Saturday, November 7, 2009

Today's Tea Bag Update

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

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

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

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

Further Fetishism

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

Smashing Sexism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annals Of Right Wing Lunacy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 6, 2009

Open Source Is Tyranny!

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

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

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

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

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

"Burn the witch" is fun to scream also.

Courtesy: NotionsCapital.

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

Self-Defense Must-Have

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

Future Continues Attack On Present

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

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

Fatherless, Malnourished White Kids In Baggy Dungarees!

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

Infrequently Heard-From Typist Report

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

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

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

Thursday, November 5, 2009

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Takes Subway To Concert

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

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

— Associated Press

Dueling Email

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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


Sorry, we didn't mean to do it.

How Much Longer Until Spring Training?

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

Liberal Fascism: See? NazisGermans Are Too Hippies

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

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

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

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

Free Markets & Economic Opportunity Lead To Democratic Reform


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

Added amusement from People's Daily Online.

Down At The Laundomat, Also

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Virginians Vote To Keep Women Pregnant, Chained To Stoves

Republican Wins Race for Virginia Governor

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

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November 3: One Of 365

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

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

Monday, November 2, 2009

WWJP?*

Christian Bookstore Employee Arrested For Peeping

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

SIMI VALLEY (CBS) ― 

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

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

The store is located at 2986 Cochran Street.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Frightening Hallowe'en Tale: California Über Alles

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hey, Suess!

From Red Tory.

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

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

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

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

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