Monday, December 14, 2009

Oh, Wait, We Were Going to Quit, But We Forgot Something Horrid

We always think of Parade "magazine" as the ultimate arbiter of middle-middle-class middle-browness.

So it's not encouraging when this sort of thing is featured on this wk.'s cover,

w/ the usual cop-out from the capo of the Bush Crime Family:

George and Barbara Bush:

'Let History Decide What We Got Right'

by David Baldacci
published: 12/13/2009
We'll tell you one thing it doesn't take history to determine: Both of you patrician assholes got the entire "child raising" thing horribly, horribly wrong. And both of you should have the decency to go away until you die a long & painful death.

And, we'd like to know what the hell "Home for The Holidays" means in the context of the filthy rich? Trouble w/ the private jet taking them from Houston to Maine, Paraguay or wherever? Tough decisions: Ski trip to Gstaad or time w/ the children? Screw them, they can stay at the boarding school over X-Mess, we really need to relax from our demanding being-rich-all-the-time life.

"You'd Better Stop That Whining Or I'll Give You Something To Cry About."

Oh, the poor put-upon reactionaries. Perhaps we should just put them out of their misery once & for all. It's done w/ animals, & most of those suffering so under the weight of imaginary oppression are actually a lower form of life than any mammal, most reptiles & many insects.

Nothing ...

... is what we got. Did pass 200,000 suckers having visited, 98% of whom are looking for pictures. We didn't plan it that way, we just like to look at pictures as much as they do.

14 December: G. Washington Is Meat; Prince Albert In Can; G. W. Bush Is Target; Amundsen Reaches Around Pole; Alice Cooper Does Xmas Shopping; "London Calling" Released THIRTY YEARS AGO!!

Today is Monday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2009. There are 17 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On December 14th, 1799, the first president of the United States, George Washington, died at his Mount Vernon, Virginia, home at age 67.
On this date:
In 1819, Alabama joined the Union as the 22nd state.
In 1861, Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, died in London.
In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his group became the first men to reach the South Pole, beating out an expedition led by Robert F. Scott.
In 1939, the Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.
In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish U.N. headquarters in New York.
In 1962, the US space probe Mariner 2 approached Venus, transmitting information about the planet.
In 1967, DNA was first synthesized. [It's mutants on parade now!! — Ed.]
In 1975, six South Moluccan extremists surrendered after holding 23 hostages for 12 days on a train near the Dutch town of Beilen.
In 1981, Israel annexed the Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967.
In 1985, Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
In 1986, the experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.
In 1989, Nobel Peace laureate Andrei D. Sakharov died in Moscow at age 68. Also in 1989, opposition candidate Patricio Aylwin easily won Chile's first democratic presidential election since the 1973 coup that brought military leader Augusto Pinochet to power.
In 1993, a Colorado judge struck down as unconstitutional the state's voter-approved ban on gay rights laws.
In 1995, Presidents Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia, Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia and Franjo Tudjman of Croatia signed the Bosnian peace treaty in Paris.
In 1997, Iran's new president, Mohammad Khatami, called for a dialogue with the people of the United States -- a nation reviled by his predecessors as "The Great Satan." Cuban President Fidel Castro declared Christmas 1997 an official holiday to ensure the success of Pope John Paul II's upcoming visit to the communist country.
In 1999, U.S. and German negotiators agreed to establish a $5.2 billion fund for Nazi-era slaves and forced laborers. [Better late than never, but never better late. — Ed.] Charles M. Schulz announced he was retiring the "Peanuts" comic strip. [But it still hasn't stopped! — Ed.] Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian national, was arrested after authorities found nitroglycerin in the trunk of his car as he arrived from Canada by ferry at Port Angeles, Wash. (Ressam was convicted in April 2001 of terrorist conspiracy and eight other charges.)
In 2000, the Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved the $111 billion merger of America Online and Time Warner. [That's worked out quite well, hasn't it? — Ed.]
In 2002, Jordanian police announced the arrest of two alleged al-Qaida members in the October killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley.
In 2004, The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fifth time since June 2004. President George W. Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three figures who were central to his Iraq policy: former CIA Director George Tenet, former Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer and retired Gen. Tommy Franks.
In 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush acknowledged flawed intelligence led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq but said the decision to remove Saddam Hussein was right. Also in 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed the Holocaust was a "myth" and called for Israel to be moved to Europe or North America.
In 2006, South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in as the 8th secretary-general of the United Nations. A British police inquiry concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend in a 1997 Paris car crash were a "tragic accident" and that allegations of murder were unfounded.
In 2008, an Iraqi journalist hurled each of his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad; Bush ducked the flying footwear as they whizzed past his head and landed against the wall behind him. (The shoe-thrower, Muntadhar al-Zeidi ended up spending nine months in prison.)
Today's Birthdays December 14: Jazz musician Clark Terry is 89. Singer-actress Abbe Lane is 78.
Actor Hal Williams is 71. Actress-singer Jane Birkin is 63.
Actress Patty Duke is 63. Pop singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson (Tony Orlando and Dawn) is 63. Entertainment executive Michael Ovitz is 63. Actress Dee Wallace is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie McNeir (The Four Tops) is 60. Rock musician Cliff Williams (AC/DC) is 60. Actor-comedian T.K. Carter is 53. Rock singer-musician Mike Scott (The Waterboys) is 51. Singer-musician Peter "Spider" Stacy (The Pogues) is 51. Actress Cynthia Gibb is 46. Actress Natascha McElhone is 40. Actress-comedian Michaela Watkins is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brian Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 34. Actress KaDee Strickland is 34. Actress Tammy Blanchard is 33. Actress Sophie Monk is 30. Actress Vanessa Hudgens is 21.
No Longer a Birthday, Merely a Birthdate: Nostradamus, astrologer and physician (1503); Tycho Brahe, astronomer (1546); John Mercer Langston, public official, diplomat, educator (1829) [Never heard of him. Yet 178 yrs. after his birth, someone remembers. Oh, no wonder we'd never heard of him. Click & see why. Busy guy. — Ed.]; James Doolittle, aviator, military leader (1896); Margaret Chase Smith, former U.S. Sen. from Maine (1897); Spike Jones, bandleader (1911); comedian Morey Amsterdam (1914); Shirley Jackson, writer (1919); Don Hewitt, "60 Minutes" creator, (1922); Charlie Rich, country singer (1932); & actress Lee Remick (1935).
This Date in Show Bidness "History:"
In 1947, Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman separated.
In 1961, Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" became the first country single to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 1963, singer Dinah Washington died of an overdose of sleeping pills in Detroit. She was 39.
In 1972, Alexander's department store in New York stayed open late so singer Alice Cooper could do his Christmas shopping.
In 1977, the movie "Saturday Night Fever" opened in New York.
In 1978, the movie "Superman," starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, opened in Los Angeles.
In 1979, the Clash's "London Calling" was released. [How fucking long ago was that, Johnny? — Ed.]
In 1980, fans around the world paid tribute to John Lennon, six days after he was shot to death in New York City. Hundreds of silent vigils were held at 2 p.m. Eastern time for ten minutes at the request of Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.
In 1984, Madonna had her first number-one hit when "Like a Virgin" hit the top of the "Billboard" singles chart.
In 1998, actress Linda Hamilton filed for divorce from director James Cameron. They were married a year and a half.
In 2006, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun died in New York at age 83. Actor Mike Evans, who'd played Lionel Jefferson on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died in Twentynine Palms, California, at age 57.
Thought for Today: "True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success; the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world." - Felix Emmanuel Schelling, American educator and scholar (1858-1945).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bad News For Tuvalu

To wit:

Tuvalu representative: The fate of my country rests in the hands of the U.S. Senate.

Not just something vaguely resembling health care reform, the nation itself.

Death & Soap

A personal memory of family & soap operas from The NYT. Just imagine we've added some pseudo-informed crap about the changes in the world of broadcasting & everything the hell else, as we'd sort of intended following the cancellation last wk. of "As The World Turns," the last P&G owned & operated soap.End of an era, etc.

A Sick Santa

While those we count as our actual friends can be counted on the fingers (w/o thumb) of one hand, we do have a wide but shallow collection of acquaintances, at least some of whom were involved in this mess. We've managed to miss it every yr. for the last 15 (Surprising, as consistency isn't one of our strong suits.) but our leg isn't as hollow as it used to be.Don't miss the panoramas ("RELATED LINKS") at the link.

Also: Izzat J. Goldberg on the right in the shot above?

Missed This One

13 December: Drake Sets Out; Tasman Sights New Zealand, Fires, Misses; Slavers Defeat Yanks At Fredericksburg; Wood In Europe; Chosin Reservoir Breakout; Sweaty Teddy & Skunk Both 61(?)

Today is Sunday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2009. There are 18 days left in the year. From UPI, also.Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 13, 1862, Confederate forces dealt Union troops a major defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
On this date:
In 1577, Sir Francis Drake of England set out with five ships on a nearly three-year journey that would take him around the world.
In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman sighted present-day New Zealand.
In 1769, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., received its charter.
In 1816, the United States' first savings bank, the Provident Institution for Savings, opened in Boston.
In 1835, Phillips Brooks, the American Episcopal bishop who wrote the words to "O Little Town of Bethlehem," was born in Boston.
In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson arrived in France to attend the post-World War I peace conference at Versailles, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office.

In 1944, the U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze attack that claimed more than 130 lives.
In 1978, the Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation in July 1979.
In 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. (Martial law formally ended in 1983.)

In 1982, the Sentry armored car company in New York discovered the overnight theft of $11 million from its headquarters. It was the biggest cash theft in U.S. history at the time.
In 1988, PLO chairman Yasser Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva, where it had reconvened after the United States refused to grant Arafat a visa to visit New York.
In 1989, South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the first time with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town.
In 1994, an American Eagle commuter plane crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, killing 15 of the 20 people on board.
In 1996, the U.N. Security Council chose Kofi Annan of Ghana to be the world body's seventh secretary-general.
In 1997, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Los Angeles for the 1 billion-dollar Getty Center, one of the largest arts centers in the United States. Michigan Wolverine Charles Woodson was named winner of the Heisman Trophy, the first primarily defensive player so honored.
In 1999, in a spirited presidential campaign debate, Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain fought over tax policy and farm subsidies, while McCain was pushed to defend his centerpiece campaign finance proposals. A group of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service detainees, mostly Cubans, took the warden of the St. Martin Parish Jail in Louisiana and three guards hostage, demanding freedom. (Two hostages were released as two detainees surrendered on Dec. 15; the remaining hostage-takers surrendered Dec. 18.)
In 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency 36 days after Election Day.
In 2001, the Pentagon released a captured videotape of Osama bin Laden in which the al-Qaida leader said the deaths and destruction achieved by the Sept. 11 attacks exceeded his "most optimistic" expectations. Five suspected Islamic militants killed nine people in an attack on India's parliament before being killed themselves. President George W. Bush served formal notice that the United States was pulling out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
In 2002, Cardinal Bernard Law resigned as Boston archbishop because of the priest sex abuse scandal. President Bush announced he would take the smallpox vaccine along with US military forces, but was not recommending the potentially risky inoculation for most Americans. The U.N. Security Council condemned "acts of terror" against Israel in Kenya and deplored the claims of responsibility by the al-Qaida terror network.
In 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole at a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit.

In 2004, a jury in Redwood City, Calif., recommended the death penalty for Scott Peterson for the murders of his wife and unborn child. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe resigned. A Chilean judge indicted former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet on charges of kidnapping nine political dissidents and killing one of them during his 17-year military regime. (However, Pinochet never faced trial, and died in 2006 at age 91.)
In 2006, President Bush held high-level talks at the Pentagon, after which he said he would "not be rushed" into a decision on a strategy change for Iraq. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) underwent emergency surgery after suffering bleeding in his brain. Lamar Hunt, the owner of football's Kansas City Chiefs who coined the term "Super Bowl," died in Dallas at age 74.
In 2007, a landmark report implicated 89 U.S. major league baseball players, some of them the most dominant figures of the era, in the use of steroids and other illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Also in 2007, a federal jury in Miami acquitted one of seven Florida men charged with conspiring to bomb Chicago's Sears Tower and was unable to reach a verdict on the rest. A mistrial was declared for the other six.
In 2008, the White House weighed its options for preventing a collapse of the troubled U.S. auto industry. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy after guiding the highest-scoring team in major college football history to the national championship game.
Today's Birthdays: Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is 89. Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 84. Actor Christopher Plummer is 80. Country singer Buck White is 79. Music/film producer Lou Adler is 76. Movie producer Richard Zanuck is 75. Singer John Davidson is 68. Actress Kathy Garver ("Family Affair") is 64. Rock musician Ted Nugent is 61. Rock musician Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is 61. [Double dose of right-wing libertarian guitarists. Maybe there is something to astrology. — Ed.] Country musician Ron Getman is 61. Actor Robert Lindsay is 60. Country singer-musician Randy Owen is 60. Actress Wendie Malick is 59.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is 59. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is 56. Country singer John Anderson is 55. Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert is 55. Singer-actor Morris Day is 53. Actor Steve Buscemi is 52. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 50. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 42. Actor Bart Johnson is 39. TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos is 35. Rock singer-musician Thomas Delonge is 34. Actor James Kyson Lee is 34. Actress Chelsea Hertford is 28. Rock singer Amy Lee (Evanescence) is 28. Country singer Taylor Swift is 20.
This Date's Birthdays: Heinrich Heine, poet (1797); Werner von Siemens, electrical engineer and inventor (1816); Mary Todd Lincoln (1818); Emily Carr, painter (1871); Sgt. Alvin York, World War I hero (1887); Ella Baker, civil rights activist (1903); Van Heflin, actor (1910); Archie Moore, prizefighter (1913); Ross Macdonald, novelist (1915).
Today In Entertainment History December 13
In 1928, George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" had its premiere, at Carnegie Hall in New York.
In 1974, former Beatle George Harrison visited the White House at the invitation of Jack Ford, the president's son. Harrison was the first rock musician to be invited to the White House.
In 1985, singer Phil Collins made his TV acting debut in the US with an episode of "Miami Vice."
In 1988, singer Bruce Springsteen and model-actress Julianne Phillips divorced.
In 1992, an estimated 150,000 people showed up for a free Scorpions concert in Frankfurt, Germany. The concert was aimed at protesting violence by radical rightists.
Thought for Today: "A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few." — Judge Learned Hand, American jurist (1872-1961).

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

What a crushing disappointment from one of our most original and imaginative filmmakers.

Set in 2154, “Avatar” is a thinly disguised, heavy-handed and simplistic sci-fi fantasy/allegory critical of America from our founding straight through to the Iraq War.
Big Hose Big Editor Big John "Big" Nolte acts as if that's a reason not to see it. And provides a clear window to the heart of darkness & resentment that is the Big Conservative Mind:
Cameron’s brainchild tribe is boringly perfect and insufferably noble … I wanted to wipe them out.

Final

How Sweet It Is!

Raining noisily (Being inside is good!!) crumpets & bacon for tea (brunch, whatever) coffee, & enough Camels that we needn't go out in the rain until the Army-Navy game is fini.

But fuck the world anyway. Gratitude, poo!

We Thought We Were Juvenile

The bar has been raised.
No one cares, Andy. Those who are uncaring but (Heh-heh.) interested may investigate further: http://tinyurl.com/yeqy58b @mmfa

The Intersection Of Reactionary Religion & Reactionary Politics


Prayer cloths, anyone? Not to be completely cynical: Wiping one's feet is more useful than prayer. Our cynical suspicion, however, is that fans who order are immediately inundated w/ double the emails, solicitations, & so on; buying any of this crap no doubt puts real Americans on O'Reilly's real sucker list.


Below: This is really mystifying. "We Say Merry Christmas," w/ a fleur-de-lis on either side? C'mon, Frenchy French French!!! What the hey? Really, couldn't find a public domain X-mess tree somewhere? Again w/ the cynical: Is this a joke being played on the rubes?

Making A Mockery Of Our Holy Sacred Constitution

People in Washington have no respect for Our Founding Document, as you've doubtless heard. Which people? Anti-American Constitution-denialists on the right side of the aisle, of course, most of whom believe the Constitution should be the proverbial suicide pact, at least for those Americans who are forced to work for a living.
A judge at the United States District Court in Brooklyn issued a preliminary injunction that nullifies the resolution and requires the government to honor existing contracts with [ACORN] and review its applications for new grants unless the Obama administration appeals the decision.

The court ruled that the resolution amounted to a “bill of attainder,” a legislative determination of guilt without trial, because it specifically punishes one group.
Something to bear in mind when next you hear of how much reactionaries looove the Constitution.

National Snark League

We Have A Winner!

12 December: SCOTUS Hands Bush Election, Iraqi Hands Him Shoes; Trans-Atlantic Radio Appears; Boys Town Founded; Mona Lisa Found; Keiko, Star Of "Free Willy" Films, Dies

Today is Saturday, December 12th, the 346th day of 2009. There are 19 days left in the year. See the UPI's version.
Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 12, 1917, Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb.
On this date:
In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the US Constitution.
In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the US House of Representatives.
In 1897, "The Katzenjammer Kids," the pioneering comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks, made its debut in the New York Journal.
In 1901, Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt nominated Oscar Straus to be Secretary of Commerce and Labor; Straus became the first Jewish Cabinet member.
In 1913, authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that the "Mona Lisa," stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911, had been recovered.
In 1914, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst percentage drop in history - 24.39 percent - on the first day of trading in more than four months. (The New York Stock Exchange had shut down when World War I began in July.)
In 1925, the first motel -- the Motel Inn -- opened in San Luis Obispo, California. [Followed by the opening of the No-Tell Motel & The Snooty Fox on Figueroa not too much later. — Ed.]
In 1937, Japanese aircraft sank the US gunboat Panay on China's Yangtze River. (Japan apologized, and paid $2.2 million in reparations.)
In 1946, a United Nations committee voted to accept a six-block tract of Manhattan real estate offered as a gift by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to be the site of U.N. headquarters. [The first step to world domination by the CFR & The Trilateral Commission. — Ed.]
In 1947, the United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.
In 1963, Kenya gained its independence from Britain.
In 1975, Sara Jane Moore pleaded guilty to trying to kill President Gerald R. Ford. [Had she killed him, Nelson Rockefeller would have become President & who knows what would have happened? — Ed.]
In 1981, martial law was imposed in Poland.
In 1985, 248 American soldiers and eight crew members were killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.
In 1989, in New York, hotel queen Leona Helmsley, 69, was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $7.1 million for tax evasion. (Helmsley served 18 months behind bars, plus a month at a halfway house and two months of house arrest.) Five Central American presidents, including Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, called for an end to the rebel offensive against El Salvador's U.S.-backed government.
In 1990, 15 people were killed and more than 260 injured in a pileup of vehicles on a foggy Tennessee highway.
In 1991, the Russian parliament ratified a commonwealth treaty linking the three strongest Soviet republics in the nation's most profound change since the 1917 revolution.
In 1992, Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, became the first divorced royal in the inner circle to remarry when she wed Cmdr. Timothy Laurence.
In 1998, the House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and final article of impeachment against President Bill Clinton and submitted the case to the full House.

In 1997, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the international terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," went on trial in Paris on charges of killing two French investigators and a Lebanese national. (Ramirez was convicted, and is serving a life prison sentence.)
In 1999, author Joseph Heller, whose darkly comic first novel "Catch-22" defined the paradox of the no-win dilemma and added a phrase to the American language, died in East Hampton, N.Y. at age 76.
In 2000, a divided US Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for recounts in Florida's contested election, transforming George W. Bush into the president-elect. The Marine Corps grounded all eight of its high-tech V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft following a fiery crash in North Carolina that killed four Marines.
In 2002, President Bush publicly rebuked Senate Republican leader Trent Lott for his statement that appeared to embrace half-century-old segregationist politics, calling it "offensive" and "wrong." A defiant North Korea said it would immediately reactivate a nuclear power plant that US officials suspected was being used to develop weapons.
In 2003, Keiko, the killer whale made famous by the "Free Willy" movies, died in the Norwegian fjord that he'd made his home. Paul Martin became Canada's 21st prime minister, succeeding Jean Chretien. Also in 2003, armed men attacked military police near the Ivory Coast's national television station in Abidjan, leaving at least 19 people dead.
In 2004,  a bomb exploded in a market in southern Philippines, killing at least 14 people. Militants blew up an Israeli base at the Gaza-Egypt crossing, killing five soldiers. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas apologized to Kuwaitis for Palestinian support for Saddam Hussein after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990.
In 2006, a suicide bomber struck a crowd of mostly poor Shiites in Baghdad, killing some five dozen people and wounding more than 200. A two-day conference questioning the existence of the Nazi Holocaust ended in Tehran. Also in 2006, more than 1,000 federal agents raided Swift meatpacking plants in six states, arresting more than 1,200 undocumented workers in a 10-month probe into identity theft by illegal immigrants. And, Elizabeth Bolden, reportedly the world's oldest person, died at a Memphis nursing home at the age of 116. She was born Aug. 15, 1890, to freed slaves.
In 2007, central banks in Europe and North America worked on plans to lend billions of dollars to the U.S. banking system in an effort to ease the credit crisis. Also in 2007, nearly 30 people were killed and 150 wounded when three car bombs exploded in the southern Iraqi city of Amara. And, Alberto Fujimori, the former president of Peru, was convicted of abuse of power and sentenced to six years in prison.
In 2008, a bomb exploded inside the West Coast Bank in Woodburn, Ore., killing Woodburn Police Capt. Thomas Tennant and Oregon State Police Senior Trooper William Hakim. (Two suspects, Bruce Aldon Turnidge, 58, and his son, Joshua Abraham Turnidge, 32, face murder charges.) An Iraqi journalist, calling him a "dog," threw two shoes at U.S. President Bush during a news conference in the Iraqi prime minister's office in Baghdad. Bush ducked and wasn't struck.
Today's Birthdays December 12: TV host Bob Barker is 86. Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch is 85. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Pettit is 77. Singer Connie Francis is 71. Singer Dionne Warwick is 69. Rock singer-musician Dickey Betts is 66. Former race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi is 63. Actor Wings Hauser is 62. Actor Bill Nighy is 60. Actor Duane Chase (Film: "The Sound of Music") is 59. Country singer LaCosta is 59. Gymnast-turned-actress Cathy Rigby is 57. Author Lorna Landvik is 55. Singer-musician Sheila E. is 52. Actress Sheree J. Wilson is 51. Pop singer Daniel O'Donnell is 48. Rock musician Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) is 46. Rock musician Nicholas Dimichino (Nine Days) is 42. News anchor Maggie Rodriguez is 40. Actress Jennifer Connelly is 39. Actress Madchen Amick is 39. Country singer Hank Williams III is 37. Actress Mayim Bialik is 34. Model Bridget Hall is 32.
Born on This Date & Dead Already:
John Jay, statesman (1745); William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (1805); Gustave Flaubert, novelist (1821); Edvard Munch, painter (1863); Edward G. Robinson, actor (1893); Patrick O'Brian, novelist (1914); Frank Sinatra, singer, actor (1915).

Today In Entertainment History December 12
Seventy years ago, in 1939, swashbuckling actor Douglas Fairbanks died in Santa Monica, Calif. at age 56.
In 1967, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones successfully appealed his nine-month jail sentence for a drug conviction. He was placed on probation instead.
In 1968, "The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus" was filmed in London, featuring the Stones, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and The Who. It remained unreleased for 28 years. Stage and screen actress Tallulah Bankhead died at the age of 65.
In 1974, the Rolling Stones announced guitarist Mick Taylor had left the band. That same day, the band began work on the "Black and Blue" album.
In 1981, singer Smokey Robinson was honored on an "American Bandstand" special.
In 1990, comedian Robin Williams got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1991, actor Richard Gere and model Cindy Crawford eloped in Las Vegas. They have since divorced.
In 1997, Autumn Jackson, who tried to blackmail Bill Cosby by claiming he was her father, was sentenced to two years in jail.
In 2001, actress Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting more than $5,000 worth of merchandise from a department store in Beverly Hills, California. Also in 2001, actress Ashley Judd married racing driver Dario Franchitti in Scotland.
In 2002,  actor Nick Nolte pleaded no contest in Malibu, California, to one count of driving under the influence of drugs; he was sentenced to three years' probation.
In 2003, Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles. [Are we hallucinating? Was this not retrospectively reported by the AP just a few days ago? — Ed.]
In 2006, actor Peter Boyle died in New York at age 71.
In 2008, actor Van Johnson died in Nyack, N.Y. at age 92.
Thought for Today: "Experience has taught me that the only cruelties people condemn are those with which they do not happen to be familiar." — Ellen Glasgow, American author (1874-1945).

Friday, December 11, 2009

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

The challenge is finding anything we could possibly care about.

Live From New York

Holiday Season Reminder: Keep Weapons Clean & Oiled

Don't let this sort of thing happen to you!
Newsom pursued, and Martinez turned and fired with a machine pistol that held 30 rounds, getting off two shots before it jammed, police said. The officer fired four times, striking Martinez in the chest and arms and killing him, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

"We're lucky the weapon jammed," Kelly said.
Mr. Martinez, very non-lucky.

American Power Psychology

A real American speaks on the vital issues of the day: Dirty back-stabbing yellow-bellies!
I do recommend E.D.'s post, if for nothing else but the butt-freak arrogance that's dribbling off the page like a milky load of Andrew Sullivan's spooge. E.D. ridicules Andy Schlafly, the no-name publisher of the unread Conservapedia, with supreme self-importance:
What th'? We'll only ask typist Donald Douglas why, if Andy ("No-Name") Schlafly is a nobody from an un-read site, why get all tense about it? Let alone frame it like that? Why, one might even assume, in a ten-cent psychology way, that there are certain unreolved conflicts, quite possibly of a sexual nature, that may have had some influence on his political outlook.

Or he's just an asshole:
And E.D. Kain's an intellectual mountebank and an ideological imposter. I'd say a yellow-bellied backstabber as well, but I've cover that ground before. See, "Sleaze-Blogger E.D. Kain Interviews Despicable Libel-Blogger Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs."

Click the link above. More of the lowdown on E.D. Kain, po-mo-prick-in-arms to the wannabe right's libel-blogging contingency.
An asshole w/ problems. Calm down, American.

11 December: Hanukkah Begins (Put Moses Back In It!); Louis XVI Up On Charges; Nitrous Oxide In History; Electricity Comes To Show Bidness; Wacky Limey King Edward VIII Abdicates Again!! Hank Williams, Sr. Cuts First Tracks; Last Humans On Moon; A-Rod Scores Big

Today is Friday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2009. There are 20 days left in the year. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, begins at sunset. [Do you Joos all have to hide inside & not turn the lights off or on all wk.? — Ed.] From The UPI.Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 11, 1936, Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson.

Audio LinkKing Edward VIII
[This happened fucking yesterday too, but it wasn't the daily highlight! WTF? — Ed.]
On this date:
In 1792, France's King Louis XVI went before the Convention to face charges of treason. (Louis was convicted, and executed the following month.)
In 1816, Indiana became the 19th state. [It's where HRH Prince Charles spent his first honeymoon. — Ed.]
In 1844, nitrous oxide was used for the first time in dentistry. [Like booze, but w/ none of the sloppiness. — Ed.]
In 1872, America's first black governor took office as Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana.
In 1928, police in Buenos Aires announced they had thwarted an attempt on the life of President-elect Herbert Hoover. [Was Hoover there at the time? — Ed.]
In 1937, Italy withdrew from the League of Nations.
In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.
In 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established. [Eventually ruining Halloween for millions of American children. — Ed.]
In 1951, Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from baseball.
In 1953, Alaska's first TV station signed on the air.
In 1961, a U.S. aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters arrived in Saigon - the first direct American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas.
In 1972, humans landed on the moon for the last time during the Apollo 17 mission.
In 1981, the U.N. Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru to be the fifth secretary-general of the world body. [Waitta minute, does the Security Council pick the Secretary-General? — Ed.]
In 1983, Pope John Paul II visited a Lutheran church in Rome, the first visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to a Protestant church in his own diocese.
In 1991, a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, acquitted William Kennedy Smith of sexual battery, rejecting the allegations of Patricia Bowman.
In 1994, thousands of Russian troops rolled into the breakaway republic of Chechnya in a failed bid to restore Moscow's control over the region.
In 1997, more than 150 countries agreed at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan, to control the Earth's greenhouse gases. Henry Cisneros, President Clinton's first housing secretary, was indicted on charges of conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements about payments to his former mistress. (Cisneros, who later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, was eventually pardoned by President Clinton.) Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams became the first political ally of the IRA to meet a British leader in 76 years as he conferred with Prime Minister Tony Blair in London.
In 1998, the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton.
In 1999, agreeing with his wife, Hillary, President Bill Clinton told CBS Radio his 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military wasn't working, and he pledged to work with the Pentagon to find a way to fix it. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin's record-setting tailback, was a landslide winner in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
In 2000, shortstop Alex Rodriguez agreed to a $252 million 10-year deal with the Texas Rangers, the most lucrative sports contract in history.
In 2002, the United States let an intercepted shipment of North Korean missiles proceed to the Persian Gulf country of Yemen a day after the vessel was detained. A congressional report found that intelligence agencies that were supposed to protect Americans from the September 11th hijackers failed to do so because they were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented the attacks.
In 2004, doctors in Austria determined that Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko had been poisoned with dioxin, which caused severe disfigurement and partial paralysis of his face. Vitali Klitschko stopped Danny Williams in the eighth round to retain his WBC heavyweight title. Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart won the 70th Heisman Trophy.
In 2006, in his farewell address, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticized the Bush administration's leadership on the global stage, warning that America must not sacrifice its democratic ideals while waging war against terrorism. Iran hosted Holocaust deniers from around the world at a conference examining whether the Nazi genocide had taken place. After a two-day journey, space shuttle Discovery reached the international space station for a weeklong stay.
In 2008, Former NASDAQ chairman Bernard Madoff was arrested, accused of running a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that destroyed thousands of people's life savings and wrecked charities. (Madoff is serving a 150-year federal prison sentence.) The remains of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony were found six months after she disappeared. (Her mother, Casey Anthony, is charged with first-degree murder.) A suicide bomber killed at least 55 people near Kirkuk, Iraq. Former Teamsters Union president Ron Carey died in New York at age 72.
Today's Birthdays: Composer Elliott Carter is 101. Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant is 79. Actress Rita Moreno is 78. Former California state lawmaker Tom Hayden is 70. Pop singer David Gates (Bread) is 69. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is 68. Actress Donna Mills is 67. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is 66. Singer Brenda Lee is 65. Actress Lynda Day George is 65. Music producer Tony Brown is 63. Actress Teri Garr is 62. Movie director Susan Seidelman is 57. Actress Bess Armstrong is 56. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 55. Rock musician Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) is 52. Rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) is 51. Rock musician Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) is 48. Actor Ben Browder is 47. Singer-musician Justin Currie (Del Amitri) is 45. Rock musician David Schools (Gov't Mule, Widespread Panic) is 45. Actor Gary Dourdan is 43. Actress-comedian Mo'Nique ("The Parkers") is 42. Actor Max Martini is 40. Rapper-actor Mos Def is 36. Actor Rider Strong is 30.
Birthdays of the Less Lively: David Brewster, Scottish physicist and kaleidoscope inventor (1781); Louis-Hector Berlioz, composer (1803); Robert Koch, bacteriologist, discovered the microorganisms causing anthrax, wound infections, tuberculosis, conjunctivitis, cholera, and other diseases (1843); Annie Jump Cannon, astronomer (1863); Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, mayor of New York City (1882); Naguib Mahfouz, novelist (1911); Carlo Ponti, producer (1912?); Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918); Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, blues singer (1926).
This Date in the Business of Show:
In 1882, Boston's Bijou Theatre, the first American playhouse to be lighted exclusively by electricity, gave its first performance, of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe."
In 1946, country singer Hank Williams made his first recordings.
In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, Tennessee. The movie "Peyton Place," based on the novel by Grace Metalious, had its world premiere in Camden, Maine, where most of it had been filmed.
In 1964, singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed at a Los Angeles motel.
In 1972, Genesis performed its first U.S. concert at a university in Massachusetts. [Too bad they couldn't have nipped that in the bud. — Ed.] Also in 1972, police in Knoxville, Tennessee, arrested singer James Brown for disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped after Brown threatened to sue the city.
In 1992, former talk show host Johnny Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2008, former pinup model Bettie Page died in Los Angeles at age 85.
Thought for Today: "The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century." — William Lyon Phelps, American educator and journalist (1865-1943).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gene Barry, Star Of "War Of The Worlds" & Tee Vee In The '50s & '60s, Dies

The editorial staff here was a big fan of "Burke's Law," which starred Barry (Birth name: Eugene Klass.) as a "millionaire LAPD homicide detective" (Oddly, it wasn't played as comedy.) who investigated murders involving fictional has-been movie stars who were played by real-life has-been movie stars. Compelling stuff for the ten-yr. old mind.

Hotbed Of Radicalism

From The Divine Mr. M.:

More proof that Mass Democracy has failed.

We like it for two reasons, the first being that it's true. It's crystal-clear that people are as dumb as fucking posts: Most of them couldn't be trusted to make a capable decision about toothpaste purchases, & certainly can't be expected to make rational decisions about anything actually important, or that requires looking beyond the ends of their noses.

Secondly, the proof of these conclusions was provided by a sociologist from one of our many alma maters, dear old Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash. 99362.

Not, to the best of our recollection, the hotbed of Alinskyism then that it is now.
Hokey Smokes. Hope no one else finds out. We'd hate to see the campus go up in flames. And we'd really hate all the "Help Us Rebuild" solicitations we'd be getting.

10 December: Luther Tells Pope Where To Go; Limeys & Canucks Get Huck; Nobels Handed Out; Ed. VIII, Emperor of India, Abdicates; Possibly Worst Single Day In History For Musical Acts; First Domestic Jet Flight

Today is Thursday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2009. There are 21 days left in the year. The UPI thing.Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 10, 1884, Mark Twain's novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was first published, in Canada as well as England (the book was not released in the United States until February 1885).
On this date:
In 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication.
In 1787, Thomas H. Gallaudet, a pioneer of educating the deaf, was born in Philadelphia.
In 1817, Mississippi was admitted as the 20th state.
In 1869, women were granted the right to vote in the Wyoming Territory. [Next political thing Wyoming gave us was Dick Cheney. — Ed.]
In 1898, a treaty was signed in Paris officially ending the Spanish-American War. It gave Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the United States.
In 1901, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace.
In 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for helping mediate an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
In 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (the co-recipient that year was Nicholas Murray Butler).
In 1936, Britain's King Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Warfield Simpson. His brother succeeded to the throne as King George VI.
In 1946, Baseball Hall of Famer Walter Johnson died at age 59. [That's Walter "The Big Train" Johnson, AP. — Ed.]
In 1948, the U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
In 1950, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award.
In 1958, the first domestic passenger jet flight took place in the United States as a National Airlines Boeing 707 flew 111 passengers from New York City to Miami.
In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1980, Rep. John W. Jenrette, D-S.C., resigned to avoid being expelled from the House following his conviction on charges related to the FBI's Abscam investigation.
In 1984, South African Bishop Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize. The National Science Foundation reported the discovery of the first planet outside our solar system, orbiting a star 21 million light-years from Earth.
In 1987, violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz died in Los Angeles at age 86.
In 1994, Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin received the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1997, the Supreme Court narrowed double-jeopardy protections for people who face both civil fines and criminal prosecution for the same conduct, ruling that three Oklahoma men could be prosecuted in a bank failure case even though they'd already paid civil fines for their actions.
In 1998, six astronauts swung open the doors to the new international space station, becoming the first guests aboard the 250-mile-high outpost.

The Palestinian leadership scrapped constitutional clauses rejecting Israel's right to exist.
In 1999, after three years under suspicion as a spy for China, computer scientist Wen Ho Lee was arrested and charged with removing secrets from secure computers at the Los Alamos weapons lab. (Lee was later freed after pleading guilty to one count of downloading restricted data to tape; 58 other counts were dropped.) More than two million people marched in Cuba to demand the return of Elian Gonzalez. Death claimed Croatian President Franjo Tudjman at 77.
In 2002, President Bush selected William H. Donaldson, an investment banker with ties to Wall Street and the Bush family, as chairman of the besieged Securities and Exchange Commission. Former President Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in the Middle East in the '70s. The Roman Catholic diocese of Manchester, N.H., admitted responsibility for failing to protect children from abusive priests.
In 2003, Iranian democracy activist Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, accepted the award in Oslo, Norway. The U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council announced the formal establishment of a war crimes tribunal.
In 2004, a U.S. passenger jet landed in Vietnam, the first one to do so since the Vietnam War ended nearly three decades earlier. President George W. Bush picked Samuel Bodman to be the new energy secretary. Bernard Kerik withdrew his name from consideration to be President Bush's homeland security secretary. An Italian court cleared Premier Silvio Berlusconi of corruption charges in his long-running trial. Sprinter Michelle Collins was suspended for eight years for a doping violation linked to the BALCO scandal. (Collins was reinstated in May 2008.)
In 2005, former Senator Eugene McCarthy died in Washington, D.C., at age 89.
In 2006, former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet died at age 91. [What took you so long, murderer? — Ed.] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani criticized a bipartisan US report on American war policies, saying it contained some "very dangerous" recommendations that would undermine the sovereignty of Iraq. [What sovereignty would that be? — Ed.]
In 2007, former Vice President Al Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize with a call for humanity to rise up against a looming climate crisis and stop waging war on the environment. NFL star Michael Vick was sentenced by a federal judge in Richmond, Va., to 23 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed. Cristina Fernandez was sworn in as Argentina's first elected female president. And, Pulitzer winner and new-journalism pioneer Norman Mailer, author of "The Naked and the Dead," died in New York City of acute kidney failure at 84.
In 2008, defying calls for his resignation, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich showed up for work on his 52nd birthday despite charges he'd schemed to enrich himself by offering to sell President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat. The House approved a plan, 237-170, to speed $14 billion in loans to Detroit's automakers. U.S. Special Forces killed six Afghan police in a case of mistaken identity by both sides after the police fired on the Americans during an operation against an insurgent commander.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Harold Gould is 86. Former Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter is 79. Actor Tommy Kirk is 68. Actress Fionnula Flanagan is 68. Pop singer Chad Stuart (Chad and Jeremy) is 68. Actress-singer Gloria Loring is 63. Pop-funk musician Walter "Clyde" Orange (The Commodores) is 63. R&B singer Ralph Tavares is 61. R&B singer Jessica Cleaves (Friends of Distinction) is 61. Country singer Johnny Rodriguez is 58. Actress Susan Dey is 57. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is 53. Actor Michael Clarke Duncan is 52. Jazz musician Paul Hardcastle is 52. Actor-director Kenneth Branagh is 49. Actress Nia Peeples is 48. TV chef Bobby Flay is 45. Rock singer-musician J Mascis is 44. Country singer Kevin Sharp is 39. Rock musician Scot Alexander (Dishwalla) is 38. Actress-comedian Arden Myrin is 36. Rock musician The White Stripes) is 35. Violinist Sarah Chang is 29. Actress Raven-Symone is 24.
Other Birthdays: Emily Dickinson, poetess (1830); Melvil Dewey, library pioneer (1851); Chet Huntley, news broadcaster (1911) ["Good night, David." — Ed.]; Dorothy Lamour, actress (1914); Douglas Kenney, humorist (1947).
From The World of Show Bidness:
In 1959, the four male members of The Platters were acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution. They had been arrested four months earlier. [Keep those Negroes who are corrupting our pure white youth down. See also Chuck Berry. — Ed.]
In 1962, "Lawrence of Arabia" had its royal premiere in London. Peter O'Toole starred as English officer T.E. Lawrence.
In 1965, The Grateful Dead played their first concert, at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
In 1967, singer Otis Redding, four members of The Bar-Kays & two others were killed in the crash of their plane in Lake Monona, Wisconsin. Redding was 26.
Also in 1967, singer Steve Miller signed a precedent-setting contract with Capitol Records. He received a large advance on his band's first album and a sizable royalty rate.
In 1971, Frank Zappa broke a leg and ankle and fractured his skull when he was pushed from a London stage by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering. [When we passed through town on spring break in 1972, he was still on wheels. We called him & asked how he was doing, he said, "Alive, but not kicking." Poor bastard was never the same person after the assault. — Ed.]
In 1972, singer Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band were injured in a car accident while driving into New York.
In 1995, rapper Darren Robinson of the Fat Boys died while working on a comeback album. He was 28.
In 1996, country singer Faron Young ["The Singing Sheriff" — Ed.] died in a hospital in Nashville, a day after he shot himself in the head. He was 64.
In 1997, bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue were arrested for allegedly knocking over a security guard at a concert in Phoenix. Also in 1997, bass singer Jacob Carey of The Flamingos died of a heart attack in his home in Lanham, Maryland. He was 74. The Flamingos were best known for their hit "I Only Have Eyes For You."
In 1999, bassist Rick Danko of The Band died in Woodstock, New York. He was 56. Actress Shirley Hemphill died at 52.
In 2003, Mick Jagger became Sir Mick after the Rolling Stones' front man was knighted by Prince Charles.
In 2005, comedian Richard Pryor died of a heart attack at a hospital in Encino, California. He was 65.
In 2006, Tenor Roberto Alagna walked out of a performance of Verdi's "Aida" at Italy's famed La Scala opera house when the audience booed his rendition of the aria "Celeste Aida."
In 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for the first time in 30 years, for a tribute concet in London for Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun (AH'-met ER'-teh-gun).
Thought for Today: "Originality and a feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle." — Feodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author (1821-1881). [What a feudalistic crock. "Work hard, peasants & serfs!" — Ed.]

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dare One Click?

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Sarah Palin on her faith:

None Dare Call It Treason (Except Cheney & Christie, In So Many Words)

Republican strategist Ron Christie, one of MSNBC's on-call reactionaries, stays on-message like nobody's business, & is about the most glib spinmeister we've ever seen. (I. e., lies like a rug!) We either didn't know or didn't remember that he'd been one of Richard B. Cheney's staffers, which probably explains his abilities. Seek knowledge from the master of the art.

Anyhoo, this is so awful we wanted to dig it again, & we'll gladly share. (Awful in the full of awe sense as well; Ronald Reagan, Jr., & even Tweety, won't take too much messaging from Mr. Christie.)

Get A Fucking Clue For Once, Damned Retards

Note to the rest of the world (You illiterate fucks!): "UFO" is an acronym. (Look it up.) It stands for Unidentified Flying OBJECT!! It does not mean lights in the sky that you can't immediately connect to an airplane, 'copter, or balloon.

Lights in the sky (That is, what you dumb fucks get all hot about & call "UFOs.") are not OBJECTS! They are LIGHTS. (Look those up too if you're still confused, cretin.) And as such, they aren't actually flying.

We trust we won't have to go into this again. It will be uglier if we have to.

Forced To Forage

In 59℉ weather yet! If there's no action here in a couple hrs., send out a search party; we may have fallen in a snowbank & can't get up.

Boston Sound

9 December: Wilson Gets Nobel; John Birch Society Forms; Ehrlichman Fingers The Nix; Wanking Advocate Fired; SCOTUS Continues Election Crimes

Today is Wednesday, December 9th, the 343rd day of 2009. There are 22 days left in the year. UPI's dose of factoids.Today's Highlight in History:
On December 9th, 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.
On this date:
In 1608, English poet John Milton was born in London.
In 1892, "Widowers' Houses," Bernard Shaw's first play, opened at the Royalty Theater in London.
In 1907, Christmas seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Del., post office. The proceeds went to fight tuberculosis. [Or on 7 December 1907. — Ed.]
In 1920, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.
In 1940, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa.
In 1941, China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
In 1942, the Aram Khachaturian ballet "Gayane," featuring the surging "Saber Dance," was first performed by the Kirov Ballet.
In 1958, in Indianapolis, retired Boston candy manufacturer Robert H. W. Welch, Jr., established the John Birch Society, a right-wing organization dedicated to fighting what it perceived to be the extensive infiltration of communism into U.S. society.
In 1965, Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
In 1974, White House aide John Ehrlichman testified at the Watergate trial that U.S. President Richard Nixon was responsible for the coverup.
In 1982, special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski died at his Wimberly, Texas, ranch at age 77.
In 1984, the five-day-old hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner that claimed the lives of two Americans ended as Iranian security men seized control of the plane, which was parked at Tehran airport.
In 1985, OPEC oil ministers abandoned the struggle to control production and prices, setting the stage for a global oil price war.
In 1987, the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli counter-response.
In 1990, Solidarity founder Lech Walesa won Poland's presidential runoff by a landslide.
In 1992, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple's divorce became final August 28th, 1996.)
In 1993, the U. S. Air Force destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos marked for elimination under an arms control treaty.

U. S. astronauts completed repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
In 1994, President Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
In 1995, Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., was chosen to head the NAACP.

In 1996, archaeologist and anthropologist Mary Leakey died in Kenya at age 83.
In 1997, confronting her critics, Attorney General Janet Reno traded testy remarks with House Republicans on the committee investigating campaign fund-raising as she defended her decision not to seek an independent counsel for fund-raising calls made by President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
In 1999, in Worcester, Mass., six firefighters who had died in a warehouse blaze were honored as fallen heroes by thousands of their brethren from around the world.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida presidential vote count.
In 2002, President Bush tapped railroad executive John W. Snow to be his new Treasury Secretary, three days after firing Paul O'Neill. Senate Republican leader Trent Lott apologized for remarks he'd made praising the 1948 presidential run of then-segregationist Strom Thurmond, saying, "A poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past." United Airlines filed the biggest bankruptcy in aviation history after losing $4 billion in the previous two years.
In 2003, the U.S. Defense Department indicated that only nations that supported the United States in the war in Iraq would be allowed to bid on the $18.6 billion in contracts for reconstruction projects there. Former Sen. Paul Simon died in Springfield, Ill., at age 75.
In 2004, Canada's Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional. President George W. Bush ruled out raising taxes to finance a Social Security overhaul. Bush announced he was keeping the heads of the Transportation, Interior, Housing and Labor departments.
In 2005, published reports said a key prewar Bush administration claim about ties between Iraq and al-Qaida came from a prisoner who said he made it up to avoid harsh treatment.
In 2006, latest U.S. midterm election figures showed Democrats with a 31-seat gain to recapture control of the House of Representatives, with 233 seats to 202 for the Republicans. Democrats earlier assured themselves the Senate majority. Discovery lighted up the sky in the first nighttime space shuttle launch in four years. A fire broke out at a Moscow drug treatment hospital, killing 45 women trapped by barred windows and a locked gate. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy.
In 2008, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested after prosecutors said he was caught on wiretaps scheming to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job for himself in the new administration.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Frances Reid is 95. Actor Kirk Douglas is 93. Actress Dina Merrill is 84. Actor Dick Van Patten is 81. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 79. Actress Dame Judi Dench is 75. Football Hall of Famer Deacon Jones is 71. Actor Beau Bridges is 68. Jazz singer-musician Dan Hicks is 68. Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus is 67. Author Joe McGinniss is 67. Actor Michael Nouri is 64. Former Sen. Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., is 62. World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite is 60. Singer Joan Armatrading is 59. Actor Michael Dorn is 57. Actor John Malkovich is 56. Country singer Sylvia is 53. Singer Donny Osmond is 52. Rock musician Nick Seymour (Crowded House) is 51. Comedian Mario Cantone is 50. Actor David Anthony Higgins is 48. Actor Joe Lando is 48. Actress Felicity Huffman is 47. Crown Princess Masako of Japan is 46. Country musician Jerry Hughes (Yankee Grey) is 44. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is 43. Rock singer-musician Thomas Flowers (Oleander) is 42. Rock musician Brian Bell (Weezer) is 41. Rock singer-musician Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) is 40. Country musician Brian Hayes (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 40. Actress Allison Smith is 40. Songwriter and "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi is 39. Country singer David Kersh is 39. Rock musician Tre Cool (Green Day) is 37. Rapper Canibus is 35. Rock musician Eric Zamora (Save Ferris) is 33. Rock singer Imogen Heap is 32. Actor Jesse Metcalfe is 31.
And the Dead: Joel Chandler Harris, humorist (1848); Clarence Birdseye, industrialist/inventor, noted as "the father of frozen foods" (1886); Jean de Brunhoff, author and illustrator of "Babar," the royalist elephant. (1899); Margaret Hamilton, actress (1902);

Grace Hopper, Rear Admiral, computer scientist, Freddie Martin, bandleader (1906); Thomas P O'Neill, political leader (1912); actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1909); actor Broderick Crawford ( 1911); comedian Redd Foxx (1922); John Cassavetes, actor and director (1929); Junior Wells, musician (1934).
Show Biz Lice History:
In 1965, "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered.
In 1967, police in New Haven, Connecticut, arrested Doors singer Jim Morrison for breach of peace and resisting arrest. Morrison had been sprayed with mace at a concert and police hauled him off stage.
In 1972, an all-star orchestral stage version of The Who's "Tommy" was performed in London. Members of the cast included Richie Havens, Peter Sellers and Steve Winwood.
In 1978, actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd recorded a version of "Soul Man" and released it under the name The Blues Brothers.
In 1981, singer Sonny Til of The Orioles died of a heart attack in Washington. He was 56.
In 1984, The Jacksons' "Victory Tour" ended in Los Angeles. It was the last time Michael Jackson toured with his brothers.
In 1995, The Beatles "Anthology One," with their first new song in 25 years, hit the top of the "Billboard" album chart.
In 2006, singer Georgia Gibbs, who'd reached the top of the charts in the 1950s, died in New York City at age 87.
In 2008, NBC announced that "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno would be moving to prime time.
Thought for Today: "All sins are attempts to fill voids." — Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).
Another thought for the day: English poet John Milton wrote, "No man who know aught can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free."

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.