Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jesus & His Friends In The News Again

Can't Handle The Truth; Couldn't Recognize It If It Bit Them On The Proverbial Ass

The Daily Beast pores over "Going Bogus" for 10 Palin Hits the Leakers Missed.

Our favorite? This glimpse into the right-wing religious reactionary mind, which apparently had its hooks into ex-Alaska Gov. Palin early in her formative yrs.
“In our teen years, if we stayed awake long enough, we’d sneak upstairs and watch Saturday Night Live. Having grown up in a house where ‘butt’ was a bad word and we had to say ‘bottom,’ we assumed we had to sneak. It wasn’t until years later that we learned our parents got a kick out of SNL’s political humor, too.”
They couldn't say "butt," because it was a "bad word." Yes, butt. As in, buttocks. Not the sterile Latin of gluteus maximus, but still a word that might be used in a hospital, by medical types. Is it contraction that makes it a "bad word?" What does make a "bad" word, anyway? Is "penis" a bad word? What would be a "good" euphemism for penis?

There is no reasoning w/ people raised & warped by concepts like "bad words." No bi-partisanship is possible, because their very existence has been partisan since birth.

Note To Andrew Sullivan

Who typed this today:
And that's why in fact the pushback has been almost milquetoast. How do Steve Schmidt and John McCain reveal the truth about Palin when that truth only further proves their fantastic incompetence, nihilism and unseriousness with respect to government? And what's truly telling about Washington is that a man like McCain, who perpetrated this nonsense and even now refuses to take an ounce of responsibility for it, is nonetheless invited on countless talk shows and treated like the hero he always was. And no one demands he account for this train-wreck outside his tested cant about Palin "exciting the base."

If he had any sense of responsibility, he would resign. And if the Washington media had any sense of responsibility, it would never invite him on TV again without demanding he take responsibility for what he nearly did to the national security of this country. No one who put this person near the nuclear button should have a future in public life.

But this is Washington. And they protect their own.
It's not a question of "protecting their own." From whom are they being protected? The pissed & raging, pitchfork-sporting tea partiers don't seem to be angry about J. Sidney III bringing ex-Alaska Gov. Palin to their attention. Who the hell else is callling for responsibility or resignations?

Here, Mr. Sullivan, is where your not-always-wrong analyses turn into jokes (Iignoring your foolish stands on some of the other Great Issues of The Day™, which had already made you comedy gold.) w/ this "why doesn't he resign, yada yada" outrage. Someone, somewhere (A bit of research reveals it to be Doghouse Riley, just a bit earlier.) typed about another Limey who has come to our shores, but doesn't get the entire picture either. The same w/ your moral outrage about torture, or your expectation that anyone around here takes responsibility for anything. This is America, schmuck, not the wimpy nation infested w/ Muslims that you fled for our greener grass. Take a good look around, & lower your expectations accordingly. It may or may not be a center-right, pro-torture & general lunacy nation, but the frontier mentality of moving along & maybe getting it right the next time is still the rule, no matter when the actual frontier closed.

Is there any historical precedent for any Washington or local gov't. figures who haven't been caught in flagrante delicto taking responsibility or resigning because of anything short of an impending indictment? Why would you imagine that McCain is any more capable of realizing what a sad fuck he is than Sarah Palin (who at least resigned, though w/o taking responsibility for anything) is?

(Hey, your supporting The Bell Curve, giving Betsy McCaughey the chance to destroy health care reform inTNR, & pimping for the illegal & immoral war adventures of G. W. Bush & Richard Cheney are some things you could examine about yourself. Maybe that will lead you to take the responsibility of retiring from incessant typing.)

Fitzgerald was wrong, wrong, wrong. American life is nothing but second & third & so on acts. "We want to put this behind us, & move on w/ our lives." That's America's mantra of responsibility. Wise up & get cynical before we send you back, illegal.

Bwok, Bwok!

Spent some of Sat. eve. on Rte. 66, under Chicken Boy, looking at art.

Expected creepy young hipsters; turned out we were in the "youth" cohort. Egad.

The C. B. Story.

Ironic Reversal Of Fortune

As Unemployment Rises,
Mexican Remittances Head North

While Mexican immigrants have traditionally sent money back to their families in the south, this pattern is beginning to reverse as the recession disproportionally affects immigrant communities.
Read original story in The New York Times | Monday, Nov. 16, 2009

17 November: Elizabeth I Accedes To English Crown, Other World Leaders Say: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 17, the 321st day of 2009. There are 44 days left in the year. An almanac. Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 17, 1800, Congress held its first session in Washington in the partially completed Capitol building.
On this date:
In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.
In 1734, John Peter Zenger, who founded America's first regularly published newspaper, was arrested for allegedly libeling the colonial governor of New York.
In 1869, the Suez Canal opened in Egypt.
In 1881, Samuel Gompers organized the forerunner of the American Federation of Labor.
In 1917, French sculptor Auguste Rodin died at age 77.
In 1934, Lyndon Baines Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as Lady Bird, in San Antonio.
In 1962, Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by resident John F. Kennedy.
In 1968, NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a game to air a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule. Viewers were deprived of seeing the Oakland Raiders come from behind to beat the New York Jets 43-32.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the first round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks between the United States and the Soviet Union opened in Helsinki, Finland.
In 1970, the Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Fla.: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." Audio Link
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 black and/or female American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
In 1987, a federal jury in Denver convicted two neo-Nazis and acquitted two others of civil rights violations in the 1984 slaying of radio talk show host Alan Berg.
In 1989, riot police in Prague, Czechoslovakia, stormed into a crowd of more than 20,000 pro-democracy demonstrators, beating people with truncheons and firing tear gas.
In 1992, an appeals court in Washington ruled the Watergate tapes and Nixon presidential papers rightfully belonged to U.S. President Richard Nixon when he left office in 1974.
In 1993, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the North American Free Trade Agreement. Also in 1993, Nigeria Defense Minister Sani Abacha announced he had dissolved the government and declared himself the nation's ruler.
In 1997, 62 people, most of them foreign tourists, were killed when militants opened fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt; the attackers were killed by police.
In 1998, Israel's parliament overwhelmingly approved the Wye River land-for-peace accord with the Palestinians.
In 1999, officials close to the investigation into the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 said a relief co-pilot alone in the cockpit had said in Arabic: "I made my decision now; I put my faith in God's hands" just before the jetliner began its fatal plunge. (In Egypt, relatives angrily rejected any notion that relief co-pilot Gameel el-Batouty had deliberately crashed the plane.)
In 2000, the Florida Supreme Court froze the state's presidential tally, forbidding Secretary of State Katherine Harris to certify results of the marathon vote count in the race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore.
In 2001, the Taliban confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden's military chief Mohammed Atef in an airstrike three days earlier.
In 2002, the first thorough examination of many of President John F. Kennedy's medical records found he was in far greater pain and taking many more medications than the public knew at the time.
In 2003, John Allen Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings. (He was later sentenced to death and executed.) Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California. [If only we could ditto the parenthetical above. — Ed.]
In 2004, it was announced that Kmart was acquiring Sears in a surprise $11 billion deal. In Washington state, officials said Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi led Democratic opponent Christine Gregoire by only 261 votes. (After three counts of the ballots, Gregoire was declared the winner by just 129 votes out of 2.9 million cast.)
In 2005, a jury in Sarasota, Fla., convicted mechanic Joseph Smith of kidnapping, raping and strangling 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction had been captured by a car-wash security camera. (Smith was later sentenced to death.) U. S. Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a decorated Vietnam veteran and ranking Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Committee who supported the 2003 invasion, called for immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved marketing of silicone gel-filled breast implants, ending a 14-year moratorium on the devices. Hall of Fame college football coach Bo Schembechler died at age 77.
In 2007, at least 30 bodies wrapped in black plastic and dead for some time were found in a mass grave a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad.
In 2008, in their first meeting since the election, Barack Obama and former rival John McCain met at the president-elect's transition headquarters in Chicago, where they pledged to work together on ways to change Washington's "bad habits." St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols won his second NL MVP award.
Today's Birthdays November 17: Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is 75. Rock musician Gerry McGee (The Ventures) is 72. Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 71. Singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio is 68. Movie director Martin Scorsese is 67. Actress Lauren Hutton is 66. Actor-director Danny DeVito is 65. "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels is 65. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver is 65. Movie director Roland Joffe is 64. Former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean is 61. Actor Stephen Root is 58. Rock musician Jim Babjak (The Smithereens) is 52. Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is 51. Actor William Moses is 50. Entertainer RuPaul is 49. Actor Dylan Walsh is 46. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is 45. Actress Sophie Marceau is 43. Actress-model Daisy Fuentes is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition; Bell Biv DeVoe) is 42. Rock musician Ben Wilson (Blues Traveler) is 42. Actor Leonard Roberts is 37. Actress Leslie Bibb is 36. Actor Brandon Call is 33. Country singer Aaron Lines is 32. Actress Rachel McAdams is 31.
Today In Entertainment History November 17
In 1968, Glen Campbell received gold records for the singles "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Gentle On My Mind."
In 1970, an Elton John concert was broadcast live over a New York radio station. A recording was released in the U.S. as the album "11-17-70."
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock died of a heart attack after a history of heart trouble. He was 26.
In 1990, David Crosby broke his left leg, ankle and shoulder in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Police said he was speeding and was not wearing a helmet.
In 1991, Fox became the first network to air a commercial for condoms. It featured a young man talking about disease infecting nice people.
In 1992, the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" was released.
In 1995, actor Tony Randall married Heather Harlan, an understudy in one of his plays. He was 75, she was 25.
In 2006, singer Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes filed for divorce from actress Kate Hudson. They had been married six years.
Thought for Today: "Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college." — Lillian Smith, American writer and social critic (1897-1966).

Monday, November 16, 2009

This Wk.'s Best In Nautical High-Jinks

From Alternate Brain, who advise watching the sailor in the wheelhouse.

You Type "Contradicts Herself," We Type "Lies Like A Rug"

Palin Contradicts Herself

"This time, there wasn't a family vote. Other steps in my political life, I've polled the kids, and I have abided by some of the results of the polls that the kids have partaken in. This time, no."

-- Sarah Palin, in an interview today with Oprah Winfrey, on deciding to run for vice president.

"It was a time of asking the girls to vote on it, anyway. And they voted unanimously, yes. Didn't bother asking my son because, you know, he's going to be off doing his thing anyway, so he wouldn't be so impacted by, at least, the campaign period here."

-- Palin, in an interview with Sean Hannity in September 2008.
And in passing: "Abided by?" "Partaken?" We don't understand why she doesn't just say that the Bible's the only good book, & that's all she needs to read, & stop asking her about books, they're heavy.

Snarker Susan Announces

Starburst Central

The National Review has its own little Palin section now. This is going to be fun.
One quibble: It's not that "little," in an actual sense. They've been at it since Sunday night; it must be difficult to stop. Did Jonah (The more successful Goldberg bro.) get this much attention when NRO had a "blog" for his murder of trees?

Sticks It!

Also, what up w/ the New Yorker font?

So Excited We Forgot A Title

Are these 49 million Americans mostly the same 45-47 million who are w/o health insurance?
About 14.6 percent of U.S. households, equal to 49.1 million people, "had difficulty obtaining food for all their members due to a lack of resources" during 2008, up 3.5 percentage points from 2007 when 11.1 percent of households were classified as food insecure.
About 5.7 percent of households, or 17.3 million people, had "very low food security," meaning some members of the household had to eat less. Typically, food runs short in those households for a few days in seven or eight months of the year, USDA said.
Spotted at Alex Constantine's Anti-Fascist Research Bin.

Thought Leader

Rumproast first made this PuffHo sort of thing clear to us.
I have been reading and thinking a lot lately about the concept of spiritual maturity in preparation for co-authoring a book on the subject and its relationship to racial identity development. Based on information from a May 2009 Barna Group survey, spiritual maturity is a concept that even faith leaders struggle to define.
Could Ms. Thought Leader define how she differs from a "faith leader?" And define "spirituality" while she's at it?

We give grudging credit for the Thought Leader's pointing out that religion is crap; if only she could extend that a smidgen to the spirit world.

"Around The World" Is $50 More.

Cuban Pro-Embargo Groups Increasingly Fund Democrats

While in the past, Cuban pro-embargo groups have directed their campaign contributions mostly to Republican candidates, a new study from the watchdog group Public Campaign shows that this dynamic has begun to shift. According to the report, while in 2004, pro-embargo groups gave 71 percent of total donations to Republicans and 29 percent to Democrats; these percentages have now been almost completely reversed. In advance of the 2010 election, 76 percent of all donations have gone to Democrats. Over the past five years, pro-embargo groups have spent more than $10 million on campaign contributions. The report also found that 18 members of the House have toughened their stances on Cuba after receiving donations. One representative, Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., received a donatation after revising his position and voting in favor of a travel ban to Cuba. The decision, he said, was prompted by a "a philosophical change of heart." Travel restrictions to the island will be addressed this Thursday during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
From Slate, if you couldn't tell from the kidney-bean-colored head. Or is it blood & poop?

Political Performance Art

(6:42) of your life that might be worth the waste.

Facts For Timid Teen Agers

Jacko tried to buy Spider-man: 70 facts you didn't know about Marvel

As Marvel Comics celebrates its 70th anniversary, we present a 'timely' list of trivia about the entertainment giant

Leave it to the Limeys to bring Jacko into it.

CHAUNCEY: Now There's Something You Don't See Everyday, Edgar." EDGAR: "What's That?"

Who'd've thunk it?"

Generational War: We Still Got The Numbers

In these hard times, they're also hearing strong rumblings of discontent from Generation X. They're the 32- to 44-year-olds who are wedged between baby boomers and their children, often feeling like forgotten middle siblings — and increasingly restless at work as a result.

"All of a sudden, we've gone from being the young upstarts to being the curmudgeons," says Bruce Tulgan, a generational consultant who's written books about various age groups, including his fellow Gen Xers.
Yeah, like you wouldn't grow old. Or were a bunch of bad-asses, at least to some extent:
In recent years, though, more members of the generation — stereotyped early on as jaded individualists — had families or began settling down in other ways. It was time, they thought, to enjoy the rewards of paying some dues.

"We were starting to buy into the system, at least to some extent," Tulgan says, "and then we got the rug pulled out from under us."
That what the system does, cretin. None of your book-learnin' or book-'riting taught you that? That's why you aren't supposed to buy into the system, which of course had you sad sheep by the short & curlies before you had short & curlies.

Further whining.

A Pudgier Palin Respects The Flag

The Daily Beast gets catty w/ Sweet Sarah Purebred.
That Sarah Palin, what a tease!

This book tour of hers is one of the all-time great hoochie coochie dances. The tea partiers are lining up like rubes at the “Direct From Gay Par-ee!” tent at the Dingleberry County Fair.

The star attraction knows that you may take it off, but you don’t take it all off. As governor, she left the stage when she still had her political pasties on. As “author,” she knows that the key is to take off just enough to keep the crowd transfixed and wanting more, but not so much as to stand revealed in all her nakedness.

16 November: Tiberius, W. C. Handy Born; Hubert Sumlin Still Kickin' At 76; Sherman Marches (Again); Canadians Have Rebels, & Execute One‽ Dr. Shepard Acquitted In Retrial; Milton "The Monster" Friedman Dies, Yrs. Too Late; First 11-10 Score In NFL HIstory

Today is Monday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2009. There are 45 days left in the year. The almost pointless UPI Almanac.AP Highlight in History:
On Nov. 16, 1864, Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops began their "March to the Sea" during the Civil War.
[So the Rev. Moon's UPI Almanac is as much of a joke as the Washington Times. No surprise there. — Ed.]
On this date:
In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.
In 1885, Canadian rebel leader Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
In 1892, the University of Chicago, a founding member of the Big 10 Conference, won its first football game, beating Illinois, 10-4.
In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union.
In 1917, Georges Clemenceau again became prime minister of France.
In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.
In 1961, House Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn died in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms.
In 1966, Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.
In 1973, Skylab 4, carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on an 84-day mission. President Richard M. Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.
In 1982, an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players.
In 1988, Estonia's parliament declared the Baltic republic sovereign.
In 1989, six Jesuit priests, a housekeeper and her daughter were slain by army troops at the University of Central America Jose Simeon Canas in El Salvador.
In 1995, Attorney General Janet Reno disclosed that she had Parkinson's disease.
In 1997, Chinese pro-democracy campaigner Wei Jingsheng arrived in the United States after being released on medical parole after nearly 18 years in prison.
In 1999, Nathaniel Abraham, at 13 one of the youngest murder defendants in U.S. history, was convicted in Pontiac, Mich., of second-degree murder for shooting a stranger outside a convenience store with a rifle when he was 11. (Nathaniel was sentenced to juvenile detention until his 21st birthday; he was released in January 2007. However, he was sentenced in January 2009 to at least four years in prison for a drug-related conviction.)
In 2001, Congress passed an aviation security bill mandating that airport screeners be federal employees. Investigators found a letter addressed to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., containing anthrax.

In 2004, President George W. Bush picked National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be his new secretary of state, succeeding Colin Powell. Al-Jazeera television said it had received a video showing a hooded militant shooting a blindfolded woman in the head; it's believed the woman was kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan. Sunni Muslims in Iraq expressed anger over videotape showing the fatal shooting of a wounded and apparently unarmed man in a Fallujah mosque by a U.S. Marine. [Two wrongs: Do they make a right? — Ed.]
In 2006, African, Arab, European and U.N. leaders agreed in principle to a joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region. Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman died at age 94.
In 2008, Iraq's Cabinet overwhelmingly approved a security pact with the United States calling for American forces to remain in the country until 2012. Space shuttle Endeavour linked up with the international space station. The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied to beat the San Diego Chargers 11-10, the first such final score in NFL history.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Clu Gulager is 81. Blues musician Hubert Sumlin is 78. [A few good stills of the birthday boy pickin' w/ The Wolf here. — Ed.] Journalist Elizabeth Drew is 74. Blues musician W.C. Clark is 70. Actress Joanna Pettet is 67. Actor Steve Railsback is 64. Actor David Leisure is 59. Actor Miguel Sandoval is 58. Actress Marg Helgenberger is 51. Rock musician Mani is 47. Country singer-musician Keith Burns (Trick Pony) is 46. Retired tennis player Zina Garrison is 46. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden is 45. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 45. Actor Harry Lennix is 45. Rock musician Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) is 43. Actress Lisa Bonet is 42. Actress Tammy Lauren is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd) is 40. Actress Martha Plimpton is 39. Actor Michael Irby is 37. Actress Missi Pyle is 37. Olympic gold medal figure skater Oksana Baiul is 32. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is 32. Pop singer Trevor Penick is 30. NBA player Amare Stoudemire is 27.
Today In Entertainment History November 16
In 1956, Elvis Presley's film debut, "Love Me Tender," opened in New York.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 16, 1959,
the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," inspired by the real-life story of the Trapp Family Singers, opened on Broadway with Mary Martin as Maria and Theodore ("Rance Muhammitz") Bikel as Capt. von Trapp.
In 1960, actor Clark Gable died of a heart attack at age 59. He had just finished shooting the movie "The Misfits" with Marilyn Monroe. Also in 1960, Patsy Cline recorded the song "I Fall To Pieces" in Nashville. She also recorded the songs "Shoes" and "Lovin' In Vain" during that same session.
In 1973, David Bowie's first TV special, "1980 Floor Show" aired on NBC.
In 1987, actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz got married. They separated in 1990, and they divorced in 1993.
In 1988, Stan Love, former Beach Boys manager and brother of singer Mike Love, was sentenced to five years' probation for embezzling more than $900,000 from the group. [Not to be confused w/ Mickey Hart's father, who fucked the Dreadful Grate when he was their manager, accountant or something. — Ed.]
In 2001, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" opened nationwide. It brought in a record 90 million dollars its first weekend.
In 2008, the final episode of "Total Request Live" aired on MTV.
Thought for Today: "No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right." — Helen Keller, American author and lecturer (1880-1968).

Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Jealous Bitching From The Insufferably Hep About Sucky Music For Squares

Some may remember Ann Coulter, who thought it would have been a better idea for Tim McVeigh to bomb The New York Times rather than the Murrah Federal Bldg.

In light of this abomination, we'll have to say she may indeed have been "prescient."
Bono, the lead singer of the band U2 and a co-founder of the advocacy group ONE and (Product)RED, is a contributing columnist for The Times.
The secret word is "(Product)."

EAT THE RICH! (And Throw In Many Of The Famous As Well.)

One more from the shitpile; we only bring it up because a friend of ours, who once worked at a collection agency, told us that Ms. Gabor was a deadbeat who had stiffed her dentist for so long that the debt was turned over to the collection agency.
IRS Papers Say Zsa Zsa Gabor Owes A $118,000 Tax Bill
Los Angeles, CA -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's lawyer blames convicted swindler Bernard Madoff for a hefty tax bill owed by his client.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien of more than $118,000 for the years 2001 and 2002 against the 92-year-old actress on Oct. 5 in the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds.

Gabor lawyer Chris Fields estimates that Gabor lost about $7 million in Madoff's Ponzi scheme and the tax bill is part of the fallout. Fields says third-party money managers invested Gabor's money with Madoff.

Fields says Gabor and husband Frederic von Anhalt are pulling together their resources and working out a payment plan with the IRS.

Source: Associated Press
Oh, har har. Hadn't even noticed it was blame Madoff time. And wait: The yrs. 2001 & 2002? Was not Madoff still paying then? Or is this just bullshit 'cause she & her fake prince husband have been stiffing the IRS like her dentist, & now, having decided to pretend they'll pay, are bitching about lost investments?

B. S.: Man Of The People, The Common Clay ... I. E., A Moron

The Boss Opens Michigan Show With "Hello, Ohio!" Greeting

Auburn Hills, MI--A little geography snafu couldn't keep Michigan from being rocked by Bruce Springsteen. The iconic rocker greeted his Palace of Auburn Hills audience Friday night with a hearty "Hello, Ohio!" a reference he repeated several times over the next half hour before catching his mistake, with what appeared to be a whispered assist from guitarist Steven Van Zandt.

"I'm all right," said the grinning Springsteen, who remained visibly self-conscious about the slip. "That is every front man's nightmare."
We hate "iconic rocker" Bruce Springsteen's pseudo-rock & roll w/ every jealous bone in our body. What a fucking jerk. And as stupid as a zillionaire man of the people should be.

P. S.: If you want to read an odious ass-licking of Bru-uuuuuuuuuuuuuu-ce: the rest of the story.

Example: "A slightly shredded voice presented few problems, as the singer occasionally skirted high notes and ably pushed his way through the sustained rock shout of Born in the USA."

It is to vomit.

(Not Really) Amusing (Or Interesting) Personal Anecdote

The "Yes, existence has always been this fucking lame, are you asking merely to irk us further?" item immediately below reminded us that forty yrs. ago today the private French school (L'École Active Bilingue, hey alums!) we were forced to attend each day (That's a joke, actually.) let the American students out so we could picket or what-have-you in front of the United Snakes Embassy.
Somewhat amusing were the gyrene guards (in the days when the USMC provided guards for American embassies, pre-Xe) not in their usual dress blues but wearing cheap Sears suits, trying to be discreet as they took pictures of the dangerous radicals. Even if they hadn't been photographing, the buzz cuts & aviator sunglasses atop Sears' cheapest suits would have been a dead give-away,

15 November: At This Point, We Have Nothing. LATER: Articles Of Confederation Approved; Sherman Starts "March" To Sea; Brazil Dumps Emperor; U. S. Begins "Peacetime" Draft; Clutters Killed; "King" Dies; Bonds Indicted. Nope, Still Nothing.

Today is Sunday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2009. There are 46 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
Fifty years ago, on Nov. 15, 1959, Kansas farmer Herbert Clutter, his wife, Bonnie, and the couple's two youngest children, Nancy, 16, and Kenyon, 15, were found murdered in their home in Holcomb. (Two ex-convicts, Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, were later convicted of the killings and hanged; the case was detailed in the Truman Capote book "In Cold Blood.")
On this date:
In 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.
In 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintop now known as "Pikes Peak" in present-day Colorado.
In 1864, Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman began his Civil War march from Atlanta to the sea.
In 1889, Brazil was proclaimed a republic as its emperor, Dom Pedro II, was overthrown.
In 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations was called to order in Geneva, Switzerland.
Seventy years ago, in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.
In 1940, the first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription.
In 1943, Heinrich Himmler ordered Gypsies be placed in Nazi concentration camps.
In 1948, William Lyon Mackenzie King retired as prime minister of Canada after 21 years; he was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent. [What the hell kind of "democracy" do you hosers have going up there? 21 yrs.? — Ed.]
In 1966, the flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic.
Forty years ago, in 1969, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington against the Vietnam War.

Thirty years ago, in 1979, the British government publicly identified Sir Anthony Blunt as the "fourth man" of a Soviet spy ring.
In 1982, funeral services were held in Moscow for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.
In 1984, Stephanie Fae Beauclair, the infant publicly known as "Baby Fae" who had received a baboon's heart to replace her own congenitally deformed one, died at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California three weeks after the transplant.
In 1985, Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.
In 1986, a government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of delivering arms to Contra rebels and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. He was pardoned a month later.
In 1987, 27 people were killed when a Continental Airlines DC-9 jet crashed in a snowstorm during takeoff from Denver.
In 1988, the Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. The Soviet Union launched its first space shuttle, Buran, on its only flight, which carried no crew.
In 1989, tornadoes struck six Southern states, killing 17 people and injuring 463, causing at least $100 million in damage in Huntsville, Ala.
In 1990, members of the so-called Keating Five -- Sens. Alan Cranston, D-Calif.; Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz.; John Glenn, D-Ohio; John McCain, R-Ariz.; and Donald Riegle, D-Mich. -- were accused of influence peddling on behalf of savings and loan kingpin Charles Keating. [Why is slimy shit McCain still a senator &, at age 72 or whatever, running for yet another term? — Ed.]
In 1993, a judge in Mineola, N.Y., sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher, who shot and wounded Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.
In 1999, the Clinton administration claimed victory in a seven-year struggle to persuade Congress to pay nearly $1 billion in back dues to the United Nations. Chinese and U.S. negotiators agreed to remove trade barriers, clearing the biggest hurdle to China's entry into the World Trade Organization.
In 2001, U.S. commandos were on the ground in southern Afghanistan in the search for al-Qaida leaders and more than 250 U.S. and British special forces troops landed north of Kabul. [And eight yrs. later we are ...? — Ed.]
In 2002, the White House and the FBI backed off from a warning that al-Qaida was plotting "spectacular" attacks against the United States after critics latched onto it to show progress in the war on terror was faltering. Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China's Communist Party leader.
In 2004, the White House announced that Secretary of State Colin Powell was leaving President George W. Bush's Cabinet, along with Education Secretary Rod Paige, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. The U.N. Security Council imposed an arms embargo on Ivory Coast's hard-line government after its violent confrontation with France. Also in 2004, facing the possibility of U.N. sanctions, Iran announced it would suspend its uranium enrichment program.
In 2005, the official death toll from Hurricane Katrina stood at 972 with more bodies found as Louisiana residents returned home more than a month after the search for victims officially ended.
In 2006, a minor tsunami created by an 8.1 earthquake off northern Japan struck Crescent City on the northern California coast, damaging docks and boats. No injuries were reported. A small tsunami also hit Japan's northern and eastern coasts.
In 2007, Cyclone Sidr, with winds of more than 150 miles an hour, slammed into the southwestern Bangladesh coast, killing a reported more than 3,400 people. Authorities said tens of thousands were injured and 1 million people were homeless.
In 2005, baseball players and owners agreed on a tougher steroids-testing policy.
In 2006, One of four U.S. soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her and her family pleaded guilty at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Spec. James P. Barker, who agreed to testify against the others, was later sentenced to 90 years in prison.)
In 2007, baseball home run king Barry Bonds was indicted on charges related to grand jury testimony during which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs. (Bonds has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.)
In 2008, world leaders battling an economic crisis agreed in Washington to flag risky investing and regulatory weak spots in hopes of avoiding future financial meltdowns. A wildfire destroyed nearly 500 mobile homes in Los Angeles. Gay rights supporters marched in cities coast to coast to protest the vote that banned gay marriage in California. Somali pirates hijacked the Sirius Star, a Saudi-owned oil supertanker, in the Indian Ocean. (The ship was released eight weeks later after the pirates were reportedly paid a ransom.)
Today's Birthdays: Judge Joseph Wapner is 90. Statesman Howard H. Baker Jr. is 84. Actor Ed Asner is 80. Actor John Kerr is 78. Singer Petula Clark is 77. Comedian Jack Burns is 76. Actress Joanna Barnes is 75. Actor Yaphet Kotto is 70. Actor Sam Waterston is 69. Classical conductor Daniel Barenboim is 67. Pop singer Frida (ABBA) is 64. Actor Bob Gunton is 64. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is 62. Director-actor James Widdoes is 56. Rock singer-producer Mitch Easter is 55. CNN anchor-reporter John Roberts is 53. "Jay Leno Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks is 52. Comedian Judy Gold is 47. Actress Rachel True is 43. Rapper E-40 is 42. Country singer Jack Ingram is 39. Actor Jay Harrington is 38. Actor Jonny Lee Miller is 37. Actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier is 36. Christian rock musician David Carr (Third Day) is 35. Rock singer-musician Chad Kroeger is 35. Rock musician Jesse Sandoval is 35. Actress Virginie Ledoyen is 33. Actor Sean Murray (TV: "NCIS") is 32. Pop singer Ace Young (TV: "American Idol") is 29. Golfer Lorena Ochoa is 28.
Today In Entertainment History November 15
In 1926, the National Broadcasting Co. debuted with a radio network of 24 stations.
In 1960, Hollywood king Clark Gable, best remembered as Rhett Butler in "Gone With The Wind," died of a heart attack at the age of 59.
Forty years ago, in 1969, singer Janis Joplin was arrested in Tampa, Fla., for using vulgar and indecent language at her concert. Joplin was released on bond, and the charges eventually were dropped. Also in 1969, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, where The Beatles performed in their early days, closed its doors for good.
In 1980, David Bowie opened on Broadway in the title role of "The Elephant Man."
In 1990, Milli Vanilli producer Frank Farian admitted that Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan didn't sing a note on their "Girl You Know It's True" album.
In 1996, Michael Jackson married dermatologist aide Debbie Rowe in Sydney, Australia. She was six months pregnant with his child. They later divorced.
In 2000, Michael Abram was acquitted of stabbing George Harrison in his home. Abram was found innocent by reason of insanity.
In 2004, rapper Dr. Dre was punched at the Vibe Awards by Jimmy "James" Johnson, who was then stabbed by rapper Young Buck. Also in 2004, ABC ran a sketch during "Monday Night Football" showing Nicolette Sheridan in a towel trying to persuade Terrell Owens of the Philadelphia Eagles to spend the night with her. The sketch prompted an uproar that resulted in an apology from ABC.
Thought for Today: "In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou has attained it thou art a fool." — Simon Ben Azzai, 2nd century (C. E.) Jewish scholar.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lest We Forget

Leland Stanford, Junior University 55, University of Spoiled Children 21.

If they were the "Harvard of The West," they wouldn't be able to play footsball that well.

This Wk.'s Sad Sack

Tampa Man Calls 911 For Phone Sex

Tampa, FL - In emergencies, 911 dispatchers will go to great lengths to help out callers. Unfortunately for 29-year-old Joshua Basso, needing sex is not one of those emergencies.

Tampa Police arrested Basso at his Nebraska Ave. home Wednesday for making false 911 calls after he dialed the number looking for sex.  He said he made the calls because his cell phone was out of minutes and 911 was the only number he could call for free.

"Basso admitted he has made obcene calls to 911 in the past," wrote Tampa police officer Vivian Frauenfeld in her incident report.  "But he has never been caught because he uses a false name and address when calling."

Listen to the first phone sex call  or second phone sex call for (very graphic) portions of the 911 call on the City of Tampa's website.

According to the police report, Basso called 911 four times Wednesday before officers went to his home to arrest him. When officers asked him where his cell phone was, he appeared to be shocked, responding, "How did you know I had a cell phone?"

Frauenfeld states that Basso then pulled his phone out of his pocket to show her.  When she called the number recorded by 911 operators, his phone began to ring.  She says he then hit "END" to send the call to voicemail.  He quickly powered his phone down, and when she redialed the number, it went to voicemail.

The officer then took the phone, powered it on, called again, and when it rang, Basso confessed, "I did it, I did it!"

He then admitted to "trying to have sex with someone" and only calling 911 because it was a free call.  He had asked the operator about her clothing, her breasts, and her "butt" and gave her his address when she said she could come over.

Basso faces a misdemeanor charge of "misuse of wireless 911 system."

Read Joshua Basso's Charge Report

Original story about 911 phone sex posted on 10Connects.com

14 November: First Canine Blood Transfusion; Streetcar Service Starts In Apple; "Moby Dick" Drops; Nellie Bly Hits Road; Beeb, NBC Begin Broadcasts; Philippine Islands "Freed;" Coventry Trashed; Bernstein Takes Baton; Apollo XII Is Go; Marshall Team Plane Goes Down; Dow Jones Closes Over 1,000

Today is Saturday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2009. There are 47 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale" was first published in the United States.
On this date:
In 1666, the first blood transfusion took place in London. Blood from one dog was transfused into another.
In 1832, The first streetcar - a horse-drawn vehicle called the John Mason - went into operation in New York City.
In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President James A. Garfield. (Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.)
[We've no damn idea why The AP printed this instead of a photo of Guiteau. — Ed.]
In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. (She made the trip in 72 days.) Jawarharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India, was born.
In 1900, composer Aaron Copland was born in New York City.
In 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service.
In 1926, the NBC radio network made its debut.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth.
In 1940, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.

In 1943, Leonard Bernstein, the 25-year-old assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, made his debut with the orchestra as he filled in for the ailing Bruno Walter during a nationally broadcast concert.
Forty years ago, in 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.
In 1970, a chartered Southern Airways DC9 crashed while trying to land in Huntington, W.V., killing all 75 on board, including the Marshall University football team and its coaching staff.
In 1972, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.
In 1973, Britain's Princess Anne married Capt. Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1992; Anne has remarried.)
In 1984, former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon went to court in New York with a $50 million libel suit against Time magazine. He lost after a two-month trial.
In 1986, the White House acknowledged the CIA role in secretly shipping weapons to Iran. The SEC fined Ivan F. Boesky $100 million for insider stock trading. Read the original AP story.
In 1988, the PLO proclaimed an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, endorsing a renunciation of terrorism and an implicit recognition of Israel.
In 1990, a gunman in Dunedin, New Zealand, killed 12 neighbors and was killed by police in the nation's worst mass slaying.
In 1993, in a referendum, residents of Puerto Rico voted in favor of continuing their U.S. commonwealth status.
In 1994, the 31-mile Chunnel Tunnel under the English Channel opened to passenger traffic between England and France.
In 1995, the U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews.
In 1997, a jury in Fairfax, Va., decided that Pakistani national Aimal Khan Kasi should get the death penalty for gunning down two CIA employees outside agency headquarters. (Kasi was executed on this date in 2002.)
In 1999, Democrat Bill Bradley took center court at New York's Madison Square Garden for a $1.5 million presidential campaign fundraiser that featured his old Knicks teammates and former basketball rivals. The United Nations imposed sanctions on Afghanistan for refusing to hand over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden.
In 2001, eight foreign aid workers - including two Americans - who had been accused of preaching Christianity in Afghanistan were freed by the Taliban.
In 2004, Mahmoud Abbas, the temporary successor to Yasser Arafat, escaped unharmed when militants firing assault rifles burst into a mourning tent for the deceased Palestinian leader in Gaza, killing two security guards.
In 2008, a lunar probe from India made a planned crash-landing onto the surface of the moon. Space shuttle Endeavour and a crew of seven blasted into the night sky, bound for the international space station. Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz, the cardiac surgeon who performed the first U. S. heart transplant, in 1967, died in Ann Arbor, Mich. at age 90.
Today's Birthdays: Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 87. Actress Kathleen Hughes is 81. Former NASA astronaut Fred Haise is 76. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 75. Composer Wendy Carlos is 70. Writer P.J. O'Rourke is 62. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco is 62. Britain's Prince Charles is 61. Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 60. Singer Stephen Bishop is 58. Blues musician Anson Funderburgh is 55. Pianist Yanni is 55. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 55. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett is 53. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 48. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 48. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 45. Actor Patrick Warburton is 45. Rock musician Nic Dalton is 45. Country singer Rockie Lynne is 45. Pop singer Jeanette Jurado (Expose) is 44. Retired All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is 43. Rock musician Brian Yale is 41. Rock singer Butch Walker is 40. Actor Josh Duhamel is 37. Rock musician Travis Barker is 34. Contemporary Christian musician Robby Shaffer is 34. Rapper Shyheim is 32. Rock musician Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) is 30. Actress Olga Kurylenko is 30.
Today In Entertainment History November 14
In 1943, 25-year-old Leonard Bernstein made his public debut as conductor of the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. Bernstein filled in at the last minute for Bruno Walter, who became sick prior to a nationally broadcast concert.
In 1960, Elvis Presley's "It's Now Or Never" became the fastest-selling single in British history, selling 780,000 copies in its first week.
In 1988, the TV comedy "Murphy Brown," starring Candice Bergen, made its debut on CBS.
In 1991, the Fox network debuted Michael Jackson's "Black Or White" video. Callers to network affiliates complained about the video's sexual nature and violent content. Jackson later said he didn't mean to offend anyone.
In 1998, Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman were married at a chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced after less than five months of marriage.
In 1999, Gary Glitter was acquitted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old fan. Just hours later, he was ordered jailed for downloading thousands of pornographic pictures of children.
In 2004, Usher was honored with four trophies at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, including favorite male soul R&B artist, best pop-rock album, best pop-rock artist and best soul R&B album.
Thought for Today: "Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education." — Chuang-tzu, Chinese writer (c. 369 B.C.E. - c. 286 B.C.E.)

Friday, November 13, 2009

In Which A Nut Is Picked

Went to the House of Althouse, as more than one source had indicated there was a big ol' fight going on because the peroxided platinum Prof. had suggested that ex-Alaska Gov. Palin might have bitten off more than she could chew in taking John Sidney McCain III's kind offer to wait for him to die so she could be President. We'd barely dipped our toe in when we found a summation of the tea partier mind-set, victimized by "today's victim society." We don't mean a semi-literate ranter, on about vast conspiracies to turn America into a fascist wasteland where people can obtain health-care. No, "shoutingthomas" can spell, punctuate, even compose entire sentences, but seems unable to obtain actual information anywhere, & winds up a textbook example of the bitter clinger, as he berates Prof. Althouse for thinking, or something equally evil. (We provided the bold.)

OpenID shoutingthomas said...
Intellectualism appeals to you.

Intellectualism has just about nothing to do with being President. I know that you would like this to be the criteria voters focus on, but it isn't.

Intellectualism is your vanity.

Palin has some things to learn. She's busy learning them.

Politics is about self-interest. In today's victim society, politics is all about who's self-interest gets served. Palin represents the self-interest of a group of people nobody else wants to represent... white, hetero, family, religious, etc.

She will learn how to represent the self-interest of this group.

Intellectuals are dopes. In a high tech society, intellectuals are in demand for high ranking jobs. That's great, but this is not the province of politics.

Jessee Jackson and Al Sharpton are both succeeding as political shakedown artists for blacks. Intellectualism has nothing to do with these clowns.

Ronald Reagan was also constantly ridiculed for being stupid. He knew who he represented and who he wanted to defeat.

Nobody wants to represent my self interest. I'm a white, hetero, Christian man. Palin wants the job of representing my self-interest. McCain refused to represent me, instead cowering before Obama lest he be accused of being racist.

The dumb intellectuals who frequent this blow will now commence to debate their favorite vanity subject: their incredible intellectualism.

This is the problem.

Ann, intellectualism is the foundation of your trade. It is not the foundation of politics. Unconfuse yourself.
11/13/09 10:33 AM
Where to start? Do we question shouting's assumption that no one represents his "self interest?" Last we checked, there was one admitted atheist, a Muslim, one or two Bhuddists & perhaps a score (Maybe two score?) of Jewish people in the House of Reps. (Senate, we dunno, but they're all honkies now, w/ the exception of Sen. Burris of Ill., who's only there to fill out President Obama's term, & won't be there forever.) That leaves some 400 at least nominal Xians not to represent him in the House. Some of them are, we believe, women, who may not be able to represent that special "manliness" he no doubt has. Although he seems to have no problem w/ Palin representing his "self-interest." And of course some of the remaining Bible-thumpers are Negroes, so they don't really count, the interests of white people & black people being diametrically opposed: For example, only white hetero Xians even have "families."

The next bold is beyond comprehension. We'll assume it's racist, though what it really means is beyond our rational mind.

We were probably a bit generous in describing Shouty as literate. He doesn't seem to get that his "self interest" (Or, in the same paragraph & one sentence later, "self-interest.") is his, & his alone. And since he is not the only person in the country, his "self(?)interest" is not necessarily the interest of the rest of those who vote, or receive that vote. A rude surprise for him, if he ever learns it. Though considering  the anti-intellectualism ("Intellectuals are dopes.") that runs through his rant like E. coli through a meat-packing plant, we're pretty damn sure his capacity for learning is not the most striking thing on his resume.

"Nobody loves me" seems to be his point in the last part we bolded. One must admire his forward-thinking, as he seems to have transported himself far to the future, where the non-stop breeding of the non-white non-Xians homos has reduced white Xian hetero families & men to a tiny group w/o votes or influence. We imagine it would be of little use to point out to him that even when honkies stop being the majority group in these United Snakes they will still form a plurality for many yrs. to come. (We'd probably have to explain "plurality" to him as well. And we might have to point out that the President of the United States is not there to serve the "self(?)interest" of one American, on even one group of Americans, but all of us. )

There you have America's new dispossessed, cast adrift in a world where no one will speak for him & his kind. It reminds us of the days long ago, when we didn't live in a one-room brick bunker, but shared a servants quarters (Three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, dining & living rooms. Not bad.) & could tolerate the presence of people other than  those w/ whom we were about to have sex, or w/ whom we had just had sex.

In said days our pal "Nick Danger" would occasionally come by, drink all the liquor he'd brought w/, start on our liquor, & sometimes go into what would now be considered parody troll schtick (except live & in person, in the living room) usually set off by the sighting of a person of color on the telebision ("There's nothing but Negroes on tee vee!") followed by the ever-popular "NAACP? What organization stands up for white people?" & going to something along the lines of  "Go ahead, marry a rhino! Have children w/ horns!" Except Nick was kidding, even though he'd go on like that for an hour or two.

About the only thing we can say for shoutingthomas is that he didn't bring guns up. Maybe he has no "self(?)interest" in guns. Wait'll he needs Viagra. His interest in guns will be piqued.

In Which The Hammer Of The Krauts Is Mocked

Those ‘prone to violence’

Isometimes wonder: was Charles Krauthammer always such an unhappy man? So often the sourness imprinted upon his face makes it difficult to know whether any distinction can be made between what he thinks and what he apparently to feels.
Today he ever-so-predictably joins the ranks of those who declare that the media’s coverage of the Fort Hood massacre has been hamstrung by political correctness. No one in the liberal mainstream dare tell the real story and this vexes Krauthammer almost to the point of rage:
Have we totally lost our moral bearings? Nidal Hasan (allegedly) cold-bloodedly killed 13 innocent people. His business card had his name, his profession, his medical degrees and his occupational identity. U.S. Army? No. “SoA” — Soldier of Allah. In such cases, political correctness is not just an abomination. It’s a danger, clear and present.
Hmmm… So the United States faces a double and dire threat — from Islamic violent extremism and political correctness.
Perhaps political correctness reveals a suicidal tendency within our own culture?
OK, Krauthammer didn’t go quite that far, but I would hardly be surprised if he secretly thinks as much.
But wait a minute, Mr Former Psychiatrist. Aren’t you overlooking an important piece of evidence here?
The latest “proof” that Hasan was a terrorist — as Krauthammer underlines — is that he essentially identified himself as such on his business cards. This is reminiscent of the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed when CIA agents found in his wallet, similar business cards bearing his job title: Head of Strategic Planning, Al Qaeda.
Well, maybe not. Whatever evidence gets presented in Mohammed’s upcoming trial in New York, I’m pretty sure will not include self-incriminating business cards. Indeed, when a “terrorist” prints a business card declaring that he is a Soldier of Allah, this may well suggest — as no doubt Hasan’s defense attorneys will be arguing, if he survives to face trial — that the person bearing such a card was deranged, however diabolical his intentions or actions might have been.
At this point, enough studies have been conducted to determine that mental illness is not a significant driving force behind terrorism. That is not to say that the ranks of al Qaeda are free of the deranged. Abu Zubaydah would be the most well-known case in point. As the FBI’s leading al Qaeda expert said, “This guy is insane, certifiable, split personality.” Zubaydah’s mental health was regarded, however, as evidence that the organization would not have trusted him with any significant responsibility. From al Qaeda’s perspective, an operative’s susceptibility to becoming unhinged is a liability not an asset.
Krauthammer on the other hand — a trained expert in the workings of the human mind — displays little interest in whether Hasan might have been delusional. Why? His concern is with a much larger issue, that being: the threat posed to America by those who are “prone to violence.”
In his own nod to political correctness, the Washington Postcolumnist avoids spelling it out in black and white who he is referring to, yet his allusion is all too transparent: those who are prone to violence are Muslims.
Why have any interest in the possibly twisted mind of a US Army major if you believe that the well from which his violent thoughts were drawn was fed by a poisoned stream: the faith to which he subscribed?
Dr Krauthammer is astute enough to know that he would jeopardize his mainstream status if his warnings were peppered with phrases like “the threat from Islam” or “the Muslim problem”, yet it’s hard not wonder what his prescription might be for dealing with the problem he carefully avoids naming.
To bar Muslims from military service? To institute a military vetting program whose purpose is to root out suspicious Muslims?
Maybe he wants to cast the net much wider.
Maybe it’s time to translate the neo-McCarthyist spirit that Krauthammer represents into a formal process through which the American government can fearlessly challenge its greatest enemy.
“Are you or have you ever been a member of the Islamic faith, had friendships or relationships with Muslims or in any way expressed sympathy or offered support for Muslim activities?” a helpful senator — Joe Lieberman perhaps — might soon be asking.
From War in Context.

Dissension In The Ranks

Horrors Of History

The AP, not trustworthy in links or reportage, forces us to present what they've made available in its entirety here (What the ellipses mean is anybody's guess. Before Reagan the Demented there was a longer national attention span in these United Snakes; perhaps The AP doesn't believe today's reader can handle the whole truth.) wasting our precious space w/ what we could have kept to a link.

FRIDAY 13 November: FRIDAY!! FRIDAY THE 13TH!!! Mining Disaster; Sit-Down Strike At Spam; O. D. B. = Old Dead Bastard; Agnew Again; Silkwood Dies Suspiciously; Last "Li'l Abner" Strip; Junior Samples, Donald Mills (Last Mills Brother) Die; The Clenis Settles W/ P. J.

Today is Friday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2009. There are 48 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac. Today's Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on Nov. 13, 1909, 259 men and boys were killed when fire erupted inside a coal mine in Cherry, Ill. (Nearly as many miners survived the disaster).
On this date:
In 1775, U.S. forces captured Montreal. [Just a reminder to some people. — Belligerence Editor]
In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
In 1856, Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis was born in Louisville, Ky.
In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between lower Manhattan and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
In 1933, the first recorded "sit-down" strike in the United States was staged by workers at the Hormel Packing Company in Austin, Minn.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
In 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public city and state buses.
In 1967, Carl Stokes became the first black U.S. mayor when he was elected in Cleveland.
Forty years ago, in 1969, speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew accused network TV news departments of bias and distortion, and urged viewers to lodge complaints.
In 1971, the U. S. space probe Mariner 9 went into orbit around Mars.
Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Okla., died in a car crash while on her way to meet a reporter.
In 1977, the comic strip "Li'l Abner" by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan announced in New York his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. [See above for the full horror of the AP story. — Ed.]
In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington.

In 1985, some 23,000 residents of Armero, Colombia, died when a volcanic mudslide buried the city.
In 1992, a group of Peruvian military officers tried unsuccessfully to assassinate President Alberto Fujimori and overthrow the government.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000, ending the four-year legal battle over her sexual harassment lawsuit that spurred impeachment proceedings against him. Clinton did not admit guilt.
In 1999, the Navy recovered the cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on Oct. 31 with the loss of all 217 people aboard. Lennox Lewis became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, winning a unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas.
AP Highlight in [Alternate] History:
On Nov. 13, 2001, Afghanistan's ruling Taliban abandoned the capital Kabul without a fight, allowing U.S.-backed northern alliance fighters to take over the city.

In 2002, Saddam Hussein's government agreed to the return of international weapons inspectors to Iraq.
In 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who had refused to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel for having "placed himself above the law."
In 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney went to a hospital after experiencing shortness of breath; tests found nothing wrong. Harry Lampert, the illustrator who helped create the DC Comics superhero The Flash, died in Boca Raton, Fla., at age 88. Also in 2004, an Iraqi national security adviser said up to 1,000 insurgents were killed in the six-day battle for Fallujah.
In 2006, as many as 150 people were kidnapped from Iraq's Ministry of Higher Education in Baghdad by about 80 gunmen in security services uniforms.
In 2008, A wind-driven fire erupted in Southern California; the blaze destroyed more than 200 homes in Santa Barbara and neighboring Montecito. Investors did an abrupt turnaround on Wall Street, muscling the Dow Jones industrial average up more than 550 points after three straight days of selling. Cleveland's Cliff Lee won the American League Cy Young Award.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Madeleine Sherwood is 87. Journalist-author Peter Arnett is 75. Producer-director Garry Marshall is 75. Actor Jimmy Hawkins is 68. Country singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is 63. Actor Joe Mantegna is 62. Actress Sheila Frazier is 61. Actress Frances Conroy is 56. Musician Andrew Ranken (The Pogues) is 56. Actress Tracy Scoggins is 56. Actor Chris Noth is 55. Actress-comedian Whoopi Goldberg is 54. Actor Rex Linn ("CSI: Miami") is 53. Actress Caroline Goodall is 50. Actor Neil Flynn ("Scrubs") is 49. Former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde is 46. Rock musician Walter Kibby (Fishbone) is 45. Comedian/talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel is 42. Actor Steve Zahn is 42. Writer-activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is 40. Actress Aisha Hinds is 34. Rock musician Nikolai Fraiture is 31. Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest is 30.
Today In Entertainment History November 13
In 1940, the Walt Disney movie "Fantasia" had its world premiere in New York.

In 1974, an imposter posing as Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore borrowed a Porsche and crashed it in Iowa City. He eventually was charged with misrepresentation.
In 1983, country comedian Junior Samples died. He was 57.
In 1992, drummer Ronnie Bond of The Troggs died. He was 49. Elton John performed in Mexico for the first time. An estimated 90,000 people attended the concert at a stadium in Mexico City.
In 1993, actress Michelle Pfeiffer married TV writer-producer David E. Kelley.
In 1997, two players with the New England Patriots took a stage dive during an Everclear concert in Boston. A woman in the crowd later sued, claiming she suffered neck injuries when the players landed on her. The Disney musical "The Lion King" opened on Broadway.
In 1999, Donald Mills, last surviving member of the singing Mills Brothers, died in Los Angeles at age 84.
In 2004, Rapper O.D.B. (real name: Russell Jones), a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, collapsed and died inside a recording studio in New York City two days before his 36th birthday.
In 2008, Colombian rocker Juanes won five awards, including record of the year and album of the year, at the Latin Grammys in Houston.
Thought for Today: "What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those?" — Gilbert Highet, Scottish-born American author and educator (1906-1978).