Saturday, October 3, 2009

American Newstand

From The Atlantic (eviscerated twice below) to another once great (at least tolerable) institution, The New Republic. We kid (Because we hate!); we're entirely w/ New Repper Isaac Chotiner on this'n. And of course amused by what he mocks.

The Worst Argument You've Ever Read For Banning Openly Gay People From the Military

A tease:
Don't you remember the days when real men walked the earth? No? Well at least you can study ancient times. Bowman, unsurprisingly, has written a book called Honor: A History. (Do conservatives ever get tired of this stuff?) He also works for an outfit called The Ethics and Public Policy Center, which, according to its website, "was established in 1976 to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues." 
In addition: Cineastes should investigate the TNR comments; the very first is a review of Alien Resurrection by real man typist Bowman. Spoiler Alert: Winona Ryder plays a "lesbian android." (Now he's spoiled it for us.)

Under One's Nose II

At The Atlantic, ace (or crack) reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, apparently wandering around in a fog, is bumping into things.
Apparently I asked Lindsey Graham today at the Atlantic's Washington Ideas Forum what he thought of Glenn Beck, and apparently he said something funny. It's always hard to know what's happening when you're doing the interview, but I thought Graham was, for Washington, candid.
Huh? (Our emphases.)

Seeing What's Under One's Nose




From fadedjeans61 in YouTube comments:
This is John Clarke and Bryan Dawe who did this sort of skit at the end of every week on a local current affairs show. They would choose a story from that week and do a mock interview about it. The incident was real, the interview was not. Bryan is the interviewer, John is the "politician".
Faith. Makes you a sucker every time.

In all seriousness, besides the ridiculous answers, didn't the rapid-fire delivery & lack of any pause or hesitation in the answers (or questions) indicate anything to Andy? Isn't his insignificant other an actor? Shouldn't someone, somewhere, be able to figure this sort of thing out, or do the incredible research of reading the comments? (Granted, wading through YouTube Comments is a job of Herculean stable-cleaning proportions, but you're getting paid for this, & we aren't, Sulllivan!!!!one12! Jesus.)

This Wk.'s Collegiate Bottom Ten


October 1, 2009
Copyright © 2009, The Los Angeles Times

"Interview on NPR's Fresh Air with Max Blumenthal about how the right is trying to de-legitimize the Obama presidency."

At The Scribe. How far behind are we?

From First Things (While You're There, Don't Miss The Anchoress)

Another rightist (& Catholic, we suppose) has removed his head from the darkness, wiped all the stuff from his eyelids, seen what is surrounding him, & started to worry. This is beginning to be standard procedure (see the Brooks column, mentioned in the depths there) among other-side-of-the-aislers who have to appear intellectual & rational to draw their paychecks. This one amused us because it veers into "foundational" crap (We said Catholic, remember?) which points out the incompatibility of whatever thought goes on over there, cutely described as "libertarian populism inflected with social conservative attachments — an unholy hybrid of Ayn Rand, William Jennings Bryan, and Morton Downey, Jr." Which leads to the author's concern about cults & personalities. Worth a read (we all like our prejudices confirmed) but if it hadn't been for this kind of shit
The American right has begun to mimic the left in adopting a perverse form of political syncretism. A decade ago we’d mock well-intentioned, but misguided, liberals for being so intent on advancing their cause that they’d gloss over the views of their nutcase, extremist radical allies.
or this
The result is that the conservative movement is becoming increasingly ineffective, insular, and irrational — in other words, we’re becoming the mirror image of the political left.
we might not have bothered, but fuck you, Joe Carter, whoever you may be. Once you've pulled that beam from your gawd-fearing eye, could you please elaborate just a bit on the monolithic left's nutcase extremist radical allies of a "decade ago?" Let's see, radical extremist nutcases, 1999, uh, Republicans impeaching the President? Anarchists at the WTO meeting? Really, what?

And (You must have noticed.) a Catholic calls "the political left" irrational. And "insular." A Catholic. Sure. In Carter's Bizarro World all of the left is busily crying over its Vapor-Rubbed upper lip while getting marching orders from the foaming-at-the-mouth-liberal fascisti of NPR. And it is a Bizarro World. "Conservatism has never exactly been a bookish movement," he types. So ... he wants to make conservAmericans read.
But it doesn’t have to be this way, does it? Isn’t it possible that we could create a movement where people read books—real books, not insta-books ghostwritten for a former Morning Zoo DJs or brick-sized political novels about narcissistic atheist industrialists? Is it too much to ask that ideas be presented to us in a sober manner rather than like a dramatic reading of the apocalyptic Left Behind novels? Shouldn’t we hold our pundits and politicians to the same standard of behavior—no screaming, lying, talking gibberish, or fake crying on national television—that we expect of our children?
Uh, do you live in this country? Have you lived here long? Are you (like The Anchoress) cooped up in a monastic cell somewhere, the merest of slits admitting light & air? Jesus.

3 October: Thanksgiving Crap Declared; Limeys Nuke Oz; O. J. Simpson Acquitted, Then Found Guilty; Cap't. Kangaroo, Elvis Make Pro Debuts; Krauts Reunite, Immediately Begin To Plot World Domination & "The Shot Heard 'Round The World"

Today is Saturday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2009. There are 89 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 3, 1789, President George Washington declared Nov. 26, 1789, a day of Thanksgiving to express gratitude for the creation of the United States of America. (On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.)
On this date:
In 1226, St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died; he was canonized in 1228. [Kind of a rush job there. — Ed.]
In 1929, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
In 1941, Adolf Hitler declared in a speech in Berlin that Russia had been "broken" and would "never rise again."
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Office of Economic Stabilization.
In 1951, in the deciding game of a three-game playoff series, the New York Giants captured the National League pennant as Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off the Brooklyn Dodgers' Ralph Branca in the "shot heard 'round the world." Sound Bite: Sportscaster Russ Hodges (to whom we used to listen an infinity & several lifetimes ago).
In 1952, Britain conducted its first atomic test as it detonated a 25-kiloton device in the Monte Bello Islands off Australia.
In 1962, astronaut Wally Schirra blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard the Sigma 7 on a nine-hour flight.
In 1974, Frank Robinson was named major league baseball's first black manager as he was put in charge of the Cleveland Indians.
In 1981, Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended seven months of hunger strikes that had claimed 10 lives.
In 1988, Lebanese kidnappers released Indian educator Mithileshwar Singh, who'd been held captive with three Americans for more than 20 months.
In 1990, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a new unified country.
In 1995, the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial found the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. (However, Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial.)

In 1997, Attorney General Janet Reno said she had found no evidence that President Bill Clinton broke the law with White House coffees and overnight stays for big contributors.
Ten years ago: Sony co-founder Akio Morita, the entrepreneur, engineer and savvy salesman who helped give new meaning to the words "Made in Japan," died in Tokyo at age 78.
In 2001, the Senate approved an agreement normalizing trade between the United States and Vietnam.
In 2002, five people were shot to death in the Washington, D.C., area within a 14-hour period, beginning the hunt for the "Beltway Sniper." (In all, 10 people were killed; mastermind John Allen Muhammad and teenage accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo were later caught.)
Five years ago: National security adviser Condoleezza Rice, interviewed on ABC's "This Week" program, defended her characterization of Saddam Hussein's nuclear capabilities in the months before the Iraq invasion.
In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court. (Miers withdrew three weeks later after criticism over her lack of judicial experience and Republican concerns about her conservatism.)
One year ago: Amid dire warnings of economic disaster, a reluctant Congress abruptly reversed course and approved a historic $700 billion government bailout of the battered financial industry; President George W. Bush swiftly signed it. Thirteen years to the day after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, the former football star was found guilty of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room. (Simpson was later sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.)
Today's Birthdays: Author Gore Vidal is 84. Basketball player Marques Haynes is 83. Composer Steve Reich is 73. Singer Alan O'Day is 69. Rock and roll star Chubby Checker is 68. Actor Alan Rachins is 67. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is 66. Magician Roy Horn is 65. Singer Lindsey Buckingham is 60. Jazz musician Ronnie Laws is 59. Blues singer Keb' Mo' is 58. Former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan is 58. Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is 58. Baseball Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley is 55. Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is 55. Actor Hart Bochner is 53. Actor Peter Frechette is 53. Golfer Fred Couples is 50. Actor Jack Wagner is 50. Rock musician Tommy Lee is 47. Actor Clive Owen is 45. Actress Janel Moloney is 40. Singer Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) is 40. Pop singer Kevin Richardson is 38. Rock singer G. Love is 37. Actress Keiko Agena is 36. Actress Neve Campbell is 36. Singer India.Arie is 34. Rapper Talib Kweli is 34. Actress Alanna Ubach is 34. Actor Seann William Scott is 33. Actress Shannyn Sossamon is 31. Actor Seth Gabel is 28. Rock musician Mark King (Hinder) is 27. Actor Erik Von Detten is 27. Actress-singer Ashlee Simpson-Wentz is 25.
Today In Entertainment History October 3
In 1941, the film "The Maltese Falcon" opened.
In 1945, 10-year-old Elvis Presley made his first public appearance in a talent show at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show, singing "Old Shep." He won second place and five dollars.
In 1954, "Father Knows Best" premiered on CBS.
In 1955, "Captain Kangaroo" premiered on CBS, and "The Mickey Mouse Club" made its debut on ABC.
In 1957, "The Woody Woodpecker Show" made its premiere on ABC.
In 1967, folk singer Woody Guthrie died in New York at the age of 55. Guthrie had been in the hospital for most of the last decade of his life, suffering from Huntington's disease.
In 1998, actor Roddy McDowall died of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 70.
In 2000, singer-bassist Benjamin Orr of The Cars died of pancreatic cancer in Atlanta. He was 53.
In 2003, Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy was mauled by a white tiger during a performance in Las Vegas.
In 2004, actress Janet Leigh died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 77. The comedy-drama series "Desperate Housewives" premiered on ABC.
Thought for Today: "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use." — Emily Post, American etiquette expert (1872-1960). [Fork you, then. — Ed.]

Friday, October 2, 2009

Noonan: People Are Stupid Sheep Who Must Be Controlled; Brooks: People Are Stupid Sheep Who Want To Be Controlled

Keeping America Safe From the Ranters

As the Elders of the media die, who'll replace them?

The headline would imply that La Noonan was opposed to tribalism. Heh.
They're the tribal chieftains. This role has probably existed since caveman days, because people need guidance and encouragement, they need to be heartened by examples of endurance. They need to be inspired.
False equivalences can be helpful in leading the flock.
Two examples from just the past week. A few days ago, I was sent a link to a screed by MSNBC's left-wing anchorman Ed Schultz, in which he explained opposition to the president's health-care reform. "The Republicans lie. They want to see you dead. They'd rather make money off your dead corpse. They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don't have anything for us." Next, a link to the syndicated show of right-wing radio talker Alex Jones, on the subject of the U.S. military, whose security efforts at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh show them to be agents and lackeys of the New World Order. "They are complete enemies of America. . . . Our military's been taken over. . . . This is the end of our country." Later, "They'd love to kill 10,000 Americans," and, "The republic is falling right now."
Republicans don't really give a crap about you: "Get some charity or go to the emergency room." And they've been lying through their veneers since "death panels." Expressed w/ no more show-biz hoopla than anything Rush Limbaugh says. Equivalent: "Right-wing" radio talker Alex Jones, who's convinced that the coup has already taken place.

And, collectivism!!
The new Elders will have to rescue America from the precipice. They'll have to be mature, think of the collective, of the country as a whole.
Health care for all, then? No, generalities from Noonan.
If they don't do it, who will? If they don't lead through this polarized time, who can? People who are 25 and 30 can't. They haven't been around long enough and don't have the sway. They're the guests on the broadcasts, not the executive producers. The new Elders are.
Is that so? Peggy exits w/ the irony of projection rather than reflection:
Someone's going to sum you up one day. You want to live your professional life in a way that they can write good things.
On the other extremity, David Brooks makes some sense about the tribal elders/shamans of the right,
media mavens who claim to represent a hidden majority but who in fact represent a mere niche — even in the Republican Party. It is a story as old as “The Wizard of Oz,” of grand illusions and small men behind the curtain.¹
Brooks goes on to burst the bubble of fun had by mooks like us at the expense of the patent medicine sellers. Will apologies be made?
But this is not merely a story of weakness. It is a story of resilience. For no matter how often their hollowness is exposed, the jocks still reweave the myth of their own power. They still ride the airwaves claiming to speak for millions. They still confuse listeners with voters. And they are aided in this endeavor by their enablers. They are enabled by cynical Democrats, who love to claim that Rush Limbaugh controls the G.O.P. They are enabled by lazy pundits who find it easier to argue with showmen than with people whose opinions are based on knowledge. They are enabled by the slightly educated snobs who believe that Glenn Beck really is the voice of Middle America.

So the myth returns. Just months after the election and the humiliation, everyone is again convinced that Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and the rest possess real power. And the saddest thing is that even Republican politicians come to believe it. They mistake media for reality. They pre-emptively surrender to armies that don’t exist.

They pay more attention to Rush’s imaginary millions than to the real voters down the street. The Republican Party is unpopular because it’s more interested in pleasing Rush’s ghosts than actual people. The party is leaderless right now because nobody has the guts to step outside the rigid parameters enforced by the radio jocks and create a new party identity. The party is losing because it has adopted a radio entertainer’s niche-building strategy, while abandoning the politician’s coalition-building strategy.

The rise of Beck, Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and the rest has correlated almost perfectly with the decline of the G.O.P. But it’s not because the talk jocks have real power. It’s because they have illusory power, because Republicans hear the media mythology and fall for it every time.

Suckers.

¹ Used as a pull-quote mostly because we are amused that Brooks thinks "The Wiz" (book published in 1900, movie released in 1939) is one of the "old" stories, possibly as told around the ceremonial fire by Noonan's Elders.

No. No, We Did Not Just Read This In The Washington Post

About the only recent successful title that harkens back to the older intellectual style is Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism," which argues that modern liberalism has much more in common with European fascism than conservatism ever has. But because it deployed the incendiary f-word, the book was perceived as a mood-of-the-moment populist work, even though I predict that it will have a long shelf life as a serious work. Had Goldberg called the book "Aspects of Illiberal Policymaking: 1914 to the Present," it might have been received differently by its critics. And sold about 200 copies.
Oh yes you did! And between this & the "Write for Our Op-Ed Page" contest, you'd have to say the wheels have come off the Post's wagon.

Also: Finished it. It gets much worse.

Weigel On NPR On VVS & The Bigger Picture On The Right

Not driving through the streets polluting the ocean of air, w/ the radio on as background noise, & despising NPR's centrist clap-trap (so we wouldn't be listening anyway) we are not always up to date. This could waste close to 40 mins. of what passes for existence; one can always sleep when one's dead.One could also read the damn thing, faster, but requiring effort. "Work‽"

2 October: "Soul Train" Goes National; Gandhi & Groucho Born; Washington Snipers Start Their Work; Shit Jesus Comes To Brooklyn

Today is Friday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2009. There are 90 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 2, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a serious stroke at the White House that left him paralyzed on his left side.
On this date:
In 1780, British spy John Andre was hanged in Tappan, N.Y., during the Revolutionary War.
In 1835, the first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers fought Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans ended up withdrawing.
In 1869, political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India.

In 1890, Groucho Marx was born in New York.
In 1941, German armies began an all-out drive against Moscow.
In 1944, Nazi troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people were killed.
In 1950, the comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.
In 1958, the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaimed its independence.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court opened its new term.
In 1969, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned after admitting he had made a financial deal with the Louis Wolfson Foundation.
In 1980, Rep. Michael "Ozzie" Myers, D-Pa., convicted of accepting a bribe in the FBI's ABSCAM sting operation, was expelled from the House.
In 1990, The Senate voted 90-9 to confirm Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter.
In 1996, former Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman was given three years' probation and fined $200 after pleading no contest to perjury for denying at O.J. Simpson's criminal trial that he had used a racial slur.
Ten years ago: The Brooklyn Museum of Art opened its much-hyped "Sensation" exhibit which had drawn controversy because of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's move to cut off city funding to the museum. (Giuliani objected to some of the artwork, which included a portrait of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung.)
In 2002, a man was shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Md., the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area, that left 10 dead.
Five years ago: Suspected separatist rebels began four days of attacks in India's Nagaland and Assam states that killed 73 people.
In 2006, an armed milk truck driver took a group of girls hostage in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., killing five of them and wounding five others before committing suicide.
One year ago: Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden sparred over taxes, energy policy and the Iraq war in a high-profile vice-presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, in which Palin sought to reclaim her identity as a feisty reformer and Biden tried to undercut the maverick image of GOP presidential hopeful John McCain. More than a year after millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett vanished on a solo flight over California's rugged Sierra Nevada, searchers found the wreckage of his plane but no body inside. (Fossett's remains were discovered in late October 2008.)
Today's Birthdays: Country singer-musician Leon Rausch (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys) is 82. Retired MLB All-Star Maury Wills is 77. Movie critic Rex Reed is 71. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 64. Cajun/country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 63. Actor Avery Brooks is 61. Fashion designer Donna Karan is 61. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 60. Rock musician Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike&the Mechanics) is 59. Singer-actor Sting is 58. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 55. Country musician Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 55. Rock singer Phil Oakey (The Human League) is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson is 51. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 51. Retro-soul singer James Hunter is 47. Rock musician Bud Gaugh (Sublime, Eyes Adrift) is 42. Folk-country singer Gillian Welch is 42. Country singer Kelly Willis is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dion Allen (Az Yet) is 39. Actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa is 39. Singer Tiffany is 38. Rock singer Lene Nystrom is 36. Actor Efren Ramirez is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer LaTocha Scott (Xscape) is 36. Gospel singer Mandisa (TV: "American Idol") is 33. Rock musician Mike Rodden (Hinder) is 27.
Today In Entertainment History October 2:
In 1957, Connie Francis recorded "Who's Sorry Now." She hated the song but recorded it after an argument with her father.
In 1959, "The Twilight Zone," created and hosted by Rod Serling, made its debut on CBS with the episode "Where Is Everybody?" starring Earl Holliman.
In 1965, The Who made their American TV debut on "Shindig!" performing "I Can't Explain."
In 1967, narcotics agents with the San Francisco police raided the communal house of the Grateful Dead on Ashbury Street for marijuana possession. Several members of the band were arrested, but Jerry Garcia happened to not be home at the time.
In 1971, "Soul Train" went into national syndication. The show, hosted by Don Cornelius, premiered a year earlier in Chicago.
In 1977, the bodies of Elvis Presley and his mother, Gladys, were moved from Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis to the grounds of Graceland after an apparent attempt to steal the bodies.
In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills after battling AIDS. He was 59.
In 1998, singing cowboy Gene Autry died at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 91.
In 2002, the compilation album "Elvis 30 Number One Hits" when to number one in the US and 16 other countries, 25 years after Elvis Presley's death.
In 2004, Billy Joel married Katie Lee at his home on Long Island, N.Y. He was 55, she was 22.
In 2005, the divorce between Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston was finalized. Playwright August Wilson died at age 60.
Thought for Today: "If you want to prove that God is not dead, first prove that man is alive." — Rod Serling, American screenwriter, producer and actor (1924-1975). [Cogito, ergo nuthin'. — Ed.]

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Relatives

From The NYT, a look at liberal values as they are practiced by non-liberals, which is why the Liberal Bible is covering this story.
During a February 2008 Congressional trip to Iraq, Mr. Ensign called Ms. Hampton almost every morning and night. She said that when the phone bill came to Mr. Ensign’s campaign office, he gave her almost $1,000 in cash to cover the calls. Mr. Ensign’s office confirmed that the senator gave Ms. Hampton “enough cash to cover the personal charges.” (On the trip, Mr. Hampton said he noticed frequent calls from Mr. Ensign’s cellphone to “Aunt Judy” — at his wife’s number.)
Aunt Judy? NSFW!

A Krock Of Karma

Looky, looky! Liberal Values! Karma!
Now, look over here. See? Liberal values!! Look! Don't you see? Looky! You'll miss it! Hey, don't you even care? Loooook!

"Klavan on Culture": It's Just Like PBS. Or Public Access.

OK, we lasted 35 secs. Maybe it was that Kultur Maven Klavan doesn't know how Americans pronounce "nyah." Or just that he's a lying idiot. Also, he moves & talks & shit. It's disconcerting, to put it mildly.

You Couldn't Really Call It A Goatee, But ...

A Big Elephant In The Room

A Nation of Spectators:

Tyler| 9.28.09 @ 6:35PM

From what I have heard its gonna take at least an additional seventy million conservatives to outnumber the socialist mexicans coming here and being legalized and able to vote. That is the big elephant in the room no one seems to want to adress. When amnesty is passed its estimated that up to seventy million more scumbags will flood into this country. The mexicans are brainwashed just like the blacks about republicans. I talked to an illegal and tried to inform him on the truth and facts and when I told him I was a republican he told me i am the devil.
White Christian Americans: Are your quivers full?

1 October: Three More Mos. & Another Yr. Will Pass Like Nothing; East Now Red For 60 Yrs.; Manila "Smelly, Weird, & Full Of Rats"; Free Speech Starts In U. S.; Maris Hits 61*

Today is Thursday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2009. There are 91 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
Sixty years ago, on Oct. 1, 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing.
On this date:
In 1800, Spain ceded Louisiana to France in a secret treaty.
In 1903, the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Americans 7-3 in the first World Series game. (The Americans, forerunners of the Red Sox, won the best-of-nine series 5-3.)
In 1908, Henry Ford introduced his Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $825.
In 1924, William Rehnquist, the 16th chief justice of the United States, was born in Milwaukee, Wis.
In 1936, Gen. Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state.
Seventy years ago, in 1939, Winston Churchill, recently appointed to the British War Cabinet by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" during a radio address on the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
Sixty years ago, in 1949, a 42-day strike by the United Steelworkers of America began over the issue of retirement benefits.
In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run during a 162-game season, compared to Babe Ruth's 60 home runs during the 154-game 1927 season.
Sound Bite: Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto makes the call.
In 1964, the Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Fla.
In 1974, former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell and four other Nixon administration officials went on trial on Watergate coverup charges.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Nigeria's military rulers handed power to a civilian government. Pope John Paul II began his first trip to the United States.
In 1987, eight people were killed when an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.9 struck the Los Angeles area. [Nothing to speak of. Didn't even fall down. — Ed.]
In 1991, the United States suspended economic aid to Haiti and refused to recognize the military junta that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
In 1992, Dallas billionaire Ross Perot announced his candidacy for the presidency. He called his group the Reform Party. A missile accidentally fired by the USS Saratoga struck a Turkish destroyer in the Aegean Sea, killing nine Turkish sailors.
In 1993, Polly Klaas, 12, was abducted from her Petaluma, Calif., home during a slumber party and murdered. (Her case inspired California's three-strikes law.)
In 1994, National Hockey League team owners began a 103-day lockout of their players.
In 1995, 10 Muslims were convicted of conspiring to conduct a terrorist campaign in the New York City area aimed at forcing the United States to drop its support of Egypt and Israel.
Ten years ago: South Korean activists thanked the US government for promising to investigate an Associated Press report that US forces had killed refugees at the start of the Korean War, but also demanded the US punish some of the veterans involved and compensate the victims' relatives.
In 2001, the Supreme Court suspended former President Bill Clinton from practicing before the high court. A Pakistan-based militant group attacked the state legislature in Indian-ruled Kashmir, killing 38 people.
Five years ago: Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted for the first time in 18 years, but without nearly the force of the 1980 disaster. Police found Lori Hacking's body in a landfill after picking through the trash for weeks in a search for the young Utah woman murdered by her husband, Mark.
In 2005, a reported 36 people, mostly foreign tourists, died in explosions at two resort restaurants on the island of Bali. More than 100 others were reported injured.
In 2006, the Israeli army completed its withdrawal from Lebanon, clearing the way for a U.N. peacekeeping force. Brazilians voted for president following a campaign rife with corruption allegations against incumbent and favored Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
In 2007, Vladimir Putin, ineligible to seek another term as Russian president after eight years in the post, indicated to lawmakers his desire to become prime minister.
One year ago: Documents believed to belong to missing U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett were found in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fossett, who set several world aviation records, vanished about a year earlier on a flight from a Nevada ranch. The U.S. Senate voted to end the ban on trading nuclear fuel with India, a move that allows India to buy nuclear fuel on the world market for civilian purposes. After one spectacular failure in the House, the $700 billion financial industry bailout won lopsided passage in the Senate, 74-25, after it was loaded with tax breaks and other sweeteners.
Today's Birthdays October 1: Former President Jimmy Carter is 85. Pianist Roger Williams is 85. Actor Tom Bosley is 82. Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 74. Actress Stella Stevens is 71. Rock musician Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone) is 66. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Rod Carew is 64. Jazz musician Dave Holland is 63. Actor Stephen Collins is 62. Actor Randy Quaid is 59. Marathon runner Grete Waitz is 56. Retired MLB All-Star Jeff Reardon is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Howard Hewett is 54. Actress Yvette Freeman is 52. Alt-country-rock musician Tim O'Reagan (The Jayhawks) is 51. Singer Youssou N'Dour is 50. Actor Esai Morales is 47. Retired MLB All-Star Mark McGwire is 46. Actor Christopher Titus is 45. Actress-model Cindy Margolis is 44. [Remember when she was "The Most-Viewed Woman on the Internet?" — Ed.] Rock singer-musician Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) is 41. Actor Zach Galifianakis is 40. Singer Keith Duffy is 35. NFL player Ryan Pontbriand is 30.
Today In Entertainment History October 1:
In 1962, Johnny Carson took over as regular host of NBC's "Tonight" show, succeeding Jack Paar. He retired in 1992 after a 29-year reign on late-night television.
In 1967, Pink Floyd arrived in the US for their first American tour, a month after their debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," was released.
In 1968, the cult horror movie "Night of the Living Dead" had its world premiere in Pittsburgh, where it was filmed.
In 1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried in his hometown of Seattle. Singer Curtis Mayfield left The Impressions to go solo.
In 1975, an intruder shot and killed Al Jackson, drummer for Booker T. and the MGs, at his home in Memphis. The group was planning a reunion at the time of Jackson's death.
In 1977, Elton John became the first rock star to be honored in New York City's Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame.
In 1998, the president of the Philippines banned actress Claire Danes from entering the country. Filipinos were angry that in an interview, Danes had called Manila smelly, weird and full of rats.
In 2003, actress Halle Berry and musician Eric Benet announced they were separating. They had been married less than three years.
In 2004, fashion photographer Richard Avedon died in San Antonio, Texas, at age 81.
In 2008, Nick Reynolds, a founding member of the Kingston Trio, died in San Diego at age 75. TV actor House Peters Jr., the original "Mr. Clean," died in Los Angeles at age 92.
Thought for Today: "Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt." — Clarence Darrow, American lawyer (1857-1938).

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thomas L. Friedman Sniffs Out A Trend, While We're Busy Anonymously Slandering & Sending Lies Around The World

If that 'stache weren't filled w/ gawd knows what sort of decaying ick, he might have sniffed it earlier.
Criticism from the far right has begun tipping over into delegitimation and creating the same kind of climate here that existed in Israel on the eve of the Rabin assassination.
Has begun? St. Nick on a stick, Friedman, where've you been for the last few months, in some foreign clime talking w/ your imaginary cab drivers?

But why* do we pay the slightest bit of attention to someone who can type a string of shit like this:
George W. Bush was elected under a cloud because of the Florida voting mess, and his critics on the left never let him forget it.
George W(orst) Bush was not "elected," Friedman. And no one called for a military "family intervention" against him, even though there should have been. (We note again how our military continues to fail us.)

More foul objectivity is encountered:
a blogosphere that at its best enriches our debates, adding new checks on the establishment, and at its worst coarsens our debates to a whole new level, giving a new power to anonymous slanderers to send lies around the world.
Do those who promote false equivalencies, & are so blind to begin w/ they don't notice what's going on right under the mustache beneath their noses get special exemptions because they're married to wealthy heiresses, & not anonymous? Lot easier to talk big under your legal name when you'll never miss another meal or anything else, ever, huh Tom?

And we haven't noticed Mr. Friedman ever paying or accounting for his numerous idiocies, wrong-headed bullshit, war-mongering & so on. So what fucking difference does anonymity make, if the paid & nonymous are never called on anything?

*Really. What is wrong w/ us? It's not as if our slandering has any effect on anything.

Air Assault On Free Speech

Glenn Beck gets the key to his hometown, Mt. Vernon, Wash.:
Beck arrived at about 6 p.m. in a black Chevy Silverado, according to a Twitter feed from the Skagit County Herald.

Meanwhile, an airplane circled overhead with a banner saying, "Change the Locks," and cars and trucks circled up and down the nearby streets.
No fucking airplanes towing banners at the Tea Parties. We win.

Credit where ... Und. Lib. via Pol. Carn.

Cheaters


From the American Police Force site. We're a bit  worried about their International Ops. This must be a joke of some kind. Though we'd like to know how this Serbian logo fits into Int'l. Conspiracies, the Knights of Malta, & al.

Maybe this is, if not a strictly commie plot, at least a Russki threat. But can this
be real?

But, Obviously, The Red Ones Are The Worst

KEEPING THE BRAND ALIVE: "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."

You may remember a guy named Barack Obama, who came from nowhere (And nobody knew anything about him!) to suddenly be elected president.

Now someone else about whom nothing is known wants to come from nowhere & run everything. Who is she? And which mysterious, conspiratorial figures are controlling her? NO ONE KNOWS!
The big mystery, even to those who once worked closely with the former VP candidate: Besides Vincent, who is working with Palin to keep her brand alive? 
Good question. Who is this woman? Rumor has it she was a governor of a low-population state for a yr. or two, but we can't even confirm that.

Oh, look. Further bitchery about this "Gov.(?)" Palin.
Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot."

Many big lecture venues are subscription series, "and they don't want to tick people off," said our source. "Palin is polarizing, and some subscribers might cancel if she's on the lineup." Other lecture buyers are universities, which have a leftist slant, and corporations, which dislike controversy.

"Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups -- unless they are interested in moose hunting," said our insider. "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."
And don't you just love that the gossip page of the NY Post has to attempt shots at universities, "which have a leftist slant, and corporations, which dislike controversy." Ah. No rightist slant at corporations, merely a desire to avoid controversy. And no rightist slant at the Post, either.

Tee Vee Is King

Fuck it, we're going post-literate 24/7. Sit back, watch & listen. Who needs to read anything? It's bad for your eyes. Ignorance is bliss.

30 September: Print Debuts, Textual Obsession Results; Anesthesia, Drug Addiction Invented; "Peace For Our Time"; "Flintstones," "Murder, She Wrote" Preem On Tube

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2009. There are 92 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 30, 1809, the Treaty of Fort Wayne (also known as the Ten O'Clock Line Treaty) was signed by Indiana Territory Gov. William Henry Harrison and representatives of four Indian tribes. (Under terms of the treaty, the Indians sold some 3 million acres of land to be used for US settlements.)
On this date:
In 1452, the first section of the Guttenberg Bible, the first book printed from movable type, was published in Germany.
In 1630, John Billington, one of the first pilgrims to land in America was hanged for murder -- becoming the first European criminal executed in the American colonies.
In 1777, the Continental Congress -- forced to flee in the face of advancing British forces -- moved to York, Pa.
In 1788, the Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the U.S. Senate - William Maclay of Harrisburg and Robert Morris of Philadelphia.
In 1791, Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" premiered in Vienna, Austria.
In 1846, Boston dentist William Morton used ether as an anesthetic for the first time as he extracted an ulcerated tooth from merchant Eben Frost.
In 1924, author Truman Capote was born in New Orleans.
In 1927, Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hit his 60th home run of the season to break his own major-league record.

In 1938, after co-signing the Munich Agreement allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain praised the accord on his return home, saying, "I believe it is peace for our time."

Seventy years ago, in 1939, the first college football game to be televised was shown on experimental station W2XBS in New York as Fordham University defeated Waynesburg College, 34-7.
In 1946, an international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
Sixty years ago, in 1949, the Berlin Airlift came to an end.
In 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the Navy.
In 1955, actor James Dean, 24, was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, Calif.
In 1962, black student James Meredith was escorted by federal marshals to the campus of the University of Mississippi, where he enrolled for classes the next day.
In 1966, the Republic of Botswana declared its independence from Britain.
In 1984, Mike Witt of the California Angels pitched a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.
In 1988, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a Kremlin shake-up.
In 1991, the military in Haiti overthrew Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the country's first freely-elected president.
In 1992, George Brett of the Kansas City Royals reached 3,000 career hits during a game against the California Angels. The United States returned most of the Subic Bay Naval Base to the Philippine government after more than a century of use.
In 1993, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern India, killing an estimated 10,000 people.
In 1997, France's Roman Catholic Church apologized for its silence during the systematic persecution and deportation of Jews by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.
Ten years ago: Defense Secretary William Cohen ordered a top-level investigation of accounts of mass killings of Korean civilians by U.S. soldiers at No Gun Ri in 1950. A major leak at a uranium-processing plant in northeastern Japan exposed dozens of people to radiation. German novelist Guenter Grass won the Nobel Prize in literature. The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game at Candlestick Park (3Com Park); the Dodgers won, 9-4.
In 2003, the FBI began a criminal investigation into whether White House officials had illegally leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry met at the University of Miami for their first debate, with Kerry accusing Bush of a "colossal error in judgment" in ordering the invasion of Iraq and the president noting that Kerry had voted to authorize the military action. Bombs killed some three dozen children in Baghdad as US troops handed out candy at a government-sponsored celebration. The House followed the Senate in decisively rejecting a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Vioxx, the heavily promoted arthritis drug, was pulled from the market by its maker after a study found it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
One year ago: Congressional leaders and President George W. Bush rummaged through ideas new and old, desperately seeking to change a dozen House members' votes and pass a multibillion-dollar economic rescue plan. Wall Street regained hope as the Dow industrials rose 485 points. More than 200 people were killed in a stampede of pilgrims at a Hindu temple in Jodhpur, India. J.L. Chestnut Jr., the first black lawyer in Selma, Ala. and a prominent attorney in civil rights cases across a half century, died in Birmingham at age 77.
Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts is 83. Author Elie Wiesel is 81. Actress Angie Dickinson is 78. Singer Cissy Houston is 76. Singer Johnny Mathis is 74. Actor Len Cariou is 70. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 66. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is 64. Pop singer Sylvia Peterson (The Chiffons) is 63. Actress Victoria Tennant is 59. Actor John Finn (TV: "Cold Case") is 57. Rock musician John Lombardo is 57. Singer Deborah Allen is 56. Actor Calvin Levels is 55. Actor Barry Williams is 55. Singer Patrice Rushen is 55. Actor Vondie Curtis-Hall is 53. Actress Fran Drescher is 52. Country singer Marty Stuart is 51. Actress Debrah Farentino is 50. Rock musician Bill Rieflin (R.E.M.) is 49. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) is 49. Actress Crystal Bernard is 48. Actor Eric Stoltz is 48. Rapper-producer Marley Marl is 47. Country singer Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery-Gentry) is 46. Rock singer Trey Anastasio is 45. Actress Monica Bellucci is 45. Rock musician Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) is 45. Actress Lisa Thornhill is 43. Actress Andrea Roth is 42. Actor Tony Hale is 39. Actress Jenna Elfman is 38. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 35. Actress Marion Cotillard is 34. Actor Mike Damus is 30. Tennis player Martina Hingis is 29. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu is 28. Actress Lacey Chabert is 27. Actor Kieran Culkin is 27.
Today In Entertainment History
In 1950, the Grand Ole Opry was first televised by Nashville station WSM. WSM-AM had been broadcasting the Opry on radio since 1925.
In 1955, actor James Dean was killed in the collision of his sports car with another automobile near Cholame, California. He was 24.
In 1960, "The Flintstones" made its debut on ABC.
In 1965, Donovan made his American TV debut on "Shindig!"
In 1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on "The David Frost Show" to talk about the virtues of transcendental meditation as taught by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In 1982, "Cheers," with Ted Danson and Shelly Long, made its debut on NBC. It ran until 1993.
In 1984, "Murder, She Wrote," starring Angela Lansbury, premiered on CBS.
Thought for Today: "You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can't possibly live long enough to make them all yourself." — Sam Levenson, American humorist (1911-1980).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Was This Wknd.'s Convention Wackier Than Last Wknd.'s, Or Just More Open?

 Our source?  Guess.The deal may be that the Take Back Americans are out & out religious based wackos. Look at this fool preach.

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We don't know where the other stuff came from, we only signed on to advertise the CIA.

Rule Britannia!

Pricks at REUTERS, unlike decent Americans at AP, won't allow embedding. Likewise the damned frog-eaters. We found the REUTERS report, however.
Wide screen w/ royalty:
Wide & long, from the horse's mouth:
This may be enough.

Cool Cool Water

We see that The NYT is again following our lead. Our own Chicago Times has been following the action as well.

Seems to be a consensus that new water-saving regs have resulted in unexpected pressures in parts of the water system. All we ask is that the pipes hold out another thirty yrs. or so, when we have plans to be dead. Maybe that long haul to the neighborhood well will be what does us in.

"Obama Problem:" The Solution May Be Here

We were worried for a moment, but it will be "civilized."
There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.

America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes:
No advocatin' goin' on here, just move along. Indeed, why even look/click there? We'll let you have the whole thing for exactly what it's worth: A laugh.
  • Officers swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Unlike enlisted personnel, they do not swear to “obey the orders of the president of the United States.”
  • Top military officers can see the Constitution they are sworn to defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are nationalized.
  • They can see that Americans are increasingly alarmed that this nation, under President Barack Obama, may not even be recognizable as America by the 2012 election, in which he will surely seek continuation in office.
  • They can see that the economy — ravaged by deficits, taxes, unemployment, and impending inflation — is financially reliant on foreign lender governments.
  • They can see this president waging undeclared war on the intelligence community, without whose rigorous and independent functions the armed services are rendered blind in an ever-more hostile world overseas and at home.
  • They can see the dismantling of defenses against missiles targeted at this nation by avowed enemies, even as America’s troop strength is allowed to sag.
  • They can see the horror of major warfare erupting simultaneously in two, and possibly three, far-flung theaters before America can react in time.
  • They can see the nation’s safety and their own military establishments and honor placed in jeopardy as never before.

  • So, if you are one of those observant military professionals, what do you do?

    Wait until this president bungles into losing the war in Afghanistan, and Pakistan’s arsenal of nuclear bombs falls into the hands of militant Islam?

    Wait until Israel is forced to launch air strikes on Iran’s nuclear-bomb plants, and the Middle East explodes, destabilizing or subjugating the Free World?

    What happens if the generals Obama sent to win the Afghan war are told by this president (who now says, “I’m not interested in victory”) that they will be denied troops they must have to win? Do they follow orders they cannot carry out, consistent with their oath of duty? Do they resign en masse?
    Or do they soldier on, hoping the 2010 congressional elections will reverse the situation? Do they dare gamble the national survival on such political whims?
    We're not so sure what nation is surviving if a coup is preferable to the very easily dismissed "political whims" of elections, democracy & stuff.
    Anyone who imagines that those thoughts are not weighing heavily on the intellect and conscience of America’s military leadership is lost in a fool’s fog.

    Will the day come when patriotic general and flag officers sit down with the president, or with those who control him, and work out the national equivalent of a “family intervention,” with some form of limited, shared responsibility?

    Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.

    Military intervention is what Obama’s exponentially accelerating agenda for “fundamental change” toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama’s radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

    Unthinkable? Then think up an alternative, non-violent solution to the Obama problem. Just don’t shrug and say, “We can always worry about that later.”

    In the 2008 election, that was the wistful, self-indulgent, indifferent reliance on abnegation of personal responsibility that has sunk the nation into this morass.
    Another plea from the not extreme at all right-wing to be done w/ democracy because people didn't vote the way that John L. Perry, White House worker for two unnamed Presidents, thought they should have. If that's what "wistful, self-indulgent, indifferent reliance on abnegation of personal responsibility" means, & that's the only translation we can come up w/.

    Early Stage Dementia

    Is The NYT's health insurance plan so awful that an assisted care facility can't be found for David Brooks? Perhaps the mainstream media can unite to build a facility just for pundits, a lovely, sunny, green place where George F. Will can rant & rave about the dangers of dungarees to the caste system, & Brooks can, as he did yesterday, lament the passing of
    The old WASPs [who] were notoriously cheap, sent their children to Spartan boarding schools, and insisted on financial sobriety.
    Alas, the Spartan boarding schools of yore! Worse than the Cultural Revolution's reëducation camps, though not quite as severe as Pol Pot's, if memory serves.

    But no more, reports a saddened Brooks.
    Chain restaurants went into supersize mode, offering gigantic portions that would have been considered socially unacceptable to an earlier generation.
    Because going to sleep hungry has always been humanity's secret desire. And he marches on, to a resounding finish.
    Over the past few months, those debt levels have begun to come down. But that doesn’t mean we’ve re-established standards of personal restraint. We’ve simply shifted from private debt to public debt. By 2019, federal debt will amount to an amazing 83 percent of G.D.P. (before counting the costs of health reform and everything else). By that year, interest payments alone on the federal debt will cost $803 billion.

    These may seem like dry numbers, mostly of concern to budget wonks. But these numbers are the outward sign of a values shift. If there is to be a correction, it will require a moral and cultural movement.

    Our current cultural politics are organized by the obsolete culture war, which has put secular liberals on one side and religious conservatives on the other. But the slide in economic morality afflicted Red and Blue America equally.

    Brooks & ilk: Never happy unless they can stake out (imaginary) moral high ground.
    If there is to be a movement to restore economic values, it will have to cut across the current taxonomies. Its goal will be to make the U.S. again a producer economy, not a consumer economy. It will champion a return to financial self-restraint, large and small.

    It will have to take on what you might call the lobbyist ethos — the righteous conviction held by everybody from AARP to the agribusinesses that their groups are entitled to every possible appropriation, regardless of the larger public cost. It will have to take on the self-indulgent popular demand for low taxes and high spending.

    A crusade for economic self-restraint would have to rearrange the current alliances and embrace policies like energy taxes and spending cuts that are now deemed politically impossible. But this sort of moral revival is what the country actually needs.

    Moral revival. Meaningless boiler plate. Self-restraint. Keep in pants & all that.

    Get a job flipping burgers, Brooks, at least then you will be producing something. Can we get David Broder into the pundit home too? He could give Brooksie some really swell bi-partisan ideas.

    TRIGGER WARNING: If I'd Know It Was A Statuary, I Wouldn't Have Done It

    The NYT aggregates opinion on Polanski's pick-up. Then the masses speak.
    Shut up, masses.

    Mother Lode Located

    It's here, & it's loaded. This gentleman is in bad shape.

    Religious Litmus Test

    No more stealing from Sullivan, let's go to the wells again.

    On The Other Hand

    Some eleven hours after we noted it, Sully follows us.
    But this is Ratzinger's real view: that the sex abuse crisis was basically a liberal plot to discredit the Church, rather than what it was, an international conspiracy for the molestation of children, enabled by the Vatican. 
    Quicker to the punch was Shakesville. (Do they have the shakes?) We'd heard, but ...
    [Trigger warning.]
    And:
    [Commenting Guidelines: Please take the time to make sure your criticisms are clearly directed at the Catholic Church leadership and not at "Catholics," many of whom are themselves critical of the failures of Church leadership.]
    My. They weren't kidding.

    Andrew Sullivan Should Learn To Quit When He Is Ahead.


    29 Sep 2009 01:20 pm

    The Palin Party

    Politico surveys the GOP base and finds Palin-mania still strong. I think she perfectly represents a form of protest cultural politics that has no interest in actually governing. And what's fascinating about the various quotes from local GOP machers is that none of them refers in any way to policy. She is not supported because of what she allegedly believes, or what she says she'll do. She is supported because she shares an identity, real or imagined, with white, angry alienated conservatives. She is identity politics personified. And so the loony right's transformation into a mirror image of the loony left of the 1980s accelerates.

    Can't let well enough alone, can he? Was he even in these United Snakes in the 1980s? And what was this "loony left of the 1980s?" "Loony" simply because it opposed Sullivan's political man-crush, Ronald Reagan? Were Iran-Contra, Central & South American death-squads (Catholic anti-commies killing commie Catholic nuns: Tough call for Andy?) the October Surprise, & so on lunatic inventions?

    Sullivan scrambled off the Bush branch as it broke away beneath him, but he clings to the rotting trunk of right-wing belief as if his life depended on it. When confronted w/ the grim reality ("Before his nose.") of Bush's & Cheney's idiocy & ineptitude he couldn't deny it, but we can't expect a reëxamination of the wondrous age of Ronnie from him, or many others; it's so much easier to let it slip into the misty golden blur of legend becoming myth. Politically expedient, too.

    On the most cynical level, the "loony left" could even be a stab at Malkin-style objectivity: "Waaaah! Libs do it too! Don't forget!"

    Vatican's "Defiant & Provocative Statement:" Statistics Prove We Are Holier Than They!

    Draft Dodging

    29 September: Musicians Abuse Band Members; Maynard G. Krebs Wises Nation Up; The Catch; American Militarism On Its Way

    Today is Tuesday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2009. There are 93 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
    On Sept. 29, 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church. [More proof of Gawd's love. — Ed.]
    On this date:
    In 1758, English Adm. Horatio Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. [Was he an admiral at birth? — Ed.]
    In 1789, the U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
    In 1829, London's reorganized police force, which became known as Scotland Yard, went on duty.
    In 1901, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi was born in Rome.
    In 1918, Allied forces began their decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line.
    In 1923, Britain began to govern Palestine under a League of Nations mandate.
    In 1936, in the presidential race between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alf Landon, both parties used radio for the first time.
    In 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders concluded the Munich Agreement, which was aimed at appeasing Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
    In 1941, the Babi Yar massacre of nearly 34,000 Jewish men, women and children began on the outskirts of Kiev in the Nazi-occupied Ukraine.
    In 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson [Coincidence? — Ed.] off Malta.
    In 1954, New York Giants centerfielder Willie Mays made a running catch with his back to home plate on a 450-foot blast by Cleveland Indians batter Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the World Series. It is widely considered to be the greatest catch ever made.

    Sound Bite: Sportscaster Jack Brickhouse makes the call.
    In 1957, baseball's New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds before moving to San Francisco for the next season.
    Fifty years ago, in 1959, the 29th Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, proclaimed his country's new constitution.
    In 1963, the second session of the Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.
    Thirty years ago, in 1979, Pope John Paul II began the first papal visit to Ireland as he arrived for a three-day tour.
    In 1982, Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide claimed the first of seven victims in the Chicago area. (To date, the case remains unsolved.)
    In 1988, the space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., marking America's return to manned space flight following the Challenger disaster.
    In 1992, Brazil's President Fernando Collor de Mello became the first Latin American leader to be impeached. Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced he was returning to the Los Angeles Lakers less than a year after he retired because he had the AIDS virus.
    Ten years ago: Vice President Al Gore abruptly moved his presidential campaign headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Nashville, Tenn., to get "out of the Beltway and into the heartland." The Associated Press reported on the killing of South Korean refugees by U.S. soldiers in the early days of the Korean War, beneath a bridge at a hamlet called No Gun Ri; The Associated Press quoted ex-GIs as saying "hundreds" were shot dead in late July 1950. (In 2001, after its own investigation, the U.S. Army affirmed that killings had occurred, but said they were not deliberate.)
    In 2000, Israeli riot police stormed a major Jerusalem shrine and opened fire on stone-throwing Muslim worshippers, killing four Palestinians and wounding 175.
    Five years ago: A video surfaced showing Kenneth Bigley, a British hostage held by Iraqi militants, pleading for help between the bars of a makeshift cage. (Bigley was later killed.) The privately built SpaceShipOne rocket plane hurtled past the edge of earth's atmosphere, completing the first stage of a quest to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
    In 2005, John Roberts was sworn in as the nation's 17th chief justice after winning Senate confirmation. New York Times reporter Judith Miller was released from 85 days of federal detention after agreeing to testify in a criminal probe into the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity.
    In 2006, Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., resigned after being confronted with sexually explicit computer messages he'd sent to former House pages. [Punishment: He's found himself a radio gig. — Ed.]
    One year ago: On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 777 points after the House defeated, 228-205, a $700 billion emergency rescue for the nation's financial system, leaving both parties and the Bush administration scrambling to pick up the pieces.
    Today's Birthdays: Actress Lizabeth Scott is 87. Actor Steve Forrest is 85. Musical conductor Richard Bonynge is 79. Actress Anita Ekberg is 78. Actor Eddie Barth is 78. Writer-director Robert Benton is 77. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 74. [See "Entertainment History" below. — Ed.] Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is 73. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is 67. Actor Ian McShane is 67. Jazz musician Jean-Luc Ponty is 67. Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, is 66. Television-film composer Mike Post is 65. Actress Patricia Hodge is 63. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 61. Rock singer-musician Mark Farner is 61. Rock singer-musician Mike Pinera is 61. Country singer Alvin Crow is 59. Actor Drake Hogestyn is 56. Broadcast journalist Gwen Ifill is 54. Former child actor Ken Weatherwax (TV: "The Addams Family") is 54. Olympic gold medal runner Sebastian Coe is 53. Singer Suzzy Roche (The Roches) is 53. Comedian-actor Andrew "Dice" Clay is 52. Rock singer John Payne (Asia) is 51. Actor Roger Bart is 47. Singer-musician Les Claypool is 46. Actress Jill Whelan is 43. Actor Luke Goss is 41. Rock musician Brad Smith (Blind Melon) is 41. Actress Erika Eleniak is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Devante Swing (Jodeci) is 40. Country singer Brad Cotter ("Nashville Star") is 39. Actress Emily Lloyd is 39. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 39. Actress Rachel Cronin is 38. Country musician Danick Dupelle (Emerson Drive) is 36. Actor Alexis Cruz is 35.
    Today In Entertainment History September 29
    In 1902, Broadway impresario David Belasco reopened the Republic Theatre under his own name.
    Fifty years ago, in 1959, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" made its premiere on CBS.

    ["Mainstream Media's First Beatnik!" &, obviously, your editor's first role model. — Ed.]
    In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, while trying to shoot at a soda bottle with a .357 Magnum. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within city limits. [Nice birthday party there, Jer! — Ed.]
    In 1977, James Brown's band walked out on him in Hallendale, Fla., complaining that he underpaid them.
    In 1985, "MacGyver" made its debut on ABC.
    Twenty years ago, in 1989, Zsa Zsa Gabor was convicted of slapping a police officer during a stop in Beverly Hills.
    Thought for Today: "If you want work well done, select a busy man — the other kind has not time." — Elbert Hubbard, American author and publisher (1856-1915). [Fuck you six ways to hell, corn-pone American ninny. — Ed.]