Tuesday, January 26, 2010

HIx Nix Stix FlixAny Chance Of Progress

A quick scan indicates this piece provides another good reason to fuck the Senate up but good. Metaphorically. We don't really want to invade the Senate floor w/ baseball bats.

memeoStats

The upper third of memeorandum is currently devoted to Mack Daddy James O'Keefe trying to bug Senator Mary.

How many column inches will there be when the first incompetent college conservatives are nabbed (we hope) at a Federal Bldg. w/ explosives instead of Village People costumes ?

Let's Have a Wars!

One of Tucker's Toadies on the loose again:

North Korea fires artilleries near disputed South Korea sea border

This one not to be blamed on the source.

For a less pedantic view, examining the larger picture of international relations & national "defense," full-scale resumption of the Korean War could be the straw to break the American paper tiger'scamel's back.
(Fingers crossed.)

Last Bonanzan Bites Dust, Rides Into Sunset

Pernell Roberts, claimed by death at 81. We mention it only because we like to write obit headlines.

Justice Done!

Whooooo!! Per MSNBC, James (Self-styled "ACORN Buster") O'Keefe (Below left, sporting the fur.) busted trying to wire-tap Sen. Mary Landrieu's Louisiana office. Federal crime, bee-otch!!
Read 'em & laugh!

No Fatties!

Expect publication activity to be light, as there are two Whole Foods stores near enough to our bunker to make it worth the effort to reduce them to smoking rubble. (Do one-liter plastic bottles work as well as glass bottles when mixing a Molotov?)

Not that taking out the WF closest to you would be a bad idea at any time, but this puts an edge on the urge to destroy the social order & its physical manifestations.

Other physical manifestations worthy of being destroyed would have to include the useless sack of skin Mr. Mackey's alleged consciousness occupies. (Translation for Americans, whose command of the language isn't so good: "KILL HIM! KILL HIM NOW!!")

Perhaps one of the glibertarian goofballs who occasionally leave droppings here will show up to explain the difference between the "Nanny State" & Fascist Corporate Nannies.

Scott Brown, In & Out Of Context

Quoting a quoter:
Alan Keyes was predictably quick to condemn the senator-elect from his wingnut pulpit on WorldNetDaily, writing: “He is a typical RINO (Republican-in-name-only) who…embraces the substance of Obama’s socialist agenda, but ‘opposes’ Obama by criticizing his implementation of socialism… [he] agrees in principle with the Democrats on the fundamental issues of justice and morality but employs the deceptive rhetoric of personal opinion to evade the questions of public law and policy they involve. Such issues include child-murder and other abrogations of the unalienable right to life, as well as the rejection of the God-endowed rights of the natural family.”
Shit like that kills us. Southern Babtiss Pastor Wiley Drake, on the other hand (Let's keep it fair & balanced by hearing from a mackeral snapper & a snake-handler.) wants Gawd to kill us. Literally.
“He’s absolutely a RINO,” Drake said. “He’s learned how to talk Republican-ese, but he’s just not a staunch conservative… Had he been more conservative, he would have beaten [Coakley] even worse. People in Massachusetts are sick of liberals, Chappaquiddick* and Ted Kennedy, and that kind of garbage… If he’d been more principled and more behind the litmus test—the Constitution and abortion—he would have won by a landslide.”

[...]

“Michael Steele is a RINO—he’s running on the race card and the big-tent card,” he said. “He wants to be the ethnic group in the GOP that says that Republicans aren’t all white radical right wing.”

I stopped Drake there to make sure I’d heard him right. Indeed I had. “He wants to be supportive of the president because he’s proud that we’ve elected a black to be president of the United States,” he said. “And first of all, he’s not black, according to the black culture—B. Hussein Obama had a white mother. The leader of the GOP wants us to do whatever is necessary to win and reach across the aisle, to prostitute themselves, and that’s the problem with the Republican Party today.”
Hey, real reporting. The author at least made a 'phone call, & spoke to an original source, rather than just cruise the web in search of idiocy. (Or, as in our case, cruise for recycled idiocy.)

*Maybe you should shut up about it then, Pastor.

26 January: Love Muscle Lip-Lock Denial (UPDATED: Not Much Of A Public Service When It's Tomorrow On Most Of The Planet)

Today is Tuesday, January 26, the 26th day of 2010. There are 339 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.AP Highlight in History:
On Jan. 26, 1998, President Bill Clinton denied having an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, telling reporters, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." He acknowledged a relationship some months later.
Audio LinkPresident Bill Clinton
Other Notable Events:
1609: The Ottoman Empire signs Peace Treaty of Karlowitz with Austria, Russia, Poland and Venice ceding control of most of Transylvania and Hungary. The treaty significantly diminishes Turkish influence in east-central Europe and makes Austria the dominant power there.
1654: Dutch settlers are expelled from north-eastern Brazil, ending a 24-year struggle to wrest the colony from the Portuguese.
1778: Australia is settled by the British.
1784:In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey.
1788: First fleet of ships bringing convicts from Britain arrive in Australia to establish penal colonies. The establishment of an Australian prison colony was aimed at relieving overcrowding in British prisons.
1802: Congress passed an act calling for a library to be established within the U.S. Capitol.
1837: Michigan became the 26th state.
1841: Britain formally occupies Hong Kong, which the Chinese had ceded to the British.
1861: Louisiana seceded from the Union.
1865: Britain announces no more convicts will be shipped to Australia.
1870: Virginia rejoined the Union.
1875: The electric dental drill was patented by George Green of Kalamazoo, Mich.
1885: The Mahdist forces take Khartoum in Sudan after a nine-month siege. They slaughter most of the inhabitants and the British garrison.
1918: To promote food conservation during World War I, the U.S. government called for one meatless day, two wheatless days and two porkless days each week.
1930: Mohandas K Gandhi, India's independence leader who also was known as "Mahatma" Gandhi, begins a march across India against British occupation.
1931: Mohandas K Gandhi is released from prison in India for discussions with government.
1934: Germany signs 10-year non-aggression pact with Poland.
1942: The first American expeditionary force to go to Europe during World War II went ashore in Northern Ireland.
1947: Sweden's 40-year-old crown prince Gustav Adolf is killed in a plane crash in Denmark, leaving five small children, among them the current King Carl XVI Gustav, without their father.
1950: India officially proclaims itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad takes the oath of office as president.
1952: Famed Shepherd's Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, is burned during riots by mobs demanding British withdrawal from the Suez.
1957: Kashmir Constitution for incorporation with India goes into effect.
1960: National Football League team owners chose Pete Rozelle to be the new commissioner, succeeding the late Bert Bell.
1962: The U.S. launches Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon, but the probe misses its target by some 35,483 kilometres (22,000 miles).
1969: President Richard M. Nixon declared a federal disaster in California in the wake of major flooding.
1979: Former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died at age 70.
1980: Six Americans hidden for three months in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran were smuggled out of Iran by Canadian diplomats.
1990: Romanian Vice President Dmitru Mazilu resigns to protest increasingly repressive policies of that country's interim government. Hurricane-force winds pounded the British Isles and much of Northern Europe, killing at least 92 people and knocking out power to nearly 1 million people.
1991: Seven Iraqi warplanes fly to Iran to avoid destruction in Gulf War.
1992: In Mauritania, police open fire at opposition supporters protesting election of military ruler.
1993: Vaclav Havel is elected president of the new Czech Republic, one of the successors to the Czechoslovak federation.
1994: Civilians mob a food convoy and shoot six of its police escorts in a grim demonstration of how hunger and desperation are fuelling lawlessness in Bosnia.
1996: Polish Prime Minister Jozef Oleksy, accused of spying for Moscow for 13 years, resigns. First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before a grand jury connected to the Whitewater probe.
1997: Police wielding batons beat back demonstrators as tens of thousands march through Belgrade in a continuing protest against government annulment of local elections.
1999: The first official commemoration of homosexual Holocaust victims takes place at a Memorial Day service at the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp. An estimated 10,000 gays were persecuted during World War II. U.S. President Bill Clinton welcomed Pope John Paul II to St. Louis.
2000: More than a year after a DNA test suggests that Thomas Jefferson may have had a son by his slave Sally Hemming, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation -- which owns Jefferson's home -- acknowledges that he probably was the father of one, if not all six, of her children. The grandmothers of Elian Gonzalez hugged and kissed the six-year-old boy during a tense, 90-minute meeting in Miami Beach that had been arranged by the US government. Tennis great Don Budge, who in 1938 became the first Grand Slam winner, died in Scranton, Pa. at age 84.
2001: The most powerful earthquake to strike India in half a century levels parts of western Gujarat state killing more than 2,000 people and injuring more than 3,000.
2003: A China Airlines jet lands in Shanghai, China and picks up passengers, becoming the first Taiwanese airliner to do so in mainland China since 1949.
2004: U.S. intelligence agencies need to explain why their research indicated Iraq possessed banned weapons before the American-led invasion, says the outgoing top US inspector, David Kay, who now believes Saddam Hussein had no such arms.
2005: Prime Minister Tony Blair's government proposes sweeping new powers to control terrorism suspects, including electronic tagging, curfews and house arrests without trial. Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state. A US Marine helicopter crashed in western Iraq, killing 30 Marines and a Navy medic aboard. A man parked his SUV on railroad tracks in Glendale, Calif., setting off a crash of two commuter trains that killed 11 people. (The SUV's driver, Juan Alvarez, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms.)
2006: Confronted by Oprah Winfrey on her syndicated talk show, author James Frey acknowledged lies in his addiction memoir "A Million Little Pieces."
2008: Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the South Carolina primary. Maria Sharapova won the Australian Open, beating Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3 for her third Grand Slam singles title. Mirai Nagasu became the second-youngest woman (after Tara Lipinski) to win the title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held in St. Paul, Minn. Radical PLO leader George Habash died in Amman, Jordan, at age 81.
2009: Timothy Geithner was sworn in as the nation's 75th treasury secretary, less than an hour after winning Senate confirmation. The impeachment trial of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich opened in Springfield, with Blagojevich refusing to take part, saying the rules were biased against him. "Octomom" Nadya Suleman of Whittier, Calif., gave birth at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center in California to the world's longest-surviving set of octuplets. Suleman was already a mother of six.
Today's Birthdays January 26: Actress Anne Jeffreys is 87. Actress Joan Leslie is 85. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 81. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 75. Actor Scott Glenn is 71. Singer Jean Knight is 67. Activist Angela Davis is 66. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 62. Actor David Strathairn is 61. Football Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood is 60. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 57.
Dutch-born guitarist Eddie Van Halen is 55. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 52. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 52. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky is 49. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 47. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 47. Actor Paul Johansson is 46. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 40. Actress Jennifer Crystal is 37. Rock musician Chris Hesse (Hoobastank) is 36. Actor Gilles Marini is 34. Orlando Magic player Vince Carter is 33. Actress Sarah Rue is 32.
Those Born On This Date Include: French philosopher Claude Helvetius (1715); Ugo Fiscolo, Italian author (1778-1827); Douglas MacArthur, U.S. General of The Army (1880-1964); Austrian singer Maria von Trapp, whose family was the basis for "The Sound of Music" (1905); Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1918); author Philip Jose Farmer (1918); French film director Roger Vadim (1928).
This Date In Entertainment History January 26:
In 1925, actor Paul Newman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
In 1934, the Apollo Theatre in Harlem presented its first live stage show, featuring Benny Carter and his Big Band.
In 1956, Buddy Holly made his first recordings for Decca Records. Two years later on this date, Holly and the Crickets appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1977, guitarist Peter Green, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, was committed to a mental hospital in England. He had fired a gun at a delivery boy who was bringing a royalty check to him.
In 1979, "The Dukes of Hazzard" made its debut on CBS.
In 1988, The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera," the longest-running show in Broadway history, opened at the Majestic Theater in New York.
In 1997, drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica married Skylar Satenstein.
In 2008, Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of the late actor Marlon Brando, died in Los Angeles at age 49.
UPI's Thought for the Day: Bertrand Russell said, "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Good Typing Of The Day

 in an era when the forces of technology are growing ever more powerful.
We've no idea any more; we appeal to English professors/teachers/T.A.s (Hundreds of them out there, we're sure, every last one Googling for "Sophia Loren + topless" or "Christian Wife Spanking."): Is the above sample typical of a middle-school student, or would today's first-yr.-of-high-school student be that lame too? At the very best, an under-paid English major writing blurbs for a game-based sci-fi series book cover, & not devoting much effort to it.

Ah hah, it's from the AP, not one of Tucker's toadies. See what happens when you assume? (Or cannot process "(AP)" even though it's right before your tired, aged peepers?) The typing level is still not that surprising. And not worth noting if the story in which it occurs hadn't been fun.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prominent ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbis are targeting a new foe in the decidedly impious world of the Internet: They’ve demanded a boycott of their community’s own Web sites, accusing them of disseminating “gossip, slander … filth and abominations.”
No law firm jokes. We don't need any more lawsuits.

It's a brief read, & heartening (in these sad & troubling times of ... of ... of troubling sadness) as the "forces of technology" threaten haredi hierarchy in the "Holy Land."

A recent comment thread somewhere (Balloon Juice?) was going on w/ the age-old "How come them neo-con Jewish folks are aligned w/ the fungelicals, who only want them Joooos to get burned up so Jesus'll come back, etc.?" The haredi rabbis are the Jews the religious right really admire. They have their people as cultified as possible, short of keeping them at the Spahn Movie Ranch.

Two Douche-Bags, Formerly Of The Congreƒs, To Whom We Were First Exposed By Imus

Many yrs. ago we were Imus watchers (when he still had that MSNBC gig) partly due to the vagaries of working graveyard, but mostly because we enjoy total ass-holes, especially self-aware ones who are milking it. (It goes w/o saying that this is something we enjoy through the various media. We don't need that sort of thing anywhere but on the other side of an impenetrable window. So, media or zoos, then.)

Anyhoo, 10 or 12 yrs. ago Congreƒsional nobodies Ford & Hayworth first came to our attention, courtesy of the I-man.

In the ensuing period, Ford (well-eviscerated in two quotes from The NYT) went on to lose a Senate race from his home state (Not, we remind you, The Empire State.) & then triangulated his ass to NYC to run the DLC & look for a wealthy & well-connected woman on whom to latch. Having had his hat handed to him by the voters of his home state, now he hopes to make it to the Village By the Potomac via New York. Good luck there, loser.

Like Ford, Hayworth also left Congreƒs (We don't know if it was under his own power, or a suggestion from the voters: If you think research happened for this, think again, ninny!) to "replenish his coffers," & to be able to position himself as a "Washington outsider." (Tough to run against Wash. when your current gig is House Member.) He did this by putting his yrs. as a Phoenix tee vee sportscaster* to good use w/ (Get this:) a radio show. Hayworth had one other little thing to do: Pull a Huckabee & dump a hundred pounds or so of ugly fat (No, don't touch his head!) prior to taking his shot at the national stage (at least at a Huck-type show on Fox).
Thanks a lot for putting ideas in the heads of these two dimbulbs, Imus!

*Are we now officially Sportcaster Nation? PALIN/HAYWORTH 2012!

We Don't Like Being Lied To

Because being lied to provides us yet another (& not really needed) excuse to commit mass murder, especially the torture & eventual death of telebision programming executives & those responsible for the telebision listings.

Put yourself in our shoes. After hrs. of following the political horseshit, as well as the other just plain lies that are perpetually shoved down America's throat via the LCD* teat, come 2000 hrs. & we're more than ready not just to turn off our mind, but unplug it from the AC at the wall, stopping even the phantom/vampire electrons bouncing about therein. And what better for that sort of non-activity than:

Imagine, then, the white-hot, blood-red, yada yada rage that built w/in us when, instead of flaking magnetic-oxide images of testosterone/steroid-fueled buffoonery from 20+ yrs. ago, we were confronted w/ soft & fuzzy professional bowling from 20+ yrs. ago:

The winner of the 1987 Kessler Open is Mark Baker, who pocketed US$18,500.00. He'll be at the bar later, he said, & the announcer said he'd bet there'll be a few Kesslers poured. (Honest, no-shit paraphrase. Bottoms up!)

Ah. UWF at 2030. Dr. Death & Cactus Jack, from New York in the '80s. A half hr. of our ever-shortening life we'll never have back. (Another lost 30-min. period: Watching the bowling while typing this.) Still, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, w/ Golden Greek John Tolos as mgr. "Classic" does apply.

*Tee hee.

Inspirational Words From A Spiritual Giant

"Our diversity is meant to create harmony, not disharmony," Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama told them.

"Your gifts as a Christian should be put to good use so the Muslim can benefit. Your gifts as a Muslim should be put to good use so the Christian can benefit.

"Imagine the values in the Koran. Imagine the values in the Bible. If we bring all of these together, imagine the fantastic world we will have."
We needn't imagine. A picture of that fantastic world.

SCOTUS Wrap

And Salon suggests it could have been worse:
In his remarkably undistinguished 20-year stint as a Supreme Court justice, Clarence Thomas has rarely called attention to himself for original jurisprudential thinking. But if Thomas had had his way with Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, in which the court decided this week to remove critically important limits on campaign financing, an already horrible decision would have been made far, far worse. Crazy worse.

[...]

That's right. Thomas came out against the principle of transparency, and for the right of corporations to spend millions of dollars to influence public policy without having to tell anyone what they were up to. It's hard to imagine a less democratic stance.
Justice Thomas blamed those pesky homos.
To recap: In order to protect Californian opponents of gay marriage from harassment, which is best handled by legal prosecution, Thomas wanted to let corporations spend as much as they want on influencing public policy without ever having to identify themselves. I'll outsource the kicker to Adam Bonin, writing at DailyKos.
Too often, Justice Thomas gets accused of being an unthinking automatic second vote for whatever Justice Scalia says. Untrue. He's his own unique sphere of wrongness, and not even Scalia, Alito, Kennedy or the Chief Justice were willing to follow him on this one.
That is nuts.

25 January In Sports History: "Gentleman Jim" Retains Title; First Winter Olympics Open; "Brown Bomber" Retains Title; Raiders, Others Win Super Bowl; Bouffant Retains Water

1894 -- Jim Corbett knocks out Charley Mitchell in the third round to retain the world heavyweight title.
1924 -- The first Winter Olympics are held in Chamonix, France.
1939 -- Joe Louis knocks out John Henry Lewis at 2:39 of the first round to retain the world heavyweight title.
1945 -- Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping and Del Webb purchase the New York Yankees for $2.8 million.
1960 -- Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors sets a record for rookies with 58 points in a 127-117 triumph over the Detroit Pistons. Chamberlain also grabs 42 rebounds.
1968 -- Bob Seagren sets an indoor pole vault record in the Millrose Games at New York's Madison Square Garden. Seagren's record leap is 17 feet, 4¼ inches.
1972 -- Eddie Woods of Oral Roberts grabs 30 rebounds in a 109-95 victory over Lamar.
1981 -- Jim Plunkett's two first-quarter touchdown passes, including a Super Bowl-record 80-yard strike to running back Kenny King, leads the Oakland Raiders to a 27-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
1987 -- The New York Giants win the Super Bowl with a 39-20 rout of the Denver Broncos. The Giants, trailing 10-9 at halftime, score 30 points in the second half to set a Super Bowl record. Phil Simms completes a record 10 straight passes and 22 of 25 attempts overall.
1988 -- Utah guard Rickey Green scores the NBA's 5,000,000th point as the Jazz beat Cleveland 119-96.
1991 -- Brett Hull scores two goals to become the third player in NHL history to score 50 goals in less than 50 games (49). Hull adds two assists to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 9-4 rout of the Detroit Red Wings.
1998 -- John Elway and the Denver Broncos win a Super Bowl for themselves and the AFC, by beating the Green Bay Packers 31-24. Terrell Davis, selected the MVP, rushes for 157 yards scores on three 1-yard touchdown runs, including the winner with 1:45 left.
2001 -- Andrew Magee makes what's believed to be the first hole-in-one on a par 4 on the PGA Tour. In the first round of the Phoenix Open, Magee's shot glances off Tom Byrum's putter eight feet away into the cup on the 333-yard 17th hole.
2003 -- Serena Williams survives an error-filled match to beat older sister Venus 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open for her fourth straight major championship.
2009 -- Travis and Chavis Holmes shoot their way into the NCAA record books, becoming the highest scoring twin brothers in Division I history. The 6-foot-4 brothers from Virginia Military Institute combine for 47 points to move them 10 points past former VMI twins Ramon and Damon Williams as the top-scoring twin brothers with 3,262 points.

25 January: Nation Of Sheep, Nation Of Sheep/The President's On Tee Vee/And He's Putting You To Sleep

Today is Monday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2009. There are 340 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlights in History:
On Jan. 25, 1890, reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) of the New York World completed a round-the-world journey in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes. The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio.
On this date:
In 1533, England's King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, his second wife, who later gave birth to Elizabeth I.
In 1554, the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, is established.
In 1579, the Union of Utrecht was signed by Holland, Zealand, Utrecht, Celderland, Friesland, Croningen and Overyssel, marking the foundation of the Dutch Republic.
In 1787, Shays' Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass.
In 1802, France's Napoleon Bonaparte became president of the Italian Republic.
In 1831, the Polish Diet proclaimed the independence of Poland, dethroned Nicholas, and deposed the Romanovs.
In 1858, Britain's Princess Victoria, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, married Crown Prince Frederick William (the future German Emperor and King of Prussia) at St. James's Palace.
In 1909, the opera "Elektra" by Richard Strauss premiered in Dresden, Germany.
In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated US transcontinental telephone service between New York and San Francisco.
In 1919, the League of Nations is founded. It lasted until 1946 when it was replaced by the United Nations.
In 1942, Thailand, allied to Japan, declares war on Britain and the U.S.
In 1944, the Battle for Cassino began.
In 1947, American gangster Al Capone died in Miami Beach, Fla., at age 48.
In 1959, American Airlines began jet flights between New York and Los Angeles on the Boeing 707.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and television.
In 1962, African heads of state of Monrovia Group, which includes Liberia, Togo, Nigeria and Cameroon, issue charter for Pan-African cooperation.
In 1969, Vietnam War peace talks resumed in Paris, with the inclusion of representatives from South Vietnam and the Viet Cong.
In 1971, Charles Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate. Idi Amin became president of Uganda through a coup.
In 1975, Sheik Mujibur Rahman abolishes parliamentary rule in Bangladesh and assumes absolute power as president.
In 1988, Vice President George Bush and Dan Rather clashed on "The CBS Evening News" as the anchorman attempted to question the Republican presidential candidate about his role in the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1989, Cambodia's Premier Hun Sen rejects proposal for international peacekeeping force in his country.
In 1990, an Avianca Boeing 707 ran out of fuel and crashed in Cove Neck, Long Island, N.Y.; 73 of the 158 people aboard were killed.
In 1993, a gunman shot and killed two CIA employees outside agency headquarters in Virginia. (Aimal Khan Kasi, a Pakistani man, was later convicted and was executed in 2002.) Two French UN peacekeepers were killed and three wounded as Serb-Croat clashes raged in southern Croatia.
In 1995, the defense gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles, saying Simpson was the victim of a "rush to judgment" by authorities. Jews from around the world returned to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazis' biggest death complex, where 1.5 million people were killed before it was liberated 50 years ago.
In 1997, A cyclone sweeps across the island nation of Madagascar, spawning floods that leave 100 people missing and thousands homeless.
In 1998, The pope holds a sermon on the virtues of democracy in Havana, Cuba, with president Fidel Castro in the audience.
In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the 2000 census could not use statistical sampling to enhance its accuracy. In Louisville, Ky., a man who'd lost his left hand received the first hand transplant in the United States. A powerful earthquake devastated a coffee-growing region in Colombia, killing more than 1,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
In 2000, under government orders, the Florida relatives of Elian Gonzalez agreed to make the boy available for a meeting with his Cuban grandmothers at a neutral site. Martina Navratilova entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
In 2001, Israel and the Palestinians have made good progress in drawing the borders of a future Palestinian state, negotiators announce as both sides prepare to resume talks in an Egyptian resort following a time out called by Israel despite a tight deadline.
In 2002, India successfully test-fires an intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The test is denounced as a provocation by Pakistan, which has been locked in a border stand-off with India for more than a month.
In 2004, NASA's Opportunity rover zipped its first pictures of Mars to Earth, showing a surface smooth and dark red in some places, and strewn with fragmented slabs of light bedrock in others. Outgoing US weapons inspector David Kay told National Public Radio his inability to find illicit arms in Iraq raised serious questions about US intelligence-gathering. Mikhail Saakashvili was inaugurated as Georgia's president.
In 2005, a videotape showed Roy Hallums, an American kidnapped in Baghdad the previous November, pleading for his life. (Hallums was rescued by coalition troops on September 7, 2005.) A stampede during a Hindu festival in western India killed at least 258 people. Architect Philip Johnson died in New Canaan, Conn. at age 98. Outspoken former communist-era government spokesperson Jerzy Urban was convicted of libel and fined for insulting the Polish-born Pope John Paul II in his satirical magazine. The result shows the Polish "justice system is overly influenced by religion", says Urban.
In 2006, the Islamic militant group Hamas won a large majority of seats in Palestinian parliamentary elections.
In 2007, Ford Motor Co. said it had lost a staggering $12.7 billion in 2006, the worst loss in the company's 103-year history. Also in 2007, Israeli President Moshe Katsav, facing indictment for rape and sexual harassment, was granted a three-month leave of absence. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to build four new nuclear reactors for energy starved India, cementing his country's traditional role as India's main nuclear benefactor.
In 2008, President Bush urged Congress to quickly pass an economic stimulus package void of extraneous spending, saying only quick action would kickstart the sputtering economy. Democrat Dennis Kucinich abandoned his presidential bid to focus on a tough race for re-election to Congress. A car bomb ripped through eastern Beirut, killing Lebanon's top anti-terrorism investigator who was probing assassinations of prominent anti-Syrian figures. Three others died in the blast.
In 2009, the White House used the Sunday talk shows to warn the country could face a long and painful financial recovery, even with major government intervention. The Eastern Conference won the NHL All-Star game 12-11. Jeremy Abbott won his first title at the US Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland. Voters in Bolivia approved a new constitution expanding the rights of their indigenous people who make up about 55 percent of the Bolivian population.
Today's Birthdays January 25: Journalist-author Edwin Newman is 91. Basketball Hall of Famer Dick McGuire is 84. Actor Gregg Palmer is 83. The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 82. Actor Dean Jones is 79. Country singer Claude Gray is 78. Blues singer Etta James is 72. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 67. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 65. Actress Jenifer Lewis is 53. Actress Dinah Manoff is 52. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 44. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 41. Actress China Kantner is 39. Actress Ana Ortiz is 39. Musician Matt Odmark (Jars of Clay) is 36. Actress Mia Kirshner is 35. Actress Christine Lakin is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Alicia Keys is 29.
Those Born On This Date Include: Edmund Campion, English Jesuit (1540-1581); Irish natural philosopher Robert Boyle, a founder of modern chemistry (1627); Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796); soap maker and philanthropist William Colgate (1783); novelists W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) & Virginia Woolf (1882-1941); Witold Lutoslawski, modern Polish composer and conductor (1913-1994); former Philippine President Corazon Aquino (1933); track star Steve Prefontaine (1951).
Legion Of Charlies:
In January 25th, 1958, Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" became the first single ever to enter the UK pop chart at number one.
In 1962, "Twistin' the Night Away" by Sam Cooke was released.
In 1971, Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane had a baby girl. Slick claimed she wanted to name the child god, but the couple decided on China. And, Charles Manson and three young women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.
In 1980, Paul McCartney was released from a Tokyo jail after being held for more than a week. He had been arrested when marijuana was found in his luggage.
In 1990, actress Ava Gardner died of pneumonia at her London home. She was 68.
In 1992, singer Emmylou Harris joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1993, Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and Reba McEntire were among the winners at the 20th annual American Music Awards.
In 1994, singer Marky Mark was sued by a Portland, Maine, woman, who said she was trampled during one of his shows. She said he invited the crowd to rush the stage after he stripped down to his underwear. Singer Michael Jackson settled a child molestation lawsuit against him.
In 2004, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" snared best dramatic film at the Golden Globes; HBO's six-hour adaptation of "Angels in America" won best miniseries or TV movie.
In 2006, "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch was convicted of failing to pay taxes on his one million dollar prize. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison.
In 2009, "Slumdog Millionaire" won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best cast of a motion picture; "30 Rock" and "Mad Men" won best for TV comedy and drama casts.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wkly. Healthy Meal

As a 21st century beat*, we'd prefer to live exclusively on coffee & cigarettes
but every so often we have something that's not entirely bad for us.

*Between gravity & breathing, you bet we're beat!

More Music, More Or Less

Haven't seen this'n for a while. From a set list.

++ Funky

Our favorite part's the Famous Flames making sure the mic cables are out of the way of their footwork. No info, was this Paris's Olympia? We leave you w/ the outro, from a yr. later.

Who's Crazy Now?

A tip of the Bouffant chapeau to News of The Restless.

It's Football Night In America

We've noticed the audio in the exciting (Who are we kidding?) universe of HD/Digital/You-Name-It telebision is clearer than that analog crap that was foisted on America's viewers for so many yrs. At six seconds or so.Is it too much to hope that Gawd strikes this blasphemer w/ a lightning bolt from out of the blue later today at Lucas Oil Stadium, for using "His" name in vain? Or at least that potty-mouth Manning have his lunch returned to him by the coastal elite Jersey Jets? Praise Jesus!

24 January: Meh. Not Even Going To Make A Klingon Joke

Today is Sunday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2010. There are 341 days left in the year. Further factoids from The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of '49.
On this date:
In 1742, Charles VII was elected Holy Roman Emperor during the War of the Austrian Succession.
In 1908, the Boy Scouts movement began in England under the aegis of Robert Baden-Powell.
In 1916, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an income tax was unconstitutional.
In 1924, the Russian city of Petrograd (formerly St. Petersburg) was renamed Leningrad in honor of the late revolutionary leader. (However, it has since been renamed St. Petersburg.)
In 1935, beer was sold in cans for the first time, in Richmond, Va.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
In 1965, Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.
In 1972, the Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year.
In 1978, a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite, Cosmos 954, plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.
In 1984, Apple Computer began selling its Macintosh PC.
In 1985, the space shuttle Discovery was launched from Cape Canaveral on the first secret, all-military shuttle mission.
In 1986, the Voyager 2 space probe swept past Uranus, coming within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet from the sun.
In 1987, gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner and Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. (All were eventually released.)
In 1989, confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executed in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach.
In 1990, Soviet forces shelled merchant ships blockading the harbor in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.
In 1991, Saudi jet fighters shot down the first enemy planes of the Persian Gulf War, while U.S. forces sank an Iraqi minesweeper and forced Iraqi troops off an island near Kuwait.
In 1993, retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died at age 84. Also in 1993, Thomas A. Dorsey, known as the father of gospel music for adding rhythm to church hymns, died at 93.
In 1995, the prosecution gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
In 1999, the International Olympic Committee expelled six IOC members amid charges that money and other compensation had been accepted from officials whose cities were bidding to host the Games. House prosecutors interviewed Monica Lewinsky, a move that triggered fresh partisan convulsions in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. Also in 1999, Jordan's King Hussein, who was seriously ill, named his son Abdullah crown prince. Abdullah replaced his father's younger brother as successor to the throne.
In 2000, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore posted victories in the Iowa caucuses.
In 2002, John Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old American seized with the Taliban in Afghanistan, appeared in an Alexandria, Va., court to hear charges he had conspired to kill Americans and help terrorist groups.
In 2003, Tom Ridge was sworn in as the first head of the new Department of Homeland Security. Also in 2003, a U.S. government program to vaccinate 500,000 front-line healthcare workers in case of bioterrorist attack began.
In 2004, NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars three weeks after its identical twin, Spirit. Howard Dean sharply questioned John Kerry's judgment on Iraq as Democratic presidential rivals raced through a final weekend of campaigning before the New Hampshire primary. Also in 2004, after years of denials, Pakistan admitted scientists may have sold nuclear designs to other nations probably "for personal financial gain."
In 2005, Authorities in Iraq said Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf, an al-Qaida lieutenant in custody, had confessed to masterminding most of the car bombings in Baghdad. The United Nations broke with years of protocol and commemorated the 60-year anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, directly linking its own founding with the end of the Holocaust in some of the strongest language ever. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to prevent the husband of Terri Schiavo from removing her life support system. Lower court rulings said the severely brain-damaged woman was in a "persistent vegetative state."
In 2008, French bank Societe Generale announced it had uncovered a $7.14 billion fraud by a single futures trader. Italian Premier Romano Prodi resigned after losing a Senate confidence motion.
In 2009, Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who safely landed a crippled US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River, received a hero's homecoming in Danville, Calif. President Barack Obama met with his economic advisers after asking Americans to support his economic package as a way to better schools, lower electricity bills and health coverage for millions who lose insurance. Brazilian model Mariana Bridi, 20, died after contracting an infection that forced doctors to amputate her hands and feet. Alissa Czisny won the women's title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland. Katie Stam of Indiana was crowned Miss America.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Ernest Borgnine is 93. Actor Jerry Maren ("The Wizard of Oz") is 91. Actor Marvin Kaplan ("Top Cat") is 83. Cajun musician Doug Kershaw is 74. Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is 71. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is 69. Singer Aaron Neville is 69. Actor Michael Ontkean is 64. Actor Daniel Auteuil is 60. Country singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs is 60. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff is 59. Bandleader-musician Jools Holland is 52. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Theo Peoples is 49. Country musician Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) is 47. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan is 44. Comedian Phil LaMarr is 43. Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sleepy Brown (Society of Soul) is 40. Actor Matthew Lillard is 40. Actress Merrilee McCommas is 39. Actor Ed Helms is 36. Actress Tatyana Ali is 31. Rock musician Mitchell Marlow (Filter) is 31. Actress Mischa Barton is 24.
Those Born On This Date Include: Roman Emperor Hadrian (76); English dramatist William Congreve (1670); Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712); British social reformer Edwin Chadwick (1800); author Edith Wharton (1862); abstract painter Robert Motherwell (1915); sportscaster Jack Brickhouse (1916); evangelist Oral Roberts (1918); actress Sharon Tate in 1943; comedian John Belushi in 1949; & singer Warren Zevon (1947).
Today In Entertainment History January 24
In 1952, Carl Perkins married Valda Crider in Corinth, Miss.
In 1957, Elvis Presley recorded the song "Teddy Bear."
In 1969, Jethro Tull played their first US concert, in New York City. They were the opening act for Led Zeppelin.
In 1970, James "Shep" Sheppard, the lead singer for The Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway in New York.
In 1990, actress Kim Basinger signed papers giving her title to most of Braselton, Ga. The price was about $20 million dollars. Also in 1990, actor John Hurt got married for the third time. He married Jo Dalton in England.
In 1992, the producer of the New Kids On The Block album "Hangin' Tough" claimed that the group members sang only about 20 percent of the lyrics. He sued for millions of dollars for creative contributions and royalties. The allegations were denied by the New Kids, and the suit eventually was dropped.
Thought for Today: "God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends." — Addison Mizner, American architect (1872-1933).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

We're Contemplating A Name Change (To "Journal Of Cynicism & Despair" Or "Schadenfreude Symposium," "Nihilist's Corner" Being Taken)

(Is there anything more cynical & despairing than linking/quoting someone who's already linking/quoting?)

The point not being who's a better typist, or who's getting paid for it, but the statistics that prompted the paid column.
 Herbert cites some frightening statistics -- the addition of five million people to the ranks of the impoverished from 2000 to 2008, an increase of 15.4%, bringing the total number of Americans living in poverty to 40 million.  Even more frighteningly to me, there are now 91.6 million Americans living at or below 200% of the poverty line, which is a mere $21,834 rate for a family of four. In other words, thirty percent of our countrymen are living in highly marginal circumstances.

[...]

Construction and manufacturing, two areas in which high school educated men have traditionally been able to earn middle class wages, have been crushed in the current recession. They alone account for the loss of a staggering 2.2 million jobs. Overall employment has declined by 7 million jobs since this debacle began.
This Great Nation of Ours™ has sure gone to hell in a hand-basket in the course of a wk. We've been told we have an evil laugh (w/o trying, mind you) so imagine it here: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Further Shit From The Palmetto Bug State

Noted here. Detail here.
In South Carolina, 58 percent of students participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program.
Maybe that explains why Lt. Gov. Bauer can get elected to anything beyond dog-catcher. (Really, a better gig for him, w/ his knowledge of strays & all.)

A startling fact we did not know (probably because it isn't true):
In his speech, Bauer said people have to become more engaged with government.

"You see, for the first time in the history of this country, we've got more people voting for a living than we do working for a living."
That certainly sounds "engaged w/ gov't." What is he bitching about?

Unintended Consequences

The death of the "market," following the SCOTUS decision: Some guy here is agreed w/ by this guy, who has a more negative take on it.

Thing is, foreign companies don’t have this “advantage” so have to compete the old fashioned way.  And they will continue to eat American companies lunch. As the US gets weaker, and becomes less able to force foreign companies to obey American laws, this strategy will become less and less viable, especially as American citizens will also be losing buying power.

This sort of thing is why I now see the odds of the US turning itself around in the next generation as being miniscule.


The corporations took their toy & broke it. Too damned bad the bosses won't be punished, & that not one Rand-o-tarian will learn anything from this. (Who are we kidding? They'll all have boiled in their own wastes by then anyway. What a world this was.)

Stupid, Ignorant People: Stop Typing Or Die!

A quick note to the ignorant out there (Stupidity is legion!):
carefully crafted sound bytes
The phrase is "sound bIte," not "Sound bYte." Get a fucking dictionary & use it! Oh, hey, there are dictionaries right on-line when you're typing along, you don't even have to get off your ignorant ass to get a big heavy book. Try it some time!

It seems we're not the first to notice, & we can add this fucking "Lou Marinoff" moron to the list of those who must go elsewhere. Seriously, he has a "pet homonymic peeve—again symptomatic of a culture rendered senseless by fuzzy speech—[...] named 'sound bite'" that is 180 fuck-tuck-tucking degrees wrong.

Imagine what a fucking cretin you have to be to get hot & bothered about something you're completely wrong about. (Is Lou a right-winger?)

We can add to the discussion that "sound bite" is a television news term which probably pre-dates the 1980 WaPo reference given at eggcream. Ha ha, we're right again!

Push, Push

Fascist Reseach Council: ON THE MOVE!!

Balloon Juice & Newshoggers on the receiving ends. Also a BJ commentor.
  1. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama?
  2. Do you approve or disapprove of Congress making changes to your health insurance?
  3. Do you approve or disapprove of the Pelosi-Reid-Obama (PRO) bill funding abortions with your tax dollars?
  4. Do you approve or disapprove of the PRO cutting Medicare by 50% and killing seniors?
  5. Do you approve or disapprove of representatives cutting back-room deals to pass the PRO-Bill?
  6. Are you male?
  7. Are you 50 or over?
  8. Have you contributed money to a church, religious group or political entity in the past year?
  9. Is this your primary phone number?

Oh Yeah?

A fucking lawyer types:
I've been saving a number of items to write about that I want to present for your information without further comment. In one way or another, they are interesting and informative.

The people of Israel display adherence to the commandment to repair the world. Out of their own trials with terrorism they have become world leaders in rescue missions and emergency medicine. They rightly take pride in the IDF's mission of aid to Haiti. Jay Newton-Small reports that most of Haiti's hospitals were destroyed in the earthquake.

One of the seven field hospitals set up following the earthquake was established by the IDF. Newton-Small writes: "The Israeli hospital can treat only about 100 people a day, but it is the paramount medical center operating in Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake. It receives the cases that other hospitals find difficult and cannot manage."

Ella Perlis spoke with an American/Israeli iDF officer about the facility. "Located on a Port-au-Prince soccer field," she writes, "the facility has operating rooms, an intensive care unit, a pediatric ward, and even a pharmacy. The technology is as sophisticated as most Western hospitals: it has x-ray equipment, respirators, monitors, and incubators that have sustained at least two premature babies born since the earthquake."

Commenting on the Israeli mission, Frida Ghitis adds: "Israeli rescuers, experienced at recovering the remains of terrorism and war victims, risked their lives crawling into unstable buildings to dig out desperate survivors....While the harshest critics of Israel's morality, the countries that have done their best to smear Israel, did not lift a finger to help Haiti[,] Israel, a land smaller than New Hampshire, sent hundreds of emergency workers, one of the largest contingents." The New York Times has posted the video report from Reuters that includes footage of a Haitian man being rescued from a collapsed building on Friday by a team from Israel. He was one of two survivors pulled from the rubble ten days after the earthquake.

A human being makes the "further comment" that Scott Johnson can't bring himself to make:
In this mirror, Israel now sees an image of itself as a big-hearted nation admired around the world for its humanitarian efforts in Haiti. But the self-satisfaction will be short-lived. Before long this glimmer of goodwill will once again be overshadowed by the enduring reality that in the minds of most Israelis the suffering of others seems just as likely to provoke callous indifference as it does an open heart.

The big Israeli heart shrivels at the sight of a Palestinian.
We wonder what part of Scott Johnson's anatomy shrivels when he sees a Palestinian, or an Ay-rab or Mooslim of any kind.

And, as seen immediately below, shouldn't we just be letting these people fend for themselves? It'll teach them a lesson in self-reliance.

Correlation: It AIn't Necessarily Causation

"Wild" animals, apparently, only breed if you feed them.

SC Lt. Gov. compares people getting gov’t help to ‘stray animals’ who ‘breed’ because they don’t know better.

Lt. Gov. Andre BauerSouth Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, held a town hall meeting yesterday where he argued government should be tougher on families whose children receive free and reduced-price lunches. Bauer said that parents should be required to “pass drug tests or attend parent-teacher conferences or PTA meetings.” To make this argument, however, he compared people receiving government assistance to stray animals:
My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better,” Bauer said. [...]
Later in his speech, Bauer said, “I can show you a bar graph where free and reduced lunch has the worst test scores in the state of South Carolina,” adding, “You show me the school that has the highest free and reduced lunch, and I’ll show you the worst test scores, folks. It’s there, period.
Bauer later insisted that he “wasn’t saying people on government assistance ‘were animals or anything else.’” (HT: Jamie Sanderson)

Taking The Loved Ones W/ You

NY dairy farmer kills 51 cows, commits suicide

Fri Jan 22, 10:54 ET
COPAKE, N.Y. – State police in New York say an upstate dairy farmer shot and killed 51 of his milk cows in his barn before turning the rifle on himself.

State police found the body of 59-year-old Dean Pierson in his Copake barn on Thursday. A visitor found a note Pierson had left on the barn door that said not to come in and to call police.

State police would only say that Pierson was having personal issues.

The Columbia County hamlet of Copake is about 115 miles north of New York City.
Local farmers buried the cows outside the barn Friday. They would not discuss Pierson or what had happened, but one of the men said these are hard times to be a farmer.
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Information from: Register-Star: http://www.registerstar.com/

23 January: Great Purge; 24th Amendment Ratified; Pueblo Seized; Sal Dali, Richard Berry, Cap't. Kangaroo, Johnny Carson Die; Alexander Woollcott Goes 'Em One Better, Dies On Live Radio

Today is Saturday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2010. There are 342 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 23, 1960, the Swiss-Italian-made bathyscaphe (BATH'-ih-skahf) Trieste, owned and operated by the U.S. Navy, carried two men to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean, reaching a depth of more than 35,000 feet inside the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
On this date:
In 1542, King Henry VIII took the title of King of Ireland.
In 1579, The Union of Utrecht is signed by the provinces of the Netherlands committed to carrying on resistance to Spain. It becomes in fact the foundation of the state of the Netherlands.
In 1789, Georgetown University was established in present-day Washington, D.C.
In 1799, French troops capture Italian city of Naples.
In 1845, Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
In 1849, English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive a Doctor of Medicine degree, from the Medical Institution of Geneva, N.Y. Prussia suggested a German union without Austria.
In 1918, the Soviet government officially severed relations with the church.
In 1920, Holland refused to surrender Germany's former Kaiser Wilhelm II to Allies for punishment as a World War I criminal.
In 1922, at Toronto General Hospital, 14-year-old Canadian Leonard Thompson became the first person to receive an insulin injection as treatment for diabetes.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In 1937, seventeen people went on trial in Moscow during Soviet leader Josef Stalin's Great Purge.
In 1948, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower said he couldn't accept a presidential nomination from either party. Four years later, he ran as a Republican and was elected 34th president of the United States.
In 1950, the Israeli Knesset approved a resolution affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In 1964, the 24th amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.
In 1968, North Korea seized the Navy intelligence ship USS Pueblo, charging its crew with being on a spying mission. (The crew was released 11 months later.)
In 1971, the temperature at Prospect Creek, Alaska, dropped to 80 degrees below zero, the lowest temperature recorded in the United States.
In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.Audio LinkNixon: "peace with honor"
In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated the Selective Service System.
In 1985, debate in Britain's House of Lords was carried live on TV for the first time.
In 1988, Sandinista missiles downed a cargo plane that was dropping U.S.-financed supplies to Contra rebels in southeastern Nicaragua. Four crewmen were killed.
In 1989, surrealist painter Salvador Dali died in his native Spain at age 84.
AP sez: In 1991, allied forces in the Persian Gulf War announced that they had achieved air superiority after some 12,000 sorties.
UPI sez: In 1991, U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said heavy bombing had destroyed Iraq's two operating nuclear reactors and damaged chemical facilities. The Angolan government accepted a peace plan that ended a 15-year-old civil war with UNITA rebels. Also in 1991, U.S. Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady asked Congress for another $80 billion toward the bailout of the nation's savings and loan industry.
In 1992, the Salvadoran legislature issued an amnesty for guerrilla fighters of a 12-year civil war, allowing them to return to society.
In 1996, Yigal Amir confessed in court to killing Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
In 1997, a judge in Fairfax, Va., sentenced a Pakistani man to death for an assault rifle attack outside CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two people and wounded three. France's highest court rejected a final appeal and ordered Maurice Papon, a former Vichy official, to stand trial for deporting Jews to death camps during World War II.
In 1999, a federal judge ordered Monica Lewinsky to submit to an interview sought by House prosecutors in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. During his visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul II urged his flock in the Americas to make the region a "continent of life."
In 2000, the Tennessee Titans advanced to the Super Bowl by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-14 in the AFC Championship game. The St. Louis Rams defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11-6 to win the NFC Championship. NFL star Derrick Thomas was injured when the sport utility vehicle he was driving overturned on an icy road in Missouri; Thomas died more than two weeks later. (The crash also claimed the life of Thomas' friend, Michael Tellis.) Over a million people marched through downtown Madrid to call for peace after a car-bomb attack was seen as a resurgence of Basque separatists' 32-year-old campaign of violence which had killed nearly 800 people.
In 2001, a new administration in the Philippines moves to freeze the bank accounts of ousted President Joseph Estrada and begins a criminal investigation against him.
In 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted in Karachi, Pakistan, by a group demanding the return of prisoners from the Afghan campaign; he was later slain.
In 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld former Gov. George Ryan's powers to commute sentences, keeping 32 spared inmates off death row.
In 2005, Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in as president of Ukraine. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 to win the NFC championship game; the New England Patriots won the AFC championship by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27.
In 2006, Ford Motor Co., reflecting the downsizing of the U.S. auto industry, said it would close 14 factories and eliminate 30,000 jobs over six years. Also in 2006, Canadian voters chose Stephen Harper's Conservation Party over outgoing Prime Minister Paul Martin's Labor Party in a close parliamentary election. Ugandan rebels ambush UN peacekeepers in Congo, killing eight of them in a gunbattle that also leaves 15 attackers dead near the Sudanese border.
In 2007, more than 100,000 mourners choke the streets of Istanbul for the funeral of Hrant Dink, the Armenian journalist who was gunned down in broad daylight on January 19 because of public statements made about the mass killings of Armenians by Turks in the early 20th century.
In 2008, tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from Gaza after Palestinian militants used land mines to breach a barrier dividing the border town of Rafah. Also in 2008, Thailand returned to civilian rule after a military council that had ruled the country for 16 months disbanded. French Open winner Michael Chang was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and IMG creator Mark McCormack and Tennis Week magazine founder Eugene Scott were selected posthumously.
In 2009, President Barack Obama quietly ended the Bush administration's ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option. New York Gov. David Paterson chose Democratic Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEHR'-sten JIL'-uh-brand) to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Today's Birthdays: Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is 86. Actress Jeanne Moreau is 82. Actress Chita Rivera is 77. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 76. Actor Gil Gerard is 67. Actor Rutger Hauer is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 66. Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) is 63. Singer Anita Pointer is 62. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 60. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 60. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 57. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah) is 57. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 53. Singer Anita Baker is 52. Reggae musician Earl Falconer (UB40) is 51. Actress Gail O'Grady is 47. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Nelson is 39. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 36. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 35.
Those Born On This Date But Now Dead Include: American patriot John Hancock (1737); French author Stendhal, a pseudonym for Marie-Henri Beyle (1783-1842); French Impressionist painter Edouard Manet (1832-1883); Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein (1898); actors Randolph Scott (1898) & Dan Duryea (1907) & comedian Ernie Kovacs (1919).
This Date In Entertainment History
In 1943, critic Alexander Woollcott suffered a fatal heart attack during a live broadcast of the CBS radio program "People's Platform."
In 1958, Brunswick Records released "Maybe Baby" backed with "Tell Me How" by The Crickets.
In 1970, singer Judy Collins was denied permission to sing her testimony at the Chicago Seven trial.
In 1976, "Donny and Marie" premiered on ABC. It was the first variety show hosted by a brother and sister team, Donny and Marie Osmond.
In 1977, the TV mini-series "Roots," based on the Alex Haley novel, began on ABC.
In 1978, Terry Kath, a vocalist and guitarist with the band Chicago, accidentally shot himself to death. He was 32.
In 1982, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley recorded their first demos as Wham! in Ridgeley's parents' house. They used a portable studio that cost them $32.
In 1986, the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were honored. They included Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis Presley.
In 1989, James Brown was sentenced in Georgia to another six years in jail in connection with a police chase through two states. At the time, Brown was serving a sentence in South Carolina.
In 1990, former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins died in Florida of complications from pneumonia. He was 37.
In 1996, the city council in Johnson City, Tenn., withdrew permission for White Zombie to hold a show there. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated devil worship.
In 1997, "Louie, Louie" composer Richard Berry died in his sleep at his home in South Central Los Angeles.
In 2000, the dark satire "American Beauty" won the Golden Globe for best film drama, while "The Sopranos" won best television drama.
In 2002, Virgin Records and Mariah Carey terminated their record deal after barely nine months. Virgin paid Carey $28 million to break the contract, on top of the $21 million Carey got for signing with Virgin.
In 2004, the enduring situation comedy "Friends" filmed its final episode in front of an invitation-only audience. Bob Keeshan, TV's "Captain Kangaroo," died in Windsor, Vt., at age 76.
In 2005, former "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson died from complications from emphysema in Malibu, Calif. at age 79.
Thought for Today: "Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined." — Johnny Carson, American talk show host (1925-2005).

Friday, January 22, 2010

On A Stealing Roll: Why Think & Type When One Can Click & Lift?

I was watching CNN today, and I saw someone make the following point [...] Many of our largest and richest corporations are foreign-owned, and this ruling would seem to give non-Americans the legal right to influence our political campaigns.
We heard the same point made on MSNBC today.

Our source continues:
I would like to know what prevents the Saudi rulers, or the Chinese government, or for that matter, Al Qaida from going online to Legal Zoom and spending a couple hundred dollars to form a corporation, through which they could spend billions to support candidates of their choice?
Always close big:
It only remains for me to point out that these five Supreme Court Justices are not conservative, they are corrupt. Since Nixon got Rehnquist onto the Supreme Court, every Republican judicial nominee has been nothing but a willing tool of corporate interests. Their 5-4 majority gave us the Bush presidency, in the greatest act of judicial corruption in the history of this country, and now they have struck again. So, when you turn on the TV and see commercials telling you who to elect, kindly provided in your own best interest by the Iranian Mullahs, you will know who to thank.

Must We Type Something As Well?

Corporations Speak Out Against SCOTUS Ruling,
Call On Congress To Approve Public Financing
Of Campaigns

Your Tax Dollars At Work (UPDATED)

Widespread Problems On LPDs, Other Ships: U.S. Navy

Inspectors are rechecking every pipe weld aboard every ship built in the last several years at Avondale, La., or Pascagoula, Miss., including destroyers and small- and big-deck amphibs, after discovering so many problems that all pipe welders and Navy inspectors at both yards had to be decertified and then recertified to work on ships.
Not to mention:
Inspectors are looking at the entire San Antonio class of amphibious transport docks to determine what has caused systemic lube oil problems in multiple ships, as well as damage to engine bearings that recently sidelined the newest ship, New York.
All hail the free market!

(EXTRA FUN 22 January @ 1925): We had no idea. We pay little attention to the trivial & mundane (like money) but if pressed we would have estimated around $500 billion, plus the off-the-books trillion or so that Bush managed to get. From this apocalyptic fantasy.

Theocratic Up-Date & Wrap-Up

A long, linky & video'd one on First Amendment violators who work world-wide. The usual thing: Infiltrating police forces, supporting death squads & the like.

Wonder what Palin has to say about death squads (Which are real & exist, also.) as opposed to "death panels."

Her "anointer" is part of the movement,
[T]he first Transformations movie [...] also featured Kenyan pastor Thomas Muthee who anointed Palin at her Wasilla Assembly of God church prior to her becoming governor of Alaska.
which seems to approve of those death squads:
Caballeros explains in his book Victorious Warfare that while spiritual warfare involves battling demons, it also refers to any “strongman; literally, a human being who has made a covenant with the devil or with certain demons, and who has been given spiritual dominion over a determined territory.” Caballeros has also stated in Guatemalan TV broadcasts that he supports extra judicial killings of criminals in Guatemala by evangelicals in the police force.

“The death squads that still function within the PNC and the Ministry of Government, are a holy enterprise that is organized by agents and personnel from Evangelical churches that know our obligations to society…I must recognize that the story published in the New York Times on March 5 of this year is true; the “social cleansing” that, together with Carlos Vielman as Minister of Government we carried out in the institution, had to be done and must continue, as I understand has been ordered to the new authorities…”

We are again reduced to typing: JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, GODDAMNIT!!

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