Tuesday, January 19, 2010

You Have Been Warned: Time Is Running Out


Flood Warning

The Los Angeles Fire Department is reporting street flooding in San Pedro and other southernmost areas of the city. They "are experiencing severe stormwater impact at this time," the department tweeted. "Motorists are advised to avoid routine travel in the area."

[Update: "In some locations 'feet of water' impacting homes/businesses," a subsequent tweet noted.]

Via LAist, where a commenter comments:
Being an idiot, I actually drove across San Pedro during the worst of it, and there were multiple intersections along Pacific that were barely passable. I've lived in Pedro for over a decade, and I've never seen anything like it - cars pushed into things, retaining walls collapsed, etc... Water is coming up over the breakwater like I haven't seen in years, too.

I live about 2 blocks from where they're evacuating homes, and the intersection at 4th and Grand is a swimming pool filled with stray cars. It's gotta be 2-3 feet deep, at least. Multiple fire engines, lots of cops, etc...
NB: We don't give a shit, because San Pedro is where dull-ass squares live. (And self-admitted idiots.) Glub-glub, real Americans!!

Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow

Here's The Important Thing About The Crusaders

Cornfed Yankee asks the important question: Did ABC News steal the photos of the Geeziz sights that are on the ABC News website? He discovered this horror, he adds,
While working on an article about the latest sub-par hit piece investigative reportfrom Brian Ross and his team at ABC News blog The Blotter
Somehow he'll prove those aren't Bible references, or that they don't really matter, because all our boys & girls are already aboard the killing for Jesus love train.

The non-technical but "good" stuff starts at (3:40).Whether it's dangerous wild animals, desert-dwelling rag-heads or the urban underclass, they have your aiming solutions.Actual targets never seen.

American Way/Try To Explain
Scab Of A Nation/Driven Insane

Ripped from the headlines:
18 Jan 2010 04:20 pm

The American Way

A reader writes:
I can tell you when this country will get real health care reform. It will come when insurance premiums are so high, and when so many people die from lack of health care, and when so many people go bankrupt from paying medical bills, and when the rest of the system is so dysfunctional that when the tea partiers have a protest in Washington, only three people will show up. That’s when there will be real health care reform.
And I guess we will have entitlement reform when the dollar finally crashes, and the debt payments bankrupt us. And I guess we will leave Iraq and Afghanistan when our indefinite occupations raise so much animosity and generate so many terror attacks and drains so much from the Treasury that we will have no choice but to leave by the last proverbial helicopter. And America will address climate change only when it is far too late to stop it.

And even when all this happens, the MSM journalists will be writing about who wins or loses, who's up or down, whose spin is working, whose ads are best. Yes, this is a depressing day.


Yup, everything is shit, & we're all dying. But Sullivan has to have the proverbial sad over it. We're half waiting for him to pick up his toys & go back to Blighty. That'd show us!

19 January: Pointless & Dull, From The Distant Past Until Today

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2010. There are 346 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 19, 1960, the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States of America was signed by both countries in Washington, D.C. (Domestic opposition to the treaty led to the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi (nah-boo-soo-keh kee-shee)).
On this date:
In 1736, James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland.
In 1807, Confederate general Robert E. Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Va.
In 1809, author, poet and critic Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.
In 1853, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome.
In 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union.
In 1920, the U.S. Senate voted against the country joining the League of Nations.
In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in seven hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
In 1938, the Spanish Nationalist air force bombed Barcelona and Valencia, killing 700 civilians and wounding hundreds more.
In 1944, the federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads after settling a wage dispute.
In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India. [She was allowed to retain the "Bride Of Frankenstein" title. — Ed.]
In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views.
In 1975, China published a new constitution that adopted the precepts and policies of Mao Zedong.
In 1977, U.S. President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who had been convicted of treason for her World War II Japanese propaganda broadcasts as Tokyo Rose. Also in 1977, snowfall was recorded in Miami and the Bahamas. It was the first recorded snowfall in Miami.
In 1979, former Attorney General John Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months in federal prison for Watergate-related crimes.
In 1980, retired Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas died in Washington, D.C. at age 81.
In 1981, the United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
In 1990, Arthur J. Goldberg, former Supreme Court justice, labor secretary and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was found dead in his Washington apartment at age 81.
In 1994, ice skater Tonya Harding's former husband, Jeff Gillooly, was arrested and charged with conspiracy in the attack two weeks earlier on Harding rival Nancy Kerrigan.
In 1995, Russian forces captured the presidential palace in the rebel republic of Chechnya.
In 1997, Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years, joining 60,000 Palestinians in celebrating the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control.
In 1999, President Bill Clinton delivered his State of the Union address, in which he proposed to protect Social Security by using huge budget surpluses and announced the government would sue the tobacco industry for smokers' health costs. Hours earlier, at the president's impeachment trial in the Senate, White House Counsel Charles Ruff opened the defense with ringing statements of Clinton's innocence. NATO warned Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic that he must honor the 1998 cease-fire negotiated with the rebels in Kosovo or face airstrikes.
In 2000, Michael Skakel (SKAY'-kul), a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was charged with bludgeoning to death 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich (GREH'-nich), Conn. in 1975, when he was also 15. (Skakel was later convicted, and is appealing.) A dormitory fire at Seton Hall University in New Jersey killed three people and injured 62. Former Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi died in Tunisia at age 65.
In 2001, in a deal sparing himself possible indictment, President Bill Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky; he also surrendered his law license for five years.
In 2003, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the Bush administration might allow Saddam Hussein to seek safe haven in another country as a way to avoid war.
In 2004, John Kerry won Iowa's Democratic presidential caucuses; Howard Dean, who finished third, delivered a fist-pumping, bellowing concession speech that was viewed as politically damaging.Audio Link A freighter capsized near the western Norwegian port of Bergen, killing 18.
In 2005, previewing his second inauguration, President George W. Bush pledged to seek unity in a nation divided by political differences, saying, "I am eager and ready for the work ahead." Condoleezza Rice won strong but not unanimous endorsement as secretary of state from a Senate panel. The American Cancer Society reported that cancer had passed heart disease as the top killer of Americans age 85 and younger. Former chairman and chief executive of Citicorp Walter B. Wriston died in New York at age 85.
In 2006, an unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.
In 2008, Republican John McCain won a hard-fought South Carolina primary; Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in the Nevada caucuses. A soldier was killed south of Baghdad in a roadside bomb attack; his was the first American death to occur on a newly introduced, heavily armored vehicle known as MRAP. Death claimed former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer at age 73. Also in 2008, U.S. President George Bush said that although the economy is growing, the rate of growth has slowed and "there's a risk of a downturn." He called it "a challenging period for our economy."
In 2009, Russia and Ukraine signed a deal restoring natural gas shipments to Ukraine and paving the way for an end to the nearly two-week cutoff of most Russian gas to a freezing Europe. Iranian intelligence officials said their forces had dismantled a U.S.-backed spy network involving several nations aimed at toppling the country's Islamic regime. Also in 2009, rescue teams dug through the rubble of a Sao Paolo, Brazil, church looking for survivors. At least seven people died and about 100 were hurt when the church's concrete roof collapsed during services.
Today's Birthdays: Former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar is 90. Actress Jean Stapleton is 87. Actor Fritz Weaver is 84. Actress Tippi Hedren is 80. Former PBS newsman Robert MacNeil is 79. Movie director Richard Lester is 78. Singer Phil Everly is 71. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 68. Actress Shelley Fabares is 66. Country singer Dolly Parton is 64. ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 63. TV chef Paula Deen is 63. Rock singer Martha Davis is 59. Singer Dewey Bunnell (America) is 58. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 57. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 55. Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is 55. Actress Katey Sagal is 53. Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 53. Rock musician Jeff Pilson (Foreigner) is 52. Actor Paul McCrane is 49. Actor William Ragsdale is 49. Tennis player Stefan Edberg is 44. Rock singer Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) is 42. Singer Trey Lorenz is 41. Actor Shawn Wayans is 39. Rock singer-musician John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) is 39. Actress Drea (DRAY-uh') de Matteo is 38. Comedian-impressionist Frank Caliendo is 36. Actress Marsha Thomason is 34. Actress Jodie Sweetin is 28. Actor Logan Lerman is 18. Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is 18.
Those Born On This Date Include: English metallurgist Henry Bessemer (1813); French post-Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne (1839); billiards player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone (1913); singer and Broadway actor John Raitt (1917); Ebony magazine founder John H. Johnson (1918).
Today In Entertainment History
For January 19:

In 1943, singer Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas.
In 1974, a nine-mile traffic jam kept fans from attending performances by Bob Dylan and The Band in Miami. Many ticketholders didn't get in until the show was half over, prompting a few demonstrations.
In 1976, promoter Bill Sargent offered The Beatles at least $30 million to reunite for a concert in the US Sargent estimated that the reunion show could gross up to $300 million. They refused.
In 1977, Aretha Franklin sang "God Bless America" at a special inaugural concert for President-elect Jimmy Carter, who took the oath of office the next day.
In 1980, Michael Jackson got his first gold record, for "Off the Wall."
In 1989, Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle teamed up for a version of "Stand By Your Man" in honor of President-elect George Bush. Other celebrities at the Inaugural Gala included Clint Eastwood, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra.
In 1993, Fleetwood Mac reunited for the Inaugural Gala for President-elect Bill Clinton. Also in 1993, singer Tom Waits was allowed to keep the $2.5 million that a judge awarded him after he sued Frito-Lay for using a sound-alike in a commercial. The Supreme Court refused to change the amount of the award.
In 1998, rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins died in Jackson, Tennessee, of complications from a recent series of strokes. He was 65.
In 2000, actress Hedy Lamarr was found dead in her Orlando, Fla. home; she was 85.
In 2006, singer Wilson Pickett died of a heart attack in Reston, Virginia. He was 64.
In 2008, death claimed actress Suzanne Pleshette in Los Angeles at age 70, & John Stewart, a former member of the Kingston Trio, in San Diego at age 68.
Thought for Today: "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." — Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress (1914-2000).

Monday, January 18, 2010

OperaOperation Porn

Counting Backwards

In Which We Count Down The 100 Greatest Science Fiction or Fantasy Novels of All Time


No idea why they should be "counted down" rather than listed, but what do we know any more? Bonus: Covers of virtually (We've only scanned, as usual.) all of the Top 100.

WAIT! Upon further investigation, appears to have been compiled by an illiterate.
Although many have made a distinction between the fantasy and science fiction fields, I see no reason to arbitrary draw such a lien.
One should not draw liens arbitrary. An attorney's advice can be invaluable.
At the nexus of the two genres is where the human imagination begins to reveal frightful and hopeful things about our own society. Sometimes I will come across someone reading what looks to me like a really boring book; e.g. anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald or James Patterson or Bill Bryson. Instead look to the vast store of cheap entertainment found in these immemorial classics of the page:
Fine, then, consider it 100 (we assume) book covers, which may have amusement or even nostalgia value.

Nope, forget it. (The "count down" should have been the first clue.) If we hadn't typed so much already, we'd delete this whole mess, because of this:
49. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Rand took as subject the plight of the individual in a society that attempted to squelch his purpose and initiative at every turn. Through the story of Howard Roark, we begin to appreciate and see for the first time the visible constraints on ourselves that were invisible before. Among the most widely read books ever written.
You can't convince us that anyone who's actually read 100 books (Theoretically even more, or how could he know which are the 100 best?) could type that poorly.

18 January: Seriously Not Caring Again. Seriously.

Today is Monday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2010. There are 347 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 18, 1949, Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular swindles in history, died destitute in the charity ward of a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66.
On this date:
In 1778, English navigator Capt. James Cook reached the Hawaiian Islands, which he dubbed the "Sandwich Islands."
In 1782, lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster was born in Salisbury, N.H.
In 1788, the first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony.
In 1862, the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, died in Richmond, Va., at age 71.
In 1871, William I of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor in Versailles, France.
In 1911, the first landing of an aircraft on a ship took place as pilot Eugene B. Ely brought his Curtiss biplane in for a safe landing on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Harbor.
In 1936, author Rudyard Kipling died in Burwash, England, at age 70.
In 1919, the Paris Peace Conference, held to negotiate peace treaties ending World War I, opened in Versailles, France.
In 1943, the Soviets announced they'd broken through the long Nazi siege of Leningrad (it was another year before the siege was fully lifted). A wartime ban on the sale of pre-sliced bread in the U.S. - aimed at reducing bakeries' demand for metal replacement parts - went into effect.
In 1957, a trio of B-52's completed the first nonstop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, landing at March Air Force Base in California after more than 45 hours aloft.
In 1966, Indira Gandhi, daughter of the late Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, became prime minister of India.
In 1967, Albert DeSalvo, who claimed to be the "Boston Strangler," was convicted in Cambridge, Mass., of armed robbery, assault and sex offenses. (Sentenced to life, DeSalvo was killed in prison in 1973.)
In 1968, the United States and Soviet Union agreed on a draft of a nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
In 1970, David Oman McKay, the ninth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died at the age of 96.
In 1983, the International Olympic Committee restored Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to his family. They had been rescinded for Thorpe's having played professional baseball. He won gold medals in 1912 in the pentathlon and decathlon.
In 1990, a jury in Los Angeles acquitted former preschool operators Raymond Buckey and his mother, Peggy McMartin Buckey, of 52 child molestation charges. Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was arrested in an FBI sting on drug-possession charges (he was later convicted of a misdemeanor).
In 1991, financially strapped Eastern Airlines shut down after 62 years in business.
In 1993, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 states for the first time. Seven people were killed and nearly 70 more injured when two commuter trains collided on a bridge in Gary, Ind.
In 1994, Iran-Contra independent counsel Lawrence Walsh issued his final report on the scandal. He blasted former U.S. President George H.W. Bush for his Christmas Eve 1992 pardons of six Iran-Contra defendants.
In 1995, officials in Paris announced the discovery of a magnificent display of Paleolithic cave art in southern France.
In 1997, Norwegian Borge Ousland completed a 1,675-mile trek across Antarctica, the first time anyone traversed the continent alone.
In 1999, defying global outrage over the massacre of 45 ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovo, Serb forces pounded villages with artillery. The Yugoslav government also ordered the American head of the Kosovo peace mission to leave the country and barred a U.N. investigator who was looking into the massacre.
In 2000, in a blow to the Pentagon's push to develop a national missile defense by 2005, officials announced that a prototype missile interceptor had roared into space in search of a mock warhead over the Pacific, but had failed to hit it.
In 2004, at least 23 people were reported killed when a car bomb exploded in Baghdad.(AP) A suicide truck bombing outside the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad killed at least 31 people.(UPI) A 15-day hostage drama began at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis near Buckeye, where two inmates attempting to escape took two correctional officers hostage. (One guard was released midway through the ordeal; the other, Lois Fraley, was held the entire time, during which she was raped and beaten.) The New England Patriots earned their second trip to the Super Bowl in three seasons by defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 in the AFC championship game; the Carolina Panthers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3, in the NFC championship game.
In 2005, Secretary of State nominee Condoleezza Rice, at her Senate confirmation hearing, insisted the United States was fully prepared for the Iraq war and its aftermath and refused to give a timetable for U.S. troops to come home. The world's largest commercial jet, an Airbus A380 that can carry 800 passengers, was unveiled in Toulouse, France.
In 2006, bodies of 36 Iraqis were found in mass graves in two towns north of Baghdad. Officials said many of the victims were police recruits.
In 2007, Venezuelan lawmakers voted to allow President Hugo Chavez to rule by decree for 18 months.
In 2008, U.S. President George W. Bush urged passage of a $145 billion stimulus package to provide tax relief for individuals and businesses to boost a sagging U.S. economy. Also in 2008, after major presidential primary tests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton led Barack Obama in the Democratic race and Mike Huckbee and John McCain shared wins among the Republicans. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated George Clooney a U.N. "messenger of peace" to promote the world body's activities.
In 2009, Israeli troops begin to withdraw from Gaza after their government and Hamas militants declared an end to a three-week war. A star-studded preinaugural concert took place on the National Mall, featuring Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Beyonce, with President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, in attendance. The Arizona Cardinals advanced to their first Super Bowl with a 32-25 win over the Philadelphia Eagles; the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-14 to win the AFC Championship and reach their seventh Super Bowl.
Today's Birthdays: Audio engineer Ray Dolby is 77. Movie director John Boorman is 77. Sen. Paul Kirk, D-Mass., is 72. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 69. Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 57. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 55. Country singer Mark Collie is 54. Actress Jane Horrocks is 46.Comedian Dave Attell is 45. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 41. Rapper DJ Quik is 40. Rock singer Jonathan Davis (Korn) is 39. Singer Christian Burns (BBMak) is 37. NAACP chief executive Benjamin Todd Jealous is 37. Actor Derek Richardson is 34. Actor Jason Segel is 30. Actress Samantha Mumba is 27.
Those Born On This Date Include: English physician Peter Roget, who compiled "Roget's Thesaurus" (1779); English author A.A. (Alan Alexander) Milne, who wrote "Winnie the Pooh" ( 1882); actor Danny Kaye (1913); baseball player Curt Flood (1938); Temptations singer David Ruffin (1941).
Today In Entertainment History January 18
In 1892, Oliver Hardy of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy was born Norvell Hardy in Harlem, Ga.
In 1904, actor Cary Grant was born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England.
In 1969, former Beatles drummer Pete Best won his defamation suit against the Beatles. He had sought $8 million, but was awarded considerably less.
In 1973, The Rolling Stones held a benefit concert in Los Angeles for victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Mick Jagger's wife Bianca had relatives in Nicaragua. The concert raised more than $400,000. Also in 1973, Pink Floyd began recording "Dark Side of the Moon."
In 1974, the band Bad Company was formed.
In 1987, musician Steve Winwood married Eugenia Grafton.
In 1989, The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and the late Otis Redding were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of the highlights of the ceremony was a tribute to Roy Orbison, who had died the previous month.
In 1991, three people were crushed to death at an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City. The victims had been pinned by people who rushed the stage.
In 1995, Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia crashed a rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. Garcia wasn't even scratched. [He'd still be dead in eight mos. or so. — Ed.]
In 1996, Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, filed for divorce from Michael Jackson after 20 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
In 2008, actress Lois Nettleton died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 80.
Thought for Today: "The compensation of growing old was simply this: that the passions remain as strong as ever, but one has gained - at last! - the power which adds the supreme flavor to existence, the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round, slowly, in the light." - Virginia Woolf, English author (1882-1941).

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jellystone Park™ Quake Update: A Matter Of Time

Is the big one about to blow?

The end for Boo-Boo's Bungalow?

If it does all go, one of these may survive the ensuing cataclysm.
Ha ha, we mock you, vulgar & tasteless heartland family-values types!

Use Ure Foot

Featured at YouTube:

W/o The Insufferable Commie Ted Wanna-Be & His Nasal Vocals

Oh, nice job at the end there. Moron.

That About Which We Could Not Possibly Care Any Fucking Less

The Golden Globes.

It is somewhat interesting that the Not Broadcasting Conan network is presenting the "ceremony" live here on "the Coast." Or have they always ...? See, not caring as much as we can possibly not care.

Rainy (Stolen) Music Sunday

Lazy? You betcher ass! We'd never bother finding this, & running it merely because it's raining here, in FM Dee Jay fashion, but having encountered it:And while we're stealing things from their post-YouTube source, we also spotted this one at Cogitamus. It's Two For One Day!
Yellow Bird, sung here by The Mills Brothers, is a traditional Haitian tune based on a French berceuse, or cradle song. The lyrics were originally a poem, written in 1883--in Creole--by legendary Haitian poet and politician Oswald Durand, who'd been imprisoned for criticizing local political leaders. (Ahem.) The song was originally titled Choucoune, the nickname of a young woman named Marie-Noël Bélizaire who'd captured Durand's imagination and could inspire him to dream of sunlight and birds and the freedom of open skies--even in his darkest hours.

Make it THREE-4-1!

1985

In the future, we will all live like rats in fucking cages, & Mick Jagger (?) will finally get his movie star career going, as he steps into the role of Big Brother.

America's Team

Favre 34, Cowpokes 3.

Heh indeed.

17 January: Frogs OK Prots; Capitalists Steal Hawai'i; U.S. Gets Virgins For A Steal; Great Brink's Robbery; Ike's Big Warning; Bombs Away! Dino Martin Busted W/ Machine Gun; "Drifter" Kills Five Children, Self; Big Day In Plate Tectonics; George Burns Marries Gracie Allen: "Just To See If It's True About Crazy Broads"

Today is Sunday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2010. There are 348 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 17, 1950, the Great Brink's Robbery took place as seven masked men held up a Brink's garage in Boston, stealing $1.2 million in cash and $1.5 million in checks and money orders. (Although the entire 11-member gang was later caught, only part of the loot was recovered.)
On this date:
In 1562, French Protestants were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.
In 1605, "Don Quixote" was published.
In 1706, statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston.
In 1806, Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha, gave birth to James Madison Randolph, the first child born in the White House.
In 1871, Andrew Hallikie received a patent for a cable car system that went into service in San Francisco in 1873.
In 1893, the 19th president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, died in Fremont, Ohio, at age 70. Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown as a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Lili'uokalani to abdicate.
In 1899, gangster Al Capone was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In 1917, the United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
In 1945, Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw; Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody.
In 1946, the United Nations Security Council held its first meeting, in London.
AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 17, 1961, in his farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex."
Audio LinkPresident Dwight D. Eisenhower
In 1966, a U.S. Air Force B-52 carrying four unarmed hydrogen bombs crashed on the Spanish coast. (Three of the bombs were quickly recovered, but the fourth wasn't recovered until April.)
In 1977, convicted murderer Gary Gilmore, 36, was shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison in the first U.S. execution in a decade.
In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the private use of home video cassette recorders to tape TV programs did not violate federal copyright laws.
In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a secret order permitting the covert sale of arms to Iran.
In 1989, five children were shot to death at the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, Calif., by a drifter, Patrick Purdy, who then killed himself.
In 1991, Harald V became king of Norway.
In 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 72 people. [Let's see, that was ... 2004 is ten yrs., 13, 14, so ... 16 yrs. ago. We predict: Another big one by 2017. — Ed.] Also: In 1994, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Southern California, killing at least 61 people and causing $20 billion worth of damage. [At least. — Ed.]
In 1995, more than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.
In 1996, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman was sentenced to life in prison and 16 others were also sentenced to jail for plotting to bomb the United Nations.
In 1997, a court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history. Israel handed over Hebron to the Palestinians, ending 30 years of occupation of the West Bank city.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil suit when he answered questions from lawyers for Paula Jones, who had accused Clinton of sexual harassment.
In 1999, as White House lawyers met to work on President Bill Clinton's defense, their client spent the day preparing for his State of the Union address. The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets, 23-10, to win the American Football Conference title; the Atlanta Falcons upset the Minnesota Vikings, 30-27, to win the National Football Conference championship.
In 2000, decrying the Confederate flag as a symbol of slavery and racism, nearly 50,000 people marched to South Carolina's Statehouse on Martin Luther King Day to demand the banner be taken down. British pharmaceutical firms Glaxo Wellcome PLC and SmithKline Beecham PLC announced a merger.
In 2001, faced with an electricity crisis, California used rolling blackouts to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people.
In 2004, three U.S. soldiers were killed north of Baghdad, pushing the U.S. death toll in the Iraq conflict to 500.
In 2005, Iraqi expatriates in 14 countries began registering to vote in Iraq's Jan. 30 elections. Zhao Ziyang, who was ousted as China's Communist Party leader after sympathizing with the 1989 pro-democracy protests, died in Beijing at age 85 after 15 years under house arrest.
In 2006, the Supreme Court protected Oregon's assisted-suicide law, ruling that doctors there who helped terminally ill patients die could not be arrested under federal drug laws.
In 2008, Bobby Fischer, the chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky as world champion in 1972, died in Reykjavik, Iceland, at age 64.
In 2009, Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire in its 22-day Gaza offensive. President-elect Barack Obama arrived in the nation's capital after a daylong rail trip that began in Philadelphia, retracing the path Abraham Lincoln took in 1861. Salvage crews hoisted a downed US Airways jetliner from the Hudson River, three days after a dramatic water landing survived by everyone on board. A nationwide alert was issued linking an outbreak of salmonella with peanut butter and peanut paste produced in a Blakely, Ga., a factory owned by the Peanut Corp. of America. The peanut products eventually were linked to at least 637 illnesses and nine deaths.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Betty White is 88. Former Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach is 88. Former FCC chairman Newton N. Minow is 84. Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon is 82. Actor James Earl Jones is 79. Talk show host Maury Povich is 71. Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is 68. Pop singer Chris Montez is 68. R&B singer William Hart (The Delfonics) is 65. Rock musician Mick Taylor is 62. R&B singer Sheila Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 57. Singer Steve Earle is 55. Singer Paul Young is 54. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 53. Singer Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) is 51. Actor-comedian Jim Carrey is 48. First Lady Michelle Obama is 46. Actor Joshua Malina is 44. Singer Shabba Ranks is 44. Rock musician Jon Wysocki (Staind) is 42. Actor Naveen Andrews is 41. Rapper Kid Rock is 39. Actor Freddy Rodriguez is 35. Actress Zooey Deschanel is 30. Singer Ray J is 29. Country singer Amanda Wilkinson is 28.
Those Born On This Date Include: British statesman David Lloyd George (1863); Mack Sennett, director of slapstick silent films (1880); English novelist Nevil Shute in 1899; singer Eartha Kitt (1927); actress Sheree North (1933); puppeteer Shari Lewis (1933) & comedian Andy Kaufman (1949).
Today In Entertainment History January 17
In 1926, George Burns and Gracie Allen were married.
In 1965, the Rolling Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play With Fire" in Los Angeles.
In 1970, singer Billy Stewart and three members of his band were killed when their car went off a bridge in North Carolina. Stewart was 32. His biggest hit was his cover of the George Gershwin song "Summertime."
In 1972, part of Highway 51 South in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. It runs in front of Graceland.
In 1974, Dean Martin's son Dino, of Dino, Desi and Billy, was arrested after he allegedly tried to sell a machine gun to an undercover agent. He was released on bail the next day.
In 1975, "Baretta" premiered on ABC.
In 1979, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt announced that they would record an album together. The result was the album "Trio," which wasn't released until eight years later.
In 1990, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Apparently The Four Fucks & The Fantastic Four didn't get enough votes that yr. — Ed.]
In 1993, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington for a free outdoor concert that was staged as part of the festivities for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Performers included Michael Bolton and Aretha Franklin.
In 1996, talk show host Phil Donahue announced he was retiring at the end of the season, after 29 years on the air.
In 2001, Metallica announced bassist Jason Newsted had quit.
In 2004, Hollywood producer Ray Stark died at age 88.
In 2005, actress Virginia Mayo died in Thousand Oaks, Calif., at age 84.
In 2008, character actor Allan Melvin died in Los Angeles at age 84.

Thought for Today: "He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money." — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tax $ At Work

This image released by the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) along the coast of Haiti, on January 15.
A U.S. Navy helicopter takes off after throwing bottles of water near the beach in Port-au-Prince January 16, 2010. Tensions rose among desperate Haitians awaiting international aid and hunting for missing relatives on Saturday as aid began to trickle in four days after an earthquake that Haitian authorities say killed 200,000 people.
REUTERS/Kena Betancur

Sat. Eve. Mood Up-Date:

Pretty much not giving one fucking shit about anybody or anything at the moment.

16 January: Parliament Makes Good Move, Outlaws Roman Catholicism; Prohibition Begins; Trotsky Dismissed; "Ma" Barker Gets It; Macca Busted (Twice)

Today is Saturday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2010. There are 349 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 16, 1920, Prohibition began in the United States as the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution took effect, one year to the day after its ratification. (It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)
On this date:
In 1547, Ivan IV of Russia (popularly known as "Ivan the Terrible") was crowned Czar.
In 1581, the English Parliament outlawed Roman Catholicism.
In 1883, the US Civil Service Commission was established.
In 1919, pianist and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski became the first premier of the newly created republic of Poland.
In 1925, Leon Trotsky was dismissed as chairman of the Russian Revolution Military Council.
In 1935, fugitive gangster Fred Barker and his mother, Kate "Ma" Barker, were killed in a shootout with the FBI at Lake Weir, Fla.
In 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in London.
In 1969, two manned Soviet Soyuz spaceships became the first vehicles to dock in space and transfer personnel.
In 1978, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who became America's first black astronaut in space.
In 1988, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after making a racist comment.
In 1989, three days of rioting erupted in Miami when a police officer fatally shot a black motorcyclist, causing a crash that also claimed the life of a passenger. (The officer, William Lozano, was convicted of manslaughter, but then was acquitted in a retrial.)
In 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
In 1992, the government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war that had killed at least 75,000 people.
In 1997, a bomb exploded at an Atlanta building housing an abortion clinic. An hour later, after investigators and others had come to the scene, a second bomb went off, injuring six people.
In 1999, closing three days of opening arguments, House prosecutors demanded President Bill Clinton's removal from office, telling a hushed Senate that otherwise the presidency itself may be "deeply and perhaps permanently damaged." Forty-five ethnic Albanians were found slain near the southern Kosovo village of Racak.
In 2000, Ricardo Lagos was elected Chile's first socialist president since Salvador Allende.
In 2001, Laurent Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was killed in a shooting at his home.
In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off under extremely tight security; on board was Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. (The mission ended in tragedy when the shuttle broke up during its return descent, killing all seven crew members.)
In 2004, NASA announced that the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope would be allowed to degrade and eventually become useless. Freddy Adu, the 14-year-old phenom, was selected by D.C. United as the first pick in Major League Soccer draft.
In 2005, the US military freed 81 detainees in Afghanistan, ahead of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha. U.S. President George W. Bush said his re-election was a ratification of what he did in Iraq and there was no reason to hold any administration official accountable.
In 2006, Africa's first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was sworn in as Liberia's president.
In 2007, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched his successful bid for the White House.
In 2008, President George W. Bush closed out his Mideast trip with a brief visit to Egypt, where he was welcomed by President Hosni Mubarak. Archbishop Earl Paulk, the 80-year-old leader of a megachurch, pleaded guilty in Atlanta to lying under oath about his sexual affairs and was sentenced to 10 years' probation.
In 2009, President-elect Barack Obama made a pitch for his massive economic stimulus plan at a factory in Bedford Heights, Ohio, saying his proposal would make smart investments in the country's future and create solid jobs in up-and-coming industries. Painter Andrew Wyeth died in Chadds Ford, Pa., at age 91. John Mortimer, the British lawyer-writer who'd created the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey, died in the Chiltern Hills, England, at age 85.
Today's Birthdays January 16: Author William Kennedy is 82. Author-editor Norman Podhoretz is 80. Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 76. Hall of Fame auto racer A.J. Foyt is 75. Singer Barbara Lynn is 68. Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 67. Country singer Jim Stafford is 66. Talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is 63. Movie director John Carpenter is 62. Actress-dancer-choreographer Debbie Allen is 60. Comedian Robert Schimmel is 60. Singer Sade is 51. Rock musician Paul Webb (Talk Talk) is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxine Jones (En Vogue) is 44. Actor David Chokachi is 42. Actor Richard T. Jones is 38. Actress Josie Davis is 37. Model Kate Moss is 36. Rock musician Nick Valensi (The Strokes) is 29. Actress Yvonne Zima is 21.
Those born on this date include: German philosopher Franz Brentano (1838); Andre Michelin, the French industrialist who first mass-produced rubber automobile tires (1853); Canadian poet Robert Service (1874); Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista (1901); inventor Frank Zamboni (1901); singer Ethel Merman (1909); baseball pitcher Jerome "Dizzy" Dean (1910); zoologist Dian Fossey ( 1932); writer Susan Sontag (1933).
Today In Entertaiment History January 16
In 1942, actress Carole Lombard, her mother and about 20 other people were killed when their plane crashed near Las Vegas. They were returning from a war-bond promotion tour.
In 1957, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, opened. It became famous as the place where The Beatles were a house band.
In 1964, the musical "Hello, Dolly!" starring Carol Channing, opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
In 1970, The Who began a tour of European opera houses, performing excerpts from the rock opera "Tommy." [Saw that tour. — Ed.]
In 1973, the last episode of "Bonanza" aired on NBC.
In 1976, the live album "Frampton Comes Alive!" was released.
In 1980, Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo after customs agents found marijuana in his luggage. Exactly four years later, he was arrested for marijuana possession in Barbados.
In 1990, actors Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers released a statement that said they were ending their three-year marriage. [Not even L. Ron Hitler could keep that one going. — Ed.]
In 1991, The Byrds and Wilson Pickett were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1996, Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither one was hurt. Also in 1996, Wayne Newton performed his 25,000th Las Vegas show. Newton has performed more shows as a headliner in Las Vegas than any other entertainer.
In 2004, pop star Michael Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges in Santa Maria, Calif.; the judge scolded Jackson for being 21 minutes late. (Charges were later re-filed and Jackson was acquitted.)
In 2005, Golden Globes were awarded to "The Aviator" as best movie drama and "Sideways" as best movie musical or comedy.
Thought for Today: "Goodwill is the only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy." — Marshall Field, department store founder (1834-1906).

Friday, January 15, 2010

More White Trash Losers To Look Down Upon

Look, our brain is a bit more damaged than usual, & we can't conceive of anything to type that's the least bit clever, thought-provoking or nuthin', no how. Fortunately, we can aggregate, if not aggravate.

This, while anecdotal, was fun. A Daily Dish reader writes:

Over Christmas, my brother and I paid a visit to the other side of our family. They live as far as they can from an urban center, and are distrustful of "citified" people, though they make an exception for my side of the family, even if we are looked upon as somewhat freakish. They are Red Staters trapped in a Blue State (Washington), and resent it. They are nominally Christian.

None (save one 2nd cousin, who has run away to attend the university I tutor at in the city) have graduated from high school, having left early to take up some form of manual labor. One of my cousins, a meth addict, disappeared years ago in Idaho. Another, a year younger than I (47) is a grandmother dying of cirrhosis of the liver. Another cousin has three daughters, all of whom are on welfare, have multiple kids from different men, spend their days playing video games when not getting new tattoos and tramp stamps at the nearest mall. All are obese and chain-smoke.* All routinely refer to President Obama as "the nigger."† All watch Fox News in between bouts of video games.

Some of them have seen jail. Two of my cousins had been, up until a few years ago, given to reading romance novels and lurid true-crime books. They now have taken to buying the books of Hannity, Coulter, et al.

On this visit, we found that Sarah Palin's book had become the Christmas gift of choice for most of them. Whether they've read it or not, she was the primary topic of their conversation. They adore her. "She speaks like us," one aunt said, almost tearfully. "She's one of us." Their anger, impotent at the moment, seems to be growing. My brother and I made a hasty retreat out, as we were neither of us in the mood to engage these family members in debate. Why? To what end? But nor could we just stay and listen to these deluded, rambling speeches. Worse, we felt chilled by the experience.

The next American revolution really will be led by an ignorant rabble with pitchforks.

We doubt if most of these lumps will leave the couch & their video games for the revolution, but what a wonderful portrait of the real "Real" America.

*Nothing wrong w/ those two. What up w/ this snooty citified elitest?

Juxtaposed against the "life-style" mentioned, we are laughing extra-hard.

Good, No, Excellent Digging From Sully

Plus Ça Change

"We are a movement of the plain people, very weak in the matter of culture, intellectual support, and trained leadership. We are demanding, and we expect to win, a return of power into the hands of the everyday, not highly cultured, not overly intellectualized, but entirely unspoiled and not de-Americanized, average citizen of the old stock ... " - Dr. Hiram Wesley Evans, (1881 - 1966) in a statement issued by him in 1926 in his role as the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

I found the quote in a 1973 issue of Commentary, in a brutal excavation of the cultural roots of the Watergate scandal. The same magazine, now run by a dauphin of the neocon nepotism-tree, now celebrates the very things it once had the decency to oppose.


Imagine. We are shocked, simply shocked.

Mystery Deepens

Located some blood; we doubt if we cut our forehead on the mattress. Probably tried to make it to the bed after beaning ourselves, & a good thing.
Adding insult, we washed the effing sheets two damn days ago; further proof that cleanliness is an absolute waste of time.

Funny Or Die

It's funny because we DIDN'T die.
And now, the rest of the story: Working on our second cup of coffee, we somehow managed to get a serious gulp down the air-pipe, resulting in a sudden loss of ability to breathe. Staggering to our feet, we headed to the bathroom, hoping to spew out the offending liquid. Next thing we know, we're on the floor, coming to, & hearing some idjit on the tee vee. So we gather our thoughts, & wonder for a moment why we're listening to the telebision while lying on the floor. Then we remember, & wonder why our face is wet.

No idea of what we beaned ourself on (no blood anywhere but our face) but judging from the straight, even cut, we'll guess the raised lid of the toilet. What if we'd fallen face-down into the toilet, & drowned? That would've been really funny.

Ouch.

SPAM!

Those w/o fear are invited to contact Neuman & Neuman, who were kind enough to send us some of that automated spam email.
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We've already given them a verbalized death threat on their 800 #. A world-wide campaign of threats & anger can only teach these scum a lesson. Mailing of rotten fish, dead rodents & used sanitary products would probably give them a good idea of the people's reaction to their heinous activity, as will threatening 'phone calls. (We're contemplating a bus ride south, to investigate how easily certain windows break.)

Downtown San Diego Real Estate! An obvious scam. Criminals, is what they are!

Hierarchy & Its Enforcement On The Internet: Frist?!

Free Speech Itself Threatened By Libs Complaining About FOX Non-Coverage

 Media Matters for America:
REPORT: Top Fox News programs devote scant coverage to Haiti earthquake  —  On January 13, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009 — The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck — devoted a combined total of less than 7 minutes of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti …
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We've already heard the essential reactionary reactions, from Limbaugh & Robertson. We didn't need to hear further hate-speech from two Catholics & a Mormon.

Are Your Candidates Certifiable?

Please help us, these people live a mere hr. away by airliner!!
Even more frightening than the low-information voter is the low-information state representative. From Skull Valley:
Rep. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, is crafting a measure to require anyone running for president or vice president to provide proof to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office that they are legally eligible to seek the office. The U.S. Constitution requires the president - and, by extension, the vice president - to be "a natural born citizen."

More to the point, Burges would require the secretary of state to verify, independently, that the information is accurate.

"And if it's not certifiable, then that person's name would not go on the ballot," she said.

Burges told Capitol Media Services the measure is not necessarily about Obama, though she admitted she has her doubts that he was born in Hawaii as he claims and, even if so, that he can show he is a U.S. citizen.

"With what's happening throughout the world, we need to make sure that our candidates are certifiable," she said.

We'll name you one right now.
Burges did not support Obama and is not a fan. And she said if, in fact, he is not a "natural born" citizen, that makes him suspect.

"When someone bows to the king of Saudi Arabia and they apologize for our country around the world, I have a problem with that," she said.

[...]

The two-term lawmaker said her concerns remain about having a president whose citizenship - and, by her reckoning, loyalty - is not clear.

"We want to make sure that we have candidates that are going to stand up for the United States of America," Burges said.

"This is my home. I want to leave my children a better country than I inherited. And the only way I can do that is what I can do as a state legislator."

Burges said her suspicions about Obama go beyond that well-publicized bow in Saudi Arabia.

"Obama has a book and it said, when it came down to it, he would be on the Muslim side," Burges continued. "Doesn't that bother you just a little bit?"

The quote comes from Obama's book, "The Audacity of Hope," in which he writes about conversations with immigrant communities following the 2001 terrorist attacks, especially Arab and Pakistani Americans. Obama said they were fearful over detentions and FBI questioning and were concerned about the historical precedent.

"They need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction," Obama wrote.

Reading comprehension: Skull Valley is doing it wrong.

15 January: MLK Jr. Born, Also Beefheart; Liz I Crowned; B. M. Opened; Boston Molasses Disaster; History Seems To Repeat Itself

Today is Friday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2010. There are 350 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger ditched his Airbus 320 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds disabled both the plane's engines; all 155 people aboard survived.

On this date:
In 1559, England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
In 1759, the British Museum opened.
In 1777, the people of New Connecticut declared their independence. (The tiny republic later became the state of Vermont.)
In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
In 1850, pioneering Russian mathematician Sonya Kovalevsky was born in Moscow.
In 1870, the Democratic Party was represented as a donkey in a cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.
In 1892, the rules of basketball were published for the first time, in Springfield, Mass.
In 1908, nuclear physicist Edward Teller was born in Budapest.
In 1919, 21 people were killed and scores injured when a vat holding 2.3 million gallons of molasses exploded and sent torrents of molasses into the streets of Boston. The event is known as the Boston Molasses Disaster.
In 1922, the Irish Free State was formed.
In 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta.
In 1942, Jawaharlal Nehru was named to succeed Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of India's Congress Party.
In 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. Department of War (now Defense).
In 1947, the mutilated remains of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, who came to be known as the "Black Dahlia," were found in a vacant Los Angeles lot; her slaying remains unsolved.
In 1967, the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League 35-10 in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.
In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced the suspension of all U.S. offensive action in North Vietnam, citing progress in peace negotiations.
In 1976, Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempt on the life of President Gerald Ford in San Francisco.
In 1978, serial killer Ted Bundy murdered two students in a sorority house at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
In 1989, NATO, the Warsaw Pact and 12 other European countries adopted a human rights and security agreement in Vienna, Austria.
In 1992, the Yugoslav federation effectively collapsed as the European Community recognized the republics of Croatia and Slovenia.
In 1999, House prosecutors prodded senators at President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial to summon Monica Lewinsky and others for testimony and "invite the president" to appear as well.
In 2000, masked gunmen opened fire in a hotel lobby in Belgrade, killing Serbian warlord Zeljko Raznatovic, better known as Arkan, who had been indicted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal for alleged atrocities in Bosnia and Croatia.
In 2002, John Walker Lindh, a 20-year-old American seized with the Taliban in Afghanistan in December, was charged with conspiring to kill U.S. citizens and abetting terrorist groups.
In 2004, the NASA Spirit rover rolled onto the surface of Mars for the first time since the vehicle bounced to a landing nearly two weeks earlier. Fourteen-year-old golfer Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 72 in the first round at the PGA Sony Open in Honolulu. "First Wives Club" novelist Olivia Goldsmith died in New York at age 54.
In 2005, Wilbert Rideau, an award-winning black journalist who'd spent nearly 44 years in Louisiana prisons for the 1961 death of a white bank teller, Julia Ferguson, was found guilty of manslaughter in a fourth trial by a racially mixed jury and set free. Mahmoud Abbas was sworn in as Palestinian president. Michelle Kwan won her ninth title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Ore.; earlier, Johnny Weir won his second straight men's title. A military court at Fort Hood, Texas, sentenced Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr. to 10 years behind bars for physically and sexually mistreating Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison. Opera singer Victoria de los Angeles died in Barcelona, Spain, at 81.
In 2008, Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory in his native Michigan. During a visit to Saudi Arabia, President George W. Bush warned that surging oil prices threatened the U.S. economy and he urged OPEC nations to boost their output.
In 2009, in a farewell address to the nation, President George W. Bush said while his policies were unpopular, there could be little debate about the results: "America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil." Congress cleared the release of the final $350 billion in bailout funds for the financial industry. After a wave of controversy, Roland Burris was sworn in as a U.S. senator from Illinois. Israeli artillery shells struck the U.N. headquarters in the Gaza Strip, drawing a sharp rebuke from the visiting U.N. chief, Ban Ki-moon.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien is 73. Singer Don Van Vliet (aka "Captain Beefheart") is 69. Actress Andrea Martin is 63. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 53. Actor James Nesbitt is 45. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 43. Actor Chad Lowe is 42. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka "Bonnie Prince Billy") is 40. Actress Regina King is 39. Actor Eddie Cahill is 32. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 29.
Those Born On This Date Include: French playwright Moliere (born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) (1622); outlaw Cole Younger (1844); Greek businessman Aristotle Onassis (1906); nuclear physicist Edward Teller (1908); drummer Gene Krupa (1909); actor Lloyd Bridges (1913); Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918);  rock musician Ronnie Van Zant (1948).
Today In Entertainment History January 15
In 1954, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio in San Francisco. They split after nine months.
In 1964, Johnny Rivers began a year-long stint as the spotlight artist at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. He helped turn the club into a hot spot, and about six weeks later his hit album "Johnny Rivers At The Whisky A Go-Go" would be recorded.
In 1967, the Rolling Stones appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" to sing "Let's Spend The Night Together." To satisfy censors, Mick Jagger sang "Let's spend some TIME together."
In 1974, the TV sitcom "Happy Days" premiered on ABC. Also in 1974, Brownsville Station got a gold record for their only hit, "Smokin' in the Boys' Room."
In 1982, singer Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band was seriously injured in a car accident in Miami. He spent most of the year recovering.
In 1986, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed a sweeping arms control plan to eliminate all nuclear weapons by the year 2000 and rid "mankind of the fear of nuclear catastrophe."
In 1987, actor Ray Bolger died. He was 83. He's probably best known for playing the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz."
In 1991, Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace A Chance" was released to coincide with the United Nations' midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990s.
In 1992, Johnny Cash, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Isley Brothers were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1993, four-time Oscar-winning songwriter Sammy Cahn, who wrote such hits as "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Three Coins in the Fountain," died of heart failure at age 79.
In 1994, singer Harry Nilsson died of heart disease in Agoura Hills, California. He was 52.
In 2005, NBC held an all-star telethon to raise money for victims of a tsunami in south Asia. Performers included Madonna, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Nelly and Eric Clapton. Actress Ruth Warrick died in New York at 88.
In 2008, actor Brad Renfro, who as a youngster had played the title role in "The Client," was found dead in his Los Angeles home; he was 25.
Thought for Today: "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent." — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).
Bonus Thought for Today: "One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means." — Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968).

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Parental Units At The Ass. Living Facility

A woman after our own heart.

There are other necessary expenses, like the large sums you're forced to spend on your loved ones. Who needs it? I've recently discovered that simply denying to further support my mother has caused her to be transferred from that crappy nursing home to an even crappier state-run facility. Now my monthly "Mom" costs have dropped down to $0. Why doesn't everyone do this?

Yet Another Anti-Semitic Persecution - UPDATED W/ MORE HATE TALK

Were your ass sweet (We're sure it isn't, so don't.) you could safely fucking bet it that your editor is catching up on his R.E.M. (Not the as-shitty American version of U2, mind you.) sleep when such inane crap as C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" is polluting Yankee cable systems & satellite services.

We are not kidding about the polluting, either, as one Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic notes:
C-Span's "Washington Journal" is inundated with anti-Semitic and racist callers, and most hosts are similarly robotic in their responses to these bigots. So there is obviously a deep problem here, one that should be addressed publicly.
The item's real point is that C-SPAN won't reply to Goldberg's queries about this interesting phenomenon, rendering them less than transparent.
I just want the chance to explore your network's policies with you. This is obviously a problem for C-Span -- I've heard from a number of colleagues (mainly Jewish) who will no longer agree to go on "Washington Journal" because of the frequency of insulting, anti-Semitic callers (I myself stopped going on the show after one caller said, "I can tell by looking at you that you're Jewish," and then proceeded downhill from there. The host in that instance also did not end the call.)
Bear this in mind when you next encounter a religious reactionary whining about how persecuted Christians are when the government refuses to execute homos for being gay.

We also wonder if this is related to C-SPAN's insistence that callers segregate themselves by "Democratic," "Republican," & "Independent" lines.

Goldberg's opening sentence is worth a quibble, though:
Ever since a host for C-Span's "Washington Journal" allowed an obviously bigoted caller to discuss how America was "jewed" into Iraq, I've been trying to get an interview with C-Span's vice-president for programming, Terry Murphy.
"Jewed" is not the verb we would have used, but somebody sure as fuck pushed us into the illegal invasion of Iraq, & it wasn't Hindoos & animists. No, we aren't suggesting use of "neo-con" as a euphemism for "Jew." As a rootless cosmopolitan ourself, we have plenty of admiration for the more rootless & cosmic of our Hebrew cousins. And plenty of room to condemn those who have roots & are excessively parochial. Meaning you all, Kristols & Podhoretzs.

MINUTES LATER: Also.
C-SPAN HOST ROBB HARLSTON: Lets take a 2nd call from Atlanta. This one on our line for Democrats. You're on the Washington Journal.

CALLER: How you doing this morning?

HARLSTON: Just fine Sir, go ahead.

CALLER: Okay. Listen, I feel we need to come to the problem- to the root of the problem - and I think the Jews that's actually there in Palestine - they are pretended Jews. It's just like white folks from South Africa (indistinct) but they went over and took the people's land, language and their culture and then called themselves South Africans. There was Jews already over there in that land. They were darkey Jews. These European Jews - they are pretended Jews. They are the scum of the planet Earth and they are just like their father, the Devil.
Plus which:
CALLER: "Good morning. What I want to say is that Iran has the full right to test anything they want in their land. The only problem with Iran and the only reason that the media here puts a lot of attention on Iran is that they are anti-Zionist, which Zionism is a theology or methodology of ethnically cleansing the Christians and Muslim Palestinians from Palestine to make it a Jewish majority state called Israel. You call it "Israel," I call it the "fourth reich" and the "fourth reich" controls the media here and so they set the agenda on what is important and they keep fear mongering people about Iran."

C-SPAN HOST PAUL ORGEL: "Should Israel be concerned over its security with Iran apparently having the ability to strike it?"

CALLER: "Well, if you notice how insecure Hitler was, the Third Reich was, because they had bad intentions - Hitler had bad intentions - for he was always insecure about Russia and everybody against him. Because he was out against everybody - Hitler was. The same thing with the Jews. They are against everybody."

PAUL ORGEL: "That's the view from Baltimore, Maryland."

Popularity. Like Junior High. This is mostly because I'm curious. You should all be ashamed.