Saturday, October 17, 2009

Before They Met Bob Marley

A sort of poor man's Sonics, actually. Though these white-buck wearing boys never got as far out of the '60s NW punk/garage scene as The Sonics did. Would not be complete w/o listening to several versions of the greatest single ever.There's your Swingin' Sat. Nite! Or so we thought, but then came Margie!

Wrasslin' Wrap-Up

LL Cool G

And from the focus groups:
Glenn Beck, however, received nothing short of adulation from these voters, particularly the women.  They believe he embodies the best of conservative media – determination to unearth the stories the liberal media tries to bury, love of country, and refusal to be intimidated, even as the liberal media unleashes waves of attacks on his past and his credibility.

I think he’s a patriot… I think he’s passionate.  You know they make jokes about him crying and all this kind of stuff; I think the man, I think the man feels it.  I think he’s genuine.

I think the guy’s brilliant.  No one goes after him because he does his homework.  He checks, double checks, triple checks and he says he refuses to put it on the air unless it’s been checked a hundred different times.  So when you can’t get at him, you start calling him names and start digging into his past.

He is a firecracker… He tells the truth… He is also a person who says what he thinks… He gets emotional, but if you can past the emotion and follow his logic, he makes some really good points.

I get angry when I watch his show because I get angry that no one is listening to this and how come regular media is not airing it.


Two aspects of the discussion on Beck among conservative Republicans were particularly noteworthy.  One was a common fear among the women for his personal safety, a belief that his willingness to stand up to powerful liberal interests was putting his life, as well as the lives of those working with him, in danger.  Of course, his willingness to face this danger head on only adds to his legend.

I fear for his life… He is heavily secured believe me.

Glenn Beck is the type of man that he has put his personal finances on the line to protect everyone of his employees.  They all have… bodyguards, security, high security.  He said I don’t care if my business goes down or I am put out of business, this is my family, my family and, he has twelve employees in his business.  That is the kind of man he is.


The other is the commitment these voters have made to Beck and his show.  More than half of the respondents in our conservative Republicans groups indicated that they try to watch or listen to Beck on a daily basis, with some going to great lengths to ensure they (and their families) do not miss a thing.

I listen to him every morning.  I try if I get home at 5:00 I try to watch him on TV.  If not, I’ll watch him on the internet the next day.

Watch and listen.  Well I don’t watch anymore because we are unemployed and I had to cancel cable but I listen to him on the radio… I catch the last half hour of his show everyday because I get home from work… I record it… My 16-year-old watches Beck.  She says, “Is it recorded?  I hope you didn’t delete it yet. ” There’s hope.
"Keep hope alive!" suckers.

Lost

A focus-group examination of the really, really rabid Republicans, & the castles in the sky in which they live.
First and foremost, these conservative Republican voters believe Obama is deliberately and ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt our country and dramatically expand government control over all aspects of our daily lives.  They view this effort in sweeping terms, and cast a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of the United States as it was conceived by our founders and developed over the past 200 years.
Absurd? You betcha. Nothing we didn't know before, but there it is, in all it's black & white absurdity. Real fun occurs in the more psychological approach to figuring out these lost souls.
This concern combines with a profound sense of collective identity.  In our conversations, it was striking how these voters constantly characterized themselves as part of a group of individuals who share a set of beliefs, a unique knowledge, and a commitment of opposition to Obama that sets them apart from the majority of the country.  They readily identify themselves as a minority in this country – a minority whose values are mocked and attacked by a liberal media and class of elites.  They also believe they possess a level of knowledge and understanding when it comes to politics and current events, one gained from a rejection of the mainstream media and an embrace of conservative media and pundits such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, which sets them apart even more.  Further, they believe this position leaves them with a responsibility to spread the word, to educate those who do not share their insights, and to take back the country that they love.  Their faith in this country and its ideals leave them confident that their numbers will grow, and that they will ultimately defeat Barack Obama and the shadowy forces driving his hidden agenda.
There's really no figuring them out. A new chapter may have to be written for the DSM. Fact-free paranoia, projection, persecution delusion ...

OK, lots of good stuff & no one needs us to explain it. (We'd rather finish reading it than type more about it.) Many quotes from the unfocused, who pretty much speak as they type, though the focusers no doubt spelled many words differently than the persecuted would have. We still don't understand the incredible gullibility of these suckers, but we all know how often one is born.

17 October: Earthquake in Bay Area; Trans-Atlantic Wireless Service; Ennui; Pea Pickin' Ern Passes; Oil Embargo; Dullness; Naval War In Atlantic; Camus Gets Prize; Boredom Rampant

Today is Saturday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2009. There are 75 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 17, 1989, an earthquake measuring magnitude 7.1 struck northern California, killing 63 people and causing $6 billion worth of damage. (The quake hit just before Game 3 of the World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park; the Series was suspended until Oct. 27, at which time the A's resumed their four-game sweep of the Giants.)
On this date:
In 1777, British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., in a turning point of the Revolutionary War.
In 1807, Britain declared it would continue to reclaim British-born sailors from American ships and ports regardless of whether they held U.S. citizenship.
In 1907, Guglielmo Marconi began offering limited commercial wireless telegraph service between Nova Scotia and Ireland.
In 1919, Radio Corporation of America was chartered.
In 1931, mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (Sentenced to 11 years in prison, Capone was released in 1939.)
In 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
In 1941, the U.S. destroyer Kearny was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Iceland; 11 people died.
In 1945, Col. Juan Peron staged a coup, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina.
In 1957, French author Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

In 1973, Arab oil-producing nations announced they would begin cutting back oil exports to Western nations and Japan; the result was a total embargo that lasted until March 1974.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a bill restoring U.S. citizenship to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. {Fuck, he is the worst President ever! — Ed.]
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. [Fucking evil Albanian Dwarf. — Ed.]
In 1987, First lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
In 1997, the remains of revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara were laid to rest in his adopted Cuba, 30 years after his execution in Bolivia.
In 1999, the FBI reported that serious crimes reported to police declined for seventh straight year in 1998 and murder and robbery rates reached 30-year lows. Former nurse Orville Lynn Majors was convicted of murdering six patients at a western Indiana hospital; the jury deadlocked on a seventh count. (Majors is serving a 360-year prison sentence.)
In 2004, the Iraqi militant group of terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi declared its allegiance to Osama bin Laden. Betty Hill, who claimed that she and her husband, Barney, had been abducted, examined and released by extraterrestrials in 1961, died in Portsmouth, N.H., at age 85.
In 2007, President Bush, raising Beijing's ire, presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal and urged Chinese leaders to welcome the monk to Beijing.
In 2008, Wall Street ended a tumultuous week that turned out to be its best in five years. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 127 points, closing at 8,852.22, but turned in the strong week because of two huge days of gains — a record 936-point jump the previous Monday and an increase of 401 points on Thursday.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Marsha Hunt is 92. Actress Julie Adams is 83. Newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin is 79. Country singer Earl Thomas Conley is 68. Singer Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) is 67. Singer Gary Puckett is 67. Rock musician Michael Hossack is 63. Actor Michael McKean is 62. Actress Margot Kidder is 61. Actor George Wendt is 61. Actor-singer Bill Hudson is 60. Astronaut Mae Jemison is 53. Country singer Alan Jackson is 51. Movie critic Richard Roeper is 50. Movie director Rob Marshall is 49. Actor Grant Shaud is 49. Animator Mike Judge is 47. Rock singer-musician Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth) is 46. Actor-comedian Norm Macdonald is 46. Singer Rene' Dif is 42. Reggae singer Ziggy Marley is 41. Golfer Ernie Els is 40. Singer Chris Kirkpatrick ('N Sync) is 38. Rapper Eminem is 37. Singer Wyclef Jean is 37. Actress Sharon Leal is 37. Actor Matthew Macfadyen is 35.
Today In Entertainment History October 17
In 1915, playwright Arthur Miller was born in New York City.
Seventy years ago, in 1939, Frank Capra's comedy-drama "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," starring James Stewart as an idealistic junior U.S. senator, had its premiere in the nation's capital.
In 1960, Dion and the Belmonts broke up.
In 1966, "Hollywood Squares" premiered on NBC.
In 1967, the musical "Hair" made its premiere off-Broadway.
In 1968, Jose Feliciano released his controversial rendition of the national anthem. He had originally performed it before a 1968 World Series game and was booed.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the American Federation of Musicians allowed The Kinks to tour the US It had banned the Kinks from playing in the US after the band appeared without permission on "Hullabaloo" in 1966.
In 1978, Frankie Valli hit number one with the title song from the movie "Grease."
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Fleetwood Mac's double album "Tusk" was released. It took two years to record and cost more than $1 million to produce. The album was only moderately successful when it came to sales.
In 1990, the country mother-daughter act, The Judds, announced they would no longer perform together because Naomi, the mother, had chronic hepatitis. Wynonna continued on as a solo act.
In 1991, singer Tennessee Ernie Ford died in Reston, Va., at the age of 72. He's probably best known for taking "Sixteen Tons" to the top of the pop and country charts in 1955.
In 2008, Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs died in Detroit at age 72.
Thought for Today: "To talk to a child, to fascinate him, is much more difficult than to win an electoral victory. But it is also more rewarding." — Colette, French author (1873-1954).

Friday, October 16, 2009

Double Dose Of The Bottom Ten (Get Those Bets In!)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The Bottom Ten

New Mexico holds the top spot, but Rice and Miami (Ohio) are lurking.

By Steve Harvey
October 15, 2009
Tensions will be high among Bottom Ten teams this weekend, knowing that the first BCS standings will come out afterward. In this case, BCS stands for "Bowl Chump Series."

The No. 1 Lost Lobos of New Mexico are one of the main contenders for a place in the BT's projected reality show. One snag: NBC already stole the title "The Biggest Loser."

Elsewhere, officials at No. 6 Florida State denied rumors that Coach Bobby Bowden would step down and be replaced by Penn State's Joe Paterno.

Also, fans of the erratic No. 11 Cal Bears could be excused for wondering which Cal team will show up against UCLA on Saturday -- the Cal team that lost to Oregon, 42-3, a few weeks ago, or the Cal team that defeated Alabama, 13-0, in the 1938 Rose Bowl. Only time will tell.
Wreck, Record
Last Loss
Next Loss
1. New Mexico (0-6)
13-37, Wyoming
Nevada Las Vegas
2. Rice (0-6)
14-63, Navy
East Carolina
3. Miami (Ohio) (0-6)
6-16, Northwestern
Ohio (Ohio)
4. Purdon't (1-5)
20-35, Minnehaha
Ohio State
5. Ball State (0-6)
19-24, Temple
Bowling Green
6. Florida State (2-4)
44-49, Georgia Tech
North Carolina
7. Washington State (1-5)
14-27, Arizona State
Cal
8. Colorado (1-4)
14-38, Texas
Kansas
9. Syracuse (2-4)
13-34, West Virginia
Akron
10. San Jose State (1-4)
25-29, Idaho
Fresno State
11. Cal (0-2) (in conference); 12. Utah State (1-4); 13. Florida International (1-4); 14. Vanderbilt (2-4); 15. Nevada (Las Vegas) (2-4); 16. Bowling Green (2-4); 17. Hawaii (2-3); 18. Out to lunch; 19. Maryland (2-4); 20. Texas at El Erratic Paso (2-4).
Rout of the week: Ohio State (5-1) over Purdon't (1-5).
Crummy game of the week: Bowling Green (2-4) vs. Ball State (0-6).
Copyright ©2009, The Los Angeles Times


NFL BOTTOM 10

Oakland Raiders score a rare touchdown

They take over No. 1 spot in weekly ranking of failing teams, but at least they provide some amusing moments.

By Steve Harvey
October 15, 2009
Sure, CBS analyst Boomer Esiason said the Raiders are the worst team in football the other day.

But they're making some progress. Against the Giants on Sunday, they even scored their first touchdown in 130 plays (their only touchdown of the game).

The Raiders are also among the best in the NFL when it comes to generating laughs. On one kickoff return Sunday, they were flagged for using a wedge formation. But no penalty was assessed because the Raiders returner had misjudged the kick and had been forced to chase it into the end zone, where he downed it for a touchback.

Speaking of offensive performances -- take that anyway you want -- the machine-like St. Louis Lambs tallied another 10 points, raising their average to 6.8 per game.

Remember those teams that fired their offensive coordinators in training camp (Buffalo, Kansas City and Grampa Bay)? Well they're a combined 1-14. And to those three, the Bottom Ten says, "Thank you."
Wreck (Record); Last Loss; Next Loss
1. Oakland (1-4); 7-44, N.J. Giants; Philadelphia
2. St. Louis (0-5); 10-38, Minnehaha; Jacksonville
3. St. Louis (0-3); Swept by Dodgers; Season Over
4. Grampa Bay (0-5); 14-33, Philadelphia; Carolina
5. Kansas City (0-5); 20-26, Dallas; Washington
6. Tennessee* (0-5); 7. Buffalo (1-4); 8. Jacksonville (2-3); 9. Carolina (1-3); 10. Washington (2-3).
*Best 0-5 team in football, though.
Rout of the week: Philadelphia (3-1) over Oakland (1-4).
Crummy game of the week: Carolina (1-3) vs. Grampa Bay (0-5).
Quotebook: CBS' Dan Marino, as he viewed clips from Cleveland's 6-3 victory over Buffalo: "Is this the NFL, guys?"
Easiest schedule of all time? The No. 10 Redskins are only 2-3 even though they have yet to take the field against a team with any victories, points out ExtremeSkins.com. They opened against the Giants (who were 0-0, naturally) and next played the Rams (then 0-1), the Lions (then 0-2), the Bucs (then 0-3), and the Panthers (then 0-3). Next they play Kansas City (0-5).
Special citation: Dallas' defense was cited for being offside four times on one drive against Kansas City.
Copyright ©2009, The Los Angeles Times

Next: Sheep. Then: YOU!!

The Beeb advises us that independent thought & memory are soon to be done away w/.
Laser-controlled flies may be the latest addition to the neuroscientist's tool kit, thanks to a new technique.
Researchers have devised a way to write memories onto the brains of flies, revealing which brain cells are involved in making bad memories.

From The Civil, Decent, Polite Folks Of The Right: TITS!!! "Gigantic Tits," Even


We have a vague memory of the word "tits" being considered vulgar & obscene, and no more likely to appear in civil, let alone civic, discourse, or print, or anywhere, than "fuck" itself.

So much for the Kulturkampf & Family Values, rightists? Have you climbed off history, & are now athwart the streets,shouting "poopy-doodie-head" & "titties" at passers-by, like common Tourette's sufferers?

Special note to Southern Gentleman Robert Stacy McCain: "F***ing sh*t" is just the same as "fucking shit." No one is fooled, shitheel.

Patience Is A Virture, Which Is Its Own Reward

Fans of our re-purposing of The Bottom Ten will have to be virtuous, as the Chicago (Bankrupt) Times' website is currently as dead as the newspaper biz.

From The Blogroll

Max Blumenthal backstage (not literally) at MSNBC's Morning Joe.
Perhaps Joe’s civility was rooted in cluelessness; when I was announced on the set as “the YouTube Michael Moore,” Scarborough excitedly asked a producer if I was “the ACORN guy,” referring to James O’Keefe, the young right-wing activist whose hidden cameras prompted a congressional investigation into the Obama-linked community- organizing group. 
That's not all. Find out about Joe & Mika.

Further from the web log bog: Just Above Sunset does a fine job of recapping, linking & typing about it. (Better than we do. More time on his/her hands than ours? Not possible. Hmmm ...) We especially enjoyed today's: The decline of "White Culture," Limbaugh & the Rams, a link to a book review in the LAT we wouldn't have read in the off-line edition for a wk. or two,
WASP culture – with its dogs, shingled houses at the shore, pearls and sweating silver cocktail shakers – survives today as a kind of marketing tool, a commercially viable stylish nostalgia. Amusingly, its leading practitioners are a Polish Catholic woman, Martha Stewart — who evokes the relaxed but well-groomed domestic style of the Hamptons and Nantucket — and Ralph Lauren, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants named Lifshitz.

[…]

As Friend’s hockey player cousin Donny – who “shockingly” failed to gain admission to Yale – once said as they strolled by the Ralph Lauren window on Madison Avenue: “If Ralph really wants to get to the heart of Waspdom, he should do a whole window full of beakers of lithium and patients in white gowns.”
and more.

16 October: Marie Antoinette Beheaded; John Brown Attacks Federal Gov't.; Missile Crisis; ChiComs Get Bomb; Popery; Mets Miracle

Today is Friday, Oct. 16th, the 289th day of 2009. There are 76 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 16, 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia, where they seized a US arsenal in hopes of sparking a slave revolt. (In the siege that followed, ten of Brown's men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six followers ended up being captured; all were executed.)
On this date:
In 1701, Yale University was founded.
In 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded.
In 1868, America's first department store, ZCMI, opened in Salt Lake City.
One hundred years ago, in 1909, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series, defeating the Detroit Tigers at Bennett Park in Game 7 by a score of 8-0.
In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (The clinic ended up being raided by police and Sanger was arrested.)
In 1946, at Nuremberg, Germany, 10 high-ranking Nazi officials were executed by hanging for World War II war crimes. Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and chief of the German air force, was to have been among them but he committed suicide in his cell the night before.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, American military leader and statesman George C. Marshall died in Washington, D.C. at age 78.
In 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
In 1964, China detonated its first atomic bomb.
In 1968, American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos sparked controversy at the Mexico City Olympics by giving "black power" salutes during a victory ceremony after they'd won gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the New York Mets capped their miracle season by winning the World Series, defeating the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, in Game 5 played at Shea Stadium.
In 1970, Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt, succeeding the late Gamal Abdel Nasser.
In 1972, a light plane carrying House Democratic leader Hale Boggs of Louisiana and three other men was reported missing in Alaska. The plane was never found.
In 1973, Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, who negotiated a cease-fire in the Vietnam War, were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize; Tho declined the award.
In 1978, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to be the new pope; he took the name John Paul II.
In 1984, Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1987, rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl who had been trapped in an abandoned well for 58 hours in Midland, Texas.
In 1991, a deadly shooting rampage took place in Killeen, Texas, as George Hennard opened fire at a Luby's Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life.
In 1995, a vast throng of black men gathered in Washington for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
In 1997, author James Michener died at age 90.
In 1998, David Trimble and John Hume were named recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the Northern Ireland peace accord. British police arrested former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in London.
In 1999, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in the Mojave Desert shook three states and derailed an Amtrak train, but caused no serious damage or injuries. Hurricane Irene rumbled up the East Coast. A New York Air National Guard plane rescued Dr. Jerri Nielsen from a South Pole research center after she'd spent five months isolated by the Antarctic winter, which forced her to treat herself for a breast lump.
In 2002, the White House announced that North Korea had disclosed it had a nuclear weapons program. President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq.
In 2004, the Soyuz spacecraft was forced to manually dock with the international space station after it closed in on the station at a dangerously high speed. Pierre Salinger, a journalist who'd served as press secretary in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, died in Le Thon, France, at age 79. The World Health Organization said smoke from home stoves and fires in developing countries had become a major cause of death and disease. In a letter to fans on her Web site, homemaking guru Martha Stewart assured all she was adjusting to life in a West Virginia federal prison which she described as "like an old-fashioned college campus -- without the freedom, of course."
In 2006, U.S. intelligence officials confirmed an underground explosion in North Korea a week before was the test of a nuclear device. The explosive yield was reported less than 1 kiloton of conventional explosives.
In 2007, Iraqi officials said their investigation of the killing of Iraqi citizens by Blackwater USA, a private security firm under contract to the U.S. State Department indicated the shootings were unprovoked.
In 2008, the latest Gallup poll gave Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama a 6-percentage-point nationwide lead over Republican nominee John McCain with less than a month before the election. U. S. Army Gen. David Petraeus was reported developing an assessment for strategy for Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and surrounding regions. The assessment will aim toward a new campaign plan for the Middle East and Central Asia, where Petraeus will oversee military operations. Volatile Wall Street pulled off another stunning U-turn, transforming a 380-point loss for the Dow Jones industrials into a 401-point gain.
Today's Birthdays October 16: Actress Angela Lansbury is 84. Author Gunter Grass is 82. Former presidential adviser Charles W. Colson is 78. Actor-producer Tony Anthony is 72. Actor Barry Corbin is 69. Sportscaster Tim McCarver is 68. Rock musician C.F. Turner (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) is 66. Actress Suzanne Somers is 63. Rock singer-musician Bob Weir is 62. Producer-director David Zucker is 62. Record company executive Jim Ed Norman is 61. Actor Daniel Gerroll is 58. Actor Morgan Stevens is 58. Comedian-actor Andy Kindler is 53. Actor-director Tim Robbins is 51. Actor-musician Gary Kemp is 50. Singer-musician Bob Mould is 49. Actor Randy Vasquez is 48. Rock musician Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 47. Actor Todd Stashwick is 41. Jazz musician Roy Hargrove is 40. Actress Terri J. Vaughn is 40. Singer Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 40. Rapper B-Rock (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 38. Rock singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne) is 38. Actress Kellie Martin is 34. Singer John Mayer is 32. Actor Jeremy Jackson is 29. Actress Brea Grant (TV: "Heroes") is 28.
Today In Entertainment History October 16:
In 1888, playwright Eugene O'Neill was born in New York City.
Seventy years ago, in 1939, the comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner," by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, opened on Broadway.
In 1957, "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke was released. It was his first million-seller.
In 1967, Joan Baez and about 120 other anti-draft demonstrators were arrested for blocking the entrance to a military center in Oakland, Calif. They were jailed for 10 days.
In 1968, the New Yardbirds played their first concert at a club in London. They later changed their name to Led Zeppelin.
Forty years ago, in 1969, Leonard Chess died of a heart attack. He founded Chess Records with his brother Phil in the early 1950s.
In 1972, the members of Creedence Clearwater Revival announced they were breaking up.
In 1976, Stevie Wonder's album "Songs In The Key Of Life" was released.
In 1992, singer Sinead O'Connor was booed off the stage at a Madison Square Garden show honoring Bob Dylan's 30 years of music. The crowd was still reacting to O'Connor's appearance on Saturday Night Live" two weeks earlier, when she had torn up a picture of the pope.
In 1999, radio raconteur Jean Shepherd died on Sanibel Island, Fla., at age 78.
In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for their first concert tour in two decades, in Wilkes-Barre, Penn.
In 2007, Ellen DeGeneres opened her talk show in tears because she had adopted a dog and then given it to her hairdressers' daughters. The dog had been taken away by the adoption agency and DeGeneres felt bad for the girls.
Thought for Today: "What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries — these are but arbitrary and outward signs, the measure of Time, not Time itself. Time is the Life of the soul." — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807-1882). [All that changed, of course, w/ the advent of digital time-keeping. — Ed.]

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Political Activism Required: Help President Obama Turn AmeriKKKa Into A ☭Socialist Wonderland☭!

URGENT! BROKEN! WAVING OF HANDS, SHOUTING, ETC.!
Fax or cable your Senators & Representatives immediately!

Obama proposes an extra one-time payment to Social Security recipients

President Obama urged Congress to provide an extra $250 each to about 57 million seniors, veterans and people with disabilities as the Social Security Administration prepared to announce today that there would be no cost-of-living raise in 2010.
Thank you. And you can be sure we'll put the money to good use.

Chickification Of "Men Who Do Things" By FemiNazis, Or: The Geeks Strike Back

Left-liberal fans of speculative fiction may get a larf from this screed*, coming to our attention from The Divine Mr. M., in the wilds to our north. (Farther, even, than The Valley.)
Mr. M. is divine enough to provide a rebuttal to Mr. (We kid you not:)  PRO-MALE/ANTI-FEMINIST TECH's screed.

Anyone willing to email this to DoughBob DumbPants for reaction?

*True afficionados of this variation on the formal rightist whine will note that P-M/A-F links to '70s Starbuck Dirk Benedict's Big Hose complaint box submission.

Dr. Krauthammer Finds The Prize In The Cracker Jack Box: Iraq!

The Doctor is in. Denial.
The operational consequences of voluntary contraction are already evident:

[...]

* In Iraq, a determination to end the war according to rigid timetables, with almost no interest in garnering the fruits of a very costly and very bloody success--namely, using our Strategic Framework Agreement to turn the new Iraq into a strategic partner and anchor for U.S. influence in the most volatile area of the world. Iraq is a prize--we can debate endlessly whether it was worth the cost--of great strategic significance that the administration seems to have no intention of exploiting in its determination to execute a full and final exit.

We think the real joke here is "HISTORY" on the Cracker Jack box. Must be where the evil doctor gets his history lessons, if his idea of good foreign policy is turning Free Prize of Great Strategic Significance Iraq (A sovereign nation, yes?) into Airstrip Two.
Below: Dr. K. in his yrs. working for the gov't.

Puritans: Leave Meghan McCain Alone!!

For heaven's sake, what is the matter w/ you people? There are few things more quintessentially American than someone trying to eke out a living & some attention using her father's name, her mother's looks, nature's bounty & a bottle of peroxide. How can anyone have a problem w/ this? But until she posts that first sex tape, let's take it easy on the "slut" accusations. (We'll be the judge of those.)
"You knew you were posting a nearly NSFW [not safe for work] photo, so don't pretend like you're surprised at people's reaction," commented melissajenna.

McCain sees it differently.

"[When] I am alone in my apartment, I wear tank tops and sweatpants, I had no idea this makes me a ‘slut’, I can't even tell you how hurt I am."
We hope you mean ass-holes are happy now that you've hurt this poor woman.

Editorial Note: Counting the hits now, baby!!

20/20 Hindsight

We had a suspicion that Junior wasn't in the balloon, & was possibly hiding out to avoid getting in some serious trouble for letting the balloon loose, even before we found out the family were wacky reality show publicity hounds.

More NYT-Picking

The Opinionator looks at Krauthammer's crap. Has Dr. Charles ever met an act of violence against non-white people of which he didn't approve? Not bloody likely.

We do wonder if the sick-assed (Shrink, shrink thyself, already!) Doctor of Dickery rides about in one of these on the wknd.

It would certainly be irresponsible not to speculate as to whether Dr. K.'s little diving accident left him w/ a permanently limp dick, & therefore that most of his war-mongering is compensation, displacement or whatever 99¢ Store pop psych term we can pull out of our kiester. Hell, it might even be true.

"Straight" Talk From Crazy Shelley

Oh, looky looky: The Old Gray Lady has noticed the middle-aged (& doubtless graying under that hair color) crazy lady Representative Michelle Bachmann (Paranoid-Bizarro World).

What have they typed about her? We're sure it's completely balanced & objective, aren't you? (Uh-oh, too quick to condemn: See fact-checking here. Unfortunately, the phrase "lying sack of shit" does not appear in the item.)

Facts we sort of knew:
 Ms. Bachmann’s district, stretching from the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities, through middle-income exurbs, farmland and into St. Cloud, is defined by social conservatism, an independent, populist streak, and a significant Roman Catholic population.
We didn't know Ms. Bachmann was dependent on an excess of Radio Controlled Roman Catholics. Figures. They'll believe anything.

Blah blah blah. A closer examination of Rep. Wack-Job's public wack (through May of this yr.).

15 October: Mata Hari Executed; Goering Dies; Laval Guillotined; "Lucy" Premieres; Khrushchev Ousted

Today is Thursday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2009. There are 77 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
Forty years ago, on Oct. 15, 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country, including a candlelight march around the White House, as part of a "moratorium" against the Vietnam War.

On this date:
In 1858, the seventh and final debate between senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place in Alton, Ill.
In 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by letting his whiskers grow.
In 1914, the Clayton Antitrust Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson.
In 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris.
In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic.
In 1945, the former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, was executed for treason.
In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed.

In 1964, it was announced that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev had been removed from office.
In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation.
In 1976, in the first debate of its kind between vice-presidential nominees, Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole faced off in Houston.
In 1989, Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings surpassed Gordie Howe's NHL career scoring record of 1,850 points.
In 1990, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. South Africa's Separate Amenities Act, which had barred blacks from public facilities for decades, was scrapped.
In 1991, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48.
In 1993, Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.
In 1999, the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2002, ImClone Systems founder Sam Waksal pleaded guilty in New York in the biotech company's insider trading scandal. (He was later sentenced to more than seven years in prison.)
In 2003, China launched its first manned space mission. Eleven people were killed when a Staten Island ferry slammed into a maintenance pier. (The ferry's pilot, who'd blacked out at the controls, later pleaded guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.)
In 2004, the FDA ordered that all antidepressants carry strong warnings that they "increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior" in children who take them. Several thousand people opposed to gay marriage gathered on the National Mall in Washington to call for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.
In 2005, Iraqis voted to approve a constitution.
In 2008, Republican John McCain repeatedly assailed Democrat Barack Obama's character and campaign positions on taxes, abortion and more in a debate at Hofstra University; Obama parried each accusation, and leveled a few of his own, saying "100 percent" of McCain's campaign ads were negative. The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 to win the NLCS 4-1 for the team's first pennant since 1993.
Today's Birthdays: Former auto executive Lee Iacocca is 85. Jazz musician Freddy Cole is 78. Singer Barry McGuire is 74. Actress Linda Lavin is 72. Actress-director Penny Marshall is 67. Rock musician Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) is 67. Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer is 64. Singer-musician Richard Carpenter is 63. Actor Victor Banerjee is 63. Tennis player Roscoe Tanner is 58. Singer Tito Jackson is 56. Actor-comedian Larry Miller is 56. Actor Jere Burns is 55. Actress Tanya Roberts is 54. Movie director Mira Nair is 52. Britain's Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is 50. Chef Emeril Lagasse is 50. Rock musician Mark Reznicek (The Toadies) is 47. Actress Vanessa Marcil is 41. Singer-actress-TV host Paige Davis is 40. Actor Dominic West is 40. Singer Eric Benet is 39. R&B singer Ginuwine is 39. Actor Chris Olivero is 30. Christian singer-actress Jaci Velasquez is 30. R&B singer Keyshia Cole is 28. Tennis player Elena Dementieva is 28.
Today In Entertainment History October 15
In 1951, the situation comedy "I Love Lucy," starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, premiered on CBS. It ran until mid-1957.
In 1955, "Grand Ole Opry" made its TV debut on ABC. Buddy Holly opened a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, Texas.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, the crime show "The Untouchables" made its debut on ABC. The program was based on the real-life exploits of Eliot Ness and his squad of Treasury agents.
In 1964, composer Cole Porter died at age 73.
In 1971, Rick Nelson was booed when he performed new material at an oldies show in New York. It inspired him to write the song "Garden Party."
In 1976, Ike and Tina Turner split up as a musical act.
In 1977, Fleetwood Mac released "Rumours," one of the best-selling albums of all time.
In 1987, Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia opened a sold-out two-week run of solo shows on Broadway.
In 1996, drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was charged with attacking a tabloid TV cameraman. The photographer was trying to take pictures of Lee and his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, outside a nightclub in suburban Los Angeles.
In 1999, Irish tenor Josef Locke, whose life inspired the 1992 film "Hear My Song," died in County Kildare, Ireland, at age 82.
In 2002, musician Ryan Adams jumped into the audience at a show in Nashville to find a fan who had yelled out a request for "Summer of '69," a Bryan Adams song. Adams gave the fan $30 as a refund and refused to continue the show until the man left.
In 2007, Drew Carey took over as host for "The Price Is Right," replacing Bob Barker, who hosted the show for more than 35 years.
In 2008, pop star Madonna and movie director Guy Ritchie announced they were divorcing after nearly eight years of marriage. Actress-singer Edie Adams died in Los Angeles at age 81. Longtime game show host Jack Narz died in Los Angeles at age 85.
Thought for Today: "We used to do things for posterity, now we do things for ourselves and leave the bill to posterity." — Anonymous.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pre-Championship Series Baseball Filler: Life W/ Dodgers Living Hell?

Re-purposed from LAist, which can't be arsed w/ links to what it re-purposes, so fuck them, no link.
Here's the tail end of the interview:

Michael Kay: One final thing. Joe Torre said today that after next year when his contract is up, he thinks that's going to do it. He'll be 70 years old. Do you buy that?

Peter Gammons: Yes. I do buy that. I can just see him out there surfing in Hawaii, in Maui re-enacting that commercial. I wouldn't be surprised.

I think a lot of things will probably come out here in the next few months. But I think life with the Dodgers is pretty much a living hell.

MK: Really?!

PG: Oh yeah.

MK: So he thought he had it bad in New York, and now it's worse there?

PG: Oh yeah. There'll be a lot that comes out in time with Dodger ownership. But that is a mess. I don't think anybody wants to have to put up with it too long.

MK: Wow.
In Joe Torre's press conference today, Torre addressed the issue but didn't exactly extinguish the fire.

"But my relationship is fine here," Torre said. "It's far from the living hell that it seems to say I was going through. You know, managing is tough during the course of the year, and you get worn out by the time the year is over, especially when you get to this time of year. But you get regenerated for the postseason.

"But I know nothing about where that came from, and as I say, I still have the same plan that I've always had."

If you remember Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers on credit from Fox and didn't do much to endear themselves to the fans. While it seemed to have turned for the better in recent years with the regular success the team has experienced with Torre leading the charge, could it have masked the problems in the front office?

Being so close to the team this season, I didn't sense anything strained when Torre talked. Of course I have nothing to compare this to, so who knows?

We'll see what happens this offseason.

Update: We didn't even have to wait for the offseason. The McCourts have confirmed they have separated which leads to the question of ownership. Will they have to sell the team?

It's the old story. A couple of yokels from Beantown come to the big city & lose their souls. And spouses. Don't let those doors hit you on your way back East, Frank & Jamie.

America: Doomed By The Relative Poverty Of The Military-Industrial Complex

There Oughta Be A Law, Or: No Jury Could Possibly Convict Us Dep't.:


“The Left has dozens of organizations and tens of millions of dollars dedicated to undercutting the war on terror,” said Kristol, a seasoned partisan warrior. “The good guys need some help too.”
Certainly no help will be coming from the $400+ billion defense budget, or the military-industrial complex (No millions of lobbying dollars there, Billy boy?) or scared Representatives & Senators desperate for votes & jobs in their districts & states. Other constituencies whose employment options may suffer include composers of crummy synth music, whose employment opportunites will be limited; expect lobbying from the AFofM.

Big Fucking Joke Dep't.

Kristol, asked about the group, first joked that it would serve as a launching pad for his partners’ political careers. Burlingame, however, flatly denied she’s planning a run from liberal Westchester, and Cheney, who has been mentioned as a candidate for the Senate or House from Virginia, said her ambitions have nothing to do with it.

“It’s not about me or my future at all, except to the extent it’s about my future as an American, my future as a mom who cares deeply about the world my kids will inherit,” she said.

Cares deeply that they inherit a world of perpetual warfare, so the Halliburton stock stock they inherit from Grampa Dick will still be worth something, & so she can draw wing-nut welfare when the GOP is out on its ass & she can't get gov't. work.

Here's what pass for liberals in today's main-stream media, plus The Tweetster, who isn't passing for anything, wasting eight minutes of their lives on the subject.Right-wing hysteria potential: "'Gang Warfare!' They're calling us racists!"

Doomsday Clock Reset?

From The Frog-Eaters, through DefenseNews:
By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Published: 14 Oct 2009 07:26

MOSCOW - Russia will revise its military doctrine to allow a "preventative" nuclear strike against would-be aggressors, a top Kremlin policy-maker was quoted as saying Oct. 14.

Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the powerful security council, said the conditions under which Russia could resort to atomic weapons are being reworked in the main strategy document and will be reviewed by President Dmitry Medvedev by the end of the year.

"The conditions have been revised for the use of nuclear weapons to rebuff an aggression with the use of conventional weapons, not only on a massive-scale but on a regional and even local level," Patrushev told the Izvestia newspaper.

"Variants are under considerations for the use of nuclear weapons depending on the situation and potential of a would-be aggressor," he said.

"In a critical situation for national security, a preventative nuclear strike on an aggressor is not ruled out."
You think Armageddon is a thing of the past, & then ... It's back!

Perhaps the war-mongering wing of the Washington Party will interpret this as a warning to Iran from Russia, but that might involve giving a bit of credit to President Othello, so that won't be happening.

14 October: Limeys Get Civilized; TR Shot; Yeager Breaks Barrier; Tee Vee From Space; Boredom, Ennui, Intergalactic Torpor Continue Unabated

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2009. There are 78 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 14, 1939, during World War II, a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the HMS Royal Oak, a British battleship anchored at Scapa Flow in Scotland's Orkney Islands; 833 of the more than 1,200 men aboard were killed.
On this date:
In 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.
In 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas.
In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for the presidency, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee. Despite the wound, he went ahead with a scheduled speech. [He was no Ronald Reagan, that's for sure. — Ed.]
In 1933, Nazi Germany announced it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.
In 1944, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution for allegedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler. British and Greek troops liberated Athens, ending three years of World War II occupation by German troops.
In 1947, Air Force test pilot Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager broke the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California.
In 1960, the idea of a Peace Corps was first suggested by Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to an audience of students at the University of Michigan.
In 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1968, the first successful live telecast from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scored the first of his record 894 goals in a home game against the Vancouver Cancucks.
In 1986, Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1987, a 58-hour drama began in Midland, Texas, as 18-month-old Jessica McClure slid 22 feet down an abandoned well at a private day care center; she was rescued on Oct. 16.
In 1991, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland A's, 4 games to 2, to win the American League pennant and become the first Canadian team to go to the World Series.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton accused Senate Republicans of recklessness and irresponsibility for defeating the nuclear test ban treaty, and pledged the United States would refrain from testing despite the treaty's rejection. Japan's Sumitomo Bank and Sakura Bank announced they would merge. Julius Nyerere, Tanzania's first president, died in a London hospital at age 77.
In 2003, John Allen Muhammad pleaded innocent to murder in the Washington-area sniper case. (He was later convicted and sentenced to death.)
In 2004, the Treasury Department announced that the federal deficit had surged to a record $413 billion in fiscal 2004. A suicide bomber killed four Americans in the U.S.-guarded "Green Zone" of Baghdad.
In 2006, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose punishing sanctions on North Korea for carrying out a nuclear test.
In 2008, Big banks started falling in line behind a revised bailout plan that was fast becoming more of a buy-in; the Bush administration announced it would fork over as much as $250 billion in exchange for partial ownership. A grand jury in Orlando, Fla. returned charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter against Casey Anthony in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, Caylee. Syria formally recognized Lebanon for the first time by establishing diplomatic relations with its neighbor. Canada's Conservative Party won in national elections but fell short of a parliamentary majority.
Today's Birthdays: Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop is 93. Actor Roger Moore is 82. Classical pianist Gary Graffman is 81. Movie director Carroll Ballard is 72. Former White House counsel John W. Dean III is 71. Country singer Melba Montgomery is 71. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is 70. Singer Sir Cliff Richard is 69. Actor Udo Kier is 65. Singer-musician Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) is 63. Actor Harry Anderson is 57. Actor Greg Evigan is 56. TV personality Arleen Sorkin is 53. Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel is 53. Singer-musician Thomas Dolby is 51. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is 45. Singer Karyn White is 44. Actor Jon Seda is 39. Country musician Doug Virden is 39. Country singer Natalie Maines (The Dixie Chicks) is 35. Actress-singer Shaznay Lewis (All Saints) is 34. Singer Usher is 31. Actor Jordan Brower is 28.
Today In Entertainment History October 14
In 1954, director Cecil B. DeMille started filming "The Ten Commandments" in Egypt. The movie featured a cast of over 25,000.

In 1955, Bill Haley and his Comets, at the height of their fame with "Rock Around the Clock," played a concert in Lubbock, Texas. The opening act was the then-little-known Buddy Holly.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, actor Errol Flynn died in Vancouver, British Columbia, at age 50.
In 1964, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts secretly married Shirley Ann Arnold.
In 1971, John Fogerty was sued for allegedly plagiarizing Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly" for Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band." The suit was eventually dropped.
In 1972, singer Joe Cocker was arrested in a drug raid after a concert in Adelaide, Australia. Cocker could have been fined and jailed for two years, but police instead ordered him to leave the country within four hours. Michael Jackson had his first solo hit, with "Ben."
In 1977, singer Bing Crosby died near Madrid, Spain, at age 73.
In 1990, conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein died in New York of lung failure. He was 72. Besides "West Side Story," Bernstein's Broadway successes included "On the Town," "Wonderful Town" and "Candide."
In 1996, Madonna gave birth to Lourdes Maria, her first child.
In 1998, "polka king" Frankie Yankovic died at his home in New Port Richey, Fla., a week after suffering a fall. He was 83.
In 2000, singer Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees married Lea Dellecave in Cincinnati.
Thought for Today: "To think is to speak low. To speak is to think aloud." — F. Max Mueller, German philologist (1823-1900).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Death & Property Destruction: Images At Eleven

It's raining, first time since we re-located to this exclusive bunker. Far from our downscale flatlands, fearful hillside homeowners stare at the barren hillsides that didn't quite burn to their houses earlier in the season, waiting for the first sign of a wall of mud & plant corpses bearing down on them.

The Great Leveler, Earthquake, unlike cousins Fire, Flood & Mudslide, will bring all to their knees, or graves, & will strike w/o warning. Too bad. Anticipation is half the fun.

Rock Salt Lobster Face

Far below, we mocked (Yes, yes, we did!) Erick The Lobster-Faced & his minions (The REDSTATE Strike Force). Now they've come through, to meet the mock & make it theirs! Tip o' the Bouffant chapeau to Balloon Juice, because there is no way in hell we would have sat on REDSTATE all day waiting for something like this to appear:

Another great idea, Air-wreck: Suggest (subtly, of course, & we know that's not easy w/ your folks) that Sen. Snowe's Washington address could be found easily enough on the Intertubes (You may have to explain the process to them, if you have it figured out.) & paper bags of dog waste could be placed on her doorstep, the doorbell rung & the bag lit on fire. Then run away. Remember that part, Strike Forcers! Or, Hallowe'en pranks at the Snowes! TP the libs! (Say, Son of Erick, how's that "take-over/back of local gov't. going? Too busy shipping salt to Senator Snowe to get busy w/ anything beyond your own reëlection campaign?)

As is, we can assume that if any of Erick's Oafs do take up his suggestion, the Maine Dep't. of Highways may have a little more salt for the roads this yr. Socialism!! It'd be fine w/ us if any salt donated went directly to the Sen.'s staffers, for that matter. (Not that we, as a Southern Left Coastal Elitist, have the slightest about this rock salt stuff. You Arctic Circle/Down East/Upper Mid-West/Canadian denizens leave it out as a gift to the Snow God[s] in hopes they won't let your igloos melt before spring, right?)

That's A Lot Of Extractions

Orly Taitz, D. D. S., Esq., on the receiving end of a $20,000.00 sanction for not following Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It's a conspiracy, we tell you!!
At the hearing, counsel failed to make coherent legal arguments but instead wasted the Court’s time with press conference sound bites and speeches.
Now that it's obvious that the fix is in, when does the armed revolution in the streets begin? Our patience grows thin, & our trigger finger itches!

He's At It Again, But This Time He's "Applying The Reagan Caution"

Michael "Yellowcake" Ledeen has another
rumor for you.
Sensible of Michael to play his cards a little closer to his vest this time out. Hell, he could be correct this time.

Death In The Extended Family

From punk turns 30:
Brendan Mullen, one of the pillars of the LA punk rock community, its greatest fan and documentarian passed away today.

It was reported by Media Bistro today that he suffered a stroke that he did not survive.

Had Mr. Mullen not opened The Masque in a basement warren just off Hollywood Blvd., things might have been very different. Or not. But all that pent-up crap had to ferment somewhere, & he provided the vat.

RAIDERS/RAMS Report: "Beware of the NFL," "The Rams back in Southland? Be very afraid"

The cold hard facts, from LAist:
Let’s take the gossip that came out today from Chris Myers of Fox Sports Radio saying that the Oakland Raiders are the front runners of coming to LA.

If this were to somehow come to fruition LA would be getting the biggest joke of the NFL. Now that the Detroit Lions have transcended the ignominy of being the winless team, the Raiders are now the lowest of the low.

Their head coach Tom Cable is under investigation by the Napa County district attorney for allegedly blindsiding one of his assistant coaches, throwing him off a chair causing his head to bounce off a table and break his jaw.

Since losing the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2002 season, the Raiders have gone 25-76.
Most of this NFL team coming to L. A. (Are we a bunch of hicks who need a pro football team to draw attention, respect or fear? HA!) flap is based around the possibility of a stadium in the same (or a close one, who keeps up w/ this stuff?) gravel pit east of Los Angeles proper that Raider boss man Al Davis wanted to stadiumize in the long-ago mid-1990s. Is anything new ever going to happen, anywhere? Ever?

Also, from St. Louis:
I wanted so badly to switch channels, but I was here, and as we've learned over the years, there's nothing worse than being trapped at an NFL game with so many better ones on TV.

This wasn't entertainment as much as punishment, linebacker Leonard Little, who killed a woman here while driving drunk a number of years ago, leaving the Rams' bench area in the closing minutes to confront a Vikings fan sitting in the stands. Just another example of what everyone is missing in L.A. since we don't have a team.

Talk about Throwback Sunday -- our old teams lost by the combined score of 82-17, bringing back memories of so many wasted Sundays in the Coliseum and Anaheim.
We love nostalgia. Especially for the bad old days.

People, People Who Like Python ...

... or people who like telebision, for that matter, may want to know the following.
Those of you who (like me) have cancelled your season pass for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon might want to record Wednesday night. Jimmy's guests will include, it says, "Monty Python."
And Thursday morning, the guest list on Live with Regis and Kelly includes John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin. There's also something about them on theToday show on NBC but I don't know if it's an appearance or just a news item or what. (Odd that they're not turning up on Letterman. Or maybe they are with a surprise Top Ten list or something...)
All of this is a prelude to the Python Reunion in New York on Thursday night and the debut of the six-hour documentary, Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut), which debuts on IFC on Sunday night. In fact, IFC is running a mess of Python films over the next week or so: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.
Set your VCRs or TiVos or what not for the heart of the sun.Could've done w/o most of the animation in the show, ourself.

"Celebrity" Round-Up: When, Damnit?

BRUCE JENNER: BARACK OBAMA UNDESERVING OF NOBEL AWARD 

Well, that's it then.

Nice Work If You Can Get It

See if you can follow this. It's the left-wing (Although the term "state-run media" is amusingly stupid too.) media claiming that Hollywood/New York telebision comedy leftists are BHO's "comedy base."
Is President Obama in trouble with his late-night comedy base?
Here questions must be asked: "Read more? Is this enough for the rubes? Could it be any stupider or more mockable? How will we feel about it after we take off our sneakers & socks?" (Not any more decisive, that's how. Lighting a Camel©, however, inspires us to jump in. The explanation of "comedy base" may be better than the phrase alone.)

Well, no. (There's a big damn surprise. When the typist's opening line is a shorter, don't bother yourself.) Once we reach, if not facts, at least quotes from people who are not pro typist Mark Leibovich, & are identified as partisan, the air is let out of his balloon.
“There have been some clear shots coming across the bow from the comic left,” observed Ric Keller, a former Republican congressman from Florida who once wrote jokes for Jeb Bush, the former governor.

[...]

Jeff Nussbaum, a Democratic speech and joke writer, disagrees that late-night comedy is a leading indicator of a cultural zeitgeist. “To use an economic term, it is more of a lagging indicator,” he said, something that responds to perceptions that are already entrenched. In practical terms, President Obama has now been in office almost nine months, Mr. Nussbaum said, and “comedians now have a greater body of work to go after, for better or worse.”

The Democrat somewhat connected to reality & fact. The Republican, a world of blather & metaphor. Heh indeed. (Or: Selective editing or quote choice by the minions of the state, to make Republicans look foolish?) "Comic left?" The bastards have politicized humor!

Here the typist undercuts (We like understatement, ourself.) his headline & first sentence by quoting someone w/ pesky ol' facts, essentially admitting that the "Trouble in the base?" thing would never have been written if not for last wk.'s Saturday Night Live opening & a Daily Show bit.
By and large, the bulk of late-night barbs directed at the president remain glancing at best. “The jokes are still largely about things like how the media lionizes Obama, or what the opposition is saying about him,” said Bob Lichter, of George Mason University’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, who has been tracking themes in late-night humor since 1988.
(Whooo! We'd work a gig like that for room, board & cigarette money.)

The eventual point of our essay being that one can't read a piece of objectively trifling (or vice versa) fluff like this w/o typing "Hey, it's piffle!!"