Saturday, January 9, 2010

Newly Discovered Reactionary Affliction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, January 8, 2010

Pat Robertson Up-Date From Gawd Up-Dated

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

From The Unsubstantiated, Unsourced & Highly Questionable Rumor Desk:

Arabs Developing a Nuke

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

Arab Nation May be Going Nuclear

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

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

A Sincere Thank You

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

Merci mille fois, mon vieux!

Vast, Vast Wasteland

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

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

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

Thursday, January 7, 2010

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

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

War Of Northern Aggression Between The States

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

Praise for Lee and Jackson

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

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

Plunging The Depths Of Nothing

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

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

Liberated from Red Tory.

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


Earth 'to be wiped out' by supernova explosion


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

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

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


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

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

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Is It Our Imagination, Or Has "Family Circus" Been Getting Odder Lately?

Crime Down, Weather Perfect In Capital Of Known Universe; Pardon Us While We Have A Lotus Or Two

On the hand, what w/ our being broke & crazy, expect these stats to go back up in the new yr.

We May Be Broke & Crazy

But we didn't have to put on socks (shoes, yes) to go for milk & the fish-wrapper, the exterior world being a sunny & temperate 72℉.

Reverse Carpetbagging

What up w/ New York? Why does it attract (& reward) centrist Southern Dem politicians like Harold Ford & Hilary Clinton?

Reading the story itself (It is often, but not always, a "good idea" to read the whole thing before one starts cranking out the abuse.) we learn that former Representative Ford moved to New York from Tenn. three yrs. ago to take a job (chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council) that's the very definition of a fence-straddling mugwump.

Here's The Times on our subject:

New Yorkers are unusually welcoming to political newcomers, having elected Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Senate just two years after she moved from Arkansas and Robert F. Kennedy, a Massachusetts native, in 1964.

So Ford's been in NY a yr. longer than HRC. That's OK, then.

UPDATE ('Bout a half-hr. later.): The Race Card.

Eschatonic Up-Date

Oakland, CA -- Radio preacher Harold Camping says he's studied the Bible and done the math, so he's certain that Jesus Christ will return to judge the world on May 21, 2011.

The 88-year-old Camping reached that conclusion by calculating exactly 7,000 years from the date he believes Noah's flood occurred, and by a complex system of numerology that counts multiples of days from Christ's crucifixion.

Camping concedes he was wrong in previously expecting Judgment Day to occur in 1994, but he now insists that the 2011 date is "just as certain as any truth in the Bible. It's going to happen."

On the Net

Associated Press

6 January: Jeanne D'Arc Born (Trad.); Gunslinger Gilbert Arenas Hits 28; Telegraph Trotted Out; Henry VIII, George Washington Get Hitched; Sex Potatoes Dumped; Kerrigan Clubbed; Royal Engagements; Dizzy & Nureyev Go On Same Day; Madness & Death

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2010. There are 359 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 6, 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.
On this date:
In 1412, according to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy, France.
In 1540, England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.)
In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Va.
In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state.

In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.

In 1925, Paavo Nurmi, known as the "Flying Finn" and regarded as the greatest runner of his day, set world records in the mile run and 5,000-meter run within the space of 1 hour in his first U.S. appearance, an indoor meet at New York City's new Madison Square Garden.
In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of "Four Freedoms": Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear.
In 1942, the Pan American Airways Pacific Clipper arrived in New York more than a month after leaving California and following a westward route, the first round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.
In 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.
In 1950, Britain recognized the Communist government of China.
In 1967, U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched Operation Deckhouse Five, an offensive in the Mekong River delta.
In 1982, truck driver William G. Bonin was convicted in Los Angeles of 10 of the "Freeway Killer" slayings of young men and boys. (Bonin was later convicted of four other killings; he was executed in 1996.)
In 1993, it was announced that Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito would marry a 29-year-old Foreign Ministry official, a commoner.
In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by an assailant in Detroit. Four men, including Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack; Harding, who denied advance knowledge of the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.
In 1999, an agreement ended the six-month player lockout by owners of National Basketball Association teams. The labor dispute had threatened to wipe out the 1998-99 season. The 106th Congress convened with Dennis Hastert taking over as the new House speaker. Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Edward, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, would marry his longtime girlfriend, public relations executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, later in the year.
In 2000, in Miami, demonstrators angered by the U.S. government's decision to send Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba skirmished with police. Republican presidential candidates debated in Durham, N.H. with such issues as taxes and gays in the military dominating the discussion.
In 2001, with the vanquished Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.
In 2004, Mijailo Mijailovic confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in September 2003. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell admitted mistakes were made in the war on terror but he said actions were taken for the right reasons -- to ensure the spread of freedom and democracy. Also in 2004, a London newspaper said Princess Diana claimed in a letter written 10 months before her 1997 death that Prince Charles was plotting to kill her. Thirteen children and two adults were killed in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province by a time-bomb concealed in an apple cart on a street regularly used by U.S. military patrols. A design consisting of two reflecting pools and a paved stone field was chosen for the World Trade Center memorial in New York. Hitting star Paul Molitor and reliever Dennis Eckersley were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.
In 2005, Attorney General-nominee Alberto Gonzales, under scorching criticism at his confirmation hearing, condemned torture as an interrogation tactic and promised to prosecute abusers of terror suspects. Congress certified President George W. Bush's re-election. Former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was arrested 41 years after three civil rights workers were slain in Mississippi.

(Killen was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison.) Andrea Yates' murder conviction for drowning her children in the bathtub was overturned by a Texas appeals court. (Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a retrial.)
In 2006, rescuers worked through the night in an effort to reach Muslim pilgrims trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. At least 53 people were killed.
In 2007, Iraqi military officials said at least 30 people died in a fight between soldiers and Sunni insurgents at a fake military checkpoint in Baghdad. Also in 2007, Somalis raged through the streets of Mogadishu throwing rocks at the Ethiopian troops who drove Islamist forces out of the capital.
In 2008, Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili won re-election with 52 percent of the vote in early balloting to calm massive protests. Demonstrators had accused him of abusing power and stifling dissent. In a video posted on the Internet, Al-Qaida's American spokesman, Adam Gadahn, urged fighters to meet President Bush with bombs during his upcoming Mideast visit.
In 2009, Congress opened for business at the dawn of a new Democratic era with vows to fix the crisis-ridden economy; Republicans pledged cooperation in Congress as well as with President-elect Barack Obama — to a point. Obama vowed to "bring a long-overdue sense of responsibility and accountability to Washington" and called the need for budget reform "an absolute necessity." Also in 2009, one of the most controversial attacks in Israel's assault on Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip involved Israeli shelling near a U.N.-run school at a refugee camp, killing a reported 35 people.
Today's Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 89. Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 86. Retired MLB All-Star Ralph Branca is 84. Author E.L. Doctorow is 79. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 66. Musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 61. Former FBI director Louis Freeh is 60. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 59. Singer Jett Williams is 57. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 57. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 55. Golfer Nancy Lopez is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 51. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 50. Movie composer A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire") is 44. Movie director John Singleton is 42. TV personality Julie Chen is 40. Actor Danny Pintauro ("Who's the Boss?") is 34. Actress Rinko Kikuchi ("Babel") is 29. NBA player Gilbert Arenas is 28. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 24.
Those born on this date include: Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the ruins of ancient Troy, (1822); poet Carl Sandburg (1878); silent movie cowboy star Tom Mix (1880); former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Sam Rayburn, D-Texas (1882); actors Loretta Young (1913) and Danny Thomas (1914) & auto executive John DeLorean (1925).
Today In Entertainment History January 6
In 1957, Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show." He was on screen for more than 20 minutes, singing "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel," among other songs.
In 1963, "Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC.
In 1964, The Rolling Stones began their first British tour as a headliner. The Ronettes were the opening act.
In 1977, EMI canceled its contract with the Sex Pistols, only three months after signing the band.
In 1980, Georgeanna Tillman Gordon of The Marvelettes died in Detroit after a long illness. She was 46.
In 1993, jazz great Dizzy Gillespie died of pancreatic cancer in Englewood, N.J. He was 75. The entertainment world also lost dancer Rudolph Nureyez, who was 54. Also in 1993, bassist Bill Wyman confirmed he was quitting the Rolling Stones. He told a TV interviewer in England that he wanted to pursue other music and business projects.
In 2005, singer Lou Rawls died in Los Angeles after fighting lung and brain cancer. He was 72. Also in 2005, singer Pink married motocross racer Carey Hart in Costa Rica. They have since separated.
In 2009, Cheryl Holdridge, one of the Mouseketeers on "The Mickey Mouse Club," died in Santa Monica, Calif. at age 64.
Thought for Today: "Very few men are wise by their own counsel; or learned by their own teaching. For he that was only taught by himself, had a fool to his master." — Ben Jonson, English dramatist and poet (1572-1637).

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Could This Get Ugly?

From the Just Another Blog™ Mail-Bag©.
Digital Photo Ted said...
I am the photographer who took the original capture. The photograph presented in the article is an unauthorized plagiarism. I resent anyone using my copyrighted photographs without my consent in the first place and even more so bringing an undeserved infamy to my name by altering them and using with ill intend. I am an Australian photographer and American politics are as far away from my mind as are our countries. Is this racism? I am not sure, but it is THEFT and
DEFAMATION for sure.

Please see my post from some time ago on the subject: original story and photograph

Regards,
Ted Szukalski

PS: Just for clarity I have not granted any media or news agency any publishing or distribution rights to this image or any images derived from it (legally or otherwise) including this website.

TUE JAN 05, 06:54:00 PM PST
Offending Item:

Something From Slate On The End Of The Middle-Class & Its Literary Traditions

We weren't required to read A Separate Peace; it was on the summer reading list mailed out by the snooty, boys-only, formerly part-boarding school we attended for a while, some time ago. The book was easily available at the library; the summer doldrums of 1960s telebision weren't enough distraction, so we read it.

Nothing interesting/memorable happened beyond the unexpected end, where a character we don't remember any more than any of the others died of an infection resulting from a broken leg.

Turns out we missed the homo-erotic subtext ("Subtext" is not meant as understatement here.) Typeth Slate:
... a world of marble staircases, Latin masters, and the closet, that place into which the mutual longings of Gene and Finny are sent to hide out, perhaps even from the awareness of their own author.
The book probably lost us at marble staircases, but we wouldn't have known a homo-erotic subtext unless it (literally) bit us.

Moments Later
Having read the recap, which indicates that the broken or whatever leg merely caused permanent damage, not fatality, we'll stick w/ our memories of it. So effing dull we made up the only good part.

In defense of linking to this upper-middle-brow crap, we are going to plead that we were enticed by this vulgar come-on: A Separate Peace Is Much Gayer Than You Remember, & chalk the rest up to lame nostalgia for the fading socio-economic class we were born into.

Now pardon us while we see if there are any old movies on the not-tube.

Hope For The New Decade: Workplace Shootings Should Increase*

Are The Workers Revolting Yet, Or Is That Something Else We Smell?
[W]orker dissatisfaction has been on the rise for more than two decades.

"It says something troubling about work in America. It is not about the business cycle or one grumpy generation," says Linda Barrington, managing director of human capital at the Conference Board, who helped write the report, which was released Tuesday.

For our part, we've been "troubled" (when not irritated to the point of rage) by work since our parental units first forced us to rake leaves, water the rose garden, & generally fulfill their libertarian fantasy of having an undocumented alien they could force to work for room, board & clothing.

Do Tell
Conference Board officials and outside economists suggested that weak wage growth helps explain why workers' unhappiness has been rising for more than 20 years. After growing in the 1980s and 1990s, average household incomes adjusted for inflation have been shrinking since 2000.

Also, compared with 1980, three times as many workers contribute to the cost of their health insurance — and those contributions have gone up. The average employee contribution for single-coverage medical care benefits rose from $48 a month to $76 a month between 1999 and 2006.

The Managing Director Of Human Capital At The Conference Board Remembers To Blame The Victims
It wouldn't be fair to blame low job satisfaction solely on bad bosses, Barrington says.

"It is two-way responsibility," she says. "Workers also have to figure out what they should be doing to be the most engaged in their jobs and the most productive."
Sure, people who work for a living have absolute control of those means o' production. Why they don't enage in greater productivity is beyond us.

*Free advice to potential spree-killers: Even if your fellow wage-slaves are complete assholes who deserve to meet an early end, at least some of that can be attributed to their having slaved under the same conditions that have driven you to this. (Although sometimes an asshole is just an asshole.) Try to take out supervisors/overseers & management/owners before settling your more personal grudges.

Titties (Beer Optional)

Elevating the discourse in the pp. of the Huffington Post: Celebrity Skin! NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Wooo!

"Superior Credentials": The Politics Of Resentment, Bobo Style

Amusing reading from David Brooks. How the decades are defined:
Think back on the recent decades of American history — the way the hippies defined the 1960s; the feminists, the 1970s; the Christian conservatives, the 1980s. American history is often driven by passionate outsiders who force themselves into the center of American life.
Huh? Whuh? Who?
The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.

The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.

The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should “go our own way” has risen sharply.

We haven't dived head-first (Krauthammer-style) into the comments yet, but we did dip our toes into the first one.
Republican like you and Democrats like Obama are the same to most of us. You really think that your superior credentials grants you social wisdom and intelligfence. It doesn't.

[...]

If you don't leave us alone, if you do continue to bother us; we will remove you from power and replace you with those who don't have your credentials. I can hardly see where Sarah Palin or Dennis Kucinich or Ralph Nader can do worse than you have done. And, we don't really care whether they wear the proper school ties. We really don't care.

[...]

Get the federal government back to where it only does what the Constitution demands -- and nothing more. Get the government out of our lives. Keep your bankers, and the politicians they own, in your cities. Leave us alone and the rest of you republicrats and demopublicans can continue to pretend among yourselves that you matter to the rest of us.

What the Constitution "demands":
promote the general Welfare
This, and the next part of the Preamble, are the culmination of everything that came before it — the whole point of having tranquility, justice, and defense was to promote the general welfare — to allow every state and every citizen of those states to benefit from what the government could provide. The framers looked forward to the expansion of land holdings, industry, and investment, and they knew that a strong national government would be the beginning of that.
An obviously pointy-headed explanation. Keep your damn thinking & reason in "your cities." Shove your "proper school ties" up your urbanite asses, Brainiacs, & LEAVE US ALONE!!!

Also from The NYT, someone who isn't grinding the axe of resentment, but taking a (Dare we say it?) rational, fact-based look at These United Snakes & our economic future. We are so screwed.

Where Are They Now?

Those who've been following political discourse for a while (Technical term: Masochists.) may have been wondering where Michael Kinsley has gone. They probably didn't miss him, but they've wondered a little.

Well, wonder no more. Like a bad penny, he's surfaced in The NYT, where we discover that:
Michael Kinsley is the editor in chief of a forthcoming Web site for business executives.
Ooooh, we're impressed. Do you think that mere mortals will be allowed to read this exciting "Web site," or will they need the double top-secret password ("WhereisJohnGalt," perhaps?) to access the exciting world of "business executives?"

5 January: Benedict Arnold Burns Richmond; X-Rays Discovered; Good-Bye, Pork-Pie Hat; Sonny B. Skis Into Tree

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2010. There are 360 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 5, 1925, Nellie T. Ross became governor of Wyoming; she was the first female governor in U.S. history. (She succeeded Frank E. Lucas, who had served as acting governor following the death of Ross' husband, William B. Ross.)

On this date:
In 1589, Catherine de Medici of France died at age 69.
In 1643, in the first record of a legal divorce in the American colonies, Anne Clarke of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was granted a divorce from her absent and adulterous husband, Denis Clarke.
In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va.

In 1809, the Treaty of the Dardanelles, which ended the Anglo-Turkish War, was concluded by the United Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire.
In 1895, French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, was publicly stripped of his rank. (He was ultimately vindicated.)
In 1896, an Austrian newspaper (Wiener Presse) reported the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as "X-rays."
In 1914, Ford Motor Co. increased its daily wage from $2.34 for a nine-hour day to $5 for eight hours of work.
In 1919, the National Socialist (Nazi) Party was formed in Germany.
In 1933, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, died in Northampton, Mass., at age 60.
Construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay.
In 1943, educator and scientist George Washington Carver died in Tuskegee, Ala., at age 81.
In 1949, in his State of the Union address, President Harry S. Truman labeled his administration the Fair Deal.
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed assistance to countries to help them resist Communist aggression; this became known as the Eisenhower Doctrine.
In 1964, Pope Paul VI and Greek Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras met in Jerusalem, the first meeting of a pope and a patriarch in more than five centuries.
In 1970, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was found murdered with his wife and daughter at their Clarksville, Pa., home. (UMWA President Tony Boyle and seven others were convicted or entered guilty pleas in the killings.)
In 1972, President Richard Nixon ordered development of the space shuttle.
In 1981, police in England arrested Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of the "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women. [Stu's bro, y'know. — Ed.]
In 1993, the state of Washington executed multiple child killer Westley Allan Dodd by hanging in the nation's first gallows execution in 28 years.
In 1994, Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, died in Boston at age 81.
In 1999, four U.S. Air Force and Navy jets fired on, and missed, four Iraqi MiGs testing the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq in the first such air confrontation in more than six years.
In 2000, touching off angry protests by Cuban-Americans in Miami, the U.S. government decided to send 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba. (After a legal battle, and the seizure of Elian from the home of his U.S. relatives, the boy was returned to Cuba.) Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley engaged in a feisty debate in Durham, N.H.
In 2004, foreigners arriving at U.S. airports were photographed and had their fingerprints scanned in the start of a government effort to keep terrorists out of the country. NASA released a 3-D, black-and-white panoramic picture of the bleak surface of Mars snapped by the newly landed rover Spirit. China confirmed its first SARS case since an outbreak was contained in July 2003. After 14 years of denials, Pete Rose publicly admitted that he'd bet on baseball while manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Baseball pitcher Tug McGraw died near Nashville, Tenn., at age 59.
In 2005, President George W. Bush opened a new drive for caps on medical malpractice awards, contending the limits would lower health care costs. The bodies of 18 young Iraqi Shiites taken off a bus and executed in December 2004 were found in a field near Mosul. Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, a Marine charged with desertion in Iraq after mysteriously disappearing from his post was again declared a deserter — this time for failing to report to his U.S. base. (He remains missing.) Also in 2005, Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, was discovered.
In 2008, Republican Mitt Romney won the Wyoming caucuses, picking up eight delegates; in a debate three days before the New Hampshire primary, Romney clashed with Mike Huckabee on foreign policy and John McCain on immigration. In a Democratic faceoff, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused campaign rival Barack Obama of changing his positions on health care and "a number of issues." A Piper Navajo Chieftain airplane crashed off Kodiak island in southern Alaska, killing six people. A canal breach in Fernley, Nev., flooded about 600 homes. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won The Associated Press 2007 NFL MVP award.
In 2009, President-elect Barack Obama met with congressional leaders, declaring the national economy was "bad and getting worse" and predicting lawmakers would approve a mammoth revitalization package within two weeks of his taking office. Israeli troops, in a massive air, land and sea assault, pushed deeper into Gaza, seizing control of rocket-launching areas surrounding the city of Gaza, even as Israel pledged to allow humanitarian aid into the strip. Steelers linebacker James Harrison was named winner of the Associated Press Defensive Player of Year award. Former Attorney General Griffin B. Bell died in Atlanta at age 90. Retired Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a paratroop officer who suggested the famously defiant answer "Nuts!" to a German demand for surrender during the World War II Battle of the Bulge, died in Arlington, Va. at age 93.
Today's Birthdays: Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 82. Actor Robert Duvall is 79. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll is 78. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 72. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 68. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 64. Actor Ted Lange is 62. Rhythm-and-blues musician George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 61. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 60. Former CIA Director George Tenet is 57. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 57. Actor Clancy Brown is 51. Singer Iris Dement is 49. Actor Ricky Paull Goldin is 45. Actor Vinnie Jones is 45. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 44. Dancer-choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba is 42. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 41. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 41. Actor Bradley Cooper is 35. Actress January Jones is 32. Actress Brooklyn Sudano is 29.
Those born on this date include: Zebulon Pike, discoverer of Pike's Peak in Colorado, and Navy Capt. Stephen Decatur, (both in 1779); King Camp Gillette, inventor of the safety razor, (1855); U.S. baseball executive Ban Johnson (1864); German statesman Konrad Adenauer (1876); astrologer Jeane Dixon (1904).
Today In Entertainment History January 5
In 1948, the first color newsreel, filmed at the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, Calif., was released on this date by Warner Brothers-Pathe.
In 1965, The Supremes recorded "Stop! In the Name Of Love."
In 1970, "All My Children" premiered on ABC.
In 1973, Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.," was released. [Remember that guy? He was the New Dylan, wasn't he? — Ed.]
In 1975, "The Wiz," an all-black musical version of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," opened on Broadway.
In 1978, the Sex Pistols began their first tour of the US Less than two weeks after the first show in Atlanta, the tour was over and the band had broken up.
In 1979, musician Charles Mingus died in Mexico of Lou Gehrig's disease.
In 1983, Everything But The Girl made their concert debut as a duo at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London.
In 1984, John Lennon's single "Nobody Told Me" was released.
In 1988, Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn.
In 1989, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight because she refused to keep her two dogs in their travel kennels. She was escorted from the plane in Atlanta during a stopover on her way to Palm Beach, Florida.
In 1990, the movie "Born On The Fourth Of July," starring Tom Cruise, opened nationwide.
In 1991, actress Barbara Eden married for the third time. The wedding was held in San Francisco, where she stayed for a brief honeymoon. [Good for her. Any idea who she married? — Ed.]
In 1998, Sonny Bono, the 1960's pop star-turned-politician, was killed when he slammed into a tree while skiing at the Heavenly Ski Resort near the Nevada-California state line; he was 62.
In 2004, Britney Spears' marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander was annulled. They had been married 55 hours.
In 2009, former Universal Pictures and Paramount chairman Ned Tanen died in Santa Monica, Calif. at age 77.
Thought for Today: "Wisdom is divided into two parts: (a) having a great deal to say, and (b) not saying it." — Anonymous.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Warning To Fascist Government Douchebags

Our gummint benefits were recently, for some reason the Social Security Administration has never bothered to inform us of, in writing or otherwise, changed from one program to another that pays us significantly less than the previous one. You Nazi socialist commie cocksuckers have now been WARNED, on behalf of ourself & many other Americans, by
Johnny Lee Wicks, [who has been]  identified as the man who opened fire at the federal courthouse Monday morning in downtown Las Vegas, has been at odds with the federal government over Social Security benefits for about two years.

That’s according to documents in a federal lawsuit he filed in Las Vegas against the Social Security Administration on March 7, 2008.
Just keep fucking w/ us then, assholes. And do not for one minute think we're just going to go into some Federal Bldg. & start aimlessly firing at the security guards, who probably aren't doing much better than we are. No, we will find the individual or individuals responsible & torture them as if we were Dick Cheney & they were Democrats.

Perhaps it will be amusing for one of the responsible to try to live on disability; once we've cut out their tongue & chopped off their benefit-cutting arms, they will be seriously disabled. Shoe's on the other foot then, ASSUMING WE'VE LEFT YOU W/ FEET!!!

NB: We've already pretty well determined that we've little or no future, so if we do end up spending the rest of our empty, meaningless life in a Federal Prison, it makes no fucking difference to us. None whatsoever.

4 January: Holidays Over, Back To Slavery, Losers! Bob Hope's Radio Debut; Camus, T.S. Eliot Die; Nixon Holds Out;

Today is Monday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2010. There are 361 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 4, 1960, Algerian-born French author and philosopher Albert Camus died in an automobile accident in Villeblevin, France at age 46.
On this date:
In 1809, Louis Braille, inventor of the Braille raised-dot reading system for the blind, was born in Coupvray, France.
In 1821, the first native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, died in Emmitsburg, Md.
In 1885, Dr. William Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed the first successful appendectomy.
In 1893, U.S. President Benjamin Harrison granted amnesty to all people who had abstained from practicing polygamy since Nov. 1, 1890. It was part of a deal for Utah to achieve statehood.
In 1896, Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
In 1904, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gonzalez v. Williams, ruled that Puerto Ricans were not aliens and could enter the United States freely; however, the court stopped short of declaring them U.S. citizens.
In 1948, Burma (now called Myanmar) became independent of British rule.
In 1951, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces recaptured the city of Seoul.
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson outlined the goals of his "Great Society" in his State of the Union Address.

Poet T.S. Eliot died in London at age 76.
In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
In 1987, 16 people were killed when an Amtrak train bound from Washington to Boston collided with Conrail locomotives that had crossed into its path from a side track in Chase, Md.
In 1990, Charles Stuart, who'd claimed to have been wounded and his pregnant wife shot dead by a robber, leapt to his death off a Boston bridge after he himself became a suspect. Deposed Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was arraigned in federal district court in Miami on drug-trafficking charges.
In 1995, The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era; Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House.
In 1999, Europe's new currency, the euro, got off to a strong start on its first trading day, rising against the dollar on world currency markets. Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota's governor.
In 2000, former presidential rival Elizabeth Dole endorsed fellow Republican George W. Bush. Israel and the Palestinians agreed on an Israeli troop pullback from 5 percent of the West Bank.
In 2004, in Iowa, seven of the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls participated in a feisty, first debate of the election year. Afghans approved a new constitution. Georgians overwhelmingly elected Mikhail Saakashvili president, two months after he'd led protests that forced Eduard Shevardnadze to step down. Louisiana State University won college football's Sugar Bowl, defeating Oklahoma 21-14.
In 2005, the governor of the Baghdad region (Ali al-Haidari), known for cooperating closely with American troops, was assassinated along with six bodyguards as he drove to work. No. 1 Southern California overwhelmed No. 2 Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. Wade Boggs was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and Ryne Sandberg made it with just six votes to spare on his third try.
In 2006, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke and his powers were transferred to his deputy, Ehud Olmert.
In 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female speaker of the House as Democrats took control of Congress.
In 2008, the government reported that the nation's jobless rate hit 5 percent in December 2007, a two-year high, fanning recession fears. Howling winds, pelting rain and heavy snow pummeled California.
In 2009, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation into how some of his political donors had won a lucrative state contract. (Prosecutors later declined to bring charges against Richardson.) A female suicide bomber struck Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, killing 38.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Rush is 83. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 80. Actress Dyan Cannon is 73. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 73. Author-historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is 67. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 55. Actress Ann Magnuson is 54. Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) is 54. Country singer Patty Loveless is 53. Rock singer Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) is 50. Actor Patrick Cassidy is 48. Actor Dave Foley is 47. Singer-musician Cait O'Riordan is 45. Actress Julia Ormond is 45. Tennis player Guy Forget is 45. Country singer Deana Carter is 44. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 43. Actor Jeremy Licht is 39. Actress-singer Jill Marie Jones is 35. Alt-country singer Justin Townes Earle is 28. Christian rock singer Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath) is 27. Comedian-actress Charlyne Yi is 24.
Those born on this date who done died include: Folklore and fairy tale collector Jacob Grimm (1785); shorthand writing system inventor Isaac Pitman (1813); Charles Stratton, the midget known as Gen. Tom Thumb, a famous entertainer and protege of showman P.T. Barnum, (1838); U.S. Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., (1896); former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson (1935); author Maureen Reagan (1941).
Entertainment History — January 4: Death, Divorce & Domino
In 1935, Bob Hope made his network radio debut in the cast of "The Intimate Revue."
In 1936, Billboard magazine published the first pop music chart.
In 1953, thousands of people attended the funeral of country star Hank Williams in Montgomery, Alabama. He had died of a heart attack a few days earlier.
In 1954, Elvis Presley met Sam Phillips of Sun Records at the Memphis Recording Service. Phillips got Elvis' address and phone number to contact him later about a formal recording session.
In 1957, Fats Domino recorded "I'm Walkin'" in New Orleans.
In 1966, the last episode of "Rawhide" aired on CBS. [Forcing Clint Eastwood to get some real work. — Ed.]
In 1976, Mal Evans, the former road manager for The Beatles, was shot and killed by police at his Los Angeles home. Authorities said Evans had refused to surrender a gun he was holding. At the time of his death, Evans was working on a memoir of his time with The Beatles.
In 1984, Van Halen released their "1984" album.
In 1986, former Thin Lizzy singer Phil Lynott died in a London hospital of heart failure and pneumonia.
In 2000, Ted Turner and Jane Fonda announced they were divorcing after eight years of marriage. On that same day, "Scary Spice" Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls announced she and husband Jimmy Gulzar were splitting after 15 months of marriage.
In 2004, the unmanned Mars spacecraft began relaying pictures of a rock-strewn plain to Earth as scientists looked for signs the planet once had water and perhaps life.
In 2008, Britney Spears lost custody of her two sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline a day after police and paramedics were called to her home.
Thought for Today: "You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life." — Albert Camus (1913-1960).

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Yr.'s Eve Wrap-Up

Our Hostess (Shot from behind to protect the guilty, as gawd protects the innocent):
The groaning board (What the fuck did that damn robot focus on?):

Telebision Under The Northern Lights

Yankee Pig Dogs are invited to look at the bottom of this page, which we'll assume has something to do w/ cable channels available in our Gigantic Neighbour To The North, possibly even under the firm socialist control of the gummint broadcaster there.

We see the usual U.S. horse-pucky channels listed, & some Canuck equivalents of sports/business channels, but our interest is piqued by two specific channels that we doubt will ever be found in these United Snakes: "Book Television" (In the south here we get* wknds. of something called "Book TV," which only deals w/ non-fiction, historio-political stuff, on C-SPAN 2) & "Discovery Civilization Channel." While Central North 'Murkins get several variations of Discovery, you can bet your sweet ass we don't have anything even vaguely resembling "Civilization" (or a channel devoted thereto) anywhere on our telebisions.

We do realize that we're speculating here. The "Civilization" channel may not be more civilized than any of the crap available here, & Book Television may be sad-ass crap for women (who read more than men, at least in the U.S.) & have ruined publishing w/ their desires for the mystery, self-help, romance & fantasy genres. (Half-kidding there, girls & ladies.)

At least Canada's programmers don't attempt to disguise what may only be vague attempts at culture & civilization.

*When we first had cable this go-round all three C-SPANS were available, but the cable creeps decided that 2 & 3 should be on a different "tier," & Book TV happens on C-SPAN 2, so, as usual, we have been screwed, & are mad as hell about it! (Well, maybe not hell, but no wet hen has anything on us.)

The Naked Brunch

Amazing discovery made (By a thorough reading of the bacon pkg.) that will probably (& mercifully) shorten our life by several yrs.: If you nuke the bacon on a paper plate (We already knew to place the strips between paper towels, we're not that ignorant.) it turns out even better! And, serendipitously, we had acquired paper plates to feed a couple of fellow oddballs who visited on New Yr.'s Day (They'll eat anything!) so we were able to put our new discovery to work almost immediately.
Now, if someone will overnight us some No. 2 coffee filters (to arrive sometime in the early p. m. tomorrow, so we needn't leave the bunker again today) all will be well.

Second Amendment Up-Date

Droolers show up w/ armament.
That’s what we need to turn some minds around,” Omey said. 
He's right: The more morons waggling their metaphorical weenies, the more likely sensible, Constitutional gun regulation is. And once there's an accidental, or, even better, a deliberate shooting at one of these circle jerks, we're quite sure some minds will be "turned around."

Streaming

From ME, an anecdotal report on the Las Vegas economy.
Due to low occupancy, some hotels are literally closing down floors or whole towers. The Mirage, which is a pretty big and usually-successful place, has closed down more than a dozen floors due to low occupancy. The Sahara and I think the Riviera have closed some of their floors, as well. Binion's has shut down all their hotel rooms and is just operating the casino part of its operation.

[...]

I somehow got on the mailing list for a new condominium complex a mile or so off The Strip and they were sending me messages, urging me to purchase a one-bedroom condo for $350,000. The same folks are now trying to get me to buy the same condo for $125,000.
There are counter-indicators as well, but ME explains:
So I don't know what's going on there and you kinda get the feeling that the companies building (or not building) all these projects don't know, either. There's a casino term for a gambler who's mindlessly throwing out — and therefore, generally losing — money in the desperate hope of getting some outlier of a lucky break. They call that "streaming" and that seems to be what's going on with the financiers in Vegas these days. They're streaming.
Streaming yellow down their pants, maybe.