Saturday, January 16, 2010

Tax $ At Work

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

Sat. Eve. Mood Up-Date:

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

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

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 (It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment.)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

Friday, January 15, 2010

More White Trash Losers To Look Down Upon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good, No, Excellent Digging From Sully

Plus Ça Change

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

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


Imagine. We are shocked, simply shocked.

Mystery Deepens

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

Funny Or Die

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

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

Ouch.

SPAM!

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

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

Hierarchy & Its Enforcement On The Internet: Frist?!

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

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

Are Your Candidates Certifiable?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reading comprehension: Skull Valley is doing it wrong.

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

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

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

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Parental Units At The Ass. Living Facility

A woman after our own heart.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALLER: How you doing this morning?

HARLSTON: Just fine Sir, go ahead.

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

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

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

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

History & Context

Max Blumenthal:

In 2004, when the national press corps failed to report the American hand in the coup that overthrew Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, I embarked on a long and exhaustive investigative report on role of right-wing operatives in Washington and Haiti in toppling the government. My report, which I just discussed on the Thom Hartmann Show, is also the story of how lawmakers in Washington — including President Bill Clinton, who forced Aristide to sign free trade agreements that would destroy the rural economy as the condition for returning him to power — undermined Haiti’s capacity to support a viable governing structure. Not surprisingly, we are seeing the corporate sweatshop owners that Clinton and others had posited as the future stewards of Haiti’s economy fire their employees en masse and flee the country for safer environs instead of helping out.

Morbid Fucking Species

Much idle & cliched chit-chat concerning the "dignity" of the dead, specifically in Haiti, but one hears this crap often enough. We have almost no recollection of any goddamn concern for the "dignity" of the living in Haiti, before Gawd punished them for their "pact to the devil."

14 January: First Successful Caesarean Section; "Tosca," "Sanford & Son" Premiere; Tito Elected; Joltin' Joe Marries Monroe; G. C. Wallace Sworn In; Last Supremes, Sex Potatoes Gigs

Today is Thursday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2010. There are 351 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 14, 1784, the United States ratified a peace treaty with England, ending the Revolutionary War.
On this date:
In 1639, the first constitution of Connecticut - the Fundamental Orders - was adopted.
In 1794, Dr. Jesse Bennett of Edom, Va., performed the first successful Caesarean section.
In 1858, Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, and his wife, Empress Eugenie, escaped an assassination attempt led by Italian revolutionary Felice Orsini, who was later captured and executed.
In 1898, author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - better known as "Alice in Wonderland" creator Lewis Carroll - died in Guildford, Surrey, England, less than two weeks before his 66th birthday.

In 1900, Puccini's opera "Tosca" had its world premiere in Rome.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French Gen. Charles de Gaulle opened a wartime conference in Casablanca.
In 1953, Josip Broz Tito was elected president of Yugoslavia by the country's Parliament.
In 1963, George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever."
In 1969, 27 people aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, off Hawaii, were killed when a rocket warhead exploded, setting off a fire and additional explosions.
In 1998, Whitewater prosecutors questioned first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees.
In 1999, before a jury of 100 silent senators, House prosecutors demanded President Bill Clinton's removal from office, charging he had "piled perjury upon perjury" and obstructed justice.
In 2000, in a massive demonstration demanding the return of Elian Gonzalez, tens of thousands of Cuban women marched to the U.S. mission in Havana. A U.N. tribunal sentenced five Bosnian Croat militiamen to up to 25 years in prison for a 1993 murder rampage that emptied a Bosnian village of every one of its Muslim inhabitants.
In 2004, former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to conspiracy as he accepted a 10-year prison sentence. J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. struck a deal to buy Bank One Corp. for $58 billion. President George W. Bush unveiled a plan to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond. A female Palestinian suicide bomber killed three Israeli soldiers and a private security guard at a Gaza crossing. U.N. officials announced that Libya had ratified the nuclear test ban treaty.
In 2005, Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, of abusing Iraqi detainees. (He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.) A European space probe sent back the first detailed pictures of the frozen surface of Saturn's moon, Titan. Mystery writer Charlotte MacLeod died in Lewiston, Maine, at 82.
In 2008, Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana. Alvaro Colom was sworn in as Guatemala's first leftist president in more than 50 years.
In 2009, freshly returned from a tour of war zones and global hotspots, Vice President-elect Joe Biden told President-elect Barack Obama that "things are going to get tougher" in Afghanistan. A French court acquitted six doctors and pharmacists in the deaths of at least 114 people who'd contracted brain-destroying Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after being treated with tainted human growth hormones.
Today's Birthdays: CBS commentator Andy Rooney is 91. Don "Big Daddy" Garlits is 78. Blues singer Clarence Carter is 74. Country singer Billie Jo Spears is 73. Singer Jack Jones is 72. Singer-songwriter Allen Toussaint is 72. NAACP Chairman Julian Bond is 70. Actress Faye "The Skull" Dunaway is 69.
Actress Holland Taylor is 67. Marjoe Gortner is 66. Nina Totenberg is 66. Actor Carl Weathers is 62. Singer-producer T-Bone Burnett is 62. Movie writer-director Lawrence Kasdan is 61. Newspaper columnist Maureen Dowd is 58. Rock singer Geoff Tate (Queensryche) is 51. Movie writer-director Steven Soderbergh is 47. Actor Mark Addy is 46. Fox News Channel anchorman Shepard Smith is 46. Rapper Slick Rick is 45. Actor Dan Schneider is 44. Actress Emily Watson is 43. Actor-comedian Tom Rhodes is 43. Rock musician Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne Band) is 43. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 42. Actor Jason Bateman is 41. Rock singer-musician Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is 41. Actress Jordan Ladd is 35. Retro-soul singer-songwriter Marc Broussard is 28. Rock singer-musician Caleb Followill (Kings of Leon) is 28. Rock musician Joe Guese (The Click Five) is 27.
Those Born On This Date Include: American turncoat Gen. Benedict Arnold (1741); Thornton Waldo Burgess, author of "Peter Rabbit" (1874); philosopher and medical missionary Albert Schweitzer (1875); film director Hal Roach (1892); novelist John Dos Passos (1896); English photographer Cecil Beaton (1904); actors William Bendix (1906) & Guy Williams ("Zorro," "Lost In Space") (1924).
Today In Entertainment History January 14
Audio LinkIn 1952, NBC's "Today" show premiered, with Dave Garroway as the host, or "communicator," as he was officially known.
In 1954, Baseball player Joe Dimaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe were married at San Francisco City Hall.

In 1957, actor Humphrey Bogart died of throat cancer. He was 57.
In 1967, the first so-called "Human Be-In" was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Among the performers were the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
In 1970, Diana Ross performed for the last time with The Supremes, at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Also in 1970, a display of John Lennon's erotic "Bag One" lithographs opened in London. Scotland Yard seized prints two days later as evidence of pornography.
In 1972, "Sanford and Son" made its premiere on NBC.
In 1973, Elvis Presley's TV special "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii" was beamed from Honolulu by satellite to dozens of countries. At the time, the program set a record for the number of people watching.
In 1978, the Sex Pistols played their last concert before breaking up, at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. They reunited in 1996 for a world tour.
In 1986, actress Donna Reed died. She was 64.
In 1990, "The Simpsons" made its premiere as a weekly show on Fox.
In 1993, late-night TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.
In 1999, actor Robert Guillame suffered a mild stroke on the set of the TV show "Sports Night." The stroke was later written into the show.
In 2000, talk show host David Letterman had emergency heart surgery.
In 2004, death claimed actress Uta Hagen in New York at age 84 and actor Ron O'Neal in Los Angeles at age 66.
In 2006, Eminem re-married Kim Mathers in Detroit. He filed for divorce 82 days later.
In 2009, actor Ricardo Montalban died in Los Angeles at 88.
Thought for Today: "If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much." - Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), English author (1832-1898).

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We're Not Saying Hitler's Right, But We're Not Saying He's Wrong, If You Know What We Mean

No, we are in agreement w/ 'Dolf. Why doesn't Leno just fuck off? If not enough glazed eyeballs were watching The Chin's stale schtick at 2200, why does anyone think he'll be able to come back & beat that other goofball at 2335?

Let Jay go & do his high-$ corporate gigs & Vegas appearances. Maybe he can do a wkly. show. They should be able to distill five hrs./night of not-funny into an hr. a wk. of closer-to-funny.

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Dick Cheney Explains It All

JUST THE TWO OF US

Is This Some Kind Of Country Or What?

From PuffHoSpo, we see that America's college youth are fully involved in the issues of the day.

Riots broke out across the Knoxville campus and flames are visible in some photos posted on Twitter. Fans even went so far as to deface the legendary Tennessee Rock, scrawling numerous obscenities and threats ("Die Lane" is one) across the fabled stone. In one video, students can be heard chanting, "F--k you, Kiffin."

Kiffin leaves Tennessee as the university is under heightened NCAA scrutiny due to allegations that school "hostesses" inappropriately partook in the recruiting of high school athletes.
The punk-ass chumps of Tenn. were pounded by the local punk team, UCLA's Bruins, in both 2008 & 2009. Ha ha. Bitter resentful losers, taking out the emptiness of their lives on a rock. Because the coach left. This is stupider than non-American football hooliganism.

Is It Possible To Be This Staggeringly Ignorant & Foolish?

We took our life in our hands earlier today when, bored w/ MSNBC's Countdown, we decided to check Sarah Palin on FOX's O'Reilly Factor. We missed her appearance, but saw this feat of idiocy from Factor host Bill live. Awful as it was (Bill, sweetie-baby, you ever heard of the First Amendment?) we were unwilling to be arsed to look for it ourselves. Thanks, then to Red Tory, who left it unguarded on his site.
Oh wait, ha ha, irony. (Not the irony of O'Reilly calling for the accountability of the heckler, not Bush. Though it is incredible.) We were laboring under the impression that it was Bush 43, as he likes to call himself, but it's Poppy 41. Extra good for the heckler then, that he remind the elder bastard of what a shit he is & where he's going. Plenty of time to heckle W., who, as we really should have known, will not be appearing in public very often in the future, w/ the exception of motivational (NSFW) seminars, accepting bogus awards from mackerel-snapping bead-rattlers ("Legatus' Web site says registration is $1,475 per person for the event [which is] open only to members and guests.") & opening the IFA 50th Annual Convention. Savior of the Free World to franchise huckster. Gonna re-fill the coffers. Heh. Kee-rist.

13 January: Fifteen Stripes; "J'accuse" Published; First Opera Broadcast; Johnny Cash Cuts At Folsom; Stephen Foster, James Joyce, Ernie Kovacs, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Donny Hathaway, Many Others Die

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2010. There are 352 days left in the year. The UPI Almanac.Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 13, 1794, President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.)
On this date:
In 1733, James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists arrived at Charleston, S.C., while en route to settle in present-day Georgia.
In 1808, Salmon P. Chase, U.S. senator, secretary of the treasury and chief justice of the Supreme Court, whose image was on the U.S. $10,000 bill, was born in Cornish, N.H.
In 1864, composer Stephen Foster ("My Old Kentucky Home") died in a New York hospital at age 37, three days after he was found sick and almost penniless in a hotel room.
In 1893, Britain's Independent Labor Party, a precursor to the Labor Party, first met.
In 1898, novelist Emile Zola's "J'accuse" - a defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jew falsely convicted of treason - was published in a Paris newspaper.
In 1941, Irish novelist James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland, less than a month before his 59th birthday.
In 1945, Soviet forces began a huge, successful offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.
In 1953, Josip Broz Tito was chosen president of Yugoslavia. He served until May 1980.
In 1964, Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, was appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland, by Pope Paul VI.
In 1966, Robert C. Weaver was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson; Weaver became the first black Cabinet member.
In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minn., at age 66.

In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.'s 14th Street Bridge after takeoff during a snowstorm and fell into the Potomac River, killing 78 people.
In 1987, seven top New York Mafia bosses were sentenced to 100 years in prison each, including the heads of the Genovese, Colombo and Lucchese crime families.
In 1989, New York City subway gunman Bernhard H. Goetz was sentenced to one year in prison for possessing an unlicensed gun that he used to shoot four youths he said were about to rob him.
In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.
In 1991, a Soviet crackdown in the Baltics killed 15 and injured 140. Also in 1991, at least 40 South Africans were killed and 50 injured when fighting erupted during a soccer game in Orkney.
In 1996, U.S. Sen. William Cohen, R-Maine, announced his retirement, a record 13th senator choosing not to seek new terms. By year's end, Cohen would join the Clinton Cabinet as secretary of defense.
In 1997, U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor to seven black soldiers for their courage in action in Italy during World War II. It was the first time the medal was given to black WWII servicemen.
In 1999, Michael Jordan announced his second retirement from the Chicago Bulls. (He returned to the NBA in 2001.) President Bill Clinton's legal team dispatched a formal trial brief to the Senate, arguing that neither "fact or law" warranted his removal from office; House officials sent the Senate all public evidence in the case.
In 2000, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.
In 2003, Pope John Paul II argued forcibly against war in Iraq except as "the very last option" and said such a conflict would be "a defeat for humanity."
In 2004, hostile fire brought down a U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter in Iraq, but the two crew members escaped injury. A domestic airliner crashed in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, killing all 37 people aboard. Harold Shipman, the British doctor blamed for killing more than 200 mostly elderly patients, was found hanged in his prison cell, an apparent suicide.
In 2005, Major League Baseball adopted a tougher steroid-testing program that suspended first-time offenders for 10 days and randomly tested players year-round. The 15-year-old boy accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation vividly described sexual encounters in testimony before a grand jury. Also in 2005, the CIA said Iraq replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of terrorists.
In 2006, the U.S. military launched a missile attack in Pakistan in an unsuccessful effort to kill al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Pakistan lodged a complaint against the U.S. attack in which a reported 17 died.
In 2008, President George W. Bush, visiting the United Arab Emirates, gently urged authoritarian Arab allies to satisfy frustrated desires for democracy in the Mideast and saved his harshest criticism for Iran, branding it "the world's leading state-sponsor of terror." A University of Minnesota research team announced it had created a beating heart from animal tissues and cells, officials said.
In 2009, President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, vowed during her Senate confirmation hearing to revitalize the mission of diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy. Obama's choice to run the Treasury Department, Timothy Geithner, disclosed that he had failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004. U.S. Marshals apprehended Marcus Schrenker, 38, in North Florida days after the businessman and amateur daredevil pilot apparently tried to fake his own death in a plane crash. (Schrenker faces a March trial on charges of bilking investors of more than $1 million.) Author Hortense Calisher died in New York at 97.
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Liz Anderson is 80. Actress Frances Sternhagen is 80. TV personality Nick Clooney is 76. Comedian Rip Taylor is 76. Actor Billy Gray is 72. Actor Richard Moll is 67. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 56. R&B musician Fred White is 55. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 51. Actor Kevin Anderson is 50. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 49. Rock singer Graham "Suggs" McPherson (Madness) is 49. Country singer Trace Adkins is 48. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 46. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 44. Actress Traci Bingham is 42. Actor Keith Coogan is 40. Actress Nicole Eggert is 38. Actor Orlando Bloom is 33.
Born On This Date, Yet Not Celebrating: Horatio Alger, author of rags-to-riches stories (1832); Alfred Fuller, the original Fuller Brush Man (1885); singer Sophie Tucker (1884); Hollywood columnist Army Archerd (1922); television executive Brandon Tartikoff (1949); actors Robert Stack (1919); Gwen Verdon (1925); & Charles Nelson Reilly (1931).
Today In Entertainment History January 13
In 1910, opera was experimentally broadcast on radio for the first time as Lee De Forest transmitted a performance of "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci" from the stage of New York's Metropolitan Opera.
In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles, 10 days before his 43rd birthday.
In 1968, country musician Johnny Cash recorded a live concert at Folsom Prison in California.
In 1973, Eric Clapton made a comeback from drug addiction when he performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London. His backing band included Pete Townshend, Ron Wood and Steve Winwood.
In 1979, singer Donny Hathaway died in a fall from a hotel window in New York. He was 34. Hathaway was known for his duets with Roberta Flack.
In 1986, former members of the Sex Pistols sued former manager Malcolm McLaren. The suit was settled out of court.
In 2002, "The Fantasticks" closed in New York's Greenwich Village. It was the longest-running musical in the world. It had begun production in 1960 and had been performed 17,162 times.
In 2003, musician Pete Townshend was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography in London. Townshend was later cleared of the charges.
In 2008, the Golden Globes were announced in a dry, news conference-style ceremony, devoid of stars because of the Hollywood writers' strike; "Atonement" won best motion picture drama, while "Mad Men" was named best dramatic TV series.
In 2009, Kara DioGuardi made her debut as the fourth judge on "American Idol." Actor-director Patrick McGoohan died in Los Angeles at 80.
Thought for Today: "The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well." — Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, English author (1717-1797).

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Acquired Characteristics Inherited?

Surprising Sea Slug Is Half-plant, Half-animal

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

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

Pindicks At Microsoft Sold Us Out To The ChiComs

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

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

Day Of The Toilets

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

Burnin' Up Teh InnnerTO0BZe

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

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

Unemployment May Be Going Up (In China)

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

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

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

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Diversity Menaces Supercarriers

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

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

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

More Telebision & Sports Crap

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

Oh, Shit, I Said "Fuck."

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

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

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