then met at the White House; a joint communique afterward described the talks as "friendly and frank."

On this date:

In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.
In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge two weeks after he was found not guilty of treason.
In 1821, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador became independent from Spain.
In 1857, William Howard Taft — who served as president of the United States and as U.S. chief justice — was born in Cincinnati.In 1917, Russia was proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky, the head of a provisional government.
In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship and made the swastika the official symbol of Nazi Germany.In 1940, during the Battle of Britain, the tide turned as the Luftwaffe sustained heavy losses inflicted by the Royal Air Force.
In 1950, during the Korean War, United Nations forces landed at Inchon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul.
In 1963, four young girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)In 1982, Iran's former foreign minister, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, was executed after he was convicted of plotting against the government.
In 1997, the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party entered Northern Ireland's peace talks for the first time.
In 1999, one month after being charged in the United States with laundering suspected drug payoffs, Mexico's former top drug prosecutor, Mario Ruiz Massieu, was found dead in his New Jersey apartment, an apparent suicide. Gunman Larry Ashbrook opened fire in a Fort Worth, Texas, Baptist church, killing seven people and himself.
In 2004, three Americans were found guilty in Kabul of torturing Afghans in a private jail and were sentenced to prison. (Edward Caraballo, a freelance cameraman, was released in May 2006; Brent Bennett was freed in Sept. 2006; Jack Idema, a former Green Beret, was pardoned in June 2007.) NHL owners agreed to lock out the players.
In 2005, President George W. Bush, addressing the nation from storm-ravaged New Orleans, acknowledged the government failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina and urged Congress to approve a massive reconstruction program.
In 2008, on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 504.48, or 4.42 percent, to 10,917.51 while oil closed below $100 a barrel for the first time in six months amid upheaval in the financial industry as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection and Merrill Lynch & Co. was sold to Bank of America.

Today's Birthdays:

Actor-director Jackie Cooper is 87. Actor Forrest Compton is 84. Comedian Norm Crosby is 82. Actor Henry Darrow is 76. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 71. Football Hall-of-Famer Merlin Olsen is 69. Opera singer Jessye Norman is 64. Writer-director Ron Shelton is 64. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 63. Movie director Oliver Stone is 63. Rock musician Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) is 57. Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 49. Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 48. Actor Danny Nucci is 41. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 40. Actor Josh Charles is 38. Singer Ivette Sosa (Eden's Crush) is 33. Pop-rock musician Zach Filkins (OneRepublic) is 31. Actor Dave Annable is 30. Actress Amy Davidson is 30. Britain's Prince Henry of Wales is 25. TV personality Heidi Montag is 23.

Today In Entertainment History September 15

Sixty years ago, in 1949, "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC with Clayton Moore as the masked hero and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.
In 1965, "Lost in Space" and "Green Acres" premiered on CBS.
Forty years ago, in 1969, Ed Sullivan released "The Sulli-Gulli," his first and only rock record. He was hoping it would create a new dance.
In 1971, the detective series "Columbo," with Peter Falk in the title role, debuted on NBC.
In 1974, bassist Gary Thain of Uriah Heep suffered a near-fatal electric shock during a concert in Dallas.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, ABBA began its first North American tour, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In 1980, David Bowie opened on Broadway in the title role of Bernard Pomerance's play "The Elephant Man." The production had already played in Denver and Chicago.
In 1986, "L.A. Law" made its debut on NBC.
In 1990, Steve Miller's song "The Joker" hit No. 1 in Europe, 16 years after it had hit No. 1 one in the U. S. The song saw newfound popularity after it had been used in a Levi jeans commercial.
In 1992, federal officials cited pilot error for the helicopter crash that killed guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1990 in Wisconsin. The National Transportation Safety Board said the pilot didn't plan properly for "darkness, fog, haze and rising terrain." Four others were also killed in the crash. And, the NTSB said that the crew and specialists on the ground were responsible for the plane crash that killed most of Reba McEntire's band in 1991.
Five years ago: Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones, died of prostate cancer in his home in Los Angeles. He was 55.
One year ago: Richard Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd, died at age 65.

Thought for Today:

"Somewhere the Sky touches the Earth, and the name of that place is the End." — African saying.