Saturday, December 5, 2009

Pointless Existence: Sweet, Yet Dull

Managed to rouse ourself around 1430, watched the Spielberg/Cruise War of the Worlds, currently watching the next to last* regular-season college game, live from Hawai'i.

Planned for later: More telebison. Sleep.

*Last: Army-Navy, next Sat.

5 December: END PROHIB!; Mozart Dies; Custer's First Stand; James K. Polk Triggers Gold Rush; Mary Celeste Found Empty; Bermuda Triangle Event; Montgomery Boycott Declared; AFofL, CIO Unite; Speck Misses 50 By "That Much"; Greenspan Continues To Have Head Up Ass, & Likes It; This Wk.'s Mall Shooter Kills 8, + Self

Today is Saturday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2009. There are 26 days left in the year. UPI version.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 5, 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.
Audio LinkRev. Billy Sunday condemns repeal of prohibition
On this date:
In 1776, the first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
In 1782, the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kinderhook, N.Y., the first chief executive to be born after American independence.
In 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35.
In 1792, George Washington was re-elected president; John Adams was re-elected vice president.
In 1831, former President John Quincy Adams took his seat as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In 1848, President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
In 1872, having left New York on Nov. 5, the brigantine Mary Celeste was found adrift off Portugal with no one aboard.
In 1932, German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States.
In 1945, five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers disappeared on a routine flight in the area of the Atlantic known as the Bermuda Triangle.
In 1955, in one of the early civil rights actions in the South, the African-American commonity declared a boycott of city buses in Montgomery, Ala., demanding seating on an equal basis with white people. The boycott, prompted by the arrest of Rosa Parks, a black woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, lasted until Dec. 20, 1956, when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling integrated the city's public transit system. The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO under its first president, George Meany.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, feminist Sonia Johnson was formally excommunicated by the Mormon Church because of her outspoken support for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.
In 1990, the U.S. State Department said Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had accepted the idea of direct high-level U.S.-Iraqi talks to resolve the Gulf crisis.
In 1991, British media magnate Robert Maxwell disappeared while on his yacht off the Canary Islands. Richard Speck, who'd murdered eight student nurses in Chicago in 1966, died in prison a day short of his 50th birthday.
In 1994, Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.
In 1996, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan questioned whether the stock market was overvalued, saying in a speech in Washington, "How do we know when irrational exuberance has unduly inflated asset values?"
In 1997, the space shuttle Columbia returned from a 16-day mission that had been marred by the bungled release of a satellite. The World Trade Organization rejected American claims that the Fuji film company had conspired with the Japanese government to keep Eastman Kodak products out of Japan.
In 1999, AFL-CIO chief John Sweeney welcomed the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, asserting that "No deal is better than a bad deal." Cuban President Fidel Castro demanded that the United States return 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez, who had been rescued at sea, to his father in Cuba within 72 hours.
In 2002, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond's pro-segregation 1948 presidential campaign. The ensuing uproar led to Lott's resignation from the Senate leadership. TAKE TWO: Strom Thurmond, the oldest and longest-serving senator in history, celebrated his 100th birthday on Capitol Hill. (It was at this gathering that Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, in toasting Thurmond, seemed to express nostalgia for Thurmond's segregationist past; the resulting firestorm prompted Lott to resign his leadership position.) UPI TAKE: U. S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., celebrated his 100th birthday on Capitol Hill. Thurmond, who retired the following year, had served the Senate since 1954, making him both the longest-serving and oldest member of Congress. He died June 27, 2003. [That's it from the UPI. — Ed.] In Kansas City, Missouri, a pharmacist who'd diluted chemotherapy drugs given to thousands of cancer patients was sentenced to 30 years in prison. General Ne Win, former dictator of Myanmar, also called Burma, died in Yangon at age 91. ABC executive Roone Arledge died in New York at age 71.
In 2004, gunmen ambushed a bus carrying unarmed Iraqis to work at a U.S. ammo dump near Tikrit, killing 17. Egypt freed an Israeli Arab man convicted of spying in exchange for Israel's release of six Egyptian students who were suspected of trying to kidnap Israeli soldiers. Carlos Moya beat Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5) to clinch Spain's second Davis Cup title. The U.S. Congress said it was considering a proposal to withhold millions of dollars in foreign aid unless countries agree to shield Americans from prosecution of war crimes.
In 2006, Fiji's prime minister was placed under house arrest as the Pacific island nation's military announced it had taken control of the government. New York became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants.
In 2007, a teenage gunman went on a shooting rampage at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., killing six store employees and two customers; Robert A. Hawkins, 19, then took his own life.
In 2008, the Labor Department reported that an alarming half-million jobs had vanished in Nov. 2008 as unemployment hit a 15-year high of 6.7 percent. Hundreds of workers laid off on short notice from the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago began a six-day sit-in. (Republic ultimately agreed to the workers' demands for severance and accrued vacation pay; the factory was later sold to a California company, Serious Materials.) A judge in Las Vegas sentenced O.J. Simpson to 33 years in prison (with eligibility for parole after nine) for an armed robbery at a hotel room. Alexy II, the Russian Orthodox patriarch who'd presided over a vast post-Soviet revival of the faith, died at his residence outside Moscow at age 79.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Little Richard is 77. Author Joan Didion is 75. Author Calvin Trillin is 74. Musician J.J. Cale is 71. Actor Jeroen Krabbe is 65. Opera singer Jose Carreras is 63. Pop singer Jim Messina is 62. College Football Hall of Famer Jim Plunkett is 62. World Golf Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins is 60. Actress Morgan Brittany is 58. Actor Brian Backer is 53. Pro Football Hall of Famer Art Monk is 52. Country singer Ty England is 46. Rock singer-musician John Rzeznik (The Goo Goo Dolls) is 44. Country singer Gary Allan is 42. Comedian-actress Margaret Cho is 41. Writer-director Morgan J. Freeman is 40. Actress Alex Kapp Horner is 40.
Those Who Will Not Be Celebrating: Christina Rossetti, poet (1830); George Armstrong Custer, American military officer (1839) [One of the all-time American assholes, who got just what he deserved. — Ed.]; Bill Pickett, cowboy, rodeo star (1870); film director Fritz Lang (1890); Strom Thurmond, U.S. senator (1902); Otto Preminger, director, producer (1906).
Entertainment Events:
In 1901, movie producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago.
In 1968, the Rolling Stones album "Beggar's Banquet" was released. Also in 1968, Graham Nash quit The Hollies because the band wanted to do an album of Bob Dylan songs.
In 1975, the self-titled album "Fleetwood Mac" was certified gold in the US. It was the first one with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
In 1992, Ice Cube became the first hard-core rapper to have an album make its debut at number one on the "Billboard" album chart, with "The Predator."
In 1996, country singer Montana Slim died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, two months after being diagnosed with a stomach tumor. He was 91.
In 2003, actress Gwyneth Paltrow married Coldplay singer Chris Martin in Santa Barbara County, California. [Does anyone care? — Ed.]
In 2005, actress Valerie Bertinelli filed for divorce from Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. [Really, does anyone care? — Ed.]
In 2008, death claimed actresses Nina Foch at age 84 and Beverly Garland at age 82.
Thought for Today: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney (born this date in 1901, died 1966). [What a despicable thing to say, especially to a child. Lucky for him he's dead already. — Ed.]

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Night In Hell

Not noticing the listing for BIG WIFE CLUB until the potentially fascinating program had come and gone was not an auspicious omen for the remainder of the weekend.

Two (More) Senators To Be Shot At Dawn

Max Baucus:
A Department of Justice official who is in a relationship with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) withdrew as a finalist for Montana U.S. Attorney to live with the senator in Washington, a Baucus spokesperson confirmed to Main Justice today.

Melodee Hanes, the Montana senator's former state director, withdrew earlier this year after Baucus sent her name and two others to the White House as his recommendations for the state's top federal prosecuting job.

Read the whole story: Roll Call
Also, Orrin Hatch opens his yap:
This will become one more example of the arrogance of power being exerted since the Democrats secured a 60-vote majority in the United States Senate and took over the House and the White House. I dream some day of having the Republicans have 60 votes. I’ll tell you one thing, I think we would finally have the total responsibility to get this country under control and I believe we would. But we never come close to that. There are essentially no checks and balances found in Washington today just an arrogance of power with one party ramming through unpopular and devastating proposals on after the other.
We recall that some societies have used stranglers for executions. An excellent idea in these two cases.

Also: The incompetents at PuffHo (Doubtless too busy looking at "NSFW" shots of celebrity breasts to bother editing.) link to Main Justice where they typed "Roll Call." So here's the RC link. (We've just about had it w/ cleaning up everybody else's shit after them. You hear us?)

Observer Effect

As if strapping this around a cat's neck isn't going to have an effect on its behavior, as excerpted here.

Short Robe, Short Bus, Short Life For A Nation Of Sheep

TBogg like to had an aneurysm Tuesday upon seeing one of Sarah's frocks.

Others are on Thread Watch, & have found another doozy.
All well & good. We've sported some amusing threads ourself. (In the early '70s. Some of us eventually wise up.) But this creeps us out, if that's a strong enough phrase.
Ben Smith of Politico has written an article examining how central Trig has become to Sarah Palin's political popularity:
In the months since she returned to the public spotlight, Sarah Palin’s continually evolving political identity has undergone a subtle change as her public persona centers increasingly on her disabled son, Trig.
. . .
But the most striking evidence of her son’s impact has been Palin’s book tour promoting her memoir, “Going Rogue.” As she descends from her tour bus or private jet to meet her fans, 19-month-old Trig has been a conspicuous presence — and generated a huge response. “There’s a lot of people who come through the line to see Trig instead of to see her,” says Jason Recher, a campaign aide who remained close to Palin and is now accompanying her on her book tour.
. . .
For Palin, Trig has proved both a powerful political rallying point and a kind of shield.
We'll just keep our fingers off the keys & our figurative mouth shut about the concept of a retarded Jesus (Spontaneously fathered by the Holy Ghost of Elvis? Certainly the same heartland demographic.) being worshiped by the anti-intellects & "common sensers." Nor will we even once mention the FLDS women in polygamous marriages who hope their next child will have Down's syndrome (easier to handle among the quiverful, & welfare money: Win-win!).

And we wouldn't type word one about how nations insufferably proud of their stupidity & deliberate in their ignorance are not long for this world. Not us, you fucking imbecilic sheep.


Actuality. From.

Hey, You Aren't Supposed To Type "Retarded" Any More!

Why Is Buttoning Up Your Shirt All the Way Hollywood's Shorthand for Retarded?

(Uh, speaking of "retarded," where does the "Up" in that title belong, "special" person?)

Scanning a little more, we were confronted w/ an A to the Q, despite our clever cynicism in the link.
 One reason developmentally and physically disabled people dress differently from their peers is that their mothers play a big role in their wardrobe choices. Parents are more resistant to changing styles, and they're more likely to stick to stores like JCPenney rather than venturing into Hot Topic
Parenting: The Ur-Fascism.

Tastes Like Chicken: The Military Mind At Work

Were we the sort of lame-ass parasite who has an "Amazon Wish List" (As we love to type: "Wish in one hand, crap in the other, & see which piles up faster!") posted on his/her web log, this book
peculiar as it may seem, Paglen has shown that a remarkable amount of information can be gleaned from Black Ops patches and has written a book on the subject.
might well be on it.
Spotted by forward observers at Danger Room:
The Desert Prowler’s patches include the phrases “alone and unafraid” and “alone and on the prowl” as well as the figure of a wraith taken from an album cover by Insane Clown Posse. The wraith is said to represent the Grim Reaper…
(Jeeziz, Juggalos w/ R/C bombs & missiles!)

The Future Is Now; Shop For It!

The NOstalgia Party builds a bridge to the 20th century.

Pooh: Nazi Or Jew?

"Defeat The Fascist Pirates:" Nostalgiac Anti-Fascist Found Footage

Almost 15 mins. of work time you'll never get back.

4 December (Again): More Damn Colonists; "Boss" Tweed On The Loose; WPA Dismantled; Keef Electrocuted On Stage; Pan Am Through; Cancer Gets FZ; SCOTUS Continues Usurpation; Bolton Gone

Today is Friday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2009. There are 27 days left in the year. UPI Almanac.[Our flunkies at The AP neglected to add the narration. Maybe later. — Ed.]
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 4, 1619, settlers from Bristol, England, arrived at Berkeley Hundred in present-day Charles City County, Va., where they held a service thanking God for their safe arrival. (Some suggest that this was America's true first Thanksgiving.)
On this date:
In 1783, General George Washington bade farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.<object height="345px" width="410px"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="wmode" value="transparent"/><param name="movie" value=",t=1,mt=video"/><embed src=",t=1,mt=video" width="410" height="345" allowFullScreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent"></embed></object>[Note (15 March 2014): No idea what the hell that was ... The iNternet is forever, right? — M.B.]

Today in History...

1783: General George Washington bids his officers farewell at Fraunces Tavern in New York; they are so moved by his words they don't notice that he's long gone before the check arrives. [Lifted from ant farmer's almanac. — Ed.]
In 1816, James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States. In 1875, William Marcy Tweed, the "Boss" of New York City's Tammany Hall political organization, escaped from jail and fled the country. In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson left Washington for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference. In 1942, US bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression. In 1945, the Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations. In 1965, the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell aboard. In 1971, India joined East Pakistan in its war for independence from West Pakistan. East Pakistan became the republic of Bangladesh. In 1977, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, ruler of the Central African Empire, crowned himself emperor in a lavish ceremony. (Bokassa was deposed in 1979; he died in 1996 at age 75.) In 1978, San Francisco got its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein was named to replace the assassinated George Moscone. In 1980, the bodies of four American nuns slain in El Salvador two days earlier were unearthed. (Five national guardsmen were later convicted of murder.) In 1984, a five-day hijack drama began as four armed men seized a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and forced it to land in Tehran, where the hijackers killed American passenger Charles Hegna. In 1991, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest-held Western hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity. The original Pan American World Airways ceased operations.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food for starving millions. In 1995, the first NATO troops landed in the Balkans to begin setting up a peace mission. In 1996, the Mars Pathfinder lifted off from Cape Canaveral and began speeding toward Mars on a 310 million-mile odyssey. (It arrived on Mars in July 1997.) In 1997, the National Basketball Association suspended All-Star Latrell Sprewell of the Golden State Warriors for one year for choking and threatening to kill his coach, P.J. Carlesimo, three days earlier. (An arbitrator later reduced the suspension and reinstated Sprewell to the Warriors, which had terminated his contract.) In 1999, NASA scientists continued to wait in vain for a signal from the Mars Polar Lander, raising questions about the whereabouts of NASA's $165 million probe. (It's believed the spacecraft was destroyed after it plunged toward the Red Planet.) In 2000, a Florida state judge refused to overturn Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush's certified victory in Florida, and the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a ruling that had allowed manual recounts. [Resulting in the destruction of a once semi-tolerable nation, & we don't mean Iraq, though there's no excuse for that either. — Ed.] In 2001, the United States froze the financial assets of organizations allegedly linked to the terrorist group Hamas. In 2002, United Airlines lost its bid for one-point-eight billion dollars in federal loan guarantees, a major setback to the nation's second-largest air carrier in its efforts to avoid bankruptcy. Supreme Court justices heard arguments on whether federal laws intended to combat organized crime and corruption could be used against anti-abortion demonstrators. (The Court later ruled that such laws were improperly used to punish abortion opponents.) A Roman Catholic priest was indicted on seven counts in a seven-month investigation of sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Nine others faced charges in the case. In 2004, President George W. Bush received the president of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, in the Oval Office; afterward, Bush pronounced himself "very pleased" with Pakistan's efforts to flush out terrorists. In 2006, Lacking the Senate votes to keep his job, embattled U.N. Ambassador John Bolton offered his resignation to President Bush, who accepted it. [Ha ha ha. Punk-ass loser. — Ed.] Marine Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was convicted in the Philippines of raping a Filipino woman and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Truck driver Tyrone Williams was convicted in Houston of the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer. NASA announced plans to build an international base camp on the Moon. [Hurry up w/ that, wouldja? We'd really like to get off this planet. — Ed.] In 2008, US automakers drew fresh skepticism from lawmakers during a Senate Banking Committee hearing over their pleas for an expanded $34 billion rescue package they said was needed for them to survive. For the first time, an NFL game was broadcast live in 3-D to theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. (Although the telecast was marred by technical glitches, fans were mostly forgiving as they watched the San Diego Chargers beat the Oakland Raiders 34-7.) Seven weeks into his second term, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper suspended Parliament in an attempt to stall a no-confidence vote.
Birthdays of the Dead: John Cotton, clergyman (1584); Thomas Carlyle, essayist, historian (1795); English novelist Samuel Butler (1835); actress/singer Lillian Russell in 1861; Edith Cavell, nurse (1865); Rainer Maria Rilke, poet (1875); Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1892) [Still dead. — Ed.]; Marine Corps fighter ace Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (1912); Dennis Wilson, pop musician (1944).
Today's Birthdays December 4: Actress-singer Deanna Durbin is 88. Game show host Wink Martindale is 76. Pop singer Freddy Cannon is 73. Actor-producer Max Baer Jr. is 72. Actress Gemma Jones is 67. Rock musician Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) is 67. Singer-musician Chris Hillman is 65. Musician Terry Woods (The Pogues) is 62. Rock singer Southside Johnny Lyon is 61. Actor Jeff Bridges is 60. Rock musician Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd; the Rossington Collins Band) is 58. Actress Patricia Wettig is 58. Actor Tony Todd is 55. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 54. Country musician Brian Prout (Diamond Rio) is 54. Rock musician Bob Griffin (The BoDeans) is 50. Rock singer Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) is 47. Actress Marisa Tomei is 45. Actress Chelsea Noble is 45. Actor-comedian Fred Armisen is 43. Rapper Jay-Z is 40. Actor Kevin Sussman is 39. Actress-model Tyra Banks is 36.
Today in "Entertainment" History [No Beatle items today! — Ed.]: In 1944, country singer Eddy Arnold made his first recordings in Nashville. In 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins made a series of impromptu recordings in Memphis at Sun Records. They were released 25 years later under the title "The Million Dollar Quartet." In 1965, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was knocked unconscious when his guitar touched an ungrounded microphone during a concert in Sacramento, California. He still managed to finish the show. In 1976, actress Elizabeth Taylor married Senator John Warner of Virginia. In 1980, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced they would not re-form after the death of drummer John Bonham. In 1989, the Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that said Prince did not steal the song "U Got the Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar to ones she had written. In 1990, Madonna appeared on ABC's "Nightline" to defend her "Justify My Love" video, which was banned by MTV. She denied the video's explicit content was meant to stir up controversy and get publicity. In 1991, Van Halen performed a free show in Dallas. Lead singer Sammy Hagar had promised to do the show because he had lost his voice during a concert in Dallas three and a half years earlier. In 1993, composer & musician Frank Zappa died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 52. [To quote another dead local, talking about yet another dead musician: "Poor Otis/Dead & gone/Left me here/To sing his song/Pretty little girl/With the red dress on/Poor Otis/dead & gone." — Ed.]

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Party Already Over?

Remember this?Here's the poop on the premiere, from TNR.

(As TNR "printed" the first four paragraphs twice, we'll save you the click, & see if we can get them to come after us for stealing their "intellectual" property.)
Tea Party: The Documentary Film, chronicling the movement from Bush’s bailouts to 9/12, probably won’t be coming to any theaters near you. It “premiered” last night in Washington’s Reagan Center, with Astroturf instead of a red carpet and tuxedoed anti-tax types instead of shining starlets. The producers haven’t secured a distribution agreement, and are relying on word of mouth and their website to promote the DVD (a perfect Christmas gift, at only $19.95). That’s fitting, certainly, for a movement that bills itself as the ultimate people-powered phenomenon: Who needs official channels, when you’ve got a couple wealthy, impassioned supporters?

“This whole thing was financed by American Express,” the Atlanta ad man Luke Livingston told me after the screening, patting his pocket. “My American Express card.”

Back in April, Livingston says, he knew that the tax day tea parties popping up all around the country would eventually lead to some sort of protest in Washington. So the financier—whose clients range from Chick-fil-A to Bob’s Carpet Mart—teamed up with local talk radio host Joel Foster, and found six activists to track as they worked their way up from smaller events to the big March on Washington in September. Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks promoted the release at watch parties around the country, conservative luminaries including Jim DeMint and Joe Wilson headlined the D.C. rollout last night, and the movie landed on Rachel Maddow—the kind of buzz many studios couldn’t pay to get.

The 77-minute film, like Glenn Beck’s video trailer for the 9/12 Project, opens with an apocalyptic vision of storm clouds in Washington, as Democrats and Republicans sign checks to keep big companies from going under. Frighteningly high numbers for stimulus line items scrolls across the screen, as drums boom and writing on parchment goes up in flames. After that opener, though, the tension lifts: This is a hopeful story, after all.

The film’s protagonists are representations of the archetypal tea party activist. Dr. Fred, a primary care physician, just wants to take out kidney stones without interference from the government. Jenny Beth, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, went bankrupt and started up a cleaning business to support her family. Jack, a health insurance agent, “risks losing his job” under proposed health care reforms and is finally taking a stand. The camera lingers around their dinner tables and foreclosed houses, with low-angle shots dramatizing their somber, heroic faces.

The movie has a certain defensiveness, stemming from the sense of persecution that has become part of tea party mythology. Andrew Breitbart riffs on how the mainstream media maligned and ignored the tea partiers, and the main characters talk incessantly about the small donations that funded their signs, web sites, and buses to Washington—not, God forbid, the corporate underwriters that Maddow et al harp on as the movement’s real drivers. Tea Party patron saint Glenn Beck is nowhere to be found, perhaps as much out of an inability to secure the rights to network footage as the desire to identify the movement with Real Americans rather than TV talking heads (just today, Livingston told me, CNBC gave them permission to use a clip of Rick Santelli’s anti-bailout rant, which may make it into a future cut).

The greatest defensive tic in the movie, though, centers around race. One of the featured characters is a black Detroit native named Nate, who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 “from an upbringing that taught him to mistrust America because of the color of his skin,” but who has since seen the light. The camera follows him as he tells a rapper named Bonz about how the government is stealing money from his pocket. He then tries to explain black psychology. “If they can’t make it, they might as well let the government take care of them,” Nate says, as if to answer the question of why he’s virtually the only person of color marching in a sea of white faces on the Mall. Then there’s William, a Revolutionary War reenactor who also happens to be the pastor of a black church and takes umbrage at allegations of racism. “It shows they do not really have an argument, when they accuse people of racism,” he says.

In the end, the film is not so much a documentary as a tribute: the tea party movement as it would like to be remembered. The premiere, attended by maybe 150 supporters, felt like a fond reminiscence of their finest hour, leaving the question: Is this movement going any further? In the last few months, there has been tension in the tea party ranks, and each protest grows crazier and more concentrated.

I asked one of the movie’s characters, a “20-something young professional” named Dave, whether he had stayed involved in conservative activism after the 9/12 march. “As far as my daily life and routine goes, no,” he said. “It was something I did in my free time.” After finishing his degree in political science, Dave plans to go into the Marines, and then law school. He’s looking to the G.I. Bill to pay for it.
"I'm mad as hell, & uh, well, I just don't have much free time anymore, y'know. But the president's still a nigger."

All This Can Be Yours For As Little As $50.00/Mo.!

gmail decided we should see this in the advert line above our in-box. We've decided you should see some of it too.

Telebision About To Get Even Worse

"Major Combat Operations" Of The Keyboard Kommandos

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

The Oakland Raiders have not enjoyed a winning season since 2002. No NFL team has a worse record since the 2003 season began. And the team's head coach, Tom Cable, has been accused of breaking an assistant coach's jaw during a summer meeting. The situation has gotten bad enough that fans have taken action.

A group of unhappy Raiders fans have formed, a web site urging team owner Al Davis to do four things:

1) Remove himself as general manager.
2) Hire a GM "with previous experience and success in the NFL."
3) Remove Cable and replace him with a "Super Bowl-Caliber" coach/director of football operations.
4) Ensure that the new coach has sufficient authority to make organizational decisions.
OK. Sure.

Snappy Answers To SIlly Questions

Is Lou Dobbs Too Mean to Be President?

No, he's too fat to be President. Like Michael Moore & algore. Balding, also.

Collegiate & Major League Snark

From the Los Angeles Times: They'd stink on ice.

3 December: It's A Day, We Guess ...

Today is Thursday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2009. There are 28 days left in the year. UPI Maniac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 3, 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.

On this date:
In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.
In 1828, Andrew Jackson was elected president of the United States by the Electoral College.
In 1833, Oberlin College in Ohio -- the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the United States -- began holding classes.
In 1857, English novelist Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv, Poland. (Or: Berdichev, Russia [now Ukraine].)
In 1910, Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science movement, died.
In 1919, French painter and sculptor Pierre A. Renoir died at age 78.
In 1929, the Ford Motor Co. raised the pay of its employees from $5 to $7 a day despite the collapse of the U.S. stock market.
In 1948, The House Un-American Activities Committee announced that former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers had produced microfilm of secret documents hidden inside a pumpkin on his Maryland farm.
In 1964, Police arrested some 800 students at the University of California at Berkeley, one day after the students stormed the administration building and staged a massive sit-in. [The Free Speech Movement. — Ed.]
In 1967, surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the new heart. The 20th Century Limited, the famed luxury train, completed its final run from New York to Chicago.
In 1989, East German Communist leader Egon Krenz, the ruling Politburo and the party's Central Committee resigned.
In 1992, the Greek tanker Aegean Sea spilled 21.5 million gallons of crude oil when it ran aground off northwestern Spain. Also in 1992, Roman Catholic officials in Boston agreed to pay compensation to 68 people who claimed they were sexually abused 25 years ago by priest James Porter.
In 1994, Elizabeth Glaser, who became an AIDS activist after she and her two children were infected with HIV via a blood transfusion, died at age 47.
In 1997, President Clinton hosted his first town hall meeting on America's race relations in Akron, Ohio.
In 1999, World Trade Organization talks collapsed in Seattle. Six firefighters died while battling a fire in an abandoned Worcester, Mass. industrial building. Scientists failed to make contact with the Mars Polar Lander after it began its fiery descent toward the Red Planet; the spacecraft is presumed destroyed. Tori Murden of the United States became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone as she arrived at the French Carribean island of Guadeloupe, 81 days after leaving the Canary Islands near the coast of Africa. Billionaire banker Edmond Safra suffocated in a smoke-filled bathroom in his Monaco apartment; American nurse Ted Maher confessed to setting the fire that killed the 67-year-old Safra.
In 2002, thousands of personnel files released under a court order showed that the Archdiocese of Boston went to great lengths to hide priests accused of abuse, including clergy who'd allegedly snorted cocaine and had sex with girls aspiring to be nuns. U.N. weapons inspectors made their first unannounced visit to one of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces.
In 2003, an international court in Tanzania convicted three Rwandan media executives of genocide for inciting a 1984 killing spree by machete-wielding gangs accused of slaughtering about 800,000 Tutsis.
In 2004, it was announced that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was staying on the job. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson resigned, warning as he left of a possible terror attack on the nation's food supply. The Ukraine Supreme Court ordered a rerun of the head-to-head presidential contest, setting off rejoicing by supporters of Western-leaning Viktor Yushchenko, who ended up the winner.
In 2006, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez won re-election, defeating Manuel Rosales.
In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama selected New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his commerce secretary. (However, Richardson withdrew a month later when it appeared his confirmation hearings would be complicated by a grand jury investigation over how state contracts were issued to political donors; Gary Locke ended up being appointed.) Theological conservatives upset by liberal views of US Episcopalians and Canadian Anglicans formed a rival North American province.
Today's Birthdays December 3: Country singer Ferlin Husky is 84. Singer Andy Williams is 82. Movie director Jean-Luc Godard is 79. Singer Jaye P. Morgan is 78. Actor Nicolas Coster is 76. Actress Mary Alice is 68. Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne is 61. Actress Heather Menzies is 60. Rock singer Mickey Thomas is 60. Country musician Paul Gregg (Restless Heart) is 55. Actor Steven Culp is 54. Actress Daryl Hannah is 49. Actress Julianne Moore is 49. Olympic gold medal figure skater Katarina Witt is 44. Actor Brendan Fraser is 41. Singer Montell Jordan is 41. Actor Royale Watkins is 40. Actor Bruno Campos is 36. Actress Holly Marie Combs is 36. Actress Lauren Roman is 34. Pop-rock singer Daniel Bedingfield is 30. Actress Anna Chlumsky is 29. Actor Brian Bonsall is 28. Actress Amanda Seyfried is 24. Actor Michael Angarano is 22. Actor Jake T. Austin is 15.
In Show Biz Today:
In 1925, Concerto in F, by George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall, with Gershwin himself at the piano.
In 1947, the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway.

In 1953, the musical "Kismet" opened on Broadway. It featured the song "Stranger In Paradise."
In 1960, the Lerner and Lowe musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.
In 1965, the album "Rubber Soul" by the Beatles was released. [Seriously, is there a Beatle event every single day? — Ed.]
In 1966, The Monkees performed their first live concert in Honolulu.
In 1968, Elvis Presley's now famous comeback special was broadcast on NBC.
In 1971, the Montreux Casino in Switzerland burned down during a performance by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Deep Purple was the opening act and wrote about it in their song "Smoke on the Water." [22 yrs. & one day later, Frank would die. — Ed.]
In 1976, seven gunmen broke into singer Bob Marley's house in Jamaica. Marley, his wife, their manager and a house guest were shot and wounded. The gunmen were never caught. Also in 1976, Pink Floyd released a 40-foot inflatable pig at Battersea Power Station in England so they could photograph it for their "Animals" album cover. The pig broke loose, and authorities had to alert pilots to watch for a flying pig.
Thirty years ago, in 1979, eleven people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group the Who was performing. Dozens of others were injured.
In 1992, Stevie Wonder was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Songwriters.
In 1997, the country group Little Texas announced they planned to break up at the end of the year.
In 1998, rapper Coolio was found guilty of stealing clothes from a boutique in Stuttgart, Germany, and punching the boutique owner. He was fined $30,000 dollars.
In 1999, Oscar-nominated actress Madeline Kahn died of ovarian cancer in New York. She was 57.
In 2005, singer Marilyn Manson married burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese at a castle in Ireland. They have since divorced.
Thought for Today: "It is right noble to fight with wickedness and wrong; the mistake is in supposing that spiritual evil can be overcome by physical means." — Lydia Maria Child, American author (1802-1880). [Yes, we must crush their spirits, not just their bodies. — Ed.]

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"I'm not O. J., let me get the hell out of here." (2:13)

Brilliant at Breakfast.

Civil Discourse

A big story

Huge Explosion Reveals the Most Massive Star Known

prompts a snide remark which we found rather amusing:
I wonder how long it will be before Pam Geller blames it on Muslim terrorists.

O'er The Bounding Main

Exclamation of astonishment.From Alternate Brain.

Going Bowling

"Sarah Palin is a great friend to the bowling industry and we're so proud and honored to welcome her as our keynote speaker at International Bowl Expo 2010," said Steven Johnson, executive director of the BPAA. "Regardless of your political affiliation, Ms. Palin is a force in American politics and culture. Her presence underscores the impact and importance of bowling, one of our country's leading national pastimes and a growing $10 billion industry."

They Don't Actually Call It "Extreme," But At 150 Clams/Bottle ... (UPDATED)

Samuel Adams Introduces Extreme Beer
The new brew from Samuel Adams has the highest alcohol content of any beer on the market, 27 percent.
Boston, MASS-- It's Sam Adams with quite a punch -- and a price to match. The new brew from Samuel Adams has the highest alcohol content of any beer on the market, 27 percent. It's also banned in 13 states because of the alcohol. It's called Utopias and it sells for about 150 bucks a bottle. It has a cognac-like hit and is served at room temperature. Jim Koch, founder and owner of the Boston Beer Co., says they're trying to push the envelope. He says the Utopias are aged for 15 years and should be sipped like champagne.

Source: Associated Press

UPDATE (2 December 2009 @ 0420): Not the highest proof on the world market, it appears. America absolutely is in decline. UPDATE from Chrome Beach.

Some Gal/Guy Bitching (Not Us, For Once)

Hold on a second, I’m getting a text… What’s that? Meet at Monica’s pool? Bring Smirnoff Ice, turntables, foam cushions and an ironic hat? What are my crazy friends up to now?!?

You know why none of these wacky commercials featuring hipsters organizing and pulling off crazy magical stunts make any sense? Because douchebag hipsters lack the ability to get off their dirty asses to do anything, unless it involves 10 speed bikes and/or skinny jeans.
Many awful adverts, too.

2 December: Nappy Crowns Self Emperor Of The Frogs; Monroe Doctrine Outlined; John Brown's Body Starts Mouldering; FoMoCo Rolls Out Model A; McCarthy Censured; Scientists demonstrate the world's first artificially-created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction; Enron Goes Chapter 11; Escobar KIlled

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2009. There are 29 days left in the year. Another almanac.Today's Highlights in History:
One hundred and fifty years ago, on Dec. 2, 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October. [Parallels drawn w/ today. You're welcome. — Ed.] Artist Georges-Pierre Seurat was born in Paris.
On this date:
In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French.

In 1816, the first savings bank in the United States, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened.
In 1823, President James Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his Oct. 16 raid on a federal armory at Harpers Ferry in present-day West Virginia. (Brown had hoped to start an anti-slavery rebellion.)
In 1927, Ford Motor Co. formally unveiled its second Model A automobile, the successor to its Model T. Model A roadsters were priced at $395.
Seventy years ago, in 1939, New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field (later LaGuardia Airport) went into operation as an airliner from Chicago landed at one minute past midnight.
In 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time, at the University of Chicago.

In 1954, the Senate voted to condemn Wisconsin Republican Joseph R. McCarthy for conduct that "tends to bring the Senate into disrepute."

In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared himself a Marxist-Leninist who would lead Cuba to Communism.
In 1967, Cardinal Francis Spellman died in New York City at age 78.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview as 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, flew from Seattle to New York City.
In 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency began operating under director William Ruckelshaus.
In 1980, four American churchwomen were raped and murdered outside San Salvador. (Five national guardsmen were convicted in the killings.)
In 1982, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in a human. Barney Clark lived 112 days with the device. Audio Link
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev held the first talks of their wind-tossed Malta summit aboard the Soviet cruise ship Maxim Gorky.
In 1990, Chancellor Helmut Kohl's center-right coalition easily won the first free all-German elections since 1932. Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein declared that the chance for war was "50-50," depending on U.S. willingness to negotiate the Persian Gulf crisis.
In 1990, composer Aaron Copland died at age 90.
In 1993, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot to death by security forces in Medellin.
In 1999, Relative calm took over in Seattle, where a meeting of the World Trade Organization was greeted earlier with sometimes violent demonstrations. All six Republican presidential hopefuls, including Texas Governor George W. Bush, debated in Manchester, N.H. In Northern Ireland, a power-sharing Cabinet of Protestants and Catholics sat down together for the first time.
In 2001, Enron filed for Chapter 11 protection in one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history. A bomb went off aboard a bus in Haifa, killing 15 Israelis. U.S. forces in Afghanistan captured John Walker Lindh, 20, a U.S. citizen from San Anselmo, Calif., found fighting with the Taliban.
In 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush said "the signs are not encouraging" that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein would comply with U.N. resolutions on disarmament despite the prospect of military action should he fail to do so. Also in 2002, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston reportedly considered bankruptcy protection in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal. More than 200 alleged victims were involved.
In 2004, President George W. Bush chose former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik to run the Department of Homeland Security. (However, Kerik withdrew his name days later, citing immigration problems with a former nanny; he later pleaded guilty to eight felonies, including lying to the White House.) President Bush announced that Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns was his choice as the next agriculture secretary, replacing Ann Veneman. U.N. ambassador John Danforth resigned after five months representing the US at the world body. Dame Alicia Markova, one of the 20th century's greatest ballerinas, died in Bath, England, a day after turning 94. Pulitzer-winning poet Mona Van Duyn, the nation's first female poet laureate, died in University City, Mo. at age 83. Also in 2004, NATO officially handed over peacekeeping duties in Bosnia to European forces known as Eufor.
In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin's party dominated parliamentary elections. Putin, who cannot seek another consecutive term, is expected to name his successor and run for prime minister. Also in 2007, Venezuela voters rejected a referendum pushed by President Hugo Chavez that would have abolished presidential term limits and given Chavez new power to build a socialist economy.
In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama promised swift action on an economic plan "to solve this crisis and to ease the burden on our states." Republican Saxby Chambliss won a Georgia runoff, denying Democrats a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate (until Al Franken's belated victory over Norm Coleman in Minnesota). Folk singer Odetta died in New York at age 77. Henry Molaison, the patient known as "H.M." whose severe amnesia led to groundbreaking studies of how memory works, died in Connecticut at age 82.
Today's Birthdays December 2: Character actor Bill Erwin is 95. Former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig is 85. ["Here at the White House, I am in control," he once said. Heh. — Ed.] Actress Julie Harris is 84. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III is 78. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is 70. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 65. Movie director Penelope Spheeris is 64. [Jeeziz! — Ed.] Actor Ron Raines is 60. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 59. Actor Keith Szarabajka is 57. Actor Dan Butler is 55. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 55. Actor Dennis Christopher is 54. Actor Steven Bauer is 53. Figure skater Randy Gardner is 52. Country singer Joe Henry is 49. Rock musician Rick Savage (Def Leppard) is 49. Rock musician Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) is 41. Actress Rena Sofer is 41. Rock singer Jimi HaHa (Jimmie's Chicken Shack) is 41. Actress Lucy Liu (loo) is 41. Tennis player Monica Seles is 36. Singer Nelly Furtado is 31. Pop singer Britney Spears is 28. Actress Daniela Ruah (TV: "NCIS: Los Angeles") is 26.
Today In Entertainment History December 2
In 1933, "Dancing Lady," Fred Astaire's first film, was released. Joan Crawford was his dance partner.
In 1943, "Carmen Jones" opened on Broadway. It was Oscar Hammerstein the Second's contemporary reworking of the Bizet opera "Carmen" with an all-black cast.
In 1949, Gene Autry's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" hit the pop charts.
In 1973, mail-in ticket requests for a Bob Dylan US tour went on sale. At one San Francisco post office, there was a five block-long traffic jam. Also in 1973, The Who spent the night in jail in Montreal after causing $6,000 worth of damage to a hotel room. The incident inspired John Entwistle to write "Cell Block Number Seven."
Thirty years ago, in 1979, Stevie Wonder appeared at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. He performed selections from his album "Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants" with the National Afro-American Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1983, MTV first aired Michael Jackson's 14-minute "Thriller" video.
In 1986, Jerry Lee Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome an addition to painkillers.
In 1990, actress Katharine Hepburn made a rare appearance in Washington to accept the Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement. Actor Bob Cummings died at age 80.
In 1996, actor Burt Reynolds filed for bankruptcy.
In 2000, Smashing Pumpkins played their last concert with the original lineup, at a club in Chicago. It was the same club where they had played their first show 13 years earlier.
In 2004, Brian Williams anchored his first "Nightly News" program on NBC, taking over from Tom Brokaw.
A UPI thought for the day: Casey Stengel once remarked, "There comes a time in every man's life and I've had many of them."

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Great. Now we have to start using the same lines on the current corporate representative in the White House that we've had to use against virtually every fucking president since LBJ. Mr. Obama, you fucking corporate tool, are you proud of yourself?

Next on Just Another Blog (From L. A.)™: A call for the assassination of all gov't. & corporate leaders. Except, of course, for the ones we will torture until they beg for the sweet release of death. Which brings up a moral semi-dilemma: Is it wrong to torture people, not to obtain (probably useless) information, but to punish them for their crimes? We say yes!

Step Right Up! Get Your Ticket Now To The Freak Show Of The Decade!

A mere $549.00 (Plus, of course, a $9.95 fee.) to attend the First Annual National Nit-Wit Convention. (In a special tribute to the long & honored tradition of nasal whining from rural Southerners as a hallmark of national right-wing/reactionary discourse, it's being held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, rat thar in Nashville, Tenn.)

Our guess is you'd get a better return on your money going to a book in Vegas & putting down some money on the likelihood of the "Special Keynote Speaker" actually showing up:
A quick statement of something from the National Tea Bagging Party (Tea Party Nation, if you insist.):
We are amused by the "believe in ... our Military" part, as if we all must clap our hands & BEE-LIEVE! or the military will suddenly blink out of existence. Funny, isn't it, that there's no mention of the actual Constitution, & only one of the amendments of the Bill of Rights seems at all important to them. Their mastery of Constitutional law is probably equivalent to their mastery of the English language, of course, so we can't expect too much.

Credit where due (You don't think this crap just magically appears on the screen do you?): LG&M.

Try And Explain
Scab Of A Nation
Driven Insane

We just saw, on the idiot screen, the stat given in the first sentence below & decided to look it up.
The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.

Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations.

Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.
Why we cut off our noses to spite our faces on a daily basis mystifies us too. But we're over being appalled.

Those not yet numbed by the horror can look at the 2006 stats, much the same as the 2008 ones above. The tee vee bit was inspired by Sen. Jim Webb, who's been at it since March or so. Took from then until now for it to reach the national consciousness, such as it is, which is why we say "Give up now, it's useless."

1 December: Electoral College Bullshit; Jews Go Socialist; Stalin Purges; Rosa Parks Advises Honky To Find Another Seat; Krauts Deport More Beatles; "I Want To Hold Your Gland" Released in U. S.; Quitter Cubans Pull A Palin, Fly To U. S.; Ukes Leave Soviet Union; Amy Fisher Gets 5-15; PRI Out In Mexico; Brits Ban Butts

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2009. There are 30 days left in the year. UPI version of history.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by black residents of Montgomery.

On this date:
In 1824, the House of Representatives convened to decide the presidential election because no candidate had received a majority in the Electoral College. John Quincy Adams was eventually chosen the winner over Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay and William H. Crawford.
In 1891, the game of basketball was invented when James Naismith, a physical education teacher at the International YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass., put peach baskets at the opposite ends of the gym and gave students soccer balls to toss into them.
One hundred years ago, in 1909, the first kibbutz was founded in the Jordan Valley by a group of Jewish pioneers; the collective settlement became known as Degania Alef.
In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service station, built by Gulf Refining Co., opened in Pittsburgh.
In 1917, the Rev. Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town near Omaha.
In 1919, Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.
In 1921, the Navy flew the first nonrigid dirigible to use helium; the C-7 traveled from Hampton Roads, Va., to Washington, D.C.
In 1934, Sergei M. Kirov, the head of the Communist Party in Leningrad, was assassinated as Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a massive purge that would claim tens of millions of lives.
In 1942, nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States.
In 1943, ending a "Big Three" meeting in Tehran, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Russian Premier Josef Stalin pledged a concerted effort to defeat Nazi Germany.
In 1944, Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Serge Koussevitzky.
In 1953, the first Playboy magazine was published. Marilyn Monroe was on the cover.
Fifty years ago, in 1959, representatives of 12 countries, including the United States, signed a treaty in Washington setting aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, free from military activity.
In 1965, an airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began in which thousands of Cubans were allowed to leave their homeland.
Forty years ago, in 1969, the US government held its first draft lottery since World War II. [We happily note that, once we were eligible (NOT in 1969!!) our # was 320. You might be reading Just Another Blog From Manitoba™ now, had things been different. — Ed.]

In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.
In 1989, in an extraordinary encounter, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. East Germany's Parliament abolished the Communist Party's constitutional guarantee of supremacy.
In 1990, Iraq agreed to U.S. President George H.W. Bush's call for diplomatic missions to seek a solution to the Gulf crisis but insisted the Arab-Israeli dispute be a part of any bargain.
In 1991, Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
In 1992, Amy Fisher was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of the teenager's lover, Joey Buttafuoco, on New York's Long Island. (She served seven years.)
In 1996, an oil tanker sunk by the Japanese in 1941 was located off the California coast with its cargo intact.
In 1997, a 14-year-old student opened fire on a morning prayer group at a high school in West Paducah, Ky., killing three students and wounding five.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton addressed a World Trade Organization conference in Seattle, where he defended his administration's policies in the face of sometimes violent street demonstrations. An international team of scientists announced it had mapped virtually an entire human chromosome. On World AIDS Day, United Nations officials released a report estimating that 11 million children worldwide had been orphaned by the pandemic.
In 2000, Vicente Fox was sworn in as president of Mexico, ending 71 years of ruling-party domination.
In 2004, Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as principal anchor of the "NBC Nightly News"; he was succeeded by Brian Williams. Texas Gov. Rick Perry blocked the execution of Frances Newton two hours before she was to be lethally injected for the deaths of her husband and two young children so her lawyers can conduct new tests on evidence in the 17-year-old murder case. (Newton was executed in September 2005.)
In 2005, U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee and a military veteran, said the war in Iraq had left the U.S. Army "broken, worn out" and "living hand-to-mouth." Also in 2005, same-sex marriage became legal in South Africa when the country's Constitutional Court ruled that laws banning it were unconstitutional.
In 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush proclaimed Dec. 1 World AIDS Day and urged all Americans to join in the fight against the disease. Also in 2006, the British government decided on a near total indoor public smoking ban in England. Only private homes and hotel rooms were exempt.
In 2007, a methane gas explosion injured 52 miners at the underground Ukraine coal mine where 101 miners died in a blast two weeks earlier.
In 2008, the National Bureau of Economic Research officially declared the US to be in a recession; the Dow industrials lost 679 points to end a five-day win streak. President-elect Barack Obama announced his national security team, including Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, Eric Holder as attorney general and Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary; Obama also said that Robert Gates would stay on as defense secretary.
Today's Birthdays December 1: Actor Paul Picerni is 87. Former CIA director Stansfield Turner is 86. Singer Billy Paul is 75.[Billy Paul. 75. Damn! — Ed.] Actor-director Woody Allen is 74. Golfer Lee Trevino is 70. Singer Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 70. Country musician Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) is 67. Television producer David Salzman is 66. Rock singer-musician Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult) is 65. Rock musician John Densmore (The Doors) is 65. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 64. Singer Gilbert O'Sullivan is 63. Actor Treat Williams is 58. Country singer Kim Richey is 53. Actress Charlene Tilton is 51. Actress-model Carol Alt is 49. Actor Jeremy Northam is 48. Producer-director Andrew Adamson is 43. Actor Nestor Carbonell is 42. Actress Golden Brooks is 39. Actress-comedian Sarah Silverman is 39.
Actor Ron Melendez is 37. Contemporary Christian singer Bart Millard is 37.
Today In Entertainment History December 1:
In 1950, Sam Cooke joined the gospel group The Soul Stirrers.
In 1956, the Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide," based on the story by Voltaire, opened on Broadway.
In 1957, Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke made their national TV debuts on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1958, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opened on Broadway. Also in 1958, RCA Records signed singer Neil Sedaka.
In 1960, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany on suspicion of arson after their hotel room mysteriously caught fire.
In 1963, the Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States.
In 1982, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album was released. It went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time.
In 1986, singer Lee Dorsey died in New Orleans of complications from emphysema. He's known for the hits "Ya-Ya" and "Working In The Coal Mine."
In 1989, actress Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden filed separate petitions for divorce in Santa Monica, California. Both said the split was amicable. Also in 1989, actor James Woods and Sarah Marie Owen filed for separation in Los Angeles after four months of marriage.
In 1994, rapper Tupac Shakur was convicted of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room. Shakur was also recovering from gunshot wounds suffered the day earlier after he was robbed outside a studio in New York.
In 2004, Tom Brokaw hosted his last night of NBC's "Nightly News." He had been on the anchor desk for 23 years.
In 2008, actor Paul Benedict, who played English neighbor Harry Bentley on "The Jeffersons," died on Martha's Vineyard, Mass. at age 70.
Thought for Today: "An educated man should know everything about something, and something about everything." — Dame C.V. Wedgwood, English historian (1910-1997).

Monday, November 30, 2009

Stupid Bells Drive Man Mad: War At Last Underway!

'Christmas Hating' Ohio Man Swipes Red Kettle
Shawn Krieger of Toledo grabbed the kettle Saturday evening outside a general store and told the bell ringer "I hate Christmas"

Maumee, OH -- Police in northwest Ohio have arrested a man who they say swiped a Salvation Army red kettle full of donated money and pushed one of the charity's bell ringers to the ground.

Police in Maumee say 44-year-old Shawn Krieger of Toledo grabbed the kettle Saturday evening outside a general store. When the bell ringer tried to take the kettle back, police say Krieger pushed her down and said, "I can't stand you and your bell-ringing. I hate Christmas."

Police say Krieger drove off in a pickup truck with the kettle and tripod it was hanging from.

Krieger was charged Monday with robbery and held on $25,000 bond. The judge will assign a public defender to his case.

The Salvation Army estimates the kettle held $500 to $700.

Source: Associated Press

No Words Vile Enough To Describe It Adequately

Following Friedman of The NYT bitching about unappreciative Moooslims, & the Eunomia refutation is this:Why the fuck do they hate us again, you glorified Michael Ledeen?

Bonus fun:

Student Apathy & Felony Vandalism: Decrease In Tribalism Will Be America's Downfall

Following this story, we see that tribalism is not being instilled in our young people, but the State of California's left-wing academic establishment instead allows students to listen to that gawd-awful hop-rock "music" as their once-proud symbol is defaced
by the brave students of the private school that is their cross-town rival, the University of Southern California.
In years past, UCLA had a Bruin Bear* Security Force, a gathering of people charged with protecting the statue before the big game against USC, the report says. Students would camp out near the statue and guard it. But this year, the event was merely "symbolic" and didn't include any security measures other than a tarp over the statue, the report says. According to one student government member, there wasn't enough interest in the traditional security force, so the event focused more on carnivallike events and less on protecting the statue. Because of the change, there were no witnesses to the vandalism.
Below: Said Spoiled Children not shirking their duty to their school & nation.
Note how private enterprise does the job, while the "good enough for gov't. work" UCLA students could barely be bothered to drape a tarp over their mascot. Victory for libertarian principles! All hail Ayn Rand!

*Redundancy Alert: Is our children learning?