Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Virginians Vote To Keep Women Pregnant, Chained To Stoves

Republican Wins Race for Virginia Governor

Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican and a former state attorney
general, won a decisive victory in Virginia's governor's race
Tuesday, a stark reversal of fortune for Democrats who have
held control in Richmond for the past eight years.

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http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na

November 3: One Of 365

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2009. There are 58 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 3, 1900, the first major U. S. automobile show opened at New York's Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America.
 On this date:
In 1839, the first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
In 1852, Japan's Emperor Meiji was born in Kyoto.
In 1868, Republican Ulysses S. Grant won the presidential election over Democrat Horatio Seymour.
In 1896, Republican William McKinley defeated Democrat William Jennings Bryan for the presidency.
In 1903, Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.
In 1908, Republican William Howard Taft was elected president, outpolling William Jennings Bryan.
One hundred years ago, in 1909, American journalist James Reston was born in Clydebank, Scotland.
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a landslide election victory over Republican challenger Alfred M. "Alf" Landon.

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2, the second manmade satellite, into orbit; on board was a dog named "Laika" who was sacrificed in the experiment.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson soundly defeated Republican Barry Goldwater to win a White House term in his own right.
In 1970, Salvador Allende was inaugurated as president of Chile.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, five Communist Workers Party members were killed in a clash with heavily armed Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis during an anti-Klan protest in Greensboro, N.C.
In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair began to come to light as Ash-Shiraa, a pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran. Sound Bite
In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush. Illinois Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
In 1994, Susan Smith of Union, S.C., was arrested for drowning her two young sons, Michael and Alex, nine days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black carjacker.
In 1998, former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota.
Ten years ago: Aaron McKinney was convicted of murder in the fatal beating of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Wyoming. (McKinney and Russell Henderson, who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder, are serving life prison sentences.)
Five years ago: President George W. Bush claimed a re-election mandate a day after a record 59 million Americans chose him over Democrat John Kerry; Kerry conceded defeat in make-or-break Ohio rather than launch a legal fight reminiscent of the contentious Florida recount of four years earlier. Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's first-ever presidential election after a three-week probe into vote fraud found no grounds to invalidate his triumph. [The more things change ... — Ed.] Sgt. Charles Jenkins, who'd spent nearly 40 years in North Korea, pleaded guilty to deserting the U.S. Army in 1965. (He served 25 days in jail and was discharged.)
In 2005, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment in the CIA leak case. (Libby was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison; President George W. Bush commuted his sentence.)
In 2006, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, who had pleaded guilty in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, resigned from Congress.
One year ago: On the eve of Election Day 2008, Democrat Barack Obama radiated confidence and Republican John McCain displayed the grit of an underdog as the rivals reached for the finish line of a two-year marathon. Ali Hamza al-Bahlul, a video maker for Osama bin Laden, was sentenced at Guantanamo to life in prison for encouraging terrorist attacks. Authorities announced they had positively identified some of Steve Fossett's remains found a half-mile from where the adventurer's plane had crashed in California's Sierra Nevada. Former White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, who took the iconic image of Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, died on Merritt Island, Fla., at age 88.
Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller is 91. Actress Lois Smith is 79. Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis is 76. Actor-dancer Ken Berry is 76. Movie composer John Barry is 76. Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally is 70. Actor Shadoe Stevens is 63. Singer Lulu is 61. Comedian-actress Roseanne Barr is 57. Actress Kate Capshaw is 56. Comedian Dennis Miller is 56. Actress Kathy Kinney is 56. Singer Adam Ant is 55. Actor Dolph Lundgren is 52. Rock musician C.J. Pierce (Drowning Pool) is 37. Olympic gold medal figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is 27. Actress Julie Berman ("General Hospital") is 26.
Thought for Today: "In any war, the first casualty is common sense, and the second is free and open discussion." — James Reston, American journalist (1909-1995).

Monday, November 2, 2009

WWJP?*

Christian Bookstore Employee Arrested For Peeping

Joseph David Ramon Moreaux, 28, Is Accused Of Recording Customers In Restroom

SIMI VALLEY (CBS) ― 

An employee of Family Christian Book Store in Simi Valley was arrested Sunday afternoon for allegedly peeping on patrons with a recording device.

Joseph David Ramon Moreaux, 28, of Lancaster, was arrested, issued a citation and released after a shopper told the Simi Valley Police Department she had seen what she believed to be a recording device in the store's restroom. 

The store is located at 2986 Cochran Street.

Officers arrested Moreaux after finding a video recording device hidden in boxes in the corner of the restroom, which is used by both both male and female patrons. 

Police say the recorder shows Moreaux hiding the device in the bathroom. He apparently had the recorder on as he was positioning it, police said.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information contact detectives at (805)583-6950.

(© MMIX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

*What Would Jesus Pound? Note that it's a unisex toilet. This guy could have been a queer peeper for all we know. What kind of Xian store lets the vital bodily essences of the different sexes mix in the same room? Eeeeeeew.

Click here to look at video, because those CBS crapheels haven't mastered the art of allowing their crap to be embedded.

Note: Beyond the slightest concern if the fucking text doesn't fit. Screw you, Blogger™.

A Frightening Hallowe'en Tale: California Über Alles

Posted All Hallows Eve, though we just read it. Californians will be interested, & those from the less enlightened zones (everywhere else on the face of the earth) will quake in fear as the future is revealed to them. Get used to the new democracy.

2 November: Election Day Of The Dead: Dewey Defeats Truman; Presidents Born; John Brown Gets The Noose; Mr. Earl Is 72; Xerox Causes Employee To Go Mad & Start Shooting: Can You Blame Him?

Today is Monday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2009. There are 59 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 2, 1959, former game show contestant Charles Van Doren admitted before a House subcommittee that he'd been given questions and answers in advance when he appeared on the NBC program "Twenty One," amassing $129,000 during a 14-week run.
On this date:
In 1783, Gen. George Washington issued his Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States near Princeton, N.J.
In 1795, the 11th president of the United States, James Knox Polk, was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C.
One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1859, John Brown was convicted of treason against Virginia, murder and conspiracy for his raid on Harpers Ferry. (He was hanged one month later.) The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art was opened in New York by its founder, Peter Cooper.
In 1865, the 29th president of the United States, Warren Gamaliel Harding, was born near Marion, Ohio.
In 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states.
In 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued a declaration expressing support for a "national home" for the Jews in Palestine.
In 1920, in the first significant news broadcast, KDKA in Pittsburgh reported the U.S. presidential election results for Warren G. Harding and James Cox.
In 1947, Howard Hughes piloted his huge wooden flying boat, the Hughes H-4 Hercules (derisively dubbed the "Spruce Goose" by detractors), on its only flight, which lasted about a minute over Long Beach Harbor in California.

In 1948, President Harry S. Truman surprised the experts by winning a narrow upset over Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey.

In 1962, U.S. President John Kennedy announced that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled.
In 1963, South Vietnamese President Ngo Dihn Diem was assassinated in a military coup.
In 1976, former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter defeated Republican incumbent Gerald R. Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the Deep South since the Civil War.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, black militant JoAnne Chesimard escaped from a New Jersey prison, where she'd been serving a life sentence for the 1973 slaying of a New Jersey state trooper, Werner Foerster. (Chesimard, who took the name Assata Shakur, now lives in Cuba.)
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1984, Velma Barfield, convicted of fatally poisoning boyfriend Stuart Taylor, was put to death by injection in Raleigh, N.C., becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.
In 1999, Xerox repairman Byran Uyesugi opened fire on his co-workers in Honolulu, killing seven of them. (Uyesugi was later sentenced to life in prison without parole.) Republicans pushed the year's last and biggest spending bill through Congress toward a sure veto by President Bill Clinton.
In 2004, President George W. Bush was elected to a second term as Republicans strengthened their grip on Congress. Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam after receiving death threats over his movie "Submission," which criticized the treatment of women under Islam. (Mohammed Bouyeri is serving a life sentence for killing van Gogh.)
In 2006, the Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after a man said they had had sexual trysts together.
In 2008, Barack Obama and John McCain uncorked massive get-out-the-vote operations in more than a dozen battleground states the Sunday before Election Day. Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, died in Honolulu at age 86. Paula Radcliffe defended her title at the New York City Marathon to become the second woman to win the race three times; Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won the men's race for the second time in three years.
Today's Birthdays: R&B singer Earl "Speedo" Carroll (The Cadillacs; The Coasters) is 72. Singer Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) is 71. Political commentator Patrick Buchanan is 71. Actress Stefanie Powers is 67. Author Shere Hite is 67. Rock musician Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 65. Country-rock singer-songwriter J.D. Souther is 64. Actress Kate Linder is 62. Rock musician Carter Beauford (The Dave Matthews Band) is 52. Singer-songwriter k.d. lang is 48. Rock musician Bobby Dall (Poison) is 46. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is 45. Actress Lauren Velez is 45. Actor David Schwimmer is 43. Christian/jazz singer Alvin Chea (Take 6) is 42. Rock musician Fieldy is 40. Rock singer-musician John Hampson (Nine Days) is 38. R&B singer Timothy Christian Riley (Tony Toni Tone) is 35. Rapper Nelly is 35. Prodigy (Mobb Deep) is 35. Actor Danny Cooksey is 34. Rock musician Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) is 34. Country singer Erika Jo ("Nashville Star") is 23.
In 1992, legendary filmmaker Hal Roach died at age 100. He was credited with discovering the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy and producing the "Our Gang" comedies.
Thought for Today: "If I have done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve my memory." — Agesilaus II, King of Sparta (c. 444-360 B.C.)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hey, Suess!

From Red Tory.

1 November: Big Paint Job Finally Finished; Stamp Act; HST Assassination Fails; H-Bomb No. 1; Algerians Stand Up; Clarence Thomas Sits Down & Shuts Up

Today is Sunday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2009. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 1, 1765, the Stamp Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.
On this date:
In 1512, Michelangelo finished painting the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.

In 1861, Gen. George B. McClellan was made general-in-chief of the Union armies.
In 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations.
In 1936, in a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Rome and Berlin.
In 1946, Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, was ordained as a priest in Poland.
Sixty years ago, in 1949, an Eastern Airlines DC-4 collided with a Lockheed P-38 fighter plane near Washington National Airport, killing all 55 people aboard the DC-4 and seriously injuring the pilot of the P-38.
In 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists tried to force their way into Blair House in Washington, D.C., to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. The attempt failed, and one of the pair was killed, along with a White House police officer.
In 1952, the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code named "Ivy Mike," at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

In 1954, Algerian nationalists began their successful rebellion against French rule. [From The AP's Alternate Universe:]

Thirty years ago, in 1979, former first lady Mamie Eisenhower died in Washington, D.C., at age 82.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee to the West.
In 1991, Clarence Thomas took his place as a justice on the Supreme Court.
In 1995, Bosnia peace talks opened in Dayton, Ohio.
In 1999, Coast Guard crews searching for clues in the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990, which claimed 217 lives, found the first large piece of wreckage off the New England coast. Former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton died at age 45.
In 2004, American contract worker Roy Hallums was one of several people kidnapped during an armed assault on the Baghdad compound where he lived. (Hallums was rescued by coalition forces on Sept. 7, 2005.) A 16-year-old Palestinian laden with explosives blew himself up in an outdoor market in Tel Aviv, killing three Israelis. U.N. nuclear agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei urged Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and called on North Korea to dismantle its weapons program.
In 2007, retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Paul Tibbets, who piloted the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, died at age 92.
In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain plunged through the final weekend of their marathon race for the White House; McCain poked fun at his campaign's financial shortcomings and his reputation as a political maverick in an appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Machinists union members ratified a new contract with The Boeing Co., ending an eight-week strike.
Today's Birthdays: Newspaper columnist James J. Kilpatrick is 89. Actress Betsy Palmer is 83. Golfer Gary Player is 74. Country singer Bill Anderson is 72. Actress Barbara Bosson is 70. Actor Robert Foxworth is 68. Actress Marcia Wallace is 67. Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is 67. Country singer-humorist Kinky Friedman is 65. Actress Jeannie Berlin is 60. Music producer David Foster is 60. Pop singer-musician Dan Peek is 59. R&B musician Ronald Khalis Bell (Kool and the Gang) is 58. Country singer-songwriter-producer Keith Stegall is 55. Country singer Lyle Lovett is 52. Actress Rachel Ticotin is 51. Rock musician Eddie MacDonald (The Alarm) is 50. Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 47. Pop singer-musician Mags Furuholmen (a-ha) is 47. Rock musician Rick Allen (Def Leppard) is 46. Country singer "Big Kenny" Alphin (Big and Rich) is 46. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins is 45. Rapper Willie D (Geto Boys) is 43. Country musician Dale Wallace (Emerson Drive) is 40. Actress Toni Collette is 37. Actress Jenny McCarthy is 37. Rock musician Andrew Gonzales is 37. Actor David Berman is 36. Actress Aishwarya Rai is 36.
Today In Entertainment History November 1
In 1955, the Famous Flames, featuring James Brown, recorded "Please, Please, Please" at a radio station in Macon, Ga.
In 1963, the Rolling Stones single "I Wanna Be Your Man" was released in Britain.
In 1964, the Dave Clark Five performed on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1968, Apple Records released "Wonderwall Music" by George Harrison, the first Beatle solo album. The Motion Picture Association of America unveiled its new voluntary film rating system: G for general, M for mature (later changed to GP, then PG), R for restricted and X (later changed to NC-17) for adults only.
Forty years ago, in 1969, Elvis Presley had his first number-one single in seven years with "Suspicious Minds."
In 1971, a funeral for guitarist Duane Allman was held in Macon, Ga. Allman had been killed in a motorcycle crash. At the funeral, the Allman Brothers Band performed several songs.
In 1985, actor Phil Silvers died in Los Angeles. He was 73.
In 1988, actors Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis got married. They have since divorced. Sub Pop Records released Nirvana's first release, "Love Buzz/Big Cheese."
Thought for Today: "God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me." — Thomas Huxley, English biologist (1825-1895).

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Crowd Guesstimation

People who give a flying fuck at a rolling dough-nut about crowd sizes are invited to look around the web for photos & footage of the West Hollywood Hallowe'en Carnaval (Estimated attendance: 400,000, in a town of 1.9 square miles.) to compare w/ the "9/12" teabag events which apparently drew at least a million morons to Wash., D. C.

We will not get anywhere near comparisons of actual "teabagging" activities between the two events.

"kristy" Knows Just What You're Talking About

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Saturday Sports Suckfest/Wrap-Up

Only one Bottom Ten this wk., unless the LAT website is more screwed up than usual. So we're linking rather than reproducing.

We are so unconcerned w/ the World Series we're making bets w/ ourself about which player we would prefer to see receive a career-ending injury, & are a bit disappointed that the likelihood of a life-ending injury is pretty small in baseball (though it could happen). Hell, we'd probably be satisfied w/ a compound fracture sticking out of a player's leg, if we aren't going to see either of the teams going after the other w/ bats. (Not a Hallowe'en reference.)

Scary Monsters And Super Creeps

++frightening not good: It's the Townhall.com Crew! Yes, they identify as a "crew." As if they're out tagging or getting served in dance-offs every night. (Could've been a "Posse," we s'pose.)

Splashback

From illusory tenant, we are treated to LARRY DAVID, JEW(!!) PISSING ON JESUS!!! Or not.Why has no one bitched about that Jerry Seinfeld guy being in the episode? He's a Christian-hating Christ-killer too, isn't he?

31 October: BOO! Martin Luther Starts Trouble; Planes Crash All Over Space, Time

Today is Saturday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2009. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. Lying, useless UPI Almanac. A reminder: Daylight-saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. local time. Clocks go back one hour.

Today's Highlight in History:On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

On this date:
In 1795, poet John Keats was born in London.
In 1864, Nevada became the 36th state.
In 1931, with the Great Depression in full swing, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that 827 banks had failed during the previous two months.
In 1938, the day after his "War of the Worlds" broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed "deep regret" but also bewilderment that anyone had thought the simulated Martian invasion was real.
In 1941, the Navy destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland, with the loss of some 100 lives, even though the United States had not yet entered World War II. [NB: Any discrepancies in dates, apparent repetitions of events, etc., are directly attributable to Son-Hump Moon's UPI fucking Almanac. Sometimes we think there is legit Int'l. Dateline confusion, w/ the AP skewing American, natch, & sometimes it's just plain wrongness on the part of the slave-labor in Moon's employ. — Ed.] The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota -- consisting of the sculpted heads of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt -- was completed.
In 1956, Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, a former U.S. Marine showed up at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to declare he was renouncing his American citizenship so he could live in the Soviet Union. His name: Lee Harvey Oswald. [Honest to gawd. "His name?" What is this, Paul Harvey? Where's the organ sting? — Ed.]
In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu took the oath of office as the first president of South Vietnam's second republic.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations. Sound Bite.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh security guards.
In 1985, salvage divers located the remains of the booty-laden pirate ship Whydah, which sank Feb. 17, 1717, off Cape Cod, Mass.
In 1988, former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos pleaded innocent to charges that she and her husband, deposed President Ferdinand Marcos, embezzled more than $100 million from the Philippine government.
In 1992, more than 300 people were killed in renewed fighting as Angola slid back into civil war. It was announced that five American nuns in Liberia had been shot to death near the capital Monrovia; the killings were blamed on rebels loyal to Charles Taylor.
In 1994, a Chicago-bound American Eagle ATR-72 crashed in northern Indiana, killing all 68 people aboard.
In 1996, a Brazilian Fokker-100 jetliner crashed in Sao Paulo, killing all 96 people on board and three on the ground.
In 1998, a genetic study was released suggesting President Thomas Jefferson did in fact father at least one child by his slave Sally Hemings.
In 1999,  EgyptAir Flight 990, bound from New York to Cairo, crashed off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 people aboard.
In 2001, a 61-year-old New York hospital worker died from inhalation anthrax. Microsoft and the Justice Department reached a tentative agreement to settle the historic antitrust case against the software giant. U.S.-led forces resumed air strikes in Afghanistan, hitting Taliban positions in the northern part of the country and outside the capital, Kabul. The Taliban claimed 1,500 people were killed.
In 2002, Andrew Fastow, former Enron chief financial officer, was indicted on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in the collapse of the Houston energy trading company.
In 2003, a rebel group known to kidnap children and sell them in Sudan as slaves struck a village in northern Uganda, killing 18 and abducting many more.
In 2004, in the closing hours of their bitter campaign, President George W. Bush and challenger Sen. John Kerry charged through the critical battlegrounds of Florida and Ohio, going from hushed Sunday church services to raucous campaign rallies with promises to keep America safe. Iranian lawmakers chanted, "Death to America!" after a unanimous vote to allow their government to resume uranium enrichment activities. Japan confirmed a Japanese man taken hostage in Baghdad had been beheaded. The kidnappers had demanded Japan pull its troops out of Iraq.
In 2005,Samuel Alito, a 55-year-old conservative federal appeals judge, was nominated by U. S. President George Bush to the U.S. Supreme Court to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor.
In 2006, a U.S. congressional report claimed China helped North Korea develop its nuclear program within the past year. P.W. Botha, South Africa's apartheid-era president, died at age 90.
In 2007, three lead defendants in the 2004 Madrid train bombings were found guilty of mass murder and other charges, but four other top suspects were convicted on lesser charges and an accused ringleader was completely acquitted in the attacks that killed 191 people.
In 2008, President George W. Bush signed an executive order restoring the Libyan government's immunity from terror-related lawsuits and dismissing pending compensation cases. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel died in Chicago at age 96.
Today's Birthdays: Author Dick Francis is 89. Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk is 87. Actress Lee Grant is 82. Movie critic Andrew Sarris is 81. Former astronaut Michael Collins is 79. Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather is 78. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 72. Actor Ron Rifkin is 70. Actress Sally Kirkland is 68. Actor David Ogden Stiers is 67. Actor Stephen Rea is 63. Olympic gold medal distance runner Frank Shorter is 62. Actress Deidre Hall is 61. Talk show host Jane Pauley is 59. Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell is 51. Movie director Peter Jackson is 48. Rock musician Larry Mullen is 48. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 46. Rock musician Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) is 46. Rock singer-musician Johnny Marr is 46. Actor Rob Schneider is 45. Country singer Darryl Worley is 45. Actor-comedian Mike O'Malley is 44. Rap musician Adrock (Adam Horovitz) is 43. Songwriter Adam Schlesinger is 42. Rap performer Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) is 41. Rock singer Linn Berggren (Ace of Base) is 39. Reality TV host Troy Hartman is 38. Gospel singer Smokie Norful is 36. Actress Piper Perabo is 33. Actor Brian Hallisay is 31. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas is 29. Rock musician Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) is 28.
Today In Entertainment History October 31
In 1926, magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.
In 1970, singer Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas married actor Dennis Hopper. They divorced after eight days.
In 1986, Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters filed suit in London to dissolve Pink Floyd and retain the rights to the name. The other members of the band were granted temporary rights to the name and later full rights.
In 1988, actor John Houseman died at the age of 96 in Malibu, Calif. He's probably best known for his work on "The Paper Chase." Singer Debbie Gibson held a seance at her Halloween party to contact Liberace and Sid Vicious. [And? — Ed.]
In 1991, Joseph Papp, the producer who brought "A Chorus Line" to Broadway, died in New York. He was 70.
In 1993, movie director Federico Fellini died in Rome at age 73. Actor River Phoenix died after collapsing outside a Los Angeles nightclub. He was 23.
In 1996, Elizabeth Taylor's divorce from Larry Fortensky was finalized.
In 1997, more than 200 counterfeit tickets were confiscated when Jane's Addiction reunited for a show in New York. Hundreds of fans were turned away, and refunds were given to legitimate ticketholders.
Thought for Today:"There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them." — Andre Gide, French author and critic (1869-1951).

Friday, October 30, 2009

Breasts, Politics & Moralizing


If we really hated ourself, life, the human form & everything else around us so damn much, we would just kill ourself. The reactionaries mean their self-loathing & fear, but fear number one is death (as you might imagine). Disgust w/ their bodies (not merely the aesthetic disgust that photographs of the body of, say, Townhall honcho Hugh Hewitt) comes in a little lower on the list, so the sensible, logical course of "I hate myself & the body that gawd told me was nasty right after he gave it to me, so I will die by my own hand" will not be taken by the scaredy-cats. It must be difficult walking around knowing that half of the population has lady nipples under just a few layers of clothing, often mere inches from you. Get used to it, freaks. Suffer.
MSNBC's Dr. Nancy -- who's show gets terrible ratings -- 
Another who has escaped the liberal indoctrination that befalls all students in America. Like Jethro Bodine, as soon as they've mastered cipherin', "gozintas," & their ABCs, they leave school to make it on their own, in Greg's case as a Townhall Crew blogger. We doubt he makes the $35.00/column Burt Prelutsky was making, before he was cut to $20.00/column & then let go.

And best of luck to anyone trying to pry open those braincases & pour in facts or sense. as Hengler defines the bitter clinger.
Finally, Dr. Nancy says -- in so many words -- that we Americans are not open-minded and free like those Europeans: "We are so prudish." Typical response from the anointed-civilized mind of a liberal wanting to crush the primitive prudishness of our sensitive American culture. The push continues at MSNBC...
Best to keep those dirty pillows covered up, even at the cost of a few lives & some suffering. "Pro-life" all the way.

On a technical note, the idea that this sort of thing results in instant ratings is absurd. It has to be pimped to a virtual boil for the unwashed masses to catch on & click to MSNBC. But "You'll turn America into a whorehouse w/ your European decadence, feminist breast bitches!" was the real message from Mr. Hengler. The chance to crow about how lousy Dr. Nancy's ratings are (We're glad they suck, because we're sick to our stomach of doctors infantilizing themselves by calling themselves Dr. & then using their first names. Scared of being called elitist, doc?) & to make stupid accusations of using titties for ratings is gravy (or icing) for this nimrod.

Aside to ZIP (I. Q.?) of Weasel Zippers: Do not type again until you have at least a nodding acquaintance w/ the English language as the literate among us practice it, you sub-human cretin. (Based only on reading the headline.)

If you must read more of this drivel ...

DO NOT MOCK US. QUIVER IN FEAR!

Just last wk. we threw our considerable (at least 100kg) weight behind Jerry Brown in the Cal-Dem-Guber-Race.

Results already!

We don't remember all of Mayor Newsom's personal baggage. Had an affair w/ a PR flunky or something. Did he dump wife for the flunky, go back to the Mrs., or what? Either way, that certainly covers "unspecified family obligations." (Like he may have an obligation to himself not to be clobbered about the head w/ a frying pan.)

"It's Insane"

We're sure we've nothing to add to discussion of Brooks' actual column today about how Obama is a wimp or some such shit. This "Talking Between Columns" may have been overlooked, though.

In it we see that, to Brooks, research is what someone else does, although he does get the point:
A woman named Dede Scozzafava is the official Republican candidate. Political scientist Boris Shor did some sophisticated analyses of her voting record in the State Legislature, comparing her to legislators across the country. Her voting record puts her almost exactly in the middle of legislators nationwide. That means she’s a moderate, though slightly right of center in the context of New York.

So do the conservative honchos welcome somebody in the middle of the spectrum? No. The entire conservative movement seems to be coming out in favor of the third party candidate. If conservatives won’t accept moderate candidates in the Northeast, then they are sentencing themselves to permanent minority status. It’s insane.
Brooks almost immediately goes off the track though, assuring us that the universe is not permanently out of whack.
The Democrats have their problems too. And if anything, their problems are deeper because they are intellectual, not merely partisan. The Obama administration has sent the country off to the right. The president is creating a counter-realignment.
Also of interest, Bob Herbert's take on the alleged "swing to the right."
The conservative trend you mentioned is, I think, a manifestation of the desire to wind down the extraordinary drama of the past several years and begin to focus, in a prudent, common-sense way, on the myriad problems facing us here at home.
We thought 'Murkins were all innovative, willing to take a chance, & other such cliched crap. We've turned into a nation of fat-ass stick-in-the-mud chickenshits, though. Prudent common-sense did not make this nation the greatest shining shitpile in the landfill!

Weaklings Ruin Economy

Stocks Slide on Signs of Consumer Weakness; Dow Falls Nearly 250 Points

Stocks plunged Friday in the face of weak consumer data,
erasing a powerful rally the day before and ending a pattern
of monthly gains.

The United Snakes obviously needs a sterner sort of consumer. Is our children learning to consume right?

Further boring recitations of numbers.

Reactionary Comic Strip: Of Course It's Pathetic

We just noticed these here. Bad enough, but at the illustrator's own site it's all explained for you.
They're not monsters if they're in the closetRepublicans, then.

Tucker Carlson Opens His Yap: Unfortunately, A Swanson's Frozen Dinner Is Not Shoved Down It

In a not-uninteresting piece in Tina's Beast on Media Matters, we were treated to this:
“I don't have a problem at all with lefties critiquing the news from a left-wing point of view,” said Carlson, who has also written for The Daily Beast. “What sets Media Matters apart is it's doing the bidding of a political party and specific politicians. That's by definition dishonest.”
We do admit our attention was originally drawn to the item by the subhead.

30 October: Martains Invade! Reuben James Torpedoed; Shoe Rationing Over; "Tsar Bomba" Tested, Stalin Removed from Lenin's Tomb; Ali KOs Foreman; Ronstadt Goes "Boheme"-ian; People Continue To Die

Today is Friday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2009. There are 62 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 30, 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. (The live drama, which employed fake breaking news reports, panicked some listeners who thought the portrayal of a Martian invasion was real.)

[Nation of sheep, baby. — Ed.] Sound Bite.
On this date:
In 1735, the second president of the United States, John Adams, was born in Braintree, Mass.
In 1817, Simon Bolivar established the independent government of Venezuela.
In 1885, poet Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho.

In 1893, the U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval to repealing the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890.
In 1941, more than a month before the United States entered World War II, a U.S. destroyer, the Reuben James, was sunk by a German submarine.
In 1944, the Martha Graham ballet "Appalachian Spring," with music by Aaron Copland, premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., with Graham in a leading role.
In 1945, the U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing, effective at midnight.
In 1953, George C. Marshall, who, as secretary of state following World War II, engineered a massive economic aid program for Europe, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1961, the Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb, the "Tsar Bomba," with a force estimated at about 50 megatons. The Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved a resolution ordering the removal of Josef Stalin's body from Lenin's tomb.
Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, Muhammad Ali regained his world heavyweight title by knocking out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, known as the "Rumble in the Jungle."
In 1975, the New York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead" a day after President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.As dictator Francisco Franco was near death, Prince Juan Carlos assumed power in Spain.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, President Jimmy Carter announced his choice of federal appeals judge Shirley Hufstedler to head the newly created Department of Education.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, police in Poland found the body of kidnapped pro-Solidarity priest Father Jerzy Popieluszko, whose death was blamed on security officers. [Or by the parents of one of the young boys he no doubt molested, being a priest & all. — Ed.]
Twenty years ago, in 1989, Mitsubishi Estate Co. announced it was buying 51 percent of Rockefeller Group Inc. of New York. (However, amid a real estate slump, Mitsubishi ended up walking away from its investment in 1995.) [Some of you may remember that this was seen as the end of the world at the time. Yet it still spins through the emptiness on its axis, does it not? — Ed.]
In 1997, a jury in Cambridge, Mass., convicted British au pair Louise Woodward of second-degree murder in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen. The judge later reduced the verdict to manslaughter and set Woodward free.
In 1998, a mudslide caused by Hurricane Mitch killed at least 2,000 people in Nicaragua.
In 1999, fifty-four people were killed in a fire inside a four-story building crowded with weekend shoppers and diners in Incheon, South Korea.
In 2002, Minnesota Democrats tapped former vice president Walter Mondale to run for the seat of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone less than a week before the election. (Mondale lost to Republican Norm Coleman.)
In 2004, the decapitated body of Japanese backpacker Shosei Koda was found wrapped in an American flag in northwestern Baghdad; the militant group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi later claimed responsibility. Grateful fans embraced the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, hailing the team as heroes during a jubilant parade.
In 2005, the body of Rosa Parks arrived at the U.S. Capitol, where the civil rights pioneer became the first woman to lie in honor in the Rotunda.
In 2008, a federal jury in Miami convicted the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in the first case brought under a 1994 U.S. law allowing prosecution for torture and atrocities committed overseas. (Charles McArthur Emmanuel was later sentenced to 97 years in prison.)
Today's Birthdays: Actor Dick Gautier is 72. Movie director Claude Lelouch is 72. Rock singer Grace Slick is 70. Songwriter Eddie Holland is 70. Actor Ed Lauter is 69. R&B singer Otis Williams (The Temptations) is 68. Actor Henry Winkler is 64. Rock musician Chris Slade (Asia) is 63. Country/rock musician Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles) is 62. Actor Leon Rippy is 60. Actor Harry Hamlin is 58. Actor Charles Martin Smith is 56. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 55. Actor Kevin Pollak is 52. Actor Michael Beach is 46. Rock singer-musician Gavin Rossdale (Bush) is 42. Actor Jack Plotnick is 41. Comedian Ben Bailey is 39. Actress Nia Long is 39. Country singer Kassidy Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 33. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal is 31. Actor Matthew Morrison is 31.
Today In Entertainment History October 30
In 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. Using fake news bulletins and simulated on-scene reports to portray an invasion by Martians, the broadcast sparked panic among listeners who thought the dramatized events were authentic.

[Middle-class sheep/Nation of rubes/You'd rather watch "Lucy"/Than the Six O'Clock News. Not that you sheep can tell the difference. — Ed.]
In 1961, Phil Spector's Philles label released its first single. It was a record by the Crystals: "Oh, Yeah, Maybe Baby" backed with "There's No Other (Like My Baby)."
In 1964, Roy Orbison was awarded a gold record for "Oh, Pretty Woman."
In 1967, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced to nine months in jail. He was released pending an appeal.
In 1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 for exposing himself in Miami.
In 1972, Elton John did a command performance benefit for Queen Elizabeth.
In 1974, Kathy Silva filed for divorce from Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone after less than six months of marriage.
In 1978, the animated TV movie "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park" aired on NBC.
In 1982, singer Paul Weller announced the breakup of the British band The Jam.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Linda Ronstadt made her operatic debut in a production of "La Boheme" in New York.
In 1997, drummer Bill Berry quit R.E.M.
In 2000, comedian, TV host, author and composer Steve Allen died at age 78.
In 2002, Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC was shot and killed at his recording studio in New York. He was 37.
In 2004, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker married former Miss USA Shanna Moakler in Santa Barbara, Calif. They have since split up. Actress-dancer Peggy Ryan died in Las Vegas at age 80.
Thought for Today: "It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it." — Eric Hoffer, American philosopher (1902-1983). [Damn right, dockworker. Only those marinated from birth in this nation's renderings can fully appreciate the hypocrisy we must wade through each day. — Ed.]

Thursday, October 29, 2009

While We Were Sleeping

Shooting at North Hollywood synagogue investigated as hate crime; man detained [Updated]

October 29, 2009 |  7:56 am
A gunman approached a North Hollywood synagogue this morning and shot two people before fleeing, according to police, who are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
The shooting occurred at 6:20 a.m. at the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue in the 12000 block of Sylvan Street.

Poll finds U.S. anti-Semitic views at historic low

Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:03am EDT

Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman said the poll results could simply be attributed to the United States becoming "a more accepting society."
"At the same time there continues to be violence targeting Jews and an increasing use of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories," Foxman said in a statement. "We can't dismiss that 12 percent of the American people means that there are still over 30 million Americans that hold anti-Semitic views."

29 October: 'Black Tuesday' on Wall St. as the Great Depression begins; Osama bin Laden admits ordering the Sept. 11th attacks; Suez crisis heats up Mideast; McKinley assassin executed; John Glenn returns to space.

Today is Thursday, Oct. 29, the 302nd day of 2009. There are 63 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 29, 1929 — known as "Black Tuesday" — Wall Street crashed, heralding the beginning of the Great Depression.
On this date:
In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English courtier, military adventurer and poet, was executed in London.
In 1682, the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, landed at what is now Chester, Pa.
In 1901, President William McKinley's assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was electrocuted.
In 1911, American newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer died at age 64.
In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.
In 1940, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number — 158 — in the lottery for America's first peacetime military draft.

In 1947, Frances Cleveland Preston, the widow of President Grover Cleveland, died at age 83.
In 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
In 1964, thieves made off with the Star of India and other gems from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formally organized during a conference in Washington, D.C.
In 1967, Expo 67 in Montreal closed after six months.
AP Highlight in [Alternate] History:
Forty years ago, in 1969, the Internet had its beginnings when the first host-to-host connection was made on the Arpanet - an experimental military computer network - between UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, Calif.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, on the 50th anniversary of the great stock market crash, anti-nuclear protesters tried but failed to shut down the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1992, Alger Hiss said Russia had cleared him of the charge of being a Communist spy that sent him to prison for four years and helped propel Richard Nixon's political career.
In 1994, gunman Francisco Martin Duran fired more than two dozen shots from a semiautomatic rifle at the White House. (Duran was later convicted of trying to assassinate President Bill Clinton and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.)
In 1998, Sen. John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he'd blazed for America's astronauts 36 years earlier. Alternate version:
[He was not the first Yank to orbit the moon, AP! — Ed.]
In 1999, a panel of European Union scientists ruled that British beef was safe for export, rejecting French scientific arguments to continue a ban because of fears of mad cow disease. Some 3,000 people attended a memorial service in Orlando, Fla., for golfer Payne Stewart, who was killed along with five other people in the crash of their Learjet.
In 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush, elected in a chaotic tableau of ballot mishaps and court challenges, signed legislation said to help reduce ballot-counting errors and ensure greater citizen participation in the election process.
In 2003, digging through more than 164 feet of rock, rescuers liberated 11 of 13 Russian miners trapped underground for six days after a methane gas explosion. The third-largest recorded solar blast slammed into the Earth causing a severe but short-lived geomagnetic storm.
In 2004, Osama bin Laden, in a videotaped statement, directly admitted for the first time that he'd ordered the Sept. 11th attacks and told America "the best way to avoid another Manhattan" was to stop threatening Muslims' security. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was flown to Paris for medical treatment. European Union leaders signed the EU's first constitution. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was sent home after a week in the hospital for treatment of thyroid cancer.
In 2006, Brazil's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, won re-election in a landslide.
In 2008, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake in southwestern Pakistan killed at least 215 people. Nearly 50 hours after Game 5 started but was stopped by rain, the Philadelphia Phillies finished off the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in a three-inning sprint to win the World Series for the first time since 1980.
Today's Birthdays: Bluegrass singer-musician Sonny Osborne (The Osborne Brothers) is 72. Country singer Lee Clayton is 67. Rock musician Denny Laine is 65. Singer Melba Moore is 64. Musician Peter Green is 63. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 62. Actress Kate Jackson is 61. The president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, is 59. Actor Dan Castellaneta ("The Simpsons") is 52. Country musician Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is 52. Comic strip artist Tom Wilson ("Ziggy") is 52. Actress Finola Hughes is 50. Singer Randy Jackson is 48. Rock musician Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 44. Actress Joely Fisher is 42. Rapper Paris is 42. Actor Rufus Sewell is 42. Rock singer SA Martinez (311) is 40. Musician Toby Smith is 39. Actress Winona Ryder is 38. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross is 37. Actor Trevor Lissauer is 36. Actress Gabrielle Union is 36. Olympic gold medal bobsledder Vonetta Flowers is 36. Actress Milena Govich is 33. Actor Jon Abrahams is 32. Actor Brendan Fehr is 32.
Today In Entertainment History October 29
In 1891, Broadway star Fanny Brice was born Fanny Borach in Newark, N.J.

In 1923, the musical "Runnin' Wild," which introduced the Charleston, opened on Broadway.
In 1936, singer Hank Snow made his first recordings, "Lonesome Blue Yodel" and "Prisoned Cowboy."
In 1956, "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" premiered as NBC's nightly television newscast, replacing "The Camel News Caravan."
In 1964, the "T.A.M.I. Show" was filmed in Santa Monica, Calif. It featured performances by the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Lesley Gore, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Rolling Stones and The Supremes. [See it if you can. — Ed.]
In 1967, the musical "Hair" opened off-Broadway.
In 1970, Neil Diamond received a gold record for "Cracklin' Rosie."
In 1971, Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Ga. A similar accident took the life of the band's bassist, Berry Oakley, the next year.
In 1981, the TV comedy "Gimme A Break," starring Nell Carter, made its debut on NBC.
In 1983, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" became the longest-running album on the "Billboard" music charts, with a total of 491 weeks. That record has since been broken. [Probably by something even suckier. — Ed.]
In 1987, jazz great Woody Herman died at age 74.
In 1996, the Notorious B.I.G. and Faith Evans became parents to a son, Christopher Wallace.
In 2004, Comedian Vaughn Meader, who'd gained fame satirizing President John F. Kennedy, died in Auburn, Maine, at age 68.
Thought for Today: "It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good." — Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (1901-1978).
Dead guy born today who gets a quote from the Rev. Moon: Scottish biographer James Boswell (b. 1740.) wrote, "I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation."

{Finished around 1500 PDT. — Ed.]

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

By the Numbers

Paid for a half-gallon (1.89L) of Orange Juice at liquor store: US$3.75.

Number of Kleenexes consumed in a recent 24-hr. period: 90. (Says so on the empty box.)

Phillies 6, Yankees 1.

Burn In Hell

Randall Terry advises the brain trust that follows him how to do stuff. He has to walk them through it, because they are too fucking old & stupid to understand how telephones, computers, the interwebz & the like work.

News From The Future

Rumor has it that one will be requested to register to read this NYT thing on the LHC being sabotaged from the future.
We're well known at The Times, so there was no such request for us, but if you can't/won't, the whole piece (except the last paragraph) is garishly displayed at the first link.

Best part:
Another of Dr. Nielsen’s projects is an effort to show how the universe as we know it, with all its apparent regularity, could arise from pure randomness, a subject he calls “random dynamics.”
Actual theme:
... the notion that the troubled collider is being sabotaged by its own future. A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one ...

28 October: Xians Begin War Against Civilized World; Battle Of White Plains; Czechoslovaks On Loose; Volstead Act Passed; Musso Screws Wops; Nikita S. Backs Down; Pope Lets Christ-Killers Off Hook; "Scooter" Charged

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 28, the 301st day of 2009. There are 64 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

On this date:
In 312, in a battle that marked the beginning of the Christian era in Europe, Constantine's army, wearing the cross, defeated the forces of Maxentius at Mulvian Bridge in Rome.
In 1636, the General Court of Massachusetts passed a legislative act establishing Harvard College.
In 1776, the Battle of White Plains was fought, resulting in a limited British victory.
In 1793, Eli Whitney applied for a patent for the cotton gin.
In 1846, the pioneering Donner Party of 90 people set out from Springfield, Ill., for California. [Is dinner ready yet? — Ed.]
In 1858, Rowland Hussey Macy opened his first New York store at Sixth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.
In 1918, the Republic of Czechoslovakia proclaimed its independence. [How that all work out, Czech Republic & Slovakia? — Ed.]
Ninety years ago, in 1919, Congress enacted the Volstead Act, which provided for enforcement of Prohibition, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.
In 1922, fascism came to Italy as Benito Mussolini took control of the government.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicated the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.
In 1940, Italy invaded Greece.
In 1958, the Roman Catholic patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected pope; he took the name John XXIII.
In 1962, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the United States that he had ordered the dismantling of missile bases in Cuba.
In 1965, Pope Paul VI issued a decree absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
In 1976, former Nixon aide John D. Ehrlichman entered a federal prison camp in Safford, Ariz., to begin serving his sentence for Watergate-related convictions.
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter and Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan faced off in a nationally broadcast, 90-minute debate in Cleveland.
In 1985, the leader of the so-called Walker family spy ring, John Walker, pleaded guilty to giving U.S. Navy secrets to the Soviet Union.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, the Oakland A's wrapped up an earthquake-delayed sweep of the World Series over the San Francisco Giants.
In 1992, scientists using sonar to map Scotland's Loch Ness made contact with a mysterious object but declined to speculate what that implies about whether legendary monster "Nessie" exists.
In 1999, five Republican presidential hopefuls debated such issues as abortion, health care and taxes in their second meeting in less than a week; once again, front-runner George W. Bush was absent from the gathering in New Hampshire. The House passed, 218-211, the last spending bill of the year, which President Bill Clinton said he would veto.
In 2004, insurgents executed 11 Iraqi soldiers and declared on an Islamic militant Web site that Iraqi fighters would avenge "the blood" of women and children killed in U.S. strikes on the guerrilla stronghold of Fallujah. Boston Red Sox fans turned out by the tens of thousands near historic Fenway Park to celebrate their World Series champion team, the city's first since 1918.
In 2005, Vice President Dick Cheney's top adviser, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, resigned after he was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements in the CIA leak investigation. (Libby was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison. President George W. Bush commuted his sentence.)
In 2006, Hall of Fame basketball coach Red Auerbach died at age 89. The deadly fast-moving wildfire near Palm Springs, Calif., was reported 40 percent contained after killing five firefighters, scorching about 40,000 acres and consuming 27 homes and other buildings. Authorities said the fire was caused by arson.
In 2007, Argentina's first lady, Cristina Fernandez, claimed victory in the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman elected to the post.
In 2008, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail for his part in a sex-and-text scandal. (Kilpatrick ended up serving 99 days.) Seven in 10 Americans say they expect Democrat Barack Obama to win the U.S. presidential election next week, a Gallup poll indicated. Meanwhile, Obama had a controlling 52 to 36 percent lead over Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Harris Poll gave Obama a 6-percentage-point edge.
Today's Birthdays: Jazz singer Cleo Laine is 82. Actress Joan Plowright is 80. Musician-songwriter Charlie Daniels is 73. Actress Jane Alexander is 70. Singer Curtis Lee is 68. Actor Dennis Franz is 65. Pop singer Wayne Fontana is 64. Actress Telma Hopkins is 61. Olympic track and field gold medalist Bruce Jenner is 60. Actress Annie Potts is 57. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is 54. The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is 53. Rock musician Stephen Morris (New Order) is 52. Country/gospel singer-musician Ron Hemby (The Buffalo Club) is 51. Rock singer-musician William Reid (The Jesus & Mary Chain) is 51. Actor Mark Derwin is 49. Actress Daphne Zuniga is 47. Actress Lauren Holly is 46. Actress Jami Gertz is 44. Actor Chris Bauer is 43. "Tonight Show" sidekick Andy Richter is 43. Actress Julia Roberts is 42. Country singer-musician Caitlin Cary is 41. Actor Jeremy Davies is 40. Singer Ben Harper is 40. Country singer Brad Paisley is 37. Retired NFL player Terrell Davis is 37. Actor Joaquin Phoenix is 35. Singer Justin Guarini ("American Idol") is 31. Pop singer Brett Dennen is 30. Rock musician Dave Tirio (Plain White T's) is 30.
Today In Entertainment History October 28
In 1939, country performer Bill Monroe joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1950, "The Jack Benny Program" debuted on CBS.In 1956, Elvis Presley made his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." He sang several songs, including "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog."
In 1972, the United States Council for World Affairs announced that it had adopted The Who song "Join Together" as its theme.
In 1977, the Sex Pistols released their album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" in the US It was released in the U.K. four days later. Steve Perry joined Journey for their first public concert together, in San Francisco. [Sums it all up, dunnit? We remember Journey when they were good, pre-Perry. Whatev. — Ed.]
In 1986, Marie Osmond married for the second time, to record producer Brian Blosil. She had divorced Steve Craig a year earlier. [Gawd those Mormons are slutty. And hypocritical. — Ed.]
In 1992, singer Sinead O'Connor was quoted by a British music magazine as saying she was giving up pop music to study opera.
In 1996, actor-comedian Morey Amsterdam died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He's best known for playing Buddy Sorrell on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Thought for Today: "Truth is not introduced into the individual from without, but was within him all the time." — Soren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (1813-1855). [Hey, philosophers: Hope you saps took a big lunch w/ you on your search for "truth" & "meaning." — Ed.]