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).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Greatest Hits

Crunchy Con Rod Dreher invokes Pat Buchanan on walking the American tightrope, then proceeds to this:
I was thinking the other day when I read that Nidal Hasan had told colleagues that he was "Muslim first, American second," that Hasan had that exactly right. If any Jew or Christian would put his national identity over his religious identity, he is an idolater and should repent. I pray that I will in all times and at every opportunity choose fidelity to God over fidelity to nation. The thing is, as a Christian, one has pretty much never had to make that choice. I do not worry, and indeed honor, the Muslim soldier who places God above country -- but only as long as there is no serious conflict between serving both. If he believes that serving God precludes him from serving his country in the military, that is a very, very big problem.

If we ever get to the place where serious Christians have to choose between serving God and serving the nation -- as German Christians had to choose in the Nazi years -- America is over ... unless, of course, the church becomes co-opted by nationalism, as the Nazis managed to do in their day. I don't think it would be all that difficult to do today, I'm sorry to say. But give it time. The country may well be changing in ways that will make it harder and harder for even halfway serious Christians to identify with the regime. What then for Christians in America? And: is this "diversity is our strength" mantra really a tacit admission that diversity -- insofar as it implies that what divides us should be more important than what unites us -- is feared as our weakness?

I know, these are separate questions. Mostly.

Well then, we'll consider just one:

The Christian Embassy (that "quasi-federal entity") has removed the "improperly taped" video from their website, but it is available at the MRFF site (TRT: 11:54). Note especially one Jack Catton, Major General, USAF, & "director on the joint staff," who states (@ 4:16 in): "I'm an old-fashioned American, and my first priority is my faith in God, then my family, then my country." Excuse me, General, did you not you swear some sort of oath to protect & preserve the Constitution? Do we want a guy w/ these priorities anywhere near a nuclear warhead? If he thinks his "god" has told him to nuke Mecca, is he going to do that, hide his family somewhere in Idaho, & then worry about what may happen to the U. S.? Or is it just nuke 'em all & let "god" sort 'em out after the rapture?
Weinstein – an intense, voluble attorney who prizes blunt, no-holds-barred language – has struck more than one nerve with his bird-dogging. He says numerous threats have been made on his life. Last week, the front window of his house was shot out for the second time. After the lawsuit was filed, talk of "fragging" (killing) Specialist Hall surfaced on some military blogs. The Army is investigating.

[...]

Several conservative Christian ministries publicly proclaim an evangelistic aim "to transform the nations of the world through the militaries of the world," and they are active at US military installations in many countries. (See: www.militaryministry.org or militarymissionsnetwork.org.) 
Again we must ask, which is more dangerous to the American Way of Life™? Bearded, turbaned fundamentalist Islamic psychopaths hiding in a cave on the other side of the world, who think they can establish a caliphate by random acts of violence & destruction that are as likely as a bolt of lightning to hurt American citizens? Or slick-ass, media-savvy Christian fundamentalist psychopaths in suits & ties who are already too influential in our society, & hope to gain control of the world by controlling its militaries, w/ the eventual intention of destroying said world so their magical sky-fairy god can lead all of the "good" people to heaven? Which of these two groups are truly dangerous to us?

The above from a somewhat longer rant we typed a bit over two years ago. We didn't feel it necessary at the time to add that crazy people (whatever their delusions, religious or political) are dangerous, especially if they can get their idle hands on weapons, but hardly a danger to the continued existence of the nation. Now we'll add it.

Enemies Of The State

Click it & take a good look at the faces. They are the future. We're especially encouraged that so many of them brought their own seating. Decades of tail-gating experience have built the long term endurance necessary for the triumphal re-taking of America.
Photo: Pat Noll waves an American flag at the start of a rally sponsored by the Tea Party Express Nationwide Tour at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort on Tuesday afternoon. It was the the 35th stop on the Tea Party tour that started Oct. 25 in San Diego. The next stop is Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose of the Tea Party Express is to express opposition to out-of-control government spending and high taxes, according to a news release from the organization.
JONATHAN DYER | The Beaufort Gazette

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In Which We Distill a Distillation

From The NYT, The Opinionator presents the opinion of one Robert D. Kaplan, whose love song to war in The Atlantic reveals him to be a blood-thirsty, murdering chicken-hawk.

Reductionism:
At Think Progress, Matt Yglesias writes that "Kaplan is merely highlighting the fundamental difference between neoconservative thinking and thinking undertaken by people with a moral compass."
Filthy pacifists. They disgust us. War is the ONLY morality!!

"Paging Dr. Freud, Dr. Freud to the Ten-Cent Psychology Dept't":
Truly telling, also from The Yg:
Neoconservatives, however, see war and death as good things. Irving Kristol told Corey Robin that market-oriented conservatism is too “boring” (”The notion of devoting your life to it is horrifying if only because it’s so repetitious. It’s like sex.”) so you need to inject some death and destruction into the mix to keep things interesting.
Elements of Style©:
From Kaplan's crap:
Europe, having been liberated from nuclear terror at the conclusion of the Cold War, proved unable to muster the gumption ...
"Gumption?" Talk about your Nineteenth Century Mind!

Failed Presidential Candidate To Become Failed Gubernatorial Candidate

Tancredo Mulls Run for Governor

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) said he "was hit with an avalanche of interest" in his possible run for governor in Colorado, the Denver Post reports.

Tancredo had been a strong supporter of Josh Penry (R), who recently dropped out of the race.

Said Tancredo: "I had said that if Josh Penry wasn't in the race, I would be. I know if I got into this thing, most of the party elite would not be happy."
Why not? Possibly not for the reasons the old teabagger thinks.And the pile-on:

East Coast Bias

The New York Times front page for this date in 1942. War in the Pacific? Not completely below the fold. What Petain had to say? Headline. We rest our case.

Crummy News Network

We've heard mumbling about Lou Dobbs buggering off on air yesterday, but haven't looked into it. Salon has a mess of crap about CNN, which relates directly to our comment here.
Prime-time success isn't a new problem in a place that has long lived and died by the news cycle, to which former hosts such as Aaron Brown, Connie Chung and Paula Zahn can attest. It seems more acute because CNN's younger rivals were faster in figuring out a way to make appointment viewing at night.
Now there's no one w/ whom to make an appointment for constant anti-immigrant rhetoric at 1900 ET, 1600 PT. Plot or conspiracy?

And now, having just read what Dobbs said, we see the old bastard really does want to take a shot at the presidency. Good luck w/ that, fatso. Gaaggh.
“Some leaders in the media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN and engage in constructive problem-solving,” Dobbs said. “I’m considering a number of options and directions.”
Maybe he & ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can go on the lecture circuit together.

12 November: Stalin Seizes All Power; First Pro Football Game Played; Planes Crash Like There's No Tomorrow; Clinton Starts World Recession; Ford Outlives Reagan, Then Dies Next Month; Bad Day For Sly Stone, Ron Wood, Worse Day For Eve Arden, Art Carney; Buck Dharma 62!

Today is Thursday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2009. There are 49 days left in the year.The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 12, 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over the Japanese.)
On this date:
In 1799, the first North American meteor shower on record took place. Early American astronomer Andrew Ellicott Douglass said, "The whole heaven appeared as if illuminated with sky rockets."
In 1815, American suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, N.Y.
In 1892, the first professional football game was played in Pittsburgh. The Allegheny Athletic Association defeated the Pittsburgh Athletic Club, 4-0. (Touchdowns at the time were worth 4 points.)
In 1908, Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun was born in Nashville, Ill.
In 1920, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected baseball's first commissioner.
In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
In 1941, the German army's drive to take Moscow was halted on the city's outskirts.
In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.
In 1954, Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
In 1977, the city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, the winner of a runoff.
In 1980, the Voyager 1 spacecraft passed Saturn and sent back stunning pictures.
In 1981, the shuttle Columbia became the first spacecraft launched twice from Earth.
In 1982, Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
In 1984, space shuttle astronauts Dale Gardner and Joe Allen snared a wandering satellite in history's first space salvage; the Palapa B2 satellite was secured in Discovery's cargo bay for return to Earth.
In 1985, Xavier Suarez was elected Miami's first Cuban-American mayor.
In 1987, The American Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person has AIDS or is HIV-positive.
In 1990, Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.
In 1992, Volker Keith Meinhold became the first openly gay person on active duty in the U.S. military when, armed with a court order, he reported to work at Moffett Naval Air Station in Mountain View, Calif., for reinstatement as a chief petty officer.
In 1996, a Saudi Boeing 747 jetliner collided shortly after takeoff from New Delhi, India, with a Kazak Ilyushin-76 cargo plane, killing 349 people.
In 1996, Jonathan Schmitz was convicted of second-degree murder for shooting Scott Amedure, a gay man who'd revealed a crush on Schmitz during a taping of "The Jenny Jones Show."
In 1997, Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products. An earthquake struck western Turkey, killing some 800 people.
In 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, en route from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Dominican Republic, crashed after takeoff, killing 265 people.
In 2004, a jury in Redwood City, Calif., convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay. (Peterson, who maintains his innocence, was later sentenced to death.) Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was buried at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, a day after his death in a French military hospital.
In 2006, Gerald R. Ford surpassed Ronald Reagan as the longest-lived U.S. president at 93 years and 121 days. (Ford died the following month.)
One year ago: Same-sex marriages began in Connecticut, a month after the state Supreme Court ruled that gays had the right to wed.
Today's Birthdays: R&B singer Ruby Nash Curtis (Ruby and the Romantics) is 70. Actor-playwright Wallace Shawn is 66. Singer Brian Hyland is 66. R&B singer Jimmy Hayes (Persuasions) is 66. Rock musician Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) is 65. Sportscaster Al Michaels is 65. Singer-songwriter Neil Young is 64. Rock musician Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Blue Öyster Cult) is 62. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., is 60. Country/gospel singer Barbara Fairchild is 59. Actress Megan Mullally is 51. Actor Vincent Irizarry ("All My Children") is 50. Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 48. Actor Sam Lloyd is 46. Rock musician David Ellefson is 45. Former baseball player Sammy Sosa is 41. Figure skater Tonya Harding is 39. Actress Radha Mitchell is 36. Actress Lourdes Benedicto is 35. Actress Tamala Jones is 35. Actress Angela Watson is 35. Singer Tevin Campbell is 33. Actress Ashley Williams is 31. Actress Cote de Pablo ("NCIS") is 30. Actor Ryan Gosling is 29. Contemporary Christian musician Chris Huffman is 29. Actress Anne Hathaway is 27. Pop singer Omarion is 25.
Today In Entertainment History November 12
In 1970, singer Jim Morrison performed with The Doors for the last time during a concert in New Orleans. Morrison died in July 1971.
In 1980, Bruce Springsteen earned his first No. 1 album, with "The River."
In 1984, Madonna released her "Like A Virgin" album.
In 1987, Sly Stone showed up over an hour late to his comeback concert in Los Angeles. When he got there, he was arrested for nonpayment of child support.
In 1990, actress Eve Arden died of heart failure.
She had starred in the TV shows "Our Miss Brooks" and "The Mothers-In-Law." And, in non-fatal news, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was injured when he was struck by a car west of London.
In 1991, talk show host Oprah Winfrey testified on Capitol Hill in favor of a bill aimed at making sure convicted child abusers aren't hired to take care of children.
In 1993, pop star Michael Jackson, hounded by allegations that he had molested a teenage boy, canceled the rest of his worldwide "Dangerous" tour, citing an addiction to painkillers.
In 2003, actor Art Carney, who won fame and Emmy Awards as sewer worker Ed Norton on the "Honeymooners" TV show in the 1950s and an Oscar in 1974 for "Harry and Tonto," died at age 85.
In 2008, Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead in his hotel room in Portland, Ore.; he was 61. Kenny Chesney took home his fourth entertainer of the year trophy at the CMA Awards.
Thought for Today: "Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better." — Florence Nightingale, English nursing pioneer (1820-1910).

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

11 November: Nat Turner Executed: Let's Remember Slavery, Not Vets; Mayflower Imperialists Begin American Politics; VU Makes Debut; Berry Oakley Follows Duane Allman To Motorcycle Heaven; Mose Allison Hits 82; Kurt Vonnegut Born

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2009. There are 50 days left in the year.The UPI Almanac.
This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada. [Sorry, no graphic available for any of the other nations that may celebrate the end of "The War To End All Wars." — Ed.]Today's Highlight in History:On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
On this date:
In 1620, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
In 1831, former slave Nat Turner, who'd led a violent insurrection, was executed in Jerusalem, Va.
In 1889, Washington became the 42nd state.
One hundred years ago, in 1909, President William Howard Taft accepted the recommendation of a joint Army-Navy board that Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands be made the principal U.S. naval station in the Pacific.
In 1921, the remains of an unidentified American service member were interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony presided over by President Warren G. Harding.
Eighty years ago, in 1929, the Ambassador Bridge spanning the Detroit River between Michigan and Windsor, Ontario, was dedicated.
In 1966, Gemini 12 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. aboard.
In 1968, the Republic of Maldives was declared.
In 1982, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off on the first commercial space mission.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan became the first U.S. chief executive to address the Diet, Japan's national legislature.
In 1984, Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. — father of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. — died in Atlanta at age 84.
In 1987, U. S. President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Anthony Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court after Judge Douglas Ginsburg withdrew his nomination and Judge Robert Bork was rejected by the Senate.
In 1989, an estimated 1 million East Germans poured into reopened West Germany for a day of celebration, visiting and shopping. Most returned home. [Shopping wasn't that good. — Ed.]
In 1992, the Church of England broke the tradition of a male-only clergy when it voted to allow the ordination of women as priests.
In 1999, a car bomb ripped through a Bogota, Colombia, commercial district, killing eight people, but President Andres Pastrana defiantly signed extradition orders for three suspected drug traffickers. Sixty-seven people were killed when an apartment building collapsed in Foggia, Italy; an investigation blamed the collapse on cheap materials and slipshod construction. Argentine journalist Jacobo Timerman died in Buenos Aires at age 76.
In 2001, two months after the terrorist attacks, U.S. President George Bush and leaders from around the world stood in the shadow of the World Trade Center ruins and, in a colorful and solemn ceremony, honored the dead from more than 80 nations.
In 2004, Palestinians at home and abroad wept, waved flags and burned tires in an eruption of grief at news of the death of Yasser Arafat in Paris at age 75. President George W. Bush expressed hope that Arafat's passing would clear the way for successful Mideast peace negotiations with new Palestinian leaders.
In 2005, Harvard-educated Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, dubbed the "Iron Lady," claimed victory as the first woman president of Liberia.
In 2006, reports say medical care shortages may have led to the deaths of thousands of Iraqis despite the infusion of nearly $500,000. Sectarian violence, theft, corruption and mismanagement -- and the reported killings of hundreds of doctors -- were blamed. Also in 2006, the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israel's recent attacks in Gaza. And, an anonymous tip led investigators to a mass grave in Bosnia containing more than 100 victims of the infamous Srebrenica massacre.
In 2008, President George W. Bush marked his last Veterans Day as president at a New York pier, speaking to a crowd of thousands gathered for the rededication of the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Mohamed Nasheed was sworn in as the Maldives' first democratically elected president. Dignitaries from France and Britain laid wreaths at Verdun, France, to note the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. The ceremony, one of many held across the globe, was at the site of one of the war's bloodiest battles. San Francisco's Tim Lincecum won the National League Cy Young Award. [And just last wk. (or late last month, wouldn't want to be inaccurate) Mr. Lincecum was popped for possessing the reefer. — Ed.]
Today's Birthdays: Dancer-choreographer Nicholas Royce is 84. Comedian Jonathan Winters is 84. Jazz singer-musician Mose Allison is 82. Author Carlos Fuentes is 81. Actress Bibi Andersson is 74. Country singer Narvel Felts is 71. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is 69. Rock singer-musician Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge) is 64. The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is 64. Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is 58. Pop singer-musician Paul Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 57. Rock singer-musician Andy Partridge (XTC) is 56. Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 56. Rock singer Dave Alvin is 54. Rock musician Ian Craig Marsh (Human League; Heaven 17) is 53. Actor Stanley Tucci is 49. Actress Demi Moore is 47. Actress Calista Flockhart is 45. Actor Philip McKeon is 45. Rock musician Scott Mercado is 45. Actor Frank John Hughes is 42. TV personality Carson Kressley is 40. Actor David DeLuise is 38. Actor Adam Beach is 37. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 35. Rock musician Jonathan Pretus (Cowboy Mouth) is 28.
Today In Entertainment History November 11
In 1939, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on network radio.
In 1945, composer Jerome Kern, who wrote such memorable tunes as "Ol' Man River," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "The Last Time I Saw Paris," died at the age of 60.
In 1958, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters recorded the original version of "The Twist." It became a number-one hit in 1960 after Chubby Checker recorded it.
In 1965, The Velvet Underground made their concert debut at a high school dance in Summit, New Jersey.
Forty years ago, in 1969, Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was arrested for public drunkenness and for interfering with the flight of an aircraft. Morrison allegedly had annoyed a flight attendant on a trip from Los Angeles to Phoenix. The charges eventually were dropped.
In 1970, Bob Dylan's book "Tarantula," a collection of narratives and poems, was published.
In 1972, bassist Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia. The accident occurred three blocks from the site of a crash that took the life of Duane Allman a year earlier.
In 1997, Metallica played a free concert in the parking lot of the CoreStates complex in Philadelphia. The band had gone to court and won the right to do so after CoreStates officials bowed to pressure from city council members and neighbors who opposed the show.
Show Biz Quote of The Day: Following the formation of United Artists film corporation, Richard Rowland said, "The lunatics have taken charge of the asylum." (UA was founded by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith.)
Thought for Today: "Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information." — Kurt Vonnegut, American author (born this date in 1922, died 2007).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why We Hate AmeriKKKa & Why You Should Too

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gunman surrenders in high school standoff

Ayn Rand School For Slow Tots*

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

*As in.

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

This is a headline!

Life Sucks And It's Society's Fault


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

Money Update

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sarah Palin Remains Unfocused, Unskilled In Speech Before Audience

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

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

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

She added: “It’s a disturbing trend.”

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

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

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

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

But on we go.

Two other actually "disturbing" trends:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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