Saturday, December 12, 2009

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

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

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


How Sweet It Is!

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

But fuck the world anyway. Gratitude, poo!

We Thought We Were Juvenile

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

The Intersection Of Reactionary Religion & Reactionary Politics

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

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

Making A Mockery Of Our Holy Sacred Constitution

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

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

National Snark League

We Have A Winner!

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 11, 2009

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

The challenge is finding anything we could possibly care about.

Live From New York

Holiday Season Reminder: Keep Weapons Clean & Oiled

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

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

American Power Psychology

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 10, 2009

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

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

Hotbed Of Radicalism

From The Divine Mr. M.:

More proof that Mass Democracy has failed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Sarah Palin on her faith:

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

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

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

Get A Fucking Clue For Once, Damned Retards

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

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

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

Forced To Forage

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

Boston Sound

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hey, Sarge! Get This Copy To The Man With The Rifle

G. I. Joe meets V. C. Minh.

Minutes of amusement ensue. Numbah One!

Profiting From The Kulturkampf (Maybe "Cultural Jihad" Would Be A Better Term)

And a new look for MSNBC vids.


Whatever. No doubt deserved it, if only because he took on a client unsavory enough to kill him on conviction. Or something. What actually caught our eye was:
Neighbors said Tidus’ wife told them he went outside to get a laptop computer from his car, a Prius, but didn’t make it back after a shot rang out last night. They said they saw the laptop on the lawn, and blood was visible on the driveway.
Extensive & careful telebision viewing tells us that the spouse is always suspect numero uno; assuming she's telling the truth here, was there someone lying in wait for the decedent att'y. to come out & get his laptop? That's a lot of lying & waiting on the off chance that he'll come out to get his devil-box.

And what's so important about his car being a Prius? We didn't get a brand name for the laptop.

What Next For Our Best-Of-All-Possible-Worlds World?

[P]ersistent terrorism and failing-​​state lawlessness on land and at sea, unresolved dangers of nuclear and other WMD proliferation, escalating drug wars, and rising nationalism among armed sub-​​national ethnic groups and political factions. Military conflict will also arise from the economic catharses*, population disruptions, and regime volatilities caused by glob­alized natural resource short falls and rivalries, unpredictable climate changes, resulting floods and droughts and famines, desperate mass human migrations, continued emerging pandemics, plus other interconnected disasters we can’t even name yet.
Is that enough for you? That's only a quick list of the physical dangers facing civilization. (We love typing "civilization," as if we're serious or something. And as if actual "civilization" exists anywhere.) We're too numb from the mention of those menaces to add the litany of the aesthetic, cultural & psychological agonies the human psyche will be going through at the hands of shadowy corporate interests & their government minions.

The article is entitled

A Christening on a Cold Dark Day

We imagine the urine running down the typist's legs kept him warm, if not illuminated.

*Phrase of The Wk. Nominee.

Greek Pig About To Get His, But Good!

Greece being somewhat the origin of what Westerners call "civilization," this may be taken as encouraging. Well, no. We were going to note that Greece has been going through hard times for the last thousand-plus yrs., & that this sort of thing (Like Teabaggers, if they weren't all arteriosclerotic.) might indicate that civilization was about to undergo a resurgence, but we realized that it's just the desperation, unemployment, yada, of being (we'll guess) in the bottom five of Euro quality of life, income & so on rankings that's leading to this righteous action, not the realization that you can't make the omelet of a better society w/o smashing the skulls of pigs & their masters.
Also necessary for omelets: Fire!!

A Constitutionalist Types

An old clown named Stanley Fish really likes "Going Rogue." And tells you why in The NYT.

And someone who agrees w/ him weighs in:
The real job of president is to lead the American people on a true and straight course via heartfelt inspiration and to use the power of the veto to deter outlandish bills from Congress. I feel she is quite capable of doing both well and that she certainly could do better than most recent presidents in regards to these two basic job requirements.
Thank you again for your honest and objective review.
Shouldn't there be some sort of literacy or basic awareness test for voters? An EEG or something that would indicate any brain activity beyond autonomic responses?

Tree Of Death Movement

Oh, for crying out loud! Why not have Jeziz hisse'f on the stick? (Maybe w/ a pump to send Kay-ro syrup w/ red dye oozing from his stigmata?) Huh? Why not? DON'T YOU LOVE JESUS??

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder, Familiarity Breeds Contempt

With Safety Board, Facebook Targets Sex Offenders
After unfriending more than 3,500 registered sex offenders, Facebook has created a safety board to protect users against online predators.
Read original story in Facebook | Monday, Dec. 7, 2009

We'd be more impressed if they came up w/ a way to keep the morons we once knew on a face-to-face basis from throwing virtual food at us, sending us fruity virtual drinks or inviting us to join them in playng stupid games. Jeeziz, no wonder we lost contact w/ some of these cretins.

Hysteria: Another Tyrannizing Cliche

Much ado about Jonah Goldberg getting a million dollar advance for another shot at those hateful words & cliches liberals (& the state-run media) use to point out what insufferable whining jerks the son of Lucianne & his ilk are.

We're dulled out by digging through the muck of web log inanity, & therefore have barely followed this revolting development, but the million dollar figure bandied about must be a piss-off-the-libs move. Publisher Sentinel, a Penguin imprint set up in a last-ditch attempt to cash in on bulk purchases of the latest Book That Every Conservative Must Display on The Coffee Table, is not to be taken seriously either.

So relax, typists. It's not the end of the world. Though we wonder if this carefully researched & detailed pantload will make it to the shelves by 2012, when it will be the end of the world.

8 December: Bad Day In Music: Lennon, Dimebag Darrell Killed, "Hotel California" Released, Brenda Lee Lassos Santa Claus; & Other Boring Dullnesses That Serve Only to Emphasize The Futility Of Existence, Let Alone Its Contemplation

Today is Tuesday, December 8th, the 342nd day of 2009. There are 23 days left in the year. The UPI's take.Today's Highlight in History:On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan one day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Audio LinkClick speaker to hear President Franklin D. Roosevelt ask Congress for a declaration of war.

On this date:
In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, George Washington's retreating army crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey into Pennsylvania.
In 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment of her own conception. [Stupid like a Mormon. — Ed.]
In 1863, President Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.

In 1886, the American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1907, Oscar II, the king of Sweden and former king of Norway, died in Stockholm at age 78.
In 1949, the Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa as the Communists pressed their attacks.
In 1978, former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir died in Jerusalem at age 80.
In 1982, a man demanding an end to nuclear weapons held the Washington Monument hostage, threatening to blow it up with explosives he claimed were inside a van. After a 10-hour standoff, Norman D. Mayer was shot dead by police; it turned out there were no explosives.
In 1986, House Democrats selected majority leader Jim Wright to be the chamber's 48th speaker, succeeding Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill. U. S. Secretary of State George Shultz told the House Foreign Affairs Committee the transfer of Iran arms money to the Nicaraguan Contras was illegal.
In 1987, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty at the White House calling for destruction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Also: Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began an intefadeh, or uprising.
In 1991, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine declared the Soviet national government dead, forging a new alliance, the Commonwealth of Independent States.
In 1992, Americans saw live TV coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia as Operation Restore Hope began.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In 1997, federal hearings opened in Baltimore into the TWA Flight 800 disaster which had claimed 230 lives. In a 25 billion-dollar deal, Swiss Bank and Union Bank of Switzerland announced they would merge. Jenny Shipley was sworn in as the first woman prime minister of New Zealand.
In 1999, a Memphis, Tenn. jury hearing a lawsuit filed by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s family found that the civil rights leader had been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin. A Russian diplomat was ordered to leave the US after he was allegedly caught gathering information from the State Department with an eavesdropping device.
In 2000, the Florida Supreme Court ordered an immediate hand count of about 45,000 disputed presidential ballots.
In 2002, Iraq's massive dossier detailing its chemical, biological and nuclear programs arrived in New York; the U.N. Security Council agreed to give full copies to the United States and the four other permanent council members: Britain, France, Russia and China.
In 2003, Rep. Bill Janklow, R-S.D., resigned after being convicted in the traffic death of a motorcyclist.
In 2004,  the Senate completed congressional approval of the biggest overhaul of U.S. intelligence in a half-century, voting 89-2 to send the measure to President George W. Bush, who signed it nine days later. Disgruntled U.S. soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during a question-and-answer session in Kuwait about long deployments and a lack of armored vehicles and other equipment. Treasury Secretary John Snow accepted President Bush's offer to remain in the Cabinet.
In 2006, a gunman went on a rampage inside a downtown Chicago law firm, killing three people before being shot dead himself by police. Laura Gainey, the daughter of hockey great Bob Gainey, was washed overboard in the North Atlantic during a storm while working on a sailing ship bound for the Caribbean; she remains lost at sea. The House ethics committee concluded that Republican lawmakers and aides failed for a decade to protect male pages from sexual overtures by former Representative Mark Foley, but that they broke no rules and should not be punished.
In 2008, in a startling about-face, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal he would confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks; four other men also abandoned their defenses. (The Obama administration has since decided to try the defendants in federal civilian court.) A malfunctioning F/A-18D Hornet military jet trying to reach Marine Corps Air Station Miramar slammed into a densely populated San Diego neighborhood, killing four members of a family and incinerating two homes; the pilot ejected safely. Mystery writer Hillary Waugh died in Torrington, Conn. at age 88.
Today's Birthdays December 8: Actor-director Maximilian Schell is 79. Actor James MacArthur is 72. Flutist James Galway is 70. Singer Jerry Butler is 70. Pop musician Bobby Elliott (The Hollies) is 68. Actress Mary Woronov is 66. Actor John Rubinstein is 63. Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman is 62. Reggae singer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) is 61. Actress Kim Basinger is 56. Rock musician Warren Cuccurullo is 53. Rock musician Phil Collen (Def Leppard) is 52. Country singer Marty Raybon is 50. Rock musician Marty Friedman is 47. Actor Wendell Pierce is 46. Actress Teri Hatcher is 45. Actor Matthew Laborteaux is 43. Rock musician Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) is 37. Actor Dominic Monaghan is 33. Actor Ian Somerhalder is 31. Rock singer Ingrid Michaelson is 30.
And the Dead:
Mary, Queen of Scots, (1542); Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626) [Lived in her Parisian pied-à-terre, @ 1, rue Christine, in '69 & '70. — Ed.]; Eli Whitney, American inventor (1765); William C. Durant, founder of GM (1861); Aristide Maillol, sculptor (1861); Jean Sibelius, composer (1865); Diego Rivera, painter (1886); James Thurber, humorist (1894); Lee J. Cobb, actor (1911); Sammy Davis, Jr., singer, actor (1925); comedian Flip Wilson (1933); actor David Carradine (1936); Jim Morrison, rock musician (1943).
Show Bidness History:
In 1956, eleven-year-old Brenda Lee released her first single, "I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus."
In 1961, the Beach Boys' first single, "Surfin'," was released.
In 1969, a supreme court in Toronto found guitarist Jimi Hendrix not guilty of possession of heroin and hashish. Hendrix had testified he had previously used drugs but had given them up.
In 1976, The Eagles released their "Hotel California" album. [Yuck. — Ed.]
In 1980, John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan. He and wife Yoko Ono were returning home from a recording session. He was 40.
In 1982, country singer Marty Robbins died of heart disease in Nashville at the age of 57.
In 1983, character actor Slim Pickens died in Modesto, California, at age 64.
Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil crashed a sports car on a California highway, killing his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle Dingley.
In 1991, actor Gregory Peck and country legend Roy Acuff were honored at the Kennedy Center Honors. Acuff was the first country artist to receive the award.
In 1992, Paul McCartney signed a long-term recording contract with Capitol and EMI Records. The terms were not disclosed.
In 1995, surviving members of The Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up after 30 years of making music. The news came four months after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia.
In 2003, Ozzy Osbourne was seriously injured while riding a quad bike around his English estate. He apparently hit something and the bike landed on top of him.
In 2004, guitarist Dimebag Darrell, formerly of Pantera, was shot and killed during a show with his new band, DamagePlan, in Columbus, Ohio. Three others also were killed before a police officer shot and killed the gunman, Nathan Gale. [That's show biz! — Ed.]
In 2008, character actor Robert Prosky died in Washington, D.C. five days short of his 78th birthday.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Melting ...

Rain has struck the "Southland;" the only thing more cliched than the hysteria of STORMWATCH 2009!1! on the local news is dilrods like us bitching about it.

We for one welcome our new hydro-lords, their below 60 temps., heavy rain & wind.

Heaven On Earth

The above was somehow an object of mockery where we found it. We had to rescue it & present it totally w/o irony. Or w/ some sort of double or meta-irony. Big Velveeta© fans here at Just Another Blog™, though we've never done much w/ its sauce form. This gives us some ideas for dolphintuna melts. The grating of cheese can be a real chore. (As can grating that damn tuna.)

7 December: Infamy; Instant Replay; Airline Total: 93, Gunman Total: 49 Dead, Six Wounded; War, Fire, Executions, Death

Today is Monday, December 7th, the 341st day of 2009. There are 24 days left in the year. The UPI.
Today's Highlight in History:
On December 7th, 1941, Japanese forces attacked American and British territories and possessions in the Pacific, including the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II. More than 2,300 Americans were killed. [If you give a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut, see this or this item concerning Just Another Blog™'s tenuous personal connection to the infamous attack. — Ed.]

On this date:
In 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the US Constitution. [Frist!! — Ed.]
In 1796, electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States. [Second!! — Ed.]
In 1836, Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States.
In 1842, the New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
In 1907, the first Christmas Seals to help the fight against tuberculosis were sold, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Some sources say December 9th.)
One hundred years ago, in 1909, in his State of the Union address, President William Howard Taft defended the decision to base US naval operations in the Pacific at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, instead of in the Philippines. Chemist Leo H. Baekeland received a US patent for Bakelite, the first totally synthetic plastic.
In 1917, the U.S. declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
In 1925, five-time Olympic gold medalist and future movie Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in 150-yard free-style swimming.
In 1931, U.S. President Herbert Hoover refused to see a group of "hunger marchers" at the White House.
In 1946, fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta; the blaze killed 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.
In 1963, videotaped instant replay was used for the first time in a live sports telecast as CBS re-showed a touchdown run during the Army-Navy football game.
In 1972, America's last moon mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape Canaveral.
In 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor, leading to a 25-year occupation.
In 1982, convicted murderer Charlie Brooks, Jr. became the first U.S. prisoner to be executed by injection, at the prison in Huntsville, Texas.
In 1983, in Madrid, Spain, an Aviaco DC-9 collided on a runway with an Iberia Air Lines Boeing 727 that was accelerating for takeoff, killing all 42 people aboard the DC-9 and 51 aboard the Iberia jet.
In 1985, retired Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart died at age 70.
In 1986, the speaker of Iran's parliament said his country would help free more U.S. hostages in Lebanon in exchange for more U.S. arms.
In 1987, 43 people were killed after a gunman aboard a Pacific Southwest Airlines jetliner in California apparently opened fire on a fellow passenger, the two pilots and himself, causing the plane to crash. [The gunman was a disgruntled PSA employee, by the way. — Ed.] Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American soil for the first time, arriving for a Washington summit with President Reagan.
In 1988, an earthquake in the Soviet Union devastated northern Armenia; an estimated 25,000 people died.
In 1991, on the 50th anniversary of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. President George H.W. Bush called for an end to recriminations and sought the healing of old wounds.
In 1993, a gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 17. Colin Ferguson was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison. U. S. Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary revealed the United States had conducted 204 underground nuclear tests from 1963-90 without informing the public. Also in 1993, astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavor fixed the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.
In 1995, a 746-pound probe from the Galileo spacecraft hurtled into Jupiter's atmosphere, sending back data to the mothership before it was destroyed.

In 1997, Republicans threatened Attorney General Janet Reno with contempt of Congress over her decision to forgo an independent counsel's investigation of White House campaign fund raising.
In 1999, NASA scientists all but gave up hope of contacting the Mars Polar Lander, last heard from four days earlier as it began its descent toward the Red Planet.
In 2001, Taliban forces abandoned their last bastion in Afghanistan, fleeing the southern city of Kandahar.
In 2002, Iraq handed over its long-awaited arms declaration to the United Nations, denying it had weapons of mass destruction. President Saddam Hussein apologized to Kuwait for his 1990 invasion. Shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth, bringing an astronaut and pair of cosmonauts home from a 6-month space station voyage. Bombs tore through four movie theaters in Bangladesh, killing 19. Miss Turkey Azra Akin won the Miss World contest in London, bringing to a close an international pageant that had incited deadly rioting in Nigeria, the original site of the event.
In 2004, Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president. The House of Representatives passed an intelligence network overhaul measure, 336-75. Amway co-founder Jay Van Andel died in Ada, Mich. at age 80.
In 2006, President Bush gave a chilly response to the Iraq Study Group's proposals for reshaping his policy, objecting to talks with Iran and Syria, refusing to endorse a major troop withdrawal and vowing no retreat from embattled U.S. goals in the Mideast. The U.S. military transferred the first group of Guantanamo Bay detainees to a new maximum-security prison on the naval base. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, the first woman U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, died in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 80.
In 2007, baseball home run king Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty in San Francisco to charges he'd lied to federal investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs.
In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama introduced retired Gen. Eric Shinseki as his choice to head the Veterans Affairs Department.
Today's Birthdays December 7: Actor Eli Wallach is 94. Linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky is 81. Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne is 78. Actress Ellen Burstyn is 77. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is 72. Broadcast journalist Carole Simpson is 69. Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is 62. Country singer Gary Morris is 61. Singer-songwriter Tom Waits is 60. Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-Maine) is 57. Basketball Hall of Famer Larry Bird is 53. Actress Priscilla Barnes is 52. Former "Tonight Show" announcer Edd Hall is 51. Rock musician Tim Butler (The Psychedelic Furs) is 51. Actor Jeffrey Wright is 44. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 43. NFL player Terrell Owens is 36. Pop singer Nicole Appleton (All Saints) is 34. Country singer Sunny Sweeney is 33. Actress Shiri Appleby is 31. Pop-rock singer Sara Bareilles is 30.
Birthdays of the Gravebound: Giovanni Bernini, Baroque sculptor/architect (1598); Richard Warren Sears, merchant (1863); Willa Cather, novelist (1873); composer Rudolf Friml ("Indian Love Call") (1879); Ted Knight, actor (1923); Harry Chapin, songwriter, singer (1942); Reginald Lewis, business leader (1942).
This Date in Showbiz History:
In 1962, bassist Bill Wyman auditioned for the Rolling Stones. He played his first gig with the band the following week. [The story is that he had the biggest cabinet of anyone who audtioned. Size does matter. — Ed.]
In 1964, singer Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys had a nervous breakdown on a flight between Houston and Los Angeles. It eventually led to his decision to stop touring with the Beach Boys.
In 1967, The Beatles opened their Apple Boutique in London to the public. John Lennon and George Harrison had held a private opening party two days before. [Beatles & Stones items today! — Ed.] Also in 1967, Otis Redding recorded "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay."
In 1968, singer Eric Burdon announced The Animals would break up later in the month.
Forty years ago, in 1969, "Frosty the Snowman" first aired on CBS.

In 1990, singer Dee Clark was found dead in Smyrna, Georgia, of a heart attack. Clark was 52. He was known for the hit "Raindrops." Also in 1990, the movie "Edward Scissorhands" opened nationwide.
In 1997, singer Bob Dylan, actor Charlton Heston, actress Lauren Bacall, opera singer Jessye Norman and ballet master Edward Villella shared the 20th annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.
In 2002, singer Marc Anthony renewed his wedding vows with his wife, Dayanara Torres, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They had announced their break-up five months earlier but had never filed for legal separation. They later divorced.
In 2004, singer Jerry Scoggins, who performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," the theme song to "The Beverly Hillbillies," died at age 93.
In 2008, actress-singer Barbra Streisand, actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who received Kennedy Center Honors.
Thought for Today: "What man strives to preserve, in preserving himself, is something which he has never been at any particular moment." — George Santayana, Spanish-American philosopher (1863-1952).