Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Acquired Characteristics Inherited?

Surprising Sea Slug Is Half-plant, Half-animal

The researchers used a radioactive tracer to be sure that the slugs are actually producing the chlorophyll themselves, as opposed to just stealing the ready-made pigment from algae. In fact, the slugs incorporate the genetic material so well, they pass it on to further generations of slugs.

The babies of thieving slugs retain the ability to produce their own chlorophyll, though they can't carry out photosynthesis until they've eaten enough algae to steal the necessary chloroplasts, which they can't yet produce on their own.

Pindicks At Microsoft Sold Us Out To The ChiComs

Thank you so fucking much, Bill Gates. Hope all that money helps you in the reëducation camp.
The private-sector issues affect government security. As a precondition to doing business in China, several years ago Microsoft was required to provide the government the source codes for the company’s Office software. The Chinese State Planning Commission contended that Microsoft's Windows operating system was a secret tool of the U.S. government and demanded Microsoft instruct Chinese software engineers on inserting their own software into Window's applications.

That gave the Chinese Army’s cyberwarfare department what computer hackers dub a “skeleton key,” allowing them access to almost every networked private business, military, and government computer in the U.S. Among the Chinese Army-backed Microsoft attacks, the FBI report includes successful forays against computer systems at the State Department, Commerce Department, the FBI, and the Naval War College, among others.
Come on, when are we going to haul the Redmond Reds before a treason tribunal?

Day Of The Toilets

The second Tuesday of each year, the toilets of the region are brought out to be cleaned & polished by the native spiritual leaders.

Burnin' Up Teh InnnerTO0BZe

It's going swimmingly for Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller.

Live for close to 48 hrs., & already over 250 emails have been sent forwarding one or another of the fascinating items that have been sitting on the site for the last 48 or so hrs.

Unemployment May Be Going Up (In China)

Google Threatens Pullout From China After E-Mail Accounts Are Hacked

Google threatened to end its operations in China after it discovered that the e-mail accounts of human rights activists had been breached.

The company said it had detected a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China." Google says further investigation revealed that "a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists." Google did not specifically accuse the Chinese government. But the company added that it is "no longer willing to continue censoring our results" on its Chinese search engine, as the government requires. Google says the decision could force it to shut down its Chinese site and its offices in the country.

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Diversity Menaces Supercarriers

Hokey Smokes. From War Is Boring.
Patch sketches a range of threats, from explosives-laden small boats to cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. He particularly emphasizes the danger posed by crafty, bloody-minded extremists. For one, “carrier crew size and diversity would likely allow unfettered access to clandestine infiltrators of almost any ethnicity,” Patch writes.

In other words, because there are so many people on carriers — up to 5,000 — some of them are bound to be brown-skinned. And the presence of brown-skinned sailors could make it easier for Islamic terrorists to sneak on board and sabotage the ship.

So how would one defend against such infiltration? Patch doesn’t say, but the implication, however indirect, is clear: fewer non-white sailors would help. In implying, even vaguely, that racial integration has weakened the carrier force, Patch plays into a sea swell of race anxiety in the Navy that outsiders rarely observe. Many in the Navy are unhappy with what they see as affirmative action gone out of control, to the detriment of our national security. “What core competency of the Navy is a diverse Navy supposed to represent?” blogger CDR Salamander asked.
We certainly can't answer that.

More Telebision & Sports Crap

"Lots of Dogs" you betcha. Via The Dish.

Oh, Shit, I Said "Fuck."

Not quite, but we'll bet it's amusing.From ME.

12 January: H.R.E. Maximilian I, Agatha Christie Die; Smokin' In The White House; No Votes for The Ladies; Woman Elected To Senate; Jets d. Colts; "Victory Sausages"; Linda Tripp Squeals Like Pig; Rhesus Monkey Glow Fail; & More Proof Astrology Is Bullshit, Plus Luise Rainer Is 100 Today!

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2010. There are 353 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac. Ant Farmer's Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 12, 1910, at a White House dinner hosted by President William Howard Taft, Baroness Rosen, the wife of the Russian ambassador, caused a stir by requesting and smoking a cigarette - it was, apparently, the first time a woman had smoked openly during a public function in the executive mansion. (Some of the other women present who had brought their own cigarettes began lighting up in turn.)
On this date:
In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.
In 1773, the first public museum in America was organized, in Charleston, S.C.
In 1828, boundary disputes were settled between the United States and Mexico.
In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected, 204-174, a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.
In 1932, after serving the remainder of the term of her late husband, Thaddeus, Hattie W. Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. (She had been appointed two months earlier to fill the vacancy caused by her husband's death.)
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt re-established the National War Labor Board.
In 1943, the U.S. wartime Office of Price Administration said standard frankfurters would be replaced during World War II by "Victory Sausages" consisting of a mixture of meat and soy meal.
In 1945, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
In 1948, the Supreme Court ruled that state law schools could not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the U.S. should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.
In 1969, the New York Jets defeated the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
In 1971, a U.S. grand jury indicted the Rev. Philip Berrigan and five other people, including a nun and two priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap presidential adviser Henry Kissinger.
In 1976, the U.N. Security Council voted 11-1 to seat the Palestine Liberation Organization for its debate on the Middle East. The United States cast the only dissenting vote. Mystery writer Agatha Christie died in Wallingford, England, at 85.
In 1986, the shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz, & U.S. Rep. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
In 1991, a deeply divided Congress gave President George H.W. Bush the authority to use force to expel Iraq from Kuwait. (The Senate vote was 52-47; the House followed suit 250-183.)
In 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton asked Attorney General Janet Reno to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the Whitewater land deal affair that involved him and the first lady.
In 1995, U.S. President Bill Clinton and congressional leaders agreed on a bailout package that would give Mexico as much as $40 billion in loan guarantees. After Congress failed to vote quickly on the deal, Clinton invoked emergency authority to lend Mexico $20 billion.
In 1998, Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Nineteen European nations signed a treaty in Paris opposing human cloning.
In 1999, the baseball that Mark McGwire hit for his record-setting 70th home run of the 1998 season was sold at auction in New York for $3 million to an anonymous bidder. The Supreme Court limited state regulation of voter initiatives, striking down several methods used by Colorado to police such measures.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer. Forced to act by a European court ruling, Britain lifted its ban on gays in the military. Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills was killed in an automobile crash.
In 2001, scientists in Oregon announced the birth of the first genetically engineered primate. The rhesus monkey had a jellyfish gene that caused jellyfish to glow; however, the monkey did not glow.
In 2004, President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox forged agreement on the contentious issues of immigration and Iraq, meeting in Monterrey before the opening of a 34-nation hemispheric summit. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, in a harshly critical new book, likened U.S. President George Bush in a Cabinet meeting to a "blind man in a roomful of deaf people."
In 2005, a NASA spacecraft, Deep Impact, blasted off on a mission to smash a hole in a comet and give scientists a glimpse of the frozen primordial ingredients of the solar system. (The probe smashed into Comet Tempel 1 in July 2005.) Democrat Christine Gregoire, winner of the extremely close Washington governor's race, was inaugurated. Britain's Prince Harry apologized after a newspaper published a photograph of the young royal wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party. The Southern California death toll from rain, flood and mudslides rose to 19. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that an alien can be deported to a country without the advance consent of that country's government.
In 2006, Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who'd shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from an Istanbul prison after serving more than 25 years in Italy and Turkey for the plot against the pontiff and the slaying of a Turkish journalist. A stampede broke out during the Islamic hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, killing 363 people.
In 2008, President George W. Bush, visiting Bahrain, said he was cheered by news that Iraq's parliament had approved legislation reinstating thousands of former supporters of Saddam Hussein's dissolved Baath party to government jobs.
In 2009, Senate Democrats announced they would accept former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama's Senate successor. Acting at Obama's behest, President George W. Bush agreed to ask Congress for the final $350 billion in the financial bailout fund. In the final news conference of his presidency, Bush vigorously defended his record but also offered an extraordinary listing of his mistakes - including his optimistic Iraq speech in 2003. Rickey Henderson was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, and Jim Rice made it in on his 15th and final try.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Luise Rainer is 100.
Country singer Ray Price is 84. Singer Glenn Yarborough is 80. The Amazing Kreskin is 75. Country singer William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 71. Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is 66. Rock musician Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone) is 66. Singer-musician George Duke is 64. Actor Anthony Andrews is 62. Movie director Wayne Wang is 61. Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh is 59. Actress Kirstie Alley is 59. Writer Walter Mosley is 58. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 58. Radio personality Howard Stern is 56. Rock musician Tom Ardolino (NRBQ) is 53. Writer-producer-director John Lasseter is 53. Broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour is 52. Rock musician Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) is 50. Actor Oliver Platt is 50. Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is 50. Actor Olivier Martinez is 44. Rapper TBird (B-Rock and the Bizz) is 43. Model Vendela is 43. Actress Farrah Forke is 42. Actress Rachael Harris is 42. Rock singer Zack de la Rocha is 40. Rapper Raekwon (Wu Tang Clan) is 40. Singer Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay) is 37. Rock musician Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) is 37. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) is 36. Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp is 32. R&B singer Amerie is 30.
Those Born on This Date Include: French fairy tale writer Charles Perrault, author of the Mother Goose stories (1628); British statesman Edmund Burke (1729); American patriot John Hancock (1737); painter John Singer Sargent (1856); novelist Jack London (1876); Nazi leader Hermann Goering (1893); western singer/actor Tex Ritter (1905).
Today In Entertainment History January 12
In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) in Detroit.
In 1963, Bob Dylan performed in a radio play for the BBC in London. The play was called "The Madhouse of Castle Street" and he played a folk singer.
In 1965, the rock and roll TV series "Hullabaloo" premiered on NBC. Featured acts included the New Christy Minstrels and comedian Woody Allen. [That's Rock & Roll! — Ed.]
In 1966, "Batman" premiered on ABC, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
In 1968, The Supremes appeared in an episode of NBC's "Tarzan." They played a group of nuns.
In 1969, Led Zeppelin's self-titled first album was released.
In 1971, the TV situation comedy "All in the Family" premiered on CBS.
In 1981, "Dynasty" premiered on ABC.
In 1991, country singer Johnny Paycheck was released from an Ohio prison after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for shooting a man in a barroom. Ohio Governor Richard Celeste commuted Paycheck's sentence.
In 1993, the original members of Cream reunited to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. The band members were inducted, along with Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone and Dinah Washington.
In 1995, members of Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, along with Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young and Al Green were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa were also honored. [Yeah, better late than never, right assholes? — Ed.]
In 2000, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne's wife, announced she was quitting as manager of Smashing Pumpkins. She issued a statement saying she had to resign "due to medical reasons -- Billy Corgan was making me sick!"
In 2003, Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees died after having surgery for an intestinal blockage at a hospital in Miami. He was 53.
In 2009, French movie actor-writer-director Claude Berri died in Paris at age 74.
Thought for Today: "Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable." - Mohandas K. Gandhi, Indian spiritual leader (1869-1948).

Monday, January 11, 2010

Flogging A Dead Horse

The Daily Beast's excerpts:

John McCain: “FUCK YOU! FUCK, FUCK, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck!!”

That outburst, by the way, was directed at his wife/enabler Cinderella, before witnesses.

Mittens Romney:
McCain routinely called Romney an “asshole” and a “fucking phony.” Giuliani opined, “That guy will say anything.” Huckabee complained, “I don’t think Romney has a soul.”

[…]

Romney found his failure to break through frustrating. “It’s not fair,” he said to his aides. He was being defined as a flip-flopping Mormon—or a Mormon flip-flopper. He couldn’t fathom why the caricature of him was sticking, had no ability to see himself as others might. When Romney’s staff showed him the devastating YouTube video [showing his flip-flopping over the years], his first reaction was, “Boy, look how young I was back then.”


The hell w/ McCain choosing Palin ("Palin was woefully unprepared, and McCain had made a “reckless choice,” Cheney told his friends.") as an example of recklessness. Where does the Republican Party get off allowing a rageoholic & a self-involved ninny anywhere near the nomination?

Not that we don't suspect most of the Democrats at the potential-presidential-candidate level aren't just as screwed up.

Why Don't We Watch FOX More Often?

In response to the announcement that FOX News has been chosen to provide Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin another slice of the wing-nut welfare pie.

It Takes Exactly Half As Many People To Keep The Daily Caller Going As Fox News

We haven't had enough coffee, bacon or heroin to ooze down our "Breaking Now" bog-roll & click The Daily Caller yet, but an Atlantic feature to which we've paid no previous attention has a few choice selections from typists concerning Mr. Carlson's effort.

In our hit & run on the subject we didn't even start on the design. lay-out, look, whatever you want to call it, but all the issues we raised were touched on. Unlike Althouse, we didn't find it necessary to comment on the "breast-wielders," though you may be certain we noticed them. And it appears The Caller was still full of dated news half a news cycle after we looked so many hrs. ago.

Sarah Palin Embryo Ornament: "Feti is just for fun, no political statements being made here."

Oh, but everything's political, especially these days.
Spotted at The Washington Independent.

Keep It Civic!

A contrarian (We'll assume, as there's really no other explanation for this sort of thing.) jumps on the tea wagon. We've haven't the time, energy, desire, or inclination to pick over it at length (There's telebision to be watched.) but we were given pause by this:
[T]he civic engagement and participation, as demonstrated by the Tea Party movement, seem to be very much like that which the communitarians (Michael Sandel and Michael Walzer) and the social-capital scholars (like Robert Putnam)—not to mention other high-minded and good-hearted men and women of the left—have for decades been calling for.
Where "civic engagement and participation" equal: shouting down elected representatives, laughing at sick people, milling around waving illiterate signs & spouting insanely delusional conspiracy theories, making Hitler & Stalin analogies about health care, etc. Not the participation that too many of the left have been calling for, even w/ ideologies & demographics changed.

It Takes 42 People To Keep Fox News On Your Cable System?

Andrew Sullivan pulls paragraphs from The NYT, & as we couldn't have done a better job of extraction, here they are:

On the day of the attacks, Mr. Ailes asked his chief engineer the minimum number of workers needed to keep the channel on the air. The answer: 42. “I am one of them,” he said. “I’ve got a bad leg, I’m a little overweight, so I can’t run fast, but I will fight.

“We had 3,000 dead people a couple miles from here. I knew that any communications company could be a target.”

His movements now are shadowed by a phalanx of corporate-provided security. He travels to and from work in a miniature convoy of two sport utility vehicles. A camera on his desk displays the comings and goings outside his office, where he usually keeps the blinds drawn.

Mr. Ailes said he received frequent threats over the years, but his concerns for the safety of his family were heightened by an incident at his New Jersey home after the 9/11 attacks. There was an intruder on his property, but no arrest was made. In Putnam County, he has bought several properties surrounding his home. A sign outside his house shows an illustration of a gun and advises visitors that it is under video surveillance.


Ha ha. You fat chickenshit. "The Terrorists" would never shut you down, as you're almost literally carrying their proverbial water for them w/ the perpetual fear-mongering of your propaganda channel.

And we were too kind to Sullivan. He should have used this paragraph too, which encapsulates the "heartland" conservative's driving forces: resentment & suspicion.

Joe McGinniss, who wrote about Mr. Ailes in his 1969 book, “The Selling of the President 1968,” keeps in touch with him. “Success never made that chip on his shoulder go away,” Mr. McGinniss said. “He holds onto what he envisions to be the values of the heartland and is suspicious of people on either coast.”

11 January: Michigan In, Alabama Out; Hudson Debuts Sedan; Smoking Bad; DH Rule Adpoted

Today is Monday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2010. There are 354 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
Seventy-five years ago, in 1935, aviator Amelia Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to Oakland, Calif., that made her the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
On this date:
In 1757, American founding father Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies.
In 1785, the Continental Congress convened in New York City.
In 1787, William Herschel discovers two moons of Uranus. They are named Titania and Oberon.
In 1805, the Michigan Territory was created by an act of Congress.
In 1815, Sir John A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 1861, Alabama seceded from the Union.
In 1908, the Grand Canyon National Monument was created with a proclamation by President Theodore Roosevelt. (It became a national park in 1919.)
In 1913, the first sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.
In 1942, Japan declared war against the Netherlands, the same day that Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.
In 1943, the United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
In 1949, Los Angles noted its first recorded snowfall. [Our last one so far, we believe. — Ed.]
In 1964, U. S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first government report saying smoking may be hazardous to one's health.
In 1972, East Pakistan was renamed Bangladesh.
In 1973, owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule.
In 1977, France set off an international uproar by releasing Abu Daoud, a PLO official behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated a $10 million award to the family of Oklahoma nuclear worker Karen Silkwood, who died in 1974.
In 1990, martial law, imposed during the June 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement, was lifted in Beijing.
In 1995, 52 people were killed when a Colombian airliner crashed as it was preparing to land near the Caribbean resort of Cartagena.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton and House Republicans clashed in impeachment trial papers, with the White House claiming the perjury and obstruction allegations fell short of high crimes and misdemeanors and GOP lawmakers rebutting: "If this is not enough, what is?"
In 2000, whittling away more of the federal government's power over states, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that state employees cannot go into federal court to sue over age discrimination. The British government declared Chile's Augusto Pinochet medically unfit to stand trial in Spain. The ruling cleared the way for the former dictator to avoid charges of crimes against humanity. Carlton Fisk and Tony Perez were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 2001, the Army acknowledged that U.S. soldiers killed an "unknown number" of South Korean refugees early in the Korean War at No Gun Ri.
In 2004, Democrat Howard Dean defended his record on race in the last debate before the Iowa caucuses, as he was forced to acknowledge that no blacks or Hispanic had served in his cabinet during his 12 years as governor of Vermont.
In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated federal judge Michael Chertoff to be homeland security chief, succeeding Tom Ridge. Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi publicly acknowledged for the first time that parts of Iraq probably wouldn't be safe enough for people to vote in upcoming elections.
In 2006, a Georgian court convicted a man of trying to assassinate President George W. Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili in 2005 with a grenade in Tbilisi and sentenced him to life in prison.
In 2007, English soccer star David Beckham announced a five-year deal to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Florida upset Ohio State for the College Bowl Series championship and, three months later, beat Ohio State again for its second consecutive NCAA basketball title.
In 2008, Bank of America said it would buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock in a deal rescuing the country's biggest mortgage lender. Authorities in Jacksonville, N.C., found the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Frances Lauterbach in the yard of Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, a comrade she had accused of raping her. (Laurean, who fled to Mexico, was arrested last April and charged in Lauterbach's death.) Former Olympic track gold medalist Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check-fraud scam. Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to conquer Mount Everest, died in Auckland, New Zealand, at age 88.
In 2009, in a rare Sunday session, the Senate advanced legislation that would set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness. A passenger ferry sank in a storm off Indonesia's Sulawesi island, killing some 230 people. Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement with the European Union that paves the way for resumption of natural gas deliveries. The Russian utility Gasprom cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in a back payment dispute and, as a result, to Eastern European countries such as Poland and Bulgaria in the midst of bitter cold weather.
Today's Birthdays: Producer Grant Tinker is 85. Producer David L. Wolper is 82. Actor Rod Taylor is 80. Composer Mary Rodgers is 79. The former prime minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, is 76. Actor Mitchell Ryan is 76. Actor Felix Silla is 73. Rock musician Clarence Clemons (E Street Band) is 68. Movie director Joel Zwick is 68. Country singer Naomi Judd is 64. Golfer Ben Crenshaw is 58. Singer Robert Earl Keen is 54. Musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) is 52. Actress Kim Coles is 48. Actor Jason Connery is 47. Contemporary Christian musician Jim Bryson (MercyMe) is 42. Rock musician Tom Dumont (No Doubt) is 42. R&B singer Maxee Maxwell (Brownstone) is 41. Movie director Malcolm D. Lee is 40. Singer Mary J. Blige is 39. Musician Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers) is 39. Actor Marc Blucas is 38. Actress Amanda Peet is 38. Actor Rockmond Dunbar is 37.
Those Born on This Date Include: Ezra Cornell, founder of Western Union Telegraph company and Cornell University, (1807); psychologist and philosopher William James (1842); feminist lawyer Alice Paul (1885); South African novelist Alan Paton ("Cry, the Beloved Country") (1903).
A Day of Less Than Nothing in Entertainment
In 1963, the Whisky A-Go-Go club opened on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Doors are among the bands that got their start there.
In 1969, Jethro Tull's debut album, "This Was," was released.
In 1984, Michael Jackson was nominated for a dozen Grammy Awards. At the time, his "Thriller" album was becoming the best-selling album of all time. Jackson went on to win eight Grammys.
In 1992, Paul Simon became the first international star to perform in South Africa following the end of the United Nations cultural boycott. Simon opened a concert tour in Johannesburg.
In 1993, singer Jesse James Dupree of the band Jackyl was arrested for mooning an audience in Cincinnati. The band was touring with Damn Yankees, who also had some trouble. Damn Yankees' guitarist Ted Nugent shot a flaming arrow, which was a violation of Cincinnati's fire code. Dupree was released on bond. Nugent paid a fine.
In 2000, Gary Glitter was freed from prison after serving half of a four-month sentence for downloading pornographic pictures of children. Also in 2000, authorities at an airport in Hawaii say they found a half-ounce of marijuana in Whitney Houston's bag. She caught her flight before she could be arrested.
In 2005, James Griffin, founding member of the 1970s pop group Bread, died in Franklin, Tenn., at 61.
In 2009, the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" won four Golden Globes, including best drama; the late Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for "The Dark Knight" while Kate Winslet received two acting awards for "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader." Theater and movie director Tom O'Horgan died in Venice, Fla., at 84.
Thought for Today: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet and philosopher (1803-1882).
Thought for Today: "The essence of taste is suitability. Divest the word of its prim and priggish implications, and see how it expresses the mysterious demand of the eye and mind for symmetry, harmony and order." — Edith Wharton, American author (1862-1937).
A thought for the day: William James said, "There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Nope. Nothing.

Sweet Blood of Jesus, TBogg reminds us that Tucker Carlson's frozen-tee-vee-dinner of a website is now available to the mindless dead worldwide.

So let's see. Jim Treacher. Andy Breitbart. S.E. Cupp. "Ask Matt LaBash." Huh?

We'll assume they haven't had too much time to get a whole lotta crap in their pipeline, but as of right now, half the stories are a wk. old, & there are six items repeating in the "BREAKING NEWS" crawl.

But nothing exceptionally stupid or otherwise remarkable, damnit.

Good luck to your operation, Tuck, you repugnant little creep. (We say that only because we need more inane source material, & w/ the full realization that were the Daily Caller to wind up a smoking pile of rubble for insurance purposes following a spectacular failure, Tucker "Can't Keep A Tee Vee Job" Carlson will still have idjits lining up to to give him money & exposure.)

WH08 Gossip Wrap-Up Wrapped-Up So You Don't Have To Read

We've no idea if the following, identified as "Extras," were part of the 13:14 piece that aired. If you have the patience to figure it out, let us know, 'K?
UPDATE (Later): They were (mostly) left on the cutting room floor. The second one is fun.

Hatin' On America, Part 1,574 (Also, Picking On Frank Rich)

From War in Context, in reference to Rich.

Editor’s Comment — It’s always struck me as odd that the expression “parasite on society” is so often applied to society’s least fortunate members. On the contrary, it is those who like bloated ticks engorge themselves at the host’s expense who are surely the real parasites.

Frank Rich picks the right metaphor, yet at this time America’s nemeses far from being hunted down by the US government have instead repeatedly been provided with a safe haven.

Should we make any distinction between those who harmed us and those who now give them protection? Indeed we should because it is the banking bandits who should be brought to justice. Indiscriminate rage against government simply helps the culprits stay in hiding.

Still, there is one caveat I would add before getting completely carried away with this populist vent: the greed on Wall Street is not an aberration — it simply represents one of the most extreme expressions of American values.

The titans now reviled were until quite recently revered as models of American success, for in society at large we still too often measure success by the outcome — how much gets accrued — rather than the path that led there. We value rewards above accomplishments.

Wall Street couldn’t wreck America if America didn’t have a propensity to wreck itself.

Bouffant: Steele Should Step Down From RNC Chair For Being Caricature Of Nineties-Style Hip-Hopper

We don't have to repeat it, do we? As inspired by The Hill (as in "Doesn't amount to a hill of beans").

Comparing Reid's honest ("Honest Injun!") but poorly worded (Remember, Reid's an older-American, as well as a Mormon from the old school.) analysis of a not-100%-white candidate's chances in national American politics does not equal Trent Lott's wishing that the coloreds were still under Jim Crow. See immediately below for other such absurd comparisons. (And see anywhere on the Internazz for examples of how the "'hot-headed' and 'passionate'" Michael Steele is a buffoon.)

Spot The Fallacies & False Equivalences. Or Don't. What Do We Care? (Forwarded For "A Good Laugh")

From Glenn Beck Daily Clips. "Spreading Glenn's message to other countries, non-cable TV users, and the isolated."

10 January: Caesar Crosses Rubicon; Nappy Cuts Knot; Florida Secedes; Tube Opened; Bouffant Yawns, Takes Nap

Today is Sunday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2010. There are 355 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense."
On this date:
In 49 B.C.E., Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, beginning the Roman civil war.
In 1810, Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, divorced his wife, Josephine.
In 1860, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Mass., collapsed, trapping hundreds in the rubble; during rescue efforts, a fire broke out - up to 145 people, mostly female workers from Scotland and Ireland, perished.
In 1861, Florida seceded from the Union. [As w/ Mississippi, if we'd kept these ninnies & their swampland from reëntering our Union, the national mildew rate would be on a par w/ the rest of the civilized world. — Ed.]
In 1863, London's Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway, opened to the public.
In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
In 1878, a constitutional amendment that would give women the right to vote was introduced into the U.S. Senate. It wasn't until 42 years later that the amendment was signed into law.
In 1901, oil was discovered at the Spindletop claim near Beaumont, Texas, launching the Southwest oil boom.
In 1910, Hallmark Cards had its origins as its founder, Joyce Clyde Hall, arrived in Kansas City, Mo., to begin selling postcards wholesale.
In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect.
In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.

In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden.
In 1967, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black person elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, took his seat.
In 1978, the Soviet Union launched two cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule for a rendezvous with the Salyut 6 space laboratory.
In 1980, former AFL-CIO president George Meany died in Washington, D.C., at 85.
In 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century. [First Amendment, anyone? — Ed.]
In 1989, Cuba began withdrawing its troops from Angola, more than 13 years after its first contingents arrived.
In 1999, Republicans and Democrats disagreed over whether to call witnesses in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, with Republicans pressing to hear testimony from Monica Lewinsky and others, and Democrats saying such testimony could unnecessarily prolong the proceedings.
In 2000, America Online announced it was buying Time Warner for $162 billion (the resulting disastrous merger ended in December 2009). Peace talks between Israel and Syria recessed in West Virginia without agreement on new borders or any other major elements of a land-for-peace treaty.
In 2003, North Korea withdrew from a global treaty barring it from making nuclear weapons.
In 2004, North Korea said it had shown its "nuclear deterrent" to an unofficial U.S. delegation that visited the disputed Yongbyon nuclear complex. Michelle Kwan won her seventh straight title and eighth overall at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Atlanta; Johnny Weir skated to his first men's title. Novelist Alexandra Ripley died in Richmond, Va., at age 70.
In 2005, CBS issued a damning independent review of mistakes related to a "60 Minutes Wednesday" report on President George W. Bush's National Guard service and fired three news executives and a producer for their "myopic zeal" in rushing it to air. A mudslide in La Conchita, Calif., crushed homes and killed 10 residents. Gunmen assassinated Baghdad's deputy police chief and his son; al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility. Ukraine's Election Commission declared Viktor Yushchenko the winner of the presidential vote.
In 2006, Iran resumed nuclear research two years after halting the work to avoid possible U.N. economic sanctions.
In 2007, President George W. Bush announced he would send a "surge" of 21,500 U.S. forces to Iraq.
In 2008, the United States lodged a formal diplomatic protest with Iran over an incident in which Iranian speedboats harassed U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf. President George W. Bush, visiting Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, said a Mideast peace pact would require "painful political concessions by both sides." John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid. And, Edmund Hillary, who rose to international fame as a member of the first climbing party to scale Mount Everest, died in Auckland, New Zealand, at age 88.
In 2009, Vice President-elect Joe Biden arrived in Afghanistan for talks with the country's leaders. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in cities across Europe and in Lebanon against the Israeli offensive in Gaza. The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush was commissioned with its namesake, the 41st president, and other members of the Bush family on hand for the ceremonies at Naval Station Norfolk.
Today's Birthdays January 10: Opera singer Sherrill Milnes is 75. Blues artist Eddy Clearwater is 75. Rock singer-musician Ronnie Hawkins is 75. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey is 72. Singer Scott McKenzie is 71. Movie director Walter Hill is 70. Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. is 66. Singer Rod Stewart is 65. Rock singer-musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) is 62. Actor William Sanderson is 62. Former boxer and entrepreneur George Foreman is 61. Roots rock singer Alejandro Escovedo is 59. Rock musician Scott Thurston (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is 58. Singer Pat Benatar is 57. Race car driver and team owner Bobby Rahal is 57. Rock musician Michael Schenker is 55. Singer Shawn Colvin is 54. Rock singer-musician Curt Kirkwood is 51. Actor Evan Handler is 49. Rock singer Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) is 46. Actress Trini Alvarado is 43. Rock musician Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down) is 32. Rock singer Brent Smith (Shinedown) is 32. Rapper Chris Smith (Kris Kross) is 31. Actress Sarah Shahi is 30.
Those Born On This Date Include: silent screen actor Francis X. Bushman (1883); poet Robinson Jeffers (1887); Max Patkin, the Crown Prince of Baseball (1920); actors Ray Bolger (1904) Paul Henreid (1908) and Sal Mineo (1939); singers Johnnie Ray (1927) & Jim Croce (1943).
Today In Entertainment History January 10
In 1948, future country star Loretta Webb married Oliver "Mooney" Lynn, becoming Loretta Lynn.
In 1956, Elvis Presley began his first recording session for RCA Records. "Heartbreak Hotel" was among the songs he recorded.
In 1964, The Beatles' first album in the United States, "Introducing the Beatles," was released.
In 1967, National Educational Television, the forerunner of the Public Broadcasting Service, operated as a true network for the first time as it carried President Lyndon B. Johnson's State of the Union address.
In 1971, singer Bob Dylan performed with country musician Earl Scruggs for a PBS documentary. "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS.
In 1976, bluesman Howlin' Wolf died of cancer in a Chicago-area hospital. He was a major influence on musicians like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones.In 1981, the production of "Pirates of Penzance," starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith, moved to Broadway after successfully playing the New York Shakespeare Festival.
In 1989, Michael Jackson's "Moonwalker" video was released. Jackson played a superhero in the video, which included a lengthy fantasy segment set to the song "Smooth Criminal."
In 1991, Clint Black joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2000, Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Julie Cypher, revealed David Crosby was the father of their two children by artificial insemination. [Eeew! Poor children. — Ed.]
In 2004, actor-writer Spalding Gray, 62, vanished from his New York apartment (his body was found two months later in the East River).
In 2008, Maila Nurmi, whose "Vampira" TV persona pioneered the spooky-yet-sexy Goth aesthetic, died in Los Angeles at age 85.
In 2009, singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas married actor Josh Duhamel at a vineyard in Malibu, California.
Thought for Today: "History must speak for itself. A historian is content if he has been able to shed more light." - William L. Shirer, American author and journalist (1904-1993).

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Newly Discovered Reactionary Affliction

Deliberatism, as in: "Barack Obama is deliberately 'destroying' America."
You expect that kind of talk from Limbaugh and from teabag-friendly writers of right-wing screeds. But, um, John McCain? Don't teabaggers think he's a horrible RINO? Don't veteran D.C. pundits believe he's the epitome of centrist integrity?

So why, in his new reelection ad, does he say this?

"President Obama is leading an extreme left-wing crusade to bankrupt America."

He's not saying "crusade that will bankrupt America." That would be harsh, but within the pale. He's saying crusade "to bankrupt America" -- i.e., intended to bankrupt America.

That's deliberatist. That's something his ex-running mate would say. It seems like a dog whistle to Palinite/teabagger voters, who I assume are as likely to be deliberatists as they are to be birthers and deathers.

9 January: Circus Opens; Nixon's The One; Eden Resigns; Canal Zone Riots; Arms For Hostages Confirmed; iTunes & iPhone Unveiled, Ai-yi-yi!

Today is Saturday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2010. There are 356 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 9, 1960, on his 47th birthday, Vice President Richard Nixon became a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
On this date:
In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J.
In 1859, women's suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt was born in Ripon, Wis.
In 1861, Mississippi seceded from the Union. [Again, good fuggin' riddance, & who let them back in? — Ed.]
In 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was born in Yorba Linda, Calif.

In 1945, American forces began landing at Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.
In 1957, British Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigned, citing health reasons.
In 1964, anti-U.S. rioting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone, resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and several U.S. soldiers.
In 1968, the Surveyor 7 space probe made a soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the American series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface.
In 1969, the British-French supersonic Concorde jetliner made its first test flight at Bristol, England.
In 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported autobiography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake. The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth was gutted by fire while docked in Hong Kong.
In 1987, the White House released a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January 1986 that showed a definite link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
In 1995, in New York, the trial of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and 11 other defendants accused of conspiring to wage holy war against the United States began. (All the defendants were convicted of seditious conspiracy, except for two who reached plea agreements with the government.)
In 1997, a Comair commuter plane crashed 18 miles short of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing all 29 people on board.
In 1999, at the White House, presidential advisers prepared a public and legal defense in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice; Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, meanwhile, pledged "above all, fairness" to the president, who ended up being acquitted.
In 2000, the controversial "Sensation" art exhibit ended its three-month run at the Brooklyn Museum, which had gotten into a fight with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani over what the mayor called the exhibit's offensive anti-Catholic content.
In 2001, Apple Computer Inc. introduced its iTunes music management software at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.
In 2004, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the nation's threat level had been lowered from orange to yellow. Officials said Pentagon lawyers determined that former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein had been a prisoner of war since his capture. An Ohio woman who'd claimed to have lost a lottery ticket worth $162 million was charged with filing a false police report. (Elecia Battle was later convicted of the misdemeanor and put on one year's probation.)
In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas, the No. 2 man in the Palestinian hierarchy during Yasser Arafat's rule, was elected president of the Palestinian Authority by a landslide. Sudan's vice president (Ali Osman Mohammed Taha) and the country's main rebel leader (John Garang) signed a comprehensive peace agreement, concluding an eight-year process to stop a civil war in the south.
In 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
In 2008, President Bush, on his first visit to Israel as president, warned Iran of "serious consequences" if it meddled again with U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. military reported nine American soldiers were killed in the first two days of a new offensive to root out al-Qaida in Iraq fighters holed up in districts north of Baghdad.
In 2009, The Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who defiantly insisted again that he had committed no crime. (The Illinois Senate unanimously voted to remove Blagojevich from office 20 days later.) President-elect Barack Obama announced he had picked retired Adm. Dennis Blair to be the national intelligence director and Leon Panetta to head the CIA. A Saudi supertanker, the Sirius Star, and its crew of 25 were released at the end of a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden after pirates were reportedly paid $3 million in ransom. (Five pirates were said to have drowned with their share of the money when their boat overturned.)
Today's Birthdays: Author Judith Krantz is 82. Football Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr is 76. Sportscaster Dick Enberg is 75. Actress K. Callan is 74.
Folk singer Joan Baez is 69. Rockabilly singer Roy Head is 69. Actress Susannah York is 69. Rock musician Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) is 66. [Hope we die 'fore we look old. — Ed.] Singer David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter) is 60. Singer Crystal Gayle is 59. Actor J.K. Simmons is 55. Nobel Peace laureate and human rights activist Rigoberto Menchu is 51. Rock musician Eric Erlandson is 47. Actress Joely Richardson is 45. Rock musician Carl Bell (Fuel) is 43. Rock singer Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) is 43. Rock singer-musician Dave Matthews is 43. Actress-director Joey Lauren Adams is 42. Singer A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) is 32.
Others Born Today Who Didn't Make It: Pioneer psychologist John Watson (1878); Czech writer Karel Capek (1890); choreographer George Balanchine (1904); French novelist Simone de Beauvoir (1908); striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee (1914); actors Fernando Lamas (1915) Lee Van Cleef (1925) and Bob Denver (1935).
Today In Entertainment History January 9
In 1768, the first modern circus was staged in London.
In 1959, "Rawhide" premiered on CBS.
In 1964, The Temptations recorded the song "The Way You Do The Things You Do" at Motown Studios in Detroit.
In 1965, "The Beatles '65" album No. 1 and stayed there for nine weeks.
In 1973, the Rolling Stones' plans to tour Asia were halted when Japan refused to grant Mick Jagger a visa. The Japanese turned down Jagger's request on account of his 1969 drug bust.
In 1977, country singer Emmylou Harris married Brian Ahern.
In 1979, "A Gift Of Song: The Music For UNICEF Concert" was held at the United Nations. Pop stars including ABBA, the Bee Gees and Rod Stewart performed, raising about $500,000 to fight world hunger. The concert was taped and broadcast by NBC.
In 1989, "The Pat Sajak Show" made its debut on late-night TV, but was unable to compete with the likes of Johnny Carson and David Letterman. [Especially as Letterman was still on at 0035, on NBC, & Sajak was on CBS at 2335. — Ed.]
In 1990, Madonna began auditioning dancers for her 1990 world tour. She had taken out a newspaper ad that said "wimps and wanna-bes need not apply."
In 1991, actress Delta Burke filed suit against the producers of "Designing Women." She claimed they wrote her out of a script.
In 2006, "The Phantom of the Opera" became the longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing "Cats," which ran for 7,485 performances.

In 2008, Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, died in Los Angeles at age 84. [It may have been "honorary," but the little weasel made a good living at it. — Ed.]
Relevant Thought for Today: "No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion." — Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader (1859-1947).
Whatever Thought for Today: "Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark." — Agnes de Mille, American dancer-choreographer (1905-1993).

Friday, January 8, 2010

Pat Robertson Up-Date From Gawd Up-Dated

Just yesterday we ran this under the title, Pat Robertson: God Tells Me He's Turning The Screws.Moments ago, we were wallowing in our own wonderfulnessresearching something when we encountered this, from about a yr. ago.

From The Unsubstantiated, Unsourced & Highly Questionable Rumor Desk:

Arabs Developing a Nuke

We might have put a question mark at the end, but what do we know? It's just a link to this, anyway:

Arab Nation May be Going Nuclear

Where we would have used an upper-case "b", but we're obviously a whiny pedant.

The story? If it's true, let 'em nuke each other. Don't make us no never mind.

A Sincere Thank You

Goes out to the one & only (And praise Jah Ras Tafar-I for that!) ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©, proprietor of an eponymous blog, who was kind enough to pimp our other location today, & to do it somewhere people actually visit.

Merci mille fois, mon vieux!

Vast, Vast Wasteland

8 January: Elvis Born; Galileo Dies; Aviation Death Toll: 152; Gallipoli

Today is Friday, Jan. 8th, the eighth day of 2010. There are 357 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
In 1935, rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Miss.

On this date:
In 1642, Astronomer Galileo Galilei died in Arcetri, Italy.
In 1790, U.S. President George Washington gave the first State of the Union address.
In 1798, the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was declared in effect by President John Adams nearly three years after its ratification by the states; it prohibited a citizen of one state from suing another state in federal court.
In 1815, U.S. forces led by Gen. Andrew Jackson defeated the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the closing engagement of the War of 1812. [C'mon, you could mention that it occurred two wks. after the peace treaty was signed. War-mongers. — Ed.]
In 1867, the U.S. Congress approved legislation that, for the first time, allowed blacks to vote in the District of Columbia.
In 1916, Allied forces staged a full retreat from the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, ending a disastrous invasion of the Ottoman Empire that resulted in 250,000 Allied casualties.
In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson outlined his "Fourteen Points" for lasting peace after World War I. Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which established Prohibition.
In 1959, Charles de Gaulle was inaugurated as president of France's Fifth Republic. In Cuba, Fidel Castro and his army arrived in Havana in triumph following the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in his State of the Union address.
In 1973, the Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam resumed.
In 1976, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai died in Beijing.
In 1982, AT&T settled the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against it by agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System companies.
In 1987, for the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 2,000, ending the day at 2,002.25. Kay Orr was inaugurated in Lincoln, Neb., as the nation's first female Republican governor.
In 1989, 47 people were killed when a British Midland Boeing 737-400 carrying 126 people crashed in central England.
In 1996, former French president Francois Mitterrand died at age 79.
In 1997, a report by University of Texas scientists concluded that exposure to a combination of chemicals was linked to Gulf War Syndrome, responsible for the various ailments reported by veterans of the 1991 conflict.
In 1998, Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, was sentenced in New York to life in prison.
In 1999, by a unanimous vote, senators formally ratified the rules for President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. The top two executives of Salt Lake City's Olympic organizing committee resigned amid disclosures that civic boosters had given cash to members of the International Olympic Committee.
In 2000, during a debate in Johnston, Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley accused Al Gore of trying to scare voters by misrepresenting his health care proposal; for his part, the vice president said he had not been hiding in a Washington bunker but campaigning on "the front lines in the fight for our future."
In 2003, a US Airways Express commuter plane crashed at the Charlotte, N.C., airport, killing all 21 people on board. A Turkish Airlines jet crashed in Turkey, killing 75 people.
In 2004, a U.S. Black Hawk medivac helicopter crashed near Fallujah, Iraq, killing all nine soldiers aboard. Libya agreed to compensate family members of victims of a 1989 bombing of a French passenger plane over the Niger desert that killed 170 people.
In 2005, an Army platoon sergeant who'd ordered his soldiers to throw Iraqis into the Tigris River was sentenced to six months in jail; the jury in Fort Hood, Texas also reduced the rank of Army Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins by one grade.
In 2007, a Moroccan man convicted of aiding three of the four pilots who committed the 9/11 attacks was sentenced by a German court to the maximum of 15 years in prison for his role in the terror plot.
In 2008, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican John McCain won the New Hampshire primaries. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, the only officer charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, was cleared of criminal wrongdoing. A quick-thinking Boy Scout foiled an assassination attempt on the president of the Maldives, grabbing an attacker's knife as the man leapt from a crowd. Paintings by Pablo Picasso and Brazilian painter Candido Portinari, stolen from Brazil's Sao Paulo Museum in December 2007, were recovered.
In 2009, President-elect Barack Obama urged lawmakers to work with him "day and night, on weekends if necessary" to approve the largest taxpayer-funded stimulus ever. Obama named Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine the next Democratic National Committee chairman. The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza by a 14-0 vote, with the United States abstaining. No. 1 Florida beat No. 2 Oklahoma 24-14 for the BCS national title. Cornelia Wallace, former wife of Alabama Gov. George Wallace, died in Sebring, Fla. at age 69.
Today's Birthdays January 8: Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 87. Actor Ron Moody is 86. Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur is 82. CBS newsman Charles Osgood is 77. Singer Shirley Bassey is 73. Game show host Bob Eubanks is 72. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials) is 69. Actress Yvette Mimieux is 68. Physicist Stephen Hawking is 68. Rock musician Robby Krieger (The Doors) is 64. Rock singer David Bowie is 63. Movie director John McTiernan is 59. Actress Harriet Sansom Harris is 55. Singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith is 46.
Actress Maria Pitillo is 45. Actress Michelle Forbes is 45. Singer R. Kelly is 43. Rock musician Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) is 41. Actress Ami Dolenz is 41. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 37. Country singer Tift Merritt is 35. Actress-rock singer Jenny Lewis is 34. Actress Amber Benson is 33. Actor Scott Whyte is 32. Singer-songwriter Erin McCarley is 31. Actress Sarah Polley is 31. Actress Rachel Nichols is 30.
Those born on this date include: financier Nicholas Biddle (1786); educator and hymn writer Lowell Mason ("Nearer My God To Thee") (1792); James Longstreet, Confederate general in the Civil War (1821); publisher Frank Doubleday (1862); reading teacher Evelyn Wood (1909); actor Jose Ferrer (1912); comedian Soupy Sales (1926).
On This Date In The History Of Show Biz:
In 1966, the last episode of ABC's "Shindig" music show was broadcast. The Kinks and The Who were the guest performers.
In 1974, Kiss signed its first recording contract, with Casablanca Records.
In 1979, the Canadian government named Rush its official "Ambassadors of Music." [Gawd!! Anne Murray would've been a better choice. — Ed.]
In 1989, the musical "42nd Street" closed on Broadway after more than 3,400 performances.
In 1990, a Los Angeles judge ruled that columnist Art Buchwald came up with the idea that inspired the Eddie Murphy movie "Coming To America." Buchwald had sued Paramount Pictures, claiming the studio stole the idea.
In 1991, guitarist Steve Clark of Def Leppard was found dead in his London home. He was 30. A coroner ruled that Clark's death was the result of heavy drinking.
In 1993, at a minute after midnight, the Elvis Presley commemorative stamp went on sale at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. People in the rest of the country got to buy them at post offices starting at noon.
In 1996, Robert Dewey Hoskins was found guilty of stalking Madonna.
In 2005, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil married Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. It was his fourth marriage, her second.
Thought for Today: "In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism." — Hannah Arendt, American author and historian (1906-1975).
Thought for Today: "The devil is easy to identify. He appears when you're terribly tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant." — Fiorello LaGuardia, mayor of New York City (1882-1947).

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Not Exactly Sun-Tzu; It Has A Certain ...

Overthinking it:
This possibility is not without. In this world, no unable to crack the ultimate technology, that does not comply with dialectics. If the F-22A to do this, then he opened up a new era in human history of philosophy, and unfortunately he could not. F-22A on the expression of such self-contradictory, on the one hand, APG-77 is so advanced RF management is almost impossible to detect on the other hand, ALR-94 radar warning receiver is so powerful, completely may miss any radar detection, this paradox explains everything just are no absolutes.
If that's not frightening enough, photographic representations of China's military & industrial might will have you quaking in fear.

War Of Northern Aggression Between The States

As noticed by Green Eagle, Chuck Baldwin of Renew You-Know-Who wants to share the love:

Praise for Lee and Jackson

Shorter: As "Generals Month" rolls around again, remember: Racists Lincoln & Grant weren't shit compared to "Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson [who] were two of the finest Christian gentlemen this country has ever produced. Both their character and their conduct were beyond reproach" also Stonewall was the greatest military genius EVAH & if his own troops hadn't killed him he would have won Gettysburg & there wouldn't be a nig-ruh in the White House shoveling dirt on the Constitution, which has been dead to me since 1865. Secession1!'leventy1!!11

"Furthermore, it is well established that Jackson regularly conducted a Sunday School class for black children. This was a ministry he took very seriously. As a result, he was dearly loved and appreciated by the children and their parents."

Plunging The Depths Of Nothing

So dulled out not bothering even to link to St. Louis workplace shooting.

Pat Robertson: God Tells Me He's Turning The Screws

Liberated from Red Tory.

"The star may certainly became a supernova soon – but soon could still be a long way off so don't have nightmares."


Earth 'to be wiped out' by supernova explosion


The Earth could soon be wiped out by the explosion of a star more than 3,000 light years away, according to American scientists.

7 January: 51 To Go; Moons Spotted From Telescopic Workshop; Hirohito Dies, Fillmore Born; H-Bomb Announced; Castro Gov. Recognized; Double SCOTUS Oath Taking; "Hoochie Coochie Man" Recorded; Brannifer Announce Split

Today is Thursday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2010. There are 358 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
Four hundred years ago, on Jan. 7, 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei began observing three of Jupiter's moons, which he initially took to be stars; he spotted a fourth moon almost a week later. (Another astronomer, Simon Marius, who claimed to have spotted the moons before Galileo did, later named the Jovian satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.)
On this date:
In 1608, an accidental fire devastated the Jamestown settlement in the Virginia Colony.
In 1789, the first U.S. presidential election was held. Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington to be the nation's first president.


In 1800, the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, was born in Summerhill, N.Y.
In 1927, commercial trans-Atlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London.
In 1942, the Japanese siege of Bataan began.
In 1949, George C. Marshall resigned as U.S. Secretary of State; President Harry S. Truman chose Dean Acheson to succeed him.
In 1953, President Harry S. Truman announced in his State of the Union address that the United States had developed a hydrogen bomb.
In 1959, the United States recognized the new government of Cuba, six days after Fidel Castro led the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.
In 1972, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1979, Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government.
In 1989, Emperor Hirohito of Japan died in Tokyo at age 87; he was succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Akihito.
In 1991, loyalist troops attacked Haiti's presidential palace, rescuing President Ertha Pascal-Trouillot and capturing the coup plotters.
In 1996, a major blizzard paralyzed the eastern United States, claiming more than 100 lives.
In 1997, Newt Gingrich became the first Republican re-elected House speaker in 68 years, and was then reprimanded for violating House rules and misleading the House ethics committee in its inquiry into possible political use of tax-exempt donations.
In 1998, a federal jury in Denver was unable to agree on a penalty for Terry Nichols, convicted in December 1997 in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. That meant he would not face the death penalty.
In 1999, for the second time in history, an impeached American president went on trial before the Senate. President Bill Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice; he was acquitted.
In 2000, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., subpoenaed Elian Gonzalez to testify before Congress in a bid to keep Elian in the United States for at least another month while courts decided whether the 6-year-old should be returned to Cuba. (Elian never testified.)
In 2003, police announced they had found traces of the deadly poison ricin in a north London apartment and arrested six men.
In 2004, President George W. Bush proposed legal status, at least temporarily, for millions of illegal immigrants working in the U.S. Swedish actress Ingrid Thulin died in Stockholm at age 77.
In 2005, a military jury at Fort Hood, Texas, acquitted Army Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins of involuntary manslaughter in the alleged drowning of an Iraqi civilian, but convicted him of assault in the January 2004 incident. (Perkins was sentenced to six months in prison.) Rosemary Kennedy, the oldest sister of President John F. Kennedy and the inspiration for the Special Olympics, died at a Fort Atkinson, Wis. hospital at age 86.
In 2006, American journalist Jill Carroll was abducted in Iraq and a translator was killed. (Carroll was released unharmed after 82 days.) Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, facing corruption charges, stepped down as House majority leader. (He resigned from Congress in June 2006.)
In 2008, the Pentagon reported an Iranian fleet of high-speed boats charged at and threatened to blow up a three-ship U.S. Navy convoy passing near Iranian waters, then vanished as the American ship commanders were preparing to open fire. In Baghdad, the head of a key U.S.-backed Sunni group was killed in a double suicide bombing that claimed at least 11 other lives. Second-ranked LSU defeated No. 1 Ohio State, 38-24, in the BCS championship game played in New Orleans. Former major league pitcher Roger Clemens filed a lawsuit in Houston charging that his former trainer defamed him with allegations of steroid use. Philip Agee, a renegade CIA agent whose naming of operatives led to a law against exposing spies, died in Cuba at age 72.
In 2009, President-elect Barack Obama met at the White House with America's four living presidents: George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Russia shut off all its gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine in a price and payment dispute; the cutoff lasted nearly two weeks.
Today's Birthdays: Author William Peter Blatty is 82. Country singer Jack Greene is 80. Pop musician Paul Revere is 72. Magazine publisher Jann Wenner is 64. Singer Kenny Loggins is 62. Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman is 61. Latin pop singer Juan Gabriel is 60. Actress Erin Gray is 60. Actor Sammo Hung is 58. Actor David Caruso is 54. "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric is 53. Country singer David Lee Murphy is 51. Rock musician Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go's) is 51. Actor David Marciano is 50. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is 49. Actress Hallie Todd is 48. Actor Nicolas Cage is 46. Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) is 45. Actor Doug E. Doug is 40. Actor Kevin Rahm is 39. Actor Jeremy Renner is 39. Country singer-musician John Rich is 36. Actor Dustin Diamond is 33.
Those born on this date include: Frenchman Jacques Montgolfier, who, with his brother, invented the hot air balloon (1745); Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States (1800); Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, who became St. Bernadette and whose visions led to the foundation of the shrine at Lourdes, France (1844); film executive Adolph Zukor (1873); ghoulish cartoonist Charles Addams (1912); actor Vincent Gardenia (1922).
Today In Entertainment History January 7
In 1950, country performer Hank Snow made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
In 1954, Muddy Waters recorded "Hoochie Coochie Man" in Chicago.
In 1955, singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, becoming the first black person to perform there as a member.

In 1962, "The Twist" by Chubby Checker hit No. 1 on the pop charts for a second time. It had previously hit No. 1 in 1960 for seven weeks.
In 1963, singer Gary "U.S." Bonds sued Chubby Checker for $100,000, claiming that Checker plagiarized his hit "Quarter To Three" for Checker's song "Dancin' Party." The suit was settled out of court.
In 1970, neighbors of New York land owner Max Yasgur sued him for $35,000 for property damage caused by people who attended the Woodstock festival. It's estimated more than 450,000 people attended the three-day event.
In 1974, James Taylor and Carly Simon had their second child, Sarah Martin, in New York.
In 1992, singer Debbie Gibson made her Broadway debut in "Les Miserables". She played the part of Eponine.
In 1994, Nirvana played their last US show, at the Seattle Arena.
In 1997, Lionel Hampton's New York apartment caught fire and burned nearly everything he owned. Hampton escaped the fire unhurt.
In 2004, Swedish actress Ingrid Thulin died in Stockholm at age 77.
In 2005, actor Brad Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston announced they were separating after four years of marriage.
Thought for Today: "There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness." — John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Scottish author (1875-1940).

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