Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why We Hate AmeriKKKa & Why You Should Too

Watching memorial services for the killers killed by another killer (It's called "justice!") and listening to the mawkish sentimentality, un-bridled cliches, heaping doses of conventional wisdom, un-questioned assumptions & just plain bullshit recited by the morons of CNN, our hate for this nation of sheep is re-kindled to a new frenzy of disgust & rage.

(Adding insult to injury, we are confronted w/ an advertisement that calls on us to "Stop government-run health care now." This is the country for which they want people to fight & die?)

Just a note: Many people in the armed forces are fucking losers who couldn't find jobs in the real world. They aren't noble warriors, they are Sad Sacks whose last option was to enlist to defend (by aggression) a country that can't provide decent employment for them. Stupid? Defending an economic system that gives you no economic choice beyond becoming a paid killer to defend it must be one of the principal examples of idiocy.

And in a nation that makes a big deal out of "Oh, they're all volunteers," being a volunteer murderer only enables the chicken-hawks & corporate interests to perpetuate the horrors being done to humanity by capitalism, corporatism & fascist war-mongering.

Especially today (& tomorrow) it is important not to forget.

In other news of what a blood-thirsty pile of murder this shithole country is:

One Dead In Oregon Mall Shooting
3 killed, 6 hurt in S.C. shooting, coroner says

Gunman surrenders in high school standoff

Ayn Rand School For Slow Tots*

We were about to hit the rack, decided to peep quickly at email ... & now we must share this.
Why is he the "Honorary Chairman" of his own PAC? Legality? Legalism?

*As in.

More Damn Fucking Bullshit Which Deceived Us For Thirty Secs. (Which Explains Why We're Irked About It)

This is a headline!

Life Sucks And It's Society's Fault

And it's a headline because it's a lying cheat. The typist's blurb (Senior Editor-at-Large, Author, Executive Coach, and Performance Improvement Consultant) reveals that there's nothing to see there.

Money Update

Speaking of coins, we found one of these in our pocket recently & were rather surprised, as we hadn't heard shit about them. Hell, it took a bit of digging at the U. S. Mint site to find this.

Image somewhat larger than life size. If we'd found something this size in our pocket, we'd be lucky.

10 November: Jarheads Are Go! Marty Luther Born; Stanley Finds Livingstone; Ataturk Dies; Direct-Dial Long-Distance; Mailer Dies; "Sesame Street" Drops; "Professor" Hits 85

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 10, the 314th day of 2009. There are 51 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 10, 1775, the U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.
On this date:
In 1483, Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisleben, Germany.
In 1871, journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley found Scottish missionary David Livingstone, who had not been heard from for years, near Lake Tanganyika in central Africa.
AP Highlight in [Alternate] History:
On Nov. 10, 1871, journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley found missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
In 1917, 41 suffragists were arrested for picketing in front of the White House.
In 1919, the American Legion opened its first national convention, in Minneapolis.
In 1928, Japanese Emperor Hirohito was formally enthroned, almost two years after his ascension.
In 1938, Turkish statesman Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died in Istanbul at age 57.
In 1942, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, discussing the recent victory over Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt, said "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
In 1951, direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, N.J., called his counterpart in Alameda, Calif. [UPI types:] In 1951, area codes were introduced in the United States, Canada and parts of the Caribbean, allowing direct-dialing of long-distance telephone calls. Prior to this, all such calls were operator-assisted.
In 1954, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, depicting the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Arlington, Va.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, the nuclear submarine USS Triton was commissioned by the U.S. Navy.
In 1975, the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution equating Zionism with racism.
The ore-hauling ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 mysteriously sank during a storm in Lake Superior with the loss of all on board.
In 1982, Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev died at age 75. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors in Washington, D.C.
In 1983, Microsoft released its Windows computer operating system.
In 1989, Bulgaria's long-reigning, hard-line president Todor Zhivkov resigned as democratic reform continued to sweep the Eastern Bloc.
In 1994, the only privately owned manuscript of Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci was sold at auction at Christie's in New York for $30.8 million, the highest amount paid for a manuscript.
In 1997, a judge in Cambridge, Mass., reduced Louise Woodward's murder conviction to manslaughter and sentenced the English au pair to the 279 days she'd already served in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen. WorldCom Inc. and MCI Communications Corp. agreed to a $37 billion merger.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton decided to delay and shorten a trip to Greece in reaction to growing security concerns and the prospect of violent anti-American demonstrations. Investigators said the flight data recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990 showed things were normal until the autopilot mysteriously disconnected and the Boeing 767 began what appeared to be a controlled descent toward the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2001, the World Trade Organization approved China's membership.
In 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to allow U.S. President George Bush to take unilateral military action against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq without conditions beyond Congress being informed almost immediately.
In 2003, Lee Malvo, one of two suspects in the rash of sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington area, pleaded innocent as his trial opened in Chesapeake, Va. The trial overlapped that of the other suspect, John Muhammad, in Virginia Beach, Va.
In 2004, word reached the United States of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at age 75. (Because of the time difference, it was the early hours of Nov. 11 in Paris, where Arafat died.) President George W. Bush nominated White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to be attorney general, succeeding John Ashcroft. France, the United States and other nations began evacuating thousands of foreigners from Ivory Coast following attacks on civilians and peacekeeping troops.
In 2007, six American soldiers died in an insurgent ambush, making 2007 the deadliest year for American forces in Afghanistan since 2001. Author Norman Mailer died at age 84.
In 2008, President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, welcomed Barack and Michelle Obama to the White House for a nearly two-hour visit; the president and president-elect conferred in the Oval Office, while the current and future first ladies talked in the White House residence.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Russell Johnson is 85. Film composer Ennio Morricone is 81. Blues singer Bobby Rush is 75. Actor Albert Hall is 72. American Indian activist Russell Means is 70. Country singer Donna Fargo is 68. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is 66. Lyricist Tim Rice is 65. Actress Alaina Reed Hall is 63. Rock singer-musician Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 62. Actress-dancer Ann Reinking is 60. Actor Jack Scalia is 59. Movie director Roland Emmerich is 54. Actor Matt Craven is 53. Actor-comedian Sinbad is 53. Actress Mackenzie Phillips is 50. Author Neil Gaiman is 49. Actress Vanessa Angel is 46. Actor-comedian Tommy Davidson is 46. Actor Michael Jai White is 45. Country singer Chris Cagle is 41. Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan is 41. Actress Ellen Pompeo ("Grey's Anatomy") is 40. Rapper-producer Warren G is 39. Comedian-actor Chris Lilley is 35. Rock singer-musician Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) is 34. Actress Brittany Murphy is 32. Rapper Eve is 31. Rock musician Chris Jannou (Silverchair) is 30. Actor Bryan Neal is 29. Actress Heather Matarazzo is 27. Country singer Miranda Lambert is 26.
Today In Entertainment History November 10
In 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on her CBS radio program.
In 1958, singers Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls were injured in an auto accident while on tour together. Their chauffeur was killed. [Now Sam & Lou are both dead too. — Ed.]
Forty years ago, in 1969, the children's educational program "Sesame Street" made its debut on National Educational Television (later PBS). "Led Zeppelin 2" was certified gold.
In 1976, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers began their first major tour, opening for Kiss. [What a crapfest that must have been. Can you even imagine? — Ed.]
In 1989, the first Career Achievement Awards were given out by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in Washington. LaVern Baker, Percy Sledge and Mary Wells were among the recipients.
In 1992, a judge found Axl Rose guilty of assault and property damage in connection with a riot at a 1991 Guns N' Roses concert near St. Louis. Rose's sentence was suspended and he was put on probation. Rose also was ordered to pay $10,000 each to five charities.
In 2008, Miriam Makeba, the South African folk singer and anti-apartheid activist, died at age 76 after performing at a concert in Castel Volturno, Italy.
Thought for Today: "Men get opinions as boys learn to spell by reiteration chiefly." — Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861). [Ain't that the truth. — Ed.]

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sarah Palin Remains Unfocused, Unskilled In Speech Before Audience

This is POLITICO typing. Don't whine about liberal media bias. (We knew you would.)
In addition to the suggestion that government officials would consider hastening the death of the infirm or handicapped, she began her remarks with a puzzling commentary on the design of newly minted dollar coins.

Noting that there had been a lot of “change” of late, Palin recalled a recent conversation with a friend about how the phrase “In God We Trust” had been moved to the edge of the new coins.

“Who calls a shot like that?” she demanded. “Who makes a decision like that?”

She added: “It’s a disturbing trend.”

Unsaid but implied was that the new Democratic White House was behind such a move to secularize the nation’s currency.

But the new coins – concerns over which apparently stemmed from an email chain letter widely circulated among conservatives – were commissioned by the Republican-led Congress in 2005 and approved by President Bush.

And are hardly "newly minted," having been in circulation since — Well, well. Look at this. Went to get facts & exact dates on circulation & what should we find but:
These coins feature larger, more dramatic artwork, as well as edge-incused inscriptions of the year of minting or issuance, "E Pluribus Unum" and the mint mark.  "In God We Trust" will appear on the face of the coin starting in 2009.
It would appear that another of the truly important symbolic issues of our time has been dealt w/, no doubt in response to an angry forwarding of said email to a drooling old fool in Congreƒs from a righteously outraged & doddering constituent.

Were there an editorial policy at Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ it would support the immediate ("Right fucking now, baby!") hedonistic satisfaction & aesthetic amusement of the editor here. Lacking even that, we are spared having to torture something out about how disturbing a trend it is that reactionary discourse is being driven by forwarded emails about the shallowest of symbols, or that this symbology is on a par w/ the "sanctity of human life." Typing this has already put a dent in our cheap thrills time.

But on we go.

Two other actually "disturbing" trends:

That "In God We Trust" was ever put on our $acred American money in the first place.

That Palin & the other "pro-life" hypocrites still can't distinguish between embryoes, fetuses & living adult humans, & compound this by projecting their inability to figure it out on people on the science side of the aisle. And do they all believe that the huge demographic bolus of soon-to-be-seventy boomers that is slowly being digested by the American sytem will put up w/ reductions in its Viagra/Cialis intake, let alone allow "death panels" to shorten its newly minted boner time?

We don't care one way or the other (higher spritual plane than that nasty yet boring sex stuff) but it was already fairly obvious that the post-WWII generation was not going gently or otherwise into anything, w/ its refusal to grow up (cases like us) or to act its age (most of the rest of the scum). We'll be hanging on like Queen E to the II while Gen X or whatever they call themselves will be like Prince Charles, hanging around & waiting in vain for abdication, while hoping for death. Don't hold your breath, Children of The Boomers. (Or do! It's still a free country.)

Bloom Off Rose?
The event and the enthusiastic response were a vivid reminder of the following she commands. But her remarks also illuminated the mix of assets and limitations she would possess if she seeks to become a 2012 presidential contender.

Palin had remarks prepared but frequently wandered off-script to make a point, offering audience members a casual “awesome” or “bogus” in discussing otherwise weighty topics.

As in: “It is so bogus that society is sending a message right now and has been for probably the last 40 years that a woman isn’t strong enough or smart enough to be able to pursue an education, a career and her rights and still let her baby live.”

Other Palin touchstones included: praise for the military, jeers for the “the liberal media” and a general manner of speaking that often veered into rhetorical culs-de-sac.

While she drew applause during her remarks, Palin’s extemporaneous and frequently discursive style was such that she never truly roused a true-believing crowd as passionate about the issue at hand as she. Not once during her address did they rise to their feet.

In a closing exhortation, she urged the audience, “Don't ever let anyone to tell you to sit down and shut up.”

She then got a standing ovation from most of the crowd, but a few had begun to leave before she even finished and within seconds of her concluding, scores more got up and put on their jackets as they walked away.
Sweet Polly Purebred: Awesome, or bogus? Either way, please do not sit down or shut up.

Not to Worry, America

Every little thing's gonna be alright for the people & corporations that matter: Investors & multi-nationals. Work for a living? Well, non-investing sucker, stop thinking of yourself as a consumer: You'll be lucky if you can afford to consume food. All dependent on whether or not an investor decides he needs you to "produce" for him.
The rising U.S. stock market and a weak, slow-growing U.S. consumer sector aren't really in contradiction. Given the large-scale trends transforming the global economy—and the role of large U.S. companies in it—it may be possible to have a sustainable rally in American stocks without a sustainable rally by American consumers.
Yay, AmeriKKKa!
 But growth has resumed, and in some places—Peru, China, India—it never stopped. As a result, the globe's economic geography has continued to change, with the United States accounting for a smaller chunk of global output and demand each year. For much of the past two years, virtually all growth in economic activity has taken place outside America's borders.
Cf. The party's over, suckers. Capitalism done used you up & th'owed you away. Now it's on to the new kids on the block, w/o so much as a "Thanks for the good time, sailor," & you're sitting there on the curb, wallet empty, hungover, w/ a powerful new strain of the clap percolating in your naughty parts. (Though some might say you'd have to have had syphillis or some such percolating in your naughtiest part to even consider taking up w/ that whore Capitalism & her pimps.)

Our Great National Divide

Favorite quote (so far) from a piece on Kathleen Parker in some commie rag:
She calls herself the daughter of a Yankee pilot and a Southern belle, by which she means that her father was stationed at a U.S. Air Force Base in South Carolina when he met her mother, a local girl. "These guys fly in, they're gorgeous, they're the crème de la crème, and they're Yankees, so they know stuff that these girls have never seen before. And they just swept those girls off their feet."
Oh, those Yankee carpet-baggers (Though in this case they might be Yankee carpet-bombers as well.) coming down South & sweepin' the maidens off their feet w/ their "stuff," that they "know." Book-larnin' & cipherin'. Who'd a thunk our little Southern ladies would be innerested in "stuff" like that?

Ms. Parker, we are also informed, is from that state of all states, South Carolina, where explosions of repressed sexuality have seemed to be the order of the day recently.

9 November: "Oh Those Krauts!": Wilhelm II Wimps Out, Berlin Wall Over, Blah Blah, Also: Kristallnacht; Twins Attack Japan; Northeast Blacked Out; DeGaulle Dies

Today is Monday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2009. [That can't be lucky. — Ed.] There are 52 days left in the year. [Like cards in a deck, such are the days of our lives. — Ed.] UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 9, 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

On this date:
In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston.
In 1918, it was announced that Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II would abdicate. He then fled to the Netherlands.
In 1933, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt set up the Civil Works Administration as an emergency depression agency to provide jobs for the unemployed.
In 1935, United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization, later Congress of Industrial Organizations.
In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom that became known as "Kristallnacht."

In 1953, author-poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled major league baseball was not within the scope of federal anti-trust laws.
In 1963, twin disasters struck Japan as some 450 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion, and about 160 people died in a train crash.
In 1965, the great Northeast blackout occurred as a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours left 30 million people in seven states and part of Canada without electricity.

In 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on a successful test flight.
In 1970, former French President Charles de Gaulle died at age 79.
In 1976, the U.N. General Assembly approved resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa, including one characterizing the white-ruled government as "illegitimate."
In 1999, with fireworks, concerts and a huge party at the landmark Brandenburg Gate, Germany celebrated the 10th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The flight data recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990 was recovered from the Atlantic Ocean and shipped to a National Transportation Safety Board laboratory in Washington.
In 2001, the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif fell to the northern alliance in the first major territorial advance for the rebels against the ruling Taliban.
In 2004, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Commerce Secretary Don Evans resigned; they were the first members of the Cabinet to leave as President George W. Bush headed from re-election into his second term. Roger Clemens won his record seventh Cy Young Award.
In 2005, three suicide bombers carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three U.S.-based hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing 60 victims and wounding hundreds.
In 2008, Barack Obama's transition chief, John Podesta, told "Fox News Sunday" the president-elect planned to review President George W. Bush's executive orders on such things as stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas. China unveiled a $586 billion stimulus package aimed at inoculating the world's fourth-largest economy against the global financial crisis.
Today's Birthdays November 9: Former Democratic vice-presidential candidate R. Sargent Shriver is 94. Baseball executive Whitey Herzog is 78. Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is 74. Actor Charlie Robinson is 64. Movie director Bille August is 61. Actor Robert David Hall ("CSI") is 61. Actor Lou Ferrigno is 58. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is 57. Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is 50. Rock musician Dee Plakas (L7) is 49. Actress Ion Overman is 40. Rapper Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) is 40. Blues singer Susan Tedeschi is 39. Actor Jason Antoon is 38. Actor Eric Dane is 37. Singer Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 31.
Today In Entertainment History November 9
In 1953 [sic], Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. He soon became the band's manager.
In 1962, Motown Records released "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" by The Miracles. Roy Acuff was installed as the first living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1966, Paul McCartney supposedly was killed in a car crash, according to the "Paul is Dead" hoax that circulated in 1969.

In 1967, Roger McGuinn expelled David Crosby from The Byrds. "Rolling Stone" magazine began publication, with John Lennon on the first cover.
In 1976, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released their self-titled debut album.
In 1984, the movie "A Nightmare on Elm Street" opened nationwide.
In 1990, "Dances With Wolves," starring Kevin Costner, opened nationwide.
In 1993, actress Angie Dickinson became the first person in 500 shows to walk out of a televised "This Is Your Life" tribute.
In 1997, actor Michael Lookinland, who played Bobby on "The Brady Bunch," was arrested for drunken driving in Utah after rolling his Ford Bronco.
In 2003, actor Art Carney died at the age of 85.
In 2004, Kenny Chesney won the Country Music Association album of the year award for "When The Sun Goes Down" as well as entertainer of the year.
Thought for Today: "I think charm is the ability to be truly interested in other people." — Richard Avedon, American fashion photographer (1923-2004).

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Playing The Class-War Card

Green Eagle:

We re-publish it here for a chance to quote ourself from about 25 yrs. ago, when, even through the ignorant eyes of youth, the world still looked awful to us. Who could have imagined it would become as miserable as it currently is? Oh, the "quote:"
Middle-class sheep
Stupid wage-slaves
Your bosses will work you
'Til you're in your graves

Hannah Giles Used As Whore Again By Pimp Daddy

And, a selection from Pastor G.'s most recent outburst of hate & fear:
Our troops will have to go through vigorous sensitivity training and become adept at how to kiss some crazy killer’s butt who hates the USA because God forbid we offend them by honoring our flag and that for which it stands.
You read it there first. No longer are we hated "for our freedoms," now we're hated because we recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It's the usual mental echo technique, stringing reactionary shibboleths together w/ little regard for logical connection, & doesn't really mean anything, but the imaginative (Us!) may note that if jihadis want to kill us for "honoring the flag," they are just like dirty fucking hippie liberals (Us!) to whom the Pledge is anathema (Under gawd our ass!) as noted last Thursday.

Delusion & Propaganda

Pretentious jerks (like ourself) who consider themselves connoisseurs/"ironic" consumers of the reactionary opinion media may be as amused as we were by this from Balloon Juice.
Nearly every example of Kristol hackery that Chait cites is just a more extreme version of stuff that pundits were saying at the time (Broder’s mythical Bush comeback, Halperin’s insistence Dems would get creamed in the 2006 midterms for example).

Most of the stuff I read on the Corner is not like this; frankly, a lot of it is just too weird to get picked up by mainstream media. The Cornerites write strange things because they believe strange things. Kristol is an unapologetic propagandist.

20 Minutes To Waste ("Coffee Enemas For Tea Baggers")

Local loons head cross country. Most of these wack-jobs don't live w/in 15 miles of us. Still closer than we'd like. Both halves here.

8 November: Beer-Hall Putsch; More Phony Elections & Bad Choices; Montana Statehood; MoMA Opens

Today is Sunday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2009. There are 53 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
A mere hundred years ago, on Nov. 8, 1909, the original Boston Opera House first opened with a performance of "La Gioconda" by Amilcare Ponchielli.
On this date:
In 1793, the Louvre in Paris, now containing one of the world's richest art collections, became a public museum after two centuries as a royal palace.
In 1837, Mount Holyoke Seminary in Massachusetts became the first U. S. college founded exclusively for women.
One hundred fifty years ago, in 1859, philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered a lecture in Boston in which he described abolitionist John Brown, condemned for his raid on Harpers Ferry, Va., as "the new saint awaiting his martyrdom."
In 1864, Abraham Lincoln was elected to his second term as president. He was assassinated five months later.
In 1889, Montana became the 41st state.
In 1892, former President Grover Cleveland beat incumbent Benjamin Harrison, becoming the only president to win non-consecutive terms in the White House.
In 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered X-rays.
In 1923, Adolf Hitler launched his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the "Beer-Hall Putsch."
Eighty years ago, in 1929, New York's Museum of Modern Art first opened to the public at its original location in the Heckscher Building on Fifth Avenue, a day after an invitation-only showing.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated incumbent Herbert Hoover for the presidency.
In 1942, Operation Torch, resulting in an Allied victory, began as U. S. and British forces landed in French North Africa.
In 1960, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency. Sound Bite
In 1966, Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.
Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts became the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote.
In 1985, a judge overturned Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's conviction for a 1966 triple killing in a Patterson, N.J., bar, freeing the former boxer after 19 years in prison.
In 1987, a bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army exploded as crowds gathered in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, for a ceremony honoring Britain's war dead, killing 11 people.
In 1988, Vice President George H. W. Bush won the presidential election, defeating Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
In 1991, the European Community imposed an economic embargo on Yugoslavia in an effort to halt the civil war
In 1994, midterm elections resulted in Republicans winning a majority in the Senate while at the same time gaining control of the House for the first time in 40 years.
In 1997, Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River to make way for the Three Gorges Dam.
In 1999, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators launched landmark talks, giving themselves an ambitious 100-day deadline to craft the broad outlines of a peace agreement. Former President George H.W. Bush was honored in Germany for his role in the fall of the Berlin Wall 10 years earlier. President Bill Clinton participated in a "virtual town hall meeting" on the Internet, answering questions from prescreened online users.
In 2000, a statewide recount of presidential election ballots began in Florida. Vice President Al Gore telephoned Texas Gov. George W. Bush to concede the election, but called back about an hour later to retract his concession.
In 2002, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a U.S.-British sponsored resolution authorizing the return of weapons inspectors to Iraq and "serious consequences" if Baghdad failed to cooperate. U. S. President George Bush assured a Muslim audience that the United States' war was against a network of terrorists and not against the Islamic religion or Muslim civilization.
In 2003, a suicide bomb attack on an Arab residential compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, killed 18 and wounded 110.
In 2004, thousands of U.S. troops attacked the toughest strongholds of Sunni insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, launching a long-awaited offensive aimed at ending guerrilla control of the city. The U.S. dollar was eliminated from circulation in Cuba. Jason Bay became the first Pittsburgh Pirates player to win the NL Rookie of the Year award, while Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby took the AL honor.
In 2005, a defense lawyer for one of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's co-defendants was gunned down in Baghdad. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin declared a state of emergency in a bid to quell the nation's worst rioting in decades.
In 2006, U.S. President George Bush introduced former CIA Director Robert Gates as secretary of defense, succeeding Donald Rumsfeld. And, South Dakota voters defeated a ban on virtually all abortions in the state with 56 percent of voters turning down the measure.
In 2007, the U.S. Senate handed George Bush the first veto override of his presidency, voting 79-to-14 in favor of a $23 billion water projects bill. Also in 2007, 34 coal miners were trapped underground by a methane gas leak in the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou. Fifty-two others escaped.
In 2008, Indonesia executed three Islamic militants for helping to plan and carry out the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists. Florence Wald, a former Yale nursing dean whose interest in compassionate care led her to launch the first U.S. hospice program, died in Branford, Conn., at age 91. A deadly malfunction aboard the nuclear-powered Russian sub K152-Nerpa claimed the lives of 20 civilians and sailors and injured another 25, authorities said. The official report said a fire suppression system discharged gas in the bow of the sub, suffocating the victims while on a sea trial in the Sea of Japan. Also in 2008, the U.N. recommended religious minorities be given 12 seats on the 440-seat Iraqi provincial council but government leaders guaranteed six.
Today's Birthdays: Actress June Havoc is 97. Actor Norman Lloyd is 95. Singer Patti Page is 82. CBS newsman Morley Safer is 78. Singer-actress Bonnie Bramlett is 65. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 60. TV personality Mary Hart is 59. Former Playboy Enterprises chairman and chief executive Christie Hefner is 57. Actress Alfre Woodard is 57. Singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones is 55. Author Kazuo Ishiguro is 55. Rock musician Porl Thompson (The Cure) is 52. Singer-actor Leif Garrett is 48. Chef Gordon Ramsay is 43. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 42. Actress Parker Posey is 41. Rock musician Jimmy Chaney is 40. Actress Roxana Zal is 40. Singer Diana King is 39. Actress Gretchen Mol is 36. Actor Matthew Rhys is 35. Actress Tara Reid is 34. Country singer Bucky Covington is 32. Actress Dania Ramirez is 30. Actress Azura Skye is 28.
Today In Entertainment History November 8
Seventy years ago, in 1939, the play "Life with Father," based on the stories of Clarence Day, opened on Broadway.
In 1965, the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" premiered on NBC.
In 1968, a London court granted Cynthia Lennon a divorce from John Lennon. Jean Terrell replaced Diana Ross in The Supremes.
In 1971, Led Zeppelin released an untitled album that became known as "Led Zeppelin 4." [Or:] The album "Led Zeppelin IV," which included the song "Stairway to Heaven," was released.
In 1995, rapper Flavor Flav was arrested on gun and drug charges while driving a cab in New York City. He had been released from prison two months earlier.
Thought for Today: "Religion is an attempt, a noble attempt, to suggest in human terms more-than-human realities." — Christopher Morley, American author-journalist (1890-1957).

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Today's Tea Bag Update

Judging from Last Left Turn's on-the-scene report, it's harder to get a mess of those "We never demonstrate because we have jobs" self-styled Patriots to the capital on the Saturday when the vote is supposed to occur than it is on the Thursday before the vote, when the business-bought buses aren't running.

Perhaps most of their "jobs" are wknd. greeter gigs at Mall★Wart.

(Can't even locate pictures* beyond Hooterville's cell phone shots. Even the reactionary blog-o-sphere can't pump up today's non-crowd into thousands.)

*Incredibly lazy, cursory search, of course. What, you think we get paid for this crap?

Further Fetishism

This may be one of the Major's weapons. (Not the actual one, an example. Sheesh.) Per Danger Room. (Do they send royalties to MARVEL/Disney for use of that phrase?)

Smashing Sexism

Speaking of getting a gun & using it on those who deserve it, we present (via WashMo) Potential Target Number One:

Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! I Got A Rage To Live!

The question at hand (& one not likely to be answered soon, if ever) is whether Major Dr. Hasan was some sort of jihadi stealth terrorist, or a typical American driven insane by this scab of a nation.

We'll choose "American." Is there anything more American than getting some guns & shooting up your workplace & the humanoid scum in it when you've come to the realization that you are a powerless, piece of shit puppet at the absolute mercy of your employer, school system or another power structure?

Indeed, that sort of thing is quintessentially American. What can the Iraq adventure be called other than a Bush & Cheney spree killing?

P. S.: Expect more murder, more often, & soon:
Bad news for those who have jobs as well, but that never makes it into corporate-run media headlines. As ever, the only thing worse than looking for a job is having one.

Could we interest you in an easily concealable, large-caliber, large-magazine handgun?
We knew we could.

Annals Of Right Wing Lunacy

You're reading a typist who read "None Dare Call It Treason" at ten merely because it was around the house. (To further their home-schooling agenda, our reactionary parents deprived us of telebision, forcing this reporter to the printed word at an early age. We never could force ourself to read Human Events though.)

Therefore this sort of crap cracks us up, especially when viewed through history's fuzzy lens.
Representative Quotes:
  • "History will give [Senator McCarthy] a rightful place above all inferiors." (February, page 2).
  • "[The American Medical Association] hopes to have a blitzkrieg going -- the objective being to exterminate all of the minority healing professions by 1958." (September, page 2)
Still, Winrod's truth-torch hasn't been entirely snuffed. He damns President Eisenhower for supporting "the crucifixion," snarling that rightblogger evergreen: "the government as organized by our founding fathers [has been] replaced with something fashioned according to a leftist pattern."
Funny, yes, but as noted:
In 1955, when the United States senate dared to censure its anti-communist inquisitionist Joe McCarthy, few Americans heard the spirited nonsense roared by Wichita evangelist Gerald B. Winrod in The Defender, his monthly journal of sermons and horseshit. Only Winrod dared call the censure "crucifixion."
Our bolding: As in, not many. A different story today. We don't remember the John Birch Society busing 10,000 "Patriots" to Washington on a moment's notice to protest Eisenhower being a communist dupe. (Of course Ike was neither swarthy nor of the Hebrew persuasion.)

So there's a conclusion to be made, or at least something to be inferred from John Birch beliefs & values now being financed by Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks & the like. See Susan of Texas. We can't even conceive of a project like that ("Work?") but we have a diagnosis to excuse us.

(Tip o' the chapeau to the constantine institute for advanced media studies.)

Revolution Has Come (Off The Pig!)
Time To Pick Up The Gun (Off The Pig!)

As we can not rely on the AP's links to be worth the electrons w/ which they're displayed, we must go that extra mile (Eat our fuck, corporate toadies w/ your sad-asssed slogans.) to bring you the "facts," as presented by a corporate media.

7 November: BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION!!! Suffrage Action; Lying Sack Of Crap Says: "You Won't Have Nixon To Kick Around Anymore"; Nixon Reëlected; Negroes, Muslim Negro Elected To Stuff; Gingrich Quits; Frogs Get Colonial Again

Today is Saturday, Nov. 7, the 311th day of 2009. There are 54 days left in the year. UPI crap.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 7, 1917, Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky. [Original AP stories above. — Ed.]
On this date:
In 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at the Pacific Ocean.
In 1874, the Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.
In 1893, the state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote.
In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.
In 1929, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City opened.
In 1940, in Washington state, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, nicknamed "Galloping Gertie," collapsed during a windstorm.
In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Thomas E. Dewey.
In 1962, Richard Nixon, having lost California's gubernatorial race, held what he called his "last press conference," telling reporters, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore."
Sound Bite. And, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt died at age 78.
In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
In 1972, President Richard Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern. [We The People nonetheless gave him a final kick, directly to the curb. Should've been prison, but ... — Ed.]
In 1973, Congress overrode President Richard Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive's power to wage war without congressional approval.
In 1983, a bomb exploded in the U.S. Capitol, causing heavy damage just outside the Senate chamber but there were no injuries.
In 1985, Colombian troops ended a 27-hour siege of Bogota's Palace of Justice by 35 M-19 guerrillas. Eleven Supreme Court judges were among the 100 people killed.
In 1989, L. Douglas Wilder won the governor's race in Virginia, becoming the first elected black governor in U.S. history; David N. Dinkins was elected New York City's first black mayor. "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez was formally sentenced in Los Angeles to die in the gas chamber for 13 killings.
In 1991, NBA star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for the AIDS virus and was retiring.
In 1998, House Speaker Newt Gingrich resigned following an election in which the Republican House majority shrunk from 22 to 12.
In 1999, relatives of the victims of EgyptAir Flight 990 gathered in Newport, R.I., to bid them a wrenching farewell, a week after the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight tournaments. Kenya's Joseph Chebet won the New York City Marathon; Adriana Fernandez won the women's division.
In 2000, Republican George W. Bush was [s]elected president over incumbent Democratic Vice President Al Gore, though Gore won the popular vote by a narrow margin. The winner was not known for more than a month because of a dispute over the results in Florida. Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York, becoming the first first lady to win public office.
In 2004, France rolled out overwhelming military force to put down an explosion of anti-French violence in Ivory Coast, its former West African colony. In the New York City Marathon, Britain's Paula Radcliffe won the women's race, edging Kenya's Susan Chepkemei by only four seconds; South Africa's Hendrik Ramaala won the men's race.
In 2005, Chilean police arrested former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori hours after he arrived in Santiago, on his way to Peru to run for president again. The 67-year-old politician was wanted for corruption and human rights abuses in his home country.
In 2006, Democrats regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Republicans and reclaimed Senate leadership as well in midterm elections. Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, became the first Muslim elected to Congress.
In 2008, in his first news conference since being elected president, Barack Obama called on Congress to extend unemployment benefits and pass a stimulus bill. The government reported the unemployment rate had soared to 6.5 percent in Oct. 2008, up from 6.1 percent just a month earlier. General Motors Corp. reported a $2.5 billion loss in the third quarter while Ford Motor Co. said it had lost $129 million. A school in Haiti collapsed, killing some 90 people. Mieczyslaw Rakowski, Poland's last communist-era party chairman and prime minister, died in Warsaw at age 81.
Today's Birthdays: Evangelist Billy Graham is 91. Opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland is 83. Actor Barry Newman is 71. Singer Johnny Rivers is 67. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 66. Singer Nick Gilder is 58. The head of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, is 57. Actor Christopher Knight ("The Brady Bunch") is 52. Rock musician Tommy Thayer (KISS) is 49. Actress Julie Pinson is 42. Rock musician Greg Tribbett (Mudvayne) is 41. Actor Christopher Daniel Barnes is 37. Actors Jason and Jeremy London are 37. Actress Yunjin Kim is 36. Rock musician Zach Myers (Shinedown) is 26.
Today In Entertainment History November 7
In 1951, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner were married. She filed for divorce in 1954.
In 1960, A.P. Carter of the country-gospel Carter Family Singers died in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was 62.
In 1963, the all-star comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" had its world premiere in Hollywood.
Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, Ted Nugent won the National Squirrel Shooting Archery Contest by hitting a squirrel at 150 yards with a bow and arrow.
In 1977, the soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" was released.
In 1990, Arsenio Hall got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1991, actor Paul Reubens, better known as Pee Wee Herman, pleaded no contest to an indecent exposure charge. He had been arrested in Sarasota, Florida, for allegedly exposing himself in a movie theater.
In 1997, Rosemary Clooney married longtime companion Dante DiPaolo in Maysville, Kentucky, after living together for 24 years.
In 2004, actor and musical star Howard Keel died at age 85.
In 2006, Britney Spears filed for divorce from Kevin Federline. They had been married for just over two years, and she had given birth to their second son just two months earlier.
Thought for Today: "History is simply a piece of paper covered with print; the main thing is still to make history, not to write it." — Otto von Bismarck, German statesman (1815-1898). [Thought the writing of it lasted longer than the making of it. — Ed.]

Friday, November 6, 2009

Open Source Is Tyranny!

A) Bad enough that it updates by itself. (Even the unspeakable fascisti at Microsnoft allow one to pick & choose among updates.)

B) Stop telling us we need a new version of AFP every time you update w/o asking.

We're No SIck Twisted Arsonist Pyromaniacs, But We Do Love To Type (As Well As Scream At The Top Of Our Lungs): "Burn, Baby, Burn!"*

Look long:
Unlike many websites they beat around the bush, and hide what they really are, liberals, modernist, and New Evangelicals. You want have to look at this site long before you know who we are and what we believe.
Even the WSJ is disturbed.
Last week the joke was ignited—literally, at the Halloween book burning sponsored by Amazing Grace Baptist Church in Canton, N.C. The church's Web site declared the burning to be "a great success." Works thrown into the flames included those by supposed heretics Billy Graham, Mother Teresa and emergent church guru Brian McLaren. "It was a success because God's Word was glorified and uplifted," according to the Web site. Claiming scriptural warrant for the burning, the site quoted Acts: "And many that believed, came and confessed and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts, brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed."

Most disturbing, Scripture itself was burned—onto the pyre flew modern translations of the Bible like those that the woman in the joke deplored. Amazing Grace is a self-proclaimed King James Only church: "We believe that the King James Bible is the Word of God," says the church's Web site. "We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. We believe that the KJV is inspired of God."

"Burn the witch" is fun to scream also.

Courtesy: NotionsCapital.

* Courtesy: The Magnificent Montague. (He should've trademarked/copyrighted it, like the "Ready to rumble" bozo.) KGFJ, baby!!

Self-Defense Must-Have

Fun, but the grenades don't seem to be live.

Future Continues Attack On Present

Large Hadron Collider stalled again ... thanks to chunk of baguette

A spokesman for CERN told The Times: 'Nobody knows how it got there. The best guess is that it was dropped by a bird, either that or it was thrown out of a passing aeroplane'

Fatherless, Malnourished White Kids In Baggy Dungarees!

"Lucky for you I'm not your father, 'cause I'd beat some sense into you, you scrawny little punk!"

Infrequently Heard-From Typist Report

Buttermilk Sky has something to say to all you dirtbagssneeze guards who watch telebision all day.

6 November: Abe Lincoln, Jeff Davis Elected; Nebraska Goes Unicameral; Death Claims Tchaikovsky; Bloomberg Elected

Today is Friday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2009. There are 55 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 6, 1934, Nebraska voters approved a constitutional amendment which dissolved their two-chamber legislature in favor of a nonpartisan, single legislative body (or "unicameral"), which was implemented in 1937.
On this date:
In 1854, John Philip Sousa, the king of American march music, was born in Washington, D.C.
In 1860, former Illinois Congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the presidency: John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.
In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term of office. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born in Ontario, Canada.
In 1887, Baseball Hall of Famer Walter Johnson was born in Humboldt, Kansas.
In 1888, Benjamin Harrison won the presidential election, defeating incumbent Grover Cleveland with enough electoral votes, even though Cleveland led in the popular vote.
In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.
In 1900, President William McKinley was re-elected, beating Democrat William Jennings Bryan.
In 1906, Republican Charles Evans Hughes was elected governor of New York, defeating newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst.
In 1913, Mohandas K. Gandhi was arrested as he led a march of Indian miners in South Africa.
In 1928, in a first, the results of Herbert Hoover's election victory over Democrat Alfred E. Smith were flashed onto an electric wraparound sign on the New York Times building.
In 1944, British official Lord Moyne was assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of the Zionist Stern gang.
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.
In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.
In 1995, Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move the team to Baltimore.
In 1997, former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
In 1999,  during his visit to India, Pope John Paul II praised Christian missionaries and exhorted his bishops to spread the Christian message across Asia. Australians rejected a referendum to drop Britain's monarch as their head of state.
In 2001, billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg was elected New York City mayor.
In 2004, an Ivory Coast airstrike killed nine French peacekeepers and an American aid worker, prompting France to wipe out the country's modest air force. The designers of SpaceShipOne, the first privately manned rocket to burst into space, were handed a $10 million check and the Ansari X Prize trophy.
In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama spoke by phone with nine world leaders and met privately at the FBI office in Chicago with U.S. intelligence officials, preparing to become commander in chief.
Today's Birthdays: Director Mike Nichols is 78. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 77. Singer Eugene Pitt (The Jive Five) is 72. Singer P.J. Proby is 71. Country singer Guy Clark is 68. Actress Sally Field is 63. Pop singer-musician Glenn Frey (The Eagles) is 61. Singer Rory Block is 60. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 60. TV host Catherine Crier is 55. California's first lady Maria Shriver is 54. Actress Lori Singer is 52. Actor Lance Kerwin is 49. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 46. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 45. Rock singer Corey Glover is 45. Actor Peter DeLuise is 43. Actress Kelly Rutherford is 41. Actor Ethan Hawke is 39. Actress Thandie Newton is 37. Model-actress Rebecca Romijn is 37. Actress Zoe McLellan is 35. Actress Nicole Dubuc is 31. Actress Taryn Manning is 31. Actress Emma Stone is 21. Actress Mercedes Kastner is 20.
Today In Entertainment History November 6
In 1947, NBC's "Meet The Press" went on the air.
In 1957, "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" premiered on CBS. During the series, the couple agreed to divorce.
In 1973, singer Gram Parsons' manager, Phil Kaufman, was fined $300 for stealing Parsons' body from the Los Angeles International Airport. The body was cremated instead of being taken to Parsons' funeral. Kaufman claimed that it was Parsons' wish to be cremated.
In 1975, the Sex Pistols played their first concert, at a London art school dance. Ten minutes into it, the school social programmer unplugged their amps.
In 1984, Marvin Gay Senior received five years' probation for shooting his son, singer Marvin Gaye. He had pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter.
In 1988, Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, announced they were seeking treatment for alcoholism.
In 1989, Cathy Yvonne Stone lost a Supreme Court bid for a share of Hank Williams Senior's copyright royalties. She claimed to be his daughter.
In 1990, fire swept through the backlot at Universal Studios in California, destroying sets used in "Dick Tracy," "Back To The Future Part 2" and other films.
In 1999, country singer Lee Ann Womack married longtime boyfriend Frank Liddell in a private ceremony.
Thought for Today: "When writers come, I find I'm talking all the time, exchanging thoughts I haven't exchanged for some time. I get stupid in solitude." — Mary McCarthy, American author (1912-1989).

Thursday, November 5, 2009

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Takes Subway To Concert

London, England -- Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top needed a ride to their gig in London last week, so he took the fastest way: the subway. Gibbons tells the BBC he wanted to ride the subway -- or the Tube, as they call it -- because he likes being a tourist.

He bought a ticket and immediately found out that his subway line had broken down. He took a bus to another subway line. He says one guy looked a little "edgy" at him on that route, but it turns out he was holding a ticket for the ZZ Top show. Would Gibbons take public transportation again? He says he might, because he beat the rest of the band to the gig by 45 minutes.

— Associated Press

Dueling Email

At least we have one friend in this mean old world, & his wife's real rich!
Carly Fiorina: "Outstanding business leader," & a winner in the political world. Worked out well for President McCain.

We are nonetheless disturbed by the image of Ms. Fiorina serving as Sen. McCain's "Chair of Victory." Did he spend a lot of time sitting in her lap?

From The Editorial In-Box: Failed CEO In Search of New Hobby

"Wash your hands before and after touching your pet, and avoid sneezing on your animal."

An unidentified male cat in Iowa is believed to be the first in the nation diagnosed with the H1N1 virus ....
Unidentified? Crap, is it Fluffy? Midnight?

A concept of which we were unaware:
Veterinarians refused to release his identity and would not divulge the coat color or any other identifying characteristics to protect client-veterinarian privacy.
Is the "client" the humanoids or the unidentified male cat?

Anyway, you really can't dispute the advice to avoid sneezing on your animal. Thanks, doc.

5 November: Gunpowder Plot [Your Pun Here]; Susan B. Anthony Tries To Vote For Ulysses S. Grant; FDR Three-Peats©; Last Colonial Gasps From Frogs, Limeys; Nixon Actually Elected

Today is Thursday, Nov. 5, the 309th day of 2009. There are 56 days left in the year. UPI crapfest. Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 5, 1605, the "Gunpowder Plot" failed as Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up the English Parliament.
On this date:
In 1733, German-born publisher John Peter Zenger began printing The New York Weekly Journal in opposition to the British colonial administration.
In 1854, combined British-French forces scored a decisive victory over the Russians in the Crimea.
In 1872, suffragist Susan B. Anthony defied the law by attempting to vote for President Ulysses S. Grant. (Anthony was convicted by a judge and fined $100, but never paid the fine.)
In 1895, George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an "improved Road Engine."
In 1912, Woodrow Wilson was elected president, defeating Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent Republican William Howard Taft.

In 1930, the first commercial television broadcast was aired.
In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office as he defeated Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.
In 1946, Republicans captured control of both the Senate and the House in midterm elections.
In 1956, Britain and France landed troops in Egypt during fighting between Egyptian and Israeli forces around the Suez Canal.
In 1968, Richard M. Nixon won the presidency, defeating Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and American Independent candidate George C. Wallace.

Sound Bite
In 1974, Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut, becoming the first woman to win a gubernatorial office without succeeding her husband.
In 1985, Spencer W. Kimball, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, died at age 90; he was succeeded by Ezra Taft Benson.
In 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane, the Brooklyn-born Israeli extremist, was shot to death at a New York hotel. (Egyptian native El Sayyed Nosair was convicted of the slaying in federal court.) The U.S. Supreme Court let stand an order requiring the U.S. Army to permit homosexuals to re-enlist.
In 1991, the body of British media mogul Robert Maxwell was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean off the Canary Islands. Kiichi Miyazawa was formally appointed prime minister of Japan, succeeding Toshiki Kaifu.
In 1994, former President Ronald Reagan disclosed he had Alzheimer's disease. George Foreman became boxing's oldest heavyweight champion at age 45 by knocking out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of their WBA fight in Las Vegas.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton won a second term over former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
In 1998, a study showed strong genetic evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one child by his slave, Sally Hemings.
In 1999, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson declared Microsoft Corp. a monopoly, saying the software giant's aggressive actions were "stifling innovation" and hurting consumers. (Jackson later ordered Microsoft broken up into two companies, but the Justice Department subsequently said it was no longer seeking a breakup.) Pope John Paul II began his first visit to India in 13 years.
In 2004, the Kremlin announced that Russia had given final approval to the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. In a surprise reversal, the Chilean army for the first time assumed institutional responsibility for widespread human rights violations during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. Saskatchewan became the seventh Canadian province to allow same-sex couples to marry.
In 2005, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said there was no doubt the United States had been given false information in order to support the war in Iraq. Thousands of U.S. and Iraqi forces engaged in a fight against al-Qaida terrorists in Iraq near the Syrian border.
In 2006, Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced by the Iraqi High Tribunal to hang for crimes against humanity. (He was executed the following month.)
In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama pivoted quickly to begin filling out his new administration, selecting hard-charging Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel to be White House chief of staff. A case of postelection nerves on Wall Street sent the Dow industrials plunging nearly 500 points. Two men were shot to death in St. Johns, Ariz.; the 8-year-old son of one of the victims was arrested. (The boy later pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of his father's roommate; prosecutors dropped charges in the father's death as part of a plea deal.) Literary critic John Leonard died in New York at age 69. Bollywood movie director B.R. Chopra died in Mumbai at age 94.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Chris Robinson is 71. Actress Elke Sommer is 69. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is 69. Singer Art Garfunkel is 68. Actor-playwright Sam Shepard is 66. Singer Peter Noone is 62. Actor Nestor Serrano ("24") is 54. Actress-comedian Mo Gaffney is 51. Actor Robert Patrick is 51. Singer Bryan Adams is 50. Actress Tilda Swinton is 49. Actress Tatum O'Neal is 46. Actress Andrea McArdle is 46. Rock singer Angelo Moore (Fishbone) is 44. Actress Judy Reyes is 42. Rock musician Mark Hunter (James) is 41. Actor Sam Rockwell is 41. Country singers Jennifer and Heather Kinley (The Kinleys) are 39. Actor Corin Nemec is 38. Rock musician Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) is 38. Country singer-musician Ryan Adams is 35. Actor Sam Page is 33.
Today In Entertainment History November 5 [Bad date to be a musician. — Ed.]
In 1942, American showman George M. Cohan died in New York at age 64.
In 1960, singer Johnny Horton died in a car crash in Milano, Texas. He was 35. He's known for the 1959 hit "The Battle of New Orleans" and the movie theme song "North to Alaska."
In 1970, Brian Wilson made a rare appearance with the Beach Boys at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. He lost his balance several times and had to be helped off the stage.
In 1989, pianist Vladimir Horowitz died at age 85. On that same day, singer-songwriter Barry Sadler died of heart failure at age 49 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. [The AP knows nothing: "Death claimed pianist Vladimir Horowitz in New York at age 86 and singer-songwriter Barry Sadler in Murfreesboro, Tenn., at age 49." Make up your minds. We do prefer the "death claimed" cliche though. — Ed.]
In 1991, actor Fred MacMurray died of pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. One of his best known roles was as the father in "My Three Sons."
In 1999, singer Gary Cherone left Van Halen.
In 2002, original Coaster Billy Guy died suddenly of heart disease in Las Vegas. He was not buried for 21 days because authorities couldn't find his estranged children and his girlfriend of 30 years was not allowed to claim his body.
In 2003, singer Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in a hotel room in Kalamazoo, Michigan, just 45 minutes before the group was to perform. Hatfield was 63. "The Matrix Revolutions" opened at the same moment around the world, at 9 A.M. Eastern.
Thought for Today: "Good taste is better than bad taste, but bad taste is better than no taste at all." — Arnold Bennett, English poet, author and critic (1867-1931).

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Buggery In S. C.: Is It The Water?

Sorry, we didn't mean to do it.

How Much Longer Until Spring Training?

Good. Over in time to catch "Criminal Minds." Wait'll next yr.

Liberal Fascism: See? NazisGermans Are Too Hippies

Deep in the Forest, Bambi Remains The Cold War's Last Prisoner

Deer Still Shun Iron Curtain Border, 20 Years After the Guards and Barbed Wire Vanished

There's an explanation, of course. But the bigger picture is bound to irritate & annoy reactionaries who miss the Cold War, & think a "Green Belt" means the Commies won.
Well before communism collapsed, German nature lovers noticed thriving wildlife along a different Cold War border -- that between East and West Germany -- where no roads, factories or farming had disturbed the calm for decades. So on a snowy December morning in 1989, a month after the Berlin Wall fell, environmentalists from East and West met in a Bavarian border town hoping to turn the region into a conservation area. Today, much of it is a protected zone called the Green Belt.

"This border stood for the struggle for freedom and the conflict between blocs," German President Horst Koehler said recently as he walked an old patrol road. "Now this border, which meant death, pain and separation, celebrates nature and creation."

Free Markets & Economic Opportunity Lead To Democratic Reform

Why aren't the Socialist ChiComs having a Depression too?

Added amusement from People's Daily Online.

Down At The Laundomat, Also

4 November: Tut's Tomb Uncovered; Monty Beats Rommel; Rabin Killed By Right-Winger; Hostages Taken In Tehran; Pointless Existence Continues Except For Those Fortunate Enough To Be Dead

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2009. There are 57 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
One year ago, on Nov. 4, 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Republican John McCain; Democrats gained seats in the Senate and House.

On this date:
In 1842, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Ill.
In 1879, humorist Will Rogers was born in Oologah, Okla.
In 1880, the first cash register was patented by James and John Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.
In 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine.
In 1922, the entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered in Egypt.
In 1924, Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected the nation's first female governor to serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.
In 1939, the United States modified its neutrality stance, allowing "cash and carry" purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France.
In 1942, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery.
In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson.
In 1955, Baseball Hall of Famer Cy Young died at age 88.
In 1956, Soviet troops moved in to crush a revolt in Hungary.

Thirty years ago, in 1979, the Iran hostage crisis began as militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran, seizing its occupants; for some, it was the start of 444 days of captivity. [Execute the hostages! — Ed.]
In 1980, Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Jimmy Carter by a strong margin.
In 1991, Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif., with a dedication attended by President George H.W. Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon — the first-ever gathering of five past and present U.S. chief executives. Every one of whom deserved to be killed dead on the spot. Just sayin'. — Ed.] Imelda Marcos, former first lady of the Philippines, returned home, ending more than five years of exile in the United States.
In 1993, Canadian Liberal Party leader Jean Chretien was sworn in as prime minister.
In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Israeli minutes after attending a festive peace rally.

In 1999, Aaron McKinney, who beat gay college student Matthew Shepard and left him to die on the Wyoming prairie, avoided the death penalty by agreeing to serve life in prison without parole and promising never to appeal his conviction. Some 10,000 Iranian students rallied outside the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran to mark the 20th anniversary of its seizure by Islamic militants.
In 2002, Roman Catholic Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston apologized for assigning priests who may have been sexually abusive to parishes where they continued to have access to children.
In 2003, the elevation of a gay Episcopal priest to bishop prompted worldwide opposition, including a remark from a Kenya cleric, "The devil has clearly entered our church."
In 2004, following his re-election victory, President George W. Bush pledged to aggressively pursue major changes in Social Security, the tax code and medical malpractice awards. It was announced that Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, had been diagnosed with breast cancer the same day her husband and Sen. John Kerry conceded the presidential race. Medical sources in Paris confirmed that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was brain dead. However, doctors denied they had removed Arafat from life support. U. S. Army reservists and guardsmen in Iraq said they saw looters make off with truckload of explosives from al-Qaqaa after the fall of Baghdad.
In 2005, protests turned violent at the Summit of the Americas in Argentina where demonstrators hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at security. However, thousands of protesters were peaceful during a meeting of 34 world leaders, including U.S. President George Bush.
In 2006, six Arab nations -- Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates -- announced plans to pursue nuclear energy.
In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, overturning a state Supreme Court decision that gave gay couples the right to wed just months earlier. Author Michael Crichton died in Los Angeles at age 66.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Doris Roberts is 79. Actress Loretta Swit is 72. R&B singer Harry Elston (Friends of Distinction) is 71. Blues singer Delbert McClinton is 69. Former First Lady Laura Bush is 63. Actress Markie Post is 59. Rock singer-musician Chris Difford (Squeeze) is 55. Country singer Kim Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 49. Actress-comedian Kathy Griffin is 49. Actor Ralph Macchio is 48. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst is 48. Rock singer-musician Wayne Static (Static-X) is 44. Actor Matthew McConaughey is 40. Rapper-producer Sean "Diddy" Combs is 40. R&B singer Shawn Rivera (Az Yet) is 38. Actress Heather Tom is 34.
Today In Entertainment History November 4
In 1963, The Beatles performed for the Queen Mother in London. This is when John Lennon commented that people in the cheap seats could clap and the rest could rattle their jewelry.
In 1974, Elton John released his "Greatest Hits" album.
In 1976, a Bruce Springsteen concert in New York was interrupted by a bomb threat. Springsteen joked that the threat could have come from his former manager, with whom he was involved in a legal battle.
In 1978, the band Boston played the city of Boston for the first time, in a sold-out show.
In 1977, "The Last Waltz," the film of The Band's final concert, premiered in New York.
In 1978, Greg Reeves, a former bassist for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, sued his former bandmates for one million dollars in unpaid royalties.
In 1984, Prince launched his Purple Rain tour in Detroit.
In 1986, country singer Tammy Wynette checked in to the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction to painkillers.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, Roxette hit number one with "Listen To Your Heart." It was the first number-one song to be available only on cassette.
In 1992, songwriters Elton John and Bernie Taupin signed a publishing contract worth about 39 million dollars with Warner-Chappell Music.
In 2001, the Emmys were finally given out after being canceled twice due to concerns following September eleventh. "The West Wing" was the big winner, with eight Emmys. [At last, a non-musical item! — Ed.]
In 2008, Deftones bassist Chino Moreno was involved in a car accident in Santa Clara, California. He has been in a coma ever since.
Thought for Today: "There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free." — Walter Cronkite, American news anchorman (born this date in 1916, died 2009).