Saturday, November 28, 2009


You may have missed it (We certainly did.) but New Majority seems to have become FrumForum. (Are you giggling a bit already?)

Did someone talk David out of calling it FrumForum when he (& his backers) started it? As Republican identification plummeted, was it realized that "New Majority" was too much of a crock even for the reactionaries? Goodness, this is fascinating.

Here's a completely out of context bit of text:
The saying goes: ordinary leaders move to the center – great leaders move the center to them. Sarah Palin endorses neither concept. At least if this transcript from her 11/24 interview with Greta van Susteren is reflective, she adheres to what might be called the Go F— Yourself school of leadership. 
At least they keep it civil & decent there.

*Never, ever been done before.


A commenter reveals:
I lived in NZ for two and a half years. Sheep jokes are a dime a dozen. If you really want to get a taste of the Kiwi mindset, there is a satirical blog called Kiwianarama which is modelled after the “Stuff White People Like” blog. (Lots of parallels to the Canadian mentality. Esp. this one and this one.)
We should have known. Damn Churchillian "English-Speaking Peoples."

Nobody Knows The Troubles, Suffering & Agony We Undergo Each & Every Fucking Day

Our patriotic observance of Don't Buy Nuthin' Day yesterday has not brought the consumer society to its knees, begging for discretionary income. It has resulted in the emptying of the cupboards (Flagrant lie: Our bunker has neither cupboards, nor an oven.) & refrigerator; we are forced not only to leave the house but to go some distance to purchase stuff. This necessitates showering, & a shower on re-entering the bunker, to wash the stench & filth of commerce (& humanoids) from the sacred temple of our body, as well as various other indignities we will not recount for you, as we have yet to fabricate them.

How Can We Miss You, & So Forth?

All we want for Xmas (Don't need two front teeth, we got 'em in the medicine cabinet.) is for the gift that never fucking stops giving to stop. First, listen for Woody Guthrie a-spinnin' in his grave. (The obligatory image of W. G. & his fascist-killing guitar is available on-line somewhere for your perusal.)See it in context.

Then read & weep, Sarah supporters. A shitload of images & a story from the Tri- City Herald.
P. S.: You didn't think she was actually on that bus any longer than from the airport/hotel to the bookstore, did you?

We've Warned You Once Already

At least space them out so they're not next to each other.

28 November: Magellan Reaches Pacific; Washington Irving Dead; Rachmaninoff Rocks Apple; Opry's Radio Debut; Almost 500 Die In Cocoanut Grove Fire; Brit P. M. Thatcher Resigns; Serial Killer Dahmer Beaten To Death; Panda Murder; Plaxico Plugs Self; Berry Gordy, Jr. Is 80 (!); AIrcraft Death Toll: 419

Today is Saturday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2009. There are 33 days left in the year. UPI-manac.Today's Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on Nov. 28, 1909, Sergei Rachmaninoff's notoriously difficult Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 had its world premiere in New York, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Symphony and Rachmaninoff himself at the piano.
On this date:
In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1859, American author Washington Irving died in present-day Tarrytown, N.Y., at age 76.
In 1895, the first automobile race took place, between Chicago and Waukegan, Ill.
Ninety years ago, in 1919, American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.
Seventy years ago, in 1939, James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, died at age 78.
In 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began conferring in Tehran.

In 1958, Chad, Gabon and Middle Congo became autonomous republics within the French community. The United States fired an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time.
In 1963, Cape Canaveral, the space center in Florida, was renamed Cape Kennedy to honor the assassinated president. Area residents later voted to revert to the original name.
In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars.
In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford nominated federal Judge John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by William O. Douglas.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
In 1987, a South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard.
In 1989, Czechoslovakian Premier Ladislav Adamec agreed to a coalition government. The next day, the Czech Parliament revoked the Communist Party's monopoly.
In 1994, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.
In 1995, President Bill Clinton signed a bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
In 1999, Hsing-Hsing, the popular giant panda that arrived in America in 1972 as a symbol of U.S.-China detente, was euthanized at Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo at age 28 because of his deteriorating health.
In 2000, George W. Bush's lawyers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to bring "legal finality" to the presidential election by ending any further ballot recounts; Al Gore's team countered that the nation's highest court should not interfere in Florida's recount dispute.
In 2001, Enron Corp. collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.
In 2004, NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol was injured, his 14-year-old son Teddy among three people killed, in a charter plane crash outside Montrose, Colo. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for slaughtering members of the Iraqi security forces in Mosul, where dozens of bodies had been found. A gas explosion in a central Chinese coal mine killed 166 people.
In 2005, U.S. Rep. Randall "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif., pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy charges involving bribes from military contractors.
In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI flew to Ankara, Turkey, amid heavy security measures to mend religious fences and establish a dialogue with Muslims. Some 250,000 Muslims demonstrated against the papal visit over remarks Benedict made in September perceived as offensive to Islam.
Also in 2006, leftist candidate Rafael Correa was officially declared winner of the Ecuadorian presidential election.
In 2007, a U.S. airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed 22 Afghan civilian road construction workers. The men, working on a U.S. military contract, died as they slept in two large tents in a remote mountainous area. Also in 2007, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf relinquished his role as head of his country's military forces, one day before he was sworn in for a third term as president. O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers. (Simpson was later convicted and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.)
In 2008, Indian forces fired grenades at the landmark Taj Mahal hotel, the last stand of suspected Muslim militants, just hours after elite commandos stormed a Jewish outreach center and found six hostages dead. (The 60-hour rampage in Mumbai ended the following day.) At least 400 people were reported killed and hundreds more wounded in violent clashes in Nigeria between Muslims and Christians over local elections. Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress of the New York Giants accidentally shot himself in the right thigh with a gun tucked into his waistband at a New York City nightclub. (Burress was later sentenced to two years in prison for a weapons conviction.)
Today's Birthdays: Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. is 80. Former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., is 73. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel is 69. Singer Randy Newman is 66. CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer is 63. Movie director Joe Dante is 62. "Late Show" orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 60. Actor Ed Harris is 59. Former NASA teacher in space Barbara Morgan is 58. Actress S. Epatha Merkerson is 57. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is 56. Country singer Kristine Arnold (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 53. Actor Judd Nelson is 50. Movie director Alfonso Cuaron is 48. Rock musician Matt Cameron is 47. Actress Jane Sibbett is 47. Comedian/talk show host Jon Stewart is 47. Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon is 43. R&B singer Dawn Robinson is 41. Hip-hop musician (Black Eyed Peas) is 35. Actress Aimee Garcia is 31. Rapper Chamillionaire is 30. Actor Daniel Henney is 30. Rock musician Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) is 26. Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead is 25. Actress Scarlett Pomers ("Reba") is 21.
Today In Entertainment History November 28
In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut on station WSM.
In 1964, Willie Nelson made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Also in 1964, "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las hit number one on the Billboard pop chart.
Thirty-five years ago, in 1974, John Lennon performed in concert for the first time in several years. He sang three songs with Elton John at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was payback for a bet in which John had made Lennon promise they'd perform together if "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" hit number one.
In 1976, actress Rosalind Russell died. She was 68.
In 1989, IRS agents raided the Las Vegas home of actor Redd Foxx, who owed an estimated $755,000 in taxes.
In 1990, officials in Los Angeles decided there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute singer Axl Rose for assault in connection with a dispute with his neighbor. The neighbor claimed Rose hit her over the head with an empty wine bottle.
In 1997, Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon was arrested in Florence, Italy, for wearing a skirt. He was released when a police officer recognized the name "Chumbawamba." Also in 1997, the last episode of "Beavis and Butt-head" aired on MTV.
Thought for Today: "Great minds have purposes; others have wishes." — Washington Irving, American author (1783-1859). [We wish he'd just shut up. — Ed.]

Friday, November 27, 2009

We're Sorry We're So Cynical

As evidenced, & confirmed.

Death Of Newspapers, Part Cont'd.

What if we went out of our way to find this sort of thing?
Also from last yr.
And this yr.
Have we mentioned how much we despise this annual force-feeding?

Doo Doo Doot Doo Doo Doo!

In the grand tradition of B&W footage of fresh-faced Brit bands of the '60s, the band not of our faves, but this is one of their better tunes/plagiarisms, in a version probably not widely heard.First seen here, where it is inferred, w/ recent & relevant evidence, that if the Constitution isn't to be the proverbial suicide pact, something needs to be done about that Second Amendment.

Who's Worse Than Obama? Angelina Jolie, That's Who.

Oh, no, never mind, it's just hysterical leftists who deny the O-bummer's flagrant socialism. Yet they dislike Angelina Jolie as well. Schism on The Monolithic Left?

Live-Blogging "Buy Nothing Day"

Bought some Camels about one this a. m. Nothing else so far.

Is it permissable to buy a newspaper?

Irresponsible Speculation

Tiger Woods leaves his house at 0235. He runs into "a fire hydrant & part of a tree."
A local police chief in Florida says Tiger Woods' wife used a golf club to smash out the back window and helped get the golfer out of the car.


[Windermere Police Chief Daniel] Saylor says officers found Woods laying [sic]in the street with his wife hovering over him.
Just one question: Was she still holding the golf club when officers arrived?

You Suck, We Hate You, Please Die

Dirty commie moochers who should be eradicated like the money-sucking parasites they are continue to bitch about Alyssa (Ayn Rand) Rosenberg (based on the two recent bioraphies) & we continue to link thereto.
If you read both books back to back, you have a 700-page portrait of a humorless, puritanical didact who was contemptuous of, among many other things, homosexuals, American Indians (arguing that Europeans had a right to take their land because the natives did not recognize “individual rights”), Medicare, family values, beatniks, hippies, and libertarians, whom she regularly referred to as “scum,” “intellectual cranks,” and “worse than anything the New Left has proposed.”

She opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, was vehemently against the draft (but called those who evaded it “bums”), and “regarded the feminist movement as utterly without legitimacy.”


Oh, and for the last 30 years of her life, she was addicted to amphetamines.

So much for the small stuff. Rand was also, despite her avowed love of America, contemptuous of democracy. In an admiring 1958 letter, the economist Ludwig von Mises told Rand, “You have the courage to tell the masses what no politician told them: You are inferior, and all the improvements in your condition which you simply take for granted, you owe to the effort of men who are better than you.” And apparently women, too. In a 1936 novel, We the Living, a stand-in for Rand tells a Bolshevik with blood-chilling candor, “I loathe your ideals. I admire your methods.”
Blah blah. And we thought we hated w/ the white-hot yada of heat.

Not So Cheap Thrills

Excitement mounts at the Just Another Blog™ bunker, as Time Warner Cable (A corporate entity that is entirely appropriate as the spiritual descendant of an un-holy union between TIME, Inc. founder Henry Luce & "Col." Jack Warner of the four Warner Bros.) has expanded its High Definition line-up, & now we can get suck (Ha ha, Freudian typo! We meant to type "such.") channels as E!, two of the nation's many shopping channels, & a bunch of other crap in full 16:9. Getting TCM in H-D might have interfered w/ typing activity here, but we have the impression that we've already seen every film they show.

We Thought It Was Mockery Of Beck's "Christmas Sweater." It Wasn't.

Sez "Fuck this!" & worse, also nasty illustrated images: Workers be warned!

27 November: San Francisco Mayor shot to death; Gerald Ford named as Richard Nixon's Vice President; Agee Centenary; Pope Stabbed; Doctors perform world's first partial face transplant; Playwright Eugene O'Neill dies.

Today is Friday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2009. There are 34 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on Nov. 27, 1909, author, poet and critic James Agee was born in Knoxville, Tenn.
On this date:
In 1701, astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale, was born in Uppsala, Sweden.
Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1759, town officials in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, evicted the Rev. Francis Gastrell from William Shakespeare's home after he cut down a 150-year-old tree that had been planted by the writer.
In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad began regularly serving New York's Pennsylvania Station.
In 1940, two months after Gen. Ion Antonescu seized power in Romania and forced King Carol II to abdicate, more than 60 aides of the exiled king, including Nicolae Iorga, a former minister and acclaimed historian, were executed.
In 1942, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of German troops.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned.
In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.
Audio Link Supervisor Dianne Feinstein briefs reporters
In 1983, 181 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.
In 1985, the British House of Commons approved the Anglo-Irish accord, giving Dublin a consultative role in the governing of British-ruled Northern Ireland.
In 1989, a bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca Boeing 727, killing all 107 people on board and three people on the ground. University of Chicago doctors implanted part of a woman's liver in her 21-month-old daughter in the nation's first living donor liver transplant. Also in 1989, Virginia certified Douglas Wilder as the nation's first elected black governor by a margin of 0.38 percent.
In 1990, British treasury chief John Major was elected Conservative Party leader, succeeding Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.
In 1992, military dissidents attempted to overthrow Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez.
In 1994, Bosnian Serbs took 150 U.N. peacekeepers hostage to prevent NATO airstrikes.
In 1997, tens of thousands of German students took to the streets of Bonn to protest the decline of Germany's higher education system.
In 1999, Northern Ireland's biggest party, the Ulster Unionists, cleared the way for the speedy formation of an unprecedented Protestant-Catholic administration.
In 2002, U.S. President George Bush created a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to find ways to thwart future strikes. U.N. specialists began a new round of weapons inspections in Iraq.
In 2003, U.S. President George Bush swooped into Iraq under the cover of darkness in a surprise visit to U.S. forces in Baghdad to help serve them Thanksgiving dinner.
In 2004, after 40 years in North Korea and less than one month in a U.S. military jail near Tokyo, U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins became a free man. The Ukraine parliament declared the recently held presidential election invalid.
In 2006, while deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein awaited court-ordered execution on his earlier mass murder conviction, Baghdad prosecutors resumed his second trial in which he and six others were charged with crimes against humanity in the deaths of as many as 180,000 Kurds in 1987-88.
In 2007, U.S. President George Bush, addressing representatives from more than 40 countries before a meeting over Mideast peace, said Israeli and Palestinian leaders had agreed to initiate immediate talks on a peace treaty.
In 2008, Indian commandoes fought to wrest control of two luxury hotels and a Jewish center from militants, a day after a chain of attacks across Mumbai. Iraq's parliament approved a pact requiring all U.S. troops to be out of the country by Jan. 1, 2012. Edna Scott Parker, who was said to be the oldest living person in the world, died at age 115 in Indiana, her family said.
Today's Birthdays: Actor James Avery is 61. Producer-director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") is 58. TV host Bill Nye ("Bill Nye, the Science Guy") is 54. Actor William Fichtner is 53. Caroline Kennedy is 52. Writer-producer-director Callie Khouri is 52. Rock musician Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) is 50. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is 49. Rock musician Charlie Benante (Anthrax) is 47. Rock musician Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 47. Actor Fisher Stevens is 46. Actress Robin Givens is 45. Actor Michael Vartan is 41. Rapper Skoob (DAS EFX) is 39. Actor Kirk Acevedo is 38. Rapper Twista is 37. Actor Jaleel White is 33. Actress Alison Pill is 24.
Today In Entertainment History November 27
In 1939, the play "Key Largo," by Maxwell Anderson, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York.
In 1953, playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Boston at age 65.
In 1957, "The Chirping Crickets" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets was released. It contained the singles "That'll Be the Day," "Maybe Baby," and "Not Fade Away."
In 1967, The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" album was released in North America.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the Rolling Stones opened a four-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden. Portions of the first two concerts were released on the album "Get Yer Ya-Yas Out."
In 1970, George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" album was released.
In 1980, the sitcom "Bosom Buddies," starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, premiered on ABC.
In 1985, actress Amy Irving married filmmaker Steven Spielberg. They have since split up.
In 1995, The Beatles' "Anthology One" set a record for first-week sales, selling 1.2 million copies. That record has since been broken.
Thought for Today: "You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition." — James Agee (1909-1955).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Elitist Musings On Turkey Day

On Enforced Family Solidarity Day, we consider ourself fortunate that we are an orphan, & that our closest known relatives are on the other coast of This Great Nation of Ours™. (No fucking fly-over country losers in our family tree.)
But why be "grateful" to a random, meaningless universe that could have given us all one hell of a better deal to be thankful for?

Meanwhile, Along The Infantile-Juvenile Pop Culture Axis

The Three Stooges made two 3-D shorts and you can download one of them from this site. And this Saturday out in Glendale, CA, the Alex Theater is running that same short (plus four 2-D Stooges shorts with Curly) as part of the 12th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event. I will not be there. I love the Stooges but (a) I'm not sure I could take five shorts in one sitting, (b) 3-D movies have a hypnotic effect on me that induces slumber and (c) I'm a little afraid of being in a room with that many Stooge fans.Mark Evanier

26 November: First Frat Formed;
"Ulysses" OK'd; China enters Korean War;
Nazis force half a million Jews into
walled ghetto; Frogs In Space; Nixon's
secretary tries to explain gap on
Watergate tapes; "Squeaky" Guilty;
Liz II To Pay Taxes; Bush "Wins" Florida;
"Casablanca" premieres at Hollywood Theater; Tina Turner is born.
(Now She's 70. Congrats!)

Today is Thursday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2009. There are 35 days left in the year. Also: UPI Almanac. This is Thanksgiving Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
Nov. 26, 1789, was a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
On this date:
In 1825, the first college social fraternity, the Kappa Alpha Society, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
In 1832, In 1832, the first streetcar railway in America started public service in New York City from City Hall to 14th Street. The car was pulled by a horse and the fare was 12 1/2 cents.
In 1842, the founders of the University of Notre Dame arrived at the school's present-day site near South Bend, Ind.
In 1883, former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek, Mich.
In 1922, In Egypt's Valley of the Kings, British archaeologists Howard Carter and George Carnarvon became the first humans to enter King Tutankhamen's treasure-laden tomb in more than 3,000 years.
In 1933, a judge in New York decided the James Joyce book "Ulysses" was not obscene and could be published in the United States.
In 1940, the half million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a walled ghetto.
In 1941, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull submitted U.S. proposals to the Japanese peace envoys in Washington.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1.
In 1943, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed.
Sixty years ago, in 1949, India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth.
In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea.
In 1965, France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.
Rose Mary Woods, personal secretary to President Richard Nixon,
poses at her White House desk in 1973. (AP Photo)
In 1975, a federal jury in Sacramento, Calif., found Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, guilty of trying to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford. (Fromme was later sentenced to life in prison and released in August 2009.)
In 1992, the British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income, and would take her children off the public payroll.
In 1998, Tony Blair gave the first speech by a British prime minister to an Irish parliament.
In 1999, sixteen people were killed when a Norwegian high-speed passenger ferry hit a shoal and sank off Boemla Island, 250 miles west of Oslo.
In 2000, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified Republican George W. Bush the winner over Democrat Al Gore in the state's presidential balloting by 537 votes.
In 2004, leading Iraqi politicians called for a six-month delay in the Jan. 30 election because of spiraling violence; President George W. Bush said, "The Iraqi Election Commission has scheduled elections in January, and I would hope they'd go forward in January." (The vote took place as scheduled.)
In 2008, teams of heavily armed gunmen, allegedly from Pakistan, stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in Mumbai, India, leaving at least 166 people dead in a rampage lasting some 60 hours. A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyberbullying case was convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles of three minor offenses for her role in a mean-spirited Internet hoax that apparently drove a 13-year-old girl, Megan Meier, to suicide. (However, Lori Drew's convictions were later dismissed.)
Today's Birthdays: Actress Ellen Albertini Dow is 91. Author Gail Sheehy is 72. Impressionist Rich Little is 71. Singer Tina Turner is 70. Singer Jean Terrell is 65. Pop musician John McVie is 64. Actress Marianne Muellerleile is 61. Actor Scott Jacoby is 53. Actress Jamie Rose is 50. Country singer Linda Davis is 47. Blues singer-musician Bernard Allison is 44. Country singer-musician Steve Grisaffe is 44. Actress Kristin Bauer is 36. Actor Peter Facinelli is 36. Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge is 35. Actress Maia Campbell is 33. Country singer Joe Nichols is 33. Contemporary Christian musicians Randy and Anthony Armstrong (Red) are 31. Actress Jessica Bowman is 29. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 28. Rock musician Ben Wysocki (The Fray) is 25. Singer Lil Fizz is 24. Singer Aubrey Collins is 22.
Today In Entertainment History November 26
In 1942, the motion picture "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.
In 1956, bandleader Tommy Dorsey was found dead at his Connecticut home after apparently choking. He was 51.
In 1962, The Beatles recorded "Please Please Me."
In 1968, Cream performed its farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker continued working together in the band Blind Faith. (The band reunited for seven shows in 2005.)
In 1976, 10cc broke up.
In 1982, trumpeter Miles Davis married actress Cicely Tyson in New York. Comedian Bill Cosby was the best man.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, more than 45 acts participated in an earthquake relief "Rock-A-Thon" broadcast on public television and in northern California. Three concerts were held in San Francisco, Oakland and Watsonville, the town hit hardest by the quake.
In 1992, Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" album was released. Hundreds of fans lined up at stores nationwide to buy it on the first day.
In 2004, French movie director Philippe de Broca ("King of Hearts") died at age 71.
Thought for Today: "Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route." — Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Australian nurse (1886-1952).

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

On The Other Hand: Warts

However, we ran across this while wading in the blogs.

Enough, Already!

Below: High-Technology Bogroll
Had been contemplating plugging the bogrolls (We've been paying much more attention to what goes on there since adding the "Live! Hap-nin' now! Updater" thing.) w/ a bit of bitch&moan ("C'mon,, NINE YEARS since your last update? Stop embarrassing us!") but, you know, contemplation is one thing, action is often equivalent to work.

However, the appearance of the "Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody" video on at least four of the sites listed over there w/in 18 or so hrs. is starting to raise our ire. (Irks us, too.) We are not referring only to the juvenile-to-adolescent pop culture nostalgia endeavors, either. As far as overtly political (And really, isn't everything political?) operations go, you didn't all have to embed the (8:22) of Paliens at the Borders Books Music Cafe in or near Columbus, did you? Some of you better shape up if you expect to remain in good standing.

Natural World Wrap-Up

  1. Nepalese Temple Holds World's Largest Animal Sacrifice A temple in Nepal carried out the world's biggest animal sacrifice yesterday, slaughtering 15,000 buffalo and "countless" goats and birds.
    Read original story in The New York Times | Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
  2. South Africa's Monkey Gangs Grow Bolder Aggressive gangs of baboons have started breaking into cars in the South African city of Cape Town, and officials worry that tourists may be their next target.
    Read original story in Associated Press | Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
Keep it up humans. Just keep doing what you do, & see what it gets you.

What's Wrong W/ This Headline?

From America's conscience, Confederate Yankee.

Toward A Truer Thanksgiving

From Doc 40 (not big on links) an excerpt of a prologue, sort of:

“Author Tony Horwitz muses on the discovery of America after hearing from a Plymouth Rock tour guide named Claire that the most common question from tourists was why the date etched on the rock was 1620 instead of 1492: 'People think Columbus dropped off the Pilgrims and sailed home.' Claire had to patiently explain that Columbus's landing and the Pilgrims' arrival occurred a thousand miles and 128 years apart. ..."By the time the first English settled, other Europeans had already reached half of the forty-eight states that today make up the continental United States. One of the earliest arrivals was Giovanni da Verrazzano, who toured the Eastern Seaboard in 1524, almost a full century before the Pilgrims arrived. ... Even less remembered are the Portuguese pilots who steered Spanish ships along both coasts of the continent in the sixteenth century, probing upriver to Bangor, Maine, and all the way to Oregon. ... In 1542, Spanish conquistadors completed a reconnaissance of the continent's interior: scaling the Appalachians, rafting the Mississippi, peering down the Grand Canyon, and galloping as far inland as central Kansas. ..."The Spanish didn't just explore: they settled, from the Rio Grande to the Atlantic. Upon founding St. Augustine, the first European city on U.S. soil, the Spanish gave thanks and dined with Indians-fifty-six years before the Pilgrim Thanksgiving at Plymouth. ... Plymouth, it turned out, wasn't even the first English colony in New England. That distinction belonged to Fort St. George, in Popham, Maine. Nor were the Pilgrims the first to settle Massachusetts. In 1602, a band of English built a fort on the island of Cuttyhunk. They came, not for religious freedom, but to get rich from digging sassafras, a commodity prized in Europe as a cure for the clap. ..."The Pilgrims, and later, the Americans who pushed west from the Atlantic, didn't pioneer a virgin wilderness. They occupied a land long since transformed by European contact. ... Samoset, the first Indian the Pilgrims met at Plymouth, greeted the settlers in English. The first thing he asked for was beer." -- Tony Horwitz, A Voyage Long and Strange

Now that you've wasted time reading it, play w/ the interactive map like a bright four-yr. old.

Just An Excuse To Type "Arrrggghh, Matey!"

Defense Tech exam­ines the intersection of technology and defense from every angle and provides analysis on what’s ahead.
While published esti­mates vary, right now Somali pirates hold captive about one dozen vessels, anchored in shallow water, and almost 300 crewmembers, most held aboard in horrendous living conditions.

25 November: British Capture Pittsburgh; Redcoats Leave New York; Joltin' Joe, Bush Twinz Drop; Blacklist Imposed; "White Album" Out In Time for Xmas; Mishima Commits Hara-Kiri; NIx Sez: Must Drive 55; Elian Gonzalez Rescued; Homeland Security Law Signed

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2009. There are 36 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 25, 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War.
On this date:
In 1758, during the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne in present-day Pittsburgh.
In 1835, industrialist Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland.
UPI Thought: Andrew Carnegie wrote: "Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. The man who dies rich thus dies disgraced." [Fucking commie. — Ed.]
In 1881, Pope John XXIII was born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli near Bergamo, Italy.
In 1908, the first issue of The Christian Science Monitor was published.
In 1914, Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio was born in Martinez, Calif.
In 1944, baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis died at age 78.
In 1947, movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the "Hollywood Ten," who were cited a day earlier and jailed for contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.
In 1963, the body of President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1970, world-renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima committed suicide after failing to win public support for his often extreme political beliefs.In 1973, Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup. U. S. President Richard Nixon ordered the national highway speed limit cut from 70 mph to 55 mph to save lives and gasoline.
In 1974, former U.N. Secretary-General U Thant died at age 65.
In 1984, William Schroeder of Jasper, Ind., became the second man to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, at Humana Hospital Audubon in Kentucky. (He lived 620 days on the device.)
In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.
Audio LinkPresident Ronald Reagan
Audio LinkAttorney General Edwin Meese
UPI Version: U. S. President Ronald Reagan announced the resignation of national security adviser John Poindexter and the firing of Poindexter aide Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North in the aftermath of the secret, illegal Iran arms sale.
In 1987, Chicago Mayor Harold Washington died after suffering a heart attack in his City Hall office.
In 1992, the Czechoslovakian Parliament voted to dissolve the country at the end of the year into separate Czech and Slovak states.
In 1997, Ron Carey, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, resigned amid questions about his management of union funds.
In 1999, five-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida. (Elian was one of three survivors from a boat carrying 14 Cubans that had sunk two days earlier in the Atlantic Ocean; his rescue set off an international custody battle between relatives in Miami and Elian's father that eventually resulted in Elian being returned to Cuba.)
In 2001, CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann was killed during a prison uprising in Mazar-e-Sharif, becoming America's first combat casualty of the conflict in Afghanistan.
In 2002, President George Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its chief.
In 2003, the Senate gave final congressional approval to historic Medicare legislation combining a new prescription drug benefit with measures to control costs before the baby boom generation reaches retirement age. Yemen arrested Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal, a top al-Qaida member suspected of masterminding the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker off Yemen's coast.
In 2004, leading Sunni Muslim politicians in Iraq urged postponement of the Jan. 30, 2005 national elections. (However, the elections ended up taking place as scheduled.) A man with a knife broke into a high school dormitory in Ruzhou, China, killing nine boys as they slept. (Chinese authorities later executed a 21-year-old man who confessed to the attack.)
In 2006, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants into the Jewish state.
In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama said economic recovery efforts would trump deficit concerns after he took office in January; at the same time, Obama pledged a "page-by-page, line-by-line" budget review to root out unneeded spending. Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to a Virginia dogfighting charge, receiving a three-year suspended sentence. Flights in and out of Bangkok, Thailand, were grounded when anti-government demonstrators occupied the international airport.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Noel Neill is 89. Playwright Murray Schisgal is 83. Actress Kathryn Crosby is 76. Actor Matt Clark is 73. Playwright Shelagh Delaney is 70. Singer Percy Sledge is 69. NFL Hall of Fame coach and NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs is 69. Author, actor and game show host Ben Stein is 65. Singer Bob Lind is 65. Actor John Larroquette is 62. Actor Tracey Walter is 62. Movie director Jonathan Kaplan is 62. Author Charlaine Harris is 58. Retired baseball All-Star Bucky Dent is 58. Singer Amy Grant is 49. Rock musician Eric Grossman (K's Choice) is 45. Rock singer Mark Lanegan is 45. Rock singer-musician Tim Armstrong is 44. Singer Stacy Lattisaw is 43. Rock musician Rodney Sheppard (Sugar Ray) is 43. Rapper-producer Erick Sermon is 41. Actress Jill Hennessy is 40. Actress Christina Applegate is 38. Actor Eddie Steeples ("My Name Is Earl") is 36. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is 33. Former first daughter Barbara Bush is 28. Former first daughter Jenna Hager is 28. Actress Katie Cassidy is 23.
Today In Entertainment History November 25
In 1952, the Agatha Christie play "Mousetrap" opened in London. It became the longest-running play ever.
In 1961, Don and Phil Everly were sworn in to the US Marine Corps Reserves in Nashville and later reported to Camp Pendleton.
In 1968, The Beatles' "White Album" was released.
In 1976, The Band gave its final performance in San Francisco. The concert was documented in the movie "The Last Waltz."
In 1969, John Lennon returned his MBE medal to the Queen to protest Britain's support for US involvement to Vietnam, among other things. The other three Beatles kept their medals, which they received in 1965.
In 1984, the Ethiopian famine relief song "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid was recorded in London. The session was organized by singer Bob Geldof.
In 1985, Bobby Brown announced he was leaving the group New Edition for a solo career.
In 1992, Whitney Houston's first movie, "The Bodyguard," opened nationwide. The movie's theme song "I Will Always Love You" was already a No. 1 song when the film opened. Also in 1992, the movie "Aladdin" opened nationwide.
In 1998, comedian Flip Wilson died of liver cancer at his home in Malibu, California. He was 64. Also in 1998, actor Michael J. Fox revealed he had Parkinson's disease.
In 2002, actor Nicolas Cage filed for divorce from Lisa Marie Presley. They had been married for four months.
In 2008, playwright William Gibson ("The Miracle Worker") died in Stockbridge, Mass., at age 94. TV personality Brooke Burke and professional partner Derek Hough won "Dancing with the Stars."
Thought for Today: "Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul." — Henry van Dyke, American clergyman (1852-1933).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Out Of Ideas & Rummaging Through The Trash

Tonight's theme on TCM is "Elevators." Yes, movies that feature elevators.


Boiled down for most idiocy & offensiveness:

J.D. Foster / The Foundry:   Tax Terrorists, Not Americans

Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Americans Oppose War, Want More Troops

Max Boot / Commentary:   One Word from Obama Can Rejuvenate Troop Morale — “Victory”

 Michelle Malkin:

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:   Pamela Geller, American Thinker: Free Speech Silenced at Columbia and Princeton

Michelle Malkin:   Waking up to deadly diversity

Takes away one's will to live, doesn't it?

Separated At Birth

It's hard keeping a Palinatorium going. Temptation is the one thing we can't resist.
Added by Sarah Palin to the note "Going Rogue Tour!"
We'll just betcha Sarah really did write this:
Gov. Sarah Palin talks with a woman who's looks resemble that of Gov. Sarah Palin at Borders bookstore during the third "Going Rogue" book signing event Thursday, November 19, 2009, in Noblesville, IN. Photo by Shealah Craighead. Copyright SarahPAC.
She thinks she's still the "Gov."

Note To Reactionaries: This Is What It's Like When The Gov't. Suppresses Your Speech. Not To Mention The Executions.

23 Nov 2009 01:46 pm

Totalitarian Texting

The Iranian regime is using SMS to warn people not to protest:
The reports come ahead of Student Day on December 7, which the opposition has vowed to “turn green” in support of the Green movement backing opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi.

One blogger posted a picture of the cautionary SMS, which states: “Respected citizen, based on our information, you have been influenced by the antisecurity propaganda of the foreign media. If you get involved in any illegal protest and get in touch with the foreign media...”  The image is cut off after that, but according to other sources, the message threatens that the person “will be considered a criminal according to several articles of the Islamic law and dealt with accordingly.”
And the political executions continue. I believe these moves are signs of desperation in the coup regime. But we will see on December 7 if the Green Movement can still command the people.

24 November: Darwin Publishes; "Bob Warr" Patented; Ruby Plugs Oswald; D. B. Cooper Jumps For It; All Else Is Vanity & Death

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2009. There are 37 days left in the year. UPI Crapmanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 24, 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

On this date:
In 1784, Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the United States, was born in Orange County, Va.
In 1863, the Civil War Battle of Lookout Mountain began in Tennessee; Union forces succeeded in taking the mountain from the Confederates.
In 1869, women from 21 states met in Cleveland to organize the American Women Suffrage Association.
In 1871, the National Rifle Association was incorporated.
In 1874, Joseph Glidden received a patent for barbed wire, which made the farming of the Great Plains possible
In 1925, conservative author and editor William F. Buckley Jr. was born in New York.
In 1939, British Overseas Airways Corp. was formally established.
In 1944, U.S. bombers based on Saipan attacked Tokyo in the first raid against the Japanese capital by land-based planes.
In 1947, a group of writers, producers and directors that became known as the "Hollywood Ten" was cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry. John Steinbeck's novel "The Pearl" was first published.
In 1963, Jack Ruby shot and mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in a scene captured on live television.

Audio LinkNBC reporter Tom Petit at the scene
In 1969, Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific.
In 1971, hijacker "D.B. Cooper" parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom — his fate remains unknown.
In 1985, the hijacking of an Egyptair jetliner parked on the ground in Malta ended with 60 deaths when Egyptian commandos stormed the plane; two of the dead were shot by the hijackers.
In 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed on terms to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles.
In 1989, Czechoslovakia's hard-line party leadership resigned after more than a week of protests against its policies. Czech reform politician Alexander Dubcek made his first public appearance in Prague since the Soviet invasion of 1968.
In 1992, former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger pleaded innocent to making a false statement in the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1998, America Online confirmed it was buying Netscape Communications in a deal ultimately worth $10 billion.
In 1999, some 280 people were killed when a ferry caught fire and foundered off the coast of eastern China's Shandong province.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider George W. Bush's appeal against the hand recounting of presidential ballots in Florida.
In 2003, a jury in Virginia Beach, Va., sentenced John Allen Muhammad to death for the Washington-area sniper shootings. (Muhammad was executed in 2009.)
In 2004, Ukraine's election officials declared that Kremlin-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych had won Ukraine's bitterly disputed presidential runoff balloting; thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated in Kiev. Popular author Arthur Hailey died in New Providence, Bahamas, at age 84.
In 2008, a Muslim charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, and five of its former leaders were convicted by a federal jury in Dallas of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Pakistan won final approval for a $7.6 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help stave off a possible economic meltdown. Former West Virginia Gov. Cecil H. Underwood — elected to the job in 1956 and in 1996 — died at age 86.
Today's Birthdays: Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson is 71. Country singer Johnny Carver is 69. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue is 69. Rock drummer Pete Best is 68. Rock musician Donald "Duck" Dunn (Booker T. & the MG's) is 68. Actor-comedian Billy Connolly is 67. Former White House news secretary Marlin Fitzwater is 67. Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman is 65. Singer Lee Michaels is 64. Actor Dwight Schultz is 62. Actor Stanley Livingston is 59. Rock musician Clem Burke (Blondie; The Romantics) is 54. Record producer Terry Lewis is 53. Actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson is 53. Actress Denise Crosby is 52. Actress Shae D'Lyn is 47. Rock musician John Squire (The Stone Roses) is 47. Rock musician Gary Stonadge (Big Audio) is 47. Actor Garret Dillahunt is 45. Rock musician Chad Taylor (Live) is 39. Actress Lola Glaudini is 38. Actress Danielle Nicolet is 36. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Chen Lu is 33. Actor Colin Hanks is 32. Actress Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy") is 31.
Today In Entertainment History November 24
In 1950, the musical "Guys and Dolls," based on the writings of Damon Runyon and featuring songs by Frank Loesser, opened on Broadway.
In 1966, The Beatles began recording sessions for their next album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." However, the song they recorded on this date, "Strawberry Fields Forever," did not make it onto that album.
In 1972, ABC premiered the late night rock show "In Concert," which was produced by Don Kirshner. Guests on the first show included Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Poco and Seals and Crofts.
In 1985, singer "Big" Joe Turner died of a heart attack. He's known for the hits "Shake, Rattle and Roll" and "Honey Hush."
In 1991, Queen singer Freddie Mercury died of complications from AIDS at his home in London. He was 45. He had sent out a statement confirming rumors that he had AIDS only two days before his death. Also in 1991, former Kiss drummer Eric Carr died of cancer in New York. He was 41. And, singer Cyndi Lauper married actor David Thornton in New York.
In 2005, singer Scott Stapp and members of the band 311 got into a fight at a hotel bar in Baltimore.
Thought for Today: "Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold." — Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, American writer (1900-1948). [Not as much as a ten-gallon hat. — Ed.]

Monday, November 23, 2009

Palin's Prayer: Terrorist Attack

Reaction to this can't be much beyond the ususal "Jesus Fucking Christ!" One of those wk.-old stories we just discovered which we can now claim has been "ignored by the MSM!" & so on. Read some & urp.
Fueling Schmidt's obvious hostility may be an astonishing but little noticed September 2008 "prophecy" from Palin's prayer group leader of almost two decades, Alaska evangelist Mary Glazier, that seemed to envision John McCain winning the 2008 election but then being killed soon thereafter, tragically, in a terrorist attack that would leave Palin to succeed McCain as president.

On September 22, with the 2008 presidential election little more than five weeks away, Glazier sent a prophetic "Warning of Imminent Attack" out through her prayer network [see 123]. Glazier later released a slightly sanitized version but her original "warning" concerned an "imminent" terrorist attack that could leave American in mourning with Sarah Palin "stepping into an office that she was mantled for."
Hoo boy. Not only is gawd on her side, but all his temporal helpers (Like Santa's elves, but EVIL!) are behind her, which, oddly enough, is more dangerous than thinking gawd is behind her.
Mary Glazier is one of two religious leaders (along with Thomas Muthee) associated with Sarah Palin who claim to have successfully fought witches. Glazier has described a campaign of "prayer warfare" which she says her prayer group used to drive a woman, whom Glazier claimed was a witch, out of the state of Alaska. Glazier told the Christian magazine SpiritLed Woman, for a 2003 article, "As we continued to pray against the spirit of witchcraft, her incense altar caught on fire, her car engine blew up, she went blind in her left eye, and she was diagnosed with cancer."
Nice people. Hope to see them all in power in Washington very soon.

Targeted Advertising

A robot somewhere thinks a certain browser is in a certain ZIP Code. We will not be patronizing this dump.
Probably won't be spending too much money w/ Google Ads, either.

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

China Wrap-Up

What the hell goes through their minds? Economic & potential military ("always been at war w/ ...") powerhouse or not, we're just nervous that there are over a billion people in a nuclear nation who seem to suffer from serious cognitive dissonance. How did they make the move from Mao & revolutionary communism to revolting capitalism w/in our lifetime?
Chinese Drywall Linked to Corrosion in Homes 
Federal investigators reported a “strong association” between chemicals in Chinese drywall and complaints by homeowners of metal and electrical corrosion. 

China Asks Its Banks to Slow Down 
Chinese banking regulators are putting pressure on the country’s banks to raise more capital and temper their rapid growth in lending.
Are there no more self-criticism sessions? Where are the reëducation camps? Is non-elitist taste

Macau plans Michael Jackson shrine to house iconic glove

Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:13pm EST

always the result of capitalism's madness?

Not that the move from Totalitarianism A to Totalitarianism B (Lite) was that far or difficult, especially w/ a slave-labor force, but isn't one retarded atomic giant stumbling across the globe enough? Another such monster, w/ three times the maniac population of the current superpower, is at the very bottom of our wish list.

Is It Monday Yet?

Wknds. can be so bore-ifying.

23 November: Frederick County Gets Uppity; Jukeboxes Appear; Caruso Rocks NYC; LIFE Born, Death Starts To Look Appealing, Roy Acuff & Junior Walker Go For It; SCOTUS Screws Gore; Dullards Have Birthdays

Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2009. There are 38 days left in the year. UPI's version.Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 23, 1765, Frederick County, Md., became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act.
On this date:
In 1804, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was born in Hillsboro, N.H.
In 1890, the independent Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was separated from the Netherlands.
In 1919, the first play-by-play football game radio broadcast in the United States took place during a game in which Texas A&M blanked the University of Texas 7-0.
In 1936, Life, the photojournalism magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.
In 1943, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin atolls from the Japanese.
In 1945, most U.S. wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter, ended.
In 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In 1971, the People's Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council.
In 1980, some 2,600 people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.
In 1996, a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the waves off the Comoros Islands, killing about two-thirds of the 175 people on board.
In 1999, in a plea met with scant applause and silent stares, President Bill Clinton told ethnic Albanians in Kosovo that "you must try" to forgive Serb neighbors and stop punishing them for the terror campaign of Slobodan Milosevic. Defense Secretary William Cohen called for a military-wide review of conduct after a Pentagon study said up to 75 percent of black people and other ethnic minorities reported experiencing racially offensive behavior.
In 2000, in a setback for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, the Florida Supreme Court refused to order Miami-Dade County to resume counting ballots by hand.
In 2001, an Israeli helicopter fired two missiles at a van in the West Bank, killing Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, a leading member of the Islamic militant Hamas group.
In 2003, Eduard Shevardnadze resigned as president of Georgia in the face of protests.
In 2004, opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared himself the winner of Ukraine's disputed presidential election and took a symbolic oath of office. (He won a court-ordered revote in December 2004.) Viacom agreed to pay a record $3.5 million to settle dozens of government investigations into allegations of indecency in its radio and television programming. Dan Rather announced he would step down as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News" in March 2005.
In 2006, former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko died in London from radiation poisoning after making a deathbed statement blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In 2008, the government unveiled a bold plan to rescue Citigroup, injecting a fresh $20 billion into the troubled firm as well as guaranteeing hundreds of billions of dollars in risky assets. A gunman shot and killed a woman and a man who came to her aid inside a church in Clifton, N.J. (Suspect Joseph Pallipurath, the estranged husband of the dead woman, Reshma James, is awaiting trial.) Spain clinched an improbable, come-from-behind Davis Cup victory over Argentina.
Today's Birthdays: Broadway composer Jerry Bock ("Fiorello!") is 81. Former Labor Secretary William E. Brock is 79. Actor Franco Nero is 68. Actress Susan Anspach is 67. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas is 65. Actor Steve Landesberg is 64. Actor-comedy writer Bruce Vilanch is 62. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is 59. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 55. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is 54. Actor Maxwell Caulfield is 50. Actor John Henton is 49. TV personality Robin Roberts ("Good Morning America") is 49. Rock singer-musician Ken Block (Sister Hazel) is 43. Rock musician Charlie Grover is 43. Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield is 42. Actor Oded Fehr is 39. Rapper-actor Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound) is 37. Actor Page Kennedy is 33. Actress Kelly Brook is 30. Actor Lucas Grabeel is 25. Actress-singer Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") is 17. [Almost legal, boys! — Ed.]
Today In Entertainment History November 23
In 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.
In 1903, singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto."

In 1959, the musical "Fiorello!" starring Tom Bosley as legendary New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, opened on Broadway.
In 1964, the BBC banned the Rolling Stones from its airwaves after the band arrived late for two radio shows.
In 1974, singer-musician Gary Wright left the band Spooky Tooth for a solo career. He went on to have success with "Dream Weaver."
In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside of Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis. Authorities said he was brandishing a pistol and was demanding to see Presley. Lewis was charged with public intoxication and possession of a weapon.
In 1983, actress Mary Tyler Moore married cardiologist Dr. Robert Levine in New York.
In 1989, Paul McCartney began his first North American tour in more than a dozen years, playing the first of several shows in the Los Angeles area.
In 1992, country legend Roy Acuff died in Nashville at age 89. He had joined the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930's and appeared regularly up until several months before he died.
In 1995, director Louis Malle died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, of complications from lymphoma. He was 63. He's known for films like "Pretty Baby" and "My Dinner with Andre." Also on that day, singer Junior Walker of Junior Walker and the All-Stars died of cancer in Battle Creek, Michigan.
In 1996, Bob Hope set a record for the longest continuous contract in the history of radio and television when his last TV special aired. Hope had been with NBC for 60 years. Also in 1996, actor Woody Harrelson and eight other environmental activists were arrested after scaling the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as a protest to save redwood trees in northern California. They were accused of tying up traffic for hours.
In 2005, singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey announced their separation.
In 2008, Guns N' Roses released their long-awaited album, "Chinese Democracy."
Thought for Today: "We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposes to rob us of their companionship." — James Harvey Robinson, American historian (1863-1936).