Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Get Over Yourselves, Already

Self-absorbed D.C. twits, be warned: The eighth(or whatever)-largest economy in the world can buy you, your media company/aggregation outlet & the rest of your crummy little Media Village, bulldoze the entire ugly mess, & put up any number of California-style abominations, from half-leased strip malls to McMansions. Or we could blow up the damn place for a serious, D.C. reduced to dust blockbuster. (Why bother, though? It'll look more "real" as a CGI spectacle.) We probably won't, but be ready to pay through your snooty East Coast elitist noses for vegetables & fruits. And movies. Think how expensive movies will be.

Why are we so angry & threatening? (Find us a resaon not to be so. You can't, because there is always something even more awful happening.)
For outside observers, it was the first sign that the first California gubernatorial race in a while without Arnold Schwarzenegger in it might still be worth paying attention to.
We suppose the title

Week Of Shenanigans Makes The CA-Gov Race Interesting Again

of this piece of crap reveals the innate shallowness of the Village, & those attracted to it. If there's no has-been movie star* in this yr.'s race, it'll take some "shenanigans" for them to give a shit about the horse race?

Maybe the the most irksome part of this (Most of it's the usual Media Village Idiocy suspects. Why even bother w/ a fit about that?) is that there is a real & very serious issue here, which has been dismissed as "shenanigans."
Poizner alleges that Whitman is trying to force him out of the race. The email, posted on Poizner's website, is a request from Mike Murphy to a redacted official in the Poizner campaign floating a deal where Poizner would drop out in exchange for Whitman's support in a Poizner run against against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) in 2012.

"I hate the idea of us each spending $20 million beating on the other in the primary, only to have a damaged nominee," the email reads. "And we can spend $40M+ tearing up Steve if we must; bad for him, bad for us and a crazy waste to tear up a guy with statewide potential -- really the only guy on the CA GOP bench for the future."
The billionaires have decided to divide California among themselves. Add (Republican, need we add that?) Senatorial candidate Carly (HP SuperFail Golden Parachute) Fiorina & Dianne Feinstein (multi-millionaire developer husband) & before you know it, it's their state, & we're just paying rent in it.

Our modest proposal to counter this neo-feudalist menace is a real Death Tax. We kill them & take all their money. Simple, & not too messy (unless the rich resist).

*We completely understand & grant that the Golden State has set an awfully high standard for elected officials; that's still no excuse for this non-reporting.

"The Crown Jewel Of Socialism"

You just gotta love Chris Matthews.Not because he points out how nutty Republican Representative Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota is. Not at all.

Face it, if her call for an investigation of Congressional Democrats for being "un-American" hadn't occurred on "Hardball," Tweety M. wouldn't keep going on about it as if was the single worst thing she'd ever said. So you gotta love him for being — no, you don't have to love him. Gotta think these things through before we type them. Sheesh.

"There Are People Who Have Experienced Homosexual Attractions Who Have ..."

Shorter (But isn't it fun to watch these buffoons?): If it weren't for draconian laws & religious bigotry & hate speech, the ho-mo-sex-u-als would have frightened all the horses off the streets by now! Maybe after they've impeached this President too they can get laws w/ some teeth in them passed.

Sitcom Opposite Marriage

Dateline: Springfield*, USA, 1954 —
  • “If you look at the Homer Simpsons of the world [with regards to low intelligence], there are a lot more men than women”
  • “wives spend money differently — or, I should say, that women spend money differently than men in terms of as it relates to children”
  • “Fathers’ biological and socially-reinforced masculine qualities predispose them to treat their children differently than do mothers, correct?”
  • “the differences between maternal and paternal behavior are more strongly related to either the parents’ biological gender or sex roles, than to either of their degree of involvement in infant care or their attitudes regarding the desirability of paternal involvement in infant care”
  • “fathers are more concerned than mothers about the adoption of cultural values and traditionally-defined sex roles”
Arguments on the nature of "marriage" (Heterosexual, baby!) from an attorney defending Proposition 8, courtesy emptywheel, who adds this:
The picture of marriage the Prop 8 proponents rely on (which itself comes from long outdated scholarship as a factual matter) to justify their opposition to marriage equality includes not just [...] procreation as the necessary and primary goal of marriage[,] it also depends on a daddy who instills moral conservatism, a mommy who breast feeds and spends frivolously, and a mommy who helps her children’s dumb daddy negotiate life.
(Had we, on first reading, noticed how sloppily that was expressed, we wouldn't have stolen it in the first place. But it's central to the point [No, it is the point. Look at the headline. — Ed.] so we cleaned it up a bit. After all, we're — The Ed.)

The proponents of Prop. 8 are now defining marriage as strictly a license to procreate. ("Marriage: It's just for literal breeders.") Yet they've been moaning for yrs. that the same-sex marriage supporters are trying to redefine marriage. Beyond the hypocrisy, which approach strengthens the institution, exclusion or inclusion?

*The Jim Anderson (as played by Robert Young) "Father Knows Best" Springfield. The one the Simpsons are mocking.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

Which do you think scares James O'Keefe more? Negroes, voting? Or gay people, just existing?
Still, the Wetmore-O’Keefe friendship was, in gonzo journalism terms, a productive one. In 2008, after O’Keefe had left the Leadership Institute, the two men recorded hidden camera video of themselves going to three state offices in Massachusetts, applying for marriage licenses, openly admitting that they were straight men who wanted to get married to take advantage of the benefits.
O’KEEFE: We probably plan on doing this for about a year and then..
CLERK: And then, divorcing.
O’KEEFE: Right.
CLERK: Yeah.
The closest thing O’Keefe and Wetmore got to an ACORN moment was a Worcester, Mass., clerk admitting that she wasn’t telling a supervisor about their meeting because she didn’t want to get in trouble. Because the gag didn’t go any further, the stunt got little media attention. Fourteen months later, it reveals just how close O’Keefe and Wetmore were.
Beyond the psychological problems they're trying to work out, what exactly do these pranksters expect to prove by playing "Gotcha!" w/ receptionists, clerks & other low-level employees? (Not even to mention the editing involved in the ACORN tapes.) There might be something to some of this crap if they, or their potential bureaucratic victims, had actually filed any paperwork w/ the gov't., for example. But rather than go on w/ these plots (And how likely is it any of these deceptions would have gone beyond the first review by an employee farther up in the organization?) submitting paperwork, & therefore having proof that an ACORN or Commonwealth of Massachusetts flunky was willing to help them commit fraud, these drive-by journalists (Thanks to Rush Limbaugh for "drive-by journalist." The ultimate in reactionary projection.) consider it proof that there is an organized plot to do, well, we don't know what. The mere fact that they were not immediately escorted from the premises after revealing their sekrit plan to defraud the American tax-payer is hardly proof that ACORN is a "criminal enterprise."

Bear in mind that two people marrying for the benefits of marriage, even if they aren't madly in love (or even "doing it") is hardly exclusive to the gay community. How many "opposite-sex" couples have married to get themselves benefits? As the states do not have actual "Madly in Love? Yes or No?" tests for couples wanting to marry, one might conclude that gay people are being deprived of rights available to the rest of us. Probably not what James & his lover Ben were trying to prove. (Note: It's difficult to "prove" that "homos are icky" to people who aren't homophobes, Jimbo. Better luck appealing to prejudice next time, fellas.)

Like Fishing W/ Hand Grenades

A law perfesser asks:
The charge against O'Keefe is entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony. What felony does the government say they intended to commit?
Oh, how would a law professor find such a thing? And whatever might it be?

Why, little old section 1362, that's what:
Whoever … willfully or maliciously interferes in any way with the working or use of any [radio, telegraph, telephone or cable, line, station, or system, or other means of communication, operated or controlled by the United States], or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

A Question

Anyone done one of those "Hitler Finds Out" subtitled videos, the subject being Hitler/Blartblart finding out that Superfly Jimmy SnukaO'Keefe & his frat buddies have just been busted in a Senator's office?

"Anyone who thinks I put those stupid little bastards up to this, leave the room."

Get on it!

Good Morning!!

  1. Millions More Foreclosures Coming Soon?
    Nearly one in 10 FHA mortgage holders missed at least three of their payments as of this past December.
    Read original story in The Washington Post | Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010
  • Number of Visits to Food Pantries Soars
    Since early 2008, a new report shows, the number of Americans relying on free food has grown month after month; kids are the fastest growing group.
    Read original story in The Chicago Tribune | Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010
  • Everyone Knows What Mickey Kaus Has Never Denied

    Alert Reader doesn't type nearly often enough. Of course, s/he would have to read Mickey Kaus more often, or even on a regular basis. We understand.
    In arguing against unspecified attempts to expand the social safety net during a recession -- it's for their own good, you see! -- Mickey links to this piece by Kaus heartthrob Heather MacDonald:

    Championing Dependency
    The poverty industry renews its attack on welfare reform.

    Empire's End

    Huge Deficits May Alter U.S. Politics and Global Power 
    Projections suggest there is virtually no room over the next decade for new domestic initiatives for President Obama or his successors.

    Looks as if the money people got just what they wanted. Feudalism, here we come again.

    Nanny State Needed For Morons

    Temperatures Too Cold For The 14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge

    Annapolis, MD -- How cold was it? Too cold for even the human polar bears. The Maryland Special Olympics had planned its 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge for Saturday.

    After the first dip, doctors advised that the second one scheduled, for a couple of hours later, be canceled. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was one of about 15,000 people who went in. He says the frigid water took his "breath away."

    The air temperature was 23 degrees and the Chesapeake Bay was 36. Police divers formed a line to keep a second wave of people from jumping in the water.

    Source: Associated Press

    Elohim, War God Of The Hebrews, Gets This Wk.'s Talking Points Out

    Muslim leader blasts gay lifestyle
    BY KARYL WALKER Crime/Court Desk Co-ordinator jamaicaobserver.com
    Monday, February 01, 2010

    PRESIDENT of the Islamic Council of Jamaica, Mustafa Muhammad, says he agrees with the Sharia law which prescribes death for people who openly flaunt homosexual behaviour.

    Muhammad did not mince words as he lashed out against what he described as an unclean, unnatural lifestyle.

    “It is illegal and in the Sharia law the punishment is death. If you follow Christianity it is a crime in the sight of God. He destroyed a whole city because of this thing. It is an ungodly practice and I apologise to no one for this,” Muhammad said.

    Under Jamaican law, persons who practice buggery — the sexual penetration of the anus — can be sent to prison for up to 10 years.

    Despite claims by local and international gay lobbyists that homosexuals are attacked and killed in Jamaica, police statistics show that most gays who are killed are victims of crimes of passion.

    Muhammad made sure to state that he was against the killing of gays in Jamaica.

    “This can only be done in a country that is being run by Islam,” he said.

    Muhammad was also critical of the gay lobbyists who are clamouring for Jamaicans to adopt a more relaxed attitude towards homosexuality.

    “What is happening is that we are leaning towards the laws of man,” he said. “If a Muslim woman chooses to cover up herself it is seen as oppressive, but it is wicked to criticise homosexuals? I am not free to express myself as a Muslim but a homosexual is allowed free expression and protection from the law.”
    (Our bolding.)

    Heard this song before? You bet you have, & not that long ago. Here's more papist poo, from the same pile:
    Pope Benedict XVI has condemned British equality legislation for running contrary to "natural law" as he confirmed his first visit to the UK later this year.

    In a letter addressed to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, the pope praised Britain's "firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all".

    However, he criticised UK legislation for creating "limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs". It is thought his comments relate to laws that came in last year preventing adoption agencies from discriminating against gay couples and also Harriet Harman's equality bill, currently going through parliament.


    In his letter the pope said: "The effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs. In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed."

    It is also thought the pope was referring to the equality bill, which narrows the special exemption enjoyed by churches allowing them to exclude people whose lifestyles do not fit in with the religious ethos of an organisation when hiring staff. The bishops cited it as another restriction of their freedom of religious belief.


    The pope urged the bishops to make their voices heard and to defend the faith, saying Christian teaching did not undermine or restrict the freedom of others.

    His remarks drew swift criticism from the National Secular Society, which said it would stage protests during the visit.

    Terry Sanderson, the society's president, said: "The taxpayer is going to be faced with a bill for £20m for the visit – in which he has indicated he will attack equal rights and promote discrimination."
    Gawd A'mighty Damnit, if these twisted old wretches w/ their stupid fucking head gear, robes, dresses, skirts & other pre-Enlightenment barbarian practices ever got together & decided to divide the world between them, the rational community could be in some danger.
    "First they came for men who wore pants, but I wore no pants, so ..."

    Soviets announce victory at Stalingrad

    From the AP archive: Jan. 31, 1943

    LONDON (AP) - Virtually complete destruction of Hitler's proud Stalingrad siege forces of 330,000 men - with smashing of two crack Nazi armies, killing of 100,000 troops in the last 20 days alone, and capture of a field marshal and 16 generals - was announced by the Soviets late tonight in a triumphant special communique.

    Russian troops, who first turned Stalingrad into valiant fortress and then made it a death trap for the Nazi invders, and scene of the worst German defeat of the war, have wiped out one of the last two remaining German suicide garrisons at the Volga city, crushing the enemy pocket west of the central part of Stalingrad, it was stated in the communique, broadcast bv Moscow, and recorded here by the Soviet radio monitor.

    Taken prisoner was Field Marshal Gen. Friedrich Paulus, commander of the crushed German Sixth Army and Fourth Tank Army, and 16 of his generals. Marshal Paulus, whose promotion from colonel general was announced only today by the Germans, is the first Nazi field marshal to be taken prisoner in this war.

    Meanwhile, the peril of 200,000 Nazi troops, fighting around Krasnodar in the Caucasus with their back to the Kerch Strait, increased ominously, with the Soviet midnight communique reporting capture of Ryazanskaya, only 30 miles east of that German pivot base.

    The midnight communique also announced the fall of Belorechenskaya, on the Armavir-Tuapse railroad, 17 miles northwest of Maikop, as the Russian columns drove on Krasnodar. Ryazanskaya is another 18 miles northwest of Maikop. Thus this Soviet column smashing at Krasnodar apparently advanced 35 miles beyond Maikop in one day.

    The Russians already stood within 40 miles of Krasnodar at Ladojskaya, and were reported advancing beyond that point.

    The offensive continued on the Voronezh front, where 25,000 Germans are trapped, and the Russians captured 20 populated places, the midnight communique added. Advanced Russian units in that area are within 45 miles of the great trunk railway joining Kurak and Kharkov, backbone of the Nazi line last winter.

    In the debacle of Stalingrad, the Russians said, 5,000 German officers and men were taken prisoner on Sunday alone.

    All that remained of the huge armies that Hitler sacrificed at Stalingrad was a pocket in the northern factory area of the city, and this too was being hemmed in ever closer by the Soviet vise.

    Thus was the fate of the German forces, which rejected a Soviet ultimatum earlier this month to surrender or die.

    The Russians declared that information from the captured generals showed the army trapped by the offensive begun in November numbered 330,000 troops, and not 220,000 as first estimated.

    In the general offensive launched Jan. 10, after the ultimatum was rejected, "Soviet troops according to incomplete data have destroyed over 100,000 German officers and men," the communique asserted.

    In the last four days alone, it said, 18,000 Germans were taken prisoner, making a total of 46,000 laying down their arms since the last Soviet drive was begun 20 days ago.

    Stupendous quantities of tanks, planes, guns, and other war materiel were captured, the Russians said.

    The 17 captured generals include Lt. Gen. Schmidt; Marshal Paulus' chief of staff; and the quartermaster general of the German Sixth Army. Of the other 14, 10 were German lieutenant generals, two were German major generals, and two were Romanian generals.

    Seven colonels also were gathered up in the final liquidation drive.

    "In the course of the fighting and also according to evidence given by German generals who were taken prisoner, it has been established that by Nov. 23, 1942, at least 330,000 of the enemy were encircled, including construction and police detachments, and not 220,000 as reported before," the communique said.

    Early in January the Russians split the besieged Germans in two and launched a general offensive for their "annihilation" when the Nazi commanders rejected the ultimatum calling for surrender.

    "As is known," the communique continued, "the German troops encircled at Stalingrad between Nov. 23 and Jan. 10, owing to our artillery fire and systematic bombing, and also owing to frost and disease, lost about 140,000 men.

    "Thus, since the beginning of the general offensive by our troops, Jan. 10, 1943, the German troops encircled at Stalingrad numbered, together with the reinforcement troops, construction organization, police detachments of the army and a corps of rear detachments, about 190,000 officers and men.

    "These figures are confirmed by the general quartermaster of the Sixth German Army, who stated that on Jan. 10 the German troops encircled outside Stalingrad numbered together with the rear detachments 195,000.".

    2 February: Groundhog Day: SID VICIOUS DEAD AT 21!! N.Y., B. A. & N.L. Founded; Ayn Rand, James Joyce Born; Hitler Dissolves Reichstag; Crackers Get Huffy About Truman Civil Rights Program; Idi Amin Takes Over; UMW Strike Peabody

    Today is Tuesday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2010. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.
    The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
    On Feb. 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, was signed. It provided for Mexico's cession to the U.S. of the territory that became the states of New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming in exchange for $15 million.
    On this date:
    In 1536, present-day Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.
    In 1653, New Amsterdam — now New York City — was incorporated.
    In 1870, the "Cardiff Giant," supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, N.Y., was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum.
    In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York, with teams in Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; New York; Philadelphia; St. Louis; Louisville, Ky.; and Hartford, Conn.
    In 1882, Irish poet and novelist James Joyce was born near Dublin.
    In 1887, Groundhog Day is celebrated for the first time in Punxsutawney, Pa.
    In 1897, fire destroyed the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. (A new statehouse was dedicated on the same site in 1906.)
    In 1933, two days after becoming chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler ordered dissolution of the German Parliament.
    In 1936, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were the first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviet Union.
    [1943 AP story may be found above, as they don't like small-timers linking to their crap. Theft it is, then. — Ed.]
    In 1948, President Harry S. Truman sent a 10-point civil rights program to Congress, where the proposals ran into fierce opposition from southern lawmakers.
    In 1959, public schools in Arlington and Norfolk, Va., were racially desegregated without,incident.
    In 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda following a coup.In 1980, NBC News reported the FBI had conducted a sting operation targeting members of Congress using phony Arab businessmen in what became known as "Abscam," a codename protested by Arab-Americans.
    In 1988, in a speech the broadcast television networks declined to carry live, President Ronald Reagan pressed his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.
    In 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africa's black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela.
    In 1993, more than 7,500 United Mine Workers miners went on strike against the Peabody Coal Co., the nation's largest coal producer. Also in 1993, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton banned smoking in the White House.
    In 1997, the government released statistics showing deaths from AIDS fell by almost half during the first half of 1997, a decrease attributed to increased use of powerful combinations of medicines.
    In 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton submitted the first balanced federal budget in 29 years.
    In 1999, a federal jury in Portland, Ore., ordered abortion foes who had created "wanted" posters and a Web site listing the names and addresses of "baby butchers" to pay $107 million dollars in damages. (Courts later reduced the judgment to more than $16 million; the U.S. Supreme Court has refused three times to hear an appeal by the defendants.)
    In 2000, searchers recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 in the Pacific Ocean, off the California coast.
    In 2002, a report requested by the board of directors of the Enron Corporation accused top executives of forcing the company into bankruptcy by, among other things, inflating profits by almost $1 billion.
    In 2003, Vaclav Havel, the playwright who became a president, stepped down after his second five-year term as head of the Czech Republic.
    In 2004, deadly ricin was discovered in offices used by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. [What the fuck was he doing w/ ricin? Anesthetizing kittens? — Ed.] President George W. Bush unveiled a $2.4 trillion budget featuring a record deficit, as well as big increases for defense and homeland security. Israel killed a leader of Islamic Jihad and three other militants in a Gaza raid. An eleven-story apartment building collapsed in Konya, Turkey, killing 92 people.
    In 2005, in his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush called for changes in Social Security that would combine reduced government benefits for younger workers with "a chance to build a nest egg" through personal accounts. He also claimed that U.S. troops would remain in Iraq until Iraqis can provide their own security. German heavyweight boxer Max Schmeling died at age 99.
    In 2006, Ohio's John Boehner won a vote to be the Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    In 2007, the world's leading climate scientists said global warming has begun, is "very likely" caused by humans and will be unstoppable for centuries.
    In 2008, a reported 2,000 rebels stormed Chad's capital city of N'Djamena in an unsuccessful attempt to oust President Idriss Deby. A cease-fire went into effect two days later with an estimated toll of 400 civilians dead. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni were married at the presidential Elysee Palace. A gunman killed five women at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, Ill., in an apparent botched robbery attempt (the case remains unsolved). Former Washington Redskins players Art Monk and Darrell Green were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee choice, Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas. Former Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz died in Washington, D.C., at age 98. ["Loose shoes, tight pussy, & a warm place to shit." — Ed.]
    In 2009, Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as U.S. secretary of state.
    The Senate confirmed Eric Holder to be attorney general. President Barack Obama's choice for health secretary, Tom Daschle, apologized for failing to pay more than $120,000 in taxes. (Daschle ended up withdrawing his nomination.) Congress moved closer to passing a $787 billion stimulus bill intended to boost America's struggling economy through tax cuts and new federal spending. Gunmen abducted American U.N. worker John Solecki in Quetta, Pakistan, killing his driver. (Solecki was released unharmed two months later.) Moammar Gadhafi of Libya was elected leader of the African Union.
    Today's Birthdays: Columnist Liz Smith is 87. Actress Elaine Stritch is 85. Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing is 84. Actor Robert Mandan is 78. Comedian Tom Smothers is 73. Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 68. Actor Bo Hopkins is 68. Television executive Barry Diller is 68. Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 64. Actor Jack McGee is 61. Actor Brent Spiner (SPY'-nur) is 61. Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey) is 61. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is 58. Model Christie Brinkley is 56. Actor Michael Talbott is 55. Actress Kim Zimmer is 55. Rock musician Robert DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 44. Actress Jennifer Westfeldt is 40. Rock musician Ben Mize is 39. Rapper T-Mo is 38. Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur is 37. Actress Lori Beth Denberg is 34. Singer Shakira is 33. Birthday Cheesecake at The Ant Farmer's.
    Those Born On This Date Include: French statesman Charles de Talleyrand (1754); psychologist Havelock Ellis (1859); Charles Correll, Andy of radio's "Amos and Andy" radio program (1890); National Football League co-founder George Halas (1895); hotel magnate Howard Johnson (1897); violinist Jascha Heifetz (1901); novelist Ayn Rand (1905); musician Stan Getz (1927); vocalist Eva Cassidy (1963); & actress Farrah Fawcett (1947).
    Today In Entertainment History
    In 1956, Atlantic Records signed The Coasters.
    In 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper made what ended up being their last public appearances at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. They died in a plane crash the next day.
    In 1969, actor Boris Karloff died in Midhurst, England, at age 81.
    In 1973, the NBC rock show "Midnight Special" made its debut, with Helen Reddy as the host.
    In 1974, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer sustained minor cuts when a rigged piano exploded prematurely during a concert in San Francisco.
    In 1979, former Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose at age 21. The death was ruled accidental. [A big mistake. — ed.]
    Audio LinkNew York City police spokesman Fred Elwick
    In 1993, a judge in New York dropped gun charges against singer Harry Connick Jr. He had been arrested when he tried to bring a pistol on board a flight at Kennedy Airport. Also in 1993, Willie Nelson and the Internal Revenue Service reached a settlement on his estimated $17 million tax debt.
    In 1996, entertainer Gene Kelly died of complications from strokes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.
    In 2008, actor Barry Morse died in London at age 89.
    Thought for Today: "It was naive of the 19th century optimists to expect paradise from technology — and it is equally naive of the 20th century pessimists to make technology the scapegoat for such old shortcomings as man's blindness, cruelty, immaturity, greed and sinful pride." — Peter F. Drucker, Austrian-born American business management consultant (1909-2005).
    ["It was naive of the 19th century optimists to expect paradise from technology — and it is equally naive of the 20th century pessimists to make technology the scapegoat for such old shortcomings as man's blindness, cruelty, immaturity, greed and sinful pridecapitalism." Fixed. — Ed.]

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Post-Ideological Self-Godwin

    You'll note that there's nothing political here (Completely out of context, sure, but judging from "THE ACORN TAPES!!!" that doesn't matter to our hero, Drudge Junior.) just BB's resentment of his enemy, the "decadent bastards." (Also quite amusing w/ the sound off. Andy's very, "expressive," shall we say?)You know who else called people decadent & sent them to die in gas chambers? Virtually any Republican pol worth his "tough-on-crime" salt, not to mention Hitler. Perhaps Mr. Breitbart should think twice before he decides to, oh, flip off a group of people, merely because they are protesting, for example. Knee-jerk reactions (especially of the reactionary sort) aren't always best, Andrew.(It's 31 yr.-old "music" day at Just Another Blog™!)Decadence, anyone?

    Tuna Extract?

    Third Party Rising

    Guess which one?

    Feb 1 2010, 12:15PM

    The Corporations Already Outspend The Parties

    For the first time in recent history, the lobbying, grassroots and advertising budget of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has surpassed the spending of BOTH the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee.

    The parties over.

    Drawing The Line

    If that bastard Obama shows at the National Predator Breakfast, he can just go elsewhere in the blog-o-sphere for support.
    The breakfast, designed to appear as if government-sanctioned, actually serves as a meeting and recruiting event for the shadowy Fellowship Foundation.

    The Fellowship, also known as “The Foundation” and “The Family,” is run by Doug Coe, a spiritual advisor to past government officials who uses the organization to push his unorthodox brand of Christianity within government circles. The Fellowship operates the infamous C Street House, a congressional residence and meeting place on Capitol Hill that has been a frequent haunt of some ethically challenged elected officials, including Sens. John Ensign (R-NV) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) and former-Rep. and now-Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC).
    Or should the President show up, so he can be a part of that wonderful Washington, D.C. community Sally Quinn is so proud of? That's someone w/ a finger on the national pulse. No arrogant, Inside-the-Beltway elitist. A real woman of the people. Surely she's noticed that every fuckwad w/ the scratch for the filing fee for any office from dog-catcher to President is already 100% on the anti-arrogant-Washington-elitist bandwagon. So why does she want the President to jump into the sty w/ the rest of them? We wish she'd stop giving people (us, for example) who have reasons to be arrogant about their elitism a bad name.

    We Stand Corrected: It Is The End Of America

    We thought it was all hysteria, until Chappaquiddickwe found this, absolute proof of the total takeover of everything (We The People's Streets are only the beginning!) by the NEA thugs & Obama!!
    And look, look, it's not just bi-lingual, it's TRI-lingual, & THEY DON'T EVEN WRITE IN ENGLISH!! Oh, surely this is the end. Our Freedoms!!

    You Can Lead A Whore To Culture ...

    Some day, we won't link to crap we haven't yet read. (Then again, we've now gotten two posts from this, & had the previous story up some time before this will appear. Maybe we should be doing this for all crap we notice. "Quantity is quality!")

    One of those queried (The very first one.) by The NYT offers polling-based factoids, two of which include:
    3. They tend to be white and older — 87 percent are white and 60 percent are at least 50 years of age.

    4. They are NOT uneducated. Forty-six percent have at least a college degree.

    3. Yes, true, absolutely. As we noted from mere photo interpretation. Not necessarily a positive, though.

    4. Well, there's education, & there's education. (Not sure what recourse pollsters have if someone identifying as a college grad making $100,000.00+/yr. turns out not to be telling the truth.) A 2.0 GPA grad of East Podunk Normal Commuter College w/ a major in Applied Computer Science can still be a low-information voter.

    See? You can't make them think:
    6. Finally, those with the most positive impression of the Tea Party movement are also most likely to get their news from Fox News — 64 percent say that’s where they get most of their information on politics and current events.
    We may be able to get another four items from this. (More fucking work: IT NEVER ENDS!!)

    MOMENTS LATER: Having read it all, we'll avoid typing items & advise that it should be read; it's rational, information if not fact based (I. e., of course it has a liberal bias — no one screamed that Obama was a N(wait for it ...)azi (Hah!) so they must be libz.) takes on TP Mania, w/ historical perspective, even. (How is it that George Wallace, H. Ross Perot & their movements are so seldom considered when hands are wringing over the 'Baggers?)

    Balancing Act

    The Pope, from both sides of his mouth, invokes the phrase "natural law." (To the best of our knowledge, the only "law" of nature is "Kill or be killed, unless you can survive by hiding or fleeing.")

    "Natural law," as the Pope & other disturbed individuals (Ambassador Alan Keyes comes to mind.) use it, is a lovely justification for just about anything religious fascists wish to impose.
    In a letter addressed to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, the pope praised Britain's "firm commitment to equality of opportunity for all".

    However, he criticised UK legislation for creating "limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs".
    His Imperial Fucking Majesty then went on to complain about anti-natural British laws preventing parents from stoning their rebellious spawn to death, "while these same laws allow the wearing of cotton/poly blends, & criminalize relationships between Catholic men & boys."

    Un-Indicted Co-Conspirator Decries "Conspiracy"

    Breitbart's BigBreakdown will be hilarious. We hope it happens close to a working camera that has plenty of available memory. And that he doesn't hurt anyone else, just himself.

    Annals Of Photo Interpretation

    Something or another from The Times of New York, in which five people are asked: "Is this a typical third-party movement? Are mainstream parties ever able to co-opt third-party messages and members?"

    We needn't even read the responses. we need only examine the photograph from The Times.
    Let's see: People under 30? Yes, two of them (lower left) under duress. Possibly one or two others in the crowd.

    Non-Anglo participants? Hard to be sure, could be some Hispanic or Asian people in the crowd. Certainly isn't anyone of a more recent African heritage visible to these tired old eyes.

    This is not the movement of the future, although it is quite a movement.

    The Usual Gang Of Idiots II: The Wettening

    Just one more before we are welcomed into the arms of Morpheus.
    That nasty midget plays these tools like a fucking violin.

    We Only Watch The Big Game For The Commercials

    Oh yeah? Not according to Gloria Allred.
    It is believed that the commercial will focus on Pam Tebow's 1987 pregnancy, during which time she fell ill in the Philippines. According to reports, doctors recommended that she abort the pregnancy, but she chose to go through with the birth of her son Tim.

    Tebow grew up to be one of the most accomplished and celebrated stars in college football history, capturing two national championships and becoming the first sophomore to win the Heisman trophy.

    Because abortion under any circumstance has been illegal in the Philippines since 1930 and is punishable by a six-year prison term, Allred says she finds it hard to believe that doctors would have recommended the procedure.
    Advert from UCB.

    Corporatism Is Fascism Dep't.

    A new explanation for the recent financial crisis, from POLITICO:
    But the close ties between active-duty and retired CIA officers at one consulting company show the degree to which CIA-style intelligence gathering techniques have been employed by hedge funds and financial institutions in the global economy.
    Are we sure that "CIA-style intelligence gathering techniques" isn't a euphemism for "CIA intelligence gathering resources, paid for by tax dollars?"
    But sources familiar with the CIA’s moonlighting policy defend it as a vital tool to prevent brain-drain at Langley, which has seen an exodus of highly trained, badly needed intelligence officers to the private sector, where they can easily double or even triple their government salaries. The policy gives agents a chance to earn more while still staying on the government payroll.
    Buncha John McCains at the CIA. Country first, right? Keeping America safe from guys who want to blow up their underwear while they're still in it & all that. (Speaking of ... Has anyone scanned Ross Douthat's skivvies lately?) More important than money, you'd think. For "patriots" anyway.

    Tight-Lipped Locals Clam Up

    And last week, after his death, his neighbors would not talk about him, reflecting what one called “the code of the hills.”
    And then, guess what? You got it: Nineteen more paragraphs of Salinger. The town of 1,700 could barely wait for the corpse to start mouldering before their gums started flapping.

    Central To The Point On His Head

    Jonah Goldberg, who's apparently still in competition for the "World's Laziest Dude w/ a Goatee" title, will not be dealing w/ David Neiwert again because Jonah's already put Neiwert in his place, mostly w/ the very arguments in his "Liberal Fascism" book that some "serious" people are now saying is perhaps less than truthful, accurate or connected to reality. This must be what is meant by "central to my point."

    The original point being that J. G.'s self-described polemic (Not scholarly!) was the result of His Majestic Whininess deciding he'd been called a fascist one time too many (It does hit a little close to home, we bet.) therefore, he would damn well "prove" that liberals were fascists, because Hillary Clinton, for example.

    Yet Goldberg complains that Neiwert setting up & introducing an internet discussion is just unfair, because Neiwert looks for fascism on the right, where, if any is found, it's no threat, or doesn't really exist, the Posse Comitatus being just a bunch of good ol' boys who only want you to leave them alone, & who will defend to your death their right to be left alone.

    This Date In Not U.S.-Centric History

    Today's Highlight:
    1991: South African President FW de Klerk announces that he will scrap all remaining laws that uphold apartheid.
    Other Notable Events:
    1587: England's Queen Elizabeth I signs warrant for execution of Mary Queen of Scots.
    1775: Peasants in Bohemia revolt against servitude.
    1881: First signs of nationalist movement appear in Egypt as military officers stage uprising.
    1896: Crete, inspired by Greece, begins revolution against Turkey.
    1908: Portugal's King Carlos I and Crown Prince are murdered in Lisbon, Manuel II becomes king.
    1917: Germany decides to let its submarines attack merchant ships from neutral nations going to Britain, a move that triggers the United States' entry into World War I.
    1924: Britain recognises Communist government of Soviet Union.
    1935: Anglo-German conference is held in London to discuss Germany's rearmament; Italy sends troops to East Africa.
    1946: Trygve Lie, Norwegian Socialist, is elected United Nations secretary-general; Hungarian Republic is proclaimed.
    1968: Central pacific nation of Nauru becomes independent.
    1972: British Embassy in Dublin is bombed as anti-British demonstrations sweep Ireland.
    1990: Romanian National Salvation Front agrees to a power-sharing arrangement until national elections can be held.
    1992: US President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign Camp David declaration stating Russia and United States do not regard each other as potential adversaries, formally ending the Cold War.
    1993: Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announces he will accept the return of 100 deported Palestinians.
    1994: A French journalist is slain and an Australian colleague is wounded in Algiers' ancient Casbah district, the first foreign journalists attacked since the start of the Islamic insurgency in 1992.
    1995: Flooded rivers make refugees of almost 250,000 people in the Netherlands.
    1996: President Jacques Chirac announces that France has finished its nuclear testing "once and for all."
    1997: An Air Senegal plane carrying European tourists crashes in Senegal, killing at least 20 people and injuring 30.
    1998: Miguel Angel Rodriguez wins the presidency in Costa Rica.
    1999: Thousands of people flee the capital of Guinea-Bissau as fighting intensifies between loyalist and rebel forces.
    2001: US President George W. Bush unveils a plan to spend $1 billion over five years on the New Freedom Initiative, programmes to help disabled Americans buy homes and stay in the work force.
    2002: Fighters loyal to Afghan warlord Bacha Khan retreat from the city of Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, after several days of heavy fighting between his forces and the local council, which rejects his leadership. About 60 people are killed.
    2004: US President George W Bush, under mounting political pressure, plans to sign an executive order to establish a full-blown investigation of US intelligence failures that led to the invasion of Iraq.
    2005: Rebels attack a Colombian military post in southwest Colombia with homemade rockets, killing nine soldiers and wounding 20.
    2006: A US government audit finds guerrilla attacks in Iraq have forced the cancellation of more than 60 per cent of water and sanitation projects, in part because American intelligence failed to predict the brutal insurgency.
    2007: Suspected Muslim guerrillas storm a Philippine jail in the southern city of Kidapawan and blast a hole through a wall, freeing three alleged bombers and dozens of other inmates.
    2008: Two female suicide bombers with a history of psychiatric treatment kill almost 100 people at two pet markets in central Baghdad. Iraqi and US officials have said the women may have been unwitting bombers strapped with remote-control explosives.
    2009: Gunmen abduct American UN worker John Solecki in Quetta, Pakistan, and kill his driver.
    Today's Birthdays: Feodor Chaliapin, Russian opera singer (1873-1938); Renata Tebaldi, Italian opera singer (1922-2004); Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin, Russian president (1931-2007).

    1 February: Lunch Counter Sit-Ins Begin; Abe Signs 13th Amendment; Summary Execution Photographed; First Israeli In Space Doesn't Return Intact; Earthquakes, Bombings, Plane Crashes & The Mind-Numbing Routine Of Daily Existence (You Might As Well Be Swallowed By The Earth As Go On)

    Today is Monday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2010. There are 333 days left in the year. Beginning today, these months are observed or celebrated. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
    On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a whites-only Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., which refused to serve them; similar protests sprang up across the South.
    On this date:
    In 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court convened in New York City for its first session.
    In 1859, operetta composer Victor Herbert was born in Dublin, Ireland.
    In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union.
    In 1865, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery.
    In 1896, Puccini's opera "La Boheme" premiered in Turin, Italy.
    In 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police came into existence, merging the Royal North West Mounted Police and the Dominion Police.
    In 1943, one of America's most highly decorated military units of World War II, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, made up almost exclusively of Japanese-Americans, was authorized.
    In 1946, Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie (TRIG'-vuh lee) was chosen to be the first secretary-general of the United Nations.
    In 1958, the United Arab Republic, a union of Egypt and Syria, was established. (Syria withdrew from the union in 1961.)
    In 1959, men in Switzerland rejected giving women the right to vote by a more than 2-1 referendum margin. (Swiss women gained the right to vote in 1971.)
    In 1968, during the Vietnam War, South Vietnam's police chief (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executed a Viet Cong officer with a pistol shot to the head. Richard M. Nixon announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
    In 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (hoh-MAY'-nee) received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.
    Newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, whose prison sentence for bank robbery had been commuted by President Jimmy Carter, left a federal prison near San Francisco.
    Audio LinkPatty Hearst
    In 1991, 34 people were killed when a USAir jetliner crashed atop a commuter plane on a runway at Los Angeles International Airport. South African President F.W. De Klerk announced that he would seek repeal of key laws on which the apartheid system was based. Also in 1991, at least 1,200 people were killed in an earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    In 1996, a telecommunications bill cleared the U.S. Congress that would lift most restrictions on telephone competition and broadcast station ownership and also required V-chips in television sets.
    In 1999, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped for senators weighing impeachment charges against President Bill Clinton. With the promise of huge federal surpluses, President Bill Clinton proposed a $1.77 trillion budget for fiscal 2000.
    In 2000, Sen. John McCain defeated Texas Gov. George W. Bush to win the Republican New Hampshire primary; Vice President Al Gore edged Bill Bradley to win the Democratic primary.
    In 2001, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said he and his wife would return $86,000 in gifts they received in 2000 but would keep $104,000 worth of others they received prior to 2000.
    In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members: Commander Rick Husband; pilot William McCool; Michael Anderson; Kalpana Chawla; David Brown; Laurel Clark; and Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space.
    Audio LinkPresident Bush: the Columbia is lost
    In 2004, twin suicide bombers [Actual twins, or merely two? — Ed.] killed 109 people at two Kurdish party offices in Irbil, Iraq. A stampede during the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Mina, Saudi Arabia, killed at least 251 worshippers. The New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three seasons with a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers; during the halftime show, Janet Jackson's breast became exposed, resulting in a $550,000 FCC fine against CBS. (A federal appeals court threw out the fine in July 2008.) Roger Federer beat Marat Safin 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-2 to win the Australian Open.
    In 2005, Pope John Paul II was hospitalized for breathing problems and the flu.
    In 2006, French and German newspapers republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in what they called a defense of freedom of expression, sparking fresh anger from Muslims.
    In 2008, remote-controlled explosives strapped to two women killed nearly 100 people in Baghdad. Exxon Mobil posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company -- $40.6 billion -- and the biggest quarterly profit to that time, breaking its own records. Microsoft announced an unsolicited bid for Yahoo, which later rejected it.
    In 2009, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 to win Super Bowl XLIII (43). Rafael Nadal held off Roger Federer in another momentum-swinging five-set final to win the Australian Open, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2. Olympic great Michael Phelps acknowledged "regrettable" behavior and "bad judgment" after a photo in a British newspaper showed him inhaling from a marijuana pipe.
    Today's Birthdays: America's last surviving World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, is 109. Gospel singer George Beverly Shea is 101. Actor Stuart Whitman is 82. Singer Don Everly is 73. Actor Garrett Morris is 73. Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 73. Actor Sherman Hemsley is 72. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 71. Jazz musician Joe Sample is 71. TV personality-singer Joy Philbin is 69. Comedian Terry Jones is 68. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) is 66. Opera singer Carol Neblett is 64. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 60. Blues singer-musician Sonny Landreth is 59. Actor-writer-producer Bill Mumy (MOO'-mee) is 56. Rock singer Exene Cervenka is 54.
    Actor Linus Roache is 46. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 45. Country musician Dwayne Dupuy (Ricochet) is 45. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 45. Lisa Marie Presley is 42. Comedian-actor Pauly Shore is 42. Actor Brian Krause is 41. Jazz musician Joshua Redman is 41. Rock musician Patrick Wilson (Weezer) is 41. Actor Michael C. Hall is 39. Rock musician Ron Welty is 39. Rapper Big Boi (Outkast) is 35. Country singer Julie Roberts is 31. Actor Jarrett Lennon is 28.
    Those Born On The Date Include: Hattie Caraway of Arkansas, first woman elected to the Senate (1878); film director John Ford (1894); actor Clark Gable (1901-1960); poet Langston Hughes (1902); humorist S.J. Perelman (1904); cabaret singer Hildegarde Loretta Sell (1906); film and special effects director George Pal (1908); former Russian President Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (1931-2007).
    Today In Entertainment History
    In 1893, inventor Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, N.J.
    In 1950, RCA introduced the 45 RPM record player.
    In 1954, Big Joe Turner recorded "Shake, Rattle and Roll."
    In 1964, the governor of Indiana declared the song "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen to be pornographic, even though the average listener wasn't able to decipher the lyrics. The governor asked a state broadcasters' association to ban the record.
    In 1965, James Brown recorded "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" in Charlotte, N.C.
    In 1968, Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie, was born.
    In 1978, the Bob Dylan film "Renaldo and Clara," a documentary of Dylan's "Rolling Thunder Revue" tour, premiered in Los Angeles.
    In 1982, "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC.
    In 1986, Diana Ross married Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland. They later split up.
    In 1988, The Cars announced their breakup.
    In 1993, TV personality Regis Philbin returned to his morning talk show after undergoing heart surgery to have a blocked artery cleared.
    In 2004, Justin Timberlake ripped Janet Jackson's top during the Super Bowl halftime show and exposed her breast. During that same show, Kid Rock wrapped himself in a poncho made of an American flag. [Oh my gawd! The outrage, the horror, the non-stop assault on decent American decency! — Ed.]
    In 2005, actor John Vernon, who'd played Dean Wormer in "National Lampoon's Animal House," died in Los Angeles at age 72.
    In 2009, Dewey Martin, 68, the drummer and singer who'd helped found the country rock band Buffalo Springfield, was found dead in Van Nuys, Calif.
    Thought for Today: "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." — Eddie Rickenbacker, American war hero (1890-1973).

    Sunday, January 31, 2010

    White People Power

    Since some Yanks, even in the land of The First Amendment, may not receive Al Jazeera on their cable systems.We suppose that, just like Bin Laden, this bunch of dirty Arab America-haters think that climate change is some sort of threat.

    Tip o' the chapeau to Red Tory.

    The Usual Gang Of Idiots. Again.

    The sky is falling. Again. "Wolf!" is being cried. Again.

    "Banned" Rocky & Bullwinkle Episode

    Hey, is this the one the gov't. told Jay Ward never to run again, because it mocked a certain bear?

    Research may ensue. Tomorrow, maybe.

    [MOMENTS LATER, CACKLING:] "Why yessss, yes it is, can't fool us for long. Partly because we linked to the story a few wks. ago. And we quote:"
    Ward loved tweaking anyone and everyone. Walt Disney was a favorite target; he even appears as Prince Charming in Ward's daughter's favorite installment of "Fractured Fairy Tales," in which Sleeping Beauty is turned into a theme park.

    But even he had his limits.

    One Dudley Do-Right bit included a character called Stokey the Bear who, contrary to his namesake, set fires instead of putting them out.

    After it aired, Tiffany Ward [Jay's daughter — Ed.] recounted, "there was a knock on the door, and it was the (U.S.) Forest Service, saying, 'If that episode ever airs again, you're going to jail.' "

    The episode never aired again, Ward said.
    Really? The Forest Service? Never again? Were they granted a YouTube exemption?

    BREAKING: Just Into The Newsroom, Earlier Footage Of Disastrous Flood

    It stopped after about an hr. & we found a reason for the continued existence of the L. A. Times.
    They owe us a bog-roll.

    Rare Images Of The Famous

    By "rare" they mean old, when the famous, just like most of us, were younger.
    On the coat-tails of ME.

    What Fucking Now?

    Of course the bldg. manager is either not in or not answering the door.

    31 January: State Murder: Guy Fawkes, Pvt. Slovik Executed; Trotsky: "I'm Outta Here!" U.S. Rocket Actually Launches; Great Day In African-American History: Jackie Robinson Born, Michael Steele Elected RNC Chair

    Today is Sunday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2010. There are 334 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
    On Jan. 31, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announced he had ordered development of the hydrogen bomb.
    On this date:
    In 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted of treason for his part in the "Gunpowder Plot" against the English Parliament and King James I, was executed.
    In 1797, composer Franz Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria.
    In 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief of all the Confederate armies.
    In 1917, during World War I, Germany served notice it was beginning a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
    In 1919, Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke the sport's color barrier in 1947, was born in Cairo, Ga.
    In 1929, revolutionary Leon Trotsky and his family were expelled from the Soviet Union.
    In 1944, U.S. forces began a successful invasion of Kwajalein Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
    In 1945, Pvt. Eddie Slovik, 24, became the first U.S. soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion as he was shot by an American firing squad in France.
    In 1953, nearly 2,000 people died when the North Sea flooded the Netherlands.
    In 1958, the United States entered the Space Age with its first successful launch of a satellite into orbit, Explorer I.
    In 1961, NASA launched a rocket carrying Hamp the Chimp into space. [That's Ham, not "Hamp," you fucking UPI Moonie morons. — Ed.]
    In 1971, astronauts Alan Shepard Jr., Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa blasted off aboard Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
    In 1990, McDonald's Corp. opened its first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.
    In 1995, after the U.S. Congress failed to act quickly, U.S. President Bill Clinton used his emergency authority to provide financially troubled Mexico with a $20 billion loan.
    In 1996, a suicide bombing at Sri Lanka's main bank killed nearly 100 people and injured more than 1,000.
    In 1999, a team of international scientists reported it traced the predominant strain of the AIDS virus to a subspecies of chimpanzee that lived in parts of Africa.
    In 2000, an Alaska Airlines jet plummeted into the Pacific Ocean, killing all 88 people aboard.
    Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker was suspended by baseball commissioner Bud Selig for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals and minorities in a Sports Illustrated interview. Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis was charged with murder in the deaths of two people outside an Atlanta nightclub hours after the Super Bowl. (Lewis ended his trial early by pleading guilty to obstruction of justice; two codefendants were acquitted.) Illinois Gov. George Ryan halted all executions in his state after several death row inmates were found to be innocent of the crimes for which they were about to be put to death. Also in 2000, the European Union warned that its members would diplomatically isolate Austria if its anti-immigrant Freedom Party, led by avowed Nazi sympathizer Jorg Haider, entered a coalition government.
    In 2001, a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands convicted one Libyan and acquitted a second in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
    In 2005, a U.S. judge in Washington ruled the process for determining "enemy combatants" at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was unconstitutional. SBC Communications Inc. announced it was acquiring AT&T Corp. for $16 billion.
    In 2006, Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at age 78. Samuel Alito was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice. The Senate approved Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
    In 2007, more than 1.5 million Iraqi civilians were reported to have been forced to abandon their homes by rising violence in the war-torn country. Also in 2007, arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents were issued by a Munich court related to the alleged kidnapping of a German citizen for terror interrogation.
    In 2008, in the U.S. presidential primaries, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continued to vie for the Democratic nomination while John Edwards pulled out. On the Republican side, John McCain, once struggling to stay in the race, made his move with wins in South Carolina and Florida as Rudy Giuliani ended his bid.
    In 2009, Iraqis passed through security checkpoints and razor-wire cordons to vote in provincial elections considered a crucial test of the nation's stability. A gasoline spill from a crashed truck erupted into flames in Molo, Kenya, killing at least 115 people. Serena Williams routed Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-3 to win her fourth Australian Open. Bruce Smith and Rod Woodson were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility; they were joined by Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Derrick Thomas and Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson. Republicans chose Michael Steele, former lieutenant governor of Maryland, to head the GOP National Committee, He is the first African-American to hold the post.
    Today's Birthdays: Former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall is 90. Actress Carol Channing is 89. Former NAACP Executive Director Benjamin L. Hooks is 85. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ernie Banks is 79. Composer Philip Glass is 73. Former Interior Secretary James Watt is 72. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is 72. Actor Stuart Margolin is 70. Actress Jessica Walter is 69. Former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., is 69. Blues singer-musician Charlie Musselwhite is 66. Actor Glynn Turman is 64. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan is 63. Singer-musician KC (KC and the Sunshine Band) is 59. Rock singer Johnny Rotten is 54. Actress Kelly Lynch is 51. Actor Anthony LaPaglia is 51. Singer-musician Lloyd Cole is 49. Actor John Dye is 47. Rock musician Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) is 46. Rock musician Al Jaworski (Jesus Jones) is 44. Actress Minnie Driver is 40. Actress Portia de Rossi is 37. Actor-comedian Bobby Moynihan is 33. Actress Kerry Washington is 33. Singer Justin Timberlake is 29.
    Those Born On This Date Include: Western novelist Zane Grey (1872); actors Eddie Cantor (1892) & Tallulah Bankhead (1902);
    boxer Jersey Joe Walcott (1914); radio and television personality Garry Moore (1915); actor/singer Mario Lanza (1921); novelist Norman Mailer (1923); actress Suzanne Pleshette (1937).
    Today In Entertainment History
    In 1949, the first TV daytime soap opera, "These Are My Children," was broadcast from the NBC station in Chicago. It lasted four weeks.
    In 1956, 11-year-old Brenda Lee made her TV debut on ABC's "Junior Ozark Jubilee."
    In 1970, bluesman Slim Harpo died of a heart attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was 46.
    In 1978, saxophonist Greg Herbert of Blood, Sweat and Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam during the band's European tour. He was 30.
    In 1985, Barbara Cowsill, mother of the group The Cowsills, died in Arizona. She was 56.
    In 1989, Playboy hit newsstands with nude photos of La Toya Jackson.
    In 1993, Michael Jackson and 3,500 children performed during halftime at the Super Bowl. He sang a variety of his hits, including "Heal The World." The game began with country star Garth Brooks singing the "Star-Spangled Banner." Actress Marlee Matlin interpreted the song in sign language.
    In 2005, jury selection began in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial. He was later acquitted.
    In 2007, Boston authorities responded to calls of bomb scares for blinking electronic signs on bridge overpasses and near transit stations. The signs ended up being promotional items for Cartoon Network's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."
    Thought for Today: "The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking." — A.A. Milne (born in 1882, died this date in 1956).