Monday, October 26, 2009

BIg Boring Project (UPDATED For Extra Dullness)

From the trivial to the mundane, if you can tell: The next time you (& we) see this refrigerator, the doors will open the other way. Or you'll see a representation of us trying to eat all the melting goods in the freezer at one sitting.
Yes, the Just Another Blog™ Bunker's kitchen has a telebision set. Doesn't everyone's?
UPDATE: Uh, no positive results. One of the effing screwheads is stripped or something. May require some sort of powerful gripping device, or low-yield blasting. Ah well, tomorrow is another day, & it belongs to us!

Just Shut The Fucking Hell Up, Already!

Public Option, yada yada.

Fuck, we'd rather be (& are) watching the Monday Night Football count-down than listening to yet another deserves-to-be-suffocated-under-a-pile-of-lobbyist-money Senator from a wide spot in the raging dull of Fly-Over Country blathering about something or another.

I Piss On Your Grave!

No, not really. Just close to someone's grave, behind a tree, at Hollywood Forever's hipster appropriation of Mexico's Day Of The Dead. (Hollywood Forever being a cemetary/funeral home.) There were authentic Mexican folk there, & plenty of hipsters of Mexican/Hispanic descent or origin, as well as all the pasty honkie hip. And the corpses, some of whom were hiding behind this wall.

Little to add. This was the first yr. admission (US$10.00!) was charged, but it didn't seem to hurt turn-out. Maybe more pix later if friend, sexual associate & date for the evening (Whose camera has a flash: Show off!) sends us any of her shots. Don't bovver clicking ours, they're even worse enlarged.

Wolf Blitzer, Incompetent Bearded Ignoramus

We'll assume "And the buzzer is complicated" is a quote from someone making an excuse for "Jeopardy" loser (To the tune of -$4,600.00!) Wolf Blitzer.

As yet another loser who's auditioned more than once for "Jeopardy," (and w/ real questions, not the softball shit they feed celebs) we can tell you that the buzzer is complicated. As can others.
 If you do make it on, remember that it’s all about the buzzer. You cannot buzz in to answer a question until they manually flip on a set of lights that you can’t see in the TV broadcast. Essentially, 40-50% of the questions are known to everyone on the stage, and it’s just a matter of who buzzes in first. Practice with a ball-point pen.
That's what the casting people tell you, to sit at home & practice w/ a ball-point. (While watching "Jeopardy," ninny.) The buzzer isn't available until Alex Trebek has started the last syllable of the "answer;" click accordingly.

We aren't excusing Wolf Blitzer, Soledad O'Brien, or anyone else. And note that it was funnyman Andy Richter (Our favorite part? At 5 mins., 10 secs.)who took away the big bucks, as did Michael McKean, another funnyman favorite of this web log.

Annals Of Ratings

CNN loses. Interesting that Glenn Beck's numbers aren't given, though Beck, whose FOX news appearances occur at 1700 & 0200 ET, aren't in prime time. But if Bill O'Reilly (highest rating) has 881,000 pairs of eyeballs at 2000 ET, what does that say about Beck's alleged two million or so viewers? Can we then assume most of them are above the 54-yr.-old upper limit of the desired demographic, & that most of them hurry their early-bird dinners to get back to the retirement home by 1700 to see their hero? (Here on The Coast, we figure they wait until Beck's over at 1500 to go to dinner.)

Die Painfully, Mobile Users!

Ah ha ha-ha ha-ha.
Monday, October 26, 2009A groundbreaking, $30 million study into cell phones has found a link between long term use and brain tumors.
The conclusion goes against years of assurances by cell phone companies and scientists that cell phone use is safe.
Of course cell phone cos. & their bought & paid for scientists assured us that there was "no danger." Are there no criminal charges that can be brought against such scum?

We'll be waiting for the first epitaph that reads: "She talked herself to death," & we'll be laughing like hell when it happens. Make our life miserable w/ your loud mouths? Now you'll be more miserable than you've ever made us w/ your inane babble. Justice at last!

26 October: O. K. Corral Gunfight; Asian Assassination Day (Observed); "Peace Is At Hand"; Baboon-Humanoid Heart Transplant; More Americans Are Fat Pigs; "USA PATRIOT ACT" Signed, Constitutionalists Forget To Bitch

Today is Monday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2009. There are 66 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 26, 1979, South Korean President Park Chung-hee was shot to death during a dinner party along with his chief bodyguard by the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency, Kim Jae-kyu, who was later executed.
On this date:
In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.
In 1881, the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" took place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and "Doc" Holliday confronted Ike Clanton's gang. Three members of Clanton's group were killed; Earp's brothers and Holliday were wounded.

One hundred years ago, in 1909, former Japanese Prime Minister Ito Hirobumi was assassinated during a visit to Harbin, China by Korean nationalist An Jung-geun, who was later hanged.
In 1942, Japanese planes badly damaged the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. (The Hornet sank early the next morning.)
In 1958, Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in 8 hours, 41 minutes.
In 1962, in one of the most dramatic verbal confrontations of the Cold War, American U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson asked his Soviet counterpart during a Security Council debate whether the USSR had placed missiles in Cuba.
In 1967, the Shah of Iran crowned himself and his queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne.
In 1972, national security adviser Henry Kissinger declared that "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam. Sound Bite.
In 1984, "Baby Fae," a newborn with a severe heart defect, was given the heart of a baboon in an experimental transplant in Loma Linda, Calif. (Baby Fae lived 21 days with the animal heart.)
In 1994, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty during a ceremony at the Israeli-Jordanian border attended by President Bill Clinton.
In 1996, Federal prosecutors cleared Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic park bombing.
In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study which said the number of Americans considered obese had soared from about one in eight in 1991 to nearly one in five in 1998. The New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-5, to take a 3-0 lead in the World Series.
In 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or eavesdrop in their pursuit of possible terrorists.
In 2004, the FCC gave its approval to Cingular Wireless LLC's $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc. Israel's parliament approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. The final vote count in the Afghan presidential election gave a resounding victory to interim leader Hamid Karzai. The Boston Red Sox won Game 3 of the World Series in St. Louis, defeating the Cardinals 4-1.
In 2005, the Chicago White Sox won their first World Series since 1917 by defeating the Houston Astros 1-0 in Game 4.
In 2008, U.S. military helicopters launched a rare attack on Syrian territory, killing eight people in a strike Damascus condemned as "serious aggression." Tony Hillerman, author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels, died in Albuquerque, N.M., at age 83. The Philadelphia Phillies romped over the Tampa Bay Rays 10-2 to move within one win of their first World Series championship since 1980.
Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Edward Brooke III is 90. Actress Shelley Morrison is 73. Actor Bob Hoskins is 67. Author Pat Conroy is 64. Actress Jaclyn Smith is 64. TV host Pat Sajak is 63. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is 62. Singer Maggie Roche (The Roches) is 58. Musician Bootsy Collins is 58. Actor James Pickens Jr. ("Grey's Anatomy") is 57. Rock musician Keith Strickland (The B-52's) is 56. Actor D.W. Moffett is 55. Actress Rita Wilson is 53. The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, is 50. Actor Dylan McDermott is 48. Actor Cary Elwes is 47. Singer Natalie Merchant is 46. Country singer Keith Urban is 42. Actor Tom Cavanagh is 41. Actress Rosemarie DeWitt is 38. Actor Anthony Rapp is 38. Writer-producer Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") is 36. Actress Lennon Parham is 34. Actor Hal Ozsan is 33. Actor Jon Heder is 32. Singer Mark Barry (BBMak) is 31. Olympic silver medal figure skater Sasha Cohen is 25.
Today In Entertainment History October 26
In 1936, country artist Roy Acuff made his first recordings, including "Great Speckled Bird" and "Wabash Cannonball."
In 1955, "Rebel Without A Cause," starring James Dean, opened in New York.
In 1965, The Beatles were made Members of the British Empire by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
In 1966, Liberace played the parts of both a good and evil pianist on "Batman."
In 1970, the comic "Doonesbury" by Garry Trudeau premiered.
In 1978, "Hot Child In The City" by Nick Gilder hit number one on the Billboard pop chart. It took 20 weeks from the time it entered the Hot 100 to reach number one, longer than any single before it.
In 1981, David Bowie met with Queen in Montreaux, Switzerland, to record "Under Pressure" in an all-night session.
In 1982, the hospital drama "St. Elsewhere" premiered on NBC.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, the movie "The Terminator" opened.
In 1993, Roman Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico, opened their doors for the night and urged residents to tie black ribbons on trees to protest Madonna's first concert there.
Thought for Today: "Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret." — Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman (1804-1881).

Sunday, October 25, 2009

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less


Coast Remains Most, As Surfing Is Best

At this point in baseball, we think the only solution to the problem of Northeastern elitism is a low-yield thermonuclear weapon that explodes w/ the opening pitch in Philadelphia; New York, Evil Empire that it is, having had enough crap blow up lately. (Although qualms about damage to the Apple are fading pretty quickly in these parts.)

When We Hear The Word "Friedmanism," We Reach For Our Revolver.

Wotta maroon.
That would be the first time in modern Arab history where true multisectarian coalitions contest power, and cede power, without foreign interference.That would shake up the whole region.
No, really, it could happen. Or: Wish in one hand, crap in the other, & see which hand fills up sooner.

25 October: Empty Misery & Meaningless Anguish (UPDATED)

Today is Sunday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2009. There are 67 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 25, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown went on trial in Charles Town, Va., for his failed raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. (Brown was convicted of treason against Virginia, murder and conspiracy, and was hanged.)
On this date:
In 1400, author Geoffrey Chaucer died in London.
In 1760, Britain's King George III succeeded his late grandfather, George II.
In 1812, the U.S. frigate United States captured the British vessel Macedonian.
In 1825, the Erie Canal, America's first man-made waterway, was opened, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River.
In 1854, the "Charge of the Light Brigade" took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men, facing hopeless odds, charged the Russian army and suffered heavy losses.
In 1881, Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, was born in Malaga, Spain. [UPI thought for the day: Pablo Picasso said, "I am only an entertainer who has understood his time." — Ed.]
In 1918, the Canadian steamship Princess Sophia foundered off the coast of Alaska; some 350 people perished.
In 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was convicted in Washington, D.C., of accepting a $100,000 bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny as part of the Teapot Dome scandal. (Fall was sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ended up serving nine months.)
In 1951, peace talks aimed at ending the Korean War resumed in Panmunjom.
In 1957, mob boss Albert Anastasia of "Murder Inc." notoriety was shot to death in a barber shop inside the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York.
In 1962, U.S. ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council. Author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.
In 1983, a U.S.-led force invaded Grenada at the order of President Ronald Reagan, who said the action was needed to protect U.S. citizens there.
In 1986, the Boston Red Sox lost Game 6 of the World Series to the New York Mets when a routine ground ball went through Boston first baseman Bill Buckner's legs, allowing the winning run to score in the 10th inning. The AP story because we can't guarantee The AP's links.
In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, S.C., claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two young sons (Smith later confessed to drowning the children in John D. Long Lake, and was convicted of murder).
In 1999, golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota; Stewart was 42. Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan bolted the GOP to mount a bid for the Reform Party nomination.
In 2002, Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., 58, was killed in a plane crash in northern Minnesota.
In 2003, Florida State's Bobby Bowden became the winningest coach in major college football history with his 339th victory as the Seminoles beat Wake Forest 48-24.
In 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist had thyroid cancer. At least 85 Muslim detainees suffocated or were crushed to death in southern Thailand after the police rounded up 1,300 people and packed them into trucks following a riot. A top civilian at the U.S. Department of Defense called for a federal investigation into how contracts in Iraq and the Balkans were awarded to the Halliburton company, formerly run by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.
In 2005, U. S. military deaths in Iraq reached 2,000.
In 2008, Arkansas television anchorwoman Anne Pressly, 26, died five days after she was found beaten in her home. Game 3 of the World Series began in Philadelphia at 10:06 p.m. Eastern time after being delayed by rain; the Phillies went on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4, for a 2-1 Series lead in a matchup that finished at 1:47 a.m. Raven's Pass won the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic in an upset, stunning defending champion Curlin on the new synthetic surface at Santa Anita.
Today's Birthdays: Former baseball player Bobby Thomson is 86. Former American League president Dr. Bobby Brown is 85. Actress Jeanne Cooper is 81. Actress Marion Ross is 81. Country singer Jeanne Black is 72. Basketball Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight is 69. Author Anne Tyler is 68. Rock singer Jon Anderson (Yes) is 65. Political strategist James Carville is 65. Singer Taffy Danoff (Starland Vocal Band) is 65. Rock musician Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) is 62. Actor Brian Kerwin is 60. Actor Mark L. Taylor is 59. Movie director Julian Schnabel is 58. Rock musician Matthias Jabs is 53. Actress Nancy Cartwright ("The Simpsons") is 52. Country singer Mark Miller (Sawyer Brown) is 51. Rock musician Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers; Chickenfoot) is 48. Actress Tracy Nelson is 46. Actor Michael Boatman is 45. Actor Kevin Michael Richardson is 45. Singer Speech is 41. Actor Adam Goldberg is 39. Actor-singer Adam Pascal is 39. Rock musician Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) is 39. Actress Persia White is 39. Country singer Chely Wright is 39. Violinist Midori is 38. Actor Craig Robinson is 38. Actor Michael Weston is 36. Actor Zachary Knighton is 31.
Today In Entertainment History October 25
In 1939, the drama "The Time of Your Life," by William Saroyan, opened in New York.
In 1964, The Beatles dominated the British music industry awards, winning five. The songs "She Loves You" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" placed one and two in the best-selling record category. The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." So many people complained that Sullivan said he'd never invite them back, but they made another appearance in 1965.
In 1966, actor Burt Reynolds and actress Judy Carne divorced.
In 1973, John Lennon sued the US government for allegedly using surveillance against him in connection with his deportation case.
In 1982, Bob Newhart returned to TV in another sitcom with the debut of "Newhart" on CBS.
In 1991, rock promoter Bill Graham died in a helicopter crash after a Huey Lewis concert in Concord, Calif. He was 60.
In 1992, entertainer Roger Miller died of cancer in Los Angeles at age 65. He's best known for the hit song "King Of The Road."
In 1993, actor Vincent Price died. He was 82.
In 1995, singer Cliff Richard was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Richard reportedly was the favorite singer of the Queen Mother.
In 1996, singer Paula Abdul married sportswear designer Brad Beckerman in Los Angeles. She filed for divorce 17 months later.
Thought for Today: "In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it." — William Saroyan, American author (1908-1981).
UPDATED w/ further boredom @ 2040 PDT.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

George F. Will Is A Disingenuous
(That Means "Lies Like A Rug") Idiot

In case you hadn't figured it out. Also an idiot: Michele Bachmann, the subject of Mr. Will's story.

Just one example; we have something resembling a life the rest of the day.
For example, appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball" 18 days before last year's election, she made the mistake of taking Chris Matthews's bait and speculating about whether Barack Obama and some other Democrats have "anti-American" views.
Watch this & see who's "taking the bait." Bachmann can't shut up about "anti-Americanism."Her excuse:
Born in Iowa but a Minnesotan by age 12, Bachmann acquired what she calls "her family's Hubert Humphrey knee-jerk liberalism." 
Ah, "Hubert Humphrey knee-jerk liberalism" bad, "Joseph McCarthy knee-jerk fascism" good. Now we know.

College/Pro Bottom 10: Late & Lazy

24 October: Jane Seymour Dies; Holy Roman Empire Effectively Destroyed (It Only Took Thirty Yrs.); Nylons Offered; Bakker Gets Off Easily; Bill Wyman & Ricky Nelson's Older Brother David Both Turn 73!!

Today is Saturday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2009. There are 68 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
In Oct. 24, 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect. (On this date in 1949, construction began on the U.N. headquarters in New York.)
On this date:
In 1537, Jane Seymour, the third wife of England's King Henry VIII, died 12 days after giving birth to Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.
In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire.
In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1901, widow Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. [And the fact that she was a "widow" is relevant how? — Ed.]
In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was officially dedicated (it opened to traffic the next day).

In 1939, nylon stockings were sold publicly for the first time, in Wilmington, Del.
In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect in the United States.
In 1952, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in Detroit, "I shall go to Korea" as he promised to end the conflict. (He made the visit over a month later.)
AP Highlight in [Alternate] History: 
On Oct. 24, 1962,
 the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the missile crisis began under a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy. [Didn't this happen yesterday? No wonder no one ever learns from history. — Ed.]
In 1980, the merchant freighter SS Poet departed Philadelphia bound for Port Said, Egypt, with a crew of 34 and a cargo of grain; it disappeared en route and has not been heard from since.
In 1984, the FBI arrested 11 alleged chiefs of the Colombo crime family on charges of racketeering in New York City.
In 1987, thirty years after it was expelled for refusing to answer allegations of corruption, the Teamsters union was welcomed back into the AFL-CIO.
In 1989, former television evangelist Jim Bakker was sentenced by a judge in Charlotte, N.C., to 45 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy. (The sentence was later reduced to eight years; it was further reduced to four for good behavior.)
In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first team outside the United States to win a World Series as they defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 6.
In 1999, an Israeli court sentenced American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein to 24 years in prison for killing an acquaintance in Maryland in 1997. Sen. John Chafee (R-R.I.) died at Bethesda Naval Hospital at age 77. The New York Yankees took Game 2 of the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 7-2.
In 2001, the House passed a $100 billion economic stimulus package in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In 2002, authorities arrested Army veteran John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo near Myersville, Md., in connection with the Washington-area sniper attacks. (Muhammad was later sentenced to death, Malvo to life in prison.)
In 2003, the era of supersonic jet travel came to an end as three British Airways Concordes landed at London's Heathrow Airport.
In 2004, a plane owned by top NASCAR team Hendrick Motorsports crashed near Martinsville, Va., killing all 10 people aboard. A Russian-US crew aboard a Soyuz capsule returned to Earth from the international space station in a pinpoint landing in Kazakhstan. Cardinal James A. Hickey, former archbishop of Washington, D.C., died at age 84. The Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 for a 2-0 World Series lead. Arizona's Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton's NFL record for 100-yard games rushing with his 78th.
In 2005, civil rights activist Rosa Parks died at age 92.
In 2006, a CNN poll indicated 60 percent of U.S. citizens contracted said they believed neither the United States nor insurgents were winning the war in Iraq.
In 2007, strong and gusty winds fanning 15 large wildfires in Southern California began to ease after 656 square miles and at least 1,155 homes had been charred. Rapidly rising Internet star Facebook Inc. sold a 1.6 percent stake to Microsoft Corp. for $240 million, spurning a competing offer from online search leader Google Inc.
In 2008, Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were found slain in their Chicago home; the body of her 7-year-old nephew was found three days later. (Hudson's estranged brother-in-law has been arrested in the killings.) A Russian Soyuz capsule touched down in Kazakhstan after delivering the first two men to follow their fathers into space, a Russian and an American, to the international space station.
Today's Birthdays October 24 Football Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle is 83. Rock musician Bill Wyman is 73. Actor-producer David Nelson is 73. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 70. Actor Kevin Kline is 62. Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume is 61. Country musician Billy Thomas (Terry McBride and the Ride) is 56. Actor B.D. Wong is 49. Rock musician Ben Gillies (Silverchair) is 30.
Today In Entertainment History October 24
In 1939, Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded their signature theme, "Let's Dance," for Columbia Records in New York.
In 1957, singer-actor Bing Crosby married Kathy Grant.
In 1960, Neil Sedaka recorded the single "Calendar Girl."
In 1962, James Brown's "Live At The Apollo" album was recorded. It sold more than one million copies.
Forty years ago, in 1969, actor Richard Burton bought then-wife Elizabeth Taylor a million-dollar necklace that weighed almost 70 carats. It was, at the time, the world's most expensive diamond.
In 1973, the TV program "Kojak," starring Telly Savalas, premiered on CBS. It ran until 1978.
In 1980, Paul McCartney received a special disk from officials with the "Guinness Book of World Records" for being the best-selling songwriter and recording artist of all time.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was sentenced to 72 hours in jail for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer. She also was ordered to perform 120 hours of community service at a women's shelter.
In 1991, "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry died in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 70.
In 1994, actor Raul Julia died of complications from a stroke in a hospital on Long Island, New York. He was 54.
In 1995, Smashing Pumpkins released their album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness."
Thought for Today: "Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long." — Ogden Nash, American author and humorist (1902-1971).

Friday, October 23, 2009

Wasted Youth

Our youth was essentially ruined by our fascist parental units. (One now deservedly rotting in a grave in Texas, the other's cadaver fittingly mutilated by medical students. Hah!!) One of their most heinous assaults on our youthful well-being was depriving us of telebision. So there is a generalized nostalgia (Nostalgia for something one didn't experience: More or less authentic?) but no deep childhood-emotions are disturbed in this reporter by the death of Soupy Sales. Still, this is quite an image we just copped from The Divine Mr. M.

Follow The Money To The Absolute Moral Bankruptcy Of Capitalism

Morally Bankrupt: Success through scamming. We give it six months before emails from George W. Bush about fantastic investment schemes are clogging our in-box.No, we didn't catch Ms. Maddow's show today, & figured if we were going to watch the good parts, we'd share.

We Won't Call Him "Tweety" Today

Chris Matthews has been on somewhat of a roll lately, inviting reactionaries to appear on cable gabfest "Hardball" & (sort of) pressuring them. This one is pretty good. Can't this balding four-eyed misogynist even admit he is, indeed, anti-abortion?One might say it was unfair to pit David Corn against Munchkin-voiced Terry Jeffrey, but you go to war w/ the army you got, right Rummy?Reaming him some Bush:

The Little Children Suffer

$3 Million Awarded In Suit Against Tony Alamo's Enforcer

Little Rock, AR -- Evangelist Tony Alamo's alleged enforcer has been ordered to pay $3 million in restitution to two boys he's believed to have beaten bloody on the preacher's behalf.

Federal Judge Harry Barnes' order comes as alleged enforcer John Kolbek remains a fugitive. But lawyer W. David Carter said his clients can collect on church properties listed in Kolbek's name.

Carter represents two men who grew up in the church. Each described a twisted world where trivial infractions caused beatings, punitive fasts and threats of damnation from Alamo.

Alamo remains in jail pending a Nov. 13 sentencing hearing over his federal conviction on a 10-count indictment accusing him of taking young girls across state lines for sex.

Associated Press

Air Combat Command Up-Dates

Probably won't be seeing this Johhny Cloud, Top Gun sort of thing much longer.

In so-called real life, that is. Possibly. We've heard this before.
Be sure to read the entire story and to troll over to Inside for the the JET gouge. As one intelligent observer noted when he heard the news: "this could mean the end of manned combat flight"...
So when it's repeated, we believe it twice as much.

We may still see more of this sort of thing

Armed F-16s 'Prepared' to Shoot Down Errant Northwest Flight

Air Traffic Controllers Feared Plane Had Been Hijacked, But Fighters Never Took Off.

as the Obama Administration continues its attempts to control all of the economy.

For The Warrior* In Your House (Broads Need Not Apply)

TM & © 2009 The American Line | Officially Licensed by the U.S. Military | Made in the U.S.A.
* Vicious, savage, hateful, baby-murdering causer of collateral damage.

Off The Pig

Geezis Bloody Hell, no sooner do we lie down for a refreshing post-breakfast nap then the L. A. Gestapo send one of their whirly-birds out to disturb the neighborhood.

Any Afghan jihadis out there who'd like to sell us a surplus Stinger, & give us a few hints on ridding L. A. of an occupying force? Leave a comment, & thanks.

Do Not Piss Peacefully In Our Ears & Tell Us It's Raining

At last, relief from the drought, courtesy of the perpetually juvenile Victoria Jackson,
at the equally juvenile Breitbart's Big Hose.
The truth has a beautiful ring to it.  It pours smoothly through the ears and forms a golden, peaceful puddle in the heart.  It reassures one that there is still a drop of good in the world.  Truth is Beautiful.  
As long as there's a single drop of golden, peaceful, good in the world, we can all rest easier.

Ms. Jackson's breathless, juvenile typing style makes her a shoo-in for the "Oldest Valley Girl" crown. Possibly "Harmless But Still Creepy Stalker of The Year," too.
If one day, Glenn Beck, you become embroiled in a scandal, and you turn out to be imperfect as all heroes put up on pedestals turn out to be, I will forgive you and forever be grateful for one thing…the elegant way you introduced the Green Jobs Czar, Mr. Van Jones to the public and then ushered him silently out the door.  That was awesome! ( It also helps me prove the fact that Obama is a Communist.  A Capitalist would not appoint a Communist as an advisor! )  It was as exciting as watching Giles/O’Keefe/Breitbart bring down the corrupt Acorn. 
And at least a nomination for "Most Fantasy-Deluded Columnist." "Bring down the corrupt Acorn?" Missed that.

One more before our post-breakfast nap. Conservatives, as we all know because they are so eager to remind us, see nothing but the content of people's character, NOT THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN!! What, then, should we make of Victoria's ability to ferret out "real names" & possibly illegal aliens.
Sigh.  I look at my Vietnamese manicurist and pedicurist and smile.  I ask them their names.  Katie.  Kathy.  Hmm.  I glance around the nail salon.  The decor is Greek columns with 1920’s lamps in between. There is a 1970’s Disco Bar in the middle of the room with a 1930’s Art Deco Chandelier in the center.  There is a Faux Greek Mural and then Post Modern New Age Sterile Minimalist Lights sprinkled in between.  It’s “Psychedelic International.”  Just like the New America.  I ask Katie and Kathy what their real names are.  They look at me suspiciously. Hang and Gnoc.  Okay.


I took my beautiful fake nails out to my car and drove to the car wash. Hard working, friendly Mexicans made it shiny. I don’t know if they were legal or illegal. I love everyone, but I think rules should be followed. Why can’t they be legal? Is it difficult? You’ll probably explain Amnesty to me tomorrow on TV, because you always know what I’m thinking. I did those minimum wage jobs for years, working my way up the Capitalist ladder. I did it with a happy heart looking forward to the day when I could have a great job! But, while Obama romances the racial minorities; defending Professor Gates, picking Sotomayor, having Latin dance parties, and hinting at Amnesty, don’t the minorities realize that if Obama continues to destroy Capitalism they will always be stuck on the bottom rung? There will be no Capitalist ladder.

Nap time.


Would someone please blow something up, get caught w/ a live boy/dead girl, strangle a puppy on video, something?

For gawd's sake, people, an absurdity like "Roger Ailes to run in 2012?" is the biggest blather in the blather-verse. We'd have a better chance in 2012. (The Just Another Blog™ Law is that Gerald Ford was the last balding/bald president the telebision electorate will elect. No fat dudes, either.)

Anything to relieve our advanced jadedness. Anything.

It's Been Done, & At The White House

He's a comedian, so who knows if he's joking or not, but David Cross is claiming he brought cocaine to the recent White House Correspondents' Association dinner and snorted it "maybe 40 feet from" the president. During a stand-up routine this week, the 'Arrested Development' star said he and his "fancy Hollywood actress" girlfriend Amber Tamblyn were seated "super close" to President Barack Obama and near several members of the president's cabinet when he thought: Yep, it's a good time to do drugs.
Whatever. Everything old is stupid again, or everything stupid is new.

Cf.: Willie Nelson; The Turtles (during the Nixon admin., yet).

Tuxedo Junction Wrap-Up

Just Above Sunset aggregates info on the "Keeper of The Flame" award Tweety M. was on about below, & the giver of the award, Frank ("Look under your beds!!") Gaffney.

23 October: Hate, Pain, Fear, Rage, Anguish, Suffering, Death, Murder, Bombs, War, Revolt, Nixon, Bork, Baseball & Today in Show Biz!

Today is Friday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2009. There are 69 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 23, 1983, 241 U.S. service members, most of them Marines, were killed in a suicide truck-bombing at Beirut International Airport in Lebanon; a near-simultaneous attack on French forces killed 58 paratroopers.
On this date:
In 1707, the first Parliament of Great Britain, created by the Acts of Union between England and Scotland, held its first meeting.
In 1864, forces led by Union Gen. Samuel R. Curtis repelled Confederate Gen. Sterling Price's army in the Battle of Westport in Missouri.
In 1915, tens of thousands of women marched in New York City, demanding the right to vote.
In 1942, Britain launched a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein in Egypt.
In 1945, Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player hired by a major league team, was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and sent to their Montreal farm team. He moved up to the Dodgers in 1947 and became one of the sport's greatest stars.
In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing Meadow.
In 1956, a student-sparked revolt against Hungary's Communist rule began; as the revolution spread, Soviet forces started entering the country, and the uprising was put down within weeks.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special prosecutor to Judge John J. Sirica.
In 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected, 58-42, the Supreme Court nomination of Robert H. Bork.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, 23 people were killed in an explosion at Phillips Petroleum Co.'s chemical complex in Pasadena, Texas. In a case that inflamed racial tensions in Boston, Charles Stuart claimed he and his pregnant wife, Carol, had been shot in their car by a black robber. (Carol Stuart and her prematurely delivered baby died; Charles Stuart later died, an apparent suicide, after he was implicated.)
In 1993, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Joe Carter became the second player to end a World Series with a home run - a three-run shot that gave Toronto an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6.
In 1995, a jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena. (Saldivar is serving a life prison sentence.)
In 1998, Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions, was killed at his home in suburban Buffalo, N.Y., when a sniper fired through his kitchen window. (James Kopp was convicted of murder and is serving 25 years to life in prison.) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed a land-for-peace agreement at the White House, following nine days of talks at Wye River, Md.
Sound Bites:
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
King Hussein of Jordan
In 1999, sixteen members of the Ku Klux Klan held a silent rally in New York City as thousands of counter-demonstrators jeered them. The New York Yankees won the first game of the World Series, beating the Atlanta Braves, 4-1. (The Yankees went on to sweep the series.)
In 2002, gunmen seized a crowded Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage and threatening to kill them unless the Russian army pulled out of Chechnya.
In 2003, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, widow of the Chinese nationalist leader, died in New York at age 105.
In 2004, gunmen ambushed a group of U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers on a road east of Baghdad; around 50 of the soldiers, who were unarmed, were killed execution-style. A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in northern Japan killed 40 people. The Boston Red Sox took Game 1 of the World Series, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 11-9.
In 2008, Badgered by lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan denied the nation's economic crisis was his fault but conceded the meltdown had revealed a flaw in a lifetime of economic thinking and left him in a "state of shocked disbelief." The Tampa Bay Rays evened the World Series at one game apiece by beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2.
Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., is 78. Movie director Philip Kaufman is 73. Soccer great Pele is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups) is 66. Actor Michael Rupert is 58. Movie director Ang Lee is 55. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 53. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 53. Community activist Martin Luther King III is 52. Movie director Sam Raimi is 50. Parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic is 50. Rock musician Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 45. Christian/jazz singer David Thomas (Take 6) is 43. Rock musician Brian Nevin (Big Head Todd and the Monsters) is 43. Country singer-musician Junior Bryant is 41. CNN medical reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta is 40.
Today In Entertainment History October 23
In 1925, comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa.
In 1941, the Disney film "Dumbo" was released.
In 1950, actor-singer Al Jolson died in San Francisco at the age of 64. He's probably best known for starring in "The Jazz Singer," the first talking film.
In 1962, a 12-year-old named Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records. It was called "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way."
In 1978, Maybelle Carter, the matriarch of the musical Carter family, died. Maybelle was the mother of June Carter, who became Mrs. Johnny Cash. She was 69.
In 1984, musician Bob Geldof watched a documentary on the BBC about Ethiopia's famine. He was so moved he called his friend, Midge Ure, and together they wrote the charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas."
In 1991, Rodney Crowell issued a statement that he and Rosanne Cash were getting divorced. They had married in 1979.
In 1992, country singer George Strait made his movie debut in "Pure Country," in which he starred as a country western singer.
In 1995, a Houston jury found Yolanda Saldivar guilty of murdering Tejano singing star Selena. She was sentenced to spend at least 30 years in prison.
In 2004, Ashlee Simpson walked off stage after the wrong vocal track was played during her performance on "Saturday Night Live," which revealed she was lip-synching. Opera singer Robert Merrill died in New Rochelle, N.Y., at age 87.
Thought for Today: "The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan values and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism." — Reinhold Niebuhr, American clergyman and author (1892-1971).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Eat The Rich

"Wow, that was a hot one."

Often The Sophomore Effort Is Determinant

From here. Especially dig the solid black title on the solid yellow background, "2 JAN." as the center of the composition, & the modest "MC."

Happy Birthday, Dead Person!

Today's Curly's birthday (1903) & here's a twist, he has a surprise for you!

22 October: Cuba Blockaded; Parachute Deployed; Sam Houston Prez Of Tejas; Hoover Talks Shit; "Pretty Boy" Floyd Murdered By G-Men; Shaggy, Shelby Lynne Hit 41

Today is Thursday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2009. There are 70 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment shipped to Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet-built missile bases on the island.

Sound Bite: President John F. Kennedy
On this date:
In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey.
In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.
In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod's "Faust."
In 1907, Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx was born in Sudlersville, Md.
In 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the "American system of rugged individualism" in a speech at New York's Madison Square Garden.
In 1934, bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.

In 1938, inventor Charles Carlson produced the first dry, or xerographic, copy, but had trouble attracting investors.
In 1954, West Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
In 1968, Apollo 7 returned safely from Earth orbit, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.

Thirty years ago, in 1979, the US government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment -- a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis.
In 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.
In 1990, U.S. President George H.W. Bush vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1990, saying it would lead to a quota system.
In 1999, five of the seven Republican presidential hopefuls met in New Hampshire for their first debate of the 2000 nomination race, with front-runner George W. Bush notably absent. Former Vichy official Maurice Papon was expelled from Switzerland and sent back to France.
In 2002, a bus driver was shot to death in Aspen Hill, Md., in the 13th and final attack by the Washington-area sniper.
In 2004, in a wrenching videotaped statement, kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan begged Britain to help save her by withdrawing its troops from Iraq, saying these "might be my last hours." (Hassan was apparently killed by her captors a month later.) President George W. Bush signed a corporate tax overhaul to close loopholes and provide $136 billion in new tax breaks for businesses, farmers and others.
In 2007, China's Communist Party gave President Hu Jintao a second five-year term.
In 2008, Wall Street tumbled again as investors worried that the global economy was poised to weaken. The major indexes fell more than 4 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which finished with a loss of 514 points. The fishing vessel Katmai sank in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, killing seven crewmen; four survived. India launched its first mission to the moon to redraw maps of the lunar surface. (India lost contact with its lunar satellite Chandrayaan-1 last August.) The Philadelphia Phillies won Game 1 of the World Series, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2.
Today's Birthdays October 22 Actress Joan Fontaine is 92. Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing is 90. Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale is 73.

Actor Christopher Lloyd is 71. Actor Derek Jacobi is 71. Actor Tony Roberts is 70. Actress Annette Funicello is 67. Movie director Jan de Bont is 66. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 66. Rock musician Leslie West (Mountain) is 64. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is 62. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 57. Movie director Bill Condon is 54. Actor Luis Guzman is 52. Actor-writer-producer Todd Graff is 50. Rock musician Cris Kirkwood is 49. Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is 46. Christian singer TobyMac is 45. Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is 44. Actress Valeria Golino is 43. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 42. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 41. Reggae rapper Shaggy is 41. Movie director Spike Jonze (Film: "Being John Malkovich") is 40. Rapper Tracey Lee is 39. Actress Saffron Burrows is 37.
Today In Entertainment History October 22
In 1844, actress Sarah Bernhardt was born in Paris.
In 1965, Ernest Tubb was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1966, the Beach Boys' song "Good Vibrations" was released. At that time, it was the most expensive single ever recorded, costing $40,000 dollars to make. "Georgy Girl" opened. It was the first movie in the U.S. to carry a Mature Audiences Only rating. [Oooh, spicy! — Ed.] "Weird Al" Yankovic took his first accordion lesson. The Supremes became the first all-female group to score a No. 1 album, with "Supremes a Go-Go."
In 1976, drummer Keith Moon of The Who played in what ended up being his final concert, in Toronto. Moon died less than two years later.
In 1977, singer Kenny Rogers and actress Marianne Gordon from the TV show "Hee Haw" were married.
In 1996, Death Row Records founder Suge (SHUG) Knight was jailed after violating his probation for a 1992 assault.
In 2003, entertainer Liza Minelli filed for divorce from producer David Gest. The previous day, Gest had filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming Minelli beat him during alcoholic rages.
In 2007, Marie Osmond fainted on live television during ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
Thought for Today: "You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil." — Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

There Is Joy Neither In Mudville Nor Los Angeles

Chokefest 2009. St. Nick on a stick.

Being Suppressed

One Mickey Kaus, who types for money at Slate had this to say about The New York Times, while discussing whether the newsiness of FOX.
6) Willingness to Suppress: You can have a commitment to accuracy, even a commitment to going out and finding and publicizing the truth for its own sake--but what happens when that commitment collides cataclysmically with your other, ideological purpose? The New York Times has a high commitment to accuracy, for example--and it's so big it almost has to be relatively tolerant of individual deviation. But would it endanger the Democrats' Senate majority by printing a series of damaging exposes of a leading Democratic Senator shortly before an election?  The Times answered that one for us in 2002.
A-hem. See also.

Has Our Endorsement

Our editor remains a registered Democrat due to sloth, but he became a Democrat (changing his registration from Commie Rat Bastard Party) in order to vote for Gov. Brown against Peanut-Brain Carter in the 1976 Democratic Primary.

Catholic Bomb

We're thinking ("The pain. Ooooh, the pain.") there may be a need for a Commissioner of Religion, who will not allow the egregious tampering w/ other teams' players that Pope Ratzi has just committed. (Not dissimilar to Nixon's Southern Strategy.)

Hitler's Pope does have a great idea though: Shove, stuff, poke, prod or lever every possible religious numb-nut he can into the Catholic camp. That should result in real popularity in another thirty to forty yrs. Not that the current Bishop of Rome is likely to be around another four yrs., let alone forty. (Always a forward-thinking institution, the Catholic Church traditionally installs wretched old men w/o families, friends, or much longer to live as their Supreme Dear Holy Leader Father Hierarch. Good thing the bead-rattlers don't have nukes. Do they?)

Algerians Stand Up For Their Rights

Attention Tea Partiers!! If you are dissatisfied w/ your government, this is what to do.
ALGIERS (AFP) – Youths from a slum in Algeria's capital clashed Tuesday with police in a protest against their housing conditions, leaving at least 11 policemen injured.

Similar incidents had occurred on Monday as residents of the Diar Echems working-class district of Algiers protested against their squalid housing and demanded new homes.

At around 3:30 pm (1430 GMT), dozens of youths were harassing riot police by throwing stones and other projectiles at them from an area that overlooks the road, which was closed to all traffic.

At least 11 police officers were wounded, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. The police practically sealed off the area, keeping the youths at a distance. Some of the youths wore balaclavas to hide their faces.

The police then brought in anti-riot vehicles and beefed up their presence to pre-empt further clashes and attacks on banks and shops near the area.

Residents of the district sometimes live 10 to a single room or in shacks, according to accounts in the Algerian press, and they have begun to protest these conditions and press for better housing.

Assembling peaceably for a redress of grievances is for weaklings who have been chickified by femiNazis. Of course, most of you obese, obscene toads in your Old Navy cargo shorts & "Negroes Scare Me!" T-shirts couldn't throw a Molotov cocktail fifteen ft. w/o getting winded. And most of you are so fucking ignorant you'd make a Molotov cocktail w/ a Bud Light can anyway.


U.S. to Order Steep Pay Cuts at Firms That Got Most Aid

Responding to the growing furor over the paychecks of executives at companies that received billions of dollars in federal bailouts, the Obama administration will order the companies that received the most aid to deeply slash the compensation to their highest paid executives, an official involved in the decision said on Wednesday.

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We're Just So Terribly Goddamn Sorry

If you have confused us w/ someone who gives a shit.

The News Never Stops

Following up on Millie Small's birthday.

21 October: The March Of Dull Marches On: Trafalgar; Electric Light; Forty Yrs. Since Kerouac Went On Road; Bork Borked; Cops Murder Again In Beantown

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2009. There are 71 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 21, 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York.
On this date:
In 1797, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides," was christened in Boston's harbor.
In 1805, a British fleet commanded by Adm. Horatio Nelson defeated a French-Spanish fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar; Nelson, however, was killed.
In 1879, Thomas Edison perfected a workable electric light at his laboratory in Menlo Park, N.J.

In 1908, the Saturday Evening Post magazine carried an ad for a brand new product: a two-sided phonograph record.
In 1917, members of the 1st Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville, France, became the first Americans to see action on the front lines of World War I.

In 1944, U.S. troops captured the German city of Aachen.
In 1950, Chinese troops occupied Tibet.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, rocket designer Wernher von Braun and his team were transferred from the U.S. Army to the newly created National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
In 1960, Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard M. Nixon clashed in their fourth and final presidential debate in New York.
In 1966, more than 140 people, mostly children, were killed when a coal waste landslide engulfed a school and several houses in Aberfan, Wales.
In 1967, the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat was sunk by Egyptian missile boats near Port Said; 47 Israeli crew members were lost. Tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters marched in Washington, D.C.
Forty years ago, in 1969, beat poet and author Jack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Fla., at age 47.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon nominated Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1975, Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk hit a ball that struck the left field foul pole in Boston's Fenway Park for a home run, giving the Red Sox a 7-6 victory in 12 innings over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 6 of the World Series.

In 1987, the U.S. Senate rejected U.S. President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court by the biggest margin in history, 58-42.
In 1988, former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on charges of fraud and racketeering.
In 1999, France's highest court upheld the conviction of Maurice Papon, the former Vichy official who'd fled France rather than face prison for his role in sending Jews to Nazi death camps; Papon was captured in Switzerland and deported the following day. (Papon ended up serving three years of a 10-year sentence; he died in 2007.)
In 2002, a car packed with explosives blew up next to a bus in northern Israel during rush hour; 14 people were killed in addition to two suicide attackers.
In 2003, invoking a hastily-passed law, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush ordered a feeding tube reinserted into Terry Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman at the center of a bitter right-to-die battle. The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding that Israel tear down a barrier jutting into the West Bank.
In 2004, an Associated Press poll found President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry locked in a statistical tie for the popular vote. Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove, 21, died hours after being shot in the eye with a pepper-spray pellet fired by police trying to control a raucous crowd outside Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox had won the American League championship. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Houston Astros 5-2 to take Game 7 of the National League championship series.
In 2005, results from the Afghanistan parliamentary elections showed that Islamic conservatives and former jihad fighters made up at least half of the lower house.
In 2007, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, in one of the strongest warnings from Washington on the matter, said, "We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon."
In 2008, dozens of members of the Mongol motorcycle gang were arrested by federal agents in six states on a variety of charges following a three-year investigation in which undercover agents infiltrated the group. Iraq's Cabinet decided to ask the United States for changes to the draft agreement that would keep American troops there for three more years. The former prime minister of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, was convicted in absentia of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison. U.S. President George Bush reportedly decided not to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba where the United States holds suspected terrorists, despite his stated desire to do so. Saudi Arabian officials said they had indicted nearly 1,000 suspected militants, saying the country was a target for an organized terror campaign. The campaign was said to be aimed at undermining the country's lifestyle and economy and had a direct link to al-Qaida.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Joyce Randolph is 85. Author Ursula K. Le Guin is 80. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 69. Musician Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG's) is 68. Singer Elvin Bishop is 67. TV's Judge Judy Sheindlin is 67. Actor Everett McGill is 64. Musician Lee Loughnane (Chicago) is 63. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 60. Musician Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go's) is 56. Movie director Catherine Hardwicke is 54. Actress-author Carrie Fisher is 53. Singer Julian Cope is 52. Rock musician Steve Lukather (Toto) is 52. Actor Ken Watanabe is 50. Actress Melora Walters is 49. Rock musician Che Colovita Lemon is 39. Rock singer-musician Nick Oliveri (Mondo Generator) is 38. Christian rock musician Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay) is 36. Actor Jeremy Miller is 33. Actor Will Estes is 31. Actor Michael McMillian is 31. Personality [Is that what the kids are calling it these days? — Ed.] Kim Kardashian is 29. Actor Matt Dallas is 27.
Today In Entertainment History October 21
In 1958, Buddy Holly held what ended up being his last recording session. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," which he recorded in that session in one take, became a hit after he died.
In 1961, Bob Dylan recorded his first album for Columbia Records. The self-titled album was recorded in one day and cost $400.
In 1971, Mick and Bianca Jagger had a daughter, named Jade.
In 1972, after 17 years of recording rock classics, Chuck Berry finally got a number-one hit with "My Ding-A-Ling."
In 1992, Elton John filed a $35 million lawsuit in which he claimed a reporter for the TV show "Hard Copy" falsely stated John moved to Atlanta to be near an AIDS treatment center. The singer's lawyers said he moved to Atlanta because he likes the city. Madonna's erotic book "Sex" went on sale around the world. Americans paid up to $50 to see pictures reflecting her fantasies concerning sadism, masochism and bondage. New York protesters upset with Sinead O'Connor for ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live," used a steamroller to crush dozens of the Irish singer's CDs, records and tapes.
In 1995, singer Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon died of a cocaine overdose in New Orleans. He was 28.
In 1997, "Candle in the Wind 1997" by Elton John broke the record for the best-selling single of all time, just 37 days after its release. "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby had been the previous record-holder.
In 1999, Santana's "Supernatural" album hit number one on the Billboard album chart. It was Santana's first number one album since "Santana Three" in 1971.
Thought for Today: "A man is what he thinks about all day long." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet and philosopher (1803-1882). [Nothing, y'hear, nothing! — Ed.]

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Trail Of Tears: This Used To Be A White Country; Now The Tee Vee Sucks!

P. J. Buchanan has a nervous fucking breakdown in Wing Nut Daily; his (White) country is being taken away from him:
Moreover, the alienation and radicalization of white America began long before Obama arrived. He acknowledged as much when he explained Middle Pennsylvanians to puzzled progressives in that closed-door meeting in San Francisco.

Referring to the white working-class voters in the industrial towns decimated by job losses, Obama said: "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Yet, we had seen these folks before. They were Perotistas in 1992, opposed NAFTA in 1993 and blocked the Bush-Kennedy McCain amnesty in 2007.

In their lifetimes, they have seen their Christian faith purged from schools their taxes paid for, and mocked in movies and on TV. They have seen their factories shuttered in the thousands and their jobs outsourced in the millions to Mexico and China. They have seen trillions of tax dollars go for Great Society programs, but have seen no Great Society, only rising crime, illegitimacy, drug use and dropout rates.

They watch on cable TV as illegal aliens walk into their country, are rewarded with free educations and health care and take jobs at lower pay than American families can live on – then carry Mexican flags in American cities and demand U.S. citizenship.

They see Wall Street banks bailed out as they sweat their next paycheck, then read that bank profits are soaring, and the big bonuses for the brilliant bankers are back. Neither they nor their kids ever benefited from affirmative action, unlike Barack and Michelle Obama.

They see a government in Washington that cannot balance its books, win our wars or protect our borders. The government shovels out trillions to Fortune 500 corporations and banks to rescue the country from a crisis created by the government and Fortune 500 corporations and banks.

America was once their country. They sense they are losing it. And they are right.
What will you do, P. J.? You could support a law, or even a Constitutional Amendment, to state clearly that  "America is a White Christian Nation." Call it the "Defense Of Reactionary Christianity" Act or Amendment. Or, you sad old fuck, you could stop bothering, take the hint that history is generously offering you & get your sorry, wretched "racialist" ass out of public life before you've completed your self-embarrassment project. (Not that we don't want to see you howling "nigger, spic, Joo" for a minute or so before they cut your mike off some afternoon on MSNBC, but this way we can say we warned you, but you just wouldn't listen, 'cause you're an old fool.)

V. D. Hanson, in his insufferably pretentiously titled "Works and Days" column at OlderPeople, InTheirUnderwear&Bathrobes,, is also having trouble being on the receding side of history.
Have you stopped reading, listening, watching, and paying attention to most of what now passes for establishment public or popular culture? I am not particularly proud of this quietism (many Athenians did it in the early 4th century BC and Romans by the late 3rd AD), but not really ashamed of it either.

Take Hollywood protocol—make a big movie, hype it, show it at the mall multiplex. But I went to one movie the last year. Maybe three in the last four years. There is not much choice here—car crashes, evil white men killing the innocent, some gay or feminist heroes fending off club-bearing white homophobic Mississippians in pick-ups. Or you can endure the American war-machine kidnapping, torturing, or murdering even more of the helpless abroad—with Robert Redford, glassed down, tweed in display, or snarly George Clooney sermonizing, like the choruses of Euripides’ tragedies.

We hoped for (indeed, expected) more in the Buchanan vein, but V. D.'s screed ("evil white men" & "gay or feminist heroes" notwithstanding) was a bit disappointing, a laundry list of Kulturkampf disgust (Not all of which we disagree w/, as a honkie of a certain age ourself.) but he redeems himself w/ self-seriousness in the end.
A final, odd observation. As I have dropped out of contemporary American culture and retreated inside some sort of 1950s time-warp, in a strange fashion of compensation for non-participation, I have tried to remain more engaged than ever in the country’s political and military crises, which are acute and growing. One’s distancing from the popular culture of movies, TV, newspapers, and establishment culture makes one perhaps wish to overcompensate in other directions, from the trivial to the important.


Horace called this reactionary nostalgia the delusion of a laudator temporis acti, the grouchy praiser of times past for the sake of being past. Perhaps. But I see the trend of many ignoring the old touchstones of popular entertainment and life as a rejection of establishment culture—a disbelief in, or utter unconcern with, what  elites now offer as valuable on criteria that have nothing to do with merit or value. I was supposed to listen to Dan Rather because Murrow once worked for CBS? I am to go to the Cinema 16 because Hollywood once made Gone With the Wind or On the Waterfront?

I don’t particularly like the idea that I want little to do with contemporary culture. But I feel it nonetheless—and sense many of you do as well.

We can't help but admire the nerve (or sheer unawareness) of a guy name-checking Horace, dropping some Latin, & noting his similarity to Athenians & Romans of the fourth & third centuries B. C. E. in the same few hundred words where he bitches about "elites." (Great. Another perfectly fine word devalued by the staunch defenders of "English Only." There won't be an English left when these cretins have had their way w/ it.)

We, for one, expect a bit more from our historians. Anyone who thinks the result of a presidential election in which the winner polled a majority of the popular vote for the first time in, what, 28 yrs., is a political crisis isn't much of a historian, though. Let alone one who can't/won't mention that any current military crisis is entirely self-inflicted. Speaking of V. D.'s 1950s time-warp, remember when American military crises were not the result of ill-advised & executed occupations of countries that hadn't attacked us? Ah, nostalgia. What would Horace say?