Saturday, November 21, 2009

Let's Get This War Started

The American Fambly Ass. is doing its Xian duty to quash free speech.

One must wonder just what sort of "doucmentation" is required to be removed from the ""bad"" list. (Note the use of quotation marks all over the place, including around the word Christmas itself.)

Documents validating the "contribution" given to the American Family Association? Or do they prefer the documents simply to have consecutive serial nos. & images of Ben Franklin?

That's right, don't waste their time on local/regional cos. They never have enough money to make a shake-down worth the effort. Snark it yourselves (We'll stop the "war on Xmas" when they stop their war on the English language.) we can only make the effort to note these three items on the AFA sidebar:

Does this qualify as "Protests too much?" As in, caught w/ their pants down & their hands in the cookie jar, & compensating? (If not legally required to post these as part of a settlement or verdict.)

We're sure the comments are sincerely stupid as well. One (all caps, oddly enough) comes from: MRS.MARION FERN SPARTA, TN. You couldn't make up anything that dumb if you tried!

Scientific Research Reveals

After a world-wide study lasting over fifty yrs., a researcher in Los Angeles has concluded that while it is possible that others may be as bored, jaded & generally dulled-out as he is by all activity on the third planet of an insignificant sun on the far edges of nowhere, it is highly improbable that such a being could exist, or even survive in the current media environment.

Khristmas W/ The Klan

What's w/ the red & green robes? Santa Klan?

Scumbaggers hold rally at Ole Miss. Mo' at PuffHo.

The Free Market At Work

Abercrombie was once as popular among Wall Street analysts as it was throughout the halls of high schools across the country. A genius management team slapped a moose logo on basic, preppy attire and successfully convinced fashion enthusiastic teens to pay huge premiums for its merchandise. The result led to gross margins surpassing 66% -- unheard of in the retail industry -- and alluring growth.
Honestly, any nation stupid enough (even if it's only teenage cretins) to do that sort of thing deserves to be bombed back to the Stone Age. (Or, dare we say it, bombed back to the Stone-Washed Age.)

Outside World

If we ever left the bunker it might look something like this.The East Side of Los Angeles on a Sunny Day from clark vogeler on Vimeo.

Technical questions: Are there no more cameras/recorders that a humanoid can focus by him/herself? And what's w/ the depth of field (or lack thereof)? Actuality now has the appearance of an architectural model.

And we could moan about this having nothing to do w/ the actual Eastern parts of the city, but source LAist already has mentioned it, if not dealt w/ it:
and for the sake of the calm nature of this video, let's not re-hash the ages-old "what's east/what's west side" debate, mmmkay?
Oh, let's, geography-deniers!

Not Sure We Don't Care Enough To Have An Opinion

21 November: Tin-Foil Phonograph Unveiled, End Of Music Begins; Pigs Murder Miners At Columbine; Krauts "Annex" Czechoslovakia, Then Deport George Harrison; Haynsworth Rejected; 18½-Min. Tape Gap Announced; Death By Anthrax; Dow Jones Remains Bullshit; KISS Army Formed

Today is Saturday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2009. There are 40 days left in the year. Other inaccuracies.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 21, 1877, inventor Thomas A. Edison unveiled the phonograph.
On this date:
In 1783, in Paris, Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes made the first free-flight ascent in a balloon.
In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1922, Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
In 1927, picketing strikers at the Columbine Mine in northern Colorado were fired on by state police; six miners were killed.
In 1938, Nazi forces occupied western Czechoslovakia and declared its people German citizens.
In 1942, the Alaska Highway was formally opened.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of Clement F. Haynsworth, 55-45, the first such rejection since 1930.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18 1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, The U.S. Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act over U.S. President Gerald Ford's veto.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, a mob attacked the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing two Americans.
In 1980, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.
In 1985, former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel. (He later pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.)
In 1989, the proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
In 1991, the U.N. Security Council chose Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt to be secretary-general.
In 1995, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 5,000 for the first time.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton, speaking at a conference in Florence, Italy, called on prosperous nations to spread global wealth by helping poor countries with Internet hookups, cell phones, debt relief and small loans. China completed its first unmanned test of a spacecraft meant to carry astronauts.
In 2000, the Florida Supreme Court granted Democrat Al Gore's request to keep the presidential election recount going.
In 2001, Ottilie Lundgren, a 94-year-old resident of Oxford, Conn., died of inhalation anthrax. The source of the anthrax has never been determined.
In 2002, NATO sought to expand its membership into the borders of the former Soviet Union as it invited seven former communist countries to join the alliance: Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
In 2004, President George W. Bush, trying to mend relations with Latin America, pledged during an economic summit in Chile to make a fresh push for stalled immigration reforms. Iraqi authorities set Jan. 30, 2005, as the date for the nation's first election since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship. Six Wisconsin hunters were shot to death by Chai Soua Vang, an ethnic Hmong immigrant who was later sentenced to life in prison. The NBA suspended Indiana's Ron Artest for the rest of the season following a brawl that broke out at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons; eight other players received shorter bans. Donald Trump's casino empire filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And, Fred Hale Sr., believed to have been the oldest man on Earth, died less than a month before his 114th birthday at a DeWitt, N.Y., nursing home.
In 2006, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a restoration of diplomatic ties with Syria, ending 24 years of strained relations. Pierre Gemayel, Lebanon's industry minister and Maronite Christian leader, was assassinated by gunmen while riding in a convoy near Beirut.
In 2007, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan implicated U.S. President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in misleading the public on the identity outing of a covert CIA agent.
In 2008, Wall Street staged a comeback, with the major indexes jumping more than 5 percent and the Dow Jones industrials surging nearly 500 points. Somali pirates released a hijacked Greek-owned tanker, MV Genius, with all 19 crew members safe and the oil cargo intact after payment of a ransom. (The ship had been seized almost two months earlier.)
Today's Birthdays: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial is 89. Actor Joseph Campanella is 82. Country singer Jean Shepard is 76. Actor Laurence Luckinbill is 75. Actress Marlo Thomas is 72. Actor Rick Lenz is 70. Singer Dr. John is 69. Actress Juliet Mills is 68. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is 66. Basketball Hall of Famer Earl Monroe is 65. Comedian-director Harold Ramis is 65. Television producer Marcy Carsey is 65. Actress Goldie Hawn is 64. Movie director Andrew Davis is 63. Rock musician Lonnie Jordan (War) is 61. Singer Livingston Taylor is 59. Actress-singer Lorna Luft is 57. Actress Cherry Jones is 53. Rock musician Brian Ritchie (The Violent Femmes) is 49. Gospel singer Steven Curtis Chapman is 47. Actress Nicollette Sheridan is 46. Singer-actress Bjork is 44. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chauncey Hannibal (BLACKstreet) is 41. Rock musician Alex James (Blur) is 41. MLB All-Star player Ken Griffey, Jr. is 40. Rapper Pretty Lou (Lost Boyz) is 38. Actor/former football player Michael Strahan is 38. Country singer Kelsi Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 35. Singer-actress Lindsey Haun is 25. Actress Jena Malone is 25.
Today In Entertainment History November 21
In 1934, the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes," starring Ethel Merman as Reno Sweeney, opened on Broadway.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, former heavyweight champion boxer and actor Max Baer died in Hollywood at age 50.
In 1960, George Harrison was deported from Germany after The Beatles had moved to Hamburg to play clubs there. Authorities were tipped off that he was not yet 18 and was therefore not allowed to be in a nightclub after midnight.
In 1974, the KISS Army fan club officially formed in Terre Haute, Indiana.
In 1980, an estimated 83 million TV viewers tuned in to the CBS prime-time soap opera "Dallas" to find out who shot J.R., played by Larry Hagman. It turned out to be Kristin Shephard, played by Mary Crosby. Also in 1980, singer Don Henley was arrested after a nude 16-year-old girl was found in his Los Angeles home suffering from a drug overdose. Henley was fined and given probation.
In 1982, Liza Minelli, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson and Andrew Lloyd Webber were honored as the first group of Grammy Living Legends at a gala in Los Angeles. Also in 1982, singer Joni Mitchell married her bassist, Larry Klein, in Malibu, California.
In 1987, actor Bruce Willis married actress Demi Moore in Las Vegas. They separated after ten years.
In 1990, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall were married after being together for 12 years. They have since divorced.
In 1995, singer Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day was arrested for dropping his pants at a concert in Milwaukee. He was fined $141.
In 1996, actress Sherry Stringfield quit the cast of "ER" to spend more time with her family and boyfriend. She rejoined the cast five years later.
In 1997, rapper Coolio and seven members of his band were arrested for theft and assault in a boutique in Boblingen, Germany. They were accused of assaulting a clerk and stealing $2,000 in clothing.
In 1999, Quentin Crisp, the eccentric writer, performer and raconteur best-known for his autobiography "The Naked Civil Servant," died in Manchester, England, at age 90.
In 2008, Madonna and Guy Ritchie were granted a preliminary decree of divorce by a London court.
Thought for Today: "We are always doing, says he, something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us." — Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (1672-1719).

Friday, November 20, 2009

Heads Near Exploding Level


I do not care where Obama will be on Thanksgiving or Christmas. The latter is a traditional American Christian Holiday. It includes everyone who wants to be included. American Christians are not a delusional people who think we should do away with our traditions. We include Y'all come if you want to. I spent a glorious seasonal Holiday at my college roommate's house getting gifts during the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. No one said this "goy" could not come out of the guest room.

I will never be a socialist nor a commie nor do I respect those people enough to pay them with my tax money to run the White House.
Get a clue Obama and Chris Matthews: we are white and when we get in a line Blacks may join us but they do no make a majority in line say for example in a BOOK STORE . Whites are a majority in this country and we will be getting in line and telling Andrea Mitchell and Laura O'Donnell and Chris Matthews that we are in line not to get some of Obama's stash for gasoline and rent money but to buy Sarah Palin's book- GOING ROGUE.

The Rev. Manning tried to tell "McDaddy Long Legs" or whatever he called Obama, that "Mr. Whitey is just going to take so much of his bull and then we were going to react as in a BACKLASH. Everyone who heard Rev. Manning knows that Obama was going to be taken on by everyone who can write a letter or make a dissenting telephone call OR VOTE. Obama and Rude Emmanuel and Axeman live in a vacuum with an invisible cone of silence- but boys we hear you and we see you and we are tired of you freaks.

PALIN 2012

Police Terror: The War On Holidays

Sobriety Checkpoint in Sherman Oaks Tonight

As with every weekend, the LAPD is out to nab drunkards off the streets. This weekend's DUI checkpoint, scheduled for 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., is in Sherman Oaks, just south of the 101 Freeway on Van Nuys Boulevard at Hortense./div>
Thank you, LAist.

They kid you not: Last wknd., aesthete-ing about on the actual Eastside, while headed toward Chicken Boy, we noted a motorcycle officer lurking in a driveway along fabled Rte. 66 (known as Figueroa St. on that stretch) & later, at the third stop on the Art Drive (It's L. A., baby. Yeah, there are local "walks," but get real!) while out for a smoke & to check the Indian-stylee taco truckroach coach for edibility or a letter grade, we observed two motor cops busting two different drivers, on each of the streets forming the corner on which we were hanging. Forewarned is forearmed, & we want Americans to be armed & dangerous. W/ information, we mean.

Whew! Something To Make Snide Commentary Over Besides Ex-Alaska Gov.

EasyJet Apologizes for Fashion Shoot at Holocaust Memorial

EasyJet has pulled copies of its in-flight magazine, easyJet Traveller, after it was discovered that a fashion shoot published in the magazine was taken at Berlin's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of EuropeThe photos featured models lounging among massive concrete blocks in the memorial's distinctive "Field of Stelae," which honors Jews killed during the Holocaust. Commercial photography is prohibited at the site, and according to the memorial's director, officials were not notified beforehand. The images were first discovered by the British magazine New Statesman, which contacted easyJet this afternoon. Upon learning of the photos, easyJet apologized for the incident and said that the photos were the work of an outside publishing house.

Read original story in New Statesman | Friday, Nov. 20, 2009


Much Sweet Sarah schadenfreude available net-wide (Her people CAN'T EVEN ORGANIZE A BOOK TOUR!!) but we are on a much higher spiritual plane (at this very moment). Find it yourself, if you must.

Bouffant's Believe It Or Shove It

It is our firm resolve to be out of the sack by 1300 every day.

Peabody's All Too Probable History

20 November: Edward I Proclaimed King; Revolution In Mexico; RFK Born; Nuremberg Trials Start; Royal Wedding; DDT Banned; Alcatraz Take-Over; Franco Dies; Sadat Addresses Knesset; "Cabaret" Opens On Great White Way

Today is Friday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2009. There are 41 days left in the year. Moonie delusions.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 20, 1947, Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey.

On this date:
In 1272, Edward I was proclaimed King of England.
In 1620, Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay - the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.
In 1780, Britain declared war on Holland.
In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
In 1889, astronomer Edwin Hubble was born in Marshfield, Mo.
In 1910, revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero.
In 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.
In 1943, the Battle of Tarawa-Makin, marking the beginning of the U.S. offensive against Japan in the Central Pacific, began.
In 1945, 22 out of 24 indicted Nazi officials went on trial (one in absentia) before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
In 1959, the United Nations issued its Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
In 1967, the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Clock at the Commerce Department ticked past 200 million.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phaseout. A group of American Indian activists began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
In 1975, after nearly four decades of absolute rule, Spain's General Francisco Franco died, two weeks before his 83rd birthday.
In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel's parliament.
In 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced U.S. Marines would go to Lebanon to assist in the evacuation of PLO fighters.
In 1992, fire seriously damaged Windsor Castle, the favorite weekend home of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1995, Princess Diana admitted during an interview broadcast on BBC TV that she had been unfaithful to Prince Charles.
In 1996, House Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be speaker for a second term.
In 1999, a day after violent anti-American protests in Greece, President Bill Clinton sought to heal old wounds by acknowledging the United States had failed its "obligation to support democracy" when it backed Greek's harsh military junta during the Cold War.
In 2001, federal health officials approved sale of the world's first contraceptive patch, Ortho-Evra.
In 2003, singer Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of child molestation in Santa Barbara, Calif. (He was later acquited.)
In 2004, Republicans whisked a $388 billion spending bill through the House. Palestinians formally opened the campaign for a successor to Yasser Arafat. Scientist Ancel Keys, who invented the K rations eaten by soldiers in World War II and who linked high cholesterol and fatty diets to heart disease, died in Minneapolis at age 100.
In 2005, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez led a protest in Caracas against U.S. President George Bush's proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas.
In 2006, News Corp. canceled publication of O.J. Simpson's book about the killing of his ex-wife and her friend, "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened," and a subsequent Fox TV special. Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch called the project "ill-considered."
In 2007, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf released 3,400 people jailed under emergency rule but gave no indication as to when martial law would be lifted. Also in 2007, Ian Smith, the former Rhodesian prime minister who led his South African white-minority government through a violence-wracked era until the end of white rule in 1979, died at 88 after a long illness.
In 2008, the U.S. Congress rejected a plea for a $25 billion bailout by U.S. automakers. Democratic lawmakers said leaders from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler failed to put forth a strategy that would salvage their flagging businesses. Sen. Ted Stevens, the chamber's longest-serving Republican, delivered his swan song address following his failed re-election bid; he was saluted by his colleagues as a staunch friend and teacher. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose new sanctions aimed at reducing the arms flowing into Somalia and the lawlessness and piracy that were flourishing there. Betty James, co-founder of the company that made the Slinky, died in Philadelphia at age 90.
Today's Birthdays: Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., is 92. Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer is 86. Actress-comedian Kaye Ballard is 84. Actress Estelle Parsons is 82. TV personality Richard Dawson is 77. Comedian Dick Smothers is 71. Singer Norman Greenbaum is 67. Vice President Joe Biden is 67. Actress Veronica Hamel is 66. Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is 63. Actor Samuel E. Wright is 63. Singer Joe Walsh is 62. Actor Richard Masur is 61. Opera singer Barbara Hendricks is 61. Actress Bo Derek is 53. Former NFL player Mark Gastineau is 53. Reggae musician Jim Brown (UB40) is 52. Actress Sean Young is 50. Pianist Jim Brickman is 48. Rock musician Todd Nance (Widespread Panic) is 47. Actress Ming-Na is 46. Actor Ned Vaughn is 45. Rapper Mike D (The Beastie Boys) is 44. Rapper Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) is 44. Actress Callie Thorne is 40. Actress Sabrina Lloyd is 39. Actor Joel McHale is 38. Actress Marisa Ryan is 35. Country singer Dierks Bentley is 34. Actor Joshua Gomez is 34. Actress Laura Harris is 33. Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes is 33. Country singer Josh Turner is 32. Actress Nadine Velazquez is 31.
Today In Entertainment History November 20
In 1929, the radio program "The Rise of the Goldbergs" debuted on the NBC Blue Network. [Yes kids, before the FCC, there was an entire radio network devoted to "blue" material. — Ed.]
In 1966, the musical "Cabaret," with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, opened on Broadway.
In 1970, Kinks singer Ray Davies re-recorded one word for the single "Apeman." The song contained the word "foggin'," which sounded too much like an expletive.
In 1973, Who drummer Keith Moon collapsed twice during a concert in San Francisco, apparently because of jet lag. Guitarist Pete Townshend asked for a volunteer from the audience to finish the set -- and got one.
In 1983, an estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC movie "The Day After," which depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.
In 1990, the two performers known as Milli Vanilli held a press conference to discuss the lip-synching scandal that cost them their Grammy. Rob Pilatus told kids to get a good lawyer if they want to get into show business.
In 1994, musician David Crosby got a liver transplant.
Thought for Today: "Make haste slowly." — Caesar Augustus, Roman emperor (63 B.C.E.-C.E. 14).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

At The Same Time, In The All Too Real World

Slaying suspect said hobby was 'killing people'

OK, grim enough. Add: Suspect is fifteen. And female.

Which parent was abusing the shit out of her?

Theo-Fascism In The Forest

Most startling detail from R&B-mania:
One Dudley Do-Right bit included a character called Stokey the Bear who, contrary to his namesake, set fires instead of putting them out.

After it aired, Tiffany Ward recounted, "there was a knock on the door, and it was the (U.S.) Forest Service, saying, 'If that episode ever airs again, you're going to jail.' "

The episode never aired again, Ward said.
We haven't trusted that bear since we saw this:
& realized we weren't dealing w/ Yogi & Boo-Boo.

Another Chauncey & Edgar Moment

From news from me, we find today is the 50th Anniversary of the debut of "Rocky and His Friends" on ABC.

The "me" in "news from" is Mark Evanier, a colleague of the voice of Rocky.
Working with or just being around June Foray, I've really come to appreciate how beloved the series was and is. She can't go anywhere without folks throwing out their favorite lines of dialogue or telling her their favorite Fractured Fairy Tale. It's not just "That was a good show." It's more like "Some of my happiest childhood moments..." or "My whole sense of humor..." or "My desire to become a writer [or artist] came from that series!"
Commies nothing, between MAD & Jay Ward Productions, America was subverted into a nation of snarky elitism before the culture warriors of the day could shout "Stop!"
"me" also refers us to PuffHo.

Berger's Back

Weldon, that is.

We Swear: Never Again!

We hope this is the last thing ever seen in this space concerning this person; what more needs to be typed after this from The Washington Post?
A blue coach bus with "Going Rogue With Sarah!" written on the front over the likeness of a moose pulled up outside the Barnes and Noble here at about 5:30 p.m. The campaign anthem "Only in America" played on a speaker outside the store. When she got off the bus, wearing her familiar uniform of black skirt, high heels and red blazer, she waved with one hand and held her son Trig, dressed in a striped green sweater, in the other. The group erupted in applause. She walked to a small platform in the middle of the crowd, said "Thank you so much for showing up," and handed Trig to an aide.
Image via The Daily Dish, one of whose readers pointed out the WaPo quote.

19 November: Charles I Born (In Scotland); Gettysburg Address; End Of The Edsel; More Men On Moon; "Wilbur" Is 90; Artest, et al., Rumble At Palace; Beefeaters Become Byrds

Today is Thursday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2009. There are 42 days left in the year. The Moonanac. Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
Close Up
Above: President Abraham Lincoln (circled) at the dedication of Soldiers National Cemetery on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1863. Bottom: A longer view of the scene. The photo at top is an enlargement of the marked-off rectangular area. This is believed to be the only photograph of Lincoln at the dedication where he gave his famous Gettysburg Address. Taken by Civil War photographer Matthew Brady, it was discovered in 1953 in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where it had gone unnoticed. It is believed to show Lincoln seated on the platform just after his arrival, some three hours before he gave his speech. (AP Photo)
ADDED INFO: NotionsCapital has the PowerPoint Presentation.
On this date:
In 1600, King Charles I of England was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.
In 1794, the United States and Britain signed Jay's Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
In 1831, the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was born in Orange Township, Ohio.
In 1917, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was born in Allahabad.
In 1919, the Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55 in favor, 39 against, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.
In 1939, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for his presidential library at Hyde Park, N.Y.
In 1942, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front.
In 1954, the first automatic toll collection machine went into service at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
Forty years ago, in 1969, Apollo XII astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon.
In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, some 500 people died in a firestorm set off by a series of explosions at a petroleum storage plant on the edge of Mexico City.
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.

In 1986, at the beginning of what became the Iran-Contra scandal, U.S. President Ronald Reagan said the United States would send no more arms to Iran.
In 1990, NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations signed a massive conventional arms treaty in Paris to end the 40-year Cold War.
In 1998, independent Counsel Kenneth Starr laid out his evidence against President Bill Clinton during a daylong appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.
In 1999, hundreds of anti-American protesters battled riot police and set stores and banks ablaze as President Bill Clinton rode through Athens in a tight security cocoon and proclaimed a "profound and enduring friendship" with Greece. World leaders at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Turkey signed a treaty cutting the number of non-nuclear weapons systems across Europe.
In 2001, President George W. Bush signed legislation to put airport baggage screeners on the federal payroll. Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants became the first baseball player to win four Most Valuable Player awards.
In 2004, in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history, Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers charged into the stands and fought with Detroit Pistons fans, forcing officials to end the Pacers' 97-82 win with 45.9 seconds left. (Artest was suspended for the rest of the season and Jackson for 30 games. A fan was sentenced to 30 days in jail for assaulting Artest.)
In 2005, Prince Albert II formally became ruler of Monaco when he assumed the throne of his late father Prince Rainier.
In 2008, al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, slurred Barack Obama as a black American who does the bidding of whites in a new Web message intended to dent the president-elect's popularity among Arabs and Muslims. The Dow industrial average closed under 8,000 at 7,997.28 — the lowest close since March 2003.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Alan Young is 90.

Talk show host Larry King is 76. Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is 74. Talk show host Dick Cavett is 73. Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 71. Singer Pete Moore (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) is 70. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is 70. TV journalist Garrick Utley is 70. Actor Dan Haggerty is 68. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson is 68. Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 67. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 60. Actor Robert Beltran is 56. Actress Kathleen Quinlan is 55. Actress Glynnis O'Connor is 54. Newscaster Ann Curry is 53. Former NASA astronaut Eileen Collins is 53. Actress Allison Janney is 50. Rock musician Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) is 49. Actress Meg Ryan is 48. Actress-director Jodie Foster is 47. Actress Terry Farrell is 46. TV chef Rocco DiSpirito is 43. Actor Jason Scott Lee is 43. Olympic gold medal runner Gail Devers is 43. Actress Erika Alexander is 40. Rock musician Travis McNabb is 40. Singer Tony Rich is 38. Country singer Jason Albert (Heartland) is 36. Country singer Billy Currington is 36. Dancer-choreographer Savion Glover is 36. Country musician Chad Jeffers is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tamika Scott (Xscape) is 34. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lil' Mo is 32. Olympic gold medal gymnast Kerri Strug is 32. Actor Reid Scott is 32.
Today In Entertainment History November 19
In 1964, The Beefeaters changed their name to The Byrds.
In 1968, Diana Ross interrupted a set by The Supremes at the Royal Command Variety Performance in London to make a plea for racial harmony. The audience applauded for two minutes.
In 1970, James Brown married Dierdre Jenkins at her home in South Carolina.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Chuck Berry was released from a prison farm in California after serving two months for tax evasion in 1973.
In 1990, pop duo Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy because other singers had lent their voices to the "Girl You Know It's True" album.
In 1993, Nirvana taped an all-acoustic show in New York for "MTV Unplugged." It aired a month later.
In 2001, Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was arrested in Las Vegas for domestic battery after getting into a fight with his wife. He later pleaded guilty and was ordered to undergo counseling.
In 2002, Michael Jackson dangled his baby son over a fourth-floor balcony at a hotel in Berlin for fans waiting outside.
In 2005, Gary Glitter was arrested while trying to board a flight from Vietnam to Thailand. He was later convicted of child molestation. Also in 2005, Christina Aguilera married music executive Jordan Bratman in California's Napa Valley, & KISS frontman Paul Stanley married Erin Sutton in Pasadena, California.
In 2008, drama and dance critic Clive Barnes died in New York at age 81.
Thought for Today:"You simply cannot hang a millionaire in America." — Bourke Cockran, American politician and orator (1854-1923).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

World's Sorest Loser

Hoffman Accuses Democrats of Election Fraud

With his prospect of winning the NY-23 special election "now almost zero," Doug Hoffman (C) suggested in a letter that "ACORN, the unions and the Democratic Party" had "tampered" with results to deny him victory, the Watertown Daily Timesreports.

Hoffman also claims he was "forced to concede" on election night.

With 42.6% of the absentee ballots counted, Hoffman still trails Rep. Bill Owens (D) by 2,832 votes.
St. Nick on a Stick, there will never be another election w/o the losers whining about ACORN, will there? Sure there will. Magic Negro Hypnosis is the other lame excuse.

They Said It Couldn't Be Done, But What The Hell Did They Know?

Matthew Continetti manages to dumb it down for the ninth-grade reading level the L. A. Times is written to. After
Like a lot of people, as soon as I got my copy of Sarah Palin's "Going Rogue," I immediately thought of the German literary critic  Hans Robert Jauss.
it would be difficult not to bring it down a few notches, but MC M. C. provides Times readers w/ a simple & simplistic recap of one-time Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's alleged personae as a culture warrior, watchdog, reformer, veep* & celebrity. (The shorter: Palin is a typical politician, going w/ whatever works for her, whenever it works.) Phases of her career, one might say. Or, as Mark Heisler typed today (forgot audio distraction for today's bus expedition, had to read the dog-trainer first page-to-last [not in that order, however] in order to avoid our own thoughts)
NBA seasons are divided into phases, or as we call them in sports journalism, "cliches."
*Elements of Style©: Did this insufferable whore decide that "veep" now means "losing vice-presidential candidate," rather than "vice-president, that is, someone who has actually held said office, even if it was the vice-presidency of the Tupperware© Club?"

Notes To The Actors In Our National Discourse

For Kay Bailey Hutchison, just heard & seen whining about "socialized medicine" on the "liberal" news channel, MSNBC:

Just hurry up & die already. Between the wig (Or abused beyond belief hair-helmet, it's hard to tell ...) the embalming school make-up job (& the lack of any obvious brain activity) you might as well be dead anyway.

Just Another Blog™ does not want to see any of its tax money (HA! Just kidding. We haven't paid any taxes since the last millennium, suckers!) going to the socialized medicine the old bag enjoys on the tax-payer's dime. Cut off her policy & access to Bethesda Naval Hospital & make her get health insurance on her own at her advanced age. (No Medicare either, witch!) Not going to happen. Of course, we're sure that if she wasn't already over-burdened w/ money when she started in politics she's managed to whore herself to some rich guy (See also: Dianne Feinstein, Real Estate Whore.) or build her coffers w/ bribes & whatnot, so she might be able to get a policy she (but few other 'Murkins) could afford. Or a health-insurer might give her a sweet-heart deal in exchange for her pro-insurer water-carrying activities.

We at Just Another Blog (from L. A.)™ are 100% behind fellow Kerrvillain (by ancestry, in our case) Richard "Kinky" ("Big Dick") Friedman for Gov. of Tejas in 2010.

Breeder Scum

It is the opinion & belief of the editorial staff at Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™ that child-bearing & -rearing are the ultimate fascist acts. (Bad enough that you awful humanoids attempt to control animals, but human beings? Have you no shame?)

Further evidence of this was provided by Randy Andy's Daily Dip, which, in its pursuit of the rest of the story concerning Resigned Alaska Gov. Palin's fifth child (Unless of course he was daughter Bristol's first spawn, & the then-Gov.'s first grand-child.) mentioned Palin's plane ride from Texas w/ her water broken in what was apparently an attempt to have Triganosis born in Alaska. (Use the search box at The Dip, if you want further details. We will not be arsed!)

If that wasn't enough, Maurice Dowd of The NYT offers something further on Ex-Gov. Palin's attitudes toward birth & children:
Palin is so determinedly American that, when she went into labor with Willow on the Fourth of July while kayaking on Memory Lake in Wasilla, she writes, “I so wanted a patriotic baby that I paddled as hard as I could to speed up the contractions, but she held out until the next day.”
Yes, she wants to hurry contractions so one child can be born on the Fourth of July, & wants to hold off contractions on another one for similarly ridiculous political consideration. From Track (Army of One, to avoid being a prisoner of Alaska, but presented as some sort of noble warrior) to Trig, her family is nothing but a collection of political props. Is there anything resembling Child Protective Services in Alaska? Or simple human decency?

18 November: Good Day For Fascism: Time Zones Begin; Taft Intervenes In Nicaragua; Germany & Italy Recognize Franco Gov't.; Jonestown; Reagan Escapes Responsibility (Again), Appoints Drug CZAR!; Brits Ban Fox Murder; Creepy Show Biz Marriages

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2009. There are 43 days left in the year. Moon's Lying Almanac. Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 18, 1978, more than 900 people died in Jonestown, Guyana, after Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones urged them to kill themselves by drinking cyanide-laced grape punch. Jones died of a bullet wound to the head; whether it was self-inflicted is unknown.
On this date:
In 1477, "The Sayings of the Philosophers" was published, the earliest known book printed in England to carry a date.
In 1883, the United States and Canada adopted a system of Standard Time zones.
In 1886, the 21st president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur, died in New York.
In 1899, conductor Eugene Ormandy was born in Budapest, Hungary.
One hundred years ago, in 1909, President William Howard Taft ordered two warships to Nicaragua, a day after the government of President Jose Santos Zelaya executed two American mercenaries along with several hundred revolutionaries. Lyricist Johnny Mercer was born in Savannah, Ga.
In 1923, astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., the first American in space, was born in East Derry, N.H.
In 1936, Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
In 1958, the cargo freighter SS Carl D. Bradley sank during a storm in Lake Michigan, claiming 33 of the 35 lives on board.
In 1963, push-button telephones made their debut. Touch-tone service was available as an option for an extra charge.
In 1966, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays outside of Lent.
Forty years ago, in 1969, financier-diplomat Joseph P. Kennedy died in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 81.
In 1976, Spain's parliament approved a bill to establish a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship
In 1978, U. S. Rep. Leo J. Ryan, D-Calif., and four other people were killed in Jonestown, Guyana, by members of the Peoples Temple; the killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide by more than 900 cult members.
In 1987, the congressional Iran-Contra committees issued their final report, saying President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation creating a Cabinet-level drug czar and providing the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.
In 1999, twelve people were killed when a bonfire under construction at Texas A&M University collapsed. A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted Shawn Allen Berry of murder for his role in the dragging death of James Byrd Jr., but spared him the death penalty. American author and composer Paul Bowles, best known for "The Sheltering Sky" and other novels set in North Africa, died in Morocco at age 88.
In 2002, U.N. arms inspectors returned to Iraq after a four-year hiatus, calling on Saddam Hussein's government to cooperate with their search for weapons of mass destruction.
In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled, 4-3, that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.
In 2004, former President Bill Clinton's library opened in Little Rock, Ark.; in attendance were President George W. Bush, former President George H.W. Bush and former President Jimmy Carter. Former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry, convicted of killing four black girls in the racially motivated bombing of a Birmingham, Ala., church in 1963, died in prison at age 74. Britain outlawed fox hunting in England and Wales. (Scotland had already outlawed hunting.) Composer Cy Coleman died in New York at age 75.
In 2007, authorities in Bangladesh upped the death toll from Cyclone Sidr to at least 2,000 people. Many more were reported missing and some 600,000 were believed homeless from the vicious storm that ruined much of the country's food supply. Also in 2007, a methane explosion in a Ukrainian coal mine killed at least 88 miners with about a dozen others reported missing, officials said.
In 2008, Detroit's Big Three automakers pleaded with Congress for a $25 billion lifeline, warning of a national economic catastrophe should they collapse. Belgium-based InBev SA formed the world's largest brewer with its 41 billion-euro ($52 billion) takeover of U.S.-based Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. Boston's Dustin Pedroia won the American League MVP award, becoming the first second baseman to earn the honor in nearly a half-century.
Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is 86. Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 70. Author-poet Margaret Atwood is 70. Actress Linda Evans is 67. Actress Susan Sullivan is 67. Former Cherokee Nation chief Wilma Mankiller is 64. Country singer Jacky Ward is 63. Actor Jameson Parker is 62. Actress-singer Andrea Marcovicci is 61. College Football Hall of Famer Jack Tatum is 61. Rock musician Herman Rarebell is 60. Singer Graham Parker is 59. Actor Delroy Lindo is 57. Comedian Kevin Nealon is 56. Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is 53. Actor Oscar Nunez is 51. Actress Elizabeth Perkins is 49. Singer Kim Wilde is 49. Rock musician Kirk Hammett (Metallica) is 47. Rock singer Tim DeLaughter is 44. Actor Romany Malco is 41. Actor Owen Wilson is 41. Singer Duncan Sheik is 40. Actor Mike Epps is 39. Actress Peta Wilson is 39. Actress Chloe Sevigny is 35. Country singer Jessi Alexander is 33. Actor Steven Pasquale is 33. Rapper Fabolous is 30. Actor Nate Parker is 30. Rapper Mike Jones is 29.
Today In Entertainment History November 18
In 1928, Walt Disney's first sound-synchronized animated cartoon, "Steamboat Willie" starring Mickey Mouse, premiered in New York.
In 1954, ABC radio and TV banned "Mambo Italiano" by Rosemary Clooney for what it called "offensive lyrics."
Fifty years ago, in 1959, "Ben-Hur," MGM's Biblical-era spectacle starring Charlton Heston and directed by William Wyler, had its world premiere at Loew's State Theatre in New York. Actor-comedian Arthur Q. Bryan, who provided the voice of Warner Bros. cartoon character Elmer Fudd, died in Hollywood at age 60.
In 1970, Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Myra Gale Brown were divorced in Memphis. She had described their recent years together as a nightmare.
In 1972, Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant married Judy Seymour.
In 1987, the band U2 opened for itself as a country-rock group called the Dalton Brothers during a Los Angeles concert.
In 1992, Spike Lee's movie "Malcolm X," starring Denzel Washington, opened nationwide.
In 1994, the Rolling Stones broadcast a 20-minute segment of their show in Dallas, Texas, live over the Internet. They were the first major band to do so.
In 1997, police arrested singer Gary Glitter and questioned him about child pornography allegedly found on his computer. He later pleaded guilty to 54 charges of making indecent computer images of children.
In 1999, Doug Sahm of The Sir Douglas Quintet and of The Texas Tornados died of natural causes in Taos, New Mexico. He was 58.
In 2000, actor Michael Douglas married actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in New York.
In 2006, actor Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes were married in Italy.
Thought for Today: "If an historian were to relate truthfully all the crimes, weaknesses and disorders of mankind, his readers would take his work for satire rather than for history." — Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and critic (born this date in 1647, died 1706).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jesus & His Friends In The News Again

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

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

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

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

Note To Andrew Sullivan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bwok, Bwok!

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

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

The C. B. Story.

Ironic Reversal Of Fortune

As Unemployment Rises,
Mexican Remittances Head North

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

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

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

Monday, November 16, 2009

This Wk.'s Best In Nautical High-Jinks

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

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

Palin Contradicts Herself

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

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

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

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

Snarker Susan Announces

Starburst Central

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

Sticks It!

Also, what up w/ the New Yorker font?

So Excited We Forgot A Title

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

Thought Leader

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

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

"Around The World" Is $50 More.

Cuban Pro-Embargo Groups Increasingly Fund Democrats

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

Political Performance Art

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

Facts For Timid Teen Agers

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

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

Leave it to the Limeys to bring Jacko into it.